Happy Full Moon Cancer!

Greetings!

Well, I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll cut to the case. In a few minutes from the writing of this blog we will have the full moon in Cancer, with the Moon being in Capricorn. This is one of the more potent full moons that we’ve had thus far in 2015, and it bears special attention. To start this off, I would like to focus on a Capricorn trait: Critical Thinking. After all, while Cancer is intuitive and sensitive, Capricorn is critical thinking and maturity.

I would like to begin by picking apart a story that is currently circulating on social media: the vaulted Star of Bethlehem. This is not an attack, but rather a critical look at said article, for a few reasons that will soon become apparent. The article (pick one, there are a few) states that the conjunction between Venus and Jupiter that is now occurring in Leo is the “Star of Bethlehem,” and hasn’t occurred since the birth of Jesus. The various articles reference an article from Sky & Telescope magazine that addresses the conjunction. I believe all of you know me by now, but if you don’t, you’re about to get a glimpse into my personality. I call bullshit on this one. Being a professional astrologer, I would like to point a few things out. I do this to show the necessity of critical thinking skills, especially in this day and age of constant information saturation. In short though, this article is bullshit, but there are some very positive things that can be learned from this, so I’m glad that it was brought to the attention of so many. I’ll come back to the positives after I critique and clarify this article.

Jupiter’s cycle through the zodiac is every twelve years. Venus’ jaunt is every two years. Thus we quickly discover that this event has happened many, many times. I broke out the trusty old ephemeris, and did some quick research going back just five years, and this is what I discovered. I discovered that this conjunction that is being much hyped and rare has actually occurred six times over the last five years! So there ya go. However, I narrowed down my criteria, and focused on conjunctions when both were in Leo, which left me to just one date: August 14th-24th (using a tight orb) of 2014. So, this happened last year. Do you remember that? I don’t, and while there is a short term memory in the media world, I really don’t think it’s that short. So, there was no hype about it last year, but there is this year? Bullshit. This is nothing unique in the sense of these articles.

I decided to go back to the original Sky & Telescope article that these articles drew from, and found that “In fact, such conjunctions, or close pairings, of these two planets are not particularly rare.”(Quoted from the article, no copyright challenge intended) I also found this: “Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor Fred Schaaf brings up a very interesting point: this current trio of Venus-Jupiter conjunctions closely resembles a similar series in 3-2 BC that has been suggested as the Star of Bethlehem. “As has been the case in 2014–15,” he explains, “the first two conjunctions back then were extremely close, the last one separated by about 1°, all three occurred not far from Regulus, and all were similarly high up in the sky.”

Thus it can be seen that nowhere in the Sky & Telescope article is this said. It was the interpretation of the person that wrote the article that you read. I believe the value of critical thinking is now evident. We should question everything. As the late great Dr Timothy Leary said: “Think for yourself, question authority.” This is very important now, more than ever. This is a prime example of the critical thinking of Capricorn. The Sun in Cancer influences us to gravitate to those pieces of information that play to our emotions. While usually this intuition is spot on, if we waiver from critical thinking skills, we may occasionally find ourselves in an emotionally driven space rather than a clear space. But if we are too critical, we may find ourselves without passion, without emotions, and without peace.

So, what are the perks to this full moon? Well, esoterically speaking, its a “WOW” kind of full moon! In esoteric astrology it is taught that when a soul enters into a new cycle of spiritual development, it enters that cycle through the astrological sign of Cancer, and exits it when it is ready through the sign of Capricorn. Thus we have a lot of potency at our fingertips. The first form of potency we have is the fact that it is the full moon, and this particular one is known as the “Thunder Moon.” Thus it is clear how potent it is. Secondly, we have the fact that there is a Jupiter Venus conjunction in the sky in the sign of Leo! Jupiter is known as the “Greater Benefic” in astrology, meaning that it is the most beneficial planet to look at for good fortune, and Venus is known as the “Lesser Benefic,” which is the same, only less. The sign of Leo corresponds to good fortune, luck, children, creativity, and all things related to shining brightly. Thus we have the perfect environment for good fortune to favor us if we choose to shine brightly during this stage of life. Finally, we have the esoteric side of things, which tells us that this is a perfect time to make forward progress on our personal development path. This is an excellent time to work with the spiritual side of life, and in particular where you want to go from here. By decreeing your intent, you step into your own personal power. This will assist in determining the karma that you face, but to discuss that would be a digression.

