Hazelnut Tree Transit: September 24-October 3

Planet- Mercury

Element- Air

This transit is about writing and divination. An ideal time to work on any writing or Mercurial projects as well as bringing out an old Tarot deck you haven’t used in a while. The cracking of the hazelnut shell is symbolic of wisdom- or finding the answers you seek through a mix of practical and spiritual means. Since the nut shell is reminiscent of the womb, inspiration gained now will develop into concrete results with the help of magical forces behind you. The Hazelnut Tree has very pliable branches suggesting we must always be flexible in our learning if we ever expect to “learn” anything. There is great knowledge within you at this time, which is your fruit to offer the world. Communicate your ideas and watch the magic unfold. This is the transit for the apprentice witch.

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Cherry Tree Transit: September 23, 2017

Planet- Venus

Element- Air

The Cherry Tree transit is one of gratitude. The short blooming life of the tree’s flowers serves as a reminder to cherish each and every moment because that is where true beauty lies. Due to its spring time blooming season, there is a sense of stepping into the unknown during this time. New beginnings in the areas of love, family, and money are likely, due to the strong Venusian energy associated with the Cherry Tree. This transit will also allow you to destress and focus on self love. The pain relieving qualities of the Cherry Tree makes this an excellent time for renewal and rest. Live in the moment!

 

Slavic Tree Astrology- Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren will be celebrating her birthday coming up on September 20, 2017. Since her life has been so well documented in the press, I thought her chart would be fun to analyze using my Slavic Tree Astrology technique.

For those of you not familiar with Sophia Loren she is an Italian actress who rose to fame in the 1950s and had a solid career ever since. She was the ultimate screen goddess known for her effortless sensuality and Mediterranean elegance.

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Sophia Loren was born under the influence of the Linden Tree. Born under this tree, this signifies she is both beautiful and loves love. Clean, precise, and organized- having a happy family is one of their life’s missions.  Tranquility and serenity is also possible.

The Linden Tree is a summer blooming tree meaning the first three houses in Sophia’s chart are ruled by summer. The spiritual lessons of Summer are that of rest and passion. Summer is also a time of letting go and completion since after the solstice, the days start getting shorter and shorter. Summer is always a major point of growth. Summer is a reminder that in time, the fruits of your labour will ripen- you just have to trust that in time things do work out. Summer in a Slavic Tree Astrology Chart shows lessons that must be learned from a past life.

It’s important to note that while each season rules 3 consecutive houses in Slavic Tree Astrology,  the season itself has 3 points- Ascension, Peak, & Declination. Ascension being the rawest example of the seasonal energy, Peak being the strongest, and declination being the weakest.

Ascension- Sophia’s 1st House or ASC is Capricorn- the sign of slow and steady wins the race. Sophia was always known as one of the hardest working actresses in Hollywood and it was her determination to succeed that allowed her to do so. Her olive skin is also attributed to the sunkissed look of summer that she donned her whole life due to her Italian heritage.

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Peak-Sophia’s 2nd House in Aquarius sees a Moon conjunct Saturn. This shows a strong self-protected energy and disciplined emotions. In her second house of money and values we can see that Sophia is an extremely determined person who did not let the heat (Summer) of any problems stop her. Once again we see the summer influence here with a strong drive to succeed much like the Sun represents our life force in Astrology.

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Declination-Sophia’s 3rd House in Pisces shows a more gentle way of communicating and getting her point across, like a soft summer breeze. Sophia’s actions always spoke louder than her words.

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Autumn

Autumn is the season of harvest. This is where we reflect upon the year and have to let go of what no longer serves us. I’ve noticed that the Autumn ruled houses in a chart indicate major karmic areas of a person’s life.

Ascension-Sophia’s 4th House of Aries has Uranus on the cusp. This shows sudden changes in her home life and displacement. Sophia lived in Italy during the second world war and was homeless, impoverished, and starving. Her father also left home when she was a young girl and never returned.  Autumn the season of transitions and preparation can be seen with her unstable home life.

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Peak-Sophia’s 5th House in Taurus shows a love of cooking hearty (Autumn) meals. Sophia would spend lots of time preparing (Autumn) for her roles.

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Declination-Sophia’s 6th House in Gemini shows a dual career. She was an actress and mother and found herself constantly juggling the two.

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Winter

Winter is the season of stability and introspection and in Slavic Tree Astrology it represents areas of our life that require more effort for them to succeed.

