Cherry Tree Transit: September 23, 2017

Planet- Venus

Element- Air

The Cherry Tree transit is one of gratitude. The short blooming life of the tree’s flowers serves as a reminder to cherish each and every moment because that is where true beauty lies. Due to its spring time blooming season, there is a sense of stepping into the unknown during this time. New beginnings in the areas of love, family, and money are likely, due to the strong Venusian energy associated with the Cherry Tree. This transit will also allow you to destress and focus on self love. The pain relieving qualities of the Cherry Tree makes this an excellent time for renewal and rest. Live in the moment!

 

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Autumn Equinox 2018: My Bountiful Harvest

The Autumn Equinox for me conjures up images of rust coloured trees, hot chocolate, scratchy sweaters, apple picking, and cinnamon incense. However, I sit here writing this blog post in 30 degrees Celsius heat. Ontario Canada has been under a heat wave these past few days and quite frankly, I’m ready for rainy cold Fall days to arrive!

The Autumn Equinox marks the point in the year when we have equal sunlight and darkness turning into darker days. It’s no coincidence that we enter the sign of Libra on the very same day. Libran energy is all about bringing two seemingly opposite things into balance with another in order to create wholeness. This is the perfect time of year to reflect on both your light and shadow. By now, you will have learned some important life lessons and will be ready to harvest those nuggets of wisdom.

My Bountiful Harvest

This year has been one of the more difficult ones for me, as I was under the influence of the Tower Card since the first week of January until the middle of February. I was dealing with a horrendous internship and by the time the February eclipses came around into my 9th house- my entire perspective of my life and the direction I wanted to go in, had completely changed. I spent the next few months in a dark abyss, trying to claw my way out. And as synchronicity has it, when I wasn’t looking for an opportunity is when I found a once in a lifetime one.

I scored my dream job at a New Age store and couldn’t be happier. I have discovered an intense drive to have my own New Age business and my working conditions have been wonderful. I’ve spent quite a chunk of money in the store buying crystals I’ve never worked with before, and as a result, have seen myself alchemize into a strong business woman with an equally strong skill-set to match.

For the first time in many years, I have had quite the bountiful harvest this year. Not only have I learned a tonne about myself, but I have aligned to my higher calling and have matured ten fold. It doesn’t help that the North Node in Leo is in my 2nd house for the next year and half, so naturally, I would have wound up here anyways.

Turning Over a New Leaf

Maybe you’re not in the best place right now, or your harvest won’t be as abundant as you wish, but as we turn over the soil and rotate our crops, you too have the opportunity to enrich your soils with some much needed nutrients too. As the leaves start falling, remember that you can turn over a new leaf now as well. Mirror the Fall Equinox by bringing both your shadow and light together. When we balance these two polarities only then will true change occur. You can balance these polarities through letting go of what no longer serves you, much like the trees drop their leaves. Throw in a heavy dose of Virgo energy and we have a very abundant harvest indeed……one of self-love, surrender, introspection, and manifestation.

What will your harvest this year?

If you need help, check out an Autumn Equinox Tarot Spread I made.

Autumn Equinox Tarot Spread

 

Slavic Tree Astrology- Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren will be celebrating her birthday coming up on September 20, 2017. Since her life has been so well documented in the press, I thought her chart would be fun to analyze using my Slavic Tree Astrology technique.

For those of you not familiar with Sophia Loren she is an Italian actress who rose to fame in the 1950s and had a solid career ever since. She was the ultimate screen goddess known for her effortless sensuality and Mediterranean elegance.

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Sophia Loren was born under the influence of the Linden Tree. Born under this tree, this signifies she is both beautiful and loves love. Clean, precise, and organized- having a happy family is one of their life’s missions.  Tranquility and serenity is also possible.

