While each of the four elements is integral to life and survival, Earth is most connected to the physicality of life. Earth isn’t aggressive, it’s receptive. And that’s is key to understanding its potency. There is a quality of strength and endurance Earth possesses that is an indomitable force. At the same time, however, there is a certain amount of peacefulness connected to the Earth element. Sure, Earth can be passive … but by no means is Earth weak!
Without Earth, we would have nothing to hold us up. No foundation. No support. Earth is attuned to form and matter. These assets help to explain why the Earth signs are the most and durable of the zodiac.
What also helps Earth succeed wildly in our corporeal environment is the fact that the element of Earth is intricately connected with the physical senses. This allows Earth an intuitive grasp as to how the material world works — an almost natural understanding. Earth has the ability to use this instinct to ensure physical security is maintained, while also achieving a thorough enjoyment and appreciation of everything the physical world has to offer.
Because of these propensities, Earth is the element of patience, stability, commitment, discipline, permanence and strength. Nothing can grow without these qualities and the end result with Earth is typically prosperity. Earth may be slow and methodical, but it is also ultimately successful.
Earth’s tendencies towards being so practical can have its drawbacks. Imagination may be lacking in Earth since the focus is mostly on what can be proven to exist by virtue of what one sees, tastes, touches, feels or hears. An inability to deal with what cannot be explained in our physical universe can limit Earth’s potency and lead to a rigid, narrow minded, materialistic view of life and our world.
Still, if Earth can open itself up to that which it cannot sink its teeth into then, its potential to achieve prosperity will enhance tenfold.
Broken down by sign…
While all of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn) will share these qualities of the Earth element, each will express them in a unique manner.
Taurus will convey a deep connection to and appreciation of the physical senses and will often successfully take command of preserving physical security.
Virgo will masterfully volunteer to be of service to others, displaying a humble, flexible demeanor while expertly executing any task they commit to.
Capricorn will climb the most unbearable mountain with perseverance and ambitious determination in order to achieve any goal they set for themselves.
The world is rich with change! The days are longer and the grass grows greener as the Sun moseys into the slow and steady sign of Taurus. This is a time for each of us to shake off the fast-paced energy of Aries season and center ourselves.
When the Sun moves into a new zodiac sign, we all benefit from that sign’s unique energies. Taurus is the sign of stability, so this is our opportunity to ground ourselves and revel in the wonderful things the world has to offer. Smell a flower! Indulge in a hearty meal! Get steamy in the bedroom! You don’t need to be a Bull to bask in the beauty that the Sun in Taurus brings about.
Taurus Season Tarot Spread Positions
Position 1: Context Card
Circumstances of your current situation
The first position in this Tarot spread provides insight into the conditions you’re facing at this moment in time. It may be that you’ve been feeling physically spent, spiritually depleted, or emotionally uncertain. Your Context Card is like a snapshot of your current situation, giving you a grasp on where you are as Taurus season kicks off.
Position 2: Influence Card
External forces creating internal chaos
It’s difficult to find your emotional footing when there are distractions surrounding you that have the potential to create inner conflict. Your Influence Card pulls back the veil, exposing who or what is having a noticeable impact on you. By better understanding these things for what they are, you’re able to get rid of what isn’t working for you.
Position 3: Spotlight Card
Where to devote your energy
The hectic pace of Aries season may have made it tough to know where to spend your time and energy. The slower tempo of Taurus season helps you come back down to Earth, allowing you to focus on what’s truly important. The Spotlight Card in this Tarot reading pinpoints what you should be paying attention to right now.
Position 4: Resistance Card
What you must stop working against
Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy! By holding on to something — especially a belief system — we prevent ourselves from moving forward into a brighter future. Your Resistance Card highlights what you’ve been fighting, so that you can remove this self-made obstacle and take advantage of the incredible possibilities that lie ahead of you.
Position 5: Grounding Card&
How you can achieve stability
Sometimes we know what we need to do, but we don’t know how to do it. When the Sun is in Taurus, we’re being encouraged to slow down and take it easier in our lives. Have you felt rushed or in disarray? Your Grounding Card will illuminate what you need to do calm things down and find your center.
Position 6: Success Card
Your potential to flourish
By following the guidance from the previous five cards in this Tarot spread, you set yourself up for success during Taurus season. The last card in this reading gives you a glimpse into the rewards you can expect to reap during the Sun’s time in Taurus should you follow the advice of the Tarot.
