A Bumper Edition Of ‘Ask Mystic Questions’ And Answers

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Here is a bumper edition of astrological questions – okay, some stray into other subjects like dreams, Kundalini Yoga, Tarot, the New Zealand prime minister’s rising sign, and baking – with my thoughts. Perhaps you may find a similar dilemma to yours solved here? Or you may have a genius answer to contribute in the comments!

Dear Mystic Medusa,

I am writing today for your astrological advice. I recently received a most auspicious 12-card tarot reading.  Without sharing everything, I will state the reading featured the Magician, Three of Cups, High Priestess, and Ten of Pentacles. The side-by-side explanations outlined my magic and portended many promising events that are coming into fruition at warp speed.

Is it possible to manifest from the higher realms despite the pandemic? I have had my share of contrast in the past few years, but somehow, I feel reassured that I am about to reap the rewards for said acts.

Once again, thank you for the gifts you have bestowed upon us (me). I am often comforted by your protocol for outsmarting fuq-wits, Muggies, Chaos Addicts, Love Zombies, and psi vamps.

All my love,

Scorpetta

Dear Scorpetta, 

Yes, if anything – turbulent times super-charge your connection to other dimensions and your instincts. When everything is flowing or, at least, predictable or stable, you don’t question many of the settings. You could even congeal or not be aware of certain strengths because you don’t need to use them. That’s not to diminish the intensity or challenges of the pandemic and, more enduringly, the post-bubble period/new economy

Those cards are amazing! I don’t know where they were in your layout but try to dream your way into them when you sleep!

Dear Mystic

As a long time on/off subscriber, I’ve been paying close attention to your posts these days, particularly those with a Uranus in Taurus theme (I have ultra Uranus and Aquarius stuff in my natal) and anything to do with Mercury – since mine is in Leo and bounces off a trillion things.

Anyway, I’m wondering – am I ahead of the curve or just requiring an inpatient stay at a nice quiet mental health retreat? I’m asking this because I seem to be:

  • gardening to the point of obsession – not just any old gardening mind you. We’re talking here about obsessively researching the exact nutrient requirements of certain plants, versus position of the Sun, temperature, heat tolerance, soil acidity, water requirements in an arid zone, a balance between edible/floral/just cool looking, how the bees might respond, which birds may or may not be attracted. It’s like I’m trying to recreate the garden city of Babylon.
  • painting to the point of obsession – these images just seem to be manifesting themselves of their own accord. A friend of mine who is actually quite a well-known artist said – “what the hell is that??” – she’s a Taurus. Well I don’t know, it seemed damned obvious to me, but only after I painted it. I have no clue where it came from, it just sort of evolved. 
  • writing adroit, poignant to the point of politely rude emails to MPs, the Health Department … basically anyone who is messing around with my nearest and dearest and shredding them to pieces Leo Merc in the 3rd house style. If I really MUST make an appearance at a meeting with these dreaded bureaucrats it seems that my “don’t eff around with me boots”, skinny black jeans, and cute screen print hedgehog T-shirt do the trick. In the past 12 months, I have literally shamed so many senior heads of this or that department that my name must be on some official Blacklist. And I always get what I want.
  • I flat out refuse to dye my hair anymore. It’s silver. Like not grey – it’s super silver. I see young women pay over 200 bucks to get this color. Crazy I know.

So anyway back to this curve business, where do you reckon I am on the spectrum? I seem to have pretty much manifested every single thing I ever wanted down to fine details … it’s kinda weird. Maybe I’m a bit paranoid and waiting for “normality” to hit again i.e. life is just an endless Sisyphus saga.

Whaddya reckon?

Cheers

Prowlncrab

Prowlncrab,

You’re there already! This is so Uranus in Taurus! Also, some garden inspo: The renowned gardens of Babylon were actually at Nineveh, AND at least one of them featured a herb garden with 15 sections, one for each of the Behenian Fixed Stars. But if Leo is in the 3rd house, that means you probably have the trio of Sea-Goats in your 8th house and clearly it suits you! 

