Reflections on my Jupiter Return

This year I experienced my Jupiter Return in Libra which affected my 4th house. Jupiter in Libra generally speaking was about spiritual diplomacy. It was about learning to embrace sovereignty and letting go of self sacrifice. When you are able to accomplish this, you will have achieved the soul lesson of Libra- balance.

My Jupiter Return

Since September 2016 until today, I have had many lessons around this theme. Since Jupiter expands whatever it touches, Jupiter in Libra expanded all of the imbalances in my own life. The 4th house in Astrology rules home and family and it was in this area of my life, that I learned my most important lessons.

Firstly, the desire to want to move out of my parents home became very strong. I had visions of my own space and found myself fantasizing about what this space would like like. I started to reflect on why I wanted to leave, and I came to the conclusion that it was because I needed more alone time to get in touch with what it is that I truly wanted to experience in my life.

This was also the year that I told my family what some of my personal goals and deepest needs and desires were. This was a huge step for me because I do seek approval quite a lot, but since voicing my needs, I’ve found myself less worried about what my family thinks of me.

Biggest Lessons

This biggest lesson for me this year was about honouring my own needs and path before my family’s.  I struggled with this, as I thought it was selfish of me to put them last, but if I wasn’t in a good place- I couldn’t possibly be there for them.

Jupiter Returns mark major spiritual transformations in a person’s life, and for me, not only did I share (Libra) some of my deepest wants and needs with my family (4th house Jupiter Return), but I saw my creativity also explode.

The sign that Jupiter traditionally rules over is Pisces- and having my Moon, Mercury, and Midheaven in Pisces (even my Sun according to Vedic Astrology), I saw my spiritual career take off. I wrote a lot this year, published quite a bit, saw The Luminessence evolve, and scored my dream job at a New Age shop. I believe this happened because I got honest with myself and my family.

My proudest accomplishment with my Jupiter Return was being able to share more of I was with my family and having their support to chase my non-traditional dreams. I embraced my own sovereignty and stopped sacrificing who I was for them.

In Sidereal Astrology- Jupiter will be entering the constellation of Libra this year. I guess that means I will be experiencing a double Jupiter Return? Double the trouble I guess!

The ‘Practical Magic Love Curse’: It’s Real

We are all familiar with Practical Magic. Whether you read the book by Alice Hoffman, or are a fan of the 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, this is a classic witchy story.  I have many astrological indicators of never being in love and still to this day have not experienced it. This is what it feels like, albeit not as glamorous as the movie depicts.

Practical Magic

The story of Practical Magic follows the Owens clan who can never fall in love, because once they do, their lovers suffer an untimely death.  Constantly toiling with fate vs love, the Owens sisters find themselves constantly at odds with this perilous curse. Do they risk never falling in love, or do they risk everything for love?

Venus Retrograde

I personally believe that when someone has Venus Retrograde in their natal chart, this is an indicator of a “love curse.” Venus Retrograde in the natal chart makes it extremely difficult to fall in love because the soul is learning how to create its own value system. Those with this placement are learning how to have a deep relationship with source and themselves before they can experience true love. It’s an empty feeling, a void, feelings of being unlovable are common.

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As someone with this placement, I have struggled with this. Twenty percent of people who have Venus RX have never been in a romantic relationship, and I am certaintly one of those twenty percent. When Venus is retrograde it is closest to Earth, so Venusian energies are very strong, but they have trouble expressing their energies. I’m in love with the idea of being in love, but I have yet to meet a person who I trust deeply enough to be in a relationship with. I also don’t make myself available for opportunities to meet anyone. This reminds me in the part of the movie when a young Sally Owens casts a love spell to protect herself. She casts a spell asking for her ideal lover to possess very specific qualities that are so obscure- she will never find him. I believe this is what I am doing unconsciously. I have cast a love spell on myself to never fall in love- out of fear of being hurt ( a big Venus RX issue).  Self protection is essentially love’s curse.

 

I worry that if I ever do fall in love my idealism will cloud my judgement and unintentionally lead the other person on. This is the part of the story when Sally tells the sheriff Gary Hallett that he is the victim of her love spell. They don’t really care about each other, because it’s not true love.

 

I think the best way to break Venus Retrogrades curse is to let go of the notion that you will never fall in love. You will only fall in love when you believe you are deserving of love. The deeper relationship you have with yourself, the less idealistic you will be about relationships. As Sally Owens said “love only works if you believe in in with your heart.”

 

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: REVIEW

The Rules of Magic revisits the Owens clan- not Sally and Gillian this time, rather the eccentric aunts- Fran & Jet. The story follows the aunts and their brother Vincent as teenagers who discover their magical lineage and all the perilous adventures they have as a result. The 1960s backdrop of the novel creates a kaleidoscope of magic that twists and turns as the story unfolds. It’s less hippy star-child, and more awakened thrill seeking. Growing up in a strict household, when Franny turns 17, she receives an invitation to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt in Massachusetts (in that glorious white house we remember from Practical Magic). The three head off and are initiated into magic-by making black soap at the full moon, collecting herbs for their neighbours woes, and scrying a black mirror that shows the future. Once again the home served as a sanctuary and respite from the children’s overbearing mother who forbade magic and falling in love. One day, their spunky cousin April comes for a visit who tells them all about their ancestor- Maria Owens- who was responsible for the Owens “love curse.” As we saw with Practical Magic the Owens tend to play a dangerous game of love vs fate. Franny is cautious, Jet is passionate, and Vincent is reckless. The story takes us from their magical awakening in Massachusetts, to their adult life running an Apothecary in NYC, and to their first meeting with Sally and Gillian. Along the way we find ourselves becoming entangled in their love affairs, grieving at funerals, and soothsaying what appears to be their fated futures. It’s hard not to become emotionally involved with these characters whose innocence, determination, and risk taking, tugs at your heart strings- at times making you cry and smile.

