Summer Solstice – Litha – Midsummer’s Night.

Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, spans June 20th to 23rd.

June 21 – Sun enters Cancer.

Moon in 4th Quarter – in Taurus – void of Course at 12.26 a.m. enters Gemini at 6.44 p.m.

Mercury enters Cancer at 5.57 a.m.

I like to use the whole three days for celebrating as the Summer Solstice is bursting with promise and hope for the future, and is intensely powerful.

June 21st marks the longest day and the shortest night in the solar year and brings completion to the dreams we invoked on the Winter Solstice.

Nothing is impossible now. All that awaits the birth of our future ventures is focused intention. What we’ve been holding close to your heart for the past six months is aching to be released into the here and now.

The word solstice means the standing of the sun and it is also time for us to stop, be still, listen to our inner voice, remember past promises to ourselves and make preparations for the road ahead.

Just as at the Winter Solstice, everything began its journey toward outward manifestation, Summer Solstice begins the process of everything turning inward once more.

Quite often we are not aware of what is truly happening energetically after Midsummer’s Eve because we are trained to think of everything expanding well into September. This quirk of the calendar and summer activities blinds us to the fact that we now we begin the journey back to our dark side.

At Summer Solstice, we are at our brightest, most filled with the magic of the Sun, most-ripe, the soil of our soul most ready for manifesting.

If ever there was a time for living intentionally and with purpose, this is it!

The moon is nearing its dark phase, increasing to new on the 23rd. What does this mean for you?

You will feel an increase in energy after Solstice, a flow of excitement and expectation that will fuel your manifesting plans.

When the moon is increasing in size, it brings energy to everything it governs and it governs you, it’s watery, mystical accomplice.

By the 23rd, it will be the time for action! No holding back, in love, in work or play.

Have you been looking for a lover, a job, a new direction?

Dig up those old scribbled journal entries from the winter and ask yourself if you are ready for what you dreamed of?

Your most expanded self is awake and capable of great generosity. Take time to bless others, with our time and/ or energy, in effect, passing on the vibrancy of the sun and the expanding moon to whomever you wish.

Our ancestors, those who lived close to stone circles, would stay up all night and greet the sun as it rose over the carefully aligned structures.

Be careful to record your dreams coming up to the solstice. They will bring messages, awaken your intuition and stir your soul towards achievement. We may feel overwhelmed as the forces of the universe collide with our intentions—but we need to just hold on tight to resolve and make whatever we need to happen, happen.

Courage! All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

If you feel like a bubble is about to burst, it is! It is the bubble of all that pent up energy that has been brewing since you awoke on the winter solstice and began to expand towards the Possible.

Accept your journey for what it is and make the most of every step.

Here is one of my favorite ideas for Midsummer’s Eve, Day and Night.

Prepare meal with like-minded friends;

Spend the evening sharing what dreams you have bee nurturing and where they find you on this day. This can be a great time of encouragement and community.

Plan either an overnight at a high place (hill, mountain?) in tents, or drive to this elevated location before sunrise and set up an area where you could do sun salutations as the sun rises. Those who cannot physically do the salutations can still benefit from the energy raised by those who can.
Greet the sun with merriment, joyful sounds (instruments or voices).

Walk a circular path together, either having drawn a spiral in the sand if at the beach or simply around something, like a tree or cluster of trees or what have you in the area.

Voice your intentions for the coming six months.

Remember the Earth and plan something healing that you can offer Her with your actions, it could be an environmental action taken every day.

Plan a group meditation for some time in the day, include chanting a mantra if so inclined.

End the festivities that night with a bonfire to seal your determination for a live well lived.

Make an herbal Brew ~ Herbs are plentiful now. If you have access to fresh plants, collect them for drying at dawn and crush when fully dry into a clean jar for winter use.

In the summer, experiment with fresh mixtures. Sometimes I like a simple tea such as sage, or thyme or mint, or lemon balm on their own, but also, I will pick a sprig or two of this or that into a glass cup to enjoy the color of the tea and drink in the aroma and flavor of the combined effect.

There is nothing quite like the heady gift of summer herbs. Enjoy!

Blessing to you and yours, may your dreams unfold and your intentions manifest. So it has been written, so mote it be!

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Full Moon in Scorpio. Love Her or Leave Her.

Full Moon in Scorpio – May 10, 2017

Well, my loves, here is a moon to reckon with!

Scorpio leads into some dark, heady waters, where we can either drown or swim and come out reborn.

I’m not saying any of this lightly, as this powerful moon is here to teach about life, death, re-birth, magic and the synergy of our sexual natures. She is intense, the Queen of the occult – that which is hidden.

While I usually work with the moon as an equal, this month I will respectfully bow to her and offer my submission to her wisdom and strength.