The Linden Tree is a summer blooming tree meaning the first three houses in Sophia’s chart are ruled by summer. The spiritual lessons of Summer are that of rest and passion. Summer is also a time of letting go and completion since after the solstice, the days start getting shorter and shorter. Summer is always a major point of growth. Summer is a reminder that in time, the fruits of your labour will ripen- you just have to trust that in time things do work out. Summer in a Slavic Tree Astrology Chart shows lessons that must be learned from a past life.

It’s important to note that while each season rules 3 consecutive houses in Slavic Tree Astrology,  the season itself has 3 points- Ascension, Peak, & Declination. Ascension being the rawest example of the seasonal energy, Peak being the strongest, and declination being the weakest.

Ascension- Sophia’s 1st House or ASC is Capricorn- the sign of slow and steady wins the race. Sophia was always known as one of the hardest working actresses in Hollywood and it was her determination to succeed that allowed her to do so. Her olive skin is also attributed to the sunkissed look of summer that she donned her whole life due to her Italian heritage.

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Peak-Sophia’s 2nd House in Aquarius sees a Moon conjunct Saturn. This shows a strong self-protected energy and disciplined emotions. In her second house of money and values we can see that Sophia is an extremely determined person who did not let the heat (Summer) of any problems stop her. Once again we see the summer influence here with a strong drive to succeed much like the Sun represents our life force in Astrology.

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Declination-Sophia’s 3rd House in Pisces shows a more gentle way of communicating and getting her point across, like a soft summer breeze. Sophia’s actions always spoke louder than her words.

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Autumn

Autumn is the season of harvest. This is where we reflect upon the year and have to let go of what no longer serves us. I’ve noticed that the Autumn ruled houses in a chart indicate major karmic areas of a person’s life.

Ascension-Sophia’s 4th House of Aries has Uranus on the cusp. This shows sudden changes in her home life and displacement. Sophia lived in Italy during the second world war and was homeless, impoverished, and starving. Her father also left home when she was a young girl and never returned.  Autumn the season of transitions and preparation can be seen with her unstable home life.

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Peak-Sophia’s 5th House in Taurus shows a love of cooking hearty (Autumn) meals. Sophia would spend lots of time preparing (Autumn) for her roles.

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Declination-Sophia’s 6th House in Gemini shows a dual career. She was an actress and mother and found herself constantly juggling the two.

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Winter

Winter is the season of stability and introspection and in Slavic Tree Astrology it represents areas of our life that require more effort for them to succeed.

Ascension-7th House in Cancer shows a spouse who was more like a motherly or fatherly figure to her. A strong emotional connection between the two of them was present, like a cozy Winter. Pluto here shows the darkness surrounding her marriage and transformation (Winter) she went through as a result. This also indicates a taboo associated with her marriage due to her being a teenager when she got involved with her married spouse at the time, who the famous Italian director Carlo Ponti.

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Peak-8th House- Mars in 8th house of Leo shows a lavish lifestyle and issues with those who lend money. Sophia spent a short time in jail for tax evasions and was known for her overly indulgent lifestyle.

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Declination-9th House- Virgo- Venus, Neptune, Sun- shows a glamorous facade that enhanced her Venusian qualities.  Winter is unchanging which is why she always gives the illusion of being younger than she actually is. With a stellium in her 9th house, we can see that her perspective of life is one of taking control and manifesting your dreams through effort.

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Spring

Spring is the season of renewal and new beginnings. It is the area of our life that shows where we have the greatest opportunities to evolve and grow.

Ascension-10th house- Libra- Mercury and Jupiter, Midheaven- career is the spring of her life, where she rebirthed from the image of her poor Italian childhood.

Peak-11th house- Scorpio- Sophia Loren was not considered to be an overly social person and as a result, many confused her for being standoffish and snobbish. Scorpio on the 11th can show someone who is to caught up in their own self-image and does not know how to escape their own obsessive thoughts about achieving their dreams. Sophia was known to be a little arrogant and determined to succeed in every area of her life.