Ascension-7th House in Cancer shows a spouse who was more like a motherly or fatherly figure to her. A strong emotional connection between the two of them was present, like a cozy Winter. Pluto here shows the darkness surrounding her marriage and transformation (Winter) she went through as a result. This also indicates a taboo associated with her marriage due to her being a teenager when she got involved with her married spouse at the time, who the famous Italian director Carlo Ponti.

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Peak-8th House- Mars in 8th house of Leo shows a lavish lifestyle and issues with those who lend money. Sophia spent a short time in jail for tax evasions and was known for her overly indulgent lifestyle.

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Declination-9th House- Virgo- Venus, Neptune, Sun- shows a glamorous facade that enhanced her Venusian qualities.  Winter is unchanging which is why she always gives the illusion of being younger than she actually is. With a stellium in her 9th house, we can see that her perspective of life is one of taking control and manifesting your dreams through effort.

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Spring

Spring is the season of renewal and new beginnings. It is the area of our life that shows where we have the greatest opportunities to evolve and grow.

Ascension-10th house- Libra- Mercury and Jupiter, Midheaven- career is the spring of her life, where she rebirthed from the image of her poor Italian childhood.

Peak-11th house- Scorpio- Sophia Loren was not considered to be an overly social person and as a result, many confused her for being standoffish and snobbish. Scorpio on the 11th can show someone who is to caught up in their own self-image and does not know how to escape their own obsessive thoughts about achieving their dreams. Sophia was known to be a little arrogant and determined to succeed in every area of her life.

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Declination-12th house- Sagittarius- Here we can see that spiritual truths only come through to Sophia after everything else in her life has been taken care of.  This is the placement for a humanitarian and spiritual teacher. This also indicates introversion, so while Sophia was Italian, she never spoke about religion or spirituality. Her soul is embarking on a new karmic journey in this lifetime and in the next.

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New Moon in Virgo September 20, 2017: Solitary Witch

Date: Wednesday September 20, 2017

Moonbeams: Witchery & Surrending

Our New Moon in Virgo features 5 planets in Virgo with some auspicious configurations for magic.

Virgo is the sign of the Virgin which is all about being one with one’s self, and not needing anyone to define you. Virgo is a very solitary sign because it spends a great deal of time alone putting up walls of reserve and solitude in order to examine the divine details from a place of quietude. This encapsulates Virgo in a pristine crystalline structure that allows Virgo to view every situation from a place of clarity and reserve. Mercury, the ruler of Virgo is still conjunct Mars meaning that even Virgo’s are having trouble trusting information coming through at this time. Thought processes have quickened, but at the expense of intuition which is the cleaning agent of Virgo. Mars opposite Neptune is distorting our dreams and wishes, so the energy is very messy and in Virgo season, this is the equivalent to hell breaking loose. Saturn squaring the New Moon is putting pressure on the New Moon to clean up this confusing mess and the Moon is freaking out blaming itself for this kerfuffle.

If we go back to the basic archetype of Virgo, it’s one of solitude and quietude. Releasing blame and self critical behaviour is the best “cleaning agent” at this time. Mercury opposite Neptune is allowing us to weave spells of magic, to use affirmations and mantras to achieve the desired results. Having a heart to heart conversation with your guides and the universe will alleviate the pressures from Mercury and Saturn at this time.

It’s time to prune your broomsticks, get out your grimoires, and polish your crystals. The greatest lesson this New Moon has to offer us is that we are not the Be All and End All. There is no shame in asking the universe for help or calling upon higher forces for assistance. Most of us have been going through some major transformations this last little while do to the eclipses, and as a result we have found that we have been putting extreme pressures upon ourselves in order to get through the changes we have been experiencing. Part of the lesson of the Mercury Mars conjunction has been about releasing control. This is one of the hardest things for Virgo to accomplish, but surrendering control by calling upon higher forces is what will allow you to see the divine in the details as opposed to just a messy situation. We cannot forget that Virgo is a Mutable Earth sign which means that changes we co-create now will have a long lasting effect. This is why Virgo is the sign of the Witch. A witch is only a person who in her centredness invokes spirit to create change.  What a better time for magic?

 

 

 

 

Full Moon in Pisces September 6, 2017: A Crystal Ball

Date: September 6, 2017

Moonbeams: Cosmic Clarity, Come gaze into my crystal ball……..

