Life Lessons from the film ‘Unicorn Store’

I recently watched the movie ‘Unicorn Store’ on Netflix and was pleasantly surprised at how many important life lessons it contained. Here is a synopsis of the film:

After failing out of art school and taking a humdrum office job, a whimsical painter gets a chance to fulfill her lifelong dream of adopting a unicorn.

This is a quirky movie not meant to be serious or dramatic but the messages throughout the film were powerful and spiritual. I could strongly relate to Brie Larson’s character Kit as I’m sure anyone who has also found themselves at some point stuck living a life devoid of purpose and innocence would. Kit finds herself working at a temp agency after her art school stint didn’t work out. She is a loud personality who believes in magic and passion but her co-workers are devoid of life- apathetic and miserable. While working at the temp agency, Kit receives a mysterious letter from “The Salesman” (Samuel L. Jackson) who invites her to “The Store,” the place that sells “what you need.” The Salesman offers Kit the chance to fulfill her childhood fantasy of owning a unicorn. Kit must prepare for ownership of a unicorn by meeting specific requirements detailed in files given to her by the Salesman. The requirements are listed down below and they are in fact universal requirements for manifesting anything you want in your life. This is where the film becomes so much more than a weird movie about a girl and a unicorn.

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1.You must first build a home for the unicorn

We need proper foundation for our dreams to manifest. Is your life accommodating for what you want? Is your environment the right habitat for your dream? What needs to change?

2.Feed your unicorn in body and mind

You have to nourish your dreams if you want them to manifest. What should you be doing in order for them to thrive?

For example, if you want to start an online business, are you keeping your laptop on? Do you have an email address? Are you taking courses on entrepreneurship? Are you being inspired by businesses?

3.Caring for your unicorn

You must support it with love because it’s very sensitive to negative energies.

You can’t treat your dream like the way you treat things you hate.

Other Lessons

At the beginning of the film when Kit genuinely believed she was going to receive a unicorn, it felt electrifying to her. It was so intense that she ran away from it, disbelieving it could actually be true. Synchronicities about unicorns started following her wherever she went. I thought this was a perfect depiction of what happens when we over-think things and then let our egos decide what is real and right for us. Synchronicities are the universe’s way of saying you are on the right track.

When Kit began to get impatient with the “salesman” he accused her of being selfish for trying to force things to happen. In life we self-sabotage ourselves when we assume that we have control. All we have to do is believe in something so intensely and prepare for it which allows the universe to make it happen. When we give up control, that’s when things manifest.

Kit had a fun loud personality which was viewed as childish by her family and peers. Judgement is expected when you decide to do the non-traditional but the judgement is a result of people wishing they could live with as much excitement and passion.

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Kit’s parents ran a self-help retreat group in the film and she accused them of not believing in her and supporting her in her dreams. By the end of the film she is able to reconcile with them because she realizes that they were always there for her, but she didn’t see it because she kept running away from herself and not taking responsibility for her feelings.

Some reviewers are saying this film is about a “a twenty-something woman finally deciding she’s growing up.” I didn’t agree with these reviews because that’s not the message. The message is that when we support ourselves, we can create the life we want, but being an adult isn’t about living life like her temp agency co-workers, that being an adult means we have to be miserable and serious. No, growing up means that we can use the magic of our inner child to achieve the impossible.

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A question I thought a lot about during the film was “do we have a good reason for hiding from ourselves?” All of us at some point or another have pushed away all hopes, dreams, and desires in favour of a life that we aren’t happy with. How did we get here?

Moral of the Story

When you’re supporting, nourishing, and loving yourself, that’s when things manifest, that’s when you can create the life of your dreams.

When Kit finally came face to face with the unicorn that the salesman promised her after she fulfilled all the requirements, she thanked him for always being there for her and she decided she didn’t need him anymore, which meant the next person in line could have him.

Are dreams and hopes are always there for us. Are we there for them though? Are we there for ourselves?

Maybe it’s less about achieving your dream and more about believing you can achieve your dream. 

 

I would highly recommend checking out ‘Unicorn Store’ on Netflix….

 

 

 

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My Culture is the Best: Cosmic Chit-Chat

Did the title of this blog trigger you a little? If it did, welcome to the North Node in Cancer! The North Node has been traveling through Cancer since November 2018 and you can read more about this transit here. In my blog about this astrological event, I predicted that there would be a greater emphasis on nationalism and ancestry as the nodal axis is currently placed in the areas dealing with culture and roots. Have you noticed all of the commercials and companies popping up for ancestral DNA analysis?(Let’s keep in mind that the SN is in Capricorn which rules the elitist governments and big business so they definitely have ulterior motives for the massive DNA collection they’re doing) Have you been researching your own family tree or connecting more with your culture? Have you seen more nationalism or racism? Your answer should be “yes” to all of these questions, because the intensity of the times we’re living in is being felt on the most minute levels.

