Beltane: The First Heartbeat

From approximately April 28-May 5 Pagans celebrate the Celtic fire festival known as Beltane. It is held at the halfway point between the Spring Equinox & the Summer Solstice. This day marked the time of year when farmers would bring their cattle out to pasture.

Rituals would be performed that would involve lighting bonfires as the flames and ashes were deemed to be protective. People would walk around the bonfires with their cattle and sometimes leap over the flames. These gatherings would be followed by a feast. Homes were decorated with yellow Mayflowers due to their fiery colouring. Beltane is a spring time festival that celebrates the fertility of nature. Thus, pagan folk would consumate their love in the meadows and woods under the light of the moon. It was also a festival of sexual freedom, therefore promiscuity was celebrated.

The name Beltane is old Gaelic for “bright fire.” We see similar etymology in the Slavic languages where the word byelo means White as in to purify.

The Astrology of Beltane

Beltane occurs at 15 degrees of the sign Taurus. 15 degrees in Astrology is known as a critical degree because it represents the half way point in a zodiac sign (there are 30 degrees in each sign). 15 degrees is therefore a peak of energy….a strong burst of the Taurus archetype.

Beltane is opposite the other Pagan holiday Samhain which is commonly celebrated at Halloween. This festival celebrates the thinning of the veil between worlds. It’s a time of ancestral worship and purging. Beltane, representing the other half of Samhain also experiences a thinning of the veil. It’s less to do with communicating with the dead, and more about communicating with the cosmos, the divine feminine.

The symbol for Taurus is the Bull- a creature of virility & aggressiveness- typical qualities we associate with the masculine. Oddly enough, Taurus is an ultra feminine sign ruled by Venus, so why the Bull as her symbol?

The Bull was sacred in Egyptian, Assyrian, & Crete cultures. The constellation was named as such between 4000 and 2000 BC when the ancients noticed fertility began when the constellation was rising in the evening at the time of year that the Nile receded far back enough that Oxen could plough the land. The Bull features in many mythologies which I recommend you research further in order to grasp the full archetype of Taurus.

The Taurus bull head looks like the female reproductive system, confirming once again the connection between creation and Taurus.

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The First Heartbeat

The Star Aldebaran is found in the Taurus constellation at 15 degrees- the degree of Beltane. To the ancient Babylonians (the first Astrologers) this star was the luckiest star, representing wealth and a beautiful family life. This is why Beltane is celebrated on May 1st when the Sun in Taurus reached 15 degrees.

If you have been following my analysis of the Pagan sabbats on my blog, you will know that I have discussed these holidays in terms of frequencies. To recap, there was a frequency that was released at the Winter solstice that was encoded with our blueprint for the upcoming year. That frequency becomes seeded at Imbolc which is the metaphysical cosmic conception. At Ostara we celebrate pregnancy- we are creating new life that will be given birth to 9 months later at the Winter Solstice. Beltane is 6 weeks from Ostara. We know that 6 weeks into a pregnancy, a heartbeat can be detected. This is the realization that we are carrying life within us. It is the reality that our creation is in fact alive! It’s always an emotional time for the parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat for the first time because it is confirmation that their love has indeed created another human.

Faeries are believed to dance around under the moonlight on Beltane which is why this holiday has a magical quality to it. Is there anything more magical than creating life?

If we take Beltane as experiencing the first heartbeat, what we are really celebrating during this holiday is life and creation. It’s in May that we begin to see nature waking up from the long dark Winter, and it gives us hope and excitement knowing that life is ours to create. I have noticed with many people that the period from January-April are always stagnant periods because we are metaphysically accumulating a lot of energy for the remainder of the year- we are energetically preparing ourselves for this frequency that we are carrying.

Milk & Honey

The Sun meets with the Milky Way at Beltane- connecting our consciousness with the stream of souls of the Milky Way. It is called the Milky Way because it is believed that it is the milk of our universe- the nurturing elixir that women use to feed their babies. In astrotheology, the Milky Way is Mother Mary. It is believed that when the Sun meets with the Milky Way at Beltane, souls are able to penetrate the womb of women who are expecting. This is why many believe that it’s at 6 weeks when the fetus has a soul.

