This Summer is full of interesting planetary and cosmic body movements. You may be feeling the effects of it and not even be aware of why you are feeling the way you do!
We have 6 total retrograde planets happening this Summer! Some people refer to this as a 'retrograde storm.' This has only happened twice over the last century-once in the 1940's and again in the 1980's. Retrograde storms happen when there are a group of planets that go retrograde all around the same time. What does 'retrograde' mean? A 'retrograde' planet is actually an optical illusion. A planet will appear to be moving backward during retrograde. Astrologist Kathy Biehl describes it best, in my opinion. Here is what she says about explaining a retrograde planet:
"A retrograde is an optical illusion. It’s the same optical illusion that occurs when cars are whizzing around a racetrack in different lanes. When a car on an inside lane passes a slower one in an outer lane, the cars will appear to “retrograde” to one another. Same with planets. When a faster-moving planet on an inside lane (aka orbit), catches up to and passes a slower-moving planet on an outside lane, observers on both planets would see the other planet as retrograde."
No doubt, you've heard people talk about Mercury retrograde and making a big deal about it. Every planet goes retrograde at some point-except the Moon, which is not actually a planet, but is referred to one in Astrology for the sake of discussion. During a retrograde, the Earth will be the closest to that planet that it can get. The Earth being on the 'inside lane' of the orbits, with the outer planets on the outside lane-they are the closest in orbit as they will get during their retrograde time. One to three retrogrades at a time is pretty normal, this Summer we have SIX planets going retrograde around the same time.
So, if a retrograde Planet appears to be moving backward, why does that affect us? Energetically, it means we may be backtracking as well. Often, we see situations arise, or people appear from our past-or to help us heal situations. This also means that we are trying to 'pull out' shadow stuff that needs work. All of those pieces and parts of yourself that you don't really love-they may make an appearance this Summer to help you accept and embody them. It's time to reevaluate and revisit some things that you may have been stuffing down or trying to avoid. Understand that it all happens to help you move forward and to help you heal wounds that are still raw. It can be challenging at times, but it you shouldn't be fearful of retrogrades.
There's a lot of information out there that has a very negative voice when it comes to the cosmos this Summer. The retrogrades started earlier this year, when Jupiter went retrograde in March, followed closely by Saturn and Pluto. In June, we added Mars to the retrogrades. This month we add Mercury and Neptune, while Jupiter comes out of it's retrograde. In August, we will have Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in retrograde. Later in the month-Mercury and Mars will come out of their retrogrades. Adding to that, Chiron-which is a comet we examine in Astrology, also went retrograde in July. Saturn comes out of retrograde in September, and Pluto does in October-right before Venus goes into retrograde.
What does all of this mean for us? It can feel very chaotic right now. Emotions may be high-especially agitation and annoyance. Mars is the planet of initiation and drive, but also high-tempers. Give yourself time to respond to situations instead of reacting. Deep breaths, some sips of water and a little break from the action can all help you reset. Turn your high temper into productivity with exercise or finishing a task. This is a good time to get your life in order. Saturn is trying to create order and organization right now. Try not to push situations or make things happen that you feel you are hitting up against a wall on. There's usually a reason it's not supposed to move forward. With Mercury in retrograde from July 26th-August 19th, try not to solidify any agreements, contracts or create new businesses. This is a great time to complete 'old' work or to finish a project that has been hanging around. With Jupiter retrograde, it's a wonderful time to focus on personal growth and development. As I type this, Jupiter has already gone direct and out of retrograde, but that doesn't mean you aren't still feeling the effects. With the outer planets (Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto, Neptune) the affects that they have on us may not be felt quite as strongly as the planets closer to our orbit of Earth. They typically work to create change inwardly for us during retrogrades. Venus, Mars and Mercury tend to have a more dynamic affect on us individually, and as a collective. Venus retrograde may challenge what you think you want out of life. It may also bring up old relationships, or people from those relationships into your life. It challenges us to define what we want out of life and what we value in relationships.
