Passover / Easter Full Moon - 2015

The annual two month “higher interlude” begins at the Easter/Passover Full Moon. Called the Festival of Shamballa, this high point of the zodiacal year begins with the Full Moon on Saturday April 4 at 8:05 am EDT. The vital force of spring pours forth from the chalice of the Easter Moon, and creative energy is at its highest potential at this time of year. The two month period that follows is opportune for realizing Selfhood, for becoming consciously involved in the new zodiacal year, the new cycle of creation.  Soul purpose and group consciousness are illumined through the Full Moons of Sun in Aries, Taurus and Gemini.

The year cycle is seeded now and set to unfold its magic. This Sun in Aries Full Moon powers the way forward. We begin to live our new story. This Easter Full Moon is the time of year when the Spring goddess Eostre and her magic rabbit bring the new “World Egg” containing all that is to be. (Look for the Rabbit in the Moon egg the next few evenings.)

The Full Moon energies flow for at least three days following the exact time of the Full Moon. Illuminating dreams and inspiration come as revelations filter down into consciousness. Spiritual forces are active, synchronicities flow, and important "chance” encounters occur. Needs felt and requests made invoke response from Angels, Nature spirits, and other universal helpers in this special time.

According to folklore, the first Spring Full Moon has been called the Worm Moon. It heralds rising temperatures, thawing ground, earthworms and robins. In the mythic tradition of Great Britain a worm is a baby dragon. The dragon symbolizes energy of Nature that pulses into new life at each Sunrise and at every Spring Equinox. The expression “the early bird catches the worm” is coded instruction about catching and claiming energy of the dragon at break of day and at the beginning of the Spring season.

Breakthroughs in understanding occur and new dimensions of being will be realized under the coming Spring Full Moons (Aries, Taurus, and Gemini). Spiritual forces will respond to meet the challenges of the time. Through meditation, release of physical tension, prayer and action, it is possible to achieve “critical mass intentionality” (a term coined by Deepak Chopra) needed to bring healing, harmony, and worldwide prosperity.

THE TIMING OF PASSOVER AND EASTER

Passover begins with the first Full Moon following the Spring Equinox. Easter is on the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. This is the day of the resurrected son and renewal of the light in Christian tradition, and it is the time of the resurrection of the Sun god Hu for the Druids.

Jesus followed the ancient Jewish celebration tradition. The Last Supper was a Passover seder. Jesus is called the last lamb of the sacrifice because his ritual drama signaled an end to the Age of the Ram (Taurus) and the ushering in of the compassionate age of Pisces when animal sacrifice is superceded. Greeting the Passover Sun is about sacrificing personal desire and remembering world need recalling our soul's purpose.

Passover commemorates the Jews’ escape from bondage.  Crossing the Red Sea (the astral waters of Mars, ruler of Aries) is an annual experience, a recurring opportunity to gain freedom from emotional bondage. 

Sunrise is the power time in early Spring, the reason for meeting the Sun on high ground at Spring Equinox, during Passover and on Easter morning

PAGAN FOUNDATION

The old pagan traditions are the nourishing roots of the Christian religion. Meeting the early Spring Sun on the mountain is a custom rooted in these ancient traditions. The death and rebirth of Attis were celebrated at this time in ancient Rome: his death was mourned and his attendants celebrated his resurrection when the tomb was found empty after three days. This myth is at the foundation of the Christian mystery. 

JESUS AND THE AGE

The Christian avatar holds a special place in the cosmic scheme because Jesus lived at the close of the Age of Aries (the ram of Abraham) and the beginning of the Age of Pisces (age of the fisher of souls). Jesus lived at the beginning of this 25,920 year cycle of precession, the cycle that Plato called the Great Year. Whatever comes at the beginning seeds the whole cycle.  The spirit, love and consciousness that came through Jesus and Mary at the onset of the Age of Pisces carry through around the wheel, the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.

FOR INFORMATION on the total lunar eclipse on Saturday 4/4 (the Passover / Easter Full Moon), see Kelley Hunter’s article “Dragon of Destiny Eclipse” at http://heliastar.com/ .

