Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy? Valentine's Day... Well, that depends on your perspective

I am not going to work today. Yeah, boo-hoo, why does it even matter? Stick with me for just a moment and I promise that it will--to you.

I want to go to work today. I need to go to work today. The rain has cost me too much in lost days already, but have you looked outside (above the clouds, deep into space in fact)? In "everyone can understand terms," we have a parade of planets in Aquarius this month. Well, so what, right? Every year Valentine's Day happens on the 14th, deep-in-the-heart-a Aquarius. But this year the Sun, and Mercury, and Mars, and Jupiter (and, and, and, as if that is not enough) are all piled up in one tiny part of the sky (we saw this for the Northridge earthquake in 1994--which I predicted specifically and exactly in Los Angeles, TYVM--but I said it would happen on the 11th, and it happened on the 17th, so I was WRONG on that, and that is sinful enough in itself--but no one else was even thinking L.A. Quake at the time).

The point of this rant is that we have a massive pile-up of Aquarius energy and then, on the other side of the argument fence we have Venus in Aries (oh boy, she's angry today), and the moon in Scorpio--all--day--long. I hope you celebrated your mooshy lovey stuff last night, because today, tonight, and even a bit of tomorrow is ripe for arguments, stalking, violence, obsessive behavior (hey! wait! This is Valentine's Day--right? Happy chocolate day?)

Well, go ahead and shoot the messenger (hmm... bad advice today--someone might just do that!) but this is just not a lovey, clingy Valentines Day. That was yesterday, and the day before (12th-13th depending on where you are in the world--these numbers don't work for anyone stationed on the moon right now) when the moon was happily in Libra, sharing energy with all of that Aquarius stuff (both air signs).

Today we have a combative Venus in a highly explosive Aries. This is "why men love bitches" day, which quite often turns into "why men actually HATE bitches day." Venus in Aries is great for rough sex, angry sex, competitive sex, sex games, athletic sex, but not "first time" or "first date" sex, romantic sex, clingy emotional sex, and forget Tantra unless you are both ready to rumble.

Okay, so let's add more layers. Now Venus RULES Valentine's Day. No surprise there, but love is an affair of the heart, and Venus' sister/mother, the moon, is all about that. Well, she is in a huff too. You see, Mars (or Ares the god who cheated with Venus/Aphrodite who was married to Vulcan/Hephaestus at the time--and you thought this only happened in soap operas) rules Aries (the sign, not the god Ares) and Mars ALSO rules Scorpio (remember, Pluto has been rightfully demoted, as Pluto the god rules the underworld or NON-visible dark matter, but that is a different tale for now).

Mars (masculine rage) rules Aries (where Venus is right now) and Scorpio (feminine aggressiveness/deception/mystery/seduction--where the moon is). Venus IN Aries rules domestic violence (I know, I know, "Great, thanks for the depressing news on Valentine's day a***hole!") and Moon IN Scorpio rules obsession.

So, we have an obsessive, violent, distrustful moon and a combative Venus set against the happy, freedom-loving party that is "everything else" (pretty much) in Aquarius day. The moon is the only one to change quickly. In a few days she will have moved on, but Venus will stay in Aries, most planets will be in Aquarius for a few days/weeks/months (depending on the planet), and so the effects of today will wither slowly.

SO---Here's how to make the best of it. This really is a happy day, but only if you can address it from an Aquarian (Love, Aquarian Style) way. Please avoid getting too wrapped up in plans or people. If things don't work out the way you planned today, do your best to blow it off and watch TV or see a movie, or just get through and have a good time. People are walking around more stressed out than last-minute Christmas Eve shoppers today. Of course the economy adds to this stress/anger, and neo-con Republicans hate Obama and are stressed out over the fact that their dogma failed the country, and someone else is outraged at some public figure right now. Yes, there was stress before today, but today heightens "pre-existing stress conditions." The stars are the symptom AND assistants to the cause. But each of us has to deal with the hand we have been dealt today and work through it. This can be a fun day if you can avoid the people who are mired in their anger.

