Its no secret that a large segment of todays population feel completely alienated and disconnected from the idea of politics. For most of us, politics is associated with stuffy old men in suits pontificating in parliament, removed from the everyday concerns of ordinary people. It’s a world where promises are easily made and just as easily broken. Its easy to to simply wish a plague on all their houses, and retreat back into worries of everyday life - paying rent, looking after the kids etc. Yet, as much as we might try and retreat, we cant ignore that many problems of the world that do have a direct impact on our life - global warming, environmental degradation, growing economic inequality, war, crime and job insecurity - just to name a few. These problems can seem too big and complex for any one individual to resolve. We know that politicians are doing a terrible job at handling it, but we don’t feel any sense of our own power to change the situation. What can we do other than distract ourselves in the everyday concerns of life and hope for the best?
The Celtic cycle of marking the first days of each season with a fire festival is pre-Christian, and an older pagan ritual also exists in Ireland for the first of August (Crom Dubh day). The four fire festivals are Imbolc (beginning of Spring, February 1st, rebirth after winter) Bealtaine (beginning of Summer, May 1st, planting of the seeds for the harvest) Lughnasadh (beginning of Fall/Autumn, August 1st, reaping of the harvest) and Samhain (beginning of Winter, November 1st, the end of the harvest, symbolic death/endings).
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.
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.
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.
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.