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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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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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New Moon in Pisces

Hello, loves. Sorry I’m late with this one. My beloved new (dark) moon was last night, Saturday, March 17th. And here I am, as ever, posting a day late (you know what? I was having a good time on St. Paddy’s day, yesterday, being a tiny tantric leprechaun #shortgirlsareextrafun).

However (!) the effects of this new moon last for a few days before and a few days after the new moon itself. So, if you’re feeling these effects into the 19th and 20th of March, you’re doing okay (and if you were feeling them on Thursday and Friday last, that makes sense, too!).

Here’s what folks are saying:

The GoddessCircle has her insightful and interpretive lists, as always:

Insight.
Seeing into things in a different light.
Seeing beyond fantasy and illusion.
Truth.
New opportunities.
Change.
A new way of doing things.
Sensitive energy.
Time for renewal and self care.
Wounds and fears surfacing.
Be present with what is unfolding.
There is transformation here.

[Side note. This is all me today. Fun times.]

 

Empowering Astrology writes:

The Moon dives into Pisces, pulling us back into the cosmic ocean. Even as we come up to Aries season, a time of renewal and new beginnings, we’re still dealing with Pisces themes of letting go. To heal, we have to open up the Universal.

Pisces can either be transcendence or endings, sublime or suffering. The symbol for Pisces is two fishes swimming in different directions representing the two directions we can head when we come to the end of our journey through manifestation. Do we head back toward the light or do we tumble towards something else?

Yesterday, I touched on Chiron, a planet that’s getting a starring role in this new moon. We’re likely feeling a lot of complicated emotions within the next few days. And, as mentioned, when Chiron is activated, we’re feeling our psychic scar tissue, our emotional knots, our wounds. But Chiron connects us to something beyond ourselves; it’s the key to unlocking our soul as well as our soul’s place in the collective of all humanity.

Spirit once said to me that we’re not ready to heal until we’re ready to depersonalize our pain and suffering. Try to step beyond yourself in the coming days. Try to see yourself in everyone, especially those who struggle similarly. This new moon will be calling for healing, recognition, compassion, and forgiveness (of self and others).

 

Chani Nicholas is a fave:

Saturday’s new moon reawakens our wounds and our ability to hold them through the healing process.

Healing requires that we learn to hold discomfort. The discomfort that historically has lead us to repeat the patterns we are trying to break. So often we stay stuck because we haven’t been taught to sit with ourselves. If we can withstand the desire to react to our pain, if we can learn to be with it long enough to understand it in a deeper way, if can remind ourselves that doing the same old, same old won’t save us, we break through what has held us in place for too long.

We can use this new moon to plant the intention of working with our pain instead of being worked over by it.

 

And, lastly Saltwater Stars:

what this new moon might bring: sometimes underneath the tensions & anxieties that change brings is a really deep fear of abandonment. a suspicion that joy is too much a betrayal of the death all around us so we must prepare for someone or something to come & take it away. a paradoxical longing for all we’re leaving behind & all that is on its way. an attempt to retrieve the pieces of ourselves we feel we’ve lost, suppressed, or hidden. terror at the truths that might reveal or the changes it would necessitate. a deeper understanding of our trauma & what healing might mean. the beginning of integrating spiritual practice & awareness into our lives, not simply as a survival tactic but as a thriving one as well. the end of pretending & the beginning of connection. the end of self sabotage & the beginning of letting ourselves off the hook. the admittance of fear & the choosing of hope. the end of lies & the beginning of transmuting truth.

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There is a chance for both difficult change and loving care for ourselves right now. And maybe they are the same thing.

Love from the trail,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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Full Moon in Virgo

Well, we’re out of February and March is starting out with bright lights. Tonight’s full moon (look! I posted on time!) is all about making choices, making changes, and moving forward.

Let’s see what the guides have to say.

Romy Wyser offers this:

“Now isn’t the time to become too fixed in your plans, the energy is moving too fast and we must flow with it. It is the time to recognize what isn’t working  and make the changes now before you are too invested down the line. 

…you might find your sensitivity gene just got triggered into a high alert status. So when I say to you “Don’t be so hard on yourself, ” “Don’t jump to conclusions,” and “Maybe not everything is as it seems” I want you to remember these words! … Try to find some soul soothing ways to keep distracted from the mind chatter as we hit these full moon energies. 

Do pay attention to the revelations under this Full Moon as they could be telling you where to make a shift, and where you need to be honest with yourself, this difficult Neptune energy can bring to light those things we tend to lie to ourselves about. … Let yourself off the hook and a find a deeper humility within. You are not powerless in this…”

 

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From Limitless Minds:

Full Moons are often released points. But under this Full Moon, we will feel remarkably guided. It is just like the radiating energy of this Moon will pull or shift us in the direction which we need to be heading.

