How's your Leo season been? Good?
Mine has been GREAT.
The first house was LIT and it burned through the remaining clouds in my emotional haze from that 12th house Cancer season. I'm back to my true self again.
All of it was necessary. I wouldn't trade it, take it back, or dare to wish it was done differently.
But bayBEE! Let's chat about that SUN.
The SUN! I see why there's worship of the Sun. I understand WHY it's been such a central figure in different spiritual systems. It's a pretty big deal. It starts life. In the Earth, the atmosphere supports the light (energy/radiation) of the Sun, allowing for life to remain. It's sustained.
I went down and I'm still down this healthy lined rabbit hole of information about it. I legitimately want to wave to the Sun just out of respect for its dopeness, ya know?
Please take a few minutes out of your day to understand the supercharging power within the sun and in its rays. I guarantee you, you'll be astonished.
Let's twist our heads over to the Leo now. The super heroes of the Heart, carrying the sun in your entire Torso. How are you? How does it feel, carrying the center of the solar system inside of you? Being the source of light for the populace? Being the entertainer, the artist, the teacher, the coach, the lover? Beautifying us with your excellent skills in physical upkeep? How do you make it all look so effortless? How do you carry such profound energy inside of you without burning up?
Of course, we can feel it. Even when you're not saying anything. It radiates from you when you're quiet - like the heat rising from burning coal. You're intense.
But, we need it - complacency has no place in your presence. Your light burns through the fabric curtains in our windows and forces us out of our melancholy. Your light is heard in the trumpets of salsa, shattering mutations in our waters. You're amazing, Leo.
Don't forget that.
I love you.
The Generous, Dynamic One
Fun, Dramatic, some
But Leaders they’ve all become"
- The Painted Fool
Pictured in the Leo Podcast Thumbnail photo: @rcarterphoto
Yes. It's late at night and my mind began to go. Not in the anxiety ridden speed it used to, caused by lack of sleep and excessive sugar consumption, but in my glossing over of information about the Sun for the Leo podcast episode. A thought came to me.
I began to think: what is the Sun to the other planets? Often we call the Sun the giver of Life - there's Sun worship, its signifier with the moon to represent time and cycles, its spiritual value, etc. It literally gives and sustains life on Earth.
But this appears to be from our one limited perspective and our experience of Life HERE - Earth. What is the Sun to Mercury, or Mars? What about Venus? What is the Sun to Neptune, Pluto? What is the Sun to Saturn and Uranus? What is its Value?
Yes, some of us heard that it is the Sun's magnetic field that keeps the planets in the Sun's orbit. But from the perspective of living in another planet - what "Value" does the Sun hold elsewhere? What would the life's mythology be for inhabitants of Mars for instance?
What would the giver of life be to a planet that does not have the atmosphere to support the original giver of life?
To test the validity of Astrology, I decided to get my natal chart read by an elder cousin. My elder cousin predicted based upon my placements that I would "get into publishing" or "children's work." This was 2015.
In 2017 I started illustrating Children's Books.
Cut to 2021, I have illustrated 10 Children's Books: one of those is an activity book for The Painted Fool's Painthouse.
I also entered astrology to study my own life in retrospect. To connect where changes in my life happened in parallel to the transits.
My goodness. Opened up a new set of eyes.
Cut to a total of 3 readings from Chief Yuya over a course of 6 years and some major deep life changes, and all of it clicks. All of it lines up.
I can say that I've learned a great deal. I don't receive many spiritual readings or consultations; maybe 1 or 2 every 1-3 years. What I've lost, is falsehood. What I've gained is nothing - only revealed more of my Self. When you're aligned with your Soul, everything meant for your life will be in line with it. I've only "gained" more of myself and everything meant for me began to "release" from my own grip of "fear."
I've learned the cost of oversharing - I've learned the cost of being too accessible. I've learned the cost of providing discounts, because "I love your energy." I've learned the cost of replying to a text, answering a call, or giving my attention to one-way relationships of all types. I've learned what true support is. I've learned what loyalty feels like. I understand things demonstrated and unspoken as it pertains to my relationships. I've learned what excessive sugar does to my body, mind, and spirit. I've learned how a poor sleeping schedule affects me. I've gained a deep respect for the way my body communicates to me. I'm grateful it never failed me, as much as I've failed it.
I've learned some of the most insidious manipulative ways an energy seeks to transform you into someone that you are not. By getting you alone and passive aggressively attacking your views, practices, interests, and identity. Not even seeking to dim your light, but to be the container of another's destiny. Cloning, if you will. By pretending to share your interests only to move in their truth once they've received access to you. Shapeshifters. To "be right" when confronted during an offense.
Preachers of "Emotional intelligence" cloaked in a cocktail of apathy, skepticism, and narcissism. Not responsible behavior. Not active listening. Not compassion, but a distancing of the human experience. Speakers with no experience - only concepts and aesthetic. Fruitless.
Cancer season, with all of its 12th House activity in my personal life, has made me aware of the importance of energetic boundaries. By stirring up my subconscious mind with moods. By forcing me to FEEL it all. I've been in a deep state of reflecting and FEELING since April 2021. Now, at the start of Leo season and with a Full Moon in Aquarius, I've learned who and what to let go. Less about "people" and more about myself. The "People" will fall away or rise to the occasion.
