January 9th, 2016 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Capricorn

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It’s a New Moon in Capricorn!  If you haven’t already done so, now is an excellent time to focus on your intentions for the year, or revisit the ones you’ve recently made to see if they need to be refined.  This is a still point where we may feel frustrated that things are not moving forward as we like, but what is important right now is getting really clear on what you want and what you *intend* to manifest. Mercury and Jupiter are both in retrograde right now, bringing energy that could feel like a block, but really is helpful in supporting revisiting, reevaluating, developing, and focusing, rather than aiming to take big forward action right now.  The time will come, but it isn’t today!  Have patience, and really dedicate yourself to developing your most heart-centered, soul-driven positive intentions. What big dreams do you most want to see realized? You have the capacity to make it happen this year, for real!  We are being empowered right now to recognize our role as the authors of our own lives, to see that if we want something amazing to happen, we are the ones who must do it for ourselves.  Let go of illusions you may have been clinging to about needing something or someone else to make your dreams come true; this is a powerful moment to release these false ideas and come into our own personal power.  This is not to say you really will go it alone—paradoxically, once ready and willing to, we often find ourselves magnetizing support from the universe and those we meet—but this is a time to connect with the knowledge that you CAN. Get solid in yourself and your intentions, and prepare to build a new empire of AWESOME!

December 11th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Sagittarius

 

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It’s a new moon in Sagittarius—and the last new moon of 2015—tonight! As one of the most freedom-loving signs, today we may all be feeling a bit of the pull towards liberation—from a sticky situation, from the expectations of others, from anything that has been feeling constraining lately. In the passionate intensity of the quest for freedom, be aware of the tendency to exaggerate (and on the lookout for the same in others). Don’t get seduced by promises, but judge by behavior. It’s going to be very easy to get swept up in the moment, but it would be wise to direct that energy of possibility within rather than biting off more than you can chew out amongst others, where you’ll eventually have to recalibrate and explain yourself.

Chiron is squared against the moon, reminding us that we *all* have wounds and pain. The source of insecurities, jealousy, and negative beliefs can be exposed right now. Situations may seem heavy, so try to take it easy on yourself and others. Be patient and keep an open heart, allowing your feelings to flow and space for healing to grow. Try to enter into any interpersonal situations with a pre-set intention of forgiveness and compassion. This is a time to embrace introspection, and to consciously witness the places within us bound by fear and how we have been hurt in the past. These old wounds are likely to rise now, but in different guises in relation to new situations. This new manifestation of an old issue may be just different enough that you can see it with fresh eyes. Be on the lookout, find the wounds, and have faith that—having found them—you are now embarking on the path to heal them.

Saturn recently moved into Sagittarius and will stay for the next two years, and it invites us to consider what we are serious about committing to. What projects are you willing to take on and dedicate your efforts to? What do you need to say YES to, knowing that although it will be rewarding, it will be no cakewalk? What’s worth the work, to you? Now is the time to embrace wholeheartedly or really, truly let it go. The time to hesitate is through!

November 25th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Gemini

GEMINIMOONIt’s a full moon in Gemini tonight, and this Mercurial messenger of the mind is a busy whizzing bee of thoughts and perceptions in opposition to the sun in Sagittarius. Gemini and Sagittarius are both focused on learning and growing with new knowledge, but while quick and curious Gemini loves to gather information, Sagittarius is always seeking the Truth and so is far more interested the meaning behind the information.

The Sagittarian sun makes us desirous to connect with our personal Truth, something deep and resonant that is a constant guide, but we’re looking through the lens of speedy Gemini and might be prone to distraction, disarray, and feeling like you’ve suddenly been tipped off-kilter. You might experience frequent changes of mind and heart where you feel completely committed to one idea in the moment, only to have it flip to its equally-as-passionate polar opposite. Not helping that intoxicated feeling is the addition of Dreamy Neptune in square tension with these two signs. Illusion might be particularly appealing to indulge in right now and imagination ultra-vivid, so enjoy the fantasy but don’t get carried away. There’s a good chance that, if you’re applying that magical thinking to real life, you are filling in some of the unknown elements with your own hopes or assumptions. Dreams should be very interesting right now! Don’t make any big declarations or decisions today or through the weekend. If you actually get intoxicated, you might say more than you meant to. Next week things should be more clear.

You can find inspiration during this full moon by looking to or for your purpose or personal quest, and considering how all the information you have gathered so far can support you in getting there. Think about travel (on the mental, physical, and spiritual planes), where you might like to go, and what sort of energies or emotions you hope to find or embody there. Set intention to surround yourself with more of that in the here and now!

November 11th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Scorpio

November 11, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Scorpio

It’s a new moon in Scorpio tonight!  Both the sun and moon are paired in this sign, creating deep waters of healing through which we must swim.  Emotions can run high and intense, but they can also lead to deep transformation if you are willing to look your shadow self in the eye. Related to darkness and mystery, Scorpio fills us with the desire to seek and know the truth, yet we often fear what we will find.   To feel intensely without being ruled by those emotions is the balance that we seek under Scorpio’s influence.  The challenge is to—when a fear comes up—walk straight towards it rather than flee.  If we can embrace the fear, even just to witness it and say “I am feeling afraid right now”, we are more likely to make wise choices in how to deal with the troubling source.

