Coping with the Challenges of the Venus Retrograde: It’s not all about Love. Venus is also the Goddess of Cash.

14212004_10154497635930842_4731063091581144274_nAs many of you know, I am a Kashmir Shaivist. My daily practice includes mantra and mediation. Before then I studied various forms of a occultism and witchery and think of myself as a witch when the room demands a “broom.” Venus Retrograde has given me a unique set of challenges because I am a triple Libra, which means that Venus is all over my astrological chart. In preparation I had the pleasure of interviewing astrologer James David Wade – the Pisces Prince, who offered me some very good insights on my weekly radio show  with Tony Sokol , Magick Lab Academy on the SOC Radio Network. He cautioned me that reevaluating my relationships would be bumpy but necessary. Likewise, Venus, the Goddess of Cash Flow would also challenge me to think outside the box in order to maintain the momentum that began with my prediction that “Moonlight” would win best picture on the EXTRA Weekend Edition.

For a Hindu Laxshmi is the “go-to” Goddess of Prosperity and Fortune. After meditating upon her for a time before the Venus Retrograde I was advised to clean up my house from top to bottom in order to get my money mojo back which had been slacking despite the fact that I’ve got at least 7 current stories including Moi on Google News. What I discovered during a 3 day marathon of cleaning is that my puppy, the fabulous Vampire Chihuahua, Fifi, had created a doggy den of iniquity with dirty underwear and pee right underneath my bed! Once I found this energetic black hole in my bedroom the energy shifted and things got back to normal.  When I mentioned this to James he congratulated me on following the advice that he was ready to give me himself, which was clean up – EVERYTHING.

But, cleaning was not enough. Unknown to many people outside Hinduism who worship and invoke Laxshmi, she has an older sister/twin who is also the Goddess of Poverty and Loss. Alaxshmi travels with her sister and on some occasions balances the boon granted by Laxshmi with tragedy that evens the karmic score almost instantaneously. Remember the stories of the Lottery Winners who lose their spouses and eventually all their money through spending and excess?  For me that is a good example of the saying, “The Goddess giveth and the Goddess taketh away.” So, the first thing I did before doing my 3 day marathon cleaning for Laxshmi was erect an outdoor altar to Alaxshmi who in many traditions is Laxshmi’s owl.

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I created this altar for Alaxshmi right outside our front door so that when I invoke Laxshmi her sister has an equally beautiful altar OUTSIDE our house which she can relax and enjoy so that poverty stays outside which prosperity and good fortune come inside to an immaculate place. Alaxshmi likes things that are sour and spicy so I gave her lemons and red chilis. 3 days after I made Alaxshmi her own altar, my little witchy house was booked as a location for  the tv show, “Crime Watch Daily,” and I even got to re-enact the role of Rachel Lee, a master criminal gypsy con artist. Even so, Laxshmi continues to challenge me to push myself far outside of my comfort zone and I now have a new live chat show on the North American Psychic and Paranormal Network.

To read my article in the Bodhi Tree Blog click HERE.

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You see, I foolishly believed that since I’m very happy in my current relationship that the worst part of Venus Retrograde would be deflecting the unwanted advances of an ex or two and sorting out relationship issues. What has emerged is the re-evaluation and restructuring of my business. I no longer do readings at Mystic Journey Bookstore because sadly it now takes me 2 hours to get there in traffic and possibly another 2 1/2 hours to get home. I am also hesitant to join another online psychic talk line because I’m over giving the lion’s share of my earnings over while they “decide” how much of my hard earned money I deserve to get for myself. Meanwhile, I noticed that one psychic line had my photo used on every single one of their promos, but I had unwittingly signed over the rights to my image. So, although my face was the cornerstone of a huge campaign I got nothing … zero … The seasoned PR girl in me was gnashing her teeth at how much I just “gave away.” Today, I am building my business online from my own home studio which I have outfitted with some really good equipment. I make my own promo videos, book my own photo shoots, program my own shows and bank 98% of my take on readings. I have to admit that doing this all on my own is scary right now, but Laxshmi has pushed me towards being more independent and so I bow to her and surrender my fate. Jai Laxshmi. Jai Alaxshmi. Jai Shakti. You have taught me, “Shakti gives no fucks.”

