July Monthly Horoscopes

Aries Rising

Symbol: A group of young maidens tie dye white cotton dresses

The Solar Eclipse on July 11th will be happening in your 4th house. New beginnings with regards to your family and home will make you more emotional and cranky. The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th will be in your 11th house of friendships and associates. You might decide to cut some people out of your life and may experience a betrayal. Mercury will be Retrograde in Leo in your 5th house of self-expression which will give you the opportunity to get clear on what messages you are sending to your family and friends with your actions and words.

Taurus Rising

Symbol: Picking blood-red oranges from a nearby orangery

The two eclipses this month will be activating your 3rd and 10th houses. You will be more moody with regards to your career and may over share with your coworkers and associates. Be careful of what you say to whom because this can be later used against you. New skills you learn this month will be applied to your work that may make you realize you are on the wrong path, which will be facilitated by Mercury Retrograde in your 3rd house.

Gemini Rising

Symbol: A lemonade stand selling over-priced sugary drinks

The Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 2nd house of money and values which will bring a new opportunity to nurture your desire to get the ball rolling in your career. The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th will be in your 9th house where you will need to let go of old outdated ways of thinking about your earning potential. Mercury Retrograde in your house of communication will feel like you need to admit some truths about your skills that you have been avoiding.

Cancer Rising

Symbol: Breaking in a new pair of chic sandals

Get ready for new beginnings Cancer risings! The Solar Eclipse is in your own sign so it will be in your first house or Ascendant (if it is at 20 degrees). You will have a preview of a brand new YOU. A new chapter is beginning in your life that will be felt more strongly this Autumn. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will be occurring in your 8th house where you will be detaching yourself from old paradigms that are keeping you from moving forward with your life. Mercury Retrograde in your 2nd house will be forcing you to be more assertive about what’s important to you. Get clear on what you treasure so you can align your new emerging self with your value system.

Leo Rising

Symbol: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness.’

Leo’s are getting a little break this month due to no Eclipses happening in your sign. With that being said, the Cancer Eclipse on July 11th will be in your 12th house where you will be made aware of subtle patterns playing out in your life. Perhaps you have been too self-sacrificing in your waking life? Or too withdrawn? The Lunar Eclipse on July 29th will be in your 7th house where you can find your relationships unraveling. The Solar Eclipse will assist you in realizing that you perhaps have been in some unhealthy partnerships, and this Lunar Eclipse will finish up its karmic fires in your relationship sector. Mercury Retrograde in your own sign will make you analyze your role in these relationships more closely.

Virgo Rising

Symbol: Teeth chattering air conditioning

Needy people will be feeding off your energy this month so now would be a good time to stock up on some protective crystals- Obsidian would be a great choice. The Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 11th house so you will find that people are unloading their emotional problems onto you and you might find yourself surrounded by more sickly people. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 29th will be in your house of health and work so health issues that have been troubling you for some time will subside considerably. I believe that the Lunar Eclipse in your house of work will help you to emotionally detach from your job which has been draining you for quite some time. Your co workers or clients will be surprised at your sudden change. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 12th house will give you some clues as to why you always put yourself last.

Libra Rising

Symbol: Children building a sandcastle on the beach

You will be coddling your career quite a bit this month Libras due to the July 11th Eclipse in your 10th house. The focus for the past year has been on your social activity but now the focus is coming back to your professional responsibilities. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 5th house of self-expression so the people pleasing will not be able to continue much longer. You have to speak up and do what works for you with regards to your career. Some of your social buddies might get annoyed with all of your job focus this month, but you will come to learn that only your “true friends” will support your change in priorities. Mercury Retrograde in your 11th house will help you see who is lifting you up and who is dragging you down.

Scorpio Rising

Symbol: Hoarding seashells at the beach while others desperately search for some

Selfishness will no longer be tolerated Scorpios. For a while now, you have felt on top of your A game. This will start to dwindle now with a Solar Eclipse on July 11th in your 9th house. The focus will be shifting from YOU to something larger than YOU. Many of you will come to learn that you have spending too much time and energy on things in your life that are not worth it in the long run. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 29th will be in your 4th house where you will see that your selfish interests have been at the expense of your family. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 10th house will be throwing some kinks into your job situation.

Sagittarius Rising

Aesthetic: Uprooting dandelions

A breakthrough in your emotional well-being is coming this July. A Solar Eclipse in your 8th house on July 11 will help you to heal some deep-rooted issues regarding your sense of emotional security. Perhaps now you will be able to confront some buried feelings that have been haunting you. Overcoming some fears are also possible. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius in your 3rd house will force you to speak up for yourself and defend your behaviour. You will find yourself under the scrutiny of others, but my advice would be to speak your truth. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 9th house will help you make sense of the healing that will be kick started with the Solar Eclipse at the beginning of the month.

Capricorn Rising

Symbol: Sharing a dripping popsicle

The July 11th Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 7th house of relationships. You might find yourself growing closer with your partners- both personally and professionally. You will have to lend some extra support to your partners as well. You will also start to become more sensitive to the suffering of others and will see people in a gentler light. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 2nd house so you will be saying good-bye to your detached way of doing things. You will be required to be more engaged and compassionate in your waking life. Mercury Retrograde in Leo will be your 8th house which will encourage you to be more forgiving of your self and others.

Aquarius Rising

Symbol: Seagulls flying overhead scavenging for discarded food

I know it’s been unsettling for you folks for a while now, but the good news is that the July 11th Cancer Solar Eclipse will allow you to structure your life in a way that aligns with the new YOU. Establishing new routines, priorities, and responsibilities will be felt with the Solar Eclipse. The Lunar Eclipse on July 29th will be in your 1st house. You will have to release some aspect of yourself that is keeping you from your authentic life. Something shocking could happen, such as an accident or an admission of something that you never saw coming. Mars is also conjunct this Eclipse in your 1st house so an old karmic cycle will be coming to an end. The big finale is here. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 7th house will help you to see your life from a bird eye’s perspective. It will feel like you are looking at your life from the outside of a window. It will be intense this month, but you are experiencing the start of a brand new karmic cycle. Not many people have this opportunity…use it well.

Pisces Rising

Symbol: An easel and paintbrush are set up but the painter is missing

If you’ve had some ideas that you haven’t been able to implement for a while, this July will be your chance! New creative projects and ways of expressing yourself will be available to you. If you have children, your bond with them will be stronger this month as well. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 12th house which will make you feel a little depressed. The Lunar Eclipse will be conjunct Mars RX so intense past life experiences can be felt as well as the completion of a karmic cycle. You could also be handed some heavy karma that you have accumulated from this past year, so pay attention to the signs, symbols, and feelings that come up this month. Mercury Retrograde in Leo will be in your 6th house so you will have to take a hard look at your reality to see what you have been abandoning.

