Moon Phases: Waning Crescent Part I

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Greetings beloveds,

I rose this morning thinking of the body. How the body moves and interacts with the energies of our world. The energies of the worlds that exist around us. The moon pulls on us. Physically bringing ourselves into alignment. I am feeling this intensely. I feel the draw to nest, to chat, to move, to shine. It moves with the ebb and flow of the astrological signs which align with the constellations. Yet, I would like to complicate this narrative over the next few days as we reach the new moon.

I looked it up and Mondays’ Moon was in the same phase and illumination as the Moon was at my birth. Yet that Moon was 34% illuminated at 16 degrees in Leo in the 5th house at my birth time and on Monday the moon was in Taurus and 34% illuminated. At face value these seem like small differences but astrologically they are astronomical. When the moon is in a certain sign, phase, house, position it changes the way it interacts with us and our environments. We experience things differently and our perception defines our reality. My dear fellow Priestess Morgan said it best, the moon represents the energy of the day while the moon represents the energy of about a month. When we observe the moon where it currently is, where it was at our birth, and where it will be we are able to distinguish patterns. These patterns give us the ability to better understand how we and others may behave and feel during this time. From this we are better able to create our lives. This is not a perfect system. It requires us to have faith, reflect and be systematic.

If you’re wondering how do I do this? Look no further, because at the end of this moon phase journey there will be an outline that I can share with you all on connecting with your own moon cycles. I believe this is the point of doing this work. I have found there is not anything that I do that is only for myself but for others. We need to connect with the now and be present while also planning for the future. The moon broadens our perspective. We realize as we connect with the moon that every moment is an opportunity to shift. We do not have to wait for the full moon, new moon, eclipse, birthday, or grand trine. We can act even by being still. That is the lesson I am looking to learn now.

See you all tomorrow,

-Rose

Moon Phases: Moon in Taurus

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Greetings beloveds,

Today the moon is 26% illuminated and 24 days old in the sign of Taurus. A moon in Taurus with the sun in Cancer suggests that right now we are nesting. We are getting in touch with our feelings towards the home, value, and worth. It is a powerful time to dig deep into what we spend our time, money, and energy on. The key here is to ensure that energetically you receive as much as you put in. If you find yourself in an unequal partnership with your family, friends, money, or career. This is also a great time to reevaluate your spending habits and budget. What kind of lifestyle do you want to live? Figure that out and then make moves to achieve your desires.

As we get closer to the new moon I find myself beginning to understand more and more the effects of the phases of the moon on my mood and physical body. To make things a bit easier as we progress through this moon intensive here are a list of the moon phases.

New/Crescent- Days 1-2

1st Quarter

Waxing Days 1-7 active time days 3-7

2nd Quarter

Half to Full Moon: Days 8-14 active time 12-14

3rd Quarter

Waning Phase: Days 15-21 active time days 15-18

4th Quarter

Crescent/Dark Phase: Days 22-29/30 time of no action

-Rose

The Divination Toolkit: The Tarot Series: The Tower/The Lightening Strike

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XVI The Tower/The Lightening Strike 

Mayhem, destruction, lightening, death! The Tower is a card that shows a world falling apart. At least that is what appears on the card. A bolt of lightening crackles down from the heavens striking the dome off the roof of the tower. From the Tower falls two people head first towards the ground. The world as they know it has quickly and drastically changed.

The Tower represents a time of what can feel like upheaval in one’s life. You are being called to take a creative approach to dealing with the issue or problem that has arisen in your life. Like a light bulb going off you may be hit with a solution or new way of approaching the way you have been living your life. The material world around you has crumbled so that you are forced to realize that there is more to life than things. One of which is your health. If you have not taken time to prioritize your health do so now.

The Tower card also indicates that now is the time for you to stand strong and take a step outside of your comfort zone. When the world falls apart do you tumble to your demise head first or do you take that moment of freefall to do the unexpected and save yourself. There may have been an accident or poor decision made because of a rash action that you took. If so, be brave and take responsibility for what you have done. As we know, you reap what you sow so your world will be shaped by your actions. Knowing when you have messed up and being willing to correct your path takes courage that not many have. It’s not over yet as you haven’t hit the ground. You can still pull up and change your outcome. The Tower card says open your eyes. Look around you and accept that what is happening is happening but that you can create a better world after the rubble settles.

