New Year’s Report : 2021

Venus, ruling planet of 2021. Called “The Little Treasure” in Astrology due to it’s benefits and blessings

We have a lot to cover this year. First let’s get the Tai Sui of the Year out of the way. As well as other things :


https://miamimagus.wordpress.com/2020/12/15/astrological-forecast-for-december-2020-the-last-forecast-of-the-year

Although this was the last forecast of 2020, this covers a whole bunch of things. The other thing that catches my attention is that it comes on a Friday. Friday is usually for ending things. Not for starting new projects. This means this next year will more than likely be about finishing projects or taking care of problems that need to be taken care of. 


Not about embarking on new projects. This is about fixing our lives and ending the nastiness of these last few years. If you already did that and think you can manage embarking on new projects, awesome. More power to you. The new year has come on the back of the Long Night’s Moon.


Also called the Full Cold Moon or simply the Cold Moon. The Moon of Midwinter which reaps and destroys negativity. This Moon influences our new year. So again, this year is for ending all of the bad from the last few years. Work with the moon on this.


It does so in the sign of Cancer. This sign belongs to the negative polarity. And it’s a water sign. So it magnifies cleansing. And it’s also a psychic-empathic sign. 


A total cleansing of the soul. So this year is the time for reaping. Killing the dark things that no longer serve you. And planting and preparing for the things you want. For planting in order to harvest later, but before you can do that, you need to kill all the weeds. 


Capricorn Horoscope for 2021

When I was praying to the Gods of the New Year, I had this heaviness hit me from the crown of my head. This was strange because I cleansed. I protected myself well. Followed all the rituals and then some. This new year comes with heavier baggage than the last one I think. 

~ The Letter of the Year from Cuba ~

From Ile Afroboricua on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/afroboricua


The Babalawos from Cuba have a different and more positive take. And in their divination we are going to be ruled by the Orishas (Yoruba Gods) Olokun and Oshun. Olokun is a very mysterious Deity. It’s unknown whether Olokun is male or female. All Gods and especially the Orishas are transexual entities.

The Letter of the year in Spanish. This is the document I did the translation from

They don’t really have a gender because Gods entail all things. Deities do normally have a set gender they like to use as their default. A preferred form they like to use amongst many. But Olokun is unknown. The story goes that this Orisha had taken human form once. 


And was chased away by dogs to the bottom of a river. So Olokun never leaves the water and is hidden so deep within the caves and water ways that he/she is never seen. The main belief is that Olokun represents the mysteries of water. And Oshun is the Goddess of love, prosperity, nature, magic, and many other things. She also rules rivers. 


Ika Fun is the sacred text or Odu (oddun) of the year. The main message is,


“A blessing of firm and safe health on Earth that Orula will provide”

Also, this year’s flag is blue with yellow trims. The colors of Olokun and Oshun.

 
(Source : http://www.rcm.cu/dan-a-conocer-la-letra-del-ano-2021/)


Other information


– A sacrifice must be made to Obatala. One quail. Sixteen slices of bread. And Cacao, Cascarilla (egg shell powder), and two white candles. 

 – In addition to this, we are told to mop the floors of our houses with the Eight herbs of Obatala (This is a recommended house cleaning for the new year.)


– Another sacrifice must be made on behalf of Oshun and Olokun. The sacrifice is one rooster, one river stone, river water, bread crumbs, dirt from sixteen different places, clothing drenched in your own sweat, eight strips of (cloth) of different colors, and other ingredients. 


Phrases of the year :


“He who laughs last, has the best laugh,”

“Sometimes what you don’t like is exactly what you have to do,”


~ Orixa Regente (Ruling Orixa) of 2021 ~

From : https://www.deviantart.com/oradiancporciuncula/art/Oxala-Obaluaie-e-Oxum-603860687

Orixa is the portugese spelling for Orisha. The Candomble religion is similar to Santeria. Only the slaves that went to Brazil preserved other Orishas that the slaves in Cuba didn’t. Their priests also perform a divination to see who rules the year. And in theirs it’s Oxum and Oxalá (Oshun and Obatala). 


In both divinations we see Oshun take a prominent role. And even though Obatala isn’t the reigning Orisha in the Letter of the year, he’s still clearly important. Usually the divinations go in polar opposite points. Different Yoruba Deities and different messages. Which makes sense because each person divines for their own land.

And also because Candomble and Santeria have different traditions mixed with Yoruba religion. But this year it’s interesting to see just how close the divinations were. 


“The ruling Orixás of 2021 are Oxum and Oxalá and, with them, the next year will benefit from protection, unity, learning and patience . Through this co-regency, you will feel the divine blessings of the two entities in different aspects of your life,”

As the first day of the year falls on a Friday, 2021 will be ruled by Oxalá, known as the ‘father of the orixás’. However, he will not be alone in this command, as the ruling planet will be Venus, the planet that represents Oxum, called “mother of the orixás”. In addition, Oxum is represented by Odu (the numerological sum of 2021) with the number 5,”

Therefore, the ruling Orixás of 2021 symbolize the role of mother and father of all human beings. In other words, the energy of family unity, the valorization of the sacred feminine , tranquility and harmony is expected. With Oxalá in charge, you will be blessed by his light and protection. With that, you will feel safe enough to develop personally, professionally and spiritually, as the Orixá brings wisdom and patience as virtues. On the other hand, Oxum indicates that the year will be driven by forces of prosperity, independence and balance. 


