Labyrinthine Journeys

This past Solstice/New Years marked my fifteenth annual labyrinth meditation walk. It feels like I just began this ritual, but at the same time my life since my first New Year’s Eve labyrinth walk has been quite the labyrinthine journey in itself!

How this ritual began was quite spontaneous. A friend had asked me if I wanted to join her at the local cathedral’s New Year’s labyrinth walk, and so I did. The cathedral was packed with people looking for closure, for healing, for clarity, for hope. It was two-way, uninterrupted traffic on the Chartres Cathedral replica, and yet I really relished in the way this made us all walk very slowly, having to take in the experience each and every moment.

It was at this first labyrinth meditation walk that I came up with what became my annual ritual. On the walk to the center, I think about the past year and all that I wish to understand, release, and let go of. At the center I stand in silent meditation until I feel I am ready to wind my way out. And on the way back through the labyrinth, I think of all I wish to create and welcome in in the year ahead.

This labyrinthine journey is an inner experience and process of coming back to my own center so that I can learn, grow, and manifest from the center of my being outwards, but it’s not a light and fluffy experience. It’s usually filled with acknowledging mistakes I’ve made, things I did wrong, and shadows I need to work on integrating. That first ritual was also quite possibly the most painful one. I remember tears streaming down my face and fears of the future flashing before me, but also the excitement as I embraced and released and opened up space for me to fill in.

The labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outwards, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be in all the world.

Joseph Campbell

Last year I was invited to be a part of a YouTube collaboration for New Beginnings as we entered into 2020. For that event I created a tarot or oracle card spread based on my labyrinth ritual, and I thought I do one for 2021, using The Oracle of the Fool:

1) What am I moving away from? Thoughts – I am moving away from my mind being so busy with all the things I need to and want to do, and from letting stressors overtake me. It’s nice to know the excessive thinking is evaporating.

2) What needs release? Chaos – Being a grand master multi-tasking working mama. 2020 was exhausting and felt often like I was swirling in a chaotic whirlwind. But, it doesn’t have to be that way, and this year isn’t that way. However I do need to re-program my mind and thought patterns around this.

3) Where do I stand now? Meditation – Affirmation that I am getting more centered and finding balance. Keep working on it!

4) What action do I need to take to welcome in the new? Ego – I need to acknowledge my own needs and desires better. I tend to put me behind everything else, especially when not necessary. I am someone I need to take care of too.

5) What is waiting to manifest in the cleared space? Possibilities – Anything and everything!

Let me know in the Comments if you try this spread out! For some more rituals and practices for new beginnings, check out this video:

And if you’d like to walk the Labyrinth with me:

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Growing through Challenging Times | 2020 Reflections

2020 has definitely brought challenges, some small but many great, to all of us, and these challenges test us, push us, and sometimes almost…almost…break us. But it is these great challenges of life that also bring us the biggest opportunities to grow within, to change internally.

This 2020 Reflections post is part of the Litebeing’s Change Challenge with the theme: How have you changed internally? Can you share some new thoughts, ideas, projects, attitudes that have sprung up as a result of your evolution (of the past year of 2020)?

Today’s post begins a new blog journey for me. After many restrictions over the past few years (I’d had Saturn sitting on my Ascendant and slowly shuffling through my first house in Western Astrology for four, yes four, years), I now, just in the past week or so, finally have the time, space, energy, and circumstances to return to regular blogging and writing, among other things. This renewed freedom seemed to be opening up at the beginning of 2020, as I started a Depth Year with many goals and aspirations, bolstered by Jupiter’s jovial energy in my first house. But knowing Saturn had the upper hand in their dance together in Capricorn, I had a feeling I was not yet free of the restrictions I’d been patiently working with. And then came March 2020, and the rest of the year was, well, even more challenging.

The biggest change that has come from these difficult times is greater acceptance of what is now/at a given moment, and increased patience and letting go when I couldn’t get something or much of anything done. Schools closing down and not having just that little bit of time I had to be creative and productive alone, in silence, and not multi-tasking (I have a 3 year old) put a damper on many of my goals: creatively, with client work, with personal/healing needs, and with things around the home. All I could do was accept, be patient, do what I could during dwindling nap times, and appreciate that we were healthy, happy, and doing just fine compared to so many who have been struggling with much greater challenges throughout this past year.

