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Various Insights on Astrological Happenings

Maya Creation Day August 13

Research on Mayan hieroglyphs suggests August 13 is an important day in Mayan Cosmology honoring the classic Maya Creation Day. August 13 also marks a Solar Zenith transit for those located around 14 degrees and 48 minutes North Latitude lending further confirmation to the importance of this day in Mayan Cosmology. At this latitude on August 13 the Sun is located directly overhead at Noon and vertical objects cast no shadows. This is similar to the pyramid Kukulcan at Chichen Itza when the Sun reaches its Zenith on May 20.

Zenith points are also experienced at the June 22 Solstice on the Tropic of Cancer and December 22 on the Tropic of Capricorn.On the equator the zenith transits of the Sun divide the year into two equal halves at the Equinoxes. Between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer, the zenith transits of the Sun divide the year into a longer time frame when the Sun is transiting south of the zenith, and a shorter time frame when the Sun is transiting to its northern zenith. Read More

Rasalhague Crown Chakra Star of Ophuichus

The Crown Chakra of the Serpent Bearer

Ras Alhaque (22 Sagittarius 42 in 2019 – moving only 1 degree in 72 years)

Each year from about December 07 to 18 the Sun aligns with the star Rasalhague the crown chakra of Ophiuchus with the exact pass around December 13 or 14 illuminating the healing power of our dreams.

In 2019 Jupiter expands our connection to Ophiuchus helping to facilitate more conscious dreaming.

The head of the Serpent-Bearer in the Sky, where the star Ras Alhague is located, is said to be filled with powerful, ageless healing wisdom that has the potential to restore and revitalize.

Mercury and Venus also pass here each year thought the time varies from year to year.

Mars passes here every two years.

Moon passes here once each month. (see Table Below)

Jupiter is with this star in 2019 helping to facilitate more conscious dreaming (returns in about 12 years)
Saturn spent most of the year within 6 degrees of this star in 2017 (returns in about 30 years)
Uranus was here in 1987 (returns in about 84 years)
Neptune was here in 1981 (returns in about 165 years)
Pluto was here in 2004 to 2005 (returns in 248 years)

This fixed star is strongly connected to the concept of healing, whether on a personal level or in society as a whole. The Fixed Star Site has extensive information about Ophiuchus worth noting from many resources giving us a place to begin to connect with the magic of the individual stars. However, many of the descriptions come from much earlier times, so Shamanic Astrology recommends you develop your own connection to these stars to see what meaning they have for you.

Ras Alhague In the Past

Elsbeth Ebertin says in Fixed Stars and Their Interpretation, (published in 1928, p.72-73) that Ras Alhague has:

a Saturn like character, and some of the undesirable Venus qualities are also present. Connected with these are Neptunian tendencies, making the native especially prone to infectious contamination caused by toxins. People thus influenced are easy going in the use of medical drugs, hallucinatory drugs stimulating foodstuffs, too much good living and overindulgence in tobacco and alcohol.

There is danger of insect bites, snakebites or assault from infuriated animals or rabies smitten dogs. If conjunct the Moon, Mars, or Neptune, the native is very prone to infections in general and to epidemic infections. Besides the lower emanations, there are supposedly higher influences attributed to this star, ‘though only very few people are able to attune themselves to these influences…

Ras Alhague Now

Based on older writings we can see the qualities of this star were viewed more negatively. However, there are new insights that have been coming through in recent years. This one is from a book called Starlight Elixirs & Cosmic Vibrational Healing by Michael Smulkis and Fred Rubenfeld published in 1992.

Ras Alhague can improve the transfer of aetheric energies into the physical body. These energies can strengthen the physical body when various forms of movement, martial arts, or dance are combined with visualization. Individuals involved in the development of the physical body who might have been attracted to substances such as steroids that artificially induce changes in the physical body would do well to utilize this elixir or meditation on the star.

They go onto say the star beings connected to Ras Alhague developed techniques for material manifestation and communication that included the ability to relate to other people and other Star systems. This star is also beneficial to everyone involved in creative visualization especially around physical healing. The energies from this star are amplified by physical movement when done from the perspective of love, acceptance, knowing, and our personal I AM. The result in essence is a way of moving Joy into our space/time reality through movement – when we intentionally choose it.

