Dear Reader: Greetings to all. As always I hope all are in good health and good cheer. The beautiful season of Winter is still with us. One I wish would last perhaps 4 months instead of three. That would take care of the dreaded summer season, so we would only have comfortable and lovely weather, without the sweaty intermission we have to go through. Oh well! it is what it is. Moving on dear reader, lets peruse the themes on this week’s publication..
CURRENT HAPPENINGS: We go through the seasons. Each churning away in a never-ending journey. Winter with its solitude and gathering of energies. Earth in peaceful slumber. Until Spring when it awakens with a splash of color with flowers everywhere. Trees housing nests and nature becoming “aware” shall we say of the beauty it can create and share with us humble humans. Then the dreaded summer (sigh) a necessary season (although I do not see the point of incredible high temperatures) which brings fruit, vegetables and grains to maturity. Which we can finally harvest and enjoy on Autumn, and the circle starts all anew. I like to enjoy the passing of time through the seasons. It makes more sense to live through each season, than watching it go by through a calendar. Why would we want to “mark” time like that? when we can mark each passing day, by actually watching all evolve right before our own very eyes? What is the point of rushing through the working week. We think that we will really enjoy the well deserved weekend only to be thinking that soon the working week will start again! I will not claim that I have always watched time go by through each season. It is perhaps the passing of the years, the gathering of wisdom, that brings an added dimension to my senses. It makes each day special, each moment lived worth keeping in the chambers of the heart.
LIVING THE NATURAL LIFE:
As we already know, people in ancient times, lived by seasons. They would mark their lives according to nature. No one knows when the first calendar was invented, but “notched bones” have been found in Africa and Europe, which were used to record moon phases. A notch would be carved to mark the passing of each full Moon, this type of ancient “calendar” dates back to 20,500 BC.
It makes sense that as we went through evolution into more sophisticated beings, tools used to mark time would change with us. As our minds expanded, so did our worldview. Sadly, as it is the norm with technology, we lost the sense of self, and of the natural energies of the planet which we inhabit. This is what I mean when I say that we should attune ourselves to the passing of time through the changes of each season. If we are attuned to Earth, our senses are more vibrant. We are in accord with our inner beings. We are healthier, happier and bad moods and anger are less frequent. Of course, this is a personal choice. It is not practicing magic that will turn us into “green” and natural beings. It is a worldview of spiritual contentment. Not to be confused with a religious view-point, but rather a spiritual well-being. The more we practice mindfulness, and/or meditation, and strive for a better self, the more the world around us (the natural world) comes into focus and the more it comes into focus, the more attuned we become to our inner and outer cosmos.
CRYSTAL BALL A PEEK @ THE WEEK:
Monday January 26th. Moon enters Taurus at 8:37 a.m. 2nd quarter begins
Tuesday January 27th – Venus aspects Pisces. This is supposed to be a very unrealistic pair up. So it is up to us to buckle up and maintain our left side of the brain active, as Venus combined with Pisces, creates an illusion of sorts and all becomes rosy colored. But! as usual I like to see the practical side, Venus does represent money energies and Pisces is a water element. It makes perfect sense that if you want to draw money, prosperity and better financial opportunities,(Venus) Pisces will make sure to get that water flowing for manifestation.. cha’ ching!$$
Wednesday January 28th – This day is sort of blah! Mercury is on Retro mode. So forget about using this day to get things “moving” or communicating your ideas in a cohesive manner. The plus side is that there is not many squares going on. Only one in which Gemini Moon squares Venus/Pisces..yawn! Even though squares develop friction between planets by one challenging the other..well I don’t see much antagonism out of the dreamy duo of Venus/Pisces against the Airy Gemini, which by the way is ruled by Mercury. The only challenge I see for this day is opposition between Gemini Moon-against Saturn/Sagittarius. But this will happen at night, 8:44 p.m. PST. So again, it might not be felt by many.
Thursday January 29th – This day its different. It starts with a Gemini Moon square to Neptune/Pisces at 2:10 a.m. PST. Good thing most of us are asleep then. No harm done. Then another square Gemini/Moon to Mars in Pisces at 4:12 pm. Air/Water-against Fire/Water. You might have an uncomfortable or aggravating moment. It all ends finally with a Gemini/Moon square to Chiron/Pisces. at 6:44 p.m. PST. I don’t see this one as much of a challenge but perhaps something/ an area where we need growth and or healing (Chiron)
Friday January 30th– Moon goes void of course at 1:24 a.m. PST. The Sun conjunct Mercury at 5:45 a.m. PST and the Moon enters Cancer at 11:09 p.m. PST.
