Friday, November 17, 2017

Success' secret

Just a beginning
In just a few hours (6:42am EST) the moon will enter a new lunation and yet again we will have all the opportunities in the world. The next 28.5 days present themselves to us like a gift from on high. What we do with those precious moments are completely up to us.

Just a sign
The next lunar cycle will be in the sign of Scorpio. This sign so often trivialized to heightened sexuality and strong passions has other great things to offer. Namely embracing the subtleties of life (something I am truly working to master), completing severance that is necessary to move forward, and journeying homeward to find a better understanding of self. By far the greatest thing Scorpio offers us is the opportunity to go deeper into the powers of Pluto, it's ruling planet.

Just a planet
Pluto's greatest offering to us is the ability to overcome almost anything. Be it death, disappointment, feeling cheated, or a downward spiral Pluto always presents the next new beginning. Although there are other signs that represent newness, none quite in the way Pluto does. Simply stated anything that occurs in your life can be reset. All we must do is know and properly utilize the energy Pluto holds. If you've had a threshold that has been alluding you think about making a step over it during this lunar cycle. Obstacles are made to be overcome.

Just a lens
My focus this lunar cycle is to have more personal recognition and awareness of the successes that surround me. Mine and other folk. During this lunar cycle I am practicing my Half Full lens in as many situations as I can. Pluto tells me that although things must die, they are only setting the stage for other things to come through next. For me it's really basic, in order for more to be available I must at this moment have nothing but gratitude for where I am.

Just my wants
The ball is totally in our courts. I say to you, be intentional and make magic for you and others around you this Scorpio cycle. Yes, we will be near family and friends this holiday season, but that's okay because as long as we have focus about what's important to us then what others say or do should not sway us or lead us astray. Take time in the next two days to really think about what it is you want from the Scorpio lunar cycle. Write it down, say it out loud to yourself, and even feel free to discuss it wth others. Below is one lens to use, feel free to create other lens for yourself this cycle.



Scorpio Lunar Cycle Concept -
Success and Wisdom


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Fulfillment is a Journey


Accept rewards with Confidence


Take time to be Happy


Gratitude begets Blessings




Scorpio Lunar Cycle Herbs/Essences

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Elderflower - Water Element - Protection


Myrrh - Fire Element - Success


Sandalwood - Water Element - Spirituality






Scorpio Lunar Cycle Affirmation


I am committed to embracing all wisdom that has come through, to and for me,


Knowing that with gratitude and grace my successes will only be the beginning of my ascension this cycle,


I ask my guides to place on my soul the blueprint of acceptance for all that is.



---Andrea


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fulfilling fullness

Full not fool
This morning at approximately 1:22am we entered this Full Moon in Taurus. I'm not sure for you, but for me these last 24 hours have been intense and building minute by minute. Now that the moon has reached fullness I know I am exhaling much easier. Full moon time is a good check in time during the lunar cycle. A time of reflection, it is essential we disregard colloquial knowledge about the full moon and rather pull on this strong energy to see where we are, what we have accomplished and what we have yet to do. Three evenings in the sky the moon shows as full but the truth is what we don't see is so much more. Mark this full moon and you will be blueprinting the rest of your lunar cycle.

Venus not Taurus
This November's full moon is in Taurus (the opposite sign of the Libra lunar cycle we are within) and yes you probably think you know the earth based, strong willed, and forceful characteristics that may abound, but I say look beneath that understanding. Taurus, is only that which the planet Venus allows it to be. Venus (Taurus' ruling planet) is not only associated with beauty and love, but this sign is the domain of creativity, bounty, and manifesting ideas into reality. As usual what is best for us lies just beneath what is shiny.

Truth not fiction
I am charging myself to put just one foot in front of the other this full moon. I will be honest about fear, insecurity, and doubt, but only in order to release them. I will no longer entertain thoughts and internal dramas before I even take the next step. Meanwhile as I take each step I will be hopeful and grateful. A small and large task all at one time. I believe I am up to this. Here goes everything!

