Some photos of the waxing Moon (taken last night on 28th June’15) and Jupiter almost conjunct Venus (taken this evening 29th June’15). I will try to take photos of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction over the next few days (wish us astro-photographers clear skies). :-) -Mani Navasothy
Hi all, here’s a photo of the night sky last night.. As you can see, Jupiter (left) and Venus (right) are edging closer to a Conjuntion :-) Well, the actual date /time of this most auspicious conjunction is on 1st July 2015, at 07:51am GMT (when both planets will be on the 21’39” Leo position. Well, I shall take regular photos when possible (when skies are clear!!) and visibly track this event..
How many initiated Wiccans or otherwise, have been using the so called `invocation and devocation’ pentagrams in wiccan/ witchcraft or magical circles? Quite many thousands, I imagine. Back in my early `initiate/ first degree’ days (almost 2 decades ago now), I was taught those invocation pentagrams, and used them (still do) when standing in one of the quarters (North, East, South or West) and calling a respective element (Earth, Air, Fire or Water).
To be honest, it was hard trying to remember which way to `draw’ those pentagrams, as they differed for each quarter/element. One easy solution was taught to me – that for Air and Water (East and West), one started drawing the pentagrams `towards’ the altar. But for Earth and Fire, this was not possible..
Well, last year, while talking about this in a shamanic ritual, I was doing a fire invocation pentagram with an actual flaming torch (outdoors, in the woods).. and explaining it to someone. An astrology friend said, `well, you know why don’t you? it’s because Leo is there!’. That’s all he said, and that’s all he needed to say. In a flash the whole thing clicked in my head, as I worked / visualised the related images. And as soon as I got home I drew it all up and looked at it to make sure – and then wondered – `why on earth had no one told me about this in my old coven days? and why have I not read about this full explanation for some 15-20 years?’
And I resolved to share what I had learnt/ worked out openly. hence this blog post. (but even this took me months to get down and actually do.. because of my laziness of having to sit and do all that explanation *fully*).
It’s not just this stuff that is lurking in my mind as one of many `do blogs’ ..There are plenty more magical things I have learnt, worked out, reverse engineered or just created by trial and errors or experimentations (magical).. that require sharing.
This morning, I woke up and had (out of the blue) just one thought.. that my subconscious had surfaced.. and it was.. to begin that sharing!
(ps. I had since then learnt, some of this stuff comes from or practised by the `Golden Dawn’ western magical tradition practitioners).
So here it is..the full explanation…starting with astrology.. (there are still some questions..which I will pose and hope someone can answer).
1. The 3-Dimensional view of our Earth & the Sun.
Above is a graphical representation of what the Earth & Sun will look like, if viewed from space, from a point of vie `above’ the plane of the ecliptic (ie the orbital plane of planet Earth around the Sun). As you can see, the Zodiac signs are star systems far away, but they can be `projected’ onto a sheet in each of the 12 directions where those systems exist.
2. Making Earth the Centre.
In astrology, we draw charts of the Sky, as if they are seen from the Earth. So Earth is placed in the centre. You can see from above graphics, how – slightly shifting the Sun-Earth pair gives rise to this. And because the zodiac systems are so far away in relative terms to the Sun-Earth distance, the view of them do not change. In this graphics, watched from the Earth, the Sun will appear to be set against the Zodiac sign of Aries. (ie Sun in Aries).
3. Astrological Chart – a graphical representation of the Sky
In the pic above, I have `got rid of’ the details and 3-dimensional elements, and only left-in the Earth, Sun and the positions / directions where Zodiacs are. This is a `view from the `top’ (above the Ecliptic plane). And this is what it means when we see or draw an astrology Birth chart. Note: The fist sign of the Zodiac – Aries- is drawn in the `rising sign’ position at Spring Equinox.
Note: This is the starting point now, for the invocation pentagrams!
4. Elements and Fixed nature of Zodiac signs
In astrology, each sign of the Zodiac is assigned one of the 4 elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth). I’ve grouped and shown these in the 4 corners of the diagram. (not in any order or direction). In astrology, there are qualities that are assigned to signs. The qualities are Cardinal, Mutable and Fixed. I have highlighted the `fixed’ signs.
As you can see, Leo is the fixed Fire sign. Taurus is the fixed Earth sign, Aquarius the fixed Air, and Scorpio the fixed Water sign. Note that I kept their positions in the astrological chart.
here on it gets easy to do the invocation pentagrams.
5. Fire invocation Pentagram using astrological chart
The fire invocation pentagram is drawn, by starting the first arm of the pentagram from the `midheaven’ position, and `into’ Leo, the fixed Fire sign, thereby activating the element of fire. The pentagram is then completed by carrying on the other 4 arms of it as shown in diagram above.
6. Earth invocation Pentagram using astrological chart
Here, for the invocation of Earth energy, we start from the same (midheaven) position,, then drawn the first arm of the invoking pentagram `into’ Taurus, the fixed Earth sign.
7. Air invocation Pentagram using astrological chart
For the Air invocation pentagram, the first arm of the pentagram is drawn such that it `enters’ the fixed sign of Air..ie Aquarius (as shown above).
