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Fae Friday: Moon Blows Fairy Kisses

Do you see Jupiter above and slightly to the right of the moon, our gorgeous Selene? In astrological terms, it’s conjunct. A few days ago we were graced with a glorious full moon in Libra and Jupiter rising close by, with focus on balance, passion, compassion, partnerships, and soul deep beauty. I drove all around town taking moon pictures with my phone. The fast moving moon is already on her way out of Scorpio and soon into Sagittarius, with ultra slow moving Jupiter, of course, still in Libra, and retrograde. Other longer term astrological aspects layer in tension, self worth, and nervous energy. 

Look at the full moon picture and let your eyes relax. Do you see a face blowing fairy kisses to us? My friend Loretta saw it, too. The moon is the mouth, the clouds are the eyebrows and eyes. The trees look like hands curving around the moon lips while they blow.

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

 

Mythic Monday: 21 Reasons to Mark Summer Solstice 2016

Earth & Moon by Galileo

By NASA/JPL (http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/Galileo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Should You Keep Your Eyes Peeled on Summer Solstice?

    • The moon turns full at 7:02 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on June 20, 2016.
    • Summer Solstice occurs at 6:34 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Monday, June 20, 2016.
    • According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, not since 1948 has Summer Solstice paired with a full moon.
    • The word solstice comes from sun and stand. On this day the sun stands still or stops, in that it rises at its northernmost point, while the North Pole tilts directly toward the sun.
    • Regions near the North Pole experience the Midnight Sun or continuous daylight for 24 hours.
    • On Summer Solstice the sun’s zenith is at its farthest from the equator.
    • In other words, the midday sun is at its highest.
    • Your shadow will be the shortest one you have all year.
    • The occasion marks the beginning of summer.
    • It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
    • In the Southern Hemisphere it’s Winter Solstice or Polar Night.
    • Ironically, on Summer Solstice the earth is actually at Aphelion or its farthest point from the sun.
    • June’s moon is called a Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, or Flower Moon.
    • The moon will rise as the sun sets and will look low, close, and huge. Selene will be robed in all her golden glory.
Evelyn de Morgan - The Sleeping Earth and Wakening Moon

Evelyn De Morgan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • In the night sky on June 20, the moon shines near Saturn.
  • Saturn in astrology governs form, the structure of things, life’s lessons, discipline, restrictions, institutions, reality, and long held traditions. Saturn is currently in Sagittarius.
  • Neptune is pretty much the opposite of Saturn, liking formlessness, liberation, inspiration, dreams, illusion, oneness, and universal agape. Neptune is currently in Pisces.
  • We are in a phase where Saturn is square Neptune, indicating friction between the two pathways. The period near Summer Solstice features an exact square.
  • We need a certain amount of both types of energy, but most people tend to have a preference for one over the other.
  • Whichever one of those is more your style, Saturn or Neptune, its opposite has been playing havoc with your status quo and the way you like things.
  • Neptune produces retrograde energy during this period as well, going retrograde starting on June 26 until mid-November. This portends greater clarity or a peeling away of illusion and the attractive images that hide deception. It’s a good time to make positive changes. Truth will stare you in the eyes, so keep those eyes peeled.

More: http://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/summer-solstice-full-moon-june

http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/strawberry-full-moon-makes-summer-solstice-super-rare-thing.html

http://www.mysticmamma.com/saturn-squares-neptune-november-2015-september-2016/

http://griffithobservatory.org/sky/skytable/skymoonphases2016.html

Special blessings for all of us to enjoy the beauty of full moon and Summer Solstice.

