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June 21st: Summer Solstice, Sun in Cancer, and Saturn Sextile Neptune

IMG_9937Friday, June 21st marks the beginning of the Summer season in the Northern Hemisphere with the Solstice taking place this day; and atrologically speaking, it’s also an important day, with the Sun transitioning from Gemini into Cancer, and Saturn is sextile Neptune this day as well. Read on to learn more about this significant date marking the start of a new season…

Summer Solstice

This day will give us the longest period of daylight all year…and this is also the day of the year the sun reaches its highest point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. This special day invites us to appreciate the beauty all around us that has come to fruition during this recent Spring season, with the most daylight of any other day of the year to really assist us to take it all in and enjoy it! 

Sun in Cancer

The Sun also transitions into the sign of Cancer on this special Solstice day…and we are now heading into eclipse season, with a solar eclipse taking place during the New Moon on July 2nd and a lunar eclipse taking place during the Full Moon on July 16th. There will be more information about these eclipses coming soon with New and Full Moon posts I will publish in the coming weeks, but for now, Cancer season, apart from the eclipses, ushers in a period of emotional connection with others, heightened intuition, an emphasis on home life, and also a period for nurturing and supporting others, but even more so ourselves. 

This is an ideal time to really tune in to the abundance that has come in to our experience during this recent Spring season and enjoy it and allow it to nourish and nurture us as we now move into the Summer months. It’s important to allow ourselves to feel, to tune in, and to connect, bringing presence and awareness into our environment and also interactions and encounters with others. Cancer is a water sign, and we are now invited to experience more fluidity, letting go of rigid thoughts, patterns, and routines, placing more importance on “going with the flow” and really being with life and the parts of it that truly matter most!

Saturn Sextile Neptune 

Astrologically speaking, Neptune rules that which lies below the surface and is associated with the watery flow of creativity, and relates to dreams, fantasies, and delusions. On the flip side, Saturn is closely associated with structure, hard work, and discipline. And in astrology, a sextile is an aspect that forms when planets are two signs apart or separated by approximately 60 degrees – this creates something referred to a “sixth harmonic aspect”, which is a positive harmony between planets that brings in new pathways for growth and expansion. So this period brings in a lot of potential for Saturn’s discipline to give significance and structure to our dreams and for Neptune to give new meaning to our work and traditions – a time when both our spiritual and material pursuits harmonize and come into balance. This helps us feel that our dreams can and will come to fruition, material gains coming about from spiritual pursuits – an ideal time for self-reflection, meditation, and opening up to creative desires. A very appropriate sextile to occur on the same day the Sun moves into watery Cancer, as the Cancerian energy allows for a bit of slowing down, reflecting, and nurturing so that we are able to continue moving forward with action and presence with that which matters to us most.

These energies come together on a very special day, marking the start of the Solstice, setting the tone for the eclipses that will soon take place in July, and for that of the entire Summer season ahead. Let’s give ourselves permission to slow down, to feel, and to direct the energy that flows from doing so toward waking the dreams into reality! 

Wishing you a happy and abundant Summer Solstice!

 

“Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.” -Lao Tzu

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Full Moon in Sagittarius: Optimism, Expansion, Freedom

IMG_9444The Full Moon in Sagittarius will take place on Monday, June 17th at approximately 4:30 AM EDT. This Full Moon marks the final Full Moon of Spring, and also occurs just days prior to the Summer Solstice. With this transition of seasons fast-approaching, and also with the ruling planet of Sagittarius, Jupiter, conjuncting the Moon in this fiery Sag (and Jupiter also being in retrograde), this Full Moon is, even more so than most, asking us to take a step back, appreciate all that has manifested in our experience over this Spring season, and express gratitude with an open and optimistic heart!

 

Focusing on Freedom

This Full Moon also really speaks to freedom – in all aspects of life! Of all the signs in the zodiac, Sagittarius is not one to be tied down, to be told what to do or how to do it – this fiery sign craves exploration, adventure, and knowledge – all through personal experience, of course! This Full Moon is definitely a time for reflection and appreciation, as all Full Moons are, but it is also one to really focus on a cultivation of greater freedom and expansion, not settling for what is not in alignment with who you truly are. This is an opportunity to really evaluate all that you have learned and experienced, especially during this Spring season, take the time you need to integrate it, and then realize how you are able to use all you have recently learned toward creating greater expansion and freedom along your path, particularly as we move into the second part of this year.

