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It is only 3 days until Lammas on August 1st. Lammas is the first day of Autumn, you will begin to notice the leaves slightly changing colour around this time and dropping off trees. Lammas is also the first day of the harvest, when the fields are glowing with corn and wheat and the reaping would begin. The harvest period will continue until Samhain when the last stores for the winter months would be put away. 

The word Lammas actually means Loaf Mas to celebrate the harvest it is traditional to cook and eat bread on this day. Lammas is also known as Lughnasadh as it celebrates the Celtic Sun God Lugh. Lammas is also the Thanksgiving Holiday, when each person give thanks for the things and blessings in their lives.

The New Moon in the constellation of Leo is here. We welcome this shift of creative and passionate energy that this New Moon cycle brings us! Like with all New Moons this is a new Moon cycle, it is a time to start a fresh. The Moon will now start waxing (coming into being full) It is a time to bring positive things into our lives. 

Jupiter just recently moved into Leo and ushers in an added energy of expansion and generosity that helps to lift our sails. This is an excellent energy to build something new. Jupiter is king of the Gods. He is the largest planet in our solar system. Jupiter expands whatever he touches. He makes you feel good. 

This is an excellent time to initiate new ventures.You can expand your business. Your work may improve. Your creativity can grow. This is a good new energy to meet new people. Love will be uplifting either if you’re in a relationship or finding a new lover. This is a lucky New Moon. This could be one of the best New Moons of the year.

Leo is the sign of ambition so think big and dream big as this Moon cycle is going to give you much needed energy and a boost of luck, so go for things you may not have had the courage to go for before. Ask for that pay rise, ask out that person you have been scared to, go for that job you thought you would never get, make home improvements, push your boundaries a little and ask for more. 

This is no time for watered down, diluted, ideas. The theme of this lunation is about power, the particular power of living and acting from who you really are and what you really want. When we express our passions and our joys without apology or fear we are being our true self and this is where happiness comes from, don’t hold back. Be creative and let your creative juices flow, take a walk on the wacky side of life and get out of your comfort zone, if you stay in the same place and keep doing the same things you will never move from where you are. 

Hopefully, all the inner work you have focused on this year will now be the foundation for bringing more power, love and energy into your life in this creative, forward-moving period. Leo is leadership, when the Moon is in this constellation sign it means standing in the center and receiving all Spirit has ready to gift you so you can then open your hands and heart and take your universal gifts. 

Have a Blessed New Moon, May the Goddess watch over you.

Where you born on a Cusp between two star signs, You may have character traits from two star signs. Below is a description of the cusp signs. 

Aries-Taurus - Watch out world, here comes the almighty Aries-Taurus cusper! If you were born on the cusp between Aries and Taurus, between about April 17 to April 21, you were born on The Cusp of Power and you are indeed a force to be reckoned with. Authoritative and bold, people born on the Aries-Taurus cusp are natural born leaders. They’ll take charge at work or at home, and the two signs’ energies mix well for success — impulsive Aries lends energy and pushes forward toward goals, while practical Taurus takes care of all the details. One area to watch is that of being too forceful, and barreling right over the opinions and desires of others. Those born on the Aries-Taurus cusp can’t stand to watch others do things the know darn right they could do better themselves. How do they know that? Because they’re quite opinionated! This isn’t always a bad thing, it’s just important to find balance, tone down all those aggressive winning instincts and learn to better respect the feelings of others. Then the funny, helpful, strong and dependable side to the Aries-Taurus cusp will shine in its own powerful light.

Taurus - Gemini - Earth meets Air for those born on the Taurus-Gemini Cusp, and it’s quite a dust storm of activity these individuals can kick up. If you were born between the signs of Taurus and Gemini, from about May 17 to May 23, you’re one of the most youthful and go-getting cuspers of ‘em all. Those born on the Taurus-Gemini Cusp have the bonus of being both physically strong and mentally agile, which makes them stable and driven, as well as clever and communicative. Such traits give these cuspers the ability to adapt to many different situations and people, and to want to do it all — and to do it a lot. In fact, burning the candle at both ends to the point of fatigue could become a problem for Taurus-Gemini because they’re having so much fun they don’t want to stop. Finding balance will be important to these individuals so they don’t wear themselves out. A few other areas to watch for are not overindulging in food and drink — Taurus and Gemini are both such pleasure-loving signs — and to try to be sensitive to the feelings of others. If these highly charged cuspers can learn to sit back and listen from time to time instead of just charging and chatting ahead full force, they’ll be quite successful and have more friends to the end.

