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Astrology Beyond-the-Horoscope Forecast for September 2020

With election season heating up in the United States, we’d do well to recall the preamble to the Constitution:

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union…”

It doesn’t say a perfect union, it says a more perfect union.

Perhaps that’s, in part, because the framers of the Constitution understood there can never be an agreement on what “perfect” would look like.

If the various states had insisted on their own version of “perfect” — if they swore it’s “my way or the highway” — they’d never have established a Union at all.

Plus it’s that kind…


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Astrology Beyond-the-Horoscope Forecast for August 2020

I really do wish I had a magic wand. I would wave it, and everyone could enjoy “the dog days” (of summer, in the Northern hemisphere, of winter in the Southern).

But, alas, it’s not going to be that kind of August.

I don’t often spend most of my time talking about events on the world stage, but these days events are so big, and sweeping, that the personal and collective are far more intertwined than usual.

It can feel like playtime when the Sun enters warm and fun-loving Leo, which happens this time every year. …


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Astrology Beyond-the-Horoscope Forecast for July 2020

Humanity is going into labor; what you’re witnessing are the first waves of contractions.

As anyone who’s been through natural childbirth knows, birth is not the simple affair you see on television show. It’s not just a little yelling from an immaculate hospital bed, makeup and hair tidy, and over with before the next commercial break.

There’s blood, and shit, and other bodily fluids. There are moments of pain so intense you want to die. And it can last for hours and hours.

But even with all that, at the end, there’s a miracle: a new life.

It’s an especially…


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Astrology beyond-the-horoscope forecast for Taurus 2020

Imagine the scene: a lovely park, walking barefoot through the grass, decadent picnic, watching the ladybugs dance by…

Psych! We now interrupt the regularly scheduled program for something completely different: This is no ordinary Taurus season.

Love Out of Bounds

When the Sun enters earthy Taurus, we do love our sensual pleasures.

Taurus’ governing planet, after all, is the love goddess Venus. All acts of pleasure are her worship.

Only this month, the planet Venus isn’t playing by anyone’s rules but her own. Venus soars what astrologers call “out of bounds” in the neighboring sign Gemini. …


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How Hermetic Adepts Use the Mystery at the Heart of Creation for Magic & Self-Mastery

Continued from The Veil of Isis (Part 1).

Hermeticism and the Accursed Sciences

What is hermeticism, besides a trendy word in some new-age circles?

It’s been called “the accursed science,” though it’s not precisely a science the way the word is commonly used today.

Today’s scientists tend to explore the world on the “horizontal” dimension — the extended reality of kickable objects that we can measure.

(In fact, it’s when scientists stay from the horizontal, that other scientists start getting nervous. They either jump in to pull them back down, or, if that fails, shun the outliers altogether. …


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How Hermetic Adepts Use the Mystery at the Heart of Creation for Magic & Self-Mastery

In the last chapter, our Magician stands at the crossroads, examining the things spread out on the table before him, and wonders.

You see, the Magician’s already figured out that, in order to create — in order to step into that coveted Flow — he needs to focus on mastering the task at hand, while simultaneously plugging into an awareness that seems larger than himself.

The paradox of it tickles at his mind. The Magician muses to himself:

“If I can understand how Creation occurred for all of this, maybe I can copy the pattern. …


Magic happens when Creators plug into “Above” to fuel their work “Below”

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In the previous episode of my Magic & Mastery podcast, I ended with this:

“To re-create a new world, one that sustains us all, everyone will have to become a little bit of a Magician.”

Let’s pick up where I left off, and talk more about Creativity and Magic.

Magical Fallacies

It’s a safe bet, that when folks hear the words “Magic” or “Magician” they aren’t thinking the same thing.

For some, such words evoke visions of Harry Potter, Dumbledore or Gandolf — magic-wand wielding wizards hurling lightning bolts across the silver screen.

Alas these pop culture depictions are pure fantasy, not…


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I admit, when I first started writing this piece, I had the Bonnie Tyler song “Holding out for a Hero” playing in a loop in my head.

In a sense, I suppose we’re all holding out for a hero.

Back in the early 90s, my Shamanic teacher predicted that, as we moved into the turbulent years she saw looming ahead, we’d see a dramatic increase in interest in heroes in popular culture

Over the past decades, her prediction has certainly come to pass. There’s been an explosion of comic-book movies and video-game culture.

Of course, you could argue it’s just…


America’s Turkey Day has deeper roots in pagan tradition than you may realize

As I was laying in bed this morning, contemplating the cooking ahead, my smart speaker read the expected Thanksgiving-themed stories, including one on the politics of the name “Thanksgiving.”

Of course, the Thanksgiving mythos is complex. Even today, school-kid textbooks gloss over the twin genocide’s upon which the United States was built: the Native American conquest and the African Slave Trade. As a nation, we’ve still got a lot of soul searching to do.

But, current affairs aside, this morning’s story made me want to do a little of my own research…

American Thanksgiving, of course, is just one of…


The Scales of Justice & the Sword of Truth are occult symbols of the season

Watching the Moon grow from night to night, knowing it will soon diminish and start the cycle again, always gives me a sense of perspective…

All things change. But within that change, there’s a pattern that remains the same. Embrace the pattern, and you can keep your balance, no matter what changes the world brings.

That’s the hidden meaning of Libra season.

Consider, for a moment, that the stars in the constellation Libra aren’t very bright. With a stretch of the imagination, its boxy shape could have represented many things.

Nevertheless, Libra was known as “The Scales” more than 3,000…

Donna Woodwell

Magician, Astrologer, Shaman: Writer. Headmistress at Donna Philosophica’s School of Magic and Mastery.

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