April 2019 has a few new tricks up its sleeve this year...
It's important to note that, before we dive into the inner workings of the celestial bodies, that according to numerology. we're in a 12/3 global year; a time when we are being asked to analyze the past and search for new truths in old lessons. 12 is the number associated with the Hanged Man in tarot, a card that shows us how our experiences change our world view, and how that view can be wildly different from the person next to us. So this is a year where we are being called to learn through experience, to remain curious, to recognize that everyone has a different world view and that that view is their truth.
So analyzing and reflecting on the past and present is divinely guided, that's to say that it will feel good if you lean into it. We have autonomy, leaning into the vibes of the planets, numbers, tarot cards is always completely up to the individual. The path will always be there waiting. Let's find out what's waiting for us in April.
I'm beyond fascinated by the idea that Aries season begins and ends with Libra full moons, and with what sort of omen that is for this Zodiac year?
A Zodiac year begins on March 20th, as the sun shifts from 30 degrees Pisces to 0 degrees Aries. This happens in tandem with the season of Spring up here in the northern part of Earth. Astrology was born in many different ancient civilizations, all of them above the equator, so its no wonder that the beginning of the Zodiac coincides with the time of year where things begin again with vigor, passion, and excitement.
Aries, much like Spring time itself, is all about passion projects, playing outside, and living life to the fullest. Libra, the sign 180 degrees away (aka in opposition, aka its polarity) from Aries, is the sign of partnerships, fighting for justice, and creating a world with more harmony and beauty. So what could it possibly mean to start the Zodiac year off with 2 Libra moons?
Well, a full moon in any sign is a time to release that which no longer serves you. Release the outdated stories you tell yourself. Release the old habits. Release the friend, job, or expectation. It's a time when we get to shed our skin and get a mini do over. So a Libra full moon is asking us to figure out what we need to release in order to create more space for harmony and harmonious partnerships.
That first Libra full moon happened when we we're all still floundering under Mercury retrograde. I know it wasn't just me who felt the deep emotional burdens of a Pisces Mercury retrograde, right? Understandably, it's hard to release baggage when all you can do is feel it so intensely. So, the second full moon in Libra is an opportunity to try it all again.
The Libra full moons are asking us the release that which is holding us back in terms of our relationships. Release that which doesn't add harmony and beauty to your life. The repetition of the Libra full moon means that this lesson is going to take us a hot minute to integrate. Lessons continue to show up in your life until you learn them.
Jupiter is in freedom loving Sagittarius right now, and on the 10th that big beautiful planet will be retrograde. It will be retrograde until August 11th, 4 whole months of Jove moonwalking away from us in the sky!
Pluto, who has been hanging out with his old friend Capricorn as of late, will station retrograde on the 24th and will be doing its backwards dance until October 3rd. Now, to be fair, Pluto spends about 40% of its time retrograde, so this isn't our first dark and deadly rodeo.
However, on April 30th Saturn, who feels all nice and cosy in its home sign of Capricorn, will station to be retrograde on the 30th of the month. Father time will be running backwards away from its problems until September 18th.
I don't know about you, but as soon as I looked at the transits and saw all of this double full moon retrograde extravaganza non sense I had to sit down and figure out what the hell this means for us mere mortals.
Retrogrades get a bad rep when in actuality they are beautiful periods of time in which we are asked to grow, learn, and expand beyond the limitations we have created for ourselves. Each retrograde brings a new flavor and a new lesson to the forefront. Some retrogrades go without a hitch and some have us hitching up our lives to a completely new wagon. So when the planet of optimism and higher education, the planet of destruction and rebirth, and the planet of responsibility and time, all pull away from us within a 20 day period, what's a kid to do?
There's no one right or wrong answer here since we are all complex humans with intricate charts and lives. Look at where the planets are transiting in your chart to get a better idea. Where do you have Sagittarius and Capricorn? These are the places in your life that will be affected. For me those signs straddle my 10th, 11th, and 12th houses meaning that my contribution to the collective and my public standing are coming into a questioning and shifting period.
