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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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 😉

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.

Juno: Your Marriage Partner

The Asteroid Juno is the ninth largest asteroid. In Greek mythology she is the equivalent of goddess Hera. Incredibly important in both Greek and Roman culture she was hailed as Queen of the Gods. Wife of Zeus she is the goddess of marriages and unions. Embodying femininity, she watches over conception, pregnancy, birth and care- Starsignstyle

In Astrology Juno shows us the person we are going to marry- their personality, how we first meet them, even their physical appearance.

There are many factors to consider for marriage, for instance, Venus shows us what we most need and desire in our relationships, Mars for women shows us what we sexually and physically are attracted to, and the 7th house indicates the overall energy of the marriage. Juno on the other hand shows us who we actually get as a partner.

In modern times, marriage doesn’t have to mean a legally binding contract. In present times, marriage for this sake refers to any relationship that is more than 1 year long. Juno will show us the partner with whom we are in the longest most committed relationship with. If you are dating someone casually with no strings attached, you would look to the 5th house for details about the partner.

You can find your Juno placement by going to Astro.com and click the extended chart selection where you can input the # ‘3’ in the asteroid box at the bottom of the form.

So now let’s take a look at Juno in each of the 12 signs and houses…

 

Juno in Aries/1st House- Your partner will be independent, head strong, hot tempered, and energetic.

He will have a toned and muscular physique and can even have a reddish tone to his skin or even reddish coloured/auburn hair.

He will love sports and might even work at a gym or be in a leadership role in his career.

You might be the one to approach your partner first when you first see him/her without realizing you might end up in a relationship with them.

 

Juno in Taurus/2nd House- Your partner will be self-indulgent, down to earth, hands on, and stubborn.

He/She will be bulky and overweight. They could also have curly hair.

He/She will love cooking and baking. They will definitely have a sweet tooth! They could work in a restaurant or hospitality industry or even in the agricultural industry as well. They will treat the relationship with tender loving care.

You might meet them at a restaurant or at a bank. Food will definitely be involved in some way.

 

Juno in Gemini/3rd House- Your partner will be chatty, intellectual, communicative, very social, nervous, and manipulative.

Your partner will be thin and wiry. They could also look very similar to you, in fact, some people will think you’re siblings! Your partner could also be a twin or have twins in his family.

Your partner will love information and talking to you about every aspect of the relationship. They will dislike being at home, so they will always be on the move.

They will live in the same neighbourhood as you, so your future partner could be a neighbour. You could also meet them on a short road trip- not abroad. You could also meet them through your siblings.

 

Juno in Cancer/4th House- Your partner will be very motherly, nurturing, protective, moody, and nostalgic.

Your partner will have rounded features and a look of innocence about them. They will be soft spoken and a little shy around you. It will take him/her a while to open up to you.

Your partner will love being at home and cuddling. They could also have the same ethnic background as you, but will be born in the same country as you. They might also have been married before or have children from a previous relationship. They might also have had trouble with their home growing up- perhaps they lost their home in war or from a disaster or never had the feeling of a home growing up.

You can meet them through your parents or family. You can meet him/her at your home or at another close family member’s house. When you meet for the first time, you will discover that you live close to each other. It can be in the same city, not necessarily the same neighbourhood.

 

Juno in Leo/5th House- Your partner will have a big heart, be loving, dramatic, glamorous, high maintenance, and a little bit of a drama queen/king.

He/She will have beautiful think hair, blondish in colour, a little curly or wavy, and chiseled angular features like a lion.

Your partner will love being the centre of attention so they will definitely crave the spotlight but they will also want to show you off like a prized possession so they can be very flattering and loving.

You can meet them at a public event like a big concert or party. He/She will definitely approach you and try to make it a show. They will love the chase so watch out!

 

Juno in Virgo/6th House- Your partner will be clean, organized, down to earth, meticulous, pure, honest, impossible to please, and controlling.

They will look humble and casual, and will typically have brown hair and brown eyes. They will be neatly groomed.

Your partner will love fixing things, and keeping things organized and tidy. They will be very technical so they will probably have a lot of hobbies where they can take things apart and put them back together again.

You can meet him/her at your workplace, in a clinical setting, or at a gym. They will most likely be someone you see everyday at work or in your routine life.

 

Juno in Libra/7th House- This placement shows that marriage will be extremely important to you, something that you very much want.

Your partner will be refined, charming, self-sacrificing, and diplomatic. They will enjoy the finer things in life and will have had many suitors prior to meeting you.

They will be very beautiful, have dimpled cheeks, and be a little plump. They will like fashion so you can expect them to be well dressed.

This placement does portend to extra marital affairs but we have to analyze a few other things in order to be certain. Your partner will love books and could also work in the legal field or in any Venusian industry- food, fashion, decor. They will do everything they can to have domestic harmony.

You can meet your partner in a law firm or at court. You could also meet them through another couple you know.

