How do you hold the space to work out your intentions and life problems? I have tried various methods. I’ve prayed, affirmed, spell-casted and altar-ed my way through some of my life’s biggest dilemmas and quandries. Pulling on the power of a spiritual force bigger than I has worked wonders. I’ve discovered that spiritual work that actually *works* takes discipline, focus, imagination, creativity…and a strong container. A good practice is well-designed. It’s design, by nature, cares for and holds the space for transformation.
There are many big huge changes and shifts I’ve wanted to effect in my life, and these are things I’m really excited about so I have the motivation and drive. However, lately when I go to do something, they often sort of flop (technical glitches, or life takes a different course), or I myself flop (I had motivation 5 minutes ago – where did it go?). Even though the personal work I’ve been doing yields huuuuge breakthroughs – I have ‘em – then I float onto something else and it’s hard to grasp that big breakthrough I had a mere few days ago. Huh? In short, it feels like Neptune’s doing. Read more
On June 5th, retrograde Venus in Gemini passes between the Earth and the Sun, forming an inferior conjunction. This wouldn’t be so rare (a Sun-Venus conjunction happens once every 584 days) were it not for the fact that Venus’ nodes, currently in the signs of Gemini-Sagittarius, are also aligned with the Sun’s path. When this happens, visually -with appropriate viewing aids- we can see the ‘transit of Venus’ as she passes in front of the Sun. The last time this happened was 2004; the next time will be 2117. This is a once-in-a lifetime transit! Collectively and personally we are seeding new connections: ways of connecting to our self and each other, our self-worth & value, art and creativity, and our relationship to the feminine. Read more
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I’ve never fallen in love over the internet, but I’ve fallen in major like. With a voice. April Elliott Kent’s voice. April’s often wry, bravely honest and hearty essays at BigSkyAstrology had me at hello. Now I’ve had a major crush on another lady Leo writer, too, so what is it about Leo writers?! April says, I think Leo has a gift for telling their own story in a way that helps other people see themselves in it, and inspires them to tell their own story. April & I have yet to meet, which neither of us can believe (she just informed me she is coming to San Francisco in June 2012!!) but I am always happy to promote her work and her second book, The Essential Guide to: Practical Astrology, published this summer by Penguin, gives me another excuse to love on April. Without further adieu, below: April reveals her celebrity astro-twin, secret moon practice, and offers advice to those trying to make the leap from technically correct interpretations to chart synthesis. Practically, of course.
Increase My Harvest, A Full Moon Spell
Full moons are good times to get in touch with your spiritual center, to ask for awakening, for guidance, make spiritual requests and wishes. The Harvest Full Moon, (the first full moon after the sun has entered Libra -a harvest full moon is always in Aries) celebrating the final harvest of the summer before we head into autumn, is an exceptional full moon. Always, when doing a spell, follow the spiritual law of abundance – Ask, Believe, Receive. Whenever we ask for anything, it’s always good to give thanks, first. That’s not just good manners (Sun in Libra approves!), but gratitude is a powerful prayer. In fact, there may not be a more powerful one. Why? Imagine Spirit is puddle jumping to meet you. If you’re already on the abundant side, it’s much smaller leap for Spirit to make (this is also a law of attraction. When you’re grateful, you’re aligned with abundance). Read more
Every two months I write a seasonal article with an astrological theme under the auspice of ‘Sex & Soul Mates’ columnist for Constellation Magazine. I love this magazine! Brainchild of Jungian astrologer Sherene Schostak and artist/tarot reader and pin-up gal, Katelan Foisy, it’s for artists, astrology lovers and anyone with style. The visual artistry is always lush, evocative and effervescent. The conversation is the same.
For Aries/Taurus I was so inspired by this season of renewal I did an astrological style guide for each Sun sign, with an outrageous new attitude, look and feel for Spring. And the photography this month is out of this world – pin-ups. How Taurean is that? If you thought pin-up Queens only belong to the era of Betty Page, think again. Many of us have a secret fantasy of being a pin-up. Pin-ups are here to stay.
Ultimately, the shift from Aries into Taurus (remember, the planets move one by one slowly into the season. Mercury and Venus are currently in Taurus, even though the Sun is in Aries right now) is about developing the courage to bloom. We raise our hemlines, bare our shoulders to discover that those and other courageous acts are also an exercise in self-worth. Here’s an excerpt from S&SM Aries/Taurus issue:
Consider that during springtime, nature is in cosmic collusion with our deepest wish to bloom. Under the auspices of optimism, we dare risk a little more of our self. We psychologically shrug off the depression and stagnation of winter, instead entertaining the thought of believing in our self just a little bit more. Spring thinking goes like this: if a shorter hemline can give us a spot of confidence, a conversation with a perfect stranger we admire might not be so hard, and when we dare to finally speak up at a work meeting, risk voicing a good idea, confidence accrues. When we let courage lead, we also begin to invest in our self, to value our self – a Taurus theme. Spring rewards the bold.
So what are you waiting for?
Buy the magazine.