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?

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

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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”

Seats of Power: Pluto’s Challenge to Authority

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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.  

Aurora the Astrologer

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“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…


Launching into 2019: Astrology forecast webinar

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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!

 

Casting Signs: Online Moon Magic Class

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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