Libra New Moon

Libra new moon

The New Moon is a time for introspection.  During the dark moon we can find answers when we show up with intention.  It is a time of release.  Libra is all about balance, harmony, partnering, and collaboration.  In order to partner one must know their boundaries  and know their self- worth.  At the Leo new moon you played and connected to your inner radiance through play and creativity.  At the Virgo new Moon you sorted things out and embraced the technology and systems that move your creativity and dreams into reality to be made manifest.  At the Libra New Moon you’re ready to collaborate and it brings up issues of giving and receiving,”How am I partnering?”

The Libra new Moon occurs tomorrow on the East Coast. Libra is traditionally the sign of marriage.  It represents partnership and collaboration.  Who do you want to be in relationship to people?  Do you feel safe and supported by them?  Libra is very important to women.  Marriage has transformed within these past couple of years to relationship through partnership and equality in the marriage.  Libra signifies collaboration… the power of who I am with you.  Where have you dulled yourself down to be in a relationship?  Not just in regards to your spouse, but what about your kids, parents, family, friends, employment, creativity, etc.?  Have you dulled yourself down because of your parents imposed beliefs and expectations?  Siblings that you couldn’t outshine?  To start a family… Dulled your light to raise your kids or to be a good wife?  You may not want to outshine your co-workers or friends? Often times, especially women and those who are born in Libra will seek peace instead of confrontation so we leave a part of ourselves behind because we judge it, feel that it won’t be loved or not accepted.  It is a form of protection.  Sometimes we never get that part of ourselves back that we left at the curb.  But eventually it will start to knock at the door seeking to be let back in.

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For me personally, being a Libra according to the Tropical astrology, Libra can be an emotionally awkward time.  This is the time where we are exploring and seeking  balance, harmony, and questioning your relationships with other people.  If not expressed in a healthy manner it can cause friction and disruption within yourself, the people around you, and your life.  All the things that are off which are not making you feel whole and seem unfair, will surface needing to be voiced and fixed.  Being an entrepreneur of 2 businesses, while supporting my spouse’s business, a mom of 3, a wife, an aunt, sister, spiritual seeker, and a daughter…can be quite overwhelming and frustrating.  Being spread too thin and having to be all these things to all these people, when I just want to be myself and by myself sometimes can become challenging.  There is only so much time in the day, so many things to get done, and so little help.  You end up getting irritable and resentful if personal priorities, values, and relationships with people are not being honored or there is no equal exchange of energy.  You can not keep giving out more then you put in and continue to see success  and balance.  You can not be all these things for all these other people if you can not be there for yourself and maintain harmony.  We get caught up being everybody else’s cheerleader and never allow our true self get out in the game.  You dull yourself down to allow other people to shine because this is what you’re supposed to do.  You have to play your role.  But what I have learned and experienced is that if you don’t establish personal boundaries within your relationships, it can be really easy to lose yourself and be taken advantage of.  As an act of self-love, you have to remain true to yourself in order to truly be of service for other people and humanity.

 

balanceHow do you remain true to your self?  One way is through creativity.  Personally, when you are being creative you are connecting to spirit.  This Universe is that of expansion, creativity and love. So when you give in to creativity you are connecting to the energies of this Universe expressing itself through collaboration with you.  It’s easy to connect to spirit through sheer action on creative inspiration.  Go with the flow and create your heart’s desire at that moment.  Relationships could be creativity.  Decide to be in partnership with spirit of creativity.  The creative muse will show up.  You just have to invite it and let it in.  How do you want to be inspired?  How are you collaborating with creativity?  When it shows up are you responding back that you don’t want it then wondering why nothing’s moving?  Dare to step into huge pools of creativity.  Get lost in the moment.

