Ocean Mother healing
She is the healer of the Earth
Ocean Mother crying She is the mourner of the Earth
Ocean Mother laughing
She is the brightness of the Earth
Ocean Mother birthing
She is the cradle of the Earth
(c)1990 Inanna Arthen
"Witchcraft for the 21st Century"
Ocean Mother healing
She is the healer of the Earth
Ocean Mother crying She is the mourner of the Earth
Ocean Mother laughing
She is the brightness of the Earth
Ocean Mother birthing
She is the cradle of the Earth
(c)1990 Inanna Arthen
We Are One With The Soul Of The Earth
We are one
with the soul
of the Earth
(c)1981 Andras Corban Arthen
The Moon Is High
The Moon is high at the witching hour,
Children come to this place of power;
Our hands are raised to four directions,
Spirit force is born again.
Today’s ‘Name Your Poison Day’ has me thinking of holistic remedies that can be embraced if your poison is ivy or sumac or oak. At least one of these poisonous weeds grows in every U.S. state, and as many as 10 million Americans are affected by these plants annually. Contact with them can cause irritating blisters, itching and a discharge. Should that happen, immediately wash the affected area with cold water — you have about two minutes to rinse off the urushiol oil that carries the plant’s ‘poison.’ However, if you’re lacking water and you develop a rash, you can bring quick relief by dabbing the area with a mix of equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. You can also rub slices of fresh lemon on the affected area to stop the itch and heal the rash. Of course, gel from a fresh aloe plant offers the same healing relief. Be aware that these remedies are not applicable if the skin has been broken. In that event, proper medical intervention may be necessary. This way the next time someone asks you ‘what’s your poison,’ it won’t be ivy, sumac or oak!
By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com
|Gold Runes are most commonly used for questions about business, career, and property. Ger is one of the runes that touches on the cycles of the year, in this case the fall harvest. These cycles are eternal, which is represented in the rune by the fact that it is unchanged by reversal. Ger can represent pregnancy or other forms of fruitfulness, and is especially indicative of the cycles of providence and karma – that which has been sown is now being reaped. This rune can also represent the cycles of wealth, for crops were frequently a sign of wealth.|
This Tarot Deck: Lovers Path
What has traditionally been known as the World card points to the presiding intelligence, called “Sophia,” or Wisdom, which upholds life on this and all worlds. A more precise title for this card might be “the Soul of the World,” also applicable as a symbol of personal empowerment and freedom. In most Tarot decks it is a female figure that has become our standard World image. She originates in Hebrew, Gnostic and Alchemical lore, and stands between heaven and earth as the Cosmic Mother of Souls, the Wife of God and our protector from the karmic forces we have set loose upon the Earth in our immaturity and ignorance.
Where the Empress energy secures and fertilizes our terrestrial lives, the goddess of The World invites us into cosmic citizenship — once we come to realize our soul’s potential for it. Just as the Chariot stands for success in achieving a separate Self, and Temperance represents achievement of mental and moral health, the World card announces the awakening of the soul’s Immortal Being, accomplished without the necessity of dying.
This card, like the Sun, is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter where or how it appears. If the Hermetic axiom is “Know Thyself”, this image represents what becomes known when the true nature of Self is followed to creative freedom and its ultimate realization
As Mercury, planet of communication spends his first full day in your home and family sector he’s giving you a chance to begin the process of opening the communication lines on the home front. This is the first planetary activity you’ve had on the home front this year and it comes just as you’re moving into some defining and busy weeks on the work front. From the get go, do what you can to ensure you have the right work/life balance.
The money gods have been hard at work in your chart over the last few days, with just the second lunar eclipse in your financial sector in a decade and the second and last Venus eclipse in your income sector, in your lifetime, falling within 2 days of each other. This has put all your cards on the table and on the income front in particular has created a new sense of resolve and despite any pressure or intensity, a new sense of confidence.
