Thursday, October 30, 2014

IT'S AMBER FOR THE CONCORDIA MOON
By Our Crystal Meditation Adviser Martin Campbell



FOR tonight's Concordia Moon, the Aquarius First Quarter Moon, the focus is clearly on reconciliation, the bringing of peace - and being thankful for it. A truly positive period for us all  - many of whom will be living with daily strife at work, pressure from family or facing homophobic verbal or violent abuse. 

While it may not be possible to seek peace face-to-face with some of those who oppress or hurt you there is always an opportunity to send love or forgiveness via focused meditation sending love or peace. 

You may not wish to give your enemies forgiveness or peace but you may need to look inwards - do you need to forgive yourself? Do you need to bring peace to yourself? 

Spiritual healing (through mediation or any method) brings not only healing to the person needing the treatment but also to yourself. 

You channel the healing through your mind, body and spirit to pass onwards to the person you intend to heal. 

In doing so you receive healing too. 

I am not a trained healer but I have been through processes of forgiveness for myself and others. They were very simple. You just hold an actual or imagined image of the person and speak, verbally or internally, to them. Send them love, send them forgiveness. 

I found it was like flicking a switch in my thoughts - it switched from hate and loathing to a process where I saw the oppressor as they truly were - a sad, lost soul striking out at things they didn't understand or want to understand. They became very small - even comical. 

It also gave me the strength to seek a resolution in whatever way - walking away, contacting the Police, contacting a lawyer, writing to or phoning the person, it could be anything that works.

Meditation can be hard when you are doing so alone. You may want to seek the company of another meditator - two or more people meditating on the same thing at the same time creates a bigger outward wave of goodwill, healing or forgiveness. 

I've meditated with 50 people and felt that power and unified love - it was astonishing. You may also want to use crystals to help create that vibration of peace, forgiveness and solution seeking. I would suggest using:

FOR FORGIVENESS:

1. Beryl - it aids conscious thought process,inner peace and forgiveness. Beryls come in many colours - the pink ones are probably the most appropriate right now.

2. Pink Calcite - it releases fear and grief - especially in the past

FOR SOLUTION SEEKING:

Pink Agate - it helps you to see the bigger picture behind a dispute and seek solutions rather than dwelling on the situation.

FOR PEACE:

Amber - it brings patience, flexibility and the ability to dissolve opposition in yourself and others. (Image at top of this entry.)

Love and Light
Martin


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THE ANTINOUS CONCORDIA MOON
THE AQUARIUS FIRST QUARTER MOON



TONIGHT's Aquarius First Quarter Moon is the Lunar Phase in Antinous Moon Magic which we call the altruistic and magnanimous CONCORDIA MOON.

Each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the the Concordia Moon is the embodiment of Reconciliation. It is the great diplomat, the peace-maker, the reconciler, the consensus seeker. It is the embodiment of understanding, mutual rapport, solidarity, team spirit, cooperation, reciprocity and peaceful coexistence.

It is the pleasure of shaking hands after having fought a good fight. It is the warm embrace of kissing and making up after a dispute.

It is the joy of reuniting with old friends after a long hiatus. It is the embodiment of the US festival called Thanksgiving, which normally occurs near the cycle of the Concordia Moon.

Coins minted during the reign of the Divine Hadrian often show his profile on the obverse or front side, and the goddess Concordia on the reverse side. Essentially, Hadrian was saying that diplomacy and peaceable relations were the backbone of the Roman Empire during his reign, rather than sheer military might which had characterized Rome up until then.

In Antinous Moon Magic, the cycle of the Concordia Moon is well suited for meditations and rituals aimed at resolving thorny problems and seeking just and amicable solutions to interpersonal strife.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ASTRO FORECAST: OCT. 29 — NOV. 9, 2014

Antinous Astrology Forecast

OCT. 29 to NOV. 9, 2014


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2014

On Wednesday ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD aligns with Pluto before later in the day aligning in conjunction with the STAR OF ANTINOUS and showers us all with his blessings — for a pleasant sign of what is in store this weekend.


THURSDAY/FRIDAY OCT. 30-31, 2014

Overnight Thursday/Friday we come to the Aquarius First Quarter Moon ... the Lunar Phase in Antinous Moon Magic which we call the altruistic and magnanimous CONCORDIA MOON ... the perfect night for laying enmity and strife to rest ... and open your heart to healing love on this Halloween/Samhain ... which means opening your heart to spirit guides.


SATURDAY/SUNDAY NOV. 1-2, 2014

On Saturday and Sunday we arrive at one of the most beneficent weekends of the year when Mercury and Jupiter are in a lucky sextile aspect even as ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms a positive trine with Mercury while engaging in challenging aspects to Jupiter and Saturn. On Sunday, meanwhile, Venus and Pluto form a sexy sextile while Mars and Jupiter are also in a sextile aspect. What all this means is that you can expect notification of good tidings regarding future prospects and projects.


MONDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2014

On Monday Pluto gives you strength of character to begin the new work week with drive by forming a positive sextile aspect with the Sun. This is a great way to begin the week, giving you a good feel for when to act decisively. You feel grounded and stabilized. You are simultaneously aware of your strengths as well as your weaknesses ... and are determined to make the best of them both..


TUESDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2014

On Tuesday ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD aligns in conjunction with Uranus while squaring off against Pluto and Mars to gives you plenty of power, both physically and ambitiously. A physical workout would be great, but just don't over-do things.


WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2014

On Wednesday things get very lively indeed when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms a trine aspect with Jupiter and then goes into opposition with Mercury. In fact, things can get so hectic that you have problems meeting deadlines . So set your priorities and stick to them.


THURSDAY/FRIDAY NOV. 6/7, 2014

Overnight Thursday/Friday we come to the TAURUS FULL MOON. That is the lunar phase which, in Antinous Moon Magic, is called the HADRIAN's VILLA MOON. This is a way for Antinous the Gay God to help you find your spiritual home, the celestial palace you have made for yourself. This Moon is aimed at helping you focus and center your spiritual heart.


SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8, 2014

On Saturday Mercury re-enters Scorpio after having temporarily backed out of the sign of the scorpion in September during its Retrograde phase. After the light and diplomatic banter of Mercury in Libra, conversations deepen now as the communication planet moves into the fixed and secretive waters of Scorpio. Much of our mental processing will now be taking place behind-the-scenes, which could make business dealings a tad uncomfortable to say the least. You must become a very good face reader, strategist and psychic to really work this transit to your advantage. Mercury in Scorpio is all about getting to the bottom line and plummeting to the core of the truth. Our psyches are now more attuned to the hidden motives, agendas and ulterior motives of others.

We may also be looking for things that aren't there, just to protect ourselves. When Mercury is in Scorpio, our minds are more locked into the fear of loss and the need to keep that which we have under control — especially when money is involved. Scorpio is one of the most resourceful signs of the zodiac, but also on the defense when it comes to protecting what has been built through time and sustained efforts.

We're all more prone to feel like "don't mess with our money" during this phase, so now is not the time to spontaneously ask for a raise or bonus. It's better to use this influence to have the challenging conversations around money that require getting to the bottom of a very complex financial structure that needs deep and long-term change.

Now is the time to talk about all of those shadows and skeletons in the closet. They will be crawling out and rearing their head regardless, so why not work with them so they don’t work against you?


SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2014

On Sunday indulgent Venus squares excessive Jupiter. If you are planning to go to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast ... then you will pig out because it's easy to fall victim to temptation during this configuration. We need to be wary of overdoing it with rich food, intoxicating drinks and other "vices." It will be difficult switching gears and getting back to work. There's even a possibility we’ll forget responsibilities altogether. This isn't a good time to make luxury purchases. A sports car could require costly repair, a gourmet meal may be less than satisfying or an expensive outfit may be made with inferior materials. Wait another day to splurge. Getting good value for money will be very difficult under this configuration.


SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:

Another exciting week lies ahead between November 10 and 16 when we come to the Leo Third Quarter Moon, which is called the BACCHANALIA MOON in Antinous Moon Magic for its gifts of transcendence ... This Lunar Phase reflects those festivals of peering into other worlds and states of being ... a restless time of high-spirited indulgence, sometimes fun, sometimes slightly scary and always capable of unleashing powerful spirits ... On a mundane level, it refers to putting on a disguise and "having a good time". On a spiritual level, it refers to entering an altered state to commune with the divine, thus this Lunar Phase is the best time of the year for trance visions .... More details next time ....


Thursday, October 23, 2014

FIGHTING FEAR DURING THE ZELUS MOON
By Our Crystal Meditation Adviser Martin Campbell



I feel tonight's ZELUS MOON is rather like a journey we will all be on until Samhain dissipates it as the veil lifts. So I have made suggestions for each stage.

Fear - Always a difficult one to suggest a crystal for as there are many which help you deal with, or get fear expressed. This time I suggest Azurite. It is a beautiful stone which can help you to alleviate the feelings of fear through meditating with one. It can also help you to focus on the reality of what you are feeling.  

Jealousy - It can eat away at you... Rather than just accepting this we can use meditation with a Peridot crystal. They form in volcanoes so will help you to focus on and observe your jealousy as it rises in your mind. This focus should help you to be clear what the real cause is.

Suspicion - Once you have analysed your jealousy it is likely that suspicions of other people's higher status, better looks, wealth etc. are why you are becoming jealous. Melanite Garnets will help you to speak the truth and allow the truth to emerge. 

Anxiety - You will feel anxious about these truths being uttered - will you be judged harshly? I would suggest you use Iron Pyrite. These metallic crystal formations (often very geometric) are particularly good if you are a man (especially gay men) because it can help reduce those feelings of inadequacies you may have been feeling in comparison with other men. It will help you to boost your own assessment of your self worth.

Resolution - As you relax after this internal battle with your emotions you will want a feeling of resolution. Among many other attributes Amethyst can help you get rid of negative energy and thoughts. It can also help you transition to a new state of being. Which of course can include transition from this life into the next. So it is also perfect for meditating on the transience of life and the narrowing of the veil between life and death at this time of year.

So your journey has hopefully led you to a place where you can experience fun and deep spirituality at Halloween/Samhain.

Love and Light
Martin

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THE SCORPIO NEW MOON
THE ZELUS MOON OF ANTINOUS



TONIGHT's Scorpio New Moon  is the darkest and most serious new moon of the year. In Antinous Moon Magic, we call it the ZELUS MOON in honor of the Dark Eros who teaches us to let go of things without fear.

This New Moon usually occurs at or near the cycle of ancient dark festivals which are mirrored in modern Halloween, Samhain, Día de los Muertos, All Souls Day, St. Martin's Processions, Trick-R-Treat and all the other variations of this primeval Dark Moon Lunar Festival.


This is the new moon to focus on death and rebirth. Remember the Phoenix rising from the ashes of its own destruction. It is a time to focus on positive ways to release any negative energies and go forward, transforming fear into magical strength and fortitude.

Each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the Zelus Moon is the Spirit of Fear. Fear expresses itself in so many ways, through jealousy, envy, rivalry and emotional insecurity.

It is the darkness under the bed or in the bedroom closet when one was a child. It is the fear of the unknown. It is the essence of dread and fear-and-trembling along with anxiety, panic and trepidation.

It is especially the fear of losing something or someone, which sours its energies into jealousy, envy, covetousness and irrational malice.

This Lunar Phase unleashes many powerful energies -- Fear. Phobia. Jealousy. Envy. Covetousness. Fear of losing something. Insecurity.

We all know the icy grasp of Zelus as he clutches our heart with FEAR -- the fear of losing something or someone, losing your life, your possessions, losing a lover to someone else.

It isn't even necessarily about the one that you love, but can also be more focused on those who you think are a threat to your love, those whom you hate because of the love you have for the one you fear to lose.

But it also extends to Envy and Covetousness...jealousy over the recognition given to others, jealousy over the things you have, or the things you want that someone else has...it comes from a sense of insecurity on many levels, not only having to do with love.

Tonight's Scorpio New Moon meditations and rituals should focus on where fear blocks and hinders your spiritual progress. Find and identify the things you fear. Look Zelus in the face and ask him to help you harness and master the powerful energies which he offers you.

For Zelus is not your enemy. He is part of you. Zelus constitutes one of the most powerful energies in your spiritual self. Shunning Zelus and trying to block him out of you life only makes Zelus pound and scratch at the portals to your soul all the more frantically.

Open the portals and allow Zelus inside so as to make yourself complete. Watch in amazement as the Dark Eros morphs into the Light Eros, as fear and envy turn into courage and love.

