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is the magick of the Earth herself,
and at it's very heart
lies the mysteries of
life & death...
It is the essence which binds
all things together,
and it will last
beyond the time of men...
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Goddess Guidance
         Virgo...
  The Virgin & her Goddesses...
       August 23 - September 22
Feminine, Mutable, Earth Sign
The sign your Moon was in at your birth describes your habits, comfort zones, the way you respond to your emotional needs, and how you express yourself emotionally.
In relationships the Moon is just as important as the Sun. These two parts of your character must be integrated for you to experience the best with others. The sign of your Moon gives definition to the unconscious habit patterns that are expressed through your personality as a respond to what is going on around you.

Consider the needs of your Sun sign and think of your Moon sign as the emotional support system you need to sustain the strength of the Sun. While your Sun sign describes how you project yourself to the world, your Moon sign describes how you retreat to rejuvenate yourself and what habit patterns of comfort you develop. Knowing the Moon sign of others will give you clues as to how to better understand and relate to their emotional needs.

Aries
These people have a bright, intense emotional character that responds to the moment. You will always know how they feel and will need to learn to deal with issues right when they come up. They prefer the "intense confrontation and then be done with it" approach to emotional encounters rather than a drawn-out solution. Their feelings can be easily hurt, and to protect themselves they usually become defensive. Allow them to vent pent-up anger and frustration. Venting is healthy. Just don't allow yourself to be a target.

Moon in Aries individuals are very inspirational and motivational. They possess a "can do" philosophy about life that will motivate you to become all that you can become. They are at their best in a very active relationship, so passive activities are usually not tolerated. They love to be surprised by spontaneous plans, however, there are times when it is best to just leave them alone and let them go at their own pace. These people change moods very quickly, so be prepared. They need to be recognized and appreciated; yet they want you to support their independence.

Taurus
Moon in Taurus individuals have a down-to-earth practicality about the way they respond to life. They usually know where they stand on emotional issues and are not easily influenced. You can rely on these sturdy individuals, as they like to follow through on all commitments. Realize ahead of time that their first response to change is resistance. You cannot force these individuals to change; if they are going to make a change in their lives it will be because they have already decided it was the right thing to do. Continuity allows them to steer a steady course in life, but also makes it difficult to adapt to disruptions in their plans. Give them plenty of advance notice and don't expect spontaneous changes in plans to be appreciated. Along with wanting a comfortable life, Moon in Taurus individuals want an uncomplicated emotional life. Not at ease with the uncertainty of intrigue, they prefer to relate to those who are clear and direct.

In intimate relationships, these people need to feel secure about your love and concern for them. They know how to enjoy life, and through their heightened awareness of the senses, you can become much more appreciative of life's simple pleasures as well. Highly affectionate, these individuals are soothed through simple touch like holding hands, hugs, and massage. No need for pretense with Moon in Taurus individuals. They appreciate genuineness and naturalness above all else.

Gemini
Be prepared to listen to what is going on with these individuals. They need to talk, share, and relate endless details about their lives, even to the extent of talking their way through emotional situations as a way of coming to terms with their feelings. The interaction is what they find exciting and satisfying. Keep your expectations of how they should respond or react to a minimum, and they will trust you. Your mental rapport is going to have to be very strong for bonding to occur, and you will have to understand their need for variety and change. You may feel that their many interests come before their feelings for you, but try not to read too much into their spontaneous reaction to life. It's just their nature; they don't want to miss anything. You will not get bored with these inquisitive souls, but you will certainly be tested in your flexibility because they will change plans often.

Cancer
Emotional security is likely to be much more of an issue with these people than first appears. Expect to move slowly in establishing your bonds of friendship and trust. They are cautious and reserved, but that does not mean that they do not care about you. They will stand back and observe you and feel out where they can best fit into your world. Much of how they relate to the world, and to you, is through their feelings that can overwhelm them, so they pull back and again watch and wait. Encourage them to talk about their feelings, and yet know that much of what is going on for them is not easily translatable into words. Their insecurities will surprise you. They appear strong on the outside, but on the inside, they are extremely sensitive. They will protect their vulnerability until they trust your loyalty, and then express tremendous warmth and caring for you. Realize that they are likely to respond to the emotional undercurrents of any situation, not just the presentation. They are responding to how you feel, not what you say. Once accepted into their close circle, you become family and their loyalty is unfaltering.

