Libra New Moon

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Birthdays – September 30 – October 2
Key Word – GuardianshipCrystal – Fire Agate
Attributes – Fire agate will increase your initiative and commitment to tasks. This stone brings cheerfulness and contentment to the wearer. It promotes vigour, positive thinking; and an understanding of your life experiences. Physically this stone helps constipation, intestines, flatulence, diarrhoea and chronic inflammation.
Message – Find security and comfort inside.
Focus – You sustain a constant energy flow in your life to fulfil your needs; your aura glows.
Affirmation – My home is where my heart is.

– See more at: http://astrologicalcounsel.blogspot.com/2016/08/crystals-for-lunations-of-rest-of-2016.html#sthash.uHr33dxt.dpuf

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I have started making crystal grids for the lunations.  I have the fire agate for 8 Libra. Then I added a fire opal for Jupiter at 4 Libra, and an Elestial quartz for Mercury at 20 Virgo, (I don’t have any marcasite for the node at 12 Virgo). I have green hiddenite for Uranus at 23 Aries.  I added my platinum wedding ring for Chiron at 22 Pisces and yellow jasper for Uranus at 9 Pisces. Pluto at 14 Capricorn is granite, but I substituted.  Mars at 2 Capricorn is serpentine, but I substituted, and Saturn at 11 Sagittarius is alabaster, but I substituted . I placed smokey quartz where Venus is at 9 Scorpio, replacing the crystal magnesite.  Substitutions made because I don’t have some of the crystals.

I also have a large black moonstone to represent the new moon in general.

Jane

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New Moon rituals

 

New Moon Rituals

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“There are so many ways we can utilize the energy of this New Moon, there is no right or wrong when it comes to ritual. All that is called for is that you believe. Here are some suggestions to help enhance this powerful time…..

Dark Moon Releasing Ritual: I love to do an old fashioned burning when the moon is not quite new (Dark Moon). The most appealing part of ritual for me is it’s aesthetic quality, so I make sure that whatever I do feels beautiful. Use a nice piece of fabric or a scarf laid out, placing whatever items feel special to you. I like to set out intuitively chosen crystals, along with candles, incense or diffused essential oils (some oils associated with Virgo are Caraway, Clary Sage, Cypress, Dill, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Honeysuckle, & Patchouli). Have a nice ceramic or other fire-safe bowl ready along with pen & paper, matches or a lighter and some water for fire-safety. Sit quietly for a few moments, settling the mind, breathing deeply and relaxing the body. When you feel ready, ask yourself what it is in your life that is acting as a block or preventing you from moving forward…. fear, worry, anxiety (remember we are only dealing with ourselves here, so as tempting as it may be to write the name of your ex or your boss, that is a big no-no!) whatever words come to your mind, write them on the paper. Fold the paper, hold it for a few moments putting your intention to release the grip these words have on your well-being. When the time feels right, carefully light the paper in your bowl, watching as the fire sends your intentions out to the Universe! When you are done, thank the Universe, God/dess, Source, Your Higher Self etc… for helping you in this moment, then scatter the ashes into the earth. As an addition you can also use a smudge stick after to close out the ritual and purify your space.

druyanritualBy: Druyan

Casting a Circle: I wanted to share my thoughts on circle casting. Such a unique part of the craft, it is one of my favorite parts of ritual and I even find myself casting a circle for simple tarot readings at times! The power of the elements surrounding you, the charge of the shield you create, and knowing that you have transcended to the world between worlds is a pretty cool feeling!

One of the oldest magical activities is circle casting! If you are new to witchcraft, this is one of the first skills you should practice, it is the basis for all magical rituals (usually. However some Wiccans practice without circles -you can essentially perform magick anywhere, but circle casting is generally done at the beginning of any magical ceremony)….

Full Ritual here:

https://modernmagick.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/casting-circles/

circle2By: Jade Wolfwriter /https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMysticHealer

Ritual Bath: Ideas for magickal ritual bath tea: Epsom salt, Sea salt, Sage, Mint, Lavender, Oatmeal, Flower petals (make sure they aren’t flowers that trigger allergies), and Essential oils (I really like lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus and mint for a fresh and relaxing bath experience).

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Most of these ingredients float right on top of the water (oatmeal sinks), adding a magickal element of beauty – along with heavenly scents and textures. And of course, the spirit of the ingredients of choice!
While in the bath, you can meditate, chant or do a guided meditation, whatever suits your needs.
It’s easy to clean up, simply scoop the solid ingredients off the top of the water with a cup or some kind of screen.

ritualbathBy: Flyfree Lexi /https://www.facebook.com/flyfreedesign?fref=ts

And last but certainly not least, an abundance ritual featuring the ever-popular Abundance Check by Crystal Guidance…. this should be done after the moon is new.

Prosperity Ritual:

http://www.crystalguidance.com/articles/prosperity.html

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Now, one of the most important thing about the abundance ritual is to keep what you’re asking for in perspective…. keep it in alignment with need, not greed!😉

ProsperityBy: Jen /www.crystalguidance.com

With this one, you can also try getting creative by not limiting what the Universe can provide to money… play around with whatever you need to come into your life and watch the Universe respond!

