Happy Full Moon!

Full Moon window

“The full moon in Aquarius brings perspective. Sitting directly across from Venus and the Sun, conjunct in Leo, this full moon has a privileged view.

Venus (love, desire, pleasure, and connection) conjunct the Sun (sense of self, personality, energy, and vitality) is no insignificant affair.

As Venus is engulfed in the Sun’s purifying fires, it is said to be in the heart of it. What gets burned away is hopefully a little of the fear that surrounds so many of our emotional systems. Feeling unworthy of love is a distortion so many of us carry. Feeling unfit to love another fuels so many of our interpersonal issues.

As Venus and the Sun help us feel the impacts of some of these storylines, the full moon in Aquarius offers us a much-needed perspective on how to overcome these misunderstandings. Aquarius is a cool-headed, even-tempered air sign, who values a fair assessment of a situation above all else. Not one to get embroiled in emotional ups and downs, Aquarius prefers to sit a little further from the stage so it can take in all the characters of a play fairly and accurately. Being able to witness, but not be fully enmeshed in, our emotional process is what makes healing possible. It aids in our ability to allow more love, affection, and connection into our lives – exactly what Venus is after.

Given the right conditions, intimacy comes with great ease and sweetness. All of nature knows how to connect to what it wants. Nothing in the wild feels any way about sending out its mating call. Though many of us have to work hard to undo the conditions that have lead to the disruption of it, connecting is central to life on the planet. It is the core principle of conception  – something that the natural world and Venus are always trying to create optimal conditions for.

Like bees flying directly into the pollen they desire, we are encouraged to go after what we want. The honey that flows from these days is not only golden but fortifying for the system. Claiming our desires makes our immune systems stronger. Suppressing a yearning only confuses our energy flow. Admitting to ourselves what we want is the first step towards creating the conditions that will bring it to us.

Celebrate this full moon by simply being a little more present to the love, pleasure, and connections that fill your life with joy. Feed your loves honey. Kiss more. Hug often. Create altars everywhere you go. Beautify your path and feel the blessing of being able to do so. Offer flowers and flirtatious affections to any and all Goddesses you come into contact with. Connect with all rituals that remind you what feels good, right, and holy to your whole system.”

~Chani Nicholas

Happy New Moon!

New Moon art by Lucy Campbell

“Ready to reconnect to your passion? The new moon of July 31, 2019 (8:12 pm PT) is a nourishing reboot for your soul. Spinning on the tail of some heavy and exhausting eclipse energy, this new moon ignites positive spiritual growth, while offering a new lease on love, creativity and emotional fulfillment.

The new moon is in sidereal Cancer, in the area of the sky called Pushya, the star of nourishment. Symbolized by a blooming lotus flower, or the milk-giving udder of a cow, this nakshatra is a heavenly source of spiritual and emotional nourishment.

An ancient Hindu deity named Brihaspati, dwells in Pushya, a powerful teacher, protector and the “guru of the gods.” This new moon transmits a timeless spiritual wisdom to those who seek it, and can heighten emotional awareness of those in need.  It’s a time to care for gardens, cook nourishing meals, and treat yourself and others with an extra dose of compassion.

Mercury stations direct on July 31 (just a few minutes after the new moon) ending delays and clearing obstructions in communication.   An auspicious gaze (drishti) of expansive Jupiter gives this new moon a healing balm of hope in the midst of anxiety.   Jupiter will turn direct on August 11, increasing optimism and giving a much-needed dose of motivation for finishing projects and reaching goals in the weeks to come.

As the moon waxes, open to the nourishment of connection and unity with the world around you.  August is a month for healing the heart, letting your guard down, and reconnecting to your passion.”
~Kari Field, excerpt from AnandaShree Vedic Astrology
Art by Lucy Campbell

Happy Full Moon and partial Lunar Eclipse!

Moon Art by Ric Nagualero

“On July 16th we have a Partial Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Capricorn. The Full Moon, which usually illuminates the night sky, will be partially hidden by the shadow of the Earth, creating an alignment that will bring new insights and information to the surface.

The energy behind this Eclipse is intense, and beams of energy will flow from the darkness and from the light to expose our shadows and things we have been hiding that we need to release.

