Taurus New Moon: Grounding, Nurturing, Connection

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The New Moon in Taurus will take place on Saturday, May 4th at 6:45 PM EDT. It’s time to welcome in a new lunar cycle, one with quite Earth-y vibes, with both the Sun and Moon conjunct in Taurus. All of this Earth energy likely feels most welcome during this time, after several intense months, astrologically speaking. Envision this Taurian energy as a warm, cozy blanket, enveloping you in comfort, warmth, and indulgence, providing the qualities of grounding, nurturing, and connection. This is an ideal point to really relax, let go completely of all that is no longer serving, and just enjoy the unfolding of this life and this journey, appreciating and enjoying each moment for what it is and has to offer.

 

Embracing the Divine Feminine

Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, astrologically representing love and beauty – and Taurus, Venus, and the Moon all represent the divine feminine nature, so this is quite a powerful New Moon as it relates to divine feminine qualities and power. This New Moon brings with it an opportunity for expansion, connection (especially with the Self), alignment, and receptivity. What beautiful qualities to be represented so strongly during a New Moon, which marks a new lunar cycle, and is typically a period to begin anew and set and cultivate intentions – there is great potential to really release and turn away from anything that is no longer serving us, really leaning into and enjoying life, indulging in and focusing on that which feels good, aligning with what we really want to be and receive, and allowing it all to come to fruition, trusting that it will do so in perfect timing. 

During this time, it is beneficial to focus much less on doing and much more on being…feeling no need to force anything or rush anything, accepting the natural unfolding of life, which facilitates a greater connection with this Earth-y Taurus energy, cultivating a greater sense of relaxation and enjoyment – being in a natural flow and embracing the pleasures of the physical senses and each experience as it occurs. This New Moon should feel much like a deep exhale, and a beautiful grounding connection is likely to be felt, espeically if this energy is embraced fully.

Give yourself any space you need to really take advantage of this empowering New Moon…incorporate a ritual into your day or evening that really assists you to connect with this energy. And if you would appreciate a little help tuning into this New Moon’s energy, consider purchasing my New & Full Moon E-Workbook for the month of May, available in the SHOP section of this site. This E-Workbook includes two sections, one for this New Moon and another for the Full Moon in Scorpio which takes place on May 18th, with more background information about each of these lunar phases, journaling questions to assist you to connect with the energy surrounding each phase, as well as information and suggestions on incorporating a ritual, and spaces to set intentions for the New Moon. 

Wishing you abundant New Moon blessings – may this energy ground, nurture, and connect you in every way possible!

 

 

“Live as though life was created for you.” -Maya Angelou 

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Welcome to Taurus Season

IMG_9036The Sun entered the zodiac of Taurus just under a week ago, on Saturday, April 20 – welcoming an earthy, feminine, nurturing, and comforting energy – which after everything that has been going on astrologically over the last few months, feels very needed. This is a season for tapping into a more grounding, connecting, and nurturing energy, allowing yourself to lean more deeply into the pleasurable aspects of life, indulging the senses, and tuning into the feminine nature. This is an ideal period to relax, soften, and cultivate ease, while also aligning with and attracting what you want, instead of trying to make something happen or rush things along.

 

Sun in Taurus, April 20 – May 21

Taurus is the season of enjoying what is, following the season of Aries, which is one of much outward action and growth, with a huge increase in energy. Looking even at the external environment, it’s hard to miss everything that has recently blossomed and bloomed all around – making this a time of taking it all in and appreciating after a period of action and growth, slowing down enough to enjoy and indulge, bringing the senses back to life! Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus, which is representative of love and beauty, both of which are quite evident in the natural world during this time…

This is also an ideal period to care for yourself – paying attention to how you feel and focusing on experiences and encounters that feel good – cultivating this nurturing, comforting, indulgent energy. Tune into your physical senses and allow yourself to enjoy every moment as much as possible! Do something you have never done or haven’t done in a while, something that excites you just at the thought of it. Smell flowers, really listen to birds, go outside and feel the sun and the breeze on your skin, enjoy and savor every bite of your favorite food, really lean into a hug or warm embrace from a loved one. Even the simplest of experiences should be taken in completely and enjoyed thoroughly, being entirely with the pleasurable aspect of each moment. Give yourself permission to relax, allow, and receive! 

