in the dark {new moon in virgo}

New Moon in Virgo
September 20 | 1:30 AM EST
28 DEGREES

Until the Moon renews, we're in a Dark Moon phase. You can't see la luna at night anymore & energy may similarly become invisible. It seems many are feeling this strongly right now- I think Dark Moons in Leo (the sign before Virgo) are super potent because Leo is about our self esteem, our creativity, & our power. All things we need to align with to do the work of Virgo. I feel like right now we're preparing for what we may not even be able to see is coming. We're cleaning & cleansing & adjusting details- which is what Virgo does best in any scenario. The Sorter, the Healer, the Aid, the Hermione... 

As usual, I'm encouraging moon-children & mermaids to take extra care, extra rest, & extra love during the Dark Moon. This is the portal where we eliminate any unnecessary shit so we can get clear about our intentions, so we can actually give birth. I always imagine myself in a dark room alone, doing nothing but feeling everything, crying saltwater, & leaving refreshed. That's the kinda process that is going on in some way with the general energy of Dark Moons. 

They're also an excellent time for magic, ritual magic- which is another specialty of Virgo. Infusing the mundane with the Divine. Bringing thought (Mercury, Virgo's planetary ruler) into Earth (Virgo's element). Whenever I write about Virgo I end up explaining the essence of the sign a lot because there's just something so solid & tangible about it, even though all this Virgo energy right now (Sun, soon-to-be Venus, Mercury, Mars) pulls  on my emotional Pisces Moon (the opposite sign of Virgo).

So, take it easy & trust your urges to surrender & cleanse.  Write up some beautiful, sleek intentions for the New Moon in Virgo, integrate them into practical shit or support, & let them grow organically. This New Moon is an opportunity to put into practice all the Eclipse revelations, ground all the Leo fire so it keeps burning, & prepare for the liberation that will be the Full Moon in Aries on  October 5th. 


oxo
saltwater & stars

mermaid musings on magic

Thanks to Jena Schwartz's 10 Week writing group on SIGNS, I wrote in response to a prompt about the pursuit of magic. I want to share it here as it is super relevant to my work. I hope you find some magic in it for yourself. It is raw & unedited. <3 

Do you really want to know this? I don't think it's a pretty story. The pursuit of magic means losing everything, sometimes. It's surrender, really. Which sounds sublime but in actuality is one of the most painful processes. To release. 

I can't tell you about the pursuit of something until I define what it is, so you see the destination. Magic is synchronicity and power and free will. It's a mixture of everything we hate and everything we love and being able to choose. Magic is an incredible feeling, it's when you feel like you're on path, on your way, like things are good. And hell, magic is when things are terrible, on fire, dying. Magic is the choice to keep going. To continue living. To construct and deconstruct and reconstruct. That's magic. It's WORK. You sometimes fall into it or fall out of it but ultimately you make it. 

Magic is not giving other people, places, or things the power that belongs to you. Magic is the ownership of definition. Magic is autonomy. Simultaneously, magic is also interconnectedness. Merging. Partnerships. Magic is blending and choosing together. Magic is Everything. And yet, it is possible to be without it. 

This is why the pursuit of magic is actually painful. Because you must leave so much behind and say no so often, trusting that what you're saying yes to, the unknown, will be magical. The pursuit of magic can be life-giving, when you realize that magic is really your ability to expand your capacity for power and the unknown. 

Magic is Paradox. Isn't that life? 

The pursuit of magic is a pinnacle overlooking a long, bright river. You think about jumping but you don't. You just sit and appreciate. The pursuit of magic is sex- it takes consciousness, attention, intention, and trust. Making love to life. The pursuit of magic is your heart shattering in a million pieces over and over again and yet somehow you think this is what life is supposed to be so you stay with it, eventually changing your mind. The freedom is breathtaking then. 

The pursuit of magic is burning with a rage so pure that you would do anything for the ones you rage for. Give endless time, resource, and energy for just a little reprieve. Justice. Liberation. The pursuit of magic is burning with a rage so dark you can't see yet somehow, you do no harm. But you never take any shit either. That's magic. How few get there, how long it takes to arrive. 

The pursuit of magic is a beautiful, tragic, story that not actually all of us tell because not everyone will choose. It is rare to want to choose the pursuit; it's exhausting. There is no instant gratification. There is little recognition. 

I think the secret that keeps us in pursuit is that Magic is the one thing that really does last forever.

 

beyond the veil {mermaid musings}

Happy Full Moon 🌕💧✨

@ 3:03 AM EST the Full Moon was exact at 14 Degrees of Pisces. It is an extra nebulous & watery cosmic event not only because la luna is FULL, in the saltwater sign of Pisces, but Neptune in Pisces is ON the moon. Illumination will be had, along with release, surrender, & reclamation. Neptune/Pisces is the end of all things, the ultimate transition points. The Everything Must Go Sale. The ghosts that need release from this realm. Mercury is DIRECT so that's cool but ultimately we're still taking it slow & steady. Stabilization & flow. 

There's that scene in Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix where his godfather Sirius is killed & falls into this whispering veil those of them that had familiarity with death were drawn to, in the Department of Mysteries. This is what this Full Moon reminds me of. What comes after Death? After destruction? When everything is burning & drowning & holy fuck where the hell is Gd? Why is it still raining? Who has to be the Messiah understudy? What's beyond the veil? Why is it whispering to me? 

Ripped myself out of bed which is hard to do when the Full Moon is in Pisces and my own Moon is too. I had a candle burning on my moon & water altar until the wee hours of the morning & put another one on at 6 AM. For all the islands, for Houston, for the fires...para mi patria Puerto Rico. I have waves of grief running through me & yet...we function anyway. And sometimes we don't. It is what it is. I was constantly up last night checking the status of the Hurricane & Puerto Rico. Will be praying today. 

I'd like to leave you some pro tips for dealing with Pisces- my natal moon is in Pisces (in the house of Scorpio, the Phoenix) so I am familiar with the process. Surrender is definitely essential- which does not mean doing nothing necessarily, though it can. It is more indicative of not obsessing over what is out of your control, managing your energetic directions so that you are sending the most love. Our rage is really love. Our pain is really love. Deep, painful, powerful love. I fucking hate hearing this when I'm furious  & hurting, but it's the lesson of Pisces. Getting to the undercurrent of everything. 

Make time to be alone/in space. Pray, even if you've forgotten how to, you can follow the urge if you have it. This is a marvelous time for magic, especially in the arena of release/healing/compassionate altruism. Don't force, don't push. If you must be driven or motivated, focus on the love, pull up from the deep well. If it is dry, your first priority is to fill it right now. 

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Time for café con leche. I leave you with the incredibly soothing & sultry musicals of Sabrina Claudio. I could watch these videos forever. I highly recommend listening to Orion's Belt next. 
 

oxo
saltwater & stars