New Moon in Libra: Steady Like the Fulcrum

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Let’s talk new moon in Libra. Yes yes love yourself and each other. Blah blah reexamine your relationships and release those that don’t serve you. I’ll say as a Libra this is been a great season for me. Very busy and I’m tried all the time but just so many good things. Now yes, politics are trash lately but that hasn’t had that much of an affect on my daily emotional state. I realized that as Libra usually does once we’ve made our judgement there isn’t a drive to be emotionally invested.

Here’s a tip for this new moon in Libra and Libra season: I encourage you to behave like a Libra. Now I know some of you are like “ugh gross!” but hear me out. Libra’s are built for our current state of society. Think about it. Balance, harmony, extreme changes, discerning, the connectors of the astrological gang. When you need to bring people together you grab a Libra. Having a hard time seeing a different perspective, a Libra will argue you down on both viewpoints. Always in the crowd but in their own world. Connected enough to experience the energy of the world but detached enough to develop practical next steps. Also, they know how to practice some great self-care when they aren’t taking care of everyone else.

There’s a lot of emotional energy active right now. We’re getting ready to sllooooowww down and ground in winter, but we are making sense of what happened this summer right now. Be gentle with yourself. Make a daily schedule, meet up with friends, look at the sunset, moon, and stars. There’s so much beauty in this world but equal to that is the capacity for cruelty. We experience moments of joy and pain pulling for our attention. Clawing at us. So, here’s my Libra advice to you as you take up our mantle this season. Be the fulcrum. The scales tip and sway. They are in constant motion with every breath shifting. The fulcrum is the foundation. It holds the center so that eventually as things begin to settle down balance can be found.

Oya is the Goddess of Life and Death who made her presence very well known for this season and Libra moons. (Storms anyone?) I’ll caution you against just putting up an altar to this Orisha. She is a very powerful being and a part of a closed system. But she is here to clear some things out. Just let her do her job. I caution you to do the same. Find your purpose and follow it. Starve the distractions and stay steady like the fulcrum. Everything else around you will shift but know your truth and you will always find your path.

Oh and there’s always room for anything that makes you feel beautiful darling. You’re worth all of this hard work. And if you get tired, just give what’s left to a Virgo lol.

Never lose your sense of humor,

-Kamilah Rose

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October Astrology: October and Venus Retrograde

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I’ve been quiet. Super quiet. Taking pics and posting on Instagram with one word descriptions. Meeting up with folks in person and just connecting. Why? Because way back in spring, it became very clear that this year was going to be a rough emotional year. It’s an 11/2 year which is grounded in the feminine but there’s so much transition happening that it feels like ripping a band-aid off over and over again for a wound that never heals.

It’s fall now in the northern hemisphere which means we have entered into the underworld of the feminine. The masculine is making it’s way back out to do it’s part of holding down the fort while the feminine does its work. Libra season balances out the scales by bringing the darkness to light. 2017 we saw #metoo, 2018 it’s the Kavanaugh trial. We still categorize Libra as the superficial fun loving indecisive Kim Kardashian’s of the zodiac. We limit the power of this energy. When you dive deeply into Libra you find the sword of truth yielded by a conscious beauty which forgets NOTHING. Moving forward? Great no problem. Letting go, that swords not here to just look pretty. Embrace the change even if it hurts. When we rise in the spring you’ll be grateful for release.

October 5 Venus Retrograde

Oh Venus, planet of love, justice, jealously, passion, relationships, contracts and retribution. In a season of embracing the darkness this is the best time to evaluate our relationships right? Now, yes this means our ex’s could be popping up in the DM’s but honestly this can happen at any time. Here’s my suggestion for you during Venus retrograde.

  1. Find your Venus sign: Everyone has a different relationship to this planet. Take the time to explore how you relate to Venus. Are you a Venus in Aries or Sagittarius? Each other these have vastly different ways of expressing romance, friendships,
  2. Find the house of your Venus: Again, the house that your Venus is located in will effect how you relate to others.
  3. Take note of how you personally understand relationships. What are your boundaries, values, ethics, and fears towards each other following categories? This will help to show what work you have to do or what lessons you may encounter during this retrograde.
    1. Self
    2. Friendships
    3. Work/Career
    4. Romantic
    5. Nature

Release Your Wishes Ritual

  • Cleanse and clear your energy
  • Call upon your ancestors and patrons for guidance and protection
  • Set your sacred space in your preferred way
  • Take 9 strips of paper and write one of your fears related to relationships on each piece. Bury these in near by forest or flush down the toilet.
  • Take 9 Pennies and make a wish on each one. Visit your local cemetery or family cemetery and leave your pennies there.
  • End your ritual with some chocolate and your favorite wine/grape juice.

