Happy full Moon in Taurus on November 19 at 0.8.59 UTC It is a deep partial eclipse, (seen overnight on 18th for North America).
97% of the moon will be covered and its darkened state with silvery crescent visible over much of the globe;, a good chance to shed what is not working in our lives and greet the new beginnings, embracing our own light as the moon re-emerges to fullness (see www.timeanddate.com for times in your region and https://earthsky.org for full details of the eclipse).
This moon is called by the Algonquin nation and others, Full Beaver Moon or Full Frost Moon., as the beavers dig their winter dams and we draw breath wherever we live in the world for Thanksgiving and Yule. They will be different this year as the world yo-yos open and closed and the pandemic ebbs and surges.. The sparkly Christmas lights seem more subdued, the canned supermarket carols muted, as we sit on the floor of the world and put the jigsaw of living back together; gluing what is broken and accepting what we replace for pieces gone forever, will change the shape of our lives for many years ahead.
But a time of hope to start again with clean canvas and new brushes to paint what now can be the picture of our future.
A good chance to rethink the festive season and take it back to people, not the latest gadgets; rather trying to mend fractured family bridges and recreate the wonder of the return of light for the children but in a more considered way where happiness and sharing glitter as the new Christmas centrepiece.
The angel of this full moon is Asmodel, angel of beauty surrounded by pink rays who helps us to create what is of worth in every sphere of our lives. She offers us persistence when the going is tough, patience, reliability, loyalty and stability. The message of this moon is to value whom we are, what we have achieved that we consider worthwhile and what really no longer matters-and maybe never did.
The festivals of light will shine on hearts this year with offerings of giving time, care and not the shiny pile of soon to be torn off and abandoned wrapping paper.
What lasts, what is of lasting value are the real gifts, muting the voices of those who make us feel bad, guilty, over-responsible for their well-being or who put down our enthusiasm, spontaneity and shared joy with sour looks and with cynicism dampen our proffered joy.
Feeling tired, drained or inwardly resentful may not be your hormones or a sugar low but someone taking advantage of your good nature. For energy vampires have the sugariest sweet smiles and make you feel that you are treading on the head of a baby rabbit if you say no to their intrusions or poor little me demands.
If you do doubt your own value or you are in an environment where others constantly put you down, use the eclipse energies to shed any self-doubt and emerge like that full moon confident and strong of your right to your place under sun and moon.
- Light a candle before the eclipse and as the moon darkens (use a web cam if you can’t see it) sprinkle salt in the flame and say So do I shed all self-doubt and the doubts imposed on me by others.
- Extinguish the candle and as the light returns relight it and sprinkle salt in the flame, saying Burn bright and light the way to happiness. I greet the approaching season of light and take it within me.
Use this moon to feel and embrace the radiance and harmony surging within and through you as you smile from your heart and walk strong in your own beauty and your light.
Named after Novem, the ninth month in the old Roman calendar, November should not be thought of as a month for discarding the ashes of the passing year, rather of seeing what still stirs and can be revived or rekindled in new ways.
November is not for waiting, rather for preparation, brainstorming, making plans for replacing the old and redundant with the new and potentially promising; for cherishing too and paying more attention to what is still precious.
Time first however for completion of tiresome tasks, irksome duties and clearing the decks; then come the First Footing of New Year just the other side of the tinsel, we can make 2022 a personal statement of new strength, determination and purpose; knowing we have to make the here and now of meaning- and so we can’t wait or hesitate but use November to brainstorm the gameplan, fine tune the schedule, rehearse the steps to be taken as the New Year bells chime out more poignantly in 2022 -and yet more hopeful than before
What we want and need from life may be very different from the pre-recorded script we sometimes followed before the pandemic shook our slumbers; now we can rewrite the story in which we star, even if circumstances are difficult, choosing those loved ones we want to welcome into our lives to walk beside us; what revive from the ashes of the fire of the passing year to blaze again.
The angel of November is Adnachiel the Voyager, the angel of learning and exploration with bright yellow robes. He says there are new things to learn, new places to explore as the world open again, albeit slowly and most importantly the expansion of our horizons; so whatever the circumstances, we paint our own canvas of the future in rainbow brilliance and do not take no nor it’s not possible for an excuse as we forge fearlessly forward to what constitutes our personal victories
The crystals that are lucky and powerful in November are yellow topaz, ruby and turquoise.
November fragrances are sage and sandalwood.
Its colour is bright yellow or turquoise blue.
November flowers are the chrysanthemum, red to honour the living and especially our mothers and white for the deceased and of course the red poppy of remembrance.
Finally, here is a November ritual to create that future according to your own blueprint and seize your destiny with courage and confidence.
You will need
A bright yellow candle for Adnachiel.
A blue pen and white paper on which you have written anything you wish or need to leave behind, what you vow to cherish more and what strive to attain
A magnet and box of pins.
Any time in November.
- The Spell
Light the candle saying, Adnachiel, Angel of Growth who turns disadvantage to welcome opportunity, assist me in my endeavours, Let changes advantageous be, That I may survive and also thrive. And fulfilment in the months ahead flow to me.
- Spread the pins over the paper saying Changes they will come, Bringing exciting uncertainty, help me Adnachiel, Angel of New Ventures, advantage draw to me.
- Gather the pins using the magnet and return them to the box saying, Adnachiel, Angel of Adventure, expanding horizons do I see, I welcome change as you arrange, Through November skies to grow more wise, And shine gloriously.
- Leave the candle to burn, then fold the words, put the paper in the box of pins and keep pin box and magnet open where the sun or morning light will shine. If you doubt reread your blueprint to remind yourself what will be attained.
