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New Moon in Aries

Hello, loves. Tonight or tomorrow, depending on who you ask and where you are, is the first new moon of the new astrological calendar. As noted in yesterday’s post, there is a lot of energy swirling this weekend (Friday the 13th, end of Mercury in retrograde, and the new moon) so if life feels kinda crazy, or suddenly kinda clear, it’s okay. As long as you’re alive and breathing you can keep going on this delightfully fucked up ride called ‘life.’ Here’s what’s on for the new moon.

From The Numinous ::

You stand on the edge of a diving board. In the action of jumping, two things happen: you leave behind the position that you knew, and you start developing a new arc.

Before you jump it helps to know your intention and direction. Where do you want to go? How do you want to act? Who are you becoming?

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac. This is the birth, the awakening. The sparked match that starts a bonfire. Warm yourself in the toasty flames of your brilliant visions.

The past weeks have been combative. Can you orient yourself toward inspiration instead? Plant seeds around the actions you’ll take, the creations you’ll make, and the new ways that you’ll put yourself out there. Conceive your new beginnings.

At the time of this New Moon, Mercury stations direct. Let your jump unfold slowly. There will be action, but it needs to uncoil from within you. It can’t be forced or rushed. Feel into the energy of the leap.

The chart of this New Moon has no air and very little water. It’s a dry burn of earth and fire. Balance it through conversation, learning new things, journalling, and letting your feelings flow. Get your ideas and emotions moving. Take care to set intentions that are aligned with your soul and make room for surprises.

 

From Aeolian Heart  Astrology ::

The Sun and Moon will be conjunct to Uranus, ushering in a wild and untamable spirit.

Astrologically speaking, the New Moon in Aries is the time to set the tone for the rest of the astrological year. This is a potent magical time to raise your energies high and project them towards an illuminated vision of the future.

Your intellectual and ideological questions have been revised and refreshed over the last three weeks. You now know what you need to put your mind towards.

Think of this year’s New Moon in Aries as being drumroll for the dawn of a totally new era! Because this New Moon is touched by a conjunction to Uranus and a square to Pluto, this is also a ritual cleansing that must be done before crossing the threshold.

Let this New Moon initiate you into a new sense of sovereignty.

Thus, this New Moon marks the beginning of a time of massive overarching shifts in the collective energies.

There will be a shift in the collective need for healing and in the questions that guide the development of this upcoming era. Set the intention now to adapt knowing that the spirit of this New Moon is one of triumph over adversity.

 

Photo by Mohamed Nohassi on Unsplash

 

The Goddess Circle has her inimitable lists ::

Beginnings.
Change.
Mercury goes direct (communication and action opens again).
Move plans and ideas forward.
Growth and expansion.
What will you risk to get what you want?
Daring. 
Watch reckless behavior.

 

From the Cosmic Intelligence Agency (CIA) ::

This new moon in pioneering Aries is especially cyber-cosmic as it is conjunct ultra-smart, innovative, revolutionary, and futuristic Uranus. Making this week a great time to align with all that’s truly new. 

The perfect metaphor for this Aries new moon conjunct Uranus is a baby chick breaking through its shell so that new life may emerge. Fascinating how this barely-there, little, life-ling, in all its isolation, ignorance and darkness moves effortlessly with its instincts to destroy its known world, its known perimeters, to awaken to the light and life of Consciousness itself. 

Wow!

This is the potential for all of us at the new moon, to be awakened to a new world of possibilities and most importantly to awaken to a new MO (modus operandi) i.e. how we go about doing things…Our instincts are being purified, strengthened, grounded, and empowered so that we may have the necessary inte-grit-y to know the truth within and recognize that in the world. 

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We have the space and support to change, beloveds- to begin anew. If you know what you’re supposed to do that’s different, take a step in that direction. Teeny, tiny step. (I’ll hold your hand.) Tell your truth, step into what you know is right, even if it ain’t pretty. Let it all unfold from what’s inside you. This is beauty.