The Maypole which is an important symbol of Beltane represents the Axis Mundi- the celestial pole that connect us to the heavens. The pole is an obvious phallic symbol, however I like to think of it as a column of enlightenment and the ribbons representing the celestial bodies. The crossing of the ribbons represents the meeting of the Sun with the Milky Way, the celebration of the stream of consciousness from the heavens that is now descending upon earth.

Celebrate Beltane

Beltane reminds us to enjoy ourselves and to celebrate the union of life and love. We experience the most profound intimacy with the universe when we are able to fully surrender to its magnificence. Taurus knows how to celebrate beauty and recognizing the beauty around us creates a conduit of energy connecting our physical world with the spiritual world…..this is why Beltane represents the thinning of the veil.

At Beltane we celebrate the masculine and feminine coming together. It’s a time to celebrate who you are unapologetically. Write down a list of your deepest wishes and bury it in your garden in a wish box. Visualize your wishes growing true.

We celebrate the union of the feminine and masculine, for without it, there would be no heartbeat.

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Uranus in Taurus 2018-2026: Agitating the Soil

No jobThe planet of the unexpected and of the revolution is entering the earthy sign Taurus May 2018 and will remain there until 2026. Many Astrologers are predicting dystopian events with this transit, as will I, but I would also like to discuss how this transit will impact us on an individual level.

The Facts

The last time Uranus was in Taurus was 1934-1942- a very difficult time- we had the Great Depression and World War Two. It is said that planetary transits occur in cycles, so we can expect similar recurring events to unfold. Of course, we are in a different time so the events will not be exactly the same, but they will be of a similar energy.

Uranus rules instability, shocks, surprises, innovation, technology, engineering, the New Age, experiments, weirdness, rebellion, & revolution. Taurus rules the Earth, sensuality, food, houses, all material things, values, self worth, comfort, & life. Combiningthe energy of Uranus & Taurus will bring these archetypes together.

Predictions

Please keep in mind that Taurus is a stabilizing fixed energy so while Uranus brings the unexpected, we can expect these changes to be long lasting. What I’m about to share might be a little depressing, but it won’t be as bad as it sounds. Uranus it teaming up with Taurus which is an ultra feminine energy, so all of these big changes will be presented in a very sexy alluring way.

Financial

The last Uranus in Taurus transit was 1934-1942. This is when a lot of countries abandoned the gold standard. Instead, they adopted the Fiat currency which means you were no longer able to trade money for gold. Money determined its own value. There’s been a lot of talk about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies taking over the world, but I feel it won’t occur unti the end of this transit. Too many people still have way too much money. Economies first have to destabilize (Uranus) before everyone is willing to adopt cryptocurrency.

Banks will be transforming. A big bank where I live in Canada, has recently entered the start up industry, becoming sort of like a silicon valley type of institution. They are definitely getting into the tech industry, and will be spending millions of dollars over the next few years to educate their staff on technological advancements (Uranus) in the banking sector. The face of Banking Institutions will be changing. In fact, in Ontario Canada, they don’t even issue mortgages anymore. Look what’s happening in Australia. Their banking system is on the verge of collapse, if not already. I predict there will be more and more of this kind of stuff happening all over the world.

Real Estate

Taurus rules houses which means real estate. Real Estate all over the world has become so expensive it’s unaffordable. This has been in the works for decades because the global elitist agenda wants everyone to rent. Renting will become the new home ownership. Communal living will also be more desirable such as condos, and townhomes due to their price difference. Having multiple families living together will introduce something along the lines of a head tax, where each occupant is required to pay a tax. There will be sustainability undertones to this. Private investors will no longer be able to flip houses or privately rent them for a multitude of reasons, one of the main ones being price. I can’t tell you how many people I know who own 2 properties because they thought they could flipIt will go back to the days of Lords owning all the real estate. We will be the Habitants (peasants) who have to pay some rich corporation to live in a home. Banks aren’t interested in the mortgage industry anymore because the days of buying houses are over. The housing bubble will burst over the course of this 8 year transit.

With Real Estate we will also see the tiny house movement gaining more traction. Not everyone will be living in trailers, but I have noticed that all the new builds are the size of a tuna can. I saw a commercial for something called the ‘Mini Movement’ which is encouraging people to decide how much stuff they really need to have in their house? The concept of “necessities” and “essentials” will be changing drastically. If you live in a dwelling the size of a tuna can, you can’t own anything, and you can’t have a family. I heard the other day on the news that “dogs are the new children.” The media is pushing this belief that having a dog is more sustainable and eco friendly than having a child. The days of the nuclear families are over because infertility rates are soaring, and it has become too expensive to support a family. Although you wouldn’t equate minimalism with Taurus- I do think Uranus has a purging energy to it.

