Elia Ann. Astrologer, Priestess, Yoga Teacher

Awakening the Cosmic Psyche.

Full Moon in Leo: Coming out of the Lion’s Den.

We’re in for a triple threat this weekend. Not only do we have a powerful full moon, it’s shortly followed by a penumbral lunar eclipse, then Comet 45P. This is also known as the New Year’s Comet. All have their own logical explanations as well as their philosophical explorations. We’re caught somewhere in the middle. Our higher and collective mind is going through a profound shift. Yet our individual identities might not be ready for the changes to come. Where do we find the balance between contributing to the whole  of society and taking care of our own needs? That is what we are being asked to manifest.

Let’s start with the full Moon. In the old farmer’s almanac, february’s full moon is known as the snow moon. Sometimes the cold moon, the ice moon, or the bone moon. It’s that time of year where warmth and nourishment for the earth was scarce. It’s often the coldest or the snowiest part of the winter season. This full moon also sits in Leo. It opposes the sun in Aquarius, conjunct the ascendant in Leo, and squares the midheaven in Taurus. All of this mixed together is like the Lion trying to come out of it’s den. But our authentic and genuine selves can’t come out. Maybe we’re afraid of how cold and dark the world is. Maybe we’re doubting our inner light and radiance. Maybe we think no matter how brave and strong we are, we can’t make a difference out there. A crisis of individual consciousness is brewing.

This leads us to the lunar eclipse. Wherever Leo in the late 20 degrees falls in your chart is where you might feel the eclipse the most. The effects can last up to six months. Beware of self-fulfilling prophecies. In ancient times eclipses and comets were interpreted as warning labels and signs of peril. Understandably so, it took humanity thousands of years to understand the phenomenons. On the other hand, just because we can explain and calculate the event doesn’t mean we have to lose the sense of wonder or mystery. This shadowed moon sextiles jupiter in Libra, and trines both Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius. Whatever is getting shaken up in your life right now could be the push you need to come out of the Lion’s den.

Last but not least we have a comet that you just might be able to see with the naked eye. For those of us in the North American continent, you might be able to see a streak of blue and green whizzing by around 3:00 A.M. Saturday morning. This is regardless of what time-zone you’re in. If you’re ambitious enough to get up and try to find it, look to the east. It should be shooting by the constellation Hercules and the Corona Borealis. Our ancestor’s used to look to the night sky for survival. It taught us when to plant, fish, and how to travel. The hunters in the night sky like Hercules and Orion where how we knew when to accomodate for winter. Let this comet be a spark of inspiration and a welcoming light to guide us through the rest of the season.

But if coming out of the winter den is challenging right now, that’s okay. Even though things may be cold and dark, the nurturing aspect of winter is that it’s a time to rest and reflect. You can’t always do those things in times of bright light and activity. That applies to the hustle and bustle of summer as well as the insomnia of modern life. This excess of artificial light is why astronomers say things like ‘you might be able to see the comet.’ They call it light pollution. How interesting that something we philosophically and spiritually yearn for so badly can even be called ‘pollution’. Try to remember that darkness is not this scary evil thing to be feared. It is a sacred womb out of which the light is born. Taking this to a literal level, you can see the stars in the night sky so much more vividly in complete darkness. Maybe we could see what Orion and Hercules are actually hunting for in the first place.

This is your task and the sacred duty of our life time. Out of the darkness, into the light, may we together come. Blessed Be.

Namaste star souls.

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Blessed Imbolc!

Blessed Imbolc! Imbolc is the cross-quarter date between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Many earth-based traditions celebrate Imbolc with the Celtic Goddess Brigid. You may know this as Candlemas or groundhog’s day. Traditional or not, secular or sacred, we are half-way through the winter season and spring is on the way. Especially out here in the rocky mountains, the weather fluxes enough from warm bright sunlight back to our winter hideouts. This is where we begin. At the crossroads, the stirring, and the quickening. This is where the magic happens.