Of course many new thoughts and ideas sprang up over the past 10 months (I’m a Sagittarius Ascendant after all!), and though I did complete and publish The Scrying Poetry Tarot last Spring (it was nearly done before shutdowns), I have not yet completed other projects, especially my book on Schizophrenia and an Oracle deck, that I expected to. And though at first there was a lot of frustration, by letting go of wanting to get things done, and instead flowing with the patient divine timing of Saturn’s wisdom, I can feel within as well as see astrologically, that things will take place, come together, and be accomplished when it is best for them to do so. It just might not be when I want them to.

For deeper reflection on how I’ve changed internally, I thought I’d pull a card from The Scrying Poetry Tarot:

Well, I think that sums it up perfectly!

It’s nice to be officially 🤞🏼back blogging! For some Holiday Cheer & New Years Magical Intention Setting for Prosperity in 2021, check out the following videos: 🎄

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Black Friday Specials & Working with the Lunar Eclipse

If you’re feeling the energy or looking for ways to work with the energy of the Lunar Eclipse on November 30th, check out my NEW MINI-COURSE only $3.33: Working with Lunar Eclipses: Practices and Rituals for Emotional Release and Healing.

The Kindle (E-book) version of Shedding Light on Jyotisha, Vedic Astrology for Beginners 2nd Expanded Edition, is HALF OFF through November 30th!

MakePlayingCards is running a secret discount on decks, which means both my Children’s Tarot and The Scrying Poetry Tarot are ON SALE! Use coupon code CYBER2020 through Cyber Monday week.

And to get an overview of the energies of the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, either from the Vedic Astrology or Western Astrology perspective, check out my Moon Playlist below:

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The Scrying Poetry Tarot

Introducing…The Scrying Poetry Tarot! The Scrying Poetry Tarot is a unique vintage art & shabby chic inspired Poetry Tarot Deck. The poetry I wrote for The Scrying Poetry Tarot was mainly written with the Rider-Waite-Smith system in mind, with a hint of Thoth. Learn more about it’s structure, creation, scrying, & inspiration on The Scrying Poetry Tarot website here!

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A Premonition Dream Brought by a Dream Weaver

Screen Shot 2020-05-10 at 11.02.52 AMToday is Mother’s Day, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and care-takers out there! As expected I’ve been reflecting today more so than usual on my journey and experience of becoming and being a mother, and in particular on the deep psychic connection I have with my daughter. We have conjoined Moons in Pisces in our Western Astrology charts, which is indicative of that deep connection. It both amazes me and brings me joy as I’ve watched that connection develop since my Musings on the Pisces Moon post. But the experience that still amazes me the most was one that my husband had from before she was born, in which she walked into his dream and let him know what she would look like. We wondered about the message, but it wasn’t until she was born that we got affirmation that it was a premonition dream brought by a dream weaver.

My husband had had a few dreams with a little girl in them, but this one in particular stood out because in it, or as he came out of it and woke up, he had the song Close to You by The Carpenters stuck in his head. This wasn’t a song he had heard recently, and it was in no way on his mind beforehand. So we looked up the words, and these lines stood out:

On the day that you were born the angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue 

Firstly, the first two lines were a message to me. I had a very difficult pregnancy and what ended up being a traumatic labor. (You can learn more about that here.) Those lines gave me some hope that all would turn out well in the end. But back to my dream weaver…

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The third line…that third line…wow! It’s one of the clearest premonition dream messages I have ever heard of or experienced, and it came directly from the person-to-be it was a about – my golden-haired daughter with sparkly blue eyes. Though this dream weaving experience still amazes me, it doesn’t totally surprise me because having premonition dreams, including ones about and for other family members, runs on my mother’s side of the family.

Watching my daughter develop as a person and in her intuitive and psychic ways both fascinates me and makes me proud to be her mother, to guide her, and to teach her however I can. Our deeply psychic conjoined moons also indicates that the guidance goes in both directions, and just as much as I help her, she has and I’m sure will continue to assist me with deep family and ancestral healing.

