Reflections: Summer Solstice, Tarot and Books

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Greetings beloveds,

We are officially at the midway point of the Gregorian calendar. Wild how fast time is moving now a days. May was full of growth, inspiration and connecting with our divine purpose through our ancestors. I had such fun writing up the different aspects of ancestor reverence. From creating space within your home, to traditional foods, movement, and divination, our ancestors live on all around and within us. May we never forget the importance of those who have come before us, our impact on the world now and the world our descendants will create.

June promises high temperatures, bright colors, living foods, and the joy of summer solstice. With a new season comes new insights for the next three months in terms of general energy, feminine, masculine, and love. Check in regularly for posts covering each of these areas. We’ll also be completing our current divination toolkit project on astrology by covering the meanings of the planets and houses within western astrology.

Then at the start of summer we will commence with our next divination toolkit project covering the tarot. We will start with a brief overview of the history of tarot, then review each major arcana and minor arcana card each day. This will be a great opportunity for you to review and improve your knowledge of the tarot in a fun and easy fashion.

Lastly, June will feature our first witchy book review on Katherine Ardens’ The Bear and The Nightingale. I love to read and can’t wait to share some of my favorite fictional witchy focused and adjacent texts with you all. If you have any suggestions feel free to include them in the comments.

That’s all for now! Happy June my loves.

-Rose

Divination Toolkit: The Astrology Series – Air and Water Signs

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Greetings beloveds,

Here’s the third installment of our astrology series. In this segment we will cover the air and water signs finishing up our coverage of the astrological signs. Let’s get started with the signs of communication and thought, the air signs.

Air Signs: Light as a feather, swift as the wind, change in thought paradigms and ways of being comes quickly for air signs. They are the spirit of movement and thought. That is just the surface level of what air signs represent. Before action there is thought. One must formulate what they desire within their mind cultivated from their emotional state.

Gemini: The Twins

Planet: Mercury Direction: Mutable Season: Spring

Color: Yellow, Green, Orange Day: Wednesday Number: 5, 9 

Anatomy: Arms, legs, shoulders, nervous system, brain

Stones/Crystals: Agate, Aquamarine, Citrine, Peridot, Tiger Eye, Emerald Metals: Quicksilver

Tarot: The Lovers

In all beings we can generally be divided into two selves. The one that we share with the external world and the other that we generally keep hidden. Gemini is the physical manifestation of this process so that we are able to see the full capacity of the human experience. They are the embodiment of both/and functioning as two complete halves within one whole being.

Ruled by the planet Mercury, Gemini’s are in a constant state of motion even when they appear to be still. If they are sitting quietly you can bet they are planning, thinking, and creating rapidly within their minds. Mercury traditionally is the messenger for the Gods whose shoes had wings on them so he could swiftly deliver communication. Gemini’s carry this energy within them. They are the forward thinkers of our world. With vivid active minds it helps to have a powerful memory. This allows for Gemini’s to not only take in vast amounts of knowledge and information but to apply, synthesize, and create new theories and frameworks. They are master communicators. Although they may not be involved in conflict directly, they have no problem talking about what may be happening and what all could come from it.

Gemini’s do not hide their Mr. Hyde. They have embraced their darkness and light. Scorpios tend to remain in the underworld while Gemini’s travel back and forth between the worlds as they please. This unnerves others who are more accustomed to fake individuals. In fact, often you may hear folks say that Gemini’s come across as two faced when they are the realist people you will meet. Who ever they truly are you will know. They hold the energy of being able to hold oppositional beliefs and feelings without any hindrance because they literally are two different energies. Although they may change their minds they are set in their opinion in that moment when you asked them. Yet because of their explicit duality they are often misunderstood. Gemini’s true issue is that they know all the options of what can be and they want it all.

Libra: The Scales 

Planet: Venus Direction: Cardinal Season: Autumn

Colors: Pink, pale green, blue Day: Friday Numbers: 6, 9

Anatomy: Hips, thighs, buttocks, kidneys

Stones/Crystals: Jade, Opal, Tourmaline, Chrysolite  Metal: Quicksilver

Tarot: Justice

Ah the Libras! A wave of elegance, confusion, and judgement. As the 7th sign of the zodiac, Libra’s are the first sign that shift from internal focus to external. Where as their opposite sign Aries is completely focused on “I am”, Libra’s can be thought to represent “we are”. As the sign of partnerships, Libra’s are usually focused on others giving them a great capacity to be gossipers while also being great therapists.

Libra’s are represented by the symbol of the scales. Their main focus is achieving balance. Hence, Libra’s are often weighing out all the options before committing to a decision. This makes them appear to be indecisive when in actuality they are wanting to make the best decision possible and know that cannot be achieved except when all of the available information has been reviewed. If you have ever seen a Libra plan anything you will have seen this trait in action. They will visit every story, review every item, cost, and convenience before making a decision on any purchase. This is why Libra’s are fantastic party planners, event coordinators, travel agents or anything that requires lots of moving pieces. The downside is that if you need something done quickly…better not ask a Libra. They don’t like to be rushed because they know it takes time to pick out the best…and they only want the best.

