What’s Your Astro Season?

I always feel melancholy when the warm weather arrives. It’s on days when it’s 30 degrees Celsius that are the worst. I feel like I’m suffocating. It’s sort of like a cosmic claustrophobia. The heat from the Sun possesses me. Hot weather drains my inspiration, while cold weather feeds me. I believe there is an Astrological explanation for all of this.

We all possess a certain dominant season within us that comes to life at its natural time of the year. Like clocks and calendars we have our own bio rhythm that either makes us dance when the music starts or forces us to sit on the bench. I only have 1 planet in a Summer sign and I have an awful relationship with that planet, it’s actually debilitated. Most of my planets are in Winter signs, and I normally don’t experience anything until the latter half of the year when the chilly weather arrives.

You will notice that you either bloom or wither away during your dominant season. Knowing your astro season can help you navigate the year. If you don’t have a dominant season, it just means you have a more balanced life.

Down below you will see the zodiac signs & their corresponding seasons.

Spring Signs– Aries, Taurus, Gemini

Summer Signs– Cancer, Leo, Virgo

Autumn Signs- Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius

Winter Signs- Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

If you are in the Southern Hemisphere, you can always reverse this. It works just as well.
Let’s get back down to the “nature” aspect of Astrology. Excuse me while I zone out in this catatonic heat like fellow Winter/Cold dominant lady Elizabeth Taylor.

What’s your dominant season? Do you find your life takes off in those months? How do you feel? Comment down below!

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Aspects

Pluto Opposition

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

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

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

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

Grand Water Trine

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

Grand Earth Trine

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

 

Mars Retrograde

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

 

Saturn Retrograde

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

 

Neptune Retrograde

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

 

Chiron Retrograde

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

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

 

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Dispositors: The “Keys” of Your Horoscope Part I

What if I told you that there was a way to unlock the power of your planets? And what if this power could also lock your planets? Dispositors are the keys of your horoscope.

What is a Dispositor?

A dispositor is essentially the ruling planet of a planet. For example; if your Jupiter is in Leo, that means the Sun is the dispositor of your Jupiter. Essentially, the Sun rules your Jupiter. It does seem strange to have a planet rule a planet, however think of the dispositor as a ruling energy behind your planet. With the above example, we can see that in order to make the most of your Jupiter, you have to apply Solar energy to it. Jupiter is the planet of our highest moral expression. It’s the planet that rules over generosity, tolerance, philosophy, spirituality, morals, goodness, expansion, abundance, etc. Jupiter in Leo is about using your highest good to inspire others and to be dignified in your dealings. Since the Sun is the dispositor of this Jupiter, you must inspire others through your dignity.

So as you can see with the above example, the dispositor can give you so much more information about your planetary placements. In the example given, Jupiter in Leo requires sincerity and dignity. At the same time, the Sun as the dispositor of Jupiter can make the native self-serving and egotistical.

Tips

You also want to pay special attention to when the dispositor of your planet is transiting the sign it rules. For example, for the person with their Jupiter in Leo they will want to pay attention to what unfolds in their life when the Sun is transiting Leo. Something important in the realm of their Jupiter is sure to manifest.

Also pay attention to planetary friendships. For example, the Sun has a positive friendship with Jupiter, therefore, the influence of the native’s dispositor will be positive. Now if for example, Jupiter was in Libra, the dispositor for this Jupiter would be Venus since Venus rules Libra. Jupiter is an enemy to Venus because Venus is about material things while Jupiter rules over spiritual things. Therefore, we can deduce that Jupiter in Libra would be a weak position and the native would have to be extra careful not to be self-indulgent when seeking spiritual goodness. Since Jupiter is enemies with Venus, the native will struggle with incorporating the positive influence of Venus into its Jupiterian energy.

A Step Further

Using the above example again,  we know that Venus is the dispositor of Jupiter in Libra. If we would like to see how much influence the dispositor has, we can look at the placement of the dispositor. Let’s say that Venus is in Pisces. So while Jupiter and Venus have a negative relationship, Venus is the exalted in Pisces, thus the negative relationship between Jupiter and Venus can be minimized because Venus is in its strongest position.