I also predict things like Airbnb, and shared spaces to become the norm. Private companies can now actually rent individual rooms in high rise buildings that other companies rent.

Houses and buildings in general will become more technologically advanced. Things like “smart homes” will become desirable, and in many cases, older dwellings will be retrofitted to accommodate these new technologies. Geothermal heating systems and more tracking devices will be installed in homes.

Will the housing bubble burst? I do think so. I hope so.

Food
Taurus rules food and agriculture. When you throw Uranus into the mix, we can expect some shake ups here as well.

I do think there will be a push back against genetically modified foods, however, Monsanto is getting into the Organics industry and we all know they own all of seed patents, so basically we are in trouble. It will be virtually impossible to find pure organic foods, because even they are being engineered. We might start to see more foods being forced to label themselves as GMO, but this won’t really do much.
The new commodity might become food. Bayer and Monsanto have recently merged, which means that the pharmaceutical industry and food industry will be one. Let’s not forget that it was during the last Uranus in Taurus transit in the 1940s, that Bayer conducted horrendous medical experiments on the Jews and other war prisoners. We also know that Bayer commercialized hard drugs such as Heroin. The fact that they are now teaming up with Monsanto scares the hell out of me. What sorts of experiments will they be conducting with our food? The old saying goes that when you control the food supply, you control the people. Will people do anything to be able to eat? We all know the agenda keeps threatening that by 2050 the world will not be able to produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. Will food become so scarce and expensive that people will be willing to do anything to get it? The last Uranus in Taurus transit occurred at the tail end of the Great Depression. We all know about the food crisis that happened then…don’t we?

Marijuana legalization is also something to watch. Monsanto once again owns all the patents, and now that Bayer has become one with Monsanto, we have to remember that both of these companies are known for their experimentations. The government and media is pushing Marijuana very hardly lately which should make everyone suspicious. Perhaps it is beneficial, but the government owns the seeds and plants. They can engineer it with all kinds of stuff. Neptune is in Pisces which is highly deceptive. When Saturn was last in Capricorn, Neptune was in Virgo which was World War Two. Capricorn = government, and Neptune in Virgo= medicine. Nazi experimentations with medicine took place. The alignments are virtually the same this time around!!

Political

Some Astrologers believe that Uranus in Taurus will see the collapse of the European Union and the revival of empires and kingdoms. Taurus rules over royalty and the super rich, so this could be a possibility. Trade agreements will be revamped or canceled altogether.

Transportation
Many also believe that transportation will be revamped. Both Uranus and Taurus rule over cars and technology, so perhaps more smart cars will be made, and ride sharing services will become the norm.

Personal Level

Uranus in Taurus will see everyone revamping their value systems. What you think you want is not what you want, and things that you never thought you would experience will happen. This will affect the Taurus ruled area of your natal chart. Taurus is the first Earth sign in the zodiac so it specifically rules over humans…us. Everything that we thought we knew about ourselves will be changing very quickly.

Uranus in Aries was all about destabilizing your ego. Now that your ego has been destabilized, Taurus will help you get in touch with this new version of yourself and refine it. For example; if Uranus in Aries transited your 10th house of career, during the past 8 years you experienced a lot of ups and downs with your career. You probably changed your mind a lot and couldn’t seem to find the right fit. With Uranus moving into your 11th house now, you will be reevaluating your long term goals, and you will be put into contact with the right people who can help make your dreams become a reality.

The first 3 months of any transit are always the most intense, so this summer will be crazyyy! Uranus will be destabilizing your sense of security in your Taurus ruled house most forcefully from May-August. The rest will happen gradually over 8 years.

Uranus and Aries are both unstable energies that act before they think. Taurus is an earthy grounding sign, so Uranus in Taurus is all about disrupting the soils of your concrete reality so new things can grow and be created. We have to till the soil in the Spring to activate new growth, so think of this transit in the same way. Uranus in Aries helped you find the right piece of land and soil after running around in circles and hitting lots of dead ends, so now it’s time to farm the land. Let’s not forget that Saturn will still be in Capricorn during this transit and we have the triple conjunction of Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter coming up in 2020 which are all restructuring and reprogramming reality themes.