Interestingly enough the exact solar point of Imboc was the same day that Venus entered her shadow period. This is the slow down time before a planet starts moving retrograde. When a planet is moving retrograde it’s orbit slows down enough to where it appears to be moving backwards to the naked eye. Venus only goes retrograde about once a year to every other year. So when this radiant Goddess goes backwards we feel her effects. I interpret retrograde periods like reversed tarot cards. It usually means stuck, inert, and blocked energy. Sometimes it can be a radical burst of energy. This Venus Retrograde is looking to be the latter.

Despite the other powerful aspects happening with this year’s Imboc, Mars has home field advantage and will most likely roll over everything else. Saturn trine Uranus, Neptune trine the midheaven, and Jupiter sextile Saturn will have tough competition to Mars and Venus squaring Saturn and opposing the Ascendant in Libra. Remember, this doesn’t have to be a horoscope of danger or a warning to brace for impact. The roots of the word Imbolc mean ‘in the belly.’ We’ve got the extra fire power in our gut, we might as well use it to our advantage. We have great dreams for for peace and communion. Suddenly, we’re awake. And we have a pretty good idea of how to make our visions a reality. Let this burst of fire be what sustains your choice to manifest and act.

The trick with this burst of creativity is to remember the purpose in the pursuit. We can’t let concepts and causes divide us even more. In a yogic mindset, the purpose of focusing on the pursuit is to take us out of the thoughts in our head. When we step out of our own borders and boundaries, we are reminded that there is something bigger than what we define our ideas and morals to be. What lies beyond and what lies just out of reach is actually what we all have in common and this is the universal that will hold and bind us together. It’s actually kind of like someone pinching you when you have other aches and pains dominating your consciousness. For a split second, it’s not about you, them, the pain, or any other circumstances. Just a breath, a spark, then the pain is gone. An ironic laugh usually follows. Because you couldn’t have found your place in the whole if you weren’t at one point your own piece.

As you think, so you are. As the mind, so the person. As above, so below. As within, so without. You are made of stardust and have the light of 10,000 suns within your soul. This is the source we all come from and to which the whole universe shall return. Some cosmologists speculate even to the point of the big bang starting the cycle of life all over again. We’re all just walking each other home.

Blessed be and Namaste Star Souls. ❤

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New Moon in Aquarius

The new moon was exact yesterday at 5:07 P.M. M.S.T. The effects will still be here through the weekend. This new moon welcomes the Aquarius sun and moon cycle of the year. Aquarius is the sign of the water-bearer and is often misinterpreted as a water sign. Aquarius is actually an air sign. Rightfully so, the kingdom of air is the realm of the mind, the intellect, and the breath of inspiration. Aquarius is the James Dean of the Zodiac. The rebel and the revolutionary that won’t take the status quo.

Each sign has a light and a shadow. Since Aquarius is an air sign it can get a little ‘head-y’ and cut itself off from the heart. Sometimes Aquarius can come off little Spock-ish. Maybe even a little cold and aloof. Aquarius can also be stubborn and unwilling to change perspective. Yet when Aquarius is exalted it is the great humanitarian. Aquarius can lead and build a real Utopia and fraternity. If there is any hope of world peace, it’s the  Aquarians that will get us there.

No doubt you’ve heard of the Age of Aquarius. in Astronomical terms, the vernal equinox is now in line with the constellation of Aquarius. Symbolically, this is a collective shift in the human psykhe to all of the traits listed above. We have the potential for a great age of peace. But as the saying goes, the darkest moments are just before the dawn. Things might get worse before  they get better.

Aquarius was seen as a water-pourer throughout many cultures that has still survived in modern stories. The Egyptian God Hap, who balanced the flow of the Nile. Deucalion, the only pious mortal to survive Jupiter’s flood. The myth of Atlantis tells a tale of a massive drowning of a society’s greed and hubris. Noah and his Arch survived a prophesied flood. Even the awakening age of logic says that the global climate is changing and the seas will rise.

