Kenaz foretells the coming of clarity and knowledge. It is time for you to grow by exchanging knowledge with others. Opportunities are upon you.
Additional information about Today’s Rune, Kenaz
kenaz : torch
Phonetic equivalent:k (can also be used as a hard ‘c’)
wisdom, insight, solution to a problem, creativity, inspiration, enlightenment
for creative inspiration, aid in study, fertility, dispelling anxiety and fear
ASSOCIATED MYTHS & DEITIES:
Mimir, the Dwarfs, Muspellheim
In modern usage, the Scottish ‘ken’ means to know or understand, and this is the sense in which the rune should interpreted. Today, light, inspiration and knowledge are often associated, as in ‘gaining enlightenment’ and ‘shedding light on the problem’, and even in the image of a lightbulb going on over someone’s head when they get an idea. To bring light is to make the invisible visible.Unlike the wisdom gained at þurisaz, kenaz only allows us to take bits and pieces of this knowledge away with us as we need it, usually at the discretion of the Gods. This knowledge will generally come in the form of a sudden inspiration, and we will be able to see clearly the answer that was once hidden from us. This form of wisdom is more closely associated with the right half of the brain than the left, since it does not come through conscious effort but rather through passively opening one’s self to it. Thus, a more feminine element is added to our journeyer’s experience.
The act of bringing light into the darkness is also a creative one. Again consider the image of the person carrying a torch , representing the masculine elements of fire and air, entering the cave and penetrating the feminine realm of earth and water. This joining of masculine and feminine elements results in the creation of new ideas. In physical terms, this can be correlated to the application of fire to mold and shape matter – the art of the smith.
Judgment embodies those forces which require us to be accountable for our actions. With Judgment truths are revealed, mysteries are unraveled and responsibility is assigned. Judgment unveils outcomes and marks the ends of things. While it is a time to properly place guilt, it is also a time for atonement and forgiveness. Ultimately the process of Judgment should lead to freedom from errors made in the past and a fresh start with a clean slate. To that end Judgment actually promises the start of a new journey on which we can apply what we have learned from our past.
It’ll be one of those hectic weeks in the cosmic sky so be sure to take notes and mark your calendar for these vital dates…
Tuesday, October 6: Sun square Pluto; Mercury Retrograde sextile Saturn; Mars opposite Neptune
On Tuesday, it might feel like nothing goes according to plan. Between the Sun square Pluto and Mars opposite Neptune, getting anything off the ground may require a Herculean effort. Fortunately, Mercury will be at a supportive link to Saturn helping you to at least sort things out in your head.
Thursday, October 8: Venus enters Virgo
On Thursday Venus enters Virgo, asking everyone to pay attention to all of those details in matters of the heart.
Friday, October 9: Mercury Direct
On Friday, Mercury turns direct (finally), and communication matters will begin to make sense in the coming days.
Saturday, October 10: Venus in Virgo square Saturn
Sunday, October 11: Jupiter in Virgo trine Pluto; Sun in Libra opposite Uranus
Unfortunately this weekend will not be one for romance. Between Venus square Saturn on Saturday and the Sun opposite Uranus on Sunday, you aren’t likely to get what you want from your partner no matter how hard you try. You might want to make it a working weekend if possible. Use the gorgeous trine between Jupiter and Pluto to make serious headway on a project. You’ll be glad you did!
Love planet Venus enters discerning Virgo on Thursday, where she’ll remain until November 8. You’ll realize that love isn’t only about hearts, flowers and grand gestures of affection. Real love is found in the everyday boring stuff too. Things like your loved one scrubbing the stove after cooking you a lovely meal, or rubbing your feet after a stressful day at the office. Still, you might have to get through some romantic insecurity on Saturday when Venus squares off with Saturn. Perhaps you’ll try a little too hard to “earn your keep” in matters of the heart. Also, on Friday, Mercury will turn direct in partnership Libra. It’ll take a few days but you’ll soon realize that clarity is on the horizon regarding a relationship situation. Ah, at last!
