November 2022

Channeled Monthly Message

November 1, 2019, was one of the scariest days of my life thus far. So much was already going on in the world, and early that morning, I was going under the knife for the first time to remove a 4cm nodule from my thyroid.

Many thoughts were going through my head that morning. Will another nodule take the rest of my thyroid? Will my voice change?  Will I still be able to sing?  Will I even still have a voice?  Has then been the root of my ills this entire time? Why did it take so damn long to find it? Did I do this to myself?

It was like a loop. What I realized even at that time is that this process, while on the surface comes across as a common medical issue, was actually rooted much deeper in a pattern I had been participating in my entire life. It represented all the things I never said. Every time I never spoke up for myself, the feeling that my needs weren’t enough to voice, every time I spoke in anger that may not have been warranted, and even the language I used to communicate when I bothered to do so. 

I spent most of that November in silence as I let my body do the healing it was naturally inclined to do, but it wasn’t easy. I bring up my story because it’s poignant for the energy we are dealing with this month. The discourse has been disturbing for some time, but it seems like it’s gotten infinitely worse. I’m not even sure where that tipping point was.

I have a very personal relationship with Mars and the archetype of Gemini… Mars is debilitated in my chart, and during my dark night, it was pointed directly at these themes. Mars’s energy was in full shadow, chaotic, and in many ways turned inward before that energy manifested outwardly. I believe I have some astro credentials natally to know the shadow side of the energy we are dealing with very well, and this Mars retrograde in Gemini is no joke. If you are going to speak at this time, do so while grounded, centered, and with consciousness; it may alter your path. I can promise you; you’ll thank yourself later. This said, in true Gemini fashion, the opposite is also true, your path may be altered, and you’ll regret the words you spoke later.

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Not only do we allow healing by allowing ourselves to gather our thoughts before they are expressed, but a closed mouth is primed to hear the divine. Each opportunity we have to show up as our best selves in discourse is like a little power-up for high vibrational energy.

Despite the Hollywood portrayals of what communication with the divine looks like, in my experience, the divine speaks in synchronicities, visions, plainly in riddles, and does so, so quietly that it’s easy to miss if your mouth is moving.

Many insights came to me in November 2019:

I learned just how powerful my intuitive abilities are and have never questioned them since. A type of unshakeable faith of my personal power that was a game changer for pulling me the rest of the way out of the dark night. 

I realized that the plans I had for my YT channel weren’t what the divine had planned. If I’m keeping it all the way real; still waiting for specific instructions on that one, haven’t been directed to shut it down.

I realized that soon, I would need to remove myself from several environments because they were stunting my spiritual growth, along with my economic growth.

I remember experiencing the deepest gratitude thinking about my family, how much they mean to me, and how I am so fortunate to have such a strong support system. 

I realized that so many of the people I had been calling friends going back years were, in fact, not. Only recently have I had to do a deep look at the definition of friendship and figure out what my definition is.

Most of all, I realized that ignoring my health in the pursuit of getting above poverty was never going to get me out of poverty but would keep me rooted there. Mindblown, dude.

I realized I drank some bad mystery flavored kool-aid labeled the “definition of success,” and it was literally making me sick. What body part would I lose next to the out-of-control debilitated mars energy for chasing? Not even chasing the wrong things, chasing, period. Chasing depletes your energy. The point was to move with intention and without attachment. 

Because of all of this, November 1st has left an indelible mark on my consciousness and is a reminder every year of how close I came to not being here. If you’re not aware, a 4 cm nodule is pretty large, and mine was so bad that it was affecting my ability to swallow water, and eat, and I was merely cells away from forming a relationship with an oncologist.

Had I waited any longer, it probably would have enveloped both sides of my thyroid and certainly would have grown big enough to block my ability to nourish myself and breathe the way things were progressing. It shakes me a little to think of the path that could have played out; a few months later, the world entered the COVID-19 pandemic, and it entered my state first. I’m alive and relatively healthy because I spoke up, grounded, centered, and conscious; I hadn’t done that before.

Importantly, for the first time, I was heard.

