Our Magical New Year

Reblog, ReclaimingPGH

Recently, Reclaiming Pittsburgh hosted our annual community meeting to decide what magic we wanted to Work in 2020. This is a great opportunity for personal and community work that blossoms from a theme or story in mythology. The best part? Anyone can submit their idea!

After a potent experience I had at the Carnegie Science Center a couple months ago, I was struck by the healing wonders of mushrooms. I submitted a proposal with my feelings about how and why adding to the energy of mycelium networks would change all of the worlds… after some discussion and voting, it was chosen! I am delighted that others felt the same way about these transformative (and highly magical) creatures!

Here it is (you can also read the same copy of my vision on ReclaimingPGH’s website):


“Life depends on an extension of generosity.”

Fantastic Fungi: The Magic Beneath Us

As we learn more about the mysteries of mushrooms and expansive networks of mycelium, we discover that their natural way of Being serves BOTH the creature itself and our planet collectively: oyster mushrooms cleaning up oil spills (while reproducing at a rapid rate to the point of thriving); symbiotic fungi and tree seeds being crafted into shipping boxes (that can be composted into new trees and fresh life after use); mutant strains being cultured to eliminate invading termites and destructive pests (in turn creating safe spaces that support life) and more.

Our culture and planet is toxic, both require composting of a drastic nature. It’s our responsibility as earth-loving magic-workers to do something: but this undertaking must also nourish us personally as human beings that have only so much energy to give… or else exhaustion and hopelessness are imminent. 

I believe that Mycelium is a natural Teacher with great technical and magical wisdom in the realms of: creating vast networks for action-oriented teamwork, serving the Collective while also nourishing the Self, transforming toxicity into resources for the future, and modeling resilience in ways we have yet to comprehend. These necessary skills can be channeled into our awareness if we choose to allow Them to guide us.

Healing change for our dying planet, decaying society, and personal baggage is possible if we consciously form an ally ship with the most resilient organism on this planet (that will survive no matter what) and allow them to co-facilitate this transition.


Our community seems to have sparked the attention of lots of new people! I am excited to meet other witches from around the area and transforming all of the worlds.

Are you also called to feed and channel the transformative wisdom of mycelium networks this year?

Invocation Preparation

astrology, Events, Mundane Magic

I am finding myself thinking about preparedness more than usual. With the sun and half of the planets above in Capricorn right now (the sign of structure, long-term planning, responsibility and preparation) it feels like a worthy theme to explore.

In a world that is rapidly shifting shape: as a magician, what are my strategies to prepare for whatever comes next?

In the short-term, my magic is based on the moment: I notice what’s happening in my body without judgement so that I can feed it with what is actually needed (Do I need an extra hour of rest? A vegetable-centered meal? A treat that pleases my senses?) I reflect back on my actions from where I am now to make sure that I am living in line with my Truth (Am I taking care of my emotional needs? Do I need to make amends with someone? Have I been working too hard?) I choose to make authentic decisions that serve as reflections of my values (chatting with stranger to cultivate a friendly neighborhood, regularly showing up on time to maintain the trust of my employer, allowing my friend to vent without trying to manage their situation.) The only true power we have is in the moment, which is where the most potent magic is available to us.

Long-term strategies are more difficult. Our social, political and environmental landscapes are changing form: my five-year goals may not be options within the next six months, cause and effect seem less predictable, the practical planning that I was taught and have become used to might not be enough… I am a witch and my power is real but attempting to tailor the outcome of the future to my liking as one human being is not only unreasonable, but unmanageable. However, techniques are available to those who choose to utilize them.

There is invigorating magic that can be done to help prepare us for What’s Coming.

Astrologers are like meteorologists of the Higher Skies. For the same reasons that we might check a weather app before choosing an outfit or making plans for a picnic, astrology allows us to forecast how the interaction of the planets Above might impact our conversations, creativity, mood (or weather) of our day, week, month or year.

I use the sacred science of astrology as a mapping system. Each year on my birthday I treat myself to a transit reading with Tere Parsley Starnes, which helps me identify how the movements of the stars in the coming year might impact me personally based on my birth chart. An act of divination, counseling and numerical calculations of geometry, this reading reveals: when the best dates to start a new health-centered routine will occur, time periods that support radical self-expression, opportunities to heal old wounds, events that strive to inspire courage within us and so much more.

After the reading, I use the information discussed to influence my doings each month: observing each movement that was recorded then figuring out the best way to physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually approach it. These considerations (grounded by my short-term preparation magic of self care) help me to march my Capricorn hooves up the mountain toward my goals while remaining true to my Self and my needs. Even if the exact location of that goal changes or the parameters of the goal shifts, I know that I did my best to achieve it and have faith that it’s evolution is in unison with the pulse of our galaxy’s heartbeat.

