Good news! Venus arrives in Sagittarius from 18th October ..and stays for a month or so. 🙂 Bound to be very good for..eh Sagittarians, Taureans & Librans. There’s bounds to be a definite energy of love, affection, beauty, freedom, luxury and abundance! As everyone knows, the Archers are known for their impulse, jollities and flirtatious inclinations. 🙂 That combined with the energy of venus (Aphrodite) is going to make this a special 3-4 weeks..
Sagittarians have had a few years of holding their nose to the grindstone..what with tough taskmaster Saturn in their sign.. (It will continue for at least 1 more year).. but during this Venus-visit, that energy will soften..and Saggys will find their old charm surfacing..
Well, I myself am rather hoping for it all to be true..
Taureans and Librans are going to benefit from the Saggy energy/ qualities.. the thrill of distant horizons, impulsiveness, taking some risks, farsights, generosity are just some of those energies coming at them.
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..
Just by chance I happen to glimpse a bright `star’ from my bathroom window..almost at low horizon in the west..and I knew instantly what it was..so ran out to garden with my Digital SLR ..and started clicking.. and then I looked to the SW sky and saw an equally bright object and knew ..that’s gotta be Jupiter.. Of course both were confirmed by me using my SKy-eye app on the mobile..(by pointing it / centering on object). So here we are..:-)
This blog shows 2 photos. Here are a few photos I took just hours ago (5th May 2015.. around 22:17hrs GMT) from my garden in South London area…in between fast moving clouds, using my DSLR (sony DSC-HX300).
This shot was taken (hand-held) using the 3D viewable function of the DSLR.
This shot was taken using the `superior auto’ function (low light).
It’s notable that currently Jupiter is at 13’41” Leo, and Venus is 27’17” Gemini. These two planets are of course called the beneficial planets.. So to capture them both in one frame is a great thrill for me.. 🙂 (no trickery.. it’s why I didn’t even stamp a `copyright’ note on the photo.. lest anyone thought I `graphixed’ it 🙂
Love spells.. not something every seasoned Witch or magician admits to ..or even approves of. But it is something more or less any novice starting out in magic – or even those who don’t do magic – will have tried – at some point or other! 🙂
Yes, you are not supposed to put a spell on the object (person) of your desires, and magically force them against their will, to fall in love with you! That sort of thing is rather against the `rules’ (which does not mean you can’t break the rules and just do it anyway.. I mean who is watching? The Magic police? Your Guru? God? Angels..? Well, all of them probably! )
Leaving the politics out of this, lets see what you CAN do.. 🙂 You can do a spell for love to find you.. or make yourself open to love..and new relationship.. you can ask for the blessings some of the Gods & Goddesses who watch and govern over this area.. of love & lust!
Yes, you read right.. lust too. We are all ruled by our sexual desires.. and yet many hide it. (That’s another topic for debate).
Few days ago, in our Woodland Wicca Circle (full moon, monthly), we did a themed ritual – and did a little bit of `love magic’. I came up with some chants that were used to power-up and imbue pink candles with the energies of Aphrodite goddess of love and beauty, and Pan- woodland god of nature and lust! So many people have been attracted to these two specific deities.. in so far as love is concerned. But (warning)- in all mythologies, these two deities are often depicted as having many love affairs and relationships – short term ones.. with gods and men, and even animals..(that’s Pan for you).
So it’s not quite the sort of deity I would personally pick for a love spell to find a life-long committed partner! But it is one I’d pick..for a titillating new relationship to come your way, or to open up the hearts that have lost the idea of free flowing and joys of loving, flirting, and sexual fulfilment. And if those lead to long term relationships, that’s all good..!
So.. the choice is yours!
This particular Valentine Day is astrologically special.. There is a full moon on that exact day..and it is in the sign of Leo. Now full moons are known for frothing up a lot of feelings, increasing psychic awareness. Leo is a fire sign…one that is very generous, proud, leisure seeking, takes a risk / gamble. So this heady mixture of full moon in Leo on a Valentine day is going to be one personal love storm being whipped up!
Tune in to that energy if you like..but be wise..and be safe!
Right then, here are those two chants.. How you can proceed is to hold a candle in your hand, think of the deity and speak the chant over the candle.. put that energy into the candle.. Do this for both chants..thereby bringing both those energies in.
Pan, Pan, Pan
Come and join our Feast!”
Here is a the Venus / Aphrodite chant:
“Aphrodite from the Sea
Bring your love & joy to me.”
(or the group version)
“Venus, we love thee
Fill our hearts with glee..”
If you wish you can then carve a male-female symbol into the candle..for uniting those energies..
