The Stars Within You: A Modern Guide to Astrology by Juliana McCarthy- REVIEW

The Stars Within You by Juliana McCarthy is a quick and easy guide on Astrology. Basic enough for beginners and concise enough for advanced Astrologers, this guide is for anyone no matter where they are on their Astrological journey. This is not an in depth exploration of Astrology, but rather, a simple manual on how to piece archetypes together. For example, what does having the Moon in Pisces in the 10th house conjunct Mars denote? These are the fundamentals of Astrology- piecing together seemingly separate symbols until they form a complete cosmic picture, not unlike the starry sky above.

A brief look at the history of Astrology was discussed along with a real life example of an Astrological chart. What I especially loved was that Juliana included the mythology of the 12 zodiac signs which I haven’t seen in many other basic Astrology guides. This is important to include because the mythologies contain plenty of secrets and clues as to why the Zodiac signs behave as they do. I also liked the explanation of the hemispheres in the chart and how this offers plenty of insight into an individual (a lot of Astrologers skip over this part). The beautiful black and white images created by Alejandro Cardenas help to denote the raw essences of Astrology that can be meditated upon for further insights as recommended by the author. What made this book a “modern” Astrology guide was that there was an emphasis throughout about how we are not bound by our Astrological placements. We can view our planetary positions as opportunities for inner work and self-awareness as opposed to restrictions and limitations. What I felt was missing from this book were instructions on how to decode a natal chart using Astro.com. For example, how would a beginner know how to use the aspects grid? Also, it would have been nice if a different celebrity example was used instead of the one presented in the book. Someone more modern and relevant would appeal to a wider audience. 

I hope that Juliana McCarthy will follow up the The Stars Within You with another Astrology guide that will perhaps look at other facets of Astrology using her simple and easy explanations, ie; the Asteroids, Solar Return Charts, Secondary Progressions etc. As an Astrologer, I appreciated the trip down memory lane of Astrological fundamentals and I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking to empower themselves using the great celestial map of the universe.  

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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

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.

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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…….

 

FINIS

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

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!

Nisaba: The Patron Goddess of My Blog?

Nisaba was the Sumerian goddess of writing and scribe to the gods. She is depicted as a woman holding a golden stylus and studying a lapis lazuli tablet on which the starry heaven was depicted. She also wears a crescent moon tiara. Lapis Lazuli was her sacred stone and her temple at Eresh was called ‘Esagin’ meaning ‘House of Lapis Lazuli.’ In Temple Hymn 42, Enheduanna calls her “faithful woman exceeding in wisdom.” Already mentioned was her close relationship to scribes and scholarly activities. Mathematics and astronomy were in her repertoire. She was said to be “a lady with cunning intelligence.” She was the goddess of creative inspiration, goddess of creative mind.

The famous Hymn to Nisaba, from the Ur II Period, is formally dedicated to her son-in-law Enlil, but opens with an invocation to the goddess: “Lady coloured like the stars of heaven, holding a lapis lazuli tablet! Nisaba, great wild cow born of Uras, wild sheep nourished on good milk among holy alkaline plants, opening the mouth for seven reeds! Perfectly endowed with fifty great divine powers, my lady, most powerful.” Her worship eventually seems to have consisted primarily of the act of writing; in composing a written work, an author was honoring the goddess with the gifts she had given. She became synonymous with wisdom and learning and was invoked regularly by scribes, scholars, priests, astronomers, and mathematicians for inspiration and guidance in their work.

It just so happens that I have a golden stylus, a starry tablet, and Lapis Lazuli ring from Turkey….hmmmmmm

This is why Nisaba is the patron goddess of The Luminessence

New Moon in Pisces March 17, 2018: Rear Window

Our final New Moon before the Cosmic New Year is starting off with a bang! There is a build up of tension right now as you are itching for something new and yet it’s taking its sweet Pisces time. This is a unique NM because it has happening just a couple of days before the Spring Equinox. We have an ending and beginning together- it feels like you are looking through your rear window into your front window. New things are coming, but you can’t seem to grasp it yet.