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Why: Jade has been revered for centuries for its ability to heal and provide stability. This stone will help you channel Taurus’ energy, making it easier to just go with the flow.
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Why: The nonstop pace of life may have left each of us feeling a little worn out. Lemongrass is an excellent choice as it uplifts and enhances your physical energy, helping you dedicate yourself to whatever it is you value.
This suit, most often named “Coins” or “Pentacles”, is a symbol for a magical talisman that represented wealth or potential. This suit represents something supportive that is available to you — whether it be health, some kind of talent, a material or financial resource.
The Five of this suit is the card of desire and gratification, expressed in classical tradition as flattery and false promises. This card represents both the seducer and the one seduced. There is undeniable excitement in the attraction of opposites; we have all had delightful moments of magnetism with a stranger. However, if promises are only spoken to achieve short-term gratification with no intent of follow-through, or the attraction appears as competition to more fulfilling relationships, the long-term result won’t be worth the thrill of the chase.
Getting some time to yourself would be wonderful today, dear Aries, with the Moon spending another day in your privacy sector. Even so, it would benefit you to spend some time with or around others, as you are radiating subtle, healing energy. The Moon is approaching full circle relative to your sign, and it’s natural for you to need more time to reflect, meditate, and detox on an emotional level. Your intuition is working powerfully for you. You can quickly become comfortable with your feelings and all that goes on behind the scenes. You are more ambitious and interested in bettering yourself, so that pressures experienced today tend to be your own, although quite enjoyable and useful. Business ideas are particularly sound and bright, and time spent working in relative solitude can be particularly fruitful.
The Moon spends another day in your solar eleventh house, dear Taurus, and friendships, entertaining, enjoying company, or connecting with your happiness goals and dreams can be in sharper focus. Your sense of community or your desire to interact openly and freely with others is strong. You want to get involved. Teamwork fares well now. There can be a subtle boost in your social or romantic life. Friends tend to bring good news or advice. Practical elements of your life tend to take the backseat today, as you are emotionally geared towards social matters. Anything that relieves stress will be appropriate now, and in fact, quite easy to naturally find. You attract attention in a pleasant way today.
Your leadership qualities or abilities are in strong form today, dear Gemini, or your work and productivity are in focus now. Approval doesn’t need to be sought today – it comes naturally, and it’s more likely to appear. You’re a little more aware than usual of your reputation and how it impacts your life, and this can fuel the motivation to align your goals with your higher beliefs and principles. For the most part, today brings responsible energy, and you find it easy to get in touch with your current priorities as a result. It’s a good day for feeling you’ve accomplished something worthwhile. Even so, it’s best not to focus too narrowly and instead keep some of your options open. Others tend to recognize your efforts or competence now.
You are especially forward-looking today, dear Cancer, with the Moon in your adventure sector harmonizing with Jupiter in your house of creativity. There is good energy for teaching and sharing, but you are at your best if your activities allow you some wiggle room and space to be spontaneous. This is a fine time for all things educational, as well as for publishing and travel matters. You’re likely to feel confident about finding ways to enlarge your scope. The feedback you receive from others tends to jumpstart your own thinking processes. This can be a good time to honor your need for a change of scenery or a new experience so that you can return to your daily routines more refreshed and motivated. This is a time of the lunar month to focus on the positive and uplifting elements of your life.
This is a time when you can be craving more intimacy or depth in your experiences, dear Leo, and you’re likely to find them today. You’re looking to scratch the surface more deeply. Family and personal matters tend to fare particularly well today. You’re thinking in particularly positive terms, enjoying good memories and activities that absorb your attention. You’re likely to see meaningful connections that allow you to solve problems and discover reasons and motivations. Home life is supportive and in focus, or you’re perfectly content and comfortable spending time with yourself. Strategies for your work or health pursuits are sound, and you’re seeking out hidden answers and motivations. The emphasis today is on emotions, close ties, dreams, and your inner world.
The Moon spends another day in your partnership sector, dear Virgo, and connects well with other planets. It can be a great time for communicating, getting to the core of a matter, as well as teaming or pairing up to come up with a great idea. While you may not be entirely in sync, you’re likely to enjoy the company of others and a healthy rapport. Adaptability is one of your fortes, and the atmosphere today is one of positive change. You’re enjoying a sense that others are cooperative and in general agreement. The day’s energies are especially supportive of enhancing relationships and getting to satisfying compromises. Your social life improves and your interests grow.
