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Super Blood Wolf Full Moon

Oh, fellow travelers. I know I haven’t said much about full and new moons lately, but tonight’s full blood moon and eclipse (into tomorrow) is a doozy. It is a moon about letting go, speaking your truth, and leveling up. And, holy shit, is it working.

This week I have twice experienced people putting words in my mouth (which I really don’t like, because I don’t like being misunderstood). Once was on social media and once was in a communication with someone. The details don’t really matter because what I realized is that when someone is stuck in something I clearly didn’t say, that’s on them.

In the social media example, someone accused me of something I clearly stated I was against. They got emotionally stuck on a particular point because of their own experience and couldn’t see past it, projecting their emotional connection to the subject onto me. In the other case, I clearly asked for one thing (talking) and the other person was stuck in a completely different place, a completely different part of the story (an old fantasy, resolved long ago). Because this new moon is about seeing and knowing our truth, I can clearly see what’s mine and what’s theirs.

(The other thing about social media is that it’s for me [me-dia, as it were] and some people get confused, I think. My comments are for me, they are about me or things I think or want or am playing with in my mind or things I just think are cool. But it’s always for me. If you think it’s about you, unless I specifically refer to you, maybe check your projections.)

 

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But here’s the cool thing about letting go today with the energy of this full moon. A connection I have actively worked to finish for the last 10 months finally let go today. And, damn, I feel fucking giddy + clearer + lighter. Jesus, when your soul finally gets clear, it feels fucking lighter. Who knew?

Here’s the thing about letting go- when you’ve done your soul work, when you have equanimity for all possible outcomes, letting go is like pushing a boat away from a dock on the calmest waters: it’s easy. I am free and steering in my own direction again. And it feels really good.

One thing I learned from today though, something I have long wondered about, is that you can do all sorts of soul work, but if the other person isn’t ready to let go, it’s a lot harder to get free. But once they let go the slightest bit, it’s e-a-s-y. So easy. Now, a lot of this capacity for letting go is me (I figured out my soul work a long time ago and did it, continue to do it), a tiny bit on the other person (I think they finally started doing their work- yay! it’s gonna take them awhile to fully let go- they still come around- but they are trying so I give them credit), and probably a whole lot on this gorgeous moon. Energy is important. And this mama moon has energy to spare, so use it to your advantage. (And don’t forget, you’ve got a couple of days to play with this energy.)

If there is something you need to let go of, if you’re ready to level up, if you need to speak your truth- have at it. She’s got you. Even if you haven’t done your soul work, even if you’re not able to hold equanimity, even if you’re not sure what you want- take a step in whatever direction feels like freedom. Because that’s the underlying purpose of letting go, speaking up, and moving forward: freedom.

As ever, Bairavee Balasubramaniam (The Sky Priestess) has a beautiful, clear take on all this energy. Heed her guidance.

Blessed be to you all, fellow travelers. Go howl at the moon tonight- I’ll be there with you.
All my love,
Joanna :: xoxo

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23 Jan 2019

This is what happens when you let go. Feeling happy and free, yesterday I did a small ritual to clear out any leftover energy from this connection. Offered some metta meditation for their health, happiness, and peace. And felt really good about closing the door on this room.

As a result of all this letting go, space has been made for other things to come through. In the past couple of days I have had a handful of people thank me for how I have helped them, shaped their life for the better, or made them feel better about themselves. Like, as soon as I let go of what wasn’t ‘my people,’ my actual people started taking up space in my life. Very cool. 

Last night, half-covered in the body of my beloved, I had one of those moments when I know I’m a goddess, deep down. I could see the outline of my ab and thigh muscles, along with the soft slope of my hips and belly and breasts. This temple is not crumbling, it’s burnished. Glowing from within.  I felt, deep in my bones, so very strong and soft all at once. 

The person I’m referring to is doing well, too. Gradually letting go. I trust that between moving forward, dating someone new, and just finding the joy of moving on, things will eventually pan out and they’ll fully move on. So, you see, it’s all good. Let go and go on…

 

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Solstice + Full Moon

Let me tell you a story about what it looks like when the energies of the year and the planets (and moons) hit people who are sensitive to them. It’s about the Winter Solstice today, the darkest day of the year, and the full moon that is happening on the same day. The dark and the light.

Yesterday was a shit show for me. The perfect storm of difficulties.

I am on meds that mess with my HPA axis and so I have been dealing with excess cortisol (by ‘excess’ I mean my body is being constantly flooded with cortisol. It makes me feel anxious, tired, scritchy, and I don’t sleep very well. This is not great for my attitude.)

I am prepping for the holidays. Anyone will tell you this is stressful, even as it’s fun.

PMS. (Enough said.)

We are getting our rescue dog tomorrow, which is also joyful-stressful.
(Oh, my god, she’s so cute!)

I engaged with the idiots. (I am forever trying to point out, “Hey, your life could be better if you’d stop X.” Surprisingly, it never works. <– That’s a joke. I gotta learn to stop; it’s a huge energy drain.)

Not enough meditation.

Not enough sleep.

