Conversations: Ezerd Land and Anastasia Wasko

Hi! I’m Anastasia Wasko. Thanks for visiting my blog, The Practice. I’ve got this transformation thing down to a practice: self reflection, creative expression, and thinking ’bout the world as energy. My practice is how I can show up for life, be authentic, and get through whatever I need to get through. My practice is how I write my own story. So make yourself a fresh cuppa and pull up. I’ll share some things to think about, learn, and do. Spend time with me in my world and you’ll change for realz. BTW: I love tattoos and coffee.

Conversations: Ezerd Land and Anastasia Wasko

Self transformation is a process that is fed by ideas. I believe sharing ideas is as important as cultivating the mind-body-soul feedback loop. Ideas might be the things that open your mind and usher in shifts. This is why I share different ideas here on The Practice blog.

I zapped my friend Ezerd Land to be in conversation for this month’s blog. We exchange ideas about originality and being an original thinker; exceptional experiences, mental health, creative process and creative expression, the artist’s life; love, surrender, and time; and all these things in the context of the work that we do. This is an hour and half of unscripted conversation between us.

I talk about my recently published work of autofiction, Meta Work; speculative fiction, including Vayux; and High Voltage, a novella that is currently available for publication. Ezerd relays their relationship to the wonkiness of time, space, and being while flowing cosmic love through their work.

Ezerd Land is a visual artist who lives in the Bronx, New York City. Here is their website.

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Reflection Prompts: September 2021

Hi! I’m Anastasia Wasko. Thanks for visiting my blog, The Practice. I’ve got this transformation thing down to a practice: self reflection, creative expression, and thinking ’bout the world as energy. My practice is how I can show up for life, be authentic, and get through whatever I need to get through. My practice is how I write my own story. So make yourself a fresh cuppa and pull up. I’ll share some things to think about, learn, and do. Spend time with me in my world and you’ll change for realz. BTW: I love tattoos and coffee.

Reflection Prompts: September 2021

September is opening up tunnels to the underworld—but the mood isn’t as dark as the sentence sounds. It’s hella spiritual if you surrender to the practice of planning your route through the waning heat of summer, walking through fields of transformation to arrive to the place where you go within the earth, within yourself.

The energy this month is constellated around inner work and the way that self transformation is fed by the springs of the subconcious. Virgo season offers a slow, consistent alchemy—step into it, it’s in the air—that has the potenial to transmute old energy into new forms. This time window is the start of the process. It’s the hands-on part of the spiritual worldview. Roll up your sleeves and start to dig inside yourself. This is the mouth of the tunnel to the underworld. The truth is in there.

The lunar cycle starts with a new moon in Virgo on September 6; the new moon is trine Uranus in Taurus. Virgo and Taurus are earth signs and can hold the space for an inspired intention that connects you to the larger picture. The divine is in the details by design. September 6 is also the day that Mercury moves into a retrograde shadow. The tiny planet rules Virgo. I’m leaning into this as an opportunity to start to be in conversation with shadow through a grounding self care practice; or, start the self inquiry around what you need to deepen a self care practice so you can get into your subconcious, your shadow, your baggage and unpack it. The point on the journey is to shine light, not overwhelm yourself.

I’m feeling a strong energy from Mercury this month, and Pluto, too. These planets nearest and farthest the sun take on an alpha and omega quality for me. Some shadows will see light and lose their darkness. (Venus [value] in Libra [diplomacy] squares Pluto [subconscious] in Capricorn [existing structures] the first week of September). Vesta, the asteroid goddess of the hearth and home, is right behind Venus. Clear, negotiate, take a step back and take a step forward, repeat. This is only the beginning, and the fall will bring more energy for depth transformation. As I write this, I imagine walking through a dim tunnel carrying a torch, a proper flame. Light your way, will yourself the courage to explore. Mars is in Virgo through mid-September, so there is a potential to power through the exploration with gravitas.

But the inner planet activity of Mercury, Venus, Mars plus Chiron in Aries makes for scene to claim your space, claim your self. The tunnels are you to explore; are you afraid of yourself? Call The Witness forth to light up the space between the healing and information exchange that will take to you the higher octave of understanding. Creepy crawlies? Whatever–be aware that you are not it because you are not those thoughts (despire Mercury’s nature to put your thoughts into an overload or fried mode). Mercury goes retrograde on September 22, and it emerges the first week of November. This is a dress rehearsal for the underworld sojourn—the dive underground to harvest psychological gold.

The inner work you apply in Virgo can set you up to shine light as the dark season slowly approaches in North America. What goes down must come up. What goes in must come out.

  • Leave yourself love notes to return to after your descent
    • Love notes can be affirmations written on a mirror, Post-it notes, strings tied around wrists, etc
  • Do you check in with your feedback loop between your body-mind-soul on a regular basis?
  • What adjustments to your practice could serve you as the season changes and we move to the darker part of the year?

