Get Lucky: A Tarot Spread for the New Moon in Leo

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After 6 months of painfully slow astrology, we finally have a gorgeous new moon that will rev things up for the rest of 2014. The new moon in Leo is always an art and romance flashpoint. But this one’s getting cozy with Jupiter, so you can expect any potential love situations or new creative ventures to take off like roman candles. It’s also getting a square from Mars freshly in Scorpio, which acts as rocket fuel: it’s powerful, but highly combustible. Make sure you stick to a clearly defined strategy and you’ll be golden.

Think of the 6 of Wands in the tarot, riding in the victory parade, self-assured and loving the limelight. Under this new moon, you know your worth and own it. And if you’ve been down on yourself? This new moon is going to reawaken your mojo!

In the spirit of keeping things fresh, I decided to do a tarot spread for all of you this time around! Since Jupiter (the major player here) is the planet of good fortune, my question was:

What can we do to get lucky under the new moon in Leo ?

(Take that how you will. Ahem. After all, Leo is the sign of romance!)

Here’s what I got:

The Fool

If you’ve been considering a bold move, now is the time to make it. Don’t be a shrinking violet. Break with the status quo. Be free, have fun, and don’t be afraid to lose control. Trust yourself. You’ve got this.

2 of Cups

Ah, yes. It’s time to explore a new attraction or embark on a fresh creative project. Whatever it may be, give it your full devotion. Adore your muse. Indulge in the luxury that is falling in love, whether with a partner or with your art.

The Hermit

This card surprised me, because this new moon is all about fun and levity and this card usually means deep inner work in my readings. But who says the two have to be mutually exclusive? Use this energy as an opportunity to explore and meditate on what you truly desire. Hint: Danielle LaPorte can help with this. Get your journals ready!

The new moon is at 8:42 PM EST. Don’t forget to light a candle and write your abundance check!

How Your Rising Sign Can Help You Dress for Success

If you’ve found your way here, it’s a safe bet that you already know your sun sign.

But how many of your know your rising sign?

When I started to explore astrology’s deeper levels, this was one of my favorite discoveries. Your rising sign (also called the ascendant) is the constellation that was on the horizon at the time of your birth. If your sun sign is your soul’s mission, then your rising sign is how your show up in the world to accomplish it. This is your natural state and proverbial happy place. When you’re working your ascendant, you’re in your element.

It’s like this: the horoscope is divided up into 12 sections, called houses. Each house corresponds to a part of your external life: love, money, career, etc. The first house is all about identity, and tells you what impression you make on the others. It’s typically the one people pick up on the most, and the first guess when people play “name your sign”.

For years, knowing my rising sign has been my secret weapon.

If you already know what image you project to others, then you can work it to your benefit. You tend to look your best when you incorporate aspects of your ascendant into your appearance, consciously or unconsciously. I swear it works wonders.

Want to find your rising sign? Enter your birth details into this handy calculator at astro.com.

Ready to give a try? Here are a few basic descriptions of each rising sign to get you started:

ARIES: You’re always fired-up and ready-to-go, so travel and work-out ready outfits are a must. The sign of the warrior, you’re passionate, driven, fiery, and confident. Your pioneering (and at times rebellious) attitude shows though in your personal style, making you a trendsetter among your circles. Bonus points for wearing red.

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TAURUS: Ruled by love goddess Venus, your sign is well-known for it’s sensual tastes. You’re grounded and hardworking, but you’re also not afraid to spend some of your hard-earned cash on something luxurious. Odds are good you’ve got more than a few investment pieces in your closet. Bonus points for pastels and florals (both prints and fragrances).

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GEMINI: Your quick-witted sign is probably more focused on your next big idea than your wardrobe, but no matter: the ingenue look works for you. Your magpie tendencies draw you towards electric colors and kitschy accessories, but you pull them off with ease. Bonus points if you wear glasses.

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CANCER: Ruled by the moon, you’re highly sensitive to the world around you. You use your wardrobe as a means of comfort, reveling in soft fabrics and cozy knits. You want the things you adorn yourself with to feel nourishing. Wearing white, silver, and pearls gives you a beautiful moonlit glow. Bonus points if an infinity scarf is your go to accessory.

