Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Retrogrades & The Seven of Swords Card – by Ashley

seven of swords tarot

In light of the current and upcoming planetary transits, I felt inspired to write about the seven of swords tarot card. I draw this card often when there is something that should be taken care of properly, but hasn’t. This is either because it needs to be addressed at a later time, or possibly because it should be avoided altogether. The figure in the card has five swords in his arms but has dropped two. I normally interpret this as “dropping the ball”, or consciously “trying to get away” with something he shouldn’t. There is innumerable ways to interpret this card, although, “thievery, deception, sneakiness, sloppiness, ill-intent, and unwanted escape are the main themes. Let’s explore some alternative views on how this card’s meaning can be applied.

Excluding the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune & Pluto), three of the five planets that can go retrograde are now in their apparent backward motion: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Of course, the Sun & Moon never go retrograde, and Rahu/Ketu are always retrograde. Soon to be joining the retrograde party is Mercury on Thursday, July 26th. Although by then, Jupiter will have gone direct (on July 10th).

This seven of swords card has such retrogradey energy. The two dropped swords, which can be seen as a skipped step or a mistake, will need to be reconciled and corrected at some point. Retrogrades in general have a “do-over” energy, in order to right the wrongs or adjust the plan. Planets in retrograde have a more intense quality of to what that planet represents, that urges people to be more introspective and reflect on their plans and decisions. Maybe this is where we could see a possibility of the thief’s conscience come into play in this card. In order to make corrections to a new plan of action or a new strategy to be implemented, awareness must first come into play. It’s much easier, rather, lazier to want to hastily move forward, but that skipped step will sooner or later come back to haunt him because of a little thing called karma. Justice has a natural reckoning equally proportionate to the crime or trespass committed.

What goes up, must come down. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This card appearing is a warning. Actually, it is a sign of grace that there is still time to make corrections to be thorough, accountable and responsible for our actions. Free will is a blessing. We get to make decisions. The two swords behind him signifies a choice. The two of swords card literally means “choices”. Do I decide to do this, or that? This card indicates that there is still time to adjust our actions and reconsider our choices, just as the planets are allowing now. With these retrogrades, we may even feel a more acute pressure to correct our course. Right now, we can either ignore what obviously needs to be done by a slew of excuses, just to have to account for them later, or we can use the energy given to us to make the extra effort to backtrack a little, reassess, reevaluate and choose a different fate.

 

 

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

Intro to Vedic Astrology with Ashley

Jupiter in Libra in Vedic AstrologyDiscover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate, and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This class will answer “What is Vedic Astrology?” by introducing the fundamental differences between Vedic Astrology and Western Astrology. We will also cover the basics of Vedic Astrology, including the planets, signs, rulerships, and chart styles. This class is designed to familiarize you with the most important differences between the two popular systems and why understanding these differences matter when looking at an Astrology chart. This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is a basic introduction to Vedic Astrology and a comparison of the Eastern & Western systems.

 

$28; $3 discount for cash

Vedic astrologer Ashley

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of War by Ashley

Mars in Vedic AstrologyThe planet Mars is referred to as “the red planet” because of its red-orange appearance. It is named after the Roman God of War. The Greek counterpart of Mars was Ares, who in Greek Mythology, had 2 sons: Phobos & Deimos. Phobos means panic & fear, and Deimos means terror & dread. These are the 2 moons that orbit Mars! It also gives you an idea of the energy that Mars bestows… We consider Mars a “malefic”, meaning that it tends to bring bad luck and misfortune. (Mars is the lesser Malefic, while Saturn is the greater malefic.)

The Astronomical function of Mars’ movement through a zodiac sign is within about roughly 45 days, depending on its speed, and retrograde motion. Mercury has gained quite a reputation for the retrograde, but all the planets (except the Sun and Moon) appear to go retrograde from the Earth’s perspective. Mars represents Tuesdays in the week. Basic characteristics of Mars are: speed, focus, effort, and motivation. This makes sense from an energetic standpoint of the 7-day work week. Mondays & Fridays are likely to be the least productive, as on Fridays people are already salivating for the weekend festivities and one step out the door, while on Mondays the majority of people are gearing up to the “back to the grind” mindset and possibly still in weekend-mode. Most beautician services are closed on Mondays, and I happen to know a certain metaphysical store that is also closed on Mondays… Point being, Tuesdays tend to be the most productive day of the week fueled on go-juice with a side of catch-up.