Aries Horoscope Mar 21 – Apr 19
If you’re single, it’s possible that romance is closer than you think. After Thursday, you’ll have extraordinary support to help you explore any chemistry you have with a coworker. Although you might feel a reservation about this on Saturday, you’re likely to move past it quickly. Go ahead; what have you got to lose? If you’re in a relationship, there’s also good news! On Friday, Mercury will turn direct in your partnership sector after having been retrograde since September 17. Conversations with your mate will finally begin to make sense again.
Taurus Horoscope Apr 20 – May 20
Love is in the air! This Thursday, Venus enters your romance sector, where she’ll remain until November 8. If you’re single, there has never been a brighter opportunity for you to meet someone amazing and fall deeply in love. Not only will you have the support of Venus but you also have lucky Jupiter in the same area of your chart along with a recent eclipse (September 13) to help you jump start something wonderful. Yes!
Gemini Horoscope May 21 – Jun 20
You and your spouse or partner might have to overcome a difficult situation on Saturday that has to do with your domestic life. Perhaps the two of you can’t agree on a living arrangement. Or, it’s possible that one of your relatives is putting a wet blanket over your romance. You’ll have to address it. If single, after Friday you’ll have more support to initiate productive conversations with prospective dates. More important, you’ll be able to trust your judgment in matters of the heart.
Cancer Horoscope Jun 21 – Jul 22
Communication in love will be well supported this week thanks to two happy astrological events. First, on Thursday, love planet Venus will enter your message sector. Until November 8, you’ll find it much easier to speak from your heart and to enjoy dialogue with your sweetie. Making decisions together — especially domestic ones — will be easier too. After Friday, Mercury will turn direct in partnership Libra. Domestic disputes affecting your relationship will finally get resolved.
Leo Horoscope Jul 23 – Aug 22
If there is a relationship decision that has been weighing heavily on your mind since last month you’re in luck. On Friday, Mercury will finally turn direct in partnership sign Libra, allowing you to cut through the confusion and finally begin to see solutions. Communication with your partner might have been less than smooth and if so, you might be at the end of your rope. Hang in there! This week you’ll find that your ability to enjoy conversations together is finally back. For good!
Virgo Horoscope Aug 23 – Sep 22
This Thursday, Venus will enter Virgo where she’ll remain until November 8. When Venus is touring your sign, it gives you an amazing boost in confidence, allure and love potential. If you’re single, you’ll easily use this to your advantage without even having to try. Others will gravitate towards you effortlessly, so don’t be surprised when more than one person asks you out! If you’re already partnered up, you and your mate will enjoy an extra dose of happy. Just keep the family drama away from your love life on Saturday. You’ll be glad you did.
Libra Horoscope Sep 23 – Oct 22
Your love life will become more of a private affair after Thursday. Venus will enter the most hidden part of your chart — the 12th house — and remains there until November 8. During this stretch you might enjoy spending more time alone with your sweetheart rather than out and about in social events. Or, it’s possible that you’ll need to retreat away from everything in order to figure out what to do next in a romantic situation. Trust your gut. On Friday, Mercury turns direct in your sign and you’ll also be able to trust your decisions.
Scorpio Horoscope Oct 23 – Nov 21
If you and a friend have an unspoken attraction for one another, after Thursday, it might become more difficult to ignore. The two of you may decide it’s time to be friends and lovers. Although you might want to remain cautious until after Saturday, it does appear that this can work. Conversations might occur behind the scenes between you and someone out in order to help clarify your feelings first. Then, by next week you’ll be ready to express all of those unspoken words to your pal.
Sagittarius Horoscope Nov 22 – Dec 21
You might not have been able to count on a friend’s advice lately when it comes to sorting out your love life. In fact, one of your pal’s might have only added to your confusion. If you have struggled with listening to your heart because it seems to scream the exact opposite of what a friend’s voice of reason has to say, this week that will change. Although well meaning, your friend shouldn’t have as much say in the outcome of your love life as he or she has had in the past.
Capricorn Horoscope Dec 22 – Jan 19
If you’re single, it’s possible that after Thursday, you’ll have an opportunity to explore a romantic connection with someone you feel a deep spiritual bond with. This person might also have a background that is quite different than your own. He or she may be from another country, or a different ethnicity than yourself. It’s also possible that this new love interest has religious or philosophical beliefs that fascinate you. You’ll want to expand your horizons and open your heart.