 

All the best Lumineers!

XO

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Mars Retrograde & South Node Conjunction 2018: Serpentine Fire

Mars will be conjunct the South Node of the Moon off and on from June until the Autumn which will create a very intense summer with some hot potential for transformation. Mars will also be retrograde for a while which is a rare occurrence for the red planet. Let’s take a closer look.

Mars Retrograde

Mars will be retrograde on June 26th until August. This is the first time in 47 years that Mars has been retrograde in Aquarius. Mars officially moved into Aquarius on the same day Uranus ingressed into Taurus in May. In the last week of July, Mars will also be at its brightest in 60 000 years.

Once every 2 years, Mars goes retrograde which makes the planet appear as though it is moving backwards in the sky. It does not actually move backwards, it is more of an optical illusion. Mars will revisit the degrees it traveled when it was moving direct, so we have the opportunity to put right or make wrong what we’ve already experienced.

Mars is a masculine archetypal planet that has a lot of power for the next few months, and will set the stage for the next 2.5 years. Mars will be retrograde in the sign of Aquarius which is adding a mind opening flavour to this transit.

Aquarius is the archetype of the revolutionary, the eccentric, the detached, the inventor, the thinker, and the cosmic bohemian. Mars will be emphasizing the light and shadow aspects of this sign, inflaming issues around abandonment, the role of men, and recklessness.

Aquarius

Aquarius is an archetype that is emotionally disconnected from the human experience. It spends way too much time pondering and not enough time present. The inventor, thinker, and scientist, all devote their time and life to the intellectual experience which has its good points.

Mars in Aquarius will push you towards experiencing a fresh, new, and innovative way of living your life, specifically in the Aquarius ruled house of your natal chart. It’s a consciousness expanding energy that will make you feel fed up with following the status quo and listening to others tell you what to do.

Mars Conjunct the South Node

Mars will also meet with the South Node of the Moon in Aquarius 3 times this year. The first conjunction occurred earlier this month on June 7th before Mars turned RX. The next two conjunctions will be July 20th, and September 25th at 7-4 degrees of Aquarius. Mars conjunct the South Node is the placement for burning away the old, and starting a new karmic cycle. On a more mundane level, this placement will create more violence, danger, aggression, injuries, altercations, and the potential for war or terrorism.

The South Node of the Moon is the tail of the dragon, while the North Node is the head of the dragon. The South Node represents losing something, endings, what we have to let go of in order to evolve, and past life karma. When Mars meets up with this point, we have a strong selfish desire to push forward with our lives, to make a drastic change, and to leave the old behind in favour or something that is more aligned to our purpose.

This conjunction will play out in a few different ways depending on your own personal planets, but here is how you might feel.

-Unsettled

-Extra annoyed

-Impulsive

-Alienated

-Instigating

-Lacking empathy

-Afraid

Blistered and Burned

What will first happen when Mars meets up with the South Node is the need to confront your deepest fears. This does not necessarily mean they will come true, but you will definitely have a taste of it.  Mars in Aquarius is rebellious and reckless while the SN in Aquarius is about moving away from collective control. When you bring Mars & the SN together you get a dangerous combo that makes you feel invincible. You will be excreting your fears out of every pore so blisters are inevitable. When you’re able to talk about what you’re afraid of, suddenly you’re not so afraid of it anymore.

Some of you might be feeling very calm during this transit which indicates that you’ve already done a lot of work. Some of you will be feeling low. Either way, retreating from the world is what most people will be doing. Purging & burning away the old to welcome in the new sounds all fine and dandy, but it’s easier said than done. Fires are brutal, especially when they destroy your life and long-term plans (Aquarius). This conjunction is a reset, a forest fire that has scorched some part of your life to be reborn. It’s scary, but required. Drink lots of water, cry, & release pent-up emotions. Avoid fanning the fires by intellectualizing your pain and confiding in others who have their own issues to deal with. Working with the Water element will help and not Air.

What Does This All Mean?

Mars Retrograde in Aquarius will push you to reinvent yourself. It’s time to take a new direction and to not be a bystander in your own life anymore. Mars will help you to open up your mind and do what works for you regardless of what other people think.

Mars Retrograde conjunct the South Node in Aquarius is about deconditioning. We have to embrace our individuality and not get suckered into going along with the masses, the sheep, or our third dimensional reality. This conjunction will allow us to evolve from outdated ways of doing things. Many of you will be saying goodbye to friends and associates who are no longer in alignment with you. Let’s see how this will play out on a practical level…

-Transformation of your tribe

-Speaking your truth loud and proud

-Decisiveness

-Believing in yourself more than ever

Keep in Mind….

Transformation is a gradual process, so if you don’t have any planets from 1-8 degrees of the Fixed signs- Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio you will find yourself being more mouthy and aggressive which is a good indication that something is brewing with your personal power.

I will be doing a forecast for each of the 12 zodiac signs for this Martian energy in the coming days so stay tuned for that.

This Girl Is On Fire

We need to act fearlessly but not recklessly. We need to be bold but not overbearing. We need to speak our truth and not yell it. We need to open our minds and not misshapen it. We need to be decisive and not stubborn.

Fires create but they also destroy. We can only welcome in the new when we let go of the old. The Serpentine Fire this summer is bringing the water from the water bearer Aquarius to a boil. Before we can enjoy the meal we first have to cook it, and that takes heat.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

Summer Solstice: Ensoulment

We continue on our spiritual journey of the Wheel of the Year with Litha, the Summer Solstice. The Summer Solstice marks the point in the year when we have the longest day and the shortest night.

Sol

The last major point on the Wheel of the Year was Beltane, the moment when we felt the first heartbeat of our solar initiate who will be given birth to at the Winter Solstice. We have now reached the solstice when the Sun stands still from which it will continue to wane. It is at this moment that the Sun penetrates the cosmic womb, gifting the frequency with a soul. It is a combining of the divine light with the divine within. It is an ascension of spiritual growth.

Ensoulment is when a fetus has a soul.  Different Religions have varying views on this, but it was Aristotle who believed that the fetus receives a soul approximately 90 days into the pregnancy. From the moment the gestation period began at the Spring Equinox (Ostara) to the Summer Solstice, we have reached approximately 90 days. So we can assume that our frequency of the year receives its divine consciousness at the Summer Solstice. Remember, the latin word for Sun is Sol which becomes the word Soul.

