Resisting Esoteric Superiority Syndrome

New Age Art Eighties style

Esoteric Superiority Syndrome is real. I only discovered it with this Full Moon, while happily perusing some occult and medical astrology content I normally never look at. One of them was Message of the Stars and another was talking about how the Hindu Ganesha’s rat represents Mercury. As many of you know, these sorts of reading benders spark the most realizations and connections.

Magic is real, whether you call it Dark Matter or Quintessence. But I remember, when I first became interested in it, so many people with Esoteric Superiority Syndrome. What are the symptoms? Saying you need to be “initiated.” Trying to use their alleged supernatural affiliations to justify rancid attitudes toward women, gays or people of color.

Esoteric Superiority Syndrome Is Anti-Magic

More? Acting as if the only way to study occult subjects is by being celibate and stuck in a draughty mountaintop monastery for ten lifetimes. Being self-appointed karma police. Piety is not ‘new age’ and if you think about it, deities are not religious. You need only read a few myths for that to become clear.

Years ago I felt guilty because my esoteric studies were usually motivated by some urgent dilemma. Or genuine curiosity but borne from a whim, a sudden what does that mean? frenzy. But now I think that is good.

The language of magic is symbolism and it’s medium is dreams or dream-like. And being connected to something emotionally, so you’re avidly devouring info out of passion is arguably superior to doggedly working your way through some ancient text from A to Z. Jumping around from topic to topic, looking for that cognitive dopamine zing of something that resonates is energetically better than rote-learning.

Jumping Around Topics That Fascinate You Is Better Than Rote Learning

And, btw, the Moon is now Void in Pisces and will be for another ten hours. It is ultra-optimal for an esoteric bingle, listening to Neptunian Nights or taking an Alchemy Bath.

The Message of the Stars book, linked above, has some howlers in it – reflecting the era in which it was written. But interestingly, it says that the Pituitary Gland is ruled by Uranus and the Pineal Gland by Neptune. Venus rules the Thymus, Jupiter the Adrenals and the Sun the Spleen. The thyroid is Mercury-ruled and, according to this book, mediates between the top two glands and the rest.

And, that Saturn on the Dragon’s Tail (aka South Node), as it has been since April, is debilitating. Technically, it’s not over till October but the vibe lifts from Saturn Direct in a few days. Meanwhile, it’s dense energy. The antidote? Doing your Venus or Jupiter energy. It’s not a cure but it shifts the overly Saturnine energy. If you’re feeling like you’ve been copping the darker rays of Saturn, try it: Venusian flowers and incense (rose is classic) or a Jupiterian banquet.

Venus Or Jupiter Antidote Saturn

Or, if you really want to zap the gloom rays and reclaim your ultra, tune into the Jupiter square Neptune Vibe. It’s like a crazy antidote that works but creates havoc as it does. You elevate your everything but become a Chaos Merchant. It means you have to recommit to magical thinking and be ready to pull off some speedy morphs. You’ll only be able to talk to the people who aren’t fearing for your stability. The Daily Mystic for Monday will have full Jupiter-Neptune protocol instructions.

And, remember, your thoughts and observations, written in your private journal, are just as valid and meaningful as any old scroll or text.

Thoughts?

Image: Robert Anton Wilson

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Lili
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Lili
September 20, 2019 10:23 pm

The morning of Saturn Direct I took my first deep breath in months- and created a flower remedy combo to unjangle my vibe- it worked a treat. Rescue Remedy, Pine, Walnut, Honeysuckle- and Rabbitbrush- Saturn/Pluto allies.