I will simply close here with a final summation thought to ponder: Why not?

Blessings,

Bill

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Happy Full Moon Gemini!

Greetings!

Today we have the full moon in Gemini, with the Sun in Gemini and the moon in Sagittarius. Esoterically speaking this is the “Festival of Humanity,” and celebrates all of the accomplishments that we as a species have accomplished.

A lot of times we emphasize broad concepts like world peace or world healing, but sometimes what gets lost is the individual, and in this case, we are the individuals. The Hermetic axiom is just as true now as it was thousands of years ago: “As above, so below, as within so without,” and often times it is wise to remind ourselves of this. It is too easy to get lost in the morass of the nebulosity that is the bigger picture, and regaining this balance is something that I would like to address in this brief blog.

It is very easy for us to see the big picture because we are inundated with it each and every day from a variety of media outlets. We are constantly sent messages that have to do with a lot of things happening in a lot of places throughout the world. In this way programming is attempted. The programming that is occurring is in our brains, and is being guided by those that send the information. In days gone past this covered only a city or a geographical area, but in this day and age the range is the globe and even space itself. Because of this we can easily see the bigger picture, but often times our minds focus on this, and we put so much of our attention on the outside that we unintentionally neglect the inside and the personal.

So, I would like to leave you with these questions to stimulate interest on the personal side of life. After all, the human species is made up of a whole bunch of individuals. When was the last time you celebrated your own accomplishments? How have you contributed to the nebulous world peace by creating peace in your own life? What will be made of this mental inventory? Where will you begin to tie that which is above to that which is below? Who will you start with? Hint: That last question is you. Everything in this multiverse begins with you, no matter where you are on the path, for it is through a series of effects produced by us en masse that we can obtain the “above.”

Blessings~

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Happy Full Moon Taurus!

Greetings!

We find ourselves at the Full Moon in Taurus with the Moon in Scorpio.This may bring passion and intensity into the air, now and through the next few days, so it is wise to work with this energy. However, in addition to this full moon we have the festival of Wesak, which celebrates the birth and ascension of Lord Buddha. One of the best things you can do at this time is to take some time for yourself and re-align with not only you, but also your place in the cosmos. This is a very auspicious time to remind yourself of applying wisdom to decisions that require your input. An easy way to work with this is to meditate on a clear crystal lake where you can find Buddha along with other ascended masters, for this is their festival. Don’t worry though, the next full moon is our festival, the festival of humanity.

Coming up in the near future is a Mercury retrograde, so it is wise to also prepare for this. During a Mercury retrograde, you may find that things come up from the past to be re-addressed. This may occur in a very blunt way, though, so it is also wise to watch your speech. In short, as I’m sure you can tell, it’s a good time to focus on your personal work to tie up loose ends and prepare to get ahead.

Speaking of being proactive and getting ahead, there’s a lot in my world that is occurring. To begin with, my first book “Vocal Magick” is out and available, so things are moving ahead with that, especially since I’ll have a book signing at Pathways in St Louis MO on Saturday May 16th, followed by presentations at Pagan Picnic in St Louis and Babalon Rising in Midian IN. For those of you that want to know more about astrology but have limited time, I’ll be holding my annual astrology weekend intensive workshop on May 23rd and 24th, also at Pathways, in conjunction with others classes being held there.

I’ll still continue to have classes and be available for readings at Holistic Journey in IL, too, teaching my Mercury retrograde class there as well as at Pathways. However, in Holistic Journey I will also be debuting a new class entitled “Sacred Space,” during which we will discuss the principles and techniques of creating sacred space. This will be on May 28th. Mercury Retrograde will also be taught here, so there are several opportunities for attendance. My webinars have been successful, and I have one scheduled for Saturday, May 30th, and the topic of this one will be the “Astrology of the Body.” Join me as we discuss how astrology lines up with the body, and what you can do with that information.

Remember, during this month is traditionally when the gods and goddesses got married, making this a prime time to execute a divine marriage regarding your spiritual growth, merging the spiritual and the physical. By working with Buddha early in the month we can clear our minds to continue to make clear, informed decisions throughout the whole month so that this Mercury retrograde can be one of the most productive, potentially empowering you towards new cycles of growth.

Blessings,

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