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.

 

Me and My Shadow

Gemini is the sign of the twins, and is ruled by Mercury – the messenger to the gods. Just from that piece of information we can tell that Gemini rules communication and tends to move around – physically or mentally.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
 
Mercury takes short trips delivering messages from god to god, so Gemini favours taking short trips. This is a great time for a few days away – a break from routine. We’re at the six – month mark of the year, so take a short break and refresh your energy. It’s wonderful what a weekend away will do for you.
 
Gemini is an air sign and therefore deals with the mental plane and how we think. It is also the sign of the twins – duality. So, does our thinking reflect duality? Are things black and white, am I right you’re wrong? Do I think with my head or my heart? Gemini teaches us to see both sides without blame or judgment. We can lead with our heart, but still see clearly where we are going and think through the plan to get there. They are not mutually exclusive. Every part has its part to play. Duality also recognizes that we have a public side and a shadow side – the side we hide or bury. Our shadow holds all the emotions, behaviour and thought patterns that we may need to clear in order to move forward. Sometimes we’re aware of them, sometimes not. There is no need to judge our shadow side – it is a cherished part of us, the part that, when recognized, helps us to grow. This is a great month to seek out the shadow, to ask it to help us to heal.
 
Communication is a big part of Gemini’s gift. It covers communication devices, of course, as we all prepare for problems in that area when Mercury goes retrograde. But it also rules the spoken and written word.
 
Gemini, along with Sagittarius – its opposite sign –  are not well known for tact. They both have foot in mouth disease. So, now is a time to reflect on how you communicate. Do you use gentleness in your choice of words? Are you precise in your expression, choosing words that say what you mean? Words are vibration, and affect at a vibrational level. Listen to different words and take note of how you feel in your body when you hear them. For example, “love” has a very specific vibration. “Hate” also has a very specific vibration. Say these words and see how you feel with each. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be aware of how words affect you at a feeling level. Then listen to how you communicate and see if there is anything you would change. I’d love to hear what you find. Let me know.
 
 

 

Slow Down and Smell The Roses

In Aries, we did the pushing and focusing in the birth of our newness – new awareness, new ideas, new life structures, new ideas. Now it’s time to nurture ourselves after all that work to IMG_0019birth and also to nurture what we have created.
Taurus, the Bull, reminds us to slow down. As the bull, it generally takes it’s time, plodding, taking time to rest and rejuvenate, time to smell the roses along the journey.
Slowing down can be very difficult to do, to let go of the need to always be doing something. But when I slow down, take a good look at my activity – how much of it has actually served to move me forward either physically, mentally , emotionally or spiritually? And How much of it have I really enjoyed?
Those quiet times, those times of reflection, help us to be aware of beliefs that need to be shifted, ideas that have outlives their usefulness. As we grow older, we understand that it’s important to enjoy what we do, how we live. Learn that as early as possible – it’s what keeps us young.
So, your mission: Get out and take a walk. Look at the gardens you pass, stop and greet the new growth. Ask for a Robin to say “hello”. Greet the Sun, the Moon, the Wind, the Rain. Acknowledge them as part of your life – as part of you. Enjoy the scent of Spring – the lilacs will be out soon. By doing this, you nurture and appreciate Natures’ rebirth, and will feel that rebirth in yourself.
The Bull is also a stubborn creature. Push him too far and he’ll dig in his heels. He may be a patient one, but don’t get him angry.
So, Taurus teaches us about patience; patience is a virtue, remember? We’ve grown into a society demanding instant gratification, but dreams need time to grow, to flesh our, to manifest and be reworked as we change. Nothing is ever “done”. It’s all a work in progress – as are we. Allowing the time for things to percolate, allowing people to cahnge in their own time, is so satisfying, when you can do it.
The other side of the lesson is knowing when to draw the line – the point at which the bull charges with steam coming out of it’s nostrils (remember the cartoons?). What are your limits? Where are your boundaries? Self awareness is so important, so take some time in contemplation to discover your limits and your values.
Stubbornness can also lead to stagnation. That “I’m not going anywhere or trying anything new, especially if it was not my idea”. If you find that parts of your life have stagnated, where are you resisting change? Change is a constant in life on Earth. If you are stagnating, things need to be shaken up. Invite the change, welcome it. Try saying “Dear Universe, I am ready to accept the change that is needed in my life to help me move forward. Please help me be aware of, accept, and walk through any fear that may present itself on this new journey, and let me move forward with confidence.”
So, some questions to ask yourself:
  • Do I welcome change? If not, how can I be more open, more courageous?
  • Is there an area of my life that is stagnating? If so, how can I shift this lack of movement?
  • Do I understand what my core values are? If not, what are they?
This is a time of year when things start to open up, to blossom. Enjoy the process.

New Moon in Aries – New Beginnings

The last lunar cycle, in Pisces, we built a strong inner base through learning trust, surrender to our intuitive knowing and guidance. We learned how to find inner calm through meditation, yoga, time in nature.
Now, we are in Aries, a fire sign, with the New Moon in Aries on Thursday April 7, 2016. This is another sign where the focus is on the Self, but this time we focus on how we are in the world. Are we authentic, true to ourselves, are we ready to move forward? Are we ready to be the initiator, the leader? Are we able to stand on our own with courage and strength, while still being aware of others and how we affect them?
Aries is the first New Moon in the new Lunar Calendar. We ended one cycle in Pisces and are beginning a new cycle now. What we do, how we think, in Aries, sets the tone for the Lunar Year. This New Moon, choose what you need to focus on with that in mind.
This sign is ruled by Mars, the red planet. Mars rules the blood. The Sun is in Aries, and the Sun rules the heart. The heart pumps the blood throughout the body, bringing new life to our existence. (Thezodiacastrology.com). We have the opportunity to bring new life, new inspiration, new direction to our lives. This is our opportunity.
Aries is the warrior. It learns through action, through doing. Experience is the best teacher. As the new shoots push out through the earth, we push our inspiration, our new ideas into the physical. We take risks, we take action, and we move our lives to the next level. What is the next step for you?
Astrologyking.com talks of this month as a month of change, excitement and higher awareness. We are moving from chaotic and unexpected change to planned and structured change (with the influence of Saturn Retrograde). This is a transition period. It suggests that we take time and care during these transition periods. Explore things carefully before before we jump into new opportunities. So, consider that next step, look before you leap, but do leap.
If you are setting intent for this New Moon, here are some samples:
  • I am asking for the courage to be authentic in everything I do.
  • I am asking for guidance and the ability to hear that guidance, around my next step.
  • I am asking for the perseverance, tenacity and courage to go after what I want to create this year.