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”

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

Seats of Power: Pluto’s Challenge to Authority

astrology, Events

As Pluto, Saturn, and the South Node of the Moon approach each other in Capricorn, we look at the compelling story of Power-Over and power within our systems of leadership and authority. We seek to develop personal relationship with these qualities, which some call godds.* The heavens are swirling with potentiality during this transit.

Our Intention: “We dare to cultivate relationship with the planet Pluto—keeper of our shadows and our power— to transform toxic systems of leadership that oppress us.”


In April, Pluto and Saturn will be as close as they get in 2019, before their important conjunction occuring in January 2020. They reach this point while stationing retrograde only five days apart at the end of April. The south node of the Moon, positioned in between Pluto and Saturn adds a karmic, transformational influence. (Don’t worry, we will explain all this and why it is important.)

The exploration begins via Facebook in the weeks leading up to this transit on the Aries New Moon on April 5, and culminates with a webinar on April 28 from 6:00pm CDT – 8:30pm CDT.

With registration, you will receive:

★ Teri’s forecasts for the Aries lunar cycle, which will be centered on our intention
★ Access to a secret Facebook group, where you will be able to reflect on questions around shadow and power
★ Pertinent astrology about Pluto, Saturn, and the nodes of the Moon via group or email
★ Admission to Seats of Power Webinar: part ritual of intention and part teaching about Pluto
★ A video recording of Seats of Power Webinar

For an additional $10, you can purchase a brief, customized analysis of Pluto in your natal chart by Aurora: revealing the nature of your deepest transformations in this lifetime. If interested, please contact Aurora / select “Pluto Analysis” from her drop down menu / include all necessary birth information in message box / add the $10 to your total at checkout. (You must have an accurate birth date, place and time to purchase this option.)

No previous astrological experience is necessary to participate. This class/webinar is part of Teri and Aurora’s intention to combine astrological wisdom with world-changing magic. Both of us are queer Reclaiming Tradition Witches, which means our magical focus is radical, personal, and political.

Price of this event is $40 – $75 sliding scale. Space is limited and capped at 40 participants, register today to save your spot!

Registration Deadline:  Thursday, April 4th at 11:59 pm CST

*Gender-fluid beings of mystery.  

The Art of Reclaiming

Events, Mundane Magic

It has been my experience that most (if not all) people have opinions about Valentines Day. To some, it’s a frantic search for a date and a gift: the pressure to perform when expectations are high. To others, it’s a spotlight on their loneliness or a ploy of Capitalist society to suckle the bank accounts of romantic souls. Whether reservations are made or heads are low, this day carries a charge.

Witches Know that energy is a real thing and use it for channeling purposes to produce desired results: the more potent the charge, the more dynamic the results. There are countless sources of energy, but a common one is holidays and it’s safe to say that there will be many people participating in various types of “ritual” today.

Reclaiming witches recognize and honor the power of names/sacred days/life on this planet that is often taken for granted. This is the reason we call ourselves “witches”: there is a charge to this word that ranges from “scary, old, green hag” to “wise woman with plant-knowledge” to “the devil who will rid your body of an unwanted child” to “a person that will do the forbidden.” We reclaim the word “witch” for it contains a rich legacy of Wisdom and doing what Must Be Done. In calling that word ours, we give back to it with our thoughts and actions: knowing that both are enriched by the energetic current also known as “meaning.”

I believe that we have the right to reclaim words from toxic roots, so long as we have true knowledge of the source, integrity supporting our intention of its use and full awareness of the communities that have been impacted by said word (and whether or not it’s ours to claim.) I also believe that Valentines Day is an opportunity to practice the Art of Reclaiming: from consumerism, from gas-lighting and guilt-trips, from sexual violence as well as from hopelessness.

This tradition began during the Roman Empire when marriage was banned by Emperor Claudius II because he believed it made soldiers reluctant to leave for battle. A priest known as Saint Valentine married couples in secret and was later put to death for violating this law, though the lore reveals that he valued empathy and connection more than domination and obedience… An act, some might say, of True Love.

A wise witch once said “Don’t deny the gift just because you don’t like the package it came in.” There is an allegory present in Valentines Day, and humans have been feeding energy into it for centuries. While there is use in creating new words and philosophies to represent something important, why not use something that is already available? Does Valentines Day (or a pre-planned, widely known occasion to dedicated to expressing Love) deserve to remain hijacked by consumer culture or a bitter attitude?

