• Last Stop Before…

    We’ve finally reached the last sign of the zodiac, Pisces. This journey each year is like a trip around one level of a spiral. Hopefully, we’ve advanced some over the year and are able to move up a level on the circuit and bring in new levels of awareness and understanding on all levels. Otherwise, it’s just same old same old.

    Pisces is a water sign, and as such, invites us to dream, to use our imaginations. It invites us to quiet times of reflection and inner work. It invites us to connect with spirit and to accept it’s guidance in our lives. It asks us to let go and trust.

    That seems to be a lot to ask of us – right? We’re busy trying to make a living, raising our families, tending our relationships. We’re tired by the time we get home, and just want to veg out.

    However, as I said, this is the last zodiac sign of the year, our last chance to identify the seeds we want to plant for the next cycle. We can do that consciously, and plant the seeds we truly want planted, or we can leave it up to the unconscious and see what we get.

     Personally, I’d like to choose seeds to be consciously planted, so I’m taking some time this New Moon to reflect, to get in touch with some old dreams and feel if they are still viable, if they still fit, or if I need brand new ones.

    I’m going to connect with spirit to make sure I’m on the right path. I’m going to ruminate on the new understandings and awareness I have about myself and how I am in this world. In fact, I’ve already begun. The energy of this week has been powerful and has begun the journey for me.

    This Sunday is the day of the New Moon, a day when you might find some quiet time to go within. Invite your guides and angels and those you work with to join you and help bring forward what you need to be aware of in order to shift whatever needs to shift, to see whatever needs to be seen.

    I’ll be spending time in front of my alter, listening, inviting guidance. I’ll be daydreaming about who and what I could be, want to be in this next phase of my life. And, I’ll be asking for help in letting go of what no longer serves me and is holding me back. Happy dreaming to you, and if you’d like help with the letting go part, just hit reply and say “he

  • Standing in line at the Supermarket

    I was at the grocery store the other day – on a schedule of course – and of course there was a line up at the cashier. When it was finally my turn to pay, I handed my money to the cashier and took my change never looking up. I was focused on getting out of the store and on to the next ‘very important thing.’

    With a startle, I realized the cashier was waiting for me, almost pulling me, to raise my head and look at her. When I did, she looked me directly in the eyes and smiled.

    That very short interaction changed my entire day. She paid attention to me. It was a small thing, looking at me and smiling, but it was huge. I relaxed, stopped rushing and my whole day shifted.

    That short encounter brought an awareness and a vow to be more conscious in my interactions.

    Paying attention to someone is one of the greatest gifts we can give to them. When we do that, we focus all our senses on that person. We look, we actively listen, we are aware of the other on all levels. We do this easily with a new born child; and we do it easily with a romantic partner, especially in the beginning, before life takes over.

    When we pay attention to someone, we are telling them they matter, they are worthy of our attention. We remind them of the importance of human relations, even if the contact is as short as the line in the grocery store. We feel better when someone pays attention to us. It lifts our spirits, maybe it inspires us to pay attention to someone else.

    Valentine’s Day, in fact this whole month, is focused on relationships. It gives us the opportunity to look at how we ‘are’ with others. It gives a day to practice how we could be all the time. So enjoy the day. Be aware of how you feel when someone pays attention to you, and share the feeling. Pass it on. Tag, you’re it!

  • Time for Fun?

    Personally, I’ve found this a challenging year so far – one rife with lessons. I don’t know about you – but I need a break. This Full Moon is a perfect time for that.

    Depending on where you are, either the 8th or the 9th of February is the Full Moon in Leo.

    Leo is a wonderful sign. It’s a fire sign ruled by the sun itself. People born under this sign are born leaders (or working on it), love to be in the spotlight and love having fun. It can be a party with Leo, which is perfect for right now.

    Lately, life has been pretty intense for a lot of people. Some are having intense dreams, events and people from the past are resurfacing energetically and physically. Some of us seem to be doing a life review, revisiting uncomfortable times. Some of us are feeling out of sorts, feeling joint pain and stiffness, experiencing illness and severe overwhelm.

    Whatever is happening with you, or those you care about, it’s time for a break. Let it go for a day or two. Get together with friends. Throw a party. Give yourself permission to do nothing. Laugh as much as you can.