By befriending and harnessing the powerful energies of Zelus, by making him your spiritual ally and companion, you become a warrior with the SACRED BAND OF THEBES, the Army of Lovers who carry fear as their shield and their buckler.

It's not about being fearless. It's about being able to transform your fear into a mighty force which wins the battle of life. 


Zelus energy is not about scaring you to death. It is about LIFE. It is about harnessing fear and doubt and turning them into useful energies in your daily life.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ASTRO FORECAST: OCT. 23 — NOV. 2, 2014

Antinous Astrology Forecast

OCT. 23 to NOV. 2, 2014


THURSDAY/FRIDAY OCT. 23-24, 2014

Overnight Thursday/Friday darkness spreads across the face of the Earth and irrational jealousies and suspicions are rife when both Venus and the Sun enter the Sign of Scorpio and both of them align with ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD for a Partial Solar Eclipse visible over much of North America. This Solar Eclipse of ill omen which coincides with the SCORPIO NEW MOON. In Antinous Moon Magic this lunar phase is called the ZELUS MOON of fear, angst and anxiety ... and using Antinous Moon Magic to triumph over fear. Scorpio New Moon is the darkest and most serious new moon of the year. In Antinous Moon Magic, we call it the ZELUS MOON in honor of the Dark Eros who teaches us to let go of things without fear ... This New Moon occurs at or near the cycle of ancient dark festivals which are mirrored in modern Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, All Souls Day, St. Martin's Processions, Trick-R-Treat and all the other variations of this primeval Dark Moon Lunar Festival ... Zelus energy is not about scaring you to death. It is about LIFE. It is about harnessing fear and doubt and turning them into useful energies in your daily life.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014

On Saturday love will be waiting around the corner when Venus and the Sun align in perfect conjunction in hot and horny Scorpio. Things will be steamy and passionate for sure. You may not form a bond for a lifetime, but it will be incredibly hot while it lasts. And this is the perfect weekend for starting something new because Mercury ends its three-week Retrograde ("backwards") period and begins moving Direct ("forwards") again. So you can feel confident about signing contracts, making major purchases, making travel plans and starting new projects. And by the time you arrive at work bright and early Monday morning, you will discover that lots of "lost" files, emails and shipments have magically arrived as if by magic ... after having been in Mercury Retrograde limbo for three weeks.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014

On Sunday you will be more determined than ever to take care of business from now through December 5, as action-planet Mars leaves Sagittarius and is exalted in efficient Capricorn. If you've been putting off important duties, the guilt is unbearable now, and you'll experience renewed focus to get things done. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, which rules time. Now you will be more aware of how precious passing moments are, and thus more likely to make a structured schedule. When you schedule your days, time expands. When you just leave it up in the air, time dissolves. Therefore, schedule everything, even — and especially — leisure time so you'll have more of it during this phase. It's also easier to get your priorities straight under this influence, as Capricorn has a tendency to get the most out of what's useful. You’ll be amazed at how much you get done during the holiday rush. Enjoy the supreme efficiency of this influence, and cut out all superfluous ballyhoo as the Yuletide season approaches. Does that sound too Grinch-like? Well, chances are, the Grinch has Mars in Capricorn or heavy Saturn in his horoscope!


MONDAY OCTOBER 27, 2014

On Monday Venus creates a romantic atmosphere when the Love Planet forms a trine aspect with dreamy Neptune even as ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms positive aspects with Uranus, Mercury and Jupiter. As if love and romance were not enough, these aspects also enhance your ability to woo coworkers and your boss into projects that will make you look good.


TUESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2014

On Tuesday you must pay attention to your dreams — and also to your daydreams — when the incisive Scorpio Sun forms a positive trine aspect with intuitive Neptune. Take your inner voice seriously and let yourself be guided by spontaneous impulses.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2014

On Wednesday ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD aligns with Pluto before later in the day aligning in conjunction with the STAR OF ANTINOUS and showers us all with his blessings — for a pleasant sign of what is in store this weekend.


THURSDAY/FRIDAY OCT. 30-31, 2014

Overnight Thursday/Friday we come to the Aquarius First Quarter Moon ... the Lunar Phase in Antinous Moon Magic which we call the altruistic and magnanimous CONCORDIA MOON ... the perfect night for laying enmity and strife to rest ... and open your heart to healing love on this Halloween/Samhain ... which means opening your heart to spirit guides.


SATURDAY/SUNDAY NOV. 1-2, 2014

On Saturday and Sunday we arrive at one of the most beneficent weekends of the year when Mercury and Jupiter are in a lucky sextile aspect even as ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms a positive trine with Mercury while engaging in challenging aspects to Jupiter and Saturn. On Sunday, meanwhile, Venus and Pluto form a sexy sextile while Mars and Jupiter are also in a sextile aspect. What all this means is that you can expect notification of good tidings regarding future prospects and projects.


SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:

Another exciting week lies ahead between November 3 and 9 when we come to the TAURUS FULL MOON. That is the lunar phase which, in Antinous Moon Magic, is called the HADRIAN's VILLA MOON. This is a way for Antinous the Gay God to help you find your spiritual home, the celestial palace you have made for yourself. This Moon is aimed at helping you focus and center your spiritual heart .... More details next time ....


ANTINOUS CRYSTAL MEDITATION ADVICE
BY MARTIN CAMPBELL


FOR thousands of years people have been drawn to crystals for their beauty, value and spiritual significance. Many Stone Age people lived in caves which were full of rocks, minerals, metals and crystals. As I type this there has been news today that the earliest known human cave art - 40,000 years old - has been found in crystal lined caves in Indonesia.

Rolling forward in time we find that over 3,000 years ago the ancient Egyptians held certain crystals in awe and reverence. We can see the magical treasures of Tutankamum dripping in precious metals and crystals. The famous solid gold death mask and necklace of King Tut are inlaid with Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Quartz, Obsidian and Green Feldspar. Other treasures have very significant inclusions made from 'Libyan Glass'/Libyan Gold. This naturally occuring 'glass' was gathered from the Libyan desert where it was formed by a meteorite striking the desert many thousands of years ago. The intense heat melted the desert sand and turned it into yellow glass crystals. This made it very highly regarded by the Egyptians.  

