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Friday September 4, 2020

Friday September 4, 2020

– Full Moon Phase  – illumination, realization, fulfillment, shadow, relationships, experience

– Moon in Aries

– Sun in Virgo 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron, Uranus

– Black Moon conjunction with Eris and Mars

– Black Moon Days September 3 – 5

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – September 3rd -4th – Dry Fruits and Vegetables, Cut Hair to Slow Growth, Mow to Slow Growth, Pick Apples and Pears, Quit Smoking, Perform Demolition, Wash Wooden Floors, Start Diet to Lose Weight, Slaughter, Kill Plant Pests

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  September 3rd – 5th – A poor time to plant.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): All goddesses on board

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New moon in Leo: “Daybreak — the luminescence of dawn in the eastern sky” (& Earth An ancient pottery bowl filled with violets)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN:  13 Virgo: A powerful statesman overcomes a state of political hysteria

EARTH:  13 Pisces: A sword used in many battles in a museum

 

Defense Against The Dark Arts – Choosing Your Teachers

Within the Harry Potter novels, we are introduced to a wide variety of teachers and instructors at Hogwarts School. And there are things about each of them that I love so much – (or at least I might love to hate them).

Some teachers we see throughout the series as a constant guiding and positive Force – like Professors McGonnigal, Flitwick and Sprout) – in charge of Transfiguration, Charms and Herbology). Snape (and later Slughorn) offer us Potions. Throughout the movies, there are not many others (Trelawney for Divination and Hagrid for Care of Magical Creatures). Nut the books offer us many more interesting and unique Characters.

But it is Defense Against the Dark Arts that give us the greatest variety of instruction.As you find, the job is cursed. And no instructor stays for more than a year. And for DADA at Hogwarts, We see the Good, the bad and the Evil.

For Good, we had Professors Lupin and Mad Eye Moody. Both tried and succeeded to teach the fundamentals of their subject (despite the fact that Mad Eye was an Evil imposter. And then, of course, there was harry taking over in The Order of the Phoenix (who Fred and George agreed had been their best DADA teacher)

For Bad, There was Snape, Quirrell, and Gilderoy Lockhart. Lockhart was just a self absorbed moron who knew and taught nothing. Quirrell, of course was Evil and possessed by Voldemort. But as a teacher was a bumbling fool – probably on purpose to cover his evilness. Snape I put as bad, because, as I will discuss another time, was just a bad teacher. Gifted and powerful wizard. But lousy teacher.

And then there were the Evil. I considered putting Snape here, but on the contrary, he seemed to teach the right things without holding back. But he was so full of his hatred for Harry that it clouded his ability to actually teach the subject. For true Evil, you had The Carrows. They actually taught how to perform the Dark Arts and perform curses on each other. And of Course, Professor Dolores Umbridge.

Unbridge is one of those characters who I will never forget. EVER! Evil. Nightmare evil. the kind like Pennywise the clown that I still have nightmares about. That is Umbridge.  Below its the scene for which she exposes her evil as a teacher. Because there is no subtlety to her evil. It’s right there. And in this

 

The Government (the ministry) is in Control – and you will do what you are told.

Dissent will not be tolerated.

In this speech, the book and the movie, while not exactly the same, were both on point. And from the movie, the line:

“It is the view of the ministry that a theoretical knowledge will be sufficient to get you through your examinations, which after all is what school is all about.”

This line always stuck with me after hearing it (I know that I saw this particular movie before reading the book).

This movie came out in 2007 – long before they implemented Common Core in US Education system. But the dumbing down of curriculum had begun long before. Soft sciences have become the norm over hard science. Much of the curriculum I see my kids learning now feels like the readers digest version of what I learned back in the 70’s and 80’s. And even back then,  I was always sure the writers left a hell of a lot out.

The Harry Potter series does a great job at making an example of this. And with the subject of The Dark Arts, this is readily apparent.

  • After Voldemort, The Curriculum changed from Teaching “Dark Arts” to a Defense against the Dark Arts.
  • Harry began his training in curses in order to help him with The Triwizard Tournament – but never taught directly by teachers.
  • When Umbridge would not teach even Defensive spells, Harry had to make an illegal class to teach those interested.
  • The highest levels of Government did their best to interfere with the actual education of the students.

