GODDESSES OF THE WEEK : COVEN OF ASHES

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Photo by @levan_tk

Name: Coven of Ashes

Location: Los Angeles

Astrological Sign/rising:

We are legion. 

 

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Which Goddess or Goddess Archetype do you most identify with and why?

We tend to identify with dark goddesses like Lilith, Kali and the Great Whore ofBabalon. We identify with them because they’re representative of the fierce feminine, creation, destruction and primal energy.

 

How do you get in touch with/unleash your inner goddess?

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We are a troupe that is known for bloodletting, flesh hook pulls and our Butoh performances. Also our connection to our mind, body and altered states of consciousness. Thefierce primal feminine energy is released through us, charging our rituals with a heavy, vulnerable energy. Our blood is an offering, a purging and a symbol ofour bodily autonomy. 

 

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What is your Goddess superpower?

To transcend planes of existence, reach beyond the veil and embody the dark feminine divine. 

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What are some important words of wisdom that you'd like to share with other Goddesses out there?

Get in touch with your shadow self. Healing comes from the ability to look in the darkest parts of yourself, acknowledge them and transcend. Do not be afraid of what lies in your shadows. Blood magick is an important tool should you choose to use it, but please be responsible and educate yourself about blood borne pathogens and the risks involved. 

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if you would like to learn more about Coven Of Ashes, and their performance rituals  check them out here:

 Facebook: www.facebook.com/covenofashes

Instagram: @CovenOfAshes

 


WITCH TIPS & HOROSCOPES 7/4-10/2018

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Artwork by John Deckmann

WITCH TIPS

Written By Jessica Lanyadoo

Self-care is not a detour from where you’re going. It's the way forward. Tending to your inner world is the foundation that you need in order to sustain your efforts. 

It’s time to prioritize hope, my loves. In the words of John Lewis, “We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.” 

Fight your inner demons; fight your fears that tell you not to even bother trying. Fight to be a person that you respect and feel good about. Stand up for those who need your help, for the vulnerable and the struggling. Action is the antidote to anxiety. You don't have to do all the things – you can't, you still have to live your life - but you do need to do some of the things. Add your light to the shadows; illuminate your problems so that you can bring healing to them.

 The subconscious mind is a tricky thing; it holds on to things that you don’t want or don’t know how to process. It is the part of you that remembers what your conscious mind just can’t. This week you’re likely to feel anxious over things that are deeper than what you see happening on the surface. It may be tempting to turn away, but it’s not wise or kind. This is not the time to forget who you are or what you’ve set out to do. The unknown is scary, but it’s also ripe with potential. This isn’t the time to check out; it’s time to honor your heart. Hope is easy enough to access when life is going your way, but when you’re struggling is when you need it most.

 On the 5th the vibrant Sun will form a harmonious trine to expansive Jupiter and the planet of communication, Mercury, will oppose the irritable planet of fighting, Mars. The combination of these two transits indicates that you take care not to egg on your most aggressive or arrogant impulses. It’s possible to convince yourself that something is true, but that doesn’t make it so. Don’t jump to conclusions or pick fights with people who don’t see things the same way as you do. This can mark a time of rapid growth. You may have to deal with major bullying from yourself or others, or you may just feel pressed by your circumstances.


On the 8th we have a Sun trine to empathetic Neptune. This transit can increase your sensitivities, your sense of empathy, and your compassion for others. It can also make you feel entitled, as it can incline you to only value your own perspective or pain. Make a point to do something for someone else on this day – Neptune is the planet that thrives when you pay it forward.

Finally, on the 9th Mercury will form a challenging square to Jupiter. This can be a time when you learn something new, or you may spread gossip because you’d rather talk than listen. Much like the Mercury/Mars transit earlier in the week, this one can trigger fighting words and snap judgments. The best thing you can do around this date is to really listen. Pay attention to what people are doing as much as they’re saying – it’s all information that you deserve to have because at the end of the day, the truth is true whether you want to face it or not.

 Growth requires instability. This summer brings us Eclipses and Retrogrades, and with all that comes major shifts for you, me, and everyone in this big, beautiful world we share. Change can be scary, especially when there are no assurances that things are going to be better, but there’s no need to panic. Eclipses are an opportunity to transform and heal. Retrogrades are a chance to look within and reassess what you’re doing and why. This astrology is urging you to grow, not in leaps and bounds, but in deep and moving ways. Life is meant to be lived. You are meant to try, especially when it’s hard. It’s good to question things; whether we’re talking about the people you love, the law of the land, your own assumptions, your habits, whatever. Seek new perspectives moving forward; new takes on old problems may be just what you need, my love.

 

ARIES

March 21-April 19

You have a gift to share with the world that is unique to you, and it’s time for you to challenge yourself to bring it, Aries. Set the intention of showing up for the people in your life or your larger community this week because you’re likely to find that the more you give, the more you’ll have to give. Acts of kindness, no matter how random or small, will remind you of who you are but also of who you can be. Strive to embody your potential, my love.

