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Finding Clarity in 2019

Finding Clarity in 2019

January 2019 has been all about finding clarity! Throughout life we may go through periods in which we feel we are in a fog. With so much going on between work, family, health, and relationships, finding a clear path through becomes a huge challenge. As we enter into the New Year this is our opportunity to take hold of our lives and create our own path moving forward.

So how do we create a lasting sense of clarity in our everyday experiences? There are a number of ways one may choose to gain a sense of understanding and knowledge about life’s circumstances. We can turn to regular spiritual practices, daily mindfulness techniques, and meditation to name a few. The world has so many options it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin when we are searching for answers! Listening to your intuition is step one when it come to sifting through the waves of emotions, information, and situations life presents us with.

Practicing mindfulness and regular meditation can help immensely when it comes to bridging communications with our intuition. When we are operating from that place within us of non-judgement and love we are better able to stay mindful of the moment. We have a greater chance at seeing life from a clearer perspective.

By keeping things simple and straightforward we become more in touch with the dynamics of relationships. Life starts to feel more natural and flows with more ease while making choices can take on a new tone. We can operate from a place of honesty within ourselves knowing that each moment we are present and aware we are making decisions based on our integrity and best possible outcome for everyone involved.

As 2019 progresses, allow yourself the space to be open to seeing and feeling life with more clarity. Give yourself permission to be here now and in touch on a soul level. Become more vitally aware of the direction your intuition is guiding you towards.

Let’s wrap up January with a guided meditation on clarity

Guided Clarity Meditation

  • Begin the meditation in a seated pose with palms facing up and resting on your knees
  • Close your eyes and steady your breath, breathing in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds
  • As you inhale take a moment to reflect on the air entering your body
  • Notice the breath leaving your body on each exhale
  • Let your entire body completely relax
  • Now start to deepen your breath; inhale for 4 seconds
  • And exhale for 4 seconds
  • Feel any tension flow from your body
  • Relax
  • After a minute allow your breath to return to normal
  • Stay here a moment sensing in your body’s present state of calm
  • As you sit imagine a cloud of energy start to gather around you
  • Feel the vibration of this cloud, what colors are present? What emotion does it contain?
  • Now imagine yourself standing up in the cloud
  • You reach your arms out before taking a step forward into the misty energy
  • What are you feeling right now? Sensing about the present environment?
  • Next you see yourself standing at the center within the cloud
  • Stand there and drink in this moment
  • Return to the breathing sequence in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds
  • Generate powerful cleansing energy in your body
  • After 1 minute start to imagine your body floating up from the standing position and out of the clouds
  • You keep going higher and higher into the Universe
  • Past your current physical space, past the atmosphere and far into the sky
  • Look down now below you
  • You see the cloud you just left behind
  • What does it look like? What do you notice from your new expanded vantage point?
  • Contemplate new sensations of clarity and understanding with your new perspective
  • On your next breath gently float yourself back into your body
  • Pass through the cloud returning your consciousness back into your seated self
  • Imagine the cloud’s energy is dissipating around you bringing a sense of clarity and revelation to this present moment
  • Know you have access to higher and varied points of view when life is unclear
  • Take one final deep breath in and out to end the meditation and open your eyes
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3 Mindful Tips for #AquariusSeason2019

3 Mindful Tips for #AquariusSeason2019

January 21st marks the beginning of #AquariusSeason2019 as the Sun continues its journey through the sky. While the Sun spends about a month in each sign throughout the year we get the chance to experience each unique shift in solar energy. Aquarius is an air sign and therefore embodies many themes related to the mind, intellectual energy, and ideas. Here are 3 mindful tips for #AquariusSeason2019!

1. Clear Your Digital Clutter

When we think of Aquarius we often also think of the tech savvy future and advancements in media and the digital world. As we enter into Aquarius’ season this is a great time to clear through your social media accounts, computer files, and all your devices where we inevitably collect digital clutter. Run through your apps or emails and unsubscribe or delete where necessary. Removing clutter, even clutter from your digital spaces, can help cultivate more room in your life more mindfulness. Clearing out can bring a greater sense of relief and overall clarity.