In this way, the orixá will act on the self-esteem and confidence of people, especially women. Both Oxalá and Oxum as the 2021 regent Orixás carry the importance of maintaining a good family relationship as a principle. So don’t be surprised if you see that your friends are getting pregnant and raising their own families,”

“In Umbanda and Candomblé, Oxalá is the orixá that aligns the forces that connect people and nature, thus establishing harmony between all living beings. In this way, it brings, in addition to peace and quiet, the peace and calm required to end a cycle. This is because the ruling orixá of 2021 represents the end itself, that is, Oxalá defines the moment of the end of situations, periods and even lives. With the awareness that nothing is eternal, you can understand this orisha as the guardian of the balance of the Universe. Known as the ‘father of the orixás’.

He has two ‘identities’. As a young man, he receives the name of Oxaguiã and adopts paradoxical characteristics, because, while he is calm, he is also quarrelsome; already older, his name is Oxalufã and assumes a calm, patient and fair personality,

What’s interesting here is that this part aligns with what I said in the beginning of the report. My divination with the spirits and Gods told me this year was to finish business. To reap or destroy the things we don’t need anymore. To end cycles. It seems that is what Oxala/Obatala will be doing this year. 


“Oxum is the female orixá that governs feelings such as love and affection. Furthermore, it is she who maintains the natural order of the Universe, including fertility. For this reason, Oxum is symbolized as the ‘mother of the orixás’ and intercedes for all human beings as if they were their children. In Umbanda and Candomblé, the orixá is the daughter of Oxalá and her image is represented by her feminine strength and beauty. In this way, Oxum can be found in the calm of the fresh waters of rivers and waterfalls by those who seek to heal their wounds, especially those of love.

Therefore, the 2021 ruling orixá is frequently sought to resolve love issues. But Oxum is also known for bringing peace, stability and balance to distressed lives,”

“Oxalá and Oxum bring the importance of valuing both your spiritual and family side. Under the command of these two orixás, 2021 will be considered a period of closing cycles for the beginning of another, as it will be a year of personal and material growth, hard work and rewards,”

Oxalá and Oxum forecast as ruling orixás of 2021:

Spiritual peace ; Balance; Family union; Stable relationships ; Professional effort; Elimination of the superfluous; And open paths.

 “In addition, with the strengths of Oxum and Oxalá, you can fulfill your dream of becoming a mother, as 2021 promises to be a very fertile year. Knowing the right moon to get pregnant, you guarantee the growth of your family, next year,”

“The last message about the influences of the ruling orixás of 2021 is that Oxalá and Oxum arrive to guide you to cut the bad by the roots. So, learn to listen to them, however difficult it may be, because, by eliminating bad energies, your life will take the right direction,”

(Source: https://www.astrocentro.com.br/blog/previsoes/orixa-regente-2021)

And again, they seem to have caught onto the same energy that my spirits and I felt in the divination. Amazing. They also took a very positive stance for this year just as the Babalawos did. 


Ruling Planet of the YearAstrologers from Brazil believe the ruling planet of the year is Venus. A planet love Goddesses such as Oshun rule. They believe this means that contrary to Chinese predictions, we will have peace and mutual respect. With a cool head for negotiations. Honestly, no one force rules it all. 

Maybe we will have some positivity after all. But beware, I doubt we’ll have peace on Earth either. The Sun will enter Aries on March 21st of this year. Supposedly we’ll all be a lot more social and feel lightness. I’ll believe it when I see it though. 


Venus favors rewards and many blessings. And again, it favors peaceful negotiations. 


(Source: https://www.astrocentro.com.br/blog/previsoes/influencia-planeta-regente-2021)

Hellenic New Year from last July


Strangely enough, when my Hellenic Temple and I celebrated the Athenian New Year just a few months ago, the Priests came to a similar conclusion. For my temple, the year belongs to Herakles and Aphrodite.

Herakles brings stability and strength just like Obatala and General Yang Xin. And Aphrodite is similar to Oshun in bringing love and unity. So it seems we are all tuning into the same frequency. 


And finally, I finish this with a list of various New Year’s traditions

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/new-years-traditions 


https://isiopolis.com/2020/12/31/our-lady-of-the-new-year/


New Year’s Cleansings from Puerto Rican Sancistas 


https://youtu.be/mRWuW4h7H1k

Forecast for this year

https://youtu.be/dpeqtuR_Utg


And the most important, the list of 2021 Planetary Retrogrades


https://www.findyourfate.com/astrology/year2021/2021-planetretrogrades.html

– M

Astrological Forecast for December 2020, the last Forecast of the year

Asteria, Titan Goddess of the Falling Stars. Courtesy of religioustalks.com

Right now we have a New Moon 🌚 in the sign of Sagittarius ♐ happening. Combined with a solar eclipse.

https://cherokeebilliespiritualadvisor.com/blogs/all/new-moon-december-14-2020-in-sagittarius

The Dead naturally rule New Moons. Several cultures view new moons as inauspicious. Though many Astrologers and members of the new age see them as times of renewal. A way of banishing old baggage and setting intentions. Which actually does work with the traditional spirit of the new moon.