Aquarius Horoscope Jan 20 – Feb 18
If you’re in a relationship, after Thursday, you and your partner might notice exciting developments connected to your joint finances. One of you might receive a wonderful bonus check or raise. It’s also possible that you’ll discover that an investment has paid off nicely and the two of you will be ready to celebrate your good fortune. Hold off on major expenditures though until after Saturday. You’ll be glad you did.
Pisces Horoscope Feb 19 – Mar 20
If you’re in a relationship then you can expect oodles of happiness! First, on Thursday, love planet Venus will enter your partnership sector where she’ll remain until November 8. You and someone close might make a commitment to one another, much to your delight. If you’re already hitched, you and your mate will enjoy an especially harmonious phase in your love connection. Then, on Friday, Mercury turns direct in the area of your chart ruling shared finances. If you and your partner have not been able to agree on a financial decision, a breakthrough is now possible.
Decisions can be difficult to make today, dear Aries. With dreamy Neptune in challenging aspect to your direct and assertive ruler, Mars, in general you could find that others are not exactly “getting” you, and energy levels can be up and down. This is largely about motivation. It can be quite difficult to stick to routine, including diet, as motivation seems lacking temporarily. Thinking can be foggy when it comes to practical matters, making it a poor day for business deals. Some of you could be feeling taken advantage of for all the services or support you provide others, and in definite need of time to yourself. If you’re stuck dealing with routine, add some creativity to the mix, and you’re likely to enjoy yourself more. Imaginative conversations can be rewarding as long as you’re not trying to lock something down; getting facts across clearly can be challenging right now.
Energetically, the day can be up and down, dear Taurus, both on practical and social levels. There may be some form of disappointment on social or romantic levels, or you could be feeling temporarily demotivated or devitalized, finding it difficult to decide your next step in a relationship. It can be easy to both mislead and to be misled now, largely due to general indecision and possible errors of omission. Some of you could experience conflicting desires and urges, or a conflict between a personal and social pursuit. Because you’re a little more vulnerable and sensitive than usual, the dramas of others in your life could get to you, but you might also choose to be a mediator today, helping others make sense of confusing energies.
Your ability to stick to monotonous jobs or tasks can decrease today, dear Gemini. If this is the case, it’s an important signal from the cosmos that you are in need of some time for recuperation on an emotional level. You could be dealing with social disillusionment today, as you could feel let down by a friend or colleague. A home project or family matter can hit a snag, and you can feel uninspired just for the time being. Whether to pursue a personal interest or a professional responsibility can be an issue today. Feeling less confident about your plans, goals, or ambitions is temporary but very real right now, and this is yet another sign that you need to refresh yourself. Find healthy ways to rest, escape, and renew your spirit.
The Moon leaves your sign early morning, dear Cancer, and this tends to take away the urgency of filling emotional needs. Nevertheless, there may be some confusion surrounding your communications, or a new idea can be an issue that gnaws away at your steady mood. It can be hard to know what to believe, or you may feel temporarily uninspired about a recent project or endeavor. For some, there can be a feeling of being overwhelmed with what you need to learn or understand at this time, but it’s not a time for shrinking from a challenge, but rather to take a break and make some changes to your plans. If you have some doubts, ride them out and then make adjustments if need be, particularly on creative and imaginative levels, which now should be considered vital.
The Moon’s entry into your sign early today generally helps with emotional clarity, dear Leo, although it can also fuel your emotions, making things seem more challenging than they actually are, and today’s energies are tricky. Be especially vigilant if handling money today. You can be so passionate about moving forward on a project that you may be tempted to borrow from your future now, which may be cause for regret later on. It’s also a time to watch that you don’t become so distracted that you leave a bag behind while shopping or misplace an important item, as your head may be in the clouds right now. There may be some confusing signals with an intimate partner, or boundaries could be crossed now and you’re not sure how to deal with the situation. Allowing yourself a healthy escape from the routine can be appropriate and helpful now.