Ruled by Venus, Libra’s are drawn towards comfort and luxury. They thrive in environments that are pleasant, comfortable, and built to their liking. They tend to avoid those who are uncouth, loud, and disruptive (ignoring the fact that Libra’s are often what stirred the pot creating these conditions). Luckily, they are often blessed with the means to obtain the lifestyle that they desire. Another blessing and curse, they can be frivolous with their funds because they come and go so easily. Libra’s are great at managing the law of attraction as they simply expect the best. Even a Libra who has very little materially will still shine because it is their nature.

Libra’s bring balance and harmony to the world. They are here to weigh the options of what is best and determine what is fair. They are Justice. Blind to the incentives thrown at them by the world around us to tempt one into making choices based on giving preference to one group or another. This often causes for Libra’s to come across as cold emotionally because they do not act based off of feeling but on which option based on the information available is fair. What other’s often do not realize is that maltreatment of others, inequality, unfairness, and injustices cause PAIN for Libra’s. If a Libra is not an empath emotionally, they will feel the pain physically or mentally experiencing deep anguish. Thus why they fight so fiercely for others.

Aquarius: The Water Bearer

Planet: Uranus Direction: Fixed Season: Winter

Colors: Blues Day: Wednesday Numbers: 1, 7

Anatomy: Ankles, parathyroid gland, circulatory system

Stones/Crystals: Garnet, Amber, Amethyst, Aquamarien, Lapis Lazuli, Hematite, Turquoise Metal: Uranium

Tarot: The Star

Remember when you were in school and there was always that one student who never seemed to be paying any attention to class and yet always understood what the teacher was explaining? You may have thought this person was a bit quirky but they were fun, friendly, and a bit of wiz at tests. Yet, you could never really pin this student down. They flitted from social group to social group getting along equally well with each one. They excelled at pretty much all the subjects yet never brought too much attention to themselves because they were too busy moving on to their next topic of interest. You may remember this person or it may be you and if so then you more then likely hold Aquarian energy within your chart somewhere.

The water bearer, Aquarian’s are our information gatherers. They are much like Google. They know everything, are pretty easy to navigate, and are always 10 steps into the future. Connect them with the Cloud and you’ve got a perfect metaphor for Aquarian’s. They take in everything quickly and with little effort. They generally enjoy the company of others as they prefer not to be alone because there is only so much that one can learn on their own. Plus without friends and connections who would they share all their knowledge with? When an Aquarian is studying a person, place, thing, or idea that work gets all of their attention. Which is why they have so many friends because everyone wants to be seen for who they truly are and accepted. Unlike Libra, Aquarian’s are not the judges of this world they simple wish to understand it. Once they feel they have gathered all there is they are on to the next new light which can be unsettling for those who no longer are privy to their shine. Try not to take it personal and know that as you continue to grow and change Aquarian’s will return to discover these new parts of you. Let them be free and all will be well.

Aquarian’s tend to be the most emotionally unattached sign of them all. They require freedom of movement in every facet refusing to be tied down by societies or anybodies rules or regulations. In fact, they tend to be a bit rebellious as confinement makes them feel literally ill. Thus they will be the world traveler (check out all those roaming millenials and their connection to Aquarius), with several addresses they call home, reluctant to pay taxes, have credit cards, file paperwork for identification, or anything else that limits their movement. Now, they will do so if the lack of having these things will keep them from the freedom they desire. Just know that they will share with you all the reasons why these means of structure in society are outdated and forms of slavery. They aren’t overly concerned with this though as they know that the mind can never be enslaved if you know the truth.

Now I’ll just say it. Aquarian’s are weird. They do things that don’t make any sense and their reasoning may not make sense either. This is because their physical forms me be in this world with us but their minds and spirits are decades ahead of us. In fact, much of what they do doesn’t make sense because the technology, techniques, or beliefs are unknown or simply don’t exist at this time.

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Water Signs: Summer

Last, but definitely not least are the water signs. These are the feelers of the zodiac who carry the capacity to express, bring, and transmute emotional energy throughout the universe. Their personalities are as vast as the ocean and vary just as much as bodies of water vary in shape, form, temperature, location and spirit. Water is life and the water signs provide the means through which we traverse the great experience of life, death, and rebirth.

Cancer: The Crab

Planet: The Moon Direction: Cardinal Season: Summer

Colors: Silvery blue, smokey grey, greys Day: Monday Numbers: 3, 7

Anatomy: Chest, breasts, stomach, digestive system, female organs, lymphatic system

Stones/Crystals: Emerald, Amber, Moonstone, Aventurine Metal: Silver

Tarot: The Chariot

“By the light of the silvery moon. I want to spoon, to my honey I’ll croon love’s tune.”

Cancer’s are the first water sign within the western zodiac. Their job is to shift the initiative of Aries, foundation created by Taurus, and development of word/thought by Gemini into feelings. Fire started the movement, earth grounded the process, air spoke power into being, and water flows past the surface to the depths of soul. Cancer comes as completion of the first elemental cycle along with the beginning of a new season. They are the cardinal water sign bringing to the world new depths of emotions shifting us from despair to hope then love or fear. Cancer’s feel everything because they have the capacity to do so. They are powerful emoter’s who reflect the feelings of those around them with a scary accuracy. Just as we may never know all the secrets of the moon, especially when it is dark, you will more thank likely never know all the secrets of a Cancer. Just as you think you have seen all their sides a new one appears.

