Are We Numb to the Numbers?

“As of today, April 30,2020, there have been 63,538 deaths in the USA, with roughly 2000 of those deaths occurring today. 

I wrote this in April of 2020. Today is 8/14/2021. One year and nearly 5 months later, 630,875 are dead.

Are we numb to the numbers? We certainly aren’t immune. Two thousand more died today.

Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated. Teach the ignorant. Counsel the doubtful. Bury the dead.

Free Tarot Readings on Pococha!

Many of you know that I am a tarot reader and astrologer. If you’ve ever wanted the opportunity to get a tarot reading from me, I’ve got an opportunity for you. I have recently begun livestreaming tarot readings on Pococha, one of Japan’s most successful streamings apps, which has recently debuted in the U.S. I am usually on daily at 3 PM PT. Follow me at @thekristinwest on Pococha and join my Tarot Time Family so you’ll always been in the loop. It’s a high vibe tribe on this fun app. I hope to see you!

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The Central Authority reminds you to watch tubi

The Central Authority reminds you to watch “The Central Authority”.

We’ve been very grateful for a successful festival run so far. We were honored by Poor Life Choices Film Festival as Best Dark Comedy Feature and by Bare Bones International Film Festival as Best Comedy Feature. We’re so thankful to all the brave film festivals that are continuing to have virtual and hybrid events as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now you can watch the flick on Tubi!

See it here!

2021: A Venusian YEar

The new year starts on a Friday.  It’s a Venusian year.  We are called to love–love ourselves, love our partner, love our neighbor.

Venus  rules all things related to beauty. Beauty and fashion will make big headlines.  If by the second part of the year social-distancing relaxes, I predict a fashion boom.  People want to be seen again.  Luxury fashion and goods do exceptionally well under this kind of energy.  Cosmetics, cosmetology, massage therapists, et al, bounce back big. 

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The fine art market thrives under the influence of Venus. Venus is one of the most painted figures in all of art.   

Taurus and Libra will have an amplified year, especially those born on a Friday.  Friday the 13th in 2021 might have extra oomph.  

Matters of the heart, love and sex all get a boost for better or worse under Venus.  If we can get COVID under control, it will be a banner year for the wedding industry.  

The Card of The Year–The Knight of Pentacles, Reversed, clarified by the Chariot

Money will come very slowly.  The recovery will be slow. After a warp pace 2020, things will seem at a snail’s pace for the first six months of the year.  New thinking has to be implemented.  After July, things move much faster under the influence of the Chariot.  Patience wins the day in the first six months of the year. 2021 is not a time to get emotionally hung up on the past.  Stay present as you move ever so slowly towards the future.   

Banking processes and money transfers may be slow for the first part of the year.  There will be stalls in funding.  

Car sales are up in the second part of the year.  Home sales, mortgage lenders, real estate and their ancillaries also see a boom in the second part of the year.  It seems that equilibrium is re-established and that there’s a predictable trajectory most people can rely on. Our psycho-emotional GPS is back.

Now, for the individual signs:

Aries–The Emperor–The card of 2021 for you is The Emperor, which is your tarot card!  You’re in your element.  You’re thinking and building big and stepping into higher levels of leadership and mastery this year.  Be careful to build teams while building your empire.  Your leadership skills, courage and can-do attitude will be highly prized in 2021.  Your best time of year will be when the sun is in your sign, so celebrate your birthday to the max and start new ventures around your birthday.

Taurus–7 of Pentacles–The seeds you planted in 2020, probably fertilized with blood, sweat, tears and a good dash of poo are starting to sprout, but continue to keep patient.  Prune away what’s blocking these seedling ideas and ventures from getting the time and attention they deserve.  Keep your feet firmly on the ground.  You will continue to have great seedling ideas, but ask yourself “How can I ground this into reality?”.  Your best seasons are when the sun is in Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn this year.  Grow your visions into reality during these times. Waning moons in Capricorn, Virgo and Taurus are watershed times for you. Use them.

Gemini–Queen of Cups, Reversed–In 2021, it’s time to ask yourself the big head-versus-heart questions, Gemini.  Are you pouring precious energy into people and situations that aren’t filling your cup?  Reciprocity is your big challenge in 2021.  Don’t let others drain you dry emotionally.  It’s time to balance how you are giving and receiving.  Chances are you are giving way too much to people that have too little to offer you.  Give some of that love and care to yourself in 2021.  This will become really clear when the sun or moon is in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces.  Keep a lunar journal!

