Here’s a quick review of the modes of energy in astrology.
Cardinal signs carry the energy of beginnings with Aries carrying the spark of life which gets the Western zodiac wheel turning. Signs in this area are great at starting projects, being leaders, discerning issues and creating ways to address them. They are not the signs to go to for completing a project whether that’s in the middle or end of the process. They need the assistance of other signs in the charts to help them see things through. These signs start the seasons and drive the spirit of birth, life, death, and renewal.
Stabilizing, enduring, and innovative are just some of the words to describe fixed energy in astrology. Where as Aries starts us off, Taurus provides that nurturing space to plant the seeds of creation so they can develop into full fledged goals and projects. Without the perseverance of the fixed signs, there would be so many unfinished manuscripts, ideas, inventions, and relationships. The downside of fixed energy would be stubbornness, not being open to change, and becoming so invested in completing a project or goal that they neglect the world around them creating isolating circumstances and discord.
Finally we have our mutable signs. This is the energy of change that comes from nearing the end of any endeavor. Mutable signs give us flexibility, creativity, and an ability to see the forest not just the trees. These characteristics allow for us to take all of the energy of the cardinal and fixed signs to completion. To investigate, weigh, learn, and share with the collective the journey from start to finish and back again.
I’ve fallen fully into the energy of the New Moon in Taurus by answering the call to rest and appreciate the world around me. This might have felt like a call to spend time with friends, family, and loved ones including some “me” time. Here’s a quick breakdown of where the planets are for the new moon. I found as I tried to sit down and write out all the elements of this phase, that I just wanted to rest. To read, have a warm drink, eat comfort food, be outside and sleep. All in all this seemed to sum up Taurus energy in a healthy space taking into account my own energetic needs and cycles. To take ownership of who I am and what I have been blessed with.
What a delightful message from Taurus, that beauty is not all about the physical but holistic in nature. We are beautiful when we let our true selves shine.
I’ve been reading up on all of the astrology things. I love to explore my own chart but I realized I was avoiding signs that were not prominent in my chart, such as all of the Earth signs. Reading up on their magic and what they bring to the zodiac has been so refreshing. Another element of this new moon is to explore areas of interest that you may have avoided. You might find that embracing a slower pace of appreciation allows you to dig deeper into your talents and interests. Tackle some of the mysteries and fears from this brave space of Taurean peace and security.
Sun, Moon in Taurus in 8th house
energy in the house y’all! Stability, grounding, and ownership of all that
lovely Aries energy from the start of the year. Taurus in the 8th
house is considering how what we have inherited, such as our personal talents,
define our values. On a greater level, we are looking at how our sense of self is
impacted by what we have inherited from our families, communities, and environment.
Mercury and Venus in Aries with Uranus in Taurus in
the 7th house
Mars in Gemini in the 9th house
Jupiter in Sagittarius in the 3rd house
Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in 4th house
and Pluto in Capricorn square to Mercury and Venus in Aries in 7th
Neptune in Pisces in 6th house square to Mars in Gemini in 9th house and Jupiter in Sagittarius in 3rd house
Read over this quickly and then go for a walk or take a nap. Take care of yourself.
What do you stand for?
Family, love, justice, peace? Now is a time of contemplation of where and how
we have developed our culture, values, and beliefs. The ways that WE in the I
form decide what is valuable, what has worth. Over the past decade we have felt
the shift in power as social capital produced in the form of mass-produced
culture, messaging, and media has become overtly visible.
What are your values, your
principles, your morals? There’s a beauty to the 2nd house that assists
us in developing our talents into wealth. Not just financial but emotional,
mental, social, and legacy wealth. But wealth without principles is just
fertilizer in the bull’s field. It’s nothing. It does not stand. So, develop your
values, find your principles and stand on them. Take in the lesson of the 8th
house as guide. What are you leaving as an inheritance? What have you picked up
as a part of your lineage? Your ancestral patterns carry on in much the same
way as wealth and poverty are generational. What you cultivate MUST be GROUNDED in a strong ethical practice
focused on equity and love.
The 2019 New Moon in
Aries is a time for personal development. You’ll feel like taking some time away
from external influences to find your own compass. There is strong 12th
house energy that is active during this time and will remain active. With Pluto
and Saturn in Capricorn in the 12th house this pull inwards takes us
out of the surface and into the depths of cosmic truth, faith, trust, and love.
