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A Brief How-to on Yule, the OG Christmas

Yes, you read that right. Theologians actually speculate Christ, if he lived, was born sometime in April, so how did we come to celebrate Christmas in December? Because of Pagans. To encourage Pagans to convert to Christianity, early Christians decided to be accommodating and meld pre-existing Pagan holidays with Christian ones. And so, Yule became Christmastide and Ostara became Easter.

Okay, brief history lesson over. Now, how to celebrate Yule. The most commonly known is to find and burn a Yule log, but if that’s not your thing how about baking a Yule log cake? You can also decorate a tree and sing carols. Most importantly, build your altar to welcome peace, prosperity, and happiness into the new year.

Whatever you celebrate, I hope you have a happy holiday with the people you love!

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Your North Node Points You in the Right Direction, Your South Node Makes it Difficult to Follow

Out of everything in your natal chart, and there’s a lot, your North Node is the sign with an arrow saying ‘Go this way. For the love of god, go this way.’ Your South Node is the bad habits you fall back on. We all know this, we’ve all experienced this. I consider bad habits to be like any vice, there’s nothing good about it and yet we can’t stop it.

So, what do you do? I’ve written about this pretty often, because I’m a total hippie, but self-awareness is the first step. Why do you fall back on your vices? What is it distracting you from? The next step is following your passion. Again, total hippie. You don’t have to be good at it, you don’t have to make money from it, it just needs to feed your soul. I know ‘feeding your soul’ is a cliché, but there’s truth to it. Making time to do something you love goes a long way to giving yourself happiness.

Which leads us to the last step. I’m a firm believer that in order to be good for anyone else, you have to be good for yourself first. Only when you’ve given yourself happiness can you direct it out into the world. And that’s your North Node’s purpose. Its much like Saturn in that way, it’s here to make us learn something. Whether it’s about ourselves, how we relate to other people, or what we can give to people depends on which house your North Node is in.

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

To find which houses and signs your North and South Nodes are in, get your birth chart here. You will need to know the exact time and place you were born.

Learn more about your North and South Nodes here and here.

Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/29/17

Do you even tarot without music?

 

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in this post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Ace of Wands represents the expansion of your ideas. Wands are related to the fire element, which is all about action, action, action. But, much like Jupiter ruled Sagittarius, it’s easy to have lots of ideas without a lot of follow through. Just remember to strike a balance between thoughtfulness and exuberance.

Who I Am

The Four of Swords is our own mental fortitude. Its the strength we use to hold ourselves together when it feels like everything else around us is falling apart. With this card, more than ever, one needs to find peaceful rituals to keep that calm and strength going. In addition to tarot readings, I also do yoga. I know, I’m such a cliché.

Who I Will Be

The Father of Swords is the ability to remove oneself from a situation and be unbiased. Swords are represented by the element of Air, which is inherently detached. It’s the just and analytical sides of ourselves, which, along with compassion and understanding, it seems we need now more than ever. Progress can’t be made with offensiveness and defensiveness.

Anyway, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

Image belongs to me, taken by my sister. You don’t want to see pictures I’ve taken. Trust me.

Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/22/17

No tarot reading is complete without:

 

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in this post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Six of Cups represents memories, childhood, and joy. Cups are ruled by the element of water and, as in astrology, represent deep emotions. We should all try to keep a little part of the simple joy of childhood with us when adulthood seems like too much to bear.

Who I Am

The Four of Pentacles, while it does suggest financial stability, it can also bring with it a rigidity and obsession with material possessions. Think Ebenezer Scrooge, which seemed appropriate for this time of year. It’s easy to get caught up in what you’re getting (I’m pretty I’ve said my kingdom for my cast iron at least weekly for the past three months. And, yes, I say borderline douchey things like that constantly. When I’m not correcting people’s grammar.) The point is, we should all try to remember to be thankful for the people in our lives, not just what they give us.

Who I Will Be

The Ten of Cups is your goals being realized and the joy that comes from it. We all see the new year as a fresh start, but you shouldn’t wait for your New Year’s resolution as an incentive. It sounds like a motivational poster, but it’s true: you shouldn’t wait for something you want to do. If you’re waiting for the perfect time, don’t. It will never come. If you’re waiting to be better, you won’t unless you keep trying and learning. I feel as though I write about this frequently, but I’m pretty sure this is a common experience. If it’s not you getting in the way of yourself, it’s probably because you let other people do it first. Either way, you’ve lost time. Don’t lose anymore.

Anyway, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

Image belongs to me, taken by my sister. You don’t want to see pictures I’ve taken. Trust me.

Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/15/17

Hello again! Music first:

 

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in this post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Four of Wands represents completion and celebration. I’ve talked about this at length, and it’s the most cliché of all clichés for any creative person, but getting past yourself and finishing whatever it is you’re making is an incredible feeling. Take pride in your accomplishment.

Who I Am

The Star represents hope and peace of mind. All writers hope that we can make a living off of our writing. It’s just the nature of the beast, why would we want anything else? I know its easy to get stuck on the hows and whys of making it happen but resist that. Hope and hard work can be enough.

Who I Will Be

The Six of Swords represents hope at last and travel. More hope. I think, as a whole, humans have a difficult relationship with hope. Disappointment is always significantly more crushing when we had hope beforehand. On the flip side, triumphs are significantly more joyous because of it. The best things are not gotten without risk and effort, one of the few universal truths. (Which encourages autonomy more than a rich man wanting a wife. Just saying.)

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

Image belongs to me, taken by my sister. You don’t want to see pictures I’ve taken. Trust me.

Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/08/17

Yes, again.

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in this post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Seven of Cups represents illusion and deception. Basically, it’s Neptune at it’s worst. This is a malignant card, one I think would be easy for anyone to pull. Let’s be honest, we deceive ourselves constantly. About what we want, what makes us happy, or just the fact that we’re not. Happy, that is. Self-awareness is the best and most difficult freedom we can give ourselves. But, once we do, we can move on to what does make us contented and at peace.

Who I Am 

The Four of Pentacles represents possession and control. It’s Smaug living his best life. I touched on this last week, but I’ll reiterate it here. Wealth doesn’t only come in the form of money and things, and we are misguided to think that way.

Who I Will Be

The Five of Pentacles represents sadness, worry, and illness. Mostly worry. Once again, I don’t think this is something anyone is immune to. With the state of the world, how can anyone not worry? We worry both about significant and insignificant things, meaning we deny ourselves peace and mental clarity. Worry, for me, is a compulsion as much as it is busy work. I can’t stop myself from doing it, and I don’t get anything done because of it. It’s a cycle that swings back around to a need for self-awareness. If you can control your reactions and actions, you can move forward.

I hope people see that, much like astrology, tarot weaves together to help you along the path your life will take. It’s meditative and a guide, for me. Much like church or praying for other people.

On a different note, I have been loving Billie Eilish’s ep and The Good Place, which fills the macabre hole Pushing Daisies left behind. Any music or shows you’ve been loving lately?

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

Image belongs to me, taken by my sister. You don’t want to see pictures I’ve taken. Trust me.

Three Card Tarot Reading – 11/01/17

I can’t do a reading without this:

 

I wrote a rundown of this kind of reading in my last post, if you have any questions that would be a good place to start.

Who I Was

The Father of Cups represents diplomacy and open-mindedness and is also a patron of the arts with deeply rooted insecurities. I talk about insecurities every week, don’t I? It’s not an active choice on my part, it’s just the headspace i live in most often. I like to think I’m not the only one.

Who I Am

Funnily enough, I pulled The Magician last week. For pulling a card that represents self-empowerment and action, I haven’t been feeling that this week. I know I’m not the only one who has weeks like that. I suppose that’s why I did. At our lowest, it’s difficult to remember that we are strong and capable.

Who I Will Be

The Six of Pentacles represents growth, prosperity, and generosity. I know it’s easy to look at the cards dealing with prosperity and assume its monetary. Don’t fall into that trap. Prosperity comes in many shapes, sizes, and forms. Prosperity is having a family you love who loves you. Prosperity is having friends that treat you with kindness and respect. Any way you look at it, its a good card. One I’m very thankful for.

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

Image belongs to me, taken by my sister. You don’t want to see pictures I’ve taken. Trust me.

 

Three Card Tarot Reading – 10/25/17

First things first:

 

There, now that the mood has been set, let’s talk Tarot. I’ve done a three card reading, which is less in depth than a Celtic Cross, but I find a three card reading better suited for a daily reading and a Celtic Cross better suited for when I have a specific question. (I’ve actually written about the Celtic Cross spread before.) A three card reading can be used to answer questions that are open for interpretation. Who I was, who I am, who I will be.

Who I Was

I pulled The Magician, which is a Major Arcana and represents self-empowerment and action. Considering this is my past, this is pretty easy for me to figure out. I’ve written before about not feeling capable, never mind having any sort of talent, as a writer. Its something I struggled with throughout the entirety of writing Ascendent, and its something I still struggle with. But, I still managed to finish it.

