With a new moon in Taurus, you can focus on manifesting being present and in the moment. Taurus likes to relax and enjoy itself, which you can work on. You can work on manifesting being more sensual, having stronger senses, and a better connection to your body. Taurus also rules material things, so you can work on a healthier connection to what you own and want to own. As a fixed earth sign, Taurus rules being practical, stable, and grounded, which can be manifested as well. Patience, determination, and dedication can be tackled also. For health manifestation, Taurus rules the throat, neck, voice, and thyroid.
Some specific manifesting ideas for Taurus new moons:
More Money: Money is ruled by Taurus. This manifestation creates more money in your life in general, and can also be used for a raise or better money management with a couple tweaks. Perform your manifesting under a new moon in Taurus. At the new moon, take time alone to focus your intention. Light a green candle for money, a gold candle for riches, and/or cinnamon incense to pump up the energy. For better money management, add in a brown candle for responsibility. It’s also a good idea to get a piece of citrine, which is called the money stone, to help focus your money energy. If you do, hold the citrine in your non-dominant hand as you write in your manifestation journal. Write down exactly how much money you want. Don’t pick a number out of thin air, pick a number that makes sense for you now, and focus on this number. Write down all of the things you want the money for. It can be for specific things like paying a certain bill or buying a new pair of shoes, or for more general things like not having to worry about getting sick or having more security. Try to use green ink for your writing. If you use the citrine, visualize having the money you want as you hold the stone. Imagine feeling wealthy. Carry the stone with you daily, or keep it in your purse or wallet. Try to wear yellow daily to open up your solar plexus chakra, which helps you to manifest money. Recite this mantra daily: I have an abundance of wealth. I have an abundance of money. There is no limit to the amount of money available to me.
Get Grounded: Grounded energy is ruled by Taurus. At the new moon, take some time alone to focus your intention. Light a green candle and/or frankincense or sage incense for grounding. If you’d like, you may go outside and pick a rock for you to use like a crystal to help ground you. Clear and prepare it just like with a crystal, and hold it in your non-dominant hand as you write in your manifestation journal. Write about how it would feel to be more grounded. Feel free to make drawings of things that represent grounded energy to you. Envision yourself as a grounded person, and allow yourself to feel the calm and centered energy deep inside of yourself that would flourish if you were grounded. See yourself getting through all of the trials of life as a grounded person. A visualization technique you can use each day is to stand and imagine roots growing out from your midsection and spine, wrapping around your legs and digging deep into the Earth. Keep your rock with you daily, if you use it, or try to hold it for a few minutes each day in your non-dominant hand and use the visualization technique. Try to wear the color red to open up your root chakra each day and help to ground you. Recite this mantra daily: I am a grounded person. I am a centered person. I am a rock.
We're really coming along with 2017! Guess these retrogrades are pushing us through (maybe in spite of us!). Anywho, we'll have a full moon in Scorpio on May 10th at 5:42PM ET, when we're finally done with these ghastly retrogrades. Woo hoo for that, buuuuut Scorpio full moons tend to be very serious. Scorpio is a serious, deep sign, and full moons are emotional and introspective, so we may be looking back over the last few months with serious approaches and try to understand what's come to pass. We can look deep within ourselves, and try to unearth some of the demons in our depths. It's a time to dig, research, and deal with the dark side.
Scorpio rules transformations, so that can be a good use of the energy. Work on transformations for the better, and focus on ways to evolve into a better person or evolve your life to be truer to who you are and to help you with your ultimate happiness. Scorpio is the phoenix rising from the ashes, so it can be a good time to focus on areas where you've experienced defeat and work on regaining strength and being more willful.
Scorpio also rules other people's money - taxes, debs, loans, inheritances, joint finances - so we can work on settling issues with these. There could be some financial developments or news in the world, maybe some budget announcements or something like that.
Oh, and with Scorpio ruling the dark side, and all of this Russia stuff we can't seem to escape - some sort of culmination there? Perhaps some murkier parts of the story are told. Though this can be true with anything these days!
This full moon will also be sextile (positive aspect, two signs away) Pluto in Capricorn, and Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio, so that can bring an easier energy to this full moon, and help us focus on more positive manifestations and uses. Transform, understand, and bring the dark into the light - yes!
