Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Moon in Aries | April 18th, 2015 | the courage to create | vision board time!


I believe our astrological birth charts are our contracts and road maps. They are the imprint of the moment we took our first breath - we literally are the universe at exactly that second. In the very next second the heavens move on and we are left holding the light for that previous precious moment in time that will never come again. We hold that light for our entire life for the entire planet.

Saturday's New Moon in Aries rings in the new astrological year. In almost the last degree of Aries this New Moon has no aspects to any other planet. Unlike the Aries New Moons of recent years - this one is unencumbered by complications (YAY) and in Aries it's all about us.

Think ME with this one. Think WHO DO I WANT to be now?

This new year will be all about finding our purpose - and fitting our individual purpose into the collective purpose.

Aries is very self sufficient. We might say selfish but this isn't about insensitivity to others. This is about the ability to say, "this is my life" and take action accordingly. Aries; ruled by Mars and ruler of the 1st house is the energy of "me".

Aries can't always see the other person's side of things because if they did they wouldn't be able to take quick, decisive action and that quick decisive action is what they are here to manifest.

The Aries New Moon is an excellent time for energetic support to set intentions and apply our focus to Aries stuff. Aries is the first sign so rules newness.

This is an excellent time to make a vision board!

This energy is potent so it's time to think bigger than what we want, although we'll include that, too - this is about who we want to be - who the world needs us to be now (and the world needs us to be ourselves - remember that unique and precious light we are carrying - the world needs that!).

Gather foamboard, glue (pass on Elmer's, it wrinkles - I cheated and just used clear packing tape over the top after laying everything out), magazines (new magazines are best, but new to you is perfectly fine), pinterest pictures, etc. 

Play some soft music, sit quietly and choose what you place on your board intentionally. 

Ask yourself who you want to be. What you want to do. Where you want to go. Find images that capture these ideas. 

And find images that call to you.

Maybe the image is an adorable teddy bear and maybe it means you need to take more naps! If it's calling your name, pop it on there. We'll find out soon enough why it's there. This stuff is magic.

Be sure to include a happy, smiling picture of yourself on your board, too.

Get this done by the 22nd while we're still in the new phase of the Aries lunar cycle!

What does it take to embrace the new? It takes courage. And that's exactly what Aries offers. Note - this courage shows up from the doing - we can't sit around and wait to feel brave. It's like a muscle and gets built with use.

If a vision board is not for you do your regular monthly New Moon intentions working with Aries themes or do BOTH.

This is an excellent time for energetic support to make changes with things ruled by Aries : the head (headaches, acne, eyes, brain), our physical self, exploration, initiative, courage, leadership, strength, stubbornness, impulsiveness, temper tantrums, anger, stress from inaction - how can we use more Aries in our lives? Now is the time to set intentions for this stuff. Making our intentions visual this month and having them for the entire year is even more powerful!

AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a clear frame of mind - always make affirmations from a  positive place - write your affirmations down by hand in script, speak them out loud - I write my affirmations on strips of paper and burn them, releasing the ashes into moving water - then release your attention from these things knowing that your intention is known. Know these things are already yours.

xo all

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guess the $'s and Win a FREE POLARITY LOCKET!

If any reader would like to get in on Olive's Facebook Coin Contest - hop over to Olive Bites Facebook Page

and take a guess as to how many dollars Olive has collected!

I'm shutting this puppy down at midnight - so hop to it!

xo all


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Communicating What We Want | Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of April 13th

I am headed into my 3rd week of jury duty (three days a week) - it is interesting and exhausting and has actually brought, what I now see as some needed structure to my days even though it is totally wearing me the hell out!

I am going to write about the transits this week a little differently. This may be more useful overall than a daily forecast anyway and it's definitely more fun for me to write!☺

First, on Saturday the 11th, Venus moved into Gemini where she will be hanging out until May 7th, so we will have this energy there for about four weeks.

What this means for our business and work is an increase in meetings and talks and agreements and paperwork. Since Venus rules our money house (the house of what we own and our attitudes about what we own - the valuable stuff money can buy and the valuable stuff it can't) and Gemini (ruled by Mercury) energy is fast moving so income energy will kick up a notch. Venus also rules women and Gemini rules our local activities, peeps, places - stuff with women kicks up, too - this will most likely be women we know locally, including sisters, and maybe not so much online peeps.

Mercury moves into Taurus on Tuesday. This will focus our ideas, thought processes and communications on tangible stuff and things we value. This is an excellent time to be thinking and talking about what we want. With Mercury in an earth sign it will also be about physically building something.

Decisions made over the next 2 weeks (Mercury is in Taurus until the end of the month) will be grounded in reality. 

We respect this energy by taking conversations and communications seriously. 

When we do this, we will be listened to and taken seriously also. 

It's a time to slow down and think things through. There is practicality here. Our dreams come true by putting one word in front of the other. It's good energy for serious paperwork and with taxes due this week that's probably a good thing for many people.

In a Tarot deck Mercury is the Magician card - an archetype many makers are familiar with even if they have never heard of him. The Magician is the alchemist - the great conjurer; the maker of something out of nothing - we channel this energy all the time. The shadow of the magician is manipulation, disorganization, depression, lack of focus and lack of motivation.

Now because Venus rules Taurus and Mercury rules Gemini and Venus is in Gemini and Mercury is in Taurus we say these planets are in "mutual reception". This is astrology speak for "more powerful" - it's like they are in their home signs - they can work together to make this stuff work out even better for us. The house Taurus is in for us (Taurus rising being house 1, Aries rising being house 2, Pisces being house 3, Aquarius being house 4, etc) will be the space our words can manifest solid and lasting results. I'll write more about this in the New Moon post later in the week!

Pluto stations to go retrograde on Thursday night. A stationing Pluto is a powerful Pluto.

Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008. This year Pluto journeys forward to 15 degrees Capricorn, then turns retrograde and travels backwards to 12 degrees then turns direct and travels forward to 15 degrees Capricorn again. This means that if we have any planet 12 to 15 degrees Capricorn, we are having a Pluto transit to that planet this year. Pluto transits can be big deals. The space of Pluto in our chart always carries a self destructive undercurrent. There could be a creative rebirth or just a plain old meltdown during a transit. The only way through one is through it, letting go of whatever we are required to release. Trying to control things doesn't work with this one.

A Pluto transit can be caterpillar into butterfly time though.

(Pluto in Capricorn is a challenging aspect to the other cardinal signs, too - Aries, Cancer and Libra so if we have any planet 12 to 15 degrees of any of those signs, that planet is also having a Pluto transit!)

When Pluto stations to go retrograde this energy will be most intense (imagine your finger moving through a candle and then imagine your finger stopping within the flame to turn around - that stopping point is most intense!) so if you are having a Pluto transit this year know that when it is on your exact degree and also when it stations, could be particularly intense.

Mars squares Jupiter late in the week and this is a closing square and will wrap up some story from last summer when Mars was in Jupiter.

xo all - back in a couple days with that wonderful New Moon!