Cheers & Happy and Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Romance

 

 

Mythic Monday: Scorpio Goddess Hecate

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Richard Cosway [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“He then the name invokes
Of Hecate; abundant honour straight
Shall follow on his path, if to that prayer
Gracious the goddess leans and opulence
Attends his footsteps; for the power is hers.”
     Hesiod, translated by Sir Charles Abraham Elton, from Theogony

“It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand Caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.”
     John Keats, from On the Sea

As the Wheel of the Year swirls into late autumn, the energy of Scorpio mirrors the cooling of earth and the slow descent into dormancy. The mood becomes more distant, less fiery and emotional, yet not detached in the way of an air sign. Rather, the sense is of the closeted dampness of inner earth, where mysteries abound and life and death intertwine. Scorpio is self-aware and also cognizant of various realities. During this time of year we survey with wonder the changing colors around us, the dying of what was new last spring, and we are beckoned toward attentiveness to life’s mysteries. It is time for us to feel the energy of that which cannot be seen with the eyes. There is immense power now. Magic abounds. Honor the mystery and learn from it, while protecting your own sense of self. Things are not always what they seem, and differentiation of your spirit among many is a worthy task. I honor the great goddess Hecate as the 2015 patron goddess of Scorpio.

Although Hecate is considered a Greek goddess, Barbara G. Walker in The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myth and Secrets traces her beginnings back to ancient Egypt, where she was known as Hekat, the powerful goddess of midwifery and magic. Other spellings are Heket and Heqit. Hekat’s powers flowed from the very source of death and creation. As cosmic midwife, she brought spirit into the body and the world of the living. As priestess, she accepted spirit back into the underworld realm at death. Hekat evolved from an even earlier power, the heq or tribal matriarch of pre-dynastic Egypt. The tribal matriarch commanded the sacred mother’s words of power called the hekau. These magical incantations were vital to gain entrance into various areas of the underworld.

Hecate, or The Night of Enitharmon's Joy, Butlin 316

William Blake [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

To the ancient Greeks, Hecate was a Titan, one of the divinities preceding the Olympic gods. Only she and Zeus had the unique power of being able to grant or withhold at will anything from humankind. Some say her worship came to Greece from Thrace. As cosmic midwife Hecate retained her association with the mysteries of life and death. She existed as a trinity, ruling heaven, earth, and the underworld. In heaven she was the moon Hecate Selene, on earth she was Artemis the Huntress, and in the underworld she became Persephone the death goddess. From the trinity of maiden, mother, and crone, Hecate was most aligned with the dark crone aspect. Hebe or sometimes Persephone denoted the maiden. Hera or sometimes Demeter represented the mature woman. As a triple goddess, Hecate was closely associated with moon goddesses Selene, Artemis, and Diana. Offerings were left for her at crossroads where three roads met. She was the queen of witches and magic, and as Diana this association extended through Roman times and the many centuries following. She was invoked at crossroads at the midnight hour, and magical rites were performed in her name. She was sought after for her powers of healing, guidance, prophecy, and compassion for humanity.

May we all be blessed by the healing and reverence of hidden mysteries as bestowed by one of the most ancient goddesses, Hecate. When you look up at the waxing moon tonight and the full moon five days from now, perhaps you’ll think of the moon goddesses of old.

GuardianoftheDeep_SM (1)Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Mythic Monday: Libra Goddess Astraea

Libra Hevelius

By Johannes Hevelius [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As the Wheel of the Year swirled into full autumn, the energy of Libra rose to the forefront.The thematic energy morphed into awe in the face of dramatic change and the increased serenity that comes from a cooling earth and slowing activity. One day the leaves are green and barely tinged with color, and the next they splash out their wild abandon with vibrant scarlet, orange, and gold. The time is ripe for turning your thoughts inward to examination of values, goals, and any mental adjustments that may be needed. It is a chance to take stock during this passage toward stillness. The beauty of maturing nature mirrors the fullness of your inner self as it readies for a calmer season. For many people autumn is an opening of bejeweled inspiration and artistic expression. We feel uplifted and renewed. Allow the universal creativity to flow through you in expressions of love, caring, and beauty. Libra thrives on symmetry, balance, and divine justice. Seek internal equilibrium and a quiet grace. Libra is mellow while experiencing ascendency. Allow yourself to be calmed and soothed by Libra’s nurturing spirit. I honor the goddess Astraea as the 2015 patron goddess of Libra.