Excerpted from The Writings of Steve Nelson

Equinox & Spring New Moon: Sowing Seeds for Harmony & Happiness (2015)

The cycle of the year ebbs and flows like the ocean. The Spring tide comes in and the new Zodiacal year begins. Summer Solstice is the peak of the year wave; Winter Solstice is the trough of this wave. Life energy is most outgoing at the peak of the year cycle, most turned inward at the bottom. Fall and Winter are yin seasons when it is natural to look within. Spring and Summer are yang seasons more apt for acting out. Yin and yang forces of Nature come into magical balance at the Equinoxes. The Moon cycle that follows the Equinox picks up this energy and carries it into life expression. This Spring Equinox (March 20, 6:45pm EDT) and the Spring New Moon following (April 18, 2:57 pm EDT) are times ideal for sowing seeds of harmony and prosperity to come to fruition in the growing season.

A different planet rules each Zodiacal year. Jupiter has been planetary ruler during this year going out (2014). Mars becomes ruling planet at this Equinox and will power Jupiter’s expansion. Some effects of the Mars year are already being felt. The full effect becomes apparent in stages as the Zodiacal year begins. Although on one level Spring begins as the Sun enters Aries, our feeling nature may remain in Piscean end-of-cycle mode until the first New Moon in Aries. The Cherokee honor this Spring New Moon with Sunrise river bathing. Then a New Fire is begun on the ceremonial altar that will be the source of fire throughout the year, a perpetual flame for the tribe. The Cherokee call themselves “people of one fire.” They are one of the seven Iroquois tribes of Native Americans who Edgar Cayce said carry the ancient ritual traditions that are to be restored.

Although this Zodiacal New Year begins with the Sun entering Aries on Friday, March 20, the first lunar cycle following the Spring Equinox is almost a month away at the Aries New Moon April 18. Our current Jupiter-ruled Zodiacal year will linger, adding enlightenment and further expansion to fuel the Mars-ruled Zodiacal year that fully begins with the Aries New Moon.

A MARS YEAR: “Taking action to set things right” is a Mars year keynote. Individuals and groups will be working this year to correct social injustices brought to light. Any problems we see won’t be solved by focusing too directly on them. It is time to give attention to the qualities and energies that improve our lives which makes our world better. This is a pivotal time in an important year, a creative seed time for planting good psychic seeds beginning with the Spring Equinox and continuing through the Spring tide. Creation begins at the level of thought. Thoughts seeded and cultivated now will have influence throughout the year. What is planted in the “inner garden” will flower later through the year and in years to come.

A technique for creative thought forming is to repeat a prayer mantra over and over in the mind. It may even be put to music. This mantra can be visualized as a circle with the words moving clockwise. As the recitation continues, a spiral vortex is created that calls down and brings up the principle being invoked. So for example, one might think the words: “Peace is all there is, all there is is peace” or “Peace onEarth, good will toward all.” Peace will be invoked while one of these mantras is sounded.

Invoking harmony can bring up that which is not harmonious. As this process continues, obstructing patterns of belief are cleared and peace grows within. At the core of our being is “the peace which passeth understanding.” When this is realized then one becomes a channel for peace in the world.

SPRING EQUINOX is the first of the 8 Fire Festivals in the year. Fire is key for energy clearing. Warfare erupts when the way of sacred fire is neglected; the more candles are lit, the more sacred fires burn, the fewer the fires of war. Fire has a dual purpose: it purges and transforms outmoded patterns, then empowers the purity that remains. Fire gazing with yoga “breath of fire” clears negative thought patterns. What comes to mind while fire gazing is transformed. In the Cherokee tradition, every fire is a piece of the Sun. This is essentially true from a purely scientific view. Plants gather carbon atoms from the air, join them and bend them into hexagonal carbon rings that absorb and hold light energy from the Sun, the miracle of photosynthesis. The solar energy stored in these carbon rings is released in the form of heat and light when wood burns. Our bodies are heated by calories from the food we eat. All our food calories originate in the Sun - we are solar powered! And in the words of Oprah Winfrey, “The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day."