Page Bryant in her book Starwalking: Shamanic Practices for Traveling into the Night Sky describes Ras Alhague as a dark star doing light work by shining light on negative karma (I prefer to use the word shadow because karma is often greatly misunderstood) within humanity for the purpose of evolving through awareness and willingness to own and integrate our darker side.

It is the Crown Chakra Star
When I tune into this star as the Crown Chakra of the Serpent Bearer (not gender specific) the intent I get is to have a healthy expression of this chakra energy and this star loves to assist us in creating it.

When healthy the crown chakra expresses through unity consciousness and the knowing that that we – along with everything else – are connected at every level of creation often experienced as mystical union with everyone and everything in nature.

This is not about getting it intellectually but rather feeling the deep peace, serenity and joy life offers us when we are connected to divine source through a profound sense of the cosmic order that underlies all of existence.

So Ras Alhague is a star that helps us move beyond the limits of the personal ego (often expressing as our own negative shadow and uncertainity) so that we can connect into the unified field of love that permeates all creation unifying the finite (body/manifest plane) and the infinite (spirit/unmanifest plane) within and beyond time and space.

Sekhmet wears the Solar Disk at the Crown Chakra with the Serpent sending out light from this chakra point and may be connected to the mysteries of the Serpent Bearer and this Crown Chakra Star as mythic symbols that last over time are often inspired by a direct connection to the stars and the mysteries they represent. For me this is a great energy to work with in restoring what is possible when the crown chakra is fully activated, alive and functioning as it is meant to do.

Dragon Lines/Ley Lines/Life Force Energy
The serpent energy also connects to what the ancients called Dragon Lines representing the Ley Lines of the Earth where the energy meridians are most potent. Serpents (Dragons) and Snakes represent fertility and creative life force. A snake shedding its skin represents rebirth, transformation, renewal and healing.

When planets are with this star it is a time for engaging Dragon Medicine (healthy Life Force Energy) as represented by the Serpent/Dragon energy within our bodies and also now re-awakening on Earth.

Shakti (a divine feminine name for this life force) has been equated with Dragon energy. The present day re-emergence of the Divine Feminine corresponds to the awakening of the Dragon as it relates to this primal life force energy. Dragon medicine, Dragon Energy anchors our light bodies to the Earth helping us to source this potent life force directly from the Earth.

Snake/Serpent/Dragon as a Medicine Animal

Snake (especially rattlesnake) is a symbol of transformation and wisdom expressed through healing. She is a protector and guardian along with her sister totems, the Dragon and the Serpent.

Snakes symbolize awakening creative forces and increased intuition. They also represent wholeness, cosmic consciousness, and the ability to experience anything willingly with acceptance. Snakes remind us that all things are equal in creation and when we encounter them it is time to grow and embrace new opportunities and/or changes.

Kundalini Life Force via Snake Medicine

Snake is connected to fire medicine, or the medicine of transmutation and alchemy. Physically snakes represent vitality, life force, kundalini. Emotionally snakes represent our dreams. Mentally snakes represent intellect and power, and spiritually snakes represent wisdom, understanding and wholeness.kundalini-snake

Snake magic is connected to the Magician, transmuting energy and embracing the alchemy of fire. The kundalini life force within each of us connects to serpent or snake medicine.

Questions to ponder, when looking at this part of the sky might be:

Are you afraid of your own life force and power? If so are you holding yourself back from experiencing the power and strength of who you really are?

Are you embracing your life force energy and expressing it in ways that are healing for you and those around you?

What would it take to express your own kundalini energy at the next higher octave for you?

