Karma, Destiny, and the Most Difficult Parts of Living.
Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
Astrology has fascinated me since I was a child. My mother was an astrologer. I would sit and watch her piecing together numbers like a jigsaw puzzle then translating them into lovely symbols that she meticulously placed in drawing of a round circle divided into twelve segments (called "houses")—like a pie. "Hmmm," she would sometimes say, or mutter, "Oh my," or "Well, that's interesting." She was like a surgeon probing into the secret spaces of a body, looking for clues and answers.
In the ancient world, humans lived mostly under an open sky. The heavens performed miracles not easily understood—thunder, lightening, meteors, sun, moon, and stars. People in those long ago times sensed something beyond the physical lights in the sky, they sensed the spiritual energy radiating from them and considered them to be divine sources of power. In ancient Sumeria, for example, the symbol for divinity is a star.
Even though it isn’t true, it appears to us Earthlings, that the sun, moon, planets, and stars revolve around our planet. And, that is what most people believed until recent times. Ancient humans observed the planets moving in a predictable pattern in front of a backdrop of stars that moved more slowly or remained stationary. The Greek, Sumerian and Babylonian priests and priestesses systematically gave the planets names of various deities according to each one’s unique energy essence. Each god had dominion over a particular area of human life. The vibratory energy of each god was matched with the vibratory energy of each known planet.
Oddly, astrology seems to have sprung up all over the known world at about the same time, and the planets were all given basically the same influential characteristics in each civilization. Mercury in the Americas had the same “powers” as it did in China or Babylonia. Each planet, regardless of what civilization named it, was known for identical or similar influences. For example in all civilizations who used astrology, Mercury was the god of communication, quick thinking, wise, and calculating; Mars ruled cutting, blood, war, anger; Jupiter was expansive, large—king of the gods.
June Horoscopes 2013 by Danielle Benson
Aries - This month may seem a bit confusing for you. On one hand you have a very clear vision of what you want and how things should be. At the same time you have forgotten to bring your self confidence along for the ride. To make things just a tad messier you are wanting to go have some fun and forget about taking on more responsibilities. So take some time get outside and go for a walk, meditate or even do something creative. This will help you to feel more settled and will allow the focus to become clear once again.
Taurus - There seems to be some restlessness energy that is not allowing your nervous system to settle down. As much as you might like to go on a road trip the best thing for you to do is to sit with all that is in your mind and your heart space. Ultimately what you are seeking will be discovered within you. Being busy gets things done but it does not deal with our emotions.
Gemini - It is time to take inventory and discover what no longer fit into your life. A proper cleaning out of what is old is needed to feel at ease and peaceful once again. You are wanting to bring more creative projects, people and ideas into your life. Most likely this is because you have not been your creative self lately...figure out what your next project will be and jump in with both feet.
Cancer - This month has you feeling more balanced than you have felt in awhile. This would be a good time to go over important documents while you have the time and fortitude. You are feeling diplomatic and optimistic so don’t be surprised if others are seeking your advice. This is an excellent time for setting some new goals and if you are looking to move the cards are stacked in your favor.
Leo - Things have come to a full circle and it is time to sit back and think of all that you have mastered and attained. Physical fulfillments are one way we can measure our success. The second way is when we seek partnerships and friendships that are purposeful and spiritually based. You are capable of balancing several things at one time. You just need to choose what it is that you desire.
Virgo - This is a very intense and karmic month for you... expect to feel things on intense levels. You are experiencing a re-birthing process as much as the birthing process can be painful the rewards far surpass the momentary pains. Along with the pain you will also find pleasures -they say opposites attract - so enjoy the things that make you feel good and alive. Final outcome of this month looks bright. Watch your thoughts as they can lead you to the next chapter in your life. Think positively and see the brightness in your future.
Libra - You might find that your head and your heart do not agree. Before you blame yourself for moments of confusion make sure that you are getting plenty of rest and taking good care of yourself. Plain exhaustion can cause us an existential crisis. Sometimes accepting that there are some things you simply cannot change will save you some energy as well. Mid to late month you are feeling frisky and creative.
Scorpio - There are spiritual lessons all around you this month. Not only that your intuition is off the chart as well. Embrace the messages that come forth this month. As will all spiritual growth comes growing pains. These pains might be in the form of seeing people for who they truly are. Disappointment often is a vehicle to help us to move along our path and place us where we need to be.
