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Ground and Focus

We’ve done the soul searching, discovered some truth about who we are at the core, who we want to be, during Sagittarius last lunar month. Now, in Capricorn, we do something about it – OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe start to plan.

We are into an energy that is very earthy and materialistic. It’s time to get grounded, thread our way through the distractions of what is going on in the world and bring our focus to our own lives. Where are we and where are we going? And, how do we want to get there?

Capricorn is the tenth sign of the zodiac – the number 1 empowered by a zero. It is a time of new beginnings, of individuation – the attention on you. It is a time of planning, goal setting and understanding how you want to transform your life over the next twelve months.

And so, I have some questions for you:

  • What have you learned about yourself over the past year?
  • Are you satisfied with your path, your growth?
  • Are you ready to grow more, and if so, how?

The first three months of this year are for planning, getting ready for the Spring Equinox, when we plant the seeds and begin to create physically. This month focuses on the physical/material realm. When you feel safe in home and hearth, are secure financially and remember to breathe, everything else is easier.

This month we’re exploring ambition, accomplishments, being recognized in our field and taking care of the future (it’s RRSP season, of course).

And so, some more soul searching:

  • How ambitious are you? How much fame and fortune do you really want?
  • Is there something you wish to accomplish this year? How does it fit into your life?
  • Are you looking to the future, taking care of the future? Financially are you putting money aside? Physically are you taking care of your body so it will last as long as you need/want it to? Socially are you surrounding yourself with people who care for and support you?
  • Are you focused on your life or are you constantly distracted by events you can do nothing about?

Not everyone wants to be a millionaire. Someone told me that the optimum income to generate happiness is $70,000. It’s enough to pay the bills, have vacations and not have to worry about what to do with all that money. So, be truthful when you decide how much you want to make, and tally in the consequences of how you have to be in order to make millions.

There are few things in this world we can control, but we can control what we focus on. So much is happening in the world right now and so little of it is pleasant. Distractions are rampant, keeping us off of our path, fearful, sad and easier to control, or just not doing what we need to do.  Spending hours on Facebook, playing candy crush on the cellphone or what we call “shiny things”, keep us from accomplishing what we want to. When we focus on what we are creating that is good and hopeful, we add a bit of light. This is the time of year when light increases. We add to that light by knowing ourselves, our truth and living it. So, send blessings to those in need and plan your beautiful future.

 

 

 

 

Finding Connection

We entered the sign of Sagittarius around the 21st of November. This is a fire sign – bringing light and warmth to these dark days. Sag. is an optimistic and cheerful sign, looking to the trees not leavesbright side of things. The symbol for this sign is the Centaur – half man – half horse. This indicates that Sag. is deeply connected to nature, and the four feet of the Centaur help keep Sag. grounded.

Centaurs , as the story goes, were a wild and savage lot, warring and raping etc., except for two of them, Pholos and Cheiron. Cheiron is who I believe Sagittarius is modeled on. He was good of heart, a seeker. He tutored Apollo, he was an advisor to many humans and deities, so he had a clear connection. He learned about medicine, the arts, science, philosophy, things the other Centaurs cared nothing for. His aim was to find harmony in nature.

Now is the time of the seeker, on both an external and an internal level. The energy is there to support it. Externally, we may search for truth in books, in philosophy, in debate. We observe those around us and note reactions. Internally, we search for connection, the truth of who we are at our core. We search for that connection and harmony in nature and to Source.

The external seeking is easy enough – there are books, courses, the internet. But how do we find that deep connection to ourselves and Source?

!. My first suggestion is to ask. If we don’t ask, how is the Universe to know for sure what we want? Know in your heart that this is what you want. Be sure – no waffling. That as good as negates your asking.

“I am asking to develop clear connection and communication with my guides and higher self/Source.”

An understanding of what this communication might look like is also a good idea. There is not always the voice in the head. It may be a feeling in the pit of your stomach, an intuition, something someone says or something you read that triggers an answer. It may be a wonderful warm feeling in the heart. Expand your idea of what this communication looks, sounds, feels like and know that it will happen. Faith is a great tool of the Sag.

  1. My second suggestion would be to create space for this to happen. If we are always busy, our heads are always full, there is no room for communication. Stop. Close your eyes. Breathe. Wait. Turn off the t.v., the cell phone, the computer. Disconnect so you can connect.
  2. Spend time in nature. I’ve always felt that nature was God’s/Sources Cathedral. That’s where I would go when I needed to feel the connection and receive clarity. Just be. I had a favourite tree in the bush behind our house that I would sit and lean against. Being there never failed to soothe me.
  3. If you are able, do some internal work to clear the pathways. Join a yoga class, do meditation and Reiki or another healing and clearing technique. The clearer you are, the easier it will be to make the connection.
  4. Be grateful for every opportunity in your life. Gratitude is an exceptional way to create connection.

