Holidays Around the World for Jan. 29: Up-Helly-Aa

Up-Helly-Aa

Last Tuesday in January

This ancient fire festival is observed by people of Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. In pre-Christian times their Norse ancestors welcomed the return of the sun god with Yule, a 24-day period of feasting, storytelling, and bonfires. The last night of the festival was called Up-Helly-Aa, or “End of the Holy Days.”

Today a group known as the Guizers builds a 31-foot model of a Viking longship, complete with a dragon’s head and many oars, in honor of those Viking invaders who decided to remain in Scotland. On the night of Up-Helly-Aa, the Guizers dress in Norse costumes and helmets and carry the boat to a large open field. There they throw lit torches into the ship and burn it.

Up-helly-Aa originally referred to Epiphany, or January 6—the day when the Yuletide holidays came to an end. The shifting of the date to the end of January probably reflects the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1752. This day is also referred to as Uphaliday, Uphelya, Up-Helly-Day, Uphalie Day, or Uphalimass .

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This Day In History for Jan. 29th: Bear River Massacre (1863)

Bear River Massacre (1863)

The Bear River Massacre, or the Battle of Bear River or Massacre at Boa Ogoi, took place in present-day Idaho on January 29, 1863.

After years of skirmishes and food raids on farms and ranches, the United States Army attacked a Shoshoneencampment, gathered at the confluence of the Bear River and Beaver Creek in what was then southeastern Washington Territory. The site is located near the present-day city of Preston in Franklin County, Idaho. Colonel Patrick Edward Connorled a detachment of California Volunteers as part of the Bear River Expedition against Shoshone Chief Bear Hunter.

Hundreds of Shoshone men, women and children were killed near their lodges, while only two dozen soldiers died.[1]The number of Shoshone victims reported by local settlers was higher than that reported by soldiers.

Early history and causes

A Shoshone encampment in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming, photographed by W.H. Jackson, 1870

Cache Valley, originally called Seuhubeogoi (Shoshone for “Willow Valley”), was the traditional hunting ground for the Northwestern Shoshone. They gathered grain and grass seeds there, as well as fished for trout and hunted small game such as ground squirrel and woodchuck; and large game including buffalo, deer, and elk.[2] This mountain valley had attracted fur trapperssuch as Jim Bridger and Jedediah Smith, who visited the region. Cache Valley was named for the trappers’ practice of leaving stores of furs and goods (i.e., a cache) in the valley as a base for hunting in the surrounding mountain ranges.[3]

So impressed were the trappers by the region that they recommended to Brigham Young that he consider the valley as a location for his settlement of Mormon pioneers. Instead, Young chose Salt Lake Valley. In the long term, Mormon settlers eventually moved to Cache Valley as well.[4] As early as July 31, 1847, a 20-man delegation of Shoshone met with the Mormons to discuss their land claims in northern Utah.[5]

Immigrant pressures causing Shoshone starvation[edit]

The establishment of the California and Oregon trails, as well as the establishment of Salt Lake City in 1847, brought the Shoshone people into regular contact with white colonists moving westward. By 1856, European Americans had established their first permanent settlements and farms in Cache Valley, starting at Wellsville, Utah and gradually moving northward.[6]

Brigham Young made the policy that Mormon settlers should establish friendly relations with the surrounding American Indian tribes. He encouraged their helping to “feed them rather than fight them”.[7] Despite the policy, the settlers were consuming significant food resources and taking over areas that pushed the Shoshone increasingly into areas of marginal food production. David H. Burr, Surveyor General of the Territory of Utah, reported in 1856 that the local Shoshone Indians complained that the Mormons used so much of the Cache Valley that the once abundant game no longer appeared.[8] The foraging and hunting by settlers traveling on the western migration trails also took additional resources away from the Shoshone. As early as 1859 Jacob Forney, the Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Territory of Utah, recognized the impact of migrants, writing, “The Indians…have become impoverished by the introduction of a white population”. He recommended that an Indian Reservation be established in Cache Valley to protect essential resources for the Shoshone. His superiors at the United States Department of the Interior did not act on his proposal.[9] Desperate and starving, the Shoshone attacked farms and cattle ranches for food, as a matter not just of revenge but survival.[10]

In the early spring of 1862, Utah Territorial Superintendent of Indian Affairs, James Duane Doty, spent four days in Cache Valley and reported: “The Indians have been in great numbers, in a starving and destitute condition. No provisions having been made for them, either as to clothing or provisions by my predecessors…The Indians condition was such-with the prospect that they would rob mail stations to sustain life.”[11] Doty purchased supplies of food and slowly doled it out. He suggested furnishing the Shoshone with livestock to enable them to become herdsmen instead of beggars.

On July 28, 1862, John White discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek in the mountains of southwestern Montana.[12] Soon miners created a migration and supply trail right through the middle of Cache Valley, between this mining camp and Salt Lake City. The latter was the nearest significant trading source of goods and food in the area.[13]

Outbreak of the Civil War[edit]

When the American Civil War began in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln was concerned that California, which had just recently become a state, would be cut off from the rest of the Union. He ordered several regiments to be raised from the population of California to help protect mail routes and the communications lines of the West.[14] Neither Lincoln nor the U.S. War Department quite trusted the Mormons of the Utah Territory to remain loyal to the Union, in spite of their leader Young’s telegrams and assurances.[15]The Utah War and Mountain Meadows massacre were still fresh in the minds of military planners. They worried that the Mormons’ substantial militia might answer only to Young and not the federal government.[16]

Col. Patrick Edward Connor[17] was put in command of the 3rd California Volunteer Infantry Regiment and ordered to move his men to Utah, to protect the Overland Mail Route and keep peace in the region.[18] Upon arriving in Utah, he established Camp Douglas (adjacent to the current location of the University of Utah) as the primary base of operations for his unit. It was within a few miles of the Mormon Temple construction site and downtown Great Salt Lake City.[19]

Warnings and conflicts with Cache Valley settlers

Several incidents in the summer and fall of 1862 led to the battle between Bear Hunter and Col. Connor. These were related to broad struggles between indigenous peoples and European-American settlers over almost the entire United States west of the Mississippi River. The attention of most of the nation’s population was focused on the Civil War in the eastern states. Some historians have overlooked these incidents because they occurred near the ill-defined boundary of two different territories: those of Washington and Utah. While the incidents took place in proximity, the administrative centers dealing with them were more than 1,000 miles apart (1,600 km), so it was difficult to integrate reports. As an example, for years residents and officials believed Franklin and the area of conflict were part of the Utah Territory. Residents of Franklin sent elected representatives to the Utah Territorial Legislature and were part of the politics of Cache County, Utah until 1872, when a surveying team determined the community was in Idaho territory.[20]

