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Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck Created by Stacey Demarco

December, 2018

Review of The Queen of the Moon Oracle Deck

Created by Stacey Demarco

 

 

The Queen of the Moon Oracle is an Oracle deck created by Stacey Demarco, an author and animal activist known as The Modern Witch and the creator of Natureluster, a group which educates people about and connects people to the powers of nature. The Oracle comes in a nice sturdy 4” x 5½” cardboard box with color images on the front and a bit of information about the Oracle on the back. Inside the box are the 44 6” x 9” cards of the deck and the companion guidebook. This hauntingly beautiful Oracle and guidebook were published by Rockpool Publishing, PO Box 252, Summer Hill NSW 2130.

The companion guidebook is the same size as the cards (so everything fits neatly into the beautiful box) and contains 108 pages printed on white paper with an easy-to-read black font, bound in a sturdy glossy softcover with a beautiful card image of the Queen of the Moon on the front cover and a continuation of the starry skies behind the Queen on the back. The companion book begins with a preface written by Demarco, an introduction that offers brief information about the Moon and its phases and a description of some of the correspondences we associate with lunar energy. Next are instructions for using the Oracle including spreads and a simple dedication, and a description of the setup of the deck itself.

There are three categories of cards in the Queen of the Moon Oracle: 28 cards representing a full cycle from the Dark Moon and back to it; 12 cards, called Seasonal Lunar cards, based on the Lakota terms passed down through Native American generations; and 4 other lunar-related cards including 2 astronomical cards. The cards begin with Dark Moon (card 1) and New Moon (card 2), then move on through 6 Waxing Crescent cards, a First Quarter card, 6 Waxing Gibbous cards, a Full Moon card, 6 Waning Gibbous cards, a Last Quarter card, and 6 Waning Crescent cards. The Seasonal Lunar cards follow, offering descriptions of the energies of the Wolf Moon, the Snow Moon, the Flower Moon, and the Harvest Moon to name a few, followed by the Queen of the Moon, the Lunar God, the Blue Moon and the Super Moon. Each card section offers a color image of the card, a keyword, a description of the keyword meaning, an affirmation, a discussion of the individual card meaning and/or the theme of the Moon phase that encourages and supports a useful interpretation, and a suggested companion crystal or metal.

The images on the cards and in the guidebook are created by Kinga Britschgi, a Hungarian-born artist, digital artist, published author, and language teacher who lives in the US with her family. The cards themselves are 3½” x 5”; each card is printed on sturdy cardstock in vibrant glossy color on both the front and the back. The face of each card contains a number at the top, the name of the moon phase, and the keyword also found in the guidebook, along with the sumptuous images. The card art is gorgeous, with jewel-toned colors and images filled with powerful symbolism that instantly attracts me into each card and draws me to learn more about its energies. The art on the back of the cards shows the phases of the moon in a circle on a beautiful blue background. Because of the combination of the glossy finish that allows the cards to slide easily and the sturdy cardstock, even though they are a tiny bit wide for my hands these cards absolutely invite interaction. Shuffling the deck was easy and once the deck was spread before me, the images resonated deeply and powerfully.

The Queen of the Moon Oracle is a useful tool for tapping into the energies of the moon and the lunar cycle and determining how to integrate them into our lives and our goals. Shuffling the cards and drawing a card or a few cards each day, or throwing one of the spreads suggested in the guidebook, would create a spread that offers emotional, spiritual, and energetic messages that would be useful to any seeker. But there is another purpose for this beautiful Oracle: learning about the cycles of the moon and how they affect us. The deck contains a full lunar cycle of 28 days with suggested energies available on each day. Going through the first 28 cards of the Oracle in order and meditating daily on the corresponding card would bring a hugely useful understanding of our planet’s satellite, and would offer suggested focuses for the day, week, and lunar month going forward.

If you are drawn to the Moon, its meanings, its changing appearance in the sky, and the symbolism and effects on our lives that have been passed down through the generations from our ancestors, you will enjoy the Queen of the Moon Oracle.

