Podcast Episode 25: Revelations, A Scorpio Review and Discussion of Gender-Inclusive Witchcraft

On this New Moon in Scorpio, we have the opportunity to fully inspect and emote the revelations we’ve experienced about our personal occultism, taboo experiences and magic.



Anna Joy begins this episode by highlighting the recent Queer Witch Community (join in at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thequeerwitch/) discussion about “Divine Feminity vs Divine Masculinity” that was triggered by comments made in Episode 24: Love is LOVE with Tonya Gonzalez (trigger warning in the aforementioned episode and this one for possible discussions of gender essentialism and binary notions of gender).



Anna Joy discusses the general context of the Divine Feminine/Divine Masculine theory within mainstream New Age, Wiccan and Pagan cultures, what it is founded upon theoretically and why it is so mainstream. They also discuss the violent use of the Divine Feminine/Divine Masculine theory within  Second-Wave Feminism & Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism and why it is important to consider the experience of gender non-conforming, genderqueer, trans and nonbinary witches when sharing your viewpoints on magick.



Next, Anna Joy imparts their own, nonbinary understanding of the idea of Divine Dualism as a replacement for what shall now be termed “The Divine Gender Binary” through the lens of astrology, including:



-the relationship between the Sun and the Earth

-Venus and Mars within the natal chart

-Lunar activity



Building off of the final point, Anna Joy launches into a discussion of how to use lunar cycles in your magickal practice, and how to specifically work with all New Moons as well as today’s New Moon in Scorpio.



Finally, we have a brief discussion of Jupiter in Scorpio’s influence over us for the past 12 months and how today’s New Moon in Scorpio is the season finale of all this activity.



To download your free copy of the tarot spread Anna Joy uses at each New Moon, visit www.annajoyhealing.com/newmoon



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Podcast Episode 25: Wish You Were Here: A Samhain Special

This is a comfy episode. It’s all about family, loved ones and friends, living and dead. Sit down with some pumpkin spice tea, a snuggie and your dearly beloved for this All Hallow’s Eve special.



In this episode, Anna Joy keeps it casual with some personal reflection on how she got to her current ancestor practice, how it’s grown, and the ways it has allowed miracles to go down with her living family members. #vulnerability



Anna Joy discusses why she had a hard start to her ancestor practice - hint, memories of childhood abuse and estrangement from living family members - and how surprised she was when ancestor work came through to help her heal from the very pains that initially made ancestral healing seem like a no-go.



She discusses the importance - and misconceptions - around finding mentorship with living witches. She discusses relating to your dearly beloved in terms that make both of you feel safe. And, at the very end, you can Pray-Along with Anna Joy as she channels a special prayer for ancestral healing that can help realign our intergenerational narrative from one of oppression and confusion to one of solidarity and righteousness.



Plus, receive a free bonus download of a tarot spread Anna Joy designed just for your ancestors. And you.



Links:
Support the Queer Witch on Patreon at www.patreon.com/thequeerwitch

Discover the Mentorship Program and book your free introductory healing session with Anna Joy at www.annajoyhealing.com/mentorship

Get your free Tarot spread “Ancestral Healing Narrative” at www.annajoyhealing.com/ancestorspread



And please follow us on instagram @thequeerwitch

Podcast Episode 24: Love is LOVE with Tonya Gonzalez

Podcast Episode 24: Love is LOVE with Tonya Gonzalez

In profound timing, this week we bring you a powerful episode with Tonya Gonzalez, a seasoned tarot reader. Tonya brings us through her story of being a young single mother and school librarian, to traveling the world educating people of all walks of life about the powerful mysteries of the Tarot. Today, Tonya has two decades of experience as a tarot educator, life coach and sensuality expert under her belt.

Podcast 23: The Science of Witchcraft with Anna Joy

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Anna Joy is a witch professor

Metafiction and Metaphysics?

Join host Anna Joy for a solo episode where they nerd out about the various scientific evidences there is for witchcraft being a real phenomenon and not make believe.


First, we discuss Anna Joy’s life directly before she discovered she was a witch: she was a creative writing student highly interested in the genre of metafiction.


