Author Archives: Diane Young

Feeling Like You Need to Slow Down?

Do you feel as though you have to slow down, sleep more? Is it harder to get things done? The New Moon in Scorpio is today, November 18. Scorpio is a water sign, and as such, it deals with emotions. It’s an intense sign that can take you into the depths. So, sometimes we need to slow down and reflect.

In November, the skies are often dark and a bit gloomy. It’s damp and rainy outside, giving us the desire to hunker down, take naps, move more slowly. Although I love this time of year, sometimes I feel as though the gloom is being reflected at me. This is a great time to practice self care, to nurture ourselves and treat ourselves well.

It’s an invitation to be reflective, to take time to see ourselves from different angles. We can see where we are out of control. When we slow down, or maybe even stop for awhile, things that we have shoved down can rise to the surface to be healed.

The leaves die and fall from the trees with the help of the rain and wind that November brings. It is a natural cycle, as is our releasing.

A lot of us have the habit of holding onto that which no longer serves us. This is an excellent time to take a look and see what is there. Everything from clothes, nik naks, books may need to go to create space for the new.

We have the opportunity to recognize and gently release belief systems, fears, and anger that we stubbornly cling to, as well.

It might be helpful to create a ceremony for releasing. Perhaps, light a candle and release what needs to go into the flame. Or, envision a bubbling stream flowing through you – into all the nooks and crannies of your being, gently prying out what needs to go, dissolving it and releasing it as pure energy ready to be re-used.

Bless what leaves for whatever gifts it gave you – lessons, wisdom, and growth.

Use the Jupiter in Scorpio energy to make this fun. Letting go doesn’t have to be painful. Take some time to feel into what would help you to let go of limitations. Pull out some crystals, a bowl of salt water, do some visualizing. Let me know what works for you. I’d love to share what works.

 

What Would You Expand in Your Life?

Tomorrow, Thursday the 19th, is the New Moon in Libra. How can the attributes of Libra help us on our journey?How can we expand to embrace our journey more effectively?

Libra is an Air sign and is represented by the scales. Thus, one of its focuses is on equality.

Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet that represents beauty, art, co-operation, and creativity. It deals with relationships both with others and with the self. Balancing your own inner male and female relationship, as well as relationships outside of yourself, is important in Libra.

Balance and equality include seeing the other side of the story, hearing both sides of view in a discussion, taking into account you don’t need to agree, just allow others to hold different opinions. We need to be able to do this in order to create harmonious, productive and creative partnerships that work.

If you are creating intent this month, there are lots of ideas here to choose from. Some examples:

  • I am asking for more balance in my life between work and play.
  • I am asking to see the beauty in all things, and all people.
  • I am asking to release the need to be right, and be able to listen effectively to others.

The real news this month, though, seems to be that Jupiter, the planet of luck and good fortune and of expansion, has moved from Libra into Scorpio. Scorpio is about life and death – transformation. Now, see that expanded in your life.  Take a look at your life, at yourself. What needs to change? Do you need to become more independent, or do you need to allow others to help you? Do you need to let go of fear so you can move forward? Do you need to shine, to let others know you are there and have skills and love to offer? What is it in your life that needs to shift so that you can be all that you are meant to be?

This will be a focus for the next year, until November 8, 2018. So, be prepared for change. Jupiter is usually joyful, and the changes are good ones. They may not seem so at the time, but hang in there until the end of the story.

This New Moon is an expanded beginning, offering us support to change. Let go of resistance. The change is coming, whether we co-operate or not. If we don’t, if we resist, it will just make the journey more difficult.

So, welcome to Jupiter in Scorpio at this lovely New Moon in Libra.

 

Did You Hum With Me?

In my last email I said that was going to try humming for 5 days and see what happened. Well, I thought I’d let you know what happened. It took me a couple of days to get started – a little procrastination there, but once I got started, I was fascinated.

