venus retrograde diaries [#StarsAndSymbols]

one way of differentiating a retrograde planet from a planet moving in its regular direct motion is to consider the ‘re’ prefix. words such as review, revisit, and revise come to mind. different planets, when retrograde, might warrant different ‘re’ verbs. for example, the energy of venus revolves around individual values, so we may find ourselves forced to re-evaluate some aspect of our lives when venus is retrograde.


venus happens to be retrograde now, actually, and i can attest to this cosmic re-evaluation, as I am experiencing my own version of it. most noticeably i am re-evaluating my own home. now that i think about it, this particular venus retrograde [from the mid degrees of aries back to the last few degrees of pisces] is traversing my 4th house, which is related to home and the innermost private life away from the public eye, so it is no wonder i looking at my living space with new eyes.

long story short, i love where i live now. it took me about 2 years, give or take a few months, to arrive at this conclusion, but i am enamored with altadena. for those who have never heard of it, or know little about it, altadena is just north of pasadena in los angeles county, right outside the city. located  in the foothills of the san gabriel mountains, altadena is like a quaint, green, mountainous refuge high up and away from the rest of the city of angels. initially, when i first moved here from the suburbs of atlantic city, new jersey, this distance i speak of was the exact problem i perceived.

altadena was too far removed for me to feel like i was getting the true LA experience. people familiar with the area were quick to correct me if i made the mistake of saying i lived in LA (“that’s not LA”), and i know it’s not (technically), but it’s easier sometimes to say LA and keep it casual in superficial “small talk”-type conversations. as someone who is drawn to big cities, i wanted desperately to be in the thick of things, especially since my job is in the middle of hollywood. since i have no car here, my commute from altadena to hollywood (which warrants its own article) is what some would call a “super-commute”, and it took a lot of time to get used to it. speaking of having no car, it can be tedious to enjoy a social life in a city that is as sprawling and widespread as los angeles. nightlife, in particular, has been a hassle, because the metro is virtually nonexistent after midnight, and uber/lyft rides add up if used immoderately. these are some of the reasons i wasn’t completely satisfied living in altadena. until now, that is.


i don’t know quite what elicited the shift, but i know that i appreciate altadena so much more than i used to, especially since venus has been retrograde. here are 8 of my favorite things (in no particular order) about this small town, which i am now referring to as my LA safe haven:

  1. racial diversity
    i love the fact that i see black and latino families walking out of these big, beautiful homes to tend to their lawns, sit on their porches, etc. as young person of color, this is both inspirational and aspirational.
  2. real estate
    speaking of big, beautiful homes… there are some big, beautiful homes here. i often find myself walking paths that i wouldn’t normally walk because i’ve spotted a gorgeous piece of property.
  3. nature
    LA is notorious for its smog, but the air up in altadena seems fresher than the rest of the city. maybe it’s all the trees, this town is located directly below the angeles national forest. my street in particular (santa rosa ave) is lined with hundreds of cedar deodar trees.
  4. christmas tree lane
    so my street, with all the cedar trees, is nicknamed christmas tree lane, and since 1920, it has been a popular holiday destination. every december, the trees are decorated with christmas lights, and people drive from all over to see it with their families. it goes until the new year, and i can see it all from my kitchen window/front yard.
  5. hiking trails
    thanks to some of the aforementioned treasures, i take regular walks around my neighborhood, and if i walked far enough uphill, i run into some cool trails, most recently the altadena crest trail, which i found by accident last time my curiosity drove me from my house to the northernmost edge of my path. there’s also eaton canyon to the east of me, and that trail is distinguished by oasis-like waterfall that you will meet at the finish line.11109022_1613614442231154_7239981195780805647_n.jpg
  6. local eats
    my appetite is surprisingly big for such a skinny guy, and thankfully, i don’t have to go too far for good food. around the corner from me, just above the intersection of lake & mariposa, are two of my go-to eateries: park bench grill (an intimate black-owned soul food establishment with especially good sandwiches) and el patron (a small, but solid Mexican restaurant with affordable ways to get drunk).
  7. altadena library district
    i live directly across from the altadena library, which means i have access to a wealth of information, not to mention a wealth of people circulating in and out of my immediate environment. when i’m not reading/writing/loitering on the computer inside of the library (especially since my laptop stopped working), i am sitting on my front porch, observing the locals with whom i share this area.
  8. theosophical society
    right up the street from my house, on the corner of santa rosa and mariposa, is the theosophical society international headquarters. i know very little of theosophy, but i know it’s occult-oriented, and i’m sure they chose altadena for a reason. i just wonder what it is…