New Moon Blessings from all of us at SacredMoonGrove….❤

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The Enigma called Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde is all about living in the moment.

originally posted: JUNE 4, 2015

*note, this is from last year so the current astrology isnt correct*

I remember a time I went to a guided mediation, the only guided mediation I have ever been too, actually (at the time of writing this in 2015). And afterward the women were sharing visions they had seen, and their experiences during the mediation. One woman in particular mentioned Mercury Retrograde and my ears perked up. What did this mean? I enjoyed astrology and had dabbled in the zodiac, but I had never heard of mercury retrograde.  For the past 7 years, this woman’s face has popped into my head whenever I hear about retrograde, and I am again reminded of my own ignorance on the matter.

Roughly three years ago I began to feel my “powers” increasing. And indeed there has been a snowball effect, with my spiritual energies enhancing exponentially as I am surrounded with more and more synchronicity, serendipities, and like minded individuals. And with this I began to notice even more of a connection to astrological events and my emotions. I have been practicing witchcraft for years, but I was more connected to the Moon than ever before.

Mercury goes retrograde 3 or 4 times a year, for a few weeks at a time. When it began its course in 2013, I started thinking about its effect on communication. ..I was working a lot and so the communication and technological problems were easy to see. Now however,  I am lucky enough to not be working and I can dive deeper into what Mercury Retrograde means to me and how it manifests in my life. ….

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The week before the retrograde, I was doing cards in my yard. Whilst getting ready to go outside, I was drawn to see what the bottom card was even tho they were packed in a pouch with my crystals waiting to be carried outdoors. I quickly glanced at the deck -It was the 8 of wands. A beautiful card depicting a fork in the path, a path lined with bluebells! (Bluebells have a special significance to me)…the meaning of the card was clear: “A fork in the road, there is more than one opportunity ahead, and it is up to you which way you choose…a card of decisions and haste”…One of my best friends, Star, had been in my mind (in fact, I was touching a crystal that links the two of us) when I had the impulse to look at the cards…so now I knew there was some connection with Star and this message. I made a mental note to share the card’s meaning with her later on.

I pulled 2 more wand cards during my reading -the two and the ten, both reversed…more messages about decisions, “difficulty determining what is valuable amongst the junk”, and deliberations. There was some indication of physical burdens, but the overlying message was one of opportunities and decisions and how my own indecisiveness was holding me back. I also considered the fact that I had pulled all these wand cards. Wands are the suit of summer and the element of fire -which invites aspects of drive, passion, and intuition into the mix. As I worked out this confusing message, there came the High Priestess as the next card, reminding me to follow my intuition…

I decided to ask for one more card for clarity…or really I was hoping for insight as to which platform this message referred to-school, work, social, spiritual etc…and the card I pulled was none other than the 8 of wands I had seen at the bottom of the deck before I started😉 so much magick! So much synchronicity! Message received!

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So what does all this have to do with mercury rx? Well, I’m not sure to be honest…All I know is I began hearing murmurings about the rx last week sometime, and given my predisposed ignorance and desire to learn more, the Rx was probably an underlying force within me as I drew these cards. It is my belief that the cards have given insight into how these next few weeks will play out, so of course they should shed some light on Mercury’s effect. However the interpretation is a work in progress…I am on the look out for the fork in the road, the message from the 8 of wands…

When someone says Mercury’s in retrograde,  the first thing that comes to mind is communication issues and technological problems. This was very obvious to me as my husband and I spent the past 2 days bickering. (To be clear, I was not sure on the dates of retrograde until today (Tuesday) and hadn’t thought much of it before Monday -so it’s not like I went into the weekend thinking “my husband and I will probably argue bc of mercury rx”…, I have been objectively/subconsciously riding the waves of the Rx for the past 2 days…) My laptop has been in the shop, and we have had nothing but the worst time communicating with the shop’s employees -the computer is still broken! In addition, every single plan I have made since last Saturday the 16th has gone down the drain. Everyone has canceled, rescheduled, or something came up where I couldn’t go through with my scheduled arrangements. That being said -it is easy to feel like the Rx casts a shadow over your world, a shadow that you want to shy away from…it makes the next few weeks look like tough terrain…

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Another theme associated with this cosmic event, is that of looking into the past…this is a very broad topic and there are so many ways we can reflect on our lives. My father, whom I haven’t spoken to in 5 years, (and who was never really around and treated my mom like shit), was in my mind last night. As I laid down for bed and my mind began to wander, a clear and crisp image of my dad appeared in my 3rd eye. My empathetic abilities kicked in, and I swam with a sudden wave of emotional sadness. What is my father doing now? What does he look like? Is he well? Sick? Maybe he thinks of me, and is sad. Maybe he thinks of me and feels guilty and sad but his own insecurities and problems hold him back from ever attempting to make a mends….These are the sentences that flashed through my head as I conjured up an aged version of my father from the depths of my memories. Truly I have never before thought of him with any kind of compassion or forgiveness in my entire life. A moment later I literally shook the sadness from my head, and asked myself why on earth I was thinking of my father. It was seriously so unusual, and when his image came to me I felt that familiar psychic link I have come to associate with “picking up on other people’s vibes” as I put it. LOL. (It really does feel like a foreign thought!) I knew at once it was the work of Mercury retrograde. As I considered this, I realized that a precious gift had been given to me -the ability to forgive. Because of my blast to the past, I had unearthed feelings for my father that I didn’t know I had…I’m not saying I’m ready to give him a call, but I am no longer looking back with only contempt for him…It is very possible that he is a different person now, as I am, and wishes things were different…without this insight provided by the retrograde, I may have never been receptive to him again….

