this Sagittarius new moon: be the light

snippet from Mystic Mamma

NEW MOON in Sagittarius aims to ignite a flicker of hope in the darkness.

“…emerging out of the darkness of our Shadows and our fears…into a more light-filled, optimistic energy…

This is the sign and the time to emerge out of our self-centered vision of life into a much broader view of life that includes others as well as the Earth and all her children.

Sagittarius is all about the Truth.
Sagittarians are Truthspeakers and Truthseekers.
Sagittarians always have a goal in mind.

That’s the arrow that this celestial archer aims at the heart of the matter…”
CATHY PAGANO

 

The Purpose of an Altar: Intention and Intuition

thought this was a good reminder from DailyOm

 

The purpose of having an altar in your home can be as simple as reminding you to take time for serenity each day.altar.JPG

If you didn’t grow up with an altar in your home, having an altar now may seem like an exotic and unattainable idea. Yet having an altar does not have to be complicated or difficult, nor does it need to be based on a religion or a set of ideas that don’t seem to relate to you. An altar can be a simple, personal expression of what you want to focus on right now. You do not have to build anything or take up a lot of space. You do not have to buy anything new or follow a complex set of instructions to create your altar. All you have to do is have a general understanding of what an altar is and the willingness to allow yourself access to this wonderful, ancient tool of transformation.

At its most essential, an altar is simply a raised structure that serves as a resting place for meaningful objects. It focuses the eye and provides a place for contemplation and, if so desired, ritual. All of these elements can be quite simple. One idea for a simple altar is a pot with a bulb planted in it, set on a box. This altar to growth can act as a reminder to you that all living things bloom in their time. A simple ritual might be to write down dreams you would like to see come to fruition on scraps of paper. You might place these scraps of paper in the box, or under the flowerpot, or in an envelope you prop against the pot. As the flower grows, so will your dreams.

If you look around your home, you may find that you have already created altarlike arrangements without even really thinking about it; this is something we humans do quite naturally. A candle, a decorative box, and a vase of flowers are just a few of the common household objects that lend themselves naturally to the creation of an altar. Simply add intention and intuition, and you have created your first altar. Remember that it isn’t necessarily about the objects you place at your altar–it is the time you spend with it daily, taking the time to be with it for your sacred time.

finding your tribe

I thought this email was really fitting given my current journey and soul work…

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from DailyOm

We all desire to find our tribe, a community of those that feel comfortable to us and nurture our journey.
Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development.

The individuals who eventually become members of your unique tribe are out there in the wide world waiting for you. You are destined to find them, one by one, as you move through life. Sometimes your own efforts will put you in contact with your future tribe members. At other times, circumstances beyond your control will play a role in helping you connect with your tribe. If you look about you and discover that you are already allied with a wonderful and supportive tribe, remember that there are likely many members of your tribe you have not yet met. On the other hand, if you feel you are still living outside of your tribe, broadening your horizons can help you find your tribe members.

However your life develops after you come together with your tribe, you can be assured that its members will stand at your side. On the surface, your tribe may seem to be nothing more than a loose-knit group of friends and acquaintances to whom you ally yourself. Yet when you look deeper, you will discover that your tribe grounds you and provides you with a sense of community that ultimately fulfills many of your most basic human needs.

make the most of this taurus full (super)moon!

from the astrotwins

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Plant those feet on solid earth: The November 14 supermoon in earthly Taurus grounds us after an emotional rollercoaster of a week.

As a full moon lights the skies in the sign of the tenacious and opinionated Bull, millions of people are still grappling from the shocking results of a historic election that shook the U.S. to the core. Outcome aside, we need to sharpen our knowledge of all sides of the issues at hand, and empower ourselves as advocates for what we most believe in.

We can harness the steady and persistent energy of Taurus, refusing to be silent about injustice. Change is in the air, and this grounding Taurus energy may finally help those of us who’ve been dazed and confused get back into our bodies and sense.

This year’s Taurus full moon is also a powerful and potent supermoon. It’s the largest full moon since 1948 and if you miss it, you’ll have to wait until 2034 for the next one. On November 14, the Taurus supermoon will be at its largest and brightest when it becomes full within approximately two hours of “perigee”—the point in its elliptical orbit when it is approximately 30,000 miles closer to the Earth.

