Tales from the ’11’ Part 1

Recently on my Facebook feed, I came across someone I know who was lamenting about how she is such a kind person who always helps out others and doesn’t receive anything in return. I found this irksome but also a perfect illustration of the shadow side of the 11 universal year we are currently in.

Sure, we’ve all had feelings of “you owe me” and “I owe you”, but if we take a minute to analyze what is really behind this, we can see some pretty interesting things going on.

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As soon as you attach an expectation to giving to someone, it doesn’t become about the act of giving or about the other person, rather, it becomes all about you. The act of giving should be a selfless act, one that fosters humility and grace as opposed to gain. If your motivation of giving is to attain something back, you are only giving to your ego.

The 11 year in numerology is one of awakening to our soul signature, our purpose, our calling, our destiny- whatever you want to call it, it’s about the ugly duckling transforming into a swan. The root number of the 11 is 2 whose core lesson is that of giving and receiving. Just look at the word ‘giving.’ It contains to ‘I’s’ that look like an eleven. You cannot receive without first giving, so if you’re feeling frustrated about not receiving anything- maybe the problem is that you are not giving in the first place? The great thing about the ’11’ is that it will teach you how to be in both a giving and receiving energy at the same time. However, this first involves cultivating a proper self image.

More on this to come……..

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Astrologize Your Exericse

So it’s that time of the year again when I realize just how out of sync I am. I don’t like to use the phrase “out of shape” because I have re-shaped and sculpted many areas of my life this year, so for the first time I am proud to be a square peg not wanting to fit in a round hole.

Exercise is very important to me, and while I am not athletic, staying active is critical for bringing my mind, body, and spirit back into “sync” with one another. Saturn is sitting at 29 degrees Sagittarius right now which is my 6th house of health. With Saturn making himself at home in this area of my life for the past 2.5 years, I have witnessed the transformation of my physique due to some intense exercising that Saturn forced me to do. I slimmed down, got toned, and had a very consistent work out routine. The past few months I have neglected this as I was going through a pretty emotional time and wanted to focus on other things. Now that Saturn is just about to leave my 6th house I have re-dedicated myself to fitness.

Moon Movement

We can use Astrology to develop a fitness plan. Using the Moon cycle is one of the easiest ways to do this. For instance- 3 days after the New Moon is a great time to start exercising. I’ve noticed that most people start working out during a Full Moon due to feeling extra heavy and gross from the water retention. Looking to see what sign the Moon is transiting can give you some clues as to what types of physical activity you should be partaking in. For example; when the Moon is transiting Aries, Leo, or Scorpio- intense cardio is more effective due to the pulse pounding energy of Mars. When the Moon is transiting Cancer or Pisces- aquatics or dance are more favourable.

Using the Moon is just one simple way to make the most of the astro energies. But in order to see which type of activity is most in alignment with your blueprint- we have to look at the 6th house and its planetary ruler.

6th Sense

The 6th House in Astrology is the area that rules your health. Interestingly, the 6th house is also a major stress point in the natal chart because it shows you what your stress triggers are since the 6th house also rules your working conditions. Numerous studies have shown that exercise is a great way to relieve stress but more importantly, how you treat your body is a reflection of the health of your mind. Let’s a take a closer look

Aries 6th House- Martial Arts, Intense Cardio, Boxing

Taurus 6th House- Gardening, Walking

Gemini 6th House- Work our routines that have variety, Biking

Cancer 6th House- Aquatics, Working Out at Home, Core Training- Pilates, Belly-Dancing

Leo 6th House- Running, Jogging, Professional Athlete or Personal Trainer

Virgo 6th House- Housework/chores, Choreography

Libra 6th House- Shopping! Walking, Group Workouts, Ballroom Dancing

Scorpio 6th House- Cardio, Extreme Sports, Sex

Sagittarius 6th House- Outdoorsy things, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Stretching-Pilates

Capricorn 6th  House- Marathons, Training, Pilates

Aquarius 6th House- Team Sports, anything different- Soul Cycle, Yoga, Gymnastics

Pisces- Aquatics, Dance, Yoga

*Please note that having planets in your 6th house will also add a layer of meaning to your house. If Venus is in your 6th house- look at the exercises for Taurus and Libra as well.