The sign and house the dispositor is in will also add a flavour to the planet it rules. So for the Jupiter in Leo individual, their dispositor  is the Sun is in Virgo, so this means that if their goal is to inspire others through their dignity and sincerity, this needs to come through in a form of service, since Virgo rules service. Make sense?

Now if Jupiter in Leo is in the 3rd house, this shows that you like to communicate. However, because the dispositor, the Sun, is in your 4th house of family, you will want to bring the focus back to your family and home life  and communicate with them, because the focus will be on “serving your family” through having healthy communication. Jupiter in Leo in the 3rd like to brag,  but the native should be focused on the well-being of those inside the family, and perhaps using their family model as an example for others.

Also make note of any aspects being made from the dispostitor to the planet it rules. This will also affect the energies, either in a positive or negative way.

Final Dispositor

A final dispositor is when you have one planet in its own sign. You can’t have a final dispositor if you have more than one planet in the sign it rules. Look at your natal chart and see if you have this. Remember, you can only have one planet in its own sign in order to have a final dispositor.

The final dispositor in a chart is the overall ruling influence in the native’s life. No other planet can dispose of it. It’s an energy the native will have to wield, otherwise they will constantly run into road blocks. The final dispositor is the skeleton key of the horoscope, it is able to unlock all of the planetary energies. If for example Saturn is your final dispositor, you will have to apply patience, perseverance, and effort in all areas of your life.

If you don’t have a final dispositor, it means your life will be more varied.

 

Controversy

Some Astrologers are opposed to using the final dispositor when you have planets in mutual reception with each other. For example if your Jupiter is in Virgo, and your Mercury is in Sagittarius, you can’t have a final dispositor because Jupiter is in the sign of Mercury and Mercury is in the sign of Jupiter. The two would cancel each other out.

 

My Advice

Playing around with dispositors will enlighten the heck out of you. Your struggles and talents will be revealed. As well, if you have a difficult relationship with one of your planets, knowing the dispositor can show you what is making it difficult, and how you can overcome those problems.

I would say dispositors are somewhat of an advanced astrological technique because you must have a pretty good grasp of the archetypes in Astrology. Nonetheless, I encourage you to at least find the dispositor of  one of your planets which can reveal a lot about your personality in that specific context.

 

To Conclude…

Dispositors are keys that will help you open up or lock in certain energies and themes in your life.

I have a list of planetary friendships and a list of debilitated and exalted planetary positions if you are interested.

I hope this makes sense, and if you have any questions, please feel free to comment down below and I can assist you.

There might be a Part II…….

 

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July Monthly Horoscopes

Aries Rising

Symbol: A group of young maidens tie dye white cotton dresses

The Solar Eclipse on July 11th will be happening in your 4th house. New beginnings with regards to your family and home will make you more emotional and cranky. The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th will be in your 11th house of friendships and associates. You might decide to cut some people out of your life and may experience a betrayal. Mercury will be Retrograde in Leo in your 5th house of self-expression which will give you the opportunity to get clear on what messages you are sending to your family and friends with your actions and words.

Taurus Rising

Symbol: Picking blood-red oranges from a nearby orangery

The two eclipses this month will be activating your 3rd and 10th houses. You will be more moody with regards to your career and may over share with your coworkers and associates. Be careful of what you say to whom because this can be later used against you. New skills you learn this month will be applied to your work that may make you realize you are on the wrong path, which will be facilitated by Mercury Retrograde in your 3rd house.

Gemini Rising

Symbol: A lemonade stand selling over-priced sugary drinks

The Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 2nd house of money and values which will bring a new opportunity to nurture your desire to get the ball rolling in your career. The Lunar Eclipse on July 27th will be in your 9th house where you will need to let go of old outdated ways of thinking about your earning potential. Mercury Retrograde in your house of communication will feel like you need to admit some truths about your skills that you have been avoiding.

