New Moon – September 2017

The world around us is slowly shifting. The air is developing that bite that cleanses you to your core. The leaves seeking to be bright like the sun, no longer reflecting the lush grass below them. We will begin turning inwards, searching for intimacy with ourselves and our families.

The coming moons will mark a time of serious reflection and self growth.

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The upcoming new moon is one step in this transitional time. It will be the first new moon since the eclipse. It’s important to remember what course we set for ourselves and harness that residual energy.
I like to take into account the astrological influence I will face in the coming weeks.

With the new moon on September 20th, we will face some challenges that truly shake us and make us face some painful wounds. We may have to make some changes to our original goal. If we can face our pain, be flexible and adapt, we can overcome.

The full moon marks the peak in this cycle. Here, we will need to be strong in our boundaries, moving away from those that bring us down or seek to manipulate us for their own gain. Our initial focus on flexibility and adaptation must follow us all through this cycle. Do not allow yourself to be self-sacrificing to appease another. Care for yourself.

Thank you, AstrologyKing & DarkAstrology

My rituals are always centered around tarot. For me, it is an incredible tool for growth and understanding.  I have a horrible tendency to compartmentalize and bury things away.
Once you can identify the source of your pain, whether it be a person or event, let yourself feel it.
Don’t bury it back down and pretend you aren’t hurt. Don’t just wish it away. By letting yourself acknowledge every part of your pain (even at the most irrational level), you are already take steps to accept it and move past it. I usually journal on what comes through in my readings.  It forces me to face my feelings instead of rationalizing everything away with that habit of mine.
Once I’ve stopped my emotional ranting at my defenseless notebook, when I feel I truly have nothing left to give, my questions always delve down into actionable tasks or intentions I should hold.
Those actions or intentions will go into my planner. I am still developing certain aspects of my craft. Sheduling certain tasks or making myself daily reminders gives me that “every day witch” feeling.  I am always on my path and journey – not just when I am in the safety of my own home.
What are your favorite tools to incorporate into your moon rituals? How do you connect with the cosmos and let them guide you?
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Preparing for the Full Corn Moon

I love the moon.  I’ve always thought she was beautiful and I could stare at her all evening.  When I began my path I immediately gravitated towards her.  She is such a stable body in which to center your spiritual being on.
The Harvest Moon typically falls in September, but this year it will rise in October.  The Harvest Moon is always the full moon closest to the autumn equinox (Mabon).
So this month’s moon falls back to other traditional names – the Full Corn Moon or the Barley Moon.  Either way, this moon marks the end of fire season.  We’ll soon be surrounded by snow and cold and be forced to look inward to channel the energy we seek.
The August eclipse really threw us into a time of significant change and how we capitalized on that energy is going to face some challenges.  AstrologyKing has a great comprehensive breakdown of all the astrological craziness that we’re going to be feeling.
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With all of that in mind, We’re going to need some preparation for the second half of this cycle. My full moon activities are rarely scheduled.  I tend to fall into whatever “feels right” in the moment  – even if that means I only charge up my crystals and head to bed early.  This full moon ritual will be no different as I am making it a full week of prep.

Here is the plan:

  • Get Organized.

I have been clouded lately and have had a difficult time re-centering and taking control of what needs to be done.  Now is the time to hustle, to deal with things, so they do not spiral. I’ve got big plans for the end of the month, this is no time to let crazy moon drama get in my way.

  • Practice patience and self-care.

If you read my guidance from the August tarot challenge, there were a lot of not-so-subtle hints to get back to the things I love and to care for myself. So I’m going to start off strong with getting back to my workout routine and healthy eating. I always feel better when I’m working out – physically, mentally, and spiritually. Making this a strict part of my routine will
help me navigate potential negative situations or overcome challenging ones much more quickly.

Night Of:

  • Ritual bath to clear away any negative energies built up from the week to face things with a fresh clear mind
  • Tarot and candle work to build up some positive energy and do some serious soul searching on some opportunities that have come up.

How do you plan on facing and preparing for the end of this cycle?  Are there specific rituals you practice on every full moon or are you a bit more of a “wing-it” witch like me?
Love & Light, Mavens!
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August Guidance – Moving Forward

I’ve been wallowing a lot little the past few months. Feeling stuck in my career, feeling stuck spiritually, unwilling to discuss or face painful events in a constructive way. Basically – I’ve been doing a lot of bitching lately.
I traded hiking and working out regularly for the couch and Netflix. I stopped taking the dogs out every evening. I haven’t felt a fire for my job in a while, and it’s starting to show. I’m not sure if I just got burned out or if all the wild energy of August threw me off my game. I haven’t felt knocked around in a while – so I didn’t handle it very well.

They finally got sick of my pity party and used my August tarot challenge to give me a swift kick.

August’s message for me can be summed up quite nicely: “Quit wallowing, do something about it, but don’t forget to take care of yourself.”

