My Culture is the Best: Cosmic Chit-Chat

Did the title of this blog trigger you a little? If it did, welcome to the North Node in Cancer! The North Node has been traveling through Cancer since November 2018 and you can read more about this transit here. In my blog about this astrological event, I predicted that there would be a greater emphasis on nationalism and ancestry as the nodal axis is currently placed in the areas dealing with culture and roots. Have you noticed all of the commercials and companies popping up for ancestral DNA analysis?(Let’s keep in mind that the SN is in Capricorn which rules the elitist governments and big business so they definitely have ulterior motives for the massive DNA collection they’re doing) Have you been researching your own family tree or connecting more with your culture? Have you seen more nationalism or racism? Your answer should be “yes” to all of these questions, because the intensity of the times we’re living in is being felt on the most minute levels.

Personal Story 

For me personally, I started feeling the ancestral stuff last summer during the World Cup. Seeing my ancestral home win the silver medal brought up a lot of emotions for me. I have definitely been feeling the call to visit my family’s homeland and have immersed myself more into the culture. This has been a way for me to connect with my roots which has helped me understand myself a lot better. I have come to realize that characteristics that I thought were unique to me, are in fact, cultural. I have also taken off the rose coloured glasses and have seen and experienced the not so nice parts of my culture which hasn’t been easy. There is a darker aspect to this transit which people are avoiding, and it’s called “nationalism.”

For the past few weeks I have found myself watching expat videos on Youtube. I’ve been watching some channels about expats views on living in countries such as France, Croatia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and England. While I have found the videos to be very eye-opening, the commentary of the anonymous viewers in the comment sections has been a little disturbing.

I have repeatedly seen very prejudiced and racist comments, people boasting about how their country is “the best” and degrading demeaning pokes at the culture being discussed and cultures and countries not being discussed. I know this is typically more of a “European” thing as there is an extremely deep attachment to the protectionist ideology, however, there is something bigger going on here.

Distortion

The nodes of the Moon distort. They are actually invisible points. They are not specifically something we can observe through a telescope. They are the dragon’s head and dragon’s tail that have been severed, meaning neither one can properly function or survive without the other. Wherever the nodes are traveling, specifically the NN, we experience an illusory and distorted energy. Things are not what they appear to be. We are taking in all of these experiences but we aren’t digesting them because our body has been cut off. We usually don’t process our nodal experiences until they have changed signs. With the North Node in Cancer, people are holding very tightly onto their cultures and national identities to the point that they are suffocating themselves with rhetoric and belief systems that are currently being expelled by the South Node in Capricorn.

The South Node in Capricorn is destabilizing our lives in order to restructure them. When people are experiencing rapid change, they always grab onto security. Things that are unchanging and reliable. So there has been a rise of nationalism and culture chest pounding because people feel like they’re losing control.

The rise in racism is happening because people cannot tolerate or accept themselves in a rapidly changing world. Loyalty is fear disguised. They glamourize and egotize their cultures because the NN is not allowing them to “see” if for what it is. The North Node in Cancer is forcing us deeper into our culture/ancestry so we can free ourselves from their binding chains- South Node in Capricorn.

Culture Club

Sadly I’ve come to learn that culture is mentality. People from specific cultures all tend to think the same way unless they have done the inner work to empower themselves. The South Node in Capricorn is trying to rid our lives of these outdated ways of thinking and living via institutions, paradigms, lifestyles, business, laws etc. I would like to add mentality to this list as well because it is such a strong controlling force in our lives. The South Node was transiting Aquarius last year which was a precursor to this notion of saying goodbye to group think. The SN in Capricorn is now targeting the infrastructure of our lives. We need to start thinking for ourselves, and with the NN in Cancer, we need to connect with our cultures so we can let the SN in Capricorn digest it- to allow it to absorb the nutritional qualities and to expel the toxic elements. We can only empower ourselves when we are able to understand where we fit into the context of our culture. Are you a leader or a follower? Are you a wolf or a sheep? Your are not defined by your culture or your home country. You are where you heart is, so is home where the heart is? Or is it somewhere else? Go and find it. You most definitely will when the lunar axis shifts into Gemini/Sagittarius next year.

Have you experienced any of the things mentioned in this blog?

 

 

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New Moon in Taurus May 4, 2019: Love Yourself

The New Moon in Taurus is going to be drawing a fine line between the ego and the heart. Our ego prevents us from accepting those parts of ourselves that challenge the “norm.” Yet our heart is in fact the one making those parts of ourselves stronger, louder, and more visible. The lesson here is to love yourself completely and unconditionally. You do this by acknowledging every thought, choice, decision, and feeling as it appears.

The Aspects

Sun sextile Neptune- greater sensitivity and thinking things are better than they actually are.

Mars opposite Jupiter- trying to force your truth without first knowing what your truth is

Venus square Saturn & Pluto- letting go of who you think you are

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The recurring message of these aspects is a lack of grounding- a difficulty in seeing your reality and life for as it is. At this New Moon you are being called to stop using indulgences as a form of avoidance. When you begin comforting yourself, you bring yourself back into alignment with the rhythmical energies of Earth, receiving clarity in abundance.

