May 1 May Day Beltane fire sex fertility earthy pagan celebration Astrology from Tara Greene

May Day is the ancient pagan Beltane fire celebration of the Maypole Dance  the phallic dance of  fertility. Beltane fires are lit atop hilltops.

Revelers intertwine ribbons and dance around the MayPole. Traditionally masked young men and women would meet as strangers in the night, to mate,on the earth, in the bonfire shadows, to surrender to the natural desires of Spring,budding life and new passion running in their veins. Children conceived at Beltane were considered sacred and special and born around St. Brigid’s day, also a Fiery Goddess.

May 1 fire fertility rites

 We are moving with the round of the year, May 1st marks the cross-quarter, half- way point between Spring and Summer Solstice now. The days are lengthening in the Northern hemisphere. Conversely, pagans are celebrating Halloween or Samhain down under, the Witches New year. It is the Day of the Dead in the southern Hemisphere and the fire festival of renewed life in the northern half.

Go with the flow, the natural flow or CHI  of earth energy. Celebrate the renewed life force. You don’t have to be pagan to commune with the masculine life force rising.

The waxing Earthy Virgo Moon conjuncts Mars -@ 1:27 am PDT/ 4:27 am EDT to lend a perfect  mirror.

There are more Grand Trines between Virgo Moon and Mars, Pluto in Capricorn and Sun in Taurus.

It’s an excellent time to conceive tonight, literally with the cosmic golden Triangles blessings, if not a physical child then any creative means of self-expression. Explore more soulful { PLuto}  avenues of work and service {VIRGO} , and simply allow your body sense and feelings [ TAURUS}  to walk your silent minded talk. Celebrate being in the BODY! MAke  love, dance with passion around the bonfire!

I see May Day as the first day to a 5 day ceremonial uprising and celebration.

With the upcoming 5 5 5 , also Cinco de Mayo, Wesak, and an incredibly powerful once a year extra sexy Scorpio FULL MOON coming up

use MAY DAY as a synchronic potent fiery spirit initiation to ritually totally transform your life, in balancing  completing and fullfilling YOU with the precious 5th element in your life.

So start May day  DAY 1 – with honouring the FIRE element. It’s prefect! Fire= EAST, RED, passion, MARS, Phallic, beginnings

ALWAYS smudge,your self first to cleanse and purify your self before you do any ceremony or sacred ritual using sacred cedar, sweet grass, sage or incense.

Always cast a sacred circle, delineating sacred space from profane space. You can sprinkle it with blessed water, or simply intend it,

Use candles which match the elements: In the  Native American tradition:

Yellow for FIRE, Red for WATER,  BLACK for EARTH, White for AIR, Blue or RED  for spirit.

Different traditions associate different elements to different directions depending on where they live geographically. May seem confusing but it makes sense. If you live on the west coast Water,the ocean is in the west, etc. Puru uses a different system and animal emblems.

Beginning in the south with the coiled serpent {Kundalini energy} Innocence,the past,

moving to the west the Jaguar, death and rebirth,earth

to the north,air beautiful sweet nectar drinkinghummingbird,

and finally to the East, fire, the Sun and the Condor soaring with spirit.

The 5th element is all our relations, all the peoples, teachers, creatures and the Star nations,

Once in youre sacred space always move clock-wise,

May Day, 1= FIRE,  May 2- WATER, May 3 -EARTH, May 4 – AIR,  May 5 = SPIRIT/SOUL

Use whatever associations you like to the 4 elements, whatever has personal resonance with you, use it.

to learn more about the elements go to my website: http://taratarotweb.tripod.com/id21.html

I’ll post helpers for each days ceremony.

 

Practical {Taurus}  Go with the energetic flow.

Blessings TARA

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Libra Full Moon, Easter, Passover,pagan Eostre Balancing act Astrology, Tara Greene insights

The 1st Super Moon of 2012  is April 6 A LIBRA FULL MOON @ 12:19 pm PDT/3:19 pm EDT/ 7:19 pm GMT  

I send Happy Easter Passover and Eostre greetings to all my friends clients and all who find my articles.

It’s GOOD FRIDAY and the 1st night of PASSOVER  just as in the original story of Jesus, so it is told, of Jesus, being condemned to die on the cross and  resurrected over the next 3 days. 3 is an ancient symbol of the number of days each month for the Moon to rebirth herself.  A very symbolic time for two major religions in the western world.

For the Jewish people Passover is one of the most important rituals and celebrations in their history. The Passover retells the story of the Jews enslavement in Egypt for 300 years, how Moses received the 10 Commandments and  freed the Jews from Pharaoh and their subsequent wandering in the desert for 40 years. The Passover has been celebrated for over 3,500 years. Themes of suffering, freedom, sacrifice, resurrection abound.

What does this mean for us now in 2012?   The effects of a Full moon lasts for the 2 week cycle till the New MOON so use this article as a reference as to how it affects your natal chart/planets.

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Sun is at 17 degrees ARIES with Moon opposite in LIBRA. Full MOON’s  mark completions. Full MOONs are  fertile. A super moon shows the moon very large as it is closer to the earth, we get 5 of these a year. The closer proximity makes the Moon  more magical, romantic and potent. 

LIBRA Full moon is a balancing act, it is  karma. ROMANCE is in the AIR.

 IT’S COMPLICATED …

and complex relationship’s energies to balance.  MARS ruler of Aries governs the Sun at this time, is still RETROGRADE at 4 degrees Virgo  and moving very s-l-o-w-l-y till  April 13  where he turns direct. MARS ruler of Men, libido than means SEX, action, defenses, war has been RETRO boogy -ing since Jan. 23 at 23 degrees of VIRGO. It will take till JUNE 20 for MARS to get back up to form and make some real forward motion.

