Nineveh: The Discovery

Nineveh: The Discovery

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

 

The Discovery of the Tablets at Nineveh by Layard, Rassam and Smith

In 1845-47 and again in 1849-51 Mr. (later Sir) A. H. Layard carried out a series of excavations among the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh, “that great city, wherein are more than sixteen thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left; and also much cattle” (Jonah iv, II). Its ruins lie on the left or east bank of the Tigris, exactly opposite the town of Al-Mawsil, or Môsul, which was founded by the Sassanians and marks the site of Western Nineveh. At first Layard thought that these ruins were not those of Nineveh, which he placed at Nimrûd, about 20 miles downstream, but of one of the other cities that were built by Asshur (see Gen. x, 11, 12). Thanks, however, to Christian, Roman and Muhammadan tradition, there is no room for doubt about it, and the site of Nineveh has always been known. The fortress which the Arabs built there in the seventh century was known as “Kal’at-Nînawî, i.e., “Nineveh Castle,” for many centuries, and all the Arab geographers agree in saying that tile mounds opposite Môsul contain the ruins of the palaces and walls of Nineveh. And few of them fail to mention that close by them is “Tall Nabi Yûnis,” i.e., the Hill from which the Prophet Jonah preached repentance to the inhabitants of Nineveh, that “exceeding great city of three days’ journey” (Jonah iii, 3). Local tradition also declares that the prophet was buried in the Hill, and his supposed tomb is shown there to this day.

The Walls and Palaces of Nineveh

The situation of the ruins of the palaces of Nineveh is well shown by the accompanying reproduction of the plan of the city made by Commander Felix Jones, I.N. The remains of the older palaces built by Sargon II (B.C. 721-705), Sennacherib (B.C. 705-681), and Esarhaddon (B.C. 681-668) lie under the hill called Nabi Yûnis, and those of the palaces and other buildings of Ashur-bani-pal (B.C. 681-626) under the mound which is known locally as “Tall al-‘Armûshîyah,” i.e., “The Hill of ‘Armûsh,” and “Kuyûnjik.” The latter name is said to be derived from two Turkish words meaning “many sheep,” in allusion to the large flocks of sheep that find their pasture on and about the mound in the early spring. These two great mounds lie close to the remains of the great west wall of Nineveh, which in the time of the last Assyrian Empire was washed by the waters of the river Tigris. At some unknown period the course of the river changed, and it is now more than a mile distant from the city wall. The river Khausur, or Khoser, divides the area of Nineveh into two parts, and passing close to the southern end of Kuyûnjik empties itself into the Tigris. The ruins of the wails of Nineveh show that the east wall was 16,000 feet long, the north wall 7,000 feet long, the west wall 13,600 feet, and the south wall 3,000 feet; its circuit was about 13,200 yards or 7 1/2 miles……Read more

The Jones’ of Mesopotamia

The Jones’ of Mesopotamia

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

Those who searched Antiquity:

So for nearly two thousand years has the haunting memory of the once-powerful city pervaded Christian literature, while its broken walls and ruined temples and palaces lay buried deep in desert sand. The history of the ancient land of which it was the capital survived in but meagre and fragmentary form, mingled with accumulated myths and legends. A slim volume contained all that could be derived from references in the Old Testament and the compilations of classical writers.

It is only within the past half-century that the wonderful story of early Eastern civilization has been gradually pieced together by excavators and linguists, who have thrust open the door of the past and probed the hidden secrets of long ages. We now know more about “the land of Babel” than did not only the Greeks and Romans, but even the Hebrew writers who foretold its destruction. Glimpses are being afforded us of its life and manners and customs for some thirty centuries before the captives of Judah uttered lamentations on the banks of its reedy canals. The sites of some of the ancient cities of Babylonia and Assyria were identified by European officials and travelers in the East early in the nineteenth century, and a few relics found their way to Europe. But before Sir A.H. Layard set to work as an excavator in the “forties”, “a case scarcely three feet square”, as he himself wrote, “enclosed all that remained not only of the great city of Nineveh, but of Babylon itself”……Read more

Hymn to ISHTAR

Hymn to ISHTAR

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

There were two dialects in ancient Sumeria, and the invocatory hymns were composed in what was known as “the women’s language”. It must not be inferred, however, that the ladies of Sumeria had established a speech which differed from that used by men. The reference would appear to be to a softer and homelier dialect, perhaps the oldest of the two, in which poetic emotion found fullest and most beautiful expression. In these ancient days, as in our own, the ideal of womanhood was the poet’s chief source of inspiration, and among the hymns the highest reach of poetic art was attained in the invocation of Ishtar, the Babylonian Venus. The following hymn is addressed to that deity in her Valkyrie-like character as a goddess of war, but her more feminine traits are not obscured:-

To thee I cry, O lady of the gods, Lady of ladies, goddess without peer, Ishtar who shapes the lives of all mankind, Thou stately world queen, sovereign of the sky,  And lady ruler of the host of heaven–lustrious is thy name… O light divine, Gleaming in lofty splendour o’er the earth–Heroic daughter of the moon, oh! hear; Thou dost control our weapons and award  In battles fierce the victory at will– crown’d majestic Fate.

Ishtar most high, Who art exalted over all the gods, Thou bringest lamentation; thou dost urge    With hostile hearts our brethren to the fray;  The gift of strength is thine for thou art strong; Thy will is urgent, brooking no delay; Thy hand is violent, thou queen of war Girded with battle and enrobed with fear…  Thou sovereign wielder of the wand of Doom, The heavens and earth are under thy control.

Adored art thou in every sacred place, In temples, holy dwellings, and in shrines, Where is thy name not lauded? where thy will  Unheeded, and thine images not made? Where are thy temples not up-reared? O, where Art thou not mighty, peerless, and supreme?…Read More

Agrippina: Nero

Agrippina: Nero

THE COMMENTARY GAZETTE

We do know, however, that after the death of Germanicus there was formed at Rome, in the imperial family and the senate, a party of Agrippina, which began an implacable war upon Tiberius, and that Tiberius, the so-called tyrant, was at the beginning very weak, undecided, and vacillating in his resistance to this new opposition.

His opponents did not spare his person; they did their best to spread the belief that the emperor was a poisoner, and persecuted him relentlessly with this calumny; they were already pushing forward Nero, the first-born son of Germanicus, though in 21 A.D. he was only fourteen years old, in order that he might in time be made the rival of Tiberius.  The latter, indeed, tried at first to moderate the charges of high treason, his supreme defense; he feigned that he did not know or did not see many things, and instead of resisting, he began to make long sojourns away from Rome, thus turning over the capital, in which the praetorian guard remained, to the calumnies of his enemies.  Of all these enemies the most terrible was Agrippina, who, passionate, vehement, without judgment, abused in good faith both the relationship which protected her and the pity which her misfortune had aroused.  She allowed no occasion for taunting Tiberius with his pretended crime to escape her, using to this end not only words, but scenes and actions, which impressed the public even more strongly than open accusations could have done.  A supper to which Tiberius had invited her became famous at Rome, for at it she refused obstinately and ostentatiously to touch any food or drink whatever, to the astonishment of the guests, who understood perfectly what her gestures meant.  And such calumnies and such affronts Tiberius answered only with a weary and disdainful inertia; at most, when his patience was exhausted, some bitter and concise reproof would escape him.

I have no doubt that Tiberius had resolved at the beginning to avoid all harsh measures as far as possible; for unpopular, misunderstood, and detested as he was, he did not dare to use violence against a large part of the aristocracy and against his own house.  Furthermore, Agrippina was the least intelligent of the women of the family, and her senseless opposition could be tolerated as long as Livia and Antonia, the two really serious ladies of the family, sided with Tiberius.  But it is easy to understand that this situation could not long endure.  A power which defends itself weakly against the attacks of its enemies is destined to sink rapidly into a decline, and the party of Agrippina would therefore quickly have gained favor and power had there not arisen, to sustain the vacillating strength of Tiberius, a man whose name was to become sadly famous-Sejanus-the commander of the praetorian guard…..Read More

The Witches Divination Journal for Wednesday, March 21st

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The Witches Divination Journal for Wednesday, March 21st

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Weekly Forecast: March 18 – 24, 2018

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: March 18 – 24, 2018

3/19 ~ Mercury (ideas, thoughts & concepts) ~conjunct~ Venus (values, priorities & resources):

This energy encourages you to see the Divine Order or the unifying theme running through the events of your life ~ good, bad & indifferent as well as past, present & future. This is an initiation of new values around communication, self-expression and the value of your ideas. You may finally be able to express ideas that have been percolating in your head, some people say “I love you” at this time, or articulate their feelings in deeper, more expressive ways. It’s really *juicy* for your Inner Artist, this is the beginning of expressing your creative ideas in altogether new & different ways than ever before. Allow your Imagination to free-flow. Play with ideas with no attachment to outcome. Take advantage and explore all that this energy stirs within you, but don’t give in to over-thinking/processing things. These connections are richer, giving you access to deeper personal growth & development through a new understanding of how all the events of your life work together for good, ultimately. You can see the necessity of certain challenges and clearly see your own personal mastery thus far. Celebrate and choose to create some new thought patterns that integrate and reflect more beauty throughout your life.

