Our Nation’s Horoscope? Food For Thought.

This article, a worthy read, was written ten years ago for Vanity Fair. It offers up the concept of our nation as a being with a birthdate, and hence, is subject to the astrological attributes of the sign of Cancer. The author makes the assumption that America was born on July 4, 1776, the day which the Declaration of Independence was signed and sealed.

I, on the other hand, take a different view. To me, this concept is comparable to one’s time of birth being the same day as the birth certificate was completed and entered into record. This is rarely the case. I present the notion that our country was born on the first day of concerted bloodshed, the first day that men began sacrificing their lives to be free of British rule. I believe we were truly born on April 19, 1775, the day on which the battles of Lexington and Concord were fought.

Instead of being a Cancer, we may be an Aries on the Taurus cusp. Aries are bold, forward-looking, and trailblazing pioneers. They relish a valiantly-fought battle for the ideals of freedom, personal growth, and fairness. At their worst, they are naieve, aggressive, and have trouble finishing what they start. At their best, usually in conjunction with some objective life experience, they are motivational, generous to a fault, and make worthy leaders.

At the Taurus cusp, we find some bullish, seemingly at-odds qualities that butt heads with the Aries ram. Security, wealth, status quo, and a fear of change are at the heart of Taurus’ makeup. At their worst, they are closed-minded, overly-sentimental, overly-sensitive, and decide to be a cheapskate when they should be buying the best they can afford. At their best, they are deeply loyal, give from a place of love, and stubbornly courageous when the chips are down.

Do you think this sums up the ideals and temperment of our founding and current government? It’s such an interesting concept. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Best Always,
Rev. Brooke

https://www.google.com/amp/www.vanityfair.com/news/2006/12/lutin200612/amp?client=safari

FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS: Mirror, Mirror…

The full moon on August 18, 2016 is going to be a “light bulb” moment for most of us! Not only does it take place in the philosophical, “we’re all in this together,” sign of Aquarius, it’s also an ALMOST lunar eclipse. (Yes, this ‘near miss’ matters.)

As a sun sign, Aquarius is the not-usually-emotional thinker and philosopher. Aquarians are exceptional at cutting straight to the things that we all have in common, and have zero fear of push-back from espousing a rational but far-out concept. They are campaigners for the underdogs, advocates for the marginalized, and have unshakable faith in the good…better…BEST traits inherent in all of us. They recognize the power in numbers, and are exceptionally good at bringing those numbers together on issues that effect our collective good, no matter our perceived differences. They believe; no, they KNOW that tomorrow has the potential to be better for everyone if we find our common ground and get out of our own way.

Perhaps most notably of all the Aquarian traits, is their fearless attitude toward changes in thought, culture, and behavior. They welcome the revolution of evolution.

When the full moon is in Aquarius, she sheds soft, but insistent light on the things that have been hidden regarding our innate behavior as the flawed, beautiful creatures we are. Instead of highlighting the positive attributes we have as humans, she focuses her penetrating rays on the things we all do, but have no reason to be proud of. The full moon in Aquarius forces us to see how our habits, dogma, misplaced priorities, prejudices, and insecurities contribute to the chaos and hate we cry out for an end to.

In other words, she points the finger you’ve been pointing at others RIGHT BACK AT YOU.

She reminds you that you need to thoroughly walk your talk before you can demand the same behavior from others. She reminds you that the only change you have control over is your own. She asks you if maybe you might be part of the problem. She also asks you to do some soul-searching about whether or not you even have the right to make demands of your brothers and sisters. She asks you to consider that someone else’s path may not be the same as yours. She insists that in order to ask for the change, you have to BE THE CHANGE. You cannot ask from someone else that which you are unwilling to give in return.

Does this make you a bad person? Absolutely not. In order to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our status quo, we all place boundaries, pretexts, and fine print around our lives and our choices. The kicker is, however, by limiting the amount of change you’ll tolerate before you feel your personal boat is being rocked, you’re automatically stifling the change that you’re asking for. The Universe does not deal in “ifs, ands, or buts.” If you want it, you have to ask for it, and get the hell out of the way. That includes your own way and everyone else’s. It begs you to examine what good your boundaries are doing, and whether or not they serve your greater good, and the greater good of the whole.

And what about the near-miss of the lunar eclipse?

It’s significant because the potential obscuring of all or part of the moon’s oracular illumination didn’t happen. It means that we could have missed the real issues YET AGAIN, but she’s decided that we’re ready to wake up and take a look at ourselves, regardless of our discomfort. She has faith that we can handle it, and she KNOWS we have the endless potential for love, optimism, cooperation, and empathy.

She’s thrown open the door to your dark, creepy, stale attic of the self, and she’s handed you a broom, searchlight, and an endless supply of garbage bags. Get cracking, Buttercup.