So perhaps looking into the past involves digging up old feelings and reconsidering, perhaps it offers a new perspective to show you why things have played out the way they have in life….I think the key here is to be ready for anything and stay aware of any opportunities to learn from the past…I know this isn’t the only visit my past is going to make during these next few weeks….

~3 days later~

…caverns and cocoons…mother nature’s shelters…I feel as if I have been slightly hibernating, not necessarily indoors like winter hibernating, but withdrawn from people…I certainly have been very reflective, and have shied away from writing and socializing these past few days for fear of not using the right words…language is such a barrier…I have been enjoying the depths of my mind….relaxing at home in my own company…working out how I am feeling, and noticing the stark contrast to my usual adventure seeking “get out of the house” personality. I declined a few invites out with Star, and that’s when I realized how much I was enjoying the safety and security of my own thoughts and feelings.

I have also been sleeping pretty deeply, and still waking up tired…which is unusual for me, normally I’m like the damn princess and the pea…I  believe we all astral travel during sleep, and I have had such a hard time getting up these past few days! Its different than physical fatigue, its like a sleepy, dreamy quality, like a desire to rest in a cocoon for several days and think within myself…I wonder if my astral projection abilities have been hindered by the retrograde, and just like my physical form wishes to stay in, my astral self also takes a break from adventure…

This retrograde has given me time for personal reflection, which as an INFJ personality type, I don’t usually allow myself. Perhaps that is part of the ebb and flow of Merc’s Rx, because it does happen 3-4 times per year…Perhaps it allows us for a time of self renewal and spiritual cleansing…a time to get inside our own heads and clean out the junk…

Connections…I have continued to make connections to my past, during these last 4 days of the “official” retrograde period…Ivy and I went for a walk, and it was reminiscent of our high school days…we explored a new part in the forest and I was reminded of how deep our friendship goes and how much I love her as a siSTAR❤

Oh, and my father made another appearance! I was cleaning up the house after Ivy and I returned from the walk, and I was babbling to my dogs about something (LOL). I was trying to get them to settle down when I suddenly yelled at Ranger- “Back off Buckwheat”!! I haven’t uttered that phrase nor even HEARD that phrase in seriously over 15 years. My father always said that when I was little. Its from the little rascals which was before my time, but he was a huge fan. No one else in my entire world has ever said those words, and I hadn’t thought of them in years. But Bam! Out of the corners of my memories my mind pulled up my father’s phrase. Its like he spoke through me. Perhaps he is dead, and is visiting me…but I think that would be a different feeling entirely….I think the retrograde has stirred up a part of me that has been asleep for a long time, and now I am ready to start sorting out the feelings I have for my father…

Of course, delays, misunderstandings, and mistakes are indeed happening (more canceled plans, people stuck at work, stores closed, credit cards not working, computers acting up *ARRGH*) -but I am here to tell you, the retrograde is not nearly as negative as it is made out to be! I always knew mercury was getting a bad wrap😉

Instead of causing quarrels and making us frustrated and causing lethargy, Mercury Retrograde reminds us how important it is to go with the flow. Nothing is ever in control. This is such a crucial sentiment to remember. An article I read on the retrograde challenged its readers to have a sense of humor about it. And I am passing on this invaluable information! What great advice!

Anything and everything in the past seems to be stirring up now…getting back into old routines, finishing ideas/projects/to-do lists that I’ve had going on for a while…AND the first event indicated by my tarot cards has manifested!!!😀

I have been pondering and pondering about the reading for a week now, remembering the messages from the wand cards about the impending fork in the road, hasty decisions, difficulty choosing, and following intuition, the wand cards..and then of course there was the connection to Star..Then yesterday she and I both received phone calls offering us places at a different campus for school! We have been on the waiting list for this campus for a year…but I don’t necessarily want to transfer right now as I am comfortable at our current place….But a decision must be made! Which campus to choose?! Hence the fork in the road! Annnnd the obvious connection to Star, annnnd lets not forget the message about “haste” – I only have until Tuesday to decide, and actually the school rep wants the answer today (Friday)…!!!

So what to do? Mercury Retrograde is traditionally not the time to start anything “new”, but it is the time to complete old projects or something you meant to do a while ago…but does being on a waiting list (something I started a while ago), have a stronger pull than the fact that going to a new campus is just soooo ‘NEW’ that it would classify as starting something new in my life? I certainly think so…

I was finally able to break the spell that was  keeping me down on the couch feeling like a slug lol, and went for a jog yesterday (thanks Rx for getting me into my old routine!). I did yoga in the woods, and was really looking forward to expelling some pent up energy thru running…as I meditated in the sand near the river bank before starting yoga, I breathed in the healing, life giving energy of the forest around me. I felt the life force of the divine feminine within me and I dedicated my practice to Gaia. I worked through a few vinyasas, and sank into child’s pose where I stretched my roots into mother earth, and felt her immense presence beneath my skin. For a moment I was between worlds…

As I pushed myself to jog for the first time in months, I was mesmerized by the trees lining the path. They radiated the Earth Mother’s energy as they rose fiercely from their roots in her soil. I felt their breath on the wind that ripped around my shoulders, and I thought about the cleansing, refreshing power of air as I focused on my breathing. Soon I was jogging heatedly, the long path through the trees stretched out in front of me to my horizon…I let my gaze relax as in yoga, and my vision tunneled a bit, causing the golden tones of the sun to pierce kaleidoscopically through the spring green leaves. The gravel path blurred and the outside world faded away.