The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G. Walker traces the birth of Astraea to Libya. I suspect the origins come from the Phoenician era of the Libyan region, during the cultural apex of the great city of Carthage. Astraea, the goddess we recognize as holding the scales of justice in balance, went on to influence the Greek and Roman eras. The latter deemed her “the Starry One.” As divine virgin she is affiliated with both Virgo and Libra. The most wonderful story pertaining to Astraea illustrates her compassionate capacity. The ancient Greeks spoke of five ages of man, starting with the Golden Age, and with each subsequent age further deteriorating. Disgusted by the growing degeneration and evil of humans, one by one the gods left the earth. Astraea was the last of the immortals to leave, doing so during the Iron Age. She stayed here longer than the other gods because of her compassion and belief in the ultimate goodness of mankind. Finally, even she could no longer withstand the deception, brutality, and mighty self-interest. With sadness, Astraea reclaimed her birthplace among the stars.

May we all be blessed by the beauty, grace and genuine solicitude bestowed by Astraea.

GuardianoftheDeep_SM (1)Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Mythic Monday: Virgo Goddess Seshat

Sidney Hall - Urania's Mirror - Virgo

Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As the Wheel of the Year winds toward autumn, the energy of Virgo surges forth. The focus is now upon practical matters, details, and getting things as right as we can. The time is ripe for delving into human nature, including our own inner selves, and paring complexities down to the core. Pay attention to the world around you. Think things through. See people for who they really are, and realize you have the ability of creating and maintaining positive relationships. Unless your work requires it, save the flights of fancy for another time. However, take care not to work yourself to the bone. Moderation is still a worthwhile pursuit. I honor the Egyptian goddess Seshat as the 2015 patron goddess of Virgo.

Seshat (spelling variations include Sashet, Sesheta, and Sheshat) exerted a powerful civilizing influence on ancient Egypt. She was known as the mistress of libraries and secretary of heaven. Her name means “female scribe.” Her inventions, including mathematics and architecture, advanced the knowledge and wisdom of humankind. She also taught humans to write, keep historical records, and use the process of accounting. Another moniker was “the measurer.” As the goddess of fate, she measured the length of a human life with palm fronds. Like funerary priests, Seshat wore a dress made of a panther skin. On her head sat what is sometimes called a stylized palm frond or flower and sometimes called a seven pointed star. It stands beneath curved horns or a crescent moon. The moon symbol suggests connection to her consort, the mysterious moon god Thoth.

May we all be blessed by the discernment, refinement, and illumination bestowed by Seshat.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Mythic Monday: Aquarian Goddess Nut by Flossie Benton Rogers

Photography by Alicia, Copyright 2014

Photography by Alicia, Copyright 2014

The Wheel of the Year continues to circle, and days slowly lengthen. With this increase in light, we also experience our coldest temperatures of the winter. It’s as if night, now decreasing in power, blasts out its last hoorahs before the onset of spring. The sun has most recently been in Aquarius, the essence of which involves broad vistas, visionary pursuits, and humanitarian causes. I honor the great Egyptian goddess Nut as 2015 patron goddess of Aquarius.

The Great Goddess Nut’s power was immense in ancient Egypt. Pharaohs were considered the consorts of Nut, and much of their station derived from being so.

Nut is the Egyptian Great Mother who serves as the personification of the night sky. She was visualized as a woman with her body curved over the earth, her arms in one direction, and her legs in the other. Her arms stretched out over the dead to hold them in a loving embrace. The earth god Geb was her consort. He reached out to Nut with an erect penis, as symbolized by the obelisk. Nut is also sometimes pictured as a celestial cow that gave birth to the Milky Way. She was the nurturing waters of life, the maternal source, and the sheltering womb of both the unborn and the dead. I recall what Hermann Hesse said of the mother in Narcissus and Goldmund: “Without a mother you cannot live. Without a mother you cannot die.”

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Mythic Monday: Sagittarius the Archer by Flossie Benton Rogers

Sidney Hall - Urania's Mirror - Sagittarius and Corona Australis, Microscopium, and Telescopium

Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In Greek mythology the immortal centaur Chiron was renowned for his immense learning and passion for teaching. His students included the famous warriors Achilles, Hercules, and Jason of the Argonauts. He himself had been taught by Apollo and Artemis. Like other centaurs, Chiron had the lower body of a horse and the upper body of a man. However, he did not possess the wild, rowdy nature of most centaurs. A highly skilled archer and hunter, he was also a philosopher, a master musician, and an excellent healer. He knew the herbs and methods to treat maladies, had the music of the spheres in his fingers as he played the pan pipes, and could pinpoint the center of a target from a mile away. Tragedy occurred when Hercules accidentally shot Chiron with a poisonous arrow. The great healer could not cure himself, nor alleviate the agony he suffered. Chiron offered to take the place of Prometheus, who was punished by the gods by having his liver devoured by an eagle each and every day. Because of Chiron’s generosity, Zeus placed the wise, respected centaur among the stars.

