Full Moon Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018: Bath Bomb

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

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

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

Blood Sucker

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

A Boiling Water Vessel- The Aspects

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

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

Moon Square Uranus-   Impatient, spontaneous, feeling restricted

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

Mars Square Uranus-   Breakthroughs

Saturn Trine Uranus-  Reset

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

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

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

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

The Kozminksy symbol for this eclipse is:

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

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

To Conclude…

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

 

aesthetic, tumblr, and bath bomb image

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What’s Your Astro Season?

I always feel melancholy when the warm weather arrives. It’s on days when it’s 30 degrees Celsius that are the worst. I feel like I’m suffocating. It’s sort of like a cosmic claustrophobia. The heat from the Sun possesses me. Hot weather drains my inspiration, while cold weather feeds me. I believe there is an Astrological explanation for all of this.

We all possess a certain dominant season within us that comes to life at its natural time of the year. Like clocks and calendars we have our own bio rhythm that either makes us dance when the music starts or forces us to sit on the bench. I only have 1 planet in a Summer sign and I have an awful relationship with that planet, it’s actually debilitated. Most of my planets are in Winter signs, and I normally don’t experience anything until the latter half of the year when the chilly weather arrives.

You will notice that you either bloom or wither away during your dominant season. Knowing your astro season can help you navigate the year. If you don’t have a dominant season, it just means you have a more balanced life.

Down below you will see the zodiac signs & their corresponding seasons.

Spring Signs– Aries, Taurus, Gemini

Summer Signs– Cancer, Leo, Virgo

Autumn Signs- Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Winter Signs- Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, you can always reverse this. It works just as well.
Let’s get back down to the “nature” aspect of Astrology. Excuse me while I zone out in this catatonic heat like fellow Winter/Cold dominant lady Elizabeth Taylor.

What’s your dominant season? Do you find your life takes off in those months? How do you feel? Comment down below!

 

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Dispositors: The “Keys” of Your Horoscope Part I

What if I told you that there was a way to unlock the power of your planets? And what if this power could also lock your planets? Dispositors are the keys of your horoscope.

What is a Dispositor?

A dispositor is essentially the ruling planet of a planet. For example; if your Jupiter is in Leo, that means the Sun is the dispositor of your Jupiter. Essentially, the Sun rules your Jupiter. It does seem strange to have a planet rule a planet, however think of the dispositor as a ruling energy behind your planet. With the above example, we can see that in order to make the most of your Jupiter, you have to apply Solar energy to it. Jupiter is the planet of our highest moral expression. It’s the planet that rules over generosity, tolerance, philosophy, spirituality, morals, goodness, expansion, abundance, etc. Jupiter in Leo is about using your highest good to inspire others and to be dignified in your dealings. Since the Sun is the dispositor of this Jupiter, you must inspire others through your dignity.

So as you can see with the above example, the dispositor can give you so much more information about your planetary placements. In the example given, Jupiter in Leo requires sincerity and dignity. At the same time, the Sun as the dispositor of Jupiter can make the native self-serving and egotistical.

Tips

You also want to pay special attention to when the dispositor of your planet is transiting the sign it rules. For example, for the person with their Jupiter in Leo they will want to pay attention to what unfolds in their life when the Sun is transiting Leo. Something important in the realm of their Jupiter is sure to manifest.

Also pay attention to planetary friendships. For example, the Sun has a positive friendship with Jupiter, therefore, the influence of the native’s dispositor will be positive. Now if for example, Jupiter was in Libra, the dispositor for this Jupiter would be Venus since Venus rules Libra. Jupiter is an enemy to Venus because Venus is about material things while Jupiter rules over spiritual things. Therefore, we can deduce that Jupiter in Libra would be a weak position and the native would have to be extra careful not to be self-indulgent when seeking spiritual goodness. Since Jupiter is enemies with Venus, the native will struggle with incorporating the positive influence of Venus into its Jupiterian energy.

A Step Further

Using the above example again,  we know that Venus is the dispositor of Jupiter in Libra. If we would like to see how much influence the dispositor has, we can look at the placement of the dispositor. Let’s say that Venus is in Pisces. So while Jupiter and Venus have a negative relationship, Venus is the exalted in Pisces, thus the negative relationship between Jupiter and Venus can be minimized because Venus is in its strongest position.

The sign and house the dispositor is in will also add a flavour to the planet it rules. So for the Jupiter in Leo individual, their dispositor  is the Sun is in Virgo, so this means that if their goal is to inspire others through their dignity and sincerity, this needs to come through in a form of service, since Virgo rules service. Make sense?

Now if Jupiter in Leo is in the 3rd house, this shows that you like to communicate. However, because the dispositor, the Sun, is in your 4th house of family, you will want to bring the focus back to your family and home life  and communicate with them, because the focus will be on “serving your family” through having healthy communication. Jupiter in Leo in the 3rd like to brag,  but the native should be focused on the well-being of those inside the family, and perhaps using their family model as an example for others.

