Know Thyself’ - a concept implicit in the philosophy of probably all of the wisdom and spiritual traditions of the world over time. Yet what we now know, thanks to the inroads made by psychology into the workings of the human mind, is that the mysteries of the subconscious can make that process of self-knowledge a little complicated. This is where I find the tarot helps enormously, as it is a sophisticated tool which allows us to get a glimpse of what might be happening in that mysterious subconscious world of ours.
Grandmother Moon has many names in the month of July: Claiming Moon, Buck Moon, Flower Moon, Middle Summer Moon. The Sun and Moon are the largest luminaries in our day and night time, a constant in all of our lives. The Moon has no light of its own, it reflects the Sun light, helps to guide us in our darker hours, is a friend we can tell our deepest secrets to, is an enchantress that urges us to dance and laugh with abandon when she is full in the sky.
The Conch shell makes such a powerful sacred sound.
I am most familiar with its use in Hindu rituals, especially during bhajans or ‘devotional songs’. Whenever I hear its sound, it’s as if my whole being, cell by cell is being cleansed and woken up. It is used both in Hawaiian and Hindu tradition to bring in the Divine, to awaken our Spirits and purify the energy, especially at the start of any ceremony. It is a rousing call; a call to begin or to start over.
Cancer in love, well that is quite a handful! People born under this sign are usually highly emotional and will feel an entire range of emotions within. They are also often extremely romantic, and when they fall in love, they fall head of heels! This is not always good for the Cancer individual, because they can often be too nice and giving, and they may be taken advantage of by the person they are giving their love to. They are also very committed to their loved one once they are in a relationship and they can be extremely loyal, you could say, to a fault.
'Be the change you want to be.’
There are many Hawaiian legends about the Goddess Pele. She is believed to have settled on the island of Hawai’i, in the crater of the Kilauea volcano. She is revered and respected for her fiery explosive energy and is the most loved, feared and famous goddess in Polynesia. Who is not awed by the sight of an erupting volcano?
Right now there seems to be a collective balancing of male and female energies. While this may not seem apparent on a global scale as of yet, it feels as if the female energies are coming into their power (stereotypically a male energy) and the male energies are learning to connect and express emotions (stereotypically female energy). Whether you are in a partnership or romance or not, the energies of male and female archetypes are acting within us and in all of our interactions with each other all the time.
We’ve had all manner of tarot and oracle readings over time in our Connections magazine, but for something a little different this month, I thought I’d share some intuitive wisdom from the ‘Faerie Oracle’. The images are by Brian Froud - somewhat of an expert when it comes to depicting our friends from the Fey world!
The Sun is in Taurus from April 21st to May 22nd. It is an earth sign and it is represented by the sign of the bull. Those aspects are commonly known - what’s not so well known is the association Taurus has with Venus, and the realm of love!
2014 is shaping up to be a powerful year astrologically, with the eclipses (the Tetrad started this April with the lunar eclipse), and these astrologically energies can play havoc with us too. It’s important to ground yourself as much as possible if you are feeling any negative energy during this emotional time as old energies are cleared away . It can also help to connect with nature and the natural cycle of the environment within our Earthly habitat. Spring, this time in April and May (May day) is an important rite to honor, as earth awakens from the winter.
Have you been feeling changes within yourself? Are you more sensitive to the injustices that are happening around you, speaking up more and surprising even yourself?
We are all becoming more aware, more in tune and there is no backing away. We are evolving and even those who aren't consciously aware are feeling it too.