Full Moon in Aries September 24, 2018: True Grit

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

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

The Aspects

Moon conjunct Chiron- feeling extremely vulnerable

Moon square Capricorn- fears that are holding you back

Sun conjunct Mercury- self critical thoughts

Moon opposite Mercury- hard things to think and talk about

Moon sextile Mars- this too shall pass

Mars conjunct South Node- saying goodbye to the comparison trap

Moon trine North Node- be proud of your wounds

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Venus in Scorpio RX 2018: Death Becomes Her

Date: September

Theme: Mastery of Death

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

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

“Who am I when no one is watching?”

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

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

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

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

Important Dates

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

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

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

Death Is Only The Beginning

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Am Andromeda: Cosmic Chit Chat

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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More Synchronicity’s

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.’

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The Return of Persephone by Frederick Leighton- 1891

 

To Conclude…

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.

Astro Updates

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

 

Full Moon in Pisces August 26, 2018: Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

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.

New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse August 11, 2018: A Tangled Mane

Moonbeams: It’s time to reinvent yourself! What are you projecting into the world?

The grand finale of this summer’s trio of eclipses has arrived with the New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo occurring on August 11, 2018.

A Solar Eclipse is just like a regular new moon where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. However, a Solar Eclipse is more powerful because the Moon darkens the Sun. This is a partial Solar Eclipse so most of the Sun will still be visible. A Solar Eclipse places emphasis on our mental processes and self-awareness. Solar Eclipse energies will present themselves as shifts in consciousness in your waking life.

The North Node is currently in Leo where it has been since May 2017 and will remain there until November of this year. The North Node is currently at 5 degrees Leo and the Sun & Moon will be at 18 degrees Leo, meaning the eclipse is a wide conjunction therefore it is only a very small partial eclipse. It’s effects will still be felt nonetheless. This Eclipse will be visible in Northern Canada, Asia, and Greenland.

The long and powerful Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius from July 27 will be tied up with this eclipse. The Leo Aquarius axis deals with heart centred actions. Leo energy without Aquarius are grand lofty ideas that lack objectivity. Aquarius energy without Leo is detached innovation that cannot materialize. We need both polarities if we expect to see any real changes in our lives.

Since this is a North Node eclipse, we are being cosmically pushed to align with our destiny. A Leo Solar Eclipse begs you to show up and do what you have to do.

Aspects

Mercury Retrograde Conjunct the New Moon- this will make you think and review how you show up in the world. Are you being honest and authentic? Or are you putting on a show?

Eclipse Square Jupiter in Scorpio– Fears and hurtful words will be expressed that can wound some egos (Leo) that can come back to haunt us once Mercury turns direct. These fears and pains are centred around our unhealthy self-identification practices. What sort of negative self-talk are telling yourself? What are you denying that you need to admit?

Eclipse Square Juno– It’s time to rip up those old contracts (literally and metaphorically)!

Mercury Square Jupiter– What we think will be at odds with what believe.

It seems Mercury Retrograde and its strong aspects at this time are giving the Eclipse a run for its money! It’s not often that we see so much emphasis on a retrograde planet during an Eclipse. Let’s keep in mind that this is still a New Moon in Leo which asks us to assert our power in a selfless way.

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The Kozminsky Symbol for the Eclipse is 

A giant holding a number of bleeding hearts pierced on his sword.
Denotes a man of compelling will and magnetic force who stops at nothing to carry out his ambitions. He rises to power through blood or tears or both. He wields and binds, and those whom he binds will bleed, for his work is the work of materialistic pride which dissolves in the fires of hate. It is a symbol of Compulsion.

This definitely isn’t the most pleasant symbology, however, the symbol of compulsion is important to note. The major theme with this eclipse is finding a balance between the ego and the self. Balanced Leo energy is self-conscious to the point that there is such a strong definite knowing of its purpose and direction that it no longer feels the need to force its will and personality onto others. It learns to simply tap into its own creative genius to leave its unique mark on the world. This is an important lesson for us to keep in mind. With Mercury being Retrograde, it will be difficult for us to think clearly. We will find ourselves falling prey to arrogance and pride. You must remember that self-awareness is key here. You are being forced to think what you believe which may not be easy, depending on how much you have been suppressing.

To go back to the Kozminksy symbol, a bleeding heart is a wounded heart which has been ignored and abused. We ignore and abuse our hearts when we over-think things and when we place too much emphasis on external gratification. We have to come back into our hearts at this eclipse by using Mercury RX to help us analyze where we have been cheating ourselves.

