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… More
The New Moon in Virgo on September 9, 2018 features some supportive energies meant to propel you into a new phase beginning this October.
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
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.
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.
Back in late July I had my Astrology chart read by an Astrologer and friend whose work I greatly admire, Smiljana Gavrancic. Even though I am an Astrologer, Smiljana has years of experience and techniques that I have not learned. I recommend that every Astrologer have their chart read by another Astrologer because they are able to provide a subjective perspective using techniques that may be different than one’s own.
The most startling thing that was pointed out in my chart was that my Venus at 17 degrees Aries is conjunct the fixed star Baten Kaitos in the Cetus constellation at 21 degrees Aries. This star is known as the “chained princess” star. According to Smiljana this star represents “the intestines of the sea monster, the whale, and here we have the story of Andromeda, the chained princess, who is saved by Perseus.” I was not familiar with the story of Andromeda, but upon further research, I was astonished to learn that this story was very personal.
Who is Andromeda?
Andromeda is the daughter of the Aethiopian king Cepheus and his wife Cassiopeia. When Cassiopeia’s hubris leads her to boast that Andromeda is more beautiful than the Nereids, Poseidon sends the sea monster Cetus to ravage Andromeda as divine punishment. Andromeda is stripped and chained naked to a rock as a sacrifice to the monster, but is saved from death by Perseus. Andromeda and Perseus then went to Perseus’ kingdom in Saifos, married, and had children. Andromeda lived happily ever after by establishing a kingdom far away from her controlling mother Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia was then condemned to be chained to a chair forced to wheel around the North Celestial Pole on her throne, spending half of her time clinging to it so she does not fall off.
Perseus and Andromeda by Joachim Wtewael
I AM ANDROMEDA
This story happens to perfectly represent the relationship I have with my own Mother. Cassiopeia was a suffocating Mother. She didn’t think anyone was good enough for Andromeda which is why Poseidon punished her. Poseidon being the God of the sea, which is representative of our emotions, knew that the only way to punish Cassiopeia for her arrogance was to affect her on a very deep emotional level. All Andromeda needed in her life was a sense of freedom which she could not have under the domain of her Mother. It took a prince- Perseus, to come and rescue her away from the sea monster- the emotional disturbances. This is why Andromeda was known as the “chained princess.” She had to escape from the arms of her controlling mother, and go far away where she would have the opportunity to have a life of her own.
My relationship with my Mother is the relationship Andromeda has with Cassiopeia. We are extremely close (due to some other planetary alignments) and sometimes it feels as though she is preventing me from truly living my life. She always says to me “I have to live for myself,” yet she unconsciously guilts me into doing the opposite. Smiljana said the only way that I can break from her chains is to move far away from my Mother…another city, province, or country. She told me the man who will take me far away to his kingdom like Perseus, is the man I need to be with. So far no one is in my life, but as soon as I am completely self-sufficient, I know this is something I must do, even though it would break my heart.
When in Rome…
Audrey Hepburn also had her Venus in Aries conjunct Baten Kaitos, and her film ‘Roman Holiday’ also exemplified the story of Andromeda. Audrey played Princess Anya and she wanted nothing more than to escape from her role as Princess and live a normal life. So she decided to sneak out of her castle in Rome and wander the streets at night without anyone recognizing her. In her adventures through the eternal Rome, Audrey suddenly meets Gregory Peck, who plays an American journalist who falls in love with her. Here we can see Audrey Hepburn as Andromeda and Gregory Peck as Perseus- a foreigner who is able to help Audrey escape.
It’s no coincidence that ‘Roman Holiday’ happens to be one of my favourite films. I’ve always had a fondness for Audrey Hepburn, but seeing as we both have the same “chained princess” syndrome, my fascination with her and this movie makes perfect sense!
The story of Andromeda can also be seen in the story of Demeter and Persephone. Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and had to remain in the underworld for 6 months of the year. Demeter being the goddess of the harvest, was so grief stricken that Autumn and Winter befell the Earth for 6 months. When Persephone was able to return to Earth, the following 6 months were Spring and Summer, hence why Persephone is the goddess of Spring.
My Mother happens to be born in the Autumn, while I was born during the Spring Equinox, so once again we can see the chained princess energy playing out.
My name means princess….coincidence?
Cassiopeia was believed to be the most beautiful goddess and constellation, and my Mother has always been complimented for her beauty.
My Mother has the fixed star ‘Shedir’ which is the Lady in the Chair star which is the main star in the Cassiopeia constellation conjunct her natal Moon (motherhood). Thus, we can say that my Mother has the ‘Cassiopeia syndrome.’