 

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

Don’t act out of fear, Taurus. There’s a time for reflection and a time for action, and sometimes it’s hard to know the difference. Carefully consider your plans before moving forward with them this week. If you push too hard, you may put events into motion that you’re not ready to handle. Inactivity is not the answer but neither is rushing in. Instead, move forward with intention, and you'll be able to propel yourself to exactly where you need to be.  

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

You’re not meant to be anyone but yourself, Twin Star. Life is full of necessary compromise, and not all situations are for all parts of you. That said, when you try to be someone that you’re not, you only succeed in misleading others and harming yourself. It’s important that you know yourself well enough to know your own limits. Strive to honor the truth of who you are in situations in which you’d usually phone it in, my love.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

The role that anxiety plays in your thinking is worth considering, Moonchild. Instead of trying to figure out why you’re worrying, strive to soothe yourself this week. There’s enough stress to go around, and you don’t need answers as much as you need care. Do the basics: remember to breathe, to drink enough water, to eat, and to move your body. Help yourself and if you need to, ask for support too. Self-care is not a detour from where you’re going, my love.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

You can’t always know your place in the world, but that shouldn’t make you lose track of your value. This week your uncertainties threaten to rattle your foundations. The worst thing you could do is try to convince yourself or anyone else of your worth. Have faith in yourself without needing to defend or justify merit. Honor your worthiness by picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and choosing to live your best life, moment by moment.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

It’s not enough to think positive; you have to be willing to feel into it, too. This week will bring you to the end of a cycle of development. This may be a subtle thing, or it may feel like a massive shift. In either case, you’re likely to feel uncertain of what comes next or where exactly you’re meant to go from here. Be patient, dear one. Try to pair kindness and creativity with discernment and common sense, and then let life play out from there, Virgo.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Stress is an inevitable part of life, and there’s a reason for it. Feeling frustration or overwhelm is when it’s easiest to disassociate or look the other way, but that's when you need you the most. This week you’re not likely to have your people available to lean on, which can make matters feel worse than they are. Find your inner light and resiliency, and share it with others. To paraphrase Amber Ibarrache, when you can’t take it anymore is when it’s time to be giving. Don't recede, my love. 

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Fear is invasive. It tells you that it’s trying to keep you safe, and it can make sense of anything it wants you to believe. But if any induced impulses are to be approached with caution, it’s those that come from fear. This week is likely to kick up some major worries, and it’s in your best interest not to take them at face value. As they say, action is the antidote to what ails you. Take steps, no matter how small, to move your life forward or to maintain what you’ve got, Scorpio.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

If you can pace yourself through your desires, you’ll be able to create sustainable changes instead of exciting distractions. This week is all about change, and the more intentional you are about what you’re doing and what you hope to get out of it, the better your outlook will be. True strength means knowing when to push your goals forward, knowing when to hold back, and knowing when to ask for help or walk away. You don’t have to be perfect, but it’s time to show all the way up, ‘Tarius.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

When things don’t go as you’d like them to, it’s easy to get the sads and to stop trying, but that doesn’t advance your life at all, Cappy. The key is to honor your feels without giving up. This week, your best move is to let your problems instruct you to look at what isn’t working and what you most want. It’s time for you to get to work, but before you can do that, you need to get decisive. Identify your greatest desires by the very things that are upsetting you the most.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

When you struggle against your present conditions, you only succeed in making things harder on yourself, Aquarius. This week is likely to test your ability to accept where things are at, but accept you must. If you don’t start where you’re at, it’s really hard to take the right first steps. As I often say, acceptance is not consent, it’s awareness. Empower yourself to make the changes that need to happen, even if you’re only at the planning stage for now.

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

You don’t have to take on the stresses of the people around you in order to show them kindness and loyalty, even if they really want you to carry the baggage. This week is the time to use the tools you have for having healthy boundaries and staying grounded. Take on only as much as you can handle in a healthy way. It’s far better to do your best at less than it is to half-ass it at full capacity. Empathy is a very Piscean gift, but it requires that you manage your self-care religiously, my love.

 


FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN 2018

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Written by Lisa Stardust

The Capricorn Full Moon on June 28th utilizes both earth and water elements, making it a great time to diligently nurture a new dream while letting go of an old vision that no longer suits you. The Capricorn Full Moon is a time of death, rebirth, and change through hard work. These energies all work together as long as we commit to our higher selves.

The following simple spell blends the elements of the watery Cancer sun and its opposing earthy Moon. This symbolic activity of nurturance will inspire your growth in the moon cycles to come. 

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The recipe that follows incorporates many elemental ingredients. Moon water is water that has been charged with the energy of the Moon, connecting us to the lunar power and energy from the Full Moon which can add magic and power to any intention and spell. Capricorn, being an earth element is related to growth and earthy ventures. The snake plant is the plant represented by Capricorn for its independence, requiring water only every 2-3 weeks. This is good because it will help you can conserve the Moon water month to month. Writing a letter of intention with a clear mind, while visualizing your dreams, and connecting to both elements will help you to truly bring in the new and release the things that no longer serve you.
 

