APRIL 2022 Collective Anchoring
First and foremost, apologies for the timing of this post I traveled out of the country at short notice and had limited access to Wix. The April anchoring was published publicly through my Patreon account, I hope you were able to catch it there in a timely fashion.
Princess of Wands// 49 Al-Baith, The Return of What Passes Away
Important Dates/Transits: 4/9 First Quarter Moon in Cancer
4/13 Waxing Gibbous Leo into Virgo
4/15 Sun into Aries
4/15 13IK Oc
Key Takeaways: IK tings, Cancer, Leo, Virgo. Earth of Primal Fire (organic fuel). Ambition. Direct and clear communication. Embodied Intelligence
Happy Astrological New Year!
References: Tarot of the Moors, Karaya Ka Ne: The Moon and Me Lunar Connectivity Guide, The Sufi Book of Life, The Mayan Oracle, Isador Kozminsky’s Zodiacal Symbology and Its Planetary Power
Princess of Wands - Empress of Salamanders
First let me talk about these Ik tings. Ik is an archetype of the Mayan Tzolk’in cosmology that represents the integrative properties of the Breath of Life. The aspects that exhale (give) and inhale (receive) the energy of spirit. In this case emphasis is placed on the cocreative aspects of this exchange between BIG, noncorporeal guiding Spirit and our embodied Selves. In Mayan cosmology, as many others, we are the vessel and conduit for Spirit on this plane(t), all living things are in their own capacities. According to The Mayan Oracle, “Ik leaves you free to move on to the next moment without the baggage of desire, regret, or expectation. Ik is the simple intelligence that invisible forces are always moving in your life, guiding and inspiring.” IK embodies the concept of presence, the creator of intimacy where one’s true identity emerges. To dive deeper into the study of this concept I recommend viewing my IGTV video on IK anchoring.
This month’s message has much to do with recognizing, accepting, and honoring shifts in the connections in our lives. Our connection with our work, personal and professional. Our connection with/in our relationships with others: our guides, students, family, friends, and romantic or business partners. I use “with” and not “to” to remind us these relationships are not one sided or entirely Self-directed; they are dynamic with aspects outside of us and our autonomy to navigate.
In honor of this, we are invited to reckon with our fears of confrontation, success, and intimacy. We are invited to explore the connection between the three. This falls in line with 2022’s multilayered understanding of Self.
How are success, confrontation, and intimacy related?
Do you consider confrontation a threat to success and/or intimacy? In what way(s)? Why?
What fears are limiting you right now?
What was the trigger?
In what ways can you honor and conquer these fears?
What have you been avoiding?
What would help you feel ready to face it?
Is “readiness” truly necessary for you to do whatever you’ve been avoiding?
Is readings the issue, or is it willingness?
Working through the first couple reflections, particularly in the moment, is where Earth of Primal Fire energies come in. Think of each impetus as a spark of creation or change. Much like how the fiery collision of matter in space birthed our very planet and galactic family. When I hear “earth of primal fire”, I think of organic fuel, pure passion and cellular inspiration. I also think of emotional reflexes and triggers. All of these are primal, systemic tings. I think this conceptualization is important to have in mind as we transition from the raw, ethereal realm of Pisces and into the fiery realm of Aries with influences of Cancer, Leo, and Virgo.
As I’m typing up this portion of these notes, it’s the day after “The Slap” and I wouldn’t be the teacher I am if I didn’t recognize the clear teachable moment this is. This is such a great example, I couldn’t have imagined a more dynamic scenario. In case you somehow didn’t know or are coming to this post late and needs refresher, Chis Rock (CR) made a tasteless joke about Jada Pickett-Smith (JPS) during the Oscars and Will Smith (WS) calmly walked on stage and slapped the laughter out of him. Let’s ground ourselves in the context of it all. The context will serve as the example of “Earth”, the organic matter that has formed over time resulting in the state of the central moment of the tings that unfolded.
WS, JPS, and CR have spent decades establishing themselves in the entertainment industry yet find themselves relegated to projects clearly and decidedly Black OR that they have a strong hand in directing/producing in order to take on roles they feel proud of. Very rarely does their recent work reflect the trends of mainstream Hollywood.
This event happened in the presence of those who allow WS, JPS, and CR, to entertain them but not truly join them, it was predominantly white audience, in a predominantly white field.
Much of CR’s comedy comes from making fun of others
WS became known from his depiction of being born and bred in Philly and all that comes with that
WS and JPS have spent the last 3 years (minimum) publicly discussing and displaying the growth and recalibration of their marriage; including what it means to honor one another.
CR’s comedic reflex is to make fun of people, hoping all is well after because for him “it’s just jokes”. His joke however, had an emotional and systemic trigger he should have expected given his work around “Good Hair” and the implications commentary on the hair of Black femmes has on them and the community as a whole.
WS’s response was a great example of pure passion, emotional reflex, and cellular inspiration. As a fellow comedian WS’s initial and immediate response was to laugh at the joke of his peer. That’s ingrained in him. It was clea, however, that JPS was annoyed and offended by CR’s joke triggering a different reflex and passion within him; one that is defensive and protects. Now, as one born and bred in West Philly WS is no stranger to smacking someone for disrespect and that’s exactly what happened. In our societal context it is expected that husbands come to the defense of their wives, it is heir duty and responsibility. Children go get their mothers, wives go get their husbands.
Much outrage has been expressed because this happened in a professional setting and in “mixed company”, company that judges and characterizes us, hypocritically so, for (violent) confrontation.
Why are we unpacking this? Because we really think about it though, how the situation unfolded was extremely organic. Everybody wants to talk about breaking free of the realm of illusion but when real-work shit breaks into Hollywood folks in a tizzy. With Mars exiting a disciplined Capricorn and heading into the relatively unrestricted realm of Aquarius at the cusp of Aries season things are likely to get zesty. When the atmosphere is intense it’s doubly important to be able to consider all aspects as/before/after we act. Doing so helps us discern whether we are acting or acted in alignment and with spiritual and personal integrity.
Given this expanded context, if operating in the energy set to guide us through this month, CR might conclude he (un)intentionally crossed the line. He may also conclude that he stands by his joke but that as a Black man he understands WS’s response and apologize to JPS for making something so personal the careless butt of his joke. Similarly, WS may conclude he should have addressed the disrespect differently OR that he would do it again given his intimate knowledge of how his wife and family have been affected by her diagnosis.
The best we can hope for all involved, and ourselves in any situation, is that wherever those affected land, they express themselves clearly and with embodied intelligence of themselves and their true surroundings.
At the time I’m posting this the situation has been almost completely resolved and is still the center of much debate. If it has been a debate that has held you attention enough for you to form an opinion I recommend reviewing your responses to the reflection questions above then putting yourself in JPS, WS, and CR’s position. How would you have responded in the moment, how would you respond in the aftermath according to those positions. Do you find your opinion of the matter has shifted any? This is an exercise in empathy, an integral part of embodied intelligence and effective communication. An integral exercise for exploring Cancer, Leo, and Virgo energies. You may also do this according to any PERSONAL experience that had lingered and affected you greatly