Hello y’all, just a quick checkin to nudge y’all who are continuing to do ASL education….. I’m offering a 8 week class series through Visually Speaking online; starting Sept 30, 2021 and continuing to November 18th, 2021. Please register at the Visually Speaking website! All the information is located there. Plus, y’all can follow both my Instagram: @heartofoak8 and Visually Speaking’s Instagram: @visuallyspeakingseattle. Updates will be posted there as well as on here.
This is the amazing Instagram artwork on @visuallyspeakingseattle for advertising my class!
I’m excited and grateful to have this opportunity; looking forward to teaching Magicky ASL and connecting with y’all through there! 🍂🌿🔮🌙🕯😊
It’s almost autumn equinox time… also known as Mabon. Fall equinox is officially on Wednesday, September 22nd. Prior to that, there’s the Pisces full moon on Monday, September 20…. at 4:55pm PST/7:55pm EST. The moon will transit into Aries soon after that around 8:13pm PST/11:13 pm EST. (***Referred time zones from Llewellyn’s Witches datebook 2021 ***)
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating as panelist on the MeWe Fairs Panel on September 20; the same day as the full moon! The topic we will be sharing is about the Autumn faeries and working with their energies. This will be ASL interpreted. It’s FREE to attend as always online for this type of panel community space; sliding scale costs for asking a question per the guidelines with the event. Register at the website: www.mewefairs.com for the online panel 😊✨✨
More info to come about autumn equinox 🌿🍂
Also, I’m pleased to say that I’ve got some new offering brewing in the cauldrons…. more deets on that soon!! ✨🌙🔮🍂🌿🕯🔮🌙🧚🏼♂️🧚🏼♀️✨✨✨
Time has been a odd creature lately…. I’ve been going more through the flows, ebbs, tides of non-linear time and it’s clearly reflected here. I’m choosing to honor that and allow what needs to percolate, gestate, and weave through current threads and puzzle pieces rather than following the capitalism (“expected”) method of being active everyday online here my website as well on Instagram. Most likely, y’all have seen me sharing through my Instagram stories and some posts here and there. I felt it was time now to checkin and let y’all know a bit of what’s been going on in my worlds….
I was recently honored with the opportunity to co-support leading the Lughnasad aka Lunasa ritual for the That Witch’s Life Patreon. So exciting and it was a magical and powerful convening of energies! If y’all are on Patreon, then go support them and receive some magic!! ✨✨✨✨ SO good!! Also, you can follow their Instagram page: @thatwitchslifepodcast ~
Lughnasad aka Lunasa is an Irish/Celtic holy day; it honors the first harvest and opening of autumn 🍂 season. The second harvest is Autumn Equinox in September then the third/final harvest is Samhain aka Shadowfest and All Hallows’ in October. I have to say, it’s a relief to start feeling the autumn 🍂 energies swirling already …. even if I am experiencing big concerns related to climate change, wildfire/smoke season, and other current life related things. Still, I remind myself that it is key to remember: it’s okay to grieve what needs to be let go of, composted, released… while appreciating, honoring, and celebrating the beauty and magic of first harvest and what that feels like to me currently.
The most recent cosmic swirling energy: Dark new moon 🌙 in Leo ♌️ along with the 🦁 Lion’s Gate Portal…. the peak of the Lion’s Gate Portal tends to occur on August 8, every year. This year, it’s happening at the same time as the Perseids meteors …. the peak of the Perseids is during August 11-13, 2021 ~ this week! I’m planning to do a Perseids viewing adventure on the night of Aug 12, Thursday….. I feel excited, curious, nervous about this and it’ll be my first time to witness this!
I recently relocated to a new dwelling residence in early July 2021 and am still unpacking; am still in progress of finding my connections with this new hearth space. So grateful for Kenton park right across the street for a grounding space with the trees 🌲 there. Hopefully, I’ll have a very very very small house-hearth warming party sometime soon….. so, I can ground down more into the hearth space and weave into the containers I want here in this new residence space.
I’ve recently started participating as a student in a new class: Jewish Magic and Ritual; it’s both online and in-person. My teacher, colleague, and mentor Rebekah Erev is amazing! Their work really speaks for itself and I’m really savoring this experience and opportunity so far. I’m also partaking in the second round of their Embodying the Hebrew Letters. Both courses are accessible with note takers and ASL interpreters!! If y’all are curious about Rebekah and their work, then please check out their Instagram: @rebekaherevstudio and/or follow them on Patreon!