We know that crystals were used as decoration in ancient Greek and Roman temples. There were crystals given at the birth of Alexander the Great. Indeed he was buried in a sarchophagus made from Rock Crystal. We know that Antinous was given a 'Adamantine' crystal spear head. This name refers to a wide range of potential materials but was probably either flint, onyx or diamond. 

So what has all of this to do with modern day Pagan worship or the day to day lives of LGBTU people? Well, of course we now use crystals in many ways. Diamonds are used in precision cutting tools making many of the products we now use. We use many crystals like rubies, sapphires, peridots, amethyst and aquamarines to wear and look fabulous. Lenses for precision instruments - even those going into space - use finely ground rock crystals such as quartz.

In recent years, however, people with spiritual and scientific connections have begun to realise that those ancient folk used crystals in worship for a reason. All earthly things have a vibrational frequency - you, me, the cat, the table, the house, the earth. We are all made of particles in constant vibration and the frequency of these vibrations differ from material to material. By getting the right vibrational frequency we can heal things. This isn't hippy dippy nonsense, we use ultrasound machines to scan babies but also to vibrate gallstones at such a high rate they break down. Scientists have found that cats purr at a low vibrational frequency that helps to strengthen and repair their bones, relieve pain, and heal wounds. 

Of course crystals all vibrate at certain frequencies too. People have begun experimenting with using crystals for healing and have found magical results. It takes a leap of faith but if you can open your mind and be accepting of any and all healing processes then you can work with crystals. 

You may already know that one side of your body, or one hand, one ear, one eye are where you feel, see or 'sense' things other than those visible. If not, then close your eyes and imagine a flow of energy (or blood if that makes more sense to you) emanating from your heart and flowing down your arms. Imagine it and then feel it. Focus on its flow. Feel it flow through your hands and fingers and then back up your arms, into your heart and then up into your brain. Feel how it feels. One side will feel a stronger flow than the other. this is your spiritually sensitive side.

Using the hand from your sensitive side pick up any crystal that appeals to you (whether it is by colour, texture, size or affordability!). Close your eyes and do exactly what you have just done but focus on the energy flowing into your hand, through the crystal and back. 

You will 'feel', 'sense', 'hear' something that tells you that crystal is vibrating its freqeuency through you. Some you will love, some you will hate, some will do nothing for you at all! 

I can't work with Moldavite because its meteorite origins vibrate too intensely for me, I feel dizzy or overwhelmed. Once you have 'tuned in' to a few crystals you will know which are your loves and hates. Over time you will find some that alter your mental or physical state. I use Carnelian to cheer me up, Fire Opal to help me get through hard times and Tigers Eye to ground myself and stop being distracted.

So, the way I suggest you use your crystals is during Antinous (or the deity of your choice) focused spiritual or healing meditation. I will advise you which crystal is recommended for that day, moon phase or period of time. Don't worry if you don't have one. You can 'tune in' to a picture of one or even just the thought of one. Tune into the crystal held in your sensitive hand or the image or thought of it - just as outlined above. Focus on the energy flow between you and it. Now allow a thought into your head focused on the moon, star, historical or spiritual significance of the day (whether it be for Antinous or any other deity). Hold both in your thoughts and allow them to merge and become one flow through you, into the crystal and back. Try to maintain this through the whole of the mediation. Don't worry, I don't always manage to do so - Tibetan monks take decades to perfect it! I hope you will feel that the thought is magnified or positively altered in some way by the vibrational frequency of the crystal. It takes practice but I promise you, it does work!

If you have a favourite crystal you can use this for any mediation on any subject because you are tuned to it and vice versa.

I hope this is helpful to you. Happy tuning!
MARTIN

MARTIN CAMPBELL is an author living in Britain who is adept at Antinous Moon Magic in its special forms of pendulum, card reading and crystal magic. He is the author of THE LOVE GOD, a historical novel tracing the life of Antinous from the moment his tousle-haired head emerges from his mother's womb under auspicious stars in Asia Minor to the moment his head sinks beneath the swirling waters of the Nile on a starry evening in Egypt.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

ANTINOUS SAYS 'OPEN YOUR EYES'
TO YOUR OWN DIVINE LIGHT



FROM time to time Retrograde Mercury aligns in conjunction with the Sun. 

Old astrology texts dating back to Ancient Rome call this a potentially hazardous time, and speak of a "Scorched Mercury" which impairs communications and judgment. 

But in ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC, we see that very differently.

This Sun/Mercury conjunction is indeed intense, but in a positive way. Antinous/Mercury focuses the gay spiritual light of his heavenly father Ra-Herakhte right at you. 

Open your spiritual heart to the light and joy and permit it to burn away all doubt and all fear and trepidation. 

Most people live in spiritual darkness. They are like people who live in caves and are afraid of sunlight because it hurts their eyes. But should we shun the light and stay in the cave with them? 

Antinous/Mercury says it's safe to open your spiritual eyes — and spiritual heart — and become accustomed to the light.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ASTRO FORECAST: OCTOBER 16 — 26, 2014

Antinous Astrology Forecast

OCTOBER 16 to 26, 2014


THURSDAY OCTOBER 16, 2014

On Thursday your brain is ablaze with often confusing and conflicting ideas when Retrograde Mercury aligns with the Sun. Old astrology texts dating back to Ancient Rome call this a potentially hazardous time, and speak of a "Scorched Mercury" which impairs communications and judgment. But in ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC, we see that very differently. This Sun/Mercury conjunction is indeed intense, but in a positive way. Antinous/Mercury focuses the gay spiritual light of his heavenly father Ra-Herakhte right at you. Open your spiritual heart to the light and joy and permit it to burn away all doubt and all fear and trepidation. Most people live in spiritual darkness. They are like people who live in caves and are afraid of sunlight because it hurts their eyes. But should we shun the light and stay in the cave with them? Antinous/Mercury says it's safe to open your spiritual eyes — and spiritual heart — and become accustomed to the light.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 17, 2014

On Friday you find the words you are looking for to pursue both romantic and business goals when Mercury joins the Sun in a sextile aspect to Sagittarius Mars. Whether it is a request for a pay increase or a pick-up line in the clubs, you find just the right words for the occasion — and you have the chutzpah to go after your goal.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 18, 2014

On Saturday the Leo Moon squares off against incisive and stubborn Scorpio Saturn. If you find yourself up against an immovable force, the best thing to do is to accept the inevitable and quit while you're still ahead.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, 2014

On Sunday you wake up from incredibly vivid dreams and your whole day is spent in daydreams as ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD in 180-degree opposition to dreamy Neptune. Listen to your intuition. Pay attention to your dreams. They are trying to tell you something.