You have a stronger sense of self this year, dear Libra, and you carry yourself in such a way that you’re naturally attracting the right resources to you. This is emphasized today as Jupiter in your sector of self-worth harmonizes with the Moon in your sector of work and service. There can be good relations with those you work with, who work for you, or with whom you interact as you fill your duties or daily tasks. The energies of the day promote good feelings about being productive, bringing more order into your home life, and attending to your resources. A comfortable pace suits you well. Planning related to work and home life is particularly sound today.
The Moon spends another day in your self-expressive solar fifth house, dear Scorpio, and romance, entertainment, hobbies, recreation, and social involvements are larger than life for you today. Feelings are pleasantly dramatic. You might thoroughly enjoy the planning or mapping out of details stage of a venture as Jupiter in your sign connects creatively with Pallas. Your energy levels as your ambition increases. Creating something and sharing it with others is one way of enjoying the energies of the day. However, any activity that draws out your inner child can be satisfying. You’re feeling particularly connected to the people around you and the things you’re currently doing. Others feel exceptionally comfortable in your presence. Some sort of emotional relief is probable.
This can be a good day for tying up some loose ends or putting a frustrating problem behind you, dear Sagittarius. You’re focused and ambitious even though you’re also somewhat retiring or reserved at this point in the lunar cycle. Today’s energies are strong for feeling rooted and secure. Support may come from behind the scenes. It’s a time when you need (and tend to get) some emotional replenishment. You’re less interested in enjoying new experiences than you are in exploring your feelings today. There can be a special enjoyment of personal memories, and some form of emotional retreat is appropriate now, but there is also good energy with you for solving problems as well as pleasant exchanges. You’re especially credible and clever today and tomorrow.
This is a fine time for making connections while maintaining a comfortable level of independence, dear Capricorn. Good advice can be exchanged today. Working together with others in a team yields the best results for the time being, and you are the natural leader. Sharing your expertise or directly lending a hand can be beneficial. You’re certainly more talkative, curious, and mentally stimulated than you have been recently, and being on the move, even if it’s on a mental level, is important to you today. You’re drawn to lively settings and people, as well as interesting ideas. It’s a beautiful time for branching out, connecting, and exploring different ideas or catching up on the news.
The Moon spends another day in your resources sector, dear Aquarius, and you’re likely to enjoy tending to your favorite personal possessions, taking care of business, or getting comfortable. You’re in a good position to make strategic decisions about money and business. Making peace with the past helps you clarify your ambitions. There is considerable wisdom in a step-by-step approach to your ventures, as well as special satisfaction in so doing. You are not letting the small problems get to you, and you’re a little more open, direct, and confident about your talents and skills now. As you help and share, you naturally draw resources your way.
The Moon spends another full day in your sign, dear Pisces, but today forms some satisfying aspects and provides channels for you to express yourself in satisfying ways. You can be filled with new ideas and good feelings. You’re also especially inspired and motivated. You believe in yourself and your endeavors now. Going out of your comfort zone just a little increases your faith in yourself and the world. Small doses work best as you grow to trust that you’re perfectly capable of handling uncertain situations. Your emotions need a ready outlet today, and they’re likely to find it! Friends tend to be supportive without being stifling, and this suits you perfectly. This is a good day for connecting with others in happy ways, and for seeing opportunities all around you.
You are romantic and soulful, and yet determined and stubborn. At times moody, you often long for something more from your life. Others find you very appealing and attractive. You often go it alone when you don’t need to. You have strong feelings and intuition, and you have a special affinity for music. Famous people born today: Candice Bergen, Billy Joel, John Corbett, Grace Gummer, Chris Zylka, Rosario Dawson.
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!
However, do your best to watch out for tendencies towards self-deception with both love and money. Things might look too good to be true, simply because you want to see the best! Relationship ups and downs are possible, as this could be a year when romantic mirages are more likely.
Exchanging ideas, intellectual pursuits, and learning are all exciting and favorable at this time. You’re expressing yourself clearly and you’re in a great position to instruct others. There is a pronounced ability to order your thoughts and ideas and to recognize patterns, putting you in an excellent place to work on designs. You might thoroughly enjoy making plans, lists, and connections this year.
