Elf Leaf

Harvest of PurplesHarvest of Purples
Gneiss Moon

Squash ruled by Moon
Lavender; Masculine, Air, ruled by Mercury
Gemini, Virgo; secondary, Aquarius, Libra
Also: Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus, Spike

Medicinal: Nervine, sedative, tonic.
Lavender is soothing, calms the nerves.  A few drops  of oil on bed linens, in water baths aids in sleep, eases minor aches and pains.
Lavender tea is excellent for a peaceful mood and relaxation.

Magickal: Attracts the physical and financial attention of men and women alike.
Mix with rosemary for chastity, fidelity.
Burn with sandalwood to attract helpful spirits.

Purple foods are high in antioxidants, specifically anthocyanin, which protect against cell damage from free radicals.

Peace, Gneiss Moon

Know Thyself

John Collier-priestess_of_DelphiJohn Collier – Priestess of Delphi

Myth has it that to find the center of the world, Zeus sent out two eagles at opposite ends of the Earth – they collided at Delpi, leading Zeus to declare Delphi the omphalos or navel of the world.  Delphi’s initial fame later spread well beyond Greece as the site received Mediterranean-wide recognition as the premier divine oracle.

On Mount Parnassus in Greece, an oracle was recorded as present from as early as 1400 B.C., though the Delphic Oracle associated with Apollo reached the height of fame near 1600 A.D.  The sanctuary at Delphi was constructed in the 8th century BC, and the final prophecy given around AD 393, after Roman Emperor Theodosius ordered the closure of all pagan sanctuaries.

According to Diodorus Siculus the first oracle appeared to a shepherd of the region who stumbled upon a chasm or fissure in the rock.  The shepherd and his goats began to feel and act strangely.  The shepherd fell into divine trance and began to foretell events.  Word of the site spread, leading others to flock to divination mountain.

Greece is ruled by Capricorn and Virgo.
Mountains are Capricorn; fissures are Uranus/Pluto; gasses, divination are Neptune.

Ancient authors claim that bird-watching and entrail-reading, two of the most popular forms of divination, actually began at Delphi. Fortelling by the casting of lots (stones, bones, dice) and the interpretation of flames – a form of divination called Pyromancy  were also common at Delphi.

Delphic Oracle Kylix by rhe Kodros painter 440 to 430 BCEDelphic Oracle Kylix by rhe Kodros painter 440 to 430 BCE

According to the Homeric Hymn to Apollo the site was eventually conquered by Apollo.
In Greek mythology, Apollo (Apollon) is the god of divine light who drove the sun across the sky in a chariot.  Apollo is also god of prophecy and oracles, song and poetry, music, healing, archery, and the protection of the young.  He is usually pictured with a wreath and branch of laurel; bow and quiver; raven; and lyre.

Apollo slayed the holy serpent / dragon named Python (the rotting one) given to Delphi by the Earth Goddess,
 Gaia.  Python was Gaia’s ransacking son who stood guard while the sibyl gave prophecies.  After Apollo cleared the countryside of Pythons widespread destruction, he served an eight year penance as a cowherd, only to return with his priests from Crete – his cult was called Delphinios aka dolphin or porpoise – hence, Delphi was born.
Note: To commemorate the triumph of Apollo over Python, Delphi organized the Pythian Games – athletic events (precursor to the Olympics) which were held every four years.

Apollo_Killing_the_Python Hendrik GoltziusHendrik Goltzius

Curiously, Delphi may also derive from the greek words delph hollow, or perhaps delphis, womb – ironic in that Delphi was the only Apollon temple where females were allowed to give the gifts of the god via oracle. The Pythia was originally a young virgin, but later a wise crone – if the female was married, she had to relinquish family for temple work. 
Upon Apollo’s arrival, the matriarchal decrees of the priestesses of Gaia, were tempered by the presence of his chosen priests.  Apollo killed the serpent (some think the snake represents matriarchal power), keeps the oracle, and the Oracle is then known as a Pythia in honor of killing the serpent who guarded the sacred Castilian springs

The Pythia would fast, cleanse in the sacred spring, enter a chamber in the lower temple, adyton (inaccessible room), where she would inhale the pneuma, or sweet smelling vapors.  Historical accounts claim the Pythia was trance-induced (channeling) by vapors from a chasm below the temple or from chewing laurel (bay) leaves, which she is often depicted as holding.   Worthy of note: in greek, pneuma is synonymous with divine breath, or spirit of the gods.