This is the slow period. MOON in Air sign Libra is ruled by VENUS now at 2 degrees of Gemini. Moon= moods, feelings and shows a  doubly airy, fickle, doesn’t know what it feels, confused feelings.

We were experiencing those lovely GRAND TRINES a week or so ago. Now the energy has shifted dramatically.

MARS opposite NEPTUNE at 2 degrees of PISCES and CHIRON the Wounded Healer at 7 degrees. Neptune and Chiron have been like twins since 2011 in very close proximity to each other. NEPTUNE is the HIGHER OCTAVE, or spiritual love, AGAPE the Greeks called it, of Venus.

Soul-mate stuff. CHIRON is the wounded healer, we are most vulnerable where Chiron is. In PISCES this is our open spiritual wounds. PISCES is the 12th house,  past life,  unconscious, self-undoing wounds. It is the in denial wounds, the scapegoat wounds, the workaholic, addictions to sex, drugs, health, working out, money, power,drop out wounds, it is the martyr, Like JESUS, in the TAROT, the Hanged Man.

But these wounds are part and parcel of our human journey, our in CARN{E} ation. As JESUS was both human and divine,when he asked God on the cross why hast thou forsaken me? Jesus was speaking from the human vulnerable separation point of view for a moment. We can all identify with that. When we know our true PISCES divinity, that we are all sons and daughters of God. We are sparks of Gods, holograms of all of creation then we have the LIBRA balance. It is ours to balance out the Human and the Divine within ourselves. 

The opposition of Mars retrograde in Virgo to  Neptune and Chiron has been rubbing our all too human imperfections raw of late. My clients have been expressing this and I’ve certainly been feeling that! Frazzled, tired, not good enough, too nit picky, working too hard, what’s the point? … Those three are also in square to the NORTH NODE at 6 degrees of SAGITTARIUS and to VENUS.

The NORTH Node symbolizes the highest spiritual goal. It is sitting exactly on my Sun right now. The North Node in Sagittarius is about honesty, truth, inspiration, optimism, teaching, adventure, the far-seeing goal. Sagittarius is the Galactic Center. The BLACK HOLE at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy is the Spiritual gateway of all souls and held in high esteem by many Indigenous ancient cultures not only the Maya.

This MUTABLE GRAND CROSS involves Mars, VENUS, Neptunian spiritual Higher love, Chirotic wounding, and the choice to re-balance  our relationships. What will YOU choose?

Jupiter ruler of the North Node and ancient ruler of Pisces is at 14 degreees of Taurus very BULLISH, strong stubborn and grounded at the middle degree.  Retrograde Saturn is opposite the Sun close to the Moon, we are very much at a pivotal point in humanity’s karma.

We choose to create our reality at every moment.  CHOOSE from the heart. This extended Martian retrograde period has the where the action is planet staying in VIRGO  from Nov 10 2011- July 3 2012. That’s almost 8 months in the hard work earth sign of analysis,perfecting.Remember the earth, Virgo is the Virgin, the Harvest, we all come from the earth, we are all Her children. Keep life simple, grounded, humble, on budget. 

PLUTO begins his annual five month retrograde on April 10. We will then deepen our journey like Persephone in the land of Hades, the Underworld, the soul land of resurrection, as Easter symbolizes.

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St. Patrick’s Day,the Luck ‘O the Irish,the pagans by Tara Greene Astrology

by Tara Greene Astrology Psychic  & More Copyright 2011- eternity & beyond.

St. Patrick, Catholic Irish Saint,is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. That story  is actually a cultural re-visioning. St. Patrick, identified with the shamrock, was no Saint and not lucky at all for the pagans who worshipped the Goddess. Ireland since time out of mind was a pagan, Wiccan, Druid, Nature, Goddess worshipping land. These people were demonized and ripped off by St. Paddy. 

St. Paddy is NOT Irish. Born in Scotland  to Roman parents around 387 AD.  Taken prisoner at 14, he was sent to Ireland as a slave. He studied the language and learned the customs of the people, original Nature loving, pantheistic earth worshippers. 

As the story goes, Patrick prayed to God. He had a dream he was to leave Ireland but the Irish people were calling him back. He studied to be a priest. He became a Bishop and was sent back to Ireland to teach the Gospel. He arrived at Slane on March 25, 433. Patrick converted many thousands of people including Irish Kings who were moved {or threatened} upon hearing Patrick’s message. He himself had many disciples who were all later canonized. He preached for over 40 years, apparently worked many miracles, and wrote of his love for God in his confessions. He lived in poverty, travelled and endured much suffering and died March 17, 461 AD. at Saul, where he had built his first church. It’s 1,550 years since he died. 

THE SHAMROCK

Patrick used the shamrock, as the symbol of the holy Trinity. The SHAMrock or clover {note the sham pun in shamrock, puns are always give a ways} is originally an ancient PAGAN SYMBOL of the GODDESS, the original Holy TRINITY, the TRIPLE GODDESS, whose phases we see as the Moon waxing and waning.  

The Triple Goddess, like the Roman God Janus, who was also an overlay of the original Goddess worshipping religions, represents the past present and future. Christianity like Hinduism, Judaism, Islam always incorporated former religions but then skews the original meaning, usually inferring the opposite.

Sheilaugh Na Gig Irish Pagan symbol in Church

Catholic pagan symbol Sheila Na Gig

St. Patrick was famous for driving the snakes out of Ireland, meaning he drove the pagans out/converted them. The snake is a euphemism; the snakes symbolize the Goddess, rebirth, sexuality, eternity, and wisdom. Snakes were always her honoured symbol. In the re-writing of the Goddess history, the propaganda popularly known as the Bible, tells how in Genesis, the snake was turned into evil and Eve made to be seen as wicked, the original sinner, forever dooming women to hardship in birth, and never able to repent.