Also make note of any aspects being made from the dispostitor to the planet it rules. This will also affect the energies, either in a positive or negative way.

Final Dispositor

A final dispositor is when you have one planet in its own sign. You can’t have a final dispositor if you have more than one planet in the sign it rules. Look at your natal chart and see if you have this. Remember, you can only have one planet in its own sign in order to have a final dispositor.

The final dispositor in a chart is the overall ruling influence in the native’s life. No other planet can dispose of it. It’s an energy the native will have to wield, otherwise they will constantly run into road blocks. The final dispositor is the skeleton key of the horoscope, it is able to unlock all of the planetary energies. If for example Saturn is your final dispositor, you will have to apply patience, perseverance, and effort in all areas of your life.

If you don’t have a final dispositor, it means your life will be more varied.

 

Controversy

Some Astrologers are opposed to using the final dispositor when you have planets in mutual reception with each other. For example if your Jupiter is in Virgo, and your Mercury is in Sagittarius, you can’t have a final dispositor because Jupiter is in the sign of Mercury and Mercury is in the sign of Jupiter. The two would cancel each other out.

 

My Advice

Playing around with dispositors will enlighten the heck out of you. Your struggles and talents will be revealed. As well, if you have a difficult relationship with one of your planets, knowing the dispositor can show you what is making it difficult, and how you can overcome those problems.

I would say dispositors are somewhat of an advanced astrological technique because you must have a pretty good grasp of the archetypes in Astrology. Nonetheless, I encourage you to at least find the dispositor of  one of your planets which can reveal a lot about your personality in that specific context.

 

To Conclude…

Dispositors are keys that will help you open up or lock in certain energies and themes in your life.

I have a list of planetary friendships and a list of debilitated and exalted planetary positions if you are interested.

I hope this makes sense, and if you have any questions, please feel free to comment down below and I can assist you.

There might be a Part II…….

 

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July Monthly Horoscopes

Aries Rising

Symbol: A group of young maidens tie dye white cotton dresses

The Solar Eclipse on July 11th will be happening in your 4th house. New beginnings with regards to your family and home will make you more emotional and cranky. The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th will be in your 11th house of friendships and associates. You might decide to cut some people out of your life and may experience a betrayal. Mercury will be Retrograde in Leo in your 5th house of self-expression which will give you the opportunity to get clear on what messages you are sending to your family and friends with your actions and words.

Taurus Rising

Symbol: Picking blood-red oranges from a nearby orangery

The two eclipses this month will be activating your 3rd and 10th houses. You will be more moody with regards to your career and may over share with your coworkers and associates. Be careful of what you say to whom because this can be later used against you. New skills you learn this month will be applied to your work that may make you realize you are on the wrong path, which will be facilitated by Mercury Retrograde in your 3rd house.

Gemini Rising

Symbol: A lemonade stand selling over-priced sugary drinks

The Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 2nd house of money and values which will bring a new opportunity to nurture your desire to get the ball rolling in your career. The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th will be in your 9th house where you will need to let go of old outdated ways of thinking about your earning potential. Mercury Retrograde in your house of communication will feel like you need to admit some truths about your skills that you have been avoiding.

Cancer Rising

Symbol: Breaking in a new pair of chic sandals

Get ready for new beginnings Cancer risings! The Solar Eclipse is in your own sign so it will be in your first house or Ascendant (if it is at 20 degrees). You will have a preview of a brand new YOU. A new chapter is beginning in your life that will be felt more strongly this Autumn. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will be occurring in your 8th house where you will be detaching yourself from old paradigms that are keeping you from moving forward with your life. Mercury Retrograde in your 2nd house will be forcing you to be more assertive about what’s important to you. Get clear on what you treasure so you can align your new emerging self with your value system.

Leo Rising

Symbol: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness.’

Leo’s are getting a little break this month due to no Eclipses happening in your sign. With that being said, the Cancer Eclipse on July 11th will be in your 12th house where you will be made aware of subtle patterns playing out in your life. Perhaps you have been too self-sacrificing in your waking life? Or too withdrawn? The Lunar Eclipse on July 29th will be in your 7th house where you can find your relationships unraveling. The Solar Eclipse will assist you in realizing that you perhaps have been in some unhealthy partnerships, and this Lunar Eclipse will finish up its karmic fires in your relationship sector. Mercury Retrograde in your own sign will make you analyze your role in these relationships more closely.

