The Shi(f)t Has Hit The Fan

The Shi(f)t Has Hit The Fan

The Shi(f)t Has Hit The Fan

In the Tarot world, we have a common label we use for when the shit hits the fan: a Tower moment.

The Tower is a major arcana card that represents having the rug pulled out from under you, suddenly, and swiftly. The imagery depicts a tower of some kind being struck by lightning from above, crumbling, often on fire, with people falling from it.

This, dear humans, is just such a moment in which we find ourselves in our collective history.

Now, before you go feeling all doom and gloom, every card in the Tarot has a double meaning, and the Tower is no different. It’s got a strong Plutonian theme built into it–destruction, revelation of what is hidden, and rebirth.

The Tower represents the establishment. The status quo of your life. The old foundations which your current beliefs and reality are built upon. And the tower is falling apart. The one thing that we know about the Tower is that once it’s done crumbling, it brings us a new clarity through a change in perspective. In some ways, you can look at the tower as being a moment of apocalypse: an unveiling of that which was hidden from our consciousness. The exposure of the shadow. A massive shift in your worldview.

Any tower that is not strong enough to weather the storm, is because its foundations are faulty. Just like any old, dilapidated building susceptible to being shaken at its very foundations by sudden, natural forces, the tower must first be demolished and a new foundation laid so that we can build something more stable, more sustainable, and better.

Our tower–our establishment–is not weathering the current storm. This is because its foundations are faulty.

So what do we do in a collective Tower moment?

The harder one clings to the tower as it crumbles, the more difficult the situation will be.

I see the Tower as being very much in line with wishing for things to go back to “normal.” The people fear that our lifestyle is going to be stripped away.

But what was the card that comes before the Tower that represents the foundations of “normal” upon which it is built?

The Devil. Dun dun DUNNNNNNNNN.

Oooooh the Devil. Scary. But not really. The Devil card, associated with the astrological sign of Capricorn and the planet Saturn, often depicts two people bound to a demonic-looking figure with some form of an inverted pentagram. The five points of a pentagram represent the four elements with the addition of “spirit” as the point at the top. When a pentagram is inverted, such as with the Devil card, it represents the triumph of matter over spirit.

The Devil represents all of our negative habits, patterns, addictions, and the chains that bind us to them. The seduction of materialism and worldly pleasures being prioritized higher than our own connection with the divine. It represents illusions. It is literally a card of bondage and slavery to our own egoic desires. With the influence of Saturn thrown in, it is the original “comfort zone” and the systems and structures we’ve built around that comfort zone to keep it in place.

UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT:

Being afraid that our civil liberties are going to be permanently taken away by some kind of conspiracy by a faceless global elite to turn us into a prison planet, believing we are losing our freedoms and struggling to maintain what once was–is clinging to the establishment status quo, because we were comfortable in a system where we profited and benefited from just enough freedom to keep us complacent, while millions across the globe suffered for our benefit.

The Truth is, we’ve never been truly free. We’ve been living with the illusion of freedom, slaves to our own misconstrued visions of material success which have built and nurtured the current systems we find ourselves in, and which have resulted in spiritual poverty. We created a gilded cage with golden bars and smiled in agreement with one another each time we laid another dollar bill on the altar of human greed.

All of the discomfort we are feeling collectively in this moment–the rage, the fear, the anxiety– is the revelation of our own addictions, misgivings, and the illusion of stability we held dear, and by clinging to what once was, we are clinging to the bars of our former cages, yearning for the chains that kept us bound because we fear that which we cannot yet see.

To quote Dolores from West World, a character whose most intrinsic drive was free herself and her kind from an illusory world where they were slaves to the lower desires and whims of mankind:

A strange new light can be just as frightening as the dark.

A New Hope

The way to survive the fall of the tower is to let it crumble and embrace the revelations and new vision for the future that it brings, and that vision appears in the form of the next card in the major arcana, the Star.

