Things to do Sun in Sagittarius

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Things to do while the Sun is in Sagittarius

  1. Seeing and believing the best in people
  2. Widen your perception
  3. Travels of all kind
  4. Go to church, temple, or other religious ceremony
  5. Connect wit your personal truth
  6. Write a statement of your personal philosophy
  7. Go on a retreat
  8. Do energy work to clear and heal your throat chakra
  9. Perform energy work to remove all family karma
  10. Meditate on farther reaching answers
  11. As for new creative ways to do the mundane
  12. Add more playfulness and exploration
  13. Go back to school or start looking into them… go check out a University or college of interest
  14. Be more adventurous
  15. Talk to people you haven’t spoken to in a while
  16. Do things out of the norm or routine
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Sun transit through Sagittarius

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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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Sun in Libra

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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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Things to do during Lammas

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    Things to do during Lammas

  • Making corn dollies
  • Baking bread
  • Braid onion or garlic charms
  • Gathering late summer fruit or the first harvest
  • Getting crafty
  • Go to a craft festival or any festival
  • Meditate on the completion of a goal or project
  • Perform a ritual for prosperity, generosity, continued success, and abundance
  • Write your regrets on pine cones or corn husks and burn them
  • Find visualizations that represent your farewells and burn them in a bonfire as well
  • Make a list of all that you have harvested this year
  • Make preserves
  • Make memory preserves.. think of all the sweet memories you would like to savor
  • Make a bonfire as it is a Fire festival
  • Make a list of all the abundance in your life

Lammas

happy lammas

Lammas is the first of harvest festivals, which also includes the Autumn Equinox and Samhain.  Lammas is the celebration of this first, Grain Harvest, a time for gathering and giving thanks for abundance.  It is traditionally celebrated on August 01st.  We work with the cycle of Mabon or the Autumn Equinox, (the Second Harvest of Fruit such as apples), and Samhain, the (third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries).  The energy of Lammas is fruitfulness and reaping prosperity.

Lammas is all about the fulfillment and fullness of the present harvest holding at its heart the seed of all future harvest.  So as the grain harvest is gathered in, there is food to feed the community through the winter and through the harvest is the seed of next year’s rebirth, regeneration, and harvest.  Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. Grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth.  Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more.

The first sheaf of  corn is extremely important.  It produces the first and the best seed and assurance of future harvest.  There are many customs throughout Europe around the cutting of the grain or corn during Lammas and they applied to all cereal crops including wheat, barley, rye and oats. Both the cutting of the first gain and the last grain are significant.The first sheaf would often be ceremonially cut at dawn, winnowed, ground and baked into the Harvest Bread which was then shared by the community in thanks. The first barley stalks would be made into the first beer of the season. The first sheaf guarantees the seed and thus continuity.

The last sheaf was also ceremonially cut, often made into a ‘corn dolly’, carried to the village with festivity and was central to the Harvest Supper. The corn dolly was made into a Corn Maiden (after a good harvest) or a cailleach, hag or crone (after a bad harvest). She could be dressed with ribbons, even clothed. This last sheaf would live in the home, often above the fireplace or hearth of the home, until the next harvest. Or it might be placed in the branches of a tree or mixed with the seed for the next year’s sowing. In some way it eventually needed to return to the earth from whence it came.

In some parts of Europe the tradition was to weave the last sheaf into a large Corn Mother with a smaller ‘baby’ inside it, representing the harvest to come the following year. Once the harvest was completed, safely gathered in, the festivities would begin. Bread was made from the new grain and thanks given to the Sun’s life-giving energy reborn as life-giving bread.

In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas.  It meant that the previous year’s harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities.  The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass. In early Christian times, the first loaves of the season were blessed by the Church.

Lammas is also a time to celebrate talents and craftsmanship. It’s a traditional time of year for craft festivals, and for skilled artisans to peddle their wares. In medieval Europe, guilds would arrange for their members to set up booths around a village green, festooned with bright ribbons and fall colors. Perhaps this is why so many modern Renaissance Festivals begin around this time of year!

lammas craftsNow is a great time of year to work on honing your own talents. Learn a new craft, or get better at an old one. Put on a play, write a story or poem, take up a musical instrument, start getting crafty, or sing a song. Whatever you choose to do, this is the right season for rebirth and renewal, so set August 1 as the day to share your new skill with your friends and family.

The natural world is thriving around us, and yet the knowledge that everything will soon die looms in the background. This is a good time to work some magic around the hearth and home.  Lammas is a festival celebrating the first fruits of harvest, the fruits of our labours, and seeing the desires that we had at the start of the year unfold so rituals will be centered around this. At this time it is appropriate to perform rituals for prosperity, generosity, continued success.  

