Aje is a word used to describe the biological and spiritual power of African women. This includes powers of elemental, biological, artistic creation, healing, destruction, spiritual and physical development and fortification, political organization and empowerment.
Aje is primarily associated with women because of their role in conceiving and nurturing children. African men, and Gods also can be Aje because they are an essential piece in the creation process of childbirth. Their role in the protection of a town also possesses the power of Àjé. The male Orishas who possess the power of the Aje are Obatala, Babalu Aye, and Ogun to name a few. Because Aje represents the womb of existence, and biologically in conceiving, African women are the owners and controllers of Aje.
The term Aje has been interpreted to mean witch as a derogatory term due to the fear people have around the mystic power women hold and their ability to be destructive and dangerous if needed. Just as the women in America, in particular the infamous stories of the hanging and burning of witches in Salem, were persecuted, so were women in Africa who were labeled Aje. Elderly women are revered as Aje because of their length of life which would imply a wealth of knowledge and power. in the third dimension, the power of the Aje is seen and represented through the eyes of the bird kingdom, it is for this reason that the Aje are also known as the elders of the knight, and bird of power because they see through the owls, but also the eagle, vulture, parrots, and many other birds. The power of the Aje is handed down from mother to daughter but can also be invoked during ceremony. The history of the Aje predates many traditions and ways of life and exists worldwide as secret societies for fear of persecution. Among some African tribes they are called Sande and Bundo, in Tibet and India they are known as Matrikas, in Mexico they are the Lechuzza, in Europe they are knows as Black Doves. The essence of the Aje exists on a cosmic level as well as on earth. They work together to govern the seasons and maintain balance on earth, in this aspect you can regard the Aje as mother earth. As you can see, the word Aje is a loaded word and can manifest in many ways. In my personal experience, the power of the Aje travels through my maternal and paternal grandmothers and through me to my daughter. It manifests in my daily life as guidance from the animal kingdom, specifically the birds and in particular, owls, raven, red tail hawk, dove, and white eagle. The power I possess through them is that of healing, and seeing/divination. The most important use of this power is through doing the work in one’s community, paying it forward.
Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
As we move further away from mercury retrograde and closer to a Saturn Pluto south node conjunction, we’re feeling the energy of the equinox in full effect. This mixture of energy is asking us to find our freedom within the constructs of the word and the conditions we have placed upon ourselves;to not be held down any longer by anything we can attach a feeling of overbearing to. This can be applied to our business dealings, how we make money, our personal goals, constructs of thinking and doing, desires, etc. Ask yourself where can you replace old structures that no longer serve you with empowering sustainable ones? The sign of Aries is about going forth, doing, putting thought into action and even acting before we think! We are no longer in our heads conceptualizing how we are going to break free, we are actively seeking out ways to express this in our daily lives. While we may not have all of the pieces to the puzzle and there is more to be revealed, the energy of Aries gives us the courage to move forward into newness and the energy of Capricorn suggests that we move forward with patients to ensure that what we are building is solid and sound. In astrology Aries rules the first house, this is the energy of the beginners mind and the self. This space has much to offer in the way of being willing to create and present oneself in new ways. This new moon is a great time to align yourself with how you can approach life in a new and creative way. Using this question as a journaling prompt over the next few days is sure to yield a multitude of ideas.
This new moon Tarot Spread is guided by the number 9. Mars is ruled by the number 9 which governs independence and the masculine within. Mars influences success, drive and the ability to carry things to completion.
Position 1. What conditions have you placed
Position 2. What purpose did these conditions
Position 3. How is this holding you back?
Position 4. How can you break free from this?
Position 5. What can you replace this with that
Is more sustainable and
empowering for you?
Position 6. Resources to free your mind
Position 7. Tools to manifest change patiently
Position 8. Supportive tools for self-care
during the shift
Position 9. A message from Spirit/Higher-Self/
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Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
A change in frequency. Take care and be gentle with yourself as we transition from one season to another; one version of ourselves to another. As we begin to emerge from the long night of winter our awareness is drawn to every singular cell in our bodies and how we have reconfigured ourselves. What has been your work these last three months? What did you bring into your womb of darkness and how have you integrated this? Spring is a celebration of new life, vibrancy and energetics. Spring shows us the way as we expand into new light. And as the beginning of the astrological new year, setting your intention on what you want to create this year is ideal. The upgrades that our templates are receiving in this energetic corridor are brewing with abundance and fertility. When we move with the cycles of earth we are In tune with how the seasons correspond which makes us energetically positioned to receive the abundance and gifts that come with the passing of each season.The equinox is a time of equal balance between light and dark. This is a great time to temper what you learned in the darkness of winter and how you plan to emerge into the light. Balance is key. Here are a few practices that will guide you into the light, enjoy and please share your experiences via Instagram by tagging me in your posts!
