Witches Fire festival, Celebrating Goddess Brigid

Feb. 2 is a very powerful cross-quarter day in the 8 spoked wheel of the year. Goddess Brigid’s Day is celebrated as IMBOLC or CANDLEMASS, an ancient pagan, Wiccan Festival of the quickening of the light. Catholics, who had to add the ancient holidays onto their new Catholic ones, celebrate this as the Feast of the Purification of Mary.

Popularly known as GROUNDHOG DAY, the movie starring Bill Murray is a classic film based on some very spiritual ideas about Karma.

Jung,4 elements, tara Greene

This day marks the Goddesses’ coming out for the first time after giving birth to the SUN at Winter solstice. Visualize this time as the baby sun nursing from the Goddess’s breast. Traditionally all women had a 6 week “lying in” period after giving birth where they stayed in their homes with their newborns to ensure the mother-child bond and to make the infant stronger. Mother and child were tended in all ways with food, and any other needs by family friends the community, or doulas.

This day is a Sabbat of purification after the shut-in life of Winter. A festival of light and fertility, it was once marked in Europe with huge blazes and fires everywhere. Fire symbolizes our own illumination and inspiration as well as light and heat. Also called the Feast of Torches, Oimelc, Lupercalia, Feast of Pan, Snowdrop Festival, and the Feast of the Waxing Light.

The old Scandinavian custom was to wear crowns of lit candles but most practitioners carry candles during their invocations and ceremonies.

This date celebrates the changing of the Goddess from the CHRONE back to the MAIDEN. It celebrates the very earliest signs of Spring and the noticeable lengthening of the days in the Northern hemisphere.

 

It is also a day of celebrating the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Brigid is the Goddess of Poetry, Healing, Smithcraft, and Midwifery.

Groundhog Day Imbolc

She is a triple Goddess, honor her in all her aspects. Her symbols are serpents, representing the sacred fire of sexuality. All ancient Goddesses knew the sacred secrets of Tantric sexuality, healing, and transformation. Brigid governed wells. There is still a holy well in Ireland where she is workshopped. This is both a fire and water celebration, the balance of masculine and feminine energies. 

This is a time for communing with Brigid, for tending to and the lighting of your own sacred flame, the KUNDALINI fire of sexual tantric transformation. 

This is a good time for initiations, into covens or self-initiations. Initiations of all kinds are the order of the day.

The TAROT card that would accompany this Festival would be the ACE OF WANDS

The planets are well placed to support the fire and the water.

The MOON is in ARIES for most of the day in PST and EST. Mars is strong in ARIES. The Moon trines Saturn in Fiery SAGITTARIUS in the morning. VENUS is at the last critical degree of watery PISCES. JUNO, the feminine form of genius is at the last degree of SAGITTARIUS. CERES is at the last degree of ARIES. 

As a Purification Day

Use water and salt to purify yourself. Wash your hands and face in salt water. Sprinkle salt water which you have blessed charging it. Sprinkle it in every corner of your home. Water is the most important element. Water transmutes all hardness, breaks down anything over time. Water also symbolizes the emotions. We need to purify our emotional bodies as well. 

The waters of the earth these days needs our help and intentions. The oceans are polluted from Fukushima, from oil spills, fracking and toxins being poured into the rivers and lakes. Send your intention to see the earth’s waters running clear pure, cleansed. Bathing in Himalayan salt water while burning red candles would be appropriate.  

Brigid, GODDESS OF CREATIVITY

Do something creative, read poetry, suspend your critical mind and allow your left brain consciousness to take over and allow a pure stream of consciousness to write a poem, sing, or dance. Dedicate a future work to Her.

IMBOLC RITUAL

At sunset or just after a ritual, light every lamp in the house – if only for a few moments. Or, light candles in each room in honor of the Sun’s rebirth. If snow lies on the ground outside, walk in it for a moment, recalling the warmth of summer. With your projective hand, trace an image of the Sun on the snow.

FOODS TO EAT

Imbolc marks the first calving and dairy dishes are traditionally consumed. You could eat yogurt or sour cream. If you are on non-dairy, honor the cows with a statue of a cow, or transmute your non-dairy soya, oat milk, almond milk or coconut milk to  honor the cows and sheep. Hot fiery foods definitely match up with the fiery celebratory nature of this feast.All curries and all dishes made with red peppers, chilies, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic or chives are appropriate. It is traditional to consume Spiced red wines and dishes containing raisins, symbols of the sun’s energies.

Hot fiery foods definitely match up with the fiery celebratory nature of this feast.All curries and all dishes made with red peppers, chilies, onions, leeks, shallots, garlic or chives are appropriate. It is traditional to consume Spiced red wines and dishes containing raisins, symbols of the sun’s energies.