It is a bad hair day for a lot of people, and the expectations that are placed on Valentine's Day being a romantic or bonding holiday make the fact that today is really more "threesome day, or break up day, or even let's get crazy with the video day" make this an especially volatile time. Scorpio is "fixed" energy. Aquarius is "fixed" energy. "Fixed" energy is like a giant rock. It is the immovable object in the "What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?" question. Obsession is persistent ("fixed" unrelenting, unshakable, clingy, as in obsession clings to us when it has us in its grip--it sticks to us like tar).

And don't forget that Aquarius energy, all free-love, independence, "live free or die" energy is powerfully adamant and defiant. It can be as combative as it is friendly. It is "the law" (as in the police, public justice, etc.) and it is there to make people friendly to each other.

This dire warning has many sides though. Simply stated, if we (er... you) can avoid arguments and drive carefully, take extra time for everything and realize that some things might break today, and not allow pride or expectations of a perfect Valentine's Day to color our judgment, we can avoid a LOT of trouble. We can fix anything the moment the moon moves into "Aries and Aquarius friendly" Sagittarius two days from now. When the moon is in Sag and Venus is in Aries, and everything else is still in Aquarius, all of the anger and stress of today will seem downright silly. Compromise and new ideas will be everywhere. Anything that was cracked or chipped (but not shattered) today will be patched up with some miracle-glue(tm) and voila! Instant make-up sex! (emotionally, and maybe physically for some of you).

Anything that WAS (or will be) broken today and tonight will be seen as a huge mistake, except for the few break-outs, and breakaways that need an especially virulent day like today to motivate action. This is a topic I did not address here, but it is true that quite often we get so comfortable in our unpleasant situations, or fearful of leaving bad situations that we need a day like today to kick us squarely OUT of a bad environment.

So after all of that, take it easy today. Cliche or not--do it. Avoid stress like you would someone with the flu. Stress is highly contagious today. Distance works! Have fun in public, have fun in (#)somes, but NOT NOT NOT if you are dating someone who loves you--or you are asking for trouble. If you are in a deeply emotional relationship, make today a casual "friendly date" day and don't allow ANY arguments to flare up, lest they grow out of control. Whatever you do, do NOT fight for dominance today unless you want to hurt someone (which could end up being yourself) and if you absolutely need to escape a bad situation, this is the day to start breaking things.

The planetary (Earth's) energy today is all about freedom and free thought. But it is also stubborn and will brook no opposition, so beware of fanaticism that disguises itself as "the word of God." be safe, have fun, and read the news on Sunday.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

2009 Imbolg


Okay, so because I haven't gotten around to setting up the blog at yet, and Imbolg is happening RIGHT NOW, I figured I really should get this in for anyone wanting info at the last minute. I will try to be more prompt with future sabbats and esbats.

Yule 2008/9 was a great beginning for anyone who laid plans then. If you missed your chance, the new moon that ends Imbolc/Imbolg 2009 is a "second chance" to reboot the year. You still have 7/8th (of the year) left, so there is a lot of interesting fun still to come, and time to enjoy it.

Imbolc this year stated with the moon in Taurus trining first Merc and then Mars (both in Crappycorn). This played hell on the intellect, but drove the kundalini to record highs, given the rest of the circumstances. The sun is mid-Winter, so we are at the first marking point of progress away from all-ahead STOP. The dead-zone is officially passed (Samhain-Imbolc/g) during this time and the essence of Spring is preparing itself for its time on stage. Make no mistake, the sun is still hobbling along, but this is a time of recovery from injury, a time of growing within the womb, and the first sprouts through the snow. This is a season of early-adopters and the last thrall of the pioneers.

