Warm greetings to all!
Many thanks again to all those who shared their light in last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge- Into the Light !
With our own magick shining brightly within us, it may feel as though we carry the blessings of the stars. This week is all about proving that to be true!
The theme for this week’s challenge is…
Astrology: Reading the Skies
What is Astrology?
"For centuries, humans have looked to the heavens for guidance.
Astrology is, put simply, the study of the correlation between the astronomical positions of the planets and events on earth. Astrologers believe that the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets at the time of a person’s birth have a direct influence on that person’s character.
These positions are thought to affect a person’s destiny, although many Astrologers feel that free will plays a large role in any individual’s life."
Astrology is all about looking up to the skies to see deep within yourself.
You can pursue astrology to learn more about your personal traits, seek guidance, and even as a form of divination to predict the future
Whether you have been reading horoscopes for years or have yet to learn your sun sign- this week’s challenge is all about exploring how you can use astrology in your magickal practice
Are you ready? It’s… CHALLENGE time!
There are so many ways you can study and implement astrology in your magickal practice.
The following are just a few ways you could explore astrology for this challenge.
For complete beginners to astrology- it is recommend you start by finding your Zodiac sun sign
In Western Astrology, the Zodiac is a series of 12 “signs” or constellations. Each of the 12 signs is a constellation that can be found in the sky
In addition to the Western Zodiac, there is also the Chinese Zodiac. Rather than being based on constellations, the Chinese Zodiac is based on 12 animals from Chinese legend. You can learn more about differences between the two Zodiacs in Astrology: East and West.
As for the Western Zodiac, it will be good to begin by learning about the 12 signs. You can find more information about each, as well as some history being their significance, in Francisco’s post Where do Zodiac Symbols Come From? 12 Signs and Their Origin.
The Zodiac Symbols is available as printable pages to add to your Book of Shadows or Grimoire
Your sun sign in the Western Zodiac depends on your date of birth. It is easy and quick to find in Megan’s post here:
You can also find your sun sign based on the dates in the Zodiac Wheel- available as a printable page for your BOS or Grimoire
“Horoscopes” are predictions made based on your sign. As most horoscopes are based on sun signs, once you know yours you will be able to easily navigate predictions about your future!
Horoscopes are often published in newspapers, magazines, blogs, and websites. You can read general horoscopes or hire a specialist to do a reading for you. Note that horoscopes can be daily, monthly, yearly, or life predictions- something good to keep in mind as you consider your reading!
Here are some free resources where you can find your horoscope:
- The Times of India has a Daily Horoscope
- Horoscope .com has Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Horoscopes
- Compatibility .com has Love Compatibility Horoscopes
- Astrology .com has a Daily Horoscope
You may be surprised to find that your sun sign isn’t your only zodiac! While your sun sign references where the sun was when you were born, you can also explore your other signs: such as your moon sign, rising/ascendant sign, Houses, and more!
Here are a few places where you can go to dig deeper:
- CafeAstrology: What’s My Moon Sign?
- Astrolibrary: Free Birth Chart
- Astrodentist: Astrology Resources
- Astrosofa: Calculate your Rising Sign
Draw on the zodiac- whether it is a zodiac of your sign or the zodiac of the season with some Spells8 Zodiac Meditations:
Some people love astrology while others are more skeptical. After cross-checking a few horoscopes, examining your natal chart, and doing some deep thinking- you can ask yourself some thoughtful questions.
In your personal practice, is astrology just for fun? Something to turn to for guidance? An identity? Perhaps simply a cool way of looking at the stars?
For this challenge, it is perfectly okay to express how you feel about the field of astrology- whether you love it or can’t stand it!
Feel free to pursue this challenge in a way that feels right to you- let your creativity shine brightly!
All witches are welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a shout-out, you have to share your experience with the forum.
- About your experience with Astrology
For your entry to be counted, please write about your experience in the comments below and/or create a new post in the forums.
If you create a new post, please tag the challenge by adding a hyperlink back to this post - thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, May 25th at 7:00 AM CET (Central European Time Zone)
( 2021-05-25T05:00:00Z )
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and the a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given.
A warm reminder that all challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that reflects their unique practice
If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to a moderator.
For those new to challenges, know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
May the stars, planets, and great celestial heavens above shine brightly down upon you- illuminating your future and the good things to come