Juno: Your Marriage Partner

The Asteroid Juno is the ninth largest asteroid. In Greek mythology she is the equivalent of goddess Hera. Incredibly important in both Greek and Roman culture she was hailed as Queen of the Gods. Wife of Zeus she is the goddess of marriages and unions. Embodying femininity, she watches over conception, pregnancy, birth and care- Starsignstyle

In Astrology Juno shows us the person we are going to marry- their personality, how we first meet them, even their physical appearance.

There are many factors to consider for marriage, for instance, Venus shows us what we most need and desire in our relationships, Mars for women shows us what we sexually and physically are attracted to, and the 7th house indicates the overall energy of the marriage. Juno on the other hand shows us who we actually get as a partner.

In modern times, marriage doesn’t have to mean a legally binding contract. In present times, marriage for this sake refers to any relationship that is more than 1 year long. Juno will show us the partner with whom we are in the longest most committed relationship with. If you are dating someone casually with no strings attached, you would look to the 5th house for details about the partner.

You can find your Juno placement by going to Astro.com and click the extended chart selection where you can input the # ‘3’ in the asteroid box at the bottom of the form.

So now let’s take a look at Juno in each of the 12 signs and houses…

 

Juno in Aries/1st House- Your partner will be independent, head strong, hot tempered, and energetic.

He will have a toned and muscular physique and can even have a reddish tone to his skin or even reddish coloured/auburn hair.

He will love sports and might even work at a gym or be in a leadership role in his career.

You might be the one to approach your partner first when you first see him/her without realizing you might end up in a relationship with them.

 

Juno in Taurus/2nd House- Your partner will be self-indulgent, down to earth, hands on, and stubborn.

He/She will be bulky and overweight. They could also have curly hair.

He/She will love cooking and baking. They will definitely have a sweet tooth! They could work in a restaurant or hospitality industry or even in the agricultural industry as well. They will treat the relationship with tender loving care.

You might meet them at a restaurant or at a bank. Food will definitely be involved in some way.

 

Juno in Gemini/3rd House- Your partner will be chatty, intellectual, communicative, very social, nervous, and manipulative.

Your partner will be thin and wiry. They could also look very similar to you, in fact, some people will think you’re siblings! Your partner could also be a twin or have twins in his family.

Your partner will love information and talking to you about every aspect of the relationship. They will dislike being at home, so they will always be on the move.

They will live in the same neighbourhood as you, so your future partner could be a neighbour. You could also meet them on a short road trip- not abroad. You could also meet them through your siblings.

 

Juno in Cancer/4th House- Your partner will be very motherly, nurturing, protective, moody, and nostalgic.

Your partner will have rounded features and a look of innocence about them. They will be soft spoken and a little shy around you. It will take him/her a while to open up to you.

Your partner will love being at home and cuddling. They could also have the same ethnic background as you, but will be born in the same country as you. They might also have been married before or have children from a previous relationship. They might also have had trouble with their home growing up- perhaps they lost their home in war or from a disaster or never had the feeling of a home growing up.

You can meet them through your parents or family. You can meet him/her at your home or at another close family member’s house. When you meet for the first time, you will discover that you live close to each other. It can be in the same city, not necessarily the same neighbourhood.

 

Juno in Leo/5th House- Your partner will have a big heart, be loving, dramatic, glamorous, high maintenance, and a little bit of a drama queen/king.

He/She will have beautiful think hair, blondish in colour, a little curly or wavy, and chiseled angular features like a lion.

Your partner will love being the centre of attention so they will definitely crave the spotlight but they will also want to show you off like a prized possession so they can be very flattering and loving.

You can meet them at a public event like a big concert or party. He/She will definitely approach you and try to make it a show. They will love the chase so watch out!

 

Juno in Virgo/6th House- Your partner will be clean, organized, down to earth, meticulous, pure, honest, impossible to please, and controlling.

They will look humble and casual, and will typically have brown hair and brown eyes. They will be neatly groomed.

Your partner will love fixing things, and keeping things organized and tidy. They will be very technical so they will probably have a lot of hobbies where they can take things apart and put them back together again.

You can meet him/her at your workplace, in a clinical setting, or at a gym. They will most likely be someone you see everyday at work or in your routine life.

 

Juno in Libra/7th House- This placement shows that marriage will be extremely important to you, something that you very much want.

