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New Moon in Cancer ~ June 28-29, 2022

My June 2022 Forecast notes:

June 28 New Moon in Cancer, 10:52 p.m. Eastern US time. This is a big aspect day with the Sun/Moon point square Jupiter in Aries. Venus sextiles Jupiter, and Mars sextiles Saturn. Neptune stations retrograde until December 3. The Sabian Symbol for this New Moon echoes such a large gathering of players: “A GROUP OF RABBITS DRESSED IN HUMAN CLOTHES WALK AS IF ON PARADE.Dane Rudhyar‘s KEYNOTE provides a positive way to focus our energies at this time: “The tendency in all forms of life to imitate higher forms as a stimulus to growth.”

Because the New Moon point closely conjuncts Black Moon Lilith, the dark energy of this New Moon hits home in an especially intense way. Dark doesn’t always mean “bad.” Seeds germinate in the dark, as do deep soul processes before they see the light of day.

We most often associate Black Moon Lilith with her more negative aspects: trauma, sexual abuse, Mommy Dearest, miscarriage, infanticide, hysteria, Jane Eyre’s Mad Woman in the Attic, rebellion, autoimmune reactions, hot flashes, and Baba Yaga. A balanced Lilith brings Faery Godmother, “Dark Goddess,” and Women Who Run with the Wolves type energy: strong, magical and deeply feminine empowerment. In order to access these parts of Black Moon Lilith, we need to honor the wisdom of our bodies — the biofeedback that arrives in the form of visceral reactions to people, thoughts and life events. When we make peace with our inner Wild Woman, she brings her beauty, creativity, and raw power into balance with passion, authenticity and true intimacy.

Black Moon Lilith is the one who hides behind this New Moon, while “A GROUP OF RABBITS DRESSED IN HUMAN CLOTHES WALK AS IF ON PARADE.” Dane Rudhyar expands on this Sabian Symbol of Cancer 8°:

KEYNOTE: The tendency in all forms of life to imitate higher forms as a stimulus to growth.

This rather strange symbol points to what is essential in all first attempts at developing consciousness and furthering and furthering one’s growth through association with those who have already reached a superior evolutionary or mental level. Every seeker looks for an “Exemplar.” The religious mystic speaks of “the Imitation of Christ.” In Japan the music student sits in front of his teacher playing an instrument, and carefully imitates his every gesture.

The New Moon/Black Moon Lilith’s square to Jupiter in Aries urges us to assert ourselves in bigger ways. Jupiter wants us to have more courage and willpower to step out of our Cancer shells. Finding others who’ve done what we feel led to do helps us to imagine pathways forward, even into new territory. With Venus in Gemini sextile Jupiter, the power of love, artistry and self-esteem assist this process. Authentic adornment, creating a kind of “avatar” or “Glamour” can help us to step into a bigger version of ourselves. This goes beyond “fake it ’til you make it.” Rather, we project the hidden part of ourselves into the world ahead of us, and we gradually solidify our enchanted vision.

Neptune stationing retrograde helps us to connect the not-quite realm with the here and now. The ruler of dreams, mystics, spiritual inspiration and the Collective Unconscious turns inward until December 3, allowing us to incubate our dearest hopes and dreams. The Witch’s Pyramid comes to mind: “To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Keep Silent.” Mars sextile Saturn guarantees that work is being done. Even if we don’t yet see tangible results, these will come. We can draw inspiration from those who came before, but we must apply ourselves in ways that work for us.

Practical magic requires discipline. When we commit to becoming more of our authentic Self — when we align ourselves with a Higher Power — magic flows through us and around us. We become the magic, and we can do this even on the darkest night. Instead of pulling rabbits out of a hat, they parade around us.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite passages from The Velveteen Rabbit:

“’Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

“‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

“‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

“‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

“‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Owls, Dragons and Zebra Elephants: when dreams spill into “real” life

Yesterday, we took a lovely morning walk along the shores of Lake Michigan in Van Buren State Park, which we had not visited since March 2018:

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It always feels so good to get in or near a large body of water, especially since I continue having disconcerting, yet encouraging dreams. Yesterday was no exception.

What’s weird is that the entire day ended up echoing a series of three dreams I had on 6/26/2020. One of those dreams featured a professor from Africa — a world renowned owl expert — and her daughter living in an apartment with cheerful pink bedspreads and a massive amount of zebras. When David and I saw this mural with the hot pink background, he wanted to take a photo since I kind of looked like I could be on safari anyway:

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Who knew the rare zebra elephant roamed so close to Lake Michigan?

I immediately flashed on my dream with the pink bedspreads and all the dramatic zebras, but I didn’t realize until later in the day how much 6/26/2020 dream bleedthrough the day had already been bringing. Continue reading

Pure Delight!

This past Valentine’s Day marked some very special transitions. David and I held our own lovely celebration, but that day also opened a new era in my personal life, especially related to writing fiction. Always in eerie sync, my sweet friend Tania Marie opened her new Etsy shop that day. She had texted me previews of the photos, but clicking on The Magick Rabbit shop link brought new levels of delight.