Ingredients:

Water


Snake Plant seeds or any seeds for plants you identify with

Soil

Handwritten letter of intention
 

How to make Moon Water:

Take a glass container or cups filled with water.

Set your intention while holding the water, to get your energy on it.

Under the Full Moon, visualize your intentions and let the light of the Moon radiate its energy in the water.

Let the water sit near the window or outside, so it consumes the lunar energy.

Directions for nourishing your plant:
 

Make Moon Water to use to make the plants grow throughout the upcoming months.

Write a letter of intention.

Place the letter at bottom of soul in pot or outside.

Place Snake Plant seeds in soil or in earth outside, above or to the side of the letter. Note that you can use any type of seed! Feel free to be creative and find the plant or flower you connect with the most.

Water the seedling as needed, using the moon water to nourish your dreams, and give life to your new hopes while letting go of the past. Allow quiet time to meditate and restructure your visions as you move step by step towards them.

Remember to speak to your plant while you water it and even throughout the day as you do your daily activities. You can even discuss your intentions aloud with the plant as you work to manifest your next big dream!


WITCH TIPS AND HOROSCOPES 6-27- 7-3/2018

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Written by Jessica Lanyadoo 

Witch Tips

On the 27th the Moon will be full at 6° Capricorn at 9:53pm, and the Sun in Cancer will be opposite Saturn in Capricorn. Full Moons are always a momentous time when feels come to the surface and demand to be dealt with. It’s when we’re meant to release what isn’t working, a process that can be painful but is also cathartic and totally necessary. We’re currently in Cancer Season, making it the time for family, and for reunion with the heart. Full Moons are oppositions – they happen when the Sun is exactly opposite the Moon; the Cancer/Capricorn polarity is an opportunity for the healing of our broken family of humans, or the hurtful dynamics in your own family. It’s time to consider the needs of the whole and to honor all children and all families, in small or big ways. 

This Full Moon is likely to be hard, and it might bring up emotions that make you want to shut down. When you’re in pain it’s tempting to want things to be black and white, but the truth has layers. Saturn is the planet that governs depressive thoughts and feels and it gives us a heavy load to carry. You may need to take a break to nurture your heart or gain perspective, but Cap/Saturn has a tendency to go rigid and procrastinate or degenerate into guilt and blame. Stay connected to your heart, to empathy, and compassion. We're all going through this astrology together. If you’re going to fight, fight for what you love. It’s a time when you can better understand the hierarchies impacting you and decide to move in the direction of change. Capricorn and Saturn bring consequences and reality checks, and they confront you with limitations (real or imagined).

 

Mars has gone Retrograde in Aquarius for the first time since 1971, and it will stay that way from June 26th through August 27th. Mars is the planet that governs fighting, fornicating, and the concept of masculinity. Rage, flaring tempers, self-defense, competition, and ambition are all in Mars’ wheelhouse. Mars is the warrior, while Aquarius is the sign of 'We The People.' The last time that Mars went Rx in this sign, we in the USA had Nixon as president, and hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to protest the Vietnam War. The country was divided on a number of issues, and people were engaged in acts of liberation and war.

 

On a personal level, the potential of this transit is to radically reassess what you’re doing, and to make necessary changes. Retrogrades are always the time to review, reflect, and reconsider; and Mars is a fiery planet that governs where you’re going and how you’re going to get yourself there. Aquarius is concerned with forward motion as well, but in a very different way. This is the sign of invention, of the future, and its energies are individualistic. This sign can be humanistic in its drives, and it's not concerned with walls or nationalism. Aquarius wants you to direct your anger towards efforts that impact the collective, and for compromise to be a means towards greater freedom.

 

This is a time when you may have to fight for what you think is right, but heed this warning: Mars retrograde can lower your vitality, and bring frustrations and obstacles to your efforts. The key here is to not burn yourself out, especially while Mars moves through quick-witted Aquarius. Mars will Retrograde (aka move backwards) into Capricorn where it’ll stay from August 14 through September 11th. This will mark a transition into addressing what is and isn’t working with the structures in your life and in society itself. The upshot here is that we’re all on call to consider how our participation impacts the whole of society. Action without integrity or consideration for others will be poorly starred. If you’re going to fight, fight for what you believe in, not just to have your voice heard over the chorus, or to have your ego validated.

 

Love, as simple or cheesy as it sounds, is the answer. It’s an action and a force for change. Let it fuel you to confront the realities of your life, relationships, and our world. Things may be hard right now, but the astrology gives us the tools to work on them, to bring justice and compassion to the fore. To do this you must seek the wisdom of your heart, and the teachings of history, whether you’re looking at your own patterns, or human history itself. This may be a serious period of action and consequence, but it’s also one for building emotional maturity and strengthening your internal resources, and then sharing them with the world. Take a deep breath and do the work, lovers.