Your partner will be refined, charming, self-sacrificing, and diplomatic. They will enjoy the finer things in life and will have had many suitors prior to meeting you.

They will be very beautiful, have dimpled cheeks, and be a little plump. They will like fashion so you can expect them to be well dressed.

This placement does portend to extra marital affairs but we have to analyze a few other things in order to be certain. Your partner will love books and could also work in the legal field or in any Venusian industry- food, fashion, decor. They will do everything they can to have domestic harmony.

You can meet your partner in a law firm or at court. You could also meet them through another couple you know.

 

Juno in Scorpio/8th House- Your partner will be serious, intense, mysterious, magnetic, and secretive.

They will have dark featured- eyes, hair, complexion. They might also have almond shaped eyes.

You and your partner will have strong sexual chemistry and there can be manipulation coming from both of you. Your partner will completely transform you and can trigger a spiritual awakening within you. They will be interested in the occult and could have a secret life involved in some taboo things.

You can meet your partner near the water or someone can try to set the two of you up behind your backs.

 

Juno in Sagittarius/9th House- Your partner will be optimistic, positive, spiritual, intellectual, and very well educated.

They will be foreign coming from a different country/religion/race.  They will have well defined thighs and also be muscular.

Your partner will love traveling and learning. They can be very dogmatic and fanatical about their beliefs, so they can think they are intellectually superior to you.

You will meet your partner abroad or at college or university/educational setting.

 

Juno in Capricorn/10th House- Your partner will be hard working, practical, money hungry, old fashioned, and traditional.

They will be tall and lean with a more bony frame.

Your partner will be a little rigid in their thinking and will be very strong mentally and physically.  They will thinking about the past a lot and could have also grown up poor or have been born in poverty.

You can meet your partner in your workplace or at a public outing.

 

Juno in Aquarius/11th House- Your partner will be very social, inventive, unusual, rebellious, an adventure seeker, and humanitarian.

They will be fidgety and wear glasses. They can also have very curly hair and nice legs.

Your partner can be emotionally detached from you, giving their friends more attention than they deserve. They will be very generous and will want to have a non-traditional relationship with you.

You can meet your partner through your friends and you might be friends with someone before things become romantic. You can also meet them at a party, fundraiser, or a class or club or online.

 

Juno in Pisces/12th House- Your partner will be spiritual, artistic, dreamy, and sensitive.

They will have a fair complexion and  light coloured hair and glossy or blue eyes. They will also have nice feet.

Your partner will be very emotional and can idolize you to the point that it becomes unhealthy. They might not be present in the relationship, choosing to avoid the truth. They will be very imaginative and will want to achieve the perfect relationship with you.

You can meet your partner at the beach or near water, a spiritual retreat, and abroad. You can also meet them at the hospital.

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Imbolc: The Cosmic Conception

Imbolc marks the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. However, it is so much more than that.

There was a frequency and or seed that what was released at the Winter Solstice (Capricorn season- entirely male event). It was a frequency that was encoded with our hopes, dreams, and wishes for the new year. That frequency becomes seeded at Imbolc- with Earth being symbolic of the womb. This is Conception which is why Imbolc is essentially a Fertility ritual. Mother Earth (matrix) needs to start receiving this energy in order to give birth at the Spring Equinox. Imbolc is an entirely feminine event unlike the Winter Solstice. It is on this night that Mother Earth decides to marry the Fire God which makes her a bride= we get the word ‘bride’ from Brigid. She is a triple goddess which is where we get the three tiered wedding cake.

We can see this feminine energy in nature:

-February 2nd sap begins to rise- feminine energy is beginning to awaken to the male energy.

-Warm blooded creatures begin to lactate.

-Groundhog Day occurs on February 2nd- this is symbolic of giving birth.

The Water Bearer

Imbolc occurs at 15 degrees Aquarius which is known as a critical degree in Astrology. The 15th degree is a turning point, one of great change and force. This force is Spiritual Intelligence. We know that intelligence is Brigid’s virtue. If we look at the Aquarius constellation 15 degrees falls at the point where water is cascading out of the water-bearer’s vase. These are spiritual waters that are being poured onto the Earth.

If we are living in a time when we understand the reality we are creates comes from the mind and heart before it touches the ground- or manifests- there has to be a dream or a vision first, which is the essence of Aquarius. We can take everything we dream, and pour our heart and soul into it, we can print it onto the soil and ether simultaneously. We impregnate the ether with our hopes and wishes. Aquarius is an air sign so we can expect our hopes and wishes to be carried away by divine energies back up to the cosmos.