3/22 ~ Mercury Retrogrades @16* ARIES:

Mercury Retro is the best time to pull back and do a personal review and process all that’s come up in the last 3-months. Because it’s in Aries, this go-round has to do with what you have recently initiated. It’s time to review what you really want and fortify your mental resilience. Look for ways you may not be following your instincts and set intentions for more independent thinking going forward. It’s time to do self-preservation on many levels. Take this time to review, revise & reflect.

3/23 ~ Venus (your values) ~square~ Pluto (transformation):

This activation brings intensity and it challenges you to grow (out of comfort zone, into new territory) where your relationships & finances are concerned. You’ve probably already felt it coming (the shift in your relationship or financial situation), well, it’s here now, so you can be proactive on your own behalf or you can suffer the consequences of postponing the inevitable. (You may have heard me say: Pay now or pay double later. That applies to this transit too.) The natural reaction may be to try to hold on to the job or relationship but try not to give in to that temptation. Pluto intensifies everything and the more you resist the necessary purification & change that Pluto brings, the more painful it usually is. It is better to clarify your values & priorities and choose change, rather than have it forced (more Pluto) upon you. Either way, once the dust settles, you should be better off because things either change for the better or go away altogether making room for something new and more in alignment with your values & priorities of ‘now’.

3/24 ~ Sun (source & essential Self) ~square~ Mars (desires & actions):

This is a challenge about your energy and how to direct it properly. You started something about 6-months ago that now challenges who you are and what you want, so adjustments must be made. It’s not a good/bad thing, just a test to get out of your comfort zone and into new territory. You are supported to get your true desires congruent with what/who you present to the world. As you develop that, often the first things that come up are what’s not working. It may seem as if the Universe, and a couple of humans for good measure, will be pointing out your weaknesses, short-comings, lack of preparation and mistakes you’ve made. Be careful not to take things personal, but keep in mind that if it’s being brought into your awareness, you can learn from it. Keep self-preservation in mind, and be compassionate with others struggling with their own identity issues at this time. This is energy that needs a positive, physical outlet too. If you can channel it through physical exercise or an activity you love you may find that the *Moving Meditation* opens you up to better choices and more authentic decisions, while denial & suppression only lead to disappointment, illness or accidents.

Aries

Aries
Aries

In many ways, you’re in a good position to slow down and enjoy the moment today, dear Aries, with the Moon in your resources sector all day. Even so, you may do some battle with restlessness or indecision, as part of you might feel you should be more involved than you are. Priorities may be hard to decide upon, but if you scrutinize things, you’ll see what’s the best choice. Excess spending or borrowing can be an issue now. Take steps to wind down, which becomes more natural as the day progresses. A Vesta-Uranus influence suggests a hard-working attitude works for you as you lead the way. Your ideas are unusual and innovative yet also marketable. Progressive methods in your work can be successful. Do keep in mind, however, that Mercury turns retrograde tomorrow, and brand new initiatives are not advised for now.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

You’re in good shape for attention to (and understanding of) your inner world, feelings, and close relationships now, dear Taurus. You’re willing to put in the work if it means you’re handling problems related to your emotional attachments, financial intricacies, or power dynamics in your relationships. Keep in mind that Mercury is about to turn retrograde, and work on projects already in progress makes the most sense now. The Moon is in your sign all day, and you may feel like pampering yourself. While you can feel some restlessness as the Moon opposes Jupiter, it’s best to avoid the temptation to overdo or overindulge. Excess has a price even if the payment is deferred. You’re better off keeping things even and smooth now so that you don’t start off at a disadvantage later.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The Moon continues to spend time in the sign just behind yours, dear Gemini, pointing to a need for reflection and a bit of anonymity before busier days ahead. Tomorrow, the Moon will enter Gemini, and you’ll be excited to pull out of your shell. Today is best used to unwind, take things easy, and release tension. Circumstances may seem to point to the need to balance your life, particularly when it comes to working and resting, or attending to physical needs and paying attention to your emotional needs. Despite your requirement for downtime, today is potentially excellent for connecting with a friend or partner and getting something valuable done. Depending on someone, or coming through for someone, can be in focus and satisfying today.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

A Uranus-Vesta aspect influencing the day is excellent for progress with your work, chores, or duties, dear Cancer. It’s a time of updates rather than big changes, and this suits you well! You’re willing to put in the effort now. The Moon spends the day in your sector of dreams, wishes, causes, happiness, and friendship, and highlights the need for lighthearted activities. Relationships also deserve a light touch, although there may be a bit of drama in your social life today. Creative solutions to any problems that might emerge now are ripe for the picking. Mercury retrogrades tomorrow, and it makes sense to defer big decisions for later.

Leo

Leo
Leo

Today’s Moon in Taurus encourages and rewards simplicity, dear Leo. The Moon’s opposition to Jupiter this afternoon, though, can tempt you into thinking you should “do it all.” Instead, consider musing about your goals and keeping your responsibilities in mind as you take it easy. Avoid pushing yourself or projects. This is particularly important with Mercury heading towards its retrograde station tomorrow. You’ll be in the best shape if you take time to relax and center yourself now and pursue your ambitions later. Mercury’s retrograde starts tomorrow and lasts until mid-April, and while it’s a useful time for editing and reviewing, the shift itself can be disorienting.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

A Uranus-Vesta aspect influences the day, dear Virgo, and is excellent for motivation to make improvements in your life, particularly regarding your relationships, emotional growth, living conditions, and home. It’s a fine time for domestic developments as well as a supportive atmosphere at home or with family. The Moon spends all day in your sector of adventure and spirit, which harmonizes with your sign. The Taurus Moon tends to reward simplicity and patience. Try not to fall prey to the idea that you should force a decision on a matter. As well, watch for getting lost in a sea of information with so many choices that you forget your priorities. Tomorrow, Mercury turns retrograde, and with the shift, there can be some confusion or mixed signals to deal with.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

Mercury will turn retrograde tomorrow, dear Libra, and the weeks ahead are better used for review and editing work in a general sense. Today’s Uranus-Vesta influence can help fuel your desire to make improvements, particularly regarding your relationships, studies, and projects. Collaboration with others can be successful now, but it’s better not to make bold statements since signals may be crossing today and tomorrow. Today’s Moon-Jupiter opposition can tempt you to overspend or overdo indulgences. However, for much of the day, the Moon in Taurus encourages and possibly even rewards simplifying your life in crucial ways, particularly on emotional levels. In truth, if you want to treat yourself, streamlining is the route to take since it comes with less guilt and consequences.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

Today, the Moon is in your opposing sign, dear Scorpio, and after opposing Jupiter in your sign, is void. While you can be tempted to push your agenda, it’s better not to push yourself, anyone, or anything. Instead, letting your imagination lead the way makes sense, and paying extra attention to a significant someone’s plans or needs can be rewarding. Mercury is about to turn retrograde, and this is another sign that taking it easy is best. The retrograde period, spanning from tomorrow to mid-April, is good for returning to past projects and for editing and review work, but the shift itself can be a little disorienting. Fortunately today, a Uranus-Vesta aspect fuels your motivation to make updates and changes, mainly related to your health, work, and financial affairs.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