MONDAY OCTOBER 20, 2014

On Monday an epidemic of Flirt Fever breaks out when languid Libra Venus forms a sexy sextile aspect with passionate Scorpio Mars even as Mercury and Jupiter form their own sextile and ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in a 60-degree sextile aspect to Saturn. The chemistry is hot and steamy. And even at the work place you find just the right words to shmooze your boss and coworkers to create a more positive working atmosphere. Open your heart and just let things happen.


TUESDAY OCTOBER 21, 2014

On Tuesday you will long for the shmoozy atmosphere you had on Monday when things turn cold and brittle as ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD squares off against Mars to create frustration at every juncture.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2014

On Wednesday stressful situations spark arguments when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in a 90-degree square angle to Pluto and in opposition to Uranus. The slightest off-hand remark can start an ugly discussion.


THURSDAY/FRIDAY OCT. 23-24, 2014

Overnight Thursday/Friday darkness spreads across the face of the Earth and irrational jealousies and suspicions are rife when both Venus and the Sun enter the Sign of Scorpio and both of them align with ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD for a Partial Solar Eclipse visible over much of North America. This Solar Eclipse of ill omen which coincides with the SCORPIO NEW MOON. In Antinous Moon Magic this lunar phase is called the ZELUS MOON of fear, angst and anxiety ... and using Antinous Moon Magic to triumph over fear. Scorpio New Moon is the darkest and most serious new moon of the year. In Antinous Moon Magic, we call it the ZELUS MOON in honor of the Dark Eros who teaches us to let go of things without fear ... This New Moon occurs at or near the cycle of ancient dark festivals which are mirrored in modern Halloween, Samhain, Dia de los Muertos, All Souls Day, St. Martin's Processions, Trick-R-Treat and all the other variations of this primeval Dark Moon Lunar Festival ... Zelus energy is not about scaring you to death. It is about LIFE. It is about harnessing fear and doubt and turning them into useful energies in your daily life.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 25, 2014

On Saturday love will be waiting around the corner when Venus and the Sun align in perfect conjunction in hot and horny Scorpio. Things will be steamy and passionate for sure. You may not form a bond for a lifetime, but it will be incredibly hot while it lasts. And this is the perfect weekend for starting something new because Mercury ends its three-week Retrograde ("backwards") period and begins moving Direct ("forwards") again. So you can feel confident about signing contracts, making major purchases, making travel plans and starting new projects. And by the time you arrive at work bright and early Monday morning, you will discover that lots of "lost" files, emails and shipments have magically arrived as if by magic ... after having been in Mercury Retrograde limbo for three weeks.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2014

On Sunday you will be more determined than ever to take care of business from now through December 5, as action-planet Mars is exalted in efficient Capricorn. If you've been putting off important duties, the guilt is unbearable now, and you'll experience renewed focus to get things done. Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, which rules time. Now you will be more aware of how precious passing moments are, and thus more likely to make a structured schedule. When you schedule your days, time expands. When you just leave it up in the air, time dissolves. Therefore, schedule everything, even — and especially — leisure time so you'll have more of it during this phase. It's also easier to get your priorities straight under this influence, as Capricorn has a tendency to get the most out of what's useful. You’ll be amazed at how much you get done during the holiday rush. Enjoy the supreme efficiency of this influence, and cut out all superfluous ballyhoo as the Yuletide season approaches. Does that sound too Grinch-like? Well, chances are, the Grinch has Mars in Capricorn or heavy Saturn in his horoscope!


SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:

Another exciting week lies ahead between October 27 and November 2 when we come to the Aquarius First Quarter Moon ... the Lunar Phase in Antinous Moon Magic which we call the altruistic and magnanimous CONCORDIA MOON ... the perfect night for laying enmity and strife to rest ... and open your heart to healing love .... More details next time ....


JASPER, JADE, PERIDOT TRANSMUTE ANGER
By Our Crystal Therapy Adviser Martin Campbell



TONIGHT's Discordia Moon (Cancer Third Quarter Moon) confronts us with the challenges of anger suppressed or expressed (perhaps too vehemently in some cases!). My suggestions for crystals to mediate with, through this period, are:

Jasper - this crystal/stone gives you the courage to face and deal with problems which are causing stress or anger. So hopefully will help avoid the anger as it emerges. There are various colours/colors of Jasper so you may want to hold a few different colours to find the one that best helps you get in touch with the courage you are wanting to find.   

Rhodonite - this is a wonderful stone which helps to transmute anger and give the user the strength to heal the cause. It is one of my favourites/favorites!

Red Jade - this is good for releasing anger and letting off steam.

Peridot - this is a beautiful, translucent, green, semi-precious crystal usually found in volcanic areas. It is, perhaps, not surprising, therefore, that it helps you to relieve stress and anger. It is best worn in pendants or rings so the effect is continuous. 

The photo at the top of this entry shows a pendant composed of red jade "apples" and green peridot "leaves" on a wrought wire silver Tree of Life.

Love and Light,
Martin


MARTIN CAMPBELL is an author living in Britain who is adept at Antinous Moon Magic in its special forms of pendulum, card reading and crystal magic. He is the author of THE LOVE GOD, a historical novel tracing the life of Antinous from the moment his tousle-haired head emerges from his mother's womb under auspicious stars in Asia Minor to the moment his head sinks beneath the swirling waters of the Nile on a starry evening in Egypt.

THE DISCORDIA MOON
THE CANCER THIRD QUARTER MOON



DISCORDIA is the deity we honor during tonight's Cancer Third Quarter Moon, which occurs after the Autumnal Equinox and heralds the onset of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. For our brothers in the Southern Hemisphere the Discordia Moon signals that hot days will soon be here.

In Antinous Moon Magic, each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the Discordia Moon is the Spirit of Rage and Fury. It is the embodiment of wrathfulness, exasperation, irritation, dudgeon, bile, gall, malice, combativeness and irascibility. It is as mad as can be and has no more patience.

The key words are: Rage. Wrath. Anger. Dispute. Fighting. Intense Annoyance. Aggravation. Aggression. Conflict. War.

