Mother’s Day Messages Based on Her Zodiac Sign

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Our mothers brought us into this world, complete with all our astrological placements, so if there’s one day that’s perfect for celebrating life, it’s Mother’s Day! To celebrate the one who gave us life in this big beautiful universe, tell her something that she’ll love, based on her zodiac sign…

Aries

An Aries likes to know they’re appreciated for who they are so tell your mum what it is that makes her special – does she have a winning smile? Is she loved by everyone? Is she really good at something that no other person can compare to? Tell her what it is that makes her awesome.

Taurus

A Taurus loves to care for everyone’s pleasures so your mum might be a great cook, or perhaps she’s always there physically with a hug and a warm, safe space for you to return to. Tell her how much you appreciate the ways that she provides for you, the nest she’s created for you or perhaps how awesome her cakes are!

Gemini

A Gemini likes to know they are heard so instead of telling your mum something, spend some time just listening to her. Ask her how her day was or strike up a conversation about something she’s interested in. You’ll show your appreciation by connecting with her mentally.

Cancer

Similar to a Taurus, the Cancer loves to provide safety and security to those they love, except where a Taurus is more focussed on providing materially, a Cancer wants to make sure those they love are supported emotionally. Tell your mum how she makes you feel – safe? Secure? Loved?

Leo

Leos love nothing more than to feel seen and respected so tell your mum how beautiful she is, how good she is at something or better still, take her somewhere where she can show you these things! A trip out or activity where she can compete, create or somehow show her skills and passions off will make her day.

Virgo

A Virgo likes to know that everything is under control and running smoothly, but often they’re a little overwhelmed by their endless to-do lists, so do your mum a favour and do her a favour! Ask her if there are any jobs she needs help with or what you can do to make her life easier.

Libra

Libras love company so get your whole family together to do something for your mum. Maybe throw a dinner party where she can show off her hostess skills or just organise for people to pop over for a cup of tea, she’ll appreciate that you gave her the chance to feel close to everyone she loves.

Scorpio

A Scorpio’s deepest need is to trust and connect emotionally so to make your mum feel special this Mother’s Day, just be there for her in whatever way she needs. Listen to her, make her a cup of tea, ask her how she feels today then be patient until she shows what it is she needs most, it might just be a hug.

Sagittarius

For your Sagittarius mum, let her tell some stories as this is something a Sag does best! Ask her what her teenage years were like, what her first job was, talk about love, spirituality or philosophy and ask her opinion – she’ll love the opportunity to talk about what she knows and you’ll no doubt learn something about her too!

Capricorn

A Capricorn likes to be appreciated for how far they’ve come in life. This doesn’t always have to be financially, it could be that they’ve overcome some life hurdle or changed their circumstances, got a great education against the odds. Tell your mum how proud you are of her and how she inspires you to do better.

Aquarius

Something out of the ordinary will capture your mum’s heart this Mother’s Day so try and take her out somewhere you’ve never been before or do something fun around the house. Maybe play a board game to get her mind ticking or make something together to get the creativity flowing.

Pisces

A Pisces gives so much that sometimes things can get a little imbalanced so this Mother’s Day, make sure you pamper your mum and tell her how much you appreciate everything she has done for you. A card with a heartfelt message and some flowers will go a long way to making her feel loved.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mums out there – you are all special in your very own way!

Ellie Rose x

 

Year of the Pig: Chinese Zodiac

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The Chinese New Year is on 5th February and for 2019 we’re entering the year of the Pig! Find out more about your Chinese Zodiac and how this year will play out according to the Chinese zodiac system.
 

Year of the Pig: Chinese Zodiac


 
Year of the Pig: Chinese Zodiac

 

2019 is the year of the “earth pig”, the next one will be a “metal pig” in 2031. The pig is the last animal in the Chinese Zodiac so represents a time where we need to look back over the last 12 years and see how far we’ve come – celebrate our successes and see where we need to make changes to improve.
 
People born in the year of the pig are said to be friendly, generous and fun-loving. They appreciate comfort and tend to be happy go lucky in life, with abundance flowing to them easily. This will reflect on 2019, where there’ll be an emphasis on working hard at our goals, but also balancing that with having a good time.

We’ll need to watch out for people who might take advantage of our good-natured generosity and stay focused on our goals instead of getting distracted with indulgence or too much of a good thing.
 
How will the Year of the Pig affect your Chinese Zodiac sign?

*Remember that the Chinese year runs from February to February so if you’re born in January, you’ll be the previous sign.

