magick you can do on wednesdays

The next in the series of ‘when timing matters’ in magick: Wednesday. What types of magick are best to perform on a Wednesday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Wednesday

Mercury is the planet associated or corresponding to Wednesday on the calendar. Mercury energy is intellectual, artistic, psychic, and governs communication.

Wednesday is also most closely associated with the element air, which relates to knowledge, enlightenment, wisdom, and especially writing. Mercury is also associated with healing, travel, learning, and teaching, so these can be combined to do powerful workings involving health, poetry or creative writing, psychic development, and acquiring knowledge.

It is the 3rd day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday), so is associated with the number 3 numerology.

Deities Associated with Wednesdays

This list will not include every single deity associated with Wednesday, but if there are deities you work with which are not on this list, and that are associated with [planet], Wednesday would also be a fine day to honor them.

Deities with associations or correspondences to Wednesday include:

  • Odin, for which the day is named (Woden; ON) is perhaps the most well-known deity associated with Wednesday (Norse)
  • Mercury (Roman)
  • Hermes (Greek)
  • Nabut (Babylonian)
  • Ganesha (Hindu)
  • Brahma (Hindu)
  • Buddha (Buddhism)
  • Djehuti (Thoth) (Egyptian)

Other Magickal Associations with Wednesday

  • Colors: blue, red
  • Zodiac: Virgo/Gemini
  • Tarot: The Hermit
  • Good for communication or public speaking spells
  • Spells for travel or safe passage
  • Spells or work for psychic abilities
  • Spells for healing
  • All things divination
  • Spells for enlightenment or knowledge-seeking
  • Spells for inspiration, especially if your art is written word
  • jasmine
  • lavender
  • lilac
  • anise
  • hyssop
  • chickweed
  • cinquefoil
  • dill
  • fern
  • juniper
  • lemon grass
  • marjoram
  • parsley
  • sweet pea
  • vervain
  • benzoin (incense)
  • opal
  • agate
  • jade
  • hematite
  • garnet
  • bloodstone
  • mercury (metal)

magick you can do on tuesdays

The next in the series of ‘when timing matters’ in magick: Tuesday. What types of magick are best to perform on a Tuesday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Tuesdays

Mars is the planet associated or corresponding to Tuesday on the calendar. Mars energy is strong, masculine, aggressive, and sexually potent.

Tuesday is also most closely associated with the element fire, which relates to passion, destruction, creativity, and strength. Mars is also associated with war, competition, and physicality, so these can be combined to do powerful workings involving success, strength, and triumph.

It is the 2nd day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday), so is associated with the number 2 numerology.

Deities Associated with Tuesdays

This list will not include every single deity associated with Tuesday, but if there are deities you work with which are not on this list, and that are associated with Mars, Tuesday would also be a fine day to honor them.

Deities with associations or correspondences to Tuesday include:

  • Ares (Greek)
  • Mars (Roman)
  • Nergal (Babylonian)
  • Ganesha (Hindu)
  • Durga (Hindu)
  • Kali (Hindu)
  • Hanuman (Hindu)
  • Tiw/Tiu (Norse)
  • Tiwaz (Norse)
  • Tyr (Norse)
  • Anubis (Egyptian)

Other Magickal Associations with Tuesday

  • Colors: Red
  • Zodiac: Aries (Fire of Mars, Scorpio (Water of Mars)
  • Tarot: The Tower
  • Good for courage and strength spells
  • Spells for revenge/vengeance
  • Spells or work for war or battles
  • All things defense/protection
  • Spells for servicemembers or individuals fighting for a cause
  • Spells for sexual potency/virility
  • thistles
  • garlic
  • maca
  • dandelion
  • arrowroot
  • rue
  • basil
  • cardamom
  • ginger
  • chives
  • aloe
  • chickweed
  • dragon’s blood incense
  • bloodstone
  • red jasper
  • rubies
  • lodestone
  • hematite
  • iron (metal)

planetary correspondences 101

Alright, so this is another topic on which there are entire volumes of work that have been written, so I will not attempt to replicate those many books into a blog post.

However, this should be a great primer on which you can start to build your familiarity with the planets and how they correspond to concepts, days, times, colors, and Zodiac signs. In astrological planetary correspondence, the sun and moon are considered planets for the sake of continuity of terminology, even though they are a star and a moon, respectively, in astronomical terms.