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For those of you that have been following me for a while, Last year around this time, I received a download about a creepy fun-house type of energy. That energy is upon us with this retrograde…doesn’t feel so undercurrent-y anymore. 

Choose wisely.

I hope this makes sense to you. In all fairness, this post may require more than one read for the knowledge to sink in. I will give you some key phrases to meditate on this month, though.

  1. Is this worth my energy?
  2. Am I saying what I intend to say and what is the impact of those words?
  3. What am I chasing and why?
  4. Is the divine trying to direct me elsewhere?
  5. Am I in the energy of Reward, Regret, Descent, or Redemption?

Your peace is your power.

When The River Runs Dry

September 2022

The collective is being asked where we want to go next. Distractions are at every turn asking us to shut off our higher minds. What happens when the river runs dry? Similar to what we are seeing on a global scale, literally. History is being unearthed, those things that hid in the water become visible. What’s done in the dark, always comes to light, just like the wind moves the clouds on an overcast day. In the worst circumstances, a disconnect from the divine.

There are 3 versions of this song; the one I heard for this month’s message was the version by Led Zeppelin, but I feel I must pay homage to the original creators of this song, I believe it is relevant to what came through. The Led Zeppelin version can be found here and the A Perfect Circle version can be found here
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It’s interesting how this concept of social media tells us we should be ourselves, while simultaneously implying that we must change to be successful.

If this is all a matter of being your authentic self to gain visibility as a content creator, then many of the creators I have kept up with wouldn’t be flocking away from these platforms and each one of them would show a multitude of success after being on these platforms for multiple years. Some are, but most are not.

You can’t be yourself and simultaneously comply with an algorithm that only promotes the fanatical, the fringe, and the token.

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Anyone who says that you can be is clearly not a content creator. In this work, you are ALWAYS catering to an algorithm overlord, regardless of your topic.

There is no such thing as an overnight success.

You’d be remiss thinking that I’m just complaining about the state of social media and being a small content creator at first glance, and while I have let my stance on this known in previous posts, this is pointing to a darker message that has nothing to do with my opinion.

Look a little deeper, you’ll see the same parallels that I am. This makes the September message one of foreshadowing, where offline practice imitates online behavior more deeply, as if actions don’t have consequences and ripple effects.

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It’s a concerning notion that some people’s minds have become completely blurred and they don’t know the difference online and offline. I doubt I am the only one feeling this… like a powder keg is about to be lit. I’ve been feeling this energy since last year. It’s come in waves of strength, but has never completely gone away. Whatever this is will feel like it happened overnight and out of nowhere, but know;  this tension has been building for a while.

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I read an article the other day about Mount Nyiragongo erupting without warning and how this has changed what volcanologists know to be true about how volcanos behave before an eruption. Even as long as we have been studying volcanoes, nature is still throwing a curveball. The energy I am picking up is a lot like this.

There is a perception or belief that something or someone will react a certain way, and that ends up not being the case, sometimes, the behavior may be much more volatile.

We don’t always know what we don’t know and some things we have no real consciousness of because we’ve never seen or felt it before; just because it is new to you, does not mean, in any form that the concept, thing, or behavior is. Keep this in mind as you navigate this month.

My spidey senses say something is up collectively.

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September is a time to finish purging the things, people, and stagnating energies out of your world and be very intentional about the seeds you plant. It’s about to get bumpy and the ride will be much smoother if you have things in order.

The Virgo Season Guide readings are live on the website along with zodiac monthly readings under the Tarotscope tab. Some of these readings may help some of you determine how the month of September will play out for you and the personal themes that may be present.

Protect your energy, Misfits

See you in October.

June 2022

To Sum It Up: Prepare For Tempest

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First, a small update:

My website will be changing over the month of June, so as you are checking the site you may notice some differences. Starting in July, the Monthly messages will be incorporated within the blog and the homepage will become static. I’ll make it a point to clearly label these posts and put a link on the static homepage for your easy access. In addition to that, even though my website has been quiet, I’ve been hard at work fighting off the spammers in the comments, so it is very likely that come July I’ll also be removing the ability to comment, as sorting through them for the real comments takes a ridiculous amount of time. I’ve already instituted this change on my YouTube channel. My suggestion is that if you have a comment that you want to share, leave one on my Twitter or Instagram post about that particular monthly message, video, or blog post. Without comments the best way to support my work is by subscribing, liking, sharing, and donating.

