NEW MOON IN CANCER: Treating Old Wounds

July 4, 2016 marks a new moon in the astrological sign of Cancer. Introspection and self-care are not optional right now, they are mandatory. Be prepared, it’s going to hurt before it can heal.

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Oh, Cancer! Your crusty exterior protects one of the softest, most vulnerable personalities in the zodiac. Emotionally driven, protective of your home, and often unable to put yourself first, you can be one of the most complicated signs to unlock. Drawing you out of your shell is usually an exercise in futility, and those who love you must learn to accept the shell, and ask to be let in instead of banging on the door demanding you come out.

The sign of Cancer is ruled by the moon, and any meditations or spellwork that are coordinated with the moon phases at this time highlight emotional, domestic, fertility, and inner healing issues. The moon’s silvery, penetrating rays cast a glow on the deepest secrets and mysteries of our emotional selves, and empower us to embrace and acknowledge our shadows.

The new (dark) moon in Cancer on July 4 bids us to go into the garden of our emotions at night and wait for our inner eyes to adjust to the darkness. As the moon waxes, and her gentle but insistent light grows, our most troubling, long-buried wounds are uncovered. The addictions, the rejections, the baggage, the fears, the burden of unforgiven mistakes, all come forward in desperate need of your care and attention.

This important period of introspection is uncomfortable, to say the least. No one enjoys revisiting our darkest hours. We spend exhorbitant amounts of time and effort repressing and supressing the things that we did not want to take the time to find answers for, or which seemed to hurt too much to cope with. We then double down on it by using the time that has gone by since we chose to ignore our issue(s) as a further excuse to let it languish. It’s been umpteen years, why bring it up now?

Indeed, why bring it up now?

Because the hardest thing you will ever, ever do is look inside yourself, and it’s a challenge that will reward you with answers, strength, and peace of mind if you choose to accept it. This new moon makes turning inward and meeting your shadows as gentle and natural-feeling as it can be, and combined with the nurturing, maternal aspect of Cancer, you can inspect, assess, and dress your wounds with the utmost care and understanding. You can get to the root of your issues without inflicting further harm in the process.

You wouldn’t think twice about helping someone you love. You’d nurse them back to health, hold them close when they are afraid, and stand by them when they struggle with things only they can fix. And you’d love them unconditionally through it all! Now is the time to show yourself some of that empathy. Now is the perfect time to deal with the issues, no matter how deeply buried, that keep you from stepping up to the completely joyful, unencumbered emotional life you deserve.

As always, take this loving reminder with you: Harm none. When seeking to remove or release someone or something from your life which has hurt you, ask very clearly for a solution that is effective, lasting, and correct for all. This includes mistakes you’ve made. Further negative self-talk will bring you no closer to resolution, so be mindful of the things you say to yourself.

I wish you the brightest of blessings, love, and luck, today and all days! Stay in touch at www.facebook.com/highpriestessbrooke and at www.wiccanhighpriestess.com. And if you like my style and find my insight useful, schedule a holistic tarot reading via phone, skype, or email!
Love,
Rev. Brooke

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SUMMER SOLSTICE FULL MOON: June 20, 2016 Holds Immense, Mythic Magick

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Greetings, fellow Seekers! Get control of your schedule for Monday, June 20, because you do not want to miss the unbelievable benefits of this year’s summer solstice!

For the first time since 1948, we will have a full moon on the solstice. This conjunction means rare, potent magick is in the offing. The full moon and the solstices lend their own brand of tremendous power to spellwork, manifestation/diminishment meditations, and astrological forecasts.

Traditionally, the full moon and the summer solstice are events that celebrate all things that are ripe, abundant, and in full bloom. We express our deepest gratitude on the solstice to the earth for the bounty that is coming forth at this time. Her trees and vines are bursting with fruits and vegetables that nourish our bodies and put our spirits back in touch with the miracles of nature. At the full of the moon, we bask in the mysterious silver rays that light our way to see that which has been hidden, and give thanks for things that have come to maturation in the last 30 days.

