SCORPIO NEW MOON + TAROTSCOPES

Happy Monday everyone.  The New Moon in Scorpio is bright and early Wednesday Morning (8:02 AM to be exact) and I want you to make the most of it.  I find that the New Moon portal stays open for about 24-48 hours, so if you want to honor it Tuesday night or Wednesday night, that’s just fine.  This is a moon very helpful for beginning to build a bridge back to your ancestors.  Remember that Scorpio is a water sign, but also a blood sign– blood is thicker than water and Scorpio wants to remind us of our connection to the past.

How can you reconnect with your ancestors?  There’s truly no right or wrong way.  I know some of you reading these are not particularly Shamanic or even “spiritual” but don’t let that stop you.  No matter to religious beliefs or witchy practices, we all have ancestors and it only makes us stronger to connect with them.

The easiest way to honor the ancestors is to create an offering of some sort.  Make them a cup of strong black tea and leave it on a table with a lit candle.  Pour them a glass wine and leave it outside tomorrow night.  You could buy them flowers or bury a crystal in your backyard.  The most important thing is that it feels like the right thing to do.  If you’re thinking, ‘This sounds nice and all but I really have no idea what to do for my ancestors,’ then just ask them.  How?  Well, take a few moments and get quiet, take a bath, meditate or right before you go to bed, ask your ancestors what they would like.  It’s surprising at first but I bet you’ll get a message.

There is one other very strong opportunity with this new moon.  Remember the new moon is when we cannot see it all.  And with Daylight savings time having changed last weekend this is one of the darkest nights of the year.  This is your chance to search in the darkness for a key to unlock your heart.   When we have courage to plumb the depths we find the things our hearts have been yearning for.

Below you’ll find your Tarotscopes for the cycle of November 7- December 6th.  Read for your sun sign and if you know your rising, read for that, too.

COLLECTIVE CARD FOR THE MOONTH:

Queen of Swords 

This card couldn’t be better timed for our current political season.  Ironically, there is no violence in her message.  This sword represents the sharpness of the mind. For all intents and purposes, the Queen of Swords is the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the deck.  She is a fair and impartial observer, a champion for justice and she sees all.  With this card as the harbinger of our monthly message for the collective, I think we are all being encouraged to see things from all angles and not get too caught up in our own personal narratives.

The Queen of Swords knows how to silence the inner critic.  She knows how to go into battle against the trickery of the mind.  This moonth she is here and she is inviting us not to fall prey to the fake news our own ego likes to serve up.  Remember that there are many sides to the same story.  And that somewhere in between them all is the truth.  The Queen of Swords is a warrior of truth.  She will accept nothing less than absolute honesty.  And we must all undertake a serious self inquiry and make sure we are not lying to ourselves.

If we are to bring about a new better world it cannot be done through hate.  The Queen of Swords cautions us against our anger.  Outrage is important and it can activate us in ways that no other emotion can.  But we must not get swirled up in the US versus THEM mentality.  We must strive to find common ground, we must employ the unending compassion of our hearts.  May this fierce archetype inspire us to be impeccable with our own personal integrity.  May she challenge us to seek out new ways of coming together.  And above all, may she empower you to see the truth and speak the truth.  Because when the world spews lies, truth is where our power resides.

 

SCORPIO

Ace of Pentacles (reversed)

Aces are beginnings, strong, sometimes fated, auspicious beginnings.  Pentacles represent our physical reality: our bodies and our bank accounts, our homes and careers.  Pulling this card signifies a new beginning that you can see, touch, taste, smell and hear.  You are being invited into transformation, powerful Scorpio.  But not just the unseen transformation of the heart or spirit.  Rather this moonth would like to EMBODY just how changed you are.

Perhaps there’s a new diet or workout regime calling to you, a new haircut or wardrobe that will help you see yourself in a new way.  My husband just shaved his head.  He looks hot as hell and every time he looks in the mirror it’s a reminder that he is a new version of himself. In a practical, tangible way, new beginnings are afoot for you.  Perhaps a career change, a new business where you get to be the boss– maybe even a new home!

The fact that his card came in upside down just means that things are going to move slowly.  This isn’t a big bang of change, rather it’s going to be a slow burn.  But that won’t make it any less profound.  Don’t resist the newness that’s calling to you.  Embrace the changes that present themselves to you.  I know you Scorpios run deep, but sometimes it’s in the superficial business of being alive where we can cement the new path our soul knows is possible.

 

SAGITTARIUS

Ace of Chalices

The Ace of Chalices is a new door into your heart.  You charge last moonth was to regroup in order to find balance.  And if you changed up what wasn’t working anymore then consider this card a reward to all your hard work.  This is a sweet invitation.  Chalices rule over our emotions and relationships.  So it’s not a stretch of the imagination to assume this card signifies a new relationship is on the horizon.  This could absolutely be a romantic relationship.  It could also be a new friendship with a like minded brother or sister or finding a community that feels like family.

While the Ace of Chalices usually signifies a new relationship, we don’t want to be too rigid in how we perceive that.  It could be that you are going to form a new relationship to your art or creativity.  Maybe you are feeling your own intuition in a profound way and you’ve decided to start working with your psychic gifts.  You might discover a new favorite book series or stumble upon a museum you never noticed before.  The Ace of Chalices could even be finding a new spa or park that provides deep healing.

Above all the Ace of Chalices wants you to open your heart to the world around you.  When you allow yourself to be reached, you allow yourself to be expanded.  Great art reminds us of who we can be when we surrender to the wisdom of the heart.  So take this moonth and let your heart call the shots.  Even if you don’t understand where it’s leading you, follow it.  Trust it.  There are fresh and exciting adventures for you in this next cycle, so jump in and swim in those waters and don’t be afraid to love again.

 

CAPRICORN

The Chariot

Success is yours, driven Capricorn.  This is the card that I most associate with your sign, because it speaks to our ambition and hunger for status and triumph.  Nobody is hungrier to achieve than a Capricorn.  So this moonth wants to find you doing what you do best: trying to take over the world.  The Chariot doesn’t just mean that you are striving for accomplishment, it means you’re already there (or almost there).  Prepare for a graduation of sorts, a chance to celebrate your progress.  And even if you aren’t where you planned to be at this time, you can still pat yourself on the back for a helluva good effort thus far.

The Chariot is the vehicle for your life.  It is the container for your soul.  Often times we think of the body as the Chariot because it houses our essence.  But you’re a big business Capricorn, which means that you express your soul’s purpose in the boardroom, on Wall Street and in the halls of commerce.  The Chariot is a profound reminder to make sure your career is in line with your deeper motivations.

