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Practical Influences ~ Libra

When the Moon enters a zodiac sign it adds instinctive reaction, unconscious predestination, sensitivity, emotions, intuition, imagination and emotional depth to influences that are at play; when the Sun enters a zodiac sign it adds vitality, individuality, will-power, creative energy and inspirational action to the influences at play; both affect the energy of our daily lives. Being mindful and calling upon these influences as well as utilising materials associated with them during these phases, will bring you closer to understanding your alchemical journey. (more…)

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Diary of an Alchemist ~ Woodpigeon

The humble wood pigeon (Columbus palumbus)…

They made a sound from my childhood that lulled my energy when I heard it. I am sure that for some their distinct coo’ing would take them to the edge of pulling their hair out; but for me it was, and still is, one of the most relaxing calls of the wild.

I learnt about birds in my early schooling when a well meaning primary teacher decided to open the YOC, Young Ornithologists Club, as part of our after-school activities program. For me this wonderful club meant not having to go back home when the day was done and also being able to learn more about the birdlife in my peaceful wood. As you can imagine, the combination of these made me most eager to join and I was delighted to receive my paraphernalia from the RSPB stating that I was now a member.

It was this new understanding of my bird friends that led to one of the most profound ‘spiritual’ experiences I ever had as a child. I had spent many an hour pouring over books of different birds at the YOC as well as using the school binoculars to get a closer view of those that frequented the surrounding grounds. My heart would sour as I watched different species take flight and I had a sense of pride that as part of the RSPB I was helping to protect these beautiful creatures.

After one such happy hour I returned home to my dark space finding that once again all was not right with the household and, being so misfortunate to be in the pathway, I became the object of the anger that was swelling around me. My happiness evaporated amidst a torrent of shouting which culminated in a few sharp slaps as I was sent to my room. I remember slamming the door, disgruntled at the stinging pain which was gathering heat to the side of my head, and throwing myself to the floor at the foot of my bed crying. I wished so hard that I could be back in the school playground, binoculars at the ready to catch the next bird as it showed me its characteristic warble and flight.

It was at this point that I became acutely aware of my breathing. Crying so hard had brought about a heaving type breath that I could feel coming from deep inside my chest. My hands had curled tightly into balled fists which had begun to throb with the strength my little body was using to keep them closed. It felt as though my heaving breath pulled at my core in time to the throb which had travelled to up my arms and into my chest. I could feel another deep wracking sob coming upon me and I closed my eyes fearing it would pull me apart if I let it escape from my mouth.

It was then that I felt it… the entire room had begun vibrating to the throbbing in my body. I allowed the sob to come from me and as I threw my arms out to my sides the walls of the room blew outwards as though my energy had flung them away. I was lifted from where I sat and carried out past the house and over my old familiar wood.

Looking down I had a sense I was flying like my beloved birds high above the trees, and a calmness came to me like I’d never known. The wood pigeons lifted from the branches of the trees and joined me in my flight. “Trust the wind” they said, “it will carry you; feel the sun, it will warm you”. The pigeons seemed much larger than I and it felt that I must be a much smaller bird, possibly a Wren (Troglodytes), as I flew with them.
I didn’t return to my room until I opened my eyes.

In physical reality I hadn’t left the space I occupied, the walls were in the same place as they’d always been and the vibrations had subsided. Yet on a spiritual plane my energy was renewed from the adventure and I would call upon this experience endless times when my life began to feel out of control. At that tender age I had felt my connectedness to the birds and would develop that feeling over the years to connect to other creatures.

This, along with talking to the trees, had begun my path towards alchemy and understanding the powerful transformation of energy.

Practical Influences ~ Mars in Scorpio

Mars in Scorpio highlights the dark and scary places where a great deal of energy comes from. During this time you will feel very private, very secretive and will usually want to be alone, not doing well around others. You may come across as confident, mysterious and intimidating as you access the power of the darker side to your nature; this will have people scared to come near you due to your ability to strike where it hurts during arguments and confrontation.

It is best at this time to find some athletic or creative pursuit to funnel the strong core energy you feel, that way you will be trying to control this raw energy in order to process it for good rather than evil. Be aware that with this transition your biggest competition is yourself and you will constantly push yourself beyond your own limits. You will be at your best when you can find a routine physical practice you can really excel in as you are so powerful and emotionally balanced when that happens. (more…)

Practical Influences ~ Virgo

When the Moon enters a zodiac sign it adds instinctive reaction, unconscious predestination, sensitivity, emotions, intuition, imagination and emotional depth to influences that are at play; when the Sun enters a zodiac sign it adds vitality, individuality, will-power, creative energy and inspirational action to the influences at play; both affect the energy of our daily lives. Being mindful and calling upon these influences as well as utilising materials associated with them during these phases, will bring you closer to understanding your alchemical journey. (more…)

Practical Influences ~ Leo

When the Moon enters a zodiac sign it adds instinctive reaction, unconscious predestination, sensitivity, emotions, intuition, imagination and emotional depth to influences that are at play; when the Sun enters a zodiac sign it adds vitality, individuality, will-power, creative energy and inspirational action to the influences at play; both affect the energy of our daily lives. Being mindful and calling upon these influences as well as utilising materials associated with them during these phases, will bring you closer to understanding your alchemical journey. (more…)

Practical Influences ~ Cancer

When the Moon enters a zodiac sign it adds instinctive reaction, unconscious predestination, sensitivity, emotions, intuition, imagination and emotional depth to influences that are at play; when the Sun enters a zodiac sign it adds vitality, individuality, will-power, creative energy and inspirational action to the influences at play; both affect the energy of our daily lives. Being mindful and calling upon these influences as well as utilising materials associated with them during these phases, will bring you closer to understanding your alchemical journey. (more…)

Practical Influences ~ Mercury Retrograde

When Mercury is retrograde all types of communication, including listening, speaking, learning, reading, editing, researching, negotiating, selling, and buying are affected. All these areas tend to get scrambled or spin out of control leaving a feeling of confusion and pandemonium for yourself and others around you. Decisions made now will be subject to a great deal of change so this is a poor time to launch any new endeavors as nobody can predict what conditions will be like later.

Mercury retrograde can bring periods of forgetfulness and a loss of feeling centered; you may feel unaware of what is going on around you as you will be reacting to your hurts, your needs and the way you take care of others and not yourself. It may feel like everyone you know has suddenly gone mad and you may find yourself getting into bizarre arguments about nothing at all, being unable to finish sentences or barely even able to form a coherent thought. Romance tends to go haywire, too, during Mercury retrograde periods. Couples tend to create miscommunications that in turn can cause a domino effect of errors. Try not to jump to conclusions, and keep striving for clarity. (more…)

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