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Various Insights on Astrological Happenings

The Twins Castor and Pollux

According to Edith Hamilton’s book on Mythology Castor and Pollux were inseparable twin brothers and were often represented riding splendid snow white horses.The twins were the guardians of sailors and among other things joined Jason’s quest for the golden fleece (a symbol of plenty) in the tale of Jason and Argonauts. They were said to live half their time on Earth and half their time in the golden homes of heaven. These are wonderful images to contemplate during this New Moon eclipse acceleration.

The two main stars of the Twins, Castor and Pollux, mark the outer rim of the Sacred Hoop and draw our attention to the mysteries of duality and polarity and the mythic stories regarding twins around the world. In some cultures twins were revered and in other cultures twins were feared. Read More

Alhena in the Twins

by Cayelin K Castell

Alhena (09° Cancer 23′) is a bright white star marking the left foot of the Twins constellation belonging to Pollux the immortal twin.

July 2, 2019 Total Solar Eclipse
It is considered a star of important missions suggesting the July 2, 2019 Total Solar Eclipse near this star is energizing and accelerating the possibility of embracing a growing and grounded mission of empathy and caring that includes responsibly nurture ourselves and each other.

The Sun passes this star around July 1 every year.
In 2019 Mercury is here on July.
Venus passes here on July 10.
See Moon Table Below for the monthly passage of the Moon.
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Power of the Nodes – Connecting the Past and Future

by Cayelin K Castell

Appreciating our Past, Moving Toward Our Future and Living in the NOW!

In  2019, Mars is with the North Node at the same degree June 11 to June 13 and within 10 degrees from May 28 to June 28. Mercury is within 10 degrees of the North Node from June 8 to June 24. Mars with the North Node is about dreaming into our future and taking action that begins calling that future into a powerful form.

Mercury with the North Node is about paying attention to the messages guiding us toward our most fulfilling future destiny.


Mercury Mars Super Close within 4 degrees of the North Node June 17, 18, 19
For those with a low horizon line Mercury and Mars are within 1/4 degree on June 17 and less than a 1/4 degree from each other on June 18. By June 19 the gap between Mercury and Mars widen’s to about 3/4ths of a degree. If you have a low horizon you will see them just after Sunset still within 4 degrees of the North Node.

By February of 2020 Mars catches up to the South Node before speeding off to join the rare Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn alignment that hasn’t happened for 733 years.




Continuing on with the theme of honoring our past, living in the present and envisioning our future this falcon flew right in front of me on my morning walk the other day and landed about 15 feet away in this tree so close to me as if to say I have a message for you.

I was struck by how it was pointing forward and looking back toward me simultaneously. I realized the message was about connecting the past and future in the now within a day of creating the meme posted below as if it were a confirmation to pay even greater attention to what was, what is and what is becoming.

Destiny doesn’t happen by chance as much as it does by choice. Of course there are experiences that are beyond our control and yet it’s our choice that determines how we experience it and what the lasting result is.

When we choose to come from love the result is greater love. When we choose to come from anger or hurt the result is greater anger and hurt. Forgiving our selves and each other is powerful medicine that can change our future timeline in ways we haven’t even yet imagined.

By the way, falcon signifies wisdom, vision, and protection. This beautiful messenger is a symbol for awakening your wise visionary power. Be sure you are listening now for the messages that are filled with wisdom from the past, what strategy is best now and how all that is leading you to your future destiny.

Of course it helps to remember we often have to sacrifice aspects of the old life that are no longer working – allowing them to die a good death that becomes the sacred soil (compost) for the new life we are envisioning.

Additional details are here.

This article is a work in progress…

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Venus and the Pleiades 2020

In 2019 Venus passes the Pleiades June 7, 8 and 9. Venus is within 6 degrees of this Behenian Asterism June 2 to June 14.

Venus returns to a spectacularly close connection with the Pleiades exact April 3, 2020

April 3 of 2012 and for a couple of nights before and after Venus was visible sitting super close to the Pleiades as shown below – within a ½° southeast of Alcyone (the brightest star in the Pleiades and considered the central star of this asterism) and ¼° south of the Atlas-Pleione pair for observers from the Americas. Read More

The Pleiades

by Cayelin K Castell

The Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters in many cultures including the Greeks. These stars carry their Greek names to this day: Maia, Electra, Alcyone, Taygeta/Taygete, Asterope, Celaeno and Merope. Some feel the name Pleiades is derived from the mother of the Seven Sisters whose name was Pleione. Their father was Atlas.

Homer describes Atlas in his poem the Odyssey  as “one who knows the depths of the whole sea, and keeps the tall pillars who hold heaven and earth asunder.” Read More

June Solstice Magic

by Cayelin K Castell

June 21, 2019 the Sun reaches zero Cancer at 11:54 AM Eastern time or 8:54 AM Pacific time marking the exact Solstice moment though the Solstice Sun rises in the same place in the sky for at least three days and very close to the same place for about 3 weeks.


