The Witches Divination Journal for October 2

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Psychic Tip of the Day

GROUP HUG
It is time to consider getting active with a group of friends. Your soulmate might be out there in a crowd right now, looking for you. Are you interested in anyone new?

 

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Tarot Card of the Day

Seven of Coins


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season’s bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature’s assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn’t make excuses, isn’t whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it’s no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there’s no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.

Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything!

Daily Love Tarot

The Sun

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The Sun is an invitation to a supportive relationship in which you can be yourself around your significant other. You feel relaxed and loved, with a sense of peace of heart. You’ve struck gold and entered into a new realm. Keep looking if this is not how you feel because it is how things should be. You can’t expect improvement in a long-term union if you do not take effective steps to create it.

Your Erotic Tarot

The Judgment

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The Judgement card represents a sexual awakening, and now that you aren’t afraid to move in a new direction, a whole new world awaits you. What sex positions do you want to try, and which fantasies have you been dying to act out? Being honest with yourself and potential partner(s) about the details of what you desire will help you get what you want faster, and the end result will be much more satisfying. And above all, enjoy your sexual liberation!

Your Daily Rune for

Mannaz

“Man-az” – Literally: “Mankind”

Esoteric: Humankind, awareness

Rune of the Divine structure of intelligence in the human soul or psyche. Rune of the horizons of human existence and collective potential.

Psi: mind & memory (Hugin & Munin), the difference between human and all other life, development of the intellect, rational mind, perfected intelligence

Energy: psychic order of the gods reflected in humankind, projection of Self into time

Mundane: thinking, planning, analysis, the human condition, people at large (contemporary: the masses)

Divinations: Divine structure, sustainability, intelligence, awareness, social order, divine influence in life; or depression, mortality, blindness, self-delusion, collective suicide, bigotry, elitism, intellectual arrogance.

Governs:

Self-Actualization
Realization of the divine structure in humankind
Increase in intelligence, memory and mental powers (passing tests)
Unlocking the third-eye hvel, the “mind’s eye”
Activating the dynamics of your own inner Christus, or Higher Self
Awareness of our roles as co-creator with the gods and nature
Mental and spiritual potential

Your Ogham Reading for Tuesday, October 2, 2018

 

Fearn-Alder

The third letter of the Ogham alphabet is Fearn it means alder-tree. Alder-bark has been used by many cultures to treat various health problems and disorders, everything from insect bites to tuberculosis. Alder is a very water resistant hardwood and is often used in foundations where water is present. The key points to remember with alder are confidence, shielding, guidance, and standing up to ones enemies. Just as water stands no chance against alder, your enemies are at a loss when you have the protection of the alder.

Fortune – Drawing this Ogham is a sign to remain true to yourself and resist all temptation!

 

 

Huathe-Hawthorn

The Celts often believed the hawthorn to be a portal to the Otherworld. The hawthorn is a hardy plant commonly used for hedges and great firewood. It can even be an invasive species at times. The key points to remember with the letter Huathe are obstacles, walls, and obstructions. Its ability to form a natural wall gives the diviner an idea in what this symbol can mean to them and their lives.

Fortune – To overcome obstacles and walls you must make a personal sacrifice, to gain we must lose something of ourselves!

 

 

Ura-Heather

The beauty of heather flowers is one reason it is associated with the Irish Goddess of love, fertility, and new growth. Be happy when you draw this letter because it denotes love, companionship, and passion. Whether it will be a new love or an old love rekindled, Ura is a powerful symbol and one that may bring great luck in your love life.

Fortune – This Ogham deals in matters of Love. Whether it is new love or rekindling of old love, enjoy the peace and love that comes with Ura!

 

Your Animal Spirit Guide for

The Black Cat

The Magick of the Black Cat

The Wisdom of the Budda

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

A Little Humor for Your Day

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If You Were Born Today, October 2

TRUE LOVE

If You Were Born Today, October 2

You thrive on companionship, especially the one-on-one kind. For the most part, you are quite comfortable in a supporting role, and you possess an understated charm. Although tactful and caring, you also enjoy displaying your intellect, and there are times when you might try to score intellectual points, and regret it if you’ve hurt someone else’s feelings in the process! The thing is, you accept nothing at face value, and that, combined with your perceptiveness, endows you with a very interesting and intelligent perspective that others respect. You are spiritually inclined, well-respected, and popular. Famous people born today: Mahatma Gandhi, Groucho Marx, Graham Greene, Johnny Cochrane, Kelly Ripa, Sting, Tiffany.

Your Birthday Year Forecast:

With the Sun and Moon in harmony in your Solar Return chart, the year ahead should be satisfying and balanced overall. You are in comfortable demand and personally popular, and you are able to achieve a decent balance between work and play; personal and professional life. For the most part, you are on top of your game this year, and positive connections with others can be made fairly easily. With the ability to handle your emotions successfully, there is less stress on both your mind and body. Your self-confidence and positive attitude will reward you!

You have a stronger focus on, and dedication to, work in the period ahead, sometimes taking it a little too far. Taking the time to pull yourself away from your pet projects or work will help bring more balance to your life, and will ensure that you don’t neglect other important areas of life. However, you can make significant headway in specific areas this year, and you are likely to feel a strong sense of direction and purpose.

You are especially creative and expressive this year, and you might often act on impulse. Your love life may be especially animated. You succeed best in fields or areas that allow you to make something beautiful, attractive, and/or entertaining. You are particularly dynamic at this point in your life, sometimes impatient, and you often experience bursts of energy. You are courageous, but be careful to not go to such extremes that you are foolhardy, as this inclines you to mishaps.

Personal magnetism is tremendous this year. This is a good period for creative projects and joining with others in pursuing a common goal.

However, err on the side of caution if offers arrive that seem too good to be true. Some confusion or possibly deception could arise in relationships this year, and you may be skipping important details without even realizing it.

Fortunate connections are likely to be made this year–connections that benefit you now and down the road and that enhance your chances of success at achieving your goals. A new relationship with someone that helps to broaden your horizons, expand your mind, and deepen your personal philosophy of life is possible, or existing relationships grow and improve.

However, your energy can vary greatly from one period to the next, so take advantage of the “high” periods in order to offset the possible loss in productivity during the low-energy stages. This may be due to wavering motivation – you may be seeking out something more meaningful which can pay with your physical energy levels.

Saturn forms a square to your Sun this year from April to December 2018. During this time period, there can be times when you feel blocked from advancing in your chosen life path, or temporarily lacking in energy and confidence. Ego boosts don’t seem to be forthcoming, or if they are, you don’t see them in such a light. Some sort of buckling down is necessary at this time and is often perceived as limitations coming from other people or from circumstances. A general feeling of “slowdown” is likely, and if regular tasks seem more overwhelming than usual, it is likely due to poor spirits and lack of motivation. Sometimes, this transit is associated with problems with the teeth, bones in general, and the skin. It is also associated with mechanical breakdowns in your life. However, Saturn calls upon you to identify the weaker areas of your life and to fix or strengthen them. Take the time to sort out your life, improve your work, and become more efficient. Taking a slow and steady approach to life is necessary now. Pushing too hard will likely lead to frustration and setbacks. Take it easy and work on self-improvement. Results are not immediate, but will eventually come and bring healthy rewards. This can be a time of fixing problems or taking on responsibilities so that your life runs more smoothly.

You seek out nourishment from — and naturally nurture and support — others during this period. Needs and cravings seem to be in harmony, or at least not in conflict, with those of your loved ones. It makes you feel stronger and good about yourself to help and support, and you seem to have a good support system in place for yourself.

Helping you out is a Mars-Pluto trine that suggests you’re going all in with certain projects and endeavors. You want your objectives to reflect what you’re really about, and you are likely to rid yourself of unsatisfying goals this year. Your ability to concentrate and focus helps you achieve what you set out to do. A new project or goal begun this year has a good chance of being successful and long-lasting. Your physical activities tend to be more intense, passionate, and focused. It’s an excellent year in which to make a lifestyle change, as your ability to concentrate on what really matters to you is enhanced.

While energy can be up and down this year and there can be some obstacles to clear, the period ahead is excellent for getting key areas of your life more organized and structured. Areas that you’ve overlooked now need your attention. Family and support systems can be in good place, however, and personal appeal is strong. There can be some very fertile, creative projects in the works. Cooperation brings excellent rewards.

2017 is a Number Four year for you. Ruled by Uranus. This is a year of work and development. It’s “nose to the grindstone” time. It’s a time to pay special attention to practical matters, and it’s not a time to be lazy or especially gregarious. Sometimes, it can be a year that feels hard, monotonous and routine, and/or lonely. Positive new relationships are often not formed in a Four personal year. However, it can be a wonderful year for building, development, and laying a solid foundation for future successes. Advice – get yourself organized, work to build your resources, keep busy.

2018 will be a Number Five year for you. Ruled by Mercury. This is a year of discovery and freedom. It’s a time when exploration and reaching out to others brings opportunities. It’s a good time to advertise, promote, and sell. Surprises are in store, and the routine is broken for the better. This is a year when exciting relationships can be formed; or, if you are already in a partnership, new life is breathed into the relationship. Advice – explore, look for adventure, keep your eyes open for opportunities, diversify, mingle.

Your Weekly Karmic Forecast: September 30 – October 6, 2018

Kelly M. Beard
a message from Kelly M. Beard

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:  September 30 – October 6, 2018

9/30 ~ Pluto Direct 18* CAPRICORN:

Pluto is in a long process (2008-2024) and we are now well past the 2016 MidPoint, and deep into course-correcting time on the other side. On a personal level, Pluto helps you dig up any destructive unconscious patterns, strips you raw and confronts you with who you are and how you will survive when nothing and no one else is available to help or support you. I like to think of Pluto as our ‘buried treasures’ and like diamonds, it requires a very special task to release from within and bring into the Light. Often, because Pluto rules death, rebirth & transformation, something is sacrificed for your own greater good. Although it is sometimes painful and debilitating, it doesn’t have to be, but is almost always (a) necessary and (b) ultimately *liberating*!!

Pluto is traveling through the Capricorn sector of your chart, digging deep and activating any other planets you may have in Capricorn (and Cancer/Aries & Libra by default). So, it’s good to look at this as an on-going purification & transformation of this department in life (and, subsequently the other three areas too). Pluto moves generations and great numbers of people along their evolutionary path, however, every year when it retrogrades, it turns that energy inward, giving us unique access to our own depths, where our SoulSelf resides. When it goes forward, like today, it is a very gradual awakening process that develops from there. Transformation happens behind the scenes and often out of the prying eyes of others, as well as your own conscious mind, this is deep Soul Work that only you can do. What have you really purified & transformed this year? or what would you like to?

Use this time to set intentions for purification in the sense that you are supported to strip away the non-essential and reconnect with your purest, original intent. Change is greatly supported at this time, so anything that you are really ready, truly willing & finally able to change, can be transformed forever. Capricorn gets everyone focused on choices & responsibilities, as well as the structure of your life that supports & protects you and the overall stability of whatever House it rules.