The full moon and the summer solstice also hold some of the most powerful banishing magick to be found in the metaphysical world. Diminishment spells and meditations receive supercharged assistance when enacted on the full moon and left to remove the undesired issue as the moon grows smaller. Banishment rituals done on the summer solstice (after giving thanks, of course,) are best used for issues that may take six months or more to lessen or disappear. Long-term weight loss, the closure on a painful divorce, deep addictions, phobias, and illness all top the list of things that benefit from the slow, steady work of the gradual shortening of the days.

When banishing magick is done on this unusual conjunction, expect to see results that knock your socks off!

When we’ve reached our limit on a situation that we want to remove from our future experience, we’re ready NOW! We’re hot and aggravated, or so darn tired, that we need relief, like yesterday! But we all know that the longest-lasting beneficial changes need time to take hold and settle in. Waiting and having faith can test the foundations of the most patient among us, and time is needed for the tangled threads of a complicated situation to sort themselves out. But this full moon solstice gives us fast gratification AND long-term diminishment!

In the combining of these two powerful celestial events, we receive a swift result from the two-week cycle of the moon that takes her from full to void (new,) and the luck, diligence, and endurance that is needed to go the distance from the solstice.

This means that a lifestyle change for health or weight loss yields nearly instant feelings of relief and an ecouraging reading from the scale, and it becomes easier to let go of the long-term habits and thoughtforms that may have helped put your health in jeopardy. The endurance of the power of the solstice phases those things out, and reduces your cravings for unhealthy food so steadily, it seems like no effort at all, and you may find yourself wondering how you lived life without a daily walk or swim!

If you cannot or do nor want to continue in your current career, but don’t have the luxury of walking out, take heart! A banishing spell can open a new door for you within the next few weeks in order to place you somewhere more enjoyable. But don’t expect it to be permanent! It’s first-aid while the long-term action of the solstice hears out your desires, and conspires to get you into a field where your heart and wallet are equally full. **ALERT!** This means your radar must be fully engaged! The next six months will be teeming with coincidence and serendipity, because these shifts are all about chance meetings and being in the right place at the right time. You must submit to the whim of a cup of coffee at that new cafĂ©, the urge to take the long route home, and the desire to horn in (in a friendly way!) on the conversation of strangers. Get off the beaten track of your routines, or you’ll miss your opportunities!

And the bad relationship that just seems to drag on? You know, the one that should have been over ages ago, but it didn’t seem possible to cut the cord cleanly? The ramifications were going to be too messy, dramatic, and painful, so you’re languishing in purgatory. Not anymore! A banishing spell right now for this issue can mean an easier immediate split, and then ever-calmer waters while the assets are divided, the emotions are soothed, and you both move forward with a cleaner slate. This full moon solstice energy may also be the catalyst to a meaningful conversation that puts the whole relationship into perspective for both of you, and even though you’re still splitting up, a respect and understanding may be fostered for what you used to have, and how you each benefited from the things that were good. This aspect in particular is important for exes that must co-parent. **ALERT** You must also be on the look out for coincidence and serendipity. It will yield that new apartment that’s perfect on your single income, that bit of extra work to smooth out some unexpected expenses, and the opportunities for soul-soothing activities that put you back in touch with your inner light.

As always, take this loving reminder with you: Harm none.Banishing rituals can be sticky wickets, because often, we’re seeking to remove people or situations that cause us pain. Do not allow the mirage of victimhood to be an excuse for petitioning the Universe for an end to an issue that includes pain for another person. Ideally, the solution to a painful situation, is one wherein each party can find it easy to walk away. With tension comes more tension, and resolution never comes of ongoing strife. If you are asking for a person to be removed from your life, or a harmful issue of which they are a part, repeat after me:

I ask that this be correct, and for the good of all. This shall be resolved easily, permanently, and with no harm inflicted. It is fixed, and it is so.

Brightest blessings, and I wish you much love and luck while you let go of the things that do not serve your highest good. Blessed Solstice!

SLACKTIVISM: Because I Need to Look Better Than You.