Vesta in your sign forms an energizing aspect to Uranus today, dear Sagittarius, motivating you to pour your considerable energies into interesting projects and endeavors. Mercury is turning retrograde tomorrow, and what’s begun today may not have staying power, so aim to focus on in-progress or older projects. You’re in great shape for demonstrating your unique qualities, talents, and commitment now. You are balancing responsibility and recreation evenly, or combining them in creative ways. The Moon in Taurus today encourages simplifying your life in crucial ways, particularly related to your work and health pursuits. If you try to push things, you’re sure to feel some resistance. You can be highly motivated to shine in your routines, work, or daily affairs, but the need to strike a balance is real.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

The Moon spends the day in the sign of Taurus and in harmony with your sign, dear Capricorn. This also means the Moon is transiting the area of your solar chart that rules entertainment, self-expression, joy, and creativity, and your needs for these things are highlighted. There is a somewhat stubborn quality to the day’s energies regardless, and you may have trouble adapting or deciding on which path to take or which urge to follow. It may be best to enjoy some release of ambitions, tension, or pressure now. With Mercury about to turn retrograde (its retrograde cycle begins tomorrow and spans until mid-April), you benefit from taking things slowly and cautiously. As well, you’re in good shape for seeing areas that can stand improving, mainly related to home life.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon spends another day at the bottom of your solar chart, dear Aquarius, and you’re in good shape for concentrating on your home life or inner world. The Moon does brief battle with Jupiter, and Jupiter seems to be tempting you to go big. While the draw can be substantial, the Moon is void for the second half of the day and Mercury is moving into a retrograde station, and these things make it difficult for new pursuits to get off the ground. Play things safe today for best results. However, you can also tap into a Vesta-Uranus influence that motivates you to work on projects and pursuits that you love. Others appreciate your commitment or work ethic now.

Pisces

Pisces
Pisces

Today is better for rest and comforting, emotionally centering activities, dear Pisces. While your ideas are fabulous, particularly regarding practical affairs like business, money, and work, it’s best to let things set in before running with them. Applying yourself to your work comes more naturally to you now, and your ideas find satisfying outlets, but pushing things forward is not productive at the moment. Mercury will turn retrograde tomorrow, and while the retrograde period is excellent for rethinking certain endeavors and making improvements, the shift itself today and tomorrow can generate some confusion. Observe and reserve judgment.

Cafe Astrology

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If You Were Born March 21

Talented, charming, and likeable, you have such a pleasing manner that you can get ahead in life simply through connections. However, you are not afraid of work and you are terrified of instability. As such, you do whatever it takes to make your life secure, and you have a strong business sense. Your talents are multiple, and it can be hard to find a solid path in life simply because you have so many choices. You have an excellent memory, especially of people. Famous people born today: Matthew Broderick, Rosie O’Donnell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Timothy Dalton.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

With the Sun and Moon in a waxing semi-square at the time of your birthday this year, the period ahead is one of new initiatives and action. You possess quite a bit of energy, but you must be aware that emotions color much of what you do this year. It can be hard to be objective as a result.

This can be a year in which you experience important turning points, or you could begin new projects or goals that have a long-term impact on your life.

The year ahead can be an ambitious time and a supportive period for reaching your goals. You might solve a long-standing problem, or capitalize upon a resource that was previously hidden.

Others look upon you with more respect, tolerance, and acceptance. You have the chance to shine, largely because you are projecting yourself with self-respect and modesty at once. You are especially appealing and charming just by being yourself this year. Opportunities—both personal and professional—are likely to present themselves as a result. As Chiron illuminates the wounds you have accumulated over the years with regards to your self-esteem, this may not be the most comfortable of transits at the outset, but you are given the chance to work on these issues and find ways to heal them. Openness to the process is crucial.

This is an excellent year in which to advance projects revolving around communications – writing, speaking, selling, and so forth. Your reputation may be enhanced through word of mouth. Making new contacts through learning and mental pursuits figures strongly as well.

Mercury conjunct Venus in your Solar Return chart adds charm to the way you present your ideas this year, certainly helping to smooth over differences in your personal relationships. This influence also helps you to express yourself more creatively.

Bursts of creativity and energy emerge at seemingly perfect times and help you to further your goals. Healthy risk-taking is likely again this year, as you are more able to spot an opportunity when you see one. You are progressive, growth-oriented, and ready to take the initiative when the moment feels right.

This is also a fine period for expanding your connections, contacts, creative pursuits, and romantic relationships. Relationships benefit from increased generosity and goodwill. You’re more inclined than usual to indulge, shop, socialize, and enjoy yourself this year. Whether it’s a hobby, person, or pursuit, this is a good time for discovering what makes you happy.

Your energy levels run high this year, but you should watch for hasty or impetuous behavior. Remember that haste makes waste. This year is likely to be especially busy. You could be rather wilful and impassioned, and it would be best to channel excess energy into healthy physical outlets. You feel a great need for action, but if you don’t know where you’re headed, you might take the wrong turn. As long as you channel the excess energy constructively, instead of wasting your time arguing or getting yourself into conflicts with others, you can accomplish much this year.

Jupiter forms a trine to your Sun in November, and you have a stronger than usual desire to improve, grow, and learn. This is a fortunate aspect that helps boost optimism and confidence, and you are able to attract fortunate circumstances into your life as a result. Problems are easier to resolve. Matters related to universities, higher education, religion, publishing, legal affairs, and/or foreign interests can be especially strong. It’s an excellent time to further your education. You are likely to enjoy a larger perspective on matters that keeps you from getting lost in details or overly frustrated by everyday stresses during the course of the month.

You can feel as if you are beginning a brand new chapter in your life this year. This can be an inventive time of your life that’s good for breaking out of old patterns and making powerful changes. You receive plenty of cosmic support for making big improvements or lifestyle changes. You do need to watch for impulsive moves and impatience. However, this can be a wonderful time for meeting new people or more thoroughly enjoying your current friendships.

2018 is a Number Eight year for you. Ruled by Saturn. This is a year of power and accomplishment. Actively seeking to expand, taking educated risks, and moving forward are highlighted. This is a year of opportunity, particularly in the material and business world, and opportunities need to be seized. It’s generally not a year to find a new love partner, simply because the focus is on the material world and your place in the world. This is a problem-solving year in which you can expect real, tangible results. Advice – take action, plan ahead, seize opportunities.

2019 will be a Number Nine year for you. Ruled by Mars. This is a year of completion and transition. It is a time when we need to let go of things that no longer serve their purpose, and hold on to things that have a future. It is a time of cleaning out dead wood, not necessarily for new beginnings. It can be a time when a burden has been taken off your shoulders, and it can be a year of giving of yourself. Advice – let go of things that are holding you back, give of yourself and express your sympathetic, compassionate side.

Cafe Astrology

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Get A Jump On Tomorrow….

Your Horoscopes for Thursday, March 22

Aries

Aries
Aries

The Moon moves into your sector of communications and transport today, dear Aries, but Mercury turns retrograde in your sign, complicating these very things! Mercury will retrograde until April 15th, spending the duration in Aries. This period is best used for reorganization and reflection. You are looking at the world a little differently–through different filters–and can come up with some significant inner revelations. It may be difficult to communicate them under this influence, but we don’t have to make sense of or rationalize everything. This is a time of heightened inner awareness that favors meditation, reworking old plans, and reviewing past work. Some personal initiatives may stall or appear to move backward but can benefit from some refinements. You may not be understood as well as you usually are, and should take a little extra time making sure you’re clear in your communications.

Taurus

Taurus
Taurus

The Moon moves out of your sign and into your resources sector today, dear Taurus, and you’re in great shape for settling in and getting comfortable. In fact, you may not feel like venturing far from the routine now. Mercury turns retrograde in your privacy sector today, and this cycle turns your thought processes inward. Some of the decisions made and projects started in the last couple of weeks can come up for review. You may find that you are less able to rely on your intuition, and both inner and outer “signals” are difficult to read, until you recognize that you are looking at things in entirely new ways during this cycle that lasts until April 15th. It would be wise to be especially clear when it comes to communicating about your inner world now. You can quite easily put your foot in your mouth, or reveal something that you’d prefer to remain hidden. It’s a good cycle, however, for redoing and refining work that is already underway, for journaling, and for backtracking over the past to find answers that were previously overlooked.

