I had a great staff meeting tonight at Wonderworks (pssst - we’re on Tumblr now, check us out.) We got crafty, and decorated our Yule stockings with some major bling. If you’re in the neighbourhood, come leave us treats & love letters in them. :)
I’m really excited about working there leading up to the holiday season. I think the weather finally needs to clue in that it’s almost winter though - enough of this mild rainy business, bring on the snow and festive cheer!
I started feeling feeling really sour and frustrated, particularly by the negativity/passive aggression that I perceived to be coming out of that email.
Then I remember a simple, but effective exercise you can do when you’re feeling vulnerable, sad, and/or as if another person’s negativity is affecting you. It’s a very simple but effective form of psychic self-protection, and helps shield your central nervous system from negative energy.
It’s called zipping up: simply put, visualize a giant zipper running up your central meridian from your pelvic bone to your lips, or just below your nose. Take a deep breath in, and as you do so visualize zipping the zipper up. You can also use your fingers to help direct the energy.
I am extremely claustrophobic, so I often do this when I’m feeling overwhelmed by crowds on public transit, or any other time that I feel anxious or upset.
Zipping up helps restore meridian energy flow the way it should be, and will help to make you feel more grounded, secure and in control of your own power. Gala Darling also suggests zipping up for warding off creeps when going out in public - I can personally attest that it definitely works for that purpose too.
My co-worker Karpanee wrote up a great post about zipping up on the Wonderworks blog a few weeks back, definitely check it out for more info.
Just a reminder that Mercury Retrograde started today. Things are probably going to be feeling a bit top-turvy right now, and it might not just be you!
Be gentle with yourself and don’t make any rash decisions. I like to take this (often frustrating) period to cultivate stillness and to be good to myself. It’s also a great time to do anything with a “re” prefix attached to it, e.g. return, review, reflect, reevaluate, reassess, rejuvenate, regroup, relocate, retrace, reconnect, recalculate, refresh, restore, recycle, recover, replace, reclaim, renew, reread, reclaim, etc.
When Mercury (which rules communications, technology, travel and rationality) is retrograde, I take a few extra minutes to back up my hard drives, give myself extra time for travel, and bite my tongue before I say something in anger or frustration.
I’m a Sagittarius, and it’s going to stay in retrograde until three days before my birthday. I thought I’d share, C.A. Brooks' Power Peek/Week Ahead thoughts because I found them very inspiring:
Well Sag, your birthday month is off to an amazing start with Mercury moving retrograde on Wednesday night and a New Moon / Solar Eclipse in your sign on Thursday evening! The fire of Sagittarius likes to do things in a big way, so make a bountiful wish before blowing out those candles on your birthday cake.
The Mercury retrograde pattern which gets rolling late Wednesday night (November 23) (early Thursday morning for most people) sends Mercury backtracking through Sagittarius. This Jupiter-ruled sign has an insatiable desire to seek out and find the truth. Information and experience is evaluated and distilled to find real meaning. All in all, not a bad place for Mercury to do its retrograde dance. As it revisits previous territory, we are bound to find new insights, answers, and solutions as the thinking planet allows us to review and literally ‘look again’.
Many people feel more psychic and ‘tuned in’ during a retrograde. This could be very useful as many of us embark on holiday shopping ventures. On Saturday, Venus the planet of values, enters practical Capricorn. In combination with the Mercury retrograde, this almost insures that we will approach gift giving in a more thoughtful manner and with a keener eye towards purpose and function and less on novelty that entertains for a moment and evaporates like a mist. Enlist Mercury to help you see your ‘hidden’ agendas and belief systems and Venus to make wise decisions with the investment of your time, money and resources during this holiday season.