Mars in Vedic Astrology is activated in your chart at the 27th year, where it develops maturity and begins to exhibit its full strength. We usually begin to experience more independence around this age. This is right before the infamous “Saturn return” from age 28-30, which serves the purpose to create more structure and permanence in our lives, which can only be done when the untamed wildfire of Mars calms down to focus on accomplishing more with a slow burn.

Mars is the action-planet. It shows how you act and move through life. Its function is to create initiation and movement. Without Mars energy, everything would be still and stagnant. Mars is the warrior, the soldier. It’s the fighting nature that exhibits physical and mental strength, and inner and outer determination. This can express itself by being impulsive, quick-tempered, and destructive, therefore it is also the expression of Anger. Anger can be used destructively, or constructively based upon how that energy is channeled. On the destructive side, Mars is anger, aggression, accidents, pain and violence. On the constructive side, Mars is motivation, assertion, passion, lust, courage and dominance. Whichever sign and house Mars is placed in your chart, will give you an indication of the style and direction in which you use the warrior energy.

In the world, Mars represents masculinity and youth, but also males in general, like your male friends and brothers. It’s an indication of many things, but for example, it also represents: blood, muscles, weapons, fire, cars, sports, the military, exercise, and penetration. The symbol of Mars is a circle with an arrow protruding upwards from it. This symbolizes the male organ and function, depictive of masculinity, movement and drive. It is an invasive and destructive energy, but it also gives us the courage to destroy what is allowing for weakness in our lives in order to forge a new pathway through the forest of our habits, that will ultimately bring success from the determination and focus it takes to create something stronger.

Wherever Mars is situated in our chart, indicates where you will exert the most energy in life. Mars rules the signs of Aries and Scorpio, and is exalted in Capricorn, which is the sign of the general. This combination produces a capable, military strategist energy that is skilled with weapons to defeat the enemy… whatever that represents in our lives.

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

Saturn in Vedic Astrology: Father Time by Ashley

saturn in Vedic AstrologyIn Vedic Astrology, Saturn is the outermost planet in the solar system. Saturn in Vedic Astrology is referred to as “father time”, because it is the last planet that we can see with the naked-eye, signifying endings. Basically, this translates to death, as all mortal days are numbered. The rings around Saturn are representations of the limitations and boundaries of our personal lives. It also functions as a celestial boundary, because it is the outer-most planet, and last object in our solar system that can be seen without a telescope. Without boundaries, it is impossible to differentiate between one thing and another in this physical world. Other than “father time”, Saturn is also referred to as “the reaper”, as in we reap what we sow. It is the score-keeper of our past and current karmic deeds. The reaper is responsible for endings, dissolution, decomposition and death. Sounds grim, I know, but it is a necessary function in the life-death-rebirth process. Without a necessary end, there would be no cycle of a new beginning.

Saturn is named after the Roman God of Genealogy and time. The Greek counterpart of Saturn was Cronos, who in Greek Mythology was the father of Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto, and was known as the Titan of the Harvest. To Astrologers, Saturn is a “malefic”, meaning that it tends to bring bad luck and misfortune (Saturn is known as the greater malefic, while Mars is the lesser malefic).

The Astronomical function of Saturn’s movement through the 12 zodiac signs is slightly over 29 years, therefore, it travels through each sign in roughly 2.5 years. Saturn is the 7th classical planet corresponding to the 7 days of the week, to which it represents Saturdays, or SATURN-days. Since Saturn represents completion and endings, it is appropriate to draw the parallel to religious literature describing that ‘upon the creation of the universe, God rested on the 7th day’, which is why Saturdays are observed for the Sabbath as a day of rest.

In Vedic Astrology, Saturn is activated in your chart at the 35th year, where it matures and begins to exhibit its full strength. We usually experience important changes creating either upheaval or security around this age. This would be after the dust settles from the upheavals of the infamous “Saturn return” from age 28-30, where Saturn returns back to the place where it sits in a person’s birth chart. Just as we have a solar return (birthday) every year, we also have a Saturn return every 30 years or so. Ultimately the purpose is to create a better, more solid structure of permanence in our lives, not just to torture us.

