The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack- REVIEW

The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack is an action adventure love story with time as its backdrop. The story follows the secret world of pyschometrists- those who can touch an object and perceive its history. At the centre of this story is a mystery surrounding misplaced objects and their curious locations of discovery and the lengths someone will go to in order to retrieve the past. Gwendolyn Womack achieves the right amount of romance, intrigue, and fantasy that adds to her ability to weave a suspenseful story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. There’s sacred geometry, crop circles, crystals, time travel, mudras, and a beautiful romance.

Throughout the book I found myself pondering some important questions…is it truly worth knowing the past? Does knowing the past distort our perceptions of the present? Is love timeless or does it stand still? What sorts of emotions and experiences have been imprinted on some of my beloved objects?

I am a huge fan of Womack’s previous two novels and any pyschometrist who were to touch my e-reader would know, that I absolutely loved The Time Collector.

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Juno: Your Marriage Partner

The Asteroid Juno is the ninth largest asteroid. In Greek mythology she is the equivalent of goddess Hera. Incredibly important in both Greek and Roman culture she was hailed as Queen of the Gods. Wife of Zeus she is the goddess of marriages and unions. Embodying femininity, she watches over conception, pregnancy, birth and care- Starsignstyle

In Astrology Juno shows us the person we are going to marry- their personality, how we first meet them, even their physical appearance.

There are many factors to consider for marriage, for instance, Venus shows us what we most need and desire in our relationships, Mars for women shows us what we sexually and physically are attracted to, and the 7th house indicates the overall energy of the marriage. Juno on the other hand shows us who we actually get as a partner.

In modern times, marriage doesn’t have to mean a legally binding contract. In present times, marriage for this sake refers to any relationship that is more than 1 year long. Juno will show us the partner with whom we are in the longest most committed relationship with. If you are dating someone casually with no strings attached, you would look to the 5th house for details about the partner.

You can find your Juno placement by going to Astro.com and click the extended chart selection where you can input the # ‘3’ in the asteroid box at the bottom of the form.

So now let’s take a look at Juno in each of the 12 signs and houses…

 

Juno in Aries/1st House- Your partner will be independent, head strong, hot tempered, and energetic.

He will have a toned and muscular physique and can even have a reddish tone to his skin or even reddish coloured/auburn hair.

He will love sports and might even work at a gym or be in a leadership role in his career.

You might be the one to approach your partner first when you first see him/her without realizing you might end up in a relationship with them.

 

Juno in Taurus/2nd House- Your partner will be self-indulgent, down to earth, hands on, and stubborn.

He/She will be bulky and overweight. They could also have curly hair.

He/She will love cooking and baking. They will definitely have a sweet tooth! They could work in a restaurant or hospitality industry or even in the agricultural industry as well. They will treat the relationship with tender loving care.

You might meet them at a restaurant or at a bank. Food will definitely be involved in some way.

 

Juno in Gemini/3rd House- Your partner will be chatty, intellectual, communicative, very social, nervous, and manipulative.

Your partner will be thin and wiry. They could also look very similar to you, in fact, some people will think you’re siblings! Your partner could also be a twin or have twins in his family.

Your partner will love information and talking to you about every aspect of the relationship. They will dislike being at home, so they will always be on the move.

They will live in the same neighbourhood as you, so your future partner could be a neighbour. You could also meet them on a short road trip- not abroad. You could also meet them through your siblings.

 

Juno in Cancer/4th House- Your partner will be very motherly, nurturing, protective, moody, and nostalgic.

Your partner will have rounded features and a look of innocence about them. They will be soft spoken and a little shy around you. It will take him/her a while to open up to you.

Your partner will love being at home and cuddling. They could also have the same ethnic background as you, but will be born in the same country as you. They might also have been married before or have children from a previous relationship. They might also have had trouble with their home growing up- perhaps they lost their home in war or from a disaster or never had the feeling of a home growing up.

