Full Moon in Taurus October 24, 2018: Plugging in the Power

Moonbeams: Love is coming in ways you would never expect.

The Full Moon in Taurus will see us electrified with some powerful new heart energy. This is not necessarily romantic, but more about feeling deeply fulfilled and inspired in your life.

The Aspects

FM conjunct Uranus- surprises, shocks, expect the unexpected

Venus opposite Uranus- awareness of values transforming

FM opposite Venus- awareness of what you need

Venus sextile Saturn- your desires are realistic

FM trine Saturn- everything is achievable

A New Power Source

With all of the restructuring going on this year, this FM is finally bringing some flashes of insight into why our lives have been rearranging the way that they have. Uranian energy brings those “aha moments” that gifts us with a sense of fun, adventure, and quirkiness. The dispositor of the FM is Venus retrograde in Scorpio which is about redefining our values by ways of purging old feelings around security. A good question to reflect on during this lunation is:

What would make you feel the most comforted and alive (ie; passionate, excited, awakened)? Don’t judge your answer. This is a Uranian FM, so the crazier it seems, the better!

For example; maybe having a new home would bring you a sense of comfort, yet traveling would make you feel alive. This FM in Taurus will help you realize that there is a way to have both at the same time!

Venus is opposing Uranus which is conjunct the FM which is showing that your needs can be met in non-traditional ways. The positive aspects being received by Saturn indicates that our life is being remodeled in order to align with our transforming ideals and desires.

Plugging in the Power

As the final FM during the Leo/Aquarius nodal axis, this lunation is our opportunity to express our biggest dreams no matter how “out there” they may seem. All of the planets are ready to spring into action to help make them a reality. Love is the ultimate power, and with a Taurus Full Moon completing our Leo/Aquarius axis, our heart chakra is fully charged. Get ready, because Uranus is about to plug itself into your heart outlet. Sparks will be flying!

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New Moon in Libra October 8, 2018: Redecorating

The energy of this New Moon is that of change. Libra rules over appearances, specifically the many faces we wear and the deceptive old adage that “nothing is at it seems.” Libra energy looks to balance the desire for truth with the desire for security. How comfortable are you in your life? Why are you enduring discomfort when you have the power to change? Are the seductive lies you’re telling yourself worth more to you than your own happiness? It’s during this New Moon that we are being called to modernize our lives.

The Aspects

Sun square Pluto- a strong desire to control coming from the old withering away

Sun quincunx Neptune- your eyes are playing tricks on you

Moon conjunct Ceres- self care

Ceres square Pluto- the outside clashing with the inside

Libra energy refines and with her ruler Venus in retrograde in Scorpio it’s more about Redecorating. Think of your life right now as a room. What does it look like? Is it cluttered? Is it empty? Do you feel comfortable and secure in it? Or does it make you want to leave? If I had to guess, I would say it’s looking a little vintage right now. Venus retrograde is dusting off those boxes of old memories and pains and is putting them under the window to allow the sunlight to shine upon them.

A New Moon in Libra is the time when we feel most unlike ourselves. We’re going back and forth between the past and the present, inspiration and regret, acceptance and denial. This is so we can get better in touch with ourselves. Since Libra is such a visual energy, the way to bring some beauty and charm back into your life is by changing the way you look at things. Maybe that old tattered armchair just needs some reupholstery? Or maybe that mirror needs a new frame? What about a fresh coat of paint on the walls? The cosmic climate is not conducive for massive life altering changes right now. But what is supportive is the acknowledgement that everything has a purpose and that is what true homeostasis is…turning what seems like trash into treasure.

 

 

 

 

 

I Am Andromeda: Cosmic Chit Chat

Back in late July I had my Astrology chart read by an Astrologer and friend whose work I greatly admire, Smiljana Gavrancic. Even though I am an Astrologer, Smiljana has years of experience and techniques that I have not learned. I recommend that every Astrologer have their chart read by another Astrologer because they are able to provide a subjective perspective using techniques that may be different than one’s own.

The most startling thing that was pointed out in my chart was that my Venus at 17 degrees Aries is conjunct the fixed star Baten Kaitos in the Cetus constellation at 21 degrees Aries. This star is known as the “chained princess” star. According to Smiljana this star represents “the intestines of the sea monster, the whale, and here we have the story of Andromeda, the chained princess, who is saved by Perseus.” I was not familiar with the story of Andromeda, but upon further research, I was astonished to learn that this story was very personal.