This can be a year when bursts of restlessness, rebellion, and impatience figure prominently, however. You have a tendency to take risks and to act on sudden impulses without considering consequences. You assert your will and individuality powerfully, and you are ready to fight for freedom. There may be changes in work schedules, or life’s circumstances could challenge you in such a way that you need to change your goals or actions. This can also be a time when you tend to resist others and challenge them if they are trying to hold you back. Arguments and confrontations are likely. If you aren’t too rash or impulsive, you might be able to free yourself from restrictive circumstances. You could also have more courage than usual to do things that break the routine, and confrontations engaged in this year could clear the air and help you to move forward.
However, from March 2019 forward, you have a strong, protective, and stabilizing influence with you as Saturn forms a harmonious aspect to your Sun. This transit helps you stay on track and meet your responsibilities. Your popularity tends to be strong, and your leadership skills are valued. Work you have done in the past begins to pay off this year–not necessarily in dramatic ways, but in small, measurable ways. You may be recognized or rewarded in some manner for the efforts you put forth. Because you project a more responsible and credible “you”, people in authority are more inclined to appreciate you and recognize your work. During these months, you can put your life in order in some significant manner. Improved concentration, a more realistic outlook, and a practical awareness of the limits of time all help you to make steady progress, particularly in your career. Your concern for your future at this time is stronger than usual, and you may find that projects you start, or investments you make, will benefit you for years to come.
You are bound to get important matters organized in the year ahead, but you’re also likely to feel impatient or to try to cut corners frequently, which can put unnecessary pressure on you. Your love or social life can be eventful, largely due to some restlessness. You are determined and focused in the year ahead, and you can move mountains in important areas of your life. It’s a powerful year for making lifestyle changes.
2018 is a Number Seven year for you. Ruled by Neptune. This is a year of preparation, chance, and refinement. It is not a time of dramatic changes. Instead, it’s a year when reflection on the past is helpful, and when refinements to your life path should be made. It’s a good year to study and analyze. Unexpected twists to your life story and “chance” meetings are probable. Advice – take stock of your life in order to prepare for more exciting years to come, examine the past and plan for the future, get in touch with your deepest needs and uncover your personal power, don’t strain yourself or actively try to expand.
2019 will be a Number Eight year for you. Ruled by Saturn. This is a year of power and accomplishment. Actively seeking to expand, taking educated risks, and moving forward are highlighted. This is a year of opportunity, particularly in the material and business world, and opportunities need to be seized. It’s generally not a year to find a new love partner, simply because the focus is on the material world and your place in the world. This is a problem-solving year in which you can expect real, tangible results. Advice – take action, plan ahead, seize opportunities.
You’re communicating warmly and enjoying learning and connecting more than usual these days, dear Aries, with Venus in your solar third house. Love can be enhanced with good conversations, emails, and texts. Others might be especially attracted to your ideas and style of communication. Today, however, there can be some problems getting your message across, but it’s temporary. Take a little more care to make yourself exceptionally clear. You can feel in limbo or confused by mixed signals. While taking care of unfinished business might not be your preferred thing to do right now, it can help you by reducing your levels of guilt and stress that come from the nagging feeling that you have things left to do. The Moon spends the day in your privacy sector, reinforcing a need to let go and relax rather than wind yourself up.
With Venus in your solar second house these days, you can be particularly focused on your feelings of comfort and security, dear Taurus. Today, whims can take hold, however, as Venus connects via a quincunx with Jupiter. If you are feeling unsettled, try to get to the heart of the matter. A difference in values with someone can be frustrating now if you are not in touch with what’s truly disappointing you. The Moon spends the day in your social sector, however, and you seek out people who accept you as you are or activities that are undemanding and light-hearted. You need a break from responsibilities or pressures to perform today.
With Venus in your sign these days, your desires are immediate and strong, dear Gemini, but today they may not reflect what’s in your heart. In fact, on some level, your desires may be leading you astray if you’re avoiding things or not quite ready to see what’s in your heart. It can be challenging to make decisions today when your options seem equally desirable or undesirable! It makes sense to wait out the big choices if it’s possible now. The Moon is now transiting your solar tenth house, however, and you may be in the position to lead or reach towards a goal. Responsibilities make themselves known, and you want to do your best.