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LEO: You’re the zodiac’s performer, and you feel most at home in the spotlight. Much like your personality, your wardrobe is flashy, brave, and at times extravagant: vibrant colors and gold jewelry are your favorites. You can work outfits with grace that would make other signs blush. Bonus points for leopard print.

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VIRGO: Your sign is known for it’s perfectionist tendencies, and your appearance is no exception. Prim-and-proper is your calling card, and your ensembles are always perfectly matched. Also, your self-care practice is next level. Bonus points for channeling your inner Parisienne every time you leave the house.

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LIBRA: You’re a paragon of elegance. Also ruled by Venus, your tastes are charming and refined. You steer clear of any radical trends that offend your innate senses of balance and harmony, preferring a classic movie siren look over a Lady Gaga wig any day. Bonus points for fabulous sunglasses.

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SCORPIO: You’re sultry, mysterious, and give off some serious witchy vibes.  You wear a strict color palette of blood red and black, and probably look like either a rock star or a vampire. But really, it’s not so much the clothes you’re wearing as your animal magnetism. Seriously, your very aura is magical. Bonus points for leather.

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SAGITTARIUS: You’re the zodiac’s bohemian, favoring flowing dresses. silk scarves, and boots over… well… anything else. You look like you’re ready to jet off to some fabulous location at a moment’s notice, and your accessories are likely to consist exclusively of pieces you’ve picked up at and antique shops and on holiday. Bonus points for turquoise jewelry.

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CAPRICORN: Your style motto? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Classic slacks-and-button-down ensembles, a little black dress, and an amazing pair of jeans are all you need in your closet to survive. Whatever you choose, you’re the empire-builder, and you exude power. You may even have your own sort of “uniform” so you don’t have to make the petty decision of what to wear on a daily basis. Bonus points for nautical stripes.

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AQUARIUS: You’re a revolutionary at heart, and your style expresses your visionary outlook. Sleek, clean, and even futuristic, your style is an extension of your grand plan. Your wardrobe may be the most eclectic of all, housing everything from crisp all-white suits to music-festival regalia. Bonus points for crystal jewelry… or no jewelry at all.

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PISCES: As the artist of the zodiac, your style is as dreamy as you are. Others identify you by your far-off expression, as if you’re picking up some sort of divine message or inspiration directly from the muse at any given moment. Your look is, in a word, romantic: you seem to exude an otherwordly quality that people can’t place. Bonus points for flowers in your hair.

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Of course, rising signs are not “one size fits all”. If these descriptions don’t resonate for you, try incorporating other parts of your birth chart into your look. Or, you can mix and match! Usually you’ll get the best results by weaving together aspects of your ascendant, sun, moon, and Venus signs.

For example: how does my Sagittarius rising blend with a Scorpio sun and Venus in Virgo?

Wearing black is my religion, but I always add bohemian touches (scarves are my Achilles heel, especially ones I’ve acquired during travels) and most days I let my hair go wavy. Most importantly, I never leave the house without perfume because it makes me feel polished. I’m still working on incorporating my Gemini moon though! Maybe I should wear my glasses more often…

How will you channel your rising sign? If you want more astrological inspiration, check out my zodiac-inspired mood boards on Pinterest!

Don’t Call Me Woo: Why You Should Take the Sacred Arts Seriously

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Earlier this week I added The Midheaven to my resume.

That’s right. My real-life, big-girl, professional resume. Because I take what I do here seriously.

Over the years, I’ve heard many people refer to astrology and tarot as “woo-woo”. I’m not trying to pretend that this work isn’t on the fringe. There are people out there who still view it as occult or taboo. But it’s not just outsiders that are the culprit: intuitive readers and modern mystics often use the phrase to describe themselves.

Why does this matter? Because when we call each other “woo-woo”, it’s a concession to cultural standards that say what we do is invalid, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. The tradition of consulting oracles for guidance is ancient, and as any practitioner knows, the results can be profound.