 

Rat

(*1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008)

Use your natural inquisitive nature this year to take your career into new directions as well as trying new hobbies and perhaps even learning a new skill. Your crafty nature will bring you exciting possibilities.

 

Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
 
Ox

(*1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009)

Keep that slow and steady attitude going with your eyes on the prize and the year of the pig could be seriously beneficial for you in the material world! Promotions or extra cash could be on the cards if you work for it.

 

Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
 
Tiger

(*1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010)

You might need to adjust in some way as the year of the pig is more about humility and happy-go-lucky connections than your tiger power! Apply your intensity to work and aim to go with the flow.

 

Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
Rabbit

(*1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011)

This year you’ll have more confidence in your abilities and find yourself making useful and positive connections. Last year might have been a bit worrying but all that will improve as long as you give it your all.

 

Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
 
Dragon

(*1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012)

Under the influence of the calm and content pig, you’ll probably find yourself looking at things from different angles and perhaps even embarking on something out of your comfort zone. You can relax this year so why not try something different?

 

Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
 
Snake

(*1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013)

You’ll have your work cut out for you this year as the pig is the snake’s natural opposition and the two are said not to get along! Use your smarts, intuition and persuasive nature to work your way up and take breaks to hide when things feel too much.

 
Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac

 

Horse

(*1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014)

You have a natural affinity with the pig so this will be a good year for you, as long as you keep up that impressive stamina and stay calm when things get a little unpredictable. If you need to, get some energy out with a regular exercise routine.

 

Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
 
Goat

(*1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

Take any opportunity available to you this year as there’ll be plenty coming your way and you’ll find yourself quite content with whatever comes your way. Try not to lose your ambition and just accept what’s offered to you though – you might do better!

 

Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
 
Monkey

(*1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

Who knows what’s ahead for you – with your playful demeanor it could be anything, though you’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of fun new adventures and connections on the cards for you. Just make sure to keep yourself grounded at times too.

 
Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
 

Rooster

(*1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

You’ll be relying on other people a bit this year so make sure to nurture connections and let go of any that aren’t serving you anymore. Keep a good balance between knowing when to take the lead and when to compromise and you’ll see plenty of successes.

 
Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac
 

Dog

(*1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018)

Make sure you’re putting effort into your own path this year, whether that’s in creative pursuits, work or relationships, try not to lean on other people and put yourself first whenever you can. Though you’ll still need others, your independence will bring confidence and rewards.

 
Year of the Pig Chinese Zodiac

 

Pig

(*1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019)

This is your year so work it! Try not to get side-tracked in other people’s issues or demands and focus on what you want to bring into existence. Of course, make sure you’re having fun along the way and share that sunny disposition with those you love whenever you can!

 
Chinese Zodiac. Animal astrological sign. Pig.
 

Happy Chinese New Year!

Much Love,

Ellie Rose xx

 
Year of the Pig: Chinese Zodiac

 

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Zodiac Sign

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Instead of writing a big boring list of New Year’s Resolutions, then beating yourself up come February when you haven’t done them all, why not choose something a little different – some New Year resolutions that are tailored to you and your Zodiac Sign?
 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
To help you decide, here’s a list of fun and magical New Year’s resolutions for your zodiac sign! And since they’re a little more exciting than usual, maybe they might up our chances of actually fulfilling our wishes for 2019? Worth a try, right?
 

ARIES


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Spend more time outdoors. Take up painting. Change your hair. Tell yourself everyday you’re beautiful. Start a blog. Plant flowers. Join a yoga class. Learn to do a headstand. Study something that interests you. Start your own business. Make something. Buy a bicycle and ride it instead of driving. Learn how to make a vegetarian dish. Eat kale. Jump for joy. Practice gratitude. Go camping. Catch a fish. Write lists and reward yourself when you complete them. Try sea swimming. Compliment people. Smile.
 

TAURUS


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign

 

Trust your own decisions. Make a recipe book. Go to bed at the same time every day. Join a dance class. Bake cakes for your friends. Be confident. Take a risk. Do something different. Rearrange your furniture. Paint your walls. Compare yourself only to a past version of you. Travel. Look for a better job with better pay. Sing. Go for walks in the park. Feed animals. Set a ten-year goal. Celebrate as if you’ve already achieved it all. Learn a martial art. Switch to natural beauty products. Meditate outdoors. Compromise. Laugh.
 

GEMINI

 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Let the past go. Embrace the unknown. Spend more time in nature. Listen. Use your hands. Sit all the way back in comfy chairs. Drink tea. Read fiction. Learn to code. Run as fast as you can as often as you can. Doodle. Tell yourself you are ok, even when you’re not. Walk slower. Learn another language. Practice patience. Play squash. Make stupid decisions. Accept your own imperfections. Drive with the windows down and the music up. Plant a tree. Take baths. Stop procrastinating. Eat more. Breathe.
 