An ancient “School of Prophets” understood much about the cosmos and used natural time-cycles to mark out the course of history. For them the cosmos seemed somehow much closer and more relevant than it does today.

Among other things they believed that there were specific doorways or gates leading in and out of “heaven”. These portals were believed to be located at the points where the ecliptic (the pathway followed by the Sun in its annual progression along the zodiac) crosses over the Milky Way.

Significantly the Sun now sits at one of these gateways at the solstices. By a process of analogy: “As Above, So Below”, this indicates that it is now these “stargates” are opening. Adrian Gilbert

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Sirius Star Magic

So What is Up With Sirius?

Image result for sirius and the sun

In 2019 Planets with Sirius (add about a week before and after the exact date for the full effect)
Mars on June 6/7

Mercury on June 12
Sun on July 6
Venus on July 15
See Moon with Sirius table at end of this page.

In our current era The Sun and Sirius are together at the time the Earth is furthest from the Sun and opposite one another when the Earth is closest to the Sun at Perhelion. On January 1 (our current New Year point) Sirius is on the mid-heaven at mid-night. The exact Sun opposition to Sirius is around January 5 or 6 in the same way the Sun and Sirius are conjunct around July 5 or 6. These dates just so happen to also be around the time the Earth is either closest or furthest to the Sun.

This connection to the Sun with Sirius is something that shifts over time occurring in different seasons. The movement is slow only 1 degree every 72 years shifting signs only once every 2160 years.

In 1776 on the 4th of July the Sun was aligned with Sirius. The signing of the US Declaration of Independence was purposely planned for this time accessing the magical energies of this star a bold revolutionary act as Independence was being declared for a new nation. (More on Sirius and the 4th of July HERE)

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The Horns of the Bull – Gateway to the Elysian Fields

The horns of the Bull point to the Galactic Cross near the Galactic Edge where the June Solstice Sun currently rises signaling the shift of a 26,000 year cycle from 1962 to 2034.
See below for planets passing here in 2019
This area of the sky is rich with Star Lore. In this article we are exploring the two stars that mark the horns of the Bull constellation. (This is a work in progress)
El Nath (aka Zeta Tarui) marks the northern horn of the Bull (22 Gemini 51)
Al Hecka marks the southern horn (25 Gemini 03)
The horns of the Bull are on the eastern edge of the Milky Way where it crosses the Ecliptic creating a Galactic Cross in the sky. This helps to explain why the Bull has such an important role in the Egyptian conception of how one enters the Elysian Fields as the hero/ine must pass by the bull that guards the route to the West, or the Elysian Fields.
One of Pyramid texts reads: “The Bull of the Sky inclines his horn, so that [the deceased] may pass.” It creates an image of traveling down the Celestial Highway of Stars or as some refer to it – the River of Stars. It also calls to mine the yellow brick road – only its a road of stars that defines our soul’s journey in this reality.

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2019 May Celestial Timings

Another amazing month is upon us with the Taurus New Moon on Stars Wars Day – the day of my oldest son’s wedding in Colorado – May the Fourth Be with You!

The New Moon just so happens to also be in the astrological Beltane Window and The Full Moon is near the Days of No Shadows. Plus we have Venus at the Sacral Chakra Gate May 2 and Uranus and Venus conjunct at the Full Moon just to name a few.

New Video on the Solar Zenith

2019 May Celestial Timings


Special Venus Mars Underworld Saga Webinar May 15, 2019 with replay available it will 32 years before Venus and Mars come together in this part of the sky with the Sun. Details


Special Webinar Series offered by the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School covering the first Libra Venus Underworld in 155 years, Mercury Retrograde, Ceremony and Shamanic Astrology and Jupiter into Capricorn

Additional Article Links
Magic and Mystery of Beltane
Mars Moon and the Horns of the Bull
Solar Zenith May 20

Saturn, Pluto and the South Node 

Jupiter in Sagittarius Jupiter moving back toward Antares Jupiter with the Serpent Bearer Personal Dream Experience with the Serpent Bearer

Mars is Out of Bounds April 20, 2019 at 01:58 pm PDT June 12, 2019 at 02:45 am PDT

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Pluto Retrograde

by Cayelin Castell

At the Still Point Of Pluto’s Retrograde it is time to surrender to what has been so we can move toward what is becoming.

Are you Ready for a NEW World, a NEW way of life as we prepare for 2020?

On April 24, 2019 Pluto Stationed Retrograde. Pluto Stations direct at its second still point of the year on October 2/3, 2019. Any planetary Still Point is a place of suspension or pause where the energies remains suspended within minutes of its station point for a few weeks before and after the station point. Read More