To Conclude…….

I know all of this sounds very dystopian, but Taurus teaches self reliance and self worth, so this will be a time for us to have faith that no matter how difficult things will be, we will come out alive stronger and more secure. Taurus ruled the golden age after World War Two- the 1950s, a time when everyone had wealth and glamour. Uranus is the great awakener, so the more aware we become of the injustices in the world, the more self reflection it provides. Get grounded and have no fear. Our values will be changing drastically, and that’s not a bad thing. Taurus wants nothing more than to indulge and relax, so I believe everyone will be redefining what happiness means to them. The more nutrient rich your own soul is, the less you will have to rely on the pesticides of the world.

XO & thanks for reading & sharing!

 

Chiron in Aries 2018-2027: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Chiron the Wounded Healer is an asteroid in our solar system that orbits between Saturn & Uranus. Orbiting between these two planets suggests that Chiron’s energies are strong and awakening.

Chiron was a healer in Greek Mythology, and an immortal centaur. One day he was struck by a poisoned arrow from Hercules, which Chiron taught him how to make. He lived with incredible pain until he offered up his immortality to Prometheus who we know later gave fire to mankind.

This story shows us that we are our own worst enemy at times, and surrender is absolutely key to living a pain free life. Chiron’s placement in our horoscope shows us where are deepest wound is in our life and at the same time, how we can heal all that’s unwell in our life. The wound is a symptom of something larger going on within.

Chiron in Pisces

Chiron was transiting Pisces from 2010 until April 17, 2018. This 8 year transit saw us delving deep into the mystical energies of Pisces. It was a time where a lot of people underwent some serious spiritual awakenings and it was during this period that we saw the “New Age” becoming more mainstream. Fanaticism, deception, and floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes were running rampant. On a personal level, Chiron in Pisces forced us to swim in the deep waters of our subconscious, to peel back the layers of our 3rd dimensional reality to understand that what we see is not true reality. Many people underwent serious spiritual transformations.

Chiron in Aries

Chiron will move in and out of Aries until 2019- so the real hard work of Aries will be felt more in 2019.

Aries is the sign of self. It is an independent, initiative, birthing, soul forging through into new life energy.

Collective Level

On a collective level, Chiron in Aries will bring out a more self serving energy similar to the “America First” thing going on in the United States. I predict there will be less solidarity as everyone will be in it for themselves. Aries greatest wound is learning to accept help from others, so on a global scale, I predict there will be more push backs against trade agreements and geographical agreements such as the European Union and NAFTA. I also predict there will be more wars, and the devastation caused by war will force everyone to take a hard look at themselves. I actually noticed as soon as Chiron entered Aries, a G7 summit was held, and a lot of Western movies were airing on the television. The Wild West is a perfect illustration of a Chiron in Aries energy, because it was  “an every man in it for himself time.”

Personal Level

On a personal level, Chiron in Aries will offer deep healing of our identity. We will come to learn so much more about who we are and what our place is in the vast world and universe. We will be questioning our purpose and existence asking the question “Who am I?”

Another large wound of Aries is self love. A soul born with a lot of Arian energy usually lacks self love. This is because with a lot of Aries energy comes a new incarnational cycle. How many of us are truly confident and comfortable when we are experiencing something for the first time? Most of us feel awkward and shy, or our Egos compensate and we become overly confident only to suffer a bruised ego later on when we fail miserably or don’t live up to our own expectations. There will be a lot of healing on this level. Self love first requires self trust which is something we will be confronted with a lot during these next 8 years. Aries wants you to experience a lot of new things, but in order to truly experience them, a certain level of trust has to be present, and so Chiron will be forcing you to become self reliant. It’s no longer about the Pisces escapism where during the past 8 years you might have retreated into your head a lot. No, Chiron in Aries will push you into a lot of new situations head on that will force you to deal with them. We all know that you learn the most about yourself when you are challenged and try new things. Remember, Chiron in Aries is all about the self “who am I?”

