Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius – The Star

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The internet is abuzz with talks of the August eclipses – starting with the Lunar eclipse in Aquarius on August 7th and the Solar Eclipse in Leo on the 21st.  Solar Eclipses are always paired with a Lunar Eclipse in the opposite sign, and these two eclipses create a portal or doorway for powerful transformation and change to occur.

These coming eclipses are mirror images of the eclipses we had in February (at that time the Lunar eclipse was in Leo, followed by a Solar Eclipse over China in the sign of Aquarius).  Think of what was going on for you in February of this year – there were likely some big drastic personal changes.  Personally, these changes and transitions may still be unfolding.  Worldwide, China’s relationship with the United States was big in the news – Trump had initially taken a hard stance against China but in February we saw him concede to the One China ruling as well as some other interesting interactions between Trump and Xi Jinping.

So on Monday we enter The Lion’s Gate (what astrologers are calling the August eclipses)- are you ready for some powerful change?

Wendy’s Tips For The Eclipse Season:

  • Be aware of your feelings and emotions – particularly around “darkness” or the shadow self.  The eclipses will illuminate the shadow self and bring things to the surface.  It is best to face these things head on, but with patience and compassion.  You have an opportunity here for deep healing and transmutation.
  • Be aware of others acting out of ego or fear.  Everyone will pretty much be feeling like their personal crisis is the most important thing going on – and they are right!  For each of us, our personal conflicts will hold some deep truths that need to be noticed and heard.  Give your friends and family space to express themselves.  Holding space for each other to work through pain or powerful revelations will be a really important part of the work done at this time.
  • Follow your heart!  The Aquarius/Leo energy pairing is all about mind vs heart.  Aquarius is more “thinking” while Leo is more “feeling” but both really want the same thing – fellowship and love.  The Aquarius lunar eclipse will highlight ways we can GIVE, while the Leo solar eclipse will highlight how we RECEIVE.  Finding balance between giving and receiving will help you access the changes and transformations of this eclipse season with grace.

Narrowing in on the Lunar Eclipse coming on Monday, let’s examine some of the energies surrounding an Aquarius Full Moon.

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Aquarius is the Visionary sign of the Zodiac.  Supported and fed by this sign are the energies of Humanitarians, Activism, Loyalty, Sociability, Friendships, and Unconventional ways of thinking, etc.  Aquarius is represented by the Tarot Card “The Star” – which is the ultimate card of hopefulness for a bright future.  The Star brings hope and inspiration after the destruction of The Tower card.  Rebuilding with a sense of serenity, spiritual contentment, compassion, and creativity.  For this eclipse, think about what gives you Hope.  What inspires you to give back to others?  In what ways are you healing and inspiring others and providing nourishment to your community in meaningful ways?

The Star Tarot Card Meaning

 

For some, the eclipse may bring up feelings of discontentment.  You may find yourself feeling more relateble to the reversed meanings of this card… lack of faith, lack of creativity, hopeless, bored, disconnected.  If this is the case, don’t worry!  It’s just the eclipse doing it’s work with Shadow!  Allow yourself to look at these feelings with honesty and without judgment – and ask yourself what needs to be changed or realigned in your life that will allow you to feel hopeful, connected, and creative again.  Spend some time journaling or meditating through this.  (These feelings may arrive before the eclipse and last for several days after.)  Better yet, Talk. To. Your. Friends!  Aquarius energy is fed and supported by community and friendship above all!  Below I have included 3 tarot spreads I found on Pinterest that would be perfect to use around this Lunar Eclipse.  If you don’t read tarot, or would simply like someone else to do a reading for you, feel free to contact me!  I’ll be offering all three of these readings on a Sliding Scale for the next week! hestiasmuse@gmail.com

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Temperance and the Sagittarius Full Moon

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Taking Aim and Transmutation;
The Energy of the Moon in Sagittarius and Temperance

The Full Moon in Sagittarius quickly approaches.  With the Sun in Gemini – the sign that lies in opposition of Sagittarius.  At the time of the full moon we find a balance between the Sun and Moon – as the two opposite signs highlight each other and blend into a powerful energy.  This balancing and blending is one of the main lessons of Sagittarius, so it is a particularly strong theme with this Full Moon.

Gemini is the Mutable Air sign – intelligent and calculating, but impossible to pin down.  Sagittarius is the Mutable Fire sign – passionate and motivated but easily adapting to new situations.  Higher thought and the energy of ideas is transmuted through Sagittarius’ focus and drive, allowing us to take aim for the true goal of our heart.

The Tarot Card related to the Sign of Sagittarius is Temperance.  Within the imagery of this card are the themes of balance and blending.  Archangel Gabriel stands with one foot on the earth (physical realm) and one foot in the water (Spiritual Realm) while blending the Elixir of Life from two cups.  The Sun is rising and flowers blooming, a reminder that “Time Heals All Things” and sometimes time is one of the ingredients we need to blend to work our magic.

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The Temperance card is one of Healing – but with a lesson that healing comes with dedication, faith, time, and using exactly the right ingredients – all in moderation.  Sagittarius, The Archer, has great focus and drive, but must apply this carefully!  One must learn a skill with patience, dedication, the right tools and the right teachers before they are a master.  The downfall of Sagittarius is rushing into battle unprepared, but if they can listen to the messages of Temperance – Moderation, Timing, Blending – then their success is assured!