Are you ready?

Kamilah Rose

Goddesses of Life and Death: Coatlicue- Aztec Earth Goddess

Greetings Beloveds,

Today we are covering the Goddess of Life and Death Coatlicue the Aztec Earth Goddess. You may or may not have heard of Coatlicue but there is always more to be explored. Below you’ll find a quick online resource guide which explores the story of Coatlicue from various perspectives.

Enjoy!

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Ancient History Encyclopedia- Coatlicue

Khan Academy- Coatlicue

Encyclopedia Britannica- Coatlicue

Time Top 10 Earth Goddesses

Inside Mexico- The Legend of Coatlicue and Coyolxauhqui

The Great Courses Plus- The Colossal Stone Statue of Coatlicue

The Gods Laid Bare

Wikipedia-Coatlicue

God Checker- Your Guide to the Gods

Infinite Detox- What the Heck is a ‘Coatlicue Complex’

Excerpt from Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism, and Chicana/o Literature by Sheila Marie Contreras

Autumn Arrives: Shifting the Energy of Your Home from Summer to Fall

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Greetings beloveds,

It’s finally here! My favorite season and not just because my birthday is in October. Here’s an excerpt on the energy of Autumn

Autumn – What a beautiful time of the year when the world has been scorched clean and is preparing to rest for regeneration. The world is again at a balanced state with the day and night again being of amounts. Yet this energy is distinct from the spring time as it marks the rise in darkness and decline of the light. Everything is beginning to slow down from the activity that was present during the summer. As such you may be feeling the need to slow down a bit as well taking in the last bits of sun before the weather truly begins to cool. Leaning towards spending more time indoors as the energy shifts from coming from the sun to being generated by the Earth that grew from the suns rays lovingly holding that heat for us until we release it through transmutation. This applies also to the foods that we consume at this time. These foods are rich and heavy because of the density of their energy that is packed tightly in order to give this energy to you through integration from being eaten.

The element of Autumn is metal within the Chinese system and although there is no air included in this framework metal holds many of the same characteristics. Metal is associated with the nose and the sense of smell. The air holds life just as much as water, wood, fire, and  earth. Air flows bringing subtle or drastic winds of change to us all. Sweeping away our completed works and driving us to come within from the coming chill. As such the focus is on the lungs and large intestines during this time. Breath rules these areas as the air gives life to fuel the rest of our body as well as move the waste from our lives through the large intestine. If you find yourself feeling sluggish it is never to late to release. Breathe deeply through one of the many forms of meditation that exists such as walking, mindful activities, breath work, or dream work.

Autumn Equinox- Entering the Underworld

 

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I will cover more about entering the underworld later but you can read the rest of that blog post here. One of my favorite parts about fall is it’s signature scents, decor, food, and fellowship. The aroma of apples, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, and of course pumpkin begins to fill the air. Accent colors and decorations shift from beige, blues, and greens, to yellows, oranges, red, and brown. Leaves and gourds replace shells and nautical themes. Autumn is here.

Using these few tips one can quickly shift the energy of your home, office, or even car to feel more like fall. Another easy way to accomplish this is to open your windows releasing the summer air and welcoming in the fall breezes. I always change out my altar decorations and this always puts me into the energy of the next season. What’s your favorite way to shift the energy of your home from summer to autumn? Share with us below in the comments.

-Rose

Full Moon in Aries: Can You Stand on Your Head?

It’s our full moon in Aries! Whoo we are feeling the movement and letting it guide us towards our biggest desires. When we begin to expand this can cause us to meet resistance in the form of hostility from others around us. Sometimes when we grow and change it makes others uncomfortable because they are not used to us behaving in this way. We might also begin to self-sabotage. Finding ways to keep ourselves from reaching our full potentials because it’s safer to stay small. If you find yourself feeling jealous of others, frustrated with yourself, or having lots of people be hard on you or difficult this is the time to harness the energy of Aries. Face your fears and stand up for yourself. It’s time to be true to who you are. If you are behaving in a way that harms others take that step back and access what you can do to improve how you treat yourself/others.

This fire will be burning through you bringing you experiences of heightened love, creativity, and self-expression. Find the things that bring you joy and make you smile. Staying true to yourself is the key to manifestation as represented by the tale of Coatlicue the Aztec Goddess of Life and Death. Coatlicue birthed the sun, moon, stars and hundreds of other children. After becoming pregnant from a ball of feathers with the God of war, sacrifice, and the sun Huitzilopochtli, her daughter Coyolxauhqui decapated Coatlicue to save them from Huitzilopchtli. Yet, upon her death Huitzilopchtli emerged prepared to serve his purpose. This story illustrates how we have multiple opportunities to follow our calling. That even when it might seem that the world is working against you, it might be just what you need to be free.

