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September 06, 2018
Astrology by Rebecca Farrar of Wild Witch of the West / Collage by Janeva Zentz
Keywords/Themes: Routine, day-to-day living, work, analyze, wholeness, self-improvement, service, teacher-student, prevention, Earthly healing, scribe, writing, learning, concepts
Virgo, as the only human form on the zodiac, brings us down into practicality. As the scribe, writer, and messenger, writing and clear communication take precedent. Be mindful of know-it-all or overthinking tendencies (guilty as charged) and analyzing to the point of detriment. In its elevated expression, Virgo pushes us to problem solve in service to be a better version of ourselves and to others, though often it can be taken as critical or judgmental instead of helpful.
One of my favorite aspects of Virgo is the connection to plants and botany, and its ability to organize and make sense of things. Though most importantly, Virgo maintains a keen sense of day-to-day life and how to make routine and habits work for us. As author Kent Nerburn says, “Ritual is habit…made holy.” Perhaps try a new habit such as meditating or eating more veggies, this new moon supports us in self-improvement that is grounded in reality.
With the Neptune opposition, the worry wart vibes may be high and it's best to navigate the energies through relying on our physical senses. We may seem more emotional as Neptune can overly empathize, but with Virgo's help we remain curious about the waves of feeling. The helpful trine to Pluto brings an element of dynamism and renewal- as a harmonious aspect this planet can elevate vulnerability in our communication.
The same day as the new moon, Venus moves into Scorpio and begins another 30-day cycle, this time exploring our relationship to intensity. Those with Venus in Scorpio in their natal chart may find an extra dose of needing to explore the depths in relationship this lunar cycle.
In Jewish tradition, this new moon is also the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and offers an extra boost of starting fresh. Use this almost-fall energy to sit with how your hard work over the past year has paid off and how to set better habits for the new Lunar Month/Jewish Lunar New Year.
Everyday Ritual Recommendations:
// BE // Mindfulness meditation practicing name thoughts without analyzing, perhaps utilizing a Focus and Awareness Kit.
// DO // Take a walk, perhaps bring a book for bird watching or plant identification or if you are really ambitious. Reorganize the closet.
// WEAR // Something practical and comfortable that is also good for work and errand running.
// EAT // Seasonal veggies and fruits, find basic guides online or head to the farmer’s market (Virgo loves a good grocery store stop)!
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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