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Scorpio New Moon 2019 – Initiation

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to those who know me that I’m in love with the Scorpio New Moon. Even though my own Moon sign is in Virgo, it’s in my 8th house, which is the house ruled by Scorpio. I have, indeed, been called too passionate, too intense, too much, and I’m finally at a point in my life where I’m like, “Fuck yeah I am!” If I can’t put my blood, sweat, and tears into something I generally don’t believe it’s worth doing (though I do know that there are lots of things worth doing that don’t require every drop of my soul, but I digress).

I’ve been through a lot this year. Past few years. This lifetime. Probably the last few lifetimes. You probably have, too. This New Moon let’s take a look at all the progress that we’ve made and step into this next phase like an enraged Scorpio who just set fire to their ex lover’s car. I generally dislike using these negative tropes because I feel like we Scorpios get a really bad rap, but the feeling I’m looking to embody is one of knowing that, while we’re not perfect, we can totally own our flaws AND all the badassery that is in every single one of our cells at the same damn time.

Scorpio is the sign that rules initiations. While we typically think of an initiation has a ceremony that has to take place to join some sort of secret society, the word really just means “the action of beginning something.” What if you took time to make your own initiation ritual? You don’t have to experience something monumental to go through an initiation. Besides, isn’t purposefully stepping into your daily life owning all of your badassery monumental? There are 3 parts to a basic initiation:

  1. Acknowledging who you have been
  2. Acknowledging who you are now
  3. Setting an intention for who you are becoming

What is something you can do for your initiation? You can do this while making your morning coffee, taking your daily bath or shower, walking your dog. Anything can become an initiation if you put the intention into it!

You were yesterday made you who you are today. Step into who you’ll be tomorrow with full confidence that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

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Aries Full Moon 2019 — Reactions and inventories

Today’s post for the Aries Full Moon will be a bit shorter than I really want it to be because the energy of this Moon has me jumping all over the place in the best ways possible!

Emotions can run strong during this time, and if left unchecked, can get us carried away or saying something the we might regret. Take a moment today and reflect on some of the reactions you’ve had to things around you lately. How did you respond? Were you able to take a step back and think about a response before you gave one? If no, how might you be able to do that next time?

Paying attention to our reactions is some extremely valuable information. We live in a world where we are triggered all the time from our environment which can overload our nervous system, which can cause us to act irrationally. Note what caused your reaction, the reaction you had, where you felt it in your body, and what came of your reaction, even if nothing happened at all. If you noticed you had some quick reactions, see if there is something you can do to slow your reaction time down. Taking a breath, drinking some water, and counting to 10 are some of the tricks I use when I need to give my brain a second.

The next thing that would be good to do today is some emotional housekeeping. Take a look back to your entries from the Aries New Moon on March 31. What did you grow this year? Were you able to let go of any false beliefs? What’s the current relationship status between you and the false belief you addressed on that day? The Full Moon is one of the best times to let something go, can you clear out the remnants of your false beliefs? Can you make some room in your garden to nurture something over the winter months?

Do an emotional inventory and find something that you are willing to work on until the Aries New Moon in March. Don’t expect this to have to same energy that was felt at the Aries New Moon as we are moving into the darker part of the year where we don’t see a lot of growth. Find an aspect of yourself that you want to nurture and ask what it needs to feel taken care of this winter.

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Libra New Moon 2019 – Starting a new relationship with yourself

As I was having dinner with a great friend last night, the conversation turned to relationships, as it always does. Along with verbally processing annoyances we experience in our romantic relationships (or lack thereof), we always seem to gravitate to explore why our relationships of any kind exist in the first place. My friend shared that, on her grandmother’s deathbed, her final wish bestowed to her mother was to “find a husband who will take care of you.” Not, “find someone you love who loves you just as much,” or “follow your dreams,” but, “You probably can’t take care of yourself, so make it someone else’s job to do it.” This is all implied, of course, as I wasn’t there, and I do not have a lot of additional context. But this does align with a lot of the expectations society has placed on women and exemplifies the chains that many people who are femme presenting are trying to break free from today.