~ Excerpted from The Writings of Steve Nelson

The Winter Solstice

Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

At Winter Solstice the Druids celebrated their “Festival of Liberation,” a time when the soul is set free to dream a new world. This “day out of time” belongs to none of the 13 Druid tree months but stands apart as the Day of Mistletoe. The “golden bough” or Mistletoe is gathered on this day. Mistletoe symbolizes the Sun for the Druids and it is sacred to the Norse Sun god Baldur. By tradition mistletoe prefers to grow on lightning struck oaks and in places of natural power. The gathering of mistletoe on this day may be seen as a clever way to have people be in places of power at this special time. Gathering mistletoe on its day (Sunday December 21st this year) brings us to be in a location where soul liberation can more readily occur and the path before us can be made clear.

Winter Solstice is considered especially auspicious because whatever is seeded this day determines the nature of the year. The Druid calendar year is 13 months of 28 days, a total of 364 days. Winter Solstice, the “day out of time,” is the “day” of the magical “year and a day.” This 13-month calendar appears symbolically as 13 stars with 28 rays over the eagle on the U.S. dollar bill. Much of America’s symbolism comes from Masonic tradition and a good part of this in turn derives from the Druids. Such is the ancient gnosis coded into our western world. In truth the Druid wisdom was not vanquished but was internalized in our culture, and the internal is closer to the eternal than are external forms.

Solstice means “still standing Sun.” Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere sets the course of the New Year on Earth. Winter Solstice is a moment in time (6:21 pm EST, 11:21 pm GMT Sunday Dec 21) and it is a 7-day period (Dec 18-24) when the Sun appears to rise and set at approximately the same points on the horizon. During this time the limb of the Sun touches the Tropic of Capricorn, the lowest point in the annual cycle. Winter Solstice is to the year as the New Moon is to the lunar cycle. These cycles have similar phases, so just as a new lunar cycle becomes conscious and viable when the crescent appears on the evening after New Moon so the New Year spirit or zeitgeist becomes conscious on Epiphany Jan 6.

Sunrise and Sunset are important times during the days of Solstice and megalithic structures throughout the world align with these times. Only during Winter Solstice does the rising Sun strike the deep interior wall of New Grange, a great megalithic chamber north of Dublin. Only on Winter Solstice does the rising Sun fully light the interior of Calendar One, a megalithic stone chamber in southern Vermont. In Washington DC the Winter Solstice Sun rises along Pennsylvania Avenue to illuminate the Capitol Dome. These alignments were created more for their energetic effects than astronomical symbolism.

~ Excerpted from The Writings of Steve Nelson 

 

GAIA Moon Magic Forecast ~ September 2014

September brings the Harvest Moon, which is the Moon Hare Full Moon, the most powerful lunation of the creative year. The psychic harvest parallels agricultural harvest. This is the time to gather the fruits of the field; it is time to bring in the sheaves and winnow the wheat from the chaff. Our inner field is harvested in meditation, loving remembrance, through the arts, in writing, dance, yoga, tai chi and other bio-energetic exercise that helps separate our golden wheat from the old world husks that are to be let go. This year’s harvest is a harvest of the ages, it is a global harvest as the creative fruits of the past 6 millennia are gathered into a common store from which Holy Grail like essence is given to each according to their need. All are given now what they are due to fulfill their true purpose in the new world coming to be.

What is dreamed on Monday is brought into action on Tuesday, communicated on Wednesday, expanded on Thursday, refined on Friday, becomes manifest on Saturday and is enjoyed on Sunday. Monday, the day of the Moon, is the womb of the week. Tuesday or Mardi, the day of Mars, is the time to put into action. Wednesday or Mercredi, the day of Mercury, communicates what we learn. Thursday, Thor's Day or Judi is day of Jupiter, the planet of expansion and abundance. Friday, the day of Freya or Venus, is a day for refining, making beautiful; Friday is for love. Saturday is Saturn's Day, the day we bring the vision to Earth and make practical in material ways. On Sunday, the day of the Sun, we become conscious of what has come before and we enjoy the products of this new creation come to be.

As in the days of the week, there is also a great cycle of 7000 years that began in 4000 BCE with the Millennium of the Moon. Now, at this great turn, a thousand years of Saturn is just ending and we are beginning the new golden Millennium of the Sun.