The Moon is quite happy in Taurus as she is exalted here, but her longing for stability and security is going to be at odds with what is happening internally. The ruler of the New Moon is Venus in Aries who is not happy here. Venus in Aries has to get clear on what her values are and to surrender completely to who she is no matter what people think of her. Venus will be at 17 degrees Aries near the Sun’s exaltation degree of 19 degrees Aries so we need to burn away our ego and embrace who we are.

The kozminsky symbol for 17 degrees Aries is:

18º Aries: The goddess Venus holding out her hands to a wounded soldier, who is painfully trying to reach her.
Denotes sympathy. Many times will the native stumble and fall by the way, but ever will there be a bright light before him to dispel the darkness of the night and to dissipate his fears. The mind is aspiring, but to reach its ideal, pain and struggle are involved. The native must not falter, for very nigh unto him is his hope-a little sacrifice and endeavor will unite him to it. It is a symbol of Upraising.

This degree allows us to recognize our pain and wounds as being the means to which we can unite our heart and mind which is the only way to create tangible changes in our lives. We must stop criticizing ourselves and start respecting our differences and shadows because they are begging for love, they are messages coming from our heart as I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

Love Yourself

Taurus energy is all about indulging in the pleasures of the Earth, but these sensual indulgences are transitory and disposable. We need to be self-indulging which means comforting our wounded inner child, speaking to our neglected voice, hugging our pain body, soothing our over-worked mind, and saying hello to our shadow who is standing fearfully in the corners of our psyche. Acknowledgment is a form of love.

 

 

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Full Moon in Cancer December 22, 2018: Lunar Love

The final Full Moon of 2018 is in her own domain of Cancer. There are only a couple of aspects which are beautiful and inspiring. This FM is happening only a few hours after the Winter Solstice which is emitting a lunar glow to bathe the strong solar energy of the solstice. It is a doorway that we are stepping through and closing off behind us.

The Aspects

Moon sextile Uranus- new ideas and changes in your personal life

Venus trine Neptune- deeper connections and understanding

The final FM of the year carries the main lessons of the year. Her aspects show us that we all experienced great changes in our personal lives, in order for us to look at things in new ways. This FM is at 0 degrees Cancer suggesting we can also treat her as a NM. What can we expect in 2019? Let’s look at the Kozminsky symbol…

1º Cancer: A curious ring set with a large heart of white onyx.
Denotes one of occult learning and of an extremely sensitive and sympathetic nature who will do much for the pleasure and help of the people. He is gifted with a peculiar power, which produces a feeling of calmness and serenity. He may not be free from his own worries, but the power to cast away such poison is his, and he will find that the rays of good he throws out for others will react with added force on himself. It is a symbol of Compassion

This symbol speaks to the Venus trine Neptune aspect. The lesson we must carry with us into 2019 is that of compassion. The 11 universal year of 2018 was a year of growing pains. 2019 will be a universal 3 year, a time when we must alchemize our pain into wisdom to help heal others.

Take some time during this FM and ponder these questions:

What if the pain I experienced this year wasn’t pain but power? What did I do with this power? What can I still do with my power?

Glowing Moon to all!

 

 

 

Tales from the ’11’: Part 2

As our 11 universal year comes to a close, I thought I would share some final thoughts on what this intense and liberating energy taught us. Part 1 of my 11 universal year analysis can be found here.

Confrontation

The 11 in numerology represents enlightenment, illumination, awakening, and authenticity. It is a master number because these are some of the hardest things to achieve.

This year saw us having to confront our authenticity. We were tested with lessons and hardships in order to get to the root/core of who we are.

Those who were born with an 11 lifepath, are the “late bloomers” of the world as they struggle with embracing their true selves. I’m an 11 life path myself, so the lessons around being true to who I am are a constant struggle for me.

2018 happened to be an 11/2 year, meaning the core frequency of the 2 was also at work. The two is the number of relationships, balance, and harmony. Even though it seemed like the focus was on us, part of confronting our authenticity involved healing those parts of ourselves in others.

Sacred Reciprocity

Relationships were emphasized this year- perhaps they under went serious evaluation, rebuilding, or strengthening. When we are able to heal our relationships, we heal those parts within ourselves that have been buried, neglected, wounded, or forgotten.

When we are able to confront who we are, we gain confidence and trust- two things the 11 struggles with. Confronting our authenticity creates sacred reciprocity- the ability to have a relationship with the unseen and spiritual. We develop a profound understanding of our place in the world which helps us better serve our purpose.

I noticed many people experienced tragedies and setbacks that forced them to deal with issues they were avoiding. When we experience big upsets, it’s always the last attempt from the universe to wake us up. It’s a beautiful act of awakening that is disguised as a horrible catastrophe.

Final Thoughts

Here are some things that the 11 universal year should have brought you:

-Shift in perspective

-Greater compassion

-Emotional detachment

– Self-sacrifice

-Patience

-Mirroring

-Healing

It’s amazing that when we experience just some of the above mentioned things, we unlock the power of who we are. It’s a special kind of magic that only appears when it’s time for us to upgrade to a more purposeful version of ourselves.

