August 21st ushers in the first (and only) total solar eclipse of 2017. Solar eclipses are considered powerful and “unusual phenomena” in all traditions, particularly in African ones. Though there are many myths surrounding humans and our connections to eclipses only one thing is certain - solar eclipses signify disruption from usual patterns. An ushering of a new normal - a force within all of us to possess untapped powers.
In parts of Togo and Benin, it is said that when a solar eclipse emerges it is a sign of the sun and moon fighting one another. In order for this fight to stop, humans must bring peace and healing on Earth. (Good luck with that, right..) The Fon tribe (of Benin) avoid viewing solar eclipses altogether as a form of respect to the universe.
Most notably, and perhaps culturally relevant to folks living in the US - is the role of the solar eclipse in the Nat Turner rebellion. On February 1831, Nat Turner (a slave from Virginia.. yes VIRGINIA) witnessed a solar eclipse that would change the course of his life. He saw this eclipse as a sign from God to begin planning a slave insurrection. For Nat, this eclipse was a symbol of “the black man’s hands covering the sun”.
On August 21st 1831, the Nat Turner rebellion began.
So what is the point of me bringing up Diasporic understandings of solar eclipses?
For one, solar eclipses contain energy that can be channelled for ANY purpose. For peace, for redemption and all things outside and inside of our cosmic understandings. Solar Eclipses are omens - depending on the person and context they can be good or bad ones.
With this solar eclipse falling on Mercury in Retrograde - the energies around this time are especially potent.
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**Given the current social climate, these spells are centered around Afro-Diasporic understandings of resistance**
By: Stefan Stenudd [source]
This Full Moon in Gemini is a culmination of all things that emerged during and after our Sagitarrius New Moon.
As a Mercury ruled sign, Gemini governs over speech, communication and information. The mind is the Gemini’s dominion, and the Gemini teaches us to be unafraid of expressive communication. The Gemini’s dual nature keeps people on their toes. It is this unabashed behavior that allows for the Gemini not only share their ideas with the world but to also get others to see their perspective. .
For the last full moon of 2016, Gemini reminds us of the powerful reality of sudden changes. Many shifts await us and it is up to all of us to find the resources to deal with what lies ahead.
The only constant in life is change.
The reality of uncertainty regarding what lies ahead is without a doubt debilitating for many people. It is imperative that we move into 2017 with a healthy mindset. Honing in on Self-care rituals will help keep anyone afloat during stressful times.
In order to keep the mind centered and healthy, stress relief is key. Steaming is great for relaxation and calming your nervous system. An added bonus of steaming is that it keeps your skin clear, removing toxins and impurities that clog your pores.
Check out our Aromatherapy Self-Care Routine below:
AROMATHERAPY/STEAMING - FOR MENTAL CLARITY
Source: ZAKKIYYAH NAJEEBAH
In many ways your daily rituals define who you are and where you are headed. For most people, some routines are rewarding while others prove to be cumbersome and extremely tedious.
So does this mean eliminate routines all together?
Fortunately, there is a way to maintain self-discipline while still spicing up your daily rituals.
Instead of trudging through a monotonous workout plan or job assignment you can learn the art of fulfilling a task while still enjoying the process itself.
Part of the formula involves incorporating adjustments towards your beliefs and habits so that you stick to your routine for the long haul.
1. Prioritize self care
Many people forget that the path to success is a marathon, not a sprint.
Being ruthless about your “me” time can make a world of difference in your life. Not only does self-care improve how you execute your daily tasks but it also ensures that you have the longevity that is necessary to keep pushing.
Every single day carve out time to rejuvenate and do what you love.
When you shift your thoughts and begin to see self-care as a necessity instead of an indulgence, you will begin to develop a healthier outlook on the work you do.
Remember, there is nothing glamorous about burning out.
2. Learn to say no
Throughout the day people, advertisements and media bombard you with their own problems and agendas that ultimately send you down a rabbit hole of non-productivity.
If you notice distractions are leading you away from your routine, turn them off immediately. When possible, turn off your phone or television and commit to cutting back on checking your emails.
Though it is important that you engage with others and be friendly, this does not mean that you owe them the right to keep you away from fulfilling important tasks.
When you teach others to respect your schedule they inherently learn to respect you, your time, and your energy even more.
This also shows them, as well as you, that you are committed to your routine.
3. Let go of perfection
Sorry to tell you but we all slip up sometimes.
You may have missed your morning yoga because you slept in a few minutes longer than you anticipated. Or maybe you were out running errands all day and ended up making dinner later than usual.
