Hearth and Home Vol. 23 ~ How Diamonds are Formed

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lessed New Moon in Libra, Miracles! diamonds

First and foremost, in honor of relationship-driven Libra, I created a new online community for all of us! If you have not yet checked out the Sacred Arts Academy please do! Joining is 100% free. Your request to join will have to be approved by me but I check in with the Academy pretty much every day so I’ll be happy to let you in! This is a community hosted on Mighty Networks and I am pretty impressed with their entire set up. One of the big challenges for me and our community of Soulful Seekers is that a lot of what we want to discuss is private, deep, and potent. My people have never been super comfortable sharing these aspects of themselves on the usual social media subjects but the Sacred Arts Academy feels different. People feel able to share in a safe space. And…it’s really pretty! Join right here.

One of the amazing things about the Sacred Arts community is that all of my courses and teachings are able to be housed there as well. I experimented with running my first course through this platform during the first full week of the month with about 60 other intrepid souls as we went Gathering the Bones with Santa Muerte. This was a week long training in Ancestor work, including some intermediate and advanced techniques and it was powerful, fun, and I learned a ton! That’s one of the main reasons why I teach – because I learn SO much along the way! We are gathering for the second and final week of training in November and we will be working with Hansel and Gretel as our guiding tale – I cannot wait! My students really responded beautifully to the new course design, layout, and dedicated forum – this stuff might sound boring to some of you but if you are running a web-based business or a magic’preneur then you know that finding the right platform is HUGE. I’m so glad I found this one!

In the middle of my teaching week, David and I celebrated 14 years of marriage and 17 years of togetherness! Thank you all for the incredibly sweet notes and congratulations. I wake up every day and feel so deeply blessed to have this man as my partner, helpmate, and best beloved! We kept our celebration low-key this year – both of the boys were in school – so mom and dad got to hang out together, have lunch together al fresco and without interruption, and then immerse ourselves in some serious big picture thinking, scheming, and dreaming. All I can say about that is…EXCITING THINGS ARE COMING!!!

Next, I celebrated my 40th(!!!) birthday first and foremost by VOTING. Early voting in Texas kicked off on my birthday this year and being the astrologer that I am, I wanted to vote BEFORE Mercury actually went retrograde. My husband and I are PROUD to be Ridin’ with Biden and Harris. We masked up, made our voices heard, and then took off to spend the rest of the day in frivolity and fun. Thanks too for all of the birthday wishes – ya’ll are the best!

This New Moon sees me walking along the edge of the shore down at the Gulf Coast, speaking to the Mother Ocean, and listening to what she has to say. It’s the perfect liminal place to be in a liminal year. Despite the awfulness of 2020, turning 40 this year feels very appropriate. Those of us who are were born in 1980 are a liminal group – the last year of GenX or the first year of the Millenials depending on who you talk to. Most of my friends are older than me and my husband is older so personally, I identify more with Gen X but there are also plenty of aspects of the Millenial generation that I appreciate – I feel like their conscience-raising awareness is the perfect pairing with Gen X’s wryness and cynicism. Most of all, I think those of us born this year can be translators between two generations and that is a needed thing.

I feel that 2020 is a year that will go into the history books not as the annus horibilis – the most horrible year, but rather as a year that made diamonds out of so many of us. We have been under such pressure in so many parts of the world – economic, political, legal, ethical, medical, etc, etc, that many of us have had no choice but to become harder, more resilient, more brilliant, and perhaps most importantly of all – more clear.

October is a blue moon month, so you will hear from me again before the month is out as we celebrate the Full Moon in Taurus on Samhain, October 31st. As an October baby, I LOVE Halloween and typically we have a big fiesta at our house celebrating this day and the season of the Dead that it ushers in. This year it will be different. We will be out on the land I grew up on, there will be bonfires and candy, the sweet scent of copal burning and offerings for the faeries, there will be sugar skulls and white bones, and blessings for and from our Beloved Dead. Back at home, my front steps will have some candy and books available for those who do venture out. It’s not the Halloween I was hoping for or expecting, but it does call back so many memories from my youth as this entire year has done.

And then the Wheel will turn and the cycle will begin anew.

From our family to yours ~ shine on, sweet Miracles!

xoxo diamonds diamonds diamonds diamonds diamonds

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Star Stories: October 2020

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strology for October 2020

Note for October: October will be an extra special month this year. A spooky Mercury Retrograde starts on October 13th (which also just happens to be mah birthday!) and the month opens and closes with Full Moons making the second Full Moon (on Halloween no less!) a Blue Moon.  A couple of square with the Sun make things tricky but a sweet Jupiter Venus trine smooths things out. It is a balance of tricks and treats and an excellent time to remember to care for our Ancestors!

