Carl Llewellyn Weschcke By Melanie Marquis: REVIEW

I was super excited to have the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this book because I heard about it a few months ago and knew that I had to read it. As a long time reader and fan of Llewellyn, I desperately wanted to learn about their origins and marvelous history. I was also curious to learn more about the person behind the name and this book definitely did not disappoint. I was amazed at the depths of this book. It’s truly a biography of a publishing house and the wizard behind the curtain.

Weschcke was such an interesting character with an incredible back story. I could see bits of myself in him as I’m sure most Llewellyn fans could as well. We magical book-worms share many things in common, one of the main ones being the love of spiritual books!

Marquis does a brilliant job at delving deep into the life of Weschcke from his childhood, pharmaceutical background, his NAACP years, and his acquisition of the Llewellyn publishing house. It was interesting to read about the New Age in the 1960s and 1970s at its height and all of Weschcke’s other magical ventures. Marquis discusses his failures and shortcomings equally as she does his successes.

The passion for sharing occult information with the world is evident in this biography and brings a human element to what has become the number one publishing house of the mind, body, spirit genre. The family like feel of this company was evident from the very beginning as was its mission to educate and celebrate the New Age. The attributes I associate with Llewellyn today such as quality and expertise have their origins with Weschcke and all of the trailblazers who have been apart of the Llewellyn family from the start.

Each chapter takes a close look at the many different incarnations of Llewellyn that often responded to and inspired the need and desire for occult information over the decades. This was helmed by Carl Weschcke whose intuition and passion for education was the North Star of this company.

Readers will appreciate the quotes from many Llewellyn authors and staff, as well as the intimate look at Carl Weschcke the grandson, son, husband, father, and boss.

Llewellyn is so much more than a publishing house. It is a relic with a history as constellated as the starry skies, and a founder as magical as its books.

 

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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.

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?

 

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

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

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

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

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What’s in a Name?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next up ‘My Earliest Magical Experience’

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Your Moon, Your Mama

Did you know that your Moon sign not only describes your Mother but also indicates how your children will perceive you?

Moon in Aries– Your Mother was independent, wore the pants in the family, very passionate, and taught you how to be independent and passionate. Your children will perceive you as being impatient, individualistic, fast, and similar to a Military sergeant.

Moon in Taurus– Best Moon to have as the Moon is exalted in Taurus- meaning it is the most powerful. Not overprotective but gives you all the comforts of life. Your Mother let you grow into the unique individual you are, and provided a beautiful home and cooked great meals. Your children will perceive you in the same way.

Moon in Gemini- Your Mother was very intellectual, youthful, didn’t pay much attention to you, rationalized everything, was educated, very busy, worked multiple jobs, and was skillful. Your children will perceive you the same way, but might also view you as a Jekyl and Hyde personality. They might feel uncomfortable approaching you.

Moon in Cancer– Mother is smothering, homebody, good cook, and protective. Your children will perceive you the same way and as a very emotional person. You will want to be a stay at home.

Moon in Leo- Mother is like a Queen, theatrical, entertaining, attention seeking, needs compliments, very loving, creative, very natural with kids. Your children will perceive you in the same way, but also they might feel like they have to compete with you.

Moon in Virgo-Mother was hardworking, breadwinner, sickly, caring, perfectionist, was most likely a healthcare worker. Your children will perceive you the same way, but also as a nitpicker- that nothing is good enough. You might place too many expectations and responsibilities on your children.

Moon in Libra– Mother was beautiful, elegant, vain, not emotional, communicative, kind, might have been in a few romantic relationships if divorced. Your children will perceive you in the same way.

Moon in Scorpio- Mother was a healer, interested in the occult, manipulative, very emotional, possessive. Your children will perceive you as being a psychologist, a therapist, dramatic, and as a sexual person due to displays of affection with your father and or men.

Moon in Sagittarius- Mother was a foreigner or perhaps you were raised by another family member. Your Mother was curious, a traveler, philosophical, wise, positive, supportive, hopeful, but also unreliable perhaps too many broken promises. Your Mother was also blunt and had a great sense of humour. Your children will perceive you the same way and will know you to be a very spiritual person.