The full moon occurs at 20 degrees 24 minutes in Scorpio. The major aspects for this full moon are:
Conjunction: 18 degrees 24 minutes - 22 degrees 26 minutes Scorpio
Sextile: 18 degrees 24 minutes - 22 degrees 26 minutes Virgo or Capricorn
Square: 18 degrees 24 minutes - 22 degrees 26 minutes Leo or Aquarius
Trine: 18 degrees 24 minutes - 22 degrees 26 minutes Cancer or Pisces
Opposition: 18 degrees 24 minutes - 22 degrees 26 minutes Taurus
May's new moon occurs in Gemini on May 25th at 3:44PM ET, and this new moon is a lot lighter than the full moon. Gemini is the sign of the mind, so we can be less emotional and more focused on our ideas, opinions, information, and plans. We can have a more positive outlook and can be excited by what we're focused on. Our interest can vary, and our focus can be pulled from this to that, but we find it all fascinating for a little while. There can be more sharing of information and knowledge, and we can be open to learning and communicating clearly. No doubt something we need after the retrogrades!
Gemini rules young people, so they can have more energy or get more focus. Perhaps more focus on education, or young people want to have more of a say. We can all be focused on being heard, and there can be a lot of talk. Gemini is also the sign of the Twins, so we can have a split focus with this new moon, and find we're focused on or excited by different things, maybe in different ways.
We can seem busier, keeping our schedules fuller, and wanting to have lots to do to use up mental energy and stimulate our minds. It's a time to be social, to be engaged, and to connect with our minds.
The new moon occurs at 4 degrees 46 minutes in Gemini. The major aspects for this new moon are:
Conjunction: 2 degrees 36 minutes - 6 degrees 46 minutes Gemini
Sextile: 2 degrees 36 minutes - 6 degrees 46 minutes Aries or Leo
Square: 2 degrees 36 minutes - 6 degrees 46 minutes Virgo or Pisces
Trine: 2 degrees 36 minutes - 6 degrees 46 minutes Libra or Aquarius
Opposition: 2 degrees 36 minutes - 6 degrees 46 minutes Sagittarius
It's impossible to be 100% healthy 100% of the time (otherwise we'd all be living forever - unless you're a vampire, of course!). So what in a natal chart can show health issues you're predisposed to having? There are a few different things you can look at, but one this article will cover is a natal planet at a critical degree. Critical degrees are certain degrees in the Zodiac that have critical energy. Every planet rules different parts of the body, so if you have a natal planet at a critical degree, you can be predisposed to health issues ruled by that planet.
Here's a list of what each planet rules with the body:
The Sun: The Sun actually rules your entire body as a whole, so having the Sun at a critical degree can show general health issues overall. Specifically, the Sun rules your heart, so you may have to deal with blood pressure issues, irregular heartbeat, heart disease, etc. With a critical Sun, take special care of your heart.
The Moon: The Moon rules your stomach and pancreas, as well as your chest, so having the Moon at a critical degree can show issues with your stomach, digestion, or pancreas-related issues (like diabetes since the pancreas creates insulin). When it comes to the chest, the Moon rules your chest cavity and breasts, but not your lungs (Mercury) or heart (The Sun).
Mercury: Mercury rules your lungs, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands, and digestion, so having Mercury at a critical degree may bring about issues with things like carpel tunnel or trigger finger (hands and wrists), or issues with breathing (like asthma, allergies). You may deal with digestive issues as well. Mercury also rules stress, so a critical Mercury can show being predisposed to issues brought on by stress. Also, while Mercury doesn't rule your vocal cords (Venus does), Mercury does rule communication, so health issues that can impact your ability to communicate can also pop up.
Venus: Venus rules your neck, throat, thyroid, and kidneys, so having Venus at a critical degree can show issues with speaking (constant laryngitis or strep throat) or vocal cords, thyroid problems, or kidney issues. Venus rules diabetes in general, but it can be shown with both the Moon and Venus.
Mars: Mars rules your head, so having Mars at a critical degree may bring about issues with headaches/migraines or dizziness (or anything with the brain), bad eyesight or eye issues, issues with your mouth (though teeth are ruled by Saturn), or with your scalp. Mars also rules your skin along with Saturn, but Mars governs oily skin issues like acne, while Saturn rules dry skin issues like psoriasis. Mars is also ruler of accidents and injuries, so you may be predisposed to them as well. And Mars also governs testosterone, which can be an issue (especially for males, but females as well).