Hello Mystic,

Greetings from Aotearoa in these interesting times. We’re all safe and snug here in maximum lock-down. Our finances are set to cope with the unexpected (but not indefinitely, please goddess!) and we’re permitted unlimited walks and outdoor time. The local golf course is even turning a benevolent blind eye to everyone popping in to swan around the grass and trees to take their local exercise at an appropriate distance from one another and commune with elegantly clipped nature.

The PM, Jacinta Ardern seems to be doing her Uranus Opposition pretty well (I wonder what her astro is?)but I have a far more frivolous question; There was the initial panic buying of toilet rolls and tinned and frozen foods here but that has subsided (NZ makes its own toilet paper after all) After that little episode the supermarkets have stayed pretty well stocked except that since lockdown was announced there’s been an ongoing shortage of flour at the supermarkets. I mean it’s still there from time to time, but everyone’s buying such quantities our suburban local even brought in (and promptly sold out of) industrial-sized 14kg bags. Is this collective need to bake our way out of a crisis (or squish our fingers through homemade playdough) a Uranus in Taurus thing?

What do you think?  Best regards, and infinite and continuing thanks for your ongoing positive outlook and sage words. Remember to be kind to yourself too.

Kia maia. Kia haumaru.

Michaela

Hi Michaela!

This took so long to post that you’re not in hard lockdown anymore, although our Melbourne people are. (*Waves, Shouts – How are you doing?!) Jacinta Ardern – the New Zealand prime minister –  was born in 1980 – her Uranus Opposition is a while away! Her birth time is not known publicly and I know many people are interested in rectifying it but I have a theory. She came into the broad world spotlight via a horrible event, the Christchurch mosque mass homicides, via her handling of the situation and her speech at the memorial a few weeks after it. 

I think she is Aries Rising, born at about 11.30 pm and that places her Capricorn Moon on the Midheaven. It also means she would have Pluto opposite her ascendant natally; that explains her.  Whether you like her politics or not, she’s supremely successful and driven. Then again, she looks Capricorn Rising and that puts her natal Mars on the Midheaven, in Libra – which totally works! 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has Mars at the same degree of Libra as Jacinta Ardern and conjunct her Midheaven.

And yes, baking! It’s instinctive and it’s Uranus in Taurus. More cooking for yourself and growing food – less dial-in meals and big agri-business. It would have happened anyway, the plague is just speeding it up. I think the toilet paper syndrome is perfectly logical btw.  In the olden days, pandemics and infestations were caused by a lack of sanitation: there was no plumbing. People dumped their bucket of excrement over their balcony or, if you were lucky, you could put it in a bucket and someone came past to collect it. And no, handwashing was not a thing. 

So instinctively, deep in our DNA, we remember that or feel it anew and naff or not, rolls of pristine white (or brown if you are more eco) symbolize that the sanitation angle of life, at least, is under control. My more extended raves about all this are here but briefly, how speedy has the Uranus in Taurus manifestation been?!

Dear Mystic,

I’m wondering do businesses have star signs and are they influenced by their astrological makeup?

I am on the verge of launching a project I have (like a good little goat during her Saturn transit) been grinding over for the past two-plus years and would obvs prefer it to have favorable qualities.

I ask because the previous business I launched back in 2013 SEEMED auspicious timing. For one thing, it was on my birthday in January and the best of all planets were circulating – Venus, Jupiter and the moon rocked up to the launch party. It was a delightful evening BUT as the years went on the business itself felt SO SATURNINE! It was a real slog and I only ever received what I put into it…e.g. any $$$ spent on exhibition events etc would yield almost the exact amount I paid in fees and some extra for my time no matter how popular my product was. Suffice to say it never really took off.