Sun & Moon

The Sun beats down on the Northern Hemisphere on June 21st, soaking us in its spiritual rays. They are encoded with receptors that are used to recognize the divinity within all things sort of like stamping life with their divine statuses.

The Sun enters the Tropical sign of Cancer on June 21st who is the highest octave of motherly love. Imagine the Solstice as a great big hug from the divine feminine. On this day when we celebrate the peak of solar energy, we are also honouring the ruler of Cancer the Moon. After the Solstice the Sun begins turning back and the lunar energies emerge. We say goodbye to untamed individuality and welcome the new identity the soul signature of each individual…even if they are in the womb. One month later the Sun enters Leo which is the time to honour our inner radiant glory.

To Conclude…

Celebrate the Summer Solstice by bathing yourself in the Sun’s light which can reactivate your soul signature. Know that the solar frequency that was released at the Winter Solstice is receiving its divine task on this day of Litha. Ensoulment begins.

 

 

Neptune Retrograde June 18, 2018- November 24, 2018: Let it Go!

Neptune goes retrograde every year for approximately 160 days, so it’s not as rare as a Mars or Venus retrograde. We are given a reality check every year with its cycle and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Could you imagine if we were in a constant dream like state? We need Neptune RX no matter how confrontational it might be.

How it Feels

Imagine trying to run really fast in a swimming pool. You can’t do it. The water holds you back, your legs feel heavy, maybe even your feet slip on the bottom of the pool. There’s a heaviness that comes around with Neptune RX. The drifting energy is replaced with anchors tied to your feet. You are forced to confront reality as you know it. This is why you might feel stuck or scared.

The Nature of Neptune

Neptune dissolves boundaries. It is the process of dissolution that creates the dream airy fairy nature we most associate with this planet. It’s like life takes on a grainy image. Something is not working yet your mind can play all sorts of tricks on you making you see different shapes and symbols in the process. Where ever Neptune sits in your natal chart is where you have to learn to let go of the false structure that you have created in that area of your life. It’s the area where you delude yourself and what you are afraid of losing the most. Neptune RX will erase your grainy vision, collapse the false structures, and force you to confront your fears.  

Neptune Retrograde 2018

Neptune turned Retrograde on June 18th and will remain so until November 24th. This year’s RX will be supported by a Grand Water Trine with Mercury in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. This triangulation of energy will support us in owning up to our deceptions no matter how much Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Mars and the South Node conjunction will try to boss us around.

Advice

Saying goodbye is hard and change is uncomfortable. Neptune Retrograde teaches us to take off the rose-coloured glasses and see our creations for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Neptune in Pisces is about embracing the void- that membrane where life eludes us, where we lack a reference to understand its meaning. Neptune RX heightens this feeling so depending on which house Pisces rules in your own chart, you are going to feel a lack of control and emptiness there. It is when we lack something that we learn the most about ourselves and appreciate the journey of life more than ever before.  This is the ultimate form of simplicity and authenticity which are the basic archetypal energies of Neptune and Pisces.

It’s time to power wash your psyche by acknowledging that you don’t really know what’s best for you, otherwise Neptune would not have to take us out of our ignorance every year. Neptune RX in Pisces is a deconditioning process that teaches us how to let go and surrender.

The greatest lesson that Neptune Retrograde will teach us according to Democritus is that “we know nothing in reality for truth lies in an abyss.”

 

 

I’m Your Venus…Your Relationship Desire

Featured Image: Ava Gardner as Venus in the 1948 film ‘One Touch of Venus’

 

This month on The Luminessence I am blogging about all things weddings, relationships, and love from a cosmic perspective of course. In this blog I will be discussing how your Venus influences your romantic relationships.

The Venus Archetype

Venus represents the following:

-What we desire sexually

-What we need and want in life

-Our essential needs

-What we value

-What we perceive we need in ourselves, others, & the world.

We look at Venus in its sign and house which shows us where and how the archetype feel secure. You look to its polarity for missing information, for objectivity, and to alchemize the original archetype. The polarity is how you grow. Find your Venus sign down below to learn about the karmic implications of your relationships.

I’m Your Venus

Venus in Aries– you are in a brand new cycle of desires and needs in this lifetime. You are learning to be selfish in relationships because in your past life you were too much in your Libra polarity whereby you were too selfless in your romantic relationships. You are learning to be yourself.

 

Venus in Taurus- Your values are the most important thing to you. You feel secure when your needs are met. You confuse material security with emotional security. You have to go to your Scorpio polarity to shake you up and unglue you from your stubbornness. When you refuse to change your values, the Scorpio polarity steps in to shake things up. When you remove your possessions you have to go back into yourself. Your Venus in Taurus is teaching you to be self-reliant. You cannot depend on your partner for emotional or material security in this lifetime.

 

Venus in Gemini- Your Venus is here to learn to explore and diversify your values. You don’t know everything, and your way is not necessarily the right way. You tend to be too critical of your partners which is when the Sagittarius polarity steps in to help you realize that there are many different value systems out there. You are here to learn to accept the diverse needs that people have. Just because some people don’t think the same way you do, doesn’t mean they are inferior to you. Accept the different needs of your partner, but don’t be adoptive of them either. Continue to use your Gemini intellect to analyze their values, but don’t be overly critical of them.

 

Venus in Cancer- Your values and needs are emotionally based. You can have bouts of emotional withdrawal when something triggers you. This is when you go inwards to figure it out. This is usually when subconscious emotions are being made conscious. If you find yourself getting lost in your feelings look to your Capricorn polarity for grounding. In almost every case, a person with Venus in Cancer will either isolate themselves in their relationships or look for a parental partner. You are here to learn how to mature on your own rather than letting your Capricorn polarity tell you what to do. Go with the flow rather than drowning in the flow of emotions that can consume you.

 

Venus in Leo- Your Venus is here to learn that it’s not all about you! You tend to give from your own perspective rather than from your Aquarius polarity- you have to be able to see others needs. Venus in Leo feel they need their partners to give them what they need, thus there is an imbalance with giving and receiving. Your Venus is here to learn to see the bigger picture. There are other people you have to consider.