Our understanding grows as this Moon grows from Aug 25 to Sept 15 when the 3rd Quarter Moon will be at the top of the lunar wave. Our great harvest begins with the 1st Quarter Moon and the Gate of Inspiration / Melpomene Muse Gate on Sept 2-3. The 1st Quarter lends itself to discerning what is of value to bring forward and what is to be let go. The Muse Gate is a time to breathe deeply (inspire) and dance freely to liberate the soul so we can reap this great harvest of the Age. The Muse Melpomene brings us keen awareness of what makes our heart heavy and what makes heavy the heart of the world. Soon we will be given the power to eliminate what makes the heart heavy so it becomes as light as the feather of truth. The Grail King will be healed as the heart of the world is healed.

A great alchemical transformation occurs during the Sept 6-15 Moon Hare Full Moon. The magic of the Moon Hare grows as the Moon grows; emotions rise and primal energy increases toward the peak of the lunar cycle.  Riding the lunar wave is like surfing, the aim is to maintain equilibrium and stay on the board to the top of the wave. Emotional energies grow stronger as the Moon grows. Balance is kept through attention to the breath and focus on the growing light within. Ching or primal energy is breathed up to the light so during Moon Hare Full Moon we can gather “the elixir of immortality.”

The Moon Hare is seen now sitting up on the Moon with ears swooped back to the right and a halo (Mare Crisium) overhead. Only the head and ears of the rabbit are seen at the 1st Quarter Moon. The Moon Hare becomes fully visible at the Moon Hare Full (Sept 6-10) when s/he is seen preparing the elixir. The Full Moon is a pitcher pouring out this elixir, we just raise our cups to receive. Each Full Moon is different according to the signs, there are 12 kinds, 12 ‘manner of fruits’ one ripening each month at the Full Moon. When we have raised our cups to receive the elixir of each of these Moons we become enlightened. It has been said in parable that we must have new bottles for new wine. Our cup is our psyche, a vessel now being alchemically refined to contain the new wine of this new time.    

Everything is weighed anew on the magic scale of Libra at Autumn Equinox Sept 22-25. Balance is restored without and within. Maat, the Egyptian Goddess of Justice, stands on the western horizon holding a scale with a heart on one side and on the other a feather. Maat is an empath, she can feel what makes the heart heavy. In her right hand she holds an instrument that can eliminate what makes the heart heavy so it becomes as light as her Feather of Truth. This is the ‘Goddess Eye’ framed in a golden triangle. From this Eye comes a beam of light or bolt of lightning that is empowered to free the world from evil. When the Goddess Eye retreats from the world evil reigns for a time; when the Goddess Eye returns evil is destroyed, old world astral shadow forms are broken and a new world begins.

The appearance of the lunar crescent on Sept 25 begins a 10-day / 9-night celebration when the world is created anew according to Cherokee, the ancient Chinese, Hindu and Greek mystery traditions. All say this 7th Moon of the zodiac year is when the world was first created and is recreated each year. Re-creation in spirit makes way for the New World. All fortunes turn on the tide of the 7th Moon.

Heaven and Nature sing as the world’s way forward is illumined. Morning Star Venus, Libra’s ruler, is empowered now to restore the natural divine order of Love and Peace on Earth. As the old world fades away, a new world comes to flower. Focus on the light of Morning Star Venus and breathe to receive blessings from the Goddess of Love. The Aquarian Age is just beginning and Love leads the way.

 

Labor Day / White Rabbit! Sep 1 – New Magic Is Afoot

Say ‘White Rabbit’ first thing today for luck throughout the month. This is a folk custom for the first day each month, the day of the Magician, the #1 card in Tarot. The Magician pulls another rabbit from his hat and this is the Moon Hare who stars in the upcoming Sep 7-8 Full Moon. Labor Day is well timed for the great harvest that is about to begin. It’s time to roll up our sleeves.

 

1st Quarter Moon Sep 2-5 (exact 7:11 am Sep 2) – Time to Choose 

This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it's time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, the 1st Quarter is pivotal in the cycle of creation. This is a time to decide; choices now are likely right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to transform old world shadows and power our dreams.

 

Gate of Inspiration / Muse Gate, Sep 2-3 (1:30 pm 9/2- 1:30 pm 9/3) – Dance!

