Stones of the Goddess by Nicholas Pearson: REVIEW

Stones of the Goddess is a crystal user’s guide on working with goddesses and the Divine feminine. Nicholas Pearson’s expertise in crystals is apparent throughout as this is a detailed and well researched manual. The stand out for me was the rock formations process compared to the maiden, mother, crone triality that we see in several goddess stories. This scientific and geologic look at nature’s cyclical process is the essence of this book- that the goddess is present in the mineral kingdom. There were several crystal grids, charm bags, elixirs, meditations that were included. This book couldn’t be more timely as we are currently experiencing the women’s empowerment movement and the rise of the feminine. If the Goddess represents nature and change, using her gifts will help us navigate our way through this new  expansive consciousness.

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New Moon in Scorpio November 7th, 2018: Passion Play

The theme of the NM in Scorpio is about bringing your dreams up to the surface. The aspects are telling you that passion is what motivates you to achieve your dreams. It’s a busy week in the cosmos as the nodal axis will be moving into Cancer/Capricorn for 1.5 years on November 7th and Jupiter will be moving into Sagittarius for 1 year on November 8th. These are big shifts that will help you nurture your aspirations.

Aspects

NM trine Neptune- a dream is a wish your heart makes

NM sextile Pluto- self- acceptance

Venus trine Mars- your values are your new motivation

Jupiter quincunx Uranus- different is the new normal

Jupiter trine North Node- opening your mind aligns you

The NM at 15 degrees Scorpio is a heavy energy suggesting that you are feeling burdened by your dreams. How often do your passions become weights when you choose to ignore them? My advice is to play with your passions. The positive energies of the planets are ripe for imagination. Take time to explore and analyze all that your passions have to offer and visualize your dreams coming true.

 

Nodal Axis in Cancer Capricorn November 2018- 2020: Folk-Heart

The North Node will be moving into Cancer and the South Node Capricorn on November 6, 2018 until 2020. Overall this will be a softening compared to the fired up axis in Leo Aquarius.

 

The North Node in Cancer will be shifting the focus away from “this is who I am” to “this is how I feel.” The North Node in Leo was about deconditioning. It was a time when you took some risks and pursued things that would empower you. Maybe you took up a new hobby or started a new creative project? Or maybe you flaunted your true colours instead of worrying about what your family and friends would think? Now that you have upgraded to a newer version of yourself, it’s time to feel it out.

The NN in Cancer will be a time of nurturing your mind, body, and spirit. Do what will feed your soul. You now know what lights you up from the North Node in Leo. Now you have to Mother it.

The South Node in Capricorn will gift everyone with perseverance and focus. You will need to use those qualities to achieve comfort in your life. A SN in Capricorn can make it difficult to focus on things besides career and wealth, but this will be the transit where lifestyles will be restructured. Have you ever met someone who had a successful career and then unexpectedly quit and decided to buy a farm and spend the rest of their days tending to sheep? Chances are they were born with this axis. It’s going to be less about the rat race and more about enjoying life. Here are some questions to reflect on:

What will make you feel emotionally fufilled in your life?

How do I really feel about this?

Look back to the years 2000/2001 to see what was happening in your life then. The NN was in Cancer at that time so see what Cancerian themes were happening for you.

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I predict there will be more nationalism and ancestral healing coming up. Cancer rules our family and homeland so I believe many people will be visiting their homelands and many immigrants might choose to go back home. The NN in Cancer will see many people reconnecting (Cancer) to their roots (Capricorn). You will feel yourself pulling away from the known structures in your life but you won’t necessarily know where you are going. Whenever you find yourself gravitating towards your culture, rest assured that this is your higher self’s way of saying “home is where the heart is.” Living a life of passion and intention begins at home, the place where you can be intimate with your feelings. For some that will mean traveling abroad and for others that will mean getting comfy on the couch. Now that the Leo/Aquarius nodal axis has shown you who you really are, now you have to find the right environment that will allow you to honour this new self-honesty.

The NN in Cancer is about finding your place in the world which is in the loving embrace of a person or through loving life. You must nurture your life as if it were a small child. Loving life is the only way you can feel fulfilled. Ironically, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach.

 

Featured image: Licitar- traditional heart shaped Croatian ornaments

 

 

Samhain

We have arrived at the final trimester that began back at the Winter Solstice when a solar frequency was released, seeded at Imbolc, first seen at the Spring Equinox, felt at Beltane with the first heartbeat, celebrating the soul at the Summer Solstice, and preparing for the final trimester at Lammas. At Samhain, our creation is stirring.