What is New Was Once Old

The New Moon is taking place in the Nakshatra of Purva Bhadrapada- the feet of the funeral cot.
The energy here is asking you to leave behind the old in favour of the new. We need to be looking at the glass as half full and not empty.
A New Moon in Pisces is always tricky because we have foot in the past and one foot in the future. I have noticed people who have this natal placement struggle with change as they are too attached to the past and usually experience things in their life that forces them to detach from their known identity. I happened to be born on a New Moon in Pisces so I definitely know how it feels to be looking both ways at once.
Grace Kelly was born on a New Moon in Pisces in the Nakshatra of Purva Bhadrapada and her life story is a classic example of how these energies can play out. She was a successful Hollywood actress who was forced to give up her career for her new royal title of Princess of Monaco. Her acting career haunted her throughout her royal life as it was believed she never quite got over her retirement. She made the best of her royal career by playing her most important role yet- the role of Princess of Monaco.
Case in point- if you feel a sense of anxiousness about letting go of the past and what awaits you after the Spring Equinox, know that you have created a firm emotional foundation this year with all of the Pisces energy we experienced thus far which will carry you into your next phase.

Rear Window
Rear Window, the Hitchcock suspense film that was career defining for Grace Kelly is the perfect New Moon in Pisces metaphor. It’s helpful to look out your rear window every now because you never know what you might see. Our past informs our present which dictates our future. At the end of the film, James Stewart was able to catch the murderer because he looked out his rear window into the lives of his neighbours. Look back on your past at this New Moon, because it will tell you a lot about what’s to come and will minimize feelings of frustration.

The Aspects:
We have some intense action with Mars which shows an inner frustration with how little is manifesting for you right now.

A semi sextile to Uranus suggests looking at things from a different perspective by paying extra close attention to omens at this lunation.

Mars trine Uranus will help to combat some of the frustrations you have by helping you to think differently about your situation.

 

Astro-Witchery

The Cosmic Space Priestess sits perched on her windowsill- her talisman telescope gazes up at the luminaries in the night sky. Her eyes are nebulas, her lips are stars, and her magic weaves a silver spun thread throughout the glittering midnight tapestry up above.

 

Astro-witchery is a form of Astrology that views the zodiac signs as sorcerers, the planets as talismans, and the aspects as spells. Analyzing an astrology chart using this technique allows one to see the horoscope as a grimoire of sorts- full of magical secrets. You can focus on particular parts of the chart for example, you might just decide to focus on career and see what magic lies there and how the witch/warlock can harness that energy.

Sun- the life of the spell

Moon- the emotional intention

Mercury- magic words

Venus- the ingredients/supplies of the spell

Mars- the passion

Jupiter- what the spell will teach you

Saturn- the rules of magic

Neptune- Other-dimensional assistance

Pluto- the dark forces

Uranus- how to break the spell

 

Aries- Energetic Witch

Taurus- Rich Witch

Gemini- Literary Witch

Cancer- Kitchen Witch

Leo- Ceremonial Witch

Virgo- Hedge Witch

Libra- Glamour Witch

Scorpio- Evil Witch

Sagittarius- Eclectic Witch

Capricorn- Traditional Witch

Aquarius- Astro-Witch

Pisces-Sea Witch

 

Conjunctions- magic has no bounds

Squares- magical difficulty

Opposition- breaking magical rules

Trines- Magical Success

Sextiles- Conducive for Magic

Quincunx- unusual elements of magic

My Astrology Conundrum

Thoughts……

Astrology is a complex science that can be scary for many people. The scariness comes from the idea that you have no control over your life and that free will is non-existent. That’s a whole different blog post (coming soon), but I wanted to address the idea and fact that the planets don’t control us, rather, we influence their movements.

If you think about it, if we choose what kind of life we are going to incarnate into, then that must mean, the planets have to acommodate this, by aligning a certain precise way the moment we are born, and continue to play their cosmic chess game in the sky.

