astrology

Eclipse of the Sacred Heart

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The great North American Solar Eclipse is tomorrow, August 21st 11:50am CST reaching full potential at 1:22pm ending at 3:02pm on the polarity of Leo and Aquarius. Eclipses are a punch in the fabric of “time”. They’re a bookmark on the main theme for the entire unfolding, impending story yet to be told. They don't cause upheaval when they happen. They set into motion an energetic momentum which picks up over several weeks and lasts many months. This eclipse occurs at the 29th degree of Leo (Sun) + Aquarius (Moon) check your chart for aspects and conjunctions in tight orb. The axis of Leo [ creation, self love, vitality, strength of personal determination + will ] and Aquarius [ energetic + spiritual wisdom, radical change or revolution, humanity, new ideas, and freedom ] itself governs many forms art, genuine love for others + humanity, and social vision with a very dramatic approach to resistance and protest. 

If chaos surrounds and drowns step into the perspective that our creative vision as a whole is being repainted within a framework of a more genuine cosmic social order. We’re in a season of efficacious change. Growing pains hurt. Until we arrive, the most toxic parts of the supremacist cis-hetero patriarchy [ and the symptoms of consumer programming ] will fight for their last breaths in a desperate attempt to survive + continue to thrive. We’re also dropping any useless habits, people, or belief systems ourselves. The world is on fire. The deep personal deaths we’re all experiencing is clearly reflecting in the wider themes and vise versa. Soon the little fires will expand, as the heart of Leo's flame fans over us within the Aquarian networking wind. Shadow Leo represents kings maddened with power and greed. While shadow Aquarius seeks to avoid genuine compassion and understanding for others with selfish ideations and radical actions. Being your most genuine self is the best way to suck out the poison. Expect the poison to bite back and want a return. Try to disengage as best you can. 

To reach full potential we’re Incorporating forgiveness into the fold where we can and cutting cords with anyone who hurts our heart. Your boundaries directly effect your energy and your self worth. Without boundaries anyone can tear down your ability to fully create a life worth existing for. Don't let people walk all over you. Now is the time to reclaim your power and show the world who you are. Keep feeding the mouth of truth. Take the veil off more often and show others your real self. Even if it feels ugly, someone else will recognize your raw, honest, and open heart and follow suite. This is a network reaction. Help others because you can. Offer love when it’s needed. Support the neurotransmitter broadcasting system. Feed it what it loves and keep the protection on point. 

The static of this event axis rules dramatic acts of glamouring to gain attention, energy vampyrism, great acts of ego entitlement, angry leeches acting out, and grumpy frauds that feel fairly uncomfortable. Try to take some real Leo inspired down time with the best of everything in pleasure and self care you can imagine. Pay greater merit to your intuition, your gut feelings, and the way you react to energy. Gaping heart wounds or scars from long ago may reopen and fester. The next six months starting soon as now is an excellent time to have regular energy work done. Do it for yourself. Do it for everyone you want to see succeed. Because there are countless motivated others just like you too. Waking up to that love is unreal. It will only grow into a greater fire. As the old world burns we will shed our skins into the darkness and step forward. Open to everything that we can take in and filter through our old and broken hearts. We'll do it for ourselves and thereby, for the greater good. We have value and we can assimilate it into a creative reality. The fire walkers of our time. Step forth.

 

Thank you,

 C. Patton

 

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Saturn, astrology

RX RECOMMENDATIONS | SATURN

Saturn turned retrograde on April 7th and will remain retrograde until August 26th. What a time to be alive for a karmic sorting. Seems Amerikkka is purging intensely. Saturn, LORD of the sky, rules our finances, real estate, structure, security, need for control, and career. Saturn also rules our livelihood, many facets of our emotional well being, and our karmic "sins" if you will. Working with Saturn can feel impossible. Working against them, is not advisable. Here we're pleased to offer you our top choices for coping through this retrograde viper pit of despair. Through some essential self care, important rituals, and of course the right music you too can overcome the bog of hopelessness and rise up to champion your life once more.