 

Venus in Virgo– Venus begins transitioning from self to others in Virgo. Venus in Virgo natives suffer from an inferiority complex. You struggle with self-love, and self-forgiveness thus you can be involved in some pretty awful relationships because there is a part of you that feels you deserve it. This is when you have to look to your Pisces polarity for guidance. You must learn to accept your flaws and tools such as meditation and yoga can help foster a sense of inner peace. It’s only through the Virgo effort of cultivating self-love that you will evolve into the perfect relationship.

 

Venus in Libra- This Venus can be extremely needy and manipulative. You know what to say to your partner to get what you want rather than just saying it. Step into your Aries polarity to meet your own needs first, and then your partners. You will have a variety of romantic relationships in your life which will challenge you on this. Why try to always please your partner to keep things steady, when you can just be honest and grow closer as a result?

 

Venus in Scorpio- This Venus attracts what it needs more than any other sign. Venus in Scorpio is always magnetizing others to them. You tend to manipulate sex to get what you want- either you withhold it or will be very promiscuous. This is when the Taurus polarity will come forth. You have to take care of your own needs to avoid co-dependency. Be what you need.

 

Venus in Sagittarius- This Venus has very deep philosophical needs in relationships. If the relationship is not exciting and intellectual, you are gone. You can be deceitful in relationships. Venus in Sagittarius can be too accepting of everything because it’s all about the bigger picture. Go back into the Gemini polarity to get back into the details. It’s usually the little things in relationships that turn into the bigger problems down the road. Your Venus has to learn relativity of truth.

 

Venus in Capricorn- This Venus is about suppressing your own needs and values without honouring your own. You tend to bury your feelings because you don’t want to be vulnerable. Use the Cancer polarity to ask yourself “how do I really feel about this?” Realize that you have emotional needs too and the only way to fully embody your Capricorn Venus is to heal your suppressed emotions. Venus in Capricorn also prefers non-sexual touching, so if you struggle with getting in touch with your feelings, simply holding hands with your partner can open you up.

 

Venus in Aquarius- This Venus is about being oblivious to your own values. You are so detached that you are not experiencing yourself. You spend too much time in your head and you tend to value “freelove” and that “anything goes.” To get you focused and present in the relationship, your Leo polarity will shock you. Venus in Aquarius is afraid to engage so something shocking like abuse or the unexpected in a relationship will reset you.

 

Venus in Pisces- This Venus is exalted meaning it has full power here. However, Venus in Pisces feels everyone else’s needs more than their own. They lack healthy boundaries, because let’s face it, Venus is self-indulgent, so the last thing it wants is to feel caged in. Your Virgo polarity will give you a reality check. Don’t look at your partners like God just because you feel you understand them like no one else can. You have to learn to view your partners as human, and know that you are not here to save everyone. Be critical in a constructive way.

Venus Retrograde

Venus retrograde is the rarest retrograde there is to have natally. This is about getting clear on what your values and needs are. Souls born with this are here to rebel, review, re-evaluate, redo, and relive.

Your Venus has had resistance in evolving. When she is retrograde, she has reached her maximum of refusing to grow.

You did not learn how to create your own value system. In this lifetime you are meant to ask the following questions:

Who am I? What’s important to me?

You feel like you dont’t fit in, and are a loner. Any relationships you do have will be karmic. 20% of those with a natal Venus RX have never been in an initimate relationship. You will also find that you are attracted to those with strong Aquarius, Uranus, & 11th house energies due to their rebellious nature.

Venus Retrograde is here to learn how to have a deep relationship with souce and with yourself. You have to feel like you trust someone very deeply before you will be in a serious relationship with them.

Don’t view your Venus RX as a curse, rather it’s a blessing, because you will have a great opportunity in this lifetime to really get to know yourself which most people spend a lifetime doing. The better you know yourself, the easier it will be trust others.

 

Thanks for reading! Did you resonate with your Venus?

 

XXOXO

Beltane: The First Heartbeat

From approximately April 28-May 5 Pagans celebrate the Celtic fire festival known as Beltane. It is held at the halfway point between the Spring Equinox & the Summer Solstice. This day marked the time of year when farmers would bring their cattle out to pasture.

Rituals would be performed that would involve lighting bonfires as the flames and ashes were deemed to be protective. People would walk around the bonfires with their cattle and sometimes leap over the flames. These gatherings would be followed by a feast. Homes were decorated with yellow Mayflowers due to their fiery colouring. Beltane is a spring time festival that celebrates the fertility of nature. Thus, pagan folk would consumate their love in the meadows and woods under the light of the moon. It was also a festival of sexual freedom, therefore promiscuity was celebrated.

The name Beltane is old Gaelic for “bright fire.” We see similar etymology in the Slavic languages where the word byelo means White as in to purify.

The Astrology of Beltane

Beltane occurs at 15 degrees of the sign Taurus. 15 degrees in Astrology is known as a critical degree because it represents the half way point in a zodiac sign (there are 30 degrees in each sign). 15 degrees is therefore a peak of energy….a strong burst of the Taurus archetype.

Beltane is opposite the other Pagan holiday Samhain which is commonly celebrated at Halloween. This festival celebrates the thinning of the veil between worlds. It’s a time of ancestral worship and purging. Beltane, representing the other half of Samhain also experiences a thinning of the veil. It’s less to do with communicating with the dead, and more about communicating with the cosmos, the divine feminine.

The symbol for Taurus is the Bull- a creature of virility & aggressiveness- typical qualities we associate with the masculine. Oddly enough, Taurus is an ultra feminine sign ruled by Venus, so why the Bull as her symbol?

The Bull was sacred in Egyptian, Assyrian, & Crete cultures. The constellation was named as such between 4000 and 2000 BC when the ancients noticed fertility began when the constellation was rising in the evening at the time of year that the Nile receded far back enough that Oxen could plough the land. The Bull features in many mythologies which I recommend you research further in order to grasp the full archetype of Taurus.

The Taurus bull head looks like the female reproductive system, confirming once again the connection between creation and Taurus.

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The First Heartbeat

The Star Aldebaran is found in the Taurus constellation at 15 degrees- the degree of Beltane. To the ancient Babylonians (the first Astrologers) this star was the luckiest star, representing wealth and a beautiful family life. This is why Beltane is celebrated on May 1st when the Sun in Taurus reached 15 degrees.