Sagittarius- This would be an excellent month to focus on your business, work, or income. If you have been thinking of starting a business get your ideas down on paper and make them happen. There are new people for you to meet as well as new ideas popping in and out of your mind. Take this month and enjoy it. Live in the moment as much as possible and be prepared to receive the support of others.
Capricorn - You are spending a lot of time living in the past dwelling over personal choices and relationships that have ended. The point of reflective thinking is to learn from the past move on and apply the learned knowledge to what is currently existing today. Chances are if you shift your thoughts to the present you may just discover how great things actually are.
Aquarius - Things feel like they are moving in a forward motion once again and that is a good thing. Because there is a flow of energy happing with you this month would be a great time to begin a meditation practice, art class or any creative project you can think of. Being creative will allow your thoughts to come in and go out with less attachment to them. There might be others who would love to join in the fun. Look for partners and friends that are ready to join your side.
Pisces - You can be really hard on yourself and this month is no exception. Learn to give yourself a bit of a break and step out of the martyr role. Chances are you are in need of some extra rest and relaxation. Spend some time in the sun and learn to let things go a bit. Sometimes allowing things to be what they are allows you a chance to enjoy them.
Tarot for June 2013
Aries - Judgement. It's time to get out of your box and join the world Either be a leader or be a part of something greater than yourself.
Taurus - The Hierophant. Time to either learn a new skill or teach others. Listen to your inner voice for direction on what to do.
Gemini - King of Swords. Freedom of mind comes from focus and organization. Time to take charge of your life, but be flexible. Don't expect perfection.
Cancer - Page of Cups. Now is the time for thinking about spirit, untangling emotions, and opening up to your psychic self.
Leo - Queen of Swords. The time has come to rid yourself of self-limiting thoughts. Cut the ties to tradition or old ways of doing things and be free.
Virgo - The Lovers. A major decision will effect the rest of your life. Let go of holding on to your comfort zone. Be daring. Take a risk.
Libra - 8 of Swords. The answers don't lie in logic or in your outer senses and knowledge. Tape into your inner wisdom to find your way through the maze.
Scorpio - Queen of Cups. You can make something wonderful happen in your life if you just stick to it and keep your focus on the goal.
Sagittarius - The Fool. Even though all logic and other people tell you not to do something, it doesn't mean you shouldn't. Listen to your inner voice of wisdom and take the leap anyway.
Capricorn - The Tower. Examine what you are holding on to that is keeping you from living the life you are supposed to live. If you don't make changes now, the universe might step in and do it for you.
Aquarius - Ace of Cups. Love is coming, or increasing. Connecting to your divine mind will bring you into the bliss you desire.
Pisces - Temperance. You need to hang loose and be flexible. This will bring you to your goal and success. Don't hold on to opinions, or being right. Let go and let it flow.
Tarot, Suits and Numbers
Wands: Action, doing, projects, accomplishing, movement, assertive action.
Pentacles: Abundance, money, property, things, material security
Swords: Ideas, thoughts, intellect. Also rules intellectual property such as novels, Internet, math, and such.
Cups: Emotions, feelings, love, spirituality
The Aces usually relate to beginnings and starts in one way or another, and always relate to great power and force.
An Ace coming up in a spread will indicate sudden movement (often following change and disruption) and usually promises hope and progress.
Because Aces hold so much power they can overwhelm a spread particularly when all four Aces appear.
2’s are about joining together with others, partnerships, both intimate and platonic. It is about how we work in groups, and sharing warmth and loving feelings with other?
The 2's in the Minor Arcana are friendly peacemaking cards— harmony, olive branches, rifts healed, reconciliations and allies. 2’s help the us recover from disruption by instilling harmony and peace.
3 denotes completion, or the end of a phase or cycle, ready for the next beginning.
Having completed one stage in life there is movement or progress built upon the last phase or cycle. 3 is linked with our ability to share and join with others.
4 is the material completion - like 'four-square'. 4 represents the stable structure. It relates to security and safe foundations, diligent work, and attention to detail, with reward. 4’s are stepping stones, rather than final goals and ambitions fulfilled.
5 is drive and ambition, courage and daring; but also, strife, uncertainty, fear and upheaval. 5 is freedom—from restriction, convention and routine. There are choices, opportunities (often enormous chances), vitality and determination.
5 is dramatic and sweeping, bringing struggle or challenge. Always looking at what’s next, what’s coming. 5’s are tests of character, personality, and relationships and how we handle freedom.
6’s bring us an awareness of beauty, and love. We come to terms with our environment. We can see beauty all around, and become more appreciative of the world. 6’s help us achieve a balance between material and spiritual life, blending the two so we can be masters of our own destiny.