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Ashé Oracle Forecast: 3/13/2017 [#StarsAndSymbols]

🔮 Ashé Oracle Forecast 🔮
Week of Monday, March 13, 2017 📆


1.) “How can I enhance my life this week?”
🔮: Petro [Fire] / La Place

It is important for those who care about fairness and the laws of balance in this world to see both sides of a situation before coming to a conclusion. If there is no timeline imposed upon this process, however, it might never be done. The flames of this card, which represent the intersection of the individual life force and the universal heartbeat, grow more powerful, and they represent the urgency of my circumstances that accelerates action. This time, instead of going around it, I must walk through the fire so that I may be more alive on the other side. 🌟

2.) “What must I resolve this week?”
🔮: 6 of Rada [Air] / Erzulie Freda Dahomey

What happens when the aesthetic is exposed as illusion? “Resolution is found in emotional catharsis,” says the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot book by Louie Martinié. This looks like the other side of the ideal, where the fantasy is disturbed by a fleeting glimpse of reality. 🌟

3.) “What mystery is being revealed this week?”
🔮: 3 of Congo [Water] / Man Man Brigitte (Reversed)

The difference between a problem and a solution is the death-defying perspective of the one who dares to identify the best angle of a scene that most others would consider tragic. 🌟

This is for me and anyone who shares my vibration. Have beautiful, New Moon week. I wish you the best 💙

Ashé Oracle Forecast: Week of 3/6/2017 [#StarsAndSymbols]

 Ashé Oracle Forecast
Week of Monday, March 6, 2017


1.) “What is my greatest potential this week?”
: 9 / Couché

I am at my best when I transcend the regularly scheduled program. It is beneficial for me to continue to designate a space that functions as a sanctuary so that I will have time to process all of my experiences. Once this process of personal integration is complete, it will be evident that I am reborn.

2.) “What is being asked of me this week?”
: 6 of Congo / Shi-Li-Bo Nouvavou [Reversed]

We are all blessed with the ability to be one with the spirit of The Creator, but at the same time, we have all dealt with blockages that have made self-expression harder than it had to be. Because I am thankful for the information that inspires me to breakthrough barriers so that I may manifest the most fulfilling life, perhaps it is my responsibility to make my “secret” more accessible by sharing my process. In order to lead by example, I must be make sure I’m on point, so this task is mutually beneficial.

3.) “What mystery is being revealed to me this week?”
: 6 of Petro / Legba La Flambeau

At the end of the day (or is it the beginning?), I will finally know the marvelous ecstasy of personal victory. I imagine that the moment of my first big win is so divinely rewarding that it suspends time and elevates the joy of newfound success to the realm of eternity in which it becomes accessible at will.


This is for me and anyone who shares my vibration. Have beautiful week. To conclude this week’s reading, here is the new video from Jidenna. It’s called “Bambi” and it’s track #1 on my March ’17 Playlist, which you can listen to if you have a Tidal account [and if you have some other streaming service, look below for the tracklisting so you can recreate it on your own]. I like this song because its lyrics draw from themes of karma and repercussion, not to mention it is loaded with animal symbolism.

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The Moon is…#StickyNoteAstrology]

Since it’s Monday [aka Moon-day], I am sharing lunar-influenced Sticky Note Astrology!