When we refer to the intuitive arts as “woo”, we diminish the incredible value they offer to the people we serve.

Doctors, lawyers, or teachers aren’t ashamed of the tools of their trade, so why should we be? Contributing to this sort of rhetoric only perpetuates the social stigma of intuition as somehow untrustworthy, when in fact it can be healing, revealing, and empowering.

I want to see more intuitive workers owning their profession. There’s no reason we should hide what we do when tarot cards are in the pages of Vogue and Buzzfeed writers are having their birth charts read. If anything, the fact that the mystical is having a moment is all the more reason to step out and be proud of your art!

Of course, there will always be naysayers, critics, and skeptics. But if we don’t take the sacred arts seriously, no one else will.

Let’s stop apologizing for the benefits we offer society. Whether you’re an astrologer, tarot reader, rootworker, or reiki master, be confident in your craft. And whatever you do…

Don’t call me woo.

3 Things You Need to Know About the Gemini New Moon

After an intense start to 2014, today’s new moon in Gemini finally lightens the mood. Airy Gemini is associated with communication of all types, so it’s time to clear the decks and start anew with respect to the way you speak, write, and otherwise connect with those around you. This should be an easy transition, as Gemini’s ruler Mercury, is in this sign now. Embrace laughter, levity, and razor-sharp wit for best results.

But don’t get too excited: as of yesterday Mercury entered his shadow period, which means he’s slowing down for a full-fledged retrograde on June 7. With Mercury in Gemini this retrograde should be easier than most, but it’s always better to err on the side of caution. That means it’s best to hold off on signing any new contracts or making any big tech purchases until after he goes direct.

At this point you’re probably wondering… what can I do with this new moon then? Here are the three things you need to know to amplify this moon’s good vibes:

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Mars in Libra trine the new moon is a tonic for your relationships.

Relationships that were tense during Mars retrograde earlier this month finally relax, and any lingering passive-aggression dissipates into deliciously clear lines of communication. The diplomatic Libra energy paired with Gemini’s willingness to talk gives you a beautiful opportunity to speak your mind in all your relationships. Let your lovers, colleagues, and even muses know where you stand. Libra is highly creative, so you could be inspired to put your thoughts into writing now. Give it a try, the universe is supporting you!

Neptune in Pisces square the new moon activates your psychic nature, but obscures reality.

Illusory Neptune’s difficult angle spells trouble for any new starts at this moon. Things may not be as they seem now, and if something looks to good to be true, it probably is. Give any new career offers or contracts time to simmer before you make your final decision, and make sure what you’re signing onto is rooted in reality.

The good news is that any time Neptune is in play it gives you a serious psychic boost. Gemini is the messenger sign, so listen to your dreams: they may have information for you! Or, pull out your favorite divination tool and take advantage of this moon’s amplified connection the spiritual realm.

Bad girl Lilith and asteroid Pandora give this new moon a rebellious flare.

Lilith and Pandora are both in harmony with this moon, throwing good angles from flashy fire signs (Leo and Aries respectively). Crystal clear Gemini opens up a channel for you to express your dark side. What parts of yourself have you tried to hide, both from the world and yourself? Write it down, share it with your tribe, or better yet, shout it from the rooftops! Remember that it’s okay to love yourself unconditionally, and that your shadow side is just as valid as the light.

Happy New Moon and cosmic love! XX

PS- Don’t forget to write your abundance check for this moon cycle!

11 Things to Do When the Moon is in Aquarius

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After a long Capricorn moon this weekend, la luna slips into Aquarius for a fresh new vibe. Want to maximize that brilliant Uranian energy? Here are eleven things to do when the moon transits the eleventh zodiac sign:

Plan for the future. Aquarius is well-known for being visionary, and this futurist energy is perfect for long-range planning, dreaming, & brainstorming.

Make the world a better place. Humanitarianism is ruled by Aquarius, so this transit is a marvelous opportunity to help out your fellow man. What causes get you fired up? Take a few moments to reflect on what you can do to help, then take action (even if it’s small).

