Monday, May 21, 2018

RED RUBIES FOR THE MELANCHOLY MOON
By Our Crystal Meditation Advisor Martin Campbell



PUT on your ruby slippers because our astrological expert Hernestus tells me that this moon phase is the Moon of Melancholy. Don't despair though, sadness can be lessened in many ways ... and red rubies help. 

This Moon will help you to identify your sadness and find solutions to it. Crystal mediation will definitely help you to achieve this.

We all experience sadness even if it is over something trivial. Don't be afraid to embrace the emotion. Each emotion is the gate to a different emotion. 

If you constantly block out your sadness how can you ever expect to open the door to happiness? Observe your sadness and understand it. 

I suggest using any of the following crystals to assist and guide you as you meditate on your sadness:

Red Jasper - these stones will help you see problems before they affect you too directly. They also help you to be insightful about your current situation/s.

Sodalite - these dark blue stones are sometimes flecked with white and have a strong intensity. They will help release you from the emotional conditioning that you have imposed upon yourself (I am too fat, too skinny, too old, too ugly etc. etc.). They will help to bring you to the objective truth about yourself and will help you to communicate that truth to yourself and others.

Ruby - these much prized crystals (top photo) can help you to reach a positive and creative state of mind. It will protect you during times of conflict or dispute.

Love and Light
MARTIN

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WHY ANTINOUS LOOKS SO SAD
ON SUCH A 'LUCKY' DAY



TONIGHT's Virgo First Quarter Moon is the Lunar Phase we call the MOON OF MELANCHOLY ... but don't worry ... it can be your "lucky" moon.

Each phase of the Moon represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype in ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC. The Spirit of the Moon of Melancholy is the Spirit of Despondency and Despair. It is the worrier, the pouter, the Spirit which feels guilty and inadequate.

It is the negative side of Virgo, not the caring and dutiful side, but rather the side which frets and mopes and feels inadequate for the task at hand. It is sadness for the sake of sadness, without cause. It is the Spirit of Chronic Depression.

In English-speaking countries, "Melancholy" is almost a dirty word.  Puritan upbringing has conditioned us to grin and bear it, to adopt a stiff upper lip attitude. But suppressing this feeling is as bad as wallowing in it. 

Other cultures are not so uptight about acknowledging this feeling of sadness. They realize it is a necessary part of life. It is what the French call "larmoyant"  a lovely word which rolls off your tongue so languidly. It describes a lack of joy, a vague feeling that life is not what it should be. It is Peggy Lee singing that minor-key ballad "Is That All There Is?" 

This moon signals those areas of your life where things are not going well and you have a right to sing the blues. But it also signals those moments when we wallow in self-sorrow and almost enjoy brow-beating ourselves  for no good reason.  

Don't suppress this sadness, but don't wallow in it. Instead, savor it for a moment and discern what your gay spiritual heart is trying to tell you. 

ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD uses this lunar phase to invite you to reflect on those parts of your life or your living and job environment which may be making you sad. 

You may come to the realization that the sadness you are feeling is not coming from within yourself, but rather that it is originating elsewhere — coming from someone else or from some other situation.

As you know, many gay people are highly sensitive to the emotions of others, and to the "vibes" of a location or situation. You know how you can enter a space, such as a room or a house, and you immediately sense whether it is a cheerful or a sad place. You know how the sadness of others can affect you — even at great distances.

You may be feeling sadness and then the phone rings and it is a special person who needs consolation, and you realize that the melancholy you were feeling had its origins with that person, not with yourself.

Most people ignore such "coincidences." But this sensitivity is an integral part of ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC. That is why the "Moon of Melancholy" is important. It is the best time of the year for meditation and rituals concerning sadness — in yourself and in others.

Examine your own life and see if where the source of your sadness lies.


If you find the source of sadness in your life, then this Lunar Phase provides you with the energy to effect changes which will move you out of melancholy into the next lunar phase.

Friday, May 18, 2018

NOW LILITH ALIGNS WITH PLUTO
AND THE STAR OF ANTINOUS



THE Star of Antinous is currently aligned with Pluto at 21 degrees Capricorn FOR A YEAR OF LGBT HEALING.

Now Black Moon Lilith aligns in conjunction with both Pluto and the Star of Antinous which doubles-down on LGBTQ efforts to assert our rights.

