More Root Chakra goodness: A Breathing Practice To Help Ground

From MindBodyGreen

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Pranayama is a powerful, focused breathing technique that directs our energy flow for healing and self-realization. In the book Infinite Mind: Science of the Human Vibrations of Consciousness, Dr. Valerie Hunt conducted an important study in directing the flow of energy within the subtle body.

By studying the human biofield, she found that people who lacked vitality or felt ungrounded, were often missing a certain frequency of energy associated with the same frequency as the Root Chakra (Muladhara).

Ungrounded states, where we do not necessarily feel within our body, lack physical vitality and represent an imbalance in our energy spectrum. If our Root Chakra energy is low, we may not be drawing enough energy from the Earth. This can often cause forms of disassociation or numbness.

Hypo states such as hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia and hypotension, as well as weakness, fatigue, depression, and general under-functioning of the body, may be an indication that the body has insufficient subtle energy in the grounding realm.

Using Pranayama For Grounding + Vitality

While pranayama is often thought of as breath-work, it is also about energy attunement, energy breathing, and energy direction. What we are intending is to draw in energy to replace the missing frequency in the biofield. In this case of being ungrounded, the color red (also associated with the Root Chakra) is missing from the spectrum of the energy biofield.

The Practice

Find a place where you will not be disturbed and adopt either a seated or standing position, preferably with the soles of your feet on the ground. Barefoot in nature is good, though not necessary. Mountain Pose (Tadasana) is great for this, provided you do not suffer from low blood pressure or any condition that limits you from standing for long periods of time.

Set your intention for the practice, which is to become more grounded, and center yourself by relaxing, turning inward to your inner stillness, and placing your attention on your breath. You can also use the practice of ujjayi breath for deeper focus, and to generate a bit of heat. Spend a few moments following your breath, inhaling through your nose, allowing your breath to expand your lungs, ribcage, and belly before exhaling through your nose.

Continue with the breathing and use the following visualization technique.

Imagine roots spreading down from the soles of your feet to the center of the Earth, anchoring you to the ground.

As you inhale, imagine that you are inhaling red vital energy from the Earth, up your roots, and up through the soles of your feet. Continue to breathe this red energy upward through your legs and into your pelvic floor and the spinning, rich red vortex of your Root Chakra where you sense the energy being absorbed and distributed to your body. Hold your breath for a brief natural pause on the end of the exhale if you wish.

Exhale from the Root Chakra down your legs, through your feet, and down your roots to the center of the Earth.

Repeat this several times, focusing on how grounded your legs and hips feel with the energy flow. Feel the stimulating effects on your body.

Optional exercise: Breathe the red Earth energy even further up the body and into the remaining chakras. You can also breathe into any areas associated with hypo-functioning, feeling the stimulating effects of the red Earth energy upon it. Exhale back down to the center of the Earth and repeat for a few cycles of breath.

Full (Blue!) Moon in Aquarius: July 31

A blue moon occurs when we have to full moons in one month – and this is our last one until 2018.

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This Full Moon in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius opposes the Sun in fun-loving, expressive Leo.

For the next two weeks, we’ll be looking for balance and integration between two opposing energies:
Leo symbolizes the expression of our own individual light, our unique gifts, our inner spark of the divine. Aquarius, on the other hand, symbolizes the power of community, and collaboration to bring about a common vision. You could say that Leo represents our individual self-expression and Aquarius our vision for humankind. So how to achieve that balance?

 
This Full Moon shows us that each one of us has the capacity to be an agent of change, that we can make a difference in the world and create a better future for all of us on this planet. It’s important to realize that our future is in our hands — and our vision calls on us to express our talents full out. 
 

What’s more, when we join forces with like-minded people, we accomplish much more than we could on our own: Synergy and innovation arise when we come together to move towards a better future. What are your special talents? Where are you being called to make a difference? Where might your people be found?

Uranus and Venus started their retrograde phases only one week prior to this Full Moon, so their energies are still exalted during it, placing an emphasis on what we value, and on what needs to change if we are to make progress.

Venus also makes a conjunction with Jupiter in Leo; this opens our eyes and hearts to new possibilities. Humor and romance play a big role in our interactions with others in the next two weeks, as do tolerance, generosity and playfulness.

