Strange Heavens by Philip J. Imbrogno- REVIEW

Strange Heavens by Philip J. Imbrogno is a love letter to the sky. This book looks at the historical, physiological, psychological, and psychic connections civilizations have had with the sky over time. In essence, this is a biography of the celestial heavens. The author makes no effort to hide his investigative work into UFOs so this is also discussed throughout which needs to be included if this is meant to be a complete story about the sky. I enjoyed a deeper look at the constellations, and a deeper look at the mythologies and fascination with Sirius, the Pleiades, Orion, the luminaries, and comets. The book ended a little abruptly and I presume this is because it isn’t finished, so I would look forward to reading a conclusion. If you are someone who had stared up at the starry expanse of the sky wondering what’s up there, surely Strange Heavens will be able to answer many of your questions.

Light Magic for Dark Times by Lisa Marie Basile- REVIEW

Light Magic for Dark Times by Lisa Maria Basile is the modern-day witch’s guide on magic. No there aren’t any spells for winning the lottery or making someone fall in love with you, but there are spells on how to empower yourself…in a confident and feminist way. What I most loved about this grimoire was that the spells all featured ways to alchemize negative emotions and states of mind into positive healthy vibes. I have never actually read a spell book that emphasized personal growth so this book was a lavender breath of fresh air. The spells and rituals featured help you to cast a shining light upon those parts of yourself that you have hidden away, much like the woman healers of the past (whom we call witches), who had to hide themselves away to avoid persecution. Society today can often times feel as though we are being burned at the stake, and Light Magic for Dark Times will help you realize that a little self-care is the magical potion you need so you can brew some positive changes in your life.

If the point of witchcraft is to bring about practical change, this book is revolutionary. Modern day grimoires focus heavily on traditional magick such as creating love potions, protective amulets, and so forth. What’s missing from those spells are a modern and relatable context. In Light Magic for Dark Times there are spells for saying no to labels, to end loneliness, to recharge after doing social justice work, and rituals for going with the flow, to celebrate yourself after you’ve lost confidence, releasing parental resentment etc. I was particularly drawn to the lunar rituals being the moon-child I am, and I plan on performing the new moon rituals this month. The spells and rituals are categorized under Love, Grief and Trauma, Negativity, Regeneration and Recharge, Identity and Body, Shadow Work, Writing Magic, Last-Minute Light, and Finding Your Craft.

The beauty of magic is that it doesn’t require a lot of tools or objects. What is required is self-awareness and a willingness to grow, which are the key tools needed in this grimoire if you expect the spells to work. Sure a piece of rose quartz is recommended, along with some basic candles, but the essential materials required for the spells are a few moments of silence, a comfy chair, and a paper and pen. Basile’s writing background comes across strongly throughout this book as the majority of the spells and rituals require journaling. This book is the perfect companion to Basile’s Luna Luna Magazine which is of the same essence.

The luminous thread that bound this book together was self-care and personal empowerment. Being a modern-day witch is less about pentagram necklaces and black cats and more about honouring thyself through meaningful intentions and sacred work that makes a difference in a time when it’s becoming harder and harder to find the light. Even if you don’t identify as a witch or spell caster, read this book anyways, because if you are a woman trying to navigate her way through the murky waters of 2018 and beyond, Light Magic for Dark Times will become a very handy paper familiar. 

