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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New Moon in Capricorn January 16, 2018: The Walls Will Crumble

The Moon is encased in lead and steel during this New Moon phase. We have 6 planets in Capricorn which is adding a very serious tone to our lives at this time. Capricorn rules structure, stability, effort, and time- all of which are being illuminated. New Moons are times of self-awareness, so you will be seeing the harshness of the structures that have been created in the Capricorn ruled area of your life. You will feel frustrated as you want to change it up and break free from the tower you have been imprisoned in. However, Saturn will make sure that you first do your time in order for you to understand how you can knock it down and start anew. There’s tension building with the square to Uranus because you and Capricorn both know that it’s going to take time and effort. In order to fix the problem, you first have to know what the problem is.

The walls will crumble……………..eventually.

The song Walls Fall Down by Bedouin Soundclash is so fitting for this lunation. Just take a look at these lyrics

‘A bit unassured, a bit insecure
I climbed up and I saw the world I lacked
And my first stone cracked, foundations collapsed
Standing on the ground in stone I’d found’

The Tower card in the Tarot is also a great representation for this NM. The tower is the Capricornian structure we have built and the square from Uranus is the lightning strike that hits the tower. We won’t be falling off of our tower at this time, but just like the tarot card suggests, it’s the realization that you are off course and wrong that is the hardest to deal with.

 

 

 

Full Moon in Cancer January 1st 2018: Lunar Lux

The Full Moon occurring on the first day of the new year on a Monday (Moonday)  is a powerful message from the Queen of the Night. 2018 is a year of huge emotional capacity. What do I mean? Well, the full moon represents completion, consolidation, fullness, and light. When it falls on the first day of a new material cycle, we can expect that the things Cancer rules will be maximizing its “fullest” potential this year. That means that you will be much more in tune with your feelings and your emotional security will be the foundation of everything you experience this year.

The house that Cancer rules in your chart and any planets that you have in Cancer show you where you require more emotional maturity. Emotional maturity is being able to understand and manage your emotions. It enables you to create the life you desire on your own terms. You don’t self sacrifice or play the victim (typical Cancerian traits) by putting your needs on the back-burner. No, 2018 will be your time to share your unique moonglow with the world. We are also entering an 11/2 universal year which is all about owning your authenticity and learning how to share it with others. Ironically, the number 2 relates to the Moon. In order for us to  own our authenticity, we must first get comfortable with the idea of confronting and sitting in our emotions- no matter how unpleasant they might be. The Moon is one of the fastest moving planets as it spends approx 2.5 days in each Astrology sign. Take this as a cue that while you may feel that you are on an emotional rollarcoaster this year, your ability to transmute your emotions into healthy positive changes will be heightened.

The Full Moon

On the day of the Full Moon we will have a grand trine with Jupiter, Mars, and Neptune- all emotional planets, which will help us to act on our feelings very easily. Mars will also be squaring the lunar nodes indicating that how we behave and respond to situations during the next two weeks will have some heavy duty karmic implications. The degree of the moon is 11, which is also the universal year we are entering in 2018. Once again the message is clear- You can get to know yourself better through your emotions. Master your emotions.

We can set material resolutions on the day of the Full Moon that has to do with how we wish to feel this year. This would be a great day to choose your power word for 2018. You may not begin to embody your power word until the Spring Equinox which is the energetic new year, and you will not see great spiritual changes until August 19 which is the spiritual new year.

Uranus stations direct on January 2nd, a day after this lunation, making it easy for us to act swiftly on our emotions. Look to see where Aries falls in your Astrology chart as this shows you the area where you can expect some breakthroughs.

The Full Moon will be a Super Moon meaning it will be closer to Earth. If you can, step outside and bathe yourself in its restorative moonbeams. Lunar light is believed to be more powerful than Solar light, as the Moon rules over both our mind and heart. When both are in sync, we have have the formula for manifestation.

Mama Moon

The Full Moon in Cancer wants us to be more Motherly to ourselves. Nurture yourself, be receptive and open to energies and support, and be the fierce and empowered person you are.

2018 is the Year of the Moon. Stay tuned, because I will be blogging about this important year in the coming days.

 

 

 

A Saturnalia Ritual

Saturnalia was an ancient Pagan festival held from December 17-25. It was celebrated to honour the God of the harvest and agriculture-Saturn. Ancient Romans believed that Winter was caused by the Sun losing its power due to a battle with the God of the Dead- Pluto. In order to bring back the harvest, various rituals and sacrifices would be performed to appease the Sun God.