2. Think Things Through

The airy nature of Aquarius puts us more in touch with our thoughts and analytical abilities. We can use this season to think our actions through before we do them. As we mindfully approach each moment we become more aware of the impact we have in the world. We do not have to be pulled along by fate but can instead make our own guiding decisions as we go along. Give yourself time to think, contemplate, and exercise the power of your thoughts!

3. Make Friends

The Aquarius archetype is friendship oriented, desiring to make social connections and create groups unified under a common cause. During this Aquarius Season 2019 open yourself up to making new friends. Put yourself out there and strike up a conversation to see where it leads. The present energy will help open pathways for connecting. Aquarius season is a great time for mindfully bringing people together, expressing your weird side, and opening up your mind to new ideas intellectually and spiritually.

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5 Mindful Steps to Set Your 2019 Intentions

5 Mindful Steps to Set Your 2019 Intentions

As 2019 is upon us we have the choice to flow with the present energy by setting intentions for the year ahead that will have the greatest impact in our lives at present. Here are 5 mindful steps you can take to set clear, intuitive, and meaningful intentions for the New Year.

1. Day Dream

The first step to setting intentions for the New Year is to day dream! Many aspects of life start as a simple idea in our minds. We start to develop a clearer and more detailed picture that starts to form into reality. When setting your New Year’s intentions make sure to give yourself plenty of time to relish in your day dreams. Notice where your mind goes and what your heart truly wants to see take shape in your life.

2. Meditate

The second step to creating a mindful set of intentions for 2019 is to meditate. Meditation allows you space to clear your mind and focus your intentions. When you spend time in this state of mind you are giving yourself access to new pathways for self-discovery, self-knowledge, and understanding. Prior to beginning a meditation practice ask the Universe for clear guidance in bringing forth the information you need to know for setting your intentions for the upcoming year.

3. Write It Down

Once you have spent time day dreaming and honing your intentions through meditation it is time to write your intentions down! This can be the fun part. Explore what aspirations you really want to see realized for 2019. It is good to keep in mind things that are within reach and are within the realm of possibility. List out about 5 intentions you have in mind.

4. Make a Commitment

Even if you write something down it does not necessarily mean you are going to commit to it. The hard work now comes with your follow through. To each one of your intentions you wrote down, it is now time to make a plan that will help you stick with your intentions for the year.

Add a couple of sentences to each goal on how you see those things taking place in your life. Maybe one of your intentions is to do a 10 minute a day meditation practice. Ask yourself how you can help yourself stick to your goal. Do you need to wake up 10 minutes earlier each morning? You will know what will work best for you in order to stick to your commitments! Contemplate and reflect on each one of your intentions and plan accordingly.

5. Check in with Yourself or a Friend

The last step in setting your intentions for the New Year 2019 is to check in regularly. Maybe ask a friend to help you stay accountable or chat about how your intentions are coming along. You may find the intentions you set are exactly what you needed to set you up on a new spiritual path or have led you to make positive connections. The important thing to remember is to check in with yourself to see how your intentions are helping guide you forward. Having clear goals is one of the best ways to see dreams realized. Give yourself room to evolve with the goals you have set.

With 2019 just starting, we have the opportunity to move with this annual shift in energy. By staying mindful of the intentions we are setting we are acting from a place of inner guidance, intuition, and meaning.

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Full Moon in Leo + Total Lunar Eclipse

Full Moon in Leo + Total Lunar Eclipse

As the Moon becomes Full in Leo it is fueled by the powerful energy of both a Total Lunar Eclipse and the Sun moving into the sign of Aquarius! January 21st 2019 brings us a very interesting mix of energies to play with. During a Lunar Eclipse the reflected light of the Moon is blocked from our view. This is symbolic of parts of the self going underground while other aspects emerge to the surface. A balance of energies and a push pull starts to take effect.

With the Full Moon in Leo we are brought deeper in touch with our inner child. At this time we are being asked how we nourish our soul’s innocence. Have we forgotten humor and playfulness? As the energy of the eclipse washes over the day you may find moments of longing or nostalgia for something in the past. Reach in and ask yourself what these feelings are that you are experiencing at this time.

