Sagittarius New Moon – Taking Aim

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A lot of activating, fiery energies are streaming into earth’s realms this New Moon on Friday 7th, 2018. Sagittarius belongs to the fire signs but its fire is a warming, fun and loving one. Nevertheless, there are some cosmic constellations that give an explosive twist that could burn us if we don’t pay attention to our inner wisdom.

Lust For Life

On Friday, the Sun and the Moon will meet in the sign of Sagittarius, the Archer. This fire sign is known for being fun, loving and full of ideas.  The Sag-Energy is outgoing and made for looking at a bigger picture. This New Moon is great to get clear about what your life’s purpose may be or to develop ideas that you want to bring into your life. Supported by Jupiter, the pathway points to a bright, happy direction.

New Moon Square Mars & Neptune

Square aspects always add a challenging nature to the current energies. Mars sets impulses to come into action. We experience motivation but on the other hand, we could experience the “negative” end of this spectrum which is overstressing or getting aggressive.  The conjunction of Mars and Neptune holds the potential for romance and sensuality but also delusion and pressure. On the one hand we feel so overwhelmed by all the new input and ideas forming for our lives’ paths but on the other hand, we must take care that we don’t get attached, that we don’t want to control everything and push too hard.

These days we could encounter a lot of trigger moments that challenge us to face our fears or destructive emotional patterns that might come to the surface.

Warrior of Light

To ensure that we still go with the universal flow we should remind ourselves of the warrior of light. A wise warrior doesn’t run around, swinging his sword wildly and uncontrolled. A wise warrior has a mission that’s aligned with his high ideals and morals. He has a defined goal and only enters a battle that is worth fighting. Fears are faced. Get to know the enemy, sometimes it’s the best teacher. Moreover, the spiritual warrior is deeply connected to his intuition and feelings. Energy isn’t put into things that don’t align with his journey but are genuinely distributed and restored from time to time. And if you think now of the symbol of the Archer with his bow and arrow, you find the key for this New Moon: stay grounded and focused. Where focus goes, energy flows.

How to Work with the Energies

A key mantra for this New Moon is “Plant the seeds but don’t force progress”. We can already feel in which direction the universe is directing us but everything has a divine timing. The fire is burning in us but we need to learn how to wisely channel our energy in the desired directions.

Off the mat: New Moons are the time where the cycle is in a sort of hibernation. We should accept that the energy takes a break to form new possibilities. The best to do is to take some time to sit with yourself and work with these questions:

  • What are “distractions” in my life that regularly stop me from the things I really want to do? How much energy is put into unnecessary action or what areas in my life are neglected and need more energy?
  • What things or situations trigger behaviours that I don’t like about myself? How could I avoid these triggers or what are better ways to react? Break the unconscious auto-mode of behavioural patterns.
  • What things do I want to achieve in my life? Do I have big life goals or some sort of “mission” and if so, what is it? What steps can I take to move in this desired direction?
  • What things spark a fire in me? What keeps me curious and willing to learn? What makes my heart beat faster?
  • What am I afraid of? What scares me and why is this so? What are the underlying fears? Realistically facing your fears makes them less scary.
  • What is your vision of your “higher self”? Are you already aligned with these values or where do you need to put in some work and move toward this vision?
  • How do I interact in relationships? What are patterns that you can notice? If you think of complicated relationships, what did they have in common? Identifying patterns can help to overcome them.

On the mat: The sign of Sagittarius is connected to our hips and thighs. The Archer needs a stable foundation to focus properly. In your asana practice, focus on grounding and at the same time an uplifting movement. Your feet send downward energy that helps to uplift the rest of the body. Use drishtis, fixation points for your eyes. Remember: where attention goes, energy flows. On this New Moon, we need to learn to strengthen our foundations, to set a clear goal but also to let go and trust in the perfect timing of the universe. In the asana practice, strengthen and stretch your hips and legs. The dancing warrior sequence is wonderful because it works with the bodily parts and at the same time you can cultivate a feeling for your inner warrior. To finish, bring in some seated forward folds like gomukhasana variation or upavistha konasana, poses that ground you and are meditative.

Practice anuloma viloma breathing to balance your sun and moon energies and close with a visualisation meditation. Visualise your inner warrior. A warrior that walks with strength and grace, a warrior that wisely puts in the effort towards his goal.

Taking the High Road

Warriors of Light never have an easy road. At the same time, they don’t fall for pathways that are super complicated either. In these days of the New Moon, connect with your inner warrior. You yourself know best, what things serve a purpose and what things are waste of time. You always have the power to create the life you want. The only thing you need to do is to be honest with yourself. Talk the walk and even more important walk the talk. Everything comes around in perfect timing. Plant your intentions, shoot your arrow with a lot of focus and the universe will lead that arrow to the goal.

Happy New Moon you wonderful souls out there!

All the best, Namaste 🙂 ❤

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Laura Jane

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scorpio New Moon – Storms and Rainbows

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Here we go, the ending of the old cycle is coming and the new one is waiting ahead. Scorpio season came with all kind of challenging emotions and situations, but now we really feel the need to change, to evolve, to grow, to make our visions real. It’s all about realizing karmic debts and to transform ourselves into the best visions of ourselves.

