How to Make the Most of the Summer Solstice!

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This Summer Solstice is on June 21st, the time when the Sun is at its peak. For thousands of years people have worshipped this astrological event, but in a modern world it’s not easy to get to Stonehenge or even find a bonfire to dance around! So here are some small things you can do to mark the occasion and bring in some sunshine to your life.
 

First, what is the Summer Solstice?

 
Summer Solstice, or “Midsummer”, is the time when the days are longest, and the sun is at its highest peak in the sky. We’re at the halfway point of the year and after this, the Sun will start to lower, and the days will become shorter. This is a time of celebration and joy, a time to worship the light and fill yourself up ready to welcome in the harvest and the dark time of year.
 
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Organise Your Thoughts

 
Since we’re halfway through the year, it’s a really good time to write about how far you’ve come and where you’d like to go next. Think of it as a breather before we enter the second half of the year. What goals would you like to accomplish? What are you proud of having achieved so far? Set a timer if it helps and don’t stop to edit, just get all your thoughts down on paper so you’re ready to move forwards.
 
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Collect Plants

 
The days surrounding Summer Solstice have always been known as a good time to collect plants for medicinal or magical use and it’s been said that they will have extra potent powers if collected at this time of year. If you have some nature nearby, why not organise a trip to see what you can find? Wild lavender, mint, garlic, blackcurrants and dandelion can be cooked, put in tea or used in rituals and spells for extra healthy benefits.
 
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Have a Dinner Party

 
Solstices are a traditional time of celebration and what better way to celebrate than with a big slap up meal with all your friends and family? Serve foods like honey, fresh fish, strawberries and cream – anything summery and indulgent that makes everyone feel filled up and happy. Perhaps get the Pimms out and toast to the summer Sun?
 
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Take a Walk

 
Since growth is at its peak right now, this is a great time to take a walk and enjoy some of Mother Nature’s gifts. Get out there and enjoy everything summer has to offer, before long it will be harvest time and the plants will start to return to the earth, so take the opportunity while you can.
 
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Dance

 
In Celtic times, the pagan people would light a bonfire to dance around, now nobody’s saying you need a bonfire to do this, but just dancing around your living room, or even better, your garden, will bring in powerful and positive energies for you to take with you into the second half of the year.
 
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Practice Gratitude

 
Everything around you exists because of the earth providing it to you, so most importantly out of everything at this time of year, we should say thank you. In whatever way you feel comfortable, thank the earth for providing you with shelter, food and light to keep you warm. Write, light a candle, say a prayer, give something back, whatever feels right to you and helps you to remember how beautiful life can be!
 
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So, Happy Solstice, stargazers! I hope you have a wonderful time and remember that Summer is a time to enjoy – so get out there and enjoy it!

Much Love!

Ellie Rose Astrologer x
 
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4 Ways Uranus in Taurus Will Rock Your World – by Ellie Rose Astrologer

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Uranus has just moved into Taurus, where it will be until mid-November, which means we have six months to harness this metamorphic energy and become the butterfly we know we deserve to be! This is a time of great change, in so many ways, but we need to be strong and flexible in order to reap the benefits.

So how will Uranus in Taurus affect us? You might experience one, or all of these, the energy will focus on the area of your life that needs the biggest makeover!
 
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1. New Ways of Doing Things

 
Uranus encourages us to look at how we’re currently doing things and gives us the courage to do them differently as we need. Like a snow-globe, Uranus is here to shake things up and turn them upside down if that’s what will benefit you, but either way, you’ll start to notice a difference.

Over the next few months, you might find yourself trying out new things – whether that’s a new hobby, new recipe, new style, or bigger things, like a new way of thinking, or a different approach to dating.

You’ll no doubt notice changes outside your own life too as politics are rattled, new technologies are invented, and philosophies alter under the pressure of progress. The whole world is starting to shed its old ways to make room for the new.

Don’t be afraid to join in – change is always beneficial in the long run and you should welcome it with open arms to make the most of it.
 
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2. Rebellious Acts of Self-Worth

 
Uranus in Taurus will change the way we see ourselves and show us what we’re truly made of. In particular, how much we value ourselves will be a big focus.

