Magic is real and it’s not some counter-cultural, alt-dimensional claptrap. Or, okay, it IS alt-dimensional but you don’t need to go someplace else to experience it. It’s here. Now. Nor does it need to involve complex rituals, dropping out of society, dress-up or split ends. it is simply the awareness of another energy field, one that is little understood or talked about in official mediums but which has always been there. Depending on your belief systems and persona, it can be understood via varying deities, styles of consciousness altering and of course, astrology.
Occasionally i encounter people who ask how it can ‘fit in’ to a ‘modern’ or an ‘urban’ life – as if this potent force, the energy that makes plants grow, planets wander and stars move in mystical patterns just stopped in the olden days. The answer that i would not share with most people who ask that question is that fits in brilliantly. People since forever have been using it to better navigate the mundane complexities of the everyday and in fact, whatever that monk path where you renounce worldly things and focus your gaze always inwards or up at the heavens is called, it is but one of many.
And it’s not even necessary that every practitioner or person with an interest in this is going to be a person you admire or like. Kris Jenner or Putin are just as likely to be witches as your local lovely Yoga instructor with the rune tattoo and the altar with crystals. And nitrous oxide gas with Botox is just as likely to take you into trance as an entheogenic herb if you’re sensitive or doing a Neptune trip.
The other common question is how can horoscopes be relevant when there are only 12 signs of the zodiac and to this i say, first – read your rising sign as well…but really, mine are not fatalistic. It’s not like all – say – Libra people are going to march in to their office, arena, space base, bedroom, brothel, garage, factory, theatre or any other workplace on one particular day and all have the same experience. But it’s true that when – like now – Venus is conjunct Jupiter but Mercury is square Neptune, you could hypothesise different energies at play in different ways.
A deepening of awareness and of desire but confused by Mercury in cryptic mode…or could it be shamanic? And could information that illuminates the Venus-Jupiter “seed” vibe come in strange ways? This situation is different if you’re a Mutable sign, way more adept at accessing info in slippery ways or between the cracks. I won’t go on but there are all sorts of ways to riff off these potent energies and make hopefully helpful or insight provoking hypothesis.
There are days dominated by Pluto Vibe so intense that you have to have your own self mastered and not bother with whimsy. Other times where mercurial flippancy is the most potent super-weapon of the day. Days to shut down Venusian transmissions in favour of stoic Saturn rays and days with an eerie blend of both. Days to calculate, days to dream. And of course, depending on your core Solar grouping (your Sun sign, or the constellation that the Sun was in at the time you drew your first breath), you experience these different daily vibes in various ways.
Even a basic lunar practice of noticing the Moon signs, Voids and statuses in the Horoscopes can immeasurably enrich your everyday. Whether we call it Dark Matter, Quintessence, Qi or – like in the Golden Compass – Dust – Magic is Real and astrology is one – brilliant – map of it.
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