If you are a more advanced Astrology lover, than also look at any signs on the cusp of your 6th house, and any aspects beings made to your house and its lord. I have noticed that in many cases, the 6th house cusp shows you the type of exercise you are more naturally drawn too.

Also pay attention to your Rising Sign as this describes your physical appearance. For example, if you have Mars on the Ascendant, then you need very martial activities in combination with your 6th House in order to  build up your muscles and maintain your lean (Mars) appearance.

Body Image

If you have any insecurities about your body- look to your 7th House which is your Descendant. This will show you how others actually see your body and what your true physique looks like. For example, if you are a Cancer Rising, you might feel self conscious about your body specifically your tummy area. However, your Capricorn descendant actually means you are quite svelte and others view you as being lean.

 

New Year, New You!

So if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get back into shape, astrologize your exercise by using the gymnasium of the cosmos and equipment of the planets as your personal trainers!

 

Venus in Copper

Since discovering Venus is my soul planet I have been on a mission to learn everything I can about this beauty of a planet.  I recently learned that Copper is ruled by Venus for a variety of reasons.

Venus & Copper

According to Homer, Aphrodite (Venus) was born from the blue green waves of the Mediterranean coming ashore in her golden reddish brownish hair as depicted by Botticelli. Take a second and scry a piece of Copper and see if you can witness the warm glow of Venus.

Venus was born on the island of Cyprus where we get the word Copper- Latin word for Cyprus is Cuprum which comes from the Assyrian word for Copper- Kipar. Copper is soft and malleable embodying the divine feminine principle.

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The Glyph

If we look at the glyph for Venus we can see the Sun-circle rising above the cross showing an infusion of solar power. In Alchemy it is believed we each possess the planets within us, so the Sun is representative of consciousness rising above earth which is seen in the lower part of the Venus glyph. Venus as a planetary archetype is about moving matter to perfection and beauty- the only way we can do this is by raising our vibrations over the material desires of Earth.

The earliest form of Venus was the Egyptian ankh, symbol of universal life; the egg-shaped womb of the goddess, the place where life is generated, surmounting the cross of the elements. This womb from which the sun emerges is represented by the copper cauldron of alchemy. Christianity removed the womb egg from the cross- only leaving the material cross of unbalanced matter left.

On a side note, the Venus glyph also looks like a hand held mirror which is due to Venus ruling vanity and beauty. The traditional hand held mirror evolved from the Ankh.

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Venus in Copper

Copper is highly conductive representing the receptive nature of the feminine.

Ancient Egyptians used Malachite eye shadow for beautification purposes.

The peacock- a bird sacred to Venus owes it greenish plumage to its high Copper contents.

The bluish coppery colouring in crystals such as Malachite, Azurite, Peacock Ore, & Bornite are all Venus ruled and have a soft feminine melodic sound to them.

Many instruments are made using copper due to its high resonance. In Astrology, Venus rules music.

Copper is known to absorb water and fluids changing its form and colour. Women have more fluid retention issues than men and have the ability to synthesize our emotions (water) much better than men.

Copper is abundant in female sexual organs (ruled by Venus) and is used up during sexual activity.

Copper deficiencies in soil produce sickly crops. Interestingly enough, Taurus- one of two Venus ruled signs is responsible for agriculture.

When combined with other minerals Venus transforms substances into complex salts, which is why Alchemists referred to Venus as the “harlot of the metals.”

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Indeed every plant, animal, mineral, and person finds themselves easily seduced by the beauty and charm of Miss Venus.

October Potpourri: Witchy Blend

Theme: Magic

Song: Angel by Joseph of Mercury

Crystals: Tiger’s Eye, Smoky Quartz, Shungite

Film: Practical Magic

Food: Chocolate

Biggest Lesson Learned: Don’t be a push over!