During the pregnancy of my second child I became so sick that I could not keep working.  I went from being a single parent raising one child on my own.  I had a full time job and had my own apartment.  I owned my own vehicle and was as you call it, an independent woman.  I gave it all up to become a stay at home mom.  I had to give up my car because I wasn’t working anymore and could not afford the maintenance, gas, and insurance anymore.  I no longer had stable and consecutive income.  I immersed myself as playing the role of a house mom and spouse.  Every waking hour was spent on and for other people.  Making sure their needs and the darn house’s needs were met. Depending on other people and allowing other people to make decisions for you or making decisions based on the happiness of other people.  I did this for a couple of years until one day I realized how unhappy I was and how I had completely lost myself behind everybody else. If you lose your self-value and if there is no place to be voiced and heard you shut yourself down.  The Aries full moon shined a huge spotlight on this emphasizing on your ability to lead.  So how are you going to lead in these situations/issues that the Libra new Moon is bringing up?  And the seeds that you plant now, you will harvest 6 months from now at the Aries New Moon.

energy new moon LibraI was consumed  by my unpredictable financial situation and the frustration of not being able to make the kind of moves I wanted to.  I felt hopeless and confused as to how or what it was that I should be doing to create a source of income for myself.  Finally, I was honest with myself and realized that I really had no clue as to how I was going to create income.  So my prayer changed to “I do not know how this is gonna look like for me or what “it” really is for me but that I just ask that it shows up for me at the appropriate time and that I prepare to be in a state of allowing and welcoming for it.” I gave up trying to figure it all out and be in control of the situation.  Forgotten and turning my attention to just getting myself in order.  Eventually being led by sheer inspiration and following through my creative impulses my “it” was born.  The night before Beltane I was led to create a couple vibrational waters and oils and charged them under the Beltane sun.  This gave me the idea for what has now turned into an online store on Etsy.  Sunhealers now has connected to the name behind the company and have found a way to turn my passion into my career.  I make magickal enchantments and charge them under the Sun at each nature celebration to infuse it with the seasonal energies.  Being born in October, I have always believed in the mysteries and magick.  My favorite Halloween costume was a witch and kinda still is!  I was inspired to create objects that would easily add magick to the mundane, bringing magick into your life in such a cohesive and natural process.  I bless and charge candles, necklaces, oils, mists, and vibrational waters that are meant for the empowerment and advancement of humanity.

 

Interestingly, when I stopped focusing on the money in such a painful way, at the right moment “it” showed up.  Explore your Pimp, Pauper, and Prostitute energies.  If money is driving the creativity then it can become a prostitute.  You take on the energy of “I will do this for you but you have to pay me. ” “I’ll do that if you do this.” You end up prostituting your creativity out.  Pauper energies… you spend the money as soon as you get it.  Pimp energies.. Where am I sending out someone to do something I can do for myself?  Where are you making someone else do it for you so that you do not have to face your fears?  When you send your friends or kids to do it or say it for you..

This Libra New Moon is going to be potently charged.  Because of the Autumn energies, and the moon’s relationship with Pluto and Uranus it will be an opportunity to transform/change something and look at the way you are partnering and collaborating.  The New Moon shadow issues will face off with Uranus and it can create a challenge and awakening to happen simultaneously.  How do you want to take it to the next level?  What would your up-level look like?  You have to choose from 3 decisions:  maintain status quo, up-level, or spiral down.  There is nothing wrong with spiraling down because this where you are immersing yourself in the depth of things in order to transform.  It is when you stay here too log that your energy will become stagnant.  In your own way you up-level in each stage.

balance sun and moonAt this new Moon ask yourself “Where have I dulled myself down to be in relationship to you?”  Where have you been over ridding your own intuition for someone else’s?  Where are you living somebody else’s dreams for you?  Where are you pimping and prostituting your creativity and values to be part of someone else’s world?  And once you have answered that, look for the solution.  Don’t stay in the spiral…transform.  These are the parts that you have experienced soul loss and have to come back to center.  What areas in your life are  are you not feel safe enough to do what you want to do? Usually it’s the areas that you feel shaky about because you do not feel safe. Then you have to ask yourself “How can I gracefully transform these things in a cohesive, natural, and synchronistic process and solution for everybody involved.”  How can we change this into a blissful, pleasant, benevolent, abundant, loving, fun outcome for all those involved?”  How can you still partner and collaborate with someone and still reclaim yourself?  Meditate on these things on the new Moon and journal about it.  Ask yourself who you want to collaborate with or what specific energies do you want to collaborate with: abundance, creativity, balance, harmony, wholeness, beauty, grace, love, etc…

Make a pie chart and get honest with yourself.  Draw how much percentage you would say that you have of health, wealth, family time, personal time, businesses, spiritual time, etc.  Then make one of what you would LIKE your life to look like.  A pie chart is the shape of a circle.  An appropriate shape for this time with the Libra New Moon and the Autumn Equinox.  You are seeking completion and wholeness represented by the circle and it starts from the center.  Meditate and Envision your life and what it would look and feel like as if you have shifted your life to balance and created harmony.  This new moon can be a powerful one.  You are either going to question yourself and pass this new Moon with ‘Will I be OK?” energy or adopt an “I’m gonna do it!” type of energy.

