Pisces Season: An Ocean of Emotions

On February 18, the Sun enters Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac.  As the last sign, Pisces represents an end of a cycle and transitions us to a new cycle, which commences on the Spring Equinox.  Pisces, like Cancer and Scorpio, is a water sign and is an emotional wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve sign.  Ruled by Neptune, the sign of dreams and mysticism, Pisces is as sensitive and empathetic as it is impractical and idealistic.  As the visionary of the zodiac, Pisceans and those with strong Pisces influences in their charts often see what others miss as they channel information from the subtle realms.   Pisces rules devotion, selfless love, spirituality, and devotion with its shadow side manifesting as martyrdom, self-pity, victimization, and the inability to be stay grounded in reality.

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Orisha Tradition: The Ritual Head-Marking

In the past decade since I have been in the Orisha Tradition, knowledge of the orishas have become more mainstream, which has generated a heightened state of curiosity about what and how we practice.  Along with knowledge of the orishas, knowledge of particular practices have also made their way into the mainstream.  Outside of animal sacrifice, the most common questions I receive about Orisha Tradition involve getting one's head marked, or finding out which orisha has one's head.  Because this is such am oft-asked question I decided to write this post to help folks better understand the concept of the practice, as well as how the actual ritual is done. 

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