To Conclude…

I call this Eclipse ‘A Tangled Mane’ because we are going to have to comb through some knots that have been hiding beneath the layers of our hair for quite some time. A mane is the most recognizable feature of the lion and is used to identify healthy, strong, and virile lions. If it’s knotted and messy, what sort of messages is this sending out to the animal kingdom? How’s your mane looking? What knots are hiding in your identity that you need to comb through?

 

 

 

 

July 2018 Potpourri: Sea Blend+ Important Blog Updates

pot·pour·ri
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noun
  1. a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl or small sack to perfume clothing or a room.
    • a mixture of things, especially a musical or literary medley.

     

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly favourites, so I thought it would be fun to share what I was up to in the month of July. I will also be discussing some changes that are coming to The Luminessence towards the end of this blog.

 

Theme of July: Emotional Maturity & Ancestral Healing

Song: Glory of Love by Peter Cetera

Crystals: Larimar & Charoite

Books: Practical Astrology by Comte Saint Germain, Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins

Biggest Lesson Learned: Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Proudest Moment: Emotional Detachment & Watching Team Croatia win Silver at the FIFA World Cup

Goal for August: Embrace new beginnings

 

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BLOG UPDATES

The season of Leo always brings changes to my identity and branding! I have decided to change some things around on this blog that will better reflect where I currently am on my path and where I am headed.

  1. I will be removing the Astro-Witchery section as I don’t actually perform rituals and don’t want this to become a Wiccan blog.
  2. I will be adding a new category called ‘Astrology Articles’ since all Astrology blogs are being categorized into my ‘Cosmic Forecasts’ heading.
  3. My ‘Miscellaneous’ category will be renamed ‘Mystical Articles’
  4. I will be adding a Freebies category where I will be offering free downloadable items such as e-books, desktop wallpapers, fact sheets, and so much more!
  5. I am also starting my training to be a Bach Flower Practitioner so I will be slowly adding relevant content to this blog as well.
  6. I might be removing the ‘Nakshatra’ series from my blog as I no longer want to focus on Vedic Astrology…more on this later.
  7. I will also be adding some cosmic stories about my personal experiences with different cosmic energies. I am hoping this will be a valuable instructional tool.
  8. I have also updated the About section on this blog with more facts about me!

 

Also please be sure to follow me on Instagram @theluminessence. I post a lot of interesting things about Astrology and mysticism on there that I haven’t blogged about.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

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Lammas: Bun in the Oven

What is Lammas?

During August, the grain- the staff of life grows ready to harvest. The great goddess appears with her sickle. Her womb produces berries, fruits, grains, and the most potent herbs. Her companion the Sun God, no longer shows his gentle brightly radiating figure, he is now fiery, burns hotly, and is drying. The Celts called him Lugh, the smart and skillful god, the master of all arts, the Lion with the Quiet Hand. It is he who brings everything to fullness and ripeness with his flame and his wisdom. He symbolizes the receding year, the west where the Sun sets in red-hot embers. Under his reign the grain grows golden, the fruit becomes sweet and red yellow, the herbs become spicier and stronger than at midsummer. But the Sun god is also the ruthless harvester, the reaper, who finishes off the green and budding life with his heat. Lugh and the goddess of the Earth celebrated a wedding during the full moon of August and invited people to celebrate with them. The festival of Lugh was a fire festival during which huge piles of wood were ignited. This tradition endured among the insular Celts for many years. – From the book ‘Witchcraft Medicine’ by Claudis Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, & Wolf-Dieter Storl

There was also a more crude aspect to this festival involving the cutting up of a corpse, but I’ll spare you the gross details.

Lammas was the occasion for blessing all the herbs that would be needed during the coming year for health and well-being of the house and stable. It also made good sense to collect the herbs during the dog days of summer because the aroma, taste, and medicine are manifestations of the powerful light and warmth of vegetation. The Sun infused the herbs and plants with its healing rays.

The Wheel of the Year

The Pagan Wheel of the Year brings us now the harvest festival on August 1st known as Lughnasadh or Lammas as it is commonly referred to as.

If you have been following my Pagan Wheel of the Year journey, you will have seen that I have related the sabbats to the process of creation. The last point on our calendar was the Summer Solstice- Ensoulment, the time of the year where our creation was given a soul. Now we come to the harvest season, where we are offered the opportunity to reflect back on our journey and to see the fruits of our labour, and the wheat of our harvest.