Because we often do cleansings. And given that we end up with a clean slate around this time during cleansings, I can see how setting intentions can be fit into a new moon ritual. A Solar Eclipse is the symbolic and spiritual death of all Sun Deities. So this is double Cthonic power. Eclipses cause people to go into a reaping.

Our shadow self, the dark side of our souls come out to play. That means weird dreams, panic attacks, or nightmares. So be aware of such things. Try to work with it and perform a dark cleansing of the soul. If you think you can manage it, do it.

It is a great experience. But it’s not for everyone. Though I’m sure a lot of well seasoned magic users know all this already. But for the newbie or the dabbler, I wouldn’t try it. So we got that part out of the way.

According to this site, it’s joined by the Planet Mercury. Which means that we’re going to be effected in the area of communication.

https://www.paradisefoundsb.com/whats-new/new-moon-in-sagittarius-monday-12-14-at-8-17-a-m-pt-23-degrees-8-minutes

Now, I don’t know if this means that we may experience a Mercury Retrograde-like disturbance during this time. Leading up to at least, the first quarter of the moon. Or even all the way to the Full Moon. What I do know is this adds even more to the reaping. If I were you, I would take special care with all the days moving up to the Full Moon.

Because we are already in Winter time, ruled by the dead and the Dubh Sidhe (Dark Fae). So all this is adding extra death energy to our world and the other side.

“Centaur” by https://www.deviantart.com/prinzesser/

Sagittarius is ruled by the Centaurs, the divine warriors of Greek religion. Half human and half horse. As the article explains, this is a mutable sign. And mutable signs are bridges for a transition. So let’s say you’re in the middle of a move.

The transition where you’re packing everything up and coordinating with people to move. That is what the mutable sign would be in charge of. We’re entering the time between years. This is the planning phase. Time to prepare for the new year.

Centaurs are practical warriors. The fact that they are part horse, also means they are rooted and connected to the Earth. So this isn’t a time to simply be getting drunk, or engaging in hedonism. Although normally that’s what many of these feasts are for. This is a time to be working on projects.

Which is going to be hard if Lord Mercury is in his reaper aspect.

Preparing for the future. Based on divinations I have done with the spirits, it feels like this next year is no joke. I hope this isn’t true, but given that we’re still in a pandemic. And given that even if Biden changes some things, he’ll probably still keep a lot of Trump’s policies (he’s not exactly what I’d call a progressive. Look who he made secretary of labor) we’re in for a shit show.

Granted, no one reading this needs to be told by a psychic or a witch. But the fact that even the spirits are warning us to hunker down and prepare. That speaks for itself. Even well off people like Bill Gates are saying we’re about to enter the worst levels of the pandemic. And as bad as the economy was before Trump.

The mess he made of this country will still be felt long after he’s left office. So no matter, we’re in for the long run. At least for the first administration. And given that Biden is just another corporate lackey. More than likely just bring things back to how they were before.

Which is how we got in this mess in the first place. So (not that you needed spirits to warn you of the obvious) don’t waste all your time on partying. And if you can save money, do it. Forget the Christmas gifts. Spend your money on helping people to pay off debts or buy groceries and practical gifts. And stay at Home for God sakes.

We should never have stopped the Shelter at home practices. We need to do that to beat this thing.

Remember that Mercury is mixed with the New Moon and the Solar Eclipse, in Winter. That’s a bomb waiting to go off. Although if you consider that new moons can be used for wish fulfilment or seeding. Mercury or Hermes can help too. Not everyone agrees they are the same Deity.

But they both rule the planet regardless. Same influences. So call on Mercury as messenger of the Gods to speak to them on this new moon. For the things you want to happen. Also, the time is perfect for low magic.

For those who don’t know, low magic is earth based magic. It’s “low to the ground”. Magics based on the energies of nature and their spirits. Many people hear the term “low” and they automatically assume “demons” or “lower vibrational spirits”. These are all monotheistic bastardizations of spirituality.

Earth based magic is a lot easier to do than high magic (universal magic). Unlike the complicated rituals and symbols and even mathematical equations done in high magic, low magic is easier to access. For one, we live atop of the planet whose energy we use everyday, and because of that casting spells can be done with simple charms. With the energy of the Centaur in play, nows as good a time as ever to ground and meditate with the spirits of the land. And grounding with the land is good for planning.

Imagine that you’re dropping seeds. Farming the land. Preparing to reap your benefits. That sounds weird in winter time. But the stars are for it.

Now, in addition to all of this we have what Astrologers call “The Great Conjunction” which happens on the Winter Solstice or December 21st. The second article also mentions it. But for Astronomers interested in the science behind it I offer this.

Not sense the Middle Ages has this happened. And according to Paradise Lost Astrologers, the elemental sign being changed means a new era has come. Which only backs up what the spirits told me regarding the need to plan for the future. This new era if it is to come will only happen if we work hard to make it happen. To change everything from the ground up.