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Shedding Light on Your Karma & Dharma in Vedic Astrology

The Online Course Shedding Light on Your Karma & Dharma in Vedic Astrology is now available and is the first of what I hope to be several Mini-Courses!

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In this course, Shedding Light on Your Karma & Dharma in Vedic Astrology we will first cover some of the foundational knowledge needed to read a birth chart, including: The Planets, The Signs, and The Houses. Then we will look at the indicators of Karma & Dharma while asking questions such as:

  • Who Am I?
  • Why Am I Here?
  • What Are My Lessons?
  • What Is My Purpose?

Then we pull it all together in a couple of Sample Readings. This course is only $11! See Intro video below, and Click here to see the curriculum and to sign up!

I am also offering my online tarot course, Exploring the Symbolic Language of the Tarot for only $11 (usually $88) until May 1st for those who have lots of extra time and a limited budget during these times. Use the coupon code FREETIME at checkout. Learn more here!

Love, Healing, & Blessings to Everyone!

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Key to Sigilla Mediaevalia, The Medieval Sigils Tarot

Screen Shot 2020-02-21 at 3.11.39 PMMore than a few times I’ve been asked, “Is The Medieval Sigils Tarot really Tarot?” and many have asked for a little more information or a key for deciphering the sigils and symbols in Sigilla Mediaevalia, The Medieval Sigils Tarot. This deck was created as an abstract Tarot deck. It does follow the system of Tarot, but it has no words, people, or images…just the sigils and symbols.  From the Little White Book:

One day I wondered if I could create a truly abstract tarot deck, one with no words nor with images of people, animals, or nature. One that utilized only symbols, but not just symbols or signs that we could easily intellectually and consciously compute, such as the “?” symbol means a question. Rather my vision was to create a tarot deck of abstract symbols to motivate us to tap into our intuition and into the mysterious depths of our psyches, the subconscious.

I knew from the beginning that this deck would be a challenging one to work with, but I also chose not to put card meanings in the Little White Book (LWB), nor write an extensive guidebook, because that would take away from the experience, the inner exploratory experience, of working with something abstract. However, for those curious about getting The Medieval Sigils Tarot and to help work with the deck, I will share as well as add some helpful links and expand a bit upon what I did explain in the LWB as a Key to The Medieval Sigils Tarot:

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The Major Arcana

I also did not want to put words on the cards, including the names of the 22 major arcana, in order to avoid intellectual distraction, though as you work with a card it will be normal for terms and textbook meanings that you have learned and associate with the cards to come to mind. See these as keys to open subconscious doors.

            The sigils for the major arcana were created from their astrological rulership, their elemental associations, and the first letters of the essence words with either the Latin or Greek alphabet. The major arcana cards are titled with Roman numerals only.

Helpful Links:

Here is a talk I gave on Tarot & Its Astrological Associations:

 

The Minor Arcana

         The sigils for the minor arcana pip cards, those numbered 1-10, were created from their astrological correspondences or the astrological decan associations, their elemental associations, and the first letters of the essence words. For the 4 suits of the minor arcana, I chose, or more like was inspired and guided, to use a different script or alphabet for each one. They are as follows:

  • The Ogham script for the Earth (traditional Pentacles) suit.
  • The Runes for the Water (Cups) suit.
  • The Alphabet of the Magi for the Fire (Wands) suit.
  • The Angelic Script for the Air (Swords) suit.

The Ogham is a Medieval script, usually used to write in Irish, and the letters are associated with trees. Hence I chose Ogham for Earth/Pentacles.

The Runes are said to have been discovered by the Norse god, Odin, while he was hanging from Yggdrasil, The World Tree. The myth of hanging Odin reminds me of the symbolism of the major arcana card, The Hanged Man, which is ruled or associated with Neptune and the water element. Hence I chose the Runes for Water/Cups.

The Alphabet of the Magi is attributed to either Paracelsus or Theseus Ambrosius, and it is said to have come from/been channeled from Archangel Raphael. It is a Hebrew/Semitic-based alphabet. Because Magi are wisemen, who oftened carried staffs (or magician’s wands), I chose this alphabet for Fire/Wands.