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While I love having the dynamic page because it keeps things interesting for me, in picking back up on other content creation, it makes more sense for me to streamline this a bit so you have a better experience on my website and my workload is more manageable with all the day-job stuff. Additionally, this will allow you as a subscriber to my website to be notified when those messages go up since it will be within the blog, so make sure to subscribe so you get those notifications; these monthly posts are exclusive to the website!

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At last, the break from YouTube and social media is about finished and I am in the process of making all manner of content again. I dipped my toe into creating videos again back in April and while I got half of the readings done, my schedule only allowed for one to get the full post-production process and land on the website, time did not allow for me to do the remaining 6 readings. I’ve made some changes to my schedule, so things should be more consistent moving forward. If you rock with social media, I invite you to follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest all with the handle @poacreator and additionally subscribe to my YouTube Channel, Paiges of Ascension. All of these links can be found on this website and they are the only social accounts I have associated with POA (Paiges of Ascension). Also, I’m still not doing personal readings at this time, but those who have added their name to the list will be the first contacted and get first dibs when the books open back up.

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I appreciate your patience with the lack of messages for the month of May and the lack of blogs for several months; I’ll be going further into detail on what’s been going on in my channel update video and this one is a must-see as I have some news to share with all of you about where my content will be heading over the remainder of 2022. These particular videos are only posted on this website, but I’ll drop a line on my socials when it goes live.

And now, for the June message!

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June

Even now as I listen to this song, it’s giving me chills, which is strange, cause it’s not like I’m in love with Dr. Dre’s music; I’m definitely not in love with all the lyrics even though I grew up listening to music like this… but the overarching message was pretty clear once I looked up the part of the song that was specifically coming through:

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Lyrics (explicit)

“Buck, buck, buck, buck, booyakasha”

All I gotta say is thank goodness for search engines because otherwise, I don’t know if I would have been able to make the connection.

The song was coming through specifically for  the word ‘booyakasha,’ which is an Irish/Jamaican word for “ high glory and love to the very moment; triumph, glory praised to be.” It has a dual meaning, though, which was deliberate on my guide’s account to use this word for the message this month. Feel free to look deeper into it.

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In a nutshell, I think for many, there is something to celebrate over June, and it’s significant. Whether this is an ending, a new beginning, or just some significant change that is putting you on a new path, I think it’s a welcome change. When you look back on this month 5 years from now, I suspect that many of us will view this as the month that things took a turn.

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Where things are turning,… I think that is highly individualized to each person and their path. Collectively… well, we got some surprises in store; good, bad, ugly, and worse. I warned months ago that the “thriller energy” was hovering, but it wasn’t particularly active at that time, and we kind of had a reprieve. I believe this energy will begin increasing again over the latter part of this month. I don’t know exactly how it will manifest; I have my suspicions.

It was no coincidence that this particular word, booyakasha, is what came up, especially in how it did. This word that, in one definition, seems to celebrate a moment of victory with love and gratitude is in a song where someone is basically glorifying taking people out is stark, and I don’t mean taking out on a date if you catch my drift.

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External heat can lead to internal heat on a purely physical and emotional level. Plenty of studies link the increase in hot weather to a rise in violence… and it’s getting hot very quickly. Since I’ve had this download and actually got to the computer to write down this channeled message, there have been 4 separate mass shooter incidents in the United States on top of 3 separate incidents of physical assault that I have heard about locally.

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Now, I’m definitely not into fear-mongering, and I genuinely believe that individually, many people will have the best month of their lives this June. Still, it raises the question for me of who among us in the collective is not as okay as they are saying they are. Who of our people are we not checking in on? From a collective standpoint, I’m genuinely concerned. The pressurized energy I am picking up on tends to explode without a proper, healthy outlet.

Right now, it’s crucial to ask deeper questions and maintain your center because the information you receive over the month may try to knock you out of it, especially in regards to the health of the collective. If each of us can do that… we can weather this tempest.

