..As I look around into the lives of loved ones and friends, I see how many of us are manifesting our fears more so than our good wishes. This is because, currently, people seem crippled by fears more so than be propelled by their wishes.
Don’t let Fear be the stronger force within you..!
Hi all.. here are the forecasted meteor showers in the year 2021. Several good websites give good data and instructions . List of Sources/links at the bottom. -Mani
Following peak-dates/local times are for London.
3–4 Jan 2021 – Quadrantids Northern Hemisphere (Best) . Up to 120 meteors per hour. The Quadrantids is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. The shower runs annually from January 1-5. It peaks this year on the night of the 2nd and morning of the 3rd.
22–23 Apr 2021 -Lyrids Both Hemispheres. Up to 18 meteors per hour. The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861. The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds.
5–6 May 2021 – Eta Aquarids Both Hemispheres.Up to 50 meteors per hour. .The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has been observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7.
July 28, 29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. (no info on peak rate yet). The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29.
12–13 Aug 2021 -Perseids Northern Hemisphere (Best).Up to 150 meteors per hour. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13.
8–9 Oct 2021 -Draconids Northern Hemisphere (Best) . (Variable peak rate). The Draconids is a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner, which was first discovered in 1900. The Draconids is an unusual shower in that the best viewing is in the early evening instead of early morning like most other showers. The shower runs annually from October 6-10 and peaks this year on the the night of the 7th. This year, the nearly new moon will leave dark skies for what should be an excellent show.
21–22 Oct 2021 – Orionids Both Hemispheres . Up to 15 meteors per hour. The Orionids is an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from October 2 to November 7. It peaks this year on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. The full moon will be a problem this year for the Orionids. Its glare will block out all but the brightest meteors.
November 4, 5 – Taurids Meteor Shower. (no info on peak rate yet). The Taurids is a long-running minor meteor shower producing only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is unusual in that it consists of two separate streams. The first is produced by dust grains left behind by Asteroid 2004 TG10. The second stream is produced by debris left behind by Comet 2P Encke. The shower runs annually from September 7 to December 10. It peaks this year on the the night of November 4.
17–18 Nov 2021- Leonids Both Hemispheres . Up to 15 meteors per hour. The Leonids is an average shower, producing up to 15 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower is unique in that it has a cyclonic peak about every 33 years where hundreds of meteors per hour can be seen. That last of these occurred in 2001. The Leonids is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1865. The shower runs annually from November 6-30. It peaks this year on the night of the 17th and morning of the 18th.
13–14 Dec 2021- Geminids Both Hemispheres . Up to 120 meteors per hour. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. The waxing gibbous moon will block out most of the fainter meteors this year.
21/ 22–23 Dec 2021 – Ursids Northern Hemisphere. Up to 10 meteors per hour. The Ursids is a minor meteor shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust grains left behind by comet Tuttle, which was first discovered in 1790. The shower runs annually from December 17-25. It peaks this year on the the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The nearly full moon will be a problem this year, blocking all but the brightest meteors. But if you are patient enough, you may still be able to catch a few good ones.
Back in March 2020, I wrote, “On Sunday 22nd March 2020, Saturn arrives in Aquarius! Wild energies will begin to be pinned down. Stability, endurance, authority & hard lessons take focus .. instead of erratic, rebellion for sake of rebellion, thrill-seeking, disruptive behaviors..”
Well we all know what happened to the world since then.. Lockdowns came every where! Entertainment and leisure activities and industries came to a halt or where shut down.. We all only went out for exercise or to support loved ones .. And we all started going to the woods.. instead of Cinemas, pubs, clubs, football games, matches etc.. because nature was the only place we could go and be free (for a short while).
Well.. Saturn started retrograding on 11th May 2020, and moved back into Capricorn on 3rd July… and continued to move retrograde till 29th September. Then Saturn started to go direct in Capricorn..
That’s all like the just the pre-title action sequence of an action movie – well not so much action but an epic!