Shamanic Qabalah by Daniel Moler- REVIEW

Shamanic Qabalah is one of my favourite books I have read from Llewellyn this year. Author Daniel Moler takes the reader on an initiatory journey through the mystical Qabalah from the perspective of South American Shamanism. At first, it seemed that the “shamanic” aspects of the book were missing. There was definitely more emphasis and time spent on the Tree of Life, but as with Western Mystery Traditions, things are not what they seem. Shamanic Qabalahism is about grounding the mystical into the practical. For those who know little about Shamanism, it can appear as a mind tripping exploration of altered states of consciousness. However, this book proposes that the whole purpose of exploring the spiritual should be to harmonize the material world, which allows one to truly acknowledge and embrace their divine essence. My favourite part of the book was the deep look at the Sephiras. I thought they were beautifully and concisely explained. I especially enjoyed the discussions of the corresponding Tarot cards which I feel other books on the Qabalah have skipped past. I wish there was more discussion about how Shamanism incorporates into the Tree of Life in the chapters that delved deep into each Sephira, because from my understanding, it was missing. If you are new to the Qabalah this book will be difficult to understand, but do not let that scare you away. There is an abundance of information contained within this volume that your consciousness will know what to do with. Afterall, one of the main tenets of Shamanism is to create a bridge of trust between the supernatural and natural worlds.
It almost doesn’t seem right to review a book of this type. I would have to re-read this a few more times to fully grasp its messages, but I believe this would only be scratching the surface. Daniel Moler said in his conclusion that this book was only an introductory book on this topic. I sincerely hope that Daniel will follow-up this book with more on this unique subject.  As someone who is looking to imbue life with practical spirituality, Shamanic Qabalah  has awakened my soul to a new way of viewing the world and cross cultural traditions. 

 

New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse August 11, 2018: A Tangled Mane

Moonbeams: It’s time to reinvent yourself! What are you projecting into the world?

The grand finale of this summer’s trio of eclipses has arrived with the New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo occurring on August 11, 2018.

A Solar Eclipse is just like a regular new moon where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. However, a Solar Eclipse is more powerful because the Moon darkens the Sun. This is a partial Solar Eclipse so most of the Sun will still be visible. A Solar Eclipse places emphasis on our mental processes and self-awareness. Solar Eclipse energies will present themselves as shifts in consciousness in your waking life.

The North Node is currently in Leo where it has been since May 2017 and will remain there until November of this year. The North Node is currently at 5 degrees Leo and the Sun & Moon will be at 18 degrees Leo, meaning the eclipse is a wide conjunction therefore it is only a very small partial eclipse. It’s effects will still be felt nonetheless. This Eclipse will be visible in Northern Canada, Asia, and Greenland.

The long and powerful Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius from July 27 will be tied up with this eclipse. The Leo Aquarius axis deals with heart centred actions. Leo energy without Aquarius are grand lofty ideas that lack objectivity. Aquarius energy without Leo is detached innovation that cannot materialize. We need both polarities if we expect to see any real changes in our lives.

Since this is a North Node eclipse, we are being cosmically pushed to align with our destiny. A Leo Solar Eclipse begs you to show up and do what you have to do.

Aspects

Mercury Retrograde Conjunct the New Moon- this will make you think and review how you show up in the world. Are you being honest and authentic? Or are you putting on a show?

Eclipse Square Jupiter in Scorpio– Fears and hurtful words will be expressed that can wound some egos (Leo) that can come back to haunt us once Mercury turns direct. These fears and pains are centred around our unhealthy self-identification practices. What sort of negative self-talk are telling yourself? What are you denying that you need to admit?

Eclipse Square Juno– It’s time to rip up those old contracts (literally and metaphorically)!

Mercury Square Jupiter– What we think will be at odds with what believe.

It seems Mercury Retrograde and its strong aspects at this time are giving the Eclipse a run for its money! It’s not often that we see so much emphasis on a retrograde planet during an Eclipse. Let’s keep in mind that this is still a New Moon in Leo which asks us to assert our power in a selfless way.

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The Kozminsky Symbol for the Eclipse is 

A giant holding a number of bleeding hearts pierced on his sword.
Denotes a man of compelling will and magnetic force who stops at nothing to carry out his ambitions. He rises to power through blood or tears or both. He wields and binds, and those whom he binds will bleed, for his work is the work of materialistic pride which dissolves in the fires of hate. It is a symbol of Compulsion.

This definitely isn’t the most pleasant symbology, however, the symbol of compulsion is important to note. The major theme with this eclipse is finding a balance between the ego and the self. Balanced Leo energy is self-conscious to the point that there is such a strong definite knowing of its purpose and direction that it no longer feels the need to force its will and personality onto others. It learns to simply tap into its own creative genius to leave its unique mark on the world. This is an important lesson for us to keep in mind. With Mercury being Retrograde, it will be difficult for us to think clearly. We will find ourselves falling prey to arrogance and pride. You must remember that self-awareness is key here. You are being forced to think what you believe which may not be easy, depending on how much you have been suppressing.

