Sun transit through Sagittarius

sun sagittarius

According to the Tropical astrology the Sun entered the constellation of Sagittarius on November 23 through December 21st. It’s key phrase is: “I Understand.”  Keywords associated with Sagittarius are:  honest, philosophical, independent, dogmatic, outgoing, blunt, optimistic. It is a fire sign and is ruled by the planet Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and expansion.

With the Sun in Sagittarius, our focus shifts from the need for an intimate connection with a person and with ourselves, to the desire to reach out to the world and connect with something larger than ourselves.  It is time to expand your mind and vision of your life and the world. If you can see it, you can make it happen. You can take your dreams and make them reality now. You’re more bold, daring, and confident, and when you merge that with the strength, power, and purpose you’ve already developed, there isn’t much that you can’t do… letting no one get in your way.

While the Sun moves through this mutable sign, we can take steps to increase our understanding and awareness of the world around us. We are more able to muster up the courage to expand our horizons and branch out into new ways of thinking. You want to have more experiences now, open yourself up to the world, and solidify your beliefs. We can gain more confidence and optimism by focusing on the “big picture” as we move away from our focus on the details of mundane existence.  Although we may be prone to overdoing our expectations, we have the opportunity to nurture our faith, hope, and vision under this influence.

This fire sign compels you to explore farther away from your habitat and homes.  You may be more spiritual, or become intensely interested in learning and devote yourself to a quest for knowledge, whether it be tangible, physical knowledge, intellectual, or spiritual.  Creativity and storytelling thrive under this sign’s influence.  You may have a hard time sticking to schedules and deadlines during this time.  Adventurous Sagittarius is asking you to take a risk and leave the familiar.  This is the sign of the archer. It loves optimism, adventure, exploration and philosophy.  It is on a quest for farther reaching answers.  So go ahead…Take chances and Make bold choices!

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Things to do Samhain

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There are several things to consider doing during this time of the year.

  1. Take a meditative walk in a natural area near your home.  Experience yourself as part of the Circle of Life and reflect on death and rebirth as being an important part of Nature.
  2. Contemplate on what things have to die in your life so that other areas can live…ex:  habits, relationships, past, guilt, anger, grief, fear….  Then call forth what you want to replace it with.. self-control, positive outcome and future, love, joy, peace, etc….Meditate on it.
  3. Look for signs of death on your nature walk…. fallen leaves, fallen branches, flowers dying,etc..
  4.  You can do a genealogy research.
  5. Ancestors Altar: Gather photographs, heirlooms, and other momentos of deceased family, friends, and companion creatures.   Arrange them on a table, dresser, or other surface.
  6. Prepare a Samhain dinner.  Include a place setting at your table or nearby the altar of any deceased loved one.  Add an offering of each beverage and food being served to the extra place setting.  Invite your ancestors and other deceased loved ones who come in love to come dine with you.  After the feast, place the contents of the plate and cup outside in a natural location as an offering for your deceased loved ones.  You don’t want them to get to comfortable inside and decide to stay.
  7. Ancestor stories:  Learn about family history.  Contact one or more older relatives and ask them to share memories  of deceased family members.  Record them in some way and later write accounts of what they share.  Share what you have learned and have written with other family members and friend.  Feel free to share any of your favorite stories of the deceased loved ones as well and invite your kids and friends and family to share.
  8. Recall any of the characteristics, strengths, or attributes of your deceased loved ones that you can learn from or admire.  Go around in a circle or perform as a private meditation.
  9. Cemetery Visit:  Visit and tend the gravesite of a loved one at a cemetery.  Call to mind memories and consider ways the loved one continues to live on with you.  Place an offering of fresh flowers, dried herbs, or water.
  10. Do meditations to release the fear of death and just be at peace with it.  Envision when the time comes that it is a graceful and painless experience and you will have left this place fulfilled and happy with the life you have lived.  Where you view it as a transition into a lovely beginning of something wonderful and not just the end.
  11. Do a meditation where you try to contact a deceased loved one for guidance or to be at peace with their passing on.
  12. Divinatory Guidance:  Using Oracle cards, runes, scrying, or some other form of divination, seek and reflect on guidance for the year to come.  Write a summary of your experience and any messages received.  Select something appropriate to act upon and do it!  Give Thanks for the messages received!
  13. Sit outside and just marinate in the Samhain energy.
  14. Meditate on your positive transformation and the positive changes you can do that will promote it.  Make a list.  Look for new habits and things to do or people to hang out with.