There’s so much pressure to be in a relationship.

There’s this feeling that something is wrong with you if you can’t find someone who wants to commit to you. People who care for you will tell you that they “just want you to be happy” without any thought that maybe you could be really happy on your own. I know so many people (myself included) who have jumped into relationships because it felt like that was what they were supposed to be doing at the juncture in their life and not because they found a person who truly made their heart sing.

Interestingly, there isn’t much pressure to be in good relationship with one’s own self.

We conflate self-care with selfishness. We’re told to put others first at the expense of our own needs. A lot of the time we don’t even know what our own needs even are! And even on flipside of the equation, we are told to love ourselves unconditionally without being able to fully accept who and what we are.

*deep breath*

What if we could hit the reset button and have a start fresh? While it can be difficult to do that in a relationship with another person, it’s far less challenging to do it with ourselves because we don’t need to coordinate anything with anyone else. Today’s Libra New Moon provides the opportunity to do just that!

Set a new pace

Why is it that many of us feel like we need to change ourselves over night? Monday morning (/the first of the month/the New Year/etc.), seems to be this magic day where we will wake up this brand-new person, ready to tackle new habits and a new life. Our alarm will go off and instead of hitting snooze 10 times, we’ll emerge from the cocoon of our bed sheets a full and beautiful butterfly ready to flutter and fly.

The reality is that we are not digesting our body from the inside out and physically building a new existence like a pupa does inside a chrysalis – we are actually the same person we were Sunday night with our hopes and dreams for a smoother Monday morning as we are on that Monday morning when we get mad at ourselves for not being able to form a new habit and hit snooze 11 times (an extra time for good measure – I am definitely talking about myself here!).

What if we approached the changes we wanted to make in our life in a slow and deliberate way that was forgiving?

Setting the pace in a new relationship means not falling head over heels and taking things at a pace that allows time to make observations and reflect on what is observed. As a person who loves intensity in nearly any situation, this seems super challenging for me. But being able to take a step back and observe our own self can help us see why the things we want to do are hard for us to actually accomplish.

For example, after observing what I was feeling for many, many mornings over the course of a year, I realized that that my need to snooze was brought on by many factors like not being happy at work, feeling anxiety about my morning commute, feeling pressure from myself to get in early morning exercise, and being unable to establish or keep other morning routines. Oh, and not actually getting enough sleep. So instead of forcing myself into the person that I felt I wanted to be, I instead tried to take some of the pressure off myself one pressure at a time. I have a new job that I’m loving so far, and I’ve changed my schedule so I can go into work early and exercise in the evening.

I let go of the attachment I had to what my life should look like and have experimented to find what really works for me. It’s not the perfect life I imagined, but I’m realizing that those expectations were impossible to meet, and I’m doing the best that I can. It’s not perfect, and neither am I, but I’m definitely creating a world for myself where I can start to thrive.

Being in relationship with yourself does not mean you need to love everything about yourself.

My amazing friend Tiana Dodson turned me onto the fact that I don’t need to love all parts of my body, I just need to be in relationship with those parts. The body positivity movement, while its intentions are rooted in goodness, has told us to love our bodies no matter what. The truth is that many of us have bodies that can betray us, or have been betrayed, or feel betraying. There are just some parts of ourselves we truly cannot love unconditionally.

We have one body while we are on this planet and I would like to tell you that you do not need to love every single part of it, but you do need to learn how to accept it for what it is and learn how to be in relationship with it.

Think of all the relationships you have with other people. Do you love each of your coworkers unconditionally? I don’t! I don’t have to, either. But I know how to maintain the relationships I have with them so we can each accomplish the goals that we have to the best of our abilities. I think we need to have a similar relationship with our bodies.

What if, instead of feeling like we needed to change everything about ourselves that we don’t like, we were able to take a step back and address what we really need?