On a more global scale we'll be reevaluating the way we view and use money. Some of us will quit or be laid off from jobs that no longer serve us. There will be a rising of energy surrounding the disappointment we feel with those that are in power in the world at large, which can be an uncomfortable feeling but if you're here right now reading this then you know that change comes when we get uncomfortable. With Jupiter and Pluto retrograde in tandem this is just the push we need as a society to continue the fight against the patriarchy and the effects of toxic masculinity. Energy is best when balanced and a retrograde is a time when imbalances come to the forefront in an often harsh way.
A lot of karmic stuff is going to come up, people will ultimately get what is coming to them. There are going to be a lot of sobering reality checks. Think about your boundaries, are they helping or hindering you now? Boundaries are so necessary but they need to be reevaluated every so often. Sometime we build a boundary that helps us heal, only to find that later on it causes more harm than good.
Ultimately, in 2019 far too many people cower in fear at the name retrograde but this planetary aspect is so much more complex than internet culture gives it credit for. And truthfully, they've been happening forever! We've survived every one thus far, so you should not be afraid of the months to come. You should be aware that the Universe is constantly calling on us to grow and expand beyond what we can imagine right now. Trust in your ability to heal. Trust in the journey.
Author: Jasmine of Silfren Circle
Spring time; a time when things bloom and grow and people stretch their arms up towards the sky, soaking in the long lost vitamin D (for those of us up here above the Equator). There's a magickal sort of hope that sneaks into our souls when the sun returns to us. Perhaps the changing of seasons is the beginning and end of all the magick we do here on this Earthy plane.
This April comes to us with dire lessons to teach. These lessons can only come from experience, from broken hearts and stubbed toes. These lessons can be earth shattering, life debilitating, but ultimately are exactly what you need. Think of it as a spring cleaning of the soul!
April 2019 vibrates to the number 16/7
7 is the number of mysticism. It's the guru number, and any guru worth their weight will tell you that the most powerful spiritual reactivations begin in chaos. 16/7 is the number associated with the tarot card The Tower, the often dreaded card that speaks to the often violent way in which our personal growth journeys move us.
April will be a time of change. For some of us it will be change on the physical plane: sickness, changing jobs or homes, break ups and letdowns. For others it will be spiritual change, deep shadow work as a means of ascension. While this can be an intimidating vibration to live under for sure, I can't help but feel excited for the grand leaps and shifts we will be experiencing as a collective. And if you're reading this, if your path has lead you to this website and blog, then you are likely already deeply invested into your own personal growth. Allow this month to be a time of replanting, especially if you've been in a spiritual funk or plateau.
Quite a few planets will be retrograde starting in April; Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn. The more we study these artistic sciences the more you'll find that none of what happens here is coincidental. We are like snakes shedding our old skin. If you try to hold on too tightly to anything in April you will be met with resistance. Much like the classic figures in The Tower falling towards the ground, sometimes all we can do is ride the ride and do our best to survive. We'll be stronger by the time we hit the ground again.
5th, 21/3 new moon in aries
This is a beautiful vibration to bring in the first new moon of the Zodical year! 21/3 is the number of seamless transition. This is a time to briefly reflect on the past while we keep our eyes turned towards the future. We expand through experience and this is a day of expansion.
The number 3 asks us to learn, grow, explore our neighborhood, talk to friends and strangers, and feed our childlike curiosity. 21/3 specifically notes the blurred line of endings and beginnings, standing upon the precipice of a brave new endeavor. Make the leap today, the ground will catch your fall.
15th, 31/4 merc shadow ends
Mercury's shadow may be over today, but the disagreements of this first 2019 retrograde will leave us all with our shackles up. If you've been waiting to chew someone's head off, today is the day you might just pop off, accidentally or not. Everyone is going to be feeling like they're a knight who needs to protect their castle and keep.
4 is the number of foundations and stability, so everyone's end goal is just to feel safe and secure. If that's what we're all fighting for then maybe we can be a bit kinder in our approach. Everyone has something they want to protect, not everyone is out here trying to steal from you. Reflect on what you want to protect, why you want to protect it, and how you can protect it in a non voilent way.