Less than 24 hours after Mercury turns retrograde, the Moon and Sun merge at 2 Sagittarius forming a New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse. The Eclipse bumps up the energy of the New Moon to a whole new level. Astrologers consider Eclipses to be ‘wild cards’ so it’s silly of me to predict just what will happen. Pay attention. Eclipses can bring in important new information and people and mark significant turning points in your life - especially if it falls on or very near a planet or house cusp in your chart. If your birthday is this week, the cosmos may be orchestrating important changes for you that could evolve over the next few weeks and months.
This Eclipse is further empowered with a trine (120 degree angle) to Uranus in Aries which aligns the energies of fire for personal exploration and development. Eclipses are often compared to cosmic ‘rebooting’ of our psychic hard drives and providing easier ‘downloads’ of information from mass consciousness, our guides and angels and our higher selves. With Uranus involved and Mercury moving retrograde this is more than a distinct possibility! This Eclipse also loosely squares motivational Mars in earthy Virgo and forms an uncomfortable inconjunct with Jupiter in the fixed earth sign of Taurus. Rock and Roll! If you think you are feeling the earth move, you may be right - both literally and metaphysically speaking. Changes are afoot.
The next couple of months are anything but ‘low key’. Be sure to check out Elizabeth Pendleton’s article on the Sun in Sagittarius cycle. Elizabeth will join me on Simpletales on 12Radio this week and we’ll be giving you the full scoop.
“Given the natural inclinations of the magical practitioner toward syncretism, there is constant cross-fertilisation between those who interact in and out of the circle; consequently we have all borrowed ideas from one another. The fact of influence from other sources is no blemish nor is it a necessary act of compromise; it can be a conscious part of an ongoing creative spirituality.”—Andrew D. Chumbley (via littlecitywitch)
“Create a small altar on your mantel or a shelf by adding a few subtle natural magick touches. Arrange a striking red candle into a holder and snuggle around its base smooth pebbles or sparkly crystal clusters. Scatter a few seashells within the stones to symbolize the element of water. Lastly, look for fallen feathers and tuck one or to into your display. As you light the candle, you have all four magickal elements represented and at work within your room. If you lay claim to a wall shelf, then add taper candles at either end. Between the candles arrange your chosen natural and elemental items in a casual and pleasing way.”—Ellen Dugan, from Cottage Witchery
At my last group ritual, I pulled The Tower tarot card as a message of things to come. I know it isn’t inherently a bad card, but whenever I pull it has signaled radical changes and upheavals in my life.
This morning, when I opened my closet door it fell off its hinges/track and came crashing down on me, smashing one of the mirrored panes (7 years bad luck?). Very luckily I am not cut or seriously injured but there was broken mirror all over the floor and my back is pretty sore/was definitely knocked out of alignment. I know it was over 12 hours ago, but to be honest, I’m still feeling a bit shaken up. It may have been a complete fluke, but it felt significant at the time and it kind of still does.
I really think these types of omens come in threes. I feel like I keep waiting for something else to happen, but by all accounts things are pretty decent right now. My life isn’t perfect my any means, but I’m certainly a lot more stable (at least emotionally) than I have been in the past. So now, I’m really feeling a bit on edge. What happens next?
edit: The third thing might be that my poor little Serafina-cat is sick (again). Please send good vibes, taking her to the vet in the morning. I am bracing myself for the worst/it being possibly serious.
“I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall.”—Retired New York Supreme Court Judge Karen Smith, working as a legal observer after the raids on Zucotti Park this Tuesday, via Paramilitary Policing of Occupy Wall Street: Excessive Use of Force amidst the New Military Urbanism (via seriouslyamerica)
“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.”—
They just really shaped my experience on here for the better, and when they started following me back? It was like a dream come true for me.
I’m such a nerd.
I love you, ladies! <3
Wow! I feel beyond flattered to be on this list alongside other fantastic Tumblr users. I have immense respect each and everyone of you lovelies. I feel like I am always learning new and exciting things from following each of these fantastic ladies, as well as Tarot Blades. Sending much love, light & brightest blessings to you all. ~sparrowqueen ♥