For years now, I have used a prayer at night to express my gratitude. I gift this prayer to you:

“Thank you for this life, and for this opportunity to __________________(learn, heal, serve, be, feel, help, etc. I choose one that represents what happened in my day).”

I hope you find it beneficial. Happy Sag.

 

Letting Go

This Sunday October 30, 2016, is New Moon in Scorpio. Scorpio is a water sign, so we know we are dealing with emotions.

Last Lunar cycle we borrowed Maat’s Scales of Harmony and Balance to see how much we fallneeded to release in order to relax and enjoy the winter (representing death, as much in nature dies) to come. Scorpio gives us the opportunity to release and transmute our excess baggage – all the fear, anger, frustration, grief we’ve accumulated over the year. It’s time to let it all go. When we let go of whatever does not serve us, we have more room for Light, for Love, and all things good.

Sometimes we know what needs to be transmuted and let go. We can see it – it’s “in our face”. You can focus on that during the healing session below. Sometimes we do not know what needs to be released, but we know there is something. In this case, simply ask for whatever you are feeling that needs to go be released.

Here is something you can do on your own to heal by letting go. I do this often just before I go to sleep.

If I can, I find where in my body I am holding on to whatever needs to go. Then I hold that spot in my thought and breathe into it, allowing it to expand and contract with the breath. I help it get ready to release.

Then, I ask whatever needs to go, to go. I continue to breathe and allow whatever needs to happen. Sometimes I yawn, or make some other physical release during the process. If whatever you are healing has been around for a long time, you may need to give it permission to go. It has become part of your Being in that time, so you may need to bless it, thank it for all it has taught you, then let it go.

Everything that we hold on to is there for a reason. We were not ready to let it go at the time of occurrence, we needed to come to some realization, even if that realization was that it does not serve us to hold on. So, thank it for that realization and let it go.

We may need some help with the releasing. When I find I do, I ask for whichever Beings of Light are available to assist ne. They are always eager to be asked, as they cannot help unless they are asked. I enjoy working with the Gold Light Beings. You may find you resonate with different group.

Enjoy this month, and as the leaves fall and are recycled by the Mother, let your baggage fall and be recycled. Let it go, let Light.

 

 

The Scales of Balance

On September 22nd, at the Fall Equinox, we entered Libra, an air sign represented by the Scales

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of Balance and Justice.

Most people look at Libra as being based on the scales of justice held by Themis, from Greek Mythology (Wikipedia.com). I tend to look at Libra as being associated with Ancient Egyptian mythology.

I look at the Egyptian goddess Maat – a concept of truth, harmony, law, morality, and justice. One of her roles dealt with the weighing of Souls (the soul resided in the heart), also called the weighing of the heart. Maat’s symbol is the ostrich feather. The soul of a person was weighed against her feather on the Scales of Justice. If the soul was as light as the feather, you were admitted into the afterlife.

Libra begins on the Fall Equinox – the balance point between light and dark. It is the day where daylight equals darkness. From this point on, we progressively lose light until we reach the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. We then begin the journey back to Light.

During Libra, we have the opportunity to take a discerning look at ourselves, to see how we balance. If Maat places our soul/heart on one side of the scales and her feather on the other, how would we fair? Would we, in our current state, be allowed into the afterlife? What do we need to release in order to become Light? To me, this is what the Autumn is all about. We cleanse ourselves before the Winter, our time of rest and reflection. When we are clear, we can dream more clearly, of what we want to create next time around. At the Spring Equinox we begin the journey anew, with our new goals and dreams.

Traditionally, Libra deals with areas of our lives that encompass balance and harmony. It rules relationships, partnerships and agreements between two people. If there are negotiations to be made, a Libra is a good one to do them.

Learning to be in relationship, to share, to be part of a team, to thrive in a one to one situation, is part of Libra’s domain. It deals with the polarities of life and relationship, with finding your balance in relationship, being supportive and accepting support.

So, if we weighed our hearts, would we find them open and accepting of others and their points of view? Would we find the diplomat or someone biased and narrow in focus?

Physically, Libra rules the Adrenals and the Kidneys.