Gemini

Gemini
Gemini

The Moon moves into your sign today, and you’re beginning a new lunar cycle, dear Gemini. Your emotions are on the front burner. In fact, you may recognize feelings that you didn’t realize you had today. Your ruler, Mercury, turns retrograde today, and this begins a cycle, lasting until April 15th, in which it’s especially favorable to look to the past, make refinements and edits to projects, and rethink problems from a different perspective. However, with the changeover now, there can be some level of chaos to deal with today revolving around communications that are misunderstood, lost, or overlooked. Mercury is spending its time in your sector of friends and dreams at this time, and this emphasizes your communications with associates, groups, and friends. Old acquaintances or friends may appear during this cycle, or you may decide to reconnect with an old friend.

Cancer

Cancer
Cancer

The Moon slips into your privacy sector today, dear Cancer, and you may feel the need for some quiet or private time. A break from the usual routine is in order. Mercury stations retrograde today, and while this cycle can be beneficial for going over in-progress projects and discovering new ways of looking at old problems, the shift today can feel a little chaotic or confusing, particularly on a professional level or with business matters for you. Be clear in your communications or consider waiting out decisions and statements until you are clear-minded. Plans drawn up today may never come to pass. Matters from your past might be rehashed or recycled and circulated in the coming weeks (until April 15th). Some delays related to your career, professional dealings, or long-term plans are possible. It’s an excellent period for refining projects that are already underway and very helpful for turning your attention to issues that you might usually overlook. It’s a good time for review, but not the best period for clear-cut answers.

Leo

Leo
Leo

The Moon slips into your friendship and happiness goals sector, dear Leo, and for a couple of days, you crave a more connected feeling with friends, causes, groups, or your community. Today,Mercury turns retrograde, launching a cycle that lasts until April 15th that’s strong for review, refinement, and editing work. It can be a time to catch your breath and process things, allowing your feelings to catch up with your mind. There can be some need to review legal, educational, or travel matters. Publishing efforts may require some editing before moving forward. Take care when it comes to presenting ideas, writing, and detail work. You may not be seeing the whole picture, but you could be looking at things from a new perspective. You may even decide to return to studies or personal interests that were put on hold or otherwise fell off the radar.

Virgo

Virgo
Virgo

The Moon’s move to the top of your solar chart today suggests a need to consider long-term plans or career matters, dear Virgo. Your ruler, Mercury, turns retrograde now and will remain retrograde until April 15th, presenting you with opportunities for doing research, refining plans, and personal introspection. You may be dealing with some confusion or delays related to financial commitments and shared resources, and possibly an intimate relationship. There can be value in slowing down and considering past successes or misses so that you can better understand the present. You may do some thinking about previous partners, or someone from your past may be thinking about contacting you. It’s better to budget than spend or borrow during this period.

Libra 

Libra
Libra

Mercury turns retrograde today, dear Libra, and will continue its retrograde cycle in your partnership sector until April 15th. It might come to your attention that some of the things you’ve recently started or communicated need some touching up. This is a helpful process, even if it may seem like you’re backspacing now. You are likely to be seeing a relationship from a different perspective in the coming weeks. Give others space and give yourself time to arrive at conclusions or decisions. Communications can be muddled, or questions left hanging for the time being, but delays can also help you to understand your situation better as you see details you may have missed in the past. Previous partners can figure strongly during this cycle, whether this remains only in your mind or not!

Scorpio

Scorpio
Scorpio

Mercury turns retrograde today, dear Scorpio, and this can serve to sway your thinking and change your mind about recent decisions. Think in terms of review rather than pushing forward something entirely new, however. Mercury’s retrograde lasts until April 15th, and during this cycle, it’s better to slow down and attend to those things you may have rushed in the past. It’s also a time for seeing things from a different perspective. This retrograde cycle occurs in your work and health sector, and there can be some rethinking, delays, or editing related to health, work, and daily routines. You may be waiting for an answer on something that can be irritating, but that can also lead to creative workarounds. Work-related mix-ups can frustrate you, or you might need to redo work that you thought was complete. However, you might find that the refinements you make now will be very valuable later.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius
Sagittarius

Mercury turns retrograde today, dear Sagittarius, and this is a time for slowing down, taking stock, and reviewing in-progress projects. You may be dealing with delays, questions that are left hanging, and miscommunications during this cycle that lasts until April 15th. However, it’s also a period for reviewing whether decisions you’ve recently made are still viable. Particularly during the transition today, communication breakdowns are possible. Mercury spends the full retrograde cycle in your sector of romance and creativity, and while some projects or processes may seem to be moving backward, you might think of it as a realignment process. You are thinking and expressing yourself in different ways that can work in your favor. There may be the need to revisit old issues in your relationships. People from the past tend to come back, or they are mental/emotional focus now. It’s a good time to revisit old creative projects or ideas that you didn’t have time to pursue or complete.

Capricorn

Capricorn
Capricorn

Mercury begins its retrograde today, dear Capricorn, and this cycle can help you see matters from an entirely different perspective, particularly your emotional life and issues related to family and home. This cycle lasts until April 15th, and while past errors can crop up, you may want to take advantage of the time afforded you through delays to reevaluate what you are doing. You could find a mistake or an inconsistency that needs correcting. Communication with family may not always be as straightforward as you’d like, or there can be some level of chaos or mechanical problems around the home that require your attention. New initiatives may not be wise at the moment, but reworking and reorganizing your home can be especially fruitful now. Today, be exceptionally clear if it’s important to get your message across.

Aquarius

Aquarius
Aquarius

The Moon moves into harmony with your sign today, dear Aquarius, and you can feel a little more comfortable in your skin — and quite playful, as well! Mercury turns retrograde today, however, and while it’s shifting directions, there can be some mix-ups or misunderstandings to manage. During this cycle that lasts until April 15th, matters related to studies, transportation, and basic communications can involve some delays, reworking, or editing. Be flexible and vigilant about marking essential appointments and errands on your calendar. There may be the need to revisit old, unresolved issues with siblings, classmates, or neighbors, and there could be mechanical issues with communication and transportation devices that prompt some rethinking of how you connect and get around. Through these experiences, you might discover new ways to express yourself — ways that wouldn’t have come to mind otherwise. Get all the facts before you jump into something today. In the weeks ahead, reviving old projects and reviewing and revising work already in progress can be especially fruitful.

Pisces

Pisces
Pisces

The Moon moves to the bottom of your solar chart today, dear Pisces, and you’re encouraged to get in touch with your inner world and nurture your closest relationships. With Mercury retrograde from today until April 15th, there can be a change of mind or interest, possibly even a bit of regret when it comes to those things said or begun right now and recently. This retrograde occurs in your sector of assets and there may be the need to review your finances or budget, or you could be dealing with lost or misplaced possessions. Take the time to re-think your sources of income and how you spend your cash during this period, but put off finalizing anything significant for the time being. In fact, some money-making ideas or ventures may be put on hold due to circumstances beyond your control. Come at old problems from a new direction or perspective and open your mind to new ways of thinking and new approaches. This is a good period for looking to the past for answers to current problems.

Cafe Astrology

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Your Personal Daily Tarot Card

Judgement



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.

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Your Daily Love Tarot Card for Today

The Magician

Do some magic of your own today, like penetrating facades and gaining insights into dubious stories that lack credibility. Hold onto your heartstrings until you know you haven’t met a fickle flirt or a trickster. The Magician makes us see what we want to see regardless of the reality of a situation. He draws us in because we love secrets and mysteries, but who wants to live with them day after day and year after year?

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Your Past Life Tarot Card for Today

The Star

When you stand up for other’s rights you can stir deeply-seated past life memories in yourself. The origin of these feelings might come from having a past life experience of your own family’s struggle. At this time the civil rights leader inside you has come to the forefront. This spirit is more afraid of not standing up for what he or she believes in then fearful of what retribution one could face. This incarnation comes with an inner strength that is founded in compassion.

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Your Ancient Symbol Card for Today

The Crystal

The Crystal glows with the power of mystical truths transformed into material realities. The Crystal denotes a self with a powerful connection to the spiritual world that allows them to literally soak up cosmic wisdom and apply it favorably to their everyday life. It suggest a tremendous growth of one’s spiritual self that will greatly impact the querant’s secular life.

As a daily card, The Crystal indicates a time when you are likely to be well served by allowing your spiritual self to guide your day to day behavior.