I need this project to have WINGS. I’ve done the hard slog putting one hoof in front of the other and now I’m almost at the peak and ready to release. So I have missed the air opportunity of launching in Aquarius…the question now is do I hit the launch button in watery, magical Pisces or wait a couple more days for fiery, energetic Aries? OR do I now wait what could potentially be months for COVID-19 to settle?

AND does the nature of the business make a difference? My project is a digital dream platform where dreamers can sign up, create a dreamfolio (digital dream journal) and then share their dreams online and have them either interpreted by a dream therapist or select an online dream therapy session. Perhaps it would be auspicious to have Neptune on board in this case? Or do I just say fuq it and launch at the next upcoming new moon??

I realize this is probably not the best climate in which to launch but I figure with all self-isolation people may become more in tune with their dreams. Who knows, maybe someone could even incubate a dream with the formula to the COVID-19 vaccine!

What would Mystic do?

Thanks so much in advance for your insights,

Ready-to-launch Sea-Goat xx

P.s. I also wanted to let you know that your daily horoscopes have kept me on track and inspired with this project and I thank you!

Warm regards,

Martina Kocian

The Dream Doctor | BA Psychology

Dear Martina, 

This is a really interesting concept. If you have not yet, please tell Robert Moss about it! His book The Secret History Of Dreaming outlines the importance of dreams to our culture, it is both learned and inspirational. Your idea seems like a digital version of the old dream temples. So I would launch it in the week following the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius! 

That is legit new era astrology, the first Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius since the 14th Century. And Neptune will be square the Nodes then, so apt for a futuristic enterprise that also echoes the way society honored dreams in the past. 

Hello Mystic,

I’ve been a long-term follower of your sage advice for some time, learning so much about Saturn and Saturn returns over the years. My question to you is this: do long-term relationships go through a Saturn return? It seems that it may be true, especially if my last year or so is any indicator. My long-term partner and I are heading into year 29 and the only thing that can accurately describe our emotional journey over the last year or so is Saturn.  So.Much.Saturn. In fact, our relationship’s exact Saturn return is in a couple of weeks. This feels like a “duh” moment, but after a search on your blog, I could not find a specific answer to this question.

Thanks for your thoughts.

– Disreputable Menses

Dear Disreputable Menses, 

Totally! Everything that has a start or a birth date can have a Saturn Return if it lasts long enough. So 29 years is such a monumental cycle. And yes, it would feel Saturnine in that Saturn makes people more aware of time passing and of structural fragility or inequity in the relationship. It’s not the same burning-hot rebellion of a Uranian uproar or a Plutonic seethe but Saturn back to where it was when you began that relationship is a natural pause and assess period. 

AND, to complicate matters, Saturn is inseparable from Pluto until December. So since April 2019 and until December 2020 – with a really intense spike from Oct 2019 through until Feb 2020, any normal Saturn business was spiked with Pluto potion. Ie: Much more powerful and potentially overwhelming. I am not sure what Saturn means for you but I hope it’s good or, if not, I wish you clarity! 

Hi Mystic,

I am very thankful to be a Member and get all the goodies and insight you give us every day. I have a question for these incredible times we are currently going through: say one has an amazing transit coming up and, well, you are possibly still going to be locked down for most of it.

And say this aspect is pretty amazing and not going to happen for 12 more years or maybe never in this life: how is one supposed to behave?  I am talking specifically about Jupiter on the birth chart North Node in the fifth house and the NN transiting on Venus at the same time in the 10th house, but I would like this not to be an answer to my personal transits, but to all of us out there experiencing uber amazing trines to the 10th house or marvelous conjunctions and mostly once in a lifetime kinda things.

Is it going to play out anyway?

Yes, I am a Virgo rising and with Pluto in the first house, so you might understand the frustration!

Thanks in advance and keep up the great work.

xxx

D.