Cancer–2 of Wands–You’re re-envisioning a bigger, better, bolder future for yourself, dear Cancer.  What you desire has global reach and impact.  Go for it, but be sure to also look at what’s happening right in front of you too.  Think globally and act locally this year.  You have a tremendous need for stability.  Don’t lean on others too hard for support as you transform.  Part of this journey is learning how to lean on yourself more.  You’ll have the most momentum when the sun is Aries, Leo or Sagittarius.  The second half of the year, you’ll be moving so fast you’re head will spin. Hope you like race car driving!

Leo–8 of Pentacles–You’ll be working hard in 2021, but the good news is that you’ll be making a mint for yourself in the process.  You’re perfecting the details of your process.  Your stamina and tenacity inspire others.  Keep up the good work and the good work you’re doing will keep you flush in 2021.  New doors open for you throughout the year.  Keep a dry cleaned suit or dress ready in your closet at all times “just in case”.  Opportunity opens up when you least expect it.  You’ll feel this energy most when the sun is in Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

Virgo–9 of Pentacles, Reversed–This is a card full of native Virgo energy.  The new year may not have you feeling quite yourself.  You want to be partnered, as a opposed to going it alone.  The old maxim “Wealth is empty when it is not shared” may be ringing too true for you.  You long to share your abundance.  You’re being called to do some intense self-love this year.  Yes, even more.  Scout out new directions and possibilities.  The tried and true has become the boring and blah.  Experiment.  You’ll have clarity when the sun is Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.

Libra–Page of Swords, Reversed–Libra, you’re learning a new skill or a new process in 2021.  Stick with it.  It’s a bit of an uphill battle for you.  Don’t give up too soon.  Just when you want to give up and drop it, it comes to you.  Allow your process.  Every mistake is part of the process.  Get clear on your “why” this year in all areas of your life.  Why do you want this partner, that job, that car, etc?  You’ll find there’s much going on below the surface that needs unpacking.  Breakthroughs in insight come when the Sun, Moon or Mercury is in Aquarius, Gemini or Libra. 

Scorpio–10 of Wands–Time to drop some burdens.  You’re carrying too many people, projects, products, regrets.  Too much of a good thing even….It’s time to halve what isn’t yielding results or happiness.  Clinging to the past won’t bring the good feelings associated with it back.  Get clear on your priorities or you stand to wear yourself out in 2021.  Yes, you’re strong.  However, there’s no point in arriving to your personal version of success and happiness half dead.  It will be clearest to you when the sun is in Aries, Leo and Sagittarius what dross needs to be burned away.

Sagittarius–4 of Cups–Apathy and indecision may cloud your judgment this year.  Offers are coming to you, but you may not be able to give them a whole-hearted yes.  Cycles of four are important.  Give things four hours, four days, four weeks, four months before saying no or yes as appropriate.  There’s been a longstanding tension between having to do what perceived  you must do and what your heart truly, deeply wanted.  This year is the year to bridge that.  Add some orange to your life to restore your zest.  You’ll feel this when the moon is in Pisces, Scorpio and Cancer.  

Capricorn–King of Pentacles, Reversed–Capricorn, you start 2021 a little off.  After some major astrological energy in your sign in 2020, suddenly, it’s a ceasefire.  Its’ time to drop your defenses and re-invest in yourself a bit.  Most of your siege is over.  Let your passion come through.  Your reserve has been running your life for too long.  Capricorns walk their walk.  It’s time to talk and to advertise to monetize more.  Things are dropping out of your life like autumn leaves.  Allow nature to take it’s course.  You’re feeling this now, as the sun is in Capricorn, again when the sun is in Taurus and in Virgo and again in late December.  Allow this release so the new can come in gracefully.  

Aquarius–Ace of Wands, Reversed–In 2021, you’ll want to take action, Aquarius, but feel intimidated by the task at hand.  Take the first step, even if it’s scary.  Walk softly and carry that big wand and you’ll see big results.  You have to direct others at this time.  Be sure what you’re asking for is crystal clear and actionable and the results will be compelling.  Acting large and in charge is your calling in 2021.  Go big or go home when the sun is in Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.  You’ll see huge gains.  

Pisces–Temperance, Reversed–Pisces, 2021 is a balancing act.  Remember titration from high school chemistry class?  You’ll be titrating all year long.  Subtle, careful moves are called for, but you also need to know when to say “enough is enough”.  You’ll be shepherding a lot of transitions this year:  graduations, changing schools, moving and other life or business events in that vein.  The culmination of this will be when the sun is in Sagittarius, but you’ll feel it during the last week of every sun sign and at the equinoxes.  Embrace your inner alchemist in 2021.  

May your 2021, be safe, well, prosperous, happy and beautiful!