Virgo Rising

Symbol: Teeth chattering air conditioning

Needy people will be feeding off your energy this month so now would be a good time to stock up on some protective crystals- Obsidian would be a great choice. The Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 11th house so you will find that people are unloading their emotional problems onto you and you might find yourself surrounded by more sickly people. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 29th will be in your house of health and work so health issues that have been troubling you for some time will subside considerably. I believe that the Lunar Eclipse in your house of work will help you to emotionally detach from your job which has been draining you for quite some time. Your co workers or clients will be surprised at your sudden change. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 12th house will give you some clues as to why you always put yourself last.

Libra Rising

Symbol: Children building a sandcastle on the beach

You will be coddling your career quite a bit this month Libras due to the July 11th Eclipse in your 10th house. The focus for the past year has been on your social activity but now the focus is coming back to your professional responsibilities. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 5th house of self-expression so the people pleasing will not be able to continue much longer. You have to speak up and do what works for you with regards to your career. Some of your social buddies might get annoyed with all of your job focus this month, but you will come to learn that only your “true friends” will support your change in priorities. Mercury Retrograde in your 11th house will help you see who is lifting you up and who is dragging you down.

Scorpio Rising

Symbol: Hoarding seashells at the beach while others desperately search for some

Selfishness will no longer be tolerated Scorpios. For a while now, you have felt on top of your A game. This will start to dwindle now with a Solar Eclipse on July 11th in your 9th house. The focus will be shifting from YOU to something larger than YOU. Many of you will come to learn that you have spending too much time and energy on things in your life that are not worth it in the long run. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 29th will be in your 4th house where you will see that your selfish interests have been at the expense of your family. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 10th house will be throwing some kinks into your job situation.

Sagittarius Rising

Aesthetic: Uprooting dandelions

A breakthrough in your emotional well-being is coming this July. A Solar Eclipse in your 8th house on July 11 will help you to heal some deep-rooted issues regarding your sense of emotional security. Perhaps now you will be able to confront some buried feelings that have been haunting you. Overcoming some fears are also possible. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius in your 3rd house will force you to speak up for yourself and defend your behaviour. You will find yourself under the scrutiny of others, but my advice would be to speak your truth. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 9th house will help you make sense of the healing that will be kick started with the Solar Eclipse at the beginning of the month.

Capricorn Rising

Symbol: Sharing a dripping popsicle

The July 11th Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 7th house of relationships. You might find yourself growing closer with your partners- both personally and professionally. You will have to lend some extra support to your partners as well. You will also start to become more sensitive to the suffering of others and will see people in a gentler light. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 2nd house so you will be saying good-bye to your detached way of doing things. You will be required to be more engaged and compassionate in your waking life. Mercury Retrograde in Leo will be your 8th house which will encourage you to be more forgiving of your self and others.

Aquarius Rising

Symbol: Seagulls flying overhead scavenging for discarded food

I know it’s been unsettling for you folks for a while now, but the good news is that the July 11th Cancer Solar Eclipse will allow you to structure your life in a way that aligns with the new YOU. Establishing new routines, priorities, and responsibilities will be felt with the Solar Eclipse. The Lunar Eclipse on July 29th will be in your 1st house. You will have to release some aspect of yourself that is keeping you from your authentic life. Something shocking could happen, such as an accident or an admission of something that you never saw coming. Mars is also conjunct this Eclipse in your 1st house so an old karmic cycle will be coming to an end. The big finale is here. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 7th house will help you to see your life from a bird eye’s perspective. It will feel like you are looking at your life from the outside of a window. It will be intense this month, but you are experiencing the start of a brand new karmic cycle. Not many people have this opportunity…use it well.

Pisces Rising

Symbol: An easel and paintbrush are set up but the painter is missing

If you’ve had some ideas that you haven’t been able to implement for a while, this July will be your chance! New creative projects and ways of expressing yourself will be available to you. If you have children, your bond with them will be stronger this month as well. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 12th house which will make you feel a little depressed. The Lunar Eclipse will be conjunct Mars RX so intense past life experiences can be felt as well as the completion of a karmic cycle. You could also be handed some heavy karma that you have accumulated from this past year, so pay attention to the signs, symbols, and feelings that come up this month. Mercury Retrograde in Leo will be in your 6th house so you will have to take a hard look at your reality to see what you have been abandoning.

 

All the best Lumineers!

XO

Mars Retrograde & South Node Conjunction 2018: Serpentine Fire

Mars will be conjunct the South Node of the Moon off and on from June until the Autumn which will create a very intense summer with some hot potential for transformation. Mars will also be retrograde for a while which is a rare occurrence for the red planet. Let’s take a closer look.

Mars Retrograde

Mars will be retrograde on June 26th until August. This is the first time in 47 years that Mars has been retrograde in Aquarius. Mars officially moved into Aquarius on the same day Uranus ingressed into Taurus in May. In the last week of July, Mars will also be at its brightest in 60 000 years.