 

Cretan Snake goddess

Cretan Snake goddess worhsipped for thousands of years

It is the worst most wicked, horrible, most ridiculous LIE,  filled with self-hatred, hatred of life, divorced from nature. It  was of course built on the foundations of Judaism and the old testament which was the historical very violent story of the crushing of the Goddess religion, the defamation of the Feminine.

Everything the Goddess stood for, love of Nature, the Feminine relating principles, honouring life, children, sexuality etc. was made bad, indecent, devil worship by the Catholic Church and the Bible.

Christians thank him the conversion of the ancient Irish pagans. But in the name of Christ who tolerated all peoples, honoured women and preached love of thy neighbour, pagans especially women,who were labelled witches and -worshippers,were tortured to convert, and had their properties and rank stolen from them.

 To some Pagans, wiccans, druids, Goddess worshippers St. Patrick is a despised person who drove the Irish people from their original faith.  Some Wiccans may actually enjoy the celebration because of its “hidden” Pagan meaning, and smile when they see devout Christians wearing the shamrock, the Goddess’symbol proudly.

As in the Mists of Avalon, the re-telling of the Arthurian and Grail legends from the original Pagan Goddess worshipping aspect, the Goddess in any name is still Her energy. Goddess worship is earth honouring, egalitarian, matriarchal. 

Just as the white people carry a collective karmic debt and shame for destroying Indigenous peoples earth worshipping religion and cultures. In Canada,there is now a token giving back, as in the Queen Charlotte Island being renamed in their indigenous tongue and land treaties give native people back the lands and bones or historical relics taken in colonialized plunder, as in Egypt and China that were stolen from them. 

Perhaps we should rethink St. Patrick when we’re out in the pub drinking green beer, wearing shamrocks, and singing When Irish Eyes Are Smilin’ and Oh Danny Boy and at least toast THE GODDESS. Because as She says: “All acts of love and beauty are my worship.” 

And speaking of Ireland. The name Tara, popularly connected to the Hills of Tara, and the Kings of Tara is originally a Goddess name. Tara, whose ancient worship continues today,She is still worshipped daily in India and Tibet.  Green Tara whose name is originally SITARA, means the Stars. Therefore she is just like the Egyptian Goddess of the sky, where all life originated, the goddess Nut, or Nuit, aka the Milky Way Galaxy. Hey we don’t call it a Guyaxy. 

Sitara, her name means the Galaxy, all that is, She is the original creatress, Mother Nature. The Sitar is her heavenly music, the music of the cosmos. Her worship is so ancient and widespread it ran from India all the way to Ireland.

In English Tara =Terra in Latin meaning The EARTH. Eartha or Artha in Sanskrit means the Earth. All the names have an etymological root from Sanskrit considered to be a holy language. So in India and Tibet the mantra, the prayers for Tara invoke her vibration, as chanting OHM is considered to be the original word of God. Tara actually has 21 different manifestations, colours and dances representing her powers.  Green Tara is Mother Nature. 

Chanting her mantra or saying these words brings protection.

Om Tara Tu Tara Tura Swoha. The Tura is pronounced Tooray.

For Japan and all the desecration of Her Planet please chant these words to divine Goddess tara.

Blessings

Nuclear meltdown in Japan,women have the anti-dote, SuperMoon by Tara Greene

March 12-14th 2011 With the 2nd or 3rd Nuclear power plant at the Fukushima plants in meltdown and dangerous types of nuclear fuel used this is  a very dangerous situation and is being covered up in the media. see

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20100823a7.html

I meant to write feminine and masculine and my Freudian unconscious slip went  faminine and mesculine as in the famine of the Feminine created by the mess of the masculine. How apropos.

The latest powerful earthquakes and  tsunami’s in Japan is the earth crying out for women to pay attention to her and act in right relationship.  If we are really humanKIND we must act kind, we must be kind, we must reKINDle ourselves in harmony with the heartflame of Grandmother Earth.

We are all Her children. We are but little specs, like ants upon her bosom, see how fragile we truly are when Mother Nature shakes us about, she is showing us who is boss she’s giving us humans a time out for acting badly to her. 

MOTHER EARTH, the Divine Feminine is full of unconditional love for all of us but we, MEN  have raped and abused her for thousands of years now and her womb,the oceans are polluted and the air, her breath and the earth, her body had been so ravaged by greed and masculine dominator models for over 5,000 years. None of her earth should be mined, blasted, no oil pumped out, no radioactive materials used.

Any mistreatment of women and children who are created in her DIVINE IMAGE, Feminine like Her Self is an affront to The Goddess= Our Mother. To further strengthen our commitment to the 100th anniversary of International Womens’ day we need to honour the earth with our bodies and our blood more than ever. Desperate times call for ACTION and commitment.

Women- written by Canadian Singer Nancy Ward  from her album

To the Planters of Trees produced by Jack Lenz. 1989{ ?}

Women, we are strong like the trees,

we can bend in the wind,

we can bend in the wind without breaking

Women, we are patient as mountains,

we endure like the rivers,

 we are waters on the storm,

 we are peacemakers.

Women, Mother Earth is our baby,

 she is sick and in trouble,

 Mother Earth is our baby,

 our own, Mother  Earth is our baby, our own.

People, we must call on our powers,

from the earth sky and waters,

 we must heal Mother EArth with

our Beauty, our Beauty 

 we must heal, Mother Earth, with our Souls.