King Woman | The latest release from the group fronted by our friend Kris Esfandiari blends poignant doom with ethereal shoe gaze vibes. We think after a solid listen, that you will feel restored. Or at least, validated in your 30+ year ongoing existential crisis that Saturn is clearly exasperating. Brilliant doesn't exactly cover the energy behind the latest King Woman album Created in the Image of SufferingThe album received critically acclaimed reviews by P4K and other outlets. Writer and musician Kristina Esfandiari. is a true Pisces, tapping into the fathoms of the deep in order to conjure a feeling, a spiritual experience. You can read an interview with Kris from earlier this year on our lifestyle website. During Saturn retrograde remembering that suffering is an essential part of growth is key. Realizing that in order to heal, move forward, and create you must first surrender to the chains we were born with. That is, we all suffer. This album is our collective voice. We love our close friend Kristina for being true to herself and creating music for a generation who desperately needs it. Listen and purchase King Woman on band camp. Let us know how you love it!

Palo Santo Logs |  Why burn a stick of holy wood, when there's a log. Unusual and almost impossible to find we have just a few mini "logs" of Palo Santo in house including the one shown. Only one is currently available. No worries our Palo Santo is fair trade and ethically sourced. Start a small fire with a little log and watch you worries burn away. 

Rose of Jericho | Resurrection is the word for the Rosa de Jericho. This amazing flower is really a member of the cabbage family and has quite a magical history. Although unassuming, it holds great innate powers. The plant itself can be dormant for years and looks like a broken cedar branch or tumbleweed from an old west film. However when reborn, it scatters it's seeds after blooming into a large, green, vibrant ally. Rose of Jericho is used in money, career, and fertility rituals. Since Saturn rules our karma, career, blessings, suffering, and fate, it's only appropriate to mention this protective and empowering plant. It's quite a Venusian + Saturn hybrid energy. Ideal for Taurus season and Saturn Rx workings. We do not currently stock Rose of Jericho but you can buy it locally at F&F Botanica.

 

Spanish Moss | We are blessed to freely harvest Spanish Moss on our family + ancestor land in the center of the state of Louisiana. Passed down for generations this land is untouched by capitalism or  pesticides and remains pure. Spanish Moss is also prevalent here in New Orleans, However we ask you do not go out harvesting potential housing, which is already scarce, from critters in our area. Spanish Moss is an air plant. Bats, spiders, and other witchy creatures call it home! It's used in very powerful protection spells. It is also used in cursing, or hex work. Doll babies, also known as "voodoo dolls" are stuffed with Spanish Moss. The Moss possesses the elements of air on the darkest night. It's malleable, flexible, and wants to assist. It's a symbiotic and unusual plant specific to our area. Well be releasing our Spanish Moss conjure oil soon, which can be used for anointing doll babies, conjure or candle work, or daily protection. Until then you can try another oil! Saturn will still be retrograde when it's released, no worries.

Palo Santo Sticks | Holy wood sticks can pretty much get you through anything! Put some in your pocket or bag to burn at anytime in your day. We carry these sticks for offerings, too. Ideal for spontaneous ritual, traveling, or any other on the go needs Palo Santo is essential. Try it for cleansing when Sage falls short. Clear your space with this grounding + calming wood. It won't fix the Saturn retrograde blues, but it can surely help lighten the load. 

Kava Kava Tincture | Piper Methysticum, also known as Kava Kava, has been used for centuries in rituals and ceremony. The root of Polynesian royalty aids in feelings of calm, grounded peace. In higher doses it can produce a trance-like state. And has been linked to shamanistic visions or dreamwork. You can read more about Kava and it's use on our Herbal Medicines listing.  We love it for Saturn retrograde because it releases the need to control, which can have annoying side effects like tension and fatigue. It's also awesome for random bouts of depression. Kava is essentially the plant of giving no fucks about stupid shit. We love it. 

HVNGR Incense | Crafted quite literally to burn the Patriarchy down HVNGR incense is all about shadow Saturn. Sandalwood, for purification. Hyssop, for protection. Dragons Blood, for power. HVNGR also contains Arborvitae, the tree of life, essential oil. Burn HVNGR for building energy during ritual work. It can boost psychic awareness and elevate energy. Designed with a focus on destroying fascism, HVNGR is not just a powerful scent, it's a tool that's essential for Saturn retrograde. Approaching our shadow with fire, we consume ourselves. The snake eating it's own tail. We are HVNGR for change. 

