Imbolc: The Festival of Lights

February 2

In the wheel of the year, we are entering the holy time of Imbolc. It is the “quickening” time, when intention and devotion rise up within us to meet the year ahead. Today we know Imbolc as Groundhog's Day, when we wait to see if the Groundhog sees his shadow to let us know how long it will be until Spring appears.

And we may indeed feel the promise of Spring, as crocuses pop up here and there and the days seem visibly longer. This is traditionally a time to renew commitments and connect more deeply with your path – whether spiritual, philosophical or vocational. This is a good time to consider what you are here to serve.

Imbolc is an ancient festival of light, and it can also be a time of purification and cleansing in readiness to breathe life into actions and ideas with the coming of the spring. We have been dreaming up new visions, gathering our resources and strength through the winter, and now we begin to see the ways our dreams could take form in the coming year.

To align with the energy of Imbolc, take some time to connect with your personal mission statement for the year and see if it feels right to commit to that. Don't have a personal mission statement for the year? Well, go ahead and make one.

Sit down with a pen and paper and breathe deeply. You are going to move into a state where you can listen to your inner-voice. Ask yourself, your body, your heart: What do I need to cultivate this year? What wisdom is there for me to find in the year ahead? You may also ask yourself, What is sacred to me, at this time in my life? How can I serve that energy? What is my Deep Self/Higher Self calling for me to be?

Take some time to write about this, remembering to listen to your deep self and write whatever comes without censoring or judging the content. Use this writing to craft a short, simple personal mission statement for 2019. You can use this mission statement as a way to check in with yourself before making decisions. Does this action serve my mission for the year?

Resurfacing

Waiting by Rhea Wolf

Waiting by Rhea Wolf

This forecast celebrates the return of the Goddess from her underworld journey. Venus stations direct on November 16, and will soon appear in the east as the morning star. This signaled to the ancients that the Goddess Ishtar or Inanna had come back to life, purified and renewed during the retrograde cycle when She disappears from view for six weeks. As the Goddess returns, let’s follow in her footsteps, hopeful that she will guide us back to a life of sweet beauty and profound truths. May we all find our way through and discover the resiliency to summon forth our unique contributions to the turning of our times.

In Peace,

Rhea

Venus retrograde and direct

For the past six weeks, we’ve been guided into deep waters by Venus’ retrograde dance in Scorpio. Mythically, this can be seen as a time of cleansing and renewal, in which the Goddess descended to the underworld to learn the sacred mystery of death. Astrologically, it is a time to reflect on the issues ruled by this planet, namely relationships and values. During this reflection, we face many unwelcome truths about the nature of love, but also get clearer about what we want to cultivate in order to bring more sweetness and beauty to life. In going through Scorpio’s waters, the ride has been bumpy as hell. Collectively, we are facing the twin shadows of misogyny and racism, erupting into violence. Personally, we are asked to re-unite with the discarded parts of ourselves, to be unafraid of the darkness within us. Some of the darkness is healing and nourishing, while some of it needs to be transformed in Scorpio’s compost pile.

As Venus moves direct, we put our reflection into action. Ask yourself, what were the lessons about love I received in the past six weeks? Then, as Venus makes her way back through Libra and Scorpio, consider taking action to weave these lessons into the fabric of your life. On January 8th, Venus will be leaving Scorpio and give us a break from a lot of the heaviness of the past year.

Jupiter into Sagittarius

On November 9, Jupiter enters its home sign of Sagittarius, where it will remain for one year. The previous year, as Jupiter journeyed through Scorpio, we were confronting a lot of painful truths about our world, including the rise of nationalism, racism, and misogyny. Jupiter is the truth-seeker, and Scorpio offers us all the truths, even uncomfortable or terrifying ones. But ultimately, they needed to be illuminated so that we can create the necessary changes.

As Jupiter moves into Sagittarius, we can welcome in the lighter energy of this sign. All the unearthing of the past year can now lead to a reorganization of our moral codes and ethics. Jupiter in Sagittarius moves like wildfire, so it’s important that we’ve sought the bigger picture or looked at issues from all the angles before we take action. This combination can also bring hubris and exaggeration, so it’s all the more important that you consider how to take the high ground with humility.

It’s a great year for setting intentions. Much like pulling the Wheel of Fortune card and Temperance together, there’s a big opportunity here to mix your magic up to make reality a lot more exciting and fulfilling. What are you dreaming of? Don’t be afraid to keep it simple or to start small. We have a whole year to work with this energy, after all.

Ceres conjunct Venus

The asteroid Ceres will be helping us harvest the lessons of the Venus retrograde cycle as it enters Scorpio on November 12. Ceres is the Earth Mother, the Goddess of the Grain, but her symbol is a sickle, and as such she also represents death and the endings of cycles. She reaps. So, what were those seeds we planted? As you prepare for the winter, try to remember the things that bring you gladness, that fill your heart with joy. Ceres in Scorpio has more hard lessons for us, but she also carries with her the promise of renewal, if we can recall the life we most want. Make a list of your favorite things, people, and places. Spend more time with each. Deepen your connections to what you love, and you will harvest beauty.

 

Wilderness or Oblivion?

Wilderness or Oblivion?

At the top of the butte, I lean into the DragonTree. I am asking for a message about the upcoming movement of Uranus – the planet of disruption, breakthroughs, and cataclysmic changes – into the sign of Taurus, the Earth’s abundance, fertility, and beauty.

I’ll admit it: I’m scared of this transit. It is important to name the fear in order to begin to move past it. I want to know what is my fear and what is intuition, which is difficult to discern at times, especially given my history of what is called mental illness in this society.

I breathe deeply and ask, “What do the people of this land need to know about the transit of Uranus in Taurus?”