Fame, money, power and prestige can be tremendously satisfying.  But they will not fulfill the deeper yearnings of the soul.  As you take this moonth and stoke your empire, ensure that you are not missing the forest for the trees.  Continue to tune in to the hunger of your bones.  Career success is great but it isn’t everything.  Expansion in business is valuable, but don’t neglect the expansion of your spirit.  And if you can find some way to unite the two of them, then you’d be the most realized Capricorn around!

 

AQUARIUS

Page of Swords (reversed)

Sometimes when a card comes in upside down it isn’t because we are resisting it, but rather because we are addicted to it.  That’s what I’m feeling coming though for all us unique Aquarians.  I think this moonth is cautioning us against becoming too addicted to our identity.  Let me back up a second here.  This card, the Page of Swords, is the gives no fucks card.  The Page of Swords says: this is who I am, take it or leave it.  And that’s good medicine.  I’m not trying to dissuade you from taking it.

However, if we become too attached to our ego’s story of who we are, we will inevitably miss out on some great surprises.  We must let our identities be fluid, not rigid.  We cannot get locked into the idea of who we are, because the fact is: we are constantly changing.  So the challenge this cycle would be to surprise yourself.  To give yourself permission to do things you would never do.  You can still give no fucks, I promise.

When we crystallize our persona we isolate ourselves from people who are “not like us”.  And as the humanitarian of the  Zodiac, I know you yearn for a collective.  Perhaps there is more value than originally thought in those people you have previously judged to be too unlike you.  Perhaps you are missing out on some tremendous relationships, or books or music merely because you haven’t given yourself permission to expand your identity.  Take this next cycle and keep challenging your ideas of who you really are.  I’m sure ninety percent of your identity will remain unchanged, but how fucking exciting to see what that new ten percent has to reveal to yourself about who you might be becoming.

 

PISCES

King of Wands

There is truly no more powerful card than the King of Wands.  He is the Merlin of the deck, dynamic and empowering– a master of energy and will.  When I think back on all the messages I’ve had the opportunity to deliver you, wise Pisces, they seem to be attempts at putting you back in the driver’s seat of your life.  As a sensitive and hyper-aware human, you are more likely than others to lose yourself in the sea of humanity right outside your doorstep.  But this card is a call to return to yourself and remember how powerful you are.

In Shamanism we learn that being a human puts you in a coveted position among beings.  As humans we have ownership of a body and that gives you free will.  When you have free will you are truly unstoppable.  The only thing that can unravel your efforts is you.  So this month is about reclaiming your power from where you may have abandoned it.  You are the King of Wands, no matter your gender or your station.  In you, gentle Pisces, is the ability to move tremendous amounts of energy and bring forth an empire from the invisible.

A useful meditation for you this moonth might be to visualize your energy returning to you.  As you inhale, see, sense or feel any pieces of yourself that you have lost coming back into you.  As you exhale, see, sense or feel any energy that doesn’t belong to you or serve you leaving your body.  Even if you were to do this for just three minutes a day this Scorpio Season, I think you would begin to feel much more agency in your life.  Remember, when you are power filled and purpose driven, it makes the world around you a better place.  The King of Wands isn’t just in it for themself– they know how to ignite others as well.  So as you move forth on your path this moonth, don’t be afraid to empower others as you continue to stoke your own fire of brilliance and ambition.

 

ARIES

The Hierophant

So, what the fuck is a Hierophant, right?  Ok, follow me here.  This comes from the Greek word: Heirophantos.  And they were the priests that facilitated the sacred initiation rights to the ancient Elusian mystery schools.  They were the gatekeepers to realms of intrigue and power.  And now, with the appearance of this card, you are being invited to cross the threshold of the known into the unknown.

With Hierophant energy around you there is a potential for deeper learning.  Trust that the right books are appearing before you, the right teachers showing up at the right time.  If a workshop is calling to you, a class or even a podcast, don’t hesitate to expand your mind.  In a more superficial interpretation, this could be literally going back to school or getting your Yoga teacher training or getting your real estate license.  But the essence of this card is to engage with tradition in order to transcend it. For example, you learn how to read Tarot, not just for the messages the cards deliver but because in the act of learning this ancient practice you begin to develop your intuitive gifts.  The outer form allows for inner wisdom to emerge.

This is a month for discovery and research, maybe you’ve got a creative project waiting in the wings but you need to develop it more thoroughly.  Learn.  Explore.  Ask.  Don’t hesitate (as if an Aries ever hesitates) to make yourself available to new information and soak it in like the sponge you are.  At the end of the day, what you are learning right now is not just for your own personal storehouse of knowledge but to be shared.  You will be asked to step into the role of Teacher soon, so stock up on teachings like you would stock up on bathing suits before a summer in Mykonos.  And above all, have fun with it.  If you aren’t passionate about what you are learning then let that shit go.  Now is the time to empower yourself with truth and complexity and trust that your own sacred rites have just begun.

 

TAURUS

Ace of Swords

This is going to be a big moonth for you, gorgeous Taurus.  You’ve been in the tunnel of transformation for some time now.  You’ve been shedding your old skin and preparing for your new life to begin.  Well, guess what gurl, it’s here.  The Ace of Swords is here to initiate a brand new story for your life.  And since you are the author of this story, I would suggest you make it a story you like, one that brings you joy and satisfaction.  The past no longer has any hold on you.  You are free.  So please stop telling yourself this old, outdated, sob story about who you are and what you are doing in the world.  A story for your life, or a headline, is how you can simplify and identify your purpose.  Instead of telling yourself that you will never find love, be healed, earn success or get noticed– tell yourself that you are a magnet for money.  You are a magnet for fulfilling romantic partnership. You are a magnet for hot sex and expensive vacations.  Yeah, now I’ve got your attention.

Swords rule our mental realm.  They allude to all the voices in our heads (compassionate and otherwise) and the thoughts they spew at us.  How we use these swords (or thoughts) are the key to our success. Is the sword pointed outwards, clearing your path ahead?  Or have you turned your sword inwards?  Are you skewering yourself with your own negative mental gymnastics?  Take this month and perch yourself on one good sword.  Tell yourself one huge story for your life and see where it leads you.

Changing old thought patterns isn’t easy, but it can be done.  And the emergence of this card would suggest that you are ready!  No more excuses and no more waiting around for someone else to change your life for you.  You are going to have to be the agent of your own metamorphosis.  But the good news is you won’t have to share any of the credit when all your wildest dreams have come true.  This moonth, be vigilant in observing your mental landscape and when the old stories appear, throw them out with the trash.

 

GEMINI

The Lovers (reversed)

If we think about the Major Arcana as charting our major life experiences, The Lovers is puberty or at least adolescence.  This is the period of our maturation where we separate from our parents, when we begin to embrace our individuality.  We choose what we like to do, who we find attractive and how we want to be identified.  No matter your sexuality, this is when everyone first comes out as who they truly are.  Scorpio Season is inviting you to really choose your next steps with authenticity.  You don’t have to live out your parents dreams or your grandparents dreams.  You don’t even have you follow through on plans you’ve already set into motion.  You are free to follow your heart and your true nature.