Spend some time with the Temperance Card this Full Moon.  If you don’t have tarot cards, you can simply read about and think about the message of this card.  You can use the following questions as Journaling prompts or to meditate on.

  • Where in your life do you need to practice moderation?
  • What needs to be better balanced, simplified, or blended in your life?
  • What are you feeling hopeful and optimistic about?
  • How are you balancing, blending, or combining the resources you have?
  • What in your life needs healing?

For this Full Moon, think about your goals, and how you can use the lessons of Temperance to help you achieve those goals!  You can read more about this card here;

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Archangel Gabriel and Temperance
Centaurs and Sagittarius

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Temperance and Archangel Gabriel

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Temperance And Archangel Gabriel

Angels can be found in the imagery of several traditional Tarot Cards.  In the traditional Rider-Waite Smith tarot there are Archangels represented on 6 Major Arcana cards.

What are Angels?  The word Angel comes from the Greek word “angelos” which means “messenger”.  Angels are seen in many cultures and mythologies as Divine Messengers of God.  The Greek Word “archangelos” meaning “Chief Messenger” is where we get the word Archangel – and Archangels are generally seen as the Leaders of the Angels.  Primarily found in texts of Judaism and Islam, though mentions of these Divine Messengers also can be found in Ancient Greek texts, in all instances they serve as messengers between people and the Divine, bringing news or prophesy that is beneficial to the people they interact with in some way.  Angels are generally androgynous (No gender), though they are usually given a gender through an artist’s or writer’s interpretation of their appearance.   Modern encounters with Angelic beings have led many people to feel that Angels and Archangels are Divine beings of Light, who do not particularly care what religion or spiritual path you follow, but are still benevolent messengers interested in helping humans.

Gabriel is one of only four Archangels that are mentioned by name in the Bible, and appears frequently as a messenger.  It was Gabriel who interpreted Daniel’s dreams in the book of Ezekiel.  Most notoriously, Gabriel is the Archangel who brought Mary the news of her pregnancy, and later announced the Birth of Jesus to the shepherds.  It is said the it will be Gabriel who blows the Trumpets of judgement at the end times.

In Islam, it is said that Archangel Gabriel is the one who revealed the Koran to Muhammed.

In all of these recorded instances dealing with Archangel Gabriel – there is an overall theme: Gabriel’s messsages involved the transmutation of the Spiritual into the Physical.  There was often a message about Timing (Divine Timing) Harmony, and Faith… and a blending of the spiritual with the earthly.  David’s dreams guided him to become King, Mary became the mother of the Divine incarnate in human form, Muhammed’s visions became translated into the Koran.  This is where we see the perfection of the Archangel Gabriel placed symbolically on the Temperance card.

Temperance is about harmoniously blending the spiritual with the physical.  A being who is a Divine Messenger, with wings so they can bring messages from the Heavens down to Earth, is seen standing on a shoreline.  One foot on the earth (material realm) and one foot in the river (spiritual realm).  We must moderate and find balance between the spiritual and the physical worlds – and remember that we are both Physical and Spiritual beings.   Archangel Gabriel is holding two cups, and pouring a liquid in a continuous stream.  These cups represent vessels of spiritual and material worlds, and pouring between them is the Elixir of Life.  Both the vessels and the stream represent the principles of the Divine Feminine as receptivity, cooperation, harmony, creativity, and balance.  In the background the sun is rising and in the forefront flowers are blooming on the riverside – both of these remind us of the card’s message about Timing; sometimes we must have faith and wait for the right time for things to happen.  Trusting that things happen at the right time, or that you will know when the time is right is one of Archangel Gabriel’s chief messages, and this card was originally named “Time”.

Working with Archangel Gabriel:  Archangel Gabriel can help you with issues of Balance, Moderation, Timing, and receiving Messages from the Divine or your Higher Self.  All you have to do is ask!  From my experiences, the Angels and Archangels enjoy working with people in many ways – especially in matters that help you improve your life, your health, and your Spiritual growth.  Gabriel’s aura is a bright copper color, like their trumpet.  Wearing Copper or the gemstone Citrine can help you connect with Gabriel’s energy.  Gabriel is especially fond of helping writers and public speakers (other messengers!) and also is called upon often to help mothers and fathers with parenting.

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Identifying Blocks in your Solar Plexus Chakra

The chakras are part of our Energy Body.  Energy passes through the chakras, which in turn influence the flow of energy though our bodies.  This energy flow and each chakra will affect our emotional, mental, and spiritual well being, as well as our physical organs, glands, and endocrine system.
Today we’ll look at The Solar Plexus Chakra, also known as “Manipura” and examine how this chakra influences your body and your energy.  Identify if you have a blockage or imbalance in the Solar Plexus Chakra easily with this basic guide!

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Manipura

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located just above the navel and beneath the rib cage.  You can visualize it as a bright yellow glowing orb, like a miniature sun glowing right at the core of your being.  Emotionally and Energetically, this chakra rules over the sense of self – your individuality and how you express yourself outwardly.  Physically this chakra rules over the adrenal gland and the digestive system.
Below are common symptoms of the balanced or imbalanced Manipura Chakra.