Upgrade your technology. Yes, this sign rules all things electric! Moon in Aquarius is the best time to go shopping for new gadgets. It’s also good for trying out new apps or online systems like Evernote (my personal favorite!).

Practice detachment. It’s not just for monks. Many Aquarians are successful scientists & researchers, and this moon can be a fantastic time to take a strictly rational approach to your activities. Apply academic rigor where necessary, and be willing to put your emotions aside to see things through to their best outcome.

Find your genius. Aquarius rules the unique spark of brilliance that lives inside all of us. What’s your genius? If you’re not certain, Moon in Aquarius is excellent for soul-searching & finding out what uniqueness you have to offer the world.

Start a revolution. This sign is ruled by radical Uranus, so  when the moon transits here your desire to revolt is naturally incited. Are there traditions and structures in your life that you’re adhering to out of obligation or fear? The Aquarius moon can help you kick them to the curb once and for all.

Get outside your comfort zone. Again, Uranus is the instigator, so trying something outside the norm always pays off during the Aquarian moon. Whatever you’re thinking, throw your inhibitions aside and make it happen, no matter how crazy it sounds.

Call a friend. Aquarius rules friendship, so this moon is a lovely chance to connect with your tribe. Have a drink with an old friend or make a new one. You may meet your next soul sister!

Join the club. This sign also rules groups, so linking up with a professional organization or signing up for a class with like-minded people under this moon could prove advantageous. Go ahead, network your heart out.

Give alternative healing methods a try. Unconventional and new-age healing modalities are Aquarian in nature, and Moon in Aquarius is great for exploring these realms. Are you new to the metaphysical party? Start with basic energy work: Louise Androlia has an excellent energy awareness series on her blog. Looking to go a bit further? Reiki & crystals are fascinating ways to work with your body’s energy fields.

Let your inner astrologer out to play! That’s right: Aquarius rules astrology. The Aquarian moon is the absolute best time to deepen your astrology practice, so happy stargazing!

Cosmic love! XX

 

What Kali Can Teach You About the Scorpio Full Moon

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Over the last week, I’ve dreamt of Kali at least three times.

Yes, you heard me right. The blood-drinking, demon-slaying Hindu goddess who is equally feared and revered the world over. I saw her deep blue skin, fiery hair, neck adorned with skulls, dancing in a skirt of human arms. I’d heard her name mentioned in yoga classes a few times and even attended a book club on Sally Kempton’s Awakening Shakti. But when the dark goddess confronted me in my own subconscious? I was terrified.

Confession: I thought twice about bringing this up, because cultural appropriation isn’t my thing. I like to delve deeply into the stories and mythology behind any spiritual practices before talking about them, because I think that’s an important way to show respect for their native cultures. That said, I figured the Collective Unconscious was showing me this message over & over for a reason.

As I started and restarted this post this evening , it suddenly became clear: Kali is the perfect representation of the full moon in Scorpio. At first glance she can be intimidating, even frightening. But on closer investigation you’ll see that all of her aspects—the sword, the severed head, the skull necklace—are symbols of her spiritual teachings.

This full moon is the same: the lessons of Scorpio may seem dark and difficult at first, but when we open ourselves up to them, we can embrace their hidden meaning.

Today this is especially true, since Saturn is in very close quarters with the moon. Kali and Saturn actually share an epithet: the Karmic Teacher. Whenever Saturn shows up, things get serious. Karma rears its head, often leaving you feeling exposed. The antidote to all that harsh truth? Go deeper. Saturn wants you to to dive into the foundation of the issues you’re working through and rebuild. Scorpio rules transformation, and this energy can help you restructure any part of your life that feels flimsy. Cut the crap and get rid of what’s not working

Jupiter in Cancer and Chiron in Pisces are also making a wide Grand Water Trine to the full moon. This harmonious formation expands our capacity to love and be loved. One story tells of a bloodthirsty Kali whose wild killing spree was only stopped when her lover Shiva laid down on the ground in her path. Much like Shiva, Jupiter and Chiron soften the blow of this moon by increasing our ability to receive both emotional and psychic nourishment. Old wounds finally start to “make sense”, and we can forgive ourselves for long held hurts.