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The theme of storm energy, or tempest as I prefer to call it,  has come up several times over the past week. I was even going through an old journal and ran across a really disturbing dream involving a purple lighting storm. 

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Lyrics

On a super practical level, this could be coming up because hurricane season is starting in the USA in the places that get that kind of weather. Beyond that practicality, it could be a warning of a major hurricane, like one that REALLY disrupts things like Ida and Katrina did, but maybe worse than either of those because of where it hits or who’s in charge of the storm prep. I don’t know for sure. But I keep seeing the Tower card from The Urban Tarot, and I am sufficiently creeped out.

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Bit of a mixed bag, and I wish the good part of this message wasn’t overshadowed by the collective ick I’m picking up, but I hope this helps you navigate this month consciously, safely, and successfully.

See you in July!

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Readings for the zodiac season are going up under the Timeless Tarot tab. Please, be patient with me as I get back in the swing of things. The Cancer Season Zodiac Guide Tarot Readings are up and as of transferring this monthly post to a blog post, Cardinal and Fixed signs are live with Mutable signs dropping in just a few days.

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The Impasse – 2 of Swords

The 2 of swords has been following me around constantly for the last few weeks. I haven’t been able to pin down exactly why it’s popping up, but I have deep suspicions on what area of life it’s trying to draw my attention to. That makes its appearance that much more ironic.

I’ve developed this habit. When I keep seeing a card and its symbolism; I sit with it. Then, I do a deep dive refresher on the basic facts of the card. I then sit with it some more and pay close attention to what I am drawn to within the card.

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There have been times in my life where this card came up a lot, and it rarely made sense to me at the time why it was doing the stalker thing until I started using what I am going to coin, the “Sit-With-It-Method”(SWIM) of reading Tarot for yourself. I did not intentionally set out to make an acronym called SWIM, but it’s that much funnier that it ended up that way.

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The 2 of swords represents Libra overall, but specifically the 1st Decan of Libra around September 22 – October 3. Generally, Libra is most commonly associated with balance and is represented in the zodiac by an old-school scale. The traditional Rider-Waite Smith deck shows a figure sitting on a rock bench, blindfolded, with swords in both hands forming an ‘X’ in front of their body. The view behind them is a choppy water landscape with some hills and a twilight-looking sky.

Imagery aside, this card can really draw you in, especially all the details that are there. It’s different than the 2 of pentacles in that this person is not moving, the landscape around them is. Think about that for a moment. It’s the only 2 in the minor arcana that symbolizes unseen external circumstances in regards to internal decisions. In the 2 of Wands, we see the moment of the decision, the 2 of Cups is shown right as the 2 people are choosing to choose each other (aww). In the 2 of Pentacles, literally everything is moving; the ships, the water, the character, the balls their juggling. The 2 of Pentacles has serious burnout energy attached to it, but the 2 of Swords; we don’t know where they’re at in that decision making process, we just see stillness on their part.

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It’s like whatever is going on with this character, some part of the situation they have no control over. Now the interpretation of this card that I learned as a wee tarot reader describes this card as someone being emotionally or mentally indecisive. Their thoughts, their emotions are out of whack, even though they appear to be calm and that all is okay.

It’s not that I don’t see this description of this card anymore, it’s just doesn’t feel complete. Like it wouldn’t completely apply unless it was reversed or ill-aspected in a reading. Because of this, I tend to read the 2 of S energy in that first description, and depending on the impressions I get and the surrounding cards; it can also mean a head over heart choice ( look at that infinity symbol created by the characters arms). The practical versus the desired. In this day and age, the choice between these two can knock on the door of existential crisis for some.

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I like to use examples, analogies, and all that stuff to kind of drive a point home, so, here is a scenario.

You’re out with some friends at the beach and you all decide to play a game (humor me). This game involves an apple air tag and 2 phones. Your friends are known to be pranksters, so you’re expecting something to go down, you just don’t know what. They sit you down on some hard-ass bench, blindfold you, and tell you to hold the phones much like the character in the card. Your task, you find out, is to use the correct phone to find the air tag. They both will pick up the location, but only one phone will give you the accurate one.