Tied to the home, connected to the moon, Cancer’s are the sign of shifting emotions that change just as the tides shift with the moon. Just as the moon flows in a predictive cycle so do Cancers emotionally. When the moon is full Cancers are energetic, open, full of light and wanting to take in as much as they can. They want to be out and about entertaining all those who they come into contact with. Slowly, they begin to withdraw just as the moon does. They know that soon their energy will wane and they must begin to draw closer into themselves. They do so without hesitancy as this is a natural flow for them. Their home becomes their sanctuary where they are able to go completely dark sorting through all the experiences and emotions they encountered while being full. They relish this time away knowing that it will not last long as soon the itch to be full and bright will soon return.

This is one reason why the home is of such importance to Cancers. They need a space of their own creation that is safe, enclosed, and nurturing. After, time spent sharing themselves with others Cancer’s must have time to be with themselves. Now if you know of a Cancer who has a couple of people they are always with that is because home does not always have to be a place. Home can be a person or an item such as their car or a piece of clothing (think a pair of worn in chucks or a jacket). As long as they have their “home” with them they are safe and free to be themselves. See, Cancer’s seek security just about as strongly as any earth sign because they are so closely tied to the land. They fear losing that which matters to them most, the things that they have named home.

Like the crab, they hold on to what they want with a ferociousness that can’t be rivaled. It is this fear that may lead to their manipulative nature. In their quest to keep a portion of of who they are only for themselves, Cancer’s can come across as deceptive. Some are actually being deceptive as they fear that being who they truly are in their darkest moments might make those they care about most not want to be as close to them. When the shadow side of a Cancer has it’s time, which it will, the Cancer hides it away to protect those it loves. At the same time, Cancer’s may be unintentionally deceptive as they do not fully comprehend that not sharing their shadow and light is an omission of truth. To them, their deepest soul parts are theirs and they do not have to share them if they do not want to.

This flows over into finances as well. Those crab claws are money pinchers. Cancer’s are the creators of rainy day funds. They will have ample savings and do all that they can to ensure that they as well as those they care about will be well taken care of well into the future. A Cancer will tell you with no hesitancy that they are down to their last few dollars meaning they have reached they lowest amount they find to be comfortable in their savings accounts which will be several thousand dollars. For some this would be a outright selfish lie, to Cancer’s it is the absolute truth as they cannot let that money go. Cancer’s are preserver’s of our hearts and homes. It is through them that we are able to continue on through the fire and return to the light through the sign of the sun Leo.

Scorpio: (October 22-November 21) The Scorpion, Eagle, Gray Lizard

Planet: Pluto Direction: Fixed Season: Autumn

Colors: Reds, deep red, maroon Day: Tuesday Numbers: 0, 4

Anatomy: Reproductive systems, sexual organs, bowel, pancreas, metabolism

Stones/Crystals: Aquamarine, Jasper, Bloodstone, Amber, Malachite, Ruby Metal: Steel

Tarot: Death

Mention the zodiac sign Scorpio and you are bound to get some interesting responses but the one you will note most powerful is fear. While Gemini’s may not have the best reputation, Scorpio’s sting carries a poison that is well known and feared. Where Cancer’s follow the phases of the moon shifting from light to dark, Scorpios delve deep into the darkness of our emotions and psyche. They live in the shadows and thrive in the underworld. This provides Scorpios with access to insights to the psychological workings of humanity that no other sign has. They are not the dreamers, that job is for the next water sign, they are survivors. Scorpios are warriors of pain, fear, destruction, and change. As Libra shifts our focus to the external world, Scorpios represent the downward shift of the scales into death before the phoenix rises in Sagittarius.

Scorpios are ruled by the planet Pluto, signifying their dark mysterious personalities. I mean let’s be honest Pluto was the last planet to be discovered it was that far outside of our reality. Then, Pluto lost it’s planet status signifying just how little we really understand Scorpio’s and who they are. One minute you think you have them figured out and the next you’re not even sure if they are human because no one should be that hard to define. You may not feel that you can define a Scorpio but best believe there’s a really easy way to recognize them. Scorpio’s didn’t do all that deep sea psychological diving for nothing. They know who they are, their values, and what they desire. They are the person at the party who isn’t loud, doesn’t have to be the center of attention and yet when they saunter by your table every eye turns in their direction. Scorpio’s knowledge of self and others is magnetic. It is highly desirable because they are the most stable water sign and their emotional states are together.

Now with that being said, people fear Scorpio’s for a reason. Because Scorpio’s take no shit. They know their worth, their loved one’s worth, humanities worth and they will not stand for that worth to be diminished in any way. If they have determined through their top notch detective skills that that is what is happening, Scorpio’s will strike with the precision of a skilled sniper. You cannot get over on a Scorpio. Even when you think that you have hidden something from them, lied, taken advantage or just lied through omission, they know. Scorpio’s connection to the underworld means they are permanently connected to the spiritual realm. Giving them access to what is occurring beneath the surface of our actions, thoughts, and beliefs. When Scorpio’s take this knowing combined with their inherent value of human worth and rise from the underworld they soar as the Eagle.