This Lunar Phase takes in all "rage issues" from annoyance with a loud neighbor to all-out physical altercations.

In ages past, this was when the gypsy fortune-teller would do a reading for a young man, saying, "War is coming and you must fight!"

On a psychological level, meditations during this Lunar Phase show where your anger or aggression lies in a reading. On a gay spiritual level, it shows where you need to stand up and assert yourself.

Anger can be a powerful ally, since it is filled with energy that we can harness and use to create change in the world.

It is one of the most cathartic emotions, and it can also be a very effective cleanser of the emotional system.

However, when it becomes a habit, it actually loses its power to transform and becomes an obstacle to growth.

Meditations and rituals during the Discordia Moon can help you in identifying the role anger plays in your life and restoring it to its proper function so that it can bring new energy and expansiveness to your emotional life.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ASTRO FORECAST: OCTOBER 9 — 19, 2014

Antinous Astrology Forecast

OCTOBER 9 to 19, 2014


THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 2014

On Thursday pay special attention to your dreams (and even to your daydreams) when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in opposition to incisive Scorpio Mercury and also in a dream-inducing sextile with Neptune.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014

On Friday Retrograde Mercury slips "backwards" out of Scorpio and re-enters Libra, which it left only days ago. This is a good opportunity to "go back" and smooth ruffled feathers and make amends with Libran diplomacy ... after having said some unkind things while Mercury was in naughty Scorpio.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 11, 2014

On Saturday you may turn down the wrong street and enter the wrong door of the wrong club ... and find Mr. Right waiting for you. That is because the most unusual twists of luck can occur when the Sun forms a lucky sextile aspect with Jupiter even as Venus is in opposition with surprised-filled Uranus. This is all part of an ongoing cosmic configuration called a GRAND CARDINAL KITE which is a trapezoidal configuration involving the Sun, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter and Mars ... splayed out across the Zodiac like the spar braces of a kite. This kite formation unleashes generally fortuitous energies which help us collectively to soar aloft from earthly problems — and helps you on a personal level to soar above your petty everyday problems, giving you the elevation and altitude to see solutions to those problems from another angle ... and possibly find Mr. Right.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014

On Sunday you (and Mr. Right from last night) will be looking for fun and adventure when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD joins in the kite-flying fun of the GRAND CARDINAL KITE configuration by squaring off against Neptune and making positive aspect to Venus and Uranus. And if you did not find Mr. Right last night ... maybe you will tonight.


MONDAY OCTOBER 13, 2014

On Monday one of the most powerful and power-filled weeks of the year gets off to a marvelous start whenANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms joyous aspects with the Jupiter, the Sun and Mercury before going opposite Mars to keep your energies level all day.


TUESDAY OCTOBER 14, 2014

Tuesday is one of the two or three most fortuitous days for love and romance when lovely laid-back Libra Venus forms a sexy sextile aspect with lucky Leo Jupiter. This aspect, which occurs only twice a year, enhances not only your chances of falling in love with someone, but also enhances your ability to love and appreciate yourself more. You sense intuitively the things ... and the people ... that fill you with joy and that are good for you.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 15, 2014

On Wednesday the Earth will shake and conflicts will rumble around the globe ... and throughout your own household ... when the Sun forms a powerful sextile aspect with Mars even as ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is at right angles to the Sun. This is the Cancer Third Quarter Moon, which is the "Discordia Moon" in Antinous Moon Magic ... The goddess Discordia can be a powerful friend ... or deadly foe. Many gay men have assertiveness problems. On a gay spiritual level, the Discordia Moon shines its light on problem areas where you need to stand up and assert yourself. Anger is one of the most cathartic emotions, and it can also be a very effective cleanser of the emotional system. However, when it becomes a habit, it actually loses its power to transform and becomes an obstacle to growth. Meditations and rituals during the Discordia Moon can help you in identifying the role anger plays in your life and restoring it to its proper function so that it can bring new energy and expansiveness to your emotional life.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 16, 2014

On Thursday your brain is ablaze with often confusing and conflicting ideas when Retrograde Mercury aligns with the Sun. Old astrology texts dating back to Ancient Rome call this a potentially hazardous time, and speak of a "Scorched Mercury" which impairs communications and judgment. But in ANTINOUS MOON MAGIC, we see that very differently. This Sun/Mercury conjunction is indeed intense, but in a positive way. Antinous/Mercury focuses the gay spiritual light of his heavenly father Ra-Herakhte right at you. Open your spiritual heart to the light and joy and permit it to burn away all doubt and all fear and trepidation. Most people live in spiritual darkness. They are like people who live in caves and are afraid of sunlight because it hurts their eyes. But should we shun the light and stay in the cave with them? Antinous/Mercury says it's safe to open your spiritual eyes — and spiritual heart — and become accustomed to the light.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 17, 2014

On Friday you find the words you are looking for to pursue both romantic and business goals when Mercury joins the Sun in a sextile aspect to Sagittarius Mars. Whether it is a request for a pay increase or a pick-up line in the clubs, you find just the right words for the occasion — and you have the chutzpah to go after your goal.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 18, 2014

On Saturday the Leo Moon squares off against incisive and stubborn Scorpio Saturn. If you find yourself up against an immovable force, the best thing to do is to accept the inevitable and quit while you're still ahead.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 19, 2014

On Sunday you wake up from incredibly vivid dreams and your whole day is spent in daydreams as ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD in 180-degree opposition to dreamy Neptune. Listen to your intuition. Pay attention to your dreams. They are trying to tell you something.


SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:

Another exciting week lies ahead between October 20 and 26 when tensions reach a new climax during a Solar Eclipse of ill omen which coincides with the SCORPIO NEW MOON. In Antinous Moon Magic this lunar phase is called the ZELUS MOON of fear, angst and anxiety ... and using Antinous Moon Magic to triumph over fear. More details next time ....


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AQUA AURA FOR THE LIGHTNING MOON
By Our Crystal Therapy Adviser Martin Campbell



THE Aries Full Moon ... the "Lightning Moon" in Antinous Moon Magic ... ushers in a period of potentially intense and/or sudden change. So, I recommend the following:

1. Moonstone - this is absolutely the best crystal at this time. It helps accepting change as part of a cycle of moon phases. 

2. Bloodstone - helps you to act in the present moment, and deal with change. It is also meant to help you control the weather!

