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2019 October Celestial Timings

October 22, 2019 is Peter and my 13 year wedding anniversary! The image here is from our Secret Wedding in Sedona. The story is HERE

The best part is our marriage was awesome from the start but is even better and more FUN, MAGICAL and AMAZING 13 years later. My how we have grown!

The second image below is of me and Peter in Colorado at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison with our dear friend Merkaba. She took the picture. We were in Colorado for my oldest son’s wedding in May that Peter officiated.

If you have been getting the Celestial Timings for awhile you may remember the wedding was on Star Wars Day – May the 4th be with you – and was themed to represent some of their favorite characters from all sorts of genres.

All these years later it is so exciting to see how the commitment Peter and I made to our sacred union has flourished as we navigate all the crazy situations life throws our way.

So this month features Venus Mercury and the Sun with the Star Spica. Venus Mercury Conjunction (Return of the Shekinah) with Mercury stationing Retrograde the next day at the end of October. Pluto finally stationing direct early October. The Orionids and Venus moving into Scorpio featuring the teachings of Skeleton Woman on the Life/Death/Life process.

2019 October Celestial Timings

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury in Scorpio

Sun In Scorpio

Spica with Mercury, Venus and Sun

Mercury Venus Conjunction – Return of the Shekinah

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The Next Jaguar Days
 Oct 20, Nov 09, Nov 29, Dec 19 2019

 October November Insights leading to 2020


Reconnecting with the Powerful Grand Cross
as Jupiter and Mars Join Saturn and Pluto in 2020

Here is a short video describing what the Libra Evening Star Ceremonial
journey is all about!

The Ascent Journey has just Begun
If you feel called to join this extraordinary
Ceremonial Ascent Journey 

Details are at this link


Every year the Sun is within six degrees of the Spica from October 12 to 23 and is exact around October 17 and 18. See when Moon is with Spica etc…

October 27 Moon with Spica still close to the Sun will be extra potent in 2019!

Sep 29 Mercury exact within 6 degrees until October 3
Oct 3 Venus is with Spica exact within 6 degrees from September 27 to October 8
November 9/10 Mars is with Spica exact and within 6 degrees from October 31 to November 19

Spica is in the constellation of the Virgin Priestess (a.k.a Virgo) and both Spica and the Virgin Priestess constellation have myths and images of the divine feminine linked with them. The Greeks and Romans saw this constellation as the Great Mother Goddess Cybele with her lion-drawn chariot symbolizing the Lion constellation sitting next to the Virgin Priestess.

Cybele, like many goddesses, had several incarnations or manifestations. Her celebrations included drumming, dancing, singing, and chanting, often all night long. The Greek Goddess Astrea also has associations with the Virgin Priestess constellation depicted in Tarot as the Justice Card, holding the Scales of Justice symbolizing the constellation on her other side.

Spica marks the hand of the Virgin Priestess and sometimes is shown as an ear of corn or wheat that she holds in her hand. Other images show Spica as the star that marks where the Virgin Priestess or Goddess holds the Scales in her hand. In Egyptian myth the constellations of the Virgin Priestess and the Scales were described as the Goddess Maat who used the scales to weigh the heart of the dead against her feather to determine the future path of the one who died.

All about Spica – 8 minutes

When planets are near Spica it is a great time for intentionally accessing the awareness of the super conscious with the conscious mind as described byMichael Smulkis and Fred Rubenfeld in their book Starlight Elixirs and Cosmic Vibrational Healing:

Spica has the ability to transfer awareness from the super conscious to the waking conscious mind and can also enhance lucid dreaming states and psychic abilities. Spica strengthens the physical body in the cervical vertebrae of the spine. This is the physical location in the body that symbolizes the separation of body and mind. So Spica creates an interchange between the separated selves assisting in the remembrance that there is ultimately no separation. Thus, Spica helps to bring the principle of oneness more fully into our conscious minds.

