When we are told it is all coming in divine time, the mind can get intrusive and want specific answers. The need to know with certainty is common but it is not the way things work in the realm of spirit. Before incarnating, our souls, wise and all-seeing, planned certain events, meetings with people, karmic connections, plans for the evolution of the soul, and so on.
These are large events, like markers along your path. The rest is dependent on your free will. You don’t have to take up a marker event, you can walk right by it or even sit right in front of it and not budge. I am sure you have witnessed others doing this, and opportunity comes along but they can’t or won’t proceed. In any event when we, or someone else in our lives, does this, we are exercising free will.
It is also our free will in play when we want a certain outcome to happen in a certain way or time. When we do this we force restrictions onto the situation and we can impede our progress.
Divine timing happens when the energetic forces around a situation (such as twin flames coming together) are a vibrational match. This is when we experience the outcome we desire but only after we have surrendered that event - most importantly, how it will happen and when.
It’s difficult to let go of something that you want badly, to trust that it will come. The mind fights us every step of the way. Yet, for all our energetic expenditures, in the end, the outcome comes no sooner, and we have only exhausted ourselves in the process. Try not to overthink, to control. Find certainty in the unknown. This is a great lesson that we are all undergoing in mass, twin flames, light workers and others who are awakening. We are, all of us, letting go of the old conditioning of needing certainty. In truth, we gain nothing but an illusion of certainty through control. Grace is required to embrace what is possible through surrender. I tell you anything is possible, but we must let go of how and when.
In order to surrender with grace, it is necessary to clear. If you should notice some area that creates resistance for you - for example in love, resistance might look like this: you want answers now, you want to know who and when and where you will meet your twin flame. But what does this information really give you? An expectation, something that you can control at the level of the mind; but what if instead you were told that you will meet your twin in this lifetime, it will happen when things in both of your lives match, when you are both ready and that this is for the best possible outcome for your union.
Can you notice the difference in the feeling of the two actions? One is forced, controlled and somewhat desperate because it is fear based. The second is free, based in love. This is the best approach when dealing with love and preparing for it to arrive in one’s life. Whether it is love, abundance, life purpose, having a child, anything in life that we are strongly drawn to and want in our lives. It can fall prey to our strong desire to have control over it. When we allow this part of ourselves to dominate, we actually push the very people and situations we want in our lives away, or we attract ones that we think are the answer but they fall short.
The art of surrender has to do with seeing what you resist and working with it. First, accept it and then surrender so that it can be cleared. This activity promotes healing and raises your vibration. You learn to see things from a higher perspective. The act of surrender is one that gives you the chance to fulfill your life’s mission and to live in a state of well-being. It is not one that keeps you in a pattern of upset like the old ways, but rather it lifts you up and inspires you to live in ways that are expansive. This is when transformation occurs and it all starts with surrender. Surrendering to a higher power, whatever problem, issue, dream, meeting your soulmate or twin flame, relocating, a job, abundance or anything at all; taking the path of surrender clears a path for it to come in when it vibrationally matches you. The more you clear, the sooner this can be.
In the end, it comes down to two things: free will and divine timing. You have the free will to choose, as everyone does. You also have the wisdom to choose divine timing, to choose to surrender and trust that the thing you want, wants you too, and it is just a matter of getting out of your own way. Step aside from the old way of control and fear to the new way of trust and unconditional love. This is the art of surrender in action, unconditional love.
We all must undergo this transformation, to turn to the unconditional because we are unconditional beings. We are simply returning to our authentic state. Too long, we have been isolated, afraid, living lives of inferiority and angry for it or depressed and feeling helpless. Return to your authentic state of being, surrender the old and welcome in the new. It is time, yet the choice is always yours to make. The marker is upon you.
What decision will you make?
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A full moon occurs in Libra on April 11th at 2:08AM ET. Libra is the sign of equality, compromise, fairness, and justice, and we can be more emotional and worked up about these things with this full moon. We can work harder to try and make everyone get along, and we can feel more stressed out and out of balance if everything is chaos. Middle ground, that’s the Libra way!
Libra is also the sign of relationships, so we can be more focused on our relationships with this full moon. We can show more emotion with the people in our lives, invest more time in eliminating the bad from a relationship, or consider eliminating people from our lives who are no longer good for us. This is elevated by the fact that the ruler of Libra, Venus, is retrograde (appearing to move backward) for this full moon (and is actually getting ready to end the retrograde 4 days later). So we’re super focused on the Libra-Venus issues and everything that has come up over the last month+. We can really evaluate and feel that now is the time to make some sort of definitive statement or take more solid action. We tend to be more lazy and inactive with Venus retrogrades, but this full moon might drive us to do more.