It will also create a rare event known as the Christmas Star

https://cherokeebilliespiritualadvisor.com/blogs/all/rare-christmas-star-december-21-2020-first-time-in-800-years

Spiritually, a lot of Christian practitioners of magic see this as a symbol of cleansing of the soul. Redemption and many other things. Granted the original Christmas Star was a conjunction between Jupiter and Regulus. It should appear 45 mins after Sunset in the Southwest portion of the sky. The two will be so close that they will shine as one.

Enjoy it while you can. Because this won’t happen again until 2080. Finally, for anyone who enjoys Reiki, we have this ritual for the Full Moon on Monday the 28th and Tuesday the 30th.

Full Moon Ho’oponopono: A Message from the Angels

I get not everyone likes Reiki. They think it’s new age fluffy bunny stuff. Guess what? Even tough mother fuckers love bunnies so shut the fuck up. 🐇 so enjoy and plan ahead everyone. Despite all this, try to relax as well. Oh I almost forgot.

The next year in the Chinese Calendar is the Year of the Metal Ox. Check out your horoscope :

Your Luck & Lucky Symbols for the Year of the Metal Ox 2021

Also, on the next Tai Sui or Grand Duke of Jupiter. This new year it is General Yang Xin. Jupiter is a planet associated with God Kings. So the Jade Emperor gives rulership of the planet to one of his divine generals for a certain amount of time. And that Grand Duke of Jupiter or Tai Sui changes things in each administration.

Now here are some things to know about this next year.

“In 2021, the Sheep is in direct clash with the Tai Sui, while Dragon and Dog are in side clash. The Ox, the animal sign of the year, is being backed by the Tai Sui, but because of its vicinity to the Tai Sui, those born under the Ox sign are also advised to pay homage to him to ensure his support continues through the year,”

But it gets worse.

“General Yang Xin’s presiding over the energies of 2021 suggests that while there will be efforts of reconciliation during the year, it will be difficult for world leaders to see eye-to-eye on many issues or to reach satisfactory compromises. The Flying Stars of the year confirm these indications, with the Violent Star making its way to the sector that represents the leader. People continue to stand by their principles, but unfortunately, different groups and different factions will have differing convictions, and some of these will be irreconcilable.

There continues to be risk of war, fighting and struggle internationally between nations, and on a micro level within firms, organizations and even within families. This is a year when the Tai Sui badly needs to be appeased and one in which harmony amulets will come in especially handy,”

In other words, if you were counting on peace and people singing Kumbaya my Lord, you were dead wrong. More factionalism and general discord will reign this year. Of course it was foolish to think the Far Right and other people would accept a loss of their power without a fight. So it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

However, my spirits also offered up another explanation. General Yang Xin refused to be humiliated and talked down to by the foreign ruler he was sent to negotiate peace with. Many may think him arrogant or stubborn. But he stood his ground and refused to be disrespected. Even by someone who was a head of state.

We live in a society, where there are constant calls for “civility” by centrists on every side. Centrist republicans, centrist democrats. Even centrist religious figures. All these different people trying to get us to all be “friends” and turn a blind eye to injustice and things that are just plain wrong. I was actually told to be “friendly” with Trumpers by centrist liberals.

Being friendly with people who are racist, ignorant, elitist, and who shove kids into cages. And separate them at the border from their parents. One liberal politician actually told us to make friends with fucking Nazis. All in an attempt to “convert them to our way of thinking.” So there’s two problems with that.

In the past when you were friendly to Fascists, you were called a collaborator. And I don’t intend to be one. And using the concept of friendship as a “conversion tool” is something a cult would do. And it cheapens the very concept of what it is to be a friend. You’re basically being an underhanded prick, using your friendship like a commodity or a tool to get what you want.

That’s not true friendship. If I become someone’s friend, it’s because I see good in them. It’s because I believe that we could be kin to each other. And allies who have each other’s back. I’m not going to suck up to someone who doesn’t even view me as a human being

Especially not to convert them. The way I see it, is I shouldn’t have to try and make another person be moral. If they want to be pond scum, that’s between them and the Gods. And the spirits on the other side who will rip them a new one once they pass. Why the fuck should I have to make them be civil? They’re supposed to be rational adults.

That’s dishonorable. And a true friendship that starts out in dishonor, isn’t likely to be real or survive. We’ve been told by liberals since the 90’s that we need to suck up to our enemies. And accept that they are “necessary”. That we need people who don’t even believe global warming is real, to have a hand in how our society is run.

And look where that has gotten us. Historical gains that union workers and civil rights activists and feminists fought for went backwards. Almost every concession fought and earned by the older generations has been overturned in this new wave of conservatism. Don’t be surprised if any day now they want to segregate everyone again. And liberals have let it happen. And ask us to not be “controversial” and fight back.

But to be patient, and just take it and wait for our complaints to go to the right people. Except that there are no right people. Because no one wants to listen to us. Even those same liberals silence us. Biden even said he doesn’t feel sympathy towards mellinials for facing the mess that people like him put us in the first place.

So my spirits tell me, General Yang Xin is here to wake us all the fuck up. For us to stop accepting evil as a normal thing. Being tolerant is only good when it’s tolerance towards good and beneficial goals for all people. Tolerating evil and treating it like it’s normal is not a good thing. Would you tell someone not to take medicine when they’re sick because they should tolerate cancer? No right? Well, these hate mongers of the right wing are a cancer in our society.

