Fortune smiles on those born under the sign of Aries

‘Kayso I WAS going to do a Post about the upcoming Full (Blood) Moon/Lunar Eclipse – in Scorpio – happening tonight on the West Coast [1] but…when I did a one-card reading this morning I pulled this:

This was one of those moments when I planned on going down one path, but the Universe led me down another. Fortune is the Planetary Trump of Jupiter and Jupiter entered the sign of Aries last Tuesday – where it will remain for one year.

Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life.
Fate is what kicks you in the ass to make you do it.

– Henry Miller

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and is referred to as “the Great Benefic” in astrology. A planet of luck, growth, optimism, expansion, and joy. (I’ve always pictured Jupiter as jolly St. Nick. Santa Claus.)

Jupiter takes 12 years to go around the Sun, so it generally spends about 12 to 13 months in each zodiac sign. Known as the King of the Gods in Roman mythology, Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius (freedom-loving individualist). Like Aries and Leo, Sagittarius is a Fire sign.

The Trump Card of Jupiter represents the Universe in a constant state of change – which it is. Here we see three Vampyre creatures clutching a wheel: Panther (the active and creative energy initiating Summer, the Fire of Life, and is a positive force), Serpent (Winter, retrospection and decay, and a negative force), Chimera (made-up of the four elemental animals in The Tarot of Vampyres deck; its role is to give the other two the momentum needed to spin the wheel).

Fortune is symbolized as a Wheel, spinning the destiny of each individual. The card symbolizes fate/destiny, expansion/momentum, change/movement, cycles, and unexpected gifts/opportunities. When this card appears change, movement, or expansion is inevitable. (Remember: Major Arcana cards represent life lessons, karmic influences, and archetypal energies that are influencing you right now. When you draw a Trump card its influence is unavoidable.)

Synchronicity. The relationship between two seemingly unrelated occurrences. My drawing the Fortune card days after Jupiter entered Aries is no coincidence, Dear Readers. The card is supporting what the heavens are saying: It’s the beginning of a era filled with happy beginnings, blessings, and new opportunities.

Indeed. I will go further and state that ALL Aries will be the luckiest sign of the zodiac for the next 12 months! So let’s not squander our good fortune.

But for every sign of the zodiac, with Jupiter in Aries we can attract the best fortune when we take the lead, initiate, inspire others, and demonstrate enthusiasm and courage. Faith in ourselves can bring about positive circumstances or good luck during this transit. Remember:

Fortune favors the brave.

This Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is going to be a Blood Moon, where the moon will glow a scarlet color during the eclipse. On top of that it’s a Supermoon: A new or full moon at its closest to Earth for the month. There’s a lot going on here including a hard aspect to the “most dangerous star in heaven”: Algol.

I’ve already covered Algol’s power on the Full Moon/Partial Eclipse that occurred last November: Lilith’s Mourning Moon. Same influence holds true tonight.

The Sun in Taurus encourages happiness with the simple, tangible things in life, while the Scorpio Moon draws our attention to complexities, intangibles, and mysteries. (Scorpio rules the Underworld and symbolizes death, rebirth, and transformation.) Ideally, a balance should be found between the two energies, and this is what the Full Moon invites us to do.

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Pour votre santé – it’s World Cocktail Day!

During these last two years we’ve been honing skills in preparing mixed drinks – aka mixology. With limited options on going out to a club, bar, or restaurant, what else was there to do? (There are silver linings to every cloud…)

African Blue Basil Martini

  • Dry vermouth
  • Chilled vodka (I keep mine in the freezer)
  • Castelvetrano olives (Don’t even try substituting these – it won’t taste the same.)
  • 4-5 African Blue basil flowers
  • Lemon (optional)

Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker (don’t scrimp on the ice). Add 2 ounces vodka and 2 spurts of vermouth. Shake for about 10 seconds then pour into a chilled martini glass. Add a jot (or two) of olive juice and a squeeze of lemon. Sprinkle the flowers on top and garnish with 2 the olives.

Makes 1 cocktail

Elderflower Martini: 2 ounces chilled vodka and
1/4 bottle Elderflower lemonade (or to taste).