So, we’re going to take that message into September and focus on it. I love actionable tarot. I don’t enjoy “tell me how X feels” questions – i want things I can control. Things I can focus on to change – to manifest what I need.

September better be ready for some #bossbabe level action. No more playing games – it’s time to rumble.

If you aren’t on IG and would like to see my draws, they are below. Please feel free to comment and let me know your interpretation of them! I’m still learning and love hearing how cards resonate with others.
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Month Spread

Theme: Sea Tom – seek bliss. the things that make me happy or interest me. be open, affectionate and sincere
Departing energy: The Cat – you’ve been searching for your path, smelling the roses along the way. my path has been laid, I just need to follow it and listen to my heart to let it guide me.
Incoming energy: The Emperor – hold onto my power and set firm boundaries. I need to trust myself and my decisions
Advice: Earth Queen – I take pride in caring for others but I need to remember to attend to my own well being.

Where is my energy today?

Reversed Six of Fire
Acting with integrity and giving respect to maintain respect.
I have a tendency to be the sounding board at work. Even if I cannot fix a problem immediately, I make sure the other person feels heard.
Eventually, once their emotions have calmed, they almost always come around and realize that certain things really are out of my reach. But they always recognize that I stopped what I was doing to have a genuine conversation with them.
Sometimes that is all someone needs – someone to hear them and not brush them away. Especially in an academic setting – parents will go above and beyond to advocate for their children. While I’m not a parent, I can understand wanting to make sure those you love are cared for and supported.

What messages are being hidden?

Reversed Five of Earth
This month has been HARD – I’ve felt completely unmotivated and lethargic. I started this month so excited to start this new journey and my plans have completely fallen to the wayside.
My negativity regarding my situation is holding me back. Obsessing over things is counter productive and only hurts me further as time goes on. I need to take action to change my circumstances.

What energy/ies should I be expanding on?

XIV Grace
I should be focusing on my ability to adapt my energy as I need to remain balanced. Both my work and personal life have felt quite turbulent, while not entirely negative, I’ve been forced to face various situations I would have rather avoided. It has been difficult to walk and face those moments with the appropriate response when I have felt so emotional and out of control.

What challenges do I need to overcome?

Reversed I Cat Magic
As noted in my previous post I’ve felt pretty out of control this month. I’m rarely a “things happen to me” kind of person. However, this month I have wallowed in this unmotivated lethargy. I need to focus on the thing in my life that I can control – myself.
My attitude and actions shape the perception those around have of me. They notice my growing negativity and sass – particularly when it is unwarranted.
I need to take a step back and reassess my action/reaction to things.

Where can I be more flexible?

Seven of Sea
My path is not set it stone for this project and blog. I have big dreams for what I hope it becomes, but those dreams take action to achieve. My own interests evolve and influence my practice and path frequently. Adaptation is key in order to experience growth. I need to let my path guide me to my next steps – not force it to be.

Full Moon

What to release?

Reversed Ace of Fire.
I’ve been feeling a little lost wondering “what is next”, I’ve been so used to controlling the direction of my life that now that I’ve accomplished those goals I’m sitting here faced with a million possibilities. I need to let go of my need for control and just enjoy being.

What to Keep

Reversed Sky King
I need to reconnect and let myself feel and express my emotions. I need to remain connected with my emotions and let them guide my growth.

Lesson From last cycle

Reversed Two of Sky
Patience. Let my energy flow and my intuition guide me in decisions. I need to trust myself and my choices.

Guidance

Ten of Sea
Seek out the support my closest friends and family can provide. I am not an island. I need their experience and wisdom to learn and expand my experience and perception.

How can I become better grounded?

Reversed Fire Tom
If you know me, I’m often the “yes lady”. In work, at home, I always jump even if I don’t always see the full scope of a situation. If my readings for this month have a theme for me to learn, it’s patience. I need to slow down just enough for my brain and heart to catch up. I’m always so excited to experience a new adventure or opportunity that I don’t give myself a chance to prepare for it.

How can I expand my self-awareness?

XIV Grace (again*) I need to seek out the things that keep me steady, that bring me peace. I need to learn to be still for just a moment and breath before moving on. Remaining calm and poised will benefit my mind and spirit as I face new challenges.

What conflicts need to be laid to rest?

Reversed Sea Kitten
Family always brings up a flood of emotions for me. Anytime it comes up I revert back to a petulant sixteen year old girl that thinks if she ignores it long enough, it will resolve itself. Moving past these moments has always been one of my biggest hurdles.

Draw a card/d from a deck you rarely use

Reversed Queen of Swords from the Everyday Witch.
This deck got straight to the point, haha. It wasn’t going to waste the chance to tell me I’ve been behaving like a brat lately. Moody, emotional, it’s felt like a tough month. I obviously need to get over it and face what’s bothering me.