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Wishing you a zazzy 2021

In 2021, I am taking body positivity to a new level. Mid December, I launched The Zazzy Zaftig online boutique, catering to women of larger sizes. Our specialty is vintage and upcycled fashions for the discerning plus size woman. Our mission is to bring you body positive, woman affirming, planet friendly fashion offerings.

The Zazzy Zaftig did a soft launch on Etsy and Depop this December.

Too often, when one walks into a consignment shop, resale shop or thrift store, you’re convinced life stops at at a size XL dress and a size 10 shoe. That’s simply not the case. There are fabulous, stylish gently used, new-with-tags and upcycled pieces available. At The Zazzy Zaftig, my mission is to find them and bring them to you.

For a few years now, I’ve wanted to create a fashion venture. I decided on resale for a few reasons.

  1. Global supply chains of fast fashion rely on the labor of woman and children for their profit margins. Even if a global brand does check working conditions, the fact of the matter is that Third World labor is the bulk of the fashion workforce of fast fashion.
  2. Transporting and manufacturing fast fashion pieces globally taxes the environment. Offering high quality resale and upcycled pieces to the community gives us all the opportunity to lessen our carbon footprint.
  3. Great style is timeless. Fashions and fads change.

Here’s a look at some of our offerings on Pinterest!

I hope you check out some of our great pieces! For checking out this blog, get $5 off your order of $40 or more with the code : BLOGSALE

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Your Halloween Blue Moon Tarotscope

When I think of a blue moon, that saying, “once in a blue moon,” immediately comes to mind. In celebration of Halloween and the blue moon, this tarotscope focuses on what surprised may be in store for each sign from this full moon until the next full moon. Read your sun and moon sign for this special night!

Aries– The Sun.  Surprise victory or success.  Lucky opportunity comes from a Leo.  The sun is shining on all your endeavors til the next full moon.  Make the most of it.

Taurus–The Moon, This card landed neither upright or reversed.  It’s time to get some objectivity about your emotions.  This seems to me like a “void of course” moon in a way.  Don’t make major moves.  Instead, recuperate and reflect on your needs and desires between now and the next full moon.  It may be time for a spiritual retreat.

Gemini--Two cards popped out.  The Knight of Cups and The Hierophant.  Someone may be wanting a big commitment from you.  A trip to the altar? A dream job? Perhaps. Surprises come from Taurus friends or lovers and Pisceans.  It’s time to make a journey of love and creativity.

Cancer–6 of Wands.  You’ll be publicly celebrated between now and the next full moon.  Prepare to be in the public eye.  You’ll be doing a lot of humble bragging under this influence.

Leo–2 of Pentacles, reversed.  Your task til the next full moon is to restore balance.  It’s time to drop the ball on a project that’s outlived its usefulness to you.  If you do this, you’ll receive something greater, but you need to free up space in your life to receive better. 

Virgo–7 of swords reversed.  Something you thought was stolen will be restored to you.  Keep an out for people who don’t have your best interests at heart from now til the next full moon.  Mind your words and ideas and take care with whom you hold counsel.  

Libra–2 of Pentacles, upright.  You’re an expert at balancing and you’re called to teach it–whether you’re balancing someone’s books or doing yoga.  Between now and the next full moon, ask yourself what areas of your life you excel in balancing.  That’s where you’re called to teach, be of service and make money.  

Scorpio–The Hanged Man.  This is also popped out neither upright or reversed.  It’s horizontal.  It’s time to lie down and take stock.  You do need pause and a shift in perspective.  You’re literally off-axis.  Recalibrate between now and the next full moon.  Get grounded and breakthrough. It may be time to impesonate a Taurus friend to find balance.  

Sagittarius–Money is on it’s way to you between now and the next full moon with the Knight of Pentacles.  You’ll have to be patient though, with a process you may find tedious.  The Knight of Pentacle is slow, but rarely gives up.  Keep your tenacity and determination up through the next full moon.  

Capricorn--The Hanged Man with the 6 of Pentacles.  A financial deadlock breaks between now and the next full moon for you, Capricorn.  the money you’ve been praying for will arrive.  Between now and the next full moon keep up an attitude of gratitude and count all your wonderful blessings.  

Aquarius–The World, reversed.  You’re nearing the end of an important cycle, Aquarius.  However, some thing has been left unhealed or unsaid.  Release stubbornness between now and the next full moon.  If you need to say “I’m sorry,” now is the right time.  

Pisces–Your hard work is being noticed, Pisces, by all the right people, between now and the next full moon under the influence of the Three of Pentacles.  Keep up the good work.  You may get an unanticipated promotion or raise.  Honor your excellence and artistry.  Now is a good time to try some new techniques.