What this means to you:

Technology. It's a grreat time to familiarize yourself with it, bond with it, and incorporate it into your magical/psychological existence. Don't strain, simply look to see if you can do this at this time. It is a time of thawing out things that have been in deep storage, a time of renewals and healing, for in 8 short weeks it will be solar sunrise--and that will be time to spring into action. That makes this a time of preparation. Early risers will have the (magical) jump on the world come spring. That means planning and practice at this time. These are general advisories, as one specific idea may not pertain to YOUR current karmic path. These are clues, breadcrumbs, and you need to make the connections in YOUR life at this time.

More on the ritual though. The time of sensuality is passing even now, and translating into the time for dissemination of information (hence the bl0g--duh) and next will come time for meditation, revelation, new ideas, new ways of doing things. Note the time of the post on this blog. For those of you who are already listening (to yourselves* and your guides, not to me) you will have ideas already assaulting you--new ways of doing things, things that seem small in and of themselves, but have huge impact on your life overall, especially over the next few months, should be rattling around in your brain right now. If not, relax, focus (gently) on your passions, and seek (desire, ask for, expect, search out [PME]) answers that BRIDGE (Moon is early Gemini) from where you are to where you want to be.

Revelation is forthcoming. Meditation on the 4th is crucial. Spend time learning, doing, and meditating. Moon crosses Jupiter on its way to the sun, meaning ideas MUST become action in order to cement "lasting" progress. This is a wish-making time. (yaay)

Meditate, dream, visualize, then translate received ideas into small or large actions, but they must be physical and they must be congruent with your goals and passions. Once this is done, the Moon will leave Imbolg behind and dance with Neptune, who will carry these energies you have cemented into the ether. The more clear you are now, the more powerful your magic will be. The more clear your desire and action based on that, the stronger the habit formed, the more potent your wish, the more solid your destiny.

It's actually really easy at this time, but I wanted to show you some of the processes involved. Read this again if you got confused, and then take action. Next year's Imbolc/g will be different, so we will see what happens then. But right now "change" IS in the air. Circumstance the world over reflects that--not guides it. This was not so much predestined as it was opportunity meeting preparation (good formula for producing luck).

When you do your ritual/celebration/meditation, or prayers, remember these influences and causes so that you can enhance your results and get WHAT YOU WANT, not mixed, or diluted results. I will be back with more, hopefully at (not set up at this writing), in time for the equinox. In the meantime, I will add Tarot information here.

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Note: ("For those of you who are already listening to yourselves*") Okay, this is from the mystery school, but also you can get the answers from Aphrodite's Book of Secrets [ABoS] or the Advanced Tarot Secrets workbook. Simply put: The path of the fey is not as ham-handed as the more Western magical practices. Obviously far too much to lay out in a simple blog post footnote, but here goes anyway: Faerie magic involves self-education and awareness enhancement (e.g. steps along the path of enlightenment) but simultaneously at least a basic understanding of and communion with Nature ("Her"), and a fervent love for "Her." It is not so much of an instructional path of equations and formulas as it is an existence. It is part and parcel to Buddahood, but an angle of it, or a ray (as in a ray of sunlight--again, just too much to detail herein). The point is to train to grow, train to experience, and train to evolve. Magical learning cannot be purely intellectual or formulaic. Alchemical changes cannot be simply produced from measured means (normally found in Western magical practices).

Learning to hear or listen to yourself involves whispers from inside and reflects your own voice (an understanding of Huna, or even Hinduism, in a pinch, would really help grasp this quickly) and that OF you, but is beyond you, or physical, but not THIS physical you. In any case, the good news is that it is natural, not something someone can hand you a book on, or recite words over you and conjure up magically.
You can get there and no one can make you it, nor can they prevent you from being it (except through that old devil distraction, which is a demon most foul!) You can learn it and you can learn much of it by reading or working with a qualified teacher, but the journey is really yours to experience, preferably with friends. Blah, blah, blah.

Okay, enough of this. This is sounding preachy and cryptic. Visit the forums at if you want to really get into this discussion. Otherwise, make your wish and see actual, tangible results. All we offer is proof. We have nothing to sell here.