let’s trip: sagittarius full moon/friday the 13th [#StarsAndSymbols]

Friends are good for a great variety of benefits. Many of mine inspire me to be better, bolder, and to grow (it’s in my astrology). In fact, the more I am inspired, the more likely we are to experience a relationship of longevity, as opposed to the brief encounters I have notched in bedposts past. I am often inspired to travel beyond the limitations that normally keep me confined, whether these limits are mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical. As I write this I am in the process of packing (does thinking about packing count as packing?) for my second vacation this year.

I booked my ticket at the last-minute. Part of me thought it would be best not to go, considering I was just got back from New Orleans this past May. I have a full-time position at a high-end retail store in a casino. My friend invited me right when we got back home from our last trip, but “it wouldn’t be responsible for me to go.” That’s what I thought. But alas, something inside me loves to go places I’ve never been, and it’s damn near impossible to restrain. “Fuck it,” I said without opening my mouth as I clicked to confirm my flight. “If liberation is my intention, then I have to be free to roam.”

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I depart on the afternoon of Friday, the 13th of 2014, just hours after the astronomically exact the full moon in Sagittarius. A former coworker and fellow occultist informed me that this is the last Friday the 13th full moon until 2049, and in her words, “Vegas will be fuuuun that nite.” I believe her. As if full moons weren’t already notorious enough, the superstition of Friday the 13th adds an extra dose of Anything Can Happen.

As always, full moons happen once every 30 or so days [month = moon cycle] when the moon opposes the sun in the sky, each one in the same degree of opposite signs. This full moon is in Sagittarius, opposite the sun in Gemini. Oppositions are considered difficult aspects in astrology. They represent potential separation, confrontation, and challenge. Under the opposition of the full moon, it’s like we’re in an intense game of tug of war, being pulled back and forth by two equally strong competitors. In order to express ourselves as individuals [sun] we risk our emotional security [moon], as these two planets are as far away from each other as possible, while us earthlings are in the middle, trying our best to not to go insane [lunatic = luna = moon].

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like a prayer: gemini new moon [#StarsAndSymbols]

the most stimulating conversations are the ones that do not require an open mouth. an open heart is all that is needed to send and receive messages. it happens with the people we love, our best friends, those closest to us, and even strangers sometimes. we talk without saying a word, and more importantly, we listen to that which arises out of silence. this is a sign of divine communication.

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my best week: 3/9/14 [#StarsAndSymbols]

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let’s get lucky! that’s the least we can do with jupiter in the mix. even if we don’t get it right the first time, the largest planet in the solar system is like a goody bag of chances, restoring our faith in future possibilities. if there’s a risk, we want to take it, because whether we come up or crap out, jupiter is all about the experience and the wisdom that comes along with it. a small loss means very little in the grand scheme of things, so it pays to think expansively. sagittarius, the sign associated with jupiter, ups the ante by aiming for a big adventure. when we have a target in mind and an eye for opportunity, playing roulette doesn’t seem so irresponsible. with the odds in our favor, why wouldn’t we want to gamble?

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behind every grand prize is a page of fine print, so it is in our best interest to zoom to the grand vision we thought we saw so clearly, lest we miss an important detail. the 3rd house (in association with gemini, opposite sign of sagittarius) represents the lower logic needed to put together to pieces of the game-winning puzzle. it is great to live high stakes, but we would be foolish not to learn from every mistake and adapt our approach every step of the way. figuratively speaking, being flexibly intellectual increases the likelihood of hitting the lottery.

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coins flip: full moon in gemini [#StarsAndSymbols]

As much as my mind makes itself, my body can, in one minute maneuver of my mouth, manipulate existence beyond the boundaries of my most solid expectations. An abundance of confidence in my stance still cannot constrict the curious current that stimulates the very wires that keep me alive. I am connected to every facet of my spiritual being just as the fire is connected to the smoke that fills the air.

Are you aware of what I did there?

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grow [#ScrambledArt]

i don’t need any money or fancy cars
i don’t need to take pictures with superstars
i don’t need them to tell me what i can do
you don’t need me and i never needed you

i’m breaking free of the chain that surrounds me
i’m breaking free of the spell that has bound me
i’m breaking free of the jail that has held me
i don’t need you and you never needed me

[just watch me grow]

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gemini season [astroloco]

GEMINI SEASON
(May 20 – June 20)

In the stillness stirs a restless soul. What used to be whole has split in 2 making for a dualistic point of view. Whether it is fiction or the truth, it will not be boring. This is Gemini.

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learning the same thing twice: full moon/lunar eclipse in sagittarius [astroloco]

One thing that college taught me is that everyone has their own way of learning, on their own time. My process was very different than my classmates. I discovered that no matter how much I was programmed within the constraints of the classroom, I actually had to experience these lessons for myself in real life. Even if I failed an exam or BS’d my way through an entire course, it was not the end of the world, because I knew for a fact that I would get it when I was supposed to get it. For many years I would bust my ass to make the grade, until I finally decided to detach myself from the stiflingly rigid expectations of the American school system. Time, especially linear, is no longer a factor in my education.

Space is also an education non-factor for me. A classroom is anywhere in which we are conscious enough to teach and be taught. Wisdom is not exclusive to mountaintops and Mongolian monasteries. Wanderlust long distance journeys are great, but who says we have to run to the other end of earth to find what we are seeking? Sometimes the most meaningful moments are the stimulating conversations we have with the strangers we meet down the street at the market.