The Moon enters your privacy sector, and the need to withdraw and rest up is strong. This is especially important with tricky aspects occurring today that reinforce a need for healthy forms of escape. It can be exhausting for you now as you try to discern between fact and fancy. Finding a middle ground is the key, but can be difficult today when all of the energy you’ve been feeling seems to evaporate and you feel sluggish. This is likely due to a feeling that you don’t know what or who to believe. Others can seem quite elusive. You may need to let go of the desire for others to be clear about their intentions, just for the time being. You may need to soften your approach or back off/down and step back a little, especially with a partner. In some cases, you may need to temporarily put your plans on hold in order to tend to someone else.
We’re likely to meet with ambiguous situations today, dear Libra, and there can be some uncertainty to deal with in both your work and social worlds. Even so, there can be new insight into an old problem, but overall, the day can challenge you in terms of goals and desires. It’s better not to make a big splash or jump to big conclusions today, as we can be so sensitive that we don’t see all the facts. There could be waning enthusiasm for a particular project, perhaps because you feel a little overwhelmed and lacking in direction, but this likely only means that you need to take a small break or find new sources of inspiration in the project. Aim for moderation today, as errors tend to be in the extremes right now.
It can be all too easy for a friend to rattle your cage these days, Scorpio, and perhaps especially so today. Imagination is powerful and maybe going a little too far at the moment. Someone could be trying to pull the wool over your eyes, but it is equally possible that you are seeing only what you want to see. Whichever the case, it’s important not to invest too much into what transpires today, as people in general may not be fully in touch with what they want, and mixed signals can be the result. A lover could do a temporary disappearing act, or there can be a lack of clarity in a relationship. Some of you could feel a little overwhelmed with a project, but it’s not the time to abandon something – it’s simply time for a rest and the chance to get into better touch with your true desires and needs.
There can be some ambiguity surrounding work or family today, dear Sagittarius. Work matters can be somewhat stressful as you temporarily lose motivation or interest in what you’re doing, or you are hit with some feelings of insecurity and uncertainty. You may be discouraged if you haven’t come as far as you’d like in the pursuit of a particular goal. Even if you feel like you are only going through the motions, it’s important to keep to the task, as clarity is likely to come soon enough, and you don’t need to be dealing with lost time at that point. When duties are complete, find healthy escape routes. Consider ways to inject more imagination into your projects or goals and deal with issues surrounding the home or family life that are leaving you feeling insecure or guilty. A partner or friend can be the source of comfort and support today.
Confusing circumstances could surround communications today, dear Capricorn, as people don’t seem to be saying what they mean, or meaning what they say. While evasiveness can be frustrating, it might be better to avoid attempts to pin something down or to get a solid answer. There might be a struggle between a belief and the facts before you. Some of you could be feeling a little overwhelmed with a recent project or endeavor that you’ve taken on. This is a better day for finding healthy escape routes that feed a need for fantasy, adventure, and idealistic thinking, rather than for concentrating on more practical matters. Avoid putting hopes into information coming to you now, as you may not be seeing clearly, or there could be critical details missing. Instead, find alternate sources of enjoyment and inspiration temporarily until you regain your momentum. This is in fact a strong day for seeing a predicament in a new way, and perhaps for finding a lost item or the missing puzzle piece.
You crave peace and quiet today, dear Aquarius, and you might take special pleasure in your relationships and pleasing those closest to you with the Moon moving out of a practical sector and into your partnership zone this morning. Even so, there is considerably more sensitivity felt today, particularly to imbalances in your relationships, and this can lead to a desire for escape or it can be a real distraction from what you’re doing. Be more vigilant with money and sharing on all levels right now, as it’s hard to see things very clearly and boundaries can easily be crossed. Take care of your valuables, and consider ways to improve your life and relationships through more imagination, romance, and gentleness.
You could be feeling pushed into a corner by a significant other in your life today, Pisces. Pushiness or aggression in others might be experienced now, and someone’s behavior or a relationship matter can be quite confusing. Of course, don’t put up with bullying, but do aim to be clear with your own intentions now, as your passivity or evasiveness might be stimulating conflict. Watch that you don’t go along with something just because it’s hard to say no. Also be careful not to hook yourself to something unless your heart is truly into it. However, when it comes to rethinking a business matter today, you can be quite on point. You seem to be much clearer on practical levels than you are on emotional/relationship matters today, but it’s still a good idea to wait until after Mercury’s retrograde (after the 9th) before making big commitments.
