This month’s spirit animal is the skunk—and yep, it’s as potent as you think


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Skunk medicine is on its way for May—and it’s all about self-confidence (not smelliness, phew). With this spirit animal (the ultimate IDGAF icon), radiating swagger will be easier than ever, says “RockStar Shaman” Alyson Charles. Here’s her full slate of predictions for the month—plus advice on making skunk energy work for you.

Last month started to take us on a new ride, exposing ways and opportunities for us to lift up and truly live into our new. And the beautiful thing is, that was just the beginning! As we enter into May, we can expect our soul to communicate and unite with us even more. With an energetic activation happening on a cellular level, those of you who are energy-sensitive will most likely begin to feel in a much more heightened way what is “off,” what is a “yes”—as well as when a practice you are doing is really integrating within you, and when a connection with a person is really deep and ancient.

In a nutshell, we are becoming much more highly attuned to what is a match and what is a mismatch and we will feel it within our beings in newer, stronger, clearer, more profound ways. These activations began for me about a month ago, and I can tell you they are so incredibly communicative and spot-on! It is truly something to invite in and embrace.

Our beloved spirit animal for this month, the skunk, will present opportunities for you to really embody your self-esteem more—and that energy naturally radiates out.

On a more earthly tip, one of the messages that channeled in was for you to make focus be your priority this month. I want you to get a piece of paper or your journal out, do some shoulder rolls and relax your jaw and neck, put the bottoms of your feet directly on the floor or ground, close your eyes and do a few centering and clearing breaths, and ask yourself, “What are the four things that are most important to me right now?” And “How do I want this month to feel and be?” Let the answers flow in, then write them down. These are the things your highest self and soul need for you to focus on.

With any opportunities that come in this month—invitations, requests, proposals, etc.—gauge your answers and your willingness to partake based on whether or not they fit into one of the categories on your focus list. And remember, saying no has huge medicinal power in it. You clearly communicate to yourself and to the universe what you are willing to put up with and what you want to have more of based on your decisions. So, make focused decisions this month. Stick to this!

Additionally, for May, there were a number of smaller, yet just as powerful messages that came in that will be of benefit for you. First, music: Listen to something new. If you’re constantly on pop, try Gregorian chant, if you tend to always listen to jazz, switch over to African drumming. These switches will really have a positive effect on all the new internal medicine and energy birthing inside of you and will bring new inspiration and creativity into your life.

Also, a fun challenge that entered in is for you to have a spiritual or soul-based slumber party in May! Grab some friends or family and make at least one dedicated night to having high-vibe fun—this means food, beverages, activities, conversations. Stick to the intention that the premise of the night is to raise everyone’s vibrations, so I recommend cacao, oracle or tarot cards, indigenous music, funny movies, sharing circles where everyone expresses where they’re at in life and asks for support where they need it, energy smudging with palo santo or sage, plant-based foods…basically, get good-witchy with it, raise consciousness, have fun, and unite in sacred space! And be sure to take pics and tag me in your posts about it on Instagram (@iamalysoncharles) so I can see who joined in this challenge and celebrate with you! I’ll definitely be posting mine and using #spiritualslumberparty.

And our beloved spirit animal for this month is one that always has such a special place in my heart: the skunk! If you really think about it, skunks are so unique and cool. No other animal on the planet has the “talents” that skunks do And the medicine that skunk brings is indeed potent and needed as we follow the mantra that came in for us: “Keep being your new, focus on the new”—and that is self-esteem and self-respect. The beauty is, the skunk’s reputation precedes them, so their self-esteem absolutely does not come from speaking it or bragging. In fact, they are very silent. The skunk will present opportunities for you to really embody your self-esteem more, and that energy naturally radiates out—allowing you to stand with grace and ease in the knowingness of who you are, with no need to defend or be overly loud about your truths. The skunk will also help you keep that line drawn in the sand so you can confidently make moves and decisions this month based on the priority list your soul shared with you.

May is a time for you to keep stretching your new wings! Trust the winds, anchor into your amazingness (in a calm, poised, secure way) and keep your energies protected and cleared regularly so the new activations have more room to play and move inside of you. Blessings and enjoy!

Alyson Charles, AKA RockStar Shaman, channels ancient, sacred knowledge and divine energy through her work as a wellness guide to celebrities and CEOs. Charles merges her work as a conscious lifestyle expert, shaman, and international TV host with the world of media to share the most transformational products, practices, and tips and teach people how to awaken their power. 

Want to catch up on Charles’ advice? Here are her predictions from April and March.

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