Love to you all from the path,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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Kick it up!

a male figure from behind as they dance down the middle of a street

Photo by Andre Hunter on Unsplash

 

Because in these next 24 hours, you are FREEEEEEEEE!

This weekend is full of energy, my beautiful beasts. Friday was the 13th- often attributed to bad things (go look up ‘triskaidekaphobia’) and horror movies- is actually a day full of feminine energy. Both Venus and Freya are associated with Friday and the number 13 is connected with the lunar year (13 cycles) and is associated with death, rebirth, and creation- all realms deeply connected to the feminine.

I celebrated the feminine energy by watching Footloose (the original, the only, from 1984) with my family. You might not think that’s a very feminine movie, but it’s about dancing. We often associate dancing rituals with women, but of course that’s not the whole truth. Men dance, too. I was reminded how important dance is to men and to connecting with other humans. (I wrote some ideas about that, here.) And I also felt really grateful that I grew up with films like this, where men were not afraid of their sensuality, or of dance. Putting those things in your psyche, in the psyche of the collective, is important- it makes men who dance feel ‘normal.’ And we need that.

Footloose had a big impact on me, seeded many things in my own psyche. I was 10 when I saw the movie and five years later bought red boots just like Ariel had in the movie. They symbolized freedom and rebellion to me. I had a lot of years to go before I actually rebelled, but those boots were part of my identity and I was reminded of that on Friday.

I was also reminded of what a great soundtrack that film had- it’s listed at the end with some notes. I pulled out the CD and listened to it on repeat today. Good memories and good music.

So, it isn’t just Friday the 13th that’s happening this weekend. Mercury in retrograde ends tonight. And I could not be happier. I mean, I learned a lot. I actually feel like a combination of a butterfly and a supersonic jet leaving a cage at Mach 1, but I’m glad to see this phase come to an end. (And sorry to be vague, but I’ll talk more about that soon. I have some things to finish first. I will just say: some stuff got real clear and I’m making choices in alignment with that clarity.)

And that means you have a clear 24 hours until the new moon in Aries tomorrow night. I’ll put up some info about that tomorrow. Apparently, it means focused changes. I am ready for that.

But this is just to say: with Mercury in retrograde settling down (there is still a bit of the energy left for the next couple of weeks, but much less intense) and the new moon not quite yet here, we have a place to breath and ground and center in our true selves. Take it and run with it.

How? Be kind and gentle with yourself over the next 24 hours. If you’ve been dealing with something hard, let go a little bit and relax. If things have shifted, or you know they need to, hold on to that knowledge, but take a break. Do something fun. Get outside (if the weather isn’t shit). Breathe and nap and read and chill. And maybe dance a little. Let the space of this next day feel wide and deep and let yourself be held by it. Be a little footloose and fancy free.

More tomorrow!

Big love,
Joanna :: xoxo

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Footloose | Kenny Loggins

Put on your red boots and go for it.

 

Let’s Hear It For the Boy | Deniece Williams

God bless Willard. He has the courage to change.

 

Almost Paradise | Mike Reno + Ann Wilson

I swear that I can see forever in your eyes.
[You know who you are.]

 

Holding Out for a Hero | Bonnie Tyler

Where have all the good men gone?
And where are all the gods?
Where’s the streetwise Hercules to fight the rising odds?

Not that I need saving. This song makes a girl thirsty, though.

 

Dancing In the Sheets | Shalamar

Love is always born on a chance
So wrap around me and baby let’s dance

Mmmm….yes.

 

I’m Free (Heaven Helps A Man) | Kenny Loggins

Looking into your eyes I know I’m right
If there’s anything worth my love it’s worth a fight
We only get one chance
But nothing ties our hands

I fight for what I love and desire.
And heaven will help a gal who fights her fears.

 

Somebody’s Eyes | Karla Bonoff

It’s part of the soundtrack (meh).