The Lovers present us with duality.  Do I go out and party or stay in and write?  Should I stay at this job I hate or jump into the unknown?  Ironically, this is the the card that represents you, Gemini.  The Lovers is the Gemini card.  It asks us to explore both sides of our being, our sparkling darkness and manic light.  Can you take this moonth and lean into your edges?  Can you embrace the parts of your psyche and soul that don’t often get to stand in the spotlight?

The Lovers can obviously also be about a lover (so if that’s happening in your world, enjoy and please engage fully) but above all it is about choosing with love.  This means your career, your daily routine, even the food you eat need to be approved by your heart.  You get to call the shots; it’s your life after all.  So don’t allow someone else to lord power over you. You’re a grown up and a gorgeous one at that and this card wants to empower you to pick your path forwards.  The truth is we don’t live in a dualistic universe, we live in the multiverse where literally ANYTHING is possible.  It doesn’t have to be this or that, it can be both.  Or if it seems like life is only presenting you two positions, take a moment and ask for a third.  There is always another way, you just have to be clever and creative.  And isn’t that EXACTLY what Geminis are known for?

 

CANCER

Seven of Chalices (reversed)

Sevens in the Tarot, as far as I’m concerned, ask us to approach from a spiritual perspective.  Seven of Chalices is a spiritual approach towards relationships, creativity, emotion and intuition.  Essentially, you are being presented with lots of choices right now.  With whom should you be spending your time?  With whom should you be sharing your heart?  And the answer isn’t an intellectual one.  You have to feel your way along.  And as a fellow water sign, Scorpio Season should have you deep in your feels, but most likely, in a good way.

Do you know what an energy vampire is?  It’s just a person who doesn’t know how to generate or manage their own energy, so they consciously or unconsciously leech it from others.  Sometimes (most of the time) energy vampires are quite attractive, charming and manipulative.  Sometimes they’re easy to see from the get go but not always.  The best way to tell if someone in your life is an energy vampire or not is to pay attention to how you feel immediately after spending time in their presence.  For example, when I get off the phone with my grandma I almost always feel drained.  I love her, she’s amazing and she’s a good person– but she’s also an energy vampire.

Your heart is your most prized possession.  This moonth wants you to be quite selective in who gets access to it.  The fact that this card came is upside down might speak to your tendency to put others needs ahead of your own.  I know you like taking care of other people but you also deserve to have others take care of you, too.  And if you don’t set up some boundaries ASAP, you will keep enabling your friends, lovers and co-workers to suck your energy reservoir dry.  Choose from your heart this cycle, sweet Cancer.  Choose to spend time with those who pour into your cup.  Choose to commit to projects that feel spiritually in alignment with your own purpose.  And lovingly and compassionately limit your time with those people, places and opportunities that feel like a drain.

 

LEO

Queen of Chalices

Welcome to the depths of mystery, charming Leo.  Scorpio Season may be hitting you hardest of all. Don’t be scared, get excited.  Queen of Chalices is here to usher you into the deep water of your own transformation.  When we are presented with this wise and watery figure it speaks to a period of time where something profound in us is shifting.  It’s a time that defies language or categorization.  Simply put, you just have to take the ride.  Other people are going to say to you: You seem different, what’s going on?  And you won’t be able to reply.  Even inside your own head you might struggle to comprehend this metamorphosis occuring in the marrow of your bones.  And I’m here to tell you, that’s totally ok.

The Queen of Chalices is the most mysterious and psychic card in the deck.  She is quite comfortable hanging out on the Ocean floor.  Even though your natural instinct, as a fire sign, is full steam ahead– this moonth is challenging you to release your need to know what’s next.  Let this whole season wash over you.  Marinate in it.  Let yourself daydream.  Allow hidden messages to reach you.  For example, you might wake up one morning and think: I need to call so and so today.  You don’t know why.  But if you trust your intuition and call them, you’ll soon recognize why it was necessary to reach out. That is the sort of moonth you’re going to have, awash in synchronicities and intrigue.

You shine bright, Leo.  There’s no denying that.  But someone with a light as bright as yours must have an equal amount of darkness.  And that darkness needs tending, too.  The Queen of Cups is someone who can embody their light and dark.  It will be in your best interest to seek out the shadowy aspects of your being and spend some time there.  Seek out the hidden corners of your community and learn how to be excited by the dark, instead of afraid of it.  The more you can release your need to know the better.  Let yourself go on a shadow safari this moonth and revel in the magic that only the darkness can provide.

 

VIRGO

Six of Pentacles

Blooming.  That’s what this card has to say.  Life is blooming all around you.  Your career, your creativity and even your bank account are going to get a little boost.  Hell, even your skin looks great!  Seriously, that is the message of the Six of Pentacles.  Things are starting to expand in your physical reality.  The seeds you planted early this year or even earlier this lifetime are beginning to sprout up.  And now you can see that, YES, all your hard work is starting to pay off.

Now, just because you might be harvesting the benefits of your labor doesn’t mean the work is over.  You must to continue to tend your investments if you want them to keep maturing.  But the truth is there is cause for much celebration this moonth.  You can pat yourself on the back and even treat yourself to some lavish rewards, so long as that doesn’t slow your momentum.

When we start on a new path we are putting a down payment on our future.  Well the future has arrived.  Maybe you began a new exercise regimen this year and you’re finally beginning to feel healthy and strong.  Perhaps you started a new business this year and are starting to cash some serious checks, hunty.  Or could it be you came out of the closet this year, as gay, spiritual, or whatever and now are starting to feel at home in your new identity and your community. Look around your world this moonth and realize what is blooming.  Take it in.  Thank it.  And realize that you are blooming, too.

 

LIBRA

Two of Chalices

People are always asking me about love.  They come to get their cards read and they want to know about relationships.  Where is my soulmate?  When am I finally gonna meet my man or my woman?  How can I call in a romantic partner that is spiritually and financially robust?  If this card shows up, the Two of Chalices, I can confidently say that love is just around the corner. That’s because this card signifies new relationships.  Two cups (or chalices) pouring into each other and filling the other up without depleting their own reserves.

We’ve all been in relationships that have been uneven, where you do all the tending and taking care or perhaps let the other person take care of you.  The Two of Chalices is a balanced partnership.  A meeting of equals.  That’s what this moonth has in store for you.  This could be romantic, absolutely.  But it also might be a creative partnership.  Look around and notice who the universe is serving up as a perfect companion for your life so far.  Sometimes the hardest things to see are right in front of us.  So take off your blindfold, wake up and see what sort of love is waiting to be invited in.