Scorpio’s in their Eagle form take their place beside the Libra warriors of Justice and the Saggitarian Phoenix to defend those who are may not have the strength to defend themselves. They are the swift retribution brought down on those who harm others. Their keen eyesight let’s the see divine truth while their talons can both snatch those in need out of harms way while decimating the perpetrators. The Eagle is just one option. If Scorpio becomes to focused on self, wallowing in a state of mistrust and suspicion, then they may become the grey lizard. Never leaving the ground, never using their skills to assist themselves or each other. The grey lizard lacks perspective and passion, preferring to stay close to the ground where they feel safe. Scorpio’s can be whatever they wish. They are the darkness before creation. They are the space that exists before all new things come into being. They must make the choice of fear versus flight.

Pisces: The Fish

Planet: Neptune Direction: Mutable Season: Winter

Colors: Sea green, light blues, light greens Day: Thursday Numbers: 3, 11

Anatomy: Feet, toes, lymphatic system, etheric body, pineal gland

Stones/Crystals: Metal:

Tarot: The Moon

We have seen dreamers before with the air sign Aquarius who is always here but not here. Pisces, unlike Aquarius’s whose minds are in the future, souls are in the spiritual world. Pisces do not dream of the future, they live in the ether. As the final sign of the Western zodiac, Pisces completes the journey from start to finish. We have seen the beginning with the I am of Aries. Created foundations of beauty and strength through Taurus.  Connected to our beliefs through Gemini. Secured our homes within our heart with Cancer. Stepped into the lime light as Leo. Analyzed the sustainability of our place in this world with Virgo. Shifted from the internal to external balance through just partnership as Libra. Delved into the darkness of humanities darkness with Scorpio. Rose from the flames of death to embrace our animal nature as Saggitarius. Secured on-going legacies of progress and improvement with Capricorn and saw these plans come to fruition as the Aquarian oracles. Now, we enter the space of the eighth gate. Where we look over what has been, is, and will be. Pisces is the end of the cycle.

Represented by two fished swimming in opposite directions, Pisces within that either gate is given two choices. The first is to swim upward dreaming of a beautiful world where there is peace, love, justice, forgiveness, and growth. These are the artists who live in the south of France, Tuscany, beaches, mountains or wherever they feel they will get the most inspiration to create their works of art. They will be writers, artists, thespians, crafters, mechanics, teachers, spiritual leaders or a variety of professions that let them express the beauty of life with those around them. They observe beauty and thus they create beauty. Not to say that they never experience negative emotions, but they do not stay in those spaces. They turn themselves towards the flow of the current knowing that riding the waves even in negative situations will create a better ride then resistance.

The second fish swims downward towards a dream of stagnation, tension, and uphill battles that must be won through tenacity and perseverance. These Pisces dream just as much and as big as their upstream partners yet they struggle to bring their dreams from the spirit world to our plane. They have tons of projects in various states of completion throughout their home or homes. This is the unsettled Pisces whose emotional state reflects their inability to get their dreams to flow upward towards realization. The downward flowing Pisces fights the current instead of flowing. There is magic to be found here though. For the world is full of those whose reality goes against the current. Pisces reflects the dreams and power of those people because Pisces dreams for everyone. The choice that all face in the eighth gate is the choice that Pisces faces here in this realm. They live it in order to help guide those who will reach that point and for that there must be all kinds of dreamers.

In general, Pisces will be placid and difficult to get an emotional rise out of. They are slow to anger and quite honestly they are slow to feel anything outside of their usual state of contentment. Keep pulling this fishes fin though and before you know it you’ll get popped with its tale. Think of when a fish is on a hook being pulled from its world within the water to ours. It struggles against the line with all it’s might. Then when it’s been pulled out of the life giving waters into the suffocating air fishes will flop and beat against this change with all their strength. Sometimes they win and others they don’t. Pisces when pulled out of their pleasant state is that fight fish. They will keep wiggling until they are able to return to their space of peace or they will die. Not literally (sometimes) but psychologically or spiritually. Pisces are signs of freedom similar to air and fire signs but for them their souls must be free. For how can transcend our reality when they are held down by the elements of our world? Not even water holds Pisces, their home resides in the depths of the spirit world where they thrive.

———————————————————————————————————————————–This completes the astrological signs! I hope this shed s a little bit of light on how the different signs exist on their own and then come together to form our complete beings. Next we will cover the planets, their meaning, and symbolism.

With love,

-Rose

New Moon in Gemini: Clearing the Path through Connection with the Divine

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Greetings beloveds,

Well it is officially Gemini season and for some folks that means straightforward communication and getting down to business. For others, we look on wondering when will that wild twin roar their head? The beauty of Gemini’s lies in their being master communicators who are perfect mirrors of all the things that need to be expressed in this world. Whether you see this as a positive or negative, Gemini’s are not restrained by social graces so they have no problem letting you know what’s up unlike their fellow air sign Libra, who are constantly concerned with staying in a good light. Gemini’s exists in their own reality and as such are privy to their own rules. This new moon carries much of that spirit within itself.