Do and do
Mark your full moon. Below is just a few ways to utilize this energy, but the most important way to gain from the full moon is decide what you want to do and then do it. There is no one prescription for power, just authenticity and being present. To us all I wish great things in the near and far future. Oh and for those of us where there is Day Light Savings Time, an extra hour of sleep this evening.




Full Moon in Taurus Totem - Beaver
Meaning - The Builder





Know I am the Builder


Take each step with power


Great things arise when I work with others





Candle Power


At the Full Moon there is an awesome amount of power available an a way to cement that power and your works is by burning candles.  Find green candles that are safe and burn them as long and as much as you like. Fire is a tool of creation and stands in the direction of the South.  Ignite your soul towards its power this Full Moon,


Green





Renewal

Healing

Abundance

Regeneration



--Andrea

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The dead that never dies

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Time of the Dead
Yesterday, October 31st, through tomorrow, November 2nd, is a period known as Dia De Muertos or Day of the Dead. These few days are a chance each year for veneration of ancestors. In other words a celebration of our dead. 

Observe the Dead
A holiday with origins in Mexico's Aztec Empire, Dia de Muertos is now celebrated internationally. This time of year brings the opportunity to reflect, uplift, remember, and behold the lives and legacies of our ancestors.  Whether young or old all of our ancestors have lessons and subsequent spiritual power for us. Take time to honor them and you will find blessings bestowed upon you in return.


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Listen to the Dead
My personal Day of the Dead has already begun. I have purchased a marigold plant in honor of my maternal grandmother and I am offering flowers and incense to all of my ancestors. Later this evening I will sit in mediation and hear the lessons they have for me this year. Although I do my best to walk and talk to my ancestors on a regular basis I am always most excited about this time of the year. For me it is the nudge I need to recognize that my dead never really do die. 

Remember the Dead
Below are suggestions of ways to remember your loved ones from now til November 2nd and beyond. We don't need this day to know that our ancestors walk with us and live in our daily lives, but making the effort yields so much goodness and light in our lives. Do not be convinced ancestor veneration is a part of darkness it is not. Saying to the world my people came to this world and they matter is about as light filled as it can be. Don't just reclaim our time in days like these but RECLAIM OURSELVESAnd for those out there with recent ancestors or even those that may be close to the veil of life and death, decide for yourself if celebrating is right for you. Only you will know if marking this day will bring you solace.





Ideas to Connect to Ancestors




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Make an Altar/Ofrenda 



Cook Ancestral/Traditional Foods



Visit Ancestral Graves



Look at Photographs



Talk with Others about Ancestors



Use Objects/Wear Clothing 



Write Letters to Ancestors


--Andrea


Monday, October 30, 2017

Growing beauty from discomfort

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The moving moon
Amidst all of the rain and clouds that are upon portions of the sky today I want us to take a moment to realize and honor the moments we inhabit.  We have moved into another lunar cycle, this time Libra. And whilst we grow each day closer to a full moon, there is so much we gain with each angle of growth of the moon. At this very moment we are moving up towards the fullness of a gibbous moon and that means more than once a day we should feel shifts.

A true love
What does a Libra lunar cycle present? Well there is the usual opportunities to break unworthiness, cultivate beauty and attract many things into our lives. But perhaps the even greater gift is that Libra is ruled by the most loving planet of Venus.  And all my Venetians know that this planet is Goddess Supreme of compassion, creation, love and abundance. Let us see the big picture during this portion of the cycle not just the flashy surface possibilities.

Head on collision
With the time we have to build in the next 10 days or so I suggest we make nice with our most uncomfortable spaces. Be brave and brazen by leaning directly into that which is a bit off putting. For only in this coarseness can we find spiritual gifts and personal evolution. Just like the oyster, only beauty will spring from this nacreous process. As we do this play down the negativity that comes along for it is just a mere distraction. On the other side of all discomfort lies beauty. Take the chance and grow your own pearl/s this cycle.

See it and say
My path from this moment til the full moon will be about claiming my discomfort. Looking her in the face and saying. "I am more than my discomfort." Seeing and knowing my discomfort is very different than speaking and naming my discomfort. In order for me to truly benefit from this waxing moon time, I must name and say what I consider ugly. Once it is stated then it can be transformed, but not a moment before.