We discuss such authors as:

Sheila Heti

Ben Lerner

James Joyce

David Foster Wallace

Jean Luis Borges


And get into why and how metafiction catapulted Anna Joy into realizing she was a REAL ACTUAL WITH WITH MAGICKAL POWERS HOLY SHIT!


Then we get into all kinds of fun and interesting scientific lessons, such as Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water experiements (read all about that here: http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html) and the documentary Memory Hackers and the subject of neuroplasticity (watch the documentary here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvpX3VZMuyM)


Ultimately, the thesis of this episode is that we all have control over our own actions and that’s basically what witchcraft is. This episode was presided over by Hecate, the goddess of the crossroads, choice and witchcraft.


Visit www.annajoyhealing.com/science to get a special pdf download that includes practical guidance on how to integrate the lessons we covered in today’s episode as well as a special tarot spread made by Hecate herself!



Other episodes referred to in this podcast:

The Firebrand Witch:

https://www.annajoyhealing.com/podcast/20


Queer Desire & Manifestation: https://www.annajoyhealing.com/podcast/podcast21


Wheel of the Year with Maeanna Welti: https://www.annajoyhealing.com/podcast/podcast22



To support the Queer Witch Podcast, visit www.patreon.com/thequeerwitch to pledge monthly or visit www.thequeerwitch.com to make a one-time donation


Follow us on instagram @thequeerwitch

Join our Facebook community called The Queer Witch Community


Tune in next week for an interview with Tonya Gonzalez aka @browngirlswhotarothttps://www.facebook.com/groups/thequeerwitch/


Podcast Episode 22: Wheel of the Year Work with Maeanna Welti

Podcast Episode 22: Wheel of the Year Work with Maeanna Welti

This episode is a must-listen for any queer witch out there who has ever felt like maybe being a human is a bit of a drag. Maeanna gives really incredible insight on the special, magickal, spiritual powers we have not in spite of, but BECAUSE of our human forms. This is wheel of the year work, witches!

Podcast Episode 21: Queer Desire and Manifestation

Podcast Episode 21: Queer Desire and Manifestation

A two-fer you may not have expected: the connection between sexual assault and creative manifestation. But how? Read on, listen or watch!


This week Anna Joy is talking about why queer representation is so essential in discussions and activism about sexual assault. This episode includes Anna Joy describing her own experiences with sexual assault and how healing from her assaults has required a dedication to uncovering her personal sexual desires. This is a very vulnerable episode and a passionate one that will strike a chord with every Queer Witch who has ever felt like their desires are taboo, unwelcome or dangerous in our society.


Podcast Episode 19: Nonbinary Tarot with Casey Wait

This week is all about Tarot. First, Anna Joy introduces a new segment (complete with a jingle by Molly @thefirebrandwitch) called “Dispelling New Age Bullshit” and gives a historically accurate response to the commonly held myths about the Tarot deck, where it originated, and who came first: playing cards or the Tarot.


Sources:

http://www.wopc.co.uk/history/

https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/extrasensory-perceptions/tarot-card6.htm




Then we move into a wonderful interview with Casey Wait, creator of the Flower People Tarot, a nonbinary Tarot deck. We discuss Casey’s upbringing within Christianity, what inspired them to create their own decks, some stories about the swords suit, the Ace of Cups, and other specific Tarot cards that Casey has found prominent during their deck design and in living life. We also get into the importance of avoiding cultural appropriation within Tarot, and nerd out a little bit on some history (what do you think inspired the new segment?)


If you enjoy this podcast, please consider supporting us on Patreon. In this episode, you will hear about a new offer for Patrons called the Queer Witch Newsletter, which will help you take your practice from Talk to Walk.


Find out more at www.patreon.com/thequeerwitch


To get in touch with Casey and follow the Flower People Tarot, find them on instagram @cwaitwaitwait or visit their website http://caseywait.com/


To learn more about Anna Joy’s work as a Tarot reader, Reiki Master-Teacher and Astrologer, visit www.annajoyhealing.com/services


Find the podcast at @thequeerwitch on instagram.


Hello, World!

Podcast Episode 18: Psychic Development for Queer Witches

Do you ever feel confused about what you really want? Is it hard for you to tell the difference between anxiety and psychic information? Do you have natural psychic sensitivities that are difficult for you to control?