10/2 ~ Mercury (ideas, thoughts & concepts) ~square~ Pluto (rebirth & transformation):

This energy is a tough, yet powerful one. Its Highest expression would be to focus on your inner deep-dig, discovery & development. It enables you to look beneath the surface to some core drives and gain some valuable insights and thus, choose a plan of action based on your findings. You will want to know all the hidden meanings behind decisions you’ve made or want to make soon. Dig – you will find more than you think you’re ready for, but apparently the Universe thinks differently! Pay attention and try not to worry about what anyone else thinks or believes. This energy’s flip-side is to make you obsess over one particular idea and try to force others to your way of thinking. That is a bottomless pit – you cannot truly change the way other people think – you can only change the way you thinkand hope it enlightens others along the way … and it will, for those who are tuned in to your level. Try to only focus on you and your direction.

10/5 ~ Venus Retrograde 10* SCORPIO:

*Check out Kelly’s website for details on current Venus Events

The whole point of any planet going Retrograde is to bring up the issues of its domain, in Venus’ case, values, priorities, beauty, love, relationships and resources. It brings these issues to the surface, essentially getting your attention in a way that (hopefully) will prompt you to want to explore more deeply (retrograde) and look at things from other perspectives, before charting the course of future forward movement (when direct and out of shadow) when you will have acquired more clarity and sure-footedness.

The Sign the Retrograde falls in represents the ‘theme’ and is where Venus extends her stay for one and all. For example, this one is in Scorpio and 2010 was the last time Venus Retrograded through Scorpio (before that, 2002), so how have your values and priorities evolved over the last 8 years where your power, death, sex, money and relationships are concerned? How would you like to evolve over the next 8 years? Venus energy focuses your attention on what you deeply value or what you give your resources to, which tells the Universe what you truly value. How did you spend your time, energy and money over the last cycle or two? How will/can that change going forward?

Shadow:  September 3 – October 5, 2018

~ Intro/Initiation of New You & New Priorities

Retro:  October 5 – November 16, 2018

~ Re-View, Re-Evaluate, Re-Vision, Re-Examine Relationships & Finances

Shadow:  November 16 – December 18, 2018

~ Integration of the New You & New Priorities

Integration:  December 18 – January 8, 2019

~ Anchoring the Scorpio Power & Energy and Grounding NEW 8-year Cycle

Venus *Retrograde* is About …

•Reconnecting with All Your 6-Senses

•Review Anything of Value that has been Buried, Suppressed or Neglected of the Last 18-mo to 8-years

•Reviewing & Renewing the Sacred Feminine Aspects of Your Nature

•Assess the Evolution of Your Personal Values & Priorities on All Levels

•Assess the Value & Purpose of All Relationships, Partnerships & Collaborations

•Revitalize & Reestablish Your Magnetics: What You Naturally Magnetize and Naturally Repel

•Process & Integrate Energetic Shifts with Your Relationships & Resources

•Revive Your Essential Nature & Organically Change How You Relate with Others

•Renew your Spirit, your Faith, and your Commitment to the Sacred Feminine

•Focus on Your Resources & Definition of Wealth & Abundance

•Fortify & Restore Your Individual Sense of Self-Value / Self-Worth / Self-Esteem

•Reawaken Your Way of Living Your Life – and – of Living on Earth with Others

Venus in Libra ~ Aug 6 – Sept 9, 2018

Venus in Scorpio ~ Sept 9 — Rx: Oct 5 — Nov 16, 2018

Rx RE-Enters Libra ~ Oct 31, 2018 — Dir: Nov 16

Dir RE-Enters Scorpio ~ Dec 2 – Jan 7, 2019

Aug 6 – Sept 9, 2018 ~ Venus in Libra …

(again Oct 31 – Dec 2, 2018)

Venus (values, priorities, resources, love, art, beauty, culture) in Libra (balance, reciprocity, relationships) is a time to restore balance within your Being and develop a new sense of self-worth and self-value. This is an opportunity to (re) negotiate terms of your primary relationships and determine what is no longer important to you, while preparing to go deeper. If you align your priorities within your own Being, as well as your primary relationships of *NOW* ~ then it will make the deep dive in to the potent Scorpio energy more productive (and less debilitating). When Venus is in Libra, it is time to assess your priorities and re-establish balance with a cool head (Air sign), what’s fair, just and worth it for you, by your own definition. It’s time to take an honest look at how you, your life and choices affect those closest to you. And you want to reflect on how effective your choices actually are (or have been) in attracting your heart’s desires. Remember, Libra is the lesson of “balance and reciprocity” which must be considered before taking on the Scorpio lesson of “karma and creation”, otherwise you only create more “karma and creations” to clean up along the way. Venus will always remind you that you ARE what you attract and you show the Universe what you value by what you spend your primary resources on (time, energy, money). So use this time and Cycle to recalibrate things consciously and look for new ways of relating.

Sept 9 – Oct 31, 2018 ~ Venus in Scorpio …

(again Dec 2 – Jan 7, 2019)

As you move through the relationship work in Libra, many new layers of life (and how connected to it all you really are) are revealed when she enters Scorpio. As new (or sometimes old) issues are exposed and brought in to the light, you begin to realize that the love and abundance you’ve managed to attract or create is a direct reflection of your own personal values and self-worth. As Venus moves in to Scorpio, it activates Soul-level work and illuminates how invisible energy is affecting your life and relationships. Ideas or beliefs that have become unconscious, hidden or buried, come in to your conscious awareness at this time, rooting-out any self-deceptions and/or bad habits which no longer support who you’ve become over the last 2-8 years. It’s time to identify and release any self-sabotage, illusions, delusions or inner-darkness that is delaying your good or misguiding your power. It’s time to distill your motivations back to their original essence and intentions. Define your terms. What is love? abundance? beauty? life? What do you want? and why do you want it? How will you create it? or magnetize it in? Scorpio is the energy and lesson of karma and creation, holding us all accountable for that which we bring in to being. And reminding us that willing and honorable sacrifice clears a space for magic to occur and invites the ancestors and invisible realms to contribute and assist. Venus in Scorpio reminds you that you are not the Source of power, but merely a channel or vehicle of its expression in form. As a human with free will and choice, it helps to also be responsible and aware anytime Scorpio is kicking. Releasing deeper issues, clearing a space to plant *NEW* seeds of potential, doing the 3D/visible work, then stepping back and allowing the invisible power of Source energy to breathe life into your intentions ~ is the best use of this time and energy. It can be intense and often challenging, but if you are able to push through the discomfort and face any dark Truths being revealed at this time, you will be cleansed, lighter and better able to direct your power and shape-shift as needed for living on a planet that is based on the Life/Death/Life Cycle and a natural rhythm.

Relevant Reflections:

Last Venus moved through Libra/Scorpio ~ Oct 15 – Dec 2, 2017

The last time Venus activated Libra/Scorpio was Oct/Nov 2017, which is a fairly regular occurrence. It’s catching it at the Retrograde that makes this one special. However, the last one may have some clues, upon reflection, which turn out to be some kind of indicators pointing to what you are *reviewing* now.

Previous Venus Retrograde in Scorpio ~ 2010 / 2002 / 1994 / 1986 (8-year cycles)

This is a larger Cycle to focus on but still may yield some clues. Basically, all cycles eventually repeat themselves, some more often than others. The same Scorpio energy was activated back then, and will be again, however, the *surrounding* planetary support changes ~ the human condition evolves ~ your own personal support systems shape-shift as needed. Think about the Sign Lesson: Power to Create ~ and the subsequent Karma you create along with it. The issues: Power, Sex, Death, Money, Rebirth & Transformative Soul-Work. That’s what’s back on the table. You should be able to delineate a pattern. Think of the deaths, real & metaphorical, that you have experienced around those years. Think about your sexual preferences or levels of activity. Think about how you were creating your reality and with what resources. Think of the life-changing events that led you to *here & now*.

Now what? What do you want to create with your power and resources over the *next* 8 years? Set an intention to purify and distill your own power issues in to their most useful and basic elements. As a human being with conscious awareness, you are Infinitely creative and connected to an Infinite power Source. That is incredible *power* which requires an adequate structure, container or vehicle, a capable guide or director and a pure motivation to *create*.

Monthly Astro-Forecasts October 2018

Sarah-Jane Grace

a message from Sarah-Jane Grace

There have been times of my life when I’ve felt as though I’ve been moving backwards when everyone – and everything – else has been moving forwards. Occasionally I’ve been lucky enough to stop to reassess myself and my life, but the world has continued to shift in ways that have felt counter-intuitive to me. As a result, I’ve often felt as though I’m slowly spinning as I try to keep my own pace but also try to follow the flock at the same time which is not only challenging, but confusing as well! I’m not convinced I’m alone in feeling this way as so many of us feel at a tangent to the everyday mêlée and flow of life; it’s as though we exist on a slightly different wavelength to everyone else.

Of course, this can make for a challenging life, as it’s hard to go with the flow when everyone else’s flow moves in a different direction! But intuitively we know that it’s our unique perspective and the way in which we experience life that ultimately shapes and defines the paths we walk. In short, we celebrate being different, but being different can often feel challenging in a ‘normal shaped’ world. Whilst we may be advocates of uniqueness, there is a ‘safety in numbers’ when it comes to trying to fit in and be like everyone else, yet, within our hearts and souls we cannot ignore the need to express our true essence and be free.

Life can therefore become shaped by conundrums and paradoxes, carving out twists and turns in the path ahead. We can become overwhelmed by mazes of confusion and underwhelmed by the everyday pedestrian need to ‘keep on keeping on’ in order to get from a to b. Whilst paying the bills, doing the washing up and cleaning the toilet are never fun, they’re necessary.

Although we may feel the longing within to freely express our creativity, spirituality and uniqueness, this is so often not encouraged from an early age. We’re shaped and rounded by our environment and encouraged to walk well-trodden paths in order to do either what’s expected of us or what we feel obligated to do. Finding the ‘sensible career path’ is often advocated above the whimsical dreams of creative adventure. As a result, many of us grow up feeling like we cannot follow our hearts’ desire as it’s not practical in the ‘real world’ and, after time, our desires fade as we become automatons in a 9-5 world where we seek out material satisfaction to prove our happiness. Intuitively we know that seeking out joy from the material world won’t work, but we can feel unable to step beyond this as the idea that happiness comes from material wealth is so highly regarded.

It’s often only when life trips us up and everything comes tumbling down that we get the chance to stop, step back and re-assess. Even then, it can be challenging, as the desire to fit in and take the practical route has been hard-wired into our DNA. Yet, although re-wiring takes time, it is possible. It takes focus, dedication and belief. It also takes a great deal of patience and a sprinkling of creative passion.

Like many things in life, we have a choice: we can either continue to chase the last train even though we know we’re too late because that’s what we’ve always done, or we can let the train go and find a new path home. Life isn’t written in black and white, and there are no hard and fast rules. Sometimes it boils down to us listening to our intuition, taking a deep breath and setting ourselves free…

For now, I wish you all kinds of wonderful.