19th, 35/8 2nd Libra full moon
Libra, the sign of balance and harmony, is enhanced by the number 8 on this day. The number 8 is the sibling of the lemiscate, aka the infinity symbol. This is a symbol of all things being one, as above so below, and any other saying of the like.
It's not every year that Aries season is book ended by full moons, and let us not forget that this is still just the beginning of the Zodiac year. So what does it all mean?
In simple terms, we're going to be tired on this day. Aries is a season full of daring adventures and wild, hardly thought out, plans. Add two full moons and you've got an intense 30 days! 35/8 is the number that represents using your last stores of energy, and that is indeed what this moon phase is asking us to do: just keep on keepin' on.
This, like all 8 vibrations, is a time of karma. Did you release what you needed to release on the first Libra full moon of the year? If not, the Universe may very well put some big lessons in your path. Release that which no longer brings harmony, balance, or fairness to your life.
20th, 36/9 sun in taurus, Aries Venus?
This is such a perfect vibe to usher us into Taurus season. It's the culmination of fire energy and the ending of cycles as the sun teeter toters between the final degrees of Aries and that first degree of Taurus.
9 is the number of completion, endings, beginning, humanitarianism, and higher education. This specific vibration is about wrapping up creative projects, saying sorry to anyone who got burned in the past few weeks, volunteering at an animal hospital (this was an intuitive download so I don't know who needed to hear it, but it was for you), and getting ready to relax a little bit. This energy is really good for getting all those last minute things done. It's along exhale, the ending sigh ushering us into Taurus season.
21st, 37/1 easter
We all know that Easter was taken from the pagans. I mean, how do you explain the use of eggs and rabbits as the iconography? Or why it's the only holiday that is dependent on the moon phases? I digress, those of us around the world who live in a Westernized country likely spent their childhoods eating chocolate and trying to out smart their siblings in the egg hunt. At the end of the day it's a time to spend with family, birth given or chosen, and I can get behind that!
Oh, and what a perfect vibration to live into that day! 37/1 is all about family love, group healing, and spending time with those that respect your journey and guide you further along the path. Basically, today will be a good day to go outside and hangout with people that give you energy and joy. If that's your blood family, awesome! If it's not that's ok, too! Get and give love this Easter because why not?!
And if you've been wanting to go to therapy, or start going to a healing group therapy program, this day is divinely guiding you towards that. After all, April is going to be a turbulent time, so no one should be afraid to ask for and get the help they need. If this month draws you towards some type of healing work, know that it was meant to be and not at all a setback or something to be ashamed of.
Author: Jasmine Wolfe of Silfren Circle
"It's 11:11, make a wish!"
We've all exclaimed it, at home with our family, or late at night in the car with your best friend, but what does it mean?
Does the number 22 follow you around? Or maybe it's 555? Perhaps you've noticed that 7's like to sneak into your life in unexpected ways, in the greater spiritual community you'll hear them called Angel Numbers but amongst numerologists they are known as Master Numbers. There is no difference between the two phrases, a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, and language is just something humans made up anyway!
Today I want to share what I have learned and observed about Master Numbers and what it means when they appear in your life.
Master numbers are messages from the Universe, our higher selves, or spirit guides. I can't tell you indefinitely where the messages are coming from, the beauty of life lies in its eternal mysteries, what I can say for certain is that the appearance of repeating numbers is a message specifically for you. Because this message is specifically for you, it is important that you check in with your own feelings about the messages coming through.
For example, if the number 3 has always been your number in sports, and you love sports, it could possibly be a message about being active and doing the things you love. Maybe the number 7 reminds you of an old friend who used to talk behind your back, the message could be about betrayal.
As well as your own connections to the numbers, it's important to note what is happening around you in your life when you are receving these vibrational messages. I always tell my clients to keep track of the Master Number messages they receive by noting what number or symbol it was, what time they received it, where they were, and what they were feeling or thinking about at the time. Numerology is inherently scientific, so taking a research based approach to the messages will often times illuminate things we would have otherwise missed.
Without further preamble, let's talk about the 9 Master Numbers...