I have amblyopia in my right eye which means I have nothing but peripheral vision in that eye. Growing up with it I’ve learned to adapt my life in a way that feels completely natural for me. I am in relationship with it because I just know there are certain things that are difficult or impossible for me to do without being able to use both eyes effectively. I might try a new eye therapy if one seems to work for adults with this condition, but I’ve accepted that there isn’t much I can really do. The relationship with amblyopia is an easy one for me to maintain because it’s always been like this for me and there’s not much change that can happen.

However, I’m beginning a new chapter in my relationship with my eyesight. Because I effectively have only one good eye to do all the work of two, my left eye is getting tired faster as I age. I seriously thought I was slowly going blind, even after my eye doctor tried to assure me that everything was healthy and I was just getting older. It wasn’t until I was having dinner with another friend who pulled out a bad-ass pair of reading glasses and let me try them on that I realized that I actually wasn’t going blind, my eyes are just getting weaker. Sure, I can have 20/20 vision, but that doesn’t mean I can still see as perfectly as I was once able to. I cannot say that I love this part of myself. One of my identities is being a photographer, and one hallmark of a great photograph is having crisp, clear images, which is much more difficult if your vision is off.

I have two choices

I can live in denial that I’m getting older and my body is slowly starting to die (at least I’m not digesting myself from the inside out?). Or I can support my new needs by making the text on my phone and computers bigger and investing in multiple pairs of reading glasses that I can leave at home and work for those moments when I actually want to be able to see something clearly. But I do not need to love that my eyesight is deteriorating.

This weekend take some time to explore the relationship you want to have with yourself. How can you take things slow and steady? What are the parts of yourself where you would like to have a better relationship? What needs do you have that you aren’t meeting and how can you meet those needs?

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Pisces Full Moon 2019 – Creatively harvest

Tonight will bring us one of the most beautiful Full Moons of the year, at least in my opinion, and I am, after all, a Shadow Dancer who is in love with the beauty that is the decay of what is old and no longer useful and the transformation of what it could become. But I digress…

It’s Friday the 13th, and we have a Full Harvest Moon in Pisces. The Harvest Moon is the one closest to the Autumnal equinox. In agrarian cultures, this is typically the time of the second and biggest harvest of the year. This was the time when people would take inventory of all they had been able to gather throughout the year, tally it up, and start to make preparations for the winter months ahead. We can do this with ourselves internally. Take a trip down memory lane and revisit as many of the opportunities for growth you had this year that you can think of. Can you see the lesson that you needed to learn in each of them? Can you see what it was that you need to release to be able to move forward?

The Pisces Full Moon adds a lovely, intuitive, and deep connection to this Harvest Moon. While Pisces seeks something deep and meaningful, she is also easy to spook and could try to avoid the reality of a difficult situation. Pisces is creative and meaningful, so instead of avoidance, try creating something to help process some of the learning lessons you experienced and to help facilitate the release of all that which no longer serves you well.

A wonderful way to celebrate the Pisces Harvest Full Moon is to create something that acknowledges your hard work, gratitude, and release for this season. This can be done in whatever medium you like. It can be writing, art, photography, but it’s not limited to the things that we colloquially consider to “artsy.” What is something that you enjoy making that you can put this energy into? Baking, putting together a jigsaw puzzle, playing in the garden, anything can be considered art. Gathering ingredients to bake some bread can represent your harvest, kneading the dough can help you release what no longer serves, and the alchemy that happens in the oven as the dough bakes into delicious bread is a great way to physically observe something and connect to all the trials and celebrations you have experienced which have created who you have “risen” to be today.

When I was thinking about this post, I asked what the Moon would tell us today if she could speak to us in ways we obviously understand, and this is what she has to say:

Look back at all you’ve done my dear and see

Your strength, your light, your love, all meant to be.

Hard work’s been done, you’ve paid the toll with blood.

You’ve gathered, you’ve lost, survived the deepest flood.

