Horoscopes for May 15th-21st

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Taurus :: Taurus Rising
The sun setting over rolling hills and fields. Be soothed by the idea of persistent cycles. You are always evolving to a new level of development. You are continuously changing although the pace may seem slow and the development hard to see. Know that you are growing and it’s safe to let go of the old ways. Know that you are steady at your core. Steady like the moon and stars in the sky. Steady like the sunset and ocean tides. Ever changing and ever strong.

Gemini :: Gemini Rising
Hands in the air, palms open, hiding nothing. It’s time to be perfectly frank. Open. Forthright. There can be a quickness and a lightness to your honesty. This is not a surrender and you don’t have to defend yourself. You are just learning to be you. Be your true self. This will help you in your relationships and your community. Find a philosophy of truth.

Cancer :: Cancer Rising
Brushing a horse. Maintenance. You are taking care of your biz. You are getting things in order in every area of your life; health, work, home, relationships. Get your systems in place. Self-care. Drink your green smoothie, clean out your closet, systematize your finances. Focus on the practical details now so that you can expand later.

Leo :: Leo Rising
The stem of a flower. Delicate and beautiful, the stem of a flower normally goes unnoticed. It’s the bloom that gets all the attention. This symbol is about integral grace. Start from a philosophy of inner harmony and peace. Let that central peacefulness give you resilience and strength to blossom in full creative glory. Inner harmony leads to beautiful outer expansion.

Virgo :: Virgo Rising
Zig zag down the mountain. Find a new approach. The mountain is familiar, but the route is new. The astrology says that you’re finding a new approach to old conditioning from your childhood, home, or family. Let the old habit or patter die away and embrace a new path. Surprise yourself with a zig zag pattern that is totally new. It may be more efficient than the previous approach.

Libra :: Libra Rising
A tornado takes you to Oz. It’s time to visit new horizons in your mind. A force in your life (the tornado) needs to be approached with structure and discipline. Be mentally strong as you encounter the surprises in Oz so that you can move forward on your journey. You’ll end up in a new place with more confidence than before.

Scorpio :: Scorpio Rising
Diving with sharks. Maybe you can be a shark too. Sleek, powerful, self-sufficient. What are you taking a bite out of? What are you digging into? Where are you applying force? Get out of your comfort zone. Let your bite, grip, and strength surprise you. Convince yourself of your value. Steady yourself by knowing your own worth. Let your strength come from your internal sense of worth.

Sagittarius :: Sagittarius Rising
In between rows of wheat, a path is visible. Surrender to the path. Move along, move forward, move ahead. Let the path take you. In this surrender there is an acknowledgement that you are committed. You have decided. So now go. Don’t waste time wondering about your direction. It’s clear. You don’t have to stay on it forever. But just for now, let the journey be your teacher.

Capricorn :: Capricorn Rising
A stained glass window. Innocence. Naïveté. Push anything out of your mind that weighs you down. Train your thoughts to be light. Gaze at the beautiful colored light and clear your mind. Take a wildly different approach by being gentle with your sweet, innocent self. You are just one person. You can’t do it all. Lighten your load of responsibility and give yourself some time to be carefree.

Aquarius :: Aquarius Rising
Craggy cliffs on the side of the mountain. Unexpected adventure. Allow the journey to reveal itself to you. Know that the goal is more important than the obstacles. Feel dedicated to the adventure of it all. Cultivate the mindset of the explorer. Activate your desire for surprise.

Pisces :: Pisces Rising
Leaves floating on currents of wind. Notice the quality of the air around you. Notice the invisible. One of those invisible things is your energetic field. You make currents as you move through the world. Connect with the idea that you are bigger than your body. There are fields of energy surrounding you. You may desire energy healing or clearing. Or you may decide to meditate. Feeling connected and tuned in to your energetic systems will help ground you in your personal power. Surprisingly (or not) this will also have a positive impact on your career.

Aries :: Aries Rising
Strawberries and diamonds. Name the thing that brings you delight. You must know what makes you delighted and you must put it on your vision board. It’s got to be in the viewfinder. You are ready to build a philosophy that can make your life more joyful and enlivening. It just comes down to whether you decide to call in the vision or not. Free will baby. Will you choose to walk toward the things that bring you joy? Will you write “I am deserving of delight and joy” into your personal mission statement?