Mercury Retrograde

What will be affected

Reversed Earth King.
Those that depend on me need to learn to stand on their own. Establish boundaries to help them forge their own path.

What lessons can I learn

Reversed Sea Queen. I need to learn to find my own happiness and healthy outlets. I cannot expect my loved ones to be and fulfill every need I may have.

What projects/themes should I revisit?

Reversed Tower. Patience! Again! Haha. As if my previous draws weren’t enough of a hint. I need to slow down and focus on the task in front of me. One step at a time. Things will happen when they happen.

Best way to handle this retrograde

Reversed Seven of Sea. Follow through on my actions and projects. Focusing on the task at hand (^^^) will keep me from feeling overwhelmed and lost.

What energy/ies do I need to replenish?

Five of Earth
I need to focus on myself and trust that this slump I am in will pass. I’ve always been about self love and self care and my rituals have kind of fallen away. I need to refocus my energy on bringing myself up and loving where I am right now, I’ll move past it in time.

What energy/ies do I need to be more receptive of?

Eight of Fire
I need to recognize the moments where my energy kicks up. What really gets me moving and motivated? What makes me want to tackle everything in my path and take on the world? What am I passionate about?

Where do I need to stop procrastinating?

Seven of Earth.
I won’t lie – this one stumped me. The ultimate card of patience and relaxation. Things will come to be when they are ready. I shouldn’t try to force them into fruition. I guess I’ll take it as a sign that refocusing on caring for myself will allow the universe to get things going without my being in the way.

In what way can I be successful today?

Reversed Ace of Earth
I have some work to do… While I may be getting yelled at this month to be patient and calm, that doesn’t mean I can just sit on the sidelines. Work I do now will bring good things but the work must be done. Magick means effort.

Where can I be more responsible?

Reversed Cat Magic
I really need to refocus on the things I can control – my attitude, my actions, pretty much just ME. My bratty attitude has been a nuisance and it’s time to give a good kick in the pants and grow the hell up. Reclaiming your power is about owning all of you and while I can write about it, actions are what count.

Where can I show more gratitude?

Reversed Earth King
Appreciate my own abilities and the work we’ve done to establish our home as a safe and successful space. My husband and I work incredibly hard to move towards the lifestyle we want. He is my rock and he needs to know that I always look to him for support.

How can I be more authentic?

Ace of Earth
Be generous, patient, seek out the opportunities that bring me joy. Positivity in any situation is often my default. Things will get better or change.

Cleansing & Clearing:

How do you clear the unwanted energy from your decks?
I have a sacred space that my cards call home. It’s a cozy space that I frequently cleanse with this amazing Sacred Space spray I purchased from a local witch. It’s so calming and completely refocuses the energy in the space. I also give my cards kisses before doing big draws or if I feel I need to recenter with them.

New Moon:

What is my divine guidance (Inner Star Oracle – Magic)

Embrace the Change; Essential Growth; Unfolding Lesson

Lesson on What?

Earth Tom (jumper) -Laying the foundation for my endeavors through steady work and patience (ha, patience again). Developing skills and knowledge necessary to succeed
01 Cat – Happiness with where I am now and openness to new opportunities that are on their way
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Intentions & Magick

When you’re new to this journey, it’s easy to get swept along trying to do all the witchy and magickal things you read and hear you’re “supposed” to do.
We jump in feet first and follow the moon cycles and perform rituals and develop this deep connection to the world and nature around you and do all the spells to manifest all the things, etc., etc., etc., to feel as if we are a part of this community.
I totally burned out. I didn’t understand what the heck I was supposed to be focusing on to manifest the changes I wanted in my life.
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But it sounds so simple, right? Just pick a thing, focus on it and it should become what you envisioned.  If it was that easy to manifest change in ourselves and our lives, we would not be having this conversation. No one would. The injustices of the world would be fixed, no one would want for anything, and life as we know it will have achieved utopia.
If you have no idea how to navigate the hard stuff that drives intentions – your emotions – you are just going through the motions.  You are not engaging the true power of your emotional energy to push things into action.
Your energetic vibration is deeply tied to your emotional and mental state.  You can feel someone’s emotions radiate off of them if they feel something strong enough.  We’ve all had that moment where we can look at a person and just based on the air around them, we know exactly how they’re feeling.
That is the energy we want to put to work.
Magick aligns your energetic vibration with the vibration of your intention. By aligning those pieces, a clearer path for your energy to manifest your goal is created. I like to think of energy as a river. Without guidance or direction, it forges its own path through all sorts of obstacles. But energy, like water, is lazy.  It will always take the easiest route.
So how do we deal with the emotional baggage we carry when we’re taught to shy away from anything remotely negative. We bottle them up and roll them under the rug. We’re told that positive attitudes are everything.  If you aren’t being positive, you aren’t trying hard enough. How could you possibly manifest positive things into your life?
Positivity in the face of difficult situations is different than truly feeling positive. 
We face crappy situations every day, feel awful on the inside and still have a smile on our face and voice the hope that things turn out okay.
What you show to the world is rarely in alignment with what you truly feel. We are the masters of compartmentalization.
Those things that are hard to accept about yourself –that is where your intentions should be focused. Focus on your growth at your pace. You can’t work on all of you and change all of the things at once.  It’s a process. Your needs are going to evolve as you do and you will never be in the same place as your fellow witches. Forcing it is superficial and will get you a half-assed result that you’ll be dissatisfied with.
As Ron Swanson would say, “Never half-ass two things. Whole ass one thing.”
So – one emotional thing at a time, maven.
Here’s how I have been working on myself:
◊ Meditation

