The Harvest Micromoon and the Mystic Rectangle

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Astrology by Lisa Stardust

The Harvest Moon is here and that means summer is almost at a close. Under this luminary, we will embrace the beginning of a new season (which will happen shortly), while releasing old and stagnant emotions. The Harvest Moon is a fruitful and productive time for us all to take stock of our dreams and desires. If you’re lucky enough (or unlucky) to live on the West Coast, this Harvest Moon will coincide with Friday the 13th (ONLY if you live on the West Coast in the USA). It’s the last Friday the 13th Full Moon until 2049 and the first since 2000. 

This particular luminary sets off the “mystic rectangle” in the cosmos. A mystic rectangle occurs when there are two oppositions and a soft aspect (like a trine or sextile) giving these cosmic connections energy. In this case, the Sun and the Moon are in opposition just as Mars and Neptune are in opposition. Saturn’s close alignment with the karmic South Node of Destiny will empower these aspects to let go of the old once and for all. We are now celestially encouraged to fight for our dreams—even if it means tearful endings along the way. The Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mars, and Neptune are all tightly locked together in a few T-Squares, which may make us fearful of saying goodbye to our old selves. The fixed star Markab, who’s known as “the star of sorrow,” is activated by the Full Moon. Try to be cognizant of the energy that’s being projected and received, as all this Piscean water is making us absorb emotions and anxieties from others. It’s also very important to check in ourselves and others today, as we all need extra TLC. 


This luminary is also a “Micromoon.” When the Moon is distant from the Earth, it’s called a “Micromoon” because it appears smaller and less vibrant in the sky. Although it’s far from us, we will still feel the intensity of this luminary on Earth. No matter what size the Full Moon is, we will always feel the maximum affects. But, we will have additional time to muddle through our emotions and make decisions from Mars and Neptune’s opposition. Allowing ourselves time and patience today will be beneficial. Don’t rush the emotional process.

Under all Full Moons, it’s important for us all to honor Luna and her magnificence. Also, we must embrace her beauty. Regardless of the personal drama or annoyances that come out way, it’s essential for us all to stay connected to ourselves and grounded within our bodies. Others may try to bring us down by projecting their negative emotions onto us, but with the proper magical remedy our bodies and minds can disconnect from their energy.

Harvest Micromoon Bath and Meditation


Ingredients for Bath

Moon Water (this is optional)

1/2 Cup of Himalayan Sea Salt or Table Salt

2-3 Cups of Milk 

1/2 Cup of Chamomile 

1/4 Cup of Lavender or a few drops of lavender oil (as much as you want)

Amethyst Crystals 

Candles 



Directions for Bath

Energize water under the Moon, allowing it to absorb the lunar vibrations. If you cannot make Moon Water, regular bath water is fine.

Add Himalayan salt or regular salt to a bath for cleansing. 

Add the milk to the warm water to the bathtub. The milk will help detox your body. 

Add chamomile to the bath to calm your anxieties and nerves. 

Add fresh lavender or lavender oil to the bath in order to destress the body. 

*Please Note: If you do not have a bathtub, you can mix these ingredients together and pour it over your body in a shower.



Mediation:

Place the amethyst crystal on your crown chakra. Think of circumstances and people in your life who are projecting their issues onto you. Breathe in and out. As you exhale, imagine their negativity leaving your body, like a string pulling their energy out from within you. Mediate for 15 minutes in the bath. As the water washes away and cleans your energetic field, you will begin to feel at peace and grounded in yourself without the buildup of toxicity. 

*Please Note: You can do the meditation in or out of the bath/shower. 

*The Harvest Micromoon occurs at 9:33PM PST and at on September 13th and at 12:33AM EST on September 14th.