Saturn is time and space. It is pressure, containment and gravity. It condenses energy into form, creating the physical world of matter bound by time. When people ask you “what is the matter?” they really are asking, “what is the Saturn?”. Other qualities that Saturn represents are delay, constriction, obstruction, blockage, and obstacles. It is also fear, sternness, coldness, hardships, illness, hard labor, task-master energy, rules and tradition. Whereas Jupiter is expansion, Saturn is contraction. Maybe this is why news that someone is going through their “Saturn return” is received with groans. It has a reputation of bestowing restrictive energy that creates conditions of poverty and hardship. However, the only way this can be avoided is to do what Saturn asks of you, which requires effort, organization and strict discipline. On the positive side, Saturn signifies our career, hard-earned success, binding contracts, and wealth. We gain by reaping the wealth of our efforts!

In the world, Saturn represents our elders, but it is also bosses, the government and old souls. It is an indication of many things too numerous to list here, but for example, it also represents bones, disease, dirt, agriculture, wealth and time. The symbol, or “glyph” of Saturn is a sickle, which traditionally is used for harvesting grain. Again, we see the reaper motif of reaping of what we sown. Another interpretation of the symbol is a crescent moon extending from the right bottom portion of the cross. The cross of matter takes precedence over the mind, symbolized by the moon’s crescent. It is the flipped image of Jupiter’s glyph. Where Jupiter is the sowing of seeds, Saturn is the reaping of crops.

Wherever Saturn is placed in our chart indicates the biggest challenges we get to overcome in order to grow in strength. The biggest blessing from Saturn is the rich, fruitful reward of our toil. Saturn rules the signs Capricorn and Aquarius, and is exalted in Libra, which is a sign of balance, equality and fairness. Saturn only rewards us with what we have rightly earned. People don’t tend to appreciate something unless they feel they have truly earned it. This is the beautiful lesson that Saturn teaches us.

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

 

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Divine Mother Moon by Ashley

Divine mother moonMuch like the Sun, the Moon is not exactly a planet.  We refer to the Divine Mother Moon as a planet in Astrology for ease of reference, but more accurately, she is what we consider to be “a luminary” because she illuminates the night sky. Also the moon emanates no light of her own, rather reflects the glowing light of the Sun.

The astronomical functioning of the Moon creates a lunar month by moving through all 12 zodiac signs approximately every 28 days. It transits through each astrological sign every 2 ½ days. When the Moon is in front of the Sun (conjoined together) we have a New Moon. When it is on the opposite side of the earth (180 degrees from the Sun) we have a Full Moon. The Sun & Moon are the only “planets” that don’t appear to go retrograde from a geo-centric, earth-centered perspective.

The Moon is the most important planet in Astrology, because it is the closest celestial object relative to the Earth, as well as the fastest moving of the 7 classical planets. It has the greatest psychological and developmental effect on us out of all the planets (including even the Sun) because of the Moon’s proximity. Therefore, our personal characteristics are more like our Moon signs than our Sun signs. Essentially, the Moon represents your Personality. It is your temperament and mood. It is your emotion. It is your Mind, the style in which you think and behave. The cyclical and changing nature represents our thinking, because just like the phase of the moon changes, so do our minds. Not only does it represent the state of your mental wellbeing, it also represents your physical body’s health and form. It is also early childhood development as well as instinctual motivation.

In Vedic Astrology, the Moon is the most important planet, because it creates segments in the sky known as the lunar mansions, also referred to as “nakshatras”. These Moon signs are the constellations within the 12 solar, Sun signs. In Vedic Astrology, the Moon is activated in your chart at the 23rd year, where it matures and begins to exhibit its full strength. Our minds usually begin to reach peak growth around this age. Vedic Astrologers are typically more interested in the Moon sign than the Sun sign in a person’s chart. If it is an event chart, the Moon always indicates the day, whereas the Sun indicates the month.

The Moon is our Celestial Mother. On Earth, she represents motherhood, fertility, and females in general. It is the feminine, Mother-Goddess motif. Lunar energy is introverted and internally processed. It is emotive, and closely associated with the element of water. Just as the moon pulls big bodies of water, it affects our moods according to the sign it transits, as we are comprised of about 60% water. Another thread connecting the Moon’s watery nature to fertility is the fact that humans gestate in the amniotic sac filled with fluid in the mother’s womb. Although in some cultures lunar deities are male, throughout history they are mostly attributed to females. The comprehensive list is too numerous but for example, Moon deities include the Greek Artemis, Selene or Hecate, the Roman Luna, the Hindu Chandra and the Germanic Mani.