More people will begin to speak their mind and social media has already begun to shift towards building people up rather than tearing them down.

Ask yourself if you value yourself as much as you should? Are you confident in who you are? Do you bite your tongue when someone upsets you, just to keep the peace, or have you ever thought you weren’t good enough for something, or someone?

We all have our down days, of course, but over the next few months, channel this great energy into believing that you are good enough, the energy of Uranus in Taurus will reward you for it.
 

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3. A Shift in Relationships

 

Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of Love, so it makes sense then that Uranus in Taurus would be here to mix things up in the dating department!

If you’re single, are you chasing something or someone that isn’t right for you? Or if you’re in a relationship, are there some patterns that could do with a bit of a shift?

No doubt we’ll see more revolutionary romances. We’ve already had the ground-breaking marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan (the New York Times called it “the dawn of a new era” – now if that’s not Uranus energy I don’t know what is!), and you might notice yourself beginning to follow your own heart, even if that means having to go against everything you’ve been made to believe.

Uranus will break the patterns of old and show you what you need to do to truly enjoy your relationships, all you have to do is pay attention.
 

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4. Changing Wealth

 

And last but by no means least, our financial situations will be up for judgement! Uranus in Taurus will bring an erratic energy to the economy, our own personal bank accounts, the stock market, even new things like Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will break through into the norm.

In fact, “the norm” will be no longer beneath the dynamic energies of Uranus in Taurus. Everything is up for debate and ready to change. This can be good news, if you take advantage!

If you’ve been having money worries, new opportunities will arise to make that bank balance a little healthier looking, but you might have to start doing things a little differently!

Work hard. Trust that things will settle after some turbulence and put faith in your own ability to earn what you need – Uranus in Taurus will take care of the rest.
 

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So! These might sound too hopeful to believe right now, but the trick is to become aware of the call to change. Uranus in Taurus will shift your life in so many ways, but you have to willing to take the leap!

Please leave your lovely comments below! Much Love!

Ellie Rose x

 

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Healing Crystals for Your Zodiac Sign by Ellie Rose Astrologer

Hands up who has a crystal problem? You’re not the only one! With so many beautiful crystals to choose from, it can be overwhelming knowing which (or how many!) to pick. Aside from the old trick of letting the stone choose you, did you know you can also pick your crystals based on your zodiac sign?

Use one of the following astrology crystals for the ultimate healing potential:

 

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Aries – Ruby, Garnet or Carnelian

All that fiery energy needs a deep red stone to balance it, making rubies, garnets and carnelians a great choice for an Aries. Hold a stone in your active hand (the one you write with) for increasing focus and stamina, so you can get all those amazing ideas out into the world with courage and dedication.

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Taurus – Jade, Pyrite or Moss Agate

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A creature of the earth, a Taurus needs stability and grounding to feel safe and happy, so keep a pyrite, jade or moss agate stone in your pocket to protect you from other people’s negativity and to help you to feel confident in yourself when you need it most.

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Gemini – Emerald, Aquamarine or Turquoise

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For the Gemini with too many ideas, an emerald, aquamarine or turquoise will help you find direction and keep you on your path with clarity and self-confidence. Put a stone where you can see it to keep your thoughts focused on the task at hand.

Cancer – Moonstone, Quartz or Opal

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Ruled by the Moon, moods can shift like the changing tides for a Cancer, so to ground those emotions, rub a moonstone, quartz or opal whenever you feel negativity, anxiety or any other undesirable feelings start to flood in.

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Leo – Citrine, Tiger’s Eye or Gold

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Though a Leo can be loud and proud, they can also suffer from bouts of low confidence. To help you reach successes you perhaps didn’t think you were capable of, wear a piece of jewellery with a citrine, tiger’s eye or something gold to give you a much-needed nudge in the right direction and the courage to shine your true colours.

Virgo – Amazonite, Sapphire or Kunzite

The incredible analytical powers of a Virgo can often leave them feeling stressed out and closed to their emotions. To balance your heart and mind, place an amazonite, sapphire or kunzite under your pillow and heal while you sleep!