Holy Grail, Sacred Blood heals the earth

In ancient times Women’s menstrual blood was considered Holy, the Sacred Blood of Life. The Holy Grail is the womb itself the Sang Real is royal blood. Menstrual blood was the first blood used to fertilize crops, the beginning of agriculture. The red carpet which we know to today used by Hollywood stars denoting power, wealth, beauty was originally a special carpet that women  bled upon which gave it its power. 

Women your monthly period is your sacred menstrual blood of Life and will help to heal the earth. As in homeopathic cures, like cures like and in magick intention is everything. We must give back what She has honoured us with, the Gift of Life and to give back .

You know this in the deepest part of your wombs in your unconscious in your cells. All you have to do is get past the programming and remember what your body tells you. Ask your womb if it is holy? Is your monthly bleeding time sacred? Is your monthly flow not the root of and intended to bring forth the miracle of life? How could it be any other way? We need to move out of unconsciousness into empowerment and enlightenment, this is it. Your body hold the magick. You need to free yourself til you can laugh at how ridiculous it is to believe that your sacred body and its natural flow could be anything but sacred and holy.

If you are a woman who still bleeds, save your blessed menstrual blood in a non-toxic pad or cup and pour some onto the earth or in a body of water with a prayer of powerful intention to heal mother earth NOW. This will greatly benefit the earth and all her relations.

Especially at this very powerful u[coming Super Moon on March 19 when the full Moon will be closest to the Earth in 20 years, if you are bleeding then use that time especially. Anytime and always is the best time. Give back to Mother earth that which She has given you. This is ancient pagan wiccan ceremonial magick. It is very powerful menstrual blood,  that is why there was all the taboos about women bleeding. 

I made a vow at a women’s ceremony in 1992 to teach women and young girls about the sacred power of their menstrual blood. I  offer to coach to educate, to lead ceremonies and rituals.

See other women doing the same:

Herbalist, Wise Woman, best-selling author Susun Weed

Susun initiated me as a Green Witch in 1987 at her beautiful magical gardens and goat farm in Woodstock New York. http://www.susunweed.com/

Another lady passionate about spreading the Good word about our monthly wise blood. http://moonwisdom.blogspot.com/2008/02/menstrual-blood-art.html

Imbolc,Candlemas,St. Brigid’s Day,Groundhog Day Feb 1-2 Tara Greene rituals

Feb. 1st –2nd IMBOLC Traditional Irish and Pagan Holiday Celebrations

 

 

 

Traditionally what we modern Westerners know as Groundhog Day was and is, on Feb 1st or 2nd is celebrated in the Modern Irish Calendar as Saint Brigid’s Day,or Bride’s Day. Both a Catholic and an ancient Pagan Celebration,an ancient Goddess tradition, also called Imbolc, still celebrated by Wiccans/Pagan based Earth honouring religions. Christians overlaid the Ancient Goddess worshipers’ holiday renaming it Candlemas or the fest of the Purification of the Virgin. This celebration also relates to the midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.

It is a “cross-quarter” day in the 8 rounds of the Wheel of Time in the Solar based year. Since the Celtic Year was based on both lunar and solar cycles, it is most likely the holiday would be celebrated on the Full Moon nearest those 2 midpoints, when early spring flowers would begin to rise up through the snow, and snakes would come out of the ground. This is the precursor of the Groundhog, which the Romans replaced with a Hedgehog, which we… On Feb. 2nd this year there is a NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS at 12:45 am EST.
That Ancient peoples of Ireland kept this day as very sacred. At the Megalithic and Neolithic sites, such as the Loughcrew burial mounds and the Mound of the Hostages in Tara, Ireland, the inner chambers of the passage tombs are perfectly aligned with the rising sun of both Imbolc and Samhain attesting to the value placed on this day.

Triple Goddess/Saint Brigid/Bride

She is according to Robert Graves, the most Ancient Triple Goddess worshipped since time out of mind. The Goddess rules over scholars and poets. She is the Goddess of fire and inspirations in Ireland, the Goddess of poetry, creativity, smithcraft and healing. She also rules healing with water, and divination. She is said to rule over people who work with cows and chickens, brewers, fugitives, midwives, infants, printers, sailors, travelers, New Zealand, & Irish nuns. This day symbolizes a time of transitions, initiations, new beginnings, of planting seeds that will sprout later. Brigid/Birgita represents the light half of the year,Her power brings the people out of the dark season of winter into spring, so, it is a very important time of the year.

She is the Goddess of Augury

In the Druidic tradition, poetry and augury were associated. She is patron of prophets and seers.

Celtic seers divined by looking into deep water and into flames. This is a great time to do divination. STare at a candle, a fireplace with conscious intention. Call upon Brigid to come to you.

Triple Goddess

She has two sisters with the same name. One aspect of her carries a blacksmith tongs and a sword, because she is also patroness of war; another aspect holds 2 healing snakes, from which the modern Doctor’s symbol is derived, the caduceus, the third aspect carries a wand with a crescent moon and a tablet.

Elements

Brigid rules the Waters. Many healing springs are dedicated to Brigid. Natural bodies of water also signify Her presence, particularly where three streams joined together. She also rules Fire, so it is customary to make candles for the coming year and bless them on this day.

Protecting Goddess

In her aspect as Brigantia, she carries a spear, an orb of victory, and wears a war crown. She symbolizes protection of the country from invaders and slavery.

Midwives

As Patroness of Midwives, she was invoked at the door of the home where the woman was giving birth, by the midwife. Who speke:

Bride, Bride, come in! Thy welcome is truly made, Give thou relief to the woman, And give thou the conception to the Trinity.