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You’re chilling on the bench counting to 50 and can suddenly hear what feels like… everything. People talking, children laughing, someone making something on the grill, cars starting in the parking lot. You can also smell everything, the seawater, smoke, gasoline, etc. You also hear the crash of the waves that make them feel much closer to you than they actually are so there is a small presence of fear that they will sneak up and overtake you. Dusk is soon and there’s a high tide coming in that would make the bench you’re on double as a rest spot for a seal, so time is of the essence.

Just like in this card, you have lost the sense of sight and your body naturally boosted all the other senses to try and compensate. The person on the card can’t see anything, and to a degree, they can’t feel anything either other than the bench, the blindfold, and what’s in their hands. They can hear and they can smell, though. This means all they can rely on is those 2 senses to determine what’s going on around them while they can’t see.

Depending on the context of the reading, either the person is hiding something by not showing their eyes, or someone/something has blocked them from seeing because something is being hidden from them. There is also the possibility, that spirit is blocking them from seeing something for some reason too. In my mind, it only makes sense to look at the 2 of S, at least partially, as an external influence because of all that water, even though this is not the traditional interpretation. Traditionally, all that water represents emotions.

Here’s what’s really cool about this card though when it pops up for you. It says that you are holding steady despite external disruptions and blockages. It also says that even though you feel super queasy cause you can’t physically see what’s going on, you can still SEE enough to know what moves to make, and if you should move at all, so you can rip that blindfold off. It screams following your intuition for me in regards to making a decision, as many 2 cards tend to do.

In the real world, regardless of whether it’s being done to you or by you, the energy is most certainly that of an impasse.

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Impasse- noun

A situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock. 

Oxford Languages
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The character may want to remove the blindfold to see but is possibly too afraid to do so because of WHAT they might potentially see or WHAT will happen if they let go of one of those swords to remove the blindfold. If they just dropped one of those swords, this whole blog post would be moot, really; but they hold on to that “belief” or “thought” and as a result; A classic fork in the road scenario presents itself. Does one let the swords go or hold on for dear life.

Such a conundrum of symbolism in this card. It isn’t necessarily just “ this or that” but is also “this AND that”, if you catch my drift. Much like the concept of a paradox.

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I think the best advice that I can give when the 2 of Swords show up in your life is to remember that you have other senses and you should use them, that they are probably heightened because one is cut off.

If you take a deep breath and clear your mind (ahem, meditation anyone) the answers you need will come to you. Remember, the idea of “trying” in meditation sorta defeats the purpose of meditation; you’re not “trying” to do anything. Yet, another paradox, lol.

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These are just some of the observations I’ve had when running into this card over the years. It is by no means the only interpretation of it and some readers would violently disagree with everything I’ve written. That’s okay. I will always encourage people to do their own research and work with the tarot in the way that is comfortable to them. No one will know the language between you and the Creator better than you and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Also, it’s kind of asinine to try to control what other people think and do; it’s the equivalent of saying there’s only one way to be a psychic, or to cook broccoli for crying out loud, mmm…nah.

We’re all sovereign beings so, yeah, don’t have time for any of that nonsense over here on POA! Nurture, nature, and our divinely gifted intuition all come into play when it comes to interpreting the symbolisms that are presented to us. Keep that in mind as you travel deeper on your journey of self-knowledge. Remember the Healer’s Trinity.

I hope you found this post on the 2 of Swords helpful or at the very least, insightful enough to get you thinking a little bit deeper about this card. 

Do you have an observation about the 2 of Swords that I didn’t mention? Feel free to let the community know in the comments 🙂

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9 Tips For Getting Grounded

When it comes down to returning to our center state, there are two important keys. One is perspective; the other is action. You must take an action to gain perspective. It’s that perspective that brings calm.

Triggers, like anything else that upsets the applecart of our life, embodies the energy of chaos. Now, whether that chaos is perceived, felt, or seen doesn’t matter; it’s still chaos to the person experiencing something other than their resting state.

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As with all the posts in this series, I’ve had to go back and review all the things I’ve learned about getting to getting to the root of my triggers and how to navigate through dealing with people during one.