Forecasts show me how I can make the most of the energy that Our Universe is providing for me to grow. It also serves as a reminder to release the temptation for me to try and dominate the happenings of my life or assert control over The Mysteries of being alive.

Many astrologers can help create customized calendars for their clients and translate the symbols into an arc of energy for the year. Good astrologers use these same skills to show their clients how they might make the most of the energy that’s on the way. Great astrologers empower their clients to explore what these transits might mean for them before they occur and inspire them to conjure the magic that works best for their lifestyle, while still surfing those same waves of energy.

I will be co-hosting a forecast webinar for 2020 with Tere Parsley Starnes this Sunday, January 5th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm EST. While this event will not serve as a custom made guide of how this year’s astro-weather will impact each attendee, it will serve as a general guide to the significant planetary movements in 2020, what those movements might mean for us and ideas for magic that support our individual and collective endeavors.

If this approach and evening appeals to you, make sure to register to save your spot!

We are being challenged to change as an initiation into the next era of life on this planet: how will you answer that call this year?

Queer Craft Market 2019

Art, Events, Jewelry, Services

It’s been a long time since I opened myself up to the idea of vending at craft markets again. Tendonitis crushed my spirits a few years ago, as well as my ability to produce enough goods necessary to cover tables costs. Markets are a wonderful way to meet new people, connect with other craftivists and financially support my art endeavors, but concerns in the community have been raised about accessibility to those who may not be able to afford a spot.

However, the Queer Craft Market hosted at Ace Hotel by Assemble and WorkshopPGH has compassionately and Justly considered these issues: accepting all applicants and making table costs accessible to all who are looking to join the fun. I am proud to announce that I will be back at the booths as a vendor at this year’s Queer Craft Market!

From the event page:

The Queer Craft Market has been a community event for many years and taken on by several organizations. In 2016-2018 the Market was organized by Assemble, a fantastic non profit that supports STEM & maker education. In 2019, Workshop PGH DIY school began organizing the show to help expand the event to include more makers & community organizations. This event is a staple of the Pittsburgh queer community and is inclusive to all.

WHO.
We welcome:

Artists
Makers
Zine Makers
Creatives
Community Organizations
DIY schools & organizations that support the queer arts, handmade & Creatives
This event is all about the makers & folks involved, giving them a platform to sell and show their work. You can learn more about the vendors on the Vendor page as we update it.



It’s organized on a volunteer basis by Kelly of Workshop PGH (ally business & inclusive space) and several nice volunteers with support from Assemble, sponsors & the community.

WHEN.
The Market happens twice a year in Summer before Pride and Winter at rotating locations. In 2019, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh is gracious enough to host our event and is a Queer friendly event space and Employer. Thanks Ace!


I will be there, vending all sorts of witchy goodies (amount will vary based upon my physical ability to produce them):

★ Hand-burned, ethically sourced acorn runes
★ Upcycled jewelry: complete with semi-precious stones with metaphysical properties* combined with old charms and chains
★ Intuitive collage prints from my Book of Shadows
★ Holiday talisman keychains
Concept photography prints for personal reflection and cultivating intuition

Vending is a really fun experience. I love watching bewildered, intrigued eyes scanning my stock and finding themselves delighted by what they find. Each sale is a bright reminder that I am not the only one who wants to adorn themselves with Nature’s Wonders, but it’s really the conversation that I’m there for.

I can remember my days as a maiden witch and how vulnerable it was for me to ask about this tradition that was once violently kept quiet. I would have loved the opportunity to chat with a friendly face about what witchcraft is all about.

This will be the cherry atop my magical year: will it be yours too?

I hope to see y’all there!

*UPG: items with metaphysical properties are derived by Unverified Personal Gnosis.

Soul’s Circuit : A Magical Mystery Tour of the Houses

astrology, Events

Join Starsdance Astrologers Tere Parsley Starnes and Aurora the Witch as they co-facilitate a weekend of magical fun! Teaming up with Lacey: owner and founder of The Future located in the Witch District of Minneapolis, these three mystical creatures will invoke the power of Universal magic in three separate (but energetically interconnected) events in September; exploring the power and insight of the Houses of Astrology. A completely unique offering that is not to be missed!

This experiential exploration of the houses of a natal chart will take place in sacred space. Part art installation, part shape shifting journey through the physical arena’s of our lives, Tere and Aurora invite you on a magical mystery tour of the houses of your natal chart. 

