One way I like to help move energy along when I'm feeling stagnant is by doing space clearing. Clearing your home energetically can help bring positive movement into other areas of your life. The ancient art / science of feng shui is based on this principle. Practitioners believe that balancing energy flow in your home brings Good Fortune into your life. Other belief systems also use space clearing in their their practices and rituals. So here are some tips to do this for yourself.
It's important to always start off with a good cleaning and de-cluttering. Make sure the area around your front door is especially free of junk and clothes. Make sure that the door can open all the way. This is where your opportunities come in. (I remember when I was back in college , anytime that I had to write a really big paper, part of the process of organizing my mind was to First clean and organize my space. I could not write when my house was dirty and cluttered. When the energy in my apartment was able to freely flow then I was able to move forward in my work. )
Salt is an excellent cleanser both physically and energetically. It's used a lot in clearing rituals. Some of the things you can do with salt to help absorb any stagnation or negative Energies are as follows:
You can use smoke to drive out unwanted energies. Generally I use Palo Santo or frankincense. Walk through each room imaging the smoke neutralizing anything negative and making space for fresh new energy.
My friend, the folk magic practitioner and high priestess, Kook Teflon, recommends burning Dragon's Blood for driving out especially heavy and oppressive energies. She says when you're trying to get rid of energies you want to start at the back of your house with the windows and doors open. Then smudge each room in the house while moving towards the front door. When you get to the threshold, usher all the negativity out the front door.
After performing a clearing ritual I think it's a great idea to invite some friends over and have a good time and fill your home with laughter! Good luck!
In July some of us may be navigating some heavy emotional waters, but don’t worry, because the existential weight will definitely be lifting in August and September! Often times this energy is due to taking on more than you can handle. For those of you who tend to take on responsibility (too)easily you need to sit down and analyze where your energy is going. You only have so much in a day. Are you sacrificing your own life energy to keep the peace in an unhealthy situation? Do you need to delegate? Sometimes this just means there is a lot going on for a short amount of time. Make sure when you’re having to endure pressure in life that you make time to take care of yourself. Some of this heavy energy has to do with the lunar eclipse in mid July in Capricorn. An eclipse is a really powerful transit that often times brings needed endings ...and new beginnings ;-). Also Mercury goes got retrograde on July 7 which sometimes creates some stagnation. Hang in there it all lightens up in a great way by the end of July.
ten of wands / King of cups.
In August MOVEMENT replaces stagnation, and parties and celebrations are happening! All of us should make some space for joy and the fun of this summer month. Mercury starts moving forward again, and if you’ve been struggling with making progress toward a goal in July, get ready for the universe to kick some butt in August. Be prepared for SHIFT. Make sure you’re connecting with others and taking opportunities for co-mingling and partying! Celebrate life. Get out of your head and into your body. Go swimming, dance and make delicious food. For those of you looking for love, the Eight of Wands is sometimes called 'Cupids Arrows'. You may just be swept off your feet! But you got to get out there and connect with people!
eight wands and four wands
Very pleasant vibes are going to be rolling into our lives in September. Many of us are going to feel content for the first time in a long time. There is no need to worry so much! Really set your heart on trusting that things will work out...and they will! Things usually do happen for a reason and we end up where we are supposed to be. If you have been struggling, let go and get to a place where you get to rest for a while. Look around your home. Clean it, look at magazines and get new ideas. We truly can make any space, no matter how small or imperfect, beautiful. Other people are going to be getting some really good news either in the mail or over the phone and they will share the joy and wealth with you. Expect special blessings! Some of you may have a soulmate walk into your life if you’re looking for love. There also seems to be indications, that for some of you, someone from the past wants to come back so make sure that whatever their agenda is... it it’s for your benefit. Having an agenda isn't necessarily bad, but remember that you are the target. Charming is a verb.
six of cups/knight of cups,
The Year of the Pig: a year of fortune and luck!
2019 is the year of the pig in Chinese astrology. The new year starts on February 5th.
According to most of the sites I follow, 2019 it's supposed to be a much better year than 2018. It will mostly be beneficial for all 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac.
In Chinese astrology the pig represents wealth and generosity.
Here is a overview of the coming year for each of the Chinese zodiac animal signs.
Rat: you should have a great year full of joy and abundance.
Ox: overall 2019 should be a solid and positive year. Keep your eyes open for opportunities to bring in multiple income streams. The key is activating opportunities not letting them pass by.
Tiger: this year your fortune will increase when you collaborate and work with others. A little humility and trust will go a long way.
Rabbit: you'll be blessed with a wonderful year in 2019. This year it will be easier than ever to create and deepen relationships with others. Reach Out! Love is waiting for you to take the first step.
Dragon: . If you want excitement don't stir up drama ! Keep things exciting by going on fun and enriching Adventures with others or alone.