This Full Moon is closely aspected to the unpredictable planet Uranus. Our emotions may even start to feel out of character for us around this time! Embrace the complexity of your feelings, experiencing them from a place of openness and receptivity. With this excess of energy we may desire calm and clarity to bring us back into the present. Giving yourself time to meditate, ground, or relax will be very helpful in-between bursts of energy.

Expect the unexpected as different energies come together in the night sky on January 21st 2019. The Leo archetype is very adept at creative self-expression. There is plenty of life to experience during the days leading up to and just following the Full Moon in Leo 2019. We can use this time to pull from the past to inform the present; nourishing our inner child in order to bring out newly discovered parts of self into this creative world we play a part in.

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Guided Clarity Meditation

Guided Clarity Meditation

January 2019 is all about finding clarity! Throughout life we may go through periods in which we feel we are in a fog. With so much going on between work, family, health, and relationships finding a clear path through become a huge challenge. As we enter into the New Year this is our opportunity to take hold of our lives and create our own path moving forward. 

So how do we create a lasting sense of clarity in our everyday experiences? There are a number of ways one may choose to gain a sense of understanding and knowledge about life’s circumstances. We can turn to regular spiritual practices, daily mindfulness techniques, and meditation to name a few. The world has so many options it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin when we are searching for answers! Listening to your intuition is step one when it come to sifting through the waves of emotions, information, and situations life presents us with.

Practicing mindfulness and regular meditation can help immensely when it comes to bridging communications with our intuition. When we are operating from that place within us of non-judgement and love we are better able to stay mindful of the moment. We have a greater chance at seeing life from a clearer perspective. 

By keeping things simple and straightforward we become more in touch with the dynamics of relationships. Life starts to feel more natural and flows with more ease while making choices can take on a new tone. We can operate from a place of honesty within ourselves knowing that each moment we are present and aware we are making decisions based on our integrity and best possible outcome for everyone involved.

As the New Year 2019 begins allow yourself the space to be open to seeing and feeling life with more clarity. Give yourself permission to be here now and in touch on a soul level. Become more vitally aware of the direction your intuition is guiding you towards.

Let’s start off the New Year with a guided meditation on clarity

Guided Clarity Meditation

  • Begin the meditation in a seated pose with palms facing up and resting on your knees.
  • Close your eyes and steady your breath, breathing in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds
  • As you inhale take a moment to reflect on the air entering your body
  • Notice the breath leaving your body on each exhale
  • Let your entire body completely relax
  • Now start to deepen your breath; inhale for 4 seconds
  • And exhale for 4 seconds
  • Feel any tension flow from your body
  • Relax
  • After a minute allow your breath to return to normal
  • Stay here a moment sensing in your body’s present state of calm
  • As you sit imagine a cloud of energy start to gather around you
  • Feel the vibration of this cloud, what colors are present? What emotion does it contain?
  • Now imagine yourself standing up in the cloud
  • You reach your arms out before taking a step forward into the misty energy
  • What are you feeling right now? Sensing about the present environment?
  • Next you see yourself standing at the center within the cloud
  • Stand there and drink in this moment
  • Return to the breathing sequence in for 2 seconds and out for 2 seconds
  • As you generate powerful cleansing energy in your body
  • After 1 minute start to imagine your body floating up from the standing position and out of the clouds
  • You keep going higher and higher into the Universe
  • Past your current physical space, past the atmosphere and far into the sky
  • Look down now below you
  • You see the cloud you just left behind
  • What does it look like? What do you notice from your new expanded vantage point?
  • Contemplate new sensations of clarity and understanding with your new perspective
  • On your next breath gently float yourself back into your body
  • Pass through the cloud returning your consciousness back into your seated self
  • Imagine the cloud’s energy is dissipating around you bringing a sense of clarity and revelation to this present moment
  • Knowing you have access to higher and varied points of view when life is unclear
  • Take one final deep breath in and out to end the meditation and open your eyes
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New Moon in Capricorn + Partial Solar Eclipse

New Moon in Capricorn + Partial Solar Eclipse

The New Moon in Capricorn takes place on January 6th 2019 along with a partial solar eclipse. During this Lunar phase the intensity of the Sun is combined with the nurturing energy of the Moon. While the New Moon is taking place in Capricorn this is a great time to evaluate where we may be putting too much pressure on ourselves. We can ease up on ourselves a bit knowing we are right where we need to be.