*The physical and emotional symptoms of each chakra are inter-related, and are both a cause and effect.  While physical symptoms of an imbalanced chakra might be a side effect of the imbalance, they might also be a cause of the imbalance.  Meditation and energy healing can help you work on healing the energetic flow of the chakra, and other steps may be needed to correct or control physical symptoms.  Always talk to a certified health care professional about any health problems or concerns.

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When The Solar Plexus is Balanced &  Healthy

When the Solar Plexus is well balanced and healthy, a person will be comfortable with their individuality and have a strong self esteem and confidence in their abilities.  They will have an easy going and relaxed attitude when around other people, easily connecting with others in a positive way.  They are neither too introverted or too extroverted, and their confidence doesn’t overdevelop into a superiority complex.  Generally when the Solar Plexus Chakra is well balanced it is easy to be warm and kind towards others and yourself, and one will have both the energy and motivation to carry out their responsibilities.
Physically the digestive system is healthy and regular, and the adrenal gland operates normally, neither being too active or under active.  One with a balanced solar plexus is not generally over dependent on stimulants such as caffeine.

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Emotional and Spiritual signs of an imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra

If The Manipura Chakra is over-active, one may be overly competitive or aggressive, or have anger control issues.  Overactive Solar Plexus may also cause one to be an over-achiever, fixated on winning or being the very best at something no matter what the cost to themselves or others.  And “all or nothing” attitude an be present, as well as a “My way or the highway” state of mind that alienates others.  This over-activity of the Solar Plexus can also make someone become a control freak or power hungry.
When the Solar Plexus is blocked or under-active, a person will usually have a low self-esteem and generally be reclusive, shy, or have social anxiety.  One may lack in motivation or the confidence to go about daily tasks, and always question their self worth.  Lacking in the confidence to make decisions for themselves, because they question or overthink their own decisions and also find it difficult to trust in themselves or other people.  A Blocked Solar Plexus chakra is often found in people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or victims of abuse.  Therapy and meditations aimed at rebuilding confidence and trust can be very helpful.

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Physical Signs of an Imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra

An under-active or blocked Solar Plexus chakra might be the result of (or cause of) slow digestion, constipation, adrenal gland disorders, fatigue, weight gain, and depression.
An over active Solar Plexus chakra might be indicated by gastrointestinal disorders or IBS, Weight Loss, Adrenal Gland disorder, Hyperactivity, aggression, or anxiety.
Proper diet, getting enough sunlight and vitamin D, getting enough sleep and exercise, and medications or vitamins to help heal or control the physical symptoms will help you re-balance the Solar Plexus Chakra.  Energy work such as Reiki can be helpful as well.

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Positive Affirmations for the Solar Plexus Chakra.  Choose one or two of these phrases and write them down.  You should say them to yourself frequently every day.  Repeat as a mantra for meditation, or say to yourself in the mirror every day.  Eventually the statement begins to feel true, and then it becomes true!

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Making Your Self Care More Balanced

You’ve seen me talking a lot about “Self Care” on my blog, website, and social media.  This is because I truly believe that taking these small moments to care for yourself on a regular basis are really important in today’s busy and stressful world.  Most of us spend a lot of time working just to survive, and caring for others.  It seems like there is precious little time for self care, and society somehow has taught us that any time spent not being productive is lazy or selfish.  (This is especially true in American society, though I know other cultures place more value in down time and relaxation.)  I spent many years focused on working and raising my kids, feeling guilty any time that I wasn’t busy or productive.  What did that get me?  I was angry a lot, stressed out all the time, and lacking in a true connection to Spirit and my Higher Self.  I was cut off from my intuition, and thus cut off from being able to see the magick in life all around me. self care, self care tips

Eventually this resulted in both my physical and mental health deteriorating – causing even more stress!  “You need to take care of yourself!” wise people would tell me.  But truthfully, I didn’t know how.  I thought I was taking care of myself . . . but eating and bathing and brushing my teeth just wasn’t enough.  What more did I need?  Vitamins?  Exercise? What really was “Self Care” at it’s core?

self care, meditation, yoga, spirituality, self care tips I spent some time exploring this concept and finding that for me, Self Care needed to be balanced in three different areas.  I needed Spiritual Self Care, Physical Self Care, and Fun or Pampering Self Care.  If I just did one of these but left out the other two then I wasn’t really taking care of my whole self and all the complex needs of human life!  Spiritual Self Care came in the form of Meditations, Tarot or Oracle Card Readings, and learning about the Spiritual and Metaphysical things that interested me. Basically taking time to connect with Spirit, and develop my Spiritual Practice.  The Physical Self Care came by doing something that was healthy for me – exploring different herbal remedies and teas or tinctures, yoga practices, or making sure I was getting enough sleep.

