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July 11, 2018
Keywords/Themes: Home, family, emotions, below the surface, depth, primal feminine, great mother, hidden below, unconscious, subconscious, attachment needs, empowerment & upheaval, regeneration
This powerful partial eclipse and new moon in Cancer begins the next lunar cycle and prepares us for a full moon lunar eclipse later this month. Cancer energies connect us to our family, home, emotions, and needs. It asks us to pay more attention to our intuition as well as our conditioned feelings and receptivity. Though the detrimental side of Cancer may be overly protective or giving in hopes of getting its needs met in return.
Perhaps the most important aspect of this new moon is the exact opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. This primordial planetary energy evokes upheaval for the purpose of regeneration and rebirth. It often asks us to dig deeper into the places that feel intense. While Cancer wants to stay safe, Pluto pushes into the discomfort for a new way of being pulling us to the other side into a more empowered place.
Pluto sits next to Black Moon Lilith, the primal and instinctual feminine. These archetypal energies often represent power struggles and resentments. Watch out for jealousy, guilt, or shame and how it can inform you to become more connected to yourself during this potent time.
Eclipses occur around every six months and while they usually come in pairs, we have three this summer. This particular eclipse will be visible mostly from the ocean between Australia and Antarctica, so no need to get out the eclipse glasses.;) A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun creating a temporary shadow on the Sun.
In ancient times eclipses were believed to be bad luck, though now we can predict them, they have a bit less fear associated with them. Astrologically they offer portals and shifts in consciousness where the inner (Moon) and outer (Sun) experiences come into a new relationship. The shadow aspect of the Moon, represents a way for us to come into contact with our own inner shadow accelerating our self-awareness process.
To understand how this eclipse may impact you, look up where 20 degrees Cancer falls in your chart. What planets are nearby or in an angular relationship? Which house does it fall into? (If you don’t know how to do this, it may be time for an astrology reading.) This offers clues into how to best work with this energy and where you may experience in the most shift during this next lunar cycle and eclipse season.
Utilize this new moon partial solar eclipse for looking at old family patterns of relating. Perhaps explore what you have inherited, the blessings and burdens from your ancestral lineage. Practice vulnerability and honoring any breakdown as making way for your own rebirth. Things bubbling up from the depths during this time could lead to a renewed sense of self... though sometimes we have to go down to go up (that's Pluto's mantra, not mine) ;)
Everyday ritual recommendations:
Be // Spend time near water, preferably the ocean, or take a sea salt bath
Do // Connect with family members or ancestral wisdom. Labradorite and sweetgrass are fantastic tools to help aide with connections to the spirit realm.
Wear // Any heirlooms or things passed down from family
Eat // Cancer can be prone to emotional eating, focus instead on what nourishes you.
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June 13, 2019
What an excellent and abundant Full Moon! The Sun and the Moon are making their monthly opposition to one another in the opposite signs of Gemini and Sagittarius. Both representing ideas, communication, expansion. But Sagittarius is more prone to filtering out the noise and trying to expand the BIG PICTURE. Sagittarians are natural born story tellers. So what’s your story? This is a time to really sit down and ask yourself; what is it you want? Who or what do you want to be? What do you believe in? Where is your life heading? Your answer may be very far off from where you stand now, and that’s ok. If you’ve been spinning your wheels, and are ready to make some changes now is the time....
As with many aspects of the esoteric and occult and even mainstream religion, magic is composed of dualities. The most obvious divide is that of black ("bad") magic and white ("good") magic. From time to time, when acquaintances find out that I mess with the craft, they immediately ask "but you're doing the good kind of magic, right?" So, I personally prefer the Latin terms Maleficium and Beneficium. These better encapsulate the difference between working with ill intentions (malice) and working to heal (benefit). Although something of a trope, a sort of stereotype rooted more in both folklore and mass media than in how real magic is done in the world, this duality still helps classify our knowledge of the magical arts.
June 06, 2019