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Taurus New Moon: Grounding, Earthy, Clarifying

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We experience a New Moon in Taurus on Wednesday, April 22nd at 10:25 PM EDT – this particular New Moon will usher in grounding, earthy,  and clarifying energies thanks to its presentation in the zodiac of Taurus. The New Moon marks the beginning of a lunar cycle, and is energetically a period of fresh starts and new beginnings. We are being given an opportunity to deeply connect with ourselves and the world around us, in a way that feels supportive and nurturing. This is a call to lean into our physical experience to discover a deeper sense of clarity and presence.

Grounding, Earthy, Clarifying

The zodiac of Taurus is one that enhances the connection we feel to our physical bodies, senses, and the Earth. Through this, it provides a lot of grounding energy. As the Moon presents here for her New Moon phase, we are being offered an opportunity to slow down, relax, and enjoy our physical experience, particularly through simple pleasures and being present. As we focus on our physical experience and what feels good, we move ourselves into a very grounded state that promotes enjoyment and relaxation, and we are encouraged to focus on what feels good. And when we focus on what feels good, our experience usually continues to feel good, as that is where we are concentrating our energy, and what we focus upon expands.

Taurus also has a deep appreciation for beauty, particularly Earthly beauty. This New Moon assists us to not only feel grounded, but to also connect with our Mother Earth, our physical home. As we slow down and move into a state of enjoyment and relaxation, we also are asked to enjoy and appreciate this planet we find ourselves living upon and all of her beauty, allowing ourselves to be present with the energy of the Earth and all of her many wonders, acknowledging the amazing support and nurturing qualities that she provides for us continuously, trusting that we always have everything we need, not only to survive, but also to thrive.

This New Moon also provides a period for us to receive greater clarity as it relates to our inner world and personal path. Taurus tends to know what she wants – she is stable, sturdy, and particular, not wavering much in what she knows feels good and wants to experience. A New Moon presentation in Taurus gives us a deeper sense of clarity if we allow ourselves to lean into it through slowing down and being present, moving into a quiet and still place where what wants to come through to us is able to come through. And if we lean into relaxation and enjoyment, what we need to know and feel is very likely to come through. This is a time to move away from any ‘shoulds’ we tell ourselves and allow the energy of deep connection, to the Earth as well as to ourselves, to guide us, trusting that the path will continue to show up for us and ground us, like only the energy of Taurus can!

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!

‘Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.’ -Thich Nhat Hanh

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Libra Full Moon: Balance, Harmony, Relationships

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We experience a Full Moon on Tuesday, April 7th at 10:34 PM EDT – this Full Moon will present in the zodiac of Libra, and it is also the first Full Moon of the Spring season. This Full Moon in Libra will highlight balance, harmony, and relationships. We are being given an opportunity to pause and evaluate how balanced and harmonious our lives are, especially as it relates to not only our relationships with others, but particularly the relationship we have with ourselves.

 

Balance, Harmony, Relationships

Spring is the season of re-birth, growth, and beauty, moving from darkness to light. This first Full Moon of the Spring season is also a move from darkness to light (full illumination). This Full Moon will shine a light on our lives in general, as well as our relationships, with an opportunity to notice and feel into how balanced and harmonious our lives are at this time. Nature is always moving toward balance, and we are being called to ask ourselves if we are as well. As we recently transitioned into the Spring season, marked by the Vernal Equinox late last month, we may have been intentionally (or unintentionally) creating shifts in our personal lives to move toward greater balance. Perhaps we’ve been spending more time outdoors and connecting with nature, after months of spending more time inside and ‘hibernating’. Maybe we have been moving our bodies more and getting more frequent physical exercise. Or possibly we’ve been taking time to clean up and organize our homes, freshening, lightening, creating space – clearing out the old and making room for new energy and ways of being. Regardless of what it may look like in each of our personal lives, how we’ve been moving toward balance is a huge theme under this Libra Full Moon! Let’s take this opportunity to pause, ask ourselves if we feel balanced, both internally and externally, and if not, what we may be able to do to create greater balance in our lives.

Personally, I feel like balance and harmony go hand-in-hand – when there is balance, harmony usually follows. So if we are not feeling balanced, our lives will likely not feel harmonious either. As we start to create more balance in our personal worlds, it’s interesting to notice if things begin to shift into feeling more harmonious. There’s not much more that I have to say on this, other than that we may use this Full Moon to be keenly aware of both the energies of balance and harmony and how we are currently experiencing them (or not).

