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!
 
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.
 
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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!
 
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.
 


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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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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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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!

the beatles rishikesh

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!

river ganges

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!

 

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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.

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!

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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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Mother’s Day Celebrations Worldwide

 
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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.
 
 
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  • 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.
 
 
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  • 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.
 
 
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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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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.
 
 

Easter bonfire
 

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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Chinese New Year Animals – 2018 Year of the Dog

2018 Chinese year of the dog
2018 Chinese New Year of the Dog

 

The Chinese Zodiac (Sheng Xiao) is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar and runs on a twelve year cycle. Each year in that cycle can be related to an animal sign. This year 2018 it is the Year of the Dog. The Dog is one of the 12 year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese Zodiac, related to the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Dog is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol. This is a Year of Earth Dog, starting from the 2018 Chinese New Year on Feb. 16th and lasting all the way up to 2019 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb. 4th.

Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042… the Dog is man’s good friend, who can understand the human spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or poor. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the arrival of good fortune. The invincible God Erlang in Chinese mythology used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture dangerous monsters.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Xu
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Tu (Earth)
Yin Yang: Yang

 

Lucky Signs for People Born in the Year of the Dog:

Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 9
Lucky Colors: green, red, purple
Lucky Flowers: rose, oncidium, cymbidium orchids
Lucky Directions: east, southeast, south

Chinese New Year celebrations, also known as the Spring Festival, start on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The New Year festival lasts for about 23 days, and ends on the 15th day of the first lunar month belonging the following year in the Chinese calendar.

 

Chinese New Year decorations

 

There has always been a special relationship between humans and the 12 Chinese zodiacal animals. It is believed that the animals you are born under affect your character in the same manner as the sign of the zodiac adopted by Western civilizations.

 

Twelve Chinese Zodiac stamps

 

The Spring Festival is a very important national holiday in China. Government offices, schools, universities, as well as many private companies close during the from the Spring Festival’s Eve up until the seventh day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar. Nevertheless, some commercial enterprises such as banks often arrange for workers to be on shift duty. Public transport is available during the Chinese New Year period as well, so that people can enjoy the festivities throughout the land.

Just a few celebrities with the Chinese Zodiac Dog Sign follow: Winston Churchill, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Clinton, Herbert Hoover, Golda Meir, Voltaire, Marcel Proust, George Gershwin, Jane Goodall, Socrates, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Prince William, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Anna Paquin, Brad Renfro, Ellen DeGeneres, Heather Graham, Jessica Biel, Kelly Clarkson, Kirsten Dunst, LeAnn Rimes, Leelee Sobieski, Queen Latifah, Ryan Cabrera, Shirley McLaine, Susan Sarandon…

 

Chinese ladies in yellow
Chinese New Year celebrations

 

You can work out your own Chinese Zodiac Animal by the year of your birth. Simply use our infographic below in order to find out what your Chinese zodiac is:

 

Chinese Zodiac
Chinese Zodiac Animals Infographic

 

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Let Pisces Light Up Your Love Life This Valentine’s Day

PsychicFuture.com’s resident astrologer Ellie Rose looks to the planets and stars to find out more about Valentine’s Day 2018 and its connection to Pisces. To find out what 2018 may hold for you, head to our horoscopes page or get in touch with one of our trusted psychics today.Ellie Rose Astrologer

 

The Sun, Mercury and Venus are all moving into sensitive Pisces around Valentine’s Day, giving us a direct connection to our intuition. So, to celebrate the season of love, here are some intuitive love horoscopes to help you connect even deeper with those you value (including yourself!).

pisces zodiac sign, valetnine's day 2018

Aries

Sometimes we think we know someone, and then they go and surprise us. In order to truly love someone, we have to understand that they’re complicated and sometimes don’t make sense. Taking a step back can give a more objective view and help you to see how you can help (or not!), bringing you closer in time.

Affirmation: When I listen deeply to others, I learn about myself.

