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SPIRITUAL SELF-AWARENESS: New Moon in Leo + Partial Solar Eclipse, Saturday, August 11, 2018

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SPIRITUAL SELF-AWARENESS: New Moon in Leo + Partial Solar Eclipse, Saturday, August 11, 2018

The partial solar eclipse is the third in an odd series of three and opens a unique portal into self-awareness, self-wisdom, and perhaps even our own Godliness. With Leo’s warmth we explore and integrate our self-expression and creativity, though the shadow side can be overly self-centered or egotistical. As if being a partial eclipse in Leo weren’t special enough, this new moon forms a rare configuration called a Yod with Pluto and Neptune. “Yod” comes from the Hebrew word for “hand of God” and astrologically “points” to a planetary triangulation of spiritual awareness and evolution. 

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The History of Plants and Herbs in Medicine and Spirituality

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The History of Plants and Herbs in Medicine and Spirituality

By Mallory Ditchey   Most, if not all world cultures, both historical and modern, have performed rituals using plants and herbs for religious, spiritual, or medicinal purposes. While many may think of “ritual” in terms of religion and spirituality, rituals can come in many forms. In fact, the line between religion, spirituality, and medicine is much more vague than many realize. Physical disorders often arise as a result of psychological disorders, such as anxiety and depression, which can be deeply spiritual. While still relatively obscure, Ayahuasca, or yage, which is a traditional spiritual medicine used in ceremonies by indigenous peoples...

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Greeting the Grain: Lammas & Lughanasadh

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Greeting the Grain: Lammas & Lughanasadh

Lammas, aka Lughanasadh in Gaelic, marks the beginning of the harvest season in Wiccan and Pagan traditions. It occurs August 1 as rough halfway point between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere, though Old Lammas was said to occur when the Sun reached 15 degrees Leo. Whether you honor the mid-point or astrological date, this special holiday celebrates the mystery and magic of the spirit of the grain. The name Lammas comes from old English meaning “loaf mass,” as it originated from celebrations of harvest time. Historically in Pagan and Wiccan traditions there were three harvests each year with corresponding holidays honoring each. Lammas was the first harvest with grain, the second Mabon (September 21 through September 29 this year) was fruit, and then finally near Samhain (October 31-November 1 this year) was nuts and berries.

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Horoscopes: August 2018

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Horoscopes: August 2018

This month there is a wave of retrograde energy at play. With six planets going retrograde plus Chiron, it’s a time to sit back and review. We are still coming off of the two eclipses in Cancer and Aquarius last month, so it’s expected for emotions to still be tender. I don’t often write about the significance of retrogrades unless of course, it’s a mercury retrograde. But this month a brief lesson may deem helpful. During a retrograde for those of us here on earth, a planet may appear to be moving backwards. While it may seem real, it’s an optical illusion. This is a result of the planet slowing down. Many people I speak with tend to freak out when they hear the word “retrograde”, but I am always quick to squash this reaction. I suppose it’s because most aren’t aware that we almost ALWAYS have a planet in some sort of retrograde motion. While closer orbiting planets like Mercury go retrograde often (3 times a year, usually), slower outer planets like Neptune or Pluto may

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COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS: Total Lunar Eclipse + Full Moon in Aquarius, July 27th, 2018

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COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS: Total Lunar Eclipse + Full Moon in Aquarius, July 27th, 2018

This eclipse may feel a bit like full moon on steroids…Mars steroids to be specific. It’s about everything that makes a full moon powerful, blood moon, total eclipse, super moon and it’s also the longest total lunar eclipse of the century at 1 hour and 43 minutes long. While visible mostly in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, parts South America…its energies will be felt worldwide, which is exactly what an Aquarius moon would want. Aquarius concerns us with the realm of humanity, community and collective inviting us into pondering our place within the whole. It highlights revolution and evolution, though the Aquarius shadow side can be an identify as an outsider or lone wolf, or feeling too special that one doesn’t belong.

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