This full moon squares (hard aspect, 3 signs away) Pluto in Capricorn, and this can add to emotions and bring about some conflict, some struggle for power and control, and we can see some issues really come to a head, especially in our relationships, the way we connect to one another, how we relate to each other, and our struggles for peace in the world. This aspect calls for us to make a transformation that’s deep and profound and will ultimately make things better in the long run. We’ve just gotta make sure we don’t try to exert dominance and squash others while we do it.
The full moon occurs at 21 degrees 32 minutes Libra. The major aspects to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 19 degrees 32 minutes - 23 degrees 32 minutes Libra
Sextile: 19 degrees 32 minutes - 23 degrees 32 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Square: 19 degrees 32 minutes - 23 degrees 32 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 19 degrees 32 minutes - 23 degrees 32 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Opposition: 19 degrees 32 minutes - 23 degrees 32 minutes Aries
We’ll have a new moon in Taurus on April 26th at 8:16AM ET. This new moon in Taurus can help us to find some more confidence where it may’ve been lacking, some more stability and security where we’ve been feeling a bit uncertain, and some calming energy where there’s been some chaos. This new moon comes in the other sign Venus rules, Taurus, after the Venus retrograde ends, so we can have an easier time dealing with the Taurus side of Venus and feel more stable, secure, and can especially focus on financial matters. This new moon also comes after Mercury retrograde leaves this sign, so we get a shot of good energy to try and right the ship that may’ve been steering off-course for the last couple weeks.
Taurus likes to keep things calm, subdued, and grounded, so this new moon can be a great time to do just that. Calm down areas of life that have been chaotic, take a more subdued, practical, easy-going approach to situations and problems, and get grounded so you don’t feel like you’re getting whiplash from the planets so much (something we’ll all be dealing with during this period of Venus and Mercury retrograde!). Slow it down and find that quiet center, and build from there. There’s no need to rush and fuss, go wild or get crazy. Take your time, enjoy the moment, and take it slow and steady.
The new moon occurs at 6 degrees 27 minutes Taurus. The major aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 4 degrees 27 minutes - 8 degrees 27 minutes Taurus
Sextile: 4 degrees 27 minutes - 8 degrees 27 minutes Cancer or Pisces
Square: 4 degrees 27 minutes - 8 degrees 27 minutes Leo or Aquarius
Trine: 4 degrees 27 minutes - 8 degrees 27 minutes Virgo or Capricorn
Opposition: 4 degrees 27 minutes - 8 degrees 27 minutes Scorpio
The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at. Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when he's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
This Mercury retrograde begins on April 9th at 7:14PM ET and ends on May 2nd at 12:33PM ET. The shadow period is March 27th - May 20th. The first storm period is April 4th - 18th, and second storm period is April 24th - May 13th.
The next round of Mercury madness starts in April, and in earth sign Taurus. Here comes the laziness - sit down and take a nap! We’re extra lazy with Mercury retrograde in Taurus, lacking any energy and drive to get started or get things done. We just want to kick back with a big bowl of ice cream in our pajamas and binge watch some old TV shows, then fall asleep with drool. Why rush when there’s no need? Why push when you can just relax? Of course, there’s taking your time and there’s taking a lifetime. We may be taking several lifetimes!
We can find we’re much more stubborn, unwilling to budge from our positions, and much more indulgent, especially when we feel challenged. We can butt heads over our morals and beliefs, and we can feel insecure, unstable, lack confidence, or lack safety. Plus, Taurus rules our finances, so we may be splurging too much and spend ourselves into a hole, or we can be such misers that we think we can take our wealth with us. We need some moderation.
To add insult to injury, Venus is already retrograde when Mercury retrograde starts, and Mercury retrograde starts in one of the signs Venus rules (Taurus). Oh boy! So we’re extra off, feeling extra backward, and we can experience major communication and focus issues in our relationships and with our finances. Gotta work extra hard to keep the lines open. Venus isn’t retrograde the entire time Mercury is though, and ends April 15th, so they won’t overlap for too long. But a short time can be enough to drive you bonkers!
Mercury won’t retrograde entirely in Taurus for this round though. He’ll go backward into Aries on April 20th (1:37PM ET), so the rest of the retrograde occurs in Aries. Aries is a fire sign, a cardinal sign, and the sign of action. So we may be jumping to take action with things we haven’t done our homework with, don’t know enough about, but we don’t care, we just want to jump! And we jump right into a ditch, right off of a cliff, right out of an airplane without a parachute. No good! We go from extreme laziness and complete lack of drive to extreme impulse and doing too much. The retrograde starts and we need energy, the retrograde ends and we need to slow down.
Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, so we may be focused on new beginnings. But with retrograde energy, brand new usually isn’t great, so it’s a better idea to focus on second chances instead. Think about something you’d like another shot at starting again with, and then take steps to get moving with it, but be smart about it. If you have to rush, listen to your gut as much as you can.
Tempers may flare much more with Mercury retrograde in Aries, so watch what you say and do. We can inadvertently hurt people and not be able to take it back. Hold back if you don’t have anything nice to say, and then scream into a pillow so you don’t explode on anyone.
Mercury will be anaretic as he enters Aries. The anaretic degree is the very last degree of any sign and a point of crisis energy, and Mercury will be anaretic in Aries April 20th - 22nd. Aries is the sign of action anyway, so anaretic Aries can REALLY make something happen. We’re pushed to do something fast, and we’re impulsive about it, impatient about it, and not thinking things through. There may be more violence, uprising, rebellion, or general unrest. Be calm, be calm.
This Mercury retrograde will make 3 major aspects, first being a conjunction to the Sun on April 20th (1:54AM ET). This is actually RIGHT before Mercury exits Taurus and goes back into Aries, so there could be some sort of big, last-minute, all-of-a-sudden development, decision, action, and a feeling of, now or never. Personally, you may experience this with the areas of life ruled by the house this conjunction occurs in. Mercury then trines (positive aspect) Saturn on April 24th (4:15AM ET), helping us to be a little more focused, disciplined, and responsible, trying to keep the ship from sinking. Mercury conjuncts Uranus on April 28th (10:49AM ET) in Aries, and this can bring about a big change, something unexpected, some randomly bizarre. We may all be feeling a little strange, do something a little strange, think of something a little strange, and this can play out with the areas of life ruled by the house location this conjunction occurs in your chart.
The retrograde begins at 4 degrees Taurus, so those of you Taureans born April 23rd - 27th can feel the start of this retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 24 degrees Aries, so those of your Aries born April 12th - 15th can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.
(originally from the June 2016 monthly newsletter)
We've got two big retrogrades coming! So what is the best way to emerge from a retrograde? First, you want to prepare yourself. Be mindful of when the planet ends its retrograde, and know that anything that’s going on at that time can be reversed once the retrograde is over. You should either finish things quickly before the planet is moving forward again, or be super flexible once it is moving forward, ready for adjustments.
It’s usually a good idea to slow things down in your life around the end of a retrograde so you can handle whatever monkey wrenches the end of the retrograde throws at you. When a planet ends its retrograde, the energy can be supercharged, so we can all be a little frazzled and exhausted anyway, and need the extra time to rest so we’re not completely burned out. Once the retrograde is over, work on replenishing your energy levels so you can quickly get back on the right track.
The areas of life ruled by the house the planet retrogrades in tend to get the brunt of the problems during the retrograde, so start to make plans for how you can right whatever went wrong, and get everything back to normal (or better than normal) soon after the retrograde ends. The problems that come up during retrogrades don’t have to remain once they’re done, but if you don’t tackle them, they can last for a while.
Your Solar Return occurs around your birthday (the day before, of, or after), and is when the transit (moving) Sun returns to the exact same position it was at when you were born. You can create a chart for the moment of the return called the Solar Return Chart, and from that chart, you can glean some information about how the next year of your life will go, until your next birthday. What’s ruled by the house that the Solar Return Sun is located in the Solar Return Chart can become more prominent for you over the next year of life.
Solar Return Sun in the 1st House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 1st house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on yourself, your own wants and needs, and what you want to be getting started with. It can be a period full of new beginnings, energy, enthusiasm, and you can feel more pioneering and excited. You can put yourself out there and get more attention or be in the spotlight.
Solar Return Sun in the 2nd House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 2nd house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on bringing stability and security into your life. You can pursue financial opportunities, and work to improve your confidence, sense of self-worth, and connect more to your values.
Solar Return Sun in the 3rd House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 3rd house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on your ideas, connecting more to your mind, and using your mental energy. You can be focused on a variety of different projects, plans, and ventures over the next year, and be more curious and open.
Solar Return Sun in the 4th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 4th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on your home and family life, and can work to create a better home life, improve the connection to family, surround yourself with more supportive people, strengthen your internal foundation, or stabilize your emotional self. You may also focus on getting something going from the ground up or feel that you bottom out with something.
Solar Return Sun in the 5th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 5th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on connecting to your heart, what you enjoy in life, and the people you love. Love can be a main theme for the year, and you can spend more time doing what you love and giving more attention to people you love.