WITCHTIPS & HOROSCOPES 7/17-23/2019

Astrology by Lisa Stardust   Eclipse season is finally over! Over the past few weeks, secrets have come to light, as the stars have unmasked truths and forced us to move towards growth. We are now at the impetus of change—choosing the next course of action to move forward with the emotional clarity the eclipses have brought to us.    This week starts off with an intense aspect between tender Venus, who is currently riding the emotional Cancerian seas, and austere Saturn, who is retrograde in practical Capricorn on 17th. Right after these two planets come to oppose each other, Venus aligns with the North Node of Destiny, making the 17th a karmic day. We may feel underwhelmed in matters of love and desirous of boosting our bank accounts on the 17th. Venus is in the mood to commit to a new way of partnering and saving money, as long as Saturn’s lessons are recognized. The following day, Venus softly connects with illusive Neptune, who is retrograde in dreamy Pisces, on the 18th. We may feel lost, paranoid, and unsure of the commitments we made on the 17th, but we will still move forward with the vision. Mercury retrograde reenters Cancer on July 19th, taking us back in time to June 26th, where the communication master spent its last day in Cancer before entering Leo. Venus opposes powerful Pluto, who is retrograde in Capricorn, on July 21st, adding the emotional component from the eclipse on July 16th. The 21st is a very intense day. Arguments and deep seated issues may come to the surface on the 21st. Before firing back, we must ask ourselves if this is the vision of what we want to grow. Is it worth the effort? The Cancer Sun links up with Mercury retrograde on the 21st, giving us clarity throughout the chaotic day. Finally, the Sun enters passionate Leo on the evening of July 22nd, adding desire and strength to our hearts and minds.      Aries  March 21-April 19    It’s been a long time since you’ve stepped away from your professional obligations. This week serves as a reminder that there’s more to life than work, business meetings, and paying bills. Take a moment to smell the roses and embrace the finer things in life. No more restless nights trying to jam work in before you fall asleep—supplement those evenings for a casual and relaxing reprieve from daily anxieties at home with your loved ones. Leave your stresses at the door and coast through the week with pleasure. Give your mind time off from stresses to enjoy these summer nights.      Taurus  April 20-May 20    Remember a time when life was simpler? This week you are reminiscing and rethinking your youth. Revisiting the past may be fun, but your nostalgic mind may cause old wounds to resurface. Exploring your younger days with wonder will heal your heart and mind (if you’re ready). Just don’t spend too much time reliving these early childhood memories, as it may force you to dwell on issues and get stuck in the past. Use old lessons as a jumping board to create the life you crave. Let your old wounds heal. Most importantly, forgive yourself. Dream of what’s to come.      Gemini  May 21-June 20    You’re now figuring out how to take control of your life, which is a big step for you, as you’re a “live in the moment” kind of Star Sign. Learning to implement structure and boundaries will prove challenging, due to your airy sentimentality. Giving in to others whims and tantrums has allowed you to evade conflict in the past and kept relationships conflict free. Currently, you’re not afraid of arguing—you just want peace of mind at all costs, which means stepping up your attitude and focusing your priorities on yourself. Detox yourself of energy vampires to restore inner tranquility.      Cancer  June 21-July 22    Power struggles with others may cause major issues in all interpersonal relationships. The underlying issue that’s causing your emotional upsets to surface, is that you feel ignored by others, which is forcing you express yourself (even if that means hurting those you love in the process). It’s hard to walk away from a disagreement when you are upset, especially when emotions are heated. You don’t have to force your views on others to be heard (and vice versa). When emotions get too heated during a conversation, take a step back. Let yourself and the situation cool down before continuing the discussion.      Leo  July 23-Aug. 22    Taking time out from the daily grind is a necessity this week, as you are experiencing physical and emotional burnout. Your hard efforts and work ethic has allowed you to gain success. But, you’re too exhausted to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Give yourself a momentary reprieve from life’s stresses and sleep in. Get the massage you’ve been dreaming about for weeks to de stress. Indulge in a relaxing bath at night before bed. Spend time with friends. All of these suggestions will act as a jumping start as self-care, which you very much need to add to your routine.      Virgo  Aug. 23-Sept. 22    There may be underlying issues brewing within your coven that are causing you a bit of stress. A great way to connect with your coven is to incorporate creative projects into your magical practices (activities you can all do together). This will allow you to connect with your fellow witches outside of the magical community. It will also serve to strengthen the bond between you all. Not only will problems be resolved, but you will be able to communicate through creative means and spend time engaging on a different level. Artistic endeavors can heal and transform your relationships this week.      Libra  Sept. 23-Oct. 22    You’re in a transitional place of emotional healing. You’ve been letting go of old wounds and hurts, trying to evolve your mind and heart. So far, you’ve been able to transform at a rampant pace. However, this week, you may experience temporary setbacks. The past will come back to haunt you, possibly derailing all of the emotional progress you have made. It’s your choice to engage with those who can derail your recent headway. Understanding your emotional triggers is important, as it will save you a lot of pain and aggravation. Also, setting clear boundaries will help in remedying issues.      Scorpio  Oct. 23-Nov. 21    False information is coming your way, forcing you to fact check all communications with others. Unfortunately, your mind will get a little cloudy this week (from all the celestial confusion and noise), causing you to believe in situations that may be exaggerated and unreal. Best advice to avoid unnecessary issues is to think about the source and decide if they are usually correct. Perhaps they are trying to ruffle your feathers out of jealousy. Regardless of the matter, think twice before believing the tall tales you hear this week. Lean into your intuition to access the truth of the matter.      Sagittarius  Nov. 22-Dec. 21    You’ve been feeling a bit off for the past few weeks, mostly due to your decreasing confidence. While you may want to crawl under a rock and hide from all the celestial activity coming your way, you will be pleased by what’s cosmically in store for you. This week aims to rebuild your confidence, making your heart sore with delight. Learning to talk and listen with kindness, before impulsively shouting out your sentiments, is the first step to rebuilding your esteem (as you will feel more connected to others—which is what you secretly desire the most).      Capricorn  Dec. 22-Jan. 19    Be clear with your intentions this week, as you may inadvertently hurt others. While this may not be your aim, you may step on other people’s toes causing more harm than anticipated. Although you often don’t shy away from expressing your sentiments, this past month has stopped you in your tracks, giving you the personal awareness to state your feelings with compassion, rather than force. Allow an open discourse to take place, with the aim to heal and mediate concerns from others. You will be surprised by the results, which will allow you to flourish with kindness and transparency.      Aquarius  Jan. 20-Feb. 18    Secrets and clandestine activities are coming to light this week, causing you to feel extra stressed. Don’t despair! You have the cosmic opportunity to stop the rumors in their tracks, or to explain your part in the matter at hand. The worst thing you can do is to run away from these matters when they come to the surface. Tackle them head on to avoid further confusion and gossip. Although you tend to steer away from confrontation, being direct will help squash these pesky problems before they become bigger issues. Odds are, people will come to your rescue if you’re honest.      Pisces  Feb. 19-March 20    Finding your footing may be hard this week, as you are unable to feel grounded in the world. While you may be geared to take on more leadership roles, understand that if may change the dynamic within your social circle. Relationships and emotions are always prone to change (a sentiment no one knows better than you)—but, you are emotionally torn on how to proceed. You will be able to make headway and gain clarity over the weekend. However, any actual decisions are best left until the end of the month, as you may experience a reversal of sentiments by then.