8. Water invocation Pentagram using astrological chart
The first arm for the water invoking pentagram is drawn such that it enters the fixed water sign, ie Scorpio.
Note: I have shown these (Fire, Earth, Air water) `not in the order’ of invocation, but in a way that initially shows you the symmetry of them.
Of course in Wicca / Witchcraft circles, the order of invocation, is
- Air/ East,
- Water/ West
- Earth/ North
I hope you found these full visuals useful and finally can see why the invocation pentagrams are drawn the way they are done. It is purely based on astrological convention of drawing the chart, relative zodiac positions on that chart, and where on that chart the fixed signs for each of the elements are situated.
The most important thing to have in mind is that it’s all just `conventions’ created by a magical system, and that in space there are only relative positions… there are no ups, downs left and rights; And that in magic, you – as the practitioner who is exercising the Will- has the choice and say in how and what you do!
Copyright /sharing note: As an artist, magician and an educator, I work very hard to create these visual aids to help others. Am happy for anyone to share this on social media/ reblog above blog, provided copyright note (c) Mani Navasothy / http://www.QuantumPhoenix.net remains. No publication of these graphics in any book /course / training allowed without express written (and magical) permission from myself. Thank you.
Hi all, there is a Total Lunar Eclipse coming up on 4th April 2015. (which is two weeks after the total Solar Eclipse of 20/3/15).
Note on Magical works & interpretations: Am adding essential graphics (astronomy data & visibility map) .. Readers will note that I tend to create / present data and graphics that are of practical use, either for observation, or for the purpose of doing your own esoteric/ personal magical work during the times of these eclipses. (In these cases, I try to avoid giving any/ extensive interpretations, as that `taints’ the reader’s subconscious. Eclipses are powerful enough ..and I have been personally doing `Eclipse Magic’ for so long.. that I prefer to let the magical potential of the eclipses be tuned int by interested readers/ magical practitioners (Astro-mages, High Magicians and so on..). There are plenty of other blogs/ sites who give extensive interpretations..
Okay, back to this Eclipse…
Effectively, you can start to actually see the Moon beginning to be eclipsed (dark patch shows and and spreads) from 10:15am…and it will end by 1:44pm (Gmt). Some where in the middle of this (3 hr 29 min period), we get the Total Eclipse of the moon – between 11:57am to 12:02pm (gmt)… for duration of 4 mins 43sec.
But of course, Moon will be entering the penumbral shadow of the Earth long before it actually becomes noticeable to naked eye (at 9.01am) and it only leaves this penumbral shadow at 4.58pm. (this part of it is of scientific interest ..and dare I say `magical’ interest only.. as it is not discernable to naked eye..
P1, P2, U1,U2, U3, U4 – Astronomy terms for Eclipses explained:
P1:First penumbral contact occurs when the Moon first enters Earth’s penumbra,
U1: First umbral contact marks when the Moon is first shadowed by Earth’s darker umbra.
U2: Second umbral contact takes place at the beginning of totality, when the Moon is fully eclipsed by the Earth’s umbra,
U3: Third umbral contact occurs at totality’s end.
U4: Last umbral contact marks when the Moon completely leaves Earth’s umbra,
P2: Second penumbral contact occurs when the Moon leaves the penumbra.
Note: Partial lunar eclipses do not have U2 and U3 values, since those are reserved for when the Moon fully enters the Earth’s umbra. Rather, contact times for partial lunar eclipse are designated only P1, U1, U4, P2 respectively.
Astrology: Planetary positions for this Eclipse (at 12:06hrs gmt)
The next set of Eclipses occur later in the year, a partial Solar Eclipse on 13th September’15 (in the sign of Virgo) , and a Total Lunar Eclipse on 28th Sept’15 (in the sign of Aries). I will of course cover full data/ presentations & preparations for those in a few months time.. (let’s live through this one first :-)
Page: Astrology– Beginners info on symbols, transits, charts & reading Ephemeris
People get excited about Eclipses – only when they can actually see them! Otherwise these wonderful stellar Events just pass many people by – it just happens `somewhere else’ (ie visible in another part of the world, but not where `you’ live). But for astronomers & astrologers, no matter where they are and where the actual eclipses are visible from- it’s always of great interest and importance. And me? I am both an amateur astronomer and a full on astrologer. Here in England, it’s hard to plan observing one (safety in mind!) because of unexpected clouds and rain..but i have always marked them on my diary and always taken the opportunity to do personal spiritual & magical work. (I wrote a book some years ago, called `Eclipse Magic Workbook’ it’s on kindle for sale and on my own websites! See links below)
I see that the internet and social media is beginning to saturate already .with lovely *fantasmagraphical..graphics and such. So many of them are so very inaccurate. Astronomers would cringe..and erm..so would astrologers.
So as usual, I have spent a great deal of time either creating or compiling the useful data for the upcoming Solar Eclipse of 20th Match 2015. It’s visible from UK (over 90%).