 

 

ARIES

March 21-April 19

Sure, if you push hard enough you may get your way, but you won’t win any popularity contests, Aries. Instead of forcing your will on others, take a beat and consider their needs. If you can access compassion for another’s perspective, even if you don’t agree with them, you can start working toward successful communication. Collaboration may be annoying, but it’s the surest route to your success.

 

TAURUS

April 20-May 20

It’s time to check your ego, Taurus. Whether you think you’re the worst or the best, when you can’t stop seeing yourself at the center of things, you’ve lost your way. Take a pause and check in with what you’re doing, but more importantly, what’s motivating you. If your driving forces aren’t clear, you won’t be happy with whatever happens – even if you get what you’re gunning for. Tighten the reigns on your desires this week, my love.

 

GEMINI

May 21-June 21

Where your mind goes, your energy will follow. This week will test you, but luckily it’s a test you can for sure pass. Decide to let it go, Twin Star. Instead of running over details that you can’t control, align yourself with your own center of strength. You can’t control or fix much in the world, but you can participate to the best of your ability. You only have to do your best, not the best; make peace with the good, the bad, and the complicated of what you are so you can move on, my love.

 

CANCER

June 22-July 22

This week’s full Moon in your relationship house is a chance for you to reaffirm or reconsider the loves of your life (this may be your romantic or platonic loves). You get to decide who you're intimate with, who you trust, and how much. Even when your options feel painful, they’re still your choices to make. Honor the needs of your heart without idealizing your situation, Moonchild. It’s time to face reality and to honor what you know to be true.

 

LEO

July 23-Aug. 22

When you choose to prioritize what gives you life, you’re basically putting yourself in a position to thrive. When you allow yourself to get attached to how things need to go or how they appear to others, you lose track of those good vibes, and you also lose your way. This week, it’s time to focus on what’s working in your life, Leo. Attention and love are not equal any more than getting “likes” equals self-esteem. Realign with your sense of purpose, regardless of how it looks to others this week.

 

VIRGO

Aug. 23-Sept. 22

When something worked at one time, it’s tempting to hold on to it for dear life, even when it’s no longer working in the same way for you. The path to balance or inner peacefulness requires that you’re willing to change yourself or your actions, depending on the needs of the moment. Check ways in which you may be caught up in a rigid cycle with self-care or self-maintenance, and make some necessary adjustments, Virgo. Be here now, even if here and now is a little tricky.

 

LIBRA

Sept. 23-Oct. 22

Reflection isn’t really a passive process; it’s an act that requires bravery and humility. This week it’s time for you to be honest with yourself, Libra. You’ve been running your life in certain ways that are no longer working, and it’s important that you don’t wait until your hand is forced before you make changes. Show up and strive to be decisive; what you choose now isn’t written in stone, but it is important for your future. Do what needs to be done, my love.

 

SCORPIO

Oct. 23-Nov. 21

Pull it together, friend. Stress is contagious, and this week you’re on call to manage your own. Try to remember why you’re engaged in the struggles and goals that you are so that you don’t forget your heartfelt motivation. When you lead with your heart, you're less likely to get distracted by petty concerns and other roadblocks to achieving excellence. This is your story; don’t let any one person or situation define it for you, Scorpio.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Nov. 22-Dec. 21

Having too much on your plate means that you end up doing everything at less than your capacity. If you take a long-view of your life, you can adopt the perspective that allows you to better pace yourself, Sagittarius. This week you may be feeling totally overwhelmed, and your best move is to treat it as a call to better prioritize what needs to get done and when. This isn’t about doing less; it’s about being more efficient with your energy so you can do better over the long haul.

 

CAPRICORN

Dec. 22-Jan. 19

It’s your time to shine, Cappy. This week the Moon is full in your sign, and the Sun is opposite your ruling planet: basically it’s coming up Capricorn! Whether you’re struggling to put your life together or things are going well for you, it’s wise to pause and take stock of how you got here. Own your achievements and the effort it took to attain them, or conversely, where you may have taken a wrong turn. Strive to replace guilt or pridefulness with humility and self-awareness.

 

 

AQUARIUS

Jan. 20-Feb. 18

The sads are all around, and it’s hard times for sure. Do you best not to turn away from upsets this week, Aquarius. Attempt to understand what you’re really upset about, and from there, explore the best possible solutions available to you at this moment. Hopelessness is debilitating, so deciding to take action, no matter how small, will help empower you to see more options and even be more comfortable in your own skin. You’re absolutely on your way, Aquarius; don’t give up now.