Gemini - Cancer - If you were born on the Gemini-Cancer cusp, from about June 17 to June 23, you’re a magical individual! The energies of Gemini and Cancer combine to create truly inspirational human beings - both lighthearted and fun, but also caring and devoted. Emotions can run high for those born on “The Cusp of Magic,” but with love and affection from plenty of friends and family, it’s likely most will lead an active, stimulating and happy life. Gemini Cancer Cusps Strengths are fun, flirty, curious, intellectual, affectionate, caring, devoted, sensitive and inspirational. But their weaknesses: Moody, overly emotional, scatterbrained, selfish, depressive and self-destructive. How Gemini-Cancer energy works together Gemini’s speedy and breezy energy combines with Cancer’s slower and more thoughtful nature to create people who are both light and bright. Gemini’s restlessness is nicely balanced by Cancer’s sensitivity, resulting in a well-rounded soul. What they love: Great big books about history and philosophy, trying out new recipes, hosting dinner parties and playing with children (after all, they’re kids at heart, too). Sensitive and affectionate Gemini-Cancer cuspers need someone to love! Without a special someone to nurture, they can become moody or depressed. Thicken your skin! Avoid depressive or self-destructive impulses by learning to think  less about your own needs and more about others when the going gets tough.

Cancer - Leo - If you were born on the Cancer-Leo cusp, from about July 19 to July 25, you have some challenges to face. When you combine the sensitive nature of Cancer and the expressive drama of Leo, it results in some contrary elements to your personality. Your life may be one of extreme ups and downs! Cancer-Leo cuspers can be sensitive and shy one moment, and theatrical drama queens the next. This is because they’re born of a conflicting mix of water (Cancer) and fire (Leo), which will take discipline to mix successfully. If you can learn to center yourself and find more balance, your life will be filled with lots of love and lasting relationships. Strengths are: Loving, devoted, expressive, creative, cheerful, passionate. Weaknesses are: Self-absorbed, insensitive, dramatic, dependent, volatile. How Cancer and Leo energy work together: Cancer’s sensitivity doesn’t always mix well with Leo’s bold nature. These cuspers need to be careful of oscillating between extreme highs and lows, and of being either too sensitive or completely insensitive. If you can learn to let Cancer’s soft side tone down Leo’s outrageousness, you’ll find more balance and peace. What they love:These cuspers are in love with love. Because they are so loving and devoted, they develop long lasting relationships and often have big families. What they need: A purpose greater than themselves! Cancer-Leo cuspers need to find balance, and in order to do so they need to get outside of themselves. Helping others or devoting time to a worthy cause is a great way to find peace and focus on something other than themselves. Try to find a comfortable middle ground between the two extremes of your personality. Try activities like yoga or volunteer work to keep you connected to others so you don’t become too self-involved.

Leo - Virgo - If you were born on the Leo-Virgo cusp, from about August 19 to August 25, you were born on “The Cusp of Exposure,” but that’s not as risque as it sounds. In fact, you face some not-so-fun and conflicting energy in your life. Leo is a Fire sign and Virgo is an Earth sign, which means there are contrary elements to your personality. The question is, will the fire in your heart be smothered by the Earth, or will it burn bright? Because these cuspers were born between such very different signs, it’s hard to say which way they’ll lean. Some on the Leo-Virgo cusp gravitate more toward Leo’s need for drama and attention, while others are more like Virgo and prefer a quiet, less social lifestyle. Whichever way you lean, though, your personality will most likely be hardworking and passionate, especially when dedicated to a particular cause. Strengths: Hardworking, passionate, discriminating, positive, success-driven and honest. Weaknesses: Critical, antisocial, manipulative, stubborn, quarrelsome and melodramatic. How Leo and Virgo energy work together: Leo’s flair for drama and Virgo’s down to earth practicality don’t always mix well. These cuspers need to be careful of living a life of extremes — either bold and loud or silent and secretive. But if they can strike a balance between their extroverted and introverted sides, they will master the rare ability to know exactly when to speak up and when to remain silent. What they love: Getting behind a good cause. Leo is a loving and natural born leader, while Virgo is hardworking, detail oriented and devoted to helping others. Together this is a persuasive cusp combination that is happiest when rallying a group of people in support of a great cause. And know this: They will succeed! What they need: Intimacy. It won’t come easy for these cuspers, who value secrets and privacy above all else, but they really need to have people in their lives who know them well and love them for exactly who they are. Leo-Virgo cuspers must learn to share more of themselves with others, which will in turn help them get in better touch with their own feelings and emotions.