This was a super new moon and there are several places where you can read up on the importance of that such as here and here. This event enhances the energy of this new moon which addresses the energy for this last portion of spring centered on family issues and healing. Here the use of care, compassion, and truth delivered in a swift and gentle manner will be necessary to achieve balance within the home. Either you as one aligning with feminine energy or another close to you will be the catalyst through which this occurs. You must share your truth as it is the only way in which to be authentic. This authenticity will be the cornerstone of your toolkit for the rest of this season. You must be honest even when it shakes you to your core. Even when it is only through tears that you are able to speak your truth. If you are in a situation which is truly unsafe to where your authenticity would cause you harm, then it is time to assess whether your current space that you inhabit may need to be changed. That is subject to be explored over the next few months.

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There is a cloud of confusion that we are all facing. Spending large of amounts of time and energy attempting to figure out what is happening in this world around us. We are being preyed upon by fear mongering, lies, deception, and other abusive tactics to the point where truth is difficult to discern based on the information available. This is an even harder task now when that information is proven to be inaccurate time and time again. So how do we combat this? We connect to that which knows only truth. It is the divine. It is the energy of this world that lies beyond what is observable on the surface. There, you will know the way. Not based upon what others think, or want for you, or even what will be the easiest route. This path consists of leading you to what will bring you deep joy and fulfillment. Use your connection to the divine to align with this knowledge. Then take what you are taught and share it with others. Let it spread through your circles infecting everyone with the ability to align with the divine. The healing that must take place on the personal, familial, social, political, and spiritual level cannot occur on just this plane.

There are many ways that you can go about building this connection to spirit but at this time it is particularly powerful to build relationships with your ancestors and descendants. These beings, whether here on this plane or not, draw the direct link to spirit. They have much to share with us all about how this planet and our universe works or will work in the future.While doing this work it can be easy to get stuck in memories of the past or dreams of the future. I encourage you to practice staying present so that you can fully grasp the importance of every moment. That is where the magic of love resides. Right here where you are. The love and peace you seek is not anywhere out there. That love is not in cars, money, homes, travels, lovers, partners, children, or pets.

Here’s to Gemini energy bringing us into contact with all the facets of our being on this plane and the next.

-Rose

The Enchanted Heart: Building an Ancestor Space and Altar

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Greetings beloveds,

We are closing out our discussion this month on connecting with our ancestors with exploring the many ways that one can build a sacred space and altar for our ancestors. First I will say there really isn’t any right or wrong way to do this. Now, with that said, culturally/spiritually there are different guidelines that differ dependent on one’s background or path that one takes. So if you follow a practice or belief system talk to one of your mentors or leaders in that area and see what knowledge they can drop on you.

Now on to the show!

Here are some basics from creating an ancestor sacred space or altar.

  • Candles: Candles can signify quiet a few things such as fire, spirit, creativity, or passion. The act of lighting and tending a flame is a meditative practice which can be used as a way to move one’s being into a sacred state.
  • Elements: Dependent on your path or practice you may want to place something on your altar to represent each of the elements. This could include the candle for fire, incense, chimes/bells for air, water or liquor.
  • Names of your ancestors. Ancestry has been a hot topic over the past few decades as the internet has made locating vital documents as simple as a click of a mouse. Names hold power and meaning, thus it is important to know the names of those who came before you as this offers insight in to their being and the things that influenced them.
  • Birth information of ancestors. Now we could really go down a whole rabbits hole here with what could be gleamed from having the names, birth dates, and birth places of your ancestors. We are talking numerology and astrology here folks with birth charts, star signs, life lesson numbers, soul urge, outer personality, and path of destiny numbers. We are talking about plotting occurrences of events and paths over time through the stars and sacred geometry. I’m only scratching the surface here but there’s much that can be done with this information not only for your ancestors but for your children.
  • Pictures. Now dependent upon one’s background and culture this may be allowed or not. If you follow a particular path then you may want to check in with your practice. But above all else I recommend this final bit of advice…
  • Follow your instincts. You may be lead to add a personal item from your ancestors, family antiques, food that your ancestors enjoyed eating or a variety of other items to your altar. Go with what you are called to. This is your altar for your family. Only you will know exactly what is needed.

Here’s to creating sacred space to honor those who have come before us. Be creative loves! Perhaps even create a descendants altar to put forth energy towards what you desire your family to be in the future.

With love,

Rose

The Enchanted Hearth: Ancestors in our Home and Heart

Greetings beloveds,

When I think of ancestors and family I also think of home. While the entire home is a space occupied by family as a space for community and fellowship, there are certain spaces that are more oriented towards the energy of family than others. Always get in touch with your own feelings and space in whatever way works best for you before  taking instruction from others. Remember this is your journey, this is your life.