If you have been following my analysis of the Pagan sabbats on my blog, you will know that I have discussed these holidays in terms of frequencies. To recap, there was a frequency that was released at the Winter solstice that was encoded with our blueprint for the upcoming year. That frequency becomes seeded at Imbolc which is the metaphysical cosmic conception. At Ostara we celebrate pregnancy- we are creating new life that will be given birth to 9 months later at the Winter Solstice. Beltane is 6 weeks from Ostara. We know that 6 weeks into a pregnancy, a heartbeat can be detected. This is the realization that we are carrying life within us. It is the reality that our creation is in fact alive! It’s always an emotional time for the parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time because it is confirmation that their love has indeed created another human.

Faeries are believed to dance around under the moonlight on Beltane which is why this holiday has a magical quality to it. Is there anything more magical than creating life?

If we take Beltane as experiencing the first heartbeat, what we are really celebrating during this holiday is life and creation. It’s in May that we begin to see nature waking up from the long dark Winter, and it gives us hope and excitement knowing that life is ours to create. I have noticed with many people that the period from January-April are always stagnant periods because we are metaphysically accumulating a lot of energy for the remainder of the year- we are energetically preparing ourselves for this frequency that we are carrying.

Milk & Honey

The Sun meets with the Milky Way at Beltane- connecting our consciousness with the stream of souls of the Milky Way. It is called the Milky Way because it is believed that it is the milk of our universe- the nurturing elixir that women use to feed their babies. In astrotheology, the Milky Way is Mother Mary. It is believed that when the Sun meets with the Milky Way at Beltane, souls are able to penetrate the womb of women who are expecting. This is why many believe that it’s at 6 weeks when the fetus has a soul.

The Maypole which is an important symbol of Beltane represents the Axis Mundi- the celestial pole that connect us to the heavens. The pole is an obvious phallic symbol, however I like to think of it as a column of enlightenment and the ribbons representing the celestial bodies. The crossing of the ribbons represents the meeting of the Sun with the Milky Way, the celebration of the stream of consciousness from the heavens that is now descending upon earth.

Celebrate Beltane

Beltane reminds us to enjoy ourselves and to celebrate the union of life and love. We experience the most profound intimacy with the universe when we are able to fully surrender to its magnificence. Taurus knows how to celebrate beauty and recognizing the beauty around us creates a conduit of energy connecting our physical world with the spiritual world…..this is why Beltane represents the thinning of the veil.

At Beltane we celebrate the masculine and feminine coming together. It’s a time to celebrate who you are unapologetically. Write down a list of your deepest wishes and bury it in your garden in a wish box. Visualize your wishes growing true.

We celebrate the union of the feminine and masculine, for without it, there would be no heartbeat.

Uranus in Taurus 2018-2026: Agitating the Soil

No jobThe planet of the unexpected and of the revolution is entering the earthy sign Taurus May 2018 and will remain there until 2026. Many Astrologers are predicting dystopian events with this transit, as will I, but I would also like to discuss how this transit will impact us on an individual level.

The Facts

The last time Uranus was in Taurus was 1934-1942- a very difficult time- we had the Great Depression and World War Two. It is said that planetary transits occur in cycles, so we can expect similar recurring events to unfold. Of course, we are in a different time so the events will not be exactly the same, but they will be of a similar energy.

Uranus rules instability, shocks, surprises, innovation, technology, engineering, the New Age, experiments, weirdness, rebellion, & revolution. Taurus rules the Earth, sensuality, food, houses, all material things, values, self worth, comfort, & life. Combiningthe energy of Uranus & Taurus will bring these archetypes together.

Predictions

Please keep in mind that Taurus is a stabilizing fixed energy so while Uranus brings the unexpected, we can expect these changes to be long lasting. What I’m about to share might be a little depressing, but it won’t be as bad as it sounds. Uranus it teaming up with Taurus which is an ultra feminine energy, so all of these big changes will be presented in a very sexy alluring way.

Financial

The last Uranus in Taurus transit was 1934-1942. This is when a lot of countries abandoned the gold standard. Instead, they adopted the Fiat currency which means you were no longer able to trade money for gold. Money determined its own value. There’s been a lot of talk about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies taking over the world, but I feel it won’t occur unti the end of this transit. Too many people still have way too much money. Economies first have to destabilize (Uranus) before everyone is willing to adopt cryptocurrency.

Banks will be transforming. A big bank where I live in Canada, has recently entered the start up industry, becoming sort of like a silicon valley type of institution. They are definitely getting into the tech industry, and will be spending millions of dollars over the next few years to educate their staff on technological advancements (Uranus) in the banking sector. The face of Banking Institutions will be changing. In fact, in Ontario Canada, they don’t even issue mortgages anymore. Look what’s happening in Australia. Their banking system is on the verge of collapse, if not already. I predict there will be more and more of this kind of stuff happening all over the world.

Real Estate

Taurus rules houses which means real estate. Real Estate all over the world has become so expensive it’s unaffordable. This has been in the works for decades because the global elitist agenda wants everyone to rent. Renting will become the new home ownership. Communal living will also be more desirable such as condos, and townhomes due to their price difference. Having multiple families living together will introduce something along the lines of a head tax, where each occupant is required to pay a tax. There will be sustainability undertones to this. Private investors will no longer be able to flip houses or privately rent them for a multitude of reasons, one of the main ones being price. I can’t tell you how many people I know who own 2 properties because they thought they could flipIt will go back to the days of Lords owning all the real estate. We will be the Habitants (peasants) who have to pay some rich corporation to live in a home. Banks aren’t interested in the mortgage industry anymore because the days of buying houses are over. The housing bubble will burst over the course of this 8 year transit.

With Real Estate we will also see the tiny house movement gaining more traction. Not everyone will be living in trailers, but I have noticed that all the new builds are the size of a tuna can. I saw a commercial for something called the ‘Mini Movement’ which is encouraging people to decide how much stuff they really need to have in their house? The concept of “necessities” and “essentials” will be changing drastically. If you live in a dwelling the size of a tuna can, you can’t own anything, and you can’t have a family. I heard the other day on the news that “dogs are the new children.” The media is pushing this belief that having a dog is more sustainable and eco friendly than having a child. The days of the nuclear families are over because infertility rates are soaring, and it has become too expensive to support a family. Although you wouldn’t equate minimalism with Taurus- I do think Uranus has a purging energy to it.

I also predict things like Airbnb, and shared spaces to become the norm. Private companies can now actually rent individual rooms in high rise buildings that other companies rent.

Houses and buildings in general will become more technologically advanced. Things like “smart homes” will become desirable, and in many cases, older dwellings will be retrofitted to accommodate these new technologies. Geothermal heating systems and more tracking devices will be installed in homes.

Will the housing bubble burst? I do think so. I hope so.