LaurelBayLaurel aka Bay leaves:
Masculine, Sun, Fire – diaphoretic, emetic, narcotic, stomachic

Do not consume the leaf.  Lore tells that chewing bay leaves and breathing the steam rising off a simmering pot of laurel aids in all forms of divination.  Bay can often be found in incense and dream pillows.  Bay is an excellent purifier, a guardian against sickness, when planted near the home it wards off negative energies.  Use bay leaves in cooking to enhance psychic abilities, speed healing, clear psychic sludge, promote relaxation and a sense of well-being.

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The Pythia, a virgin from the local village selected in ceremonies that established her as Apollo’s choice, sits atop the sacred tripod as the Delphic oracle. To the left is the omphalos, the most sacred object at Delphi, regarded as the center of the earth.  A plinth on the right bears an inscription describing Apollo’s conquest of Delphi with the Cretans, who became his first priests.

The prophetess went to the tripod on the sacred seventh day of each month, the day of Apollo’s birth, nine months of the year, to await the god’s inspiration; her inspired utterances were later interpreted by a priest. The ancient Greeks considered the Delphic oracle, both Apollo’s divine prophecy and the prophetess through whom it was spoken, the final authority on almost any matter, whether religious, political, or social.

temple-of-apollo-at-delphi-giovanni-ruggeroGiovanni Ruggero – Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Pilgrims and envoys to the Oracle formed a procession that climbed the Sacred Way to Apollo’s temple, where they would pass three temple inscriptions:

Nothing in Excess
Know Thyself
Go bail and ruin is at hand

The Pythia’s response from deep trance was rendered into classical hexameter verse, then passed along to the seeker.  The Delphic Oracle reached popularity on a grand scale, advising all: heads of state, philosophers and common people from across the Mediterranean and beyond.

Historical and mythological timelines of the Oracle here.
Catalogue of Delphic Responses here.

oracle matrixAsteroid Pythia 432 – This asteroid (discovered 12.18.1897) has a 5 planet Sagittarius stellium of late degrees Sun, Mars, Venus conjunct with early degrees Saturn conjunct Uranus opposing Pluto, Pythia and Neptune conjunct in Gemini all Rx.
Long distance communication, moral codes and higher philosophy is most definitely the name of the game with this asteroid.

I was curious, popped in the latter asteroids listed below though they had not yet been discovered or named – Apollon and Delphine dovetail neatly between Libra Moon and Jupiter all trine Pluto, Pythia and Neptune while in square to Capricorn Mercury.  Sedate, balanced proclamations, good common sense, feminine instinct, understanding coupled with truth-seeking travelers flocking to the tricky, Mercurial Mountainous earth sight.
   
Sagittarius Mars quintiles Libra Jupiter – Men and Women + Goddess and Gods working together to provide divine guidance.
Fascinating.

Pythia obviously indicates where psychic power rises in your natal chart – in addition it indicates where on earth you channel your best, brightest intuitions with the help of Gaian energies.

Asteroid Apollo 1862 – This asteroid (discovered 4.24.1932) has an Aries stellium of Mercury, Mars and Uranus as well as a T-Square: Taurus Sun focal planet square Leo Jupiter opposite Aquarius Saturn.  Solid creative exuberance lead by an impulsive child-like curiosity.  Cancer Pluto squares all that Aries, while Jupiter trines it – explosive impulses lead the way to whammy emotional transformation – via women, the public, the masses; Jupiter has faith enough to try again.

Flirty Gemini Venus opposite Moon delivers any and all communications into compromise mode, especially re: money, women, relationships, the public.  The Temple of Apollo placed women at the forefront of the public, and of course, those seekers with a backing of wealth quickly were ushered to the head of the line.  Waving Plutonic power around does not always sit well with those who arrived first.

Sun is also placed in a grand trine with Neptune and Moon while opposite Scorpio Apollo – highlighting mysterious female lead divinations for the public (shared power), as well as dependable enlightened service over hundreds of years.

Asteroid Apollo indicates a place where reckless mistakes are made over and over with wild abandon – mistakes which lead to metamorphic emotional enlightenment.  It is a place of child-like curiosity, naiveté and unbridled enthusiasm for life, regardless of difficulties.

Asteroid Delphine 3218 – This asteroid (discovered 9.24.1960) features a 1 degree Libra Sun conjunct asteroid Apollon as focal points in an out-of-sign T-Square with late Sagittarius Jupiter opposite early Cancer Mars.
Power to the Women – Right On !  This indicates travelers incoming to both participate in public athletic events and receive divine guidance that brings harmonious outcomes.

Leo Uranus quintiles Scorpio Neptune – unusually creative, mysterious divinations from the gods.  Pythia lands at 0 degrees Virgo conjunct Pluto which trines Capricorn Saturn – she was in transformative service to the masses across centuries.