Whether you’re exploring your inner world or the simply idea that there is some correlation between the celestial activing and your experience, be kind to yourself. Track your experiences throughout the month. Each contain a spark to explore, express, and evolve a part of your being.

Reflection Prompts: August 2021

Hi! I’m Anastasia Wasko. Thanks for visiting my blog, The Practice. I’ve got this transformation thing down to a practice: self reflection, creative expression, and thinking ’bout the world as energy. My practice is how I can show up for life, be authentic, and get through whatever I need to get through. My practice is how I write my own story. So make yourself a fresh cuppa and pull up. I’ll share some things to think about, learn, and do. Spend time with me in my world and you’ll change for realz. BTW: I love tattoos and coffee.

Reflection Prompts: August 2021

August, activation, aliveness. The alliteration tumbles off my tongue, and I am compelled to read these sentences quickly, five times in a row. I’m playing with the words. The language is lively, frisky, jolly, and fun-loving. And that’s the vibe I want to amplify for this month’s transits—and buoyancy brings breakthroughs! Identities implode! Activation and alignment abound!

Leo season, which starts the last week of July and fills most of August, brings the heat of creativity, a generative force. The Sun, which rules Leo, activates life on Earth. Creative expression gives form to the inner world, intangible thoughts and ideas that, when made tangible, have beneficial outcomes for our psycho-spiritual wellness. Creative expression is the inner activation, the permission to play with the high strangeness we have in our heads, to put into the world works of imagination.

But what if life on Earth was also receiving activation from other places in the universe? What if imagination were a form of the cosmos getting to know itself through you? I offer this suggestion so you can play with the seriousness of your reality. When in play, the act of, and in positive, flow states, insights from your soul can appear as if by magic. Embodying, acting out, acting on imagination can be an entry point to the experience higher consciousness.

Mercury (the messenger, the trickster, information) is conjunct the Sun (the life force) in Leo on August 1. The energetic window (a few days before and a few days after) can offer a heightened time for play, or an invitation to play in your preferred expressive art form. When play is an offering, a selfless act, joy for the act of joy, an entry point to being in conversation with the cosmos happens. What are narratives but the tangible conversations of the psyche, the oscillation between self and other on a collective level? If you engage with the new moon in Leo on August 8, you can advance that conversation. New moons are auspicious energetic windows for listening, as the dark moon is akin to a blank sheet. A pile of raw materials—call forth and manifest.

  • Try sitting in meditation with an open journal and an open mind on August 8.

Mercury enters Virgo (service, discernment) on August 11. This is an energetic window to reflect on the following:

  • Does your insight fit from the beginning of the month fit in your narrative?
  • How do you edit your story?
  • Where are you showing up in the world to tell other folx about your story?

That the new moon in Leo occurs in the Lion’s Gate (an alignment of Sirius [a fixed star] and the Sun) adds to the potential for activation from higher dimensions. Consider how ego and narrative go hand in hand, and in the current frame of cultural consciousness, are strictly Earth bound. Anything extra-terrestrial is the stuff of sci fi, right? But what if you played with the idea that your ego creates a self-fulfilling narrative? What if you took yourself out of the role of the creator/writer? Activation from a higher dimension, your higher self can bring in ideas so strange for your world view that all you can do is play with them. The string of quincunxes happening mid month (around August 13-August 18) can bring forth crises of beliefs—quincunx energy is that of crisis points. Sun (the activator) quincunx Pluto (the subconscious), Neptune (the collective unconscious), Pallas Athene (the warrior princess); Mars (the will) quincunx Chiron (the wounded healer) and Saturn (boundaries, self, establishment). Crises of ego, identity, and therefore, reality happen. If the crises are processed and integrated, they can serve consciousness expansion, psychological growth, and spiritual well being. Try creative expression—acting some of auspicious the ideas out. If we de-value or disregard such crises of ideas, we really miss the point of the lesson. The irony here is that the prevailing Western cultural narrative—one in which exceptional experiences, transmissions, and anything not immediately understood in Earth-bound terms—doesn’t have value is literally causing the crisis in our human condition. Be mindful of your mental chatter mid-month. I give you permission to play with your experience and to not get stuck in belief/disbelief of ideas. Embody them. Act them out to play with the potential crisis—flow the energy somewhere outside of you. The full moon at 29 degrees in Aquarius (on August 22, the same day Virgo season starts) is an opportunity to apply what you’re playing with and edit how the Leo season vibe worked for you: Did you play with, engage with higher dimensions as an act of service? Humanity is in transition. Show up for the collective shift by showing up for the individual shifts inside you, even if they seem so out there. Play with them first.

Uranus in Taurus goes retrograde on August 19—this energetic is working in the background this year; the retrograde can be a point of re-visiting the narrative you have, how you play with your reality, how serious you are about your beliefs and thought body.

  • Would it be revolutionary for you to admit to yourself that there is sentience beyond your human point of view?
  • How would that change your thought body?
  • Can you open to a spiritual worldview as an act of service to humanity?

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