Lilith rules over those disowned aspects of our own shadowy nature ... parts of ourselves that we consider hideous, of which we are somewhat aware yet possibly pressing hard to keep concealed from others. We push them down, out of sight from others, fearing that if they become exposed would reveal to others how horrible we are as a person. 

Yet they somehow press back up at us, bursting to come out in our most intimate encounters. We call this part our ‘shadow’, the side that we try to keep out of the light.

Our ‘shadow-self’ conceals a darker side to our nature, hidden aspects of ourselves which we have repressed or suppressed –  anything from difficult emotions, our own sexual preferences, hidden desires, even potential strengths that are yet to be uncovered because we fear to go there. 

We know these traits are within us, but we just do not want to acknowledge them ourselves, and we prefer others not to see them either. We become convinced that if these traits were ever to be revealed that some might judge us as being a “bad person”. 

So whilst we tend to keep these aspects of ourselves tightly under wraps, we unwittingly project them onto others in our lives (like our friends or family), where they play out in our exterior world dramas and when we see them in others start to engage in cutting them down. 


Our efforts to deny, or shoot down our projected shadow self may at times reflect upon us with a severely sabotaging effect.

On May 18th, Black Moon Lilith join Pluto and the Star of Antinous at 21 degrees Capricorn.

It’s significant because it's new ground for the first time in around 250 years and because both Mars and Lilith conjunct Pluto at this degree in quick succession. 

The last time Pluto passed through this degree was 1773. The year of The Boston Tea Party. We all know how that ended up. The American Empire is rotting from with in, being defeated and going through a death.

Both the Pluto (death, transformation) and Lilith (too-muchness, where we have been shamed) are powerful in this combination. In the sign of Capricorn, the rules, our institutions, the patriarchy.

We may see incidents involving the cruel and ruthless dishing out of discipline; overly ambitious aspirations to hold power over the mainstream using judgement and the full force of remorse, whilst trying to maintain a definite position over others in the world gradually marking itself by the distinction of whose on the right side and who is in the wrong. 

 With the final outcome longing to be resolved, a major life-lesson lies here. A real consciousness-shifting turning point, as it were. 

 In facing up to what we tend to avoid and often project onto others, we are afforded the opportunity to proceed forward on our own life’s journey without succumbing to distractions or interference which only diminish our true intent. Learning to be more asserting, focusing on present matters with strength, passion, insight and conviction, we learn to build bridges to our success rather than destroy them in our wake.

For LGBTQ people, Pluto aligned with the STAR OF ANTINOUS signals a revolutionary breakthrough in our struggle to change the attitudes of society. And Lilith aligned with both Pluto and the Star of Antinous empowers us to act decisively to achieve our birthright.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

ASTRO FORECAST: MAY 17th—27th, 2018

Antinous Astrology Forecast

MAY 17th to 27th, 2018


THURSDAY, MAY 17th, 2018

This is the most explosive week of the year when Mars, which has just entered Aquarius, squares off against Uranus, which has just entered Taurus. These are major sign changes and Thursday's 90-degree square configuration will show us what we can expect from both planets in the months and years to come until Uranus leaves Taurus in 2025 — there might literally be explosions or at least volcanic eruptions when the warrior god is at odds with unpredictable Uranus. Pent-up anger bursts out into all-out armed conflict. This is a classic textbook recipe for assassinations and terrorist attacks. It definitely spells trouble for the world's hot spots such as the Mideast and Korea. And it does not bode well for health and environmental issues either. On the personal level, you need to be on guard for outbursts of rage. The important thing is to be aware where your rage is coming from. Don't vent your rage on innocent victims. Instead, be consciously aware of the source of your anger so that you can harness the powerful energies of Mars/Uranus to carry out constructive projects you have been stalling on for way too long.

FRIDAY, MAY 18th, 2018

On Friday, Mercury forms a brilliant and glowing trine aspect with Saturn which empowers you with perseverance (Saturn) and clear forms of expression (Mercury) to make some serious long-term plans for the future. In addition, Black Moon Lilith aligns with Pluto and the Star of Antinous at 21 degrees Capricorn to double down on LGBTQ healing and rights.