Food
Taurus rules food and agriculture. When you throw Uranus into the mix, we can expect some shake ups here as well.

I do think there will be a push back against genetically modified foods, however, Monsanto is getting into the Organics industry and we all know they own all of seed patents, so basically we are in trouble. It will be virtually impossible to find pure organic foods, because even they are being engineered. We might start to see more foods being forced to label themselves as GMO, but this won’t really do much.
The new commodity might become food. Bayer and Monsanto have recently merged, which means that the pharmaceutical industry and food industry will be one. Let’s not forget that it was during the last Uranus in Taurus transit in the 1940s, that Bayer conducted horrendous medical experiments on the Jews and other war prisoners. We also know that Bayer commercialized hard drugs such as Heroin. The fact that they are now teaming up with Monsanto scares the hell out of me. What sorts of experiments will they be conducting with our food? The old saying goes that when you control the food supply, you control the people. Will people do anything to be able to eat? We all know the agenda keeps threatening that by 2050 the world will not be able to produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. Will food become so scarce and expensive that people will be willing to do anything to get it? The last Uranus in Taurus transit occurred at the tail end of the Great Depression. We all know about the food crisis that happened then…don’t we?

Marijuana legalization is also something to watch. Monsanto once again owns all the patents, and now that Bayer has become one with Monsanto, we have to remember that both of these companies are known for their experimentations. The government and media is pushing Marijuana very hardly lately which should make everyone suspicious. Perhaps it is beneficial, but the government owns the seeds and plants. They can engineer it with all kinds of stuff. Neptune is in Pisces which is highly deceptive. When Saturn was last in Capricorn, Neptune was in Virgo which was World War Two. Capricorn = government, and Neptune in Virgo= medicine. Nazi experimentations with medicine took place. The alignments are virtually the same this time around!!

Political

Some Astrologers believe that Uranus in Taurus will see the collapse of the European Union and the revival of empires and kingdoms. Taurus rules over royalty and the super rich, so this could be a possibility. Trade agreements will be revamped or canceled altogether.

Transportation
Many also believe that transportation will be revamped. Both Uranus and Taurus rule over cars and technology, so perhaps more smart cars will be made, and ride sharing services will become the norm.

Personal Level

Uranus in Taurus will see everyone revamping their value systems. What you think you want is not what you want, and things that you never thought you would experience will happen. This will affect the Taurus ruled area of your natal chart. Taurus is the first Earth sign in the zodiac so it specifically rules over humans…us. Everything that we thought we knew about ourselves will be changing very quickly.

Uranus in Aries was all about destabilizing your ego. Now that your ego has been destabilized, Taurus will help you get in touch with this new version of yourself and refine it. For example; if Uranus in Aries transited your 10th house of career, during the past 8 years you experienced a lot of ups and downs with your career. You probably changed your mind a lot and couldn’t seem to find the right fit. With Uranus moving into your 11th house now, you will be reevaluating your long term goals, and you will be put into contact with the right people who can help make your dreams become a reality.

The first 3 months of any transit are always the most intense, so this summer will be crazyyy! Uranus will be destabilizing your sense of security in your Taurus ruled house most forcefully from May-August. The rest will happen gradually over 8 years.

Uranus and Aries are both unstable energies that act before they think. Taurus is an earthy grounding sign, so Uranus in Taurus is all about disrupting the soils of your concrete reality so new things can grow and be created. We have to till the soil in the Spring to activate new growth, so think of this transit in the same way. Uranus in Aries helped you find the right piece of land and soil after running around in circles and hitting lots of dead ends, so now it’s time to farm the land. Let’s not forget that Saturn will still be in Capricorn during this transit and we have the triple conjunction of Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter coming up in 2020 which are all restructuring and reprogramming reality themes.

To Conclude…….

I know all of this sounds very dystopian, but Taurus teaches self reliance and self worth, so this will be a time for us to have faith that no matter how difficult things will be, we will come out alive stronger and more secure. Taurus ruled the golden age after World War Two- the 1950s, a time when everyone had wealth and glamour. Uranus is the great awakener, so the more aware we become of the injustices in the world, the more self reflection it provides. Get grounded and have no fear. Our values will be changing drastically, and that’s not a bad thing. Taurus wants nothing more than to indulge and relax, so I believe everyone will be redefining what happiness means to them. The more nutrient rich your own soul is, the less you will have to rely on the pesticides of the world.

XO & thanks for reading & sharing!

 

Chiron in Aries 2018-2027: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Chiron the Wounded Healer is an asteroid in our solar system that orbits between Saturn & Uranus. Orbiting between these two planets suggests that Chiron’s energies are strong and awakening.

Chiron was a healer in Greek Mythology, and an immortal centaur. One day he was struck by a poisoned arrow from Hercules, which Chiron taught him how to make. He lived with incredible pain until he offered up his immortality to Prometheus who we know later gave fire to mankind.

This story shows us that we are our own worst enemy at times, and surrender is absolutely key to living a pain free life. Chiron’s placement in our horoscope shows us where are deepest wound is in our life and at the same time, how we can heal all that’s unwell in our life. The wound is a symptom of something larger going on within.

Chiron in Pisces

Chiron was transiting Pisces from 2010 until April 17, 2018. This 8 year transit saw us delving deep into the mystical energies of Pisces. It was a time where a lot of people underwent some serious spiritual awakenings and it was during this period that we saw the “New Age” becoming more mainstream. Fanaticism, deception, and floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes were running rampant. On a personal level, Chiron in Pisces forced us to swim in the deep waters of our subconscious, to peel back the layers of our 3rd dimensional reality to understand that what we see is not true reality. Many people underwent serious spiritual transformations.

Chiron in Aries

Chiron will move in and out of Aries until 2019- so the real hard work of Aries will be felt more in 2019.

Aries is the sign of self. It is an independent, initiative, birthing, soul forging through into new life energy.

Collective Level

On a collective level, Chiron in Aries will bring out a more self serving energy similar to the “America First” thing going on in the United States. I predict there will be less solidarity as everyone will be in it for themselves. Aries greatest wound is learning to accept help from others, so on a global scale, I predict there will be more push backs against trade agreements and geographical agreements such as the European Union and NAFTA. I also predict there will be more wars, and the devastation caused by war will force everyone to take a hard look at themselves. I actually noticed as soon as Chiron entered Aries, a G7 summit was held, and a lot of Western movies were airing on the television. The Wild West is a perfect illustration of a Chiron in Aries energy, because it was  “an every man in it for himself time.”

