New Moon in Virgo September 9, 2018: The Nines

The New Moon in Virgo on September 9, 2018 features some supportive energies meant to propel you into a new phase beginning this October.

The Aspects

New Moon opposite Neptune- this is a luminous influence that will help you step into your magic. Just when you thought you knew who you were, Neptune comes in and makes you believe you are confused and lost. Reflect.

New Moon sextile Jupiter- optimism and enthusiasm

New Moon trine Pluto- an archaelogical dig of your emotions will take place. Reflecting on your summer is favourable now.

Jupiter sextile Pluto- upgrading

The Nines

September 2018 is a 9 universal month. This number has a lot of negative associations as it is the number of completion, release, reflection, and endings. It can be a heavy energy, but we are being blessed with spell binding aspects during this New Moon. According to Pythagoras, he called the 9 “ocean and the horizon” because it had all the numbers within it and none beyond it, as the ocean contained all the water and all that is within the water and continued to the horizon as far as man could see. For after 9 is 10. All numbers following when added together to the last digit cannot produce a number higher than 9 as its root. So it returns itself as water to the ocean. Ironically, the most important aspects during this New Moon involves the watery planets Neptune and Pluto. So we are coming into ourselves.  Let’s not forget that Saturn also turned direct on September 6th which helps us move forward on newly renoed foundations. Venus also entered its shadow phase this week, kick-starting a deep alchemical process of shedding the old and welcoming in the new.

To Conclude…

The New Moon in Virgo is a 9 month energy on the 9th day of September. We are traversing the liminal boundaries of our world and the great potential that awaits us coming up this October when we enter a 1 universal month.

Virgo energy is here to refine, serve, and heal, so let’s not tell ourselves that we have to sacrifice our happiness and self-care at the expense of the 9 energy. Virgo is an earth sign and the way we handle its energy constitutes our understanding of the lessons we should have learned first inwardly. This New Moon is an initiation. Each 9 we come to is an initiation to a new cycle, because what follows is 10, the number of our gravitational field.

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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

 

My New Blog!

I have created an additional blog all about Bach Flower Essences and their Astrological & Occult connections. I am currently studying to become a Bach Flower Practitioner and felt that the time has come to express this new side of me in a written format where I can share all of my insights and knowledge about this new path. It is my hope that you will learn something new and interesting about this floral therapy.

If you’d like to follow along with me on this new journey, you may do so at https://thetempleofvenus.wordpress.com

I have a few articles already posted and will be blogging on there every week, so stay tuned!

I will still be active on The Luminessence and have lots of interesting in depth articles coming up shortly.

Thank you for your continued support!

Love & Light

Full Moon in Pisces August 26, 2018: Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Moonbeams: Let it go!

The first full moon after the triage of eclipses this summer is a beautiful moon with lots of good aspects. Full moons are about completion, integration, consolidation, and results. This moon is in Pisces, bathing us in a cool refreshing glow.

The Aspects- Let’s go fly a kite!

This Full Moon features an Astrological configuration known as a kite, as you can see from the picture down below by the AstrologyKing

This configuration is about learning to fly with the winds of fate. Throughout history, kites have had many different applications, but they were first created for the purpose of sending prayers up to God. Prayers are intentions, and intentions cannot manifest without mental and emotional conviction. This is what full moons illuminate- the opposition of the Sun and Moon- are your efforts co-ordinating with what you believe in your heart?

Sun trine Saturn- consistent efforts

Sun trine Uranus- self realization

Saturn trine Uranus- instituting changes

Moon sextile Saturn- feeling extra protective of your goals

Moon sextile Uranus- intuitive insights

These aspects make it clear that you can ground your dreams into reality only if you consistently believe in them. Lots of shifts happened during the eclipses so this full moon gives us a reprieve from the intensity. Even though there is a lot of Earth energy during this lunation, we still have the opportunity to lighten up, remember, flight always starts on the ground. Sometimes life is like a kite- you have to send up your intentions into the air and let the wind carry them to where they need to go. Use this full moon in Pisces to let go and flow.

