I am so deeply interested and fascinated by other people (perhaps because of my Moon in Sagittarius!). I am especially inspired by women who have created themselves not just from the expectation of how women “should” be, but from a deeper call in their own being to become & create, who they truly are.
This series will feature women in Los Angeles (and beyond!) sharing their unique wisdom and the story of how they became who they are.
My first interview is with one of my favorite people & deepest mystical inspirations. Maja D’Auost is a practicing Witch, Astrologer, Tarot Reader, Lecturer, and Oracle with a Masters Degree in Transformational Psychology. She has a public educational Non-Profit called Well Wishers that teaches wellness & esoteric sciences.
I found out about Maja when I was about 22 and just at the beginning of my spiritual and healing journey.
In this interview, Maja and I discuss everything from Divination to Psychedelics, Religion, how to work with the Tarot & Feminism as well as parts of her story on how she came to be totally herself.
This interview is chalk full of powerful information and wisdom from Maja.
Her website is below and I HIGHLY recommend booking a Tarot or Astrology Session with her (she is one of the readers I go to when I need a reader!): http://www.witchofthedawn.com
Announcement: My loves. I will be beginning to charge for some of these reports. They are true labors or love & very time intensive! They will never be more than $10-$15 as I always want them to be accessible to anyone & everyone. Thank you above & beyond for supporting my work with Astrology & the Mystical! <3
Alright, here we GO! There was a fierce neck to neck battle on my Instagram Polls on whether I should do my Astrology Reports Written-Up or via Podcast (Recorded)...it's been neck and neck, so this time I am going to do both!
Wow, as if 2018 hasn't already been off to an incredible & POWERFUL start! On January 31st, 2018 at 5:26am PST we have a FULL BLUE MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE in the charismatic, heart centric, fiery lioness that is LEO. And not to mention, this brilliant Lunation is making a perfect conjunction (11 degrees) to the dwarf planet of Femininity, Motherhood & Nurturance, Ceres, while also conjuncting the North Node of the Moon, our guiding aspect for following our destiny.
Major Lunar Message: Follow your heart & guide yourself back home to your Feminine Nature. Let GO of whatever doesn't serve you, come home, come home, come home...into the heart.
The entire world is waking up to Feminine Power right now (not JUST in women) but the importance of honoring the feminine, yin principle in all aspects of life.
This Full Moon is yet another message from the Cosmos to come back into balance and alignment so that we can continue with the unfolding of our most enjoyable & productive, existence...
Look, I never try to sound too mushy or spiritual or what-the-f*ck-ever... but the above is legit the simplistic messaging from the language of those planets.
The Moon: Femininity.
Leo: Heart Chakra
Ceres: The Feminine, The Mother
North Node: Your Destiny Point, Soul Point
Lunar Eclipse: Karmic Release, Major Release
Full Moon: Always opportunities to LET GO.
I am having a near Astrology Heart Attack of joy over here trying to tie all this together for you (As you have probably experienced when you tune into my Sunday 4pm PST Weekly Astrology Reports on Insta Live ;)
Lunar Eclipses as a Let-Go:
Lunar Eclipses are opportunities to "bring closure to problematic areas of one's life" (Foreverconscious.com), we are welcome to bring resolution and solace to the past or to something undesirable or unproductive in our personalities.
Just tonight when I was Meditating I realize that I hold a lot of resentment & judgment from past relationships. Ironically this Lunar Eclipse Full Moon traverses my 7th house Nataly, so I will definitely be setting intentions to let go, forgive and heal in this part of my life.
Want to know where this Lunar Eclipse Full Moon Aspects your Natal Chart? Tune into the Podcast Recording above!
Focus & Impact by Sign:
Aries: Communicate, open up your mouth & heart. Speak something if it hurts you and ask for help. Letting go & surrendering old sibling drama or bad memories from childhood or highschool. Always best to move forward, onward and upward. Be the optimist.
Taurus: Releasing & honoring family wounds or wounds around the Mother. Making your current home a space of Solace & beauty for you. You are the Master of your Destiny and you are always moving forward.
Gemini: Healing Heartbreak or Heartache. This can be current or lingering from a past love. Listen to my most recent Podcast for energy & perspective around this.
Cancer: Health and Balance Checkin. Do you give to yourself as much as you give to others. Why don't you? What old pattern or habit can be looked at pragmatically now? Be gentle here.