 

Juno in Scorpio/8th House- Your partner will be serious, intense, mysterious, magnetic, and secretive.

They will have dark featured- eyes, hair, complexion. They might also have almond shaped eyes.

You and your partner will have strong sexual chemistry and there can be manipulation coming from both of you. Your partner will completely transform you and can trigger a spiritual awakening within you. They will be interested in the occult and could have a secret life involved in some taboo things.

You can meet your partner near the water or someone can try to set the two of you up behind your backs.

 

Juno in Sagittarius/9th House- Your partner will be optimistic, positive, spiritual, intellectual, and very well educated.

They will be foreign coming from a different country/religion/race.  They will have well defined thighs and also be muscular.

Your partner will love traveling and learning. They can be very dogmatic and fanatical about their beliefs, so they can think they are intellectually superior to you.

You will meet your partner abroad or at college or university/educational setting.

 

Juno in Capricorn/10th House- Your partner will be hard working, practical, money hungry, old fashioned, and traditional.

They will be tall and lean with a more bony frame.

Your partner will be a little rigid in their thinking and will be very strong mentally and physically.  They will thinking about the past a lot and could have also grown up poor or have been born in poverty.

You can meet your partner in your workplace or at a public outing.

 

Juno in Aquarius/11th House- Your partner will be very social, inventive, unusual, rebellious, an adventure seeker, and humanitarian.

They will be fidgety and wear glasses. They can also have very curly hair and nice legs.

Your partner can be emotionally detached from you, giving their friends more attention than they deserve. They will be very generous and will want to have a non-traditional relationship with you.

You can meet your partner through your friends and you might be friends with someone before things become romantic. You can also meet them at a party, fundraiser, or a class or club or online.

 

Juno in Pisces/12th House- Your partner will be spiritual, artistic, dreamy, and sensitive.

They will have a fair complexion and  light coloured hair and glossy or blue eyes. They will also have nice feet.

Your partner will be very emotional and can idolize you to the point that it becomes unhealthy. They might not be present in the relationship, choosing to avoid the truth. They will be very imaginative and will want to achieve the perfect relationship with you.

You can meet your partner at the beach or near water, a spiritual retreat, and abroad. You can also meet them at the hospital.

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!

New Moon in Aquarius February 4, 2019: Storms

I try to make my lunarscopes as positive as I can but this New Moon has an insidious energy to it. Other Astrologers are proclaiming this to be one of the best new moons of 2019 but I can’t ignore my intuition which is telling me something else.

We must always remember that a New Moon is a black moon- she’s invisible and thus our mind, feelings, and subconscious are susceptible to this darkening as well.

Aquarius energy is detached and naive but when channeled properly is engaged with its emotions. I have found Aquarian new moons to be of a trickster energy, the wolf in sheep’s clothing, a fake smile, and weak handshake etc….It’s about wanting something but purposely making it unachievable. In order to remedy these negative influences, we must not be afraid to look past our murky thoughts in order to arrive at the understanding of these emotional constraints.

The Aspects

New Moon conjunct Mercury- dark thoughts

New Moon sextile Jupiter- misrepresentation

Mercury sextile Jupiter- moonlight reflecting off of water

Saturn sextile Neptune- grounding deception

A black Aquarian moon will increase maliciousness and intentional deception. Occurring at 15 degrees Aquarius- it is an Imbolc new moon, a time when nature’s detox begins after a long winters nap. This degree marks the point where the water cascades out of the water bearers vase. With the sextiles to Jupiter and Neptune, the water is purifying so long as we are ready for it to remove our toxins.

16º Aquarius: A ship running before the wind with bare poles. The sea, black and angry, is illumined by a ray of moonlight which shines through a break in the heavy clouds.

Denotes one of a trusting spiritual nature who will have trials in life threatening and bitter, and who will often be storm-driven and held in the grip of hard circumstances. Now and then there are breaks in the storms of life which bring relief, no matter how small. But he must go on; his way is difficult and the night is dark, but in the morning light will come. It is a symbol of Experience.

So why all the negativity? The stormy essence during this NM represents an internal churning, a conflict between our need for progress and our fear of failing. It is these two opposing forces that causes us to be vulnerable to deception and manipulation. This is a message from above that we must start facing reality because even the most treacherous storms have an eye that acts as a way out of rational programming. The deeper you push yourself into the Aquarian fear of emotionality, the faster the storm will pass.

We cannot trust our thoughts or information during this NM, but everything changes when we come to understand that we are the storm that has come to clear our path. 😉

 

 

Lunar Eclipse January 21, 2019: Courage

Date: Monday, January  21, 2019

Times:

  • Los Angeles – January 20, 9:16 pm
  • New York – January 21, 12:16 am
  • London – January 21, 5:16 am
  • Delhi – January 21, 10:46 am
  • Sydney – January 21, 4:16 pm

 

Moonbeams: Hold your head up high, adjust your crown, and lead your life with dignity and courage.