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Declination-12th house- Sagittarius- Here we can see that spiritual truths only come through to Sophia after everything else in her life has been taken care of.  This is the placement for a humanitarian and spiritual teacher. This also indicates introversion, so while Sophia was Italian, she never spoke about religion or spirituality. Her soul is embarking on a new karmic journey in this lifetime and in the next.

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Psychics- Mindfulness Coaches Incognito

Today someone I know had a psychic reading done with a psychic friend of mine. She left feeling empty, unsatisfied, and scammed. It’s sad to say that her experience is certainly not unique. How many of us have had a disappointing psychic reading before? I know I sure have!

My Experiences

My first Psychic experience was an Akashic Record Reading. I went in very open minded hearing but when she told me the truth very bluntly, I left in emotional shambles because her reading did not resonate with me. I also did not feel that she told me enough of anything, and what she did tell me was very vague.

My second Psychic experience was with a ruff and gruff woman who ironically is now going to be co-worker of mine. She spent the entire reading pointing out all of my flaws and sounded quite angry with how I’ve handled things in my life. She predicted some things as well, and some have come true, some have not, and some have yet to manifest. I was hoping for a more predictive kind of reading, and not a telling-off.

Many family members of mine have had readings over the years, and I’ve noticed that since they are quite intuitive themselves, they leave the readings not believing the psychics and feeling like it was a waste of time. Psychics have a hard time reading intuitive people because they sense they are being watched very closely which causes them to stumble.

Presence

The reason why I’m sharing this is because most of us have this notion that a Psychic will look into the future and tell us every little thing that is going to happen. The reality is, most Psychics can only see bits and pieces of your journey in the present. There is no true way of predicting events because the future is malleable. Yes, we all have a destiny that has been carved into stone, but the stone may chip, break, or get etched with images. Basically, as we change, so does the journey to our destiny. No Psychic can tell you where you’ll end up, only a vague description of how you might get there.

It’s when we aren’t getting the results we think we deserve that we become desperate and want to know how to get “there.” When we learn that stagnancy and struggle are there to wake us up and rethink, only then will we focus back in on the present in order to make a change. Mindfulness is the underlying message being brought forth in readings.

A Psychic can only read your current vibrational signature. You might have been to a Psychic who accurately predicted everything for you, but I believe it’s because you were consciously co-creating those events because you believed the reading so strongly.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, you are your best Psychic, because everything that is meant to happen will happen. Will knowing it’s going to happen really offer any relief? Or will you find yourself fixating on it, ignoring the present, and in turn manifesting your fixations? Psychics aren’t some mystical seers who can predict the future. If you want to know the future- read your present.

 

The Magic of Nature: Guest Post by Molly Ringle- Author of ‘The Goblins of Bellwater’

I can’t seem to stay away from stories of magic for long. I write real-world stories sometimes too—what the book industry calls “contemporary” fiction—but before long I tend to come back to writing a story with a supernatural element. I’ve written about ghosts, Greek gods, and, most recently in The Goblins of Bellwater, goblins and other fae.

These types of folklore have always fascinated me, even though I’ve slept many nights in supposedly haunted buildings and have never seen a ghost, and have wandered along in the most enchanting of woods and never seen a faery, and (regretfully) have never met a Greek god either. (Rather than this being any comment on their actual existence, I think I’m just unobservant and too much in my own head most of the time!) Still, something about these entities feels real to me. That isn’t surprising: after all, these are the kinds of stories humans have been telling for millennia. Every culture around the world has its ghosts, fae folk, nature spirits, and divinities, many of whom may mingle and overlap with each other depending on the local belief system.

What makes these beings interesting to me, and also what makes them excellent material for stories, is that they aren’t always good or evil. They come in a variety of behaviors (like humans), and their culture and rules may not always make sense to us (again, let’s be honest: like humans!).