Your mission, should you decide to accept, is to probe your heart, and begin to release what is holding you down, is blocking your Light. We need all the Light we can get.

 

The Devil is in the Details

Virgo is an earth sign, reminding us that being grounded and connected to the earth is important for success. People who are not grounded may be great at seeing the big picture, but OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto bring that picture into reality one needs to have laser focus and be able to clear up the details: things like reading the small print, anticipating needs and putting things in order. Being able to bring order out of chaos is a wonderful skill to have. Some people seem to do it naturally, others of us are just great at creating the chaos.
 
I am one of those big picture, ideas type of people. Running a business, a household, a life on earth, it becomes apparent rather quickly that the skill of dealing with the details is essential. So, I set out to grow and change.
 
I tended to flit from thing to thing, never so happy as when I had four or five projects in the works. It has been interesting for me to learn to focus on one project at a time. The key word is “focus”. That doesn’t mean that I got rid of the other four projects, it was learning to put them out of mind and bringing a laser focus to that one project I needed to work on.
 
I realized that in that moment the other projects were distractions, and I love to be distracted. Distractions always seem to be more interesting than what I need to do. I’ve had to recognize these distractions for what they are – things that keep me from being successful in my life.
 
Why do some of us like to be pulled away from what we need to do? Sometimes it’s fear of failure, sometimes fear of success. Sometimes we get bored easily. Whatever the reason, we need to work through it. Just doing what we need to do is an accomplishment, one we can celebrate. I do a lot of celebrating, and feel so much better about myself.
 
The next thing I had to learn is the ” it’s the journey, not the destination” thing. I found that I was rushing through things just to get them done. After all, that was the destination. I found I missed a lot of things in the process, so I learned to slow down. I learned to give a project the amount of time it needed. Often, that meant starting a lot sooner than I was, but that gave me the time to check and recheck what I had done. I learned to take time with decisions, to let things simmer, instead of just making a decision to get it off my plate.
 
And, I started grounding myself regularly.
 
Learning to bring laser focus to a project, having the patience to look at the details, to sit with something until I could see what needed to be done, has been a journey for me. I’ve learned to be more organized so I can find things when I need them, (although filing still defeats me) I’ve learned to check things once, then twice, then use my pendulum to see if I missed anything. Life is much richer and fulfilling, since I started my quest to find and appreciate the details.
 
So, what did I do?
 
  • Grounded myself
  • Focused on one thing at a time
  • Set aside plenty of time for a project
  • Learned to enjoy the process
  • Measured twice, cut once
  • Understood I am a work in progress
 
Good luck on your journey, and if this is one of your lessons, have fun with it.
 
 
 

Taking a Break – Mini Vacations

Leo is a fire sign, a sun sign. It is represented by the Lion – regal, courageous, creative and a leader. But Leo is also about fun.

This is holiday time, time for fun and games, a splash in the pool, a picnic, a time to relax. This is a time to enjoy other people, but also a time to relax and recharge on our own. September, and lake bastidowhat feels like the beginning of a new year, will be here soon.

Recharging, to me, is an art. This is an excellent time to consider how you recharge, how you would like to recharge, and what works best for you realistically.

For example, I know I recharge most completely on a beach by the ocean with someone else to cook, clean and look after the details, for a solid two weeks. I know that is not going to happen every time I would like it to, or nearly often enough.

So, how can you fit in a mini recharge?

The first step is to find a few things that work for you. Variety is the spice of life, even in revitalization. So here are some examples of what I use.

The first one may surprise you, may not feel like recharging, but for me, it works.

  1. Finish something that is hanging over you. Nothing drains my energy so completely as the weight of something I need to do and haven’t. Once I do that, there is a lot of energy freed up that can be used elsewhere – like in having a good time.
  2. I like to go for a walk in the evening – nothing vigorous or purposeful, just a meandering in the night air that leads to a more restful sleep.
  3. There is nothing like a good cup of tea, and if it’s in a nice little café that’s not too noisy or crowded, all the better. I may read, make my organizing lists, people watch or just stare into space for a while. It’s an interlude out of my regular routine, and quite refreshing.
  4. Time in nature is essential to me. When I don’t get close to water or trees for a period of time something inside me shrivels up. When I’m near water I can feel what needs to go being seduced out of me. I feel lighter and more grounded, connected to myself. When I’m out with the trees, there is often one that calls me, inviting me to come close and share. Touching the tree, with permission, allowing it to share its energy is for me, revitalizing. Standing under the branches of a tree with leaves, I can sometimes feel a shower of energy, something like Reiki, particularly if I ask for the help.
  5. Exercise. For some, losing yourself in a yoga class, a trip to the gym, jogging through the park re-energizes. Swimming works for me, as does getting on my stepper.