What do we do with this energy? Use the energy of Capricorn to create a
structure that allows you to access these realms without losing yourself. As
you come to find your values, truth and purpose take small steps to align with
your being through ritual and practice. The only difference between the sacred
and the profane is our perspective and intention. Set the intention that your
journey is sacred and let that shape your routine.
Balance is everything as
we see with the ascendant and mars in the 1st house in Taurus, the
Midheaven in the 10th, Pluto and Saturn in the 9th house all
in Capricorn. Pisces is stepping into the spotlight in the 11th
house with the Sun, Moon and Neptune. The effects of this new moon will be
externally driven. Our spiritual families and beliefs take center stage. How we
relate to each other Intense dreams which expose our deepest desires, fears,
and even connect us to our nonphysical spirit guides and ancestors. This is a
great time to explore dream analysis and magic. There are messages and
information available to us from the broader nonphysical world that we can
access when we are open to receiving that knowledge. A wonderful way to support
this energy would be through a consistent night time ritual. Here’s a couple of
ways to get you started.
Pisces Dream Ritual
Gather your materials: incense, candles, tea, journal or notebook, writing utensil, comfortable space to conduct the ritual.
Clean and clear your space and body using your favorite space cleansing method such as smoke clearing, singing bowl, or chanting. This is not only to clear the energy of the space but to put you into the ritual mental space.
Now commence with your ritual. Traditionally you would cleanse your physical form in a bath or shower next but as this is Pisces season your interaction with water/liquids can be a central part of your ritual. Here’s what I suggest:
on where you would like to hold your ritual, first set up your sacred space
with by lighting your candle/s and incense. Then set up your tea or drink and a
representation of earth. If you’re wanting to nurture yourself, you can use
your dinner for your representation of earth. After you’ve blessed the food you
can then literally consume your intentions making them a part of your physical
call in your ancestors, spirit guides, and the directions. Ask for them to
protect you and guide you during your ritual. Then acknowledge your illuminated
and shadow self. Each play a role in helping to explore this life.
your hands over the tea or drink and food asking that the energy align with
your body and spirit as you explore the depths of the unconscious. To bring
through clear images of your path and desires. To show you your spirit family
and highlight the work that you will be doing. Know that you might have a dream
that is frightening. This might bring up your fears of what and who you can be.
Your dreams might also include folks who you can’t stand or have drama with.
Evaluate what is happening in the dream, how you felt during each part, and any
symbols that stood out to you. Now consume your food and drink. When you are
complete release and give thanks to your ancestors, guides and directions. You’ll
find the final bedtime ritual at the end of this post.
or Shower Ritual
First clean your tub, shower, and bathroom.
Then use herbs, oils, sea salt, Epsom salt (be mindful of your blood pressure) to create a spiritual bath or shower.
Place your hands over the water or play your preferred spiritual instrument over the water to set the tone and energy of the water.
While in the bath or shower take 3 deep breaths and picture the water flowing over your body cleansing you of any negative spirits, energy, or thoughts.
find a comfortable position and take deep breaths letting the air flow in
through your nose and then breath out through your mouth. Let your attention
focus on your breath. Air is life. Water is life. Earth is life. Fire is Life.
Each of the elements come together creating a physical world for us to live and
grow. As you flow deeper into your meditation allow yourself to focus on the
element that seems prominent for you. This could be the water you are currently
in, the air you are breathing, the earthy weight of your body, or the fire of
the heated water. Let any messages or visions come to you at this time. Remain
in this state as long as you like.
you feel complete, beginning with your toes gently begin to move your body.
This will help to ground you back in your physical form. Give thanks to your
ancestors, guides, and directions for their protection and insight. Then release
the water and proceed with washing your body off to remove any energy left over
from your meditation.
can continue this work by setting intentions before you go to sleep for wisdom to
be delivered to you in your dreams. Leave a pen and pad or some way to document
any dreams that you may have. There will be lots of knowledge shared through the
dream state this new moon which can provide insight into your personal topics
of interest for the new astrological new year.
We are back with the new moon in Aquarius. How did that total lunar eclipse treat you? If you found yourself feeling a bit all over the place have no fear Aquarius is here!