We live in interesting times. Chinese culture says that that’s a curse. This new moon also marks the Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster. The Rooster in the tropical zodiac is actually the closest to Leo. But both the Rooster and Aquarius are asking us to rise. Rise above the great floods that can both cleanse and destroy us. Rise for what you know to be true in your heart and what your higher mind knows to be right. Hold love and compassion for everyone, especially the people that challenge you. Rise for every color, nationality, age, gender, religion, mother, sister, brother, and father you know in your neighborhood and the global community. The world is too small now and we have to do this together.

Namaste Beautiful Souls. We will Rise!

Elia Ann

*Aspects are listed for self-learning and astrological development. Feel free to comment and compare notes.

*Moon in Aquarius conjunct Sun in Aquarius. Moon opposite Ascendant in Leo. Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn. Uranus opposite Jupiter in Libra. Saturn in Sagittarius Square Mars and Venus in Pisces. New moon is exact at 8 Degrees Aquarius.

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Full Moon in Cancer. Don’t just do something, sit there!

The first full moon in 2017 starts on a potent note. The full moon is triggering a cardinal grand cross. This means that at least four planets in cardinal signs are aspecting in tense squares. Squares brings tension and friction. Cardinal signs represent the beginning of a cycle. It’s like we just can’t get the initiation phase started and can’t decide on where to begin. The grand cross is not exact yet so it may still play out in your life for a few months.

The old farmer’s almanac lists this full moon as the wolf moon. This was the time of year when all creatures in north america were cold and still. Food was scarce and all you could do is wait for spring. The wolves howled out in hunger. What are you hungry for? What are you crying out for?

The full moon was exact this morning at 4:33 A.M. M.S.T. The energy will still be there most of today and maybe into tomorrow. Cancer the crab has something to teach us about our wild instincts. Crabs are fierce partners. Some male species will attach themselves to their mate and ‘protect’ them until they lay their eggs. They hold the females captive, burying and hiding them from the world. Attacking anything that comes across their path. Some females species will stay with their eggs while they hatch along the ocean currents. Even up to the point of drowning themselves. Where is that boundary line between primal instincts and higher consciousness?

Animals don’t have this free will but humans do. In Buddhist tradition, this is why the human incarnation is thought to be the highest. We are not slaves to the urges that drive our actions. Or at least that’s the idea. Right now it may be easier to hide, to attack, to howl, or fly south. Yet there is a force inside you that is connected to the whole. Even if it’s dormant for you right now. This connection is deep in your Psykhe. The soul-knowing has strong roots but it doesn’t shout and tell you what to do.

Be still. Listen. See. Feel. Even as the earth is spinning over 1,000 miles an hour. Make a mindful choice to take action rather than react. Or maybe you need to step back from a project or relationship before it catches you off guard and knocks you off your feet. This too shall pass and the spring sun will rise soon. The forecast for the year ahead will have plenty of wildcards so enjoy the calm before the storm. Smooth waters never made a good sailor.

If you are interested in natal readings and a forecast for the upcoming year, I am booking appointments for the Denver metro area and online. Check out my website at http://www.facebook.com/psykherising. The first 13 appointments receive a complimentary 1/2 tarot reading. And if the stars are not aligned for a consultation yet, some feedback on the booking and the google calendar would be appreciated. I’m experimenting a few scheduling options.

Blessed be and Namaste Dear Souls,

Happy Full Moon!

Elia Ann

 

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Now Accepting Appointments for Reports and Readings!

Happy New Year! I have decided to go public with astrology consultations and readings. I will be starting with custom natal reports and general six month forecasts. The price tier is as follows:

$27-electronic copy of custom natal report and 6 month forecasting.

$42-electronic copy of custom natal report and 6 month forecasting with 1/2 hour meeting. Public location in Denver Metro area or online are available.

$54- electronic copy of custom natal report and 6 month forecasting with 1 hour meeting. Public location in Denver Metro area or online are available.

