Full Wolf Moon January 2016

Full Wolf Moon January 2016

Full moon in Leo is party time. But underneath it all there are interesting power dynamics. Mars is in Scorpio, from now through the end of July. That’s a long time for this fiesty planet to be in one sign. Mars helps us tune in to what we really desire in the best of ways. What is your calling? What is your soul path? Are you on it? The entire first half of the year is time to find and align with your life mission.

The full moon in Leo invites us to find out how our light shines for the benefit of others. It’s not just “look at me,” it’s more “look and see.”

Other aspects worth looking at is Mercury coming out of retrograde and going direct, as well as Mercury conjunct Pluto. Get all the details in the latest Moon Magic Video:

Full Moon in Gemini – Dec 6 – Moon Magic Astrology

Full Moon in Gemini – Dec 6 – Moon Magic Astrology

Full Cold Moon – 14° 18′ Gemini

Full Moon Gemini Moon Magic

06:27 AM CST – December 6, 2014

The nights are becoming ever longer as the cold settles in with this Gemini Full Cold Moon this December. What to do? Well, with all the astrological influences cranking up the energy, it’s a unique time, and it is perfect for the holidays, because it’s time to party. Thraicie Hawkner and Heather Roan Robbins discuss this wild energy in the latest Moon Magic Video.

The December Full Moon is a Party Moon

It doesn’t hurt that it is right on the cusp of Friday and Saturday, and the full moon energy will carry well into Monday. But you can take party to mean more than one thing. (What did you expect from a Gemini?) The Sun is in Gemini, but the Moon is in Sagittarius so fitting everything into a bigger picture and more global view can be powerful. Take advantage of this time to party with a purpose. Connect, converse, laugh and be aware of how this is a year of change, both personal change and societal change. Get all the details in the latest moon magic video below.

Moon Magic: December 2014 Full Moon in Gemini

With all this energy in the air, your nervous system can get a little fried. Rather than just spark off in all directions, you might want to take time to ground and center your energy. Basically, connect with mama earth. Stones are perfect for this, and hematite, with all of its iron content, is the ultimate grounding stone. For a softer grounding energy, carry a jasper with you. Finally, if you tune into stones, as Thraicie said in the video, Aquamarine can help you shift your focus onto something with more meaning for you rather than just getting caught up in all the wild full moon energy all around.

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Witches Tarot Deck by Ellen Dugan – Inside the Box

Witches Tarot Deck by Ellen Dugan – Inside the Box

Back of the Witches Tarot Cards - Triple moon in stars

Witches Tarot Back

Review by Jane R Hansen

How do you make a Tarot Deck for Witches: No, not the pointy-hat halloween kind of witches, but Wiccans and others who practice the Craft of the Wise?  Well, I suppose it’s like stirring a good spell. You bring everything you know to the table and select just the right ingredients to get the job done, and you work with nature, make room for the magick, and create a clear image to manifest. This seems to be what Ellen Dugan has done in her Witches Tarot, as she worked with award-winning illustrator Mark Evans to take the traditional symbols of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and brought in a supporting cast of plant, animal and otherworld folk. She also renamed four of the major arcana cards with slightly different names. But more on that later in this review.

Her companion guide spells it all out in detail. You can definitely read with the deck right out of the box, if you are adept with the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) type deck. The renamed Major Arcana make sense, and the rest of the art is mostly a variation on the “standard” art of the RWS deck.

Queen of Wands with cat on lap from Witches Tarot Deck

Queen of Wands

Flora and Fauna

For you herbalists and gardeners out there, pay attention to the plants in the cards. Ellen put some serious thought into the meanings… she isn’t known as “The Garden Witch” for nothing, you know. The Monkshood in the Ten of Swords. Not only is the plant poisonous, but in the language of flowers, monkshood says a foe is near.  This gives double weight to heed the warning of the card to pay attention to your instincts and keep your back to the wall! Throughout Witches Tarot, the flowers and plants have meaning and they are explained in the companion book.

Seven of Cups Witches Tarot Deck

Seven of Cups

What is a witch without her familiar? For you cat-lovers, our favorite familiars do show up in expected and unexpected places.  The Queen of wands has a friend on her lap, but the seven of cups also has a the kitty in a cup. Awe, isn’t that cute! But you’ll also find our feline friends on the High Priestess, Page of Wands, Two of Wands and the Three of pentacles. That’s not even counting the Lion in strength or on the World Card.

But wait, there’s more! Yes, as you wander through the world of Witches Tarot you’ll see a rabbit, stags, ravens, an eagle, hawks, lions, horses, an ibis, wolves, a dolphin, butterflies, dragonflies, a white hind and I’m sure there’s more I didn’t spot when compiling this listing. Best of all, with everything that’s in there, it never seems out of place. [Read more…]