I’m also teaching a basic level ASL (American sign language) class through Visually Speaking (deaf owned biz) with an online classes remote teaching style. It’s the first time I’ve been doing this in a very long time so it’s been a interesting and good learning experience so far! My first class will complete by August 24, then a short break… then I will return teach the same course in September 2021. The class is a 8-week format. If y’all are interested, then go check out the Visually Speaking website: www.visuallyspeaking.info ~
Blessed midsummer solstice! It’s june 20 ~ the turning point of midsummer solstice, the highest point of summer season and we are heading into Cancer ♋️ Season ~
Today, I spent a couple hours reading this book, “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next several books in this series! It was a nice shift in the pace of things to allow myself to get lost in the pages of this book. It had been a while since I had actually read a book (for many reasons). I’m glad that I did take the time and it felt like a comforting space of energy to spend with this book… considering that we are now turning towards Cancer ♋️ season and in the last threads of Gemini ♊️ season…. a bit of a liminal transition time, energetically…. 😊🌌
It’s hard to believe how June has almost seemed to fly by ~ my humxn solar return circle day was on June 8; I was also vaccinated with my second dose of Pfizer covid vaccine on that day. I’ve been quarantined since then… this week on Tuesday, I’ll be considered fully vaxxed by then. Certainly interesting times and a mixed bag of feels… I feel like I’m still sensing into what 43 wants to be and how it wants to unfold…. time will tell….
Mercury retrograde will transition back to direct station this week, Tuesday, June 22 at 6 pm EST/ 3 pm PST ~ I’m really looking forward to this happening; no kidding! It feels like this particular Gemini mercury retrograde cycle has been a doozy! Phew…. hopefully, some clearer understanding and clarity will reach us all in the coming weeks ahead despite the fact of several planets still in retrograde cycles. We aren’t quite out of the woods with eclipse season yet. That eclipse energy will continue to reverberate into the next couple months so keep your eyes and hearts open to what comes through the ethers to y’all with silver linings, “aha” thoughts/moments out of three blue, and even in dream time. Continue to practice grounding rituals and if it feels right, then keep a journal close-by to note down any observations that may occur intuitively.
Juneteenth (June 19) occurred yesterday; it is important to recognize this day of black liberation. The original place where this happened was Galveston, Texas. We cannot forget that it was a few years AFTER when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation ~ that black enslaved peoples realized that they truly are FREE and no longer enslaved as a people. This year, 2021, Juneteenth became a “federal” holiday. It is sad and bittersweet in a way to know it has taken THIS long for Juneteenth to be formally recognized as a country wide “federal” holiday. It should’ve been done a LONG time ago. I’m grateful that I was able to attend a online zoom Juneteenth event held by the Bay Area Black American Association. It was beautyfull to see everything ranging from art, culinary experience, dance, and honoring both black deaf owned businesses and youth with their scholarship. Also, I’m grateful that I watched the Netflix show, “High on the Hog”…. So good and very important to watch! Definitely recommend!
With midsummer solstice, this is a time of transition in many ways. On one side, there’s the oak king and the highest and brightest point of the sun, abundance, plenty, and rooting into joy and sunlight in all ways then on the other side of things, with dusk and sunset, the holly king takes his place now as the ruler of the seasons ~ the sun will slowly start to wane; a feeling of turning inwards; recognizing grief, shadows, loss, releasing and acceptance of these things and being kind with the self in that process unfolding; turning slowly towards the dark half of the year and taking account of what needs to be done in preparations for that.
The Capricorn ♑️ full moon 🌕 beckons later this week ~ the full moon occurs at 2:40 pm EST / 11:40 am PST. Remember there’s not only the mountain goat related to Capricorn; there’s also the sea-goat. Saturn is the planet that rules Capricorn. It’ll be interesting to see how the interplay of Cancer sun and Capricorn full moon energies manifest this week into the weekend (since Capricorn and Cancer are on the axis of planets in the natal chart). Typically, folx can start to tune into the full moon energy about 3 days prior to the actual full moon and continue to work with the full moon energy in the next 3 days post-full moon.
I’m available for mercury direct station, Jupiter retrograde, and Capricorn full moon readings this week into this weekend. Half hour, 45 minute, and 1 hour/60 min readings are available! Please book sessions/readings via email: email@example.com, Instagram DM msgs (@heartofoak8), and/or through here: www.spiritoracle.com. Prices are reasonable, as always. Gift certificates also are available for purchase 😊🌌🧚🏼♂️🧚🏼♀️🎉
More thoughts to follow soon this week with the beckoning Capricorn ♑️ full moon….
[time zone data referenced from the Witches ‘ Datebook 2021]
Hello, it’s been a bit of a delay ~ I appreciate y’all’s understanding and patience in this. I was planning to do a second musings in April. However, other things came to my attention and I had to take a short break in order to tend to these things.
One thing: it wasn’t in the stars for me to be a guest on That Witch Life podcast for their may 2/Beltane episode. Darn! However, good news…. they have invited me back for a summer episode…. TBA!