Our creation has just entered the 7 month point. We are close to giving birth to our creation at the Winter Solstice. In a normal pregnancy, the 7 month point is when the Mother can start to feel anxious and excited. The due date is only 3 months away. What was created at Imbolc is now becoming a reality.

Astrology of Lammas

Astrologically, Lammas occurs when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Leo. This is the halfway point in a fixed sign, meaning the ability to rebirth ourselves is heightened. Leo connects to the heart chakra and the qualities of courage, gratitude, and abundance. Lammas is the perfect time to reflect on these themes and how they have showed up or not showed up in your life.

To go back to the myth of Lammas, the Celtic god of light- Lugh and son of the Sun, he transfers his power into the grain and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. The art of creation is one of the most selfless acts we as souls can partake in because we ultimately do not know the outcome. Let’s not forget that a balanced Leo energy is selfless, and not selfish like how most of us have experienced Leo energy. Remember the myth of Lugh, the Sun God who chooses to set so the fruits and wheat can harvest is an example of selflessness that Lammas inspires.

Celebrate Lammas by doing an energetic detox. We can only best serve others when we ourselves are in a healthy state. An energetic detox is kick-started when you finally cut back on those sweets, or when you start exercising, or starting a gratitude journal. Our bodies have been imprinted with the spiritual rays of the Sun all summer and it is during Lammas and the month of August when we start to visibly notice less daylight. With all of the solar energy we have gathered, now is the time to commence the healing.

To Conclude…

For most of us in North America, August is not the time of year when we go out into the fields to harvest wheat, or start buying pumpkins, and corn husks to decorate our front porches. It’s still very warm. But there is a shift that happens, whereby, the fun times of the Summer are slowly winding down as parents start preparing their kids for back to school, and stores start their end of summer sales. Naturally, we all start to reflect on the previous months and start making plans for Autumn. Lammas is the perfect time to make a gratitude list and count your blessings. 

A typical way to celebrate Lammas is to bake a loaf of bread using the wheat harvested in early August. We can equate this to baking the frequency we received at Imbolc in our own ovens- providing it with the right conditions so it can make the best of its last 3 months. Wheat symbolizes the spermatic power of the staff of life, thus nearing the end of the pregnancy, I suspect most people can appreciate the divine process of creation. The sperm is essentially in the process of being harvested at Lammas. I suppose this is where the saying “bun in the oven” comes from.

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Emma Wheeler Wilcox has a beautiful poem that captures the energy of Lammas.

YOU NEVER CAN TELL

 

YOU never can tell when you send a word–
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind– be it cruel or kind,
Just where it will chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend,
Tipped with its poison or balm;
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart
It may carry its pain or its calm.

You never can tell when you do an act 
   Just what the result will be; 
But with every deed you are sowing a seed, 
   Though the harvest you may not see. …………………………………………..Leo selflessness
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped 
   In God’s productive soil; 
You may not know, yet the tree shall grow 
   And shelter the brows that toil.

You never can tell what your thoughts will do
In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe–
Each thing must create its kind;
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.

 

 

 

August 2018 Monthly Horoscopes

Welcome to the August monthly horoscopes! July was pretty intense and the heat wave continues into August. This month we have a partial Solar Eclipse in Leo, Mercury Retrograde in Leo, Mars Retrograde in Aquarius, and two very lovely harmonious aspects with Jupiter trine Neptune, and Uranus trine Saturn. Please read your horoscope for your rising sign which is your ascendant. I have also included a crystal talisman recommendation for each sign to help you make the most of the best energies this month and to minimize the more difficult energies. Thank you!

 

Aries Rising

Talisman: Peacock Ore

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will push you towards expressing some unique aspect of yourself that can help you to fulfill a long-term dream of yours. Mercury Retrograde also in your 5th house will help you to discard un-favourable self expressions.  Mars retrograde is happening in your 11th house where a purging of your social buddies can occur. Jupiter trine Neptune will create a pocket of energy that will unchain you from old ways of thinking. Uranus trine Saturn will ground the new creative expressions, social circles, and thoughts most obviously in your career.