Cancer Rising

Symbol: Breaking in a new pair of chic sandals

Get ready for new beginnings Cancer risings! The Solar Eclipse is in your own sign so it will be in your first house or Ascendant (if it is at 20 degrees). You will have a preview of a brand new YOU. A new chapter is beginning in your life that will be felt more strongly this Autumn. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will be occurring in your 8th house where you will be detaching yourself from old paradigms that are keeping you from moving forward with your life. Mercury Retrograde in your 2nd house will be forcing you to be more assertive about what’s important to you. Get clear on what you treasure so you can align your new emerging self with your value system.

Leo Rising

Symbol: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness.’

Leo’s are getting a little break this month due to no Eclipses happening in your sign. With that being said, the Cancer Eclipse on July 11th will be in your 12th house where you will be made aware of subtle patterns playing out in your life. Perhaps you have been too self-sacrificing in your waking life? Or too withdrawn? The Lunar Eclipse on July 29th will be in your 7th house where you can find your relationships unraveling. The Solar Eclipse will assist you in realizing that you perhaps have been in some unhealthy partnerships, and this Lunar Eclipse will finish up its karmic fires in your relationship sector. Mercury Retrograde in your own sign will make you analyze your role in these relationships more closely.

Virgo Rising

Symbol: Teeth chattering air conditioning

Needy people will be feeding off your energy this month so now would be a good time to stock up on some protective crystals- Obsidian would be a great choice. The Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 11th house so you will find that people are unloading their emotional problems onto you and you might find yourself surrounded by more sickly people. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 29th will be in your house of health and work so health issues that have been troubling you for some time will subside considerably. I believe that the Lunar Eclipse in your house of work will help you to emotionally detach from your job which has been draining you for quite some time. Your co workers or clients will be surprised at your sudden change. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 12th house will give you some clues as to why you always put yourself last.

Libra Rising

Symbol: Children building a sandcastle on the beach

You will be coddling your career quite a bit this month Libras due to the July 11th Eclipse in your 10th house. The focus for the past year has been on your social activity but now the focus is coming back to your professional responsibilities. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 5th house of self-expression so the people pleasing will not be able to continue much longer. You have to speak up and do what works for you with regards to your career. Some of your social buddies might get annoyed with all of your job focus this month, but you will come to learn that only your “true friends” will support your change in priorities. Mercury Retrograde in your 11th house will help you see who is lifting you up and who is dragging you down.

Scorpio Rising

Symbol: Hoarding seashells at the beach while others desperately search for some

Selfishness will no longer be tolerated Scorpios. For a while now, you have felt on top of your A game. This will start to dwindle now with a Solar Eclipse on July 11th in your 9th house. The focus will be shifting from YOU to something larger than YOU. Many of you will come to learn that you have spending too much time and energy on things in your life that are not worth it in the long run. The Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on July 29th will be in your 4th house where you will see that your selfish interests have been at the expense of your family. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 10th house will be throwing some kinks into your job situation.

Sagittarius Rising

Aesthetic: Uprooting dandelions

A breakthrough in your emotional well-being is coming this July. A Solar Eclipse in your 8th house on July 11 will help you to heal some deep-rooted issues regarding your sense of emotional security. Perhaps now you will be able to confront some buried feelings that have been haunting you. Overcoming some fears are also possible. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius in your 3rd house will force you to speak up for yourself and defend your behaviour. You will find yourself under the scrutiny of others, but my advice would be to speak your truth. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 9th house will help you make sense of the healing that will be kick started with the Solar Eclipse at the beginning of the month.

Capricorn Rising

Symbol: Sharing a dripping popsicle

The July 11th Solar Eclipse in Cancer will be in your 7th house of relationships. You might find yourself growing closer with your partners- both personally and professionally. You will have to lend some extra support to your partners as well. You will also start to become more sensitive to the suffering of others and will see people in a gentler light. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 2nd house so you will be saying good-bye to your detached way of doing things. You will be required to be more engaged and compassionate in your waking life. Mercury Retrograde in Leo will be your 8th house which will encourage you to be more forgiving of your self and others.