That last post definitely hit a nerve for me, but it forced me to take another layer of dead skin off; no regrets, it was healthy and my skin is softer now for speaking about it. I had to go through the motions of figuring out which of the many methods of getting myself centered hit the sweet spot this time around, though.

Now that this energy has passed for me; it’s a great time to share with all of you what I did and the new thing I learned while getting myself grounded again. Maybe something on this list can help you too.

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1. Ask your higher self

Bust out your tarot , oracle, or preferred method of divination and ask your higher self. As someone who has had tarot as a part of their life since childhood; this is often my go-to for insight. It took a while to learn how to read myself though. Many tarot readers struggle with this too, no matter how long they’ve been working with the cards. The problem is, when reading for yourself, it can be difficult to remain objective. This is even more apparent if it is something that has you even slightly emotionally off center. Kind of like the whole forest-tree thing.

I run into this as well occasionally, even now, but I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to help prevent it.

First, I really think about the question that I have. The question is always the key to unlocking the guidance that tarot can provide.

Second, I don’t touch my cards right away. I wait and marinate in that one question so the energy of that question is stronger than anything else that might be flying through my head regarding the situation.

Third, I pull no more than two cards ( or after the first two cards that fly out the deck) and I always look at the bottom of the deck. In my opinion, looking at the bottom of the deck is a great way to highlight the theme of what it is that you’re NOT seeing.

Last, I stick to standard interpretations I have developed for each card and look at the facts of the cards only.

I’m very logical and literal when doing readings for myself, it works better for me to leave the intuition out of it to prevent the lack of objectivity that can sometimes creep in. Nearly every time the cards tell me what I would like to know too. I say nearly because sometimes getting an answer from the tarot may be what we want, but tuning into to ourselves for the answer is what is really needed. My decks and I have a routine, there’s even certain cards that will come out or physical symptoms that happen to let me know there’s no more information, so this approach works really well for me. I border on retentive sometimes so for type A folks, this method could work really well for you too, regardless of divination medium.

As a side note; The Psychic Tarot by John Holland is perhaps one of my favorite modern decks to work with for reading myself too. There’s no court cards in this deck, so I recommend this one as a good deck for those who primarily read themselves who run into issues interpreting the court cards when reading themselves.

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2. Exercise

There’s this whole thing about exercise that seems incredibly daunting if it’s something that isn’t already a part of your routine. That said, even those of us who do as part of our routines, have days where you’re just REALLY not feeling it. Exercise, beyond it being a part of a healthy physical lifestyle, is also one that is part of a healthy mental one, too. Think about a runner’s high, or how deeply you can breathe after you’ve finished gaining elevation on a hike after an hour.

Those endorphins that flow through our body after a workout help to quiet the mind. There are plenty of studies on this, I won’t link any of them here, but if you are curious about this concept, I suggest a deep internet search to learn more. It goes without saying as well, look for credible resources.

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3. Self-Care

Self-care is sometimes a misnomer in my mind because the term alludes to doing something to yourself. However, I think self-care goes beyond this. Taking the car through the carwash and cleaning it out at the end of the day doesn’t really seem like it’s doing much in the terms of self-care until you realize how having that clean car actually affects your mood, especially if you have to spend a large part of your day in it. The same could be said about cleaning off your work desk, kitchen table, or going through your clothes closet too. Of course, there are the usual paths for self care like taking your time doing makeup, grooming your beard, or even putting lotion on your skin after a carefully prepared bath. My point is doing something FOR yourself is healthy self-care just like doing something TO yourself.

The point of this is to create the calm externally that facilitates calmness internally. Outer order for inner calm. I just listened to this book by Gretchen Rubin and it was really insightful. This leads me to the next two on this list.

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4. Spiritual Cleanse

So, back to that bath thing. A common way to clear your energy and get grounded is by taking a spiritual bath or shower. This consists of a few items you probably already have in your home.

  • Non-iodized sea salt ( 1 lb)
  • Epsom salt ( 1 cup)
  • Essential oils( rosemary, lavender, cedar, or citrus are good ones) or an oil/water/powder curio of your choice ( uncrossing, blockbuster, or road opener, just to name a few)
  • Add your ingredients to the bath or bucket( to pour over your head and body) and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to say a prayer, set an intention, or meditate over the water first.