Hot Foot Powder | Essentially during a Saturn Retrograde shitty people will be returning to the fold. Even those who may have worn out their welcome, will somehow seem even more annoying. Want your neighbor to finally get out? Hot foot them. Got a shitty room mate? Hot Foot!! Want the bigot coworker to move across the country? Hot foot, please. Similar to damnation but a little "softer" Hot Foot just gets folks moving on their way. You can use Hot Foot in a door crossing or ideally, in someone's shoe. Purchase our powerful Hot Foot powder under the conjure section and get to work! When Saturn exits retrograde, and everyone gets moving, you'll be glad you did. 

 Uncrossing Oil | During retrograde seasons it's especially important to do uncrossing work. Crossed conditions can result in confused states or roadblocks that tend to build into a web of chaos. Retrograde periods offer a pause for us to reflect and undo old energy goop. Each RX planet is essentially a specific prescription from the void to uncross ourselves. Saturn retrograde tears away the rotted bark of sour deals with our career, real estate ventures, or authority issues. We are afforded the opportunity to move forward with a new skin. 

Pyrite Cubes | Used for attracting abundance and wealth these flashy little mirror blocks can hold quite an illusion. Ideal for working in meditation and grounding pre or post ritual. Their reflective mirror like surface can help push you into other worlds swiftly as a sneeze occurs. 

Black Kyanite | Called the witches broom, black kyanite is a favorite of occult darlings. Known to repair tears in our energy body and it's been associated with crystal healing for trauma recovery. Black Kyanite can be calming, grounding, healing. It's absolutely necessary for Saturn Retrograde and can help us focus as we rebuild the underlying structure of our lives. You can grab some from our old Etsy storefront in sets. Or you can purchase an individual blade to see how it works with your energy.

Grounding Water | Blended with anxiety management in mind Grounding Water is an old favorite of ours. One of the first products we ever created, it was birthed to aid our own stress, anxiety, and depression struggles. Since Saturn, lord ruler of depression and melancholy has gone retrograde, it's peak season for those suffering from these torments. With calming and protective Vetiver, the scent unfolds revealing the magic of Cedar Wood, Cypress, and Myrrh. With precious Frankincense to round out it's deep inner workings, the power of grounding cannot be underestimated! For use pre or post ritual, post bath, or before, during, or after interacting with muggle, this product is an essential. Here in the shop studio we cleverly call it our "bigot buster" since it's so good at helping release shitty interactions with the general public. Peaceful, clarifying, and calming.. All things that Saturn Retrograde energy needs to ground + balance!

For good measure a dose of fungal friends has been tossed into this image. I wont say which species. Just that there are tons of myco helpers out there for PTSD, anxiety disorder, depression, and all the other plagues that drown us in misery. Saturn Retrograde is a sparked potential to reignite a potential dormant disease. Discover more about your natal Saturn. Is it Retrograde? Have you finished your first Saturn return? It occurs between ages 28-31 or so. If you're a "Saturn person" you may feel it as early as 27. Saturn is the lord of karma and punishment. The Biblical story of Job speaking no curses to his lord Saturn "The good lord giveth and the good lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the lord!" is a similar fabled version of warning others not to say FML or other dumb shit. Essentially the best way to make it through a Saturn retrograde season, which again is pretty long, is to accept your past so you can move into your future. This is one of those "everything at once" kind of shit storms. Because it lasts several months, it's also temping to curse yourself, your life, or whatever in those moments. Working through karma, trauma, and pain is very hard to do. It takes courage, energy, wisdom, and hard work. Now is the time for the extra effort. As we work on our own karma we'll enjoy watching the karma unfolding like a grand piano to the head on many patriarchal figures, looking at you Fox news fam of pricks. Also our lord and angry cartoon character in-chief himself fuckwad agent orange. The good thing about star study is this: we always know who's side our planet the universal law is on, and it's not the side of her rapists. Justice comes soon enough. But until then, we will destroy and rebuild in our cycles. 

A time to slay, And a time to heal, A time to break down, And a time to build up.
Ecclesiastes 3:3

Blessed be the name of our LORD Saturn. HAIL SATURN! 

Thanks for your support, 

Rev. C. R. Patton

Christy is the owner Nola Esoteric and Founder | CEO New Orleans School for Esoteric Arts.