Brigid is the guardian of every newborn, their cradles protected with a woven Brigit’s Cross, an equal armed cross. Upon a safe delivery, the infant was blessed or “sained” by the midwife, with 3 drops of water on the child’s forehead, dedicating the Child to the Triple Goddess. The “Holy Trinity” in its modernized Christian aspect, was just an overlay of the Goddess Triple Aspect since time out of memory. A candle was carried ‘round the bed sun wise three times. As Brigid is a Solar Goddess. We think of the Sun as masculine but originally all aspects of the Universe were considered Feminine.

Brigid Ruler of the Hearth

Especially in Gaelic Scotland, Brigid’s dolls are placed near the hearth on her Feast Day. The doll is usually dressed in white, decorated. A white wand is placed in her bed as a fertility charm. As she is patroness of agriculture, pastures, livestock, and abundance. An offering is made to her of dairy products. The Brigid doll is kept throughout the year near the hearth hung on a wall, or by a door, as a talisman of protection, then burnt the next year.

Light a Candle and Invoke the Goddess at this time-

I kindle this candle in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Smiths,

I sain this house in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Healers,

I smoor this candle in the name of Brighid, Goddess of Poets.

One folk tradition still continues in both Christian and Pagan homes on St. Brigid’s Day is that of St. Brigid’s Bed. Girls and young unmarried women create corn dollies to represent Brigid, these are adorned with ribbons, baubles shells or stones. A bed is made for the doll to lie in. On St. Brigid’s Eve Jan 31, the girls gather together in one house and stay up all night with the doll, are are later visited by all the young men, who ask permission to enter the home, and then treat the young maidens and the dolly with respect. The next day the girls carry the doll through the neighbourhood from house to house, where she is welcomed with great honour. Adult women stay home to welcome the Brigid procession and offer snacks and coins to the young girls and maidens.

Brigid is said to walk the earth on Imbolc eve. Feb 1st. Before going to bed, each member of the household may leave a piece of clothing or strip of fabric outside for Brigid to bless. The cloth are brought inside the next morning, believed to now have the powers of healing and protection.

BRIGID is alive and well.

The name “Britain” is a derivation of Brigit’s name. Britain was named for an ancient Celtic tribe, the Brigantes, who were the largest Celtic tribe in the country in pre-Roman times who worshipped Her as their Deity. The tribe originated from an area now called Bregenz in Austria near Lake Constance. The word “brigand” comes from this tribe of fierce warriors. Her symbol is a flaming spear. Her worship spread, leaving behind places named in Her honour-Brittany in France, Brechin in Scotland, the name Brent, in England, any name containing Bride. Britain’s symbol, the Goddess Brigantia, still found on their 50 cent coin is Brigid in her aspect as Goddess of the Land. In Old German/Yiddish the word “Fabrent” meaning burnt honours this Ancient Goddess. Of course Britany Spears is carrying the modern archetype of Brigid, and strangely enough one of Brigid’s symbols is a flaming spear!

A Sample of prayers used at St. Bridgid’s Day

Light 1 candle-

We gather together in this time of darkness. We look to the return of the light.

We look to the first light of Spring.

(Light two more candles.)

Goddess Midwife: Healer, Nurturer, and Herbalist.

Goddess Poetess: Bringer of Wisdom, Guidance and Prophesy.

Goddess Smithcraft: Keeper of Fire, Craftswomen, and Transformation.

Maiden, Mother, and Crone – A Triple Goddess.

Her symbols are Brigid’s cross, the flaming arrow, Brigid’s bed.

It was customary to write wishes upon scraps of cloth

and tie them to the bushes near her sacred wells.

This is Her Time of Year, a very special moment.

Her day is the Second of February,

A day upon which to seek wisdom from inside the Earth.

In the time before Patrick, serpents were sent

because they dwell in both worlds, above ground and below.

In Christian Times, the serpent became a Groundhog.

Our lady is a goddess of many aspects: Crone, Matron,

but she is pictured most often as the maiden.

Chant: Welcome Brigid, Welcome Brigid (the burning arrow of the power – Bridgette)

(Candles are lit. Maiden Goddess appears.)

Brigid: Blessings of the season upon you, my People.

I am She, that is the natural mother of all things,

Mistress and governess of all the elements,

The initial progeny of worlds,

Chief of the powers divine,

Queen of all that are in the other world,

the principal of them that dwell above,

Manifested alone and under one form

Of all the Gods and Goddesses.

St. Brigid, celtic Goddess, Imbolc, Candlemas

Festival of coming Spring, Groundhog Day

Maxxed Out Cardinal Crosses, Cosmic Traffic Pearl Jams by Tara Greene

the Continuing CARDINAL CROSS TIMES   X marks the spot  

cARDINAL pOPE gRAND cROSS gALACTIC TIMES

LET 'em eat bacon!

 

THE CARDINAL CROSS TIMES  

 Aug 6- 7th 2010  Tara Greene’s  Astrology Updates and advice for the ongoing continuous stress of Uranian Plutonian revolutionize and change now or soon die and maxxed out Cardinal crosses including a number of planets!  

Since the June 26 Lunar eclipse Grand Cardinal Cross which instigated these 2010-2012 CArdinal Years there’s now more energies applying again, more hits to get us up and moving. 

These days there is now Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn, The Moon in early degrees of Cancer, Venus just entered Libra, her Home sign, cozying up to Mars and Saturn in the scales of Karmic Justice. Producing, count ’em  10 squares and 7 oppositions! That’s a whopping tension.  

That number of new beginnings-early Cardinal Sign planets in Grand Cross formation hasn’t been seen in about 2,000 years!!!! What happened back then? 