 
To sum it all up: this Full Moon asks us to “be ourselves”, contribute our gifts and find our tribe, all while being authentic and kind. What actions can you take that support the higher vision? 
From MoonCircles:
“Last week the royal Sun entered his own sign—ripening his favorite qualities! The Leo season celebrates love, self-confidence, generosity, romance, dignity, joy, enthusiasm, pride, courage, and passion.  This is the month to see life through the eyes of a child.  Children live in the moment; having fun is their primary goal. Especially when they’re feeling safe and seen, their hearts are wide open—to the joy of being an energetic being in a magical world. During Leo’s month you can discover magical powers, if only you’d surrender to its spirit of playfulness. Let yourself flow with the fresh, quick spirit of a child, ready for anything. Let worry and duty fall aside. Leo is the month to be creative, to stand in your own spotlight, to celebrate your life force.

I wasn’t always such a cheerleader for Leo.  In fact, before I knew much about astrology, I knew one thing: I didn’t like Leos. My ex-husband had a Leo Sun, and so did many of the creative types we hung out with—dancers, musicians, and performance artists—energetic show-offs, always grabbing center stage. Leos, I decided, were just tap-dancing toddlers disguised as adults, forever crying “Look at me, look at me!” And throughout my childhood, I hated Leo’s month. It seemed an incredible waste of time—the dreariest stretch of my summer vacation, spent watching Divorce Court and reruns of Father Knows Best, when all I really wanted was to get back to school.

Imagine my surprise when years later when I discovered I had a Leo Moon. It was hidden in my chart’s Twelfth House closet, where what the psyche rejects is held. My dislike of Leo was my own deficiency:  I was blocked in expressing its spirit. Perhaps I paid a steep price for being too kingly in a past life. As a child, whenever I won a school election or an award, I wanted to crawl out of my skin when my mother (the stand-in for my Leo Moon) dramatically ooohed and ahhed, calling me “The Big Cheese.” I wanted attention, but when I got it, I squirmed. And so in later years, when I saw others soaking up the spotlight, I considered their exhibitions shameful.

I have a friend who believes the answer to all life problems is a night on the town, full of drinking and dancing. That’s not how I have fun. But having fun—however one does it—is indeed Leo’s secret. When you can enjoy life, and enjoy yourself in the midst of life, your problems shrink and your confidence grows. I’ve since learned how to tap into the gifts of Leo’s season. I now relish the opportunity each Leo month brings—to be more fully alive, doing what comes naturally, when I enjoy being me. May you enjoy what’s special about you this month too.

If you haven’t been feeling appreciated lately, perhaps the outer world is offering a reflection of your inner world.  Perhaps you haven’t been in much of a mood to appreciate anything, let alone what’s special about you. One way to reverse this trend is to start noticing all the gifts in your outer world–the people, places, and conditions that support you.  The more you recognize what’s wonderful around you, the easier it is to start thinking about your own fine qualities.  Appreciation is good heart medicine all the way around.”

11 Quirky Things Only Spiritual People Do

Stole this from Spirit Science and Metaphysics, it made me laugh!

This is for all you eccentric, expansive & fun-loving Spiritual characters out there. Let’s just say, you’re not alone.

Some of these might be a daily practice for you, and some may be new to you. Either way, these are little routines & behaviors that stir attention, and that are so near and dear to us out-spoken & closet Spiritualists alike, but may seem funny or ridiculous to the outside observer.

I’ll share that this isn’t to make fun, but rather to make light of our quirks on the path of spiritual growth and practice, as to be careful we don’t take ourselves too seriously in a friendly Universe.

1) Give Their Food Energy Work in Public

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Whether it’s a kale salad at a vegan joint or a gluten-free pizza treat after a busy week, it’s very likely you can spot the Spiritualist at any restaurant.

Aside from the crystal pendant around their neck, it’s the iconic eyes-closed, hands over their food, taking a deep breath and a moment of gratitude for the meal in front of them. Maybe they are channeling Angels to raise the vibration of their food or blessing the farmer that helped bring your food to your plate.

You may spot me with a group of friends holding hands and chanting loudly “Yummmm” before we begin digging in to our food. As observers look on, we all unabashedly smile, knowing it makes the food taste better.

2) Meditate While Putting Crystals All Over Their Bodies

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Has anyone ever walked in on you meditating, covered in crystals with your eyes rolling back in your head and wondered WTF? Yea, me too.