Reverse:

The Tower card in reverse indicates that things really are not going well for you. You cannot recognize the world around you because things are not going at all like you planned. It’s time to take a break and figure out what’s most important to you to get your life back on track. If it’s too much just take a break. Sometimes when you fall its best to just brace for the impact and start preparing for recovery.

Numerology and Astrology:

The number 16 is associated with change, growth, and innovation. Those who carry this energy are successful and highly creative. Due to their ability to be able to create solutions to micro and macro issues, they also call in conflict. Those with 16 energy may encounter strife and sudden economic upheavals as they are called to elevate their desires beyond material success. Use your skills with integrity. Be honest and forthright, then when things begin to transform you are able to stand tall, proud of your actions and decisions. Ruled by the Moon and Mars, the Tower takes our inner drives and desires with a strike of energy to get things rolling. It is the ability to re-examine our lives and change our behavior for the better. The moon rules subconscious which houses our creative force while Mars is the power of action and manifestation. From here we see dreams coming true if they are approached in a grounded fashion. Yet, the moon can also conceal true motives which sometimes must be brought to light by force. This is the energy of The Tower.

Moon Phases: Nesting into the Waning Crescent with Moon Greens

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Greetings beloveds, 

            As we shift into the darker part of the moon phases and the moon moves from Aries to Taurus, I realized that I am nesting. Cleaned up my home, car, and I started my nutrition based moon healing practice. I had to shop around a bit but I made sure that every item on the list could be obtained in your local health or grocery store. To incorporate the leafy greens into my diet I made some greens the way my mother and grandmother used to make them. Here’s a sample recipe to get you started.

Moon Greens

1 Bunch of Kale

            1 Bunch of Rainbow or Swiss Chard

1 Bunch of Spinach

1 Bunch of Mustard Greens

1 Bunch of Dandelion Greens

1 Bunch of Collard Greens

Celery

Fennel

1 Large Onion

3-5 Garlic Cloves

Chop up the onion, garlic cloves, fennel, and celery along with any other herbs you would like to add such as oregano, parsley, basil, cumin, or chili powder. Mix with 1 to 2 cups water in your high-speed blender.

Wash and clean all of the leafy greens.

Heat a large pan on the stove with a drizzle of your preferred oil, I use olive oil.

Once heated, add your greens and gently toss them in the oil.

Now add the water mix you made in step one.

Cover the pot and lower the fire/temp of the burner and let your greens simmer until they are soft enough to eat.

Remove from the stove and enjoy!

-Rose

Move Like Water

Move Like Water

Greetings beloveds,

What a strange season it has been. One thing is for certain though the heat is here! So how do you stay active and healthy when it’s hot enough to boil an egg on the sidewalk? One way is to make use of this seasons element water through swimming or water inspired movement.

Swimming can be done in a pool, ocean, lake, pond, river or any body of water. You might even try paddling your legs in your tub if it’s deep enough. As an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise, swimming will strengthen your muscles while also improving blood flow. It is a gentle form of exercise that does not cause the extreme stress on your joints and muscles that running, cycling, or even yoga can cause. Swimming can also be a great way to start a movement practice if you have been more sedentary over the past few months, seasons, or years.

If anything, spending time in the water will connect you to the energy of summer. Regardless of the environment that you encounter this source of life, you can experience the power of water on yourself and others. It gently or roughly will pull you in or push you out in the ocean. It will chill and refresh you as you wade or jump into the pool. Life exists all around you in the lakes and ponds while the continuous flow of the streams and rivers remind us that change is the only constant. Connect to that form of water wherever you find it. Move with it. If you are not feeling comfortable being in the water, water or picture it in your mind and use that to inspire your movement here on land. Let your body flow and roll with your imagination.

Apply the lesson of persistence to your movement practice. As we have seen with valleys and canyons water may flow but with each drop it can push through any barrier. Let that be your drive for this summer.

-Rose

 

Moon Phases: The Last Quarter

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Greetings beloveds,

Today marks the last quarter of the moons’ 28 day cycle. We are officially in the last stretch before we move into the dark of the moon. As I meditated last night on the moon as an active principle I found that I was called to look at healing and herbs. To heal we must make the decision that it is time for a change. Change is not easy. It requires that we look deep within ourselves and decide what energy we would like our lives, bodies, spirit, mind, and heart to hold.  What does the moon encourage us to heal? This will be different for everyone as the moon is a personal planet which speaks to our subconscious needs and desire.