This is the perfect time to evaluate the actions we are taking and why. How are we constructing our sense of identity while adding to the layers that make us who we are? The Capricorn New Moon is gifting us with a new sense of purpose and clarity. We are able to shed any need to perform to the world, be perfect, or fit the expectations of others. At this New Moon we have a stronger resolve and ability to choose for ourselves how we move through our life journey.

One way we can check in with ourselves this New Moon is by having a mindful approach to our actions. We can bet to the bottom of what our motivations are so we can more clearly be able to decide if we are responding to external or internal pressures. Knowing the place our actions are driven from can allow us to better understand the structure of our life.

With the addition of a partial solar eclipse as well we may find it slightly more challenging to get in touch with particular energies during this time. With Saturn, our teacher planet, also in Capricorn during this New Moon we are pressed even deeper to do the spiritual work. We will have to dig deep in order to discover what is pushing us froward in life. The New Moon in Capricorn brings out a sense of responsibility along with amazing self-growth reward when we put the work in!

 

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2019: Horoscope + Gemstones for the year

2019: Horoscope + Gemstones for the year

The Astro Energy of 2019: Horoscopes Year Ahead

As we approach 2019 we have the opportunity to peer into the unique planetary energy present for the year ahead. This year is holding space for focus and grounding with intention.

We are more drawn towards discovery of our purpose within the structures of society, towards making radical changes in how we view and care for our planet Earth and for each other.

The major theme of 2019 is a calling towards our deepest sense of knowing and intuition towards self-improvement and growth. This year is about mindfulness and really tuning into the present moment.We should be slowing down this year in order to explore the powerful energies that are available to us. The astrology of 2019 points to a gradual yet profound evolution on both an individual and collective level.  

Aries ♈︎ March 20-April 20

Expanding your world view can bring about immense opportunities for 2019! As the year starts out your general desire is for freedom, autonomy, and to do things your own way. Your unique abilities can bring you some interesting leadership and career opportunities you were not expecting. Midyear you start to feel the beginnings of  a potent energy shift urging you to direct your energy to be more clear, precise, and strategic. Choosing to take on more responsibilities is likely around this time as you are feeling confident that this is the direction your spirit is calling you towards. Your public image is certainly in focus this year opening up doorways for you to mindfully craft your life into a solid vision. Give yourself plenty of time to ground and connect with the planet this year. Physically manifesting your dreams into reality will happen with more ease when you put down some roots.

Gemstone of the Year: Amazonite

Taurus ♉︎ April 20-May 21

As 2019 begins you seem to be surrounded by questions. You have a distant sense that you are being called to do something special or important. Setting out on a quest to discover what this calling is will help direct your course for the year ahead. You, somewhat stubbornly, start to embrace the transformative changes taking place in your life. The evolutionary shifts in your mind, body, and soul will keep you guessing on what is coming next! Near the middle of the year you get the intense sensation that it is now or never. A revamping of yourself in every sense of the word may occur at this time. You crave healing on a transformative level, subtitling knowing what you need to set your path in motion. If you were ever going to get serious about a meditation practice, this year would be it. The energy is perfect for committing to something of great importance aimed at self-improvement and a reworking of your personal life story.

Gemstone of the Year: Chinese Labradorite

Gemini ♊︎ May 21-June 21

A desire to build deep and meaningful relationships carries you into 2019. What and how you share with others on a spiritual and physical level is a continuous theme throughout the year. You seem to have more willpower in setting goals and going after what you want at this time. A need to contemplate, discuss, and analyze are important to your mental processing. There is a pull between talking about what is real and what is imagined. Towards the middle of the year your intentions will shift towards balance and cooperation. Your concerns for the world and environment start to take on a spiritual more emotional tone. You can feel yourself putting more effort towards discovery of what really matters and how you can bring those things into reality. Towards the end of the year a more artistic and fluid vision take root in your mind. You feel a draw to explore new spiritual paths, enter into uncharted territory of discovery and belief.