Let’s get started:

The Sun

Characteristics: creative, inspirational, masculine, courageous, abundance, warmth, star, noble, stimulating, lion, tiger, hawk, Sphinx, yellow flowers, saffron, gold (metal), Apollo, Ra, Helios, Sol, Vishnu, Bastet, Hathor, Baal, Freyr, Isis, Kali Ma, Shakti, Eos, Amun, Sekhmet, Surya, Aine

Colors: yellow, gold

Zodiac: Leo

Elements: Air

Days/Times: Sunday; the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd hours of the day, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

The Moon:

Characteristics: intuitive, passionate, changing/cyclical, beauty, glamour, dreams, prophecies, tides, oceans, cleansing, releasing, dark, illuminating, cats, bats, owls, ravens, purple flowers, jasmine, silver (metal), moonstone, fertility, birth, feminine, manifesting, imagination, Artemis, Selene, Luna, Hekate, Diana, Shiva, Bastet, Astarte, Cerridwen, Hathor, Ishtar, Lilith, the Morrigan, Yemaya, Chang’e, Thoth, Mani, Hina

Colors: silver, blue, lavender, black,

Zodiac: Cancer

Elements: Air

Days/Times: Monday; hours 4, 11, and 18 of the day, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Mercury:

Characteristics: communication, travel, masculine, intelligence, thought, education, learning, intellectual, Sphynx, pigeons, sandalwood, lavender, mercury/quicksilver (metal), carnelian, messages, messengers, wings, Hermes, Anubis, Ganesha, Thoth (Djehuti), Seshat, Maat, Odin, business, commerce, coin purse, winged sandals

Colors: yellow, orange

Zodiac: Gemini and Virgo

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Wednesday; Hours 3, 10, 17, and 24, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Venus:

Characteristics: luck, love, relationships, money, affection, friendships, beauty, art, music, dance, sensuality, sexuality, growth, passion, cats, bees, Elder tree/flowers, copper (metal), green gemstones, green crystals, creativity, inspiration, Venus, Aphrodite, Ishtar, Isis, Astarte, Lakshmi, Hathor, Bastet, Freya, Asherah, Branwen, Brigid, Corn Maiden, Cupid, Hestia

Colors: Green, some greenish-blues, turquoise

Zodiac: Taurus, Libra

Elements: Fire

Days/Times: Friday; Hours 2, 9, 16, and 23, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Mars:

Characteristics: energetic, enthusiastic, hot, courage, war, strength, protection, power, masculine, engineering, metalworking, blacksmith, iron, free speech, shield, sword, spear, helmet, ram, wolf, serpent, dragons blood (incense), spices (those with capsaicin, especially), iron (metal), rubies, red agate, red jasper, warriors, soldiers, Aries, Mars, Vulcan, Durga, Horus, Sekhmet, Maris, Badb, Medb, Thor, Tyr,

Colors: Red, orange

Zodiac: Aries

Elements: Fire

Days/Times: Tuesday; Hours 7, 14, and 21, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Saturn:

Characteristics: serious, lofty, rules, authority, brooding, transformation, renewing, mystical, bats, nightshade, myrrh, lead (metal), Hera, Kronos, Juno, Saturn, Ishtar, Parvati, Kali, Shiva, Brahma, Net, Ptah, Osiris, Set, Aegir, Saturnalia/Yule

Colors: gray, reddish gray, reddish brown

Zodiac: Capricorn

Elements: Earth

Days/Times: Saturday; Hours 5, 12, and 19, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Jupiter:

Characteristics: expansive, growth, acquisition, optimism, leadership, prosperity, good will, humor, health, power, personal development, spontaneity, oak, crown, trident, the sea/ocean, thunderbolt, 4, majestic, bull, centaur, eagle, cedar, olive tree, cloves, tin (metal), blue gemstones and crystals, Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Jupiter,Marduk, Minerva, Indra, Sarasvati, Maat, Hapi, Amun-Ra, Enlil, Thor, the Winter King,

Colors: blue, royal blue, light blue, white

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Thursday; Hours 6, 13, and 20, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Uranus:

Characteristics: rebellion, revolution, outside-the-box, eccentric, unusual, surprises, science, invention, upheaval, breakthroughs, genius, quirky, innovative, generational culture, wake-up calls, beneficial disruption, speak up/speak out, Uranus, Caelus, Pan, Varuna, titanium (metal), quartz, cloves, nutmeg

Colors: Magenta

Zodiac: Aquarius

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Wednesday; Hour 22, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Neptune:

