full moon in leo
4 of pentacles, 9 of cups, 10 of cups from Tarot of the Holy Spectrum
This full moon in Leo is giving you permission to dare to dream again. It asks you to rest. Dream. And to share your love. The message is to feel abundant in your love, your time, your energy. To reclaim your time and imagination. A way of lighting the tired and weary parts of you. Lately it hasn’t felt safe to trust, to feel happy, to commit to the belief that the wheel is turning and change is near. This full moon is a respite in the storm. A warm beverage that soothes you to the bone. Laughter ringing through the room.
I am reminded of Zeba Blay’s weekly Sunday energy boards on Instagram. Ease, rest, but no bullshit. Tenderness isn’t weakness. It is honesty, it is vulnerability, and it is shaped by the boundaries that we create so that we may have safe containers for our love to flourish.
Your mind may resist this call to rest and experience pleasure, but what is your body telling you? Your heart and feelings? Your dreams, when allowed space to be and grow, touch every aspect of your life, and beyond. Use today to be with them and yourself. It may feel uncomfortable. But it is just the medicine that is needed.
Strength in the tarot is ruled by Leo. You can see a version of the traditional imagery of this card as illustrated by the Tarot of the Holy Spectrum, with a figure facing a lion. Instead of fear or discomfort, the moment is intimate, delicate, present, and probing.
How would it feel for you to be present with your desires? the part of you that doesn’t speak with words necessarily, but with feelings and impulses.
Strength asks us to be in conversation with our desires by being in equilibrium with our higher self and our humanity. We are invited to go the source of our sense of action. What compels us to feel, to lust, to fear? In strength, we allow space for our impulses to say their piece and honor their stories, without judgement, without fixing, without interference. In this we at one with a quality of strength that comes from being in harmony with our instincts, especially the ones that evoke discomfort in us. We approach our desires with delicacy, care, and curiosity. through this experience we are transformed by our courage, our willingness to take this step, channeled through the radical and loving power of presence.
My first new deck in years! Excited to start working with Tarot of the Holy Spectrum, so I wanted to share some of my initial thoughts about it. Have you worked with this deck? Share your thoughts about it in the comments!
intuitive update || 7 of cups
This week I talk about a card I find personally challenging, the 7 of cups! I share a story about my relationship with the card that reveals some of its lessons of releasing illusion. I also talk about how it relates to how we pursue fulfillment and how we can better practice finding that centeredness within.
Sorry for the occasional audio blips in this recording - I was sitting my card on the laptop as I was speaking so it made a lot of noise whenever I picked it up and put it down. Who knew a little card could be so loud??
life on mars
Nevada is a strange state. It feels very simple to be here. Living here is easy. Too easy. It almost feels like a spell, a land that has magic worked on it in order to keep people comfortable and complacent and starting businesses and spending money with ease. Everything man-made feels huge. The highways, the casinos, the signs, and the stores. The desert is huge and vast too. It feels like no other desert I have experienced, and I have lived in a few over the last year and a half. It feels much creepier and more alien, empty and foreboding. The mountains off in the distance look like a landscape transplanted from Mars. It's quite the change from being in the high desert of New Mexico or the liveliness of the Coachella Valley. I don't quite know what to make of this place, but it has been very supportive of me in my time here, and I imagine it will continue to be down the line...
I wanted to share some photos of the area I am staying, near Las Vegas as I crash with friends for a few weeks. Maybe I'll get an apartment and settle down here for a couple months. Maybe I won't. The beauty of living nomadically. There's always a greener pasture somewhere...
Bonus ram video!!
If you say so, Las Vegas.
Reflections on the new moon in Capricorn as it plays out in an already explosive Hierophant year, transformation through indulgence, and the unfulfilled promises of power.
what nourishes living
Last week I shared some thoughts on the rioters at the Capitol, 2021 as a Hierophant year, and what is means to live from your values. Check it out below!
favorites of 2020 roundup
Here are 11 of my favorite videos and writing from the blog in 2020. These pieces were selected for their timelessness and resonance, so please enjoy as you revisit!
The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn from Dec 2020
Night Sky in the Desert from Dec 2020
Reiki for anger from June 2020
The Tower's Promise from June 2020
A spell and invocation for supporting Black lives from June 2020
Reiki for grief from May 2020
Glow, Child, Glow: Music and Healing the Inner Child from May 2020
The North Node in Gemini from May 2020
4 of Cups and Cactus Quartz from April 2020
The Devil and The Lovers from February 2020
6 of Pentacles from February 2020
In this week’s update I talk about Judgement (one of the cards, along with The Emperor, for 2020) and the Hierophant (the card for 2021), what we have learned from 2020 about revolution and awakening, and how to move forward with soul-centered expression and action in 2021.
I also talk a little bit about The Good Place, and if you find my description of the show lacking, which it very well may be, here's the Wikipedia page!
Alia Walston is a traveling writer and intuitive making connections between the challenges and ecstasies of our evolution