Queen of the Moon Oracle: Guidance through Lunar and Seasonal Energies (Rockpool Oracle Cards) on Amazon

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About the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon

Uranus Comes to Taurus

July, 2018

Uranus Comes to Taurus: Radical Change Meets Immovable Object


MAY 2018 – April 2026

Buckle up! Uranus, the Changemaker, the Awakener, the Great Liberator, arrived in Taurus right after the New Moon on May 15th. It will be in the Bull’s sign (with short forays into Aries and Gemini) for 7 years, until it enters Gemini in April 2026.

It brings with it the legacy of its transit through Aries, which began in 2011. Think back to the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring, the removal of many barriers to same sex marriage, the sudden breakdown of the structures of silence around sexual abuse and harassment in the halls of corporate life, and public questioning of binary gender identity labels. Aries is the sign of the individual and self-identity, and is associated with the planet Mars, who can be an out of control warrior, or a force against injustice. And Uranus got our attention and began to move perceptions and ideas that seemed set in stone until its energy arrived on the scene.

Uranus’ transit into Taurus occurs 84 years after its last visit to this sign, from 1934 to 1942, and is the next spiral in humanity’s journey as filtered through the Taurean energy. The Sign of the Bull holds our values, our resources, and what comes from the Earth. It tends them so they can root and grow to full harvest. Taurus is Fixed Earth, stable, patient – changing over eons – an evolutionary being, not a revolutionary one. It keeps going in the face of formidable odds. In its shadow, it is intransigent, dug in, and unwilling to move, even when movement is necessary. Taurus also rules money, spending, finances; it is the symbol of Wall Street! Venus, Taurus’ ruling planet, speaks to abundance and fertility related to the gifts of Earth – all the beauty and bounty that occurs around us. She evokes the Goddess as Gaia. Uranus is the Tower card, the lightning bolt, immediate change for its own sake – creative chaos out of which something new coalesces. It loves revolution just because it shakes up the old order and forces us to confront what we don’t want to look at or are afraid to see. When Uranus visits Taurus, we expect seismic change in the Taurean areas of influence.

We can get an idea of what to expect from this Uranus transit by looking back at its last journey through Taurus. As a result of the 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing Great Depression, millions were jobless, homeless and starving. Social safety nets like Social Security were created and banking and investment regulations put into place to prevent a recurrence of conditions that led to the crash. Infrastructure jobs created by the government-established WPA resulted in new buildings, roads, power sources and parks. The WPA also employed visual artists and writers to create works for public consumption. The Dust Bowl, caused by drought and unsustainable land use practices, resulted in mass population movement and new approaches to farming and food security. Food rationing and Victory Gardens on the home front during World War II were other manifestations of Uranian energy in Taurus’ realm. Technology like telephones and radio began to be mass produced. Charga-plate, an early form of department store credit card, was developed and came into broad use.

One of the shadow sides of that transit involved the flourishing of economic and political conditions that led to World War II: economic penalties imposed after World War I, questions of boundaries, annexation of land, and people’s right to exist. Appeasement – the failure of people and nations to speak truth to power – also played a role. Uranus in Taurus during this time period was a singular clarion call for humanity to examine what it values and how to rightfully use and respect life and resources.

And we will hear that clarion call again during the current transit. We are seeing debate about the value of social safety nets like Social Security and Medicaid. Just last week there were news accounts of eminent funding issues with Medicare and Social Security and what changes will be necessary to preserve these programs. Medical care itself may undergo widespread change – think medical marijuana vs. heavy opioid prescribing and widespread use of the body’s own defenses and immunities to treat disease. Continued climate change may result in mass population movements and create greater lack of food security. Stronger storms, more “100-year events” and eruptions and tectonic shifts are on the Uranus in Taurus menu. We will see more issues surrounding natural resources and people’s rights, particularly around water, as we have seen recently in Flint, Michigan and Capetown, South Africa, where water is rationed and people are fined for exceeding quotas. We can expect radical changes in banking and currency – crypto or other digital currency! There will be changes in farming and land management technology; keep an eye on the Bayer-Monsanto mega merger, approved by the U.S. Department of Justice on May 29th. (And remember the 1970’s TV commercial “It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature!”) We will continue to see debate around gender identity. Rising pressure on social and cultural norms from women speaking out and running for office will shift ideas around privilege, ownership and hierarchy; remember that Aphrodite was born after Gaia was betrayed by Uranus! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranus_(mythology). All of us will be asked to examine what we value on a personal, societal, and spiritual level and to speak truth to power.