You are new, as I was. You are full, too.

Wax and wane. Ebb and flow. Forever renew.

Time to let go. Release those broken bonds.

This harvest time, hear how your heart responds.

What is your dream? What will you create, dear?

What will it take to move past all your fear?

Step boldly forward into your new growth.

Make list’ning to your heart your only oath.

Seek comfort when endings seem out of place.

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Virgo New Moon 2019 – Our Heart’s Desires

Today’s Virgo New Moon has me contemplating why it’s difficult to follow our hearts. I mean, I know why, just not whyyyyyyyyy.

I’ve had many conversations lately with people about the difficulty of following our own hearts. Society places a lot of expectations on us that we must live by: get a job, pay the bills, do something that seems “valuable” with our lives, etc. We aren’t expected to follow our hearts though. We’re told to “do what we love” which kinda comes close, but that piece of world advice still misses the mark because frequently the implied reasoning behind it is, “do what you love so it’s easier to be a cog in the wheel.” I know many artists, healers, and teachers who are doing what they love and are having a hard time making ends meet and face the judgements of others that they should get a “real” job. And thus, stop following their heart.

These expectations and judgments get passed down through our families. Our well-meaning parents might have sacrificed their heart’s desire to do the best that they felt they could do to raise us. For many of us, there is a certain way that life must look to be considered “right.” And the thought of deviating from this is foolish.

“Heartless” definitely isn’t a synonym of “foolish.”

This applies to all aspects of life. Relationships, where we live, the hobbies we have, the ways that we could potentially follow our hearts seems endless!

It’s important to follow our hearts. Doing such can help us live a fuller and healthier life because it means that we are doing something that brings in more enjoyment and excitement than it does stress. When we follow our hearts, we demonstrate to ourselves that we trust ourselves and our intuition gets stronger. And when we can trust ourselves, it becomes easier to trust other people. Or know not when to trust someone. Following our hearts can also help us live with fewer regrets because we might ask ourselves, “what if?” a little less.

Yes, it can feel foolish. And yes, it can be risky. And definitely yes, the logical side of our brains should be involved in making very important decisions because there the reality of life that we must report to. But there is something all of us can do today to listen to our hearts a little more and live a more fulfilling life if we can just release some of the expectations that we hold.

This is where this beautiful Virgo Moon comes in.

Her energy is all about starting new habits and practices and is a loving and nurturing way to learn how to follow our hearts.

Think of places in your life where you feel your heart nudge you and journal about while thinking of the following:

  1. What is this nudge telling you?
  2. What is this nudging trying to tell you, about you? What the reason that this nudge exists in the first place?
  3. What are all the ways that this nudge seems foolish to follow?
  4. For each reason it seems foolish, examine where this judgement comes from. Is it an expectation that’s been passed to us? Is it a high risk to take? Something else?
  5. Think of your nudge with a beginner’s mind. As best as you can, let go of the reasons the nudge seems foolish and write about how it would feel if you gave into your heart’s desire. Take a step back each time you feel judgement creep in.
  6. What are some things you could do to clear some room for your heart’s desire? A conversation with someone who’s opinion matters to you, taking a look at your finances, and reading about the experience of others who have done something similar might help take some of the “foolishness” out of our desire.
  7. If your heart’s desire is something that is truly out of the realm of possibility for now, what is something that you can do to help satisfy this desire until the timing is better? (PS – the timing will probably never be “right!”)
  8. And if your heart’s desire is possible right now, what are some steps that you can take to follow it? Then, go out and do those things!
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Full Moon Aquarius 2019 — Finding humanity

Lately I’ve been writing a different blog post than what I’ve published in my book because I wanted to share something more top of mind than something I wrote a year ago.

However, when I read what I wrote for Thursday’s Full Moon in Aquarius I thought it was extremely current given the current state of affairs in the U.S. White supremacy is on the rise and many people’s lives are at stake in too many ways to mention without me going off on a long(er) rant that isn’t the focus of this blog.