Deep Diving

On November 7th, 2018, the sun and the moon are going to meet in the sign of Scorpio.  Before you can easily sow your seeds, you first have to listen to the sounds from the deep waters of your soul. Scorpio’s energy is very deep, energetic and also mysterious, so prepare for deep emotions. This New Moon is all about overcoming old behavioural automatisms and thinking patterns and to transform emotional trauma. Acknowledge where you come from but realize that you’re not defined by your past. You’re a warrior and you have the willpower to work through everything that you want to overcome. However, you should not forget that the warrior attitude is different from a furious Scorpio, hiding behind his shell and hurting with its sting.

Neptune and Pluto are sending energies that can help you with your transformation. You may feel the need for a connection to something bigger. Take these visions of yourself and your personal “perfect world” and compare that to the things you want to get rid of. This could show you a path to burn the old weeds and plant new seeds on fertile soil.

Venus Retrograde

We all have these ghosts from the past. Whether it’s some ex-lover or friend, emotional or situational triggers, we all have these things that make us go nuts. Sometimes we even think that these chapters were closed a long time ago. But hey, don’t you forget Venus Retrograde and the sometimes strange humour of the universe.

Everything in your life that is connected to any kind of relationships or community could feel super stressful right now. Venus’s energy is asking you to balance your relationships concerning the parts of giving and receiving, of healthy self-love versus egoism and how you live freely according to your vision without stepping on the feet of the ones close to you. Overall, you just want to find that inner attitude of love and be loved, team play, peace and beauty. Uranus in opposition to Venus brings impulsiveness and rapid changes in our thinking or emotions so it might feel drowning. Though, you know what you need to rescue yourself. As mentioned before, pay attention to karmic situations. What does feel familiar? How did you react before and what were the outcomes? This is the chance to start new, to choose new ways of reacting and to be the person you really want to be.

How to work with the energies

Summing it all up, the Scorpio New Moon asks us to transform all the things of which we know that stop us from living our vision. We can bring it all together, community, relationships and at the same time living authentically and autonomously. We just have to encourage ourselves and believe in us. Often we know on point what things aren’t serving our happiness, but we still do them because we are used to it. It seems to be the easy way out. In the end, we feel overwhelmed and helpless and the toxic spiral continues. Now is the time to break these chains.

Off the mat: Work with these questions in whatever form you like, some examples are integrating them into your journaling practice, to meditate on them or just think about them if you have some quiet time for yourself. Feel free to handle this your way, this work is very intuitive and personal. So here come my suggestions:

  • What things block me from being my “Higher Self”? This can be people, situations, some behaviour you don’t like, whatever. For example, you say you eat healthily or want to eat healthily but your actions are living on energy drinks and fast food. Note these things down and try to think of what you can really do to change this. Dream big but note down little steps towards that bigger picture. This makes it easier to stay motivated. Be forgiving with others and yourself.
  • What is my shadow? Every one of us has it. This dark part of ourselves that we would like to hide all the time or get rid of. But it’s a part of us we can’t get rid of. We only can learn to accept it and to live with it. At this point, the shadow loses its power. Be kind to yourself. Forgive.
  • What things do I want to achieve, create or learn? How does growth look like for me? And how could I bring this into my daily life? Same here: Big dreams, small steps.
  • How can I be independent and free but, at the same time, have a strong connection to the community and environment? Sometimes it’s just a fine line. And as important your happiness and personal freedom is, as important is it to be there for each other, to have a support group and to respect the planet we live on.

On the mat: The sign of Scorpio is associated with the lower abdomen and the sexual organs, the womb area. They represent vitality and creation. The place where the Shakti energy, the creational life force, resides. The New Moon asks us to step into our full creational potential, to harness that shakti power and be that loving warrior that makes an impact. Life is about creating, loving and experiencing, so let’s do this and have fun while we do it. Here are my suggestions for a practice on the mat around these New Moon topics.

  • All asanas that strengthen the inner organs. This happens with all twists and forward folds because, for a short time, we cut a bit of the blood flow. When we release the posture, more blood rushes back, brings more oxygen and improves the work of our internal organs. Supine twist, twisted seat or seated and hip opening forward folds…you choose.
  • Practice mula bandha. Bring awareness to your pelvic floor. One exercise here is to roll a strap to a little “ball” and then you sit on it, like a hen on the egg. Place that “ball” just in front of your perineum and imagine you wanted to suck that “egg” into your lower belly using your pelvic muscles.
  • Hip openers ❤ I love them, some of us hate them, but nothing goes better than hip openers with the practice of letting go of things.
  • The lower three chakras are linked to the energies of this New Moon. Find your base, grow roots. Create and enjoy. Know yourself and know your strength. Meditate on the chakras. You can visualize them, their colours, their qualities.