Leo
These people can be fun, warm, and lovable. They express their emotions with heartfulness and dignity. There seems to be something royal and regal about these individuals. They are big-hearted folks, and if they are secure in the heart you will see the best of them. However, if their heart requirements are not being met, their tremendous need for attention and recognition are likely to lead to a strong competitive nature. Then they can seem self-serving and demanding. They do not want their relationships to be ordinary in any way. They feel they are special people and want their relationships to reflect this. They want the very best. Moon in Leo individuals are likely to be just as proud of you as they want you to be of them. In intimate relationships they need to be the center of attention. They do not deal well as an appendage to someone else's life. They will give just as much as they expect in love relationships, which is considerable. They do not adapt to change well so always introduce changes in plans slowly.

Virgo
These people are very rational in their emotional expression, or at least try to be. They hold themselves to very exacting standards, are very thoughtful, and rarely act out of character. Moon in Virgo individuals seek appreciation for their efforts, and this is one area you can't overdo it. They need a great deal of reassurance about the role they play in your life. They want to be adding something significant to its overall quality, and seem to always work themselves into a position of being indispensable. This placement leads to a tendency to look at life through the lens of a current problem. Problem sharing and problem solving can be techniques for closeness between you and a Virgo Moon friend. They crave interaction and involvement on their work issues so don't be afraid to get involved. Conversely, don't be afraid to remind them that there is more to life than work. They are typically overcoming their excessively self-critical nature. Your feedback and support will speed along this process, as their primary emotional need is to feel appreciated. If you value sincerity and integrity more than flamboyance, this is the type for you.

Libra
There is a certain sense of style and class in these people that will motivate you to put your best foot forward. Their natural refinement is also expressed in the emotional realm and they are quite uncomfortable with unpleasantness of any sort. You can expect them to be fair, just, and diplomatic in all of their dealings with others. Moon in Libra individuals think before they act, so give them time to go through their evaluating process rather than push for immediate decisions. Do not expect them to be overly emotional and syrupy, as they are more comfortable with some distance from their feelings. This does not mean that they do not care about you. They are simply concerned about refined expression. They probably do not handle anger well so you will have to watch for the subtle signals and help them express their real feelings. They really do believe that emotional issues and differences could best be solved if people would simply deal with differences in a clear, calm, and rational way. Of course this is unrealistic, but realize that it is their ideal nonetheless and you will be better able to understand them.

Scorpio
Emotions for these people run strong, deep, and intense. There is a mysterious quality about their souls that keeps you feeling that more is going on with them than meets the eye. Moon in Scorpio people are excellent about getting you to reveal your secrets, but you will realize they share their innermost feelings only after trust has been established. As they begin to share their private side with you treat it as special, privileged information not to be shared with others. They are uncanny at knowing your true motivations and intentions, and are not easily fooled by presentations. They are often much more expressive in silence than they are with words. Silent looks and glances to and from these individuals can communicate volumes of information.

The paradox of these individuals lies in their craving for emotional intimacy, yet their emotional world is often guarded and protected with the barbs of past memories. Forgiveness does not come easy to these psychologically complex individuals. Never assume that time itself will heal wounds with them. It doesn't. It is best to deal directly and in the moment with emotional issues to keep the air clean. Those with Moon in Scorpio have a need for some privacy and prefer one-to-one, intimate sharing to large social functions. Trust is something that you will develop together. Your own emotional growth will be sped up through the closeness of this friendship.