One that’s been allowed to fester and regenerate because of centrists in both parties. Even by social groups like churches who have been coddling them. But they sure don’t coddle us. In fact one might think they would willingly sacrifice us all. Young people, poor people, people of color, and just about anyone else to get what they want.

So maybe this year, the good General is telling is not to be tolerant of corruption. That it’s time to wake up.

The Tai Sui of 2021 – General Yang Xin

Happy Yultide, M

Looking at the Future with Optimism

Last night I had finished the last of calender alterations. I carefully calculated each of the Sabbats. I had taken the time to place each of the holidays I celebrate in the proper days. Even noting the times they began and ended. And I noticed something : Everything in 2020 looks different. 


I mean okay, I’m sure this orange ass hole will still somehow be President. I am sure the colonial political system of the US will continue to be fucked up. But, a lot of holidays that focus on Spring coming early and the light being empowered are happening sooner. Vasant Panchami which is a Hindu Spring festival was usually in February or even March. It’s going to start this year on the 30th of January 2020. 


I’ve never celebrated one that was that early. It almost seems strange. But it seems that since this year was to remove all the negative energy from last year, we are getting an extra dose of light. There are so many holidays happening sometimes two months earlier than before. At least Astrologically and Astronomically speaking they all seem to be happening faster.


Extra doses of extra light. So as our year comes to a close, I see everything with a great dose of optismism and even being refreshed. The Gods and spirits have done all in their power to give to us these blessings. It’s all up to us now. What do you plan to do with these new year blessings?


– M

My New Year’s Analysis : Dark Roads Ahead this 2019

I did a divination with the Gods yesterday after beginning my road opener rituals with Elegua. I also honored other Gods and spirits of the crossroads. I honored the Inari (or fox) spirits that guard the temples in Japan. I celebrated the birth of Aion and I also recreated as best as I could, the original Greek Haloa festival at sunset. I gave offerings of the first fruits to Demeter, Kore, and to Poseidon Phytalmios (Poseidon as the God of plants and fresh water).

When I celebrate holidays I tend to tap into energy that lets me see the past, present, and future. I left my offerings when I noticed the corpse of a large predatory bird. It had been flattened by a car. Now normally this is nothing out of the ordinary. Birds and other animals die that way all the time; but never a bird of that size. It was odd because the way it was flattened left me with the impression that it was trying to take flight the moment it died. Maybe it was wounded and couldn’t escape. I poured a libation to that poor animal, praying for that poor creature to cross over.

I went to get some more offerings for my home but then I kept finding more dead animals in higher numbers. Everything from a bird, to an animal so degraded that it couldn’t be identified, and a large rodent. It was odd. I was reminded of an old story about how the Gods Gwydion and Math saw corruption falling from the trees, and knew something terrible had happened. Later they found Lleu Llaw Gyffes wounded in bird form; his own wife had sent her lover to kill him.

I felt that same sense of foreboding here. That sense that everything was not okay. I just couldn’t figure out what. Animals don’t normally die here in such a high number and so close together. But whenever I see such a higher than normal mortality among animals, I know something’s wrong. If you know your land well, you can just tell. What other people view as mere coincidence, you can recognize as a pattern of omens. I wasn’t the only person who had noticed it either. My mentor Roberto had noticed it too. When he returned New Year’s Day, he spoke to me about it.

“You’ve seen the letter of the year right?” was the first thing that came out of his mouth rather than hello. I told him that I had, and that I had never seen such a shitty letter of the year either. “When I was in Cuba, the celebrations died down two hours after midnight.” I told him the same thing had happened here, which I also thought was weird because New Year’s in any part of Florida usually lasts at least until 3am. I thought it was just us. “Cuba is a country that parties all of the time. You go out at any time, day or night and you won’t see one moment pass without people on street corners. Without dancing or food or conversation. None of that happened this time. Not even with the whole ‘Triumph of the Revolution’ parties they do on New Year’s. Absolutely nothing,”

“It couldn’t have been that bad,” I said. “There must have at least been a few drunks falling over into the street or something,” “Cuba looked desolate. Like a ghost town. Never in my whole life, before or after the Revolution saw this. This is a first, and it gave me a chill… a bad feeling… as if the end of the world was coming. I prayed a few Our Father’s to drive away that feeling of impending doom. Hours later, at 5am when my ride was ready to take me to the airport, it was the same shit.”

That conversation haunted me yesterday. After I did all of my celebrations, I focused only on my road opener. I began to divine using the Bible. I asked what was going on. The Bibliomancy gave me Job 30:28-31

28
“I go about blackened, but not by the sun;
I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.
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I have become a brother of jackals,
a companion of owls.
30
My skin grows black and peels;
my body burns with fever.
31
My lyre is tuned to mourning,
and my pipe to the sound of wailing,”

I asked what was going on and recieved the 2 Samuel 24. This portion of 2 Samuel is probably as bad or even worse than the book of Job. Because ancient Israel (or Palestine) was being smot by a plague that God spread all over the country. He sent an Angel to spread it with an Angelic sword. And he did it to punish King David.