Chiron in Pisces helped us understand the spiritual side to life, but that information is useless unless we can use it for self empowerment which in turn will empower humanity. Chiron in Aries will take all that “spiritual stuff” and make us use it for self analysis. Questioning your place in the “spiritual industry” and the universe itself will be very strong. We are moving away from healing deep emotional wounds to healing deep action oriented wounds. How are you holding yourself back? Are you afraid of taking some steps? Do you care about what other people think of you too much? What do you really want to accomplish in your life?

Aries is the warrior so you will feel the push to go your own way during this transit. It’s a very independent sign, so at times you might feel very lonely, but getting in touch with yourself is the only way to repair this Chiron wound. The heart is a lonely hunter.

 

Chiron in Aries will confront issues around self-love, self-worth, and identity that will create a balm of self awareness that will be the cure to the Aries wound of an unconscious self.

Check out the song ‘I am the Warrior” by Scandal down below. I find it to be such an empowering song!

Saturn Retrograde April 17-September 6, 2018: Shhhhhh

Silence. A word here that invokes the energy of this year’s Saturn retrograde. It is commonly believed that when a planet turns retrograde it appears as though it is moving backwards in the sky. However, this is merely an optical illusion. The planet actually slows down, it doesn’t travel in the opposite direction.

Saturn entered Capricorn December 2017 and the the theme is about restructuring your concrete reality. Saturn produces a manifesting energy in Capricorn because it naturally rules this sign. Saturn feels comfy here, not happy as he would in Libra, but comfortable nonetheless. If you would like to learn more about what this transit is all about, check out my Saturn in Capricorn blog here.

Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn will give Saturn the time is so desires to reconstruct the house it is currently transiting for you. He will be doing this anyways until 2020, but he has more time during these next 5 months to make some great headway. Come September, you will look back over the previous 5 months and see how much your life has changed.

Many Vedic Astrologers have been discussing how Saturn Retrograde can create more fights and confrontations between people. (Keep in mind, that in Vedic Astrology, Saturn is in Sagittarius, not Capricorn). I also agree with this, because whenever we experience a slowing down of energy in our lives, we get cranky and irritable because we want to move ahead, but we can’t. Please remember that Saturn brings lots of karmic changes to you, so there’s alot that first has to be tweaked behind the scenes before your external reality can change. This is what Saturn Retrograde is doing.

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Don’t get into fights, choose your battles wisely, don’t instigate or provoke anyone, and think before you speak. This transit is affecting everyone, so naturally everyone is going to be on edge for a few months. Saturn is the lord of karma and morals, so he is watching your behaviour very closely. If you act irresponsibly, he will strike you down with a heavy dose of karma. You may not feel it right away, but certainly when he turns direct in September, you will. Be the bigger person, turn the other cheek, watch what you say and you will be greatly rewarded. Mind you, if someone is swinging punches at you and pushing your buttons, you will have to defend yourself…but do it honourably and gracefully as opposed to handling it immaturely.

You are the actor and Saturn is your PR person. He wants you to act responsibly and maturely when the pressure is on during his retrograde cycle so he doesn’t feel that all of his restructuring is a waste.

It’s no coincidence that the ‘Shhhhh’ sound is Saturn’s sound in Vedic Astrology.

“Silence is a source of great stength” -Lao Tzu

 

Spring Equinox: The Venus Cure

Babylonian Origin- Ostara- Goddess of Spring
The Ostara story comes from the Sumerian legend of Tammuz and his wife Inanna (Ishtar), from an epic myth called “The Descent of Inanna” found inscribed on cuneiform clay tablets dating back to 2100 BC. When Tammuz dies, Ishtar is grief–stricken and follows him to the underworld. In the underworld, she enters through seven gates, and her worldly attire is removed. “Naked and bowed low” she is judged, killed, and then hung on display. In her absence, the earth loses its fertility, crops cease to grow and animals stop reproducing. Unless something is done, all life on earth will end.

After Inanna has been missing for three days her assistant goes to other gods for help. Finally one of them Enki, creates two creatures who carry the plant of life and water of life down to the Underworld, sprinkling them on Inanna and Tammuz, resurrecting them, and giving them the power to return to the earth as the light of the sun for six months. After the six months are up, Tammuz returns to the underworld of the dead, remaining there for another six months, and Inanna pursues him, prompting the water god to rescue them both. Thus were the cycles of winter death and spring life.