Pugweenee

When a resident of Summit Creek (now Smithfield) found his horse missing, he accused a young Shoshone fishing in nearby Summit Creek of having stolen the animal. Robert Thornley, an English immigrant and first resident of Summit Creek, defended the young Indian and testified for him. Nonetheless, a jury of locals convicted him and hanged him for stealing the horse. Local history recorded the Shoshone’s name as Pugweenee. Later information reveals that Pugweenee is the Shoshone word for “fish” and so the man may have been saying, “Look at my fish,” or “I was just fishing.”[citation needed]

The young Indian man was the son of the local Shoshone chief. Within a few days, the Shoshone retaliated by killing a couple of young men of the Merrill family who were gathering wood in the nearby canyon.[21]

Massacre near Fort Hall

During the summer of 1859, a settler company of about 19 people from Michigan were traveling on the Oregon Trail near Fort Hall when they were attacked at night, by people they assumed were local Shoshone. Several members of the company were killed by gunfire. The survivors took refuge along the Portneuf River, where they hid among the bullrushes and willow trees. Three days later, Lieutenant Livingston of Fort Walla Walla, leading a company of dragoons, met the survivors. He investigated the incident, and documented what he called the brutality of the attack.[22] According to the Deseret News of 21 September 1859, a detachment of Lieutenant Livingston’s dragoons found five bodies at the scene of the massacre who were horribly mangled. A girl of only five years old had her ears cut off, her eyes gouged out, both legs amputated at the knees and by all appearances was made to walk on her stumps. [23]

Reuben Van Ornum and the Battle of Providence

On September 9, 1860, Elijah Utter was leading migrants on the Oregon trail when they were attacked by a group of presumably Bannock and Boise Shoshone. In spite of settlers’ attempts to placate the Native Americans, the Indians killed nearly the entire migrant party and drove off their livestock. Alexis Van Ornum, his family, and about ten others hid in some nearby brush, only to be discovered and killed. Their bodies were discovered by a company of U.S. soldiers led by Captain Frederick T. Dent. Lieutenant Marcus A. Reno came across the mutilated bodies of six of the Van Ornums. Reports from survivors were that four Van Ornum children were taken captive by the attacking warriors.[24][25]

As a direct result of this attack, the Army established a military fort near the present location of Boise, Idaho, along the migrant trail. Colonel George Wright requested $150,000 to establish a military post able to sustain five companies of troops.[26]

Zachias Van Ornum, Alexis’ brother, heard from a relative on the Oregon Trail that a small white boy of his missing nephew Reuben’s age was being held by a group of Northwestern Shoshone, likely to be in Cache Valley.[27] Van Ornum gathered a small group of friends and traveled to Salt Lake City to get some help from the territorial government.[28] There he visited Col. Connor at Fort Douglas and asked for help to regain his nephew. Col. Connor agreed and sent a detachment of cavalry under the command of Major Edward McGarry to Cache Valley to rendezvous with Van Ornum near the town of Providence, Utah.[29]

Van Ornum located a small group of Shoshone warriors being led by Chief Bear Hunter. He and McGarry’s men followed the Shoshone as they retreated to nearby Providence Canyon.[30] After the Indians opened fire, McGarry gave the order “to commence firing and to kill every Indian they could see.”[31] A skirmish between the Shoshone and the U.S. Army lasted for about two hours after the Shoshone established a defensible position in the canyon.[32] Finally Chief Bear Hunter signaled surrender by climbing a foothill and waving a flag of truce.[28]

Together with about 20 of his people, Chief Bear Hunter was taken prisoner and transported to the soldiers’ camp near Providence. When asked about the young white boy, Bear Hunter said that the boy had been sent away a few days earlier.[33] McGarry instructed Bear Hunter to send his people to bring back the white boy. He held Bear Hunter and four warriors hostage. By noon of the next day, the Shoshone returned with a small boy who fit the description of Reuben Van Ornum.[30] Zachias Van Ornum claimed the boy was his nephew and took custody, departing to return to Oregon.[34]

The Shoshone protested, claiming that the boy was the son of a French fur trapper and the sister of Shoshone chief Washakie. The federal troops left with Van Ornum and the young boy, McGarry reported to Col. Connor of their rescue of the boy “without the lost or scratch of man or horse.”[35] Bear Hunter complained to the settlers in Cache Valley, arguing they should have helped him against the soldiers. After a confrontation between Bear Hunter, some warriors from his band, and nearly 70 members of the Cache Valley militia, the settlers donated two cows and some flour as the “best and cheapest policy” as a kind of compensation.[35]

Bear River crossing

On December 4, 1862, Connor sent McGarry on another expedition to Cache Valley, this time to recover some stolen livestock from Shoshone. The Shoshone broke camp and fled in advance of the Army troops and cut the ropes of a ferry at the crossing. McGarry got his men across the river, but had to leave their horses behind.[13] Four Shoshone warriors were captured and held for ransom, although they did not appear related to the theft. McGarry ordered that if the stock was not delivered by noon the next day, these men were to be shot. The Shoshone chiefs moved their people further north into Cache Valley. The captives were executed by a firing squad, and their bodies were dumped into the Bear River.[36] In an editorial, the Deseret News expressed concern that the execution would aggravate relations with the Shoshone.[37]

Incident on the Montana Trail

A.H. Conover, operator of a Montana Trail freight-hauling service between mining camps of Montana and Salt Lake City, was attacked by Shoshone warriors. They killed two men who accompanied him, George Clayton and Henry Bean. Arriving in Salt Lake City, Conover told a reporter the Shoshone were “determined to avenge the blood of their comrades” killed by Major McGarry and his soldiers. He said the Shoshone intended to “kill every white man they should meet on the north side of the Bear River, till they should be fully avenged.”[38]

Attack on the Montana Trail

The final catalyst for Connor’s expedition was a Shoshone attack on a group of eight miners on the Montana Trail. They had come within 2 miles (3 km) of the main Shoshone winter encampment north of Franklin. The miners missed a turn and ended up mired and lost on the western side of the Bear River, unable to cross the deep river. Three men swam across to Richmond, where they tried to get provisions and a guide from the settlers.[39] Before they returned, the other five men were attacked by Shoshone. They killed John Henry Smith of Walla Walla, and some horses. When the Richmond people returned with the advance party, they recovered the body of John Smith. They buried him at the Richmond city cemetery.[38]

The surviving miners reached Salt Lake City. William Bevins testified before Chief Justice John F. Kinney and swore an affidavit describing Smith’s murder. He also reported that ten miners en route to the city had been murdered three days before Smith.[40] Kinney issued a warrant for the arrest of chiefs Bear Hunter, Sanpitch, and Sagwitch. He ordered the territorial marshal to seek assistance from Col. Connor for a military force to “effect the arrest of the guilty Indians.”[38]