   

The Jupiter Pluto square will be in effect for the nest 6 weeks!  Jupiter is Mr. Big, Jupiter rules foreigners, airplanes, religious fanatics, higher education, travel, philosophy, legal matters, risk tasking. Jupiter is THE Wheel of Fortune in the Tarot. Pluto is Hades lord of the Underworld, Soul presence, shadow, Pluto if used very consciously is power and riches. Negatively its’s secrets, power and control over others. But its all good,as its’ purpose is all about destruction  or de-construction & resurrection.  So how’s your personal D & R. going?  

How Phoenix do you feel?  Or how close or far are you from that event horizon? 

Pluto rules riches and worldly power in Capricorn and Jupiter is BIG, so large market falls are possible, big new laws which may limit people which then brings Uranus also in early Aries into the picture as the revolution is beginning to heat up. 

what me worry?

Cardinal crosses- who cares?

 

It all adds up to MUCHO STRESS! These  planets  Jupiter and Uranus, Mars Venus and Saturn all squared by Pluto and now opposed by the Cancer Moon are rubbbing against each other at 90 degrees angels and 180 degree -tug of war oppositions. With the newish Venus and Mars action with Saturn in Libra it’s supposed to be about Balance, fair play, equality, right? Jupiter and Uranus in Aries say its a whole new ball game, innovate now or forever kick yourself in the butt. This is just the preliminaries.  

Jupiter and Uranus are both Retrograding back to Pisces – Uranus on Aug 13th, Jupiter on Sept. 9 right after the mid Virgo New Moon and the beginnning of the Jewish New Year, Jupiter is Yahweh, so some kind of a spiritual karmic replay with Israel is forthcoming. Perhaps war!!  

These’re KArmic Times all right!  

ARE WE PRODUCING PEARLS YET?  

I feel the planet to work with – albeit quickly as she will only be in Cancer from Friday Aug 6th at 2:50 pm PDT till Aug 8 4:23 pm. But La Luna goes Void of Course on the 7th at 11:46 am and that’s the best time to do meditations or ceremonies. Sat Auh 7th around noon until Sunday Aug 8 at 4:23 pm PDT. Interesting its 88 again. 

 in this mix is the Moon, as she is once again in early Cancer as she was on June 26 the newcomer in this Grand cross. Squares can be liked to sand in the proverbial oysters, irritating as hell to the bivalve but what’s the oyster do? puts some spit and saliva on it to mitigate those outchy hard edges and what’s the outcome? a Pearl!    

Venus and Saturn are both at their best in Libra, Venus rules it, Saturn is exalted there.  This promises more harmony, equanimity, balancing and peace for a short period. Mars is weak in Libra the sign opposite the one he rules Aries. Moon rules Cancer in this cardinal cross. These are the ongoing Cardinal Cross years 2010-2012.  

We are at a Cross Roads,Cardinal refers to beginnings. This is the shift of the world ages.  

Planets are near where they were at the Great Depression of 1929. The 60’s generation that was seeded by Uranus and Pluto in Virgo with Saturn opposite in Pisces is having their collective mid life crisis. Things are tense, the forces of old established Patriarchal Capricorn corporate authority is being overhauled and restructured and recycled and destroyed by Plutonian influences. But not until they try to initiate fascism and the New world order, everyone is chipped and watched and police state politics, GMO, mad cow, brain meltdowns etc.  

The Catholic Church is falling apart, their known abuse of young men, the Church’s  homosexual shadows, it’s unholy piosness and callous cruelty in the false name of righteousness and blashepmy of Jesus is being uncovered for all to see. The church is responsible for burning and torturing over nine million people, mainly women in over 300 years,taking over their property over falsely accusing them of being witches and consorting with the devil. All lies. The churches is one of the richest most powerfull Institutions in the World. It is almost infallable. But fall it will,as people wake up and learn to see with their own eyes as Jesus said.   

This is one of the purposes of these Cardinal crosses, to raise awareness.  

Read this story: http://www.newoxfordreview.org/note.jsp?did=0510-notes-smoke  

On a personal level:  

I know people are overracting, over stressed. My experience with all this- dumping, shadow spitting and all the dark parts that no one wants to own comming out in the clear blue light of day is a cleansing. Dont react to any of  it. It’s like a fire drill. Remain calm, it’ll all blow over like smoke, like ashes.  See it for what it is. That’s how you start making pearls of wisdom.  

It is a g reat clearing and cleansing. It isn’t necessarily pretty. My sense is everyone really needs to go into their hearts, and ask what their own personal truth is to cultivate and be in a place of love. The new frequencies and dimensions incoming are very high. We are walking on a knife blade. All there is is now. People are sick of too  much information, false reality, over complexity. Slow everything down and simplify your life.  

Neptune and Chiron are still inclose proximity. Chiron re-entered Aquarius July 20, he stays in Aquarius till 2011 and closely aligns with Neptune again at years end. The Wounded Healer Chiron and Neptune the planet of egolessness, spirit, Bliss, dissolving into Oneness, dreams, artistry, illusion, delusion, fantasy, denial, oil, addictions are showing us the cosmic signature.The Gulf oil crisis is the negative side of their cheek to cheek dance. The positive side is Healing of one’s soul, of the spiritual wounds. Be joyous.  

Aug 8th Venus and Saturn conjunct. Time to get serious in binding relationships. Many relationships end now, it is a karmic turnign point. How in balance is your life, love, finances and artistic endeavours? How much beauty do you create,appreciate, own?  New art forms will come out of this cardinal cross.  

With Moon in Cancer – be nice to your tummy. If you need to crawl under the covers in a fetal position and suck your thumb or hold your blankie that’s ok  too. And let the tears fall as well.
I find crying to be a great release from all the tension. Security needs and issues come up in all relationships very strongly. Power backlashes are the result of insecurity. Remember that.  