Characteristics: dreams, dreaming, intuition, imagination, psychic, mystic, spirituality, mercy, kindness, compassion, sensitivity, empathy, Njord, Poseidon, Neptune, seaweed, kelp, shells, abalone, seahorse, horse, bulls

Colors: Sea green, aquamarine, turquoise

Zodiac: Pisces

Elements: Water

Days/Times: Friday; Hour 11, based on the exact time of sunrise as 00:00

Pluto:

Characteristics: transformation, reinvention, death, rebirth, afterlife, underworld, truth-seeking, Ereshkigal, Thanatos, Janos, the Morrigan, Nepthys, Hades, Hel, Osiris, Persephone, pyrite (metal/mineral), black opal, black crystals, black flowers, poisonous plants

Colors: black

Zodiac: Scorpio

Elements:

Days/Times: Monday; Saturday; Pluto is associated with the number zero. This can be interpreted as either 00:00 on the clock (as in, the exact time of midnight), or as 00:00 relative to the sunrise, meaning the exact moment of sunrise as the beginning of the 24 hours of that calendar day

magick you can do on Mondays

Another in my series of when magickal timing matters: Monday. What types of magick are best to perform on a Monday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Mondays

The moon is the planet associated or corresponding to Monday on the calendar. The moon’s energy is calm, beautiful, passionate, and ever-changing.

Monday is also most closely associated with the element Air, which relates to thought, intellect, and memory. The moon is also associated with dreams and psychic abilities, so these can be combined to do powerful workings involving the mind and intuition.

It is the 1st day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday), so is associated with the number 1 numerology.

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Deities Associated with Mondays

This list will not include every single deity associated with the Moon, but if there are deities you work with which are not on this list, but that are associated with the moon, Monday would also be a fine day to honor them.

Deities with associations or correspondences to Monday include:

  • Artemis (Greek)
  • Diana (Roman)
  • Hecate (Greek)
  • Selene (Greek)
  • Luna (Roman)
  • Tivs (Etruscan)
  • Sin (Babylonian)
  • Varuna (Hindu)
  • Shiva (Hindu)
  • Mani (Norse)
  • Taueret (Egyptian)

Other Magickal Associations with Monday

  • Colors: Blue, White, Silver, Gray
  • Zodiac: Cancer
  • Good for fertility spells
  • Health spells related to the menstrual cycle or women’s health problems
  • Spells for emotions of any kind, particularly letting go of negative emotions and trauma, and emotional healing
  • Spells or work for compassion
  • All things psychic, medium, and divination-related, as these are powered by the moon and intuition
  • Spells for purification, peace, and clarity
  • Jasmine and sandalwood
  • Moonstone
  • Opal
  • Selenite

magick for the moon phases

I want to make this post short and sweet, because I’ve posted about moon phases and specific spells before and I’ll link those somewhere below.

But, in case you’re new to magick or witchery, the phase of the moon (and even where other planets are in the sky) can greatly impact your spells or rituals and how effective they are.

Moon Phases

First, a quick run down of the moon’s phases:

Dark moon: this is the first day of the moon cycle; it is the one day that the moon is completely dark and no sliver of light can be seen.

New moon: the first day after the dark moon through approximately day 3-4 after the dark moon

Waxing crescent: from day ~4-7 after the dark moon

First quarter moon: from day 7 through ~10 after dark moon

Waxing gibbous: from ~ 11 days to 14 days after the dark moon

Full moon: 14 days after the dark moon/new moon

Waning gibbous: from ~16 days through ~20 days after dark moon

Last quarter moon: from ~21 days through ~24 days after dark moon

Waning crescent: from ~25 days through ~28 days after dark moon

Dark moon: 28-29 days after previous dark moon

Here is a visual, since that is usually easier for people to look at and understand:

Types of Spells by Moon Phase

The first half of the moon’s cycle is focused on planting, growing, and building, while the second half of the moon’s cycle is focused on letting go, releasing, and preparing.