Late Aquarius Chiron forms an out-of-sign grand trine with Libra Venus and Mars in Cancer while it opposes Uranus and Pythia.  Women held a place of importance at this sight/site which has vast humanitarian implications – women in this sacred sanctuary changed the course of history, the Delphic Oracle spans the ages.  Oracles assist, they guide, they help shift perspectives like cosmic chiropractors. 
Think in terms of the fissure or chasm that collectively brings people together in hope, fellowship and enlightenment.

There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.  – Leonard Cohen

Think Neo – the oracle isn’t the only oracle – how about genius spoon boy in the waiting room ?!  While peeps waited on line for the oracle at Delphi, I guarantee you there were other oracles right alongside popping out gems right and left. 

Asteroid Delphine is where you desire to win, to beat your personal best, where your heroes journey, your spiritual quest draws you to like-minded truth-seekers in order to heal via fellowship. 

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Scientists have found that the vapors rising from the fault fissure were ethylene, a colorless, flammable gas having a sweet taste and odor which is a naturally occurring hormone in plants – inhibiting growth, promoting leaf fall and ripening fruit.

According to traditional explanations, the Pythia derived her prophecies in a small, enclosed chamber in the basement of the temple –  if the Pythia went to the chamber once a month, as tradition says, she could have been exposed to concentrations of the narcotic gas that were strong enough to induce a trance-like state.  Nat’l Geo

Oracles enhanced by narcotic gas – what a fantastic representation of Neptune !

I felt compelled to write of this prior to Scorpio Full Moon on my Neptuner, wanted it up at GMA then, only to finish today when whoa – ck it out…

Pythia is currently conjunct Sun at 28 Taurus; Capricorn Moon trines both
Apollon Rx is at 7 degrees Virgo exact opposite Neptune at 7 Pisces
Delphine is at 17 Virgo exact opposite Pisces Chiron at 17 Pisces

Cool, yeah ?
The Divenusian 

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Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world. The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same. 
Rumi

Quickie read (turned into in depth borg probe) for Cancer energies (June 21 Sun into Cancer; June 25 Jupiter into Cancer; June 26 Mercury Rx, Venus in Cancer) opposite Pluto Rx in Capricorn; intent insight and clarity, most benevolent outcome for all.

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Tepi – Aui – Un
Family of the Eight Primordials

Nu – Night

MidNight is 4th house (natural house of Cancer), the safety net of whatever you call safe in your world.
Nu is the number one, impulse of creation, ruled by the Sun.
Egyptians did not use zero, which is ruled by Pluto.
Interesting, yes ?
Nu is energy waves brought forth from the sky and water.
Nu is the Nile: floods / drought – – plenty / lack.
Above and below.
Past / future – – restriction / growth . . . also how energy is contained / set free.

Also interesting to note that to ancient Egyptians
Earth was male, Geb; the heavens were Nut, female.
Moon to Egyptians was also male – – this mindset was reversed with the slow advent of patriarchal society. (Perhaps we are experiencing the slow return to matriarchal society ?)

This card signifies the beginning and the end.  
Potent transformation.

A return to the way of feelings, Cancer yin.
Mothers, nurturing, growth, incubating, instincts and tides of emotion.
Outward rushing hunters (cardinal) that (emotionally) gather chicks into sanctuary.

::: Message from Spirit or Crux :::

Ahh
Family of the Moon
Amon – That Which is Hidden

Amon is the mysterious and inscrutable – the primeval creative power that springs from the abyss – only the creation is visible, not the power.

Amon signifies both regeneration and sex, :: Pluto :: (see erect phallus) containing both fire and water.  The twelfth dynasty brought a melding of the all sun gods into Amon- Ra, attributes united into the powerful source of everything.

Amon is linked with the dwarf star near Sirius, the double star system.
The rising of Sirius marks the commencement of the ancient Egyptian new (sidereal) year, and the flooding of the Nile.

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Sirius is the second brightest star in the sky next to our own sun, it can be found at 14 degrees Cancer.
Planetary conjunctions to Sirius are bestowed with an influence of passion (Mars) as well as a protective and benevolent influence (Jupiter, Cancer) via (hidden) loyalties.  More interps here.

Sirius derives from latin Seirios: glowing or scorcher, siriasis or sunstroke.
Sirius: Dog star, or (canicula Stella) doubles the hottest days as Sun moves to conjunct Sirius in midsummer, hence dog days of summer.  In Sanskrit, Sirius is known as Mrgavyadha or deer hunter (a form
of Shiva).  Sirius is also known as   Lokabrenna, or Loki’s torch. In ancient Persia, Sirius is Tishtrya, the rain-maker, beautifully depicted as a white horse.
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While Cancerian energies oppose Pluto Rx in Capricorn, consider what parts of your life are giving birth, what is dying on the vine, and where energies are regenerating.  

