Astrology for April 2016 by Sarah Varcas: Spiritual Warriors (part 1)

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Beginning to mid-April…

April begins as the recent eclipse season comes to a close. This may cue a sigh of relief for some, even though eclipses continue to resonate through our lives for several months.
Last month was fairly intense and may have left us feeling somewhat battle worn! The challenges to our sense of self and personal autonomy may have felt harsh and left us wondering whether there’s any real hope of change or just more of the same old struggles in different packaging!
Thankfully the second half of April provides ample opportunity to refresh and regroup, offering inner space in which to consider where we go from here.
Prior to that, however, there are some powerful forces to reckon with as the Sun crosses the brewing Uranus/Eris conjunction in Aries, between 6th and 15th April. Impatience may rule the day and old frustrations rise up unbidden.
Whatever the surface issues may be, this conjunction of the Sun with two disruptive forces (and squared by Pluto for good measure!) augurs the up-welling of ancestral and collective pain which may overwhelm our everyday experience, super-charging our reactions and unleashing powerful emotions out of proportion to the matter at hand.
The Uranus/Eris conjunction is releasing from the collective psyche repressed pain and issues ignored for too long by too many. We are the conduits for those feelings and are all beholden to find the highest and wisest way to channel them for good.
As the Sun potentises this process we can each begin to find our own way to honor the past and those who have walked challenging paths before us, their legacy our freedom.
They may be our ancestors or anonymous strangers whose identity we will never know, but they speak into our collective heart urging us to prioritize the pursuit of equality, respect and liberty for all, arresting the perpetuation of long-standing oppression and exploitation.
The human tendency to seek power over others, to denigrate those deemed less worthy, fear difference and negatively judge what we don’t understand has created a world in which profound inequalities are woven through its very fabric.
The burgeoning alliance between Uranus and Eris is set to expose the rotten core of a world built upon exploitation of the weakest to serve the most powerful. It challenges us all to seed a new one that equally serves all, in which no being is a chattel and respect is afforded to life itself, regardless of its form or apparent worth.
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A square between Neptune and Mars from 3rd to 26th April may confuse our motivation and find us fighting other peoples’ battles instead of our own, motivated by an un-articulated imperative hidden in the darkened corners of our psyche.
We may be vulnerable to influences not in our interests now and people who want to place their words in our mouths and their feelings in our hearts. Conflict may be especially messy and is really best avoided if at all possible.
When tempers begin to flare or passions are aroused, commit to taking time out and creating peaceful space in which you and others can reflect, relax and return to state of balance before things get out of hand. The more we can each do this the greater will be the possibility of peace at a collective as well as personal level.

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The New Moon in Aries on 7th April invites us to embrace the potential of this time no matter how intense it may feel personally. The natural inclination is often to roll our eyes and steel ourselves to survive challenges in the hope that peace follows in their wake.
If I had a pound for every time I’ve been asked ‘when will things get better’ I’d be a millionaire! But this is not about ‘things getting better’. It’s about us getting better at living those things we want to avoid!
For only in doing so can we get to know ourselves from all angles: up, down, inside out and back to front. Otherwise we never truly meet ourselves, but instead perpetuate a diminished version of who we are, devoid of guts and gumption, watered down and hemmed in by fear, regret and denial.
This New Moon strengthens us to meet our true selves and play our part in the rise of the authentic self that typifies the birth of the burgeoning Aquarian Age.
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13th – 17th April sees Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury urging discernment in what we believe, who we give credence to and the understanding we choose to adopt in our lives.
Our search for meaning and need for life to make sense may be our greatest weakness at this time, preventing us from recognizing the breath-taking beauty that lives at the heart of chaos as much as emerges from order and form.

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from MBG: 5 Easy Ways To Clear Your Home Of Negative Energy Now

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A negative space mirrors a negative life.

The total disorganization that erupts when you’re going through a chaotic time at work is common. The unfinished projects that pile up when you’re in a toxic friendship or relationship…also common. Once your life gets overwhelmed by negativity, it will always show up in your home in some way.

Clearing this negativity from your space is the first step towards living a more positive life. Here’s how to do it:

1. Surrender

Decide to stop forcing things to look or feel a certain way based on other people’s standards. Basically, un-decorate your space of everything that doesn’t feel true to you—from the centerpieces from your family that you loathe but feel obliged to keep on the table to your friend’s artwork that you don’t want on the walls but feel pressured to hang. Let go anything around you that feels like an obligation rather than a joy.

2. Clap in corners

The quickest way to get the stagnant energy out of your space is to clap in the corners of each room, or anywhere the energy feels really depressed. If you’ve got rooms you avoid or places that make you tired, clap in those rooms until you feel a shift. The sound waves—along with your positive intentions—are meant to shake up everything that’s stuck.