Snake: activate your powers of persuasion to get what you want! This means charm not deceit.
Horse. 2019 should be a much better year then 2018. If you had a relatively calm and peaceful 2018 expect there to be a continuation of joy and abundance in 2019.
Goat. You will be graced with luck this year. Consult the iching or tarot to figure out where your luckiest path lies.
Monkey. This year is going to be full of twists and turns and happy surprises. Be flexible and stay positive and get ready for a wild ride!
Rooster. Being Wiley isn't going to get you very far this year. Sincerity and vulnerability will get you to the end of the rainbow and the proverbial pot of gold.
Dog. 2019 will be the year where you get what you deserve. Think investment. Anything you put energy into you will be rewarded for. If you don't do anything nothing's going to happen. But remember the world is your oyster. Dream big and go forth.
Pig. You will be ruled By your home sign this year. Think of it as spiritual weight lifting. Anywhere you overcome obstacles or invest your energy will have greater rewards than usual.
I've been thinking a lot about investment lately. Everything that we do is an investment that we stand upon later. How we think is the architect of our actions and our future. Perspective itself is an investment. What we say, what we do and how we interact with people is an investment.
Usually when we talk about the term investment in Western Society we are referencing money. Well, we are in a system that was created before any of us were born. In this man-made social/financial structure, our energy gets translated into cash. A bill (dollar or otherwise) is a proxy for our life-energy that was invested into labor. (This is a deeply flawed system with some humans' labor being more valued than others. But that is another discussion) I am talking about looking at where our energy goes and assessing if we are in control of our direction.
This year I have really gotten a hold of my money. I am harnessing it and directing it and respecting it like I never have before because truly... it's My Life Energy manifested as green dollars.
I also started looking at relationship in terms of investment. Nurturing and spending energy on an excellent reciprocal relationship, whether it's family, friends or a lover will bring endless dividends in the future. Deep real reciprocal relationships could even save your life ...or at least your mental health, at some point.
I think that 'acts of investment' are fundamentally the actions of an adult. Investment calls in the idea that we don't live in a vacuum and that our actions do affect others. Our actions deeply affect our future self. Ask yourself: What would my future self thank me for?
I think Our future self would be extremely grateful if we invested in our best version of reality now.
I think being mindful is the state of a grown-up, and acting mindlessly is the state of a child. And we have tons of mindless adults. It's not totally their fault. We are in the end times of capitalism and we are trained to not truly think for ourselves. The system puts pressure on us to be a cog in the academic/ health/ work machine ... and then to consume endlessly.
I'm all for spontaneity, but there's also a place in life for building a solid foundation based on investment.
These are just some of my thoughts rolling around at the end of 2018.
I am wishing you a fantabulous 2019!
If you'd like to check out some of my personal Journey in the world of being more mindful, I have a channel on YouTube called the Practical Magic of frugal living.
Fortunately, the energetic flow of a January is moving from a place of constriction and exhaustion into expansion and new possibilities. Some of us are really going to be feeling like we need to reclaim some personal space. You can set boundaries with love. Say NO with compassion. Creating a calm and quiet space for yourself will allow you to have some brand new ideas for the coming year. Look at 2019 as your own personal blank page. Set some goals for yourself that you can achieve. I'm not just talking about New Year's resolutions. I'm talking about something you've been thinking about for a long time. Actually do it. Seriously think about where you're going to invest your energy this year. Please do not stop your brainstorming sessions with so called 'practical' considerations. Anything that is important to you divine spirit can be achieved. If anyone, anywhere, has done or become something that you want to do or be, that means you can acieve it too...with your own personal panache , of course!!!
Seven of Wands X Seven of Cups
February could turn out to be a game-changer for some of us. A great big, hairy truth is staring you in the face. This does not have to be scary (even if it's really ugly!). Remember: the truth will set you free. This may have to do with some aspect of your life that you have been wishing would change by itself. Well sorry, it's not going to change on its own. And if it's a situation outside of you, it may not change at all. By this point in the paragraph most of you know what I'm talking about. What's the good news? Well, oh my! Being honest with yourself and others lightens the burden, changes the course and truly leads to liberation. Be brave! Go forth! And most of all get real.
Tower X Five of Swords
Although the days are getting longer, March sort of feels like the armpit of winter... at least in the northern hemisphere. It's the tail end of winter, just on the verge of spring, so wrap up any old or stale situations and send them on their way. Very shortly it's going to be time for us to personally get in harmony with nature and Bloom! What mind-seeds were rolling around in the dark depths of dreamy long nights? It's not too late to plant something that wants to come alive in the summer. For many of us love is going to bloom soon. But it's going to come with an agenda. There's nothing wrong with someone having an agenda if it's going to benefit you. But remember 'charm' is a verb. And it always it has an end in sight. Just follow your intuition about the dynamics of any relationship you're in or getting into. Your intuition is a giant information machine!!