CANCER


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Love yourself as you are. Throw out your to-do list. Practice pranayama. Eat more greens. Ask yourself how you feel, then tell someone about it. Listen to the ocean. Take a break. Take a walk. Do something that scares you. Go for a weekend away. Throw a party. Get someone else to tidy up. Go ziplining. Buy chocolate with no guilt. Lie down when you need to. Learn how to knit. Try a karate class. Plan a holiday. Go swimming more often. Write a journal. Hug someone. Compliment someone. Say no.
 

LEO


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign

 

Create more quiet time. Look within. Forget about your troubles. Look at art. Imagine being someone else. Tidy your room. Join an acting class. Ride a horse. Get up early. Give money to the homeless. Take a deep breath. Learn to do a cartwheel. Buy less. Practice compassion. Carry rose quartz. Scream. Congratulate yourself and others for a job well done. Listen to meditation music. Go speed dating. Tell someone their best feature, remember your own. Try stand-up. Laugh.
 

VIRGO


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Remember the present moment. Accept what is. Hug a tree. Talk to the moon. Give yourself a present. Pretend you’re not home. Listen to loud music. Daydream. Try belly dancing. Carry snacks. Plan a journey. Shout. Sing. Cry. Joke. Admit you’re a genius. Charge well for your time. Play table tennis. Breathe into your stomach not your chest. Go skinny dipping. Get lost in a book. Write about life. Learn your favourite rap song. Keep secrets. Play.
 

LIBRA


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Ask yourself what you need. Put yourself first. Join a club. Speak your mind. Go ice skating. Ask for a raise. Learn how to debate. Be fearless. Choose. Go to the cinema alone. Read philosophy. Ask someone out. Paint your own portrait. Try synchronised swimming. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Stretch. Go without makeup. Accept a compliment. Get your hands dirty. Book a spa date. Disagree. Speak up. Love.
 

SCORPIO


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Lift your own spirits. Talk about your feelings. Practice magic. Sit in the sun. Share a secret. Tell a joke. Learn how to box. Take part in a competition. Make art. Learn to sculpt. Accept failures and admit successes. Dance. Ride a motorbike. Play an instrument. Smile even when you can’t or don’t want to. Send love letters. Go out in the rain. Fix something. Plan something. Give someone a gift. Drink coffee and write poetry. Train for a marathon. Keep trying.
 

SAGITTARIUS


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Believe in yourself. Write a year plan. Write a musical. Run a mile. Tell yourself you’re amazing every day. Mow the lawn. Learn to dance. Focus on one task until it’s done. Stand up tall. Listen to punk rock. Forget the past. Remember the truth. Practice patience. Teach. Stay in one place long enough to see your own growth. Relax. Take day trips. Take photos. Tell people things you are proud of. Meditate on your root chakra. Eat healthy carbs. Create a routine. Grow.
 

CAPRICORN


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Meditate. Love your imperfections. Spend time in the garden. Chant. Turn the laptop off. Don’t answer the phone. Ask people questions. Listen. Play mini golf. Practice breathing slowly. Accept that you can’t always win and that’s ok. Take a nap. Laugh at yourself. Go sailing. Pull silly faces. Take long showers and even longer baths. Become a leader or a teacher. Lay on a beach. Look at the positive. Grieve. Make eye contact. Study mysticism. Let go.
 

AQUARIUS


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Create your own traditions. Explore somewhere new. Let out anger. Leave something for yourself. Study astrology. Write a short story. Get in touch with an old friend. Build a website. Start a club. Plant flowers. Design your own clothes. Help a charity. Cry. Cook for your family. Hug someone you love. Invent something. Paint something. Learn to astral travel. Volunteer your time whenever you feel able. Share. Practice Tibetan Buddhist compassion meditations. Love freely and openly. Learn.
 

PISCES


 
New Year Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
Believe in the divine. Become a healer. Turn your life into art. Go hiking. Stick to your decisions. Write down your dreams. Talk about problems. Use music as therapy. Yoga. Believe in the goodness of people. Do what you said you would. Don’t shy away. Make a mess. Use a planner. Never let anyone make you feel silly for who you are. Feel all your feels. Offer your help. Make sure you help yourself too. Read tarot. Drink lots of water. Keep on trying and learning. Trust.
 
Happy New Year my Lovely Stargazers!