Sagittarius
These people are optimistic, outgoing, and fun loving. Decidedly positive, they want to believe in the best. They like a fast-paced life with plenty of mental stimulation. The enthusiasm of Sagittarius is infectious and it is easy to feel more positive in their presence. The excitement of anticipating future potential is one of the main types of emotional experiences they enjoy, so indulge their dreams, plans, and goals as this keeps them at their best.

Moon in Sagittarius is looking for an adventure, an opportunity to grow and expand, and if that can happen through you, you will win your companion's love. Allow a lot of room to change, as these people need a variety of forms through which to express. They are honest and sincere, so you will not have to be threatened by their need to occasionally spend time by themselves. They need to occasionally connect with their urge for freedom by following their own momentum without considering other people's expectations. Give them this freedom and you have won a warm-hearted, enthusiastic friend. Although good-natured naturally, these fiery folks can turn competitor and occasionally need a good philosophical argument just for the sport of it. Without an adventure to plan or a goal to pursue, they can feel quite hemmed in.

Capricorn
For these people, the theme of respect is of central importance in all of their relationships. Moon in Capricorn individuals are responsible to the nth degree. Trust them. Commitment is like a solemn bond. If they promised something, they will deliver. Of course they will expect the same accountability from you. They want your recognition for their accomplishments along with the person behind the work. You will have to respond to both of these needs. They identify with their work so much that they need to share this part of their life with their partners.

They need their relationships to take some definite form so the more clearly you can define your expectations, the more comfortable they will become. When they are in one of their broody, introspective moods it is best to leave them to their work. They want your support concerning some of the hardships and difficulties they have endured. These people respect competence; yet they need to feel useful in your life to feel secure so don't fear asking them for assistance.

They are comfortable in a providing role. They are not sentimentalists, but when they have someone in their life who sees through the mountain of strength and recognizes their sensitivity, they become very loyal and loving friends. Their appreciation for quality and their high standards of excellence are just as important to them in relationships as everywhere else in life.

Aquarius
These highly independent individuals are sure to keep you guessing as to how they will respond next, because they refuse to conform to convention or the expectations of others. They are friendly, outgoing, and open to sharing their ideas. Often altruistic and inclined toward larger social issues, they love to deal with abstractions. They question authority at every turn and are advocates for individual rights. Don't expect them to pamper your emotional sensitivities—they won't. It is not their expertise, nor their interest. It is not that they are hiding their emotions. It's just that they are mistrustful and completely unsure of that arena of expression.

To bring out their best in working situations give them the freedom to fulfill their responsibilities in their own way. They view life from a far removed vantage point, which gives them a unique perspective. They will provoke your thinking, as the clarity of their insights is often shocking. Keep things light, friendly, and impersonal to best get along with these people. Share your ideals and hopeful thoughts on how life could be improved. Encourage them to talk about their ideals and frankly let them know when they have walked on your feelings. Tell them how that feels to you. They really do not know unless you confront them with it. Their matter-of-fact-ness can be annoying and you will need to let them know when they are being insensitive. They have an abstract sense of humor that is a true pleasure to share. Expect a fresh original point of view when you ask their opinion.

Pisces
These deep feeling individuals are most often governed by their emotions. They will react to even the slightest emotional shift in your feelings toward them so be aware that your nonverbal communication will be more loudly heard than your verbal ones. They are naturally compassionate and have a knack for drawing out your deepest, personal feelings. Move slowly with them because much of who they are is hidden, and only time will bring it to the surface. They will respond to the purest and deepest spiritual connection from you. They are understanding and caring by nature, and you can trust that any revelations that you share with them concerning your sensitivities will be handled in the gentlest of ways.

Moon in Pisces people enjoy the poetic, romantic approach. The imaginative, the magical, and the mystical hold their interest. Their emotional cycles may appear confusing to you, as they periodically need to go to a place inside themselves that words cannot convey. When you have their attention, there are none more sensitive and understanding, but there are times when they need to be alone to connect with the depths of their emotional character. Without quality alone time they become overwhelmed by the worries and concerns of others. When you establish an emotional bond with these people, the reward is a truly caring and compassionate friendship.