As I ran through my tunnel of light, I was reminded of the 8 of wands and its fork in the road. My decision about school with Star. This was my path. This would be my path. I opened myself to the powers of nature, my vibrations heightened even more from my workout mix music blasting into my headphones. Talk about sensory deprivation -more like overload! I lost myself in the beauty around me, charging down this path -visualizing the 8 of wands, seeing myself running down the path toward the fork, going left or right, and continuing on…”Here I am” I thought. “I am between worlds, running down the path toward the fork on the 8 of wands”. I thought about the card’s significance to me, and I reached out to connect with source, I declared myself open to the message, and held any other intrusive thought at bay. The elements were all around me, coursing through me, as I did magick on this path in the woods. I immediately felt relieved about my impending decision. I could see myself choosing my path, and that path will become clear to me…no need to stress…just let my intuition guide me❤

The tunnel continued on a bit more, and I relaxed against the cooling breeze. As I fatigued, I gathered up energy from the Earth and I felt it course through me with renewed vigor. As my jog came to an end, I stood in awe of the power around me. Smiling and gazing lovingly up at the trees and the forest around me, I felt truly blessed…

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Later, I craved a cold shower. I needed to feel the slick purification of water cascading down my body. As I shampooed my hair, I was reminded of a meditation one of my soul sistars recently shared. I began to imagine the suds around my fingers as bubbles within my skull. I visualized myself scrubbing the dark depths of my mind -soaping up the blackness with dense white bubbles. Water sloshed around and my fingers guided the soap, making wide foamy arcs and cleansing circles, the soap suds filling my skull like in the wizard scene of Disney’s Fantasia. Magic bubbles. I put the shower head on full blast and rinsed away anything I was “carrying”. The cold water pierced thru my trance, and my senses heightened. As I felt the water seep through my hair onto my skin, I visualized it becoming a murky brown and running down the drain. All my heartache, anxiety, negativity, hate, anything that was holding back my spirit was washed down the drain…I continued with my water enchantment, feeling the element work its way down the length of my spine, it caressed my breasts, it danced off my fingertips, and it raced down my legs, rinsing me of any “bad joojoo” I was carrying.

I spent the rest of the day reflecting on the powerful experiences I had had with each of the elements…They had been truly present and very much alive…I felt refreshed and renewed, and not at all hindered by the chaos of Mercury’s retrograde.

~3 days later~

Well here we are. Retrograde is in full swing. The sun transitioned into Gemini, Mercury’s home sign….This has brought on waves of indecisiveness, some so ridiculous that I’m forced to take a step back and remind myself it doesn’t really matter. I have been caught up with anxiety over when to leave the house, which errand to do first, which purchase to make, which recreational activity to partake in, what to eat for dinner….you name it, and I stressed over it the past few days. Ahhh Gemini, the twins, the alternating sides of ourselves…playing games with me! I have been faced with several PAIN IN THE ASS errands this week, in preparation for the start of summer classes, and the retrograde was already sending me on a rollercoaster ride with those…and now this flip floppy-ness that Gemini has conjured up…

I think I have spent a majority of my time the past 3 days either dealing with some failing bureaucratic system, or trying to accomplish tasks and run errands to no avail, or literally stalling out until I could make up my mind -and then changing it again and ending up not accomplishing anything….

But I continued to try and be positive, and I wasn’t about to allow this retrograde and Gemini’s influence get the better of me. So today I decided (after much deliberation), that nature was what I needed, and I was overdue for a walk in the woods….

I got the dogs ready (pain in the ass), changed my clothes (twice), and (finally) left the house…Luckily enough I knew which spot I wanted to park at, and I was really looking forward to some solitary hiking with Ranger and Arya. However nature did not have my remedy -and that was immediately clear by the insane amount of insects that greeted our arrival. After struggling with the leashes, I continued down the path and was met with a force of mosquitoes, nats, bees, and the like. I got the leashes off as soon as I could and marched on, regretting the long hippie dress I decided to wear. I waved my arm out in front of me, determined to make it past the clouds of bugs. Stomping through the undergrowth, I exhaled strongly through my nostrils so as not to inhale any of the bugs. “Doesn’t anyone come down this trail?!” I exclaimed loudly! The little flying bodies overwhelmed me -I felt them fluttering near my exposed skin (Damn this halter top dress!), I heard them buzzing near my ears, and I felt them landing on my arms and biting my flesh. I peered down at my exposed ankles and the generic Toms that I had stupidly worn. My imagination ran away from me (thanks Pisces), and I had images of poison ivy or a tick lodging itself in my bare ankle…my anxiety level rose (thanks Gemini). When the 5th spiderweb (!) brushed my skin, and after the third mosquito bite, I sighed and turned around, realizing I was not meant to be on this walk…