We beat ourselves up all the time for not staying on task and doing things exactly as originally planned.
Honestly, perfection is not only impossible but overrated.
Everyday brings new challenges and unforeseen roadblocks so go easy on yourself and embrace the rollercoaster of life.
I firmly believe every situation provides hidden lessons that you can learn from.
4. Toss the monotony and add more spirit!
This involves finding ways to stick to the task at hand while still incorporating a sense of novelty and excitement. Adding quirks and individual flare to the work that you do can make a world of difference and help you stick to your journey of self-improvement.
For instance, if you are a regular jogger try to do something offbeat like wearing homemade ankle weights or singing out loud to your favorite tune. These minor adjustments should not serve as distractions that veer you off course but instead break up the monotony of your routine.
5. Manage your energy, not your time.
Start thinking less about time management and more about self-sustainability.
Learn to be self-aware and acknowledge when you do not have the energy to fulfill every task you may have on your list. This may mean that you need to prioritize your most important tasks for the day and postpone the rest for tomorrow.
If you notice that you are more of a “morning person”, consider indulging in your most important tasks at the start of your day. This way you ensure that the difficult tasks are done at a time in which you are most aware, alert, and engaged.
Have any of your own suggestions? Please comment below.
Artist: Stefan Stenudd
The past few weeks of Scorpio season have called for all of us to deal with death, destruction and uncertain transitions. It has been a difficult lesson to say the least but all is not lost.
New Moon in Sagittarius suggests that an exciting yet uncertain shift lies ahead. The independent and optimistic spirit of Sagittarius reminds us of the power of being grounded within ourselves and our truth.
With Sagittarius ushering us into this New Moon phase, we are reminded to take on the free spirited effervessence of the race horse. This action-oriented fire sign always maintains a healthy balance between accomplishment and happiness.
Sagittarians teach us about the power of positivity. When you marry a good attitude and a diligent spirit, you bring excitement to the process of work and routine. The Sagittarian spirit knows no limitations. As a Jupiter ruled sign, Sag teaches us to push past our internalized limitations and head straight for what we want.
So I ask, what is holding you back today?
Artist: Atong Atem
Planting Seeds - New Moon in Sagittarius Insights
This is the key ingredient that keeps the Sagittarius fun-spirited and light -hearted. Start this new moon off right with a few affirmations. This will open you up to self-love and compassion especially as you head into the unknown. Stay hopeful, jovial, and persistent in your goals.
2. Meditative Movement.
The Sagittarian archetype is driven by the pursuit of universal truth. Movement and action are one of the Sagittarius’ best methods of attaining knowledge. Going on walks, running, yoga etc. are ways in which you can ward off stagnation in the body. Not only does movement serve as a great stress reliever, it also allows you to activate your adventurous nature.
The Sagittarius is known for being blunt to a fault. An optimism can take you far but honesty can take you even further. Think of all the ways you can be more honest to yourself and others. It may hurt to hear (or reveal) the truth but transparency allows you to foster more sincere relationships.
GUIDED MEDITATION FOR OPTIMISM
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Monday's SUPERMOON is the “biggest, brightest, and closest” full moon we will have this year. This perigee moon is, by far, the closest full moon we have had since the BEGINNING of the twenty-first century.
This full moon happens to fall in the sign of Taurus. This Venus ruled astrological sign is known for its love for beauty, grandeur, and pleasure. Material things & luxuries can be the Taurus’ weak point. Though Taurus' are very practical-minded their tendency for “excess” can go to an extreme. Luckily, since the Taurus’ is an earth sign they can remain grounded.
Stability is the Taurus’ number one goal and not even their love for extravagance will change that.
Taurus can teach us a thing or two about the power of tenacity. Perserverance is the Taurus’ middle name. Many Taurus’ are known for being strong builders and will fight for what they believe in until they get the end result they want.
What the Taurus’ SUPERMOON can teach you:
1. Allow yourself to revel in all things beautiful and harmonious. An appreciation for the natural world around will allow for you to put things in perspective.
2. Be headstrong and determined to stay within your truth.
3. Strive for firm foundations, grounding and stability.
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SUPERMOON IN TAURUS LUXURY BATH
Empty DrawString TeaBag
2 teaspoons dried rose buds
2 teaspoons dried chamomile
1 teaspoon french lavender
Optional: Epsom Salt or lavender essential oil
Put herbal contents into drawstring teabag - sealing it tight.
Start your ritual with an affirmation or prayer of your choice. You can start by thanking the Full Moon for her presence and power.