Biggest Regret: Saying “yes” when I should have said “no.”

Proudest Moment: Seamless Transition

Goal for November: Stand up for myself

 

My Favourite Witches

Sally & Gillian Owens- Practical Magic

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Practical Magic is one of my favourite stories/movies of all time. I loved the bond between Sally & Gillian and feel like I have the same type of relationship with my brother. They practiced domestic magic and were always looking out for each other. It hits close to home for me.

Gillian Holroyd- Bell Book & Candle

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Kim Novak played a sophisticated manipulative witch in this film. I absolutely loved her slinky performance.

Cassie Nightingale- Good Witch

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Cassie Nightingale is the witch from the Hallmark tv series/movies ‘Good Witch.’ Yes, she’s a little cheesy, but she uses her powers for good and not evil, and is probably one of the kindest witches of all time.

Eglantine Price- Bedknobs & Broomsticks

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I also could relate to Eglantine Price from ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks.’ She was a closet witch who studied her craft at night…….something I can totally relate to.

Vianne Rocher- Chocolat

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Vianne Rocher plays the mother in the story ‘Chocolat.’ She adds spoonfuls of magic into her and her family’s life and always makes a home out of nothing. Chocolat and its sequel ‘The Lollipop Shoes’ by Joanne Harris are my favourite books of all time.

Winnie- Hocus Pocus

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Bette Midler slayed her performance as Winnie in Hocus Pocus.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

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I grew up watching this tv show and loved how it was a coming of age story with a witchy twist. Melissa Joan Hart’s comedic spin was perfect.

Luna Lovegood

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As a fellow Ravenclaw, I have a soft spot for Luna Lovegood. She is quirky and weird and makes no apology for it. She is authentic and woo-woo even in the magical world. I think I’d be a lovegood if I wasn’t living in the Muggle world.

Glinda

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I dressed up as Glinda for a couple of Halloweens in a row and sometimes feel as though I  am living in one of her rose quartz bubbles. She is a good witch who should have had her own movie by now.

 

Self-Denial: Sally Owens Style

‘Practical Magic’ has been on my mind lately…….and to quote Mr. Goran Visnjic who so drunkenly sang in the movie “You are always on my mindddddd.”  The themes in this story have really hit home for me this month as you can see from this previous blog post where I wrote about Venus Retrograde and the Owens’ love curse.

I’ve also been thinking about the main character Sally Owens and her issues around denying her witchy heritage.

Self-Denial

How often does it happen, that when you reject who you innately are, you find yourself confronted with that part of yourself all the time? The more Sally refused to engage in magic and embrace her blood, the more issues she found herself in. When she went to rescue her sister Gillian from an abusive relationship, she relied on the magic of belladonna to get them out of their messy situation, which turned into an even messier situation when Gilly’s boyfriend ended up dying and being buried in their backyard.Sally didn’t have to use belladonna- she could have gone to the police, but as usual, magic snuck its way into her life.

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After her husband died because of the love curse, she found herself moving back in with her aunts and refusing to raise her daughters as witches. The longer she stayed with her aunts, the more she fell back into love with witchcraft. She even ended up opening up her own boutique- Verbena, in town selling magical creams and soaps.

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By the end of the movie we see that Sally opened up her heart because of true love and embraced her witchiness, even going as far as creating a coven to help exorcise her sister, and jumping off the roof at Halloween in front of a congregation of neighbors.

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The more we live and breath from a place of love, the more aligned we become. The vibration of love is the strongest and post powerful frequency which acts like a magnet for alignment. I’ve seen countless examples in my own life where I was constantly being confronted with things I was suppressing.

I believe Sally Owens ended up finding love because she embraced her witchy heritage. Even though she did cast a love spell as a child, I still think the spell only worked when she stopped denying who she was. Vibrate authenticity and witness the magic unfold in your own life.

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And as Aunt Jet said in the movie “There’s a little witch in all of us….”

Reflections on my Jupiter Return

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

My Jupiter Return

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

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

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

Biggest Lessons

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

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

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

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

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