Aquarius Rising

Symbol: Seagulls flying overhead scavenging for discarded food

I know it’s been unsettling for you folks for a while now, but the good news is that the July 11th Cancer Solar Eclipse will allow you to structure your life in a way that aligns with the new YOU. Establishing new routines, priorities, and responsibilities will be felt with the Solar Eclipse. The Lunar Eclipse on July 29th will be in your 1st house. You will have to release some aspect of yourself that is keeping you from your authentic life. Something shocking could happen, such as an accident or an admission of something that you never saw coming. Mars is also conjunct this Eclipse in your 1st house so an old karmic cycle will be coming to an end. The big finale is here. Mercury Retrograde in Leo in your 7th house will help you to see your life from a bird eye’s perspective. It will feel like you are looking at your life from the outside of a window. It will be intense this month, but you are experiencing the start of a brand new karmic cycle. Not many people have this opportunity…use it well.

Pisces Rising

Symbol: An easel and paintbrush are set up but the painter is missing

If you’ve had some ideas that you haven’t been able to implement for a while, this July will be your chance! New creative projects and ways of expressing yourself will be available to you. If you have children, your bond with them will be stronger this month as well. The July 29th Lunar Eclipse will be in your 12th house which will make you feel a little depressed. The Lunar Eclipse will be conjunct Mars RX so intense past life experiences can be felt as well as the completion of a karmic cycle. You could also be handed some heavy karma that you have accumulated from this past year, so pay attention to the signs, symbols, and feelings that come up this month. Mercury Retrograde in Leo will be in your 6th house so you will have to take a hard look at your reality to see what you have been abandoning.

 

All the best Lumineers!

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Mars Retrograde & South Node Conjunction 2018: Serpentine Fire

Mars will be conjunct the South Node of the Moon off and on from June until the Autumn which will create a very intense summer with some hot potential for transformation. Mars will also be retrograde for a while which is a rare occurrence for the red planet. Let’s take a closer look.

Mars Retrograde

Mars will be retrograde on June 26th until August. This is the first time in 47 years that Mars has been retrograde in Aquarius. Mars officially moved into Aquarius on the same day Uranus ingressed into Taurus in May. In the last week of July, Mars will also be at its brightest in 60 000 years.

Once every 2 years, Mars goes retrograde which makes the planet appear as though it is moving backwards in the sky. It does not actually move backwards, it is more of an optical illusion. Mars will revisit the degrees it traveled when it was moving direct, so we have the opportunity to put right or make wrong what we’ve already experienced.

Mars is a masculine archetypal planet that has a lot of power for the next few months, and will set the stage for the next 2.5 years. Mars will be retrograde in the sign of Aquarius which is adding a mind opening flavour to this transit.

Aquarius is the archetype of the revolutionary, the eccentric, the detached, the inventor, the thinker, and the cosmic bohemian. Mars will be emphasizing the light and shadow aspects of this sign, inflaming issues around abandonment, the role of men, and recklessness.

Aquarius

Aquarius is an archetype that is emotionally disconnected from the human experience. It spends way too much time pondering and not enough time present. The inventor, thinker, and scientist, all devote their time and life to the intellectual experience which has its good points.

Mars in Aquarius will push you towards experiencing a fresh, new, and innovative way of living your life, specifically in the Aquarius ruled house of your natal chart. It’s a consciousness expanding energy that will make you feel fed up with following the status quo and listening to others tell you what to do.

Mars Conjunct the South Node

Mars will also meet with the South Node of the Moon in Aquarius 3 times this year. The first conjunction occurred earlier this month on June 7th before Mars turned RX. The next two conjunctions will be July 20th, and September 25th at 7-4 degrees of Aquarius. Mars conjunct the South Node is the placement for burning away the old, and starting a new karmic cycle. On a more mundane level, this placement will create more violence, danger, aggression, injuries, altercations, and the potential for war or terrorism.