On top of the retrogrades happening, we are also in Eclipse season. We had a partial solar eclipse, a full lunar eclipse (this Friday, July 27th-with the full moon), and another partial solar eclipse to follow. The first partial solar eclipse happened on July 13th in the sign of Cancer. If you remember things being very emotional, confusing and irritating around that time-it fits. The full lunar eclipse coming is in Aquarius. Aquarius loves to do work for the greater good, the collective, so if you feel yourself being emotionally charged for the sake of others, it fits. The next partial solar eclipse happens on August 11th, and what you may experience around that time is the culmination of events coming to an end, or even a very new venture that you've been tossing around in your head for awhile with no clear decision on. Aquarius likes to create the energy to make concise and actionable decisions.
None of what we are experiencing this Summer/Fall is happening to us, it is happening for us. Cue the eye roll! It's a true statement. Another thing to consider is how these retrogrades, eclipses, etc are impacting you truly can't be discovered until you look at your natal chart and understand what influences are held there. Every time I look at a natal chart, or check progression or transits for a client-even if what I see might be considered challenging, I still see it as positive in one way or another. It usually signifies that shifts are needed in order to project someone out of a state of stillness, or to improve an area in their life that they just haven't put attention on, or haven't wanted to put attention on. When we learn to work with the energies of the planets, signs and astrological bodies, everything gets a little clearer and less chaotic.
If you've been feeling a little cuckoo...know that it won't last forever. It will end! But, what I would encourage you to ask yourself is, "what am I supposed to be learning right now?" Each situation that you encounter that feels very 'out-of control,' chaotic, frustrating, uncertain or hopeless, just take a moment to breathe and reset. Walk away from situations that feel unfavorably charged or tumultuous, keep your opinions to yourself in certain situations and speak your truth in other situations. Only you can determine when your voice needs to be heard or silenced. Being in tune with your inner self will help with that. We won't just be experiencing this in our individual lives, there's a lot of transitioning and transformation going on in the collective. World wide we are seeing the effects of these retrogrades. Lots of political unrest and arguing, disagreements on boundaries (borders) and human interest stories that are sparking lots of support and want for change. Remember to lead from the heart, to always try to see the other side of the story, understand that the media is only reporting small parts of a bigger story and give grace where it is needed. You can be a warrior, but do it with the intention of love.
If you are interested in learning about how the retrogrades could be impacting you personally and on a deeper level, contact me to set up a Natal chart reading. We look at the planets at your time of birth, as well as where they are now and how they are influencing you on a spiritual, emotional and physical level. Initial Astrology sessions are still on special through the end of the Summer! I wanted to keep the cost down during these challenging times to make it more accessible to my clients.
If you are interested in learning more about Astrology, I recommend two phone apps that are helpful. One is Sky View Lite, you can hold your phone up to the night sky and it will tell you what you are looking at. Another is Co-Star, this app will tell you about the transits you are currently experiencing from the information from your birth information. A website that is full of information for the beginner is www.astro.com. You can even generate your own birth chart to start understanding it better. Happy Learning!
Love and Light~
What is your imagination creating in 2017?
There's always a push at the beginning of a new year to do something drastic, to make a BIG change for the coming year. How often do you see people posting about a new fitness routine or making a resolution to go to the gym? Or change their eating habits? Or that they are going to lose "X" amount of pounds? There's nothing fundamentally wrong with these resolutions or 'goals.' The problem is that these great ideas and good intentions usually don't stick! There's a very good and very obvious reason for this. They are all focused on the outside, without addressing what is going on internally.
It's great to want to eat healthier, to exercise more, to lose a little weight-if it's for the right reasons. If the focus is only on the outcome to be a superficial goal, most likely that goal won't be met. If you shift your focus to becoming healthier (whole body) in the process, to building a stronger body to support your energy levels or to feel better in your current clothes-that's going to take you much further to reach that 'goal.' Only focusing on what you are looking at in the mirror everyday, or deciding each day is 'good' or 'bad' dependent on whether or not you think you look good, isn't going to be a good basis for putting that resolution into creation.