Nothing to be embarrassed about here. Crystals carry incredible codes, information and properties proven by science to affect humans. That said, spiritual people have an affinity for burying themselves under a pile of sparkly crystals of all kind to work out their blocks or get updates over the cloud to their consciousness.

Bottom line, crystals are cuddly no matter how sharp they look.

3) Bless & Charge their Money with Energy

Spiritual People are on to something with this. Especially being that gratitude for gifts and services is actually the origin of money. Thus the term, a token of appreciation.

Spiritually minded folks love charging up their money with loving energy and vibes that lead to greater prosperity. Coming from the idea that love simply creates more love, and loving your money and what you do with it leads to more money. This is true!

Plus, this is one of our ways of hacking the Matrix!

4) Pull Tarot or Oracle Cards for Everything

Not sure whether to go out to dance tonight or stay home? Pull a card.
Not sure whether you should eat another piece of raw chocolate? Wise Owl Says, “Moderation.”
Not sure whether to do beach yoga or go back to sleep? Your Goddess Oracle knows what’s best.

Spiritual People love being able to receive guidance on the important decisions & to receive insights that affect their daily lives. There is no better way do so then by letting Spirit talk to you through your Oracle Divinations.

5) Think Anything Gross you do is Purging or Detoxing

Farting up a storm? You are just passing some past-lives.
Feeling congested and snotty? It’s some childhood beliefs you are clearing.

Spiritual people are regularly doing the work of purging and detoxing, in order to flush out their systems. To cleanse and clean out things they don’t need, to make room for the greater things in their life. However that often comes with some gross stuff. I like to call them stinkronicities.

6) Talk with Angels & Guides like They are Your Friends

While others look on like you are crazy, we all know that you aren’t just talking to yourself or some imaginary friend who’s stuck around since childhood.

Our Guides, Angels, Higher-Selves, even extraterrestrial intelligence have a way of broadcasting their presence and awareness directly into our stream of thought. We are human antennas after all. Ever ask yourself where your ideas come from?

You officially have permission to have moments of being chatty with your guides, whether it’s in meditation, on a walk or driving in their car. We all know they are your best friends and it’s okay to show it.

7) Dance Like it’s Healing the Planet (Who Cares Who’s Watching?)

Whether it’s in line at the store, out at the club or at an ecstatic dance, spiritual people don’t just bop & sway, they dance, move & sweat their prayers.

Spiritual people have a passion for being moved and allowing the energy of life to work through them.  Those sabotaging beliefs, shake em out! Intentions for a brighter world, dance em in!  All that needs to be let go of, ground it out.  Be free, it’s what the world needs!

8) Eat & Live on Foods No One Has Ever Heard Of

How’s your Lacto-Fermented Sprouted Sacha Inchi Spirulina Rainbow Baby Chard Salad?

Spiritual people seem to be discovering unique foods, Superfoods and new techniques to eat more familiar foods everyday. Smoothies packed full of hard to pronounce ingredients from around the world & tonic herbs that up until recent years were reserved for the dynasty.  Not to mention, super special superfood chocolate! Mmmmhmmm…

On a more serious note, this is pushing the cutting-edge of nutrition, excited to see what comes from this.

9) We Create New Words for Everything

Feeling Galactivated from your Kundalini rising? Shaktified from the drum circle?

Spiritual people don’t only like re-defining our beliefs, we like creating new definitions of older words and inventing new words altogether.  It’s become a staple for our synchro-mystic culture.

10) Reiki Their Pets

Spiritual people love their pets, and more often than not, our cats, dogs, birds or goats, end up becoming some form of our Spirit animal. As we lean on them for cuddles, support and the unconditional love that often seems hard to find in humanity, they are always there to comfort us when we need it most.

However, they sometimes need some loving support too. And when they do, you’ll be glad you know how answer the call. Giving your pets Reiki or energy work is actually a really sweet practice, and works really well. In fact, I Reiked my 22-year old cat everyday for 6-months and was pretty sure I was keeping him alive, seriously though.

Share the love and don’t let having pets be a one way street. You can channel light from your hands, the least you could do is beam some behind their ears while they nap!

11) Live a Lifestyle that Looks More Like a Vacation

Spiritual People have different values. We value love, community, connection, purpose, etc., more than we value getting uber rich and driving a specific car, although that is important for some of us.