If nothing else, allow this full moon to remind you that like Kali, life is at once terrifying and beautiful, and that there is meaning hidden in every crevasse.

Blessed Full Moon and cosmic love! XX

Cosmic Chat with Paige Zaferiou

Cosmic Chat is a conversation with metaphysical practitioners about the role astrology plays in their world. I’m featuring one sacred artist every month. We’ll talk current astro, planning by the stars, astrology as a spiritual practice, and even their own birth charts! This month’s guest is the charming & sparkly Paige Zaferiou of Tarot & Tea. She’s a tarot reader, magical practitioner, creator of enchanted teas, & all around fabulous human. Even through the internet her upbeat sense of humor is infectious! Bonus: her free Daily Tarot Readings on Instagram are always spot-on and inspiring if you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

paige-zaferiou1. What is your favorite part of your birth chart (if you had to choose)?

Oh gosh! I think a lot of my joie de vivre comes from having Uranus and Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius in my 8th house. I love being a total weirdo, doing things my own way, and waving my freak flag high and proud, and taking great pleasure in doing so!

It’s also a wonderful aspect for my magical practice. I feel very stimulated by magic. The Sagittarian energy there fuels my immersion in and study of magic and the occult in a big, big way. Saturn brings discipline and dedication to my magical practice and Uranus makes me feel…illuminated. When I’m working magic, it lights me up and the impossible becomes possible.

2. If there a part of your chart that you find particularly challenging? If so, how do you make it work it to your benefit?

My Moon is in Gemini in the 2nd house, and that can be challenging both emotionally and financially. Financially, I tend to waffle between compulsive frugality and joyful splurges! Emotionally, it means I can move between dizzying heights of elation and horrific depths of despair and depression.

I work with these challenges through self-awareness of my own rhythms. By accepting that my finances and feelings wax and wane like the moon, I can go easier on myself. I wouldn’t rail against the waning crescent moon for not being full, and likewise I do my best not to rail against myself when I’m in a natural downswing. Instead, I allow myself to be there, in that swing, and do whatever work needs to be done while I’m there – much like we do magical work with the phases of the moon. The more I pay attention to and work with my natural cycles, the more easily they flow.

Another manifestation of my Gemini Moon is that I’m a voracious reader! When I was younger I definitely engaged in escapist behavior: it was practically impossible to get my nose out of a book and I got in a lot of trouble in school for reading under my desk, let me tell you… Luckily, I’ve gotten better at balancing the real world with the written word as I’ve gotten older. But it’s still important for my mental health that I regularly read for pleasure.

3. Right now, dreamy Neptune is transiting his home sign of super-psychic Pisces. You’ve got Mercury AND Venus in Pisces– how is this transit showing up in your life so far?

Oh goodness, my dreams have been CRAY! I’m also starting to come out of the weird cloudiness of Mercury retrograde. I had a difficult time writing while Mercury was retrograde, but now I can feel my intuitive waters are clearing and my channels of communication are opening back up.

4. In addition to Tarot readings, you sell “Moonblessed Teas”. I love that idea! How do you work with the moon in creating these tasty goodies, and throughout your day-to-day life?

Tea and the Moon are two of my absolute favorite things! They both play important roles in my everyday life. The Moon is the most important “planet” to me. She has been my constant companion and I live my life by her cycles.

When creating my Moonblessed Teas, I look ahead and see which signs the upcoming full moons will be. I think about that sign, the sign the Sun will be in, and their ruling planets. I let those thoughts and dreams percolate until an intention, a blessing created by that unique combination, begins to form in my mind. Then, I think about which of my plant allies are aligned with that intention.

In naming the blends, I think about which tarot cards are aligned with the intention. For example, Empress in the Tower is aligned with the feminine creative/destructive power of life/death/life. Then, once I’ve got the intention, recipe, and name for a tea blend, I craft and charge it under the full moon.