To go back to the Kozminksy symbol, a bleeding heart is a wounded heart which has been ignored and abused. We ignore and abuse our hearts when we over-think things and when we place too much emphasis on external gratification. We have to come back into our hearts at this eclipse by using Mercury RX to help us analyze where we have been cheating ourselves.

To Conclude…

I call this Eclipse ‘A Tangled Mane’ because we are going to have to comb through some knots that have been hiding beneath the layers of our hair for quite some time. A mane is the most recognizable feature of the lion and is used to identify healthy, strong, and virile lions. If it’s knotted and messy, what sort of messages is this sending out to the animal kingdom? How’s your mane looking? What knots are hiding in your identity that you need to comb through?

 

 

 

 

The Stars Within You: A Modern Guide to Astrology by Juliana McCarthy- REVIEW

The Stars Within You by Juliana McCarthy is a quick and easy guide on Astrology. Basic enough for beginners and concise enough for advanced Astrologers, this guide is for anyone no matter where they are on their Astrological journey. This is not an in depth exploration of Astrology, but rather, a simple manual on how to piece archetypes together. For example, what does having the Moon in Pisces in the 10th house conjunct Mars denote? These are the fundamentals of Astrology- piecing together seemingly separate symbols until they form a complete cosmic picture, not unlike the starry sky above.

A brief look at the history of Astrology was discussed along with a real life example of an Astrological chart. What I especially loved was that Juliana included the mythology of the 12 zodiac signs which I haven’t seen in many other basic Astrology guides. This is important to include because the mythologies contain plenty of secrets and clues as to why the Zodiac signs behave as they do. I also liked the explanation of the hemispheres in the chart and how this offers plenty of insight into an individual (a lot of Astrologers skip over this part). The beautiful black and white images created by Alejandro Cardenas help to denote the raw essences of Astrology that can be meditated upon for further insights as recommended by the author. What made this book a “modern” Astrology guide was that there was an emphasis throughout about how we are not bound by our Astrological placements. We can view our planetary positions as opportunities for inner work and self-awareness as opposed to restrictions and limitations. What I felt was missing from this book were instructions on how to decode a natal chart using Astro.com. For example, how would a beginner know how to use the aspects grid? Also, it would have been nice if a different celebrity example was used instead of the one presented in the book. Someone more modern and relevant would appeal to a wider audience. 

I hope that Juliana McCarthy will follow up the The Stars Within You with another Astrology guide that will perhaps look at other facets of Astrology using her simple and easy explanations, ie; the Asteroids, Solar Return Charts, Secondary Progressions etc. As an Astrologer, I appreciated the trip down memory lane of Astrological fundamentals and I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to empower themselves using the great celestial map of the universe.  

July 2018 Potpourri: Sea Blend+ Important Blog Updates

pot·pour·ri
ˌpōpəˈrē/
noun
  1. a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl or small sack to perfume clothing or a room.
    • a mixture of things, especially a musical or literary medley.

     

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly favourites, so I thought it would be fun to share what I was up to in the month of July. I will also be discussing some changes that are coming to The Luminessence towards the end of this blog.

 

Theme of July: Emotional Maturity & Ancestral Healing

Song: Glory of Love by Peter Cetera

Crystals: Larimar & Charoite

Books: Practical Astrology by Comte Saint Germain, Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins

Biggest Lesson Learned: Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Proudest Moment: Emotional Detachment & Watching Team Croatia win Silver at the FIFA World Cup

Goal for August: Embrace new beginnings

 

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BLOG UPDATES

The season of Leo always brings changes to my identity and branding! I have decided to change some things around on this blog that will better reflect where I currently am on my path and where I am headed.

  1. I will be removing the Astro-Witchery section as I don’t actually perform rituals and don’t want this to become a Wiccan blog.
  2. I will be adding a new category called ‘Astrology Articles’ since all Astrology blogs are being categorized into my ‘Cosmic Forecasts’ heading.
  3. My ‘Miscellaneous’ category will be renamed ‘Mystical Articles’
  4. I will be adding a Freebies category where I will be offering free downloadable items such as e-books, desktop wallpapers, fact sheets, and so much more!
  5. I am also starting my training to be a Bach Flower Practitioner so I will be slowly adding relevant content to this blog as well.
  6. I might be removing the ‘Nakshatra’ series from my blog as I no longer want to focus on Vedic Astrology…more on this later.
  7. I will also be adding some cosmic stories about my personal experiences with different cosmic energies. I am hoping this will be a valuable instructional tool.
  8. I have also updated the About section on this blog with more facts about me!

