New Pisces Moon – THE OTHER

The moon unites secretly, unseen, with the sun in Pisces on February 23rd, 15:32 GMT. The conscious and the unconscious are one, and the veil between them can be crossed easily at this time. Insights bubble up from the deep and new ways of doing things and solving problems may become suddenly obvious.

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Though, with Mercury Retrograde, it may well be that these communications from your subconscious do not take a straightforward form. It may feel like taking with Yoda. Take extra care with your words and thoughts (about yourself too).

“She had no time for sleep, with the weight of the world upon her shoulders. And she feared to dream. Sleep is a little death, dreams the whisperings of the Other, who would drag us all into his eternal night.”

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What is/am me (currently)?
*What is/am not me (currently)? THE OTHER
*Where do I (or can I, if you’re feeling adventurous) blend?
*Where do I draw a line?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*super potent divination time, do some longer range readings now
*most occult endeavours will be powerful and lasting at this time, whether that means you want to go ahead or not (especially with Mercury Retrograde) is up to you

 

Third Quarter Moon in Scorpio – HOMEWORK

The day before Mars joins the pile up of planets in earthy Capricorn (and two days before Mercury turns retrograde) the moon reaches the third quarter point, in Scorpio, (Feb 15th, 22:17 GMT). There is a lot going on beneath the surface, and you may find that the focus of your activity becomes more private and home-based at this time.

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Getting things straight and doing all those little annoying jobs that are easy to put off and ignore, but which, when done, help life run more smoothly is the order of the day. Make a list and pick things off in manageable chunks. I find when I do this that it is easier to allow myself to spend time doing things that are not “productive” in that sense that so many people think is the only important way to be in the world, but which bring me joy and raise me up. Procrastination, on the other hand, often causes me to feel guilty for neglecting the things I know need attention. I know which I prefer to feel.

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

– Jean Shinoda Bolen

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*I am putting off …
*I desire more of …..
*I deserve….

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*spring clean your finances, particularly joint accounts and insurances (though you might want to wait until after mercury turns direct again in March if you’re planning to swap to new companies/ suppliers etc.)
*banishing (bad habits/ dirt/ people)

 

Full Leo Moon – DREAM & SHINE

The full moon this month is in Leo (opposite the sun in Aquarius) on the 9th at 7:33 GMT. In my last post I asked you to look at foundations and create new firmer footings. This full moon is a beautiful chance to glimpse, and dream into being, those kinds of supporting and supportive relationships that previously would have remained firmly in the imagination only.

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These relationships may (probably) be out of the realm of what feels usual or comfortable. Growth often requires us to move outside of our comfort zones. If that sounds scary, it is possible that this growth can take place at a distance, through dream work, or even via internet connections. Communication is changing. We are changing.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

― Anais Nin

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*Which area of my life needs to change/be renewed?
*Where am I scared to go?
*What do I dare to dream?
*How can I shine?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*dreaming will likely be more potent, keep a record if you can
*join in a group ritual/ healing/ communion that you might have said no to before. See how it feels.

 

First Quarter Taurus Moon & Candlemas/ Imbolc – TAKE CARE

For a short month (though not as short as often, as it is a leap year this year) there is a lot happening in February. Right at the start of the month, on the 2nd 1:42 GMT, the moon reaches the first quarter point, in Taurus. This moon is in opposition to the Scorpio ascendent, and, with Uranus sitting fairly close to it too, I feel like some disruption to our sense of security (collective and personal) is likely. This might be in the form of health scares or financial instability, or both.

pexels-photo-1591173Our relationships with other people become especially important now. It would be pertinent to pay attention to the foundations relationships are built on, and how that impacts the dynamics in that relationship. Underlying issues might rear their heads now. That is a good thing, though it might not feel like it at the time. More secure and loving footings are needed.

“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.”
― Anthon St. Maarten

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*The foundation my life is currently built on ….
*Some of my core beliefs about life that are changing now are …(3 cards)
*I can receive support from …
*I support…

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*clear out of physical space/ spring/ autumn cleaning
*protection magic, renew wards etc.

 

New Aquarius Moon – GROUPTHINK?

The new moon lands in Aquarius (Jan 24th, 21:42 GMT) joined by the Sun (obviously) and Mercury. The planets are shifting signs and the pressure is starting to ease. Change is still the main theme, as it has been all month, but it is starting to feel more doable, more acceptable.

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This would be a good time to find the others. But not at the expense of (your) truth. That is probably not an oxymoron.

“A group experience takes place on a lower level of consciousness than the experience of an individual. This is due to the fact that, when many people gather together to share one common emotion, the total psyche emerging from the group is below the level of the individual psyche. If it is a very large group, the collective psyche will be more like the psyche of an animal, which is the reason why the ethical attitude of large organizations is always doubtful. The psychology of a large crowd inevitably sinks to the level of mob psychology. If, therefore, I have a so-called collective experience as a member of a group, it takes place on a lower level of consciousness than if I had the experience by myself alone.”
― C.G. Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*I can control…
*I cannot control …
*I believe in …
* I need others for …
*I need myself for …

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*clearing/ cleansing
*protection magic (more the planning than the executing, for now)

 

Last Quarter Moon in Libra – EXPIRE

The last quarter point this month is in Libra (Jan 17th, 12:58 GMT). Libra is ruled by Venus, who is rising higher and brighter as the month goes on. Is it too cheesy (and/ or star-warsy) to suggest A New Hope!