Fresh organic strawberries from the Farmers Market make the perfect blended Strawberry Margarita.

A classic Manhattan using Redemption Rye whiskey.
(Never, ever use maraschino cherries. Splurge on the good, black ones.)

A successful experiment using ingredients we had on-hand.

Use good quality eggnog, please
– and don’t forget FRESHLY-grated nutmeg!

A classic vodka martini using jalapeño-infused olives
(and more than a “jot” of the juice).

I’ve also amassed a collection of cocktail recipe books…

One of Sushi Confidential’s twist on a Mantattan: Deserves a Defense.

Cheers!!

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Calling Down the Sun*

May 3rd is World Sun Day. (First designated as Sun Day by Jimmy Carter in 1978.) We all know The Sun is the center of our Universe, but in reality it is much, much more.

The Sun gives Life to all living things here on Earth. Without it nothing would survive. Not only does it keep our planet from becoming one big iceberg, it provides LIGHT – something plants and other organisms require in order to covert light energy into fuel for their metabolism (a process called photosynthesis). Not only does this “fuel” provide necessary nutrients to animals who consume plants, the nutritional benefits are also passed along to animals that eat the herbivores – including we humans.

After I brought Ramses home I found a small patch of ringworm on his chest. It was easily treated and caused no further problems for either of us, but in researching this fungus I discovered that sunlight kills it. Outbreaks of ringworm can be quite common in shelter cats – a consequence of stress and lack of sunlight. Being the highly intelligent creatures they are cats instinctively know that bathing in sunlight not only feels good, it’s good for them, too!

The Sun’s radiant energy is beneficial to people, as well. Such as:

  1. Better Sleep Cycle. Studies show that getting out in the sun could connect your body to its natural circadian rhythm.
  2. Increased Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a major component of building a strong immune system and spending at least 15-30 minutes in the sun a day can give you all the Vitamin D that you need.
  3. Increased Mood. Groups that were more exposed to the sun had more energy, increased mood, and a more positive outlook on life.
  4. Lower Blood Pressure. The sun helps release nitric oxide into the blood which aids in lowering blood pressure and increased heart health.
  5. It just plain feels good!

When thinking of flowers one’s mind naturally turns to the Sunflower (Helianthus). Did you know that young sunflower heads track the sun’s movement? Before blooming, they tilt during the day to face the Sun in order to gain more sunlight for photosynthesis. This is thought to help attract pollinators, as many are more attracted to warm flowers.

Magickally, use the properties of the Sun to help lend energy to the following intents: Eenlightenment, generosity, spirituality, health, vitality, joy, positivity, creativity, and friendship. Metaphysically, its color is yellow and its stone is the sunstone, which is a stone of ABUNDANCE.

Sunstone creates an inner fire that vanquishes any unwanted power others hold over you.
It is a stone of self-love and confidence.

Goddesses associated with the Sun: Brigid (Celtic), Hathor (Egyptian), Medusa (Greek), Sekhmet (Egyptian), Sól/Sunna (Nordic), and Bast (Egyptian).

Tarot of Vampyres

Lord of the Fire of the World
Planetary Trump of the Sun; ruled by Leo
Father Archetype
Vitality, Joy, Creativity, Spirituality, Pride, Self-confidence, Personal power, Abundance

Resources:
Amazing Facts About the Sun
Daily Tarot::The Sun
Health Benefits of Being in the Sun
Helianthus
Midsummer Ritual: Calling Down the Sun
Sun Goddesses
4.20.2022: The Sun is Vibrating!
What on Earth is a Sunstone?
Wikipedia

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*A ritual celebrated on June 21st (Litha on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year).