Traditional grains were eaten to celebrate the growth of future grains. Serve crepes pancakes, cakes, and breads. Again if you are on a PALEO, no carbs and no grains diet, use spelt, Kamut, almond, rice, corn, amaranth or whatever and transmute it to honor the ancient grains.  Put out a loaf of bread on your windowsill like they did in Ireland traditionally on Brigid’s day. An ear of corn was also set out. Wheat stalks are woven into X-shaped crosses to serve as charms to protect the home from fires and lightning. Clean out your fireplace.

IMBOLC RITUAL SUPPLIES
Incense: Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh, Cinnamon
Decorations: Corn Dolly or Spring Flowers
Colors: White, Orange, Red

Ritual for Imbolc/Candlemas

A white flower or snow in a crystal or a paper cut out snowflake to symbolize winter. You could safely set this on fire and let it burn as a symbol of the spring coming.

You will need an orange candle anointed with cinnamon, frankincense or rosemary oil (unlit), red candle to represent the elements and your ritual supplies.

HOW TO

Arrange the altar, light the candles and censer, and cast the Circle. Call in the elements.

Invoke the Goddess and God.

Say such words as the following:
“This is the time of the feast of FIRE/torches/wands,
When every lamp blazes and shines
To welcome the rebirth of the Sun God.
Celebrate the Goddess, Celebrate the God;
All the Earth celebrates, beneath its mantle of sleep.

Light the orange candle from the red candle on the altar. Slowly walk the circle clockwise/sunwise, holding the candle before you. Say these or similar words:

“All the land is wrapped in winter.
The air is chilled and frost envelopes the Earth.
But Lord of the Sun, Horned One of animals and wild places,
Unseen you have been reborn Of the gracious Mother Goddess,
Lady of all fertility.
Hail Great God!  Hail and welcome!”

Stop before the altar, holding up the candle. Gaze at its flame. Scry with the fire.  Visualize your life blossoming with creativity, with renewed energy and strength.

If you need to look into the future or the past, now is an ideal time

SET NEW INTENTIONS

Make new commitments on this day.

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Song to BRIGHID by Lisa Thiel

 

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Super Moon inspiration, oracles, dark Goddesses

We can feel the high tides of this very special Moon in Taurus affecting us. 

Where’s 22+ degrees Taurus in your Natal Chart? It’s in my 7th house of relationships with others and my significant other.

Let’s check out the Chanda Symbols courtesy of John Sandbach

Taurus 23: Inside a tornado, a spiral staircase. (Omega Symbol)Interacting/Receptive

(Degree Angel: Nanael (NA-naEl) No Agenda, Spiritual Communication)

In the midst of turbulence you are able to remain calm. You have a tremendous ability to stick with the most difficult of situations and to see them through. Though energies may be furiously whirling around you, you hold to your course, and are intent on your course no matter how arduous it may be to follow.

The Chandra Symbol for this degree is “A salamander glowing red-orange.” In the system of Aura-Soma, the color for Taurus is red-orange. The salamander is the elemental being of fire. Here is an intensity of character and an extreme strong-mindedness that can evoke all kinds of different reactions in other people.

No matter what the reactions coming at this degree from outside it, there is a strength of character here that challenges others to manifest who they are with more power and directness. The tornado, which is the vortex of personality, is stabilized by the inner staircase that allows us to both walk down in the act of grounding ourselves, and walk up in the act of transcending all that which is lower. And so the energy of the tornado is harnessed and used without being weakened or repressed, and the salamander is fiercely on fire without being burned up.

Pleiadian Symbol: Antique diamonds glittering in a dusty old display case.

Azoth Symbol: A man and woman reading the inscription at the base of an obelisk.

Seed degree: Sagittarius 26. {This is the Galactic Center degree} A candle mysteriously undisturbed by the wind. (Omega Symbol). To attune to the spiritual light while tuning out the endless fluctuations of the mind we come into a place of stillness within the eye of the storm.

Climbing the steps of the pyramid of the sun. (Chandra Symbol). As we steadily work toward the goal of enlightenment our unique individuality shines ever more purely and clearly.

Fulfillment degree: Leo 5. Through narrow, winding streets, a man is following a mysterious woman. (Omega Symbol). Finding the still point within we are able to focus on seeking our own inner wisdom.

A seemingly young man but with gray hair. (Chandra Symbol). Contact with our own spiritual essence imbues us with timelessness.”

With information from another great astrologer Sky Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam who points out that Sedna and Hekate conjunct the Moon, here’s my take on this.