3. If it’s broken, fix it.

Everything from a dented car to an unhinged window to a blender that doesn’t work needs to be fixed. It’s all a reflection of your life’s condition. Though a home will never be perfect, doing the best you can with what you have will always result in positive energy. If you can’t afford to fix things immediately, make a plan to get them fixed eventually, and keep them in the best possible condition until then.

4. Supercharge your kitchen.

Dr. Terry Wahls gave a talk about her life-healing diet at mindbodygreen’s 2014 Revitalize event, and she emphasized the fact that once she started flooding her body with superfoods and nutrients, it “crowded out” all the bad stuff like inflammation and toxins. Flooding a kitchen with plant-based foods and pure pantry ingredients is a great way to crowd out lingering negativity.

Load up your freezer with frozen organic berries, your fridge with fresh vegetables, and your pantry with unprocessed snacks. Rather than focusing on what you “shouldn’t have”, focus instead on gorgeous, vibrant foods that feed you energy and fill you up with so much goodness that you don’t have much room left for anything else.

5. Add love.

Love is thought to be a universal healing agent, and I believe it. Most of my clients place love at the top of their wish lists.

If you want to truly keep the negativity out of your home, make space to do more of the activities you love. Whether it’s a knitting corner, a chef’s kitchen, or a getaway to write or make music, set aside a space that you love to use every single day.

Days full of happiness and radiant thoughts are worth the effort it takes to scrub, repair, polish and clear your space of everything that’s overstayed its welcome. When you start removing everything from your home—and your life—that’s not in line with your intentions, the awesome things like love, peace, fun, prosperity, health and connection have space to flourish.

things to ponder this full moon/lunar eclipse

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“This Full Moon is especially potent, as it is a Lunar Eclipse. Lunar eclipses are relationship-oriented. The “crisis” that these eclipses tend to elicit is a crisis of lack – a time when we suddenly recognize a great need or want.”

…..what am I realizing I need/want/lack in relationships right now?

“This Full Moon urges us to strike a balance between meeting our personal needs and tending to the needs of a significant other, and between independence or autonomy and dependence or companionability.”

…where do I need more balance between caring for myself and caring for others/relationships?

“With the Moon full and bright in the sky, symbolic “illumination” occurs in our own lives. However, these new feelings and revelations are emotional ones, as emotions burst forth into our consciousness. It’s time to express ourselves, and to let things out of our systems. Of course, we might want to exercise some care while doing so, knowing that what is coming out of us is new and not particularly rational as yet. Full Moons are about exposing or illuminating issues that are already there, but that have not yet been dealt with.”

…what do I need to express right now?

“Asserting your self-worth, knowing your value and knowing how to respect others are all key themes of this Full Moon Eclipse.

You may also be encouraged to assess other relationships in your life, such as your relationships with money, your relationship with your work life, or the relationship that you have cultivated with your goals and dreams.

If things have felt uncertain or you have been unsure about how to approach or change a certain area of your life, this Eclipse may also give you the motivation to move forward.”

 

Sun in Aries

We started to feel the temps rise this past Sunday, March 20. Not only is this the date of the equinox, but it’s also when the zodiac calendar does its annual reset as the Sun heads into fiery Aries, starting a fresh solar cycle. (Aries is the first sign of the twelve.) Our universal spring awakening has begun!

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With the Sun in the Ram’s realm until April 20, we have four weeks to make fresh starts, plant seeds, take bold initiatives. Originality and authenticity score huge points now. Instead of playing follow the leader, blaze a maverick’s trail. Those unapologetically original moves—plus a side of swagger—will bring the applause.

With the Sun entering Aries for the next four weeks, we tend to act first and think later. We are more aware of our personal goals and we feel a strong urge to move forward, get things done, move closer to our goals. We are quite aware of our own gut instincts and where we are heading. It’s a great time both for leading others and for carving out our own path.

In Aries, the Sun is enthusiastic and spontaneous. We are motivated by the desire to conquer. We are more impulsive, and have the urge to initiate. Aries is a sign that bounces back quickly–there is little shame with Aries. It is brave and pioneering, and somewhat innocent. We are direct and rather uncomplicated in our needs, but we can also be short-sighted and lack the desire to plan ahead.

Power Path Forecast: week of March 23

“March 23: Full Moon with a Lunar Eclipse is Wednesday, March 23 at 8:01 AM EST.

Right on the heels of the Spring Equinox where we honor new beginnings and birth, comes the full moon with the second eclipse to inspire and energize us with fullness and power. This is a good time to reflect on anything new that has come into your life, relationships, partnerships, good fortune, big choices, business, projects, health, healers, challenges of any kind, new environments, and ask what it is that they need at this time as energies of support.