Outside of politics, this full moon can also catalyze personal goals that you’ve worked long and hard for over the past six months. If you’ve got your sights set on a target, this might be the day you go after it full-throttle, much like the “toro, toro” charging at the matador’s cape. Sensual Taurus can also help us make like peaceful Ferdinand the Bull, who sat in the field munching clover all day. So get out in nature, indulge your earthly appetites with some shopping or a decadent meal, pamper yourself (who else could use a 90-minute massage?). Don’t hate, luxuriate.

The Taurus supermoon is also called a Beaver Moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the full moon that falls during the month of November was named after the beaver by both colonists and Algonquin tribes. The Beaver Moon marked the time of year for setting beaver traps before the swamps froze to ensure a supply of warm furs that would last the winter.

Remember that full moons are harvesting times, where we reap the benefits of the corresponding new moon that occurred six months earlier. So go ahead and grab those bounties by the er, beaver—in the most metaphorical sense, of course. Check your calendar: The seeds you planted back at May’s Taurus new moon may be ripe and ready to bear their fruit this week. It’s like the old Mexican proverb goes: “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
Bonus: The two weeks following a full moon are an extension of the “harvest” period, so work with Taurus until the end of November (and beyond if need be!) to see what arises. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Of course, under the headstrong and fired-up Taurus full moon, we must guard against even more extreme acts, as people dig their heels in and defend their positions, lessening the chances of productive dialogue. Take care, friends—and follow the mandate of principled Taurus to do the right thing.

In responsible Taurus style, let us all hold ourselves and others accountable for defending everyone’s humanity. And let’s hold America’s new leadership accountable for keeping everyone safe, represented and protected.

Here are eight empowering ways to invite Taurus supermoon manifestation into your life:

1. Know the rules.

Taurus is old-school and also a pragmatist at heart. Instead of reinventing the wheel or bucking the system, try a novel approach: do things the way they were designed. Our culture is obsessed with anything new, and now more than ever there’s a global call to squash the patriarchy. As a result, everything’s gotten annoyingly complicated. The Taurus supermoon reminds us that sometimes, trying too hard can muck up the whole process. At the Taurus full moon, you’ll succeed in your world-bettering and consciousness-raising endeavors with honesty, humility and good old-fashioned hard work. Following simple, thoughtful steps is the fast path to results now. But it’s going to take more than hashtag activism: it’s going to take real nose-to-the-grindstone effort.

2. Practice radical presence.

The idea of “being in the moment” can sound like a platitude; something your yoga teacher says before everyone rushes off post-Savasana to check their iPhones. The Buddhists know that being Zen is achieved by finding the rhythm, flow and grace in the mundane—the notion of “washing your bowl” or “chop wood, carry water.” Taurus governs the zodiac’s house of daily routines and is also ruled by sensual Venus. At the Taurus supermoon, find beauty in boredom, wisdom in waiting, holiness in the humdrum and the test within tolerance. We always joke that enlightenment isn’t measured by how long we can meditate, but that it’s enduring the crazy without losing our cool. Try to breathe through something that seems really dark and just plain crappy right now. Remember: it’s always darkest before the dawn.

3. Embrace your inner material girl (or guy).

Taurus rules the zodiac’s second house of work money, earned income and material prosperity. It may be considered gauche to flaunt wealth, and part of the New Age culture is definitely an unspoken disdain for consumerism—well, outside of approved brands these days (don’t get us started). Understandably, capitalist greed is wreaking major havoc on our planet. But we’re still “spiritual beings having a human experience”…and that means we live in a three-dimensional world, reliant on our five senses. At the pleasure-loving Taurus supermoon, spending money is a way of affirming the universe’s generosity by enjoying its tangible bounty. It sends a message to the universe: I trust you to take care of me! Bonus: We could all probably benefit from indulging in a little retail therapy right now.

If you struggle with fear or scarcity around money, the Taurus full moon is a reminder that money is energy, and we have to put it back into the universal supply by keeping it in circulation.

Indulging yourself is a must under this lunar spell. “Where is the joy in life without a taste of the finer things?” asks Taurus. Treating yourself like royalty sends a powerful message of “I’m worthy” to the psyche. Since Taurus governs our self-esteem, this luxe boost will be well timed. But nothing flashy or over-the-top please. Taurus is about timeless elegance and tasteful choices.