Leo: Healing around Partnerships and Relationships. Anything that has happen in the past can be healed now but you have to be first to let go & choose healing. You are always a guiding star and a have the light of the sun in your chest.
Virgo: Healing or Forgiveness around Sexual Energy. Letting go a deep wound from the past. This is either the acceptance of one's sensual nature or the forgiving of someone trespassing against you. You are empowered now.
Libra: Trusting your Intelligence and your brilliance. You *do* know what you are doing and you *are* capable of magic and power. Go for it. All the way. Do not shrink back.
Scorpio: Healing fear of being totally seen, whether this pertains to your personal relationships or stepping into the limelight. You are safe to be you. You push standards and boundaries better than anyone. Do everything from your heart & you will thrive.
Sagittarius: Releasing old friendships, wounds around friendships or not believing in yourself. The time to fully step on your Path to your dreams is always NOW. You are never too late.
Capricorn: Letting go of the need to control, everything. Surrendering to the whisper of your intuition or your soul, trusting that there *is* something bigger than you holding you at all times, whether you care to believe it's true or not. "The Universe Has your Back" by Gabby Bernstein is a good book for you right now.
Aquarius: Healing or letting go of the idea that you can't be a leader or be fully yourself. Getting out of your own way. Taking proactive steps to be powerful, empowered and the light that you are. You got this in every way.
Pisces: Letting go of unproductive self-worth habits or money habits. Repeating the mantra that you are worthy, you are enough. Reminding yourself that you are magic and it's safe to take up the fullest space that you embody.
Want to see how this impacts your chart specifically? You can either pull the chart yourself (as I explain in the Podcast above!) or you can book a Transit Session with me here: https://www.nataliabenson.com/shop/astrologyreadingsnatalia
If a Full Moon on the first day of a New Year could speak, I think it would tell us the following:
First off, Cancer as a sign is deeply sensitive, emotive yet incredibly powerful and intuitive. Cancer is what's known as a Cardinal Water sign in Astrology. Cardinal signs are powerful & forceful in their own way. Many think of Cancer as this nurturing (maybe even sometimes pushover) type energy, but that is far from true.
A Cancer Full Moon is full of feeling. Something I talk about often in my work is the fact that in order to truly move forward and progress in life we MUST let ourselves feel. To begin a brand new year in such an emotive, watery energy I believe reminds us to feel our way through our experience, not just think our way or force our way through.
Full Moon's themselves have to do with release. What are you absolutely not taking with you this year? What is something you can't carry with you emotionally moving forward? I'll speak up first, I had a pretty painful breakup last year and I decided (today) to once and for all leave the energy of holding on to the pain and the story back in 2017 where it belongs. The idea "you can't take it with you" rings true on this Cancer Full Moon. Cancer as an astrological energy rules the past, and this Full Moon can also be about declaring release from ancestral ties or stuff we have held with us for too long that comes down our gene lines. We are constantly reinventing ourselves each and every moment if we *choose* to.
If you've been feeling unhealthy attachment to the past or to something that simply doesn't serve your happiness & growth, try the following:
1. Go into a simple meditation, closing the eyes and paying attention to the breath, say a prayer to your higher self and/or angels to help you let go of the situation and person causing pain. Trust that when you ask for assistance, you will receive it. Ask that the assistance be gentle and nurturing.
2. Visualize in your minds eye gently cutting cords of whatever attaches you and this person or situation. Watch the cords break. Then visualize gathering all of your power back up and returning it into you. See & feel yourself fill with light and love.
3. Thank yourself for this journey. Take a few deep breaths to bring yourself back to the room and the present moment.
There are a lot of very helpful aspects with this Full Moon. Including three trines to power planets Mars, Jupiter & Neptune.
Trine to Mars: Feeling emotionally sluggish or off? Movement, action & taking initiative will assist in a major way to move stagnant energy. You will most likely feel empowered to move forward & let sh*t go.
Trine to Jupiter: We are met with super helpful energy from the Universe to expand ourselves, learn and grow forward. Emotional work & self "improvement" *always* pays off one way or the other. The result? Our inner peace.
Trine to Neptune: Meditation will feel extremely good and maybe even easy with this aspect. Dreams can be incredibly vivid and powerful. Write them down and see what they have to say for you or perhaps even the situation you meditated and explored above.