This is a time in the year when we venture into our own underworld. We make peace with the fact that our lives are changing. To the Pagans, Samhain signified the start of the new year as the energies from the Spring and Summer fade away. Think back to last December and see now how much you have changed!

Astrology

Samhain marks the point when the Sun enters 15 degrees Scorpio. This is the degree that is closest to death in Astrology. The halfway point in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) are known as avatar degrees because there is a transformation taking place. This is the point where the heaviness lightens up. The Sun enters 15 degrees Scorpio on November 7th, but most Pagans celebrate Samhain on October 31st- November 1st. Personally, I celebrate Samhain up until the Sun enters Sagittarius.

The darkest part in an Astrology Chart happens to be the nadir or 4th house cusp. It directly opposes the midheaven which is the brightest and most public point. The nadir represents the inner world that only comes out behind closed doors. It is found in the 4th house because it shows our true nature and private life. The nadir also reveals information about our family. The other dark part of the chart is the 8th house, the natural domicile of Scorpio. This house represents our ancestral lineage, Akashic past, and how and what should be cleansed to make us feel renewed. Both houses show a connection to family which is celebrated at Samhain.

In my story about Beltane I discussed feeling the first heartbeat of what life this year was going to entail. Samhain directly opposes Beltane on the Wheel of the Year showing that our heartbeat is directly linked to the rhythm of our ancestors. When we are in the womb the first sound we hear is our Mother’s heartbeat. It is a centuries old recorded song that will overlay with our own.

In every mythological story about the underworld (15 degrees if the fixed signs) the hero always travels with a companion. Samhain is the time when you should look to your family tree for someone whose life you admire or respect who can be your companion on your journey. Someone whose life you could look at when you feel stuck or trapped in your own underworld. If it’s not a relative, a past experience will also suffice. Analyze the recurring themes in your ancestors lives. What patterns do you see? How are they showing up in your own life?

To Conclude…

There are only a few weeks left in our Pagan Pregnancy story as the Winter Solstice is fast approaching. It is at this time when Mother’s begin choosing names for their unborn baby, there might also be a longing to reconnect with relatives, or when more serious questions about motherhood begin to be asked. This is because the call of the ancestors is strong at Samhain. Nothing new is ever created. Everything is imprinted with memories and connections to our conscious and unconscious past. You are the sum of everyone and everything that came before you. What will be born at the Winter Solstice is a magic that you carry in every bone, cell, wish, dream, and heartbeat. Samhain is the time to own your power. When we acknowledge the suffering and victories of our ancestors, our ancient magic awakens.

 

 

Full Moon in Taurus October 24, 2018: Plugging in the Power

Moonbeams: Love is coming in ways you would never expect.

The Full Moon in Taurus will see us electrified with some powerful new heart energy. This is not necessarily romantic, but more about feeling deeply fulfilled and inspired in your life.

The Aspects

FM conjunct Uranus- surprises, shocks, expect the unexpected

Venus opposite Uranus- awareness of values transforming

FM opposite Venus- awareness of what you need

Venus sextile Saturn- your desires are realistic

FM trine Saturn- everything is achievable

A New Power Source

With all of the restructuring going on this year, this FM is finally bringing some flashes of insight into why our lives have been rearranging the way that they have. Uranian energy brings those “aha moments” that gifts us with a sense of fun, adventure, and quirkiness. The dispositor of the FM is Venus retrograde in Scorpio which is about redefining our values by ways of purging old feelings around security. A good question to reflect on during this lunation is:

What would make you feel the most comforted and alive (ie; passionate, excited, awakened)? Don’t judge your answer. This is a Uranian FM, so the crazier it seems, the better!

For example; maybe having a new home would bring you a sense of comfort, yet traveling would make you feel alive. This FM in Taurus will help you realize that there is a way to have both at the same time!

Venus is opposing Uranus which is conjunct the FM which is showing that your needs can be met in non-traditional ways. The positive aspects being received by Saturn indicates that our life is being remodeled in order to align with our transforming ideals and desires.

Plugging in the Power

As the final FM during the Leo/Aquarius nodal axis, this lunation is our opportunity to express our biggest dreams no matter how “out there” they may seem. All of the planets are ready to spring into action to help make them a reality. Love is the ultimate power, and with a Taurus Full Moon completing our Leo/Aquarius axis, our heart chakra is fully charged. Get ready, because Uranus is about to plug itself into your heart outlet. Sparks will be flying!

September Potpourri: Detox Blend

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  1. a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl or small sack to perfume clothing or a room.
    • a mixture of things, especially a musical or literary medley.