4. When in doubt, follow your nose!

Sensual Taurus knows the power of subtle cues, like the texture of luxe fabrics, the richness of gourmet food, and the olfactory power of a fine eau de whatever. Taurus energy is particularly tuned into the sense of smell. You might head to a perfumerie with a blending bar and develop your own signature scent. If you’re more into the natural, play with essential oils until you find the right combination. Your skin’s pH also makes a difference. Get samples of scents you like and let them sit on your wrist for a few hours to see how they change. A spray from the bottle alone will not be enough to determine if a scent is right for you. Set up a diffuser in your house so you’re bathed in the glorious aromas the moment you walk through the door. Take a deep breath in and allow the aromas to gently relieve the stress and anxiety you are undoubtedly experiencing. Ahh—now isn’t that better?

5. Shout it from the rooftops.

Taurus rules the throat (and the throat chakra) and this expressive full moon wants us to use our voices. Whether you’re campaigning for a cause, singing karaoke, or finally letting someone know how you REALLY feel, verbal expression is the name of the game now.

Caveat: full moons are highly emotional times, so if an unfiltered rush of feelings could cause a meltdown, vent to a neutral third party before storming off on a tirade. Remember that the raging Bull can do damage upon seeing red. A little anger management goes a long way. How can you get your point across in a way that is proactive rather than destructive? Meditate on that, then speak your piece.

If your words haven’t been getting the response you desire, use the Taurus supermoon to bring your throat chakra back into balance. Chanting and singing can help with this, as can drinking lots of water to bring more flow to the throat. This chakra is associated with the color blue. Wear a choker with blue stones or slip on an azure turtleneck. Make more of a point to listen this week too (even when you don’t agree with what you’re hearing), as gathering information from all sides can help you better shape your words.

Toning, or sound therapy, is also a great healing modality. For something really cutting-edge (and oh-so Taurus), check out The Integratron, an amazing structure built on a geomagnetic vortex in the Mojave Desert, where visitors experience an hourlong “sound bath” from quartz crystal singing bowls played at waves to match each chakra. (We visited ourselves on 11-11 last year and it was like we’d been called home to the Mothership).

6. Affirm your values.

What do you believe in and stand for the most? It’s time to get behind it! Be it gender equality, women’s rights, human rights or civil liberties, Taurus governs self-esteem and values. No, you don’t have to be bullish about your morals (especially since the Taurus full moon falls barely a week after Election Day). But having a guiding principle or two can give your life shape and direction. Be sure to practice what you preach—and if you’re preaching, make sure that you are informed. If you’ve been loosey-goosey about your values, ground yourself in a mantra or a simple set of ideals that lend you some dignity.

7. Find out what’s REALLY going on.

Because the Taurus supermoon moon falls during investigative Scorpio season, people can get riled up in an effort to expose what’s really going on behind the scenes. Often, the no-bulls*** Bull can take down one of society’s “sacred cows.” While we love Taurus energy for its sensible, bottom-lining approach, too much of this can veer into bullheadedness or black-and-white thinking—or even bullheaded acts of rage that are outright scary and unacceptable.

However, the Taurus supermoon does push us into uncomfortable terrain, asking us to look beyond idealized views. It’s time to open our eyes and to step outside our bubbles. The Taurus full moon, at its highest vibration, can help us champion integrity without destroying anyone’s character along the way.

8. Be a treehugger.

You don’t have to be a patchouli-wearing hippie to get down with Mother Nature today (although that’s fine…if you promise to employ a light touch on the body oil). Earthly Taurus is the second sign of the zodiac, and rules our rootedness, helping us develop the ability to build and manifest from a solid foundation.

Nothing represents that kind of stability better than a hundred-year old tree towering over our heads. If you can’t bring yourself to wrap your arms around that trunk, sit underneath it or lean on it for a bit. Visualize yourself absorbing its strength, security, ability to grow and regenerate. Thank the tree for its lessons, take a picture of it to remind you that nature is resilient and abundant—and so are you. And hey, if you want to meet a friend for a matcha and vegan tapas afterwards, we wouldn’t blame you a bit.

three ways to harness this supermoon energy

from the amazing sage goddess

Three Ways to Harness the Energy of the Supermoo

On Monday November 15, we will experience the power and energy of a Supermoon, a full moon closer to Earth than it has been in 68 years. The moon’s proximity to Earth on Monday means it will appear brighter, larger, and more beautiful. It will also offer us the most intense lunar energy many of us have ever worked with in our lifetimes.

This is serious.

How can you take advantage of this energy? Here are my three tips for harnessing and maximizing the energy of this spectacular lunar occasion.