Lá Bealtaine

Yesterday, Ramses and I rescued a bee. It was smallish and had the same markings as a honey bee. Somehow it had fallen into a pile of empty pots. Ramses evidently heard it because he would NOT leave that area alone. Upon closer inspection I saw the bee with a tiny spider (by size comparison) attempting to encase her. Although the poor thing was probably dying (either naturally or from spider venom) I still wanted to save her. So I scooped her up very gently with a trowel and deposited her in my Datura’s pot where she could get some sun if she wanted. She was trying valiantly to rouse herself. Ramses could still hear her buzzing her wings and made a bee-line (!) to the pot. That’s when we called it an afternoon and went back into the house. Unfortunately, when I checked on the bee this morning I found she had perished. We do what we can do, leaving the rest to Mother Nature. R.I.P. little one.

So today saw the last of 2022’s Black Moons: A New Moon/Partial Solar Eclipse occurred at 1:28pm here on the West Coast. Like the other three Black Moons this year, it marks the day before either a holiday (Imbolc, Beltane) or other day of significance (Ash Wednesday, April 1st). This New Moon takes place in the sign of Taurus. New Moons kick my ass. I have plenty of energy and positivity surrounding Full Moons, but just the opposite a few days before each New Moon. (Hmm…)

Tomorrow is May 1st. May Day. Beltane. In Irish the name for this festival day is Lá Bealtaine (la bel-te-nah) and represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Rituals to ensure prosperity, health, fertility, and the well-being of one’s livestock and other assets were performed, as this was a time to tune in to Nature’s tides of strength, growth, and abundance.

Beltane (“Bright Fire”) is a FIRE festival so it was customary to build a huge bonfire and then dance around it; however, if one doesn’t have the luxury to build a bonfire (Safety first!), substitute a red candle in a firesafe bowl. Light the candle and let it burn down completely. Dancing around it is purely optional – but fun!

White and yellow flowers are used traditionally. In 19th century Ireland flowers such as primrose, rowan, hawthorn, gorse, hazel, and marsh marigold were placed at doorways and windows in the form of bouquets and/or garlands.

All Springtime veggies and meats are eaten on Beltane. I’m going to cook a batch of Bannock tomorrow (Unleavened breads shaped into round, flat cakes which are then fried or baked). Mead was often drunk at Beltane but the traditional drink is May Wine which is customarily served as a punch with strawberries and Sweet Woodruff leaves.

I picked-up some Sweet Woodruff from the nursery last year with the specific purpose of using it to make my own May Wine. In fact, I am steeping some in my favorite white wine (Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling) right now!

The wine is plenty sweet without adding honey and I infused the herb with Magickal intent before using. Cannot wait to try it.

Let me leave you with a blast from the (70s) past – A song written and performed by Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex (of “Bang A Gong” fame) which contains the line: “Ride a white Swan like the people of the Beltane”. (Gorgeous man who died way too young. Actually, now that I see the band again most of them were drop-dead gorgeous.)

Have a bitchin’ Beltane!!

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Can You Dig It?

Spring is in the air. Yes, I know. The OFFICIAL start of Spring was March 20th but many folks feel it begins with the Christian holiday of Easter. I grew up in a very relaxed Christian household. Episcopalian, to be precise and Easter was a big to-do. Easter basket decked-out with chocolate bunny and eggs (both chocolate and jelly bean), the tradition of dying hard-boiled eggs with food coloring, and a new Easter outfit (complete with hat and gloves) which I wore to church that day. Most years Easter occurred right around April 4th, which is my birthday, so I got a new outfit AND birthday presents. Score! A little fashionista’s delight.

Days and nights have been mild although we had a small squall travel through here yesterday (♫ April showers bring May flowers… ♫) Today the sun is shining and the birds are singing. The robins are once again tearing my coco fiber planter boxes to shreds – they apparently LOVE the material for their nests; and a pair of really cute birds have made a nest in the hole where a rainspout used to be. All day they fly back and forth with insects and worms in their beaks. (These little guys give Ramses and I HELL whenever we’re in the Concrete Jungle. Protective parents.)

Speaking of Ramses, the neighborhood Canada Geese have chosen the rooftops of our complex on which to conduct their Spring courtships. Ramses was in the dining room window when one of them flew upward. Scared the shit out of him. He went into full “halloween cat mode” while nervously looking up to where the goose had flown. Another was perched on the roof of the townhouse straight across from us and he was equally afraid of it. Ramses had seen these geese parade past our apartment before but they were always on the ground. When one is reminded that small felines are both predator AND prey, this behavior makes perfect sense as he didn’t know if that huge flying bird was going to eat him. Took him an hour (and the birds leaving) before he calmed down.