All in all our lifestyles come first, and to others it looks like vacation and for us, it’s just how we live.

– See more at: http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/11-quirky-things-only-spiritual-people-do/#sthash.DngISzDx.dpuf

How to make love to a Gemini goddess.

This makes my Gemini heart happy.

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From elephantjournal.com

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle. ~ Marilyn Monroe

Seduce her.

She is verbal. Talk to her.  She thrives on communication. Tell her how you feel, what you see, what you remember, how you felt when… and mean it.

She is fickle but not disloyal; respect that.

She is a complex and curious cat that can sometimes be cloudy and complicated and other times terrifically simple. She is multifaceted—strong and tender, smart and naive, creative and sensitive.

She is an extrovert—the dazzling dinner party hostess or dashing guest, sometimes. She is also an introvert—curled up on the couch with dog-eared paperbacks, and eight tabs open on her laptop and in pajamas all day, sometimes. Roll with it.

When you’re with her, be with her. Turn off distractions. Turn your attention to her, and you’ll turn her on like a lamp.

Whether eating, talking, hiking, driving or lovemaking, be there with your whole self. Let go of everything else. Be a whole to match her wholeness.

She doesn’t need you, she wants you. So show up. Be yourself. Your humility, humor and confidence will win her over, every day. Except when it doesn’t. She can be mighty feisty and unpredictable.

Give her her space, and take time to cultivate your own passions and friendships. Independence is sexy.

This Gemini goddess is sensual, soulful and sensitive. She listens to the melodies of sentences, tastes the dewdrops of the moment, stares at the sunset and moonrise with fresh gratitude. She touches your forearm ever so lightly.

She caresses your skin in a way that seems mindless, but she’s actually acutely aware of every micro movement of her fingers and yours.

Go slow. Savor the hugs and kisses. Give her a massage made delicious with devotion, not duty.

Go fast, faster. Under the stars, on the coffee table, in the parked car. Be surprising. Spontaneity is spicy, and she loves picante. Plans are nice and all but sometimes, overrated.

Cook for your Gemini and be fed by her. The way to her heart is through her mind. Expand your vocabulary. Visit exotic places. Be willing to travel. Be open to adventure at home and abroad.

Be voracious. Love her truly and deeply. Write it, sing it, say it, show it.

This goddess is with it and worth it.

Star Stuff: Venus Retrograde

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From Holes to Heaven:
“When Venus goes retrograde, she does so for 40 days and 40 nights.  If Jesus or Moses or some other historically mythic figure just popped into your mind, it is no coincidence; Many of the stories of antiquity are derived from the Venus cycle.  Pyramids were build to her.  The Mayans constructed precise calendars around her synodic cycle.  It’s everywhere we look, but most importantly—at least for this post—is to understand the implications of this particular part of her cycle.

Once Venus goes retrograde, one of the outstanding characteristics of the beginning of the 40 days is past lovers or friends we deeply love/or loved coming back into our lives.  With email, facebook, and texting, this is easier than ever before.  I feel the reason for these visitations mainly have to do with two themes: 1. Closure (if you believe in such a thing); 2. Seeing how far we have come.  It’s amazing sometimes, isn’t it? When you run into that old fling, and you think to yourself, “What the fuck was I thinking?” But then, hopefully, you can be easy on yourself, and realize you were a different animal back then.   Forgiveness is always crucial.

In essence, the retrograde begins with deep reflection and a reevaluation of what it is that we value most, love enough to protect, and then coming clear about knowing we need it.  These are Venus themes and they are essential to our happiness.

There are limitless reasons why I find Venus so intriguing and beautiful to work with, but one that stands out amongst all others is the 5 pointed star she paints in the sky, every 8 years.   You can measure it from the station or the conjunction, either way, if you jot down these degrees around a Zodiac wheel and connect the dots, you will be drawing the 5 pointed star.  Without getting into all the esoteric meanings of 5 or pentacles or anything else magical, let us simply be practical existential detectives for a moment, and think back….to the same time….back in the Summer of 2007!

Venus cycle and the 5 pointed star pattern she creates every 8 years.