This story is often called “The Fall of David” and it has to do with David’s hubris. The plague killed thousands of people. It would have wiped out all of the Kingdom if God hadn’t felt pity for them.
I took time to allow the holy spirit to guide me. After carefully reading this text, I interpreted this to mean, that because of our current rulers, a wave of wrath comes our way. This means that everything from disease to extreme violence is coming.

We were warned already. But it would seem that it’s even worse than I thought. The arrogance the rulers across the planet has offended the Gods. In France, the people have formed the French Free Army or Yellow Vest Movement against Emmanuel Macron and his neoliberal policies. We just had a coup in Gabon a few days ago, where rebel soldiers in the military deposed dictator Ali Bongo from power. Of course the US and France already have their hands in the new government and several rebels were captured at the airport, something which is already angering Africans both in and out of the continent.

In India, 200 Million union workers are on strike because India’s autocratic leader Narendra Modi, has plunged the country into despotism and poverty. More people are unemployed under his rule than before and the prices for everything have risen at the same time. The Indian police are cracking skulls even at peaceful protests. Now he’s attempting to pass a law to further limit workers and union rights. This led to the current unrest in the country.

Then we have the coups in both Honduras and Brazil. The Honduras coup is what created the refugee crisis in the first place. Honduran dictator Juan Orlando Hernandez wants to give himself unlimited terms, something that he criticised the elected President Zelaya for, and Brazil’s leading far right populist Jair Bolsonaro is getting ready to steam roll the Amazon for profits. We have the war in Donbass as rebels fight the far right regime in Ukraine.

Despite American and European attempts to make the Ukrainian government look like “the good guys” and the rebels as “pro Russian separatists” finally, here at home in the US, things are reaching a fever pitch. Trump has forced this country into a stalemate.

He announced last night that he refuses to lift the government shutdown; not until the Democrats vote for funding of this foolish, racist, wall of his. For now they claim until he lifts the shut down, they won’t discuss anything. So we’re caught in world wide struggles that will be felt everywhere. The Gods who have been observing this have finally had their fill. They’re putting their collective feet down.

“Enough,” they say. “We will tolerate this no more,” and so, they are sending us “plagues”. Not necessarily diseases (although some of what will come our way is that), but afflictions to punish the human nations. All of this is part of the reaping, and part of Ogun’s execution of justice against the corrupt. But because the wicked have power, whatever effects them will spread to the rest of us because they’re in charge.

I asked them, “Why us? Why are we being punished along with the wicked?” I didn’t have to turn any pages because the Gods answered me through Claircognizance. I felt them say, “We’re not punishing you. We’re punishing them. But they are the rulers of this world, and to save themselves they will try to sacrifice as many of you as possible. They will tear apart their own infrastructures to do it. But this does not mean the end of the world. Just hard times. We do it to put an end to their rule, and because humanity has grown far too complacent. You all need a wake up call.”

So yes, dark times are coming, and no it isn’t Armageddon. It is a universal wake up call. It is obstacles put in our path to wake us up, because they have tried being gentle and nurturing to us, and it isn’t working. Humanity has grown spoiled, and it needs to change. They’re like parents watching a kid enter a life of crime. They’re shaking us all up the only way they know how. So, without further interruptions, these are the New Year’s Recommendations they gave me.

Tai Sui of 2019, Xie Tai:

“Be honest and kind in all things, especially to yourself. Lying to yourself now will set you up for years of pain later. Total honesty is needed. That doesn’t mean it has to be done in an aggressive manner but it needs to be done. Learn to love your fellow citizens and help them. But he who practices deceit shall meet the sword,”

The sword here doesn’t mean death. It means punishment.

Oshun:

“Don’t just meditate on nature, help it. Get involved with nature conservation projects. Aid in clean ups in your neighborhood. If you see filth on the floor, even if you didn’t litter, pick it up anyways. It won’t kill you to do something nice for the forces that keep you alive.”

“Do rituals for all warrior Gods and Goddesses and especially Messiahs, Demi Gods, and culture heroes. Call on them to lead the ancestral dead to battle against the darker forces which threaten you. Also give offerings to Gods of the dead for the crossing or purification of the dead.” In addition to this, I also did a divination invoking Jesus since he’s a Messiah as well as Princess Ponompuan who is a female redeemer figure in the old religion of Kadazandusun. She sacrificed her life to save humanity from a horrible famine. Her flesh and her blood became the red rice paddies that feed people in that part of the world today. I asked what they had said to do, and they showed me a vision of me, feeding all of my altars outside with fresh food, asking the Gods and the spirits who inhabit these places of worship, to reinforce the land for these tough times. This will reinforce it for the rest of the year. It may be a good idea also to cleanse and bless our homes. Ward them nice and good for all the spiritual darkness still headed our way. I remind you now that I am not a Babalawo or any person of import in any religion or group of people.

Oxaguiã as well as Dionysus:

I am a soothsayer. I interpret omens and dreams and do divinations. I’m not the only one out there. You’ll find many people like me across traditions. That said, this is my very first time doing a New Year’s reading of any sort and because of that, take what I say with a grain of salt. Because I am a man not a divine being. Still, I know what I’ll be up to these next few days. The only other thing to point out is that the Brazilians are saying that this year will be ruled by Neptune and Mars, Fire and Water.