...Excerpted from "Astrology & Relationships", by David Pond.

Artwork created by
Ann Stokes
Crystal Of the Month...
         Vanadinite
   The "Golden Goddess"
     of Beauty & Health...
A creative stone to enhance your abilities and provide grounding, discipline & stamina.
Vanadinite is a powerful stone that links the mind with the lower 3 chakras to give you endurance, persistence, and the will to see big projects through to completion.
If you have a lot of work to do, you need Vanadinite! It provides the ideal combination of clear thought, organization, determination and vitality for achieving goals and remaining free from distraction.
Goddess Celebration
Calendar: August

AUG. 1: LUGHNASSADH / LAMMAS SABBAT: First Harvest—Bread Harvest. First Harvest Festival of the Celtic Sun God Lugh.

AUG. 2: Feast of the Black Madonna – Gnostic celebration of the Dark Goddess

AUG. 3: Day of the Dryads – Greek celebration of the Macedonian maiden spirits of woods and water.

AUG. 3-4: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis (Roman Diana) – Defender of rights and liberties, and punisher of rapists and oppressors.

AUG. 5: Celtic Tree Month of Hazel begins.

AUG. 6: Celtic Fire Festival of Tan Hill.

AUG. 9: Druid Feast of the Fire Spirits
– Roman Vinalia Rustica: wine festival of Venus and Pan

AUG. 11-13: Feast of Father Sky – Honoring God as Obatala (Yoruba/Santeria), Ouranos (Greek), Svarog (Slavic), Thor (Norse), Taranis (Celtic), Dyaus (Hindu).
– Celtic Puck Fair – Fertility Festival.

AUG. 12: The Lights of Isis, Festival of the Egyptian Goddess Isis.

AUG. 19: Roman Vinalia: Marriage of Bacchus

AUG. 20: Marriage of the God and Goddess—Sun God enters Earth Goddess and rules Underworld as Lord of the Shadows.

AUG. 21: Festival of Hecate—Invoking her to protect the harvests now that the God resides within her aspect as the Earth Goddess.

AUG. 21: Greek Festival of Hecate – To protect the harvest.

AUG. 24: Feast of Egyptian God Osiris – Partner and true love of Isis, and father of Horus; guide of all husbands, fathers, and judges.

AUG. 25: Norse God Odin receives knowledge.
– Roman Festival of Goddess Ops – Lady of the Cornucopia, Bounty of the Harvest and Sustainer of Life.

AUG.27: Feast of Egyptian Goddess Isis – Partner and true love of Osiris, and mother of Horus; guide of all wives, mothers, healers, advocates, and teachers.

AUG. 28: Norse Harvest Festival.

AUG. 29 -Sep 11: Return of Isis – Egyptian festival marking the return to Egypt of Goddess Isis (as the star of Sept/Sirius) and God Osiris (as the rising Nile River).

As the maiden goddess of wheat and the harvest, Onatha was once carried to the underworld by evil spirits. In an effort to rescue her, the Sun produced a heat wave drying out the soil, which allowed Onatha to rise from the earth and bloom into freedom. Her stone is Moss Agate, which is excellent for anyone who is engaged in agriculture and horticulture, helping you to work intuitively with the land. 
Your MOON sign
  An important keyword for Virgo
is service. Virgos often find people important. They are interested in health and nutrition, and can become overly concerned with these matters to the extent of worrying. The ruling planet of Virgo is Mercury; the Mercury-ruled Gemini tends to see the forest and miss the trees, whereas Virgo sees the trees and misses the forest. Practical and warm in personality, Virgos need to cultivate tolerance.

Ruler: Mercury
Element: Earth
Quality: Mutable
Season: Summer Harvest
Direction: SouthWest
Goddesses: Isis, Auset (Virgin Isis), Demeter, Virgin Pele, Ceres
Tarot: the Hermit
Alchemy: Distillation
Animals: Brown Bear
Birthstone: Blue Topaz, Sardonyx, Peridot
Colors: Red, Deep Purple
Day: Wednesday
Metal: Platinum
Perfume: Honeysuckle, Cypress
Plant: Sage, Violet
Flower: Narcissus


Full Moon August -
Sturgeon Moon
The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Full Moon September -
Harvest Moon
This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full moon is actually the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this Moon. Usually the full Moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the Moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.