The time rapidly approaches for Samhain in the Northern hemisphere and Beltane or Beltaine in the Southern world, mirror images and two halves of the same whole.
At Samhain, the beginning of the old winter, in a single purple candle we can drop grains of dried sage, breaking with sad echoes from the past that hold us back.
At the same time wherever we live in the world we can welcome Beltane, the start of the ancient summer, pulsating beneath our feet.
A bitter sweet six months since the two festivals last appeared as opposing elements on the wheel Yet in spite of all, we light our twin red Beltane candles in hope and make them sparkle with salt sprinkled in the flame to welcome life returning; we draw on the visions of the Samhain fireside of the ancestors who assure us we carry within us their hopes and their wisdom and can leave behind after mourning sorrows with the dying year.
We create from what has been lost as we let go what stands in the way of claiming or reclaiming our power.
Though death still is ever-present in the world right now we cannot cower in the shadows but must rejoice in every day we are granted, a blessing and a bonus; for as we look up at the fires of the ancestors in the stars we know that our descendants hundreds of years hence will still wish upon the stars and rejoice or sorrow as we have done over the last eighteen months, at the gains and losses of the seasons’ turning.
Samhain’s Jack o’ lantern whom the loveliest of Morrigu Fate sisters three times in his life asked to go with her across the river of death to immortality, was too afraid; now he walks between worlds with his small light, recalled as the Samhain pumpkin. But six months later he is reborn as wild Beltane Jack ‘o’ Green, who seizes life, free as the blossoming woodland greenery and crowns the maiden goddess with wildflowers. Both Jacks are one, are within us and the choice is not always easy, all we can do is to make decisions based on the resources and the knowledge we have right now and what we have learned, no longer regretting the past but using it to weave the glorious garland of the future with the flowers that will bloom again and again.
If we do not seek to change what is inevitability, then we can live authentically, beautifully and eternally in the winds, the waters, in our words, our kindnesses, in those we try to influence for the better, in our idiosyncrasies and unique foot and blueprint and the newly blossoming flowers of summer and the falling leaves of the coming winter days.
Happy Hunter’s Moon in Aries, so named because it was a time when the moon was bright enough to go hunting before the winter on October 20 at 14.56 UTC.
Indeed, the moon will appear full for about three days around this like the preceding full Harvest Moon and so we will receive a triple infusion of Arian courage and determination.
Time to go hunting for the life we are slowly rebuilding. The Algonquin nations call this as well as Hunter’s Moon, the Travel Moon or Dying Grass Moon; time then to assess where and why, when and if we need or even want to travel as the world opens again, if we need a house move or if one has been forced on us by economics how we can make viable options work for us.
Though in the dying grass we may mourn what has been lost, the Arian moon firmly focuses on the closing months of the year, punctuated by the festivals promising the return of light in November/December in many cultures
In the northern hemisphere where the nights are getting darker the temporary extra days of brighter moonlight are a promise if we just keep walking towards that light, the springtime will return.
However, as we open our front door post pandemic lockdown, we may find some folks haven’t moved on at all from the spiteful plait pulling or tipping our lunch on the play-yard floor.
If you suffer still from bullying, aggressiveness or jealousy in others whatever your age or position, the Moon in Aries offers courage, action, assertiveness and self-confidence that changes victim to victor who can walk away head held high without the need for revenge.
A moon good too if your job disappeared or you don’t want to go back on the treadmill for offering self- reliance, self-–employment, independent ventures, major life changes; that dream discarded as impractical may now form the basis for a successful business given a new post Covid gap in the market.
Meet ultimatums and even threats head on, not letting the 2am scary spooks in your head hold you back from taking or perhaps reclaiming what is rightfully yours and that includes respectful treatment. There is only victory, there can be only victory so don’t wait, don’t hesitate and when that Arian moon is spinning in the sky you will be poised for the leap of a lifetime.
Light a dark blue candle and put a pinch of pepper in the flame saying, Defeat or holding back from life and love through fear of loss or failure is not an option.
Light a bright red candle from the blue one and add a pinch of salt to the flame saying, Burn bright and light the way to victory and glory. I take the power of the full moon and shall not hesitate, need not wait. I make my Destiny, I am my Destiny.
Extinguish the blue candle and leave the red one to burn while you tackle some of those 2 am fears. Then as the Aries moonlight pours full into your life, you too can blaze your trail of glory through the skies.
Welcome to October and to what we hope and must believe will be the doorway to a better, safer, more prosperous and healthy future wherever in the world we greet the new month.
Named after Octo which was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar after New Year, October is associated with turning financial loss to financial advantage through ingenuity and hard work.
It is a month for discovering the truth, especially about old secrets, visiting places to which you feel spiritually drawn, ending with as little hurt as possible relationships going nowhere fast; time for negotiating peaceful legal separations, divorces and terminating outworn contracts, for starting again in a new place or career finding your soul mate or reviving an intense relationship that has cooled but is based in deep feelings- and above all for striving for what you really want and may be just about possible.
Good also for success in competitions and games of chance, for reaping rewards of earlier efforts, for money and property matters, speculation and learning new skills and technology.
In October, avoid repeating past mistakes, embarking on extreme exercise regimes or crash diets and sulking in your man or woman cave instead of sharing your feelings with someone who can help you find the way..
The angel of October is Bariel or Baruel, the Wise One and angel of small miracles who wears the colours of sunset.
Bariel offers us the ability to transform self and situations, the power to start over again or revive a stagnant situation and protects against spite, jealousy and gossip.
His candle colour is indigo or burgundy, which is also the colour of October.
Bariel’s crystals and the crystals of October are fiery obsidian, black pearl and blue aqua aura, quartz bonded with gold.
