COOKIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS: GINGERBREAD — Bewitching Kitchen (Reblog)

December. This is the time for baking cookies in all shapes and forms, but some are definitely more strongly associated with the holiday spirit. This posts opens a series of four chapters. I start with gingerbread, using a recipe from Tanya, tent-baker extraordinaire, aka The Gingerbread Queen. Subsequent posts will cover Sugar Cookies, Macarons, and […]

COOKIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS: GINGERBREAD — Bewitching Kitchen

Start Afresh? New Moon in Leo – Astrology Today

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The New Moon on August 18/19 2020 is symbolically important and very interesting. What does this mean?

New Moons, and the immediate period after them, when the sun and Moon are in conjunction and the Moon begins a new cycle, are traditionally considered good times to begin something new, new projects, a change in lifestyle etc. What does this New Moon indicate?

Enjoy Yourself and Start Something New

A New Moon in Leo is positive in itself. Leo is the sign of ‘love, luck and life‘. It’s about enjoyment, kids, sport, having fun, making the most of your spare time. So begin something new along those lines. If we were living in different circumstances, a last minute holiday might have been a good idea to kick start something new!

This New Moon is conjunct Mercury too, planet of communication. Any new project involving the mind, books, your immediate family, neighbourhood, or something to do with local travel or business, could be well favoured if begun now.

Supercharged! And with ‘Royal‘ Approval?

What is more, this New Moon is also in very good aspect to Mars in its own sign of Aries. Although this aspect is separating, anything begun now will be supercharged! Maybe its time to give it a go, despite the circumstances we are all in.

What is effectively a triple conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Mercury, is also very close to the fixed star Regulus. This star, which is in the constellation of Leo, is one of the brightest in the sky, and it generally has a positive reputation, often to do with royalty. The sign of Leo is course also closely connected to royalty and celebrity. One might interpret this as giving an extra ‘royal’ assent to any new project begun around now.

*Interestingly, we may here some significant news regarding royal families over the next day or so.

Karmic Contacts

One more layer to add here is this Leo New Moon’s positive contact with the nodes, which have a special karmic significance. At the moment the nodes are in Gemini and Sagittarius, both signs of communication and the mind.

I think this once more tends to favour new beginnings in anything local rather than global. Thinking smaller and more local is probably the way to go.

Be Careful Out There

However, I must ring a note of caution here. Saturn, the greater malefic, so called, is in a difficult aspect to this New Moon. Whilst this aspect (the quincunx 150 degrees) may not be as obviously difficult or challenging as the square or opposition, it may signify that you should be prepared for some unexpected difficulties to arise – considering the times we are living in right now, this would not be surprising.

So yes, make the most of the New Moon in Leo. It’s special, but it’s also up to us to use this energy and propel ourselves into something new and enjoyable.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Heaven’s on Fire! Sun Trine Mars – Astrology

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The heavens are more positively charged this morning.

We may be approaching the New Moon in Leo but early today marks a positive boost from the trine (120 degree) aspect from the Sun and Mercury in fiery Leo to Mars in rampant Aries, both the Sun and Mars in their signs of dignity.

We should all have felt some kind of energy surge, but especially you Leo, Aries, Scorpio, Gemini and Virgo types, a wish to enjoy and experience the summer holidays to the full to dispel that Monday morning feeling perhaps?

And with the Moon also just entering Leo, wherever you live, just get out and about and make the most of your day, or evening; socialise, entertain!

Didn’t feel anything different? Ah well.

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

My last meal in Olso — Passport Overused (Reblog)

My time in Norway was ending. This beautiful country will leave a mark in my heart. Its sophisticated charm is what lead me to wish this was my home. However, that cold made me reconsider. Had a few more hours here, I needed to make the best of the little time left. A view of…

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*** Great post from a great site. Scandinavia should be on everyone’s bucket list, especially Norway.