Goddess dwarf-planet SEDNA and Asteroid HEKATE conjunct the MOON

Sedna, astrology, Inuit, myths, Tara Greene

Sedna is the Inuit Goddess of the seas and all life in them. The Oceans symbolize the vast unconscious that we all have. The Unconscious is the watery emotional underworld of dreams, the shadows and the riches that live there.  We all have dreams of being  in the ocean, it is archetypally where life originally formed on planet earth. Therefore symbols of the ocean are extremely archaic, and are held in our DNA. Do you remember when you were a whale, dolphin,a sponge or plankton? We are a compendium of everything that has ever existed and the history of every life form that will exist. Sedna tale is rather tragic as all great myths are. The tragedies are necessary parts of the transformative process. Do not run away from the pain, the suffering, the sadness, rage, and anger. These are the keys to the soul-making process. 

Sedna  was thrown overboard from a kayak by her father into the icy waters. She clung onto the boat but her cruel father cut her fingers off and threw them also into the sea. Sedna surrenders to and accepts her fate in spite of being totally betrayed by the Patriarchy. She surrendered to her own spirit her own Feminine values of inclusive, wholeness, unconditional love. She does not fall into the trap of duality, or victim- abuser mentality. She lets go and allows and accepts and does not fight. This is not the same as being a martyr in the Christian myths. Because she held no revenge or anger towards her father but allowed the transformative process Sedna was transformed into the Protectress of the Ocean. Her fingers became whales and dolphins and all the marine animals that exist. This story is very relevant for what is going on with Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their cruel misogyny towards women. I have an issue with this myself. I understand it psychologically that what is being described is the process itself, it is not personal. We need to let go of the duality concept as it is all part of the big picture but since i have 4 planets in Libra, the other side of the myth is what is trying to be passed off as brainwashing here as well. It is telling women to allow men to torture and abuse you because then you will get the pie in the sky rewards. I am working on this. 

HEKATE is also involved as Goddess of the CROSSROADS,

HEKATE, pagan Goddess, Astrology Tara Greene

Illustration by Victoria Frances for a band FAUN CD

the goddess of trivia, meaning three choices and this is my exact point here. There is another way. She is the CRONE Goddess the one who presides over crossroads, death, wisdom, magic. She is a sourceress, one who works from the SOURCE. Hekate can see all options and all directions, past present and future. This is the balanced or middle path. The Chrone is the wisest of all Goddesses. She is menopausal and carries her wise blood within here. She is the one consulted before wars can take place. Call upon Hekate the Goddess of shamanic magic at this Full Moon and on Sedna too.

Call upon Hekate, Sedna , Black Moon Lilith the dark, dark black, “negrido” this is part of the alchemical process too.  Call upon the Dark Goddesses who govern the very bright WHITE moon. The dark and the Light at inseparable parts of the other.  Be careful land conscious this is not about Black Magic at all. Only do WHITE MAGIC. 

The times are intense and heavy, the birth process is accelerating. 

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12:12:12 twelve wishes ritual, countdown begins from Tara Greene

OK so the final countdown to December 21 2012 -NOT THE END OF THE WORLD begins 12:12:12 on the calendar

I meditated at 12:12 am and posted on my FB page in events link at bottom

Since the 1st Harmonic Convergence Aug 16 -17 ,1987 which Jose Arguelles founded till NOW  

with the Internet, millions of people will be linked up on 12:12:12 and Dec. 21 2012 to focus their consciousness on dissolving the illusion of separation {EGO} between God/the Great Mystery,Creator/creatress/Jesus, Allah, Jehovah, YHVH, Shiva, Buddha call IT what you will, and creating the REALITY of indivisible ONENESS of every life form on this planet and all life forms, consciousness in all Dimensions and Galaxies with ALL THAT IS.

whew. The date is just the lure,  the signifier, we have been called to be here now at this particular moment, perhaps a once in 26,000 year cycle. Photon band immersion, Galactic Central merge, 5th Dimension Ascension, heart centered oneness, Divine Feminine returning, Quetzalcoatl returns,Judgement Day….

the 12th sign is PISCES

Spiral Pisces Galaxy

Pisces spiral Galaxy

we go back to the beginning, to CLEAR ALL MEMORIES and Patterns  that have been imprinted on our cellular consciousness, the 12th house is the house of the Unconscious, subconscious,we need to awaken the PINEAL gland

Pisces is the sign of spirituality and organized religion has been raped and used in the name of spirit acting in self-righteousness to kill, hate, abuse, slaughter ,we come from ONE SOURCE.

Just remember who you are, Where you came from, HOME…HEAVEN,

You are already enlightened the Buddha said. and we will send 12 wishes every day to whoever, and to the world

12 x 12 = 144 the amount of enlightened beings it takes to open the gateway of Love consciousness Higher awareness multi dimensional reality, completely  YOU ARE PART Of the great awakening and Rebirth – Saturn in Scorpio!