The full moon is always a time for gratitude and to see your life as full. If anything you are doing or experiencing feels less than full of what it needs, this is a good time to ask spirit for help. Whether it is love, support, health, stamina, energy, knowledge, direction, rest, inspiration, intimacy, excitement, trust or peace, ask and you shall receive.

March 24-31: The pieces fall into place during this time and your life unfolds with its own momentum. Those aspects that have been fired up collect support and move forward with ease and synchronicity. This is a time frame where community is important and friendships, partnerships and intimate relationships solidify in a new way. You should be feeling a sense of both contentment and excitement about parts of your life and where they are headed.

The parts of you that are not feeling that way still have work to do. Perhaps there are aspects of growth that have been fired up this month that have a ways to go before they are completed and integrated. Be patient with the process and focus instead on what does feel to be moving in right timing, synchronicity and flow. It is never too late to ask spirit for help and we strongly suggest that you continue to call in your own inspiration and to work with your allies and the power you have all around you all the time.”

 

from mbg.com: aromatherapy for chakra balancing

How I Use Aromatherapy To Balance My Chakras (And You Can Too)

 

Aromatherapy is deeply connected to chakra healing, and using the two in concert with each other can be enormously beneficial.

Essential oils are not just a combination of alcohols, phenols, and terpenes. Each oil is also considered to have its own pranic—also called chi—energy, and frequency, and these silent sounds or vibrations make our chakras “sing” again, when, otherwise, they might remain silent or mute. Think of essential oils as tuning forks for your chakras.

Essential oils change our emotional profile and can help charge our energy centers, not just because their sweet smells charm our senses but also because their small molecules penetrate our blood-brain barrier—which otherwise keeps most everything from coming into contact with our neurons—to effortlessly target our brain on a biochemical level. It’s almost like chocolate for the nose.

Never forget the importance of following your nose. Just as we are drawn to certain flowers, colors, and even animals, we are also intrinsically connected to certain scents. The more you dive into the smells you are attracted to, the more clues you will get from your soul about what it craves, what serves you and what does not, and what you need more of to live in line with your purpose.

Experiment, play around, screw up (one day I accidentally covered myself in basil oil instead of sandalwood; I smelled like pizza all day)—and use whichever method ends up being best for you.

Many of the essential oils associated with each chakra overlap, so it may be a good idea to keep notes on which oils and blends you use for each one. Remember that people do react in different ways to essential oils, so it is important to use your intuition and try different blends.

By influencing our emotions through aromatherapy, we bring balance and wholeness back to our bodies’ energy centers, removing hidden blockages, fine-tuning our emotional and physical harmony, and connecting with the scents our souls crave on a deep, spiritual level.

So, oil up, soul searcher!

Happy First Day Of Spring! 6 Rituals To Tap Into The Season’s Energy

Although we have gone from blizzards to uncanny warm days this winter, spring is finally in the air. Spring is the time when cultures around the world celebrate the possibility of new growth and fresh beginnings. In fact, the New Year was originally celebrated in March and early April, and anyone who didn’t realize it was considered an “April fool.”

Remember, symbols are the language of the soul, and ritual speaks that language fluently.

Here are six powerful rituals you can use to welcome spring and experience the seen and unseen worlds of infinite possibilities:

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1. Love Mother Nature.

Every culture, past and present, celebrates the natural beauty of spring with yearly rituals. In Rome, the lengthening of the day that followed the vernal (spring) equinox was marked by sacrifices to celebrate the death and rebirth of Attis—the god of vegetation. Goddesses of fertility—the Greeks’ Aphrodite, the Native Americans’ Spider woman, Mexico’s Tonantzin, Africa’s Oshun, Norway’s Freya, and Rome’s Flora—were all honored in the spring as well.

Outdoor rituals infuse the world with new energy, so go out and plant a tree, clean up your local park, or participate in a community garden. Have a picnic in nature and bless some seeds for the coming season—hold them in your hands and visualize how each one holds the full potential for life. When you are finished, plant them in the earth and leave some for the birds to eat. Think of nature as a window into the natural world of the Divine.

2. Clean your home.

In ancient Rome, women cleaned their houses in honor of Vesta—the goddess of the hearth. Take a cue from them and release the heaviness of winter by cleaning out your home. Get up early and gather clothes, toys, books, and other items that add clutter to your space. Donate them to a shelter, school, or needy family.

This is a great way to create space for new life to emerge and reinforce the idea that giving is a blessing. When you’re finished, you’ll feel lighter, and so will the energy in your home. Purify your space even further by burning sage or copal, or opening all the windows to let in the fresh air.