Gemstone of the Year: Apatite

Cancer ♋︎ June 21-July 23

This year holds powerful potential for personal growth and transformation. As the year starts off you may be getting more serious with a partner and more willing to engage in relationships that require work and responsibility. You find your relationships with co-workers especially inspiring throughout the year. Mid-year your desire for authenticity and balance in life increases exponentially. You may start to invest more intensely in achieving your goals and desires. There is a dreamlike quality to the work you undertake during this time, you crave the emotional depth of being in a creative head space. The theme of this year is creating balance between responsibility and pleasure. New spiritual routines and rituals can punctuate your day to day life. As you finish off the year you will have time to reflect back on how much you have grown as a person. You are more closely aligned with your authentic self and mindfully more self-aware.

Gemstone of the Year: Chrysocolla

Leo ♌︎ July 23-August 23

As you enter into 2019 you are moved to re-align and focus your energy. A healthy work-life balance is at the crux of the decisions you make this year. You want self-improvement and a greater sense of self-love in the process. Putting ample amounts of energy towards finding creative ways to embrace a new sense of wellness directs you where need to go. Mid way through the year you take an uncharacteristic turn inwards to search and discover yourself on a deeply internal level. Your dreams will become more vivid, meaningful, and symbolic as the year progresses. With a greater appreciation for hard work and dedication to a cause you close out the year with a more wholistic view of self. You bring this energy into your relationships, able to create a deeper more vulnerable bond between you and your romantic partner(s).

Gemstone of the Year: Bronze

Virgo ♍︎ August 23-September 23

Your motivation for success is in full force as the year starts out. You are happy to set steady goals to get to your intended destination. At the same time there is also an underlying mischievousness to your actions making you more playful and spontaneous. You may start the year off traveling or choose to travel around mid-year. Passion increases for freedom and movement as you search for ways you can live and work while on the road. This year has a distinctively nomadic feel to it. This is the perfect time to expand what home and family means to you. A sense of spiritual seeking colors the second half of the year. You get the feeling that there is a purpose or calling you must fulfill in a radical way. The desire to break free from old cycles and patterns can push you to make important personal choices. A whirlwind of energy surrounding you near the end of the year can be creatively circulated through meditation.

Gemstone of the Year: Turquoise

Libra ♎︎ September 23-October 23

Great personal strides can be made for you this year. 2019 starts out with an intense desire to be closer to family and friends. Repairing past relationships is a highlight around this time. You may be unexpectedly surprised regarding the roles you choose to take on this year. More drive is given towards stepping into becoming who you. Towards the middle of the year you may become very focused on nurturing and taking care of others with a possible career shift in this direction. Creating a more beautiful, stable, and comfortable environment brings you closer to your true calling. You want what is best for everyone and act with the purest intention towards peace and serenity. As the year comes to a close you start to grow more interested in helping your local community. You find this brings you the deepest sense of inner happiness and calm.

Gemstone of the Year: Rose Quartz

Scorpio ♏︎ October 23-November 22

2019 starts off with an unusual desire to seek out the advice of your friends or neighbors. You have a mix of thoughts and you may need help sorting it all out! Meditation and other mindfulness based activities can help keep you focused and grounded throughout this time. Talking more often and to larger audiences seems to be a theme of this year. Midway through the year an intense desire to speak and share your creative ideas highlights your work and public life.  You connect with people on a more social and broad level. Personal partnerships and business relationship require more flexibility than you may want to give, providing you a spiritual opportunity to practice going with the flow. You start to get the sense your place in the Universe holds intense meaning and profound purpose. This energy drives you to discover, explore, and understand more about your life.

