Sagittarius Full Moon Eclipse- FACE THE BEAST

You know that scene in Star Wars (I think in The Empire Strikes Back?) when Luke is being trained by Yoda and as part of his training he has to go into a cave and face his worst fear. SPOILER ALERT his worst fear is facing Darth Vader, but not only that, it is that he will become Darth Vader. (Sorry if you haven’t seen it and have no idea what I’m talking about. I live with a huge star wars nerd so it infiltrates my consciousness rather a lot). I think this Sagittarius Full Moon eclipse (May 26th, 12:13 BST) is going to feel rather like that.

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As in art, the monsters which life throws at us are often far more scary in our heads. Once we realise what it is which scares us it loses a lot of its power over us. At this full moon eclipse we can access and diminish – maybe even vanquish – our personal demons.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”

― Judy Blume, Tiger Eyes

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

NB. You can use the beast card as a signifier. Either choose it yourself from the deck or draw it at random.

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Threshold rituals, any way which you can symbolically cross a threshold and leave something behind, perhaps face something in the middle (if you’re feeling brave) and then pass through to the other side stronger than before.
*Eclipses aren’t usually great for magic, so I’d steer clear of spellwork at the moment. Jupiter will be in pisces for a while yet so plenty of time for wealth magic when the skies are more favourable.
*A charity donation/ offering would be a nice way to show reciprocation to the universal forces at this moment

Taurus New Moon – BURROW

Change can be painful, and it is usually more so if we resist it. This new moon in fixed earth sign Taurus (Tuesday 11th May, 19:59 BST) is conjunct Uranus and squaring off against Jupiter and Saturn – expand, no contract, no expand. What are we supposed to do? The instinct of Taurus is to dig your heels in and stay as comfortable as possible.

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What I also notice though is that there is a strange kind of support offered by Pluto (via a trine) at this time.

The Pluto themes of death and rebirth, within earthy Capricorn, is something which I can see being understood by Taurus now: change is part of nature and can be accepted now as such (even when it seemed totally unacceptable before). This is when the big change can take place. It is time now.

Likely we may not be able to fully describe or articulate what that change is right now, maybe even to ourselves. It is the journey in to the labyrinth which we are on. Coming back to the light will come later. But it will come.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

*How can I let go of excess baggage?
*What do I need to carry with me now?
*What support do I have as a burrow inwards?
*What waits for me at the heart of the labyrinth?

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Any kind of death/ rebirth ritual which appeals to you is appropriate now.
*If you have access to a physical labyrinth (or finger labyrinth) which you could walk that would be awesome
*Accessing ancestral wisdom can be really supportive now. There have been bigger changes than what we are going through now in the past, and our ancestors have knowledge which carried them through. Ask for their guidance and support.

Scorpio Full Moon – EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

This Scorpio full moon (April 27th, 4:31 GMT) finds itself facing a pile up of planets in the opposite sign of Taurus. The energy crackles. Potentials which seemed impossible can come into being now. You may feel scared or excited at this prospect, and both feelings are warranted.

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We have agency. And it is up to us whether we use our energy to bolster narratives of fear and control. Or we can use our energy to find new ways of being in beautiful heart-felt relationship with others and with the land.

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Dreams are potent now, both night and day. Stay aware of the thoughts and dreams which captivate you.
*Tie up loose ends. If there are jobs which need doing then do them. Pick them off little by little.
*Glamour magic, or anything which helps you feel beautiful and well cared for is ideal at this time.

Aries New Moon – REBIRTH

Over the course of a lifetime we gather many things. Some of these are good for us, others are not so good. Some were good for us at one point in our journey but now they hold us back. Sorting what is helpful and nourishing from what is stifling and painful is not always easy. Sometimes it is our most closely gathered treasures which weigh us down the most.

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It is a strange thing that we hold onto pain. But often it is because we do not know who or how we will be if we let it go. If you are brave enough, now, at this Aries new moon (April 12th, 3:21 GMT), is the time to find out.

