Sun & Uranus Bring Us New Beginnings

May 24 will see the stimulating Gemini Sun shine a soft, gentle light on Uranus in active Aries. With change coming so easily, this transit will present an ideal opportunity to try something completely new!

Uranus is associated with innovation, rebellion and change. It can make life dramatic and difficult, but it can also shake things up, helping you kick out anything old and stale as you welcome new beginnings.

There are varying levels at which Uranus may wield its influence, and this depends on the other planets involved and how they’re positioned in the sky. Fortunately in this case, the Sun is forming a very pleasant alignment with Uranus. You won’t feel any radical changes imposed upon you … but it you pay close attention, you’ll notice some new doors cracking open for you.

Uranus can come completely out of left field, so your new vehicle for change may not be obvious right away. But once you figure it out, be sure to take advantage of opportunities presented to you. You’re sure to be thrilled with the results!

i carry your heart

i carry your heart with me, i carry it in my heart
i am never without it,
anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling
i fear no fate, for you are my fate, my sweet, i want
no world, for beautiful you are my world, my true;
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows,
here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide,
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart, i carry it in my heart

Edward Estlin Cummings

Venus, Mercury & the Full Moon

Over the next few days, Mercury and Venus will align to offer both sensuality and pragmatism — an unusual combination, perhaps, but one that’s sure to make your life that much more comfortable, enjoyable … and romantic!

On May 15, both Mercury and Venus will move into Taurus, where they will remain until June 2 and 9, respectively. While Taurus is very practical, it also loves to be pampered and is always enamored with all things sensual. Combined with Venus, the planet of romance and beauty, not only will you be in for more sensual date nights, but you couldn’t ask for a better time for a total makeover, either for yourself or your home — or both!

While all this is going on, Mercury will help keep ideas and conversations firmly rooted in reality – no pie-in-the-sky dreams, only common-sense plans.

May 16 will see Mercury and Venus join in Taurus, where they will form a pleasant alignment with Neptune. You’ll feel a bit dreamier than usual, and you’ll likely experience moments here and there of near-bliss!

On May 17, however, the Full Moon in Scorpio will leave you more emotional, with hints of seduction and jealousy to contend with. It’s best at this time to focus on areas where you and your partner are sure to see eye-to-eye; try to push everything else aside for another, calmer day. by

Lady’s Mantle

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his botanical name of Lady’s Mantle, Alchemilla mollis, means “the little alchemist”. This hardy perennial has soft, fuzzy leaves with pleated edges that collect drops f dew, which explains how it earned the folk name of “dewdrop” and “dewcup”. This plant bears gorgeous yellow-green, loose and frothy- looking clusters of flowers in the summer, making it very popular in bridal bouquets and floral design. If you gather the dew that collects on the leaves of this herb, add it to spells and potions for a boost. Or touch a dewdrop to your forehead for an herbal blessing. This herb was originally sacred to the Goddess, but as time went on it became a popular plant in Monastic gardens and later became connected to the Virgin Mary. This easy-to-grow herb is a wonderful addition to the magickal garden. Work the flowers and leaves into spells for women’s magick, the earth goddess, healing, and turning up the volume n your own herbal spells. The elemental correspondence for lady’s mantle is water. The planetary association is Venus. In the language of flowers, this herb signifies the comfort of protection.
by Ellen Dugan