Samhain

We have arrived at the final trimester that began back at the Winter Solstice when a solar frequency was released, seeded at Imbolc, first seen at the Spring Equinox, felt at Beltane with the first heartbeat, celebrating the soul at the Summer Solstice, and preparing for the final trimester at Lammas. At Samhain, our creation is stirring.

This is a time in the year when we venture into our own underworld. We make peace with the fact that our lives are changing. To the Pagans, Samhain signified the start of the new year as the energies from the Spring and Summer fade away. Think back to last December and see now how much you have changed!

Astrology

Samhain marks the point when the Sun enters 15 degrees Scorpio. This is the degree that is closest to death in Astrology. The halfway point in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are known as avatar degrees because there is a transformation taking place. This is the point where the heaviness lightens up. The Sun enters 15 degrees Scorpio on November 7th, but most Pagans celebrate Samhain on October 31st- November 1st. Personally, I celebrate Samhain up until the Sun enters Sagittarius.

The darkest part in an Astrology Chart happens to be the nadir or 4th house cusp. It directly opposes the midheaven which is the brightest and most public point. The nadir represents the inner world that only comes out behind closed doors. It is found in the 4th house because it shows our true nature and private life. The nadir also reveals information about our family. The other dark part of the chart is the 8th house, the natural domicile of Scorpio. This house represents our ancestral lineage, Akashic past, and how and what should be cleansed to make us feel renewed. Both houses show a connection to family which is celebrated at Samhain.

In my story about Beltane I discussed feeling the first heartbeat of what life this year was going to entail. Samhain directly opposes Beltane on the Wheel of the Year showing that our heartbeat is directly linked to the rhythm of our ancestors. When we are in the womb the first sound we hear is our Mother’s heartbeat. It is a centuries old recorded song that will overlay with our own.

In every mythological story about the underworld (15 degrees if the fixed signs) the hero always travels with a companion. Samhain is the time when you should look to your family tree for someone whose life you admire or respect who can be your companion on your journey. Someone whose life you could look at when you feel stuck or trapped in your own underworld. If it’s not a relative, a past experience will also suffice. Analyze the recurring themes in your ancestors lives. What patterns do you see? How are they showing up in your own life?

To Conclude…

There are only a few weeks left in our Pagan Pregnancy story as the Winter Solstice is fast approaching. It is at this time when Mother’s begin choosing names for their unborn baby, there might also be a longing to reconnect with relatives, or when more serious questions about motherhood begin to be asked. This is because the call of the ancestors is strong at Samhain. Nothing new is ever created. Everything is imprinted with memories and connections to our conscious and unconscious past. You are the sum of everyone and everything that came before you. What will be born at the Winter Solstice is a magic that you carry in every bone, cell, wish, dream, and heartbeat. Samhain is the time to own your power. When we acknowledge the suffering and victories of our ancestors, our ancient magic awakens.

 

 

Full Moon in Taurus October 24, 2018: Plugging in the Power

Moonbeams: Love is coming in ways you would never expect.

The Full Moon in Taurus will see us electrified with some powerful new heart energy. This is not necessarily romantic, but more about feeling deeply fulfilled and inspired in your life.

The Aspects

FM conjunct Uranus- surprises, shocks, expect the unexpected

Venus opposite Uranus- awareness of values transforming

FM opposite Venus- awareness of what you need

Venus sextile Saturn- your desires are realistic

FM trine Saturn- everything is achievable

A New Power Source

With all of the restructuring going on this year, this FM is finally bringing some flashes of insight into why our lives have been rearranging the way that they have. Uranian energy brings those “aha moments” that gifts us with a sense of fun, adventure, and quirkiness. The dispositor of the FM is Venus retrograde in Scorpio which is about redefining our values by ways of purging old feelings around security. A good question to reflect on during this lunation is:

What would make you feel the most comforted and alive (ie; passionate, excited, awakened)? Don’t judge your answer. This is a Uranian FM, so the crazier it seems, the better!

For example; maybe having a new home would bring you a sense of comfort, yet traveling would make you feel alive. This FM in Taurus will help you realize that there is a way to have both at the same time!

Venus is opposing Uranus which is conjunct the FM which is showing that your needs can be met in non-traditional ways. The positive aspects being received by Saturn indicates that our life is being remodeled in order to align with our transforming ideals and desires.

Plugging in the Power

As the final FM during the Leo/Aquarius nodal axis, this lunation is our opportunity to express our biggest dreams no matter how “out there” they may seem. All of the planets are ready to spring into action to help make them a reality. Love is the ultimate power, and with a Taurus Full Moon completing our Leo/Aquarius axis, our heart chakra is fully charged. Get ready, because Uranus is about to plug itself into your heart outlet. Sparks will be flying!