Both the lunar eclipse in your relationship sector earlier in the week and the Venus eclipse 2 days ago all involved the Sun and have already shaped the coming year, whether you realise it or not. You will always be confronted by a Full Moon during your birthday month, making sure that you’re not asleep at the wheel and the Sun and Venus will often align in your sign, giving you a clear sense of what you want from the future. What was different this year, was the strength of the message and the wake up calls.
While the internal focus and a sense of nostalgia will remain Mercury, planet of communication has had enough of that. Mercury has returned to your sign bringing the first planetary activity for the year and while your new solar year and birthday month won’t begin for another 13 days, this gives you a head start. Expect the mental fog to clear from today, giving you a lot more mental clarity.
Your one real escape from life’s pressures and realities is a growing sense of camaraderie in your chart. With the laws of attraction and synchronicity in play, it’s a sense of togetherness that is making being a team player more important than ever. On both the personal and professional fronts, it’s when you’re linking up with others that you’ll feel the most support and you’re more likely to find your wings.
Life has become a lot more professionally focused over recent weeks and this is only going to continue, making it important to hold onto the balance between work and play that you’ve worked hard to achieve. It’s Mercury’s return to a social and serendipitous part of your chart that has helped put things into perspective, ensuring that the communication lines are open when it comes to personal and professional networking.
Just 3 days after Neptune turned retrograde in your work sector, bringing an active phase on the work front to an end and beginning the review phase, Mercury has returned to open new doors on the career front. While Mercury himself is only here for 2 weeks, with the Sun returning before he leaves and then Venus in early August, this is when new doors start to open. Mercury’s intellectual savvy gives you a chance to review your options.
After a financially dominated week to date and even more financial forces building, there is a chance for some light relief and a different perspective today, as Mercury settles into a more adventurous part of your chart. Mercury is only here for a few weeks, but creates a chance to open your mind to things in life that are free or to the options across all the currencies of your life. At what is a highly charged time for money matters Mercury is here to remind you that it’s not all about the money.
The Moon leaves your income sector today, just hours after Mercury returned to your financial sector, keeping the focus on your money game but bringing a shift in dynamics. Yet if you can hold onto the financial instincts and the nose for money the Moon leaves you with and the smart head for money Mercury is now bringing into play, this will give you a real edge. The first planetary activity in your financial sector for the year gives you a chance to bring things up to speed.
Mercury, planet of communication has broken free from the forces on the work front, returning to your relationship sector just 4 days before Jupiter, planet of luck is due to leave your romantic sector. You’ve reached a point of no return, with the professional focus only intensifying over the coming weeks, but you have a chance today to counter this with equal focus on your personal life. It starts with a chance to open the communication lines.
Mercury’s return to your work sector has been a small step by a small planet but a giant leap as far as your professional year is concerned. You’ve had no planetary activity in either of your professional houses since the Sun left your career sector last November and while Mercury is only here for 2 weeks this smart and intellectually savvy energy kicks off a professional phase that won’t run its course until 2015.
Mercury’s return to your romantic and creative sector is destined to have a big impact over the coming months, even though he’s only here for 2 weeks. At what is an important time on the relationship front this creates a chance to bring a sense of romance back into play, as well as a chance to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. All of a sudden simply going through the motions is no longer enough.
by Jeff Jawer
There’s a journey from head to heart this weekend, starting on Friday with the brainy Aquarius Moon providing the distance needed to see beyond emotions to gain a more objective picture of relationships. Happily, an imaginative little Mercury-Neptune trine adds creativity to communication and spurs romantic dreams.
There’s a shift in the lunar winds with the Moon’s entry into supersensitive Pisces on Saturday afternoon. This emotionally enveloping sign is most comfortable in the realms of dreams, intuition and spirituality. The Moon’s conjunction with surreal Neptune makes the night perfect for indulging fantasies. Escaping reality may limit good judgment and common sense, but who cares about practicalities when we’re dancing with abandon and loving without limits. However, skin is thinner than usual now, increasing vulnerability and, for some, uncertainty. But this is not the time to worry about tomorrow or even the realities of the moment. Compassion, connection and communion are more important now than whatever the future might bring.