Seems like a strange lesson for the universe to give me…Perhaps it goes back to wanting control, and the retrograde teaching us we need to go with the flow….Maybe if I had continued, I would’ve slipped and broken my ankle -and this was my spirit guides’ way of protecting me….we will never know…

Even the tone in the above paragraphs is different from that of my earlier ones…It seems Mercury’s chaos is changed by it’s home sign Gemini…My moods have been hostile at best, and the indecisiveness has led to an increased anxiety level and an uptight attitude, climaxing in waves of an emotional tempest…While Mercury rules our relationships, projects, communication, technology, transportation, tasks, and all these “outward” ways we interact with the world, Gemini has turned the focus inward. I am battling with myself now, not only my friends.

Then along came Neptune…as a Pisces (Neptune’s sign), I am even more susceptible to the psychic energies of Neptune. She came over me like a thick blanket of fog, weighing down my inhibitions, filling me with daydreams and lethargy. I woke up this morning feeling her holding onto my brainwaves….vivid images from my dreams remained in my mind. I blinked my eyes into focus, feeling that incredible heaviness that accompanies astral travel. It was then that I knew I must check the astrology chart -and sure enough, Neptune is squaring off with the major forces of Mars, Mercury (further impacting the retrograde), and the Sun (Influencing my sun sign and its home sign -Pisces)

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~3 days later~ (I’m sensing a pattern here, are you?)

The weather matches my mood. Intense black clouds have been hovering in the sky…breaking for sunlight, and then clumping up in a great brooding mass and emptying their contents on the unsuspecting ground in brief torrents of power….Only to be whisked away with the wind again, opening up for the sunlight to scorch the Earth. It seems Gemini prevents even the weather from making up its mind…..

It’s true I have been very up and down. Fleeting impulses of motivation, followed by a sluggish sense of pointlessness. Neptune’s fog has lifted as of yesterday, and today I do feel more clear. However, Gemini has latched on  to my psyche and I cannot seem to focus on any one thing long enough to accomplish tasks. Its combination with the retrograde has built bars against my windows of friendship. Most gates are closed to communication, and the Indigo in me feels more lost than usual. Words are bursting forth from my mouth without regard of their weight…And I am not the only one suffering from word vomit…So in response to this I have turned inward, In fact I am so reflective at the moment that I cannot even seem to write these words exactly how I intend….Mercury retrograde is clearly a time for meditation, grounding, and getting back to yourself…It is not the time for social gatherings or business meetings, or projects.

~3 days later~

With the retrograde coming to a close, I am challenged to share my final thoughts on its presence…Mercury Retrograde is all about living in the moment. It serves as a reminder that most things aren’t under our control, and it gives us a reason to take a break from our fast paced life styles. Things were getting kind of dark there toward the end, and I was grateful for my safe space at home in which to hide. Everything in life needs balance, and Mercury is here to provide that balance whether you’re ready or not. It forces us to take a better look at how we are communicating….forces us to take a step back and reflect….forces us to hold off on new projects and ideas, while reminding us to finish what we started. It probes at things in our past that we thought were hidden forever. These retrospective tasks are essential for us to move on. We need to embrace Mercury Retrograde, each time it comes around, as a time for quite reflection and new discovery. We cannot let our egos get the best of us, and get angry because the Rx has thrown a wrench in our plans….the only plan that truly matters is the divine plan of your own spiritual enlightenment, and that is something Mercury is good for🙂 Just remember to go with the flow❤

For more about Mercury Retrograde check out my blog Going Retro 😀

Jade Wolfwriter

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Full Moon in Virgo 2.22 Ready. Set. Action!

By Jade Wolfwriter

dream3This Full Moon greets us from the sign of Virgo, and shines a light on the Virgo areas of our lives. Depending on where Virgo is in your natal chart, you can expect those energies to be heightened!

Full moons reveal that which lies beneath the surface – situations, dynamics, aspects of yourself that you may not have been aware of before. Now is your chance to awaken to the Virgo parts of your soul!

In the past year I have gotten to know my Virgo side much better…..I spent so long swimming in the depths with my Pisces Sun Sign -finally realizing and embracing my Virgo Ascendant sign has been a leap onto dry land. Pun intended….

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Full Moon in Virgo 2.22 Ready. Set. Action!

Imbolc-the Fire Within


Source: Imbolc-the Fire Within

Imbolc has always linked me to an awakening.

A light at the end of the tunnel.

Though we are turned inward, dwelling in our winter shell, we feel the edge of something brighter, lighter, the cusp of fresh air -the breath of spring.

The first of the Fire Festivals, Imbolc burns with Transition Magick and energies of Rebirth.

The Goddess, awakened from her slumber, is reborn like the phoenix -the Maiden comes forth from the Crone.

The infinite cycle of Gaia. The wheel of the Earth….