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Your Daily Rune for Today

Fehu

“Fay-Who” – Literally: “Cattle” – Esoteric: Mobile Property, New Beginnings, Wealth

Key Concepts: Wealth, money, food, sustenance, Hamingja, luck, personal power, circulation of power, financial strength, prosperity

Psi: Beginner’s Mind, presence, freedom, first impressions, young love

Energy: mobility, luck, charisma, dynamic power, liquid and mobile transferable energies, abundance, circulation, ‘mana’, sexual attraction

Mundane: money, recent purchases, reputation, freshness, fashionability

Divinations: New beginnings, social success, foresight, energy, travel, money, control; or greed, failure, atrophy, poverty, endings.

Governs:

  • Delegating your energy to another, power transference or projection; the sending rune
  • Drawing gravity into the personal sphere
  • Promotion of personal and social evolution, changing circumstances of importance
  • Increase in personal monetary wealth
  • Beginner’s mind and presence as a tool for consciously creating a fresh start

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Your Karmic Number for Today

Life is a bit hard to piece together lately if you’ve drawn out a 3 in opposition like you have now. Jigsaw puzzles can be fun and relaxing. They help pass the time. It is messy when your life is in a thousand pieces. You have pieces missing, so the picture is incomplete. Change your diet. Drink more water, detox, exercise. Do some breathing techniques, journal. Confide in a good friend about your challenges. You are overdue for a purge of the toxins in your life. You will find what you need in unexpected ways.

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Crack the Cookie

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The Wisdom of Buddha

All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?

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Equinox Special

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Equinox Special

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Equinox March 2018

Diamond Light, the New Earth, Sacred Clarity and the Opening of Conscious ReGenesis

Beloved Ones, the Equinox on March 2018 is a powerful moment in the Spiral of the Sacred Year.  The Equinox Star Gate is an 8th Dimensional Solar Gateway and it is transmitting waves of Diamond Light to the Earth along with powerful magnetic waves of Light Codes and Water Codes.

What does this mean for you and for the Earth?

These powerful waves of Light that are being received at the time of the Equinox transition (change of seasons) are assisting you to release and clear away remnants of old Time Lines and to focus on the New Earth Time Spirals that are being activated in this cycle.  Whatever is leaving your life at this moment is not necessary for your New Earth creations and journey.

As the old Time Lines collapse and merge, old feelings and memories may come up.  Fragments of what was or what might have been will surface to be experienced and then released.  Do not hold onto old dreams or old wounds, simply let them go and bless them for what they have given you or what you have learned.

As you let go, you are making space for Dreams and Creations that have more clarity and are in resonance with the Higher Frequencies of the New Earth.

Diamond Light and Water Codes: Transmissions of Divine Love to New Earth

The powerful waves of light that are being received from the 8th Dimension and higher are transmitting the Diamond Galactic Codes for Light and Water.

In both cases, the Codes carry information from Source to create Clarity and Transparency on all levels of life.  When the Light is Clear and the Waters are transparent, then all life can exist in a state of Diamond-like clarity and purity that reflects the pure essence of Spirit through the Soul and into Matter.

As you ascend and evolve to higher levels of consciousness, you will embody these Diamond Codes for Light and Water and you will become more “pure” and translucent, more crystalline and more capable of being a transmitter of the clear radiance of Compassionate Divine Love.

To receive these codes, Beloved Ones, you will need to focus on the Heart and to breathe from the Heart.  For these codes, which are received via the Soul Star and sent to the Heart, are then spun out from the Heart into the manifestations of Time and Space that you call Reality.  In the Diamond Consciousness, the Creations of your Hearts will be Clear and Light and Beautiful.

And, the power of the Diamond Codes will cleanse and clear and regenerate life on Planet Earth so that Earth may become a multi-dimensional Paradise Garden.

Conscious ReGenesis: The Next Step in the New Earth Manifestation

Since 2012, the Diamond Children have been incarnating on Earth.

These are children with a very High Frequency and who are born fully aware of and connected to their Galactic heritage.

They have a very clear mission, which is to lift Earth into the Diamond Frequencies of the 9th Dimension so that these energies can be felt and anchored into the Fifth-dimensional New Earth.

At this time, these beautiful children are assisting many of you to rapidly upgrade your personal frequency to the 9th Dimension (Galactic connection), so that you may also begin transmitting the Frequencies of Clarity and Light to the Earth.

Soon, there will be many of you including Light Warriors and Light Workers and Diamond Children, who will be anchoring and holding these frequencies of clarity in a conscious way to assist the Earth to regain her Luminosity and her Sacred Clarity.

Beloved Ones, the process begins with you.  As you recognize that you have lost your sacred and clear connection with the Earth and with nature, you will seek to heal that within yourself.  You will relight the Sacred Earth Fire in your Heart and you will clarify the Sacred Earth Waters in your body so that Spirit may move through you in its pure and clear essence as Divine Love.

And then you will begin to see the miracles of the New Earth that will happen around you.

The Diamond Beings will come forwards as warriors of the New Spirituality to transform the Earth into a garden and to clarify the waters of the Planet.

One by one they will come forward as their Hearts motivate them, to be part of the conscious process of ReGenesis.  That is, the new beginning where the Diamond Light and Water Codes will spark waves of Creativity and Abundance in the Hearts and Lives of those who are holding these frequencies.

The process of ReGenesis starts with you Beloveds.  As you turn inwards and look at the deserts and the arid and barren places within, you will seek to heal these and once again create an inner Temple Garden of the Heart and Soul on Earth.

And, once you have created your inner Sanctuary garden, you will begin to create this on Earth.

The Earth is ready.  She is simply waiting for the Creators of the Diamond Frequencies to sing a New Song and speak the Languages of Light that will activate New Spirals of Creation.  Waves of Magical Sound and patterns of Light Dancing will weave the New Earth Reality across the Dimensions of Light and Magic on Earth.

ReGenesis is Now.

It is waiting for you to open your Heart and to receive the Light and Water Codes of these powerful waves of Equinox energy.  It is waiting for you to send forth your dreams and creations on a new Time Spiral in these New Frequencies of Light and Clarity.

What was before is over.

What awaits you is a New Creation.

Beloved Ones, open your Hearts and sing with your Souls.  Become Conscious Creators of the Planetary and Personal ReGenesis.

 

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Equinox Passageway

This Equinox Passageway Floods Every Cellular Organism with the Highest Frequencies of PURE Divine LOVE as DEEP Cosmic Christed Heart Openings Continue Powerfully and Pristinely for/within ALL

Days upon days of LOVE frequencies, flooding our atmospheres (inner & outer) for this Super Powerful Equinox Gateway we are in….

These pristine frequencies, sooooooo very soft, so simple to hold immense love in every exchange, flooding all to experience Divinity with great ease. The beauty of Divine Essence available to all embracing and allowing themselves this.

One of the purposes of all of these ultra-high Light Frequencies (Codes), is for all to RETURN to the Purity of Love that they ARE and assist with the physical/energetic release of all that is not LOVE. Each will be SHOWN THIS through their own energy, their own feelings, their own actions, their own experiences and what presents in the physical to also observe/see…. Everywhere that IS NOT LOVE…. these are Catalysts that assist with a huge cleansing process, on every level, which is imperative for our NEW Earth Existence here.

Highest Consciousness is about how we behave, how we treat ourselves and others, how we view realities, how we show up, how we relate, how we communicate, how we “do” everything. It is each going so deep inside that the Light of their own SOUL can emerge, so that all that is not kind, respectful and aligned with LOVE can become visible for each to see. This can be by way of one’s own feeling or what plays out in the physical…

The beauty that is available to each is beyond, the ability to observe self/all in order to consciously shift/align is as easy as each allows.

For that which exists in DUALITY… this is ego programming that has to be dissolved/resolved within each. The observation that there are some heavy-duty clearings going on for collectives, this is an important part of this collective up-shift, so be patient and kind to yourself. Let the judgment go. It’s a cellular cleansing of old unconscious programs that held all to unconscious realities before (deep beneath the veils of amnesia that continually lift for all). Heightened emotions and physical pain are an akashic clearing, a dissolving of the ego constructs and where they were held within each. The process of UNIFICATION occurs AFTER these old frequencies have been released/cleared and the body template is allowed to re-structure/re-code with new programming to replace the old… which can occur without you even being aware, in your sleep, while  you are having a conversation, out in nature, working, playing… or you may be “full blown” in the depth of a huge clearing, which will pass when all of that energy is “gone” or the moment you come into full consciousness (when your heart opens and your head is no longer in control).