Libra – Rose Quartz or Watermelon Tourmaline

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The lovely Libra is kind to everyone around them, but perhaps sometimes not to themselves? To bring in that much needed self-confidence and self-love, hold a rose quartz or watermelon tourmaline against your heart for a minute or two before making big decisions, or when you’re feeling down.

Scorpio – Citrine, Malachite or Amethyst

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For the deep and thoughtful Scorpio, carrying a citrine, malachite or amethyst with you at all times can transform any negative energies like anger or depression into happiness and peaceful tranquility. Just take out the stone when you need it and look carefully at it to help you focus on where your thoughts are taking you.

Sagittarius – Turquoise, Topaz or Atacamite

It’s hard to tell sometimes, for a Sagittarius, whether they’re chasing adventure, or running from a problem. To ground yourself in the real world and bring clarity and focus of mind, hold a turquoise, topaz or atacamite between both hands whenever you feel yourself beginning to spin too high again.

Capricorn – Aventurine, Cinnabar or Magnetite

You’ve got big dreams, Capricorn, so to see them manifested in reality, whisper your goals to an aventurine, cinnabar or magnetite – they’re very good at bringing in wealth and helping you have the strength to bring your epic plans to life.

Aquarius – Fluorite, Amethyst or Onyx

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An Aquarius is an insightful soul, constantly observing and analyzing their environment, so when things get a little overwhelming, try meditating for ten minutes while holding a piece of fluorite, amethyst or onyx for positivity and mental balance.

Pisces – Quartz, Labradorite or Aquamarine

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Your compassion is your strength, Pisces, but sometimes you can feel things a little too strongly, carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and getting lost in your own head. To train your powers of intuition and give you emotional strength, carry a quartz, labradorite or aquamarine in your left hand and focus on its healing energies.

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Do any of these crystals resonate with you? What’s your favourite stone for healing? Please leave me your lovely comments below!

Much Love!

Ellie Rose x

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Ellie Rose Astrologer in Rishikesh, India

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Allow me to update you on my exotic and enlightening travels in India! I was last in Goa (read my earlier post here), where I stayed for several weeks enjoying the beautiful seaside and studying Vedic Astrology with a well-known Hindu spiritual expert. Now I have decided to move further up north to the city of Rishikesh in order to escape from the heat and humidity that this time of year brings to Goa.
 

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After a long journey, we’re finally settled in Rishikesh – the holy city of yoga! It’s crrrazy here, a lot like Varanasi, which we visited last year. They’re both very important Hindu pilgrimage places so there’s lots of ashrams, or holy men (and fake holy men – but I learnt my lesson with them last year!) and the magnificent River Ganges – which I swam in yesterday (it’s very clean up here in the mountains, as opposed to the famous murky waters of Varanasi) – it’s meant to be spiritual and cleansing and it was certainly very refreshing so I might try and make a habit of it!
 
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We stayed for the weekend in the thick of it, but I very quickly got tired of the constant noise and commotion! So today we’ve relocated up away from it all in a lovely little leafy residential area which is wayyy quieter and more peaceful!
 
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I’ve included you a couple of pictures of Rishikesh and two of the famous Beatles Ashram which we visited at the weekend – it’s INCREDIBLE! Built in an ancient/futuristic hybrid style in the 60s, the Beatles lived there for a month, and also wrote some of their most famous songs there. It’s all abandoned now, and covered in incredible graffiti – definitely well worth a Google if you don’t know it!
 
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Much love, my dear stargazers! And don’t forget to read my weekly horoscopes for Psychic Future here!
 
Ellie Rose Astrologer x
 
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Studying Vedic Astrology and Traveling in India – Ellie Rose Astrologer Reports

 

What is Vedic Astrology, plus My Travels in India!

 

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Hi there stargazers, Ellie Rose here! Today I’ve got a bit of an exotic topic for you – an insider’s glimpse at my travels in India, studying Vedic Astrology! You might have spotted some of my tropical locations in my horoscope videos and wondered what life is like here, so I thought I’d give you a little info! But first, what on Earth is “Vedic Astrology”?
 

What is Vedic Astrology?