The Return of Persephone by Frederick Leighton- 1891
Do I feel like a chained princess? Yes. I have had a privileged life, but freedom is all I crave, and I’m afraid it’s going to take a handsome foreign Prince to whisk me away. Is it wrong to wait to be rescued? Of course, but if I don’t, the monsters are going to eat me.
There has been a lot going on in the sky lately, so here is my summary of this cosmic cacophony…
Mars Direct- August 27
Mars went direct on August 27th and won’t be retrograde again until 2020. His retrograde cycle felt like a war against our weaknesses, a battle between our ego and our heart. Mars is how we express our Sun (ego) and while he was RX he was in Aquarius, the sign of individuality. Needless to say, it felt like we were making great progress with our inner authority. Now that Mars has gone direct, it’s time to see the damage of this war. Will we continue to follow our own internal commands to live a more authentic life, or will we see our dream castles up in flames? Have we pillaged and plundered our way to peace or have we truly achieved it? Mars went direct in Capricorn, at his exaltation degree, so it’s time to get your boots on the ground and see what you have really conquered. I’ve been doing some reflecting and realized that Mars RX this past summer forced me into some situations that tested my ability to persevere and remain calm even when flames were licking my wounds. Now that he’s direct, some important discussions with others regarding the lessons of reacting versus responding have been taking place. Your sense of personal power was a little wonky during Mars RX, but now is the time to take back your power using our Virgo Sun to heal and detox all that pent up frustration. The best way to do this is through the physical acts of finishing what needs to be finished and saying what needs to be said. There is always a losing side in war but has it been your ego or heart?
Week of August 21st- Jupiter trine Neptune, Mercury Direct
Who is feeling extra emotional lately? We just had Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces, Mercury went direct in Leo, Mars will be stationing direct in Capricorn on August 27, so there’s been a lot of stop and go energy. Personally, I’ve been feeling very impatient and frustrated with my life. However, the strong water energy has helped me realize these feeling are useless. Life doesn’t work by a calendar, it works by you. Frustration neither creates nor dstroys, it just irritates. When irritation goes unchecked, infection sets in. Sickness is a message from up above to slowww down. It’s easy to avoid if you were patient to begin with. If you’re feeling low, angry, annoyed, and hopeless with these transits, look at your situation differently. It’s times like these when you want to move forward but can’t that are clues you are being reoriented. Life is trying to find the right groove for you but you aren’t helping the situation by turning back the clock everytime you get close to giving up. You’re the gear that keeps the clock moving. Gears are more efficient than batteries, they’re designed to last longer and have more interconnected parts than a battery- whose life span is much shorter. Mars Retrograde has also helped you see how you expend your energy. So if you’re feeling low, check your battery life because you’ve probably spent all your energy. Switching to gears is easy. All you have to do is realize that every breath, heartbeart, blink, feeling, and word are the ticks and tocks of your life. You are always moving forward even if it doesn’t feel like it.
Uranus RX in Taurus- August 7, 2018 – January 19, 2019
A few months ago I wrote about how the Uranus in Taurus transit will be agitating the soils of our lives in order for new things to grow. This agitation will present itself as a redefinition of what makes us happy. Uranus RX takes our bottle of miracle grow and gives it a really good shake. Leading up to this RX I found myself reflecting on comfort and all the ways I make myself comfortable & uncomfortable in my life. Try growing a desert rose in the Arctic tundra…it ain’t going to work. Our survival depends on having the right conditions at all times so we can photosynthesize (a.k.a transmute the light). We need comfort in order to feel secure, much like a desert rose needs the comfort of the hot dry Sun in order to secure its survival. When Uranus RX in Taurus comes along, it can feel as though we have suddenly woke up to the realization that we have been growing in the wrong garden. You were forcefully putting down some roots in the wrong patch of soil since Uranus moved into Taurus back in May and now that Uranus is retrograde, you will be transplanting yourself back to the right environment that will ensure your survival. We all have different needs and with Venus, the ruler of Taurus in Libra at this time, we have to weigh the pros and cons of what staying in a harmful place is doing at the expense of our growth. When the conditions are right we thrive which means we’re alive! So redefine what makes you happy and go find that luscious garden that will secure your happinesses survival.