 

 

PISCES

Feb. 19-March 20

As things change and grow around you, so too must you change and grow. This week you can choose to hide in your old ways, but it won’t do you much good. Choose how you wish to be instead of waiting for circumstances to force your hand, Pisces. Trust in yourself, and have confidence in your ability to make things happen. Nothing has to be perfect, and you can take as much time as you need, but know that you have the vision; all you need to work on is the follow through.


Sex Magic for Mars Retrograde

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Written by Lisa Stardust

Mars, the planet of sexual desire, starts its retrograde from airy Aquarius back into earthy Capricorn during the summer, starting on June 26th and lasting until August 27th. As lusty Mars slides backwards, we may have a hard time asserting ourselves in communications and areas of physical expression, alike. Most notably, this transit can affect our libido, the power to initiate, and our sexual stamina.

Instead of spending the next couple of months tongue-tied, fuming, and sexually frustrated, increase your level of desire and allow it to flow by creating some personal magic to get your summer loving on. Combat the harsh Mars retro energy by using the magic of your own pheromones— your most powerful, unspoken means of attraction.

Using common ingredients found in the kitchen, you can manifest and/or unblock brewing passions by creating this delectable attraction oil.

This recipe calls for vanilla to enhance senses, roses for confidence, cinnamon to ignite fiery passions, and peppermint to awaken the libido. Rub a bit of this fragrant oil on yourself to get your loving groove back, with or without a partner. The most important thing to remember is to infuse the oil with your emotions and your best intentions. While there are directions below, you can double or triple them as needed. Use your emotions and senses to guide you through mixing these beautiful ingredients together. Just like cooking, it’s always best to mix and blend according to how you feel, and for this oil, get yourself revved up with passion by listening to music and setting the mood.

 

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Ingredients:

 

*Please note, there are two alternatives to make the oil listed below.

 

Using Oils: 12 drops vanilla oil 1 drop of cinnamon oil 1 drop peppermint oil 1 drop rose oil

 

Using Fresh Ingredients: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract A pinch of cinnamon 2 sprigs of peppermint 5 crushed, dried or fresh, rose petals

Directions: Blend the ingredients together in a bowl. Place the oil in a jar and close the lid. Save left-over oil in a dark cool place. Place a drop of oil between your legs and behind your ears. Your libido will rise and your pheromones will be triggered, which can add heat to sultry summer evenings. For extra potency, create oil on Mars's day, which is on Tuesdays. Use the oil on a Tuesday to work with the positive energy of Mars, combating the retrograde vibes with some gentle self-love.


WITCHTIPS & HOROSCOPES ~6-20-26/2018

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there is no separation between the political and the spiritual. None. What you do unto others, the injustices you’re able to justify, and the tragedies you’re comfortable regarding as “other people’s problems” are all true reflections of your Soul – the one and only thing that get to take with you when you leave this life. Don’t allow apathy or overwhelm to stop you from caring about others. You have a voice, and no matter how tiny it is, if you use it to resist hatred and oppression, you will be joining a chorus of others. Together we can direct the course of history and avoid making the grotesque mistakes we made the last time that Uranus was in Taurus (1934-1942).

Children are being ripped from their parents and guardians; parents are not being told where their children are. These children are being incarcerated in tent cities, buildings with no windows, and in metal cages. If you don’t know what concentration camps are, now’s the time to do a simple Internet search, because these camps are terrifyingly similar. It’s time to educate yourself and to do something. History can (and often does) repeat itself, but it doesn’t have to. If you think that all of this is separate from astrology, I assure you that it’s not. We have some dangerous transits reiterating now that we also saw during WW2, so let’s not make the same mistakes. I promise that your horoscope is below, but know this: you, your liberty, and your wellness do not exist in a vacuum. Your liberty is interwoven with that of others. When your money, good mood, safety, etc is won at someone else’s expense, your good fortune is simply not in alignment with your Soul – regardless of your Sun sign or this week’s horoscope.

Let me share with you this poem by Pastor Niemöller, written after World War 2*, that truly says it all.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The demographics may be different, but the meaning is clear. As a family of humans, we must protect each other from powers that seek to do us harm. There are no more excuses; the time is now to make your voice heard.

Things are moving fast, and this week the astrology comes at us quick. This week starts off with a lovely Mercury trine to mystic Neptune on the 20th. This transit will bring with it a spike in empathy, and it’s exactly what you need if you’ve got conflicts to reconcile or have been creatively stuck. Expect your ideas to flow, even though this won’t give you any motivation to get things done. If you try you can make inspired headway.

This energy follows us into day one of Cancer Season, which starts on the 21st, with a dynamic Venus opposition to Mars. This shift brings us to a greater concern for family and a time for tending house. Look to your foundational relationships and the people you call home; these transits give you the energy you need to tend to who and what you care about. This week is a big emo shift, so if you find yourself irritable, don’t freak out! Your best bet is to strive to understand the source of your upset so that you can nurture yourself effectively.