 

The Girl Gets Around | Sammy Hagar

She knows what she likes
I got what she needs
And one of these nights
We’ll both make our moves
We’ll cover some ground

Weirdly, this song, and the movie, have made me think more deeply about what I’m telling my son about dating. I am encouraging dating before sex (I always did, but I’m more committed to that as the standard for him now than before). Because how else do you know someone really wants you (and not just an orgasm)? You gotta date ’em. Go to dinner, just the two of you. Go to the movies. Hold hands. Make out in the car. Let desire build, see how they want to connect outside of sex, see if they’re into you. Play games (until you don’t anymore), but date first. Anticipation makes for better sex anyhow.

 

Never | Moving Pictures

You can never never never ever hide your heart
Don’t you ever ever ever ever try
If you don’t give your heart wings you’ll
Never never never ever fly

So much truth here. Don’t hide your heart. It may get broken, but let it fly. That’s really the only way to live and love and learn.

 

 

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The sensuality of softness

Photo by Masaaki Komori on Unsplash

 

Oh, ya’ll. It has been a week of intensity and today we turn the corner on this phase of Mercury in retrograde. That is- we’re half way through it (YAY!) and so we just have to travel the other half until April 14th and we’re out. Usually I sail through MiR like a champ but this one is dragging me low and kicking my ass. Yesterday was particularly tough and I had to dance my way out of a crappy belief, a nasty mood, and a crying jag.

In response, because today is the half way point, I’m turning towards softness. Calm things. Quiet things. Nourishment in simple things. I forget that sensuality isn’t all bright red, warm velvet, sexy, skin-slipping splendor. It is also softness. I keep a Pinterest board to remind myself what that feels like to me, and today I needed that reminder. So here’s what’s on tap for today, in mood and action.

It’s snowing and raining so it’s a blanket fort kind of day.
Favorite old books.
Hot tea and cookies.
If there is sex, it will be slow (so slow) and under lots of covers.
Skin on skin with no ambition is also fine.
Doing that thing where our hands just twist around each other. Touch.
Staring out the window and just breathing.
Short naps, curled up like a ball.
Soup and sandwich.
Resting.
No music, at least for a bit.
Hugs and snuggling [get closer, please].
Fat pillows in the corner of the couch.
Letting the chair hold you.
Daydreaming.

A Short Playlist for Soft Days

The Planets Bend Between Us | Snow Patrol

When I’m Thinking About You | The Sundays

Wild Horses | The Sundays

Crack the Shutters Open Wide | Snow Patrol
[if your partner can’t be silly, sensual, and want to learn you like this, maybe you need a better lover. plenty of good matches are made from practicality, but there has to be some magic.]

Puff The Magic Dragon | Peter, Paul & Mary

Somewhere Over the Rainbow | Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

New Soul | Yael Naim

 

Softness: I Need To Cry Add-on Pack

Sign Your Name | Terence Trent D’Arby

Hands to Heaven | Breathe

 

Softness: Lift Me Up Add-on Pack

Stand By You | Pretenders

A Sky Full of Stars | Coldplay

 

Be warm + kind + soft today, lovers.
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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moons and seasons

I know I post about the moon regularly, and that certainly helps keep me in my own loop about where I am physically and emotionally in this ever-changing world. But I keep wanting to go back to a couple of practices I used to share here. Namely, noticing the seasons and naming my sensual pleasures and supports. I think it’s time to combine them. And because today was the ultimate in transition (see pictures), I’d like to start today.

Today, April 2nd, at 9 am.
It was the kind of snow you wanted on December 24th- fat, fluffy flakes floating downward.

 

Today, April 2nd, 4 pm.
This was also the kind of snow you wanted on December 24th- the kind that
cleans itself up by the afternoon commute.

 

One thing I’d like to do with this practice is list what sensual supports I used and enjoyed in the previous/ending season, and then list what sensual supports I hope or plan to use and enjoy in the coming/beginning season – and then see what I actually end up enjoying. So, here we go!