Libra also places great emphasis on relationships! During this Full Moon, we may also consider creating space, and allowing its illumination to more deeply reveal to us how we are experiencing the relationship we have with ourselves as well as others, remembering that the two are intertwined. If we do not have a balanced and harmonious relationship with ourselves, it’s not likely that we will be experiencing balanced, harmonious relationships with others. How we treat and care for ourselves is a model for how we expect others to treat and care for us – if we are placing too much stock in outside relationships and neglecting ourselves, that also does not cultivate a balanced state of being. During this Spring season, Mother Earth is re-awakening, and her first Full Moon offers us this chance to re-awaken to ourselves, as well as everything and everyone surrounding us. This is a call for deep presence, pause, evaluation, and appreciation – and given the current state of our world, I believe this is more important than ever!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!

 

“Life blossoms when it is in a state of harmony and balance.” -Angie Karan Krezos

 

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

 

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Aries New Moon: Independence, Passion, Adventure

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We experience the New Moon in Aries on Tuesday, March 24th at approximately 5:28 AM EDT – this New Moon is the first one of the Spring season and marks the first full lunar cycle of Spring. Aries is one of the three fire signs of the zodiac, and highlights energies of independence, passion, and adventure. This New Moon marks a shift into a season of momentous growth, and we are being called to step up and step out (likely out of our comfort zone), as we embrace who we really are and share it with the world in new ways.

 

Independence, Passion, Adventure

The Sun recently made the transition from Pisces to Aries (earlier this week on the 19th), and the New Moon occurs when both the Sun and Moon present in the same sign of the zodiac, which occurs once each month. Pisces season was one of more internal states of awareness and being, with heightened emotions and intuition. At times, it was confusing and unsettling, and we were being asked to surrender and go more with the flow of our lives. However, we are now in the bold season of Aries, and as the Moon makes her way into this sign as well, we are being called to start moving our energy from our inner realms and into our outer reality. This is a period to be confident and to show up as who we really are, without the need of something or someone outside of ourselves to determine that for us. If we truly embraced the energy of Pisces season and allowed ourselves to dive deep within to release what we no longer needed, as well as discover and be with what our inner being was guiding us toward, then we should have an easy time moving into a more independent energy that is asking us to step into a new world and new way of being.

The New Moon is also a time to ‘wipe the slate clean’, so to speak, and really leave behind anything that you no longer need, while also setting intentions and cultivating desires. This is even more prominent with this New Moon, as it is the first New Moon of Spring, which is also a period of intense growth and shifting. The energy of Aries at this time is encouraging us to fully work with what we are passionate about and bring it up from the depths of our inner being, and allow it to fully emerge out into the world. And although this may seem a little scary or bring up feelings of uncertainty and vulnerability (as new life and growth are definitely a bit tender and fragile), if we don’t grow and move out of our comfort zone, we will find ourselves in a state of stagnation, frozen and not moving into our full potential. Allowing our passions to warm and energize us, giving us the courage to bring forth this new life and new potential is key to really working with the energy of this New moon. Many of us may be needing to shift out of old ways of being and doing in order to continue growing, finding new ways to bring our passion forth into the outer world.

And of course Aries loves adventure (the fire signs do), and a new season is the perfect time for new adventures and more spontaneity. It’s a time to mix things up, move energy around, and interact with the world around you in new and exciting ways. We are moving out of more dormant energy and into more active energy. So for any of us who have been feeling a bit listless or depleted, it’s time to start physically working with energy and moving the body, as well as getting out into nature and connecting with what is growing and changing all around us. Again, trying something new may require us to get out of our comfort zone, but it’s the only way to grow, and is required during certain seasons. It also forces us to really be with the moment and recognize that all we truly have is the present. As we take aligned action, embrace adventure, and cultivate spontaneity, we are birthing a new reality for ourselves and for everyone and everything we are connected with as well. During this New Moon, we would do well to create as much space for ourselves as we need to truly tap into the fire within, trusting that is lighting and guiding the way for us, showing us where it is time to shift and what we now need to focus upon during this season of growth.

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!

 

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.” -Albert Einstein 

 

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

 

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Virgo Full Moon: Abundance, Stability, Manifestation

IMG_7294We experience a Full Moon in Virgo on Monday, March 9th at approximately 1:47 PM EDT – this will be the final Full Moon of the Winter season, and an ideal time to pause, slow down, and really be present, especially to reflect upon this Winter season and feel appreciation for all that has manifested and all the abundance we are currently experiencing. Virgo provides a lot of grounding and stabilizing energy, and with the Full Moon presenting under this influence, it will likely feel very welcome during this Pisces season, which can leave us without much sense of grounding. This Full Moon is illuminating all that we have to appreciate, and is also asking us to enjoy it!