You may be in a brief period of review and processing regarding your feelings, pleasures, and pastimes, dear Cancer, with Venus currently transiting your privacy sector. You may be striving to make peace with the past, but today can be a little tricky when it comes to close relationships, as you could easily find yourself at cross-purposes with someone. Venus forms an awkward aspect to Jupiter in your outgoing solar fifth house, highlighting a discrepancy between two strong drives – the need to process and take things easy and the desire to push forward and enjoy yourself more spontaneously. You may have a difficult time knowing what you want today, possibly baffling those close to you! This is a time when you can be confused about alternatives, and part of this could be that you are not sure whether you want to pursue something or let things/people come to you. Aim to go slow and figure out what’s in your heart before taking concrete action.
Your desire for variety in your social life is stimulated today, dear Leo, but there is also a substantial part of you that would prefer to hide yourself away or to keep your observations to yourself as Venus and Jupiter form an awkward angle. Interactions can be a little off or timing is wrong now. You can feel divided temporarily, uncertain about someone’s feelings, or in limbo. With so many things, and possibly people, vying for your attention, it’s not exceptionally easy to know your next step. However, slowing down makes a little sense now before your push yourself. This is merely about reorienting yourself. The Moon spends the day in your intimacy sector, too – a further message to get in touch with your true feelings before taking action.
A career, public, life direction, or reputation matter could throw you a little off today, dear Virgo. You could be procrastinating or uncertain about your next step. You might also feel that people are taking you for granted. Part of you wants to state your case, and another part would prefer to let things go. If you feel a little out of balance, your best bet is to slow down and avoid acting on impulses with Venus in minor challenging aspect to Jupiter today. It may not be the most productive days as there can be a real tendency to waste time. The Moon spends the day in your partnership sector, bringing relationships to your keen attention. You tend to prefer company to going it alone today.
With Venus in your solar ninth house these days, dear Libra, you’re sharing your affections rather liberally, and you’re looking forward optimistically when it comes to love and money. You are more inclined to look at the big picture than to focus on the little problems. However, today, there can be some frustration due to the perception that others are not sharing your values. You can give off a standoffish vibe as a result. You could also be a little careless with money or overindulgent if you are feeling restless. You might fixate on something you think you want but then discover that it’s not the answer to your problems. Wait things out if possible today since it’s tricky to know what you want and there seem to be red herrings further confusing matters.
With Venus in your intimacy sector these days, dear Scorpio, you are motivated to connect well with others or to throw yourself into the pleasure of specific projects and activities. You’re also in good shape for shared money or resources. Today, though, there can be some hesitation to give of yourself if you feel others are impinging on your freedom. Or, there can be some confusion about boundaries in a relationship. Affections can be intense one minute, and then they cool down the next. Whether to go after what you want or see if it comes to you naturally can be a dilemma today. It may be better to wait out decisions until you’re feeling confident.
You could feel some pressure to make a decision about a relationship today, dear Sagittarius, but in fact, it’s not a good time to do so as you may not be seeing things clearly just for the time being. Discern between feelings that come from a place of restlessness and those that come from your heart. Alternatives may seem equally desirable or undesirable – either way, it’s hard to choose! There can be competing feelings related to the need for freedom and togetherness now with Venus and Jupiter in disagreement today. Be careful not to jump into something due to current frustrations that you may one day regret. It’s better to take things easy or one step at a time.
This can be a day for going off routine or schedule, dear Capricorn, as Venus in your work and health sector forms an awkward angle to Jupiter in your social sector. Vague restlessness can take hold, and your attention may be divided. As well, it may be difficult to please a friend right now, and you can’t be everything to everyone, nor should you be! It’s possible there are competing energies pitting your social life or leisure time against chores and duties. The Moon spends the day in your communications sector, further reinforcing a tendency to lose focus. You could have a finger in many different pies today! You may need to simply allow this to happen and wait out a better time for concentration.
Minor, unexpected reactions or events can make for a rather changeable day, dear Aquarius. While there can be mixed signals to decipher and you may also be dealing with problems managing your work-life balance, this may very well be a better time for slowing down and stalling decision-making until you’re clearer about others and your own needs. People in your life may be frustrated with your divided attention today, but then again, you may not find it easy to understand them, either. This is temporary. The Moon has moved out of your sign and into your resources sector, turning your attention to matters of comfort and routine as you seek out a bit of predictability for a couple of days.