Winter’s Sensual Supports

black tea with too much sugar and cream
flannel sheets
nubby wool socks for bed
crocheted afghans
Star Wars
70s Lite Rock on Pandora
the sunshine of this song
putting up pictures
dreaming of Paris
gluten free oreos
longer, hotter showers
heavy black, leather boots (rainbow laces!)
laughter and snuggling
prayer + meditation
candles
the big silver earrings that ‘tinkle’ all day when I wear them
extra sweatshirts
homemade beef stew
hot bread with butter
popcorn!
listening and helping
building fires
the sound of them crackling
day trips with good friends
the feeling of being warm enough
watching the sun come up on my bike
books about witches
naps!
cleaning off the altar
daydreaming while I read
sorting through my feelings and letting go
the OMD concert

 

Sensual Seeds for Spring

first day with the windows down and the music up in my car
leather jacket + sweatshirt (instead of winter coat)
running outside again
green tea
ee cummings poems
Irish soda bread and Guinness stew
opening the windows
the blue bed spread
reading William Stafford (although, he’s really best in the Fall)
Snow Patrol station on Pandora
Snow Patrol’s new album (there’s nothing quite like poetry from a former priest)
short-sleeved white t-shirts + jeans
naps in the papasan
crocus’ arriving
licking the bowl
nights that are warm enough to sit outside in the dark
the smell of Spring
rain (I’m the only person in Rhode Island who loves it when it rains)
the sound of water running and children laughing
walking to the bus stop
cleaning out books (to make way for more, obvs)
prom
a new corset
almond-scented lotion
first glass of lemonade
touching fingertips
watching new green things push through the earth
growing peas

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This is where I’ve been, where I’m at, and where I hope to go. The pleasures of this life I hope to delight in. What are yours this coming Spring?

Big love,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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Full Blue Moon in Libra

Oh. My. God. (or Goddess.) Tonight is not only the full moon, but also we are in the beginning of Mercury in Retrograde and I forget how ungrounded and uncentered I feel during that time (I am forever editing old posts in MiR because I cannot decide what I know or knew or want to say or anything. Ugh.) I have to remember to not do drastic shit in MiR. Just lay fucking low. But, Mercury in Retrograde handed me my ass again in the most beautiful way anyhow, so…more about that tomorrow.

And, it’s a blue moon because it is the second full moon in a calendar month. These don’t happen often and we’ve already had one in January. Obviously, 2018 is going to be a very unique year.

So, Mercury in Retrograde, along with the Full Blue moon and I feel like we should all just go back to bed for three days and not do anything at all. Which is a fine Easter ritual, if you ask me; it’s what Jesus did, after all.

Here’s what I got for you about tonight’s full blue moon.

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Chani Nicholas writes:

The full moon comes with a hefty square from Mars and Saturn. Squares to and from these two tyrants have been a major theme of this lunar cycle thus far, and continue to be. This full moon has a way of articulating any overwhelm that lies just beneath the surface of our schedules.

Libra looks for balance in all things but, this lunation, the scales are tipped. Balance may not be a practical goal to strive for so strive for something a little more plausible given the current climate of your life.

A little understanding goes a long way. A little care can help to soothe a build up of stress. A little thoughtfulness can help to reset your relationships and your responsibilities. With Venus in Taurus as ruler of this full moon, its important to praise the goodness that we have access to and remember that the worry we have can be momentarily put down in exchange for an opportunity to embrace some pleasure and love. 

 

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The Goddess Circle offers her concise take on things:

Trust in what is coming

Don’t get caught up in what hasn’t shown itself yet

Get ready for change

Don’t sell yourself or your  needs short

See things as they are in relationships

Thing before speaking or acting (ha!)

Watch risky behavior

 

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She Who Is offers this:

Mystery, magic, and mayhem. Whether powers are use for good or evil depends largely upon the purity, wisdom, and integrity of the will invoking them. Psychic and intuitive abilities are magnified, trust your first instincts in any situation involving personal risk or relationships. This moon’s energy may draw out past affairs unresolved with a temptation to overlook what went wrong in the first place. Resist believing in what you hope rather than what you know. 