Luckily, on the 22nd we have a Sun sextile to Saturn that will help you do just that. This transit is excellent for getting to work. If you need to practically understand something, make a plan, or even just get to the gym, this shift will help you achieve it. Saturn can help you reach some much needed perspective in order to make wise choices. It can also help you to generally follow through with your plans and commitments, so do try to make use of this energy.

Finally we have the belly-puncher of the week; on the 23rd Mercury in Cancer forms a contentious opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. This combination is likely to intensify your thinking and can lead you down some thorny pathways if you’re not careful. Pluto governs paranoia and obsessions, and its energies can be quite vengeful. Pick your battles wisely as you may need to stand up or sit TF down this week. When you catch yourself running over the same self-defenses in your mind, it’s a sign that you don’t totally believe what you’re saying. Pluto can also signify a time of breakthroughs, healing, and resolution. If it can’t be chill, just make sure that it’s healing, my loves.  

PS: On the 26th Mars goes Retrograde for the first time since 2016, and it will stay that way until August 27th. This is a really big deal, and I’ll tell you all about it in next week’s forecast, I promise. xo

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there is no separation between the political and the spiritual. None. What you do unto others, the injustices you’re able to justify, and the tragedies you’re comfortable regarding as “other people’s problems” are all true reflections of your Soul – the one and only thing that get to take with you when you leave this life. Don’t allow apathy or overwhelm to stop you from caring about others. You have a voice, and no matter how tiny it is, if you use it to resist hatred and oppression, you will be joining a chorus of others. Together we can direct the course of history and avoid making the grotesque mistakes we made the last time that Uranus was in Taurus (1934-1942).

Children are being ripped from their parents and guardians; parents are not being told where their children are. These children are being incarcerated in tent cities, buildings with no windows, and in metal cages. If you don’t know what concentration camps are, now’s the time to do a simple Internet search, because these camps are terrifyingly similar. It’s time to educate yourself and to do something. History can (and often does) repeat itself, but it doesn’t have to. If you think that all of this is separate from astrology, I assure you that it’s not. We have some dangerous transits reiterating now that we also saw during WW2, so let’s not make the same mistakes. I promise that your horoscope is below, but know this: you, your liberty, and your wellness do not exist in a vacuum. Your liberty is interwoven with that of others. When your money, good mood, safety, etc is won at someone else’s expense, your good fortune is simply not in alignment with your Soul – regardless of your Sun sign or this week’s horoscope.

Let me share with you this poem by Pastor Niemöller, written after World War 2, that truly says it all.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

The demographics may be different, but the meaning is clear. As a family of humans, we must protect each other from powers that seek to do any of us us harm. There are no more excuses; the time is now to make your voice heard.

Things are moving fast, and this week the astrology comes at us quick. This week starts off with a lovely Mercury trine to mystic Neptune on the 20th. This transit will bring with it a spike in empathy, and it’s exactly what you need if you’ve got conflicts to reconcile or have been creatively stuck. Expect your ideas to flow, even though this won’t give you any motivation to get things done. If you try you can make inspired headway.

This energy follows us into day one of Cancer Season, which starts on the 21st, with a dynamic Venus opposition to Mars. This shift brings us to a greater concern for family and a time for tending house. Look to your foundational relationships and the people you call home; these transits give you the energy you need to tend to who and what you care about. This week is a big emo shift, so if you find yourself irritable, don’t freak out! Your best bet is to strive to understand the source of your upset so that you can nurture yourself effectively.

Luckily, on the 22nd we have a Sun sextile to Saturn that will help you do just that. This transit is excellent for getting to work. If you need to practically understand something, make a plan, or even just get to the gym, this shift will help you achieve it. Saturn can help you reach some much needed perspective in order to make wise choices. It can also help you to generally follow through with your plans and commitments, so do try to make use of this energy.

Finally we have the belly-puncher of the week; on the 23rd Mercury in Cancer forms a contentious opposition to Pluto in Capricorn. This combination is likely to intensify your thinking and can lead you down some thorny pathways if you’re not careful. Pluto governs paranoia and obsessions, and its energies can be quite vengeful. Pick your battles wisely as you may need to stand up or sit TF down this week. When you catch yourself running over the same self-defenses in your mind, it’s a sign that you don’t totally believe what you’re saying. Pluto can also signify a time of breakthroughs, healing, and resolution. If it can’t be chill, just make sure that it’s healing, my loves.  

PS: On the 26th Mars goes Retrograde for the first time since 2016, and it will stay that way until August 27th. This is a really big deal, and I’ll tell you all about it in next week’s forecast, I promise. xo

* To clarify: human rights atrocities are not in any way isolated to the internment or concentration camps of WW2, or the oppression that thrived in that period. Some major astrology of that period is reoccurring currently, and this is specifically why I am referring to that period. 

 

 

 

ARIES 

March 21-April 19 

If you allow your anxieties or feelings of overwhelm to direct your actions, you’ll only succeed in generating more things to be upset by. Take a step back so that you can assess what needs attention versus what needs soothing, Aries. What you don’t know could end up becoming a liability or a wonderful surprise; the point is that you don’t yet know, so why assume the worst? Find ways of seeking the best in situations that trigger you this week. 