Pay attention to what unfolds around this Full Crow Moon. It is expected that you may receive some insights or intuitive pings about areas of your life which have felt clouded and foggy.

Falling in the practical earth sign of Virgo, this Full Moon will help us make decisions in our lives from a place of practicality. It is likely that wherever we are guided will naturally feel like the right move. We are going to have the ability to find out confidence to forge ahead.

Virgo energy also rules over the digestive system and the integration of ideas.
What ideas or new life changes will you need to ‘digest?’
What energy are you absorbing and is it nourishing?

This Full Crow Moon in March is also going to be the perfect period of taking inventory of what you are filling your life with and if it is serving you. This can also be done on a physical, as well as emotional and spiritual level. To create a sense of balance and wellbeing.

If you have been struggling to “digest” recent life events, this Full Moon will provide you with some support. Perhaps you should keep an open mind and see if you can find the silver-lining or the positive aspects of what has unfolded.

Every experience which comes to us in life is there to help us grow as well as evolve.

 

Photo by Kristen Wyman on Unsplash

 

From TheGoddessCircle.net:

Virgo Full Moon themes:

Choose your destiny.
Express your truth.
Challenging beliefs and old stories.
Self care.
Focus on health.
Truth & revelations in relationships.
Awareness of judgement and being overly critical.
Work on the details.

 

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From Mystic Mama:

Full Moon in Virgo on the Pisces axis calls us to ground our roots deep into Mother Earth to anchor ourselves through the emotional seas that have been surging.

The more we open up, the more we feel, and the more attuned we become to the suffering of others and our dear planet Earth. The injustices and the tragedies are numerous and we are all aching for change.

Virgo is the healer within, reminding us to embody our Spirit so we can bring about forth real change in our lives for the benefit of all.

Her medicine is love in service, and her practical magic helps us streamline our directive so we can focus on how best to be in service of our collective healing. 

[Definitely click that link and read down to the bottom where one of her sources talks about the importance of artists, bards, dancers, and singers to be honest and come forward with their gifts right now. And to dance your own way through this full moon. Love!]

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I am in the thick of this advice right now. Things are becoming clearer to me. I am definitely grappling with what I ‘digest’ and what ‘nourishes’ me. And I’m freely letting go of things and seeing where the truth lands me and my connections. I hope this full moon gives you hope, clarity, and the desire to move forward in your truth, as it has for me.

Big love, fellow travelers,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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New Moon in Aquarius and Solar Eclipse

I consider it a personal gift from the planetary gods that the entire month of February is without a full moon. All the dark, all the time. And tonight is the darkest day of the month (one day after my birthday, too!)- the new moon. I’m all dance-y and giddy right now.

Here’s what you need to know to navigate the next couple of weeks.

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From TheGoddessCircle:

Change. Beginnings and Endings. Try new options. 
Make plans- stick to them. 
Moving relationships forward. Follow inspiration.
Positive change. Let go of the complicated. 
Open to new solutions. Don’t shut off emotions. 

 

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From The Hood Witch:
[Description of Aquarius is spot on.]

On the 15th is when things get weird. At 1.05pm PST there will be Solar Eclipse in revolutionary Aquarius. A Solar Eclipse happens during a New Moon, and this one provides an excellent time to get free. Expect some serious upheaval in your life, but don’t worry – it’s happening to help point you in the right direction, not to knock you off course. Pay close attention to the themes in your life this week, and also remember what was going on around January 31st because you’ll be integrating these themes until the next Solar Eclipse on July 12, 2018.

Aquarius is a sign that is concerned with humanity, even if it finds actual humans low key annoying. Pay particular attention to the gap between what you theoretically believe and what you can emotionally handle at this time. New Moons are openings – they’re beginnings of a new cycle – and the Moon is always concerned with the flow of your heart. Aquarius can be really heady, which is great for so many things, but not so much for feels. Don’t run after false ideas that only work for you in theory. If you can’t back your ideas up with emotional presence and material action, they’re just ideas and nothing more. This Eclipse is a chance for you to start fresh, but this can’t be done from up in the clouds or without clear intention. Show up. Be here for the uncomfortable bits, especially for your own feels and the emotions of the people you care about.