Once every 2 years, Mars goes retrograde which makes the planet appear as though it is moving backwards in the sky. It does not actually move backwards, it is more of an optical illusion. Mars will revisit the degrees it traveled when it was moving direct, so we have the opportunity to put right or make wrong what we’ve already experienced.

Mars is a masculine archetypal planet that has a lot of power for the next few months, and will set the stage for the next 2.5 years. Mars will be retrograde in the sign of Aquarius which is adding a mind opening flavour to this transit.

Aquarius is the archetype of the revolutionary, the eccentric, the detached, the inventor, the thinker, and the cosmic bohemian. Mars will be emphasizing the light and shadow aspects of this sign, inflaming issues around abandonment, the role of men, and recklessness.

Aquarius

Aquarius is an archetype that is emotionally disconnected from the human experience. It spends way too much time pondering and not enough time present. The inventor, thinker, and scientist, all devote their time and life to the intellectual experience which has its good points.

Mars in Aquarius will push you towards experiencing a fresh, new, and innovative way of living your life, specifically in the Aquarius ruled house of your natal chart. It’s a consciousness expanding energy that will make you feel fed up with following the status quo and listening to others tell you what to do.

Mars Conjunct the South Node

Mars will also meet with the South Node of the Moon in Aquarius 3 times this year. The first conjunction occurred earlier this month on June 7th before Mars turned RX. The next two conjunctions will be July 20th, and September 25th at 7-4 degrees of Aquarius. Mars conjunct the South Node is the placement for burning away the old, and starting a new karmic cycle. On a more mundane level, this placement will create more violence, danger, aggression, injuries, altercations, and the potential for war or terrorism.

The South Node of the Moon is the tail of the dragon, while the North Node is the head of the dragon. The South Node represents losing something, endings, what we have to let go of in order to evolve, and past life karma. When Mars meets up with this point, we have a strong selfish desire to push forward with our lives, to make a drastic change, and to leave the old behind in favour or something that is more aligned to our purpose.

This conjunction will play out in a few different ways depending on your own personal planets, but here is how you might feel.

-Unsettled

-Extra annoyed

-Impulsive

-Alienated

-Instigating

-Lacking empathy

-Afraid

Blistered and Burned

What will first happen when Mars meets up with the South Node is the need to confront your deepest fears. This does not necessarily mean they will come true, but you will definitely have a taste of it.  Mars in Aquarius is rebellious and reckless while the SN in Aquarius is about moving away from collective control. When you bring Mars & the SN together you get a dangerous combo that makes you feel invincible. You will be excreting your fears out of every pore so blisters are inevitable. When you’re able to talk about what you’re afraid of, suddenly you’re not so afraid of it anymore.

Some of you might be feeling very calm during this transit which indicates that you’ve already done a lot of work. Some of you will be feeling low. Either way, retreating from the world is what most people will be doing. Purging & burning away the old to welcome in the new sounds all fine and dandy, but it’s easier said than done. Fires are brutal, especially when they destroy your life and long-term plans (Aquarius). This conjunction is a reset, a forest fire that has scorched some part of your life to be reborn. It’s scary, but required. Drink lots of water, cry, & release pent-up emotions. Avoid fanning the fires by intellectualizing your pain and confiding in others who have their own issues to deal with. Working with the Water element will help and not Air.

What Does This All Mean?

Mars Retrograde in Aquarius will push you to reinvent yourself. It’s time to take a new direction and to not be a bystander in your own life anymore. Mars will help you to open up your mind and do what works for you regardless of what other people think.

Mars Retrograde conjunct the South Node in Aquarius is about deconditioning. We have to embrace our individuality and not get suckered into going along with the masses, the sheep, or our third dimensional reality. This conjunction will allow us to evolve from outdated ways of doing things. Many of you will be saying goodbye to friends and associates who are no longer in alignment with you. Let’s see how this will play out on a practical level…

-Transformation of your tribe

-Speaking your truth loud and proud

-Decisiveness

-Believing in yourself more than ever

Keep in Mind….

Transformation is a gradual process, so if you don’t have any planets from 1-8 degrees of the Fixed signs- Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio you will find yourself being more mouthy and aggressive which is a good indication that something is brewing with your personal power.

I will be doing a forecast for each of the 12 zodiac signs for this Martian energy in the coming days so stay tuned for that.

This Girl Is On Fire

We need to act fearlessly but not recklessly. We need to be bold but not overbearing. We need to speak our truth and not yell it. We need to open our minds and not misshapen it. We need to be decisive and not stubborn.

Fires create but they also destroy. We can only welcome in the new when we let go of the old. The Serpentine Fire this summer is bringing the water from the water bearer Aquarius to a boil. Before we can enjoy the meal we first have to cook it, and that takes heat.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

Neptune Retrograde June 18, 2018- November 24, 2018: Let it Go!