The Lunar Eclipse on January 21, 2019 is not only a Full Moon, but a super moon and bloodmoon unleashing a series of fireworks to mark the grand finale of the eclipses in Leo we have had since 2017. This eclipse will be happening at 0 degrees Leo, adding a royal flair to this lunation. There is an opportunity for regality being offered to us which will ask the question “is the stability of the norm more important than the freedom of courage?”

This particular eclipse will also be a blood moon due to the reddish tinge that will cover the moon as its passing behind Earth’s shadow. Blood Moons have a long history with being connected to important biblical and world events, and I would recommend googling this for further information.I think of Blood Moons as frequencies that change the DNA of our karmic experiences. They are sort of like flabotumists who extract some of our blood for analysis. The Blood Moon is a way to deliver some brand new experiences on our karmic journeys that have waited for a specific divine time to do so. The Blood Moon is now the time to welcome in the new. A new blood supply is coming. Our results from our blood test from the past 1.5 years, have finally come in.

The Aspects

Moon square Uranus- impatient and impulsive

Mercury square Uranus- unexpected information

Sun sextile Ceres- planting new seeds

Moon trine Ceres- upholding tradition

 

Pull Your Crown Up Over Your Eyes

The eclipse will be quite Uranian in nature which the fixed energy of Leo does not enjoy. There is a disruptive energy present at this time which is forcing us to confront our emotional limitations. This is what every full moon asks of us, but there are heavier long term implications with an eclipse. Leo is a regal sign that must learn the lessons of courage. With all of the unsettling Uranian influences, we are being pushed out of our royal carriages in order to see the real world. The Kozminsky symbol speaks to this:

1º Leo: A king stepping from his carriage receiving a document from a group of citizens.
Denotes one who will be enabled to grant or to refuse to grant the wishes of others. He will reach a position of importance and will receive many honors, and benefits will accrue to him. The demand is for an understanding of the use, not the abuse, of power. It is a symbol of Authority.

As I mentioned in the beginnning of this report the question is

“is the stability of the norm more important than the freedom of courage?”

Eclipses push us into new experiences that are meant to accelerate our growth. As the final Leo eclipse, we must be courageous in the area of our lives that is ruled by Leo. Royals have a very delicate balance to maintain. They must uphold the stability of the crown while continuing to evolve and appeal to the modern times they find themselves in. We must do the same.

Grand Finale

So the bloodmoon lunar eclipse is going to make the King have blood on his hands- but will it be because he has ignored the need to modernize or will it be because he has taken the risk to involve himself in the outer world? Leo energy always helps to remind us of who we are. Step into your power and sit on the throne that is your heart. When we allow courage to be our driving force, passion is what rules our kingdom.

 

Jupiter in Sagittarius Square Neptune in Pisces 2019

Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces is the big aspect happening this weekend January 13, 2019. It will be occurring 2 more times this year. We can expect the truth being obscured by the iridescent waters of Neptune in Pisces. Things will be presented one way but will turn out to be very different. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. This transit can make us idealistic falling into the ethereal trap that watery energies like to set up. Jupiter in Sagittarius is telling us we must modify our beliefs to align with our morals and values. The big test will be are you going to let fantasy and idealism carry you away even though you know it’s not going to end well? Or are you willing to stand up for your truth and walk away even if the siren song of Neptune in Pisces is intoxicating? Deception is seductive but we have the “God” planet Jupiter in the sign of Sagittarius which is all about taking the high road even if you don’t know the final outcome. You can keep your rose coloured glasses on, but be prepared, Jupiter will hold you accountable for your actions.

Tips

-Stay Grounded!

-Be self-disciplined

-Get clear on your values

-Identify your long term goals and make decisions accordingly

-Take time to think things through before jumping into anything

-Use the Sagittarian strengths of research and analysis to understand every angle before committing to something

 

 

 

The Everyday Empath by Raven Digitalis- REVIEW

The Everday Empath by Raven Digitalis is a manual for those who identify as empaths or for those who suspect they might be empaths. This books covers all the bases from defining what an empath is, to coping strategies, to outlining the benefits of being an empath, and everything in between. The main message throughout was that the key to surviving in today’s world as an empath begins with living a balanced life by cultivating self-care.

What I particularly liked about this book was that it teaches you how to become more self-aware, so it’s not about hating your empathic abilities or placing the blame on other people for the way you feel. In this sense, this was a self-empowering book that made me feel proud and confident being an empath. There were many exercises outlined in the book to help cope with the emotional tsunami’s of being an empath. I thought some of them were stronger than others because some seemed very ritualistic and complicated such as doing a lot of visual work while trying to stay present in interactions. A standout technique were the protective shields. This is an innovative technique that makes energy protection creative and fun. I also thought the cord cutting exercise was unique and more hands on compared to other cord cutting techniques.

Overall this book is a must read for those who are struggling with being an empath because you will finish this book feeling less burdened and overwhelmed by your gifts and you will come to understand that emotional equilibrium is in fact achievable.