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.

Happy Moonday.

It’s Out Today!!!!

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

illustration by cw_artworks

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

Illustration for summer and winter solstice

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

Candle illustration
  • 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.  

Welcome to the Full Flower Moon

Welcome to the Full Flower Moon on May 26 at 11.13 UTC (see http://www.time and date.com for the moon rise in your location) The Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes call it the Flower Moon because it is the time when the flowers begin to blossom. The Algonquin name it the Corn Planting Moon and the Cree nation Leaf Budding Moon.

A very special Moon because it is the second Supermoon of the year. The previous one was April’s Pink Moon. Supermoons are when the moon appears larger and brighter than normal as it passes closest to the earth on its orbit and will be seen the night either side of the full moon night clearly as well.

This full moon in Sagittarius is also a full lunar eclipse and a Blood Moon when the eclipse makes the moon appear red. For visibility in your region of at least the partial eclipse see SVS: May 26, 2021 Total Lunar Eclipse: Visibility Map (nasa.gov)

This special powerful moon also is given more focus and fire energy because it rises within Sagittarius and so we are excited by the prospects of travel once more, of the world slowly opening. There  are still many restrictions and the Indian variant of Covid wreaks havoc even as we shut the door, we believed on Old Man Covid’s doom and gloom and breathed a sigh of relief life was back to normal.

But Adnachiel , voyager angel of this Sagittarian full moon, promises all manner of ingenious ways we can broaden our horizons as we sit with the scattered puzzle of many pieces that was our once seemingly predictable life.

For many there will inevitably be different ways of working, new skills that must be learned to replace jobs that are no more, friends and family we mourn no longer around the table.

In time we may see the Sagittarian Mother Moon was guiding us through uncertainty to expand our horizons, emotionally, mentally and one day again physically.

 For the world will open again- and  it will be an exciting new world if we follow the Sagittarian fire moon . By the time Mother Moon dashes into Sagittarius next year, we will know the old jigsaw not only can’t ,but shouldn’t be put back together, rather a new one created with a picture we will only complete by exploring new pathways. As  we move through the darkness of the eclipse we believe the moon will shine brilliant again if we keep faith in ourselves.

If you are scared as well as excited about life in the months ahead or like me have become a stick in the mud during fifteen months of lockdown, try this ritual You can if you wish, time it around the eclipse, even if you have to watch the eclipse on a web camera where it is fully visible.

You will need

Pictures of activities from the internet you would like to try but never dared, of places you would like to go, but filled your diary with predictability. Attach them to a pin board.

You will also need a happy picture of yourself loosely attached with adhesive tape in the centre of a separate piece of white paper.

A brown crayon or marker pen and a set of rainbow colours.

  • Draw mud all round your photo on the white paper with the brown crayon, taking care not to mark the picture and say, Stick-in-the-mud no more shall I be, Life starts anew. I pass through the eclipse, So much to do, so much to see, so much new life is waiting for me.
  • Carefully detach your photo from the mud picture saying Stagnation is over, I follow new ways, No more hesitation, the first steps today, stick in the mud existence I cast you away.
  • Stick the photo of yourself in the centre of the pin board, colour any spaces with rainbows and set the board where it will receive tomorrow’s first light.
  • In the morning or when the eclipse is passed dispose of the mud paper.

Go, go, Go! Follow the Sagittarian arrow wherever it leads and do not be afraid of change. Happy Sagittarian full moon.

Finally Debi, Caitlin and I send every blessing to the people in India who are suffering.

Happy Beltane (or Samhain in the southern hemisphere) and to the month of May

illustration: CW-artworks

Happy Beltane or Beltaine or the beginning of summer in the Northern hemisphere and Samhain or Summer’s End in the Southern world. In some magical and seasonal calendars, the twin festivals are celebrated from April 30 sunset till May 2 sunset, as mirror images and two halves of the same whole.

A special time this year as the world begins certainly in some places to emerge from the most grievous of days towards a degree of freedom albeit with caution; for there are still lands where the pandemic rages and we cannot yet be complacent.

We mourn the losses of the past months at Samhain, Summer’s End wherever we live in the world, even as we dance and cast ribbons and flowers towards the vibrant flower maiden of May and embrace the future.

For the old woman of winter casting down her holly staff at Beltane and slumbering until the next Samhain beneath her rock tomb and womb, is one and the same as the laughing dancing feted May Queen, carrying her pain and transforming it but never forgetting.

At Samhain in the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the old winter, by soft candlelight into the flames we can drop grains of dried rosemary for new life mingled with remembrance. We can and must break with echoes from a now unchangeable past, once resolved allows us to go forward to a beautiful future.