Sunday continues this sweet trend of flowing with feelings. It doesn’t matter who we’re with or what we do as long as we are kind and forgiving. There are no scores to settle or any serious issues to address at this time. Tenderly accompanying someone in his or her moment of need dissolves boundaries and invites intimacy without expectation. There’s no finer gift than the one we receive when we open our hearts to others.
While there is a heavy focus on both your relationships and communication at the moment, in just a few weeks time your romantic situation will get the first real boost of the year. While you can’t make this happen any sooner than it’s scheduled for, you can make sure that you’re ready by working now to make your life as love friendly as possible.
The way to make the most of Mars’ final weeks in your romantic sector is not to approach love with fearfulness or hesitancy, but with a bold and fearless approach. You’ve reached a point where your greatest fear should no longer be getting it wrong but living to regret not having taken more risks.
With Venus, planet of love in retrograde motion in your sign and Saturn in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, on the romantic front the focus is on the past and the door to second chances and to old feelings. Yet on the relationship front the focus is on the future and where a lunar eclipse earlier in the week may have shaken things up, it was a reminder that it’s time to move on.
As the Moon leaves your relationship sector he’s likely to leave some strong emotional responses in his wake, after a visit that is likely to have stirred things up and pushed buttons to a much stronger degree this time around. Yet this is an advantage, for it’s into this energy that Mercury has returned to your sign, giving you a voice.
After an extraordinary few days on the romantic front the Moon returns to your relationship sector today, giving you a chance to not only give your relationships some much needed attention, but to channel some real magic into your relationships. Focus less on relationship issues and more on how you can spice things up.
With Neptune in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and Pluto in retrograde motion in your romantic sector, the only planet influencing things on the personal front that is still in direct motion is Chiron, planet of healing. But with Chiron turning retrograde in just 4 days time it seems there is no escaping the past or its old ghosts.
The Moon’s return to your romantic sector today offers light relief, just as relationship pressure is starting to take hold. This also gives you a chance to keep things in perspective, with an intuitive read on your heart and its emotional responses giving you a better idea on what any pressure or tension is trying to tell you.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Jupiter first returned to your relationship sector last June and since things first began moving on the relationship front last April. Now in the final days of summing things up it’s more about the path you want your relationships to take and about where to from here.
While a Venus eclipse in your relationship sector 2 days ago is magical, it was also very raw and having revealed what you really want and need from your relationships, the gap between that and reality may be hard to face. Yet there is a need to trust that the love gods are on your side and closing that gap is a lot easier than you might think.
Mercury’s return to your relationship sector has brought the first planetary activity for the year, giving you a chance to kick things off with communication and words. Mercury is only here for 19 days, but as the planet of communication he’s here to ensure that things start off the way they can continue.
While Mercury has left your romantic sector, his position here over the last 2 weeks and over the last few days in particular has allowed you to put heart and mind on the same page and wear both on your sleeve. As you move into some very game changing romantic times work to ensure your heart retains that voice, now that Mercury has moved on.
Mercury’s return to your romantic sector since Mars is in his final and most urgent weeks in your relationship sector might create some competition, but both will benefit from activity in the other. Mars and your relationships will benefit from the spirit of romance Mercury is now bringing into play and the voice this is able to give your heart.
The key to communication today is to keep in mind that no matter how critical someone may seem, they actually have your best interests at heart. So, if someone takes you to task over your diet, exercise patterns or commitment to medical treatments, remember, they love you.
The way you make, save, and invest your money for the future has been undergoing a lot of dramatic changes lately, and you could benefit from finding an established professional or expert advisor. Make sure that you find someone who understands your unique needs.