Although restless at heart, you are a person who craves stability and security. This is why you work so hard at whatever you do. Not one to expect everything to be handed to you on a silver platter, you instinctively put effort into earning your lifestyle. Versatility is an important keyword for you. Whether you satisfy your yen for new experiences through travel or “armchair travel”, you are forever curious and interested in the world around you. Your values are strong and definite. Romantic relationships may be a little rocky, as you are often attracted to people who challenge you. You are romantic and passionate. Likely, your later life is significantly easier, probably because you learn to enjoy the fruits of your own labor. Famous people born today: Kate Winslet, Nicky Hilton, Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Michael Andretti, Bob Geldof, Clive Barker, Jeff Conaway, Steve Miller.
You can be feeling rather self-protective today, dear Aries, and continue to have a greater need for comfort and belonging with the Moon in your sector of home and family all day. With Pluto strong and challenging, there could be some intense feelings that come to light in somewhat disruptive ways. Career, reputation, and responsibilities can be the touchier areas now. One-to-one relating can suffer a little if you’re focused on who has the upper hand. Even so, if you tune in, your intuition can serve you well right now, and can keep you from getting to a state of mild paranoia. This is a time when forgiving others for slights can serve you and your relationships especially well. Sometimes even disruptive events can push you in important new directions.
There may be some tensions today, dear Taurus, for you, likely on the job or regarding your duties and responsibilities. You might be taking it especially personally if someone is not following, adopting, or accepting your ideas or habits. You may be clinging to your own methods closely. Do your best to avoid power plays with others, but do take note of the things that seem to trigger frustration easily. This way, you can learn more about yourself and your deeper fears or insecurities. Don’t be afraid to make some changes now. The Moon continues to transit your solar third house all day today, and this stimulates a need to keep busy and for variety. Watch that this doesn’t turn into nervousness – know when to slow down and focus.
Judgment today may be a little off, dear Gemini, as we tend to be a little too close to a situation with Pluto prominent and challenging. It may be better to guard new ideas just for the time being. Keeping some things to yourself is a better strategy than revealing too much. There can be some issues surfacing to do with personal boundaries in relationships. Others can either be too demanding or not demanding enough, and this has you questioning their interest! Resentment that has been with you just under the surface can be easily triggered. Focusing on practical matters may be easier than social ones today, but do pay attention to emotions that surface seemingly out of nowhere, as they can be important clues to deeper problems you may want to address at a later date.
Relations can be tense or even loaded today, dear Cancer, if everyone’s cards are not on the table. Consider, however, that we may not be especially in touch with what’s driving our behavior now. Defensiveness can result, which of course doesn’t get us anywhere. If you find yourself dwelling on problem areas, be kinder to yourself by letting go of negative thoughts. This is a time for getting up to date and modern, identifying areas of weakness and making changes. Be vigilant with money, as judgment of value may not be up to par just for now. Big decisions about relationships, money, and business should wait for another time. The Moon in your sign all day points to the need to tend to emotional needs and personal plans.
Pressures to perform or excel can be strong today, dear Leo, although this may very well come from within. There can be tension over deadlines or unfinished projects. For some of you, issues of power and control can emerge, particularly on the job or with peers. There can be sensitivity to something you say or express. Expressing compassion and understanding with people close to you is your best bet now. Otherwise, you might consider ways to reduce stress. It may not be easy to get to a compromise or a fair agreement with others now. Look for ways to improve your well-being today, as the kind of energy generated by difficult Pluto aspects now may feel a little uncomfortable but could also motivate you to make important adjustments and changes.
Worries about money and love can surface today, dear Virgo, and may very well undermine your enjoyment of the day if you allow yourself to dwell on fears. With knowledge of what easily sets you off, you have the tools to make some adjustments or to work on weak areas, however. Consider ways to better pursue hobbies, personal interests, or fields of study free of self-limiting insecurity. Try to view change as something you need to make progress rather than waste your time fearing it. The Moon is once again in your social sector all day, and this can prompt you to seek out people who are not expecting too much from you.
