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.”

To book a reading with me with phone, skype or chat go to http://www.mariebargas.com.

 

 

 

10 Minute Magick: Simple Ways to Bind Abusive Behavior

In the aftermath of the election reports of incidents or racism, sexism and bigotry are rising at an alarming rate. Just this week a woman told me to “pack my bags” if I didn’t like Trump, implying that I should go back to the Philippines. She then went on to say that I was in for a “big surprise” which I took as meaning that racism would be more widely accepted and supported by the government and by law enforcement. Her veiled threats made me cringe.

I’m a naturalized citizen who speaks 3 languages, graduated from the Claremont Colleges, is gainfully employed and enthusiastic about volunteering for social causes. Somehow in her home in rural Ohio she first friended me because she thought I as interesting, but now she thinks that she can openly judge me and “my kind” without fear because the “Trump Effect” has made racism and bigotry fashionable.

Meanwhile, one of my gay friends was sad to report that he was shamed publicly for being gay on his way to work at a beauty salon. In the worst case a friend just shared that her daughter who was raped by her father is still being forced by social services to see her rapist on scheduled visits. Obviously, the government and law enforcement is failing to address these and other issues. The reasons are too many to mention. So, we as private citizens have to literally “fend for ourselves” when it comes to our personal protection.

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Ice Box or Freezer Spells come primarily from the Hoodoo Magickal Tradition. According to ConjureDoctor.com

“Hoodoo (also known as rootwork) is Southern folk magic grounded in centuries of African American heritage within the southern United States. Hoodoo is often known by other names including: conjure, rootwork, root doctoring, laying tricks, working roots or doing the “work”. It is important to note, that contrary to what some authors may write in their books, Hoodoo is NOT Voodoo (Vodou). Hoodoo blends together the magical technology of Congo slaves that were taken from Africa in the slave trade, combined with Native American herbal knowledge, bits of European folk magic and Jewish mysticism.”

The Freezer Binding:  

Basic: This popular method of binding is quick and easy. The name of the abuser is written on a piece of paper and frozen in a ziploc bag filled with water.

Extra Ingredients in the Water: In special cases other ingredients are added to the water including alum, vinegar or even urine.

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Nine Names: Another method is to write the abuser’s name on a piece of paper 9 times. The paper is then folded 9 times and wrapped with a black thread or yarn 9 times before it is frozen. For added “oomph” I put a pinch of salt and a pinch of alum on the paper before folding it up and wrapping it tightly with a black thread.

Garlic: Another method is to crush a glove of garlic with your fist while thinking of the abuser. Rub that glove of garlic on the paper with the names of the abuser 13 times pushing the clove away from you.

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To Discourage Sexual Harassment: I put alum and salt in the water and if the binding is to discourage sexual harassment, I also put in 3 pinches of Salt Peter which traditionally is supposed to cause impotence.

Karma:

If these spells are used for self defense then the karmic debt is minimal if you are mindful of your intent.

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