We will alter the space through image, sound, sensory inputs, and activities to bring each house alive. Then, we  intentionally engage with our surroundings and desires for these arenas. Play becomes ritual. Ritual lays down new patterns in our souls.*  This tour through the soul circuit of the houses of our charts is appropriate for all: astrologers, students of astrology, magic-makers, and artists.

FRIDAY: The Invocation

A round table discussion at The Future co-facilitated by Tere and Aurora. Join them as they share their philosophy and practice as queer astrology witches setting the stage for a weekend of aesthetic magic via talk, mocktails and space for willing curiosity.

SATURDAY: The Journey

Part art installation, part shape-shifting journey through the physical arenas that are our lives, Tere and Aurora co-host this experiential exploration of the houses of your birth chart at Squirrel Haus Arts.

SUNDAY: The Integration

Weaving ideology, practice and mystery together Tere, Aurora and Lacey facilitate a light afternoon of synthesis at Squirrel Haus Arts: crafting sigils to bring it all home. Will you take your place on the stage that is your life?

Cost:    
$200 – $80 sliding scale (entire weekend)

$15  (Friday only)
$200 – $80 sliding scale (Saturday: includes entire weekend)
$25 (Sunday only)

Deposit:  
$half of your chosen payment

Payment due in full by: 
Friday, September 13th

Each event may be attended separately, but they are intentionally woven together as a whole weekend of insight, awareness, art and fun. Participants do not need to attend one day in order to understand or participate fully in the activities of the previous or following day. However, if a ticket is purchased for SATURDAY: THE JOURNEY, admission to both Friday and Sunday’s events are included in the price!

Sliding scale → you decide where you slide on the scale of payment. We will not ask you to justify why you chose to pay that amount. By choosing to pay on the higher end of the scale, you are helping others who may not be able to pay a higher amount while also ensuring that facilitators are justly compensated. 

A payment plan option is available for interested parties: send a message of inquiry to Lacey at The Future for more details!

Registration:
thefuturempls.com

Deadline to register: 
Friday, September 13th

*cf Cynthea Jones of Diana’s Grove Mystery School”

Design Promotion: $100 New Client Special

Design, Services

People inherently trust good design. Whether it’s a Netflix film or a package of instant rice: if the imagery of packaging pleases the eye, buyers are more likely to purchase what’s inside. I have known this since I was a child and I am passionate about supporting the stories, goods and services of those who are doing their best to relay their gifts to the world. As I build the client base for my freelance design services, I will be offering a sale to those who are in need of a reliable, timely, skilled graphic designer with over ten years of experience.

I am currently running a New Client special 👉 $100 on any of the following graphics:

★ Print or media advertisements
★ Book, Magazine or Zine covers
★ Business cards
★ Page layout design for teaching or handbook PDFs (limit: 4 pages)
★ Logos or graphic as symbolic representation of goods or services
★ Posters, flyers or Instagram graphics for events
★ Resume layout design
★ Invitations to your special day
★ Email Signatures
★ Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube Channel, Tumblr or Google+ banners

This price includes:

★ Initial consultation via email, phone or Zoom
★ Brainstorming
★ Research and ethical image sourcing
★ Initial draft (or final draft, should no revisions be required)
(2) rounds of revisions
★ Final design in JPEG, PNG, standard PDF and/or high quality print PDF
★ Contact with the printer of your choice (should there be size or resolution issues)
★ Email contact throughout the creation of your project

Turn around time:

(1) week from deposit payment*

Deposit:

$50 (due via PayPal after consultation; must be submitted before I begin your project)

After deposit is sent, the one week deadline countdown clock begins. Then I will send you a final mock up of your design with a customized watermark over top (for copyright purposes) for you to approve. After the remaining $50 is paid, then I will send you a final copy of your project without the watermark. Then, the graphic is all yours!

I am committed to this Work with you and will represent your vision to the best of my ability. I look forward to learning about your offerings and giving wings to your Work.

To take advantage of this special, please visit aurorathewitch.com/contact > select “Design” from the drop down menu > fill in the required sections > tell me a little about your project and services in a few sentences > click “Submit

I will reply with my availability and initiate a scheduling of a consultation. I look forward to collaborating with you!

* Should your project require revisions, you are then required to be timely and responsive to emails regarding those revisions. Should it take you more than (24) hours to reply to an email regarding your requested revisions, another day will be added to the timeline of the project’s completion. It is my intention to get your project to you on or before that one week is up, but I need input from you if the project requires adjustments!

