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.

 

Photo: Weheartit

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Full Moon in Libra April 19, 2019: Light Spectrum

The Full Moon in Libra is occurring at 29 degrees Libra which is an anaretic degree, so the push to harmonize and bring together seemingly separate things is at its strongest…not to mention this our second Full Moon in Libra in 2019. The Moon is about to enter the watery depths of zero degrees Scorpio- where the water is murky and black, where we will need to explore these new depths, where light can be located.

The 29th degree of the Moon speaks about an accumulation of energy, or we can say justice since the Moon is in Libra. But what is justice?

The Symbols

The Sabian Symbol for 29 Libra is: Libra 30: Three Mounds of Knowledge on a Philosopher’s Head

This is about getting out of our heads and seeing the bigger picture. It’s about seeing the truth of a situation and there is nothing more truthful than justice (Libra).

The Kozminsky Symbol for this FM is: 30º Libra: A boy moping over his book in a schoolroom.
Denotes one who will have to wake up else he will be elbowed out of everything by others more vigorous. He is possessed of good mental qualities, is well-mannered and good-natured, but he allows others to take advantage of him, and he will suffer from deceit and unfairness. It is a symbol of Sluggishness.

This symbol is also about taking a step back to blur your eyes so you can truly see what is in front of you. The sluggishness is about a softening of the gaze.

The Aspects

The only major aspect during this FM is the Moon opposition to Uranus. This means we will have a strong need to go it alone and in order for us to bring together the “three mounds of knowledge” – Heaven, Earth, & Man.

The dispositor of the FM is Venus at 28 degrees Pisces. The Sabian Symbol for her is:

Pisces 29: The Light Passing Through A Prism

This is about acknowledging the connection between all things. It’s about understanding the relationship (Libra) between the whole and the parts. It’s about seeing how everything is connected. Venus is just one degree past its exaltation point so it speaks about the light of the universe being found in our heart. We have to appreciate the beauty of inter-connectedness. When we are able to truly see the balance of life “as above so below, as without so within,” miracles happen.

There is a beautiful quote from the book/film ‘Winter’s Tale’ which evokes the energy of this lunation:

Justice can sleep for years and awaken when it is least expected. A miracle is nothing more than dormant justice from another time arriving to compensate those it has cruelly abandoned.”- Winter’s Tale, Mark Halprin

To Conclude…

The Full Moon in Libra is asking us to believe in ourselves and the luminous connections we radiate out of our heart. To believe in yourself is to believe in heaven, earth, and humanity. It’s about believing in love.

Take some time during this Full Moon to think about everything you are connected to. Start with a person who is close to you and map out every person that person knows. Try it with an object, or a place, or something close to your heart. You will see that those things that mean something to you are but beams of love who form connecting prisms of light with every other thing in this world. The scales of justice are a light spectrum, we can only see the entirety of light by coming to a balanced place within our hearts first.

Once again here is another quote from ‘Winter’s Tale.’

“All rivers run full to the sea; those who are apart are brought together; the lost ones are redeemed; the dead come back to life; the perfectly blue days that have begun and ended in golden dimness continue, immobile and accessible; and, when all is perceived in such a way as to obviate time, justice becomes apparent not as something that will be, but something that is.” – Winter’s Tale, Mark Halprin

 

 

 

 

New Moon in Aries April 5, 2019: Wildflowers

The New Moon in Aries after the Spring Equinox is the official start of the new year! The energies attached to this lunation will plant the seeds of what the next 12 months will be sprouting. This particular New Moon is asking us to put down our roots before we start forcing growth.

The Aspects

New Moon square Saturn, Pluto, South Node in Capricorn- is the garden we are trying to grow in fertile enough to support our growth?

New Moon trine Ceres- it’s time to start plucking out the weeds and clipping back the dead parts in order to stimulate new growth

Mercury conjunct Neptune in Pisces- visualize your blooms, but understand that blossoms have a short life span. The process of growing is more important than what is actually revealed.

The Kozminsky symbol for this New Moon is:

16º Aries: Wild flowers growing amidst the corn in a sunlit field.