  1. Work some money magic
    This Supermoon is in Taurus, the sign of financial prosperity and good business decisions. And November is one of two ‘money months’ in the calendar year when money magic is well aspected. The day of the month (14) is a ‘5’ day, the number of money and wealth. So one way to harness the energy of this day is to set a powerful intention for financial prosperity and well being. In my community, we are gathering online to work with the Hindu goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, and you can RSVP to join us here.
  2. Charge your crystals and tools
    Moonlight cleanses and activates crystals and minerals, and the light of the Supermoon because it’s more intense and potent will be especially strong and useful for this work. To charge your crystals, tools (and jewelry too) simply place them on a tray in a location outside where they will receive direct moonlight. Take them inside before the sun rises as some crystals fade when placed in direct sunlight. As you charge your items, set the intention that the full moon energy will enhance, activate, and empower them to guide, support, and teach you.
  3. Celebrate what’s full in your life
    Many people underestimate the importance of gratitude and celebrations of what you already have, but gratitude launches the cycle of abundance; in short you won’t receive more from the Universe until you are genuinely grateful for what you’ve already been given. So light a candle under this Supermoon, reflect on all that has come to pass for you this month, this year, and then say “thank you thank you thank you” out loud. You’ll be amazed at how much faster your intentions manifest when you begin from a place of deep gratitude.

Luna is coming close to us, shining brighter than ever, as a strong reminder of our own power and our own light. Shine without apology, dear one, and remember now and always that what is empty can become full again. It all begins with you. Aho, amen, so it is.

the message on this Taurus full moon…

this is helpful…

from sandra at strong eye astrology

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“After an election in America that feels to many like a massive step backwards, we seek direction. Amid the chaos, there are many reactions. When considering the election result, many People of Color who have experienced the lifelong effects of racism are not surprised. Many Liberal white people who don’t have to walk this walk on the daily are in shock.

Women, People of Color, the LGBT community, immigrants, Muslims, and the disabled are in need of safe spaces, and are more aware than ever of their vulnerability. The media is back-pedaling and finger-pointing. Pollsters are re-evaluating. Trumpers are thrilled. Republicans who don’t like Trump but voted for him anyway are hopeful and silent.

As a reader of astrology and out-there, old soul, witchy sh*t, I am assuming that you are among the forlorn and aching choir. That, like me, you are seeking understanding, collective and personal healing, and a plan of action. Let’s see if Astrology can help with at least some of these points.

The Taurus Full Moon in Taurus is the first lunation in the wake of the election. As such it is shedding its light on a path forward. During a Full Moon the energies of two opposites meet to bring us awareness of the whole. The meeting of two opposites can feel like a head-on collision, or it can feel like an epiphany. This Taurus Full Moon is illuminated by the full light of the Sun in the opposite sign of Scorpio.

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The Taurus Full Moon and it’s Message
Peeling an orange.
We are working to get to the sweet fruit that is inside. There is a bitter rind. We must keep peeling. Keep working. Keep taking off the layers to get closer to the truth. Keep sustaining ourselves with sweetness. Keep nurturing. Keep taking care of our bodies, and keep diving deep into our emotions.

TAURUS is your strength; your body, your resources, your self-worth. SCORPIO is union; your strength melded with another person’s strength. Emotional, spiritual and physical. Both signs are Fixed. They show us the value of persistence. They remind that we must keep digging in to achieve progress.

The Taurus Full Moon is helping us know our strength, to unite, and to keep our eyes on the long game.

A deeper look at the signs at play.

TAURUS is the sign that rules our material world. It is our body, house and resources. It is our natural talents. Taurus teaches us how to stay alive AND that we deserve to be alive (because our talents are of value). This sign yearns to impart the wisdom of abundance. When Taurus is afflicted, it can cause us to fear scarcity until we remember our inherent worth. Taurus done right is as steady and stable as bedrock. The strength of Taurus comes from it’s championing of value; value of body and value of self.

SCOPRIO is yours and mine together. Scorpio is merging. Union. Scorpio reaches out to understand the emotions of the other person. Because of this inter-personal sharing of emotions. Scorpio rules both control and letting go. It can be hard to surrender control for the purpose of emotional, physical, and spiritual union. But the wisdom of Scorpio teaches that we must. You must let go so that you are light enough to move into the next stage of your evolution. One of Scorpio’s symbols is the Phoenix rising out of the ashes. Scorpio reminds us that there must be destruction before we can break open to progress.

When the Taurus understanding of self-worth and abundance is intact, Scorpio is secure enough to easily let go of competitive control and merge. This is the gestalt of the two signs.

The Taurus Full Moon reminds us that if we want to evolve, we must do both Taurus and Scorpio well.