The other message this card has to deliver is all about partnering with yourself.  Because at the end of the day, relationships are a mirror.  If you haven’t gotten serious about being a tender and compassionate partner to yourself, you may continue to attract lovers that can’t really meet your needs.  My humble advice is to take this moonth and really ensure that you are showing up for yourself.  You have an inner child and an inner empress.  They need to be in healthy communication with each other or else you will be out of balance.  And the key to this next chapter is finding the balance within yourself.  THAT is what will deliver you your next balanced relationship.  And let’s be real, to a Libra, that’s the most important thing.  But it always starts within. Allow Scorpio Season reveal where maybe you’ve been letting yourself down and if you can right those wrongs with yourself, your outer world will make amends to you as well.

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SHINE YOUR DARKNESS

Welcome to Venus Retrograde in Scorpio.  It’s not gonna be all love and light, and thank goddess for that.  The thing is, we don’t live in a Care Bear universe (and would we even want to?).  We live in the multiverse where things are complicated as fuck.  When people confront this world’s challenges and tell me to just focus on LOVE and LIGHT, I feel as though they have reduced the complexity of our existence into a get-well-soon card, just so they can feel better.  Which I totally understand, because feeling into your darkness is possibly the most uncomfortable thing you can do in this world.  But if we limit ourselves to just focusing on the positive, we are actually practicing spiritual deception. And we can’t afford to deceive ourselves any longer.  We must be willing to acknowledge our own shadows, the shadow of our culture and the past, or they will to continue to reek havoc on our current lives.  Here’s the deal, the things we hide from only gain more power.  The thoughts and fears we refuse to share or speak out loud continue to grow in their intensity.

Our mission over these next few months is to begin to unearth the shadows and the shame that have been clogging up our hearts.  Our path forwards can only continue if we allow ourselves to reveal and revel in the power of our hurt, our disappointment and our rightful anger at a world that has tried to keep us under its thumb.  It’s time to shine your darkness.

What does it mean to shine your darkness?  To me, this means not holding back the truth of who we are.  Our capacity for joy and healing is only as great as our willingness to experience our own despair and trauma (and the collective shadow as well).  We cannot have one without the other, this is a natural law.  Not my favorite natural law, but an unavoidable one nonetheless.  Shining your darkness means having pride in the totality of your journey so far.  We all know how to expose the good things in our lives.  But what about the bad, what the about the ugly?

Growing up in idyllic, sleepy little San Diego, I was taught to keep my shame and struggles hidden.  I was instructed to only share what was “good” in my life.  My experience of otherness, my feelings of rejection, even my fears were best kept in the dark. Have you ever noticed how no one really talks about how they’re feeling at a dinner party? This is because we live in a society that doesn’t understand the value of vulnerability, of exposing your wound.  Let’s change this, now!  Let’s remind ourselves how empowering it can be to own our darkness.

Venus, the planet of love, beauty, art, luxury, money and sex turns retrograde today and spends the rest of this month in the early degrees of Scorpio.  Astrologically, this is a tremendously potent opportunity to begin to love your darkness, to acknowledge what is truly beautiful about it.  We can spin our shadow into silk, weave it into poetry, elevate it to the levels of high art– but first we must encounter it completely.  Can you begin to open up to the dark of your heart?  Remember that the dark gets a bad wrap.  Not all darkness is malicious.  Consider the darkness of your mother’s womb, the darkness of fertile soil where seeds are planted.

In restorative yoga, we teach that there are three elements which will bring the body into the deepest state of relaxation so it can heal.  These three elements are warmth, silence and most important, darkness.  Darkness is a healer, a nurturer.  I would even argue that only in complete darkness can we see ourselves  as we truly are.  Light refracts and reflects, plays tricks on our eyes; only in the dark can we experience the essence of our being.  Shine your darkness, own your anger and your shame, dance with your shadow.  And in this way we can honor Venus, the morning star, as she blazes backwards, in passionate warrior mode, through our cosmos.

TAROT + VINO, nourishment for body and soul

Tarot is an incredible tool that can help remind us who we really are.

If you have been curious about the cards themselves or how to unlock your psychic gifts, this is the event you’ve been looking for!

Imagine yourself in this beautiful outdoor garden, drinking top notch wine, snacking on delicious treats and learning the ancient secrets of the Tarot.  This dream can be your reality and I’m hoping to see you there!

WHERE:  

Spoonfed Kitchen and Bakeshop in Hollywood.

(959 Seward St. Los Angeles, CA 90038)

WHEN:

Three consecutive Thursday evenings:

October 18th, October 25th and November 1st

from 7 – 9:30 PM.

WHAT:

Expert Tarot instruction + at least two glasses of top notch wine + delicious bites + two mini-readings + your own copy of Kim Krans’ The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck.

Everyone has psychic (or intuitive) gifts, it just takes some attention to unwrap them. In these three weeks you won’t just learn Tarot, you’ll learn how to connect to your own intuitive abilities.

Treat yourself, expand your mind, connect with your heart and your spirit (and your tastebuds) and join us!  Consider this your low-key, high-vibe opportunity to level up your life.  Here’s what you can expect from each class:

Week One. 

How to develop your psychic gifts.  How to clear energy and protect yourself.

What is the Tarot?  It’s history and variations.

Unpacking the Major Arcana: 22 cards that chart our journey from innocence to awakening + your first mini-reading from Brandon.

Week Two.

Exploring the Minor Arcana: 40 cards that serve as windows into our world.

Diving into the realms of Cups, Wands, Pentacles and Swords + working with numerology and exploring the elemental powers of Water, Fire, Earth and Air to deepen your understanding.

Week Three.

Embodying the Court Cards: 16 cards that invite us to be the badass we wish to see in the world + your second mini-reading from Brandon.

Putting it all together, practice readings and creating your own spreads.

You will leave confident and empowered in your ability to begin working with the cards and your own psychic gifts.

*Seminar will be capped at 15 attendees.

Pricing.

Tuition includes all 3 classes + Food + Wine + Tarot Deck + 2 mini-readings.

Early Bird Special Pricing, $280 paid in full for early registration by Oct. 4th.

$315 thereafter ($90 deposit reserves your place). Balance due by Oct. 15th.

Please include all current contact info (email, phone, etc.) with registration.  Three ways to pay:  Credit Card payments via PayPal for full amount only (please add 5% service charge). Venmo payments accepted, use phone number 310.710.4101.  Or make checks payable and send to:  Brandon Alter, 4208 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Cancellation Policy: Refunds minus $75.00 processing fee will be given until 5 days
prior to workshop date, no refunds will be given after that unless student has a serious illness.

For further information: 310.710.4101 or at brandonalterwellness@gmail.com.