You can meet them through your parents or family. You can meet him/her at your home or at another close family member’s house. When you meet for the first time, you will discover that you live close to each other. It can be in the same city, not necessarily the same neighbourhood.

 

Juno in Leo/5th House- Your partner will have a big heart, be loving, dramatic, glamorous, high maintenance, and a little bit of a drama queen/king.

He/She will have beautiful think hair, blondish in colour, a little curly or wavy, and chiseled angular features like a lion.

Your partner will love being the centre of attention so they will definitely crave the spotlight but they will also want to show you off like a prized possession so they can be very flattering and loving.

You can meet them at a public event like a big concert or party. He/She will definitely approach you and try to make it a show. They will love the chase so watch out!

 

Juno in Virgo/6th House- Your partner will be clean, organized, down to earth, meticulous, pure, honest, impossible to please, and controlling.

They will look humble and casual, and will typically have brown hair and brown eyes. They will be neatly groomed.

Your partner will love fixing things, and keeping things organized and tidy. They will be very technical so they will probably have a lot of hobbies where they can take things apart and put them back together again.

You can meet him/her at your workplace, in a clinical setting, or at a gym. They will most likely be someone you see everyday at work or in your routine life.

 

Juno in Libra/7th House- This placement shows that marriage will be extremely important to you, something that you very much want.

Your partner will be refined, charming, self-sacrificing, and diplomatic. They will enjoy the finer things in life and will have had many suitors prior to meeting you.

They will be very beautiful, have dimpled cheeks, and be a little plump. They will like fashion so you can expect them to be well dressed.

This placement does portend to extra marital affairs but we have to analyze a few other things in order to be certain. Your partner will love books and could also work in the legal field or in any Venusian industry- food, fashion, decor. They will do everything they can to have domestic harmony.

You can meet your partner in a law firm or at court. You could also meet them through another couple you know.

 

Juno in Scorpio/8th House- Your partner will be serious, intense, mysterious, magnetic, and secretive.

They will have dark featured- eyes, hair, complexion. They might also have almond shaped eyes.

You and your partner will have strong sexual chemistry and there can be manipulation coming from both of you. Your partner will completely transform you and can trigger a spiritual awakening within you. They will be interested in the occult and could have a secret life involved in some taboo things.

You can meet your partner near the water or someone can try to set the two of you up behind your backs.

 

Juno in Sagittarius/9th House- Your partner will be optimistic, positive, spiritual, intellectual, and very well educated.

They will be foreign coming from a different country/religion/race.  They will have well defined thighs and also be muscular.

Your partner will love traveling and learning. They can be very dogmatic and fanatical about their beliefs, so they can think they are intellectually superior to you.

You will meet your partner abroad or at college or university/educational setting.

 

Juno in Capricorn/10th House- Your partner will be hard working, practical, money hungry, old fashioned, and traditional.

They will be tall and lean with a more bony frame.

Your partner will be a little rigid in their thinking and will be very strong mentally and physically.  They will thinking about the past a lot and could have also grown up poor or have been born in poverty.

You can meet your partner in your workplace or at a public outing.

 

Juno in Aquarius/11th House- Your partner will be very social, inventive, unusual, rebellious, an adventure seeker, and humanitarian.

They will be fidgety and wear glasses. They can also have very curly hair and nice legs.

Your partner can be emotionally detached from you, giving their friends more attention than they deserve. They will be very generous and will want to have a non-traditional relationship with you.

You can meet your partner through your friends and you might be friends with someone before things become romantic. You can also meet them at a party, fundraiser, or a class or club or online.

 

Juno in Pisces/12th House- Your partner will be spiritual, artistic, dreamy, and sensitive.

They will have a fair complexion and  light coloured hair and glossy or blue eyes. They will also have nice feet.

Your partner will be very emotional and can idolize you to the point that it becomes unhealthy. They might not be present in the relationship, choosing to avoid the truth. They will be very imaginative and will want to achieve the perfect relationship with you.

You can meet your partner at the beach or near water, a spiritual retreat, and abroad. You can also meet them at the hospital.