Late July through September of 2007, Venus was retrograde in essentially the same place in the sky.  What this means is that lots of the themes of that time in your life are emerging again.  People from that chapter, values reemerging, helping you remember what is most important, dietary story lines, even similar money issues—all Venus’ domain (also, knowing what House this occurs in is vital to cracking the code even more).  And so we get to learn from the past whilst opening fully to the present.  That time is a teacher for us.  What did we learn? What are we learning now?”

From Sage Goddess:
“Venus retrogrades July 25 and won’t go direct until September 6. What does that mean for you? A lot.

Venus rules all matters of love and beauty, and more than beauty – the aesthetic. The ‘look and feel’ of life. Just like Mercury retro can mean communication mishaps are inevitable, so too can Venus retro mean that love and beauty mishaps are ahead.Anything related to love and aesthetics in your life is bound to slow down and become either difficult or deeply reflective over the next few months.

I expect Venus retro in Leo will mean dramatic reflection and contemplation about the past for you in matters of love and beauty. Who you used to love, how you used to look, and a deep longing to go back and heal issues of love and appearance from your past. This is an excellent time to let go of old habits, old ways of seeing yourself and (once and for all) old loves that if you’re really honest even you will admit are better left far, far behind you.

You might hear from one of those old lovers. Just remind yourself, this is Venus retro. And it might feel steamy and passionate. Again, it’s Venus retro. In Leo. Which means all of the steam and all of the passion, but in a backward form. In hindsight. Don’t get swept up in a love affair that literally isn’t going anywhere.

Venus retrogrades every 8 years. Think back to 8 years ago right now – 2007 – what was happening in your world that summer? There’s an echo for you in this period. If you can see the synergy and the connection, you’ll benefit from this period in dramatic ways. Astrological events roll in cycles and they are never insignificant to your development.

May the effects of this turning of the love goddess be brilliant for you! May it remind you that your best days of love and beauty are ahead of you, not in the past. So it is.

– See more at: http://www.sagegoddess.com/why-venus-retrograde-matters-to-you/#sthash.Ba1LibPd.dpuf

From MoonCircles:
“Venus goes retrograde every eighteen months. During these six weeks everything that Venus rules-love, money, fertility, and creativity–is vulnerable to wild, ingenious, or deluded thinking.  Perhaps you need to shake things up a little.  Venus retrogrades can do just that. However, do be cautious with your investments. Consider big purchases with care. And don’t take relationships for granted.

Venus retrogrades can break up bickering relationships, start exciting new ones, and/or return former lovers to your life. These events may or may not be good things. The best defense is to know your Venus! Consider the needs in her natal sign and house. If you know where her retro zone falls in your birth chart, you’ll find another clue about what this time means for you. Venus will  test the quality of your past decisions here.  And your happiness in this area acquires a new urgency. Your moods may swing–from sorrow to bliss to indignant fury. Visions of better things may dance in your head. But the point is always this one: you need more joy.”

Star Stuff: Mercury in Leo

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Like the sun, Mercury is also moving through Leo right now, until August 8th.  What does this mean for us?

When communicating (speaking, writing, etc.), we are very expressive, even dramatic – more confident, convincing, persuasive.  Mind and heart connect.  We feel generous and expressive.  Everyone’s style of communication becomes more flamboyant.  Word are used with extra finesse and there could be great interest in impressing others by using mental energy.  Ideas may become rigid; however there is more animation as they’re shared.

“Mercury’s entry into the sign Leo puts a greater than usual emphasis on the need to speak from one’s heart as Leo is the home sign of the Sun. Ideally, this suggests that we are now in a period when direct communication is highly likely. Fiery Leo is less interested in analysis and filtered communication than in direct, pure, self-expression. Expect, then, that enthusiasm may carry the conversational day over objective reason and logic.

Mercury in Leo also touches on language as a form of entertainment. Leo loves the show, and now has the Messenger planet ready to do its bidding. We can expect more colorful speech with its focus on impact exceeding its interest in facts. Enjoy the images the mind will conjure now, but try not to be taken in by your own (or anyone else’s) hype. It’s amazing how seriously we can take ourselves, even when the goal is play. A little extra time to filter through the noise, and a little bit of detachment from the ego, can make this period one that is both joyful and productive.”