The opening titles are playing now.. and today on 17th December 2020, Saturn moves into Aquarius (again) after a gap of 5 and a half months.
Now, Saturn will slowly transit through Aquarius for the next 2+ years.. till 8th March 2023! Now comes all the hard work and weight.
If people thought that 2020 was a bad year, and as 2021 begins, we’re going to ease back out to our old ways .. Think again. Saturn isn’t going to let us get out of jail for free! We must pay with hard work!
While Jupiter also arrives in Aquarius and will be there for 1 year, it will soften the Saturn blow.. Expansions of horizons will occur.. but just alongside it, hard lessons, tasks will also be taking place. Future foundations will be getting laid.
There’s so much to say.. but for now.. here are the key dates of this Saturn transit through Aquarius.
22nd March 2020 – Saturn enters Aquarius.
11th May – Saturn begins retrograde motion in Aquarius (1’57”Aq).
3rd July – Saturn slips back ..out of Aquarius and back into Capricorn.
29th Sept – Saturn goes direct in Capricorn (25’20” Cap).
17th December- Saturn arrives in Aquarius.
23rd May 2021 – Saturn begins retrograde (13’31” Aquarius)
If it ain’t broke, break it anyway (and let Fate fix it!)Some thoughts on the `great conjunction’ !!
So now everyone’s talking about the `great conjunction’ Folks.. like I’ve e been saying since April’20.. the Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions (3 times). and the Jupiter sextile Neptune (3 times) and the Lunar and upcoming Solar Eclipses in Sagittarius ….have ALLL been working the energies through out this year.. leading to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction on Solstice day 21st December.. in the sign of Aquarius (literally few days after both planets move out of Capricorn and into Aquarius) .
This is not an `isolated’ event.. It’s the culmination of a longer story… and the beginning of a new epic!
People have been talking about the age of Aquarius since the 60’s.Well.. here at last.. 2020 is the year that broke all that’s gone before.. globally.. like a world war.. without an actual war.. ! In many ways it’s been worse than WW.. Not in terms of death tolls.. but in terms of the deeper fear and restrictions.. At least during wars we could hug our loved ones.. be with them.. But this?!!
Jupiter expands horizon.. deepens spirituality.. brings Justice .. Saturn structures, teaches lessons, limits and holds and lays foundations for long term future.
And this is happening for the first time in modern history.. in Aquarius.. one that governs shocks, surprises, rebellions, radicals, innovations and humanity.
They say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But what if it’s like bones all set the wrong way..? Doctors have to break the affected bones in a controlled manner, to reset it and grow strong again. That’s what the breakdown of 2020 has been about!How we were all set was no longer good.. So it all needed breaking.. so we can mend and heal the right way forward..
I digress.. I’d urge all to look at the whole year as preparation for this conjunction to get the full story. ‘cos it’s not just about to happen.. It’s been building up..
And in the last 2 weeks, the energy has been `quickening’.. Surely you’ve all been feeling it ?!
This is a 2-evening Introduction Course in Tarot – intended for anyone with some or no experience of reading tarot. Learn preparations, attunement, meaning of major & minor carcan cards; basic spreads- divination readings; safety and etiquettes and of course ritual magical use of tarot.
*This is an online live-video course. Numbers are kept very small for better teaching & learning experience (5 students only per course). so please book early to avoid disappointments.
Course Content ——-
–How to connect and care for your cards : Selecting / buying, cleansing, tuning in, storing storing – Introductory Pathworking taking you into the realm of Tarot. -Introduction to the form of Tarot – major arcanas; minor arcanas; court cards; -Elements and symbols in Tarot- The 4 suits have 4 elements (Pentacles, Cups, swords, wands). we connect to Elements and their symbolism; we also look at some other key symbols in magic that weave through the imagery of Tarot. – Major Arcana – one by one we’ll look at all of the 22 cards – these are the major life processes and shifts. -Minor arcana – 40 suit cards and their meanings in a reading. everything from beginning a process, to struggles, apprenticeship, heart aches, arguments, rest, rejoice, relationship…all are there! -16 Court cards – who they represent. -Exploration of popular Tarot Spread.- How to do simple readings; How to have personal dialogues with your cards. -Magical & ritualistic use of Tarot cards -Reader / Querent etiquettes and ethics- when reading for other people.