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Read full article by Jade Wolfwriter here. ❤

 

 

 

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Wolf Moon ~ 2016

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Digital Art by Maril Smith

 

Full “Wolf” Moon ~ January 23, 2016

 

For many years my main Spirit Animal was a small grey Cat. That all changed less than two weeks ago when I tried the Guided Meditation to Receive Sacred Gifts Jane put together for us:

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https://sacredmoongrove.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/guided-meditation-to-receive-sacred-gifts/

(download file to listen to this magickal meditation)

 The final direction this particular meditation settled on was the West, which represents what you’re ready to release, what you are to let go of. At this point, I watched as the small grey Cat I had been so deeply connected to slinked off into the direction of the westing Sun. In her place a beautiful female Wolf appeared. I held my breath as I waited to see what she had for me. She presented me with the gift of courage in the form of a beaker-like container filled with a blood red potion…. I was instructed to utilize it to transform my fear into action. It is so hard to even describe the feelings that filled me in this moment. Gratitude mixed with awe… a peaceful strength, and humility at this gift bestowed upon me. I am so curious to see what else she has in store for me this year!

It wasn’t until a few days ago that it dawned on me that this upcoming January Full Moon was named the Wolf Moon. Let us celebrate the fearless freedom & passion of this Full Wolf Moon in Leo!!!

PHASE 123 (LEO 3°): A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN, IN HER LONG HAIR FLOWING OVER HER SHOULDERS AND IN A BRA-LESS YOUTHFUL GARMENT.

KEYNOTE: The will to meet the challenge of age in terms of our modern society’s glorification of youth.

While the original reading of the symbol over fifty years ago spoke of the mature woman having dared to bob her hair, today a similar kind of rebellion against aging and the customs of late middle age would manifest itself in different ways. The meaning of the symbol can be extended to any desire an individual woman would have to claim her right to experiences of youth which may have been denied to her, especially when according to the fashion of the day such experiences are considered highly valuable.

This third stage symbol implies a reorientation of one’s ideal of action in relation to the collective mentality of the social environment; more particularly, a refusal by the individualized consciousness to be bound by biological or social standards. The Keyword: INDEPENDENCE

http://www.mindfire.ca

 

Blessings!

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~ Druyan

January Lunations

Lunations 2016

Pyrolusite: Healing, Protection, Transformation

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Animals have always been significant in my life. I think I’ve always liked them more than I like humans. I have always longed to be a part of their world; intrigued by the mystery of communication without language, a desire for the unconditional, yet savage, love and protection that an animal family provides its members. The ability to live without regard for the scrutiny of society…to be unhinged and driven by instinct, without a care in the world…

I was meditating in the river, letting it cleanse me and calling upon the elements and the spirits of the universe to be with me -when I felt an impression of my wolf spirit…. I see her eyes all the time when I close mine. Angular flared eyes, that change from a pulsing yellow to a black nothingness…But this time was different, I felt her near me. I felt her warm, intense, power. So primal it was almost unrecognizable. I begged my third eye for a glimpse of her beautiful coat….So near I could have reached out to touch her, but no image came. I pushed my consciousness through my third eye, stretching my vision, piecing together the soft blues and blacks and grey fog from my inner sight….

I knew the wolf was with me, and I was so grateful for her presence. I felt powerful, I felt dominant. I scanned the river bank in either direction -my eyes piercing and steady like the Matriarch of the Forest. I turned around, facing downstream, and saw a doe rising up on her haunches to pluck ripe green leaves from a low hanging branch. She didn’t see me, as I stood in my wolf mask, and was quickly onto the riverbank where she vanished into the thicket. After a breathless moment, I was keenly aware of the energy of my own dogs. Arya was exploring the landscape, and Ranger was swimming in the river. I observed them for a moment. They are such great examples of primal instinct and emotion -such intense desire for a wild life. They heedlessly submerge themselves in “nature”, never separating from it except when they are locked inside our human homes. So completely one with their surroundings. They take full advantage of all of their senses. Constantly one with the moment……

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By Jade Wolfwriter

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Additional reading on the astrology & symbology of this moon:

 

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Going Retro

By Jade Wolfwriter

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Mercury retrograde starts again. And here I am feeling quite content in my cave. I hardly even noticed the retro roll in, I have been barricaded against the outside for too long.

My shields up, she almost hit me unawares. But now I can feel her effects creeping into conversations and turning ideas into pipe dreams as she clogs our pathways.

Exploding planetFor 20 days Mercury shall appear to travel in reverse. Spinning against her own orbit, defying the laws of physics and churning up life as we know it. Of course this is all an illusion, but the relationship between Merc Retro and Humanity is all too real.

Mercury rules communication, travel, journeys, and the way you relate to others. It effects our technology, planning and organization.

Mercury carries strong energies. It is the closest planet to the sun and is extremely charged up. Its influence is felt heavily…

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Facing the Shadow

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What is Jung’s “Shadow”?

This topic has been tumbling around in my head over the past week… It seemed that everywhere I looked, there it was: Shadow Work. Embracing the Shadow. What does this really mean? After going down the Shadow Work rabbit hole, I decided I liked the term “Facing” rather than “Embracing”, and this video perfectly explains why….