Personal Level

On a personal level, Chiron in Aries will offer deep healing of our identity. We will come to learn so much more about who we are and what our place is in the vast world and universe. We will be questioning our purpose and existence asking the question “Who am I?”

Another large wound of Aries is self love. A soul born with a lot of Arian energy usually lacks self love. This is because with a lot of Aries energy comes a new incarnational cycle. How many of us are truly confident and comfortable when we are experiencing something for the first time? Most of us feel awkward and shy, or our Egos compensate and we become overly confident only to suffer a bruised ego later on when we fail miserably or don’t live up to our own expectations. There will be a lot of healing on this level. Self love first requires self trust which is something we will be confronted with a lot during these next 8 years. Aries wants you to experience a lot of new things, but in order to truly experience them, a certain level of trust has to be present, and so Chiron will be forcing you to become self reliant. It’s no longer about the Pisces escapism where during the past 8 years you might have retreated into your head a lot. No, Chiron in Aries will push you into a lot of new situations head on that will force you to deal with them. We all know that you learn the most about yourself when you are challenged and try new things. Remember, Chiron in Aries is all about the self “who am I?”

Chiron in Pisces helped us understand the spiritual side to life, but that information is useless unless we can use it for self empowerment which in turn will empower humanity. Chiron in Aries will take all that “spiritual stuff” and make us use it for self analysis. Questioning your place in the “spiritual industry” and the universe itself will be very strong. We are moving away from healing deep emotional wounds to healing deep action oriented wounds. How are you holding yourself back? Are you afraid of taking some steps? Do you care about what other people think of you too much? What do you really want to accomplish in your life?

Aries is the warrior so you will feel the push to go your own way during this transit. It’s a very independent sign, so at times you might feel very lonely, but getting in touch with yourself is the only way to repair this Chiron wound. The heart is a lonely hunter.

 

Chiron in Aries will confront issues around self-love, self-worth, and identity that will create a balm of self awareness that will be the cure to the Aries wound of an unconscious self.

Check out the song ‘I am the Warrior” by Scandal down below. I find it to be such an empowering song!

Saturn Retrograde April 17-September 6, 2018: Shhhhhh

Silence. A word here that invokes the energy of this year’s Saturn retrograde. It is commonly believed that when a planet turns retrograde it appears as though it is moving backwards in the sky. However, this is merely an optical illusion. The planet actually slows down, it doesn’t travel in the opposite direction.

Saturn entered Capricorn December 2017 and the the theme is about restructuring your concrete reality. Saturn produces a manifesting energy in Capricorn because it naturally rules this sign. Saturn feels comfy here, not happy as he would in Libra, but comfortable nonetheless. If you would like to learn more about what this transit is all about, check out my Saturn in Capricorn blog here.

Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn will give Saturn the time is so desires to reconstruct the house it is currently transiting for you. He will be doing this anyways until 2020, but he has more time during these next 5 months to make some great headway. Come September, you will look back over the previous 5 months and see how much your life has changed.

Many Vedic Astrologers have been discussing how Saturn Retrograde can create more fights and confrontations between people. (Keep in mind, that in Vedic Astrology, Saturn is in Sagittarius, not Capricorn). I also agree with this, because whenever we experience a slowing down of energy in our lives, we get cranky and irritable because we want to move ahead, but we can’t. Please remember that Saturn brings lots of karmic changes to you, so there’s alot that first has to be tweaked behind the scenes before your external reality can change. This is what Saturn Retrograde is doing.

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Don’t get into fights, choose your battles wisely, don’t instigate or provoke anyone, and think before you speak. This transit is affecting everyone, so naturally everyone is going to be on edge for a few months. Saturn is the lord of karma and morals, so he is watching your behaviour very closely. If you act irresponsibly, he will strike you down with a heavy dose of karma. You may not feel it right away, but certainly when he turns direct in September, you will. Be the bigger person, turn the other cheek, watch what you say and you will be greatly rewarded. Mind you, if someone is swinging punches at you and pushing your buttons, you will have to defend yourself…but do it honourably and gracefully as opposed to handling it immaturely.

You are the actor and Saturn is your PR person. He wants you to act responsibly and maturely when the pressure is on during his retrograde cycle so he doesn’t feel that all of his restructuring is a waste.

It’s no coincidence that the ‘Shhhhh’ sound is Saturn’s sound in Vedic Astrology.

“Silence is a source of great stength” -Lao Tzu

 

Spring Equinox: The Venus Cure

Babylonian Origin- Ostara- Goddess of Spring
The Ostara story comes from the Sumerian legend of Tammuz and his wife Inanna (Ishtar), from an epic myth called “The Descent of Inanna” found inscribed on cuneiform clay tablets dating back to 2100 BC. When Tammuz dies, Ishtar is grief–stricken and follows him to the underworld. In the underworld, she enters through seven gates, and her worldly attire is removed. “Naked and bowed low” she is judged, killed, and then hung on display. In her absence, the earth loses its fertility, crops cease to grow and animals stop reproducing. Unless something is done, all life on earth will end.

After Inanna has been missing for three days her assistant goes to other gods for help. Finally one of them Enki, creates two creatures who carry the plant of life and water of life down to the Underworld, sprinkling them on Inanna and Tammuz, resurrecting them, and giving them the power to return to the earth as the light of the sun for six months. After the six months are up, Tammuz returns to the underworld of the dead, remaining there for another six months, and Inanna pursues him, prompting the water god to rescue them both. Thus were the cycles of winter death and spring life.

The Sumerian goddess Inanna is known outside of Mesopotamia by her Babylonian name, “Ishtar”. In ancient Canaan Ishtar is known as Astarte, and her counterparts in the Greek and Roman pantheons are known as Aphrodite and Venus. In the 4th Century, when Christians identified the exact site in Jerusalem where the empty tomb of Jesus had been located, they selected the spot where a temple of Aphrodite (Astarte/Ishtar/Inanna) stood. The temple was torn down and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built, the holiest church in the Christian world.

The story of Inanna and Tammuz is just one of a number of accounts of dying and rising gods that represent the cycle of the seasons and the stars. For example, the resurrection of Egyptian Horus; the story of Mithras, who was worshipped at Springtime; and the tale of Dionysus, resurrected by his grandmother. Among these stories are prevailing themes of fertility, conception, renewal, descent into darkness, and the triumph of light over darkness or good over evil.

Celebrated at Spring Equinox on March 21, Ostara marks the day when light is equal to darkness, and will continue to grow.