According to feng shui, the lo shu magic square that I have referenced before here in The Enchanted Hearth: Masculinity and Space post and here in the 28 Days of Love: Finding the Love Section of Your Home post, places the energy of family in the center of the home. This seems logical as the home is cornerstone of where families congregate. It is the space that holds the energy of family expanding outwards from a physical structure to that of the land around it. This aligns with the energy of earth. Of being grounded, firm, growing, changing, shielding, exposing. It is the bedrock of all experiences. We come from the Earth and are continuously renewed by it’s resources. They say that our cells completely turn over every seven years. The energy, nutrients, and ability to be able to form new parts of ourselves comes from the Earth. From the food and water we ingest. From the tiniest beings that exist in the air, on every surface, within our bodies. We are of this Earth and will return to it. We then have ourselves as individuals who then are linked to our spaces and each other.

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When speaking of homes and space let us note the variety that exists in how we define the term home. This could be a large, small, enclosed, built or natural environment spaces. Home includes apartments, houses, RV’s, mobile homes, a room within a living space, parks, schools, religious institutions, modes of transportation such as trains, bikes or cars. Home is a space that is personally defined and although ideally we would like it to correlate with the feelings of love, acceptance, and social support that is not always the case. Thus, your home, may not be what is traditionally thought of as home. That space may look radically different then what the standard stereotype of what makes up a home. These same standards apply to what constitutes a family.

Ancestral work can be a very difficult topic to broach. One person may be very close to their immediate family that is made up of a father, mother, and siblings. It’s more likely that one’s family looks very different. There are single/step-parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, adopted siblings, close friends, mentors, and animals that make up what we think of as family. There are families that we choose and those that choose us. What lies at the core is love. Love first for yourself. Always take care of yourself as you are the foundation of your home and heart. Then love for each other.

So find the center of your home. Is it a hallway or room? What occupies that space? Sit there and connect with it. We’ll talk soon on ways to honor your ancestors that you can take an d put into this space.

With love,

-Rose

Reflections: Facing the Shadow of Success

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Greetings beloveds,

Well this shadow work has been kicking my ass. There’s no easier way to say it. It’s been a rough start of the year and in order to get clarity you know I went to my tarot deck. Well of course over the past month I kept getting the same cards but there were two main messages that I just didn’t understand. The first was Sacrifice represented by Mother Mary and the element water. Now you know the selfish Libra sun/Leo moon I am was like Sacrifice (clutches pearls)???? Oh no we don’t sacrifice. That’s for those other folks you know the Earth and Water signs who like to feel, give, and create from the earth. I’m up here in the clouds I don’t have to sacrifice. BULLSHIT. Total bullshit but it’s much easier to stay with my head in the clouds or with my soul in the underworld then be present here. My friend sums it up best “oh ok cause sometimes you’re just like ‘la la la ohhh look here look there’. Not really here but here.

So I’m still sitting here like ok but what do I have to sacrifice. Damn just thought what if it’s all this stuff about relationships. Not so much the work that I do on the topic but the energy I put into it. Just leave it alone. That’s a HUGE sacrifice for me because I love love so much. It’s an addiction that I do very little to try to control because although it can be tinged with pain it’s so beautiful. My one goal in life is for everyone to be happy. I want everyone to experience love, pleasure, and joy. This world is so beautiful and amazing how could one have any other desire then for everyone else to experience this?

I honestly am very afraid of giving up anything. It’s the hoarder part of me that stems from a lack mentality on several levels from money, love, material things, energy. It’s this wild portion of me that lurks beneath the surface that just reminds me of the troll that lives under the bridge that never wants to part with it’s treasures because it’s scared it may never get it back. Then when it does peak it’s head out from under the surface it sees others with the things that it wants and it covets. It’s jealous and envious cause it wants those things ignoring ALL the treasure that it already has. Forgetting all the joy of what already has been given to it. Holding on to those trivial bits and pieces also limits this part of me that’s able to get those things that I desire. There’s no space for growth because it’s filled with those limiting beliefs.

img_2732When I did my reading for the year, my results were focus on self and prosperity. The lover in me rejected that. Full out. I wanted to romantic love and didn’t want to hear about focusing on my business or myself. Love is a distraction for me. It serves as the best way for me to not have to deal with things I don’t want to like my job, finances, or business. It’s taken me 6 months to accept that love isn’t the topic I should be focusing on. Why? Because I’m scared to try to make money independently. I’m worried that I won’t be successful, have enough clients, good enough content/products, or have enough money to sustain myself. Pretty much all the standard scarcity mindset fears.

So my task is to dive deeply into this realm of prosperity, faith, and sovereignty. How to be successful while also being authentic and vulnerable. How to connect with others in this stage of communication through social media when I prefer in person communication. I will continue to cover my general topics of spirituality, love, sex, nutrition, and home/hearth but I’m going to add my adventures in creating a successful business. Feel free to share with me any of your tips, tricks, and strategies that you’re found to work best for you.

I’ll discuss the second card and what I’ve learned from it soon.

With love,

Rose

Your People Live On: Food and Culture

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When I think of family yea I think of love and time spent together but what really comes to mind is food. Bar-b-ques, potlucks, birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, weddings and even funerals all had one feature that I knew I could look forward to, food! And ohhh that food was delicious. When we look at culture and what brings us together food is generally at the top of the list. What we eat not only speaks to preferences but geography, class, economy, and belief systems. Family recipes and traditions can provide a lens into our past as well as our future in a way that we may find easier to connect with than the actual people who make up our families.