The Sumerian goddess Inanna is known outside of Mesopotamia by her Babylonian name, “Ishtar”. In ancient Canaan Ishtar is known as Astarte, and her counterparts in the Greek and Roman pantheons are known as Aphrodite and Venus. In the 4th Century, when Christians identified the exact site in Jerusalem where the empty tomb of Jesus had been located, they selected the spot where a temple of Aphrodite (Astarte/Ishtar/Inanna) stood. The temple was torn down and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built, the holiest church in the Christian world.

The story of Inanna and Tammuz is just one of a number of accounts of dying and rising gods that represent the cycle of the seasons and the stars. For example, the resurrection of Egyptian Horus; the story of Mithras, who was worshipped at Springtime; and the tale of Dionysus, resurrected by his grandmother. Among these stories are prevailing themes of fertility, conception, renewal, descent into darkness, and the triumph of light over darkness or good over evil.

Celebrated at Spring Equinox on March 21, Ostara marks the day when light is equal to darkness, and will continue to grow.

According to Jacob Grimm’s version, the idea of resurrection was ingrained within the celebration of Ostara: “Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian’s God.”
The Germans personified this growing light of Spring by creating the Goddess of Spring Ostara which in ancient Germanic languages means- Goddess of Growing Light. They adopted her from the Babylonian Goddess Innana.

The Astrology of the Spring Equinox
Equinox means equal night because on this day we have equal day light and equal darkness. It is a time of balance and harmony. The conditions are perfectly equal, creating a fertile energetic frequency.

The Spring Equinox occurs on a different date each year but it must occur during the first Decan of Aries, or the first 3 degrees of Aries which is from March 20-22nd.

Aries- soul forging through into new life- recalibrating, refreshing, initiating, creating something new, energetic, fiery.

The Spring Equinox marks the official start of the Cosmic New Year. This is when we enter into a new energetic cycle until the next Spring Equinox. This new cycle is the optimal time to give birth to something new, hence Spring is associated with nature coming back to life. So technically, January and February are still under the influence of last year’s energies. Progress will start to be made after this time.

Venus and the Spring Equinox
As I discussed earlier, Inanna was the original goddess of Spring, who later became known as Aphrodite to the Greeks, and Venus by the Romans, and Ostara to the Germanic peoples.

Venus holds very special significance to the Spring Equinox for the following reasons:
1. Venus is a very hot planet- heat creates new life, and remember, Aries is a fire sign that marks the start of Spring.
2. Venus in Astrology represents love, values, beauty, life, fertility, luxury, flowers, food, the arts, nature, self-love and the feminine.
3. Every account of Ostara, going back to Innana describes her as a beautiful young goddess who is the patron goddess of the above mentioned things. Ostara in all mythologies is described as a young maiden who collects water from flowing brooks, is wearing a sheer white dress and is covered in flowers, and is holding a set of keys. Venus is a planet that rules water, the colour white, and flowers. Holding a set of keys implies that she is the key to life. Thus the Spring Equinox is a celebration of the feminine because she is a creatrix.
If we go back to the Winter Solstice, a seed of frequency was created at that time that was 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. This is why the Spring Equinox is a celebration of the divine feminine. Remember, the Spring Equinox has equal light and darkness making the conditions fertile so life can be created. Think back to December. What did you experience back then? What themes were you dealing with? The omens, signs, and symbols at that time were giving you clues as to what the upcoming year has in store for you. Also pay attention to any signs and symbols at the Spring Equinox.

Where does the Bunny symbol come from?
There are a few different beliefs as to where the Bunny Rabbit symbol originated:
1. It is believed the rabbits are creatures of the underworld because they live underground. In the Myth of Inana, when she returns to Earth, she is carrying a rabbit with her.
2. In Germanic paganism, Ostara rescued a bird that had broken its wing. She decided to transform the bird into a rabbit so it no longer needed wings.
3. Hares don’t live underground which is why they would be one of the first animals you see when the weather starts warming up. This was later changed to Rabbits, as they were believed to be more appealing than a wild rabbit (hare).
4. Modern paganism believes that the Spring Equinoc is a fertility ritual and since rabbits spend most of their time procreating, they are a symbol of fertility.