 Meditate and breath in the Light. Powerfull spiritual master teacer are nearby and hovering in very close waiting and watching and coming if you ask. Dont be afraid. remember where you came from. We all come from the stars.   

I was visiting friends of mine up in the Bancroft area in Northernish Ontario the other day. They mentioned a lot of UFO sightings in the country and Pleiadian sightings. Call in the ones who love you who are in the Light to help you navigate through these turbulent times.  

Remember its all about pearl jam making.  

The world's my oyster

Oyster Pearl Cosmic Jam

Astrology Updates by Tara Greene Mars Direct,New Moon in Pisces, Venus in Aries & more

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How do you spell Relief? Mars Direct. Venus in Aries. NEW MOON in Pisces and BIG CHANGES coming 

 Since December 20, 2009… didn’t that seem like aeons ago? Mars appeared to move backwards, going Retrograde from 19 degrees 42 minutes of Leo. That was one day before the winter solstice.   Mars Retrograding through Leo all this time dragged our hearts, pride and it’s fall, courage, dramas, entitled-ness, childish egos,  leadership, romances, children and bossiness, ass-backwards for all these months.  

As for m’self, and I’ve spoken to lots and lots of people it’s been a very irritable, aggravating, frustrating time. Didn’t ya feel it?  Oy! Lugging all those tons of karmic bricks around, { not to mention Saturn’s Retrograde too now} it was taking triple the amount of willpower and energy to accomplish anything. Poor President Obama, and a whole lot of other failures and disasters of many magnitudes that occurred over these many months. My tired heart goes out to you all.  

But the GOOD NEWS is that on March 10th Mars finally stopped the old Rx  and turned Direct at Zero degrees 18 minutes of Leo spelling Relief!  

As Mars turned direct at the Zero point of Leo we all been re-set to have new beginnings in our hearts and new non ego lessons to learn.Hopefully we all dropped that old ego { like Yul Brynner in the King & I} show during the past few months. Mars will spend almost 8 moths in total in Leo  {rather than the usual few weeks in one sign} because of the long retro and recovery period Oct 16 2009 – June 6, 2010 and it’ll take until May 17th for Mars to overtake his Retro- turn degree. During this fiery, passionate, will full period we all get to learn a lot about being drama Queens and Kings and how much better it feels to be innocent like children once again.  

VENUS IN ARIES,  AMAZON time March 7- March 31. 

Since March 7th, one day before International Women’s Day Venus enters the 1st fiery sign of the Zodiac Aries. No more hesitation or 2nd guessing with Venus in Aries. I like it, buy it now! Stock market up? Venus in Aries. Fall in love in less than 458 seconds, Venus In Aries. Venus wears an Amazon cloak and the Love Goddess is also a very sexy siren in a slinky fire engine red dress.  Venus in Aries is fearless, demonstrative, impulsive, angry, independent, bossy, initiating, wearing her heart on her hardhat, or crown. The Empress is seated on the Emperor’s throne. She is dazzling, daring, provocative, and sexy.  She knows what she wants and maybe jumps in often over her flaming red-hot head. But there’s not much she can’t handle or cat fight her way out of.  

Mars rules Aries so she is in Mars’ territory. Gender switch-ups and women taking more leadership roles will be noticeable.  Remember that fools fall in love where angels fear to tread. Venus will be firing through Aries until March 31. The day before April Fools Day she enters her home sign of Taurus. 

NEW MOON March 15, 2010 – QUINTUPLE PISCES PLANETARY line up!  

 Yep that’s five, count ‘en planets in Pisces on this New Moon. Just in case you might of missed it with four planets… There’s Jupiter at 13 degrees of the Fishes, Moon & Sun at 25 degrees + , Mercury the Messenger at 26 degrees of, a mere 3 seconds from URANUS. Sounds kind of like the message is up yours but really it  isn’t. Five is the sacred number of the Goddess. Slice open an apple and witness her sacred Pentagram therein. 

Pisces keywords: dreamy, spiritual, compassionate, retreats, water, oceanic, Bliss, endings, releasing, illusions, delusions, soul mates, chameleon-like, under-dog, karmic, secret enemies, self-undoing, source, sensitivity. 

The Pisces New Moon falls  @ 2:02 pm PDT/ 5:02 pm EDT/ 9:02 pm GMT  

This is the last New MOON before the Spring Equinox which in Wicca is the agricultural beginning of the New year. Equinox, the day of yin/yang balance falls March 20 @ 10:33 am PDT/ 1:33 pm EDT 

So be sure to do your last out-breathing, letting go, and  emotional releasing on this New Moon. You’ll have renewed vigour with Mars direct now.  

 PISCES ENDINGS 

As the consciousness of time and energy all speed up, integrate, coalesce, and instant karma is so much more real, and acknowledged by the collective, as we sense our inter- connections more and more and feel just how we all do co-create this galaxy, this life, these situations, dramas and karmas. We can also wake up, let go, stop playing the scapegoats and martyrs, we can acknowledge and release ourselves from our voluntary prisons of one form or another be they, poverty, fear, trust, abandonment, bad romances, addictions, negativity, ignorance, tyrannies of one kind or another. Our delusions around organized religious doctrines sexism, racism, fascism, separationism, reality, etc. can also be gently allowed to float merrily downstream. 

All New Moons are new beginnings, new opportunities to turn the tide. This one should indeed have a tidal force wave towards Novelty, towards the xpanded consciousness that is effortlessly advancing us towards time wave Zero- Dec. 21, 2012.  

