Midsummer Magic

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Jun 202019

Midsummer Magic

Ahh…. Summer. I love this time of the year… the heat of the sun, the brilliant colors of the flowers, the abundance of fruits and vegetables, the clear blue sky, picnics at the beach (or river), the gathering of family and friends. LIFE! …what it should be, won’t you agree? I look at this time of the year, as Mother Earth’s heaviest pregnancy. Coincidentally, this is the first day of summer, when the Sun is right over the sign of Cancer, the representation of motherhood.

The ancients celebrated Summer Solstice as one of the most important solar events. It is the longest day and shortest night of the year. It is the time of year when the Sun’s power is at the strongest – the noon sun appears to be at the farthest north from the celestial equator. Solstice stands for “sun stands still” (sol “sun” and sistere “to stand”) in Latin.
There are Temples of the Sun all over the world including the Temple of Karnak, Egypt,
the Stonehenge in England, and the pre-Columbian temple in Mexico where the Sun worshippers pay respect to the Sun god. The ancients understood that our life and vitality is dependent on the sun. Why not?

Can you imagine life without the sun? What would happen to the plants? And, how would your health, your disposition be like without it? Do you have a “sunny” personality meaning, joyful and happy? If you don’t, it means that you’re gloomy (no sun), right?

In some rural areas, midsummer is celebrated with the elements of Fire and Water: fire for purification, and purging, water for healing, cleansing and protection. Midsummer Eve is the night when spiritual healers, midwives and herbalists harvest the healing herbs with the belief of the plants’ exceptional potency around this time. “This is the time when the spirit of the plants is wide awake” according to my family’s belief. Herbs may be hung above the door, and windows for home protection or to drive away unwanted spirits or negative energies. Bathing in the river or in water springs is another cleansing process commonly done in rural areas.

Try this for Midsummer Eve magic with your friends:

4 white candles, one for each direction (east, south, west, north)
Bergamot oil to anoint the candles with
Sandalwood for incense
Gardenia or Plumeria flowers to float in a white bowl with water
Saint John’s Wort herb to lightly spurge yourself with
Papaya fruit or Zucchini bread for serving or offering
Coconut Juice for libation

“We All Come From the Goddess” for music
Share stories of your fun childhood years.

May you be blessed with the Magic of Midsummer full of happiness and prosperity.

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”
-Maori proverb


Crone Myth

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Oct 312017

Happy Halloween!

Years ago, I had another website called…Hearth and Crone, in honor of the older women like myself, who seek to find their place in this fast moving society. I knew some ladies would be offended to be called “crone” so I had to look it up in the dictionary, to see what it means to the general public. Sadly, the myth is so convoluted that I cannot blame anyone for not wanting to be associated with the word crone. Here are some examples of the myths.

Myth:             As portrayed in cartoons, a crone is a snaggle-toothed, crooked-backed, smelly-green skinned, ugly, miserable old woman.

My findings:  Most of the women 50+ years of age are well groomed, poised, and quite attractive. Some had cosmetic dentistry done, a few had face-lifts, breast implants, Liposuction and some had employed permanent make up. The majority goes to the gym at least twice a week, gets their haircut and hair color, manicure and pedicure once a month.

Myth:              A crone is an old witch who uses spells and rituals to manipulate and harm others.

My findings:  One did not have to be a crone to manipulate or harm others. Just watch the news on TV and you’ll understand what I mean. Clergy of many different religions and beliefs system also performs rituals. Spells are intentions, as are prayers, to obtain the results desired. Intention to harm another living creature is in absolute defiance to the witch’s principles. Establishing a boundary from harmful individuals is supported.

Myth:              Children should avoid a crone; her influence can be harmful to them.

My findings:  Older women from different cultures are revered and well respected. Their stories give life to the traditions of our ancestors, a bridge to connect with the youth. Their experiences can serve as guiding posts for children’s life progression.

Brightest Blessings!

Lunar Insight: Full Moon in Virgo

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Mar 122017

Full Moon in Virgo, 23 degrees
Mar 12, 2017, 7:54 am PDT

Happy Full Moon in Virgo, Everyone!