Bariel’s fragrances and the fragrances of October are mimosa, pine and mint.
If you need urgent help and there seems no way through, light an indigo candle and say eight times, Bariel, angel of small miracles, bring the small miracle I do desire (name what you need for yourself and what will be of benefit to others you know are struggling) and I will do good in the world. Leave the candle to burn through.
We cannot put aside the sorrows and the problems caused by the pandemic but by the time we bid farewell to October we can on All Hallows Eve as the scary masks and spooky outfits are brought out once more, take a moment to ask the blessings of our ancestors whose Eve in an older tradition this is, to keep us safe and grant enough for our needs in the months ahead.
Light Bariel candles for those known and unknown lost to the pandemic and look through the darkness to the light ahead. We cannot, no matter how much we plea bargain with passing angels and deities, return to the world as it was before. We can fashion a future more beautiful, caring and thoughtful in the spiritually glorious October days.
Happy September Equinox wherever you live in the world, on Wednesday 22 September at 19.22 UTC (see www. timeanddate.com for the time and date in your region).
Eighteen months or more we hit the pandemic full on and the scary movie scenario became a reality from which we could not easily wake.
At last are stirrings of spring in the Southern hemisphere and new life again in some parts of the world; in the northern climes the September Equinox heralds the tentative Autumn harvest we are starting to reap and use as best we can - and to plan for the new planting just the other side of winter. We can use the balance of this time in every land equal day and night, albeit unsteadily as we walk into morning or twilight, to restore our own equilibrium and reach out to steady others.
For all of us we are encountering maybe for the first time in years, the person we are essentially and have always been in our hearts. It was all too easy to lose that real authentic self in the 24/7 scramble of the previous years to reach the winning post ahead of those we regarded as rivals with whom now we share the good and bad times.
Once we once we have cleared the chaos and debris, hopeful, eager; we can emerge again full of dreams to share that better world with others as well as ourselves.
Mother Nature turns the wheel of the year without our help or interference and despite our neglect of the climate. it is not too late to try to preserve the bird song we heard during lockdown, even as the traffic roars at the starting block, to appreciate the local flowers and greenery before racing for the departure gate at the airport to whoever or wherever will welcome us first regardless of if we actually want to go.
As we meet again with friends, family and colleagues, it may be hard to remember why we felt so aggrieved over petty point scoring in an obscure family feud or office rivalry.
Go with all your heart for change as it becomes possible again, but do not give up on people or situations where there is still hope and love or where we discovered we are mortal, not angels or demons and so there can be forgiveness and understanding.
Wherever you live in the world on this Equinox, you might like to try this renewal of the home ritual where many of us have spent so much time in the previous months, to welcome the new energies
You will need:
A bowl of lavender, lilac or rose water or a floral fragrance diluted in a little water.
Any morning around the Spring Equinox in the Southern hemisphere or the Autumn Equinox in the Southern hemisphere as a reminder, new beginnings can come any time anyway with a willing heart.
- Anoint each doorknob or handle in your home with a few drops of fragrance, starting from outside the front door and sprinkling a few drops on each external window ledge too, saying for each, Blessings on all, May sickness, misfortune and sorrow call here no more, henceforth do I bar every door. Let there be laughter, health and good cheer, bad luck and sadness depart now from here.
- Go indoors, again anointing door handles starting inside the front door and ledges in every room, repeating the words.
- Pour any fragrance that is left down any internal plughole and put in the plug, saying, Now, only goodness and good fortune remains. Blessings be on all who enter herein.
Happy, happy Equinox and may those I have not seen for so many months across the seas soon be restored to my life. You are always in my heart,
Happy Harvest Moon in Pisces on September 20 at 23.54 UTC.(check www.time and date.com for moonrise and precise day in your own region)
The Harvest Moon is calculated as that closest to the Autumn Equinox in the Northern hemisphere and traditionally rises soon after sunset, being sufficiently bright in the early evenings for several days to harvest the crops.
No time is the Harvest Moon more welcome than as we try to recapture joy in the smallest ways and give thanks for what we have as the foundation for a maybe different but worthwhile future.
The lovely flowing Pisces Full Moon promises where there is sorrow there will follow joy-and yes, of course more tears, but then laughter again, as we inevitably learn to live with uncertainty, but not let it blight our future or hold us back from welcoming new ventures.
There are no guarantees of forever, says this moon, no instant cures or promises there will be no more sickness; even so there is no certainty for the butterfly enjoying every moment of the lingering light, no surety the planted seeds will grow or the harvest be rich and ripe, as we add effort, perseverance and more than a pinch or two of faith into the mix.
For we cannot hold back because of fear, though many have of necessity learned wise caution. On this moon we must drink deep of life and squeeze every moment of pleasure and treasure the precious moments and pick ourselves up again and again and again, knowing we can thrive once we have learned to survive.
Lady Moon helps us to overcome the rivalries of people or conflicting demands and loyalties pulling us in different directions. There is enough love for all, for life is a rich stew and -the more that is added the more delectable it becomes, not like a cake to be portioned and fighting over crumbs. This moon reconciles quarrels, illuminates the plight of the hungry children, families living in one room or a high- rise block of flats where they fear for their safety, for the lonely, for those older folk who need practical help to keep their independence and those who do not understand convention but live by the ethics of what feels honourable.
Opposite the Sun in Virgo is holding with difficulty the kite string of this wayward moon as Ms. Virgo demands perfection, attention to detail, to condition our hair and check the on- line balance of cosmic credits. But the Pisces moon says that is for tomorrow and soon Libra will carry the moon cheerfully through the wane, offering choices and alternatives and reminding the moon she will once more grow and be radiant.
