The Moon is…#StickyNoteAstrology]

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

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beyoncé, as a goddess: oshún [#StarsAndSymbols]

here at shady sun, we believe that, whether they are conscious of it or not, the most enduringly successful pop cultural icons enrich their work with the symbolism of an acutely deliberate variety. drawing from the rich [and often intersecting] archetypes of astrology, numerology, mythology, tarot, etc, the themes and motifs of these “stars” seem to parallel certain legends that live immortalized in the collective unconscious. the existence of the famous figure bears a striking resemblance to something we’ve seen all before, at some point, in another dimension maybe, but it’s unique enough to keep us engaged as if we haven’t already seen unfold this story.

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when we reconnect with our roots, we see the world with new eyes. as i study ifa, santería and voodoo, my lens to the outside world, particularly pop culture, has a fresh filter. just as i did, many others who are and have been familiar with this way of life are claiming a connection between lemonade, beyoncé’s latest offering, and the spirit of the afro-cuban deity oshún.

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oshún is an orisha. to give praise where it’s due, she is one of the most celebrated orishas. for those of us who have never encountered them by name, the orishas are divine forces of nature that are revered, channeled, followed and praised for their supernatural powers and graceful guardianship. 2db94430e52a262324a0e3ccaf819ba1

if we all come from africa, one would posit that the greco-roman pantheon of gods is a derivative of this african ensemble of supernatural entities. if so, oshún would be foremother of aphrodite/venus, goddess of love and luxury. in that vein, oshún is regarded as the sweetest and most beautiful of all the orishas, the one we turn to when we wish to attract life’s treasures and indulge in romance.

she is also sought out for relief from harsh conditions, such as when she lightened her skin and hair to accompany the west africans who were brought to caribbean as slaves. under catholic rule on the island of cuba, yoruba’s oshún was syncretized to our lady of charity, the saint who was called upon to aid the newly enslaved prisoners.

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it is because of oshún’s affinity for the finer things, as well as her ability to circulate and arouse love, she knows more than anyone else how it feels to live through oppressive circumstances such as poverty, oppression, rejection, neglect, and heartache. enter beyoncé.

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daily 4cast: 4/7/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Tuesday
4/7/2015
Starring:
Mercury [in Aries] square Pluto [in Capricorn]
Mars [in Taurus] square Juno [in Leo]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Scorpio] opposite Venus [in Taurus]
Moon [in Scorpio] trine Chiron [in Pisces]

Gone are the days when you would allow an outside source take control of your affairs. You have your own voice and you are no longer afraid to use it. In all actuality, you don’t have to say much at all to get your point across. The poise you exude, which is both regal and fierce, speaks volumes. If there is work to be done, you are more than capable of calling the shots and handling your business.

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If you were known previously as someone who was more passive than aggressive, The Others may be inclined to challenge, mock, or react defiantly against your attempts to assert yourself more directly. Conflicts may arise in your most intimate relationships, as you are evolving beyond the person you used to be. This evolution could pose a threat to the foundation of your partnership, as you have now outgrown the role you initially agreed to play. Allow not these interferences to deter you from expressing yourself freely, as this process is beneficial in the most therapeutic way.

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ceres in aquarius: the madness of loss and grief [#StarsAndSymbols]

I recently posted a Facebook status on the asteroid goddess Ceres’ transit into Aquarius, as it met up in a conjunction with my Aquarius moon. Here’s an excerpt:

I have to watch for overeating and emotional eating, as the moon is always hungry for something (especially when upset) and ceres WILL feed it.

The mythology and astrology of Ceres, which sits at the apex of my chart conjunct my Midheaven, has become very important to me as I learn more about it. I am compelled to explore it more. There aren’t many articles or interpretations of any of the asteroids, so maybe I can be the change and provide some insight based on my experiences and perspective. Very Cereal/Aquarian of me, right?

So Ceres, the HBIC of Agriculture and grains [cere-al], is mad tight with her beautiful daughter Persephone, “coochie crunch” as my friend says. Persephone is literally inseparable from her mother, despite the fact that she’s hot and every guy wants a taste. Plot twist: one day Persephone gets abducted by her lusty uncle Pluto, Ceres’ brother. After Ceres “raises hell” and starves the mortal people in her grief, she negotiates a deal with her other brother Zeus [king of the Gods or whatever], where she receives temporary custody of Persephone for half the year. She is forced to share her beloved daughter with Pluto, lord of the underworld.

Ceres in astrology is the polarity of nourishment and decay. How we cope, what suffers most in our grieving process, the thing[s] that sustain us in the coldest, darkest winters… All Ceres. Just as Ceres experienced the heart-wrenching loss of her well-developed daughter, Ceres in each sign determines the degree to which separation can become an issue.

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daily 4cast: 2/26/2015 [#StarsAndSymbols]

Thursday
2/26/2015
Starring:

Sun [in Pisces] conjunct Neptune [in Pisces]
Pluto [in Capricorn] semi-sextile Vesta [in Aquarius]
Co-Starring:
Moon [in Gemini] trine Vesta [in Aquarius]
Moon [in Gemini] square Chiron [in Pisces]
Moon [in Gemini] sextile Uranus [in Aries], Jupiter [in Leo]
Moon [in Gemini] inconjunct Pluto [in Capricorn]

Every legend has a backstory, so if you intend to leave a legacy, you better make sure you have a good myth. A compelling tale is the difference between an icon and a one hit wonder. Although most biographies contain a bit of embellishment, you don’t have to stray very far from the truth to make interesting your history. Make a list of the five most exciting moments you have ever experienced, as well as the five most unpleasant moments that you’d like to forget. From there your story will formulate itself, as your passionate recollections will naturally animate your memories without having to resort to deception.

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Connecting the dots of the disparate incidents from your past is not only a way to propel your brand, but also an effective method of drawing strength from your shadow by consciously integrating traumatic occurrences. Continue reading

azealia banks, as a goddess: athena [#StarsAndSymbols]

amidst the more stressful astrological aspects of the day, the moon is entwined in an easy, breezy connection to pallas athene, one of the four major asteroid “goddesses”, so why not expound upon athene’s reemergence into our worldly consciousness? like many other mythical archetypes, her symbolic influence on pop culture is evidenced in magazine spreads, album art, music videos, etc. in this article, we will explore pallas athene symbolism in the context of azealia banks‘ “yung rapunxel” music video.

so the first image we see at the beginning of the video is an owl flying out of azealia’s head, specifically her third eye. last time i saw this video, i had no knowledge of the asteroid goddesses. upon revisiting this clip, the mythological symbolism of pallas athene was immediately evoked for me. pallas is one of the four major asteroid goddesses in astrology. pallas was the daughter of jupiter, the king of all gods. whereas most of us are born of a women, she sprang forth from her father’s skull, representing the emergence of a feminine wisdom through the filter of patriarchy.

azealiabanksazealia banks is making it known that although she’s in “a man’s world”, she has a grade of intelligence that is rooted in the darkest, most intuitive force in the universe. the owl, by the way, is the totem of pallas athene, as she was known to transform into this wise, nocturnal creature to disguise her true identity.

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