The divine feminine is also a huge theme during Taurus season, as both Taurus and Venus represent the divine feminine. Relaxing, allowing, and receiving, as just mentioned above, are qualities of this feminine energy – a time for aligning and attracting – letting go of any need to “make” or “force” anything to happen, relinquishing any need to rush or hurry, trusting all will happen and unfold when and as it should. Taurus’s element is Earth, and our Mother Earth is also a perfect example of this divine feminine energy – this is the most opportune time to really connect with and appreciate her and all of her loveliness during this Spring season!

 

“Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” -Khalil Gibran

 

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Libra Full Moon: Coming Around Again

IMG_8345Friday, May 19th will be the second Full Moon of the Spring season, and just like the first one, this one will also be in the zodiac of Libra! Relationships have been a huge theme with these Full Moons, with the Libra Full Moon in March focusing more on the relationship we have with ourselves, the more internal state, and now the upcoming Libra Full Moon for April focuses more on the external state, or the relationship we have with others and with our environment. This is an ideal time to shine a light on what is and isn’t serving us in all of our relationships, evaluating their meaning and significance in our lives, and allowing ourselves to release, if need be, or to revel and enjoy, depending on what we discover. 

 

What Truly Resonates?

Hopefully during March’s Full Moon you were able to really take a look at the relationship you have with yourself, and honestly determine what was going well, as well as what needed to shift and evolve. If so, you have likely already cultivated an amazing foundation for what your relationships with others should look and feel like! Are you allowing others to use your energy, either knowingly or unknowingly, with no benefit or support to you being reciprocated? Are you not letting go of relationships that do not feel right or feel good out of fear? This is a period to really acknowledge your feelings and emotions, especially as they relate to others in your life – and if it doesn’t feel good – well it’s time to let it (or them) go! Your feelings are your internal guidance system, and when something doesn’t feel good, that’s an indication that it needs to go! If you allow others to use up your energy, leaving you feeling depleted and drained, then you rob yourself, and those who really care about you and who belong in your experience, of that energy that could better serve you, and those around you who truly matter. If something or someone isn’t resonating with you, then it’s time to say farewell. This is the only way to truly embody who you are, trust your feelings and intuition, and treat yourself and others you care for in a way that is loving, supportive, and genuine.

Libra is also about balance, and it is difficult to have and feel balance in your life if you are allowing draining and depleting relationships that do not truly serve you to have a significant presence in your life and take up your energy. Cultivating this balance and giving your energy only to what is truly resonating with you will leave you feeling so light and free – and from that space some amazing growth and manifestation is able to take form! This Full Moon is about giving yourself permission to let go of everyone and everything that does not feel like it should have a place in your life and enjoying everyone and everything that does! Take a moment, connect with your breath, breathing in all that resonates, releasing all that does not. Do you feel the difference yet?

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!

 

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“Spare yourself from seeking love, approval, or appreciation – from anyone. And watch what happens in reality, just for fun.” -Byron Katie 

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Aries New Moon: Passion, Excitement, Adventure

IMG_8495The first New Moon of Spring will take place Friday, April 5th at approximately 4:51 AM EDT. The New Moon marks a new lunar cycle each month – and the first one of Spring taking place in Aries feels so appropriate! Each month, the New Moon is a time to begin anew, wiping the slate clean, so to speak; Spring is also a time of beginning anew, with everything springing and popping back to life. During the New Moon phase, the Moon is not visible in the sky, as it is completely dark, and at this point in the Spring season, many of us may  feel like it’s not quite looking or feeling like Spring, which is also lining up well with this New Moon. Take this opportunity to really turn inward, create all of the space you need for yourself to release any and everything that is no longer serving you, and set the stage for the creativity, growth, and expansion that is surely to come with this new season and this New Moon taking place in Aries. Doing so will help you bring to fruition increased passion, excitement, and adventure in your life!