 

TAURUS 

April 20-May 20 

In order to have something you really want, you may have to give up something you cherish. The most important thing you can do this week is make sure that you’re making choices from a place of self-knowledge. Don’t make your moves with the motive of keeping up with the Jones’s or pleasing others. Nothing is totally free – including freedom. Make compromises, but only bend on things that won’t make you break. Don’t compromise what you believe in, Taurus. 

 

GEMINI 

May 21-June 21 

Uncertainty is part of life. The important thing is that you resist the temptation to fill in the blanks with stories just because you’re uncomfortable not knowing what’s up. This week may involve some waiting or feeling stymied. Instead of fighting it, try taking this as an opportunity to be interested in your own responses. How you feel in reaction to the people and things around you says just as much about you as it does them. Take the time to listen, Twin Star. 

 

CANCER 

June 22-July 22 

This is the start of Cancer Season – it’s your time, Moonchild! Too much of a good thing is still too much. Support your emotions solidly and in ways that don’t demand you leave the house or spend a bunch of money. Eat conscientiously, drink lots of water, practice breathing through upsets, and try to get enough sleep this week. How you treat your body will set the stage for your ability to pair intention with your responses during this very emo week. 

 

LEO 

July 23-Aug. 22 

Things may not be as you wish they were, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck. You have options, and if you’re willing to look creatively at them, you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find is possible. Leverage the resources you already have at your disposal to help you without taking on any new debts this week. If you can work with what you have, you’ll find that you generate abundance in your life and in the lives of others, Leo. 

 

VIRGO 

Aug. 23-Sept. 22 

Letting go is hard and scary and painful, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it. This week will confront you with the need for change. You can convince yourself that everyone around you needs to change, but it’s not true. Either you need to shift something within you or it’s time to change your actions. If something isn’t working for you, it’s your job to advocate for your needs. If what you’re doing isn’t working, try something new, sweet one. 

 

LIBRA 

Sept. 23-Oct. 22 

Use what isn’t working as motivation, Libra. You’re so capable and full of love to share, but certain things are weighing you down. If you try to evade them, you’ll end up feeling off-kilter and then eventually confused. Instead, try to acknowledge whatever is stuck or broken, and strive to make it right 

again. You have what you need, but there is no perfect moment. Now is as good a time as any to take care of business. 

 

SCORPIO 

Oct. 23-Nov. 21 

Something’s going on within you, and it’s confusing. It’s like you know yourself better than ever before, and at the same time, you’re totally uncertain. Regardless of your age, you’re growing up. This week is a good one to spend some time catching up with all the changes – the setbacks, the advantages, and all that’s yet TBD. As you plot your next moves, remember that things are not always as they at first appear to be, Scorpio. 

 

SAGITTARIUS 

Nov. 22-Dec. 21 

Follow through, Sagittarius. It’s time to transform your ideas into actions and to streamline your actions into something you can sustain. You have a special gift that the world needs. You’re ready to confront your own limitations, even if it kicks up a case of the sads. Embrace both the light and the shadow that it casts. Stop wasting your time wishing you were somewhere else. Accept where you’re starting from, pick yourself up, and get to work, my love. 

 

CAPRICORN 

Dec. 22-Jan. 19 

You don’t have to take on other people’s BS. You don’t have to fight, and you don’t need to stick around if you feel that someone is trying to pick one. How you respond to other people is likely to be a bit tricky this week as tensions flare. Take stock of what you’re willing to participate in and how because that stuff is all you, Cappy. When in doubt, consider more viewpoints than your own, and take the most compassionate approach available to you. 

 

AQUARIUS 

Jan. 20-Feb. 18 

Your sign is excellent at figuring out creative solutions to big problems. What you’re not as naturally great at is tolerating the feels that come up while you’re unpacking those problems though. Strive to hit a sweet spot between repressing your feels and drowning in them, Aquarius. This isn’t the right time to add a great deal more to your plate or to take anything new on. For best results, deal directly with the things that are bothering you this week. 

 

PISCES 

Feb. 19-March 20 

You can’t stop the world from turning, and you can’t make totally safe choices that are free from consequence. Your ‘what ifs’ may be getting the better of you this week, but there’s an opportunity in that mess. When you catch yourself spinning into chaotic ideas, it means you’ve lost track of your breath. Prioritize getting grounded in your body – even if it’s uncomfortable to do – before you chase your anxious thoughts down any rabbit holes, Pisces.


New Moon Guides Through Animisim

 Artwork by   Cerenbulbun  

Artwork by Cerenbulbun  

Written by Lisa Stardust

The Gemini New Moon, occurring June 13th, presents us all with an opportunity to seek out knowledge, enabling us to connect to new philosophies and perspectives. As the New Moon falls close to the constellation Taurus, activating fixed stars found on the Bull’s Horn and Orion’s Belt, we are strongly urged to let our animal instincts out to play with our keen intellectualism.
 