From the 16th-18th, irritable Mars will square escapist Neptune, and the self-centered Sun will sit on top of analytic Mercury. These transits are a big part of the Eclipse and are likely to muddle things quite a bit, so here’s a Pro Tip to help you through: you don’t have to do anything except for take care of your side of the street. It’s not your job to call out the wrong in others; all you need to do is what’s right for you. If you’re seeing things in people that you don’t like, try to sit with it for 72hrs before making a call or taking action. 

 

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From Empowering Astrology:

Each month the page turns, the characters change, and the story progresses. It’s the solar eclipses, however, that set a new chapter.

And here we are; it’s a new chapter.

When we reach Aquarius Season, we’re coming to the end of the astrological year. As the eleventh sign, Aquarius bridges the worldly ambitions and responsibilities of Capricorn and the liminality of Pisces. Aquarius is consciousness. It’s thought made manifest. It’s the systems that form our world. It’s the social fabric as well as the sense of belonging to something larger. Aquarius is connection. So, over the coming six months, we’ll be living out a story framed around this theme of connection and, by its polarity, disconnection.

Do you struggle to feel like you’re a part of something? What does tribe mean to you? What role does friendship and community play in your life? What does social justice mean for you? How do you balance your own needs against the needs of the collective? And, because this is a South Node eclipse, we have to work through our past karma as well as our past choices around these Aquarian themes.

When we look at the chart of the solar eclipse, we see the energy pointing towards Saturn in Capricorn. There’s something blisteringly real about the coming six months, an ultimatum — Saturn doesn’t sugarcoat things — to clean up our act, set boundaries, and take our responsibilities seriously.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Aquarius is consciousness — consciousness that forms patterns and shapes. This consciousness can either support and inspire or imprison. (If you know someone who is caught in negative thought patterns, then you know what I mean by imprison.) Aquarius is also anti-consciousness in its negative polarity, the times when we willfully looked away from reality. So, with that in mind, we’re working with consciousness over the coming six months, the systems and patterns that we hook into, the times we’ve disconnected or looked away.

 

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From The Sky Priestess:
[Click the link and check the title; it’s me in this post.]

Blessings. The Solar Eclipse / New Moon in Aquarius asks us to set the seeds for innovation, collective engagement, ideational breakthrough and networking. It is when we develop upon or dissolve older frequencies of thought and experience and step into newer modalities of being. We are asked to let go of more egoic notions of selfhood before accessing some of the higher-frequency stuff. This requires us to deconstruct and decolonize our minds of concepts, paradigms, and ways of seeing the world that make us invested in a particular ego-personality. It asks us to come back to the roots of our being and not the false self we have been conditioned to believe we are.

The way we do this is by engaging the energy of the heart and allowing the leadership of the Inner Child to light the way to the Heavens. Go back to what made your heart sing and do it. Repeatedly. Whether it´s watching a childhood movie, dancing, playing, singing, speaking on stage – let your emotional body engage with the mental body. One cannot exist in isolation of another. For those of you whose mother tongue is not English – go back to your mother tongue. You will access genetic codes unique to your culture and its connection with the Earth. Never underestimate the power of that connection.

Whilst Aquarian energy can be compassionate, that compassion stems from ideology – rather than emotional connection. Aquarian energy can be very headstrong in its understanding of the ideals by which humanity ought to live. It´s not very fluffy-cuddly, but is a lot more abstract.

With Mercury (25 Aquarius) and Juno (26 Aquarius) so close to the actual Eclipse (27 Aquarius) – expect a high degree of communication amongst members of (what looks like) your soul tribe. This may include romantic, spiritual and/or platonic soul-mates. This aspect of the energy is a little double-edged as Juno does not always indicate a positive marriage partner or soul-mate experience, rather she comes to show us the type of energy who can help us awaken the soul to other possibilities. In other words, soul-mates can help us grow through pleasure, nurture and healthy support – or they can push us to growth through pain, abuse and/or neglect.

Through my study of Juno in clients´ charts, I have found her to be a mixed aspect at best. Either way – whoever shows up now holds the key for your re-connection to the Feminine aspect of being. Just wait before you declare s/he´s ´The One´. Collect a little more data.

In terms of Mercury´s influence, say what you have to say with respect to your truth, be it through written or spoken form – and then let it go. There´s going to be a lot of energy present through social media channels, and not all of it is good. Do not expect others to share your opinion of the world – as one works with their own truths at the pace that they can handle it.

Remember that we are prone to choose truths that make us feel comfortable – and whilst that makes for a more consistent perception of the world, it´s not necessarily great for growth.

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It sounds like this next two weeks might be a doozy. But finding our way, finding our truth, and growing are always useful- even if they are hard. I hope you learn with ease this new moon season.

Big love from the trail,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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