Those in the Northern hemisphere are at the same moment drawing from Beltane, the start of the ancient Celtic summer, germinating future growth and dreams. For the world still turns and we can weave and re-form what we need, wherever we celebrate this time in our hearts.

With Beltane pulsating beneath our feet, we can reach out for happiness and fulfillment, light two red candles and make them sparkle with salt to welcome better days. We recall too in them future generations to whom we will pass on our own acquired wisdom; we can at the same time connect with the still burning Samhain fireside of the ancestors, a reminder of other hard times through the ages where people fought to survive and make a better world- and so shall we by the time six months hence Samhain and Beltane change places again on the ever-turning wheel.

Choice and change are not always easy to reconcile; as we stand with our feet between the rising summer and the falling winter, we can only base decisions on the resources and the knowledge we have now. causing as little hurt as possible as we embrace the new and of necessity abandon what no longer works.

For that old hag of winter, Cailleach just one of the names of the fierce but loving grandmother who broke the winter ice that the moorland animals might drink, hears the Maytime music from beneath her dark sheltering rock and knows we must rejoice; but at the same time she does not forget what the past months have taught us about compassion being as powerful as competition and sharing softening single-minded striving for success.

To integrate Beltane and Samhain, wherever you live, take two apples, eat one and say, I absorb Beltane fertility into my life to achieve what I most desire. Scatter pips and shred the core on soil to be absorbed in their own way. Take the second apple and bury it, saying: I bury unfulfilled Samhain efforts to decay and transform in time to new growth. Even if your seeds do not take root, you have set in motion long term rebirth in your life.

Happy season and may as we reach this point in the wheel six months from now as Beltane becomes Samhain and Samhain Beltane in our own part of the world, know health, happiness, laughter kindness and wisdom.

Welcome to May 2020

Happy month of May. And for those of you still suffering from the effects of the pandemic let this month mark the slow blossoming towards life and laughter one day not too distant. May is named after Maia, the Graeco- Roman maiden goddess of flowers, whose festival was in early May.

Flowers themselves take their name from Flora, Roman Goddess of Flowers whose festival, Floralia, lasted from 26 April and 3 May. She was called Khloris in the Ancient Greek tradition and was the wife of Zephyros, god of the West-Wind. Young people would collect baskets of flowers and children make tiny Flora images of flowers on May 1.

Wherever you live in the world use the growth energies of May for improving your general fitness and health, especially if like me you have spent long months indoors, Plan to make new friends, begin new ventures, connect with old friends with whom you can meet face to face and accept some friendships have run their course but were important and of worth.

Take time to visit a local town or beauty spot signposted off the road you speed along and say one day or explore your own location as a tourist.

Enrol for an activity you  never thought you would dare.

The angel of May is Ambriel, Angel of dawn, wearing the colours of sunrise who brings and restores enthusiasm for life and for learning new things, for new love especially if your trust has been shattered and for dusting off creativity for the sheer pleasure or maybe to start a new career.

An excellent time for fertility especially if you have had difficulties and for making that career or study change previously consigned to the tomorrow of the right time. For this Maytime is the time, when the possibilities of even unwelcome change, kickstart a whole new growth journey away from a world that not only was shattered for some, but maybe had outgrown its purpose for others.

Channel the natural restlessness of those blossoms dancing the wind into a short spontaneous long weekend or staycation.

Nurture relationships temporarily dulled by routine or worries, that nevertheless are embedded in love and loyalty – share or regenerate the excitement stirring on the breeze.

For it may be that reworked, brought out into the light of day and decked with flowers, our lives already hold the blossoming possibilities of what we want and need to be rewoven into bright May garlands

This above all is the month of hope and belief, above all in ourselves and all that whatever our age we can still attempt and achieve .

Make a garland  of different coloured flowers to decorate your home as a reminder of good times ahead and for each flower make a wish, some that will need all your power and optimism to fulfil. When they fade scatter the petals to the wind and watch the future dance. Some die but others go on to bear fruit and by June, month of wise Mother Juno, we will know they will with nurturing be fulfilled.

Full Moon in Scorpio

Illustration: CW-Artworks

Welcome to the Full Moon in Scorpio on April 27, at 0.331 UTC (check www.timeanddate.com for any differing full moon date and time in your region) 

The biggest brightest moon of this year is called Pink moon, named after the blooming of moss pink or moss phlox, phlox subulate in Eastern and Central North America, heralding spring. 

A Supermoon appears larger and brighter than normal as it passes closest to the earth on its orbit and will be seen the night either side of the full moon as well.