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Summer Solstice

 

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The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. During the Summer Solstice the energies of light briefly overcome the energies of darkness and the power of the Sun is at its full force.  It marks the beginning of Summer.  For centuries our planet’s movement around the Sun has been observed and celebrated.  Here we celebrate the completion of the cycle that began at the Winter Solstice.  The Summer Solstice is a doorway of the second half of the year, energizing the paths that lead within.

For some pagans this marks the marriage of the God and Goddess and their union as the force that creates the harvest fruits.  This is seen as a very joyous occasion  because by this time the ground had thawed out, warm temperatures had returned, flowers are blooming and the leaves have returned… signs of abundance can be seen everywhere.  Summer is seen as a time of rapid growth, fruitfulness, and abundant awareness.

But the Summer Solstice also holds a much greater spiritual significance.  The Sun has always been symbolic of the highest divinity.  The Summer Solstice represents our Spirit’s ascension to the Divine, the reunion of Self with the Divinity.  The light of the soul shines its brightest over the darkness of the shadow.sun inthe woods

This is the time of enlightment.  The Summer Solstice is an ideal time for you to let go of your ego and old patterns of suppression and focus on what you desire to bring into your life.  It is a portal opening of energy that overwhelms obstruction, blockages, and ego.  This is a time of strength, accomplishment, and achievement.

Before Christianity, Midsummer was thought to be one of the times in the year where magick was the strongest.  It is considered a good night to perform rituals that could change the future.  Midsummer is a supercharged time physically and emotionally, which makes it ideal for making resolutions to:  kickstart new habits, strengthen human relationships, and let go of negativity.  Now is the time to create daily habits that will be hardwired into lifestyle changes that will keep your spirits afloat as the days become shorter.

fire spellThis is a good time for all types of healing work, for setting intentions and resolutions, for doing affirmations or visualizations, for doing artistic work, for making love and connecting with your partner at a deeper, more spiritual level, and for connecting with the various “kind beings of the universe” — your spiritual helpers, power animals, higher power, and so on. The sun at this time is just moving into the Water sign of Cancer. Cancer is a very psychic, sweet, empathetic and sensitive sign, so you’ll feel these influences come in.  Some evocative and powerful words to think about or concepts to meditate on include: hope, transformation, transfiguration, release, ecstasy, and resolution.

Globally, a wide range of rituals for the Summer Solstice which focus on the themes of fulfillment, enlightment, abundance, sharing, and the joy of living on this beautiful Earth.  Ceremonies are also performed regarding community, career, relationships, Nature communion, and planetary wellness.  Most common Summer Solstice themes tend to revolve around warding off negative spirits, protection, marriage, and fertility.

handfastingAncient cultures around the world have celebrated the Summer Solstice by making bonfires, as Fire represents Summer, the Sun, and heat.  The Sun is the giver of life.  Thus, certain cultures have associated the Summer Solstice with fertility and is believed to be a good time to get married.  Celebrations of feasting, dancing, and singing were held.  Yellow and orange flowers are used in decorations and activities.  You can use the flowers to make a floral wreath, a sun wheel, or a mandala.  St. John’s Wort was often picked and thrown onto the fire.  People usually leapt through bonfires, considered to bring good luck.  The bonfires were also believed to ward off negative spirits.  Protection amulets were made and charged under the Sun on the Summer Solstice to charge and heighten its power.  People would gather to see the Sunrise.

Ironically, while summer is just hitting its stride, the Earth is already turning towards the dark season as the nights begin to lengthen and the days will shorten from this point on, until after the Winter Solstice.

So where as in May we celebrated and honored the mother energy, in June, we celebrate and honor the father energy.  This is seen as the Father Sky or the Yang symbol in the Chinese symbol.  It’s the Active force in life.  It’s characterized as hard, fast, focused, and aggressive.  This energy comes in handy when we need to push through things, shine light on the dark, transform heaviness into lightness.  It’s the go-getter attitude, filling us up with passion, enthusiasm, and motivation to move and do!

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