Course dates: This course takes place over 2 evenings. Session 1: Monday 7th December 2020 (7.00pm to 9.30pm) Session 2: Tuesday 8th December 2020 (7.00pm to 9.30pm)
Fee: £30. You pay a fixed fee in advance by secure paypal to book for this course.
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Initiatory Wiccan covens have `rules’ or hidden protocols and boundaries. Not all are written down, but they are taught and passed on to new trainees and new initiated Witches who join covens. But some trainees & initiates, knowingly or unaware, breach these boundaries. Not just them, but even some Coven leaders are prone to smudging the lines.. fostering confusion with initiates. In my 25 year experience in The Craft (Wicca), either directly (my own initiate) or indirectly (other covens), I have seen these breaches occur. It has often led to disharmony, conflicts of loyalty, and even spelt the end of Covens, relationships and friendships.
When a trainee of mine recently asked me if s/he could continue to be part of another magical group …after having a wiccan initiation (from me!) I was reminded of this issue and thought it must be talked about, and addressed. So that all can be educated. Many things could have been addressed in this video.. but it’s a spontaneous informal video-blog.. not professional lecture. So do watch this, and take its message to heart ..!
Spellcraft for Beginners – online (zoom video) course facilitated by Mani Morningstar & Freya Witch – initiated Wiccans of the Gardnerian Tradition of the Craft. We have been running Spellcraft courses outdoors (in woods) and indoors (Atlantis Bookshop) for many years. Now with circumstances making us stay indoors, we’re designing this Beginners course to be held online. And for the first time, we are adding the Craft of doing Herbs & Oils in spells, to our existing line up of teaching you the basics of magic with Candles, sigils, cords & knots! (Rune magic is now one of our special extended course in its own right).
You’ll learn about 3 different techniques of doing ritual magic for your self. Using candles for magic, using Cords & knots for magic and using a selection of Herbs & Oils.
Mani will give an introduction to different types of spellcraft , and take you through the basics of candle-magic, colour correspondences, preparations, what sigils/ symbols to use. He will also cover cord magic (using knots on cords).
Freya Witch will introduce you to working with herbs & oils, give explanations, and then talk you through 2 actual spells that combine easy to obtain herbs & oils – and show you how to do a protection spell, and Banishing spell.
Date: Friday 13th November 2020.
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31st October 2020 is a Blue moon (2nd full moon in same month). 1st October – Full Moon in Aries (21:06 hrs GMT) 31st October – Full Moon in Taurus (14:49hrs GMT Note: On 31st October, there is a Sun-opposition-Uranus aspect around 15:53 hrs. This is a stressful aspect that requires opposing energies to be balanced or reach a compromise. As the full moon happens an hour before this aspect, it will most likely bring up additional tensions, stress and issues that day/ evening. -Mani
AstroAlert : Next 2-4 weeks of Lows & Highs.. Stresses & Joys ! (6th Oct- 31st Oct). Warning ..am not pulling my astro-punches or soft peddling this. So here we go.
Early tomorrow (7th oct) Mercury opposes Uranus. May be stressful for Gemini and Aquarius.. also secondary stress for Scorpios (as mercury in Scorpio. ..) and to Taurus. Then on Friday (9th) afternoon Mars squares Pluto. .Aries, Scorpios, and Capricorns will be feeling very intense and afflicted by that. So between this evening to close of Friday it’s going to be difficult. Sadly that’s not all.
Here are other difficult aspects and signs affected by them.. (ie the signs ruled by those planets).
On 11th.. sun squares Jupiter (Leo, Sagittarius).
