The Rollright Stones and me

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The first time I visited the Rollright Stones, on the borders of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, I fell in love with the place. It was in the mid 1990’s and it had just been sold by the elderly lady who had owned it for many years and charged a very small admission fee that went to the Cats League or some such charity.

There was a feel about it, special and gentle and I wanted to get to know it better. I volunteered as a warden. This was when the hut was still in place and we had a warm place to sit and a fire to toast bread, crumpets and toes during the colder times of the year. I am gratified to find that there are still hardy souls who warden without such comforts and am seriously considering re-offering my services for next year.

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Lammas: One year On

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Seasonal Serenity (C) R Carr

 

About a year ago I wrote a little piece regarding my reconnection Lammas, New Moon and a Liminal Moment and I feel the urge to write a little update, especially in the light of things that have happened over the year.

Again, this doesn’t seem to be down to any astrology and it is more likely to be a result of processes that were started that Lunar Year back.

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Moral Outrage – I think I have caught it !!!

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A few days ago I suddenly realised that I was getting angry about stuff, stupid stuff, important stuff in a stupid way, shouting at the telly, having arguments in my head with the Question Time panel. I find myself writing angry Twitter responses, then realise that I am behaving like a lot of other angry people, also realise that in 140 characters you can’t explain properly and end up thinking, ‘Oh whatever, I can’t be arsed’ and hit the delete button

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Is this the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius?

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Sunrise (c) R M Carr

 

An interesting article dropped into my Facebook newfeed a couple of days ago that had been saying a lot about my feelings for the vote on Brexit The problem with the English: England doesn’t want to be just another member of a team

It’s a bit hard on the ‘English’ but is expresses beautifully what I believe to be a lot of the emotional reasons for the vote to leave the EU. Ever since we joined the EU there has been a torrent of non-stories about how the ‘Faceless Brussels Bureaucrats ‘ are obliging Britain to put into place ludicrous laws like straight bananas and ‘Winterval ‘ when they did nothing of the sort. What the Brexit vote showed me is that a lot of those who lead the Leave campaign were harking back to our Imperial past and that struck a chord, especially with the older generation.

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Spider

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I know this blog is about Astrology and my journey with it, but I want to write something a little different. The main transit happening in my chart at the moment is Uranus Square Uranus, which harks back to around the age of 39 (for me) and before that about 20. During these times it is very much a breaking away from the past, and the way it happens is by making you hanker for past times, even trying to get back there but failing miserably because this is now and that was then.

That is the last I am going to mention about current astrology, now I would like to relay what has been happening to me that very much fits in with the above scenario.

As you may have seen from previous blog posts,  Beltane, a turning point and the Second Uranus Square. I am on a Pagan path which I have been following since about the age of 35, Pluto was trining my Sun at the time and I was discovering a whole new me.

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Camped outside our front window

That was over 25 years ago now and although I have never felt the path abandon me or that I wasn’t a Pagan as some of my spiritual colleagues have felt from time to time, life has taken over and the practice has rather taken a back seat. The animal symbol of my Pagan identity, totem, power animal, familiar, whatever you want to call it, has always been the spider.

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Jupiter – The Great Benific

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Jupiter has been in the news recently, it’s close conjunction with Venus on 27th August, which unfortunately I didn’t see because of the cloud cover in the west, and also the fact that the Juno Probe has sent back pictures of Jupiter’s south pole that makes it look like a beautiful piece of multi-coloured damask. so I thought I would write a little something about Jupiter, especially as it has been connecting to various planets in my chart in a positive way.

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Io over Jupiter from Voyager 1 http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160904.html

 

Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System and can be seen with the naked eye as one of the brightest objects in the sky. It also has loads of moons and rings around it like Saturn, although not quite so obviously. It takes 12 years to go around the Zodiac and along with Saturn it is known as a Trans-personal planet. These planets link you to your peer group whilst the outer planets link you into your generation and the inner planets are much to do with you as an individual.

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Lammas, New Moon and a Liminal Moment

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So it’s Lammastide, in Paganism, this is the time of the first fruits harvest. In my old group we used to do the ritual of cutting down John Barleycorn or the Corn King, just to remind us that from death comes life and from life comes death and this is the cycle that we all step onto.

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Recently I have been feeling stressed, stressed with work, thinking I made a wrong move as the changes that are happening are confusing and relentless at the moment. The promise is that when they are all in place it will be better and more efficient; however there is no light at the end of the tunnel at the moment.

On top of that my children are going through their own stresses and strains that they don’t deserve, like the world is getting at them. You know the type of thing, just when they think they have got what they need something else comes along to pull the rug out from underneath them.

Recently I have felt a need to make a conscious reconnection to my path although I have never really left it since I first stepped on it, so I have been taking time every evening to sit in our sacred space, do some meditation, study the tarot more and talk to the Old Ones. Mostly it has been either anger or pleading that has been included in most of the conversations. ‘ Make this happen, why did you let that happen and I know it is probably for the best but can’t we all have just a little relief and the knowledge that this struggle is worth it??? Just a bit???’

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Beltane, a turning point and the Second Uranus Square.

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Beltane is the time of year when, as a Pagan, I look to celebrating the Great Gateway to Summer. It is always a positive time, heralding a time of fertility, fruitfulness and creativity.

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Beltane

 

To this end I have been meeting people of like minds, walking labyrinths, doing talks about my spiritual path and generally reconnecting after what has seemed an interminably long Winter and the feeling that Spring had been missed out altogether.

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Wise Woman Chats

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Isn’t it nice when you have someone that you can unload your concerns to who can give you some relevant advice?

I have had very few enquiries regarding doing peoples charts and that saddens me, not because I need the money, but because I love helping people using astrology. I have to admit that I haven’t been pushing it for various personal reasons and have now accepted a full time office job so I will have little time to concentrate on it in the future and at the age of 60 I may have missed the boat completely.

Chatting to my good friend Tina on Friday about all sorts of deep and meaningful things, we touched on our own personal projects. Over the months I had lost motivation and was wondering if the path I started back in February 2015 was relevant any more.

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Saturn Return – Case Study

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It’s 2016 now and I really need to add to my blog. I did start a post that consisted of stuff that had to do with what was happening in the news and my usual hobby horse about moral outrage and how fear is stultifying good decision making and creating knee jerk reactions everywhere, but I realised that I was just buying into it all and going off on one…… again!. Sorry but sometimes my Pluto square Mercury has to have its way.

However I changed my mind and decided to do something astrological! I had noticed that several members of my family have being going through either their first or second Saturn returns and decided to do some case studies based on how the experiences of transits are both similar and different depending on past experience, other transits happening at the time and intrinsic personalities.

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