Denotes a person of charm, a lover of freedom- mental and physical-of nature, and of simple loveliness whose works in life will be blessed with success, and whose individuality will make itself felt amongst men. It is a symbol of Abundance.

Aries energy is impulsive, pioneering, energetic, and fierce but the difficult aspect to the stellium in Capricorn is reminding us to direct our energies to sustaining our growth. This means we must be patient, resourceful, creative, and committed to our long term vision no matter how difficult things may get.

As the Kozminsky symbol says, we must look to wildflowers as inspiration. They grow where the conditions are right for them, not necessarily where they want to grow. Rather than forcing things to happen, let’s adapt to the conditions that arise because the winds of change are blowing from Capricorn, so let’s be open to and accepting of where our seeds germinate, because that’s the fertile ground where our visions and ideas will bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 😉

Full Moon in Libra March 20/21, 2019: Cultivation Restoration

The Full Moon in Libra on March 20/21st is completing a 7 year cycle that began with a New Moon in Aries on March 22, 2012. The Full Moon lasts approximately 3 days, so while it is occurring on the Spring Equinox, it’s energies will be felt until the 22nd.

Flashback

The New Moon in Aries in 2012 was conjunct Uranus in Aries and Mercury was retrograde in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn, while Mars was retrograde in Virgo. These themes spoke about a major paradigm shift, a new consciousness emerging, and stepping into a new dimension of being. The Full Moon on the Spring Equinox will be opposing the New Moon in Aries of 2012 asking us to see if we have completed the cycle, to see if the transformation has occurred.

The ruler of the New Moon in Aries was Mars Retrograde in Virgo whose Kozminsky symbol was…

7º Virgo: A man in ceremonial robes, with a circlet about his brow, holding the emblem of life–the Crux ansata–in the air.
Denotes one who finds in the philosophies of the ancient masters the true knowledge of life, whose search for the truth is rewarded, and who, an consequence of his dread of doing wrong, has the power of drawing the greatness of right towards him. It is a symbol of Philosophy.

This symbol spoke about the search for truth and the healing that can happen when spiritual truths are realized.

If we look at the Kozminsky symbol for the ruler of this Full Moon (Venus in Aquarius) it says…

24º Aquarius: A woman neatly attired, with her hand on a tomb, looking sorrowfully on a flower-covered grave.
Denotes a refined person forced to meet sorrow face to face. According to the degree of experience to be learned, so will be the degree of sorrow to be endured. Passion is not apart from this degree, but passion leads to pain, whilst subjugation leads to mastery. It is a symbol of Tribute.

This symbol speaks about the sorrow and sadness we may feel looking back over the last 7 years. We may be feeling resentful or sad about our experiences or lack of progress. What we must remember is that every negative experience is recycled into an upgraded version of itself.

Full Moon in Libra Aspects

Moon quincunx Uranus- the only thing that’s constant is change

Mercury sextile Saturn-weighing the pros and cons

Venus square Mars- detachment vs. attachment

Venus sextile Jupiter-understanding the bigger picture

Mars trine Pluto- standing in the full power of your strengths

The aspects of this lunation are helping us to see the equality of gains and losses, strengths and weaknesses, pleasure and pain, profits and losses, victories and defeats. The last 7 years have allowed us to witness and experience the divine elimination process. What’s being removed from our lives is actually being replaced by the most beautiful expansive things. This is the lesson of Libra- to see the purpose of everything and to respect its place in your life no matter how uncomfortable it may make you feel.

Personal Note

This is a personal Full Moon for me as the New Moon in Aries in 2012 was exactly conjunct my own natal New Moon at 2 degrees Aries. 2012 was the most difficult year of my life. It was the year when I began my dark night of the soul and awakening. I had no sense of direction and purpose and I felt hopeless and lost. Leading up to this Full Moon I have come to understand that all of the struggles I have experienced in the last 7 years made me the person I am today and have led down the most beautifully lit golden path. I have a sense of purpose and direction that I would not have found if I hadn’t have traveled through the back roads. It’s when you take the roads less traveled that you end up in the most unexpected and perfect location. 