2. On the first new moon of Spring, gather flowers of rose, geranium, lavender, jasmine, and lilac. Gather stones of yellow jasper, citrine, and blue calcite. Add the ingredients to a warm bath. As you draw your bath, welcome in the new energy of spring and the abundance it has to offer you.
3. On the day of the Equinox create an altar in honor of Spring. Place on it all things related to spring that resonate with your soul. Create a vision board of what you wish to create and manifest in your life this year, or write down your intentions as if you already have them. Light a candle and spend some time on this space as a daily meditation practice.
Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
Who are you now?
As the new Astrological year begins with the sun in Aries and Chiron at 1 degree in Aries, we are being asked to nurture the parts of ourselves that may be new but not yet strong. As we strengthen our muscles, this process is being mirrored back to us through our relationships and communication with others. Libra is about seeking out and creating meaningful connections others, in this case for feedback about who you are and how or if others see you. Another story unfolding here is the one of the self versus others and creating a balance between the two as well as creating an internal balance while these new vulnerable parts of ourselves are forming. You may feel a push and pull between parts of you that need others and parts of you that desire independence. It’s going to be important to follow your inner guidance and do what you love, whether alone or with others. This will ease the liberation/builder energy that is apparent during this lunation which surrounds writing a new story on a higher spiritual octave. Remember to be compassionate towards your self at this time and try not over react. There is a lot of newness which can feel abrupt, try to stay present in your day to day life, allowing yourself to find peace in the simple things. Time alone and self care are key.
This months Full Moon Tarot Spread is guided by the number 6 which rules the planet Venus. This number represents peace, harmony and cooperation. It also stands for aesthetics, love and beauty. On a low vibration Venus signifies a craving for sensual pleasures. On a higher plane, it represents Divine Love. The first position in this spread represents your journey this far, the second position represents external desires, the third position represents guidance on how to balance your internal and external worlds, the fourth position represents clues as to how you can maintain your joy moving forward, the fifth position represents guidance around anything you still need to release moving into the Astrological New Year and position number six represents internal desires. Enjoy and feel free to share your tarot spreads with me via my Instagram!
Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
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This watery lunation occurs the day after mercury goes retrograde. This and other planetary aspects are bringing about a time of rethinking and shifting that is needed for our souls growth. There is great focus on who we are relating to and how. Be mindful as you are navigating the current shift. Take care not to burn bridges on your quest to break free of limiting dynamics that you experience as oppressive. This could be areas where you don’t feel the true essence of who you are is revived wholeheartedly, situations that aren’t reciprocal and or areas where you feel you have to conform to the expectations of others. The goal is to find freedom and individuality while successfully coexisting with others so that collectively we can build stronger, more mutually supportive and safe bonds with one another that are forward moving. This New Moon is an opportune time to regain your center, go within and connect and attune to source energy. Going with the flow; allowing your self to trust will provide unexpected blessings. It can feel as though you are being swept away. Try to avoid the need to cling onto others. Remember that what is built on a solid foundation will be there when the waters recede. This is a time to honor your emotional and physical needs with an awareness of your unique, deep connection to Spirit. .
Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune. The energy of this planet represents the astral realm, dreams, the Akasha. Neptune drives our creativity and inspiration. It is the voice of our subconscious mind. This energy can be very watery but provides profound healing if you let it. This spread is designed with your Soul and Spiritual awareness in mind, whatever that means to you. The 1st position is your foundation. The 2nd your purpose, 3d what foundational beliefs, principles or structures are being changed, the 4th position shows advice for progress ahead, the 5th provides advice for your souls development, position number 6 reveals advice for dealing with outside forces, finally position number 7 shows how you can ease yourself into this transition.
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Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
February 19 Full Moon in the sign of Virgo
A Divine Balance of the human and etheric bodies
Virgo speaks to the inner workings of our lives; what keeps our routines going,and how we take care of ourselves on a daily basis. The exchange between the sun and the moon during this lunation is shining a light on what we’ve taken on in our daily lives that is not our responsibility. Virgo wants us to prioritize and organize our daily lives. Where have you bitten off more than you can chew? What are you carrying that isn’t yours? Where is that you’ve been slacking and what areas of your life could you tighten up? When we ask ourselves these questions and answer them honestly, we can begin to balance the scales energetically, taking responsibility for our health, and energetic output, thus exerting our own sense of disciplined action in our lives. Your wealth is in your health. Your ability to support others in your daily life depends on how well you are taking care of yourself.
Neptune and mercury are conjunct. This aspect is allowing us to create new ways to understand and tell your story. You might experience this as heightened intuition, spiritual downloads, or feeling like your floating through life. This aspect will be with us through the end of February and March as mercury goes retrograde which is why it’s important to get grounded and practical in your everyday life as this unfolds and plays out so that you are observing your energy, spending it wisely where it is needed. Mars in Taurus will add a lending hand in the area of providing steady and reliable energy stores for you. This moon is supported by a lot of earth energy that can help keep our physical bodies sustained as we continue to transmute in the astral, other time lines, higher dimensions; unlocking our spiritual gifts and merging with our higher self.
