by Lilith Dorsey
Watery, powerful, sensual, and secretive, it could easily be said that Scorpio is the sexiest sign of the zodiac. They value security and mastery in all things. Their still waters definitely run deep. This is your astrological sun sign if your were born between October 23rd and November 21st. The following simple spell uses herbs, oils, crystals, and a candle to attract passionate love to, or even from a Scorpio sun sign.
Astrology is a complex science, and while this spell primarily focuses on one’s sun sign, I urge you to also explore your moon sign, as well as the rest of your horoscope natal chart. These will provide additional insight and guidance in your life. The following ingredient list includes Tuberose for sweet love and easy times, Gardenia for devoted love and passion, Ginger, which is a hot spice for getting the mind and body racing, amethyst to focus and direct your efforts in the area of love, and to provide self love and healing. The purple candle should be carved with the symbol for Scorpio.
3 drops Tuberose oil
3 drops Gardenia oil
Pinch of powdered ginger
1 small purple votive candle carved with the symbol for Scorpio
Glass candle holder
Gather all ingredients together on your working altar. Place the carved candle in the center of your sacred space inside the candle holder. Place the Tuberose oil, Gardenia oil, and a small pinch of ginger on top of the candle. Place the crystal on the altar between you and the candle. Light the candle. If you must extinguish it before it burns down, smother it and relight it the next night. Each time your light it focus on the best possible manifestation of your sacred desires coming to you. When the candle has burnt down take the crystal and place it in your pocket. Carry it with you until your desires have manifested. When this is done throw the crystal into a moving body of water, thanking the universe for it’s blessings.
Lilith Dorsey, MA is a magical practitioner/voodoo priestess with training in several traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean (Santeria and Vodun), and Native American spiritualties. Her traditional education focused on plant science, anthropology, and film. She owns her own magickal consulting business, Branwen’s Pantry, and is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly. She is also the author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook. She has a degree in anthropology from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
by Ivo Dominguez, Jr.
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon
– Mother Goose
Bees swarm when it is time to leave an old hive or start a new one. Late Spring and early Summer are the most auspicious times for this challenge as the fields are in bloom. This June the celestial weather patterns, the astrological conditions, are filled with possibilities and challenges. For those fluent in the language of Astrology, there is a Mutable Grand Cross at the Dark of the Moon on June 4th, and then a recurrence of the Mutable Grand Cross at the Summer Solstice which is also the day of the Full Moon on June 20th. There is much more going on, but let’s focus on these occurrences.
On June 4th, the Dark Moon in Gemini takes us deep into the mystery of endings, beginnings, and the unseen powers that move us. At the same time the world seems to be vibrating, almost shaking apart as if there were a great engine running at full speed but without going into gear, without traction. Neptune and Jupiter oppose each other setting our visions, hopes, and fears at odds with our understanding of how the world works and how we conceptualize the rules of the game of life. Saturn opposes Venus, Sun, and Moon showing us what we hold dear and how those things are impacted by the structures we have created or have had imposed upon us. The desire to take action will be great, but it is not time to push yet and birth a new story arc in our lives. Pay attention and gain knowledge. Work to discern what is ready to begin, and what must wait for a better time. Choosing a better when for those things that are stuck, have not rattled loose in the tension, is not the same as giving up on them. The time to swarm is soon, be ready. Acting too soon will lead to disappointment and a loss of heart.
On June 20th, the bright power of the Full Moon is joined by the power of the Solstice Sun. The Mutable Grand Cross has reformed with Mercury taking the place of Venus. Now with what you have been sensing, feeling, and understanding in the time after the Dark of the Moon, you can begin to leave behind the old home and swarm to find and found your new hive. Now, the new arises out of an abundance of energy rather than out of the short lived power of desperation.
Throughout the entire month of June, be mindful of the promises and pledges that you make. Although there may be a strong desire to strike out on your own to avoid the weary work of dealing with others, the work in hand requires many hands and many flights of thought. The challenge is great but the promise of honey on a silver spoon is real. Also remember to tend to your new beginnings, and do not squander your energy on what others are doing with their energy.
Ivo Domínguez, Jr. has been active in the Wiccan and the pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. He was a founding member, and past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. Ivo is also one of the organizers for the New Alexandrian Library. You can find him at www.ivodominguezjr.com.
by Cass and Janie Jackson
The astrological signs that begin with Aries and continue through Pisces are known collectively as the signs of the zodiac. These names are derived from groups of stars that we know as constellations. Most of these constellations were thought to represent animals—though you need a vivid imagination to see them in the night sky—hence the names: Aries, the ram, Taurus, the bull, Cancer, the crab, and so on. The Greeks called these constellations zodiakos kyklos—“circles of animals”—which translated into the English word “zodiac.” The table on page 5 lists all the zodiacal signs in order, and their corresponding animal or symbol.