 

Abundance, Stability, Manifestation

As mentioned above, Virgo offers a sense of stability and provides a grounding influence. Virgo is one of the Earth elements of the zodiac, and Earthly abundance is to be experienced and enjoyed. Virgo also highlights qualities of dedication, hard work, and attention to detail. With that in mind, we are given an opportunity to use the illumination this Full Moon provides to notice and appreciate all of the stability we have in our lives currently. We are also welcome to look over this Winter season and realize what areas we are now enjoying increased stability within.

This Full Moon also calls us to really take a look at all of the abundance we have, and not to only recognize it, but to slow down enough to thoroughly appreciate and enjoy it! Virgo doesn’t really like to sit still or slow down much – there is always more work to do, always something to perfect. However, let’s not miss the point of all of the hard work and dedication – this Full Moon is a period to really take it all in and enjoy the fruits of our labor!

And as this is the final Full Moon of the Winter season, let’s take a close look at all that has manifested over this past season, reflecting upon how and why it manifested perhaps, taking responsibility for our part in these manifestations, giving thanks for them, and recognizing what we have learned and accomplished along the way. With that in mind, we can take what we have learned and use our growth over this past season to look to the Spring season just ahead, moving into getting a sense for what we want to envision and have manifest in the near future!

Wishing all of you abundant Full Moon blessings!

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” -Eckhart Tolle 

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcartel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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Pisces New Moon: Intuition, Creativity, Emotions

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We experience the New Moon in Pisces this Sunday, February 23rd at approximately 10:31 AM EDT – this New Moon marks the start of the final lunar cycle of the Winter season. Pisces highlights the energies of intuition, creativity, and emotions. With the New Moon being a period to go within, release, and begin anew, this presentation in Pisces feels very powerful. We are being called to really allow ourselves to FEEL, to FLOW, and to FLOURISH as we begin this final lunar cycle of the season. This Pisces New Moon invites us to embrace our intuition and emotions, viewing them as guides, as friends, as a way to really move into greater clarity. With this clarity, we are hopefully then in a place to really be with our creative side and bring about what is asking to come through.

 

Intuition, Creativity, Emotions

Intuition is available to all of us, with us always, the voice of our inner being guiding us and showing us the way. When we listen to and follow it, we strengthen it. When we ignore it, it isn’t quite as strong, but never goes away. Our intuition has our back and wants what is best for us, and when we move with it, it brings us more fully into the present moment and moves us into a state of flow, and in this state of flow, there is freedom and abundance. During this New Moon in Pisces, we are being invited to really go within, create space and stillness for ourselves, shutting out (for a time), what isn’t necessary or needed, in order to really feel and hear our intuition. If we do this for ourselves and connect fully with our intuition, we have an opportunity to begin this new lunar cycle from a place of clarity, assisting us to set our intentions for this cycle from a renewed and clear place.

Pisces is also strongly tied to emotions, particularly deep and long-held emotions, and not only our own emotions, but also the emotions that we may have picked up from others over time. Pisces asks us to acknowledge our emotions and feelings, not to run from or push them away, trusting that our emotions are a guide, a compass if you will, to direct us and to bring to light what needs to be seen, felt, and held. Doing so allows us to release these emotions, enabling them to move through us, and freeing ourselves of any emotions that are needing to be released so that we may feel lighter, clearer, and more at peace.

There is also a strong creative side to Pisces, just as each and every one of us has a creative side. Going within and embracing our emotions and intuition is a way to open a doorway to greater creativity. Our intuition nudges us and shows us what is already within us that wants to come through and be outwardly expressed. Embracing our creativity is also a beautiful way to work with releasing any repressed feelings or emotions – truly, our intuition, our emotions, and our creativity are all inextricably linked. Tapping in and tuning in to one of them fully, opens up the pathways for us to experience the others. This Pisces New Moon encourages us to embrace each of them as fully as we possibly can as we enter into this new lunar cycle, so that we may release anything we no longer need, and move into a space where we can bring forth what we are being called to manifest.

Wishing all of you abundant New Moon blessings!

 

‘Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.’ -Paulo Coelho

Zodiac artwork: @nicoledebarber (Instagram) – Also consider checking out her website, www.nicoledebarber.bigcatel.com – This artwork has been commissioned by the author of this blog and all images are subject to copyright law.

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