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Who is Andromeda?

Andromeda is the daughter of the Aethiopian king Cepheus and his wife Cassiopeia. When Cassiopeia’s hubris leads her to boast that Andromeda is more beautiful than the Nereids, Poseidon sends the sea monster Cetus to ravage Andromeda as divine punishment. Andromeda is stripped and chained naked to a rock as a sacrifice to the monster, but is saved from death by Perseus. Andromeda and Perseus then went to Perseus’ kingdom in Saifos, married, and had children. Andromeda lived happily ever after by establishing a kingdom far away from her controlling mother Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia was then condemned to be chained to a chair forced to wheel around the North Celestial Pole on her throne, spending half of her time clinging to it so she does not fall off.

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Perseus and Andromeda by Joachim Wtewael

I AM ANDROMEDA

This story happens to perfectly represent the relationship I have with my own Mother. Cassiopeia was a suffocating Mother. She didn’t think anyone was good enough for Andromeda which is why Poseidon punished her. Poseidon being the God of the sea, which is representative of our emotions, knew that the only way to punish Cassiopeia for her arrogance was to affect her on a very deep emotional level. All Andromeda needed in her life was a sense of freedom which she could not have under the domain of her Mother. It took a prince- Perseus, to come and rescue her away from the sea monster- the emotional disturbances. This is why Andromeda was known as the “chained princess.” She had to escape from the arms of her controlling mother, and go far away where she would have the opportunity to have a life of her own.

My relationship with my Mother is the relationship Andromeda has with Cassiopeia. We are extremely close (due to some other planetary alignments) and sometimes it feels as though she is preventing me from truly living my life. She always says to me “I have to live for myself,” yet she unconsciously guilts me into doing the opposite. Smiljana said the only way that I can break from her chains is to move far away from my Mother…another city, province, or country. She told me the man who will take me far away to his kingdom like Perseus, is the man I need to be with. So far no one is in my life, but as soon as I am completely self-sufficient, I know this is something I must do, even though it would break my heart.

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When in Rome…

Audrey Hepburn also had her Venus in Aries conjunct Baten Kaitos, and her film ‘Roman Holiday’ also exemplified the story of Andromeda. Audrey played Princess Anya and she wanted nothing more than to escape from her role as Princess and live a normal life. So she decided to sneak out of her castle in Rome and wander the streets at night without anyone recognizing her. In her adventures through the eternal Rome, Audrey suddenly meets Gregory Peck, who plays an American journalist who falls in love with her.  Here we can see Audrey Hepburn as Andromeda and Gregory Peck as Perseus- a foreigner who is able to help Audrey escape.

It’s no coincidence that ‘Roman Holiday’ happens to be one of my favourite films. I’ve always had a fondness for Audrey Hepburn, but seeing as we both have the same “chained princess” syndrome, my fascination with her and this movie makes perfect sense!

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More Synchronicity’s

The story of Andromeda can also be seen in the story of Demeter and Persephone. Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and had to remain in the underworld for 6 months of the year. Demeter being the goddess of the harvest, was so grief stricken that Autumn and Winter befell the Earth for 6 months. When Persephone was able to return to Earth, the following 6 months were Spring and Summer, hence why Persephone is the goddess of Spring.

My Mother happens to be born in the Autumn, while I was born during the Spring Equinox, so once again we can see the chained princess energy playing out.

My name means princess….coincidence?

Cassiopeia was believed to be the most beautiful goddess and constellation, and my Mother has always been complimented for her beauty.

My Mother has the fixed star ‘Shedir’ which is the Lady in the Chair star which is the main star in the Cassiopeia constellation conjunct her natal Moon (motherhood). Thus, we can say that my Mother has the ‘Cassiopeia syndrome.’

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The Return of Persephone by Frederick Leighton- 1891

 

To Conclude…

Do I feel like a chained princess? Yes. I have had a privileged life, but freedom is all I crave, and I’m afraid it’s going to take a handsome foreign Prince to whisk me away. Is it wrong to wait to be rescued? Of course, but if I don’t, the monsters are going to eat me.

