Archive for July, 2012

July 2012 Astrological Update

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

This month’s Full Moon on July 3rd 12° 14′ Capricorn is a mixed bag of energies where you may feel pulled in a lot of different directions.

Emotions are strong willed with Pluto conjunct the Moon and opposing the Sun.  It’s a time to take risks and let those old emotional patterns die to make way for the new. But watch out for mood swings and exerting too much force in domestic situations.

Uranus adds unpredictability by squaring the Sun and Moon and trining Mars.  There’s added support here to release the old and bring in the new, but you need to be very careful traveling this 4th of July Holiday, as this combination also rules erratic behavior, unwise action, ill health and sudden accidents.

Jupiter mellows out some of this disagreeable energy by conjoining Venus, sextiling Mercury/Uranus and trining Mars. Look for feelings of altruism, optimism, and good karma.

When Uranus retrogrades on July 13th for the next five months, it will be a good time to, become attuned to the Universal Will, and discover deep, hidden insights that heal the past, so when Uranus turns direct on December 13, of this year, you will be better equipped to move forward unimpeded.

A day later, Mercury also retrogrades aiding us further in our inward quest. When this planet turns direct on Aug. 7th, you can resume contract signing and new undertakings.

Then on July 15th until the end of the month, Mars adds its energy to an already volatile Uranus/Pluto square  (Mars opposing Uranus/squaring Pluto). Expect radical change, explosive outbursts, and a conflict between your will and desires.

The New Moon at 26° 55′ Cancer on July 19th rounds out the month. Once again the theme of duality from past new and full moons is present. Saturn is squaring both the Sun and Moon giving rise to obstacles in self-expression in romance and profession, as well as, a lack of vitality and a  predisposition toward depression. However, with Jupiter sextiling Uranus we become more sensitive to new forms of spirituality, prophetic vision, optimism, altruism and unexpected luck. Jupiter also quincunxes Pluto and helps to moderate Saturn by putting things in perspective, analyzing potential and taking advantage of uncertainty.



Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

The act of Forgiveness helps us to develop and nourish Love in our lives.  Releasing blame and judgment of others is imperative to succeed, for Forgiveness is a spiritual initiative grounded in the humility of accepting that we don’t always need to be right. When we use our emotions or intellect as a rational explanation to forgive, we fail to see the very essence of what we are trying to achieve. Forgiveness being born from the heart, and not from the head, can teach us that we are all reflections of each other. In this way, we use the spiritual energy of Love to assess our relationships by looking for similarities in people, rather than differences.

Book Review: Hans-Peter Hasenfratz’s Barbarian Rites

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


I found Barbarian Rites: The Spiritual World of the Vikings and Germanic Tribes written in German by Hans-Peter Hasenfratz, Ph.D.,professor emeritus of religious history, and translated by Michael Moynihan, a fascinating and easy read.

Referring to the Germanic people as speakers of Germanic languages, I found out that it includes everyone in Northern Europe from Russia to Great Britain.  This book thoroughly covers the Germanic people’s migration patterns, Dieties, spirituality, initiations, magic, customs and social orders.

I learned that their culture was not only brutal to foreigners and those they conquered, but also amongst the citizens in their own communities.  Their primal civilization was based upon Odin, God of War, and they took every opportunity to honor Him through the engagement of this type of behavior.

Although Western society prides its self with a foundation built upon knowledge from the ancient Greeks, this book left me wondering how much of our culture is actually inherited from the ways of the ancient Germanic peoples.  Are our leaders  today simply genetically prone to violence? With a love of pillage, rape and slavery the Vikings and Germanic tribes ruled their world well.  Yet, today, western corporations and governments still exhibit a different, yet similar type of behavior with third world nations and nature.

If you have ever been intrigued about the Vikings and their way of life, this book is a must.  It will certainly be a keeper for my professional library for a long time to come.


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.

Totems: Ant

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

A few weeks ago when I spotted ants on my tomatoes I knew it was a sign that they were probably exploiting my beautiful plants by turning them into an aphid farm.  Sure enough when I carefully looked under my plant’s leaves, I found several that were inundated with aphids and eggs.

I ‘ve always found the easiest way to deal with aphids is to simply pluck off the infested leaves, and then search for egg casings/aphids and also pick them off by hand.  No need for messy and toxic sprays if you follow my advise.  But don’t forget to follow-up every day with a thorough search for more invading pests and your tomatoes will have a delightful rebound.

Ants have been long noted as being industrious, ordered and disciplined, and thus achieving monumental tasks.  They are incredible architects by building complex homes for their community to thrive in.

If Ants have invaded your space they may want to teach you how to become an architect of your own life by constructing your dreams into reality through persistence and patience.

Ask yourself:  Are you in a rush to complete a task, or neglecting to build a firm life foundation?  Are you making things more difficult than they need to be?  If so, move over and let Ant show you the way.