Tonight, we can dance in the silver moonlight offering our all and asking nothing but the joy of the moment.
September is named after Septem, the Latin word for seven because it was the seventh month after the New Year in March on the oldest known Roman calendar where there were originally ten months. It is a month associated with wisdom, knowledge, justice and truth and in Ancient Egypt with eternal life.
September is also the month of the Roman God Vulcan, deity of fire, metalworkers and the forge and husband of Venus. According to myth he fashioned a polished bronze mirror that showed past, present and future. Therefore, it is month for making our own Destiny and in doing so attracting that bit of extra magick, at least for those of us that are free.
For it is a bitter- sweet September in view of the tragic events in Afghanistan and one where we hope and pray that governments around the world will prevail in bringing pressure to avoid further bloodshed and protect the rights of those oppressed by this volatile regime.
We ask too our governments to hear our voices and persist in preventing further erosion of what was fought for so hard with words as well as weapons and at such sacrifices over the last twenty years in Afghanistan, that surely cannot, must not have been in vain.
The angel of September is Zuriel the Teacher who brings calm and reason, encourages idealism and balance and works towards justice legal, global or personal He offers the ability to see both sides of a situation, diplomacy and peace-making skills. Above all, Zuriel guards us against unwise and impulsive words or actions that may be regretted.
Zuriel’s influence in the world is needed now more than ever as we try to rebuild our own lives as the pandemic is beginning to recede. But especially his protection is needed for those living in or seeking to escape from Afghanistan, whose struggles put our problems into perspective.
- Light a blue candle, Zuriel’s colour, near an un-curtained window on a Thursday, his day, so the image of the candle is reflected in the glass.
- Say, I send this beam of light to spread peace throughout the world and especially to all suffering or living in fear in Afghanistan.
- Blow softly into the flame saying There is not enough darkness in the world to put out the light of a single candle.
- Sprinkle salt into the flame saying Turn away the face of hatred and division.
- Sprinkle a second pinch of salt in the flame saying I dedicate this light that love and peace will spread throughout the world and to those still in Afghanistan and others who have fled their homes, that they may find peace, safety and a welcome, as we share our good fortune with those who have left everything behind.
- Leave the candle to burn through.
- Keep the salt for 24 hours and then tip the salt away under running water.
For those of us who are free, September is a month for resolving personal injustices, for all forms of training and retraining especially as the pandemic changes the job market for many, for finding solutions for difficult questions, for holidays or relaxing weekends as stay-cations to create happiness and a degree of freedom again, for those of us who are free. It offers favourable energies in resolving gender, ageist or sexist inequalities, unfair dismissal in the workplace or cruelty in the home. September is a time for working to solve long standing relationship difficulties and reducing outside interference, for marriage or long- term commitments and success in love and romance as the energies of compromise grow stronger.
In September, however, avoid taking sides in your personal or work life, being railroaded into giving an opinion, flirting or falling for flattery and con-merchants, making major purchases if the finances are not in place and trying to live a double life especially in love. If a matter of principle arises, do not sit on the fence or try to please everyone.
Happy September and may by next September the world be so much safer, free and justice prevail.
Below is a copy of all the posts prior to me changing website servers 19th September 2021
Welcome to the Full Moon in Aquarius
Welcome to the Full Moon in Aquarius on 22 August at 12.01 UTC (see http://www.timeanddate.com for the time of the moon rising in your own region).
As the third full moon in a season of four full moons, this is considered a seasonal blue moon by the traditional definition dating back to the 1500s. In modern terminology a blue moon is defined as two full moons in the same calendar month. But like all blue moons the August moon is said to grant wishes. Make one wish for yourself and one for the world or someone in dire need. Traditionally blue moonstones were washed up on the shore on this night as solidified moonbeams promising good fortune to any who found them.
The Aquarian full moon is named Sturgeon Moon in Native North America among fishing communities, especially around the Great Lakes, after the largest lake and river fish found there.
This is a very balanced moon combining the lunar power and passion with careful fail-safe planning, to take the first steps to launch what were just plans and tentative time frames, as we wait for the world to fully re-open.
For there is no room for mistakes in the new world we must recreate against not only the effects of the pandemic, but the turmoil of war-torn lands. We ask as the Aquarian humanitarian full moon shines, that all achieved in Afghanistan over the past twenty years often by great sacrifices, will not be lost; as girls hide their school books and people cling to the side of planes in vain to escape as the old regime comes sweeping back.
This Moon is also called the moon when all things ripen by the Dakota Sioux nation, so we must trust by the next moon or maybe the one after the one after that. life will have progressed and hope be restored with the pandemic under control at last and peace and justice entering the world.
Gaze into a bowl of water in which the full Aquarian moonlight is reflected. Splash the moonlit water on to growing flowers and ask for aid where most needed in the globe, peace to a troubled region, and health universally; as the flowers grow in the weeks ahead so may Aquarian humanitarian energies flow into the cosmos, joining with others of good will.
For thoughts can change prevailing negativity for the better, step by step, if enough people send out those thoughts on this altruistic thoughtful moon. No miracles but honest attempts by practical means empowered by those thought s and prayers can just maybe make a tangible difference.
On a personal level this lovely moon is one that moves life forward in unique ways, furthering original ventures and bringing the success of cherished inventions and money-spinning schemes, that are more likely to succeed than under almost any other full moon of the year.
The Aquarian full moon is good for developing or rekindling friendships pushed into the background by time, circumstances and lockdowns, for developing unique gifts and talents and for exploring or learning alternative therapies to supplement modern medicine that powerful though it is does not have all the answers.
Happy Aquarian moon and may we all look forward to health and peace in this still beautiful world.
