New Moon in Libra October 8, 2018: Redecorating

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

The Aspects

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

Sun quincunx Neptune- your eyes are playing tricks on you

Moon conjunct Ceres- self care

Ceres square Pluto- the outside clashing with the inside

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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The Book of Help by Megan Griswold: REVIEW

Ok, I have to start off by saying I feel a little guilty for reviewing a memoir. I mean, how can I sit here and critique such a personal story? So I’m not going to give a typical review where I’m making suggestions on what could and should have been included and excluded, but rather I’m going to focus on how it made me feel.

The Book of Help made me feel less alone. I could relate to Megan’s yo-yo diets of various self-help techniques and the emotional rollercoaster they took her on. I found her story compelling, her honesty heart wrenching, and her perseverance and resilience inspiring. I found myself falling in love with her love stories, crying with her heart breaks, and asking those big spiritual questions when she herself was lacking the answers. My biggest take away from her story was that self-help techniques are never going to answer your questions or even give you the peace that you seek. All of these different methods lock you in the perception that you are not good enough, that you need to be fixed. As Megan herself pondered through all of her trials and tribulations, why can’t we just live with who we are? Perhaps all of us are broken, and all the different experiences we have are ways to initiate the repairs we seek externally when we really should be honouring thy self. Part of the healing process involves understanding what it is we most need and doing everything we can to align our lives with them. So will all of the fancy schmancy new age remedies out there such as meditation, acupuncture, therapy, and herbalism (just to name a few) meet these needs? I’m not so sure, and as Megan concluded, protection, nourishment, and comfort is all any of us really needs and that will look very different for each individual. So go out there, find your happiness, and live your life by your own terms. We can only be responsible for ourselves. We are not here to fix everyone and everything, because what seems broken, is actually falling into place.

Full Moon in Aries September 24, 2018: True Grit

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, grit in the context of behavior is defined as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Duckworth, based on her studies, tweaked this definition to be “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”

The Full Moon in Aries is completing a cycle that began on April 16, 2018 when we had our New Moon in Aries. That New Moon which was the snapshot of energies we would be dealing with this year, happened to be conjunct Uranus. So this Full Moon begs the question “how has the instability of your life affected you this year?”

The Aspects

Moon conjunct Chiron- feeling extremely vulnerable

Moon square Capricorn- fears that are holding you back

Sun conjunct Mercury- self critical thoughts

Moon opposite Mercury- hard things to think and talk about

Moon sextile Mars- this too shall pass

Mars conjunct South Node- saying goodbye to the comparison trap

Moon trine North Node- be proud of your wounds

 

This is the heaviest moon of 2018. The major theme of this year has been about getting honest and real with ourselves which is the true grittiness of being authentic. This requires us looking into the stories we tell ourselves, the self-talk, & the hurts around our identity. Aries deals with our individuality, yet during the unexpected and abrupt experiences we’ve dealt with this year, we have been struggling with bridging the gap between our individualistic values and our needs. It’s only when we form solid values that we are our true selves.

At the same time, all of the major planetary cycles of this year- Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus, Mars conjunct the South Node, Chiron in Aries, Mars square Uranus, the summer eclipses share all one thing in common: restructuring. So there is a push and a pull for us to create new values, yet that first requires us learning new things about ourselves. We are in the midst of an identity crisis and the only way to get through it, is to cultivate some self-acceptance. You can accept who you are by owning up to your feelings and by channeling your pain towards the North Node in Leo which our Moon and Chiron is supporting right now. Look to see which house the North Node is transiting and focus your energies there.

I don’t know exactly what the future holds, but I’m stepping forward with grit anchored in grace. -Julie Graham

The day after this Full Moon (September 25th), Chiron will be retrograding back into Pisces where we will have the chance to retrieve those forgotten spiritual lessons that we should be applying to our identity wounds. Pearls of wisdom await us but they require a gritty perseverance if we expect to retrieve them.