Yes D! A good transit is a good transit, even if you can’t go charging around the place. The energy is still there, shaping subtle streams of consciousness and strange synchronicity formula that no human can understand. It’s just hard to pick up on it in the roar of the Outer Planet influences and, the logistics mean that you may not understand just how it manifested until later. Jupiter on the North Node is an opening or an opportunity, maybe the scene is set and the players are on the stage later than anticipated? 

Hi Mystic,

I attended a Kundalini yoga class today – loved it, but when I started researching the chants involved I discovered a lot of reports of Kundalini yoga being dangerous because it can prompt an awakening or “rising” of energy that is too powerful from within one’s own body.  Reports of harm include psychosis, visions, uncontrollable bliss that is out of balance, etc.

I am Neptune Rising in Scorpio – and feeling pretty solid mentally/emotionally, but wondering if you’ve heard of this phenomenon being a thing and whether Neptunian people may be particularly susceptible. I have read that some practitioners use psychoactive substances to prompt their awakening – so perhaps that is really the culprit.

Bottom line though, I still think if one is in touch with grounding forces within and especially has already done the soul mining/healing work inherent to all of the recent Saturn/Pluto and Capricorn influences, any energy unleashed should be just another aspect of self-awareness and not extreme.

However, I look forward to your brilliant analysis of these issues.

Interestingly, shortly after I wrote to you, my Qigong teacher mentioned a similar phenomenon while instructing the class.  When I questioned him afterward, he told me he had combined psychedelics with his practice and ended up in a hospital in Hawaii that treats matters specific to Qi energy gone amuck.

Nevertheless – despite the substance use – he maintains internal childhood trauma could be unleashed during Kundalini/Qi practice for even sober students.

Finally, there are a number of Christian anti-yoga advocates who emphasize the dangers of these forms of practice.

Thanks,

Dina

Hi Dina!

I know Jung said he thought it was too much for some people but I don’t get it. I did one class and maybe it was the teacher but I didn’t get it. We lay down the whole time and she talked about waves. The moment I began to sense a whiff of mold in the bolster, I knew I was fuqed. I’d gone hoping for a “Jung would be concerned” level of psycho-intensity and wound up trying to recall whether mold and lice were anti-ethical to one another, wondering if it would be safe to nebulize tea-tree oil.

And then I read the Sexually Transmitted Karma theory from one Kundalini yoga practitioner and that was it for me.

Additionally, Christian anti-people emphasize the dangers of heaps of things: Divorce, gayness, pentagrams…However, I think if you feel relaxed and energized by the practice, go for it. However, if you want a qi tune-up before more yoga, consider an acupuncture consult.

Also, with Neptune Rising in Scorpio, even if there was some weird Qi scrambling vibe or the teacher was on Space Dust, you’d channel it all and zap it all back to them.

Thoughts?

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Earthstar
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Earthstar
September 16, 2020 2:07 pm

Hi All. Just joined after admiring MM’s site for ages, and laughing hysterically at her articles/fawning over the photography/art. (Just one month for starters; and hopefully longer from Oct.) 70’s child, Pisces Midheaven, Aries Sun, Taurus Asc, Gem Moon. I guess this means i’ve got that quarter covered, lol.. So the commentary on kundalini energy was the catalyst that spurred me to finally join, because there is a great site about it (and a good few books, which I’ve also read) from a clinical psychotherapist and practising Buddhist, Tara Springett (www.taraspringett.com). My understanding is, that it is an ancient energy… Read more »

Unicorn Sparkles
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Unicorn Sparkles
September 15, 2020 8:47 pm

Prowlncrab – have missed seeing your comments on here so much.

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 15, 2020 8:09 pm

I have natal Saturn in Aries 2nd house opposite Mars in Libra 8th house.