The South Node of the Moon is the tail of the dragon, while the North Node is the head of the dragon. The South Node represents losing something, endings, what we have to let go of in order to evolve, and past life karma. When Mars meets up with this point, we have a strong selfish desire to push forward with our lives, to make a drastic change, and to leave the old behind in favour or something that is more aligned to our purpose.

This conjunction will play out in a few different ways depending on your own personal planets, but here is how you might feel.

-Unsettled

-Extra annoyed

-Impulsive

-Alienated

-Instigating

-Lacking empathy

-Afraid

Blistered and Burned

What will first happen when Mars meets up with the South Node is the need to confront your deepest fears. This does not necessarily mean they will come true, but you will definitely have a taste of it.  Mars in Aquarius is rebellious and reckless while the SN in Aquarius is about moving away from collective control. When you bring Mars & the SN together you get a dangerous combo that makes you feel invincible. You will be excreting your fears out of every pore so blisters are inevitable. When you’re able to talk about what you’re afraid of, suddenly you’re not so afraid of it anymore.

Some of you might be feeling very calm during this transit which indicates that you’ve already done a lot of work. Some of you will be feeling low. Either way, retreating from the world is what most people will be doing. Purging & burning away the old to welcome in the new sounds all fine and dandy, but it’s easier said than done. Fires are brutal, especially when they destroy your life and long-term plans (Aquarius). This conjunction is a reset, a forest fire that has scorched some part of your life to be reborn. It’s scary, but required. Drink lots of water, cry, & release pent-up emotions. Avoid fanning the fires by intellectualizing your pain and confiding in others who have their own issues to deal with. Working with the Water element will help and not Air.

What Does This All Mean?

Mars Retrograde in Aquarius will push you to reinvent yourself. It’s time to take a new direction and to not be a bystander in your own life anymore. Mars will help you to open up your mind and do what works for you regardless of what other people think.

Mars Retrograde conjunct the South Node in Aquarius is about deconditioning. We have to embrace our individuality and not get suckered into going along with the masses, the sheep, or our third dimensional reality. This conjunction will allow us to evolve from outdated ways of doing things. Many of you will be saying goodbye to friends and associates who are no longer in alignment with you. Let’s see how this will play out on a practical level…

-Transformation of your tribe

-Speaking your truth loud and proud

-Decisiveness

-Believing in yourself more than ever

Keep in Mind….

Transformation is a gradual process, so if you don’t have any planets from 1-8 degrees of the Fixed signs- Aquarius, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio you will find yourself being more mouthy and aggressive which is a good indication that something is brewing with your personal power.

I will be doing a forecast for each of the 12 zodiac signs for this Martian energy in the coming days so stay tuned for that.

This Girl Is On Fire

We need to act fearlessly but not recklessly. We need to be bold but not overbearing. We need to speak our truth and not yell it. We need to open our minds and not misshapen it. We need to be decisive and not stubborn.

Fires create but they also destroy. We can only welcome in the new when we let go of the old. The Serpentine Fire this summer is bringing the water from the water bearer Aquarius to a boil. Before we can enjoy the meal we first have to cook it, and that takes heat.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

New Moon in Gemini June 13, 2018: Broken Wings

Moonbeams: Why isn’t anyone listening to me?

Lesson to Learn: Accept your own truth first.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

I’m Your Venus…Your Relationship Desire

Featured Image: Ava Gardner as Venus in the 1948 film ‘One Touch of Venus’

 

This month on The Luminessence I am blogging about all things weddings, relationships, and love from a cosmic perspective of course. In this blog I will be discussing how your Venus influences your romantic relationships.

The Venus Archetype

Venus represents the following:

-What we desire sexually

-What we need and want in life

-Our essential needs

-What we value

-What we perceive we need in ourselves, others, & the world.

We look at Venus in its sign and house which shows us where and how the archetype feel secure. You look to its polarity for missing information, for objectivity, and to alchemize the original archetype. The polarity is how you grow. Find your Venus sign down below to learn about the karmic implications of your relationships.