Personal Story 

For me personally, I started feeling the ancestral stuff last summer during the World Cup. Seeing my ancestral home win the silver medal brought up a lot of emotions for me. I have definitely been feeling the call to visit my family’s homeland and have immersed myself more into the culture. This has been a way for me to connect with my roots which has helped me understand myself a lot better. I have come to realize that characteristics that I thought were unique to me, are in fact, cultural. I have also taken off the rose coloured glasses and have seen and experienced the not so nice parts of my culture which hasn’t been easy. There is a darker aspect to this transit which people are avoiding, and it’s called “nationalism.”

For the past few weeks I have found myself watching expat videos on Youtube. I’ve been watching some channels about expats views on living in countries such as France, Croatia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and England. While I have found the videos to be very eye-opening, the commentary of the anonymous viewers in the comment sections has been a little disturbing.

I have repeatedly seen very prejudiced and racist comments, people boasting about how their country is “the best” and degrading demeaning pokes at the culture being discussed and cultures and countries not being discussed. I know this is typically more of a “European” thing as there is an extremely deep attachment to the protectionist ideology, however, there is something bigger going on here.

Distortion

The nodes of the Moon distort. They are actually invisible points. They are not specifically something we can observe through a telescope. They are the dragon’s head and dragon’s tail that have been severed, meaning neither one can properly function or survive without the other. Wherever the nodes are traveling, specifically the NN, we experience an illusory and distorted energy. Things are not what they appear to be. We are taking in all of these experiences but we aren’t digesting them because our body has been cut off. We usually don’t process our nodal experiences until they have changed signs. With the North Node in Cancer, people are holding very tightly onto their cultures and national identities to the point that they are suffocating themselves with rhetoric and belief systems that are currently being expelled by the South Node in Capricorn.

The South Node in Capricorn is destabilizing our lives in order to restructure them. When people are experiencing rapid change, they always grab onto security. Things that are unchanging and reliable. So there has been a rise of nationalism and culture chest pounding because people feel like they’re losing control.

The rise in racism is happening because people cannot tolerate or accept themselves in a rapidly changing world. Loyalty is fear disguised. They glamourize and egotize their cultures because the NN is not allowing them to “see” if for what it is. The North Node in Cancer is forcing us deeper into our culture/ancestry so we can free ourselves from their binding chains- South Node in Capricorn.

Culture Club

Sadly I’ve come to learn that culture is mentality. People from specific cultures all tend to think the same way unless they have done the inner work to empower themselves. The South Node in Capricorn is trying to rid our lives of these outdated ways of thinking and living via institutions, paradigms, lifestyles, business, laws etc. I would like to add mentality to this list as well because it is such a strong controlling force in our lives. The South Node was transiting Aquarius last year which was a precursor to this notion of saying goodbye to group think. The SN in Capricorn is now targeting the infrastructure of our lives. We need to start thinking for ourselves, and with the NN in Cancer, we need to connect with our cultures so we can let the SN in Capricorn digest it- to allow it to absorb the nutritional qualities and to expel the toxic elements. We can only empower ourselves when we are able to understand where we fit into the context of our culture. Are you a leader or a follower? Are you a wolf or a sheep? Your are not defined by your culture or your home country. You are where you heart is, so is home where the heart is? Or is it somewhere else? Go and find it. You most definitely will when the lunar axis shifts into Gemini/Sagittarius next year.

Have you experienced any of the things mentioned in this blog?

 

 

Thoughts on Spiritual Entrepreneurs & Social Media

I can’t tell you how many times I have resonated with someone’s work and then feel extremely disappointed ,and in some cases, offended by their social media pages. I feel very strongly about this subject and as someone who uses social media in a very specific way, I thought I would share my thoughts about the booming market of spiritual entrepreneurship.

Just yesterday, I was taking a course on starting a soul-aligned spiritual business and I resonated with the teacher’s work, only to find her Instagram page misaligned. The message of her business is to help people embody their desires for having a successful spiritual business. This was a very unique approach to business coaching that is clearly missing in the industry. I found the woman to be empowering and inspiring, and she herself said it’s her passion to coach other aspiring spiritual entrepreneurs in finding their success. She linked her social media accounts to her webinar and so I thought I would check her out.

Upon finding her Instagram page, I was a little taken aback at how personal it was. There were mostly pictures of herself- in what I would call “bedroom” poses, half-naked, and little provocative. There were many photos of her and her husband being semi-intimate. She had only a few quotes, mostly pictures, and nothing related to her spiritual business content. I was hoping to see posts discussing her methods, teachings, thoughts, and musings about entrepreneurship, but alas, there was nothing at all related to her business!