 

Then this episode was made lovingly, painstakingly, just for you, Queer Witch.

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Anna Joy decided to dedicate an episode of The Queer Witch Podcast to one of her most common suggestion for one-on-one clients: Psychic Development.

 

When you’ve been raised since childhood to hide what makes you different, to fit into the crowd, and not to say things that make people uncomfortable, it’s hard to admit you’re queer. And it’s also hard to admit you’ve got extrasensory abilities.

 

But when we step into healing from queerphobia, misogyny, and capitalist suppositions of what our value is, when we step onto the path of reclaiming our authenticity, we run head first into another devalued and suppressed aspect of our identities: psychic ability.

 

Anna Joy shares what psychic development is and why it’s so important for the path of a Queer Witch working to reclaim their identity and experience from oppressive forces. She shares her own experience with psychic development and how it was surprisingly helpful for her journey with OCD & anxiety, plus the caveats of why psychic development may not have gone well for you before.

 

Then Anna Joy does some education on basic psychic development, including what the “Clairs” are and the difference between the conscious and unconscious mind. You will learn what the different psychic languages are, why embodiment is so essential for true psychic mastery, and a few different easy, safe techniques you can use to practice your own psychic development from a queer framework.

 

Plus, Anna Joy offers a free PDF download of a step-by-step process she created called “Entity Convos,” which is a safe and effective way to build your psychic skills as well as develop relationships to helpful spirits and entities. That download can be found at www.annajoyhealing.com/entityconvos

 

So, take a listen and figure out today how to tell the difference between an anxious thought and spirit tapping you on the shoulder!

 

To learn more about Anna Joy & her work as a healer visit www.annajoyhealing.com

To support the Queer Witch Podcast and ensure it remains a free resource, visit www.patreon.com/annajoy

find us on instagram at @thequeerwitch

Podcast Episode 17: Christopher Penczak and The New Age

Podcast Episode 17: Christopher Penczak and The New Age

You may have discovered Christopher Penczak’s (www.christopherpenczak.com) works on the shelves of your favorite metaphysical book store or on the Internet. His books, including “City Magick” and “The Witch’s Shield”, are bestselling in the pagan community for good reason. He’s thoughtful, patient, and never draws conclusions without proper research and citation. Plus, he’s been in the game since the late 90s! He is also, as you may have guessed, queer as fuck! Anna Joy and Christopher sat down during Taurus season to discuss magick, queerness, metaphysics and the New Age for the audience of the Queer Witch Podcast. Today this episode comes to you through the magick of the Internet (which we discuss in the interview).

Podcast Episode 16: Money Magick with Matthew VanHorn of LGBTQ Entrepreneur

Podcast Episode 16: Money Magick with Matthew VanHorn of LGBTQ Entrepreneur

This week is all about SECURING THAT BAG. Making your money work for you and your anti-oppression work. Becoming profitable in a way that makes you feel MORE authentic rather than less so. This episode is a must listen for all recovering crust punks, guilty privileged people and witchy entrepreneurs.

Podcast Episode 15: Ancestral Healing as Anti-Plastic Shamanism

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In this solo episode, Anna Joy shares another chapter of her personal ancestral healing journey, but first, an in-depth discussion of this Friday’s Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius and what it means for us as Queer Witches.

 

The lesson of the Blood Moon: stepping into our own unique, attractive and badass authenticity as an essential path towards the healing we deserve as individuals and as a community. Because if you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love the people around you?

 

Then, Anna Joy takes this Blood Moon awareness and uses it to focus on her experiences learning about, rejecting, and later re-learning about her ancestral heritage as an Irish-American and what role Celtic paganism has played in her spiritual journey. She uses this tale as a case study for how we can step further into our authentic paths as Queer Witches by examining our own cultural heritage, and use that authenticity as a tool to disassemble systems of oppression, both internalized and externalized.

 

Thank you so much for listening to and supporting the Queer Witch Podcast. As a special thank you, Anna Joy is letting Queer Witch listeners in on an upcoming offering. Be the first to know by listening all the way to the end.

