We often feel like we’ll escape the pressure or the circumstances that beckon us to change, and THEN we’ll grow, we’ll do better, we’ll be different. If we could just get away from that thing that’s making us uncomfortable, reminding us of our inadequacies… Yeah, that’s partially true.
Our spirituality is how we attribute meaning to our experiences and purpose to our lives. Yet it’s often disabling. If your spirituality serves only as a means to escape or transcend your financial circumstances, or bring you a mate, you’re doing it wrong.
The convergence of American individualism, capitalism, and high literacy rates have destroyed the mysticism of spirituality. I don’t mean that folks should want more or to be stable. When folks get caught up in prosperity doctrines, Christian, New Age (The Secret) and otherwise, they tend to overlook the real factors that contribute to their station in life. For me, much of that we don’t have control over.
We don’t have control over the circumstances we’re born into, nor the time period and political climate into which we are born. Yet we do have control over how we respond. Believing “wealth comes to me easily and effortlessly” ain’t gonna stop Donald Trump and his cronies from further robbing this country blind. Yet, many of our personal mandates and entitlement to comfort and wealth surely makes us believe so.
There is real work to be done to dismantle oppressive systems that create a caste system in the USA. The wealth & stability you create as your personal legacy is temporal if you don’t dismantle the system that had you poor in the first place. That means it’s about more than you and your secret to manifestation.
The wealth & stability you create as your personal legacy is temporal if you don’t dismantle the system that had you poor in the first place
There is no secret to manifestation. It’s nepotism, systemic oppression, racism, and misogyny in the USA. If you want to manifest abundance in your life, develop inner resistance to those oppressive systems. Then begin the work of tearing that sucker down!
Your resistance to abundance is your insistence upon overlooking the system that keeps you in your birth caste. It’s kept black folks in less resourced schools, poorer neighborhoods, and consistently disenfranchised them of their right vote.
You don’t have a poverty mindset. You live in a country where the government uses poverty as a weapon against social advancement. The worst part is you believe that it’s your fault. That you’ve done something wrong.
Don’t get me wrong. There are folks who have not made the best of what was given to them. And that is a sin in it’s own right. But for most of us, we’ve naively believed in meritocracy when we really live in a nepotistic state.
You don’t have a poverty mindset. You live in a country where the government uses poverty as a weapon against social advancement.
We are now getting to be in the darkest time of the year. The Sun just barely rises, laying low near the southern part of the sky. Our bodies slow down, conserving energy. We can spend more time in dream land.
At the winter solstice, the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky until it begins is ascent north on the 3rd day. This is the story of Christ. The story of spirit indwelling the material world. Christ, the Sun of God, died and rose on the third day.
The Devil card in the #Tarot correlates to the Saturn ruled sign of #Capricorn. It highlights the dichotomy of the material and the immaterial worlds. We are spirit dwelling in flesh, navigating the limitations of embodiment. At this time, we are admonished to remember our truer nature.
So, during the next few days as the sun lays low, we need to do the same. I’m calling the time of the #WinterSolstice the time to literally stay low, and build. Think of this dark time like being in the womb. Ideas gestate and begin to take form as you visualize their full potential.
The sun moves fastest between now and the Spring Equinox. Once spring comes the real work of sowing and tilling, watering and growing begins.
What can you now lay to rest and release with the dying of the Winter Solstice Sun? What, then, will you build between now and the Spring Equinox? Meditate on these questions. Spend time writing down what you want to build on the ground you are now clearing in your life. Winter Solstice is foundation building time. Spring Equinox is when you begin to build above the ground. But start from the bottom now.
This past weekend, I had an important conversation about spirituality and who we allow to have spiritual authority in and over our lives. This is a conversation I’ve frequently had with myself because it’s one of my longer term lessons in my life.
It’s an especially relevant conversation right now because I see a lot of people on social media platforms, especially Twitter, claiming to have spiritual gifts and saying they have power to do certain things. People are selling spiritual goods, offering to do healing work, divining and intuiting information and guidance for other people. It’s troubling to me because many people lack the discernment to know who has the spiritual integrity to do such things.