Another of these things, what? Internet service – right now, it is down due to my previous housemates having cancelled their service and now I’m awaiting my own internet service to arrive then be activated. That will be later this week, hopefully! I learned how to order my own internet service. There’s always a silver lining to Mercury retrograde in learning new things 😉
This is interesting since Mercury retrograde is now in full swing since it turned retrograde on May 29, 2021 and stays retrograde until June 22. Mercury is in its “home” sign of Gemini ♊ at this time. What does that mean? Well, Gemini is an air sign. Mercury is the ruling planet of both Gemini and Virgo. Both Gemini and Virgo are mutable signs (air and earth, in their respective zodiac signs). Typically, folx who have their natal Mercury placed in Gemini will feel the energetic resonance of Mercury retrograde in a more emphasized way than other folx who may not have natal Mercury placed in Gemini.
Mercury aka Hermes is known as the messenger of the gods. He is one of only two deities (besides Hekate/Hecate) who could travel between all realms; not just only Mount Olympus. His areas of expertise range from transportation, technology, trade, to knowledge, gathering and exchange of resources and intelligence, and so on. He can hold a trickster type of energy so it’s good to remember to take a step back, laugh, breathe, then regroup if something is causing y’all to feel tightly wound up during this time.
A energetic signature of Mercury retrograde is this: the R words…. recycle, reassess, renew, rethink, research, release, and much more. It generally isn’t advised to sign contracts and/or make any big decision type of moves/actions/plans during this time… however, it can be done if it’s done with due research, close looks at the contracts/fine print, etc. So, it’s important to go it slow and steady with patience during this time; not rushing through.
I’m offering Mercury retrograde readings now until June 21…. Mercury retrograde finishes on June 22 then will turn direct station by then. Sessions are reasonably priced according to maintaining sustainable income for my livelihoods.
I’m willing to work around with y’all’s financial budgets if and when necessary. If this is a thing then please communicate it when contacting me for a reading. This is much in my awareness since covid-19 is still a current world situation and I recognize that so many folx have been financially impacted by it as well as myself in that case.
If this particular reading strikes your interest/need then please feel welcome to contact me and book sessions via the contact form here through my website, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and/or Instagram dm message.
So much has occurred since the last time I posted in here. Thankees for y’all’s patience!
I’m proud to announce that I’ve recently completed my ASL Life Coach training program and officially graduated!! It was about two years and two months worth of time; that chapter is closed and now I’m slowly yet steadily stepping into the new chapter of integrating as a professional ASL Life Coach. Many Thankees and much appreciation beyond words to my program teacher and mentor, Deborah Mayer of Crossroad Solutions Coaching!! It was an absolute delight and great pleasure to have Dorothy Wilkins as co-teacher during the final course which was a comprehensive retreat at the end of the program.
This recent week, I’ve had the honor and opportunity to partake with several zoom events related to National Transgender HIV Testing Awareness Week! April 18th (Sunday) was the virtual Zoom kickoff with land acknowledgment by a Deaf Indigenous woman, Sarah Young Bear-Brown then bingo with the Portland Oregon chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Monday, April 19th, I did a short and sweet “taster” of Tarot readings then Matt Reinig did his visual guided meditation. It was a pleasure to have both Sarah and Matt to join in as our community allies! Then, Friday, April 23rd, I did a longer tarot reading then a local Portland Oregon based deaf drag performer did her performance ~ on zoom and ASL interpreted!
All the Zoom and/or Instagram lives were ASL interpreted and accessible, thanks to a local Portland Oregon based ASL interpreter organization: Fingers Crossed Interpreting.
On a different note: a bit of Astrology Woo…. Monday, April 26th: Scorpio ♏️🌕 Full Moon occurs at 11:32pm EST (Eastern Standard Time)/ 8:32pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) ~ then on Tuesday, April 27th, Pluto transits retrograde (Rx) at 4:04pm EST/1:04pm PST. Pretty big cosmic energies swirling up with these!
My books are currently open for Scorpio ♏️🌕 full moon readings *NOW* into this coming week until Thursday, April 29th, 2021 ~ half hour sessions ~ $30, 45 minute sessions ~ $45, and 1 hour sessions ~ $60. Please book your readings via my website contact form: www.spiritoracle.com , email: email@example.com, and/or Instagram DM private messages. Energy exchanges welcomed and appreciated via PayPal and Venmo.
Also!! Beltane aka Beltaine or Bealtaine is right around the corner! What’s that? It’s the welcoming in of Summer season ~ April 30th is known as beltaine eve or May Eve and May 1st as beltaine day or May Day. Beltane is a fire festival; themes of fertility, abundance, fecundity, relationships, renewal, creativity, healing and manifesting of all kinds is highlighted during this time.