 

Documentary: White Shamans & Plastic Medicine Men

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19JAMhAzXms

 

To support the podcast go to:

www.patreon.com/annajoy or www.thequeerwitch.com to for a one-time donation

 

Find @wildmysticwoman on instagram to learn more about her #meandwhitesupremacy challenge

 

Find Anna Joy on instagram @annajoyhealing and The Queer Witch Podcast @thequeerwitchpodcast


www.annajoyhealing.com for more about Anna Joy’s services.

Podcast Episode 14: Rise Up! Good Witch Talks Queerness & Chiron

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This week Anna Joy talks to Corinna of Rise Up! Good Witch

 

“Corinna Rosella is a self-proclaimed 'good magic witch' living in humboldt county, california. she uses wildcrafted and garden grown herbs to make magical plant medicine, and uses 8 years of in-depth tarot insight to tell folks stories about their barriers and setbacks. The tarot is an old ancient way of applying human archetypes to human conditions, and offers us powerful tools in making the changes we need. “ -www.riseupgoodwitch.com

 

We talk about:

 

-Chiron in Aries and Corinna remembering how trauma and mental illness displaced a childhood alignment with witchcraft as she moved into teenage and and young adulthood

 

-how Rise Up! Good Witch came at the end of 20 years of trying to control and suppress her empathic abilities and downplay her quirky qualities, when memories of childhood potion making began bubblin up

 

-empathy/mediumship

 

-how Corinna’s punk background sort of prevented her from getting into the witch subculture for a while

 

-being a non-woo social justice witch and how it can be hard to identify with spiritual communities who aren’t

 

-why the phrase “low-vibration” doesn’t mean shit

 

-how trying to be “less intense” and not talk about “low vibrational” stuff led Corinna down a difficult path and how much better she feels being a weirdo witch!!

 

-mental health stigma in new age communities

 

-How being unabashedly queer is not only magickal, but anti-capitalist!

 

-Acknowledging our cishet-passing privilege

 

-Chiron in taurus and we chat about our natal charts

 

-Challenging ourselves to do better and investigate internalized systems of oppression as collective self-care

 

-How opposing and dismantling colonialism and white supremacy makes the world a healthier place for everyone

 

Corinna’s podcast, the Rise Up! Good Witch Podcast can be found at https://www.riseupgoodwitch.com/podcast/

 

Work with Corinna:

https://www.riseupgoodwitch.com/

 

Corinna’s Instagram is @Riseupgoodwitch

 

The Queer Witch Podcast Patreon:

 

Www.patreon.com/annajoy

 

The Queer Witch Podcast is on Instagram @thequeerwitchpodcast and Anna Joy is @annajoyhealing

Podcast Episode 13: New Moon/Eclipse in Cancer Collective Tarot Reading

This week Anna Joy comes to you solo with a collective tarot card reading about the July 12, 2018 new moon/eclipse in Cancer. This reading includes affirmation, advice and understanding.

 

Use code “BDAY” to get $15 any service from  Anna Joy (tarot, reiki and/or astrology) at www.annajoyhealing.comfrom now until midnight on July 16! It’s Anna Joy’s birthday sale!

 

Next week tune in for an interview with Corrina at Rise Up! Good Witch @riseupgoodwitch on instagram.

 

The Queer Witch Community on Facebook:

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thequeerwitch/

 

Patreon:

 

https://www.patreon.com/annajoy

Podcast Episode 12: WITCHDOCTORPOET author Bola Juju

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This week’s episode is sure to be a favorite of poetry lovers and/or novice witches! Anna Joy talks with Bola Juju, author of WITCHDOCTORPOET, her debut book of poems. In addition to giving us a thoughtful and profound interview, Bola treats us to readings of three of her poems, which you will hear interspersed throughout the episode.

 

Before we get into this amazing interview, Anna Joy answers her FIRST EVER listener question from Monica! “Can anyone advise on how to start a magickal practice?” Anna gives her answer.