What is your imagination creating for this year?? What does this year look like for you? THIS is what I want you to focus on. Paint a picture of what this year is going to look like-your intentions for your career, family, self, household, etc. Write it down in a journal, cut out photos of how you want your house to look, pick up books that encourage you to deepen your relationship with your loved ones, sign-up for a course that helps you to better your skills at your current job. Notice I didn't just say, "write it down and put your attention on those things." You have to put action behind your dreams & imagination to actually see it created!
Imagine it, describe it, write it, and then create it! Whatever action you take is what will lead to whether or not you manifest your dream. Get our of your own way! Often times, we are our own worst roadblock. What we tell ourselves on a daily basis can either be very inspiring for creating our dreams, or responsible for bringing them crashing down around us. This is not about having a Pollyanna attitude, it's about believing in yourself to make sure that you stay on the path of action to achieve your dream that you have imagined. Creation comes from action. Action takes dedication. Dedication to spending the time on you. Get rid of the junk so that nothing will keep you from believing in yourself and your dream.
If you want to learn how to visualize what your ideal 2017 looks like, and learn how to start to take the action steps to get there, sign-up HERE for our free 5-day Learn to FLY online workshop. It's chock-full of tips & tricks to get you focused on imagining, creating and working towards your best year yet! You'll receive an e-mail in your inbox each of the 5 days with a new practice to do each day and tips to help you visualize your ideal year. All you need is to have an open mind and a willingness to spend some time on you each of those 5 days! You'll be doing a little writing, so having a journal on hand is good, or if you like to keep things electronic an app like Evernote (which is free) or Day One ($4.99) is recommended. I've just been introduced to Day One and it looks really intriguing! You can find either app in the App Store.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me before signing up! This is going to be an exciting journey and I will be there with you every step of the way.
Love and Light~
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The breath, the breath, the breath. We hear it so often when we are needing something to 'calm' us down or to unwind-"Just breathe!" It can get a little frustrating, and annoying-to be honest. "You expect me to focus on my breath when I'm ready to explode on _________ because they(he/she) _________ to me?!" Fill in the blanks.
One, we always take it personally. Everything is personal. Even that person driving in front of you on the highway who is going too slow or not letting you pass-surely they are purposefully keeping you from getting ahead?! They absolutely are not in their own little world focusing on where they need to be and not paying a lick of attention to you. Now, imagine if you did take a minute to breathe through those thoughts and emotions instead of just acting out? Maybe, just maybe you would realize in that minute that it really is not something to take personally. That those people are not out to get you. This is where taking the time to breathe through it can really, really help you out.
Once you understand the energy flow of the breath and why it is so important to utilize the right type of breathing, it is a game changer. Our survival is dependent on breath. We can survive (possibly) for weeks without food, days without water, but really only seconds without air. Breath is vital to our existence. It also cleanses our cells, calms our nerves and helps circulate our energy properly.
So, what do I mean by the 'right type of breathing?" I am going to keep this as simple as possible. From a Yogic perspective, practicing Pranayama (breath control) is crucial to any Yoga practice. When we start out in life, we breath deep in our bellies. Just watch an infant sleep and you will see what I mean. You can see the rise and fall of their abdomen as they breathe. As we get older we shift to more rapid and shallow chest breathing. Think about your day-to-day activities; how often do you feel your abdomen move when you breathe? Try this:
Just sit for a minute. Breathe how you normally breathe, don't change anything at this point. Now, put a hand on your abdomen and a hand on your chest. Take a big, deep breath in. Which hand moved more? Really, both hands should move, but the hand on your abdomen should move more than the one on your chest. Your breath should fill out your abdomen first and then gently rise up to your chest. It should feel like a small balloon inflating. When you release your breath, it should be slow and gentle, not fast. Try it a few times. Breath in, filling up your abdomen with the breath and feeling a gentle rise on your chest as the breath expands upward. Slowly release your breath. You can release it through your nose or your mouth, whichever way feels better to you right now. Does that make sense? The more you pay attention to how you are breathing, the more you actually begin to utilize breathing for it's therapeutic benefits.
