The world gets excited when there are two full moons in the same calendar month, and call it a Blue Moon. But the calendars we we use are arbitrary.. Supposing the first full moon is on 2nd day of a month and next one (blue moon) 31st of same month..and some new government or Emperor decides to re-adjust the calendar.. ? for example say it ends on 30th of that month and next month starts day after? What would have been 31st (same month) will now be the 1st day of the next month.. and what would have been a Blue moon ..now is not!
So I have always disliked anything that goes by man-made calendars! And I prefer stellar cycles and patterns..
So I started coining up / use phrases and concepts like `Astrological Blue moon / true blue moon’ (and even Indigo moon…but that’s about 2 New moons in same sign!)
So tomorrow we have a full moon – in 1 degree in the sign of Sagittarius. Then 30 days later we have another full moon , at 29 degrees in Sagittarius -= which becomes the `true Blue Moon’ !!
That one also happens to be on the eve before Midsummer, when (esoteric) powers of the Sun are at a maximum..
Intuition tells me it’s going to be one powerful (Sagittarius) Blue moon on 20th May 2016.
The good thing about Blue moons..is that we get the energy of the same-ign full moon twice in the same year (and don’t have to wait a whole year for it again). So start doing some magical work (related) on this full moon tomorrow..and complete it 30 days later on the Blue moon 🙂
Best wishes & Bright Stellar Blessings
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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!
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Here’s a quick astrology chart I created for the day when Sun is entering the zodiac sign of Aries!
As you can see, it’s quite basic – Aries is in the rising sign position for simplicity sake, and I’ve looked up Planetary positions from the Ephemeris and placed them on the chart.
Sun is entering Aries (that is what marks the Spring Equinox!), Mars & Uranus are already in Aries, Venus & Mercury – currently in Pisces will soon be entering Aries. (I will be doing a full detailed analysis of each of these planets transiting through Aries, and what that means for Aries people in a separate post). Of course slow moving Neptune is in Pisces, Pluto in Capricorn (these two will be in those signs for years to come!) Jupiter- currently passing through Gemini will enter sign of Cancer in late June’13, and Saturn currently passing through Scorpio will continue that for all of 2013.
Sun’s energy shift -With the Sun entering the fire sign of Aries, all the other fire signs (Leo & Sagittarius) are going to get a jolt of fiery energy in resonance. Sun will be in Aries till 20h April’13 of course.
Astrology forecasts for 19th – 31st March 2013 – good and bad aspects to watch out for
Squares, semi-squares and Oppositions between planets are the major astrological causes of stress and difficulties (or the way some politely put it, `challenging’). Trines, Sexties and conjunctions between planet tend to create huge positive potential – that everyone can make use of (if you are aware of it…and that’s why I write these forecasts 🙂 ) So those are the aspects that I usually look at.
Note on objectivity when forecasting: When doing these forecasts, I do use my knowledge of the characteristics and qualities of the planets,, signs and aspects – but I also let those mix and flow in my mind, and allow intuition to pick out the ones that come mostly to the surface. (And like all Astrologers, I have to be careful not to get influenced by my own whim and moods – That’s why sometimes, although I like to do these forecasts, I delay writing them – because on a personal level, I may not be objective enough …so best to wait for a time when I can give genuinely objective intuitive forecasts.. And today is one of those days 🙂
Mercury – that has been retrograde for 3 weeks just started going direct (yesterday 17 March 13) so already there will be an energy shift of ease, clearing air etc. I wrote about this Mercury-direct shift in my blog yesterday. Something to bear in mind – on 10th March, Mercury (while retrograding) had a square with Jupiter. Now that Mercury is going direct, it will have that square again .. on 29th March’13. Though not as problematic as before, it will sill bring up issues and stress that must be acted upon and dealt with (or those energies just simmer till next major aspects between these planets and explode again.. So advise sort it..!)
19th March’13- Mercury semi-sextiles Mars. This is a good one new initiatives or offers may come your way.
22nd March – Mars conjuncts Uranus (in Aries)- Good chaotic day. The day leading up to this is going to be a bit chaotic, and there is every potential for this to be a dynamic and positive day – but seeing Mars is like a fuse and Uranus is the chaotic engine.. things can get out of hand – or the good stuff can get muddled up in all the apparent barge of incoming energy. Try to sift out what’s really useful, and focus on that. It is a good one..
24th – Sun semisextile Neptune. Energy for some dreamy ideas and ideals. Different kind of elusiveness that can produce tangible results. But on then same day, there is a mild stressful aspect between Jupiter and Saturn – so don’t get involved in power struggles, especially when trying to expand your boundaries.