Education in the Era of COVID

I am not personally a fan of Homeschooling. I am not a teacher – nor did I ever have aspirations to do so. While I hate the idea that my kids are being force fed the Common Core Curricula in public schools, I pay my taxes and they have a right to be there.

Now they are learning at home. And we must sit with the younger kids to make sure they understand what they are doing and supervise their progress. We are charged with understanding all of the ins and outs of each grade’s electronic devices.  We have  live action learning – where the kids are on Webex and Zoom meetings with the class. And then there is “Asynchronous learning.”

Here is where we get to the Advice in the age of Darkness

In our 2020 version of Defense Against the Dark Arts, we must have some advice about how to fight the misinformation and miseducation of our children.

For me, classes being at home make this easier. We get to see first hand what they are trying to do. And have the opportunity to undue that which is bad and reeducate where we can shed light on darkness.

So

  1. There are Good Teachers out there – We need to get to know who is teaching our children. Having this much close contact helps to identify what is going well. We need to pay attention to them.
  2. There are also some pretty bad ones – Paying attention is important here too. Are they lazy? Are they simply drones teaching straight out of a book. Are they evil? All relevant questions.
  3. “Never Trust Anything that can think for itself if you can;t see where it keeps its brain.” – This is n admonishment from Arthur Weasley to Ginny after he hears that she had been writing in Riddle’s Diary in The Chamber of Secrets. This speaks directly to my Asynchronous Learning problem. The teachers have been tasked with sending the kids to online courses. These courses are a combination of videos with probing questions afterwards. This is the Anything Without a Brain that we have to watch for. It is history and science lessons, all prepared carefully to offer a very specific frame of reference about its subjects. Consider it like Wikipedia. Everyone says to not trust it, as anyone can change what is there. All you really have to do is read any political issue or person and you will see the artwork of propaganda in motion. If you want to have some fun, look up The Clinton Foundation or Global Warming on Wikipedia.

 

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Tuesday September 1, 2020

Tuesday September 1, 2020

– Gibbous Moon Phase  – trust, analyze, prepare, digest, alchemy

– Moon in Aquarius –  Void of Course 12:56 AM – 5:34 AM Moving to Pisces

– Sun in Virgo 

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron, Uranus

– Black Moon makes conjunction with Eris today

– Venus is making a trine to the Black Moon and Eris

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – September 1st – Cut Firewood, Cut Hair to Increase Growth, Mow to Increase Growth, Castrate Farm Animals, Dig Holes, Wean, Potty Train, Wax Floors, Get Married, Start Diet to Gain Weight

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  September 1st – 2nd – Extra good for vine crops. First day is a favorable day for planting aboveground crops. Second day is a good day for transplanting. Second day is also a good day for planting root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): All goddesses on board

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – New moon in Leo: “Daybreak — the luminescence of dawn in the eastern sky” (& Earth An ancient pottery bowl filled with violets)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN:  10 Pisces: An aviator in the clouds

EARTH:  10 Virgo: Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows

Mercury the Messenger goes into a trine with Pluto the Transformer today, and the Sabian symbols involved tell us to be fearless. Messages and information flow today to further the deconstruction of the archontic world and the construction of the free world.

Mercury is at 23 Virgo, “a lion-tamer rushes fearlessly into the circus arena.”  Pluto is at 23 Capricorn, “a soldier receiving two awards for bravery in combat.”

Being fearless and being brave are the same thing.  -Laura Walker

Last year around this time, I wrote an installment of Defense Against the Dark Arts about Fear. What are its Roots? What are some Examples? What can you do to dispell that fear.

And dispelling that fear is about creating fearlessness.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” -Frank Herbert

If you have a few minutes, read it here – then come back and read some more:

DADA101 – Fear

Here is the “Some More” Part

The causes of fear are innumerable, because fear is in the mind. Spiders, for instance are natural. They live everywhere. You can try to keep them out of your living space. You can clean. You can spray chemicals.  For the most part, they will avoid us – content to eat flies and other bugs that are ensnared in their webs.