Welcome to August, known as the lucky month
Named after the Roman Emperor Augustus Caesar, because a number of lucky events in his life happened in August.
It became regarded as a fortunate month for Rome also because during that month, Augustus Caesar three times entered Rome in triumph and Egypt was brought under the authority of the Roman people after Augustus Caesar defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The popular boys’ name Augustus comes from the Latin word Augustus which means great and worthy of respect and Augusta, the distinguished woman bound for greatness.
August in the modern world is regarded as a good month for reversing bad luck or loss, for gaining opportunities previously denied and the opening of doors that have been closed; fortunate also for learning healing techniques and starting fitness regimes, for the fulfilment of earlier plans and projects that were delayed, for getting what is owed and finding or recovering what is lost
Crystals for bringing good luck in August include green aventurine, jade, peridot, and moss agate.
The August Angel is Hamaliel, the perfectionist and angel of health, surrounded by misty forest green. Hamaliel encourages going the extra mile to get things right rather than cutting corners, paying attention to detail and persevering with routine but necessary tasks to save problems later with overdue paperwork or official forms.
She also advocates reorganizing the home or workplace to make it more efficient, trying new health supplements and alternative treatments especially where conventional medicine is not working, starting a new budget and dealing with crises old and ongoing logically without running around like a headless chicken.
Her challenges are avoiding worrying over nothing, becoming over obsessed by details and missing the bigger picture, setting yourself impossible targets and refusing to accept anything or anyone less than perfect.
An August Spell for amazing good fortune
You will need:
A lucky charm, medallion, favourite jewellery or green crystal. Green aventurine is especially lucky.
An incense stick in a holder, preferably in a flower fragrance.
A small dish of salt.
A green candle.
A dish of soil.
· Put the charm, jewellery or crystal in front of the candle.
· Light the green candle and say Good luck be mine.
· Sprinkle a pinch of salt into the candle and say Burn bright and light the way to amazing good fortune.
· Light the incense from the candle and, holding it in your hand like a smoke pen, write in circles in the air around the charm, Good luck be mine, repeating the words at the same time.
· Write and speak faster and faster even if the smoke letters are jumbling .
When you can write and speak no faster, plunge the burning end of the incense stick into the soil and say Good luck is mine.
· Let the candle burn through.
· Tip away the remaining salt under a running tap repeating Good luck is mine, crush the incense stick when cool into the soil and bury it still in the soil in a plant pot or the garden, saying May good luck grow.
Wear or carry the charm, jewellery or crystal. Keep it with any lottery tickets and touch it whenever you need extra good luck, saying the words Good luck is mine
Think lucky and you will be lucky. Happy August.
Happy Lughnassadh, in the seasonal world, the first harvest in the Northern hemisphere, recalled between July 31st at sunset and 2nd August . It is mirrored in the southern world by Imbolc, the first stirrings of new life as the land awakes after winter.
A year ago, I naively looked forward to this time in 2021 when I believed we would reflect on the previous year as no more than a bad memory. Now at the wheel of the year’s annual return, it is still a hard Lughnassadh harvest. The early Imbolc growth pushes against the frozen ground of fear, will the virus remain in ever- more deadly variants? Travel is still restricted; masks hide smiles or uncertainties at strangers while others party heedlessly.
But babies are still born, couples declare words of love or goodbye we write books, paint pictures, fix roofs, move home, protest about injustices, struggle to balance the budget and complain about the kids, the neighbours and the price of eggs.
The first harvest is now waiting to be reaped, the new seeds fighting for place in the newly softening soil.
Tomorrow has no guarantees, no definite will or must be, for it is yet unfinished by the Sisters of Fate constantly forming and re-forming their golden weaving of destiny in this Sci Fi movie that has become real life.
The wheel of life turns regardless of our input or resistance. Lughnassadh and Imbolc dawn glorious as the sunrise wherever we live in the world. Time then to give thanks for the reminders of the first growth of the year however tentative and as night falls, to celebrate a mini- harvest of what we have achieved sometimes despite seemingly impossible odds.
For wherever we live in the world, , we can take the tapestry of fate from the Old Crones’ hands and live authentically, with beauty and dignity. We cannot waste a single moment on regrets of what we cannot do right now, but within constraints and constrictions, work diligently towards the planting of a new world. In that way we will make our personal 2022 harvest golden-and that bounty will join with other golden harvest beams of individual strivings and life will radiate once more.
A Wheel of the World ritual
You will need:
A small circle made from flower petals, some faded, some fresh, mixed together or a mix of dried and fresh chopped herbs.
Three white candles in a row, the outer ones small and the middle one larger.
Light the two outer candles saying, The Wheel of the World is one wheel, planting and harvest; as we move together as never before, two sides of the world shall meet and greet in hope the turning of the year.
Light the central candle by holding the two candles simultaneously in the wick saying, The Wheel turns and the World turns, And so from disaster we can at last work towards harmony. And together, old enemies unite as one humanity.
Walk round your petal or herb circle, nine times clockwise then nine times anti–clockwise repeating The Wheel turns and the World turns, I reach out in trust to those across the sea, one people sharing and caring, learning from tragedy, there really is enough space for you and for me.
Blow out the outer candles leaving the central one to burn, afterwards scattering the petals/herbs outdoors.
May your harvest and planting be joyous.
Happy Full Moon in Aquarius
Happy Full Moon just entering Aquarius, narrowly escaping a second full moon in constraining Capricorn, on July 24 at 02.37 UTC ( see https://www.timeanddate.com for the precise time and date in your region)
Called the Thunder moon by a number of Native North American nations including the Western Abenaki nation’ because of the frequency of thunderstorms at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere; this moon warns still of potential danger but also the need to use disruption to fashion positive change
The Norse Thunder God Thor used his thunderbolts to defeat the threatening frost giants
Even so as we hope we can come out and play again, we know there are risks to embracing freedom without thought; thunder rumbles ominously as a reminder not to be too careless too soon.