Neptune goes retrograde every year for approximately 160 days, so it’s not as rare as a Mars or Venus retrograde. We are given a reality check every year with its cycle and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Could you imagine if we were in a constant dream like state? We need Neptune RX no matter how confrontational it might be.

How it Feels

Imagine trying to run really fast in a swimming pool. You can’t do it. The water holds you back, your legs feel heavy, maybe even your feet slip on the bottom of the pool. There’s a heaviness that comes around with Neptune RX. The drifting energy is replaced with anchors tied to your feet. You are forced to confront reality as you know it. This is why you might feel stuck or scared.

The Nature of Neptune

Neptune dissolves boundaries. It is the process of dissolution that creates the dream airy fairy nature we most associate with this planet. It’s like life takes on a grainy image. Something is not working yet your mind can play all sorts of tricks on you making you see different shapes and symbols in the process. Where ever Neptune sits in your natal chart is where you have to learn to let go of the false structure that you have created in that area of your life. It’s the area where you delude yourself and what you are afraid of losing the most. Neptune RX will erase your grainy vision, collapse the false structures, and force you to confront your fears.  

Neptune Retrograde 2018

Neptune turned Retrograde on June 18th and will remain so until November 24th. This year’s RX will be supported by a Grand Water Trine with Mercury in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. This triangulation of energy will support us in owning up to our deceptions no matter how much Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Mars and the South Node conjunction will try to boss us around.

Advice

Saying goodbye is hard and change is uncomfortable. Neptune Retrograde teaches us to take off the rose-coloured glasses and see our creations for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Neptune in Pisces is about embracing the void- that membrane where life eludes us, where we lack a reference to understand its meaning. Neptune RX heightens this feeling so depending on which house Pisces rules in your own chart, you are going to feel a lack of control and emptiness there. It is when we lack something that we learn the most about ourselves and appreciate the journey of life more than ever before.  This is the ultimate form of simplicity and authenticity which are the basic archetypal energies of Neptune and Pisces.

It’s time to power wash your psyche by acknowledging that you don’t really know what’s best for you, otherwise Neptune would not have to take us out of our ignorance every year. Neptune RX in Pisces is a deconditioning process that teaches us how to let go and surrender.

The greatest lesson that Neptune Retrograde will teach us according to Democritus is that “we know nothing in reality for truth lies in an abyss.”

 

 

I’m Your Venus…Your Relationship Desire

Featured Image: Ava Gardner as Venus in the 1948 film ‘One Touch of Venus’

 

This month on The Luminessence I am blogging about all things weddings, relationships, and love from a cosmic perspective of course. In this blog I will be discussing how your Venus influences your romantic relationships.

The Venus Archetype

Venus represents the following:

-What we desire sexually

-What we need and want in life

-Our essential needs

-What we value

-What we perceive we need in ourselves, others, & the world.

We look at Venus in its sign and house which shows us where and how the archetype feel secure. You look to its polarity for missing information, for objectivity, and to alchemize the original archetype. The polarity is how you grow. Find your Venus sign down below to learn about the karmic implications of your relationships.

I’m Your Venus

Venus in Aries– you are in a brand new cycle of desires and needs in this lifetime. You are learning to be selfish in relationships because in your past life you were too much in your Libra polarity whereby you were too selfless in your romantic relationships. You are learning to be yourself.

 

Venus in Taurus- Your values are the most important thing to you. You feel secure when your needs are met. You confuse material security with emotional security. You have to go to your Scorpio polarity to shake you up and unglue you from your stubbornness. When you refuse to change your values, the Scorpio polarity steps in to shake things up. When you remove your possessions you have to go back into yourself. Your Venus in Taurus is teaching you to be self-reliant. You cannot depend on your partner for emotional or material security in this lifetime.

 

Venus in Gemini- Your Venus is here to learn to explore and diversify your values. You don’t know everything, and your way is not necessarily the right way. You tend to be too critical of your partners which is when the Sagittarius polarity steps in to help you realize that there are many different value systems out there. You are here to learn to accept the diverse needs that people have. Just because some people don’t think the same way you do, doesn’t mean they are inferior to you. Accept the different needs of your partner, but don’t be adoptive of them either. Continue to use your Gemini intellect to analyze their values, but don’t be overly critical of them.

 

Venus in Cancer- Your values and needs are emotionally based. You can have bouts of emotional withdrawal when something triggers you. This is when you go inwards to figure it out. This is usually when subconscious emotions are being made conscious. If you find yourself getting lost in your feelings look to your Capricorn polarity for grounding. In almost every case, a person with Venus in Cancer will either isolate themselves in their relationships or look for a parental partner. You are here to learn how to mature on your own rather than letting your Capricorn polarity tell you what to do. Go with the flow rather than drowning in the flow of emotions that can consume you.

