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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who doesn’t want to belong? – venus in cancer [astroloco]

It’s always a joy to recollect a night out, especially on Day 2 of hangover-recovery. Moments, like the fragmented body parts of the rain-sunken possum floating face down in the flower-pot outside, seem to surface to the top of my consciousness at the most random moments (when I was trying to find a good position not to vomit, for example). Overall, I feel the night was a success, and I mean that in the most liver-inconsiderate way.

You see, I don’t go out very often, so when I do… I really go out. Now that I am currently not in college, I think I try to overcompensate when I get a rare chance to party. It’s like a have a point to prove. My point on Saturday was the VIP section at Haven, a new nightclub in Atlantic City’s Golden Nugget casino.

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After not so subtly sneaking past the Cool Asians’ velvet rope and being subsequently removed, I proclaimed that I would be a VIP by the end of the night. Not that I’m not already Very Important, but um, HELLO…. bottle service and a seat! Who doesn’t want to sit and drink at a nightclub? Who doesn’t want to belong? Between breaking the dress code by wearing shorts (don’t ask me what happened to the pants I got in with), pole dancing during what I think was a sexy Rihanna song, and unsuccessfully VIP’ing myself, I knew I had to be a little more strategic, lest the security guard follow through on his threat to escort me out.

Finally, I spotted my savior. Across the dance-floor from the Cool Asians was a Hot Mom with an empty spot on her Very Important Couch. Instead of appearing thirsty and asking for a drink, I instead asked her if I could sit down next to her – you know, because I was sooo tired of dancing. Surprisingly, she agreed to let me have a seat, much to the disappointment of her not-as-hot friend who kept shaking her head at me.

Hot Mom invited me into her space like some of… mother. Without me having to ask, she poured me a drink as we introduced ourselves. Turns out she actually was a mother and she had bought out the VIP section for her friend’s birthday. I can’t recall her name, but she was nice and we are now Instagram friends. Like breast milk to a hungry baby, Hot Mom pacified my insatiable desire and made my Very Important Dream come true (does this sound Freudian to anyone else?).

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unplugged, but still connected – gemini season [astroloco]

Ask any astrologer about The Twins and they are sure to mention phones ringing off the hook, chirping incessantly with never-ending text messages, emails, tweets, and other ~extremely urgent~ notifications. While being barraged with streams of technological consciousness is a convenient way to stay in the know, I know how liberating it feels not to be reliant on a mobile device. I lost my phone 2 months ago, and although the majority of my peer group would have suffered some sort of psychotic episode in this situation, I have never been better!

I was fortunate enough to be born in the 1990s, a technological transition of sorts. Most of us indulged in television, and the occasional family was even privileged enough to own a PC, but it was virtually unheard of to stare at a screen outside of the house until the new millennium. Now it’s a novelty NOT to have a cell phone, tablet, or laptop on your person at all times.

The attachment we have to these devices is certainly a great shift considering how dependent we have come to be. The all-knowing intelligence of the smart phone and other similar gadgets are seemingly inescapable in an Orwellian kind of way, but that’s an idea for another day. Or is it…

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NSA anyone?

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conscious curiosity: gemini season [astroloco]

We should all hitchhike at least once in our lives. Right? Or have I been driven to the jaded edge of normalcy by one too many long walks to the bus stop? Either way, I have had the incurable urge to flip my thumb to the sky, left hand hand high, just to have the obligatory hitchhiking story to tell.

Walking the winding(ly straight) road from The Spa, my mind dazzled with the endless array of possible outcomes. Either I would be left hanging – outcast as perverse social scum, searching for trouble in the lowest way – or I would simply be offered a ride. Of course, and not so simply, the latter outcome would present a whole slew of scenarios. I could very well be kidnapped, but I could also meet the love of my life. Or my soul mate. Twin flame even? If I could only just, you know, actually hitchhike.

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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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plugged in, again: gemini season [astroloco]

Is it me or does it seem like Taurus Season has lasted for 2 years? Not in a bad way. It just seems to be taking its sweeeeet time. Typical Taurus. I guess you really CAN’T rush The Bull.

Gemini laughs at Taurus’ slow stability, so if you’re in need of some excitement, get ready to party with The Twins. Although there are already 3 planets [Mercury, Venus, Jupiter] in this social sign, Gemini Season officially starts next week with a stimulating stellium [3 or more planets conjunct]. If you’re looking for a little more variety and novelty, look no further.

My MacBook started rejecting the adapter’s charge last week. It wouldn’t start and I had no clue why. Uncertainty makes me anxious in the most urgent way. I could’ve easily went to get it diagnosed the same day, which is what I usually do. Instead, I took it as a sign that I needed a break from the convenience(?) of having a laptop.

I lasted a whole week without my computer (although there are other desktop computers in my house), which is quite a feat for someone like me who is accustomed (addicted) to staring at a screen. I forced forced to find other ways to spend time – you know, like we used to do once upon a time. The week I spent without my computer has definitely affected my relationship with technology. How? I will see in the next few weeks. My ultimate goal is to reduce the hours I spend plugged in.

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I picked up my MacBook from the Apple Store yesterday. I decided to ~splurge~ and upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion, which I wanted to do for a while. The difference isn’t that major, but The Twins appreciates even the slightest change of pace.

Gemini Season is all about staying connected, but being flexible enough not to get stuck in the muck of stagnating creature comforts. When a new episode begins to look like a rerun, it’s time to change the channel. Switch it up for the love of life!