Moon in Capricorn- Your Mother was not emotional so you might not have bonded in an emotional way with her. Your Mother was critical, had very high expectations, hard-working, money obsessed, stable, grounded, it was important for her to provide you with a sense of stability in your life. She gave you a lot of tough love which served you well in your life. Your children will perceive you in the same way, and your children will need discipline in their lives.

Moon in Aquarius– Your Mother was away from the family which could have been through a divorce or she was very social or working a lot. Your Mother was interested in the New Age…she might have even been an Astrologer! She was intellectual, friendly, a best friend type of Mom, not very emotional- maybe even a little emotionally detached. She was a humanitarian, she worked with lots of people, quirky, and artistic. Your children will perceive you in the same way, but it will be important for them to have you take an active interest in their lives.

Moon in Pisces– Your Mother was gentle, emotional, creative, musical, a writer. The Moon in Pisces can also indicate that your Mother had some form of a mental illness or addiction problems. Your Mother might have worked with ill people or was involved in healthcare in some way. She was a natural care taker and might have had to care for a sickly relative. She was a spiritual teacher and you had a psychic connection to her. Your children will perceive you in the same way and will see you as being emotionally weak and secretive. You will also have a psychic connection to your children. You will always know what they are thinking and feeling without them having to say anything.

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Aspects

Just like your Moon sign, aspects made to your Moon and by your Moon will also add a flavour to your experience. I will only be covering conjunctions down below as this is the aspect that is felt the strongest.

Moon conjunct Sun- Your Mother wore the pants in the family and exuded the most control. She was both a Mother and a Father to you. You will behave the same way in your own family.

Moon conjunct Mercury- You had a best friend relationship with your Mom and could talk to her about anything. You will be the same with your own kids.

Moon conjunct Venus– Your Mother was very beautiful and feminine and might have been a traditional housewife.

Moon conjunct Saturn- Your Mother had a very tight control over her emotions, she might have been separated from the family, and she could have been a politician or a teacher.

Moon conjunct Mars– Your Mother was very hard on you. You will also be hard on your own children- very strict.

Moon conjunct Pluto– Your Mother was a healer, involved in the criminal justice system, insurance, or something taboo. You will also be involved in these industries.

Moon conjunct Neptune– Your Mother was involved in health care, cinema, photography, addictions, or water. You will also be involved in these industries.

Moon conjunct Jupiter– Your Mother might have been a traveler, religious, and also involved in the criminal justice system. You will also be involved in these industries.

Moon conjunct Uranus– Your Mother was involved in science, IT, fashion, communications, technology, or the New Age. You will also be involved in these industries.

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Thanks for reading! If you’d like to comment down below with your Moon sign and if this interpretation resonates with you, please do. I’ve seen the accuracy of this technique in countless charts. Of course there are nuances that this technique cannot pick up on, which is why this is a general description of what your Mom was like.

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Beltane: The First Heartbeat

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

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

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

The Astrology of Beltane

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

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

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

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

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

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The First Heartbeat

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

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

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

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

Milk & Honey

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

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

Celebrate Beltane

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

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

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

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

Uranus in Taurus 2018-2026: Agitating the Soil

No jobThe planet of the unexpected and of the revolution is entering the earthy sign Taurus May 2018 and will remain there until 2026. Many Astrologers are predicting dystopian events with this transit, as will I, but I would also like to discuss how this transit will impact us on an individual level.

The Facts

The last time Uranus was in Taurus was 1934-1942- a very difficult time- we had the Great Depression and World War Two. It is said that planetary transits occur in cycles, so we can expect similar recurring events to unfold. Of course, we are in a different time so the events will not be exactly the same, but they will be of a similar energy.

Uranus rules instability, shocks, surprises, innovation, technology, engineering, the New Age, experiments, weirdness, rebellion, & revolution. Taurus rules the Earth, sensuality, food, houses, all material things, values, self worth, comfort, & life. Combiningthe energy of Uranus & Taurus will bring these archetypes together.