Too often I have resonated with someone’s work, only to find their social media highly personal, to the point that it’s inappropriate. The boundaries between professional and personal have been blurred to the point that there is no distinction between the two. I find this troubling because when someone is very transparent, it alters the perception of their work. It’s sort of like when you are a fan of an actor, and then you meet them in person and are very disappointed. You can never watch their films in the same away again.

When I resonate with someone’s work, I expect to see professionalism from their social media accounts. I don’t want to know anything about their personal lives because that’s not what drew me to them in the first place. I don’t want to feel like I’m “friends” with them, I want to keep the relationship strictly business.

As for the entrepreneurs, I think the problem lies in that their businesses are often named after themselves. Right away there is no differentiation between them and their work. I would highly recommend those thinking about starting a business to name it something other than your own legal name.

The argument coming from spiritual entrepreneurs is that they’re all about “unfiltered authenticity.” That they can post whatever they want because they are embodying and living their dream. That they don’t want to be contrived and edited. My counter-argument to them is there is a difference between authenticity and transparency. Yes, being authentic is about “being you” but keep it within the context of your business. How are half naked pictures with you and your boyfriend helping me? They will be the first to say that social media is an important part of their business marketing, and yet their social media is totally disconnected from their message.

I have to also question those who name their businesses after themselves. Are they perhaps doing this to achieve a false sense of connection? Are the likes and followers “friends” in their eyes? Naming a business after yourself is an egocentric trap. Furthermore, even entrepreneurs who don’t have businesses named after themselves have huge egos and content that is unrelated to their message. Down below I have listed some red flags about spiritual businesses on social media:

  1.  Mostly photos of the business owner
  2. The business owner gives themselves many names such as “lightworker” “mystic” “guru” “healer”
  3. Lots of giveaways and freebies
  4. Overly staged photos that include macrame, a lighted candle, a faux fur throw, and a few random crystals to try to invoke a “spiritual” aesthetic
  5. Posts discussing random facts about themselves or “ask me anything about myself”
  6. An emphasis on how many followers they have
  7. Plagiarized content
  8. Guided meditations included on their website, yet they are not certified meditation teachers
  9. A good amount of sponsored posts
  10. Click bait

Ironically, it’s the parts of your life that you don’t share on social media that are the most authentic parts of yourself, because you don’t feel the need to put them on a soap box. This relates to the fourth house in Astrology where we find the IC…the darkest part of the chart. It is there were all of our intimate secrets are kept, and getting to know this part of yourself is what will help you shine your light in the world which we can see in the 10th house.

We need more boundaries in the spiritual industry. It would be a lot healthier if there were.

 

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25 Things I’ve Learned in 25 Years

Today I am officially 26 years old! I thought it would be nice to reflect back on my 25 years and think about 25 things I’ve learned in this time span.

  1. We are expressions of our environment, not products.
  2. Not enough care is given to those who are struggling in the wrong environment. We over-care for the thriving.
  3. Your wound is what gives your life form. It is the archetype that informs your story.
  4. Compassion is the only way to change your perception.
  5. Our heart is the muscle we use the least.
  6. Our family is a microcosm of all lessons we must learn in our life.
  7. One failure doesn’t erase all your successes.
  8. Don’t be obstructed by your own intense deliberations.
  9. The hardest wall to break through is people.
  10. If you truly respect something you will listen to every opinion with an open mind.
  11. We all get to experience everything in life, but not all of it will be obvious traditional.
  12. If you are triggered by a nasty or rude comment, you are valuing it.
  13. We can’t fight for justice because it’s superior to fighting.
  14. Luck implies randomness which doesn’t exist.
  15. Spiritual awakenings occur in order to be passed on.
  16. Nobody cares what you’re doing because they’re too consumed with themselves.
  17. Self-love is believing that you have the freedom to do you.
  18. Stop being a shoulder to cry on and you’ll see who was just using you for emotional support.
  19. Petty people are just young souls.
  20. Certain things don’t happen to you because they would be too much of a distraction.
  21. Everything is fine and will be OK.
  22. Always speak your truth even if people judge you, because it’s better to be around authentic centered people instead of phonies.
  23. Treat your passions as your career.
  24. Have conversations with your guides….greet them in the morning and wish them a goodnight.
  25. Always remain optimistic because everything falls into place when you’re ready 😉

Freebie! Free E-Book

For the past year I wrote a series of blogs about the Wheel of the Year from an Astrological perspective. I related this calendar to the cycle of creation and how by utilizing the seasonal power-points we can harness its potent cosmic energies for renewal and growth, essentially helping us track the creation of our year’s experiences.

Down below I have included a link to the free e-book I wrote, compiling all of my Wheel of the Year analyses into one PDF.

The Cycle of Creation

As always thanks for reading!