3. Disconnect from negativity.

Our thoughts affect our emotions, which then influence the choices we make. Think about how you feel when you walk into a room where everyone is happy and positive, and then consider how you feel when you’re surrounded by complaints and negativity. Emotions are contagious, so decide whose opinions you want to listen to and drop the rest. Carefully pick films, books, and TV shows that lift your spirit, and tune out the negative ones this season.

4. Create a basket of support.

On separate pieces of paper, write down the names of people, places, animals, or objects that you feel support your efforts and have your back. Include those who have passed on to Spirit. Place the slips of paper into a basket or bowl and, once a week or more this spring, pick out a name from the basket and consciously send and receive love with that person throughout the day.

You can send them an email, pick up a phone and call them, or simply think of them. It’s been amazing to hear some of the people I reach out to tell me that they’d been feeling sick or scared and saw my presence as a source of comfort.

5. Gather scented gemstones.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and the one that begins our spring season, so why not create a magical bowl of scented gemstones to harness the symbol’s energy? Gather gems that elicit spontaneous, daring, active, and courageous energy for springtime, like jasper, garnet ruby, diamond, amethyst, aquamarine, carnelian, or topaz. Anoint them with clove, coriander, frankincense, neroli, or pine, and breathe in the aroma to strengthen the Aries in you.

6. Make flower wishes.

Write your wishes for the season on ribbons and tie them around flowers. You can gift these spirited bouquets to loved ones, friends, and even people you’ve just met. This simple act of generosity reminds me of the early peace marches in New York when people gave daffodils to strangers as a sign of peace and hope for the world.

Aries Equinox: Don’t Look Back

from MoonCircles.com

 

Libra Full Moon Eclipse: Wed Mar 23, 2016, 8:01 am EDT/
05:01 am PDT Moon at 3.17 Libra, Sun at 3.17 Aries

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Aries Equinox: Don’t Look Back

Shortly before the Lunar Eclipse, we reached the Equinox—that pivotal moment in the year when daylight equals the dark.  Stand anywhere on Earth on this day and you’ll see the Sun rise exactly East and set exactly West. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Equinox is a sign that spring is here: it’s time to break out and break through!  Across my garden I see the signs. Hyacinths and daffodils are poking their heads above ground. Branches that have looked dead for months now sprout with new life. The birds are getting busier. When the Sun was in Pisces, we were “closing the circle”; the celestial invitation was to reflect on the passing year. The Sun entering Aries encourages us to look forward into the future.

Aries energy is Ram energy: assertive, enthusiastic, initiatory, and optimistic.  This is just the energy we need to spring forward! First in the Zodiac, Aries guides the other signs on yet another round of adventures into unexplored territory. Aries, in fact, is the hero of the individuation journey as it unfolds through all 12 signs. Shaking off the strictures of the past, we follow jaunty Aries’ example, inspired to take up challenges and bring cherished dreams to fruition.  Wherever Aries falls in your natal chart is that place where you can turn for renewal and rebirth.

If Aries is in your 1st house, you may experience renewal through re-connecting with your unique sense of self. In the 2nd, you may want to initiate a new financial plan, or touch base with your core values. In the 3rd, Aries may feel re-energized through putting thoughts into writing or speech. In the 4th, Aries is reborn through spring cleaning, redecorating, or even moving. Aries receives inspiration in the 5th house through creative expression, or through rediscovery of one’s inner child. In the sixth house, Aries gets a fresh start by taking up a new health regimen, or reorganizing the office. In the 7th, relationships are the medium of rebirth, as Aries faces “the other,” while in the 8th house Aries mines new energy from the depths of the unconscious. In the 9th house, Aries is reinvigorated by a book of spiritual teachings, or a philosophical truth that puts life into perspective. In the 10th house, Aries leaps headfirst into tackling new career objectives. In the 11th house, it is through commitment to a social cause that promises renewal. And,  finally, in the 12th house, Aries is reborn through dissolution into universal consciousness, diving deep into the ocean of bliss, then emerging reborn.

The old myths teach us an important lesson about moving forward: don’t look back. In the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the underworld, for instance, Orpheus finally wins permission from Hades, lord of the dead, to rescue his new bride Eurydice from the arms of death. Yet if he should look back, he is told, Eurydice must return to the underworld for eternity. Tragically, Orpheus is unable to follow this advice, and, on the verge of emerging from the depths, he looks back and loses her forever. The lesson in this, I think, is that just when we have committed to moving forward in a new direction, we are tempted by doubt, looking backwards into the past with nostalgia and regret  – yet in the process undermining our faith in our newfound purpose.

To everything there is a season, as it says in the Bible.  Thus while there is a time to reflect upon and learn from the past, there comes another time when, prompted by the hand of fate at our backs, we must move forward with the evolving forces of life.  Now is the appointed time in the astrological year for embracing the future.