The star represents a guiding light from the Heavens that leads the way toward something new. It is a card full of hope and destiny. It is the card associated with Aquarius and the traditional imagery often depicts a young woman with a pitcher or cups of water, the same imagery that is reflected in the visuals associated with Aquarius.

Are you noticing that Saturn, Capricorn, Pluto and Aquarius are present in these cards just as they are currently present in our own sky, and that they are speaking about the same themes as I wrote a couple of weeks ago in relation to astrology?

When I pulled oracle cards yesterday, the card I drew when asking about humanity’s current situation was Hold Your Vision, and it’s very appropriate here with the Star.

The Star and its promise of unfettered possibility is where we are headed. But first, the Tower must crumble. Keep your eyes not on the things which are falling away, but toward the star that appears in the sky when the smoke clears, and start to envision what could be, because it’s coming and each of us will be tasked with creating it. It will not happen overnight. Building new things takes time, so start to ask yourself what you might contribute.

Xo, 

 

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Age of Aquarius: I’m Coming Out of Retirement

Age of Aquarius: I’m Coming Out of Retirement

Age of Aquarius: I’m Coming Out of Retirement

Well hello, friends. It’s been a long time.

Given the state of affairs in the world today (global pandemic and crumbling economic system), it would seem the universe is putting out the call to lightworkers: All hands on deck. This is the moment you’ve been preparing for. So, here I am. Springing out of retirement to hold the lines.

In my very last post–almost a year ago now–I vehemently raged against the commercialization of spirituality and how many “coaches” had hijacked it and exploited it for financial gain, and that I refused to be a part of this movement if that’s what it was coming to. Fast forward about a year…enter global pandemic and worldwide financial and economic collapse.

Suddenly, over the course of two weeks, your bright career of instagram  influencer-turned-millionaire business coach who charges $5,000 per program doesn’t mean jack shit. A good chunk of your millions went down the drain when the stock market crashed, and you’re having to improvise your instagram selfies because you can no longer hire professional photographers to take pictures of your ass in a thong while hanging out on the beach because of your entire state’s shelter-in-place order. And nobody’s buying your over-priced, culturally-appropriated branded home decor because everyone has more important things to worry about.

Now, more than ever, you are just like everyone else on this planet: filled with uncertainty about the future and susceptible to a disease that makes no distinctions between rich and poor, famous and faceless.

The universe has a funny sense of humor, eh?

By now, many of you may know that current events were predicted by astrologers. My friend and professional astrologer Susan Grace has been speaking of a global collapse that would begin in December of 2019 for four or five years now, and here we are.

Astrologers knew this collapse was coming because of the approaching conjunction between Pluto and Saturn in Saturn’s home sign of Capricorn–an astrological combination that hasn’t occurred since 1518, the height of disease, pestilence, famine, and mass hysteria which included witch trials and the Inquisition.

Pluto is the planet of transformation. Archetypally, it represents death and resurrection–total transformation. Capricorn is the sign of authority figures, systems, and institutions of authority (governments, government officials, financial institutions, CEOs and corporations, etc.). Saturn rules CapricornSo it’s themes are very similar, except at the planetary level, it brings tests and challenges. The combination of Saturn and Pluto destroys what cannot stand the test for the purpose of rebuilding something better in its place.

Here’s a couple of great astrology articles about what all of this means:

Saturn Pluto Conjunction 2020 | Saturn in Capricorn 2017-2020

We are seeing all of this happening right now before our very eyes.

While astrology can’t predict the specific mechanism through which an event will occur, it can predict the general themes of the time. And a global pandemic tied to the planet of death and resurrection is pretty damn fitting.

It’s important to remember that every sign/planet/archetype is dualistic, meaning it has both a positive side and a shadow side, even if the planet in question is considered a malefic (meaning negative). Death’s silver lining is complete transformation and freedom from that which has held us back.