I’m currently traveling in Budapest. It’s my first time here and one of the “musts” on my list was going to the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world. There’s also a museum that has a Holocaust exhibit as about 20 percent of Jews killed in the Holocaust were Hungarian. Outside the synagogue, there’s a beautiful memorial garden where thousands and thousands of people who are Jewish were detained during WWII. Many died of the conditions they were in.

This sounds familiar. While we’re hopefully far away from something like the Holocaust, there are a lot of similarities between the lead up to that atrocity and what we’re seeing in the U.S. And that’s terrifying.

All humans have the same basic needs: water, food, sleep, and security, among a few others. As humans, we have the tendency to think that every kind of living thing possesses a unique essence: a mysterious inner quality that makes it a member of that kind. These essences come with hierarchy, which is how we’ve generally decided that killing and eating animals is morally acceptable, but cannibalism is morally apprehensible, for example. When we dislike another human, we sometimes remove this “essence” from them to feel justified in our ill thoughts toward them and to feel superior.

There are some people in the world who willingly strip the humanity of entire groups of people and cultures to feel superior to these groups of people. These people, fascists, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, etc. are not the people we will be thinking about in the exercise below; those who wittingly remove the humanity from entire groups of people do not deserve our energy or reflection in our healing process.

This Full Moon, take some time to reflect on how you look at other people. It’s important that we can see the humanity in others just as it is important that we can see the humanity in ourselves. Finding this humanity will make the rift between Us and Them smaller, and this compassion is essential for our growth as humans and for society as a whole.

  • Who do you dehumanize or see as less than human?
  • What attributes do you assign to them to remove their humanity (e.g. giving them a nickname that equates them to an animal or something else that’s is deemed less than human)?
  • What is this person’s story?
  • Did this person wrong you in some way? Or were you raised to think this way?
  • What needs does this person have and are they like any of your needs?
  • Why do you think you dehumanize them?
  • What are the circumstances behind their actions toward you?
  • Do they deserve to be thought of as less than human? If this person is someone who harmed you, this exercise is not a way to validate their actions or to give them an excuse for what they did. Some people deserve to be kept at a distance and it’s okay for our defense mechanisms to help us with that. But for the people who didn’t harm you, can you move past what you feel is wrong and see them as human?
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New Moon in Leo 2019 — Your undoing is you becoming

It seems that just about everyone is going through some sort of personal crisis right about now. Those of us who are in tune with the rhythms of the Universe seem to be having a slightly better time at it because we understand the ebbs and flows of the chaos that churns ethereal clouds of our world, but that doesn’t make anything we are going through any easier. In fact, it might make it a little more difficult because we know there’s a reason for all of this, and we know that it’s our duty to experience each rip and tear to our heart and soul to keep shedding, growing, and becoming who we are meant to be.

Enter the Leo New Moon. She will pounce on us tomorrow evening as a powerful New Moon that intends playfulness and courage. After the Cancer/Capricorn eclipse portal that was opened and closed with the first New Moon and the Full Moon of July, and the Lions Gate opening on July 26, we are in a tender moment of shedding what no longer serves us, preparing for the next step of our transformation. Basically, we all feel like a pulverized caterpillar trying to put itself back together into something it knows it’s supposed to be but hasn’t ever been. It’s disorienting and uncertain, but that instinct to become is there, and if we can just trust it, we’ll eventually emerge into a new sense of freedom.

However, becoming something “new” doesn’t mean we come in with a clean slate. We are bringing all of our trials, tribulations, and lessons we have learned. We also have custody of our inner children, which Leo is ready to be befriend and play with. The New Moon is a great time to explore what these parts of ourselves need from us to make the transition easier and to live fully as the kick-ass butterflies that we will be.

Take some time to meditate on your life when you were a toddler and preschooler, and when you were in elementary, middle, and high school. What are some key moments for each phase that you experienced? What were your emotions at the time? What did you think and feel about yourself, your family and friends, and the world around you? These questions can’t be answered for all ages, of course, but use what knowledge you have and do your best.