There can be pulls towards personal concerns and fears today, dear Libra, and this can give you pause to doubt your path or could make you feel temporarily off your game. Try to avoid letting fear, frustration, or anger drive your behavior. Power games with someone are unlikely to make anything better, but identifying trouble areas in your life can be a step towards managing them. If you approach resurfacing problems in the same way you always have, you know you won’t get better results. Be willing to admit to yourself that something may have outgrown its purpose or that changes need to be made for best results today.
There can be a tendency for people to read too much in others’ behavior or words today, dear Scorpio, and insecurities can be at the root. Knowing this can put you in a good position as observer rather than participant. Positively, the Moon is in harmony with your sign and you find it a little easier to rise above difficulties. Thinking up new methods and approaches is essential now. Private time is helpful now, and it would be helpful to watch for expressing yourself without first thinking of the possible impact. You might discover that you need to express pent-up or buried frustration, and it’s best to do so through journaling or with people you know well and trust.
There is a tendency to take things a little more personally today than on other days, dear Sagittarius. Anger can be easy to trigger today, but keep in mind that anger is a mask for other emotions, such as hurt or fear, so dig a little more deeply if something – or someone – gets your goat today. Healthy relating doesn’t happen when people are acting defensively. There can be differences in values or a sense that someone is not valuing you as much as you feel they should. It will be important not to dwell on the negative because it’s not likely to get you to a better place. Take steps to find ways to loosen up and relax, and if this means removing yourself from tense situations, do so if you can.
You may be worried about your performance, clout, or work today, dear Capricorn, with the Sun in your professional sector in challenging aspect with Pluto in your sign. This can also play out as disagreement with a superior. Be especially kind with yourself if you’re feeling insecure. You are certainly allowed days when you’re a little off. Avoid dwelling on problem areas. Sensitive topics are best avoided with touchy energy surrounding us today, although trigger points can be very revealing. The coming weeks bring more opportunities to get out and about, as well as to promote, publish, or otherwise extend your reach.
A simple difference in values can stimulate a whole lot of tension today, dear Aquarius, if you let it get to that point. You may not always see that your values are transforming these days, but people close to you may sometimes feel a little threatened by the changes. Be patient and offer assurance if necessary. You might be concerned about a secret, or something emerges that triggers some frustration. The day is important for seeing where adjustments need to be made, particularly in the way you treat your ambitions. Recognize your needs to thrive. Seek out quiet time and possibly independent work today for best results.
The Moon in harmony with yours all day again today encourages a more easygoing approach to the world, dear Pisces, which can come in handy with rather challenging, tense aspects influencing our day. Relations with others can be a little moody. However, although there can be tension experienced now, particularly in a friendship or group situation, your ability to understand and soothe can take you far. Your vision is broad, and your creativity, particularly in the manner in which you deal with others, is peaking this month. This is a time for revamping traditions, work projects or conditions, and methods. Watch for exaggerated value, negative or positive, and try to avoid mixing money and friendship at the moment.
The Balance of the Signs & The Elements for Monday, October 5th
Nurturing, protective, tenacious, emotional sensitive, watery, strong roots. Can be overly protective, unwilling to let go, timid, reclusive.
Meticulous, discriminating, pure, practical, health conscious, hard working. Can be hyper-critical, petty and perfectionistic.
Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness. Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
The elements are balanced.
BALANCE OF MODES
We are ready to take action and to take on challenges, and can become frustrated with stagnant conditions.
We may be open to change but may not have much follow-through.
LUNAR PHASE: THIRD QUARTER
Moon from 90 to 45 degrees behind the Sun.
We have strong beliefs and are likely to put them into action. We have the wisdom to know when to act, but sometimes can be inflexible.
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Mercury Retrograde is Here to Help You!
This is an unpopular opinion, but I LOVE Mercury Retrograde. Yup, this transit that has been blamed for everything from computer snafus to failed ice-cream experiments (hey, it’s not Mercury’s fault if peanut butter doesn’t taste good in EVERYTHING).
My whole astrology chart has whole lot of Mercury, so I feel it when my ruling planet is making its mischief.
Communications go haywire.
Stuff breaks down.
Travel plans go awry.
You forget shizz.