These are all really good ways to take a mini vacation to recharge. They may work for you, they may not. Try them on to see. Find your own ways to recharge. This is a great time to experiment. Let me know what you come up with. I’m always open to new ideas.

Treading Water/Flowing Forward

New Moon is Monday July 4th, 2016, and is in the sign of Cancer. Cancer is a water sign, and water is a symbol for the emotions. Traditionally, Cancer rules home, family, relationships, security, nurturing.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to people around me, observing, and being aware of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhat is happening with me. I’ve had a strong feeling that something is coming, something important that I need to be ready for. At the same time, I’ve felt as though I’m in a holding pattern, not yet able to see or to move forward – treading water, so to speak. So, I decided it was time to start getting in shape. I joined the gym at the community centre, started aqua fit classes to ease my knees into fitness, and I worked on myself. I started re-writing the website, signed up for Ladies Learning Code, so I’ll have some small idea of what I’m doing with the website. Lots of back ground work. Some people I know are re-launching their businesses, taking them to the next level. Others are getting married, re-launching their lives as a couple. Some are graduating from school and launching a new phase of their lives. It seems to be the theme around me right now. What is changing for you?

With this new moon we have a great opportunity to get in touch with our feelings about what is going on in our lives. Nothing can really change in our lives, we cannot take our power, unless we are aware of where we are and how we feel about it. One of my favourite sayings is “this is not an acceptable reality”. When I can say this, I know I am aware of how I’m feeling about where I am. So that is the first mandate this New Moon – be aware.

I have the feeling that this month we have the opportunity to create something new, something great. Inspiration will flow, we just need to reach out and grab it. In order to do something with that inspiration, we need to know where we’re starting from. We need a solid platform to step up or out from.

During these time of self-discovery, self-nurturing is paramount. If you are not in shape, taking care of yourself, you have little to share with your inspiration, your family, your home. So, join me at the gym, get out into nature and commune with the trees, get out the essential oils, do your breathing, get lots of sleep, drink lots of water and eat good food. Make sure you nurture yourself in some small way every day. Make a list of what makes you feel good, then work those things into your schedule.

So, your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  • Be aware of your feelings – so you can decide if you want to act on them or heal them
  • Nurture yourself

If you are setting intent this month, here are some examples:

  • I am asking for awareness of what is happening both in myself and in my family.
  • I am asking for healing for my (anger, fear, resentment, insecurity).
  • I am asking for the confidence to grasp inspiration and to move forward with it, as qppropriate, and for highest and best good.

Have a great month. Have a great long weekend.

 

Change is Coming

New Moon in Pisces:

February 21/22 we entered the astrological sign of Pisces. This is the last sign in our current cycle. Soon we start the journey through the signs once more. This is our opportunity to review the last cycle and decide what we want to take forward with us. Let’s recognize our accomplishments and take a moment to celebrate them.
When you have become clear on what you are taking forward, consider what you want to bring in that is new. Take some time to dream, to imagine what you would like the next cycle to look like.
This seems to be a quiet time, with people waiting out the gloomy last days of winter, Springanticipating more sun. Take this time to nurture yourself, to get ready for new growth, new opportunities. Take some time to prepare for spring planting or new ideas, hopes and dreams.
Pisces invites us to reconnect with Spirit. Sitting quietly in meditation, doing yoga or tai chi, spending time in nature are ways to do this. These practices help to keep us centred and grounded. Being connected, centred and grounded help us to Trust in the Universe. We are always in the right place at the right time by the standards of the Universe. Learning to trust and to surrender to that, to trust in Spirit, thereby trusting in ourselves, is being offered to us in Pisces. Open the doors and let trust in. Surrender.
Pisces is a water sign, so we are automatically dealing with emotions. We always have a choice in how we feel. We can choose to be joyful, sad, to wallow in self pity, to feel the victim, or to feel in charge of our lives. If you don’t like the way you feel, make a different choice. It sounds simple, and it is. But it’s not always easy. We may have to work at it or get help with it. It may not happen over night; then again it might.
This is an altruistic sign. It’s a sign of forgiveness, tolerance, and understanding the other. This is the Pisces in Vesica Pisces. Two circles intersecting with part that is shared between the circles. Two people intersecting, two organizations, two countries . Like the symbol for yin and yang, part of each one is in the other. This makes it easier to empathize, to understand the other point of view.
Physically, Pisces deals with the lymphatic system, toxicity, bunions and corns.