Have you been feeling a strain in the back of your head, or your neck and shoulders in general, a heaviness of mood and encountering obstacles? These manifestations of the pressure preceding this moon are temporary and can be navigated by connecting to friends and loved ones who are light-bearers and optimists.

Do drink of Scorpio Moon’s sensual darkness and ponder what lessons she has under her moody cloak.

Scorpio rules the Underworld, mystery, and is ruled herself by Pluto, a very irregular and puzzling planet.

Scorpio would rather sting itself to death than yield to a predator. Hmmm, sounds oddly familiar, what with this being my sign and several planets also in Scorpio. She prefers to control her own destiny, keeping secrets and many of her vulnerabilities under wraps. She is Kali, a protective mother figure, hope, creation and destruction all wrapped up in one.

We can learn and draw from this Scorpio Moon, and make particular magic for realizing our dreams. The moon appears full when it is on the far side of the earth, and it is when we release the intentions we set under the New Moon.

Using tools that align with the full moon phase and Scorpio, such as black and white candles, perhaps a snake skin you have found, a moonstone crystal, a drum for evoking the energy of the Underworld, we can tap into why we may feel full of emotion at this time. Scorpio will highlight the unknown within us, what is hidden?

 

In a state of gratitude and wonder, write down a list of what you would like to discover about yourself and some things that perhaps you have kept secret, and would like to explore. Scorpio moon will challenge you to be your most authentic self! Is there something you would like do that will rock your world and you have been afraid to begin? This is the time for opening to new energy!

Pleasure, courage, vulnerability, surprise, emotions…all on the table with Scorpio Full Moon!

Kali is an exacting mistress, demanding your attention. Be kind to yourself, while you swim in the dark river of your own mystery. Shed your old skin and delight in your newness.

There is no going back with this moon, we are either stepping into the new or stagnating in the old. The choice is ours. Be brave, my loves, and with the dark goddess at your side, embark on a new adventure!

Her hips are swaying, she is dancing with all that breaks convention and she invites you to join her.

Namaste.

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Spring Equinox. The Sun Enter Aries -The Astrological Year Begins.

“Mid-spring on the fourth, spring hues mark balance.
In green fields stroll moon, blue sky dotted clouds.
Swallows one by one, petals drop by drop.
At night missing wife, hear not singing voice. ” ~ Xu Xuan (916-991 CE)

Spring equinox, or Ostara as it is sometimes called in Anglo-Saxon pagan mythology, occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Spring equinox is the celebration of fertility, longer days, new crops, and new ideas. Winter has served her purpose, as an incubator of dreams, and now we shed her cloak and step bravely into the future.

Energetically speaking, spring equinox symbolizes new beginnings. Many cultures gather meaningful strength during the equinox, as it marks the Iranian New Year, celebrated widely in the Middle East; Vernal Equinox Day in Japan, a public holiday; Chunfen in China, a spring festival that bears great importance to farming and folk traditions; and the beginning of the Bahai’i calendar.

I like to include all these celebrations in my spring equinox blessing ritual to honor the fact that all people find joy in the promise of new life. We are all united in this powerfully simple hope.

The word “equinox” is from Latin, meaning equal-night. It occurs when the sun passes over the celestial equator, and night and day are approximately the same length. It is a virtual balance in the changing heavens.

During the equinox, the Earth’s axis is pointing neither away from nor toward the sun. This is true for both the spring and autumn equinoxes, as the Southern Hemisphere celebrates the opposite seasonal cycle of the Northern Hemisphere.

I find spring equinox extremely mystical because it shows how all things can find balance for a moment as they continue on a never-ending journey through the cosmos.

The magic of spring equinox is available to each of us, and we can harness it to ground us in love, in life’s purpose, and in our deepest spiritual longings.

Our ancestors, who lived by the movements of the planets, saw the sun as the source of all life, and it inspired great awe in them. Even as we make ourselves busy in a technological work and we find ourselves disconnected from nature’s influence and beauty, we are still sustained by that great ball of fire.

In my Wise Woman Tradition, I believe that we are made of stardust. I learn from the planets as I participate with them in a beautiful dance. I observe astrological and astronomical events with reverence. After all, who can deny being humbled by a midnight sky dotted with constellations?

This spring equinox, we can use this opportunity to lie down under the blanket of stars and contemplate our place in the universe. After we find stillness, we may discover a new awareness of the interconnection between our spirits and all that is. There is no separation, once we leave behind our thinking minds.

Spring equinox is the time for boldness and heightened emotions. We’re feeling hopeful and are perhaps falling in love with another or with ourselves. Now that we have found our balance, ideas easily pour forth. We stand surefooted and grounded, ready for the sewing of seeds.

The Rest Here: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/03/spring-equinox-the-astrological-new-year-begins/

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