Survival day

 

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*Map of Aboriginal Australia can be purchased here

We’ve established that genocide is not something to be celebrated, that housing insecurity sabotages our ability to function to our fullest potential & that generational trauma is passed on irrespective of physical changes; location, $, class, privilege etc.

 
& yet we still have space in Australian society for a national holiday that upholds these basic principals, & more. We’re still governed by that same violent mentality that sought to conquer, eliminate & deny the very existence of Aboriginal people, their cultures & spirituality, that lived on & with this land for thousands of years. Thousands.

One historical difference in the colonisation of Australia & Nth America is that the specifics of conflict, dispossession & betrayal were barely recorded in visual form in Australia. Where we can find photographs & sketches of the Civil War in the US, there is hardly any visual representation of the truth in Australia, & blatant fabrication of the truth in written form. This has contributed to problematic misconceptions that a) no one was here when Captain Cook arrived b) Aboriginal people did not fight back, unlike Maori people c) the British came in peace. .

Looking at this map v’s the British division (where someone got a ruler & divided it up into what we know as Australia today), is a good reminder for us white fellas that colonisation enforces straight lines, a strict rule of thumb via assimilation, & continual erasure. Straight lines don’t occur in nature. Decolonisation requires us to think beyond the rules & mentality we’ve been indoctrinated into, to listen & soften our edges.

 
Today & everyday I stand in solidarity with the traditional custodians of this land, & continue to seek understanding of the ways in which my presence, my whiteness, my ignorance continue to reinforce this violence.

Eclipse undertow

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The waves that are lapping at our feet right now carry the energy of the eclipse undertow. There’s a purging occurring from the inside out. There are no “little things” this week, they’re pointers to the larger issues lurking below the surface. Don’t look away, & don’t be fooled into thinking you need to control it all.

I know a lot of folks who are sick right now, or tired & depleted. Old energy is resurfacing, exposed into the conscious light of day to be purged. The eclipse this week was wedged between boss lady Saturn & break-down-to-break-through Pluto; we have to release before we can rebuild.

Take note of what you’re being drawn toward, & what you’re being challenged to leave behind – no matter how subtle. When the internet breaks & there’s no external validation…when the poles actually do shift & all you’ve got is what you’ve developed in yourself – what are THOSE things? What are you here to contribute?

We’re deepening our relationship to ourselves so that we inturn show up more authentically in the world. Project yourself forward & ask yourself what you wish you had done & see if it’s on your current to-do list. No connection or circumstance is random. Who you are & what you do now is part of an intricate web system that wants to support you; be conscious of the choices you make now because those seeds will grow.

 

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Mars in Pisces; running in water

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Mars loves to run. 🏃🏼‍♂️
Pisces loves to swim. 🏊🏼‍♀️

 
When we combine these two energies, amongst the clusterfuck of everything else going on, we can feel like we’re going nowhere fast.

 
What running in water does do for us is allow mindfulness of the subtleties. It slows us down enough to hear what can be missed when blindly running toward our goals. It’s a reminder of who we take our orders from: external sources of trends, oppressive authorities or algorithms OR from our own innate knowing & wisdom.

 
If yr feeling frustrated, like yr lagging behind & cant keep up, stop trying. Find your flow & realign yourself because Mars will leap into Aries on Jan 1, & like a sling shot, we’ll be catapulted forward in the direction we’re facing.

 
What does your rhythm look like, without external influence?

The ties that bind

We all know stories of people staying in relationships “for the children,” and we can all likely relate to having things in relationships that represent “that thing” that keeps us attached, in therapy, processing, working for and even denying what is ACTUALLY going on.

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Lightning ring by Ryan Chao

 

Venus is now in the fierce, rising phase of her cycle and there’s a jittery, disruptive energy in the air as the veil thins.

 

Uranus is stirring up the sediment down below that one offered us security and safe footing. Maybe you thought you’d made it though Venus’s journey unscathed!? What we’ve let settle and what we’ve settled for is now being weighed on the irritation scale.