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Sun in Libra

sun in libra

The sign of Libra is one of the cardinal signs of the Zodiac and ushers in the Autumn Equinox every year.  It is a sign represented by the scales, so this will be a time of seeking balance in life.  Libra’s balancing scales seek to restore peace and harmony.  Libra seeks fairness, justice, balance, harmony, equality, through relationships with others and through art.  Libra is the sign of the peacemaker.  Tactfulness, style, tolerance, and sociability are some of the keywords for Libra.

Libra rules relationships with others as mirrors of ourselves.  Meeting others halfway compromise, and negotiation, come under the rule of Libra. Peacemaker Libra also focuses on relationships of all kinds.  Whether business or personal this transit will put a spotlight on any issue that need addressing. This is a time to work with others, compromise and meet them halfway.  This could result in mergers, collaborations, and negotiations.

Regarding personal relationships, those seeking a partner can use this transit to their advantage.  Libra encourages partnerships, whether brand new or firmly established.  Also making it a good time to establish new relationships with people.  You may find that you are making it a good time to establish new relationships with people.  You may find that you are drawn to being around lots of friends and socializing this month.  Libra can be a very happy time with the anticipation of the holidays.

Established relationships will also be affected by this transit.  Romantic partners may find a good opportunity to work out issues regarding balance in your life.  Issues that need discussion will also come out now.  This could result in counseling and healing or even breaking up and moving on.  The Sun in Libra will strive to protect all parties involved and seek meditation, resolution and peace.

Libra signHowever, life is not always peaceful with Libra in its attempt to restore balance.  Decision making can be more challenging while the Sun is in Libra. Libra weighs both sides of any situation, and sometimes this process seems endless!  Don’t expect decisions to be finalized.  Libra Sun marks a time of deliberation, going over your options, and weighing out the pros and cons.  The Sun in Libra will bestow upon us a natural diplomacy and a sense of fairness and yet, we’re really never sure if we are making the right choice!  We’ll be sort of in a research stage, investigating the possibilities and potential.

In Libra, the Sun is concerned about not rocking the boat and not rubbing others the wrong way.  You should be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes and to more easily see their point of view.  It’s like seeing Life through their eyes.  It is the month of diplomat.  Matters could become prominent during this period as it is a time for seeking justice.

Since Libra represents style, socializing, and the arts; some good opportunities for partnering up are: gallery and museum visits, charity fundraisers for any art group, music events and festivals.

Remember to tune into your own inner wisdom and not get too influenced by what other people are saying.  Be careful not to get pressured into settling for something you really want.

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Things to do during the Autumn Equinox

 

autumn equinoxThings to do during Autumn Equinox

  1. Start a Gratitude journal
  2. Commence a thankfulness routine.  For example; Either before dinner time or bed time, take turns wit your family mentioning all the things you are thankful and grateful for that day or for each other.  You can also call things forth.  Say things you would like to be grateful and thankful for in present tense as if they already were made manifest.
  3. Center yourself.  Find your center.  define your center.  Meditate on it.  Write or journal about it.  It’s a great time for introspection.  Be raw and honest with yourself.    Get to the core of who you are, what you believe,  how you want to live, and where your power comes from ( your self-generating power)
  4. Meditate on what your essence is.  What is the energy that you are putting out into the world and giving off to people in the world.  Do you give different energy to your co- workers then your kids, friends, or spouse?  What would you like at the very core of who you are the energies that you want to bring and leave in this world and with the people you encounter?
  5. Seek balance and harmony.  Make a pie chart of what your life looks like now and how much percentage you are giving to your kids, spouse, employment, play time, self- care time, health, finances, etc..  Then make another chart on how you would like your life to look like and distribute your time and energy.  How much time would you prefer to spend with your spouse, kids, at work, health to be, etc.  Then mediate on it or journal about it.
  6. Journal on what you have harvested in your life?  From the biggest to the smallest.  Even though it doesn’t look like what you expected, be honest about how it has shown up for you.  A new opportunity, new business venture, any wishes come true, material gains, physical looks, in regards to your health, etc.  Mediate and journal on it.  How were you expecting it to show up?  What has taken you by surprise?  Look back 6 months from now and recognize what seeds you had planted that have now manifested and are in their harvest season.
  7. Go on a nature walk and look for sign of harvest, Autumn, and /or bounty.  No matter where you live there will always be small signs in nature everywhere.
  8. Decorate with seasonal imagery.  Use squash of all sort… acorn squash, butternut, spaghetti, pumpkin, apples, corn sheaves, nuts, acorns, walnut, almond, pecan, marigolds, passion flower, sunflower, apples, sage, etc.  Incorporate colors such as purple, orange, red, gold, & brown.
  9. Seek divinatory guidance… runes, oracle card readings, tarot, scrying.
  10. Meditate on and do work that involves a finer sense of perception.
  11. Community connection.. organize a potluck for the Autumn Equinox or attend and be part of one already being held.
  12. Make a cornucopia with the intention of adding bounty and positive thanksgiving into your life.
  13. Charge stones associated with the Autumn Equinox under the Sun.
  14. Make offerings to the land being thankful for its bounty which sustains us.