See article on this constellation for more about how a snake taught Aesclepius the art of bringing the Dead back to life, and how our dreams are a path to healing – Ophuichus the Serpent Bearer

Moon with Rasalhague

Aug 10 2019 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:01:56 AM MST
Sep 06 2019 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 01:55:11 PM MST
Oct 03 2019 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 09:20:15 PM MST
Oct 31 2019 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:36:13 AM MST
Nov 27 2019 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:40:13 PM MST
Dec 25 2019 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 01:45:53 AM MST
Jan 21 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:44:43 AM MST
Feb 17 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 02:14:02 PM MST
Mar 15 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:15:12 PM MST
Apr 12 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:20:07 AM MST
May 09 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 02:13:26 PM MST
Jun 06 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:23 AM MST
Jul 03 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 9:17 AM MST
Jul 30 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 4:11:05 PM MST
Aug 26 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 09:41 PM MST
Sep 23 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 03:31 AM MST
Oct 20 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 11:23 AM MST
Nov 16 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 09:36 PM MST
Dec 14 2020 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:41 AM MST
Jan 10 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:21 PM MST
Feb 07 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 01:23 AM MST
Mar 06 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:45 AM MST
Apr 02 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:54 PM MST
Apr 29 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 09:23 PM MST
May 27 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 07:47 AM MST
Jun 23 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:28 PM MST
Jul 21 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 03:44 AM MST
Aug 17 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 10:45 AM MST
Sep 13 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:13 PM MST
Oct 10 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 10:07 PM MST
Nov 07 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:20 AM MST
Dec 04 2021 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 05:06 PM MST
Jan 01 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:36 AM MST
Jan 28 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 02:21 PM MST
Feb 24 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 09:17 PM MST
Mar 24 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 02:38 AM MST
Apr 20 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:53 AM MST
May 17 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 05:26 PM MST
Jun 14 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 03:50 AM MST
Jul 11 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 20:32 PM MST
Aug 07 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 11:50 PM MST
Sep 04 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:51 AM MST
Oct 01 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:18 PM MST
Oct 28 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:15 PM MST
Nov 25 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 02:35 AM MST
Dec 22 2022 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 01:18 PM MST
Jan 19 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:31 AM MST
Feb 15 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 09:54 AM MST
Mar 14 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:38 PM MST
Apr 10 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 10:02 PM MST
May 08 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:17 AM MST
Jun 04 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:33 PM MST
Jul 01 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 10:29 PM MST
Jul 29 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:43 AM MST
Aug 25 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 05:41 PM MST
Sep 22 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:34 AM MST
Oct 19 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:02 AM MST
Nov 15 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:02 PM MST
Dec 12 2023 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:09 PM MST
Jan 09 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:16 AM MST
Feb 05 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:37 PM MST
Mar 04 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 01:18 AM MST
Mar 31 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 07:50 AM MST
Apr 27 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 01:21 PM MST
May 24 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 07:31 PM MST
Jun 21 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 03:16 AM MST
Jul 18 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:22 PM MST
Aug 14 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 09:47 PM MST
Sep 11 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:12 AM MST
Oct 8 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:55 PM MST
Nov 4 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 06:31 PM MST
Dec 2 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:34 AM MST
Dec 29 2024 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:12 AM MST
Jan 25 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 05:15 PM MST
Feb 22 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 02:26 AM MST
Mar 21 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 10:28 AM MST
Apr 17 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 05:02 PM MST
May 14 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 10:48 PM MST
Jun 11 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:53 AM MST
Jul 08 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 11:58 AM MST
Aug 04 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 08:05 PM MST
Sep 01 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 04:36 AM MST
Sep 28 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 12:33 PM MST
Oct 25 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 07:23 PM MST
Nov 22 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 01:23 AM MST
Dec 19 2025 Moon Conjunct Rasalhague 22°Sg42′ D 07:28 AM MST

Moon in Capricorn

Moon in Capricorn
by Cayelin K Castell 

(this is a work in progress – that will include the 4 main Moon phases over time – meanwhile scroll to the bottom for upcoming Capricorn Full Moons).

The Capricorn mysteries relate to the law, and how to most responsibly administrate the domain of our personal and collective lives in ways that are effective, efficient and sustainable over time. Effective administration of one’s domain is beautifully summed up in the following statement by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation Movement speaking about coming from awareness and higher consciousness where we can: “Do Less and Accomplish More.”
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This statement sums up healthy Capricorn and is referring to the type of “doing” that is grounded in “being” or in conscious awareness free from attachment to outcome trusting the results are exactly what they are intended to be.
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The next couple of days while the Moon is in Capricorn (whatever phase it is in) are supportive for getting more organized and making progress on, or completing projects. In 2019 with Mercury retrograde until July 31 the focus is on reorganizing, reorienting, reflecting and completing what is already in motion rather than starting something new. However, this Full Moon Eclipse is a time to dismantle what isn’t working so what IS working or will work can come into form over the next few months or years.
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If we are not acting responsibly in our lives it is likely to become evident or illuminated now. Choosing wise heart-centered action supports the concrete manifestation of our true heart’s desire.
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Mercury Transit of the Sun November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019 Mercury Transits the Sun…