Much Love,

Ellie Rose xx
 
 
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New Year#s Resolutions for your Zodiac Sign
 
 

Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon 2019: All You Need to Know

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On January 20th to 21st there will be a Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon. This is an exciting time both astronomically and astrologically. Read on to find out all you need to know about January’s Blood Moon Eclipse.
 

When and Where Can I See the Blood Moon?

 
People from Europe and America will be able to see the full eclipse, which will happen from GMT 05:16 and will last for 3 hours 17 minutes – so if you’re not enough of an early riser to catch the whole thing, you might be able to catch the second half before the Sun comes up in England.
 
Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon
 

What if I Miss It? When will the Eclipse Happen Again?

 
Unfortunately, this Blood Moon is a rare one and won’t happen again now until May 26, 2021. However, that one won’t be as visible from Europe, so best get out there for this one!
 
Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon
 

Why is the Lunar Eclipse Red?

 
A lunar eclipse always happens at a full moon, when the Sun and Moon are opposite, and the Sun’s light illuminates the full face of the Moon. Because the orbit of the Moon isn’t an exact circle, when we have an eclipse the Earth’s shadow covers the Moon (either fully as in the “Full Lunar Eclipse” or partially as in a “Partial Lunar Eclipse”). As the Moon moves out of the Earth’s shadow, the shadow crosses, eventually leaving us with a regular full moon.
The reason for the red colour is that the Sun’s light is refracted through particles floating in the Earth’s atmosphere like volcanic dust, meteor pieces and other bits and bobs – making the Sun’s light a lot dimmer and causing the “Blood Moon” effect!
 
Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon
 

What About the Astrology? What Does the Blood Moon Mean?

 
The January 21st Lunar Eclipse is in the sign of Leo and falls at 1°, meaning this is a time for change and focus on ourselves!

This particular eclipse is square Uranus so you could feel a little rattled or experience sudden changes to your routine or even restless energy that makes you want to break free of your usual ways. Emotional outbursts might be on the cards so you’ll need to treat yourself and others with an extra helping of patience and understanding.
 
Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon
 
However, with the Leo energy, leaning into kindness, generosity and creative expression will provide you with an outlet for any ups and downs and perhaps show you a new mindset or path to follow with confidence for 2019.
 
Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon
 
Show us your Blood Moon pictures on Instagram! Tag @psychic_future and let us know how the energies are coming up for you…

Much Love my Gorgeous Stargazers!

Ellie Rose xx
 

 
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The Astrological Roots of Christmas

Christmas is not just all presents and fairy lights, there’s actually a deeper historical background to it all, one that’s based in astrology! If you don’t know the astrological roots of Christmas already, read on to find out what it’s all about!
 
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Christianity and the Solstice

 
So we all know that Jesus was said to be born on December 25th, which just so happens to be the day when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky in the northern hemisphere. This is around the Winter Solstice, a time when darkness prevails, BUT, the light begins to grow from here. Each day gets longer and warmer as the year ends and we enter the next. This is similar to a phrase from the Bible calling Jesus “the light of the world”. Jesus was the “Son of God”, or was he really the “Sun”?

On this day, the Sun enters Capricorn, whose ruler is Saturn, and this brings us to another Christmas connection: Saturnalia.
 
Christmas Fairy Santa Claus 2018
 

The Roman Saturnalia

 
Saturnalia was the ancient Greeks’ celebration of the God Saturn who, in those times, was believed to rule over agriculture. Since farming was at a low in winter, the Greeks would worship Saturn on December 25th and hope to win his favours by feasting, celebrating and exchanging gifts – a symbolic demonstration of abundance, just like we do to this day!

When times are hard, sometimes a bit of festivity is all we need to bring some cheer to a gloomy dark time – which leads us to the next bit!
 
Christmas Fairy Santa Claus

 

Darkness and Lights

 
Since this time of year is darkest, it brings up people’s fear of survival. No crops would be growing and the nights would be long. Even today we get “Seasonal Affective Disorder” where the lack of light makes us all a bit glum – so in ancient times people would light bonfires and candles to drive away the darkness and bring in a bit of light, and nowadays we have fairy lights and towns light up whole streets to bring in a bit of festivity.
 
Woman with christmas box gift
 
The Biblical tale of the three wise men revolves around lights too. When the wise men went to find the baby Jesus they supposedly followed a “bright star” known as the “Star of Bethlehem” – these men were astrologers for sure!

It’s not certain what star they were following or whether it was an astronomical event rather than a fixed star, but the three wise men certainly had knowledge of how to understand the messages from above, and we still remember this symbol by adding a star to the top of our Christmas trees – lighting our homes from above.
 