Now have a think about what you want.. (and I am not putting any conditions or rules.. You can be the judge and moral compass of your own actions..). Now light a candle! And let it do the magic!
Simple? Yes.. Magical.. At this time.. exceptionally so!
This particular Imbolc is extra special.. because the currently retrograding planet Venus – symbol of the Goddess – has become stationary..and is about to go direct.. on the eve of Imbolc! It’s a case of ..(for once) the Heavenly objects following the earthly festivals that humans have created..! It is perfect for doing a spot of magic!!
31st of January has always been special – it’s Imbolc – one of the 8 pagan festivals ! Pagans consider it a time when the Goddess – who has been withdrawn and in magical dreaming time during winter.. in some deep caverns under ground..returns to the surface.. The sprouting of Snowdrops ..first plant to do so after snow..symbolises the first sign of life returning to the land.
Spring & Autumn equinoxes, and Summer/ Winter Solstices are celebrated on fixed points.. when the Sun reaches certain points.. So those 4 festivals are governed by the stellar objects.. but Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas & Samhain are thus far arbitrarily celebrated..on a human based calendar dates..(31st January, 1st May, 31st July & 31st October).. except..this time, Venus direct date happens to coincide with Imbolc..which has to do with the Goddess returning.. (well, a planet going direct..is astrologically akin to energies of that planet positively enhancing all of us!)
Bit on the astrology – Venus rules Libra & Taurus…so these sun-signs are going to feel a big difference in the coming weeks..(if they have been feeling hard done by for the past month or so). And as Venus goes direct in Capricorn, that sihn also stands to feel a positive shift..!
But it bodes well for all of us!! (Or I will not be writing this good news!) 🙂
So .. what can you do…spiritually ..and magically at Imbolc?
What you have always done at Imbolc.. celebrate the return of the Goddess.. for this time..it really is!
And if you have been having a tough time of life lately.. you are now best placed to do some highly positive sympathetic magic.. !
Traditionally, at Imbolc, the virgin Goddess Bride (Bridget) brings with her 3 gifts of the flame., spark of inspiration, spark of healing and spark of smithcraft.! Knot magic is often used..
Here’s what I suggest.. do some magic.. for any or all of those areas in your life.. creativity, romance, healing.. Do magic for wealth, if that’s what you seek, for beauty to enter your life, for love that makes your soul sing to come in.. The energies are perfect for it.. Do magic with candles.. or knots! Or even images!!
I warn you though.. the time leading upto it may be overshadowed by that other stressful aspect – intense – obsessive- the pluto-opposition to Jupiter . That may make your heart and mind wander astray ..and push you into focusing on other primal or animalistic quests of power and such.. (sex even!) Battle those urges.. for if you give into those, you miss a golden opportunity..to seek the blessings of Bride..the Goddess with the Golden hair!
On this day (8th July 2013), we have a Dark Moon/ New moon in Cancer, Saturn that has been retrograding for 5+ months goes direct in the watery and intense sign of Scorpio, , and there is a wonderful Venus-trine-Uranus aspect. (Venus in Leo, Uranus in Aries…both fire signs).
All these are brilliant astrological influences..
Key words to bear in mind are new beginings on sentimental and home fronts, issues of long term plans and struggles with authority or parents easing up and progressing… and unexpected leisure, romantic or social matters. (No doubt the heat wave in London will have fueled many a social encounters.. already !)
The triple Eclipse set is over, so is the 3rd phase of the Uranus-square-Pluto (4 more to go between now and 2015!).. so is everything going to be okay now?
Well, the good thing about cycles…of planets circling around the Sun .. is that whatever challenging astrological transits that are going on will clear up, as planets move on..and they will form much more harmonious and helpful aspects. The bad thing – cycles have a way of repeating! Not quite in the same way, but they do!
Here’s what’s going on at the moment with the Planets — their movements through signs and how it may affect those signs!
Mercury effect on Gemini, Cancer & Virgo
Mercury moved into Cancer on 31st May – so Gemini’s & Virgo’s will feel a shift now, perhaps even getting sensitive. But along with it may come intuition and maternal or nurturing instincts (Cancerian qualities). (Gemini’s have had mercury in their own sign for a month.. but that huge positive boost now reduces..and hopefully Gemini’s made use of it and stocked up!).
Cancerians will get the influence of Mercury – so they may start to (already) feel their mental faculties sharpening up – new agreements or contracts may surface.. as will lines of communication, commerce and short distance travel.