Ritual of the -12:12:12 the 12th day – please share!

At 12:00 noon- 12:12 pm

Be prepared to meditate, Keepit simple and easy, get comfy if you are at work

if you have some nice soft meditative music play it softly,

here’s a link to We ARE ONE by Snatam Kaur Mul Mantra  http://youtu.be/34vgTCnd45g -translation below

just turn off the lights, take off your shoes, sit straight in a chair, simply close your eyes relax

breathe deeply, simply follow your breath,you are the watcher

it’s simply a going deep into Your SELF knowledge

simply state that you are CLEAR of ALL MEMORIES, Addictions and Patterns of SEPARATION from the Source

of Divine Love and Light  that have imprinted on my/your cellular consciousness, NOW! and snap your fingers 12 times

Pisces rules addictions and it would be a perfect day to say the Hawaiian KAHUNA or shamanic healing words

Ho-O-pono-pono which  means reconciliation and forgiveness

the modern version is also a mantra which goes like this  “I’m sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.”

You can tap on your thymus at the centre of your chest/heart chakra lightly and repeat the mantra for 6 minutes.

then sit quietly and peacefully and ask the Angels Guardians and Ancestors, Higher Dimensional beings to come and advise you and let you know that they are there with you. 

Before the end of the 12 minutes send prayers to those you love, the creatures, trees and all the Universe and consciousness everywhere and to the people who need the prayers the most. Give thanks.

At the end of the 12 minutes slowly open your eyes.

Write down whatever came to you. Tune into how different you feel, lighter more whole, free.

we are being helped by Higher dimensional beings you will see and feel things you havent felt in a very long time.

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Day of the Dead,Dia de los Muertos,remembering our ancestors,there is no death

Nov.1 day of the dead ritual tara Greene

ALL SAINT”S DAY Dia Los Muertos

November 1st is a very ancient Mexican Festival to honor and celebrate their deceased ancestors. To the Native Indios in Mexico and throughout Central America death was never an end to Life but a beginning,a transition. Most indigenous people world-wide honor their departed relations, their ancestors and remember them not only on one or two days in the year but daily, setting plates of food for them at the table after they have  passed into the Spirit world.

In  China 3 oranges are usually left as an offering to feed the departed spirits, whose help from the other dimensions is of great value. Aborigines, shamans, ordinary people tap into the knowledge of their departed loved ones regularly who protect, watch over and guide them.

November 1st Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico is celebrated  by the wearing of wooden skull masks called calacas and dances in honor of their deceased relatives are held. Wooden skulls are placed on family alters dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls, marked with the names of the deceased on the forehead are eaten by a relative or friend, It is  a kind of ritual cannibalism, the eating of an effigy of the dead means that person’s spirit is with in you,feeding you.

Ancient Aztec civilizations held the  festival on the 9th month of the Aztec solar calendar, approximately at the beginning of August and was celebrated for an entire month, ruled by Goddess Mictecacihuatyl. She is known as the Lady of the Dead and was believed to have died in childbirth. So the festival was traditionally in honor of children who also had died at birth. Rituals were also dedicated to Huitzilopochtli { Sinsiter Hummingbird} a war diety.

Christianized to coincide with All Saint’s Day or All Hallows Eve, in Spanish: “Día de Todos Santos, Mexicans now celebrate the day of the dead during the first two days of November.

There is also the Saint of Death.

Mictecacihuatl pronounced ‘Meek-teka-see-wahdl’  is Queen of Mictlan the Underworld, called Hades in Greek Mythology, ruled by PLUTO/ SCORPIO in modern Astrology, she rules the Afterlife.  Mictecacihuatl was represented as a skeleton with jaw agape to swallow the stars during the day.

SAint of Death like Pluto astrologyMictecacihuatl Lady/Saint of the Dead

On November 1st and 2nd Mexicans visit the cemetery where their loved ones are buried. They decorate gravesites with marigold flowers and candles. They bring toys for dead children and bottles of tequila to adults. They sit on picnic blankets next to gravesites and eat the favorite food of their loved ones. It is a time of celebration.

The ancient festival is also being honoured by Native and Afro- Americans. Incense is offered, the deceased favourite music and foods are cooked for them.

Honoring Your dead Ancestors

It is 10 month since my father passed away on Dec 14, 2011, I miss him terribly. I am an only child and my husband and I were care taking my mother up to three years ago until her death and my Dad as well even though he was in a nursing home for the last year of his life. My father Harry lived to be 98 years old. He always sang to me, he was a wonderful dancer, told jokes and old family history about Vaudeville and early Toronto cinema stories. I miss my mother too. I have tracked them since their passing. On these night I honor my parents, my aunts and uncles and friends who have passed on. Also those who inspired me, artists, musicians, poets, inventors.

