New Moon Journey – Thoughts of the Brocken
The Lunation of April 18, 2015
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By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Astrology is understanding and attuning to the cosmic messages to assist in understanding ourselves, others and the special situations impacting life on Earth during these times of change. The New Moon each month is among the most familiar and powerful of the many celestial cycles. It is also easy to use. The New Moon sets the pace for the four weeks to come. It is a marvelous time to begin projects and set intentions. A popular way to do this involves writing a wish list. Jot it down in long hand, dont dissipate the energy by talking too much about it and watch many (maybe all) of your New Moon Wish List wishes manifest as the waxing Moon brightens and grows in light.
The New Moon of Saturday, April 18, 2015 will be at 2:57 pm EDT at 28 degrees Aries 25 minutes, almost exactly on the Aries-Taurus cusp. Be resolute and determined, this Aries-Taurus combination favors those who are assertive and strong. It sets the pace until the next new Moon which will be on May 18.
A glance at the horoscope map of the lunation also shows Uranus in Aries at 17 degrees. Many things just aren’t the same anymore, old patterns have shattered. Think of change as an opportunity to grow, it’s not a time to wallow in memory, regrets and sentiment. Uranus forms a grand trine in the fire signs with Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Leo. A total of five placements are in fire signs. This is dynamic and generates a competitive spirit. Physical activity and crusading for worthwhile causes can change the world for the better. Rituals involving candles and other sacred flames can be especially effective and spiritually uplifting now. Astro-meteorology, the astrology of weather, points to extremes, especially regarding intense heat. As well as sudden temperature changes.
Venus in light hearted and airy in dual Gemini ushers in receptivity to jokes and humor. Keep romantic interludes friendly, allow others freedom. Affections and cultural preferences are fluid. Travel is favored, especially because Venus is in mutual reception with Mercury. Listen carefully to what others say, so much is likely to be revealed in heeding the casual comments and voice tones of those who are important to you.
Mercury conjoins Mars in Taurus, the sign of the Bull. Concerns can involve security issues for many. There is a touch of stubbornness present. Be subtle if trying to make suggestions.
The Walpurgis Night, Beltane and May Day holiday season is near, spanning April 30 – May 2. This holiday honors the magic of springtime. One legend involves washing one’s face in dew, especially if collected from the Hawthorn Tree before sunrise on May 1. This assures enhanced beauty and also brings an ability to see the wee folk pixies, leprechauns, etc.
Late April and early May, marking a half year before Halloween, has long been a time of magic and mystery in the Harz Mountains of Germany, especially atop one famous mountain called the Brocken. Honoring Walpurga, a traditional saint or crone goddess, witches will gather there around a beautiful fire, accompanied by music. Its the time to celebrate spring. Show off a pair of new red high heeled shoes and your dancing or broom flying skills. On April 30 journey to the Brocken on your broom and seek the company and advice of Gefn. She will heal what is broken, especially in matters of the heart. This jolly Norse- Germanic Goddess is a seeress and patron of animals and Earth’s bounty. Her name means “giver”. The Brocken has a very mysterious reputation that goes back centuries. People in the region believed it was the home of numerous witches, warlocks, and goblins — not to the mention real, honest-to-goodness wolf packs. Dozens of folk tales about them were told. Indeed, this was where the Grimm Brothers collected some of their darker tales,
According to the ancient legends, this night was the last chance for witches and their cohorts to practice magic before Spring reawakened the land. They were said to congregate on Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains.
Here is an impending situation which brings us all an opportunity to attune to the current star pattern and speak up. Perhaps practice a bit of conjure magic for a worthy cause. Remember, to paraphrase Dr. Margaret Mead; Never doubt that ideas and ideals supported by just a few dedicated individuals can change the future, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
In June, 2015 the Florida State legislature will vote on whether to lift the ban on hunting Florida’s black bear, which has protected this threatened species for over 20 years. On April 15, despite massive protests and four hours of statements from concerned citizens, a tragedy took place in Tallahassee. The law makers voted to accept recommendations made by a commission, supported by the horrible and powerful gun lobby, that this atrocity be allowed. If we don’t act to prevent this now in November 275 licenses, for just $100 each, will be issued to murder and slaughter the bears. Gun slingers are even protesting that they would’ like to buy more, for the fun of shooting the black bears. There is absolutely no reason for this. An out of State charity has even raised over $5000 to provide bear proof garbage cans, discouraging nocturnal visits by hungry bears. People who live in the area where bears have been spotted have protested the hunt. By saying that you object, you can help. Call your State Senator and Representatives directly to make your opinion known (I just have). Any law maker voting to pass this law must be immediately recalled. Don’t be seduced by the devil’s advocate initial response you might get. There is no reason for this bear hunt at all. Speak up to protect these splendid animals who cant help them selves! Extinct is forever, the wildlife and ecosystem have not been left by our ancestors, they have been lent to us by our children and future generations.