COMING UP IN JUNE

THE QUINTESSENCE OF SPIRIT::: A 3 PART SERIES

The journey through the path of the pentacle seeks completion through the mysteries of quintessence.

~ The essence of Spirit ~

Along the pentacle path of Elemental Magick and Embodiment, the final stroke is one of completion within the topmost point of the star. This top point represents the wholeness of divinity both within matter and transcendent as Spirit. Many would equate it to Love.

Tapping into Source | Spirit is one thing… Infusing it into a dance practice is another.

There are numerous ways one can witness or become one with Spirit:

– Authentic expression

– Emotion or to Emote

– The gift of Presence

 – Honing in on the subtle messages & opening perception to see how all is Spirit.

 

It is within the element of Spirit that all elements find unity.

Spirit is the 5th Element.

One element cannot exist without the other. Spirit is where all of the elements find unity and unlimited potential. Spirit is how the gifts of dance and magic are shared. 

It is through refinement of our physical vessel that Spirit is granted an optimal channel for its essence to be emoted and its message to be conveyed clearly.

Awareness of this is crucial for an artist of any field, otherwise the art they produce is devoid of the Quintessence of Spirit. Without this element, artistry becomes lackluster and forgettable.

For the same reason that potions, poisons, elixirs and tonics are described as Spirits ~ so too is it incredibly beneficial for an artist to consider the ingredients, intention and quality that they are using to create and imbue their artistry with.

It is when art can emote an essence that someone can experience it in a way that touches the Spirit within them, that greatness is attained. A single performance can change the lives of multiple people all at once. Herein lies a powerful understanding and jewel of wisdom. 

VENUS IN GEMINI

Thursday, June 13th 6pm pst

(An All Levels Class)

Venus is playfully curious in Gemini. With the planet of love in this air sign, she turns up our appetite for delight and experimentation. As Venus transits Gemini she inspires us to bask in the pleasure of the here and now, and approach all moments of harmony, beauty, and connection with lightheartedness to experience even greater depths of sweetness. 

Venus in Gemini is extra chatty, social, and loves buzzing about the hivemind. She encourages us to express our more extroverted side, and reminds us to catch up with friends and be social during this transit. Venus in Gemini is also a highly creative energy that can inspire us to emote through expressive gestures, adorn ourselves in paradox; say one thing, do another; read as an act of foreplay to spark pleasures of the mind. Needless to say, the Dance of Venus in Gemini will cleverly embody all of these fun-loving attributes through movement with an emphasis on playful expression.

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DANCE OF LITHA

This dance is an embodiment of the the Summer Solstice in honor of the Goddess, Litha, the Sirius Stargate & Egyptian New Year. On the Wheel of the Year, the Summer Solstice is the turning point, the point at which we begin to head into the darker half of the year. After the solstice, the days will grow shorter and the nights longer until Midwinter.

* This recording is one of the older classes from Animara first edition, so please enjoy its vintage character and charm. *

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During this time, we honor the Sun at its peak; we ask for healing, illumination, and one last joyful summer romp before dipping into darkness.

The song I have chosen is called Earth Women Dub which features incredible vocals by women who are personal friends of mine and formed a local choir here in Portland known as Earth Women founded by Ayla Realta who I have been weaving ritual artistry with through Valourian Theatre. You can find Earth Women on instagram. I absolutely love what they are doing. Props to my lady Emily Ra for merging with their project and seeing to it that this track was recorded. You can really feel the love of the local community in this track!

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LITHA

During midsummers past, the ancient Romans celebrated the hearth goddess Vesta and her own festival, Vestalia. The ancient Egyptians welcomed the renewal of the land as the star of Sirius rose above the horizon, emerging once more from the underworld and heralding the much-anticipated annual flooding of the Nile. At the highest point in their villages, the Scandinavians mimicked the retreat of the sun by setting large wheels on fire and rolling down hills into bodies of water. 