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BRANDON ALTER is an intuitive healer, Tarot reader, teacher and writer living in Los Angeles. He is passionate about sharing spiritual tools that have helped him reconnect to the wisdom of his heart. He currently writes a monthly Tarot and Astrology column on Queerty.com called, Tarotscopes That Slay and he co-hosts The Spiritual Gayz with his husband, a twice monthly podcast dedicated to exploring the wide reaches of spirituality, without pretending that it all makes sense.

Aries Full Moon + What Happens in a Healing

Greetings from the High Desert.  My husband, our good friend Sarah and I have been out here for a few nights, mainly to celebrate the equinox (which happened on Saturday) and also to recharge our batteries.  It’s been mostly restorative, lots of quiet time, hot tub time, Tarot card spreads, delicious veggie heavy meals, and cuddles with the dog.   But I have to be honest, this full moon in Aries is spicy as fuck.  It’s not a gentle moon, it’s a feisty one and I have been feeling it.

Today I went for a high powered wander through the desert and found myself scurrying up a large rock face.  I took my time but I was definitely flirting with danger.  When I finally found a comfortable seat, high above the vast sandy flats, dotted with Joshua Trees, I realized I had all of this pent up anger.  I screamed, not once, not twice but three huge primal yells.  And each time I challenged myself to hold back less, to give it all away.  My voice echoed throughout the canyon.  And I remembered how good it feels to let go.

We all have anger. And it’s only a problem if we let it fester. This full moon in Aries wants us to express it, all the way.  The thing is, where we don’t allow ourselves to feel the truth of our lives, we literally stop our lives from moving forward.  So even though anger isn’t a fun thing to feel (or despair, or disappointment, etc.) it’s vital we do so.

In just a little bit, this Full Moon will be at it’s full power (6:55 PM, pacific time).  But you can work with it for the next 24-48 hours.  So if you are feeling feisty as fuck today (or this past weekend) or this coming week, now you know why.  You are feeling this Aries full moon.  Maybe you’re ready to burn some bridges, to tell some people off, to claim your rightful anger.  Now I’m not suggesting you do anything you will regret.  But sometimes we have to get all hot and bothered in order to finally do the hard work required to fix our lives.  If you’re fed up, if you have had it, this moon is a chance to step forwards on your path.  You don’t have to yell out into a canyon, but I would suggest beating the shit out of your pillow, screaming into your hands, going for a long run.  If you don’t use all this fire energy in the sky, it will use you, and that may not be pretty.

In the interest of helping you start to release your anger or any other emotions that have been holding you back, I encourage you to see me for one-on-one healing.  I know a lot of you might not know what the hell “healing” is or what it entails.  So please read below a little piece I wrote last week entitled: What Happens in a Healing.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A HEALING.

I can feel you wondering.  You’re curious but you’re also scared. That’s ok. Trying something new brings up all sorts of resistance.  Resistance is what I call the energy that wants to keep you stuck.  Maybe your Ego generates it, maybe it’s just a force in the world like gravity.  But whenever you want to make a change, the resistance crops up.

Even once you get here the resistance may still cling to you.

You may think: What the hell am I doing here?  Why did I spend my time and money to come and lay on this stranger’s floor and breathe?  Again, this is the resistance pulling out the big guns, it knows you’re about to break through something. Something old. Something ancient even. Something that’s been holding you back.  But once you start breathing I can help you overcome the resistance. I have crystals. I have oils. I have tricks up my sleeve.  And for at least an hour, the crafty resistance is unable to assert any power over you.

This work doesn’t have to be done in person.  I have a kooky Aquarius belief that all of time and space is happening at once, so even if you’re on the other side of the world, we can work together through the spirit of technology (ie. Skype/Zoom/FaceTime) and the remote sessions I facilitate are JUST AS POWERFUL as the in person sessions, for real. But let’s assume I’m seeing you in person.  When you come over for a healing, you will first be greeted by my very barky dog Noche (see picture).  Who you will love.  He will bark at you until you crouch down and greet him properly. Then he will become your new best friend.  I will offer you water. I’ll ask you to take off your shoes. And then all three of us (yes, Noche comes too) head into the spirit room, which is what I call the second bedroom that my husband and I have magicked into a vortex of healing.

You’ll sit in a very old peach chair (also pictured) that used to belong to my grandmother.  It’s gorgeous and I’m never getting rid of it. And then I’ll ask you to tell me what’s going on in your heart. I’ll listen as you tell me where you’re blocked or angry as hell or whatever needs to be said out loud. I’ll listen and together we will figure out the intention for your session.  Even though the breath itself may have it’s own agenda.  Then I teach you the breath, it’s simple and powerful as fuck.

You will lay down and you will breathe. If you’re cold I’ll put any number of beautiful southwest patterned blankets on you (again, also pictured). There’s a killer playlist to help you power through the resistance. You’ll laugh, you’ll scream, some people cry. But it’s never the same for anyone.  It’s a chance to return to the purity of your being.  You’ll feel energy.  You may have visions.  But above all you will start to feel less blocked and more connected. Usually you’ll begin to feel more empowered than you have in a while.  But what happens in a healing is hard to describe because it’s mystical and practical all at once.  And I will never share the specifics of anyone’s session because your healing is just that, entirely your own.

So if you’re ready to break through some invisible barrier that’s been making your life feel small, if you’re still curious, and hopefully now a little less confused, please reach out.  And let’s see just how much freedom we can find together in your healing. Noche can’t wait to bark at you and then lick you and eventually help you to heal. And I can’t wait either. XOXO

Two other pieces of exciting info.  Soul Centered Pilates is happening this Saturday the 29th from 3-4 PM and there is room for you!  So sign up quickly.  And TAROT + VINO has Los Angeles dates. Yes, Los Angeles, get ready for three weeks of wine, ancient wisdom and delicious bites.  This will be happening at Spoonfed Kitchen and Bakeshop in Hollywood.

More details will be sent out this week.  But this three week class will be starting on Thursday, October 18th (and continuing the following two Thursdays, October 25th and November 1st from 7-9:30 PM).  So mark your calendars now, and keep your eyes peeled for open registration later this week. I’m going to do a discount for people who sign up early, so don’t sleep on this super fun way to honor your intuition and your tastebuds simultaneously.

Lastly, if you aren’t listening to THE SPIRITUAL GAYZ you are seriously missing out.  Find us on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or Podbean.  Our next episode features superstar writer, actress, producer, living legend and newly minted icon, Lena Waithe, so subscribe now and don’t miss it!  Also, if you could rate us, review us and spread the love we would be so grateful!  Seriously, it takes just a second to give the podcast five stars but that little action means a lot when it comes to promoting the show, getting great guests and more.  So help us help you!