Stake your claim
One of the most important things I have learned around doing lunar work is that being intentional and making an effort to do the work (no matter how formal) brings the greatest leaps in my spiritual development. So, claim what you will do during this time.  Take the steps for you and only you. Be it writing in a journal, doing a meditation on your own discomfort, or gathering a small group of like minded folks to focus on these concepts. The more you do, the more you know to do. Be blessed!



Waxing Lunar Cycle Concept - 
Growing Our Pearls


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Heal through Struggle

My Discomfort is Unique 

This is my Gift to Humanity

My Gift is not the Adversity surrounding it

Discomfort grows my pearl



--Andrea





Saturday, September 23, 2017

True Equality

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Balance before Us
The Autumnal Equinox has debuted at approximately 4:02pm on Friday Sep. 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere and we are still within our first 24 hours. The significance of this is that there are only two times a year (autumn and spring equinoxes) where day and night are equal lengths. Meaning that on these days balance is possible in ways unimaginable. On this Autumn Equinox I want us all to grab equality and hold on to it with fierceness. If ever a time existed to give us an opportunity to look balance and harmony in the face and say yes it is this moment. Of course there will be antics (mine have already started), but all I need to say is this season is my season of balance.

Growing darkness
As our days grow shorter and our nights grow longer we need to capture the power of dark time and rest more, savor time in the house, and approach each day with a gentleness that will ease into our everyday activity. On the horizon this Autumn are festivals, holidays, and weather change but on the inside we must prepare ourselves to gain from this time or else all potential can be squandered.

Making it so
Many transitions physically, geographically, and financially are upon my horizon this Autumn and in the midst of all of that I am focused on staying my course and not being distracted by the curve balls life will throw me. Although I can be quite focused I can also let things pop into my psyche that are none of my concern. This time of year I will lean towards mine own understanding. And this season I will be supported by meditation, routine exercise, cleaner eating, lots of rest and plenty of good hydration. All of this seems formulaic but making these prescriptions my mission instead of my default is something all together different.

Standing with Me
Now that you know what is it I want to share ways you to can benefit from not only the equinox by the entire season of Autumn. Listed below are suggestions, information, and tools that can help you find your way this season when things get rough, and they will get rough it's the nature of life.  See them as an introduction to whatever you will decide will guide you this season. Lastly I challenge us all to keep some sort of journal or written account of our life this fall so when it ends and winter comes we have something to reflect upon and see just how far we have come.


Autumn Concept - 
Hearing the Divine Feminine Within

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Listen and trust to Myself

Stay true to my Thoughts

Stand my Ground

Take time to Listen to the Divine Feminine

My Strength is my Shield



Autumn Foods

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Root Vegetables

Cold Weather Greens

Raw Seeds/Nuts

Spices 

Sweet and Heavy Fruits




Autumn Elements

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Air Element - incense, fans, breeze

Fire Element - candle, fire pit, chimney fire

Water Element - bowl of water, mist, spray

Earth Element - Stone, figurine, flowers

Spirit Element - Written intentions



Autumn Ritual

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                           Make time in the first few days of Autumn 
                           Gather your autumn elements 
                           Find quiet and undisturbed time
                           Listen for Autumn intentions 
                           Write down your Autumn intentions 
                           Meditate, pray, or focus on these intentions
                           Know you have the power to manifest all things
                           Revisit these intentions as needed this Autumn



Autumn Affirmation

Divine Feminine within bless me in ways I think impossible, open my heart to the power of who you are that lies with in me,

This season transform my world view and my place in it and make sure I am working for the greatest and best good for all,

When I am doubtful remind me of my wisdom, strength, courage, compassion, love, and joy



--Andrea






Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Think a New Thought

Begin again
In just an hour or so the moon will enter into a new lunar cycle and this one will be in the sign Virgo. More than just a time of efficiency and a critical eye Virgo has blessings to bestow upon us all.  When Virgo rules know all things can live up to a higher standard and with this high achievement comes an earthly level of compassion that most people don't see. Take time during this cycle to "get your house in order" in all aspects of your life. And just how is that done? Well knowing that Virgo is ruled by Mercury is a start.