What better way is there to connect one's body, mind, and spirit than to learn about old beliefs that nurture faith in the natural world? Animism is an ages old concept that connects humans to the elemental beings (fire, earth, air, and water), with the understanding that we are all one with the living body of the earth and its spirits. The belief of animism was studied and introduced to modern Western society by the anthropologist Sir Edward Tylor, but it dates back to the beginning of humankind as indigenous people in many parts of the world have always believed that, in one way or another, humans are one with their maker and their surroundings. In Animism, the earth is a living god.

 

With the ever-curious energy of the Gemini New Moon, it can be especially transformative to reflect on a new concept of oneness with nature, particularly for the purpose of to finding peace in this fast-paced, technology driven world. In the Celtic tradition, Brighid, the Goddess of Creativity, birthed the elements of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. To honor her elemental children, the Celts left offerings of food, poetry, prayers, jewelry, and other gifts that uplift the spirits of the land. You, too, can honor the elements described here in during these last days of spring in order to start a new cycle around healing by connecting to the spirit elements of the earth.

 

By acknowledging the spiritual, philosophical energy of the Gemini New Moon, we can connect greatly to our environment. Enjoying the weather, admiring plants, rocks, and bodies of water, as well as visual art and the work of wordsmiths are all excellent ways to get connected with the elements. As human animals, we can root more deeply into our lives by reflecting on the supernatural force that the ancients and some indigenous peoples today believe is the thread tying us together with the rest of the living, breathing earth.


Trees and Plants (Earth)
Celts honored trees, in particular the mighty oak and ash in nearby neighboring villages. Honoring old trees near your home will serve as the proper way to evoke the spirit. Gather with friends and have a picnic under a tree, taking time to thank the tree for sheltering you from the sun and cleansing the air you breathe.


Animal Omens (Earth)
Used as spirit animals, the animal omens were created as the symbolism for what humans did not possess. The connection of humans to another creature represents their divine inner nature. If you’ve seen an image or animal reappear in your dreams or visions and meditations, it may be trying to teach you about qualities you hold inside, which you can work to bring forth in the world.


The Morrigan

 

The “Great Phantom Queen” who rules war, fate, and known as the manifestation of an earthly guardian ruler. She is feared as well as revered in Celtic lore. Crows and ravens are both symbols of the Morrigan. These highly intelligent birds are believed to be knowledgeable and powerful messengers from the spirit realm.

Cardea

The Celtic version of Mars, Cardea rules bears for their protective nature. Fierce and loyal defenders of those who honor them, bears sacrifice themselves for those they hold dear.

Cernunnos

God of the forest, Cernunnos rules the mystical deer spirit. Deers represent transformation and growth, rebirth. They are believed to be part fairy and part animal, and therefore possess magical powers.

Brighid

Brighid, the Goddess of life Celtic version of Venus represents multiple animals...
Snakes: Shedding skin allows the transformative snake to embody eternal life.
Cattle: Essence of life. Cattle are a sacred animal representing fertility and well-being.
Horse: Beauty, grace, and luxury combined with extraordinary strength.

Dogs: Loyal guardians and healers.

Rivers, Lakes, Springs, and Oceans (Water)

Collecting water from rivers, lakes, springs, and oceans for your altar can bring a fluid, nourishing energy to your home and provide relief from everyday stresses. Brighid, in particular is also associated with fresh springs, as water is considered the natural giver of life. Rivers are recognized as the great mother. Dea Matrona is the most popular goddess in Celtic mythology who gives her name to the river Marne. All rivers in the Celtic world are named after goddesses.

Weather and The Sky (Air)
 

Let your hair down or wear flowing clothes to feel the breeze upon your skin. Watch the way the wind rustles the leaves on trees, causing the light and shadows to shift in your perception. Sing, read aloud, or have a good and honest conversation in which you use your breath in ways that honor your spirit. Cailleach, the dark mother, was believed by the Celts to be the bringer of winter storms, also known as a crone or “storm hag”. In Celtic mythology, she appeared in late fall when snow would begin to fall and the blustery winds howled. She came alive in the cold months. The old crone Cailleach, with her matted hair and one good eye, would come upon a hero or young man and, if he was gracious to her, she would transform into a beautiful young woman and rewards him for his kindness. Kindness dances upon the air, transforming relationships and the world at large.


The Hunt (Fire)
Celts prayed to a deity of their choice to guide them to successfully hunt their sustenance. Animal protein was very important in ancient societies. Animals that were hunted were thanked for their sacrifice and honored in rituals. If you do not eat meat, take time to reflect on the way the earth gives us all that we need. Give back to nature: Watch animals play, share your croissant with a squirrel, walk dogs at your local shelter— anything that gets you in-tune with the animal world.