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For the past couple weeks, I have been driving an hour away to the nearest Whole Foods. I love the occasional day trip, but – between gas money and actually buying a week or two’s worth of groceries –  this was way too expensive to become a routine. Yesterday was my day off, and I decided to see what the regular grocery stores in my area had to offer. To my surprise, I found a lot of my favorite brands right in my local ShopRite. The selection, of course, is not extensive as the healthier grocery chains, but it is there for those of us who are looking to align our eating habits with the higher consciousness of the new paradigm. It’s a process, but it is happening.

All of our studies are coming to light under this Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius. The lessons we have learned, regardless of when and where, have everything to do with who we are and what we believe to be true. I am thankful for all of my experiences, because they are the adventures that have helped me discover myself, even when I felt lost.

Once upon a time, I was supposed to graduate yesterday. Although I didn’t step across the stage at Lincoln Center with the rest of the Class of ’13, I too survived this semester. My phantom leg has finally been severed after 3 months of limping, and I made it through the operation. Instead of trying to walk the way I used to, I am embracing my new gait, because there is no point in learning the same thing twice.

full moon/lunar eclipse: sagittarius [astroloco]

FULL MOON/LUNAR ECLIPSE in SAGITTARIUS
(May 25, 2013 @ 12:26 AM EST)

Illumination:
Education, belief, joy of experience

Reflection:
Are you spreading yourself too thin? Do you think your life lacks substance? Is your intellect being challenged as superficial or unfounded? Have you been sensationalizing the truth to keep yourself entertained?

Solution:
Stimulate the social sphere of your immediate environment by cleverly expressing the truth as you know it and opening your mind to the meaningfully expansive wisdom of other people’s perceptions

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venus [sagittarius]

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VENUS in SAGITTARIUS

There is pleasure to be found in growth, expansion, and abundance. Everything is turning to gold (or so it seems). It feels like we have the midas touch! Just don’t do too much… Overindulgence is never a good thing. Balance, people, balance.

a time for change [winter 2012]

I was biting into a piece of dry (ass) turkey meat on the afternoon of Thanksgiving 2012, when I decided it was time for me to become a vegetarian. This mid-bite revelation did not stop me from finishing my plate, but I am proud to say it was my one and only plate that day, which is quite unbelievable for a “growing boy” (of 22) such as myself on a “holiday” (ritual) that smugly challenges Americans to gain at least ten pounds before the following Monday. I also ate a slice of pepperoni pizza from Sbarro early the next morning while waiting for my family to finish Black Friday shopping. I am (only?) human.

This wasn’t the first instance I felt the vegetarian urge, so I wanted it to legitimize this time. I wanted to walk the walk. I decided to adopt a meat-free lifestyle for at least a month. What I would do after the thirty days was a mystery to me, but I put that thought on the backburner, and went for it.

Thirty days later, after much temptation (it should be illegal to have such intense NYC halal cart lamb and rice cravings), I reached my goal. I was a vegetarian for a solid month. I felt so good saying that, and it still feels good.

A few days later, I trekked home for winter break and let myself be corrupted by more “holidays”, a barrage of them in fact. First, I ate seafood (sushi, fried fish, shrimp). I tried not to guilt trip myself. “I’ll just be a pescatarian. That’s still cool,” I thought to myself as I downed several helpings the ocean’s “coolest” aquatic casualties. It was all good until I got a little too drunk at a Christmas Eve party and went for the cold chicken. Yes, the cold chicken. The other, other white meat.

Vomit. It happened.

Although my first response was to beat myself up for slipping up and breaking my stride, I realized that I have a long life to live, and each moment brings a new opportunity to stand back up and continue on my journey. We are currently in Capricorn Season. Capricorn is the sea goat that starts off at the bottom of the mountain and slowly climbs to the top. Capricorn is one of the most ambitious, determined signs, but that’s not say to say it doesn’t sometimes stumble on the way up. Instead of tearing myself down with negative self-talk (I was too hungover to form complex thoughts), I decided to rise, once again, to the challenge of vegetarianism.

Mars is in Aquarius as of Christmas Day. Mars represents desire and, subsequently, physical action. Aquarius, the water bearer, is the sign of revolutionary change and higher consciousness. The combination of Mars + Aquarius elicits a divinely progressive, conscious energy. We actively pursue [Mars] anything that will awaken us to a state of true liberation [Aquarius]. I can feel this lately, as I have seen so many people on the brink of life-altering realizations. All over Facebook, Twitter, and in even real life exchanges (they do exist), people are feeling the need to change their eating habits. Whether it’s vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or pesca-lamb-atarian (guess who invented that one), people are ready for change because they are now aware of what they are consuming and how it makes them feel.

In the fixed air sign of Aquarius, Mars has great mental willpower, which is perfect when it comes to fighting for ideals and causes. Aquarius is rebellious, however, and can be quite sudden and shocking with its unexpected shifts in direction. It could go either way.

With Mercury [mind] and Venus [values] in Sagittarius [expansion] right now, we are down to go the distance. Realistically speaking, Sagittarius [the centaur] is half-man/half-horse, so don’t be surprised if your initial moralistic enthusiasm turns into hypocrisy, as you give into your inner animal and fail to practice what you preach. Basically, Sagittarius promises big, but doesn’t always deliver. Fortunately, Sagittarius is optimistic and has great faith in the possibilities of tomorrow. Once Mercury and Venus join the Sun in the disciplined, persevering sign of Capricorn, it will be easier for us to stick with our goals.

Whether you want to change your diet, stop poisoning yourself with alcohol, or find the strength to kick your addiction to internet pornography (hey, it’s free), it helps to know what kind of planetary energy you’re working with. As they say… as above, so below. When the stars are beefing (pardon pun), so are we. If you give in, it’s not the end of the world. Refocus and keep going! In the words of a famous Capricornian crooner, “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.”