Due to such reports, Connor was ready to mount an expedition against the Shoshone. He reported to the U.S. War Department prior to the engagement:

I have the honor to report to you that from information received from various sources of the encampment of a large body of Indians on the Bear River, 140 mi (230 km) north of this point, who had murdered several miners, during the winter, passing to and from the settlements in this valley to the Bear River mines east of the Rocky Mountains. And being satisfied that they were part of the same band who had been murdering emigrants on the Overland Mail Route for the last 15 years, and the principal actors and leaders in the horrid massacre of the past summer. I determined, although the season was unfavorable to military expedition in consequence of cold weather and deep snow, to chastise them if possible.[41]

Military action in Cache Valley

In many ways, the soldiers stationed at Fort Douglas were spoiling for a fight. In addition to discipline problems among the soldiers, there was a minor “mutiny” among the soldiers where a joint petition by most of the California Volunteers made a request to withhold over $30,000 from their paychecks for the sole purpose of instead paying for naval passage to the eastern states, and to “serve their country in shooting traitors instead of eating rations and freezing to death around sage brush fires…” Furthermore, they stated that they would gladly pay this money “for the privilege (original emphasis) of going to the Potomac and getting shot.” This request was declined by the War Department.[42]

Throughout most of January 1863, soldiers at Fort Douglas were preparing for a lengthy expedition traveling north to the Shoshone. Connor also wanted to keep word of his expedition secret, in order to make a surprise attack upon the Shoshone when he arrived. To do this, he separated his command into two different detachments, that were to periodically come together on their journey to Cache Valley. His main concern was to avoid the problems that McGarry had faced in the earlier action, where the Shoshone had moved and scattered even before his troops could arrive.

Reaction to this military campaign was mixed. George A. Smith, in the official Journal History of the LDS Church, wrote:

It is said that Col. Connor is determined to exterminate the Indians who have been killing the Emigrants on the route to the Gold Mines in Washington Territory. Small detachments have been leaving for the North for several days. If the present expedition copies the doings of the other that preceded it, it will result in catching some friendly Indians, murdering them, and letting the guilty scamps remain undisturbed in their mountain haunts.[43]

On the other hand, the Deseret News in an editorial expressed:

…with ordinary good luck, the volunteers will “wipe them out.” We wish this community rid of all such parties, and if Col. Connor be successful in reaching that bastard class of humans who play with the lives of the peaceable and law-abiding citizens in this way, we shall be pleased to acknowledge our obligations.[44]

The first group to leave from Fort Douglas was forty men of Company K, 3rd Regiment California Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Captain Samuel W. Hoyt, accompanied by 15 baggage wagons and two “mountain howitzers” totalling 80 soldiers[45] They left on January 22, 1863.[46]

The second group was 220 cavalry, led personally by Connor himself with his aides and fifty men each from Companies A, H, K and M of the 2nd Regiment of Cavalry, California Volunteers which left on January 25.[45] As orders specific for this campaign, Connor ordered each soldier to carry “40 rounds of rifle ammunition and 30 rounds of pistol ammunition”. This was a total of nearly 16,000 rounds for the campaign. In addition, nearly 200 rounds of artillery shot were brought with the howitzers.[47] As a part of the deception, the cavalry were to travel at night while the infantry moved during the day.[44] Accompanying Connor was the former U.S. Marshal and Mormon scout, Orrin Porter Rockwell.[48]

On the evening of January 28, Captain Hoyt’s infantry finally arrived near the town of Franklin, where they spotted three Shoshone who were attempting to get food supplies from the settlers in the town. The Shoshone received nine bushels of wheat in three sacks. William Hull, the settler who was assisting the Shoshone, noted later:

we had two of the three horses loaded, having put three bushels on each horse…when I looked up and saw the Soldiers approaching from the south. I said to the Indian boys, “Here comes the Toquashes (Shoshone for U.S. Soldiers) maybe, you will all be killed. They answered ‘maybe the Toquashes will be killed too,” but not waiting for the third horse to be loaded, they quickly jumped upon their horses and led the three horses away, disappearing in the distance.[49]

The sacks of grain carried by these Shoshone were later found by the 3rd California Volunteers during their advance the next day, apparently dropped by the Shoshone in their attempt to get back to their camp.

Col. Connor met up with Hoyt that evening as well, with orders to begin moving at about 1:00 am the next morning for a surprise attack, but an attempt to get a local settler to act as a scout for the immediate area led the actual advance to wait until 3:00 am[50]

It should be noted that this military action took place during perhaps the coldest time of the year in Cache Valley. Local settlers commented that it was unseasonably cold even for northern Utah, and it may have been as cold as −20 °F (−30 °C) on the morning of the 29th when the attack began. Several soldiers had come down with frostbite and other cold-weather problems, so that the 3rd volunteers were only at about 2/3 of their strength compared to when they left Fort Douglas.[51] Among the rations issued to the soldiers during the campaign was a ration of whiskey held in a canteen, where several soldiers noted that this whiskey froze solid on the night before the attack.[52]

Shoshone battle preparations[edit]

It is apparent that the Shoshone chiefs were far from ignorant of the potential for conflict with Col. Connor’s soldiers, and some minor preparations were made at the same time. Most of this involved mainly gathering foodstuffs from surrounding Mormon settlements, in a fashion very similar to the incident listed above with the residents of Richmond, Utah.[citation needed]

Most of the firearms that the Shoshone had at the time of the attack had been captured in various small skirmishes, traded from fur trappers, white settlers, and other Native American tribal groups, or simply antiques that had been handed down from one generation to another over the years.[53] Clearly they were not as standardized or as well built as the guns issued by the Union Army to the soldiers of the California Volunteers.

Bear Hunter and the other Shoshone chiefs did, however, make some defensive arrangements around their encampment, in addition to simply selecting a generally defensible position in the first place. Willow branches had been woven into makeshift screens, hiding the position and numbers of Shoshone. They also dug a series of “rifle pits” along the eastern bank of Beaver Creek as well as along the Bear River.[54]

Perhaps most ironic was that at the same time the arrest warrant was being issued by Justice Kinney, Chief Sanpitch (named in the warrant) was in Salt Lake City trying to negotiate peace on behalf of the Northwestern Shoshone. A correspondent for the Sacramento Union reported “The Prophet (Brigham Young) had told Sanpitch the Mormon people had suffered enough from the Shoshoni of Cache Valley and that if more blood were spilled the Mormons might just “pitch in” and help the troops.”[55]

While it appears as though the deception by Connor to hide the numbers of his soldiers involved in the confrontation was successful, the Shoshone were not even then anticipating a direct military engagement with these soldiers. Instead, they were preparing for a negotiated settlement where the chiefs would be able to talk with officers of the U.S. Army and try to come to an understanding.[54]

Battle of Bear River

Major McGarry and the first cavalry units of the 2nd Regiment California Volunteer Cavalry arrived at the battle scene at 6:00 am, just as dawn was breaking over the mountains. Due to the weather conditions and deep snow, it took time for Connor to organize his soldiers into a battle line. The artillery pieces never arrived as they got caught in a snow drift six miles (9.7 km) from the Shoshone encampment.[50]

Chief Sagwitch noted the approach of the American soldiers, saying,

Look like there is something up on the ridge up there. Look like a cloud. Maybe it is a steam come from a horse. Maybe that’s them soldiers they were talking about.”[56]

Soon afterward, the first shots of this incident occurred.