Can someone please explain this difficulty?

davidl
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davidl
September 15, 2020 11:12 pm

Transiting Saturn in Capricorn has been squaring your natal Saturn and squaring your mars. Off and on for 2 years. Saturn sq Saturn is every 7 years of the full cycle. Like a quarterly, in your case, 3rd quarterly report on issues that will come to a head in 7 years when you get your 2nd return. I would say that the quarterly report is highlighting issues more than closing them out. It’s what you do with what’s noted that counts now. If you hide them under the carpet then in 7 years things could get more difficult. If you… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 16, 2020 12:39 am
Reply to  davidl

Oh God bless your cotton socks davidl. I escaped small town madness last October and found a cabin in nature. I am surrounded by nature and bats and it’s only a 15 minute walk to town. Yes Saturn has been a hard task master. After a major health scare I was forced to re-evaluate my life and lifestyle. I felt like I was being cut to the bone and was being asked “Do you really value yourself..”. I realised I had lost my integrity. So I made small but steady steps to get it back. This is definitely 2nd house… Read more »

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 16, 2020 12:41 am
Reply to  davidl

I mean 56.

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 16, 2020 1:02 am

I though Saturn Return would read as Saturn conjunct Saturn. Maybe it is and my timeline just cuts short.

I read the description of Saturn square natal Sun. That sound hard. Is that Saturn return?

Skarab
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Skarab
September 17, 2020 7:41 am

Many people think that Saturn Returns happen at exactly ages 28 & 56, but they can happen anywhere between the ages 27-31 (for the 1st return) and 56-60 (for 2nd return).
You could google “Saturn Return calculator” – there are many free sites that do it & they also show the squares & oppositions.

davidl
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davidl
September 14, 2020 9:06 pm

Prowlncrab, I’ve always had that feeling of ‘home’ around you. Your note above pretty much describes the attributes of my kataka mother. Especially the handling of bureaucrats and government depts. I watched over the years the overturning of many decisions made by these poor innocents who had absolutely no idea that they were wrong until mother with incredible certainty explained it to them in triplicate with the minister and if necessary the PM Cc’d. Over 30 years she worked in a multi national corporate as the CEOs personal assistant, over 5 CEOs she remained … she met and organized all… Read more »

S
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S
September 14, 2020 9:37 pm
Reply to  davidl

Thank you for sharing about your Mum, so beautifully written.

davidl
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davidl
September 14, 2020 1:42 pm

Uncontrollable bliss ? As opposed to controlled bliss ? Ummm

Saturn in Pisces
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Saturn in Pisces
September 14, 2020 7:00 am

Totally with you on Kundalini, Mystic. I recently extricated myself from an unfortunate quarantine-induced experimentation with “yogic celibacy” that I picked up from a Kundalini teacher who also believes in sexually transmitted karma. Two weeks ago upon ending this torture my life starting working again. Self-imposed sexual repression is really bad for basic life functioning. My new #1 “red flag” with any spiritual practitioner is making weird claims that amount to shaming people for natural sexuality. Also SUPER excited to dive into the Astrological Guide to Divorce mp3 – I am severing a long-term business partnership and looking forward to hearing… Read more »

Hel
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Hel
September 13, 2020 11:57 pm

About kundalini awakening, ayp.net ( advanced yoga practices) is a good site. Written by an ingeneire who has been a yogi for the last 40 years. So the language is very down to earth and presise. I was having an awakening of the kundalini a few years back, and i felt his site was the most informative. If the kundalini wants to rise you cannot actually stop it ( i tried), and if its not ready, you cannot make it rise. ( or you can trigger it into rising partly, usually from heart and up, which will play havoc on… Read more »

Hel
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Hel
September 14, 2020 12:28 am
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Now, when looking at the astro it was in the Zap zone, and making all sorts of hard aspects to my planets and angles. And it was fantastic. I went from very level headed, hard working atheist, to outer planet blissful orgiastic, trippy fantasy. Its quite incredible really that the body/mind can do that. And the extremes of it passed. Thankfully.

