“Pink” full moon brings lunar eclipse Thursday

“Pink” full moon brings lunar eclipse Thursday


This month’s full moon, which falls on Thursday (April 25), always reminds me of one of the first times I viewed the April full moon

When I was very young boy living in New York, there was a popular television weathercaster by the name of Carol Reed. While not a meteorologist, she had an upbeat personality and always finished her reports with what became her personal catch phrase: “And have a happy!” Read More…..

Weekly Astrology: April 22-28, 2013

Weekly Astrology: April 22-28, 2013

Get ready for an intense and emotional week!

Maria DeSimone   Maria DeSimone on the topics of venus, taurus, scorpio, moon, full moon, astrology

Emotions run high this week as finances tighten, ideas spin out of control and Thursday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio signifies intense internal struggles.

Monday, April 22: Venus in Taurus opposite Saturn in Scorpio

Whether or not you’ve been a spendthrift is beside the point, because it looks like you’re about to pay the piper on Monday, when Venus in Taurus makes an opposition to Saturn in Scorpio.

Taurus and Scorpio are the two money signs of the zodiac, and they often have tremendous implication in our lives when it comes to power and the correct use of it. Because money planet Venus will oppose sober Saturn, you might discover that money is suddenly tighter than you expected.

The reality of the situation is this: If you have a major expense on the horizon and you knew it was coming soon, then it’s simply time to pay your debt. This isn’t likely to be a surprise — you’ve definitely had this bill on your desk for a while now. Get rid of it and don’t cry about it, either. Saturn has little patience for tears.

Tuesday, April 23: Mercury in Aries sextile Jupiter in Gemini

Fortunately, by Tuesday your mind will be positive. And fast.

Mercury in Aries will link up to Jupiter in Gemini. Ideas will fly and you’ll assertively speak your mind with confidence. Although a grand plan might be tough to pull off, you know you can do it — and everyone else around you will seem to agree. Go for it!

Wednesday, April 24: Venus in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn

Finances are once again on the uptick by Wednesday, when Venus in Taurus will make a perfect trine to Pluto in Capricorn. This is money, business and sound investments. Consider making an appointment with your financial advisor to discuss ways to improve your nest egg. You’ll be glad you did!

You may also discover that your boss is in the midst of negotiating a healthier 401k plan for you and the rest of the office, or that you’ll receive another type of insurance benefit.

Thursday, April 25: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio

The headline news this week, however, is Thursday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio at 6 degrees. If you have personal planets or an angle on your chart between approximately 3 and 9 degrees of any Fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) you’ll likely feel the pack of this Eclipse’s punch.

The Eclipse will be closely conjunct Saturn and opposite Mars, suggesting that an internal fight about what you know you need to let go of may ensue. If there’s an emotionally-charged situation brewing around you it might be hard to forgive or to surrender. Try to remember that the higher expression of Scorpio energy is about letting go.

Alternatively, there might be a situation you’re in where you want to retain power. If so, this Lunar Eclipse could feel more unsettling because a tight grip will only leave you in pain.  Ultimately, with this Lunar Eclipse, the greatest power just might come from accepting your personal limitations, and (if you can) taking the high road.

Remember not to make a major decision during an eclipse, too, even if the eclipse does not affect your chart personally. People around you might be troubled and this could affect you. The energy in the sky is super-charged at eclipse times and it’s always better to be in receiving mode, rather than move forward with a decision you’re making due to intense emotions. Plan and strategize, but be patient. See what happens.

Friday, April 26: Mars in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces

Although the Lunar Eclipse energy will still be the dominating force on Friday, we’ll also experience Mars in Taurus at a fine angle to Neptune in Pisces. This is a classic aspect for inspired action, and you have the gusto to manifest a dream or imaginative pursuit.

This might also be a great day and evening to enjoy a romantic interlude with someone special. Or, at the very least, to fantasize about a romantic interlude with someone special. Hey, you’ve got to work off all that stressful Lunar Eclipse energy some way!

Your Charm for August 17 is Aries The Ram

Your Charm for August 17

Today’s Meaning:     

This aspect of your life will be strongly influenced by a person who is adventurous, energetic, pioneering, courageous, enthusiastic, confident, dynamic and quick-witted. This person is probably somone you already know and respect.