After Rain Comes Sunshine

Remember, every obstacle bears the opportunity to learn and grow. Life comes in waves, and after rain comes sunshine. And sometimes, after the darkest storm, the clouds open up and a rainbow shows up to mark a new beginning.

Love and Laugh, Namaste 🙂 ❤

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Laura Jane

 

 

Libra New Moon – Find Peace

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Sorry Folks for the late blog post but I really needed time to find my balance again. I took my time to do some self-care, so please forgive me that this Libra New Moon just comes with a short summary.

It’s all about Balance and Inner Peace

This Libra New Moon is all about harmony and balance. Where in your relationships you need to cultivate more balance and be open making compromises? Balance could also be restored by stopping to give yourself away too much and set clear boundaries. Evaluate your relationships with the outside world and also the relationship with yourself.

Work on embracing every part of yourself. During this new moon, patterns from our past concerning our behaviour in relationships could arise. Pay attention to these patterns: Do they bring a peaceful outcome or do they make you suffer? Adjust correctly and restore the balance.

Lush Life is coming

As Libra is an air sign, the beautiful sides of life want to be discovered now. Being in peace with yourself is the first step to take life not too seriously and just go with the flow. We want to enjoy life but it’s possible to step through the darkness one more time before we come to the sunny side. Learn your lessons, break old patterns and create a new you, be that person you always wanted to be.

New Moon on and off the Mat

So there is this little summary. Think about the topics mentioned in the picture, do some journaling, meditate on them. Just work with them in the way you prefer. For your practice on the mat, I’d recommend a literally balanced practice.  Combine a gentle flow withLibra New Moon balancing postures like virabhadrasana 3, ardha chandrasana, tree pose or standing figure four and also some smooth backbends. Cool down with very gentle restorative poses like seated forward folds and side bends and a long reclined twist. Set an intention for your practice, create some new affirmations that help grow the seeds you planted. Practice alternate nostril breath for pranayama and include some minutes of meditation.

 

Hope you all enjoy the clean libra energy and the fall season.

Happy New Moon & Namaste

Love & Laugh

Namaste-No-Background

Laura Jane

Virgo New Moon – Dream Your Reality

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The last waves of cosmic energies were quite a ride and it felt like fishing in muddy waters. On Sunday, the new moon will occur in the sign of Virgo. Confusion might be around but also the time qualities hold the opportunity to let the dust settle and see the bottom of the lake. There, you find your personal treasure. Autumn season is about to start and it’s time to harvest the things we have earned through authentic work.

Organized Virgo facing Dreamy Neptune

Sun and Moon are meeting in the sign of Virgo. The incoming energies are very organized and clean, so it’s time to refine the things you’re working on. The confusion you may feel here is due to Virgo’s opposition to Neptune in Pisces. Neptune rules this sign and is sending energies that are asking us to dream, to fantasize and to connect to the spiritual realms. We come from a place which holds every possibility you can imagine and, at the same time, is a wonderful chaos. These energies in opposition might cause tension because either your head is just a bit too much in the clouds and you can’t bring your ideas down to earth, or you just run behind the material world’s to-do-list and your inner child is crying out to you to believe in your dreams. As usual, balance these energies. Use the tension as a teacher. It shows you where you need to smooth out the edges to make a full circle. Virgo is a great healing sign that likes to bring body, mind and soul together. You may feel the need now to really live according to your vision of life and your own set of standards. Go for it!

In the next time, Mercury is also residing in the sign of Virgo, thus communication comes easy and well-structured. Still, pay attention to speaking your truth and keeping your authenticity. The energies want some balance here, too!

Light vs Darkness

It’s always been about these two sides. Naturally, we want to choose the light but the darkness wove its threads deep into our subconsciousness. In these times the energies you experience may be stressing because old wounds, toxic and manipulative patterns or over-sacrificing behaviour could arise (Pluto influence). As mentioned before, try not to lose yourself in these negative patterns but use the Virgo energy to analyze these feelings. This holds the key to healing, to transformation and to freedom. The dynamics of relationships might change and it may feel rough in the beginning but use the fresh winds to free yourself from things that hold you down. Continue reading “Virgo New Moon – Dream Your Reality”

Rituals, Magic and the Moon

Today is a special day for all those that want to make this year a great year! I’m a strong believer in the power of the moon. For me, it’s not just made up nonsense that people go crazy on full moons. The moon’s influence on the tides is well known and think about it… the moon moves water and our bodies contain a high percentage of fluids, so how could the moon not have an influence on us?

Rituals can be your source of well-being in your everyday life. I’ve got several ones, for example, every evening I note down things for which I am grateful, or I got rituals for special occasions and moon phases. First, it sounds a bit witchy and awkward but let me tell you, even the “witches” back in the days just believed in the power of nature, pacha mama and the cosmic constellations. A ritual can connect you with your true self, give you a sense of peace, wholeness and grounding. It might bring back your trust in life or deepen it and it can create a special framework for you to work on yourself.

This article is going to be about today’s new moon in Capricorn, how you can set up a ritual and why this could help to manifest your dreams into reality.

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