That’s all for now folks, but you can always follow me on Instagram where I post weekly Astro Updates 😉
Love & Light
Swedenborg corresponds Sardonyx to love of good and light. It exhibits sard and white chalecdony in layers but the finest specimens contain 3 layers: a black base, a white zone, and a layer of red or brown. Black symbolizes humility, the white virtue, and the red fearlessness. The Sardonyx is under the rulership of Leo, the sign of sensation, feeling, the first aspect of the soul’s future condition here on Earth. In the Rosicrucian jewels, the Sardonyx appears as the gem of victorious ecstasy and rapture which flows from the eternal fountain of delight, banishing grief and woe. It was said to give self-control, conjungal happiness and good fortune, and it is said that if a woman neglects to wear her Sardonyx, she will never marry. It was frequently engraved with an eagle or hawk as a talisman for fortune.
There was a famous cameo by the name of the “Saint Chapelle” which was the second largest cameo known measured by 12 x 10.5 inches. The carving is the return of Germanicus from Germany in the year 17 AD. It also shows Tiberious and Livia enthroned receiving him. The grief-stricken captives were shown down below. The great antiquary of France- Nicholas Claude Fabri de Peiresc devalued the gem and then pawned it off to Louis X of France for 10, 000 silver marks. This Sardonyx cameo now lies in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
There are many other famous stories of Sardonyx cameos and the word Onyx was interchangeable with the word Cameo in ancient times. It is believed that it comes from the Arabic word Chemelia= charm which is related to the Talmudical Hebrew word Khemeia= amulet.
If you were born in August, wear Sardonyx as a charm for love and happiness.
I have created an additional blog all about Bach Flower Essences and their Astrological & Occult connections. I am currently studying to become a Bach Flower Practitioner and felt that the time has come to express this new side of me in a written format where I can share all of my insights and knowledge about this new path. It is my hope that you will learn something new and interesting about this floral therapy.
If you’d like to follow along with me on this new journey, you may do so at https://thetempleofvenus.wordpress.com
I have a few articles already posted and will be blogging on there every week, so stay tuned!
I will still be active on The Luminessence and have lots of interesting in depth articles coming up shortly.
Thank you for your continued support!
Love & Light
Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill is a collection of reinvented fairy tale poems and prose for the those of us who wear our crowns slightly askew, for those of us who live our lives asleep like sleeping beauty, and for those of us who lock ourselves up in our towers, waiting for Prince Charming. What appealed to me about this book was the idea that perhaps Gill would be the new Grimm, that perhaps her stories would enchant, inspire, and ignite a sense of adventure and self-empowerment for the now age. Thankfully, this work did not disappoint. The consistent theme throughout is that princesses and fairytales are not exclusive to dusty old books and Disney films- we slay dragons everyday, we dream our own dreams, and only we can be our own knights in shining armour.
Gill has taken the morals of the classic fairytales and have injected them with a much needed modern day context. Some poems are dark, going deep into the woods to confront society’s demons such as eating disorders, absent fathers, the patriarchy etc. This was needed and speaks to the issue about the romanticism of fairytales. For those looking for stories about glamorous balls, glass slippers, and talking fauna, this is not the collection for you. There’s a reason this book is called Fierce Fairytales, the stories are meant to uplift you by first deconstructing the harsher lessons of classic tales. It becomes evident that “once upon a time” is our time.
While I did enjoy some of the poems, I felt the themes were redundant. This book could have been cut down in size by half and it would have been a lot more effective. I did enjoy many of the poems- particularly ‘Why the Leaves Change Colour’, ‘The Woods Reincarnated,’ ‘Somewhere Across the Universe, This Intergalactic Fairytale Is Being Told,’ and ‘The Healing,’ just to name a few.
If fairytales exist for the purpose of teaching and instilling morals and values into the people, then Fierce Fairytales will motivate you to get out of your cold dark cellar and rescue your self-love that you have put into the hands of wolves, villains, and enchanted mirrors.
Moonbeams: Let it go!
The first full moon after the triage of eclipses this summer is a beautiful moon with lots of good aspects. Full moons are about completion, integration, consolidation, and results. This moon is in Pisces, bathing us in a cool refreshing glow.
The Aspects- Let’s go fly a kite!
This Full Moon features an Astrological configuration known as a kite, as you can see from the picture down below by the AstrologyKing
This configuration is about learning to fly with the winds of fate. Throughout history, kites have had many different applications, but they were first created for the purpose of sending prayers up to God. Prayers are intentions, and intentions cannot manifest without mental and emotional conviction. This is what full moons illuminate- the opposition of the Sun and Moon- are your efforts co-ordinating with what you believe in your heart?