SATURDAY, MAY 19th, 2018

On Saturday, Venus leaves nervous Gemini (where Venus never feels entirely comfortable) and enters cozy Cancer. Venus is very much at home in Cancer, creating a spirit of emotional home-and-hearth sentimentalism. Even if you are the sort of gay person who has never taken the idea of "marriage" and "family" seriously before, don't be surprised if you now think of settling down and setting up housekeeping with that certain special someone. That may mean merely sharing a house or apartment together. Or it may mean planning a gay wedding and possibly even adopting or siring children. For the past month, Gemini Venus expressed love and money through words. Now Cancer Venus will express love and money emotionally.

SUNDAY, MAY 20th, 2018

On Sunday, Venus forms a sexy sextile with impetuous Uranus. You may meet a stranger who ordinarily would not be your type ... but who certainly appeals to you.

MON-TUESDAY, MAY 21st-22nd, 2018

Overnight Monday-Tuesday, we come to the Virgo First Quarter Moon. This is the Lunar Phase we call the MOON OF MELANCHOLY ... but don't worry ... it can be your "lucky" moon ... In English-speaking countries, "Melancholy" is almost a dirty word. Puritan upbringing has conditioned us to grin and bear it, to adopt a stiff-upper-lip attitude ... Other cultures are not so uptight about acknowledging this feeling of sadness. They realize it is a necessary part of life. It is what the French call "larmoyant" — a lovely word which suggests there is great beauty in sadness ... For example, crying at the movies is very beautiful and cleansing for the soul ... it is cathartic and healthy ... Meditations and rituals on this night are best suited for identifying the source of sadness in your life. If you find the source of sadness in your life, then this Lunar Phase provides you with the energy to effect changes which will move you out of melancholy into the next lunar phase.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23rd, 2018

On Wednesday, your intuition is enhanced when Mercury forms a sextile aspect with dreamy Neptune. You should trust your intuition about financial and business matters, but be wary of fast-talking con-men who try to cloud your mind. You can count on finding the right word at the right time by trusting your inner voice. Also, Mercury is in opposition to Jupiter. That spawns nervousness and irritability.

THURSDAY, MAY 24th, 2018

Thursday is the perfect day for a job interview or for a presentation of a special project. Mercury is in a good trine aspect to Mars to help you get your point across articulately and strongly to others.

FRIDAY, MAY 25th, 2018

On Friday, Mercury is in a trine with Pluto while Jupiter is in a foggy trine aspect to Neptune. These configurations mean you see the world through rose-colored glasses. Sun-square-Neptune is the kind of aspect that occurs when Jack sells the family cow for a handful of "magic" beans. In the fairy tale, of course, the beans turn out to be magic after all. But on this weekend the beans aren't magic at all. If you do holiday shopping, it might be a good idea to watch your emotions and not let yourself be carried away. It might also be a good idea to watch your wallet and not let it be lifted by some pickpocket.

SAT-SUNDAY, MAY 26th-27th, 2018

This weekend, look for guidance from an older person in financial and relationship issues ... or offer guidance to a younger person ... when Venus is in opposition to Saturn. This is a time when maturity triumphs over youthful zeal. Sit back and heed the guidance of an old soul ... who can also be a spirit guide. And if you see a younger person blundering into a trap, this is the day to intercede and offer a wise word of advice based on personal experience.

SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:

Another exciting week lies ahead between May 28th and June 3rd when we come to the SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON which we call the DENARIUS MOON because it focuses its light on treasures in your life. This Full Moon is the best time of the year to use ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC to open your heart to ancestral spirits, guardians, spirit guides or past-life soul mates. They have a "treasure" of experience which they will lovingly impart to you ... More details next time ....


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

URANUS IN TAURUS 2018-2025



URANUS has left Aquarius, where it had been since 2011, and has now entered Taurus, where it will remain through the end of 2025 and into early 2026. 

We can expect revolutionary changes in technology, political institutions and financial affairs, and we most certainly must reckon with increased earthquakes and natural disasters. 

To give you an idea of what to expect, the last time Uranus was in Taurus was from 1934 to 1942 ... and that period was generally marked by chaos worldwide. 

In the wake of the economic difficulties which lingered after the 1929 crash, the Great Depression, many extremist regimes came to power: Franco, Mussolini, Hitler, then the establishment of the Vichy regime. 

Japan launched a war of aggression in the Pacific and Germany attacked its neighbors in Europe.

And, after a policy of isolationism, the United States went to war after the Pearl Harbour attack in 1941. 

We must keep in mind that some key-areas which underwent Uranian upheavals linked to Taurus may be on the agenda again: finance, agriculture, and the temptation of totalitarianism, for example.