On 14th Mercury retrograde starts (for 3 weeks till 3rd November… Affects Gemini and Scorpios). Same day, Sun opposes Mars (Leo Aries).
On 18th. Double stress ..sun square Saturn (Leo capricorn) & Venus opposite Neptune (Taurus library Pisces ), -On 19th Mars- squares- Jupiter 🙁 Not a good one for Aries, Sagittarians..or any of us.. as 2 fiery planets are wrangling. It’s like fuse in a tank of gas! (on the same day there’s a very good Venus/Jupiter aspect, and hopefully that will ease the tensions and avoid the explosion.. or channel it into a passionate time.. rather than a destructive one).
On 20th. Retro-Mercury opposes Uranus (2nd time .. .because of retrograde motion). [Generally 17th to 20th is a build up if stressful energy).
31st – Full moon in Taurus… and also a stressful Sun opposition to Uranus. (Leos, Aquarians will have to endure some stress and reach compromises.. or this will be just too damn disruptive). After 20th. No major stressful aspects for 10 days (thank god ) but full moon on 31st will intensify everything as we head closer to that. There’s also Yes it’s `blue moon’ – 2nd full moon in same month. That’s just psychological.. as astrologically it has no relevance.
So basically next 14 days is just hard, mad, bad ..and sad. I’d say, keep the Faith. Stay calm. Don’t over react . Don’t make fast decisions. Slow it down and process issues and trust that it will be all fine ..This after all is really what being tested in our faith is all about. 💚💫
Now for some GOOD NEWS : 🙂 (Do I ever just give you bad news?)
There are good powerful positive aspects going on too.. -On 11th, Venus trines Uranus (Good for Taureans, Libras, Aquarians, and for Virgos). -On 12th, Jupiter sextles Neptune (3rd time this year).. Brilliant for Sagittarians, Pisceans, Capricorn. On the Same day, Mercury sextiles Venus (more good stuff for Gemini, Taureans, Libras). -On 13th Mars has closest approach to Earth (Mars currently retrograding).. Might be just intense…but that fiery energy can be put to good creative use! -On 19th – Venus trines Jupiter ( good for Taurus, Libra & Sagittarians.. These are 2 most beneficial planets forming a most beneficial aspect. Its good for everyone.. (but bear in mind on that day a mars-square-Jupiter also going on and next day Mercury opposes Uranus.. so those other stresses might `seem’ to cloud the positive.. Just tune into the positive.. don’t get lost in the negative and loose a brilliant opportunity for harnessing the venus-jupiter energy! -On 21st, Venus -trines Pluto.. and its after the 2 weeks of stress.. so that’s going to be welcoming energy of love, power, healing, transformations, passions 😉 -On 24th, Venus trines Saturn.. Oh my. Again. Love, friendships & relationships, artistry, long term stability are highlighted. Bear in mind Saturn only recently went direct ( after months of giving us retrograde trouble).. So now this is starting to heal, fix and strengthen matters. -On 25th, Sun conjuncts retro-Mercury. In many ways that’s going to be positive. old issues might have positive changes, approaches or resolutions. [Generally 24/25th have good energies overall].
With so much going on.. and October being sandwiched between 2 Full moons, and the coming of a full moon-Samhain.. heads and hearts are spinning wildly and chaotically.. day to day..!
One suggestion is to focus on your spirituality, go deep, clear out doubts and dross. Focus on Creativity and use the dynamic energies being stirred up by all the aspects.. rather than let them become destructive. We must Keep working on healing our selves, not let the Devil (shadows & fears) in us dance with inflated ego as its dancing partner. Strengthen our core.. Otherwise, we just get buffeted by everyday winds storms and shit.. and be loose our minds and keep old emotional wounds alive .. It does not serve anyone or the future.
I often talk about Faith.. Doesn’t matter what God or goddess you honour and worship. Sometimes the strength is in just surrendering to the divine.. with prayer and worship.. and calling on trusted energies like Angels.. They all help.