While releasing and endings are a big theme of this Eclipse, there is something deeper happening here too. This Eclipse is not just guiding us to release and bring closure to things that have served their time, it is also guiding us to stretch; to stretch the limits of our mind, our body, and our soul.

Under the energy of this Eclipse, we may feel like we are being stretched to our limits or pulled in two different directions. We may have to choose a path, or we may feel torn between one mode of action versus another. A decision will have to be made, but the Eclipse will be your guide and will deliver the answers in the perfect timing.

As the celestial bodies in the sky align for this Eclipse, it is going to be like two armies meeting on opposing sides of a field.

Rather than fighting each other however, they are working together to bring healing, transformation, and growth to the person standing in the middle, and that person is you.

Once these two forces have pulled and stretched you, helped you to work through some knots and some tension, you are going to feel taller, lighter, and more open. Energy is going to be able to flow up and down and pass freely through your body, activating your soul and your energy centers.

Under the energy of this Eclipse, we have to be gentle with ourselves. We have to allow ourselves to gently stretch and breathe through the knots and tight spots. We have to inhale and exhale until we feel our bodies melt and open.

The July 16th Eclipse is one of the most potent and transformative points of the year, but we are ready for it, we are strong enough to handle it, and like all things in life- this too shall pass.”

~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious

Art by Ric Nagualero

Happy New Moon and Solar Eclipse!

New Moon boat flight

“The second Eclipse Season of 2019 kicks off with a Total New Moon Solar Eclipse in the sign of Cancer on July 2nd.

While intense, the energy around this Eclipse is really like a fresh breeze entering the room. If things have felt stagnant, stuck or sticky for you, this Eclipse is a wonderful opportunity to shake things loose and to begin moving forward.

Making changes will definitely be favored around this Eclipse, so think of an area of your life that needs an upgrade and allow the Eclipse energy to guide you. Opportunities will be knocking, so stay open!

Cancer is also the sign of the Divine Mother and while not all of us are lucky enough to know what it’s like to be cared for, nurtured, and loved by our mother, we all have the power within to care for, nurture, and love ourselves.

Cancer energy is all about this, so if you haven’t been looking after yourself, if you have been burning the candle at both ends, or ignoring the call of your heart (or the calls from your mother!), this Eclipse may bring a much needed wake-up call.

While Eclipses can be potent they are also wonderful gateways of change. They are points in the year where the Universe can intervene to put us on track with our lives and where we need to be heading.

The type of events that fall around an Eclipse are believed to be fated and help us to align with our path, our purpose, and our higher calling.

Eclipses move and shake us. They put us where we need to be, and this Eclipse is going to open that doorway, it is just up to us to take the first step and begin walking through it.

You may feel the energies of the Eclipse building as we move closer to it, but chances are you will need to wait until the Capricorn Lunar Eclipse which falls on July 16th before you can really decipher what the Universe has in store for you.

Nonetheless, if you have been looking for a fresh start, if you have been looking to clear the cobwebs and try something new or to create a routine that is more nurturing, this July New Moon Solar Eclipse will bring you plenty of opportunities. Are you ready?”

~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious

Happy Full Moon!

Full Moon Art by Yuumei

“The June 17th Full Moon will sparkle brightly in Sagittarius, sitting just degrees away from the Galactic Center. Being so close to the Galactic Center is going to amplify and upgrade the energy of this Full Moon and raise the frequency of planet Earth.

All of us, for the days surrounding the Full Moon, are going to have the opportunity to shift into a higher frequency and higher vibration. All of us are going to have the opportunity to tap into higher realms and to explore the height of our creativity.

This is a dreamy Full Moon that will amplify our intuitive gifts and allow us to unlock the wisdom we already have inside of us.

We may forget, but everything we need, every piece of the puzzle was given to us before we came into this body, and on a Full Moon like this, it will be easier for us to remember and gain access to this wisdom.

While there is this beautiful intuitive, creative, and dreamy energy surrounding this Full Moon, it also has a fiery quality too.

Under the light of this Full Moon, we need to remember the fire within. We need to remember that we hold the bow and arrow, and we have the power and potential to hit our mark as long as we take aim and trust the way the wind blows.