General Description:     

First sign of the Zodiac, March 21st to April 20th. Mars the ruling planet, and Iron the correct metal. Those born under the influence of Aries were supposed to be brave, ambitiious, optimistic, confident, and fond of adventure. The Aries gems are the Diamond, Jasper, and blood stone. The Diamond was always regarded with much veneration in olden times, and was worn to make its wearer bold and daring. Napolean Bonaparte had the celebrated Regent or Pitt Diamond (136 carats, valued at about 500,000 lbs) set in the hilt of his sword. At one time it was believed that the wearing of very large diamonds brought ill-luck and misfortune on the wearer

The People You Meet on the Pagan Path

The People You Meet on the Pagan Path

Author: MissElphie

There are always people who leave a mark along our path in our Pagan path. Those people who supported us and who taught us things that, probably, we wouldn’t have learned in any other way. These people are essential and must not be forgotten. After all, no matter how many books we write, how many thesis are made and researches done, there is always space to learn and embrace knowledge that we get through experience and by the teaching of others. That is what I’ll be talking about today.

The solitary path is a path that is often chosen, especially in today’s society in which most Pagan practitioners live in the big metropolis and cities, and where finding a coven is getting harder and harder. These good covens hide themselves more often than you think. And, if covens do ‘go public’, much of the time, they aren’t that big of a thing or there is a high chance that they are not what the practitioners are looking for. Good covens are hard to find. Not only due to their shortage but also because it’s complicated for a solitary to fit their eclectic costumes and already acquired traditions in a group that is as well defined as a coven. It ends up being complicated. Additionally, today’s individualism and our consumer and technological society oft results in isolation from the community around us (in favor of a virtual community) which may lead to a disconnection.

These factors plus the routine and daily busy life of the metropolis leads to shortage of time.
As you can see, there are numerous factors that may stop a solitary practitioner from joining a coven. There is, also, the possibility of the practitioner himself/herself not wanting to join a coven (like my case, for example) .

Don’t judge me wrong, I believe that life in a coven can be amazing and very enriching and, if possible, I recommend the experience if you are so inclined, since all paths teach us something. But, in this article, I’m focusing more on the solitary side of the Pagan practice.

For a solitary, magickal practice requires a routine by which the seeker learns things by himself/herself. We must alone search for authors, read books, research sources, etc. It ends up being our daily lives, so, after a couple of years, it becomes second nature. We know that author X is good and author Y is not that good. We prefer the works of X and not of Z. And so on.

However when we do meet someone who may be able to help us, such as someone with more experience, it’s always great. And, my advice is to take that opportunity. You can share what you know with that person and that person will share her knowledge with you. You can have arguments about a certain theory and, by debating it, reach a common and satisfactory answer. You can read books and discuss opinions on the subject or go to public events and find more people to talk to and learn from or teach.

With the help of others, our path only gets richer. It is still a solitary path and ours in the practical terms, since it is created and followed by us alone, but we always learn a lot interacting with others.

Throughout the years, I’ve met several people (not only online but also in person) who have taught me so much and helped me grow. I’m no longer that girl who thought that Wicca was all fairies and pink and that all other Pagan paths were a simple minority. Today, I have a clear notion of what Paganism is, of Wicca and of several different pagan paths, not only when talking about Neo-Paganism, but also pre-Christian beliefs.

I’m not saying that everyone whom you will meet will teach you something good for you to use in your daily path. But they will teach you something. They might, at least, teach you not to follow their path (if they are one of those crazy nut-heads that go around or a scammer) . Everyone has something to teach you and you must, along your path, learn everything you can from people, whether they are Pagan or not (Yes, even followers of other religions have a lot to teach you, especially when it comes to respecting other people’s beliefs) .

But of course, be careful. Don’t try everything people tell you to try. There are a lot of people who are amazing and who will teach you things that will last for a lifetime but there are also may be people with bad intentions who only want to harm you, scam you or worse. Trust me, I’ve seen people whose only interest in helping others was to gain money or fame or just use that “wanting to help” as a way of scamming them. Always be careful and always be very alert during any conversation. Think for yourself and, if necessary, ask for the opinion of someone older or with more knowledge than you, in whom you trust. .