Pluto spends about 30 years in each sign, so it’s been in Capricorn for a while now, exposing secrets, lies, and corruption, and systematically dismantling patriarchy. Saturn’s conjunction here with it is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It’s taking a jackhammer to any structure whose foundation has already cracked and made unstable by Pluto’s presence. This is the crumbling. What these two planets tear down now, they will rebuild as they move through Aquarius. Saturn will be there for two and a half years laying the foundation, and then Pluto will slowly pass through for another 30-year transit.

Aquarius rules groups, communities, technology, communication, and it’s the sign of the humanitarian. The world is about to change drastically over the next 35-40 years, and evolve toward a more community-focused system that operates for the good of the whole instead of a me-first attitude. Right now, we’re demolishing the old. Things are going to look ugly for a bit. But have faith that soon, we’re going to be rebuilding something shiny, new, and much more beautiful in its place.

Have faith that humanity will get trough this. I won’t say that it won’t be a big painful, as that’s the nature of Pluto–but only if you cling to that which is being destroyed. The old ways of living–competition, war, hoarding, selfishness, greed, and all things that spring from it, like capitalism, poverty, wage gaps, racism, misogyny–will be going the way of the dinosaurs. It can no longer survive where we are going.

Embrace the change as best you can, know that something better is coming, and you’ll ride the wave right into the Age of Aquarius.

Age of Aquarius: I’m Coming Out of Retirement

Astrological Shit Storm On Approach

Astrological Shit Storm On Approach

Friday, July 27th, is a full moon in Aquarius that also happens to be a total lunar eclipse. This phenomena is known as a “blood moon.”

Astrologically speaking, lunar eclipses happen all the time. Just about every year, (1.5, on average with only slightly more partial eclipses than total eclipses). A total lunar eclipse as this one is (verses a penumbral or partial) occurs when the earth, moon and sun align, with the earth in between, casting a shadow across the face of an otherwise full moon, sometimes creating a reddish coloring.

This particular full blood moon is occurring one day into mercury retrograde with four other planets on reverse route, making for some particularly intense astro energy.

What Astrology Says

The astrological significance of such and alignment is that it gives us a glimpse into our “shadow self” as Jung termed it. During this time period, we are often called to look at the ugliest parts of ourselves and find understanding within them, along with acceptance and balance. It’s also a time to bring to the forefront of our consciousness a lot of beliefs that no longer serve us, and emotional wounds that need healing. Particularly with Mercury and so many other planets in retrograde, we’re going to be digging through our past and working through shit that we’ve been ignoring for a good long while.

A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit happens to be at it’s closest proximity to earth. The energy of a supermoon is often amplified, in the astrological sense, so given that the energy we have is that of a lunar eclipse, expect all of the themes included to be super intense. A full moon eclipse represents closure, culmination, and taking things to another level, and this one happens to be the closer in our most recent eclipse window, giving it some extra oomph.

What Tarot Symbolism Says

Not coincidentally, The Moon card in the Tarot carries very similar themes.

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The Moon can often refer to psychological projection of fear and the shadow-self onto those around us. It deals with repressed emotions which result in blockages that create fear and anxiety. The Moon suggests a time of becoming aware of and purging these self-limiting emotions and beliefs which have remained hidden within your psyche for so long.

What Numerology Says

Now let’s look at the numerology present here.

The eclipse takes place on 7.27.2018 (depending on where you are in the world…).

7+2+7+2+0+1+8=27. 2+7= 9

The Moon card pictured above has the roman numerals 18 at the top.

1+8 = 9

Clearly the number 9 is a recurrent theme numerologically as well. And guess what 9 symbolizes?

Culmination, finality, and the completion of an era.. And in addition to that, it’s also a worldly number – hence the global scale. The 9 as the end of a cycle is a transformation period, preparing to start over again in the 1 cycle (as the next number up is 10, and 1+0=1, you’re back at the beginning again). Often times the 1 energy and the 9 energy have some overlap.