That which becomes real looking through a crystalline sphere swirling with cosmic stardust clouds using the Virgo tools of analysis to pick apart your vision which is already perfection.  We are all still reeling from the effects of the August Eclipses which many will feel up to 6 months. Every year we have an important lunation in Pisces in September to soften the rational energies of Virgo. Virgo processes all that we cannot see, and with its polarity being Pisces- that which we cannot see is actually crystal clear at this time.

Crystalline Knowledge of You

The Full Moon in Pisces will be conjunct Neptune adding a dreamy fog to this starry night. Active dreaming will be the easiest way to make it through the thick of the fog. Dreams might be coming true for you, psychic readings will be extremely accurate, intuitive abilities will be on point. What you are seeing at this time is your reality re-imagined through a Piscean crystal lense. The language of the universe are codes and symbols and what better time to decode all of these message than through some heavy Virgo energy this month. We must keep in mind that the ruler of Virgo- Mercury will be stationing direct in Virgo a day or so before the Full Moon and will be conjunct Mars for most of the month. Your processing abilities will be on fire, but in order to keep your mechanic self in check you must remember that the intuitive and fantastical downloads you are receiving at this time are already perfected. There’s no need to pick apart every little detail and try to make sense of what you are seeing and feeling. The energies at this Full Moon are simply fragments of knowledge about yourself that are appearing from a place of purity (Virgo) after the energetic portals we entered during the eclipses.  The Full Moon in Pisces is a crystal ball that contains your iridescent self and future. What will you see?

Tarot Time Traveller by Marcus Katz & Tali Goodwin- REVIEW

A must read for Tarot enthusiasts, newcomers, and occultists!

Taking the reader on a journey through Tarot and other similar cartomanic practices such as Lenormand and playing cards, the authors paint a historical story about the evolution of Tarot. They provide the readers with a background of Tarot before the Golden Dawn, Waite, and Aleister Crowley.  Tarot Time Traveller not only weaves a tale about the history of Tarot but provides the reader with many new techniques on how to read them. Borrowing lost and forgotten techniques from the different eras of Tarot adds a special meaning, and readers who are bored of the traditional ways of reading Tarot will appreciate this.

Discussing Tarot as points of consciousness, a Kabbalistic, numerological, and astrological system, provides a rich background about why these various esoteric traditions have been incorporated into Tarot. I appreciated the sections on scrying and time traveling using the Tarot which was unique and captivating. Having small biographical sections on various Tarot influencers was also an excellent way of explaining the reasons behind Tarot’s archetypal and symbolic inclusions over time.

What appears to be a history of cartomancy is in fact a deep esoteric timeline of Tarot. At the end of the day, there is no special magic contained within the cards. Reading Tarot is about reading one’s consciousness and current state of spiritual awareness. Tarot does not have to be an intimidating art, and what this book captures is that Tarot is a map that allows anyone to time travel. Time travel does not mean that you visit another country or era, but a different point in your own spiritual timeline by either going deep within yourself or high above in an elevated state of being.

When Waves Crash Ashore

An Observation

Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) are known to be emotional, sensitive, dreamy, and artistic. A lesser known quality of the Water signs would be their strong projection qualities. There’s a mutual exchange that happens when a water sign picks up on the feelings of others but also project their feelings on others. You must be thinking that every person does this, but I’ve noticed that Water signs do this the most to each other.

An insecure Scorpio will do everything in their power to make another water sign insecure. A depressed Cancer will do the same, as will a manipulative Pisces. Water signs are the dowsing rods of the zodiac, they have an incredible talent for seeking out fellow water sources. A Water sign will dry up like a rain droplet in the Sahara if they are surrounded by Earth, Fire, or Air signs. They feel a blockage when dealing with these people as they have an easier time concealing their emotions. For Cancers, Scorpios, and Pisces, what they feel is real. Interacting with Earth signs is like tapping into solid granite, Fire signs are too hot to touch, and Air signs are unreachable.

Every person I’ve known who has a lot of Water energy tends to send a tidal wave of emotions my way since I am also Water dominant. At times it feel likes a tsunami and I am the land. I’ve come to appreciate this as their waves reveal the bottom of their ocean- sometimes it’s a pretty sight, and other times it’s an ugly sight. Merging water with water creates our seas, oceans, rivers, and lakes which are our source of life. Merging with another is what life is all about- without it, none of us would be here.