Sunday, 26 March 2017

New Moon in Aries - Winds of Change

On Monday March 27 at 10:57pm EDT there is a New Moon at 7 degrees Aries. A New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon are conjunct with each other. It is a great time for new starts, as our conscious and rational side (the Sun) and our subconscious and emotional side (the Moon) are working together. In Aries, we are fiery, enthusiastic and inspired with a clear vision. We want to protect whats ours and we go after our goals with renewed energy. Look at where 7 degrees Aries is in your chart, to see where you can put this fiery focused energy to best use.

The Aries energy is strong at this New Moon, as Mercury, Venus, and Uranus are all in this sign.This can lead to a lot of fiery communication, and hot romantic encounters, but also sudden changes, accidents and shocking events. With the Uranus and Mercury conjunction, be prepared for sudden revelations that can take you by surprise. Both these planets are opposite Juptier in Libra, showing that these changes are opposed by those wanting to hold on to the old order, and that it may be disruptive to our sense of harmony.

The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon is "A Large Woman's Hat With Streamers Blown by an East Wind." This means that the winds of change are coming. The East wind represents new ideas and disruptions that bring change and new life. We can think of this hat as the traditional Easter bonnet associated with Spring and new life. Changes that come now while initially disruptive, will lead to ferment and growth.

The most prominent aspect of this New Moon is the conjunction with Venus retrograde in Aries. Venus in Aries is fiery and passionate, and very assertive. In retrograde, we are asked to focus on self love rather than outward romance. We are asked to take steps towards self love, to set boundaries and be assertive on behalf of our self.

Another aspect in play is Mars in Taurus trine Pluto in Capricorn. When Mars is in Taurus his energy slows down and he asks us to focuses on the long term. He feels more defensive, than active.  There are opportunities for change and transformation now, but there are those who will resist. We must think about the long term goal, and examine any aspect of yourself that is resisting changes. This is further reinforced by Jupiter in Libra square Pluto. We resist changes because it will upset our sense of harmony, and we don't want to be forced to step outside our comfort zone.

This New Moon, don't be thrown off by the changes going on around you. They are happening for a reason. They are getting us to grow and preparing us for further transformation. Focus on self love and care during this time, and you will best prepared for any changes ahead.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

My Top 10 Favourite Podcasts

A few years ago I got sucked into listening to podcasts. I'd of course heard of them, but didn't really think it was my thing. I assumed it was like boring radio talk shows, the kind one's parents listened to back before the internet, where people either quietly discuss such exciting topics as the national deficit, or call in to complain about potholes and the dangers of young people. Then I found that podcasts covered so much more!

I initially started to listen to pagan and witchcraft type podcasts, and then moved on to other kinds, including mainstream CBC ones. As of now, my podcast subscriptions are a mix of new age, tarot, astrology and creative type subjects. Here below are a list of my current top ten in no particular order.

1.Psychic Teachers 
This podcast features two gifted intuitives, Samantha Fey and Deb Bowen. One is Catholic and the other pagan, giving each a different perspective on the spiritual. They cover such topics as psychic development, spirit guides, chakras, and tarot cards to name a few. It's broad enough that no matter whether you are just starting to embrace all things woo woo, or are a seasoned metaphysician, you can learn something from this positive and entertaining podcast.

2.Anne Ortelee Weekly Weather Astrology
A professional astrologist for over 20 years, Anne Ortelee uploads a weekly astrology weather report. Its a great way to learn what's going on  astrologically for the week, and to learn a little bit about the planets and aspects along the way.

3. Hippie Witch
If you are into manifesting, and enjoy all things witchy and mystical, you'll enjoy Joanna's lighthearted and positive podcast. She speaks to various people in the witchcraft and new age community about current topics and how to manifest all good things and improve your life.

4. Biddy Tarot
If you love tarot, you are probably  aware of Biddy tarot. Her podcast has some fascinating interviews with those in the tarot community including authors and artists. She also talks about working with the tarot and ways to develop your tarot business.

5.Being Boss
Speaking of tarot business, while not specifically for spiritual businesses, this podcast is a great resource for creative entrepreneurs.  Kathleen and Emily are funny, informative and inspiring. Anyone looking at starting up or developing a business will enjoy this.

6.Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
If you are spiritual and love Harry Potter, you will enjoy this podcast. Two humanist chaplains go through a chapter each week  and discuss the chapter through themes such as isolation, betrayal, pride etc. You don't have to be from a particular religion, or any religion at all to get something out of this program. It made me really think about the Harry Potter books at a deeper level.