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Sometimes Isolation is Best Way to Achieve Your “Authentic” Vibration

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Being an empath and a psychic in today’s chaotic mess of a world has challenges all it’s own. I never really examined them out of necessity because for 8 years I lived with a hoarder (my ex boyfriend) and had a brief stint with an OCD ( room mate).  In order to survive the energies I had to go into a state of denial just to be able to achieve some level of happiness and that all by itself if a skill.  I can make myself happy and positive even in the midst of extreme, prolonged adversity.  But … the energy that it takes to “handle” the barrage of negative overload was so intense that my magick and manifestation skills appeared to be below par. And yet, I was spending hours meditating. Today I realize that when ALL my energies are channeled in one direction and not spread out thin in order to maintain some semblance of “balance,” I can literally manifest whatever I want … but it takes a conscious effort not to waste precious energy on just “keeping it together.”

mural-1347673_960_720For the past two weeks I’ve been consistently letting go of things and people that are not conducive to the type of energy that I want which is strong, free flowing and self-renewing. Moving forced me to throw away a lot of things that I didn’t need. And, financial concerns forced me to cut loose projects and people that appear to be a waste of time with little or no pay off.  There are opportunities and then there are traps that appear as opportunities.  Right now I have no interest in wasting my precious time on traps.

Even good intentions can be squandered by a lack of focus and concentration. And, the truth is I have always had the focus of a laser beam and some people don’t appreciate that until it’s far too late.

After making some major changes that incurred the wrath of people who were either not getting what they wanted from me … or from people who thought that they could “control” me in order to make me “better,” I’ve learned that I am my own guru. Seriously, when I’m free from the opinions, hectic thoughts and random fears of people, I have an internal compass that is very accurate. Furthermore, I think that I have a far better grasp on reality than the people who thought that they knew better. The difference that made them think that I was stupid or delusional is the fact that I didn’t worry or fret which they saw as being “responsible,” but which I see as being a waste. I fix problems … that takes energy … worrying about them and blaming other people takes away from the energy that can be used to fix or cure something.  Once again my laser focus has made me misunderstood, but at this point I don’t care.

This morning I’m vibrating as myself … I feel healthy … confident … and ready to tackle the day without the anxiety that I have discovered that I can absorb from anxious people. By myself I’m calm, cool and collected and I like that.

 

 

 

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo – If You Dig Deep Enough You May Strike Gold – Spiritual Response Therapy at the Crystal Matrix in Atwater Village

69508_crystal_matrix_los_angelesThe day before yesterday I had the unexpected opportunity participate in a Spiritual Response Therapy Session facilitated by Ora B. Nance Woodley at the Crystal Matrix in Atwater Village in Los Angeles. I had come to the shop on a whim on the first day of Mercury Retrograde to find a safe haven from the chaos and ended up staying for the evening session determined to release a lot of energetic junk. Ora and I connected on a psychic to psychic level and before I knew it, I just wanted to hug her for being so kind and so open.

According to the session description,

Spiritual Response Therapy(SRT)gets to the very root of the energetic program causing your specific issue. Using special charts and a pendulum, Minis. Ora B Nance-Woodley finds the patterns of negative energy, whether in past, present or future lives and, through Higher Self, removes or “clears” this energy from your Akashic Records, releasing pain and restoring harmony. The effect of this work is amazingly profound. The negative energy you held on an event is cleared and this can produce amazing changes in your life.

Unlike the rest of the participants I had not preregistered, so she did not have 24 hours to “clear” me before I got there. But, in the short time before the class she dedicated herself to starting the process so I could join in. In the past month a move following a break-up and the end of the harassment from a very vindictive internet troll were just a few of the things that reportedly gave me an aura with the look of the spots on a Dalmatian. I was tired, burnt out and feeling unsure of myself even though my life was just beginning.

