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The calendar says it’s almost summer, which means fog and gloom in Southern California. Our functional first day of summer usually happens in mid to late July. Have you ever given much conscious thought to the actual seasonal wheel of where you live? So many people let others dictate their understanding of seasons, whether it’s the calendar or the Celtic wheel or something else, rather than connecting and paying attention to nature. The Celtic/Wiccan wheel and the Gregorian calendar are both actually based on solar astrology, with some weird variations when the two are merged together. Seasonal changes are attached to the solstice and equinox, with the cross quarter observances (Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain) being the midpoints between; but the cross-quarters were then synced up with the Gregorian calendar, and are rarely celebrated when they should be. So it’s all, essentially dogmatic, human construct. Take some time to think about when summer really starts where you live, when its apex is, and when you transition to fall. Connect with that, and you will struggle less.

Posted in Astrology, Newsletter, Practice, Seasons, Shamanism, Summer

An Opportunity for Releasing and Introspection

Blessed Mother
Yours is the silence of the womb
Yours is the water that mutes sound
Yours is the pearl that grows in the oyster
Yours is the black marble palace,
waves lapping the shore,
sand melting in your embrace,
shells glistening in the faintest of moonlight

Beloved Mother
Dance with me in the silence
Dance with me in the stillness
Dance with me in the darkness

Monday will be an interesting day.

* It’s a 5 day, which is Mankind reaching for the Divine
* There’s a Mercury transit. Basically, Mercury, who is in his retrograde (aka introspective) phase, in Taurus (grounding, physical, home-y), will get between us and the highest level of our higher self we have tangible access to.
* Earth is moving into a negative-polarity (receptive/pull/feminine) stream of solar wind.
* It’s Lumeralia, a Roman day of cleansing.

If you can, set aside some time to look within. Try to discover your blind spots. Work to release those habits and proclivities that increase your sense of separation. Acknowledge where you think you know better than others what is best for them (you don’t, sorry). Do a little bit of house cleaning (interpret that as you will).

In the Lakota medicine wheel, the Women’s Lodge is the place of silence. We are not particularly comfortable, in American culture, with silence. We fill our lives with noise and activity, increasing our baseline stress levels, and contributing to the conditions that create anxiety disorders.  Monday, we go into the Women’s Lodge. You can fight it, but it won’t be comfortable, or you can honor the energy and work with it. Get quiet. But the electronics away. Breathe. Listen to the silence.

Be.

Posted in Astrology, Channeling, Goddess, Meditation, Mercury Retrograde, Mysticism, Personal growth, Practice, Shamanism, Shift, solar storms, Spring

Weasels Borked My Hotrod

I have been staring at various clues for over a month now, but it didn’t all fall together in my head until I was writing the May newsletter. This is it. This is when everything gets turned on its head. This is when everybody starts to notice that nothing works the way it used to, the way we expect it to.

This is when everyone starts to peer through the veil.

Normally the veil isn’t thin for long enough. People can avert their eyes, pretend it didn’t happen, just merrily go on their way.

But someone has thrown a monkey wrench into the machine. The thinning of the veil would normally apex on the 5th and then reverse itself again. And it will this year, too. Sort of. Right around the Solstice, Neptune is going retrograde, which thins the veil again, and holds it in that position into November (yes, past Samhain). Combine that will ALL the other overlapping retrogrades, tearing our egos out of our selves like condors, and people won’t know what to do with themselves.

It’s like weasels shutting down a supercollider.

Posted in Astrology, Channeling, Crisis, Musings, Mysticism, Opinion, Personal growth, Politics, Practice, Shamanism, Shift, Summer, Totems

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