 

Also please be sure to follow me on Instagram @theluminessence. I post a lot of interesting things about Astrology and mysticism on there that I haven’t blogged about.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

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Lammas: Bun in the Oven

What is Lammas?

During August, the grain- the staff of life grows ready to harvest. The great goddess appears with her sickle. Her womb produces berries, fruits, grains, and the most potent herbs. Her companion the Sun God, no longer shows his gentle brightly radiating figure, he is now fiery, burns hotly, and is drying. The Celts called him Lugh, the smart and skillful god, the master of all arts, the Lion with the Quiet Hand. It is he who brings everything to fullness and ripeness with his flame and his wisdom. He symbolizes the receding year, the west where the Sun sets in red-hot embers. Under his reign the grain grows golden, the fruit becomes sweet and red yellow, the herbs become spicier and stronger than at midsummer. But the Sun god is also the ruthless harvester, the reaper, who finishes off the green and budding life with his heat. Lugh and the goddess of the Earth celebrated a wedding during the full moon of August and invited people to celebrate with them. The festival of Lugh was a fire festival during which huge piles of wood were ignited. This tradition endured among the insular Celts for many years. – From the book ‘Witchcraft Medicine’ by Claudis Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, & Wolf-Dieter Storl

There was also a more crude aspect to this festival involving the cutting up of a corpse, but I’ll spare you the gross details.

Lammas was the occasion for blessing all the herbs that would be needed during the coming year for health and well-being of the house and stable. It also made good sense to collect the herbs during the dog days of summer because the aroma, taste, and medicine are manifestations of the powerful light and warmth of vegetation. The Sun infused the herbs and plants with its healing rays.

The Wheel of the Year

The Pagan Wheel of the Year brings us now the harvest festival on August 1st known as Lughnasadh or Lammas as it is commonly referred to as.

If you have been following my Pagan Wheel of the Year journey, you will have seen that I have related the sabbats to the process of creation. The last point on our calendar was the Summer Solstice- Ensoulment, the time of the year where our creation was given a soul. Now we come to the harvest season, where we are offered the opportunity to reflect back on our journey and to see the fruits of our labour, and the wheat of our harvest.

Our creation has just entered the 7 month point. We are close to giving birth to our creation at the Winter Solstice. In a normal pregnancy, the 7 month point is when the Mother can start to feel anxious and excited. The due date is only 3 months away. What was created at Imbolc is now becoming a reality.

Astrology of Lammas

Astrologically, Lammas occurs when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Leo. This is the halfway point in a fixed sign, meaning the ability to rebirth ourselves is heightened. Leo connects to the heart chakra and the qualities of courage, gratitude, and abundance. Lammas is the perfect time to reflect on these themes and how they have showed up or not showed up in your life.

To go back to the myth of Lammas, the Celtic god of light- Lugh and son of the Sun, he transfers his power into the grain and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. The art of creation is one of the most selfless acts we as souls can partake in because we ultimately do not know the outcome. Let’s not forget that a balanced Leo energy is selfless, and not selfish like how most of us have experienced Leo energy. Remember the myth of Lugh, the Sun God who chooses to set so the fruits and wheat can harvest is an example of selflessness that Lammas inspires.

Celebrate Lammas by doing an energetic detox. We can only best serve others when we ourselves are in a healthy state. An energetic detox is kick-started when you finally cut back on those sweets, or when you start exercising, or starting a gratitude journal. Our bodies have been imprinted with the spiritual rays of the Sun all summer and it is during Lammas and the month of August when we start to visibly notice less daylight. With all of the solar energy we have gathered, now is the time to commence the healing.

