They are a sacred pause inviting us to look around, review who we are and the path we are walking upon, to integrate our lived experiences, to consider past journeys that were left behind, to bring closure to what is needing it, and to arrive present, centered, and aligned before continuing forward.
Many people fear retrogrades, but they are a great support for reflecting on what's happening in your life, how you feel about it, and what you wish would change.
Right now, we are in Pluto retrograde. It began on May 1st and will end on October 11th (2023).
And, I, personally, am really feeling it! But it has led to some healing and forgiveness work that I really needed and it has shown me the truth about someone I was not seeing clearly. So it is turning out to be a good thing.
I hope you will be kind to and loving with yourself during this Pluto retrograde season, and open to the transformation this season invites. I promise to do the same.
Here are some ideas for making the most of it.
At times, deep Pluto is a cosmic detective, determined to find the real story. At other times, Pluto is like an outspoken dinner guest who blurts out secrets and reveals hidden truths about everyone at the table.
Journal Prompts and
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If you're not sure, go to Astro.com and type in your birth information. You can look at the actual chart pic or the table below with planets listed.
Venus in Cancer
Very soft, loving & kind. May be self-protective in relationships. Wants a beautiful home & safe spaces to process feelings. Can reveal where you are becoming your own mother. Where you are mothering yourself. - Molly McCord
My Venus in Cancer is in the 5th house. My understanding is that that is about self-identity and strengthening my sense of self. Also, about what I need to feel like I am living a good life. And that might mean simple activities that bring me joy, especially if I am doing them with family or friends.
So, best ways to love myself more...
(1) Make time for self-care, choosing simple self-nurturing activities, doing things I love with people I love. And this doesn't have to be big things. Just having dinner with friends on Sunday means a lot to me.
(2) Make time for processing my feelings and be careful about who I share those feelings with, so I feel safe if and when I do share them.
I am so grateful for the friends I can share my thoughts and feelings with. I haven't always had that. My closest friends are ones I am convinced are part of my soul family.
(3) Create moments when I can appreciate beauty. This might mean taking a walk in nature, or it could just mean opening the blinds and watching the trees move in the breeze.
(4) Make it a priority to create the life I want one day at a time. Sometimes I let days pass by without a lot of planning or thought - probably not the best idea.
When I'm fatigued, I can still plant myself in front of a book or movie.
(5) Give myself emotional warmth and the feel of a mother's love. Now, my mother passed away and I miss her a lot, so this might mean - in addition to mothering myself - that I need to seek connection with the divine Mother, through prayer or crystals or essential oils, etc.
Over to you - have you found Venus in your chart? What does it imply about how you can love yourself more?
See you next time!
When the moon is in the 7th house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planet and love will steer the stars. - Age of Aquarius, 5th Dimension
The Age of Aquarius
Do you remember that song? You might, if you are about my age. I used to think it was weird, even when I sang along with great enthusiasm.
But now, I often tear up when I hear it, because I want the mind's true liberation, not to mention peace guiding the planet.
If you feel the same way, stay tuned, because I've got good news...
A Little Bit Age of Pisces,
A Little Bit Age of Aquarius
The Age of Pisces shaped many belief systems, but now it's time to bring our practices into a way of life that keeps us connected, not segregated, to create a foundation that can bring us into a new age, says Corina Crysler, transformational astrologer.
And according to the astrologers I follow, a shift is finally happening that will change everything. We’re moving from the age of Pisces we all grew up in and transitioning into an age of Aquarius.
There’s overlap, so this will still be a time of letting go of what no longer fits for you or for the planet. But we’re also still in a time when the world often feels hard to bear.
The good news is that if you begin to slow life down a bit, you will begin to feel the change in energy.
I’m here to help you slow down, carve out time each day for spiritual self-care, uncover the deepest truths about who you came here to be and step fully onto your own unique path to spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
It's been too hard living
But I'm afraid to die
'Cause I don't know what's up there
Beyond the sky
It's been a long
A long time coming, but I know
A change gon' come
Molly McCord is one of my fave astrologers, and I love getting her spiritual growth perspective on the astrological changes she shares with us. It can be easy to think of astrology as something that happens off in the distance and then messes up or enhances our lives, but it is also something that is happening inside of us. Here's astrology expert, Marcia Wade's take on that...