7.The Unexplained
In the mood for something spooky?  This podcast has great ghost, UFO and other paranormal stories. It will give you chills and get you to question the nature of consensus reality. The host has a great voice and is an excellent storyteller. This combined with the background music, makes for riveting listening.

8.The Mythology Podcast
I don't think the author is adding new episodes to this podcast. At least, the last one was uploaded Halloween 2016. Still I think this is a good podcast to go through if you like folklore and mythology. The host takes themes like creation stories, tricksters, plant mythology etc. and draws comparison cross culturally. I also like that he covers lesser known mythologies and stories from around the world.

9,Eddie Trunk Podcast
One of these things is not like the others... This podcast on my list and is not spiritual or creative biz like. If you like hard rock and metal music, you'll like this one. Eddie Trunk was the host of the VH1 show "that Metal Show" which ran until 2015. Now he interviews musicians on his radio show and takes the best ones from the week, and makes a podcast out of it. My only complaint is there are too many ads and plugs, but I skip past them to get to the interviews.

10.Goddess Astrology
I'm going to plug my astrology soundcloud. I upload it once weekly (usually), to let people know the astrology weather including the major asteroids, many of which represent feminine goddess energy. I hope people can learn something along the way about astrology as well.

These are the podcasts I'm listening to right now and enjoying. I hope maybe you can find one or two on this list that you will enjoy too. Let me know what ones you are enjoying too.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Full Moon in Virgo - Putting Our Spirtual Visions in Order

Today March 12 at 7:45am EDT the Moon was at it apex, at 22 degrees Virgo. This full Moon is in Virgo, the sign of healing, day to day work, and organization. As the Moon rules our emotions, we have a strong desire to get things organized in our life, to adjust our schedules, clean up our homes and our emotional baggage.

The Oracle of the Radiant Sun

A full Moon occurs when the Moon is opposite the Sun. It brings out conflicts between our conscious and subconscious minds, and is an opportunity for healing and resolution. The Sun in Pisces and Moon in Virgo, show there is a need to find a way to incorporate some of the spiritual lessons we have learned (Sun in Pisces) into our everyday routines (Moon in Virgo). This full Moon occurs at 22 degrees Virgo, so take a look at what house this occurs in your chart, to see where this will show up in your life. Is it in the fourth house - maybe you need to make an altar or find a spot in your home to reflect your spiritual leanings? Is it in the sixth house - how can you bring your spirituality into your work? Etc.

The Sabian symbol for 22 degrees Virgo is "a Lion Tamer Displays his Skills and Character". This reminds me very much of the Strength card in the tarot. It shows that this full Moon, we can will not tackle our issues with brute force, but rather with patience and gentleness. Calmness and self confidence will take us farther than trying to impose our will by being demanding.

The full Moon is opposite Chiron, the asteroid representing the wounded healer. Old wounds, especially spiritual wounds will show up now. Use this Moon as an opportunity to release and forgive in this area. There is also an opposition to Mercury in Pisces, the planet of communication. We may not be able to put our feelings into words at the time. It may be easier to communicate our feelings through art, especially dance and photography, two art forms Pisces is most comfortable with.

The full Moon has a square to Saturn, showing a conflict between our emotions and the outer structure and expectations in our life. We may long for healing, but be afraid of what others will think of us. It also shows that we may feel limited in our capacity to express ourselves. We may feel more like withdrawing at this time.

The Sun is conjunct with Chiron on this day in Pisces. There is opportunity to shine a light on where we have been hurt. Again, look at where 22-24 degrees Pisces is in your chart, to see what area this occurs. You probably already can guess where this is, by looking at some of the issues that have come up over the past week.

Other aspects on this full Moon are Mercury in Pisces square Saturn in Sagittarius. Again this shows we feel restricted and inhibited in our communications. We must take time to think about and organize our thoughts when expressing ourselves. There is also an opposition between Jupiter in Libra and Uranus in Aries. The planet of expansion and growth, Jupiter is in retrograde, slowing down our sense of forward movement. We want harmony, but this is disrupted by outside sudden events in the world around us.

Use this full Moon as an opportunity to do some healing and letting go, especially spiritually. Find how you can bring the spiritual lessons into your day to day life, and establish this into your routine. Maybe you need time to meditate, or go for a walk? Do you need to make a space for yourself in your home? Or eat a diet that feels more aligned with your health goals or values? This full Moon is a great time to look at these issues.