Gemstone of the Year: Silver

Sagittarius ♐︎ November 22-December 22

This year is highlighted by an increase in experiences that will broaden and expand your world. Keeping things private and to yourself can prove to be a challenge at this time! It seems your inner world, emotions, and feelings peak through your outer shell. Your rich inner life is asking to be let out and free. With so much energy and passion behind your experiences this year grounding will be essential to keeping your mind from running all over the place. Midway through the year you desire to pay closer attention to having more stability. When aspects of your life are organized and well taken care of you will have greater freedom to be yourself. Near the end of the year will provide ample amounts of time for writing and other activities that allow you to reflect back and see how life has changed for you over the past year. A new sense of pride at the growth you experienced will be felt with a profound resonance.

Gemstone of the Year: Sodalite

Capricorn ♑︎ December 22-January 20

Evolution is happening on the surface and there seems to be no getting around it in 2019. With major planetary energies hanging out in your sign all year you seem to be feeling the pressure from all sides. Embrace the unique experiences that come your way as you have the potential for real change at this time. Lessons for this year are gratitude and maintaining a sense of knowing that good things will come. At times it may feel your efforts are not being recognized this year, but patience is key right now! Keep working towards what you know is right, holding in your heart the necessary energies of love, care, and graciousness for yourself and others. Near the end of the year a great boost in energy will allow you to take more control of your life. Grounding through meditation and mindfulness will help keep the stress at bay during this year. Attend yoga or other stress-relieving exercises when you can to keep 2019 going as smooth as possible.

Gemstone of the Year: Garnet

Aquarius ♒︎ January 20-February 18

A love for the weird and strange are often hallmarks of your personality. This year you may decide to take those interests underground for a while in favor of a more “mainstream” approach. Your impulse to bring your vision into the world is strengthened and you know you can win over more people when you appeal to a wider audience. With a strong personality like yours there is no risk of loosing your authentic self in the process! Deep inside the well of your soul you are starting to draw up the most profound conclusions about life. Mid-way through the year your intuition is strengthened by a jolting shift in energy. As the year continues, 2019 shapes up to be a time of hopes, dreams, and wishes realized through dedicated hard work and serious commitment to self-development. Your inner world is important to you, take care to keep this part of yourself enriched and alive through the magic of meditation this year.

Gemstone of the Year: Moonstone

Pisces ♓︎ February 18-March 20

When you step through a doorway it is as if you are stepping into another world. In 2019 you will enter spaces with more confidence and force while maintaining a dreamlike quality. An elusive energy surrounds your aura at this time, allowing for you to access wells of creativity within you. Responsibility and discipline start to hold more importance to you as well this year. By mid-year you may have made some major changes in your life which provide more support for your spiritual self-care and growth. Playing with your identity and persona may also be themes that creep in around this time. An artistic force drives your actions, and inspires others. You inner sense of kindness is overflowing this year. Mediating on how to bring this out in the world is a profound gift you can share with others at this time for a greater sense of healing and connectedness.

Gemstone of the Year: Tourmaline

 

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Ground + Nourish during the full moon

Ground + Nourish during the full moon

As the energy shifts towards the Full Moon in Cancer on Dec 22 we are called to focus on the nourishment and grounding of our souls. With the energy surrounding this time of year, we may start to feel more sensitive and overstimulated than at other times throughout the year. This Full Moon can be intensely felt creating a reminder to keep our souls in alignment with our body and mind.

The zodiac sign of Cancer and the Moon are symbolic of nurturing, nourishment, and security. During this time ask yourself what you need to do for self-care? You may need to take a pause or a break from festivities. You may need to remind yourself to eat a meal or drink more water. With everything going on it is a good idea to schedule set times for grounding meditations and rituals.

Here are some great grounding techniques to use during the Full Moon in Cancer: 

  • Take a bath with relaxing essential oils such as lavender
  • Diffuse cedar wood essential oil before bedtime
  • Meditate with mala beads composed of grounding crystals such as obsidian or smokey quartz
  • Get ample amounts of extra sleep when possible

 The energy of the Cancer Moon wants you to feel well taken care of. This starts with you setting an intention to make self-care a priority. You know what your body needs best to feel aligned and at peace even when things around you may seem overwhelming. During this time we may have a tendency to perseverate about how things will turn out. If you feel that you are getting worked up during this Full Moon take note, remember your self-care routines to bring you inner peace, calm, and grounding.