You want to make sure that your physical body is clean before you spiritually cleanse. This is not a bath or shower meant to scrub your skin, you don’t even do it for more than maybe 15 minutes. It’s more to repair any holes that might be in your aura, evict attachments that might be hanging around, or ward off stray negative energy that thought your energy looked tasty. We all pick up these in one form or another at one time or another as we move about our days interacting with people and the more people we interact with, the more likely it is that someone’s stank energy will try to follow you home. Some places are notorious for this too; think abandoned buildings, cemeteries, and places where a lot of suffering has occurred.

Smudging with sage works well, same with Palo Santo, frankincense, Benzoin, copal, cedar, etc.; but, water is the source of life and the universal solvent, literally. So, to give yourself a recharge if life is feeling chaotic or dissolve negative energies and entities, I recommend to all my clients to begin implementing a spiritual bath or shower at least once a month, twice is better, and if you can time it with the moon cycle it will be an even more potent method of cleansing and protection because all that ick goes down the drain leaving you with squeaky clean energy heading into the next cycle. If you work with the public in any capacity, but especially in a metaphysical or magickal capacity as a reader or healer, it may be worth looking at doing this once a week, especially when collective tensions are high like they are this fall and people are seriously on edge.

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5. Clean Your Space

I touched on this one a little bit when I spoke about self-care, but I separated it because the intentional act of physically cleaning your space is a mirror reflection of you intentionally clearing your mind. When we have too much clutter around us, it can seriously stagnate our energy. I won’t pretend like I have mastered this one. In fact, it wasn’t until someone pointed this out to me several years ago that I even made the connection, but I am a lot more conscious of how my space makes me feel and what it looks like when my energy feels off. Even when I was an baby, I wouldn’t sleep if I was around a lot of clutter. My mom is a Virgo, so I imagine that this wasn’t an issue that happened a lot, but it must have happened enough to show her that it was a pattern. The way she describes it; we’re talking one or 2 toys on the floor with a blanket across the room and my ass was keeping her up all night.

Not much has changed. I didn’t realize this as an adult until I consciously looked at my surroundings and listened to what my body was telling me while I was doing so that I knew how that manifested in my mood and behavior. What I have found for myself is that the first sign that I need to address my space, outside of a nasty case of insomnia, is that I get agitated. When I’m around a lot of clutter, physical energy feels like it’s a myth, and my fuse tends to be shorter. Not sure why that’s how I tend to react, but I do, so these have become indicators that something isn’t being addressed in my space.

There is a saying I read, or maybe I heard it from one of the readers that I used to watch frequently on YouTube ( I think it was House of Oshun), and I’m paraphrasing here, that, “before you reach for the sage and holy water, reach for the mop and broom”. #truthdotcom

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6. Reflection

Reflecting on what has been going on is always a good way to get into a state of presence. This can be a truly enlightening experience for perspective when done correctly. In the version of this I practice, the correct way to utilize reflection is with mental detachment. It’s that detachment that allows you to feel your body and when you can feel your body you get a deeper lesson about how you’ve been impacted by previous and current events. I have a lot of mutable energy in my chart, so I really do have to shut it all off sometimes to get to the nitty gritty.

For example, in that last post I did, I realized I was still really angry about everything that went down when I was in college, but I was able to get a lot deeper to the core reasons of why that anger was still present and take accountability for the decisions I made that got me there in the first place. This allowed me to take responsibility for my own actions without chastising myself for them. Instead, I was able to learn another valuable lesson in the hindsight of that experience. Ultimately, that’s the outcome you want from reflection because the goal is to help you grow as a person.

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6. Meditate

I’ve said this a few times and even despite my current inability to get beyond 7 minutes of meditation I still urge this practice to anyone who is seeking a state of internal balance. Meditation helps to clear the mind. Period. It can be difficult to suss-out a laundry list of current challenges when you’re thinking about them all at once. The trick is really to not think about them at all and the solutions will come to you. This is where meditation is the most potent. When you get to a certain state in meditation, you stop thinking your thoughts and you begin to observe them.