Are you guys and gals feeling this Leo energy?  I have quite a bit of Leo in my chart, so it’s sort of there all the time for me! 🙂

Native American Zodiac: Salmon (Leo Sun Sign)

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Salmon: Jul 22 – Aug 21

Electric, focused, and wholly creative, the Salmon is a real live-wire. His/her energy is palpable. A natural motivator, the Salmon’s confidence and enthusiasm is easily infectious. Soon, everybody is on-board with the Salmon – even if the idea seems too hair-brained to work. Generous, intelligent, and intuitive, it’s no wonder why the Salmon has no shortage of friends. This Native American animal symbol expresses a need for purpose and goals, and has no trouble finding volunteers for his/her personal crusades. In a supportive environment, the Salmon is stable, calm, sensual, and giving. Left to his/her own devices, those that bear this Native American animal symbol can be egotistical, vulgar, and intolerant of others.

Birth totem salmon is an individual whose outer personality is driven by the need to create and have dominion over his/her environment. The desire to create is motivated by birth totem salmon’s desires to leave a lasting impression. Depending upon what level of personality the salmon individual is choosing to operate from, this may manifest itself as either the desire to inspire others through their own example, and thus be as a lantern in the night, or they may be operating from the desire to bring acknowledgment for the achievements they have made to assuage the feelings of self doubt which may harry them until they learn the lesson of self acceptance.

Just as the salmon is driven home to spawn, the individual who has salmon as his/her birth totem, is most fulfilled when exploring the depths of his/her own soul (home) so that a true work of art may be given birth in the form of poetry, paintings, or the less tangible creation of ideas. Life’s emotional currents may run deep, and at times tumultuous, yet as the salmon will forge its way upstream against seemingly impossible odds so that they may propagate their species, birth totem salmon will become truly whole when he/she has conquered the currents that roil within their own hearts. Only once he/she has learned that the destination is not the end, and that life’s currents are not always an upstream battle, when the realization is made that one must delve within for the answers they desperately seek, may they find the insight which is the birth right of this totem. Then, as they swim in the deep clear waters of awareness and understanding, they will realize that the doorway to home has always been within.

Do any of my Leo readers feel a kinship with the Salmon totem?

Star Stuff: Sun in Leo

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Last week (July 22nd, to be exact), the Sun moved into fun-loving, expressive Leo, where it will journey until August 23rd.  During this time, we are inclined to connect to the heart and follow our joy – the world is feeling more creative, fun and romantic while the loving lion rules!  This is a great time for gratitude, compliments, and playfulness.  Let your inner child live more fully!

While the Sun is in Leo, creative pursuits are emphasized.  For everyone now, in the height of summer, children and romance are emphasized, along with your own artistic self-expression.  We tend toward greater drama now than during the colder and more subdued seasons, and you might be inclined to strike out on an individual path in some areas of life.

As we emerge from the sweet, sentimental days of Sun in Cancer, we’ll feel a burst of new energy and more desire to go out on the town and socialize. While Cancer loves to snuggle up at home where it’s safe, bold Leo wants to get out there and grab lots of attention.

Celebrate by making the most of life during Sun in Leo!

What to do: Reach for the stars! Now’s the time to go after what you want — whether it’s a relationship, a job or a new project or adventure. Leo is strong, outgoing and ambitious, so you’re sure to succeed when there’s such determined energy in the air.

What to say: Everything! Bold Leo is an expressive sign that doesn’t hold anything back. Whatever you want to declare — be it love or war — now ‘s the time for all manner of creative, loving and fearless expression.

Where to go: The theater, but don’t just watch the show — get up on that stage and the center, because Leo loves the limelight. You’ll also have a great time at the park or just the neighborhood pub, as Leo loves to play games and flirt.

What to wear: Something glamorous and sexy, of course. Leo dresses to get noticed, so put on your finest. We’re talking lots of bright colors like red and hot pink, and be as daring as you like — nothing is too short or too low-cut for Leo.

What to watch out for: Leo is sexy and self-assured, which can sometimes come across as vanity or arrogance. Be careful of being too pushy or aggressive during this time. Also, it’s good to speak fearlessly from the heart, but be careful of others’ feelings. Leo loves to purr, but this cat can also bite.

What to look forward to: Expect lots of love and affection and attention from the cuddly Lion. This adds up to a great time when you’re out and about, and if you’re lucky enough to have someone you love at home you’ll be playfully pawing each other non-stop.

Happy summer, and let’s love that Leo energy this month!

