Dear Seekers and IX Keepers,

In October, the veil thins between the physical and spiritual worlds, making it possible to ride the energy between the two with more ease. It’s a time of rebirth, where we commune with the Divine in a new way, celebrating our journey of acquired wisdom, knowledge, and spirituality before delving into another level of growth.

Our IX Crystal Blaze says, “Never stop wanting more to discover,” as he guides us to “find your fire in your sacred places.” So, use the transformational fire energy of October to ignite fun, playful festivities. Celebrate with the spirit world. Fill up on joy, for growth cannot be sustained without the nourishment that spiritual celebration supplies.

It is our greatest hope that this issue of The Compass nourishes your consciousness with inspiration and content designed for your body, mind, and spirit on your journey of growth. We are here, with you and for you.

With Love and Light,

Instituto Xilonen


About the Name
This Crystal honors the transformative properties of fire. The name Blaze comes from the old English word blaese, meaning torch or flame.

About the Crystal
Blaze is a Carnelian Crystal. This type of Crystal was named Carnelian due to its resemblance to the radiant red cornelian cherry. In ancient times, Carnelian was thought to bring bravery and courage to those wearing it during battle. When timid speakers needed to be more eloquent and fearless, Carnelian was the stone of choice. To this day, Carnelian is associated with these bold and empowering attributes.

The vivid orange color of Carnelian represents the transformative energy of fire. This striking, revitalizing Crystal acts as a catalyst for change, inspiring courage, creativity, and passion. Carnelian can calm anger and brash emotions, replacing them with love and a zest for life. It encourages us to stabilize our physical energy when taking action, reminding us that joy is found when grounded in the present moment. When making a leap of faith, Carnelian is an exceptional Crystal companion.

Message from Blaze

“Aaahh, my name is Blaze and I am so aptly named! I am a fire of energy.

“I offer so many things a fire can provide – comfort, warmth, and light, but I also provide strength, desire, power, and purpose. Enter into my sacred center and allow yourself to be united with your inner strength and your inner guidance.

“We are never meant to be silenced with our desires and our purposes here on the earth plane. Work with me to be reminded there is always something more to be experienced, learned, shared, and desired.

“Never stop wanting more to discover. I am here to help you – use my fire to find your fire in your sacred spaces.“

Affirmations from Blaze
“I reunite with my inner strength and guidance.”
“I am on a path of discovery.”
“I find the fire in my sacred spaces.”


Discovery and exploration are characteristics to celebrate as they move us ever closer to the Divine. Crystals can help ignite and nourish the inner fire that keeps this drive alive.


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By Demitra Vassiliadis

October glides in on the growing Lunar tide that began with the New Moon in Libra in late September to nurture beauty, poise, and exquisite balance within our relationships. 

As the month begins, seven planets, including Mercury, are traveling retrograde, calling us backward to review the past while attending to needed revisions. We are also being called inward to commune with the Divine. As the month progresses, the Sun, Venus, and Mercury will enter Scorpio, one of the signs during which the veil between the worlds is thinnest.

Therefore, here at IX, we are choosing to celebrate the thin veil and the stronger connection to the spiritual world, by singing, dancing, and celebrating with our loved ones, ancestors, and the Divine.

Many planets will change sign and direction this month, giving us another beautiful reason to playfully align with their movement and choose a focus of celebration. We are being called to be nimble and joyful while dancing with the cosmos, and to align our steps with the larger planetary dance. 

Our first shift comes on October 2nd when Mercury stations direct in Virgo, ending his retrograde journey that began in Libra. It’s a beautiful day to pivot mentally and graciously begin attending to the revisions and recalibrations illuminated during the retrograde, as we dance through its opposite shadow, which ends on October 17th.

Our next planetary shift occurs on October 8th when Pluto, the planet of energy, power, transformation, and the spirit world, stations direct after months of retrograde travel. We can now energetically pivot with reclaimed executive power and focus and begin to attend to long-term goals, mergers, and executive plans with renewed vitality, the help of our ancestors, and an empowered perspective.

The Full Moon in Aries on October 9th illuminates our relationship to self and any injuries in that relationship that inform our partnerships and love relationships. Great healing is possible this Full Moon as we learn to love, honor, and accept ourselves as we are. The following day, Mercury glides into poised lovely Libra, where he began his retrograde last month, inspiring our most exquisite thinking, beautifully revised ideas, and loving, harmonious communication. This is a perfect time to make needed adjustments within relationships, ideas, and gorgeous art projects.

October 23rd is a big planetary day that begins with Saturn stationing direct in liberating Aquarius, inviting us to pivot out of weighty executive reflection and begin acting on revised business strategies and long-term goals. Later in the day, lovely Venus heads into the deep crystal caves of Scorpio, inviting us to explore the beauty in our depths and deepen with loved ones while sending love, prayers, songs, and blessings across the veil. Finally, later in the day, the radiant Sun joins beautiful Venus in Scorpio, illuminating the path to empowering transformations, deep intimate connections, and brilliant joint ventures for weeks to come.

The very next day, on October 24th, the New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Scorpio brings beautiful, powerful changes within ourselves, our relationships, and our visions for mergers and joint ventures. A few days later, on October 28th, Jupiter retrogrades out of Aries and back into Pisces. Here he nurtures our dreams, visions, and conscious connection to Source and loved ones on the other side of the veil. It’s another great day to send prayers and blessings across the veil and to the Heavens. The next day Mercury glides into powerful Scorpio, to inspire our penetrating insight, depth perception, and conscious awareness of energy and the invisible realm. 

On October 30th, Mars, the ruler of Scorpio, stations retrograde in Gemini, motivating an energetic pivot inward and backward after a month of so many planets pivoting outward and forward. Mars will encourage us to actively reflect, revise and make repairs we deem necessary. He will also be inspiring review and reversals of strategies as new revelations come to light to inform our decisions.

The month ends with Halloween, a day of all-out celebration of the ancestors and the spirit world! Light candles, float flowers, send prayers and songs and blessings to those who came before, who made our appearance on this gorgeous Earth possible.

With Love and Blessings to All,

Demitra Vassiliadis
Heaven To Earth Astrology


By Demitra Vassiliadis

Each month, Demitra also writes the Celestial Crystal Calendar for IX, where she pairs significant planetary events with Crystals that amplify and balance the energies.

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