Open your eyes and close your mouth. You will tend to be temperamental and somewhat anxious, and are vulnerable to saying the wrong thing at the worst moment. Don’t let yourself be goaded into confrontations that you can’t win, especially with relatives and loved ones.
In the morning you will feel lazy, self-indulgent and unfocused, and that feeling could intensify throughout the day. That may be just as well, ironically, because any new initiatives you would start in the afternoon may have to be rethought.
You may find that your energy and the attitude of a friend are at odds right now. You have been through some spiritual changes and they haven’t kept up with the changes in your values. You may find they are asking you a lot of challenging questions today.
You may find yourself at odds with authority figures, possibly those individuals in your family, or the family of your partner, who hold the purse strings or the keys to the big parties you’d like to attend this year. You will not be in the mood to schmooze and may be forced to play the “genteel host or hostess”.
This is not the time to sink a large amount of money into a trip, and it is definitely not a good time to put travel or educational expenses on your credit cards. Resist the impulses coming from your itchy feet and sink that money into savings or paying down debts.
This is your day to make amends for an offense you caused someone recently. You may not quite be ready to say you were wrong, and if you are not sincere, then it may be better that you wait until you feel you truly understand the other person’s point of view.
You may feel impatient with a loved one or partner right now, but it’s not really them that is the problem – there is a meddlesome parent or family member somewhere in the picture. Talking things out could bring up an ideal way to sort out the differences.
You may have to spend money on medications or herbal remedies today. Be sure that you understand how different medications and herbs can react before you start any new treatment schedule. You will feel better if you know more about your own health.
Listen to the children in your life. If you are not a parent, and don’t have nieces or nephews, go borrow a friend’s kids and just pay attention to what they come up with. Cosby and Linkletter observed that kids say the darndest things – they are often a profound source of wisdom, too.
Family members may seem to be determined to be contrary today. Instead of trying to get them to see your point of view, try putting yourself into their shoes. The change in perspective could bring the answers you need to put everyone back into harmony again.
(March 21 – April 19)
You would be ill-advised to try to shoot kidney beans out your nose, today. (Yes, I know you were thinking of it.)
(April 20 – May 20)
Go wild today! Try a different brand of ramen noodles — or even go so far as to sprinkle a little chopped green onion over them!
(May 21 – June 20)
You will think of something hysterically funny, but not have anyone to tell it to.
(June 21 – July 22)
Good day to go around “nudging” people.
(July 23 – August 22)
You’re fussing with your hair too much. Perhaps you should temporarily cut back on shampoo. Or at least demand real poo.
(August 23 – September 22)
Would you just Stop? Nobody else feels the need to dance around like that…
(September 23 – October 22)
While idly doodling on a notepad, today, you will accidentally draw a symbol sacred to an ancient voodoo deity, and will open a gap into part of the astral plane that is even less appealing than Akron, Ohio.
(October 23 – November 21)
You will stack furniture in the bathtub, today. That’s just the sort of thing you would do, your friends will say.
(November 22 – December 21)
Chaos will ensue, when you are accidentally hit by a motorist, just as a bus full of lawyers specializing in insurance claims is passing by on the way to a conference. The bus will literally erupt into a heaving mass of clawing, screaming, and briefcase-bashing lunatics. Eventually they’ll take out a class-action lawsuit against you.
(December 22 – January 20)
Beware the Ides of March. Also, if you have a friend named “Brutus”, it might behoove you to be a trifle more selective…
(January 21 – February 18)
You will see an ancient symbol appearing in the whorls of your fingerprints. That, combined with the dreams of apocalypse may make you worry. I wouldn’t though — it’s just a vitamin B12 deficiency.
(February 19 – March 20)
You should look into some of that new “dream interpretation” software. That recurring dream about being naked in a hot tub with the Pope and Bill Gates is probably a really common one.