Who I Am

For this, I pulled the Ten of Cups which represents positive energy from completing your goals. There’s not much I can say about this beyond the obvious. Except that I hope if you’re skeptical about Tarot and you happen to come across this, you might become slightly less so. I believe in it, so it is true to me. It’s not any different from religion.

Who I Will Be

For my future, I pulled The Tower, another Major Arcana. Before I get into what this means for me, I want to say that I truly don’t believe any card is malignant. Sometimes life is difficult, and sometimes we need hard truths. The Tower represents upheaval of some kind. Whether it be of your own making or outside of your control, you will come out stronger on the other side and experience a personal breakthrough. I hope this means I will be able to get past what an asshole my mind can be. Even just a little.

I hope I’ve conveyed Tarot well, and maybe inspired someone to try it. If you do, don’t get caught up in a right or wrong way to do it. There’s no wrong way to do Tarot, just follow your intuition. Personally, I use it as meditation, because traditional meditation doesn’t work for me. I can’t keep my mind still long enough for it to be relaxing.

As always, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

Image belongs to me, taken by my sister. You don’t want to see pictures I’ve taken. Trust me.

Working Past a Debilitated Mars

Mars is the planet that lights a fire under our ass, figuratively speaking. The ruler of Aries and traditional ruler of Scorpio, it’s the planet that gives us our drive and our ambition. Which is why its exalted in Capricorn. Mars does well in a sign that is steady, thoughtful, and logical. This doesn’t do any good for me. My Sun may be in Capricorn, but my Mars sit way across the Zodiac in Cancer. In the Twelfth house. Oy.

It doesn’t do well there. Scorpio may be a Water Sign, but I consider it to be far removed from the emotionality of Cancer and Pisces. Scorpio is the dark, silent depths, there’s a propensity for stillness and calculation. Pisces gets swept away by the water, and Cancer drowns in their own sensitivity and vulnerability. Which, in turn, drowns out the fire in Mars.

I imagine it’s not all that dissimilar from having a Cancer Sun or Moon. When the Moon is your rules, you feel its waxes and wanes. And when the Moon is the ruler of the planet that causes your drive to get shit done, you definitely feel it. I’ve touched on this before, but this is a subject that I have extensive first-hand experience on. I understand being afraid of failure, afraid of putting yourself out there for criticism and possible rejection, so you end up rationalizing not doing what you want to do. I suck at this, nobody cares, people will hate it, or whatever else you can come up with. I feel like being dishonest with yourself to that magnitude can become an impossible habit to break. I’m still working on it myself. I suppose my point to all of this is, you have to hit a point where you stop buying into your own bullshit so the knots can loosen and you can move forward. Even if only a little. And to be proud of yourself when you do.

Anyways, thanks for reading and let me know what you think in the comments. Bye!

To find which sign and house your Mars is in, get your birth chart here. You will need to know the exact time and place you were born.

Learn more about your Mars here.

My Moon Makes Me Feel Like a Fraud, How About You?

The moon is our emotional nature. It’s what makes us tick and how reactive (or not) we are. Obviously, short of being a sociopath, its impossible to go through life without feeling emotion. And obviously, again, writing is highly emotional. Not only in the sense that we impart emotions onto our characters, but also our attachment to these characters. Not to mention, all the emotions that happen before the writing process, during the writing process, and after the writing process.

I feel like I’ve written about this often, but I know this is a daily reality for most people. Particularly people in creative fields. Our minds get the best of us. And, women are more prone to depression and Imposter Syndrome. How lucky for me. I struggle with both, the latter in particular. It was one of the reasons I went months without writing. All through writing Ascendent, it boggled my mind when people told me that they liked it; because it didn’t seem possible that it could be true. It’s published, and it still seems like it can’t possibly be true.

I know most of these posts end up making me sound like I’m a school guidance counselor from a 90’s teen rom-com (For the record, I’m twenty-four. So, I think that makes me too young?), so I’m going to skip the platitudes this week. But, I like to think even one person could find this and it could break through the horrible headspace our asshole brains love to put us in long enough to realize that you’re not alone. Because we all need support, someone who listens to us. Really listens. I was born with my support system and I like to think it makes me more aware of its importance. I can’t imagine I would be sitting here typing this without her.

I know this was kind of (or majorly) depressing (I think it has something to do with the seemingly neverending teenagers who od. I think if they had just one person who is caring, compassionate, and listens it could prevent so much.), but thank you for reading anyway and tell me what you think in the comments. Bye (an exclamation mark seems inappropriate here, am I the only one?)

To find where your Moon is, get your birth chart here. You will need to know the exact time and place you were born.

Learn more about your Moon here.