For Astrologers and magickal practitioners, the Moon represents Mondays in the week, rather, MOON-Days. The symbol, or “glyph” of the Moon is a crescent, indicating the cyclical fluctuation from full to new, to full again. This symbolizes our ever- changing and adapting minds. Whichever sign and house the moon is situated in your chart, indicates the most opportunity for growth.

Remember that you can only see the stars under the illumination of a night sky!

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

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Akshaya Tritiya: Lunisolar Power Celebration by Ashley

a sun and moon carving representing Akshaya TritiyaAkshaya Tritiya is an auspicious planetary alignment that happens once a year celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Vedic Astrologers! It’s the day of the year when the Moon & the Sun are exalted in their respective signs. The Sun is exalted in the sign of Aries, and the Moon is exalted in the sign of Taurus. This year, Akshaya Tritiya is on Wednesday, April 18th. This will be a wonderful reprieve that brings many good things following the difficulty of the Mars/Saturn conjunction and Mercury retrograde transit that stations direct on the 15th.

The Moon enters sidereal Taurus on April 17th (at 6:05pm PST), and remains there through the 19th (until 8:32pm PST), while the Sun is in Sidereal Aries. Western and Vedic Astrology consider the exaltation point of the Sun to be at different degrees. In Vedic Astrology, the Sun is said to be exalted at 10 degrees of Aries, and in Western Astrology, it is 19 degrees of Aries. Both systems have the Moon exalted at 3 degrees of Taurus.

During Akshaya Tritiya on the 18th, this favorable positioning of the Sun and Moon emit the most potent solar and lunar energy. This is where they are functioning at their highest, maximum strength in their exalted signs. Because the planets always affect and influence our lives, this planetary alignment blesses us with beneficial energy. Being consciously aware of this celestial event and connecting to the energy can be powerful, therefore, the sky is honored and celebrated this day to welcome strong, lasting, positive changes.

In Sanskrit, “Akshaya” means eternal, as in prosperous, hopeful and successful; and Tritiya means “third”, as in the waxing third lunar day of the Spring month of the Hindu lunisolar calendar (which is different from the Gregorian calendar). This is a very good day to develop wealth consciousness, as the Moon takes on this prosperous energy from the sign of Taurus. To do this, meditate and focus on the concept of non-declining wealth. During this unique time, it is possible to access the consciousness that only allows for growth. Activities done on this day have a magnifying and multiplying effect, therefore it is considered an excellent day to start a new venture. From an astrological perspective, this is really when we feel the essence of Spring’s fresh energy heralding new beginnings.

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

 

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Spring Cleaning by Ashley

forest scene representing mercury retrogradeMercury goes retrograde 3 times per year. We are now midway through the first retrograde cycle of 2018. This distinguishes a time where the logic of Mercury that is bestowed upon us is confused, and maybe short-fused. Mercury is also burned within the rays of the Sun from the Sun-Mercury conjunction in Pisces, where Mercury is debilitated. Sounds bad, right? Maybe, Not necessarily.

Mercury retrograde has become a popular cultural colloquialism, and seems to receive a bad reputation. Is it all bad? No. Is it all good? No. Is it deserving of this bad reputation? Yes and no. Everything that happens in life under the sun is neutral, and depends on whether it is productive for what you are trying to accomplish on a personal, soul-level. Not everyone is trying to accomplish the same thing. If we are using the type of planetary energy for our benefit that is available to us at this moment, we become the co-creators. If we are not using the planetary energy available to us at this passing moment in time, we become a victim of circumstance. Everything is either productive or not productive to our larger goal, and it’s not to be judged as “good or bad”. It depends on awareness from understanding. When people are knowledgeable of the astrological energies at play, they have the opportunity to use it productively, instead of be used by it and complain accordingly.

Yes, there are inconveniences birthed from miscommunications, but it is not the end of the world when Mercury goes retrograde. Some classic “negative” mercury retrograde definitions are : mis-take, mis-understanding, mis-communication, mis-information and mis-interpretations. “Negative” transits are anything which is unproductive, which is why Mercury retrograde is seen as “bad”.  I understand.  Who wants to do something over and over that could’ve been done once, correctly? That’s annoying.