Virgo - Libra - If you were born on the Virgo-Libra cusp, from about September 19 to September 25, you’re a beautiful individual, inside and out! The energies of Virgo and Libra work nicely together to create very balanced people who are both intellectual and artistic. Individuals born on “The Cusp of Beauty” are ruled by communication planet Mercury and love planet Venus, which lends them the rational qualities of Virgo as well as the creative and social attributes of Libra - it’s the best of both worlds! Beauty cuspers are always up to date on the latest trends, and they love all things of beauty, including people, art and nature. They strive to keep their personal appearance and their home aesthetically pleasing, but they must avoid taking this too far at the risk of becoming superficial. In fact, most Virgo-Libra cuspers are not superficial at all! They are deep thinkers with sharp analytical skills and a strong work ethic, and that combination is a thing of beauty, indeed. Strengths: Attractive, intellectual, communicative, artistic, social, sensuous. Weaknesses: Superficial, materialistic, detached, perfectionist, nervous, jaded. How Virgo-Libra energy works together: Virgo’s analytical skills and attention to detail combine nicely with Libra’s social skills and love of beauty to create balanced individuals who are both intelligent and artistic. Both signs share a love of beauty that meshes nicely. What they love: Objects of beauty, including people, art, fashion, home décor, nature and anything pretty you can look at, buy or adorn yourself with. What they need: Virgo-Libra cuspers need to keep their lives in order and everything running smoothly and looking good in order to prevent anxiety. Be careful of becoming too preoccupied with appearances and spending too much money on material things. Focus more on your spiritual side!

Libra - Scorpio - If you were born on the Libra-Scorpio cusp, from about October 19 to October 25, you were born on the “Cusp of Drama and Criticism,” and you have a powerful flare for both. Libra-Scorpio cuspers, born between the signs of Libra and Scorpio, are ruled by two passionate planets, Venus and Pluto, which is a super sexy combination. In fact, this cusper’s intellect, drive, flamboyance and sexuality may be too much for some others to handle! These individuals have Libra’s great judgment and Scorpio’s precision, which makes them a force to be reckoned with. They have such big personalities and are so accomplished, in fact, they must watch out for becoming arrogant or insisting on doing everything their own way. More than anything, those born on the Libra-Scorpio cusp make great leaders and they have the ability to realize big dreams. If you’re not sure if you’re a true Libra or Scorpio, get your Essential Birth Chart report to find out! Strengths: Powerful, competent, sexy, charming, intellectual, honest. Weaknesses: Cynical, sarcastic, picky, self-absorbed, blunt. How Libra-Scorpio energy works together: Libra is ruled by thought and intellect, while Scorpio is about powerful and deep-seated emotions. This can result in a conflict between head and heart, but these individuals are powerful overall - even more so if they can find balance. What they love: The truth. Libra-Scorpio cuspers aim to get to the bottom of every situation, and won’t stop until they’ve picked at something from every angle to get to the truth. What they need: To relax! These cuspers will be much happier if they can give their inner critic a day off once in a while and try to have fun without an agenda. You’ll find the most happiness if you can learn to balance your intellectual side with your emotional side and keep your ego in check so you won’t rub people the wrong way.

Scorpio - Sagittarius - If you were born on the Scorpio-Sagittarius cusp, from about November 19 to November 24, you were born on the “Cusp of Revolution,” and you are full of strength and rebellious energy. Individuals born on between the signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius are ruled by the planets Pluto, Mars and Jupiter, and are a dynamic mix of Scorpio intensity and bold Sagittarius action. The result is a fearless individual quite capable of running wild! If they can learn to channel all that energy toward something productive, these cuspers are likely to be successful at most endeavors because they’re not afraid to charge ahead, speak their minds freely and pursue their passions. “Scorsagiuns” who learn to balance their complex personalities are well liked, and appreciated for their good humor and open minds. Strengths: Energetic, adventurous, powerful, accomplished, generous, passionate, humorous. Weaknesses: Secretive, selfish, rebellious, wild, aggressive, blunt, misunderstood. How Scorpio-Sagittarius energy works together: Scorpio’s is Water and Sagittarius is Fire, an opposing mix that creates complex personalities who are often misunderstood. If they can learn to balance their aggressive qualities with more adaptable traits, they will be powerful, generous and friendly folks to have around. What they love: Freedom. Don’t try to box in a freedom-loving Scorpio-Sagittarius cusper! Their intense passion and need for action cannot and will not surrender to being controlled! What they need: To be self-employed. Conflict can arise with authority figures because of this cusper’s rebellious nature and forthright manner, so they are better off working independently — as well as putting their efforts toward a humanistic cause they are passionate about. Advice: Try to be less selfish and more in tune with others’ feelings, as well as more forgiving of other people’s mistakes.