Muse Gates open every 40 days, 9 each year. Whatever blocks creative flow comes before the Gate to be let go. It’s time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (dance!) to shed the old and be present to the magic of this new time. The Muse Melpomene reveals all that makes heavy the heart of the world. As all this is released through dance and breath the soul of the world is healed. This harvest tide brings blessings to all.

 

The Moon Hare Full Moon, Sep 6-11 – Dance to the Music, Celebrate!

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. This is the Harvest Moon when we separate the wheat from the chaff of the year. Now the Moon Hare is seen ‘pounding out the elixir of immortality’ just as our psyches are harvesting the essence of our nature and the good of past cycle.

The Moon Hare’s ‘pounding’ can mean pounding herbs, it also means rhythmic movement as in dance or drumming. Ching or primal energy is converted into chi through rhythmic movement and the breath. In this way the psychic ‘lead’ or ching is transformed into healing chi and the gold of love and divine union occurs within. This inner alchemy is then realized in the outer world. It’s time to gather the elixir.

The Full Moon (exact 1:38 am gmt Sep 9) is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we now raise our cups to receive. Illuminating cosmic energies flow for 3 days following each Full Moon. Meditation, music making and dancing help open us to receive this new light. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned.

Strange things happen at Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then, for 5 days (2 days before and 2 after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science, the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness is drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, Sep 15-18 (begins 2:05 pm gmt Sep 15) – Realizing Dreams

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it's time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

 

Balsamic Moon, Sep 18-22 – Make a Wish!

This is the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called the Witches Moon, it’s time to bring to mind those who need healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. The Moon moves tides of emotion as it moves tides of the ocean. The outgoing tide takes away what is no longer needed, the incoming tide brings forth what is to be seeded new. Moon shadows, old life patterns, go out with the waning tide. We just breathe deeply and let go. As astral shadows dissolve, chi is set free to realize our dreams. See the lunar crescent rising before the Sun with bright Venus, the goddess of love. Venus brings blessings of new life, new inspiration and new love. Make a wish!

 

Autumn Equinox, Sep 22-25 (exact 2:29 am Sep 23) – Restoring the Balance

Everything is weighed on the cosmic scale at the Equinox. Balance is restored within and without as the Sun moves through Libra the sign of Maat. In her left hand Maat holds a scale that balances a heart against ‘the feather of truth.’ In her right hand Maat holds a golden triangle that frames the Goddess Eye. From this Eye comes a beam of light or bolt of lightning which eliminates whatever makes the heart heavy so it becomes as light as the Feather of Truth. This Eye exists in everyone and it is opening now. Social justice and egalitarian economic democracy are realized through the liberating equilibrating influence of Libra / Maat.

 

Dark of the Moon / Libra New Moon, Sep 23-25 – Follow the Light Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for house cleaning or energy work and meditation to make way for the new cycle; outer activity is well favored in the days after the new lunar crescent appears on the evening of Sep 25. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect to the light within and breathe. The day of the New Moon (exact 6:14 am Sep 24) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. New Moon is the monthly reunion of Sun and Moon when a new pulse of divine light enters our world, the more we are quiet the more we receive.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is a magic portal, a source of new creation and a psychic black hole much like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. Now we can know what has been, what is, and how to realize the best that is yet to be.

 

Crescent New Moon, Sep 25-30 – A Time to Sow

The appearance of the lunar crescent on Sept 25 begins a 10-day / 9-night celebration in the Cherokee, the ancient Chinese, Hindu and Greek mystery school traditions. All say this 7th Moon of the zodiacal year is when the world was first created and is recreated each year. During these 9 Nights (the Hindu Navaratri) Kali is welcomed into homes to consume the old year's discord. The Cherokee celebrate their "Nuetiegwa” Big Medicine Moon. Cherokee women dance from the time the crescent appears until the Moon sets to help the world be reborn. Their dance continues several evenings 25-28. When the lunar crescent first appears at Rosh Hashanah a sacred fire is lit on a hill and the shofar, a ram’s horn, is blown signaling the beginning of the spiritual year. Re-creation in spirit makes way for the New World to be. All fortunes turn on the tide of this 7th Moon.