When we embrace our shadow without the intention of transmuting it, we get too comfortable with it and start to make excuses for why certain behaviors or attitudes are ok (“That’s just my Shadow…”), when what needs to happen is to take a good, hard look at those uncomfortable parts of ourselves, those areas where we are engaging in negative behaviors and do the work it takes to change them. It’s not easy, but as Jung said:

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Transformation. Rebirth. Evolution. A new Earth. Seeking balance within our souls in order to reach a higher level of vibration and human consciousness….this is what many of us are striving for right now. Autumn is a time to open your heart to your shadow side, and use it to help you grow on your spiritual path.

With the start of the harvest festivals last month, Mother Natures energy begins to shift. Autumn is a time of transition, transformation, and preparing for the introspection and hibernation of winter. Our pysches begin to turn inward, and the focus shifts to our “shadow side”. These retrospective energies are enhanced by the Mercury Retrograde…. combined with the power of the equinox (balance of light and dark), the balancing act of the Sun in Libra, and lots more astrological syncs that I will be writing about soon!

Shadow sides are a tricky subject. Since August I have seen more and more syncs happening with our “shadow selves”, and with the Autumn Equinox, I was finally ready to accept that my shadow side is a part of who I am. You can read about this in my blog “the Autumn Winds of Change”.

I want to share with you the experience I had while meditating to find my shadow side…….

Read the full article here: Facing the Darkness

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~ By Jade Wolfwriter

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(The Binaural Beat meditation Jade mentions in her article is here.)

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A GREAT read on Jung’s esoteric side, I read this book a few years back and while I was reading it I began noticing many synchronicities that eventually led me into exploring my Shadow Self:

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I hope that what I have come across over the last week will help you in your Shadow Work, as it has helped me. And, please, if you have anything you have come across that has helped you in this area feel free to share it in the comments!

❤ Blessings!

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~ Druyan

Autumn’s Energy: Transition

I want to share this wonderful piece of writing about the transitional energy of Autumn by the lovely Jade Wolfwriter (from her blog modernmagick).

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There is a tingle in the air. The slightest bit of vibrational change. Don’t look too hard, you will miss it. If you are open enough you will sense it, this slight apprehension in the wind…an electrical charge, bringing transformation magick to the Earth….

The Autumn Equinox has long been my favorite time of year. It offers a chance to transform, a time to reap what you sow, and an opportunity to prepare for winter’s hibernation (introspection). The Earth goes through many transformations during Autumn, she let’s go of that which no longer serves her -allowing herself room for growth and rebirth in the spring.

Autumn is a time for Harvest -This is our chance to reflect on our intentions we set into motion back in Spring, everything we have been working on manifesting all summer. Have you achieved your goals? Why or why not? Look back on your journey and your efforts and be proud of your accomplishments. Maybe you took some wrong turns and are now realizing your mistakes, learn from them….Maybe you didn’t consciously plan your goals, but either way, the time of transformation is upon us and we must head down a new path. The only constant in life on Earth is change, and yet we recoil from it. We build up walls to try and stop it. We view change as the ultimate enemy, when in reality it is the one thing that allows us to grow….

Read the full article here:  modernmagick.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/the-autumn-winds-of-change/

She has even includes a link to a binaural beat that creates positive-energy!

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In keeping with the theme of using positive energy to get us through these transitional times (especially with all the things Mercury Retrograde tends to bring up…) today’s Crystal Prescription is for “Positive Energy & Thinking”:

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I don't always*Positive thinking is not to be confused with Pollyanna Syndrome – where we blindly ignore things that we should be working on; we ignore shadow work at our own peril. This is the perfect time of year to transmute some of that darkness into light… dig in!

❤ Blessings

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~Druyan

Mercury Retrograde Sept. 2015

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http://astrology.about.com/od/advancedastrology/p/MercuryRetro.htm

Mercury retrograde is almost upon us (Sept 17th-Oct 9th) and, in preparation for it, I wanted to share this beautifully personal piece of writing about the last retrograde we went through from blogger, Jade Wolfwriter.

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When someone says Mercury’s in retrograde, the first thing that comes to mind is communication issues and technological problems. This was very obvious to me as my husband and I spent the past 2 days bickering. (To be clear, I was not sure on the dates of retrograde until today (Tuesday) and hadn’t thought much of it before Monday -so it’s not like I went into the weekend thinking “my husband and I will probably argue bc of mercury rx”…, I have been objectively/subconsciously riding the waves of the Rx for the past 2 days…) My laptop has been in the shop, and we have had nothing but the worst time communicating with the shop’s employees -the computer is still broken! In addition, every single plan I have made since last Saturday the 16th has gone down the drain. Everyone has canceled, rescheduled, or something came up where I couldn’t go through with my scheduled arrangements. That being said -it is easy to feel like the Rx casts a shadow over your world, a shadow that you want to shy away from…it makes the next few weeks look like tough terrain…