Can you rework your past? That grit that rubs in you, until it is shiny and smooth as a pearl?- Anne Funder

The No-Self Help Book by Kate Gustin: REVIEW

The No-Self Help Book by Kate Gustin proposes that the inner voice inside of us has hijacked our sense of knowing who we are. Essentially, we are not our “self” because the self does not exist. The self in modern Western society and psychology is most similar to the “ego” but further research has discovered that it’s actually a complex system that is controlling, persecuting, and dis-empowering. This was layed out in the ‘Introduction’ which was easy to understand and got me interested in reading the rest of the book.

The first part of the book ‘Selfhoods’ was the strongest section of this book in my opinion. It clearly outlined all of the ways we buy into our own stories at the expense of truly living an expansive life. We tend to over-identify with our emotions and narratives which degrades any values and dreams that we might have. The theme throughout this first section was about understanding that we are not our thoughts, and this is facilitated through having a solid value system. The second section of the book ‘No-Self Speaks’ was eye-opening. It was written in first person so that it seemed like the “no-self” was speaking directly to you. It outlined all of the ways we distort reality by listening to the demands of our emotions. On a side note, this whole section could have been included in the introduction whereby we learn that the “no-self” is just a clever name for consciousness…that we are an extension of everything. The theme throughout this second section was about not taking anything personally. The third section of the book ‘To Self or Not to Self’ combined the previous two sections of the book to show how following the guidance presented in this book can bring more presence and awareness to your life, as the author says “No-self is the largest context in which awareness of everything arises.” It becomes obvious in this chapter that we do have the power to choose our thoughts and feelings. Questions to ask oneself in certain situations and in interactions to bring attention to the “no-self” were included throughout this section which was very much needed. I will say that the sub-section on ‘Decision Making’ was weak and unresolved.

I have only read this book once, but I know I will be using these techniques to the best of my ability. As someone who tends to over-think and over-analyze things, I found this book to be extremely eye-opening. It was a little unsettling to discover that most self-help books out there are indirectly serving the ego. For this reason, I believe Kate Gustin is disrupting the whole self-help industry which is long over-due. This book is revolutionary, and ironically, The No-Self Help Book has helped me a lot.

I Am Andromeda: Cosmic Chit Chat

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

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

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Who is Andromeda?

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

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Perseus and Andromeda by Joachim Wtewael

I AM ANDROMEDA

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

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

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When in Rome…

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

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

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More Synchronicity’s

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

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

My name means princess….coincidence?

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

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

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The Return of Persephone by Frederick Leighton- 1891

 

To Conclude…

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

Astro Updates

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

Mars Direct- August 27

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Love & Light

 

New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse August 11, 2018: A Tangled Mane

Moonbeams: It’s time to reinvent yourself! What are you projecting into the world?

The grand finale of this summer’s trio of eclipses has arrived with the New Moon Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo occurring on August 11, 2018.

A Solar Eclipse is just like a regular new moon where the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. However, a Solar Eclipse is more powerful because the Moon darkens the Sun. This is a partial Solar Eclipse so most of the Sun will still be visible. A Solar Eclipse places emphasis on our mental processes and self-awareness. Solar Eclipse energies will present themselves as shifts in consciousness in your waking life.

The North Node is currently in Leo where it has been since May 2017 and will remain there until November of this year. The North Node is currently at 5 degrees Leo and the Sun & Moon will be at 18 degrees Leo, meaning the eclipse is a wide conjunction therefore it is only a very small partial eclipse. It’s effects will still be felt nonetheless. This Eclipse will be visible in Northern Canada, Asia, and Greenland.

The long and powerful Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius from July 27 will be tied up with this eclipse. The Leo Aquarius axis deals with heart centred actions. Leo energy without Aquarius are grand lofty ideas that lack objectivity. Aquarius energy without Leo is detached innovation that cannot materialize. We need both polarities if we expect to see any real changes in our lives.

Since this is a North Node eclipse, we are being cosmically pushed to align with our destiny. A Leo Solar Eclipse begs you to show up and do what you have to do.

Aspects

Mercury Retrograde Conjunct the New Moon- this will make you think and review how you show up in the world. Are you being honest and authentic? Or are you putting on a show?

Eclipse Square Jupiter in Scorpio– Fears and hurtful words will be expressed that can wound some egos (Leo) that can come back to haunt us once Mercury turns direct. These fears and pains are centred around our unhealthy self-identification practices. What sort of negative self-talk are telling yourself? What are you denying that you need to admit?