Look to astrology not as a forecast or prediction, but as an invitation to go deep within and discover that the celestial dance is not just happening in the solar system. We are made of stardust, so the celestial story is our story, too. The cosmos isn’t out there, it’s in here. In every one of us. - Marcia Wade
Your Spiritual Awakening
According to JanetConnor.com, we are invited this year to become a crucible for the Age of Aquarius.
A crucible, according to Google, is "a situation or trial in which several different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new." That would mean that the something new would happen inside of us, and we already know that this new thing is the Age of Aquarius.
So it isn't just going to happen to the planet as a whole. If we are open to it, it will happen to each one of us and lead to awakening and expansion.
How do you feel about the idea of a years-long spiritual awakening? One that may have begun already?
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and ... you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
– Patanjali (philosopher)
This post is the last one for the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I made it to the end!
Bloggers, how did it go? I loved our conversations and I hope to see you all during the next challenge.
See you next time!
Pause for a moment and put both hands over your heart and say this to yourself...
I love myself no matter what. I am doing the best I can. I have the strength to make it through whatever is going on in my life, and I accept myself completely just as I am.
All You Need is Love
Today, everything is right, astrologically speaking to slow down, pause frequently and give yourself heaps of love.
Tomorrow, I'll give you some ideas for a self-love ritual and give you some more affirmations, but just for today, give yourself as much love as you can.
Self-Love Empowers Healing
Why is self-love a foundation for emotional healing?
Self-love is the cornerstone for emotional healing because it helps to build self-esteem and self-confidence. When we love ourselves, we are more likely to accept our flaws, recognize our strengths, and forgive ourselves for mistakes.
It also helps us to make healthy choices and set boundaries, both of which are necessary for emotional healing. Additionally, self-love helps us to be kinder to ourselves, which can reduce feelings of shame, guilt, and anxiety.
So developing a daily self-love routine would be well worth your time.
Be soft and kind to yourself. - Molly McCord
You've Come a Long Way
This Aries eclipse offers us a chance to take stock of our journey so far. And it's important to look at the things that may have been triggers for us in the past, and to ask ourselves if we have grown past them.
Have we moved on from the issues that used to cause us pain and upset? Are we able to see things from a different perspective?
But it's also a time to recognize that we have already come a long way. It is a chance to look at the lessons we have learned and the changes we have made, and to celebrate our growth.
Becoming Your Future Self
Use this Aries eclipse as an opportunity to look ahead and ask yourself who you want to be in the future.
What would you have to let go of in order to become your future self? What do you want to create in your life, and what can you do to move closer to your dreams?
This is a time of really leaning into what you know about who you are at a soul level, and what you know about your future self. How have you changed, grown, and evolved? What steps can you take to move closer to the person you want to be?
This can be a special time of self-reflection, and it's an opportunity to call it done and to neutralize the things that trigger us.
As we move through this Aries eclipse, let us recognize that we have already grown past it, and that we are capable of even more.
Neutralize the Things that
You may be bound to a situation or person that is detrimental to your wellbeing. Are you ready to unlock the chains? - Penumbra Tarot
(1) Think about the situation or person who triggers the reaction in you.
What kind of thoughts come to mind, and how does it make you feel? Write them down.
(2) Ask yourself which memories from the past made you think and feel the same way. They are what fuels your hair-trigger reaction.
(3) How can you begin to make peace with or heal them?
(4) How can you rewrite those stories so that you can rewrite this one?
(5) Keep chipping away at it until you begin to react less and respond more.
Letting Go Meditation
Find a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths in and out. Allow your mind to drift and focus on the feelings of being calm.
Visualize yourself in a peaceful and calming place. This could be a beach, a forest, or any other place that soothes you or brings you peace.
Now, imagine yourself releasing all of the emotions, thoughts, feelings and experiences that have been causing you distress or triggering you. Picture them floating away from you until they are out of sight.