Passion Check-In (+ your free Download :: Passion Bonfire Checklist)

I’m feeling a little low on passion at this moment. Excitement and joy are there, but they are shyly peeking out at me from behind a wall of "obligation." I've been piling on the work. My dear friend just emailed me-- "hey! My chubby baby is 3 months old and you haven't met him yet!" Crap! I want to squeeze those fatty newborn cheeks already. He'll only be 3 months old for about one more second. So what's getting in the way of me taking some time out to hang with my friend and her new baby? What's getting in the way of me feeling zesty and zippy about life? Well the thing is that I'm busy

That's code for me saying that I'm getting in my own way. (And for the record, I'm saying this with so much self-love, tenderness and understanding of course!)

I've got real-world grown-up things that are keeping me busy. And they are definitively exciting. I’m working on a book (more on that soon). And I have a fantastic offering in development that will be released in July. But, I'm working at a pretty athletic clip of production, and basically, I haven’t been filling up my cup.

In fact, I’ve been dumping my cup out on the ground and then trying to clean up the mess and then getting distracted, and then nearly passing out with exhaustion before thinking to myself, “I better just come back to this tomorrow.”

When I take a minute to think about all the cool stuff I'm doing and CELEBRATE, I feel excited. But the problem is that I'm not taking a minute. I'm just pushing along.

So what should I do to get myself back up on the passion horse and ride? And why is passion important?

Well if I was my own client here’s what I would say… 

Passion is the fire of life.

When you are passionate, you are engaged, excited, inspired, and alive.

Your senses are heightened. It’s fun. Passion brings meaning and significance to your life. When you are living passionately you are inspiring others to do the same. Life gets bigger, bolder and technicolor. 

Too little passion and you are depressed, listless, bored. Too much passion and you are burnt-out. Striking a balance requires that you pay attention.

Passion = Fire. 

Have you ever built a fire? During the summer before college I got a job as a girl scout camp counselor. Every evening, the campers would search for wood so that we counselors could build a fire. The key to getting a troop of homesick 8 year olds to excavate the forest floor at the end of a long day was a clear and simple instruction. Find 3 kinds of wood: tinder, kindling and fuel. 

Tinder is the tiniest of twigs, dry pine needles and brush. Kindling is the small twigs and sticks. And the fuel is the medium and large sticks and logs.

What makes up your tinder, kindling and fuel on your passionate fire-building adventure? 

Tinder: Time

The first thing that goes out the window when we get busy is time for ourselves. This is something we have all heard so often that it’s almost hard to hear. I can feel my ears close inside of my head, even as I write this. (Maybe there’s a little resistance to notice here? ;) 

But yeah, time is so important. Time is your tinder bed. Gather small or large moments of time and nestle into them. If you are an introvert, spend this time alone. If you’re an extrovert, spend it with friends or a partner. 

Use this time to restore your energy. 

When the tinder is smoking and flickering with tiny flames… it’s time to add the kindling.

Kindling: Senses

Noticing what feels good. Being sensual. My girl Dana Balicki has a great post about what it means to be sensual.  Sensuality can mean sexy time, or it can mean being aware of your senses. The first definition is apropos for creating passion, bien sûr. But let’s focus on awareness of your senses for now. 

Is your neck stiff and are you crunched over your keyboard, or have you made time for bridge pose today? 

Are you listening to the birds sing their springtime songs, or are you racing along to meet the deadline, brow furrowed?

Settle in to your tinder bed of time and be wildly present. Notice when you are hungry and thirsty. Get your sleep, kitten. Being present in your body is the anti-dote to stress. There is always something noteworthy to pay attention to in your surroundings. Noticing your environment, and your bodily sensations keeps you rooted, grounded and present. Notice the meandering line of a crack in the sidewalk. The way the light gleams on the formica table at the laundromat. The feeling of soft cotton. The taste of crusty bread.

This kind of awareness is an almost meditative practice. It’s about being present, and it helps you notice how you feel. It’s the kindling that get’s the heat hot enough to take on some hearty fuel…

Fuel: The truth

Blazing honesty is the firewood that will create the passion. Be honest with yourself. What is in alignment? What do you like? What do you dislike? It’s not always easy to see, which is why the tinder and the kindling are so important. Taking time and being present allow you to know truthfully what is right for you. 

Why does knowing your truth build passion? Because when you know what you believe, you have the ability to say YES to it. When you say YES to something whole-heartedly, your passion, energy, motivation, attention and desire can all flow toward that YES. 

And by the same token, when you know what you don’t want, you can say NO to that. Saying NO to what you don’t want will leave more energy for the YES. 

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Now, you don’t need to put pressure on yourself to always have the big logs blazing on the fire. We can’t always know what we believe. Life is an arc of discovery. Our YESes and NOs can change. Passion can ebb and flow. But we can always be gathering the tinder and the kindling. If a homesick 8 year old can find earthworm covered kindling in the dark, you can too. With your tinder and kindling alight, you’ll soon have a blazing fire of passion that can light your way forward.