So today, I challenge the willing: tap into the currents of love in whatever way feels right to you. Maybe it’s choosing to cook a nice meal for a beloved. Maybe it’s being clear with an employer about what you need as an act of self-care. Maybe it’s scheduling time to have coffee with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Maybe it’s something that isn’t listed here, but feels right for this day. Regardless of what it is (as long as there is consent if another person is involved!) I hope everyone chooses to have a wonderful Valentines Day. I know that’s my intention.

Launching into 2019: Astrology forecast webinar

astrology, Events

IG FINAL Launching into 2019

Teri Parsley Starnes and I will be hosting our second annual New Year’s Forecast on the first Sunday of 2019! I am thrilled to announce that I am now an affiliated astrologer of Starsdance Astrology and we are both excited to reveal the Work we have planned in the coming year during this webinar.

From our event page on Facebook:

A bold new year is approaching fast. The planets have big plans for January and there is great momentum available to achieve our goals in 2019. While the darkness of rage and despair may have dampened our resilience in 2018, this new cycle reignites our focus and hope: to face our challenges will be a great adventure. What stirs inside you now? What are you hoping to learn and what are you able to teach others? Do you dare to take healthy risks in a world of unknowns? What holds you back from making an impact? Our Willpower playfully erupts, we are ready to take action.

Astrology is a powerful tool for mindful magic. This webinar combines astrological forecasting with magical/spiritual intention to help launch our hopes and dreams for 2019. As activists and lovers of the world, we come together to envision collective and personal magic. Aurora and Teri will share the major astrological influences of 2019, with a look towards the important transits of 2020. Participants will be invited to ask questions and share insights for the coming year. All levels of astrological and magical knowledge are welcome. Beginners are encouraged!

Teri and Aurora plan to offer continuing workshops throughout 2019 to support the intention discussed in this webinar. Get a start on this magic by attending.

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Space is limited and capped at 30 participants

Cost is $15 – $30 sliding scale –> Discounts available for POC and Indigenous People

Please visit the event listing on Eventbright to reserve your spot! Launching into 2019 webinar will be recorded and available for purchase if you are not able to participate in the live Zoom meeting.

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Teri Parsley Starnes is the founding astrologer behind Starsdance Astrology. Teri is a professional astrologer who approaches the craft with a Witch’s point of view. That means for them the sky is alive and we are in relationship. Through mindful awareness we engage in the magical act of changing our worlds.

Aurora is an astrologer affiliated with Starsdance Astrology who channels the wisdom from Above into opportunities for growth. Supported by her background in Evolutionary Astrology and Reclaiming Witchcraft, Aurora co-facilitates transformation in tandem with the Universe’s planetary transits. By allowing change to shape our souls, we expand the potential of future generations.

Find out more at www.starsdanceastrology.com

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To register, visit our event listing on Eventbright, we hope to see you there!

 

Elements of Magic: The Art of Alchemy

Events, ReclaimingPGH

Mainstream society has become intrigued by witchcraft in recent years. The increase of popularity in crystals, spells, and books on the Craft are signs that we as a collective are ready for a more personalized spirituality. The choice to create change made empowered practitioners is important now more than ever in this time of social upheaval and climate change, but how does one start? Where can the curious discover what they believe and what works for them in the realm of witchcraft? Who are the witches doing this Work with integrity and without ego-driven agendas?

While there are many varied answers to these questions, my answer is: right here in Pittsburgh, this January for Elements of Magic: The Art of Alchemy workshop!

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These three fun, knowledgeable, experienced witches of Reclaiming Pittsburgh will host a beginner- friendly weekend intensive that reveals how Reclaiming priestesses do magic. All levels of experience are welcome, as the framework allows space for newer witches to learn the basics and experienced witches of Reclaiming and other traditions to bring fresh life to their own personal practices.

From the event description:

Elements of Magic is a Reclaiming core class that explores the elemental Pentacle through a Reclaiming ritual structure. We will use art and ritual to discover and begin a personal transformative experience with tools often used in the Reclaiming tradition such as visualization, sensing energy movement, divination, music, trance, creating magical space, and ritual design. This class is experiential in nature.

The cost of this event is a sliding scale of $100 to $200, to be chosen by each participant without question or judgement from facilitators. There are also two “work -study” positions available where those who are not able to pay the minimum amount on the scale may attend the workshop as long as they are willing to help facilitators maintain the space during the weekend. A reduced fee is also available for people of color and/or indigenous people our of respect for minorities.

Space is limited and the deadline to register is quickly approaching on December 30th. To find out more information about this event, visit the Facebook event page. Will you join them in nourishing the foundations of a magical practice?