In the Concrete Jungle all three hellebores bloomed this year – for the very first time! I also coaxed some bedding (annuals) plants to overwinter and they are all blooming: impatiens and purple alyssum. The brunfelsia is full of buds and one has already opened. I’ve got to re-pot the feverfew as it’s root-bound already and my precious datura is due for a pot upgrade, as well. My “green dragon” (aka pinellia tripartita) has awoken from its corm-slumber like Sleeping Beauty and seems to grow fluffier day-by-day. Likewise the aristolochia fimbriata is putting out new vines and I’m expecting to see its unusual flowers soon. In fact, everything is doing very well. Picked up some small black planters to hang on the fenceline so I’ll be making a trip to the nurseries for more plants very soon…This year I’m carving out a niche in the corner for two acacia wood folding chairs and a small table – someplace I can relax with a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine at night. (♫ Hot summer nights that’s my time of the year… ♫)

I would be amiss if I didn’t mention another amazing occurrence last Friday: Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Saturn were aligned in the skies. Amateur astronomer Alexander Krivenyshev snapped a gorgeous shot this morning (April 15) of four planets aligned over Manhattan’s Upper West Side. April’s Pink Full Moon materialized yesterday in the sign of Libra. Next Friday is Earth Day and there will be a New Moon Solar Eclipse on the last day of the month. Whew!

Speaking of the moon, how do you like my new freshwater pearl & half-moon earrings?

I know there’s a lot of insane stuff going on in the world right now, too. I mentioned back in February that the only shortages I’ve seen here is canned cat food – especially the higher-end brands (Which, of course, is what the Prince demands…) I had contacted the company, Fussie Cat, directly and was told it was a transportation issue. Fussie Cat is produced right here in the states. They assured me that I should see more stock in March and sure enough I did. Pet Club is still not as stocked-up as they usually are, but their main warehouse has been sending them more of the flavors Ramses likes. (Been doctoring the ones he picks at with canned tuna. They don’t call it “Fussie Cat” for nothing! LOL.)

Additionally, the FEAR-factor regarding so-called “food shortages” is being pushed hard. Although I cannot speak for other parts of the world, it doesn’t take a blind person to see the enormous amount of food we waste here in the United States. Again, I cannot speak for other parts of this country but here in California there’s no shortage of fresh produce to be had, considering all our Farmers Markets. We’re seeing more and more folks shopping every Saturday at the one here in Sunnyvale. Please support the efforts of small and family-owned farms. Not only does it put good food on YOUR table but it also helps keep these businesses operational – a WIN-WIN!! Note: Since you are cutting out the middle man the prices you pay for quality food (especially organic) is considerably lower than you’ll find in the grocer stores – AND it’s fresher.

The food shortage [is] not due to short supply, Covid, or shipping delays. Processed foods meant to sicken you have resulted from farmers who [are] paid to grow [or not grow] GMO vegetables and fruit.
Judy Byington

Amen to that! And please, try not to make this manufactured shortage a self-fulfilling prophecy by hoarding essential items. That’s what THEY are counting on. Our selfishness. Let’s not panic. Instead let’s help each other out and practice consideration and thoughtfulness. Whatever trickery THEY have planned for us will not last more than a month or two. They don’t want starved and ARMED masses coming for them – for we are LEGION.

Be light of heart, dear Readers. THEY feed on our fear and despair. Open your heart to the possibilities life holds. To the MAGICK that fills every inch of this beautiful planet and all that live herein. Focus on the positive and the possibilities each day brings. Let go of fear, embrace change (even unwanted change), and move toward JOY.

Each morning Ramses and I awake to the sun shining and the birds singing and I turn to him and ask: “Are you ready to start a new day? Are you ready for a new adventure?”

Spoiler alert: He’s ALWAYS ready!

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