In the zodiac the sign of Sagittarius is ruled by the vast planet Jupiter. This gives an expansiveness of outlook and expression to those with sun in Sagittarius. Sagittarians are seekers of the uncommon and unknown. They are drawn to the pursuit of ideas and philosophies, especially of an arcane variety. The concept of a mystery school passing down mysterious secret knowledge since ancient eras seems particularly Sagittarian. They can exhibit an earthy wildness at times and are always ready for a new adventure. Typically they like to travel and immerse themselves in foreign culture and language. Sagittarians may have four feet on the ground, and are able to cover a lot of ground, but they invariably shoot for the stars. Boredom is anathema to them, and they despise detailed, tedious work. They are better at starting things than finishing them. For a high quality life they need to be inspired and excited. They value loyalty and passion in a relationship. They make true blue partners and friends and expect the same in return.

Do you have a special Sagittarian in your life?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

 

 

Mythic Monday: Scorpio by Flossie Benton Rogers

Scorpio Hevelius

By Johannes Hevelius [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

When we think of Scorpio, the venomous scorpion most readily comes to mind. In astrology older than Greek, however, the portion of the zodiac attributed to Scorpio was symbolized by the snake or serpent. To the Egyptians and to the Chaldeans of the region of Mesopotamia, Scorpio as serpent represented renewal and immortality. What does a snake do when he outgrows his skin? He sheds it, growing new skin and projecting the concept that life is mysterious and everlasting. The idea of the serpent as eternal life is found in many ancient cultures.

In Greek mythology, the image of Scorpio as scorpion centers on the renowned hunter Orion. With his great skill, Orion had few competitors. Only the huntress Artemis was as great as or greater than he, and that goddess was quite fond of him. She overlooked his boastfulness and the trait Greek heroes tend to have all too often—hubris. Her twin brother Apollo, however, took offense at Orion’s boasting and sent a gigantic scorpion to kill him. It worked, of course, but that was not the end. Zeus, in one of his magnanimous moods, set both Orion and the scorpion in the night sky to be forever immortalized among the stars.

The glyph for Scorpio depicts the scorpion and resembles the capital letter M.

Those born with sun in Scorpio or Scorpio somehow prominent in the horoscope are deep feeling people with a more than a touch of mystery about them. Descriptions such as inscrutable and impenetrable are often used regarding their nature. They tend to be serious and look askance at people with more happy go lucky or frivolous tendencies. They are independent and detest anyone trying to control their thoughts or behavior. They exhibit suspicious attitudes more often than not, thus protecting themselves against manipulation and vulnerability. Scorpios are stubborn, curious, ambitious, and unlikely to give up on something they want. When they lose or fail, they just regroup and go about the matter in a different way. They always have something up their sleeve, but you are unlikely to know exactly what it is. Negative qualities attributed to them include moodiness and a penchant to seek revenge for real or perceived wrongs. Scorpios are charismatic, and their eyes draw you in. One of the best descriptors for Scorpio is inexorably fascinating.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Mythic Monday: Libra by Flossie Benton Rogers

Sidney Hall - Urania's Mirror - Libra

Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Libra is the only constellation in the zodiac that symbolizes an object rather than a person. Libra depicts the scales of Astraea, the goddess associated with Virgo in ancient Greece. In her hands is the opportunity for justice and fairness. In her realm individuals are tried on their own merit, by their deeds, thoughts, and actions. It is her job to maintain a certain detachment during the process, and yet her servant’s heart proved to be large. When all the other gods would leave earth, deserting erratic humanity in its infancy, Astraea vowed to stay until not one human remained. The scales represented by Libra are her conception of truth and justice. Modern astrologers consider Aphrodite or Venus to be the ruler of Libra.