 

Aries All Around

During this New Moon, not only is the Moon in Aries, but the Sun is also! Aries brings a fiery energy boost that can really spark a lot of momentum in your life if you’re willing to tap into it! Fire is also transformative, as it can take something and change its form from one thing to another. Spring is also like that with its incredible transformative processes! It’s amazing how this Aries energy and Spring are lining up so well with this New Moon. This is quite an exciting time! 

 

This period is ideal to really do all that you need to do to free yourself of anything you feel is holding you back and no longer serving you! Create some space for yourself to tune in and discover what that may be – then do whatever you must to completely release it from your experience and reality. By doing so, you will be ready to receive this incredibly supportive energy of Aries to move you forward toward growth, creativity, expansion and all that comes with them.

 

If you like to perform a New Moon ritual, consider incorporating fire into your ritual this month. This could work well with whatever it is that you are wanting to release. You could write it down on a piece of paper and use fire to burn it, completely letting it go and allowing it to be transformed from that which is not serving to that which is no longer holding you back. This ritual will help you cultivate an increased sense of freedom, encouraging you to focus all of this fiery energy into that which excites you and ignites passion within you, assisting you to use your creativity to transform your reality. Once you’ve completed this release, you will be prepared to set your intentions for this new lunar cycle – ensuring these intentions serve you, align with your highest good, and feel true to who you are, especially who you are as a whole and free being. The intentions you set during this New Moon will have great importance over this next year, espeically these next six months. Be sure you are very clear about them and also about WHY you are setting them now. 

Wishing all of you many New Moon blessings – may this Spring season bring much growth and expansion in all areas of your life!

 

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“The growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in love. All that I touch, I leave in love. I move through this world consciously and creatively.”  -Julia Cameron

 

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Welcome to Aries Season

IMG_8495The Sun entered the zodiac of Aries earlier this week on Wednesday, March 20, which also was the day of the Vernal Equinox. This Aries/Equinox combination is quite amazing! Aries offers opportunities for growth and adventure, as well as an increase in energy – how perfect that the Sun moved into this zodiac on the same day Spring began! Spring brings the promise of revitalization, new life, and growth after the Winter season. This is an ideal time to “Spring” into action, harness the power of the increased energy available, and take advantage of the new opportunities presenting themselves.

Sun in Aries, March 20-April 20

During this next month, the Sun in Aries will likely assist you in feeling quite a shift in your life if you allow it and take advantage of the energy. This is an ideal time to really step into who you truly are, moving forward with confidence and courage, like a true Aries! Action, adventure, and new opportunity await those who are willing to embrace this Aries season as well as the onset of Spring. It’s time to emerge from your Winter cocoon and step back out into the sunshine once more. This fiery energy gives you a boost in all aspects – mentally and physically – encouraging you to move forward, enjoy life, and make the most of it in every way. This is a time for a fresh start, beginning anew, and cultivating growth in the areas that matter most.

This is also a great time to get out of your daily routine, espeically after the slower, more inward season of Winter – get outside and move your body by going on a hike or doing another enjoyable activity – a perfect way to get some energy moving, take in some fresh air, and hopefully gain a new perspective! Cultivate some adventure in your life by doing fun and enjoyable activities, especially those which you love and maybe haven’t engaged in for a while. This will help clear the mind and release endorphins, helping you to better connect with and make the most of the energy of Aries! 

This also may be a good time to reconnect with friends or loved ones you haven’t seen in a while. Fire signs are typically some of the more social creatures of all the zodiac, and with an increase in energy, there should be some extra to spare to spend with those you care about. Hopefully this will also provide a boost in mood as well as a new perspective, and some of your best adventures this season may be spent with friends! Now is the time to re-emerge, re-connect, and create. Let nothing slow you down or stop you and enjoy this energetic season!

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou

 

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Full Moon in Libra: Relationships, Balance, Harmony

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We will experience the first Full Moon of the Spring season this Thursday, March 21st – just one day after the Vernal Equinox and the Sun moving into the zodiac of Aries also on the Equinox. This Full Moon in Libra will shine a light on relationships, asking for cultivation of balance and harmony, both with our relationship with others, as well as with the relationship we have with ourselves. 