Take time out to honor your ancestors,or those who have gifted Life and have now departed. On these days Light a candle, meditate on your loved departed, think of them with thanks gratitude and reverence. If you have had a miscarriage or abortion allow tears and the sadness to move through you. This is  a real grief that women are not allowed to honor. These days are specifically for children who died.

Frida Kahlo miscarriage Day of the Dead

When the veil between the world’s is thinnest, the departed will most naturally speak to you in dreams and leave signs. You just have to ask. Nothing to be afraid of. The modern, civilized religions, fear death,and  are cut off from the natural wisdom that the ancestors bring. Death is merely a transition to another dimension. In fact the dead are always very close at hand. To fear death is to fear life, sexuality, pleasure, embodiment.

That is all SATURN”S domain, Lord of death, bones, the Grim Reaper.
ALL of us will die and transition, as we already have.  You know this, you are cosmic star dust from the beginning of the Universe. YOU are all One with ALL THAT IS WAS and ever will be.

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Ed Sheeran song Small Bump https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpK-pzSuN-I

Read more about Mexican festival : http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dead/articles/dead-history.html?nclick_check=1#ixzz2AvLbEzzq

YOU TUBE VIDEO ABOUT SAINT DEATH  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgQftFWM41Q&feature=player_embedded

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March 26 Moon Venus Jupiter, Big Love Wish Astrology ritual 2 do

 

Astrologer Tara Greene and Moon Venus Jupiter MArch 26

Moon Venus Jupiter conjunction

When you wish upon a star,

Makes no difference who you are     watch Linda Ronstadt     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQTzO2eRwwE&feature=fvsr
Anything your heart desires

Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream

No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue, Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star Your dreams come true

Fate is kind She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true”

sang Jiminy Cricket in Walt Disney’s version of Pinocchio in 1940. This song is totally THE ONE for this special alignment of the Moon, our emotions, longing, feelings Venus, Love, and Jupiter big gifts! in Taurus this evening. {Tropical astrology}

Venus IS that beautiful Evening “Star” Planet of women, love, art, beauty, luxury, values, considered to BE the Goddess herself by the Ancient Greeks, Venus is in her home domain of earthy, practical, sensual, real, “the tools” TAURUS. She is at her strongest now.

Jupiter, King of the Gods, the Big Kahuna, distributes Good, Optimism, High Hopes, adventure, he’s kind of like Santa Claus, Jovial, upbeat, he’s the good humour man. When Jupiter crosses your sign once every twelve years is your Big Lucky Time! You wanna do it big? You invoke King Jupiter. Jupiter loves foreigners, travel.

The Moon, the planet of women, the ocean’s tides, everyone’s moods, feelings, instincts; unconscious motivations, bringer of dreams, sex, {usually at night} fantasies, reveries, rules cycles of time, and fertility. Werewolves too.

Put ’em all together and you’ve got one sweet fat chance at a Make a wish Love- In

At twilight go outside in the west you’ll see the brighter one closest to the moon is Venus, Jupiter is below and they will all be hanging under Underneath the umbrella of the very famous 7 stars known as the Pleiades.

The Pleiades are among the first stars mentioned in literature, appearing in Chinese annals of around 2350 BC, Called MAO. Spoken of in the Bible, as Khimah, and known to Arabic Astronomers, and in Iran. In Pakistan Urdu language their name “Parvinmeans Beauty. The Ancient Greek Hesiod noted them in 1000 BC as did Homer in the Iliad, they called them the flock of doves.

The Lakota Native American peoples and Aborigines in Australia claim their ancestors were star people who came from the Pleiades.The Japanese carmaker Subaru is named after the 7 stars in their honor.  In Theosophy the 7 sisters focus the 7 spiritual rays. The Billy Meir case claims he was contacted by Pleiadians.

Many famous channellers claim to receive messages from these stars, Barabara Hand Clow and Barbara Marciniak and many many others.

RITUAL of LUCK in LOVE and ALL GOOD WISHES

Venus is the Dove symbol of Peace and Love

You will need some corn meal if you have some, you can substitute popping corn, if you don’t have these you can use rice,

Go outside and face west, see the moon venus Jupiter and the Pleiades.

Draw a circle of white light around you on the ground or make a real cirle in the earth,

call in the 4 elements and the 4 directions starting in the East.