The Aquarius glyph is the zig zag which we can assume is electricity. It is at Imbolc that we experience the spark of life that gets ignited. This is why Brigid is a fire goddess. Earth at its core is hot and fiery. It is here where crystals and land formations are created. Aquarius also represents our inner sun. Fire is the ultimate creative energy, but it also destructive. We can view the two zig zag lines as- what you’re putting out is what you are getting back. The zig zags are frequencies. It’s important to pay attention to any omens you receive during the first week of February as these will indicate what the upcoming year has in store for you. Your manifesting powers are especially strong right now.

The Ugly Duckling Syndrome

The constellation Cygnus is known as the Swan constellation. This constellation is beside the Aquarius constellation. Ironically, one of Brigid’s symbols is the swan because she transformed herself into a symbol of hope and peace. If we follow the Swan’s Path/constellation it takes us on a journey to the galactic centre which is the centre of our milky way. It is believed that souls enter and leave through this centre and descend from the planetary dimensions to Earth through it.

Essentially- Imbolc/Brigid’s Day is a celebration of the galactic centre. A celebration of our Cosmic Conception.

Jupiter in Sagittarius Square Neptune in Pisces 2019

Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces is the big aspect happening this weekend January 13, 2019. It will be occurring 2 more times this year. We can expect the truth being obscured by the iridescent waters of Neptune in Pisces. Things will be presented one way but will turn out to be very different. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. This transit can make us idealistic falling into the ethereal trap that watery energies like to set up. Jupiter in Sagittarius is telling us we must modify our beliefs to align with our morals and values. The big test will be are you going to let fantasy and idealism carry you away even though you know it’s not going to end well? Or are you willing to stand up for your truth and walk away even if the siren song of Neptune in Pisces is intoxicating? Deception is seductive but we have the “God” planet Jupiter in the sign of Sagittarius which is all about taking the high road even if you don’t know the final outcome. You can keep your rose coloured glasses on, but be prepared, Jupiter will hold you accountable for your actions.

Tips

-Stay Grounded!

-Be self-disciplined

-Get clear on your values

-Identify your long term goals and make decisions accordingly

-Take time to think things through before jumping into anything

-Use the Sagittarian strengths of research and analysis to understand every angle before committing to something

 

 

 

2019- A Universal ‘3’ Year

2018 was an 11 universal year, a time when unseen parts of our consciousness were brought to the surface. A big lesson of the master number 11 year was about cultivating sacred reciprocity. This involved learning to have a relationship with the unseen and spiritual. We began to develop a profound understanding of our place in the world in order to better serve our purpose. If you would like to read more about the lessons of 2018, you can read my blog post here.

2019

2019 will a universal 3 year. This is the number of understanding. We will be called to dissect and analyze those unseen parts of our consciousness that were brought to the surface last year. We must imbue it with understanding in order to gain depth of perception. Most of us will not be aware of what our spiritual upgrades were in 2018, but this year we will be forced to clarify and uncover those lessons. In the Kabbalah, the number 3 represents the ‘unfolding of what was once hidden, but is now knowable.’ 2019 will be the year of truth.

Truth

The 3 vibration has to do with communication. One of the ways we can learn what the truth is, is by communicating. Sharing our thoughts and opinions and expressing our unique views will help us identify our truth. This doesn’t mean we have to yell them from the rooftop or blast them on social media. This is less about voicing them and more about how we express them through our actions. This is facilitated through having a strong core.

Solar Plexus

The focus will be on healing our Solar Plexus Chakra. This is the chakra found in the centre of our body and is all about developing core strength, personal power, and owning your truth. As I previously mentioned, 2018 was a year of waking up those dormant parts of ourselves that are imperative to our purpose. The Solar Plexus Chakra is ruled by the Sun, so we must bring to light the good, the bad, and the ugly. When our core is strong we are able to stay focused and confident as we confront the truth. The Solar Plexus is responsible for motivation and determination. As the number 3 completes the triality of the 1 and the 2, we must take action this year to bring our truth into form.

It’s a great year to do core exercises, clean up your diet, and also to be more discerning about what you read and say.

Working with yellow crystals is also advisable.

How To Know What Your Lessons Were in 2018?