Where does the Dyed Easter Egg come from?
1. Babylonian myth- Inanna fell from heaven to the Euphrates in an egg and hatched.
2. The egg is representative of Jesus’s tomb, hence why the Christians adopted it. Remember that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is the supposed site of Jesus’ tomb was built upon a former Temple of Venus.
3. Eggs are typically white which is the colour of Venus, and the yolk is round and yellow like the Sun. Remember, the Spring Equinox occurs when the Sun enters Aries, and the Sun is strongest in the sign of Aries.
4. March/April are the peak time of year for Chicken to lay eggs, which were a vital source of protein for the ancients.
5. In almost every culture in the world there is a story about Earth being born from a Cosmic Egg.

Where does the Hot Cross Bun come from?
In the 12th Century a monk baked the buns with a symbol of a cross on them to mark the upcoming Easter holiday. However, there is more to it than that.
Cross Glyph- representing the intersection of matter and earth.
Now if we look at the symbol for Venus, it is a cross with a circle on top of it. The circle in Astrology represents the Sun. So we have the Sun, representing consciousness above the cross, which is Earth. So the Venus symbol represents ascension, consciousness, rebirth, and enlightenment. The Church being a patriarchal institution, removed all obvious divine feminine symbolism, thus the cross became the symbol for Christ, and not the Venus symbol. Venus at its core represents self-love. The Church knew this which is why they wanted to disguise the Venusian symbolism. Christianity became a religion for suffering and martyrdom and not self-love.
Venus also rules carbohydrates and sweet foods, so eating a hot cross bun at Easter is a way of honouring Venus.

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Easter
The Christians incorporated many Pagan traditions and called it their own. Easter is their most sacred holiday as it celebrates the death and resurrection of Christ. Remember, when Inanna went into the underworld, she was hung up on a cross to die just like Jesus. Once again the cross represents matter/earth and Jesus represents the Sun/light. If you look at a picture of Jesus’ crucifixion, he looks like the Venus symbol. His crown of thorns and halo represents the Sun. The Sun is on top of the Cross= Venus glyph

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Easter always falls on the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. This is because the Moon represents completion and rebirth and the divine feminine. The Moon rules over pregnancy and fertility in Astrology, and the Full Moon even looks like a pregnant woman’s belly. The Church knew this, which is why Jesus supposedly rose to heaven on this day. He was being reborn.
It’s on this first Full Moon after the Equinox that animals start procreating and frogs start spawning.
On a side note, when the three wiseman saw the Eastern star in the sky, signalling the birth of a King/Sun (Jesus), it was the East-Star, which is why the Christian’s named it Easter.

Conclusion

Goddess Spirituality allows us to get in touch with different parts of ourselves that we can use for self empowerment. Ostara is a goddess of life, love, beauty, sensuality, creativity, and so much more that we discussed today. The Spring Equinox is a time of creating life, and of awakening to our feminine nature. On this day, indulge yourself- that might mean taking a long hot bath, or eating something you really enjoy, or pampering yourself by getting your hair or nails done. The Spring Equinox is when the conditions are perfect for creation. When you feel good, you feel invincible, and this is what Ostara can help you with. Love yourself and the world is yours.

 

 

New Venus Cycle February 2018

The Venus Evening Star 2018

Venus became visible on February 7, 2018 and will remain visible until November 2018. Planets have the ability to appear invisible and visible depending throughout the year, depending on their path in the sky. Venus was invisible from the beginning of December 2017 until the end of January 2018 which made all Venusian things very difficult to manifest. Women were cranky, food lacked flavour, relationships were more challenging, clothes didn’t fit right, etc. With Venus becoming visible as an evening star, we can expect all of the above mentioned things to manifest much more easily.

Venus goes through 19 month phases where she rises in the daytime or she rises in the evening. Both phases bring fated events to women and affects every aspect of their lives. It’s important to know where your own natal Venus is placed in order to know what specific things in your life will manifest, however, because Venus rules women- every woman will experience the blessings of her energies during these next nine months.

This year, Venus will appear as an evening star in the sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of visions, inspiration, eccentricity, groups, and spirituality. We can expect women to be more spiritual as fated karmic events will happen, and you will find yourself wanting to socialize more and perhaps buy more crystals and oracle cards.

Venus in Aquarius as an evening star is the archetype of the Soul Sister. She wants to live life as a bohemian- spending the day lounging in a field of flowers while tufts of incense smoke impregnate the ether with philosophical ideas and artistic visions. On a more practical level, you will be much more inclined to want to join groups of like minded people and live your life on your own terms.

Find your tribe and enjoy the initiation into this mystical new time.