Your soul wants to rest peacefully in your body right now not project worry out into the universe. The Full Moon in Cancer can bring on feelings of psychic abilities and an increase in extrasensory perceptions. Remember it is okay to take everything in slowly as Cancer energy is sensitive and needs to be received with intention and purpose. During this Full Moon in Cancer remember to bring yourself back to center as needed in order to be present of each unfolding moment.

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Ritual for Winter Solstice

Ritual for Winter Solstice

We are near to closing out the calendar year with the Winter Solstice on Dec 21 (Summer Solstice if you are in the Southern Hemisphere!)

This time of year is marked by a decrease in daylight hours and longer nights. Home and hearth, a turning inward, and time for self-reflection abound during these colder winter months.

When we start to tune into the cycles of our bodies, the Earth, and the seasons, we are more in touch with the spiritual flow of nature and the world we exist in. The Sun will have moved into Capricorn on this day urging us to take a practical approach to our spiritual practices.

Here is an easy 3 step ritual you can do on the day of the winter solstice to be more in tune, in touch, and in love with this time of year.

Ritual to Honor the Winter Solstice

Materials Needed

  • Candle
  • Carving Tool (pencil, pen, small knife, etc.)
  • Matches or Lighter

Steps

  1. With your carving tool make a symbol of a heart on your candle to represent your home/family
  2. Light the candle on the evening as the Sun goes down on the day of the Solstice
  3. Placing your hands in prayer pose stay mindful and present of the energy in this moment. Personalize your Solstice ritual by choosing to repeat a favored mantra, set an intention for your home/hearth/family, or say prayers of good wishes for yourself and loved ones.

Lighting candles this time of year is symbolic of the comfort that comes from familiarity and home. As we spend more time around close friends and family we are also able to get more in touch with ourselves, relax, and take a break from the outside world.

 

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Wellness during the holidays

Wellness during the holidays

The New Moon in Sagittarius on Dec 6 ushers in the magical but often busy holiday season. We are working with an influx in energy and may need to pay extra close attention to our wellness habits during this time. This New Moon puts us in touch with a fierce sense of openness and acceptance. The desire for moving beyond our boundaries is very likely now. We may feel a pull towards exploring new places, traveling, or moving abroad.

A hopeful and positive attitude surrounds us as we approach the world with wanderlust and longing for something else beyond what is right in front of us. When the Sun and Moon meet up in this sign we have an opportunity for spiritual discourse and discussion. There are moments for reflection, listening, and of course sharing our own perceptive and ideas!

As Jupiter is closely lined up with this New Moon, a spirit of luck and optimism is able to enter in, contributing to the stamina we need to participate in the festivities this year. As the holidays are upon us we may be asked to give a lot of ourselves which will require ample amounts of energy and of course our time. Here are 5 wellness tips for this holiday season.

5 wellness tips for the holidays:

  1. Discern: Use discernment when accepting invitations to celebrations and events. Check in with yourself, if you are too tired or overwhelmed it is perfectly okay to decline an invite. Alternatively, if you have the energy then go for it!
  2. Ground: Sit for about 10 minutes in silence each morning imagining yourself with roots reaching for into the core of the Earth. Wear grounded colored clothing such as dark brown, earth tones, or black so you can feel more anchored to the present.
  3. Practice Gratitude: Keep a gratitude journal starting at the New Moon to record moments you have this holiday season that you are happy to have had the opportunity to experience.
  4. Practice Patience: Your holidays may include some family gatherings and celebrations. These of course can be both enjoyable and at times contain a bit of tension. Remember you can only control your behavior and not the behavior of others. You get to control your own involvement, how much patience and graciousness you bring to the table.
  5. Share: Share with others an every level. This time of year is often about spending time, exchanging gifts, and breaking bread with others. These moments are a great opportunity to be present, explore new spiritual perspectives, and share your ideas with friends and family!

As the New Moon in Sagittarius approaches, the energy is perfect for preparing yourself for the rest of the month ahead. Follow these wellness tips to keep in touch and in tune with what you need this holiday season!

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