Working with Spica anytime you can see her and especially when you can see her with planets near by through intention, meditation, prayers, chanting or any other activities designed to open you to other dimensional experiences  -are exceptionally potent. It is important to listen for inner guidance and creating a sacred safe space is recommended for enhancing this possibility.

The Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz reminded us that all we need to find where we want to be within ourselves is to look within. When planets are with Spica it is important to listen for inner guidance coming from our super conscious higher selves into our physical reality especially when creating a sacred safe space for enhancing connection with our divine inner knowing.

Off to the Emerald City anyone?


Sun in Scorpio

The Sun generally enters Scorpio on October 22 to 24 each year. See Table Below.

This begins a 30 day journey dedicated to the mysteries of death and rebirth. Death is a part of the natural cycle of life. In times past the death mysteries were honored and celebrated at this time of year.

Skeleton Woman or Lady Death reminds us of the importance of being willing to surrender and completely trust the death process as something magical and necessary for renewal and rebirth. It is the gift of the life/death/life process.
In the current time, fear of death dominates many people’s life experience.

Practices honoring the ancestors and those who have died were essential to ancient people who understood the importance of maintaining a healthy organic connection to the life/death/life cycle. They knew this was the time of year to honor the ancestors because in essence “What is remembered Lives!” Read More

Mercury in Scorpio

The Life/Death/Life nature is a cycle
of animation, development, decline, and death
that is always followed by reanimation.
This cycle affects all physical life and all facets of psychological life.
Everything – the Sun, novas, the Moon,
as well as the affairs of humans and those of the tiniest creatures,
like cells and atoms – has this fluttering, then faltering,
then fluttering again…

The instinctual nature has the miraculous ability
to live through all positive boon,

all negative consequence,
and still maintain relationship, to self, to another.

~ Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes Read More


The fixed star Zaniah (4 Libra 31) is located on the wing or shoulder of the Virgin Priestess.

In his book the The Living Stars Eric Morse tells us Ptolmey called this star Zaniyah meaning “Adulteress” or “Harlot”. The word Harlot first showed up in print around the 13th century and was used to describe a man “of no fixed occupation”. It could also refer to a juggler or jester of either sex, however by the 17th century its usage for men completely disappeared and was used to unfavorably describe women as prostitutes. Read More

Venus and Mercury Return of the Shekinah

Unknown Artist

Prayer to Shekinah the Divine Feminine Presence Within
Oh Holy Mother of Divine Creation, You who Dwells within Each of Us
You who Nurtures, Inspires and Encourages
The Awakening of Our Sacred Hearts and Inner Knowing

Guide us with your Loving Wisdom
To Remember and Embody our Divine Design
Fulfilling Our Place within Great Mystery

Thank you for showing us what we already KNOW deep within
Thank you for assisting us in Awakening into Being Who we Already Divinely Are
So that together we bring about a Golden Age of Peace, Plenty and Illumination
Birthing a New Earth conceived in Love, Compassion, Kindness and Caring.

It is Done, It is So and We are Grateful. Blessed Be!

2019 Mercury Venus
Mercury Stations retrograde with Venus in Scorpio on October 31. Mercury and Venus have been within 10 degrees since Jul 22 and continue to be until Nov 6, 2019 with 3 exact conjunctions on:
July 24 at 26 Cancer 14
Sep 13 at 28 Virgo 50 (see below) 
Oct 30 at 27 Scorpio 36

Though not technically a classic Shekinah cycle as the only time Venus and Mercury are visible is October 30 in the evening sky – what is significant is the nearly 4 months of their close alignment within 10 degrees and it will be 40 years before they come back together in this part of the sky.

