Star Magic: The Wisdom of the Constellations for Pagans & Wiccans

Star Magic: The Wisdom of the Constellations for Pagans & Wiccans

by Sandra Kynes

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Overview

Unleash the Magical Power of the Cosmic Wheel of the Year

Tap into the energy of the stars for divination, ritual, magic, and psychic work. Join author Sandra Kynes on an exploration of the night sky, looking beyond the moon to using the energy of the constellations in magic in ways meaningful to twenty-first-century Pagans and Wiccans. Explore the history associated with each constellation and notable stars, as well as ways to engage them, with help from seventy illustrations and a variety of star maps.

Organized around the Wheel of the Year, Star Magic lets you easily navigate chapters corresponding to both your current season and hemisphere. Discover the constellations of each season, from Virgo in spring to Aquarius in autumn, and dozens more. Use chakras, dream work, and astral travel to align with the stars and harness their power. With this comprehensive book's simple and straightforward methods, you'll reach a new level of magic and wonderment that is out of this world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738744391
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 02/08/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 415,485
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Sandra Kynes (Portland, ME) is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids and the author of seventeen books on herbs, healing, magic, and Paganism. Additionally, her work has been featured in Utne Reader, The Portal, and Circle Magazine. Sandra's writing also appears regularly in Llewellyn's popular almanacs and datebooks. Her books include Star Magic, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences, Mixing Essential Oils for Magic, and Sea Magic.


Sandra Kynes (Portland, ME) is a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids and the author of seventeen books on herbs, healing, magic, and Paganism. Additionally, her work has been featured in Utne Reader, The Portal, and Circle Magazine. Sandra's writing also appears regularly in Llewellyn's popular almanacs and datebooks. Her books include Star Magic, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences, Mixing Essential Oils for Magic, and Sea Magic.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 12

CHAPTER ONE: Astronomy and Astrology 19
Historical Background 19

CHAPTER TWO: Getting Started Stargazing 37
Getting Outside 45

CHAPTER THREE: Engaging Star Energy for Magic and Ritual 50
Working with Energy 50
Chakras 51
Accessing Star Energy with a Spiral 58
How to Use Star Magic 61
Astral Travel, Dream Work, and Ritual 64

CHAPTER FOUR: The Spring Quarter of March, April, May 68
The Spring Constellations 70
Boötes: The Plowman / The Herdsman, Green Man 70
Canes Venatici: The Hunting Dogs / Energy of Renewal 74
Centaurus: The Centaur / Chiron the Healer 78
Corona Borealis: The Northern Crown / Guidance and Power 83
Corvus: The Crow / Messenger from Other Realms 87
Crater: The Cup / Chalice of the Goddess 91
Hydra: The Water Snake / Symbol of the Goddess and Transformation 94
Leo: The Lion / Solar Power and Protection 98
Libra: The Scales / Balance and Justice 102
Ursa Major and Ursa Minor: The Great Bear and The Little Bear / Turning the Wheel of the Year 106
Virgo: The Virgin / Maiden and Mother Nurture the World 111

CHAPTER FIVE: The Summer Quarter of June, July, August 117
The Summer Constellations 119
Aquila: The Eagle / Power of the Sun 119
Ara: The Altar / Heavenly Sacred Space 123
Capricornus: The Sea Goat / Horned One of Abundance 127
Cygnus: The Swan / Enchanted Shape-Shifter 131
Draco: The Dragon / Wise Guardian 136
Hercules: The Strongman / Dagda and Odin 140
Lupus: The Wolf / Spirit Guide 145
Lyra: The Harp / Otherworldly Guide 148
Ophiuchus and Serpens: The Serpent Bearer and The Serpent / Harmonious Energy 152
Sagittarius: The Archer / Wildness of Nature 158
Scorpius: The Scorpion / Death Wielder and Protector 163

CHAPTER SIX: The Autumn Quarter of September, October, November 168
The Autumn Constellations 170
Andromeda: The Princess / Horse Goddess 170
Aquarius: The Water Bearer / Sea God 174
Aries: The Ram / Power of the Horned God 179
Cepheus and Cassiopeia: The King and Queen / The Lord and Lady 183
Cetus: The Whale / Keeper of Traditions 190
Delphinus: The Dolphin / Carrier of Souls 194
Pegasus and Equuleus: The Winged Horse and The Colt / Powers of Nature 198
Pisces: The Fish / Duality, Unity, and Divination 204

CHAPTER SEVEN: The Winter Quarter of December, January, February 210
The Winter Constellations 212
Auriga: The Charioteer / Wild and Wise 212
Cancer: The Crab / Between the Worlds 216
Canis Major and Canis Minor: The Great Dog and The Little Dog / Guardians and Guides 221
Eridanus: The River / Flowing Sacred Waters 226
Gemini: The Twins / Power Doubled 231
Lepus: The Hare / Magical Moon Energy 235
Monoceros: The Unicorn / Power of the Crone 239
Orion: The Hunter / Artemis The Huntress 242
Perseus: The Hero / Returning God of Light 246
The Pleiades: Seven Sisters / Bringers of Peace and Wisdom 250
Taurus: The Bull / Horns of Consecration 257

CHAPTER EIGHT: The Southern Hemisphere 262
The Southern Spring Sky: September, October, November 264
Aquarius 265
Aries 265
Cetus 266
Delphinus 266
Grus: The Crane / Seeker of Knowledge 266
Pegasus and Equuleus 270
The Phoenix / Energy of Self-Transformation 270
Pisces 274
Piscis Austrinus: The Southern Fish / Ancient Wisdom 274
The Southern Summer Sky: December, January, February 277
Canis Major and Canis Minor 278
Eridanus 278
Hydrus: The Southern Water Snake / Ancient Goddess Energy 279
Lepus 281
Monoceros 281
Orion 282
The Southern Autumn Sky: March, April, May 283
Centaurus 284
Corvus 284
Crater 285
Crux: The Southern Cross / The Power of Four 285
Hydra 289
Libra 289
Virgo 290
The Southern Winter Sky: June, July, August 291
Aquila 292
Ara 292
Capricornus 292
Corona Australis: The Southern Crown / Heavenly Heart 293
Lupus 296
Ophiuchus and Serpens 297
Sagittarius 297
Scorpius 298

SUMMARY 299
APPENDIX A: Finding Your Latitude 301
From the North Pole to the Equator: 301
From the Equator South: 302

APPENDIX B: The Stars and Color Magic 304
The Northern Hemisphere: 307
Spring Star Colors by Constellation 307
Summer Star Colors by Constellation 310
Autumn Star Colors by Constellation 314
Winter Star Colors by Constellation 316
The Southern Hemisphere: 320
Star Colors by Constellation 320

APPENDIX C: The Fixed Stars of Medieval Magic 322
Agrippa's Fifteen Powerful Stars 324

APPENDIX D: Meteor Showers 331
APPENDIX E: Complete List of Constellations 332
GLOSSARY 335
BIBLIOGRAPHY 339
Online Resources 347
INDEX 348
Constellations, Asterisms, and Messier Objects 348
Stars by Traditional Names 349
General Index 352

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