2019 is our golden opportunity to make changes in our lives congruent with the newly self-discovered parts of ourselves from 2018.

The lessons of 2018 involved the following themes:

Compassion

Relationships

Surrender

Patience

Authenticity

Reflect on how these themes played out in your life and what your learned from them. 2019 is the year to manifest what your learned.

Tips on How to Work with The 3 Energy

-Take up a new creative hobby

-Learn new skills

-Read books you would never have read before

-Write down your craziest ideas

-Exercise- specifically core exercises. Pilates would be a great choice!

-Finish what you started

-Read before you hit “send”

-Be optimistic

-Own up to your feelings

-Speak to a therapist or counselor if you need help

 

There’s a beautiful quote by Shania Twain who is a Life Path #3. In this quote she is indirectly referring to the Solar Plexus Chakra. The 3 energy has played out very strongly in her life which is why she is familiar with its lessons surrounding courage, compassion, creativity, and willpower. This is also why she always shows off her core.

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Jupiter will also be in the Fire sign of Sagittarius all year which is the transit of truth. The nodes of the Moon will be in Water and Earth signs along with the eclipses. These transits will have some of the strongest impacts on our lives this year, which means the trinity of Fire, Water, and Earth will be active.

 

All the best to you during this 3 universal year!

 

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Winter Solstice- Birth

A seed or frequency is created at the Winter Solstice that is encoded with our blueprint for the coming year. At Imbolc- February 3rd, that seed becomes conceived and the gestation period begins at the Spring Equinox and that seed/frequency will be released at the Winter Solstice 9 months later.

The Winter Solstice occurs when the Sun enters 0 degrees Capricorn and is known as the exit door, while 0 degrees Cancer is known as the entrance door at the Summer Solstice. We are ready to give birth to our creation.

This creation will look like a spark and feel like self-awareness and rebirth. We spent 51 days from Samhain to the Solstice in our underworld, confronting our shadows. Now we must shine the light of the Sun on them and release them while the Sun is at his peak.

I would recommend thinking about your power word for 2019 and your resolutions. This is the official start of the New Year. This is your birth.

This year we have a Full Moon in Cancer the following night symbolizing this beautiful synchronistic birth.

Bright Solstice to all!

 

 

 

Nodal Axis in Cancer Capricorn November 2018- 2020: Folk-Heart

The North Node will be moving into Cancer and the South Node Capricorn on November 6, 2018 until 2020. Overall this will be a softening compared to the fired up axis in Leo Aquarius.

 

The North Node in Cancer will be shifting the focus away from “this is who I am” to “this is how I feel.” The North Node in Leo was about deconditioning. It was a time when you took some risks and pursued things that would empower you. Maybe you took up a new hobby or started a new creative project? Or maybe you flaunted your true colours instead of worrying about what your family and friends would think? Now that you have upgraded to a newer version of yourself, it’s time to feel it out.

The NN in Cancer will be a time of nurturing your mind, body, and spirit. Do what will feed your soul. You now know what lights you up from the North Node in Leo. Now you have to Mother it.

The South Node in Capricorn will gift everyone with perseverance and focus. You will need to use those qualities to achieve comfort in your life. A SN in Capricorn can make it difficult to focus on things besides career and wealth, but this will be the transit where lifestyles will be restructured. Have you ever met someone who had a successful career and then unexpectedly quit and decided to buy a farm and spend the rest of their days tending to sheep? Chances are they were born with this axis. It’s going to be less about the rat race and more about enjoying life. Here are some questions to reflect on:

What will make you feel emotionally fufilled in your life?

How do I really feel about this?

Look back to the years 2000/2001 to see what was happening in your life then. The NN was in Cancer at that time so see what Cancerian themes were happening for you.

Folk-Heart

I predict there will be more nationalism and ancestral healing coming up. Cancer rules our family and homeland so I believe many people will be visiting their homelands and many immigrants might choose to go back home. The NN in Cancer will see many people reconnecting (Cancer) to their roots (Capricorn). You will feel yourself pulling away from the known structures in your life but you won’t necessarily know where you are going. Whenever you find yourself gravitating towards your culture, rest assured that this is your higher self’s way of saying “home is where the heart is.” Living a life of passion and intention begins at home, the place where you can be intimate with your feelings. For some that will mean traveling abroad and for others that will mean getting comfy on the couch. Now that the Leo/Aquarius nodal axis has shown you who you really are, now you have to find the right environment that will allow you to honour this new self-honesty.