Dark Moon/New Moon

  • intention setting
  • ‘planting seeds’ literal or figurative
  • starting over on something or some aspect of our life
  • asking for ideas and inspiration

Waxing Crescent

  • same types of spells as new moon, but also
  • growth of any kind, especially self-esteem, self love, relationships
  • intuition
  • healing/health

First Quarter

  • gaining anything
  • jobs
  • relationships
  • recognition
  • opportunities
  • success in an endeavor

Waxing Gibbous

  • still growing and attracting things
  • results-oriented spells
  • clarifying questions and divination

Full Moon

  • you can do pretty much any kind of spell on the full moon; some of the more popular or ‘big ticket’ items usually are:
  • success
  • money
  • love
  • protection

Waning Gibbous

  • now starts the half of the moon cycle that involves letting go or clearing out
  • here is a good post on waning moon magick in general, non-specific to the part of the cycle
  • re-evaluating people, things, habits, situations
  • releasing negative energies or habits
  • clearing out your home/cleansing
  • banishing
  • removing obstacles
  • getting over emotional things or experiences

Third Quarter

  • you can still do things that involve removing, releasing, or letting go
  • moving on from things
  • putting things in the past or rear view mirror
  • clarity (once obstacles are removed)
  • working on your shadow self

Waning Crescent

  • still getting rid of, letting go, releasing, and banishing
  • anything you’re still hanging onto from the rest of the month, now is a good time to let it go and prepare for the next dark moon in a few days
  • shadow work

If you want to read more in detail about this, there’s a great little book called Moon Spells by Diane Ahlquist you can pick up that is full of useful and simple guidance for using the phases of the moon to get what you want and change your life.

magick you can do on Thursdays

Magickal timing matters sometimes, but not always. But, since its Thursday, what types of magick are best to perform on a Thursday, regardless of moon phase or time of year?

Planetary Correspondence to Thursdays

Jupiter is the planet associated or corresponding to the Thursday on the calendar. Jupiter’s energy is expansive and brings us growth.

Thursday is also most closely associated with the element Earth, which relates to material gains and money or wealth.

It is the 4th day of the week (in the traditional calendar format which began the week on Monday). So is associated with the number 4 numerology.

Deities Associated with Thursdays

The most well-known deity for whom Thursday is associated is arguably the Norse god Thor, for whom the day is actually named.

Other deities with associations or correspondences to Thursday include:

  • Oya
  • Jupiter
  • Enlil
  • Lord Vishnu
  • Lord Brihaspati
  • Amon
  • Poseidon
  • The Winter King

Other Magickal Associations with Thursdays

  • Colors: Blue, purple
  • Zodiac: Pisces and Sagittarius
  • Good for money and wealth spells
  • Spells for growth of any kind, particularly personal growth, but can be career, family, health
  • Spells for success and prosperity
  • Spells for legal matters
  • Spells for courage, strength, and resolve

how to balance your natal chart elements

I mentioned in my book review post of Spiritual Protection by Sophie Reicher some things I had intuitively been doing to offset a really strong lack of earth element in my natal chart.

I figured this is something that might not be intuitive to everyone, and I had promised to follow up with a post that gave some tips for balancing your elements, should you happen to have one or more that are lacking.

First, if you don’t know how your elements are distributed in your chart, get a free natal chart done here.

Once you have entered your information and generated your chart, look in the tables below the chart itself, for a super handy visual that breaks it down for you. It will look like this:

Now, look at the left hand column “F, A, E, W” which represent, you guessed it, the element signs: Fire signs, Air signs, Earth signs, and Water signs.

Do you have any of those rows empty or very few compared to the others? My example above is a perfect illustration of what you might see with just one element lacking, Earth in my case. Notice how there’s lots of Water, and Fire and Air are pretty moderate, but one lone little Chiron in Taurus to represent Earth.

As I have expanded my spiritual and magickal path through life, the deeper I go into this, the more it becomes evident to me that this imbalance affects me in various ways. One thing I started doing that I now look back on is I have been grabbing certain crystals or stones to carry with me in my pocket or purse, or just on my desk and from time to time I touch them, or hold them while briefly meditating.

This helps to pull me back to ‘Earth’ so to speak and keep me better grounded, since the characteristics of this element do not always come naturally to me.

Balancing Your Natal Chart Elements

So, here’s where we start working on ways to add back in those elements which we lack.

Fire

The lack of Fire element in your chart can show up as lack of assertiveness and perhaps struggling to find and express your creativity and passions. It might also present as lack of initiative or drive.