Known also as the Buck Moon named by the Algonquin and other Native North American nations, this is the time the antlers of bucks are in full growth mode; we can see signs of growth but not yet dive deep into the pool of recklessness.
The Aquarian Mother Moon steadies us in these still uncertain times.
We have learned through social distancing to express our pleasure at meeting people through what we say and through our eyes that cannot lie, even as smiles false and genuine alike are masked. Hugs are precious now, reserved for those for whom we truly care and many of us can hold again at last.
A step back, the Moon in Aquarius tells us, is not always a bad things; even communicating online makes us consider what we do really want to say and how we say it and so we are more thoughtful, less wrapped up in personal dramas, for we know any minute the line may fade and a misunderstanding echo through cyber space.
The silent skies of the previous months lifted pollution and wildlife returned to cities, but the floods in Germany and wildfires in Canada and the US are stark reminders that dangers of wrecking our planet have not disappeared. We can’t leave our grandchildren’s future to overfed officials at luxury conferences.
As life begins to return to a new normality this Moon tells us to note what we have learned in the hard times, not least life is precious and that we know ourselves oh so much better than when we dashed from waking to sleep in a trance of achievement goals.
So too, it has not been since the Black Death swept across Europe between 1348 and 1353 wiping out between a quarter and 60% of the population and workers in the fields suddenly became of value, that we have suddenly started to appreciate those workers on minimum wage or less worldwide, whose services are now much more at a premium,; a harsh lesson but a chance to reward not just with thanks those from care workers to delivery drivers without whom life does not function.
· When you see this moon in the sky, light a silver candle for Mother Moon and breathe softly three times into the flame. Plea bargain that we will remember the lessons we have learned if we have that second chance to put the world right.
· Leave the candle to burn in a safe place.
· Place a glass of water before bed where if not the moonlight, moon energies will fill it.
· Next morning hold the glass. Say softly the words of the 14th century mystic Dame Julian of Norwich, All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.
· Drink the water slowly, asking that the understandable fears don’t overwhelm the good things still in life and that they will be replaced with quiet purpose, for those of us daily given a second chance.
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It’s been a bit of a wait but today is the day! I’m very happy to say that my latest book is now available. To celebrate the launch of 1001 Tarot Spreads here is something to get you started: (And head over to my Instagram for a Tarot Spell each day for 5 days)
Using a pendulum to read the Tarot if you doubt your judgement at first
This is a favourite quick method of mine and works well with the Major cards or the whole pack. It is especially effective if you have a very logical mind and find it hard to trust your feelings and intuition. This way you are relying on the pendulum to guide you and connecting with your guardian angels and your inner wisdom.
If you do not have a pendulum, then you can just as easily use a ring tied to a piece of cotton thread.
· Shuffle or mix your cards and set them in a clockwise circle on the table, face down, so that the cards do not touch.
· Ask a question or more than one if you wish. Write it down or speak it aloud to stir the energies.
· Check your pendulum responses by asking it to show you a definite yes/act/speak out which is often a clockwise circle. Then request to be shown the negative/wait/be silent response. Hold the pendulum loosely and totally relax
· Ask the pendulum silently or aloud to select the cards that will best answer your question. You can be specific and ask it to choose three, six or nine cards or you can leave the number of cards open for the pendulum to guide you.
· Hold the pendulum in your power hand, the one you write with, over each card in turn, and a few centimetres above the card; slowly pass the pendulum over each card in turn. You will feel a vibration either in your hand or the pendulum and the pendulum will pull down as if drawn by gravity over the cards that are related to the question. This may be (though not always) followed by the positive or negative response.
A strong positive reaction is a definite affirmation that the suggested course is the right one and a weak one a maybe yes . A negative swing may according to its strength will be a warning connected with the card or if weaker a maybe not.
If the pendulum does not respond to any of the cards rephrase the question and if still no response, leave the reading as the energies are not right.
Blessed be, my friends.
Welcome to July
Formerly called Quintilus, the fifth month in the early Roman calendar, the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar named July after himself. It became the seventh month in the new Julian calendar Caesar created in 46BC, helped by Sosignes, the Alexandrian astronomer and philosopher. Julius Caesar therefore first made July’s association with power and high ambitions when he linked the Emperors with the Father God Jupiter.
July has continued this association with acquiring power, achieving ambitions of any kind, leadership, maintaining high principles that are worth fighting for, acquiring traditional knowledge, seeking justice, especially where the odds are stacked against you, aiming for fame by entering talent shows, reality television series, or joining a drama group, orchestra group or choir just for pleasure, for the success of all creative ventures, applying for promotion or a pay rise, marriage proposals local adventures and stay-cations if travel is restricted, for increasing prosperity through developing talents and for increased potency especially where there are fertility issues.
Many of us have lost our power in the previous months not just to travel but to live our own way. But in July we can begin to reach out again to golden days ahead, more precious because of the losses and hardships.
The pursuit of power too now can become very different, linked with freedom to enjoy times with friends and family and appreciate beauty in the natural world we can still revive.
We have learned during the pandemic the best use of power is not a 24/7 blinkered solitary scramble for the top, but seeking a quality of life only fully valued when taken away. We can regain abundance, while striving to make a difference to others beyond the bubbles in which we have been confined. We can use our power also to try to tackle issues the pandemic highlighted, inequality, hungry children, families in substandard accommodation in high rise buildings, dire loneliness of older people who saw no-one from one week to another; all of these existed before the pandemic, but as life returns they cannot be consigned to the shadows of indifference,
The colour of the month is gold, its crystals, orange carnelian, clear crystal quartz and golden topaz. Its fragrances are frankincense, copal and orange.