 

Venus in Leo- Your Venus is here to learn that it’s not all about you! You tend to give from your own perspective rather than from your Aquarius polarity- you have to be able to see others needs. Venus in Leo feel they need their partners to give them what they need, thus there is an imbalance with giving and receiving. Your Venus is here to learn to see the bigger picture. There are other people you have to consider.

 

Venus in Virgo– Venus begins transitioning from self to others in Virgo. Venus in Virgo natives suffer from an inferiority complex. You struggle with self-love, and self-forgiveness thus you can be involved in some pretty awful relationships because there is a part of you that feels you deserve it. This is when you have to look to your Pisces polarity for guidance. You must learn to accept your flaws and tools such as meditation and yoga can help foster a sense of inner peace. It’s only through the Virgo effort of cultivating self-love that you will evolve into the perfect relationship.

 

Venus in Libra- This Venus can be extremely needy and manipulative. You know what to say to your partner to get what you want rather than just saying it. Step into your Aries polarity to meet your own needs first, and then your partners. You will have a variety of romantic relationships in your life which will challenge you on this. Why try to always please your partner to keep things steady, when you can just be honest and grow closer as a result?

 

Venus in Scorpio- This Venus attracts what it needs more than any other sign. Venus in Scorpio is always magnetizing others to them. You tend to manipulate sex to get what you want- either you withhold it or will be very promiscuous. This is when the Taurus polarity will come forth. You have to take care of your own needs to avoid co-dependency. Be what you need.

 

Venus in Sagittarius- This Venus has very deep philosophical needs in relationships. If the relationship is not exciting and intellectual, you are gone. You can be deceitful in relationships. Venus in Sagittarius can be too accepting of everything because it’s all about the bigger picture. Go back into the Gemini polarity to get back into the details. It’s usually the little things in relationships that turn into the bigger problems down the road. Your Venus has to learn relativity of truth.

 

Venus in Capricorn- This Venus is about suppressing your own needs and values without honouring your own. You tend to bury your feelings because you don’t want to be vulnerable. Use the Cancer polarity to ask yourself “how do I really feel about this?” Realize that you have emotional needs too and the only way to fully embody your Capricorn Venus is to heal your suppressed emotions. Venus in Capricorn also prefers non-sexual touching, so if you struggle with getting in touch with your feelings, simply holding hands with your partner can open you up.

 

Venus in Aquarius- This Venus is about being oblivious to your own values. You are so detached that you are not experiencing yourself. You spend too much time in your head and you tend to value “freelove” and that “anything goes.” To get you focused and present in the relationship, your Leo polarity will shock you. Venus in Aquarius is afraid to engage so something shocking like abuse or the unexpected in a relationship will reset you.

 

Venus in Pisces- This Venus is exalted meaning it has full power here. However, Venus in Pisces feels everyone else’s needs more than their own. They lack healthy boundaries, because let’s face it, Venus is self-indulgent, so the last thing it wants is to feel caged in. Your Virgo polarity will give you a reality check. Don’t look at your partners like God just because you feel you understand them like no one else can. You have to learn to view your partners as human, and know that you are not here to save everyone. Be critical in a constructive way.

Venus Retrograde

Venus retrograde is the rarest retrograde there is to have natally. This is about getting clear on what your values and needs are. Souls born with this are here to rebel, review, re-evaluate, redo, and relive.

Your Venus has had resistance in evolving. When she is retrograde, she has reached her maximum of refusing to grow.

You did not learn how to create your own value system. In this lifetime you are meant to ask the following questions:

Who am I? What’s important to me?

You feel like you dont’t fit in, and are a loner. Any relationships you do have will be karmic. 20% of those with a natal Venus RX have never been in an initimate relationship. You will also find that you are attracted to those with strong Aquarius, Uranus, & 11th house energies due to their rebellious nature.

Venus Retrograde is here to learn how to have a deep relationship with souce and with yourself. You have to feel like you trust someone very deeply before you will be in a serious relationship with them.

Don’t view your Venus RX as a curse, rather it’s a blessing, because you will have a great opportunity in this lifetime to really get to know yourself which most people spend a lifetime doing. The better you know yourself, the easier it will be trust others.

 

Thanks for reading! Did you resonate with your Venus?

 

XXOXO

31 Day Blog Challenge- Day 3: Meaning Behind My Blog Name

I’m participating in the 31 Day Blog Challenge. I was inspired to participate in this challenge by my friend – handmade gemstone jewelry designer Mixed Elementals. Check out her beautiful pieces here.

If you would like to participate in this challenge, check out the 31 day prompts at the bottom of this blog and don’t forget to tag it using the hashtag #31dayblogchallenge.

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My current blog name is not its original name. Once upon a time it was called the ‘Guild of Purple Ash Quartz.’ Wordy I know. While that name held special meaning to Me, I wanted something easier to say and something that evoked a lightworking vibe. Hence ‘The Luminessence’ was born.