Astro Updates

There has been a lot going on in the sky lately, so here is my summary of this cosmic cacophony…

Mars Direct- August 27

Mars went direct on August 27th and won’t be retrograde again until 2020. His retrograde cycle felt like a war against our weaknesses, a battle between our ego and our heart. Mars is how we express our Sun (ego) and while he was RX he was in Aquarius, the sign of individuality. Needless to say, it felt like we were making great progress with our inner authority. Now that Mars has gone direct, it’s time to see the damage of this war. Will we continue to follow our own internal commands to live a more authentic life, or will we see our dream castles up in flames? Have we pillaged and plundered our way to peace or have we truly achieved it? Mars went direct in Capricorn, at his exaltation degree, so it’s time to get your boots on the ground and see what you have really conquered. I’ve been doing some reflecting and realized that Mars RX this past summer forced me into some situations that tested my ability to persevere and remain calm even when flames were licking my wounds. Now that he’s direct, some important discussions with others regarding the lessons of reacting versus responding have been taking place. Your sense of personal power was a little wonky during Mars RX, but now is the time to take back your power using our Virgo Sun to heal and detox all that pent up frustration. The best way to do this is through the physical acts of finishing what needs to be finished and saying what needs to be said. There is always a losing side in war but has it been your ego or heart?

 

Week of August 21st- Jupiter trine Neptune, Mercury Direct

Who is feeling extra emotional lately? We just had Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces, Mercury went direct in Leo, Mars will be stationing direct in Capricorn on August 27, so there’s been a lot of stop and go energy. Personally, I’ve been feeling very impatient and frustrated with my life. However, the strong water energy has helped me realize these feeling are useless. Life doesn’t work by a calendar, it works by you. Frustration neither creates nor dstroys, it just irritates. When irritation goes unchecked, infection sets in. Sickness is a message from up above to slowww down. It’s easy to avoid if you were patient to begin with. If you’re feeling low, angry, annoyed, and hopeless with these transits, look at your situation differently. It’s times like these when you want to move forward but can’t that are clues you are being reoriented. Life is trying to find the right groove for you but you aren’t helping the situation by turning back the clock everytime you get close to giving up. You’re the gear that keeps the clock moving. Gears are more efficient than batteries, they’re designed to last longer and have more interconnected parts than a battery- whose life span is much shorter. Mars Retrograde has also helped you see how you expend your energy. So if you’re feeling low, check your battery life because you’ve probably spent all your energy. Switching to gears is easy. All you have to do is realize that every breath, heartbeart, blink, feeling, and word are the ticks and tocks of your life. You are always moving forward even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Uranus RX in Taurus- August 7, 2018 – January 19, 2019

A few months ago I wrote about how the Uranus in Taurus transit will be agitating the soils of our lives in order for new things to grow. This agitation will present itself as a redefinition of what makes us happy. Uranus RX takes our bottle of miracle grow and gives it a really good shake. Leading up to this RX I found myself reflecting on comfort and all the ways I make myself comfortable & uncomfortable in my life. Try growing a desert rose in the Arctic tundra…it ain’t going to work. Our survival depends on having the right conditions at all times so we can photosynthesize (a.k.a transmute the light). We need comfort in order to feel secure, much like a desert rose needs the comfort of the hot dry Sun in order to secure its survival. When Uranus RX in Taurus comes along, it can feel as though we have suddenly woke up to the realization that we have been growing in the wrong garden. You were forcefully putting down some roots in the wrong patch of soil since Uranus moved into Taurus back in May and now that Uranus is retrograde, you will be transplanting yourself back to the right environment that will ensure your survival. We all have different needs and with Venus, the ruler of Taurus in Libra at this time, we have to weigh the pros and cons of what staying in a harmful place is doing at the expense of our growth. When the conditions are right we thrive which means we’re alive! So redefine what makes you happy and go find that luscious garden that will secure your happinesses survival.

 

That’s all for now folks, but you can always follow me on Instagram where I post weekly Astro Updates 😉

 

Love & Light

 

July 2018 Potpourri: Sea Blend+ Important Blog Updates

pot·pour·ri
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noun
  1. a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl or small sack to perfume clothing or a room.
    • a mixture of things, especially a musical or literary medley.

     

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly favourites, so I thought it would be fun to share what I was up to in the month of July. I will also be discussing some changes that are coming to The Luminessence towards the end of this blog.