Uranus’s move through Taurus is terrifying and exciting at the same time. To synchronize with the energy of this transit, I am focused on sustainability, sourcing more of the food I eat locally, and growing and preserving fruits and vegetables from my garden and the farmers’ market. Know the source of your food and support local farmers where you can. Respect water as a limited resource; there are rainwater collection barrels in my garden. I am working with a lodestone to stabilize my tangible resources and to attract exactly what I need, no more and no less. I practice deep gratitude for Gaia’s gifts – sunlight, sky, stars, trees and all of the life forms here on the planet. I have an emergency kit with food and water to be ready should a natural or man-made disaster strike. I regularly donate resources to organizations that work with local and international disasters. To align with Uranus’ energy of liberation and let the Taurean energy be one of flow rather than stagnation, I am releasing “stuff” that I no longer use or need so that it may find value and purpose somewhere else. That includes expectations and old understandings and beliefs about how ownership, privilege, culture and the social order work. And I am carefully tending what is useful and beautiful, including my physical wellbeing. I am inviting in resilience, opportunity, cooperation and the trickster energy of playing with whatever shows up. When the Bull and Uranus work together, they create an unstoppable force, focused on what we hold dear and the resources that sustain life. Taurus teaches that we must prepare the ground and do the long term tending work needed to create change that will take root and flourish. We are being called to learn how to be resourceful, to share what we have, and to value Earth and each other. This transit will be a wild ride; roll with it but hold tight to your deepest values!

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About the Author:

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner and Teacher of Shamanism. She is a long-time explorer of The Mysteries – the connections between mind, body, spirit and how to live in right relationship to all of the energies streaming through the cosmos. She works with clients as an astrologer, coach, ceremonialist and guide to the wisdom that each of us has the capacity to access. Her focus is on guiding clients to unblock and rediscover their inner wisdom, exploration of the birth chart, ceremony, legacy writing, hypnotherapy, energetic healing practice and creation of sacred tools are integral pieces of her practice.

Susan trained in Soul Level Astrology with master astrologer Mark Borax. She delights in exploring with individuals the planetary pattern under which their soul choose to incarnate.

Flying to the Heart www.flyingtotheheart.com

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MoonOwl Observations

August, 2015

The New Moon

The Lunar cycle has eight phases- new, crescent, waxing quarter, gibbous, full, disseminating, waning quarter and balsamic. Each of the eight phases also moves through each of the 12 astrological signs, creating a total of 96 combinations. The natural cycle of birth, life, and regeneration is symbolised by the lunar cycle. The cycle continues with the moon spending about two days in each planet.

The lunar phases can be made useful when planning your magickal work, plus it is always useful to have your rituals and spells coincide with the appropriate astrological influences. When working magick, if the spell if not urgent, it is best to plan ahead and use the additional power of the moon.

During a new moon, it is a time for magick that involves new things, fresh starts, new beginnings, a time for planning new projects and establishing new relationships and goals. It is the time to plant seeds that represent what you want to create in your life. It’s ideal to start a new job, art project, and if you want to get pregnant. The Rite of Naming is also something that is often held during the new moon.

The associated sabbat is Yule and it marks the rebirth of light from darkness as it comes out revitalized and renewed. It is 0-44 degrees directly ahead of the sun. The new moon starts off as dark, but as the days go on a small sliver appears.

From new moon to new moon, the cycle is approximately a month. This is how long it takes for the moon to orbit around the earth. During the new moon, the moon is on the same sign as the sun. It happens thirteen times a year, but since most people follow the Gregorian calendar, there is always a month with a black moon. In any given month, when there are two New Moons, the second is called a black moon. It is considerably more powerful, and any seeding spell you do under a black moon might manifest more quickly. The black moon is a great time to just be outside and feel the power of the moon. The energy is strong and can really help guide you as well.