My creative process is very intuitive: I study and read obsessively so that when I’m creating, my intuition has that library of knowledge to draw upon. That’s my Moon in Gemini: it eagerly soaks up information and when the time comes to get creative, I can just dream about what I’m making.

5. Does astrology play a part in your spiritual practice? If so, how?

Holy chicken butts, it certainly does! Natal charts play an important supporting role in my tarot practice. When I do a big reading, I look at my client’s natal chart so I know how the energy tends to flow in their life. It’s really helpful for me in telling their story back to them and giving them the best guidance I can.

In my personal practice, I align my magical workings with the planetary energy of each day of the week – although perhaps not always in a traditional way. I do self-love magic on Venus-ruled Friday, which is typical, but I often do abundance work on Monday as well as Thursday – with my Moon in the 2nd house, it feels good for me to work with money and the Moon on the Moon’s day.

I also work with the cycles of the Moon, of course. For each phase of the Moon I do a divination ritual and look at the messages of the Moon’s phase, its Zodiac sign, and the lunar mansion. And on the morning of each New Moon I meet with a group of magic moon women, and during our ritual we meditate on the significance of setting intentions under the Moon’s present Zodiac sign. It makes us feel connected to the Universe, aligned and in tune and whole. I truly believe in One Love, and astrology is the big connector between little ole me down here on Earth and the other planetary energies out there in the heavens. YUM BURGERS!

Miss Paige is now offering readings by email. You can also order one of her fabulous teas by visiting her Etsy shop. Bottoms up!

Magical Miscellany: 5.11.14

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AT HOME:

This week I’ve become a bit obsessed with locational astrology, and Astro*Carto*Graphy in particular. In short, it’s an astrological system created by the late Jim Lewis that overlays a line for each of your planets on a world map. The cities close to each line take on the qualities of that planet. So, for example, along the Jupiter line you’d encounter lucky situations & people and be quite happy, and close by your Venus line you’d find a life of luxury & romance. Of course it would be foolish to just up and move to a place because it looked fortunate on your Astro*Carto*Graphy map, but vacationing there could be a fun experiment.

According to my map, I’d fare especially well in Memphis, home of the blues and eternal resting place of Elvis. It’s still close enough to the South for me to feel at home, and there’s a Gibson guitar factory there… what more could a girl want? Other top locations were Chicago for happiness, Acapulco & Madeira for holiday, Venice & Rome for a romantic getaway (yes please!), Paris for comfort (which explains a lot), New Orleans for spiritual work, and San Francisco for deep transformation. Sounds like I need to start planning some trips pronto!

Want to plan your next holiday by the stars? Check out your Astro*Carto*Graphy map at AstroClick Travel on Astro.com. Try the scalable Google Map option, and fantasize to your heart’s content.

ON THE WEB:

Having anxiety dreams or nightmares? Bri Saussy’s guide on  how to (magically) sleep safe is full of simple at-home remedies to help you get some rest.

If you’re working in a creative profession, chances are (sadly) high that you’re going to encounter biters at some point. So, arm yourself with Theresa Reed’s straightforward advice on how to deal with plagiarists in a legally sound & karmically clean way!

Want to be famous, successful, & booked till forver? Take a page out of Alexandra Franzen’s book and operate like the world is already listening.

Does your energy match your words? This post from Rebecca Campbell on how to bring them into alignment is a wake-up call for all of us.

According to Susannah Conway, creating a journalling habit is the doorway to accessing your inner wisdom. Looks like it’s time to break out the Moleskines!

Are you having a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day? Sarah from Yes & Yes shares how to restart your day when things go south in this useful (and adorable) post.

Cosmic love! XX

Jumping the Fire: On Beltane, Sensuality, & Struggle

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Congratulations, you made it through April! With two eclipses and the Grand Cardinal Cross behind you, that should be reason enough to celebrate. But today is a special day of its own merit.

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, today is magical. It’s Beltane, the witches’ sabbat celebrating fertility, the imminent summer, and the return of abundance. With this sabbat coming on the heels of a earthy Taurus solar eclipse, the message of sensuality is crystal clear. It sits at the very center of the human experience, but when things are so volatile, sensuality can look an awful lot like a luxury we can’t afford.