Here are some ways to add more Fire to your day to balance you out:

  • burn candles often, especially near you; they can be scented or unscented and they don’t have to have any special magickal significance other than they represent fire
  • drink herbal tea made with these herbs: calendula, dandelion, basil, angelica, hawthorn, nettle, rue, rosemary, any other red or orange blossomed plants (please consult a trained herbalist before consuming any plants you are unfamiliar with)
  • carry or wear jewelry made with these stones or crystals: carnelian, dragon stone, citrine, red jasper, red agate/fire agate, red aventurine, yellow aventurine, tiger’s eyes, garnet, yellow and orange calcite, yellow or bumblebee jasper, yellow or orange quartz, yellow sapphire, sunstone
  • wear brightly colored red, orange, or yellow clothes, shoes, or other accessories to bring some fire to your wardrobe
  • if you can’t burn an actual candle at work or home for some reason, get some of the electric tea lights or even a strand of fairy lights to string up and add some sparkle to an area you spend a good deal of time in
  • cook with more spices, especially the fiery peppers higher in capsaicin, an ingredient that creates the ‘heat’ you taste in spicy food; these include paprika, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne, but also red/green chiles, tobasco, bell peppers, and then all the spicier peppers from jalapeños to Carolina reapers. (please use caution and common sense when consuming spicy foods; if you are not used to a lot of spice, introduce these slowly and in small amounts based on your personal tolerance; capsaicin in larger amounts than you’re used to creates irritation in mucous membranes)
  • take acting classes or join an improv group; you can also resolve to stand up for yourself, set strong boundaries, and speak out more often
  • experiment with various creative hobbies; if you don’t know where to start, wander around an art or craft/hobby store and see what grabs your attention

Air

Air is the element of the intellect, thought, words, and communication. If you lack Air in your chart, you may be more prone to close-minded thinking patterns, might find it hard to express yourself through written communication, or may find it difficult to learn languages, even including those which are native to you.

Adding more Air element to your day might look like some of these:

  • burning incense, if you can do this where you live or work
  • turn a small fan on near where you spend more time, especially if you can have it gently waft essential oils associated with Air element like: peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender
  • dab a bit of those essential oils on your temples, neck, or wrists (dilute them if needed before applying to your skin)
  • carry or wear jewelry that contains any of these crystals: sapphire, smoky quartz, tourmaline, topaz, rhodonite, lapis lazuli, amethyst, peridot
  • practice deep, rhythmic breathing exercises
  • drink herbal tea made with any of these herbs: lavender, peppermint, elder flower, thyme, wormwood, mugwort, comfrey (please consult a trained herbalist before consuming any plants you are unfamiliar with)
  • write in a journal or even just a private blog daily to improve your written communication
  • join a writers group, especially one that helps with writing prompts to allow you to develop this skill further
  • take an online course; you can find many free ones here

Earth

A lack of Earth element in your chart might leave you feeling flaky, unstable, or trouble holding onto or managing money smartly. You may also be prone to jumping from one new idea to the next without seeing them through (for me this manifests as starting many things and finishing few).

You can add more Earth element to your day with any of these following ideas:

  • walk barefoot outside (if safe to do so) for at least a few minutes a couple times a day; this helps you absorb the negative ions from the Earth, which send happy balancing waves throughout your body
  • center and ground often throughout the day (hint: the book I mentioned at the beginning of this post, Spiritual Protection by Sophie Reicher, has an excellent simple technique for this that I really like, and it doesn’t take a lot of time to do)
  • keep rocks nearby you, or crystals such as: agate, jade, tourmaline, nephrite, turquoise, quartz, onyx, malachite, jasper
  • wear earthy colors such as greens, browns, tans, and neutral or natural dyes/undyed textiles
  • get help with financial planning or sign up for apps that help you track your spending and create a budget
  • dab a drop or two of these essential oils on: patchouli, vetiver, cedar, or pine (dilute them if needed before applying to your skin)
  • drink herbal tea made with any of these herbs: pennyroyal, black cohosh, slippery elm, sage, horehound (please consult a trained herbalist before consuming any plants you are unfamiliar with; some of the ones mentioned here should never be used during pregnancy)
  • either eat more salt (work with a qualified healthcare practitioner to determine your safe daily intake levels of salt) or keep a bowl of salt at your desk or nearby where you spend a good deal of time
  • keep a salt lamp near you while you work or sleep

Water

Water feels like home to me, obviously if you look at my chart, its my whole foundation. It is the element of emotions, empathy, and love.

But a lack of Water in your chart might manifest emotionally as lacking or having trouble experiencing empathy, being emotionally cold, closed-off, trouble accessing or interpreting yours or others’ emotions, and, some people will even say you could feel chronically physically thirsty because of this lack.