Saturn in Pisces
Saturn in Pisces
September 18, 2019 10:29 pm

Perfect timing with this post Mystic! Over the past few days I had been digging deep into Vedic writings about the South Note and did not even think about Saturn splitting from it. I just had sort of expected the Saturn/South Node conjunction to last forever (or maybe I’m just used to the vibe, having lived my whole life with a zero degree South Node-Sun conjunction and Saturn ruled.) I was taking a fast from Saturn-related content and just became the physical embodiment of Saturn Direct instead, like you do. I had no idea Saturn turned Direct, only that I… Read more »

Lili
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Lili
September 18, 2019 12:56 am

This long read on crystal mining is a sobering contrast to Mystic’s ethos- and a past admonition to leave these Gaia babies to their natural habitat.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/sep/17/healing-crystals-wellness-mining-madagascar

Skarab
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Skarab
September 16, 2019 7:42 pm

ESS also stands for Extremely Stupid Sods.

sphinx
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sphinx
September 16, 2019 5:43 pm

Esoterica as a way to crush the other! That is so gross! I have such issues with just dividing confidence from ego, it is such a fine line and really impacts how you manifest your daily imaginings. I have such strong visual imaginings I have to really mediate my exuberant Higher Self from spilling love all over the bi-polar place as it can just slip into ego in a verbal way I don’t even mean, but there it is. Anyway, I have been enjoying listening to the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast so much (that feeling of my tribe must… Read more »

Pegasus
Pegasus
September 16, 2019 6:39 pm
Reply to  sphinx

Spinx hasn’t your tribe always been here. It’s where the love is. Love to me is compassion or co-passion as it’s been written sometimes. And our Myst’s site is overflowing with it innit :-)x

sphinx
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sphinx
September 17, 2019 6:38 pm
Reply to  Pegasus

Yes O Winged One!!! It’s where the love is.. I have been out of the loop a while, but I think an aspect of my self is always haunting the cyber space of the blog, lol. I love you all so much.

Invicta
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Invicta
September 19, 2019 12:50 am
Reply to  sphinx

love you too sphinx
missed you!

davidl
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davidl
September 20, 2019 8:48 am
Reply to  sphinx

Love you too Andy x trust you and yours are thriving and well.

melc
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melc
September 16, 2019 3:50 pm

Ghaaaa! Always brilliant! Thank you!

Della c C
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Della c C
September 16, 2019 3:47 pm

I have long been allergic to ESS. this made me laugh, remember many moons ago, running a tour business and being sent reams of boring as fuq paperwork, and being expected pay actual money, to some tourism overlord body to ‘earn’ the tick that my tours were ‘gay’ friendly. Well, in all this ridiculousness, one of the things that I was required to present was my “business model”…. rightyo, tried to book an apt to send in my “business model” who was super queer, super gorgeous (model?) and sporting his very first tatt…a beauty spot ala Marilyn. they declined the… Read more »

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
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Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
September 16, 2019 12:51 pm

Don’t start me on the ‘self appointed Karma police’

Pegasus
Pegasus
September 16, 2019 10:37 am

Curious as to whether anyone has seen heard of or read a book called The Urantia, 2100 pages. Took me 2 years to read 1/4 of it as used to fall asleep every a few pages. Pasted on the last page, a cartoon image of a skeleton reading the last page of a very large book. Appropriate at the time. On the front page pasted a stylised photo of a woman’s bare bum with ‘all will be revealed’ written underneath.
Anyways it was a perfect book for pressing flowers and leaves.
Not gerberas but Ginkos.

South
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South
September 22, 2019 2:17 am
Reply to  Pegasus

Yes Pegasus
I owned it, and tried to read it, helped me sleep
Boring as and the style was pompous archaic with not one feminine pronoun anywhere!!
It was the esoteric father of a Course of Miracles!
I think I culled both when I went from 19 bookcases down to 9!

kellieg77
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kellieg77
September 16, 2019 7:59 am

Bahahahaha thank you Mystic – ESS is most definitely a thing!!! Especially prevalent these last couple of years! Hahah cracks me up, I just about fall on the ground laughing when they start that nonsense with me!