Allow yourself to become aware of the peace that comes with being free from these triggers. Feel the relief of letting them go.
Now bring your awareness to your body. Feel any remaining tension and stress leaving your body as you take a few more deep breaths in and out.
When you are ready, slowly open your eyes.
(1) How did it feel to let go of the emotions and triggers that have been causing stress?
(2) What did I learn about myself?
(3) How has this process changed me?
(4) What kinds of things can I do to avoid reacting in the old ways in the future?
(5) If I do get triggered, what can I do to nurture myself?
Self-Love Celebration Ritual
To celebrate your growth, create a self-love ritual to honor yourself. This could be as simple as lighting a candle and writing down how you've grown, or as elaborate as creating a special ceremony. The key is to take a few moments to pause and give thanks for the journey we have made, and the lessons we have learned.
What's one thing you want to celebrate about yourself? Let me know in the comments.
See you next time!
Depending on where you are, you may experience this solar eclipse today or tomorrow, so I will be supporting you with a blog post about it each day.
And today, I've got the input of two astrologers I respect, telling us how the eclipse will impact us now and into next year. Throughout this telling, I've got ideas for how to move through the challenging parts, but don't miss the rewards, as you read.
Are you ready? Buckle your seat belt...
The eclipse season accelerates your destiny and the changes it creates become permanent. And they fast-track the process of becoming more of who we are, according to Chloe Cousins.
Lots of 3D structures will collapse, and this can be triggering. If that happens, pause and identify what you’re feeling and nurture yourself through the process of letting them go.
Next four weeks, you may experience a lot of emotion or more intense feelings than you are used to, but moving through them to transmute them is the way to accelerate your ascension.
Normally, the impact of an eclipse or an eclipse season lasts for about six months, but this one will be different. We will still be feeling the effects of this energy through 2024!
There is lots of possibility for timeline jumping. But you can only really timeline jump and go onto a whole new timeline as long as you are clearing those other aspects. So you can’t really go quantum unless you’re working on clearing emotionally, mentally and physically. - Chloe Cousins
Themes - core sense of self, love, acceptance
How to manage these inner child issues…
(1) When you get triggered, ask yourself whether it is an inner child wound coming up for air, and if it is, acknowledge it and try to avoid projecting that energy onto others.
(2) Write down the feelings in your journal, along with any insights that come to you.
(3) Offer them up to be transmuted and healed.
Warning - depending on the level of trauma, you may also need to work through these issues with a therapist.
But know that it’s all coming up for you so you can heal it and there is lots of energetic support for doing so.
Once you have cleared them, your perspective will change. And that’s what will lead you to a whole new sense of who you are.
And that will change everything.
This would be a good time to start journaling, if you haven’t already, and explore the following questions…
(1) Are there beliefs I am ready to let go of, because I realize now that they are not my truth?
(2) Are there parts of who I thought myself to be that I’m now ready to let go of, because I now know they are not me?
As you let these things go, you make room for the “you” that you are becoming.
So this is a time to let go of the past, to finish clearing those issues, so you will be ready for the next level of awakening that is coming.
You also may need to set boundaries in the present, so you are likely to re-examine your current relationships and experiences and may get some insight about where you haven’t set clear enough boundaries or haven’t been enforcing them.
Both Chloe Cousins and Molly McCord talked about the fact that we are here on this planet at this time for a reason, and Molly suggested that we will come to understand that in a deeper way during this eclipse season.
In the Molly McCord video, she talks about coming to a new awareness of changes that have occurred already, and a process of recognizing how you have grown, and what has shifted in your sense of self. And possibly, a new clarity about your soul purpose.
So it’s possible that moving through some of these issues has already happened but you need to own and claim who you are now, and what you have let go of already.
Anytime an eclipse includes Pluto, we are going to experience revolutionary change, both on a personal level and a cosmic one. And for this eclipse we have Pluto in Aquarius at zero degrees, so hold onto your hats.
Paradigms will shift.
We are moving into our next level of awakening.” - Molly McCord
One way it will happen is that we will come to see what is no longer working in our lives. Some of the energy that comes in will be creative, and we may suddenly think of new ways to solve old problems.
Speaking of paradigm shifts, we may have our minds blown by things we will come to understand, that no one told us, about the history of who we are or the history of the planet.
Slow Down for Self-Care
Mars in Cancer is where we will get the emotional energy from, and Chiron, as I mentioned before, brings the healing.
But Mars in cancer can go one of two ways. It can lead to experiencing the energy as sensitive, reactionary and defensive.
So you may have intense feelings arise and not know why. They might be coming from the past or from a part of yourself that is not conscious.
Because Mars in Cancer wants to feel safe and comforted, we may get triggered around how we haven’t felt safe in the past, how we weren’t loved the way we needed or how we didn’t feel seen.
So now is the time to put soothing and comforting self-care plans in place, to help you through this process. Work on self-love too, so that also, can support you through it.
You can expect me to blog about that, and about emotional healing, so you have support here, as well.
Because of the square to Aries, this could be a time when you begin to understand how you have not been supported when you needed it, and how you felt like you were on your own.
We also have Pluto squaring the Sun and Moon in Aries, which may mean that “our sense of self will be broken open,” according to Molly.
So you may want to take a look at what made you who you are, but also who you are now. You may discover a new sense of power that you didn’t have in the past.
Three timelines, Molly says - where you’ve come from, where you are now and where you are going.
You may feel more anger and resentment. But here, Molly says something interesting.
She says Mars may get defensive, but the Cancer influence means that what is being defended is your “soft, vulnerable heart.”
Keeping that in mind may engender compassion both for yourself and others as all of this reactionary energy is flying around. This is going to be an ongoing challenge, so we will need to give ourselves lots of love and acceptance.
That will take time, so here’s your reminder to slow down and carve out time to pause and take care of yourself emotionally.
Stay Grounded & Add Heaps of
Self-Love and Self-Care
Stay grounded as we head into our next level of cosmic awakening. Build in spiritual practices that will help you return to center when needed.
Because these issues will continue on into next year, these are the things to put in place…
emotional healing techniques
soothing & comforting daily self-love routines
And I’ll be here to help you do it.
What about this post resonates with you?
See you tomorrow!
Life moves so fast. You blink and you've lost an hour, or a day, or a week.
But I'm going to ask you to take life at a slower pace today and pay attention to your thoughts and your feelings. I want you to do a 15-minute experiment today, and then I want you to pause for 5 minutes several times throughout the day to raise your vibration.
Sun conjunct Jupiter, Aries on the 11th - "lucky" energy ... bringing in manifestations, abundance, whatever you want to expand. Your sense of self, who you are now. Your confidence in what you want to do next. Giving you courage. Giving you a clear yes as the universe opens a door & shows you what to do next. - Molly McCord, astrologer
The Sun & Jupiter in Aries
Are you ready to take your life to the next level? This is really exciting!
I’ve been talking about this for a couple of days, but now the most auspicious day is finally here, April 11th.
The alignment of the Sun and Jupiter offers a clear “yes” from the universe, and it can help you manifest your dreams. When the Sun and Jupiter come together in Aries, it’s a time to take action and pursue your goals with confidence. A time to think big and take risks.
It also can help you trust in your abilities and solidify your sense of self.
The Sun and Jupiter in Aries also brings an abundance of luck and good fortune. This alignment can bring unexpected opportunities and open unexpected doors.
Make the Most of this Opportunity:
Get Clear about What You Want & Visualize it Coming True
For a concentrated experience, sit for fifteen minutes, simply thinking about the kind of life you want. Record everything that comes to you about yourself, people, characteristics, conditions, and places. You may want to use two columns on each page, as you note what you realize you do want or don’t want. - Kebba Button
Take some time to clarify and then visualize your dreams and make a plan to get there. This will help you take your life to the next level.
If you’re taking the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month, you may have tried this exercise already (described in the quote above), when you read Kebba Button’s blog post, and if so, that’s wonderful.
But don’t miss the opportunity to do it today, too.
Once you have done Kebba’s exercise, spend time today raising your vibration as often as you can. Do it in five-minute spurts, or longer when you can. Here are 10 ideas for how you can do it.
10 Ways to Raise Your Vibration Today
(1) Meditate - Meditation is a great way to raise your vibration and cultivate positive energy.
(2) Connect with Nature - Reconnect with the natural world, take a walk in nature, and observe the beauty of the world around you.
(3) Practice Gratitude - Focus on being grateful for the good things in your life. Appreciate all that you have, and find joy in the small things.
(4) Listen to Positive Music - Listen to music that uplifts you and puts you in a good mood.
(5) Spend Time with Positive People - Surround yourself with people who inspire and motivate you.
(6) Do Things You Enjoy - Spend time doing something that brings you joy, like reading a book or painting.
(7) Exercise - Exercise releases endorphins, which can lift your mood and raise your vibration.
(8) Connect with Spirituality - Connect with your spirituality by exploring different spiritual practices and beliefs.
(9) Eat Healthy - Eating healthy, whole foods can help raise your vibration.
(10) Take a Break - Take some time for yourself to rest and relax.
Let me know what you decide to do today. I'm excited for you, and I want to cheer you on.
See you next time!
How to Begin Your Journey of Self-Healing & Manifestation
Are you ready to create a healing vision quest experience?
In yesterday’s post, I suggested that you design a vision quest that you could do at home to take advantage of the astrological changes happening today and tomorrow.
We have Venus in Gemini trining Pluto in Aquarius, which offers you support for transformation in the way you see and express yourself, the way you connect with others in your life and bring you insights about who you are.
You also may find it easier to set intentions and take action on them. With some positive opportunities coming along to help you make your dreams come true.
As the Sun conjuncts Chiron in Aries, it could offer you a time of deep healing and transformation. As the Sun brings light and energy to any wounded areas of your life, it also will shed light on the fears, doubts and insecurities that you have been carrying.
In terms of manifesting what you want in life, this transit can help you to become more confident and clear in your vision of what you want. It can also give you the courage to take action and help you to manifest your dreams and desires.
But what I think might be the most powerful transformation is that it can help you to forgive yourself and others, as you accept and let go of your past wounds and mistakes.
Taking advantage of all of these opportunities will require some time and space to reflect on what's going on for you, right now.
Ideas for Your At-Home Vision Quest
Ready to get started?
Create a cozy space for this grand thinking, hopefully one with a view, or actually go for a walk in nature. Then, settle down with a cup of tea and your journal and get ready to create your future.
Try this meditation: take a few deep breaths. Bring to mind the astrological changes happening during the next few days, and focus on the new energy and potential they offer.
Let this energy infuse your body and mind and ask yourself, what do I really want to manifest in my life? What am I ready to heal?
Take some time to write down any insights that come up for you.
Here are some more reflection questions or journal prompts you can use to get clear about what you want to manifest…
(1) What is my deepest longing?
(2) What do I need to be happy and fulfilled? What will bring me joy? What do I truly desire?
Take a few moments to allow these questions to settle within you. Notice any areas of discomfort, and be sure to honor and acknowledge them.
Once you have identified what it is you want, make sure you know why you want it. This is important because your intentions must come from a place of alignment and clarity.
Now that you are clear about what you want, it’s time to set your intentions. Make your intentions clear, specific, actionable and positive.
Also, include how you expect to feel. Then spend a moment connecting with those feelings for each intention you set and imagine them coming true.
Make your intention statements short but powerful. And write them in the present tense, as if they already exist.
Here’s an affirmation you can use to support your intentions…
Affirmation: I am confident in my ability to create what I want in my life. I trust that I have the resources and internal power to make it happen.
Another way to nurture your intentions is to practice self-care.
Self-care is an important part of any transformation process, as it help you maintain your focus, keep the faith and your energy levels up and help you raise your vibration to support manifesting what you want.
Take some time each day to focus on what makes you feel nurtured & comforted, but also grounded.
Also, make sure you're getting enough rest and giving your body healthy foods. Connect with nature and practice mindfulness.
Do activities that fill you with happiness. And be gentle with yourself.
See you next time!
Pluto in Aquarius remains powerful as new light codes continue to stream in to our cellular structures, requiring us to be truthful with ourselves about what we need and want right now. March closes out with a lovely Mars in Cancer trine Saturn in Pisces at 2 degrees, and then Mars connects with the North Node Taurus for more solid movement. Allow what you’re feeling to guide you without trying to force or overexert yourself. - Molly McCord
Molly McCord is my favorite astrologer! Her wisdom about spiritual growth, based on what's happening each week, has been a great help to me.
Listen and let me know what you think.
How Will You Evolve this Week?
(1) This week is an important time to become and stay aware of what you want and need right now.
Journaling each day could be a very powerful spiritual practice. I encourage you to jot down a few thoughts each day and see how that supports you.
(2) We are headed into the eclipse season and our first eclipse is April 19th.
Eclipses encourage us to explore how we are evolving.
==Are you evolving into greater faith and trust?
==Is there something you are now ready to let go of, or that you realize you have been holding onto for too long?
These are ideal journal or reflection questions for this week. Pause for a moment to think about them.
(3) You now have opportunities to shift into being yourself in whole new ways, because of what we have healed and experienced.
According to Molly, there's a lot of old, dead energy, that likely felt heavy, that now has been cleared out. And this is true for all of us, on a cosmic level.
For example, there may be parts of who you are that before now, were only available on other realms or timelines, but now will be accessible right here. Isn't that exciting?
(4) This week, pay attention to what you are becoming aware of in yourself.
What are you noticing that's different? Get clear about it and own it!
Are there new downloads that are showing up out of nowhere?
What are you ready to activate in yourself?
(5) Because we have planets moving into each of the four elements, which are fire, earth, water and air, you may have a greater sense of being in balance,and access to new & different perspectives. You also may feel a greater sense of wholeness and completeness.
Coming Home to Yourself
Pluto returns you to the truth of your own soul wisdom and soul essence. - Molly McCord
(7) Pluto reconnects you to your soul's frequency and to parts of yourself that you may have been disconnected from all of your life, or for major parts of it.
So, you may begin to see the true you much more clearly and know yourself in a whole new way. Watch for it!
(8) This week also is likely to bring spiritual expansion in your third eye - a deeper connection to your intuition, new downloads and the opportunity to connect to realms and guides you may not have experienced before. See if you can consciously get out of your head more this week, and lean more on your intuition.
(9) There may be more endings. It's possible that the Pluto energy may lead you to let go of things without getting your permission first. :)
I have seen variations on this basic idea over and over again, and Molly echoes it in this recording, too - you have to let go of the life you have now in order to get to the one that is waiting for you.
(10) You have strong spiritual support this week and it is feminine energy. Lean into its softness and don't miss out on it just because it isn't showing up assertively as you might normally expect. In fact, look for the softer energy showing you the way forward, and revealing the answer.
Let it be simpler and easier than you were expecting. Trust the soft support that is right there for you.
Aries season and mars energy may want to lead you into fighting for what you want and taking big action, but the gentle, soft guidance can help you relax into it all, instead.
Libra Full Moon: April 5th
"Bringing us back into our heart's desire that may have been delayed." - Molly suggests we will understand more of what we truly want. Accept your own vulnerability, and your insecurity.
Connect to your true frequency and even if you feel exposed, let Chiron remove the parts of who you are that you thought you had to overcome or hide. Whatever you thought you had to be or become, but that wasn't really you. Heal those old wounds - there's a lot of support for you to do so.
Accept and love yourself, as you see how you are different, even if no one else is able to validate those things about you. You may get clearer this week, towards the full moon, about what you can safely share with others and what needs to remain private and that's okay.
Might feel lonely because you want to share who you are, but it may not be safe to do so.
Allow yourself to know this truth and know that your people are out there. The ones who will get you will be a part of your life. For now, trust your wisdom and love yourself even more.
The moon in Libra also will help you think more objectively, and take what the other person is feeling into account, which may bring greater ease into your relationships.
Have a wonderful week.
I'll see you next time!
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