Go for the gut
Mercury lays out for us newness is the most amazing way. This planet offers new thinking, learning from our flaws, and personal balance. At its core Mercury is the manifestation of "trusting your gut" or rather your Solar Plexus Chakra region. Not often accentuated or epitomized our inner voice, intuition or guts are here to lead us, steer us, and help us stay clear of trouble. Ask yourself "how do I fair with my guts?"

Being destiny
My path this Virgo cycle will be about being silent, hearing my intuition and actually doing as I am told. I know, novel idea, right? For me ideas abound always but I falter when it comes to letting things play themselves out. I will challenge myself this lunar cycle to feel my way through and just be with the manifestation of things. Although I am the Queen of planning I do realize that things that are destined just occur. Likewise I will not lean towards whims without action. I am working to find that balance of being my solutions, not looking or finding them.

Centering self
This lunar cycle take time to focus on being intentional, being honest with yourself, and being open to the possibilities that are waiting just for you. Below are nudges as to when or how or even where you can find your own center this cycle. Be free to try these and other sources of guidance.


Virgo Lunar Cycle Concept - New Thinking

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New Ideas are Brewing

Allow Newness to Grow

Open my Heart and Mind 

My Intuition gives Insight



Virgo Lunar Cycle Totem - Jaguar
Totem Meaning - Reclaiming Power

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Patience is Rewarded

Trust my Instincts

Be Stealth 

Do the Unbelievable

Go Beyond What I Imagine



--Andrea

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eyes on a Prize

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Seen Alignment
On this day in in may places around the globe we will be blessed with a Solar Eclipse (check your areas for viewing times). Meaning that the Moon will move between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow and blocking out the Sun's light. Simple enough explanation, right? Well the spiritual implications could not be more fortuitous for us. Eclipses hold great power and knowing what is possible makes room for such great progress and evolution on just this one day.

Sun seeker
The Sun, ruler of Leo and the new moon we will be entering just after the Solar Eclipse is known for many gifts, such as performance, recognition, and openly seeking pleasure. But, most of all, the Sun illuminates that which we have hid from ourselves and others. So while this Solar Eclipse provides opportunities to view the power of these celestial bodies (Sun, Earth, Moon), be very clear that asking for light and truth at this time will bring just that. And it won't be filtered.

To see or not to see
Illumination can be a double edged sword that we can properly wield if we are ready and prepared. Upending our shadow side can bring pain, guilt, hurt and regret, know it and don't be surprised if it shows up. In these last hours before the Solar Eclipse take time to ready yourself. Think about what you want to reveal to yourself. Think about how loved and connected you are all things and everyone. Focus on the compassion and kindness that you have for yourself. And know that during this Solar Eclipse and at least two weeks from now things will come to the surface and it is okay.

Sea of emotions
My journey this Solar Eclipse is to take stock of my emotions on a whole list of things and to prepare myself for rejuvenation and moving forward. There have been many things that have been swirling and moving in my spirit these last few months (the reason for my less frequent blogging), but I am clear now that sharing is a must and that I must locate and reconnect with my inner self to move through this place. While I am not expecting miracles, I sure will take them as they come.

Watch & see
Please take seriously this gift of a visible Solar Eclipse.  Right now in the world we can all use some universal wig snatching (colloquial for truth revealing) and if we are all focused on truth, illumination and breaking of smoking mirrors, then it will be so. What I know about humanity is that our greatest power lies in our ability to love, our capacity to be kind, and our connection to those who have come before us. I hope you get all you need from this Solar Eclipse.


Work in Solar Eclipse

Time of Great Change
During this brief time know that each second holds great possibility and if we use it then we have evolved just a bit more

Power Portal
Eclipses hold great spiritual power that we can access at this time, be ready to accept that which is for you and only you

Meditation & Reflection
Take moments to reflect and listen following this Solar Eclipse, take the next 2 to 3 weeks to see what manifests and reflect daily

Past Life/Soul Retrieval
An eclipse can reveal portions of ourselves that have been disconnected, use this time to welcome back portions of yourself that left due to trauma or pain, if need be seek professional assistance



Solar Eclipse Herbs/Flower Essences

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Bay - Fire Element - Overcome Opposition

Honey - Earth Element - Calming

Marigold - Fire Element - Renewal



Solar Eclipse Affirmation

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On this day allow all the shadows to appear so I may confront them, see them for what they are and move beyond them,

Blessed am I to encounter the power of the eclipse, I am open, I am clear, I am love,

May my ancestors and guides lead me to the truth that has been here all along.