‘The Great Wizards of Antiquity’ by Guy Ogilvy- REVIEW

This book looked at the so called wizards of history- famous figures and more obscure trailblazers who by using what we would consider occult practices attempted to unravel the mysteries and secrets of life. The first section explored ‘Prehistoric and Mythic Magic’ specifically focusing on the Lion Man which was very interesting and something I never knew about prior to reading this book. Section two examined ‘Pre-socratic Sorcerers of Ancient Greece,’ which was a drier section but still interesting nonetheless. Finally, the third section looked at ‘The Western Alchemical Tradition’ which I found to be the most fascinating, especially the stories about the Islamic alchemists and the chapter on James Price. A good portion of the book focused on philosophers whose theories about the existence of humanity are in many ways considered magical, for how they were able to come to such conclusions is truly astonishing.

The book contained some personal magical experiences of author Guy Ogilvy, which were a little eerie, but certainly helped to bring a sense of realism to the overall book. This book was also well sourced and I liked that large sections of primary sources were included in the chapters as well. I jotted down many notes and obscure facts that I want to research further which is quite exciting.

Overall this was a fascinating book and even though I never would have called Pythagoras or Epimenides “wizards,” if a wizard is someone who is wise, than yes, after reading this book, I also agree that these individuals possessed so much wisdom, that they were indeed magical. 

Full Moon in Gemini November 22, 2018: Twinning Ideas

Moonbeams: Looks are deceiving

Lesson to be Learned: Belief is a sexy form of control when your motivations are fear based. When your thoughts and beliefs are passionate, your motivations are hopeful.

The Full Moon in Gemini is teaching everyone to slow down and sustain ideas by using power instead of force. It’s easy to be conned by our ideas and beliefs when we are acting out of fear instead of passion. So ask yourself the following questions:

“is the idea more important than the result?”

“can I accept that it could fail?”

“will hastiness somehow make the idea better?”

“does it make me feel excited or nervous?”

“what are the pros and con’s?”

 

The Aspects

Full Moon square Mars- anger and frustration

Moon opposite Jupiter- overenthusiastic

Mars square Jupiter- chasing a conquest

The ruler of the FM is Mercury who is retrograde in Sagittarius. This is making us rethink ideas that have become a bit fanatical. The aspects during this lunation are showing that we are feeling very fired up about ideas and beliefs and yet we have no raw manifesting power at this time. It can feel like you are arguing with yourself, trying to convince yourself that your ideas and thoughts are the real deal. Let’s keep in mind that Mercury is the trickster so what seems to be good and true is in fact not 100% accurate.

Mars has the loudest voice during the Full Moon and with him in the sign of Pisces, we have to let our burning thoughts cool off for a while in the watery domain of “let go and flow.”

Remember that every idea has a positive and negative side and fighting for one at the expense of the other will fracture or split the idea leaving you with nothing in the end. Let stuff come up but don’t get emotionally attached to it, because for all you know, what you’re fighting for could be the evil twin masquerading as the good twin.

 

 

New Moon Solar Eclipse July 12, 2018: Ghost in the Shell

The New Moon Solar Eclipse will be occurring in the zodiac sign of Cancer. It will be a preview of what’s to come when the nodal axis of the moon changes to Cancer-Capricorn later this year.

Eclipses are portals, passageways, gateways, and stargates that dramatically change our lives. The effects of an eclipse can be felt up to 6 months, however the first 3 months after an eclipse is usually when things will materialize. Eclipses bring fated events that align us to our path. This solar eclipse will only be a partial eclipse, so the effects will not be as nearly as intense as they would be during a total solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and the earth, temporarily blocking the rays of the sun. During a partial solar eclipse, as is with this one, only part of the sun will be obscured. A solar eclipse happens only during a new moon when the moon is conjunct the north node. In our case, the North Node is in Leo at 5 degrees, while the New Moon is 21 degrees of Cancer. With the North Node and Moon being less than 17 degrees apart, this is considered a conjunction. Since it’s not a close conjunction, it’s a partial eclipse. If it was closer it would be a total eclipse.