     

Theme of September: Detoxing the heart

Biggest Lesson Learned: Things only come to us when we’re ready to accept them

Proudest Moment: Admitting something without worrying what the other person would think

Goal for October: Take a risk

 

Luminous Movie- Black Panther

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I’m not a fan of Marvel movies or superheroes, but when Black Panther was released on Netflix I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. I have to admit, I enjoyed it! I thought the storyline was ingenious a meteorite with super high vibe minerals, an advanced country presenting itself as a third world country, and lots of metaphysical rituals. It left me thinking that nothing is ever as it presents itself. If Marvel keeps putting out movies with a new age twist like they did with Dr. Strange and Black Panther, I might actually become a fan of the superhero genre.

 

Luminary of the Month– Jodi Sky Rogers

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Jodi Sky Rogers is a life coach and self-care guru who I stumbled upon through Instagram. She empowers women to nurture their inner wild spirit through cultivating simple yet effective self-care techniques. She is a beautiful writer who makes the art of comfort and nourishment poetic and blissful. I would highly recommend checking out her website here.

Superluminal Book of the Month- Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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Last month I visited my local New Age shop to purchase some books on Bach Flower Therapy. While perusing the shop, I came across a pile of books stacked on the floor whose top book was glistening under the flourescent lighting and whispering my name. It was Garden Spells. My synchonistic meeting with this book was beautiful. I went into the shop to purchase books on flower therapy (which I did) and left with a novel about floriography (the art of interpreting flowers). The messages in this book were what I needed to absorb at the time, and thus I am grateful for our encounter. This book follows two sisters and their magical garden in North Carolina. This was the second book to make me cry because I related so deeply to the sisters’ perseverance and struggles. If you think a magical apple tree and unrequited love might be your cup of tea, pick up a copy of Garden Spells...you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Moon in Libra October 8, 2018: Redecorating

The energy of this New Moon is that of change. Libra rules over appearances, specifically the many faces we wear and the deceptive old adage that “nothing is at it seems.” Libra energy looks to balance the desire for truth with the desire for security. How comfortable are you in your life? Why are you enduring discomfort when you have the power to change? Are the seductive lies you’re telling yourself worth more to you than your own happiness? It’s during this New Moon that we are being called to modernize our lives.

The Aspects

Sun square Pluto- a strong desire to control coming from the old withering away

Sun quincunx Neptune- your eyes are playing tricks on you

Moon conjunct Ceres- self care

Ceres square Pluto- the outside clashing with the inside

Libra energy refines and with her ruler Venus in retrograde in Scorpio it’s more about Redecorating. Think of your life right now as a room. What does it look like? Is it cluttered? Is it empty? Do you feel comfortable and secure in it? Or does it make you want to leave? If I had to guess, I would say it’s looking a little vintage right now. Venus retrograde is dusting off those boxes of old memories and pains and is putting them under the window to allow the sunlight to shine upon them.

A New Moon in Libra is the time when we feel most unlike ourselves. We’re going back and forth between the past and the present, inspiration and regret, acceptance and denial. This is so we can get better in touch with ourselves. Since Libra is such a visual energy, the way to bring some beauty and charm back into your life is by changing the way you look at things. Maybe that old tattered armchair just needs some reupholstery? Or maybe that mirror needs a new frame? What about a fresh coat of paint on the walls? The cosmic climate is not conducive for massive life altering changes right now. But what is supportive is the acknowledgement that everything has a purpose and that is what true homeostasis is…turning what seems like trash into treasure.

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Help by Megan Griswold: REVIEW

Ok, I have to start off by saying I feel a little guilty for reviewing a memoir. I mean, how can I sit here and critique such a personal story? So I’m not going to give a typical review where I’m making suggestions on what could and should have been included and excluded, but rather I’m going to focus on how it made me feel.

The Book of Help made me feel less alone. I could relate to Megan’s yo-yo diets of various self-help techniques and the emotional rollercoaster they took her on. I found her story compelling, her honesty heart wrenching, and her perseverance and resilience inspiring. I found myself falling in love with her love stories, crying with her heart breaks, and asking those big spiritual questions when she herself was lacking the answers. My biggest take away from her story was that self-help techniques are never going to answer your questions or even give you the peace that you seek. All of these different methods lock you in the perception that you are not good enough, that you need to be fixed. As Megan herself pondered through all of her trials and tribulations, why can’t we just live with who we are? Perhaps all of us are broken, and all the different experiences we have are ways to initiate the repairs we seek externally when we really should be honouring thy self. Part of the healing process involves understanding what it is we most need and doing everything we can to align our lives with them. So will all of the fancy schmancy new age remedies out there such as meditation, acupuncture, therapy, and herbalism (just to name a few) meet these needs? I’m not so sure, and as Megan concluded, protection, nourishment, and comfort is all any of us really needs and that will look very different for each individual. So go out there, find your happiness, and live your life by your own terms. We can only be responsible for ourselves. We are not here to fix everyone and everything, because what seems broken, is actually falling into place.