Initially Connor tried a direct frontal offensive against the Shoshone positions, but was soon overwhelmed with return gunfire from the Shoshone. The California Volunteers suffered most of their direct combat-related casualties during this first assault.[57]

After temporarily retreating and regrouping, Connor sent McGarry and several other smaller groups into flanking maneuvers to attack the village from the sides and from behind. He directed a line of infantry to block any attempt by the Shoshone to flee from the battle.[58] After about two hours, the Shoshone had run out of ammunition. According to some later reports, some Shoshone were seen trying to cast lead ammunition during the middle of the battle, and died with the molds in their hands.[58]

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Inspiration for the Day for Jan. 29: Five Minutes to Happiness

 

 

 

Five Minutes to Happiness

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

If you aren’t a naturally happy person, take time each day to cultivate that which brings you happiness.

It can be so easy to get caught up in the rigors of modern life that we tend to forget that happiness need not come with stipulations. Happiness becomes something we must schedule and strive for–a hard-won emotion–and then only when we have no worries to occupy our thoughts. In reality, overwhelming joy is not the exclusive province of those with unlimited time and no troubles to speak of. Many of the happiest people on earth are also those coping with the most serious challenges. They have learned to make time for those simple yet superb pleasures that can be enjoyed quickly and easily. Cultivating a happy heart takes no more than five minutes. The resultant delight will be neither complex nor complicated, but it will be profound and will serve as a reminder that there is always a reason to smile.

So much that is ecstasy-inducing can be accomplished in five minutes. Alone, we can enjoy an aromatic cup of our favorite tea, take a stroll through the garden we have created, write about the day’s events in a journal, doodle while daydreaming, or breathe deeply while we listen to the silence around us. In the company of a good friend or treasured relative, we can share a few silly jokes, enjoy a waltz around the room, play a fast-paced hand of cards, or reconnect through lighthearted conversation. The key is to first identify what makes us dizzyingly happy. If we do only what we believe should bring us contentment, our five minutes will not be particularly satisfying. When we allow ourselves the freedom to do whatever brings us pleasure, five minutes out of 14 wakeful hours can brighten our lives immeasurably.

It is often when we have the least free time or energy to devote to joy, that we need to unwind and enjoy ourselves the most. Making happiness a priority will help you find five minutes every day to indulge in the things that inspire elation within you. Eventually, your happiness breaks will become an established part of your routine. If you start by pursuing activities you already enjoy and then gradually think up new and different ways to fill your daily five minutes of happiness, you will never be without something to smile about.

 

–Daily OM

The Numerology of 2019 and What it Means for You

The Numerology of 2019 and What it Means for You

Get your Numerology predictions by Personal Year number

Tania Gabrielle

2019 promises amazing opportunities for greater happiness, fulfillment, and well-being. Here’s why: 2019 adds up to a 12 Universal Year.

2+0+1+9 = 12, which is a unique and highly creative number!

During any 12 cycle you are acquiring knowledge and gaining the strength to help you manifest what you’re learning into fortunate results. 12 symbolizes education on all levels, so you may need to set aside distractions in order to achieve the wisdom needed to elevate your life. Meditation is more important in 2019. Tune into your intuition for instant solutions. Observe closely what is happening at all times to remain calm and serene. Go with the flow. Don’t resist, just accept.

12 can be reduced to the single-digit root number 3, because 1+2 = 3.

The number 3 symbolizes happiness, creativity, and communication, inviting you to express yourself through every medium you can imagine. You’ll be more active socially, as well as feeling more optimistic and free to explore in 2019. This can be one of the happiest years of your life! Friends will be important to you this year — they’ll support you, and you’ll help them in return.

Number 12/3 also activates the powerful 1-2-3 code, which means it time to ready, set, go! Needless to say, the MOMENTUM and MOVEMENT in 2019 is going to be tremendous!

But that’s just part of the story…

Your Personal Year Number

You are also impacted by your own Personal Year number. Some numerologists start everyone’s Personal Year on January 1. To calculate your number using this method:

1. Add all digits of your month and day of birth + 2019:

Month ___ + Day ___ + 2+0+1+9 = ______

2. Now add each single digit of your total to arrive at the single-digit Personal Year number:

______________ = ____________+ _____________ = __________________

(Total) = (1st single digit) + (2nd single digit) = (Personal Year number)

Example: Linda, born on May 23:

05-23-2019

5 + 2+3 + 2+0+1+9 = 22

22 = 2+2 = 4

In this case, Linda will be in a 4 Personal Year.

However, after reading thousands of clients, I have found that the shift we feel on New Year’s Day is related to the Universal Year number changing, not our individual Personal Year. Most people, unless they are born in January, have TWO Personal Year numbers during any given calendar year:

1. One carried over from the previous calendar year UNTIL your birth month.

2. One FROM your birth month onward.

Using this method in the example above, Linda would be a 3 Personal Yearfrom May 2018-April 2019 and a 4 Personal Year from May 2019–April 2020.

Now that you know your Personal Year Number(s) for 2019, lets head to the fun part: what it all means for you!

1 Personal Year

Keywords: new beginnings, action, change, new goals

Focus on: a fresh start, opportunity, rebirth, letting go of old ways, things, people, and investments that are not supporting you, learning a new modality, being bold and courageous — you are at a crossroads

Guard against: stubborn resistance to change, not being focused, being consciously present and avoiding planning your future

• You will experience a new beginning in some or all areas of your life

• Take the initiative with your ideas and ambitions

• This is an intense period of awakening and change

• Explore bold new directions

• Foster new opportunities

• Embrace what makes you unique

• Create and invent

2 Personal Year

Keywords: cooperation, new partnerships (personal and business), balance, patience, peace, germination of seeds planted in 1 Personal Year

Focus on: relationships, diplomacy, slowing down, meticulous attention to details, correct timing, trusting that your goals are being taken care of, listening, your intuition

Guard against: impatience, division, insecurity that prevents you from making decisions

• Your 2 cycle is bringing you into equilibrium, helping you balance light and dark, so you learn to embrace all of life’s experience without judgment

• Listen closely to your inner voice for answers and direction

• You are highly sensitive to energy from people and places

• Trust in the correct timing and be patient

• Foster relationships that bring balance to your life

• Communicate with compassion and sensitivity

• Take time for serenity

• Embrace your inner psychic!