Until next time, I am here to help you on your journey of healing however I can.  Whether that’s an energy healing session, Reiki, a Tarot reading or just the juicy newsletter itself, thank you for opening your heart to me and my teachings.  I hope to serve you however I can.

Lots of love,

Brandon

Full Moon in Boss Bitch

Full disclosure: I have a sweet spot for a moon in Capricorn because I am one.  And I’m in good company too; Cher, Abraham Lincoln, Stevie Nicks and Brad Pitt are all Capricorn moons. But don’t be fooled, this is not necessarily an easy moon placement. Remember that the moon rules our subconscious, our emotional life, our heart. And Capricorn isn’t a sign generally interested in those realms– Capricorns are more interested in world domination, in success at all costs. So you can imagine the challenge of having a moon in Capricorn is that feelings can get pushed aside real quickly, and there’s a tendency for compartmentalization. The silver lining to this this storm cloud is that a Capricorn moon has a way of never letting you see them sweat.  Even when things are completely unraveling, they appear to have it all under control. This composure stems from Capricorn’s sacred relationship to duty. And that is the invitation the Full Moon is rolling out for us this week.
What is bigger than you, that you can give your whole self too? We are in complex and fast-moving times. You can feel it. None of us are allowed to sit on the sidelines and be passive observers anymore. We must continue to step up and create the new world we want to live in. Each and every one of us has a part to play. But until we pick up our power individually, until we claim our unique authority, we will always be letting other people pave the way.
This moon wants you to feel your power in the world. Not for your ego, but for the bigger purpose you serve.  You are a boss. You have to remember that. You have to wake up every day and remind yourself that you are a big deal. You have to tend to your power. Until you do, you will not have the energy necessary to change your world.

Maybe you’ve lost touch with that power because you’re not in touch with the bigger purpose you are serving. Don’t freak out, this week is going to reconnect you to your life purpose so you can actually start to be the bad ass you’ve always felt was inside.

We lose our power when we make it all about ourselves. I have a friend who is an incredibly talented opera singer and actress. Truly, her work is always awe-inspiring. But she struggles, as we all do, with putting herself out there. Self promotion isn’t always easy. It can leave us feeling slimy or worse, desperate. But I said to her that she must continue to put herself out there, because it’s not about her, it’s about her unbelievable voice. The world has to hear it. When she gives into insecurity she literally dishonors the gift that is her voice, her talent. Who hasn’t been there? It’s not about ego. It’s about fighting for opportunities to share our gifts with a world that is so hungry for them.
What unique gift can you build your life around? That’s the question to meditate on in the next two weeks. Because that’s where your power comes from. Whatever you decide to dedicate yourself to, will become the source of your power to expand, achieve and transform. At it’s essence, Capricorn is an empire builder. It works hard and dreams big, not for selfish gain but for the sake of the whole wide world.
Saturn, the planet of the planet of responsibility and consequence rules Capricorn.  So it makes sense that Capricorn corresponds to our bones and the skin. Where all the other signs are specific body parts (ie. hands, feet, ankles, etc.), Capricorn is the whole system, it’s the literal foundation. Which I think symbolizes what Capricorn energy is really good at, building structure. I find it really helps to work with your physical body in a disciplined way during this season. When you dedicate yourself to learning proper alignment and getting strong in your body, it will help you lift the heavy weights in your life.
In the spirit of that, I want to offer one-on-one private Yoga + Pilates sessions at a special Capricorn rate of only $100/session (which is frankly, cheap as hell).  Especially if you already have a Yoga practice, or exercise regularly, a little tune up can really make a huge difference in everything else that you do.  Or if you are finally ready to start a physical routine, let me help you design a program that is personalized for you.  The start of Summer is here, and there is no better time to start something than right now!
xoxox
Brandon

Full Moon in Sagittarius + Chasing After Ricky Martin

Last Friday night, towards the end of dinner, my husband spotted Ricky Martin. He was almost unrecognizable, I thought, in rimless reading glasses and a plain, white, long-sleeved, t-shirt. But my husband is very good at this sort of thing and he was right. It was Ricky Martin, casually walking by with his husband.  My sister-in-law, a card-carrying Sagittarius goddess, didn’t skip a beat. Before I knew it, she was up and chasing after him.

 
It happened so fast. I’m not even sure she had the conscious thought: Oh, I should go introduce myself to Ricky Martin. It was all instinct. There was no hesitation, no doubt. And moments later, she was mid-conversation with Ricky Martin, talking about Puerto Rico and what they could do to continue the relief efforts.  And at the end of their exchange, he asked for HER card. I mean, that is some purpose-driven witchcraft right there. My sister-in-law is truly a force of nature. She was so confident, so self-assured. And this inspiring display reminded me of what Sagittarius energy is all about. It’s an arrow on fire, and it sails towards its destiny, unflinchingly.
 

Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, May 29th at 7:19 AM (PDT)) we are invited to step into the Full Moon in Sagittarius.  But FYI, if you’re the sort of person who charges your crystals outside (I AM!), under the light of the full moon, then do it tonight! Because tomorrow night she will already be in the wane and you want that energy when it’s at its peak. Sagittarius is an explosively charismatic and dynamic fire sign, that seeks truth in all realms.  But for this wise and impassioned Centaur, truth isn’t just an idea, it’s a felt experience in the body. It’s a chord that rings out loud and clear. As my sister-in-law magnificently demonstrated, Sagittarius is the sign of TRUTH IN ACTION.

So, what does a Full Moon in Sagittarius mean for the rest of us? What are we supposed to do with all this fire energy in the sky? My advice is: We are supposed to use it to illuminate the truth about ourselves.  Take some time, and TELL THE TRUTH ON YOURSELF. And if that sounds scary as hell, even more reason to do it.

 

Imagine you were a stranger experiencing your life for the very first time. What would you see? How would you perceive yourself?  I bet the truth about your life is actually A WHOLE LOT BETTER than you realize. But our old stories, our inner critic, don’t let us receive our own greatness. We get so used to looking for problems everywhere, that we neglect to notice what is working out gorgeously.

To tell the truth on yourself will set you free. And I would encourage you to take a few minutes this evening, stand under the moon, and seek out the truth of your own life. Say them out loud, or write them down.  What is the truth of what you have? What is the truth of what you want? And how can these truths be more than just ideas in your head– how can they find their way out into the world?

A SIMPLE RITUAL for the FULL MOON in SAGITTARIUS.

Stand outside under the moon.
Close your eyes.
Visualize yourself in a golden egg of light.
Imagine the moonlight filling up your egg.
Breathe in the light, let it penetrate every cell of your being.
And then ask, out loud: WHAT IS THE TRUTH OF MY LIFE?
Sit still, listen for the answer or answers (maybe write it down).