Mercury retrograde – warning for all- This starts on 27th June and goes on till 21st July.. So during that we all should take extra care- Back up hard drives, clarify agreements and don’t fuel arguments or mis-communications.. (during that time!) During that time, Cancerians may experience those kind of effects more…so do watch out for depressive thoughts. Remember – Cycles! It will turn upwards afterwards!
Venus effect on Cancer
Few days ago (3rd June), Venus also changed signs.. going from Gemini and into Cancer! Now Venus is a `watery’ planet and as it enters Cancer ( a water sign) this is a rather harmonious merger of their energies. Cancerians are going to get the benefits of Venus in their sign till 28th June.. What does Venus bring? Come on – do I have to spell it out? Okay I will – Possibilities of romantic fulfillment, some additional wealth or money, brilliant social life.. that sort of thing 🙂
Of course Libras & Taureans – ruled by Venus are going to get the energies of Cancer rubbing on them!
Jupiter effect on Cancer
On 26th June, after a year of being in Gemini (and giving Geminis a lot of new landscapes, opportunities, wisdom, expansions and such) ..jovial Jupiter leaves Gemini…and enters the sign of Cancer! And it will stay there for a year now! So this is a big shift for Cancerians.. coming up at the end of June.. And all those qualities I just mentioned are going to be at the doorstep of Cancerians.. Yes, it’s going to be one brilliant month for Cancerians…that will start off a brilliant expansive year for them!
And whatever House position in your chart falls in the sign of Cancer is going to light up for a year.. (it will be one of the 12 house positions… ruling Identity, Finances, career, work, romance, relationship etc..)
Mars effect on Gemini’s
Well, if all that `Jupiter is leaving, Venus is leaving, Mercury has left’ news is making Gemini’s rather down.. you shouldn’t! Mars entered Gemini at the beginning of June..and will be there till 13th July’13. Mars as you know brings assertive firey energy .. to get things done! In this case, it may also bring male energy in to the lives of some Gemini’s …in one form or another…perhaps with it some natural sexual urges! 😉 Sudden developments are likely when Mars in Gemini sextiles Uranus (I’ll say more about transits in another blog. So tune in again next week ).
Neptune retrograde – affecting Pisceans
On 7th June’13, Neptune, currently transiting through the sign of Pisces (Neptune rules that sign) starts to go retrograde..and will do so for a few months to come (till 14th November’13). This is not going to be an easy 5 months for Pisceans. At about the same time, factors that have the Neptune rulership in the world (oil, the human dreams & collectives, escapism tendencies, secret addictions ) are going to get that focus!
Saturn continues to be retrograding through Scorpio.
So Scorpios should be focusing on the lessons in life.. or the Saturnian task master will be making your lives hard indeed. Capricorns ..ruled by Saturn will be continuing to have a trying time.. that is actually working to go deep and transform some underlying layers of their personalities, behaviours, and experiences. Stay with it.. This hard phase will be over by mid-July (Saturn goes direct on 8th July 2013)!
That’s about it for this blog.
I’ll sit down to do my usual `highlighting the specific dates & signs’ for the actual transits (good/ bad stuff) in a blog next time..:-)
Here’s a thing – of you are worried about what’s been going on or what’s about to go on.. astrologically, feel free to contact me.. with any questions you may have…and I’ll see if I can shed some astro-light on your situation.
Here’s a quick look at the various planets that are transiting or about to transit through the sign of Aries. All the planets are always travelling – some slowly, some quite speedily- through the signs.. So this is nothing unusual. Because planets are in fact orbiting around the Sun, from our visual point of view, where ever the Sun tends to go, we see most of the inner planets going too. So when the Sun enters the Sign of Aries, we can expect that either in front or later, the others – Mars, Mercury, Venus – will follow. It so happens, that Uranus is already transiting through Aries..
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As the planets transit through Aries, they continue to form aspects with other planets which are in other parts of the sky, and also with one another. It’s like a bunch of influential people travelling together on a tour bus around the country – lot of wheeling and dealing and conversations between them, but also once in a while each of them is going to make calls or contact with their networks outside – and sometimes they hear good things, and other times they get awkward phone calls and have to still deal with issues elsewhere.
Dates of when planets enter and leave Aries
Mars entered Aries on 12th March, and will leave by 20th April (~5 weeks stay).
Sun enters Aries on 20th March and will leave by 20th April (1 month stay).
Venus enters Aries on 22nd March, and will leave by 14th April (3 weeks stay).
Mercury enters Aries on 14th April, and will leave on 2nd May. (2 weeks stay).
I’ve tabled the transits of these planets and grouped them by the planet that’s passing through Aries, and the interactions (aspects) it’s making with others. In the 2nd table, I show the same interactions, but in date order..