Aptly as we approach coming out of lockdown in different lands the moon is also called  Breaking Ice Moon  among the Algonquin people and the Moon when the streams are navigable again by the Dakota nation.

A moon of intensity, a moon of transformation, but a moon for some of pain, the loss of loved ones; when even the Queen of England sits at her husband’s funeral head, bowed, alone, all the riches and accolades in the world won’t bring back the one person she wants in the empty seat.

Many people young and old have seen during the pandemic other losses, their jobs disappear and the market swamped where the highest qualifications cannot guarantee even the minimum wage.

But to try to  recreate redundant roles, denies that transformation. shimmering in this moon, whose ruling angel is Bariel, angel of small miracles.

And so whether it is the young who may need to retrain, learn new skills, the mid-term folk who maybe have lost a management role or whose business disappeared when the grants and loans didn’t quite apply; they now of necessity and pride in hard work, dig deep into themselves to create a different business, find an untapped gap in the market, rework some of that old wisdom based on experience that is still of value.

We older folk too suddenly have on open canvas, a beautiful pristine unwritten page still to fill once we have resharpened our worn-down pencils.

I am lucky. I have a new major book commission ahead, probably the most ambitious I have ever undertaken that for me brings the wheel full circle from when I had nothing – and like the songwriters of old, I sold my zillion copy seller on a similar topic for the price of the groceries.
And after that if my health remains, there is the new world, new people, new places and a whole future to fashion. By my next Scorpio moon, Goddess willing, I will be transformed and fly.

If this bright moon hurts too much for whatever reason, try this

  • Light a purple candle, holding a dark coloured crystal or stone to its light saying Since life cannot be what it was before, I can no longer knock on locked and barred doors.
  • Light a grey candle, holding a grey crystal or stone to its light, saying Yet shall I fulfil a different destiny, Bariel, angel of small miracles, Lend determination to me.
  • Light a white candle, holding the white crystal or stone to it, saying A talisman of future days, A charm to guide me to new more fruitful ways.,
  • Extinguish the dark candle, burying the black stone.
  • Blow out the grey candle, tossing the grey stone in the air.
  • Leave the white candle burning and carry the white crystal as a talisman.

 Happy Scorpio transformation.

Happy April 20210

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April springs fresh in the Northern hemisphere, scattering the first blossoms, a stir-crazy month of shimmering sunbeams, sudden frost and the showers that tease the moment we take off our coats and reach out to the warmth. Birds are bustling with straws and grasses and pieces of rush matting stolen from suburban patios to make their nests and already the lambs are tottering across the meadows.

Once close to the beginning of the New Year, April scatters redundant emotions and shatters illusions, in the words of the poet T.S Eliot mixing memory and desire.

The month is named after Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, the sea and beauty and also Aprilis, a goddess of the Etruscans, the people who once inhabited central Italy.

Magically April is good for love and fertility, creativity, increase in any aspect of life, especially health and money, for beauty, healing and happiness.

Asmodel, angel of harmony whose special colour is pink or green, whose fragrance rose and whose crystal rose quartz, is the Angel of April.

Wherever you live in the world, if you lack confidence to reach out for love, friendship, success or to follow your dreams or others seem smarter, more charismatic and confident, use April to increase your self-esteem and belief you can achieve anything. Some older folk like myself especially if they are alone, can feel that the world is for the young and we hold back, concentrating on being useful to others as we doubt anyone would want us for ourselves. But people of any age can feel left out, second best and hold back from asking for the best in life. The April showers and sunshine energies will radiate across the world to fill you with confidence to reach out for happiness and recognition of your true worth if you try this ritual.

You will need

A mirror you can see your head and shoulders in.

Five pink candles along the base of the mirror so their light reflects in the mirror


Any time in April, for five days after dark.

The Spell:

  • On night 1 light the first left-hand candle.
  • Gaze into the mirror saying Asmodel Angel of Radiance, Let my confidence grow, As this candle glows, That others (or name special person) will be drawn to me, Asmodel make this be.
  • Blow out the candle.
  • On night 2, light the original candle and the next candle to its right repeating the spell.
  • On night 3 light three candles including the original ones repeating the spell.
  • On night 4 add the fourth candle to the three already lit, repeating the spell.
  • On night 5 when all five candles are alight say Asmodel, as candles glow let my radiance likewise show, That I will shine and confidence /love be mine.
  • Blow out the candles and clap your hands saying, Light enter me, that all will see me radiantly.
  • Next morning smile into the mirror and say, I am of worth, I am precious and so I take my place in the world, sunshine or showers. I welcome April within.