I believe it is our range of consciousness that determines the movements of the planets. The intensity we experience here on earth directly affects the heavenly bodies up above. I don’t believe the planets force us to experience certain events in our lives, but rather, as we evolve the planets help to facilitate this. I’ve noticed when I have gone through hard times in my life, the cosmic energies at the time were very gentle and soft. Of course when we’re ready to experience struggle- the planets will make it happen up there too.

Everything is a mirror of us. The further people have moved away from source, the higher the cancer rates (people are literally rotting away). The more fiery people are, the hotter the weather. The more open people have been about taboos, the more naked society has become (the rise of nudity). The more we search for meaning in our lives, the more awakened we have become (the rise of mainstream spirituality).

Next time you dread that planetary alignment or “bad” transit, pay attention to what you’re thinking because that is the magnet to the planets.

And so it is.

 

The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman- REVIEW ***A Must Read!!

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Stargazer’s Embassy is unlike any alien novel written before. Thought provoking and addictive, this is a must read and should be on everyone’s e-reader and book shelf. Judging by the title, what appears to be a quirky cosmic sci-fi novel is actually a rich metaphysical novel that ponders some important existential questions. What really happens after death? What are aliens’ intentions? Can we ever truly escape our past?

The story follows a woman named Julia who finds herself part of an alien conspiracy and wants no part of it. She’s a house-cleaner who is trying to move on from her new-agey childhood and mommy issues. All she has is a tattoo, and a place called The Stargazer’s Embassy, where people come and go, like life itself. We find her at various points in her life struggling with this issue, and trying to make a life for herself. Along the way we are introduced to some interesting characters who find themselves implicated in the very same alien problems she’s trying to escape from.

Julia’s defiance of involving herself in this haunting issue is what makes this a stand out novel. We don’t see Julia enthusiastically throwing herself into the unknown. We see a truly scared, annoyed, and assertive character who becomes the anti-hero. There is a will she or won’t she anticipation that hooks the reader and offers a certain emotional and psychological realism. There are plenty of alien encounters in the novel to satisfy traditional science fiction lovers, but it takes it a step further by offering a multitude of spiritual questions. It is because of this, that The Stargazer’s Embassy becomes an exploration of the meaning of life.

Suffering from emotional abandonment issues, the aliens become a metaphor for Julia’s strange childhood. In essence, she herself is an alien- trying to create a life for herself that she’s never known. Losing her mother with many unanswered questions, Julia hopes her encounters with the aliens, or “things” as she likes to call them, will provide her with the answers she needs. The aliens themselves are not exactly sure what they’re looking for and this in turn becomes a mirror for Julia and other “experiencers” encounters. If we all had the chance to travel throughout the cosmos like the aliens- would any of our questions be answered, or would we be even more confused? Julia spends most of her life searching for answers, but it is the very place she is running away from that provides her with the comfort she seeks- The Stargazer’s Embassy. The aliens have just as many questions as Julia and her friends do, but appreciating life for the journey it is, is all that counts in the end. Everything has a beginning and an end, so rather than spend lifetimes dissecting what it all means, it is important to treasure every waking moment, because it is those moments that stitch the fabric of our lives. There are two things we must do in our lifetime, be born and die. Everything in between is alien compared to the certainty of those two things.

I appreciated the humour associated with the aliens and their un-friendly demeanors. Once again they did not come across as stereotypical menacing superior beings, but relatable drifters who seemed genuinely lost. The story was perfectly paced and the first person narrative was a great way to keep the reader invested in Julia’s journey.

In essence, each of us have our own Stargazer’s Embassy- a place, either imagined or real where we are able to go to find comfort and peace- knowing that the answers we seek, are in fact seeking us. The Stargazer’s Embassy is a place where people- human and inhuman come and go, like life itself.

*A big thank you to Sarah Miniaci at Smith Publicity Inc. for being kind enough to send me a paperback copy to review. You’re friendly correspondence and enthusiasm for this book has me looking forward to reviewing other Smith Publicity Inc. books!