“We stood there, looking at each other, saying nothing. But it was the kind of nothing that meant everything. In his eyes, there was no trace of what had happened between us earlier and I could feel something inside me break.

So that was that. We were finally, finally over.

I looked at him, and I felt so sad, because this thought occurred to me: ‘I will never look at you the same way again. I’ll never be that girl again. The girl who comes running back every time you push her away, the girl who loves you anyway.’

I couldn’t even be mad at him, because this was who he was. This was who he’d

always been. He’d never lied about that. He gave and then he took away. I felt it in the pit of my stomach, the familiar ache, that lost, regretful feeling only he could give me. I never wanted to feel it again. Never, ever.

Maybe this was why I came, so I could really know. So I could say good-bye.

I looked at him, and I thought, ‘If I was very brave or very honest, I would tell him.’

I would say it, so he would know it and I would know it, and I could never take it back. But I wasn’t that brave or honest, so all I did was look at him. And I think he knew anyway.

‘I release you. I evict you from my heart. Because if I don’t do it now, I never will.’

I was the one to look away first.”

― Jenny Han, It’s Not Summer Without You

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

*What am I clinging onto too tightly?
*How can I release?
*What labour pains am I experiencing?
*What am I birthing now?

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Starting with smaller, less frightening changes/ sacrifices can be a way to ease into bigger changes. Perhaps it is time for a haircut, a change of wall colour, a different route to somewhere you go regularly.
*What we need surrounds us. What plants are growing around you now? Choose one that calls to you and get to know it. Nettle is a good teacher for this work of rebirth, if that is local to you.
*Nurturing practices like baths, naps, yin yoga – whatever makes you feel held and safe enough to release, let go, and be born anew.

Libra Full Moon – MAKE READY

After the equinox now, and things are feeling more rosy and the future looking a little brighter than it looked back at the start of the year. The Full Moon in Libra (March 28th, 19:48 BST) brings another moment of balance and illumination. It is a powerful time.

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A lot of change has happened very quickly. And we have the opportunity to integrate that change now. Not so that we can go back. That isn’t possible. But so that we can move forward, stronger, better informed and more aware and ready than we were before.

“Opportunity doesn’t make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.”

― Tim Fargo

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*How are you feeling in your body? It is a good time to start things moving if you’ve been a little stuck and stagnant.
*Feel like throwing some cards? Ask some crazy questions. Old fashioned fortune telling is excellent now.
*Stretches and balances in all areas – physically (yoga maybe?), financially, emotionally – you get the idea.

Pisces New Moon – HIGH VIBES

I can be a bit suspicious when people say things like “high vibes only” and “love and light”. In my experience sometimes those phrases are used as a form of spiritual bypassing, of looking away from what is really happening and privileging one set of experiences and ways of being in the world over another. Not cool. Obviously. And yet, at this new moon (on March 13th 10:21 GMT) with the Sun, Moon, Venus and Neptune altogether in Pisces, it feels like the most tantalising possibilities can become manifest.

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And not only manifest, but easily and gracefully – perhaps even enjoyably? This moon is one of the most potent new moons of the year for setting intentions, so, even if you don’t do it usually, do it now.

“If you knock the right door, on the right time; you reach and meet the right person.”

― Ehsan Sehgal

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

*What are my wildest hopes and dreams?
*What is blocking me from living them?
*How can I release that block and move forward now?
*What is a loving thing I can do for myself or others at this time?

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Sigil, sigil, sigil
*Simple new moon intention setting: write down what you want, ask your guides/ the moon/ your god/dess for assistance.
*Creative activities of all kinds are favoured now. But stay grounded in your body. Stay away from substances which can unground you, if you are prone to being swept away. You want to be aware and creative IN your body now.

