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The Revolution Begins Within

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Intuition becomes stronger when you trust and believe in your gifts.

I have always been intrigued by Tarot cards. I remember seeing my first Tarot Card reading sign in a pop-up storefront in the Bronx on my way to and from elementary school. With a Christian background, these things were always forbidden. The idea of divination and magic was unfortunately synonymous with darkness and evil.

“Magic is a word that makes people uneasy, so I use it deliberately, because words they are comfortable with, the words that sound acceptable, rational, scientific, and intellectually sound, are comfortable precisely because they are the language of estrangement.” Star hawk 

As I got older, I had experiences with gifted readers who would tune into their spiritual side to offer guidance and wisdom.

After moving to Vermont I found myself surrounded by other beautiful souls spiritually interested in different spiritual tools and practices . I now have a collection of tarot and oracle decks and I often take these cards on my travels. I’ve read with reluctant family members, strangers abroad, friends, students, and even some of my dates. (This is often a quick way to break the ice and explore how open we all can be).

So this week, I pulled two cards as I asked for guidance during these difficult political times. The two cards I pulled were: Death & the Magician card. What a powerful combo… Two Major Arcanas that I believe adequately speak to the spiritual archetypal themes of this moment.

The Death card represents the end of a cycle.We saw Obama and the first family leave, and the arrival of this new chaotic leadership. We felt the collective shift as we stepped into this darkness of division and hatred.

Death can also mean retreating inward to let go of old things that no longer serve us. Maybe these are thoughts and patterns we’ve been sustaining that don’t bring us to the next level, toxic habits or relationships, limited belief systems… We have to shed the old to make room for the new. With the rise of protestors and enraged communities, America is shedding the patriarchal, White supremacist skin…and making room for what this revolution will give birth to.

The Magician card is a beautiful one. It carries the wand, the sword, the pentacle, and the cup. It shows the connection of everything around us. Emotion, Thought, the Material world, Passion… The Magician is the alchemist, who believes fully in him/her/their self, ridding themselves of the old, and CREATING and MANIFESTING what the world needs at this time.

What are you called to do ? What is your purpose? What is your dreams and goals?  How will you find your place in this current journey? The revolution my friends, begins within.

 

 

 

 

 

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Remembering our Power

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I am currently drugged up on Azithromycin and Guaifenesin as I fight a nagging case of Bronchitis. I’m also slowly transitioning back from my recent trip to Bali, Indonesia and preparing for the million and one things I have signed up for during my Singledom out here in Burlington, Vermont. Personal life in context, I won’t even begin to address the political state of my country, but simply put, there has been a lot on my mind lately.

So how does one still feel empowered to tap into their genius amidst chaos? How do I find and keep the balance between mind, body, and soul when the world is spinning non-stop? It definitely takes some work. Work that I have come to realize, has to be just as important as everything else in my life. Work that isn’t just completed once a week, but repeatedly, in practice, everyday.

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Currently on my plate, I have a full time University role serving and supporting college students, a faculty position at a local community college, a part time workshop gig at a local private college, and a number of visions in motion. Then there are my beloved family and friend relationships that require time and energy to nurture, as well as self-care: adequate sleep, healthy diet, fitness, healthy self-esteem etc. So where is the peace? What is the magic? How does one tap into their highest self?

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Over the last year, I have filled my life with a toolkit of resources and strategies to help stay encouraged, centered, hopeful, and motivated. (Sometimes I have to actually remember to use the tools… )

But here are some that have helped:

Sometimes I struggle with insomnia, feeling the ongoing list of things I need to do running through my head at night, or I find myself recounting the incidences that have caught me immobilized in my feelings. Breathing exercises and meditation are great ways to be present in the moment, let go of the past and the future, and find deeper relaxation. 

Morning rituals are also great. I love waking up before sunrise. I’ll play a favorite song, recite a few mantras or affirmations, meditate, stretch, take my vitamins, a warm shower with my favorite smelling soap, make tea, etc etc. The way I start off my morning, sets the tone for the rest of my day. 

Carving out time to be alone is also important. With everything on my plate, I rarely have time to myself. I think this has made me more introverted as a person. Every week I make a mental note to block of my weekends for myself, and every week I find my weekend filled with invitations from friends and social gatherings. So I’m flexing my muscles so I can say “No” more often and not feel guilty. Everyone needs time to themselves. Friends and Family will understand. 

Filtering through your social feeds to make sure the posts you see are feeding you mentally and spiritually is also a plus. There are pros and cons to social media, however I have found that with the followers that I have now, whenever I scroll through my Instagram or Facebook, I end up landing on a message that is right on time. A positive and affirming message that gets me through the day. In fact, all of the images and quotes on this post have come from my social feed. 

& last but not least, I have learned to unconditionally accept everything that comes my way. Rough moments like today, my emotions, my blessings, stress, anxiety, sickness, my to do list, relationships etc etc… Being able to openly receive every part of my path and be completely present with it, in the moment, makes a world of a difference. Presence gives you time to deal with the situation with your mind, body, and spirit. The quote “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it” is so accurate. We all have our struggles, the magic is finding the blessings and lessons in them to help you elevate to the next level. 

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