Palmistry-Your Personal Guide (In Focus) by Roberta Vernon- REVIEW

Palmistry- Your Personal Guide (In Focus) by Roberta Vernon is a comprehensive guide on the art of reading hands. I have read a lot of books on palmistry and this one far exceeds all of them. Everything that you need to be able to effectively read someone’s hand is included, from the lines on the palm, to the shapes of the fingers, the colour and feel of the hand, etc. This is where this book stands out. Including tips and tricks on how to read the entire hand is not something you will find in an average palmistry book. I especially loved the chapter on fingerprints and skin ridge patterns. The information in that chapter was unique and intriguing. I wish that there were illustrations earlier in the book that clearly showed what islands and chains look like on the palm because it wasn’t clear in the descriptions given. The chapter on the health of the hands was ingenious and I know most readers will probably jump right to that chapter. There were lots of unique tidbits included throughout that I haven’t read anywhere else. Such as travel lines, and timeline predictions using the lines on the palm. The illustrations were clear and were almost on every page so I didn’t have to constantly flip back and forth. This book is great for beginners and those who have more experience. I guarantee that you will learn new methods and will have your palm right under your nose when reading this guide. After reading this book, I will never look at my hands in the same way again, so go and get your hands on a copy of Palmistry- Your Personal Guide (In Focus)…no pun intended.

Crystals Your Personal Guide (In Focus) by Bernice Cockram- REVIEW

Crystals Your Personal Guide (In Focus) by Bernice Cockram is a beginner’s guide on healing crystals. Everything you need to know about them is included. Cockram’s explanations and descriptions are easy to understand so the reader will not be overwhelmed by the content. Cockram included information about crystals that I haven’t always seen in beginner’s guides such as the Moh’s Scale of Hardness, tips on how to create crystal healing nets for yourself and others, crystal divination using Astrology and Chinese Magic Squares, and Numerology. These were all nice touches that anyone can incorporate after reading this book. I applaud Cockram for explaining the different types of sacred geometrical patterns for crystal grids such as when you would use a flower of life grid versus a vesica pisces grid. I have not come across this type of information in a crystal book before so I thoroughly appreciated that section. The same goes for the different types of crystal systems that were also explained. Once again, most crystal books neglect to include this information so I was pleasantly surprised to read about this. My only complaint is that the author should have listed crystals that are safe and unsafe for making gem elixirs because a beginner would not necessarily know this. Since Cockram described the steps in making a gem elixir, a short list of safe and toxic crystals would have been a big help. The illustrations throughout were effective and the images of the crystals were crisp and clear. Overall a very informative and quick guide on crystals that I will surely be adding to my collection.

Strange Heavens by Philip J. Imbrogno- REVIEW

Strange Heavens by Philip J. Imbrogno is a love letter to the sky. This book looks at the historical, physiological, psychological, and psychic connections civilizations have had with the sky over time. In essence, this is a biography of the celestial heavens. The author makes no effort to hide his investigative work into UFOs so this is also discussed throughout which needs to be included if this is meant to be a complete story about the sky. I enjoyed a deeper look at the constellations, and a deeper look at the mythologies and fascination with Sirius, the Pleiades, Orion, the luminaries, and comets. The book ended a little abruptly and I presume this is because it isn’t finished, so I would look forward to reading a conclusion. If you are someone who had stared up at the starry expanse of the sky wondering what’s up there, surely Strange Heavens will be able to answer many of your questions.