Christmas Santa Claus 2018
 
So if there’s anything to take from all of this, it’s that despite our modern twist on things, Christmas is still very much a festival of light and we still have many traditions that are as ancient as the stars themselves! The Sun will soon come back, so for now let’s eat drink and make merry!
 
Christmas Fairy
 

Merry Christmas my Lovely Stargazers!

 

Ellie Rose xx

 

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Expressing Mars in Pisces at India’s Holy River

From 16th November, Mars will be in Pisces, giving us extra motivation towards creative, empathetic and spiritual expression. This coincides perfectly with my trip to the River Ganges in Rishikesh, India, where people flock from all over the world to pursue their deeper drives.
 
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About Rishikesh and the River Ganges

 
The River Ganges is India’s holy river and Rishikesh is a pilgrimage place famous for its sprawling ashrams and colourful temples. Here you can find spirituality in abundance, from the many yoga centres to the chants of mantras around every corner.

This hub of spirituality draws people seeking something more from life, a deeper meaning or a bit of clarity or relief from their usual everyday chaos, and this fits with the theme of Mars in Pisces, which will drive us towards activities that soothe our soul, just like the cleansing waters of the famous holy river.
 

Rishikesh is a city in Dehradun, within the district of Uttarakhand state, in Northern India. It is known as the Yoga Capital of the World. Mars in Pisces
Rishikesh is a city in Dehradun district of the Uttarakhand state in Northern India.

 

How Can I Express Mars in Pisces at Home?

 
But you don’t have to be in India to experience the energies of Mars in Pisces – you’ll feel it at home too! While this isn’t a great time to be pursuing external things, in fact, work, finances and exercise might start to feel a little clouded, like you’re not sure exactly what you should be doing, Mars in Pisces is encouraging you to see things from a different perspective – one that’s both creative and spiritual.
 

View from a temple under a huge bell on the River Ganga and Lakshman Jhula bridge at sunset. Rishikesh. India. Mars in Pisces
View from the temple under huge bell on the River Ganga.

 

So How Can We Balance the Two?

 
Of course, we all have to work, even if the planets are hindering us somewhat, so instead of fighting the tides, go with the flow and add some watery vibes to your everyday life.

You could try meditating while doing your housework – this works particularly well while washing dishes. Just focus on your breath instead of letting your mind wander and you might find that some issue that’s been evading your recently becomes clearer when you apply your intuition instead of your logical mind.
 

River Ganges in India. Mars in Pisces
River Ganges in India.

 
Activate your empathy, just as I’m doing here in India by feeding cows and stray dogs. You can do this simply by making someone a cup of tea, listening to a friend who needs an ear or if you’re really driven, get out there and do some charity work – you’ll find doing things for others will give you more energy and self-confidence while Mars is in Pisces.

If your work has felt a bit stuffy recently, try adding some creative flair to the mix, even if it’s just doodling on your coffee break, trying something completely different to your usual style or taking a walk in the park at lunch. If you have time, a session of swimming can work wonders for your body, mind and soul at this time – make like a fish and go diving for inner wisdom!
 

Rishikesh aerial view, India. It is known as the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and the Yoga Capital of the World. Mars in Pisces
Rishikesh aerial view, India. It is known as the Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas.

 

Mars in Pisces – Tips from India

 
If you want to add some Indian flair to your Mars in Pisces experience, why not try one of these famous mantras. You can search them on YouTube and listen while you work, exercise or travel, or you can memorise them and repeat them to yourself, in your head is fine too!
 

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Ellie Rose by the River Ganges.

 

Ganesha Mantra:

 
“Om Gan Ganpataye Namo Namah” – (YouTube link)
 
This one is great for unblocking stuck energy, whether that’s emotional – as in you’ve got a problem that just can’t be solved and is making you feel tired or blue, or even a physical block like you want to earn more money but can’t find a way. Ganesha is the remover of obstacles, so perfect for Mars in Pisces when we need to let life flow like a river.
 

Shiva Mantra:

 
“Om namah shivaya” – (YouTube link)

This mantra is for Lord Shiva, one of Hinduism’s main deities and is designed to get us focussing on our inner world so we can learn more about ourselves and increase our feelings of oneness with divine love. It’s a powerful mantra for seeing the truth in all experiences, so a great way to shift any confusion that Mars in Pisces might bring.
 

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Banks of the Holy River Ganga.

 
But whatever you do, let your creative, spiritual side flow freely and Mars in Pisces will be a very enlightening time!
 