The 6 brings harmony. Healing, recovery and reconciliation are 6, but sometimes it comes from without.
7 is wisdom, and personal growth, understanding, and knowledge. With 7's we gain insight, confidence, and independence. 7 leads us to our inner source.
8 is practicality on a day-to-day basis. We have the ability and it's up to us to apply it properly.
8's are practical matters and the ordinary demands of life—hard work and attention to detail. With 8’s we get out what we put into out of life. 8's are business skills, executive and organizational qualities. We apply ideas and concepts, making them viable and workable.
9 is the manifestation of whatever thought or idea began with the 1. 9 allows us to see the rewards of our labors. Whatever we have put our attention on is coming to fruition now.
10 is about the recognition that we have completed a stage in life. We have manifested exactly what we have been aiming for (and this includes the subconscious needs).
10 is he circle of completion but also beginning again in a slightly different way.
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Lot's happening in the world arena, both secular and spiritual. Astrology has never been so interesting (to me). On Tuesday, July 3, the Full Moon in Capricorn opposes the Sun in Cancer. This speaks to balance between home and public life. Celestial oppositions of Sun and Moon can affect our personal lives and the political climate worldwide.
Cancer wants us to be homebodies and pay attention to our immediate family. Capricorn is about more wide-spread responsibilities and influences our career, sense of duty, and public life.
If you are a Cancer or Capricorn, or have these signs strongly indicated in your chart, you might be having a tug of war between what you want and what you think you "should" do. You might want to stay home but are forced into a career or public life that takes you away from home. It could be just the opposite. You might be pursuing a public life or career and be forced to pay more attention to what's happening at home.
Oppositions always demand a compromise. We must find a way to do both without completely sacrificing one or the other. This can play out on the personal or global scale.
The United States, that resonates to both Cancer and Capricorn pretty strongly is struggling with issues at home and the need to be an influence in the world. This won't be resolved anytime soon, but it is a comfort to know that if astrology has anything to say about it, eventually, a middle ground will be struck to solve many of our problems.
The slow-moving planets are the ones to look at for deep cycles in our life and for global issues. Right now:
Sexuality is a complex subject. It is probably written about more than any other subject. When it comes to sexuality in astrology, much can be said that goes far beyond your sun sign at birth. I’m often asked questions like “I’m an Aries. Am I compatible with Virgos? This is something like saying, “I’m an American. Am I compatible with Italians?” Astrology can determine, in finite detail, your sexual nature; what kinds of mates are better for you than others; what types you will be attracted to or draw to you; what you expect from a mate; whether you are likely to have one committed relationship or many, and what they’ll be like.
Determining all this however, takes more than just looking at your “Sign.” A complete horoscope needs to be charted. The astrologer will then look at your Sun and Moon signs, the asteroid Juno, your fifth, seventh, eighth, and twelfth houses, what planets are there and what signs are on those houses and the planets that “rule” them. Pretty complex stuff, but worth the effort. You’ll know more about yourself, or another, than years of traditional analysis could ever reveal. I won’t go into technical detail here, but there are some important things you can found out from your Sun sign.
The day you are born, the Sun is said to be “in” a certain sign. This is what you know as your “sign.” Although your Sun sign is but a fraction of your love personality, it is a significant one.
The Sun represents your basic inner self, your overall inner direction. Keeping in mind that other things in your chart will adjust and alter the influences of the Sun, these energies will be with you and you will express them in many, if not all, ways.
ARIES: With your fire, you’ll be a driving force in any relationship. Your powerful libido energy can stir newly awakened feelings in your partner(s). Choose partners who aren’t likely to be singed by your heat.
-- By Anita Burns --
An Elixir is a vibrational remedy. Crystals and stones vibrate at specific frequencies, by placing a crystal in a glass/bowl of water, the water takes on and holds the essence of the crystal or stone. You may use elixirs as a salve by mixing them with an oil, add a few drops to your bath, or in most cases, they can be taken internally.
Start with a clean glass jar or glass bowl with no patterns, designs, or etchings on it. Do not use plastic. Fill the glass with distilled water, not mineral water. Most tap water is too polluted or full of minerals.
The crystal or stone you will be using can be natural, cut and polished, or tumbled.
So that you minimize any danger of the water also absorbing your personal energy, use tongs, or a spoon to place the crystal/stone into the water. Leave it there for a minimum of 4 hours. There is no maximum time.