The Angelic Script, also called the Celestial Alphabet, was a language and writing system developed by ancient scholars (possibly Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa) to study and communicate with angels or the ethereal, angelic realm. Hence I chose this script for Air/Swords.

The minor arcana cards are titled with Roman numerals and the corresponding alchemical elemental symbol for each suit.

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Alchemical Elemental Symbols

            The court cards, traditionally the Page, Knight, Queen, and King, were created similarly but with seasonal correlations also used for the Pages and Queens. The Queens are associated with the cardinal signs of the zodiac, the signs that mark the beginning of each season at the solstices and equinoxes. The Page of the same suit as a Queen carries the energy of the preceding cross-quarter point, since Pages are messengers and seeds of something new coming. For example, the Queen of Cups is associated with cardinal water, the sign of Cancer, which begins on the Summer Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and thus I have assigned the Page of Cups with Beltane, the celebration of early summer.

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            The court cards are titled with Roman numerals: xi for Pages, xii for Knights, xiii for Queens, xiv for Kings, and the corresponding alchemical elemental symbol for each suit.

I hope this helps spark curiosity to explore not only sigils and abstract art, but also using them as tools for inner work and exploration. You can view a full flip-through and purchase Sigilla Mediaevalia, The Medieval Sigils Tarot here!

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Introducing The Vedic Astrology Cards!

Screen Shot 2020-02-02 at 5.24.24 AMIntroducing The Vedic Astrology Cards, two sister decks: The Vedic Astrology Oracle and The Vedic Astrology Study Deck. Both decks are based upon Vedic Astrology or Jyotisha, and the cards include the Planets, the Zodiac Signs, the Houses, and the Nakshatras or Lunar Mansions. The Study Deck has 61 cards, and the Vedic Astrology Oracle has 64 cards. The Little White Book that comes with both decks includes suggestions for use, study, and spreads.

The Vedic Astrology Study Deck is designed to be used with my book, Shedding Light on Jyotisha, Vedic Astrology for Beginners, 2nd Expanded Edition for learning and studying Vedic Astrology, but the cards can also be used as an oracle.

The three extra cards in The Vedic Astrology Oracle represent the energies of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, who are not traditionally a part of Vedic Astrology, and so are not in the Study Deck. Here is the excerpt of my interpretation of these energies from the Little White Book:

In addition, The Oracle has 3 cards for the planets: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto… Here are my interpretations for them in this deck:

• Uranus represents a sudden energy or force, igniting change and shaking things up, bringing in creation. I associate Uranus with Brahma, the creator god’s energy, and the Big Bang.

• Neptune represents nurturing, supportive, and stabilizing energy, like amniotic fluid. It maintains, holds, and preserves, and so I associate Neptune with Vishnu, the preserver god’s energy.

• Pluto represents the end and limit of our solar system. Connected with the Underworld in modern astrology, it also represents the dissolving of that which has run its course, so that it can be turned into, be recycled, into the new. I associate Pluto with the energy of Shiva, the destroyer god.

To purchase The Vedic Astrology Study Deck, click here!

To purchase The Vedic Astrology Oracle, click here!

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Sun in Capricorn – Addendum to Shedding Light on Jyotisha

UPDATE February 18, 2020: I’ve discovered that I could re-submit the files for the book, so the Sun in Capricorn section has been added to the print and the kindle/e-book, as well as a few typos corrected! Hurray for digital self-publishing!

Screen Shot 2020-01-02 at 9.20.32 AMIt has come to my attention that in my latest book, Shedding Light on JyotishaVedic Astrology for Beginners, 2nd Expanded Edition, the Sun in Capricorn description in the chapter on the Signs or Rashis was accidentally left out. I want to thank my friend Diane of Indigo Moon Woman for pointing this out. It was in the 1st edition, so a clerical/re-writing/editing error on my part. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Here is the full section for Capricorn, The Rashi of Makara, with the Sun in Capricorn Addendum:

Capricorn, The Rashi of Makara

Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac. In the West Capricorn is represented by a goat with a fish tail, but Makara actually means crocodile, an animal that is equally comfortable on land and in water. Both symbols speak to the stage of life and of the spiritual path where one is still living in the material world on earth but also submerging consciousness into the watery depths of both the subconscious and the unconscious realm of the sea of the Universe. Under the influence of Capricorn, one may feel disillusioned with material matters and overburdened with responsibilities, but still dutiful.