Imagine standing on top of the world, able to see the sky all round you. The zodiac would form a belt around you, with the constellations in the order in which they are normally encountered—Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and so on around to Pisces, which completes the circle.
The ancients realized that the Sun, as it traversed the sky, passed through every zodiac sign each year, before starting its round again. Records were made of the dates on which the Sun passed from one constellation to the next. Although they vary by a few days each year, the dates for each sign are typically as shown in the table on page 5 (included below).
This divided the year up very nicely into twelve almost equal sections. The astrological year always starts with Aries, which begins around March 21, the spring equinox—a time when the days and nights are of equal length. This was also the start of the ancient Roman calendar, and while other calendars have come and gone, this one has stuck fast, as far as astrology is concerned.
Imagine that you are again standing on top of the earth, with the zodiac slowly moving around you. You are standing at the center of a disc, of which the zodiac forms the border. Dotted about on this disc are the planets that also appear to be revolving round the earth.
From our point of view on earth, the Sun appears to pass through each zodiac sign during the course of the year. This orbit is so regular that anyone can find their Sun sign by looking at their horoscope in the newspaper, or at the dates listed in the table on page 5. Although this works well for most people, the Sun doesn’t change sign at exactly the same time or even on the same day of each year. This means that those who were born on the cusp (that is to say, on the border) of two Sun signs might not be sure which sign is truly theirs
Astrologers also use the Moon and the planets of the solar system in their studies. A Moon sign will show your inner, emotional nature. (You will be able to find the position of your Moon on the day of your birth in chapter 6.) The planets represent the cosmic energies that influence your basic character. Depending on the time you were born, the planets occupy different zodiac signs in your astrological chart and thus affect your personality. We will go into more detail about the planets in chapter 4.
The rising sign (also known as the ascendant), is the sign of the zodiac that was rising above the horizon at your time of birth. It is another very important factor since it says something about how other people perceive you. The rising sign is connected to the time of day you were born. All twelve zodiac signs will rise during the course of 24 hours. Unfortunately, they are not broken into nice, neat 2-hour blocks of time. Don’t worry: this book will help you find your rising sign in chapter 5!
At some point you will probably want a professional astrological chart made that lists every feature with absolute accuracy. Check out websites such as http://www.sashafenton.com or www.astro.com to find out how you can obtain a free horoscope and how to buy extremely inexpensive astrology software. In addition, you may want to visit your local astrologer. He or she will be able to point out more complex features in your chart, as well as help you understand what is going on in your life at a particular time.
Excerpted from Astrology, Plain and Simple by Cass and Janie Jackson
Cass and Janie Jackson first met through a writers’ correspondence course. Their similar interests acted like a magnet and they immediately became inseparable. They have taught live classes using their own inimitable tandem teaching style, as well as teaching correspondence courses. Between them, they have written over a dozen books on various aspects of alternative medicine, but their personal interest has always been in astrology. They’ve contributed to many magazines over the years and Janie has written a couple of novels. They are both now officially retired, but like all true writers, they never stop writing
Our March titles are now available! Happy reading!
by Bryan Sykes
“An intriguing book . . . It is this humanity, this cheerful readiness to travel out into the deepest pine forests of Washington State to interview a twitchy hunter in a Chewbacca T-shirt about something he thought he heard groaning in the woods that makes this book worth reading. If science does ever acknowledge the yeti, it will be thanks to somebody very much like Sykes.” —The Times (London)
Along the way, he visits sites of alleged sightings of these strange creatures, attends meetings of cryptozoologists, recounts the stories of famous monster-hunting expeditions, and runs possible yeti DNA through his highly regarded lab in Oxford. Sykes introduces us to the crackpots, visionaries, and adventurers who have been involved in research into this possible scientific dead-end over the past 100 years. Sykes is a serious scientist who knows how to tell a story, and this is a credible and engaging account.
Almost, but not quite human, the yeti and its counterparts from wild regions of the world, still exert a powerful atavistic influence on us. Is the yeti just a phantasm of our imagination or a survivor from our own savage ancestry? Or is it a real creature? This is the mystery that Bryan Sykes set out to unlock.
“This book is full of bite-sized treasures. Grab a cup of tea and let the affirmations sink in and nurture your soul. A comforting and life-affirming read.” —Laura Berman Fortgang, author of The Little Book On Meaning and Living Your Best Life
This is a book that encourages and inspires women to care more deeply for themselves and to face life’s challenges with courage and joy. It is a practical resource for accessing inner wisdom, enhancing self-esteem, overcoming sorrow, and deepening relationships.