As always, my love and encouragement go with you, fellow Seekers! If you like my irreverent style, please LIKE my FaceBook page @highpriestessbrooke and consider taking a fresh look at a situation, relationship, or coming event with a one-on-one Holistic Tarot Reading! Visit www.wiccanhighpriestess.com for details! Blessed be, Seekers!

Political Turmoil: A New Age Empath’s Thoughts on Coping

Greetings, fellow Seekers. Right now, the USA is squirming within the grip of a political circus. There are tremendous principles at stake, regardless of which side of the aisle you find yourself on. The media is saturated with the 2016 presidential race, most of it seeming to focus on the worst, dirtiest, sensationalized bit of tripe that can be dug up and exponentialized. Are there deep issues on the table that need to be sorted out? Yes. Are we on the threshold of tremendous change or tremendous regression? Yes. Does everyone care on some level about what’s going on? In my heart, I do think so.

But what about those of us who can’t seem to fall in line with the actions or speech that are taking place right now? It’s not that we don’t care. We fully understand that we wouldn’t have a country in the first place if not for people who were passionate about their views for a better tomorrow. We want to live in a place that reflects our highest good as a human tribe. We find the common threads of hope, dignity, and a desire for peace even in the most contentious arguments. But, many of us find ourselves unable to engage. The possibility exists that we are not apathetic nor uncaring, but that we care too much.

I feel deeply about the things I would like to see in our future as a nation. I will vote, or perhaps not vote, as my conscience dictates. But I cannot (CANNOT. Full Stop.) direct my energy toward the modalities that others are employing to create change at this time. The more I force myself to join the ranks, get out in the street, shout down the opposition, the less I can physically or emotionally do so. My very being seems to shrink from this fracas, and I find myself turning away from it in order to focus on things that feed my emotional peace and stability; things that I can share with others in the hopes of promoting their own emotional and spiritual well-being.

Does this feel familiar to you? Like the more you try to jump in the pool, the stronger the feeling is not to? I think there are more of us experiencing this than we realize. To attempt to put it in some perspective, let’s explore this situation in regards to our particular and individual human experience. Let’s take a look at the very long game.

I offer up for your consideration, that this political inferno may not be meant to be part of your experience this time around. This idea may be at the root of our emotional and spiritual incapability to throw ourselves in the mix. Regardless of whether you believe in reincarnation, this current climate may not be one you’re supposed to be a part of. It may be outside the realm of direct lessons you’re scheduled to learn, and this may be an exercise in stepping back and observing, or perhaps focusing your efforts on other things. Of course, die-hard reincarnationists aren’t sweating any of this. From that point of view, they’ll live this life as it’s meant to unfold, and come back at another time when the atmosphere may be a bit sweeter. (Or perhaps not come back here at all, but that’s a whole other discussion.)

This situation will unfold as it is meant to, with or without us entangling our emotional and spiritual resources. And as the Universal Intelligence has informed me, we will all continue to make our way regardless of whom gets elected. Not to say that this election and the issues surrounding it do not matter, but in the long view, this is a ripple in a much larger pond. Our lives will move on, and we will experience any situations relating to this race as we are meant to, or not meant to, as your individual case may be. And if you really want to get out there, in the very large scope of the human story, this is just another civilization scrapping about whose champion beetle gets to sit at the top of the dung heap. It’s been done before, and will be done again, and again, until the sun goes down on our species.

So what to do? Firstly, shut off the television. Turn off the radio. Unfollow the people on your FaceBook who post political content. (It’s not that you don’t like them, you just don’t need to hear it right now. Re-follow when they’ve settled down.) If you need to know about what’s going on in your area, your local newspaper might provide more relevant content. Pick up the phone and call your loved ones in order to connect with them, so that you can avoid the extraneous commentary that comes with logging into social media. Go the freak outside and listen to the earth and sky. Get reconnected with the air, dirt, and water. They are the primary source of everything that sustains the human body, and it can be argued that in the end, that’s all that you need.

If you feel like you need to do something, it may serve your highest self right now to keep it local and direct. Volunteer your time and resources to a local, non-political organization that has a direct impact on your community. If you’re a gardener, plant an extra bed of veggies to donate to your local charity kitchen. Get the neighborhood kids to help you! Volunteer at the library, the senior center, the hospital. There are a thousand worthy causes that you could make a difference for by being present.

And as for the legions of people that seem to have a need to chastise you for your “non-participation,” I have a few choice words in my head that I won’t print. In polite terms, you can simply let them know that you’re an empath. Because you are. The anger and hostility out there right now is just overwhelming, and you’re having a hard time finding a place to put it so that you can stay balanced. You’re focusing on other good works where you feel you can make a difference. And if they find fault with that, walk away. Far and fast. They’re up to their ears in the dung heap and cannot hear you.