Activities for this celebration include: making corn dollies, baking bread,  braid onion or garlic charms, gathering late summer fruit or the first harvest, getting crafty, go to a craft festival or any festival.

lammas breadCustoms around Lammas include Games, the traditional riding of poles/staves, country fairs, breaking bread with friends, making corn dollys, harvesting herbs for charms/rituals, Lughnasadh fire with sacred wood & dried herbs, feasting, competitions, Lammas towers (fire-building team competitions), spear tossing, gathering flowers for crowns, fencing/swordplay, games of skill, martial sports, chariot races, hand-fastings, trial marriages, dancing round a corn mother (doll)

Like all holidays, Lammas calls for a feast. When your dough figure is baked and ready to eat, tear him or her apart with your fingers. You might want to commence the feast with a prayer or blessing emphasizing the gratitude of being “given this day our daily bread.” The next part of the ceremony is best done with others. Feed each other hunks of bread by putting the food in the other person’s mouth with words like “May you never go hungry,” “May you always be nourished,” “Eat of the bread of life” or “May you live forever.” Offer each other drinks of water or wine with similar words. As if you were at a wake, make toasts to the passing summer, recalling the best moments of the year so far.

corn dollyAnother way to honor the Grain Goddess is to make a corn doll. This is a fun project to do with kids. Take dried-out corn husks and tie them together in the shape of a woman. She’s your visual representation of the harvest. As you work on her, think about what you harvested this year. Give your corn dolly a name, perhaps one of the names of the Grain Goddess or one that symbolizes your personal harvest. Dress her in a skirt, apron and bonnet and give her a special place in your house. She is all yours till the spring when you will plant her with the new corn, returning to the Earth that which She has given to you.

Ideas for decorating your home for Lammas is rally quite simple.  You can use any of the following below, or even all, to dec out your place for the celebration of Lammas.

  • Sickles and scythes, as well as other symbols of harvesting
  • Grapes and vines
  • Dried grains : sheafs of wheat, bowls of oats, etc.
  • Corn dolls : you can make these easily using dried husks
  • Early fall vegetables such as squashes and pumpkins
  • Late summer fruits like apples, plums and peaches
  • Colors include yellow, orange, brown, green, amber
  • Herbs include goldenrod, peony, nasturtium, clover blossom, yarrow, heliotrope, boneset, vervain, Queen Anne’s lace, myrtle, rose, sunflower, poppy, milkweed, Irish moss, mushroom, wheat, corn, rye, oat, barley, rice, garlic, onion, basil, mint, aloe, acacia, meadowsweet, apple leaf, raspberry leaf, strawberry leaf, bilberry leaf, blueberry leaf, mugwort, hops, holly, comfrey, marigold, grape vine, ivy, hazelnut, blackthorn, elder, honey, bee pollen, wheat
  • Symbolism: Fruitfulness, reaping, prosperity, reverence, purification, transformation, change, The Bread of Life, The Chalice of Plenty, The Ever-flowing Cup , the Groaning Board (Table of Plenty)
  • Insence: Wood aloes, rose, rose hips, rosemary, chamomile, eucalyptus, safflower, corn, passionflower, frankincense, sandalwood
  • Gemstones: aventurine, citrine, peridot, sardonyx, Cat’s-eye, golden topaz, obsidian, moss agate, rhodochrosite, clear quartz, marble, slate, granite, lodestone, carnelian

lammas_celebration1Lammas is one of the eight major power days; which are each an incredible doorway through which everyone can enter into cocreation with Spirit.  Identified long ago by indigenous …times when the “veil” between dimensions becomes the thinnest, and spiritual seekers can more readily access the energy of the Divine.  If you do artistic work, meditation, prayer, or any form of spiritual expression during this time, you’ll find it easier to tap into feelings of flow, harmony, and light.

Lammas is a festival of regrets and farewells, of harvest and preserves. Reflect on these topics alone in the privacy of your journal or share them with others around a fire. It is one of the great Celtic fire-festivals, so if at all possible, have your feast around a bonfire. While you’re sitting around the fire, you might want to tell stories. Look up the myths of any of the grain Gods and Goddesses mentioned above and try re-telling them in your own words.

It is a time when we not only think about the fruits of the Sun God and Mother Earth, but also about our own personal harvest. A time when we think about what has happened in our lives and letting go of anger, injustice, hates, and past regrets enabling us to move forwards and planting our own new seeds. Some goals may have been achieved, but some not as we had hoped.

food mandalaRegrets: Think of the things you meant to do this summer or this year that are not coming to fruition. You can project your regrets onto natural objects like pine cones and throw them into the fire, releasing them. Or you can write them on dried corn husks (as suggested by Nancy Brady Cunningham in Feeding the Spirit) or on a piece of paper and burn them.

Farewells: What is passing from your life? What is over? Say good-bye to it. As with regrets, you can find visual symbols and throw them into the fire, the lake or the ocean. You can also bury them in the ground, perhaps in the form of bulbs which will manifest in a new form in spring.

Harvest: What have you harvested this year? What seeds have your planted that are sprouting? Find a visual way to represent these, perhaps creating a decoration in your house or altar which represents the harvest to you. Or you could make a corn dolly or learn to weave wheat. Look for classes in your area which can teach you how to weave wheat into wall pieces, which were made by early grain farmers as a resting place for the harvest spirits.

Preserves: This is also a good time for making preserves, either literally or symbolically. As you turn the summer’s fruit into jams, jellies and chutneys for winter, think about the fruits that you have gathered this year and how you can hold onto them. How can you keep them sweet in the store of your memory?

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