With love,

Sarah-Jane

Aries

Your inspiration has always been your guiding light in life, and it has been your inspiration and motivation, even when times have been challenging. This inner light has been a powerful friend to you over the years as, when you go within, it illuminates your soul, inspiring you and helping you gain fresh perspective. Even through some long, dark nights, your inner light has helped you through and shown you hope and courage. As a result, you have developed a technique to see beyond the fear and uncertainty that can create prisons and mazes in life, and you have developed an enlivening and open-hearted way of living and being. Although you still have your ram-headed determination, you have allowed your inner light to soften this in order to give you the gifts of patience and reflection, neither of which have come particularly naturally to you, but you have allowed them into your life with tenderness and compassion as you have realised how important they are at this stage of your journey.

You have faced – and overcome – so many obstacles and hurdles, but your spirit still shines so brightly, warming you from the inside, out. Over time, this blend of passion and inner-illumination has enabled you to look beyond the four walls of your everyday life, reaching far and wide into new terrain. Each day is a new experience and you have become more conscious in each and every moment, so you are noticing more from the setting sun, to birds singing, to your breath. Whilst this may not, on the surface, seem significant, it has changed you immeasurably as you have stepped beyond the mindset of ‘keeping on, keeping on’ and you are now living in a more centred and balanced way. Of course, challenges still come, but they no longer overcome and encompass you as you have the wind in your hair as you fly free…

Taurus

As the theme of ‘fluxness’ remains in the air, and you continue the square dance of one foot forward, then one back, it has been hard for you to see beyond the stalemate, as much of your focus has been on maintaining the dance. It’s not that you are intentionally moving backwards and forwards, but you have become so used to doing it, you like to your best to do it well! After all, no one ever said perfection wasn’t one of your traits! Even though you haven’t been overly content to embrace the concept of fluxness, you have worked with it, rather than against it and this has allowed you to gain some important insights in connection to how you live your life. Resistance has it’s uses, but having the courage to let go of this and become more conscious in the moment has brought you so much inspiration and insight into how to live a better, more enriching life.

October is ‘falling leaves time’ in the northern hemisphere, and this feels so apt for you as you are entering a time of letting go: a time to lighten the load in your life in order to walk more freely and easily. As a part of this process, it’s wise to contemplate your true needs, wants and desires, as knowing what you truly want can help you to let go of a great deal and it also opens up the doorway to more clarity and a stronger vision. Letting go is often a challenging process as it can mean endings, but endings always bring new beginnings, and you seem more than ready to embark on a new adventure in life. Of course, it can be hard to see beyond the fluxness, but you can feel this anticipation rising up from deep within the core of your being so try to allow at least a little bit of breathing space for it to grow, flourish and blossom…

Gemini

October looks set to be a month of great shift for you as you continue the process of self-evaluation and inner discovery. You are beginning to find new ways to express your creativity and uniqueness, and, more importantly, you are beginning to love yourself, your quirks and embrace those little things about yourself that you’ve never really been that fond of. At the same time, you have started to warm to those aspects of yourself that you’ve always felt were misplaced or somehow ‘wrong’, as you’ve stepped beyond these old beliefs and they no longer suit your philosophy on life. In fact, you have reached a stage of realisation that you are mighty fine exactly as you are! This isn’t meant to sound glib, as it’s actually a profound shift for you, and something to celebrate, as it seems you have finally reached a threshold of acceptance and self-compassion. Whilst both of these have always been dancing around your consciousness, you have never really found a way to be with them or let them embrace you.

Of course, as always, your biggest challenge has been the one between your head and your heart as you can find it hard not to over-think and over-analyse. This has enabled you to learn a great deal about yourself, but it has also kept you locked in a cycle of constant questioning. Head and heart are not, on the surface, easily reconcilable for you, but this is a perception and there are ways to blend these into a more creative and potent force, particularly when you open up more to acceptance and self-compassion. You may not be the person you thought you would be, you may not be living the life you dreamed you’d be living, but instead of focusing on such things, it’s more important to focus on all that you are, as you have evolved into a bright and sparkly soul…

Cancer

In many ways, life is a storyline. In fact, a cycle of storylines might be a better description, as you often find yourself amidst several different storylines at any one point in time. Some are your own and other storylines are connected to those around you; each storyline swirls around – and through – you like a kaleidoscope. Some of these storylines weave and interlock with your own life, and some feel less natural, awkward and more of a hindrance. Whilst you accept the interconnected nature of life, there is a part of you that longs for something far simpler, crisper and clear cut! All this ‘waftiness’ of storylines and kaleidoscopes can feel frustrating for you, as you don’t have the time, patience or inclination, as you are so focused on keeping the wheels turning on the great big bus of your life, trying so hard to move forwards, that you’re often more focused on keeping the wheels turning, than you are focusing on where you actually are.

On some levels, your life has become more mechanical in nature as you work hard to tick off that ‘to do’ list, pushing ahead and spending little time in quiet reflection contemplating your path and your dreams. You seem to have lost the magic and ‘je ne sais quoi’, and this has left you feeling hollow and empty. October looks set to be a month for you to reconnect to the magic within as you shift your focus away from the ‘to do’ list and more towards re-connecting to your intuitive, creative, and wise nature. It’s easy to forget your true roots when life gets busy, but it’s your roots that guide you and keep you strong. As some of the main storylines of your life begin to shift once again, take some time to breathe deeply and make the most of this opportunity to explore pastures new…

Leo

There are times in your life when you feel overwhelmed and there are times when you feel underwhelmed, and there are a great many more times where you are somewhere between the two. Some may consider this ‘in between’ area as mundane and pedestrian, whereas other see it as simply a part of everyday life. Most of the time you appreciate this middle road as breathing space as it gives you a chance to reflect and ponder the path you’ve been walking and the path ahead of you. Yet, there are times when you feel frustrated to be bumbling along with the status quo as you can feel trapped, stifled and contained within the walls of your everyday life. Although you are a practical soul, you always have at least one eye on the passion and sparkle, as your creative spark is always seeking out new avenues of expression. So, ‘in between’ can feel monochrome or black and white rather than an opportunity to thrive.

Yet, there is great beauty to be found in the absence of colour, so maybe this is more connected to your perspective than anything else? Whilst it’s understandable to want to stir up the passion within your heart and soul, it’s important to realise that this is not only to be found in the thrill and adventure of the peaks and troughs of life. The more you try to see the creative potential of your ‘everyday’, the more you will realise that your potential is ever-expanding and ever-evolving, slowly blossoming into something beautiful. Life isn’t about chasing the highs or resisting the lows, or pushing away the mundane, it’s about learning how to make the most of every single moment. So, it’s time to find a new way of living and being, one that allows you to flourish and thrive, even in those ‘in between’ moments…

Virgo

The landscape of life is one that ebbs and flows over the course of time. Just like the rain carves out limestone caverns and the winds create the sand dunes, the hills and valleys of your soul have grown, developed and evolved over the years. If you look back, the landscape you once knew has gradually changed with the passing of time. Of course, it’s not the rain or wind that have shaped and defined you, the ‘weather’ is your experiences, your emotions and your creative explorations. Your journey through life is the force that creates your landscape, as every single moment, every choice, every thought and every breath all come together into a great big, and often incoherent, bundle of stuff that makes you, you. Over time, your landscape has changed; you have added new pathways and new signs as the scenery has evolved, and your experiences have carved out cave networks, built mountains and forged new rivers. This all sounds very majestic and grand, but you already know this!

So, why the reminder? Well, it seems you have been so focused on trying to live the best life possible that you have lost sight of the fact that this isn’t some distant, far-away goal on the horizon, nor is it something to go and get, as the life you are living, already is the best life possible! Whilst you may still have dreams to achieve, and there may be aspects about your life you’re not happy with, the life you are living is the one you’ve got, so celebrate the hills and valleys you’ve created and feel proud of your achievements. Don’t spend your time always hankering for more, make the most of what you have in the here and now, as it’s really rather splendid! Your life is an adventure, so take a deep breath and explore…

Libra

As you continue to seek out new levels of meaning and understanding in your life, there is a sense that you are beginning to forge a new philosophy for living and being you. You have spent a great deal of time contemplating the very fabric of the universe, trying to distil and condense it into something more comprehensible and malleable. As a result, your understanding of the world is considerably deeper and a great deal richer, than many others. Such a perspective has allowed you to explore some of the mysteries of life and you have learned so much as you’ve ridden the ups and downs with grace and wisdom. You have seen the individual threads that weave together to form the universe and you have stepped back and seen the universe in the blink of an eye. In essence, you have evolved and transformed, and you aren’t the same person you were last week, last month or last year.

You have re-shaped and re-defined your existence, and the things that once seemed so important now seem less so as you’re seeking out a simpler, but richer, way of living and being. Of course, part of this involves finding a truer sense of inner peace, which is hard when your mind travels at a million miles an hour. Your head constantly rattles, churning over thoughts, ideas and possibilities; your consciousness reaches deeply into the dark recesses of your soul to seek out answers to questions, always seeking out wisdom and understanding. Your evolution has been a profound one, yet there is a part of you wondering what on earth it’s really all about! Everyday life can seem almost trivial when you’re lost in such spaces, but it’s important to keep your feet on the ground as you need to straddle both worlds in order to channel some of this formidable energy into something truly wonderful…

Scorpio

Life is often a swirling mass of seemingly incongruent and haphazard happenings and events. On the surface, very little makes sense, as life very rarely (if ever) follows a set, pre-determined path. Even with the best of intentions, nothing is set in stone. Although you intuitively know this, it has been hard for you at times, as you have felt as though you are being pulled in many different directions at the same time. You are an open and sensitive soul, easily picking up on the situations and people around you. As a result, it can be hard to know where you end and where others begin. This can make it challenging for you to define your own boundaries and to get a true sense of what you truly want from life as your consciousness is usually so jammed full of the dreams, goals, ideas and ideals of others (stuff!).

Whilst you are open-minded and open-hearted, sometimes the flood of all this ‘stuff’ can feel overwhelming, as you quickly reach saturation point when you can take no more and just need to retreat for a while in order to re-centre and re-balance. However, you also realise this flow of ‘stuff’ is often full of gems of wisdom so you’re not keen to stop it completely. Although the flow of ‘stuff’ can be a burden, it’s also a gift and your life would feel much poorer if it were to stop. You therefore need to find a way to let the ebb and flow of the tides continue without feeling quite so overwhelmed by it; feel blessed for the gifts it brings you, but know there are always ways to take a breath. You may wonder how to take a breath when the currents are so strong, but the answer seems simple: you close your eyes and take a big deep breath! It isn’t rocket science…

Sagittarius

As you continue your quest to find your true self, there is a sense that you have reached a stage of your life where you are opening up your heart and soul to the concept of acceptance. You have spent a great deal of time trying to do more, be more and achieve more, and whilst this has seen you flourish and thrive, there is also an underlying sense of restlessness as you run through life at jogging pace with one eye on the horizon looking for the next thing to do, place to go or thing to achieve. Ambition is a good thing as it fires up the passion in your soul and motivates you to reach towards the stars. Yet, there is a risk that by focusing on the horizon you are missing out on the present moment. At the same time, the gap between where you are and where you want to be (or think your ought to be) never seems to close, and this can leave you focused on both the gap and the horizon, spending very little time in the here and now.