Invicta
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Invicta
September 15, 2019 10:28 pm

Yes 100% bang on!
Happy solar return to me today 🙂

Chrysalis
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Chrysalis
September 15, 2019 11:09 pm
Reply to  Invicta

Happy birthday you fuqing amazing woman xxx

Invicta
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Invicta
September 16, 2019 1:00 am
Reply to  Chrysalis

Thank you Chrysalis xx

Saoirse Kirke
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Saoirse Kirke
September 16, 2019 1:02 am
Reply to  Invicta

Happy birthday!!!

Invicta
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Invicta
September 16, 2019 1:04 am
Reply to  Saoirse Kirke

thank you xxx

emg
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emg
September 16, 2019 1:13 am
Reply to  Invicta

Make lots of wishes. Hatch plans and live fully.

Invicta
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Invicta
September 19, 2019 12:53 am
Reply to  emg

wow I’ve just come back to this post- thank you piabs xx

crisannm
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crisannm
September 16, 2019 3:15 am
Reply to  Invicta

Happy Solar Return! <3

Invicta
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Invicta
September 19, 2019 12:55 am
Reply to  crisannm

🙂

Pegasus
Pegasus
September 16, 2019 10:00 am
Reply to  Invicta

Happy solar return to you, how you have morphed victoriously. Queen of Changes.You sure did the work, accolades to you. I raise my glass for salutations for your happy day.xx

Invicta
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Invicta
September 19, 2019 12:55 am
Reply to  Pegasus

wow this is heartwarming – salutations and celebrations all round my gorgeous internet family 🙂

sphinx
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sphinx
September 16, 2019 5:00 pm
Reply to  Invicta

Happy Solar Return beautiful Invicta! Peace, love and abundance to you.

Skarab
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Skarab
September 16, 2019 6:24 pm
Reply to  Invicta

Happy SR Invicta!
I’ve just been to a 48hr birthday shindig – both 15th Sept & special peeps – must be an auspicious date. XOX

Invicta
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Invicta
September 19, 2019 12:53 am
Reply to  Skarab

X0X0

babysinclair
babysinclair
September 15, 2019 9:14 pm

Another cool note, I Scorpio stalked my surgeon’s bday… He’s also a Scorpio with moon- pluto in virgo and his mercury on my ceres

babysinclair
babysinclair
September 15, 2019 9:12 pm

Excited to share with you all that my lil baby girl was born on Friday – the 13th! – quadruple 12th house virgo, with moon in pieces conjunct Lilith, Neptune and MY Jupiter. Libra rising like her mama. We’re all doing great Xoxoxoxoxo

babysinclair
babysinclair
September 15, 2019 9:13 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

*pisces lol can barely type right now.

South
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South
September 15, 2019 9:34 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

Congratulations on you and your little girl coming safely through the birthing process x
As a quad Virgo myself (September 11) welcome to the new little girl in this incarnation.
You must be tired yet amazed by it all!
Shock and awe x
Great work Mum x

Chrysalis
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Chrysalis
September 15, 2019 9:34 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

Congratulations, this is wonderful news! What beautiful astro your daughter has xxx

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 15, 2019 10:11 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

So happy for you babysinclair.

x.

Invicta
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Invicta
September 15, 2019 10:25 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

Congratulations! xxxx

emg
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emg
September 16, 2019 1:14 am
Reply to  babysinclair

Well done. Now it all begins.

dark star
dark star
September 16, 2019 11:24 am
Reply to  babysinclair

that is some bracingly cool astro

sphinx
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sphinx
September 16, 2019 5:02 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

Congratulations babsinclair, that sounds an amazing chart, sooo witchy poo and divinely beautiful, lots of blessings for health and joy to you both!