Predictions

Please keep in mind that Taurus is a stabilizing fixed energy so while Uranus brings the unexpected, we can expect these changes to be long lasting. What I’m about to share might be a little depressing, but it won’t be as bad as it sounds. Uranus it teaming up with Taurus which is an ultra feminine energy, so all of these big changes will be presented in a very sexy alluring way.

Financial

The last Uranus in Taurus transit was 1934-1942. This is when a lot of countries abandoned the gold standard. Instead, they adopted the Fiat currency which means you were no longer able to trade money for gold. Money determined its own value. There’s been a lot of talk about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies taking over the world, but I feel it won’t occur unti the end of this transit. Too many people still have way too much money. Economies first have to destabilize (Uranus) before everyone is willing to adopt cryptocurrency.

Banks will be transforming. A big bank where I live in Canada, has recently entered the start up industry, becoming sort of like a silicon valley type of institution. They are definitely getting into the tech industry, and will be spending millions of dollars over the next few years to educate their staff on technological advancements (Uranus) in the banking sector. The face of Banking Institutions will be changing. In fact, in Ontario Canada, they don’t even issue mortgages anymore. Look what’s happening in Australia. Their banking system is on the verge of collapse, if not already. I predict there will be more and more of this kind of stuff happening all over the world.

Real Estate

Taurus rules houses which means real estate. Real Estate all over the world has become so expensive it’s unaffordable. This has been in the works for decades because the global elitist agenda wants everyone to rent. Renting will become the new home ownership. Communal living will also be more desirable such as condos, and townhomes due to their price difference. Having multiple families living together will introduce something along the lines of a head tax, where each occupant is required to pay a tax. There will be sustainability undertones to this. Private investors will no longer be able to flip houses or privately rent them for a multitude of reasons, one of the main ones being price. I can’t tell you how many people I know who own 2 properties because they thought they could flipIt will go back to the days of Lords owning all the real estate. We will be the Habitants (peasants) who have to pay some rich corporation to live in a home. Banks aren’t interested in the mortgage industry anymore because the days of buying houses are over. The housing bubble will burst over the course of this 8 year transit.

With Real Estate we will also see the tiny house movement gaining more traction. Not everyone will be living in trailers, but I have noticed that all the new builds are the size of a tuna can. I saw a commercial for something called the ‘Mini Movement’ which is encouraging people to decide how much stuff they really need to have in their house? The concept of “necessities” and “essentials” will be changing drastically. If you live in a dwelling the size of a tuna can, you can’t own anything, and you can’t have a family. I heard the other day on the news that “dogs are the new children.” The media is pushing this belief that having a dog is more sustainable and eco friendly than having a child. The days of the nuclear families are over because infertility rates are soaring, and it has become too expensive to support a family. Although you wouldn’t equate minimalism with Taurus- I do think Uranus has a purging energy to it.

I also predict things like Airbnb, and shared spaces to become the norm. Private companies can now actually rent individual rooms in high rise buildings that other companies rent.

Houses and buildings in general will become more technologically advanced. Things like “smart homes” will become desirable, and in many cases, older dwellings will be retrofitted to accommodate these new technologies. Geothermal heating systems and more tracking devices will be installed in homes.

Will the housing bubble burst? I do think so. I hope so.

Food
Taurus rules food and agriculture. When you throw Uranus into the mix, we can expect some shake ups here as well.

I do think there will be a push back against genetically modified foods, however, Monsanto is getting into the Organics industry and we all know they own all of seed patents, so basically we are in trouble. It will be virtually impossible to find pure organic foods, because even they are being engineered. We might start to see more foods being forced to label themselves as GMO, but this won’t really do much.
The new commodity might become food. Bayer and Monsanto have recently merged, which means that the pharmaceutical industry and food industry will be one. Let’s not forget that it was during the last Uranus in Taurus transit in the 1940s, that Bayer conducted horrendous medical experiments on the Jews and other war prisoners. We also know that Bayer commercialized hard drugs such as Heroin. The fact that they are now teaming up with Monsanto scares the hell out of me. What sorts of experiments will they be conducting with our food? The old saying goes that when you control the food supply, you control the people. Will people do anything to be able to eat? We all know the agenda keeps threatening that by 2050 the world will not be able to produce enough food to feed 10 billion people. Will food become so scarce and expensive that people will be willing to do anything to get it? The last Uranus in Taurus transit occurred at the tail end of the Great Depression. We all know about the food crisis that happened then…don’t we?