 

What we can expect with Venus as an Evening Star:

More Romance

Pleasant disposition

Food will be more flavourful

More interest in Fashion- you’ll want to wear high heels as opposed to flats

You will be more attractive

Less arguments amongst women- conversations will be smoother

You’ll be in the mood for shopping

 

If you would like to make the most of the powerful Venusian energies coming through this year, here are some folk magic tips to help you harness her special energies.

  1. Clean your house

Venus rules the house, so you will want to ensure it is neat and tidy. Vacuum, dust, mop, and declutter. It is believed that when the home is dirty, all Venusian things in your life also become dirty, meaning they have trouble expressing their positive qualities. Venus also rules mirrors (did you ever notice the glyph for Venus looks like a hand-held mirror?). Clean all of your mirrors and replace any that are scratched or dated.  Venus rules specifically the bedroom and the south-east corner of your home, so make sure those areas are sparkling!

 

  1. Wear Green and Pink

The colour green is ruled by Venus because she rules the heart and the heart chakra is the colour green. Green is also the colour of money and abundance along with  nature- all of which Venus rules. She also rules the colour Pink- colour of love and femininity. By wearing both of these colours (not necessarily at the same time) you are magnetizing all Venusian things to you.

 

  1. Wear a Copper Ring

Copper is an element ruled by Venus. Copper is highly conductive representing the receptive nature of the feminine. Copper is known to absorb water and fluids changing its form and colour which relates to the divine feminine. Women retain more fluids than men and we have the ability to synthesize our emotions much easier than men. Copper is abundant in female sexual organs (ruled by Venus) and is used up during sexual activity. The peacock- a bird sacred to Venus, owes its greenish plumage to its high Copper content. The bluish coppery colouring in crystals such as Malachite, Azurite, Peacock Ore, & Bornite are all Venus ruled and have a feminine sound to their names. Wearing a copper ring is believed to attract a partner and Venusian energies to the wearer. Wear a copper ring on your left ringer to bring forth a relationship.

 

  1. Put Sugar in Your Garden

Sugar like all other sweet foods are ruled by Venus along with gardens and flowers. Take a spoonful of sugar and bury it in your garden. Treat this as an offering to Venus and ask for Venusian blessings in your life when you do this. A Friday evening will be the best time to perform this mini ritual.

 

  1. Beauty Tricks

Venus rules the eyes as they are the most commented on feature for women. Wear bluish or greenish eyeshadow to help activate your own Venus. The Ancient Egyptians knew this, which is why they used crushed malachite (a copper based crystal) for eyeshadow. Place a piece of Rutilated Quartz under your pillow at night to make your hair more luxurious. Rutilated Quartz is also known as Venus’ Hair due to the golden needles found in this stone. The ancients believed that Venus had curly golden hair.

 

Remember to put your heart into all of these little tricks and Venus will reward you, as she loves receiving gifts.

XOXO

Photo Credit: The Women of Venus from Abbott and Costello Go To Mars

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Walnut Tree Transit: October 24-31

Planet- Jupiter

Element- Water

According to Slavic Tree Astrology- the Walnut Tree transit is one of transitions. Ruling over Scorpio season, this transition is one of stepping into an unknown place. The Walnut Tree will endow you with a strong sense of decisiveness. Staying true to your morals (Jupiter) and values will become the focus as you might find them challenged at this time. With such a strong sense of inner stability, you must not be inflexible. The more you are able to surrender (Water) and trust the process of life, the more you will be able to enjoy the fruits that this tree transit has to offer. Step into this new place confident in who you are and share your unique talents with the world. The Walnut Tree will assist you in forging your own path without the influence of other people. Wonderful new opportunities await you, so take a chance!

Maple Tree Transit: October 14-23

Planet- Moon

Element- Water

The Maple Tree transit is one of change. Ruled by the moon, there will be many small changes that you will have to deal with during this time. The Maple Tree will provide a sense of nurturing during all of the changes so remember to be gentle with yourself. There is a sweetness to life which will become apparent, so take time for yourself to indulge and unwind. Think positively and if you find yourself lost or hurt, look to the Maple Tree for inspiration. It is a sturdy tree that can withstand the harshness of the Northern elements. You too will be able to endure anything so long as you stand firm in who you are. Humour and laughter can also do wonders at this time.

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