11: This is the most common master number, the number of the Inspirational Leader. This is like the dial tone when you pick up a land line, it's the Universe or your guides saying, "hey are you listening? Is anyone out there?" The number 11 is like the clear quartz of Master Numbers, it can mean anything. And we have so many personal associations with this number that it can mean something completely different from one person to the next.
This number is a call to being. It's recognition that you are on a new path, that you've begun a new journey. The most important thing to take away when you see this number is that you are supported, you can take the leap, you can trust the process, you can begin whenever you want. Make a wish and it very well may come true!
22: This is the number of the Master Builder. I like to think of this number as "right place right time." It's like the Universe saying, "yup this is exactly where you need to be right now." These numbers come when we are starting to trust in the fact that you are supported, that everything is ok and everything will be ok. It's kinda like an intuition boost, a reminder to trust.
The number 22 is all about solid foundations, so not only should seeing it ease your worries, it should remind you that whatever it is you are doing is in your highest good. It's like your spirit guides giving you two thumbs up.
33: This is the number of the Master Healer and it comes to us when we need to recenter ourselves. Esoterically, this number is about checking in with you mind, body, and soul. It asks us to go inward and focus on our healing journey. These numbers work linearly, so at this stage in your journey it is time to heal the wounds that are holding you back from the next stage of enlightenment.
This number is all about health, so check in with your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Be very mindful of what you need and don't be afraid to take a break from life if that's what you're called to do. Charity work is also suggested by this number, so if it calls to you, lean into it.
44: This number is powerful af!! It presents itself to you when, in order to level up, you are being called to get deep and dark. Its lower vibration 8 is the Scorpio number, so it's all about change and power and shadow work. It often times presents itself to us when life might be feeling a little shaky and the message it's trying to get across is that you are totally supported by the Universe.
This number is kinda like doing trust falls with your guides. We all know what a trust fall feels like, it's scary and you may lose your breath for a moment but that feeling of being held just when you think it's gonna end in pain, that's the good stuff.
55: Buckle up if you're seeing this number, repeating 5's means that there is a big shift or change coming your way. Life is gonna be different and it may be outside of your control, or it may be that you're the one who makes the change. It can be as simple as shifting to a growth mindset or as unsettling as a breakup. Either way, change is on the horizon!
5's play an inherent role in our spiritual and personal upleveling. Whatever is lost or taken from you during this vibration is something or someone that you don't need. Repeating 5's demand that we learn the beauty of impermanence. Change, I've found, happens in chaos.
66: This the master number of the heart, when you see it you are being called to center yourself into your heart space. This could mean that you need to work on your own self love but it could also mean that romantic love is on its way to you. Either way it's going to be lovely!
If you are seeing repeating 6's it's a reminder to spend time with the people you love. Plan a trip back home, call your sister or an old friend, make lunch plans for the week, message an ex, give your lover a long massage, or spend time alone giving yourself love if that is in your highest good.
77: This is the number of the Master Mystic and one of my absolute favorite numbers. 7 is the number of spirituality and slow change. This number vibration is all about communing with a higher power and asking yourself the tough questions in life. Why are we here? Does any of this have meaning? Is there any point to sentient life?
If you are seeing repeating 7's now is the time to spend time alone, go for a walk, read some Eckhart Tolle, listen to some Alan Watts, or sit alone beside a tree for the afternoon and let it tell you about its life. You are being called to go deeper into the Universe, whether or not you heed the call is completely up to you.
88: Oh baby, if you are seeing repeating 8's big things are coming to you. This is an allusive number and can mean quite a few things. Most importantly it's a sign that the current cycle you're in is coming to a close, and with this rapidly approaching end comes reward and recognition. This could be a raise, a new job opportunity, a new lover that is inline with your life path, an inheritance, pregnancy or a child, or anything that brings you more responsibility.
What I find interesting about this number is that it's the most unpredictable. This is a very karmic number, so whatever is coming your way is directly related to how you have been living this life. Karma works in mysterious ways, so the rewards and acclaim you receive might present itself in a way that you never expected.
99: Here is the Master Humanitarian number. This is it: endings and beginnings. You are going to be aflush with change as projects and life paths are coming to a close and the seeds of change begin to be planted in your day to day. This number asks us to step outside of ourselves and our egos to look at the bigger picture.