Taurus Rising

Symbol: Rose Quartz

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring some voltage to your house and home. Mercury retrograde also here can help you see where the wires are crossed. Mars retrograde in your 10th house can bring up some insecurities with regards to your career and status. Jupiter trine Neptune will send sparks flying in your relationship sector while Uranus trine Saturn will shift your perspective on what your role is in your personal and professional relationships.

Gemini Rising

Talisman: Septarian

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will place the emphasis on your voice. Mercury retrograde also in Leo will beg you to ask the question “what do I need to say?” Mars retrograde in your 9th house is taking you down a very different path that you haven’t walked before. Jupiter trine Neptune will send its cleansing waters to your health and daily life. Uranus trine Saturn will illuminate this different path.

Cancer Rising

Symbol: Rhodonite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring a spoonful of self-love your way. Mercury retrograde also in your second house will inspire you to be less self-critical. Mars retrograde in your 7th house is helping you to assert your power.  Jupiter trine Neptune will give you a spiritual breakthrough with regards to your purpose. Uranus trine Saturn will ground this new spiritual breakthrough into reality.

Leo Rising

Symbol:  Fire Agate

Hold on to your manes Leos! The Solar Eclipse will be happening in your own sign which is your 1st house. This is your last opportunity for a while to make those changes in yourself and your life. Mercury retrograde also in your 1st house will provide you with the introspection you need. Mars retrograde will make you extra determined to release irrational fears. Jupiter trine Neptune will help you to create peace of mind over something that has been troubling you. Uranus trine Saturn will shift your lifestyle to accommodate changes in your career and status.

Virgo Rising

Symbol:  Charoite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will confront issues around your misplaced ego. Mercury retrograde also in your 12th house will help you work through issues around giving and receiving. Mars retrograde can bring out some hidden enemies for a confrontation. Jupiter trine Neptune will gift you with the opportunity to deal with your relationships in a more philosophical way. Uranus trine Saturn will make you take a step back from coddling an idea or person that is trying to break free.

Libra Rising

Talisman: Yellow Opal

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring encounters with the “right” people who can set you on the “right” path to success. Mercury retrograde in Leo will make you reconsider some of your supposed friends. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is making you extra determined to bring spontaneity and fun back in your life. Jupiter trine Neptune will give you a boost of inspiration that you need in order to lighten up. Uranus trine Saturn will materialize the new-found joy and innocence in your lifestyle.

Scorpio Rising

Talisman: Carnelian

The Solar Eclipse in Leo is bringing a new opportunity in your career sector. With Mercury retrograde also happening in your 10th house, this opportunity might be from the past. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is making it difficult to smooth out problems at home. Jupiter trine Neptune can greatly assist you in repairing the relationship you have between yourself and the sense of lost innocence that you are experiencing. Uranus trine Saturn will enable you to look at all that you have to offer from an objective perspective.

Sagittarius Rising

Talisman: Apophyllite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo is encouraging you to do what works best for you. Mercury retrograde also in your 9th house is reminding you that all the answers you seek are within. Mars retrograde in Aquarius is about asking for what you want. This can be through journaling, self-talk, or discussing it with someone you trust. Jupiter trine Neptune will help you feel more secure in your life. Uranus trine Saturn is bringing self-trust to you.

Capricorn Rising

Talisman: Rhyolite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will help you realize that you are not your insecurities. Mercury retrograde also in your 8th house will help you to throw away these useless fears. Mars retrograde is causing some frustrations around the need for independence. Jupiter trine Neptune will bring you the support systems you need. Uranus trine Saturn is bringing a lot of luck your way this month.

Aquarius Rising

Talisman: Mookite

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will bring some important changes to your relationship sector. Mercury retrograde in Leo will show you if you are being too selfish or selfless in your relationships. Mars retrograde in your 1st house is teaching you to trust the process. Jupiter trine Neptune can bring some new lucrative opportunities in your career. Uranus trine Saturn can make you want to travel and emotionally detach from your family.

Pisces Rising

Talisman: Ruby

The Solar Eclipse in Leo will change-up your daily routine. What do you need to do that you have been holding off from? Mercury retrograde also in your 6th house can highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly of your health and routine. Mars retrograde in your 12th house will help you to let go of old resentments that are keeping you stuck. Jupiter trine Neptune can bring a mini spiritual awakening whereby you can see the bigger picture. Uranus trine Saturn will help to restructure your social circles to suit the new and improved you.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018: Bath Bomb

The triptych of this summer’s eclipses brings us to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. This will be the longest eclipse of this century, lasting 1 hour and 23 minutes. It will be visible everywhere except North America. Since it is the longest eclipse in 100 years, this speaks of very long-lasting changes coming to those parts of the world, which is in effect for the next 6 months. Even if you do not see the eclipse, you will still feel its energies.

