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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31 Day Blog Challenge- Day 7: 11 Things That Feed My Mind, Body, & Soul

1. Classical music/period drama soundtracks

Classical music moves me Everytime I listen to it. I like many different composers so it’s hard to choose just one. I also really enjoy listening to period drama soundtracks. One of my favourites is the soundtrack from the film ‘Far From The Madding Crowd.’ Check out one of my favourite classical piece down below.

2. Anything Lavender

I think I was first introduced to Lavender as a baby. As I got older I started using the essential oil to help with falling asleep. I also use Lavender soaps. I’ve been growing lavender for about 15 years and dream of walking in fields of it. I also love decorating with it- have you seen lavender wreaths? Ugh, they’re perfect!

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3. John William Waterhouse paintings

I have 2 small prints by Waterhouse and they are my most favourite pieces of art I own. His paintings are richly coloured and super romantic, as is most Pre-Raphaelite art. I find myself imagining what is beyond the edges of the canvas. This is the print I have called ”The Scent of the Rose.’ I love the sensuality that’s captured in this painting.

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4. Hungarian mushroom soup

This is my favourite soup! I grew up being exposed to quite alot of different Hungarian foods because of the cultural connection to my heritage. One day my Mom found this recipe on Pinterest and we’ve been eating it ever since! I honestly think the best part of it is the Dill. Yum!

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5. Cozy blankets

Ok, if you are Canadian like me, having a few cozy blankets is mandatory. I spent this past Winter bundled up in one with the woodstove crackling, a cup of hot chocolate steaming away, while a good movie played on the TV. So the Danes might have Hygge, but I think every Canadian can appreciate the cozy blanket.

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6. 19th century occult books

I prefer reading old occult books over new ones because they knew so much more way back then. I currently read them through online librairies. I just can’t get enough of them. We have been so brainwashed into thinking people were dumb in the 19th century. After reading many old books, I can tell you that they were anything but dumb. I think the 21st century will be the most dumb downed century of all time.

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7. Ralph Lauren Romance perfume

I only have a sample of this perfume because I don’t really wear scented things, but it’s velvety woodsy floral combo is heavenly. I think it would be my signature scent if I was a perfume kinda gal.

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8. John Galliano’s designs for Dior

I’m a huge fan of Galliano and fashion has never been the same without him. His work for Door was extravagant, theatrical, historical, sumptuous, and he put on one hell of a show. One of my favourite collections he did was his Balkan inspired one from 2006 I believe. His cultural references were spot on but he of course infused it with his signature couture drama.

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9. Accordion

This is my favourite instrument. When I hear it I feel joyful and alive. If my soul could make a sound it would be the sound of the accordion. This is an accordion duet by two Russian players that always makes me want to dance!

10. Magical realism books

One of the only genres I like is magical realism. This genre takes an ordinary reality and infuses it with magic. A book that I have read over and over again belonging to this genre is ‘The Lollipop Shoes’ by Joanne Harris. It is the sequel to her first book ”Chocolat’ which was also made into a movie starting Johnny Depp. I would highly recommend checking it out!

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11. Old world storybook aesthetic

Enough said. Lake Bled Slovenia. My future wedding destination.

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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 4: My Earliest Magical Memory

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.

Check out my previous posts in this challenge by clicking on the ‘Miscellaneous’ Tab on the homepage of this blog.

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My earliest magical memory was visiting a new age shop called ‘Odyssey Books & Resource Centre.’ It was a local shop that my Mom had frequented looking for Astrology & health books. When I was around 8 she took me to the shop for the very first time and I have been visiting it ever since.

It was at that time that the first Harry Potter film was released and I was a huge fan! Going to ‘Odyssey’ was like stepping into Diagon Alley. The shop itself is in a Germanic inspired courtyard which is also home to a dance studio, an icecream shop, a German restaurant, a dress shop, and fur shop, & so much more. There is a purple and gold celestial banner outside and you can smell floral musky incense wafting outside into the parking lot. It’s the store’s signature scent that has sunk into the pages of its books and attaches itself to your clothing, intoxicating everyone who comes in.  Here’s a picture of it down below.