As you can see, each of the symbols we’ve discussed here all share common characteristics and themes.

Typically you’ll start to feel this energy ramping up as we approach the full moon, and it will peak on the day of. You may still feel it winding down a couple of days afterward.

Here’s your training wheels: 

Whatever comes up for you during this time period is doing so to be processed and released. Don’t fight it. It’s trying to help you find clarity and closure.

Allow yourself to feel your feels, but try to do so without attaching a narrative to it. In other words, separate your thoughts from your emotions. Don’t try to analyze what you’re feeling, just let it float in and out. If you can observe your emotions from a place of neutrality without attaching self-destructive thought patterns to it, you’ll be able to allow the flow of processing occur more smoothly.

Make time and space for yourself to process your emotions. Cozy up in bed, turn on some music that matches your mood and let it all out. You’ll feel better when it’s all said and done.

Age of Aquarius: I’m Coming Out of Retirement

This Is The Day You’ve Been Waiting For

This Is The Day You’ve Been Waiting For

Today is the day we’ve been talking about since… well, a really really long time. I can’t help but feel like I’m standing on the precipice of a momentous moment, not only in my own life, but in the history of the world and maybe the universe itself.

Keep your eyes and your hearts wide open, and bare witness to what is about to unfold before you.

Things are coming to a point of culmination in my personal life, that’s for sure. I wrote in my Facebook group earlier last week that Wednesday was a really good day. In fact, it was the best day I’ve had in a really long time. Sitting at a table on the waterfront, I felt more at peace than I have felt in over a year and a half (and I literally cried when I realized that).

The interesting thing is, I had a major release last Monday. We all know what a release is – it’s a quote that I have on my website: all healing is, is a shift to a higher perspective.

I had a perspective shift and I let go of a huge negative block that I’d been carrying around with me, maybe my whole life.

The fear that I’m not worthy of being loved.

Letting go of that fear not only felt good, but it essentially uncorked my creativity, and my ability to manifest. The entire time I’ve been here, I’ve been worrying about being able to take care of myself, financially. I hadn’t seen any progress. I now have several business leads pouring into my inbox. All I had to do was decide that I was worthy.

There are more things unfolding, and what they mean for me is yet to be seen. But above all, I’m hopeful. I even have a symbol for hope tattooed on me, so that I always carry hope with me wherever I go.

Today is a big day for all of us in so many ways. I hope you’ve all taken the time to set your intentions, and perhaps are even planning to create your own altar or perform your own intentions ceremony with tonight’s new moon.

Let us see what we can all birth into this world, collectively, together.

What’s In The Cards For The August 21st Solar Eclipse

What’s In The Cards For The August 21st Solar Eclipse

What’s In The Cards For The August 21st Solar Eclipse

My interview with Slade Roberson on the Shift Your Spirits podcast drops today! We talked for about an hour about dreams, past lives, and the full story behind how I ended up in New York, which you guys have gotten in bits and pieces here and there, but I don’t think I’ve ever shared the whole thing in chronological order. You can listen to the show by clicking here. Additionally, I just posted a new media page with links to all of the podcasts and interviews and guest posts I’ve done so far. You can check that out up in the top menu bar or by clicking here.

Meanwhile in my life, days are going by and I’m still hanging onto that strange feeling of detachment and general existential disconnect. It makes it really hard to focus on much of anything at all, but I’m still trying to do a few small things a day, particularly when it comes to work.

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I saved up enough money to last me about 5-6 months here in the hopes that it gives me enough runway to get settled and get some business going. I’m not sure if all of you know, but I am a marketing and business consultant as well as a graphic and web designer. I’ve done a lot of work with startups and established businesses in the tech arena – web, mobile, ecommerce, software – as well as working with small businesses and solo entrepreneurs who are just getting their businesses started.