--Andrea




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Surf's Up!

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At a beginning
This morning marks the middle of the dawning of a new lunar cycle. In essence, we are reaching the zenith of new moon time. This time of each lunar cycle is precious in that is affords us the opportunity to regroup, reset, and redirect what we want from this particular lunar cycle. Basically every 28.5 days we get a do over, if you will.

Not to crabby
This lunar cycle is in the sign Cancer, often represented by the the crab. What is most interesting is that this symbol (crab) is just the tip of the iceberg of what comes from that sea. You see the sign Cancer is ruled by the Moon, a celestial body with many gifts, hidden and unhidden.

A Mother's love
The Moon is the cosmic mother that provides much nurturing, much love, and many lessons. I'd like us all to reflect on our own mothers or mother figures and remember when we felt the most loved by her. Now transport ourselves to that time and see if we can identify the emotion that goes along with that. A task for some of us, but surely there is either joy, fear, pride, resolve, or even indifference, all emotional responses. The power of the Moon is that is propels us into emotional spaces that allow for growth, revelation, and breakthroughs. Boldly walk into this tidal wave of emotions and know we will surf through it to the top of all the peaks.

The value of Nothing
My path this moon cycle is about laying low, remaining quiet, and allowing what is for me to be revealed. Sounds a little mystical, it is...and it isn't. I, just like all of us, work daily to be the best me I can be and my biggest growth comes from when I am still, I am listening, and I am introverted. I welcome this emotional deluge and I honor all that I come to understand. In fact my word for this cycle will be equanimity (no good nor bad just know that all IS).

Tell your Story
This cycle I offer the tools below to assist us as we navigate the highs and lows. Other tools that can also assist are altars, deities that can guide you, and pictures of people or places that generate power for you. If you do only one thing this cycle, be sure to write, write, and then write some more. We are the greatest storyteller of our lives and the only way we will remember it is if it's written down. Be it journal, post it notes, or recording into a device. Commit in a consistent way to track your story this lunar cycle.


Work in Cancer Lunar Cycle

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Long Term Goals


Supportive Love Interest


Welfare of Children


Ordering Life



Cancer Lunar Cycle Concept - Ride The Wave

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Highs and Lows are both necessary

Adversity is not negative

The Higher I am the Higher I can go

Pitstops are essential



Cancer Lunar Cycle Herbs/Essences

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Coconut - Water Element = Love

Lotus - Water Element = Higher Awareness

Water Lily - Water Element = Renewal



Cancer Lunar Cycle Affirmation

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Great Mother of the Moon place on my path this cycle

experiences that will reveal my true position to me,

Also quiet my spirit so that I may truly find my place and 

seek out the space I will inhabit next,

All the while practicing equanimity as I travel this path





--Andrea





Friday, February 10, 2017

Feeling fuller than Ever

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Fuller than full
At approximately 7:32pm EST this evening we are steeped in the first full moon of this lunar new year.  This point is truly a line of demarcation for our lunar cycle. So make note and be willing to go the extra distance if you plan to do ceremony or ritual during this period. Full moon energy is a powerful time.  And just to make our lives more interesting a Lunar Eclipse takes place at 7:43pm EST right after the full moon enters Leo.  As a note, a Lunar Eclipse is when the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon, quite an alignment of forces. This gateway, if you will, allows for great change in our lives and the lives of all of those around us. Know this and act accordingly. We must activate with these gifts, especially in times like these.

Name that full
As you can see in the image above each full moon has a name and an animal that can be associated with it for guidance and perspective. This particular full moon is called the Snow Moon, which given the weather on the Eastern US right now, Snow Moon is an appropriate moniker. We will come back to this point in a moment.

