Beltane is one of my favourite pagan celebration because it represents fertility, growth and abundance. Like Samhain, the holiday on the opposite side of the Wheel of the Year, this is also a time when the veil between the realms is thin. It is also a good time to communicate with the spirit world, especially nature spirits and fairies.
Mercury spends the second half of February until 7 March in Pisces. Even though it is direct at this time Mercury and Pisces are not a good fit with emotions influencing thinking and decisions, or answers to questions not actually answering the question, so it will be a relief when Mercury moves into the self-starting though sometimes impetuous sign of Aries on March 7th.
A Venus and Jupiter conjunction will be visible in the evening sky. Venus being the planet of Love and Jupiter the planet of good luck. The two bright planets will be extremely close, appearing only 0.3 degrees apart, thus bringing love and good luck closer together.
Jupiter moved into Scorpio on 11th October and will remain there for twelve months. Jupiter is the planet of expansion and its influence is generally favourable, but be aware that “expansion” can become “excess”. Jupiter is connected with study, higher education, relations with foreigners, religion, and publishing.
Scorpio is fixed water, so while it is deeply emotional, it can be very inflexible and resistant to change. If your Sun and/or your Moon is in this sign you will be aware of this so you need to be prepared for a more emotional time than usual and if the Jupiter influence becomes “excess” rather than “expansion” it would be as well to have a coping strategy ready because there will be times when an emotional response or solution to a problem may not be the best one.
August 27 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. This will give a spectacular view of both Venus and Jupiter in the western sky, just after sunset.
This has no particular significance astrologically unless you personally have Venus conjunct Jupiter in your birth chart.
Mercury, planet of the mind and of communication and commerce, is the ruling planet of Virgo so this retrograde passage could be stronger than some others. If your natal Mercury is in Virgo you will be particularly aware of the effects. How it affects you personally will depend on which part of your natal chart (House) is covered by Virgo. If your natal Mercury is in Sagittarius, Pisces or Gemini then you may also be more aware of Mercury's passage as it squares (90 degrees) itself in Sagittarius and Gemini, and opposes (180 degrees) itself in Pisces.
Traditionally people assume that a retrograde Mercury signifies delays with journeys and miscommunications. While this can be the case, a retrograde Mercury can be a three-week period for reflection on matters relating to the sign that Mercury is transiting, taking time over plans and projects, and just thinking. And if other people try to rush you at this time, be aware that a quick decision may not be for the best.
Chiron is the wounded healer and our greatest teacher. His position in your particular birth chart gives an indication of the soul wound that you (and all of us) are each here to heal. This can be either a physical condition or a spiritual, emotional or mental wound.
It takes Chiron 50 years to return to the same position within our birth charts and the healing of this wound is often begun by receiving a similar wound, which enables us to heal both at the same time. This is why so many people have what we call a “midlife crisis” because as Chiron returns to the same position we are given the opportunity to heal this original wound.
When a planet goes retrograde it does not necessarily mean that bad things are going to happen.
May 25 - New Moon @ 20.46 The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 19:45 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere. Unfortunatey no meteor showers at the moment but you never know if you might see a stray one. It is also the best time for starting new projects and doing the abundance cheque ritual.
Summer is coming and if you are planning your holiday this year with that special someone see here for what type of holiday each star sign prefers. In this Article "The Zodiac Goes on Holiday" Lucy Voss, a Consultant Member of BAPS, (British Astrological & Psychic Society) describes the types of holidays enjoyed most by each star sign.
Almost everyone is familiar with the names The Green Man or Jack in the Green, which for pagans symbolises the life force in nature. It’s usually seen as a face peeking through a halo of leaves. Representations of the Green Man are often found carved into old timbers or stone, especially in churches, and long associated with wild fertility and freedom. But what has this got to do with fireworks let alone house plants?
With all the talk about foraging for local, wild foods and the interest in organic natural products , I wanted to find out about a beautiful plant that grows abundantly in Britain and is available right now in any woodland. It has a variety of medicinal uses as well as a culinary delight.