Maven Musing: Moving Slow

I know things have been extremely quiet around here lately. And for that, I am sorry. But during that silence, I have been doing some serious soul work that has made my perspective come into a sharp focus.
I’ve been moving much more slowly the last few weeks than I had realized. I don’t think it was a conscious choice, my body and spirit simply took the reins.

I had a shocking past life awakening in the midst of the eclipse and it triggered a bright, sudden awareness of my behavior. A deep rooted pain and fear that I have carried with me for as long as I can remember with no seeming reason.
I often operate from a space of frenzy and fear. Everything felt important and if I could not do it, I was failing. In all my soul work, I still have yet to overcome this deeply rooted issue. It’s exhausting and frustrating to see myself take a step forward and be drug two steps back.
I have spoken of the importance for solitude, silence, and slowing down before. But here I was revving up and running myself down.
Until one morning, I found myself laying in bed near tears thinking about having to get up. I had nothing else to give anyone, not even myself.  I felt a shift in me that something, anything, had to change. I felt as though I was drowning.
Where most everyone else seemed to be experiencing a wild upheaval of their external lives, all of my chaos remained internal. It was unseen, and therefore, I felt I could not explain it.  Without the physical evidence, it is always difficult to get others to believe your struggle.
So I’ve been hiding from everyone, whether they may have been aware of it or not. I demanded emotional space. I cleared away physical space in my home that I felt suffocated by.
It started a new trend where I left myself say no. I had a sudden recognition that I’m not racing anyone. Things will happen as I enact them. I do wield power and must control what I can and let the rest fall away.
But it has taken active work to do so. My passivity is what leads me into over commitment. I knew if I did not make myself nearly painfully present some days, I would slip back.
I’ve been practicing, and that resulted in holding you at arms length. I was not ready to share or push things along.  My own fears muddled things and I no longer feel called to do things just for the sake of saying I “did something”.
So I thank you for sticking around and checking in.  My Hermit days have brought me much clarity.
All my love,
Kat
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Tarot Forecast – Aug 20-26, 2018

I have been channeling the Hermit quite a lot this summer. These eclipses have triggered so much within me that I haven’t really known up from down. More on that later 😉
But even with all of that, I have been working on things. Have you ever experienced a sudden and bright moment of clarity that almost seems to give you tunnel vision? I have been having those moments left and right it seems.
This week’s tarot reading resonated with me so hard this week in reference to those moments.
I even felt called to make a little change in our deck finally! A wonderful friend gifted me quite a few of his decks in the past few weeks. The traditional Rider-Waite has been gently calling my name since that time, but today I swore it yelled at me. A small push to my senses and I was upstairs pulling it from my altar.
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1. What energy do we need to channel this week?

Reversed Three of Wands
A bright, shining note that our struggles should be coming to the end. Expansion, Enterprise, and Preparation all driven by foresight. Everything is progressing as it should due to your careful planning.

2. What do we need to watch out for?

Queen of Cups
The Queen is ruled by her heart rather than her head. With everything we are working towards, we must not lose sight of rational thought. As we move closer to the full moon, our emotional state is much higher. Our receptivity and intuition grows and with that, we become more responsive to the needs of those around us. We must remain actively aware of our boundaries. In order to remain focused on our creative pursuits, we must choose who and what receives our attention.

3. How can we overcome challenges?

Reversed Eight of Pentacles
Our attention to detail can begin to get in the way. We lose sight of the forest through the trees. This meticulous attention can stall your energy out and cause you to focus on making it “perfect” – which nothing will ever be. Take a step back and remember to keep at least one eye on your larger picture.

SSBC (super secret bottom card)

Five of Cups
The gentleman in the card is entirely focused on the split cups before him that he ignores what he has remaining. While our past can be painful, we must be in this present moment. Allow yourself to forgive and use your past as a learning tool. Hindsight is clearer than foresight. We cannot lose sight of the lessons we have learned to get us to this space. This also brings me to think of the concept of “half full or half empty”. Where do you consider your cup? Does that impact how you view your past and future? How does that impact how you act on opportunities?
Stay strong, positive, and self confident this week, mavens! Allow your past to inform your present, but do not let it steer for you. You can and will overcome. Dream big, be bold, act!

All my love,

Kat

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Tarot Forecast – Aug 6 – 12

Hello loves! I swear that other posts from us are coming soon. This summer has just been rough. We have all retreated and been spending more and more time on our own. These eclipses have triggered some deep inner work that, with the demands on the day to day, has just taken all of our emotional energy out of us. Soon though! And if you have any special requests, always feel free to reach out.
This week’s reading had an incredibly clear message: “Trust and move towards your intentions”

1. What energy do we need to channel this week? Reversed Hermit
Listen to your inner voice. There are two messages that come with the hermit – either we need to make that time one of deep spiritual work and listening to Self or we may be spending too much time in this space.
Take a moment to reflect where you are falling on this spectrum. Time on my own has put a lot of things in perspective for me. I have been much more intentional about who gets my time outside of work and home. I have large projects I am working on and it takes all of my inner strength to not allow my anxiety and impostor syndrome issues to derail me.
2. What do we need to look out for? Reversed Priest [Heirophant]
As we walk our path we must maintain and openness and understanding to others practices. We have all encountered those that cannot open their hearts to understand others. Reflect on your own words and guidance – do not impose your own practices or beliefs on others that do not expressly ask for it. Also, set boundaries for those that attempt to impose their path on you.
3. How can we overcome challenges? The Chariot
You control your path. Clarify your intentions, make a plan, gather resources and go. Take your time as a hermit to get clarity on what it is you want and need and how to accomplish it. Do not allow the perspectives of others to shake you from your path.
SSBC * Reversed King of Cups
Do not let your inclination towards reconciliation compromise your values
Take greater control and responsibility for your current emotional state. Who is being toxic in your life? Where and who do you need boundaries with? Is your behavior the issue at hand?
Is there anything in particular that comes to mind with this reading?  I know this message rang loud and clear for me on what I need to focus on.  My energy has been feeling motivated, but scattered.
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May 2018 Full Moon in Sagittarius

