With our lives rapidly speeding towards an unknowable future, experiences of the mystical and the numinous have served as balm to the modern soul. Ruby Warrington, Founder of astrological journal ‘The Numinous’ , is one of many personalities helming a new spiritual revival in our modern age. Advocating the inherent value of applied mysticism and astrology, Warrington explains the profound solace that can come from looking to the stars and beyond.
Numinous: that which is unknown, or unknowable. English speakers have been using numen for centuries with the meaning “a spiritual force or influence.
Ruby Warrington was at the height of an illustrious career in Fashion Journalism when she was inspired to answer a higher calling. In 2011, after 10 years of working as the Senior Features Editor at the Sunday Times Style Magazine, Warrington made the unconventional decision to leave behind a successful journalistic career in London to relocate to New York and launch an astrological-inspired lifestyle magazine. As an antidote to modern, metropolitan life, Warrington launched ‘The Numinous’ a cosmic journal where “Céline shoes and the Celestine Prophecy” could exist in perfect harmony. In our exclusive interview with the British journalist and author, Warrington explains the uplifting influence of astrology in our modern lives.
A NEW AGE
What does the term “New Age” really mean?
There is a double meaning to the term “New Age”. “New age” actually referred to the astrological age of Aquarius which we began transitioning into during the second half of the 20th Century as a globe. In astrology there are lots of things about cycles; we go through these very long cycles globally, or “ages”. The age of Aquarius began in the 60s; it was the “New Age”. The hallmarks of the sign of Aquarius are rapid advances in technology, communication, futuristic visioning and visions. Almost extra terrestrial connections, and sharing and dissemination of information, versus this hierarchical structure which we had known in the previous age. So you can see, whether or not you believe in astrology, many of the hallmarks of the Aquarian age have come to pass as we transition more deeply into it in the first half of the 20th Century. What was the new age is now, the now age, we are living it now.
Why do you think there has been a revival of recent interest in “New Age” spiritual practices?
Each age has its pluses and it’s minuses. As a by-product of this Aquarian way of life, which is so communication and technology driven, we’ve created this culture of instant gratification that we also find ourselves living in. We can have access to pretty much anything, particularly when it comes to information at the touch of a button, and it’s created what some people would call ‘information overload’. Literally, you can have everything; if you can think it or imagine it, you can almost see it in minutes with a quick search, our human brains and nervous systems haven’t quite caught up with this speed yet. Many of us are trying to keep up with technology, we’re in danger of burning out.
People are turning to these ancient human technologies as ways to help try and understand what’s happening in the world.
So people are turning to these ancient human technologies as ways to help understand what’s happening in the world, and understand some of the changes that we’re going through. Astrology speaks a lot about cycles. So we can zoom-out through the lens of astrology, and see some of the changes we’re going through as part of bigger cycles, which I think is a potential comfort to people. The other thing is that many of us find, is that many of the science based solutions to health and wellbeing, don’t really work for people. Particularly mentally and emotionally. So people are seeking alternative answers and solutions for the issues they may be facing.
And spirituality can be antidote to the anxiety of change?
Exactly! There’s so much for our brains to process. So when that becomes overwhelming, which can happen very easily, we should drop back into feeling our intuition. It can be very comforting and it can lead us to the answers that are really right for us. Everybody, everywhere is trying to sell us their way of doing things and really our way of things is really all we need to know. Our intuition, is often expressed to us through emotions, so anything that connects us back to that becomes very appealing.
SKEPTICS & MYSTICS
What do you think makes people so nervous or skeptical of embracing astrology?
People are using astrology more as a tool for self awareness, self analysis, and for understanding ourselves and our relationships in the world that we live in.
In this day and age, we live in a very science driven society, and we’ve really been brought up thinking that unless something can be scientifically proven it can’t be true, it’s unsafe or that it can’t be taken seriously. In this age of reason that we’ve been in in the last couple of hundred years, I think astrology has been lumped under that runner.