Astrology by Lisa Stardust

Eclipse season is finally over! Over the past few weeks, secrets have come to light, as the stars have unmasked truths and forced us to move towards growth. We are now at the impetus of change—choosing the next course of action to move forward with the emotional clarity the eclipses have brought to us.

This week starts off with an intense aspect between tender Venus, who is currently riding the emotional Cancerian seas, and austere Saturn, who is retrograde in practical Capricorn on 17th. Right after these two planets come to oppose each other, Venus aligns with the North Node of Destiny, making the 17th a karmic day. We may feel underwhelmed in matters of love and desirous of boosting our bank accounts on the 17th. Venus is in the mood to commit to a new way of partnering and saving money, as long as Saturn’s lessons are recognized. The following day, Venus softly connects with illusive Neptune, who is retrograde in dreamy Pisces, on the 18th. We may feel lost, paranoid, and unsure of the commitments we made on the 17th, but we will still move forward with the vision. Mercury retrograde reenters Cancer on July 19th, taking us back in time to June 26th, where the communication master spent its last day in Cancer before entering Leo. Venus opposes powerful Pluto, who is retrograde in Capricorn, on July 21st, adding the emotional component from the eclipse on July 16th. The 21st is a very intense day. Arguments and deep seated issues may come to the surface on the 21st. Before firing back, we must ask ourselves if this is the vision of what we want to grow. Is it worth the effort? The Cancer Sun links up with Mercury retrograde on the 21st, giving us clarity throughout the chaotic day. Finally, the Sun enters passionate Leo on the evening of July 22nd, adding desire and strength to our hearts and minds.