Eclipse Square Juno– It’s time to rip up those old contracts (literally and metaphorically)!

Mercury Square Jupiter– What we think will be at odds with what believe.

It seems Mercury Retrograde and its strong aspects at this time are giving the Eclipse a run for its money! It’s not often that we see so much emphasis on a retrograde planet during an Eclipse. Let’s keep in mind that this is still a New Moon in Leo which asks us to assert our power in a selfless way.

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The Kozminsky Symbol for the Eclipse is 

A giant holding a number of bleeding hearts pierced on his sword.
Denotes a man of compelling will and magnetic force who stops at nothing to carry out his ambitions. He rises to power through blood or tears or both. He wields and binds, and those whom he binds will bleed, for his work is the work of materialistic pride which dissolves in the fires of hate. It is a symbol of Compulsion.

This definitely isn’t the most pleasant symbology, however, the symbol of compulsion is important to note. The major theme with this eclipse is finding a balance between the ego and the self. Balanced Leo energy is self-conscious to the point that there is such a strong definite knowing of its purpose and direction that it no longer feels the need to force its will and personality onto others. It learns to simply tap into its own creative genius to leave its unique mark on the world. This is an important lesson for us to keep in mind. With Mercury being Retrograde, it will be difficult for us to think clearly. We will find ourselves falling prey to arrogance and pride. You must remember that self-awareness is key here. You are being forced to think what you believe which may not be easy, depending on how much you have been suppressing.

To go back to the Kozminksy symbol, a bleeding heart is a wounded heart which has been ignored and abused. We ignore and abuse our hearts when we over-think things and when we place too much emphasis on external gratification. We have to come back into our hearts at this eclipse by using Mercury RX to help us analyze where we have been cheating ourselves.

To Conclude…

I call this Eclipse ‘A Tangled Mane’ because we are going to have to comb through some knots that have been hiding beneath the layers of our hair for quite some time. A mane is the most recognizable feature of the lion and is used to identify healthy, strong, and virile lions. If it’s knotted and messy, what sort of messages is this sending out to the animal kingdom? How’s your mane looking? What knots are hiding in your identity that you need to comb through?

 

 

 

 

Lammas: Bun in the Oven

What is Lammas?

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

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

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

The Wheel of the Year

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

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

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

Astrology of Lammas

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

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

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

To Conclude…

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

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

FINIS

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

YOU NEVER CAN TELL

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

You Are Not Your Thoughts: The Secret Magic of Mindfulness by Frances Trussell: REVIEW

You Are Not Your Thoughts by Frances Trussell is a quick and easy guide on mindfulness. Unlike other books on this topic, You Are Not Your Thoughts describes what being mindful really is and how you can achieve it…yes, you! What’s unique about this book is that it is written using simple language and page long chapters that easily flow into the next. For example, a counting breath meditation is followed by a chapter that discusses the discouragement we can feel when attempting to meditate, which is then followed by a chapter on the breath. Most books tend to brush past the time and patience that learning something new will take, but Frances Trussell makes a point to be honest and upfront about how learning mindfulness is a journey that requires us to unlearn a lot of things. Her words of encouragement and explanation of how mindfulness will change your life are needed in a time when most authors make mindfulness sound like an exclusive rite of passage. Mindfulness doesn’t have to be a complicated ritual or practiced in a yoga studio. Mindfulness is so easy it can be done in anyplace at anytime by anyone. If you’re looking for a manual on how to do it, this is the one!

This book brings mindfulness back to the basics. Simply enjoying a hot cup of tea, noticing your breath, and finding a reason to smile everyday are all ways to detach from your thoughts. It’s this simplicity that is the secret magic of mindfulness.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018: Bath Bomb

The triptych of this summer’s eclipses brings us to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. This will be the longest eclipse of this century, lasting 1 hour and 23 minutes. It will be visible everywhere except North America. Since it is the longest eclipse in 100 years, this speaks of very long-lasting changes coming to those parts of the world, which is in effect for the next 6 months. Even if you do not see the eclipse, you will still feel its energies.