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Life is different than it has been. There are teething problems. But there is also so much possibility and potential.

Usually the waning moon calls for release, but with there being so much (forced) release energy unfolding through this whole month (and year, sorry) this shift may feel like a welcome out-breath, and a glimpse of the wonderful possibilities and potential ahead.

Breathe

Inhale

take in your surroundings.

Inside,

mix them with your hopes, your dreams

your practical wisdom.

Pause.

Enjoy.

But don’t forget to breathe out.

It is only with expiration (and oftentimes perspiration),

that dreams are made real.

Jessica M Starr

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*I breathe in …
*I breath out…

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*breathwork (of course). Tylluan Penry has a great book on this.
*Elemental magic with air
*singing/ chanting/ making music

 

Full Moon Eclipse in Cancer -THRESHOLD

This full moon eclipse in Cancer (Jan 9th, 19:10 GMT) is one of the last activations of the Cancer/ Capricorn axis eclipses we have seen over the eighteen months, and which will continue until July this year. (It is also part of a much bigger, 200 year, shift in the elemental energies from Earth to Air).

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The full Cancer moon is blocked by the sun. Creating a threshold. And with so much of the sky portending big change, all of us, woke or sleepwalking, will be affected. Die or be killed. It is chrysalis time.

“The heart carries heavy loads when it is being trained to carry weighty blessings.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*Which area(s) of my life are changing now?
*How can I ease the pain of transition?
*What threshold am I stepping through?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*perhaps not an ideal time for a celebratory ritual, but certainly a good time for a circle with kindred spirits. Maybe a gentle release meditation. Sharing of food. Sharing of fears. Sharing of hope.

 

First Quarter Moon in Aries – BURN

This first quarter moon in Aries (Jan 3rd, 4:45 GMT) is squaring off against the big pile up of planets in Capricorn AND the North Node in Cancer. Issues of roots and foundations rub up against concerns for home and security. Big change is coming. And it is coming fast. Going with, rather than against, the flow of inevitability feels easier, but do not compromise on your truth.

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Things will be burning now, physically and metaphorically. Only the truly important things can be saved. What is worth risking your life to save? What can you (at last) release to the flames? What is truly important?

“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/ Journaling Prompts

*What is home for you?
*What needs to burn?
*What can be saved? (three things?)

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*Choose the element you work with best. If fire feels good to you then you can magnify that power and USE it, with candle magic, any kind of burning rituals.
*BUT, if there is just too much fire energy for you now and you feel unbalanced, go deep into water instead. Take a ritual bath. Submerge yourself, physically and metaphorically.

 

Third Quarter Moon in Virgo – FIND FAULT

Three days before the Solstice on December 22nd (4:19 GMT) the moon moves past the third quarter point, in Virgo (19th, 4:56 GMT). If you are still thinking about what you want to work on next year, decide now. Rather than dreaming up new ideas though, this energy is about picking over your plans and fine tuning.

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Decide what you actually want to commit to, and what you feel you should commit to. It can be hard to tell the difference. Let your (virgoan) gut lead you.

It is also a good time to check in with your body and wellness. Mars is giving us an energy boost. Use it well.

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh 

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*What is my work in 2020?
*What is not my work in 2020?
*Which area of my life is most important now?

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*physical exercise/ assessment
*kitchen magic, maybe bake an intention bread/cake for 2020

 

Full Gemini Moon – MANY FACED

The December full moon falls in Gemini (December 12th, 5:12 GMT) but with Mars sitting in Scorpio on the ascendent this likely won’t feel like that chatty sociable energy we might expect.

Gemini is the sign of local communities, neighbours, siblings, the daily to-and-fro interactions of life. There is change coming in these areas. And this full moon is highlighting (or, down deepening?) these changes.

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Gemini also has the (sometimes earned) reputation for deception/ two-facedness, or downright deception – think 7 of swords in tarot. But the ability to change faces, to change minds, thought patterns, ways of doing things is not necessarily evil, or even a character flaw. Perhaps it is a strength?

For UK peeps, this is also election day. An interesting choice of date.

“I may be wrong in regard to any or all of them; but holding it a sound maxim, that it is better to be only sometimes right, than at all times wrong, so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them.”
― Abraham Lincoln

Divination/ Journaling Prompts

*Where am I rigid?
*Where do I bend?
*Show me my face(s) – choose as many cards as you feel called

Ritual/ EveryDayMagic/ Spellwork Suggestions

*mirror work
*community service
*review of the minutiae of day to day life