I’ve found I felt called to look at love towards myself and my physical form. Since harming my back I’ve been much more aware of my body. How it moves, feels, and the signals that it sends me. I have to value my body just as much as I do my mind and heart. I tend to ignore my body because of years of negative external criticism and internal self-talk. My body has drawn unwanted attention where my mind has always been a safe space for me to create and thrive. Yet, without my body I would have nothing to contain my mind. I am going to change how I approach, think about, and treat my body. Luckily there are plenty of resources such as this one from Alchemy-Works (http://www.alchemy-works.com/planets_moon.html) which lists several herbs related to the moon.

I plan to use these essential oils, herbs, foods to better align with the moon and myself.

Foods: Almond, Banana, Cabbage, leafy vegetables, seaweed, strawberry, watercress,

Herbs: Arrowleaf, Chamomile, Chickweed, Evening Primrose, Marshmallow, Mugwort, Orris, Passion flower, Purslane, Gooseberry, Geranium, Witch Hazel, Hibiscus, High Mallow, Star Anise,

Oils: Lotus, Geranium

Check out the website above and any other resources you can locate and let me know what herbs and foods you would like to incorporate into your diet to align with the moon.

-Rose

The Divination Toolkit: The Tarot Series-The Devil/The Black Magician

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XV The Devil/ The Black Magician

After Death, The Devil is one of the most recognizable and feared cards in tarot. That is not surprising with the Devil’s negative connotation and the imagery of the card. A horned goat with an inverted pentagram upon his forehead stands upon a cube with his right hand raised and his left hand lowered holding a burning staff. A man and woman stand captive held to the cube by chains that wrap loosely around their necks.

The man and woman could easily slip the chains from around their necks releasing themselves from the hold of the Devil. It is a matter of choice and perspective. The Devil suggests that you are being held captive by an illusion. It appears that you are bound to the circumstances of the world around you but that is a false reality. You are too tied to the physical material realm. The Black Magician uses tricks and deception to convince you that you cannot escape from your situation. But the chains that bind you aren’t real. In fact, the way out of this situation is quite simple when you change your perspective. It might help to seek the insight from someone who is not involved in the issue as they will be able to see things that you cannot as you are too close to everything that is happening.

This card can also indicate that there are hidden agendas at work. These could hinder your ability to meet your goals. Prepare multiple contingency plans but do not become consumed with your work or projects. Material gains can create a comfortable life but things are not more valuable than developing your mind, heart, and spirit. The desire to obtain things such as the next car, house, romantic partner, vacation, job, purse, shoes, or vacation occurs for everyone. We all value different things in life. Balance is the key. What we give power to can turn into our personal prisons. Working only to obtain things while not increasing our knowledge, improving the world around us, and growing spiritually can lead to greed and vanity.

The Devil figure in this card may represent you. Greed, selfishness, and vanity are all attributes associated with the negative view of the Devil. Are you taking advantage of others in your life? Scamming them out of money, time, or stealing their ideas? When you are attempting to restrict the movement and creative capacity of others you are only serving to limit yourself in the long run. Eventually what you do will catch up with you. There is time though to change your ways. Lucifer was the Light Bringer. Instead of using your knowledge to take advantage of others use it to enlighten them and free them from the illusion that binds them to superficial blocks.

Reverse:

The Devil card in reverse meaning depends on where it falls in the spread. It could mean that hidden agendas are being brought to light. That you are realizing that there are no binds forcing you to stay in your current situation. You have the power to remove your chains and create your own life as you see fit. The Devil in reverse can also indicate that you are breaking others free from their binds to the material world through knowledge. Lastly, a situation that you felt was holding you back or restricting your ability to achieve your goals is being removed. On the other hand, this card could also indicate even more restrictions, illusions, deception, and being too focused on the material world than The Devil.

Numerology and Astrology:

Those who align with the vibration are successful in their careers, have a knack for business, money, and obtaining material wealth. You also will have keen mind for philosophy. This allows for you to see that material wealth alone has little value. You realize that one can become bound by the things that they desire. You know that a complete life includes fun, friends, family, creative, and thoughtful pursuits. With this wisdom, you are able to manifest at will while also not being chained to the world around you. Ruled by Venus and Capricorn, the appreciation and desire for security becomes clear. Venus loves comfort and beautiful items. They desire to live in a space where everything is aesthetically pleasing. Capricorn brings the challenge of obtaining long term material success which can lead to the obsessive greed and selfishness. When Venus and Capricorn work together to improve the world for themselves and others we find them at their best, creating beauty, prosperity, and abundance with ease for all.