 

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Vedic Astrology Zodiac Signs

 

Vedic Astrology (or “Jyotish”) is India’s system of astrology. It’s been around for thousands of years, and is very similar to the Western Astrology we all know and love, but also very different in a lot of ways!

The first thing we notice is that the zodiac is in the shape of a rectangle, as opposed to the circle we’re used to seeing, and there are still 12 zodiac signs, but in Vedic Astrology, they have different names – what’s yours?

Another thing to notice is that sometimes your sign will actually change. This is not necessarily right or wrong, it’s just that Vedic Astrology is calculated differently to Western Astrology.
 
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Vedic Astrology is based on something called the Sidereal Zodiac, which is calculated using constellations of “fixed” stars, whereas our familiar Western Astrology system takes into consideration the movement of the seasons, like the Spring Equinox – complicated already right?!
 
There are lots of other important differences, in particular, the spirituality side of Vedic Astrology is very deep and interesting, with a lot of emphasis on reincarnation, past lives and karma – all really exciting stuff that we don’t tend to go into as much in Western Astrology!
 

So, Why did I come to Study Vedic Astrology?

 
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I’ve always loved India as a country, and this is the second time I’ve travelled here. Everyone always talks about India as being very spiritual, and it does have some beautifully wise spiritual traditions and teachings, but more importantly it’s a place that challenges you to grow and to be more patient, open and understanding of life in all its glory – something that a good astrologer needs in spades!

But of course, aside from my desire to visit India again, I wanted to come and study Vedic Astrology, so that I could widen my knowledge of astrology as a whole.

In my own astrology practice, I read using decans, which are not used so much in modern Western Astrology but are very important in Vedic Astrology (called Nakshtra rather than decans), and were popular in ancient Egypt, Arabic and Babylonian astrology and other older forms of stargazing.

A system of decans basically splits the 12 signs into 36 to give a more in-depth reading.
 
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What’s it like to Study in India?

 
Very hot! Haha well that is the first thing I would say! I’m currently in Goa, which is in South India. Sometimes the temperatures can reach 38° which doesn’t help with focusing, and my teacher is quite strict, and expects me to learn some very complicated stuff! Luckily, I’ve had plenty of training in Western Astrology, so I could skip some of the more tedious bits like calculating charts (a very mathematical task!).

There aren’t really proper astrology “schools” out here, so it is just a case of finding an astrologer who will teach you, and it’s really important to make sure you like your teacher. I’ve been working with mine for a couple of months now, he’s very serious but very knowledgeable, but I feel like I’m ready to move on now.

Astrology is such a complicated system, all built from symbols and intuitions, so I feel it’s important to learn from many different teachers, so you can start to find your own systems.

Just like travel itself, there are so many new experiences to add to astrology, and I feel the two go hand in hand perfectly. I’m not only learning about Vedic Astrology, but about travel, life, people, and myself!

Come join me on my adventures with my weekly horoscopes and regular blog posts!
 
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So, what do you think about my adventures in India? Do you like my tattoos?! Most importantly, are my weekly horoscopes helping you, and are there any specific topics you would like me to cover for you in my blog posts and videos? My latest video covers the upcoming Taurus Season, plus the arrival of Chiron into Aries, so please make sure you watch it.

Let me have your lovely comments in the box below please! Much love my dear stargazers and see you again soon,
 

Ellie Rose Astrologer x
 
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12 Ways to Celebrate Easter According to Your Zodiac Sign

 

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Ellie Rose Astrologer celebrating Easter in Goa, India!

 

Happy Easter, my lovely stargazers! I’m sure you know by now that Easter is a very astrological event tied up in the equinox and the return of the Sun. So, to help you celebrate, here are 12 ways to celebrate Easter according to your zodiac sign – but by all means try more than one of these as a spiritual alternative to chocolate bunnies (which of course you’ll want too).
 
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Aries: Start a new project

 
The Spring Equinox and Easter mark a time of new beginnings and since this is your birthday season, Aries, what better way to celebrate than to start something new? New projects or hobbies can often make us feel nervous, but all the fluffy chicks and new-born lambs can surely provide hope and inspiration for some of that famous fiery Aries passion!
 