Marijuana legalization is also something to watch. Monsanto once again owns all the patents, and now that Bayer has become one with Monsanto, we have to remember that both of these companies are known for their experimentations. The government and media is pushing Marijuana very hardly lately which should make everyone suspicious. Perhaps it is beneficial, but the government owns the seeds and plants. They can engineer it with all kinds of stuff. Neptune is in Pisces which is highly deceptive. When Saturn was last in Capricorn, Neptune was in Virgo which was World War Two. Capricorn = government, and Neptune in Virgo= medicine. Nazi experimentations with medicine took place. The alignments are virtually the same this time around!!

Political

Some Astrologers believe that Uranus in Taurus will see the collapse of the European Union and the revival of empires and kingdoms. Taurus rules over royalty and the super rich, so this could be a possibility. Trade agreements will be revamped or canceled altogether.

Transportation
Many also believe that transportation will be revamped. Both Uranus and Taurus rule over cars and technology, so perhaps more smart cars will be made, and ride sharing services will become the norm.

Personal Level

Uranus in Taurus will see everyone revamping their value systems. What you think you want is not what you want, and things that you never thought you would experience will happen. This will affect the Taurus ruled area of your natal chart. Taurus is the first Earth sign in the zodiac so it specifically rules over humans…us. Everything that we thought we knew about ourselves will be changing very quickly.

Uranus in Aries was all about destabilizing your ego. Now that your ego has been destabilized, Taurus will help you get in touch with this new version of yourself and refine it. For example; if Uranus in Aries transited your 10th house of career, during the past 8 years you experienced a lot of ups and downs with your career. You probably changed your mind a lot and couldn’t seem to find the right fit. With Uranus moving into your 11th house now, you will be reevaluating your long term goals, and you will be put into contact with the right people who can help make your dreams become a reality.

The first 3 months of any transit are always the most intense, so this summer will be crazyyy! Uranus will be destabilizing your sense of security in your Taurus ruled house most forcefully from May-August. The rest will happen gradually over 8 years.

Uranus and Aries are both unstable energies that act before they think. Taurus is an earthy grounding sign, so Uranus in Taurus is all about disrupting the soils of your concrete reality so new things can grow and be created. We have to till the soil in the Spring to activate new growth, so think of this transit in the same way. Uranus in Aries helped you find the right piece of land and soil after running around in circles and hitting lots of dead ends, so now it’s time to farm the land. Let’s not forget that Saturn will still be in Capricorn during this transit and we have the triple conjunction of Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter coming up in 2020 which are all restructuring and reprogramming reality themes.

To Conclude…….

I know all of this sounds very dystopian, but Taurus teaches self reliance and self worth, so this will be a time for us to have faith that no matter how difficult things will be, we will come out alive stronger and more secure. Taurus ruled the golden age after World War Two- the 1950s, a time when everyone had wealth and glamour. Uranus is the great awakener, so the more aware we become of the injustices in the world, the more self reflection it provides. Get grounded and have no fear. Our values will be changing drastically, and that’s not a bad thing. Taurus wants nothing more than to indulge and relax, so I believe everyone will be redefining what happiness means to them. The more nutrient rich your own soul is, the less you will have to rely on the pesticides of the world.

XO & thanks for reading & sharing!

 

Your Soul Planet

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

The Planetary Dimensions

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

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

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

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

The Soul Planet goes by a couple of different names

Vedic Astrology: Attmakaraka

Babylonian Astrology: Almuten

Your Soul Planet

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chiron in Aries 2018-2027: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Chiron the Wounded Healer is an asteroid in our solar system that orbits between Saturn & Uranus. Orbiting between these two planets suggests that Chiron’s energies are strong and awakening.