Seasoned astrologers dismiss this transit, because it is not cataclysmic. However, playing devil’s advocate, we are in the age of technology, so “minor inconveniences” can be major game-changers. One, it depends to what degree a person relies on modern convenience of technology. And two, it depends to what degree a person has faith of “what is truly in my best interest, shall be”. So how much do you rely on your cell phone? Your bank card? Your computer? Transportation? Going to the extreme scenario, if you didn’t have these things in our modern age, would you be able to house yourself? Feed yourself? There doesn’t seem to be another alternative system in place – such as sending a messenger on horseback to deliver a hand-written letter instead of an email or text… Or having the skill to make your own shoes to trade for someone else’s bundle of produce. Just food for thought. We do rely on modern convenience and technology. The disruption of communication and inter-exchange will give Mercury retrograde a stigma to receive groans and eye-rolls when the term is uttered. But it raises bigger questions of, “How resourceful are you? How easy going can you be? How much patience do you have? How much faith do you have that everything will work out when it is supposed to, and if it doesn’t, then it wasn’t for your highest good?”

There is irony however, in that productivity can arise from unproductive circumstances. As such, we now have more awareness on what needs to be worked on, or avoided. Mercury retrograde can produce things that are amiss. On the other hand, Mercury retrograde is also a time of anything to do with “RE”. Re-establish, renew, revise, revisit, rewind, refresh, return, re-create, re-enact, reverse, retrieve, and remember.

On the 15th of April, Mercury stations direct at 10 degrees in its debilitated position within Pisces at 2:21am PST. This is the point where Mercury changes directions, and the energy begins to normalize as it begins forward motion. Until then, what to do? Mercury doesn’t think logically in Pisces, because it is an abstract sign. It especially doesn’t think logically in retrograde. And even more so, it doesn’t think logically when in exact conjunction with the Sun (on Easter Sunday, the 1st of April, 2018). The solution is to do things that don’t require too much concentrated thinking. Reflection is key. Curved, rather than linear lines. Pictures and images, rather than words. There are now fertile grounds for imagination, fantasy and creativity. Instead of speaking and talking, listen. Instead of assuming or filling in blanks, ask, “did you mean?…”. Less talk, more action. Less thought, more feeling.

Other more-embodied activities could be to exercise, build something or do manual labor, make art, music, dance etc.  You can check off your “to-do” list, because you can now accomplish a lot when it comes to pre-existing or pending projects that will produce tangible results and completion at this time. What are the things that need culmination and clearing in your life? Out with the old. People, places, things, feelings and attachments from the past taking up precious real-estate in your mind, heart, or physical space need to go. Let’s not wait for closure that may or may not come. Instead, create your own closure and complete whatever needs to find resolution.

For many of us, this particular mercury retrograde will allow for clearing out the old clutter as we have just emerged from the Winter season into Spring. Simplify your space for better functioning internally and externally. Rolling up your sleeves and doing a little Spring cleaning may be a perfect way to use this mercury retrograde.

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

 

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Q & A: What Exactly Do You Do? by Ashley

