Happy Full Moon!

Full Moon by Alouk

“The February Full Moon falls on the 8th or 9th of the month, depending on your time zone. It rests in the sign of Leo, and its energy comes to tend to the fire that lives within our hearts.

It comes to clear away all that dims our light and separates us from feeling connected to our journey.

Leo is ruled by the Sun, so whenever we have a Full Moon in the sign of the Sun, it’s extra special.

When Leo holds space for the Full Moon, it’s like a ray of light shining down on all that feels dark and heavy in our lives.

Leo is a fire sign that reminds us to connect with all that lights us up. It reminds us to connect with our inner fire, with our inner Sun, and to remember that life is for experiencing rather than controlling.

What sets your soul on fire? What fans your inner flame? What brings you a sense of purpose as you move through the experiences of life?

There is something strengthening, motivating, and restorative about this Full Moon too, not just because it falls in the sign of Leo the lion, but also because it forms a harmonious alignment with the planet of motivation, Mars.

Mars will be like a motivational speaker at our side, championing us along as we take on any challenges or projects during this time.

Mars’ energy will help inspire us to push past any fears that are holding us back or keeping our inner light small.

Put yourself on the line, even if it makes you feel vulnerable, even if it’s scary, because that’s how you grow, that’s how you learn, that’s how you keep leveling up on your journey.”

~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious

Art by Alouk

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming… and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

Art by Amanda Cass

Art by Amanda Cass

Happy New Moon!

Emily Balivet

The new moon of Jan 24 (1:42 PM PT) marks an important cosmic turning point. Saturn, the planet of limitation and structure, is finally moving signs into Capricorn, where its grounding influence can help make long-term goals a reality. If you’ve been waiting to see results, this new moon heralds real progress.

Like Saturn, the new moon also falls in sidereal Capricorn, doubling the influence of this practical and determined sign. Specifically, this dark mid-winter moon falls in the Vedic nakshatra, or lunar mansion, known as Shravana. Sometimes called the ear of God, or the star of learningShravana magnifies the power to listen and communicate ideas. It also slows things down so you can better absorb knowledge and observe the world around you.

The Hindu goddess Saraswati—the mother of music, sound, and language—dwells in Shravana. Like the ancient river named for her, Saraswati births words and ideas that flow invisibly from our hearts and minds. Subtle messages from the spirit world can also be heard around this time, so listen closely.

Meanwhile, Saturn’s mission in Capricorn is to build a more solid and sustainable structure for the future. In Vedic Astrology, the sign of Capricorn is called Makara, which means crocodile. Crocodiles are tenacious survivors that take things slow and move with strength. With Saturn in Capricorn, you can work through challenges that may have previously seemed insurmountable, and take on new responsibilities in your work or home life.

Since the beginning of 2017, Saturn has been in the idealistic sign of Sagittarius, creating waves of disillusionment and casting a cynical eye on corruption, hypocrisy, and the unsustainable status quo. Since Saturn refuses to support blind faith in Sagittarius, you may have found yourself chasing your dreams in a sea of self-doubt, or wondering how to move forward. Now, with Saturn in Capricorn until January of 2023, you may find yourself capable of building what before you had only dreamed of.

This Shravana new moon marks a time of profound change. It represents nothing less than a paradigm shift, so be prepared to step into your power as never before.”

~ Kari Field, anandastrology.com
Art by Emily Balivet

Happy Winter Solstice!

Winter Art by Anne Stokes

“On December 21st, we experience the shortest day and longest night of the year. The increased hours of darkness guide us to enter into the dark night of the soul, a time of retreat where we can go within and hear the subtler stirrings of our being.

Sometimes it is only in the darkness that we can truly feel comfortable to be ourselves. When the spotlight of the Sun shines down on us, we can feel exposed, we can feel that we have to act or be a certain way.

When the lights are turned off, when it is just us, alone with our thoughts at midnight, that is when we can truly dive deep into our core and come face to face with a new truth of who we are.

It is not that we have to shame who we are under the bright light of the Sun. For this is a part of us too. But if we stay there too long, we tend to get disconnected, which is why the Universe calls in the longest night of the year.

At this time, it is an opportunity for us all to enter into the darkness. To move away from the spotlight and instead to sit with ourselves and our own truth.

In the darkness, our thoughts don’t matter. It is our feelings that can truly shine. It is our emotional voice that gets a chance to speak, and we have to allow it to be heard.

We need to forget the labels and the judgments of the mind, and instead, allow ourselves to feel with the power of the heart.

When we sit in the darkness, and just allow ourselves to be, what feelings emerge? What discomfort grows? What happens when we just allow ourselves to be?

This is what the dark night of the soul calls us to surrender to. This is what we are encouraged to practice. We need to stop talking, and start listening.

We need to find the stillness, for when we do, we will be able to step into a new power and a new truth of who we really are.”

~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious

Art by Anne Stokes

Happy Full Moon!

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“The last full moon of 2019 will fall on Dec. 12 (12:12 a.m. ET). This is a prime time to envision new realms of possibility in matters of love and money, and to let your heart speak louder than your head. Followed by the winter solstice on Dec. 21, and a solar eclipse on Dec. 25, the Dec. 12 full moon heralds change, and possibly a new, more fulfilling phase of your life’s journey.

In Vedic astrology, this full moon falls in the area of the sky known as Mrigashira (Mriga means deer, and shira means head). Symbolized by the energy of a wild stag, Mrigashira is called the searching star, as it continuously seeks out what nourishes the heart and gives it a sense of belonging. As a deer seeks out its flock, this full moon desires meaningful connection with others.

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter is encroaching and daylight is dying away. The solstice is just around the corner, when the power of darkness reaches its annual climax. This bright full moon will shine through one of the longest nights of the year, illuminating the darkest corners of the psyche with piercing clarity and insight. Use this time to ask your heart what it truly wants, and don’t be surprised if the answer is different than what you’d thought.
On Christmas in the U.S (Dec. 25), a total solar eclipse will form as the liberating tail of the karmic snake, Ketu, shadows the sun, moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury. This will create a powerful pile-up of energy with tremendous momentum. Avoid political discussions and other contentious issues at holiday parties or family gatherings, as this formation could stir up some unnecessary conflict.

Eclipses are known to plant seeds that later bloom into breakthroughs, surprising outcomes, and even shocking events, especially in the weeks that surround them. Once you’ve tuned into your heart’s desires around the full moon, use the solar eclipse that follows it to surrender them to the universe. Intention-setting is key, but surrender is the final and critical step to manifesting your desires.

On this full moon, imagine where you’d like to be in 2020. Are you ready for a new relationship? Or a new professional challenge? How about more financial abundance? The wild stag energy of Mrigashira will stoke the fires of your heart, igniting its hidden desires. If you’re ready to lead with your heart, not your mind, you could find true fulfillment.”

~Kari Field, excerpt from AnandaShree Astrology