You too can harness this energy of transforming the negative into the positive energy as well. There are several ways to accomplish this. One thing you can try is focusing on finding neutral ground in the situation (all things are energy). This will make it so you leverage every action into a form of support for your desires. A second tactic is to appreciate everything that happens to you good and bad. This feeds your shadow giving it the acknowledgment that it seeks so that you are less likely to self-sabotage or become subject to others influence.

Coatlicue lived her life according as she pleased knowing that there must be balance. So as there will be times when you are receiving everything you have ever wanted there will be times when it seems that everything is going wrong. This is the time of greatest power. Keep your head (lol) and use this to your advantage.

Happy full moon loves!

-Kamilah Rose

Fall Equinox Reading: Reaping Abundance

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Welcome to fall lovebugs!

It’s pouring rain as I write. The days are getting shorter and the temps are slowly dropping. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, and soups of every kind are advertised everywhere. Although, it was still summer, the stores have been full of fall décor. Energetically, we are slowing down. Taking more time to see, feel, and be in the world around us. We move from our external to an internal focus. It calls us to see ourselves as more than feeling beings but thinking logical persons who can take their emotions and will power to turn it into more. To be more than just selfish beings that live for creating an amazing world for themselves but a General Reading.

This fall look at the areas of your life where you are flourishing. Have you been writing, drawing, working on a business, decorating, saving up funds for a trip or purchase. Whatever you have been working towards over the past 2 seasons is starting to blossom into a bountiful harvest. At this time, clear out what you picked up over the summer that is taking your attention but not building towards your greater goals.

 

October

October sees us prospering! We are growing, expanding and dreaming of even more ways to bring more love, money, and community into our lives. But are you too comfortable? Are you afraid to break out of your routine to see what else might be available for you? This is a time to explore your perspective towards limits. When we avoid or resist expansion we are expressing that we do not trust ourselves or the universe to provide. Examine where you can grow and begin to put out some feelers. You never know what can come from taking a step on faith.

November:

November shows us the power of community and networking. We are not solitary beings even if we do not have many human connections, the plant and animal kingdom are just as important to our well-being. Take time to build and support your community. As we enter into the season of thanksgiving, give thanks for things big and small that bring you joy. The more that you express how much you enjoy your life and world the more that you will receive more positive experiences. At best, it will make the negative experiences less impactful.

December:

We focused on our community in November and now as we are in the depths of the underworld we are called to look at our personal stories. This month write down you current life story. What happens to you during the day? What thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations did you experience today? Now, around the 20th as we get closer to the winter solstice, spend a day or so dreaming of what you would like your life to look like. Write out what a day, week, month, or even a year would look like for you if you were living completely from a space of expansion and love. Find items that represent this energy and place them on your persona altar to be energetically charged over the winter.

This is a season of getting our thoughts clear. I love you.

Kamilah Rose

Undressing the Shadow: Fall Equinox 2018

Greetings beloveds,

It’s almost fall the season of transition and change. Whether you are entering the underworld in the Northern hemisphere or leaving the underworld in the Southern hemisphere this is a time for exploring what we have learned over the past two seasons. Our biggest lessons may have come from the past season as we processed our feelings towards ourselves, others, our career, family, purpose and society during the summer. Summer as the season of diving deep within the waters of our psyche closes with the perfect full moon in Pisces to help us turn our lessons into dreams for the future. We are now granted the chance to access our findings and face what is holding us back from expansion.

For those of you with planets in Sagittarius you get a helping hand as Jupiter returns home. I’m curious to see if those who are more in tune with masculine energy have an easier time this fall and winter as the masculine returns from the underworld and the feminine takes her time facing her shadow. That’s a discussion for another day. When we are looking at the effects of astrology on shifting with the seasons we find that there is no cookie cutter way to approach any season or time of our life. There are general practices which we can make a part of our rituals such as cleansing our home, personal spaces, and physical forms but creating or tuning into our specific needs allows for us to elevate our practices. Thus, understanding your personal relationships to your astrology, numerology, spiritual practices and sacred space gives us an edge in navigating our various experiences.

As we move into Fall or Spring, depending on where you are located, spend some time tuning into yourself. Sit and explore your feelings, thoughts, and past intentions. Our shadow is only a mystery to us because we continue to turn away from it preferring to focus on our light. Fall is the season of reflection where we weigh our actions, thoughts, and heart to see what needs to be put to rest either to be decomposed or retrieved after winter passes into the energy of springs rebirth.