Jupiter: Jupiter rules your hips, liver, and upper legs, so having Jupiter at a critical degree may bring about issues with your hips (like dislocation), with your liver, or with your thighs. Jupiter can also tie in to issues with overconsumption since this is the planet of excess (so careful with food, drugs, alcohol, medicine).
Saturn: Saturn rules your skin (dry), bones, joints, teeth, and gall bladder, so having Saturn at a critical degree can show issues with dry skin (psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis), bones (get your calcium!), joints (creaky), teeth (get regular checkups), and gall bladder (watch for stones). Saturn can also show health issues that arise as a result of not taking proper care of your body or not properly addressing existing health problems.
Uranus: Uranus rules your lower legs, so having Uranus at a critical degree can show issues with leg cramps, circulation, spider or varicose veins, or with your calves or ankles. Uranus also rules the sudden and unexpected, so you may experience health issues that come from out of nowhere.
Neptune: Neptune rules your feet and lymphatic system, so having Neptune at a critical degree can show issues with bunions, corns, arches (feet), and since Neptune rules your lymphatic system, you can be prone to toxicity, reactions to medications, and hypersensitivity to environmental toxins and chemicals. You generally need to be more cautious with what you both put in your body and expose your body to, and it's a good idea to avoid unnecessary drugs or chemicals. Neptune also obscures and makes it difficult to figure things out, so you may be prone to health issues that go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, or that modern medicine doesn't have treatment for.
Pluto: Pluto rules your reproductive system, rectum, colon, and bladder, so having Pluto at a critical degree may bring about issues with your reproductive system (infertility, problems with reproductive hormones), and women may deal with PMS or PMDD. You can also experience digestive issues that impact your system of elimination, and need to take care with your colon.
You can experience these issues at any point of your life, or your entire life when it's a natal planet. You can also experience them temporarily when a progressed planet comes to a critical degree, and you can become predisposed to health issues with that planet for as long as it's critical in the progressed chart.
In case you aren't familiar, the critical degrees are:
0, 13, 26 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
8-9, 21-22 degrees of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
4, 17 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
Followers of western astrology are aware of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) and the generational influences they contribute to the natal chart. Plutonic energy, for example, rules transformation and destruction but it also unites a specific segment of the population. People born during the same period of time share universal experiences through music, politics, current events, social change, and lifestyle trends. Therefore, each Pluto generation creates upheaval to patterns established by the previous generation and eventually their structure will be overturned by future Pluto generations. Pluto’s influence in the natal chart is a generalized example of generational astrology. Many astrologers are knowledgeable about the impact of outer planets on generations of people but there is also an individual aspect to generational astrology that weaves through family interactions. The natal chart can be analyzed to reveal family secrets.
Astrologers often use the natal chart as a way to decode family dynamics and skeletons in the closet. Paying close attention to the placement of inner and outer planets as well as the houses representing family members and themes will provide clues to the chart holder’s family history. Aspects also need to be considered as sometimes challenging ones plague generations of families; i.e. Sun square Saturn, which could pinpoint a generational pattern of father/son self-esteem issues or inherited tendencies toward depression throughout a family lineage.
Inner planets in a natal chart will reveal family values throughout the generations as well as parents’ and grandparents’ identity roles relating to the chart holder. The Sun in the natal chart represents the parent’s ego and self-truth. The natal Moon placement indicates a parent’s prenatal attachment to the baby, their parenting styles and attitudes, and can even explain how the grandparents of the baby processed emotions during the parent’s childhood. Mercury placement in the natal chart represents extended family relationships and the family’s oral history. Venus indicates the family’s social background through different generations. Mars connotes family boundaries, anger, and sexual attitudes.
Outer planets are indicative of the family’s generational legacies regarding psychological health and behavioral choices. Jupiter will show a family’s propensity toward addiction as well as their religious practices. The grandparents of the chart holder are exhibited by the chart holder’s Saturn placement. Uranus indicates the way the parents conducted their personal lives prior to conceiving the chart holder. Neptune in the natal chart evinces both physical health and behavioral health issues (particularly passed through the family). Pluto in the natal chart manifests as family survival.