It may be helpful to look back at journal entries, photos, and projects from the last few months, appreciating all of your hard work, as well as all of the growth and momentum forward along your journey, and then also reflect to recognize all you have learned along the way, so that you may take these lessons with you as you move into what lies ahead. Continue to let go of all that is not serving you, and allow yourself to be true to what feels right for you, remembering that we all have our own unique path and work, and also that it’s okay to try new things and change your mind, just ask any Sag you know! 😉

Stay true to how you feel, giving yourself space and time to rest if you feel that’s what you need, or take this as motivation to add some more excitement and adventure into your daily life if you feel you’ve gotten stuck in a rut or have been losing momentum! Sometimes we just have to get out of our comfort zone or routine from time to time to spark some creativity and bring new life into what we are cultivating. Moving away from your daily routine from time to time may also give you the space you need for greater reflection and awareness of what’s been going on in your day-to-day life, and likely will help you feel recharged and recentered, ready to do what it takes to help you move toward your dreams in an even bigger way!

 

Wishing you abundant Full Moon blessings and a happy Summer Solstice soon to be!

 

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“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all of our exploring will be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time.” -T.S. Eliot

 

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Gemini New Moon: Communication, Curiosity, Engagement

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The New Moon in Gemini will take place on Monday, June 3rd at approximately 6:01 AM EDT. This New Moon will mark the start of the final lunar cycle of the Spring season, with an energy that is light and airy, ushering in a focus on communication, curiosity, and engagement. It’s likely the Spring season has been the catalyst for a lot of growth and shifts, and this New Moon is an ideal time to gather information, especially as it relates to those things that you are curious about, and then use what you discover to share and engage with the world. Gemini is known as the “social butterfly” of the zodiac, so during Gemini season (which is here until July 2nd), the energy supports getting out in the community, learning from and sharing with others, and making meaningful connections.

 

Creating Space

As mentioned above, the energy of this Gemini New Moon is also light and airy. Your emotions may seem to be lighter, not so intense during this New Moon, and you may really want to take the social aspect of Gemini to heart; however, remember that the New Moon each month is also a period for completely releasing anything that is no longer or not serving you, especially the days leading right up to the New Moon, and it’s also a time to go inward and gain clarity about intentions you want to initiate during this new lunar cycle. Be sure to create the space that you require to do so, and really feel clear about this before you engage in too much social activity! Paying attention to how you feel is most important. Spaciousness is paramount with Gemini, not allowing yourself to become blocked or stuck. 

This period would also be an ideal one for re-evaluation and reflection, specifically looking back at this Spring season (think about the period of the first New Moon of the Spring season when the Moon was in Aries on April 5th). Where do you feel you have experienced growth since that time? What has shifted for you on your path? Have the intentions you’ve set during the last two lunar cycles come to fruition or started to take form in your reality? What feels most important to you right now?

Since Gemini also is closely tied to communication in all forms, this New Moon would also lend to communicating with yourself. Consider journaling about your reflections over this Spring season and what has taken place. You may even use some of the questions posed above to have a focus for this journaling. This may help you gain greater clarity for this New Moon and assist you with setting your intentions for this new lunar cycle. Give yourself the space you need, doing whatever you need to do to create it! This energy is really asking us to step outside of the box, release any limitations, and allow curiosity and discovery to lead the way!

Wishing you abundant New Moon blessings during these last days of Spring – may you never stop exploring the depths of who you are!

 

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“Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, but to survive as ourselves, rather than simply as cogs in a wheel, we have to act alone.” -Deborah Tannen

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And if you are curious about diving more deeply with both the New & Full Moon lunar phases during the month of June, consider purchasing my New & Full Moon E-Workbook. For more details and/or to purchase, visit the “SHOP” section of this site!

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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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