The Cancer personality knows intuitively, like the mother carrying a child, what to allow in or let out of its space as it carries innocence, purity, and the vulnerable within. Likewise, we treat our Souls the same. Our consciousness the same. Carried in our skulls, the innocent, the truth - our Soul. Carried behind our ribs: our heart, the innocent and the pure. Like the Cancer that values the home, so should we value our interior. By establishing a gatekeeper, not for the "outsiders" but to keep your discernment in check, you hold yourself accountable and protect yourself. Cancer knows self-preservation and compassion.
One thing's for sure. I will not compromise my integrity, emotional, spiritual, mental, or physical body for anything. I've learned the cost and I'm tired of paying. My budget is being redirected.
A sober goodbye to self sabotage.
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Since the opening of Persona 5, the player has identified with the values of the larger populace and protagonists, called the Phantom Thieves. Save those who are being abused by those who are abusing their own authority. This concept of Justice has carried our trust in the protagonists and those who desire to fight for the abused. Until recently: we see an opposing position...Can we dichotomize Justice? Better yet, do we leave Justice in the hands of the individual, or do we place it in the hands of those who determine what it is for themselves? These bringers of Justice, identifying themselves as thieves are surely providing relief to many abused. Granted with the self identifying title, "thieves" isn't common of a Hero. But, their title isn't where this issue begins.
Do we leave these matters to police? Do we allow them to investigate and correct criminals? IS this another means of taking the power away from the funded police? Is that what this is about? Or is it about taking matters into your own hands and changing the tides of fate, indicative of one's own access to once untapped potential? What power is unseen and untraceable? Considering the phantom thieves assist the police department through their endeavors, the perpetrators simply confess. What is this about, really? So, the populace is divided. In so much as fear.
We begin with the mystery of the secret hacker society, called the Medjed.
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You’re walking an upward spiraling path along a mountain on a pilgrimage in the cold. Its not snowing. Just cold. You’re wrapped in a beautiful warm patchwork coat of many colors and fabrics. You’re wearing shepherd sandals Your head and ears are covered warm. There are occasional gusts of wind that shifts your comfort, as the air travels along your face and down your neck. So, you adjust just the patchwork coat...your fingers gently bitten by the bitter cold.
You’re higher now.
gaining altitude. Thus, the gusts are continuous.
You’re supposed to go to the top - where you’re instructed to receive your answer. You’re wondering what is at the top, what you’ll need to know. Walking In sandals, for what seems like ages. You’re hunched, marching to split the gusts that are fighting you up a mountain that promises deep wisdom at its summit. By now, you’re in denial of your own complaints against the icy snowless hardship as you’re pushing towards with the summit’s promise. You’re going - the edge of the mountain getting closer. Until the whistles of the gusts are gone and the sounds of your sandals begin the only echo towards the summit. Your posture, once a defense from the cold, straightens. The atmosphere is still. So you continue. Even your breathing can be heard across the realms, as the blue skies gradate to a flamingo sunset. Looking over the edge is a bed of clouds beneath.
Now the cracks in the mountains sprouts fuchsia colored grass, - completely filling the ground and as you continue upwards, you hear a faint chime - similar to the pitch of a child’s bicycle. The echo of your footsteps along the grass, an arrhythmic cymbal instrument to it. You’re seconds away from the summit, you feel. Seconds. The chime signals again. Sounding closer. But you can tell now it’s coming from the mountain. If only you stop to peek over the edge. But You continue the pilgrimage. But answers you seek are but a moment away as you follow the upward spiraling trail.
Swiftly, a dark tube like figure is shooting upward into the skies past you and the narrow mountain edge, its velocity creating echoes of fabric blowing in the wind with the length of the figure seemingly miles long. The chime sound rings again. And you learn it’s coming from the long formed figure. The figure dive drops, curling through the sky until it notices you in its field of vision. A tightness is felt in your chest and a pit of fear deepens inside of your stomach as the flying reptilian figure makes its way towards you. It is a dragon. Wingless. Colorful. Hypnotic. An asiatic dragon, gracefully rushing towards you as the silent atmosphere houses echoes of its elegance. The dragon loosely coils itself up, slowing down, lowering its face to yours. pushing steam from nostrils like a broken pressurized pipe in the flamingo sunset skies.
Tianshen the dragon, pauses, watching you. Glaring at you, it seems.
For but a moment. Only to then blast upward towards what appears to be the mountain summit, waiting for you. You follow suit. Rushing.
You finally arrive at the top.
Your body sore from the trek. Your journey coming to a close.
But Tianshen the dragon isn’t there.
It is said that those who catch a glimpse of Tianshen, are forever changed. For in order to spot such rarity one must be in highest of heights and the purest of pure.
The story of sighting Tianshen is the rare opportunity one has to see Gemini in their fullness.
It does not happen often.
For Tianshen to reveal itself to you, is indicative of your purity.
And even then, the sight is fleeting. And you’re liable to forget.
Welcome to…the “end” of Gemini season.
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