Sensuality is a lesson that I’ve struggled with this year. It just keeps showing up! In my Word Goddess reading with Amy Palko, my goddess for this year was Bast. She’s the Egyptian cat goddess of pleasure and, you guessed it, all things sensual. In my New Year’s resolutions, I wrote about all the ways I was going to get in touch with my sensual side: new intimate apparel, Pinterest-worthy flowers on the desk, more yoga in the morning. I even added “pleasure” to my list of core desired feelings.

But when the worst of times struck, I became completely focused on survival. Pleasure dropped off the map in favor of getting out of bed the next day.

Just a few weeks ago when I was seeking a little spirit guidance, I got a totem animal reading from Emelie Archer. My totem was the Leopard, whose medicine was… wait for it… sensuality! Right now I didn’t need the energy of the fierce wolf or the wily fox. Just pleasure, plain and simple.

I couldn’t understand why I would possibly need to focus on luxury for its own sake when I had so many difficult things going on in my life. But then I thought maybe that itself is the lesson. That even in the midst of my struggles, I needed to honor that and really feel what I was going through. Because what’s sensuality if not feeling?

I may be a little quieter than usual over the next few weeks as I dive into those feelings and get sensual with the tough stuff. I’ll still be blogging and posting the Daily Tarot when I can, but it’s time for me to get serious about pleasure. I’ll also be changing up my offerings and prices in a big way this month (hint: Skype readings are coming soon!), and that is going to feel GOOD.

Today I read that the ancient Celts would jump over the Beltane fire to ensure a prosperous summer. That image came to life in my mind, and I can practically feel the universe pushing me to leap. So if you’ll excuse me for a few weeks, I’ll be leaping over my own personal flames, and putting my every intention towards a prosperous summer for me and for you.

See you on the other side.

Blessed Beltane and cosmic love! XX

Magical Miscellany: 4.20.14

Magical Miscellany is a best of the web for modern mystics, showcasing my favorite links from the past seven days. Expect an eclectic mix of astrology & tarot, creativity & business, and an inside look at what I’ve been up to over the last week. C’est bon!

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AT HOME:

Happy Easter, everyone! In the spirit of spring and new growth, I’ve been planning to plant my very first garden. There’s already a rosemary plant, irises, and lily of the valley in the front flowerbed, but I’d love to add some herbs that I can use in the kitchen & a few magical plants for good measure. Hello homemade smudge sticks!

So far my wish list includes: basil, sage, chamomile, mint, lavender, mugwort, hyssop, geranium, and one of these beauties. I came across this painting by Georgia O’Keefe (one of my favorite artists) earlier this week and was utterly fascinated. It’s called Jimson Weed, a folk name for the datura. Ancient Aztecs used them in ritual to produce visions, and early settlers called it devil’s snare due to its ability to cause total delerium. The flowers open at night, hence its other common name: the moonflower. How magical!

ON THE WEB:

You know that astrology is going mainstream when Buzzfeed is covering it! This week they posted a long read pondering the age-old question: is it time to start taking astrology seriously? (Hint: absolutely!)

Esme Wang’s brilliant series of guest posts, Off We Go, chronicles the intersection of entrepreneurship and mental illness. This week, Beth Kirby of Local Milk shared her beautiful story of learning how to manage comorbid diagnoses and a successful blog & business. It’s raw, it’s spiritual, and it’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing, Beth.

On top of having the best name ever, Rebecca Tracey’s new series Nice Package is a fantastic resource for online biz owners who want to package their services so they’ll sell like hotcakes. Make sure you check out her interviews with Kendrick Shope and Lis Digjan this week: your wallet (and your clients!) will thank you.

Feeling cluttered? These 16 ways to improve your habitat in 5 minutes or less from Rosy Blu Handmade will do the trick!

Rock and Roll Bride’s thoughts on how to be an artist will inspire you get off the couch and start creating, stat.