Hermit X Knight of Cups
Jupiter, the planet of luck, expansion and optimism, is about to move into its home, Sagittarius. Simultaneously, Saturn, the planet of discipline and hard lessons, just moved into its home, Capricorn. These two behemoth planets are about to be home, all comfy, for the next 12 months. This is curl -your- toes good news for all of us. But it is especially good luck for Sagittarius and Gemini... and for the rest of us where Sagittarius lives in our natal chart.( If you want to find out where Sagittarius is in your natal chart, go to astro.com. You will need your exact time and place of birth.)
These two planets are the biggest in the solar system and have very powerful effects wherever they are traveling . Having them home means they aren't going to be creating havoc (good natured or otherwise). But for Sag (and secondarily Gemini) Jupiter will be showering shooting stars of blessings here and there and everywhere.
'Enough' is a feast.
Sometimes 'enough' is incredibly hard to experience
Once in a while this phrase pops into my head " All we need to live each day would fit into a bucket". Of course we need shelter and community, too, but I get the main message . This phrase floats into my headspace most when I read about insane over-consumption by the Sultans and the Trumps of the world and unfair algorithms that allow Jeff Bezos to hoard so much cash. Why do they need so much? I imagine what I'd put into my bucket: a toothbrush, salt, a large jar of water, soap, a days worth of food, and of course, red lipstick. And hopefully I'd have a friend to help carry it! ( I once read that a doctor in Turkey was able to use salt and clean water to treat 90% of the illnesses he encountered.)
I often have weird minimalist fantasies.
I do actually have moments of being really happy about my life as it is at this moment...and then like some background drone that never goes away, my nagging western, materialist voice just slips back in. The next thing you know I am feeling guilty, less than, unsatisfied, entitled. But the truth is, for this day, I am fine.
When I remember to do morning and evening meditations on what I am blessed with, I feel less angry and more connected.
Louise Haye was my first teacher on gratitude. She said, 'Even if life is hard, when you wake up in the morning, thank your bed and your pillow'. I have done this many, many times. It is strange, but if you can click your brain over to seeing the world this way, it can change your mood and outlook. If shit sucks, thank your warm shower and your yummy coffee, thank the dude who tells you your backpack is open. If you have ever been sick before, thank your body for healing up, or just carrying you around and doing its job most of the time.
I am not saying don't strive for what you truly value, but it seems like most people are dissatisfied most of the time. And that dissatisfaction comes from wanting what they don't have. I work with single people with awesome lives, who are miserable because they don't have a partner. And then I work with a very happily married couple who are miserable because they are having trouble conceiving. I a m not discounting their pain, but gratitude can help alleviate it. Chances are, when you fast forward a couple years , the single person will be married and the couple will have a kid, but now they are longing for something else. The truth is, everything gets ordinary eventually...unless you can see and feel your daily blessings.
Life is always going to have challenges, but seeing what you DO have is the first step to creating space. Space to see options, space to choose to not focus unconsciously on what you don't have but think you want. Space to be present and breath.
A gratitude practice is a great way to do this. Here is a daily affirmation by Louise Haye:
Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of gratitude. I now allow this gratitude to fill my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being. This gratitude radiates out from me in all directions, touching everything in my world, and returns to me as more to be grateful for. The more gratitude I feel, the more I am aware that the supply is endless.
*If you can't feel grateful for what you have, no matter how you try, then you are probably very unhappy on the life path you choose (or just landed in by following the path of least resistance). Just remember, everyday is the new day. I, literally, have clients who have woken up one day as if from a bad dream and changed their lives for the better. You can too. Start with gratitude.
Thanks for reading this and I hope it gave you food for thought!
If love is on your mind, than October is a mirror reflecting you back to yourself. If you are looking for a relationship, it is important that you are honest with yourself about what you want and need. There is a good chance that for many single folks a new love interest will enter the picture this season, but do be honest about your expectations from the start. It is better to find out someone's true nature sooner than later. If you are seeing someone already but are confused about the state of your relationship, the energy that comes with the Two of Cups can be all encompassing and may make it hard to see clearly. If you are wondering about someone's confusing behavior you can check out my red flag list here. Honesty is the only currency right now. We are under the influence of the 'Year of the Dog' until February and lies fail. Truth prevails.
If you are already in a decent relationship, then now is the time to be flexible and let new energy in. Re-establish goals and boundaries and romance will blossom!