Fazes: The Moon and Her Wonders

October, 2009

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“The Moon wedded the Sun

In the first spring.

The Sun rose early at dawn,

The Moon wandered alone

Courting the morning star.

Perkunas was wroth,

He clect the Moon with a sword.”

(From U Katzenelenbogen: The Daina: An Anthology of Lithuanian and Latvian Folk Songs)

The moon is usually seen as a female symbol, and was worshipped in ancient times as a powerful force through most cultures. It is believed to be linked to the unconscious, our psychic and feminine side. The sacredness of the moon has been connected with the basic cyclic rhythms of life. The changing phases of the moon were linked to the death and rebirth seen in crops and the seasons, and the monthly cycles humans go through as well.

The moon calendar is still as important today as it was in ancient times, and the prudent Pagan/Witch/Heathen works her/his magic according to the moon and her cycles.

Full Moon: OCT  3 11:10 pm*

Full moons occur from fourteen to seventeen-and-a-half days after the new moon. Full moons are prime time for rituals for prophecy, protection, divination. Any workings that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healing for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, full moons aide work for love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money, divination, and dreams. It is said that full moon magic is like a white candle — all purpose.
Full moon magic can be conjured during the 3 days prior to the rise of the full moon, the night of the full moon and during the 3 days after.

)0( Superstition tells that if you stand in a fairy ring under a full moon and make a wish, it will come true. )0(

Last Quarter: OCT 11  1:56 am*

Between the full moon and the dark moon is the period of waning moon. The waning moon is best used for banishing and rejecting those things that influence us in a negative way. Negative emotions, diseases, ailments, and bad habits can all be let go and special spells for clearing can be performed at this time. Saging your home is a great idea during this time.

From three-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half days after the full moon.The waning moon is used for banishing magic, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity.

New Moon: OCT 17 10:33 pm*

The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also a good time for love and romance, health or job hunting, anything that is for personal growth, healing and blessing of new projects or ventures. The new moon is also a good time to cleanse and consecrate new tools and objects you wish to use during rituals, ceremonies or an up coming festival or something you just obtained. Some people call the new moon the dark moon and the terms are often interchangeably used.

New moon workings can be done from the day of the new moon to three-and-a-half days after.

)0(  “New Moon, Dark Moon, We Attune!”-Selena Fox )0(

First Quarter: OCT 25  5:42 pm*

The first quarter, called the waxing moon is best used for attraction and constructive magic, love spells, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck, and healing energy.

Between the new and full moon from seven to fourteen days is a period of the waxing moon.

)0( The best time to marry to achieve happiness and prosperity ,according to folklore tradition, is during a waxing moon. )0(
October’s Full Moon

The full moon nearest to the Autumn Equinox is called the ‘Harvest Moon’.  In two years out of three, the harvest moon comes in september, but in some years it occurs in october. At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon. This is because for several nights it appears large and bright in the early evening, bringing farmers valuable extra time to gather in their harvest.

Usually the full moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. Corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice the chief Indian staples are now ready for gathering.

However, The full moon in october is called many different names throughout the world. Other october full moon names include: Shedding Moon, Winterfelleth (Winter Coming), Windermanoth (Vintage Month), Falling Leaf Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Moon of the Changing Season, and most famously, Blood Moon.
The October Full Moon also features two festivals:

The Festival of Ciuateotl, the snake woman goddess, celebrated among the Toltecs and Aztecs.  During the full harvest moon,  the Aztecs and Toltecs appeased the Goddess of strife, misfortune, and labor whose name means ‘the great bath of sweat’.

The Disirblot of Freyja, Norse Goddess,  marked the begining of the Winter season. On this night, great family feasts were held which featured foods sacred to the Autumn deities.

Moon’s Full Oil

7 drops of sandalwood essential oil
5 drops of violet essential oil
3 drops of jasmine essential oil
1 drop of rose essential oil

Whatever container or vial you plan on using make sure it is clean and has been sitting in the full moon to gain it’s energy. This oil can be used on candles, in an oil burner, or in a sacred bath prior to your full moon celebration.

*Note: I have worn this as a perfume, but before you do this make sure you aren’t allergic to any of the ingredients.