Although Midsummer is not one of the Celtic fire festivals, fire is an important component of the holiday, and hilltop bonfires on Midsummer’s Eve are common even in modern celebrations. These sacred fires were thought to help the Sun reach its highest point as it teetered on the turn of the celestial wheel. Although the holidays of Midsummer and Beltane share the pagan traditions of may-pole dancing, handfasting, flower crowns, fertility rites, and faerires, Midsummer has a distinct farewell feeling to its celebrations. The growth cycle has almost completed, and the harvest is just around the corner. There is a bit of an urgency during Midsummer to relish that which what will soon retreat – to enjoy the long, languid days that will give way to endless hours of back-breaking work and the early arrival of nightfall. With winter preparations imminent, Midsummer stirs up a bit of carpe diem amongst young and old alike.

ASTROLOGY FOR JUNE 2024

June 2024 brings a strong wave of Gemini energy, which will lift our spirits, ignite our intellect, and get us to express ourselves poetically.

Gemini energy can sometimes get a bad rap. On the surface, it’s known for being two-faced and sharp-tongued, but there is so much more to this sign. In fact, the Gemini twins are a symbol of the dance between the material world and the spiritual world, as one twin is mortal and the other is immortal.

The dance between our material world and our spiritual world is one that we are always moving through. At times, it is easier to access the world of spirit and find the magic and synchronicity that life has to offer.

Perhaps we have all had moments where we felt the spirit of our being radiating strong and true, guiding us forward and giving us all that we have dreamed about. 

In these modern times of  rampant capitalism, dancing this dance between the all-knowing spiritual self and the material self that just wants to survive, is a constant process as we journey through this earthy realm. When Gemini Season arrives, we are guided to bring this dance into greater balance and to remember to honor both sides of our being.

How well we can balance the two will determine how well we can flow with the energies that are on offer, especially in the first part of June.

June also brings the Solstice, one of the key markers on our trip around the Sun. The Solstice is one of the most cosmically powerful days of the year. The seasons around us shift, and so do we. In fact, we can use the Solstice portal to shift to a higher harmony and to access our own innate healing powers with greater ease.

As we reach the end of the month, Saturn, our Master Teacher planet, stations retrograde, joining Pluto in the Underworld. Saturn Retrograde is a time to revisit the lessons of the past. You can think of it as Saturn’s opportunity to test whether we have been doing our homework or not. The good news about Saturn Retrograde is that it can also be a time to receive the gifts of our hard work, too!

Let’s take a closer look into the energies of the month ahead and how we can make the most of it –

JUNE 2ND: JUPITER IN GEMINI TRINE PLUTO IN AQUARIUS
Jupiter has just moved into Gemini, and while it is still getting settled, it makes a beautiful trine alignment with Pluto, Lord of the Underworld, and our planet of death and rebirth. A trine is generally considered a harmonious alignment, so we get a sweet fusion of energy from both Jupiter and Pluto on this day. Jupiter is the greater expander but is also a highly optimistic force, so perhaps at this time, we may find ourselves feeling a deeper appreciation or satisfaction around our own journey of death and rebirth. Jupiter and Pluto joining together is also a positive omen for success, wealth, and fame, so stay open to these gifts, too!

JUNE 3RD: MERCURY IN GEMINI
Mercury moves into Gemini, giving us a line-up of three planets in Gemini along with the Sun. This lineup of cosmic bodies in Gemini is known as a Stellium and will deliver us this strong force of Gemini energy that we can use to bring balance to our spirit and human bodies. Mercury entering Gemini is also a positive transit that can bring greater ease when it comes to all forms of communication.

JUNE 4TH: VENUS / SUN CONJUNCTION (CAZIMI) – NEW STARPOINT IN GEMINI

The Sun and Venus come together, merging their energies as one. This powerful day can be used to boost our creative energy and also the energy of romance and love! This is a good time to focus on creating harmonious relationships in our lives. If there is a relationship that needs healing, the energy of this day will help to support understanding and compassion. If you are looking to create more meaningful relationships in your life, this is a good day to take action.

JUNE 6TH: NEW MOON IN GEMINI
The Gemini New Moon is all about unification of all aspects of self. This is a powerful New Moon when it comes to our relationships both internally and externally. If you have been looking for guidance on a particular relationship, self-love, or wondering if you should stay or go in a current relationship, this New Moon can help bring a fresh perspective and, hopefully, the answers you need to forge your way ahead. This New Moon can guide us to new ideas when it comes to love and relationships as well. We may feel more inspired to open our minds or we may just be thinking with a new level of clarity and understanding about what we want when it comes to love in all avenues of our lives. No matter what arises on this day, use this New Moon to celebrate and appreciate the love that is in your life. If you are looking for love, this is a good time to set some intentions around the love you wish to amplify or attract into your life. Just be sure what you wish to attract and your actions are aligned… Sometimes, we think we want something, but our actions tell a different story. Getting the two on the same page can be a big help for manifesting love in all forms under this New Moon.