Uranus will glide across the Taurus sky from 15 May 2018 through 26 April 2026. 

We can anticipate massive changes and reform to occur within Taurus's earthly domains: On a large scale, astrologers predict major shifts regarding food production and consumption. 

We will become increasingly aware of the prolific usage of pesticides and explore progressive ways to harvest more sustainable crops. 

Humans' impact on the planet will become more apparent, so there will be a substantial rise in environmental activism.

And, of course, since Taurus is linked to money, we will see cataclysmic shifts within the financial sector. The future of cryptocurrency will be defined over the next eight years, and market volatility will inspire economic innovation.

During Uranus's movement through Taurus, don't be surprised if your perspective on money and material possessions changes rapidly. 

If you've been penny-pinching, you may transform into a big spender over the next eight years.

Alternatively, if you've been known to push the limits of your bank account, Uranus's motion may inspire you to work within more budgetary restraints.

Astrologers unanimously agree that the financial markets will be volatile during this time, so make sure you are prepared to endure risks on any investments, including in cryptocurrency, real estate, and jewelry.

Since the physical environment will also be affected by Uranus's trip through Taurus, this is a great time to explore practices in sustainability. Check out your local farmers' markets, research the ingredients of the food you buy, and consider new, innovative ways you can reduce your ecological footprint. 

Uranus's movement through Taurus will encourage you to pay closer attention to our habits of consumption.

The most important thing to remember about any Uranus transits is to always expect the unexpected since Uranus teaches us important lessons by rattling our universe. Don't be afraid of its rumble, but buckle your seat belts, cosmic warriors ... these next eight years are going to be wild.

Monday, May 14, 2018

AMBER FOR THE MARCUS AURELIUS MOON
By Our Crystal Meditation Advisor Martin Campbell


TONIGHT's Taurus New Moon is the Marcus Aurelius Moon of Antinous.

Marcus Aurelius left us his wonderful philosophical work 'Meditations'. 

Whilst not strictly about meditation the writings do invite you to focus deeply on your thoughts as you travel through the complexities of life. 

He was a popular, successful, self-assured, mindful and wise emperor - building on the legacy of thoughtful leadership embodied in his benefactor Hadrian. 

Our astrology expert Hernestus describes our suggested focus for this moon phase in much the same way that these great men ruled much of the known world at the time. 

Consequently I am recommending that you use the following crystals to help you focus your meditation/s on those qualities:

For wisdom - use EMERALDS. These fabulous green gems will help you to gather wisdom from your own subconscious as well as the 'mental planes' that exist spirituality around us, built over millennia by gods, priests, angels and our spirit guides.

For patience - use AMBER (shown at top). Not strictly a crystal, it is fossilised tree sap millions of years old.

Very light, in both senses of the word, Amber will help you find peacefulness and calm - vital qualities in becoming patient.

For self confidence - use MOSS AGATE. These lovely stones help you to build self - esteem and to focus on your most positive personality traits.'

Marcus Aurelius would have used these crystals if he knew of their ability to imbue these positive vibrations in his soul.

In Light and Life,

MARTIN

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THE TAURUS NEW MOON
THE MARCUS AURELIUS MOON


TONIGHT's Taurus New Moon is the powerful, power-filled lunar phase we call the MARCUS AURELIUS MOON in Antinous Moon Magic.

Each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the Marcus Aurelius Moon is the Spirit of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the greatest philosopher/emperor of Ancient Rome.

This Spirit embodies power which is wielded wisely and justly.

It is a Spirit which encourages tolerance and acceptance of ideas and customs which are strange at first glance. It is the Spirit of magnanimity and compassion.

Hadrian hand-selected Marcus as a boy to be one of his successors, and he turned out to be a noble heir, a man of judicious might and justice, a warrior and a poet, a man whose reign was called the last Golden Age of Rome.

On a spiritual/higher plane, the Moon in Taurus seeks inner peace through stability and contentment. The Taurus New Moon in May highlights Taurean qualities (determined, practical, devoted, grounded, dependable) and Second House themes (material security, values, self-worth).

Rituals and meditations carried out tonight are best suited for delving into pragmatic matters and looking for inner wisdom amidst the chaos of everyday life.


In oracular work, this lunar phase helps you to  identify a wise guide (in this material world or in the spirit world) who is self-assured and confident and well-inclined towards you. This may not be a close friend, but he is someone you can trust for being fair and wise.