Of course the basic self care of things like bathing, brushing my teeth, drinking water, etc needed to be included too.  For some people these things come easier, but if you have ever battled with clinical depression or anxiety you will understand that sometimes even these basic things get pushed aside and neglected.  Finally, the Fun, or Pampering kind of Self Care is needed too.  This is the kind of Self Care that people think of the most often, but also the kind that an be seen as selfish or a waste of time.  (I think part of that is because a lot of these self care practices have been sensationalized by capitalism and tend to be rather expensive.  Just think of how much it can cost to get a massage, get your hair or nails done, or spend time at a fancy Spa.)  There is also a tendency to think of these things as frivolous or a form of vanity – especially when the media is always pushing these stereotypical images of rich girls going to the salon; girls who are also in some way vapid, selfish, and vain.  This stereotype has made these acts of self care seem taboo or just silly to many working class Americans, but to be honest we all crave these activities on some level too.  This is because we really do need these occasional “treat yo’ self” moments!  We don’t have to shell out the big bucks at a salon or spa to do these things though.  We can take a nice relaxing bath at home, wear some fuzzy socks, drink some yummy tea and paint our fingernails for the same effect.  The thought I used to have was, “I don’t have time for that.”  That’s the trap though, because it doesn’t matter exactly what you do for Pampering – it’s the act of taking time for yourself that really makes a difference!

self care, self care tips, relaxation, stress relief tipsWhen you take the time to incorporate these three kinds of self care into your life on a regular basis, you are saying to yourself, “I am worth spending time with.  I am worthy of love and attention.” You are giving equal value to your Spirit, your Body, and your Self and in that way you are getting a more well-rounded and balanced picture of who you are and what you need.  You’ll still need to work and take care of others as you did before, but you’re more present and more energized for those activities, because you’ve taken time to recharge your batteries.  Not just the physical batteries that recharge with sleep and food.  But all the other parts of your being that need to be recharged too.

self care, tarot card reading, oracle card readingThe thing is, it took me a long time to figure this out, and even then I needed some guidance along the way.  Something to focus on helped, if I had a theme, or a specific challenge to work on or a goal for my self care.  Having accountability, or friends to cheer me on really helped too. I ended up wanting to help others with this self care in some way so I started reading cards professionally.  I also learned Reiki so I could help others with Energy Healing, and I sell and make other Self-care focused items like soaps, bath bombs, and mala necklaces for meditation.  Recently I was inspired!  I was thinking about all these things and how together, they could make a really complete Self Care package.  I know there are people out there like me, who know the importance of self care but may just need that little bit of inspiration and motivation to really take their self care deeper and touch on all three of these main areas each month.

That’s how I was inspired to bring you these Self Care subscription Boxes every month!  Including a card reading and some kind of meditation or ritual each month, along with some tools for Pampering and self care like a Bath Bomb, herbal tea, and possibly more, I want to offer you a well rounded package to help you take your Self Care deeper.  So I’ll be offering four different size packages each month.  You can decide what size package you want each month – or even to order at all that month!  You’ll get your personal card reading (by email) and then your package with other goodies that will encourage you and inspire you to spend some quality time with yourself!

I’ll have a fun spiritual theme every month, and special info to help you get the most out of your self care package!  So what do you say?  Are you ready to join me?

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Death (Tarot) and The Scorpio Full Moon

The Full Moon in Scorpio is coming up on May 10th and this full moon will be a particularly intense time for doing some Shadow Work.  Shadow Work is the concept of taking a close look at the parts of ourselves that we don’t willingly show to others… or even like to admit to ourselves.  Scorpio energy is all about this Shadow aspect of the psyche, as well as the shadowy aspects of culture and life in general.  In Scorpio’s influence, we are drawn to the darker aspects of life – such as death, the occult, endings, and anything that is mysterious or unseen.

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Death – Rider Waite Smith Tarot

The tarot card associated with Scorpio is Death, and the archetypes and symbolism of this card resonate with the Scorpio Energy that we’ll all touch in some way during this full moon.  To make the most of this Full Moon and the deep soul work that can be done here, let’s take a closer look at the meaning of this tarot card.

Key Words: Endings.  Transitions.  Elimination.  Fate.  Inevitable Forces.  Cycles.  Sweeping Change.  Transformation.  The need for Liberation.  Severance.

 

There are certain changes and transitions in life that cannot be avoided.  The most obvious of these is Death – no matter what we do to try to avoid it, death is inevitable for us all.  Death holds the greatest mystery of all, although we have many theories and ideas about what happens after death – there is no way of knowing until we experience it.  We all die alone – meaning that even if we are surrounded by loved ones, we alone pass over into whatever lies beyond, and no one living can travel that with us.  For these reasons, death is feared . . . if for no other reason than it is a great unknown, and humans tend to fear the unknown.
From what we know of death in this physical world we have ascertained a few key things: 1) it cannot be avoided, and 2) it is part of the great cycle.  As we observe the decay of corpses, we have found that this decaying matter still holds within it energy – that is transformed through the process of decay and eventually becomes something that is useful to new lifeforms.  This basic cycle of life was observed by our ancestors and thus death became also associated with the possibility for new life.
In our lives, there are many cycles and changes that occur that are death-like in their patterns and symbolism… and these changes are what the Death card of the Tarot is usually teaching us about.  Some things are inevitable, and no matter what we did we couldn’t have prevented these things from happening.  But, like death, we usually have to pick up the pieces and move on. Then we usually find that after this profound change we have something new that grows – a new attitude or belief that has grown in the wake of this catastrophe.  Or a new journey of some kind that we wouldn’t have been able to take if the previous one hadn’t ended.  These are the moments embodied in the Death card.

the tornado approaches Dorothy’s House in “The Wizard Of Oz”

If you have ever been caught up in the path of sweeping change, going through the unavoidable and have been left somehow changed after the fact, you have experienced the energy of Scorpio and the Death card.  Perhaps this Full Moon is bringing about the culmination of some of these changes.  Or perhaps this is the perfect time to finish the Soul Work that you have been avoiding or putting off.  Sometimes we have these Death-card like things happen, and we put off really completing the cycle as we cling to what is trying to shift away.  There is that fear of the unknown again…. and as scary as it might be to let go and step in to the unknown, this needs to happen.  Otherwise you just get stuck in the stagnant, stuck in the decay – and don’t let yourself move on to what comes after.  Yes, we have to go through the murky swampy bits first though.