Give thanks for the beauty you see before you,

Close your eyes and begin to breathe slower, and watch your breath,

Be aware of your in breath and out breath,

Open your eyes again and give thanks for the beauty of the Moon Venus and Jupiter and the 7 stars, you see before you,

focus your attention on yuor heart chakra, atthe ventre of your chest, feel the warmth,feel your heart-beat,

Holding the grains of corn or rice in your left hand, place it upon your heart,

Breathe into your heart, feel your heart expand,

Bring your right hand up and cross it over your left so that your hand makes wings over your heart chakra

Take as much time as you like to do this,

When you feel ready, and with real depth and emotion, from your heart true, say

I give thanks for the unconditional love and beauty of my Beloved,

He/she is within my heart, within my spirit,

Within my body within my soul,

Within my mind,

From all time, for all time,

We are eternally One, in love, joyous,

Giving and receiving the abundance

Of all the blessings of the universe

For ourselves and for the benefit of all others.

In the prayers we always say thanks for what already IS

Even if it seems you are all alone, destitute, unloved, a failure,

That is only the apparent dream/reality

It is not the entire truth of who you are,

So it is best to be open and non-specific, allow the Universe to take care of it,

You can say prayers for anyone yoou feel needs healing or extra love and light,

Thak the elemental spirits and directions for being with you as witness in your circle

send them back to their directions with love,

when you feel ready your candle should  be extinguished, but never blown upon,

When you are finished, you give sincere thanks of gratitude and offer the corn or rice

To the Mother Earth as a thanks giving return offering. For there is always a give and take.

State SO MOTE IT BE! Say the circle is opne but unbroken and step out of or collapse your energy circle.

 Go enjoy some sinfully rich deserts, Venus Jupiter in Taurus love that.

Be sure that under this powerful Moon Venus Jupiter Pleiades conjunction

Your Practical,  earthy, sensual wishes will be answered.

VENUS is the Real hi lite of 2012.

All the psudo-hype over the end of the Mayan calendar is an actual falsehood, that Galactic Centre alignment stuff happens every year,

One of the events that the ancient Mayan foretold is the crossing of Venus in front of the Sun on June 5-6 2012.

So better start working with the Goddess now.

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 here’s the FUNKY You’re a shinin Star

by Earth Wind and Fire to wrap up with http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwc0AW67CmA

 

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

Finances, Venus, Mars, 2012, Earth Day new cycles,Tara Greene,cosmic advice

Financial leap forwards as Venus goes Direct April 17 @ 29 degrees Pisces

how to work it, Mars Venus conjunction + much more from Tara Tarot Consultant  ©

 

On Friday April 17 @ 3:26 pm precisely EDT/12:26 pm PDT/7:25 pm GMT

VENUS TURNS DIRECT at 29 Degrees + change of PISCES that’s the Very Last of the Very Last Degree of the entire Zodiac. As Pisces is the Sign of endings, spirituality, Oneness, Bliss, Union, Sacredness, the Soul, Higher Love, merging with the Divine, the Beloved, ALL THERE IS. Venus turning around at the 29th+ = 30th degree, the final, finito, end, culmination of any sign, considered to be “critical” as in, the Game of Monopoly when you get the chance card that says STOP! Do not pass go! Do not collect…  in other words WE GOTTA GET “IT”  Finish that love/money/spirit cycle of martyrdom/fantasy and illusion all Pisces agendas -did I mention Neptune planetary ruler of Pisces rules OIL? & get over all that fossil fuel shenanigans, BEGIN ANEW,NOW!

 

This indicates that we are all together archetypal-y at a critical turning point in terms of Lessons in Love,{ remember that song?} Values, Beauty, Art, Relationships, Women, Money, Luxury, Mother Nature, the Body as Venus rules Earth sign Taurus as well as Airy Libra, symbol of the balance, Karma… all those Venus ruled goodies.

Venus turning direct at the 29 degree of Pisces  marks THE END of a major Spiritual cycle. 

Remember also that in these speeded up leaping into new dimensions of consciousness times that we’re presently in, everything becomes more synchronistic, more symbolic, more literal and more REAL, the dream and reality are merging into ONE. The word critical in itself is associated with Hindu Goddessess the Kritikas, who were the origins of the 3 fates in Greek mythology.

 

April 19th –20th  Moon Venus and Mars are all embracing each other at the last degrees of Pisces.

 

April 21 MARS conjunct VENUS at 29 degrees of Pisces To BALANCE & complete the sequence

 

So I can’t help but get the symbolic message that this is literally…

DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_PIadFsvDk

 

“Dance Me To The End Of Love”

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Oh let me see your beauty when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon
Show me slowly what I only know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to the children who are asking to be born
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn
Raise a tent of shelter now, though every thread is torn
Dance me to the end of love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

 

I want to send great blessings and homage to Leonard Cohen who as a great artist, lover of women, song, all things Zen, Poet, prophet. Leonard has fulfilled his name destiny, as Cohen means The High Priest, so he is fulfilling that role in a new Archetypal way for all of us as all our “Pope’s” High Priests and High Priestesses use the medium of rock music, Venus rules music, to get their spiritual messages across.  Leonard was interviewed by CBC from his Montreal home on April 16.