Aries

March 21-April 19

It’s been a long time since you’ve stepped away from your professional obligations. This week serves as a reminder that there’s more to life than work, business meetings, and paying bills. Take a moment to smell the roses and embrace the finer things in life. No more restless nights trying to jam work in before you fall asleep—supplement those evenings for a casual and relaxing reprieve from daily anxieties at home with your loved ones. Leave your stresses at the door and coast through the week with pleasure. Give your mind time off from stresses to enjoy these summer nights.

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Remember a time when life was simpler? This week you are reminiscing and rethinking your youth. Revisiting the past may be fun, but your nostalgic mind may cause old wounds to resurface. Exploring your younger days with wonder will heal your heart and mind (if you’re ready). Just don’t spend too much time reliving these early childhood memories, as it may force you to dwell on issues and get stuck in the past. Use old lessons as a jumping board to create the life you crave. Let your old wounds heal. Most importantly, forgive yourself. Dream of what’s to come.

Gemini

May 21-June 20

You’re now figuring out how to take control of your life, which is a big step for you, as you’re a “live in the moment” kind of Star Sign. Learning to implement structure and boundaries will prove challenging, due to your airy sentimentality. Giving in to others whims and tantrums has allowed you to evade conflict in the past and kept relationships conflict free. Currently, you’re not afraid of arguing—you just want peace of mind at all costs, which means stepping up your attitude and focusing your priorities on yourself. Detox yourself of energy vampires to restore inner tranquility.

Cancer

June 21-July 22

Power struggles with others may cause major issues in all interpersonal relationships. The underlying issue that’s causing your emotional upsets to surface, is that you feel ignored by others, which is forcing you express yourself (even if that means hurting those you love in the process). It’s hard to walk away from a disagreement when you are upset, especially when emotions are heated. You don’t have to force your views on others to be heard (and vice versa). When emotions get too heated during a conversation, take a step back. Let yourself and the situation cool down before continuing the discussion.

Leo

July 23-Aug. 22

Taking time out from the daily grind is a necessity this week, as you are experiencing physical and emotional burnout. Your hard efforts and work ethic has allowed you to gain success. But, you’re too exhausted to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Give yourself a momentary reprieve from life’s stresses and sleep in. Get the massage you’ve been dreaming about for weeks to de stress. Indulge in a relaxing bath at night before bed. Spend time with friends. All of these suggestions will act as a jumping start as self-care, which you very much need to add to your routine.

Virgo

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

There may be underlying issues brewing within your coven that are causing you a bit of stress. A great way to connect with your coven is to incorporate creative projects into your magical practices (activities you can all do together). This will allow you to connect with your fellow witches outside of the magical community. It will also serve to strengthen the bond between you all. Not only will problems be resolved, but you will be able to communicate through creative means and spend time engaging on a different level. Artistic endeavors can heal and transform your relationships this week.

Libra

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

You’re in a transitional place of emotional healing. You’ve been letting go of old wounds and hurts, trying to evolve your mind and heart. So far, you’ve been able to transform at a rampant pace. However, this week, you may experience temporary setbacks. The past will come back to haunt you, possibly derailing all of the emotional progress you have made. It’s your choice to engage with those who can derail your recent headway. Understanding your emotional triggers is important, as it will save you a lot of pain and aggravation. Also, setting clear boundaries will help in remedying issues.

Scorpio

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

False information is coming your way, forcing you to fact check all communications with others. Unfortunately, your mind will get a little cloudy this week (from all the celestial confusion and noise), causing you to believe in situations that may be exaggerated and unreal. Best advice to avoid unnecessary issues is to think about the source and decide if they are usually correct. Perhaps they are trying to ruffle your feathers out of jealousy. Regardless of the matter, think twice before believing the tall tales you hear this week. Lean into your intuition to access the truth of the matter.

Sagittarius

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

You’ve been feeling a bit off for the past few weeks, mostly due to your decreasing confidence. While you may want to crawl under a rock and hide from all the celestial activity coming your way, you will be pleased by what’s cosmically in store for you. This week aims to rebuild your confidence, making your heart sore with delight. Learning to talk and listen with kindness, before impulsively shouting out your sentiments, is the first step to rebuilding your esteem (as you will feel more connected to others—which is what you secretly desire the most).