Dorothy steps out of her house, into OZ for the first time. from “The Wizard Of Oz”

So, with this Full Moon there are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t get stuck in the murky mess of death, and can help this process move along.  Taking Action:  Ask yourself if you are concluding any unfinished business or bringing something to a close.  What do you need to do to end this chapter?  What do you need to do to eliminate the excess, or throw off old patterns that aren’t serving you anymore?  Do you need to cut ties to certain people, a job, or a goal that just isn’t working out?  How can you get back to the basics and the bare essentials in your life?  In what ways can you “start over”?  In some cases all you are really needing to do is accept your fate.  Accept that this is how things are now, and allow yourself space to grieve or feel the anger and loss, and then you’ll be able to begin to move on later.

You can explore all of this through thought and meditation, but I would encourage you to write things down.  Keep a journal of your thoughts and realizations, make lists of the things you need to DO and commit to doing them.  Work through your thoughts and feelings by writing them down.  Here are some journal prompts you can use to get started (or use the questions from the previous paragraph)

  • What am I feeling very intense feelings about right now?
  • What do I need to let go of?
  • What is my basic support system through a transition?
  • What is being transformed or changed?
  • What do I need to liberate myself from through the power of change?
  • What new growth will be possible through this transition?

Affirmation:  “I allow transformation and renewal in my life by letting go of all that no longer serves my growth.”

If you’re ready to show up and do the deep work that you need to do for your Soul’s growth, the Universe WILL show up to support you along the way!

If you want some help with this Shadow work, I am available for Tarot Readings!  This Full Moon Reading might be just what you’re looking for in terms of direction and support as you journey.  Be sure you sign up for my free newsletter to get updates about blog posts like this one, and other deals and special offers!

Full Moon Blessings,

Wendy

5 Basic Tips for Reiki Students and Practitioners

5 Basic Tips to improve your meditation practice – for Reiki Students and Practitioners of any level!

1. Make time for meditation daily.

Meditation should be a core part of your lifestyle if you are a Reiki student or practitioner of any level. Taking time each day to tune in to your own body, observe your feelings and the flow of energy – this not only helps you be more in the flow of Reiki, but it is also crucial self care for any Light Worker. The type of meditation you do is up to you, and there really isn’t a right or wrong way to meditate! Just find what works best for you and be consistent!

2. Five minutes of meditation is better than not meditating at all!

Life happens, and it would be unrealistic to expect that your life will be predictable every day! So you might set your intention to meditate for 30 minutes a day – but eventually you will hit a day when this just feels impossible! Rather than skip a day completely, just scale back your time. Five minutes to check in with your Energy and get grounded. Heck, even two minutes of focused breathing! Once you skip a day, it is that much easier to skip another day, then the next day and the next…. But if you at least do the minimum, you’re more likely to see this time grow and get back into the swing of things!

3. Fake It Till You Make It!

“I’m just not good at meditating! I get distracted so easily. My mind is too busy, I can’t just turn it off!”  Does this sound familiar? Many people feel this way, you’re not alone! They key is – don’t give up! So what if you got distracted. So your mind wandered. Okay. Notice it, acknowledge that it happened, but don’t beat yourself up. Just resume meditating. Keep sitting there, going through the motions. If you sat on your cushion for 15 minutes, but only really meditated for 5 minutes (and the other 10 were distracted)… its okay! You still sat on your cushion for 15 minutes. Eventually you find you are spending more of your time sitting in meditation, and less of it being distracted. Fake It Till You Make It!

4. Create A Sacred Space in your home.

If you have a certain area that is designated only for meditation and Reiki, you will have an easier time meditating daily. Decorate this area with things that help you feel peaceful and relaxed. Crystals, candles, essential oils, spiritual items, etc. Keep this area clean and organized to avoid excuses for not using it. If you just meditate anywhere in your home, you are more likely to be distracted. Your bed is associated with sleep… and while it is okay to meditate at bedtime, the goal of daily meditations is not to fall asleep but remain awake. If you only meditate in bed you will start to associate meditation with sleep. If you meditate in the same place you pay your bills or do your homework, your mind will probably wander to bills and homework while you are trying to meditate. If you try to meditate on the couch where you also watch TV,  you might start thinking about your favorite show instead of meditating! You get the point. If you have one area dedicated only to meditation, then after using it consistently you train your brain to know, “when I am in this space, it is time to meditate.” Eventually when meditation is easier for you, you can meditate anywhere! But for the beginner who is trying to meditate daily, this tip really helps!