Here are all the useful stuff
Astrology / Planetary chart for Solar Eclipse 20th March 2015
This is drawn for exactly 9.45am Universal Time (pretty much same as GMT)..and uses just sun signs only (no house positions shown as that depends on geography). But for those interested, if a Placidus chart is drawn for this event, using coordinates of where greatest Eclipse is visible (Lat 64′ N; Long 6’W), then Ascendant is in Cancer, and Midheaven is in Aquarius).
NASA diagram with full astronomical data
Earth enters the Umbra of the Lunar shadow at 9.09am (UT)..
Greatest Eclipse of the Sun occurs at 9.45am (UT).
Earth leaves the umbral shadow at 10:21am (UT).
The duration of greatest eclipse is 2 min 46 seconds!!
Where is this visible?
This is visible from Iceland, Europe, N.Africa, N.Asia .
Total Eclipse is visible from N.Atlantic, Faeroe Is, Svalbard.
I’ll be uploading some video-graphics I found and edited together, showing actual visibility (where this eclipse can be seen from) in another blog post, as well as to my youtube channel, and my `Eclipse Magic’ facebook page
Here’s some good news for Sagittarians – a huge amount of hard work is coming!
Did I say it’s great news..? well it is.. where your nose gets put down to the grind stone.. and quite possibly you will wear your self out to the bones, get down to some serious learnings, declutter your life, tear down all the dressings off the pillars that hold your Sky high, and dig deep to repair and lay much stronger foundations for your future…. And when I say future, I mean between now and the next 29-30 years!
Yes, rather long term!! Saturn is the cosmic TaskMaster responsible for all this, and he (Father Time) is coming to your house as of 23rd December 2014 (in a few days!). You can do nothing to stop him. And he’s going to stay on for 3 years..and in that time, he’ll help you…then pull you back for months at a time to grind your nose to the hard earth.. show you things you missed, slap you hard on your wrist and may be your face too.. and then when you do things with respect and honour, pat you firmly on your back! This can not be avoided – as you (Sagittarian) have been standing on the old foundations you laid out between November 1985 to February 1988.
So if you want to have a clue about all this, think back to those years..(if you were actually born by then!). So you can see..that it’s time for some heavy duty decluttering..and renovations/ deepening of your life’s foundations.
Am writing this hurriedly, (having spent an hour or so working on the graphics carefully), while scratching my hair and facing my own challenges.. But with few days to go, I really thought I should warn you all.. (and then write more about this topic in the weeks, months…heck..years to come..
We’ve got 3 years of this to talk about!) It’s not just Sagittarians who will be affected by this. Let’s not forget…that Saturn rules Capricorn. So for Capricorns, this marks a new phase in your lives too.. (well, every 3 years is a major phase for you Caps!). But in many ways, for Capricorns – the Mountain Goats- the hard deep transformative time of the past 3+ years is going to change ..for the better..Why? Because from their point of view, Saturn moves from the deeply intensive, probing, shedding skin, transformative sign of Scorpio and into the jovial, expansive, spiritual, just, generous, impulsive, flirty sign of Sagittarius…and those are the energies that you well-deserving hard working Capricorns are going to gain for the next 4+ years!! :-)
Here’s some key dates for all your long term diaries:
23rd Dec’ 2014 – Saturn enters Sagittarius
14 March 2015 – Saturn starts Retrograde (4’44” in Sagittarius)
14th June’15 – Saturn (still retrograding) re-enters Scorpio
1st Aug’15 – Saturn goes Stationary / Direct ( 28’17” in Scorpio)
18th Sept’15 – Saturn (direct) re-enters Sagittarius
8th Nov’15 – Saturn catches up to previous position in Sagittarius (4’55”) where it was before retrograde started.
Saturn Retrogrades – 23rd March 2016 (16’24” Sagittarius) to 13th August 2016 (9’46” in Sagittarius)
Saturn Retrogrades – 6th April 2017 (27’47′” Sagittarius) to 24th Aug 2017 (21’10” in Sagittarius)
20th Dec 2017 – Saturn leaves Sagittarius (and enters Capricorn – Saturn’s own rulership!)
Well, that’s all the *good* news I can manage to write..right about now at almost 3am (didn’t I say he’s a task master?) I’ll explore more of this in future blogs..
Links to other astrology in 2015
Hi all, looking ahead to the stellar events in 2015, here are two concerning the Moon.
1. Astrological INDIGO Moon – This takes place earlier in 2015 – the second new (dark) moon to take place consecutively in the same sun sign. In this case, it is in Aquarius.
2. Traditional BLUE Moon – we all know this.. the second full moon too take place in the `same calendar month’. It takes place at the end of July’15.
Note – these Blue Moons and Indigo moons only `make sense’ as pairs .. ie it’s the second occurrence of a particular nature that is marked as such. BUT remember, that for magical and personal development work, the work must take place (meditation, ritual, spell casting etc) on both occurrence of that event. For example, for utilizing the `Indigo Moon’ energy, you must start the magical work (part 1) on 20th January and and complete the magical work (part 2) on 18th Feb.
I shall write more about these nearer the time.
Bright Stellar Blessings