3. Clear Calcite - Helps you accept new beginnings.

4. Aqua Aura - my favourite suggestion for this lunar cycle. (Photo top of this entry.) It is clear quartz crystal fired in an oven with gold dust. So not dissimilar to being struck by gold lightning! The process creates a magical blue crystal. 

Friends of mine comment on the 'point' I often wear with a deep blue Iolite mounted in silver with it (one of the attributes of Iolite is supporting the body in improving physical health). 

Aqua Aura creates space for something new to come into your life. Of course, being 'created' by man made processes may mean that some people get sniffy about it! 

There are other crystals I could recommend but I prefer recommending only those that are readily available unless there is the perfect, rarer, crystal for a particular lunar cycle. The above are all readily available although the Aqua Auras can be expensive.

Love and Light until next week,
Martin Campbell

MARTIN CAMPBELL is an author living in Britain who is adept at Antinous Moon Magic in its special forms of pendulum, card reading and crystal magic. He is the author of THE LOVE GOD, a historical novel tracing the life of Antinous from the moment his tousle-haired head emerges from his mother's womb under auspicious stars in Asia Minor to the moment his head sinks beneath the swirling waters of the Nile on a starry evening in Egypt.

THE LIGHTNING MOON OF ANTINOUS
THE ARIES FULL MOON



TONIGHT's Aries Full Moon is the moon when surprises occur which can change your life in the blink of an eye.

In Antinous Moon Magic, we call this Lunar Phase the LIGHTNING MOON. Each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the LIGHTNING MOON is the Spirit of Suddenness. This Spirit is immediate, spontaneous, abrupt, instantaneous. It is all things that are as fast as lightning, quick as a flash, operating at the speed of light.

We call it the LIGHTNING MOON because of the bolt of lightning which nearly killed Hadrian and Antinous atop Mount Casius near the mouth of the Orontes River in Asia Minor. 


It was at the season of the Autumnal Equinox in the year 129 AD that the imperial court ascended Mount Casius as it was called by the Greeks and Romans. It was called Zaphon in biblical accounts and is called Mount Aqraa today, situated on the border between Syria and Turkey.

Atop this mountain overlooking the sea was a Temple of the Sun dedicated to Jupiter. A storm broke while they made their ascent, and Hadrian had the priests conduct the Equinox ceremony in the rain.

During the sacrifice at the altar, a bolt of lightning struck with a horrific, earth-shattering clap of thunder, killing the priest and the sacrificial animal together.

This was taken as a very significant portent, one that Antinous alone comprehended, the darkness of the coming death and transfiguration were presaged.

Hadrian took it as a sign that the gods of Syria had turned against him, thinking it was Baal-Zeus who struck down the priests as a warning to Hadrian of what lay ahead during the fateful journey which would end in the tragic death of Antinous.


The LIGHTNING MOON is the most impetuous and accident-prone moon of the year.

However, it is not a Lunar Phase to fear. Abrupt change can be frightening, but this Lunar Phase reminds us that change is a necessary part of life. And sometimes we need to be shocked out of lethargy in order to move in a new direction. 

In magical rituals, this Lunar Phase is ideal for effecting speedy and immediate results. In spiritual meditation, it is suited for bringing out inspiration which comes out of no where, like a bolt out of the blue.

And in mundane, everyday life, it reminds us to watch our step, keep our eye on the road and don't stand exposed on a mountain top during a thunderstorm ... unless, of course, you are prepared to undergo a dramatic transfiguration.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ASTRO FORECAST: OCTOBER 1 — 12, 2014

Antinous Astrology Forecast

OCTOBER 1 to 12, 2014


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1, 2014

On Wednesday you should reflect on business and career opportunities during the CAPRICORN FIRST QUARTER MOON. In Antinous Moon Magic, we call this the MERCHANT MOON which offers you an opportunity to reap the benefits of your hard work — and find new opportunities for material advancement.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014

On Thursday surprise is in the air when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD squares off against bumptious Aries Uranus. Whether the surprises are good or bad will depend primarily on whether you can roll with the punches and rebound on your feet.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 3, 2014

On Friday the work week ends on an ominous note when the Sun squares off against Pluto, as it does twice a year for a couple of days of tension. Sun Square Pluto means: extremes, zealotry, anxiety. Maybe you will experience something that will shake your self-confidence. Current conditions may cause a minor crisis or a twist. Avoid thoughtlessness and the radical solutions, you could harm yourself. Someone who has some power over you tries to crack the whip a bit too sternly.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 4, 2014

On Saturday Mercury does an about-face and goes "backwards" as seen from Earth until October 25th. This RETROGRADE MERCURY phase is a time of confusion in communications and commerce. About three times each year, Mercury the communications wizard turns into Mercury the fast-talking con man. This is the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, and it lasts about three weeks. So RETROGRADE MERCURY will be serving up glitches and snafus in the Scorpio-related areas of passions, secret agreements, independence and dependability. If you are buying a new mobile phone, be sure to read the fine print about hidden costs. Planning to move into a new apartment? Check the kitchen and bathroom for tell-tale signs of mold before signing the lease. Remember over the next three weeks that MERCURY wants you to play his sly game to win — not to be a whining victim. Make him proud of the way you play his game!

But this is not all bad. I read just the other day that one acclaimed astrologer says that this is the best time to buy a USED car or second-hand garment or old TV set. The idea behind that is that RETROGRADE MERCURY is a bad time to undertake NEW projects or acquisitions, but that you can splurge on RETRO things. It's a Collectibles Queen's dream, I tell you!

If they are having a close-out sale on end-of-the-line big-screen TVs — this may be the best time to buy one. And if you completed all the pre-signing details on a new house or a new job prior to the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, then you can go ahead and sign on the dotted line. If you applied for a job two months ago and the boss calls you up now as says you've got it, then you got it under the pre-Retrograde conditions!

Or perhaps not. Astrologers are never entirely certain about such things. As the Empress Livia (wife of Augustus) said about her astrologer Thrasyllus: "Every good astrologer lies about the present. He tells the truth about the future, but lies about the present."

I'm telling you the truth about the fact that the next month or so will be difficult. But if you buy a crappy old used TV set today that turns out to be junk — well, I certainly wouldn't do that, not during RETROGRADE MERCURY, I don't care what any "expert" says.