What does a tarot reader do Q&A with AshleyI felt compelled to compose a FAQ based upon the most commonly asked questions I have encountered from people who have come to me as a client for the first time, or who have never had a reading before and are unfamiliar with how readings work. So let’s answer the question “What does a tarot reader do?”
Q: How do tarot card readings work?
A: It’s just like having a conversation between two people, but the cards/Spirit/guides add more “people” to the conversation. The cards are archetypal images for the reader to interpret. People can ask a specific question for the cards to reveal detailed answers, or it can be left open to general interpretation by letting the cards “speak” of whatever message needs to come up for the client. More often than not, specific questions come up after starting with a general reading to pave the way.
Q: How can randomly shuffling and drawing cards by chance give me an accurate reading?
A: Magic.
And also we aren’t limited beings. I don’t believe anything is really by chance. As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so my soul. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Energy in motion tends to stay in motion etc. Everything is a reflection to energy. People are our mirrors. The environment is our mirror. Cards are a mirror that reflect what is going on in our lives. I know that is a rather esoteric response, but divination is an art, and less-so a science. There is a general structure or formula to follow based upon card spreads and charts and commonly assigned definitions, but really, the richest readings come from interpretation. Spirit really does work in magical ways.
Q: Are you a psychic?
A: I only speak for myself here. As I mentioned that Tarot readers are not mind readers, psychics are not mind readers either. Reading energy, I can pick up nuances of detail or receive specific messages that Spirit gives us. Spirit is the source of what comes information comes through. I have psychic abilities. Sometimes I “hear” specific messages, sometimes I “see” specific images, sometimes I can even “smell” specific things. Mostly I can “feel” energies, sometimes viscerally. I also have an ability to just “know” without knowing why or where or how etc. This is what it is to be an empath, healer, psychic, medium, prophetic, intuitive, claircognizant, clairaudient, clairsentient, clairvoyant, or sensitive person. It is typical that a reader will have “crossover” capabilities if they are talented in one area of the metaphysical arts. They will most likely be talented in many. If not, it is possible that other spiritual arenas have yet to be explored and practiced. Psychic abilities are just like a muscle, the more you use them, the stronger they get. Others have a hard time “shutting it off”, which is a different issue than will be discussed here. Either way, practice makes perfect. Although there is no such thing as perfection, or 100% accuracy.  I do not choose when messages come through, how they come through, or what comes through. I am not in control of my intuition, as I consider it more of an innate reflex, just like swallowing when you have something in your mouth.
Really, it boils down to the fact that the term psychic has gathered a reputation for having other less-desirable connotations associated it. I guess you can say that I am a psychic, but one, I am not really into labels, and two, I don’t know what that term means to you. If we agree on the same definition of what a psychic is, than yes, I am a psychic!
Q: I don’t want a reading. I don’t want to hear anything bad.
A: When I tell people I am a reader, and their first defense is this response, I realize this statement is coming from a lot of assumptions, and misconceptions. The first assumption is that I will “read” them without their consent. The second assumption is that I want to read people without fiscal compensation for my expertise. The third assumption is that I want to tell people bad things or make them afraid, which automatically strips people of their own power, where they become victimized by circumstance.
I feel the purpose of a good reader isn’t to scare people, but to lovingly confirm what they already know to be true, affirm they do have personal power to change anything they find disagreeable, direct them to finding and utilizing their natural gifts and talents, and empower them to use these tools and navigate what lies ahead. I look at it this way: life is filled with both good and bad, and often times readings are a mix of both, as it is an realistic and accurate reflection of life circumstances. I am not a doom and gloom reader, nor am I going to cheer-lead you off a cliff. Experienced and reputable readers have gained counseling experience through their practice, or have had prior training to deliver “bad” news with grace, tact and diplomacy that is gentile enough to be received. I think style of delivery is just as, if not more important than the news itself. Often times, it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

Q: How are you able to do readings over the phone? Do I have to be in the same room for the reading for it to be accurate?

A: There are benefits to either phone or in-person readings, and both lend for a different experience. In-person readings can be more, well… “personal”. As a reader, I am able to pick up on non-verbal cues through body language that can influence the reading. This doesn’t need to be judged as bad thing, because the “best” readings are when you have feedback from your client in order to build into a propelled motion forward for the rest of the reading. Also, tarot readers are not mind readers.  The more open a person is, the better the “flow” will be, creating a deeper reading experience. A colleague of mine has put it, “I’m don’t like to play stump the psychic”. Yes, openness is key. The cards should reflect what is going on in the client’s life, and when the body sings with truth it is easily seen and that validation creates “psychic momentum”. We benefit from this experience through in-person readings. Plus, people like to see the cards.
Just as in-person readings can be more “personal”, readings over the phone can be more “impersonal”, because I am not able to pick up on non-verbal cues through body language that can influence the reading. I am able to just focus on the messages I receive from the cards and from Spirit. We still have the added intermittent verbal exchange as one would in-person, just not any body communication helping the reading along. Aside from is this missing element, however, this is also a benefit. Readers are humans with their own perspective colored from their own unique life experiences. Meaning, people are biased based upon what they see. In my opinion, this is unavoidable human nature. Biases don’t necessarily have to be judgments, but they are biases all the same. When I have no idea what the person looks like that I am talking to and reading for, the reading is not influenced by visual cues. Neither in-person or phone readings are “better” than the other, they are simply different.
Both approaches I find are just as accurate because Spirit gives me the information that needs to be translated through the reading. I receive the same clear messages in my psychic inbox from across the room or halfway across the globe; in that way, Spirit kinda works like the internet.
Namaste _/\_
SunGoddess Ashley
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Stormy Weather: Navigating Difficult Celestial Alignments by Ashley

slow down sign representing navigating difficult celestial alignments

There is a special type of reading that I can provide as a Vedic Astrologer, which is the “difficult weeks of the year report”. This chart reading features transits to your personal planets that show inauspicious periods in your life. Not only can this be interpreted for individual charts, but separately, it can also be felt collectively when we have challenging celestial alignments in the sky. There is such an event upon us that you may want to take into consideration as we operate as usual, under unusual vibrations.

