Saturday, 25 February 2017

You Cannot be Lightworker and Play Heavy Metal?

There is a prevailing notion in the new age spiritual community that hard rock or metal music is not spiritual. That in order to be a bona fide psychic/healer/lightworker etc. One must be all kittens rainbows and sparkles at all times. Break out the new age relaxation tunes, or maybe  a little Celtic folk music, or nature sounds, or even some bright happy pop, but heaven forbid you dust off Metallica's "And Justice for All". Now don't get me wrong, I like glittery rainbow kittens, as much as the next person. In fact most people who know me are aware of my love for magical unicorns. But that is just one small part of me.


  
Usually though when people in the psychic community have found out what sort of music I listen to, or that I've played in metal or punk type bands, the reactions range from surprise to outright disapproval. I once had someone tell me that heavier music was a lower vibration and that it attracts negative energy. Thus if I wanted to be a manifester of positivity, and develop as a psychic, I aught not to be listening to it, never mind playing it. 

 I hate to admit it, but their ideas did seep in. After all didn't I want to be a positive lightworker? Didn't I want to manifest with joy and affirmations and sparkly crystals? Didn't I want to be taken seriously as an Intuitive helping people reach their creative potential? And of course I do. I like helping people to see the possibilities available to them, and helping them get to get creatively unstuck.

One rainbow unicorn kitten coming up.

But there was a problem. In my desire to help others, I shut down a powerful source of my own creative energy. By not creating myself, or acknowledging something I love, I had cut off an important part of me. There is a saying that what you resist persists, and it is true. After not playing guitar or listening to my favourite music (or much of any music frankly) for quite a while, it took its toll. First I got depressed. Then I had a hard time finding inspiration for drawing or writing. Listlessness and anxiety set in. I went to visit my bestie who asked me if I still liked Axl Rose and in a bid to sound like a sensible person, I actually said I was over it. Then the strange dreams started - Tornadoes of fire, and being buried alive amongst others. 

Then the eclipse happened and it punched me in the face metaphorically.  I was off for a week and instead of having fun I was struck with a terrible stomach flu. Then my step daughter came home one day having developed a sudden interest in my favourite band. I was dissapointed that I didn't get to introduce them to her, that her step father had instead. Lying on the couch nauseous while my 9 year old insisted on loudly singing along to Paradise City, it struck me - Stop being someone else idea of an adult. You can't help people be creative if you don't acknowledge your own. To help people be themselves you have to be yourself - your whole self. 

 Anger, rebellion and sex, some of the driving forces behind metal and hard rock are not inherently negative. The idea that they are is largely a puritanical concept. Like anything else, run amuck they can be destructive. Anger let's us know when a boundary has been crossed, or when a change needs to happen. Rebellion can be good because authority needs to be questioned at times. And let's face it - none of us would be here without sex. Too many of us have unhealthy ideas and hang ups in this area anyway. 

So to those who say it's lower vibration, that's fine, that's their opinion. It's not everyone's cup of tea and that's okay. But it's mine and I have to keep drinking it to stay sane. Oh and too my bestie - I'm sorry I lied. I'm so not over it.
guns n roses slash gnr duff mckagan
 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Five Contemporary Ways to Honour Vesta the Goddess of the Hearth

I was wanting to write a monthly blog post featuring the goddess or god I am working with for the lunar month. I didn`t want to rehash the mythology, as it`s pretty readily available, and there's lots of resources that can tell you it much better than I could. I also have no interest in reconstructionism, and trying to replicate the past. I personally believe the gods move with the times too, and don`t demand we do things the way we did then two thousand years ago.

Vesta Goddess of the Hearth
 

For the lunar month that started on January 27th, I am working with Vesta (also called Hestia) the Roman goddess of the home and hearth. This was a perfect choice as this month I am focusing on the home. She was in charge of protecting the family, the home, and the city of Rome as well. Below are five ways that a modern day person can honour this goddess.

1. Examine Housekeeping Roles
Back in Roman times, and until fairly recently, taking care of the home and family was seen as the domain of women. These days with most women in the Western world working outside the home, it is unrealistic to expect women to be the sole caretakers in this area. Sadly women still take on most of the burden, though luckily this has been changing over time. How much of the housework do you do? Can you ask for help form a partner? Can the kids do more to pick up after themselves? If you're like me you probably work one or two jobs, and can't possibly devote the rest of your time to something as mundane as housekeeping.

2. Clean and Declutter
Okay, so you don't want to spend all your time housecleaning, but take the time you can spend on it, and devote it to the goddess. Make yourself a schedule, or spend time decluttering. An inspiring book I read recently is Spark Joy by Marie Kondo who also wrote the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. When you get rid of the non essential, you open up your space and engage with your home as a sacred space.