We can do the Taurus things. We can believe in our own personal strength. We can own our part in this, by taking responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions. We must use our resources to create positive change. We must use our bodies to resist. We must build safe-houses for people who need physical, emotional or psychological shelter. We must defend everyone’s right to material security and abundance.

And we can do the Scorpio things…We can reach out to understand another person’s emotional and psychological perspective. We can look into the eyes of the murderer and see the humanity within. We can gaze boldly into our shadow. We can let go of control and feel our feelings. We can notice if fear is encouraging us to be controlling. We can forgive when we are ready.

We can be the Phoenix rising out of the ashes.

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Below are suggested areas of self-inquiry for each sign. If you know what house in your birth chart 22 degrees Taurus is in, also read for that house.

Aries or 2nd House
What is the one thing on which you know you want to take a stand? How can you use your natural talents to do so?

Taurus or 1st House
What have you struggled with that you’ve learned how to master? This is something that makes you unique. Can you see yourself guiding others to master this same struggle?

Gemini or 12th House
What have you been refusing to see when it comes to your relationships? Your well-being at soul level? The world around you?

Cancer or 11th House
What are your hopes and dreams for the future? Can you add more detail to the picture? Who can you reach out to?

Leo or 10th House
Do you feel empowered to have the career of your dreams? If not, what belief stands in your way? How is this belief keeping you playing small?

Virgo or 9th House
Research a philosophical perspective that can guide you and soothe you. Write down what speaks to you and keep this piece of paper in a place where you’ll see it often.

Libra or 8th House
Are there any feelings that you have been stubbornly holding onto? Is there room for movement now around this issue?

Scorpio or 7th House
Finish the sentence “A relationship is…” fifteen times. Write it down in list form.
A relationship is _______________
A relationship is _______________
A relationship is _______________ (etc.)
Notice what different words and ideas come to mind when you contemplate what relationship means to you.

Sagittarius or 6th House
Can you pinpoint the potential cause of overwhelm in your life? Write a list of simple things you can do to address this, and commit to tackling one per day.

Capricorn or 5th House
Experiment with different mediums for self-expression. Write a blog post or record an Instagram story about what’s in your heart.

Aquarius or 4th House
What would you say to your inner child? Write some ideas down. If any feel like positive affirmations, read them out loud to yourself before you go to sleep.

Pisces or 3rd House
Collect facts that can help you ease your mind. As you consume media and news, ask if what you are taking in is improving your mindset.”

How To Use Crystals For Better Sleep + 4 To Get Started With

from mindbodygreen

It’s no secret that sleep is an important part of a happy, healthy life. And hey, if it means longer dreams of Zac Efron, well, we want more of it.

You’ve probably tried the usual have-better-sleep suspects; no screens a few hours before bed, take a long bath to relax, read some fiction to unwind, exercise. But alas, you still can’t keep the daytime yawning at bay.

Maybe it’s time you tried some not-so-usual remedies? That’s right, folks, I’m talking healing crystals. Chosen carefully, they can help you relax and get a better night’s sleep. Here are a few to keep beside your bed or under your pillow for a few extra peaceful ZzzzZzzzzs.

amethyst

Whoa, Nelly, this is one protective stone. Who knew spiritual armor could be so pretty? Due to its protective nature, amethyst is a natural tranquilizer that helps you reach higher levels of meditation and consciousness. I don’t know about you, but sleep comes a whole lot easier when I’m not stressed. It vibrates on a pretty high spiritual level, too, so don’t be surprised if it brings on some intuitive dreams…yep, side effects may include dreaming up winning lottery numbers.

bluecalcite

A distinct shade of soothing blue, this crystal is well-known for relaxation and recuperation. Essentially, it can help you switch off. Blue calcite is said to promote relaxation by releasing pent-up emotions and soothing your nerves. It can also help absorb your negative energy, filter it, and return it as positive energy.

magnesite

I’m gonna be honest, this isn’t the prettiest stone going around. But as long as it helps you keep your eyes shut, you’re not really going to notice, are you? Magnesite is said to attract peace and relaxation, so it’s awesome for meditation and catching some Zs. It welcomes a sense of harmony, calming any emotional stressors that may be keeping you up at night.

topaz

Topaz may make up for what magnesite lacked in looks, but don’t be fooled; this isn’t just a pretty rock. Topaz soothes, recharges, and heals, directing energy where you need it most. It can release tension, helping you to relax for a less fitful, tossing-and-turning sleep.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a nap to take care of.