Channeling Change

astrology, Mundane Magic, Tarot

Gemini season is upon us. Astrologically speaking, it’s the prime time for mental fluidity, inspiration, experimentation, innovation and change. As a magician, I use those same aspects of Gemini to peel away layers of ambiguity and illusion from all of my spell work. Everything from rituals in space I make sacred to conversations I have with total strangers: when invoked with intention, the potential for expansion right now is limitless.

The best part of astrology magic? It’s power is omnipresent. As the physical sun shines in the sky overhead, the astrological sun beams energy down through the lens of whatever zodiac sign is above us on the ecliptic. Similar to white light glowing through a stained glass window, that light shifts it’s form into whatever colors are present. It illuminates and gives life to the artwork it travels through.

Solaris spotlights Gemini from May 21st through June 20th. This flavor of Universal life-force is gifted to all of our lungs, all of our eyes, all of our souls for the next few weeks. For better and for worse: these qualities are experienced by us all whether we acknowledge it or not.

As I continue my journey through the decans on Facebook, Gemini II (the center of this sign’s season) has seized my focus and empowered me to Reclaim the name of this decan in spirit of Gemini: shifting it’s shape to enhance the integrity of our collective awareness.

With the help of my beloved trans community of magic-makers, I have intentionally changed Austin Coppock’s name of this decan in 36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans from Hermaphrodite to Androgyne in support and celebration of the energy that it generates. While Hermaphrodite is considered “a slur used to describe intersex people in places where they were seen as problems to be fixed through medical intervention,” Androgyne encompasses and celebrates the full dimension of Gemini II without excluding important aspects of it’s essence.

I do this not to shame those who may not know, but to center and respect the pioneers who Work this energy every day. I do this in honor of the season that guides us to increase our awareness, cultivate diversity and create space for That-Which-We-Do-Not-Yet-Know-But-Will-Soon-Discover. I do this in gratitude for all beings that bring their vision of utopia a little closer to earth at all costs.

Behold, the quirky character of Gemini II: Androgyne in a fresh new suit

The limitlessness of imagination has created a paradise in the mind of the beholder: dimensions of wisdom, unity and wonder known only to the psyche that conjured them, untouched by the parameters of any other finite being. Now, that mind must take the plunge of incorporating that heightened vision into realities seen by all, shifting the surrounding paradigm into something greater.

Boundaries of the mundane are playfully expanded. Opposites dual one another in the name of discovery and solidarity within the whole. Radical authenticity beams like light through a prism: shining a rainbow of possibilities upon a realm that has never witnessed such a bright signature of vitality. This shift is powerful, vulnerable, dramatic, inquisitive, charming, whimsical and non-conforming: challenging everything that came before it because it must.

The air in the world that existed before Gemini II is infused with awe and confusion: opinions are formed within and without. Curiosity is on over-drive. How did this paradox come to be? How can introductions and incorporation begin? When it seems like sense has been made, Gemini II shifts again. Refusing to commit to anything other than the Truth of the Moment.

How does contradiction make you feel? What is your response to something you have never seen or experienced before? How do you act when opposites are actively challenging each other within your Self? What surprises have recently caused you to change your perceptions?

#blacktranslivesmatter #translivesmatter

Creation as Prayer

astrology, Jewelry, Mundane Magic, Updates
Custom prayer beads for Medusa

There is nothing that lights me up more than my Work as an intuitive jeweler. It’s a niche field, but one that holds a special place in my witchy heart and spiritual practice.

A few years ago, I opened my soul to the possibility of making jewelry my official occupation. I found such joy and thrill from sitting at my desk for hours at a time cranking out earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more to be sold at markets, in stores and online. The demand was high and I did my best to keep up… However, this initial approach caused me to injure my hands, revealing to me that mass production was not in the cards for my future. This set off an array of emotions and choices that I have more or less dealt with: physical craftsmanship is not meant to be a part of my daily life at this time.

Yet…. I am still creating for those who continue to reach out to me and the final products have been following a very specific pattern:

Commissioned prayer beads for Brigid

My clients are often spiritual people committed to Work with an array of Deities. Many shops online do not offer the devotional pieces that fit their specific needs, which is where my services become useful. I create customized prayer beads made of the gems that energetically suit the Entity, intentional elements from nature (often bones, seeds, acorns, etc.) and whatever else they feel is important to their spiritual commitment.

This process has become much more intimate than my previous work as a mass producer of jewelry artistry. I often light candles, ask Them for insight after the project is underway and receive messages through my process of creating each piece. These messages apply to me as the maker, but more so they are intended to be translated and relayed to my clients. Every message is intentionally incorporated into each piece which then becomes a potential bridge to an avenue of personal Work between my clients and their Guides.

