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.
 
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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!
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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!
 
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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.
 

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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.
 


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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.
 

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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.
 

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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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The Spiritual Meaning and Uses of Crystals: Agate

One of the most important tools for any psychic are crystals. Gemstones can be used to develop individuals’ psychic intuition, correcting unbalanced vibrations, making clients more receptive and open to personal exploration.

They can also be used for a number of purposes such as offering emotional protection and cleansing the psyche.

Recently we posted an article exploring the spiritual meaning and uses of quartz, and this week we are uncovering the psychic significance of agate crystals, and how they can be used in spiritual readings. Agate is famously used in spiritual healing to balance the energies, heal the soul and foster courage and calm.

However, the metaphysical properties of specific types of agate depend on its variety. So, here are some of the most popular forms of agate and why they are important for enhancing your spirituality.

Blue Lace Agate

If you’re having problems expressing your feelings, or have encountered a communicational barrier in a relationship, blue lace agate is the perfect crystal to cure your woes. This stone helps us to speak confidently and clearly, ensuring that we communicate what we mean and that what we say is received as such. It can also be used to calm and cleanse the emotions, attune the senses and allowing you to think clearly.

Dendritic Agate

Dendritic agate is known for being one of the most powerful stones for protecting individuals on their travels. Preventing fatigue and reducing the chances of encountering accidents, this crystal allows us to leave our comfort zone in security.

It is also known as the ‘Stone of Plenitude’ as it brings abundance to life, creating luck everywhere from our financial affairs to our personal emotions. Although it takes time to work in its full effectiveness, dendritic agate can centre the individual and deepen the connection with the earth.

Fire Agate

Despite the assumptions its name might conjure, Fire agate is primarily associated with bringing peace and calmness to the soul, making it very useful for comforting individuals in spiritual readings where they are confused or in turmoil.

This multi-tasking gemstone is able to dispel negative energy back to its source and make the source aware of the harm it is doing and instil deep security in the individual. However, at the same time, crackled fire agate is able to stimulate vitality and creativity, which, according to Healing with Crystals, can re-invigorate couples’ love lives.

Laguna Agate

Laguna agate is the perfect crystal for use in couples’ or families’ spiritual readings, as it helps bond groups and restore relationships. It also stimulates the imagination and inspiration, making it perfect for writers and artists. Laguna agate also stimulates precision and the intellect in general, making it useful for individuals faced with complex tasks and mathematical or financial endeavours.

Moss Agate

Moss agate is understood to promote a deep connection between the spiritual being and the psychical body. Through protecting the aura, moss agate neutralises fears and allows the mind to remain open to new ideas, which is incredibly valuable in spiritual readings because it makes clients receptive to learn about their problems through a psychic’s perspective. It also increases trust and stimulates universal love, connecting individuals with the land, according to Wicca.

Botswana Agate

Botswana agate, otherwise known as purple agate, is a potent crystal for alleviating stress and depression. Increasing emotional understanding and empathy, this form of agate can actually stimulate spiritual awakening. It offers protection for the super-sensitive and eases feelings of loneliness.

However, Botswana agate also helps individuals find solutions to their problems, opening clients up to explore unknown territory and see the bigger picture during spiritual readings.

Turritella Agate

Turritella agate is unique in that it contains fossilised snail shells which create the visible circular shapes in the stone. This ancient stone was discovered alongside artefacts from ancient Greece, Egypt, and other parts of Africa, so it is perhaps unsurprising that it is so powerful in giving individuals insight into their history.

As a record keeper crystal, it may be used in spiritual and psychic readings to discover one’s ancestry and to gain access to the wisdom of past worlds and past lives.

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!

the beatles rishikesh

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!

 

ellie smiling in India

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.

ellie new location doggie

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.

Me doing my Vedic homework and writing all your horoscopes!

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!

ellie rose in front of the river smiling

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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Mother’s Day Celebrations Worldwide

 
love you mom
 
Sunday the 11th of March 2018 is Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day. In the UK, this annual celebration of motherhood and the maternal bond usually involves giving Mum a card, a gift and a bunch of flowers to let her know that you care. Other maternal figures like grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law can also be honoured on this special day.
 
 
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How Did The Celebration Of Mothering Sunday Begin?

Now known as Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day, the tradition of honouring motherhood began in England around the 1600s, and was originally called ‘Refreshment Sunday’ or ‘Mid-Lent Sunday‘. The tradition was started as a way of reuniting the young children, who were sent to work as domestic servants and apprentices, with their mothers once a year. The date of the annual visit home was the 3rd Sunday during the fasting period of Lent. After paying a visit to church, the children would gather flowers from roadside bushes and verges and present these blooms to their mothers. Young girls baked a rich almond Simnel Cake, which is still eaten today.
 
Today, Mother’s Day is a day when children make the effort to spoil their mums. Flower sales usually record a major rise in profits at this time of the year. The bestselling Mothering Sunday flowers are roses, carnations and chrysanthemums.
 
 
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International Mother’s Day

Mothers Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, although not on the same day or time of the year.

Australia

In Australia, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. There is a tradition of wearing a carnation, which originated in the USA – a white carnation means that you are honouring a mother in spirit, whilst a coloured carnation symbolises that your mum is alive. Mothers receive flowers and gifts, and may also enjoy breakfast in bed.

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    Canada

In Canada, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. Caring children honour their mums, grandmothers and other women who are like their mothers. Mothers are taken out for lunch or dinner and are generally treated like a queen.
 
 
happy woman and her little daughters in the living room. mother day
 

  • France

French folks celebrate Maman’s special day on the last Sunday in the month of May. The family will gather for a big family lunch, and mothers receive gifts and a bouquet of flowers.

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    India

Mother’s Day is a fairly new tradition in India. It is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Mothering Sunday has been embraced by the Indian people, and now forms part of their cultural festival timetable.

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    Mexico

Mother’s Day in Mexico is celebrated on May 10th in a colourful fashion. Churches in Mexico organise a special mass that features an orchestra. All local mothers receive tasty ‘tamales’ and ‘atole’ snacks.

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    New Zealand

The second Sunday in May is the day when people in New Zealand honour mothers. The event is a big deal, and is celebrated in a manner that is inspired by Mother’s Day in the USA. Flowers, gifts and treats, and breakfast in bed is on the agenda.
 
 
happy mother and child together
 

  • South Africa

The people of South Africa celebrate Mother’s Day by honouring the importance of mothers in their lives and giving thanks. Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday in May. As in the USA and Australia, carnations are worn.
 
 
happy loving family. mother and daughter are doing hair and having fun. mother and her child girl playing and hugging.

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    Spain

In Spain, Mother’s Day is celebrated on December 8th. This extravagant religious festival also honours the Virgin Mary.

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    USA

In the USA Mother’s Day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. It is due to the hard work of Ms Anna Jarvis that Mother’s Day is actually celebrated as a national holiday. On the second Sunday in May, American people honour the Mother of Mothers Day, their mothers and other mother figures in their lives. Carnations are worn, flowers and gifts are presented and children express their love for their mother in personal ways.
 
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