Conflicts are on the rise. I get the feeling that it will start really getting bad in mid February. But that’s just a guess. How will you tread this year?

  • M

PS : All of us have always been instructed to make good Talismans with offerings to both spirits and Gods to keep us safe this year. So divine with your own guides and get to work my friends. If not, set up a session with me and I will divine it for you.

Ogum, Orixa Regente (ruling Orixa) of the year 2019 according to Brazilian traditions, with Co Rulers Obá and Oxaguiã

As you remember a day ago, I translated the Letra del Año from Cuba explaining who the reigning Orishas are. Like the Cubans, Brazil also has a major influx of Yoruba slaves as well. They’re religion is slightly different with some similarities. And of course, due to the Portugese language instead of Orisha, it is written as Orixa just as Ogun is Ogum.

To read the Letra go here :

https://miamimagus.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/the-letra-del-ano-ifa-letter-of-the-year-for-2019/

I have found a great article online explaining the roles of all three (with Ogum as the main Orixa in power). It’s interesting to me that Ogun/Ogum is in control this year in both faiths. It’s also interesting to me that in videos, I see practitioners of Ubamda also warning of confrontations and violence. This year has a definate theme of conflict. Without further adieu, the article :

http://espadadeogum.blogspot.com/2018/10/previsoes-2019-e-orixa-regente.html

The phone translated the article into English right away. If it doesn’t do that for you, let me know and I will try to provide a translation. – M

 

The Grand Duke of Jupiter (Tai Sui) who rules over the year 2019 in Chinese religion and Astrology

Every year is ruled by a different #TaiSui or Grand Duke of Jupiter. The Grand Duke is chosen from among the 60 Divine God Generals of the Jade Emperor🎋🏯 天公坛 himself, the ruler of the Chinese Gods. Each General has a different power. And each one must be treated with the due respect that is deserved in order for blessings to come to a person or family. This years Tai Sui is General Xie Tai the following is information on the Tai Sui and on how to appease him, and what to avoid this year
https://www.thechinesezodiac.org/feng-shui/tai-sui-2019/

The Letra del Año (IFA letter of the year) for 2019

First my apologies, I have written this all on my phone. And wordpress doesn’t seem to like that.
The Yoruba people of Nigeria have a very interesting and complex religion. Among the many wonderful cultural gems they have, are the Priesthood of Babalawos (Fathers of the Mysteries). The Babalwos are members of the IFA order. Fa is the Orisha (Deity) of destiny. So IFA is the way that we understand our destinies and our place in the Universe.
IFA specializes in every aspect of destiny. I have seen them help to break generation and karmic curses. I have seen them correct people’s life paths. They have done wonders with their magics. They gain their powers from Orula, the Orisha of Divination and Magic amongst other things.
Every year Cuban Babalwos in Santeria engage in the the Letra del Año or letter of the year. They do special divinatory rites in which certain letters of IFA come out. Each letter has it’s own significance. The letters are tied to ancient stories known as a Pataki, which is our version of Biblical accounts. Our Legends. Our sacred texts.
The Babalawos will then interpret these stories in order to tell us the will of the Gods or sometimes the spirits around us. They do a letter of the year to tell us what we can expect to happen in the New Year. This begins with the name of the Reigning Orishas of the year (sometimes they can reign for two years). The colors of the Orishas put together in a flag. And of course the Ebbo or cleansing of the Year.
 This is a cleansing to ensure prosperity and good energy. Or to protect from negative energy and bad influences. Usually I see them in English posted on New Year’s Day. But from what I can see they’re only in Spanish now. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to translate them in English for all of you.
Some words translated aren’t Spanish at all. Because they’re in the language of the Yoruba people.
Here’s a small glossary of terms :
1) Otan
An idol made up of sacred stones in Santeria and in the older Yoruba faith. Essentially the stones are part of the representation of the Orisha being honored. They are ceremonially charged with magico-religious rituals and then become a living embodiment of the Deity. In other words, the Divine Spirit of that Deity dwells in the Otan and lives with the worshipper inside their home by means of the idol. This is not idolatry.
We know very well these are idols. We do not worship them. We venerate or respect them because they carry a spark of the Divine embued by the rituals.
2) Ebbos and Adimmus
A special set of offerings for an Orisha. Usually to achieve specific goals. There is a very good article on what these things are is or at least the various definitions given here:
3) Sarayeye
A ceremonial cleansing either with herbs or by rubbing a living animal like a chicken over your body to remove negative influences.
4) Paraldo
This is a very complex ritual that can only be done by a Babalawo or high priest of Orula. It’s too complex to start talking about here. But needless to say it is more than just an herbal bath. It is transferring a dark spirit of the dead who causes harm, to an animal. There are other ingredients and things that must be observed.
I don’t think that there are any English sources on this. So I will translate as soon as I have the chance. And the animal, a chicken, has to have it’s face covered because if not, looking into it’s eyes will allow the entity to return to a person to cause harm. Do NOT attempt this on yourself because you need a high priest of Orula. And don’t go to just anyone because you’ll mess yourself up.
5) Palo Rompe Hueso (Bone Breaker Stick)
In Yoruba practice, the use of magic sticks is very common. This stick is called Bone Breaker because it causes Spiritists to enter such a trance, that sometimes in their hysteria they will hit walls or tables so hard that they break their own bones. The scientific name is Casearia sylvestris.
The original in Spanish version of this year’s Letra can be found here:
“The IFA Oracle leaves us the following,
Recommendations and warnings that should be followed throughout this year to manage to protect us from all obstacles. Babalawos of different religious branches of Cuba have returned to meet led by the Yoruba Cultural Society. And the Council of Senior priests of IFA, to make known their predictions for the year beginning this Tuesday January 1: The letter of the year 2019. The ceremony began this last December 31 and has been extended until this January 1. From the IFA Oracle the following recommendations and warnings come out that should be followed throughout this year to manage to save from all the obstacles.
The enlargement of the document will be released on Wednesday 2 January at one o’clock in the headquarters of the Yoruba Cultural Society of Cuba.
 Regent Sign: Oche Ogunda 1st.
Witness: Ika Ogunda
Second Witness: Osa Kuleya
Prophetic Prayer: Osorbo Iku intori Ogu.
Orula Onire: An Adimu (offering) of a yam, a coconut split into 2 halves, everything must be muddied or splashed with Coconut oil, his Coconut and his candles.