5. Keep a journal.

Write down your experiences. Record your successes, as well as the days meditation was harder. You can also track things like stress levels, health, your diet and exercise, etc. You will eventually start to notice some patterns that can help you understand yourself. For example you might notice meditation is easier for you at a certain time of day, or on days you have had enough excersize. You may find you have difficulty meditating too soon after ingesting caffeine or sugar. Women may discover there is a certain time of the month that your meditations naturally go deeper – and another time of the month that you just can’t seem to sit still for very long! All of these are important clues on your journey of self discovery and energy work. As you understand and notice the natural ebb and flow of energy in your personal life, you will begin to understand your own strengths and weaknesses. This will make you a better Healer and Reiki practitioner, as you will be able to set boundaries for yourself and others. Example, you’ve noticed it is harder for you to meditate the week after your menstrual cycle. Perhaps when your friend wants to schedule a Healing Session, you will know that’s probably not the best week for you to send energy, so you schedule for a few days later. You notice that your Energy is scattered if you have had caffeine within the last two hours. So when you have a Healing session scheduled,  you avoid caffeine for at least two and a half hours before your session. In this way, tracking your meditation with journaling can be extremely beneficial for Reiki Practitioners – not just for yourself, but for others!

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Meditation With Taurus

The sun is in Taurus from April 20th to May 20th and whether you are an astrological Taurus or not, this can be a good time to explore Taurus energy within your life.

Taurus Energy Profile:
Polarity: Yin, Receptive
Element: Earth
Quality: Fixed
Ruling Planet: Venus (Beauty, Arts, Pleasure, Romance)
Astrological House: 2nd House (House of Money and Possessions)
Symbol: The Bull (strong, stubborn, protective, also gentle)
Tarot Cards: The Hierophant (Taurus) and The Empress (Venus)
Key Phrase: “I HAVE”

Taurus Key Words:
Affectionate, patient, stable, determined, practical, stubborn, resistant to change, sensuous, loyal, possessive, materialistic, preserving, established, reliable.

Ideas and Tools for your Taurus Meditation:
You may want to accentuate your Taurus Meditation with some of the following.  These can be placed on your meditation altar or around your bath tub if you are meditating in the bath.

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my altar set up for meditation with Taurus and Venus
  • the beginnings of my Taurus Altar.
  • A journal and pen to write down your thoughts or experiences
  • Light Blue or Pale Green Candles
  • Image of a Bull or small figurine of a Bull
  • Image or figurine of the Goddess of Beauty, Venus
  • Flowers: Roses, Violet, Poppy, Honeysuckle or Apple Blossom
  • Incense or Essential oil of any of the above scents
  • The Major Arcana Tarot Cards of The Hierophant and The Empress
  • Gemstones: Emerald, Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine
  • This Taurus Bath Bomb if you are meditating in the Bath
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Taurus bath bomb with Green Aventurine gemstone inside

For your meditation, you can simply relax and think about the energies of Taurus and how you relate to those energies.  Do you relate to any of the key words in the Taurus Energy Profile?  Do you need to be more like a Taurus in some areas of your life?  Or could you perhaps be less like a Taurus in some ways?
Think about and listen to the messages of The Hierophant and The Empress.  The Hierophant cherishes structures and institutions, and he’ll protect these if necessary. He asks us to recognize that life, knowledge, and society is preserved within certain structures or institutions, and he looks to the past and his elders for guidance.  The Hierophant also values money and the process of gaining and saving wealth.  The Empress on the other hand finds value in things that are beautiful, artistic, and sensual.  The Empress is guided by her senses and seeks out things which bring her pleasure.  (Taurus can tend to be self-indulgent and often deal with addictions, cravings, or emotional eating).  What do these two cards have to teach you?  How do these two cards interact with each other and change each other, if the aspects were melded into one?

The energy of Taurus always reminds me of the Cartoon, “Ferdinand The Bull”.  Taurus has that sensual vibe of venus, and would love to spend their day relaxing in the sun and smelling flowers.  They don’t really like change, and will resist changes in their life – especially if these changes result in less time for them to do what they really enjoy.  Taurus isn’t really violent or angry – they won’t instigate conflict (because that’s not relaxing and doesn’t feel good!)  However, if they are provoked, they will react!  And then the offender better watch out!  Because if you have disturbed the Bull’s harmony, family, partner, or feelings of security they will trample you.  (And then go right back to enjoying their nap in the sun, smelling the flowers)

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Here are some questions you can ask yourself and Journal about as you explore the energy of Taurus.
Journal With The Hierophant:
What rule or law do you feel you have transgressed?  How are you holding yourself accountable? Or who around you do you feel has broken a law or rule, and how do you hold them accountable for that? What traditions are you upholding? Why? What traditions or institutions are you rebelling against, and why?  What are you learning or what would you like to learn more about?
Journal with The Empress:
How are you indulging your senses?  Are you over-indulging or becoming dependent on something that feels good?  Do you need to pamper yourself or indulge your senses a bit more?  Who is inspiring or nurturing you?  Are you inspiring and nurturing others?  What creative projects are you working on?

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Intensive Study Hall with the Planetary Retrogrades

I know that some people are looking forward to the end of Mercury Retrograde, and also feeling a bit apprehensive about the other planetary retrogrades we have going on right now.


Jupiter went retrograde on Feb 6th and will go direct again on June 9th.
Mercury went retrograde April 9th and goes direct on May 3.
Saturn joined went retrograde on April 16th and will go direct again on August 25th.
And Pluto joined the Retrograde party on April 20th and will stay that way until September 28th.