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What’s in a Name?

The name of this blog came through in a meditation but also through a need to want my blog to be a place of light.🌠

The name is a play on the word ‘luminescence’ which is “the emission of light from a substance that has not been heated.” It was also voted as being one of the most beautiful words in the English language.

The root word “lu” means feminine lunar light. Words such as lust, lustre, luminous, luminary, luxe, luscious, and illustrious all contain this root word as does my blog name. This makes perfect sense since I’m a little moon child 🌙

Lumi means light in Latin, so Luminessence means the ‘essence of light.’☄✨🎆🎇

I have always been intrigued by light- how it works, its different types, the spiritual meaning etc. I remember an Astrology report once said that I should study the rays of light….hmmmm.🌟

When I was little strangers always used to say I had eyes as bright as flashlights, so I suppose the fascination began way back then.

My Moon’s Nakshatra (the ruling energy behind it) is Purva Bhadrapada whose shakti is “gaining radiance.” It’s also sometimes referred to as “the bright one,” go figure!⚡

So join me in turning on your mystical lights, and experience The Luminessence!

Next up ‘My Earliest Magical Experience’

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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.

Your Soul Planet

Your Soul Planet is the planet in your natal chart with the highest degree excluding the North Node and South Node of the moon, and the outer planets- Neptune, Pluto & Uranus. It is believed that a person becomes the living archetype of this planet. A person’s entire life will be largely influenced by this planet-physical appearance, personality characteristics, karmic evolutionary intention, and disease and illness. In Astrology we view the natal chart as the cosmic blueprint of a soul’s experience in this lifetime,  therefore we view the chart holistically. This does not mean that the other planets and asteroids have no impact on a person’s life. Everything works together. It is a divine system. The Soul Planet just so happens to contain the largest amount of frequencies that will align you to your predestined path.

The Planetary Dimensions

According to various sources including Edgar Cayce and Theosophists, as the soul enters the universe through the galactic centre, it first travels to the star Sirius- the brightest and largest planetary body in our galaxy to receive its divine path. Some believe these are where the Akashic records are stored. From there the soul enters our visible Sun and enters Earth.

As the soul descends through the planetary dimensions, it gathers frequencies from each dimension. It will collect the most frequencies from a specific dimension of a planet which becomes one’s Soul Planet- the planet with the highest degree. Planets in your horoscope with high degrees… 24 degrees and up showcase very strong karmic implications of those planets. Think of it as the planet reaching maturity, consolidation, strength, and wisdom.

The following image is based on Aristotle’s depiction of the planetary dimensions

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The following information about each Soul Planet that I’m about to share is from a variety of sources that I have compiled since stuyding the Soul Planet. I am using information primarily from Edgar Cayce, Theosophy, Vedic Astrology, and Babylonian Astrology.

The Soul Planet goes by a couple of different names

Vedic Astrology: Attmakaraka

Babylonian Astrology: Almuten

Your Soul Planet

Read about your Soul Planet down below once you have found it in your natal chart. If you’re not sure how to find it, you can comment your birth details and I can find it for you.

**Watch what your Soul Planet does in the sky. Every movement will have a very important impact upon you.

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Sun– If the Sun is your Soul Planet you have a life of tears and laughter. There is something innately royal about you- dignified & stoic. If you were born in the daytime the Sun is your Soul Planet, however if you were born at night and the Sun is still the planet with the highest degree in your chart, the Moon will have more impact on your life as the Moon reflects the light of the Sun. You are a bright soul that radiates goodness wherever you go. However, even the slightest negative emotion will radiate, so be careful that you don’t push people away with your strong energy. One of your greatest lessons is to learn to overcome your ego and to learn humility and compassion. Your Father or Father figure will play a key role in helping you evolve and fulfill your purpose.  Your reptuation precedes you and people can read you like a book. You tend to view things on the surface level and some might even think you are superficial. You also take yourself too seriously and can have a feeling throughout your life of missing something.

 

Moon– If the Moon is your Soul Planet you are social, caring, empathetic, psychological, & strong. It is best to have a Moon Soul Planet if you were born at night because this will give you royal qualities. If you were born during the day, your Moon will be weaker. You can become easily influenced by other people, susceptible to psychic attack, & you can be very angry and hateful. You are deeply connected to the emotional body and will learn how to navigate your emotional waters. You will be very connected to all that the Moon represents: your mother, homeland, ancestry, food, and intuition. If your Moon is in good dignity, you will be soft spoken, graceful, and compassionate. If your Sun is in a much lower degree than your Moon or if it is the planet with the lowest degree in your chart, you will feel disconnected from your Mother, and your parents may not have had a good marriage. Following the phases of the moon and taking baths will help you to cleanse unwanted energies that you pick up during the day.