JUNE 9TH: MARS IN TAURUS
Mars, the fiery planet, moves into grounded, earthy Taurus. Mars in Taurus is not the most energetic placement, but it can help us to move into a state of refinement. We may find ourselves refining the smaller details or perhaps looking over the foundations we have set. Slow and steady is the motto here, as we are encouraged to fine-tune things. Mars in Taurus is also a great time to focus on sustained health and well-being. No fad diets or workout routines; this is our chance to create some long lasting healthy habits.

JUNE 11TH: MARS IN TAURUS SQUARE PLUTO IN AQUARIUS

(Trigger Warning)
Mars Square Pluto is generally considered a combative alignment. It can bring power struggles and unrest. On the world stage, this alignment also seems to coincide with protests our aggressive outbursts from governments or its people. While we may feel extra irritable or frustrated under this energy, we can use Mars and Pluto to get in touch with any anger we may be harboring. Sometimes, we need to get what is inside of us up and out, especially if we are holding onto resentments. While it would be nice to aim for healthy outlets to release, such as journaling, talking things through with a therapist, or even exercising, sometimes it doesn’t always happen this way! If you or someone close to you experiences a wave of strong emotion, don’t be hard on yourself or them; use this as an opportunity to get the truth up and out.

JUNE 14TH: SUN CONJUNCT MERCURY IN GEMINI (CAZIMI)

Another powerful day in the month for self-expression and communicating what is really on our minds. This is also a great energy day for starting a journaling practice or negotiating a contract. If you are looking to buy a car or book travel, today can bring some clarity and good opportunities!

JUNE 17TH: MERCURY & VENUS IN CANCER

Mercury and Venus both move into Cancer, creating soft, gentle, and compassionate waves. Venus in Cancer becomes the nurturer and Mercury in Cancer becomes the poet! There is some beautiful soft energy we can take advantage of today. Use this energy dynamic to create some gentleness and grace in your world.

JUNE 20TH: SUN ENTERS CANCER – SUMMER SOLSTICE | LITHA

The Solstice is here! This is a power day in our year that moves the energy grid into higher harmony. With the energy grid of the planet vibing high, we can use today to set intentions and soak up the healing power of Mother Nature with greater ease. Spending time in nature or bringing nature into your home can help to intensify the experience. The Solstice also represents a shift of seasons for some parts of the world. This shift in seasons can be used to create a shift in our own lives and to remember that we, too, move through our own seasons of life.

JUNE 21ST: FULL MOON IN CAPRICORN
The Capricorn Full Moon is guiding us to take responsibility when it comes to our lives. We may say we want something, but do our actions actually reflect that, or do they lead us in a different direction? This Full Moon can deliver some hard truths, getting us to take a real hard look at ourselves and the actions we are taking or not taking. In some ways, this Full Moon feels like a rude awakening, snapping us out of any self-pity or self-sabotage and into a place of leadership. Take the reigns under this Full Moon; allow yourself to face up to the reality of your situation without the need to defend yourself or your actions. Release any shame you may feel and take ownership of your life and the direction you are traveling. This is a good Full Moon for purging bad habits or habits that are keeping you stuck or in repetitive patterns. It’s time to break the cycles of karma and create a new path forward. The Universe is on your side!

JUNE 29TH: SATURN RETROGRADE IN PISCES
Saturn spends a good portion of the year in retrograde, so while we are somewhat used to this energy, it is a power day not to be ignored! The day Saturn stations retrograde brings a clue as to what lessons the Universe has been encouraging us to master. Pay attention to the lessons that are brought your way on this day, as they are likely to be part of a larger theme you have been working through. Saturn Retrograde is our chance to finish off our homework and ensure that we have, indeed, mastered the lessons that have been coming our way. Saturn Retrograde can also bring gifts and rewards too, as we finally master a new chapter of our lives.