This can all seem like a great cosmic traffic jam at times, but don’t panic!

“Sorry About The Inconvenience” – Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Retrogrades provide us with an excellent time to slow down and dig a little deeper into our lives, rooting out the sources of problems, fears, or setbacks.  Each planet has lessons for us, and the Retrograde brings a magnifying glass to each planet’s lesson while simultaneously slowing down the progress within that lesson.  If life is a school and the planets are our teachers, a retrograde may be like getting an extra hour of study hall with that teacher (planet) to really help us zero in on our failings or issues within that class.  If we pay attention and make the most of that extra time, we should be able to improve our understanding of that class, bring up our grade, and develop a better relationship with that teacher.  So right now we’ve got FOUR different teachers pulling us into study hall for some extra work.  Retrogrades are also a time we can focus on Shadow Work – going within and examining the parts of ourselves that we repress, fear, and hide away.

Study Hall With Mercury

LEAN ON ME, Karen Malina White, Morgan Freeman, 1989, (c)Warner Bros.

Mercury is the most famous, as this planet goes retrograde three times a year.  The Inner planets (closer to the sun) have more affect on our day to day lives so the energy of a Mercury retrograde is strongly noticed.  As the planet of communication, day to day travel, and information, this retrograde has a bad rap for retrogrades resulting in computer problems, car or transportation problems, or missing important details.  As a teacher, Mercury’s lessons are about finding our voice, self expression, communicating clearly, planning efficiently for our travels and tasks, and activating our Throat chakra.  Professor Mercury may be bringing you in for extra lessons during this time to help you with one or all of these important life skills.  It’s a one on one class where you are being asked to do some shadow work and look at why you are struggling in these areas.  Why are you afraid of speaking your truth?  Why are you consistently late to events?  Why do you feel you are not a good public speaker or teacher to others?  Why are you always putting off following up with your clients, procrastinating with your paperwork, and generally lacking organization skills? Mercury wants to know why you don’t have your shit together, and will point out the ways you are self-sabotaging your own life. (these are just some examples of what Professor Mercury might be asking you in Study Hall, and he wants a thoughtful and honest answer.

Study Hall with Jupiter

Robin Williams in the movie “Dead Poets Society”

Jupiter is the planet of Luck, Expansion, and Growth, dealing with our biggest ambitions and goals. Always pushing the boundaries, Jupiter is like the Teacher that has some fun in the classroom, or takes the class out of the classroom to learn in a different environment.  They don’t always stick to the lesson plan, but encourage students to think big, express individuality, and challenge the norms of society.  Your Study Hall with Professor Jupiter is a time when they are asking you why you aren’t successful in your projects right now?  When you started this project it seemed great, you were inspired and motivated, so what happened?  Something obviously isn’t working because you used to love this class but now you dread it.  So with Jupiter Study Hall we’re gonna look at what isn’t working anymore, and see if there is a totally new and different way we can go about achieving our goal.  This might not mean scrapping the whole project and starting over, but you need to look at it again with fresh eyes and a new perspective.  Jupiter is one of those teachers that might ask you to stand on your desk, stand on your head, or take a jog around campus to get your creative juices flowing.  They’re gonna try to mix things up a bit to get your attention and get you engaged again.  This might not always be fun, and sometimes it will be messy, but the Shadow work with Jupiter Retrograde should leave you more focused and more excited about your dreams and life goals.

Study Hall With Saturn

Allen Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter

Yeah, Saturn is already known as “The Great Teacher”, and also “The Great Tester” and the Lord of Karma.  Study hall with Saturn can feel a bit more like detention at times.  Saturn’s lesson’s are about taking responsibility for the choices we have made, and learning life’s deepest lessons that we are here to learn.  There is some real important shadow work to be done here in terms of taking a close look at what we naturally avoid and the lessons held within.  With Saturn in retrograde, we may feel like we have already learned this lesson before.  “I did this already.  I turned it in last month”, you say.  “DO IT AGAIN” is Saturn’s stern reply.  Why are we facing the same road blocks, doubts, or fears again?  Why does it seem like this particular problem keeps coming up in our relationships, our job, or our psyche?  Because we haven’t truly finished with the lesson yet.  We may have solved the circumstances surrounding the problem in the past, but we didn’t finish doing the deeper work.  This is the work that actually shifts how we see ourselves and the world – and how we interact with the world changes once that shift is made.  Only then are we truly free of this repeating pattern of obstacles.  Saturn in Retrograde is urging this shadow work to happen now.  As frustrated and resistant as you may feel – keep in mind the Professor Saturn really has our best interest in mind as he pushes us through the dark corridor.

Study Hall With Pluto

Master Yoda – Star Wars

Ahh, yes, the very old, very diminutive teacher that is Pluto.  Speaking in riddles of the great mysteries of the intangible and spiritual realm, Pluto must be the Professor of Occult Mysteries and Ancient Spiritual teachings.  The far outer planets tend to teach us at a global level rather than a personal level, and Pluto’s movements through the cosmos will very much affect global attitudes and trends.  Pluto in retrograde causes some deep subconscious shifts that can transform us to new levels of power.  I chose the photograph of Yoda for this concept because as Luke finds himself in a murky underground bog learning the ways of The Force from Master Yoda this is a perfect metaphor for a Study Hall session with Pluto.  The skills and changes we learn here transform us, and we must face some fears along the way.  Meanwhile, the Empire seems to be getting more evil and more oppressive every day, and we may wonder what we are doing stuck here in this swamp with our meditation teacher when we should be out there doing something.  Pluto in Retrograde will give us all an opportunity to unlearn something we have learned – to let go of a belief or idea that is simply a construct which has held us back.  Once we complete this process, we can transcend the fears that society has taught us, and go back out into the world – now better able to be the teacher, guide, healer, light worker, or warrior that we are meant to be.