Private message me here or email at eliabrov@gmail.com to book your appointment. The first available week of scheduling is available on google calendar.

The first 13 appointments will receive a complimentary 1/2 hour tarot reading!

Psykhe Rising is also on facebook and twitter.

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Blessed be and Namaste beautiful souls. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

 

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New Moon in Capricorn: May the Force be with You.

2016 cannot seem to end fast enough. Upheaval, unrest, and discord seem to dominate the consciousness. Great icons and cultural legends end their reigns and leave us uncertain of what archetypes will define the next eras. One of the more recent being Carrie Fisher, best known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series. This is the one that personally hit me the hardest. I grew up watching Star Wars. Leia was a dynamic character that was everything a little girl could look up to. The actress herself was someone you could still admire with her unconventional advocacy for mental health and feminism. What fearless heroine will now lead us through the stars and beyond?

As Master Yoda says to the brother Skywalker, “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.” This should sound familiar to those of you on the Yogic path. Non-attachment is a major concept in the Yoga Sutras, a founding text of yoga philosophy. That doesn’t mean that allowing yourself to feel the grief cycle is detrimental. It’s getting stuck in a phase and gripping too tightly that is. Maybe you’re mourning the end of a relationship, a job, a place, or an idea that got you through strenuous times.

Regardless of what you are experiencing right now the New Moon in Capricorn has opened a portal. Whether you’re ready to jump through it or not is up to you. There are a lot of harmonious aspects* that can guide you through the cosmos, break karmic patterns, breach new horizons, turn a new chapter, and awaken to a new light. Capricorn asks you to make it real and tangible. The mountain goat will jump and climb  to the top of the peak with you. Connect to your footing, use your legs, get your head in the game, pay attention to the details, hold your ground, and go. Not even the mountain can stop you. Well, only if you let it.

On the flip side, some paths and obstacles are bigger and more challenging than others. *Saturn, the current ruler of the sky asks us to get real with wounding. That may mean where you are right now and what your goals are might not be what you thought that they were going to be. Capricorn also tells us that that’s okay. In Sri Swami Satchidananda’s translation of the Yoga Sutras, he explains that it’s really our expectations that can trap us in dissatisfaction. “Many of the truths we cling to depend on our point of view.” Master Yoda was truly connected to the force of yoga.  Capricorn can be the wisest mind of the zodiac. Use this new moon portal to be what you really are and let go of the ‘could’s, would’s, and should’s.’

You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be and there is peace in this space. Let go of what you need to. Expand and go where you need to go. The laws of the cosmos are on your side. Any good chemist will tell you that nothing can be created or destroyed. Atoms just transmute and transform. Use this mantra to change into the new year.

May the Force be with you and Namaste.

 

*Times are Mountain Standard Time.

New moon horoscope exact at 11:53 P.M. 12/28/16. Moon in Capricorn conjunct Mercury retrograde in Capricorn and the Sun in Capricorn. New moon sextile Mars in Pisces. Moon trine North Node in Virgo. Saturn in Sagittarius sextile Venus in Aquarius. Saturn Square Chiron in Pisces. Saturn trine Uranus in Aries recently direct. Mercury sextile Mars and Venus.

 

 

 

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Yule Blessings and Intentions

It’s just about sunrise as I write these winter musings. The longest night of the year has passed. The light now returns. Astronomically speaking, the sun and the earth have passed the mid-points on their ellipses that make the nights seem like they’re so long. Even though we are well past those ancient times of living at the mercy of the cold, we still celebrate the light.

I don’t think it’s an accident that so many different traditions and faiths have similar celebrations this time of year. Regardless of the mythologies or the stories, there is a deep soul intuition that needs to know that death is not the end and we will be reborn. It manifests for us in many different ways. How we navigate the many manifestations can seem a little daunting. 2016 was rough and I think we’re all ready to put it behind us.