 

As an Archetypal Universal symbol, VENUS {as the Dove} symbolizes and carries the energy of LOVE the element that created, birthed and sustains the entire Universes

So we see HER, the God/dess forces as leading and guiding us to end old cycle and renew ourselves NOW. Mars has been a few degrees behind Venus in Pisces these last few days lending action, anger, force, defensiveness and co-incidentally we see the women of Kabul Afghanistan marching to oppose that rape on demand by husband law, they took a brave stance they’re not gonna take it anymore! We need to support them.

 

So, as we can all see, these are very critical times. As we move ever faster towards the singularity event horizon of Novelty that ethno-biologist Terrence McKenna prophsied, a.k.a. Dec 21 2012/ the Mayan Calendar’s “best before” date, the end of time as we knew it, each of these turning points marks a notch towards that singularity. Lets not “slouch towards Jerusalem.”

 

Venus’s Retrograde cycle was described by ancient Sumerian  Mythology/Religion Psychology as the Great Goddess’s Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld as an Initiation. Inanna ventured into the Underworld {the SHADOW, Pluto’s domain} to be stripped of all her  worldly possessions untiil she was rendered a mere piece of meat hanging and rotting on a stake in the underworld, in other words she was striped bare of her ego, so that she could rise again, to the Upperworld, more whole, cleansed, redeemed and connected to Her own innate spiritual powers.

 

Venus’s disappearance from sight for eight days {the symbol for Infinity} as she passes over the Sun, changes her appearance from being a nigh time to a daytime star. The Ancient Greeks believed that Venus was two separate bodies, they called the morning star, Phosphoros the “Bringer of Light” or Latin Eosphorus the “Bringer of Dawn”. The evening star they called Hesperos,Latinized Hesperus the “star of the evening. Eventually the  realization came that there was only one planet with two distinct faces or phases. Hesperos would be translated into LatinVesper and Phosphoros as Lucifer (“Light Bearer”), a poetic term later used to refer to the fallen angel cast out of heaven.

 

So we together have just come out of an Archetypal shamanic death and rebirth journey of the Feminine, the Goddess, our money and values. Interesting isn’t it?

Venus direct happens on Orthodox Greek Good Friday ,so they are synchronized up perfectly and adding to this energy of rebirth. But we must make sure that we all got the lesson that began March 6th when Venus began her Retro.

 

RITUAL TO MARK THE END OF THE CYCLE & REBIRTH

To mark this part of your, the collective’s and the Goddesses’ journey through the Underworld, it’s optimum time and paramount that you release old patterns of “self-undoing, especially old negative, self defeating ones, as Pisces shows co-dependent, martyrdom as its shadow side. Think back on any and all the ways you sabotage yourself, in love, financially; are addicted to fantasy, delusion, drugs, sex, consumerism, and sado-masochistic tendencies. As a culture we have all been addicted, brainwashed, and have low self-esteem. This is time to visit all those secrets, the Real SECRET is there, its what’s behind everything, bless it, understand it, connect to the Source PISCES, allow spirit to heal it, leave all that behind and emerge BLISSFULL into a new dawn.

 

2012 MAYAN VIEW of VENUS

Co-incidentally as I was researching to give you a visual diagram of Venus cycles, the Ancient Maya used Venus as their primary planet, more important that the Sun, the Dec 21 2012 “end date”  has to do with Venus’s journeys, she was also very important Astrologically in Vedic Indian culture.

 

If you look at the diagram of the Mayan Venus Cycle time-line pictured as part of this post above you will note the Mayan glyphs imaged as small blue squares lined up along the time-line. Each blue square represents the Maya day-name associated with a specific date on the time-line. At the beginning on the far left the glyph for the Mayan day-name “Cib” represents the date August 26, 2007. That is the date upon which the ancient Maya approximated the first day that Venus would rise as a morningstar during this present cycle. The ancient Mayas actually considered that day to be the end of the last cycle rather than the beginning of this one and so they would not have pictured this date at the start of the diagram as I have done.

 this Venus Cycle that we are experiencing presently began at the very end of the previous one on August 26, 2007 on the Mayan day “10-Cib”. It lasted right on through superior conjunction which began on April 18 2008 ( 12-Eb) and then afterwards through the series of days of the Eveningstar risings which began on July 17, 2008 (11 Ik).

Finally now on the 24th of Marchj on the Mayan day-name “1-Eb” the series of Eveningstar apearances will end, and the planet Venus will enter the last phase in its present Cycle, a phase called “Inferior Conjunction”. This phase will last only eight days and will end on the first day of Morningstar risings, approximately on April 1, 2009 which in the Mayan Calendar is known as “9-Ahau”

The coincidence of a first day morningstar rising with a Mayan day-name “Ahau” was very important to the ancient Mayas. It signalled the end of one eight-year Venus Sequence composed of five Venus Cycles, and heralded the beginning of a new one.