When you are seeing repeating 9's, it's a good time to think about your life on a grand scale, plan a backpacking trip, go back to school, read a bunch of non fiction books, start a charity, and just be a good person in general. Life is going to be changing all around you, go with the flow and be open to whatever the next cycle brings!
Author: Jasmine of Silfren Circle, our resident numerologist - check out her regular monthly forecast to see what's in store!
Alright, lets talk about the month of March and what to expect from the energy surrounding it!
As the third month in a 12/3 year, March 2019 vibrates to the number 15/6. The number 6 is the number of love and service, but this particular 6 is about the love that binds us. This is about stale love, tainted love, and controlling love. And while the word love makes us think instinctively of romantic love, that is only one small part of the energy of 15/6.
There are some tough lessons coming our way in the month of March surrounding the things and people we love. So this is a good month to clean out your closets and donate or sell anything that doesn't make you feel good. This is also a good month to reevaluate the people in your life, including your romantic entanglements. Control is the keyword when were working through the number 15/6. Where are you being controlled and where are you being controlling in your relationships? Journal about this, meditate on it, talk about it with your mom or best friend, but don't sit idly back this month or you'll end up being controlled by your love, or conversely, you may end up being the negative controlling force in someone else's life.
We can even expand further with this controlling energy and use it to reevaluate the things we do. Maybe you used to really love going to zumba class every Monday night but there has been a funky energy there as of late that is messing with your emotional state. Maybe you turned a fun hobby into a side gig and it sucked a lot of the fun out of it. The thing to ask yourself is, in the words of Marie Kondo, does it spark joy?
The cornerstone of this month is: reevaluate love! Let this scientific prodding and probing go towards any part of your life that you feel needs this attention. Love is a word we use for a myriad of different feelings, all of them are valid and need your attention this month.
Let's look at some of the important days this month
march 5th mercury rx
Mercury, that zippy little planet chillin real close to the sun, is going to go retrograde on the 5th. The vibration enveloping this often dreaded day is going to be 20/2.
This is the type of energy that may make you a tad harsh on yourself today. Images and memories from times gone wrong are going to be playing in a loop in many of our heads. It can feel heavy since this retrograde is happening during Pisces season, crying is the language Mercury will be speaking. However, despite the intense emotions surrounding this day, 20/2 is actually an incredibly useful vibration. If you can move your emotions from your inner body and actively use them to better express yourself through art, open communication, and deeper understanding today will be a good day.
This is a good day to get out of your own head and spend time with someone you love. Try to keep all your electronics away from any water sources though, accidents are likely to happen!
We're on day two of retrograde season and the new moon in Pisces is on the rise. Uranus moves into Taurus on this day as well, what a doozy of a day! March 6th vibrates to the number 21/3; this is a unique number that represents that feeling of standing on the precipice of a new adventure while still keeping one foot in the past. All new moons are powerful times to welcome newness into your life, but this one is particularly potent! This is a good time to dream about the future but also write down the actionable steps you can take to get there. You'll be feeling a dreamy need to expand your life. There's an imagine in my mind for this day, and it's us all collectively reaching for the sun with joy as it sets on the horizon, on the edge of night and day.
Today is a good day to day dream, pat yourself on the back for making it this far in life, and for planning for what shape you want your life to take next.
march 17 paddys day 32/5
Ah, this time of year is peppered with kinda made up holidays, but I'm from the US and I love a reason to celebrate even if it is nonsensical.
This is a day when we're more likely to be feeling good and vibing high! This is a shifting energy, but unlike other 5 vibrations, this one brings good things. Recognition is the keyword for this day. This is the number of the warrior coming home from battle to roaring crowds, acclaim, and gifts. So, truly, it's a day where you can expect the unexpected in a good way. You'll receive some good news, a new opportunity, a compliment from someone you really value, or something else that makes you feel on top of the world. So, go out and have some good, green fun!
march 20 aries szn 35/8
The pressure is on today! Get your receipts, be direct, ask for the money and ye shall receive This is a money and power kind of day, but it's not a day where you can sit back and let things fall into you lap. This is a day of action, and what better time to take action then on the day the sun shifts into Aries. This stuff is all so beautifully interconnected! Rewards come in direct relation to how much energy and effort you put into them today. You're probably got a lot of spinning plates as is, stay focused or one may drop.
