May 17th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Taurus

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Happy New Moon in Taurus! This lunation is the perfect time to look at where we are, where we want to go, and what we need to learn or work on in order to get there. Use the dark of this moon to shed what no longer serves you, allowing the death of what was to open the door to what could be. Mercury retrograde begins tomorrow, which is all about re-visiting, re-vising, and re-fining what has come before, so make sure what you are keeping with you is mindfully chosen and worth your while!

Like all new moons, now is an excellent time to plant the seeds for new endeavors and manifestations, and this earthy Taurus moon makes the planting metaphor even more apt. What seeds will you sow? What things will you grow? Now is the time to get really intentional about cultivating strong roots, which can flourish and flower beautifully with time. Set your mindful intentions today!

March 20th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Pisces

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Buckle up, buttercup! Tonight brings some crazy cosmic energy our way as it’s the spring equinox AND a New SUPERMoon in Pisces AND a total solar eclipse. The length of day and night are nearly equal during the equinox, and it marks a turning of the seasons, a time of renewal and starting something new. The new moon in its own right offers us each a powerful push to start a new endeavor, so this is a particularly potent time to reset our intentions and begin moving toward something better. On top of all of that, this is all occurring in the 29th degree of Pisces, which is the very last degree of the zodiac wheel. We are now in the process of saying goodbye to something in order to embrace a new opportunity. What we’re letting go of could be a tangible thing (such as a toxic relationship or a stagnating place), an old story we’ve been telling ourselves for far too long, or habits that we know aren’t good for us but keep repeating anyway because they’re easy to fall into in the moment. So many astrological aspects and physical pieces of our universe are supporting us in making these changes, truly letting go, FINALLY.

We can choose to resist letting go, to try to cling to what was, but we can’t stop this shift or postpone our awakening. Whatever you’re experiencing right now, don’t look away. Whether the feelings you witness in your heartlife right now are joyful manifestations coming true or the mourning of opportunities that have been lost, recognize that—whatever brought you here—you have done the best that you could with what you knew and felt at the time. Look forward with hope, and let the past go, recognizing this moment as a truly magical time in which you can consciously choose what will guide your life from here—will you choose to be guided by love or fear? Shout your choice out to the universe tonight!

Energies are intense right now, and not everyone is handling it well. Remember that this is energetic and not personal. Try to walk away from fights or arguments; don’t buy into the power struggles of others. This might be challenging because you may find that your emotions are feeling particularly strong and deep. Let them wash over you, but try not to get swept away dwelling on any one feeling. Try to acknowledge and allow your emotions without embodying them; witness yourself feeling what you feel without judgement. Just see that they are. Remember that everything changes.

Examine where there is tension in your life, or where you have deep resistance to change. What fears are holding you back that you would love to get over for good? What could you achieve if you let those fears go? Look at the stars tonight and dream big, bold, and bright of what you want to do, be, and see in the world. Set your intention and release it into the world with some kind of ritual: write it down, draw a picture, chant, burn sage, ring bells, dance your feelings. Whatever you do, put your heart into it and believe in your power to manifest awesomeness. This is the beginning of something beautiful!

Owl Symbolism: Meaning of the Owl as an Animal Totem

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Owls are known in Native American lore as the keepers of sacred knowledge.  Other ancient cultures believed that owls were actually priestesses and wizards in disguise, and to this day they are still considered to be messengers and companions to these magical folk. Sacred to Athena–the Grecian goddess of wisdom and war–owls are often considered a symbol of intelligence, status, and protection.  Ancient armies believed that an owl flying over the battlefield portended their certain victory.  Many representations of Athena show an owl perched on her shoulder, whispering words of wisdom and giving the goddess the power of seeing the whole truth of things (while the rest of us see half).  The ancient Egyptians, Celts, and Hindus considered owls to be guardians of the underworld and protectors of the dead.

Owls see clearly in the dark, and this strength makes them a powerful guide totem for journeys into shadow work.  With their gift of heightened senses, owls see through illusion and deceptive external appearances to find hidden truths.   Call upon owl in confusing times, when you need to make a discerning decision that rests on a solid foundation.  Her clear vision and innate mystical knowledge can help you to find a clearer path, even when the situation seems too dim to ascertain on your own.

If an owl has swooped into your life, listen and look for subtle signs and synchronicities around you.  Try to be consciously attentive to things you usually pass by or take for granted, as there may be important lessons there.  Owl may also be guiding you to uncover hidden potential and abilities.  Again, pay attention to the signs around you, particularly at night!

March 5th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Virgo

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Happy full moon in Virgo!  A powerful time of upheaval, challenge, and change, this moon can feel emotionally draining.  We may be tempted to see things clearly defined as black or white, good or bad.  Be mindful and dedicate serious consideration to any situation that pops up where you feel that you are absolutely right and the other party is absolutely wrong (the same goes for the other way around). Virgo’s organizational tendencies make us want to categorize in order to make sense of our experiences, but a quincunx (awkward aspect) between the Moon, Uranus, and Venus can make everything feel a little muddled and confusing right now.  One moment, you’re inspired!  The next, you’re annoyed!  Be flexible, look for synchronicities, and don’t get too locked into any one way of thinking or being.