Here are some ways to add Water element to your day to help you even this out:

  • drink more fluids (this one seems obvious, but I meet so many people that just don’t do this)
  • take herbal or magickal baths weekly
  • do a daily ritual cleanse with a bowl or sink, washing your hands and/or face, adding essential oils if desired
  • essential oils associated with Water element include: jasmine, chamomile, spearmint, ylang ylang, sandalwood, and myrrh
  • keep a bowl of spring water on your desk or nightstand
  • these crystals have Water element properties: blue lace agate, amazonite, aquamarine, aventurine, blue chalcedony, chrysocolla, agatized coral, red coral, emerald, sea shells of all varieties, lepidolite, opal, prehnite, quartz, blue sapphire, tourmaline
  • drink tea often; using these herbs, which are associated with Water element, can further enhance this: burdock, valerian, echinacea, chamomile, and roses (please consult a trained herbalist before consuming any plants you are unfamiliar with)
  • play background noises with waterfalls or running water sounds while you work or meditate

the importance of your solar return

Ok, first, today is my solar return (so happy bday to me) and I thought what better occasion to share this really cool resource I stumbled across, and talk a little about the significance of your solar return for your life, goals, relationships, and energetic opportunities.

Definition of Solar Return

Your actual solar return occurs at the specific time that the sun aligns with the position of the sun in your natal chart.

If you do not know when that is, you can generate a natal chart for free here.

Once your chart is generated, take a look at the table below the chart itself, which gives you the exact positions of your planets at the moment of your birth.

In my chart example above, my natal sun at the moment of my birth was at 8º Cancer, 23 hours 17 minutes (these are based on Universal Greenwich time). Based on that information, I can figure out using an ephemeris (you can find one for 2020 free here) when this year’s sun will cross my natal sun.

Based on the ephemeris, my technical solar return will occur sometime in the early morning hours of June 30th (today).

Take note that your solar return is based on the planetary position, not the clock time, so it may even occur a day early or late compared to the actual day you celebrate your birthday.

You Have a Solar Return Chart

This is where stuff gets really really awesome, and I didn’t even know this was a thing until recently. Just like you have a natal chart with your specific planetary positions at the moment of your birth, you also have a Solar Return chart for each year of your life, which is based on the positions of the planets at the moment of your solar return.

The Solar Return chart is only good for one year, so it doesn’t override your natal chart and its shaping and influence of your life.

But, it can give you a heads up on what your year’s focus will likely be, as well as trends you may have appearing this year.

You can find your Solar Return chart here for free. I really like this version as it overlays it on your natal chart positions. Make sure that when you enter the location of the Solar Return, you use the current city you’re in, not your birth city, if they are not the same. Below is an example:

Once you generate your actual Solar Return chart, you’ll see the actual exact time and position that that will occur, in my case it will be (was) June 29, 2020 at 11:45 pm CST. At that time, my natal sun and current sun were in perfect alignment!

Using to Your Advantage

The Solar Return once again pumps all that great energy of your sun sign back into your life. So, whatever sign you were born under will be the strongest influence in your life. You’ll feel pulled to the areas of your life ruled by that sun sign as you get close to the date of your Solar Return, as well as the days after.

In my case, as a Cancer, I’m def feeling the emotions, all of them. As Cancer is a cardinal sign, I’ve also been filled with action and motivation to accomplish things.

When looking at your Solar Return chart, you’ll want to notice what house your current sun appears in for what theme this year will take on for you. You can find house descriptions and influences here.

For instance, whereas my natal sun occurs in my 12th house, my Solar Return sun this year occurs in my 10th house. The 10th house focuses on goals in life and career, as well as public image.

Take a look at what house your sun was in or will be in on your Solar Return this year. If it has already occurred, was it pretty accurate so far? If it hasn’t occurred yet, do you see any themes or patterns that are leading you in that direction already?

Based on that position, this area of your life will be an advantageous area for you to focus on and grow in this year.

Planetary Aspects

I can’t really do this justice in a few paragraphs in a blog post, but I’ll refer you back to the Dark Pixie website, which has an excellent course I recommend you take, as well as tons of free information. There is info about aspects here.

Your natal chart is constantly aspected by planets transiting all the time. Some of those aspects are beneficial (sextiles and trines) and some are considered challenging (squares and oppositions). Conjunctions can be beneficial, but depending on the planets involved, might be either neutral or challenging, as conjunct planets tend to amplify each other.

Your Solar Return chart will also give you an easy to decipher visual of the aspects made at your Solar Return, which can tell you what areas of life will trend toward strengths in this year or which ones will present challenges for you.