Many of you will be receiving some news that will clear up something you have been wondering about. This can be by mail, text or in person. Most likely the news will be positive, but even if it isn't all sunshine and rainbows, the clarity will bring relief and a sense of direction.
two cups/knight swords
Now that many of us are spending more times indoors, it would be a great time to go through your things and do a bit of sorting. Spotlight your favorite tchotchkes, clean out your junk drawers (you'll probably find a few treasures there), throw out your old make-up and buy a comfy throw. Winter is coming and we want to be comfy-cozy in our home and enjoy our possessions, rather than being weighed down by them. We can extend this sentiment to other parts of our lives. Get organized and do early holiday shopping or plan a get-away somewhere for the grey and dreary end -of- winter months ahead. This November is a great time to get a handle on your material and financial world, rather than have it intrude on you. It will be easy to create practical magic because The Star energy is watching over you. If you do your part, the universe will bless you.
Wow, December is already here. Time is moving so fast! Life is a gorgeous and challenging tapestry of experiences and possibilities. The end of the year is great time to do healing and release work if you need it. The longest night of the year is on the 21st and is a wonderful time for looking inward. The New Year arrives shortly with a clean slate. Record your dreams and make plans. Remember, your external life is founded on the voice inside you and your vision of your own future. Our creativity can get us into and out of anything! By the end of December the days are now only getting longer. Stay healthy and listen to your body. For those of you who have recently experienced heartbreak, new possibilities in love and connection are on the way.
three of swords/empress
There are going to be three eclipses between July and August. The first being a new moon on Friday the 13th in Cancer!
Eclipse Dates 2018: July 13th, July 27th, August 11th.
Astrologers give great significance to Eclipses. They are bringers of opportunity through change. Sometimes the change is dramatic. Because an eclipse blocks our normal source light, it is seen as obscuring normal reality. But this can help bring a new perspective, as things look different under the rays of an eclipse. "Part of what makes a total eclipse so breathtaking has to do with invisible light. During the “moment of totality”—the minutes when sun is completely blocked—observers experience the exquisitely odd and wondrous sensation of solar emissions, both visible and invisible".* Due to this obscuring/altering energy during an eclipse, astrologers say it is better not to make big decisions in the days around an eclipse...
This is a good time to observe and see how things are a bit 'off' and what new pieces of information come out of hiding. Observation, not action seems to be wise! Although the Moon is reflective, it is still a source of light, so a lunar eclipse has the same message.
Astro-smiths say eclipses affect the next six months. Often times when you look back there is a 'before and after' sort of feeling surrounding an eclipse, as if a line was drawn in the sky. Depending on your personal astrological chart ( and life!) these can be huge changes or just little blips. If you are stubborn and resisting growth and change an eclipse can really pull out the rug from underneath you!
A month after the 2017 total eclipse of sun in June I had a massive shift in my life. I had been in a difficult living situation I had been trying to get out of for years (3+) and I got word that I was accepted into a beautiful new living situation and I had to move....FAST! That is the energy of an eclipse, it really helps SHIFT! Be open to progress and positive change and an eclipse can be your ally!
*Wired Magazine; Bob Berman 08.07.17
Keywords for July: Party-time, Connect, A Break for Fun
July should offer some easy times for playing in the sun! The energy of the bouncing in is some of the most joyful in the whole tarot. The Four of Wands is about celebrating the light and bountiful side of life. I call it the 'Party Card'. This energy is external, as well as internal. It is one of the traditional wedding cards so some of you may celebrating a new partnership. On the other hand some people just seem to have a 'party' frame of mind, always looking for the good bits to celebrate! If times are challenging right now...it means brighter days ahead, or at least a few thrown in for a break! If you have been isolating, reach out. Under the influence of this energy you will be received with open arms.
4 of Wands
Keywords for August: Ambition, Personal Magnetism, Focus
This month, you are the Queen of charisma! She is the fire femme that burns through obstacles and strides through her life like she owns it (because she does!). If you have been feeling low energy or invisible , this queen says ' Listen to your favorite music, Put on a new outfit and get out and smile at everyone you meet. Then see what happens!' Her energy is like the warm sun on spring day. Leonine in character, her natural generosity and tendency to be the first to give, returns three fold. Follow her lead. Now is the time to present ideas and take a leadership position. Don’t be afraid of your own voice! It is not your business what other people think of you, it is your divine right and duty to be fully yourself. You will attract what you need. In love, this month, you can attract what you WANT.
Queen of Wands
Keywords for September: Master Manifest-er, Build It and They Will Come
If August was all about attracting what you want and need, this month the energy shifts into constructing what you want into form and shape! This is about practical, tangible movement towards a goal. Sit down with yourself and write down a goal you would like to achieve this month. It doesn't have to be huge....And then do it! This is practical magic in motion! Substitute the word 'cook' with any goal you have in mind in this awesome quote from Julia Child.
“This is my invariable advice to people:
Learn how to cook -- ( your dream here)
try new recipes, learn from your mistakes,
be fearless and above all have fun!”
Hello! I am Xtina, a psychic tarot reader based in the Pacific Northwest. 'Tarot Communique' is a space for my musings, inspirations and whatever else that comes up that I'd like to share! xo
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