Full Moon in Aries September 24, 2018: True Grit

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, grit in the context of behavior is defined as “firmness of character; indomitable spirit.” Duckworth, based on her studies, tweaked this definition to be “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.”

The Full Moon in Aries is completing a cycle that began on April 16, 2018 when we had our New Moon in Aries. That New Moon which was the snapshot of energies we would be dealing with this year, happened to be conjunct Uranus. So this Full Moon begs the question “how has the instability of your life affected you this year?”

The Aspects

Moon conjunct Chiron- feeling extremely vulnerable

Moon square Capricorn- fears that are holding you back

Sun conjunct Mercury- self critical thoughts

Moon opposite Mercury- hard things to think and talk about

Moon sextile Mars- this too shall pass

Mars conjunct South Node- saying goodbye to the comparison trap

Moon trine North Node- be proud of your wounds

 

This is the heaviest moon of 2018. The major theme of this year has been about getting honest and real with ourselves which is the true grittiness of being authentic. This requires us looking into the stories we tell ourselves, the self-talk, & the hurts around our identity. Aries deals with our individuality, yet during the unexpected and abrupt experiences we’ve dealt with this year, we have been struggling with bridging the gap between our individualistic values and our needs. It’s only when we form solid values that we are our true selves.

At the same time, all of the major planetary cycles of this year- Saturn in Capricorn, Uranus in Taurus, Mars conjunct the South Node, Chiron in Aries, Mars square Uranus, the summer eclipses share all one thing in common: restructuring. So there is a push and a pull for us to create new values, yet that first requires us learning new things about ourselves. We are in the midst of an identity crisis and the only way to get through it, is to cultivate some self-acceptance. You can accept who you are by owning up to your feelings and by channeling your pain towards the North Node in Leo which our Moon and Chiron is supporting right now. Look to see which house the North Node is transiting and focus your energies there.

I don’t know exactly what the future holds, but I’m stepping forward with grit anchored in grace. -Julie Graham

The day after this Full Moon (September 25th), Chiron will be retrograding back into Pisces where we will have the chance to retrieve those forgotten spiritual lessons that we should be applying to our identity wounds. Pearls of wisdom await us but they require a gritty perseverance if we expect to retrieve them.

Can you rework your past? That grit that rubs in you, until it is shiny and smooth as a pearl?- Anne Funder

The No-Self Help Book by Kate Gustin: REVIEW

The No-Self Help Book by Kate Gustin proposes that the inner voice inside of us has hijacked our sense of knowing who we are. Essentially, we are not our “self” because the self does not exist. The self in modern Western society and psychology is most similar to the “ego” but further research has discovered that it’s actually a complex system that is controlling, persecuting, and dis-empowering. This was layed out in the ‘Introduction’ which was easy to understand and got me interested in reading the rest of the book.

The first part of the book ‘Selfhoods’ was the strongest section of this book in my opinion. It clearly outlined all of the ways we buy into our own stories at the expense of truly living an expansive life. We tend to over-identify with our emotions and narratives which degrades any values and dreams that we might have. The theme throughout this first section was about understanding that we are not our thoughts, and this is facilitated through having a solid value system. The second section of the book ‘No-Self Speaks’ was eye-opening. It was written in first person so that it seemed like the “no-self” was speaking directly to you. It outlined all of the ways we distort reality by listening to the demands of our emotions. On a side note, this whole section could have been included in the introduction whereby we learn that the “no-self” is just a clever name for consciousness…that we are an extension of everything. The theme throughout this second section was about not taking anything personally. The third section of the book ‘To Self or Not to Self’ combined the previous two sections of the book to show how following the guidance presented in this book can bring more presence and awareness to your life, as the author says “No-self is the largest context in which awareness of everything arises.” It becomes obvious in this chapter that we do have the power to choose our thoughts and feelings. Questions to ask oneself in certain situations and in interactions to bring attention to the “no-self” were included throughout this section which was very much needed. I will say that the sub-section on ‘Decision Making’ was weak and unresolved.

I have only read this book once, but I know I will be using these techniques to the best of my ability. As someone who tends to over-think and over-analyze things, I found this book to be extremely eye-opening. It was a little unsettling to discover that most self-help books out there are indirectly serving the ego. For this reason, I believe Kate Gustin is disrupting the whole self-help industry which is long over-due. This book is revolutionary, and ironically, The No-Self Help Book has helped me a lot.