Our psyche in knots: Remembering & releasing our Dead .!
Moon in Cancer today… so it’s not surprising to see some posts here from few friends.. someone’s father died few days ago and she is having an astral farewell. someone else is suddenly remembering her mother passed away 4 years ago this time. And someone else is trying not to remember when their mother passed away.. around this time.
All these are painful.. and those memories stay deep within our psyche, getting buried deeper and deeper each passing year.. and causing the individuals discomfort, trauma, inner pains…. if they are not `opened up’ and eased, faced and released.. !
Am not at all being all `wise’ or `preachy’ . I know this pain very well. After my father died in a road accident, I went into some denial mode ..(slotting into `man of the family’ mode). Gave up University residence..moved back home .. The first 2 years were fine.. then my University grades started to drop..fails..repeats.. even an actual kind-out. I was not into parties, no relationship during the entire university time.. Just small stuff.. fitness, writing novels, painting.. yet life went down down down.. I missed my father much (though the end of his year was not good at home.. fights etc due to his flaws). But so many regrets.. I’d look at this funeral photos regularly and privately..(would not show it to mum or sisters but I’d be reliving it.. again and again).
This went on for almost 5-10 years!!Through it all, my spirituality took a dive. I became anti-religious.. then suicidal due to all my educational failures.. and somehow pulled through and found pagan spirituality.. and life started a positive upward spiral.. (and here we are).
I recall a point where I said enough was enough..and sealed his photos.. threw away some of his small precious possessions..(Only kept his broken wrist watch that had stopped at the time of his crash/ death and one ball point pen.. that I had placed in his hands for a short while in his coffin! Oh believe be I got dark in those years that people can not imagine.. After seeing some tribal film, I even thought I might drink his ashes in water!)
My Life only took off for me, after I released my father’s death from my psyche. I had thought to finish his life’s work.. his scholarly studies.. his Phd.. but then finally chose that I have my own work..and life to live.
In case people don’t know.. I was 5 years old when I saw my grandfather pass away.. and while his body was in the house for few days in a open coffin.. I lived in that house.. and played as a boy. My uncles and aunt kept me busy (mother was far away having just had my 2nd sister and was with her parents.. Father was busy with whatever her needed to do.. I only remember my uncles and aunt keeping me busy those days..)
Since then I have seen many relatives pass away before me.. As priest, I’ve even performed `pasing rites’ to terminally ill comatose loved ones.. and they then passed within hours.
As much as I don’t like to.. death defines my life.. (and this is perhaps why when it comes to do Dark Lord / veil stuff in pagan rituals for autumn/ samhain.. my energy clicks in fast and deeper than anything else).
I chose few years ago to click into Life.. and only `open up’ the Dark Lord energy in me at very specific seasonal times.. And as The Doctor (who) once said, `the name we choose is a promise we make to be who we are’…. and it’s no coincidence that the name I have currently on facebook (Mani Morningstar) is chosen for this time.. I may keep it or I may change it in a few months.. we’ll see how far I need to work that energy ..for my self and for the world. I don’t preach ..well I do..but with a lot of explanations.. like this one, so people know where I am coming from.. Not from a metal egocentric place of power and control.. but from a heartspace of compassion, empathy and love to want to help others in inner-turmoil.
If I can help.. I will do my best.Even if I or anyone else can’t help you.. YOU should go deep within.. (like the late Maureen helped me do in pathworkings and meditations back in 2001-02) to those key issues of loss of a parent.. and face them.. and resolve them. (I once cut of the head of my own father in a pathworking.. That was not malicious.. it was resolving a sub-personality or an energy that had consumed me for so long).
so take what you `Will’ from this.. and make your inner-samhain journeys… Don’t let the beloved-Dead sleep long within you and leach your energies and powers and live as zombies and vampires within your psyche. Let them go with love and light.. to the divine.It frees your heart to love again.. your self..and others.