Light Magic for Dark Times by Lisa Marie Basile- REVIEW

Light Magic for Dark Times by Lisa Maria Basile is the modern-day witch’s guide on magic. No there aren’t any spells for winning the lottery or making someone fall in love with you, but there are spells on how to empower yourself…in a confident and feminist way. What I most loved about this grimoire was that the spells all featured ways to alchemize negative emotions and states of mind into positive healthy vibes. I have never actually read a spell book that emphasized personal growth so this book was a lavender breath of fresh air. The spells and rituals featured help you to cast a shining light upon those parts of yourself that you have hidden away, much like the woman healers of the past (whom we call witches), who had to hide themselves away to avoid persecution. Society today can often times feel as though we are being burned at the stake, and Light Magic for Dark Times will help you realize that a little self-care is the magical potion you need so you can brew some positive changes in your life.

If the point of witchcraft is to bring about practical change, this book is revolutionary. Modern day grimoires focus heavily on traditional magick such as creating love potions, protective amulets, and so forth. What’s missing from those spells are a modern and relatable context. In Light Magic for Dark Times there are spells for saying no to labels, to end loneliness, to recharge after doing social justice work, and rituals for going with the flow, to celebrate yourself after you’ve lost confidence, releasing parental resentment etc. I was particularly drawn to the lunar rituals being the moon-child I am, and I plan on performing the new moon rituals this month. The spells and rituals are categorized under Love, Grief and Trauma, Negativity, Regeneration and Recharge, Identity and Body, Shadow Work, Writing Magic, Last-Minute Light, and Finding Your Craft.

The beauty of magic is that it doesn’t require a lot of tools or objects. What is required is self-awareness and a willingness to grow, which are the key tools needed in this grimoire if you expect the spells to work. Sure a piece of rose quartz is recommended, along with some basic candles, but the essential materials required for the spells are a few moments of silence, a comfy chair, and a paper and pen. Basile’s writing background comes across strongly throughout this book as the majority of the spells and rituals require journaling. This book is the perfect companion to Basile’s Luna Luna Magazine which is of the same essence.

The luminous thread that bound this book together was self-care and personal empowerment. Being a modern-day witch is less about pentagram necklaces and black cats and more about honouring thyself through meaningful intentions and sacred work that makes a difference in a time when it’s becoming harder and harder to find the light. Even if you don’t identify as a witch or spell caster, read this book anyways, because if you are a woman trying to navigate her way through the murky waters of 2018 and beyond, Light Magic for Dark Times will become a very handy paper familiar. 

Shamanic Qabalah by Daniel Moler- REVIEW

Shamanic Qabalah is one of my favourite books I have read from Llewellyn this year. Author Daniel Moler takes the reader on an initiatory journey through the mystical Qabalah from the perspective of South American Shamanism. At first, it seemed that the “shamanic” aspects of the book were missing. There was definitely more emphasis and time spent on the Tree of Life, but as with Western Mystery Traditions, things are not what they seem. Shamanic Qabalahism is about grounding the mystical into the practical. For those who know little about Shamanism, it can appear as a mind tripping exploration of altered states of consciousness. However, this book proposes that the whole purpose of exploring the spiritual should be to harmonize the material world, which allows one to truly acknowledge and embrace their divine essence. My favourite part of the book was the deep look at the Sephiras. I thought they were beautifully and concisely explained. I especially enjoyed the discussions of the corresponding Tarot cards which I feel other books on the Qabalah have skipped past. I wish there was more discussion about how Shamanism incorporates into the Tree of Life in the chapters that delved deep into each Sephira, because from my understanding, it was missing. If you are new to the Qabalah this book will be difficult to understand, but do not let that scare you away. There is an abundance of information contained within this volume that your consciousness will know what to do with. Afterall, one of the main tenets of Shamanism is to create a bridge of trust between the supernatural and natural worlds.
It almost doesn’t seem right to review a book of this type. I would have to re-read this a few more times to fully grasp its messages, but I believe this would only be scratching the surface. Daniel Moler said in his conclusion that this book was only an introductory book on this topic. I sincerely hope that Daniel will follow-up this book with more on this unique subject.  As someone who is looking to imbue life with practical spirituality, Shamanic Qabalah  has awakened my soul to a new way of viewing the world and cross cultural traditions.