Mercury and Venus transits over the Sun are similar to a Total Solar Eclipse in effect however, these transits when visible show only a tiny black dot of either Venus or Mercury going over the face of the Sun. The cool thing is getting to witness these planets interacting directly with the Sun (the source of light and life for the Earth).

Mercury and the Mind
Mercury represents the mind, perception, communication and how we creatively communicate who we are through what we think, say and do. Mercury transits accelerate and magnify opportunities to connect with the source of light and life initiating new ways of thinking, speaking and communicating. The current transit is happening in the constellation of the Scales (a.k.a Libra) suggesting it is time to rebalance what we think and say with what we do.

From Earth on Monday, Nov 11, 2019 Mercury passes in front the Sun at about 19 Scorpio. The last time we had a Mercury Transit in November was November 08, 2006 at 16 Scorpio. The next time it happens in November is November 13, 2032 at about 22 Scorpio. Insights on Mercury in Scorpio.

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Mercury in Cancer

In 2019 Mercury went retrograde in Leo on July 09, returned to Cancer on July 19 and stationed direct on July 31.

Mercury entered the degree of its station direct (23 Cancer 57) at the Solstice either late on the June 20 or June 21 depending on your time zone and passes beyond the station retrograde degree on August 14 (4 Leo 28).

Everyone I have been talking too has been feeling it including myself perhaps due to that unpredictable rascal Uranus in Taurus (6 Taurus) within about a degree and half of the station retrograde point on July 7.

Interestingly, the trickster Roadrunner has been showing up sending me messages more than once reminding me to pay attention. Roadrunner medicine and message seems connected to the Mercury in Cancer energy. Read More

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 joined Jason’s quest for the golden fleece (a symbol of plenty) in the tale of Jason and the Argonauts. They were said to live half their time on Earth and half their time in the golden homes of heaven.

Castor and Pollux were often invoked by sailors for favorable winds suggesting we can still do that as planets pass by these stars invoking the favorable winds of change – especially around the mysteries of healthy, happy, home and family.

In 2019 Mercury stations direct with Pollux (23 Cancer 29) on July 31 with the waning crescent Moon having just passed these stars the day before. On July 31 the Leo New Moon (8 Leo 37) is exact at 8:12 pm Pacific Time.

Pollux is the brighter of the two stars as described in this article http://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/pollux-not-castor-is-geminis-brightest-star

The book Stars of the First People by Dorcas S. Miller describes how the Klamath tribe saw this constellation as boy/girl twins. The Chumash saw them as the Sun’s female cousins, the Jicarilla Apache saw them as the “Two-Fighting Stars” and the Tewa saw them as the “Place of Decision.”

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 and 2 every year.
In 2019 Mercury passed this star June 9 and 10.
Venus passes here on July 9, 10 and 11.
Mars passed this star May 30 and 31, June 1 and 2.
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!

Planets and North Node in 2019

Mars is with the North Node exact June 11- 13 and within 10 degrees from May 28 to June 28.
Mercury is within 10 degrees of the North Node from June 8 – 24.
Sun catches up to the North Node on July 9 (17 Cancer 38) and is within 10 degrees from June 29 to July 20
Venus catches up to the North Node on July 17 (17 Cancer 39) and is within 10 degrees from July 9 to July 25

Mars and North Node is about dreaming into our future and taking action that begins calling that future into a powerful form.
Mercury and North Node is about paying attention to the messages guiding us toward our most fulfilling future destiny.
Sun and North Node illuminates our intended destiny, opening destiny’s door and shining light on our life path.
Venus with the North Node is about connecting the Divine Sacred Feminine with a New Destiny liberated from patriarchal conditioning.

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.

 

 

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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.
https://cayelincastell.com/saturn-in-capricorn-from-2017-to-2020/

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