Using the technique of spinning a pendulum combined with conversation and her own healing gifts, Ora was able to clear away a lot of the blockages that were deep rooted in my energy that could have taken weeks of cleansing baths to remove. Personally, I did not feel that I had that much time to “get it together” so I was grateful for the opportunity. And what transpired is that this beautiful stranger was able to find and understand a deep seated hurt that happened while I was still in the womb and carefully extract the spiritual “splinter” like any good mom.

Suddenly, my joy returned like an absent lover and I was able to smile again. Since then Mercury has had its way with me. Oh dear, transportation, miscommunication and short tempers could have frozen me in a state of panic. But, I’ve managed to remain calm and kind. Despite the challenges my response is to relax, become more fluid and just roll with the punches. I was the only one in the group who did not cry when I released. Instead I smiled and it felt good to feel that warmth spreading through me like the rising sun on an Autumn day.

My daily challenge is to create and maintain a state of joy. And with Mercury causing mishaps in scheduling and deliveries it’s easy to appear irresponsible when the truth is sometimes circumstances are awry. And I haven’t been myself because the trauma of a break-up AND moving is intense. Tonight, I can give myself permission to rest, really rest.

Download a free “Loving Kindness Meditation” for September by clicking HERE.

Mercury RX Rewind – DIY Cleansing-Mambo T Chita Tann’s Milk Bath – Reposted from Your Pop Psychic

On this auspicious first day of Mercury Retrograde I am celebrating the disposal of a troll who has stalked me for over a year.  Marie Bargas

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Mercury Retrograde can be an exceptionally frustrating time. Even if your own natal Mercury was retrograde (and thus you’ve been spared some of the harsher energy), almost everyone around you will be in a fog of missed connections, muddled communications, and general chaos. It’s never a good time to start anything new, but it doesn’t have to be a complete loss.

A great technique from the Haitian Vodou tradition that we use at any time of year, and not just something like Mercury Retro, is spiritual cleansing with herbal baths. You can make a special bath for yourself to cut through the Mercury muck, and help get yourself back into balance.

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Instructions:

Take a cup of white milk, a handful of fresh basil leaves, and three limes into the bathroom, along with a large pitcher, bowl, or bucket filled with room temperature water. Slice up the limes and put them in the water, along with the milk and the basil, and stir with your right hand. Then get into the bathtub or shower and very slowly, pour the pitcher over your head.

lime-843512_640Keep your eyes shut, because the lime juice can sting – but what it’s doing is cutting through all that Mercurial madness. If any pieces of lime or leaves stick to you on the way down, that’s fine – rub them into your skin and then let them fall. Let this air dry, then step out and dry off with a clean white towel. It’s best to do this bath right before bed, so you can leave the fragrant bath to do its work until morning.

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Mambo T Chita Tann (Mambo Tamara, or “Mambo T”) has been mambo asogwe (the highest rank of priesthood) in Haitian Vodou since 2001, when she initiated with a sosyete in the city of Jacmel in southern Haiti. In 2004, she was granted membership in another sosyete based inPétionville and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with a satellite house in Long Island, NY: the Sosyete La Fraîcheur Belle Fleur Guinea of Mambo Marie Carmel Charles. Mambo T underwent a second initiation as mambo asogwe in January 2006, at Sosyete Sipote Ki Di, a historical Port-au-Prince peristyle adminstered by Mambo Marie Carmel Charles and Mambo Fifi Ya Sezi. At baptism, Mambo T was honored with the public name Chita Tann, a name passed down through several mambos in the house’s lineage.

 

Mambo T has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, author, and lecturer on African religions. She is a professional Egyptologist and became the spiritual leader of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith (a modern form of ancient Egyptian religion) in 1989, decades prior to her involvement in Haitian Vodou. She considers Vodou not as her religion, but as a spiritual and magical service in honor of Haitian and Native American ancestors. Mambo T’s students come from all races, religions, and walks of life. Her first book on Vodou, Haitian Vodou: An Introduction to Haiti’s Indigenous Spiritual Tradition, was published in January 2012.