With your target and your arrow all lined up, you can begin moving in that direction. Trusting the wisdom of what you desire and the ebb and flow of the wind to guide you.

Overall, the June Full Moon will be lighting the fire within and guiding our way forward through the coming Eclipse Season. It will be encouraging us to peel back the layers to uncover our truth, and to trust our intuition and dreams.

The magical Sagittarius Full Moon is truly one of the best of the year and will be helping all of us to elevate to that next level.”

~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious

Art by Yuumei

Happy New Moon!

New Moon Gemini - CS

“The month of June opens with the Gemini New Moon on the 3rd. This New Moon is all about truth, communication, and self-expression.

This New Moon is drawing us to get clear on what our truth is and to work on expressing how we really feel.

Under the darkness of this New Moon, we are also going to feel motivated to take action in some area of our lives.

While New Moons often cause us to retreat within and into the shadows of our own heart and soul, this New Moon is really championing us to take initiative and get things done.

There might be things in our lives that crop up around the Gemini New Moon that encourage us to act, make a decision, or put our foot down.

We may also have to step up and take responsibility for what we want. If there is something we wish to communicate or speak up about, the New Moon will be supporting us to find our courage and strength.

As Oprah once said- “you only get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” And, under the spell of the New Moon, we must not be afraid to speak up and share what it is we desire.

While the Gemini New Moon is wonderful for all forms of self-expression and communication, we also have to be mindful of how we choose to communicate and what truths we wish to share with others.

If we want to communicate effectively, if we want to get to the truth of something, we first have to learn how to really listen.

Under the dark New Moon of June, don’t hide away from your true power. Don’t squash down your emotions or ignore the gentle pulls and nudges of your heart.

Use this energy to rise up, to speak up, and to stand up for all you believe in. Use this energy to take action and to take responsibility for the world you wish to create and the reality you wish to walk in.

We are not on this planet alone. Making connections, sharing our stories, listening to other stories, has always been the foundation of society and of humanity. Let’s get back to that. Let’s get back to story time and open up about our journey, who we are, and what inspires us.

Let us find the confidence to share our truth, to talk about our weaknesses and our strengths, and to celebrate the stories of others, for sharing and listening is how we inspire, grow, and change the world.”

~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious

Happy Full Moon!

Full Moon art by Justin Peters

“Where do you belong? The full moon of May 18 (2:11 pm PT) is a Blue Moon with the power to heal the heart and re-connect to your true path.

This full moon is called a “seasonal Blue Moon,” which is the third of four full moons this spring. Full of promise, the blue moon falls in the area of the sky called Anuradha, the Vedic “star of success.”

Symbolized by a staff (weapon), Anuradha is also the star of the lotus flower. The flower of Anuradha grows in the muddy depths of Scorpio’s mysterious waters. Once it blooms, it offers the spiritual qualities of love and devotion.

Under this full moon, strengthening relationships and defining healthy boundaries is highly supported. Anuradha is the celestial home of the sun-god of friendship and love, Mitra. This benevolent deity radiates the sense of belonging and connectivity within families and communities. Anuradha’s special power lies in its ability to find commonalities among differences, and connect us to a greater sense of unity and self-acceptance.
Realistic Saturn and illusion-shattering Ketu have a lot of transformative influence on the world right now.  Since May 8, these two shadowy forces have joined in the energetic star of Purva Ashadha, where they will remain for the rest of the year.   It may not be possible to ignore or make excuses for ongoing problems or dysfunctional relationships, but a creative power is gaining momentum for new and sustainable solutions.

Mindful Mercury is completely combust the sun on May 21, giving this full moon a unique power to deconstruct preconceived notions and ideas. Be aware of the possibility of miscommunication now, and stay open for totally new and surprising information in the weeks to come.

This full moon is celebrated as Buddha Purnima, the birthday of the Buddha who taught illumination through the steady focus of mind. Like the powerful focus of a warrior, this rare Anuradha blue moon emanates courage to step forward into new realms of relationship and belonging.”
~Kari Field, excerpt from AnandaShree Astrology
Art by Justin Peters