This particular eclipse will be a total lunar eclipse because the South Node of the Moon which is currently at 5 degrees Aquarius will be conjunct the Moon at 4 degrees Aquarius making this a super tight conjunction. If it were a farther apart conjunction as we saw with the solar eclipse in Cancer a couple of weeks ago, it would have been a partial eclipse.

A full moon eclipse is a full moon on steroids. It speaks of major cycles wrapping up which also begin important new cycles. Eclipses are portals that accelerate us to where we need to be. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth. This is about grounding important new energetic waves into our lives. It’s less about spiritual downloads and more about our tangible experiences being tested and transformed.

Blood Sucker

This particular full moon will also be a blood moon due to the reddish tinge that will cover the moon as its passing behind Earth’s shadow. Blood Moons have a long history with being connected to important biblical and world events, and I would recommend googling this for further information. This particular Blood Moon is ironic considering it will be a Martian lunar eclipse. I think of Blood Moons as frequencies that change the DNA of our karmic experiences. They are sort of like flabotumists who extract some of our blood for analysis. The Blood Moon is a way to deliver some brand new experiences on our karmic journeys that have waited for a specific divine time to do so. Remember, Mars has been conjunct the South Node of the Moon all summer. This conjunction has been about burning away the old and purging. The Blood Moon is now the time to welcome in the new. A new blood supply is coming.

A Boiling Water Vessel- The Aspects

Moon Conjunct Mars-   You will feel more passionate, angry, irritable, motivated, determined, and impatient

Mars Retrograde- Click here to read my detailed analysis of this aspect

Moon Square Uranus-   Impatient, spontaneous, feeling restricted

Moon Semi-Sextile Saturn-   Feeling committed to what it dear to your heart

Mars Square Uranus-   Breakthroughs

Saturn Trine Uranus-  Reset

I call these aspects “boiling the water vessel” because this is the symbol of Aquarius. The water bearer holds a massive vessel about to pour its cleansing waters on humanity. This is why Aquarius is associated with enlightenment & humanitarianism. With the super tight conjunction with Mars, it’s as though the water in the vessel is coming to a boil. The vessel is a kettle at this eclipse. The cleansing waters are cooking something new for all of us.

Aquarius is about doing things your own way. It’s about owning your individuality so you can be of better service to humanity. It’s the reset we need in order to be able to take the next big leap in our evolution. We can’t forget that the North Node of the Moon is in Leo, so the message is clear. We can’t continue to do things the old way anymore. It’s time to put on your crown.

The difficult aspects between Mars and Uranus can give the tendency to be reckless and foolish, so anything that you can do to calm yourself down will be extremely helpful at this time.

The most challenging aspect of this Lunar Eclipse is that we are being cosmically pushed to finally do what it is that we need to do. Look to see where Aquarius falls in your natal chart because this will give you clues as to what needs to be accomplished.

The Kozminksy symbol for this eclipse is:

4º Aquarius: A beautiful fountain throwing upwards delicate sprays of yellow-tinted water, a jeweled crown showing in the mists.
Denotes one of refined mind who is destined to advance and gain power and influence over others. He will bring relief to many a thirsty soul, and many will bless him as he passes by the way. He is humanitarian, sincere, romantic, and harmonious. The life is not free from danger until after the thirtieth year has passed. Thence his way is elevation and peace. It is a symbol of Defending.

This symbol is about defending your kingdom (Aquarius). We have the soldier Mars who is armed and ready to do whatever it takes to fulfill his orders from the Moon, Sun, & Nodes. He will assist us in winning our destiny. He will fight to the death. The glory is there just beyond the steam of the boiling water vessel.

To Conclude…

Treat this Lunar Eclipse as a hot soothing bath that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. It might sting a little at first, and you certainly don’t want to spend too much time in the tub for obvious health reasons, but after a while you get used to it, and it feels good. You drop in a bath bomb and the hot water activates it, unleashing its pretty goodness. Heat is healing, and this Lunar Eclipse has a lot of heat. Mars will drop his bomb in your hot bath with this eclipse. Be prepared for a multi-layered explosion of colour and fizz…. and how Aquarian is that.

 

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