10/1: Full Moon at 9 degrees Aries at 4:05 PM. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: https://brianasaussy.com/how-to-honor-the-full-moon/ and here: https://brianasaussy.com/six-months-of-magic-every-full-moon/
Ask: What core aspects of myself do I wish to honor?

10/2: Venus enters Virgo. Now is the time to be devoted to what matters most. Check the perfectionist tendencies and choose instead to put your efforts into wholeness and health!
Ask: What devotion is calling my name?

10/4: Pluto Direct!!!

10/7: Mercury opposed to Uranus. Anxiety and tension are at an all-time high and an unexpected surprise may add to the excitement.
Ask: What calms me now?

10/9: Waning Quarter Moon at 27 degrees Cancer, 7:40 PM. A reminder that this is a great time to banish: https://brianasaussy.com/what-are-you-really-banishing/
Ask: What family/tribal ties am I ready to sever?

10/9: Mars square Pluto. This square creates tension and possible aggression. Stay safe and be smart.
Ask: Where do I need to exercise more caution?

10/10: Venus trine Uranus. Expect favorable news and surprises in the areas of love and money.
Ask: What surprise would I welcome in the area of relationships or finances?

10/11: Sun square Jupiter. This day reminds us to go for the gold but also to keep realistic expectations about what we (and others) can be expected to achieve.
Ask: Where would my dream benefit from a reality check?

10/13: Mercury Retrograde begins. Retrograde starts at 8:05 PM in Scorpio, moves into Libra on October 27th and ends on the 3rd at 11:50 AM.
Ask: What elements of my lineage are ready to be re-balanced?

10/13: Sun opposed to Mars. Disagreements, disappointments, and difficulties surface on this day and competitions can turn nasty.
Ask: How can I collaborate instead of competing?

10/15: Sun square Pluto. This leads to power trips, personal crises, and behaviors that are not supportive, to say the least. Instead, let the sun illuminate the shadows.
Ask: What do my depths want me to see about myself?

10/16: New Moon at 23 degrees Libra at 2:31 PM. Here are Four Ways to Honor the New Moon just in case you missed them: https://brianasaussy.com/4-ways-honor-new-moon/
Ask: What new relationship am I ready to form?

10/18: Sun square Saturn has us once again worried about time, aging, and generally being afraid. Instead, work with the energy to supercharge your discipline.
Ask: What does my pursuit of excellence teach me?

10/19: Mars square Jupiter. Fantastic day for luck, business, and seizing an opportunity.
Ask: What opportunity am I ready to seize?

10/19: Mercury opposed Uranus. Expect flashes of brilliance and the inability to stop thinking. Carry a notebook and write those ideas down.
Ask: What thoughts are asking for my attention now?

10/19: Venus trine Jupiter. This is a blessed day full of good luck, cheer, and abundance – especially in the areas of love and money.
Ask: What blessings am I ready to receive?

10/21: Venus trine Pluto brings deep intimacy and/or romantic obsessions.
Ask: What relationship do I want to take deeper?

10/22: Sun enters Scorpio 6:00 PM
Ask: What are the blessings from my broken places?

10/23: Waxing Quarter at 0 degrees Aquarius, 8:23 AM. This is the perfect time to brush up on your divination practice! https://brianasaussy.com/teaching/20-question-tarot/
Ask: What message am I ready to amplify?

10/24: Venus trine Saturn. This aspect is all about commitments and being involved for the long haul in both matters of love and money. Good day to make an investment or a marriage proposal!
Ask: Where am I ready to invest?

10/27: Venus moves into Libra. Love, relationships, marriage, and partnerships of all kinds take center stage for the next few weeks.
Ask: Who and what am I partners with?

10/31: Full Moon at 8 degrees Taurus at 9:49 PM – Halloween/Samhain/Blue Moon. Some ideas for how to work with the Full Moon can be found here: https://brianasaussy.com/how-to-honor-the-full-moon/ and here: https://brianasaussy.com/six-months-of-magic-every-full-moon/
Ask: What brings me stability?

10/31: Sun opposed to Uranus. Expect a pleasant surprise – hopefully, all treats and no tricks!
Ask: Where are things ready to be shaken up?  October 

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.