A quick reference for the basic aspects is:

Conjunction- in the same sign

Sextile – 60º (about 2 signs) away

Trine – 120º (about 4 signs) away

Square – 90º (about 3 signs) away

Opposition – 120º (the opposite on your chart) away

And aspects aren’t just to your sun position, they’re relevant to positions of all planets, as well as how transiting planets aspect your natal planets. It can all be quite a lot to keep up with, and, if it seems overwhelming, take it slow and maybe just focus on your sun and moon aspects until you get comfortable with this concept.

I’ll give a quick example based on mine:

My Solar Return sun position is conjunct Mars, which I interpret as enhancing my assertiveness and vitality this year. I will probably be fairly fearless and attack problems head-on.

It is sextile to Uranus, which means if I put in some work, I’ll reap the rewards of unconventional thinking, innovation, and eccentricity.

It is trine to Neptune which means I can take advantage of that energy to be more open and sensitive, transparent and accepting of otheres.

It will be square to Lilith moon, Chiron, and Venus, which I take to mean Lilith moon will enhance my already strong will, bringing out my outspoken and feisty personality; Chiron square the sun will highlight resistant wounds and health problems, but also encourage me to work on healing those; and Venus square the sun will highlight underlying tensions in my relationship and ask me to look at whether my relationship is focusing too much on vanity rather than deeply valuing each other for our unique characters and attributes.

It is in opposition to Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. Sun opposite Jupiter may bring out or highlight excessive behaviors like spending too much, drinking, or being overly generous to the detriment of myself; Pluto opposite the Sun can produce an internal war of trying to express my strong personality while trying not to let it conflict with others; Saturn will influence my self esteem, dredge up insecurities, and I will have to fight to work hard and stick with endeavors I start.

Phew. So, yeah, a lot going on there, but now I have a heads up on this year and I am ready to keep an eye out and balance what needs to be balanced.

what does the solar eclipse and the summer solstice mean for you?

so, yeah. This month, right? Has it been chock full of upheaval, transformation, and struggle for you?

I think we’re all feeling it in a variety of ways right now, but, as a diehard optimist, I know that for every uncomfortable and even downright unenjoyable time in life, there is a rebirth (or at least the potential for it, if you take it) that leaves us in a much better place, stronger, and, certainly, more resilient.

We experienced a lunar eclipse on the full moon this month on the 5th, and now we’re headed for a solar eclipse on the 20th just hours before the new moon on the 21st, which is also Litha, or the Summer Solstice.

And then, on top of that, on that particular day, there will be 5 planets in retrograde on that day as well! Once Neptune goes retrograde, there will be 6 planets retrograde for a short period of days.

So, the question on everyone’s mind is probably, should I hide in my closet for about 24 hrs, burn my house down and escape to the woods, or do nothing at all?

Let’s Take a Look at the Retrogrades First

Mercury goes retrograde at 12:59 AM on the 18th. Venus is still in retrograde until the 25th at 2:48 AM. Jupiter is still in retrograde. Saturn is still in retrograde. And Pluto is still in retrograde.

Neptune does not go retrograde until a couple days after the eclipse/solstice (on the 23rd at 12:32 AM).

Those 3 outer planets remain in retrograde throughout the month, and because they are slower moving planets, their retrogrades individually do not affect our day-to-day as much, they are more ‘big picture’ stuff (like revolution and transformation!!).

But, because Mercury and Venus are personal planets and have more effect on our lives and situations, how does their combined retrograde affect us, even when there’s not an eclipse?

  1. When Mercury is in retrograde, you will tend to see impact on communication and technology, sometimes travel.
  2. When Venus is in retrograde, it will tend to impact relationships and money
  3. They won’t necessarily be conjunct, because Mercury will be at 14° Cancer and Venus will be at 5° Gemini
  4. You can expect that you will likely experience all the ‘normal’ stuff you would during these retrogrades, but Mercury’s effects will be felt most strongly by Cancer (whose sign it occurs in) and Capricorn (whose sign opposes it) and Venus’s effects will be felt most strongly by Gemini (whose sign it occurs in) and Sagittarius (whose sign opposes it).
  5. Venus goes direct on June 25th at 2:48 AM. So there may be a bit of tailing off of the effects of this retrograde by the 21st, as Venus does not experience the ‘storm’ that Mercury does when it retrogrades and prepares to go direct.