Skarab
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Skarab
September 16, 2019 6:31 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

Congratulations! Fantastic news, & that is one amazing chart, baby! xx

Centaurus
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Centaurus
September 16, 2019 9:51 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

Congratulations and welcome to your new little angel xx

babysinclair
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babysinclair
September 17, 2019 12:55 am
Reply to  babysinclair

Thank you all for the good vibes!!! Haha not a lot of people I know irk who can appreciate the timing, it’s lovely to get to share! Xoxoxo

Nanzee
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Nanzee
September 15, 2019 12:27 pm

I purchased that book so long ago I forgot I had it. Now I have to go digging for it.

Jacqui
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Jacqui
September 15, 2019 12:20 pm

“looking for that cognitive dopamine zing of something” I just came to this realisation in the last 24 hrs. Soul craving I have heard it called. I am about to worship the Sun and Venus with some 50+Zinc. Then maybe some drawing in my journal. XxXx PS 15’55 Saturn South Node links to my Virgo 15’30 Pluto/Uranus/Isis/Pando
Pss Medical Medium aka Anthony William and Spirit Most High also suggest the thyroid’s power to aid other organs and glands

Pegasus
Pegasus
September 16, 2019 10:02 am
Reply to  Jacqui

Just been rereading another medical medium-energy technician,Caroline Myss. Revelatory.

Jacqui
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Jacqui
September 16, 2019 5:53 pm
Reply to  Pegasus

Any recommendations?

Invicta
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Invicta
September 19, 2019 1:02 am
Reply to  Pegasus

she is direct!
I have a recording of her and Clarissa Pincola Estes talking about women and culture. I think it’s called Intuition and the Mystical Life. It’s possibly one of the sanest, most enduring conversations I’ve listened to. It never seems to age either. I’ve come back to it every five years or so since I got it and it always feels even more relevant than I remembered it being. Might be time to play it again tonight x

South
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South
September 15, 2019 11:53 am

I joined the “new age” when I bought my first Tarot deck at 16… I am now 60…(on the 11th) I have some observations to share… Your way is NOT the only way… It is merely another way… If we are all heading for the same mountain top the path is individual and no one can walk your path for you, but you. Whatever “altar” you worship at defines you… When you engage your ego in your quest you erroneously believe you are right and everyone else is wrong. The role of Masters is to create more Masters – not… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 15, 2019 12:25 pm
Reply to  South

Your 2nd last paragraph is great.

Happy Belated 60th Birthday Gwendolyn!

x.

South
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South
September 15, 2019 9:36 pm

Thank you Wish
It was the 11th of September x

babysinclair
babysinclair
September 15, 2019 9:15 pm
Reply to  South

The role of masters is to create more masters… Omg I love that and I am writing that down

babysinclair
babysinclair
September 15, 2019 9:16 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

And happy belated bday!

South
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South
September 15, 2019 9:38 pm
Reply to  babysinclair

Thanks sweetie x

Centaurus
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Centaurus
September 16, 2019 10:02 pm
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Yes, there is absolutely not one way or path but in saying that I hope your birthday was celebrated the right way – as in the way you wanted.

davidl
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davidl
September 15, 2019 10:52 am

I have spent many years studying, experimenting and searching the metaphysical. When you follow the tracks, trace the origins of esoteric modalities they all lead to a common root. That basic foundation once found allows you to wander without getting lost. What is this basic foundation ? Firstly we all have a path that connects directly to the root and this can never be lost, stolen or given away. The knowledge of it resides in you and expresses itself in every moment. Your path is unique and no one else can tell you what it is or why it is.… Read more »

kriblack
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kriblack
September 15, 2019 11:27 am
Reply to  davidl

Your words are very insightful and your writing style very soothing. The very antidote to Esoteric Superiority Syndrome. Thank you!

Lili
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Lili
September 17, 2019 7:09 pm
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Lovely, and rings with truth, David. I recently boxed up cds from a former teacher- mailing them back to him today! He had all these conditions on how often one could listen to the cds.

My last teacher passed away which forced me to be my own guru. I find compassions on the path-

Did not Trungpa term it spiritual materialism? When the process supersedes content.