Expect false reports, strange occurrences, and events of intensified karma. Weaknesses here will stem from the desire to be loved and accepted; do not merely settle for someone else’s psychic munchies. Adopt self love rituals, treat yourself as you would a lover, and sing your soul with positive affirmations and the knowledge of who you are. Integrity is the watchword, both in your own actions and in those whose influence you allow in. Take steps to not only protect, but to lavish and adore the child within. 

A reminder that we are all evolving at an accelerated rate, with healing crises and unusual body issues occurring in many. Now is a good time to realign with the values of what you put into your body, from both a physical and spiritually-nutritive level.  When all else fails, remember: you know too much, and are too good for, tyrants and twinkies.

 

I’ll be right here, if you’d like to join me.

Photo by Fleur Treurniet on Unsplash

 

And one of my favorites, The Sky Priestess:

Mercury Retrograde´s prominent role during this Full Moon brings back the past in a way that influences our choices for the future.

I´ve noticed that themes, questions or events that occurred when Uranus was at 12-13 Aries (2013-2014) are coming back to the fore. These degrees correspond with Mercury´s movement in the build-up to this Full Moon.

I feel that we are also being asked to look at the karma arising from events that occured when Pluto transited 7-8 Capricorn (2011-2013).

This Full Moon asks us to look at the questions that we, as individuals and a collective, have been wrangling with for the past 8 years.

Have we found a true, just, equitable way to find balance in our personal lives?

Our families?

Have we found a career or vocation that will ultimately lead to the creation of a worthwhile legacy ?

These are times in which the pause that Libra brings to the decision-making process is priceless. Think things through before committing to any key decisions at this time. Remember to consider the basic, practical needs of life and how best to secure them.

We´re asked to remember to stay rooted and grounded in these times of change.

You may want to postpone major decisions until April 30th, when Mercury will return to 13 Aries. Let the dust settle before coming to a conclusion. (Just after the Full Moon in Scorpio)

Her retrograde enables us to consider and re-consider the teachers, paths, paradigms, countries, philosophies, astrological and other divinatory systems we use to help us make sense of the larger Cosmos we live in.

There´s a lot going on and intellectually deconstructing it all isn´t really going to help for the moment. There´s so much yet to come.

Make the best decisions you can based on the information you have, postpone key decisions for a month if possible.

Know that the Universe is up to lots in the background.

The full picture is yet to be seen. Even if you have to make a strong decision in the present moment, steer away from judgment and condemnation. Focus on getting your basic, practical needs secured.

Major seeds have been set in this decade.

They are beginning to unfold. 

 

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Ya’ll. Seriously. Let’s go back to bed for a few days.

I know we can’t. We have our lives to live and certainly this moon phase is about taking care of our responsibilities- a little bit each day, keeping to ourselves, and trying to stay as grounded as possible. And, apparently, staying away from big or high-energy decisions.

The Witches Box has this practical advice for today:

There is no such thing as balance. It suggests an equality of time investments, of feelings, of a pie that very neatly subdivides all aspects of your life without a single hair, crumb, or letter out of place. We need to let this nonsense go. We exist in a dynamic seascape where our lives undulate like rolling waves in the vast ocean. Sometimes it’s more of one thing than the other, sometimes it flattens out for a rest, but it’s never static because life isn’t static. And part of being intuitive and tuned in spiritual beings is about paying attention, being responsive and adaptive to things as they start to roll.

Permission is needed to just Be as you are throughout what is happening in your day today. This permission has to come from you. We can’t look, feel, and be perfect all the time and this means that we are not always going to know how to behave when things are overwhelming or feel “out of balance.” Give yourself room to wing it, be messy, not know, and be a jumble of all the feels.

Set time aside to pay attention. Check in with how you feel, what is running through your mind on repeat, what your body and its sensations are telling you. It’s these details that give us an idea of how we are doing with the “dynamic balance” of our lives. 

 

That is enough for today, lovelies.
I hope to make time to post tomorrow about how I found out I was a witch and a monster- Mercury in Retrograde giving me her best.

Big love,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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