This particular eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse because the South Node of the Moon which is currently at 5 degrees Aquarius will be conjunct the Moon at 4 degrees Aquarius making this a super tight conjunction. If it were a farther apart conjunction as we saw with the solar eclipse in Cancer a couple of weeks ago, it would have been a partial eclipse.

A full moon eclipse is a full moon on steroids. It speaks of major cycles wrapping up which also begin important new cycles. Eclipses are portals that accelerate us to where we need to be. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth. This is about grounding important new energetic waves into our lives. It’s less about spiritual downloads and more about our tangible experiences being tested and transformed.

Blood Sucker

This particular full moon will also be a blood moon due to the reddish tinge that will cover the moon as its passing behind Earth’s shadow. Blood Moons have a long history with being connected to important biblical and world events, and I would recommend googling this for further information. This particular Blood Moon is ironic considering it will be a Martian lunar eclipse. I think of Blood Moons as frequencies that change the DNA of our karmic experiences. They are sort of like flabotumists who extract some of our blood for analysis. The Blood Moon is a way to deliver some brand new experiences on our karmic journeys that have waited for a specific divine time to do so. Remember, Mars has been conjunct the South Node of the Moon all summer. This conjunction has been about burning away the old and purging. The Blood Moon is now the time to welcome in the new. A new blood supply is coming.

A Boiling Water Vessel- The Aspects

Moon Conjunct Mars-   You will feel more passionate, angry, irritable, motivated, determined, and impatient

Mars Retrograde- Click here to read my detailed analysis of this aspect

Moon Square Uranus-   Impatient, spontaneous, feeling restricted

Moon Semi-Sextile Saturn-   Feeling committed to what it dear to your heart

Mars Square Uranus-   Breakthroughs

Saturn Trine Uranus-  Reset

I call these aspects “boiling the water vessel” because this is the symbol of Aquarius. The water bearer holds a massive vessel about to pour its cleansing waters on humanity. This is why Aquarius is associated with enlightenment & humanitarianism. With the super tight conjunction with Mars, it’s as though the water in the vessel is coming to a boil. The vessel is a kettle at this eclipse. The cleansing waters are cooking something new for all of us.

Aquarius is about doing things your own way. It’s about owning your individuality so you can be of better service to humanity. It’s the reset we need in order to be able to take the next big leap in our evolution. We can’t forget that the North Node of the Moon is in Leo, so the message is clear. We can’t continue to do things the old way anymore. It’s time to put on your crown.

The difficult aspects between Mars and Uranus can give the tendency to be reckless and foolish, so anything that you can do to calm yourself down will be extremely helpful at this time.

The most challenging aspect of this Lunar Eclipse is that we are being cosmically pushed to finally do what it is that we need to do. Look to see where Aquarius falls in your natal chart because this will give you clues as to what needs to be accomplished.

The Kozminksy symbol for this eclipse is:

4º Aquarius: A beautiful fountain throwing upwards delicate sprays of yellow-tinted water, a jeweled crown showing in the mists.
Denotes one of refined mind who is destined to advance and gain power and influence over others. He will bring relief to many a thirsty soul, and many will bless him as he passes by the way. He is humanitarian, sincere, romantic, and harmonious. The life is not free from danger until after the thirtieth year has passed. Thence his way is elevation and peace. It is a symbol of Defending.

This symbol is about defending your kingdom (Aquarius). We have the soldier Mars who is armed and ready to do whatever it takes to fulfill his orders from the Moon, Sun, & Nodes. He will assist us in winning our destiny. He will fight to the death. The glory is there just beyond the steam of the boiling water vessel.

To Conclude…

Treat this Lunar Eclipse as a hot soothing bath that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. It might sting a little at first, and you certainly don’t want to spend too much time in the tub for obvious health reasons, but after a while you get used to it, and it feels good. You drop in a bath bomb and the hot water activates it, unleashing its pretty goodness. Heat is healing, and this Lunar Eclipse has a lot of heat. Mars will drop his bomb in your hot bath with this eclipse. Be prepared for a multi-layered explosion of colour and fizz…. and how Aquarian is that.

 

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