Expanding Our Vision – New Moon in Aquarius

IMG_20141111_142806Last month we started dreaming and planning what we want to accomplish in 2016. We were focused inward, on the self, and on what those plans could do for us. Now, it’s time to expand our vision to include “the other”, to take a wider view, a world view. How do our plans affect and enrich others?
January 22nd we moved into the sign of Aquarius. Aquarius is an air sign, working with the mental realm. It is a sign that is focused outward, toward the future. It’s an objective sign, and can be dispassionate.
Aquarius is also a sign of innovation – finding new ways to do things. So, even though we may feel stuck in the “same old, same old”, there will be something we can change to make it more interesting. Some people find themselves in situations that they, for some reason or other, cannot leave – taking care of an ill child or parent etc. You may be stuck in a situation, but there is always something you can change. It may be in the environment or in yourself – the only person you can change. Maybe there is something that is not working that we can let go of – like an attitude or belief system. For example, if you change “have to” to “want to” in your mind, in your speech, everything can change. Are you finding ways to carve out moments of freedom? Are you growing personally through the experience – gaining patience, understanding? What is this experience bringing you? Nothing is ever wasted. Look for the gems, and honour them.
Looking at our lives and the events in them from a different direction, a different perspective, can help us to gain awareness of the underlying cycles or patterns. This is where talking to a friend can help, getting a different perspective. The vibration of Aquarius is here to support us, so let’s take advantage.
This is also a great time to look at other restrictions in our lives, those things that hold us back. Restrictions are either created by us, or accepted by us at some level. They are often ways to keep ourselves safe, to keep ourselves small. Some of us don’t want to be seen or heard, for reasons we may not even understand. But by keeping ourselves small, we deprive others of our wisdom, our light. It serves no one.
So, your mission this lunar month, should you decide to accept it, is to uncover if and how you are restricting yourself from leading a most joyous, fulfilled life. Then at New Moon, intuit ways to do things differently. Take some quiet time, maybe pull out your tarot, maybe just sit and breathe, and tune into cosmic wisdom.
Physically, Aquarius rules ankles, calves and circulation.

New Moon in Capricorn 2016 –

From breezy, easy Sagittarius we move to a more somber energy of Capricorn.

Capricorn is an Earth sign represented by the Goat. Goat symbolizes tenacity, being sure footed and constancy. The grounded goat can climb mountains, and encourages us to climb our own personal mountains, physical or goatsotherwise. Be assured, the view from the top is spectacular.

The sign of the Goat is a practical sign, urging us to self-discipline and being sensible, especially with money. Capricorn is a forward thinking sign, a sign of planning, making commitments. It is a very goal and career oriented, ambitious sign.

It is no surprise that this is the beginning of tax time and retirement savings plans. Planning for the future is important to Capricorn. As we look at our income and spending patterns at tax season, we begin to set financial goals for the coming year.

New Years is traditionally a time of setting resolutions for the year ahead in Western culture. Most of the time these resolutions get broken, or forgotten. We try to start in January to set things in motion but end up with a lack of commitment. I’ve never had luck starting new goals, planting new seeds, in January. The ground is still frozen, at least here in Canada. For me, this is the time of consideration. What are my options? What is best for me to shift or set in motion this coming year? Let me dream what life would be if I chose this or if I chose that. This is a time of feeling things out – getting ready for the Spring Equinox. With Mercury Retrograde from January 5th/6th until January 25th/26th, this year it’s even more a time to feel our way.

So, decide on your goals, but be prepared to change or fine-tune them. Be watchful for opportunities, define what success would be for you and what steps you would need to take to manifest them. Indulge the planning stage. Don’t be afraid to day dream; amazing things come from letting the mind wander.

So:

Think about three goals for the coming year
Decide what being successful would be for each one. Define the goal in more detail
Dream about how you would feel with this goal coming into fruition.
Be prepared to change or tweak it

Sit with these goals. Do this for a few days, probably best to do this until the end of Mercury Retrograde. Do they feel appropriate? Let Mercury do its’ job. Let things simmer and blend, and see what happens.

Physically, Capricorn deals with knees, arthritis and gall bladder. A little cleanse after the holidays may be in order. I’m doing a 5 day juice cleanse starting Monday. Feel free to join me – I can send you the info if you’re interested.