February 3rd, the day before the new moon, we have Venus entering Capricorn which highlights what the message of this new moon is all about- finding peace in solitude. Capricorn in Venus creates a space where we express our feelings through acts, material items. and setting up long term arrangements. The perfect time for Valentines right? This isn’t the sentiment of Cancer, it’s the stability of the Earth. Even when the Earth takes, she births more for us without us even realizing it. We just have to know where to look.
We take this energy and then move into a new moon in Aquarius. Look at the long term narrative. We are coming out of a new moon in Capricorn, full moon in Leo, New Moon in Aquarius, followed by a full moon in Virgo before we enter into the end of the astrological year. This is the end. It’s the time to take all the cleansing, clearing, releasing and let it go into the waters of Pisces. Those depths are universal and that energy is constantly renewing.
How does Aquarius clear the air? Through systematic processes of elimination before a genius bit of innovation. There’s a reason Aquarius is related to Capricorn. Cause after you make all the lists, only keep things that bring you joy, reviewed and aligned your goals for the next 3, 6, and 12 months, you gotta let go a bit. Lighten up. Not all the work is physical or material, the mind plays such an important role in this process. We are about to enter into the season of dreaming and to get there we take a trip through the conscious, the cognitive, the mind of a genius.
So what’s your genius? Is it in the arts, writing, sports, comedy, nurturing, providing, beautifying, loving, being, creating, doing, feeling, listening , etc, etc, etc. There’s so many different ways that our genius expresses its self. Let it happen! Think of it like the mental preparation needed before a psychedelic trip. That’s where we are now before we jump down the rabbit hole of Pisces and are re-birthed through Aries.
I hope that you are taking time to care for yourself after the chaos of 2018. Change is coming and quickly. Over the next month as many focus on chocolates and bears, we here at The Bliss Institute dedicate each February to 28 Days of shamelessly loving ourselves and each other. Each week we focus on bringing a specific aspect of our being into alignment with source and love. The first week we focus on our heart energy via the heart chakra. During the second week, we examine the relationship between our thoughts and our hearts. The third week, we move to engage the body in heart felt connection. Lastly, we will explore ways to transform our living and other spaces that we occupy into nurturing areas of support and love.
They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. This month we are looking to encourage and fill our love meters in a time when making it through each day may be all that we can do. You deserve to take a moment to nurture yourself. Focus on what you can give yourself even if it’s just a moment to breathe and hopefully a bit of time to complete some of these exercises. Here’s to 28 Days of Love.
This new moon is ruled by Earth energy. Not only is this moon in Capricorn but it is joined by Pluto, the Sun, and Saturn in the 6th house then Mercury in the 5th house. 6th house energy calls our attention to discernment, knowledge, talents, and learned skills. This placement of planets suggests that now is a wonderful time to access our current skills:
Your close friends or social circle may be able to help you identify these skills or have ideas on where you can build or use these skills.
Concentrate on ways to bring comfort to others and yourself. Things that provide safety, nurturing, and a space where folks feel that they can be their true selves.
If you find that you have a difficult time with this process this indicates shadow work surrounding root, sacral, solar plexus, and heart chakra characteristics. An exploration of how to integrate and acknowledge these truths can be obtained through reflection upon the reasons why you would not be interested in using your talents to assist others. Are there fears around this surrounding you not being worthy or good enough to help others? An idea that others are not deserving of this assistance? Or perhaps you have tried this before and was unsuccessful. A fear of humiliation, failure, judgement, and shame cloud your drive to follow your purpose. Through shadow work you can acknowledge the drive behind these barriers and find ways to use them to your benefit.
This reflection and shadow work are grounded in mindfulness, meditation, and ritual. Being willing to sit with your dreams, fears, and ask for divine assistance takes a level of trust and acceptance that Capricorn energy is uniquely built to support. Capricorn is represented by the goat-fish. A being that is grounded in earthly energy of hard work and perseverance while also being able to navigate the depths of our emotions and subconscious. This is the energy of devotion which comes from communion with Spirit and building a relationship of trust.