So are you ready to do some Shadow work with the teachers Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto?  I recommend A LOT of journaling, meditation, yoga, and self care over the next few months!  Write it out, dance it out, and follow up with bubble baths and tea.  Get out in nature as often as you can, with a pen and notebook.  Reiki can help greatly during this time, to help clear the energy meridians and chakras to make sure that you are really able to absorb and process the lessons of the great Cosmic Teachers.  Click here to learn more about the Reiki Healing sessions I offer (locally or distance sessions).  A Tarot or Oracle Card reading could also help you identify some of these lessons and how they are manifesting in your life, or some specific advice to help you make the most of your Study Hall!

Spring Cleaning for Witches & Pagans

Confession time: I hate cleaning house.  Or at least, I hate cleaning house when it is just for no other purpose but to clean the house.  I need a better reason to clean, which is why I have found creating rituals and building a spiritual practice around my housework makes it much more rewarding.  When I remind myself that there are energetic and spiritual benefits to doing these “chores” I am much more likely to get them done.  So here I will share with you a few key concepts and ideas that help motivate me when it comes to Spring Cleaning.

With the season of spring comes a refreshed energy vibration that often leaves many people feeling the need to start new projects and ventures.  As a Pagan observing the Wheel of The Year, the Spring Sabbats such as Imbolc and Beltane can fill my mind with sometimes lofty dreams about my goals for the future.  After months of rain and cold weather, I will often feel like I am waking up from a long slumber – and I’m suddenly hyper aware of the state of my house.  Where did all this stuff come from?

Connect With Your Ancestors.  The sudden need to purge and refresh the home isn’t new or modern.  “Spring Cleaning” is a practice that can be traced back many years to our ancestors of almost all cultures.  The tendency towards hoarding and saving things in your home can probably be traced back to some basic survival instincts of our ancestors,  along with the process of then emptying out the store houses and preparing the home for busier spring and summer work projects.  Opening up the shutters and letting in fresh air was a welcome change after long and dark winter months.   Use your time cleaning to intentionally connect with your ancestors and the changing of the seasons, embracing the time of spring as a time to refresh, renew, and bless your living space for future months.

Removing Stagnant Energy.  Energy flows freely throughout your home and while smudging with sage or other energetic clearing practices can be beneficial, just the act of moving things around can help break up stagnant energy.  You’ve probably spent more time indoors during the winter, and remnants of your shifting moods have gotten “stuck” on objects around your home.  Piles of clutter can create something like a black hole or vortex of negative energy. Need to change the energy in a room?  Straighten up, get rid of some clutter, and move at least 7 things around the room to different locations.  (for example try the lamp on the other side of the desk, move some pictures on the walls to different places, and move your favorite decorative cat to a different location in the room.) You will immediately feel a shift in the energy flow in that room.  Follow up with some smudging with sage and the ringing of a bell to help purify the space.  If the room needs a BIG energy shift, rearrange the furniture and get rid of as much clutter as possible.

Ritualize a Cleaning Project. You may have that one project you have been putting off: cleaning out the closet or the desk drawers that have just become a place where stuff gets shoved when no one wants to put it away or knows where to put it.  Try to look at this project from a different perspective.  What do you wish this space could be used for?  Do you want your desk to be a place where you work on your home budget, homework, or running your small business?  Set this as your intention.  Now, which God or Goddess do you want to call on to help you with this goal?  Is there a certain Deity you will work with if you are a student, or one that you will call on to help your business be more successful?  Gather the tools and offerings you will need to work with this chosen Deity and then create a ritual around the work you will do.  In many cases, the work itself can be the offering – as you spend your time cleaning this space and turning it into a more effective space for its chosen purpose, this work is your devotional offering to your chosen Deity.  (If it is cleaning a child’s bedroom, you may wish to work with a Mother Goddess such as Demeter.  For a couple’s master bedroom maybe a God or Goddess of Love would be chosen, etc.)  Once you have gathered your supplies and created your ritual, you can cast your circle as usual, expanding the circle to include the space you will be cleaning.  Then just go about your cleaning project, staying mindful and focused on your intention and devotion while you work.  Try to remove anything that doesn’t fit with the intended purpose of this space.  If the project will take more than one day, just close the circle each time you are done for the day, and open it again when you have time to continue.  When you have completed your project, devote the space to your chosen Deity and ask them to bless the space for it’s intended purpose.  This may also help motivate you to keep the area clean and clutter free as it is now more than just a desk or a bedroom, but also serves as a shrine and an area with a purpose.  Perhaps decorate the area with an object that is related to this Deity in some way as a visual reminder of the work you have done to honor them and the blessing you have asked for.

I hope these ideas have you excited for taking on your Spring Cleaning projects (though they are certainly not limited to the spring season and can be implemented at any time!)

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