The zodiac sign of Cancer has to do with nurturing, mothering, sensitivity, learning to emotionally mature, and the divine feminine. A solar eclipse will emphasize these Cancerian traits. The solar eclipse will be occurring on July 13th which is Friday the 13th. The number 13 is considered very lucky and is ruled by the divine feminine. This is reiterating the important themes around creation.

 

The Aspects

Pluto Opposition

Pluto will be opposing the eclipse which speaks of transformation and renewal. Pluto has a detaching influence because it requires us to release that which is not serving us. Cancer on the other hand, attaches itself to everything and everyone because it lacks awareness of self. This opposition is asking us to let go of unhealthy attachments that are separating us from our own truth. 

Maybe you are holding onto an idea so tightly because you’re scared it will fail? Perhaps you are refusing to express a feeling to someone out of fear that you will get hurt or worse, hurt them? The lesson with the Pluto opposition to the Eclipse is that you can only feel safe and secure when you first remove the self inflicted fears you have been hoarding. 

In a recent Instagram post, I discussed how a big theme for Cancerian energy in 2018 is about seeing people and situations for as they are, without clouding them with emotional judgments. Depending on where 21 degrees of Cancer falls in your natal chart, you will start seeing things in a very straightforward way during this Eclipse. Pluto is in the sign of Capricorn- which is a take it as you see it energy. It’s not about playing the victim and dis-empowering yourself. This is about standing firm in your emotions, knowing that your vulnerabilities are your strengths.

An evolved Cancer frequency contains infinite amounts of compassion and universal love. The lack of self awareness that haunts Cancer will be replaced with a universal awareness that will show us that everything is dependent on each other…that everything is connected. If you’re playing the victim, you will start to see how this has been shaping your life. This is how a needy Cancer evolves into a self sufficient Cancer, because the universe becomes their home and security rather than untrustworthy emotions.

Grand Water Trine

A trine between Neptune in Pisces, Jupiter in Scorpio, and the New Moon in Cancer is the apex of this solar eclipse. The water signs contain spiritual energies that shows that the transformation we will experience with the Pluto opposition will be of a spiritual nature.

Grand Earth Trine

A trine between Uranus in Taurus, Venus in Virgo, & Saturn in Capricorn shows us that the spiritual transformation we experience will be translated to concrete steps we can take to institute these changes.

 

Mars Retrograde

Mars will also be retrograde in Aquarius during the eclipse which also speaks of self-empowerment. I recently wrote a detailed blog all about this energy which you can read here. 

 

Saturn Retrograde

Saturn is also retrograde in Capricorn at this time so use your words for good and not evil. You can read my blog about this transit here. 

 

Neptune Retrograde

With Neptune being retrograde in a grand water trine during the eclipse, letting go of emotional baggage is key. Check out my blog about this transit here. 

 

Chiron Retrograde

Chiron is retrograde in Aries which is making us reflect on where we are turning a blind eye. You can read more about this transit here. 

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So most of you will be ghosts in shells once this eclipse is through.  A partial transformation on an emotional level is in store, that will come through spiritual insights which will directly change your reality. Keep in mind we have a total lunar eclipse on July 27th in Aquarius, and a partial solar eclipse in Leo on August 11th. So more change is coming. If you would like to know how this upcoming eclipse will affect you, check out my July monthly horoscopes for your Ascendant Sign forecast here.

 

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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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New Moon in Gemini June 13, 2018: Broken Wings

Moonbeams: Why isn’t anyone listening to me?

Lesson to Learn: Accept your own truth first.

The New Moon in Gemini on June 13, 2018 will be one of our most emotional New Moons this year. We have the ruler of the Moon- Mercury in the sign of Cancer which is a super emotional energy. Mercury lacks the objectivity and maturity it so desires when he is sitting in the crab shell of Cancer. This along with him opposing Saturn is the most important energy at this NM.