Moon Phases: Waning Gibbous Part IV

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Greetings beloveds,

Today the moon is 59% illuminated in Aries. There is an energy of new beginnings, growth and movement today. As my back has healed I have been able to move more and be more active. Strangely, I have wanted to spend more time resting and doing pleasurable activities then some of my other duties. I did complete my meditation for the day after a gift to myself of self-pleasure. As we near the new moon and along with it my upcoming menstruation time, I feel myself wanting to experience more pleasure. I feel playful, joyous, and full of life. I know that now is a time to replenish my energy before I become active again. So today I took a break. I ate yummy food, watched good movies and spent time with a good friend. It was delightful. It will be interesting to see if as the moons energy moves into Taurus whether I will feel more drawn into spending time at home.

Tonight I will connect with the moon as an active principle as opposed to the more reflective role it is generally given. How does the moon guide us and move us to create? I’ll meditate on this further tonight and share what I find tomorrow.

-Rose

The Divination Toolkit: The Tarot Series-Temperance/The Angel of Time

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XIV Temperance/The Angel of Time

Life flows shifting and changing. From one jar to another the essence of life is poured. The Angel of Time takes the task of bringing the conscious into balance with the unconscious, soul with matter, and masculine with feminine.

The Temperance card represents a time when you or those around you are modifying their behavior, thoughts, or beliefs to be in better balance with the internal/external world. It is the combination of the masculine and feminine in harmony beyond then just the superficial male/female, war/love, mars/venus, patriarchy/matriarchy, designations that are pushed upon us. This is about being all of who you are as a person full of purpose, passion, and vitality. You are not feeling quartered or forced to only operate from one form of intelligence. You can feel everything and be whole. This allows for you to have more harmonious interactions with those around you giving insight into the second meaning of the Temperance card.

Creating a space where you get along better with others is the other meaning of the Temperance card. It is the ability to see outside of yourself and realize the effect of time. Time puts our lives and interactions into perspective. We realize that in the long run the most important thing is that we are true to ourselves and live lives full of compassion for ourselves and each other. Outside of our physical bodies our souls live on interacting on the different planes and realms. These few years that we live here on Earth are but a second in universal time. So we find ways to make connections with others. When the Temperance card shows up for you, make sure that your heart has not be falsely hardened against others where you cannot even fathom seeing their soul. This does not mean compromise you own principles but to see how you can function in the world with the many different views and opinions of others. Temperance calls on you to see the bigger picture outside of time and work on obtaining that goal with others.

Reverse:

When the Temperance card shows up in your reading in reverse it can indicate that you are either not working harmoniously with others or are in conflict with yourself. There is a situation that asks for you to not get trapped in the battles of the moment. To not let your pride, ego or injured feelings keep you from knowing and being your true self. You cannot separate the masculine and feminine within you. You may try to fit into some outdates limited gender or sex roles but you will find that they suffocate you. Stifling your ability to be creative, free, and joyful. When you also attempt to separate yourself from others around you this creates the same circumstance of a life of limitation. Find those that align with you and use that as a springboard to build your community. An internal revolution that brings compromise between your many facets of being will call forth others that are doing the same.

Numerology and Astrology

The number 14 is associated with creativity, strength and strong earthly appetites for things such as food, sex, and material items. The quest for those with this number are to find balance through a compromise of how much they indulge their desires. This is another testing number. One will have to keep things in perspective to not fall into the traps of envy, jealously, or greed. Focusing on maintaining a clear sense of self, a balanced state of desires, and harmonious relationships with others will lead to a life of fulfillment. Ruled by Mercury which brings reason to the drive for earthly desires which can pull us into ruin and Sagittarius who must learn to balance their animal and human natures. Together these provide the perfect basis to master our inner self and then communicate from that space with others. Mercury gives us Sagittarius the vision and perspective to know that the challenges they face are only a small part of our lives. That these times will not last forever and through better connection with ourselves and others around us, we will create a future that is even better then we could ever imagine.