Dr. Rachelle Dixon’s life has been guided by a few ancient principles:
- Be of service.
- Respect where you came from.
- Learn as much as you can about it.
And in her life, it’s taken her through her Latvian Pagan-Indigenous roots, ancient and contemporary herbalism, the healthcare and health education system, professional dancing, reiki healing, and the list doesn’t end.
For the last decade or so, she’s had her work cut out for her.
Functionally, Rachelle is a holistic service provider experienced in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Eastern and Western herbalism, reiki, making ceremony, and divination/intuitive practices like tarot.
But much of her work is rooted in activism for women, BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, Indigenous communities, and other marginalized communities.
Because of her particular fascination with not only the history of humanity’s diverse and distinctive spiritually-based cultural traditions, but also with the specific barriers preventing unity and inner peace in modern life…
Rachelle was the perfect person to speak to about what’s in store for us according to the stars.
Last week, she joined me on The Urban Monk Podcast to talk about where we’ve been, how we got here, and where we’re going now.
Remember the Great Conjunction?
Back in December, we wrote about Jupiter and Saturn coming together to form “The Christmas Star”, which is probably most widely known for bringing the three wise men to little baby Jesus.
Rachelle pointed out that even though the Great Conjunction is a major event for followers of Western astrology, anybody studying the stars from any other astrological discipline will be compelled to pay attention to some of the largest bodies in the sky making moves.
That’s why the shift felt so palpable for so many – it doesn’t matter what you call your heaven-ward belief system, or if you don’t call it anything at all.
A change is on its way.
But we broadened the scope further during our talk…
Starting with framing astrology as a way to do divination on what’s happening right now, and what’s going to happen later – that way, you’ve got time to get out in front of what’s coming and be prepared.
At its heart, Dr. Dixon believes that’s what has drawn humans from all cultures and eras – Tibetans, Muslims, Indians, Egyptians, Chinese, Indigenous, etc. – to look for answers in the movements of celestial bodies.
We want to give ourselves the strongest chance of not just survival, but prosperous life.
To do that, we figured out early on that if we could detect patterns and correlations between astral events and terrestrial events…
We could skirt danger.
After all, that’s basically what an Almanac is – a farmer’s way of using the lunar calendar to properly time his harvests.
Throughout all of the variations of astrological interpretations, there have been skeptics, zealots, pragmatists, colonizers, and dreamers who have found uses for astrology.
Some have been more rigid in their readings… but some, like Rachelle, don’t think fate comes tied in an impenetrable bow.
Our Fates are Flexible
We got to talking about the shift from the Earth-sign era we’ve been living in for the last 200 years, with its emphasis on foundation and tradition, into the new Air-sign era – the age of Aquarius.
There were some finer points to discuss, like how long Rachelle thinks it’s going to take to register those new vibes and actually see change from it…
But we also talked about how thin the membrane is between how we live, how we perceive ourselves, and how we think we fit into the greater cosmos.
Just like in dream yoga, how the veil between being asleep and being conscious is so incorporeal it can actually be penetrated, the path to understanding who our ancestors thought they were and then using that knowledge to understand how we evolved into who we are…
Well, it’s more accessible than we think, just by paying attention to what Dr. Dixon thinks of as an astral weather report.
You’d want to know if it was going to rain, wouldn’t you? Sure! So you could bring your umbrella.
But if you brought one and it didn’t rain, you wouldn’t stop listening to the weather reports forever. You’d just be grateful you were prepared in the face of a likelihood – not a certainty.
Tune in to the podcast and hear us wax astrological about:
- The libraries of knowledge lost when you lose an ancestor.
- How colonization both dampened and spread Indigenous ideas about the stars.
- What other astrological eras have looked like, such as the age of Pisces.
- How astrology can be used to optimize the information we have available to live masterful lives.
- Why some practitioners integrate the astrological birth charts of their patients into their healing plans
- How knowing more of your birth chart makes your understanding of yourself multi-dimensional…
- And much more.