In The Goblins of Bellwater, I started with the inspiration of Christina Rossetti’s poem “Goblin Market,” which tells the tale of a young woman cursed by goblins, and her sister who sets out to undo the spell. The poem makes it clear that goblins are, indeed, almost totally malevolent in the Victorian world these sisters live in, or at least mischievous. Folklore tends to agree on this assessment. Goblins are usually described as rude, thieving, and fond of causing trouble, so that’s how I wrote them. But in keeping with the notion that there are many kinds of fae in the world, I also included more benign or even helpful varieties of fae living in the forests of Washington state (where I set my version of the story), to whom the two sisters might be able to turn for help.

In doing so, they need to show proper respect for the forest and the waters—in fact, for all four of the elements: fire, water, earth, and air. I enjoyed looking around at our beautiful natural landscape here in western Washington and deciding which parts of nature would be best represented by which elements, and then giving each some faery spirits to bring them further to life. Seal-like fae swim in Puget Sound in my story, air fae in the shape of hummingbirds and moths fly through the night skies, earth gnomes and glowing creepy-crawlies dig into the soil, and fireweed fae and little wildfire-dwelling dragons emerge from the flames. It’s easy to feel fear when encountering any of them, but if my characters have demonstrated their trust and love for the land, they should know they will remain safe. That is, if they can stay out of the clutching hands of those tricksy goblins!

As my characters are reminded, we modern humans with our mostly indoor lives can easily forget how much we depend on nature. But it’s not only important to remember, it’s healthy for us. Scientific studies have found that being out in the natural world has a restorative, soothing, uplifting effect on mental health. All you have to do is go be with the trees and the fresh air, appreciate them, and of course protect them so that we can all go on benefiting from them. Sounds a little like magic, don’t you think?

Molly Ringle

 

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle will be available for purchase on October 1, 2017. Don’t forget to pick up your copy!

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Linden Tree Personality & Transit: September 13-22 & March 11-20

According to Slavic Tree Astrology, we are born under the influence of a certain tree.

A Linden tree is a tree with heart-shaped leaves. Those born under its influence tend to have a very strong sense of self-love. They are generous with giving love, and receive it from the many admirers they have. They are beautiful and have a tendency to put on weight. Linden Tree natives also have a very keen intuition and are deeply connected to the occult. Their strong sensitivity can over-ride practical decision making, so finding a balance between the two is key to their happiness. Part of their spiritual work consists of having family that they can nurture. Important spiritual lessons will arise as a result of the purity and innocence of unconditional love within the home.

Transit

Planet- Jupiter

Element- Air

The Linden Tree is considered a sacred and holy (Jupiter) tree throughout much of Europe. Ancient lore claims this tree is the Tree of Life.  Due to the heart shaped leaves of the Linden Tree, this is the transit for love and beauty, and is even known as the Tree of Lovers. Its strong connection to love is what makes this a divine tree. Either you will be forced to confront issues surrounding self-love, or you will have opportunities to love something or someone unconditionally.

This Transit falls during the Autumnal Equinox- when it is believed we are closest to source and are protected in anything we undertake. An extra keen intuitive sense will also be available, but just be mindful of finding a balance between practicality and spirituality, which is the heart of what wizardry and witchery is all about. The smooth and fine grain of Linden Wood suggests a calm and serene transit.

 

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The Hidden Secrets of Water by Dr. Paolo Consigli- REVIEW

A heavy read about the secrets of Water. Discussing Water from its molecular, scientific, and spiritual states was at times like reading an encyclopedia about a topic that is at its core- undefinable. Explaining Water in all these states leaves the reader with an appreciation of this elusive element. Talks on our Aquatic ancestors, big bang, dowsing, physiology, and countless others was an extremely deep and rich exploration of something that is so ingrained in our being- physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and beyond. Water is everywhere, it’s ephemeral, wise, needed, wanted, mysterious, and un-explainable. The Secret History of Water was a passionate and poetic analysis of this strange and yet beautiful substance. The more we learn about ourselves and the universe, the more we will be able to unlock more of its secrets.