Sunrise is exact at 7:18 A.M. M.S.T. There are a few aspects with the new sun in Capricorn that stood out to me. Sun sextile Mars newly in Pisces and conjunct the ascendant is Pisces. Capricorn is all about structure, discipline, law, and duty. The alchemy of earth and water make it seem like we have a clear understanding of what needs to be done for the greater good. Capricorn’s ruling planet Saturn trines a retrograde Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. We can do and succeed at whatever we want and nothing is going to stop us. Or so we project. The sun also squares the moon in Libra and Saturn squares Chiron the wounded healer. It seems as is the collective consciousness is pointing the finger at the rest of the cosmos and telling everybody else what’s wrong and what they need to fix.

My mother always said, when you point a finger at someone else you’ve got three more pointing back at you. Literally and metaphorically, the universe is expanding. We’re polarizing more and more. Drifting away from others and isolating ourselves. Yet we are also on a collision course with our neighbors and we have no idea what’s going to crash and burn. The very thing that sustains us will eventually destroy us. Hiding under the covers, ignoring the problem, and telling the rest of the world to get their act together is not the answer right now.

My invitation to you is to find the light within while you say your prayers and set your new year’s affirmations. Be the change you wish to see in the world. If a star can fuel itself from the energy it creates within its core, so can we. You are made of the dust of the heavens above and below. As within so without. If one of us is suffering we are all suffering. Try not to get too overwhelmed with the big picture. Reach a hand out in kindness in your circle. It will ripple out. May you raise your eyes, and never bow your head. So mote it be.

P.S. I will eventually start making appointments for astrology consultations. For now I would like to keep the energy flowing. If you have the resources available to you, please make a donation to help the people in Aleppo. I picked this cause because it is also my intention to put my money where my mouth is and I will not be silent to the sufferings happening in the world. And however you chose to manifest that for yourself and your world, blessed be and namaste.

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Full Moon in Gemini

Full moons are all about releasing suspended energy regardless of how it manifests for you. Like a bursting exhalation after holding your breath. This full moon is the last one of 2016 and right before Mercury’s slow down into a retrograde. Now is not the time to take on anything new. Instead, it’s the time to complete any unfinished business. Tie the last bows and make your final polishes to the projects you have been working on since the Autumn Equinox. We’ve almost made it through the dark half of the year. Winter is right around the corner. The light is coming back after the Winter Solstice but now it’s cold and icy. For those of us in the rocky mountains, our heaviest snows are upon us. For some of us, the end of the year is welcomed and impatiently awaited. The universe seems to be pulling itself apart. Great eras are ending and the future is clouded. Why are we at this exact junction and how did we get here in the first place? Karmic patterns and cycles are being confronted right now and it’s pulled a mirror up so you can look at your own reflection. This is the tense relationship of polarity and the eternal dance of opposites.

But the goal is not to diminish or stand down. Not even to merge and transmute into something brand new. Like any relationship, we don’t want to be dysfunctional and codependent. We also don’t want to be so independent that we become isolated and disconnected. The archetype of the twins is  the perfect sign to teach us these lessons. the constellation Gemini is named after the story of Castor And Pollux. They were twin brothers born of Leda and Zeus. In some interpretations they also have twin sisters born of the same mother. One of whom was Helen of Troy. Either way, there is a play on duality. Masculine vs. Feminine. Light vs. Dark. Right vs. Left. Softness vs. strength, internal vs. external, and past vs. future. Where do we exist in this realm of form and matter where things must be separate to take shape and meaning? Not with ‘either or.’ but with ‘both and.’ When one brother died the other begged Zeus to bring him back to life. They are together now eternally in the night sky.