Yet, you do need at least one foot (okay, one toe!) on the ground so you don’t continually spin round and round! You are a passionate and adventurous free-spirit, so grounding yourself can feel counter-intuitive, but you are ready to give birth to some big ideas, and it seems important to prepare yourself in order to make the most of such an opportunity. This shift seems to be rising up from deep within your heart and soul as a direct result of your willingness to shift your focus to the present moment, as well as from your openness to the concept of acceptance. In short, it seems you are realising that those trainers are optional extras as jogging isn’t actually your default setting! You are ready now to pause and allow your true self to surface…

Capricorn

You have always worked so hard at getting on the with the business of life; you have channelled your drive and energy towards keeping on keeping on, and, even when the going has been tough, your resilience has allowed you to push on. This has seen you achieve a great deal, so now, when you look back, you can see just how much you have accomplished. In fact, there is much for you to be proud of, and you have given so much of yourself in the process. Yet, there is a sense of sacrifice here, a sense that you have given up on your passion and dreams in order to get on with the business of life. Business seems like an apt description as there is something quite industrial to all of this, yet you are a passionate, compassionate and creative soul and these seem at a tangent to the way in which you’ve been living your life and seem almost conspicuous by their absence. It’s not that you are denying your creative flow, but there doesn’t seem to be much room for it anymore.

You have parked many of your dreams in order to get on with life, not realising that your dreams and creativity are a part of your life. It’s understandable to feel the need to prioritise paying the bills and putting food on the table, so creativity may feel almost irrelevant in comparison, but life is about more than turning the wheel and making it through each day, isn’t it? The narrative doesn’t help as ‘the business of life’ makes it feel like a corporate transaction rather than a free flowing and fluid existence. Is there really no room for anything else? It seems time to address this imbalance in order to re-inject some passion, sparkle and creativity back into your world once again. It’s already within you, set it free…

Aquarius

You have the wisdom and awareness to see the ever-shifting, ever-changing landscapes of life. You can feel life expanding and shrinking, inhaling and exhaling, with each passing moment. You have the capacity to step back from the intricacies and minutiae of your own world in order to see the full majesty of the ebb and flow of life’s events from a unique perspective, enabling you to gain an awareness of the bigger picture. Seeing the bigger picture inspires you to continually re-shape and re-define your existence, as you allow your evolving self the chance to move with the greater ebb and flow all around you, making you a true child of the evolution! As a result, your beliefs and dreams are constantly changing and shifting. This can make it hard for you to follow any particular path in life and you may sometimes feel as though you are drifting with the tides which can be frustrating for a deep-thinking soul such as you.

There are times when you want to put down your anchor in order to plot a new course and take back control of the helm, but intuitively you know that you need to ebb and flow as the landscapes of your life are undergoing a fairly radical overhaul at the current time. This means that many of your old goals and dreams have melted away leaving you in the somewhat unique position of being ‘free’ and untethered from anything in particular. This is more philosophical than literal, a kind of tranquil space in your heart and soul where you are neither here nor there, free from any particular pathway or goal. Savour this moment and enjoy the breathing space. Take the time to rest in the stillness and trust that, when the time comes, new pathways will form, and new dreams will surface, and you will intuitively know exactly when to set sail…

Pisces

If you take a moment to contemplate a fish, you can imagine it swimming freely in the watery depths, effortlessly gliding through the water, bobbing about wherever it chooses. Now think of yourself as a fish (Pisces); do you see yourself swimming so freely through your own life? Whilst you have the capacity to ‘be a fish’, your mastery at ought’s, must’s and should’s seems to have created a rather large load for you to carry at any one time. So, whilst you may still be a fish, you have a trailer and roof rack in situ, and you’re still bursting at the seams! Of course, life is full of things to do, people to see and places to go, but there is a sense that your life is so full of this that there is very little time for you. Why is this? Do you not like the quiet of stillness? Do you need distraction to avoid looking within? Or do you simply feel your life is worth less than everyone else’s? Whilst none of these seem likely, there are few other explanations as to why you are such a champion at taking on so much for so many.

At the same time, your tendency to be weighed down with distraction prevents you from breathing freely and exploring your true potential. You still have so much magic and sparkle within and these are longing to be set free. It’s time for you to ask yourself some serious questions as to how to establish a better sense of balance in your life in order to create more time for you. Whilst there will always be things to do for others (as that is your way), make room for yourself as you’re precious as well. Give yourself some priority and make ‘you time’ a joy, not an inconvenience. This is your moment to re-write the rulebook of your life…

October 2018 Astro-Energy Report – Relationships and Revelation

Sarah Varcas

a message from Sarah Varcas

All dates are UT so may vary in your time zone

October 2018 sees a square from Uranus to the moon’s nodes settling in for five months. This alliance speaks of both positive potential and risk. It may signify sweeping change that cultivates a more innovative and courageous attitude at a personal, local and global level. Or we may end up reacting to life’s challenges blind to their deeper significance, unwittingly retreating to intellectualised theories about the ‘right’ thing to do without embodying those beliefs in a ‘real-world’ way. This relationship between Uranus and the nodes reminds us the future can hang on a single decision as much as it contains infinite potentialities. It affords us the power to impact many lives both near and far, and insists we respect this responsibility bestowed upon us.

Uranus is currently tying up loose ends in preparation for its final entry into Taurus in March 2019. It first entered Aries, the previous sign, in May 2010, since which there’s been a certain amount of leeway available for the more impulsive among us. Aries is a fiery energy, fast to act, quick to change, always ready to begin something new. If the first decision didn’t work out let’s try this one, and that one. It doesn’t hang around for the long haul, trying to make something work that’s already crashed on the rocks of misguided impulse. And it doesn’t hold our mistakes against us! Taurus, on the other hand, is far more intransigent, eager to stick on the same path no matter what. Uranus in the sign of the bull is just as impulsive as ever, but the consequences of impetuous decisions and ill-thought through plans will stick around a whole lot longer, their implications pinning us to the spot. So as Uranus prepares for its final entry into Taurus we need to reflect on what restricts our movement and growth. What triggers our impulsive side? What keeps us stuck in old habits that die hard? What behaviours do we repeatedly indulge regardless of how poorly they’ve worked out for us before?! Identifying these now will help us curtail impulsive reactivity and discern what truly needs to change once Uranus begins six unbroken years in Taurus in March 2019, and we can shift those intransigent things we never thought we could.

Pluto turned direct in Capricorn on the final day of September, signalling the start of a seven-month period of impactful external change. Daily routines may go awry as institutions fundamental to our way of life flounder. Structures and systems that underpin our lives may be increasingly undermined. Those who seek to misuse the power of public office may regret past arrogance and scramble to make amends, albeit too little too late. The sea change that Pluto enacts in our personal and collective lives is rarely gentle but always necessary. With Saturn now accompanying Pluto in Capricorn, we’ll increasingly encounter the consequences of our resistance to change as much as our desire for it. The next seven months will shift some stubborn ground and reveal further the dark under-belly of ‘respectable’ society, illuminating the shadow forces within and without that perpetuate the reckless exploitation underpinning a world in which money is king and power the ultimate currency.

That said, a waning quarter moon in Cancer on 2nd October reminds us that other people aren’t the enemy, even when they are! We can stand firm against injustice without dismissing beyond all hope of grace those who perpetuate it. Divisive politics and disenfranchised people create conflict and war. We have enough of those already. Most people on this planet struggle with the inner forces of ignorance and see through the distorted eyes of an ego under siege. Cooling water is poured on the fires of discord and hatred when we recognise that the very source of our conflict – the ego’s need to prevail at any cost – also unites us. Use this quarter moon to connect with others and create a safe space in which to promote reconciliation and compromise, ready for the new moon in Libra in a week’s time.

Venus is retrograde between 5th October and 16th November. This happens only once every year and a half, signalling an important time of reflection and realignment in our capacity for pleasure, our values and our relationships. Venus currently in Scorpio seeks total absorption in the experience of lust and longing. She needs to be overcome by the visceral force of her own desire and consumed by all-encompassing surrender to the desire of another. This Venus yearns to lose herself in tumultuous passion which fosters depth and intensity in her relationships. Retrograding in Scorpio, she emphasises the obsessive nature of desire and illuminates specifically where we identify with and feed off the experience of passionate craving. She reveals where we’re driven by an insatiable need for emotional intensity, creating problematic situations and relationships we just can’t seem to let go. This Venus illuminates where the driving-force of passion in all its forms keeps us hooked into circumstances that diminish our well-being. If we need the ‘juice’ of emotional passion to feel alive we may settle for harmful as much as life-affirming intensity, becoming embroiled in relationships which keep us angry, needy or obsessed. Power struggles may ensue as we invest increasing amounts of energy in people who rile our emotions and matters which ultimately drain our energy rather than feed our spirit.

As Venus retrogrades through Scorpio until the end of the month, observe where you get hooked by drama, where you can’t just walk away and leave it be. Ask yourself what’s really going on there and do you want or need to change that dynamic? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Only you will know. But as this month progresses, those problematic things we feed off, forever a cause of complaint and yet clung to for dear life, will become increasingly apparent. We may discover surprising and unpalatable truths about how much our identity and sense of self is bolstered by obsessive passion and negative interpersonal dynamics. The ego loves an enemy and as much as we suffer and complain, walking away once and for all may feel like too great a sacrifice. If so, an honest appraisal of why that might be is in order as Venus retrograding in Scorpio sheds light on the deeper motivations at play.

A new moon in the 16th degree of Libra at 3:48 a.m. on 9th October signals a good time to wipe the slate clean in any recent conflicts. Just because we’ve clashed with others doesn’t mean we’re bound to be forever at war. On the contrary, we may have far more in common than we know! Human nature is cyclical, moving in ebbs and flows of togetherness and understanding, strife, separation and discord, then back to connection again. Like the heavens in constant motion, nothing remains the same and any notion that people never change simply isn’t true. In an alliance with Neptune and Pluto, this new moon both softens and strengthens our relationships. It supports a compassionate heart and courageous spirit, willing to say the tough stuff with bold love, knowing the truth which sets us free is sometimes the hardest truth of all.

In a world that can seem devoid of it, being able to generate love is a mighty act of deceptive power. When Venus, ruler of Libra, is retrograde, self-love is especially important. Not a narcissistic, self-absorbed ‘love’, but a tender and accepting one. Without it we’re dependent upon love from others, on conditional love that shapes us to its own agenda. With it we are sovereign and complete: free to love who we choose, how we choose, whether or not that love is returned. This moon encourages deep reflection upon matters of the heart and an opportunity to align with the rhythm of our own, so often lost amidst the clamour of the world.