I won’t lie. I was a little worried about the emotional rollercoaster this full moon was going to have me riding this week. But, after looking into the moon and all the work I did on the new moon. I’m hoping this moon will be kind to you as well!
This full moon in Sagittarius calls us to look at our life from a 10’000 foot view. If you read my tarot forecast for the week, you would know that our Super Secret Bottom Card for this week was the Hermit.
Getting clarity on our personal values, principles, morals and overall lifestyle (as it is presently and how we want it to look) is key this week.
After the questions I posed in our new moon ritual, I feel like we have kind of already done most of that work! Now, it our chance to pause and recognize what we have fully committed to, what is feasible in our lives at the moment, and what is just not currently possible to integrate into our lives.
This full moon ritual is going to be pretty relaxed. While Sagittarius wants to try all of the things and be adventurous – this evening can be a moment of rest. You can do and try all you want in the morning.
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What you’ll need:
One white candle
Your journal/grimoire/BOS
Yep. you read that. Just one white candle and whatever it is you do your work in. Rituals can be incredibly simple and still pack a punch.
Get into your sacred space. Get comfortable and take the time to do a grounding meditation or your preferred practice.
Light the white candle and focus on the things listed above:
What have you fully committed to bringing into your life this cycle?
Has it been working? Why or why not?
If why not, is it something that you just cannot feasibly commit to right now?
Remember – you don’t need to do all of the things all at the same time. Maybe there are changes you want to bring into your life that require a little more preparation, other foundational habits, or just more of you to focus on it.
Once you get a clear idea of what is and isn’t working for you – focus on releasing yourself of any inner obligation or expectation to remain held to what is not working.
Push all of that energy and emotional tie into the candle. Let yourself fill with warmth from head to foot as you release it. When you feel ready, fully release it into the universe by blowing out the candle.
Gently close your space however you see fit.
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I hope that by releasing the habits and things that just are not working you find yourself opened to fully committing to what is working for you! Perhaps this will give you some more time and energy to expand and try something new.
As always, I love hearing from you! Especially when using these workings – I’d love to know if they work for you!
All my love!
Full Moon Ritual - May 2018
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Tarot Forecast – 05.28 – 06.03.2018

Happy Memorial Day, witches!
We were lucky to have the day off this week to enjoy the long weekend. After some adventuring out in Estes Park on Saturday, the husband and I spent almost all of Sunday relaxing and staying cozy indoors.
My dear friend Frankie, from Articulate Witch, spent most of today with me being productive. I finally got the chance to introduce her to one of my favorite podcasts, King Falls AM, and I am so hoping she loves it as much as I do. You should really check it out on Spotify. They just went on their first hiatus in three years, so now is the time to catch up!
Let me know how your weekend was! Did you go on any adventures?
Now let’s get into preparing for the coming week.
1. What energy do we need to channel?
2. What do we need to keep an eye out for?
3. How can we overcome challenges?
* SSBC – Super Secret Bottom Card; our clarity message
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1. What energy do we need to channel? The Priestess
The Priestess trusts in her own power. Surrounded by amethyst in her cave, she looks within for guidance. She is a reminder that we must trust our own intuition and knowledge.
2. What do we need to keep an eye out for? Reversed The World
Reversed, the World card reminds us that all things come to their end, naturally or otherwise. What are we holding onto that has come to its end? What are we forcing to carry on due to sentimentality or fear?
3. How can we overcome challenges this week? Reversed Ace of Sky (Swords)
There is a lack of clarity surrounding us and our plans this week. Things we have been working towards have been halted or are close to falling into chaos. What is your end goal? What is the purpose?
SSBC The Hermit
The Hermit is one of introspection and solitude. Removed from the rest of the world, our thoughts are allowed to ride up above our everyday must dos and distractions and actually evaluate our personal values and principles.
This week’s astrology is interesting as well. WIth the full moon peaking tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, there is a lot of energy surrounding it. The moon will be in Sagittarius and will be bringing in an air of ACTION. Sagittarius is a wanderer and the type to try and do and create as opportunity arises. My full moon ritual tied to the prior New Moon work will be up tomorrow as well.
Things tend to sit in that space until Friday when Mercury trines Mars and Venus trines Jupiter. Our concentration will be at a high and we will likely feel more optimistic, creative and relaxed. Friday will be a good time to take all of the plans we’ve been sorting out all week and put them into real action.
On Saturday, Venus will trine Jupiter early in the morning, so all day we’ll feel their impact. Embrace the moment and allow yourself to channel romance, relaxation, and creativity. Today is the day to flow and enjoy yourself as you see fit.
So overall, the beginning part of this week should be spent in reflection and solitude. Get really clear on your WHY and how you can best achieve those goals. Make a plan and don’t get pulled along by your chaotic thoughts or situations. The end of the week is when we will be able to channel that plan into real work and results.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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