Wallpaper.13Every Full Moon we are presented with a great opportunity to become aware of two opposing energies, what they represent, and are given a chance to exercise our ability to merge their energies. This full moon highlights the analytical perception of the mind (Virgo) with the compassionate insight of the heart (Pisces). We are encouraged to learn spirituality as a practice of respecting our physical body, acknowledging our mind’s ability to make choices, right or wrong and honoring the intelligence within that guides us all.

Besides the Sun and Moon’s opposition, other celestial lights have also important messages for us to pay close attention to:  A group of planets in Pisces are employing imaginary and dreamlike blindfolds to prevent us from seeing the practical side of life.

Logical Virgo Moon is rationally challenged as she opposes sensitive Piscean energy that is so deeply connected to the past and things that are coming to an end. Virgo’s ruling planet, Mercury (Pisces) squares Saturn (Sagittarius) causing people to engage in ‘blabbering’ pessimism and creating mental blockages.

On this Lunar Event, Uranus (Aries) opposing Jupiter (Libra) creates a tendency towards promoting erratic and rebellious behavior. It’s wise to not make your partner feel caged in. Uranus quincunx to Virgo Moon requires adjustment in attitude of both parties; or chaos can be created.  Difficulty in articulating our feelings and desires can be a hindrance in all relationships or partnerships.

Venus recently moved into Aries (detriment), started it’s retrograde cycle on Mar 4 and will remain retro until April 15. A “second chance” perhaps, to rekindle a once “thought to be failed” friendship –try it!

Mars entered Taurus (detriment), on Mar 10, and will remain in the same sign until April 21. It is important to refine our definition of security, values and desires.

The Full Moon in Virgo brings focus on organizations, bookkeeping, preparing for taxes and basically tackling all of life’s mundane necessities. We are reminded to purge destructive habits and be most attentive to our health and healing, purifying toxins in the body as well as scrutinizing cleanliness practices.

On Sabian Symbol, an Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar…

23 deg, Pisces: “A materializing medium giving a séance; the ability to give one’s own vital energy to substantiate one’s conscious ideals or unconscious desires.”
23 deg. Virgo: “A lion tamer displays his skill and character; the need to tame one’s vital energies in order to fulfill one’s destiny.”  

My thoughts…
The ancients taught very simple and direct ways to live peacefully. But as time went on, people embellished the teachings until they became a very complicated body of knowledge.

We don’t need a fancy lifestyle. We only need to know when to plant grain and when to harvest it. Those who harvest timely are those who ultimately gain.

Brightest Blessings!

Lunar Insight: New Moon in Pisces

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Feb 232017

New Moon in Pisces, 9 deg. Solar Eclipse
February 26, 2017, 6:58 am PST  

Happy New Moon Everyone!  

TBellisimme. 9-20-15his Solar Eclipse occurs in the last sign of the zodiac, an auspicious time for reflection, to look deeply into the importance of our spiritual beliefs. We are being guided to go beyond the fantasy of our illusions. It is no longer needed for us to be dependent upon a “go-between man” to represent our connection with our god or creator, but rather to face it alone, unclothed with the encumbrances of the past. Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, signifies the last stage of the journey to return to the “I AM”, the divine within us.  

Days prior to this New Moon Eclipse, many events of concern will be witnessed. The ancients believed that eclipses trigger natural disasters; earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and floods were among the said events. Pisces is a water sign hence incidents can impact the water flow or water system (as we are seeing now in Northern California).  

On this Lunar Event, we have a cluster of planets that are all in Pisces. Besides the Sun and the Moon, Neptune (Pisces ruler) and Mercury, the South Node also join in, making a huge impact on our everyday life. On the personal level the message is about old habitual patterns relating to escapism, victimhood, and idealism. When a Solar Eclipse occurs in Pisces, what we imagine to be earthly matters dissolve. Thus this event teaches us to access dimensions beyond the physical plane, as well as the importance of our spiritual practices – not to escape from our earthly responsibilities, but rather to find ways to make them both work, the spiritual and material.   

We will be approaching Spring Equinox in the next few weeks. Now is the time to plan ahead, put feelers out, and with optimism, grab opportunities that are presented. 

On Sabian Symbol, An Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar…
9 deg. Pisces:  A jockey spurs his horse, intent on outdistancing his rivals; intense mobilization of energy and skill in the drive for success in any social performance affected by the competitive spirit.