 

Theme of July: Emotional Maturity & Ancestral Healing

Song: Glory of Love by Peter Cetera

Crystals: Larimar & Charoite

Books: Practical Astrology by Comte Saint Germain, Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins

Biggest Lesson Learned: Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Proudest Moment: Emotional Detachment & Watching Team Croatia win Silver at the FIFA World Cup

Goal for August: Embrace new beginnings

 

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BLOG UPDATES

The season of Leo always brings changes to my identity and branding! I have decided to change some things around on this blog that will better reflect where I currently am on my path and where I am headed.

  1. I will be removing the Astro-Witchery section as I don’t actually perform rituals and don’t want this to become a Wiccan blog.
  2. I will be adding a new category called ‘Astrology Articles’ since all Astrology blogs are being categorized into my ‘Cosmic Forecasts’ heading.
  3. My ‘Miscellaneous’ category will be renamed ‘Mystical Articles’
  4. I will be adding a Freebies category where I will be offering free downloadable items such as e-books, desktop wallpapers, fact sheets, and so much more!
  5. I am also starting my training to be a Bach Flower Practitioner so I will be slowly adding relevant content to this blog as well.
  6. I might be removing the ‘Nakshatra’ series from my blog as I no longer want to focus on Vedic Astrology…more on this later.
  7. I will also be adding some cosmic stories about my personal experiences with different cosmic energies. I am hoping this will be a valuable instructional tool.
  8. I have also updated the About section on this blog with more facts about me!

 

Also please be sure to follow me on Instagram @theluminessence. I post a lot of interesting things about Astrology and mysticism on there that I haven’t blogged about.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

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Lammas: Bun in the Oven

What is Lammas?

During August, the grain- the staff of life grows ready to harvest. The great goddess appears with her sickle. Her womb produces berries, fruits, grains, and the most potent herbs. Her companion the Sun God, no longer shows his gentle brightly radiating figure, he is now fiery, burns hotly, and is drying. The Celts called him Lugh, the smart and skillful god, the master of all arts, the Lion with the Quiet Hand. It is he who brings everything to fullness and ripeness with his flame and his wisdom. He symbolizes the receding year, the west where the Sun sets in red-hot embers. Under his reign the grain grows golden, the fruit becomes sweet and red yellow, the herbs become spicier and stronger than at midsummer. But the Sun god is also the ruthless harvester, the reaper, who finishes off the green and budding life with his heat. Lugh and the goddess of the Earth celebrated a wedding during the full moon of August and invited people to celebrate with them. The festival of Lugh was a fire festival during which huge piles of wood were ignited. This tradition endured among the insular Celts for many years. – From the book ‘Witchcraft Medicine’ by Claudis Muller-Ebeling, Christian Ratsch, & Wolf-Dieter Storl

There was also a more crude aspect to this festival involving the cutting up of a corpse, but I’ll spare you the gross details.

Lammas was the occasion for blessing all the herbs that would be needed during the coming year for health and well-being of the house and stable. It also made good sense to collect the herbs during the dog days of summer because the aroma, taste, and medicine are manifestations of the powerful light and warmth of vegetation. The Sun infused the herbs and plants with its healing rays.

The Wheel of the Year

The Pagan Wheel of the Year brings us now the harvest festival on August 1st known as Lughnasadh or Lammas as it is commonly referred to as.

If you have been following my Pagan Wheel of the Year journey, you will have seen that I have related the sabbats to the process of creation. The last point on our calendar was the Summer Solstice- Ensoulment, the time of the year where our creation was given a soul. Now we come to the harvest season, where we are offered the opportunity to reflect back on our journey and to see the fruits of our labour, and the wheat of our harvest.

Our creation has just entered the 7 month point. We are close to giving birth to our creation at the Winter Solstice. In a normal pregnancy, the 7 month point is when the Mother can start to feel anxious and excited. The due date is only 3 months away. What was created at Imbolc is now becoming a reality.

Astrology of Lammas

Astrologically, Lammas occurs when the Sun reaches 15 degrees Leo. This is the halfway point in a fixed sign, meaning the ability to rebirth ourselves is heightened. Leo connects to the heart chakra and the qualities of courage, gratitude, and abundance. Lammas is the perfect time to reflect on these themes and how they have showed up or not showed up in your life.

To go back to the myth of Lammas, the Celtic god of light- Lugh and son of the Sun, he transfers his power into the grain and is sacrificed when the grain is harvested. The art of creation is one of the most selfless acts we as souls can partake in because we ultimately do not know the outcome. Let’s not forget that a balanced Leo energy is selfless, and not selfish like how most of us have experienced Leo energy. Remember the myth of Lugh, the Sun God who chooses to set so the fruits and wheat can harvest is an example of selflessness that Lammas inspires.