Houses in the natal chart reveal generational identity in addition to what life was like for the parents during the chart holder’s gestational period in the mother’s womb. The first house expresses or represses identity. The second house rules class issues and the family’s financial situation. The third house rules family communication and foreign language. The fourth house is an important prenatal house as it rules parents and extended family as well as the security or lack of security the family provides for the chart holder. The fifth house rules fertility and challenges to fertility. The sixth house rules the family’s attitude towards work and health. The seventh house rules partnership and arranged marriages. The eighth house indicates family financial legacies from before the chart holder’s birth, family sexual boundaries, the health of family members, and the need to immigrate to another country. The ninth house will reveal generational access to education, immigration, and family expansion. The tenth house rules the family’s name and reputation. The eleventh house rules the family’s friends and social network. The twelfth house rules family secrets or any issues the family represses.
Plutonic energy can unite an entire generation of human beings. It can also influence a family’s interpersonal dynamics through several generations. The key to generational astrology in the natal chart is to use the energy found in the planets and houses to better understand what type of circumstances family generations have had to contend with, their coping mechanisms for survival, and how these legacies been passed down to the chart holder for better or worse.
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Many of us have a sibling, and they may drive us nuts, be our best friends, be our worst enemies, or be our best competition. In astrology, siblings are ruled by Mercury, the 3rd house, and Gemini. You can be more focused on your sibling - talk with them, spend time with them, fight with them, feel distance with them - with aspects to your natal or progressed Mercury, 3rd house cusp or ruler, or natal or progressed Gemini planets. Hard aspects (squares and oppositions) by Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto can often bring difficulties in your relationship with them. Saturn or Neptune can drive you apart, while Uranus and Pluto can bring power struggles, control issues, changes you don’t like, or unexpected problems.
When Saturn is in your 3rd house, you may feel more distant with your sibling, or you may have to take on more responsibilities with them. When Uranus is in your 3rd house, you may feel that your sibling has become too erratic and unpredictable, or that your relationship with them suddenly changes. When Neptune is in your 3rd house, you may drift apart from your sibling, or feel that more compassion is needed between you. When Pluto is in your 3rd house, you may fight over power and control, and need to work on transforming your relationship to avoid it becoming destructive.
Good times to work on your relationship with your sibling or to spend more time with them usually come with sextiles and trines by Mars and Jupiter to your natal and progressed Mercury, 3rd house cusp and ruler, and Gemini planets, or with your progressed Mercury sextile or trine any of your natal or progressed personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars). The Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, or Jupiter in the 3rd house can also be very helpful, and you can bring more attention to your sibling with the Sun, connect emotionally with the Moon, meet in the middle with Venus, feel more driven to focus on them with Mars, and find a more happy place between you with Jupiter.
Transit (moving) Mercury in the 1st house (of the self) can also be a good period, and as he moves through your houses, you can focus on different aspects of your relationship with your sibling (making things more stable in the 2nd house, working on communication in the 3rd house, trying to get emotional understanding in the 4th house, enjoying one another in the 5th house, paying more attention with the 6th house, meeting in the middle with the 7th house, digging deeper into your issues with the 8th house, having new experiences together with the 9th house, finding the best part of your relationship with the 10th house, coming together as friends with the 11th house, and eliminating past issues with the 12th house).
Whether or not you get along naturally is usually found in the natal charts between you using synastry, where you compare your charts. If there’s a lot of elemental affinity (so you have planets in the same or complementary elements), this can be very helpful. If you find a lot of your planets square one another, you may butt heads a lot and lack understanding, and if your planets are mostly opposite one another, you may be total opposites. The composite chart (the chart of the relationship) can also tell you come more about your relationship and how easy or complicated it is. If there are multiple planets in the composite 8th house, especially personal planets, a prominent composite Pluto, or lots of Scorpio in the composite chart, this can be the most challenging. Helpful energy is seen with planets in the 3rd, 5th, and 11th houses, a well-aspected composite Mercury, or composite Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, or Jupiter in Gemini.
I also find that siblings who tend to be close usually have a strong 3rd and/or 4th house connection in the natal or composite charts. The 3rd house rules siblings and the 4th house rules family, so this isn’t a surprise.
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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