 

Mercury– If Mercury is your Soul Planet this is considered one of the most rare soul planets. Your Mercury must be visible according to the heliacal phases of the planets. Basically, check to see if your Mercury is conjunct the Sun. If it is, it will become invisible…unfortunately most people have Mercury conjunct the Sun because Mercury can never be more than a few degrees away from the Sun. You are very inquisitive, intellectual, studious, versatile- you can actually possess the qualities of all the Soul Planets. You are a mediator and know how to make money. One of your karmic challenges that you will have to overcome will involve the truth. You must learn to be pure and honest in your communication. Your pineal gland is highly activated during your life allowing you to merge your soul with the holy spirit or God or source. You must watch out for self-aggrandizement because this can inhibit the strength of your mind.

 

Venus– If Venus is your Soul Planet, you possess the luckiest soul planet. You are friendly, soft, magnetic, attractive, and always seem to get things for free. You can advance in your career through your friends and partners. You have a very predictable life that will bless you with material comforts. Remember, Venus’ path in the sky makes a pentacle- the symbol for Earthly pleasures. You need to work on your self-discipline because you can be too lax. You need pushes in order to get your life going. The thymus gland is the gland which will be strongly activated during your life. It is a lymphatic organ of the immune system located behind the sternum. When the thymus gland is activated, you find yourself sympathetic, and seeking love, beauty, and music. You will also be strongly attracted to the opposite sex. One of your most important karmic lessons will involve the process of creation and sexual relationships. Learning not to abandon projects and people when the lust wares off will ensure that you keep your integrity intact which will help you to understand the spiritual process of creating something from start to finish.

 

Mars– If Mars is your Soul Planet you are driven by anger. You are unpredictable, & you will change your mind often. You are a self-made person- you cannot depend on others during your lifetime because you will be repeatedly let down. You will have troubles with your boss. You hate rigidity and find yourself getting into trouble quite easily. If you were born at night, Mars is weaker and you can find yourself feeling sexually inferior to others. It will feel as though your life is hanging on by a thread. Everything for you is do or die in this lifetime. If you were born during the daytime, Mars will take on more of a destructive force in your life. The Adrenal glands will be strongly activated during your life. It is believed that the adrenal glands are the storehouses of our karma. This means that you will encounter many karmic people and situations in your life. It is fair to say that you are not here to initiate a new karmic evolutionary cycle. You are here to repay the debts from your previous lifetime, more than paving a new path. You will learn how to control your warrior like power, aggressions, and urges. You will need to cultivate self control. You also have a very high opinion of yourself which makes you very courgaeous.

 

Jupiter– If Jupiter is your Soul Planet you are morally and ethically the best out of all the Soul Planets. You want to save the world, and help everyone you can. You love people and people love you. You are generous and very lucky- lucky in the spiritual sense so you will be able to easily attract good karma to you. You most likely come from an affluent and harmonious family. If you were born at night, you will possess more setbacks than someone born during the day with Jupiter soul planet. The pituitary gland will be strongly activated during your life. It is the master endocrine gland in the body located at the base of the brain. Awakening will come to you in this lifetime. Meditation and prayer are highly favourable because you have the ability to access God directly. You possess high mindedness and an affinity for large groups. You come to Earth with universality and nobility. You have grand ideas and notions. One of your greatest karmic lessons will involve acceptance. An imbalanced Jupiterian energy looks down upon those who are less knowledgeable and capable. Keep in mind that your enemies are your gurus, as are the homeless, and sick. The Jupiter planetary dimension is the most sacred dimension at is is believed that the energy here allows one to experience atonement. We can relate the pituitary gland to the crown charka. When this chakra is balanced, it assists the other chakras in aligning.

 

Saturn– If Saturn is your Soul Planet, you are withdrawn, suspicious, hold grudges, don’t like to give and lonely. You are a person of your word, talk slowly without emotion, you have a big frame, and you don’t like to smile or laugh. If you were born during the day, Saturn will soften. If you were born at night, you will be more harsh. The gonads will be strongly activated during your life. It is believed that prior to incarnating on Earth, the soul spent time in what Christians call “purgatory” a place of cleansing, purification, and starting over. A soul may choose to banish itself to the realm of Saturn if it needs to be reborn. Metaphysically, a soul may choose to start over when it cannot overcome its karmic lessons after trying countless times to no avail. We build up our karma over eons, so going into the Saturn dimension prior to incarnating erases all previous attempts. This is why the gonads are associated with this realm. Sex is viewed as a basic primal instinct that is often abused. A Saturn soul planet gives one an inner sense of frustration and naivety during life, but also an incredible gift of perseverance and strength. You understand suffering more than the other planets, so you come to Earth with a great responsibility to ease human suffering. This does not mean you are meant to end wars and poverty, but volunteering your time in a shelter or working in hospice care will greatly reward you.