To Conclude…

For most of us in North America, August is not the time of year when we go out into the fields to harvest wheat, or start buying pumpkins, and corn husks to decorate our front porches. It’s still very warm. But there is a shift that happens, whereby, the fun times of the Summer are slowly winding down as parents start preparing their kids for back to school, and stores start their end of summer sales. Naturally, we all start to reflect on the previous months and start making plans for Autumn. Lammas is the perfect time to make a gratitude list and count your blessings. 

A typical way to celebrate Lammas is to bake a loaf of bread using the wheat harvested in early August. We can equate this to baking the frequency we received at Imbolc in our own ovens- providing it with the right conditions so it can make the best of its last 3 months. Wheat symbolizes the spermatic power of the staff of life, thus nearing the end of the pregnancy, I suspect most people can appreciate the divine process of creation. The sperm is essentially in the process of being harvested at Lammas. I suppose this is where the saying “bun in the oven” comes from.

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Emma Wheeler Wilcox has a beautiful poem that captures the energy of Lammas.

YOU NEVER CAN TELL

 

YOU never can tell when you send a word–
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind– be it cruel or kind,
Just where it will chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend,
Tipped with its poison or balm;
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart
It may carry its pain or its calm.

You never can tell when you do an act 
   Just what the result will be; 
But with every deed you are sowing a seed, 
   Though the harvest you may not see. …………………………………………..Leo selflessness
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped 
   In God’s productive soil; 
You may not know, yet the tree shall grow 
   And shelter the brows that toil.

You never can tell what your thoughts will do
In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe–
Each thing must create its kind;
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.

 

 

 

August 2018 Monthly Horoscopes

Welcome to the August monthly horoscopes! July was pretty intense and the heat wave continues into August. This month we have a partial Solar Eclipse in Leo, Mercury Retrograde in Leo, Mars Retrograde in Aquarius, and two very lovely harmonious aspects with Jupiter trine Neptune, and Uranus trine Saturn. Please read your horoscope for your rising sign which is your ascendant. I have also included a crystal talisman recommendation for each sign to help you make the most of the best energies this month and to minimize the more difficult energies. Thank you!

 

Aries Rising

Talisman: Peacock Ore

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will push you towards expressing some unique aspect of yourself that can help you to fulfill a long-term dream of yours. Mercury Retrograde also in your 5th house will help you to discard un-favourable self expressions.  Mars retrograde is happening in your 11th house where a purging of your social buddies can occur. Jupiter trine Neptune will create a pocket of energy that will unchain you from old ways of thinking. Uranus trine Saturn will ground the new creative expressions, social circles, and thoughts most obviously in your career.

Taurus Rising

Symbol: Rose Quartz

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring some voltage to your house and home. Mercury retrograde also here can help you see where the wires are crossed. Mars retrograde in your 10th house can bring up some insecurities with regards to your career and status. Jupiter trine Neptune will send sparks flying in your relationship sector while Uranus trine Saturn will shift your perspective on what your role is in your personal and professional relationships.

Gemini Rising

Talisman: Septarian

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will place the emphasis on your voice. Mercury retrograde also in Leo will beg you to ask the question “what do I need to say?” Mars retrograde in your 9th house is taking you down a very different path that you haven’t walked before. Jupiter trine Neptune will send its cleansing waters to your health and daily life. Uranus trine Saturn will illuminate this different path.

Cancer Rising

Symbol: Rhodonite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring a spoonful of self-love your way. Mercury retrograde also in your second house will inspire you to be less self-critical. Mars retrograde in your 7th house is helping you to assert your power.  Jupiter trine Neptune will give you a spiritual breakthrough with regards to your purpose. Uranus trine Saturn will ground this new spiritual breakthrough into reality.

Leo Rising

Symbol:  Fire Agate

Hold on to your manes Leos! The Solar Eclipse will be happening in your own sign which is your 1st house. This is your last opportunity for a while to make those changes in yourself and your life. Mercury retrograde also in your 1st house will provide you with the introspection you need. Mars retrograde will make you extra determined to release irrational fears. Jupiter trine Neptune will help you to create peace of mind over something that has been troubling you. Uranus trine Saturn will shift your lifestyle to accommodate changes in your career and status.