There can be some missteps with others today, dear Pisces, as Venus forms a quincunx with Jupiter. This is a minor challenge but can lead to some restlessness and indecision regardless. When you get what you want, you may feel disappointed, and if this is the case, then consider that you are not truly in touch with your desires and instead reacting to inner restlessness. Whether to stay put or break the routine can be an issue now. This aspect can play with our expectations and lead to some off timing. There may be an inclination to keep others at arm’s length. And, if you do try to get close to someone, restlessness can set in again. We can be hard to please today, making intimacy a bit challenging. Aim to take things slowly as you sort out what you truly want, and give others space to do the same.
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.
This energy activates your ability to dissolve the ego (momentarily) and allow your SoulSelf to shine through! Your Spiritual center, base or practice comes up – how is it supporting you? If you’ve gotten away from your practice, this energy will make it easier to connect to your Spirit, your intuition and the vision for your life’s purpose, at this time. You may find where your contribution is most valued, when you step outside your Self and see how others’ needs are important. Find a need and fill it … in your own deliciously unique way, as you will be more giving & compassionate, naturally under this influence. Your physical energy may be low as a result of Neptune channeling the Sun’s Source Energy inwardly to re-charge your Spirit. Otherwise, it could be projections of all kinds, yours and other people’s as well. Best to spend some intentional solitude, preferably in nature if/when/where possible.
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 think and 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.
This energy is great for creative flow. If you are artistically inclined in any way, you will have access to an energy that will allow you to create something amazing. Dig deep and allow your Self to free-flow! This energy can also challenge relationships (personal or professional) to ‘keep it real’ in some way and ones which are not on a true, solid foundation are likely to dissolve under this influence. When Neptune is involved, we see life through a completely different kind of lens, often seeing the potential rather than the reality of the situation. Detach & Trust. This activation is just helping you align your true values & priorities with the vision in your mind & heart, but you will have to expand your consciousness in some way, follow your inner compass and take practical steps going forward.
This energy is a double-edge sword in that you may “feel” positive and optimistic – which is a good thing – but it is also prone to excess – which brings us to the philosophy of “anything in moderation” or “balance in all things”. Be positive but be alert too! Beware of the urge to overdo it or over-extend yourself on any level. Use this energy to tap into your courageous side and attempt something you have avoided out of fear or doubt. There is a push-pull going on between your ego and your enthusiastic child within which demands that you find a proper expression for this energy. Also, beware of your enthusiasm provoking you to try to get others to see it from this point of view. You always have to be mindful of the fact that everyone is on their individual paths and may not be ready for what you’re bringing … and that’s okay – focus this energy back on your Self and it will serve you well. This energy tends to bring out the self-righteousness in us and that rarely leads where you are trying to go. What this energy is trying to tell us is that certain aspects of your Self and your Spiritual development are coming to a head and decisions need to be made which will affect your future. Pay attention – and try to get the lesson & the blessing of whatever is happening this week because it is trying to guide you to a new level … ready or not! Also keep in mind that it is an opposition, which always reminds us to watch for extremes and practice coming back to center, the truth is you are 6-months into something that requires some integration. If you stabilize now, you can expand your life in positive ways and with more ease & grace.
This energy makes you want to get things done, by any means necessary and you may tend to come on a little strong – but it’s all good. The work you want to do, is work that needs to be done and in doing it and facing things head-on, you will gain insights about your Self that fortify your foundation so that your life can evolve to the next level organically. This intense and powerful energy is transformative in nature and will provoke you to think deeply about your life; what you need, desire and deserve. You may find that some aspects of your life need to be reformed or released – go for it – this energy makes reform and release easier than usual. It’s a good time to make an impression or an impact on others, but be sure to keep it on the Highest level possible. Any actions or statements used to manipulate others for selfish gain can/will backfire on you in a big way. This is a positive, uplifting, transformative energy – use it as such to clear the debris and create the life you were born to live.
