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A funny thing happened under that full moon….

Boy o boy o boy o boy. We got the brilliant idea to do our full moon ritual by the river tonight and assumed the light rain would soon enough subside since the tropical storm wasn’t due til tomorrow. But you know: two witches + full moon= insane sudden downpour that cleared out the area before we noticed what was happening (it being a full moon ritual and all) and next thing we knew we were locked in the river park in the pitch black with the rain coming down like it was a vertical pool and to exit we had to wade into the river trailing crystals and sage to climb out over the rocks on the other side of the fence and only when we got back home did we realize we’d dropped our keys in the park and had to climb back back in over the rocks–soaked in city rain and city river, laughing hysterically with our clothes basically quotation marks rather than actual coverups as people under awnings gaped at the two wild-eyed amazons essentially bare-breasted in an empty, unmanicured field in what once upon a time was new york city. Which is to say: if THIS magical ritual in THIS magical dystopia doesn’t clear out all the UNmagical garbage accumulated over the last lunar cycle well then NOTHING ever will. I think we’re good, though.

Astro PSA: Full Moon in Aquarius

If you’re feeling wild-eyed today, it may not just be the news. There’s also a full moon taking place in innovative Aquarius. Also known as the sturgeon moon, this lunar aspect is most concerned with the human condition–but transpersonally. Expect significant tweaks to social, professional, and civic networks rather than your most intimate relationships. That said, because we’re in dramatic Leo season and this full moon is squaring shit-stirring Uranus, these, ahem, “tweaks” may arrive at a super-high voltage.

My suggestion? Get ahead of these upsets by asking yourself: “How am I not myself in larger groups? How do my issues impair others’ comfort and expression? What overall patterns impair rather than boost useful group dynamics?” Better yet: go outside and ask the moon herself. She’ll answer in your dreams.

The Water Bearer prizes freedom and Leo prizes authenticity, so chances are good this week will disrupt toxic hierarchies of all shapes and sizes. So your big-girl pants (everyone!), because we’re in for breakthroughs, not just breakdowns.

To harness this full moon magic for yourself or a loved one, book a reading or a ritual.

I Wish You Enough

Something occurred to me today as I strode home from the greenmarket with my produce and a bunch of glorious sunflowers that the vendor had slipped into my bag as a surprise.

“This might be enough.”

To be sure, “enough” is a relative term. As I write this, I still don’t have enough in my accounts to cover my expenses a few months out nor do I have a steady income flow. In this way, I am in step with many many Americans, as well as people across the world.

My therapist says that I have a tendency to focus on the bright side of matters in a way that borders on dissociative, a fact that may surprise those who read my last post.

Trust me when I say it takes a lot for me to acknowledge when things aren’t working well. In fact, it’s a muscle I’m developing in real time. I used to fear disappearing into the abyss if I recognized its existence. But I’ve come to accept we can only solve a problem when we can acknowledge it.

That said, having transcended so many hard times in my life has granted me an insouciance I never experienced as a younger woman. Yes, I am still broke as I write this, but over the last few days so many have shared sweet solidarity and unexpected donations that, for this week at least, I have fresh, healthy food to eat and, for this month at least, Grace and I have a place to live in a city I love. Continue Reading →

"All, everything I understand, I understand only because I love."
― Leo Tolstoy