P.S. I’m always hoping to bring you the best tools for a joyful life, so I created a free downloadable PDF that can help you get the fuel burning. Think of it as a Passion Bonfire Daily Planner. >>>>>   

#AstroTip, if you are low on the element Fire in your chart, this list is especially good for you!

P.P.S. I’ll be on FaceBook Live talking more about this topic at 5pm ET today!

P.P.P.S. I’m starting a private FaceBook group tomorrow for astro-hypo coaching and community. Stay tuned!

 

Full Moon in Scorpio

Full Moon in Scorpio

The 2017 Scorpio Full Moon is a mama cat pushing kittens forward with her nose. You, little kitten, are getting nudged. Gently guided toward the game, the snack, the nap. O, abundant world! You have everything you need. That’s the first thing this moon wants you to know.

And now you are growing into a tiger … and the moon keeps nudging you forward. As a tiger you aren’t afraid to go all-in. You know how to fight, to feast, to make love. You can go to powerful extremes. But the moon keeps nudging you along and now you reach the height of bravery. You become brave enough to let go of control … and in doing so find that you are stronger than before. And the moon keeps pushing you forward to a wild and spiritual surrender so that you can continue to evolve. Transcending even your own ego...

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Horoscopes for May 8th-14th

Horoscopes for May 8th-14th

Taurus :: Taurus Rising
Pulling petals off a daisy. “He loves me, he loves me not.” The daisy petals fall. The “truth” is revealed. This symbol speaks of longing, hope and desire— a myriad of different feelings ranging from discomfort to exhilaration. Relationships bring many emotions. Honor these emotions with a high degree of tolerance. Tolerance for shortcomings (your own and someone else’s). Tolerance for confusion. Tolerance for exhilaration. Tolerance is acceptance. Acceptance fosters emotional security. Practice tolerance so that you aren’t reliant on a daisy for your sense of security.

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Hiding in the Car: Notes on Distraction (+ free hypnosis for focus)

Hiding in the Car: Notes on Distraction (+ free hypnosis for focus)

I was trying to write and instead I was just staring at the computer. My mind was blank.

My curser kept directing itself to the Safari icon. It kept automatically clicking. Facebook. Email. Facebook. Email.. I was supposed to be writing. I didn’t feel like writing. But I had a deadline. And I was doing everything I could to escape the Distraction. But it wasn't working.

So I used a trick I've got up my sleeve. I went out to the car and sat in the passenger side to write. It was like a quiet, sunny cocoon. The air was slightly stale and warm. No internet. Nowhere to go. It contained my distraction momentarily.

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Horoscopes for May 1st-7th

Horoscopes for May 1st-7th

TAURUS :: TAURUS RISING
A whale swimming slowly. Progress. Dedication. Trust in a power greater than yourself. And at the same time, use your ingenuity to produce the result you desire. Move slowly yet continually toward your goal. Don’t worry about a timeline. Conjure up the feeling of accomplishment and then imagine that you already have it. Keep yourself in a slow and steady pace. Remind yourself that you’re supported.

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When I Heard a Voice in my Head (+ scroll down for your free hypnosis recording)

When I Heard a Voice in my Head (+ scroll down for your free hypnosis recording)

The voice in my head was really, really loud. “You have to quit your job.”

I had thought it before. But this time was different. I was just sitting on the side of my bed, putting my shoes on, thinking about whatever. And a commandment galloped out of the ether and hit me like a stampede of elephants.

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Horoscopes for April 24-30

Horoscopes for April 24-30

Taurus :: Taurus Rising
Gentle clouds at the peak of a mountain. There is a sense of dreamy focus to this symbol. In the same way, find focus within yourself— focus on your goals, identity, career. But let your attention be light. Let it be easy. Let it be spacious. Don’t stress or strain. Just ask for gentle alignment right now. Use your imagination to visualize yourself at the peak of the mountain— at the moment of completing your goal. Feel the joyous feelings that accompany your success.

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Horoscopes for April 17-23

Horoscopes for April 17-23

Aries :: Aries Rising
Kayaking down a river. Coast downriver, but continue to steer the kayak. Remember that you’re supported by a greater current. You don’t have to do the work all on your own. But you do need to stay on course. And you’re responsible for keeping yourself on track. This means that you have to keep a clear mental direction. Choose your thoughts carefully. Each thought attracts the next thought. Try to summon up the image of coasting down the river. You’re supported. You’re in the flow. You are safe.

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