Full Moon in Leo

Sunday, February 5, 2023: FULL MOON at 17 LEO Magical Day. A Full Moon (potential) in Leo (ruled by the SUN) on a Sunday is fabulous for Sun Magick! It’s a rare event, allowing magicians to fully access the enormous power of the Sun. Just Do It! Magick to increase the Will, creativity, greatness, leadership, romance, and all things artistic. Tarot card of the day is Strength – tame your inner lion with compassion and patience.

Explore your creativity this weekend and let yourself stand out. Today is the day of the heart. Have fun and play with some unstructured time. This enhances your imagination which is oh so important.

Go for a walk in the SUN

Rejecting Shame

Rejecting Shame

Shame can be a powerful force in our life. It is the trademark of dysfunctional families.

Authentic, legitimate guilt is the feeling or thought that what we did is not okay. It indicates that our behavior needs to be corrected or altered, or an amend needs to be made.

Shame is an overwhelming negative sense that who we are isn’t okay. Shame is a no-win situation. We can change our behaviors, but we can’t change who we are. Shame can propel us deeper into self-defeating and sometimes self-destructive behaviors.

What are the things that can cause us to feel shame? We may feel ashamed when we have a problem or someone we love has a problem. We may feel ashamed for making mistakes or for succeeding. We may feel ashamed about certain feelings or thoughts. We may feel ashamed when we have fun, feel good, or are vulnerable enough to show ourselves to others. Some of us feel ashamed just for being.

Shame is a spell others put on us to control us, to keep us playing our part in dysfunctional systems. It is a spell many of us have learned to put on ourselves.

Learning to reject shame can change the quality of our life. It’s okay to be who we are. We are good enough. Our feelings are okay. Our past is okay. It’s okay to have problems, make mistakes, and struggle to find our path. It’s okay to be human and cherish our humanness.

Accepting ourselves is the first step toward recovery. Letting go of shame about who we are is the next important step.

Today, I will watch for signs that I have fallen into shame’s trap. If I get hooked into shame, I will get myself out by accepting myself and affirming that it’s okay to be who I am.

From The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie ©1990, Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved.

Andie McDowell on aging

“Aging is not about losing your beauty. I really don’t feel like I’m losing my beauty. I just feel like it’s a different kind of beauty.”

At the age of 64, Andie MacDowell raised a very significant point about the perception of aging women in Hollywood. But it’s really not just about celebrities; it’s about our whole society. These questions should have been brought to light much earlier.

“What I would like for all of us to do is to stop and consider how we think about mature men and how we think about mature women and really start gauging what we say and what we project. We need to! There are changes that need to be made for my generation of women and the next. I just want people to reflect on it,” the actress shared her point of view.

MacDowell does not consider her opinion to be the only right one, but she has already made her choice, accepting her age and the changes it brings. For her, the question of aging naturally and gracefully was resolved. “I feel more honest. I feel like I’m not pretending. I feel like I’m embracing right where I am. I feel really comfortable. And in a lot of ways, I think it’s more striking on my face. I just feel like it suits me,” she explained.

Week of January 16th

There’s a lot going on this week!

First off, there’s the last vestiges of the Saturn-Uranus square, which creates big drama between the traditional and progressive sides of our society. It was a catalyst for the seismic shifts in 2021 and 2022. Perhaps we will notice some of these themes coming up this week.

Wednesday, January 18th: Mercury turns direct at 8 Capricorn

Friday, January 20th: Sun enters Aquarius.

Saturday, January 21st: New Moon at 1°32 Aquarius – at 12:53 pm PT

Sunday, January 22nd: Lunar New Year of the Water Rabbit. This will be a much calmer year, but try to get chores and debts done by Sunday.
Uranus direct at 14 Taurus. It awakens energies from 2021/2022, plus the eclipse energies from last year. Eclipses activate a change in direction, plus the the arrival and the exit of people in our lives. It’s part of larger story about reinvention as well as evolving our relationship with money, stability, security, and fertility.

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How to Focus

Singular focus, i.e. focusing on doing one thing at a time, is essential for creativity, productivity and mental health. It’s been proven over and over again that multi tasking DOES NOT WORK. It’s not good for our brains or emotional health. I struggle with this a lot, especially being 58 years old. I feel like I’m running out of time on this planet and there’s so much I want to do! For younger people nowadays it’s even harder with keeping a house together, working sometimes two or more jobs and raising kids.

I came across the podcast on focus yesterday and found it very interesting. I thought I would share it here in case someone else can benefit from it! Try doing one thing at a time for a couple of days! You don’t have to be perfect, just TRY it. You might feel more peaceful and get more done 🙂

Friday the 13th is LUCKY!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday is Freya’s Day (comes from the Nordic Goddess Freya), and the number 13 used to be a sacred number in pagan times because it represented the number of Full Moons in a year – the number of times women menstruated. Doesn’t listen to folks that say today is “unlucky”… it is sacred to the Goddess.

Myth of the Nisse

In Norway and Denmark the little creature called The Nisse is deeply ingrained in winter solstice and Yule traditions.

The legends of the nisse dates back to ancient pre-Christian times, and is a treasured part of folklore.

Nisse is a household spirit that is responsible for the care and prosperity of a farm or family.

Nisse live in people’s houses or barns inside the so-called Nowhere Space; a pocket dimension made up of the spaces behind bookcases, the tops of cupboards that you can’t quite reach, and other such unused space.

They are ancestor spirits and often seen as the farmer who cleared the forest to build the farm and who in pre-Christian times would have been buried on the farm in a mound.

The name Nisse in Old Norse means ‘dear little relative’, and their Swedish counterpart, tomte, means the old homestead man/spirit.

According to tradition, they secretly live in a house or barn and act as its guardian.