September Potpourri: Detox Blend

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  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.

     

Theme of September: Detoxing the heart

Biggest Lesson Learned: Things only come to us when we’re ready to accept them

Proudest Moment: Admitting something without worrying what the other person would think

Goal for October: Take a risk

 

Luminous Movie- Black Panther

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I’m not a fan of Marvel movies or superheroes, but when Black Panther was released on Netflix I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I have to admit, I enjoyed it! I thought the storyline was ingenious a meteorite with super high vibe minerals, an advanced country presenting itself as a third world country, and lots of metaphysical rituals. It left me thinking that nothing is ever as it presents itself. If Marvel keeps putting out movies with a new age twist like they did with Dr. Strange and Black Panther, I might actually become a fan of the superhero genre.

 

Luminary of the Month– Jodi Sky Rogers

Jodi About Me

Jodi Sky Rogers is a life coach and self-care guru who I stumbled upon through Instagram. She empowers women to nurture their inner wild spirit through cultivating simple yet effective self-care techniques. She is a beautiful writer who makes the art of comfort and nourishment poetic and blissful. I would highly recommend checking out her website here.

Superluminal Book of the Month- Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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Last month I visited my local New Age shop to purchase some books on Bach Flower Therapy. While perusing the shop, I came across a pile of books stacked on the floor whose top book was glistening under the flourescent lighting and whispering my name. It was Garden Spells. My synchonistic meeting with this book was beautiful. I went into the shop to purchase books on flower therapy (which I did) and left with a novel about floriography (the art of interpreting flowers). The messages in this book were what I needed to absorb at the time, and thus I am grateful for our encounter. This book follows two sisters and their magical garden in North Carolina. This was the second book to make me cry because I related so deeply to the sisters’ perseverance and struggles. If you think a magical apple tree and unrequited love might be your cup of tea, pick up a copy of Garden Spells...you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon in Libra October 8, 2018: Redecorating

The energy of this New Moon is that of change. Libra rules over appearances, specifically the many faces we wear and the deceptive old adage that “nothing is at it seems.” Libra energy looks to balance the desire for truth with the desire for security. How comfortable are you in your life? Why are you enduring discomfort when you have the power to change? Are the seductive lies you’re telling yourself worth more to you than your own happiness? It’s during this New Moon that we are being called to modernize our lives.

The Aspects

Sun square Pluto- a strong desire to control coming from the old withering away

Sun quincunx Neptune- your eyes are playing tricks on you

Moon conjunct Ceres- self care

Ceres square Pluto- the outside clashing with the inside

Libra energy refines and with her ruler Venus in retrograde in Scorpio it’s more about Redecorating. Think of your life right now as a room. What does it look like? Is it cluttered? Is it empty? Do you feel comfortable and secure in it? Or does it make you want to leave? If I had to guess, I would say it’s looking a little vintage right now. Venus retrograde is dusting off those boxes of old memories and pains and is putting them under the window to allow the sunlight to shine upon them.

A New Moon in Libra is the time when we feel most unlike ourselves. We’re going back and forth between the past and the present, inspiration and regret, acceptance and denial. This is so we can get better in touch with ourselves. Since Libra is such a visual energy, the way to bring some beauty and charm back into your life is by changing the way you look at things. Maybe that old tattered armchair just needs some reupholstery? Or maybe that mirror needs a new frame? What about a fresh coat of paint on the walls? The cosmic climate is not conducive for massive life altering changes right now. But what is supportive is the acknowledgement that everything has a purpose and that is what true homeostasis is…turning what seems like trash into treasure.

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Help by Megan Griswold: REVIEW

Ok, I have to start off by saying I feel a little guilty for reviewing a memoir. I mean, how can I sit here and critique such a personal story? So I’m not going to give a typical review where I’m making suggestions on what could and should have been included and excluded, but rather I’m going to focus on how it made me feel.