My thoughts…
When faced with a sad situation, it is best not to languish in it. We can change things by being with different people, moving to other places, or, if all else fails, adjusting our own attitudes to take the initiative. 

Have a Blessed New Moon!


Meditation for the New Moon in Pisces

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Feb 222017

A green bird darting in the night.
Will you be able to see it?
Will you be able to catch it?

Cling to Tao like a shadow.
Move without a shadow.

Bellisimme.17Times of oppression and adversity cannot last forever. How is the transition made to new and better situations? In the midst of great difficulty, a tiny opportunity will open, if only by chance. You must be sharp enough to discern it, quick enough to catch it, and determined enough to do something with it. If you let it pass, you will be filled with regrets.

Stick to Tao (Living Spirit) like a shadow. Wherever it goes, you go. As soon as it throws something your way, catch it by sheer reflex. It is like a bird: If you try to catch it, you will miss. If you are always with it, moving in speed, as much a part of it as its own shadow, then it is easy  to seize.

When you act, however, you in turn must have no shadow. In other words, what you must leave no messiness, no left-over consequences, nothing that will haunt you later. That is one of the ways in which you avoid creating more bad situations for yourself. Your every movement is traceless.

-Tao Meditation   

Lunar Insight: New Moon in Aquarius

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Jan 262017

New Moon in Aquarius, 9 degrees
Jan 27, 2017, 4:07 pm PST 

Happy New Moon, Everyone! 

Desert-rose.32The sign of Aquarius is the sign associated with the “Dawning of the New Age”, bringing hope for the future and a catalyst for breakthroughs. Uranus, Aquarius’s modern ruling planet is known to be a planet of liberation, revolution and chaos; it also inspires unity through diversity. Aquarius traditional ruler, Saturn, on the other hand lays down the law of rules and regulations and promises trials and tribulations for incompetence and lawlessness. 

During this New Moon in Aquarius fresh and brilliant ideas will be highlighted. Unexpected opportunities will be revealed that can enhance our goals and vision for the future. Enthusiasm will be apparent in which the majority of us will be seeing a ‘spark of light’ for alternative ways to be a part of the whole community. 

Later in the evening of this lunation the doer planet Mars hurries into his home sign Aries, and will remain in the same sign until March 10. This will greatly impact our decision making such as implementing new ways to protect /defend the self, principles and public standing (Mars and Uranus are closest to 10th house cusp). 

Uranus/Aries in opposition to Jupiter/Libra could prevent us from seeing others’ point of views; we only see the difference between ‘them and me’. The Moon is always darkest during the New Moon. At this time period, Mars is at the tail end of Pisces (entering Aries). Being gentle with our ways, ideology, opinions, and standards may not be priorities around this period. Give it a few days to gain a better insight of the future. 

On Sabian Symbol: Astrological Mandala by Dane Rudhyar… 

9 degrees Aquarius indicates, “A flag is turning into an eagle; the dynamic incorporation of new social values individuals who exemplify the spiritual potential and the greatest significance of these values.  

My thoughts…  

There comes a time that collective social ideals are no longer acceptable, and Man decides to turn his back on them. That’s being eccentric! You will be strange. You will be odd. At times, you will be shunned. But you will be You!


Bright Blessings!


Meditation for the New Moon in Aquarius

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Jan 262017

human angels.2Feasting is the flame in midwinter
That kindles the fire of friendship
And strengthens the community

In the past, feasting was a way to bind the community closer together. The same true today. Whether they are cultural gatherings, times of group worship, or even special dinners with friends, we all need moments where we come together and reaffirm the importance of our group.

The cheer that we feel is essential both to the collective and the individuals involved. The affirmation of the group should not be a sublimation of the individual but rather a framework of involvement. A good gathering requires participation –the, efforts of organization, work, and attendance—and in turn gives back sustenance for body and soul, a sense of belonging, and the accomplishment of something that could not be done by the individuals alone.

Like any other human endeavor, the feast is vulnerable to manipulation and politics, the selfish maneuvering of cynical individuals. This is difficult to avoid completely, for it important for any group to truly be united. The only way to mitigate this is for the collective to keep its intention strictly on its purpose, to select its leaders wisely, and for those leaders to be as enlightened as possible.

-365 Daily Meditation, Deng Ming- Dao

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