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Another theme associated with this cosmic event, is that of looking into the past…this is a very broad topic and there are so many ways we can reflect on our lives. My father, whom I haven’t spoken to in 5 years, (and who was never really around and treated my mom like shit), was in my mind last night. As I laid down for bed and my mind began to wander, a clear and crisp image of my dad appeared in my 3rd eye. My empathetic abilities kicked in, and I swam with a sudden wave of emotional sadness. What is my father doing now? What does he look like? Is he well? Sick? Maybe he thinks of me, and is sad. Maybe he thinks of me and feels guilty and sad but his own insecurities and problems hold him back from ever attempting to make amends….These are the sentences that flashed through my head as I conjured up an aged version of my father from the depths of my memories. Truly I have never before thought of him with any kind of compassion or forgiveness in my entire life. A moment later I literally shook the sadness from my head, and asked myself why on earth I was thinking of my father. It was seriously so unusual, and when his image came to me I felt that familiar psychic link I have come to associate with “picking up on other people’s vibes” as I put it. LOL. (It really does feel like a foreign thought!) I knew at once it was the work of Mercury retrograde. As I considered this, I realized that a precious gift had been given to me -the ability to forgive. Because of my blast to the past, I had unearthed feelings for my father that I didn’t know I had…I’m not saying I’m ready to give him a call, but I am no longer looking back with only contempt for him…It is very possible that he is a different person now, as I am, and wishes things were different…without this insight provided by the retrograde, I may have never been receptive to him again….

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So perhaps looking into the past involves digging up old feelings and reconsidering, perhaps it offers a new perspective to show you why things have played out the way they have in life….I think the key here is to be ready for anything and stay aware of any opportunities to learn from the past…I know this isn’t the only visit my past is going to make during these next few weeks…

Read full post here: https://modernmagick.wordpress.com/2015/06/04/the-enigma-called-mercury-retrograde/

Mercury retrograde often means going back over things we thought we had completed. To help us prepare for what’s ahead, Jade has graciously pulled some cards for us to meditate upon as we begin to accept this energy into our lives…..

For our reading I prepared with meditation, and channeled the energies of Kali and Hecate, dark Goddesses associated with this impending Autumn season. I burned the goddess candle, blessed my third eye with full moon water, and burned sage. In a trance state I held the Druid Craft Tarot cards and stated my intention: “What message does the Universe have for us during the Mercury Retrograde”?

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I used several crystals;

Left side top to bottom:

-clear quartz geode charged under the full moon: psychic enhancement

-raw blue sodalite: communication, throat chakra

-elestial quartz: communicating through higher vibrations

Right side top to bottom:

-raw amethyst: psychic enhancement and protection

-lithium quartz: communication through higher vibrations

-labradorite: the stone of magick

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I also like to tell everyone that my altar room is protected by not only my own psychic shield, but also a crystal shield of snowflake obsidian and selenite.

Enjoy ☺

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* 5 of Swords –reversed

The suit of Swords is associated with conflict, aggression and often heartache. Its corresponding element is Air. Air bring aspects of intuition and wisdom -so often the conflict indicated by sword cards is inner conflict, imprisonment of the mind, either willfully or against one’s will.

Mercury retrograde provides ample opportunity for miscommunication and conflict, even within yourself….this is an appropriate card to open the spread with, setting the tone for our typical Merc Rx feelings…

The message of the 5 of Swords is one of defeat, remorse, regret and despair….You may have recently made a decision that you wish you could change, or have been plunged into something you should’ve seen coming. Although it’s easy for our ego’s to punish us when we make mistakes, we must remember that it is through these mistakes that we learn. A strong retrograde theme is that of “bringing up the past”, and we may find that issues are coming up again, and we are feeling guilty. But any powerful feeling offers the opportunity for catharsis, a chance for spiritual renewal. Meet these Merc challenges head on, try burying the hatchet –forgive yourself and be renewed.

*Strength –reversed

Strength is part of the Major Arcana, which represents archetypes that are influencing every part of our lives right now in this earthly plane.

The Strength card reversed indicates feelings of conflict (there’s that Rx conflict!), specifically indecision. We are having difficulty integrating all aspects of our lives and our confusion and indecision has left us paralyzed. Our seeming inability to be the person we want to be, may be causing us to feel like failures, viewing ourselves as weak.

The Strength card reminds us to turn inward, taking time to explore feelings and thoughts and sort through our indecision. “It is only by becoming aware of the forces that flow through us that we can begin to integrate them”. This is very synchronous with the energies of the Retrograde…those of turning inward, confronting our uncomfortable thoughts, sorting through the rubble, to be born anew. It also ties in nicely with the 5 of Swords, and the astrology of September’s New Moon on the 13th (just days before the Rx!!) ☺ Don’t you love those syncs?!

*Prince of Pentacles

The suit of Pentacles is associated with the element Earth, and as such, invites feelings of healing and necessary grounding. This is an auspicious card at the end of our Merc Rx reading, indicating this is ultimately a healing process and the best thing to do is to stay grounded.

The Prince of Pentacles is practical and dependable, some may say “level headed”. We need to open our hearts to the energies of the Prince of Pentacles, and he offers us defenses against the stormy weather ahead. Channel the energies of Earth and remain steadfast through the rough terrain that is Merc Rx. We are sure to come across some obstacles and roadblock… Stand your ground, accept that this is an opportunity for reflection and inner growth, see what you can learn from your shadow side….and be ready for whatever Mercury has in store for us this time!

~I hope this reading resonates with you and provides some insight and guidance for the upcoming retrograde, I am honored to share the Oracle’s message with you,

Blessed Be~

In love and light,

Jade

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For a personal reading to help you with the Mercury Retrograde energy, please visit Jade’s etsy shop where she has a variety of readings available for purchase! https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMysticHealer

❤ Blessings,

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~ Druyan