The Book of Help made me feel less alone. I could relate to Megan’s yo-yo diets of various self-help techniques and the emotional rollercoaster they took her on. I found her story compelling, her honesty heart wrenching, and her perseverance and resilience inspiring. I found myself falling in love with her love stories, crying with her heart breaks, and asking those big spiritual questions when she herself was lacking the answers. My biggest take away from her story was that self-help techniques are never going to answer your questions or even give you the peace that you seek. All of these different methods lock you in the perception that you are not good enough, that you need to be fixed. As Megan herself pondered through all of her trials and tribulations, why can’t we just live with who we are? Perhaps all of us are broken, and all the different experiences we have are ways to initiate the repairs we seek externally when we really should be honouring thy self. Part of the healing process involves understanding what it is we most need and doing everything we can to align our lives with them. So will all of the fancy schmancy new age remedies out there such as meditation, acupuncture, therapy, and herbalism (just to name a few) meet these needs? I’m not so sure, and as Megan concluded, protection, nourishment, and comfort is all any of us really needs and that will look very different for each individual. So go out there, find your happiness, and live your life by your own terms. We can only be responsible for ourselves. We are not here to fix everyone and everything, because what seems broken, is actually falling into place.

Full Moon in Aries September 24, 2018: True Grit

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, grit in the context of behavior is defined as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Duckworth, based on her studies, tweaked this definition to be “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”

The Full Moon in Aries is completing a cycle that began on April 16, 2018 when we had our New Moon in Aries. That New Moon which was the snapshot of energies we would be dealing with this year, happened to be conjunct Uranus. So this Full Moon begs the question “how has the instability of your life affected you this year?”

The Aspects

Moon conjunct Chiron- feeling extremely vulnerable

Moon square Capricorn- fears that are holding you back

Sun conjunct Mercury- self critical thoughts

Moon opposite Mercury- hard things to think and talk about

Moon sextile Mars- this too shall pass

Mars conjunct South Node- saying goodbye to the comparison trap

Moon trine North Node- be proud of your wounds

 

This is the heaviest moon of 2018. The major theme of this year has been about getting honest and real with ourselves which is the true grittiness of being authentic. This requires us looking into the stories we tell ourselves, the self-talk, & the hurts around our identity. Aries deals with our individuality, yet during the unexpected and abrupt experiences we’ve dealt with this year, we have been struggling with bridging the gap between our individualistic values and our needs. It’s only when we form solid values that we are our true selves.

At the same time, all of the major planetary cycles of this year- Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus, Mars conjunct the South Node, Chiron in Aries, Mars square Uranus, the summer eclipses share all one thing in common: restructuring. So there is a push and a pull for us to create new values, yet that first requires us learning new things about ourselves. We are in the midst of an identity crisis and the only way to get through it, is to cultivate some self-acceptance. You can accept who you are by owning up to your feelings and by channeling your pain towards the North Node in Leo which our Moon and Chiron is supporting right now. Look to see which house the North Node is transiting and focus your energies there.

I don’t know exactly what the future holds, but I’m stepping forward with grit anchored in grace. -Julie Graham

The day after this Full Moon (September 25th), Chiron will be retrograding back into Pisces where we will have the chance to retrieve those forgotten spiritual lessons that we should be applying to our identity wounds. Pearls of wisdom await us but they require a gritty perseverance if we expect to retrieve them.

Can you rework your past? That grit that rubs in you, until it is shiny and smooth as a pearl?- Anne Funder

The No-Self Help Book by Kate Gustin: REVIEW

The No-Self Help Book by Kate Gustin proposes that the inner voice inside of us has hijacked our sense of knowing who we are. Essentially, we are not our “self” because the self does not exist. The self in modern Western society and psychology is most similar to the “ego” but further research has discovered that it’s actually a complex system that is controlling, persecuting, and dis-empowering. This was layed out in the ‘Introduction’ which was easy to understand and got me interested in reading the rest of the book.

The first part of the book ‘Selfhoods’ was the strongest section of this book in my opinion. It clearly outlined all of the ways we buy into our own stories at the expense of truly living an expansive life. We tend to over-identify with our emotions and narratives which degrades any values and dreams that we might have. The theme throughout this first section was about understanding that we are not our thoughts, and this is facilitated through having a solid value system. The second section of the book ‘No-Self Speaks’ was eye-opening. It was written in first person so that it seemed like the “no-self” was speaking directly to you. It outlined all of the ways we distort reality by listening to the demands of our emotions. On a side note, this whole section could have been included in the introduction whereby we learn that the “no-self” is just a clever name for consciousness…that we are an extension of everything. The theme throughout this second section was about not taking anything personally. The third section of the book ‘To Self or Not to Self’ combined the previous two sections of the book to show how following the guidance presented in this book can bring more presence and awareness to your life, as the author says “No-self is the largest context in which awareness of everything arises.” It becomes obvious in this chapter that we do have the power to choose our thoughts and feelings. Questions to ask oneself in certain situations and in interactions to bring attention to the “no-self” were included throughout this section which was very much needed. I will say that the sub-section on ‘Decision Making’ was weak and unresolved.