And that’s a good thing.
Mercury is closest to Earth and the fastest moving planet in the solar system. This heavenly body “appears” to move backward 3-4 times a year for 3 weeks at a time, like clockwork. Yes, even though it feels random, Mercury’s cycles are three months apart, for three weeks at a time. VERY predictable and regular.
Mercury zips along faster than the Earth (about 4 times more zippy). Because Mercury travels faster than Earth, and unlike other planets, the speed of its orbit changes. When Mercury is at its furthest point from the Sun, it’s also at its slowest orbit. It appears to slow down and move backward when it periodically catches up to us, passing us by.
Here’s a wee video I did on Periscope (if you don’t know what that is, it’s a phone app where you can stream videos and interact LIVE – check it out). In it, I share what Mercury Retrograde taught me about perfectionism and self worth.
Mercury is teaching you a mighty lesson
Every now and then, YOU need to slow down. Because Mercury rules our thoughts and governs communication, during its retrograde cycles, it’s an opportunity for you to SLOW DOWN and process your intuition, before you speed ahead with your plans. There are subtle intuitive messages you have missed that are vital for your soul’s purpose. Without taking the time to regroup, you would have overlooked them.
If it ain’t broke, it wouldn’t break
One of the biggest frustrations of Mercury Retrograde is when things break down. This is certainly frustrating at the time, however it wouldn’t happen if there wasn’t something wrong with it. Most likely, whatever has broken has needed your attention for a LONG TIME. It usually breaks during Mercury Retrograde if it wasn’t something that hasn’t needed your attention previously. Since the retrograde is your chance to catch up on whatever needs attention. That’s when it breaks.
You can thank your lucky stars you fixed it now, before it became dangerous.
The Universe is on Your Side
Things that you fix now (communication, computers, systems, appliances, etc.) will save you a LOT of time and money in the long run. If you remember that, you can be grateful and keep your sense of humor when it happens.
Mercury retrograde is a time to go back and REVISIT all of your communications. Keep these RE words in mind during these transits:
The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity. Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto). And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path. It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.
*NOTE*There are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.
Weekly Forecast: October 4 – 10, 2015
10/6 ~ Sun (illumination) ~square~ Pluto (transformation):
This is a challenge to grow out of your comfort zone and into new territory. That said, with Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024), twice a year for these 16-years, when the Sun is in Aries (Spring) and Libra (Fall), we get an opportunity to change how we express our needs & desires, as well as how we relate with others in conscious equal partnership (or not). Pluto is transformative and helps us heal at the root of any challenge, so use this activation to honor that which has become obvious, or is highlighted in the here & now and purge or purify this energy. You are deeply supported for releasing old patterns and setting new conscious practices into action. Tie up loose ends, close multiple chapters, mourn & move on. As you do that, you will feel lighter & brighter and more grounded in your true Self, your evolved Self.
This energy is really good for being able to objectively see what needs to be changed, fixed or stabilized in your life or environment. One expression of this energy is a tendency toward depression or apathy, but a better expression would be facing what needs to be done and following through on what you have begun. You may feel the need to organize things at home or work, or perhaps take a class or workshop of some sort that will help you attain your current goals. Either way, be focused but not too serious – balance in all things. It’s when you focus on the lack & limitation that you feel overwhelmed and sometimes helpless. That’s not the point of this energy. It’s just time to take stock, shore up energy leaks, fortify boundaries and make changes accordingly.
10/6 ~ Mars (desires) ~oppose~ Neptune (vision):
These are two very diverse energies that have to compromise in order to strike a balance that will facilitate flow. It may be hard to decide what you really want and communication with others tends to go awry. This energy obscures things right in front of you, but can make very clear the consequences of past choices. It is best to own your choices and/or mistakes and do whatever damage control you can at this point. The one thing this combination of energies is favorable for is working in solitude on a project that needs completion. This will give you the energy to go the distance, as well as the tenacity to overcome obstacles which delayed you previously. If you end up in this mode, do your work, put the final touches on everything, wait a week or two before sharing it with others.