I’m Your Venus

Venus in Aries– you are in a brand new cycle of desires and needs in this lifetime. You are learning to be selfish in relationships because in your past life you were too much in your Libra polarity whereby you were too selfless in your romantic relationships. You are learning to be yourself.

 

Venus in Taurus- Your values are the most important thing to you. You feel secure when your needs are met. You confuse material security with emotional security. You have to go to your Scorpio polarity to shake you up and unglue you from your stubbornness. When you refuse to change your values, the Scorpio polarity steps in to shake things up. When you remove your possessions you have to go back into yourself. Your Venus in Taurus is teaching you to be self-reliant. You cannot depend on your partner for emotional or material security in this lifetime.

 

Venus in Gemini- Your Venus is here to learn to explore and diversify your values. You don’t know everything, and your way is not necessarily the right way. You tend to be too critical of your partners which is when the Sagittarius polarity steps in to help you realize that there are many different value systems out there. You are here to learn to accept the diverse needs that people have. Just because some people don’t think the same way you do, doesn’t mean they are inferior to you. Accept the different needs of your partner, but don’t be adoptive of them either. Continue to use your Gemini intellect to analyze their values, but don’t be overly critical of them.

 

Venus in Cancer- Your values and needs are emotionally based. You can have bouts of emotional withdrawal when something triggers you. This is when you go inwards to figure it out. This is usually when subconscious emotions are being made conscious. If you find yourself getting lost in your feelings look to your Capricorn polarity for grounding. In almost every case, a person with Venus in Cancer will either isolate themselves in their relationships or look for a parental partner. You are here to learn how to mature on your own rather than letting your Capricorn polarity tell you what to do. Go with the flow rather than drowning in the flow of emotions that can consume you.

 

Venus in Leo- Your Venus is here to learn that it’s not all about you! You tend to give from your own perspective rather than from your Aquarius polarity- you have to be able to see others needs. Venus in Leo feel they need their partners to give them what they need, thus there is an imbalance with giving and receiving. Your Venus is here to learn to see the bigger picture. There are other people you have to consider.

 

Venus in Virgo– Venus begins transitioning from self to others in Virgo. Venus in Virgo natives suffer from an inferiority complex. You struggle with self-love, and self-forgiveness thus you can be involved in some pretty awful relationships because there is a part of you that feels you deserve it. This is when you have to look to your Pisces polarity for guidance. You must learn to accept your flaws and tools such as meditation and yoga can help foster a sense of inner peace. It’s only through the Virgo effort of cultivating self-love that you will evolve into the perfect relationship.

 

Venus in Libra- This Venus can be extremely needy and manipulative. You know what to say to your partner to get what you want rather than just saying it. Step into your Aries polarity to meet your own needs first, and then your partners. You will have a variety of romantic relationships in your life which will challenge you on this. Why try to always please your partner to keep things steady, when you can just be honest and grow closer as a result?

 

Venus in Scorpio- This Venus attracts what it needs more than any other sign. Venus in Scorpio is always magnetizing others to them. You tend to manipulate sex to get what you want- either you withhold it or will be very promiscuous. This is when the Taurus polarity will come forth. You have to take care of your own needs to avoid co-dependency. Be what you need.

 

Venus in Sagittarius- This Venus has very deep philosophical needs in relationships. If the relationship is not exciting and intellectual, you are gone. You can be deceitful in relationships. Venus in Sagittarius can be too accepting of everything because it’s all about the bigger picture. Go back into the Gemini polarity to get back into the details. It’s usually the little things in relationships that turn into the bigger problems down the road. Your Venus has to learn relativity of truth.

 

Venus in Capricorn- This Venus is about suppressing your own needs and values without honouring your own. You tend to bury your feelings because you don’t want to be vulnerable. Use the Cancer polarity to ask yourself “how do I really feel about this?” Realize that you have emotional needs too and the only way to fully embody your Capricorn Venus is to heal your suppressed emotions. Venus in Capricorn also prefers non-sexual touching, so if you struggle with getting in touch with your feelings, simply holding hands with your partner can open you up.