This is a good day to write the email you've been putting off, ask for the raise, find the silver linings around all the "burdens" in your life, and to do your taxes.
march 21 spring equinox and full moon in Libra 36/9
Building from the energy of yesterday, this day has a lot of powerful and kinda scary energy! the number 36/9 is all about finishing up projects, catching up on deadlines, and doing things that need to get done. What's beautiful about this number though is that you have all the strength to do these things, more strength than you did yesterday.
now, were still in a Mercury retrograde but there is a Libra full moon on this day. For us in the Northern Hemisphere it's the spring equinox, fall equinox for you southerners! So needless, to say, there's a lot of energy on this day when the light and dark share the sky in equal proportions.
This is a good day to wrap up anything that's been lingering in your life. My Capricorn sun always wants to relate this to work since I am a workaholic, but we can expand on the idea of wrapping up projects to our friendships/relationships, our homes or cars, or anything else you can think of that needs a conclusion in your life.
March is a beautiful month where the Zodiac year ends and begins, so it's a time of ending and new beginnings. Anytime something in our life ends it's just making way for something new to enter. There is a lot of work to be done, but this workaholic wouldn't want it another way.
Welcome to your monthly numerology report! Numerology is the study of numbers and the specific vibrational frequencies that they send out into the Universe. Numerologists study how these numbers manifest into our lives and how they are felt on both a personal and global level. Today we are going to look at some global number vibrations; these numbers will give us insight into what sort of vibrations will be at play in the month of December and help us all to better prepare ourselves for the month ahead.
December is always subtly vibrating to the number 12 because, for those of us who adhere to the Judeo-Christian calendar, it is the 12th month of the year. Later on we will look at the specific vibration of December 2018, but first I'll explain how December in general is felt and expressed.
The number 12 is all about seeing things as they truly are and not how we want them to be. Maybe this is played out in our day dreams about the perfect holiday get together, seeing things like a happy holiday song when in reality it's more like one of those hauntingly sad Elvis Christmas songs. Meditation and going inside oneself is suggested when living through a 12 month because it is a time when we are forced to relive the past, especially past traumas. We all have pain and sorrow written into our bones, we all see things differently, but ultimately we are the narrators of our own stories. December is a good time to contemplate how you've written the story of your life. Every December ask yourself, have I learned from my past or am I running away from it?
December 2018 specifically vibrates to the number 23/5. In the type of numerology I use we look at both the base number (5) and the original product (23) to gain deeper insights into the vibration.
This is a month when travel is guaranteed to happen, which is no surprise seeing as most of us will have to travel to see family and loved ones over the holidays. If you don't intend to go back home for Hannukah, then I suggest that you plan a trip anyway since travel is inherent under this vibration. You may even be called to travel rather unexpectedly! Despite the Mercury retrograde we will all be working through, safe forces around travel are surrounding us during the month of December 2018.
Engagements are also likely to happen under a 23/5 vibration, so if you've been dropping hints to your significant other now may be the time to see them come to fruition. Quick, and possibly life changing, decisions also happen under this vibration and I can see this coming into play here in our love lives. December 2018 asks us to boldly make the decision, you can always clean up the mess afterwards if need be.
Advice from a superior, elder, or mentor will come to us. Make sure you are paying attention to the words of those who have been living in this world longer than you, life grants wisdom. There is also inheritance here under 23/5. We all know that gifts are prevalent in December but more will be bestowed upon you, and not in the traditional way. Pay attention to how things come into your life.
Lastly, communication can lead to quarrels under this vibration. It will do you well to remain positive and to think before you speak, that is unless grandma is saying something racist then by all means speak away. Be truthful and helpful this month in order to avoid unnecessary arguments with loved ones, they will appreciate honesty but they need it to be served with sugar at this time.
Let's get specific and talk about the certain vibrations of some important days this month...