This energy can make you feel cool & detached with loved ones. It is time to ‘take stock’ of your relationships and really evaluate the level of balance between giving & receiving. Business or personal – relationships must have a balance of give & take. You may feel more aware of your true independence in life and start reevaluating the need for certain relationships in your life. This energy pushes you to dig for your own fortitude & determination to live according to your own values & priorities and current corrections or adjustments may be necessary. You may feel lonely, depressed or disconnected but it’s just the Universe forcing you to question or assess your current relationships, how you interact with others and how you allow them to interact with you. It’s good to periodically evaluate even the strongest relationship and check the foundation. Don’t give in to (ego-based) fears, focusing on the lack & limitation or what is not working, but instead build on your strengths and honor the goodness you’ve created together, as well as in your Self. This is the best time to be alone and reflective because the insights you acquire through this process will help you in the future.
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
Phase Details for – Monday, October 5, 2015
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 22.73 days
Moon Angle: 0.51
Moon Distance: 388,798.78 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,585,511.66 km
Every magickal tradition, from the Druids to Wicca to Santeria, has its own code–principles that guide the practitioner, boundaries that she won’t cross, a core set of beliefs that permeate everything she does. These core beliefs define an individual’s magickal practice. In Wicca, for instance, the primary principle is to harm nothing and no one.
But people also develop their own personal codes. Have you defined yours? As previously noted, cultural differences play a part in sculpting a particular individual’s beliefs. In the end, however, each of us must refine our own codes as we evolve from children to adults. What’s right for one person might not be okay for another. At the heart of any belief system lies a code by which you live your life, and it may not have any connection to what other people consider good and bad.
Following your own truth will become ever more important as you develop your magickal ability and grow more adept at using your powers. Each witch relies on her inner voice (or conscience, if you will) in determining how she wields magick. There is no cut-and-dried answer to whether anyone is a good or a bad witch.
As a beginner to the wonderful world of witchcraft, you will learn something new every day and experience new sensations and feelings as you explore your newfound path. Some may surprise you, some will challenge you, and lots will fascinate and excite you. One thing you can be sure of now that you’ve started down this road: You’ll never be quite the same again.
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Just like everyone else, witches confront issues that require them to make ethical choices. For instance, should magick be used as a weapon, even if it’s only to fight back? Should you use magick to get what you want, even if that means you put someone else at a disadvantage? And where do you draw the line between white and black magick?
Some witches may not concern themselves with the ethical results of a spell or ritual— what counts is that the spell works. With a spell, you’re attempting to stack the odds in your favor— or in another person’s favor, if the spell is for someone else. You’re attempting to influence something in the future. We all do this constantly, of course, in various ways, but when a witch casts a spell she brings her full conscious and creative awareness to the process.
Wiccans and some other witches believe that magick has a boomerang effect: Whatever you do comes back to you. If you do a spell that hurts someone else, you’ll hurt yourself in the process or attract someone to you who will cause you harm. For that reason, witches often follow a version of the Golden Rule when doing spells: Be kind to others and be kind to yourself.
Magicians recognize that even though the human mind and spirit have unlimited potential, we can’t possibly foresee all the possible outcomes of a spell. Human beings are not omniscient, and sometimes even good intentions lead to terrible results. Just to be on the safe side, you might want to end a spell or ritual with a phrase such as “This is done for the greatest good of all and may it harm none.” In essence, this turns over responsibility for the outcome to higher (and wiser) powers who have a better understanding of how to bring about the best possible outcome.
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Annually on this day, the farm workers of Lithuania celebrate the Festival of Old Women (Nubaigai). The last sheaf of grain that is cut dressed up as an old woman and honored the Goddess of the harvest. Traditionally, there is a last fruits market with homemade bread, jams, and all types of freshly canned goods for sale. At the height of the day, there are games and sports for the young people to play. With the setting of the sun, there is a feast an a good deal of dancing and merriment into the week hours of the night.
On this day the Roman Goddess Mania (regarded as the mother of the Lares and the Goddess of death) was honored. At this time, the Mundus, a subterranean ritual pit believed to lead to the Underworld, was opened. The cover of the pit was regarded as the Gate of Hell. When lifted, the spirits of the Underworld were allowed to wander the streets of Rome. To help keep the spirits bay, small ugly images were hung as charms in offering to Mania.