Mercury is the planet of communication both speaking and listening. Mercury in Cancer is emotional and sensitive, all he wants is for others to hear him out. The trouble, is that Saturn in Capricorn is sitting opposite Mercury which is blocking the emotional release Mercury wants at this time. Saturn is forcing you to think logically and maturely which is not easy when all you want to do is cry.

A T-Square is being formed with Chiron in Aries and the Mercury Saturn opposition. This shows that our pain is self-inflicted. We don’t want to confront our emotions, we just want to unload them onto someone else. The lesson here is to acknowledge your pain and take responsibility for it. This means accepting your truth no matter how painful it is.

I’ve called this NM ‘Broken Wings’ for a few reasons. Firstly, the God Mercury had winged shoes that helped him with his duties as the messenger God. Some of his patron animals are birds. Birds rely on their wings for everything, without them, or when they are injured, they usually die. Right now, everyone is feeling injured in some way. You want to move forward, but you can’t. You want to say something, but you can’t. We’re feeling restricted like a bird whose wings are broken.

Secondly, the song ‘Broken Wings’ by Mister Mister contains lyrics that resonate with the energies of this NM. Since the Full Moon in Sagittarius on May 29th, most people have been having a really hard time. That Moon was conjunct some evil stars that inflicted some pretty heavy duty karma on many people. Keep in mind also, that Mars and the South Node were conjunct in Capricorn this past week which is all about burning away the old. We all feel hurt, but as the song says, we have to “learn to fly again and learn to love so free.”

 

Thirdly, this song was based on the Khalil Gibran novel of the same name which was all about forbidden love in the Middle East. The NM feels a lot like this. Saturn is forbidding the NM from speaking up, because we first have to accept our feelings and conditions of our life before spewing about it which won’t help us in the long run.

Mercury in Cancer wants to unleash its emotions like a bird who has been locked in a cage for years. Saturn is forcing us to think before we act, to listen to our own voice before we speak, and to accept before we reject. It’s a tough lesson to learn when you’re wings are broken, but they too will heal. Capricorn loves putting things back together, in fact, that’s what it does. Honour your reality as a broken bird on the ground, because it will take you to new heights. Look up instead of down.

Silence is the gilded cage that we need to lock ourselves in for a while until we’re ready to take flight. 

 

New Moon in Taurus May 15, 2018: The Rosebud

Moonbeams: Find your happiness. You will bloom when the conditions are right.

The New Moon in Taurus is special for a few reasons. Firstly, on the day of the NM Uranus moves into the sign of Taurus until 2026 which is going to detabilize our sense of security. Check out my blog all about this here. Secondly, Mars is at the final degree of Capricorn which feels like a do or die situation. Thirdly, Mars is squaring Uranus which is amping up the voltage. Let’s take a closer look shall we.

“The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

This year’s Taurus New Moon lacks the cushy stability it’s known for. It’s as though the other planets and energies are hijacking the security that we usually feel with Taurean moons.

Mars is squaring Uranus during this NM making us feel restless and ruthless. Remember that Mars at 29 degrees feels like jumping off the bridge just because he’s desparate for a change. Be careful not to take any foolish risks. It’s best to channel this intense energy through exercise and movement. Taurus is a sensual sign so there is a major test we are being handed from the universe. How grounded can you be admist chaos?

Mars and Pluto are making a trine to the NM can bring up some deep seated emotions leading to angry outbursts or suppressed sadness. On a positive note great healing can be accomplished in the two week span of the NM. Mars & Pluto trining the NM brings Venus the ruler of the NM into the mix as well. Bringing these three planets together will help us to understand where we are devaluing ourselves. As whatshisface once sang, “every rose has its thorn” but does that make the Rose ugly or does it simply show that beauty doesn’t come without pain?

Venus the ruler of the NM is is Gemini which is an intellectual placement. We have the ability to rationalize and make sense of everything that”s going on. It’s a nice relief from all of the intensity.