2019 will be a universal 3 year, a time for us to share our new selves no matter how much opposition we face internally or externally.

Tony Robbins a life path 11 has many quotes that symbolize the 11 energy, but here is one that I feel best sums up this year

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

See you in 2019!

New Moon in Sagittarius December 7, 2018: Shoot that Poison Arrow

The New Moon in Sagittarius is occurring at 15 degrees Sagittarius which has the potential to reaffirm our faith in the midst of swirling chaos. We are only limited by our beliefs, and this NM can either poison you via your own limiting perceptions or it can push you onto a new journey of self-discovery.

The Aspects

Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces- tainted love

New Moon square Mars- impatience

New Moon square Neptune- confused

Jupiter square Mars & Neptune- questioning your beliefs

 

The New Moon in Sagittarius is contains a poisoned bow and arrow. It’s poisoned with fear, restlessness, aggression, impatience, insecurity, and deception. At this time it can feel like we need to shoot, but we don’t know where to aim. We have to trust that everything will be OK, but that darn Sag energy is making us clamour for a new journey. It’s during intense times like this that we have to put down our bow and arrow and let the universe decide our best course of action.

The Kozminsky Symbol for the New Moon is:

16º Sagittarius: A woman outside an old ruin under a starlit sky, a white angel on her right, a dark angel on her left. The stars — the lamps outside the palaces of the Holy Ones — are shining.
Denotes one of intense mind capable of great acts. Very mediumistic, he is greatly influenced by his impressions and impulses. His path throughout his life is full of varied dangers, and he must be careful lest he miss the way. Let him often look up to the stars and pray for the guidance of the Good. It is a symbol of Restraint.

This symbol shows the starlight that this NM is offering us. The Mars Neptune conjunction is ideal for channeling and spotting the universe at work in your life. The NM squaring this conjunction can make us overlook these messages. The ruler of this NM is Jupiter in Sagittarius who is helping us see the restraints of our beliefs. The mid-point of a fire sign is the perfect time to burn away the old perceptions you have of yourself. Release them so you can lighten the load for your new journey.

Sagittarius reminds us to never lose hope because just when we’re about to give up, the arrow is released. Trust is the antidote for your poisoned beliefs during this New Moon.

 

 

New Moon in Virgo September 9, 2018: The Nines

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

The Aspects

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

New Moon sextile Jupiter- optimism and enthusiasm

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

Jupiter sextile Pluto- upgrading

The Nines

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

To Conclude…

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

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

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.

 

 

 

Neptune Retrograde June 18, 2018- November 24, 2018: Let it Go!

Neptune goes retrograde every year for approximately 160 days, so it’s not as rare as a Mars or Venus retrograde. We are given a reality check every year with its cycle and that’s definitely not a bad thing. Could you imagine if we were in a constant dream like state? We need Neptune RX no matter how confrontational it might be.

How it Feels

Imagine trying to run really fast in a swimming pool. You can’t do it. The water holds you back, your legs feel heavy, maybe even your feet slip on the bottom of the pool. There’s a heaviness that comes around with Neptune RX. The drifting energy is replaced with anchors tied to your feet. You are forced to confront reality as you know it. This is why you might feel stuck or scared.

The Nature of Neptune

Neptune dissolves boundaries. It is the process of dissolution that creates the dream airy fairy nature we most associate with this planet. It’s like life takes on a grainy image. Something is not working yet your mind can play all sorts of tricks on you making you see different shapes and symbols in the process. Where ever Neptune sits in your natal chart is where you have to learn to let go of the false structure that you have created in that area of your life. It’s the area where you delude yourself and what you are afraid of losing the most. Neptune RX will erase your grainy vision, collapse the false structures, and force you to confront your fears.  

Neptune Retrograde 2018

Neptune turned Retrograde on June 18th and will remain so until November 24th. This year’s RX will be supported by a Grand Water Trine with Mercury in Cancer, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Neptune in Pisces. This triangulation of energy will support us in owning up to our deceptions no matter how much Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Mars and the South Node conjunction will try to boss us around.

Advice

Saying goodbye is hard and change is uncomfortable. Neptune Retrograde teaches us to take off the rose-coloured glasses and see our creations for the good, the bad, and the ugly. Neptune in Pisces is about embracing the void- that membrane where life eludes us, where we lack a reference to understand its meaning. Neptune RX heightens this feeling so depending on which house Pisces rules in your own chart, you are going to feel a lack of control and emptiness there. It is when we lack something that we learn the most about ourselves and appreciate the journey of life more than ever before.  This is the ultimate form of simplicity and authenticity which are the basic archetypal energies of Neptune and Pisces.

It’s time to power wash your psyche by acknowledging that you don’t really know what’s best for you, otherwise Neptune would not have to take us out of our ignorance every year. Neptune RX in Pisces is a deconditioning process that teaches us how to let go and surrender.

The greatest lesson that Neptune Retrograde will teach us according to Democritus is that “we know nothing in reality for truth lies in an abyss.”