 
Much love from the Banks of the River Ganges,

Ellie Rose xx
 
 

The Witchy Origins of Halloween

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Halloween 2018 will see the Sun in Scorpio square Black Moon Lilith – pretty much the epitome of witchiness… So, to celebrate this spooky and captivating time of year, let’s delve into the pagan roots of Halloween and see what magic we can dig up!
 

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The Pagan History of Halloween

 

Over 2,000 years ago, the Celtic pagan people of Britain, Ireland and parts of Europe would divide the year based on the movements of the Sun and Moon.

The year was split into four parts primarily – the two solstices and the two equinoxes marking the movement of the Sun, the most important times of year. We know this from the placements of such monuments as Stonehenge – which is lined up with the astronomical points for the solstices.

But supposedly there were another four celebrations which further divided the year and also marked the changing of the livestock seasons, keeping people in synch with their agricultural lives and the whole of nature around them.
 


Celtic astrological calendar wheel illustration pagan traditions Halloween origins

 

Halloween, or “Samhain” (pronounced “Sow-een”) as it would have been called then, came between the Autumn Equinox, or “Mabon”: harvest time, and the Winter Solstice, or “Yule”, when the Sun is at its lowest point and the nights are at their longest. This would have represented the end of the year – an annual death of the Sun.
 

Woman in Victorian dress imprisoned in a dungeon Gothic fairy tale castle Halloween
 

Samhain was the time when darkness began to prevail. It also would have been the time when any livestock that wouldn’t make it through the cold season would be slaughtered and stored for food throughout winter, along with the grain that was harvested at the equinox.

People believed that the veil between the living and the dead was very thin at this time and that ancestors that had passed over could be contacted and seen at Samhain.
 

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Though we can’t know exactly where the ghosts and ghouls tradition comes from, there are some interesting ideas from the more obvious: dark nights breeding fear and superstition and people lighting bonfires and wearing costumes to keep away the bad spirits, to the belief that the druids had some special esoteric knowledge about this time and encouraged people to embrace darkness and chaos, and pay their respects to the ancestors.

Perhaps the not knowing exactly preserves the mystery?
 

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How we arrived at Modern Day Halloween

 

When Christianity was brought to Britain by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago it took a while before everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet, so to speak!

So, to encourage the native Celtic people to celebrate the Christian festivals, in the 8th Century AD, Pope Gregory III nominated November 1st as the “Eve of All Saints” or “All Hallows’ Eve” and the pagan people eventually took to it, since it was so similar to their own festival in both date and theme. Eventually Samhain was lost, and Halloween took its place.
 

Girld dress black as angel of death and holding demon pumpkin and kira angkor in Halloween festival. Halloween concept. Psychopomps.
 

So let’s tie it all back to Astrology!

 

The most obvious connection to western astrology (aside from the timing between the equinox and solstice) is that Halloween falls in Scorpio season!

The zodiac sign of Scorpio is intertwined with the Greek myth of Pluto and his underworld. To cut a longer story short, every year, the goddess Persephone would descend into the underworld to be with Pluto, leaving her mother, Demeter, the goddess of agriculture, above ground to mourn for her lost daughter, letting all the crops die in her grief.
 

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The ancient Greek people attributed this myth to the changing of the seasons and the natural death of the plants and animals, which would hibernate below ground ready to be reborn the next spring – voila the underworld myth!
 

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So how does Lilith come into all of this?

 

Well, just like Persephone, Lilith is known as a dark goddess. She represents the untamed, wild and feminine half of the divine. Her history dates back 5,000 years to Sumerian times and in Hebrew myth she was said to be the “first wife of Adam”, made not from his rib like Eve, but in her own right, born expecting equality and getting her feminist self damned to the wilderness where she befriends wild animals and spirits instead.

Sounding pretty witchy so far, right?
 

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So, this Halloween, against the backdrop of mysterious pagan traditions, we have the Sun in Scorpio playing the part of the Lord of the Underworld, squaring Lilith, history’s very first witch – reminding us all of the darker times in life, and how we can overcome them in mystical ways. Bringing light into places of shadow that would otherwise frighten us and keep us weak.
 

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To mark the occasion, light a candle for your ancestors, dance under the moon or around a bonfire, throw on a costume and make merry to keep the spooky spirits away and let yourself delve into another realm of dark mystery and intrigue – if only for one night.

Have a Magical Halloween!!

Ellie Rose xx
 
 

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Halloween Traditions Around the World!

Halloween is celebrated around the world, with each country having their own interpretations, see a fascinating list below of a few countries of how Halloween is celebrated and how each country see it as.