To go back to the Anais Nin quote above, there is a frustration that has been present for a while now. We have three planets in Capricorn- Saturn, Pluto, & Mars. It feels as though time has stopped moving and we want to forge ahead. It feels incredibly stagnant and slow which is driving everyone crazy. We are ready to blossom because it’s no fun being a bud anymore. Flowers know that when the conditions are right, they will bloom. Uranus moving into the sign of Taurus is agitating the soil. Emotions are stirring at this NM which will activate new growth. Flowers value their conditions because without them- sunlight, water, soil, shade, they would never survive. Instead of resenting your current situation, look to nature- Taurus’ domain for guidance. Appreciate the beauty that surrounds you, love your struggles, and be grateful for slowness….afterall, Roses only bloom for a few short weeks. Value your time as a bud, because that will determine the beauty of your bloom.

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Did you know Roses are ruled by Taurus?

 

Beltane: The First Heartbeat

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

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

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

The Astrology of Beltane

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

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

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

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

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

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The First Heartbeat

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

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

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

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

Milk & Honey

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

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

Celebrate Beltane

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

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

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

Full Moon in Scorpio April 30, 2018: Under the Cherry Moon

The Scorpio Full Moon will feel like a do or die moment. Scorpio does rule death, so the question to ask yourself during this lunation is “are you killing yourself slowly and softly by not living your life?”

The Moon will be squaring the North Node in Leo which feels as though you are trying to run away from your life. The Lion only camouflages when it’s stealthily watching its prey, but are you hiding out because you are plotting your next move, or are you hiding away because you don’t want to deal with the reality of your current situation? Your situation is the Scorpio ruled area of your chart.

Saturn is sextiling the Moon and trining the Sun suggesting that we need to expose ourselves. Talk to someone about your fears and deepest wants. Saturn is creating a glaze of emotional maturity over this Moon, so getting real with yourself first and then communicating this with someone you trust, will help you to heal.

It seems that every Full Moon this year has been super intense because with our North Node in Leo, 11 universal year, Saturn in Capricorn- along with Pluto & Mars, Chiron transitioning into Aries, & Uranus moving into Taurus- we have been dealing with a lot of bruises to our egos and a strong desire to live an authentic life. There’s a lot of restructuring going on “up there” so it demands more honesty and peserverance on our part.

The Moon’s trine to Neptune will sharpen our intuition and dreams, but she is also sending some clean water to our murky Scorpionic depths. “Trust the process”will never be more heightened than at this Full Moon.

Mars & Pluto are still conjunct so we will feel this strong urge to make some changes, but we’re stuck waiting in the water because what we are sensing is out of reach….for now.

The Full Moon in Scorpio is also called ‘The Pink Moon’ because the flower Phlox is said to bloom around this time of year. Phlox means souls becoming united in flower lore, so use this Full Moon to bring together your voice (Taurus- opposite of Scorpio) with your heart. (Phlox is the flower in the above pic.) The colour pink connects to our heart, so it’s important to open up your heart this week-end and just speak its truth.

There’s a song by Prince called ‘Under the Cherry Moon’ whose lyrics I feel describes the frustration of wanting to move forward but feeling stuck because destiny is not allowing it. The Full Moon will have a cherry hue to it, so I’m convinced Prince knew something……. (btw, Prince died during a pink moon in April 2016, oh and he was a Scorpio rising).

‘Under the Cherry Moon’

Prince & the Revolution

How can I stand to stay where I am?
Poor butterfly who don’t understand
Why can’t I fly away in a special sky?
If I don’t find my destiny soon,
I’ll die in your arms under the cherry moon
I want to live life to the ultimate high
Maybe I’ll die young like heroes die
Maybe I’ll kiss you some wild special way
If nobody kills me or thrills me soon,
I’ll die in your arms under the cherry moon
If that’s alrightLovers like us dear are born to die
If they don’t find us what will we do?
I guess we’ll make love under the cherry moon
I’ll die in your arms under the cherry moon