 

Venus in Aquarius- This Venus is about being oblivious to your own values. You are so detached that you are not experiencing yourself. You spend too much time in your head and you tend to value “freelove” and that “anything goes.” To get you focused and present in the relationship, your Leo polarity will shock you. Venus in Aquarius is afraid to engage so something shocking like abuse or the unexpected in a relationship will reset you.

 

Venus in Pisces- This Venus is exalted meaning it has full power here. However, Venus in Pisces feels everyone else’s needs more than their own. They lack healthy boundaries, because let’s face it, Venus is self-indulgent, so the last thing it wants is to feel caged in. Your Virgo polarity will give you a reality check. Don’t look at your partners like God just because you feel you understand them like no one else can. You have to learn to view your partners as human, and know that you are not here to save everyone. Be critical in a constructive way.

Venus Retrograde

Venus retrograde is the rarest retrograde there is to have natally. This is about getting clear on what your values and needs are. Souls born with this are here to rebel, review, re-evaluate, redo, and relive.

Your Venus has had resistance in evolving. When she is retrograde, she has reached her maximum of refusing to grow.

You did not learn how to create your own value system. In this lifetime you are meant to ask the following questions:

Who am I? What’s important to me?

You feel like you dont’t fit in, and are a loner. Any relationships you do have will be karmic. 20% of those with a natal Venus RX have never been in an initimate relationship. You will also find that you are attracted to those with strong Aquarius, Uranus, & 11th house energies due to their rebellious nature.

Venus Retrograde is here to learn how to have a deep relationship with souce and with yourself. You have to feel like you trust someone very deeply before you will be in a serious relationship with them.

Don’t view your Venus RX as a curse, rather it’s a blessing, because you will have a great opportunity in this lifetime to really get to know yourself which most people spend a lifetime doing. The better you know yourself, the easier it will be trust others.

 

Thanks for reading! Did you resonate with your Venus?

 

XXOXO

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.

 

365 Days of Blessings to Heal Myself & the World by Pierre Pradervand: REVIEW

365 Days of Blessings to Heal Myself & the World by Pierre Pradervand is all about how blessing everything can transform your life and the world. This idea takes the concept of gratitude and flips it on its side. Blessing things goes a step further than simply being grateful. Blessings give thanks and appreciation for the existence of everything- it’s about simply recognizing them for what they are and not necessarily what they can give you in return. Blessings allow you to see the divinity in all creations which can bestow happiness and goodness upon everything. To bless people and situations that are challenging is the ultimate form of giving because you remove your ego from the act, making blessings the highest octave of selflessness.

At first I was a little skeptical, but I experimented for a couple of days- waking up first thing in the morning and blessing my day and my family, and everything I experienced during the day. I have to admit that it lightened my mood and dramatically shifted my perspective. When you bless everything that crosses your path you suddenly have no reason to be upset at anything. It helps you to accept things the way they are which brings a sense of peace. The days I experimented with this technique were pretty easy so I would be curious to see how this would work on more challenging days. Blessing your enemies and struggles is easier said than done, so I do think you have to train yourself in order for this to become routine. Is Pierre Pradervand being a little naive suggesting that every person can do this? I’m not sure, but I do think for the average person, wishing good for your opponents and challenges first requires a lot of inner work and self reflection.

The part that really drove home this practice was when Pierre discussed how blessings honour the unfolding of fate. When we bless things we acknowledge their presence in our life allowing us to fully surrender- which puts us in a receiving state. Blessings aren’t meant to be a material cure-all, but they do help to align us to our path, because we remove the greatest obstacle from this path which is usually ourselves.

The book then lists many blessings we can use in our everyday lives- from blessing ourselves, to our mail carriers, to the world, to our enemies, and so forth. Blessings from different cultures are also included. There does seem to be some memorization of these blessings that is required because how else would you be able to remember what to say?

I would have liked some more practical examples from others who have used these techniques to see how their lives have been transformed using them.

Overall a beautifully written book on a practice that I believe will bring peace to many people around the world.

*A special thanks to Ben Craib from John Hunt Publishing for sending me the widget.

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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