    It’s good for our health on all levels when we stop and just have a good time, not thinking about whatever we think about. We relax differently, we let our guard down and forget the anxiety, the misery, the obligations. We create a moment, a space between.

    When that happens, the fire of inspiration is able to burn through and land in the clearing. We may see things differently after a break, we may have renewed energy to deal with what is there, we may feel better. We may end up with some clarity. If nothing more, we’ve relaxed and had a good time.

  • Getting Ready to Grow

    During my preparation for this auspicious new year, I asked what I needed to do in order to uplevel my energy. I was told to get even more in tune with the Earth. This made perfect sense, as this is a 4 year (2+2, 20+20), and four is a number of structure and foundation. The Earth is our foundation.

    The “how” to do this was to tune into the old celebrations around Earth’s rhythms, the honouring of the season changes and how they affect us. These were celebrations of people who lived off the land, who depended on the earth to provide for them. Life could be difficult and people were very tuned in to the changes and what they meant.

    Times are little different now. We’re not so connected to the earth, although still dependent on her. Times are still difficult, just in different ways. Personally, I’ve found this year so far to be very challenging. I have been awake for hours, sleeping for hours, my body is uncomfortable. We are going through changes, and they are sometimes difficult to cope with. I’m hoping to see if connecting to the earth by following the rhythms that were identified in ancient times will help.

    The first celebration that came up is Imbolc, celebrated on February 1st, half way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s been taken over by Groundhog Day here in North America.

    Imbolc is a wonderful celebration marking the internal beginning of spring. It’s a time of hope and expectancy. This is the time when new life is beginning but is still dormant. The seeds deep in the earth are becoming aware, but not yet stirring. To me, this relates to our personal journey as well. At the New Moon in Aquarius we received an inspiration. It may still be deep in our being, just beginning to stir, not yet ready to be born, just like the seeds in the earth. This is the time to nurture ourselves and those seeds by taking time to be quiet, and by clearing space.

    The days are becoming noticeably longer, so we celebrate the light, knowing that with each day, we come closer to the time when we will see growth, and the bounty of the earth will return. This is a time when we rest from the rigors of creation, of planting, of tending, of reaping and storing and cleaning up. It is a time to dream, to allow inspiration, to set goals. It’s a quiet time to rest and restore, so I build time for that in my schedule. It’s those quiet times when I recognize the inspiration.

    I am also cleaning and clearing, making space for those seedlings to grow. That seems to be a year long project, with making space now, weeding later, pruning and culling, and making space for preserves. It’s never ending.

    The goddess related to Imbolc is Brigid, goddess of the hearth (where we could be sitting enjoying a nice cup of tea, or enjoying watching the flames) and of the crossroads. This year we are being offered the opportunity to change our lives, to change our way of relating, of working, of being. That puts many of us at the crossroads, were we need to make difficult decisions. Call on Brigid to help. There are probably many invocations to her on the internet, but those of you who know me, know that I like to keep things simple, I just invite her –“Welcome Brigid, thank you for being here with me.”

    I’m already feeling more grounded, with just this one celebration. I lit a candle (this is a fire month), brought out an amethyst crystal and sat in front of my alter, connecting with Brigid. I looked at what has been happening in my life and what the seeds that are beginning to percolate might bring. When I connected with her, I felt supremely nurtured and supported. When I asked what I needed to do this year I was told I need to anchor this year. We’ll see what that means.

    I hope you have the opportunity to connect with Brigid and share her vibration. If you do, I would love to hear about it, if you are willing to share.

  • Did You Get Struck by Lightning?

    Friday the 24th was New Moon in Aquarius. Aquarius is an air sign, so it always confused me that the illustration for Aquarius is the Water Bearer – a being pouring water from a vessel. Even the name Aquarius bears water. 

    Finally, I’ve come up with my own explanation. Air signs are connected to the mental realm – the realm of ideas and inspiration. I’ve decided that the vessel is full of the inspiration that we need in order to understand and fulfill the gifts we bring to the world, and we are receiving the download. What do you think? 

    So, on Friday, or there about, we were to receive an inspiration, an understanding of an individual special gift that we can nurture and use for the betterment of man/womankind. As humanity, we expand and heal as each individual recognizes and uses their gift, moving into their power. 

