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?

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.

Aurora the Astrologer

astrology, Updates

“Astrology is just a finger pointing at reality.”

Steven Forrest

Some things take time –  a lesson from The Stars that has been giving me a sharp poking as of late. I believe that this Truth is a gift from Saturn (ie: the One who shapes realities) for two reasons:

The first, is that while I have been a student of astrology for over five years (fifteen if you count reading horoscopes with my afternoon snack) I still do not feel like an expert. However, Time can be a powerful ally that shapes the novice of any craft into a master; and years of working with the tarot has proven this to me.

I have read countless books about putting astrology into practice, completed workbooks on the subject, participated in a mentor ship with professional astrologer Teri Parsley Starnes of Starsdance Astrology, earned a certification through Astrology University, performed chart readings for close friends, engaged in spell Work based on transits and co-facilitated Reclaiming-style workshops on the magic of Astrology.

It is true to say that while it may not feel like it, Time has allowed all of those experiences over the last half-decade to mold me into an experienced Astrologer. Those years count, and I would not be where I am now without that patience and dedication.

The second truth is that while much time has passed, achieving my dream of becoming a full-time professional astrologer is not an over-night process. Time has standards for evolution: and it’s the hours of the day that serve as laps around the pool of Substance. These cycles are necessary to the manifestation of that dream if I am willing to fully commit myself to it.

So far, I have spent my time in 2019: starting a business plan, setting intentions, reading new books, preparing for media updates, researching strategies, seeking advice from other freelance professionals, learning the appropriate computer programs and practicing reading Natal Charts as often as I can.

While I usually have great luck generating positive results with just a few hours of time, this year has already proven that becoming a successful business owner requires more effort. More long-term stamina. More laps in that pool… supported and guided by Time.

You may notice some website changes in the coming months. You may also read posts about my progress. You will certainly be updated when I am ready to offer Astrology readings, more collaborative workshops on Astrology Magic and other things that I cannot be aware of yet that only Time can reveal.

I am dedicated to becoming an honest, accurate, compassionate Messenger of the Stars. Until then, I will allow the reminder above from Saturn that some things take time to ground and comfort me as I engage in this Work.

Good thing inspiration is free of charge and ever-available whenever darkness surrounds me…