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; new beginnings are favored now. Whatever is dreamed and initiated in this new Summer of Love brings blessings for the years to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the new creation to be.

 

Michaelmas, Sep 29-30 – Celebrate the Arts, Celebrate Community

Each season has its angel and its element, Michael is the angel of fire and the Fall when leaves turn fiery colors and many fire festivals occur. Michaelmas is an arts festival that brings people together to share the fruits of the creative year.

 

Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email stevenelson@carolina.rr.com

GAIA Moon Magic Forecast ~ August 2014

~ The Age of Aquarius, artwork by KagayaAugust is the month of illumination and great new opportunity in this renaissance year 2014. Venus rising before the Sun now with the bright star Sirius is the signal event inaugurating this new Summer of Love at the dawning of the Aquarian Age. A Great Renaissance comes, the Phoenix is reborn, in a special 36-year Sun period every 500 years that is 1981 to 2016 in this cycle. It is during the final 4-year phase, the magical ‘9th wave,’ that the full nature of this Renaissance is revealed. This is a profoundly wonderful turn of time at the cusp a new 2160 year Age. What has been hidden now comes to light and our soul purpose is realized as the world is illuminated during the Lammas canonical period August 6-22.

Many were born for a world that is just coming to be. If you have felt lost before and been frustrated in realizing your purpose here, this is your time. Now the lost will come first and those locked into the old way of being will lose their way until, being reborn in the new Dawn, find their way anew. This is the time of the global awakening, the emergence of the Aquarian avatars, and the activation of the Round Table of illuminated souls that will usher in the New Age.

August brings one of the most fun and enlightening events of the celebration year. This is Lughnasa/Lammas (‘loaf mass’) Aug 6-8, when in the old shamanic tradition we go to a mountain with a picnic feast that includes wine and new bread. Jesus went to the mountaintop and was illuminated on Aug 6 (when the Sun is at midpoint Leo) and Mary Magdalene was there with him. Being wise in the ways of the Druids, Jesus knew the magic time to go to the mountain. This is the great communion with the illuminating spirit of the Sun and the soul of the world.

The Lughnasa feast is the original Catholic communion, the difference being that as the wine symbolizes the blood of the god (Dionysus) the bread is the flesh of Demeter, the goddess of the grain. In the Piscean Age just ending, Jesus is become the Fisher King one with the waters of the world. Now as the New Age begins Jesus says: “I am become the bright Morning Star.” The Dawn Star Venus is rising now, this is when we unite light to light at this new dawn of time.  (Native American visionary Brooke Medicine Eagle sings of this time when we learn to sing and dance awake the dream. At Winter Solstice the Dawn Star will be gone from the sky, then We become the Dawn.)

The Maya would take their feast to the mountain (or pyramid) top where they would create a mandala-like altar of food and flowers. They would then dance around their food mandala Sunwise honoring the divine in the natural world, the food was offered to the Sun god and then they enjoyed the feast. Now we return to the ancient ways with new knowing. Jesus directed us to “follow the water bearer into the upper room” and there to share in a feast. This is our guidance for the Aquarian Age. Water shared on the mountain is holy water and food is imbued with healing virtue, bread becomes ‘Lammas bread.’ Solar prana or chi, the divine life force, naturally flows down energy field lines to the tops of hills and this is far more so with the Sun mid-Leo. Jesus would often go to the mountain to talk to “the Father who art in Heaven” (the solar logos or Sun Spirit). And the Hopi in their wise way say: “On the bottom of the oceans lie all those great nations that forgot to sing praises to their creator from the tops of their hills.”

The New Age comes in with a new pantheon of cosmic friends led by the emerging great goddess of the underworld initially named Lillah (divine play), then Xena (the warrior princess), Persephone (though the IAU would not allow), now Eris (goddess of discord and mother of the monsters released from Pandora's box) and ultimately Kore (Kor-ee), the great goddess of the inner world who is Persephone by whatever name. Eris / Kore is accompanied by her magical rabbit familiar Makemake (a.k.a. Eostre or Chang'e), her magic child Haumea (a.k.a. Zagreus become Dionysus) and her 'constant companion' Hecate or Maat (the as yet to be formally named new dwarf planet 2007 OR10). Dwarf planets are different from regular planets in that they are composite planets and can be in several ways. Maat and Kore are co-orbital, both circling the Sun in the same orbital. Kore and Maat are the new rulers of Libra, both being deeper vibrations of Venus now rising before the Sun.

