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April 2019 Horoscopes

April 2019 Horoscopes

March 28, 2019

The month kicks off with a fiery New Moon in Aries on April 5th. This is an excellent time to get right with yourself and set new personal goals for the year ahead. The New Moon will be making some challenging aspects to Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, so expect some push back or power struggles from others. We’ll be feeling eager to break free, just check your ego at the door. Saturn always brings reality checks, and with Pluto in the mix, it's possible to get a slap in the face. This energy continues through April 10th, when the Sun makes an exact square to Saturn. When it comes to Saturn, he truly means well. He just wants what's best for you. So any delays are merely a sign of needing to be patient and abiding by the laws of the universe. That same day Jupiter rolls back and starts his retrograde for the next few months, asking us to...

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Rebalancing of the Scales: Full Moon in Libra, March 20th 2019

Rebalancing of the Scales: Full Moon in Libra, March 20th 2019

March 18, 2019

Just hours after the Sun’s move into the fierce Cardinal sign of Aries, we also welcome the Spring Equinox. A perfect balance of the night and day. You’re about to be thrust into the Astrological New Year. This energy will pack quite the punch, stirring up things that will require our immediate attention. This is another Full Moon that is debuting at zero degrees, yet again another beginning and an end. While Full Moon’s bring completions, zero degrees indicate an opportunity to start over. With centaur Chiron in the mix, it’s incredibly evident that whatever comes up in relation to this Full Moon, we must play an active role in taking responsibility for part in all of this. This may come in a bit of a painful, or unpleasant way. It’s possible we may become 

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Ostara & the Spring Equinox: Celebrating Spring Spirit & Balance

Ostara & the Spring Equinox: Celebrating Spring Spirit & Balance

March 18, 2019

With spring we welcome greener days ahead while plants seem to wake up from their winter slumber with emerging buds and blossoms as symbols of new growth. The energies are more active as animals and humans seem to awaken into more activity, and even the bees return to their pollination cycle. While we have not yet arrived at the heat of Summer, instead we can enjoy the balanced energies of Equinox as the Sun seems to suspend in time. 

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Spiritual Transformations: New Moon in Pisces, March 6th, 2019

Spiritual Transformations: New Moon in Pisces, March 6th, 2019

February 28, 2019

The New Moon in Pisces is taking place within hours of several other major astrological transits. This is really laying the groundwork for the revelations in the month ahead. Just a day after the start of a Mercury retrograde in Pisces, the messenger has begun his journey back from a critical 29 degrees of Pisces. This is the very last degree of the 360-degree astrological wheel, indicating truths that must be revealed for the soul's development. As with many other 29 degrees, this is also a turning point, before being thrust into the following sign, which happens to be Aries. Linked up at this beginning degree of Aries is Chiron, the wounded healer. It appears Mercury is journeying back through Neptune's mystical waters all month to retrieve a message about salvation. We have several weeks ahead of psychic insight and prophecy that will begin to reveal the path to self-healing and letting go. While Mercury may be retrograde, it will be making several 

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March 2019 Horoscopes

March 2019 Horoscopes

February 26, 2019

Wow! We’ve got one pretty big month ahead. The month kicks off with Mercury, the God of communication and messages, moving retrograde through the deep mystical waters of Pisces. This will be starting on the 6th and continues until March 28th, when Mercury then goes direct. This particular retrograde can give us snippets of the future while bringing up situations or people from the past. It is apt to be more emotional, and confusing than most. There is a silver lining; to be better spiritually connected and trust your intuition. As with most retrogrades, you want to be extra careful with signing contracts, leases, and agreements. Moving, purchasing cars or making other major life changes should also be done with caution. Mercury retrograde can be a time where we

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The History of Fire & Flame in Religion, Magic(k), and Ceremony

The History of Fire & Flame in Religion, Magic(k), and Ceremony

February 26, 2019

Since fire was first domesticated about one million years ago, humans have attempted to harness its power in any way possible, often with disastrous consequences. Fire is simultaneously transformative, destructive, fearsome, beautiful, and hypnotic. It is no wonder that its awesome presence has been a central component of worship since time immemorial. Fire and candle worship are ubiquitous in world religions, both ancient and modern. In the fifth century BCE, the Athenians would hold a procession to the sanctuary of the goddess Artemis Mounichia, and offer her round cakes with a candle in the middle- which some have hypothesized is the origin