Sagittarius - Capricorn - If you were born on the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp, from about December 18 to December 24, you were born on the “Cusp of Prophecy,” and you are a true visionary headed toward certain success. Optimistic Sagittarius and practical Capricorn make a great mix, giving these cuspers the happy-go-lucky attitude and realistic vision to dream up big plans and turn them into reality. Often these plans are so forward-thinking they actually have a hand in shaping the future! Sagicorns are outgoing and friendly, but also reliable and responsible. They are always prepared to do their best at any endeavor, and would especially excel at an adventurous career related to language or travel. The biggest challenge here is balancing Sagittarius’ desire to go fast with Capricorn’s slow and steady pace. But no matter which direction these friendly and hardworking cuspers take, they’ve got the right balance of cosmic energy to be the best at whatever they choose. Strengths: Responsible, outgoing, friendly, fair, loyal, humorous, successful. Weaknesses: Moody, closed, intense, impatient, uncooperative, selfish. How Sagittarius-Capricorn energy works together: Sagittarius’ optimism and fearlessness mixes wonderfully with Capricorn’s hardworking and practical nature. This results in a person who dreams big, then makes those dreams come true. What they love: Starting ambitious new projects that may change the world and seeing them through successfully all the way to the end. What they need: Sagicorns need others to give their very best. Because they put forth the best themselves, they won’t accept less from anyone else. Try not to cut yourself off from others so much. If you put more time into making friends and forming lasting relationships it will help you become less moody and intense.

Capricorn - Aquarius - What happens when you combine the energies of capable Capricorn and quirky Aquarius? You get highly unique individuals, that’s what. If you were born between about January 17 and January 23, you were born on The Cusp of Mystery and Imagination, and there’s never a dull moment. Whether outwardly flamboyant or shy and quiet, Capricorn-Aquarius cuspers always have much excitement going on internally. They have vivid dreams and rich fantasies that need to be expressed creatively if they’re to be happy. Prone to leading unusual lives, “Capriquarians” often struggle to balance the two very different sides of their personalities — they are reserved yet social, security-craving but independent, and traditional yet offbeat. Capricorn-Aquarius cuspers love to talk and entertain, and they especially enjoy intellectually stimulating conversations about any manner of strange topics. This is why no matter how hard they work or how dedicated they are to achieving their goals, things are never dull. While hard-work and high standards bring these cuspers much success in most career endeavors, they can have more difficulty maintaining personal relationships. This is perhaps due to a need for independence, and a tendency to seem aloof and critical — sometimes even selfish. However, if they can put forth the loyal, funny and friendly sides of themselves they’ll make fast friends.

Aquarius - Pisces - Wondering what happens when your birth chart combines the energy of quirky Aquarius with dreamy Pisces? If you were born on the cusp of these two horoscopes signs, between about February 15-21, you were born on The Cusp of Sensitivity — a compassionate and imaginative place. Spiritual, artistic, peace-loving and friendly, Aquarius-Pisces cuspers are highly original people. This is the cusp most likely to be labeled “offbeat” or “eccentric,” and its citizens are stimulated by visionary ideas and new experiences. They are highly intellectual, however not so good with practical details and follow-through. These cuspers may be social or shy, or they may be a peculiar mix of both. This is because pending time with others is a great stress relief, but at the same time they are so sensitive they often choose to hide out alone and escape into their imaginations instead. Aquarius-Pisces is also arguably the most intuitive cusp placement, lending a naturally psychic and compassionate view of the world. Delving into spiritual matters and philosophical ideals is much more important to these folks than simply managing the details of day-to-day life. For this reason they may lose things, forget appointments, show up late or stand you up. But don’t be mad — it’s only because they were too preoccupied thinking about how make the world a better place on a much deeper level.

Pisces - Aries - If your birth chart combines energies from the dreamy, imaginative sign of Pisces and go-getter Aries, chances are you know what you want - and you want it now. Those born on the Pisces-Aries cusp, which falls between about March 18 to March 22, are an intriguing mix of fiery impulsiveness and imaginative daydreaming, which is actually pretty excellent because it means they’re both dreamers AND doers. A bit impatient and very direct, “Pisaries” peeps can sometimes rub others the wrong way by refusing to compromise. Why compromise when you are always right, they wonder? But at the same time this does make them great leaders. Because they combine a certain fearlessness with compassion for others, these cuspers have a natural ability to push limits and bring others along with them toward success. It’s all about generating new ideas, working hard to put them in effect and then playing hard to reduce the stress. If those born on this cusp can just work a little harder on their social skills and try to cultivate patience, their lives will be much easier. In fact, when they can balance the two sides of their personalities they work well together - Pisces can temper Aries hasty moves, while Aries can make Pisces’ dreams a reality.

