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?

Anchoring Manifestation

Mundane Magic

The new year has begun. We have swapped out our calendars from 2015 for those crisp pages of 2016 that hold so much promise. For me, January has always been the month of freshness surrounded by the fiery glow of potential. Year after year I find myself swelling with ideas that light me up and sweep me off toward that which I desire.

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I usually have my list of tasks, daily practices and first-steps planned all ready for after The Ball drops and this year was no different…. But my entrance to 2016 was filled with a week of phlegm and cough syrup. Then catching up on personal Work. Then a trip out of state. Then a mild blizzard. I felt so unprepared for this whirlwind of activity without my resolutions in place. Without them (I thought) how could my horse of Willpower spring from it’s gate with full force?

New Years Resolutions have always been important to this witch. However, I have discovered a method that allows me to successfully create and commit to something for a full 365 days. Because let’s face it: the sensation of “OH SHINY” is not sustainable. It’s easy to become distracted by the myriad of desires swirling around us and inside of us all the time:

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First Step:  Calculate the Numerology

Using basic arithmetic, I am able to reduce the sum of my birth date plus the most recent year I celebrated a birthday to a number between 0 and 21. This number correlates with a Major Arcana in the tarot deck, which reveals the theme/energy of my year. Sometimes, there is more than one Arcana involved if the sum can be added together again to a single digit.

EXAMPLE: My most recent birthday was on December, 26 2015

12 + 26 + 2015 = 2053
2 + 0 + 5 + 3 = 10 (main energy)
1 + 0 = 1 (supporting energy)

My birthday falls very close to the New Year, so this calculation is a useful first step in generating an intention for myself. This year, I will be spun around the Wheel of Fortune (with the support of The Magician.)

 

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Next Step:  Assess the energy

I crack open my tarot books and read about each card. I browse the internet for images from other tarot decks. I feel the emotions and ponder the thoughts each one brings up in me. I ask myself questions: How would I react to this entity if I met them on the street? If this card could speak, what would it say? What are the motives of this entity and how would they carry those motives into the world? All of this. Over and over. Until I have a good grip on what that specific Arcana means to me at this time.

To me,  The Wheel is about cycles, movement and Karma. The hand on the clock moves in one direction until it reaches the top and goes around again. Eternal. Spinning. The culmination of my Work and receiving what I have put out into the Universe (for better and for worse.) Immediate change. Gradual change. The Magician supports this energy by being an agent of manifestation. Things are HAPPENING. All necessary tools are available and ready to be used. A catalyst.

 

Last Step:  Create a Mantra

Using the knowledge above, combined with where I am at this point of my life, I decide how I want to engage with that energy for an entire year and put it into words.

Recently, I have noticed that I often try to manage my surroundings as a way to feel safe and in control. I’ve found that I also tend to rush through most experiences and despise feeling stuck. I Know that I struggle with trust… Trusting myself, others and even the Universe is so difficult for me right now.

I have found mantras to be the most effective when they are: phrased as an “I” statement, in present tense and short (usually between two to six words.) They affirm something that I want to remind myself of when I feel frustrated, overwhelmed and/or want to stuff myself into a hole in the ground. They’re simple, yet potent.

 

Which leads us to VasalisaTheWitch’s mantra for 2016:
I SURRENDER TO THE FLOW

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I (Vasalisa) + surrender (give up control/allow myself to trust) + to the flow (The Wheel/Will of the Universe). That’s it. A simple sentence serving as a reminder of what I have chosen to work on. It anchors my actions toward manifestation like a great ship settling into the port that is my desire. It is a core truth that I have pieced together to carry out in my daily life and it gives shine to the Mundane, where I have the ability to make this magic… even as I’m realizing that I’m late for work or receiving a generous cash tip from a grateful patron.

This post may seem a bit late in the month to be discussed, but I’m suddenly feeling grateful for waiting. It reminds me that there is always time to re-access my situation and check-in with my spirit that is constantly shifting it’s shape.

What do you want from your year?