Archive for May, 2012

May 2012 ~ Astrological Update

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The Planetary Highlight this month is Venus as it goes Retrograde on May 15th and lingers there until June 27th. This indicates a time of going inward and working on your inner beauty, and how to better relate to those you love.  Because you may be feeling a little insecure and awkward while relating to others it’s probably best not to pursue romance at this time.

The Full Moon on May 5th, 16º Scorpio 01′ promises to be a mixed bag of energies. A heavenly box represents the low road and will create a lot of tension (Mars square N. Node, square Neptune/Chiron, square S. Node, square Mars), so watch out for anxiety as you move through the day. But beware…if you allow frustration and irritation to get the best of you, being out of synch with everyone else will be the norm. Adding to the fray, Mercury opposing Saturn may hold you down with defensiveness and depression that can prevent you from recognizing opportunities.

In polarity, we find Jupiter conjoining Sun, Pluto sextile Moon and trine Mars, with Uranus quincunx Mars. This combination of aspects gives us a positive outlook and help to accomplish our aims by focusing on the good of the whole, while learning how to act quickly and independently without being rebellious or provoking others. By taking the high road, Pluto shows us how to regenerate our vitality, and personal lives through constructive action, and by replacing old emotional patterns with new ones.

The New Moon and Solar Eclipse occurs on May 20th at  0º Gemini 21′ at 7:23 pm. EST. Although we will not see the eclipse on the east coast, its path will cover parts of China, Japan, California/Oregon border, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

This eclipse has brought a lot of attention from New Agers who feel it is a grand portal to a new consciousness, to Apocalypse mongers who see it as the beginning of the world’s doom. Although everyone has the right to an opinion, let’s look at the astrology for a more pragmatic and balanced interpretation.

The term eclipse means releasing or taking away. When we have a New Moon, Solar Eclipse we are releasing old patterns and bringing in new ones in a very dynamic way. So eclipses can serve as a catalyst for change in the world and in our personal lives. Those of you who have planets, or angular points (Ascendant, Descendant, Nadir, Midheaven) close to 0 degrees Gemini will be affected the most. Planetary aspects to this degree of Gemini will also be affected.

Being an Air sign, this Gemini, New Moon, Solar Eclipse is showing us that we need to adjust our attitudes in some way for clear sailing. With retrograde Venus in the mix, looking at our values, how we relate to others, and our financial concerns in a new light helps to shift our consciousness.

With sobering Saturn being trine to Venus, and quincunx to Mercury and Jupiter, we are asked to reevaluate how we feel about the needs of others less fortunate than ourselves, overcome pessimism, develop a sense of humor, and participate in the exploration of new ideas.

Jupiter conjoining Sun, Moon and Mercury attracts good luck when we are concerned for the good of all. But with Neptune square the Sun and Moon we must be careful not to give in to delusions of grandeur and loose our grip on reality.

Both the Full and New Moons this month are certainly pointing out the polarization in our culture today.  Will you cling to the old ways with temper tantrums and only self-concern, or will you turn the other cheek and welcome in the new regime? 

The choice is yours!

Nabta Playa ~ Oldest Known Astronomical Observatory

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Part of a large archaeological complex, Nabta Playa’s oldest ruins date back 11,000 years to pre-dynastic Egypt, while it’s megalithic, astronomical observatory, 1000 years older than Stonehenge, dates to 7500 years ago. Astrophysicist, Thomas G. Brophy, Ph.D, has studied the complexities of its eight mile wide, 1.8 mile long ancient planetarium.

According to Brophy’s extensive research the ancients encoded the Orion star grouping into the layout of its thirteen-foot stone circle, as well as Sighting Stones for the rising and setting summer solstice sun. Large sighting stones in the center of the megalithic circle also marked the zenith or noon sun three weeks before and after the summer solstice. Although it is known that vertical stones near the Tropic of Cancer during summer solstice will not cast a shadow, we can only guess at why this was important to these people.

These early Egyptians kept track of the heavens for thousands of years with this sophisticated, astronomical, observatory, and it’s interesting to note that only in the last twenty years our own astronomers have been able to come up with similar data.

If this type of information excites you as much as it does me…I strongly encourage you to take the time (10 min. each) and watch Part 1 and 2 of Dr. Brophy’s videos explaining in illustrated detail how this  complex stone circle works.

Nabta Playa Video #1  

Nabts Playa Video #2


About the Author…
 Barbara-Lynn Freed has over twenty years experience in Shamanism and teaches a 3 year Shamanic apprenticeship called Resurrecting the Old Ways:  Walking the Land & Honoring the Spirits in Right Relationship.  To find out more about this program and how to sign-up visit her website.

Rosemary’s Shamanic & Magical Uses

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

This spring my Rosemary plant bloomed for the first time and it was a delight to see it’s delicate off white flowers.  I always love the scent left on my hands after they rub against my plant’s little spiked leaves.

Traditionally, Rosemary was seen as a protecting, magical herb.  When grown in a pot close to your house it was believed to protect that dwelling, plus all its inhabitants.  It was also said that a bush of Rosemary growing by your door  only allows love to enter and in turn, was also given as a token of friendship, reflecting its qualities of mental stimulation and remembrance.

Considered sacred by many, this herb was  burned for its dense smoke (smudge) during religious and mystical settings when frankincense or myrrh were not available.   Naturally antibacterial, Rosemary’s smudge was also used during times of plague to clear airborne infections and given to mourners as a protection from illness.

Looking for a new herb to grow in your plant bed?  Give Rosemary a try and maybe some of its magical properties will rub off on you!


About the Author…
 Barbara-Lynn Freed has over twenty years experience in Shamanism and teaches a 3 year Shamanic apprenticeship called Resurrecting the Old Ways:  Walking the Land & Honoring the Spirits in Right Relationship.  To find out more about this program and how to sign-up visit her website.