3 Personal Year

Keywords: creative self-expression, social connections, sharing feelings, pleasure, beauty, communication

Focus on: circle of friends, expressing your true inner voice, sharing your gifts, relaxation and having fun, enjoyment of the arts, activities and people that make you feel positive, travel, action, optimism

Guard against: emotional drama, distractions, moodiness, meddling

• Tune into your creativity — it is being channeled through various sources and expresses itself through you

• Share your feelings openly and with vulnerability

• Take great joy in nurturing what fulfills you on soul level

• Your imagination is limitless!

• Setting positive intentions consistently attracts many opportunities

• Opportunities are seized with bold action

• Share your soul through writing, speaking, art, dance, or music

• Connect socially with others, especially your “soul family”

• What moves you to tears? Follow that thread.

4 Personal Year

Keywords: organization, planning, work, taking care of details, concentration

Focus on: work, logical deduction, manifesting goals step by step, security, home, perseverance, commitment, patience, planning

Guard against: working too hard, not relaxing, escaping responsibilities

• Dedicate this cycle to making your gifts real and tangible

• You feel secure when you set goals that align with your true values

• Organize your ideas and strategies into a coherent plan

• Work diligently at implementing your ideas to reap rich rewards

• Pay meticulous attention to details

• Your brilliance is grounded in a practical way

• Focus on family and home

5 Personal Year

Keywords: flexibility, pivot point, decisions, opportunity, surprises, adventure

Focus on: change, movement, taking risks, choices, expecting the unexpected, quick decisions, travel, being open, taking a chance, freedom

Guard against: scattered energy, multi-tasking, not following through, restlessness, impatience

• Embrace change as a constant in your life

• Freedom is key for you this cycle, so be as flexible as possible

• Constant movement propels you forward

• The middle of your nine-year cycle symbolizes a shift and a breakthrough

• You are transforming your life by taking risks

• Exploration and claiming your independence bring ultimate fulfillment

• Make big and small decisions quickly, so your energy does not stagnate

• Travel to unknown realms both physically and mentally

• Connect with others and share your new ideas

6 Personal Year

Keywords: taking on responsibilities, focus on family, home, love, and nurturing others, beauty, intimacy, home business, financial flow

Focus on: health, home, harmony, compassion, beauty in your environment, helping others, emotional equilibrium, personal growth, connecting to close friends, birthing new opportunities, nurturing your body, mind, and spirit.

Guard against: neglecting your needs, taking on too much responsibility, emotional imbalance, controlling others

• Embrace your responsibilities fully and with joy

• Be open to heal yourself, and you will be a healing influence on others

• Explore empathy and embrace being of loving service

• Your passion for life and compassion for others is expansive

• Focus on financial wellness and wealth

• Make your life and surroundings exquisitely beautiful

• Attend to your health and overall well-being

• Nurture yourself — you are giving a lot this cycle and must replenish

• Focus on home and family

7 Personal Year

Keywords: lightning spiritual insights, intuition, analysis, sudden discoveries, unexpected shifts, self-awareness, sabbatical, rest, awakening

Focus on: rest and rejuvenation, higher wisdom, learning and taking classes, introspection, slowing down, recognition, honor, spending time in nature, reading books, the unexpected, time alone

Guard against: over-analyzing, over-thinking, worrying, doubting

• Listen and act on your strong intuitive hits

• Think through your plans and implement your brilliant ideas

• Embrace sudden shifts as opportunities for growth

• Your wisdom expands exponentially through deep inner learning and understanding

• Be a bridge between spiritual and material realms

• Realize your intuitions and visions by taking time for retreats and relaxation

• Trust your hunches

• Seek wisdom and truth

• Rest and rejuvenate

8 Personal Year

Keywords: money manifestation, leadership, goals, strength, power, vision, energy expended equals rewards

Focus on: money matters, taking action, balancing the material and spiritual, building strength and confidence to overcome obstacles, prosperity, rewards, honors, ambition

Guard against: being afraid of success, doubting your own power to succeed, your perceived inability to follow through on goals

• This is your year of empowerment

• You are very motivated to manifest

• You exude confidence in everything you do, think, and envision about your future

• Lead and you will succeed

• A strong focus on abundance impacts the actualization of your vision

• You are motivated to fulfill your destiny

• Overcoming obstacles makes you stronger

• The energy you expend enriches you and brings great rewards

9 Personal Year

Keywords: completion, culmination, celebration, release, endings, unconditional love, compassionate leadership, wisdom

Focus on: finishing what you began in the last eight years, being of service, releasing relationships and beliefs that are keeping you stuck in old behaviors, practicing Feng Shui in all aspects of your life, purging and letting go as your nine-year cycle is coming to an end

Guard against: feeling discouraged and dissipated emotionally, resisting the urge to let go

• Embrace endings and celebrate your successes

• Leading from a place of love creates deep fulfillment

• Release ideas, beliefs, physical possessions, and people that you’ve outgrown or do not support or uplift you anymore

• Complete all projects by the end of this cycle to reap rewards

• By being a wise example to others, your love instills courage

• Embrace all that life has to offer — both difficulties and positive developments — for the greatest abundance

• Letting go of values acquired from others (and mistakenly attributed as your own) opens up miraculous doors

• You have come to the end of a cycle and are making room for a rebirth

 

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Your Name Numbers, and How They Stack Up

Your Name Numbers, and How They Stack Up

Reveal how the Numerology of your name influences you

Hans Decoz

Those of you familiar with Numerology know that three of the five core numbers in your Numerology chart come from your full name at birth.

The first is found by adding the numerical value of all the vowels in your name. The second is the sum of all the consonants, and the third is found by adding all the letters, vowels and consonants. Those core numbers are called your Heart’s Desire, your Personality and your Expression number, respectively.

The personalities of numbers, as I have often said, are much like those of people, to the extent that they are influenced by the personalities of those around them, as well as other factors. Your Name Numbers similarly are influenced by each other’s characteristics.

Bridge numbers are so named because they look at the bridge (or the gap) between the core numbers.

Let’s use an example. A person by the name of Daenko has a 3 Heart’s Desire, an 11/2 Personality, and a 5 Expression.

The Bridge numbers, like all numbers in Numerology that are found by deducting one number from another, uses only single-digit numbers. The 11 Personality is therefore reduced to a 2 — we ignore the 11.