Solar Return Sun in the 6th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 6th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on work, what needs to be done, and tending to the little things. You can be more hard-working and focused on smaller tasks and chores, and can work to improve your working environment or situation.
Solar Return Sun in the 7th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 7th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on the people in your life and your relationships. Other people may be more important to you and require more of your time and attention over the next year, so you focus less on yourself. You can work on bringing more balance, peace, and harmony into your life.
Solar Return Sun in the 8th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 8th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on transforming yourself or your life for the better. You may have to deal with more serious issues and matters, and have to dig deep into people and situations. You can also work on financial matters that involve other people.
Solar Return Sun in the 9th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 9th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on bringing freedom into your life, craving the ability to explore, expand, and have new experiences. You can travel more, go to school, learn new things, and be enthusiastic about new opportunities.
Solar Return Sun in the 10th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 10th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on your career, ambitions, goals, and direction. You can work harder for what you want, and put more emphasis on success and achievement. You can be more disciplined and focused on what you want, and put together more plans. You may feel like you hit a high point with something in life, reaching the top or hitting your stride.
Solar Return Sun in the 11th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 11th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on being independent, expanding your social circle, or making an impact on the world. You can meet lots of new people and make new connections, embrace your individuality, and make a contribution.
Solar Return Sun in the 12th House
When the Solar Return Sun is in the Solar Return 12th house, you can spend the next year of your life focused more on letting go, moving on, clearing out your life, and coming to grips with issues from the past. You can become more aware of subconscious issues, motivations, and desires, and can get more in touch with your intuitive and spiritual sides. You can spend more time in the background over the next year, shying away from the spotlight.
On March 12th, a full moon occurs in Virgo at 10:54AM ET. The Virgo full moon wants to put aside emotional whims and focus on what absolutely needs to be done. We can work on tackling the little things, getting them out of the way, and finishing then off one at a time. We can be extra productive, efficient, and hard-working, and can feel better when we’re getting things done. We may push ourselves too much though, and need to make sure we don’t work ourselves to the bone. Doing that only results in STRESS, something we need to always be mindful of with a Virgo full moon. We can stress ourselves silly over nothing too important, so don’t push too hard, don’t demand too much from yourself, and avoid any perfectionist inklings. And take a day off when you can!
This can be a good time to work on bringing some structure, order, routine, and streamlining life, your space, your schedule. Clear the clutter out of anything and get rid of anything that’s in the way or unnecessary. The less junk you’ve got around you, the better.
The full moon is opposite asteroid Chiron in Pisces. Chiron is dubbed the Wounded Healer, and governs what we need to heal from as well as how we can heal. Chiron can be very sensitive, and we may find that we’re extra sensitive with our wounds with this full moon. There may be something out of our control that brings back old wounds, exposes the deep hurt, and makes the pain known. But it’s likely for a reason, and we need to deal with it so we can finally heal and move on.
This full moon occurs at 22 degrees 13 minutes Virgo. The aspects for this full moon are:
Conjunction: 20 degrees 13 minutes - 24 degrees 13 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 20 degrees 13 minutes - 24 degrees 13 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 20 degrees 13 minutes - 24 degrees 13 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 20 degrees 13 minutes - 24 degrees 13 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 20 degrees 13 minutes - 24 degrees 13 minutes Pisces
On March 27th, a new moon occurs in Aries at 10:57PM ET. The new moon in Aries is a time of energy, enthusiasm, drive, and positive approaches. We’re excited by what we’re doing, we can’t wait to get things started, and we may jump into it, but we’re too enthusiastic to worry. We can feel more pioneering and courageous, ready to boldly take the first step on a new journey and a new beginning.
The new moon wants us to get moving, but we may have a harder time doing that with Venus retrograde (appearing to move backward) at the same time. Venus retrograde normally makes us pretty lazy, but the new moon in Aries wants us to act. Perhaps schedule equal times for napping and for acting?
The new moon is *sort of* conjunct (aligned with) Venus retrograde in Aries. I normally only consider aspects within 2 degrees and it’s about 3 degrees away, but given that Venus is retrograde, that amplifies her impact and so, we can consider the conjunction. This brings more energy and focus on the Venus retrograde, which can amplify the bad or help bring some opportunities to get out of the bad. Maybe a little of both! This can be a great time for taking the initiative with second chances.
This new moon occurs at 7 degrees 37 minutes Aries. The aspects for this new moon are:
Conjunction: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 9 degrees 37 minutes Aries
Sextile: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 9 degrees 37 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Square: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 9 degrees 37 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 9 degrees 37 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Opposition: 5 degrees 37 minutes - 9 degrees 37 minutes Libra
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