Finally, ask each of your inner children what they need. Can they tell you? If not, can you remember when you were them and feel out what you needed at that time? When you think you have these things, see which of these needs you can meet and see if there’s a way to figure out how to meet the needs of those that you feel you can’t right now.

It is also important to take some time to honor who you once were. This person helped you survive thus far in life, and through all the mistakes and successes, deserves to be recognized. The butterfly can’t bring its caterpillar self into their new life, it must be sacrificed and let go to move on.

Peridot and Neroli

From Crystal Vaults: Peridot is an extraordinary crystal for healing the emotional body and resolving matters of the heart. It cleanses and heals hurt feelings and “bruised egos,” lessening anger, jealousy, resentment and spite, while teaching one to understand that holding onto people, or the past, is counterproductive to one’s growth. It teaches one to examine the past for the gift of the experiences, admit mistakes and let go of guilt and blame, forgiving oneself, or others, in order to move forward.

Peridot stimulates psychological clarity and inspires a sense of happiness and contentedness in one’s life. It empowers one to detach the mind from outside influences and have confidence in one’s own abilities, looking inward for guidance and accessing the wisdom of the higher mind. It initiates independence and assertion without aggression, accepting the world as it is, then transforming it with clear intention to create the reality one wishes to have.

From Miracle Botanicals: Neroli itself is pure spirit, representing the purity in all things. It is always loving and peaceful. Neroli essential oil brings light into any day, but is especially useful whenever mistrust has overtaken reason, or during dark periods of deep depression.

Neroli essential oil has another purpose to bring self-recognition and relief. [Out] pain and sorrow is sometimes brought about because we have not seen how we might have affected our relations with the others in perception. Neroli allows the reflection that can throw light on the wounds that tie us to old patterns of relating. As truth is revealed, the self emerges into wholeness and all encompassing love, stirring the spirit in ways that can be both unexpected and liberating. Then, the spirit can really soar.

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Capricorn Full Moon 2019 – Find Your Inner Leader

Over the last couple years, I have learned a lot about leadership. What it is, isn’t, the places within myself where I am a leader and the places where I like to let others lead. I’ve recognized that I have an ability to lead and I’m working on the developing the comfort and confidence to do such a thing. Tuesday’s Full Moon in Capricorn presents us with the energetic opportunity to find and connect with our inner Leader who will help guide us to where we want to go in life.

Our definition of a leader and the examples that we see in our lives and in the world might not always feel like the types of people we want to guide ourselves forward, including the most delicate pieces of our psyche, so this is a great time to define what kind of leader you would like to see. What traits do you want to see in someone that would make your trust them to lead you?

Your Inner Leader

Take a look at the traits you have come up with – where can you find them inside yourself? Personal integrity, ability to reevaluate, empathy, and willingness to think outside of the box are some of the traits that I look for in a leader, and these are the traits my inner Leader possess to carry me forward in life. Write down examples of times you exhibited these traits, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem. You now have a list of ways you have shown yourself to be an effective leader.

Next, imagine all these traits as a piece of your whole being. What does this person look like? What are they wearing? Where are they and what are they doing there? Do they have a name you can call them? Think of this part of yourself and scan your body to see if you can “feel” a place where they live inside you. This will help you access this piece of your when you need it or know when they are trying to tell you something of importance.

Putting it all together

Tuesday’s Full Moon in Capricorn brings to the other side of the cosmic “portal” that was opened on July 2’s New Moon in Cancer. Look at your journal entry from that day and see what parts of your home and life you have connected and disconnected with over the last couple of weeks. It might be obvious to see what you want to develop a stronger connection with and what you don’t, but for the things that aren’t obvious, ask your Leader what they think. Trust that your Leader is providing you answers with based on all their experience and knowledge of where you want to be in your life and take their answers to heart.