Hannukah begins on December 2nd this year which is a 25/7 vibration. The base number 7 is all about partnerships, communion with a higher power, truths we learn in solitude, and mysticism. This is a day when trials and difficulties seem to plague us all. Nothing is going to be handed to you today without putting the effort in first. Keep your eyes on the prize, whatever that may be today. Because your mental world is full of energy you'll need to make sure that you use this in your favor. What you think about will manifest. Hasty actions will have repercussions, conflicts will likely result. Travel with caution, pay attention to the details especially if you are signing any important documents. Annoying health conditions flare up.
Hannukah ends on December 20th and so it vibrates to the number 33/6. The base number 6 is all about selfless acts, care giving, and health. This is a master number though, so the ideals of the number 6 take on a more holy or divine presence. Acts of service are rewarded with greater benefits because they will require more from you. An older family member or friend may need you help and will likely need a shoulder to cry on or vent to. Save up your energy for the moments that matter today, people will need your help and guidance so burn out is possible. This is a vibration where you might find a new life path, don't be afraid of this.
Christmas is on the 25th meaning that this year it vibrates to the number 48/3. The number 3 is all about entertainment, humor, socializing, and curiosity, all good omens for this holiday. This is a time when we're all going to be feeling generous and lovey towards the people in our lives, thank goddess! There is potential for making a new friend or bonding with a family member today. Love and travel are both inherent in this number, which is very appropriate. Life feels more important on this day, and yet the material world leaves us feeling dissatisfied. Many of us will be left looking for more in life than a new pair of socks. Explore your soul's deep desire if you can get the chance this day.
New Years Eve vibrates to the number 54/9. The number 9 is all about completion, high ideals, education, politics, and expansion. This is a day when imaginations run wild but in this dreamy haze something of truth will be revealed to you. In my experience, any truths shared on NYE usually end up with a lot of drunken tears, so be careful out there. Try to move from a place of logic when unexpected things happen, and they will happen! This new news will demand your energy and attention, logic will help you navigate these waters! If you react to things emotionally you will pay for the repercussions of your actions. Honestly this is giving me NYE flashbacks in the worst way. There is also potential for bodily harm under this vibration so rest, eat a salad, and stay indoors, people!!
The new moon in Sagittarius happens on the 6th, so it vibrates to the number 29/11. Much like a new moon, new opportunities arise under this vibration! Keep your eyes peeled or even create your own opportunities today. A partnership will present itself, be open to it. You're going to struggle making decisions on this day, so spend some time meditating and connecting back to your intuition. Do something practical with your talents, get your hands dirty. A friend will pay you an unlikely compliment.
The full moon in Cancer is on the 22nd so it vibrates to the number 45/9. You're going to gain something today but it is not exactly what you had wanted or expected. You're also going to lose something but don't get maudlin about it, much like the past, it is something that you need to release. Under this full moon energy you've got a lot to release actually, so reevaluate where you are putting your energy and make sure that its going towards something worthwhile. An old friend is likely to show up today but keep your expectations low, expectations steal joy.
Author: Jasmine of Silfren Circle
With shows like Charmed coming back for an updated revival, products like Sephora's (now canceled) witch starter kit being packaged, and tarot decks being sold in huge retailers like Urban Outfitters, it's safe to say that "witch" is the hot trend of 2018. When anything becomes popularized in mainstream media it runs of the risk of becoming "uncool," but witches and witchcraft aren't a trend; this isn't a product being sold by instagram models, this is a spiritual practice that long outdates Christianity, let alone popular media. So, as witches and spiritual practitioners, how do we navigate the waters that lie ahead?
Today I want to talk about the recent Netflix release of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I, like many of you I'm sure, loved the show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, so it's no wonder that it has been brought it back into popular media. The show is based off of the classic Archie Comic where Sabrina has to make an important decision, leave the mortal world forever and become a witch or remain in the mortal world and lose her powers completely. This duality is a central theme and the core of the story. Sabrina walks the line between two worlds carving out her own unique path, and in this modern retelling she is truly a feminist icon. She is a fierce friend with a deep love and understanding of the world, many a young woman can learn from this character. When she is told to sign her soul away to Satan and step into her full powers she dissents, showing that she doesn't have to lose a part of herself to be powerful.