Drop the herbal blend into warm water - thanking the water for being a conduit of healing.
For added relaxing bonus - add a 1/4 cup of epsom salt into your bath or 4 drops of lavender
For added magic - keep a crystal of your choice nearby. To promote self-love and harmony, I recommend using rose quartz and carnelian.
Destress, relax, and set Full Moon intentions.
Compost herbs when done.
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GUIDED MEDITATION FOR GROUNDING
I understand the feelings of fear and frustration that many of you all feel.
The world as we know it is in for a rude awakening.
I have spent many months preparing for this very verdict.
Though I was not at all surprised by Trump's victory, I can't help but still feel saddened by the outcome.
As a woman of color, I feel unsafe. As a witch, I feel unsafe. As a reproductive justice activist, I feel especially unsafe. As a daughter of an immigrant, I question the safety of my family members.
I am sure this feeling resonates with many of you.
Many people think that being a witch is just about burning incense, lighting candles and hoping for the best.
As a matter of fact, many people did these very things on election night yet the outcome was STILL THE SAME.
Because the work STARTS with lighting a candle. It doesn’t end there.
Half Assed Magic Will Get You NOWHERE.
Witchcraft is about taking RADICAL ACTION and responsibility for your livelihood and survival.
Witchcraft involves seeking knowledge and forming strategies.
Witchcraft involves PREPARING for the worst outcome while PRAYING for the best [outcome].
Many of us are now having to go back to the drawing board.
Many of us are analyzing the ways in which our loved ones will be impacted in the next few years.
I still believe that with every challenge brings an opportunity.
Despite this, I’m not here to coddle anyone with fairytales.
We all know that the shift will be turbulent.
This is life.
Freedom comes at a high price - it always has.
The fight for freedom may never end but at least we will all see what we are truly made of.
So how will you move forward?
Will you wallow in grief and despair - bitchin’ your way into an early psychological, emotional (and perhaps even physical) “grave”.
Or will you take agency over your life?
It’s your choice.
Cast your vote.
Either bitch about your life or be a TRUE WITCH and do something.
“My anger has meant pain to me but it has also meant survival, and before I give it up I'm going to be sure that there is something at least as powerful to replace it on the road to clarity."
I wrote this in a journal a couple years back:
Anger speaks loudly
never questions if she is heard.
When worn on a black woman’s face
Now, I am not condoning violence here. We are all multifaceted and allowed to carry an array of emotions within us. Anger being one of them.
When I speak of anger I am referring to the fuel that it ignites within us.
A fuel that can be redirected and repurposed into something uplifting and constructive.
Anger can push us through events where no other emotion feels appropriate as a reaction.
I am allowed to be angry.
Just as much as I am a womyn and just as much as I am black.
These three elements combined are more than an archetype.
More than a source of amusement to the very power structure that created it.
Our resting witch face reminds people that...
a part of our
Because anger is real
Scorpio is the fierce warrior energy that governs over transformation, transitions, and rebirth.
If Scorpio were associated with an Orisha, the Orisha would be none other than Oya.
Oya holds a special place in my heart for a particular reason. She came to me during my first Ayahuasca experience many years ago. I remember seeing a burst of red smoke and warrior cries echoing in the background. Oya appeared in red regalia and moved with enough swiftness to cut wind in half. My body completely froze - I knew it was Oya and I knew I was in for a rude awakening.
“She Tore” is the meaning of Her name in Yoruba. There was no hand holding, no babying, no coddling. She spoke to me as if I were a child that needed to be scolded. I won’t go into the specifics of what she said but her delivery was enough to send chills down my spine. Her messages were earth-shatteringly blunt and still ring in my ear to this day.
Oya is embodied through wind, hurricanes and tornadoes. She is an unsettling energy that reminds us that our inner power can only be channeled when we allow ourselves to let go of what holds us back. Oya is an uprooting force that will tear through all that is in Her path. The ends justify the means, and if destruction is required to make room for greatness then so be it.
If you come to the spiritual realm asking to be transformed, you may find yourself in for the ride of your life.
This New Moon, we are reminded that stepping into new horizons can be tricky, messy and even downright uncomfortable. It is during these intensely uncomfortable moments that we unravel the most dormant parts of ourselves. The “safe cocoons” and mud houses we build for ourselves can all be destroyed in one swift instance. All things that are dormant within you will one day be revealed.
So this New Moon:
Experience the sheer agony and invigorating novelty of giving birth to a new sense of self.
Find a sense of home within the fear that sits in the pit of your stomach.