But then there are the other times – like when I was bit 4 years ago by a spider while I was sleeping. I was in a bed, in New Jersey, in a nice house. Whatever possessed it is unknown.

Am I more afraid of them now? I would say no. But it may be because they are not snakes. No thanks to them!

Fear at the Heart of Things

Looking at 2020, I would suggest that fear is at the heart of pretty much everything going on.

Fear of the Coronavirus

Fear of Vaccines

Fear of Riots

Fear of a race war

Fear of the election, lockdowns, police, other people

And standing in front of us all are the media and entertainment industry fanning the flames.

And ask yourself what the source of all this fear may be? Is it a single source? Mutiple? Working together? Against each other?

The propaganda war going on right now is serious. Everyone has known it was there. But often played blind to it.

Thanks to Trump during the last election, and heavy use of the words FAKE NEWS, even the most somnambulent of fools have begun to admit that there is something wrong. That there is a serious concerted effort to drive some very specific messages through the ether and into the hearts and minds of the population at large.

I believe at the time, Trump was simply fighting a battle. For him this could have been the election. Or it could have just been he woke up in the morning and got sick of being lied about.

Once he had them labeled – and all of their heads exploded like an infected pimple – the crazy cadre of left wing “fact checkers” were front and center. The left has often tried to appropriate the term Fake News – confusing the label to their advantage.

But for the Lamestream media, the emperor’s clothes were off. We had forgotten the term “yellow journalism” for all its heyday in year’s past. But now its back. probably never left. But no longer can we look at a piece of news and not ask ourselves who is saying it and what are they trying to accomplish by saying it.

Now Where Was I . . . Oh That’s Right, “Fear”

It is fear they are spreading. Enlightenment is the cure. The Alignment of the day – Mercury – Pluto offers us the symbols of fearlessness and bravery.

Now more than ever, we must ask ourselves. What? Why? How? Who? Where? When?

There is more to come. Enlightenment is on the way. We have the Full Moon tomorrow (Or in about 4 hours by my watch since I am writing this a little later into the evening than I had planned. And the Full expression of the Sabian Symbol for the month hits: “Daybreak — the luminescence of dawn in the eastern sky”.

It’s time to see some Daybreak!

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Saturday August 15, 2020

Saturday August 15, 2020

– Balsamic Moon Phase – release, transform, healing, forgiveness, prepare for the new

– Moon in Cancer

– Sun in Leo 

– Mars is Square to Pluto through August 15th

– Retrograde Planets:  Saturn, Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune, Chiron

– Best Days (from the Farmer’s Almanac) – August 14th – 16th  Can Fruits and Vegetables, Mow to Slow Growth, Brew Beer, Get Married

– Gardening tips  (from the Farmer’s Almanac) –  August 14th – 16th – Plant seedbeds and flower gardens. Good days for transplanting. Most favorable days for planting beets, onions, turnips, and other root crops.

– Aspect of the Aeon Sophia: (Wisdom): Dhumavati (The Goddess Who Winnows) –

– Aspect of the Aeon Thelete: (Will/Desire): Kathe, God of the South, God of Experience

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 1st New moon in Cancer: “On a ship, sailors lower an old flag and raise a new one” (& Earth An Indian chief claims power from the assembled tribe)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Month – 2nd New moon in Cancer: “a Greek muse weighing newborn twins in golden scales” (& Earth – “a woman reading tea leaves”)

– Sabian Symbol for the Solar-Lunar Year: “A Triangle with Wings”

SUN:  24 LEO: Totally concentrated upon inner spiritual attainment, a man is sitting in a state of
complete neglect of his body

EARTH:  24 AQUARIUS: A man turning his back on his passions, teaches deep wisdom from his
experience

What might CS Lewis say of our new COVID19 situation?

Here’s what he said in 1948 about the mental shift required by living with the threat of the atomic bomb:

“We think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still.  It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948)

I found this great piece by CS Lewis (of Narnia and Screwtape fame)  on Facebook and wanted to share it here. It felt like the same kind of wisdom expressed in the Sabians today – philosophical musings. But timely in a number of ways.