I had a great therapist a few years back who told me this, he said: The paradoxical theory of change is that until you ACCEPT THE TRUTH of your circumstances, you can’t change a damn thing. So, if you are one of those people who like to tell yourself a made up story about your life, as opposed to facing the cold hard facts, I get it– that shit is hard. But if you want anything in your life to change, to get better, to evolve and transform, then you have to look it right in the eye and CALL IT OUT.  Only after you have named the truths you see in your life, will you will be able to release them. Fantasyland is a nice place to escape to, I get it, I’ve been there– I’ve got actually got dual citizenship, believe me. But if you live your whole life there, your reality will remain unchanged.

I understand that sometimes we are too entrenched in our own lives to clearly identify the patterns. Sometimes we are too close to the windshield to see our own blind spots. So in an effort to help you on your truth-seeking journey; I am going to give HOUR-LONG TAROT READINGS AT A SPECIAL PRICE (but only until June 13th, so don’t delay!). If you’ve never gotten your cards read, it can be kinda mind blowing. They are profoundly insightful and healing. It’s not fortune telling, it’s a tool to help you see what energies are most available to you. It’s like seeing a spiritual snapshot of your life, right now. And once you see the big picture, you can begin to change any little detail you like.

Alright, my loves, that’s all for this cycle. Take care of yourselves, tell the truth and enjoy the start of the Summer. I’ll see you in two weeks for the NEW MOON in GEMINI!
xoxox
Brandon

New Moon in Taurus w/ CHER

Tomorrow morning around 4 AM, a new cycle begins.  And I want you to take it.  Whatever has been happening for you this month, or even this year– let it go.  Imagine you could wake up tomorrow and start fresh.  And truly, you can.  A new moon, technically, is when the Sun and the Moon rejoin each other in the sky. So it makes sense that this is a monthly moment when you are INVITED TO REJOIN YOURSELF. It’s a time when you are asked to wipe the slate clean, and meet yourself where you truly are– so that you can begin again.

Because Taurus is a sensual earth sign (that I often associate with Mother Earth herself) this new moon is a profound invitation to renew your whole life, starting with the physical world around you.  This means your body, your bank account and most importantly, your home.   New Moon in Taurus is encouraging you to set yourself right in relationship with Mother Earth. I mean, you live on this planet, honey, so you might as well start developing meaningful exchange with her– because even with Global Warming, she ain’t going nowhere. So I ask you?  When was the last time you got out into nature? When was the last time you truly took in the simple beauty of a sunset, or a cactus flower or your own gorgeous face? Spoiler alert: It’s springtime, babies. All around us things are blooming, things are COMING INTO BEING. The more you can tune into nature, the more you will tune into your own nature. You will start to discover how you too are blooming. You will start to see where new aspects of yourself are coming into being.

The other invitation with this new moon cycle is to renew your relationship with your body. I like to think of our physical bodies as little Earths. And like the Earth, the more we take care of it, the more we are taken care of. So celebrate your body this cycle; remember how good it feels to be in your body. After a long cold winter, some of our senses get dulled– numb. So now is the ideal time to wake them back up.   I would argue that Taurus is the most sensual of signs, so take a cue from Taurus Queen Cher, and SNAP OUT of your stale routine. Treat yourself to the world of sensation. Use your body for pleasure. Eat lavish meals to expand your taste buds. Buy a new wardrobe of sumptuous fabrics because they feel so good on your skin. Invest in pure high grade essential oils, change up your scent, or your bathtime ritual. And don’t be cheap, go for the good stuff; Taurus reminds us that we are worth the best– and sometimes quality costs more. Barbra Streisand is also a Taurus so… need I say more?

Your outer world reflects your inner world.  And I have a feeling your inner world has changed vastly in the past few months– so now you get to match your outsides to your insides. Taurus reminds us that no matter how enlightened we become, we can’t neglect the material world, because it’s where we live!  Take a long hard look at your closet, maybe it’s time to let that person go.  She ain’t you, anymore.  Or is your car a mess?  Mine is.  Maybe it’s time to get it washed.  This week you will feel supported in spring cleaning, starting new diets, new fitness routines, and new relationships with the world around you.  So take advantage of the energy while you can.

Life Lessons from Liza Minnelli

FULL MOON IN SCORPIO.  GROUNDING INTENSITY.

Things have been intense recently.  And I know I’m not the only who feels this way.  Maybe you have also been feeling a little out of control, a little anxious, a little manic or moody.  There’s good reason for that.  With big planets like Jupiter and Saturn in Scorpio we are being invited into intensity and transformation (because that’s what the sign of Scorpio is all about).  This is a sign that loves nothing more than digging deep into sex and death and shadow.  And the full moon last night, which you can still work with, was a giant period at the end of a cycle of transformation for all us.  At this moment we are halfway through Spring and time feels like it’s really speeding up.  This full moon asks us to notice where have we reached the end of a story, and how can we bring all this energy in for a landing.

Here’s the deal, Scorpio can go from 0 to 100 in the blink of an eye.  It is addicted to feeling things in the most powerful way– but our job is learning how to translate that intensity into something we can use.  For example, I’ve been traveling almost non-stop for the past few weeks.  And it’s been beautiful and exciting, lots of revelations coming in left and right.  But at the end of the day these transformational experiences are only as valuable as my ability to integrate them into my daily life.  And that is what this full moon is paving the way for– a chance to bring all your spiritual and emotional adventures back down to Earth.

Often times when we are going through a rough situation we just want to get to the other side as quickly as possible.  And that is completely understandable.  But consider that whatever you have been going through is now coming to an end.  What has this moment taught you?  What new aspects of yourself has it revealed?  Sometimes the most painful and intense experiences in our lives are the catalyst for the personal upgrade we’ve been waiting for.  Learning how to channel the energy of pain and disappointment into personal power is what making magic is all about.  You are the magician of your life and everything is happening for you.  But it requires the discipline and discernment to harness all that energy and apply it to your every day life.  Simply put, it’s not enough to have the breakdown– you have to work with the wound until it becomes your breakthrough.

 

Whenever I’m feeling depressed as fuck I watch this hilarious video of Liza Minnelli on the Home Shopping Network.  Not only is it just out of control funny, because Liza (goddess bless her) is high as a kite, but there’s some wisdom in here too.  She talks about how she broke her knee and that forced her to spend weeks in bed.  She didn’t know what to do with herself, so she started working with clay– and she realized she loved it.  Then she started making jewelry molds out of the clay and now she’s selling her shit on HSN.  I don’t know about you but THAT is some major witchcraft right there.  That’s how you work with a wound and let it lead you forwards to your bigger, better life.  You see, you have to work with your wounds like clay, feel them in your hands, mold them around, meditate on them.  Ask them what they want to become.  And then have the courage to listen.  Like Liza you can turn your psychological and emotional sufferings into real world gold– but you have to get real and keep it simple.  This full moon is building us a bridge where we can take our intense experiences and spin them into something we can actually use.  But the full moon wont walk you across, you have to take the steps yourself, placing one foot in front of the other.