Here's an exercise to try:
It doesn't matter where you are, just take a moment to stop and breathe. Begin by breathing deep into your belly and exhaling slowly. Just focus on that for a couple of breaths. Think about what emotions you are experiencing at the moment. Are you anxious? Frustrated? Tired? Breathe in for a count of 3, hold your breath for a 2 count, and release your breath for a count of 5. Now, imagine breathing in the opposite emotion of what you are feeling. If you are anxious, imagine calm coming in on your in-breath. Let it circulate when you hold your breath. Then, imagine anxiety leaving with the out-breath. You can actually do visualizations by imagining the actual words of the emotions moving in and out of you while you breathe. Try taking 3 breaths like this and then just sit and see how you feel afterward. Take stock of your entire body. Are you more relaxed? Do you feel lighter?
How does this help you in the real world and in the midst of a frustrating moment? Try it sometime. Just stop and breathe. It doesn't have to be the exact exercise from above. Just stop and take a deep belly breath in and blow out whatever frustrations you are experiencing in that moment. Is it magic? No. Does it help? Yes. I encourage you to try to incorporate this type of breathing into your everyday. I think you will find that it does really make a difference! If you are already mindful of your breathing practices, I would love to hear from you about how it has made a difference for you!
If you have any questions, please ask them in the comments below.
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What's on my nightstand...
Books! I struggled with what to write about for my first blog entry on here. I thought about everything that I want to share with my clients, and there are just too many things. So, I am starting with something that I am absolutely passionate about-reading. I usually have no less than 3-4 books going at one time. Books help us escape, experience situations that we may never get to experience in real life, help us in our time of need, make us laugh, make us cry (sometimes even ugly cry), make us forget, make us remember, and so on and so on.
I really wanted to share the books that I am currently reading right now so you can get a better idea of who I am. I read ALL kinds of books. There is not just one category that I like better than another. Here is a little more info on the books pictured above:
1. The Complete Yoga Book by James Hewitt- Very thorough discussion of Yoga. He has a section each for breathing, postures and meditation. There are illustrations for most of the postures and each is explained in detail. It took me a little while to get through this book, but I keep going back to it as a reference! It is highlighted and marked up to the nines on the inside.
2. Rise Sister Rise by Rebecca Campbell- the subtitle "A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within" is a great description. This is a beautiful book that calls on women to get back to the sanctuary of Sisterhood and remember that we are all here to support one another. From the back cover-"It is a manual for healing the insecurities, the fears and the limiting inherited patterns that stop women from trusting their innate power and wisdom, and being the person they came here to be."
3. The Bible- I love exploring the Bible. One of my favorite things to do is just open it up and see where I land. There is always something to learn. It's fascinating and inspiring.
4. Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith, Ph. D.- If you are at all interested in learning about chakras, what they mean and why they are important-this is the book to learn from. I started out with this on audiobook and decided that I had to have the hard copy. It is something that I will constantly refer back to. Again, not a light, easy read, but definitely worth your time.
5. Energy Medicine by Donna Eden- This book is awesome! A detailed explanation of how energy moves in our bodies, how meridians and chakras work, exercises to do to work with the energy, and so much more. This is another one that I had on audio first and had to own a hard copy of. I felt like I understood the energetic properties of our bodies until I read this book. Good stuff!
6. Click Magazine~For the Modern Photograp(her)- Okay, this one isn't really a book, but it's always close by and I love when it comes every-other-month, so I had to include it. It is full of gorgeous photos and well-written articles that are geared toward photographers that are women. Although, I do think that any photographer would appreciate it, female or male. I always find really cool new products in there too!
So, that's my nightstand round-up! What books are you reading right now? Have you read any of the ones above and if you have, what did you think?
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I am a wife, mom, photographer, avid reader, Yoga enthusiast, nature lover, traveler, adventurer, and child of God, who loves to learn about anything and everything and is just trying to help others see the beautiful beings that they are! Welcome to the blog for my website. Here you will find articles about many, various items of interest. I am a Reiki Practitioner, Life Coach, Yoga Instructor, Energy Healer, Astrologer, custom Mala Creator and your go-to for the support that you have been looking for. Thank you for stopping in!