According to Jacob Grimm’s version, the idea of resurrection was ingrained within the celebration of Ostara: “Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian’s God.”
The Germans personified this growing light of Spring by creating the Goddess of Spring Ostara which in ancient Germanic languages means- Goddess of Growing Light. They adopted her from the Babylonian Goddess Innana.

The Astrology of the Spring Equinox
Equinox means equal night because on this day we have equal day light and equal darkness. It is a time of balance and harmony. The conditions are perfectly equal, creating a fertile energetic frequency.

The Spring Equinox occurs on a different date each year but it must occur during the first Decan of Aries, or the first 3 degrees of Aries which is from March 20-22nd.

Aries- soul forging through into new life- recalibrating, refreshing, initiating, creating something new, energetic, fiery.

The Spring Equinox marks the official start of the Cosmic New Year. This is when we enter into a new energetic cycle until the next Spring Equinox. This new cycle is the optimal time to give birth to something new, hence Spring is associated with nature coming back to life. So technically, January and February are still under the influence of last year’s energies. Progress will start to be made after this time.

Venus and the Spring Equinox
As I discussed earlier, Inanna was the original goddess of Spring, who later became known as Aphrodite to the Greeks, and Venus by the Romans, and Ostara to the Germanic peoples.

Venus holds very special significance to the Spring Equinox for the following reasons:
1. Venus is a very hot planet- heat creates new life, and remember, Aries is a fire sign that marks the start of Spring.
2. Venus in Astrology represents love, values, beauty, life, fertility, luxury, flowers, food, the arts, nature, self-love and the feminine.
3. Every account of Ostara, going back to Innana describes her as a beautiful young goddess who is the patron goddess of the above mentioned things. Ostara in all mythologies is described as a young maiden who collects water from flowing brooks, is wearing a sheer white dress and is covered in flowers, and is holding a set of keys. Venus is a planet that rules water, the colour white, and flowers. Holding a set of keys implies that she is the key to life. Thus the Spring Equinox is a celebration of the feminine because she is a creatrix.
If we go back to the Winter Solstice, a seed of frequency was created at that time that was encoded with our blueprint for the coming year. At Imbolc- February 3rd, that seed becomes conceived and the gestation period begins at the Spring Equinox and that seed/frequency will be released at the Winter Solstice 9 months later. This is why the Spring Equinox is a celebration of the divine feminine. Remember, the Spring Equinox has equal light and darkness making the conditions fertile so life can be created. Think back to December. What did you experience back then? What themes were you dealing with? The omens, signs, and symbols at that time were giving you clues as to what the upcoming year has in store for you. Also pay attention to any signs and symbols at the Spring Equinox.

Where does the Bunny symbol come from?
There are a few different beliefs as to where the Bunny Rabbit symbol originated:
1. It is believed the rabbits are creatures of the underworld because they live underground. In the Myth of Inana, when she returns to Earth, she is carrying a rabbit with her.
2. In Germanic paganism, Ostara rescued a bird that had broken its wing. She decided to transform the bird into a rabbit so it no longer needed wings.
3. Hares don’t live underground which is why they would be one of the first animals you see when the weather starts warming up. This was later changed to Rabbits, as they were believed to be more appealing than a wild rabbit (hare).
4. Modern paganism believes that the Spring Equinoc is a fertility ritual and since rabbits spend most of their time procreating, they are a symbol of fertility.

Where does the Dyed Easter Egg come from?
1. Babylonian myth- Inanna fell from heaven to the Euphrates in an egg and hatched.
2. The egg is representative of Jesus’s tomb, hence why the Christians adopted it. Remember that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is the supposed site of Jesus’ tomb was built upon a former Temple of Venus.
3. Eggs are typically white which is the colour of Venus, and the yolk is round and yellow like the Sun. Remember, the Spring Equinox occurs when the Sun enters Aries, and the Sun is strongest in the sign of Aries.
4. March/April are the peak time of year for Chicken to lay eggs, which were a vital source of protein for the ancients.
5. In almost every culture in the world there is a story about Earth being born from a Cosmic Egg.

Where does the Hot Cross Bun come from?
In the 12th Century a monk baked the buns with a symbol of a cross on them to mark the upcoming Easter holiday. However, there is more to it than that.
Cross Glyph- representing the intersection of matter and earth.
Now if we look at the symbol for Venus, it is a cross with a circle on top of it. The circle in Astrology represents the Sun. So we have the Sun, representing consciousness above the cross, which is Earth. So the Venus symbol represents ascension, consciousness, rebirth, and enlightenment. The Church being a patriarchal institution, removed all obvious divine feminine symbolism, thus the cross became the symbol for Christ, and not the Venus symbol. Venus at its core represents self-love. The Church knew this which is why they wanted to disguise the Venusian symbolism. Christianity became a religion for suffering and martyrdom and not self-love.
Venus also rules carbohydrates and sweet foods, so eating a hot cross bun at Easter is a way of honouring Venus.

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Easter
The Christians incorporated many Pagan traditions and called it their own. Easter is their most sacred holiday as it celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ. Remember, when Inanna went into the underworld, she was hung up on a cross to die just like Jesus. Once again the cross represents matter/earth and Jesus represents the Sun/light. If you look at a picture of Jesus’ crucifixion, he looks like the Venus symbol. His crown of thorns and halo represents the Sun. The Sun is on top of the Cross= Venus glyph

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Easter always falls on the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. This is because the Moon represents completion and rebirth and the divine feminine. The Moon rules over pregnancy and fertility in Astrology, and the Full Moon even looks like a pregnant woman’s belly. The Church knew this, which is why Jesus supposedly rose to heaven on this day. He was being reborn.
It’s on this first Full Moon after the Equinox that animals start procreating and frogs start spawning.
On a side note, when the three wiseman saw the Eastern star in the sky, signalling the birth of a King/Sun (Jesus), it was the East-Star, which is why the Christian’s named it Easter.

Conclusion

Goddess Spirituality allows us to get in touch with different parts of ourselves that we can use for self empowerment. Ostara is a goddess of life, love, beauty, sensuality, creativity, and so much more that we discussed today. The Spring Equinox is a time of creating life, and of awakening to our feminine nature. On this day, indulge yourself- that might mean taking a long hot bath, or eating something you really enjoy, or pampering yourself by getting your hair or nails done. The Spring Equinox is when the conditions are perfect for creation. When you feel good, you feel invincible, and this is what Ostara can help you with. Love yourself and the world is yours.