The ancient Babylonians did not recognize Libra as a distinct constellation, viewing it as part of Scorpio. However, the Egyptians saw the scales as Chonsu, the divine child representing death and rebirth. Chonsu reminds me of our Baby New Year. When an individual died, the soul was weighed against the feather of Maat, divine justice. If the soul was slightly heavier than the feather, the soul went on to another cycle of reincarnation. If the scale tipped dramatically, however, weighed down by an individual’s evil, the soul was tossed to a demon to munch on. The scales were also used to measure the heart. The abbreviation of pound, lb, comes from the word libra.

In the zodiac Libra is the seventh sign of marriage, partnerships, and relationships. A more elegant, old fashioned term for scales is balance. It is fitting description for Libra, which seeks balance and harmony in all things and can be overwrought when situations are too far off kilter. Libra has a sparkling personality. They appreciate beauty and can usually find it, even in hidden places. Art, music, and poetry soothe their souls. They are romantic, charming, and innately beneficent. They know how to get things done but in a gracious way. They don’t manipulate. They have a talent for seeing both sides of any given situation. On the negative side, they have to watch out for indecision and an overly lackadaisical attitude at times.

What about it? Do you have any sparkling Libras in your life?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Mythic Monday: Virgo the Virgin by Flossie Benton Rogers

HayOn the Wheel of the Year, we now approach the rejoicing of harvest time and the autumn equinox. The constellation on the horizon is Virgo, from the Latin word for virgin. Its image is that of a goddess holding a palm branch in her right hand and a sheaf or ear of wheat in her left. The Latin word in question also has the connotation of independence and self-sufficiency. The earth in its self-sufficiency supports and provides for us. The goddess associated with Virgo is seen as a caretaker for humankind.

The ancient Sumerians chose The Furrow as the name for the eastern part of the constellation Virgo. To them this section of the sky appeared as an ear of wheat or grain belonging to the snake goddess Nisaba, who ruled agriculture and the harvest. The bright star Spica in Virgo retains the connection, with its etymology from grain in Latin. Due to the star’s relationship with Nisaba and her gift of an abundant harvest, as well as its preeminence in the sky during harvest time, the constellation was associated with fertility. The Sumerians called the western section of Virgo the Frond of Erua and saw it as the goddess holding a palm frond. Thus, the goddess holds a palm branch in one hand and an ear of wheat in the other. Interestingly, Nisaba was also the goddess who gifted mankind with writing and architecture. She was the most learned of deities.

Nisaba’s counterpart in Egypt was the goddess Sheshat, mistress of libraries and secretary of heaven. She invented mathematics and was the goddess of fate. She measured the length of our lives with palm fronds.

Both the Greeks and Romans associated the constellation Virgo with agriculture and fertility. The Greeks connected it with Demeter, daughter of Rhea and mother of Persephone, as well as with Astraea, the goddess of justice. This makes sense, with Libra, the scales of justice, in adjacent placement in the zodiac. The Romans associated Virgo with the goddess Ceres, from whom we get the word cereal. Both Demeter and Ceres are powerful mother goddesses. Harvest time is a cause of celebration the world over, and Virgo heralds the harvest—the reward for hard work well done and the assurance of plenty throughout the long winter months ahead.

The glyph for Virgo looks like the letter M with a swirl through one stem. The glyph represents a maiden. The swirl could be an ear of wheat, or some astrologers think the maiden has her legs crossed.

Those born under the sign Virgo understand human nature. They can see into the core of a situation, as well as recognize the true character of an individual. They are practical and not given to flights of fancy. Realism is their middle name. Sugar coating is a foreign concept. Virgos are discerning, have a strong sense of right versus wrong, and are careful of what they say and do. As perfectionists, they have to get things just right. They think things through and are detailed, methodical, and sensitive. Analytical and highly intelligent, Virgos possess the ability to form and keep positive relationships with others. A Virgo makes a good friend. They are responsible and sometimes overly so. No one can put pressure on herself like a Virgo. Virgos are famous for taking on too much.

My daughter-in-law is a Virgo, as is a good friend of mine. Both are to be treasured as much as the goddess holding the ear of wheat.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance