Life Through A New Lens: Full Moon in Sagittarius

This morning I watched one of my favorite YouTubers, Melanie Beckler, give her weekly angel card reading for the May 29th Full Moon.  I’ve been following her closely for the past year- particularly her readings and meditations- and it’s been both eye-opening and comforting to see parallels with her guidance.

After soaking in her reading, I was left with a few messages about the upcoming Full Moon and how it relates to my own life:

  • It’s okay to ask for assistance- our guides and angels are here to support us;
  • We must let the past go to step into our true purpose; and
  • Once we understand who we truly are, we will live an abundant life.

In this particular reading, she ended with the Archangel Gabriel card- the angel of communication and creativity.  There has been no doubt in my mind that I have been lead by this powerful messenger angel; although I used to be timid or shy when speaking my truth, something bigger than me has given me the confidence and grace to speak up.  Keeping quiet never served me in the past, whether it was holding back in my writing or going with the values or morals of those around me instead of my own.

I’m just me.  So are you.

I often wonder if I have wasted my time or talents over the years because I did the things other people “expected” me to do.  However, that thought has shifted; each experience, whether valuable to my interests or not, has provided me a lesson to share with others.  I know what it’s like to move across the country multiple times, work a variety of different jobs, call off a wedding, live on hardly any money or material possessions, live with much more than I needed, yet most importantly- I have learned to be comfortable in my skin.

No matter where I am at mentally, physically, and emotionally, I have learned to be comfortable. To honor my feelings. To know I am okay just as I am.

That is the biggest lesson of all.

Situations will continue to appear in our lives until we can heal from the past and let go of the energies that no longer serve.  Even though I have cleared the major “junk” out of the way, there are little triggers that appear out of the blue to test me.  That’s okay; I just have to be mindful not to let those triggers trip me up, get me down, or stunt my growth.

Although Memorial Day weekend is coming to an end, I am relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to see the world through a different lens; a lens of beauty, hope, and optimism.

The past is gone, and now we have tomorrow- and a beautiful Full Moon to enjoy.

The “Worm Moon” and Spring Beginnings

Tonight is the first of two full moons for this new month of March- how exciting!  This year we’ve had not one, but two months with two sets of full moons– January and March- which won’t happen again until 2037.  This extremely rare occurrence is yet another sign of how powerful of a year 2018 is, full of magic and manifestation.

As the last full moon of the winter, it is referred to as the “worm moon.”  Why, you ask? Since spring is just a few weeks away, this moon symbolizes the rebirth of nature and the earth.  Just as the earthworms start to poke up from the ground, the leaves begin to grow, flowers bloom, and life begins again.  Spring is a fresh start for both the earth and the humans who walk it, so this is a special moon to say goodbye to winter and start a brand new season.  Our next full moon will happen on the very last day of the month- March 31- and will be known as the blue moon (more on that in weeks to come).

If you’ve had a rough winter, have faith that spring will bring forth the fruits of your labor.  It’s been a rocky road since the August eclipse, but thankfully February’s new moon solar eclipse has brought a more peaceful, flowing energy!

I’ve spoken to many friends about the same topic- feeling stuck in careers, relationships, or situations that are no longer working out for them.  They’ve all acknowledged they want something different, yet aren’t sure what to do.  I have reminded them that these are signs from the universe that their heart is guiding them on a new path- and I’ve begun to see their lives change.  New opportunities have arose and decisions have been made for them that are out of their control.  As the pieces start coming together, the struggle starts to make more sense; the struggle is the lesson.  Before we can move on to something better, we must first learn the lesson and pass the test.

When one door closes, another door opens.  Don’t try to push the old door back open or break the lock. Leave it shut.

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There are many ways to embrace the power of the full moon.  I always set my cards and crystals out to recharge; it’s a great night to sage, take a salt bath, and set aside time for meditation.  Self-care is necessary for everyone’s well being on a daily basis, but is especially important during a full moon!  Take it easy on yourself, enjoy the evening, and remember to continue to look forward- not back.

As spring approaches, I’m excited for all of the new opportunities in my life.  I got a fresh haircut, new shades, and even started a new job!  It really does feel as if one cycle ended and an entirely new chapter began with the last new moon.

Feeling recharged after a great trip to Denver, I’m so grateful for wonderful friends, work I love, and being able to connect with so many mindful people.  We’ve got the moon on our side!

Rabbit, Rabbit! March is Almost Here

Have you ever heard the phrase “rabbit rabbit?” 🐇

Being the superstitious person I am, I’ve said “rabbit rabbit” first thing in the morning on the 1st of every month for as long as I can remember. I read that the little saying would bring good luck in an American Girl magazine 20-some years ago, and ever since it’s been a tradition between my mom and me. We always text each other two rabbit emojis as a reminder- and funny enough, my friend Brenda has done the same thing for years, too!

A new month is always a great time to reset and set intentions for the next four weeks. I’m starting out the month refreshed after a great vacation, am starting a new job, and am feeling the positive spring vibes. It’s been a beautiful and sunny 60 degree week, and I couldn’t be more excited for spring.

In addition to my “rabbit rabbit” tradition, I also like to sage my apartment, reflect, and set intentions by journaling in my notebook. Putting thoughts and ideas on paper is a powerful way to manifest your goals, hold yourself accountable, and to track your progress as weeks go by.

The 1st is a special day this year, too- it’s also a full moon. More on the March full moon tomorrow- enjoy your last evening of February! Spring is just around the corner. 🤗🌸

How to Survive Mercury Retrograde

It’s that time of year again!

If you’re familiar with Mercury Retrograde, you know what I’m talking about.  Mercury, the planet of communication, goes into reverse, causing a three week period of communication confusion, technical complications, and travel issues.  Since the planet is actually going backwards, it effects our lives here on earth, too.

We moved into retrograde on December 3rd (the day of the Supermoon) and will be in it until December 22nd (my birthday!).  The last Mercury Retrograde occurred August 12th to September 5th, where we prepared for new beginnings.  Many of us felt this energy; I know I did.  One example of my own Mercury Retrograde mishaps included losing my phone, which happened at a terrible time- while I was interviewing for jobs and doing temp work.  Nobody could get a hold of me for three very crucial days- or so I thought.  This was a huge lesson for me to slow down after unknowingly running on nervous energy for weeks.  Instead of managing my time effectively or going with the flow, I was chasing my tail.

I also realized I had been relying on my phone too much.  During the five days I didn’t have my phone, I began talking to people for directions, walked even more than usual, learned new areas of the city, and even used a payphone (yes, they still exist).  It made me value my own quiet time, reminded me to pick up that library book I checked out, and was a lesson about the kindness of strangers.  Not only did I survive the fiasco, but I made a new friend in the process- I got an email from a Good Samaritan who had found my phone in the park!

Depending on how you see it, Mercury Retrograde has positive aspects that can provide great lessons.  Just as I lost my primary form of communication, my phone, I gained an appreciation for slowing down.  This is also a good time to clean house.  Mercury Retrograde allows you to let go of any past feelings or behaviors that no longer serve you.  Although these lessons are helpful, there are many ways to avoid these common mishaps, too!

Be Careful What You Say

Don’t be surprised if your blunt opinion isn’t well-received!  December’s Mercury in Retrograde is ruled by firey Sagittarius, which could cause others to take your joke the wrong way.  Be sure to think before you speak!

Proofread Everything 

Spell check, make sure you included the attachment, and don’t send the email to the wrong recipient!  These are all typical communication mishaps that can happen during the retrograde.

Avoiding Starting New Projects

Keep working on your existing projects, but don’t start something new, sign any contracts, or make major decisions during this time.  There is bound to be miscommunication, confusion, or arguments.  Hold off until after the holidays- it will be a less stressful time, anyway,

Don’t Make Big Purchases

A lot of electronics can go haywire during the retrograde.  I’ve been told to avoid making electronic purchases, such as phones, laptops, or TVs- since this can’t always be avoided, it’s a good idea to invest in the warranty!

Give Yourself Time to Travel

It’s the holidays, so many of us will be traveling near and far.  Allow extra time when going to the airport, check the traffic map before leaving the house, and be sure you clicked the right button when purchasing tickets (yes, this is a true story- someone bought me a plane ticket once for the wrong month).

Bottom line: double check, double check, double check!  Don’t be afraid to go outside this Mercury Retrograde- just slow down and think before you speak.  Remember, it’s a time to clean house and move forward.  The past is a place of reference- not a place of residence!

Get ready for 2018- it will be a time to embrace being the authentic you that you stepped into in 2017.