As You Wish

“I want this SO badly...

 I’m gonna make it happen!”

How many times, my Loves, have those words 

hissed from your tongue?

Be honest.

Ever create something despite the warning signs, and ended up with a mess? To find that it wasn’t really what you wanted after all, that the reality was actually quite different, or sadly, you lost something precious in the process? Maybe the whole thing was loaded with mishaps, every step of the way, or you ended up having mind-blowing, arduous delays?

This is because we ignore timing.

That is the arrogance of the Craft, if you will.  

And, yes, we do make it happen. High-level magic can make anything happen. There is power there, for sure. But it lacks in wisdom.

We push, conjure, manifest the fuck out of what we want, and we work hard, but if we ignore the rhythm of the Cosmos, it’s gonna bite us. It may take a while, but rest assured it WILL bite.

Particularly if it’s ego-driven. 

Reading Kitty Cavalier’s recent post, "Lay Me Down To Rest," made me smile so big my cheekbones hurt. Because I knew exactly where she was. Had she ignored her wisdom, her inner rhythm, she may have jumped a bit too early. It doesn’t mean anything drastically terrible would have occurred, but you can find yourself launching a rocket into a decidedly less than stellar atmosphere, because you simply cannot wait. Or because you have fear.

Thing is, Darlings, we have seasons. Some are entwined with the Earth, and some are our own. We look to our stars for guidance, we ask, and we watch for signs. 

But do we always listen?

I was complaining about a freeway jam one day, and my man said to me,”If you are stuck in traffic, it is because you are meant to arrive at exactly the right time.”

Hmmm. Where have I head that before?

“A wizard is never late, nor is he early. He always arrives precisely when he means to.”

I’m with Gandalf. Literally, it seems.

After an absurdly long Winter, I’ve been ready to HATCH. The eggshell has been tight to the point of near-suffocation, and I just need to burst open and fly! As some of you know, I’ve been in various stages of production on my beauty/cooking/lifestyle show the past several months, all set to premiere on the Vernal Equinox.

That didn’t happen.

And It made me insane. Because in my reasoning, that was the one and only possible purrfect date this Spring to launch. The Spring Equinox, a New Moon, AND an eclipse...IN MY SUN SIGN, for Goddess sake!!!! No two ways about it, THAT was the date.

Sounds like a wise plan, no?

Here’s why it didn’t work: I picked a date, based on fear, and PUSHED. HARD. I looked to the stars, but not to the reality of how big of a project it is. I just bent my head down, and charged ahead with my Ram’s horns will all the force of Thor's hammer.

When the location fell through, shooting went awry, and it seemed that all my hard work, all my passion, was failing me...I had a total internal meltdown. And then I had an understanding.

I had to look at it, and ask myself: Am I shooting of this date because I feel that I’ve been dormant for too long? Am I afraid of becoming stagnant? Old? Is someone gonna beat me to it?

And then the even tougher questions came up.

Was I doing this for my ego, or is the point, Ms. Marie, to help people? To share what I know? Is this coming from my heart, or that wicked little place where we compare ourselves to others? 

Because, beautiful Birds, if it comes from anywhere other than your heart, it will ultimately fail you. You can achieve, for certain, but it will ring hollow. 

And, really, it’s coming along beautifully, as it should be, and on its most eloquent, divine schedule. But as with all projects that are near and dear to us, it takes time to develop. And, though I am not a patient woman (see “Manifesting” above,) I have learned to trust.

Think of it this way: when it's right, YOU don't do IT.

IT does YOU.


And now, Beasties, I am off.

Because tomorrow is not only a Full Moon Eclipse,

but it is also...

My Birthday.

And this Cat is ready for some action!

I love you!

xxx Alise

 

Luna Cucina: Eclipses

My Loves, 

take a deep, luscious breath.

Again.

That's it...

I want you to feel centered, grounded and strong, because, as it turns out, beloved April, my birth month, is rumored to be quite the cosmic shitstorm. We have two eclipses coming which are always a trip, but add in a planetary grand cardinal cross, and hell-low rollercoaster!

Rollercoaster #1,   Scott Irvine

Rollercoaster #1, Scott Irvine

Eclipses always fall on a new moon or full moon, and they always come in pairs, two weeks apart. In April, these are some serious moons: challenging, hell yeah, but also ripe with opportunities. The first eclipse, on April 15, will be a full moon, ending or culminating a situation or relationship; and the second eclipse, on April 28, is a new moon, setting up a long-term trend. 

What makes these particular eclipses so freaky is that they each happen during the configuration of a grand cardinal cross.  (A grand cross consists of planets at four equal points of the zodiac, perfectly balanced, all pointing toward the center target: Earth. Each of these planets has massive strength, and no one is budging an inch.)

So, it makes sense then that the cardinal signs of Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn will feel these eclipses the most, however, everyone of every sign will notice the effects to varying degrees, as we all have these cardinal signs popping up somewhere in our charts. (We are complex creatures, after all.)

This cardinal cross, my Doves, will create a rapid, often unexpected change to present conditions, requiring a strong adjustment to situations that are already moving at warp speed. Classically, the mission of an eclipse is to bring what's hidden into the light, and at the same time, clear away anything in your life that's past it's shelf life. Often, we think that the almond milk, say, is still fresh, and can't understand why it's being tossed.  But, you gotta trust in the stars: the cosmos have you covered, even if you can't see it just yet.

Allright...

now let's get down to business.

We're going to need to call in some reinforcements.

Cacao Love Cakes

  • 2 C raw unsalted cashews
  • 1-1/2 C organic dates
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder (Sacred Chocolate is the best!)
  • 1/4 pure maple syrup
  • 2 droppers liquid vanilla stevia
  • 1 tsp organic cinnamon
  • Raw, organic shredded coconut

Pour the cashews into a food processor or high-speed blender and blast until they're ground. Then add in the chopped dates, cacao, cinnamon, and stevia. Blend it all together until the mixture gets sticky and forms like dough, but keep the dates a little chunky...they're really good that way! Sprinkle a rectangular brownie pan with the coconut just to cover the bottom...maybe 1/2 cup? Now spread the dough onto the pan with your fingers and press it down firmly and evenly. Sprinkle more coconut-as much as you like-on top, and press it down. If you don't love coconut (what?! ) you can use cacao powder or cinnamon instead. You can also omit the maple syrup with no taste worries whatsoever. I just like the depth it adds to the chocolate.

Cover your gorgeous creation with plastic wrap or a cloth napkin, and freeze it for two hours. Now you can slice it into little cakes, remove them with a spatula, and EAT THEM! They keep well in the fridge for about five days, or you can freeze them. YUM! Raw, vegan, super-healthy, rich, crazy-delicious nibbles for whenever, wherever you need a few moments of calm in the storm. Sink your teeth in and smile...

So, as we saunter into this lovely April, so full of birds and new buds, don't get caught up in fear. Fear is a bullshit phantom. Arm yourself instead with Goddess weapons: take excellent care of yourself, be ultra-kind to everyone (remember they're feeling it too, big-time), rest, stay centered. 

And check out your individual forecast for free here. You'll need your natal information handy: Date, time of birth, and city you were born in. Click on the "free horoscopes" link, then take a look at the Forecast by Robert Hand

Another great resource is a show called The Eleventh House with Robert Phoenix. This guy is awesome. You can get a free 10-day trial membership to GaiamTV, click on the episodes for both your Sun and Moon signs, and still have plenty of time to check out a ton of other cool shows the network offers.

I love you all so much!

We can navigate these waters. 

We've done this before. 

xxx Alise