Each of the 150 meditations in this volume begins with an inspirational quote, followed by a thoughtful meditation, and concluded with an affirmation. These meditations provide the opportunity to contemplate a wide range of topics, including,developing awareness, letting go, believing in your dreams, living in the now, trusting the universe and more.
This daily companion is a kind of spa for the soul. Here is a resource that will enable women to experience a little bit of daily serenity and embrace a life of lightness and hope.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, edited by Renuka Singh
How a person thinks, behaves, and feels ultimately impacts not only their own lives, but also the society in which they live. If you desire to attain happiness, you must understand that the journey begins with you. It is only then that you can reach out and touch the lives of others and change society.
In this anthology, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with characteristic wisdom, humor, and kindness, directs readers toward a happy, healthy, and peaceful life. Talking about universal themes such as compassion, peace, non-violence, secularism, and the pursuit of a healthy mind and body, he reminds us that the responsibility to change our thoughts, actions, and lives lies within our power.
This is a book for fans of His Holiness, for spiritual seekers, and for those interested in the spiritual and emotional health of individuals and societies.
(Hampton Roads Publishing)
I also know enough about astrology to recognize that there’s a fair amount of expertise behind this tongue-in-cheek roasting. Laughing at our idiosyncrasies isn’t such a bad thing, especially when 11/12 of the book is wittily ‘dis-ing everybody else. There’s a good time to be had by all those who have even a little bit of a sense of humor.” —Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight (formerly New Age Retailer)
Stella Hyde presents a hilarious exposé of the not-so-nice parts of astrological destiny with shocking conclusions supported by complete astrological research for all 12 signs. In Blame Your Planet, she exposes the hidden underside of the stars, and how they affect the dark side of everyone.
Blame Your Planet covers personalities, rising sign, ruling planet, Moon, qualities, and elements. It also details lifestyle choices (jobs, vacations, fashion, interior design, partners) all from a gripping, yet rarely discussed perspective. Blame Your Planet explores:
- Your favorite deadly sin
- Your annoying little ways
- Your lunar nuisance that cramps your style
- Your Opposite Sign that connects you to those born under it
- Your favorite holiday to ruin for everybody
- Your dream darkside job—spy, assassin, dictator, drug baron, jewel thief, evil genius
Fully illustrated, Blame Your Planet reveals the secret evil twin hidden in all of us. Welcome to the dark side.
Replaces previous edition, ISBN 9781578633104
This book demonstrates how to communicate and make contact with ancestral spirits, including practical methods for seeking their guidance.Raven Grimassi explores the realm of the ancestors and the role of reincarnation in the soul’s relationship to ancestral lineage. He explains the interactions between ancestors, the living, and the dead and examines how communication with the ancestors is strengthened through various techniques and ritual practices.
True to Raven’s style, the book includes folklore, legend, and superstition surrounding the topic. Shrines, altars, and offerings are discussed in detail. Ancient practices related to communing with the ancestors are revived, and new rituals are provided, including an exercise to lead readers into the “cavern of the ancestors” through guided imagery. Sacred sites, power places, special portals to the ancients, reincarnation, and the “restless dead who are still bound to the earth realm”—he covers it all.
“Rick Hamlin, with openness and honesty, breathes fresh air into the subject of prayer.” —Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling novelist
“Rick Hamlin cuts through the fog that too often obscures the topic of prayer.” —Philip Yancey, author ofWhere Is God When It Hurts
In this inspirational “how-to” book, Guideposts executive editor Rick Hamlin shares ten real-life ways of praying to God. He draws on the practical insight he has gained from the everyday men and women in the pages of Guideposts magazine and from his own lifelong journey in prayer.
He encourages readers to think of prayer as an ongoing conversation that God that should include everything. He expounds on the power of prayer. He discusses how to find a time and place for prayer every day, the importance of praying in times of crisis, of how to ask for forgiveness, and how to listen to the spiritual nudges God gives us.
This is a book filled with practical advice, insight, and inspirational stories; a book for anyone who wants to develop a rich and vibrant spiritual practice.