Commissioned prayer beads for Hecate

After recently finishing my most recent commission, I have realized the importance of serving as a Creatrix of beauty that holds personalized Messages from the Divine. This source of support is vital lifeline (sometimes metaphorically, sometimes literally) for my clients who are doing their best to authentically navigate life’s challenges during these dark times. I am honored to use my gifts to co-facilitate clarity, hope and purpose to those in need of my services.

I am not sure of what’s to come of this work. What I do know is this:

I have prayed for Guidance.
In return, I am inspired to create custom jewelry.
These devotional pieces invoke Prayer.

Prayer that initiates more Prayer:
A beautiful cycle that completes the circuit
of community, purpose and divine connection.

My greatest challenge is a combination of pacing and pricing: both contributing to the sustainability of this Work. I am only able to take on a few pieces per year, which sometimes take months to become fully ready for my clients. I choose to vulnerably approach these challenges with humility and right-sized Pride: Bringing these pieces to into Being means that they must nourish every One of us involved in the process. Until full clarity has been achieved in this arena, I will continue to price each piece on a case-by-case basis.

I come to these realizations during a very astrologically fitting time of the year:

I am also reopening my list of commissioned devotional jewelry. If you are interested in scheduling a consult with me (and willing to wait months for your sacred gift) please:

Contact me and select “commissions” from the drop-down menu
★ Share your vision of what is needed in a few sentences
★ List physical elements that you would like to have incorporated into your devotional piece
★ Reveal which Deity or Intention that will be incorporated into this magic

I will reply to your messages in the order that they are received and do my best to keep up with the traffic of inquiries. I will also give you a pricing estimate as well as a general timeline that may very depending on the needs of each project.

Thank you Taurus III for your insight and potency. I am humbled. I am grateful. I am willing to continue opening myself to the Unknown and devoting my efforts to midwifing the magic that the World needs into Being.

Spring Fling Spirit Fair

Events, Tarot

WHEN:  Sunday, April 7th from 11:00am – 5:00pm
WHERE: Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Stems of the season are beginning to sprout, but what blossoms are yet to come? As the energy of spring begins to generate fresh life, it can be a great time to check in with Goals. Desires. Intentions. Direction. Join Journeys of Life (and me, Aurora) for their final Spring Fling Spirit Fair!

From the event page on Facebook:

“It’s that time of year – time for Journeys Spring Fling Spirit Fair! A day of tarot, palmistry, I Ching, intuitives, mediumship and more! RSVP to this page to stay up to date on all the details – we’ll be updating it with confirmed readers, vendors, services and more!

Amoret is not able to participate in the fair. However, we are excited to welcome Aurora. She is a talented tarot reader with a strong astrology background! You can learn more about Aurora on her website: aurorathewitch.com

For an up to date list of services and vendors, please visit the Spirit Fair event page on Facebook

Decan Exploration

astrology

When most people hear the word “Zodiac” they think of the 12 signs of astrology, but did you know that each sign is divided into three parts known as the Decans?

These 36 classifications from Above have been around since Ancient Egypt and moved their way around Africa, Europe and Asia for thousands of years. They are a gift of specificity: revealing the diverse nature of the 12 well-known signs.

Have you ever found yourself thinking: “Cancer, eh? I am not sure that I’m the ‘mothering’ type, but I LOVE endlessly offering my resources to those in need.” Or: “I don’t feel like the ‘regal’ side of Capricorn is really me, but I AM really driven to build something sustainable in my life.” This is the versatility of the Decans, and I have completely fallen in love with using them within my practice as an astrologer!

Austin Coppock has given the world an incredible gift called “36 Faces: The History and Magic of the Decans,” a book that I have been closely studying for the past few months. I have decided to do my own personal exploration of these 36 Decans on Facebook 💫 I will begin with Aries I and move all the way through the Zodiac until each one is completed: invoking their energies through art, music, articles and everything else that the internet provides.

The intention of this Work is to reveal the magic of a lesser known arena of astrology and inspire those following me on this journey to observe their own experiences of these “Faces.” (NOTE: this is not a teaching of Austin Coppock’s book mentioned above, though I highly recommend it to all of those interested in the Decans as it is absolutely invaluable.)

Spring is here and this Work has begun. To follow along and add energy/insight to this endeavor, follow me on my NEW Facebook page 🌟 The Axe swings, and the wheel begins to turn…

Have you heard of the Decans? What are your initial thoughts about them? Are you ready for some Astrology Magic?