Virgo Rising

Symbol:  Charoite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will confront issues around your misplaced ego. Mercury retrograde also in your 12th house will help you work through issues around giving and receiving. Mars retrograde can bring out some hidden enemies for a confrontation. Jupiter trine Neptune will gift you with the opportunity to deal with your relationships in a more philosophical way. Uranus trine Saturn will make you take a step back from coddling an idea or person that is trying to break free.

Libra Rising

Talisman: Yellow Opal

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring encounters with the “right” people who can set you on the “right” path to success. Mercury retrograde in Leo will make you reconsider some of your supposed friends. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is making you extra determined to bring spontaneity and fun back in your life. Jupiter trine Neptune will give you a boost of inspiration that you need in order to lighten up. Uranus trine Saturn will materialize the new-found joy and innocence in your lifestyle.

Scorpio Rising

Talisman: Carnelian

The Solar Eclipse in Leo is bringing a new opportunity in your career sector. With Mercury retrograde also happening in your 10th house, this opportunity might be from the past. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is making it difficult to smooth out problems at home. Jupiter trine Neptune can greatly assist you in repairing the relationship you have between yourself and the sense of lost innocence that you are experiencing. Uranus trine Saturn will enable you to look at all that you have to offer from an objective perspective.

Sagittarius Rising

Talisman: Apophyllite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo is encouraging you to do what works best for you. Mercury retrograde also in your 9th house is reminding you that all the answers you seek are within. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is about asking for what you want. This can be through journaling, self-talk, or discussing it with someone you trust. Jupiter trine Neptune will help you feel more secure in your life. Uranus trine Saturn is bringing self-trust to you.

Capricorn Rising

Talisman: Rhyolite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will help you realize that you are not your insecurities. Mercury retrograde also in your 8th house will help you to throw away these useless fears. Mars retrograde is causing some frustrations around the need for independence. Jupiter trine Neptune will bring you the support systems you need. Uranus trine Saturn is bringing a lot of luck your way this month.

Aquarius Rising

Talisman: Mookite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring some important changes to your relationship sector. Mercury retrograde in Leo will show you if you are being too selfish or selfless in your relationships. Mars retrograde in your 1st house is teaching you to trust the process. Jupiter trine Neptune can bring some new lucrative opportunities in your career. Uranus trine Saturn can make you want to travel and emotionally detach from your family.

Pisces Rising

Talisman: Ruby

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will change-up your daily routine. What do you need to do that you have been holding off from? Mercury retrograde also in your 6th house can highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly of your health and routine. Mars retrograde in your 12th house will help you to let go of old resentments that are keeping you stuck. Jupiter trine Neptune can bring a mini spiritual awakening whereby you can see the bigger picture. Uranus trine Saturn will help to restructure your social circles to suit the new and improved you.

You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness by Frances Trussell: REVIEW

You Are Not Your Thoughts by Frances Trussell is a quick and easy guide on mindfulness. Unlike other books on this topic, You Are Not Your Thoughts describes what being mindful really is and how you can achieve it…yes, you! What’s unique about this book is that it is written using simple language and page long chapters that easily flow into the next. For example, a counting breath meditation is followed by a chapter that discusses the discouragement we can feel when attempting to meditate, which is then followed by a chapter on the breath. Most books tend to brush past the time and patience that learning something new will take, but Frances Trussell makes a point to be honest and upfront about how learning mindfulness is a journey that requires us to unlearn a lot of things. Her words of encouragement and explanation of how mindfulness will change your life are needed in a time when most authors make mindfulness sound like an exclusive rite of passage. Mindfulness doesn’t have to be a complicated ritual or practiced in a yoga studio. Mindfulness is so easy it can be done in anyplace at anytime by anyone. If you’re looking for a manual on how to do it, this is the one!

This book brings mindfulness back to the basics. Simply enjoying a hot cup of tea, noticing your breath, and finding a reason to smile everyday are all ways to detach from your thoughts. It’s this simplicity that is the secret magic of mindfulness.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018: Bath Bomb

The triptych of this summer’s eclipses brings us to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. This will be the longest eclipse of this century, lasting 1 hour and 23 minutes. It will be visible everywhere except North America. Since it is the longest eclipse in 100 years, this speaks of very long-lasting changes coming to those parts of the world, which is in effect for the next 6 months. Even if you do not see the eclipse, you will still feel its energies.

