by Karin Ugander
We have been through intensive times with big changes, both on the inner and the outer planes. It is fully understandable to wish for stable ground and calmer times. But, this is not what the heavens look like. Instead we are asked to fully embrace change and allow it to take us where we need to go. Let´s take a look together and figure out a good strategy in our nearest future.
Dream versus Actual Truth
Right now we have the goddess asteroid Pallas Athena (strategy, clear thinking) right next to Neptune (dreams, illusions) together in the sign of Pisces (dreams, fantasy) Neptunes home sign. To say that they don´t agree with each other is an understatement. Neptune rules the world of fantasy and dreams. It is very romantic and otherworldly. Pallas Athena is the opposite. Where Neptune takes detours and avoids confrontation, Pallas Athena picks up her sword and directs it straight to the point. But Pallas Athena can also be tricky at times, depending on what side of the chess table that you are on. If she is manipulating you, she will do so by using logic and information as a weapon to steer you away from your heart and the truth in it.
When Neptune and Pallas Athena is this close to each other it is very difficult to separate the illusion from the truth. Added to it they are also in the watery dream world of Neptune. Sometimes both sides can be played out by the same person and this can be very confusing to say the least.
Let´s say that you meet your friend Sarah at the coffee shop. The first time you meet she is crying and telling you about her roommate who is aggressive (Pluto square Vesta) and has an addiction (Neptune) problem. She says that she can´t move away because she has no money. Could you possibly lend her some money, she asks?
Next week you meet again, then she shows up with an extremely expensive new handbag. She is all smiles and sunshine but you can see bruises on her arm. There’s no words about giving you your money back. A week after that a friend that you have in common shares his concerns about Sarah drinking too much and disturbing the neighbours at night.
So what is the truth here? Who has an addiction problem, is it in reality Sarah and not her roommate? Is she out of money, or did she just want the new bag?
Neptune is a master of deceit and a part of what makes it so hard to see through it, is that Neptune really believes in his lies and that is what makes him a master illusionist. Neptune is connected to artist, musicians, filmmaking, and the theatre. The difference between the lies from “Mercury the trickster” and Neptune, is that Mercury is always aware of the tricks that he is playing. Neptune gets lost in the part and really believes in his lies. He is the swindler who falls in love with his victim, the actor becoming his part.
Selling a Lie to Yourself
With this aspect we may try to sell a lie or two to ourselves. It does not necessarily have to come from the outside. There is a danger of weaving and dreaming something to avoid the truth in our hearts, making the dream a bad dream, difficult to get out of. On a collective plane it can be really hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. What is the truth? Perhaps both are right in some way, or perhaps they are all just trying to sell you something. So what can we do?
Balance in the Opposite Signs
When ever we get in trouble in one of the zodiac signs or houses, we can always find support in the opposite sign or house. The opposite sign of Pisces (ruled by Neptune) is the earth sign of Virgo. Here the sign of Virgo asks us to be practical, ask questions, have common sense, use discernment. Virgo is actually a very good detective and many mystery writers are born in that sign. Virgo rules the 6th sign connected to practical things and staying grounded in the world of the living. Check the facts, not just from one source but many.
Neptune and Pallas Athena are joined together until the 28th of September.
New Moon in Virgo a Helpful Ally
On the 6th of September (7th in Sweden) we have a new moon in Virgo that is directly opposite Neptune and Pallas Athena in Pisces. This energy can be most helpful in breaking illusions and helping the truth to be revealed. This is a good time to consult the Tarot Cards or to do a ceremony for truth and brining light to a situation.
Violence and Shady Activities
Right now we have Pluto (violence, death, transformation) in the sign of Capricorn. He is making a challenging aspect to Venus (feminine, love, relationships) and Vesta (protection, priest and priestess) in the sign of Libra (justice). A difficult side of this energy is that it can increase domestic violence, abusive behaviour and violation of women (Venus), also crimes against a certain group of people or worshippers. This can also increase all kinds of shady activities.
What makes this stronger is that they also make a “Thor’s hammer” together with Ceres, Lillith Black Moon and the north node in Gemini. The Thor’s hammer makes the energy bounce back at you stronger. If you make a good choice or action the good will bounce back at you. If you make a bad one… you get the picture. It is very strong to do ceremony under the influence of a “Thor´s hammer” in the sky.
Venus and Vesta joined together in Libra making a challenging aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. They are joined together until the 14th of September. This energy can be used for goddess work and healing of deep wounds.
Venus square Pluto is until the 11th of September
Vesta Square Pluto is until the 20th of September
Getting Caught in the Act
What is good in this constellation mentioned above is that Lillith Black Moon is right between the north node (directing forward) and Ceres in Gemini (talk, communication). This could help make the criminals get caught in the act. When we see so called “shocking news” in Media, scandals and big truths coming out, Lillith Black moon is usually making an important transit, like she is doing now. This is good for law enforcement and people working for truth to come out. Not so good for criminals and shady people. It can also make Crimes against human rights be known and brought to justice.
The Spirit of Truth
As healers, witches and magickal people we can do ceremonies, make prayers and do spells to support the “Spirit of Truth.” Personally I find that working with truth candles comes with many blessings. Many times clients return after using them saying things like “I did not realize how supported I am” or “I did not know how loved I am by my partner” Of course there can bee times when other more challenging things are being revealed, but even then the candles have been very appreciated. There is a strong connection between truth and protection and when we embrace the spirit of Truth in our hearts and try to live by it, many things clear up in our lives and we also become more protected.
Alven Truth Candle
- Use a white candle, clean it with water, sage or Florida Water
- Take a small bowl, fill it with some olive oil and add a pinch of salt. You can add a few drops of essential oils of lavender, camphor and sage if you have it at home. Stir the oil clockwise with your finger, bringing The Spirit of Truth into the blend.
- Dress the candle with the oil. You don´t need much. If you want to you can sprinkle some silver glitter on the candle.
- Take a few deep breaths to centre and ground yourself. Hold the candle between your hands.
- Say the Alven blessing:
“Azim Mekbah al Thoth! The truth will be revealed!”
Say it like you really mean it. Feel the powers of truth cleanse and clean, heal and bring blessings.
End with saying: “May it be what is to be, and may it be in beauty”
- Place the candle in a candleholder and let it burn down. If you need to pause the candle, use a candle snuffer, do now blow on the candle. The spell is complete when the candle has burned down.
To summarize: We are in a passage where we can be fooled by others and be fooled by ourselves. It is extra difficult to navigate between wishful thinking, illusion and the truth. We are asked to keep balance between our hearts and our heads in all matters and use discernment. Yet there is hope right now for justice to be done, truth to be brought into the light and bringing protecting to those who need it the most.
Blessings! / Karin Spirit Talker Turtle Red
Karin Ugander (Spirit Talker Turtle Red) is a spiritual channeler living in the south of Sweden. In Scandinavia she is known for the AstroNumerology and psychic readings she’s been doing for over 20 years. Together with her husband Niklas, she runs KaniSkolan, a school of astrology, numerology, tarot, StarCode Healing, and natural medicine. They are also the founders of Alven Inner Ring tradition, a Scandinavian mystery school with roots in shamanism and magick. Karin loves to create magickal oils, flower essences and sigils she combines in her “Karin Victoria” sigil candles and flower sprays. In her spare time she likes to travel, walk in the forest with her dog, and spend time by the ocean. Karin is an ordained high priestess and graduate of the Temple of Witchcraft’s seminary program. Her work can be found on Instagram @flowerpowerwitch and @karinuganderofficial and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.