Saturday January 31st. – This day is busy albeit not much of interest. The only good points of the day ( for spell work) are 2 trines. The first one 8:56 a.m. PST Cancer Moon trines Venus/Pisces and then a second one right after at 11:20 a.m. PST-Cancer Moon trines Neptune/Pisces. These planets understand each other. Their energies are favorable and most of all they want to help you! Take advantage of this opportunity window.
Sunday February 1st – Still in the second quarter Moon. We close the week with a host of planetary movements. Quincunx, squares, conjunction and oppositions! The Moon goes void at 5:37 a.m. with Cancer moon on a trine with Venus Pisces. But the last aspect at 9:36 a.m. is a conjunction between Venus/Pisces Neptune/Pisces. Ah! dream time! don’t make important decisions. Wait for this conjunction to end. Take naps, organize your closet (remember Retro period is good for this), take a walk, drink tea, read. Whatever keeps you happily occupied.
For today’s card I have chosen my numerology cards. Its been a long time since I used these cards. Someone gave them to me many eons ago, and I lost the little box where they came in. I was happy when back in December of last year, I found them. So here it is. Number 5!
Number 5 is represented by the planet Jupiter. Expansion, travel, motion.
this number carries a bit of vacillation and profound changes. The spiritual meaning draws attention to the wonder of life and invites us to appreciate our perception of the world around us. 5 has strong vibrations. Trips are under this number, unexpected perhaps, or taking action on a personal matter. Just keep in mind, that not all trips are taken on the physical world. Some might be spiritual journeys of the mind and soul.
MAGICKAL TIP FOR THE WEEK:
To follow the theme of mindfulness and spiritual well-being, I want to share a simple meditation exercise. Magick is not done or conducted only through physical tools. Meditation even though not of a “magical” nature, can be part of our magickal self.
Get a white candle (a votive candle). Clean and bless. This candle is empowered with the intention of creating sacred space and allowing us to disengage from mundane care just for the moment we meditate.
Do this preferably before you go to sleep. Once you are ready for bed, place your candle on your night table if you are doing this meditation on your bed. It can also be done sitting on the floor of your bedroom with the candle in front of you. Sit in a simple lotus position. If you are uncomfortable, place pillows behind your back. Once you are ready, close your eyes. Breath in and out 5 times. Each time you exhale imagine letting go the stress of the day. Each time you inhale imagine drawing in peace and calm.
Create a mental bubble around you. The color will be white. It can encompass your whole bedroom or just a small ratio around your body. This is your protection bubble. Necessary always whether in meditation or while conducting spells.
Gaze into the flame and observe how is burning. Close your eyes. It is of course normal to see the flame as a little white light in the darkness when your eyes are closed. Keep it like that until it disappears. Open your eyes again. Look at the flame. Again close your eyes. You will do this one more time for a total of 3 times. The intention behind this, is to focus in the moment. The last time, don’t open your eyes again. Eventually the mental chatter will go away and your mind will quiet. Don’t force it, it will happen. You will tell yourself that your sleep time will be peaceful. Say this 5 times. Then you will say that if you need messages from your inner being, your soul, that you will see it in dreams. Say this 3 times. Quiet your mind. Stay like that for as long as you can. Even if its only 2 or 3 minutes longer. Just feel the peace that surrounds you. Open your eyes. You can keep the protection bubble around you or let it go before you go to bed. Snuff out the candle, keep it in a place that will not be touched by anyone and that will be handy for your night meditation.
You might have vivid dreams, you might just have a short dream, or you might not remember dreaming at all. All that is normal. Before you go to work, or start your daily routine, stand in front of the mirror, and tell yourself that your day will be a positive day. Just that. Go about your day. What is the benefit of this meditation? After you keep doing this for a solid 14 days, you will start to feel less stress in your life. You might notice things more on your way to work or the supermarket etc. You will feel yourself, being more in the moment of things. As well as being more patient when perhaps before you were not.
The longer you do this, the more used you will become to it, and the more it will make sense to make it a regular part of your life. Meditation does not only bring mindfulness, it helps with some health issues like headaches, or insomnia. The benefits are really more than just this. It impacts your life in a positive manner. Just think about it. If we can spend 2 mindless hours watching television at night, why not invest 15 minutes daily, enriching our souls?
Well dear readers, its time for me to close today’s newsletter. May your week ahead be filled with wonder, and may that wonder leave you with a sense of the beauty of our planet Earth!
I hope to see you next week! same place, same time!
Until I write again!
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