Robert Wilkinson wrote a beautiful piece about the New Moon in Aries 2012 that explains the energy of the Spring Equinox:

“The next few weeks will continue to bring us rewards to the degree we’ve let go of obsolete things in our life, and we should continue to demonstrate deep compassion and/or understanding, allowing ourselves to be attracted to people and situations that show us our Spiritual group work. There are great rewards and protections to be found in getting clear about the garden we want to cultivate, letting go of old views and understandings, and seeing why we’re making decisions about the past we’re leaving behind…”

The past and present are converging during this auspicious lunation on the Spring Equinox. Let us cultivate the gift of restoration by seeing the gifts and lessons of both the past and present. It’s time to return to our natural landscape of truth.

 

 

 

Queen of Sea and Stars by Anna McKerrow- REVIEW

In the sequel to the sexy and magical world of Daughter of Light and Shadows, Anna McKerrow once again offers up a seductive story involving a young witch who must grapple with embracing her shadows. Her shadows lie in the faerie kingdom where temptation and lust hide behind its enchanting facade. What I loved about this sequel was that we saw more of how the faerie kingdom began to directly affect Faye and her life. It delved deeper into the exploration of the fight between light and dark and how one cannot survive without the other. It examined the price one must pay to choose one life over another and how doing so, forces us to reject a part of ourselves, a part that will continue to gnaw at us until we lose ourself in its ecstasy.

After reading two novels by Anna McKerrow, I have decided that I really like McKerrow’s writing style because her pacing is perfect and her characters are alluring. Some stories about Fae get lost in the details of its imaginary world, but the realism McKerrow brings to her readers is ironically, what makes her stories even more fantastical. I suppose the story about a woman trying to find herself in two seemingly different worlds is a great metaphor for the arduous journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. I do hope there will be a sequel because Queen of Sea and Stars totally bewitched me.

New Moon in Pisces March 6, 2019: Sea Salt

This New Moon in Pisces is going to evaporate its dreamy noxious moisture into tangible understanding.

The Aspects

Sun conjunct Neptune- ability to understand spiritual information and to integrate it

Sun sextile Mars- confidence to chase new dreams and inspirations

Sun sextile Saturn-persevering

Mars trine Saturn-strength

Mars sextile Neptune- making a difference

Saturn sextile Neptune- seeing the bigger picture

 

During the New Moon in Pisces Mercury will be retrograde also in Pisces and the Sun and Moon will be opposing Mercury’s exaltation point at 15 degrees Virgo. The biggest lesson of this lunation is that we must use our dreams to help heal others. Your dreams should be for a greater cause and purpose. If they are not, they will materialize into deceptive things.

This is the perfect shimmering moment to check in with your dreams and aspirations to see if they align with something bigger than yourself or to see if they are only for yourself. In order to properly utilize Piscean energy we must have empathy, compassion, service, and love.

Sea salt is salt that is produced by the evaporation of seawater, so will your Piscean waters produce something tangible and multipurpose, or will they merely evaporate into deeper illusions and fantasies?

 

 

Full Moon in Virgo February 18, 2019: The Reaping

Moonbeams: Harvesting our karmic lessons, healing our wounds around self-acceptance, and moving forward.

The Full Moon in Virgo will be occuring at the cusp of 1 degree of Virgo. Whenever we have a transit in the first degree of a sign we experience powerful new karmic beginnings. While Full Moon’s are about completion, we must remember that the New Moon in Virgo we had in September had a heavy 9 energy to it…the number of karmic endings. So there seems to be a role reversal between these two lunations. This means that a karmic cycle is completing. What was going on in your life in September 2018? Let’s not forget that in that same month, Chiron went retrograde in Pisces, illuminating the Virgo- Pisces axis.