 

Sun in Aries, Vernal Equinox, & Libra Full Moon

What amazing energy to tap into between Wednesday and Thursday! We welcome Spring, as well as the Sun moving into Aries on Wednesday, with a culmination of a Full Moon in Libra the next day…so there is a bit to highlight here! The Sun moving into Aries ushers in an overall energy of passion, action, and adventure, and as this occurs on the day of the Equinox, a lot of exciting energy for growth and opportunity emerge, along with a sense of things beginning to change, both in our internal and external worlds. It’s time to emerge from the Winter season, allowing the revitalization and restoration of these colder, darker months to assist us with coming out of our sleepy hibernation/cocooning period, and now move into the energy of this new season – how appropriate for the Sun to transition to Aries here! It’s now time to “Spring” back to life, allowing the characteristics of Aries to assist us with this process…a time for movement forward, creation of momentum, and finding ourselves in new territory. 

 

With the Full Moon in Libra on Thursday, there will be a focus on relationships – an illumination of our present circumstances, as well as how we are interacting and working with the people closest to us, allowing us to see what is and is not serving us, turning away from that which is not and toward that which is, which includes the relationship we have with ourselves. This Full Moon asks us to appreciate those we love, ourselves, as well as what is working within our relationships, and then to completely release anything that may be holding us down or back, espeically as it concerns these special relationships. By doing so, we are better able to cultivate the Libra characteristics of balance and harmony. This gives us the opportunity to bring in a sense of lightness, shedding the denser energies that tend to build up during the Winter months, which also helps us to better take advantage of the Aries energies mentioned above – passion, action, and adventure. By releasing all that is not serving and cultivating this lighter sense of being, we are empowered to take advantage of the growth and opportunities currently presenting themselves to us in this new season! 

 

Wishing all of you a beautiful Spring season, as well as many Full Moon blessings! 

 

 

“What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.” -Lao Tzu 

 

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Getting Acquainted with the Lunar Phases

 

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For most of my life, I never paid close attention to the lunar phases that occur each month. I feel I’ve always had a natural fascination with the Moon, but it’s only been in recent years that I’ve been paying more attention to its different phases and working with them in my daily life. So I want to break down what I’ve learned and share with all of you. I’m hoping this will ignite even more lunar love in your life and assist you to work with the energies that surround the lunar cycle, tuning into how you feel and trusting this beautiful, continuous rhythm in life created by the Moon. 

 

Start at the Beginning: The New Moon 

The New Moon typically takes place just once in a calendar month (but sometimes twice). The New Moon marks the beginning of a new lunar cycle, and it is when the Moon is not at all illumined and does not appear to be visible in the sky. This is a time to start anew, to be sure you leave behind all that has not been serving you in the most recent cycle, and focus on what you wish to begin or continue cultivating in your life in order to see its full manifestation take form. So this is an ideal opportunity to set intentions related to what you are working toward, once you have given yourself a clean slate to do so. A time to plant new seeds, so to speak, giving them the ideal conditions to grow. During this period, you may feel more like being with yourself, without a lot of social interaction or interference from others. Pay attention to and honor how you feel. After all, when planting seeds, they are first buried in the dark. There is no right or wrong with intention setting. Depending on how you feel, you may want to wait just a day or two after the New Moon to set your intentions; it’s important that you feel clear, and during the New Moon you may still need to focus on wiping the slate clean before your new intentions take full form in your mind. Trust your intuition and do what works for you. 

 

Fully Establish Intentions/Take Action Toward Growth: Waxing Crescent Moon 

This is the period where the Moon starts to appear illumined again, just very slightly and gradually, as it begins to work its way toward Fullness once more. Your intentions for this new lunar cycle are starting to become clearer and more established, if they haven’t already. You are noticing the areas that you really need to shift your focus to and are shining light on them. Your planted seeds may just be starting to sprout – a period of new growth. This is typically a more heightened time energetically, and you may even physically feel a boost in your energy, along with excitement about what you have planted, as well as how its beginning to take form. With this energy, stay positive and begin to take actions toward your dreams and intentions, sprinkling them with your focus, motivation, positive energy, and love. 