    If you weren’t struck by lightning on Friday with that huge “aha” moment of “this is my gift”, don’t worry about it. It arrives in many ways and may be disguised. You may have been doing this thing for years but never accorded it the title of “my gift”. It may be something totally new to you that you discover you have an affinity for. The seeds have been planted by the Universe. Now we just need to recognize and receive. 

    Your gift may be something impressive, like discovering the cure for something, or it may be something easier to distribute, like a smile that makes people feel wonderful when they see it. It may be the ability to make people comfortable and relax; you may be someone people can open up to. These are all gifts we need so badly right now, and the ones that are easy to give and plentiful can be the best ever.

     If you want to know your gift and did not get the lightning strike, take some quiet time and ask to be shown your gift; then listen and watch. You may not see it in your meditation, but people may start commenting on something about you. Listen, even to people you meet on the street.

    One of my gifts is my smile. People on the street comment on it a lot. It’s not something I would have realized on my own, but I’ve been told so often that my smile makes people feel better I’ve come to view it as a gift. And bonus, it’s free, it’s portable and easy to deliver.

    If you still can’t figure it out, have a tea party, invite your friends over and discuss each other’s gifts. If nothing else you’ll have a good time. Plus, your gift may be to bring people together to share or just enjoy. 

    To top off a very energetic weekend, Saturday was Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Rat. You can find out how this year will affect you here . I’m an Ox, and it looks like it will be a good year for me. (Big smiles). Let me know how the Year of the Rat looks for you. 

  • The Body as Partner

    The last few weeks have been a roller coaster ride for me in many ways. One of the ways is that I have been receiving messages regarding my personal journey since the Winter Solstice, and one of them has been around my relationship with the body. I was told that the body is my partner in this journey, and needs to be accorded the respect that a partner deserves.

    Now, I eat my vegetables, I do my yoga and I walk, I drink water and get lots of sleep (most of the time). I knew there were some things that my body didn’t like – café lattes, chocolate, baked goods –all the good stuff. And I knew that I eat them regardless (the lattes are gone and chocolate is on its way out). My body communicates with me quite clearly by causing pain, weight gain etc. It has no problem communicating with me. I seem to have a problem respecting its needs.

    We’re told that we, as spirits, created the body in order to experience a life on earth. We continue to create it throughout our lifetimes in how we treat it.

    We created the body to have an intelligence of its own, then, decided not to respect that intelligence. We over ride it constantly, pushing too hard, forcing the body to do more than it is able to with ease, forcing it to deal with things it’s not prepared to deal with, like pesticides and preservatives.

    We accord other people more respect that we give the body. Our boss says this has to be done today, so even though the body has had enough, we do it. We create stress and tension by doing so. We want to see a show on television or listen to one more podcast, so we push the body. We love lattes and chocolate, especially together, so we continue to partake, even though the body cannot handle them. Blatant disrespect.

     I decided to have a brief conversation with my body, my knees specifically, asking what they wanted most from me, and the answer I got was “respect”. I was expecting “stop eating chocolate”, but “respect” says it all.

    I have a vision for my life as the spirit inhabiting the body. What I was told is that my relationship with the body needs to be a partnership based on respect for that vision to be realized. I need the support of the body I have created in order to do anything in this lifetime. It will support me as spirit in my various adventures and experiences if I support it.

    I support it by dealing with my stuff, the blocks I have put in place that inhibit the body functions – the fear, the anger, the shame, the guilt. I support it by putting myself first for a change, without guilt.

    That may sound selfish, but a little selfish is what is needed right now. This year 2020 promises to be a year where we need a lot of self-care, particularly the first six months. One thing clear to me personally is that if I don’t take the body with me in this ride called 2020 as an equal partner, I don’t have a great chance of riding the waves with ease.

    So, I’m doing the work:

    • letting go of what needs to go, on all levels – chocolate, anger, guilt, stress
    • listening to my body and providing what it needs to the best of my  ability in the moment
    • stopping being hard on myself for not being super woman
    • respecting the bodies limits as my limits – we’re partners after all
    • thanking the body for being such a wonderful partner on this journey

    That’s a tall order. I’m still discovering behaviours and beliefs that work against both me and my body. They can be insidious, and I need to pay attention to see them. There is a lot to shift there, but I’m determined not to get down on myself as I progress. I’m inviting the change that this year will bring and is already bringing.

