Archive for July, 2013

Astrology Update: July 2013

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Although we begin the month with some pretty dismal energy from a Venus/Saturn square and Pluto/Sun opposition, that at best puts a damper on relationships, things soon pick up at the New Moon on July 8th.

This New Moon, 16º 18’Cancer at 3:14 am EST, is very complex as it features a stellium in Cancer (Moon, Mercury, Sun, & Jupiter) and several Grand Trines; two forming Kites for stability, focus and action.  This will be an excellent time to give much attention to healing old beliefs, core issues and emotions, and transforming them into new healthy patterns and attitudes.  (Grand Trine: N. Node/Part of Fortune trine Chiron & Sun/Mercury, with Pluto sextiling N. Node & Chiron, Pluto opposing Sun, plus S. Node sextiling Sun & Chiron & Nodes opposing each other.) 

 With an abundance of Cancer energy plus the water Grand Trines many astrologers see these configurations as heralding in a major shift towards the Divine feminine.  This idea may be enhanced by another configuration called a Mystic Rectangle (Jupiter/Sun Mercury trine N. Node sextile Pluto trine S. Node sextile Jupiter/Sun/ Mercury) 

Although a Mystic Rectangle provokes enormous questioning, solutions arise from apparent good luck, while new, positive and exciting outcomes from difficult challenges become possible through integrating diverse concepts.

And incredibly with only a couple of changes, these configurations remain constant through the Full Moon on July 22, 0º 06′ Aquarius 2:16 pm, EST.  Here the Sun is in Leo, Moon in Aquarius, and we have a Mars/Jupiter conjunction.  The latter gives more energy/enthusiasm for changing lifestyles and attitudes.

Then, the Grand Finale arrives on July 29th with two extremely rare astrological configurations: A Grand Sextile and a Star of David, grace us until August 5th.

With six planets evenly distributed 60° from each other, and in complementary yin elements of earth & water, the Grand Sextile  (N. Node, Pluto, Chiron, Uranus, Mars, Jupiter, Mars, Venus) helps to enhance your spiritual development, while the Star of David (ascending Grand Trine ~ S. Node, Venus, Pluto & descending Grand Trine ~ Neptune, Moon/Part of Fortune/Jupiter & Saturn) hails a balanced reorganization of us and society, while the oppositions(Mars/Jupiter opposite Pluto/Moon opposite Saturn and Venus opposite Neptune) drive the trines and sextiles into action.

 

And the Rest of the Month…

July 8th: Saturn turns direct after being retrograde for five months, helping you move forward with new projects.

July 13th:  Mars moves into Cancer until the end of August adding emotion and moodiness to relationships.

July 17th:  Uranus begins a five-month retrograde enabling us to process long-term loss & separation.

July 20th:  Mercury turns Direct, initializing a time for new projects.

July 22nd:  Venus enters Virgo for four weeks, putting a bite on relationships with criticism, judgments, and coldness.

Dynamic Basil

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

This summer I decided to grow sweet Basil once again to attract bees to the garden, keep my tomatoes happy with complimentary planting, and use in recipes as a culinary herb.  Like most plants, Basil has a wide variety of species each having slightly different characteristics.

Although most of us enjoy sweet Basil in pesto, tomato dishes and Thai food, few of us probably realize that this plant also has various medicinal properties that have been used for thousands of years in many cultures.

 

Some Medicinal Uses of Basil

Digestive Disorders

Tension & Anxiety

Coughs, Colds, Sore Throats & Fevers

Constipation & Dysentery

Cut & Abrasions

Headaches

Nerve Pain

Menstrual Cramps

Insect Bites & Stings

Shamanic & Magical Properties

In Haiti and Mexico Basil was consider a powerful protector and was planted by homes to ward-off evil spirits.  Planted on graves, in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Persia this herb was associated with death, and helping the deceased ascend the Heavens.  In India it was planted around temples and shrines, thus procuring the name of “Holy Basil”.  This species is said to be highly anti-inflammatory and good for lowering blood sugar.

So the next time you’re including Basil in your favorite dish for flavor, you can ponder how this dynamic herb is also improving your physical health.

 

Creating Empowerment through Challenge

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

When we accept challenge as a path of empowerment, we learn to release struggle and resistance, shift worn-out behavior patterns and heal inner wounds.

By meeting life’s predicaments head-on, we give ourselves a dynamic opportunity for growth, change and spiritual healing.  To be successful in navigating crisis calmly, we need to remember to remain objective throughout our current circumstances and concentrate on manifesting positive change in our life.  To do so means relying on our inner resources of fortitude, strength and courage of mind and emotion, if we are to move forward in meeting our potential goals.

For this, introspection, prayer, contemplation and trust are our spiritual tool bag’s greatest allies, as we release preconceived ideas and develop profound insight into the nature of our particular circumstance.

So remember, whether large or small, when challenge crops up in your life, a shift in consciousness from crisis to opportunity will not only save the day, it will also help you understand your priorities and actualize your highest potential.

Mythic Walking

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Mythic Walking occurs when symbolic meaning is perceived in the surrounding, natural topography.  Here, cliffs and mountains resembling faces or animals relate ancient indigenous myth, while connecting us to spirit of place.

Journeying through symbolically charged landscapes enabled first peoples to understand who they were as a tribe, where their culture came from, and where it was going.  In this way they were able to merge with the living land where resident spirits became their Gods and Goddesses.

Today, we too can honor this ancient rite of Mythic Walking by navigating sacred territories through meditation or spiritual quest. By merging with the landscape, we can awaken to the spirits that be, while leaving an invisible footprint upon the Earth.

Dynamic Basil

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

This summer I decided to grow sweet Basil once again to attract bees to the garden, keep my tomatoes happy with complimentary planting, and use in recipes as a culinary herb.  Like most plants, Basil has a wide variety of species each having slightly different characteristics.

Although most of us enjoy sweet Basil in pesto, tomato dishes and Thai food, few of us probably realize that this plant also has various medicinal properties that have been used for thousands of years in many cultures.

Some Medicinal Uses of Basil

Digestive Disorders

Tension & Anxiety

Coughs, Colds, Sore Throats & Fevers

Constipation & Dysentery

Cut & Abrasions

Headaches

Nerve Pain

Menstrual Cramps

Insect Bites & Stings

Shamanic & Magical Properties

In Haiti and Mexico Basil was consider a powerful protector and was planted by homes to ward-off evil spirits.  Planted on graves, in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Persia this herb was associated with death, and helping the deceased ascend the Heavens.  In India it was planted around temples and shrines, thus procuring the name of “Holy Basil”.  This species is said to be highly anti-inflammatory and good for lowering blood sugar.

So the next time you’re including Basil in your favorite dish for flavor, you can ponder how this dynamic herb is also improving your physical health.