If you’re an Aries, then you are going to be strongly influenced by the planet Mars. Mars urges us onwards by the desire to accomplish, progress and build upon all our projects and goals. The person with a strong Mars influence in their chart will be very determined to reach their goals through hard work, and they will not stop until they have reached their goals, as they are often very, very ambitious. This is one of the characteristic strengths in Aries people - they will often display tremendous self-confidence and a ‘never-say-die’ attitude. If you’re an Aries, perhaps just be cautious not to be so determined that you forget what your ultimate goal is.
The focus of this month’s magazine is Rebirth, and as spring continues to progress and life is blossoming, we can help our Rebirth through our chakra’s by sending them rays of different light, and planting a seed that the Chakras will help bring to manifestation, completing our Rebirth. The seed can be anything that you want manifested in your life, such as a new job, a new house, a new romance, or to be more loving or have more joy in your life, and each Chakra helps to bring that seed to fruition.
Find some time to relax and read this meditation. You can close your eyes and visualize the steps. You may go quickly through the meditation, or take your time and savour the journey. Before you start, make sure you have decided what the intention of the seed that you are planting is.
The planet Neptune is the ruler of the sign of Pisces. The symbol for Neptune is Poseidon’s three-pronged spear. This spear is considered to be the cross of matter breaking through the crescent of one’s personality. Hence, setting it free to manifest itself at a higher level than one’s own personal ego.
t’s that time of year again. After the winter season, when everything has slowed down, we are coming out of hibernation. Spring cleaning is a wisdom found in many traditions, from Feng Shui to old wives’ tales. And there is a good reason for it too. It does help to clear the energy within you and around you.
2014 is shaping up to be an interesting year astrologically. Eclipses can bring about sudden changes, in business, love and friendships. Traditionally, you don’t want to travel, or start new projects during eclipses if you can help it, because there can be disruptive energy present during an eclipse. Eclipses are illuminators, clearing up places inside ourselves that have been hidden, bringing them to the light, shifting our energy and resetting our energy. Solar eclipses occur at the new moons, so they mark new beginnings, and have a period of effect for six months from the eclipse.
In Latin, Solstice means “Sun Stands Still”. It was called this because for a few days on Dec 21st, the Sun appears to stand still in the sky, reaching the same height in the sky each day. To the ancients who marked celestial events, to make sense of their world, this was a special time. The Sun stood still, and we can celebrate that it will return to us, and that there will be light coming back into the world. We understand more about our world today in terms of science and knowledge, but nevertheless, these ancient traditions can be a thread that we can weave into our lives today, individually, with friends or family. Rituals can be used to make us feel better, and bring continuity into our lives. Even if you are not a pagan, or shaman, you can tune into the solstice, and do a small, private ritual for yourself. Yule is another term used for Solstice celebrations.
There is a Scottish Gaelic word that describes the depths of winter: an dubhach, “the gloom”. However, the majesty of winter can be considered far from gloomy. There is a time for activity and there is a time for quietness. Try this meditation on or around the solstice - observe the silent earth, the sleeping seed, and marvel at the lengthening of days. Be inspired by the earth around you, and plant seeds of your own. This meditation will help to put you in tune to the energies of the season: the need for reflection and the power of awakening...
I’ve been in Hawaii for a number of months now but as warm as it is here, I cannot help but fantasise about a cold autumnal November in the UK, full of fireworks and firelight. Woody, spicy scents, roasted chestnuts, warmth of a bonfire, exploding colours against the night-sky, the whizz and whee of a catherine wheel.
In the Tarot, I not only work with cards but I also work with the elements. The above visualisation captures the essence of fire. Fire symbolises our inner spiritual light and our passion. It represents our ability to activate, our drive to create and the power of transformation. Fire is our life force - our sexual energy. It burns, produces heat, energises. Think of the act of burning a log, throwing it in the fire and watching it crack and sizzle before finally being reduced to ashes. Fire changes its form. We can use the element of fire literally or metaphorically, to help us change or activate something. It is what moves us in our lives.
In ancient mythology, the Moon ruled side by side with the Sun god or goddess, and was seen by some as more important than the sun, because of its wisdom, guidance and spiritual knowledge.
The Moon affected so many aspects of life and the personality, that it was often considered to have much power,.Shes been given different names throughout history because of this. Here are just a few of the names: Selena, Phoebe, Cynthia, Artemis, Hecate and Diana. Artemis, in mythology, is considered the absolute female archetype, the supreme mother and nurturer of the planet. This is best seen through the three phases of the Moon. The waxing Moon represents the youthful maiden, the full Moon is the Mother Goddess, and the waning Moon is the wise old woman.