This new moon (9 July 2021 at 9:17pm ET) at 18 degrees of Cancer is square Neptune and comes with a Venus/Mars conjunction nearly in perfect parallel to the new moon. New moons are the start of the lunar cycle and are great for setting an intention and starting something. My favorite thing about them though is the opportunity they give us to deepen our self-acceptance.
Looking at the sky map for this one, it feels like this new moon is an especially good opportunity for some radical self-acceptance in the form of emotionally accepting and honoring who we really are rather than feeding the idealized image of ourselves we hold in our heads.
When we do this, when we nurture our true self, we unlock a new level of self-acceptance that propels us to our best life. The clearer we are about who we are, the more we live in alignment with our best self. We get into the flow of our highest good. Our energy is powerful and loving, and how we live reflects what we value.
Our Cancer sun is currently sextile Uranus and quincunx Saturn and I want to encourage you to let go of stuff you think you should hold on to, both big and small.
Maybe there’s a bottle of product you bought that you don’t really like. You’ve had it for so long. You keep thinking even though you don’t like it, you’ll use it up. Instead, it collects dust, takes up room, and makes you feel like you are failing when you look at it, or that you shouldn’t have bought it, or must keep it or you’re being wasteful. At some point, what you paid for it is irrelevant, because whatever the cost, keeping it is costing you more. Get rid of it.
You signed up for an online class, but are way behind in the lessons. Stacks of books are by your bedside. Your to do lists have sub lists. You keep meaning to call someone, to reorganize a closet, to learn how to do play an instrument …
Whether the stuff you feel you’ve signed up to do (or use) is connected to something you’ve bought, someone you care about it, something you think is great, or just an idea in your head, this is a good time to revaluate.
Get rid of stuff you don’t want. Move things out of the active space of your life, both physically and mentally unless you are actively using them i.e., keep one or two books out and the rest go on shelves, packed away or given away. It’s okay to take that online class off your to do list for now, and even to allow for the possibility that you never go back to it.
It’s okay if you never actually read every book you bought. Look at the books on your shelves as opportunities available to you and not required assignments.
Notice how and where you’ve fallen into the trap of creating responsibility and obligation and free yourself from it.
Time to reset.
There are core things you need to do, but we can bog ourselves down too easily with good intentions.
When you are holding on to stuff that you don’t want, and to ideas of who you are supposed to be that you don’t feel aligned with now, you are unnecessarily limiting yourself.
Healthy boundaries are good and that includes boundaries on what you require of yourself.
When you stay attached to relationships that aren’t healthy for you out of fear, insecurity, obligation, or the belief they can give you something you can’t get any other way, you are limiting your freedom and all you can be.
Your soul can always find another way. There is no revelatory experience that only comes along once. No other person holds the key to your self discovery. No material object intrinsically has power over you. You give it your power.
Embrace this opportunity to deeply nurture your aspirational self by letting go of stuff that doesn’t serve you, beliefs that limit you and trust that you can bring into your life who and what you need, when you’re ready.
Sometimes we meet people and we know them. We already know them. We have a karmic connection to them that transcends this life. One of the ways this kind of connection can show up when looking at natal charts is by the degree of the midheaven. The midheaven shows your soul in your chart. If someone has the same degree you have, regardless of sign, they are part of your soul family. We all come from the same source and you can feel soulful connections without this indicator. This is just one way this connection is expressed. Take a look at your midheaven and keep that number in mind if you tend to collect charts of friends and families. Notice the degree of the midheaven next time you look at someone’s chart and see if it’s the same as yours. Sometimes (often) these people are in our life for a very short time. It can be one conversation, one favor, one act of kindness … even brief, it’s usually deeply felt. I’d love to know about one of your encounters with your soul family. Btw, if you like learning astrology my Stargazers community will reopen later this summer.
This full moon today is often called the strawberry moon or rose moon. It’s in Capricorn and is exact on Thursday (24 June 2021) at 2:40pm ET. Both the sun and moon will be at 3 degrees and aspect Jupiter. The moon will sextile Jupiter so the sun forms a trine.
I feel like this full moon is especially supportive of opportunities to see how we can communicate our vulnerability in a way that makes us feel more safe. When we fully accept ourselves it’s easier to be clear about how we feel and to express ourselves. We’re less fragile. Our emotional walls dissolve and transmute into confidence and strength, limitations become healthy boundaries and our emotions energize us into foundational self care.
This full moon is also a super moon and it’s the last one for this year. Soak up the glorious moonshine. Have a beautiful full moon.
Uranus is currently square Saturn 🪐 both at 13 degrees. Squares are forced awareness, so we have our individuality and sense of connection forcing awareness of our need for structure, boundaries and timing. Be yourself. 💫💜 When you try to be different and choose not to like or enjoy something because it’s ordinary, common etc., you aren’t being your unique self. You’re craving external validation that you’re unique. You have nothing to prove. No one else is the combination of everything that is YOU ❤️💥 It can be boring and tedious to be around people that try so hard to make you think they are special. More importantly, you’re investing your energy into creating an image for others instead of reveling in who you are. People that just express who they are 🌀 regardless of how strange or ordinary the expression are vibrant and fascinating. Somehow they make even their ordinary parts feel unexpected, because of how everything combines together. You sparkle most 🌟 when you equally don’t care if people think you’re weird or ordinary. Just do you. It’s about as soulful as it gets.