This is also a great time to look at the goals and intentions that you have. Are they still ringing true for you today? If they are, and you feel like you aren’t quite meeting them or have lost traction and haven’t made much progress, ask you Leader for some guidance on how to proceed. Create some tasks that you know you can accomplish and accomplish them. If there are goals and intentions that no longer ring true for you, let them go. There is not harm or shame in letting go of something that is no longer yours.

Photo by Alekon pictures on Unsplash

Amber and Rosemary

Our crystal and herbal allies for the Capricorn Full Moon are Amber and Rosemary. Amber will enhance your personal strength and increase your own natural radiance. It will help remove negativity, especially negativity that comes from other people. Rosemary will help purify, well, anything, really. Create a spray by adding amber and rosemary to some distilled or spring water and use it to cleanse the space around you while releasing the things in your life that no longer serve your higher purpose. Or burn amber incense and rosemary. You can also use it to clear the space around you. Drink some rosemary tea to purify your body, as well.

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New Moon in Cancer 2019 — Connecting and Releasing

The New Moon in Cancer happens just after Mars enters Leo. There will also be a total solar eclipse during this time which will only be visible in parts of South America. This is great energy for connecting with your heart and ensuring it connects with your home. If you find a disconnect, use that extra boost of Leo in Mars energy to find a creative solution.

Take some time to think about your home. Does it feel like a home? Are you connected to your loved ones? If you feel disconnected, how can you reconnect? Do you want to reconnect? Sit with any feelings that arise and know that these feelings are just information and not problems that need to fixed right away unless you feel genuine inspiration to do so.

Connect with water today in anyway that you can. Whether it’s soaking in a bath, going for a swim, drinking more than your fair share of water, or sitting by a river, being in or near water will help you connect to the Cancerian energy of this New Moon to explore the feelings that might be ready to surface. What feelings have you been burying, that you have decided to “deal with” at another time? Watch a movie, listen to music, or journal to bring these feelings to the surface so they can be acknowledged and felt in a safe place today. It’s okay to cry it out!

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Sagittarius Full Moon 2019 – What’s your gift?

It is said that luck favors Sagittarius, but I don’t necessarily believe this to be true. At least as far as the typical definition of “luck” goes: “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.” I can’t think of a single Sagittarius in my life with a good head on their shoulders who isn’t a hard worker. They are also some of the most successful people I know, but their success wasn’t granted from a lucky fairy godmother or other supernatural being. Their success comes from their passion and natural drive to do the things they love and to do them well. It seems Sagittarius doesn’t need to put in any extra effort to succeed because they learn and improve quickly. It’s that definition of luck, the one of natural gifts granted to a person, that I want to talk about today.

Whether or not we are aware, we all possess some kind of gift. Some of us are lucky to know exactly what that is and might have known from an early age. Some of us are just putting the pieces together and seeing what we can offer to the world. And some of us still haven’t realized the gifts that we posses. Some gifts are easier than others to come into. Playing piano from an early age might seem to be easier than making scientific discoveries, but both are just as important. When one realizes their gift and shares it with the world, they can feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment that might otherwise be difficult to obtain.

It’s important to remember that our gifts are ours to give out only if we want to, too. And they absolutely do not need to be monetizable. Your gift could be doing amazing nail art when you give yourself a manicure at home, your personal prayer practice, or making fresh pasta for your family. We have the sovereignty to grant consent as to when and where we share our gifts with anyone else. Our gifts are the things that fulfill and energize us, and they are not for others to determine or capitalize on.

On this Sagittarius Full Moon, take some time to explore your gifts. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What are the activities that energize me? When do I feel fulfilled?
  2. Why do these activities energize and fulfill me? What needs of mine to they meet?
  3. Are there ways I can expand these activities to do them more frequently or incorporate them in other areas of my life?
  4. Are there similar activities I can explore to meet my needs but try something new?
  5. Am I called to share these things with others? Why? Would it make it more fulfilling and energizing?