Things are really messy and ugly right now. AND things are manifesting beautifully and perfectly. This full moon I invite you to take some time to yourself to reflect on the parallels and the paradoxes in your life. Even if you only have a few minutes to observe your thoughts and feelings, invite the opposite thoughts in too. Let them sit together and talk it out. Maybe you could try to imagine the opposing thoughts as people or objects that you know. Try not to place any judgement on them or on how they make you feel. You don’t have to do anything about it right now just let them hash it out. You can also write out your thoughts. Try doing it for a few minutes with your opposite hand. You’d be surprised with what the other side of your brain has to say. If pranayama or breath work is in your practice try alternate nostril breathing. This will invite the presence of Gemini into you subtle body aura. If you have a little bit more time to sit and meditate or take a simple shamanic journey, try a visualization that takes you up to the stars to converse with Castor and Pollux. What insights and messages do the twins have for you? If basic metaphysical craft is in your practice, try working with Earth and Fire. These aren’t necessarily the dominant elements of Gemini but they are the elements that are at odds right now in the celestial forecast*. Write down your wishes, prayers, and the thought patterns you would like to release down on a piece of paper. Burning them is a standard cleansing fire ritual. Maybe you can even spread or bury the ashes in spot that is meaningful to you. Of course, please do this safely. Be aware of your surroundings. I.E. fire alarms, pets and children, environmental concerns, public or private spaces.

These are all just suggestions and you are free to take or leave anything that suits your needs. Make the adjustments you need based on your schedule, resources, and know-how. If you have any other ideas, please share. If you participated, let us know what your experience was like. We are all in this together. If the twins teach us nothing else, we will not accomplish anything on our own.

If you liked this, please post and share. My goal is provide a free blog twice a month at the new and full moons. Possibly a more in-depth podcast at the major solar points throughout the year as well.

Blessed be dear souls. Happy New Moon, and Happy Holidays.

-All interpretations are in Mountain Standard Time and the aspects are pulled from Llewellyn’s 2016 Planetary Guide.

*This month’s Full Moon is in 22 degrees of Gemini on Tuesday December 13th 2016. Major aspects of the day are a Quincunx to Mercury in Capricorn at squeak o’clock in the morning (1:02 A.M.) and Pluto in Capricorn at 7:27 A.M. Followed by a trine to Jupiter in Libra at 11:24 A.M. The afternoon hits us with an opposition to Saturn in Sagittarius 12:04 P.M. and a sextile to  retrograde Uranus in Aries at 2:18 P.M. We gear up next for a square to Chiron in Pisces at 2:26 P.M. and an opposition to the Sun in Sagittarius at 5:06 P.M. And as a portion of this full moon will be spent in a void of course, we end the Moon’s transits with two trines to Mars in Aquarius 7:58 P.M. and 10:58 P.M. Pay attention to where the mutable signs and the fire signs are in your chart. Especially at 20-ish degrees.

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I went to a Trump Protest….

I’m sure you already know that protests against the President Elect Donald Trump have now been happening in major cities across the country. When I got wind that one was happening I wanted to go. Not because I expected anything to change but because I felt like it was the right thing to do. I wanted to be an active participant in this historical event. When my future grandchildren call me someday for a homework assignment and they ask me “Grandma, what was that like?” I want to be able to say that I was there.

I want to tell you more about the strangers I saw coming together celebrating their diversity. I saw women and men of all ages, colors, religions, and economic backgrounds holding space for each other to feel everything they needed to share. The messages of love, peace, solidarity, and compassion moved me to tears. And the people who wore their countries flags like shields of armor strengthened my belief that this fight was for something bigger than just the results of this election. It reminded me why this country is the leader of the free world. We have the right to be different and are yet still simultaneously Americans because of our differences.

I wish I could tell you I left this event as a shining ray of peace and light but I didn’t. As we marched around the city and through the streets the tone slowly became more ominous. I didn’t like it when my brothers in arms shouted derogatory insults to the citizens we were defending outside their homes defiantly raising their TRUMP PENCE signs. At first the majority was able to drown those moments out with more positive chanting. We marched on.