There is no set amount of time or frequency that meditation needs to be done; I feel it’s the practice itself that is more important than meeting an arbitrary amount of time doing it. Amazing benefits can result, even from a mere 7 minutes.

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7. Go for a walk

There are studies out there that talk about the connection that humans intricately have to nature and how we move through it, again, not linking them here but I encourage you to do your own research. The studies i’ve read say It lowers our blood pressure, contributes to positive mental and emotional health, and it’s been shown statistically that cities and towns with greenspaces have better rates in everything. Now, I could go into a whole spiel about the barriers that some communities experience with this but I’ll save that for another time. There is an energetic signature when it comes to inequality and that definitely deserves it’s own blog post. Heads up, it will probably be a long one.

Anyhoodle, going for a short hike, or even just walking in a park can go a long way to help ground your energy because movement helps to release pent up energy; think kinetics. I did opt for this with this last trigger cycle, and I did feel great; but the affects I’ve come to love about this activity didn’t seem to linger very long this time around, so after a few days I found myself in the same agro energy again. I have a hypothesis about why this happened though, so I’ll have to experiment a bit to see if what I suspect is correct in why this didn’t work as well as it has in the past.

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8. Bring nature to you

For those of you out there that are allergic to going out in nature, literally or metaphorically speaking, you can always bring nature to you. Get some fresh cut flowers ( if that literal allergy will allow it), get a houseplant or a few, grow some herbs in your windowsill. Having nature in your space also brings good energy into it.

I personally love to garden! I ended up with a very large community garden plot this year and after getting a routine going, it was easy to tell when I couldn’t get out there because my energy would feel weird. For me, gardening is like having a glass of wine after work is for some people. I always feel relaxed and am able to decompress, even if I’m just weeding or watering the plant family. I find it meditative to watch the pollinators go to work turning a flower into something that can sustain my body in a healthy way. There really is nothing like it I’ve found that strips all of the off-kilter energy that can sometimes enter my life through external challenges.

It was gardening and engaging with nature that helped me get through my Dark Night of the Soul. While overall the whole process of the Dark Night really sucks ass, somehow; working with plants made it all a little easier to bare and helped me become even more self aware by tuning into caring for them. It’s still strange to me how it all shook out, but by putting the focus on something external to me, it in fact helped me find the balance I was seeking internally. It redirected my focus from a very painful and ugly healing process to something that was inspiring and beautiful.

For this last trigger round, this was the grounding method that did the trick.

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9. Staying in the present- Find the time sucks and evict them!

This one was new, the most eye-opening, and something I hadn’t considered before going through this last trigger cycle as a way to get grounded. It seems, that with deep reflection; you’ll naturally find the things that kind of don’t fit in your life anymore; time-sucks. Old activities won’t have the same sparkle keeping your interest the way it used to, especially if they were bordering on toxic to begin with. In my case, the most shocking was the realization that I might have some food allergies I wasn’t aware of (sorry kiwi), random, right? I’ll dive deeper into the weird stuff that happens with food on the spiritual journey another time. The point is, being in the present comes as a natural result of the activity that is reflection, and this can help not just with triggers, but the time you spend moving throughout your everyday too because it forces you to slow down. I found quite a few time sucks but I was able to correct them because I allowed myself to observe where I was putting my energy.

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I hope you enjoyed this series. As drawn out as it was :-). Definitely wasn’t my intention to take 6 months to get through it!

Sometimes when you step into the role of sharing and teaching these kinds of things, you have to revisit your own wounds. I’m grateful for the space allowed to work through this at the pace that was right for me. One reason why I’m coming to like blogging a lot more than I like uploading on YouTube. A blog post or two a month.. or every few months in my case can’t really relay just how much work I was putting into my own wounds in the background by discussing this idea of triggers or even how much healing occurred as a result of it. It makes me smile; I don’t believe anything really happens by chance. So, just like all of you reading this; I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, taking the next steps on my way towards personal and spiritual ascension. It’s the awareness of this that matters most. Keep growing, misfits.

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