  • Last Full Moon of the Decade

    Today is Full Moon in Gemini. It is the last Full Moon of the year. In fact, it is the last Full Moon of this decade.

    The changing of decades has never held any importance to me until this year. This time, it feels as though we are passing the torch to our future selves – to the people we could be if we lived in alignment with our values, if we followed our dreams in joy and if we respected ourselves and each other. This time it feels like a massive birth canal.

    Gemini is an air sign ruled by Mercury. The fact that it is an air sign means that it deals with the mental realm – with accumulating knowledge – so there is a lot going on in the head, but not always follow through.

    Gemini is a very active sign, since it’s ruled by Mercury – messenger to the Gods. It tends to bounce around a lot and needs to ground often.

    Mercury rules communication and so Gemini asks us to be impeccable in how we speak.  If we are delivering a message, it might as well be clear. Gemini’s are big communicators; they love to talk. This is a reminder that talking things out, or writing in your journal about what you need clarity on, is very helpful. Often one will unknowingly say exactly what we need to hear, so find someone to talk to. Often, when we re-read what we have written, the answer is there.

    It is also a reminder to be more aware of how we express ourselves. Would we really “kill” for a bowl of ice cream?  Are we really “starving” rather than hungry? When we accomplish something and do a good job, did we really “slay” it? What kind of energy are we putting out with these expressions? What are we telling the Universe? What are we telling our bodies? Well, they’re just expressions, right?

    The other major trait of Gemini is that it is a dual sign. It is the sign of the twins, and it deals with polarities – good and bad, right and wrong, dark and light. This is the perfect sign, to my mind, for the last Full moon of the decade.

    As Beings of the Human type, we have a side that is of the Light and a Shadow side. The Shadow side contains the thoughts, emotions, behaviours, attitudes etc. that need to be brought to the Light – recognized, brought into awareness, healed and released.

    Many of us have found this decade to be a difficult one, especially the last few years. We have had the opportunity to come into contact with our Shadow side a lot lately. We’ve been given the gift of awareness of what needs to shift in our lives and if we’ve been listening, some guidance as to how to make that shift.

    This is the last hooray. It is our last chance this decade to have the brilliant light of the Full Moon illuminate the Shadow, to be able to see ourselves clearly and to heal and release what needs to go. If you want/need help with that give me a call.

    All signs point to 2020 being an amazing year. There will be some surprises, there will be some obstacles, but it is a year where, if we are in alignment with our true selves, we can shine.

    Take this time to reflect on self and life – do the final bit of housekeeping for the year, for the next New Moon (December 26 in Capricorn) we begin a new Eclipse season, bringing a new round of change and growth.

    Enjoy the process.

  • Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Moving out of Scorpio and into Sagittarius feels like the light at the end of the tunnel. It feels like moving through the birth canal and being reborn. And to an extent, that is exactly what is happening this year.

    We have the opportunity for a renewal of energy, of soul expansion.

    New Moon in Sagittarius is today. Sag is the adventurer, the freedom lover, the seeker. She is always seeking the higher perspective, the higher truth. He is spontaneous, intuitive and expansive (can be prone to exaggeration as well).

    So, from this description you might ascertain that Sag is not necessarily the most grounded person in the world and you might be right. Of course, it depends on the influence of other planets in her chart.

    The pure Sag is an ideas person, often without the follow through. However, this year things are a bit different for commitment shy Sag.

    This New Moon is at 4 degrees Sagittarius, and in the study of numerology 4 is a number of structure, of building, of stability. It’s a grounded number that brings a new flavour to Sag – the ability to follow through and create a stable platform from which to build the future.

    So, if you have a free moment-or hour, today or tomorrow, spend some time in meditation. Take some quiet time to allow inspiration. Allow a vision of who you are in your expanded self – in all your glory – consciously awakened, confident and courageous.

    See your life from a higher perspective – hover over your story to see a deeper truth or value. Ask for inspiration on how to create a more solid platform and how to move forward to create an even more stable life. Then, make a commitment to that vision.

    Feel the new energy expansion, the greater perspective and awareness that is ready to come in and say “Welcome”.

    Light at the End of the TunnelWe are nearing the end of the influence of the last eclipse season in July. It was about clearing the emotional blocks to moving forward in career, in business and in making money. If you have done the work you will be ready to vision today. This is one of the last pieces before the next eclipse season begins on December 26th. We still have time to do more clearing before then, so if you want some help with that, give me a call.