Last night’s Sun-Mars 90-degree contact is still reverberating in the ethers. Fighting with dear ones won’t lead to resolutions. Projecting anger on well-meaning associates won’t solve business conundrums. A dicey, 45-degree link from Mercury to Vesta (6:29AM PDT) adds another tone of intensity and abrasiveness to the psychic atmosphere – as well as being a reminder to be extra careful with your assets and investments. However, the universe is seeking to wave a white flag of negotiation and neutrality as the Moon in Aquarius forms flowing trines with Venus in Gemini (7:50AM PDT) and the Sun in Gemini (3:36PM PDT). Love vibrations begin to increase in wavelength. There are also revelations galore on the spiritual and psychic levels of awareness – thanks to a harmonious trine from Mercury to Neptune in water signs (6:50PM PDT). Experiment with a digital or video camera. Play improvisational music on a favorite instrument for a change of pace. Try your hand at rhymed poetry, limericks or haiku. Strange forces are on the prowl as Friday night morphs into Saturday morning since Jupiter forms a contra-parallel with Pluto (11:21PM PDT). Being a fanatic or extremist in any fashion is following the wrong celestial instructions. Greed and arrogance bite the dust. On the other hand, delving into esoteric philosophy, psychology and mysticism can bring you rare insights. Resolve that you can remain optimistic and self-confident in a serene manner as the weekend begins in earnest.
Thargelia Day II: Festival of the First Fruits
Altar: Upon a green cloth lay five stones of different colors, an urn of white wine, and a basket of the first produce of the year.
Offerings: The first fruits from the garden, some of which should be shared with outsiders.
Daily Meal: Vegan. Barley. Figs. Dates.
Demeter’s Thargelia Invocation
The road to which our feet are set
Is in a harvest way,
For to the fair-robed Demeter
Our comrades bring today
The first fruits of their harvesting
She on the threshing place
Great store of barley grain outpoured
For guardian of Her Grace.
O great earth-bound Demeter
Whose daughter is the spring,
Whose hands bring forth the golden grain,
These gifts to you we bring:
Our hands, our hearts, our bellies
Once empty and now filled,
The greening of the garden,
The flour of the mill,
We thank you for our sustenance
The bounty of field and hill,
Your touch upon the barren land
Will make it more fertile still.
Demeter Demeter Mother of the Grain
Fruit of the Harvest come with the rain
(The produce is brought forward to the altar and laid in baskets, one at a time, kneeling. Afterwards it is shared with others brought in from outside, for generosity begets abundance. The wine is poured out as a libation for Demeter.)
Altar: Upon a green cloth set growing herbs and flowers in pots, a pitcher of rainwater, small dishes of late-sowed seeds such as lettuce (as many as there are people), a flower wreath, and a single green candle.
Offerings: Seeds to be planted in the garden.
Daily Meal: Vegetarian
Media Ver Invocation
Earth, you have awakened to our touch!
The winds have stirred you,
The rain has nourished you,
The sun has opened your eyes.
Your million mouths open
On the unfolded leaves of every tree.
We glory in your abundance,
In the dance of your youth,
And we dance for your brilliant life
And your new season.
Yet now is the time when the real work begins.
If we would keep what we have sown,
We must not stop here,
But we must labor for the sustenance
Of our creation, as it has always been.
For the first growth is a miracle from the Gods,
But the second growth is the miracle unseen,
From the labor of our hands,
Which is also sacred.
Green Man knowing
Path of striving
Way of opening
(Each takes a pot of seeds and goes to the garden, and hoes or otherwise prepares a space for planting, and then plants their seeds, chanting while doing so. The pitcher of rainwater is carried out and ritually poured onto the seeds. Weeding should also be done at this time, and the care for plants that have already broken the surface.)
by Jan Spiller
This is a tremendous time of transmutation. All of the prior elements are coming together for a final burst of creative output. You have seen a clear view of your own needs and the posture of significant others. Now the accumulation of that input is leading to a deep, core change within you. In this phase, you will naturally be inclined to seek higher guidance so that you can emerge from this transformation successfully. This Moon Phase favors sharing what you have learned (and are learning) with others
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