And yes – I designed and built In My Sacred Space as well as the other two websites I just linked to. I get a lot of compliments about my brand and design here (just got another one last night!). It’s my baby, so of course I’ve put my all into it and I absolutely consider it to be some of my best work.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been here a month. We’re heading into mid August now. My initial plan was to hit the ground running but I’m quickly realizing that would never have worked. I was under entirely too much stress in the month of July to do much of anything. I wasn’t giving myself time to adjust. I guess that’s why all of the work that I’d planned and hoped would come through in July has been delayed or didn’t work out.

In truth, it’s probably for the best, at least form a short term perspective. I’m actually starting to be able to worry again. I know that sound silly, nobody wants to worry, but it at least means I’m able to feel SOMETHING instead of nothing, even if it is fear-based. I can’t just keep laying here staring at the ceiling.

I guess part of the issue is that I feel disoriented. This move is something that I’ve been avidly working toward for the last six months, and now that it’s over and I’m here… now what? I feel generally directionless at the moment, with no idea what I need to be focusing on or which way to go. I’m open to just seeing what happens, but in order to do that, I’ve got to get out of my apartment and start meeting people, which I did a little bit of over the weekend and it felt good.

I’ve noticed, as I brought up in my Facebook group, that a lot of old fear-based patterns of behavior have been rearing their ugly heads over the last couple of weeks. Judging by the response to the post, it seems as though a lot of you are feeling it, too.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may have noticed that everyone’s talking about the solar Eclipse that’s happening on August 21st, 2017. Astrologically speaking, it’s kind of a big deal.

Starting last week with the lunar eclipse in Aquarius, we’re in the midst of hitting the energetic reset button. But in order to do that, we have to purge all the beliefs that no longer serve us. That’s why so much of our old conditioning is being thrown in our faces right now.

Recognizing the patterns and acknowledging the fear are so important to releasing it, as I’ve discussed before. This is some serious shadow work we’re up to in the coming weeks.

As I did a couple of years ago with the whole blood moon fiasco, I like to take a symbolic look at what’s happening and even pull a few cards to get a message for the collective, and if anything, help people look at this from a practical perspective.

The solar eclipse itself is on August 21st, which also coincides with a new moon. With the solar eclipse being the reset button and the new moon being where we lay our new intentions to come to fruition, we’ve got quite the astrological set up going here.

I shared a great article in my Facebook group that was shared by a friend about the history behind solar eclipses in general as they pertain to astrology and how this one is a bit special for those of us in the U.S. I’m going to link to that article here and let you read it yourself instead of summarizing. You’ll get the gist.

My friend and empathic astrologer Susan Grace has been discussing this eclipse for quite some time now. In fact, astrologers everywhere have. It’s kind of a big deal. With this eclipse, we’re shifting away from patriarchy into a new paradigm. I know it’s pretty hard to believe given the current state of affairs in the world, but just look at all of this bullshit as patriarchy’s death knell. It’s trying to go out with a band… hopefully not a nuclear one.

Susan and I did a nice little chat a while back about this a while back which you can find here, and I wrote a Facebook post discussing how August 21st was bringing us toward a timeline shift.

All of this is fast upon us, and I’m going to be continuing to write about it more later this week. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the cards for this eclipse:

Daughter of Pentacles, Seven of Swords, and the reversed Five of Cups

The Daughter of Pentacles heralds a time of manifestation. What do you dream of? This is the time to manifest it into the world. We have, collectively, been longing for the end of suffering. The solar eclipse on the 21st opens the door for us to collectively create that which we wish to see in the world. It’s important to note that this is only a beginning – a focused effort is now coming to the forefront. We’re laying the foundation that will make the New Paradigm possible.