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Autumn Equinox

autumn equinox

The Autumn Equinox, occurring around September 21-23, is the second harvest festival, of the fruits.  Its energy is appreciation and harvest.  It’s about seeing results from all the hard work and the “seeds” you have been planting through the year.  It’s a result-oriented time of year, during which, if you focus hard and remain clear many wonderful things can manifest in your life.

The colors associated with the Autumn Equinox are orange, red, brown, and purple.  Customs associated with the Autumn Equinox are offerings to land, preparing for cold weather and bringing in harvest.  The tools that symbolize the Autumn Equinox are cornucopia, corn and harvested crops.

Autumn food include:  squash, corn, pumpkin, grain, nut bread, apples, seasonal vegetables, and apple cider

cornicopiaDecorations include:  Autumn flowers, gourds, acorns, corn sheaves,and Autumn leaves

Incense and plants associated with the Autumn Equinox include:  pine, sage, sweet grass, myrrh, and marigold, passion flower and fern,

Stones associated with the Autumn Equinox are:  clear quartz, amber, peridot, diamond, gold, citrine, yellow topaz, aventurine, and cat’s eye

Herbs associated with the Autumn Equinox are: rue, yarrow, rosemary, marigold, sage, aloe, walnut leaves and husks, mistletoe, saffron, chamomile, almond leaves, passionflower, frankincense, rose hips, bittersweet, sunflower, wheat, oak leaves, maple leaves, dried apples or apple seeds.


During the equinoxes the plane of the Earth’s equator passes the center of the Sun.  At that instant, the tilt of the Earth’s axis neither inclines away nor towards the Sun.  On the Equinox the Sun rests above the equator and day and night are equally divided giving us 12 hours of sunlight and 12 hours of moonlight.  In actuality though, the balance of light and dark occurs a couple days after the Autumn Equinox and precedes it a couple of days before the Spring Equinox.

Each equinox and solstice period is a “power time” and loads of intense spiritual energy or “Earth chi” comes flooding forth. It’s really easy to access this energy in prayer, meditation, or psychic work.  It’s also a great time for any creative work whether you come up with grand ideas or and it’s a super time to do healing work or receive healing work.  There are multidimensional gateways of energy that open up at these times and the indigenous people celebrated and used the energies that are available at those times.

cherokee autumn equinoxThree days before and three days after the Autumn and Spring Equinox, the ley lines of the Earth give off a heightened electromagnetic charge.  This can make you feel a bit hyper or unsettled but if you can ground the energies and apply it correctly, this is an amazing time for healing, meditation, cleansing, and any type of power prayer, manifestation, and/or psychic work.  These cosmic occurrences  are interpreted as the need to seek balance in ones life, find your center, and re-align yourself.

The Autumn Equinox is a very powerful time when subconscious messages, information from your spirit guides, and spiritual  information can easily break through and inspire you.  It’s also a lot easier during this time to do any type of psychic work which requires finer sense perception.  Psychic readings will be uncannily more accurate.  Holistic health treatments will be more effective and on target.  The truth seems to penetrate more readily  during this time where too often we can become mentally cloudy or emotionally unbalanced.