These frequencies are pristine…. the COSMIC WEATHER very calm for days…. as we prepare and continue through this passageway for the completion of this Gateway that anchors in with the 3/31 Full Moon, thereby shifting us to other Gateways we are also currently in.

This is a process of full self-accountability, full self-responsibility, full self-awareness, without creating judgment feelings of blame, guilt and more. These passageways are OPPORTUNITIES to release/let go of all that is not love, all that no longer serves your highest purposes, all that you held onto before, all that represents separation within you…. so that you can breeze through and come out on the ‘OTHER SIDE’ FREE’r, more expansive and Light’r than you were before. Those old unconscious programs/emotions/thoughts/actions are of a vibration that cannot “pass through”. They have to be released… for they can no longer “exist” (live) inside of you.

Your next reality awaits you, one that is of a much higher vibrational MATCH. Not just one, infinite ones, that prepare right now to come forth/materialize in the physical as you HOLD your own HIGHEST STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS and allow the physical to realign for you. Our realities are SIMPLE, where we allow them to be…. for all we have to do is HOLD and ALLOW, while “doing” each moment/day, that which is highest aligned too.

On a deep SOUL Level, that Light inside of you is bursting to come forth. That beauty, that magnificence, that amazingness and that simplicity and ease…. will flood your entire body/system as you allow yourself this. The deeper you go inside of yourself, the more you allow to fall away, the more you resolve all AS LOVE, the simpler everything is… and the easier it is to fulfill your highest purposes/missions/roles, because all that is aligned to support you, is also “allowed” to come forth.

On a DEEP SOUL LEVEL, we each are re-connected through the Purity of LOVE. The only difference is whether our current realities are fully aligned or if there is something vibrationally that takes us down different paths. That connection though, is always there, for it transcends the physical everything. That connection can only be temporarily “severed” by our own ego/separation, yet on a deeper level, it never can. ♥

This passageway is both subtle and profound, it’s visible and it is not, it’s FELT and EXPERIENCED so deeply from within us and emanates out through our breath, our essence, our FIELD to touch the hearts of all other Souls open and ready to fully experience the PURITY of this too. ♦

I love you. It’s been the most beautiful everything…. I do hope that each one of you will allow yourself to experience these GIFTS and the ABUNDANCE available through a fully open heart/mind/body/energy and through Unity Love Consciousness as it washes and weaves through you too. ♥

Lisa Transcendence Brown ☼

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Equinox & High Dimensional Light

It may seem that we are in a deep freeze; silent; inactive and still, while we dissolve remaining illusions, old beliefs, and old patterns. A meditation that helps is to create a special room; perhaps a cave; with your favorite colors and items…or ask that it be created for you. This special space is your Pineal Chakra. When you meditate here, you activate and expand your connection to your Soul Guidance. Your Pineal Chakra is connected with your Crown and 3rd Eye Chakras, so these are activated as well. Your Pineal serves as the distributor of high dimensional Light when there are downloads, which is constant these days. It distributes this Light to where it needs to go. When we receive high dimensional Light, old energies surface; this is purposeful, for it readies us for action steps.

There are some choices to make through Heart-intention…to step into our Power as sovereign beings or remain in the old and predictable comfort zone of staying small. Those who choose to stand in their Power will experience such Bliss and Light; with the coming Equinox, there is a profusion of Light that infuses us with more Love. With this choice to expand into being more Soul-merged, you may experience some High Heart phenomena.This can appear as butterfly wings or pressure or something else; do not be alarmed. This pulsing, pressure or fluttering is an expansion of your Joy Chakra (Thymus) and is activated by high dimensional Light. It is whatever is necessary for you to rise to be more. These rays of Light are quite high in vibration and not only infuse us, but infuse Gaia. Our energetic bodies are heightened, as is Gaia’s and this shifts us to a higher expression of Ascension.

As we increase vibrationally, there is some surfacing of old beliefs, patterns, and illusions that bubble up for Transformation. These might include expectations of self and others and lies (illusions) we’ve been told and have allowed to integrate within us as truth and beliefs, only these illusions have only served to keep us asleep and in control. Many truths are slowly being revealed and as always, be sure you use Discernment with all you hear and read; allow it to resonate. And when you speak, speak with Integrity; your Heart’s Knowing (not your intellect). This includes no gossiping or complaining, for these keep you tethered to the lies of old. Be who you are, which may necessitate you to let go of wanting to belong. You belong to yourself and to a bigger version of who you have allowed yourself to be. If you are wearing a mask in order to be accepted, take it off and be the beautiful and shining being you are.

It is preferable to not be normal; in the New, there is no normal. Normal is an illusion. Express your Authentic Self and your sacred individuality. If fear or insecurity arise, release them, for they are driven by separate ego to hold you back in the old. Be free to be you. If this feels strange, let it be. Feeling strange and being unsure are wonderful aspects of the New. Follow your Guidance, for you are being led in the New, away from predictability and an unawakened state. Watch the children and learn from them. They are wise beings with fully immersed Souls. Allow for a new way of living, rather than the old “I gotta make money.” This frees you to manifest your Joy and Passion along with Freedom. Your Creativity kicks into high gear, so to speak, and helps you live in ways you thought you couldn’t. Be patient and trusting, as this is a shift and shifts take place only when you are ready.

We’ve never ever been in this new space before and this can bring up all kinds of fear. Release the fear and trust your Guidance completely. Trust yourself! There is so much change that is occurring within that it may feel as though you just aren’t you and you may feel very ungrounded. If this describes you, meditate and be in Nature as much as you can. Nature heals and grounds you. When you meditate, you access Truth, you ground to the New and you empower your Guidance, which comes as Intuition and Resonance. Everything happens in Divine Time, so let go of any penchant to look for results in your life. Continue to focus on your Guidance, for all comes when you have done your work and have placed complete Trust in your Guidance.

We have been in an unprecedented Expansion and with the Equinox, we expand even more into our True Selves. It may feel as though you’re being kicked out of your comfort zone. Remember that you have chosen this. Nothing or no-one does anything to you. Everything that is occurring is so you move beyond your self-imposed limitations. Get ready to blast forward. As you do, you release great life force. Be reminded that it is not just us who are expanding; Gaia is too. It is fascinating to observe how the long-standing countries, governments, religions, and institutions are undergoing a metamorphosis, even while they try desperately to keep things the way they always have been. If they would just relax and allow things to shift, they would not be in such turmoil. Suggestion: do not complain about the “state of affairs,” for that only keeps countries, governments, religions, and institutions strong in the old. Keep your focus on Source, rather than on the fascinating (separate ego) distractions of the world.

With all that is transforming within you and Gaia, this is when you shine bright. One way is to be strong in your Authenticity, another is to remove your attention from the distractions of the world and another is to anchor your Light within the New Earth Grid. Bring your Awareness to the New Earth Grid which is overlaid on Gaia. There you will find ley lines connected by small spheres of Light. You are one of these spheres. Simply by being a part of this grid, you activate all other Lights and they become part of this grid (all One). Remember too that the earthly distractions are there to take you from being you by instilling in you fear and self-minimizing. Continue releasing emotions such as fear, control, anxiety, confusion, judgment, etc; for these dim your Light. As you release the old, you activate your High Mind, which is your Heart and intellect together as One. When your High Mind is integrated, all thought is Heart-driven; your Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine are One; and you transcend any separation and all things that are born of separation. Drop your old stories; you are no longer that person. And don’t invent a new story, for any story puts you in a box of limitation. Stories are illusions, whether you see them as “real” or if you make them up. Stories come from beliefs. See what is beneath each story and then let it go. Replace the void created with Love.

The energies are intense, aren’t they? More of the old keeps coming up to be transformed. Those who don’t understand what is happening may explode in anger, blame, and judgment. And if you feel these things from others or from yourself, be sure to take a deep breath, place a hand on your High Heart and stay in Love; this is who you truly are. If you are guided to walk away from an unhealthy situation, please do; you need not take on others’ lower and separation energies; you can just love them. Everyone has a choice to react or respond to a situation. When you are focused on Love, that is what you create; how others perceive this is up to them.

