The dates and the western and also vedic astrology charts for these three big moments of the Mercury Retrograde are set out for you below. And read on also for explanation of the practical implications and the spiritual purpose.
Mercury goes Retrograde at 4 deg Taurus in western astrology’s tropical zodiac (10 degrees Aries in the Vedic sidereal zodiac). Note that Mercury continues Retrograde until 4th May when he reaches 24 degrees Western Aries (0 degrees 10 mins Vedic Aries). Note too that the Mercury Retrograde effect in our consciousness and our lives does not really end until Mercury regains his pre-retrogradation position. That is on: 20th May 2017.
Depending on how Mercury features in your own birth chart, Retrograde Mercury will bring loads of challenges into your life to do with posts and communications, computers and IT, communication with other people, and organisation of finances and other issues.
Postal deliveries will be delayed or may go astray !
As I said, how bad it will be for you, or what exact Mercury areas will be affected for you will depend on how the planet Mercury features in your birth chart: in other words, what scripts and Karmas your soul chose to experience around the Mercury principle this time. (more…)
The Runes, the magical spiritual Alphabet of the ancient Norse and the Germanic peoples, was seized by the great warrior magician god Odin as he hung upside down in the world tree Yggdrasil trancing and journeying for nine days. And he saw in the twigs and branches the shapes of the letters of the rune alphabet.
My heredity on my father’s side is from the Baltic and Yakut tribesman from the North polar shore. My heredity on my mother’s side is for thousands of years from Connemara in County Galway Ireland. All of this has been discovered through the site 23 and Me with Advanced DNA analysis techniques
In the celebration of the Spring Equinox I combine the two inheritances, but starting with a journey where we learn about the issue of value in our life. What is our sense of value? What is our sense of worth.
The issue of our self-worth was seen by Odin as the first step in our journey of life. It is the meaning of the first rune Fehu. As stated Fehu is the Rune of Value.
At Spring Equinox, we are called to rise in our power and expression, aligning to the growing power and brightness of the Sun.
To do that, we may fail unless we increase our sense of self-worth.
For example, when you are working with the first rune, Fehu, if you discovered you find wealth a challenge, and if you realised you wanted to change your relationship with it, it would help you if you felt willing to define in an email back to me what the nature of the challenge is, what vision you have of how you would relate to it after this work, what clearing and what shift occurred during the rune journey, during the rune stance and Galdr. This experience is exceptional and wonderful.
See my video of my Fehu rune journey at Spring Equinox to heal the issue of value in our lives with Fehu:
In this celebration of the Spring Equinox I combine my two inheritances: My heredity on my father’s side is from the Baltic and Yakut tribesman from the North polar shore. My heredity on my mother’s side is for thousands of years from Connemara in County Galway Ireland. And in this Spring Equinox Ritual, I included a rune Journey for us to work on the issue of our self-value and self-worth, and I also included an ogham alder Journey to contact use of intuition.
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We need both these qualities of self-value and self-worth to be healed and active if, at Spring Equinox, we can indeed rise in our power and expression, aligning to the growing power and brightness of the Sun, which is what the spring Equinox is all about.
We may fail unless we increase our sense of self-worth.
We may fail if we can’t use and trust our intuition, and defend ourself if needed on the basis of our intuition.
The ogham is the mystical alphabet of the ancient Irish Druids, where the principal correspondences for each of the letters of the Ogham Alphabet are the very different energies of the trees. (more…)
Study the Ogham today with Michael Conneely
The Ogham is magical and deeply felt. It is stunning and tantalising. The Ogham is very old. Its date of origin is unknown as nothing of the Druid wisdom system was made a note of. However the earliest inscriptions that have survived are nearly two thousand year old, and there is excellent evidence for the ogham possibly being several hundred years older than that, and undeniably Irish in its source and provenience.
Central to our understanding is that each Ogham alphabet letter or ‘Few’ represents the spirit and energy of a tree. But each Few is also a path that run across or between the Celtic Otherworlds which are different, in some cases overlapping states of consciousness which are inhabited by their own beings, for example these realms include the famous Tir na N’Og, the land of the fountain of youth, or Magh Mell: the state of Abundance, The Plane of Delight.