I’ve given this much importance to Aries – because it’s the first sign of the zodiac, and heralds new initiatives, and also we are just coming into the Time of Aries (as the Sun starts to pass through Aries …for a month). If time permits, I hope to do the same every month, for each of the signs..(Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and so on..)
Do check THIS specific blog, as I will visit it regularly and be adding more information on each major aspect..(rather than do new posts).
Some incredible events have been unraveling in our lives at the moment. I looked at the astrology and was totally bowled over! On 3rd October, there was a Venus-opposition-Neptune, and a mars-square-Neptune is brewing right now! Social or romantic turmoils, Confusions by nebulous entities, fluidic or gaseous situations, , aggression ideals & social bonds being dissolved- all pat of this!
Aquarians, Pisceans, aries, librans, sagittarians and virgos will have been intensely affected by this..and others to some degree!
Neptune is opposed by Venus… This has the astrological potential for confusions in social situations. Oh, and breaching or smudging boundaries…is also a classing potential for Neptune transits!
The zodiac signs mentioned are because those are ruled by those planets, or those planets are in those signs.
Neptune is in Aquarius, and Neptune rules Pisces. Mars is in Scorpio, and will move into Sagittarius by tomorrow, and rules Aries. Venus just moved to Virgo, and rules Libras.
The Neptune-opposition-Venus took place at 22:26hrs gmt on 3rd oct’12. The Mars-square-neptune will culminate at 02:10hrs on 8th Oct’12.
Astrological aspects that are forming tend to have their `effects’ on human-sphere a day or two prior to the actual aspects, and then fade away. But of course, if it is the case that one aspect follows another, then just as the influence of one fades, the next intensifies..
Good news: On 9th October, Sun trines Jupiter, and, Venus trines Pluto. The energy of those two are superb, and should start to transform and ressolve the situations that exist. Jupiter rules horizons, religion and justice. Sun is one for energy (and ego). Venus will be a governing social interactions, love etc…and Pluto is all about intensity, power, control..death and rebirth..and ultimately…transformation.
What’s an occultation? Well, in astrological realms, it means the covering of a planet by the Moon! Consider a Solar Eclipse – this is when the Sun is blocked by the Moon (as we view it from Earth). A lunar Occultation of..say Jupiter, is when the planet Jupiter is blocked (eclipsed briefly) by the Moon! Jupiter can be seen by the naked eye on a clear night, at certain months of the year, and sometimes the moon passes in front of it. .
Occultations occur for other planets in our Solar system too. Mars, Venus & Mercury are the other planets more likely to be occulted by the moon.
Up till May 2012, no such lunar occultations of any planets had taken place – except the Solar Eclipse on 20th May’12.
Then on 17th June, we have had a Jupiter occultation! There are further Jupiter occultations in July, August, September, October, November (2 in this month), and December. That’s quite an occurrence – at least once a month!
In addition, there are also 4 Occultations of Mercury, 1 Mars occultation and 1 Venus occultation.
Here’s a full list of all such planetary Occultations in 2012.
17 June -Jupiter
15 July- Jupiter
20 July – Mercury
13 Aug – Venus
11 Aug – Jupiter
8 Sept- Jupiter
19 Sept- Mars
5 Oct- Jupiter
17 Oct -Mercury
2 Nov- Jupiter (1st)
13 Nov – Solar Eclipse
14 Nov – Mercury
29 Nov – Jupiter (2nd in Nov)
12 Dec -Mercury
Magical work at Occultations:
Well, to do any sort of spiritual or magical works at these events, we’d need to look at the symbology and associations of each planet involved, and compare them to the symbology of the moon. Many of these occultations happen when the moon is not full.. but nevertheless, it is still about what sign an occultation is taking place (afects that sun-sign born people mainly), which planet is occulted (aftects the sun-signs ruled by that planet.. ie Jupiter rules Sagittarius), and working out intuitively which qualities and energies of the moon either amplify, filter, or temporarily block those qualities. In my view, if its a growing moon that is occulting a planet, it will have the moon quality amplifying and beginning to over-take or over-shadow that planet’s own energies…and so on.
These can all be used very much like the works in Eclipse Magic (of the Sun and Moon). But effectively, we can think of these a `Eclipse of Jupiter, Eclipse of Mars, Eclipse of Venus or Eclipse of Moon.
I’ll be producing a supplementary booklet on working with planetary Occultations, to go with the Eclipse Magic Workbook (see blog entry). soon. (will be available free to all those who purchase the Eclipse magic workbook from 13th July’12 onwards. (The supplementary booklet will be sent by separate e-mail).