Mercury and Venus together represent the Return of the Shekinah

Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas wrote in The Book of Hiriam that Mercury and Venus together symbolized the Return of the Shekinah (or the Divine Feminine Presence Lighting our World) occurring every 40 years from any given starting point though in their book they emphasized the Jewish tradition of tracking Venus and Mercury together in the morning sky. Their research is fascinating including the timing of when the Temple of Solomon was built – timed to capture the light of the Shekinah when Venus and Mercury appeared together in the east before sunrise. Read More

Neptune Cycle with the Sun

Returned to Aravaipa Canyon in Feb 2015 for a daylight hike. See story below…

When Neptune opposes the Sun it marks the mid-point of Neptune’s Retrograde journey. In 2019 Neptune went Retrograde on June 21 at 18 Pisces 44 and goes direct on November 27 when at 15 Pisces 56. That means if you planets, angles or nodes between 16 to 19 degrees Pisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Gemini you are in a Neptune cycle.

When the Sun and Neptune are Square it is either just before Neptune stations retrograde or after Neptune goes direct. When the Sun and Neptune are conjunct it is the opposite of the retrograde time when Neptune is farthest from the Earth though fully illuminated by the light of the Sun. (see table below)

When any planet is retrograde it is closer to the Earth so is amps up the energy of that planet taking us deeper into the archetypal mysteries of that planet so Neptune is taking us deeper into our visions, dreams, and inner guidance. Neptune does NOT operate from logic or reason but rather from a place that may not make rational sense especially if we think about it too much.

Neptune (a Celestial World Guide and Initiator) operates beyond what makes sense from a Middle World perspective – so the challenge we often face with Neptune is to NOT talk ourselves out of that deep inexplicable inner knowing that can guide us to extraordinary experiences when we trust and act on that knowing. Read More

My Priestess Journey

Here is a super cool event, The Global Goddess Gathering, I am helping to plan and facilitate in April 2020 celebrating and honoring Nicole and all the priestess who have gone before including my MOM – Merilyn Helen Judd Massey.


Here is an interview I did with the lovely Dionne Ruff Sloane
about my Priestess Journey and how it Changed My Life.


Here is a personal story about me and Nicole
working through the Light and Shadow


A page featuring the Sacred Order of the Venus Templars

2019 September Celestial Timings

This month features 4 planets in Virgo, weaving the web of the New Earth, the Great Hack, another Friday the 13th, Venus Rising into the Evening Sky passing through the First Gate/Root Chakra, the September Equinox, Saturn stationing near Vega and so much more…

2019 September Celestial Timings

Friday the 13th This Month

Saturn Near Vega for the rest of 2019 stationing near this star.

Celebrating the September Equinox

Saturn, Pluto and the South Node

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The Next Jaguar Days Sep 10 and 30

See end of this page for the Super Perigee New Moon August 30 and September 28

How Becoming a Priestess Changed My Life


Our next Venus Alchemy Live Ceremonial Class is September 27, 2019

Facilitated by Cayelin K Castell and Tami Brunk

Details at this link
Early registration special ends September 22

August 30 Perigee Super New Moon is the closest New Moon of the year and already yesterday’s 6.3 earthquake off the coast of Oregon, a hurricane tracking toward the Bahamas and Florida, huge monsoon in Tucson while I was gone, high tides (got the direct experience of that while in San Diego) and when I am writing this the stock market is down as a part the greater magnetic effect of this New Moon suggesting a potent time for setting and magnifying intentions.

More on the Super Perigee New Moon with next one happening September 28

Magdalene Feast Day July 22

In 1995 I began a Priestess Process that forever changed my life and I became part of a sisterhood of women committed to celebrating one another called the Magdalene Sisterhood.
In 1996 I initiated into the first ever Magdalene circle of the current time where we focused on healing the split between sexuality and spirituality as represented by the Madonna/Whore Split.
The work was ground breaking back then and helped me to understand that the stories I had been told were NOT necessarily true in the way I had understood them. Part of the revelation came from the book, The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail by Margaret Starbird published in 1993.
Margaret Starbird’s book was also ground breaking hypothesizing that Saint Sarah was the daughter of Jesus and Mary Magdalene and this was the source of the legend associated with the cult of Saint Sarah at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in France. (I helped lead a Magdalene journey to France including Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer in 2007 and the experience still vibrates in every cell of my being – here is a story I wrote about it back then.) 

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