 

Taurus

Loving someone is always a risk, but when we’re not willing to take the leap, we’ll never truly experience that love. Getting out of our comfort zone can be scary, but that’s where all the magic happens, and with Pisces bringing a dreamy quality to our relationships, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Affirmation: The reward is worth the risk.

 

lovehearts candy

 

Gemini

With so much going on in that big old brain of yours, it can be hard to see things in a simple way. Relationships are hugely complicated, yet when we look through a much simpler lens, they can often fix themselves. Let Pisces guide your intuition in the direction of a more straightforward kind of love, you might find it incredibly refreshing.

Affirmation: Sometimes the answer is right in front of me.

 

happy romantic couple with lovehearts

 

Cancer

What’s more important to you? Having someone who gives you everything you need, whenever you need it, or having a connection that is deep and complicated and real? You’ll find that most people don’t have the capacity to provide for all of your needs, and being your own well of support will not only strengthen your relationship, but give you the freedom to fully love yourself too.

Affirmation: I can always provide for myself.

 

Leo

When things get hard or boring or stuck, it’s easy to call it day. What’s not easy is sticking with it and finding solutions, yet this is what will open you up to a more profound kind of love, where both of you are accepted for who you are, regardless of flaws or struggles.

Affirmations: Some struggles are worth overcoming.

 

valentines photo of kissing couple

 

Virgo

No relationship is perfect, and nobody will ever be exactly what you want, including yourself. Focus on the positives and let some of the negatives slide. This will give you a much deeper understanding of the other, and of yourself. Happiness in love is accepting the things we cannot change about each other and appreciating the things that we do enjoy.

Affirmation: Love is much more than perfect, it’s real.

 

valentine's day card

 

Libra

Being everything someone else wants is a tall order, and one that will eventually drain you. Instead, figure out who you want to be, what qualities are important to you, and live from this knowledge. If someone doesn’t like it, then they’re not for you and it’s not your concern. When you are loved for being you, a whole new level of confidence and fulfilment emerges.

Affirmation: I like me and that’s the most important thing.

 

candy love hearts pink white red

 

Scorpio

Trust is important to us all, but for you it’s a deal breaker. However, the most important person you need to trust is yourself – if you don’t, you’ll never fully trust another. Use this Piscean energy to look deep within yourself and find out where you are lacking self-trust, then share this information with a loved one to set it free.

Affirmation: No matter what happens, I will be ok.

 

Sagittarius

Being in a relationship doesn’t mean you have any less freedom, in fact, if it’s the right one, it will open more exciting doors for you to learn about yourself and others. Connect to the ones you love through your big sexy brain by talking and sharing ideas. You’ll find that the other has a lot to offer you that you never would have gained alone.

Affirmation: I can learn and grow through connection with others.

 

heart shaped colourful candy

 

Capricorn

You love to do things for the people in your life, which they are no doubt grateful for, even if they don’t always show it! However, if you do everything for someone, they’ll expect you to continue, putting you in a position where you don’t feel cared for yourself. Use the power of Pisces to connect to your own capacity for self-love – you don’t need to be useful to receive the care and appreciation you deserve.

Affirmation: I am enough just as I am.

 

Valentine's day candle and tulips

 

Aquarius

Try not to intellectualise your feelings, they may not always make sense. Emotions are sometimes messy and mysterious, but that doesn’t make them any less valid. Pisces can help you to find new depths where you can let go, but you’ll need to suspend any judgement of your own or other people’s feelings first.

Affirmation: It’s ok for me to feel this.

 

valentine's day

Pisces

You already have a deep well of intuition at your disposal, so make sure to listen to it! If something seems off in a relationship, it probably is. You tend to give a lot to the ones you love, and that’s a beautiful thing, but make sure that you’re not over-giving, as this can lead to feeling resentful. Remember that relationships should be balanced, so only give what you can.

Affirmation: I am filled with love and receive what I put out.

 

If you’d like to find out how compatible you are with that special someone, why not check out Psychic Future’s Free Love Compatibility Test?

Ellie Rose x

 

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