This particular eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse because the South Node of the Moon which is currently at 5 degrees Aquarius will be conjunct the Moon at 4 degrees Aquarius making this a super tight conjunction. If it were a farther apart conjunction as we saw with the solar eclipse in Cancer a couple of weeks ago, it would have been a partial eclipse.

A full moon eclipse is a full moon on steroids. It speaks of major cycles wrapping up which also begin important new cycles. Eclipses are portals that accelerate us to where we need to be. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth. This is about grounding important new energetic waves into our lives. It’s less about spiritual downloads and more about our tangible experiences being tested and transformed.

Blood Sucker

This particular full moon will also be a blood moon due to the reddish tinge that will cover the moon as its passing behind Earth’s shadow. Blood Moons have a long history with being connected to important biblical and world events, and I would recommend googling this for further information. This particular Blood Moon is ironic considering it will be a Martian lunar eclipse. I think of Blood Moons as frequencies that change the DNA of our karmic experiences. They are sort of like flabotumists who extract some of our blood for analysis. The Blood Moon is a way to deliver some brand new experiences on our karmic journeys that have waited for a specific divine time to do so. Remember, Mars has been conjunct the South Node of the Moon all summer. This conjunction has been about burning away the old and purging. The Blood Moon is now the time to welcome in the new. A new blood supply is coming.

A Boiling Water Vessel- The Aspects

Moon Conjunct Mars-   You will feel more passionate, angry, irritable, motivated, determined, and impatient

Mars Retrograde- Click here to read my detailed analysis of this aspect

Moon Square Uranus-   Impatient, spontaneous, feeling restricted

Moon Semi-Sextile Saturn-   Feeling committed to what it dear to your heart

Mars Square Uranus-   Breakthroughs

Saturn Trine Uranus-  Reset

I call these aspects “boiling the water vessel” because this is the symbol of Aquarius. The water bearer holds a massive vessel about to pour its cleansing waters on humanity. This is why Aquarius is associated with enlightenment & humanitarianism. With the super tight conjunction with Mars, it’s as though the water in the vessel is coming to a boil. The vessel is a kettle at this eclipse. The cleansing waters are cooking something new for all of us.

Aquarius is about doing things your own way. It’s about owning your individuality so you can be of better service to humanity. It’s the reset we need in order to be able to take the next big leap in our evolution. We can’t forget that the North Node of the Moon is in Leo, so the message is clear. We can’t continue to do things the old way anymore. It’s time to put on your crown.

The difficult aspects between Mars and Uranus can give the tendency to be reckless and foolish, so anything that you can do to calm yourself down will be extremely helpful at this time.

The most challenging aspect of this Lunar Eclipse is that we are being cosmically pushed to finally do what it is that we need to do. Look to see where Aquarius falls in your natal chart because this will give you clues as to what needs to be accomplished.

The Kozminksy symbol for this eclipse is:

4º Aquarius: A beautiful fountain throwing upwards delicate sprays of yellow-tinted water, a jeweled crown showing in the mists.
Denotes one of refined mind who is destined to advance and gain power and influence over others. He will bring relief to many a thirsty soul, and many will bless him as he passes by the way. He is humanitarian, sincere, romantic, and harmonious. The life is not free from danger until after the thirtieth year has passed. Thence his way is elevation and peace. It is a symbol of Defending.

This symbol is about defending your kingdom (Aquarius). We have the soldier Mars who is armed and ready to do whatever it takes to fulfill his orders from the Moon, Sun, & Nodes. He will assist us in winning our destiny. He will fight to the death. The glory is there just beyond the steam of the boiling water vessel.

To Conclude…

Treat this Lunar Eclipse as a hot soothing bath that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. It might sting a little at first, and you certainly don’t want to spend too much time in the tub for obvious health reasons, but after a while you get used to it, and it feels good. You drop in a bath bomb and the hot water activates it, unleashing its pretty goodness. Heat is healing, and this Lunar Eclipse has a lot of heat. Mars will drop his bomb in your hot bath with this eclipse. Be prepared for a multi-layered explosion of colour and fizz…. and how Aquarian is that.

 

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