3. Decorate 
Decluttering isn't so much about throwing things out, but about keeping what you love. Make your home into a shrine. Show off artwork and objects you love. Do you have comfortable furntiure? Is your place an inviting space? Your place should reflect you and your family's taste, and not be a carbon copy of everyone else's.

4. Light a Candle in Her Honour
Vesta is a goddess of the hearth, and a flame was kept burning in her honour at her temple in Rome. While most of us don't have hearths anymore, and its is unsafe to keep a candle burning at all hours of the day, we can light a candle for her. Oranges and reds are a good choice, as these are her favourite colours. If you do have a fireplace, lighting a fire during the cold winter months, is a cozy way to honour this loving and protective goddess.

5. Get Involved in Local Politics
This may surprise you, as Vesta is the Goddess of the hearth. But she was also the protectress of Rome. She challenges us to think of ways to get involved in local politics so we can make our wider community a better home for everyone. Vote, call your local politicians about issues you care about, stay informed, volunteer, and show up for protests if you can. We may not have a temple with priestesses tending a flame in it, but we can keep the flame in our hearts, and stay active and involved in our local areas.

In what ways do you honour the goddess of the hearth?


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Lunar Eclipse in Leo - Illumination by Fire

On Friday February 10, 2107, there will be a not only a full moon in Leo, but also a lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses are a time of illuminating and revealing. They bring to light what has been hidden and force us to face issues. This can bring insight and illumination for some, and a slap in the face for those that may have not wanted to look at certain things, or wanted to hide away from issues. Hopefully, if we have been doing the work we need to do in our lives, it will bring us an aha moment.

 If you want to know how this will play out in your chart, look to which house Leo rules, or more precisely where 22 degrees Leo is in your chart and it will tell you where this insight and illumination will occur. Also look to see if it is aspecting any of your natal planets, and this will give you additional insight as to how it will affect you personally. For me it is especially auspicious, as my natal Sun is at 22 degrees Leo. As it is in my tenth house, I am expecting an insight in relation to my career, and my sense of self.

 Full Moon in Leo
Full moons occur when the sun and moon are in opposition to each other. The sun in Aquarius makes us idealistic, optimistic, and forward moving. We want to try new things, be innovative and do what is best for humanity. Leo is more self focused, and with the Moon in Leo, we want to have a good time, stroke our egos, and express ourselves. Full moons ask us to integrate these energies. We need to find a way to express or creativity, while also working for the best of humanity. Given the political climate right now, we need to be creative and positive in our approach to moving things forward. Respect for the individual and looking after whats best for all need to be balanced harmoniously.

Grand Fire Trine 
The Moon in Leo forms a trine with Uranus, the planet of sudden and shocking events in Aries. Uranus also brings us inspiration and flashes of insight. In fiery Aries, the results are more often more shocking, and there are more impulsive and aggressive energies about. He can also spur us on to make big changes and new starts in our lives. He is being tempered by Saturn in Sagittarius, which is trine to Uranus, and the Moon. Saturn asks us to examine our philosophies and beliefs. He asks us to examine things before we rush off with a rash new idea. With them making a trine, there are opportunities for something to be illuminated in a shocking way, that will make us examine our beliefs and structures. The Sun is sextile Uranus and Saturn, showing there is an opportunity in these events to make changes in our own lives for the better.

Jupiter Opposite Uranus
Jupiter goes retrograde on Monday, before the full moon. The planet of expansion slows down and so does our ability to expand. Things don't come as easy, and we have to work harder to get things done. As he is opposite Uranus, this means that sudden events are challenging us to grow and work together. Jupiter in Libra wants harmony and togetherness, while Uranus in Aries wants change, action and to shake things up. This full moon we are asked to try to get these different aspects to work together.

For more details on the full astrology for the week, you can listen to my podcast attached below.
Goddess Astrology Podcast

 I have also included your weekly tarot horoscope.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

February Relationship Spread

I will be featuring a different spread each month this year, and for February, I thought a relationship reading would be ideal. Yes it can be used for romantic ones, after all it is the month of hearts, flowers, candy and chocolates. However, it can be used to analyze any relationships, from business partnership, to friends and family members. 

 

You can try this out for yourself, or if you would like a reading from me, you can check out my 
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1. How you see yourself in the relationship
2. How the other person sees themselves
3. How you see them
4. How they see you
5. What are your expectations for this partnership?
6. What are their expectations?
7. Your challenges
8. Their challenges
9. The gifts you bring to this partnership
10. The gifts they bring
11. The lessons you are learning right now in your partnership
12. The lessons they are learning.
13. What brings harmony to the relationship.
14. Outcome/future

If you would like to check out a quick example, check out the video below. 

Let me know how this Spread has worked for you?