What is worth nurturing ?

Our thoughts springboard from the highdive – we pop the brainboard, prep to dive and delve into deep waters of Cancer* – hold AIR thoughts, take a leap of faith
:: SPLOOSH::
then we will be swimming through underwater EMOTIONS.
*Sun and Jupiter in last degrees of Gemini, ready to plunge

Transformation of beliefs, and integration of compassion & power is imminent, though not necessarily immediately evident. (Merc Rx)

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For difficult Pluto transits (yes, I am glugging it), try Walnut homeopathic essence.
aka: the midwife, the breaker of spells.

Walnut remedy bolsters strength and steadfastness through change.  It is excellent through changes such as puberty, menopause, divorce, relocating, occupational shifts, any major life upheaval.  It assists in setting free the mind, the emotional, spiritual bodies – – allowing benevolent manifestation of higher self and goals.

Peace
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Spaceballs !

Allium is the Latin word for garlic. Garlic is also known as Ajo, Poor Man’s Treacle, Stinkweed. 

Gods: Eleggua the Keymaster
Goddess: Hecate

Garlic is ruled by Scorpio, Aries + Mars

Garlic is an antiseptic, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, and a stimulant.

Cooking with fresh garlic will help with mild chest and breathing complaints, it is good for the skin and overall health, keeps vampires away. 

It is said to have been used in an infusion during the plague by thieves looking to safely steal from the dead.

Peace.  GMA

Rustic Oracle

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

– William Blake (fragment from Auguries of Innocence)
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Dandelions
aka: Blow-ball, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Priest’s Crown, Wild Endive.

Venus and Jupiter rule Dandies.

Astrological
Primary: Pisces, Sagittarius
Secondary: Aquarius, Gemini, Libra

Medical *
Diuretic, tonic.

Dandelion in the diet aids anemia and helps stabilize the blood sugar.  A warm water infusion is a good tonic for the liver and gallbladder.  Dandelion wine will knock you on yer ass, because the diuretic quality drives the fluids out of your body so the alcohol hits you faster.

The milky sap from the stem of the dandelion can be used to cure warts, rub it directly on the wart daily until the wart disappears.  The sap can also be used in the same way to treat (fade) liver spots.

Dandelion leaves and roots produce mannitol, which is used to treat hypertension The leaves / roots must be collected in spring (about mid-March to mid-May) and used to make tea.  Bring water to a boil, toss in cut roots for one minute, remove from heat, add leaves and steep for 40 minutes.  Strain and drink.

Dandelion flowers contain helenin, vitamins A and B-2 (riboflavin), which can help improve night blindness.  Steep freshly picked flowers in a pint of hot water for 20 minutes, strain and drink.

* I am not a medical doctor, informational purposes only.

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Dandelions also have other fun uses…

Fortune telling:
To know how much your lover cares for you, blow the seeds off the head – if they all blow into the wind you are well loved, if any remain – your lover has doubts.

Wishing seeds:
Blow the seeds into the wind – the breath of life will deliver messages to your loved one.

Clocks:
Dandelions always open about 5am, and shut at 8pm, serving as a clock for the shepard.

Barometers:
Clocks open and fluffy means fine weather, when they close tightly, rain is due.
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namaste
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Flirtwort

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Feverfew
Chrysanthemum Parthenium / Tanacetum parthenium

Masculine, Venus, Water

Astrological
Primary: Libra, Taurus
Secondary: Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio

Common names: Febrifuge plant, Featherfew, Featherfoil, Flirtwort, Bachelor’s Buttons

Medicinal:  analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, aperient, aromatic, bitter, nervine, stimulant.

Magickal: Carried for protection against illness.

Feverfew comes from the latin ‘febrifugia’ which means driver out of fevers.
It is used for inflammations and hot swellings.  It is helpful for both migraines and rheumatoid arthritis.

Feverfew has an ancient reputation as a pain reliever.

Migraine sufferers indicate Feverfew is effective in reducing both the number and the severity of migraines.

Headaches can be caused by stress, grief, anxiety, glandular deficiencies, too much white sugar, coffee – and they can also be triggered by odd smells and allergies.

If you have Saturn in the 1st house, Saturn in Aries, or Mars in hard aspect to Saturn, you may be more likely to suffer from headaches.

To be most effective, the leaves of feverfew must be taken daily as a preventative rather than when the headache begins.