FIRST – COVID 19. Ehough said. The piece spoke directly to the fear that has been foisted upon us through this global plandemic. Reread that third paragraph a few times

SECOND – I have finally finished a long book series that has been taking a lot of my time over the last 8 months. It was the 14 Book epic Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Though it has its ups and downs, fight between light and darkness. It is at its heart just a 10,000 + page story about a group of teenagers who save the world with light triumphing over darkness, with magic. It was fun and it was the second time I have read it. This time I listened to it on Audible so I could listen in the car and while doing the dishes and the like. But it was fun and time consuming.

Now that it is done, I am on to bigger and better things? No just other things. So I wanted to get into anther book series. It would be one of two. I allowed my wife to choose randomly either A or B. She chose A, which meant HARRY POTTER! And where Wheel of Time was mostly just edge of your seat fun and amazing battle sequences, Potter offers me opportunities for insightful thoughts and Commentary.

THIRD – Defense Against the Dark Arts – A year or so ago, I wrote a series of articles on the subject of The Dark Arts. Examples directly from the Harry Potter – and then relating them to life here on Earth. In scrolling through my draft articles, I found 5 articles that I never finished, that I will resurrect. Also I have a list of other fun topics to cover.

If you are interested, the DADA articles are all still here on Astrogardens.com. Just click the DADA tab at the top to find them.

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DADA101 – Fear

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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” -Frank Herbert

I first read this quote when I was about 11. I bought the book Dune while on our annual trip to Yosemite. It interested me after coloring a coloring page (yes, I was 11) from the story of Dune. It featured a Freman sitting out, staring across a desert landscape. I fell in love with the image and had to get the book.

We arrived at Yosemite by about noon and quickly set up camp. It was raining bad. We then all went inside to wait out the storm. I began reading Dune and remember this quote vividly. I got through the section about the Gom Jabbar before doing something unusual for me. I fell asleep and took a nap. Probably the only nap I can remember in my childhood. I could never see the point.

But it was a fateful nap. My older brother snatched up my copy of Dune and began reading it. I did not see the book again the whole week. And it was a long week because it rained the entire time.

And I did not return to the book Dune until about 12 years later. I think I was a little afraid of it. I was not a strong reader and there were a lot of weird words. And if you have read it, then you understand how disjointed the story is presented. But when I picked it up again, it was the same book I had picked up off a rack in a tourist shop all those years ago. I swiped it from my brother’s coveted collection of books – something he has never let me forget. And I took it for good.

Now that I am rereading the story for about the 10th time, I bought a “new” copy from a used bookstore. The original is held together with duct tape and half the pages are falling out.

Back to Fear . . . and some of our favorite stories 

Dune, like Harry Potter, is a coming of age story. Young boy must face uncertainty, evil people and death. They have friends, but pretty much must accomplish it with their own wits (oh, and some magic and genetic superiority). And along the way, us faithful readers see ourselves in these characters. We experience their ups, their downs, their loves, their heartbreaks. And we also live with their fears.

How many times have you watched an action, adventure or horror movie and asked yourself, WHY after experiencing ANY of what they present (car crashes, falling out a window, shootings, muggings, being punched out of nowhere) is the main character not crouched and shivering in a corner from fear? Most action adventure movies do not even touch the subject.

Every once in a while, they do. Consider The Hunger Games, where 26 children are placed in an arena and forced to kill each other. Seeing the horror acted out before during and after the action in that movie really show the faces of fear caused by trauma.

And these examples get to the heart of what I want to discuss . . .

How do we deal with fear?

Directly and indirectly, this is the core of the entire world of psychology today. People get to a really bad place and need to talk it out. So, they go to a therapist. Or a religious leader. Or someone who will listen to them. Unfortunately, the person suffering from the low point usually has no idea how to get out of it. And it is up to the “professional” to lead them there.

But what if these “professionals” have no idea themselves how to lead you out? Therapy is not an exact science. And we may never know how much snake oil has been involved. What we do know is how prevalent the use of medications, drugs, alcohol and anything else that people are using to dull the senses.

Are these the answer? Maybe. Maybe not.

But be sure that whether they are or whether they are not, someone is making money from the process.

And this also brings up another inconvenient truth. And that is about the amount of stimulus out there specifically designed to pump up the volume of fear and anxiety.