The Bridge number for the 3 Heart’s Desire and the 2 Personality is 1 (found by deducting the smaller from the larger, in this case 2 from 3 is 1). This tells us that the Bridge number 1 represents the main obstacle between Daenko’s Personality, the way people tend to see him, and the “real” Daenko, the somewhat hidden qualities showing what he likes and dislikes, and so forth. Individuality, independence, taking charge, the masculine persona, those are the attributes Daenko needs to acquire or strengthen in order to make his inner and outer personality as harmonious as possible. In other words, the 1 represents the potential conflict between his inner and outer persona.

The Bridge number between Daenko’s Heart’s Desire and his Expression is 2 (again, we deduct the smaller, in this case the 3 Heart’s Desire number, from the larger, the 5 Expression, which is 2). This tells us that to help Daenko align his somewhat obscured inner self with his productive life, his range of talents and abilities so to speak, he should learn to be more tactful, sensitive, and aware of the subtle aspects of human interaction, such as body language and facial expressions, not to mention refraining from gossip and thoughtless remarks.

The gap between his Personality number, the way he acts and behaves, and generally carries himself, and the ability to take full advantage of his talents, is 3 (5 Expression minus 2 Personality). The reason Daenko thus far has not been able to land his dream job may be due, in large part, to the fact that his personality, his presence, is too soft and pliable, and that the way for him to overcome this dilemma is not so much by puffing himself up with macho attributes, but through communication. He needs to be much more forthcoming with his ideas, his wit, his quick intelligence. His 5 Expression tells us that he has those qualities, it’s just a matter of opening up his channels and showcasing them when needed. (Self promotion is another of the 5’s attributes, but without communication it is useless.)

There are other numbers we can use to recognize positive and negative forces at work among the core numbers, but the Bridge numbers are probably the most important. As one of my clients once told me: “I am not all that interested in my good qualities, I want to know my weaknesses, because those are the things I have to work on.”

True enough, of course, but knowing your strengths helps you to take advantage of them. The bottom line is, the better you know yourself, the better your chances are for living a happy, successful, fulfilling life.

 

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Get A Jump on Tomorrow, Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, January 30

Get A Jump on Tomorrow….

Your Daily Horoscopes for Wednesday, January 30

By Kelli Fox

Aries

March 21- April 19

Your mood is jovial, your comments are apt, and you’re in touch with your own highest principles. Somehow, the world seems to be in sharper focus than usual. Today is for honing your skills and using them for something important. It’s tempting to sit back and enjoy this energy, but you should put it to some good use. It would be a shame to waste this ideal moment on fleeting pleasures, instead of taking this opportunity to put something in motion that will be of benefit.

Taurus

April 20-May 20

You blew past laziness a day or two ago and right into full-on self-indulgence. You’re not in the mood to do anything that’s difficult or challenging in any way. Instead, you want to experience nothing but the pleasurable side of life. It might be nice to take a day or two to get out of town with someone special, or even by yourself. You can be your own best company! Don’t be surprised, though, when putting everything on hold causes teetering pile ups that demand your attention upon your return to regular life.

Gemini

May 21-June 21

You could go far today, physically or mentally. Whatever you do, set your heart on something meaningful and think big. This is a great time for brain exercise with a trip to the library or, better yet, an energetic debate with a well-informed friend. Be sure to listen well to their viewpoint, because it’s easy to hear only what you want to hear. It’s a good thing your exuberant energy draws people to your side, because you’re in the mood for company. Take a good friend on a spontaneous trip some place intriguing.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

Your sensitive nature flares up today, and you probably won’t deal with it gracefully. Instead, you might give hotheaded responses and put your foot in your mouth. It feels like there’s a gap between you and someone important, and this makes you nervous. But you’re only widening it by lashing out. Try to calm yourself, Cancer, and explain your feelings to someone you trust. You’ll only end up getting sick if you try to bottle them up or express them in unhealthy ways.

Leo

July 23-August 22

If you’ve been feeling blocked, don’t worry — today brings a fresh perspective. You’re feeling alert, tuned in to possibilities, and downright inspired. You’re aware of the opportunities out there and ready to grab hold of them. So whether you’re tackling a new or established project, you’ll bring a little extra ‘oomph’ to it. Putting your new ideas into action is even easier with help on your side, so turn your inspiring perspective toward your friends and colleagues. They’re sure to be impressed with your vision and your energy.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

You want to take chances, but you forget exactly which rules you’re breaking. You feel like a daredevil, but your safety gear is such a mess that you’d rather not appear in public with it. This could be a nervous, scattered day. Old issues are pressing on new situations, distorting your reality. Yes, it’s tempting to clean house, but then you’d only be lost in the past. Reenter the here and now. This is where you belong.

Libra

September 23-October 22

What’s that warm, sunny feeling wherever you turn? Don’t worry, it’s just fortune smiling on you today. You just have to pass on some of this glorious input, or you’ll explode with the wonder of it all. Intelligence pours out whenever you open your mouth, and glamour drips from your very fingers. It’s not like you really have a choice about these things, either. This is you in your element, and all is very cool — even that warm, sunny feeling. No matter where you need to go next, you can find your way there from here.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 22

Today, you’re motivated by passion, which isn’t really anything new — and it’s understandable that you want what’s coming to you. But sometimes, self-restraint and humble endurance are far more effective for getting what you desire. Your usual tactics — pressure, intensity, focus, pursuit — are likely to make today’s red tape and traffic jams even worse. You have to be patient — in the not so distant future, you’ll be glad you restrained yourself. For now, seek a fun or functional distraction, such as a quick, impromptu trip out of town or a thorough overhaul of your finances.

Sagittarius

November 23-December 20

Your genuine, sunny nature will excuse any screw-ups you happen to make today. People will love you for your brash honesty and total clarity. They might even cut you a little more slack than usual in exchange for one of your trademark charming apologies. It’s good that you have these skills and know how to use them, but it would be a mistake to base your plans on the kindness of strangers. Know when to stop pushing your luck and start pulling your weight.

Capricorn

December 21-January 19

Work on something with careful dedication, and you’ll make a favourable impression. Hard questions don’t daunt you now, making people appreciate that solid core of yours even more. Your intentions are as honorable as always, and that’s clear to everyone. Today, you might even bump into someone who really understands you. Wouldn’t that be fun? A word of caution, however: Even if an enticing new job or relationship beckons, give it a few days to develop. You still have some loose ends to tie up.