As a black woman in America though I understand how difficult it may be to find that connection to one’s ancestors. Not only do we not have an extensive genealogy within my personal family due to lack of accurate record keeping because of slavery but as with any family there are also unsavory characters that are sometimes best to not connect with. For some of you that may be the case. For others you may just not know who you are related to for a number of reasons. There is much that is passed down to us through our ancestors. Generations of traits and experiences that we are proud of but can also bring joy, pain, and strife. Family though is not only through biological transference but energetic as well. Thus the importance of the experiences and beliefs that we gain from those around us. This is why food can act as a bridge to our past as it exist even when the people, land, and traditions no longer do.

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So here is your exercise for to connect with your ancestors through what and how you eat.

  • Find a family member or someone who acted as family although perhaps not by blood and ask them what was one of your ancestors favorite foods/meals?
  • Go through old recipe boxes or books passed in your family
  • Research your roots as best you can to connect with the cultures which your family has been a part of. Find recipes or food associated with them. Be mindful of approaching this as you want to be respectful of other cultures if you have not been an active member of them regardless if that is your heritage.
  • Use your own knowledge and memories of food that you enjoyed eating to create new recipes and traditions.

Once you’ve gotten this information make the meal, recipe, or consume those foods. While doing so, make a statement or set an intent that you are preparing and eating this food for the purpose of connecting with your family and ancestors. Throughout the process of preparing and consuming the food, imagine what it would have been like for your family member or those within your culture to have been having this dish. Try to embody them during this moment. Give thanks for any guidance or wisdom that you receive or that has ever been passed on to you. Give thanks for all that you are thankful for. Conclude this exercise as you see fit.

Here’s to yummy food and family.

-Rose

 

 

Breathing Fire: The Heat Between Us

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Greetings beloveds,

The weather is warming. The days getting longer. Our dreams getting brighter. During this time when we wonder what the next day will bring on a global, institutional, macro level how do we find a space that allows for us to love ourselves and each other radically? This is a question I have been grappling with for some time. I speak often of self-care and self-love through acts such as baths, healthy eating, movement, ritual and love but what of sex? How does this very literal coming together of our physical beings provide a space for healing between ourselves and each other?

Perhaps this is not an act of healing and self-care generally discussed because it is so nuanced. Sex can be a topic wrought with attachments that span the scale of emotions, ideas, and belief systems. It is never a simple physical act simple in it’s execution as say a  meditation, bath/shower, nap or a walk. Yet, the benefits that sexual intercourse offers to us such as improved mood, stress relief, light/heavy aerobic activity, and improved immunity should be reason enough to engage in this energetic exchange. Yet, it is that exchange and the power that comes from it which causes one to truly understand the need to be balanced and particular about engaging in this act.

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All forms of interaction are energetic exchanges, but the power of creation that is available through sexual communion is unlike any other except for deep meditative/spiritual practices. While you may equate creation when connected to sex as the formation of another living being, let us increase our state of awareness so that we recognize that ALL is a part of creation. Our thoughts, dreams, desires, material belongings, physical bodies, everything. All that which exists known and unknown are due to the energy of creation. When I speak of the 12 Universal laws, new/full moon rituals, or feng-shui, these all carry the ability to bring forth that which we desire. The same rings true for sex.

During the act of a sexual coupling whether with one’s self or another, there is a build up of energy that is then released through the orgasm or may just be spread throughout the beings interacting as not all couplings end in orgasm. Generally this energy is not directed towards a specific outcome other than the drive for pleasure and release. Sometimes there may be an intent set for a child. Yet we limit ourselves on what we can create in that moment. Homes, furniture, cars, food, experiences, even wisdom can come forth from sexual intercourse/ interactions. This energy can also be channeled to heal and transmute pain, trauma, and anger. Yet, because there is long history of shame, guilt, fear, and moralizing attached to sexual expression it can be difficult to use this act for the purpose of health and well-being not only for one’s self but for the world around us.

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One must access how they conceptualize change and transformation. They may need to spend quite some time examining what counts as a form of medicine and therapy? Shift their beliefs from that of the limited duality of right/wrong to infinite possibilities and variations. For yes, just as one can use the energy generated through sex to create they can also destroy and harm others. This is evident as forms of sexual assault, abuse, mistreatment, discrimination and other forms of prejudice continue to thrive in the world resulting in inequality and power dynamics. Thus the “rules” about determining, with whom, when, where, how, and why one has sex are not necessarily unwarranted given what can come from it. Yet, do we wish to feed the energy of connection and love or that of separation and fear?

Sex is transformative. As an individual will you use this energy to create? As a society will we use this energy for love? As a global community will we use this energy to heal and ascend? It is up to us to determine these answers. You can though at this very moment choose love. To love yourself and others. To set healthy boundaries and uphold them with the wisdom of MAAT. To hold space for yourself and those who need support. If you find yourself experiencing bouts of fear, anxiety, or anger where could this energy take a moment to access where this energy goes? Is it to another person, belief, system, or yourself? Be mindful of what you give your energy to. There is great power within you that is yours to do with as you wish. Charge yourself by cycling your energy through your breath back into your own form. Direct it towards an external desire or ask for guidance on a concern or topic. The key is to know that is is yours!