 

Next, we jump giddily into our interview with Bola Juju, in which we discuss:

 

-the connection between Juju’s ancestor practice and her writing

 

-using creativity as a way to tap into an altered state of consciousness and perform magick

 

-understanding and healing forms of addiction and suicidality through ancestry

 

-how Bola is working to dismantle the stigma around mental health within the black community

 

“In creating WITCHDOCTORPOET I’ve tried to create a reality where you can be black and depressed and be someone navigating those two spaces at the same time and it’s ok.” -Bola Juju

 

-overcoming personal resistance in the writing process, especially when discussing emotions and experiences that are taboo

 

-why “Don’t speak ill of the dead” can prevent you for honoring your ancestors and healing ancestral trauma

 

“we rarely speak on the characteristics we take from our ancestors that may not be as positive” -Bola Juju

 

-how Bola first started her ancestor practice and her suggestions for those first starting out

 

AND OF COURSE, She responds to her iconic post: “if your witchcraft aint about decolonization, reparations and ancestral healing then it's a GIMMICK hiding behind kkkrystal kkklusters and crystals”

 

-why those of us who come from countries who have profited off of colonization need to realize how that legacy plays a role in our day-to-day lives and magick

 

and: how a focus on consumable magickal tools can take us out of our spiritual practice and render those tools “gimmicks”

 

“It’s part of our collective responsibility to look at how the craft we do affects all those around us” -Bola Juju

 

“Make the witchcraft that you do personally into something that is beyond you” -Bola Juju

 

Bola Juju is @witchdoctorpoet on instagram

 

check out Bola’s forthcoming creative writing/magick course called Decolonizing Our Voices here: https://gumroad.com/l/whenvoicesspeak

 

Find Bola’s book WITCHDOCTORPOET here:

https://witchdoctorpoet.bigcartel.com/

 

To have your question answered on the podcast, DM Anna Joy at @annajoyhealing or @thequeerwitchpodcast, join the Facebook Group or email annajoy@annjoyhealing

 

Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/annajoy

 

Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thequeerwitch/

Podcast Episode 11: Ancestral Healing as Political Activism

This week, Anna Joy brings you a solo podcast episode inspired by recent events both in the political environment of the United States, but also in the anti-racist environment of instagram and social justice online culture. The common thread? Child separation at the border. The context Anna Joy is coming at this from? Ancestral healing as political action.

 

She starts off with a short poem about her ancestors and a moment to celebrate today’s Full Moon in Capricorn (find the youtube video where she goes into it deeper at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P079FndeBbs&t=320s) and then gets into the content!

Anna Joy was encouraged by her own ancestors to share her family’s story about becoming colonizers in the United States. She shares her awareness of her Swedish lineage as a case study for how white women who want to do better can use their family stories of colonization to heal systems of oppression within themselves and their society in the current day.

 

And, if you stick around to the very end, Anna shares the ancestral practice she uses which was taught to her by Winifred at Awentree (www.awentree.com and @awentree on instagram) including an altar and meditation suggestions.

 

Pertinent Links:

@wildmysticwoman aka Layla Saad inspired this podcast episode. She has a podcast too!http://www.wildmysticwoman.com/wild-mystic-woman-podcast/

Racism is bad for your health article: https://nypost.com/2015/09/18/being-a-racist-is-bad-for-your-health/

 

Children aren’t born racist article:

https://psmag.com/social-justice/small-children-arent-inherently-racist

 

Episode 9 of the Queer Witch Podcast “Soul Mates & Codependency":

http://thequeerwitch.libsyn.com/website/episode-9-soul-mates-and-codependency

 

The Queer Witch Community Facebook Group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thequeerwitch/

 

Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/annajoy

Podcast Episode 10: Valeria The Mexican Witch

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In this week’s episode of The Queer Witch Podcast, Anna Joy interviews Valeria Ruelas, the Mexican witch. We talk about:

 

-how Valeria transitioned from pursuing a mainstream helping career- the medical profession - to a non-traditional career as a witch

 

-Valeria’s tarot origin story with the Motherpeace deck

 

-how Valeria transitioned from studying tarot to reading for clients

 

-Our birth charts and the cancer connection

 

-the catholicism & magick connection, and how Jesus was a warlock who did Reiki

 

-we talk a little bit of sh*t about Boston...but we love Salem :)

 

-sex magick for queer witches, how queer witches have to constantly self-identify but how Valeria uses that to take back her sexual power

 