The Equinox will accelerate us powerfully. It will accelerate our healing and wholing, as well as the Light we are. Wherever your attention is is what is accelerated in a big way. Choosing to be Love isn’t about saving or rescuing others; it is who we are; it is Source. You can’t be Love in one moment and judgmental in the next. You are Love in all moments. Love listens, accepts; it never judges or preaches.

Relax, Be and hold yourself in and as Love. Do only that which inspires you and keeps your vibration high. Even if others do not understand or accept you, do this for you; this is self-loving. Being Love is to stand strong in adversity. Honor who you are and who you are becoming.

Adonai.

 

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Pagan Study of Gods & Goddesses for March 21 – The Goddess Ostara

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Ostara The Goddess of Spring

Areas of Influence: Ostara the Germanic Goddess heralds the beginning of spring. She is the Maiden Goddess, full of potential, representing the opportunity of growth and rebirth after the stagnation of winter.

There are several different translations of the meaning of her name:- East, dawn and morning light indicating the returning warmth of the sun’s rays and the lengthening days.

In Germany her warm nature is still marked by bonfires lit at dawn on the Spring Equinox.

The Goddess was also known as Eostre and although much of her story has been lost, her name lives on as it is the root of the English words for both Easter and oestrogen.

Origins and Genealogy: Very little is known about the origins of this Germanic Goddess. She has many similarities to the Nordic fertility Goddesses Frigg and Freya.

Strengths: A warm, dynamic and compassionate Goddess.

Weaknesses: Her lateness nearly caused the death of a small bird.

Symbolism: The Rabbits and painted eggs are both potent symbols of fertility, reflecting the nature of this spring Goddess.

When the Goddess came across a young bird that was dying of cold due to her late arrival, she warmed him up and turned him into a rabbit.

These ancient symbols are still found in our Easter celebrations today when the Easter bunny hides chocolate eggs for the children to find.

Festivals: Dates of festivals to mark this Goddess range from the Spring Equinox to the first full moon after the Equinox.

Traditionally people would dress up in new cloths, light bonfires at dawn and decorate eggs as offerings to the spring Goddess.

 

Ostara’s Archetype

The Maiden

The Maiden Archetype represents purity and the innocence of childhood, where the soul’s dreams, magic and make believe still prevail.

It is also an aspect of the Triple Goddess, together with the Mother and the Crone they represents the cycles of the moon and the different stages of a woman’s life.

Shadow Maiden is very self centered all, her dreams and energy is expended on achieving her own personal needs and goals.

These qualities reflect the nature of this Spring Goddess who stands on the cusp of womanhood. Her self-absorbtion meant she was late and nearly caused the death of a young bird but undeterred the resourceful Goddess transforms the bird into a rabbit.

 

How To Work With This Archetype

The Maiden

The Maiden is one of your Archetypes if you are life still in touch with your childhood intuition and fantasies and have used these to fulfill your dreams. Hence you can still have the Maiden Archetype at any time of life.

The Maiden reminds you to look after the magical child that lies within us all.

Shadow Maiden asks you to look at whether your dreams and aspirations are selfish and take no account of the needs of others.

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Ostara/Eostre

Ēostre or Ostara (Old English: Ēastre [æːɑstre], Northumbrian dialect Ēostre [eːostre]; Old High German: *Ôstara ) is a Germanic goddess who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name (Northumbrian: Ēosturmōnaþ; West Saxon: Ēastermōnaþ; Old High German: Ôstarmânoth), is the namesake of the festival of Easter in some languages. Ēostre is attested solely by Bede in his 8th-century work The Reckoning of Time, where Bede states that during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent of April), pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Ēostre’s honor, but that this tradition had died out by his time, replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

By way of linguistic reconstruction, the matter of a goddess called *Austrō in the Proto-Germanic language has been examined in detail since the foundation of Germanic philology in the 19th century by scholar Jacob Grimm and others. As the Germanic languages descend from Proto-Indo-European (PIE), historical linguists have traced the name to a Proto-Indo-European goddess of the dawn *H₂ewsṓs (→ *Ausṓs), from which descends the Common Germanic divinity from whom Ēostre and Ostara are held to descend. Additionally, scholars have linked the goddess’s name to a variety of Germanic personal names, a series of location names (toponyms) in England, and, discovered in 1958, over 150 inscriptions from the 2nd century CE referring to the matronae Austriahenae.

Theories connecting Ēostre with records of Germanic Easter customs, including hares and eggs, have been proposed. Particularly prior to the discovery of the matronae Austriahenae and further developments in Indo-European studies, debate has occurred among some scholars about whether or not the goddess was an invention of Bede. Ēostre and Ostara are sometimes referenced in modern popular culture and are venerated in some forms of Germanic neopaganism.

Etymology
Old English Ēostre continues into modern English as Easter and derives from Proto-Germanic *Austrǭ, itself a descendant of the Proto-Indo-European root *h₂ews-, meaning ‘to shine’ (modern English east also derives from this root).

The goddess name Ēostre is therefore linguistically cognate with numerous other dawn goddesses attested among Indo-European language-speaking peoples. These cognates lead to the reconstruction of a Proto-Indo-European dawn goddess; the Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture details that “a Proto-Indo-European goddess of the dawn is supported both by the evidence of cognate names and the similarity of mythic representation of the dawn goddess among various Indo-European groups” and that “all of this evidence permits us to posit a Proto-Indo-European *haéusōs ‘goddess of dawn’ who was characterized as a “reluctant” bringer of light for which she is punished. In three of the Indo-European stocks, Baltic, Greek and Indo-Iranian, the existence of a Proto-Indo-European ‘goddess of the dawn’ is given additional linguistic support in that she is designated the ‘daughter of heaven’.”

De temporum ratione
In chapter 15 (De mensibus Anglorum, “The English months”) of his 8th-century work De temporum ratione (“The Reckoning of Time”), Bede describes the indigenous month names of the English people. After describing the worship of the goddess Rheda during the Anglo-Saxon month of Hrēþ-mōnaþ, Bede writes about Ēosturmōnaþ, the month of the goddess Ēostre:

Eostur-monath, qui nunc Paschalis mensis interpretatur, quondam a Dea illorum quæ Eostre vocabatur, et cui in illo festa celebrabant nomen habuit: a cujus nomine nunc Paschale tempus cognominant, consueto antiquæ observationis vocabulo gaudia novæ solemnitatis vocantes.

Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated “Paschal month”, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.

Jacob Grimm, *Ostara, and Easter customs
In his 1835 Deutsche Mythologie, Jacob Grimm cites comparative evidence to reconstruct a potential continental Germanic goddess whose name would have been preserved in the Old High German name of Easter, *Ostara. Addressing skepticism towards goddesses mentioned by Bede, Grimm comments that “there is nothing improbable in them, nay the first of them is justified by clear traces in the vocabularies of Germanic tribes.” Specifically regarding Ēostre, Grimm continues that:

We Germans to this day call April ostermonat, and ôstarmânoth is found as early as Eginhart (temp. Car. Mag.). The great Christian festival, which usually falls in April or the end of March, bears in the oldest of OHG remains the name ôstarâ … it is mostly found in the plural, because two days … were kept at Easter. This Ostarâ, like the [Anglo-Saxon] Eástre, must in heathen religion have denoted a higher being, whose worship was so firmly rooted, that the Christian teachers tolerated the name, and applied it to one of their own grandest anniversaries.

Grimm notes that “all of the nations bordering on us have retained the Biblical pascha; even Ulphilas writes paska, not áustrô, though he must have known the word”. Grimm details that the Old High German adverb ôstar “expresses movement towards the rising sun”, as did the Old Norse term austr, and potentially also Anglo-Saxon ēastor and Gothic áustr. Grimm compares these terms to the identical Latin term auster. Grimm says that the cult of the goddess may have worshiped an Old Norse form, Austra, or that her cult may have already been extinct by the time of Christianization.

Grimm notes that the Old Norse Prose Edda book Gylfaginning attests to a male being called Austri, who Grimm describes as a “spirit of light.” Grimm comments that a female version would have been *Austra, yet that the High German and Saxon peoples seem to have only formed Ostarâ and Eástre, feminine, and not Ostaro and Eástra, masculine. Grimm additionally speculates on the nature of the goddess and surviving folk customs that may have been associated with her in Germany:

Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian’s God. Bonfires were lighted at Easter and according to popular belief of long standing, the moment the sun rises on Easter Sunday morning, he gives three joyful leaps, he dances for joy … Water drawn on the Easter morning is, like that at Christmas, holy and healing … here also heathen notions seems to have grafted themselves on great Christian festivals. Maidens clothed in white, who at Easter, at the season of returning spring, show themselves in clefts of the rock and on mountains, are suggestive of the ancient goddess.