Celebrate Lammas by doing an energetic detox. We can only best serve others when we ourselves are in a healthy state. An energetic detox is kick-started when you finally cut back on those sweets, or when you start exercising, or starting a gratitude journal. Our bodies have been imprinted with the spiritual rays of the Sun all summer and it is during Lammas and the month of August when we start to visibly notice less daylight. With all of the solar energy we have gathered, now is the time to commence the healing.

To Conclude…

For most of us in North America, August is not the time of year when we go out into the fields to harvest wheat, or start buying pumpkins, and corn husks to decorate our front porches. It’s still very warm. But there is a shift that happens, whereby, the fun times of the Summer are slowly winding down as parents start preparing their kids for back to school, and stores start their end of summer sales. Naturally, we all start to reflect on the previous months and start making plans for Autumn. Lammas is the perfect time to make a gratitude list and count your blessings. 

A typical way to celebrate Lammas is to bake a loaf of bread using the wheat harvested in early August. We can equate this to baking the frequency we received at Imbolc in our own ovens- providing it with the right conditions so it can make the best of its last 3 months. Wheat symbolizes the spermatic power of the staff of life, thus nearing the end of the pregnancy, I suspect most people can appreciate the divine process of creation. The sperm is essentially in the process of being harvested at Lammas. I suppose this is where the saying “bun in the oven” comes from.

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Emma Wheeler Wilcox has a beautiful poem that captures the energy of Lammas.

YOU NEVER CAN TELL

 

YOU never can tell when you send a word–
Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind– be it cruel or kind,
Just where it will chance to go.
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend,
Tipped with its poison or balm;
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart
It may carry its pain or its calm.

You never can tell when you do an act 
   Just what the result will be; 
But with every deed you are sowing a seed, 
   Though the harvest you may not see. …………………………………………..Leo selflessness
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped 
   In God’s productive soil; 
You may not know, yet the tree shall grow 
   And shelter the brows that toil.

You never can tell what your thoughts will do
In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe–
Each thing must create its kind;
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
Whatever went out from your mind.

 

 

 

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.

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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…….

 

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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

365 Days of Blessings to Heal Myself & the World by Pierre Pradervand: REVIEW

365 Days of Blessings to Heal Myself & the World by Pierre Pradervand is all about how blessing everything can transform your life and the world. This idea takes the concept of gratitude and flips it on its side. Blessing things goes a step further than simply being grateful. Blessings give thanks and appreciation for the existence of everything- it’s about simply recognizing them for what they are and not necessarily what they can give you in return. Blessings allow you to see the divinity in all creations which can bestow happiness and goodness upon everything. To bless people and situations that are challenging is the ultimate form of giving because you remove your ego from the act, making blessings the highest octave of selflessness.

At first I was a little skeptical, but I experimented for a couple of days- waking up first thing in the morning and blessing my day and my family, and everything I experienced during the day. I have to admit that it lightened my mood and dramatically shifted my perspective. When you bless everything that crosses your path you suddenly have no reason to be upset at anything. It helps you to accept things the way they are which brings a sense of peace. The days I experimented with this technique were pretty easy so I would be curious to see how this would work on more challenging days. Blessing your enemies and struggles is easier said than done, so I do think you have to train yourself in order for this to become routine. Is Pierre Pradervand being a little naive suggesting that every person can do this? I’m not sure, but I do think for the average person, wishing good for your opponents and challenges first requires a lot of inner work and self reflection.

The part that really drove home this practice was when Pierre discussed how blessings honour the unfolding of fate. When we bless things we acknowledge their presence in our life allowing us to fully surrender- which puts us in a receiving state. Blessings aren’t meant to be a material cure-all, but they do help to align us to our path, because we remove the greatest obstacle from this path which is usually ourselves.

The book then lists many blessings we can use in our everyday lives- from blessing ourselves, to our mail carriers, to the world, to our enemies, and so forth. Blessings from different cultures are also included. There does seem to be some memorization of these blessings that is required because how else would you be able to remember what to say?

I would have liked some more practical examples from others who have used these techniques to see how their lives have been transformed using them.

Overall a beautifully written book on a practice that I believe will bring peace to many people around the world.

*A special thanks to Ben Craib from John Hunt Publishing for sending me the widget.