From the August Newsletter

For those of you who follow my blog*, you may remember that I promised you some tools for dealing with the massive retrograde energy. I figured, since we weer so close to the end of the month, I would just send it to you in the newsletter.

So… here we are.

Retrograde energy is about introspection. Whenever we start to poke around too much in our internal workings, we end up in fear. So, breathing and grounding should always be your first tools.

Things you may be evaluating:

  • how you do things that require dedication and stick-to-it-iveness
  • how you create & manifest, and where you are (and aren’t) in alignment with yourself
  • your ideals, your spirituality, and your psychological/spiritual health
  • how your actions and your ideals line up
  • your core ideas about yourself
  • how and where you transcend discipline and create art
  • where you are stuck
  • where you try to circumvent the process
  • your excuses and justifications
  • where you lack commitment and balance
  • where you avoid self care
  • how we as a population have arrived at recent Big Changes, what other changes are necessary, and how to make large scale shifts more solid or permanent
  • how much of any given relationship is built on fear or lack
  • how much does any given relationship inform or define your self-image
  • where are you resisting change out of fear
  • where are you resisting commitment out of fear
  • where are you resisting self-examination or discussion out of fear
  • where are you afraid to honor myself
  • where are you letting other people define you or your place in the world

You know, everything.

I would recommend staying in a place of curiosity as much as possible, listening to yourself when you give good advice to others, and practicing self-care to the best of your ability. Avoid escapism. Allow yourself to process the feelings are they come. Cut yourself some slack. Allow for rapid insight. Be aware that some of this may hit you on a physical, visceral level. Write gratitude lists. Journal. Journal some more. Talk to the wise people and spiritual advisors in your life. Get some healing done. And breathe and ground. Yes, i know I said that already. There was a lot between there and here.

May you be the Light of the World!

* – New subscription option coming soon so that you can receive my blog posts in your inbox!

Posted in Astrology, Health, Newsletter, Personal growth, Practice, Shift, Tools

The Wild World Web

Consider this a month’s worth of links…

How City Living May Be Harming Your Mental Health, And What You Can Do About It

How the kitchen is the heart of the community

9 ways lack of sleep is ruining your health

Lughnasadh decorations

Clearing negative beliefs about money

Changing our views on fat will improve our health

Celebrating Lughnasadh gluten-free

Everything you wanted to know about procrastination but we’re too lazy to figure out

There are no orcs: there is no one to hunt and everyone to heal

Bitter taste receptors found in the heart

5 Tips for Empaths to Prevent Anxiety

How to Handle Venus Retrograde: Selah

The End of Capitalism

Come Together for a More Inclusive Asatru

Sounds of Space

A Credible Debunking of Myths About Detox Diets

The Fermi Paradox

What the night sky would look like if other planets were as close as our moon

NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers A Bigger, Older Earth Cousin

Posted in weekly round up

All the Introspection Ever

I posted the other day about Venus Retrograde and how that’s affecting us. It’s just one piece of the puzzle though.

* Saturn has been retrograde since mid-March, and will station direct at the beginning of August.
* Pluto has been retrograde since mid-April.
* Neptune and Chiron both went retrograde last month.
* Uranus goes retrograde on Sunday.

Retrogrades in general bring the opportunity to choose between conscious navel-gazing (introspection, really) and experiencing your internal process from a less positive viewpoint, sometimes referred to as a cranial-rectal inversion. Enlightenment or ostrich, your choice. Living in a free will Universe is always so entertaining…

Let’s break this down into its individual parts first.

Saturn is about hard work, rules, commitment, focus, and is related to time (in the sense of “take your…”). Since March, you have had the opportunity to re-evaluate how you do things that require dedication and stick-to-it-iveness. Shut up, it’s totally a word. This should be approaching some sense of resolution, theoretically, since Saturn stations direct in about a week.

Beginning in April, you have likely been coming up against your shadow-self, looking at how you create & manifest, and seeing where you are (and aren’t) in alignment with yourself.

Then Neptune got in on the action in June, followed rapidly by Chiron. Neptune is about imagination, idealism, and spirituality. He can also highlight issues of addiction, obsession, and self-harm. Bastard. In retrograde, your ideals, your spirituality, and your psychological/spiritual health can be called into question. How your actions and your ideals line up may be highlighted. Certainly we’ve seen a lot of opportunity to change how we relate to and honor The Other, and perhaps have gotten to examine some of our core ideas about ourselves.

Chiron is the shaman, the wounded healer; he stands between worlds, and bridges the gap between radical change and following the rules. Ok, so it can be a big gap, for some people, but that gap is directly related to the idea that, once you know the rules, you can transcend discipline and create art. It’s also important to note that those two sides of the gap are Saturn and Uranus, who are both playing the retrograde game. Chiron in retrograde asks us to look at where we are stuck and where we try to circumvent the process, as well as our excuses and justifications. We may also be seeing where we lack commitment and balance, and where we avoid self care.

I talked about Venus earlier this week. Go back and read it, if you haven’t. I’ll wait…

Uranus, butt of every sophomoric astrology joke ever (including that one), is about breakthroughs and discoveries, and global shifts. In retrograde, we have the opportunity to assess how we as a population have arrived at recent Big Changes, what other changes are necessary, and how to make large scale shifts more solid or permanent.

Hopefully you’re still with me. I know astrology can be overwhelming sometimes, I’m trying to keep this accessible.Jargon helps no one but the ego.

I’m going to shift gears for just a moment and mention numerology. Metaphysical whiplash is fun, right? 2015 is an important, weighty year, because it’s a Universal (for everyone and the planet in general) 7. Seven is a Divine number that references, for me, the principle of “as above, so below; as within, so without.”  That means we have the opportunity to peer into the inner workings of things, to see How Things Work (whether those things are our psyche or the world), and having done that, to use our knowledge to effect change. When you know how the machine works, you can adjust or even change what it does. See Chiron, above.

So, when you toss all this information in the bug jar and shake, what do you get? A metric tonne of introspection, evaluation, and assessment, for one. Opportunities for personal and global change. The Universe highlighting where things are broken. And, most importantly, the call to transcend the model, to step into our role as true Co-Creators, the Elohim. Going back to one of my original points of this post, if we’re not down for evolving, that’s our choice, but everyone else may notice that you, the emperor of your Universe, are having a wardrobe malfunction.

I know that this is the point at which I usually offer up a bunch of tools for surfing the energies, but I’m getting, rather loudly, that you need to digest the implications of all of this right now. I expect to be writing a Tools & Practice follow up post in the next few days.

Posted in Astrology, Channeling, Healing, Musings, Mysticism, Personal growth, Politics, Practice, Shamanism, Shift, Tools

Monthly Special

Watch my Facebook page this month for short-run specials!

Ayamanatara’s Latest Book

Faery Spiral
Faery Spiral:
Library of Arcadia
Volume 1: Coming Home

is now available for download or pre-order a signed copy!

Other Downloads Include

The digital edition of The Shift
The Pain meditation series: Blessing the Pain, Breathing into the Pain, Controlling Pain, Reducing Pain, and General Well Being
...and more!