England

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‘Trick or treating’ was known as ‘Mischief Night’ …

At one point in time children would carve designs on large beetroots and carry them through the streets singing and knocking door to door asking for money. Turnip Lanterns were seen to protect homes from the spirits so many rural areas would place them on their gateposts.

American ‘trick or treating’ has become popular in England in recent years and has become a popular passtime.

Ireland

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It is believed that this is the birthplace of Halloween, its origins stemming from ancient Celtic and Pagan rituals and a festival called Samhain, or Samhuinn (end of the light half of the year) that took place thousands of years ago.  Bonfires were lit and the children would dress up in costumes to spend the evening trick or treating. After this most people would attend parties with their neighbours and friends were games such as ‘snap – apple’ were played amongst other games.

France

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France is one of the nations in the world that Halloween is not celebrated this is because they want to honour the dead and departed ancestors. It was seen as an “American” holiday and was virtually unknown in the country until 1996. A combination of the French love of parties, fete’s and costume events, and some simple crass commercialism has led to the rapid rise of the holiday in France.

Germany 

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In the 1990s ‘Halloween auf Deutsch’ became popular. Decorating starts mid-October and Halloween is used as a party theme. Martinstag is celebrated on 11 November and includes lantern processions and costumes.

Mexico, Latin America & Spain

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El Dia De Los Muertos, a joyous celebration in memory of family members and friends who have died. It’s a 3 day celebration and it is believed that the Gates of Heaven open up at midnight 31st October and the souls of children return to Earth to be reunited with their families. Nov. 2 souls of adults come down to join in celebration.

Canada

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Around the 1800s is when Halloween celebrations began, this is because of the Scottish and Irish immigrants who moved over. Just like the US, Canada celebrate Halloween on 31st October with decorations, trick or treating, and many themed parties.

Korea

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Korea has a harvest festival called Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day), as Halloween is not celebrated. They would also visit places where their ancestors used to live and feast on traditional foods.

Romania

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People flock to Bran Castle in Transylvania to celebrate Halloween where tours and parties are held, and many believe that Bran Castle’s resident was Vlad ‘The Impaler’ Tepes.

China

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Celebrated on 14th August, China have their own Hungry Ghost Festival. Buddhist Chinese belief, the dead are said to return to earth during the 7th month of the lunar calendar. The name for the festival derives from the belief that the ghosts without a proper funeral tribute are said to be very hungry from their journey back to earth. Family members would proper a giant feast  on their night of return. This legend is celebrated through most parts of Eastern Asia, such as China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

It is common for people who celebrate this festival to give many offerings to the dead. “Hell money,” which is a fake bank note made out of paper, is burned, as well as other papier-mâché creations of modern objects, such as cars, houses, clothes, and TVs, in hopes that the deceased can use them and be comfortable in the afterlife. Two weeks after the night of the festival, lanterns are set up at homes and are floated on rivers to help guide the dead back to their afterlife.

Sweden

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‘Alla Helgons Dag’ known as All Saints Day. Unlike the UK, in Sweden Alla Helgons Dag is celebrated for a whole week, from 31st Oct – 6 Nov. Within that week of celebrations the first Saturday of November known as ‘red day’ is where work days are shortened to allow people to visit their loved ones that have passed away.

 

 

10 Top Tips for Mercury Retrograde

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It’s that time of year again – Mercury Retrograde! From July 26th to August 19th, the planet of thought and communication will be creating a standstill. But before you panic, Mercury Retrograde is not necessarily a bad thing, despite what a lot of stuff online may say, but rather, this can be a great time to focus in on what’s not serving us anymore, with the help of some top tips of course!
 
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Look to the Past

 
Technically, what’s happening when we have a retrograde, is that the planet in question (Mercury in this case) looks as if it’s moving backwards across the sky. Traditionally, this would have spelled confusion and “backwards” thinking. However, it’s actually a really good time to look backwards in our own lives, to take stock of where we’ve been, so we can better plan where we’re going.
 
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Take it Slow

 
It pays to slow things down during Mercury Retrograde, not because everything will go wrong if you don’t, but because that way you’ll have chance to notice all the little signs that are desperately trying to show you the way!
 
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Think First

 
Traditionally, Mercury Retrograde is a time when thought and communication can go a bit topsy turvy, so make sure you really think before opening your mouth or making any big decisions. This doesn’t mean you can’t do anything, just be aware that you might change your mind soon after, so think everything through properly before doing or saying anything drastic!
 