The Aspects

Moon trine Uranus- breaking free

Mars conjunct Uranus- unleashing the fires

Saturn sextile Neptune- patience, seeing something through

Mercury conjunct Neptune- fact vs. fiction

Venus conjunct Saturn- needing self-love

Virgo is the sign of purity and perfection and the aspects during this FM are cleansing our lives of self-restraint and martyrdom. The day before this FM, Chiron re-entered Aries after being retrograde in Pisces since September. Chiron RX in Pisces was about helping us understand that we cannot wait in the water because life will just pass us by. Self- sacrifice is fine as long as you are whole to begin with. The healing waters of Chiron and Pisces have now been replaced by the purifying fires of Aries. You can read more about this transit here. Also on the day before the FM the Sun entered Pisces, helping us to detach for perspective and Venus conjunct Saturn. This conjunction is about giving up self-crticism in favour of self-trust. So you can see that leading up to the FM we had some cleansing already beginning.

The Reaping

1º Virgo: A traveling pilgrim leaning on his staff, which he holds in his left hand, addressing a small band of men & women.
Denotes one whose early life is threatened by the elements and who will be compelled to endure sufferings, hardships, and trials as an atonement for remote past acts. If his destiny is to live, his destiny is to overcome, and he will be a wise instructor and guide to his fellow-men. It is a symbol of Repaying.

If we look at the Kozminsky symbol for this FM it’s symbol is atonement. This is about paying off karmic debts and finally soothing the past and any regrets or failures we may experienced. I’m expecting many people to make great progress in the Pisces\Virgo ruled areas of their lives during the two weeks the FM is active. If you have been feeling stuck in this axis, prepare to say goodbye to its stagnation.

Virgo rules the harvest because it’s time to reap what we have sown.

I’d also like to mention that the Full Moon is conjunct the royal star Regulus. In many occult rituals the crowning occurs after self-sacrifice has occurred. Expect to wear a crown after all the martyrdom you’ve experienced with Chiron retrograde in Pisces. If you’d like to learn more about this ritual, I’d recommend you watch the horror film ‘Hereditary’ on Netflix which is all about the dark side of the Virgo/Pisces axis.

Splendor Solis: The World’s Most Famous Alchemical Manuscript by Stephen Skinner, Rafal T. Prinke, Georgiana Hedesan, & Joscelyn Godwin- REVIEW

As someone who has recently become fascinated with alchemy, I was excited to read this book. I had not heard of the famous alchemical text Splendor Solis so I was eager to learn more about this elusive piece. This book was a full English translation of Splendor Solis with full colour plates of the artwork included, so it was essentially a concise biography of the manuscript.

Splendor Solis was a 16th century piece detailing the Great Work of alchemy- transmuting base materials into the famous Philosopher’s Stone. This book was an in-depth look and modern translation of the original copy. Included was a brief history of Splendor Solis, looking at its revival in the 20th century, and how to properly read this manuscript. Readers should not try to analyze the famous text using psycho-spiritual techniques whereby the scientific and chemical process of alchemy becomes unimportant. I appreciated the authors strong argument for reading Splendor Solis as it is, because at the end of the day, it is a material and physical experience. The history and authorship chapters were fascinating because as with most famous occult texts, the author is unknown. I thought the illustrations of the manuscripts were beautiful and moving and I can understand why it is such an important piece in alchemical history.

Overall as someone fairly new to alchemy, I thought the translations and explanations of the text were fairly easy to understand and I cannot wait to learn more about this beautiful art.

The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack- REVIEW

The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack is an action adventure love story with time as its backdrop. The story follows the secret world of pyschometrists- those who can touch an object and perceive its history. At the centre of this story is a mystery surrounding misplaced objects and their curious locations of discovery and the lengths someone will go to in order to retrieve the past. Gwendolyn Womack achieves the right amount of romance, intrigue, and fantasy that adds to her ability to weave a suspenseful story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. There’s sacred geometry, crop circles, crystals, time travel, mudras, and a beautiful romance.

Throughout the book I found myself pondering some important questions…is it truly worth knowing the past? Does knowing the past distort our perceptions of the present? Is love timeless or does it stand still? What sorts of emotions and experiences have been imprinted on some of my beloved objects?

I am a huge fan of Womack’s previous two novels and any pyschometrist who were to touch my e-reader would know, that I absolutely loved The Time Collector.