Its probably safe to say at least that you should delay financial and romance/relationship decisions until after the 25th and that between June 18th and July 13th (when Mercury goes direct again), plan to give yourself extra time to get things done, as Mercury will potentially throw a wrench in your travel and technology.

But What About the Solar Eclipse?

Solar eclipses have historically been transformative influences, and this one falling on an important seasonal, astrological, and traditionally pagan day may have some further implications.

First, the solstice occurs on the 20th and the eclipse technically occurs on the 21st, but the proximity is still going to have the potential to produce some important energetic shifts we can take advantage of.

The solstice is the longest day of the year. The sun reaches its highest point in the sky relative to the horizon – the day with the most hours of sunlight and least hours of dark. It has been traditionally heralded as the marker of the beginning of summer.

The solar eclipse occurs just minutes before the exact time of the new moon (June 21st 2:40 AM and June 21st 2:42 AM, respectively). A solar eclipse is when the moon is exactly between the Earth and the Sun and blocks our view of the sun as the moon transits across its image on its way through our view.

One way to think about the type of energy that eclipses bring is that they grab your hand which has been hovering over that button and forcefully push it. They force your hand, push you forward, and give you a small rocket-boost thrust of energy into the future.

Solar eclipses are new beginnings, because they occur during and take advantage of the new moon energy happening at the time. So they will affect us by pushing us out that door (or window) into the next phase of our lives (or an aspect of our lives) rather abruptly. They don’t let us stand on the threshold and hem and haw, babes.

The solar eclipse happening on the 21st also occurs in Cancer and, since I’m a Cancer, I’m just gonna be real: be prepared to dive deep inside and confront the realities of parts of your life you KNOW you are not happy with. You will have some stark and sudden realizations that you want and need to be on a different path.

And the feels. There will be so many feels.

This transformative and intense journey will begin within you, and put you on your way to the next stage, whether that is a career change, a relationship beginning (or ending), or new opportunities. But these will come at the expense of your comfort and procrastination. You will be compelled to act. And act you should.

This is also the perfect time to harness the energy of abundance in your life. Ask your spirit guides, deities, or ancestors, or simply your own spirit, for the guidance and opportunities to expand the areas of your life you are ready to expand. Abundance isn’t just financial, remember.

Above all else, don’t stress.

I am a firm believer that things like the retrogrades only have the influence we allow them to.

If you’re constantly worried about Mercury retrograde, then, yes, it will jack with your life because you’re living in that energy. If you forget about it and just go about your life, being careful, but not worried or overly cautious, you’ll get through it without even knowing it!

btw, for all your Litha and summer magick or rituals, pick up a bottle of my Litha spell oil (its good all summer long, really) to pump up the energy and volume of your spells and magickal work.

tarot decks are almost completely white-washed (and what you can do about it)

to quote a tweet i saw today, “racism isn’t a touchy topic if you’re not a fucking racist.” – @bneura_

so, to be perfectly clear, i don’t think that tarot deck creators are inherently racist, they are simply unaware of how uninclusive they are, and the impact that their uninclusiveness has on the magickal and divinatory community.

how many tarot decks can you name off the top of your head that you for sure know are inclusive of multiple ethnicities?

here are mine (in no specific order):

but then, i was thinking, wow, every time i see someone post a spread or reading, or some new deck comes out and i’m gushing over how beautiful or unique the illustrations are….where are the people of color in those decks?

for the last 6 months or so, i’ve made a concerted effort to only purchase decks that are ethnically inclusive, with two exceptions (one was a deck i pre-ordered before i made that conscious choice, and which i just received today; the other was one i impulse-purchased on a payday a couple months ago and i have no excuse, i just did it. there it is).

but, in case you’re like me and really really want to make all the small changes and actions you can in order to affect larger changes now, but that are also long-lasting, and create massive social changes for us all, consider any of the previously named decks, but also any of these, which i found after doing some extensive digging:

and i am sure there are more i have missed. if you have suggestions, this list is sure to be ever-growing.

there were others i did not include on this list because i find they were definitely out of print, and, therefore didn’t want to send you down a rabbithole that you may never find an opening. i’m happy to start a list that is inclusive of those decks that are out of print, in case anyone wants to find them elsewhere, such as ebay.

anyway, if you are considering purchasing a new or used tarot deck, please consider supporting creators that are people of color and decks that are inclusive of people of color.

you could also consider getting in touch with the illustrators, creators, and publishers of some of the decks you love and encourage them to release updated and more inclusive versions upon subsequent editions and publishing.

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