When you put it all together, it speaks highly to the idea that society is directing us into paths and markets we do not even know we are being ushered into. It’s like Russian workers who left work and got into the first line they found, not knowing what it was that they would get at the end but figuring that it would be all they could get. Is it bread? Vodka? Underwear?

stimulus – response

stimulus – response

eat, drink, smoke, pop, sleep

These can be a treadmill. A never-ending cycle.

What we must ask ourselves is if such thing as a “CURE” exists. I think that if we look deep inside ourselves, we know there has to be. Are we waiting for someone to dream it up? Are we hoping that one of the allopathic options may work?

To me, it all screams that there probably are some actual “cures” out there. And the industry known as mental health will do everything in its power to make sure you can’t find it. Is that me being like Alex Jones? A bit of cynicism? Hell yes.

Finding the Secret

As with so many things, I believe there are secrets that have been hidden from us about how to resolve these issues of the mind. We would like to believe that there are genius’s out there waiting to come up with a new solution to our problems. Names like Freud and Jung are well known and have offered us insight into the mind’s workings.

But to look at society today one questions whether it is worse now than any time in our history? Have all of the mental diseases and disorders that are being worked on today always existed? Are they different sides of the same coin? Have we created new names (and subsequently new drugs to deal with them) for the same things?

Or has the shock treatment we receive in our daily dosages of lamestream news and toxic life really messed us up and pushed us over the PTSD edge. Some people manage it better than others?

Consider a Couple Classics

Since this is a blog about comparative fiction in our everyday life, let’s consider for a few minutes, a couple examples.

Harry Potter – With all the trauma in Harry’s life, it’s a wonder that it took until the 3rd book, Prisoner of Azkaban, to address fear. It appeared in the guise of boggarts and dementors. And to me, one of the most poignant story lines in the entire series is Professor Lupin teaching Harry Potter about dealing with his own fears.

Boggarts were magical pests who take the form of whatever scares someone the most. It’s their own magical defense mechanism that works like a skunk’s spray. Once you can recognize it for what it is, dispelling the creature is not that difficult. The problem arises when you are faced with that which scares you the most. And can you mentally look beyond it to see that it is really innocuous?

The teaching of this lesson begins innocently, as the professor has each student face the boggart and come face to face with their worst fears. There are snakes, spiders, clowns and even people that the students face down. It’s done humorously in order to show that it can be light-hearted. But as Harry faces the boggart, what appears is something much more sinister – a dementor. One of the must vile and horrible creatures of all.

Dementors are evil creatures who feed off of the fears and emotions of others. Their affinity for evil made them quick allies of the dark forces in the book. At the time of the teaching, however, they offer their services as guards of the wizards’ prison. They are both effective guards to the worst criminals of the wizarding world. But also add an element of torture to the convicted – feeding off all their fears.

To combat these fear-mongering creatures, Professor Lupin teaches a couple of different spells. Riddikulus dispels the boggart, by transforming it into something funny. But for the Dementor the required spell is a Patronus Charm – which embodies a good spirit energy to fight it off.

Most important with each spell, however, is an element that is entirely non magical. And therefore an important lesson for all of us eager readers wanting to be warriors ourselves. That non magical element is Emotion. To make riddikulus work, the caster must think of something funny. This funny energy feeds the counter spell. Similarly with the patronus, the caster must recall a powerful happy emotion. And this emotion feeds the energy that will dispel the dementor.

Fiction or not, it tells of the importance of our emotions in fueling our own well-being. And being in control of our emotions and being able to feed our emotions helps in conquering our own fears.

Dune – I Must Not Fear – This article started with the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear. Young Paul Atreides invokes the rite early in the book as he faces the trial of the Gom Jabbar. He must face a fear of the unknown as he inserts his hand into a box that causes him pain. He is then faced with the dilemma. Remove his hand from the pain source or he would face death by poison. Which fear is worse? Paul faces the test be reciting the mantra “I must not Fear. Fear is the Mind Killer”. In the end he faces the fear and moves beyond it. The pain, and the memory of the pain, remained. Be he was the master.

He faces other trials later in the book. And many of them also involved the facing of fear and invoking the rite. To me, this kind of fear mantra is excellent teaching tool in facing fears in our own life.