Sun trine Saturn- consistent efforts
Sun trine Uranus- self realization
Saturn trine Uranus- instituting changes
Moon sextile Saturn- feeling extra protective of your goals
Moon sextile Uranus- intuitive insights
These aspects make it clear that you can ground your dreams into reality only if you consistently believe in them. Lots of shifts happened during the eclipses so this full moon gives us a reprieve from the intensity. Even though there is a lot of Earth energy during this lunation, we still have the opportunity to lighten up, remember, flight always starts on the ground. Sometimes life is like a kite- you have to send up your intentions into the air and let the wind carry them to where they need to go. Use this full moon in Pisces to let go and flow.
Daughter of Light and Shadows by Anna McKerrow is a sexy and intoxicating novel set in the fairy kingdom and the price one has to pay to embrace their darkness. The story follows Faye- a proprietor of a new age shop in Abercolme who descends from a long line of witches. We follow Faye trying to come to terms with her Mother’s death and casting love spells with her two good friends. Along the way she comes to learn about her true ancestry which carries a heavy burden for many.
I really enjoyed the blending of the witchy genre with the fairy genre which I haven’t come across in many other books. There was just enough magic without it being too fantastical and this book reminded me of another similar story The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle. There was plenty of romance and eroticism which I didn’t mind in this particular story since it was used to show how the enchantment of the fairy world brings out people’s greatest desires that would otherwise linger in the peripheries of their being. It was this exploration of light and dark that kept me engaged from beginning to end. The fairy kingdom served as a metaphor for our own shadows. A place where desire, lust, and beauty can distort one’s personal power. The real world setting of Abercolme is the reality we live everyday, fighting our own shadows in order to stay in the light of what is acceptable. The mystical cold beach was the border between the two worlds- the place where spells and magic consummated. The murky waters of the sea were representative of our emotional depths- how far and deep would one go to discover themselves? This battle between light and dark played out in very magical way for Faye that kept me on the edge of my seat. I found myself struggling as Faye did. There were points in the story where I wanted Faye to fully embrace her fairy side- I mean, who wouldn’t be enamoured with gilt, jewels, and gorgeous supernatural creatures? Yet, there were other times when I wanted to see her exact revenge upon Glitonea and Finn, using her full witchy power. Daughter of Light and Shadows cast its own spell upon me, leaving me wanting more and more.
Palmistry- Your Personal Guide (In Focus) by Roberta Vernon is a comprehensive guide on the art of reading hands. I have read a lot of books on palmistry and this one far exceeds all of them. Everything that you need to be able to effectively read someone’s hand is included, from the lines on the palm, to the shapes of the fingers, the colour and feel of the hand, etc. This is where this book stands out. Including tips and tricks on how to read the entire hand is not something you will find in an average palmistry book. I especially loved the chapter on fingerprints and skin ridge patterns. The information in that chapter was unique and intriguing. I wish that there were illustrations earlier in the book that clearly showed what islands and chains look like on the palm because it wasn’t clear in the descriptions given. The chapter on the health of the hands was ingenious and I know most readers will probably jump right to that chapter. There were lots of unique tidbits included throughout that I haven’t read anywhere else. Such as travel lines, and timeline predictions using the lines on the palm. The illustrations were clear and were almost on every page so I didn’t have to constantly flip back and forth. This book is great for beginners and those who have more experience. I guarantee that you will learn new methods and will have your palm right under your nose when reading this guide. After reading this book, I will never look at my hands in the same way again, so go and get your hands on a copy of Palmistry- Your Personal Guide (In Focus)…no pun intended.
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton is a haunting tale about an artist, a manor, and a priceless gem, and the interwoven lives of the manor’s mysterious occupants. I had high expectations for this book as I am a fan of Kate’s previous book The Lake House and trained as an Archivist like one of the characters. With that being said, I was left feeling disappointed with this book. I found it to be extremely slow-paced and the story itself was boring. It was an average whodunnit that really wasn’t all that interesting. I was confused as to what the story was really about? Was it a ghost story? A crime story? A story about a mysterious manor? Birchwood Manor was the main character, so I think it might have been more appropriate to rename the book as such. I felt the story was saturated with too many characters and it was difficult to keep up with them. As other readers have pointed out, it would have been nice if the two main characters didn’t share a similar names- Lily and Lucy. The Eldritch Children seemed last-minute and I’m not really sure why Elodie’s subplot was included since it was left unresolved. The Clockmaker’s Daughter needed a stronger supernatural element, less characters, and a more intriguing central mystery.