I’m in that group. I’ve been doing tarot readings professionally for about 4 or 5 years. And I’ve been reading astrology professionally for 6 years. As I’ve shared before, in the past I’ve taken breaks from doing both because I knew I needed to work on myself and study some more.
With all of that said, I want to encourage all of you who get readings from intuitives and spiritual work done by folks calling themselves astrologer, priestess, goddess, shaman, and claiming to have special knowledge and the like, to develop your gift of discernment.
Be bold and self protective enough to ask people how they know what they know. Ask them who holds them accountable in their lives, both personally and professionally. Any spiritual worker with integrity will surround themselves with folks who call them on their shit. They will admit that they don’t know everything and will submit themselves to someone or something besides their limited power and knowledge.
Know that you have the final say about who has spiritual power in your life.
Our need to know, desperation in hard times, and human need for security can lead us down many paths spiritually. Be mindful of who you meet on that path, and what they say they know, or what they say they can do for you.
Know that you have the final say about who has spiritual power in your life.
Twitter is flooded folks calling themselves astrologers, but they have never read anything beyond the blogs etc. they find online. They have only studied their own chart and those of close friends and relatives. Yet they want your money without having done due diligence. They want access to your inner life and emotional experiences.
And I know this because I’ve had folks inbox me or ask me in Facebook groups to help them read a chart someone has paid them to read. And I’m talking about basic stuff that cursory study would teach a person.
Be careful out here. Just because someone is popular, has a large following, doesn’t mean they have spiritual integrity. Or that they know WTF they’re talking about. You wouldn’t let a stylist or barber touch your head who you had not vetted. Gotta do the same with your life.
Be careful out here. Just because someone is popular doesn’t mean they have spiritual integrity. Or that they know WTF they’re talking about
Double check out these folks asking for money to read you. And even those that do it for free! How do they know what they know? You let down your guard and open up yourself and your life to people. Just be careful.
I keep learning this same lesson over and over. The lesson for ME is to continue to develop within myself the things I keep looking to other people for. AND to wait. There is a time and season for all things. There is a season for sickness. A season for healing. A season for death.
+to wait. There is a time and season for all things. There is a season for sickness. A season for healing. A season for death.
Each interpretation is a combination of the Focus Factor card and the individual card for each sign. Read on…
December 2016 Focus Factor.
Keywords: Power and authority
What is your power?
Where do you have the authority to influence the outcome?
How have you misused your authority
Who has power over you?
How will you take back your power?
Aries Rising or Sun in Aries:
ACE of PENTACLES
So, it’s money you need? Perhaps to focus on your health? What about more time? Well, now is the time to make it happen. But first, you need a plan. Riding by the seat of your pants won’t cut it. This time you need a well thought out plan that maximizes your power and influence in the sphere of money, health, and other resources. With great power comes responsibility. How will you use your power to generate more of what you need to function on a day to day basis?
Taurus Rising or Sun in Taurus:
ACE of CUPS
New feelings, emotional experiences, and desires are now surfacing. The eagerness of your desire does not equate to the quality of fulfillment should you get what you want. It’s one thing to want something and to have that desire satisfied. It’s another thing to explore your needs, your calling, and to find fulfillment in it. Sometimes release is needed to reveal emotional clarity. So, be a G about it! Now is not the time to cower and recoil. Go for what you want. Just make sure you’re sure about what you want… and you take your own feelings into consideration.
Gemini Rising or Sun in Gemini
WHEEL of FORTUNE
You are at the helm of the wheel of change right now. At times we are at the behest of fate. Other times, our desires and actions seem to align perfectly with the Will within the wheel of change. Right now you are the latter. You are tuned in and turned on to the current season. This says nothing about your inherent power and more about an opportunity for you stack gains, grow, and maximize opportunities. But, nothing is promised. Gotta use your powers for good to reap the benefits of this season.
