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?

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.  

Casting Signs: Online Moon Magic Class

Events

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Casting Signs: A Magical Online Course following the Moon through the Zodiac

Our intention for this course: Understanding the frame of the zodiac and the phases of the Moon, we anchor our journeys and our magic in the natural cycles of the year and the month.

A Witch pays attention. A Witch works with natural cycles and crafts Magic in relationship to the Earth. Witches have always had a natural affinity with the Moon. The Moon is core to our Magic. The Moon guides the way into magical and spiritual relationship with life.

This online course provides the opportunity to pay attention and form deeper relationship to Earth and Sky through following the Moon through two lunar cycles. The first cycle, we pay attention to each sign of the zodiac as the Moon moves through that sign for 2 ½ days. The following lunar cycle we will set intention and be guided by the Moon as our intention evolves through the wisdom provided by the 8 phases of the Moon.

Through these practices, participants will acquire a deeper understanding of the framework of the zodiac and the power of the lunar cycle for setting and manifesting intention. Magic requires intention. Intention requires action. Astrology’s framework helps us to align our actions with the energy present in the moment. Guided by the Moon we become aware of deeper patterns in our souls and deeper desires for our journeys. This framework helps us become part of the web of interconnection.
We join with rather than fight against the things life offers us.

As a participant you will receive:

Twelve documents timed to arrive via email to you when the Moon enters a new sign. Each document will give you an overview of the sign—both the gifts and challenges—and questions to help guide you in noticing how the Moon moves through that sign.

In the second month, you will receive 8 documents with information about each lunar phase and ways to explore your intention through the frame of the Moon cycle.

A place to share insights and ask questions through a private Facebook group.

Three opportunities to connect via online conferencing to ritualize our intentions and practices and to set the magic for the two months of learning and magic.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 20. Register here: https://tinyurl.com/castingsignsregistration


Teacher Bios:
TERI PARSLEY STARNES. Witchcraft and astrology found their way to me at the same time. It was the mid-80s and my recent involvement with feminist, Earth-based spirituality led me to my first astrology class. I wanted to know what astrology could teach me about the elements: air, fire, water, and earth. As it turns out, there was a lot that astrology could teach about the elements and a lot more too, like observing and engaging with natural cycles and intentionally working with energy for personal growth and magic. I practice an astrology that stays connected to the Earth and to our power to choose and influence reality. Magic has been defined in many ways. For me, magic is accepting that it matters what I choose and that my choices influence the web of connection that shapes worlds. Magic is consciously engaging with this connection. It is about relationship.

My study and fascination with astrology led me to becoming a professional astrologer in 1996. I love talking to people about their lives through the language of astrology. Every single consultation reminds me of the wonder that the sky holds. I don’t even know why astrology works but I continue to be delighted when it does. Astrology connects us to deeper meaning. It is an amazing tool of self-reflection. I consult with clients, teach astrology and magic, and write about the Moon’s cycles. You can find my lunar-based forecast, Follow the Moon, on my website at www.starsdanceastrology.com and on my Starsdance Astrology Facebook page.

I am excited to be working with Vasalisa on this class. We hope to create a container that will help participants deepen knowledge, be an opportunity to practice mindful attention, and increase our skills at following magical intention.

VASALISA THE WITCH. I am a methodical witch that is driven by a fierce love of knowledge. I believe that communication is the key to connection, which I embody as a writer and professional tarot reader. As resident at the Arts and Crafts Botanica, I empower my clients to talk about the challenges that are presenting themselves without judgement. Our conversation serves as a bridge between deep wisdom and conscious awareness: every idea an adventure. I also value unique self-expression, embracing the bizarre and the beautiful through my work as a custom jewelry maker, photographer and Reclaiming witchcamp ritualist. Six years of tarot study and a daily magical practice have taught me a great deal about myself, but it is astrology that has given me the language to put it into words.

My field of experience is in Evolutionary Astrology, a discipline that pairs well with witchcraft. Natal Charts contextualize one’s personal journey and development: coupled with the witch’s personal will, intent and responsibility, Natal Charts can be potent maps for transformation. I owe my gratitude to Steven Forrest and Teri Parsley Starnes for their guidance in helping create my astrological foundations.

It is my honor as a teacher to help students personalize their magic so that every day becomes a ritual. For up to date information about my workshops, classes and ReclaimingPGH’s magical happenings, visit my website: www.vasalisathewitch.com/events