Retrieving the Golden Grain: Virgo 2016

by Andrea Goodman Virgo is shown in the stars as a large figure of a woman with wings, holding in one hand a stalk of grain. She is associated with the Goddess as fertile, abundant Earth, providing mother, supplying nourishment to all creatures. Isis, Demeter and Ceres of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquity are a…

Dance of Power: Leo 2016

by Andrea Goodman The Sun shines. It sends its warmth and light in every possible direction. In its own sign Leo, July 22nd until August 22nd this year, it is literally in its element, fire. It joins Venus and Mercury already there before they move on to Virgo, and with Saturn in Sagittarius and Uranus…

Feeling of Fullness, Fullness of Feeling: Cancer 2016

by Andrea Goodman The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the water sign Cancer and the beginning of Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere). This year it coincided with a Full Moon and open-hearted Venus joining the Sun. On top of that, four planets formed a cross, called a Grand Cross, surrounding the Earth with forces…

Beneath Earth’s Mantle: Taurus 2016

Andrea’s Astro-Witchery by Andrea Goodman Earth Day today and a Full Moon, the Sun now in Taurus, earth sign ruled by Venus. The ground that supports us, the soil that feeds us, the physicality that gives form to our bodies, buildings and landscapes, Earth is home. However much we travel across the globe, and with…

Water Catches Fire: Aries 2016

by Andrea Goodman A most open hearted and sensitive implication, a romantic, artistic, beauty loving, and magical atmosphere began the new season with four planets still flowing in oceanic Pisces, including an exact conjunction of Venus with Neptune on the Equinox. But already Mercury has moved into Aries with the Sun. Venus will follow on…

Waters of Forgiveness: Pisces 2016

by Andrea Goodman The Sun entered Pisces February 19th this year and will swim until the Spring Equinox on March 20th. Our sense of reality is shifting and changing like the surface of the ocean, and we are carried by currents of feeling, tossed by stormy waves, lapped by the tides. The qualities of Pisces,…

Call for Work on Sara Teasdale

Poetry Witch seeks work that celebrates the life and poetry of Sara Teasdale. Although she enjoyed popularity and acclaim in her lifetime and remains fiercely beloved by readers around the world, Teasdale has all but vanished from official literary history. We suspect, however, that she occupies a secret-not-so-secret place in the private canons of many writers and…

Are You a Hot Poet? Check Out These Meter Kegels Exercises

by Annie Finch  (This essay originally appeared on Annie’s blog at the Poetry Foundation. ) After years of living with the stereotype that formal skill is somehow at odds with poetic inspiration, I turned to satire to make my point.  The following essay is based on an article on the value of doing Kegels exercises.  It is published here with grateful…