I have only read this book once, but I know I will be using these techniques to the best of my ability. As someone who tends to over-think and over-analyze things, I found this book to be extremely eye-opening. It was a little unsettling to discover that most self-help books out there are indirectly serving the ego. For this reason, I believe Kate Gustin is disrupting the whole self-help industry which is long over-due. This book is revolutionary, and ironically, The No-Self Help Book has helped me a lot.

Autumn Equinox: The Drop

Our next stop on the Pagan Wheel of the Year brings us to the Autumnal Equinox.

The Astrology of the Equinox

Every year on September 22nd the Sun enters 0 degrees Libra which marks the first day of Autumn. Like the Spring Equinox, we have equal light and darkness on this day. For the next several months, the Sun will be dipped below the horizon, traversing the Autumn and Winter zodiac signs of Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius. This is the dark part of the year, and the Autumn Equinox signals the start of this journey into the unknown.

Mabon

The birth of Mabon ap Modron (Great Son of the Great Mother) is celebrated at the Equinox. He is born from his mother Modron (Great Mother), who is seen as the Guardian of the Otherworld, the Earth and the Protector. Mabon was stolen from his mother, Modron, when he was three nights old. In different versions of the story he was three years old. In one version of the myth the Eagle, the Owl, the Blackbird, the Stag and the Salmon rescued him, while in another King Arthur was the one who saved him. During his captivity, Mabon dwelled in a magical Otherworld -Madron’s Womb. Madron’s womb was a place of challenge and nurturing, and while there Mabon grew in strength and wisdom before being reborn as the Son of Light, his mother’s Champion.- Circleofthesacredmuse.com

Mabon is the old Anglo-Celtic festival of Harvest Home, a respite from the work of harvesting and a celebration of thanks. In remembrance of that time, it is often referred to as the “Witches’ Thanksgiving” and finishes off the witches’ year. It is one of the oldest harvest celebrations in Europe.

Mabon marks the end of the second harvest and is a time when the majority of crops have been gathered. Nuts, apples, grapes and berries are featured items at this Sabbat feast. Jams, jellies and wine are made at this time.

Spiritual Lessons of Autumn Equinox

After September 22nd, the days start to get a little cooler, trees begin changing colours, and summer flowers begin to fade away. This is the time in our Pagan Pregnancy story where we experience the “drop” of our frequency inside. We have arrived at the final trimester that began back at the Winter Solstice when a solar frequency was released, seeded at Imbolc, first seen at the Spring Equinox, felt at Beltane with the first heartbeat, celebrating the soul at the Summer Solstice, and preparing for the final trimester at Lammas.

The drop in pregnancy is the time when the fetus starts moving downward. Our creations are preparing to be released. It’s ironic that the bond between a Mother and her Baby first comes through the separation of the Baby leaving the comfort of the womb. So I ask you to reflect on the relationship with your Mother and with nurturing:

Is it a good relationship? Is it stifling?

How could your Mother have given you more comfort?

How could you have nurtured your Mother more?

What do you appreciate about each other?

What have you been neglecting that needs more attention?

What are you giving attention to that perhaps you should be letting go of?

What lessons did you learn from this past Summer?

We are coming close to birthing our creation at the Winter Solstice once again. To prepare for this, I would suggest reflecting on the relationship you have with your Mother. If we look back at the myth of Mabon, he was stolen away from his Mother and placed in an underworld type place. Only while away from his Mother, were both able to use their love and nurturing for one another to escape the darkness. This myth is similar to the Demeter Persephone story as well. The separation of Mother and Child allowed them to form a stronger relationship because they appreciated each other much more by being apart. Don’t we appreciate the seasons so much more once they’ve passed?

Mabon was a solar deity and by slipping below the horizon a.k.a the underworld, he underwent a deep introspection journey, allowing him to reflect upon his glory days on Earth. This helped him to truly embrace his individual power once he returned to Earth (Mother)…hence the balancing energy of the Equinox.

To Conclude…

Celebrating Mabon allows you to honour the process of life- that everything has a time and a season and that nurturing our endings is the most important part of the creation journey. Could you imagine if a pregnant woman began smoking and drinking at the end of her pregnancy? It would be catastrophic. So treat the Autumn Equinox as the time to comfort yourself as we approach the last big stretch of our journey.

 

 

Venus in Scorpio RX 2018: Death Becomes Her

Date: September

Theme: Mastery of Death

Venus in Scorpio sucks the life out of everything. It needs to experience the full essence of everything it comes into contact with so it is able to survive. Essentially because of this, Venus in Scorpio only attracts death. Once the passionate kiss has worn away, only the carcass remains. On a personal level you will find your relationships become an obsession for you. You will desire to experience the depth of your emotions within and without a relationship. You will feel the need to merge with your surroundings, slithering your way into every nook and cranny of your subconscious. This will allow you to understand your intimate relationship with relationships, money, values, and self-esteem. You will get to explore what it is that you truly desire with the above mentioned topics.