The Autumn Equinox signals the beginning of Autumn.  It signals the need to balance light and darkness within us.  Far too often we only adore the light and fear the darkness. But when you can befriend your inner darkness it becomes less of an enemy and more of a place of nurturing for slow and steady growth. The sun is moving into Libra, a balanced and measured sign which is famous for being fair in issuing balance where blame is due.  It is a time for harmonizing what is off balance before the end of the year.  I find that this can be a challenging time because it may come out weird and unusual, especially if you have been off balance for a while.  It may bring up anger, especially with people that need to be addressed.  You may feel resentment and a sense of “you can’t take it anymore”.  This is how your stuff is showing up.  This is what you need to focus on because this is what is calling your attention to seek balance.

autumn equinox sun centerAs the plane of the earth’s equator passes the center of the sun this too is an opportunity for us to re-align and find your center.  Far too often, we get so caught up in our life and forget to center ourselves.  We lose track of our directive and may steer off course for a bit.  This is an opportunity to re-align yourself with your purpose, dreams, and goals, or even just to re-align with yourself.  Spending time around people is great but their beliefs, thoughts, actions, and even language can become imposed on you from being around them so much.  So it’s very important to re-align yourself with your true nature… who you really are and all you were meant to be.  Re-align yourself with your intention or change and integrate new information or experiences to re-define your intention.  Center yourself.  Find your center.  Define your center….your connection to Source, the magick within, your spiritual connection.

For centuries, the Autumn equinox has been a way to recognize the blessings of life.  Before the days of supermarkets and the convenience of readily available food, life was hard.  People farmed the land and provided sustenance for themselves. Weather, as always, has often been unpredictable as one of the many events that could destroy an entire mainstay of existence.  Other problems such as mass insect infestation may have left weary crop farmers wondering how they would survive.  So it’s no wonder that when harvest was bountiful, gratitude became important.  Hence, many celebrations of thankfulness cropped up.  These were heartfelt sources of joy.  This is the time of rituals regarding thanksgiving, harvest, and introspection.

We have been actively working and expressing… putting ourselves and our ideas out into the world, growing and changing. Now is the time to pause and go within, and take stock of how far we have come.  Our inner work, our growth, is our harvest.  Time to honor our journey and the rebalancing that has taken place within us.  Notice the seeds we planted and how they have blossomed thus far.  Lets open our hearts in gratitude.

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Air Spells

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Spells don’t have to be intricate.  Most of us perform some sort of spell work on a regular basis.  Making a wish or even saying a simple prayer are forms of spell work.  You are using the forces of nature to yield a certain result.

 

Air spells can either be medium paces or fast paced depending on how it’s carried by the wind.

Air spells are good to use during the season of Spring or on a windy or breezy day.

Air spells are complimentary when the Moon or Sun are in the sign of Libra, Gemini, or Aquarius.

 

Air:  Simple Wish Spell

***Think of something you want for yourself.  It should be something intangible ( a good day, a happy resolution, a new cherished memory) instead of something tangible that you can touch, hold, or interact with.

When you have decided upon what you will ask for, reduce it to exactly three words.  For instance, you could say, “A joyful memory.” “Bring peaceful closure”, “Beauty fills today”

Now cup your hands like you were going to fill them with water.  Lean forward until you are close enough that you could drink from your hands.  Think of what you are wishing for.  Audibly but quietly whisper your phrase three times…. “Beauty fills today, Beauty fills today, Beauty fills today.

Open your hands, palms up, so they are still side-by-side.  Take a deep breath and gently, in a long slow exhalation, blow the whispered words from your hands and entrust your wish into the Air.

Then whisper “Thank you.”***

 

Air Manifestation Spell

***Words carry power.  A simple rite can be performed a number of ways.  It can be woven silently.  The words can be whispered.  You can confidently announce the spell.  This can be a prayer, a manifestation, or a simple wish.  Each step from silence to confidence lends more power to your ritual.  A simple heartfelt prayer will be suffice.

It is the words carried in sound through Air, rippling through the fabric of space and time.  Words carry the power to manifest their promised outcome.***

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