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Need to Relax, Cleanse and Unblock? Call a Remote Energy Tech. Part #1: The Crash that Changed My Life

Kali_lithographIf you had asked me about the Galactic Federation of Light a Year ago I would have very politely said that I knew of them, but really had nothing much to do with them. Years of occult training in witchcraft and more recently in yoga and tantra would have brought out the metaphysical snob in me. You see, although my dharma is to be a reader and healer of sorts, I’ve been wary of Angels and Light Beings, not because I’m afraid of the Light, but because I’ve been wary of the prejudice often pointed at people like myself who work with both the dark and the light. As a Kashmir Shaivist, I identify the Divine Feminine as the Dark Goddess or Kali who is a Destroyer and Swallower of time. Hence, I never imagined that I’d be working so much with the Lighter more Angelic forces, at least not those in human form, because frankly humans are subject to prejudice. The truth is that the God(s) and Angels have no such qualms. They are literally “hanging out” in other dimensions getting along better than we ever could. And as I type this, imagine them looking down upon us and shaking their heads at the mess we’ve made of the world so far … when they gave us a Garden of Eden and asked us to just learn how to get along.

FA668B28-03CA-448D-94E0-43789D34FEF7On November 7th 2015 I was driving to work at Mystic Journey in Venice, CA and the driver behind me looked up and saw a UFO.  He was so distracted that he drove his Monster Truck right into the back of my Mazda 626  there in the middle lane of the 405 FWY. The impact would have killed me if I had not been belted. There on the side of the road, I saw the look of relief in his face when I exited my crushed Mazda to get his information because I was ALIVE.  I made it as far as half way to him before I collapsed on the ground in shock. The ambulance and the police were called. I did not find out until later that the impact had popped open all my chakras from behind.  Let me tell you, the pain was excruciating.  It was excruciating for months and months and during that time I had to find other ways to manage it because I refused to become a zombie addicted to pain medication.

100220-1One of the things that I turned to was using tuning forks placed directly on my muscles to relax them and as I continued to do that, not out of curiosity, but necessity, I discovered that they were actually like wands in my hands. I could infuse them with intent and “do things” that I had never imagined that I could do. Mind you, I would not have studied this so intensely if it had not been for the pain. But then again, I told you that I worship Shakti in the form of Kali … and her lessons are never subtle. Kali knows me too well. She knows I can become easily distracted. So, she gave me two pinched nerves, as revealed by an MRI, to guarantee that I would learn how to use these forks in an accelerated time, not only to suffer the consequences, but to suffer … period … unless I could crack the code. It was do it or else. I did it, not out of any great need for scholarship, not because I’m a great guru, or shaman, but for the simple fact that the drive from my home to work is almost 60 minutes and I refused to drive on medication, so it was either find a way to get there without pharma … or stay at home defeated.

As we enter into a time of uncertainty where there is more political unrest than there has been in quite some time, especially here in the United states where we have been sheltered from radical change and unrest, the comforting presence of Lakshmi the Goddess of Fortune is an island of security and peace that can weather any storm. The beauteous consort of the Preserver Vishnu bring s not only wealth, but fortune and prosperity both material and spiritual. Too many beloved artists have passed in such a short time. Too many people are being killed. Terrorism has reared it’s ugly head and everywhere people are angry, disappointed and in shock. It’s time to bring in the energy of Lakshmi through to sustain us through these dark days so that we can be self contained centers of peace.

Where:  Mystic Journey Bookstore – 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd. – Venice, Ca, 90291

When:  Saturday – 7/16/16 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Cost: $25.00

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I am available for readings at:

Mystic Journey Bookstore

1625 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Venice, CA 90291

Mondays, Fridays and Sundays

11:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Call 310.399.7070

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