There's much going on at Hoopla! Emporium - Spring is our favorite time of year! We're planning another Fairy Garden 101 in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 12! Are you ready? We've got some wonderful things Mom would love, like newly acquired Orange Marmalade from Arlington Gardens in Pasadena! We are also the only retail location in Altadena that carries Beyond The Olive extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegar, a matched set of oil and vinegar is a fabulous gift for a Mom who likes to cook! Beautiful, local artisan-sourced jewelry is always popular, as well, and we've got a great selection. Come by and see us, you'll be glad you did!
Coin Laundry is an artisanal maker in Bozeman, Montana that offers 100% lint-free cotton dish towels and baby bibs with witty sayings and fun graphics. Great gifts at a nice price.
Here at Hoopla! we don't sell any edibles we haven't tried ourselves. (We love our job!)
Here is Scott's first impresson of P.O.P. Candy Company's maple bacon butter crunch confection. Click his photo to see the video. Please come into the store and buy some before he eats all of it.
Join us in welcoming Altadena native Lisa Gabrow, owner of Beyond The Olive, for a special pop-up event at Hoopla! on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The fun starts at 11 am and includes ideas for using their newest balsamic vinegar and olive oil flavors in your holiday cooking. Plus, you’ll find out how to make these chocolate balsamic chicken wings—sure to be a hit at your next party or potluck.
The Moon became full just about a half hour ago, in the bountiful sign of Taurus.
A full moon occurs when the Sun is opposite the Moon, and tends to highlight our lunar-influenced emotions and instincts. Full Moons are a perfect time to purge unwanted or negative energies, and to harvest seeds, or intentions, planted during the New Moon.
Venus, the planet of the Goddess of Love, stations retrograde in the sign of Scorpio on Friday, October 5. Since this planet goes retrograde only every 19 months, the least of any planet, and this makes a very big deal. On top of that, there's Venus' challenging squares to Pluto and Mars, which will put your close interpersonal relationships in the spotlight. It might also make you angry.
Can we all hear a collective sigh of relief? Yes, we can - the Eclipse season is over, and things are starting to look a bit less threatening. This Sunday's early morning Full Moon in Pisces is like a soothing balm spread lovingly over a raw wound, and we all will feel its effects.
The Full Moon is the ideal time to purge that which no longer serves you, and to sow the seeds you planted at the New Moon. Since we have no strong negative aspects to this lunation, we can expect that the mystical waters of Pisces will wash us all in its peace. It's interesting to look at the astrological chart for this, so I've posted it below. You'll see that there is a triangle shape formed between the Sun, Saturn, and Uranus. Sextile aspects turn this triangle (Grand Trine) into a Kite. This is most favorable.
Led Zepplin's song, "Stairway To Heaven" gives us all a glimpse on how this New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse will affect us. Here are the words in the son that particularly pertain:
"If there's a bustle in your hedgerow
don't be alarmed now, it's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
there's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder…"
Yes, indeed, we all do wonder just where we're headed, how we're evolving, how we interpret life, and if we're on the right path. We also wonder, if we acknowledge we're on the right path or going in the right direction, what the ultimate culmination of our efforts will be. Luckily, this New Moon in the regal sign of Leo will give us the light and energy we need to do so. Conversely, the wild energy surrounding this New Moon/Eclipse can bring things to light that we've been ignoring, burying, or otherwise felt confused about.
This should be an exciting occurrence for our moon watchers - a Full Blood Moon and a total Lunar Eclipse all in one! This particular Moon is rising tomorrow in the astrological sign of Aquarius, but when viewed, is actually smack on the head of Capricorn the Goat. And just to shake things up a bit more, it has a conjunction (planets and points that form a conjunction are energies that are united - they are blended; therefore, they act together) to Mars; a T-square (aspect pattern is formed when points in opposition also form a square with another point. The pattern resembles the letter T when viewed in the chart) with Mars that's square Uranus (figure that one out!); and a trine (a term for when the powers involved are in harmony, so that they stimulate one another to increased activity and success) to Saturn.
What all this means is that there will be some crazy Mars energy flying around, with some help from the Uranus square that will be hard to rein in without the influence of steadying Saturn. We also have the influence of the stars in the head of the Goat - fixed star Gahib and the two stars in its horns, called Giedi. Ancient astrologers gave meaning to these stars. Gahib portends “success in business but retires under a cloud, favorable for wealth, influential position but scarcely realizes ambitions, trouble through opposite sex, deserved criticism and censure.” The Giedi portend “peculiar events, unexpected losses and gains, sometimes great good fortune.”*
It looks like a mixed bag this lunation, with heavy emphasis on the Mars/Uranus square. There may be some emotional fireworks for those susceptible to Mars energy (those born in the sign, and those whose moon, ascendant, or significant houses are in Mars). The lunar eclipse makes this stronger, and, because of the extraordinary length of this eclipse (1 hour 23 minutes), the effects will last longer than others. This will be an emotional time, with many feeling short of patience and prone to outbursts of anger. It will require Herculean feats of energy to calm down, and even when out of direct conflict.
Keep in mind, however, that Mars is still in retrograde. So, while this Moon and eclipse brings upheaval and emotional stress, the palliative backwards motion of Mars, along with the help of Saturn, the promise of purging our unwanted negative energies and resolution of issues brought forward will be realized. As our friends at Darkstar Astrology explain, "trust, composure and persistence are needed and inner demons will have to be faced. As with all T-squares, once worked through, the rewards from this lunar eclipse July 2018 will be well worth the effort." As an added bonus, Mercury goes retrograde today, July 26. Go out, have fun, be cautious, guard your words, and be aware that impetuous actions might bring unintended consequences. We'll see you next month, and until then, blessed be.
*Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, Vivian E. Robson, 1923. p.168. and p.157