As I sat at my writing desk in my blue office, staring at the waterfall tapestry with a blue velvet “watery” chair beneath, I just knew I needed a “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea DIY Rabbit Fairy Crystal Garden Kit in Tortoise Finish Indoor Planter Pot Seashell Conch Fairy House.” How could I resist? This precious little bunny in a boat makes me smile every time I see him:

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I love all of Tania’s whimsical creations. If I had the room, I would give every single one a spot, but I love this one the best. I also wanted to support Tania’s new venture, and it felt like a perfect Love Day gift to my creative spirit and inner child. I understood the concept: Tania procures and designs the “gardens,” ships them to you, and then you can assemble per the original design or make your own. I was not prepared for all the fun, though! Continue reading

A Recurring Theme

Wise words from faery sis Tania Marie, and a synchronously recurring theme in life, sessions and work on my novel:

“You are free to choose your beliefs, and the actions you take, as well as the experiences you have, will reflect those beliefs. Choose with utmost heart awareness so that when you experience the reflection of your beliefs, you won’t feel like a victim, but rather, will be empowered by whatever gifts you’ve given to yourself, as your chosen growth.” ~ Tania Marie

Garden Update: The Good, The Bad, and the Undetermined

Despite last week’s heatwave into the mid-nineties, which we had not reached all Summer, signs of Autumn continue to reveal themselves. A cool breeze here, crunchy leaves there, along with more squirrel activity than I’ve seen since Spring.

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It’s also the start of Fall bulb planting season, and — since CPL (crazy plant lady) ordered those bulbs before what turned out to be a slightly dislocated rib causing all the neck and upper chest pain — I’ve got a lot of bulbs to plant. Not the 1,000 I planted Continue reading

Garden Update: Late Summer Colors, Crops, Kundalini and Moldavite

I’ve been waiting for the asters to bloom before putting up a new garden update. Finally, they did this weekend! Last Friday brought such chilly temperatures that I actually needed to turn on the cozy fire while writing in my morning journal:

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Those cold temps meant one struggling tomato plant gave up the ghost and got replaced by more chard, spinach and golden beet seeds. The lettuce I planted a couple weeks ago is also enjoying the cooler weather — good thing, too, because all my other lettuce has gone to seed!

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Bronson Park Garden Fun

We saw these yesterday on a visit to Bronson Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There were many more, but these were some of my favorites. Too clever and lovely not to share:

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Compost, Critters and Fritillaria

Another update from the Wild Kingdom of Faery Gardening. This morning features hopefully my last truckload of compost and soil. I ordered a lighter blend and 1/3 less than last time, so I also hope to finish today rather than in tomorrow’s 87 degrees! We shall see. I had planned to get the delivery yesterday with its balmy high of 75 degrees; however, I had a backlog of email sessions Continue reading

Faery Sightings

Methinks some of the faeries are more settled than the humans here …

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… at least, the ones in my office are. 😉

 

Tania Marie and Me: Equinox Visit and Cosmic Adventures with Our D’s ~ Part 2

Continuing on from where we left off in Part 1, Tania Marie, our Dave/David’s and I found ourselves at Cave of the Mounds — a stunning, prehistoric, subterranean world, carefully preserved since its discovery in 1939. You can see just a small selection of David’s photos from our guided tour below:

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Someone kindly managed to snap a photo of the four of us, quite the feat with everything either pitch black or brilliantly highlighted:

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Above ground we found butterfly and herb gardens, the top of a huge sinkhole we saw from below, and various trails “through time.” David caught Tania and me hamming it up as we “stopped to smell the roses.”

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After Cave of the Mounds, we faeries couldn’t resist going to nearby Mount Horeb, “the troll capital of the world!” Here we are on Trollcam, showing off Tania’s matching key tattoo:

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Since he missed our prehistoric peeps photo, we asked David to rest with us awhile on this kindly troll’s bench:

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Afterwards, we did some shopping, and then look who we saw on our way back home:

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We returned to their “Magick Bus” RV, where the guys took a Wisconsin brew break with New Glarus Indigenous IPA, while Tania and I enjoyed Live soda flavored kombuchas. Who knew cola and root beer could be so healthy?! Vegan pizza and salads followed at Roman Candle Pizzeria.

With our time together winding to a close, we realized we had not gotten any photos of baby Cosmo with “Auntie Laura,” so we all gathered again at the Magick Bus the next morning. Tania made smoothies from the greens I’d harvested from our garden, and we spent quality time with the world’s snuggliest rabbit. You could call this photo T.L.C.:

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Our 11 a.m. checkout time loomed near, so we said our goodbye’s and headed our separate ways — Tania and Dave West to Iowa, and David and me to meet our Madison friends for lunch before heading East to Goshen. We’ve already got some ideas in the works for the next trip, but with the four of us very much in flux and synchronicity so obviously at play in our lives, time and sync winks will tell where and when we meet again. I was telling David on the way home just how grateful and lucky I feel to have such a loving romantic partnership with him and such a deep, beautiful friendship with Tania … and now we both know and love Tania’s Dave, as well. So much laughter and love:

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