Breakdowns may be leading to breakthroughs at this time, endings preceding beginnings; take note of what you learn and experience, and remember no state of being or feeling lasts forever.  Whatever is happening now will change, so ride the wave and gather what insight you can from the experience. All you witness as light or shadow has an opposite of equal power, and now is a wonderfully potent time to pay special attention to the side of that coin that is not right in your face.  This may be your own mind or habits, those of someone close to you, or an experience that affects you emotionally on some level. That emotional component will make it particularly challenging to see the opposing forces at work.  Stepping away from the action, creating a special sacred moment and space (using music, incense, sage, crystals, whatever works for you), and writing a stream-of-consciousness list of “light” and “dark” can be particularly helpful. It seems rudimentary, but you can get a lot of insight and healing from this exercise, giving you a clearer view of the wholeness and interconnectedness of seemingly disparate things.  If you’re a visual thinker, it’s a great time to contemplate the symbol of the yin-yang, which balances dark and light with a little piece of the other within each half.

The full moon is always a wonderful time to release, so think about letting go of habits, thoughts, people, situations, beliefs, or realities that don’t serve your highest good anymore.  Clearing the way will allow something new and better to grow in that space. This is a time of transition and transformation in some form for every being on the planet; keep compassion in mind as you remember that we’re all in this together!

February 3rd, 2015 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Leo

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Happy full moon in Leo! The full moon in Leo speaks to our “inner child”, who is warm, generous, and loves with the whole heart. This inner child also desires to be admired as entertaining and clever by all those around, and when denied this desired position as the center of attention, might feel inclined to throw a tantrum!

Be aware of the tendency right now for pride issues coming up if we don’t feel that we’re getting the attention and adoration that we believe we deserve. If this comes up for you, use it as an opportunity to look at your own levels of self-love as well as how you honor others. Are you generous in love, or do you give to get something in return? Are you expecting others to show up for you in a way that you don’t show up for yourself? If you find yourself dwelling in disappointment with how a loved one has failed to meet your needs and begin to feel overwhelmed with this feeling, it may be helpful in that moment to mindfully release your expectation and bring the focus back to your own heart and the love that you feel for that person which drew you to them in the first place. Visualize the love as a light radiating from your heart, and let the high emotion of the moment pass by while you dwell in that, even if you must take a step back and be silent. Don’t be afraid to drop that emotional hot potato and come back to it later!

This is also set to be an incredibly fertile creative time, as Leo rules self-expression and the spontaneous elucidation of joy. Embrace it! Create with abandon and try not to worry about how the finished product will be judged. While Leo’s influence will make you want to receive recognition for your talents NOW, just starting down a creative path that interests you can lead to extraordinarily powerful things in the future, so try to let go of expectation for the moment and just participate. With an attitude focused on celebrating abundance of ideas and inspiration, you are opening a door to beautiful manifestation possibilities!

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January 20th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Aquarius

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Happy New Moon in Aquarius!  A new moon is the time for new beginnings–good news if you have not really set any intentions yet for the coming year, or perhaps faltered on your resolutions.  Aquarius is the sign that governs future plans, making this new moon particularly potent for plotting out what you want to create in your life throughout 2015.  Now is also a good time to think about and work on culling the things you don’t want to keep.  What is no longer serving you?

Use the energy of this new moon to come up with (perhaps unconventional) ideas which might offer innovative solutions to old problems. Be open to flashes of insight and surprising signs that point the way. Even if you can’t seem to think your way out of a particular situation, set your clear request and send it out to the universe.  Most of us don’t take the time to clarify what we want, or even what we want help with, but it can be really powerful to do so–some say we energetically attract what we put out, and (even if you don’t believe that) at the very least, it’s good to know what we want!
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you figure out what you want to keep and what you want to leave behind:

What beliefs give me structure?
Where do I need more freedom?
What is my role in society?
Who am I as a friend?
What is unique about me?
What crazy idea would I do tomorrow if I could?

Aquarius is the water-bearer, which symbolizes one whose mind is unfettered enough to receive a fresh outlook, so try not to grieve too much for the shedding of anything it’s time to release.  When what was holding you back is gone, you will be ready to receive so much more!

January 4th, 2015 Astrology & Energy: Full Moon in Cancer

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Happy full moon in Cancer! If you’re looking to set your resolutions in motion, the energy of the planets is on your side. Transformational Pluto promises profound change, especially if you’re prepared to detox the past or face an old fear.

It’s possible that you’ve been feeling some tension in your life lately between what you are aiming to achieve (that’s ambitious Capricorn’s influence) and demands and devotions of your loved ones (which Cancer might be highlighting). As the full moon shines across the sky (or in the days immediately before or after), this push-and-pull might bring you to a breaking point, motivating you to finally put your foot down and take a stand for what *you* really want. Though at first this may make some waves, ultimately this will bring you closer to balance. Consider what brings you joy and what the goals of your deepest soul-self are, and allow yourself to feel empowered as you pursue them.

It’s also important right now to look back at the year that has passed, and consider all of the positive things you have accomplished. The shadow side of Capricorn might make you a bit more likely than usual to begin that list and then have it subtly change to remembering all of the things you wanted to accomplish, but didn’t. Remain steadfast in your intention to recognize and honor the good instead. Full moons allow us to see what is hidden, so if you keep that intention in the forefront of your heart and mind, you may surprise yourself with all the good you’ve done and not given yourself credit for!

This new year offers a beautiful new beginning and, even if you’re not completely feeling raring-to-go at this moment, the planets are all aligned to give you a boost forward and upward to new heights of awesome! So just relax, focus on your intentions of what you would like to create this year, and give yourself some credit for the goodness and light you have contributed to the world so far. There’s so much more where that came from, and it’s going to be shining even more brightly SOON!