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Don’t take it Personally

 
The same goes for information that you receive from others. If you find yourself on the receiving end of negativity or nitpicking, just assume it’s misdirected and don’t take it personally. The retrograde can actually be a good time to learn about how to thicken your skin and not let your mood or self-worth be dictated by others. Only you get to decide how you feel.
 
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Look Up your Horoscope

 
Mercury Retrograde affects everyone slightly differently, for example, if you’re a Virgo or a Gemini, you’ll probably have a more intense experience as Mercury is your ruling planet. Check out my weekly horoscopes for more tailored advice or give one of our advisors a call for extra precise info.
 
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Write it down

 
One way of sorting through potentially confusing thoughts and feelings is to write it all down! Journal it all out and see what comes up for you. Or in the case of overwhelm, create lists so your brain isn’t doing all the work for you.
 
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Focus on the RE- words

 
Retrograde always reminds me of re- words (RE-trograde – get it?) so focus on words like: reassess, review, rehearse, redo, reinterpret, reveal, revive, recover, repeat, revamp, reawaken, reassure, recharge, reconnect, reincarnate, rekindle. Where can you apply them to your life?
 
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Read the Fine Print

 
Mercury is very detail orientated so anything retrograde related will be in the small things. This goes for anything official – make sure you’re really clued up as to what you’re doing, as well as for life in general. Keep an eye out for small signs that will point you in the right direction.
 
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Organise and Declutter

 
Since Mercury is all about the details, it’s time to get real on which of your own details need a bit of a clean-up. Do you need to do some off-season spring cleaning? Has some project sat collecting dust? Do your files need filing and your to-do list tackling? If so, get on it now, you’ll feel so much better for it afterwards!
 
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Open Your Mind

 
As with all astrological transits, it really does pay to be intuitive, and by that, I mean keep an open mind, pay attention to what’s around you and go into everything you do trusting that you’re always on the right path.
 
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So, it’s not all bad! There’s plenty of opportunity here for productivity and progress, you just have to get into the zone and make the most of a potentially confusing time – if you do, you’ll be well on your way to epic planetary transformations, rather than hiding at home because of the big bad retrograde!
 
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Much love!

Ellie Rose x
 
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Spiritual Travel and Buddhist Meditation

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Hi there my lovely Stargazers! This is Ellie Rose, reporting to you from Dharamsala, India. I’ve been here doing your horoscopes, learning about Buddhist  meditation and I’d like to share a little bit of it all with you guys back home!
 
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Astrology from the Mountaintops

 
So right now, I’m recording your weekly horoscopes from the beautiful woods and mountains around Dharamsala, which sits in the Himalaya Mountains of North India. You can see where I’m living in my photo below:
 
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The Home of the Dalai Lama

 
Just up from the city of Dharamsala is the home of the 14th Dalai Lama and a large Tibetan population. Because of this the place has got a very spiritual, Tibetan vibe and many beautiful monasteries.
 
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I was lucky enough to see a teaching from the Dalai Lama here recently, where he spoke about the importance of compassion. How we should practice compassion for every person and creature, but also compassion for ourselves and our own ups and downs, which is something I think we struggle with in the West.
 
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I recommend watching the Martin Scorsese film, Kundun, which is not only a great film, but tells the story of the current Dalai Lama and his incredible journey to find refuge in India. I watched this film at the Tushita Buddhist Meditation Centre here, sat amongst golden statues of the Buddha and beautiful mandala paintings, but even if you’re sat in your living room I highly recommend watching it!
 
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Tibetan Buddhist Meditation

 
As part of my stay here, I’ve been studying Buddhism and practicing a lot of meditation at the Tushita Centre, and one of my favourite things I’ve learnt here is a practice known as ‘Tonglen’.
 
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This Tibetan meditation technique is so simple and really helps whenever you have a moment of negativity or stress. You can do it at home, at your desk or walking down the road, so it’s perfect for us busy Westerners!
 
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Tonglen Meditation: When you take a breath in, imagine you are breathing in for all the people suffering the same problem as you. Then when you breathe out, imagine you are breathing out to give relief to you all.

It can be as simple as breathing in and thinking: “I understand” and breathing out and thinking “It’s ok”.
 

 
At first it won’t seem natural, but when you get into the habit of doing this, you start to do it automatically when feeling a moment of stress or anxiety which helps long-term too. It’s designed to easily build the same compassion for yourself and the world just as the Dalai Lama teaches! Try it out yourself!

To see more of where I am now, check out my weekly horoscope videos here or on YouTube – I look forward to seeing you there!

Ellie Rose x
 
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