We can incorporate modern day Saturnalia themes in our modern magickal practices. An easy way to do this would be to create a Saturnalia crystal grid. Crystal Grids are vortices of energy created using healing crystals for the purpose of manifestation. The choice of crystals and their placements will ensure that their energies are properly utilized.

Saturn may have been the planet of agriculture to the ancient pagans, but in modern day Astrology, Saturn is the planet of responsibility, effort, structure, and karma. We can harness Saturn’s energies during Saturnalia to help us manifest our goals. It will be even more potent this year as Saturn will be changing signs from Sagittarius where it has been for 2.5 years, to Capricorn until 2020, which is its natural ruler. Saturn’s manifesting abilities will be extra strong and powerful which is why this year, Saturnalia will be very special.

 

How to Make Your Crystal Grid

The size of your crystal grid does not matter.

What you will need:

6 pieces of Brown Agate or Turitella Agate

6 pieces of Smoky Quartz

1 piece of Sunstone

 

The Ritual

Perform this ritual on a Saturday night.

Find a quiet spot where you will be assembling your crystal grid. You can google crystal grid templates or sacred geometry for inspiration.

Ensure that your crystals have been cleansed. I would recommend rubbing sea salt on them as Salt is ruled by Saturn.

Take a deep breath in and think of what you would like to manifest. Please focus on just 1 thing.

Pick up your first piece of brown agate and say the following words

“Lord Saturn, I consecrate this crystal to bring forth _____________ into my life.”

Place the crystal down onto your gird.

Continue picking up all of your crystals one by one, (leaving Sunstone last) repeating the above words.

When you reach your piece of Sunstone, say the following words:

“I call upon the Sun to infuse my life with ___________________.  I honour you Oh practical Sun! Shine your light on what needs to be done!”

 

Place the piece of Sunstone in the centre of your crystal grid.

Your Saturnalia crystal grid is complete.

Disassemble it after December 25th.

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!

 

Saturn in Capricorn December 21 2017-2020: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!

Saturn is about to transition into the sign of Capricorn on December 21 and will remain there until 2020. Many have already been feeling this transition as Saturn- planet of karma is a very dense energy.  You will feel a lightness in the house where Saturn has been during the past 2.5 years. It will be as though a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You will also have restructured that area of your life.

Saturn in Capricorn

Since Saturn is Capricorn’s ruler, Saturn will be comfy and cozy in this sign. He will be able to easily manifest and work his magic because his energies are very compatible with Capricorn. They both love structure, responsibility, hard work, and success.

The area of your life ruled by Capricorn will be undergoing many changes. Saturn in Sagittarius was about over hauling your belief system regarding the Sagittarius ruled area of your life. Saturn in Capricorn will now force you to act practically with this new found direction. Some questions you might want to ponder are:

What steps can I take to achieve my desired success?

What is the biggest responsibility I have to myself?

How do I need to mature?

What should I keep doing and what should I be stopping?

 

The Occult Sun

Saturn’s responsibility is to empower you to manifest the gifts of the house it rules. Many associate this planet with restrictions and limitations, but this only comes about when you resist its power of change. Restructuring things are always uncomfortable at first but the more you are able to surrender to it’s energies, the more successful you will be.

In ancient Astrology Saturn was known as the occult sun. This is because Saturn brings to light everything that is not working in specific areas of your life. It is a source of illumination. How can we improve our lives if we are not willing to confront the issues and problems that are hindering our progress?

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Put a Ring On It.

Saturn transits are always times of great awakenings. His rings bind you to the energies of the house he is moving through. This is why Saturn rules contracts and business alongside Capricorn. When the energies of the house have come full circle, he naturally moves on to the next area of your life. He is a slow moving planet that helps us focus on the present which allows us to make better decisions without taking unnecessary risks.

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Conclusion

View Saturn in Capricorn as your time to mature and evolve your Capricorn area of life. You will reach the top of Capricorn’s mountain as long as you remember that slow and steady wins the race. Please keep in mind that we are entering a universal 11/2 year which is all about awakening and authenticity. Saturn in Capricorn will help you to recommit to YOU.

 

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Ash Tree Transit: November 22-December 1

The Ash Tree is the tree of intuition. You will be able to bridge your intellect with your hunches and feelings. You will connect deeply to many people during this time. Many will find you to be magical and awe inspiring.  You will succeed in any plans you undertake at this time.

Element: Water

Planet: Neptune

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