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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




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.

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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: Black Moon Rising

aliciamoonblurfotorSome folks call February 2014 a Black Moon month because it has no new moon. Our lovely Selene hides her face. This situation can only occur in the short month of February. However, a Black Moon also refers to the second new moon in a calendar month, and January and March are both Black Moon months by that definition. The Black Moon on January 30 was especially auspicious, since the date also ushered in the Chinese new year, the Year of the Horse.

The Moon-goddess Selene accompanied by the Dio...

Public Domain. The Moon-goddess Selene accompanied by the Dioscuri, or Phosphoros (the Morning Star) and Hesperos (the Evening Star). Marble altar, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE. From Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just so you’ll know, Black Moon also refers to a calendar month with no full moon, another situation that can only occur in the short month of February and results in January and March having two full moons, or Blue Moons.

The poet Keats referred to the moon not as Selene but as Cynthia in Endymion: “O Cynthia, ten-times bright and fair! From thy blue throne, now filling all the air.”

How interesting that we are experiencing three months worth of Black Moons, albeit by two different definitions. Do you prefer the Black Moon or the Blue Moon?