Pluto squares the Sun between 9th and 15th October, reminding us that high drama and intensity aren’t necessarily the hallmarks of a meaningful relationship. If it can’t withstand the demands of everyday life – the mundane realities that form much of a day – we may be using a relationship to escape life, not to share that life intimately with another. Relationships come in all shapes and sizes. Comparing one to another is largely pointless. But for those wondering where a current connection will lead – Is it what I want? Does it feed me deeply? Is it too serious or not weighty enough? – this alliance may provide some clarity. It is within the alchemical flames of everyday life that we often encounter the most profound challenges and deepest transformation. Relationships which can dive deeply into this realm – finding the precious in the midst of every day – can withstand much that life throws at them, strong in the shared rootedness of love. With Venus retrograde supporting all who seek a deeper, more meaningful understanding of love, this square from Pluto to the Sun exposes both the weak points and the greatest strengths of relationship, enabling us to reflect deeply on who we want to share our life with and why.

Mercury enters Scorpio on 10th October, remaining there until 31st. Conjunct the Moon and opposing Uranus as it changes sign, this passage of Mercury may uncover emotionally charged issues which trigger instinctive defensiveness or pre-emptive strikes on those we sense are about to plunge in the knife! We may well need to calm down and take a moment to reflect and rewind before we decide who’s the enemy and what’s really going on. Mercury in Scorpio wants more than anything to articulate the truth, but many of its truths are hard to bear. It’s not that it wants to dig at wounds and rake up pain, it just can’t help itself! Its insight can be so incisive that disputes and conflict, misunderstandings and even estrangement are hard to avoid. The onus is therefore on us all to ensure we reap the blessings of Mercury’s insight whilst navigating its challenges with compassionate grace.

While Mercury’s journey through Scorpio may test us in the authenticity department, it does bring its own kind of freedom. If we stand firm in the face of its truth, we’ll be strengthened beyond measure. Mercury doesn’t act out of malice. It simply says what it must and moves on. If we feel the sting of exposure or the pain of revelation it shows where hearts need to open and minds expand. Truth rises like a bubble not when we think we’re ready but when it is! Only by encountering its formidable force head on do we discover our capacity to embrace it and move on through.

Eris opposes the Sun between 13th and 19th October. She has no compunction about stepping into battle, being unpopular, speaking the unbridled truth that no else will say. She wants us authentic and real, even if that means angry and bitter. ‘If that’s who you are right now, then don’t fight it!’ she says. Her opposition to the Sun in Libra highlights where we try to deny our feelings and impulses. She forces us to look without guile at where and how we suppress our innate and visceral knowing in favour of a politer and more palatable evasion or half-truth. Together with Mercury in Scorpio she creates a formidable and veracious force while the Sun in Libra smooths their harsher edges, not to disguise the facts but to deliver them in a sensitive but relentlessly honest way. If difficult issues need to be addressed there’s much support for honest dialogue here, but those who want only to obscure or avoid may encounter the unremitting force of truths that insist they be told, no matter the consequences.

A sextile between Saturn in Capricorn and Venus in Scorpio from 19th to 28thOctober provides some background support if things (and especially relationships!) are feeling a bit (or very!) intense. Grounding us in the midst of intensity, this alliance helps us enjoy, rather than fear, the process of revelation. The more we can appreciate the inherent beauty of each layer of truth revealed, the easier authenticity becomes. A trine between Jupiter and Chiron from 20th October to 13th November adds additional support to those shifting from the quagmire of stagnant emotion into a lighter and more expansive place of insight. This direction of movement won’t suit everyone. Some will need to shift into emotion and out of the mind, others out of emotion into greater detachment. Only you will know where you need to be and why. But for all who seek truth there is support and encouragement on the journey right now.

An opposition from Uranus to the Sun between 21st and 27th October will keep us on our toes and stop us drifting back into bad habits that distance us from life. Uranus currently retrograde in Taurus is all about disrupting just such habits, refusing to let them win. The force of human unconsciousness is unremitting, but so is the current evolutionary impulse to awaken. As Uranus journeys through Taurus in the coming years the balance will shift in favour of the latter as the most intransigent habits of mind, body and spirit come under sustained assault from the forces of truth within and without. This current opposition reminds us we don’t dictate the evolutionary timetable, we are subject to it. We can neither stop it nor force it, but can instead align ourselves with it in total trust. If Uranus trips you up now, with unexpected events that shake you awake, try to rest in that trust rather than fear. Make faith a habit and courage your default setting. And when you can’t do that, resolve to begin again. Old habits die hard, but they do die eventually. As the Sun journeys through Scorpio between 23rd October and 22nd November we can discover precisely which habits are holding us back and resolve to deal with them once and for all. This is an excellent time to commit yourself to living in a different way, to challenging inner voices which insist on a certain perspective you now know to be false. Don’t let them drown out the voice of truth which is gaining in volume by the day.

A full moon in the 2nd degree of Taurus on 24th October (16:46 UT) illuminates the power of questioning who we believe ourselves to be. Conjunct Uranus and opposing Venus, it provides the courage to stand strong in the face of self-delusion and denial, exhorting us to look beyond self-deception. This is a moon of profound change and radical disruption of the status quo. It threatens to test even the strongest attachments if they compromise our freedom. Squaring the North Node, this moon can either propel us forward or hold us back, depending upon how we use it. Refusing to budge can be as radical as letting everything go if that’s what circumstances require. Wise discernment is key to managing the energy of this moon and we may well experience its ripples throughout the rest of the month. Things long ripe for change may shift exponentially around this time, most likely just when we’ve gotten used to living with them as they are! Likewise projects we’ve pursued because we thought we should may suddenly seem too burdensome to continue, auguring a return to a simpler life previously sacrificed on the altar of progress. What this moon means for individual life circumstances will of course vary, but the end result can be a powerful and positive recalibration of our energy and intention if we let it.

A sextile between Saturn and the Sun from 24th to 31st October provides some more grounding support. What seems like a burden may prove to be far more satisfying as we discover creative ways to access a deeper and more authentic current of instinct and emotion. If the full moon illuminated inner conflicts that we struggle to reconcile, Saturn and the Sun provide the courage and creativity to live in deeper alignment with apparently opposing drives and desires. With Venus conjunct the Sun in Scorpiobetween 24thand 28th October, accepting the shadow self becomes an act of love which demonstrates the depth of our commitment to fulfilling our potential whatever form it takes. We don’t have to achieve great things, make a name for ourself or develop some amazing new power! The core challenge of life is to simply be who we are without guile or shame: without the denial and suppression that distorts the human drive for expression into something altogether less edifying. As October comes to a close and the Moon begins to wane we are, each and every one of us, called to risk being a bit more who we actually are and a bit less who we think we’re supposed to be.

On 31st October Mercury enters Sagittarius where it turns retrograde next month. On the same day Venus retrogrades into Libra. Watch out for next month’s report for more info about them. In the meantime, suffice to say that October ends with a waning quarter moon in Leo which offers solace to egos wounded by the full moon a week prior. Ego isn’t the enemy despite what you may have heard. We need its sense of self and substance, an identity with which to navigate through the world. The key is to know the difference between our conditioned ego identity and our unchanging, unconditioned essence. Being intimate with both allows us to live with greater awareness, equipped to face life’s twists and turns with increasing wisdom and grace.

Sarah Varcas

The Witches Magickal Journal for Tuesday, October 2

The Witches Magickal Journal for Tuesday, October 2

Today is Tuesday, October 2nd

 

Tuesday is dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified in Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, Tuisco and Tyr. Tuesday rules controlled power, energy and endurance.

Deity: Tiwaz

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Planet: Mars

Tree: Holly

Herb: Plantain

Stone: Agate

Animal: Crab

Element: Fire

Color: White

Number: 2

Rune: Tyr (T)

 

The Celtic Tree Month of Gort (Ivy) (September 30 – October 27)

 

The Runic Half Month Gyfu (September 28 – October 12)

 

Goddess of the Month of Mala (September 6 – October 2)

 

Source

The Pagan Book of Days
Nigel Pennick

The Wicca Book of Days for Tuesday, October 2nd

Wine for Well-being

Although its details have been obscured by the passing of time, it is likely that a festival name the Meditrinalia was celebrated in Rome on this day. Essentially a wine festival, when all vintages were enjoyed, the Meditrinalia was dedicated to meditrina, a Roman goddess of healing who was said to use wine, herbs and magick as curatives. As they imbibed people recited the following words: novum vetus vinum bibo, novo veteri, morbo medeor (Latin for “new and old wine I drink, of disease new and old I’m cured”).

 

The Empress

Today, editate on the major arcana Tarot card of the Empress (number III). A crowned and enthroned woman is pictured holding a scepter in her right hand, often surrounded by fertility symbols. She signifies the pinnacle of feminine achievement on Earth, and may also represent female fecundity.

The Wicca Book of Days
Selena Eilidh Ash

The Goddess Book of Days for Tuesday, October 2nd

Birthday of the Monkey God in Singapore, healer, bringer of easeful death. (Hecate, Hel, Holda, Mother Holle, Oya, Kwan Yin, Persephone, Coatlique, Nephthys, Baba Yaga, and Rhiannon.) The second day of the Moon/month is Selene’s.

 

Goddesses Associated With Tuesday

Soorejnaree, Pinga1la, Anna, Aine, Danu, Yngona, Bellona, Aida Wedo, Sun Woman

Source

The Goddess Book of Days
Diane Stein

On Tuesday, October 2nd, We Celebrate….

Guardian Angel Day (Spain/Europe)
ENNOIA

 

Themes: Mediation; Communication; Magic; Knowledge

Symbols: Angels

About Ennoia: In Gnostic tradition, Ennoia is the goddess of knowledge, intention, and thought. Through her all things were designed and manifested, including the angels. Through Ennoia we can learn the art of magic and how to communicate with angels as mediators between us and the gods.

To Do Today: Today is a time to give thanks to the angels in our lives—those powers and people who protect, inspire, and watch over us. One easily adapted tradition from Spain is that of wearing scarves and bells. These represent the beauty and music angels are said to bear into human life.

Second, take a moment to give back to the people in your life who have been like earthly angels (you know, the folks who bring soup when you’re sick, or offer money when funds are tight). Do something really nice for them, or minimally, light a candle on their behalf asking for angelic blessings in their lives.

Finally, try to connect with your guiding guardian angel(s). During your daily prayers or meditation, ask that power to reveal itself in words comfortable to you. Wait, watch, and listen. The angel may reveal itself as the sound of bells or quiet music, with radiant light, or in other manifestations. If the being speaks with you, write down the words and ponder them in the days ahead.

365 Goddess: A Daily Guide To the Magic and Inspiration of the goddess
Patricia Telesco

Tuesday’s Conjuring

Tuesday – is associated with Mars

Candle colors – Red or Orange

Magickal Work for Tuesday – Taking Action, Crossing, Uncrossing work, Aggression, Cut & Clear work, Law Stay Away, All Battles

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Old Style Conjure Wisdoms, Workings and Remedies
Starr Casas

The Magick of Tuesday

Magickal Intent:
Courage
Binding
Protection
Achievement
Power
Initiation
Protection
Passion

Planet: Mars

Colors: Red, Orange

Crystal: Garnet, Ruby

Incense: Myrrh, Ginger, Cardamom

Plant: Cardamom

The Magickal Day of Tuesday

 

Named for the Norse god Tyr, who was a deity of heroism and combat, Tuesday is a very martial sort of day – color associations include bright red and oranges, as well as warrior-like metals such as iron and steel.

The ancient Romans called this day Martis, after the warrior god Mars – other deities associated with Tuesday include Ares, the Morrighan, and other gods of battle and glory. Red gemstones like rubies and garnets come into play on Tuesdays, as do herbs and plants such as thistles, holly, coneflowers and cacti – you’ll notice these are all sharp, prickly plants!

One of the interesting – and more than a little amusing – aspects of Tuesday magic is that in addition to war and conflict against your enemies, this is a day also associated with marriage. You can also use this day of the week for magical workings connected to protection and initiation. Use Tuesday to assert yourself, make a mark and stake your claims

Source

Patti Wigington, Paganism/Wicca Expert
Article originally published on & owned by ThoughtCo.

So How Did Tuesday Get Its Name

Tuesday is the day associated with the planet Mars. In mythology, Mars was the Roman god of war. If you’re wondering how this day came to be named, it’s because to the Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Germanic people, this day was Tiw’s day (Tuesday). Tuesday actually got its name from the Norse deity Tyr, Tiw, orTiu, who was also a god of battles and courage. This deity was very similar to the Roman Mars, and the names of the days of the week became switched and substituted as the Germanic peoples replaced the older deities with their own gods. So the name was changed from the Latin Dies Martis (“Mars’ day”) to the old English Tiwesdaeg.

The Norse god Tiw, or Tyr, was known for his sense of justice, discipline, and integrity. rity. This day’s planetary influence brings with it the aggression, bravery, and honor of soldiers, as well as the passion and strength of those of us who must fight for what we believe in.

Source

Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Tuesday–The Day of Tiu

Tuesday is the first day of the week which is named after a god of the Angles and Saxons–Tiu, the God of War. The Angles and Saxons, like the Greeks and Romans, worshiped many gods, and though these gods were in a great number of ways similar to those of the Greeks and Romans, we also find very great differences. These differences are due to the fact that the Angles and Saxons lived in a very different kind of country, led a very different kind of life, and consequently had different ideas. Their chief enemies were frost and cold, and they imagined the freezing winds to be caused by frost-giants who lived in a land of ice and waged continual warfare with the gods who befriended man and protected him as far as they could against the frost-giants and all the suffering which they caused. The chief of these gods was Woden or Odin, the All-father, of whom we read in the following chapter, and next to him in importance came Thor, the God of Thunder, the bitterest enemy of the giants. The god after whom Tuesday is named was known as Tiu among the Angles and Saxons, and as Tyr among the Norsemen. He was the God of War, and corresponds to Mars among the Romans, whose name for this day was Dies Martis, the day of Mars. The French have kept the Roman name in the form mardi.

Tiu was a great fighter and knew no fear, and was naturally always called upon in time of battle. He was usually represented as having no right hand, owing to a misfortune which befell him in the following way. From his lofty throne Odin, the chief of the gods, one day saw in the land of the giants three terrible monsters, which grew so rapidly that he was filled with fear lest they should invade the home of the gods. Accordingly he determined to get rid of them before they became any stronger. One Hel, an enormous giantess, he flung into the Underworld, where, as the Goddess of Death, she ruled over the kingdom of the dead. Another, Iormungandr, a serpent, he cast into the sea, where it grew so huge that it encircled the whole earth. The third was Fenrir, a wolf, whom Odin brought to Asgard, the home of the gods, hoping that he might eventually tame him. Fenrir, however, grew stronger and fiercer each day, until the gods, of whom Tiu alone was brave enough to go near him, decided at last to bind him in such a way that he could do no harm. A very strong chain was obtained, and the gods suggested to Fenrir, who often boasted of his great strength, that he should allow himself to be bound with it in order to prove whether he was really as strong as he claimed to be. Fenrir agreed, and then by merely stretching himself easily brohe his bonds. Again the gods put him to the test with a still stronger chain, but as before he succeeded in breaking it. Seeing that no ordinary chain would be strong enough to bind Fenrir, the gods sent one of their servants to the home of the dwarfs, a race of little people who lived underground, and who were very clever workers in metal. They also possessed great powers of magic, as we shall see in a later story. At the bidding of the gods, the dwarfs made a silken rope out of the voice of fishes, a woman’s beard, the roots of a mountain, and the footsteps of a cat, which was so strong that no power could break it! A third time the gods challenged Fenrir to show his strength by allowing himself to be bound with this new cord, but Fenrir became suspicious, and at last consented only on condition that one of the gods should put his hand in his mouth, and hold it there as a pledge that the gods were not deceiving him. This condition greatly alarmed the gods, who began to fear that their trick was not going to succeed, but the bold war-god Tiu stepped forward and, without any hesitation, placed his right hand in the wolf’s mouth. The gods at once bound Fenrir with the magic cord made by the dwarfs, and, in spite of all his struggles, the wolf was unable to free himself. Great was the delight of the gods at their success, a delight shared by all but Tiu, who had little cause to be pleased with the result of the trick, for Fenrir, finding he was trapped, immediately bit off the hand of the god. Thus Tiu was deprived of his sword hand, but so clever was he that he wielded his sword equally well with his left hand, and still remained invincible in battle.

On one occasion Tiu and Thor, the God of Thunder, set out for the land of the giants to obtain an enormous kettle, which the gods required for a feast. They came at last to the home of a giant, Hymir, who possessed a kettle a mile deep and a mile wide, and were hospitably received by the giant’s wife. When she learned the errand on which they had come, she warned them that her husband was very fierce and hot-tempered, and advised them to hide themselves when Hymir returned, lest he should kill them with a glance. No sooner had the gods taken refuge behind some kettles, which were kept on a beam at the end of the hall, than Hymir came in. When he heard that visitors had called, he flashed his eyes round the hall so fiercely that, as his glance lighted on the gods’ hiding-place, the beam split in two, the kettles came crashing to the ground, and Tiu and Thor were discovered. Hymir, however, was persuaded by his wife to receive the gods kindly; he prepared a meal of three oxen in their honour, but was astonished and dismayed to see Thor eat two of them himself. The next day the gods gave the giant many proofs of their great strength and skill, and Hymir consented to give them the kettle they were seeking. Tiu at once tried to lift it but failed; then Thor, after a mighty struggle, raised it from the ground, and, as he gave the final pull, his feet broke through the floor of the giant’s house. As soon as the gods had departed, Thor carrying the kettle on his head, Hymir called his brothers together, and pursued after them. Thor, however, attacked them with his famous hammer, and killed them one by one. Tiu and Thor then continued their journey, and brought the huge kettle safely to their own land.

There are few stories told of Tiu, yet he held a high place among the gods, as the name Tuesday shows. He is most famous for his share in the binding of Fenrir, whereby was put off the dreaded Ragnarok, the day of the final battle between the gods and the giants.

Tuesday’s Witchery

 

Tuesday is the day to work any magick that falls in the category of increasing strength, courage, bravery, and passion. All of these intense emotions are linked to this day’s energies, and spells designed around these themes will have extra punch when performed on this magickal day.

So, let’s add a little passion and conviction into your life! Break out the daring red pieces of your wardrobe, and put a little pizzazz into your day. Work with Lilith, and see what she has to teach you about personal power and sexuality. Meditate on Tiw/Tyr and Mars, and see what those ancient warrior gods will show you about new tactics, strategies, and claiming personal victories in your life. Practice conjuring up that astral weapon from the meditation and use it wisely for protection and for courage.

Create a philter for courage and protection or handcraft your own Witch’s jar to remove negativity from your home. See what other Witch crafts you can conjure up with Tuesday’s magick. Create some kitchen magick on this Tuesday by whipping up a spicy stew-add in a few Mars-associated ingredients such as carrots, peppers, and garlic. Empower the stew for success, and then treat yourself and your family to a good, hearty meal. Try working with a little aromatherapy and burn some spicy or coffee-scented candles to increase your energy level.

Check the sky at night, and see if you can find the reddish planet Mars up in the heavens. Not sure where to look? Check an astronomy magazine or search the Web for more information. Become a magickal warrior and move forward in your life with strength, courage, and compassion. Embrace the side of yourself that loves a good challenge and that is passionate and daring! Banish fear, and face your future with strength and conviction. Believe in yourself and in your dreams, work hard, and you will win every time.

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—-Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

 

The Witches Almanac for Tuesday, October 2nd

Gandhi’s birthday

Waning Moon

Fourth Quarter 5: 45 am

Moon Sign: Cancer

Incense: Basil

Color: Scarlet

 

Moon in Cancer

The Moon is traveling through Cancer today. Beware of mood swings. Cook some soul food. Cuddle up with someone.

The restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. Feelings of belonging and safety are what motivate us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.

 

The Witches Correspondences for Tuesday, October 2nd

 

Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars, personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.

Element : Water

Planet : Mars

Zodiac Sign : Aries / Scorpio

Angel : Samuel

Metal : Iron, Steel

Incense / Perfumes : Dragon’s Blood, Patchouli

Oil : Basil, Coriander, Ginger

Color : Red, Orange

Stones : Bloodstone, Garnet, Carnelian,

Plants/Herbs : Allspice, Blessed Thistle, Cayenne, Daisy, Garlic, Ginger, Pepper, Pine, Red Rose, Thyme, Tobacco, Wormwood

Magick to work: self-assertion, energy, and courage, victory, endurance, passion, masculine goals in general, sex, aggression, protection, controlled power, ambition, arguments, competition, conflict, destruction, lust, male sexuality, sports, strife, struggle, surgery, medical issues, upheaval, war

 

Tuesday is Ruled by Mars

 

Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, this is the time to tap into magicks to call for strength and courage. This day of the week is for rebels and warriors. If you are facing a challenge of any kind, need a boost to your courage, or want to enhance your passions, Tuesday is the day of the week for you.
Some suggestions for Tuesday enchantments would include:

*Wearing the fiery colors associated with this day: scarlet, red, black, and orange. Don some of the more daring and bewitching colors of your wardrobe on Tuesdays and turn a few heads

*Carrying a bloodstone in your pocket or wearing garnet-studded jewelry to reinforce your convictions

*Working with protective and fire-associated plants such as the snapdragon, thistle, and holly to boost your shields and bravery

*Burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home

*Cooking up a hearty meal featuring carrots, peppers, and garlic (all Mars foods and spices) to empower yourself for victory and success

The Energy of Mars

Weekday ruled by Mars: Tuesday

Stones:
Bloodstone
Garnet
Carnelian
Pink Tourmaline

Herbs and Plants:
Red Rose
Cock’s comb
Mugwort
Mullien
Nettle
Thistle
Wormwood

Magickal Intention: Courage, physical strength, revenge, military honors, surgery, breaking negative cycles, war, vitality, Assertiveness

Let’s Talk Witch: So Many Moons, So Little Time…

Another challenge that Witches may struggle with is not quite knowing how to integrate their spiritual and magical practice into the daily routines of their otherwise-mundane lives.

If you work 40 (or more) hours per week, or are in school, or have the responsibility of taking care of a family (or all of the above), it can be hard to feel that you even have time for reading about the Craft or engaging in a little spellwork, let alone observing the 13 full moons and 8 sabbats on the Wheel of the Year.

And if you’re a solitary Witch, with no coven or circle to celebrate moons and holidays with, it can be harder to summon up the motivation to clear your calendar and devote your time and attention to these special days.

You may even find yourself putting off spellwork that you know would be beneficial to your life, because you can’t see how to get yourself in the right frame of mind to make it effective. It can be quite a feat to shake off the workday sludge and allow space for that magical feeling to flow through you.

If you’re feeling dispirited about not being able to build spiritual activity into your life, it’s important to recognize that you don’t need to take an all-or-nothing approach. Remember, it’s called a path for a reason—you’re supposed to take it one step at a time, and you’re supposed to go at your own pace.

There are no rules about how much, or how often, or when or where or in what way to practice your Craft. But there are many small, purposeful steps you can take toward your goal of creating a more regular, consistent practice.

First of all, keep in mind that unless you are a member of a Wiccan coven that operates through participation in scheduled rituals, there is no requirement that you observe all, or any, of the full moons, solstices, equinoxes, or other festivals associated with the Wheel of the Year. If you are following a Wiccan path, then these are definitely a big component of the spiritual life, but that doesn’t mean that you’re doing something wrong if you don’t honor every single holiday.

These times exist as opportunities to connect with the Earth, with any deities you may work with, and with the spirit energy of other Witches following a similar path in their own way. But they should be seen as opportunities rather than obligations. Whether you’re practicing Wicca or some other path of the Craft, if you’re going about your preparations for a sabbat or full moon ritual and feeling stressed or even a little resentful about it, then something’s not right.

To allow for a more relaxed and joyful approach to celebrating whatever holidays you’re able to, embrace the art of compromise.

If the Spring Equinox is coming up and you see that it falls on that Wednesday when you have a late meeting after work, then you could choose to mark it on Thursday, or even Tuesday, instead. While it’s fun, and often quite powerful, to perform a ritual as close to the exact time of an equinox as possible, it’s not like there’s a huge amount of difference in the length of day and night between Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of that week.

In other words, these holidays mark points on the wheel of the seasons. The purpose of observing them is to acknowledge where we are on the wheel at that time. A few days on either side of that designated point is not going to diminish the power of your intentions. You’re still taking time to focus on the present moment and be in gratitude for the blessings in your life.

Of course, when it comes to timing celebrations of full and new moons, there’s a little less leeway, given that the lunar cycle is so much shorter than the solar cycle. Nonetheless, if you’re wanting to work some full moon magic but can’t time it exactly right, go ahead and do it the night before!

If your intention is just as clear and strong as it would be on the actual night of the full moon, there’s no reason to believe you won’t be successful. Most people feel the energetic effects of a full moon for at least two or three days surrounding the moment when it’s technically full, so why would magic only be potent at that specific time?

That’s not to say that certain spells that are designed for exact timing with the full moon can be worked whenever you want and turn out successfully—timing is a magical tool, after all. But you can choose spellwork that isn’t targeted for a specific point in time. And remember that magic has been around since long before most people had the ability to know the exact moment of a moon phase by checking their clocks. So don’t put off spellwork that you really want to do simply because you can’t do it at the “perfect” time.

Speaking of timing, another way of integrating Witchcraft more fully into your life is to observe the various magical correspondences between moon phases, as well as days of the week, and specific purposes.

It’s generally understood that spells worked for increase (in terms of prosperity or love, for example) are best done when the moon is waxing or full, while spells worked to remove something from your life (an illness, a debt, or some other unwanted situation) are best during the waning phase.

To get even more specific, each day of the week has its ideal magical goals, based on the planet assigned to the day. Friday, associated with Venus, is the first choice for love spells, while Thursday, ruled by expansive Jupiter, is good for magic relating to money and prosperity.

If you put both of these systems together, then you can see that a Friday during a waxing moon would be the best time to work a spell for attracting a new relationship. A Thursday during a waning moon is good for spellwork to eliminate obstacles to prosperity.

Some Witches find the daily correspondences and the moon phase considerations to be too restrictive. After all, what if you have an urgent communication-related need that you want to perform spellwork for, that isn’t going to wait until two Wednesdays from now when the moon is waxing again? In fact, plenty of non-Wiccan Witches ignore the daily correspondences altogether—although most do work with the moon phases.

The truth is, you should do your spellwork when you’re able and willing to, regardless of the day of the week. As always, your focus on your intention is the single most important factor in any magical working. But it’s good to recognize that daily correspondences and moon phases offer opportunities to work some structure into your magical practice.

Source

Wicca Living a Magical Life: A Guide to Initiation, Self-Dedication and Navigating Your Journey in the Craft
Lisa Chamberlain

The Witches Magick for Tuesday, October 2nd – Hot Stuff Candle Spell

Want to drive your lover crazy? This candle spell is meant to entice and tempt. The whole point of it is to add a little spark back into your relationship and to make you irresistible. In this spell, you will be calling on Lilith, so prepare yourself for a good time. Please remember to be conscientious of this spell and only work this upon yourself, self, so you and your partner can have a little fun.

Gather a red candle, a black candle, and two candle holders. Sprinkle a dash of pepper per and a pinch of allspice on the unlit candles. Arrange three snapdragons or three red roses in a vase. Repeat the following charm three times:

As I light red and black candles for a hot and sexy spell
I now call on Lilith for passion and all will be well
Peppers and spice and snapdragons/red roses three
These will make me very enticing, so now must it be.

Close the spell with:

For the good of all, with harm to none
May my love and I have a little fun!

Now, go and find your lover, give him or her a bewitching smile, and see what kind of reaction you get.

Source

—-Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences for Every Day of the Week
Ellen Dugan

Tuesday’s Meditation

A meditation to kick off your morning can set the tone for your entire day. You can perform this meditation just as the sun comes up to begin your day on a positive note. Do this outdoors if you can, or in front of an east-oriented window so you can feel the sun’s glow upon your face.

1. Begin by lighting a gold or yellow candle and incense with a fragrance associated with the sun, such as frankincense.

2. Sit comfortably with your hands in your lap, close your eyes, and speak the words, “The night has passed, and the wheel has turned once more. Darkness is leaving. The sun rises again, and with it comes light and hope. It illuminates my path, brightens my way, and guides me throughout the day.”

3. As you sit, steady your breathing so you are inhaling and exhaling calmly and slowly. Open your eyes, and watch as the sun begins its ascent above the horizon. Listen to the changes in the air around you. Do you hear different sounds as the world awakens? Is there a sense of something alive that wasn’t there before?

4. Once the sun has completely broken, raise your hands out to welcome it. Say, “Light has come, day has broken, and the earth arises from its slumber. Today is a new day, full of new beginnings. I am full of light and hope, like the sun, and I am grateful to have this fresh day. I am blessed to be alive, and thankful for the gift.”

5. Extinguish the candle, let the incense burn out on its own, and begin your day rejuvenated and revitalized.

Source

Wicca Practical Magic: Getting Started with Magical Herbs, Oils, and Crystals
Patti Wigington

 

Celebrating Legends, Folklore & Other Spirituality 365 Days a Year for October 2nd

Guardian Angels’ Day

This pre-Christian Roman holiday is still celebrated in Spain and Europe. In early Rome, every man had his Genius and every woman her Iuno. When the church writers had a dispute over which angels guarded a person, the day became linked with the feast of St. Michael (Sept. 29). However, ever, in 1670, the two days became separate, and Guardian Angels’ Day was moved to October 2.

Genius (pl. geni), meaning “begetter,” was a man’s guardian spirit that also enabled him to beget children. For women the spirit was called Juno (Juno). Each household also had a genius that was worshipped by the family members whose birthday coincided with that of the male head of the household. The genius was usually honored along with the household Lar, at the Lararium. So popular was the concept that it even extended to groups of people. Even the city itself had its own guardian genius.

Magickal Activity for October 2nd, the Day of Guardian Angels

Discover your Guardian Angel

Items needed:
A sheet of paper; frankincense joss stick and holder; one white candle; a pendulum.

Place the sheet of paper on a flat surface and inscribe the letters of the alphabet on it. Light the frankincense and the white candle. Hold a pendulum or crystal, on a chain, over the paper as you recite the following prayer:

Dear Divine Angel,
Through this candle flame
Guide my hand
To spell your holy name.

Allow the pendulum to swing freely so that it can spell out the name of your angel.

Witch Tip #104 for Tuesday, October 2nd

Make your own blessing candles by warming white tea lights and sprinkling in your chosen herbs. Let the wax solidify and use them for your rituals.

Source

Witch Tips : The Essential Guide to Contemporary Witchcraft
A. Rayne

 

The Witches Astronomy Journal for Tuesday, October 2

The Witches Astronomy Journal for Tuesday, October 2

On every full moon, rituals … take place on hilltops, beaches, in open fields and in ordinary houses. Writers, teachers, nurses, computer programmers, artists, lawyers, poets, plumbers, and auto mechanics — women and men from many backgrounds come together to celebrate the mysteries of the Triple Goddess of the Dance of Life. The religion they practice is called Witchcraft.

—STARHAWK, Spiral Dance

Upcoming Astrology Events for the Month of October

Oct 03 Moon enters Leo
Oct 05 Venus *S. Retrograde Scorpio
Oct 05 Moon enters Virgo
Oct 08 Moon enters Libra
Oct 09 *~* New Moon Libra
Oct 10 Mercury enters Scorpio
Oct 10 Moon enters Scorpio
Oct 12 Moon enters Sagittarius
Oct 14 Moon enters Capricorn
Oct 17 Moon enters Aquarius
Oct 19 Moon enters Pisces
Oct 22 Moon enters Aries
Oct 23 Sun enters Scorpio
Oct 24 Moon enters Taurus
Oct 24 *~* Full Moon Taurus
Oct 26 Moon enters Gemini
Oct 28 Moon enters Cancer
Oct 31 Moon enters Leo
Oct 31 Mercury enters Sagittarius
Oct 31 Venus Retrograde enters Libra

Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Tuesday, October 2nd

The Sun
Sun Direction: ↑ 296.59° WNW
Sun Altitude: -35.64°
Sun Distance: 93.049 million mi
Next Solstice: Dec 21, 2018 4:22 pm (Winter)
Sunrise Today: 6:49 am↑ 93° East
Sunset Today: 6:37 pm↑ 266° West
Length of Daylight: 11 hours, 47 minutes

The Moon
Moon Direction: ↑ 45.35° NE
Moon Altitude: -18.15°
Moon Distance: 231382 mi
Next New Moon: Oct 8, 201810:46 pm
Next Full Moon: Oct 24, 201811:45 am
Next Moonrise: Today11:30 pm
Current Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous
Illumination: 53.4%

Lunar Almanac
Moon Phase Tonight: Third Quarter
First Quarter: Oct 2, 2018 at 4:45 am
(Next Phase)
Full Moon: Sep 24, 2018 at 9:52 pm
(Previous Phase)

Source

timeanddate.com

Astrology of Today – Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Today’s Moon:
The Moon is in Cancer.
The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 5:45 AM, after which the Moon is in its Last Quarter phase.
The Last Quarter Moon occurs today.

Retrogrades/Stations:
Mars is in its post-retrograde shadow until October 8th (Mars was retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
Venus is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Venus will be retrograde from October 5th to November 16th).
Current retrogrades: Uranus Rx, Neptune Rx, and Chiron Rx.

What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends

At 5:47 AM EDT, the Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Libra squares the Moon in Cancer, pointing to a crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of the Full Moon, we come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us–and what doesn’t–in preparation for next week’s New Moon, when something new is born once again. It’s not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It’s time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon.

While the Cancer Moon is catching the energy of an impending Venus-Neptune trine, and we can feel heightened levels of empathy now, a Mercury-Pluto square can overpower this energy, stimulating suspicions. There can be tense communications. We can become obsessed with getting our message across and for others to agree with our ideas. Mental anxiety or troubles could manifest now. We should avoid attempts to force our opinions on others and strive to maintain an open mind. Compulsive thinking is possible. On the other hand, this influence can suggest the ability to engage in deep, penetrating communication. Ideally, we learn more about our vulnerabilities through our reactions.

The sky this week for October 1 to October 7

A host of bright stars, a handful of beautiful planets, and even a minor planet for good measure, all in the night sky this week.
By Michael E. Bakich

Monday, October 1

Once it gets dark tonight, locate the two brightest stars in the sky: orange Arcturus (Alpha Boötis), which will lie low in the west, and bluish-white Vega (Alpha Lyrae), which will be nearly overhead. Locate the point three-fifths of the way from Arcturus to Vega, and you’ll spot the Hercules Cluster (M13). From a dark site, sharp-eyed viewers will spot this globular star cluster with their naked eyes. From less-blessed locations, use binoculars to bring this famous object into view.

Tuesday, October 2

Last Quarter Moon occurs at 5:45 a.m. EDT. It rose around 11:30 p.m. local daylight time yesterday evening, which gives North American observers a chance to see it almost precisely half-lit before this morning’s dawn. Earth’s only natural satellite appears among the background stars of western Gemini.

Wednesday, October 3

You might want to take a last look at Jupiter in the evening sky. It remains a conspicuous object 10° high in the southwest an hour after sundown. The gas giant, shining brightly at magnitude –1.8, resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales. If you view the planet through a telescope, its disk spans 32″ and displays stunning cloud-top detail.

Thursday, October 4

Today marks the 61st anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome by the (then) Soviet Union. Sputnik 1 was our planet’s first artificial satellite. It had a diameter of 23 inches (58 centimeters) and weighed 184 pounds (83.6 kilograms). Using a 1-watt transmitter, it broadcast radio pulses for three weeks until its batteries died. The spacecraft then continued to orbit silently until January 4, 1958, when it reentered Earth’s atmosphere and burned up. Sputnik 1 completed a total of 1,440 orbits.

Friday, October 5

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 6:31 p.m. EDT. It then lies 227,665 miles (366,392 kilometers) from Earth’s center. At the same time the Moon is at perigee, Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion, lies 1.9° south of our lone natural satellite.

Saturday, October 6

Although it’s low, Saturn remains a tempting target in this week’s evening sky. The ringed planet stands nearly 20° above the southwestern horizon as darkness falls. Shining at magnitude 0.5, it appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. Of course, the best views of Saturn come through a telescope, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 36″. But more significantly, look specifically at how much the rings tilt to our line of sight. The rings are quite open now, and the steep angle offers superb views of ring structure.

Sunday, October 7

Vesta, the brightest minor planet, is super easy to find tonight, low in the southwestern sky. Use a small telescope (or tripod-mounted binoculars) and point to magnitude 2.8 Kaus Borealis (Lambda Sagitarii). If you are familiar with the famous Teapot asterism of Sagittarius, Kaus Borealis is the star at the peak of the pot’s lid. As soon as it’s dark enough for you to locate the orange star, center it in your scope’s field of view. Vesta will then lie only 20′ (one-third of a degree) to the south.

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The Astronomy Magazine

Here’s what you can see in the night sky this month

By Angela Fritz

Monday, Oct. 8 — Draconids meteor shower
The Draconids meteor shower peaks early in the month, and it happens to coincide with the new moon, which means the sky will be extra dark for stargazing. This meteor shower occurs when our planet runs into the debris in the tail of the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner. The meteors originate in the northern constellation Draco, hence the name. Because the origin is so far north, the meteors will be easiest to spot in the northern latitudes such as Canada, Europe and Northern Asia.

Thursday, Oct. 11 — Moon and Jupiter
A very bright Jupiter and a sliver of the moon will cozy up next to each other. After sunset, look toward the southwest, and you’ll see a faint crescent moon along with the bright Jupiter. They will be together until they set below the horizon around 8 p.m. local time.

Sunday, Oct. 14 — Moon and Saturn
Look southwest after sunset, and you’ll see Saturn very close to the crescent moon. To the right near the horizon, you might be able to see Jupiter, which should be bright. To the left, early due south, you’ll see the pink-hued planet Mars.

Wednesday, Oct. 17 — Moon and Mars
Mars now gets its turn with the moon. The pair will be in the southeast sky just after sunset and at their highest point in the south at 8:30 p.m., local time. Catch them before they sink beneath the horizon around 12:30 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 21 — Orionids meteor shower
The Orionids meteor shower lasts from Sept. 23 to Nov. 27, but it peaks Oct. 21, which means it is the best chance to spot a shooting star that originated from Halley’s comet. Astronomers say the best time to watch for these meteors is between midnight and dawn on the days leading up to Oct. 21, when the moon will be below the horizon.

The Orionids are known for their brightness and speed, according to NASA, moving at 148,000 mph into the atmosphere. At its peak, this shower can produce 20 meteors per hour.

Sunday, Oct. 21 — Uranus opposition
A planet’s opposition occurs when it is opposite the sun from our perspective on Earth. Because of its position, it is fully lit by the sun — just like a full moon. Uranus will be at its brightest of the year Oct. 23, although because of the full moon, you’ll have a better chance to see it on the days leading up to that.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 — Full Hunter’s moon
The Hunter’s Moon is slated for Oct. 24, so called because it’s traditionally the time of year when hunters try to bring in as much meat as possible before winter arrives. Some Native American tribes also refer to it as the Beaver Moon because they have traditionally used this time to trap the furry animals as they busily prepare for winter.

Sunday, Oct. 28 — Mercury and Jupiter are super close
Just after sunset, Mercury and Jupiter will be very close in the southwest sky. The bright star Antares will also be close to their left. Farther up and left, you’ll be able to spot Saturn. Mars will be visible in the southeast.

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Washington Post

Daily Cosmic Calendar for October 2

Cut through any apparent obstacles on your path to peace and harmony in key relationships as the last quarter sun-moon phase clocks in at 2:47am (energizing 10 degrees of Libra and Cancer). Fortunately, an uplifting grand triangle in water signs helps to neutralize any rising emotional tensions as the lunar orb in Cancer trines Venus in Scorpio (5:19am) and Neptune in Pisces (11:47am). Nevertheless, the universe still has some curve balls up its sleeve to toss at unsuspecting earth dwellers as problem-solver Pallas makes a dicey opposition with often illusion-creating Neptune (12:21pm). Sidestep any crisis-generating situations since Messenger of the Gods planet Mercury squares the still motionless Pluto (5:05pm) and then moves on to parallel Neptune (6:07pm). Play all business and financial cards close to the vest as the moon chimes in with another egregious aspect — its monthly polarity to underworld-chieftain Pluto (7:11pm). Learning more about your ancestral heritage may be one way to keep the blues at bay.

[Note to readers: All times are now calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]

Copyright 2017 Mark Lerner & Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd.
Astrology.com

The Witches Current Moon Phase for Tuesday, October 2

Last Quarter
Illumination: 49%

Tomorow the Moon will be in a Third Quarter phase. Sometimes called a Last Quarter Moon, this phase occurs roughly 3 weeks after the New Moon when the earth is three quarter of the way through it’s orbit around the earth. If you live in the northern hemisphere the Moons left side will be illuminated and the right side dark. For thoughts of you in the southern hemisphere it will be the opposite with the right side illuminated. On the day of the Third Quarter phase the Moon will rise around midnight on the eastern horizon and set in the west around noon the next day. In the days following the Third Quarter Phase the Moon’s illumination will decrees each day until the New Moon.

PHASE DETAILS FOR – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2018

Phase: Last Quarter
Illumination: 49%
Moon Age: 22.24 days
Moon Angle: 0.55
Moon Distance: 365,144.47 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 149,702,754.76 km

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MoonGiant

The Moon Phases

Some nights when we look up at the moon, it is full and bright; sometimes it is just a sliver of silvery light. These changes in appearance are the phases of the moon. As the moon orbits Earth, it cycles through eight distinct phases. The four primary phases occur about a week apart.

Phases of the moon

The moon, like Earth, is a sphere, and it is always half-illuminated by the sun. However, as the moon travels around Earth, we see more or less of the illuminated half. The moon’s phases describe how much of the moon’s disk is illuminated from our perspective.

New moon: The moon is between Earth and the sun, and the side of the moon facing toward us receives no direct sunlight; it is lit only by dim sunlight reflected from Earth.

Waxing crescent: As the moon moves around Earth, the side we can see gradually becomes more illuminated by direct sunlight.

First quarter: The moon is 90 degrees away from the sun in the sky and is half-illuminated from our point of view. We call it “first quarter” because the moon has traveled about a quarter of the way around Earth since the new moon.

Waxing gibbous: The area of illumination continues to increase. More than half of the moon’s face appears to be getting sunlight.

Full moon: The moon is 180 degrees away from the sun and is as close as it can be to being fully illuminated by the sun from our perspective. The sun, Earth and the moon are aligned, but because the moon’s orbit is not exactly in the same plane as Earth’s orbit around the sun, they rarely form a perfect line. When they do, we have a lunar eclipse as Earth’s shadow crosses the moon’s face.

Waning gibbous: More than half of the moon’s face appears to be getting sunlight, but the amount is decreasing.

Last quarter: The moon has moved another quarter of the way around Earth, to the third quarter position. The sun’s light is now shining on the other half of the visible face of the moon.

Waning crescent: Less than half of the moon’s face appears to be getting sunlight, and the amount is decreasing.

Finally, the moon is back to its new moon starting position. Now, the moon is between Earth and the sun. Usually the moon passes above or below the sun from our vantage point, but occasionally it passes right in front of the sun, and we get a solar eclipse.

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Space.com

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