Nature is not all beauty and sweetness, it also has a dark side too. Just like us we all have light and dark inside of us, we must embrace our light and dark sides as the dark is part of us as much as the light is. In reality everything is made from polarity, up and down, black and white, man and woman, hot and cold, light and dark, each are equally important because one cannot exist without the other. We must accept them both in us to really know ourselves and to understand the world around us.

Tonight will be the Full Stag Moon, so called because stags will start to grow their antlers at this time. It is also called the Thunder Moon because of the thunder storms brought on through the hot and humid air. 

Tonight’s Full Moon is a Supermoon, scientifically called a Perigee Moon, it is when the moon is closer to earth than normal so appears bigger and brighter in the sky, it is the first of 3 Supermoons coming back to back over the next few months. Tides will rise up to 18% higher than normal, and wildlife is highly effected by Supermoons especially birds, sea life and wolves. 

As with all Full Moons things will be illuminated that were once hidden, raw  emotions will surface, but because this is a Supermoon just like the tides our emotions are also heightened, we will feel everything more than normal our senses will be sharp and we will be able to see things more clearly, like a fog has been lifted, you can look further into the future than before. 

The Moon is in the constellation of Capricorn. Which will give us energy to work hard and deal with matters of money and finances. Think big and dream big, this is a time of looking to the future and ask ourselves what we want from life and how we can achieve it. The earth is bursting with energy at the moment, new life is blossoming and blooming all around us, use this energy to propel yourself in a direction you want to go, the universe wants you to succeed and achieve your goals.

This is a time of new starts, of shedding our skin and moving forward. Change old habits that keep bringing us to the same place in life and embrace new ideas and perspectives. Come out of your comfort zone a little and try new things, keep your mind open to anything.

Change or be changed is the message of this Full Moon. Since the Summer Solstice you should have felt a sense of something shifting both within yourself and with the outside world, this because we have crossed a line. The first half of the year is over it was mid year in June, we have now entered the second half of the year. This a good time to look back over the last 6 months and look at what you have learned, what you have lost and what you have gained. Take lessons from what you have learned good or bad and use them in your future endeavours whether this be in work, relationships or family. 

Use the energy of this Full Moon to heal, Soak up the intensified energy of the Supermoon and let it cleanse you. 

Have a Blessed Full Moon, may the Goddess watch over you.

I get asked about Altars more than any other question so I have made a graphic of a typical altar set out ready for the tomorrows full Moon.

There are no rules when it comes to your altar, it is your altar and you can make it how you want. An altar is a place you go when you wish to worship your deities, nature and the universe, meditate, do spell work or cast a circle. You can make offerings to the Gods and Goddesses at your altar just give thanks. It must be a place you love to come so make it personal to you. Don’t worry if you don’t have any Wiccan tools yet, the Gods won’t mind, your altar can be just a white candle and a seasonal twig. 

An altar can be temporary where you set it up when you need it or it can be a permanent part of your home.

The God and tools associated with the God are on the right side of the altar and the Goddess and tools associated with the Goddess are on the left side. The 4 elements are:
South - Fire 
North - Earth 
East - Air 
West - Water.
The centre should contain a pentacle to represent all the elements combined and the element of spirit. 

To honour the season we would usually put seasonal twigs, leaves berries, nuts or fruit around the altar and offer them as gifts to the Gods. 

Before using your alter many Wiccans will sweep around it with a broom to sweep away any stale or negative energy, if you don’t have a broom you can do this with a sweeping motion of your hands or go around your altar with an incense stick. 

Many Wiccans cast a circle of protection while at their altar especially if it involves deep meditation, contacting other realms or convening with the Gods or the spirit world. To cast a circle you must call on each element asking them to watch over you in a circle motion around the altar using you wand, athame or your finger. Call the elements in order of their density so start with Fire, then air, then water, then earth, do this and imagine a white light surrounding you, when you have done this go from above you to the ground in a circular motion calling the element of spirit so you have a spherical bubble around you, that is your circle cast this will protect you from any unwanted energy or entity. When you have finished you need to close your circle, you do this by doing the same thing but doing it in reverse order. Thank the elements as you close the circle. You can also make a physical circle around your altar using, crystals, stones, rune stones, salt or rocks. 

You can call on a certain God or Goddess if you need help or advice, if you were having problems with love you could call on goddess Venus or Aphrodite or the Gods Eros or Cupid. If you needed help with courage or strength you could call on the Gods Ares or Odin or the Goddess Artemis or Diana. Depending on what kind of help or advice you need choose the God you wish to convene with. If they do help you you should always give them an offering of thanks.

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