It’s the most magical time of the year…well one of them at least. This full moon in Cancer coincides with the Winter Solstice. We have passed the 7th gate into the Underworld, leaving behind our connections to this material world to move deeper into the spiritual. A full moon in the darkest night illustrates the absorb nature of duality. There is never darkness without light or light without darkness. I was reminded of Genesis 1:1-3
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”
There was never a time without darkness. The notion that we come from the light is a limited notion. Light comes from darkness. The energy of a cancer full moon brings us back to the waters of life that existed in the darkness. Think of all that is waiting for you in the shadows. More than you could ever imagine. We haven’t even explored most of the waters of this planet and are always finding new forms of life. New ways to love, exist and be. What exists in the dark waters of the primordial mother for you?
This new moon allow yourself to become Enchanted. To fall in love with the magic of the season. The way the light shines through the trees. The glisten on frost, ice,or snow in the morning light. The flicker of the firelight against the cold dark of the night. Everything holds a bit of magic within it if you’re willing to see it. There’s a magic practice that calls for you to “soften your gaze”,letting your eyes slowly lose focus so that the world is a little hazy. It removes the harsh filter of reality that binds us to this world. Move into the world of dreams an imagination of the 8th gate. This space that allows for anything to be possible. Unicorns, mermaids, fairies, elves, wands,and magic rings are the norm here. Need something? Say the words with the right materials and it is yours. If you’ve been following along I’ve been working my way through the underworld with some of the Goddesses of Life and Death. Checkout the Enchanted series to begin your exploration of this liminal space. It’s never too late to enter the land of Enchantment.
This full moon brings us healing and wisdom. When you entered the 7th Gate to the Underworld what did you release? What did you have to let go of? There is healing that can be found from finding your connection to these items, beliefs,experiences, roles, or relationships. There is something that holds you the reconnected to them and thus to your current state. If you want to change that through Shadow Alchemy, allow yourself to find the joy in not having them. The brilliance of letting Spirit carry the load for a moment. Does this make you feel anxious,scared, relieved? Sit with those feelings. Breath through them. Light some incense to your favorite guide, fix them a meal, and let yourself feel that release. In Enchantment we will explore the ways to utilize the art of beauty, glamour, visualization, breath work, and movement to perform Shadow Alchemy. The stronger the feeling the more powerful the reaction. Think of a chemical reaction, some are small and unnoticeable others can level a nation. Think of the change you can bring to your life with that kind of energy.
As you sit and take this energy in what messages have you received? Watch your dream sand look for other reoccurring signs in your life such as numbers (3, 6, 8), animals,or themes in your conversations will all be clues to what areas you need to work on or will assist you in your work. Oh and if you need some support Isis is the perfect Goddess to work with.
Sagittarius season is here! This fire sign brings us into the energy of the Holiday season. A time for celebration and renewal. All the hard work that we’ve done over the year has come to a pause. You lift your head to take in those final rays of light as we head towards the longest night. The encroaching darkness calls us in. Pulling us away from our projects and towards warm cozy moments of family (chosen and blood).
Sagittarius is the final
fire sign of the year. It gives us the energy to enter into the darkest season,
to pass through the 7th gate of the underworld into death. Kali, leads
the way using her many gifts to provide us with the support that we need. She
stands to wait for us at the 6th gate to welcome us back once we
have regained the bread and waters of life. This is a time of year where we
experience our guardians through love. Our ancestors, angels, spirit guides, ascended
masters, family, friends, and familiars are with us always. This season look
for them in the things that make you feel warm and loved. Is it a cup of hot
chocolate, a good book, twinkling lights and holiday decorations? Each time your
eyes land on a thing of beauty and your heart fills with joy know that your
guardians are there with you, reveling in this celebration of life.
Finally, were there some conversations
that you put off over the past year? Now is a great time to approach these
people or topics again. Give that person a call, write that book/article/poem/song,
start that spiritual practice (conversation). Mercury went direct on the 6th
countered only by Uranus being in retrograde until January 2019. Things are
moving. Go with that. Allow it to happen. Remember the comfort to the lights,
your family, and your guardians? They are still there wanting you to share what
has been in your heart. From this you will gain knew perspectives and knowledge
as Sagittarius is the Great Scholar. This wisdom will guide you as we enter the
underworld on the 21st.
Check out my 2018 Winter
Solstice Reading to learn more about how to utilize this energy.