Claim that full
Now, after naming the moon it is also useful to know the celestial make up of the full moon. This coming full moon is in Leo and the planetary ruler of Leo is the Sun. Not a planet, true but definitely an entity in the sky that impacts our daily lives.  This Leo full moon let's break our self imposed stereotypes and go for pleasure, go for recognition, go for illumination in sectors of our lives that have been virtually dormant. We all need to dig within (whether it be just under the surface or to the depths of our souls) capture our inner Leader Extraordinaire and relish in that person as we walk, talk, breathe, think and exist this Snow Moon.

Telling my full
For me this is direct call to action to get up off my tail and move into the next phase that I must say will be a lot more public. Although I have no fear of speaking in front of crowds or performing before an audience, I must honestly say the thought of taking my messaging and knowledge to a larger platform has been cause for much apprehension. But, I, just like you, know that I can not continue forward if I am not obedient to the process. So, here I state, for all to hold me accountable, that you will be seeing me in a different way this lunar year. Here's to my success!!!!

Making your full
Take time to think about and strategize about your focus. Full moon energy is strong, expansive, and bewitching, but it is not here for very long. We have tonight, all of tomorrow and tomorrow night, then the power of this full moon will begin to wane.  See you all on the other side of our greatness. Below is more information on the Snow Moon and a few tools for harvesting this power.




The Snow Moon = Big Horn Sheep
Sheep Totem Messages
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Determination

Renewal

Assert in New Areas

Trust in My Abilities




Candle Power

At the Full Moon there is an awesome amount of power available an a way to cement that power and your works is by burning candles.  Find orange candles that are safe and burn them as long and as much as you like. Fire is a tool of creation and stands in the direction of the South.  Ignite your soul towards its power this Full Moon.


Orange

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Encouraging


Confidence

Self Awareness

Conquering Fears

Identity




--Andrea 
PS - I did not forget to post for the Year of the Rooster, I have something good for us all in just a week or so, please check back!



Monday, January 23, 2017

Set your Lunar Year

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The 13 moons
Preparing for a new lunar year can be daunting or tiring, but having a self made guide book for yourself will allow you to navigate the coming Lunar Year in unparalleled fashion. The significance of the Lunar New Year is that there will be 13 new moon cycles with which to dream, learn, give, receive, and hope all over again.

Give it time
One of the most potent steps I have taken in the last decade or so is to really give time, spirit, and space to what I want to manifest. There are roughly four days remaining where we get the opportunity to ask questions, hear answers, listen for indicators, and conjure up the future that is upon us. Please do not take lightly that we are the masters of our destinies, we are just that. And the other very practical note is that if we don't have a clear plan of where we'd like to go, how do we know when we have reached.

Inch by inch
Set time aside today or even each day (same or different times isn't relevant) and make sure you are making note of what issues, ideas, concepts. or hardships come up.  Often times people want to make large proclamations and stands on what their year will be about and yes that is one way to set your Lunar Year off, but I have more recently subscribed to the notion that my guides will give me a skeletal idea of the year and then it's up to me to see the specifics as they come. It is a bit more risky, but I find that I am able to harness and utilize my spiritual connection/powers better that way.

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You make the call
I want each of you to decide how best to set out the year for yourself. Ritual and ceremony only heightens our link to the spirit realm so whether with ourselves or with others we must bring in this Lunar New Year in a way that makes us comfortable (food, music, gathering, elemental objects, etc). The power lies not in what we have around us, but rather the energy we activate.

Decisions, decisions
Below are general areas that often help as a spring board for portions of our life that we want to emphasize in a given Lunar Year.  Figure out the who, what, when, why, and how and have it ready with you when you begin doing work for the Lunar New Year. Also intuit and mantra for the year, either from a guidance card pull or an overarching theme for your path this Lunar Year.  I have found that manifestation springs forth from the ability to conceive it, write it, speak it, and share it.  All of this together makes up for some powerful mojo that will help us navigate through the next 13 moons and beyond. Please check back midweek when the blog for the Lunar New Year will be posted. I look forward to hearing what this has sparked. Remember caring is sharing!



Lunar New Year Intention Areas


Personal

Artistic

Financial

Health/Well Being


--Andrea

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