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So I have been a practitioner of witchcraft for a ton of years, but I have always ignored astrology. It was just never part of the art that i felt i needed in my craft. And I still don't feel it is a super important part of the craft, but that it can have its benefits. I have only just scratched the surface of what my Sun Sign means, and a few others through out the years. And I know about things like mercury retrograde, and a little about mars retrograde. so where should I begin? what are the best books, websites, teachers, etc?
Hi friends, Some of you have expressed that my astrological input has been very helpful, and have expressed that you could benefit from more. These are extreme times!!! That is for certain!!! I am finding it extremely difficult to make predictions very far in advance because we are going through SO MANY shifts right after one another. I'll copy and paste the text I have already written for my blog, for ease of reading here and discussion, but if you want to view on my site, I'll link it at the end. We are experiencing two major Initiations this week. By Initiations, I refer to planetary conjunctions. Conjunctions are always a big deal, of course. But, we must remember that a conjunction isn’t like a linear meeting. It’s a circular meeting. Each conjunction represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another. Therefore, a conjunction is an initiation of a new cycle. We commonly know the Moon Cycle in this way. Every New Moon is a Moon-Sun conjunction and the initiation of a new Moon(-Sun) cycle. The planets are the same way. And, of course, initiations happen regularly, at all sorts of various intervals. Mercury initiates most often to any given body, then Venus, etc. These faster planets don’t get discussed much as far as initiations go, because they happen more often, and because, quite frankly, they aren’t as “intense.” Of course the first factor is causal to the second. In other words, the slower the initiating planet, the more intense the initiation, and the more important the cycle. Just to give a sense of the cycles: Mars takes 2 years to go around the Wheel. Jupiter is next at 12 years, then Saturn at 28, Uranus at 84, Neptune at 165, Pluto at about 250! These numbers vary when we are looking at them in relation to each other. The Initiation cycles we are referring to are technically called synodic cycles. A synodic cycle is a bit longer than a regular cycle of one planet returning to the same spot on its own, because both bodies are moving. Think of it this way: if you’re chasing someone slower than you around a track, it’ll take longer to get to them than a static location on the track. We can definitely think of these Initiations in the same way as we would think of as a ritual Initiation for an individual in the spiritual sense. This can happen naturally and in an unplanned way, or, in a planned and prepared-for way, like an initiation in a Magickal tradition. In other words, the old is shed, and the new begins. The person “graduates” to a new level, and a whole new set of challenges are presented. The initiation itself is usually an extremely intense experience, in some regard. In the same way, these planetary initiations create intense experience for everyone! We are experiencing so many initiations so close together at this time that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the correspondences to the extreme and unprecedented happenings sweeping across our planet right now. No, it just takes an Astrologer. Hardy har har!!! I hope to elaborate more on this, but, as always when dealing with upcoming transits, especially ones that happen in about 12 hours, this is time-sensitive information, so better for me to just spit it out. Mars initiated by Saturn at 14:31 EDT (18:31 Greenwich Mean Time) today, March 31, 2020. The two Malefics. These two together are, as I read somewhere, “like having the gas all the way down and the brakes on full-stop at the same time.” It’s even more interesting because they’re at 0° Aquarius, after both having just moved from Capricorn. A good place for a new cycle, but, in the moment, anxiety and stress seem to be unbearable. Stay calm and centered, and please be kind. And then we have two Initiations at the 24th degree of Capricorn by Pluto. Oh, Joy! The first is “lesser," since it involves an Asteroid. But, still important. At 22:59 EDT on March 31, or 2:59 Greenwich, Pallas-Athena is initiated by Pluto. Pallas-Athena in Capricorn will go to great lengths to settle issues with diplomacy. She is a warrior Goddess, but not in the same way that Mars is a warrior God; she sets boundaries and values Wisdom over Conquest. Her being here is beneficial, because she will go to great lengths to prevent extreme measures to be taken. This initiation forces us to consider all sides of the situation, and takes the edge off of what is otherwise a supremely stressful time. Venus being in a nice Trine to both the Capricorn planets and Early Aquarius Mars-Saturn is super helpful, too, but we aren’t going into that here. Soon after Pallas-Athena makes her deal with Hades, Jupiter comes along and does the same, on Saturday, April 4, at 22:14 EDT, or 2:14 on Sunday, April 5 Greenwich. This is the first in 3 conjunctions, so, if we want, why not consider it 3 levels of initiation too? Jupiter also is concerned with justice, but more in the “on the books laws” sort of way. Jupiter expands things, and in the case of Pluto, during the conjunction anyway, we’ll be particularly concerned with how power and law interact. Criticisms, and support of, the government and its reaches will be at the forefront. People as individuals will feel particularly driven and passionate about their beliefs. The cycle beginning in Capricorn will bring questions around how we can create laws and hierarchies that can maintain abundance with scarce resources. Remember Climate Catastrophe? That’s still an issue. Stay in a space of Love during these shifts. Apparently many people will be meditating to Liberate and Reclaim our World during the Jupiter-Pluto initiation. The goal is to get to 1 million people. It is definitely worth participating, in your own way, if you can. These are portals. An easy shot into the corner pocket, if you will. https://bendingbackward.wordpress.com/2020/03/31/week-of-consecutive-initiations-great-changes/
I recently ran across a quote from an anonymous source in a old witchcraft magazine from 1914 called the word. The quote is as follows: "But divination, in whatever manner we may operate is dangerous or at least useless for it disheartens the will. Consequently, it restricts the freedom and fatigues the nervous system. A hebrew prophet once said "he that consulteth spirits will not sow" ". I've always used the tarot to guide me. I've even used it to decide how I should go about a magical operation, what I should avoid etc..But this quote got me thinking, what if divination is doing me more harm than good? I always felt like the whole point of divination is to understand whats coming so we have an opportunity to change it...I'd love to get some other perspectives on this. Was there ever a time when you felt like divination was more restrictive than freeing?