-the plant allies of marijuana & psilocybin, psychedelics and spiritual development BUT ALSO psychedelics and spiritual bypassing

 

-the intersection of queerness & witchiness for Valeria

 

Valeria can be found on instagram @themexicanwitch and youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/tuftsshorty


 

Some books Valeria recommends and loves:

 

the satanic witch

https://www.amazon.com/Satanic-Witch-Anton-Szandor-LaVey/dp/0922915849

 

incense oils & brews

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Incense-Llewellyns-Practical-Magick/dp/0875421288

 

Anna Joy’s Patreon:

 

www.patreon.com/annajoy

 

The Queer Witch Community Facebook Group:

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/thequeerwitch/

Podcast Episode 9: Soul Mates and Codependency

On this episode, Anna Joy takes listeners on a philosophic journey, drawing connections between past lives, reincarnation, codependency, #couplegoals and soul mates, to bring you some relationship advice you may never have received before- at least not in these words! If you are in a relationship of any kind that is important to you or that frustrates you beyond belief, this episode is a must-listen.

 

Anna also gives a teaser at the end of the episode for next week’s episode which is an interview with Valeria, the Mexican Witch @themexicanwitch on instagram! Be sure to check her feed out and get the popcorn ready for next week!

 

To contact Anna Joy:

 

email: annajoy@annajoyhealing.com

instagram: @annajoyhealing

website: www.annajoyhealing.com

Podcast Episode 8: Interfaith Prayer with Joshua Berkowitz

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In this week's interview, Anna Joy interviews Joshua Berkowitz, a psychic reader, astrologer and spiritual healer who, in Anna's words, is the most theologically-minded millennial she's met! In this in-depth interview, Joshua is kind enough to share alot about:

 

-being magickal as a Jewish man

 

-the limitations of the theory of the law of attraction within the mundane world and how each person has their own experience with it

 

-the subtleties of gender identity as someone who has lived as a woman and is now called to explore a non-toxic masculinity

 

-the tomboy/sissy dynamic and how our society rewards maleness and punishes femaleness

 

-how religion has historically created a caste system that queer witches must thoughtfully rise up against it without demonizing the people who suffer because of it

 

and finally, Anna Joy's fave subject:

 

-SHAME and whether or not our trauma has meaning!

 

Joshua can be reached at @jwmberkowitz on instagram or find his website www.jwmberkowitz.com

Special Addendum: After Joshua and I recorded this episode, we both had some questions about the statement that white spiritual practitioners should make their services more accessible to people of color. After some more discussion and research, we realized there is a lot more complexity to this issue than we addressed in our discussion. Specifically, it is important to understand that people of color have their own cultural spiritual practices that we as white practitioners should never attempt to overshadow. Rather than offering unrequested reduced rates for people of color, we feel it is more important for white practitioners to incorporate financial reparations to communities of color. Giving back financially and energetically to communities who’s spiritual practices have been marginalized and appropriated by white spirituality is far more important than advertising  services to people of color. If anyone has questions or suggestions about this topic that they would like addressed on the Queer Witch podcast, please send them to annajoy@annajoyhealing.com. We thank you for your attention! 

Uranus Moves Into Taurus

If you would prefer to hear this podcast, skip to 14:50 in the sound file below.

Uranus is known by superstition as the planet of shock and surprise. Traditionally, Uranus transits were identified as times of potential chaos, times to be wary and careful, because in an instant your life could crumble out beneath you and give way to something totally unexpected.

 

Call me untraditional, but I don’t see this as something to fear. Especially during a time and a season in humanity when the present reality can often be hard to bear, with its violence, oppression, deadly materialism and lack of empathy. Why, in 2018, wouldn’t we want a transformative change on the deepest level?

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photo by Kyra Jean Photography

 

In modern astrology, and in the compassionate and shame-free, scare-free astrology that I call home, Uranus merely means doing things differently. Waking up one day and saying, “you know that thing that has held me back for years, that one thing that I can’t quite shake even though I’m sick and tired of it because it somehow makes me feel part of tradition, part of society? I’m ready to say goodbye.”

