Lynn Hayes

About Lynn Hayes

Lynn Hayes has been a practicing astrological consultant in beautiful North Carolina for over 30 years, working with clients all over the world both in person and by phone. She focuses on therapeutic and healing approaches which encourage greater empowerment and personal growth. She is available for personal consultations (see the readings tab on this website).

The magic of Samhain and the journey to Hallowe’en

Art by Wendy Andrews

I just returned from a trip to Ireland, where the holiday of Hallowe’en is said to have originated with the ancient Celts who called this holiday Samhain, or “summer’s end”.  Traditionally the holiday was celebrated on November 1st, but some sources say that the festival lasted seven days, or even nine days.  In Ireland there was a huge assembly at Tara where the kings met to craft their laws and the common people held celebration.

In medieval Europe the pagan (country) people celebrated the the midpoint of the fixed signs as periods of power.  These times correspond to the fixed signs of Aquarius (Brigid in February), Taurus (Beltane in May), Leo (Lugh in July) and Samhain (pronounced Sow’en) in October for Scorpio.  These times exactly between the solstices and equinoxes, and are called the “cross-quarter” days.  Early Catholic leaders adopted the festival of Samhain as All Saints Day and christianized the holiday to encourage praying for the souls of the departed.

While Samhain has been adopted by Wiccans and other followers of witchcraft, I think we have finally come past the equating of ancient holy holidays with witches and demons.  These are nature festivals of spirituality which we can use to honor the holy cycles of nature and the ebb and flow of life.

At Samhain it is said that the veils between the worlds grow thin, and it becomes easier to communicate with the souls of loved ones who have passed on.  They are also more easily able to offer advice, and divination is a key part of Samhain festivals even today.  Samhain marks the beginning of the dark half of the year, after the balance of light and dark at […]

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By |2019-10-31T08:15:45-05:00October 30th, 2019|Holidays|0 Comments

Planetary news this week! Mercury turns retrograde and Venus seeks an adventure

Mercury turns retrograde on October 31, 2019, but its effects are already making themselves known. Mercury, planet of the mind, mental function, learning, communication equipment and travels of short duration, is currently traveling through Scorpio, a fixed sign of power and intense emotion. Mercury in fixed signs tends to be more…well, fixed – we becoming more stubborn, less adaptable. And this makes the retrograde turn more difficult.

As many of you already know, Mercury turns retrograde four times a year for three weeks. This is a natural cycle in which we are forced to slow down and be more careful, often having to re-do something we thought was already completed. This is a valuable part of the spiral of life and growth, just like the ebb and flow of the ocean waves, and it means these are important times to reassess where we are in our lives and where we are going.

Mercury will be in Scorpio through the entire time it is retrograde, meaning that this is a time for deep thinking about things that really matter. We may find ourselves unearthing family secrets or perhaps closing the door on a chapter of our lives which has remained open for too long. The retrograde period technically ends November 20, but there is a shadow period of a week to 10 days in which things may not work as expected.

Meanwhile we also have Venus changing signs, entering Sagittarius on November 1st. Venus has been in intense Scorpio along with Mercury, so the shift into Sagittarius will unlock the doors and send all matters of love and attraction into expansion mode. While Venus is in Sagittarius (until November 25) we may feel more social than usual. This is typically a lucky […]

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By |2019-10-29T09:42:29-05:00October 29th, 2019|Planetary news this week|0 Comments

Sunday poetry: Enter the wild with care

Enter the wild with care, my love
And speak the things you see
Let new names take and root and thrive and grow
And even as you travel far from heather, crag and river
May you like the little fisher, set the stream alight with glitter
May you enter now as otter without falter into water

Look to the sky with care, my love
And speak the things you see
Let new names take and root and thrive and grow
And even as you journey on past dying stars exploding
Like the gilded one in flight, leave your little gifts of light
And in the dead of night my darling, find the gleaming eye of starling
Like the little aviator, sing your heart to all dark matter

Walk through the world with care, my love
And sing the things you see
Let new names take and root and thrive and grow
And even as you stumble through machair sands eroding
Let the fern unfurl your grieving, let the heron still your breathing
Let the selkie swim you deeper, oh my little silver-seeker
Even as the hour grows bleaker, be the singer and the speaker
And in city and in forest, let the larks become your chorus
And when every hope is gone, let the raven call you home

–Poetry from Karine Polwart

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By |2019-10-31T14:08:51-05:00October 27th, 2019|Inspiration|5 Comments

Discover the magic of your own truth at the Scorpio New Moon

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Scorpio season is all about the darkness – our inner passions, our secret world of dreams and nightmares, the truths that must be told.  The Scorpio New Moon on October 27th will provide us with an opportunity to dive deep into these depths where the subconscious and the soul meet – where we can find Truth and true transformation.

Scorpio is associated with intense emotions – the dark feelings such as jealousy and hatred which normally don’t see the light of day.  However, anything which we hide in the darkness never has the opportunity to become transformed.  Scorpio fearlessly plumbs these depths of darkness and supports us in our quest to regain the power that we have lost through self-denial and diminishment.

Scorpio is also associated with sexuality.  The power of sexuality is legendary – it has been used by magicians of all types since humans have walked the planet.  Sexuality can empower us, or it can cause us to lose ourselves just as easily.  The Scorpio New Moon encourages new ways of integrating sexuality into our lives. An awkward quincunx from the New Moon to Chiron (wounding and healing) and the Black Moon Lilith suggests that there could be some difficulty taking on the mantle of sexual power if unhealed wounds, and the rage that may live in them, create blockages through which the energy is unable to transmit.

A Jupiter aspect to Ceres during this time will provide opportunities for us to nurture ourselves so that we have the means and ability to really dive deep through these blocks.  Under this influence, nourishing the body with delicious and healthy foods will help us to integrate body with mind and spirit, and to […]

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By |2019-10-28T03:28:49-05:00October 25th, 2019|Moon|4 Comments

How the next recession will happen: An astrological view

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Economists struggle to understand the ebb and flow of markets and attempt to find reasons why a market will expand and contract.  Astrologers have better tools.  They’re not perfect enough to depend on for day to day trading – there are too many variables.  One’s own planetary cycles, the peculiarities of each individual company, the global atmosphere and how each individual nation is affected by planetary cycles.  But what we can do is observe the larger planetary cycles to predict a general atmosphere of expansion and then contraction.

While Pluto was in Sagittarius the housing and financial markets expanded beyond recognition.  The size of an average home went from 1800 to 2600 square feet, with a price to match.  The stock markets in the US and elsewhere soared.  Although Alan Greenspan (and I) warned of “irrational exuberance” – Greenspan because of a conservative view of economics, me because of Pluto in Sag – there was a feeling, fueled by the optimism of Sagittarius, that the economies of the world could continue to expand indefinitely.  But the image shown here demonstrates the movement of markets according to the ebb and flow of optimism and pessimism, and this can be seen in observable astrological cycles.

Pluto moved into contracting Capricorn back in 2008 and we all know what happened next.  Everyone was shocked but astrologers – we were ready.  And we are sounding the warning again.  As I said back in January in my talk on the Astrology of 2019, expansive Jupiter has been in its own sign of Sagittarius all year which has kept consumer confidence, and the confidence of economists, artificially inflated.  Between May and July Saturn (restriction) and Pluto (destruction and regeneration) nearly collided, both […]

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By |2019-10-13T11:31:00-05:00October 23rd, 2019|Money and markets|0 Comments