Aquarius

January 20-February 18

Forward thinking will benefit from a little extra oomph today. Here’s how it works. The energy pouring out from your heart will amplify the logic already buzzing in your head. The scars and bruises from your past won’t make you afraid of where you might still try to go. Past accidents are lessons that don’t have to restrict you. When you express yourself under these conditions, you’ll find that all the separate parts are working together now. Be good to yourself, be happy, and become something more than you ever thought you could be.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

Self-pity could be messy, and the clean up could make this particular problem even worse. But today, you may not even see your mess through whatever illusion is helping you operate. Clearly, this is unwise and unsafe. Part those veils soon so that you can see where you’re going. And if you know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish and why, being false or sneaky about it won’t do you any favours. So take a deep breath, love yourself, own your situation and get on with the life you’re su

Your Daily Horoscope for Tuesday, January 29

Your Daily Horoscope for Tuesday, January 29

By Kelli Fox

Aries

March 21- April 19

You’re in touch with your introspective side, but not in a moody or downhearted way. No, you’re actually feeling quite aware, in tune with the world and excited about the possibilities that today brings. Take a look inside your heart, and you’ll see that you know just what to do during this charmed period. Remember, you’re as timely and adroit as ever, and multi-tasking is a particular skill now. Use it well: Focus on a project or goal that really means something to you.

Taurus

April 20-May 20

Your natural response to tension in the air is to batten down the hatches and get ready for a storm. But today, be aware that rash, heavy-handed behaviour won’t make you any friends. It’ll be a lot better if you can quell your anxieties and try for a lighter touch with your friends, family, and colleagues. Taurus, ground yourself with something soothing: a bubble bath, maybe, or a walk in the park with a friend or pet.

Gemini

May 21-June 21

Your mind is full of all kinds of possibilities. You’re familiar with the options — how are you ever going to choose? Don’t worry — it’s OK to take a day to explore them. You’ll make the right decision, as long as you hold off on making any promises until you’re really clear on things. For now, enjoy that feeling of wonderment that borders on confusion. At the moment, there’s no need to know the answers — it’s still a little too soon to be certain. Just explore the questions.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

Today, you’re nostalgic and melancholy. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could travel back to a point in your life that felt simpler? Actually, no. Aside from the fact that time travel doesn’t exist, stagnation and regression aren’t nearly as appealing as they might seem. This mood you’re in will pass soon, thank goodness! Instead of avoiding all new and odd influences, make an effort to connect with others and with your own inner calm.

Leo

July 23-August 22

You have an open mind and a gregarious style, and your best qualities — courage, warmth, generosity — are on full display today. This is no time to go it alone, so use your friendly, charming personality to get other people involved in the cause of your choice. Surprise, surprise — others care about the same goals and projects you do! And it’s easy to integrate friends and allies into your efforts. Forming a strong team will help get things off the ground and running smoothly.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Satire feels virtuous today. You see yourself as a champion of the weak and oppressed. You’re using your sharp insights to let some hot air out of those who dare to fly their balloons too high. Yes, it’s easy to criticise when you feel morally superior. But think about your audience. Are they laughing at you, too? Are you more of a clown than a critic? With so many different perspectives, the same joke isn’t always funny for the same reasons. Take it in stride instead of feeling insulted.

Libra

September 23-October 22

Seek what you know you can find, instead of reaching for the stars. Connect and merge with those who’ll accept you, rather than storming the gates of places where you’d never fit in. Is it really OK to rely so much on those moments of ecstasy, discovery and bonding? You’d hate to turn into just another experience junkie, because those people are like perpetual tourists, always looking and never satisfied. Climb outside of yourself to get a better view of who you are and why you desire what you do. Find kindred spirits today.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 22

Now isn’t the time to be crafty or manipulative, no matter how sorely you might be tempted. Go for cautious optimism and sensible choices instead – in the long run, they’ll get you a lot closer to your goals. You’ll even notice minor benefits in the next day or two. And really, do you need everything all at once? You have enough of a sense of self-preservation to wait it out — just trust that you’ll get what’s coming to you. The universe will take care of you, especially if you return the favour with patience, honesty, and humility.

Sagittarius

November 23-December 20

It’s hard not to flirt today. You want to be part of everything, whether it’s to satisfy some driving passion or just have a little taste. If you’re the life of the party, it’s because you’re wise and introspective, not because you look like an air-head. Well, there is a lively part of you. But whatever social skills you deploy, whatever your angle of approach, it will be up to others how involved they’ll let you be. Don’t take rejection personally. There has to be someone else just as wise who still wants you around.

Capricorn

December 21-January 19

You’ve always been solid at your core, and that’s what people are attracted to. Keep that in mind now, because though you’re feeling energetic and ambitious, this may not be the time to let that energy loose on the world. Excessive vitality could all too easily undercut that solid foundation of yours. At the moment, people just want to know you’re dependable — they’re not looking for you to be vibrant and enthusiastic. Similarly, instead of striking out in new directions, observe your ties with the past today. They’ll help define your future.

Aquarius

January 20-February 18

Maybe you have a couple of secrets that are slowly, sweetly ripening. Maybe a private flash of insight is putting that grin on your face. Maybe the scope of a project just ballooned, driving your future profits into the stratosphere. Whatever’s going on inside your head, keep it under your hat for today. Live your life, greet your neighbours, hang with your friends. They’ll know something is ready to pop, but your carefree attitude will drive them crazy. You like having your audience on the edge of their seats. Nothing is more powerful.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

If going with the flow means going for the gold, you could easily strike it rich. There is a catch, however. In this case, you may have to pay a price if you can’t navigate carefully. But that’s just the part you can see. Don’t get too sloppy with all the undercurrents surging through your experience. You might overflow your boundaries today, flooding other people’s acreage with something too rich and extreme for them to handle. Clouding these waters won’t help anyone see the light. And not much can grow without light.

Love Astrology: Going Beyond Venus

Love Astrology: Going Beyond Venus

How planets and houses influence your love style

Maria DeSimone

We all know that Venus is the planet of love, harmony, and affection. This is the planet that tells us about our powers of attraction. In a man’s chart it speaks volumes about the type of woman he’s physically attracted to, while in a woman’s chart we look to Venus for key information about what qualities she has she’ll use to attract a man.

Yes, Venus is also connected to the 7th House of Committed Partnership and Marriage, but did you know that there’s more to love than Venus? Way more.

Find dating clues in your 5th House of Romance

Love begins in the 5th House of Romance in your chart. This is the place of fun and pleasure. The 5th house rules romance and giving love. This is where we take a chance in life and gamble.

When it comes to love, wouldn’t you agree that it might be the most speculative bet of all? We risk our hearts being broken and having our spirits crushed. And yet, we continue to keep our hearts open because we know if we “win” the jackpot is huge. Our hearts filled with joy and love.

So yes, where you begin to date someone, fall in love and have romantic and fun sex is a 5th house of Romance matter. Any planets that are in your 5th house will offer more details about your love potential. Don’t have a planet in your 5th house? Not to worry — you’re not meant to be lonely. Your 5th house story just takes a bit more digging. You’ll need to look to the planet that rules the sign on the cusp of your 5th house for more information.