The NN in Cancer is about finding your place in the world which is in the loving embrace of a person or through loving life. You must nurture your life as if it were a small child. Loving life is the only way you can feel fulfilled. Ironically, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.

 

Featured image: Licitar- traditional heart shaped Croatian ornaments

 

 

Autumn Equinox: The Drop

Our next stop on the Pagan Wheel of the Year brings us to the Autumnal Equinox.

The Astrology of the Equinox

Every year on September 22nd the Sun enters 0 degrees Libra which marks the first day of Autumn. Like the Spring Equinox, we have equal light and darkness on this day. For the next several months, the Sun will be dipped below the horizon, traversing the Autumn and Winter zodiac signs of Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Aquarius. This is the dark part of the year, and the Autumn Equinox signals the start of this journey into the unknown.

Mabon

The birth of Mabon ap Modron (Great Son of the Great Mother) is celebrated at the Equinox. He is born from his mother Modron (Great Mother), who is seen as the Guardian of the Otherworld, the Earth and the Protector. Mabon was stolen from his mother, Modron, when he was three nights old. In different versions of the story he was three years old. In one version of the myth the Eagle, the Owl, the Blackbird, the Stag and the Salmon rescued him, while in another King Arthur was the one who saved him. During his captivity, Mabon dwelled in a magical Otherworld -Madron’s Womb. Madron’s womb was a place of challenge and nurturing, and while there Mabon grew in strength and wisdom before being reborn as the Son of Light, his mother’s Champion.- Circleofthesacredmuse.com

Mabon is the old Anglo-Celtic festival of Harvest Home, a respite from the work of harvesting and a celebration of thanks. In remembrance of that time, it is often referred to as the “Witches’ Thanksgiving” and finishes off the witches’ year. It is one of the oldest harvest celebrations in Europe.

Mabon marks the end of the second harvest and is a time when the majority of crops have been gathered. Nuts, apples, grapes and berries are featured items at this Sabbat feast. Jams, jellies and wine are made at this time.

Spiritual Lessons of Autumn Equinox

After September 22nd, the days start to get a little cooler, trees begin changing colours, and summer flowers begin to fade away. This is the time in our Pagan Pregnancy story where we experience the “drop” of our frequency inside. We have arrived at the final trimester that began back at the Winter Solstice when a solar frequency was released, seeded at Imbolc, first seen at the Spring Equinox, felt at Beltane with the first heartbeat, celebrating the soul at the Summer Solstice, and preparing for the final trimester at Lammas.

The drop in pregnancy is the time when the fetus starts moving downward. Our creations are preparing to be released. It’s ironic that the bond between a Mother and her Baby first comes through the separation of the Baby leaving the comfort of the womb. So I ask you to reflect on the relationship with your Mother and with nurturing:

Is it a good relationship? Is it stifling?

How could your Mother have given you more comfort?

How could you have nurtured your Mother more?

What do you appreciate about each other?

What have you been neglecting that needs more attention?

What are you giving attention to that perhaps you should be letting go of?

What lessons did you learn from this past Summer?

We are coming close to birthing our creation at the Winter Solstice once again. To prepare for this, I would suggest reflecting on the relationship you have with your Mother. If we look back at the myth of Mabon, he was stolen away from his Mother and placed in an underworld type place. Only while away from his Mother, were both able to use their love and nurturing for one another to escape the darkness. This myth is similar to the Demeter Persephone story as well. The separation of Mother and Child allowed them to form a stronger relationship because they appreciated each other much more by being apart. Don’t we appreciate the seasons so much more once they’ve passed?

Mabon was a solar deity and by slipping below the horizon a.k.a the underworld, he underwent a deep introspection journey, allowing him to reflect upon his glory days on Earth. This helped him to truly embrace his individual power once he returned to Earth (Mother)…hence the balancing energy of the Equinox.

To Conclude…

Celebrating Mabon allows you to honour the process of life- that everything has a time and a season and that nurturing our endings is the most important part of the creation journey. Could you imagine if a pregnant woman began smoking and drinking at the end of her pregnancy? It would be catastrophic. So treat the Autumn Equinox as the time to comfort yourself as we approach the last big stretch of our journey.

 

 

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.

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.

FINIS

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.