Life has a lot to teach us and there are so many things to try and learn from. Don’t keep yourself entirely locked away from the world by not socializing, by not meeting other pagans. At first it can be hard to see so many points of views. Some you might even think “What is this?” but that will also teach you to respect others. There is so much you can learn by meeting and by talking to other pagans.

Find some events in your area or, if you are going on vacation to somewhere, search if there are any pagan gathering nearby and plan a visit. Or find an online forum and join up, meet some people and learn new things.

My simple conclusion: Socialize. Talk to people, enter social networks of Paganism, sign into forums and meet people. Learn with them and discover new worlds filled with knowledge. Who knows? You might even find a coven that will be your future family. You never know what plans the Gods have in store for us.

Live life to the fullest; know the world and live your religion.

Goddess Blessings,

Tuesday’s April 17th Affirmation, Thought & Meditation

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Today’s Affirmation for April 17th

The universe is an endless source of strength I can draw on as I undertake new challenges.


Today’s Thought for April 17th

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”

Seneca (c. 4BCE-65CE)


Today’s Meditation for April 17th

The Well of Experience

Our inner resources are bottomless – like the spirit itself. Next time you need to draw upon some aspect of your inner strength – perhaps your courage, patience or tolerance – imagine lowering a bucket into a well. No matter how much energy you draw from this source, there will always be vast reserves still left in place. As you raise your bucket, make a vow to use this energy wisely and lovingly.

Today’s Affirmation, Thought & Meditation for April 14th

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Today’s Affirmation for Saturday, April 14th

I take into my heart the gentle rhythms of nature performing its perennial dance of time.


Today’s Thought for Saturday, April 14th

“Healthy feet can hear the very heart of the Holy Earth.”

Chief Sitting Bull (1831 – 90)


Today’s Meditation for Saturday, April 14th

Reconnect With Nature

Time spent in nature is healing. It grounds us in our bodies and reaffirms our felt connection with the world around us. Spend time in green spaces as often as you can, whether in garden, parks or open countryside. Engage each of your senses in the experience of being at one with nature. Notice the shapes and hues of the flowers, hear the singing of the birds, smell the earthy scents of the ground and the fragrance of flowers.

We can also reconnect to nature using the imagination. Close your eyes and visualize a meadow on a sunny afternoon. Notice different species of plants, birds, animals and insects. Watch the interactions between these species, and then focus on individual organisms, sensing the pace and rhythm of their lives. Finish by watching the grass grow, allowing your consciousness to resonate at the same pace.

Today’s Afffirmation, Thought and Meditation for Friday, April 6th

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Today’s Affirmation for April 6th

I do not seek perfection – only to do the best that I can. If others do better, I will admire them without envy while trying to do better myself.


Today’s Thought for April 6th

On the edge of the forest live joyfully, without desire.

The Buddha (c. 563 – c. 460 BCE)


Today’s Meditation for April 6th

Saturn Versus Jupiter

In astrological terms Saturn is the planet of restraint, responsibility, limitation and self-discipline, while Jupiter is the planet of expansion, growth, spontaneity and creativity. A balance of both influences is necessary in our lives; too much Saturn and we fail to achieve our full creative potential; too much Jupiter and we over-extend ourselves, becoming irresponsible in our ambitions. Meditate on the planet whose influence you feel you lack, visualizing either the cold, grey sphere or seven-ringed Saturn, or the red giant of Jupiter.

The Wicca Book of Days for April 5 – Purifying Purges

The Wicca Book of Days for April 5

Purifying Purges

According to a long-established European tradition, April is the month in which it is efficacious to purge oneself. John Neve’s A New Almanacke and Prognostication (1633) claims:

This April, with his stormy showers,

Doth make the earth yield pleasant flowers.

Purge well therein, for it is good

To help thy body and cleanse thy blood.

The twenty-first-century equivalent of the purge is the detox, a complex regime that is said to eliminate toxins from the body, but if you feel in need of an old-fashioned herbal purgative, try a one-off doss of caster oil.

The Quintessential Element

Are you familiar with the fifth element either, of the quintessence? Take time, on this fifth day of the month to learn more about this universal spirit.