It’s an astrological bonanza right now. I don’t know much about astrology, and I tend to be rather agnostic about it. As in most things, if I find some truth, or my experience lines up, I’ll take it; if not, I won’t. For example, I find that full moons make me buzz and jittery, and my head often gets scattered. Whereas the dark moon draws me inward, helps me feel focused, but even more like a homebody than usual. This seems to match up with people I’ve known who work in law enforcement, mental health, and the hospital: full moons cause a rise in erratic behaviour; fully pregnant ladies are also more likely to go into labor on the full moon.
Apparently, the last 24 hours have seen a lunar eclipse and full moon. Of course, I haven’t been able to see it, because of the clouds here. I used the moon last night to do a bunch of tarot work. I did several readings: one about a relationship, one about my year ahead, and one more….. which now I can’t remember. Over my girls’ weekend last week I gave four tarot readings, and I had a similar experience then to what I experienced last night: I felt like I gave competent readings and things made sense, but at the same time as if I didn’t know what the heck I was talking about.
That feeling reminded me of being graduate school: all this information going in, ideas spinning, new thoughts formulating… I knew more than ever, yet the knowledge was percolating, not yet ready for service. I think my decks and all the growing I’m doing is having a similar effect. And so I made kala around that, and in preparation for my day ahead.
The Transit of Venus is a rare-ish astronomical phenomenon where Venus crosses in front of the sun. Several friends of mine are more knowledgeable about the astrological importance of this event than I am, so I’ve listened to what they had to say. I have taken this occurence as an opportunity to meditate on the Red Goddess and to focus on bringing more love and beauty into my life. I have half a dozen red roses on the altar, some new rose oil for anointing (thank you, R, excellent timing!), some dark chocolate pomegranate seeds for offerings. I hope to forge a new relationship and to anchor the energy of love and beauty, of this astrological event in my life.
So, I made kala around all that too. All that was the inner kala.
Today I spent three and half hours making outer kala. On top of the full moon and the transit of Venus, today is my birthday. A good friend and I went to an all-women Korean bath house/spa, and it was amazing. When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I used to go to a Japanese bath house. I tried to go monthly, like a mikvah, the Jewish version of ritual bathing. I find the bathhouse liberating and purifying, for the body and the soul. Not only did I get some quality lady time, I feel clear and clean and ready to meet the Red Goddess.
…After we eat my home-made Mexican food and watch the basketball game.