I was lifted up last week at a tire store, while chatting with two other patrons. Sharing our human commonality- not isms.

msrod1029
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msrod1029
September 15, 2019 10:37 am

So beyond brilliant and timely.
Thank you♥️

Calli G
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Calli G
September 15, 2019 9:46 am

All right! I’m looking forward to Monday’s Jupiter-Neptune protocol post. Both Jupiter and Venus are in Virgo in my chart. And the Sun’s in Virgo. And it’s all getting pretty earthy in these parts. Chaos (well managed, or at least skillfully surfed) sounds interesting.

Lucia
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Lucia
September 15, 2019 9:42 am

All my life my interest in astrology has waxed and waned but persisted. I’ve had the conundrum of constant self doubt and self criticism re my fascination with astrology along side the realization that, especially in times of major crisis, it reflects reality – the syncronicity of symbols are there in the patterns despite the question “how?”. My resistance I put down to a stellium in Taurus and a rising Saturn which keeps telling me to get real and that it’s sign of instability to give oneself over to such things, let alone announce it. Coincidentally yesterday I read some… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 15, 2019 10:30 am
Reply to  Lucia

I can relate to your Taurus bits being a Taurus Moon. But I really had no doubt once I hit my Chiron return as Mystics brand of astrology put my runaway train on the right tracks. I had a point of reference.

Now I have learnt not to second guess these synchronicities. As a younger person I was reading bad astrology that did not support or nurture me. No Taurean would like that.

cat
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cat
September 15, 2019 9:30 am

I’ve known a few ‘Spiritual Snobs’ over the years – holier than thou, ‘evolved’ people who literally pity others. The worst offender couldn’t even see that the words coming out of her mouth were offensive and judgemental.

Hermeswitch
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Hermeswitch
September 15, 2019 6:57 am

being celibate and stuck in a draughty mountaintop monastery for ten lifetimes

Pissing myself laughing. Your turn of phrase is beautiful.

Saoirse Kirke
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Saoirse Kirke
September 15, 2019 4:27 am

Knee deep in most traditions I found what Joseph Campbell had already stated point blank in that TV interview… I studied men trying to become as seductive as women to control themselves or other men.

“It was in you all along my dear”

Saoirse Kirke
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Saoirse Kirke
September 15, 2019 4:44 am
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Because internet

“women don’t need to make the journey. In the whole mythological journey, the woman is there. All she has to do is realise that she’s the place that people are trying to get to.”

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 15, 2019 7:10 am
Reply to  Saoirse Kirke

“Trying” can be so trying: it just gets in the way.

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 15, 2019 7:30 am
Reply to  Saoirse Kirke

I just discovered Joseph Campbell on you tube. I like the dude.

Saoirse Kirke
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Saoirse Kirke
September 16, 2019 1:01 am

A great wormhole!

Reikology
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Reikology
September 15, 2019 1:18 am

So needed to hear this ❤️

Shazberry
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Shazberry
September 15, 2019 12:11 am

🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Ohhhh Mystic. You sing to my soul. I’ve just been watching and feeling the magic and massive gratitude swirl around me. Perhaps my Pisces Moon/Asc has made this veryyyy possible. But, I feel like I’m pinging off all of the sometimes amazing things that can happen in life. My spiritual aspect…. I’m not sure, but I know it’s probably most likely innate… or, is that Pisces?!
Best moon/void moon for me…. for, ages. 💖

emg
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emg
September 14, 2019 11:40 pm

Mystic you’re bang on. There’s many ways for us to study our spirituality and sitting in a convent is only one. I too was intrigued as a kid but the driving force was how does this work? Why would this work? And as for religions I saw them asa bit of a singular mess really. Again asking why is your god real when your god then can’t be ? It made no sense. But in doing my own work, study and getting myself out of psychological holes or should I say pits of despair, I’ve been able to make my… Read more »

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