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Today is June 13, 2016. The LGBT community and its allies are reeling from the horrific mass-shooting in Orlando. As I write, I am actively grieving for people I do not know, as many of us are. As if this event was not awful enough, I am enraged, absolutely ENRAGED by the flood of social media judgment upon those who are expressing their collective grief by those who do not seem to be in a position to act superior. I will be composing this blog and sitting on it for a few days. If you’re reading this, I’m still pissed off enough to publish it. DON’T BOTHER WRITING TO ME. If this commentary makes you uncomfortable enough to want to bitch me out, just don’t. I will not read the email, and I won’t approve your comments under any circumstances. Take that energy and use it to figure out why my diatribe hurt your feelings, and whether or not your attitude is helping or hindering your cause(s).

Slacktivism: In my opinion, the douchiest word of the 21st century thus far. Yes, that’s what I think. An asshole way to describe one of humankind’s most basic reactions to tragic events… “I’m sorry this happened, but I do not want, or do not feel I can get any more involved other than expressing my sympathies.” This is, and has been, the reaction of the vast majority of human beings for as long as there have been human beings and sad situations. Stuff sucks. Bad things happen to good people, and the people who are not directly effected move on because their worlds are still turning. Is it good? Is it bad? Neither. It’s normal. 100%, hard wired, paid our respects, normal.

But as if this was something new, the pithy, ever-so-clever, sarcasm-is-the-new-black blogosphere created yet another term to use against others. In this instance, the target is those who you feel do not measure up to the impossible standards of… well… YOUR preconceived ideas about how OTHER people should behave. They’re not angry enough. They don’t donate time/money/blood. Their “thoughts and prayers” on social media are clearly useless, because X, Y, or Z happened anyway. They’re not even a member of the demographic in distress, so they have no right to comment.

Are you serious? If you’ve actually said this out loud, or posted it on social media, did you really think you were helping? Is your cause any further along thanks to your caustic judgment of these people you probably don’t even know? I didn’t think so.

I’m not writing this in order to dissect the correct application of the term “slacktivist.” I don’t even care whether or not its a useful or wasteful behavior. It’s an obnoxious, divisive word. What I am here to say, is that if you’ve derided, directly, or vaguely, someone else’s expression of grief, no matter how small, and/or applied this term, you need to check yourself. (If your feelings are already at a boil at this point, or you’re not up to the task of adjusting your perspective, do us both a favor and stop reading. Right here. The rest is going to completely ruin your day; maybe your whole friggin’ decade. Fair warning.)

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Neptune Retrograde: Permission to Dream GRANTED!

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Mercury gets all the attention for going retrograde! But get excited, because Neptune’s backing it up until November 19! Neptune “The Planet of Mist” rules Pisces, all liquids (even booze and blood!) and takes 146 years to transit the zodiac. It spends 14 years in each sign, and about 6 months of the year in retrograde, so its effects are wide-spread but more on the subtle side.

Neptune is THE big daddy of inspiration, dreams, intution and natural psychic abilities, spirituality, mercy, and compassion. It urges us to reject limitations and keep striving to create the world in which we’d love to live. Neptune takes the legendary beauty of Venus and multiplies it to the Nth degree with the heaven and earth moving powers of spirituality. It despises coarseness, and prefers to dull the tack that pops the balloon of our dreams by just ignoring some unpleasant realities. It takes its mission of inspiring fantasy very seriously, why spoil it with the harsh light of day?

Neptune in retrograde is GREAT!! It gives us full permission to dream, create, and immerse ourselves in the soul-nourishing topics of paradise, spirituality, metaphysics, and inner growth. It couples those things with a dose of practicality and reality, and in the combining, we are shown how to realistically go about making our dreams real! How amazing is that?!

It makes us take a real look at situations we’ve glossed over (debt, unfulfilling relationships, soul-sucking jobs,) and gives us oceans of inspiration as to how we can solve them creatively, and in ways that appeal to our values and highest self. It also helps us physically apply our empathy and sympathy to another’s misfortune by setting our energies in motion.

So now that you’ve got auspicious conditions to dream and plan, what can you envision and manifest? My guess is ANYTHING! Brightest blessings!