Exploring Chakras: The 2nd, or Sacral, Chakra

“The Second Center: Creativity Chakra

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The creativity chakra, called svadhishtana, is associated with creativity in all its expressions. Located in the area of your sexual organs, the energy of this center can be used for biological reproduction. When channeled into higher energy centers, it fuels the creative force that enables you to paint a beautiful picture, build a business, or create a life of love and abundance.

The Law of Least Effort is lively in the second chakra. When your vital energy is flowing through your center of creativity, you co-create your life. The solution to every problem is rarely on the level of the problem. Rather, it comes from a deeper domain of creativity. Creativity is the process of taking the same raw material and creating different contexts and relationships between the components.

For example, when a composer creates a new piece of music, he is using the same notes in a new relationship with one another other, resulting in the emergence of something that did not exist before. The second chakra utilizes the raw material of the root chakra to create the world anew each day.”

Opening the Sacral Chakra:

Put your hands in your lap, palms up, on top of each other. Left hand underneath, its palm touching the back of the fingers of the right hand. The tips of the thumbs touch gently.
Concentrate on the Sacral chakra at the sacral bone (on the lower back).
Chant the sound VAM.

Mudra for Sacral chakra
Read more at: www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/open.php#chakra1

Goddess Oracle: Minerva (Beliefs)

After spending two weeks with Artemis, I am ready to move on, and the next goddess coming into our awareness is Minerva.  She feels fitting as well – I have been digging into my family tree and (very deep) ancestry, which has lead me back to roots all over Europe, but especially back to the Romans and their kingdoms as they expanded across Europe.

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Mythology:
Minerva, the Roman and Etruscan Goddess of intelligence, creativity, wisdom, domestic skills, and handicrafts was the patroness of artisans, of all people whose handiwork was guided by their minds.  Her very name comes from the ancient root for “mind.”  Minerva appears here with her sacred tree, the olive.  She wears an aegis, which is a breastplate edged with snakes, and an owl on her headdress which identifies her as a Goddess of death and the deepest mysteries.

Meaning of the Card:
Minerva has come to tell you it is time to examine your beliefs and change them if they do not nurture your wholeness.  How are old, outworn, unhealthy thoughts undermining your life, your energy, your happiness?  Do you believe what other people think and/or say about you?  Are you still running the tape of negative messages your parents or caregivers gave you when you were a child?  Do you believe the worst about yourself, or the best?  Are your beliefs too rigid to permit and support your evolution?  We are all born with a story.  It is our choice whether we want to live the story we were born with or create one that nourishes all we want to be.  Minerva says that wholeness is nurtured when you see yourself with all your parts – both dark and light – and choose your beliefs to serve your highest good.

Ritual Suggestion: What’s in My Attic?
Find a time and place where and when you will not be disturbed.
You will need paper and pen.
Sit or lie comfortably with your spine straight and close your eyes.
Take a deep breath, breathing into all the parts of your body, letting the breath fill you as if you were a balloon.
When you are absolutely filled, release it.
Take another deep breath, and release it.
Close your eyes and sense, feel, or see a flight of stairs leading up to an attic.
It can be an attic you know well, or one you imagine.
Climb those stairs.
At the top of the stairs is a door.
You have the key to the door on a cord around your neck.
Take the key and open the door.
You enter a room.
On one wall are shelves.
On one of the shelves is a box marked “beliefs.”
Take the box down and open it.
Inside the box are your beliefs.
Reach inside, pull one out, and examine it.
After you have finished examining it to your satisfaction, ask yourself the question: “Does this belief serve my highest good/wholeness?”
If you answer yes, put it back into the box and take out another.
If you answer no, then change the belief into something that serves you, something that feels good, something nurturing.

Repeat your new belief several times and feel it sinking into your heart, into your consciousness.
Let yourself feel the joy of having this new belief.
When finished, put the new and improved belief back into the box and return the box to the shelf.
Close the attic door and lock it with your key.
Come down the stairs.
When you arrive at the foot of the stairs, take a deep breath and exhale slowly as you come back into your body.
When you feel ready, open your eyes.  Welcome back!

Note: If you find that your belief seems to resist your efforts to change it, repeat this ritual at another time.  This is a process and the beliefs you are working with have been in place for a long time.  Commitment is important here.  You might even try writing your new belief and posting it in a prominent place where you will see if often.