There is a slow build of energy that you may have already begun to notice seeping in. Approaching, we have an exact Mars-Saturn conjunction on April 1, 2018 – and it’s not April fools. It also happens to be the same day retrograde Mercury is combust the Sun at 17 degrees Pisces in Revati Nakshatra. All logic from Mercury is burned within the rays of the Sun from this conjunction in Pisces, the sign where Mercury is debilitated, compounded by the fact it Mercury will be retrograde. These three aspects create confusion, delusion, and illusion. Tensions rising from the slow burn of Mars pushing into Saturn reach a breaking point when these two malefics come together at 14 degrees Sagittarius in Purva Ashadha Nakshatra. This has potential to be a legitimately destructive force. Mars is the blazing hot warrior who ends up slamming into the boundary of Saturn’s icy, concrete wall. Such is life. You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. Some things must come to a culminating end, and we are all feeling this effect emerging right about now.

What does it mean that we have two exact conjunctions on the same day? And both “inauspicious” at that? Well. Of course with any mercury retrograde we replay the classics: mis-understanding, mis-communication, mis-information and mis-interpretations galore. The exact conjunction of this retrograde Mercury to the Sun means that it is most potent. On top of that, this aspect is being influenced by the anger, irritation, and impatience of Mars, exactly aligned with the realistic and fair consequences of Saturn from any erratic impulse to action.

So what to do? Nothing. Don’t respond. Don’t react. Walk away, courteously decline to engage with tact and grace.  People will be edgy during this build up to the 1st of April. Be as understanding and patient as possible, put off major decisions that could have undesirable consequences. The fact that this aspect is unpredictable enough is compounded by being backed up with irrational thought, assumptions, opinions, and hair-trigger decisions and reactions. Avoid arguments. Be hardcore polite. State your point once, kindly, softly, and slowly. Go within. People are apt to misunderstand each other and be reactive during these difficult weeks of the year. Probably the most challenging part is in efforts to “fix” the issue at hand by further explaining etc., as pushing for an amicable resolution somehow seems to further unravel things. The solution is to wait for this transit to pass before taking any rash action, refrain from forming hard opinions on assumptions that probably will be regretted later.

When does this energy pass? From the point where strain energy is released, it will wane at different rates depending on whether it has been a “broad stroke” issue, or an “immediate issue”. The recovery period is usually equal to the length of time the issue started to become an issue. Collectively, it will generally take about 2 weeks for the dust will settle. On the 15th of April, Mercury stations direct at 10 degrees Pisces at 2:21am PST. This is the pivot point of the energy beginning to change. By the 15th, Mars will have already beyond the exact conjunction of Saturn, and on the 17th, Saturn then goes retrograde, echoing the pivot point of Mercury’s change in direction.

This is a big time for “breakthroughs”, but knowing how to use these energies will best help you instead of set you back. Instead engaging in debates or arguments or back and forth discussions that go no where, or composing a lengthy text thread: journal, read a book, listen to inspiring music, use your imagination to create art, or food etc.  Instead of making sudden decisions and actions out of fear, pressure, worry, feelings of limitation: exercise, build something, do manual labor, reorganize your living area, check off your “to-do” list, because it is most likely that you can accomplish a lot when it comes to existing or pending projects that will produce tangible results at this time.  Be gracious for other people’s road-rage, and don’t take anything personally. Instead of participating in circumstances that would be destructive, find constructive ways to use your time (independently is advised).

Mid-March to Mid-April looks like a good time to tread graciously and not only reflect, but also act on anything that would improve YOUR life without getting too involved in the drama, issues, opinions of others in order to avoid any misunderstandings that could potentially have undesired and unintended consequences. Less is more. This is especially true under this astrological influence. There is a saying that goes something like, “If something bad is happening, just wait, and it will pass. If something good is happening, just wait, and it will pass”. Everything eventually comes to pass.

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

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