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Taurus: Get back to nature

 
In the northern hemisphere, this time of year is when the new buds start budding and flowers bloom again after a long cold winter. Since Taurus is an earth sign, you’re most relaxed when hanging out with Mother Nature, so make sure to find time to enjoy her gifts and celebrate the new season of spring with some walking, picnicking (if the weather permits!), photography or even a spot of tree hugging!
 
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Gemini: Spread some cheer

 
Easter Sunday usually falls on or around the 1st April, which is also known as ‘April Fool’s Day’. This ties directly into the first major arcana card of the Tarot, The Fool. The Fool is the beginning of a journey and represents the childlike innocence we have when at the start of something – we’re yet to become wise or jaded with experience! Since Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the trickster, get your April Fools on and spread a little laughter this Easter!
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Cancer: Worship the moon

 
While Easter is very much about the return of the Sun/Son of Christ, the moon also plays a huge part in the tradition. Easter Sunday always happens on the Sunday after the first Full Moon of Spring. This is why the date can shift around so much from year to year! Since your ruling planet is the Moon, you’re better off focussing on the lunar energies, rather than solar, so for a pagan-style Easter tradition, activate the introspective energies of the moon by journaling, charging your crystals or even just reflecting in her pearly glow from a window.
 
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Leo: Worship the Sun

 
As opposed to Cancer, your ruling sign is the Sun, and since Easter is about the resurrection of our big fiery star (or a certain religious icon), Leos will feel happiest celebrating Easter by embracing the Sun. Dancing, singing or creating will get your sunshiney self in a celebratory mood, so why not take advantage of your extra days off and get busy!
 
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Virgo: Celebrate the feminine

 
With all this talk of Jesus and the Sun, it can be easy to forget that, according to the story, Jesus was conceived around this time of year by the Virgin Mary. Since Virgo is the sign of the virgin, for you, Easter should be a time to remember the feminine side of life; the themes of birth and nurturing. Care for animals or play with children, beautify your home or yourself, feed your family, or let your mother or the important women in your life know that they’re awesome.
 
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Libra: Do a full moon spell

 
Since Easter always has to follow the first full moon of Spring, and Spring is always in Aries season, the first full moon will usually be in your sign: Libra. So, for your Easter tradition, let the Moon show you what needs to be left behind in your life, ready to enter a new year. Make a list of things that aren’t serving you, read it aloud, then burn it (carefully!) to activate the Sun’s fiery energies of rebirth.
 
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Scorpio: Transform the old into new

 
Just like Jesus himself, a Scorpio is the master of transformation, and that’s what Easter is all about! This can be a spiritual kind of transformation, similar to Libra, or it can be as simple as spring cleaning your home, redecorating or up-cycling some old clothes or furniture. Perhaps there’s even a relationship that could do with a little spicing up? Use your phoenix-like abilities to transform something this Easter, even if it’s just turning a plain old egg into a brightly painted one!
 
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Sagittarius: Learn about other cultures

 
Easter isn’t just a western thing, there are so many other cultures that celebrate the beginning of spring (read about more of them here!), so in true Sag spirit, why not learn a little about some of them, or perhaps even plan a trip based on your findings. The whole year lies ahead of you, a little planning and fantasizing about your next adventure is a great way to celebrate a new season.
 
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Capricorn: Set the ball rolling

 
Since Capricorn season, the plants have been planning and growing roots beneath the ground, much like yourself! So now the Sun has returned to his glory, it’s time for you to do the same. Get out your pen and pad and write down what you want to achieve in 2018 and break it down into small, scalable goals. Then pick one and start – the seasons are on your side!
 
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Aquarius: Celebrate with friends

 
Jesus had his disciples, the Sun has the Moon, and the Easter Bunny has… dozens of chocolate-crazed kids? Easter is a time of togetherness, and since you are a pro at bringing people together, you’ll feel happiest surrounded by people, perhaps for lunch, a picnic or even an Easter egg hunt! If you’re feeling extra sociable, get out and volunteer your time for an Easter chat with someone who wouldn’t otherwise get the chance.
 