(Hampton Roads Publishing)
“This astonishing little book unleashed my wildly joyous and deeply wise inner child. May she never return to captivity!” –Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love and Caravan of No Despair
“Janet and Christine offer such a delightful, whimsical, and soulful gift to the world. I love finding new pathways for the arts to lead me to Spirit and my own true voice, and this is such a delicious roadmap!” –Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, author of nine books including Illuminating the Way: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics
“The Soul Discovery Coloring Book takes an adventurous and inspired approach to how to have fun connecting deeply with your soul. It is the ‘there is no box’ inspiration that makes this book truly captivating and delightful.” – Lisa Hagan, literary agent and publisher
Structured around 22 key questions to ignite the imagination, such as “When I look out, what do I see?” “When I look in, what do I see?” and “If I could create the perfect gate to my extraordinary life, what would it look like?” The Soul Discovery Coloring Book invites readers to:
- Noodle: use silence, reflection, staring off into space, allowing images to come
- Doodle: not drawing to replicate, but allowing
- Color: allowing the colors to choose you
- Scribble or soul write: scribbling because when we soul write we write fast and messy to get ahead of our conscious mind
For each of the 22 key questions there are 4 pages: the first poses and explores the question and provides an image to color, the second provides an image to color plus space to scribble and doodle, the third offers a quote or small inspiration design for free drawing, and the fourth offers blank space to allow the reader to complete their exploration through writing or coloring.
Adult coloring books are all the rage and The Soul Discovery Coloring Book comes with the added benefit of helping readers to reach deep within themselves to connect with the divine. The result? The reader not only colors a beautiful picture, but also creates a beautiful life.
Mudras – also playfully called the “finger power points” – are yoga positions for your hands and fingers. They can be practiced sitting, lying down, standing, or walking. They can be done at any time and place-while stuck in traffic, at the office, watching TV, or whenever you have to twiddle your thumbs waiting for someone. Hirschi shows you how these techniques can prevent illness, relieve stress, and heal emotional problems.
By Ivo Dominguez, Jr.
I have a new book out called Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans, and in the last few days I have received many questions and comments at workshops and in emails on the discovery of a new planet in our solar system. Some have asked about the meaning of the new planet. Others have implied or directly stated that every new astronomical discovery overturns Astrology’s claim to wisdom. Here is an answer to these and many other similar questions. Astrology is a sacred science and there is no quick answer to the meaning of another Planet in its canon. Please note that I am capitalizing Planet to distinguish it from its usage as planet in Astronomy. This is not the first time that Astrology has added a new Planet or Asteroid into its system. The process of this addition is slow and messy, much as it is in any science sacred or mundane.
Once we actually know that there truly is a new Planet, so far it is just a mathematical conjecture, then the work can begin. When we know its current position, and the speed and shape of its orbit, Astrologers will begin to add the new Planet into the charts of people whose life histories are well known. By looking at many charts and at crucial periods in their lives we may begin to see clues as to the meaning of the new Planet. Astrologers who are of a more mystical bent may meditate, ask the spirits, commune with their Higher Self, etc. to gain some insight. This insight will then be tested and challenged by a very large community of practitioners. Some Astrologers will try to deduce the qualities by looking at its location in the various theoretical schemes of Astrology. In some regards this is like adding a new element to the periodic table, and some educated guesses can be made.
Here’s two examples of extrapolating upon what is known. We know that the new Planet’s orbit is very far from the Sun and takes somewhere between 10,000 – 20,000 years to complete one cycle. The established pattern in Astrology is that the closer to the Sun and the faster the orbit, the more the Planet is associated with individuals, inherent qualities, and quickly changing events. The farther out and the slower the orbit, the more that it relates to ever-expanding settings such as families, societies, cultures, and so on. Of course large patterns like societies and cultures affect individuals’ lives, but as external events that are internalized. So the new Planet is a probably a marker for very large and very slow cycles. When the new Planet is officially observed, not just calculated, many Astrologer’s will run a chart for that moment of discovery for clues about the qualities of the new Planet. Another chart will be created when it is officially named as well. My pick for a name is Xibalba.
When will we know what this new Planet means and how and where it fits into Astrology? This could take a few decades or even a century or so to achieve general agreement in the field of Astrology. There will be a plethora of papers, talks given at national and international conferences, numerous debates, predictions will be made and tested as we know more. Finally, we’ll reach a tipping point when more and more Astrologers use the new Planet in the charts they construct and there will be enough data and real life experience to add it to the accepted lore.
For Astrologers, new discoveries in Astronomy are welcome opportunities to expand a system of sacred science that has been evolving and changing for thousands of years.
Ivo Domínguez, Jr. has been active in the Wiccan and the pagan community since 1978 and has been teaching since 1982. He was a founding member, and past High Priest, of Keepers of the Holly Chalice, the first coven of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel a Wiccan Tradition. Ivo is also one of the organizers for the New Alexandrian Library. You can find him at http://www.ivodominguezjr.com.