Readers and fans of the Owens story know, that death is a frequent visitor for the Owens and The Rules of Magic are no exception. Tempting fate and risking love are the common themes throughout this story- but we see so clearly how it is loss, heartbreak, and destiny that weaves the most powerful spell of all. Alice Hoffman’s most successful achievement with both Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic is that she makes us realize that magic is not about waving a wand or dancing naked under the full moon (partially clothed will suffice), rather magic is an inherent gift we each possess- we either live our lives defeated-surrendering complete control to kismet, or we actively co-create our realities through adding a heavy dose of love to everything that comes our way. Magic is what you make of it, and as we have learned from the Owens the only rule of magic, is that magic is boundless- we create our own rules through the choices we make. A pinch of salt, some lavender, and a black cat doesn’t hurt either.

Prepare to become spellbound when this grimoire of a book becomes available for purchase October 10, 2017.

September Potpourri: Motivation Blend

pot·pour·ri
ˌpōpəˈrē/
noun
  1. a mixture and or collection of miscellaneous and diverse items.

 

Theme: Motivation/Drive

Song: Mountaineers by Susanne Sundfor

Crystals: Lemon Quartz & Snakeskin Agate

Things: Numerology Guidance Cards, Crystal Grids

Biggest Lesson Learned: Trust your initial feeling about someone

Biggest Regret: Not saying “no” when I should have

Proudest Moments: Doing Astrology birth chart analyses for clients & having a clear vision of what my future new age shop will be like

Goal for October: Savour the moment

 

Full Moon in Aries October 5, 2017: Putting Out the Flames

Moonbeams

Moon in Aries opposite Sun in Libra- you vs me

Moon opposite Mercury- feelings are not being communicated

Pluto Square Moon- Control and change is needed, but we feel nervous about having to make a change

Mars in Virgo conjunct Venus in Virgo- small details is what is needed now, gentle energy

Mars trine Pluto- taking small practical steps is the way to handle all of this fire

Mars square Saturn- we want the small steps to make fast changes, but Saturn is slowing us down with his methodology

Mars opposite Neptune- just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean there isn’t work going on behind the scenes

 

A full moon in Aries always sets off fire alarms in the cosmos. Action for the sake of action is meaningless until inspiration is thrown into the mix. I get the feeling that for the past couple of months, on an individual level, we have been robotically living, meaning that our lives have been hectic and busy but missing joy and heartfelt ambition. When we are in the season of Libra, it becomes very obvious where we have been giving too much of ourselves at the expense of our own well-being. The Full Moon in Aries is going to push us to take small practical steps to change our lives. With the moon opposing Neptune this can be as simple as saying “no” or standing up for yourself. It is during fiery times that we come to appreciate the little things in life. It’s time to take a break and pay attention to whether your hectic lifestyle is for selfish reasons and if you are offsetting this by taking the time to help others? Venus in Virgo conjunct Mars in Virgo shows the need to want to express loving sentiments to others, and we must remember that when we serve others we are indirectly serving ourselves. The most important thing to keep in mind during this lunation is have you been self-serving or self-sacrificing lately? And is there a difference between the two?

Rowan Tree Transit- October 4-13

Planet- Sun

Element- Fire

The Rowan Tree transit is one of patience and protection. This tree is one of the first trees to bloom in the Spring indicating the arrival of something new soon. Able to grow on mountains in high altitudes, we are asked to look to the divine (Sun) for answers during this period. Opening up to creative inspiration (Sun) will assist you greatly. The strong protective qualities of this tree will enable you to walk your spiritual path with grace and safety as it will be a long journey. The word Rowan is believed to come from the Norse word ‘runa’ meaning charm and or protection. Some sort of spiritual awakening will happen at this time, so you must be patient with yourself in order reap the rewards of this experience. The Rowan Tree has often been referred to as Witchwood due to the 5 pointed star shaped berries produced. Staying grounded through any means will be extremely helpful at this time. You will be protected in any undertaking during the Rowan Tree transit.

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My Astrology Conundrum

Thoughts……

Astrology is a complex science that can be scary for many people. The scariness comes from the idea that you have no control over your life and that free will is non-existent. That’s a whole different blog post (coming soon), but I wanted to address the idea and fact that the planets don’t control us, rather, we influence their movements.

If you think about it, if we choose what kind of life we are going to incarnate into, then that must mean, the planets have to acommodate this, by aligning a certain precise way the moment we are born, and continue to play their cosmic chess game in the sky.

I believe it is our range of consciousness that determines the movements of the planets. The intensity we experience here on earth directly affects the heavenly bodies up above. I don’t believe the planets force us to experience certain events in our lives, but rather, as we evolve the planets help to facilitate this. I’ve noticed when I have gone through hard times in my life, the cosmic energies at the time were very gentle and soft. Of course when we’re ready to experience struggle- the planets will make it happen up there too.

Everything is a mirror of us. The further people have moved away from source, the higher the cancer rates (people are literally rotting away). The more fiery people are, the hotter the weather. The more open people have been about taboos, the more naked society has become (the rise of nudity). The more we search for meaning in our lives, the more awakened we have become (the rise of mainstream spirituality).

Next time you dread that planetary alignment or “bad” transit, pay attention to what you’re thinking because that is the magnet to the planets.

And so it is.