Gemyogi
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Gemyogi
September 13, 2020 9:16 pm

Heyyy this brings up a lot of concerns… I’d just like to say use your intuition peeps! Your body and soul know what is good for you and what is aligned with your path. Trust your own wisdom. Slow down. Think about what nourishes you and what you love 💕 And follow that. Blessings to all xxxxx

S
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S
September 13, 2020 3:47 pm

I feel heard, validated and possibly triggered by all these brave folks that have emailed MM. Prowlncrab you have no idea how you have articulated my vibrational concerns too. I’ve got so many crystals and other trickery in my bra just to cope with my safety, then to ground and nurture my empathetic vibrational field. Now rocking Black Spruce oil to ward off fuel station fuqery. The Oracle was right about the perfume switch. Not so sure about me being in love in the Scorpio season. COVID19 is how I have been living my life for many years. It’s fearful… Read more »

annafras
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annafras
September 13, 2020 2:32 pm

Neptune Rising in Scorp here. My experience with Kundalini Meditation practice is decades long–I think we’re talking about prepping for awakening vs. sudden awakening. If you kind of “earn” your way there through practice it’s fine. Otherwise it’s like putting 100 watts through a 20 watt bulb. That being said, yeah… either way one can never go back into the box.

emg
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emg
September 13, 2020 11:12 pm
Reply to  annafras

Really ?. I’m a bit like mystic even though I’ve neptune in Scorpio 8th on my sn and am pisces rising. Very neptune but struggle to get my feet and head out of reality. Maybe I should give it a go. I love yoga asthanga mostly and have had wild telegraphed stuff after. So maybe I ought to see if I can open the channels seeing as neptune is also on my asc as we speak.

Jacqui
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Jacqui
September 13, 2020 10:08 am

I crave conversations like this! I just had a Jupiter almost direct epiphany, I need a tribe upgrade. Stat. XxXx

lisa.astro
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lisa.astro
September 13, 2020 8:10 am

The name Kundalini Yoga has an allure- suffering a damaged reputation of late & rightly so- plenty of factual & historical light shed here.
http://podcast.yogicstudies.com/1046752/3956150-4-philip-deslippe-making-sense-of-yogi-bhajan-s-kundalini-yoga

Wish Upon a Star
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Wish Upon a Star
September 15, 2020 8:11 pm
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I listened to the whole podcast. It is very interesting.

lisa.astro
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lisa.astro
September 13, 2020 7:34 am

Hi Dina,
With respect to Kundalini yoga, self-reflection & ‘right motive’ is key. If a person is grasping for peak transcendental experiences, or using the practice for attainment of spiritual powers, it can create problems. Spiritual bypassing 101. If you know your astro & can flow with cosmic rhythms, brilliant! Yes, trauma, past patterning, conditioning, karmas will likely be released through yogic practices, which is why care & wisdom in oneself and one’s teacher/s are required.

MollyBlueDawn
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MollyBlueDawn
September 13, 2020 6:08 am

It sounds to me like Prowlncrab may be ultrasane! I’d love to see her painting, and her garden, and her hedgehog shirt!

emg
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emg
September 13, 2020 11:14 pm
Reply to  MollyBlueDawn

Agreed. I felt so in tune with what was said. I’m even going back to my natural colour ?!?!!

ddamascenaa
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ddamascenaa
September 13, 2020 2:53 am

To the person wondering about biz launching, I’d recommend looking into electional astrology — it’s more part of the classical/traditional side of astro, but when it comes to finding maximally auspicious times to start things, it’s unparalleled.

And with Kundalini yoga and the crisis of awakening kundalini, Amber Devany Wolfe (creatrix of the maximally Neptunian Serpentfire Tarot) wrote a bunch of IG posts on that phenom a couple years ago. Super interesting stuff.

isa
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isa
September 14, 2020 3:01 am
Reply to  ddamascenaa

thank you for referencing this gorgeous tarot deck. I googled it and even though I’m not interested in tarot this deck really is a trip! it felt like being inside a dream. I’m suffering from lack of sunshine/beach/colours in general, so this really made my day 🙂

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