The angel of July is the golden Verchiel, the Joy Bringer and a Wish angel, who tells us July is the best month for overcoming financial losses or setbacks and winning against negative people and bullies through personal effort and determination while maintaining your own high ethics. However, avoid being tempted to overspend or over- emphasize your qualifications and expertise, over – indulging in food or alcohol or starting an affair you may regret by next month
May your July be golden in every way and may all your wishes come true as we begin to move once more into the light.
Happy Strawberry full Moon in Capricorn
Happy Strawberry full Moon in Capricorn on 24 June 18.39 UTC (www:timeanddate.com)
The name Strawberry moon refers to the harvesting of strawberries and is used by the Algonquin people and among the Dakota, Ojibwe and Lakota nations. The Cree nation call it Egg Laying or Hatch Moon. In Old Europe the June full moon was often referred to as the Honey or Mead because many weddings take place in June and mead a fermented honey drink, was said to induce fertility.
This is the Moon closest to the Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere on June 21 and the Southern hemisphere the Midwinter Solstice- and so is a moon of great power. However, its power is moderated by stable Capricorn in which this full moon resides. Advisable then to check facts and safety nets before proceeding on new ventures, to weigh words and their effect before speaking; above all conserving resources to be invested in what is of value and really needed instead of splurging wildly and worrying about the calculations afterwards.
The angel who rules this moon is Anael or Hanael, guardian of the west wind, who says value existing loves and friendships rather than seeking new, exciting ones. For sometimes familiar can be best in the long term when initial passion or novelty has cooled. This moon gives a boost to whatever is solid and safe, whether business ventures or slow growing investments, advising perseverance and overcoming obstacles though persistent effort.
The Capricorn full moon is a moon of slow recovery and so ideal for rebuilding lives and economies on firmer foundations after so many setbacks and delays during the pandemic.
It is a good moon too for accepting that some fair weather friends should be let go. Those who remain in our lives will be good lifetime companions and were the ones who stayed the course in the hard times.
If you are starting over again, this moon will enable you to make the first tentative steps and to know that long-term planning is the way forward rather than a sudden leap. Different kinds of jobs, different working practices to replace those now gone forever, will require adaptability and compromise- and bring new adventures and develop hidden gifts.
An excellent moon for the release of money that has been tied up or disputed being released in the coming weeks and for making money through property especially building and renovations.
Anael’s colours are indigo, brown and rich green, her crystals garnet, ruby and titanium aura and her fragrances, cypress, magnolia, myrrh and hyacinths.
Happy Moon days.
Happy Summer Solstice, Alban Heruin or Litha, in the Northern hemisphere
Happy Summer Solstice, Alban Heruin or Litha, in the Northern hemisphere. This year the actual Solstice falls on June 21 at 03.22(see http://www.timeanddate.com for the actual time in your region).
A hard cold twelve months for many since last we saw Midsummer, but as the sun reaches it full height it heralds a season of hope.
A time to reach out for your own power or maybe reclaim it at this sunshine festival of Michael, Archangel of the Sun. Make that leap of faith. You cannot fall or fail with Michael with you.
Be not sad, says the I Ching, be as the sun at midday and look forward in anticipation of good times and do not waste precious moments worrying that happiness or love may not last. If a day is grey, we can generate inner sunshine by spreading kindness, humour and optimism to all we meet. Make each day meaningful for yourself also by one small act to make yourself happy. Use the Midsummer impetus to forge the changes you desire so by Midwinter you are more secure and fulfilled and the world may have stopped spinning wildly on its axis.
Personal ways of celebrating the Summer Solstice
· Make sun water by leaving out water in a bowl covered with film or mesh from dawn till noon on Solstice morn(or for up to eight hours on a darker day). Add clear quartz or citrine crystals to the water when you put it out.
· Alternatively set your water on the Solstice Eve to catch the first light on Solstice morn and remove the crystals at noon for extra power.
· Use the water as an energiser in baths and drinks and to splash on the centre of your hairline to open and clear your Crown chakra energy centre and your aura the invisible empowering and protective force field surrounding you.
· Make a circle of Solstice water drops around the photo of a relative or friend who is sick or estranged or a beloved ancestor.
· Light a gold candle and circle small gold items of jewellery round it, if possible, in sunlight for a few hours on Solstice morn to transfer the power of the sun into your life as you wear the jewellery
· On the Summer Solstice, greet the dawn by lighting a lantern lamp or using a torch, just before sunrise, facing the ascending light. Spend the day in the open air and then say farewell to the Sun as it fades, lighting your lantern, lamp or torch once more to give the sun power even as it descends.
· Cast golden flowers or herbs into the air from a hill, a handful at a time, making empowerments for courage and achievement to the winds. Where they land and take root represents in the old tradition places of buried treasure. In the modern world it symbolises new or buried talents you can develop to realise your hidden potential.
· Make a small sun wheel garden, either indoors or out using the flowering herbs of Midsummer vervain and St John’s Wort, Sun herbs such as chamomile, rosemary and saffron and yellow or golden flowers. Arrange them in the form of a wheel and fill in the centre with tiny golden crystals or glass nuggets. You can breathe in the golden light from your living sun wheel whenever you use the Solstice impetus.
· Light sun oils, frankincense, juniper, rosemary, orange or benzoin or burn them as incense to bring the sun power into your home or workplace.