I love you all and never want you to taken advantage of. You are all such powerful beings. Know this at your core.

-Rose

 

 

Full Moon In Scorpio: Completion and Patience

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Greetings beloveds,

It’s finally here! The full moon in Scorpio has arrived and as discussed during the new moon in Taurus this may be a challenging time for those of us who lack the ability to wait because this full moon is all about patience.

Scorpio is the 11th sign of the zodiac and represents a time of recognizing our connection to our shadow. Scorpios, as the second water sign of the zodiac, resides in the depths of our psyche through which we experience the development of our true selves through death and rebirth. As a mutable sign and a water sign, Scorpios are the most flexible and emotionally unstable of all the zodiac signs because they feel so deeply and know so much. You’ll NEVER know this though because Scorpios have a professional poker face. Scorpio’s, similar to Leo’s, are all about people earning their favor and respect. So if you haven’t gotten to that level with a Scorpio yet you won’t know what their true intentions are until they are ready for you to and even then they may not tell you. Because of this mutable watery nature, Scorpio’s thrive in stable but flexible environments. They tend to avoid scenarios where they feel trapped or caged in. On the contrary though, Scorpio’s will dive into a soul connection that they would like to explore fully because they feel it will be challenging, engaging, and worth investigation.

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There’s no point in lying to a Scorpio, they already will know somethings up. Remember they are perpetually attached to the spiritual realm, so if a Scorpio isn’t psychic they will at least have a keen ability to sniff out truth. Ruled by Pluto, Scorpios dive in the depths of our souls and spirits to mine our attachments to each other and our souls desires. If that sounds intense to you then you are on the path of understanding the Scorpion spirit. They are the grim reapers of the zodiac who thrive in the depths of all the things we try to moralize such as death, dying, sex, money, and attachments. Through death we experience a chance to review our lives and redirect our paths. Scorpios serve as mirrors to the rest of the world so that we are able to complete this task which is part of the reason why many do not like the intensity of the Scorpio.

This full moon in Scorpio brings us to a space of new growth. We have been diving deeply into the realm of our desires materially and financially with this new moon in Taurus which asked us to create a foundation through which the seeds of what we wanted financially and socially could be planted. If you set intentions, goals, and cleared up your desires now is a time for you to do what many of us hate to do. Wait. Remember the saying that watched pots never boil? How often are you wanting 5 pm to arrive and as you watch the clock it seems like time is moving slower or stopped? That’s the power of attention and focus. Once we move our attention to something it behaves in accordance to the TRUE energy that you are sending towards it. This full moon in Scorpio suggests that there are a lot of things we express on the surface that counter the beliefs that we hold deeply within. For example, if you express a desire for abundance but inwardly hold beliefs based on scarcity, what you will see manifest are topics, events, and scenarios which bring you towards loss and lack. As they say the evidence of what you truly believe are the things that are actually manifesting for you. That’s why you are being called to clean up duty because if what you set intentions for doesn’t align with your true beliefs it won’t manifest as you desire for it to.

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Right now you have planted the seeds for either a new venture or to deepen one that you are already experiencing. Those seeds are soaking up all the good energy and will power that you are putting towards them through action, prayer, and intent. You must practice patience at this time. Scorpio is not an energy of quick movement and results. It takes a lot of time to journey into the underworld and return. I’m sure you know that rushing the process rarely ever results in an amazing product or experience. It’s always better when you take your time and can truly enjoy the journey.

I’m going to give you some advice at this time. Find something else to focus on. If there’s a specific goal you set such as getting a certain amount of money, clients, new insights, guidance, a relationship or home set it aside and don’t think about it. The universe right now is doing the work. Your job is to make sure that when what you desire comes you’ll be ready. Do you have all the financing, insurance, moving company, decluttering, cleaning, and resources ready for when your new home arrives? What about for a new or deepened partnership? Have you done your work? In business, is your company legit? Have you filled out all the paperwork with the state and federal requirements? That’s the work that needs to be reviewed now. This waiting period may seem frustrating but it’s only so that you have time to get everything in order. When this energy starts moving it will be fast so you want to be ready. Keep the faith and hold strong to your knowing that you have all that you desire.

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If you think that’s too difficult don’t worry, there’s going to be plenty to focus on because this full moon is the start of an energetic underworld journey for us all. We are going to be clearing some energy out over the next few months that will make everything easier in the long run. Remember this is actually a 10 year which reduces down to 1 which represents new beginnings. 10 equals completion of cycles. All the endings that occurred last year have a small twilight time where you can honeymoon in the clearing of that energy. In my work I call this the 8th gate which you can read more about here. Be cautious though not to restart that cycle. Reflect on what was and then move on. You have the ability to achieve everything you want. You will get all that you desire. Just stick with it and if it seems that all you’re coming up against are barriers turn your attention towards what is the core belief at the basis of your desire. Clear that energy up through release and exploration rituals, shadow work and counseling. Then you can return to your project when you feel called to.

The key to this full moon is patience, endurance, and abundance. Keep your head up and enjoy the fruits of all that you have and will complete.

With love,

-Rose