Fantastic Fears and How to Dispel Them!

All of this leads us to consider how we face fears here in our own lives. What fears do you have? Are you afraid of Spiders? Snakes? Clowns? Heights? Enclosed Spaces? People?

We all have and hold onto our own core fears. Some of these may have been learned from experience. Myself, I have a fear of snakes. Why you may ask? I grew up in Southern California. I have been face-to-face with Rattlesnakes 4 different times. Each one scared the living shit out of me.  They are a constant fear to this day. But this does not debilitate my life.  I live in Pennsylvania now. Not so many snakes.

Through Astrology, we find that there are also fears that we are born with. And a great key to understanding them is explained in Laura Walker’s Book about the Black Moon. In her own words:

There has been a missing piece in astrology – the Black Moon.  This mysterious astrological body has been hidden in the shadows and mired in misconception.  The Black Moon pinpoints our shadow side – the fractured part of the psyche that harbors a primary fear and keeps us locked in repetitive, self-sabotaging cycles of behavior.  When the shadow side is identified and healed, we become whole and our untapped potential is liberated.

When you study the black moon, you are looking at your own shadow side. You are delving into the core fears that were active at the time of your birth. These Black Moon Energies, as defined by the location of the Black Moon in the Zodiac when you were born, are imprinted on you. It is like other planetary aspects. However the effects are more personal. They are activated when The Moon or the Black Moon are either conjunct or oppose your natal signs. Being aware of them can help you to acknowledge the source of the energy you may be feeling and offer you suggestions on how to deal with them.

To understand this, it will help you to find out your natal Black Moon. You can look it up in Laura’s Book. Download it here:

The Black Moon: Guide to Healing the Shadow Side (2011)

The Shadow sides and fears are listed here.

Sign Shadow Fear Issues
Aries Shadow of Success unworthiness identity, self esteem
Taurus Shadow of Security scarcity insecurity, consumption
Gemini Shadow of Acceptance rejection liked/disliked by others
Cancer Shadow of Support abandonment dependency, neediness
Leo Shadow of Order change arrogance, self-centered
Virgo Shadow of Ability failure self-criticism, overwork
Libra Shadow of Perfection loneliness/isolation perfectionism, boundaries
Scorpio Shadow of Death loss winning-losing, death, endings
Sagittarius Shadow of Truth meaninglessness honesty, dishonesty
Capricorn Shadow of Control neglect control, attention seeking behavior
Aquarius Shadow of Power powerlessness power struggles, self-discipline
Pisces Shadow of Trust vulnerability trust in others/God

Understanding and working with your fears is a start. But I would like to finish with a note of encouragement and a short practice I have found a lot of success with.

Tap on That Shit!

I am a huge proponent of meridian tapping. Funny part about tapping is that it was developed by a psychologist, Dr. Roger Callahan, who was looking for a mode of healing that worked. He was a therapist who had worked for years with different clients with little to no success. He had researched and studies eastern medicine and happened upon a process of tapping on different meridian points on the body. By tapping in the right sequence and with the right intention, negative energies could be released. It’s funny because he found an actual cure for so many issues that he had been working around. And it was not written in the Medical journals.

Now, I am not a doctor or a therapist. But I have used this process to help rid myself of a l0t of emotional baggage. And I offer this basic technique for you to try.

The tapping is simple. Take your middle 3 fingers together and gently tap on your forehead – between your eyebrows. (If you read my previous article about the Curse Clearing, it is the same  process).

Think about the fear or problem that you are having and start tapping. tap tap tap

  1. Acknowledge the fear (name it for what it is)
  2. Dispel that fear
  3. Replace it with something good

For this simple exercise, it may sound like this.

tap tap tap

  1. I acknowledge that snakes are there and they scare me.

but

2. They cannot hurt me. I stay away from them. I wish them well and my life to be better without them and without the thought of them.

3. I replace them with the weasel. The Weasel is good and furry and fluffy. It is my protector. It makes me happy. And weasels kill snakes.

Finish tapping and breath in deeply 3 times.

This is not necessarily the best example, but it gives you the idea of what to do. Acknowledge the fear, dispel it and replace it with something good. The tapping and the intention help to put that fear away in your head.

 

Good Luck