  • Today, Sunday the 27th, is New Moon in Scorpio. This New Moon is personal – it’s about you.

    New Moon is when the moon regenerates. It pulls in energy from the sun, and right now it is pulling in Scorpio energy.

    What does this mean for us? It means we are being supported by the Universe to take more control of our lives. The New Moon is at 4 degrees Scorpio. The number 4 is about structure – routine, work, physical health.

    How do we take more control of our lives in these areas? By becoming aware of how we feel. How does our work feel? Do we love our job? What part of our daily routine gives us joy, which do not? Are there parts of our physical health that could use some help?

    Scorpio gives us support to look at these things – really look at them. This sign is not a surface skimmer – it wants to go deep.

    Someone asks “How are you?” and you say “Fine, thanks.” But are you fine or are you glossing over things? And the person asking the question, did they really want to know? Actually, these are not Scorpio questions. Scorpio would want to know what is the most interesting thing about you? What makes you tick? (although they probably figured that out for themselves).

    We need to get past the niceties and really do some personal investigation, especially in this New Moon energy. This is an excellent time to look at feelings we’ve been holding on to. We’re working with feelings right now as Scorpio is a water sign.  Any intent we have around understanding and letting go will be supported.

    For me, this has been a bit of a rough few months, although not as intense as others I’ve spoken to. Still, it was uncomfortable enough. A couple of weeks ago, I started taking back control. I was already feeling Scorpio. I decided not to be a victim of my food choices and the feelings I am holding onto. I changed my diet, letting go of some of my favourite foods because they weren’t working for me. For the last week I’ve been doing Learning Path on myself every day, because I know that my difficulties with foods stems from an emotional base. If I release the emotions, the food difficulties should clear up. At least that’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

    Take some quiet time to become aware of what change would make your life more joyful. What feelings do you need to release? What routine changes can you make that will benefit you, and how can your health be better?

    Once you have that awareness, create your intent for the New Moon. My intent would look something like this:

    • I am asking for support and the tenacity to release those foods from my diet that cause discomfort in my body
    •  Am asking for the courage to look clearly and honestly at my feelings and to heal and release those feelings that are non-beneficial and holding me back from being whole

    I’m doing some intense personal work through this intense sign. I’m appreciative of the support that Scorpio is giving me. If you would like to work with me in doing this intense but all important work, book a session by replying to this email.

  • Earthing It Up

    Today, August 30, is New Moon in Virgo. Virgo is an earth sign, as in, it’s time to come back to earth after a fun, fabulous summer. It helps us to become more grounded, more practical, taking care of business. It helps us to become more detail oriented, more aware of what needs to change, and more aware of the Earth. There are eight planets in earth signs, so that might give you an idea of the strength of this New Moon. Virgo also embodies being of service to others.

    A lot of people I’ve spoken to lately are saying they felt as though they were in limbo, that space between, and they were anxious about being there.  I say “What a wonderful place to be. This is a place of possibilities; this is where the magic happens.”

    Every once in a while the Universe gives us the opportunity to rest, heal, take stock of ourselves and get ready, clear and open to receive the new. August has been perfect timing for this. For many of us, September is conditioned to be the start of a new year, and we need that time. So if you are, or have been experiencing this, relax with it, go with it. Things are gearing up.

    This New Moon seems to be what we have been waiting for. The flood gates open, and new awareness, new opportunities and new ways of thinking roll in. Keep your eyes and ears open so you don’t miss anything.

    This year, Virgo is bringing in a time of change, of transition. We have the opportunity to heal, using gifts from the earth , such as crystals and herbs. We have the opportunity to bring in love and abundance and have some aha moments.

    I discovered a new way of journaling a few months ago. It’s been very helpful to me, so I’m passing it on to you. It involves asking questions beginning with “how”, then letting the ideas flow. This technique has helped me to make decisions, it has helped me to see the path ahead and has helped me to focus on how to move forward. I hope it helps you.

    So, here are some sample questions:

    • How can I improve myself and my life?
    • How can I serve more people in a more discerning way?
    • How can I make better choices for myself and my family?
    • How do I bring more creativity into my life?
    • How do I create more joy in my life?

    Take this opportunity to create your own questions, then start writing and see what comes out. You may find a gem.