 

We have a choice this week about what we go forward with and what we acknowledge and let go of. What are the ties that bind you? Financial contracts, relationship agreements where we spend our money and time all reflect our values. As you’ve changed since then, how have these agreements shifted also?

 

If you’re thinking that someone will change if only they’d go to therapy, or understand this one concept, or change this certain behaviour, you’re likely flogging a dead horse and this irritation and uncertainty is highlighting the deception.

 

What has died needs to be re-named, re-defined and re-leased.

 

Endings come in many and varied packages and they all lead to the same outcome: new beginnings.
Rise and shine!

Queer Astrology Q&A

Queer babes ask away!

 

Queer babes!

I’m teaming up with @them to offer you some Queer Astrology guidance.

Hit me up with your queer-ies, questions, cross-checks and concerns.
Whether you’re Saturn Returning, your crush hasn’t noticed you, Venus Retrograde has already thrown you for a loop or that dream job is still elusive – the stars are asking to guide you.

Let’s hear it!

 

Submit your questions and queer-ie here!

 

Art by the magical Jessika Fancy

2018 Astrology workshop

Working with the Astrology of 2018

 

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With Venus taking us down to the Underworld in her pentacle creating retrograde cycle, and Mercury throwing us for a loop when it retrogrades in Sagittarius & Scorpio…while the Eclipse Cycle is changing signs…

…how do we keep going forward when the planets are taking us backwards?

 

What is this workshop about?

In this workshop, Dru will walk you through the astrological events of each month remaining in 2018.

It will offer you tools for how to work with the planets via understanding of where they are kicking up dust in your own chart.

We will break down the meaning of retrograde cycles, eclipse seasons, what it means to have both Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, and what all this intense planetary activity is building toward.

Participants who sign up will each receive a workbook tailored to their own astrological chart.

 

Sign up!

Sign up to have your chart included in workshop examples.

Limited drop-in spots available.

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Cost & Time

$45

Sept 24th @7pm

2 hour workshop + workbook

 

Location:

Neighborhood Quality Goods

4301 Main St, Vancouver, BC

 

Who is Dru Ish?

You can read all about me here, or come say hi in person, which is always preferable.

 

What’s happening in 2018?

September

~ Saturn retrograde – direct in Capricorn

~ Pluto retrograde in Capricorn

~ Uranus retrograde in Taurus

~ Neptune retrograde in Pisces

 

October:

~ Pluto retrograde – direct in Capricorn

~ Venus retrograde in Scorpio to Libra

~ Uranus retrograde in Taurus

~ Neptune retrograde in Pisces

 

November

~ Venus retrograde – direct in Libra

~ Mercury retorgrade in Sagittarius

~ Uranus retrograde changing signs from Taurus to Aries

~ Neptune retrograde – direct in Pisces

~ Jupiter moves into Sagittarius

~ The Eclipse cycle changes signs

 

December

~ Mercury retrograde – direct in Scorpio

~ Uranus retrograde in Aries

~ Why staying in on NYE is a better idea this year

 

Everyone of all levels of Astrological understanding are welcome.

 

Limited spots.

Sign up now!

 

Freddie Mercury

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When I teach Astrology, I ask students to come to the first class with their theme song. What is THAT song, when yr walking down the street, headphones on & it’s YOUR song?
Not surprisingly, there’s often a correlation between that song & your chart…& ice-breakers suck so it’s a fun way to introduce yourself.

My song is ‘Don’t stop me now,’ by Queen – for obvious reasons – and because I’m continuously inspired by Freddie & his energy & charisma & his art. .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FREDDIE. You personify the hard work & dedication of practice that makes Virgo so deeply magical.

Eclipses are the real deal, baby!

AQUARIUS

 

The energy we’re experiencing is of release, and it’s coming through the filter of Aquarius. 