Mars rules your sex drive

Speaking of romantic love, invariably it will lead to sex. Before you have sex, however, you need to desire a person. That desire is where Mars enters the picture. This warrior planet is not only about action, it rules your libido. In a woman’s chart, Mars symbolizes the type of man she’s physically attracted to, whereas in a man’s chart Mars will tell us all we need to know about how he shakes his tail feathers and attracts a woman his way.

In either gender Mars will tell the story of how the person is aroused. Mars is what turns you on, pure and simple! Eventually, the love that begins in the 5th House of Romance might become more than a casual fling or dating fun. Love may blossom into commitment, and once it does it becomes a 7th House of Partnership matter. When love enters the domain of the 7th house, something interesting happens. Love gets deeper. Much deeper.

Going deeper in the 8th House of Sex

In fact, a committed partnership no longer has the carefree 5th-house sex. They’ve graduated to 8th House of Sex and Spirituality. The 8th house is all about intimacy and sharing your resources on a deep psychological level. You don’t do this on a one-night stand or in the early dating stages of a relationship. Once you’ve become exclusive and decide to share a life together, however, a deep bond is forged and can intensify love. That’s the job of the 8th house.

Fear of intimacy is conquered here. Interestingly enough, love that may be obsessive, jealous and controlling might lurk its ugly head in the 8th house, as well. The 8th House of Intimacy is where we figure out the power behind the bonds of love and learn how to surrender to it in a psychologically healthy way. Occasionally, this is where we are betrayed or become destroyed by love.

Neptune holds the key to unconditional love

Ideally, love is unconditional. For that, we look to Neptune, because this is the planet that is known as the higher octave of Venus, ruling unconditional and spiritual love.

If you want to know whether love can conquer all in your chart, look to see what Neptune is doing. If this planet makes an aspect to your Sun, Moon, Ascendant or Venus, then you’ve got a natural ability to love unconditionally. The question is … will you receive that in return?

The Moon illuminates our emotional needs

The Moon is also quite important when we speak of love. The Moon rules our deepest need — what we crave. We all crave love, but the Moon will tell us how we need to be nurtured.

In a woman’s chart the Moon is an important indicator of what she needs in order to feel most attuned to her feminine self. In a man’s chart, the Moon suggests qualities he needs emotionally more than anything else from a woman.

Mercury: The key to communication

Finally, what’s love without communication? If you can’t talk about love and express your feelings, well, love may have a more difficult time reaching you. Look to your Mercury placement for clues on what you think about most and how you best interconnect with others.

In the end however, love is a universal language. Venus may be the key to love, but remember she’s not the entire story.

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RELEASE YOUR FEARS WITH WINTER’S MOST MAGICAL TRANSITS

RELEASE YOUR FEARS WITH WINTER’S MOST MAGICAL TRANSITS

Astrology has a long history and tradition as a magical aid. In fact, astrology, alchemy, and magic were originally seen as three related, or sister, arts that were practiced in tandem. Two of the basic conditions for magical activity are that a planet be in one of its dignities—the places where it has heightened powers—or the planet be in conjunction with a powerful fixed star.

With this definition in mind, these two transits are slated to be the most magical of 2019’s winter quarter. Read on to discover how to harness the alchemic energy.

 

SATURN IN CAPRICORN AND CONJUNCT VEGA

Saturn’s natural powers of structure, organization, and long-term planning are heightened in Capricorn. Vega is a very bright star identified in ancient lore as one of fifteen Behenian stars which exude special magical powers—it was said to make one magnanimous and to dispel fears. The latter is especially important, as in its negative form Saturn represents our fears and limitations. We can call on the powers of Vega to transcend anything that is holding us back.

Each of the Behenian stars has an accompanying herb, stone, and image or sigil used to access its powers. For Vega, the herb is chicory and the stone is chrysolite, an ancient name which includes peridot, topaz, and tourmaline. The sigil for Vega looks like an “X” on its side with small circles in the middle and at each end. The glyph for Saturn is the cross of matter above the crescent of soul (see below).

Saturn is within one degree of Vega from about January 28–February 16 (exact February 6). In classical astrology, each of the days of the week belongs to one of the seven planets (e.g., Saturday belongs to Saturn), and generally a waning moon that is losing light is best for decreasing things—like fears.

On Saturday, February 2, preferably just after sunrise—the first hour of the day belongs to the planet of that day—draw the symbols of Vega and Saturn on a piece of paper, either side by side or combined. On the back, name the fear or limitation you are trying to transcend and ask Vega for protection. For example: “Vega please protect me from and dispel my fear of public speaking.” You can place this paper talisman along with a chrysolite stone and some chicory in a place that feels sacred to you.

Then, when the moon is waxing or increasing in light on one of the following two Saturdays (February 9 or 16) preferably just after sunrise, ask Saturn to grant its positive powers to help you overcome your fear. For example: “Saturn please grant your powers of structure, organization, and long-term planning to help me overcome my fear of public speaking.” Keep the paper talisman, stone and herb in your sacred place as a reminder of your commitment to overcoming your fear, and later when you feel you’ve accomplished enough mastery or control you can bury them together in the Earth as a way to gain closure. Be sure to thank Vega and Saturn and whatever deities you’re accustomed to recognizing and working with.

 

FULL MOON CONJUNCT REGULUS FEBRUARY 19

February’s full moon is a supermoon, which means it’s closer to the Earth and appears larger. Additionally, this full moon is conjunct Regulus, aka Cor Leonis or the Heart of the Lion. A royal star, Regulus grants success when you channel passions toward the highest, most refined goals. Together, a supermoon on a royal star feels rather heroic! If you’re feeling bold and courageous, trust it. On the days leading up to this full moon, take a chance, follow your heart, do something big, bold and audacious. Follow your bliss, especially when it leads you off the beaten path. Trust the light of the full moon to help you find your way.

All heroines eventually return home, and this full moon is exact in the first degree of Virgo, a feminine earth sign. This agrees with the basic nature of the moon, which is also feminine and nocturnal. The ancients called this triplicity dignity, when the nature of the planet agrees with the element of a sign and felt that it signified a person in their family home, amongst familiar and comfortable surroundings. So, if your heart is now leading you inward or you feel drawn toward the safety of home or community, this is also natural. On the day of and days following the full moon, forge strong bonds of the heart by seeking to do works of practical good in family and community settings. The new moon in Virgo six months ago sowed seeds in your life that are ready to flower and harvest now. Share the fruits of this success with those closest to you, in order to strengthen family and community bonds.

 

Gary P. Caton is a transdisciplinary astrologer who maintains an active sacred relationship with the living Sky as his temple. Initiated an astrologer by a magnificent dream in 1993, Gary is the author of Hermetica Triptycha: The Mercury Elemental Year, and host of the popular Hermetic Astrology Podcast. Find Gary online at DreamAstrologer.com

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