If treated well, they protect children and animals from evil and misfortune, and they also help with chores and farm work.

Despite their size, the nisse possess an immense strength. They are also believed to be shapeshifters able to take a shape far larger than an adult man.

Although Nisse are connected to farm animals in general, his most treasured animal was the horse.

Belief had it that one could see which horse was the nisse’s favourite as it would be especially healthy and well taken care of. Sometimes the tomte would even braid its hair and tail.

Sometimes actually undoing these braids could mean misfortune or angering the tomte.

If anyone spills something on the floor in the house it is wise to shout a warning to the nisse below. It is also a requirement to please the spirit with gifts – a particular special gift was a bowl of rice porridge on Christmas Eve.

It is thought that if the Nisse doesn’t get their porridge or beer, they will steal your happiness and play havoc with your farm – their trickery could contribute to crop failure and sickness for both animals and people if he was not treated well.

Nisse are deeply ingrained in Norwegian culture and tradition and to this day, children grow up with stories of the nisse with family members masquerading as nisse by putting on a mask and a costume on Christmas Eve, distributing the presents and asking the children if they have been good.

Instead of giving Santa Clause milk and cookies on Christmas Day, children in Norway and Denmark prepare rice porridge for the nisse and leaves it for him outside the house on Christmas Eve.

And of course the porridge has to be topped with lots of butter, sugar and cinnamon.

God Jul!

Difficult People

Difficult People

Few things can make us feel crazier than expecting something from someone who has nothing to give. Few things can frustrate us more than trying to make a person someone he or she isn’t; we feel crazy when we try to pretend that person is someone he or she is not. We may have spent years negotiating with reality concerning particular people from our past and our present. We may have spent years trying to get someone to love us in a certain way, when that person cannot or will not.

It is time to let it go. It is time to let him or her go. That doesn’t mean we can’t love that person anymore. It means that we will feel the immense relief that comes when we stop denying reality and begin accepting. We release that person to be who he or she actually is. We stop trying to make that person be someone he or she is not. We deal with our feelings and walk away from the destructive system.

We learn to love and care differently in a way that takes reality into account.

We enter into a relationship with that person on new terms – taking our needs and ourselves into account. If a person is addicted to alcohol, other drugs, misery, or other people, we let go of his or her addiction; we take our hands off it. We give his or her life back. And we, in the process, are given our life and freedom in return.

We stop letting what we are not getting from that person control us. We take responsibility for our life. We go ahead with the process of loving and taking care of ourselves.

We decide how we want to interact with that person, taking reality and our own best interests into account. We get angry, we feel hurt, but we land in a place of forgiveness. We set him or her free, and we become set free from bondage.

This is the heart of detaching in love.

Today, I will work at detaching in love from troublesome people in my life. I will strive to accept reality in my relationships. I will give myself permission to take care of myself in my relationships, with emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual freedom for both people as my goal.

Putting our life on hold

Putting Our Life on Hold

We cannot afford to put our needs on hold, waiting for another person to fulfill us, make our life better, or come around and be who and what we want that person to be. That will create resentment, hostility, an unhealthy dependency, and a mess to deal with later on.

If we have decided we want a particular relationship or want to wait about making a decision in a particular relationship, then we must go on with our own life in the interim.

That can be hard. It can feel natural to put our life on hold. That is when we get caught up in the codependent beliefs: That person can make me happy… I need that particular person to do a particular thing in order to be happy….

That’s a circumstance that can hook our low self-esteem, our self-doubt, and our tendency to neglect ourselves.

We can get into this situation in a number of ways. We can do this waiting for a letter, waiting for a job, waiting for a person, waiting for an event.

We do not have to put our life on hold. There will be repercussions from doing this. Go on with your life. Take life a day at a time.

What is something I could be doing now to take care of myself, make myself feel better, get my needs met in an appropriate, healthy way?

How can I own my power to take care of myself, despite what the other person is or isn’t doing?

What will happen if I break the system and begin taking care of myself?

Sometimes, we get the answer we want immediately. Sometimes, we wait for a while. Sometimes, things don’t work out exactly the way we hoped. But they always work out for good, and often better than we expected.

And in the meantime, we have manifested love for ourselves by living our own life and taking the control away from others. That always comes back to us tenfold, because when we actually manifest love for ourselves, we give our Higher Power, other people, and the Universe permission to send us the love we want and need. Stopping living our life to make a thing happen doesn’t work. All it does is make us miserable, because we have stopped living our life.

Today, I will force myself, if necessary, to live my own life. I will act in my own best interest, in a way that reflects self-love. If I have given power or control of my life to someone other than myself, and someone besides a Power greater than myself, I will take it back. I will begin acting in my own best interests, even if it feels awkward to do that.

From the “Language of Letting Go”

Hermeticism: the nexus between science, philosophy and spirit

The spaced-out scientist

Last week, I summarized the history of alchemy in Europe, the Middle East, India and China. Alchemy is tradition spanning millennia that influenced the development of modern chemistry, medicine, philosophy and psychology. Western alchemy blends Greek, Egyptian, Islamic and Jewish traditions, and is a branch of Hermetic philosophy, which is based on the works of Hermes Trismegistus, meaning “Thrice-Great” Hermes.

It is debated why Hermes Trismegistus was called “Thrice-Great” but it is thought that it is because he knows three parts of the wisdom of the universe: alchemy (the operation of the sun), astrology (the operation of the stars) and theurgy (the operation of the gods). Hermes credited the creation of astrology to Zoroaster, founder of the Zoroastrian religion and Middle-Eastern philosopher living sometime in the second half of the 2nd millennium BC.

Hermes Trismegistus is considered the founder of science, religion, mathematics, geometry, alchemy, philosophy, medicine and magic. He…

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