Tales from the ’11’: Part 2

As our 11 universal year comes to a close, I thought I would share some final thoughts on what this intense and liberating energy taught us. Part 1 of my 11 universal year analysis can be found here.

Confrontation

The 11 in numerology represents enlightenment, illumination, awakening, and authenticity. It is a master number because these are some of the hardest things to achieve.

This year saw us having to confront our authenticity. We were tested with lessons and hardships in order to get to the root/core of who we are.

Those who were born with an 11 lifepath, are the “late bloomers” of the world as they struggle with embracing their true selves. I’m an 11 life path myself, so the lessons around being true to who I am are a constant struggle for me.

2018 happened to be an 11/2 year, meaning the core frequency of the 2 was also at work. The two is the number of relationships, balance, and harmony. Even though it seemed like the focus was on us, part of confronting our authenticity involved healing those parts of ourselves in others.

Sacred Reciprocity

Relationships were emphasized this year- perhaps they under went serious evaluation, rebuilding, or strengthening. When we are able to heal our relationships, we heal those parts within ourselves that have been buried, neglected, wounded, or forgotten.

When we are able to confront who we are, we gain confidence and trust- two things the 11 struggles with. Confronting our authenticity creates sacred reciprocity- the ability to have a relationship with the unseen and spiritual. We develop a profound understanding of our place in the world which helps us better serve our purpose.

I noticed many people experienced tragedies and setbacks that forced them to deal with issues they were avoiding. When we experience big upsets, it’s always the last attempt from the universe to wake us up. It’s a beautiful act of awakening that is disguised as a horrible catastrophe.

Final Thoughts

Here are some things that the 11 universal year should have brought you:

-Shift in perspective

-Greater compassion

-Emotional detachment

– Self-sacrifice

-Patience

-Mirroring

-Healing

It’s amazing that when we experience just some of the above mentioned things, we unlock the power of who we are. It’s a special kind of magic that only appears when it’s time for us to upgrade to a more purposeful version of ourselves.

2019 will be a universal 3 year, a time for us to share our new selves no matter how much opposition we face internally or externally.

Tony Robbins a life path 11 has many quotes that symbolize the 11 energy, but here is one that I feel best sums up this year

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.

See you in 2019!

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.

 

 

September Potpourri: Detox Blend

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noun
  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

Jodi About Me

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My New Blog!

I have created an additional blog all about Bach Flower Essences and their Astrological & Occult connections. I am currently studying to become a Bach Flower Practitioner and felt that the time has come to express this new side of me in a written format where I can share all of my insights and knowledge about this new path. It is my hope that you will learn something new and interesting about this floral therapy.

If you’d like to follow along with me on this new journey, you may do so at https://thetempleofvenus.wordpress.com

I have a few articles already posted and will be blogging on there every week, so stay tuned!

I will still be active on The Luminessence and have lots of interesting in depth articles coming up shortly.

Thank you for your continued support!

Love & Light

July 2018 Potpourri: Sea Blend+ Important Blog Updates

pot·pour·ri
ˌpōpəˈrē/
noun
  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.

     

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve done a monthly favourites, so I thought it would be fun to share what I was up to in the month of July. I will also be discussing some changes that are coming to The Luminessence towards the end of this blog.

 

Theme of July: Emotional Maturity & Ancestral Healing

Song: Glory of Love by Peter Cetera

Crystals: Larimar & Charoite

Books: Practical Astrology by Comte Saint Germain, Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins

Biggest Lesson Learned: Distance makes the heart grow fonder

Proudest Moment: Emotional Detachment & Watching Team Croatia win Silver at the FIFA World Cup

Goal for August: Embrace new beginnings

 

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BLOG UPDATES

The season of Leo always brings changes to my identity and branding! I have decided to change some things around on this blog that will better reflect where I currently am on my path and where I am headed.

  1. I will be removing the Astro-Witchery section as I don’t actually perform rituals and don’t want this to become a Wiccan blog.
  2. I will be adding a new category called ‘Astrology Articles’ since all Astrology blogs are being categorized into my ‘Cosmic Forecasts’ heading.
  3. My ‘Miscellaneous’ category will be renamed ‘Mystical Articles’
  4. I will be adding a Freebies category where I will be offering free downloadable items such as e-books, desktop wallpapers, fact sheets, and so much more!
  5. I am also starting my training to be a Bach Flower Practitioner so I will be slowly adding relevant content to this blog as well.
  6. I might be removing the ‘Nakshatra’ series from my blog as I no longer want to focus on Vedic Astrology…more on this later.
  7. I will also be adding some cosmic stories about my personal experiences with different cosmic energies. I am hoping this will be a valuable instructional tool.
  8. I have also updated the About section on this blog with more facts about me!

 

Also please be sure to follow me on Instagram @theluminessence. I post a lot of interesting things about Astrology and mysticism on there that I haven’t blogged about.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

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