Ways to prepare it:
Chew fresh leaves daily.
Simmer 5 leaves in 2 cups boiling water for 15 minutes, sip 2-3 times daily.
Capsules

I encourage you to do your own research about feverfew before using.
Here’s a bit to get you started…

National Institute of Health

* I am not a medical doctor, informational purposes only.

namaste
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Cubed Mars, trined.

My Yucca coming into bloom ! 
SoOo excited !
Yucca are found in hot, dry, arid regions of North, Central, South Americas and the Caribbean.  They are sometimes called ‘ghosts of the graveyard’ as the flowers look like floating apparitions.

The strong leaf fibers are used for cordage, rope, basket weaving, as well as to puncture meat to hang for curing and drying.  The leaves make excellent friction-fire spindles.  The roots can be used to make soap by removing the brown bark, pulverizing the white root, and adding water; or they can also be cleaned and boiled and mashed like potatoes.

Yucca leaves can be burned to ash then added to bread flour to make blue bread.  The yucca root and leaves have steroidal saponins which are used for inflammation, pain relieving for arthritic and joint pain. It is also good for blood purifying and cleaning of the kidneys and liver. (1st herbshop, 1999). Many herbalists and healers used the yucca plant by boiling the roots for about half an hour and drinking it as tea.  (source, click)

Spiritual properties
Yucca (Y. filamentosa) – Transforms Anger

This plant, solitary in nature, assists one in working out issues on one’s own. When there is a tendency to get stuck in anger or isolation, Yucca can bring greater insight into ways of interacting with others more appropriately. The ability to release anger is brought about by understanding the purpose of anger, working with its transforming
possibilities, and shifting it into an energy of enthusiasm and creativity. With Yucca, there can also be improved communication with other life forms, guides, and helpers.
(source: click)

I have harvested my Yucca, and returned to include some information on Tiger Eye which I infused into the elixir.

Tiger Eye is hexagonal (trigonal) and corresponds with the Manipura, or 3rd chakra, the solar plexus or seat of energy, vitality and will power.  Tiger Eye encourages balance between extremes, fairness and practicality.  It allows the wearer to remain calm, grounded and centered.  Tiger eye grounds the solar will into the physical earth and enhances the unity of ONE behind polarities and opposites.

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The universe always knows.

Just recently I was listening to Shamanic Astrologer Caroline Casey speak of Stephen Bruhner (book here) and the use of invasive species of plants that heal health issues that are common in the area they are found.  How cool that nature pops up with what we need in our own backyard.  (My yucca is not invasive, I planted it.)

I currently have trans. Mars square Mars.

In addition to Mars up my nostril, trans. Venus square Virgo stellium, Uranus conjunct Saturn Rx ruler, trans. Pluto square Saturn – backing off at the mo- , trans. Sun Jupiter conj square Venus Jupiter conj in Leo, trans. Saturn on Merc MC.
…You could call me irritable, but it would be wise to duck afterwards, lol. 
Fair warning. !

So a Marsy remedy pops right up to help, awesome.  This plant does not bloom every year either.  In fact, I was quite put out when I looked recently and it wasn’t blooming, so I squealed when I saw it this afternoon.

Happily, though I have a new essence / elixir to concoct soon, and will be looking for the perfect gemstone to include in the essence.  YaY !

So Mars square (trans. 9th Virgo square to 11th in Sag my 12th house sign) Mars is diverted to healing, thereby trined.
Mischief managed !

blessed be~
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Draw the stroke

Full Scorpio Super Moon
shadow of the sacred Oak tree

Beware the oak, it draws the stroke
<~ lightning ~>

Oak is a sacred tree of Truth.

Zeus, Jupiter, Dagda, Perun and Thor

gods of rain, thunder and lightning

rule the oak

as do the goddesses
Diana, Rhea, Egeria, Aria

  The word Druid comes from the welsh word derwydd
which means
 oakseer.

The mighty Oak symbolizes
strength, endurance and triumph.

Acorns are used to
increase
mental, emotional, physical and spiritual

fertility
They are also used to ease pain.

Bless an acorn under this full moon
carry it and the spell will
draw fruition of creative endeavors
into your life.
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The oak reaching great heights
also has deep roots
it symbolizes natural law that bridges
heaven, earth, and the underworld.

Quercus (Oak) is asteroid 8643
Read this asteroid for qualities of strength and endurance.
It is also your bridge between worlds.

Moon goddess Diana is asteroid 78
Read this asteroid as your sacred (oak) forest.
Where you hunt and are on target.
It is where your instincts are true.

It is your lunar protection for when you give birth.
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Blessed be ~
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