Above all the most important thing you can do in these next two weeks is to TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF ON A PHYSICAL LEVEL.  This means eating well, long baths, massages, facials, hiking and exercise– you want your self care to be on fleek!  Let your inner Earth Goddess emerge and start to treat yourself to sensual pleasures.  Cook an extravagant meal and let yourself really taste it.  Buy an expensive candle and luxuriate in its smell.  When things get crazy and out of control, real world  pleasures can ground us back in our body.  Your body is the wisest teacher you have.  So don’t be afraid to really root into the physical world.  Because at the end of the day, the only place we can manifest our dreams is in the present moment.  And your body will expose you to the present moment and all of its possibilities.   Good luck grounding your intensity, plant it deep in the soil of your heart and notice what starts to bloom.

I want to help you make magic out of your pain and suffering.  I want to show you how to turn your trauma into triumph.  So for the next two weeks, while the moon slowly wanes, I’m offering a SPECIAL ON ENERGY HEALING AND BREATHWORK.  Instead of the regular rate of $150, you can work one-on-one with me for only $100.  This seventy minute session will take you into the root of your wounds so you can start to transform them into something valuable.  I am confident that if you are ready to change your life, your habits or your responses, we can truly take some big steps together.  If you are one of those people who have trouble letting go, feeling your emotions or releasing the negative mental chatter, THIS IS FOR YOU!

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  It’s a joy for me to have this new platform to share some thoughts and stay connected.  For those of you who reached out regarding SOUL CENTERED PILATES, please know it’s currently on hold while I find a new suitable location.  But I will reach out as soon as it’s back on track.

Lots of love,
Brandon

MAY OFFERINGS

FULL MOON in LIBRA

STRENGTH. TRUTH. VALOR.

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Yesterday I received some bodywork from a very gifted healer, it went deep and I was grateful for it.  After the session she talked to me a little bit about what she noticed while working on me.  She said she felt called to energize and align my third, fourth and fifth chakras (the solar plexus, the heart and the throat respectively). They are connected, she reminded me.  Even though the energies they contain and stoke are unique, they work together.  They must.

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Just like your body, every part has a meaning, each piece has a crucial role to play. Your Solar Plexus is your crucible of strength, your Heart is the temple of your truth and your Throat is the valor required to honor your boundaries, needs and knowledge.  The literal definition of valor is: great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.  Without STRENGTH of conviction and a deep connection to our unique TRUTH, how can any of us expect to BE BEINGS OF VALOR.  What is valor without truth, what is truth without the strength to stand by it, and what is strength without heartfelt purpose? deep-breath

Each and every day we attempt to balance these powers.  Strength without truth is just bullying, truth without valor is cowardice and valor without strength is just a bunch of bullshit.  Tonight’s LIBRA FULL MOON which completes itself at 4:37 AM tomorrow morning is inviting is to release the imbalances in our lives, particularly in our bodies and most importantly in our Energy Body, where all these Chakras reside.

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Where are your Strength, your Truth and your Valor our whack?  Which of these need more attention and which of these are overworked?  Consider it another way: Do you know where you stand?  Do you know what you stand for?  Do you speak the truth with love and conviction?  Let your heart and mind marinate on these questions and perhaps the poetry and beauty of the Libra Full Moon can illuminate where balance has been eluding you.

YOU ARE A PORTAL.

Picture-7YOU ARE A PORTAL.  Maybe it’s because I’m heading to New Orleans later this week, maybe it’s because I just got back from the desert, but I’ve been thinking about portals, a lot. Portals are doorways into other worlds.  Portals can connect us to different times, different dimensions, different frequencies.  They are neither good nor bad, they are merely gateways into the unknown. Simply put, they are bridges between here and there and they are everywhere.  When you’re out in nature, exploring a silent cave or a sacred clearing and you notice the air change, that’s a portal.  Where you walk into a room in a house and you feel you hair stand up on end, that’s a portal.  When you put on a song from your youth and you get transported back in time, that’s also a portal.

People can be portals too.  You are a portal.  You are the threshold through which your whole life is being channeled; some days you are a portal reaching forwards to your future self up and some days you are reaching back to your wounded child..  Portals get created and closed all the time.  Think about the last time you got together with your best friend in the whole wide world.  Can you see how that opened a portal?  Did time speed up, did you forget about the rest of the world around you?  I have some besties who I never fail to create a portal with– even over the phone!  But portals don’t just exist outside of ourselves, they exist within us as well.  Your heart is one of the most powerful portals I know.  By entering into and through your heart you get to feel the world differently. By entering into and through the portal of your third eye, you get to see the world differently.

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I’m gonna tell you a little story about the last time I stumbled onto an unexpected portal, it was just a few days ago:

So this weekend I was trying to order takeout from the only pizza place in Joshua Tree, on a Saturday night, on a holiday weekend.  Needless to say I got a busy signal every time I called.  After twelve failed attempts I checked in with my intuition for what to do and I heard 5:55.  It was currently 5:30 and I thought my intuition was telling me if I called back at 5:55 I would get through.  But let be real with ya’ll, I was hungry and I didn’t want to have to wait that long.  So I kept calling and calling and finally I got through.  Then I proceeded to be put on hold for 16 minutes!  Can you guess what time it was when the girl finally picked up the line and took my order?  That’s right, it was 5:55.  I mean you can’t make this shit up!  So to me, this made me think about time as a portal too.  There are certain magic times in the day when windows to the invisible world slide wide open.  5:55 is a portal, 11:11 is a portal, sunset is a portal, so is high noon.  Even Sunday Morning is a type of portal if you think about it. 

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So hopefully this is all very interesting and engaging but I’m sure you’re wondering, why should I care?  Well, because the truth is, we are always channeling something.  At every moment of our lives we are reaching into portals and it’s important we start to become aware of that.  We need to take responsibility for the energies we are engaging with and drawing from.  By starting to become aware of the portals around us and within us, we can pick up our power in a major way and have more agency in calling in EXACTLY the type of energy we need to help us flourish in our lives.  By becoming aware of portals we can also learn to close those which zap us of our vitality and confidence and avoid those which drain our energy and time.  The most sacred portal each of us possesses is the portal to spirit, a soft spot within all of us that immediately connects us to the great mystery.  This is the portal, humble and quiet, that I cherish most of all.  And my wish for you is that you find it right in this moment– this portal is an infinite invitation to feel your interconnectedness in this magnificent and tangled web of life.  Step into it now.img_9327-1