The Six of Swords speaks of the things that we must let go of in order to move through the doorway. Unhealthy attachments, old patterns, fears and other things that keep us in a safe, comfortable, familiar – albeit, fearful – environment must go. The process is uncomfortable. It’s not going to be easy. You’re not used to this, and you’re creating something you’ve never seen before. It’s going to feel scary – just like I mentioned in my post above about coming out of the cage. But forward we must go. The letting go of the old paradigm may be difficult, but it will give birth to a greater clarity of purpose and peace. The six of pentacles tells us to remember where we are going and don’t look back. And where is that, exactly?

The reversed Five of Cups talks of the lessons we’ve learned from the old paradigm and how we will use them to our advantage to build a brighter future. Upright, this card is about loss, regret, disappointment, despair, bereavement and other forms of suffering. In the reverse, it’s these things that we are leaving behind. It’s about hope for the future, finding the hidden blessings, and the end of suffering. That’s new paradigm.

What we are doing isn’t easy, but it all begins with ourselves and releasing the fear and the pain and the suffering that we’ve allowed to control us for so long. That purging process is occurring right now. Remember where you’re headed. It will all be worth it in the end.

Stay tuned this week for more talk about coping with the purging process.

What’s In The Cards For The August 21st Solar Eclipse

Universal Archetypes: The Connection Between Tarot, Numerology, Dream Interpretation, Palmistry and Astrology

Universal Archetypes: The Connection Between Tarot, Numerology, Dream Interpretation, Palmistry and Astrology

Did you know that numerology, astrology, dream interpretation, tarot and palmistry are all connected?

Many times when you learn about these things independently, you may miss the ways they all intersect. People who don’t know much about them often mistakenly believe that they don’t have anything to do with one another and are actually competing ideologies (which they are not).

Numerology was invented by Pythagoras (yeah, that math guy). He believed that the universe was inherently mathematical and that all things that existed within it were also connected in a mathematical way and as such, you could use math to calculate and determine specific inherent truths present in the universe based on a specific set of numerical archetypes.

Archetype: A recurrent symbol or motif

You’ll see archetypes like this used in other methods of divination as well. Tarot, for example, uses 22 universal archetypal images that represent aspects of the archetypes. Jung noted relatively the same universal variations of archetypes and images in his work in psychology, which is interesting when you think about the fact that the Tarot is considerably older than Jung. He narrowed that down to 12 primary personality archetypes that all the others may be derived from.

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Mythologist Joseph Campbell’s work describes the same archetypes found in Jung’s work as they apply to world mythology. Campbell called it, “The Hero’s Journey.” Jung’s archetypal figures are represented in the characters the hero interacts with throughout his journey, the archetypal events and motifs making up the challenges the hero faces. These figures, events and motifs are present in the texts of all world religions. Interestingly enough, the major arcana of the Tarot is representative of the Fool’s journey, which also tells a story as the Fool himself matures as he experiences the various archetypes present within the major arcana on his journey of enlightenment.

In Numerology, there are also 12 numerical archetypes – one through nine, and then the master numbers 11, 22, and 33. Also of note – there are 12 signs in the western astrological zodiac. Not coincidentally, these archetypes are also in alignment, not only with each other, but also with the Tarot as each of the cards in the major arcana are assigned a numerical value and relate to a specific astrological sign and/or planet and those aspects correspond with the archetypal symbolism present in the images on the cards.

That being said, you will never find conflicting information between a numerological chart or an astrological chart. They will always support one another. Hand analysis (a more in-depth version of palm reading) also relies on the Jungian universal archetypes and funny enough, will also always coincide with an astrological chart and a numerological chart. Jungian dream interpretation pulls from the same archetypes.

The general descriptions of the zodiac sun signs in astrology are similar to the life path number in Numerology. They are the most influential aspects of the chart, but they are not the whole story, by any means. There’s a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes and having a full chart done, especially with astrology, can be so accurate it’s scary. If you really want the whole picture, you do them ALL.

If you’re interested in learning more about archetypes as it relates to Jungian Dream Interpretation or the Tarot, consider signing up for my online dream interpretation course!

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