 

Taking Root: First Quarter

During this lunar phase, the Moon is half-illumined, continuing to progress toward Fullness. The seeds you’ve recently planted are now really establishing roots and gaining forward momentum with their growth. This is a period of determination, concentration, and commitment to action on behalf of your intentions or “seeds” that you planted at the beginning of the cycle. So for you, this is a time to continue moving forward, despite anything that you feel may be holding you back or getting in your way. Use this passionate energy to delve into creative vision and insight, which may give you the boost you need to see it all through and keep pushing forward. 

 

Preparing to Bloom: Waxing Gibbous

At this time, the Moon is more than half-illumined, but is still not quite Full. Buds have taken form and are preparing to bloom. This is an important developmental stage, representing gaining and attaining. This is the perfect time to fine tune all of your ideas and plans related to your seeds of intention, really honing in on that which you are hoping to manifest once the Moon appears in her Fullness. 

 

Realize the Manifestation: Full Moon 

The Moon is now big, full, and round. This represents the blooming stage, from what started as just a seed buried in the darkness, and now evident for you to see and enjoy. This is a period of fertility, abundance, transformation, and completion. This is also a time of extremely heightened energy in many aspects, especially with emotions. Take this opportunity to bask in the amazing feeling of manifestations taking form, relaxing and enjoying the fruits of your labor. However, keep in mind, emotions have the potential to overwhelm you during this period as well, so pay attention to how you are feeling, and work to release anything that may surface, especially if it does not feel good or no longer serves you. This is also a good time to begin the releasing process, as from here the Moon will begin to wane and gradually lose its illumination. 

 

Complete Release: Waning Gibbous 

The Moon is no longer completely illumined, but still appears to be more than half-illumined, and it will continue to decrease in illumination from this point on until the next New Moon. So this is an ideal opportunity to really release and rid your life of all that is not serving you, letting go of stress, bad habits, limiting beliefs, and negative thinking. 

 

Reflect & Recharge: Last Quarter

Half-illumined once more, and continuing to decrease, the Moon is now at Last Quarter. This gives ideal conditions for reflection, re-evaluation, and recharging. The full harvest has been reaped from the seeds fully planted. Think on all that has been accomplished, then completely shed the old, so that the new may come into being. An ideal time to completely release and let go of anything that may be holding you back in any way, once and for all discarding anything you are still holding on to that is not serving you moving forward. This allows for total focus on a higher perspective and ushers in the creativity that will be needed for the growth and manifestations of the new intentions that are set in the next stage. 

 

Winding Down: Waning Crescent 

The Moon is now less than half-illumined, continuing to decrease, as this current lunar cycle completely winds down before the next one begins. An ideal time for withdraw from the external world, going more inward, allowing for rest and renewal before the next cycle begins. Doing so should bring in some clarity, which is beneficial as this is the final stage for release, fully surrendering and giving up all that you may still need to purge, so that the slate is cleared and ready for the New Moon once again. 

 

So there you have it, the eight phases of a lunar cycle! If this information intrigues or excites you, I encourage you to keep a journal, tracking the phases, and writing down how you feel and what is going on in your personal world during each phase. Then notice how things line up (or don’t). If you continue to do this over time, you may start to notice your own personal patterns and rhythms and may feel more in tune with the Moon and her lovely phases. It’s likely you will also notice some overlap with each of the phases also – they are not set in stone – and remember that as one phase is ending, another is also beginning, so it’s likely you will notice overlap with all of them.  The energies surrounding the different phases will also vary month to month as well based on the astrological energy of the Moon, which is determined by which zodiac it is found in during a particular phase.

If you’d like to get more in tune with lunar-focused astrology that will help you navigate the different energies of the Moon according to her phase and astrological position, consider following my astrology account on Instagram – @aboveandbelow_astrology  – as the Moon transitions to a different zodiac roughly every two-and-a-half to three days, it may seem a little overwhelming, at times, trying to keep up with her phases and movements, so feel free to follow my account to help you better understand all things lunar! 

 

“Take your time in everything, until you feel the pull within yourself. Do not let yourself be guided by fear, or even by desire. And certainly not by the will of others…like the Moon and the tides, the human heart has many phases. Wait for them. They will not be rushed.” -Jenny White 

 

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