Thousands of years ago when astrology was first being developed, it was seen as a science. It was considered that the positions of the planets were seen to be directly related to life here on earth. Whether that was to do with realities of us as individuals, or whether it was to do with the way the crops were planted, or the way that we navigated travel. Back in the day to be a medical doctor, you also had to have an understanding of astrology.I think that’s another thing that has come from technology is that people have become suspicious. So I think that, there’s this kind of learnt skepticism of anything that we can’t necessarily quantify in numbers, and equations.
Another unfortunate thing is when astrology is used for a tool for predicting, it can be abused.
Astrologers can say “all the answers are here in your chart, you may not be able to understand it but I can tell you everything that’s going to happen in your life”, and that can be used as a way of fear mongering. What we’re seeing now, is an emergence in this new found wave of interest in astrology. People are using astrology more as a tool for self awareness, self analysis, and for understanding ourselves and our relationships in the world that we live in. Many more people are choosing, like I did, to learn astrology for themselves, to learn this language for themselves, so that we can be empowered to discover our own truths.
What do you think is the best way for someone to start strengthening their ‘spiritual muscle’?
We’ve all heard by now that meditation is the essential piece of modern life, and I do think that meditation is the simplest, most accessible tool. It can be as little as a few minutes a day but building a regular meditation practice for me has just really helped to tune out some of external noise and amp up the volume on the inside. That’s what I want to be hearing, that’s what I want to be connected to, that’s where I want to be making my life choices from.
I would also recommend anyone with the slightest interest or enjoys reading their daily or weekly horoscopes to get a professional birth chart reading. As really just a way of seeing yourself as part of a bigger picture, and seeing the bigger cycles in your life and your life journey, how the different challenges you faced may have served you and brought you to where you are. I recently had one again, and I hadn’t had one for a couple of years and I was really reminded of how empowering that can be. To get that perspective on your life and your challenges. Those are two entry points.
What is your practice to elevate your energy and attune with your highest self?
I used to exercise or move my body so it would be a certain shape or size. But these days, my movement practice could be yoga, a brisk walk somewhere or a sweaty workout. It is much more about creating a certain feeling in my body; a feeling of expansion or aliveness and feeling more awake.
Your book Sober Curious was recently released, do you feel some of modern life’s vices like alcohol, technology, are numbing us from our ability to connect with ourselves?
100%, that’s part of the reason I wrote this book. Me getting ‘sober curious’, was really a result of bringing many of these practices and philosophies into my life. Astrology and meditation helped me to connect to myself in a much deeper way. It connected me to my feelings, intuition, true passions, happiness, and really began to shine a light on how I’d been using alcohol to try and experience some of those things. But, there was an inevitable pay off that ultimately left me feeling less connected to those things. Drinking was a way of trying to feel connected to other people, to try and feel joy and happiness, to try and feel inspired, but it always left me feeling awful when I was really honest about it.
What does the phrase ‘sober curious’ mean?
The term ‘sober curious’ means to me becoming curious about all the reasons you might be using alcohol or other drugs, or even technology (as I think that most of us have raging tech addictions). They’re all things that take us away from the present moment. When I’m scrolling my feed, I can’t feel my body, I’m all in my head looking at all those pieces of information wanting to be processed. I can’t think what I am really feeling, or if my feelings are being triggered as a reaction to what I’m consuming on my phone. A big part of my ‘sober curious’ journey has been, as well as removing alcohol, getting very strong boundaries around my tech use and using it as a tool for doing the work I need to do in the world, not something I use to satisfy cravings for connection, because I’m bored, or because I want to ‘self harm’ by looking at stuff that makes me feel bad about myself.
Ruby Warrington is a British journalist and writer, based in Brooklyn, her site The Numinous brings the “new age to the now age”. Her other projects include “sober curious” event series Club SÖDA NYC and digital spiritual mentoring program Moon Club. Her new book “Sober Curious” is available in the US and set to be released in on the 31st of December in the US, and 2nd of January in the UK.
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