This activation can be a tough one for some. If your beliefs are out of alignment with your actions, if you are not self-aware or act-out unconsciously, being selfish or childish, then watch out, because squares test you to grow and change in some way. Often, this also means that you are suppressing your nature in some way, which is never really a good idea. When you suppress your Soul, it can make your human more sensitive or defensive, taking things personally as a threat or challenge. If you catch your Self feeling irritable for no apparent reason, try to step back and gain some perspective before responding to your own thoughts or another’s words. Mercury & Mars getting together, in this challenging way, can provoke debates and, in some people, actual fights, so be careful. The deeper aspect of this activation is that some part of you wants to express, perhaps in a new way, and your monkey-mind has got you all off track. Mars demands that you know who you are and what you want, and is the Divine Masculine part of you, which is supposed to hold good boundaries, protect you and negotiate on your behalf in the world. If you know something that you are not acting on, this can be frustrating. If you are acting in ways that are not allowing you to think things through, this too can cause accidents, problems and delays. It is best to pull in until you are clear. And also keep in mind, you may not be out of alignment in the above ways, but those around you may be and will likely have no context for what they are feeling and therefore, become indiscriminate with their choices & actions.
The Moon today is in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2018
Phase: Waning Crescent
Moon Age: 23.43 days
Moon Angle: 0.50
Moon Distance: 398,935.92 km
Sun Angle: 0.53
Sun Distance: 151,048,833.07 km
Color: Green Element: Earth Altar: Upon a green cloth set a cut branch of some food-giving tree, such as olive or apple. Each member of the community should bring some small thing to tie to it, for it shall be a charm to hang over the door for good luck. Its name is Eireisione. Also set out a cup of wine, a cup of milk with honey in it, a wreath of flowers, and a small bowl of barley. Offering: Good wishes for the House and its members. Daily Meal: Vegan. Thargelos, which is a soup of barley, corn, and fruit, sacred to Apollo.
As we cast up our barley in little showers,
A little grace from the birds is ours.
(The officiant throws a handful of barley into the air.)
A holy heifer’s milk, white and fair to drink,
Bright honey drops from flowers, bee-distilled,
With draughts of water from a virgin fount
And from the ancient vine its mother wild
An unmixed draught this gladness and fair fruit
Of gleaming olive, ever-blooming
And woven flowers, children of Mother Earth.
(The milk and honey is poured out as a libation.)
Eireisione brings all good things,
Figs and fat cakes to eat,
Soft oil and honey sweet,
The brimming wine-cup deep
That she may eat and sleep.
(All approach the altar with their items. Traditional items are dried barley cookies, sacred wool from first-shorn sheep, small corked bottles of wine, figs and dates, and small bags of grain. Anything will do, however. Each ties their offering on and speaks its meaning. The wreath of flowers is ceremonially added last by the officiant, and then Eireisione is carried in procession to the front of the House, where she is hung over the door with great ceremony. She is taken down on Puanepsia and burned in the fire.)
Colors: White and blue Element: Air Altar: Upon cloth of white and blue set twelve white candles, one sky-blue candle, a great jug of mead, and a white feather. Throughout the next ten days, the altar stays the same, and one more candle is lit. On this day, light the blue candle and two white candles. Offering: Take a message of truth to someone. Speak the truth. Do things correctly. Daily Meal: Soup or stew. Bread with cheese, meat, or jam.
Invocation to Frigga’s Handmaidens
Call: Twelve maidens hold the halls of Asgard! Response: Twelve virgins hold the pillars of heaven! Call: Twelve mysteries hold the luck of Asgard! Response: Twelve virtues hold the Law of heaven! Call: Twelve words of power resound through Asgard! Response: Twelve stars light up the dome of heaven! Call: We call upon the power of Virtue! Response: We call upon the mysteries of heaven!
Invocation to Gna
Hail, bright messenger of Frigga,
Bringer only of the truth,
Be it joyful or painful.
You whose lips speak only what is true
And whose wings rush the truth to every corner of the world,
Teach us to love that messenger when she comes,
Even when she bears tidings
That wring the heart to sorrow.
Teach us that truth is never unwelcome,
And that its radiance burns through
All confusion, all illusion, and all shadows.
For truth is more than merely our words;
It is every step that we take on the road of life.
Cloth of honor from the thread of truth
Weave your heart into all you offer
(A libation of mead is poured out for Gna, and the jug replaced for the next day’s ritual. There should be a House meeting for this day, during which the virtue of Truth is stressed.)