Aquarius is symbolized by the water bearer – it’s not THE WATER itself. The deep waters of emotion are not the easiest of landscapes for Aquarius to traverse. It’s an air sign; it stays one step outside the emotional realm though it wants to talk about it, think about it, connect because of it, but emotions come in the water bearer’s vessel – one step detached from the personal. 

This releasing is personal. It’s not about anyone else, it’s about YOU. What do you need to release? What emotions do you have stored in your vessel from past hurts, experiences and lost dreams that you continue to bring into the present?

It’s an easy go-to to think about cutting chords with the toxic ex, the manipulative boss, people in the world that don’t support you – but the challenge is to ask ourselves: how do I contribute to my life being as it is? What have I poured my emotional energy into, and what am I getting out of it?

Projection is a hamster wheel. We can harness this extremely frustrating, but powerful, energy right now and release old patterns, opening the way for more sincere emotional connections, with ourselves and others. 

Mars is SO HOT right now in cool-cat Aquarius. TOO HOT TO HANDLE.

Pluto and Saturn are holding space for our grief over in Capricorn. LET IT OUT.

Uranus is challenging us to align with what we value now – because times have changed and so have we!!! LET IT GO.

Neptune is confusing the fuck out of everything making us think that the answers are in an IG post – endlessly searching, scrolling for an out. ENQUIRE WITHIN.

It’s an interesting mix to say the least.

It’s intense because the damn walls are breaking. The Water Bearer’s vessel is broken open and we have to deal with what we’ve been carrying around. Water needs an external source to give it shape and definition and without addressing what’s really going on, this water damage can seep into every aspect of our lives. Aquarius wants to detach and stand back, but we need to step in to step up.

Touch the Earth

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Of all the adventures I’ve dragged my Sagittarian ass through, this trip is up there with my faves!

The dry heat of the desert, the genuineness of folks in Denver, the stories the Earth shares in Navajo Nation lands…& the welcome relief these Utah salt flats were after feeling gay-unsafe in Wyoming. 🙌🏼💓 Thinking of you #matthewshepard 🔥♐️🔥 .
As we welcome the Sun into Leo today, this Mars Retrograde is only gunna get hotter & dryer. If you feel like yr going to loose yr shit or bite the hook this month, touch the Earth & ground yourself.
Leo is about coming back into our most authentic expression of ourselves, without the need of external validation…but remember that fire is too hot to touch. Make choices that make you proud.
#thatlibraneye 📸 @jfancydesigns
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#ifiwasanalienidlandheretoo#anywherebutwyoming#sagittarianinthewild #traveldiaries#leoseason #leopride #leo #sagittarius#marsretrograde 🔥🔥🔥

CRYSTALSCOPE

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💎✨CRYSTALSCOPE✨💎

 
The thing about the desert is that it holds the memory of the Ocean. The thing about water is that it never forgets. 🌊🏜 💎
No matter when we exist throughout history, all living beings seek shelter and safety. While Aries (the 1st Cardinal sign) is out hunting, fearlessly gathering food, Cancer is creating our home, stoking the hearth fire so that we can all be nourished by togetherness under the same roof. It knows that if we don’t have each other, we will not survive.
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In 2018, we may not be setting up home in a cave on the side of a rock, but our needs are no different to those of our ancestors. As social creatures, we all seek to belong, to be nourished, to protect and be protected.
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This eclipse on July 12th activates our basic instincts, & in this there is increased potential for projection. There can be the desire to cut coldly that which has rejected us, threatened our survival and undermined our need to belong. The challenge is to sit in any uncomfortableness without reaction or retaliation.
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When we say things are cool but they’re eating away at our very need to belong, we undermine ourselves and gaslight those we actually care about. …read the full Crystalscope HERE.
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All photos 📸 :Navajo Nation Monument Valley, Canyonlands NP & Utah Rock House – #thatlibraneye 📸 @jfancydesigns .
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#crystalscope
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