Chiron was a healer in Greek Mythology, and an immortal centaur. One day he was struck by a poisoned arrow from Hercules, which Chiron taught him how to make. He lived with incredible pain until he offered up his immortality to Prometheus who we know later gave fire to mankind.

This story shows us that we are our own worst enemy at times, and surrender is absolutely key to living a pain free life. Chiron’s placement in our horoscope shows us where are deepest wound is in our life and at the same time, how we can heal all that’s unwell in our life. The wound is a symptom of something larger going on within.

Chiron in Pisces

Chiron was transiting Pisces from 2010 until April 17, 2018. This 8 year transit saw us delving deep into the mystical energies of Pisces. It was a time where a lot of people underwent some serious spiritual awakenings and it was during this period that we saw the “New Age” becoming more mainstream. Fanaticism, deception, and floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes were running rampant. On a personal level, Chiron in Pisces forced us to swim in the deep waters of our subconscious, to peel back the layers of our 3rd dimensional reality to understand that what we see is not true reality. Many people underwent serious spiritual transformations.

Chiron in Aries

Chiron will move in and out of Aries until 2019- so the real hard work of Aries will be felt more in 2019.

Aries is the sign of self. It is an independent, initiative, birthing, soul forging through into new life energy.

Collective Level

On a collective level, Chiron in Aries will bring out a more self serving energy similar to the “America First” thing going on in the United States. I predict there will be less solidarity as everyone will be in it for themselves. Aries greatest wound is learning to accept help from others, so on a global scale, I predict there will be more push backs against trade agreements and geographical agreements such as the European Union and NAFTA. I also predict there will be more wars, and the devastation caused by war will force everyone to take a hard look at themselves. I actually noticed as soon as Chiron entered Aries, a G7 summit was held, and a lot of Western movies were airing on the television. The Wild West is a perfect illustration of a Chiron in Aries energy, because it was  “an every man in it for himself time.”

Personal Level

On a personal level, Chiron in Aries will offer deep healing of our identity. We will come to learn so much more about who we are and what our place is in the vast world and universe. We will be questioning our purpose and existence asking the question “Who am I?”

Another large wound of Aries is self love. A soul born with a lot of Arian energy usually lacks self love. This is because with a lot of Aries energy comes a new incarnational cycle. How many of us are truly confident and comfortable when we are experiencing something for the first time? Most of us feel awkward and shy, or our Egos compensate and we become overly confident only to suffer a bruised ego later on when we fail miserably or don’t live up to our own expectations. There will be a lot of healing on this level. Self love first requires self trust which is something we will be confronted with a lot during these next 8 years. Aries wants you to experience a lot of new things, but in order to truly experience them, a certain level of trust has to be present, and so Chiron will be forcing you to become self reliant. It’s no longer about the Pisces escapism where during the past 8 years you might have retreated into your head a lot. No, Chiron in Aries will push you into a lot of new situations head on that will force you to deal with them. We all know that you learn the most about yourself when you are challenged and try new things. Remember, Chiron in Aries is all about the self “who am I?”

Chiron in Pisces helped us understand the spiritual side to life, but that information is useless unless we can use it for self empowerment which in turn will empower humanity. Chiron in Aries will take all that “spiritual stuff” and make us use it for self analysis. Questioning your place in the “spiritual industry” and the universe itself will be very strong. We are moving away from healing deep emotional wounds to healing deep action oriented wounds. How are you holding yourself back? Are you afraid of taking some steps? Do you care about what other people think of you too much? What do you really want to accomplish in your life?

Aries is the warrior so you will feel the push to go your own way during this transit. It’s a very independent sign, so at times you might feel very lonely, but getting in touch with yourself is the only way to repair this Chiron wound. The heart is a lonely hunter.

 

Chiron in Aries will confront issues around self-love, self-worth, and identity that will create a balm of self awareness that will be the cure to the Aries wound of an unconscious self.

Check out the song ‘I am the Warrior” by Scandal down below. I find it to be such an empowering song!