The Gemini new moon happens 10 June 2021 and it’s also an annular solar eclipse (partial eclipse). We have a spectacular opportunity for increased self-acceptance and to better understand ourselves.
Own your feelings without judging them or yourself for having them. When you do you’ll find they are illuminating teachers.
Take care of yourself the way you would someone precious to you, including saying kind things to yourself. This is a great time to create positive self talk. Finish this sentence in a living way, “I’m …” and periodically repeat it to yourself.
I often gave my mom flowers and when I saw these today, I thought about her. Flowers pretty much always make me think of Mom, so I bought them for myself. She would have loved them, and I felt her joy as I put them in water.
Mercury goes retrograde in Gemini today and I’m here to remind you that you can do ANYTHING during Mercury retrograde that you would do otherwise.
Metaphysics 101: Your mind is powerful. You will tend to create and reinforce what you believe. If you believe in the gloom and doom messages of Mercury retrograde you are more likely to have problems.
Here’s how I embrace it and advise clients.
💫 Be more open to personal reflection.
💫 Be more thoughtful about the power of your words.
💫 Be more intentional with your communications.
💫 Listen more. Be attentive.
💫 Listen to your soul.
💫 Evaluate lingering ongoing projects, finish them or intentionally take them off your current to do list so you stop giving them mental energy. You can revisit them at another time in life.
💫 You can absolutely sign contracts, mortgages, leases, etc. It’s best to ALWAYS read them carefully, regardless of a retrograde. Live your life and trust yourself. If this is the right time for you to do something, do it.
Astrology can be a powerful tool for getting into cosmic alignment. It’s still just a tool. There is no more powerful method for cosmic alignment than listening to your own soul. Please be wary of anyone that directs you to override that by telling you with certainty what you should do or not do something, especially when they cite a metaphysical tool to rationalize it.
In fact, here’s another great Mercury retrograde opportunity. Be open to seeng how you rationalize NOT listening to your soul.
We’ve all been there. We want to do something or not do something, and so we start rationalizing. If you are into metaphysics, you whip out your cards, pendulums, magic eight ball … anything to get the answer you want.
During Mercury retrograde, own what you deeply know rather than using your mind to rationalize what you want.
The universe is not cruel. It’s always teaching and supporting us, even during Mercury retrograde.
Remember, retrogrades are the illusion of backward motion, so know that you can keep moving forward, albeit maybe a bit more thoughtfully.
This month our full moon is a Super Flower Blood Moon. It’s also a total lunar eclipse and the sun and moon are conjunct the nodes.
Super moons happen when the moon is closest to the earth, so they look super big and spectacularly gorgeous. The blood part comes from the bit of red ring when it forms the eclipse.
The coolest part of this full moon though is the conjunction of the Gemini sun with the north node and Sagittarius moon with the south node.
This is an amazing time to free yourself and embrace who you want to be, because just as the chrysalis splits open and the butterfly emerges, you can shed your past and step fully into the present moment.
It’s okay to hold on to memories and continue to understand where you’ve been and what you’ve learned. The invitation here is to step fully into your present. To know that you can live the life you want to live and be the person you want to be while you’re healing and learning.
Our spiritual journeys aren’t linear. They include set backs, and side steps and learning lessons over and over again. There is a mystical power though in remembering that our soul’s transcend time. Our earthly lives are all connected across space and time, so let’s step out of time and experience who we really are even in the midst of all of our earthy lessons.
Allow yourself to do this. You are who you are right now. In this moment, you aren’t defined by your past or your pain, your loss or your mistake. You are the loving being you’ve always been, and in a moment of pure grace you can remember that and let it inspire you to keep moving forward with your life. When you do, you will shed something you no longer need and feel light enough to fly.
Let’s talk about the Taurus new moon happening on Tuesday afternoon (11 May 2021). I love looking at it with the whole sky map and this moon happens with Neptune at 22 degrees of Pisces and Mars and Uranus both at 11 degrees forming a yod with the south node.
So what does all that mean?
I feel like this new moon is an invitation to get in alignment with who you deeply aspire to be and to lean deeper into accepting yourself by looking at how you’ve let your past neutralize your desires and sense of freedom.
The more fully you accept yourself, the easier it is to build on what you value and understand what is change worthy.
What have you not pursued because of old beliefs about who you are and who you thought you’re supposed to be? How have you labeled yourself for something you’ve done by creating a loop of negative self talk and limiting beliefs? What parts of yourself have you rejected or continue to resist acknowledging? How have you dismissed your capacity to change?
While you always have answers to all your questions inside you, sometimes it helps to see what’s in you by seeing it reflected outside of you.
So this is a great time to challenge long held limiting beliefs about yourself by being open to seeing these reflections. Break out the metaphysical tools you have, notice the soft intuitive nudges you get, embrace the random people you meet, take in the synchronistic signs that flow by you every day.
Listen to what people say to you with an open mind and heart.
Listen to what your soul is saying to you with an open mind and heart.
Discover or rediscover, another reason to love yourself.