  • Ruled by Saturn
  • Element of Earth
  • Cardinal Sign
  • Symbols: Goat-fish & Crocodile
  • Mars exalted in Capricorn
  • Jupiter debilitated in Capricorn

Ascendant in Capricorn indicates one who is very hard-working, steady, has a strong sense of duty, and often is rigid in their ways.

Moon in Capricorn indicates one who is emotionally stubborn yet sensitive and loyal. Capricorn Moons can also be self-sacrificing, rebellious of traditions or of change, and at times feel depressed, though this may be their path to connect deeper to their Higher Self.

Sun in Capricorn indicates one who deeply wants to activate and deal with past, accumulated karma. This can evoke many unusual and problematic events and hardships in one’s life, but the soul’s goal is to learn the karmic lessons so it can move quickly towards awareness to shine its inner light upon all the practical matters of physical life.

And check out my video where I compare of the 1st and 2nd Editions and do a look-through of Shedding Light on Jyotisha, Vedic Astrology for Beginners, 2nd Expanded Edition:

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Shedding Light on Jyotisha – 2nd Expanded Edition is Now Available!

BookJyotishaShedding Light on JyotishaVedic Astrology for Beginners, 2nd Expanded Edition is now available in both the paperback and e-book/kindle version! To celebrate, the kindle/e-book will be available for free on Amazon from December 30th through January 3rd!

Shedding Light on Jyotisha explains the fundamentals for learning astrology in general, Vedic Astrology specifically, and how to read a birth chart for insights and guidance for our lives. The 2nd Expanded Edition has been re-written for greater ease of use as a reference tool, and it now includes informational charts and three sample celebrity birth chart interpretations: Prince, Karen Carpenter, and Marilyn Monroe.

The Introduction from Shedding Light on Jyotisha:

I began studying Jyotisha, or Vedic Astrology, after getting a reading from a friend of mine in 2004, but my interest in astrology began as a young child through reading the horoscopes in the newspaper with my grandmother and with my friends. In college in the 1990’s I often let myself get distracted from studying by browsing through the astrology books in the bookstores and libraries. But this reading in 2004 was my first exposure to the light of Jyotisha, which means the science or study of the heavenly bodies, of the stars, or of light. I was immediately drawn to studying it, immersing myself into the few books I found at the nearby esoteric bookstore.

There were so many new concepts to learn, such as Nakshatras, and gunas, and dashas, and divisional charts, and all the Hindu mythology! Some things I was already familiar with from studying yoga and healing modalities, including some Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, and though I also had an academic background in the ancient languages, mythology, and symbolism of the classical Greek, Roman, and Egyptian worlds, the Sanskrit terminology and mythological references made studying Vedic Astrology as a beginner a bit overwhelming at times, to say the least.

Though there are many very good beginning-level Vedic Astrology books out there, I wanted to put together something a little less complicated for the very beginner to astrology and for those coming from a Western Astrology background. In Shedding Light in Jyotisha you will find the basic information and knowledge needed to read a birth or natal chart, which is the foundation needed for further study into Vedic Astrology, if one so chooses.

         An Abbreviated Table of Contents:

  • What Is Vedic Astrology or Jyotisha, including The Sidereal & Lunar Zodiacs
  • The Nine Planets, The Grahas
  • The Twelve Zodiac Signs, The Rashis, including The Four Elements & The Three Characteristics
  • The Twelve Houses, The Bhavas, including The House Types & The Four Motivations
  • The Twenty-seven Lunar Mansions, The Nakshatras, including The Three Guna Qualities
  • The Basics for Interpreting a Birth Chart
    • The Ascendant & Physiological Associations
    • Planetary Rulership & Strength
    • Planetary Aspects, Drishtis, & Yogas
    • Transits
    • A Deeper Look at Karma
    • Balancing, Cancellation, & Alleviation
  • Birth Chart Sample Interpretations
    • Prince
    • Karen Carpenter
    • Marilyn Monroe

Shedding Light on JyotishaVedic Astrology For Beginner’s, 2nd Expanded Edition can be purchased through Amazon.

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