And all that being said, I do believe that this is a well written, acted, and directed show, but my qualm is with the misrepresentation of witchcraft. It seems pretty clear to me that those who wrote, produced and directed the show have no real ties to witchcraft or magick, despite certainly having the budget to have been able to hire a real witch for their opinion or guidance. This was evident the moment I heard the shows characters mispronounce the witches new year, Samhain. This is a trivial misstep, one I could have looked over if the rest of the show's portrayal of witchcraft wasn't so myopic.
Ok, I'll just say it, witchcraft has nothing to do with Satanism. I have a lot of respect for Satanism, but it is a religion and witchcraft is no such thing. I'll say it one more time for the people in the back, witchcraft is not a religion! Every religion uses some semblance of witchcraft. Christians use it in prayer and the blessing of holy water, two examples among thousands of instances of Christian witchcraft, and yet this show focuses on making witchcraft out to be the foil of Christianity, a dark twin of the religion.
Before I continue on my diatribe, lets talk about what witchcraft is if it isn't a religion. Witchcraft is the manipulation of natural energy in order to achieve a goal. It is a practice, and one that works well with religious beliefs, believing in a higher power can strengthen your magick, but religion isn't even necessary to be a witch at all! There are plenty of agnostic and atheist practioners out there in the world owning their power as much as the next witch. And before I move on, witch is a gender non specific title, the term warlocks is the stuff of fiction.
But wait Jasmine, Sabrina is a work of fiction!
I know, but my main issue with the show is that it perpetuates a fictional stereotype that I was hoping we as a community were leaving behind us in this day and age where more and more modern witches are stepping out of the proverbial broom closet. In many ways, the idea of what a witch is has changed over the centuries, we used to be viewed as hunchbacked hags with warts on our noses and curses flying from our lips. But now with more people than ever who are finding their way to the craft, especially younger people, I can't help but feel miffed that we lost this opportunity to properly educate an audience. So while I recognize that this is a work of fiction, I can't help but feel like us witches have been let down again.
Am I'm making too big of a deal out of this? I don't think so, representation is important; there was a golden opportunity to give this community a modern voice and the opportunity wasn't taken. Perhaps I can shoulder some blame for having higher expectations, I thought that since it is so easy to share information in this wonderful day and age that the witches of this show would be portrayed as more than just orgy loving Satan worshipers. As I've said, I'm cool with Satanism and I've got nothing against polyamory and group sex, but its negative portrayal in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is tried and trite.
This hedonistic portrayal of witches is narrow and unexciting but also a vast misrepresentation of what a witch looks like. So you may be wondering what I wanted to see, how I wanted to be represented in mainstream media? That's the thing, there is no one way a witch should be, we are everything. We are a community of vast and varied people, all genders, all religions, all races. We can be cruel and we can be kind. Some of us will gladly hex an ex, others would rather bless everyone except their ex. Witches are wise, but most importantly, a true witch is someone who recognizes the power that lies within them. A real life witch is not someone who would ever believe that power is gained from submission.
At the end of the day, I'm not looking forward to the random people who will accuse me of signing my soul to the devil and worshiping Satan after watching, or even just reading an internet article headline about this popular show. It's an old stereotype that I was hoping would die out sooner as opposed to later. I do believe that more and more people are becoming educated and understanding what it is that we do and why it shouldn't scare anyone. I know the global idea of witches and witchcraft is changing, I was just hopeful that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina would aid us in ending the stigma and not add to the centuries long negative hype.
To be honest, the jury is still out for me and Sabrina. I plan to watch season 2 before I decide how I truly feel about the show, I think it still has potential to be great (I mean, did you see evil Sabrina at the end of season 1? sign me up!) So I'll see you on the blog after season 2 drops to talk about this all over again.
Author: Jasmine of Silfren Circle
Jasmine is a numerologist, intuitive tarot reader, and astrology enthusiast from California. Through her work she seeks to create dialogue around self love, insisting that loving yourself is a defiant act in this day and age. She is also a classically trained dancer and visual artist who has to change her hair color every couple of months!