The Sun, the Moon and other cosmic forces come together this month to bring us into the New Age of Light. Sun in Leo illuminates who we are and what we are to be and do as this new creation comes to flower. The Aquarius Full Moon on August 11 illuminates our way forward into the new world. Now we come to understand and realize our unique design and destiny for this new time.

Aquarius is Latin for "water-bearer" or "cup-bearer" and its symbol represents water. And yet Aquarius is an air sign that rules the subtle energy present in the flowing water. Aquarius is ruled by the Uranus, the Promethean planet of awakening which is now in Aries, the sign of new beginnings that includes California, most of the U.S. west coast and a large part of Canada in the zodiac on Earth. It is here that the new world consciousness is born and from here spreads across the globe. The energy of Uranus is a high vibration that is stepped down by the Moon for us to receive. So the cycles of the Moon are increasingly important in this new era and the Full Moons become the chief celebrations of this new time.

Heaven and Nature sing together as the world’s way forward is illumined. Morning Star Venus is empowered with Sirius to restore the natural divine order of Love and Peace on Earth. As the old world begins to fade away, the new avatars come forth. Focus on the light of Morning Star Venus and breathe to receive blessings from the Goddess of Love. The Aquarian Age is just beginning and Love is our guide. Welcome to the New World!

 

Lammas / Lughnasa / White Rabbit! Aug 1 – New Magic Is Afoot

August begins with the Lughnasa festival celebrating the Celtic Sun god Lugh (for whom London is named). Also called Lammas or Loaf-mass, it’s traditional to share bread of the first harvest in communion with Nature at this time. The Lughnasa celebration culminates Aug 6-7 when the Sun is mid-Leo, the Summer cross-quarter. And the magic continues through the Lammas Hora Aug 7-22. Say White Rabbit first thing today for luck throughout the month. Rabbit is magic, alchemy and the Moon. #1 days belong to the Magician who pulls a new rabbit from his hat on the first day of each month. This month the rabbit is Makemake, the goddess Kore’s new ally. New magic is afoot, what new magic are we about?

 

1st Quarter Moon, Aug 3-6 (exact phase 8:50 pm Aug 3) – Time to Choose  

This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it's time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, the 1st Quarter is pivotal in the cycle of creation. This is a time to decide; choices now are likely right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to transform old world shadows and power our dreams.

 

Lammas / Lughnasa Cross-Quarter, Aug 6-8 – Illumination

The Lammas cross-quarter (exact 10:10 am Aug 7) is a time for mountain top picnics. Ideally we fast while going up the mountain and do the blessing ritual before enjoying the feast. Food on the mountain gathers the magic of this natural place of power - and hunger invokes the magic of the time. “Lammas bread” is imbued with a special energy that sustains the Hobbits in their Quest. Dreams and natural portents now predict what will be. The Feast of Transfiguration celebrates the mountaintop illumination of Jesus. At this mid-Leo power gate of fire, solar prana streams down to mountains all over the world bringing illumination to those who are there. This is a magic seed time, whatever is focused and intended at this Summer cross-quarter comes to flower in the autumn season.

 

Sun in Leo Moon in Aquarius Sirius Full Moon, Aug 8-13 – Celebrate and Illuminate!

Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul.

The Sun in Leo Full Moon is also known as the Full Moon of Sirius, the star of Planetary Initiation. This Full Moon brings illumination like no other before. A great global awakening is happening  now, all the lights of consciousness are being lit. Leo rules the heart and it is the home sign of Sol, the cosmic source of love.

The meditation keynote of the Leo-Aquarius Full Moon is: "May the wellspring of Love find in us an unimpeded channel." Love rules in this New Age and it is beginning now in this new Summer of Love.

The Full Moon (exact 6:09 pm Aug 10) is a pitcher that pours out a healing elixir we just raise our cups to receive. Meditation, music making and dancing open us to the new light. Illuminating cosmic energies flow for 3 days following each Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration.