I’m excited to be participating as a panel practitioner for MeWeFairs Panel topic Beltane Fires on April 29, 2021 ~ Thursday! ASL interpreted; 6-8:30pm PST on Zoom. Then, I’ll be a guest witch practitioner on That Witch Life Podcast on May 2nd, 2021 for their Beltane episode. That’ll be happening at 10am PST so the UK folx “across the pond” can listen in with the podcast. 😊 I’m excited to join again with the podcast witches: Courtney Weber, Kanani Soleil, and Hilary to chat about dream interpretation and all that magickyness! 🧚🏼♂️🧚🏼♀️🌿🍃🌱🍀☘️🌌🔮
Please feel welcome to follow my Instagram: @heartofoak8 and keep in touch, send in your questions, and book readings/sessions with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All readings/sessions are offered virtually at this time via FaceTime and/or Zoom. It is still uncertain for me regarding to when in-person sessions local to Portland, Oregon will occur. Thankees for the patience and understanding related to that. It’s much appreciated!
I much rather keep safety and care as priority in my awareness both for my clients as well as myself. If it shifts in any way in the coming months regarding the potential of perhaps offering in-person sessions/readings, then I will announce it here. Until then, it’ll all be held virtually for the time being. 🙏✨✨✨🌌🧚🏼♂️🧚🏼♀️
This Saturday, the Pisces ♓️ dark new moon occurs at 2:21am PST/ 5:21am EST… with this current moment and in the coming next few days, it’s a great time to be doing inner work related to releasing, letting go, recycling, clearing out, and boundaries/protection rituals as well as activities.
Also, it is a good time for allowing the self to slow down, dream, engage with creative activities, and get a feel into what your dreams/creativity wants to share with you. Some examples of these things are: slow paced walks, journaling, coloring in a coloring book, reading a book, taking baths/showers/using Epsom salts, gentle stretches/yoga, etc.
It may feel challenging with the current Capricorn ♑️ moon to start that slowing down….however, it’ll be worth it! 😊
I’m available this week/weekend for dark new moon Pisces ♓️ readings/sessions ~ 20 mins = $20, 30 mins = $30, 45 mins = $45, and 60 mins/1 hour = $60. Payments are much appreciated via PayPal and Venmo (I will include $1 transfer fee with payments). Please feel welcome to contact me via here-my website: www.spiritoracle.com, email: email@example.com, and/or Instagram dm @heartofoak8.
It’s a new month already! We are currently now in the 1 year anniversary of COVID having occurred one year ago in March 2020. SO much has shifted and changed since then… The two vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) have just been given out in phases around America and hopefully “herd immunity” will be gained in time. Right now, ‘tis a wait and see kind of scenario related to that at the time.
I have been experiencing various changes, both personally and professionally, since COVID initially hit and since then… From March 2020 until now, I’ve had to adjust current client sessions/meetings to being offered online instead of in-person. Also, I had to take a sabbatical for a while from offering client one on one readings etc for personal mental health reasons.
I’m excited to announce that there’s a couple things brewing in my current magical work cauldrons including returning to offering dark new moon and full moon client readings! More info on this soon 😊🧚🏼♂️🧚🏼♀️
At this time, I’m uncertain to when I’ll return to offering in-person availability. For the time’s being and my intentions of following Covid safety protocols, all client sessions/meetings will be Virtual online unless otherwise. I appreciate y’all’s understanding and flexibility in this. It is a process for many of us to adjust with this. Thank you for the patience in this. 🙏✨✨✨
A gentle reminder: I’m NOT on Facebook and haven’t been on that social media platform since June 2019-ish. Y’all will find me here on my website: www.spiritoracle.com, Instagram: @heartofoak8, and/or soon to be Twitter!
Y’all can contact me via email: heartofoak8gmail.com or Instagram DM msg.
Time is a odd creature during these times; this is for sure. It feels like time both acts slow and fast at times. We are approaching the end of January this coming weekend ~ with a Leo ♌️ full moon 🌕 this Thursday then the moon will be in Virgo ♍️ by Saturday ~ along with the first mercury retrograde cycle of 2021 beginning on Saturday.
For the year of 2021, the mercury retrograde cycles, respectively, are in air signs ~ Aquarius ♒️, Gemini ♊️, then Libra ♎️. This first cycle of mercury retrograde unfolds from January 30 – February 20, 2021 (that includes the actual mercury retrograde cycle then post-shadow retrograde cycle). The other two take place later in the year. I’ll share more on this later.
We are in the very last dregs of winter; the sun is starting to stay out a bit longer each day when dusk comes. Next week is the first week of February 2021. In old Irish/Gaelic culture, it is when Imbolc happens. The significance of Imbolc is related to the very beginning of spring. Also, another “holiday” is close to when Imbolc is and that is Candlemas.