Virgo is ruled by the planet Mercury. Numerically it is ruled by the number 5. This is a very mental, versatile and friendly energy. Tap into this full moons medicine by allowing your intuition to guide you to a card. The reveal will take place on my Instagram account @mysticalhealing.guide the day of the full moon. Friday 19, 2019.
Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
This is my Ancestor Shrine. In my tradition, it is said that one should have an ancestor shrine before having an altar that is livicated to one of the Orishas or the spirit that houses your Caldero/Nganga. My Ancestor Shrine holds my Palo/Stick I’m the corner. It has been fed a guinea fowl. This stick is used to call in the spirits. My great grandmother is depicted her on my shrine, however I have many ancestors that this shrine feeds. There are offerings of meat and butter as the ancestors are traditionally fed meat/blood, butter, and honey. You can feed them whatever resonates with your beliefs and culture. I often place sweets on my altar for my grandmother, she was a diabetic but loved sweets! All of my spiritual tools are housed her as well so that they can be blessed and fed/energized by the Ancients. It is tradition to place one cup of water for clarity, one cup of honey for sweetening, one cup of alcohol to appease, and one cup of coffee to awaken. The flowers are an offering of earth and beauty. There is also incense on my altar because smoke is given as a cleansing offering. It’s hard to see but I have an Ethiopian Coptic Cross on my altar as it is also tradition to have cross, however it is typically placed in a glass of water. I have intuitively shaped my practice to what my guides and ancestors have shown me. On the ground I have placed a crystal grid on Metatron’s cube. This is for protection, love and heightened spiritual awareness. You will see spring water in a bottle to the left on the floor. This water was taken from an ancient sight in Oregon. The water from that spring fed the indigenous people of this land as well as the settlers. I use this water to make aura sprays and room clearing sprays. It is charged on my altar, infused with reiki. And connected to the earth and moon before the aura spray is created. Lastly, my crystals are housed here. They are cleansed before and after use them placed back on the Altar. My Altar is placed on the west wall of my home because this is the direction that best flows with my energy. It is placed in the hallway of the second floor in my home. Ancestors don’t like to be alone, they want to gather with you and be seen and felt often. It is wise to place your Altar In the living room of your home or another high traffic area. The Ancestors are part of the family and home just as much as you are.
Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
Animal/blood sacrifice has been a controversial subject in regards to Ifa, Voodoo, Santeria, Palo Kimbesa, and Candomble to name a few. The necessity of animal sacrifice is rooted in the knowing that even the Spirits, Orishas, deities, and the dead have to feast... if they don’t eat, they will feed on us. This is why food offerings are left at holy temples, on altars, and in some cultures, at grave sites. When a sacrifice is made, it is done so as a way to strengthen one’s connection with their deity, much in the same way as a family eats together to strengthen family bonds and maintain familial rituals to hand down from generation to generation.
Often times the blood is given to the Orisha, and the flesh is prepared as a feast for all members of the house to partake in. Other parts of the animal are used to fashion spiritual tools out of such as fans, rattles, or talismans. In other cases, the animal is a vessel for which a transmutation of energy occurs. Its energy is transmuted from this life to the next. If you believe in past lives, or the idea of energy, then it follows that nothing every truly dies, it simply changes form. When a sacrifice is made due to death, sickness, or healing, the animal is not eaten because it has absorbed the sickness, or death.
The new testament deters from animal sacrifice through Jesus being the ultimate sacrifice, but many believe that this is untrue, that it was written into the bible this way to deter followers from practicing animal sacrifice because “they” know how powerful it is. Whatever your beliefs around this, if you are a meat eater, you should be connected to your food. Muslims have laws about how their meat should be prepared, this is called Halal. Those of the Jewish faith have practices, kosher laws, in regards to the cooking and preparing of their food. Native Americans thanked their kill for giving them life.
My point is that all major religions have practices around their food and most have altars where some, sometimes all of that food is placed. Voodoo, Ifa, Santeria, Palo, and Candomble are no different. We are connected to and aware of the exchange of energy that the animal offers us, we give thanks for it, we provide for our ancestors with honor and veneration and we utilize all parts of the animal. It is said that the animal who’s honor it is to be utilized in ritual, comes back in the next life with a higher standing and good karma.
Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
On December 6th, the moon and sun meet in the sign of Sagittarius. Jupiter is also in its home sign of Sagittarius which infuses this new moon with extra umph. You are being asked to look at the bigger picture, a higher perspective..to explore, learn and seek. What have you learned and where can you stretch yourself just a bit more in an effort to be in greater alignment with your purpose? This is a time of clarity... clarity on your place in the world and how/where you’re ready to take up space. This is a great time to look at your belief systems, opinions, what you think is wrong or right, just and unjust and where or with whom you place your trust and faith. This will help you focus in on where you are ready to take the next step... where you can own more of who you are through an expanded sense of self awareness. This is where the focus for your new moon wishes should be placed. Sagittarius helps you to look at the wisdom you’ve gathered up until this point through your experiences. While there is always more to learn, it is good to honor and recognize just how far you’ve come. Sagittarius can also bring expanse in other ways such as over-spending, over-eating and over-drinking. This is an area to be aware of.
Because of a square(a challenge) to this new moon from Mars and Neptune, there is an opportunity to find common ground within soulful and emotional situations that you have been working through for some time so that you can come to a resolution for better or worse. This is making way for the new year so as not to leave these things lingering in the body. Tune into where you need to expand and what you need to move through and away from for good. A grand water trine is taking place. This is supportive of being loving, gentle , and compassionate with yourself..honoring what your heart needs and exalting the Divine Feminine within. This is being supported by Venus sextiling Saturn. Lastly, Mercury is going direct, any needed bits of information will slowly begin to present themselves as the month progresses making your vision for the future that much clearer. Overall this is a high vibrational time that can be used to rewrite your story and plan ahead as long as you are willing to travel light.
Jupiter is an expansive planet. It signifies good luck and good fortune. It is a Supreme Benefic. Numerically, Jupiter is ruled by the number 3. The number 3 is considered the Guru; the bringer of change. This number holds the significance of merging the human and the divine.
The spread I have created for this New Moon is one of progression. It will allow you to move with the expansive energy of Jupiter while also allowing you to dream (Neptune), blending the two so as to focus in on grounded action (Mars), through zeroing in on your purpose. Enjoy! and please share what comes up for you via Instagram, I’d love to see your spread!
Author: Rasia of Silfren Circle
Ancestor Worship in one form or another, has been a way of life since the beginning of time. We can see this through myths, storytelling, death and birth rituals, prayer and many other forms of ceremony. If we think of our bodies as the vessel through which our souls move, and our souls as infinite energy, then we can see why ancestor work is necessary. If energy is infinite, then it is transmutable, meaning it shifts and transforms but never dies. But sometimes energy can become stuck, or stagnant and needs support in moving through its passage. This is the infinite wisdom behind Ancestor Work and the reason why the ancients utilized this practice. They knew that crying, whaling, mourning, ritual, sacrifice, song, and offerings were all forms of worship that assisted in shifting the energy where and when it was needed.
The world of today is so far removed from this practice that we have become emotionally, and spiritually constipated because we don’t make space for rituals in our lives that assist in the transmutation of energy. As spiritual beings in this third dimensional experience, we carry within us the DNA of our ancestors, their pain, their heartbreak, their cycles, their stories. If you or a loved one has experienced some form of trauma, part of integrating this trauma is Ancestor Work.
When you look back at your lineage, the cycle of trauma is guaranteed to reveal itself. You are likely not the first to feel the expressions of it. If this is true for you, it is because that energetic expression hasn’t been integrated. Working with your ancestors allows for knowledge to be unlocked, passed down, and deeper heeling to occur. Through storytelling, grieving, laughing, crying, and offerings, we honor the dead in all of their glory because without them, we would not be here. I encourage you to connect with your lineage through whatever channel feels right to you, research, intuition, your guru, or simply by connecting with family and asking questions. Where did your people originate from? What lands did they travel on? What did they eat? What were some of their traditions? How did others experience them? Knowing the people and traditions you come from allows for a greater sense of self, a firmer foundation on which to stand, and it opens the door to focused and purposeful healing. Ancestor Work offers healing of both the past and the present. Know yourself, know where you come from then tell your story.
A quick and easy way to begin this work is to set up an ancestor altar. Place photos of Ancestors that resonate with you on a table with a white cloth on it. Place a cup of water on the table, some flowers, and anything else that reminds you of where your people originated from. Offerings in the form of food, smoke, or just your voice through song, speech or prayer is always good. The spirits need to be fed! When you cook food be sure to place a portion on your Ancestor Altar before feeding yourself. Placing items on your altar that they enjoyed when they were in this realm is also nice as it shows that you are putting intentional thought into your offerings.
Author: Priestess Rasia Mykonos Pouncie of Silfren Circle
Rasia is a Priestess in the tradition of Palo Kimbesa. This is an ancient practice that has its roots in the Congo Basin. She has been a practitioner for 20 years. In addition to this, Rasia utilizes energy work, crystal healing, tarot, astrology, clairvoyance, and clairsentience in her practice. She provides services with her clients through her practice as a Licensed Intuitive Life Coach and hold a Bachelor in Psychology.