Scorpionic energy lives in the shadows so make sure you aren’t simply sinking deeper and deeper into your obsessive thoughts without asking some important questions such as:

“Who am I when no one is watching?”

“If money was no issue, how would I live my life?”

“If I had a lover that was created to listen to every insecurity and secret without ever passing judgement, what would I tell him/her?”

“What is on my bucket list? How many have I accomplished?”

Asking these questions will help you peel back the layers of who you think you are and help you reach the light deep within.

Important Dates

October 5th, 2018: Venus officially goes Retrograde in Scorpio taking you to those deep and dark places withing. Use the above self reflective questions as your guiding light. Let’s not forget that Venus’ co ruled sign of Taurus has Uranus there which is also the opposite sign of Scorpio. This indicates a period of reshaping your values that are in accordance with the answers you receive.

I cannot stress enough how strong attraction will be at this time. This is so we can facilitate the exploration of who we are through another person. If you are single with no prospects of meeting anyone, you will find yourself being lured to confront your secrets, neglected passions, and insecurities that you buried in the cemetary of your heart.

October 31st, 2018: Venus RX will re-enter Libra which will look to integrate some of the profound insights you will have had in Scorpio. They will then be weighed against your heart. Were the secrets you were keeping inadvertently burying your desires? You will be able to see just how bad your quality of life has decayed from suppression and misaligned attraction.

Death Is Only The Beginning

Venus in Scorpio will help you confront and hopefully overcome the fears that are keeping you stuck in the status quo. You will embark upon a journey of intensive interaction with yourself and others. It will be a time of incredible self-examination. You will be compelled to explore your own darkness and you will be intrigued by what you discover. It will be a time for us to recycle those cravings we have for the taboo and materialism into our own personal rebirth. Many will want to do some reckless things with their relationships and finances but you will need to ask yourself “what’s behind the desire for irresponsible intimacy or foolish finances?” If you just let loose during this transit you will only build an internal resentment within yourself creating the emotional insecurity that Scorpio is known for. Use spirituality, metaphysics, counselling, healing, and the occult to transcend the earthly desires that are keeping you locked in a cycle of suppression and aggression. We always associate death with Scorpio because we have to be prepared to let go of everything we think we know about ourselves.

Til death do you part will ironically bring you closer to yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon in Virgo September 9, 2018: The Nines

The New Moon in Virgo on September 9, 2018 features some supportive energies meant to propel you into a new phase beginning this October.

The Aspects

New Moon opposite Neptune- this is a luminous influence that will help you step into your magic. Just when you thought you knew who you were, Neptune comes in and makes you believe you are confused and lost. Reflect.

New Moon sextile Jupiter- optimism and enthusiasm

New Moon trine Pluto- an archaelogical dig of your emotions will take place. Reflecting on your summer is favourable now.

Jupiter sextile Pluto- upgrading

The Nines

September 2018 is a 9 universal month. This number has a lot of negative associations as it is the number of completion, release, reflection, and endings. It can be a heavy energy, but we are being blessed with spell binding aspects during this New Moon. According to Pythagoras, he called the 9 “ocean and the horizon” because it had all the numbers within it and none beyond it, as the ocean contained all the water and all that is within the water and continued to the horizon as far as man could see. For after 9 is 10. All numbers following when added together to the last digit cannot produce a number higher than 9 as its root. So it returns itself as water to the ocean. Ironically, the most important aspects during this New Moon involves the watery planets Neptune and Pluto. So we are coming into ourselves.  Let’s not forget that Saturn also turned direct on September 6th which helps us move forward on newly renoed foundations. Venus also entered its shadow phase this week, kick-starting a deep alchemical process of shedding the old and welcoming in the new.

To Conclude…

The New Moon in Virgo is a 9 month energy on the 9th day of September. We are traversing the liminal boundaries of our world and the great potential that awaits us coming up this October when we enter a 1 universal month.

Virgo energy is here to refine, serve, and heal, so let’s not tell ourselves that we have to sacrifice our happiness and self-care at the expense of the 9 energy. Virgo is an earth sign and the way we handle its energy constitutes our understanding of the lessons we should have learned first inwardly. This New Moon is an initiation. Each 9 we come to is an initiation to a new cycle, because what follows is 10, the number of our gravitational field.