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Pisces: Ask the angels for guidance

 
Whether you’re a Christian or not, Easter is a very spiritual time of year, and one that many cultures have celebrated throughout time. Since your intuition is strong, why not borrow the Christian concept of angels for a meditation sesh, and ask them for some guidance in moving forward with the seasons. You don’t have to be religious to get advice from above!
 
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Happy Easter! May it be showered with love, chocolate and exciting new adventures! As always, your comments are most welcome! Please leave them for me to read and reply to below.And if you’d like to read more posts from me, please visit Dismystic, my blog on astrology, alchemy, lifestyle, and magic!
 

Ellie Rose Astrologer x
 
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Easter and Astrology Around the World

Easter is right around the corner, and to celebrate, we’re diving deep into the astrological significance of this springtime festival. Despite the many differing traditions around the world, Easter has its roots in a few main symbols, most of which, you’ll be pleased to hear, are astrological!

 

Ellie Rose Astrologer
 

Easter Eggs and Bunnies

It’s no surprise that Easter is a fertility festival, what with all the egg symbolism! In fact, the egg symbol has become so entrenched in Easter traditions that in the South of France, there’s a town that makes a giant, 4,500-egg Easter omelette in the town square which feeds up to 1,000 people!

In England, we have the Easter Bunny, who delivers chocolate eggs to children – an odd tradition when you first think about it! But the practice makes sense when taken in the context of fertility, which to pagan people in ancient Britain, was most energetically represented by the rabbits’ breeding patterns, which were most frantic around the pagan festival of Eostre, marking the start of spring.

 

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Spring Equinox

In the Northern hemisphere, Easter is a most decidedly astrological festival due to it being the celebration of the Spring Equinox.

The Spring Equinox, also known as the Vernal Equinox, is the time when the days are of equal length to the nights. This is due to the sun’s movement across the celestial equator, giving us a fuller view of its rays. A much welcome occurrence after the long, dark days of winter!

Many cultures have celebrated the solstices (shortest and longest days of the year) and the equinoxes (equal day and night) for thousands of years, as this lengthening of the days meant that people could begin to grow and harvest their crops with the extra power of the sun. Many ancient calendars began around this time, which leads us to our next point!

 

 

Aries and New Beginnings

Aries is the first sign on the zodiac. In the Northern Hemisphere (the West) it is the start of the light season and so is representative of new beginnings, which is why Aries are often said to be very good at starting projects (and sometimes not as good at following through!).

In the Greek island of Corfu, people throw ceramic pots out of windows to symbolise throwing out the old and bringing in the new with the season of spring. Spring cleaning is another similar concept, where Westerners clean their houses to rid the old, stale energy that has built up over winter, to create space for new things to come in.

 

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Holi Festival in India and Nepal

In India (where I am right now!), Holi Festival is celebrated at the beginning of March to mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Known as the ‘Festival of Colours’, Holi is usually celebrated on the full moon before the spring equinox and involves people throwing coloured paint and water to build and repair relationships, connect and play in celebration of light over dark, good over evil.
 
 

 

Bonfires and Burning

In astrology, the element of fire is a cleansing and transformative energy, which is why the zodiac sign of Aries is a fire sign for springtime. Growth and creation is the main event, with plants budding and flowers blooming. This is the nature of fire.

In Western Finland, Easter Sunday is a day for burning bonfires, following the ancient Nordic belief that the flames will ward off evil and bring in good.

In the Vatican, the Pope lights burning torches on a huge cross on Good Friday to celebrate the life, death, and rebirth of Jesus Christ, who funnily enough, was the son of God and rose to life again around the same time as the Winter Solstice – the seasonal return of the sun (or son?).

Fire is an integral part of springtime, and represents life in motion, and despite fire’s potential to destroy, it also provides light, security from wild animals and heat for survival. It is a lifeforce that is represented throughout many cultures and marks a great time to start new things, get rid of old ways, and embark on a new period of growth for a new year ahead.
 
 

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So…what new things will you be bringing into your life this Easter? Let me know in the comments box below!

Much love!

Ellie Rose Astrologer x

 

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