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?

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ReclaimingPGH Annual Community Meeting

Events, ReclaimingPGH

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WHEN:  Saturday, December 22nd from 2:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE:  Blvd of the Allies Panera Bread, Pittsburgh
COST:   Donation

Rescheduled and ready for action this December! Join ReclaimingPGH witches for their annual community meeting to discuss what’s going on in our cells, brainstorm about the future, choose the story/theme for the 2019 Ritual Year and more.

Story Bundle and Meeting Agenda links here!

Quorum guidelines: One member of each cell present at meetings so we could make informed, consensus-based decisions. No one is allowed to represent more than one cell, current minimum 7 people. Consensus 2/25/18 Community Meeting

Panera asks that those who book the community room as a group buy at least $50 worth of food. If possible, we ask that you get yourself a snack or drink from Panera while at the meeting.

For further details and up to date event information, please visit the event page on Facebook

People’s Pride March 2k18

Events

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Join sisTers PGH, ReclaimingPGH and many more local organizations that support intersectional queerness in the heart of downtown on Sunday, June 10th from 12:00pm – 4:30pm to march for equality that does not exploit Pride for monetary gain and gives wind to the voices that are so often silenced in our country. Vasalisa and Echo (ReclaimingPGH Activism Cell Anchor) will be representing the Pittsburgh chapter of Reclaiming witchcraft by hosting a table at the finish line of the march. We are honored, grateful and committed to being participants in and allies to sisTers PGH’s event. The following has been posted from their event page:

And now, from the black femmes who brought you Peoples Pride 2k17 – Peoples Pride 2k18!! ​Pride​ has always been ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​resistance​ on behalf of LGBTQIA+ persons, ​and​ last year ​we​ ​marched​ ​to​ ​bring attention​ ​to​ this history.

This year, we are thrilled to bring you even more liberation with People’s Pride 2k17, where the focus shall remain on the People. This​ ​March​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​historic​ ​third,​ ​honoring​ ​the​ ​independently​ ​organized​ Roots Pride Pittsburgh ​from​ ​2015 and 2016, which​ ​was organized​ ​by​ ​the​ ​black​ ​trans​-​led​ Garden of Peace Project.​ ​The ​march​ ​is​ ​the​ ​continuation​ ​of​ ​this​ ​legacy to honor our black and brown roots, and follow in the footsteps of incredible women such as Marsha P. Johnson, Mary Jones, Lucy Hicks Anderson, and Miss Major, and all those who paved the way for our efforts today.

We also must ​hold​ those ​accountable​ ​for​ ​the ​historical​ ​exploitation​ ​and​ ​negligence​ ​towards​ the black​ ​and​ ​brown​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​people of Pittsburgh. The Delta Foundations Pittsburgh Pride Knowingly signing a 3-year contract with EQT Natural Gas Company amounts to selling our Pittsburgh Pride, with no regard to the lives which corporations affect!!

Therefore, we​ ​march​ ​as​ ​an​ ​act​ ​of​ ​resistance, with focus on the most marginalized LGBTQIA community of Pittsburgh, its black and brown trans people.

We​ ​march​ ​to​ ​include​ ​local​ ​nonprofits, unions​ ​and​ ​community​ ​members!

We march to oppose ​to​ white​-, ​cis-,​ ​gay​-centered ​pride​ ​parade​ ​and​ ​extravagant​ ​parties​ ​which​ ​are​ ​too​ ​expensive​ ​for​ ​many​ ​non-profits and​ ​communities​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in!

We​ ​march​ as led by ​black​ ​and​ ​brown​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​leaders​ ​and​ ​community​ ​members,​ ​to​ ​bring attention​ ​to​ ​compulsatory​ ​tokenization​ ​of​ ​black​ ​and​ ​brown​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​populations​ ​which meets​ ​their​ ​quotas​ ​and​ ​increases​ ​their​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​secure​ ​grants!

We​ ​march​ ​alongside​ the disabled, the elderly, veterans, and other ​vulnerable​ ​and​ ​marginalized​ ​people​!

We​ ​will​ ​march​ ​with​ ​little​ ​cost​ ​and​ ​without​ ​sponsorship​ ​from​ ​exploitative​ ​corporations,​ ​to​ ​criticize​ ​and hold​ ​accountable​ those who ​commit ​to​ ​corporate​ ​funds​ ​from​ ​fracking​ ​companies​ ​which​ ​pollute our​ ​land,​ ​our​ ​water,​ ​and​ ​our​ ​people.