Cancer Rising or Sun in Cancer
3 of SWORDS
Enough with the waffling. You know what the truth is, but up until now, you haven’t been ready to honor it. Now is the time to get to the heart of the matter and to get or provide clarity. Move from indecision to a decisive acknowledgement of the truth. You may be in the position to force someone’s hand or to extract the essence out of a situation. Heavy handed or with finesse, the choice is yours
Leo Rising or Sun in Leo
You are in a rare moment of balance of the energies in your life. Your mind is sharp. Your focus is consistent. And you’re full of ideas. You have the authority, drive, creativity, and resources available to bring to life something that is important to you. If you are feeling stuck, try a partnership. Someone one to fill in the gaps with the resources you need if you lack them. And someone with the focus if you can’t pull it together. Whoever, you need, they are close at hand. Get to work and they will appear when you need them.
Virgo Rising or Sun in Virgo
2 of SWORDS
You are feeling pressed to make decisions that you have heretofore felt unprepared to make. You are missing important information that would bring clarity to the direction you need to go forward. Or, maybe you’re just indecisive and can’t see a clear path forward. Either way, clarity is near. Be courageous and open to digging deep for the truth. The information you need will be revealed if you do.
Libra Rising or Sun in Libra
KNIGHT of CUPS
Follow your heart. That’s easy enough advice for most people. But for you, the challenge comes with knowing what your heart desires. You can often end up on a blank mission, dipping your toes in the water and testing things out without ever committing to one thing or the other. But it’s not because you are inherently indecisive. It has more to do with you needing solitude to hear your own heart without the distraction of other voices and needs. Loud doesn’t mean right or true.
Scorpio Rising or Sun in Scorpio
You gotta know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em. You’re privy to, or have access to, some inside information. You must use discernment to know how, when, or if to use what you know. On the flip side, you may suspect someone is keeping something from you, and you’ll feel driven to seek it out. A word of caution, though. Move slowly. Don’t let paranoia get the best of you. Maybe the person keeping secrets is you…
Sagittarius Rising or Sun in Sagittarius
3 of WANDS
It’s time to make good on promises made. You’re looking to see if what you started will be successful. Yes, yes it will. But it’s not by magic or The Secret. It’s because you are planning and executing plans. It’s because you have the foresight to see beyond the present, and the wherewithal to use your energy to bring it to life. Be about your business and you business will be about you. Get to work!
Capricorn Rising or Sun in Capricorn
ACE of WANDS
You plan and strategize and plan some more, tweaking and refining your path to success. And sometimes, you get so caught up in the planning and the perfect way to reach your goals that you never get started. Now, it’s time to get started. The key is in the ignition with the engine ready to rev up. Your feet are in the starting blocks ready for the go ahead. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to act, now is the time. If it’s seems as if you have been blocked from progress or moving forward, the way is open and the path is clear for beginning anew. You have the potential to begin a successful endeavor. All you have to do is take the first step. Have confidence and you can make it happen. It’s a small window you have, don’t delay. Start NOW!
Aquarius Rising or Sun in Aquarius
6 of PENTACLES
While you may have the drive to get things done on your own, it’s imperative that you consider others. Not only in how you may be able to help others, but also where it may be more appropriate to seek assistance. Additionally, now is the time to square up any debts, debts you owe or debts owed to you. All in all, this month is about right relations with other and making sure that everyone is getting, and giving, their fair share. Don’t wait for someone to come to the conclusion that they need to pay you back. Go and get what is owed to you. And if it isn’t forthcoming, then you’ve got to use your discernment to know when to keep pursuing or let it go.
Pisces Rising or Sun in Pisces
10 of PENTACLES
You are in a position to receive material support from a father figure or other male authority figure. The legacy of community and shared resources can work in your favor right now. Maybe you’re the one who can offer support and further the endeavors of those around you through your access to resources and power to wield them as you please.