It’s a great time to delve into your own personal underworld even if it doesn’t come up in a clear external way.  You can embark on your shadow journey by asking (and honestly answering): What have you been holding on to?  What have you been running from?  What is it you really need, at the core of your soul? Awareness is the first step and enables a powerful shift to occur.

If something stressful comes up from outside of yourself, try not to fight against what is not under your control, and turn your attention back inward.  How do you physically feel when gripped by emotion? Where do you feel it in your body?  What do you feel compelled to do when you feel these uncomfortable things? How do you usually deal and why?

The sun and moon are lining up harmoniously with Neptune (which allows deep access to and within dreams), Chiron (allowing us to see our deepest wounds), and Jupiter (which expands our psychic visions).  All of these support doing deep personal work, and encourage transformation.

A new moon is always an ideal time to plant new seeds, preparing something positive to grow.  This lunation in Scorpio calls for these seeds to be planted deep enough that they can grow strong roots, requiring digging down in the dark to do it.  If you just skim the surface, the seeds will have have nothing to hold on to and you’ll have to try again another time to get those intentions to stick!  So dig deep and don’t look away; you have stores of untapped strength and wisdom waiting to be unearthed.

October 27th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: Full SuperMoon in Taurus

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Happy full moon in Taurus!  Tonight’s expansive lunation is the third SuperMoon in a series of three, shining a powerful light on what you love and value. Be sure to take some time tonight to dwell in gratitude for what you do have in your life and what is working.  Acknowledge the positive relationships, settings, and situations in your life, and also recognize the growth and wisdom that you have today that comes from past experiences.

This sensual sign also invites you to focus on accepting and loving yourself just the way you are, shadows and all.  Let go of judgement and criticism and try to observe your thoughts and feelings with detachment.  Resist the urge to classify certain thoughts or behaviors as “good” or “bad”.   Can you observe yourself as if you were a character in a movie?  What makes this character different from those around her or him? You are the only person who thinks and acts and lives as you do in the whole word, a completely unique being, at once “a drop in the ocean, and the ocean in a drop” (to paraphrase Rumi).  You are here for a reason, and are the only one who can do just what you do.  This is the time to listen to your heart and soul and ask yourself: when you think of who you want to be and what you want to do, what do you imagine?  What’s That Thing, the subject that you can talk endlessly about, the thing that lights you up?  What sort of settings/actions/relationships cause things around you to seem to flow almost effortlessly? Are you attracting these things to your life, or something else?  Now is the time to get clear on what you want and to recognize that you have the ability to create a wide open path for them to come to you, or not. 

Venus is the ruler of this whole moon cycle (Taurus, and also Libra which was the sign of the most recent New Moon), and she is in precise opposition to Chiron, known as the Wounded Healer.  This alignment shines light on old wounds around being loved, accepted, and valued.  Most likely these things are strongly rooted in issues with self-love, as if we don’t love or respect ourselves, these things may be mirrored back to us by people in our lives.  We tend to attract what we think we deserve.  Take notice and let go of what doesn’t serve you; claim your right to love, be loved, and BE LOVE!

All You Need is Love: A Mexicali Blues Wedding!

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Love bloomed between Neal and Richelle when they met at our Bangor store, so they decided to make their bond official at Mexicali Blues! This sweet couple, their closest family and friends, and their adorable two-week-old son, gathered yesterday at our Newcastle store to exchange vows and rings, and to celebrate their love amidst prayer flags, tie dyes, and good Mexicali vibes. The bride cleverly wore blue Mexicali jewelry for both her something new–a sea glass bracelet, and something old–a lapis ring. The couple read their beautiful vows under an intricately carved Balinese archway. Tibetan sculptures stood by offering their blessings and protection for a loving and happy future, and we wish them brilliantly bright beams of more of the same! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Ross! Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your special day!

September 13th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Virgo + Solar Eclipse

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Happy New Moon in Virgo!  There was also a solar eclipse this morning at 2:41 EST, and the energy from that will be felt for the next six months.  In the sign of Virgo, this eclipse signals new beginnings in the areas of work and health.  It’s a great time to start a new exercise program, commit to a healthy habit, or set up routines that will help us manage our time in mindful ways.  Flaws in a present system may become apparent around the time of the eclipse, and we are asked now to consider how we deal with issues of organization and efficiency, and to plant the seeds of positive change if needed.  As we deal with what comes up, be aware of the tendency to be led by the biases of our personal stories.  We all have an idea of who we think we are or who we want to be in the world, and that may make us likely to discriminate against new opportunities, new information, and new connections when they don’t seem to fit with what we think we know about ourselves and the world.  This lunation encourages a shift in perception and offers a powerful opportunity for transformation; be mindful to not be closed off to something valuable because you don’t like the way it looks!

ALSO, pay special attention to the part of your astrological chart that contains Virgo, as these are the areas of your life that could use some tending and exploration.  Something there needs to be cultivated, and Saturn is aligned just right to help you make ideas you have for growth in this realm a reality!  If you haven’t had your chart done, there is a great tool for creating a free one at www.astro.com.  You’ll need your birth date and location at minimum, and the time you were born as well for a more thorough reading.