 









Want to improve your beauty inside AND out? Consider using turmeric, the vibrant orange-yellow spice traditionally found in curry.











Native to southwest India, turmeric has been used for centuries to improve health and beautify the skin. A member of the ginger family, turmeric can also be used as a natural dye, food seasoning and a medicinal herb. In Ayurveda, turmeric is used to improve digestion, purify the blood and balance the doshas. One of its Sanskrit names, Kanchani, translates to “Golden Goddess”…a fitting name when you consider the many beauty benefits that are associated with the spice. In ancient India it was often used to give
the skin a radiant glow. Today, turmeric is turning up in a variety of products and treatments as news of its healthful advantages become more widespread.

  Unlike most cosmetic products, Ayurveda beauty remedies focus on using all-natural ingredients that are free of harsh chemicals, making it a very healthy skincare routine. Many of those benefits can be attributed to curcumin, the active component of the spice. Curcumin is a known antibacterial agent, which helps improve acne-prone skin.

  Due to its high antioxidant content and iron-rich properties, turmeric also protects against damaging environmental elements, such as UV rays, chemicals, microbes, and other free radicals, making it a highly valuable ingredient in pro-youth treatments.

  Turmeric provides protection from infectious micro-organisms and oxidation and is renowned for its anti-inflammatory actions. Many people experience skin irritation as temperatures and seasons change, and turmeric is perfect for reducing inflammation. Its ability to fight free radicals certainly helps it stand out also. The all-natural spice is an important ingredient in skincare for many reasons. Not only because of its unique ability to strengthen the capillaries through vaso-tonic action that relieves inflammation and its potent antioxidant properties, but also the fact that it is generally accepted by most skin types—even sensitive skins. It’s especially useful for those with super-sensitive skin. Helpful in managing oil secretion, clearing blemishes and exfoliating, turmeric is invaluable for treating acne, signs of aging, eczema, hyperpigmentation and rosacea. While turmeric is found in many products, you can add the powdered version of the root to home-made cosmetics, such as an exfoliator or a mask. However, it’s important that you use pure, organic turmeric as some  generic store-bought options contain dyes that can stain the skin. This is one ingredient in which you must go organic.

While the spice is increasingly used in topical applications, it continues to offer many of the same benefits when taken internally. The pigment that gives turmeric its distinctive color is the primary compound behind many of its emerging benefits. These compounds, called curcuminoids, do tend to stain everything they come in contact with,
so most people opt to use turmeric internally rather than externally. Taking it internally in the form of a supplement can do wonders for the whole body as well as benefit the skin. It is one of the few superfoods that actually supports healthy aging. And while it is best known for its antioxidant properties, turmeric is pleiotropic, meaning that it has many different effects inside the body. Studies show that it not only helps to quench free radicals but it also helps revitalize the dermal matrix to support the structure and function of the skin. Try it in a smoothie or have a delicious cup of turmeric tea!

This article is an edited version originally written by Darby Radcliff for American Spa Magazine.


  August Goddesses
Iroquois Goddess Onatha
Artwork created by Josephine Wall
Greek Goddess Demeter
Greek goddess of agriculture, the harvest, and motherhood, Demeter taught humanity how to produce food.  Sympathetic to suffering and grief, she will always answer your call for help. She is the mother aspect of The Triple Goddess, forming a triad with Persephone the Maiden and Hecate the Crone. Her Roman counter-part is Ceres, a compassionate goddess who is involved with the day-to-day lives of her followers. Both of these ladies resononate with Sardonyx, a stone that supports your search for meaningful existence. As a strong supplement to your willpower, it strengthens your character, and enhances your self-control. It can also help you find a stable relationship and attract good friends.

Roman Goddess Ceres