You had to have known I would say this, right? Even 5 minutes (and I can barely make it through 5 minutes) will give your brain a moment to just chill and actually work things out. Here are some of my favorite guided meditations to get started.

◊ Journaling of any kind.

Brain dump, art, whatever helps you get your emotions out of you so you don’t bottle them away. Once they’re out, they’re out and you’ll have to face them.

◊ Self care as ritual.

I love warm showers – I use them all the time to cleanse away the energy from the day and I feel lighter. It helps me focus and recharge. I am an introvert so I NEED to be able to find ways to recharge. Recognition of actions or interactions that change your energetic state is important. It will assist with developing your intuition.

◊ Tarot or divination tools

I know divination tools don’t jive with some people but if you’re open to trying out some more insightful questions you may be surprised by what they have to say. Try a tarot challenge that is ready to go.  I struggle with finding the right questions to ask myself.

◊ Natal or Birth Charts

This was so eye opening for me. I’m an Aquarius Sun, but I have never felt like anything to do with an Aquarius was me. Reading my full chart helped me understand why I react to certain things in a particular way and why I often feel in conflict with myself or with others. Here is where I got mine for free.

◊ Read. Read. Read.

Everything and Anything. Expand your worldview. Read up on things that you’ve always initially brushed away as “not your problem” or not your culture or history. Opening your mind to accepting all sorts of information and allowing yourself to develop an informed opinion on those matters will create this beautiful layering effect. Witches always say to take everything with a grain of salt – reading  will help you sort out what you resonate with or what serves no purpose in your craft.

If you have other ideas on how to get started on spiritual growth please share them!
I have seen some notes floating around that certain practices such as mindfulness or deep meditation can be dangerous for certain mental health issues. I always want our community to feel safe – so please chime in if you have experience with certain practices not working in those situations.
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Discovering My Pagan Path

As I mentioned in my About Me , my journey began in the gym about a year ago.
All my reasons for never going to the gym were gone when I graduated and when I came across an ad for a boot camp program, I felt something inside me shift. I took a leap and this wave of calm overtook me.  I was right where I was supposed to be – I was finally giving my body what it needed. I was taking care of myself and pushing that anxiety-inducing boundary completely opened my mind.
Months later, one of my sisters mentioned  that she identified as “pagan”.  As she explained her view of the world, I felt it again.  Something inside made a hand-brake turn and slid into place.
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Next thing I knew, I was up to my eyes in articles, history, anything I could get my hands on.
I fell headlong into a whirlwind.
The tarot bug bit me hard and fast (much to our bank account’s dismay).  The moon has become my guide.  My natal chart made my head spin.
I’ve since taken a step back and started to take each interest in stride.  Being overwhelmed by all the tools is so easy – but they quickly become useless if you don’t learn and grow from their use.
It took a serious period of self-evaluation to discover what it was I needed. I felt out of whack,  but I knew I was on the right track.  I had this sudden (and frankly, unexpected) need to go outside, to just be away from the city.  Which was odd, considering how much I had always disliked camping or anything remotely outdoorsy. Bugs and dirt were never on my list of “things to experience”.
I now seek it out regularly. I feel at ease on a trail. My mind goes blank when I force my body to overcome the physical obstacles. Any tension or anxiety I felt just melts away.
I love feeling the shift as the weather turns, or as you come over a mountain peak. You can feel nature’s energy always seeking balance – always searching for neutral. Even when it’s wild and chaotic, you know that the calm will come.  The quiet will settle into place and everything will just be.
My path has become that search for balance.  I have always struggled with processing my own thoughts and emotions.  Because obviously emotions are a bad thing and should not be felt. I finally let myself feel and decide if it is something worth holding onto or if I can let it go.
I’m always learning and growing though.  Change is inevitable.  But for now, I like where I am heading.
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I’d love to know how you discovered your path or if you were raised in a pagan home! Stories always make me so happy and I think it shows such diversity in our community. Everyone’s soul sings to a slightly different tune but we all manage to find our way here.
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