Finally, we march to offer another opportunity to feel what being at a true Pittsburgh Pride is like! People’s Pride will set an ​example​, ​and​ ​appoint ​black​ ​and​ ​brown​ ​and​ ​trans​ ​professionals​ ​who ​prioritize​ the most ​marginalized​ ​LGBTQIA+​ ​populations​, ​and​ ​who​ are ​concern​ed ​for​ ​the​ ​health​ ​and​ ​well-being​ ​of​ our ​local​ ​communities.

Special​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​our​ ​community​ ​members,​ ​leaders,​ ​and​ ​organizations​ ​for​ ​their​ ​assistance, conversations,​ ​and​ ​historic​ ​acts​ ​of​ ​resistance​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​organize​ ​these​ ​statements​ ​of​ ​resistance led​ ​by​ ​trans​ ​women​ ​of​ ​color​ ​and​ sisTers PGH,​ ​a​ ​community​ ​organization​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​advocacy, safety,​ ​shelter,​ ​and​ ​permanent​ ​housing​ ​for​ ​our​ ​transgender​ ​and​ ​non-binary​ ​community​ ​in​ ​Western Pennsylvania.

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For further details including the schedule of events on that day, as well as up to date event information, please visit the People’s Pride March 2k18 event page on Facebook. You can also support SistersPGH and purchase a teeshirt with the Pride image featured above here.

Justice for All

Mundane Magic

Resist. Speak up. No justice, no peace. Come together. Show up. Act now.

We witness our representatives continue to violate our fundamental right to live a decent life and exist as we are in the places we call home. We remember that historically, we have never been TRULY equal and things are only getting worse. We know that everything must change and we cannot wait any longer for it to happen. We take to the streets to demonstrate that we will not stand for intolerance or unjust treatment. We do it the best ways that we can at this point in history. We chant these mantras and more.

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This weekend marked the beginning of a mass revolt in the name of justice. Of all of the marches that were scheduled, I chose the one that supported our local efforts to end gentrification and embrace intersectional feminism. It was being lead by a diverse group of organizers that welcomed us all.

I prepared myself for an afternoon of fighting back. I crafted my sign, arranged to meet up with a friend and scheduled safety check-ins with loved ones. I was ready to add my energy toward a cause of resistance, but felt unsure and fearful of what was to come. We gathered. We waited. Our numbers grew and grew. And then our leaders began to reveal their way (and quite possibly the best way) of shifting our world toward universal acceptance and equality:

They initiated a ritual as a rebellion.

We watched the organizers call down their ancestors to join us. They built an altar to black femmes and remembered the lives that brought so much joy to the world. We watched as Yemaya was invoked: the great Mother of the sea in their tradition joined us in our work. Offerings of rum, tobacco and honey were made as we all chanted in Her honor. We listened to the personal stories of trans-people, immigrants, disabled people and queer people. We roared as we heard the echo of Truth flow like water from the mouth of an incredible spoken-word poet. They invited us to dance to their drums as we celebrated lifting each other up, instead of tearing others down.

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And when an elderly black woman from the neighborhood walked straight up to the speaker and demanded to know what we were doing, she was not silenced. She was acknowledged. We told her that we were all there to work toward making the world equal and better. She said that she had fought to save the apartments that still stood on the partially demolished ground under our feet. We told her that this rally was a part of continuing that work. We cheered and thanked her for coming forward as she smiled and told us that her arthritis was calling her back home.

Sure, we marched and make no mistake: it was a powerful statement. Local business owners came out of their shops to cheer us on while police politely directed traffic as we flooded the streets. Onlookers took photos. Drivers honked in solidarity. We walked side-by-side to show that we will not back down from creating necessary change. We protested, but we also celebrated culture, uniqueness and spirituality. I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of such an enormous, incredible movement.

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As I move forward with my community of passionate activists, I am recognizing that if we are going to demand that things be radically different, we must also choose to resist in a radically different way. The anger, sadness and full-spectrum of emotion we feel must be channeled in a way that unites us with our own personal depths. We need to allow ourselves to connect with the strife of our ancestors and ask for their advice as we shape the future. We must listen to the Gods and culture of all traditions to discover how we can live in peace, together. We need listen to each other’s stories and respect all of the diverse ways of living life.

It is only when we do these things, while also accepting that our neighbor’s methods may vary greatly from our own, that we can truly have Peace and Justice for All.