25th – Mercury semisextile Uranus – dynamic communications can give good outcomes; Venus semisextile Neptune – quite good for leisure and romance or the arts (and perhaps indulging in some habits bordering on escapism – Don’t over do substances, alcohol etc);
26th- Mars sextiles Jupiter – another great day for huge potential and energy – as these are both fire related planets, forming the second most positively powerful aspect any two planets can form. Aries & Sagittarius people will have a great day (the day leading to it also is good). But the following day sees a major stressful aspect for Aries people, so just start to be careful from midday onwards.
27th- Mars squares Pluto. Quite stressful – it can build from the previous day, and definitely issues of power, sex, obsessions may come to the surface. Mars here acts like a projectile firing at a plutonium bomb! Smallest trigger can create a massive explosion, or smallest act can create something that may become quite consuming. On some level, as long as you don’t just ride it out or escape, but make firm (non-controlling) decisions and take action, you come out okay.
28th – A very good day (you may be gasping for it after the previous day!). Sun conjuncts Venus in Aries. Mercury trines Saturn. Venus conjuncts Uranus. Lots of wonderful things can come from this, for love & romance, luxurious ventures, plans or contracts for future. Expect the unexpected, as nice things will come out of the blue!
29th – Sun conjuncts Uranus – so the dynamic and unexpected events continue, but in a positive way. Very good for Aquarians, Aries (double whammy), and for Leos. There is also a Mercury sextile Pluto aspect going on. If you had dealt with the sudden deeper issues that arose a few days ago, this will produce the definite (positive) results. Watch out – don;t fall under the influences of Silver-tongues and be mesmerised and taken to bed (read whatever you like into that!) One good thing about his day is the slightly bad thing – the repeat Mercury square Jupiter – which in this case may manifest stress (and counter balance an overindulgence or being swept away…) or bit of reality check! Old stuff from beginning of March’13 need final resolutions – Mind holds the key (think expansively and talk openly).
30th – Bit of a tough day because of 3 minor negative aspects (quincunx) between Sun & Saturn, Venus & Saturn, Jupiter & Pluto. Authority issues and power struggles at work or in love relationships need addressing; deeply simmering issues may need some spiritual light; Secret relationships may cause problems. Each aspect on it’s own can be okay to just about deal with, but as there are 3 of them – the combined results may well add up to a major stressful day – with issues just washing over one after another, like lots of waves that just doesn’t give you a clear beach.
31st- March ends with a mixed stressful and positive day! The Venus sextile Jupiter creates an energy of fulfilling day for luxury, expansive plans, even romance (good for Sagittarians, Librans and Taureans). But there is also the Venus square Pluto on the day – so erm, there is a chance for sexual contact or even issues to explode to the surface from the depths. Watch out for controlling partners in relationships. Difficult to know if what;’s happening on this day is a good thing or a bad thing. What may seem very good may have a darker undertone, and what may seem stressful may actually have a deep reaching transformative energy.
See you in the next astrology post where I will look at the planets Mars, Venus, Sun, Mercury and Uranus ..forming aspects while they are in Aries.
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Jonathan Cainer – popular Astrologer comments on his website today the following:
“According to legend, a 12th century Irish bishop had a vision of every pope that was still to come. He is supposed to have left a long list, full of ‘clues’, each one connected to the name of a successive pontiff. Those who have studied this list say that Joseph Ratzinger fits the description for the penultimate name… and there’s only one left to go! If the old prophecy is correct (some insist that it is a forgery) the next and final pope will be called Petrus Romanus (Peter from Rome) whose reign coincides with the end of Catholicism.”
Now Jonathan Cainer is an astrologer whose daily forecasts I have followed for many years.. possibly since 1997. Back in those days when I was a humble Admin Assistant pushing Home Office files on trolleys, as well as navigating through my first (and very problematic) relationship, Jonathan Cainer’s daily forecasts in a News paper were so spot on `for me’ (Sagittarius) that I became his loyal follower. It was by studying his daily forecasts, in conjunction with my existing knowledge of astrology and ability for creating charts etc, that I `reverse-engineered’ his forecasts, and learnt how to do daily `sun sign’ forecasts (so much so, I myself had a weekly astrology column in a website called AgeNet (around about 2000..some 13 yrs ago), where people used to write to me and say how accurate my own forecasts were for them. Gosh, those weekly forecasts used to take me a whole Sunday to write – as I had to study the planetary positions for each sign and work out the transits and resulting `possible influences and events’ for that sign.
