how things go together.

so, a lovely lady asked me today:

“do you believe it’s not just the astrological aspects that determine your personality, but also your environment/what you grew up in?  that is, nature AND nurture being determinants of who you are?”

first of all.
what a badass question.
she’s a gemini and it rocks.

second — YES.

that led me into thinking about this.  some people wonder why I use so many forms of spiritual connection.  astrology, enneagram, oils, stones, tarot/oracle cards, journaling, prayer, chanting, nature, body stuff….the list goes on.

and here’s why.
everything is energy.
everything is vibration.

right?  right.

when you were born, there was a specific astrological pattern.  those produce tendencies and leanings in people.   so you already have certain possibilities or aspects as you’re born.

then, life happens.  we learn and live and love and grow and fuck up and throw up and do ALL THE THINGS.

and these things shape us as well.

so, our patterns, tendencies, and personalities become a meshed whole of our astrological influences, our experiences and relationships, our reactions, our cultures.

that’s why we all have such different, complex, amazing personalities and inner landscapes.

that’s where soul work comes in for me.

soul work – really looking at my personality and habits and emotions and everything else – it shows me the truth (if I will allow that) of what I was/am/have become and – importantly – possibly CAN BE.

so I do the searching.  my body, my intuition, the cards, the stars, my ancestry, my enneagram type….they all help me connect to myself, understand and search myself more.  sometimes they show me my strengths.  sometimes they show me my shit.  and both are necessary and need to be shown.

and then they also help me see what I can be, and allow me the freedom to decide who I want to be.

so, then the other things come in.  nature, stones, colors, candles, incense, trees, plants, flowers, oils, massage, sound healing, chanting, meditation, energy work, fitness, dancing, loving intentionally, praying, writing….they all change my vibration in subtle or strong ways.  with intention.  I allow them to bring shifts in me, around me.

does this make sense?

the synthesis of ALL the things I love and do…it comes down to learning, knowing, realizing, growing….and then shifting myself to be the best, truest, most connected and sacred version of the self I came into this world to be.  purposefully and with love.

and sparkles. I like sparkles.

and YOUR path could include any of these things, none of them, or some totally new-to-me things!  and that’s awesome.

that is all.

much love.

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be kind & careful…full moon in Capricorn – sunday, July 9th

synopsis this full moon:
do kind things (please, seriously.)
be aware of intense emotions
channel said intense emotions into good things
realize that YOU ARE GOOD and be sweet to yourself (stop with the harsh self-talk) & ignore the SHOULDs – they don’t exist.
focus on cooperation, not power struggles.

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more detail…

well, the postings about this full moon have been a little frightening – some saying relationship energy can be out of control in a bad way.  so….take it easy, folks.

why’s it so powerful?  (among other things) the full moon is 1 degree away from pluto, the planet of power & intensity that transforms through destruction & renewal.  emotions are not only high, they can be consuming.  these feelings are brought to the surface with the full moon & can cause feelings of overwhelm.  take care not to react strongly to these intense feelings…wait until the rational mind is quieter/calmer and has input.  note: meditate to help calm these waves of emotion, it helps!

if crisis or change comes up now, remember the goal is to transform for the better! to evolve your soul. renovate the self. channel those negative or aggressive emotions into something good….physical and creative pursuits are a good fit here.

 

“If, at this Full Moon, you notice your self in an unkind self-response, you might ask, How can I say this in another way? How can I feel and respond to this moment differently? The exact moment you’re hurting, the moment you feel afraid or edgy, is the right time for kindness.

You can also try out my loving-kindness pose. Sit with your feet on the ground, back straight, knees bent and your hands wrapped around the front of your shins just under your knees, with your eye gaze relaxed and looking forward. Spend a few minutes in this pose… and receive your good, kind-hearted self.”

“The question posed by a Capricorn Full Moon is, how well are you succeeding—not just with taking care of business, but taking care of your heart?

This particular Capricorn Full Moon is in a tight conjunction with Pluto, with both opposed the Sun and Mars in Cancer. During the few weeks each year when Mars opposes Pluto, it is nearly impossible to get our way by employing physical might or sheer willpower. This aspect reminds us that only so much is within our control, however hard we work to change certain things or prevent others from happening.

Throw in the Full Moon and Sun connecting with this aspect, and most of us feel that we’re under a great deal of stress in some area of our lives. It might be problems with family, health, finances, employment – but everyone can probably point to some situation that feels out of their control and where they are receiving very little help.

These are tough times and tough planetary transits, and sometimes that makes us mean-spirited, impatient, and disdainful of weakness. But not always. Recently, I accompanied an elderly, ailing friend on an afternoon of errands. Everywhere we went, people went out of their way to be helpful to us by holding doors, giving up their place in line, or other small kindnesses.

Those who know me are used to hearing me declare (usually after an hour spent in traffic) that people are no damn good. But I’ve always suspected that if I were to keel over on the street, a half dozen people would immediately run over to see if I needed help. That’s just what happened recently when a light plane crashed on a Southern California freeway, and an onlooker rushed toward the flames to pull the passengers to safety.

It’s safe to assume that just about everyone you meet is carrying a heavier burden than they feel they can bear. We are tough with each other these days, because the world is tough, and so many of us are nobody’s children, with no soft place to turn to when we have failed or fallen. But we are still capable of astonishing kindness as well. We’re all trying to survive, and we’re scared we won’t, and that makes us hard. But we haven’t yet completely left behind the urge to break each other’s fall—and that makes us human.”

 

“This is a good moon to anchor something you have taken action towards especially something that relates to physical activity and the movement of your body. If you have been a slug lately, this would be the day to be more active and to make a commitment to using your body in a more active way. This is also an important moon to focus on your personal environment and take action or reset what you need to in order to provide more nurturing for yourself based on the emotional truth about what you need. Spend time with others but be firm with your boundaries. Work with the Sun as an ally and be inspired by some risk you have taken. When you take a risk you give up your comfort zone and there may be fear involved. Remember you have Mars on your side so use that energy well or it will use you. As childhood fears of inadequacy surface, push them gently aside with compassion and remind yourself the you are no longer that child and that you deserve to have everything you need to move forward in your life.”