Virgo Full Moon – PROCEED

The Virgo Full Moon (February 27th, 8:17 GMT) is ruled by Mercury, who has just turned direct. Yay! The intense period of inner change and communication with those dark parts we usually prefer to keep hidden (which we have – hopefully – been working on since the new moon earlier this month) can now transform into some tentative steps forward.

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When taking tentative steps it is helpful to have someone kind to help us. Ideally someone who is stronger in the way which we want to be, or who knows the path, or who loves us unconditionally. Do you have someone like that? It doesn’t need to be one person, or a person.

“Resign your destiny to higher powers.”

― William James

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Examine how you feel about asking for and accepting help (often in our culture it is not seen as a good thing, and that’s something which needs working through)
*Take a leap – do something which challenges you, ideally with someone supporting you
*Reach out to someone. Ask them for something or offer to do something for them. Remember that it’s not an exchange economy though, this is for practice and getting those asking and receiving muscles strong.
*Maybe read Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking

Aquarius New Moon – RECALIBRATE

The New Moon falls on the 11th of February (19:06 GMT) with the moon joining the pile up of Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus AND Mercury retrograde in Aquarius (phew!). The Aquarius stellium is also squaring off against Mars and Uranus in Taurus.

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The change that we have been resisting, on both a whole world scale and in our individual lives, is coming. Time to recalibrate, shed the dead stuff, breathe in the new possibilities.

“Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable.”

― R.D. Laing

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

*How do I currently approach change?
*How can I embrace change?
*What change do I need to welcome now? (don’t be freaked out of you get the death card here, 99.9% of the time it’s a metaphor – but heed that metaphor)
*How does a recalibrated me look/ think/ feel/ do? (you can take a card for each, or one card to represent the whole recalibrated you)

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Purification ritual, a smoke bath using incense would be Aquarius appropriate
*Burn and release spell work (which is exactly what it sounds like, more info on how that might look here)
*Creating space for change, and new ways coming in, by doing the mundane time management type stuff

Leo Full Moon – SOFTEN

Yes, the world is going to hell in a handbasket, but at least there’s plenty of fire to toast the marshmallows (or marshMELLOWS as my kids like to say and I love to hear). The first full moon of 2021 is in Leo (January 28th, 19:16 GMT). Leo, sign of the sun, of direct action, of joyfulness, of play! Remember when we used to do that?

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When things are difficult we have a choice. We can let that difficulty make us hard, or we can witness that difficulty and still find areas of softness. Seeds don’t grow well in compacted soil.

“History isn’t like that. History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always – eventually – manages to spring back into its old familiar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time.”

― Terry Pratchett, Mort

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*Get back to gratitude. Write down something(s) everyday which you are grateful for.
*Do something which brings you joy, just because. Let it be something which doesn’t earn you any money or kudos. Do it for fun.
*Every time you encounter something which is upsetting and you feel that tightening try and release and breathe and remember the thing you last wrote in your gratitude list.
*Breath practice (Yoga With Adrienne on YouTube has an amazing playlist this month for Breath).

Capricorn New Moon – Push

The first new moon of 2021 is in Capricorn (13th January, 5:00 GMT). I have been watching the shadow advancing over the moon’s surface this past week with a sense of … what? Relief maybe? Like the shadow is a blanket we can cover ourselves with, and rest a while, to be born anew a few days later.

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Saturn and Jupiter have left Capricorn, true Pluto is still close by, but even so the energy feels less complicated. Or more ordinarily complicated, if that’s a thing? The usual Capricorn new moon darkness and concern with what is going on within the earth (literally and metaphorically), the realm of Pluto. Inanna is with her sister Erishkigal. We know what happens now.

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Divination/ Journalling Prompts

*What am I willing to do now?
*What am I clinging on to?
*How can I release that ready for necessary change?
*How can I be born anew?

Ritual/ Spellwork/ EveryDayMagic Suggestions

*A ritual bath to cleanse and release old patterns
*Asking for help
*It would be a good time for past life work and/ or ancestor connections