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By Bradley Luky in Sedona Conscious Magazine

32 pages, published 3/29/2015

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astrology JuneTransformational Astrology

April 2015

by Henry Selzer

An April to Dig In, and to Remember to Breathe

The astrology of April features two eclipses, counting last month’s Spring Equinox solar eclipse that began the current cycle, and as well the lunar eclipse and Full Moon of the first weekend of April. With this potent configuration, this is shaping up to be a volatile month, also emphasizing singular Jupiter, as well as Chiron, Uranus Neptune and Pluto. We are all to a certain extent still reeling from the volatility of what we have been through over these first three months of the year, and are now attempting to integrate what we have learned.

Just as we are coming off of the final of seven exact hits of Uranus in square with Pluto, signifying the transformational tenor of these intense times that we are currently living through and the extent to which we are all of us in major flux, we have another opportunity for a look inside ourselves in resonance with this volatile aspect of revolutionary/evolutionary change that will last in one form or another to the end of the decade. The Full Moon eclipse of April 4th opposes Uranus and squares Pluto, while the Sun conjuncts Uranus. These two powerhouse planets are still only separated by less than a degree from the perfection of their recent square.

There are also definite cosmic stirrings currently that relate to Chiron, the Wounded Healer, which is strongly aspected in the timing of these eclipses, with the solar eclipse Sun and Moon in close parallel to Chiron. At this timing also, Venus was in perfect semi-sextile to Chiron, bringing relationship and aesthetics into the field of difficulty and also opportunity symbolized by this ultimately healing energy. When inner wounding comes up, especially in inter-personal interaction, there is always an opportunity for healing if we remember to take it.

Mars, was also prominent at the eclipse timing, and in forming conjunction to the new planet, Eris, beyond Pluto. There is a Venus aspect to this interesting new archetype as well at the time of the April 4th eclipse. According to extensive research that I have been conducting, this recently arrived factor in Western Astrology represents a Feminine Warrior for Soul Purpose. Her strong presence now implies that over the course of this present month we will become more conscious to a greater sense of self that exists within each of us. This stems from an inner mandate for being yourself at all costs; for finding deep with you the potential for that which only you can provide. This way of being more fully in alignment with yourself at deep levels leads to greater happiness, as you suddenly find that you have a way to respond to the urgency of these fraught times that we are all living through.

Saturn is also prominent in Sagittarius, being almost exactly inconjunct Venus in her own sign of Taurus at the beginning of this extra-strong lunar cycle, and also inconjunct to Mars in Taurus at the timing of the April 4th lunar eclipse. The limitations and grounding provided by the wise old teacher archetype are a good complement to the high-flying symbolism of other prominent astrological factors such as Jupiter and Neptune.

Neptune is emphasized now, being conjunct Mercury at the timing of the Spring Equinox eclipse, and thus lends a strong component of imagination and idealism to the current astrology. With Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune all strongly configured we have a unique situation of push-pull for both a practical and a mystical way of seeing the word around us. We win when we allow both of these approaches to have their day, steering for the golden mean of a middle course that is neither too cautious, nor allowing ourselves to go so far out there that we lose contact with the earth beneath our feet.


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The Secret to Everlasting Valentine Spirit

by Satya Kalradreamstimefree_63169

Do you wish the spirit of Valentine’s Day last longer than just one day, and went beyond balloons, hearts, flowers, cuddly teddy bears and evening dinners?  Let’s first understand the true meaning and purpose of Valentine’s Day:  how to build long lasting relationships and become the everlasting valentine - let’s discover the Secret to Everlasting Valentine Spirit.

February 14, Valentine’s Day, is a day to appreciate and celebrate with your loved ones, to rejuvenate and grow your relationship; a day to say, “I care.”

What message will you send this Valentine’s Day and how can the meaning of this divine day enrich your life all year round?

The words VALENTINE’S DAY express the true meaning and purpose:

V: Vines entwined, heart to heart soul to soul

A: Always heart filled with love

L: Love is Life, life is love; life without love is like a tree without leaves

E: Equanimity in love

N: Never blame

T: True Love with Trust and tolerance

I: Intuitive love

N: Never, Never, Never give up

E: Everlasting love never dies

S: Soulmates

D: Drop your anger, resentments,  let go…

A: Affinity in love

Y: Year around love
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breast-feedingNatural Remedies for problems with breastfeeding

PART 2

by Susun S Weed

With the resurgence of interest in breastfeeding, there is increasing demand for natural remedies for the minor problems that accompany nursing. These remedies, taken from my book Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, offer simple, safe ways for nursing women and their infants to counter problems and stay healthy. This information has been collected from wise women, old wives, and granny midwives. May you benefit from their wisdom.
Part one of this article reviewed ways to increase your milk flow and your milk quality by ingesting herbal infusions, tinctures, seeds, and foods rich in carotenes. Part two of this article shows you numerous simple and safe ways to allay sore breasts, infections, engorgements, and sore nipples due to breastfeeding.

PAINFUL BREASTS, ENGORGEMENT, SORE NIPPLES
Painful, sore breasts and nipples are one of the most common problems encountered during lactation. Virtually every nursing mom will need help on this account at least once. Sore breasts and nipples can prevent nursing, lead to a decrease in milk production, and interfere with the bonding between infant and mother.
There are three main causes of painful breasts.

1. Engorgement:
 An oversupply of milk engorges the breast tissues, causing tenderness and pain. There is…

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witchcraftThe Everyday Witch

An excerpt from Everyday Witchcraft

by Deborah Blake

I like to call myself the everyday Witch, and you’ll see that reflected in a number of my book titles, like Everyday Witch Book of Rituals or Everyday Witch A to Z Spellbook. Even The Goddess Is in the Details is subtitled Wisdom
for the Everyday Witch.

So what does that mean, the everyday Witch?

Two things, really.
For one thing, I’m just an everyday Witch. Nothing fancy or special. I don’t lead a major coven and haven’t started my own Witchcraft movement that has grown to encompass many, like Christopher Penczak or Raymond Buckland or Z. Budapest. (All folks I admire and respect. But I’m so not in that class—I’m not a professional Witch who teaches thousands and is known all over the world. I’m just little ol’ me.)

I lead a predominantly average life. A tad unconventional compared to some, maybe, since I’m a writer and craftsperson and run a shop full of artists, all of which allows me to be more open about my witchy leanings than some people might be able to be. But still, I am much like most other people: I work, I take care of my little farmhouse in the country, and I get bossed around by cats on a daily basis.
A few people might know me from my books, but, for the most part, I’m just an everyday Witch. Much like almost any other Witch you might meet, I’m a woman trying to juggle the responsibilities and obligations of daily life while at the same time attempting to better myself and be the best “me” I can be.

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