Strange things happen at Full Moon when the lunar orb passes through the Earth's magnetotail. Then, for 5 days (2 days before and 2 after the Full Moon), solar plasma flows strongly through the Earth-Moon connection and the Moon becomes so charged electrically that Moon dust floats over the lunar surface. This is the science, the metaphysics is that solar prana and consciousness is drawn most strongly through the Earth - and through us - when the Moon is Full.

 

Perseids Meteor Shower, Aug 10-13 – Power Wishes, Power  Dreams

The sword of Perseus is the radiant source of these bright iron bearing meteors. The Perseids are also called the tears of St Lawrence, his feast day is Aug 10. People of Spain and the Canary Islands honor San Lorenzo with all night bonfires. Persians call these celestial fires Pairikas, they celebrate their Festival of the Pairikas Aug 10. Pairikas are "female angels" seen flying between Heaven and Earth. Make a wish when you see one to give your wish fiery wings.

 

3rd Quarter Moon, Aug 17-20 (begins 8:26 am Aug 17) – Realizing Dreams

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it's time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

 

Point of the Sphinx, Aug 22-23 – Balance of Forces, Renaissance

The Egyptian Sphinx half lion / half woman represents the Leo/Virgo cusp that is opposite the Pisces/Aquarius cusp of the Ages. The Sphinx was built 13,000 years ago when the Vernal Equinox point in precession crossed this Leo/Virgo cusp. Now, as the Spring Equinox point leaves Pisces, we enter the Age of Aquarius; as the Autumnal Equinox point leaves Virgo, we enter the Age of Leo on the other side. So we are entering the Aquarius/Leo Age properly speaking according to the astrologer Dane Rudhyar. Aug 22 also begins the 5-day Egyptian New Year when the bright star Sirius rising before the Sun signals a new Renaissance. During this time the riddle of the sphinx is solved - and the magic of the sphinx, the balance between Spirit and Nature, yin and yang, woman and man, will be realized.

 

Women’s Equality Day, Aug 26 – Balance Yin and Yang and Be New

This culminating 5th day of the old Egyptian New Year is celebrated by honoring women and the yin as equal to the yang and men. As this balance is achieved we discover the solution to the riddle of the Sphinx and Heaven and Earth are joined as one. As the Bennu Phoenix rises we are given opportunity to be new, balance and be reborn, raise our spirits and transform.

 

Balsamic Moon, Aug 20-23 – Make a Wish!

This is the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called the Witches Moon, it’s time to bring to mind those who need healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the deeper we heal and the more Moon magic comes through the new lunar cycle. The Moon moves tides of emotion as it moves tides of the ocean. The outgoing tide takes away what is no longer needed, the incoming tide brings forth what is being seeded new. Moon shadows, old life patterns, go out with the waning tide. We just breathe in, breathe out and let go. As psychic shadows dissolve in the astral sea, chi is set free to realize dreams. See the lunar crescent rising before the Sun with bright Venus, the goddess of love. Venus brings blessings of new life, new inspiration and new love. Make a wish!

 

Dark of the Moon / Cancer New Moon, Aug 24-26 – Follow the Light Within

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for energy work and meditation to clear way for the new cycle; outer activity is well favored in the days after the new lunar crescent appears on the evening of Aug 26. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect to the light within and breathe. The day of the New Moon (exact 10:13 am July 25) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. New Moon is the monthly reunion of Sun and Moon when a new pulse of divine light and spiritual direction enters our world.

Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." The New Moon is a magic portal, a source of new creation and a psychic black hole much like Alice's rabbit hole. Wonders await our following the Moon Hare within. The New Moon is an access point where can be read the akashic records of past events. Now we can know what has been, what is, and how to realize the best yet to be.

 

Crescent New Moon, Aug 26-32 – A Time to Sow

It's time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the new lunar crescent appears, seeds become fertile on every level; new beginnings are favored now. Whatever is dreamed and initiated in this new Summer of Love brings blessings for the years to come. Moon magic is strongest from Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this lunar cycle and the new creation to be.

 

Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email stevenelson@carolina.rr.com

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