New Moon in Aries, April 15, 2018

New Moon in Aries, April 15, 2018

By Thraicie Hawkner

The New Moon of April 15th is in Aries. Our key word is “dynamic”! We are apt to be more action-oriented than usual for the few days surrounding this dark moon. New Moon is always a good time to start something new, but this one is particularly prone to instigation.

Be aware that Mercury is also in Aries and has been retrograde. It will just be stationing direct, at this point. Don’t rush into anything crazy. There may still be some frustrations and hiccups. But do expect more successful forward-motion with your efforts in the days to come. Our Van Van oil, spray, and candles are designed to remedy any remaining difficulties.

Mars is still in Capricorn, as we discussed in the last newsletter. The key words are “Strategy” and “Purpose.” If we can stay focused on the goal and stay on plan, success is assured, especially with all this Aries power behind us! This week, there are also some powerful aspects that bring an emphasis on deep spirituality, awareness of use (or misuse) of power, and some serious consideration of religious beliefs and political & financial philosophies (Mars sextile Neptune and Jupiter sextile Pluto).

Shungite is a particularly good stone for this time. It is as dark as the New Moon, and helps to conduct/focus your intentions toward powerful manifestation. Consider combining it with Yarrow herb, to help overcome any fears or sense of weakness, that might be undermining your success.

Stop by the Eye of Horus today, or visit our online store, to pick up your New Moon supplies today!

Which Witchy Tarot is Right for You?

Which Witchy Tarot is Right for You?

By Susan Lynx

Wicca and witchcraft are popular subjects for tarot decks, and there are several available here at the Eye of Horus. Three decks in particular have special appeal for folks who are interested in Wicca or other neo-Pagan paths. All of them include very good books, not just a “little white booklet”, and each of them have very distinct styles of art and commentary. We have open demo decks for each in the shop you can see all the cards in each deck and compare.

The Witches’ Tarot by Ellen Dugan, Art by Mark Evans
Ellen Dugan is the author of several books on witchcraft, and this deck reflects her emphasis on personal empowerment. The art is photo-realistic but still has a mystical flavor. The faces are well-chosen for the various cards and beautifully rendered. The book includes spreads such as the Triple Goddess layout, and even features spells using the cards.

My favorite card is The Moon, showing Hecate with her wolves. Eye of Horus did a full review of the deck when it first came out. (In fact, Ellen Dugan had her launch Party at Eye of Horus. Click here to read that article

 

The Green Witch Tarot by Ann Moura, Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard
Ann Moura has done a great job remaking the Major Arcana for people who wish to deepen their personal relationship to nature, the elements, and Earth magic. At the same time the images are compatible with general Rider-Waite-Smith concepts. Every borderless card includes a plant and animal symbol, and each one is explained in the book, so it is a great way to expand your knowledge. Kiri Østergaard Leonard’s art is soft-edged and luminous yet captures plenty of detail. I appreciate that several of the images are racially diverse.

My favorite card is The Lovers, named here The Lady and The Lord.

The Everyday Witch Tarot by Deborah Blake, Art by Elisabeth Alba
Deborah Blake has authored several books on witchcraft, and she is known for her down-to-earth style and wit. The colors of The Everyday Witch Tarot are vivid and lively but not garish. The cards display the familiar symbols of witch’s hat, broom, cauldron and cat familiar in scenes ranging from medieval to modern. Some images are purposely androgynous, which I appreciate. The book goes beyond traditional meanings of the cards in a section called “Things to Consider” with questions and suggestions for applying each card to your life.

I couldn’t pick a single favorite card, because I like The Moon and The Tower so much. They reflect power and humor at the same time. Read Jane’s First Impressions of the Every Day Witch Tarot here>

Susan Lynx is available for tarot readings at the Eye of Horus. Schedule your appointment with Susan today through our website!

Blue Moon in Libra, March 31, 2018

Blue Moon in Libra, March 31, 2018

By Thraicie Hawkner

The dynamic, head-strong energy of this Aries Sun is at odds with the desire for diplomacy, brought by the Blue Moon in Libra. We want to take action and make things happen! But the position of this moon also strives to avoid conflict. Finding a productive balance may prove difficult.

Tigereye or Tiger Iron stones are recommended, as well as Blue Agate (or other throat chakra stones) to help us find effective words, rather than confrontational ones. Also, calming blue candles can be dressed with frankincense oil, chamomile oil, or clary sage oil. (Our “Peace” candle, from Coventry Creations, might also be an appropriate choice.) These oils, or the actual herbs along with salt, can be added to a bath for a ritual soak.

Focus on change you are trying to affect; clear your mind of other chatter and distraction. Envision the change already in place, as if it were the normal way of things. Feel the relief of this successful change, and breathe this sensation into your core. When you pull the plug, all blockage to this change will be drawn down the drain along with the cleansing water.

In addition to the Blue Moon, we also have a very strong conjunction between Mars and Saturn in Capricorn. The key words are “Strategy” and “Purpose.” This conjunction pairs well with the Blue Moon in Libra, which we just discussed. If we can stay focused on the goal, and stay on plan, success is assured.

Add to this the sextile between a Scorpio Jupiter, and a Capricorn Pluto, and you have some real magic! This is the combination that brings big social change (or a bold change to your role within that paradigm). This is the perfect time to focus on the world we want to live in, and the steps to get there, rather than regretting what has been.