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Fact Vs. Fiction: Full Moon in Virgo, February 19th, 2019

Fact Vs. Fiction: Full Moon in Virgo, February 19th, 2019

February 15, 2019

Every Full Moon is an exchange between the masculine Sun and the feminine Moon, illuminating the sky and shining a light on certain subjects. This particular illumination is at a 0 degree, suggesting this is both a new beginning (zero) and a completion. This matchup on the Virgo Pisces axis is a reflection of the balance between tending to our responsibilities while being sure we aren’t taking on more than we can manage. A major epiphany may surface that you are taking on the energy or responsibility of those around you. This may be both physically ...

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Understanding Ceremony & Creating Your Own Ritual

Understanding Ceremony & Creating Your Own Ritual

February 02, 2019

There are a few things you should consider before starting your ritual. How does the ritual fulfill your intentions? How does it aid in discovering your intentions? Magic, especially modern magic, tends to be unifying rather than dualistic. The goal is to unify the higher (mind/divine) and lower (physical/experiential). Magicians do this by making things happen through uniting themselves with the universe at-large, by spell-casting (magic) and/or being mindful (mysticism). Lastly, it is crucial to record every step in a journal along with all external factors that affect you and the operation. This is one of the only ways to observe and adjust your practice as you develop.

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Freedom & Forward Thinking: New Moon in Aquarius, February 4 2019

Freedom & Forward Thinking: New Moon in Aquarius, February 4 2019

February 02, 2019

Aquarius seeks freedom and awakening and pulls us into future versions of ourselves. Another important aspect of Aquarius is its concern with the collective consciousness and communal thinking. Although its often tech savvy ways cannot be ignored as many prominent entrepreneurs also have this as a Sun or Moon sign. The air sign connects us to energies of originality, eccentricity, freedom, radical expression, and epiphanies of all sorts. It concerns us with the realm of humanity, community and invites us to ponder our place within the whole.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Farrar of Wild Witch of the West has her M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, and has worked with many renowned astrologists and cosmologists. Read her bio here, and catch more of her work on Witch of the West.

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Imbolc and Candlemas: Flames of Fertility

Imbolc and Candlemas: Flames of Fertility

January 29, 2019

Officially celebrated on February 1 at sunset, Imbolc, or Imbolg, signals the halfway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Its name derives from Celtic meaning "in the belly,” as it refers to the “just-showing” pregnancy or a stirring of new life that has just begun.  At its core, this Pagan holiday is a clearing and cleansing preparing us for rebirth. Imbolc focuses on fertility and the promise of returning light in the spring season. However, Imbolc’s claim to fame is the Irish Goddess Brigid, also spelled Brigit, Bride, or Brighid. She was considered a triple goddess or triune representing maiden, mother, and crone. In this way she had several facets to her symbolism of fire, hearth, poetry, and smithcraft. Brigit was believed..

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Horoscopes: February 2019

Horoscopes: February 2019

January 27, 2019

The Month Kicks off with a bit of a power struggle between Pluto and Mars. These are the two badasses of our Solar system. The first can be a day of learning to bite your lip, and not throw down with whoever decides to give you a bit of a hard time. Let whatever flares up today go, and trust that the cosmic forces will handle it for you. Avoid and conflict at ALL COST. The second of February is a very lovely and often times surprising transit, where Venus makes aspects to rebellious Uranus in Taurus. Something may catch you off guard, happen suddenly, or...

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Self Expression & Involvement: Super Full Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse January 20 & 21, 2019

Self Expression & Involvement: Super Full Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse January 20 & 21, 2019

January 17, 2019

The lunar eclipse/super moon/full moon in Leo (phew, that is a lot of descriptors!) on January 20 PT and January 21 ET continues the accelerated astrological energies of 2019. This second eclipse in the series from the solar eclipse on January 5, will be visible from North and South America, Europe, and Western Africa. Though Earth casts its shadow on the moon for several hours, the maximum eclipse hour is 9:12 p.m. on Saturday for Pacific Coast and 12:12 a.m. for East Coast. The moon is “super” because it is closest to the Earth and looks magnified or larger than usual. Like all signs, Leo has both its shadow (insert eclipse joke here) and elevated expressions, though with a full moon and eclipse we often tap into the...

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