 

Note that the Markets seem to have improved somewhat as Venus RX meant reversing what was already in place. The Sun just entered Taurus, one of Venus’s home signs on the 19th. The market should continue to strengthen temporarily in the sign of  the Bull.

 

MARS/VENUS CONJUNCTION April 21 @ 7:19 pm EDT/4:19 pm PDT/11:19 pm GMT

 

Now incredibly a brand new balanced cycle begins. Mars and Venus conjoin at 29 degrees 32 mins of Pisces. The rule is to round up and go forward so this means that a Huge new cycle begins because Venus and Mars are conjunct at ZERO degrees of ARIES.

Archetypally VENUS and MARS Conjunction is the Sacred Marriage, the Alchemy, the turning of Lead into Gold. We are exactly on the edge of the old,29 degrees of Pisces and the new Zero degrees of Aries, This is a Rebirth, a new life, Spring. Zero degrees of Aries is Archetypal New Life, the very beginning of the Zodiacal degrees., a new round in the Wheel of Time and Life.

 

RITUAL IS HUGE and timing is everything so it’s very important to mark these important celestial passages. Our ancestors world wide would have done so and Indiginous peoples are doing so and for a new ecology of the planet and consciousness and what with Earth Day on the 23rd ,let’s embody the planetary significance of this cycle inspiring a whole new balance and quality of Life.

 

The ALCHEMICAL MARRIAGE WITHIN

Prepare to do ritual, to manifest the “as above so below, as within.”  Usually one bathes and cleanses themselves, I would suggest wearing white. Call in the 4 directions, the 4 elements. Call Venus and Mars, light a Blue or green candle for Venus and a red candle for Mars and place them on your alter or on a table close together. Have fresh flowers around for the Celebration.

Play Dance me to the end of love or other music which relaxes and feels sensual. Take your time, relax and breathe. Remember that you have just finished the Archetypal “dark Night of the Soul” and have faced your Shadows, and are being reborn as Venus is, cleansed. You are a new being, a new person, ready to face a new dawn a new life, new love. Behold all is new!

Visualize inside of yourself your own inner Queen and King, {or Prince and Princess} your inner Masculine and Feminine sides, every person has both. The Feminine side is the feelings, intuition, receptivity, traditionally the left side,  The Masculine side, usually the right side, is where you act on and defend the Feminine Guidance in reality. Really sense, visualize what they look like, details. Feel their presence, their love and passion, their honesty and dedication, their longing to unite with one another, their hope of creating Heaven on earth together.  Hear the strains of the Wedding march or other music which feels appropriate to you, whatever that may be. {personally I love the song Put Your Love in Me}

See, Feel and sense your Beloved. See your inner couple being present at their own, your own Wedding. Feel the heat and sweetness of their breaths and hear their vows to each other, Feel within your self a melting into a sacred inseparable union. Bring your hands together and as you do hear and feel two heartbeats meld into One and clasp your hands together. Hear the Wedding Bells chime. Feel the soaring union in your heart. You are whole and complete, inseparable within yourself, nevermore alone, you have achieved the Inner Sacred. Everything changes upon this union. Masculine and Feminine sides become Interchangable, balanced. Feel the elation and the awe, the sense of being able to relax and let go, the chase is over, all is attained. You are the Beloved and the Lover. Hear Tears of joy will well up in our eyes, let them flow. Feel and sense the joy, the choruses of angels and archangels and  Seraphim all singing in praise. Dance the joy.

Give yourself a gift, write out the vows, your experience of the wedding. Drink champagne, this is a Holy Day! Take a photo of yourself as a Newlywed! Take yourself on a honeymoon in your imagination. Make sure the experience lasts. Speak only positive loving words to each of your inner mates.

 

April 22 Spectacular SKY WATCHING early am LYRIDS METEOR SHOWERS

 

The Lyrian meteor showers peak this am . Moon conjuncts Venus @ 9:29 am EDT/6:29 am PDT/ 1:29 pm GMT. The Moon is at the same declination as Venus and will occult or Eclipse her. Minutes later.

 

MARS enters Aries @ 9:45 am EDT/ 6:45 am PDT/ 1:44 pm GMT

Mars thrusts ahead as is his wont into His home sign of Aries, so it’s a new beginning for men now and for new actions. We should be clear about what we’re fighting for. Mars will be “at home” until May 31.

 

MOON enters ARIES 10:09 am EDT/7:09 am PDT/ 2:09 pm GMT