I like his style of writing – cryptic at times so as not to overtly influence the reader but giving enough clues so as to give people freedom of Action. I also know what start sign he is and where his moon is (read his Intro in an old book he had published ages ago). So ..erm, I have even more of an appreciation and admiration for Jonathan Cainer.
So when he puts out an open comment as the one above – am sure he has not only considered his sources (that’s the kinda moon sign he has), but quite possibly done some historical research & astrological `glance’ at these matters.
My astrological thoughts on this matter
Now on an astrological point of view, the announcement that the current Pope is resigning came at the end of a very `astrologically stressful’ few days.. mainly a mercury-square-Jupiter, Mars-square-Jupiter, and Venus-square-Saturn (Jupiter rules religions, mercury influences communications, Mars in this case was agitating Jupiter harshly.. and Saturn stands for authority & long term structures.. Venus ruling social situations in this case was squaring Saturn!)
And add to this western astrological climate, that of the Chinese new year of the Snake – (snakes are symbols of primal wisdom and transformation) and the new moon in Aquarius! (which would be a trigger of sudden change). The new Age of Aquarius…which by astrological standards is only just dawning.. because these `Ages’ last about 2,000 years and the 60’s & 70’s were just the early `hours’ of the New Age of Aquarius… Remember that Christianity came out of the previous `Age of Pisces’ and has almost had its 2,000+ years).
Yahoo news (link below) has the following line which is quite insightful for me as an astrologer (I’d just looked at it after writing the above quick analysis.. It just confirms what I just wrote):
Diarmaid MacCulloch, professor of the history of the church at Oxford University, said the announcement had taken many people by surprise. “What’s very noticeable is the sheer disarray around the statement,” he said. “Clearly no one in the upper hierarchy in this country knew anything about it. Normally these things are very well prepared but this hasn’t been. It may be the result of an elderly man reflecting in private and coming to a sudden decision.”
Well, that’s me following an astrological trail… pointed by another Astrologer. We’ll see where this goes …
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If you are a Sagittarian or a Gemini, this is going to affect you the most!
Jupiter arrived in the sign of Gemini on the 12th June’12, and has been imparting much of its jovial, expansive energies for all Geminians. But as is normal for all planets every year, Jupiter now starts to go `backwards’ .
Retrograde (planetary backward motion) explained
(an optical illusion of what we see from planet Earth, when we observe other planets. It’s a bit similar to being in a train and watching another train on the other track…both going forward, but at some point, if your train is going faster, then the other one looks like it’s going backwards. Well, that’s what retrograde motions are. The planets are not really going backwards. It seems that way. Nevertheless, astrologically, this does influence the people!)
Jupiter’s retrograde duration
Jupiter begins its retrograde on 4th October, and will continue `going backwards’ till 30th January 2013. That’s a good 4 months!!
This is going to affect Geminis, who will have to take stock of all the exuberant positive expansions they have been undertaking, and review some of the recent changes. It has been like starving for so long, and someone gave you the key to a fabulous kitchen. Gemini’s have been feasting …too fast too much may be. So some of that may now be creating indigestion. It’s time to slow down a bit, and deal with the challenges of indulgence. Don’t worry though, nothing difficult will arise.. you just have to slow and consolidate for the next 4 months.
When Jupiter was in the earthy sign of Taurus for a year or so (part of last year and till 12th June..earlier this year), Sagittarians have been (no doubt) feeling rather grounded, and `forced’ to deal with so many practical things. So when Jupiter entered the air sign of Gemini, it was literally like a breath of fresh air…time to throw away the heavy boots, and skip, bounce and run..or rather get into a frantic phase of wheeling & dealing, cooking enterprises & commerce, beginning to look at distant horizons..
But now, after about 3+ mont,s it’s time to slow down a bit, and look at some missed side roads – that may well turn out to be leading to other horizons, or pick up things you’ve dropped along the way in your hurry to travel far and fast!
Mars, Mercury & Sun in sagittarius- coming to help
This does not have to be a difficult time for Sagittarians. In a few days (7th Oct’12) firey planet Mars enters the sign of the Archer and stays till 16th Nov’12. That’s new energy coming in…as well as initiatives. And between 29th Oct-13th Oct (and 11th Dec-31st Dec) ..Mercury the cosmic messenger is also in this sign. And of course, between 22 Nov- 21st Dec, the mighty Sun is coming for the annual power-boost for Sagittarians!
What’s ahead is a brilliant time…Start consolidating.. Mars, Mercury & Sun are coming to help!!