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Ashé Oracle Forecast: Week of 2/27/3017 [#StarsAndSymbols]


🔮 Ashé Oracle Forecast 🔮
Week of Monday, February 27, 2017 📅

1.) “What is my greatest potential this week?”
🔮: 9 of Santería / Yemayá

When the Great Mother delivers, her content will eclipse everything else. I am blessed to bear witness to her fecundity, to embrace and be embraced by all the overflowing love that the moonlight, as both an archetype and a luminary fixation, has to offer. 🌟

2.) “What is being asked of me this week?”
🔮: 3 of Congo / Manman Brigitte

Something is telling me to continue to cultivate my relationship with my ancestors. To “exhume those bodies” as Ms. Viola Davis so eloquently articulated last night at the Oscars. 🌟

3.) “What mystery is being revealed to me this week?”
🔮: 3 of Rada / Guedeh

An excerpt from the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot book reads, “The aspect of this card emphasizes the saturnine qualities of Guedeh’s character.” I ran across this word, “saturnine”, earlier in a Harry Potter book during my long bus ride to work. I was vaguely familiar with it, because I study astrology, but it really resonated with me today. I planned to use it in a sentence sometime this week. I guess this is it… Or is it? 🌟

sInnIstIr“, the latest video from GypjaQ evokes this week’s card with great synchronicity. Get into it…

These weekly tarot readings are for me and anyone who shares my vibration. Have beautiful New Moon week. I wish you the best, always!


Ashé Oracle Forecast: Week of 2/20/2017 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Ashé Oracle Forecast:
Week of Monday 2/20/2017



Card 1: “What is my greatest potential this week?”
🔮: 7 of Congo – La Sirène

It is within my power to prompt interpersonal revelations. If I choose to acknowledge the access I have to disparate domains, I will be able to make memorable connections that might otherwise go unmade.


Card 2: “What is being asked of me?”
🔮: 2 of Santería – Olofi

For the sake of adjusting to this ever-active cycle of personal growth, I must continually re-align my energetic body in response my shifting state of being. It is important that I move around this world in a way that both celebrates and stimulates my creative potential through all the various stages of my development.


Card 3: “What mystery is being revealed to me this week?”
🔮: 13 – Les Morts

By the time this week is over, I will have attained a greater awareness of the line that separates life and afterlife. Perhaps the best way to begin this process is to speak with some spirit who knows what it feels like to live through death.


I pull these cards for me and anyone else aligned with the frequency of my vibration. This is our best week, so let’s live it in the best possible way, with God’s grace and the love of our ancestors… 🙏 If you have any questions, or if you are interested in a personal reading of your own, slide all in the way in my DM. Shout-out to Louie Martinié who created this New Orleans Voodoo Tarot Deck with Sally Ann Glassman.

Weekly Tarot 2/13/2017 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Weekly Tarot Reading: 📅 Monday, 2/13/2017 🌟


Card 1:
“What Is My Greatest Potential This Week?”🔮: 9 of Swords

The best way to deal with anxiety is to use it as fuel for action. Now I am able to redirect the energy of my worries into excitement that I harness to fight through fear to personal victory. 🌟

Card 2:
“What Is Being Asked Of Me This Week?” 🔮: Ace of Wands

My task is to get back in touch with my creative roots. By revisiting my artistic origins, I reinvigorate my vision and revitalize my personal power, which means that whenever I share my next opus, the impression I make on the world will be stronger and more inspired. 🌟

Card 3:
“What Mystery Is Being Revealed To Me This Week?” 🔮: 10 of Cups

To see how the imagination impacts reality can be a trip. Having a clear vision of my ideal life is an intention unto itself, and the results I manifest in this phase of my life will be enough to suspend any disbelief that might have kept me from achieving my dreams. When the image of the fantasy to which I aspire is specific, then every action I take will move me to its realization, and that is the best happy ending anyone could ever imagine.  🌟

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Leo Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse 2017 [#StickyNoteAstrology]


Here’s your Leo Full Moon alert via #StickyNoteAstrology! This Full Moon is extra strong and extra special because it’s a lunar eclipse, which means we are all changing in major ways, and there’s no turning back from this. What is coming up for you?

Leo people (especially sun, moon, rising) are most atrongly affected by a heightened sensitivity. Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio types are also affected, to a lesser extent.