Then we got to the highway. A major highway. The major highway that runs across the state and through the city. The police team arrived with their riot gear. There were a handful of people that stood back to access the situation and decide if we were to continue. I imagine we must have been thinking the same questions. “Is this safe? Is this the right thing to do? Who’s in charge? Was this planned? I don’t want to get in trouble. That wasn’t the point of this.” I felt like little Jean Louise Finch. Once I realized that no one was egging on the police and people were trying to calm and focus anyone getting too heated, I decided to jump in. Is this what it looks like up at Standing Rock? Sure it’s disruptive and passionate but as long as no one’s getting hurt….

On one hand I thought that blocking traffic was a powerful symbol of awakening. There is a part of me that just wants to scream, “Wake up! Get out of your bubbles. Get out of your cars, your phones, your cubicles, and your mindless routine and really look at what is happening around you!” I couldn’t believe what we were doing. It was awe inspiring and terrifying. And this is where I started to get scared. Someone really could have gotten hurt as we rushed past train tracks, climbed over highway medians, and used ourselves as human traffic cones. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one but I always tried to stop and make sure everyone was safe. I pulled people out of the street and out of the dirt when they tripped. Even here, if someone started to show violent triggers the battle cry was “slow down, tighten up.” Once everyone was off the highway and safe I looked around and saw that the only people remaining with megaphones and who were trying to re-rally the troops had their faces covered and were shrouded in a cloud of rage, I left. I found out later that the original organizers of the protest left hours ago.

I don’t know if this had been more organized and planned, like if people knew what they were getting into, could this have gone any better. At least as far as I know, no property was damaged, no one got arrested, and no one got hurt. I do need to give this shout out to my city’s police department. Thank you for doing your job. Thank you for protecting our right to assemble and making sure we stayed safe. I’m so grateful that all I felt was a moderate uneasiness and not an immediate threat on my life.

I caught a cab to go home and I told the cab driver what had happened. He was an older African immigrant from some country I had never even heard of because it gained its independence in 1991. He asked me, “Do you think people can change?” I think so. He went on to say, “I think what we really need to do now is pray. Pray that people can and will do the right thing. In my country people would have died for trying to protest. Sometimes not even for a reason. This is a great country with a strong foundation. I can’t believe that people will be wrong forever.” When he dropped me off we both said “God bless you and this country.” I don’t drop the “G” word lightly. I got home, realized how sore I was, gave my kitties and extra squeeze, and took a bath.

I’m so grateful that I could go out and protest without a tangible thought of being killed. I’m grateful that I could walk in city streets in the middle of the night without a blatant fear of my safety. My little 600 Sq. Ft. apartment isn’t much, but I have enough. I’m so glad that I had people who love me and care about me enough to make sure that I got home okay at squeak o’clock in the morning. It’s taken me awhile to mentally and emotionally recover from this experience. My thoughts are a little more organized and my emotions have settled a little. I’m assuming that if you’ve made it this far you’re at least curious about my perspective. Whether that’s as a woman, a millennial, a pagan, a yogi, or some combination of the mix, you’ve chosen read one more piece about this damn election. I hope I can help shed a little more light on your decision on what the heck we do next.

Blessed be and Namaste.

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Yoga as Witchcraft: Be Here Now!

If you haven’t caught on yet, I am a yogini and a witch in training. For my Pagan/Wicca readers out there, I’m in the process of getting my 1st degree. For my Yogi readers out there, I received my 200 hour training from a studio very rooted in the Hindu philosophy and bhakti yoga. I’ve been teaching a regular class once a week at my Pagan church since January. It’s been such an amazing opportunity for me because they let me do whatever I want. I can play with what I like and I don’t have to put a filter on the spirituality and the dharma talks. The themes that I have taken on and the direction the class is going, is proving to be very exciting. I was talking to the high priestess of our center and she’s urged me to write a book. I don’t think anyone else is doing anything like this. (If any of you are, please reach out to me so we can swap ideas!) I want to find a way to use a yoga practice as a way to raise energy and use that as a form of spell work to release any dis-ease in the mind and body so our spirit is free to manifest our desires and our will.