Capricorn

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

Be clear with your intentions this week, as you may inadvertently hurt others. While this may not be your aim, you may step on other people’s toes causing more harm than anticipated. Although you often don’t shy away from expressing your sentiments, this past month has stopped you in your tracks, giving you the personal awareness to state your feelings with compassion, rather than force. Allow an open discourse to take place, with the aim to heal and mediate concerns from others. You will be surprised by the results, which will allow you to flourish with kindness and transparency.

Aquarius

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

Secrets and clandestine activities are coming to light this week, causing you to feel extra stressed. Don’t despair! You have the cosmic opportunity to stop the rumors in their tracks, or to explain your part in the matter at hand. The worst thing you can do is to run away from these matters when they come to the surface. Tackle them head on to avoid further confusion and gossip. Although you tend to steer away from confrontation, being direct will help squash these pesky problems before they become bigger issues. Odds are, people will come to your rescue if you’re honest.

Pisces

Feb. 19-March 20

Finding your footing may be hard this week, as you are unable to feel grounded in the world. While you may be geared to take on more leadership roles, understand that if may change the dynamic within your social circle. Relationships and emotions are always prone to change (a sentiment no one knows better than you)—but, you are emotionally torn on how to proceed. You will be able to make headway and gain clarity over the weekend. However, any actual decisions are best left until the end of the month, as you may experience a reversal of sentiments by then.


Violet Cunning: Flower Magick for Cancer Season

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Written by Aerinn Hodges- Kolfage

It’s hot in New York, Cancer season is here, and violets are in bloom. Their purple, blue, and yellow heads bob merrily in the shade beneath much larger trees and shrubs. Planted as ornamentals around the city and beyond, violets are overlooked just as easily in magic as they are walking down the street but these pretty blooms hide some potent enchantments in a dainty package. Although sumptuous roses and weedy mugwort may be more striking or seem more magical, unobtrusive and un-exotic flowers like the violet are no less healing or sorcerous.   

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The violet may be any of 525 to 600 species in the genus viola. It’s a low-growing perennial and early bloomer native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa but naturalized throughout the temperate regions of North America. The violet prefers rich, moist soil and partial shade, fitting for a plant of Venus in Cancer, as it’s described by 17th century botanist and astrologer Nicholas Culpepper. This humble, little blossom is a cooling, watery ally during the Summer months and can relieve fiery tempers, nourish overheated tissue, or help us press the refresh button on our lives. 

If you find yourself unable to sleep after a long day in the Sun, 16th century astrological physician Anthony Ascham suggests soaking your feet in water infused with violets and binding the herb to your temples before going to bed. A contemporary magical manuscript from the Folger Shakespeare Library, published in 2015 as the Book of Oberon, also lists violets among the ingredients of a Venusian incense. On the other hand, an old Scottish poem collected in the 18th century, has it that washing your face with violets steeped in goat’s milk was a popular method to increase a woman’s beauty and charm potential lovers: 


“Anoint thy face with goat’s milk in which violets have been infused, and there is not a young prince upon earth who would not be charmed with thy beauty.” 

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In the classical Mediterranean world, one of the Homeric Hymns dedicated to Aphrodite calls her violet-crowned and Roman naturalist Pliny suggests wearing a garland of violets while banqueting will prevent drunkenness and diminish the effects of hangover. Maud Grieve, 19th century herbalist and educator, in the second volume of her Modern Herbal, says ancient Athenians used violet to ‘moderate anger’ and ‘comfort and strengthen the heart’, pointing to a long history of Venusian associations. 




American folk magic, and African-American conjure in particular, considers violet a flower of love. A favorite working of mine, which highlights the modest but potent simplicity of popular magic, is to wear violet leaves in your right shoe to draw a new lover to you. However, heartsease, a type of violet popularly identified as a pansy, can be worked with to soothe the pains of a broken heart by bathing in an infusion of it for nine days according to Catherine Yronwode’s Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic. 

In my experience, violets embody the Venusian spirit at her most romantic and sentimental, while the cardinal energy of Cancer empowers the flower to offer a fresh start like a rebirth from the waters of creation. They are especially helpful when tears need to be shed, hard hearts softened, or hot heads cooled.