Short Term Aspects:
Sun in Capricorn: We are in the early degrees of Capricorn - Capricorn is Saturn ruled so we takes on a serious, practical and no-nonsense tone. Setting goals, getting our ideas & actions in a row heading into the New Year & planning our plans will be most in focus for us at the beginning of this transit.
As we move through Capricorn (until January 19) focusing on goals, getting stuff *done* & taking action to our dreams (An Aquarius matter...) will feel important & supported.
There is magic to writing things down. Write down your intentions for January 2018 and then all of 2018 (as a whole) in this next week.
Mercury in Sagittarius: Mercury is chatty and far too truthful when cruising through jovial, fiery & unfiltered Sagittarius. As best you can, think before you speak especially on sensitive subjects, you could feel bad about what you say once the dust of the conversation has settled. Kindness or gentleness in conversation win this week thanks to a square to spiritualized Neptune. Meditation to ease a busy mind is a yes.
You are supported to talk about your dreams and goals this next week. Put it out into the Universe & speak your truth, to yourself first before sharing it with anyone else.
Venus in Capricorn: Love takes on a serious and practical tone. We will look at love through the guide of realism and practicality. Does this person or this project make sense? If the answer is a hard no, we may feel confused between heart feelings & pragmatism as those are typically different tongues of internal speech.
Mars in Scorpio: Our drive to succeed or move forward in some area of our life (whatever House Mars is aspecting in your Natal Chart) feels imperative and powerful. Mars is our drive to act, procreate & move forward. Scorpio is our deep feels, our truths & deepest desires & yearnings. A very potent space for Mars to move through, regular Meditation and exercise can assist in balancing out all of the dynamics of this transit.
Long Term Aspects:
Jupiter in Scorpio: Jupiter is a blessings & good fortune planet, it expands whatever it touches. It can sometimes make something a bit too much to handle. Whatever House Jupiter is moving through in this Scorpio transit is where your life is meant to expand and get bigger in some capacity.
Scorpio is again a sign of truth, depth & intensity. Notice how many intense things are coming to light on a mass scale currently?
Take a look at what secrets have been revealed in your life as of late. Whatever surfaces is meant to make everything better, I promise.
Saturn in Capricorn: So, Saturn is the Natural Ruler of Capricorn meaning it's right at home and bossy AF when it's moving through its home sign. This can light a major fire under our asses to really get our lives in order, *do* what we say we are going to *do* & stop making excuses. Saturn is known to be a task master & is the energy of Karma and Fate. I suggest taking the first steps instead of Saturn taking them for you! ;)
Uranus in Aries: Uranus in Aries is a rebel. Uranus kicks sh*t up and doesn't say sorry, double that when it's in the fiery sign of the innovator & the self-loving Aries. What part of your life have you been asked to be original & to put yourself first? This isn't for the sake of selfishness but for evolution.
Neptune in Pisces: Neptune in Pisces is dreamy and even attempts escape from reality on the regular. Hey that's fine because life can be incredibly intense most of the time.
For the sake of balance: Saturn in Capricorn is asking us to ground down & get real (Saturn = Capricorn's Natural Ruler) & Neptune is the Natural Ruler of Pisces.. asking us to dream & escape sometimes too, to keep ourselves centered. Do you see the connection here?
Neptune in Pisces invites us to escape the mundane, dream & get lost in the other parts of reality from time to time but not too lost because Saturn in Capricorn will pull us right back down to Earth so we stay aligned with our karmic mission. Life is all about balance, integration, grounding to flow & just be... it's all a sacred dance of opposites and this is what Astrology & the Esoteric teaches us best.
Pluto in Capricorn: What is most interesting about a Pluto in Capricorn transit is seeing where it personally impacts your chart. (You can book a session with me to figure out where, why & what Pluto has to say about your life as it slowly progresses through Capricorn) Pluto makes us transform. On a mass scale Pluto moving through Capricorn has been all about calling into question all the systems of power & control that don't work... You can take a look at our political climate currently if you'd like to see what I mean.
Pluto transforms & burns away all that doesn't work to make things better & brighter. The process of the burn down is total surrender to the process and trust in the process. Capricorn is a sign that can be about crazy amounts of control & power. Pluto calls for reinvention in our relationship to personal power as well as the current power structures at play in the world.
Personal Power & Surrender to the Whole is a take away message of Pluto in Capricorn.