In the second volume of Deutsche Mythologie, Grimm picks up the subject of Ostara again, connecting the goddess to various German Easter festivities, including Easter eggs:

But if we admit, goddesses, then, in addition to Nerthus, Ostara has the strongest claim to consideration. To what we said on p. 290 I can add some significant facts. The heathen Easter had much in common with May-feast and the reception of spring, particularly in matter of bonfires. Then, through long ages there seem to have lingered among the people Easter-games so-called, which the church itself had to tolerate : I allude especially to the custom of Easter eggs, and to the Easter tale which preachers told from the pulpit for the people’s amusement, connecting it with Christian reminiscences.

Grimm comments on further Easter time customs, including unique sword dances and particular baked goods (“pastry of heathenish form”). In addition, Grimm weights a potential connection to the Slavic spring goddess Vesna and the Lithuanian Vasara.

Locations, personal names, and the matronae Austriahenae
A cluster of place names in England contain and a variety of English and continental Germanic names include the element *ēoster, an early Old English word reconstructed by linguists and potentially an earlier form of the goddess name Ēostre. The Council of Austerfield called by King Aldfrith of Northumbria shortly before 704 convened at a place described in contemporary records both as in campo qui Eostrefeld dicitur and in campo qui dicitur Oustraefelda, which have led to the site being identified with Austerfield near Bawtry in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[10] Such locations also include Eastry (Eastrgena, 788 CE) in Kent, Eastrea (Estrey, 966 CE) in Cambridgeshire, and Eastrington (Eastringatun, 959 CE) in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The element *ēoster also appears in the Old English name Easterwine, a name borne by Bede’s monastery abbot in Wearmouth-Jarrow and which appears an additional three times in the Durham Liber Vitae. The name Aestorhild also appears in the Liber Vitae, and is likely the ancestor of the Middle English name Estrild. Various continental Germanic names include the element, including Austrechild, Austrighysel, Austrovald, and Ostrulf.

In 1958, over 150 Romano-Germanic votive inscriptions to the matronae Austriahenae were discovered near Morken-Harff, Germany. Most of these inscriptions are in an incomplete state, yet many are at least reasonably legible. Some of these inscriptions refer to the Austriates, evidently the name of a social group.

Theories and interpretations
Some debate has occurred over whether or not the goddess was an invention of Bede’s, particularly in the 19th century before more widespread reconstructions of the Proto-Indo-European dawn goddess. Writing in the late 19th century, Charles J. Billson notes that scholars before his writing were divided about the existence of Bede’s account of Ēostre, stating that “among authorities who have no doubt as to her existence are W. Grimm, Wackernagel, Sinrock [sic], and Wolf. On the other hand, Weinhold rejects the idea on philological grounds, and so do Heinrich Leo and Hermann Oesre. Kuhn says, ‘The Anglo-Saxon Eostre looks like an invention of Bede;’ and Mannhardt also dismisses her as an etymological dea ex machina.” Billson says that “the whole question turns […], upon Bede’s credibility”, and that “one is inclined to agree with Grimm, that it would be uncritical to saddle this eminent Father of the Church, who keeps Heathendom at arms’ length and tells us less of than he knows, with the invention of this goddess.” Billson points out that the Christianization of England started at the end of the 6th century, and, by the 7th, was completed. Billson argues that, as Bede was born in 672, Bede must have had opportunities to learn the names of the native goddesses of the Anglo-Saxons, “who were hardly extinct in his lifetime.”

Writing in the late 20th century, Rudolf Simek says that, despite expressions of doubts, Bede’s account of Eostre should not be disregarded. Simek opines that a “Spring-like fertility goddess” must be assumed rather than a “goddess of sunrise” regardless of the name, reasoning that “otherwise the Germanic goddesses (and matrons) are mostly connected with prosperity and growth”. Simek points to a comparison with the goddess Rheda, also attested by Bede.

Scholar Philip A. Shaw (2011) writes that the subject has seen “a lengthy history of arguments for and against Bede’s goddess Eostre, with some scholars taking fairly extreme positions on either side” and that some theories against the goddess have gained popular cultural prominence. Shaw, however, notes that “much of this debate, however, was conducted in ignorance of a key piece of evidence, as it was not discovered until 1958. This evidence is furnished by over 150 Romano-Germanic votive inscriptions to deities named the matronae Austriahenae, found near Morken-Harff and datable to around 150–250 AD”. Most of these inscriptions are in an incomplete state, yet most are in a complete enough for reasonable clarity of the inscriptions. As early as 1966 scholars have linked these names etymologically with Eostre and an element found in Germanic personal names. Shaw argues against a functional interpretation of the available evidence and concludes that “the etymological connections of her name suggests that her worshippers saw her geographical and social relationship with them as more central than any functions she may have had”.

Hares and Freyja
In Northern Europe, Easter imagery often involves hares and rabbits. Citing folk Easter customs in Leicestershire, England where “the profits of the land called Harecrop Leys were applied to providing a meal which was thrown on the ground at the ‘Hare-pie Bank'”, late 19th-century scholar Charles Isaac Elton theorizes a connection between these customs and the worship of Ēostre. In his late 19th-century study of the hare in folk custom and mythology, Charles J. Billson cites numerous incidents of folk custom involving the hare around the period of Easter in Northern Europe. Billson says that “whether there was a goddess named Eostre, or not, and whatever connection the hare may have had with the ritual of Saxon or British worship, there are good grounds for believing that the sacredness of this animal reaches back into an age still more remote, where it is probably a very important part of the great Spring Festival of the prehistoric inhabitants of this island.”

Some scholars have linked customs and imagery involving hares to Ēostre and the Norse goddess Freyja. Writing in 1972, John Andrew Boyle cites commentary contained within an etymology dictionary by A. Ernout and A. Meillet, where the authors write that “Little else […] is known about [Ēostre], but it has been suggested that her lights, as goddess of the dawn, were carried by hares. And she certainly represented spring fecundity, and love and carnal pleasure that leads to fecundity.” Boyle responds that nothing is known about Ēostre outside of Bede’s single passage, that the authors had seemingly accepted the identification of Ēostre with the Norse goddess Freyja, yet that the hare is not associated with Freyja either. Boyle writes that “her carriage, we are told by Snorri, was drawn by a pair of cats — animals, it is true, which like hares were the familiars of witches, with whom Freyja seems to have much in common.” However, Boyle adds that “on the other hand, when the authors speak of the hare as the ‘companion of Aphrodite and of satyrs and cupids’ and point out that ‘in the Middle Ages it appears beside the figure of Luxuria’, they are on much surer ground and can adduce the evidence of their illustrations.”

In popular culture and modern veneration
Jacob Grimm’s reconstructed *Ostara has had some influence in popular culture since. The name has been adapted as an asteroid (343 Ostara, 1892 by Max Wolf), and a date on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year (Ostara, 21 March). In music, the name Ostara has been adopted as a name by the musical group Ostara, and as the names of albums by :zoviet*france: (Eostre, 1984) and The Wishing Tree (Ostara, 2009).

In some forms of Germanic neopaganism, Ēostre (or Ostara) is venerated. Regarding this veneration, Carole M. Cusack comments that, among adherents, Ēostre is “associated with the coming of spring and the dawn, and her festival is celebrated at the spring equinox. Because she brings renewal, rebirth from the death of winter, some Heathens associate Eostre with Idunn, keeper of the apples of youth in Scandinavian mythology”.

Politically, the name of Ostara was in the early 20th century invoked as the name of a German nationalist magazine, book series and publishing house established in 1905 at Mödling, Austria.

Ostara is portrayed by Kristin Chenoweth in the TV series American Gods based on the novel of the same name. In the series, Ostara has survived into the modern age by forming an alliance with the Goddess of Media (Gillian Anderson) and capitalising on the Christian holiday. Odin (Ian McShane) forces her to accept that those who celebrate Easter are worshipping Jesus and not her, causing her to join his rebellion against the New Gods.

 

Reference
The Goddess-Guide.com

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