Otan Onishe Ara:

Sarayeye with a chicken which is then given to Oggun, with the other ingredients and a bath with herbs of Paraldo.

Otan governing Deity: Oshun

Accompanying Deity: Oggun Otan

Flag: Yellow with green edgings

Ebbo: 1 goat (for Elegba) 5 Güiritos, to which they are given indigo, honey, Palm oil butter, Palo Rompe Hueso, and blood of goat and hanged on the door, and the other ingredients. (1)

(Note : Güiro is a type of plant. Güiritos or “little Güiros” are the fruit of the plant which is super hard. Almost like a rock.)

Sayings of the Letter
“The Knife itself does not achieve,”
(Sort of a rough translation)
“One does not receive the arrow without first going to the Battleground,”
“What is left behind is not picked up again,”
Diseases that shall increase this year:
* Stomach and Intestine Diseases
* An increase in STD’s
* Men becoming impotent early in life due to Prostate Issues
*  Malignant conditions of the colon and rectum
Events of social interest:
* Continued problems in agricultural production due to issues with the fertilization of the soil. This will of course effect production and sales in these areas.
* The Sea will enter the land which will lead to flooding and collapse of buildings or infustrature.
* Rise in the conflict over immigration
*  The dangers of natural catastrophes in all it’s forms will continue.
Recommendations (as well as warnings):
* Be aware of the dangers of wasting money or resources. Needless wasting in other words.
* Avoid of the ill uses of chemical products in agricultural production.
* Be careful of epidemics and disease
* Beware of confrontations and brawls
* Maintain an appropriate religious ethic
* We must find resources and help between all of us to achieve a common goal.
* Respect the Elders and find a religious orientation.
* Avoid troubles with the law
* Venereal diseases due to sexual debauchery
* Better use the Agricultural resources we have
* Equality in all orders
* It is recommended to reinforce your Oggun (go to your Godfathers for this)
(Note: Oggun is a Warrior Orisha who is also a master of magic and protector of nature. This means any idol of Oggun would need a reinforcement ritual done by a Santero’s Godfather for extra protection. If you follow another tradition and you have any protective idols or charms, going to your own religious authority for a reinforcement of protection would be a good idea for this year.)
* Parents must beware of spoiling their children or giving them too much
* Parents must give careful attention to the care of their children’s education
* It is prohibited to self medicate oneself.
We thank these outlets of mass communication which make it possible for these predictions to reach all the corners of the world and wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous 2019!”
When I have time, I’m doing to do some serious reflections on this Letra. And I will point out the common patterns as well as things that seem to align. Although if we’re going to be honest, this has been the most straight forward and simple divination in a while. The common themes seem to be with balance and curtailing our more destructive qualities which seem to be coming out in mass this year. It seems the darker side of our natures is going to be coming out this year.
This makes sense since Oggun is one of the reigning Deities. However,  Oshun is the main Deity and she helps to bring balance to his warlike energies. Oshun is the Goddess of Love, Nature, Witchcraft, Prosperity, and many other things. So it goes down to how we react to adversity this year. Yin and Yang can fight each other, or one can learn to work with both.
You can read similar things in the Umbanda religion from Brazil. Ogum (Ogun) rules this year in their faith. Here is the report on that
It’s up to us. Until next time,
– M
(1) Now, No I do not engage in Ceremonial sacrifices. I try to get creative with my offerings to the Gods. They know I love animals very much. So they normally allow me to use replacement offerings instead. I check with my Godparents in Santeria for this.
There are times when my Godparents insist due to tradition. They however do it for me. I have the Eleke of Inle, the Orisha of Medicine. Because both Inle and my guides prevent me from the use of blood shed. It’s hypocritical to love animals and yet have sacrfices done.
My sacrifice is only for my Elegua and my Godfather will cook the poor Chicken to at least be dinner instead of just killed. I also intend to bury the bones in order to honor his spirit. But after that I don’t intend to do such things again. I’m going to ask my Godparents what offerings I am to give in replacement of some of these.