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Stepping inside made me feel like I was in the world of Harry Potter. The walls were lined with tall bookshelves packed full of all sorts of obscure titles that would feed any new ager’s soul. Every square inch of this store had something to see and touch. Crystals, incense, candles, jewelry, trinkets, odds & ends, wands, statues…….all that was missing was Mr. Ollivander himself. Over the years many customers have complained that the store is cluttered, but I feel it adds to the authentic aesthetic it has going on. There’s so much to see that you can only tackle one section at one time.

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During my first visit to this shop I purchased a white stuffed bunny wearing a celestial garb and pointed hat. I named him Merlin and I had him for years. He was a much complimented fixture in my starry themed bedroom. I remember leaving the store after my visit feeling awe inspired and a bit more magical.

Although there have been a number of new age shops that have opened in the area, including one I briefly worked at, Odyssey has always been my favourite and go to for crystals and books. Last year they celebrated their 20th anniversary and I am hopeful that they will be around for another 20!

I never get tired of visiting this shop. There is always an excitement that precedes my visit and an even more excited feeling that succeeds it when I leave with my little purple bag full of all sorts of goodies. Their items have helped me along in my spiritual journey, and if it wasn’t for their books and crystals, I am not sure what and where I would be?

I have been shopping at the Odyssey for 17 years, and what a magical 17 years it has been.

Blessed Be!

 

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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31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 1- WHO AM I?

I was inspired to participate in the 31 Day Blog Challenge after my friend Mixed Elementals (a fab handmade jewelry brand) was starting this challenge on her blog which you can find here.

In keeping with my new age themed blog, I am going to tweak each day’s prompt by adding an Astrology/New Agey twist to it so it is congruent with the rest of my blog. Check out the 31 day prompts at the bottom of this blog.

This week Jupiter is opposing the Sun which is a powerful time for introspection and working with our shadow (that authentic part of ourself that we keep hidden). This challenge presented itself at the perfect cosmic time!

So join me in the 31 Day Blog Challenge, by tagging your blog with the hashtag #31dayblogchallenge. As my friend Mixed Elementals said “I’d like to create one big ol blog family.” If you find some of the prompts are too personal, don’t feel pressured in having to publish it. You can always tweak them as I am, but journaling or reflecting will also suffice.

Day 1: Introduction- Who am I?

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Who am I? This is one of the most philosophical questions that have been pondered in the Colosseum, the Pyramids, Atlantis, coffee shops, tattered old journals, and blogs across the world. It’s something I have thought about and here is what I’ve come up with.

“We are all made of star stuff” – Carl Sagan

I am 25. I am a Daughter. I am a Sister. I am a grand daughter. I am a cousin. I am an Astrologer. I am a writer. I am a blogger. I am a researcher. I am a reader. I am a gardener. I am a star gazer. I am a loner. I am special. I am powerful. I am unstoppable. I am brave. I am quiet. I am a million colours. Sometimes I am black and white. I am someone filled with self-belief. I am haunted by self-doubt. I’ve got all the answers. I’ve got nothing figured out. I am happiest by myself. I am afraid to be alone. I am caring, but I am too self-sacrificing. Sometimes I am misaligned, but sometimes I am alright. I am inspired. I am a poet. I am high and low at the same time. I am self-critical. I am self-confident. I am a card reader. I am a neat freak. I am sensitive. I am a mask. I am a leader. I am bossy. I am a dreamer. I am a realist. I am an old soul, but unwise in so many ways. I am a hopeless romantic. I am a cryer. I am Canadian. I am Croatian. I am a non-traditional traditionalist. I am moral. I am conscientious. I am a mirror. I am a seeker. I am a book worm. I am an encyclopedia. I am an INFJ Myers-Brigg Personality. I am shy but flamboyant. I am cosmic. I am Solar. I am Lunar. I am Mercurial. I am Venusian. I am Martian. I am Jupiterian. I am Saturnian. I am Uranian. I am Neptunian. I am Plutonian. I am a million contradictions. Sometimes I am not sure who I am. But I am all of the things I am.

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(This pic is so me. Attending night school every night….a.k.a watching all of my Astrology webinars and conspiracy videos.)

*Featured Image by Laura Callaghan- soooooo me as well. Forever reading.

Next up: 20 Facts About Me

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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!