Surf your own personal emotional tidal wave. Have a major release party. Let go; Let it be, forgive, finally! Be engulfed in the emotional resonance of the Bliss of the ALL.  We are all in he cosmic Soup together. We are the soup and the nuts. We are also energetically transitioning from the Age of Pisces, begun at Christ’s birth 2010 years ago approximately, moving in to the Aquarian Age of Humanity, electric thinking, the Big Picture, the cosmic connection, consciousness Itself.. 

Carl Jung the famous Psychologist, Freud’s renegade, said there are only two emotions Love and Fear.  It is time to collapse the duality, we are the event horizon, we are only love love and love. Love by any other name… 

Uranus exactly conjuncts Mercury within an hr of this New moon so innovative ideas and electrical waves of Bliss ride your neural pathways at that time.  

 Use the New Moon to reflect on how far you’ve grown emotionally; let old baggage simply drift away. We are entering a brave new world of our own devise. Pisces is the sign of Miracles. If ya don’t expect ‘em to show up, knocking at your door, they won’t. 

A little digression here, that is relevant.  

Sat March 13  there is a Moon Neptune, Chiron conjunction in Aquarius and later this day Moon enters Pisces. And speaking of Pisces and dreaming…I woke up this morning March 13th from a deep dream of carnivals, craft shows. A friend of mine Derra was in the dream saying she wished she had brought her paintings to show. 

There was also a message as I woke up. The message said, “If we don’t heal our pain we can never heal the world. The world’s pain and anguish go away as our own personal pain is resolved.  

It felt like I’d heard that sort of message before but until it becomes personal, experienced, felt in our own way, in a way in which we can really hear the message we may as well be deaf, tuned out, zombie-like, distracted, harried or otherwise karmically missing the boat.  This New Moon is the boat. So All aboard the Pisces Peace and Bliss Boat now. Sail on. 

Pisces image oceanic consciousness Bliss, endings, compassion

Beautiful Pisces Image, Oceanic, Blissfull, Dreamy,

May Day specials/Mercury Retrograde/Mother’s Day

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If you’ve been biting your nails and keeping those midnight fires burning pouring over all those numbers, sorting through receipts, trying to remember just what you did last year, what you can write off or not, well your deadline approaches Thursday at midnight. The end is in sight, no more thinking about all that and dealing with your accountant for a whole year again, whewh, for most of us.

Mercury also enters Gemini that day the 30th of April at 3:29 pm PDT/ 6:29 pm EDT/ 11:29 pm GMT it’s home territory, but, not for long, Mercury-the messenger, the hermaphrodite, that fleet footed communication, computers, consciousness ruler is exiting stage left, that is backing out of the driveway on May 6th @ 9:55 pm PDT/ May 7th @ 12:55 am EDT/May 7th 4:54 am GMT for it’s 2nd time this year.

A BUMPER CROP YEAR of CeleSTIAL PHENOMEna  THIS YEAR

This is a bumper crop year for Retrogrades this year , 4 mERCURY Retrograde periods this year, usually there’s 3. Venus and  Mars both take a spin and there are additional Eclipses USUALLY 2 SOLAR AND 2 Lunar

this year-2 Solar and 4 lunar eclipses!

MERCURY BACK TO TAURUS- WHAT’S HE THINKIN?

Heading from home territory back to Taurus turf,I guess Mercury in his usual unable to make up his mind, forgot his clothes, I-Pod, a favourite desert dish, to smell the roses, liked lazing around in bed for a change because what with the Internet Mercury’s working waaay overtime but of course he loves it! needed to think about making money what with people’s consciousness of the Economy these days, write a song, etc.

Anyways thinking should be more practical,grounded, earthy, sensual, while Mercury hoofs his way through Taurus territory-that’s May 6th until MAY 30th when he stops and turns direct again, and then things start to go forwards.

THE STOCK MARKET

Will it be a BULL market?  Seems likely,as Mercury just spent almost 3 weeks in Taurus already bringing that dismal March stock exchange up since April 9th. But temporary, food prices up, possibly mad cow disease rearing its ugly head again, swine flus, animal diseases coming up in the news. Try becoming a vegan, Mercury retro means changing reversing all the usual trends. I forewarn you to expect the usual snafus, computer viruses, miscommunications etc., It’ll take until June 16th till Mercury gets back up to 1 degree 45 mins where he last turned direct so in fact not much moving forwards till then.

So whatever you thought you missed, glossed over, didn’t say or do,  regretted should be revisited with a clearer review and intentions in mind.  We’re all getting a repreive, another Re-tro word and Spring is finally here so take this Mercury Retrograde in Taurus time to let your brain have a rest, this gives us all time to get grounded in our thinking, be practical, enjoy life in all its sensual power and beauty, refuse to be bossed around, there’s more important things to do like revel- another of those re words in natures abundance, sip fine wines, enjoy the feelof the sun and spring breezes on our bare skin.

MOTHERS DAY MAY 10th  RETROGRADE  MOM’S DAY –

What does this mean? All things old will be new again, think gingham, apple pie, traditional, apple cider, home cookin’, sock mending,roast beef dinner on Sunday, pot roast, sausages, hey-what happened to that vegan idea? -turnips,kraft dinner, cheeze whiz, spam, Goodwill shopping, crocheting, needlepoint, pancake brunches, etc. O.K. i’m overdoing this a bit. Mercury is still in Gemini so…

The Moon will be in Sagittarius on Mom’s Day meaning that the emotional tone, the “planet” that rules women on  this special Women’s day  will be firey, gypsy-ish, she wants to travel, see exotic new things, be philosophical, get her some new books to read, enroll her in a new course on meditation or yoga, take Mom out to eat something she’s never tried before, and definitely most definitely take Mom to have her Tarot cards read!

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