 

In life, and in trauma, we often hold onto habits, patterns, people and communities that do not serve us any longer. This is not because we are too weak-willed to move on; it is because those habits, patterns, people and communities make us feel tethered to life. Without them, we might float away. We cannot imagine a life without these tethers, and thinking of the absence of our lives the way we know them can feel akin to death.

 

Uranus is here to say there is always new life as the old one crumbles away. There is always a new, better way of doing things. We have just not tried it yet. Uranus is here to say the changes we seek are terrifying not because they herald destruction and an absence of life, but because we want them so badly. We want them so badly but are afraid they are not possible. So we are content to sit, maintain as much functionality as possible in this life that no longer serves us, and wait for those changes to appear only in our dreams and fantasies.

 

Fortunately, Uranus doesn’t have the power to change our entire lives; only we do. Uranus only has the power to highlight and open the gates to the areas of our lives we crave and fear change the most. And as always: we have the final say. Uranus can do its best to tempt us, but only we can make the decision to follow through.

 

Uranus in Aries:

From March 2011 to May 15, 2018, Uranus has been in the sign of Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the infant child in all of us, represented by the initial cry of awareness: “I am”. Uranus in Aries had us completely redesigning and renegotiating our sense of self, our essential presence in the world. Re-discovering our urges, for life, for love, for comfort. We have been like newborn children, exploring tastes, feelings, sensations and desires, sampling the fruits and salts of this new land.

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The Emperor Card - Image by Anna Joy

 

On a societal level, we have seen a radical change in the institution of patriarchy over the last seven years. Aries is represented by the Emperor card, and when reversed, the Emperor card speaks to the negative application of ruling masculine energy: patriarchal control. In the final months of Uranus in Aries, we have seen a radical transformation in the way we not only relate to but simply discuss masculine energy. From the #metoo movement to a recent trend (as Uranus hits its final, most transformative degree of Aries) of actually allowing for the healing, grace and humanity of our masculine parts. This transformation will take a practical, functional turn as Uranus moves into the grounded, earth sign of Taurus.

 

Uranus in Taurus:

Uranus moves into the sign of Taurus on May 15, 2018 and will remain there until April 2018. Taurus is the sign of possessions and partnership, maturing and deeping the infant Aries’ connection to the world around them. During this transit, we can expect opportunities to radically change our relationship to other people and the earthly world. The way we treat our bodies, finances, friends and lovers, and the Earth itself, will have so much more room for experimentation and change than it ever has in our lifetimes.

 

On a personal level, this means that any changes we’ve been attempting to exact on our financial and/or love lives (because you know those two are always related) will become closer to our grasp and, if we choose, we can plunge into the unknown of what our lives will look like in the wake of these changes. What relationships styles, financial resources, material possessions and commitments have we been dreaming of but which seem too grand for the life we’re living today?

 

On a societal level, we will move from the radical disruption of the very core of our society that Aries in Uranus heralded and push those changes into the physical, tangible, resourceful and practical world of Taurus. We can certainly except a radical transformation in the way we treat both the land and each other. Perhaps we will find a way to integrate intersectional feminism with ecofeminism and finally transform the important conversations we’ve been having about oppression and marginalization from ignited sparring matches on the Internet to practical, physical changes in our Earth and society. Certainly, we can expect a radical change in our financial systems and treatment of one another as human beings. It’s fairly easy to look at these transits and predict the fall of capitalism, institutions of slavery and gender inequality; however the nature of Uranus is such that we cannot anticipate what those changes will look like, only how they’ll feel.

 

 photo by Kyra Jean Photography

photo by Kyra Jean Photography

One thing is for sure, in my book: no matter what changes befall our society in the realm of Uranus in Taurus, the result will be healing. The world is built of love and we as a society are waking up to it after thousands of years in darkness. The very best we can do is get in touch with our own selves, look at what changes we’ve make over the last seven years, give gratitude, and honor ourselves and the circumstances that have pushed us to change. Then take a compassionate and honest look at the changes we crave the most for ourselves over the next seven years.

 

For the only people we can control are us. For the only changes we can make are those within our own field of influence. And the only love spell we can cast is to fall more deeply in love with ourselves. Our responsibility today lies in assessing how our personal desires can lead to the transformation of the world around us. Do not wait to get review those desires and how they’ve changed over the last seven years.

 

 

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