The first couple of days I did some simple humming. I just picked a tone that was comfortable and started to hum. Sometimes I made an “mmmm” sound, others I actually used the word “hum”.  I felt the vibration in different parts of my body – the head, the throat, the chest and stomach areas. It felt good, but I did not see anything amazing. Of course, in two days there might not be a great change. Patience, Diane.

On the third day, I decided to focus the vibration. I chose to feel it in my feet. So, as I hummed, I imagined the vibration moving to my feet, and that’s where it went. My feet buzzed with the vibration. In fact, an hour later they were still buzzing. Did I notice a difference? Yes, I did. My feet felt more flexible and walking seemed easier. That was encouraging.

The next day, I decided to focus on my ankles, knees and hips, as my knees were sore and they were in the middle of the three joints. It seemed like a good idea to do all three, since I know they influence each other. The knee stiffness eased up a bit, stairs were a bit easier, which was good because it was laundry day – up and down stairs a lot.

The last day, I decided to go wild. I decided to play with the tones – up and down the scale, be bopping from one tone to another, up two tones down four. I played with the number of times I did each tone, the length of time I held each tone. I had fun with it. I found myself smiling, then laughing. I connected with joy.

I was going to say nothing much happened, but as I write this, I realize that a great deal happened. No, I didn’t cure some dastardly disease, but I felt better. I discovered a tool that is always with me that can ease pain, increase flexibility, a tool that I can focus where I need it to go, and one that connected me to my joy. Not bad for 5 minutes a day for 5 days.

It also meant that for 5 minutes, there were no unwanted thoughts roaming around my brain, depressing me, getting me angry or upset. My mind was clear, able to receive the good stuff. I feel very grateful to the people who wrote those articles about humming, grateful that I read them and grateful that I took this journey. I highly recommend it.

Ground, Release and Get Stuff Done

For most of this month we are in the sign of Virgo. I know Virgo traits fairly well as I’ve spent years getting rid of one of their traits and incorporating a few others.

Perfectionism:

Virgos tend to be perfectionists, which in and of itself is not a terrible thing, but it can be a true hindrance to getting anything done. I used to be a perfectionist, and worked hard to overcome it. One main reason for perfectionism is that it’s easier to keep working at something (because it won’t ever be perfect) than to risk putting it out there and not having it accepted.

It takes a lot of confidence building and coming to the understanding that not everyone is going to resonate with your ideas, your opinions and what you do, nor should they. There would be little growth if we all agreed.

Once we stop needing to be perfect, things can start to happen in our lives. If we take a few chances, we’ll find out that it isn’t painful. It can be quite liberating, in fact.

Grounding:

Virgo is a grounding sign, being an Earth sign. People born under this sign tend to be practical and have their feet on the ground. It’s no coincidence that a phrase like “having their feet on the ground” is used to describe someone who is grounded. That’s why one of the best ways to ground is simply to be aware of your feet on the ground.

So, here you go:

Bring your awareness to the soles of your feet.

  • Feel them on the earth or in your shoes.
  • Be aware of them as you walk or stand.

We don’t do enough grounding these days. We spend too much time in our heads or looking at a screen. Getting out in nature is also very grounding, so go for a walk in the park.

Getting Stuff Done:

One of the really cool things about Virgo people is that they are organized and “get stuff done”. This is an excellent quality to incorporate, so if you find yourself having an impulse to organize and cull, getting rid of what is no longer needed – go with it. That’s Virgo doing its magic. By releasing “stuff”, whether it be books you’ve already read, fear that no longer serves you, or thoughts that keep you feeling small, by letting go, you create space for all kinds of good things to come in.

So, ground, release, and get stuff done.

If you are setting intent this New Moon, here are some samples:

  • I am asking for the courage to “just do it”.
  • I am asking for help to understand and release the fear that holds me back.
  • I am asking to be more careful, aware and detail oriented in my work and life in general.
  • I am asking for a benevolent reminder to be grounded.
  • I am asking to give up the need to be perfect and be more of who I really am.

Enjoy this New Moon in Virgo, and all that goes with it.

 

 

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.