We have experienced a lot this year. Do not fear letting go of what you think makes you who you are. You are more than your name, your titles, your dreams, your fears. You are starlight flashing through this life for moment by moment.

I love you.

-Kamilah Rose

 

The Witch Boy: A Graphic Novel Review

Greetings beloveds!

Ohhh I am excited to share this find with you all today. Recently, I visited St. Louis to see my best friend. So of course I requested that we visit some local bookstores. We only made it to one but Left Bank Books was a great choice. Reminiscent of traditional bookstores you are bound to find something that piques your interest there. I love books. The look, the smell, the knowing that I am going to be transported to another world or learn something new is a feeling that I am always chasing.

I wondered through the shop knowing that I was in for a treat. As I moved through the children’s section a staff recommendation caught my eye. It was The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag. Now of course a book about witchcraft always makes it past the first glance. Then I read over the synopsis I was intrigued. The Witch Boy tells the tale of Aster a 13 year old boy who lives in a magical community where boys are shapeshifter’s and girls learn magic to become witches. Aster has an affinity for witchcraft though and spends his time not so secretly learning spells. As a threat begins to grow against his community, Aster’s conflict between what he knows to be true for him and what is expected of him grows. Accompanied by his non-magical friend Charlie, a girl who is figuring out her own place in her community, Aster realizes that his truth may be the key to overcoming the danger that his family faces.

This graphic novel was AMAZING! It was a quick read as an adult but I could see younger folks pouring over the images and the story for hours. The illustrations are vibrant, fun, and diverse. You’ll find that you are able to identify with various characters not only through their behaviors and personalities but also physically. As we realize the importance of representation I love how normalized difference is in this work. Different types of people, families, gender, and spirituality are not highlighted- they just are.

I would definitely recommend this graphic novel to anyone who is looking for a witchy fun read for themselves or their children.

Let me know what you think of the work when you check it out!

-Kamilah Rose

New Moon in Virgo

 

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Greetings beloveds!

Well since this is going to be a rough new moon my recommendations are to spend time working on your projects, relaxing forms of entertainment and with good friends. It will help balance out a lot of the anxiety you might feel. So here is our Virgo New Moon Ritual.

Virgo Harvest Manifestation Ritual

Part I – Make 4 Lists

  1. 6 things that bring you joy
  2. 7 things you accomplished this year
  3. 8 things you are working on
  4. 9 things you love about yourself

Part II.

Take part in the 11/22 Reverse Harvest. Starting on 9/11 for the next 11 days post 1 thing that you love about your life. Then later that day journal for 11 minutes on your dream life. Put as much detail as you can into the journal entry.

This challenge will end on September 22, on the Fall Equinox. Complete your equinox ritual as you please and “plant” a copy of your last journal entry to be fed by the warmth of the Earth’s soil. The work that the divine masculine has done over the spring and summer is ready to be planted in the deep rich soil of the divine feminine’s powerful shadow work during the fall and winter. We let the plant the things that we dream in a reverse harvest at the fall equinox so that while we are releasing the parts of our work we no longer need we can gather our dreams as they bloom in the spring. Winter is a season of death and release. During this time, we give our dreams the freedom to expand while we do our own work of letting go those parts of us that are holding us back from these dreams. Watch your dreams come true as we enter the astrological new year in Spring 2019.

Virgo New Moon Reading

We are in late summer where the world appears to be covered by a sepia filter. We are winding down into the energy of fall. Before the feminine enters the underworld, the masculine must finish its’ time of shadow work. The work of integrating our retrograde experiences into our personal narrative. Luckily, we are assisted by the fertile energy of Virgo who is the expert at creation through cultivation. Unfortunately, that can lead to an overly critical nature of ourselves and each other. If you find yourself feeling envious of what could have been, who you used to be, or others around you take a time out. We will need to flex our patience skills this new moon. Do not push, do not be cruel to those you are envious of. Acknowledge what was or could have been but do not stay there. Without the ability to let the past stay in the past you repeat the same lessons in the same way with little progress. Although we all find ourselves in patterns, we have to cultivate the ability to be present/mindful so we can recognize the patterns the second they come up. From there we can then make different choices which lead us to a new path where we can explore the other possibilities that we discovered during the eclipses.

That’s right, this is a new moon of closure. The last new moon of the summer brings all the work that we have been doing to a head. It’s time to harvest our integrated shadow/light bodies, souls, and minds. Put your purpose to the test. Are you about this life or still just playing games? Envy steals our ability to focus on ourselves limiting our means to create. Stay present. Stay focused. And if all else fails use any negative feelings, rejections, or doubts to fuel your fire and prove all the naysayers wrong. Use that Virgo energy to flip the script and create gold from lead. It’s your time. Take your shot.

Kamilah Rose