In my class I have developed a series around the chakras. One can jump in at anytime, the only thing I ask is that you bring a mat and your intention. But what do I mean by intention? I’m sure my Pagan and yoga followers have differnt definitions of this word. In a yoga class, it is very common for the teacher to give the students a moment at the beginning to set an intention. A Sankalpa, if you will. This can be a phrase, feeling, or image that you choose to dedicate your practice to. And or it can be something to go back to when the mind and body are struggling. In my class I give my students the same opportunity, I just call it a prayer. As of right now, my class is called, pagan prayer yoga. I also give a short affirmation or prayer, so if nothing else is coming to mind, they can use the intention I have set. It’s usually themed around the chakra of that session.

I have completed one whole series and am about to start again at the root, muladhara chakra. I take our journey up the main energy line, the sushumna nadi, all the way through the crown and the then down to ground in the earth, back at the base. I want to go more in depth with my discoveries in future blogs, but the biggest one I have found is that the yoga posutres, the asana, and the breath work, the pranayama, are tremendous tools in raising and releasing  energy. For example, one of my students has been struggling with balancing work, going back to school, and fronting a political cause. When we arrived back to home base at the root chakra, she struggled with hamstring stretches and standing poses. I had mentioned a few times that those feelings of being stuck, trapped, or neglected can really get stuck in the legs. After class she came up to me and said, ‘you’re totally right. I’ve been working from home a lot lately and I didn’t realize how frustrated I was untill now.’ This student is a very strong witch in her own coven.

To me, these ‘ah-ha!’ momments are a form of magic all their own. When people ask me what I believe magic is, I tell them it’s finding the sacred in the mundane. No one tells a flower how to grow. No one teaches a child how to love so unconditionally. No one can really tell you how to let go of your heartaches and find your inpirations. You just do it. I want to bring this element in when I start the series again. Not all of my Pagan students are Wiccan, but I want to give everybody a chance to remember what it is they are trying to manifest in the mundane world. Your yoga mat is the metaphor for your internal and external world. When you release your energy on your mat  it will carry with you.

My only struggle has been trying to find a way to make this ‘magic’ work in a yoga setting. For the most part, my two passions don’t contradict each other much, but when they do, it’s a lot of work trying to get two different ideas to like each other. In general, Eastern philosohy is devoted to higher enligtment in the present moment. Not that Paganism isn’t, but I think its’s fair to say that lot of people are drwan to the craft because it gives us a different role to play in cosmic dance of the universe. I belive that spell work and magic is nothing more than using the tools available to us to gain a desired result. Who’s to say that giving yourself a pep-talk in the bathroom before that big interview isn’t casting a spell on yourself? Why can’t I go to my yoga class and tell myself, ‘I’m going to rock that interview next week.’ as my my sankalpa?

I think it can. Let’s just tweek it a little bit so we can be still on our mat in the moment. Surely, if I’m a practicing witch already, I probably have an herb blend that I’m keeping in my pocket for positve energy, I may already be lighting a green candle at a certain time of the day or week to send the universe good vibes, ask the God and Goddess foe mental clarity and grace. But when  go to my yoga mat, I don’t want to think about the past and I don’t want to worry about the future. So, I will keep my affirmation, my intention, my sankalpa in the present tense. I am graceful and I am mentally clear. It has to be in the present tense. Something like, ‘I’m going to be okay,’ or ‘I will be strong,’ still implies you’re not there yet. I can’t take credit for this concept. My teacher’s teacher, Mr. Saul David Raye held a workshop in my home state about manifesting the abundance of yoga off the mat. But the idea of keeping your intentions in the present momment stuck with me. There’s your magic spell.

When we call the elements after casting circle, we ask the spirits and the gaurdians to be here with us now. Well my friends, we have to show up too. Nothng in the unierse is free, so we also have to participate in the give and exchange of energy. Be here now, be here now, be here now. This is my will, so mote it be.

Blessed be friends, Jai Ma, and Namaste!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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