I'm joking, of course. I'm trying not to scare you. People hear of RETROGRADE MERCURY and they want to put off all major decisions and hide under the bed for a month or so. As Emperor Hadrian knew, astrology is not intended to scare people. Hadrian was obsessed with astrology. He knew that astrology is intended to serve as a monitoring system or an early-warning system.

An astrological warning is like seeing a "Sharp Curve Ahead" sign on a dark roadway. Antinous-Mercury doesn't expect you to slam on the brakes and stop in the middle of the road and break down into sobs of fear at the steering wheel. No, he wants you to proceed with due caution, using the experience and skill you possess as a driver.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 5, 2014

On Sunday adventure is the key word when bold Sagittarius Mars forms a trine aspect with rambunctious Aries Uranus and both are in a near-perfect trine with Leo Jupiter. All three planets are in Fire Signs, which give this positive energy a fiery boost. This Mars/Uranus/Jupiter aspect goads you into being more adventurous, into taking a few risks. You feel sexy and virile and you are ready to make your move.


MONDAY OCTOBER 6, 2014

On Monday it's the calm before the storm when ANTINOUS THE MOOON GOD makes constructive and even soothing aspects with Pluto and Saturn while adding a little spice by squaring off to Mars. Listen to your intuition because you will needs its insights in the tense days to come.


TUESDAY OCTOBER 7, 2014

On Tuesday agitation, unrest and impatience rule the world when the Sun is in 180-degree opposition to Uranus ... an event which occurs only once a year. This means a couple of days of rebellious impulses and make-or-break situations.


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2014

On Wednesday incredibly powerful celestial energies are at work which can be both positive and negative. To start with, we have a Total Eclipse of the Moon which will be visible from Eastern Australia across the Pacific to the west coast of the Americas. This TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE coincides with the ARIES FULL MOON. But be careful: In Antinous Moon Magic we call this the LIGHTNING MOON for the bolt of lightning which nearly killed Hadrian and Antinous atop Mount Cassius in autumn of the year 129 AD. The LIGHTNING MOON is the most impetuous and accident-prone moon of the year.

In addition, there is a cosmic configuration called a GRAND CARDINAL KITE which is a trapezoidal configuration involving the Sun, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter and Mars ... splayed out across the Zodiac like the spar braces of a kite. This kite formation unleashes generally fortuitous energies which help us collectively to soar aloft from earthly problems — and helps you on a personal level to soar above your petty everyday problems, giving you the elevation and altitude to see solutions to those problems from another angle.


THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 2014

On Thursday pay special attention to your dreams (and even to your daydreams) when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in opposition to incisive Scorpio Mercury and also in a dream-inducing sextile with Neptune.


FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014

On Friday Retrograde Mercury slips "backwards" out of Scorpio and re-enters Libra, which it left only days ago. This is a good opportunity to "go back" and smooth ruffled feathers and make amends with Libran diplomacy ... after having said some unkind things while Mercury was in naughty Scorpio.


SATURDAY OCTOBER 11, 2014

On Saturday you may turn down the wrong street and enter the wrong door of the wrong club ... and find Mr. Right waiting for you. That is because the most unusual twists of luck can occur when the Sun forms a lucky sextile aspect with Jupiter even as Venus is in opposition with surprised-filled Uranus. This is all part of an ongoing cosmic configuration called a GRAND CARDINAL KITE which is a trapezoidal configuration involving the Sun, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter and Mars ... splayed out across the Zodiac like the spar braces of a kite. This kite formation unleashes generally fortuitous energies which help us collectively to soar aloft from earthly problems — and helps you on a personal level to soar above your petty everyday problems, giving you the elevation and altitude to see solutions to those problems from another angle ... and possibly find Mr. Right.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014

On Sunday you (and Mr. Right from last night) will be looking for fun and adventure when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD joins in the kite-flying fun of the GRAND CARDINAL KITE configuration by squaring off against Neptune and making positive aspect to Venus and Uranus. And if you did not find Mr. Right last night ... maybe you will tonight.


SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:

Another exciting week lies ahead between October 13 and 19 when we come to the Cancer Third Quarter Moon, which is the "Discordia Moon" in Antinous Moon Magic ... The goddess Discordia can be a powerful friend ... or deadly foe. Many gay men have assertiveness problems. On a gay spiritual level, the Discordia Moon shines its light on problem areas where you need to stand up and assert yourself. Anger is one of the most cathartic emotions, and it can also be a very effective cleanser of the emotional system. However, when it becomes a habit, it actually loses its power to transform and becomes an obstacle to growth. Meditations and rituals during the Discordia Moon can help you in identifying the role anger plays in your life and restoring it to its proper function so that it can bring new energy and expansiveness to your emotional life. More details next time ....


THE CAPRICORN FIRST QUARTER MOON
THE MERCHANT MOON OF ANTINOUS



TONIGHT is the night of the Capricorn First Quarter Moon which, in Antinous Moon Magic, is called the MERCHANT MOON.

In Antinous Moon Magic, each Lunar Phase represents a Divine Spirit or Archetype. The Spirit of the Merchant Moon is Work. This Spirit enjoys taking up a task and doing it well and thoroughly. This Spirit likes to roll up its sleeves and get to work to see that a job gets done.


It is the proverbial Workaholic who lives only to work. It is the eager beaver, the busy bee, the workhorse who hates idleness and thrives on a job well done.

The Capricorn First Quarter Moon is an industrious, no-nonsense, let's-go-to-work sort of moon. It is symbolized by the Ancient Roman Merchant Ship which, alongside the trireme war ship, was the vessel which ensured prosperity, power and political unity for the vast Roman Empire.

Tonight is the best night of the year for working magical spells involving your life's Work. On the material plane, this can involve meditation, oracles and spells about your career, job, your employer or coworkers.

On a higher level, this lunar phase helps you to look into the broader implications of your life's calling. Do you live to work, or do you work to live? Are you able to juggle career and home life? Are you stuck in a rut?

This lunar phase brings out your spiritual ability to function in the world of work in general. On the earthly plane, it reflects your job/employer, your "day job" as opposed to spiritual or artistic endeavors.

For most people, and in most oracular readings, this lunar phase helps to sort out issues involving how you earn your living, and issues involving co-workers and job environment.

In a broader sense, the Merchant Moon helps you focus on your ability to keep your feet firmly planted on the material world while reaching for the stars.