May your Solstice be blessed and may we all follow the sun to happier times
Happy Midwinter Solstice, or Alban Arthuran in the Southern hemisphere
Happy Midwinter Solstice, or Alban Arthuran in the Southern hemisphere, the rebirth of light and new hope for the world where so much has been shattered and needs recreating and rewriting anew. This year the Solstice falls on June 21 at 03.22 (see http://www.timeanddate.com for the time in your region).
The Grandmother or in some traditions three midwives of winter, helped the Sun Mother with the birthing of her shining son or daughter to emerge on the Solstice dawn after a night of labour. Even so we are reminded that as our new sun is reborn, not easily, we can see the glimmer and shimmer of those longer days and shorter nights just over the horizon. A time to plan how we will make that newborn world a better place for ourselves and others.
This Midwinter is close to the full moon in Capricorn on June 24 Compassionate gentle Gabriel, Archangel of the Moon joins with dynamic Michael Archangel of the Sun whose festival this is, to restore light to a kinder more thoughtful world, our Solstice gift.
Personal Ways of celebrating the Midwinter Solstice.
· As Solstice Eve draws in, light a purple candle and in it burn threads or herbs to represent all you need to leave behind; at sunset light a gold candle from it, using a taper and then extinguish the purple candle. If you are working with friends or family, they can in turn light their candles from the golden Solstice candle, making wishes for the future.
· Leave any remaining candles to burn as you plan or talk of the future dreams you can make come true.
· Decorate a Solstice tree or silver painted branch with baubles, gold and silver ribbons and from it hang tiny gifts to be given to friends and family or left on doorsteps as surprise presents.
· As darkness falls on Solstice night create a small fire outdoors or in a tiny metal pot and burn dried herbs such as eucalyptus, juniper, rosemary, pine and sage, herbs of the Solstice as an act of faith that life will continue to grow better than before.
· As you toss on each fragrant handful, name someone who cannot be with you and those causes dear to your heart that will benefit from the renewed power of the sun. If you can’t make a fire, light a huge red candle embedded in soil or sand in a deep fireproof container.
· Fill a metal bowl with water and either alone or with friends or family in the age-old tradition take it in turns to drip wax from e red wax candles on to the surface of the water. You will gain an image as the liquid wax swirls on the surface and a second more permanent image as the wax sets. The first will indicate an area that will bear fruit over the coming days and the second ways in which you can maximise the energies of the ascending light. Wash out the bowl between readings.
May you have a wonderful Solstice and renewed joy in the year ahead.
Welcome to June 2021
The month of June approaches and we are already halfway through the year. Let us make it a wonderfully memorable month looking forward in hope, whether you live the northern hemisphere and are moving towards the height of Midsummer power or in the southern world heralding Midwinter with the promise of lighter and brighter days ahead.
June is named after Juno, Roman Goddess of marriage, women, pregnancy, childbirth and mothers. Juno is the Roman Queen of the gods, wife of Jupiter and Goddess of the fruitful harvest to come and said to have been wiser than her husband Jupiter, restraining him from casting his thunderbolts indiscriminately every time he had a dose of moral indigestion.
Protectress of all women, like Hera, Juno’s Ancient Greek equivalent, her sacred creature is the peacock., whose tail feathers are said to protect all against the Evil Eye and figs her special fruit and traditionally an aphrodisiac and symbol of conception.
But for men and women alike the month of June is good for all matters concerning marriage and love commitment, as in many lands are opening to post-pandemic wedding gatherings, fidelity, partnerships of all kinds, fertility, peace and prosperity and the building up finances.
Her candle colour is green, her crystal emerald or jade and her fragrance lily.
Muriel the Healer is the Angel of June, the silvery and pearl robed angel with her magic carpet of dreams. She is a granter of all wishes and realistic dreams, the fairy godmother of the angelic world. Dare to wish and then make it come true, combining the caution we have all had to learn during the previous twelve months with optimism that the dreams on hold can now start to be manifest step by step and with an extra infusion of courage and determination.
Muriel’s colour is silver, her crystals moonstone or pearl and her incense and oils, lemon balm, jasmine and lotus.
In June, Muriel offers guidance on sensitive family issues, contacting an estranged friend or relative, imaginative projects, for home making or DIY ventures, beautiful gardens, starting a counselling or spiritual career, welcoming new family members, conceiving a baby, fertility tests or treatment and for keeping secrets.
Make a wish on June1 and cast a pearl into flowing water.
But be careful with whom you share secrets.
The Tree of June is the Elder Tree, a Celtic Oracular Tree and the ultimate fairy tree, offering where logic and even intuition have failed, a magical solution that may come suddenly in a dream or waking moment of insight. It presages too an unexpected upturn of fortune. If you doubt or fear, let life come to you for once, carry on with your everyday world and believe.
The ultimate flower of June is St John’s Wort. Yellow flowering St John’s Wort was traditionally picked on the evening of Midsummer or the eve of the Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere by young girls in order to attract a husband, Women who wanted a baby would pick it at midnight on Midsummer Eve (June 23).
Red Roses are also a June flower, symbol of love in almost every culture. The red rose says `I love you and will love you forever.’
Rosebuds are symbols of first or new love, the blossoming rose passion and commitment while the full- grown blown rose a token of lasting love through hard times and tranquil. You can use rose oil, fragrance or incense to call the magick of June.
A month then of hope that we can emerge from these hard times to find the June energies rising once more within us wherever we live in the world-and every flower a reminder of life renewing .
Those people who have been with us in the difficult months, perhaps not as many as we hoped, can share our once more blossoming future. Those who proved fair-weather friends in the lonely days of pandemic can like the petals of the fading flower be allowed to blow away leaving memories of the happy times we shared, with blessings not recriminations, setting us free.
A very happy June to you all.