The Ogham’s consciousness is very non-lateral, mystical and attractive. It is very different from the energy of the Runes, which I also teach, which is more a will-based system. Both, however, significantly have their very different special power and home.
The courses are fully worldwide, and they are also based at our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland which is near so many ancient Irish sacred sites of the greatest beauty and powerful earth energies.
Here’s a video about a beautiful crannog lake village which is only five miles from our Healing Centre and airbnb:
This beautiful Crannog was a defensive site protecting the work of the Iron Age Smiths who discovered iron ore here which was upthrust to surface hills surrounding the lake in the creation of a rare Ice Age Pingo topography: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingo
Hear all about this very special feature in the video:
Please have a look at this brief video which we shot at a Crannog Lake Village near our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland.
It’s about one of my favourite approaches to astrology that I offer in my worldwide astrology courses: Visionary Astrology – East meets West.
It’s about the union of western astrology and vedic astrology, plus the option of using the ancient Tibetan Buddhist and tantric Hindu approach of developing ‘clear appearance’ first of a planet in our birth chart as a God, as a refraction of the divine.
Then we can so usefully go on to getting a graphic picture of that planet and his divine energy as he actually appears in our particular individual birth chart when experienced as our soul chose for us to do through the three filters of the sign the planet occupies, the House the planet occupies and the effects of aspects made to that planet by other planets in our chart.
Thus, we can build up the clear appearance of each planet not only in his pure state as a refraction of the divine, but also in his filtered sate as to how he will actually manifest in our life – which can even amount to quite a torsion of the pure and perfect divine planet.
It can be so useful to see each of these, and thus use the vision work to perfect our experience of a planet.
I learned this approach of developing ‘clear appearance’ of a god, or in the case of astrology work: of building up clear appearance of a planet, when I worked as an Ethnographer, as a university-based field Study of spiritual forms new to the modern west, studying the lives of individuals treading the spiritual pathways of Hinduism, Buddhism, paganism, shamanism and utopian community. The study was based mainly around Glastonbury in UK.
So, when we develop the clear appearance of the planet, not in his perfect and divine energy-state, but as he actually manifests in our life this time, in our life and destiny, we thus build up a very useful picture of how we will experience that planet due to our karmas and soul choices: experienced through the filters of sign, house and aspect to other planet in our particular birth chart which is the map of our destiny this time, studied of course in Evolutionary Astrology.
In my worldwide astrology course, I teach very sophisticated methods of understanding the planets, of vision work with them if you wish for this, and also of establishing how a planet is treated by the other planets in your chart. Indeed, one can successfully use methods akin to psychosynthesis work which I studied in psychodynamic western astrology and methods similar to family constellation work. It can so help to gain clear appearance of each planet and then each planet as he manifests in your birth chart or predictive astrology. Course members have gained vastly from journeying to meet their Jupiter or their sun etc.
Spring Equinox Sacred Weapons and Alphabets with the Druid Forest School
I want to share with you the power of the Spring Equinox Festival, and how its celebration can grow in power and richness with use of sacred weapons, ancient magical sacred alphabets and alignment to the growing brightness of the Sun.
Following Spring Equinox ritual, you can set an intention of day by day checking out: ‘am I aligning with the day by day growing power of the Sun between now and the Summer Solstice?’
To connect with the Sun is a good and healing and sacred and empowering thing to do. I look out at the Sun rising above the mountain every morning and connect with the beauties of the earth sky and sea around here.
And the point is, the ancient Irish were sharing in the growing power of the Sun from the Spring Equinox five thousand years ago too.
We celebrated Spring Equinox not only with ritual and visionary journeying, but also with a Group visiting the three great related temple/burial mounds of the ancient Irish:
Knowth which is aligned to both Equinoxes New Grange which is aligned to the birth of the new Sun at the Winter Solstice Sunrise Dowth Winter which is aligned to the birth of the new Sun at Solstice Sunset.
You, yourself, can now align to the ever-growing light and power of the Sun. That is the key theme of Spring Equinox.
You can establish a benchmark intention of your expression of your self expanding and getting more comfortable and central as the Sun himself grows day by every day up to Summer Solstice.
You can check out if you are keeping to your intention. You can check out if you are keeping on course.