Desire without grounding.

Not enough sensual practice.

That’s the dark. That’s the Solstice part. This day of the year is the day with the most dark, the least daylight, of the year. It’s a time when we turn inward, towards what is deeper in our hearts and minds. We all know that our internal landscape differs from year to year (and day to day). But this day is also for celebrating the darkness inside ourselves. I am particularly fond of this practice, but when it feels chaotic, like yesterday, it’s harder to want to turn inwards and connect with it all. At the end of yesterday, I thought “What the fuck is wrong with me?!?” Which is always a good way to know I’m looking at my darkness- the behaviors that make me wonder who I am, because they don’t fit the picture I have of myself.

 

Photo by Rose Elena on Unsplash

 

On the flip side is the full moon. Although, maybe it’s not the flip side. The full moon illuminates our lives- shows us what’s working and what isn’t. It is a place to see clearly into our deeper emotions, desires, needs, and fears. Again, sometimes this is beautiful and sometimes it’s not. It can also be the phase of fruition, or a reminder of our fullness.

I tend to get a little ‘buzzy’ around the full moon. My energy is heightened and I feel a little jolt of electricity all over – although, with the cortisol, who could tell the difference? Because of the dark, though, the moon is shining her light on where and how I understand my darkness and how I make use of it.

After the shit show of events yesterday, I meditated for an hour. It was very grounding. (There’s an old adage that says, “If you can meditate for 30 minutes, do that. If you can’t meditate for 30 minutes, meditate for an hour.” Meaning, if you can’t find the time to meditate, you probably need it worse. It’s true.)

I had a good cry. The kind that opens your heart.

I read something really beautiful about blow jobs and it helped me understand why I enjoy giving them so much.* (I’ll share it later, it really resonated for me.)

I watched The Sound of Music and the song, “My Favorite Things” reminded me that I’m most satisfied and grounded when I’m in my sensual practices. I made space for them last night.

A friend reminded me that I have no understanding of the magic that is retail scheduling, so maybe I should just chill.

I turned back towards a practice I found useful in the Sex Surge- to notice the difference between a superficial want -to see someone NOW- and my deeper desire -for connection and communication. When I connect with the deeper desire, the ego is less involved, and I can be far more patient. (The person I’m trying to connect with was also kind enough to stop by and let me know they are still there. It was noticed and appreciated.)

Enjoyed some super….slow…sex. Super slow. Squeezing every little bit of pleasure out of each movement and connection and it really helped me get back in the wholeness of myself- not just my mind, not just my body, but the fully connected whole.

The light of the full moon showed me what was and wasn’t working, what I needed to get back to, and that there was still a fullness inside my self that I could turn to, believe in, and use to support myself. My sensual practices, my delight in sex, the feeling of when I am fully in my body (not just my head!) all helped me to recover a sense of myself. That’s not to say there isn’t work to do on some of my dark spots- engaging with the idiots, lack of meditation, superficial wants- but that turning back towards my light gives me the strength and support to work on my darkness.

Certainly, this is the essence of the Solstice- to be drawn inwards, to see the dark, but also to find comfort and warmth and connection such that we can deal with the darkness. There is a reason these ‘festivals of light’ happen at this time of year- it is to remind us that we are in the dark, but that the light still exists. It will probably still take me a few days to get back on top of myself, but that’s also the beauty of the Solstice and the full moon- the energy lasts for a few days; it gives us time to work with things.

Tonight we will be having our Solstice meal by candlelight and exchanging handmade gifts and finding gratitude for this darkest day of the year. I hope you find your dark and your light on this Solstice + full moon night, too, fellow travelers.

Big love from the inside of the mess,
Joanna :: xoxo

* If you read any of my posts and think, “OMG, a woman who likes sex and blow jobs!” and you think friending me on Facebook is a good idea, let me just say: nope. I don’t accept friend requests from dudes I don’t personally know. But also: I talk about these things not to excite men, but because I believe ALL women should be able to talk about their sexual needs, likes, dislikes, preferences, expression, etc. – and not have it be a big fucking deal. I (or any woman) should be able to say, “Jeeze, I really need an orgasm today,” in line at Starbucks and not have people laugh, cringe, or freak out. I talk openly about my sexuality because more women need to do it so it’s fucking normalized. If women don’t feel safe talking about their sexual needs in front of you, you might wanna ask yourself why. Also: I have a husband and he’s the only one getting any of that action from me for the foreseeable future (because safety). If you wanna talk to me, there is a contact form and an email address available to you.

 

 

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Full Moon in Pisces

Whoops! I almost forgot that today is the full moon. My apologies! Like always, here we go…

 

From Aeolian Heart Astrology:

Full Moons are culminations of creative and emotional energies, bringing a sense of completion and satisfaction. The Sun’s opposition to the Moon creates an open dialogue between conscious and unconscious, blurring the boundaries blur between waking life and dreams.

This Full Moon in Pisces is also connected to the Grand Earth Trine between the Sun, Saturn and Uranus.The Earth Trine offers much grounding and support for you to rely upon, like a ship setting sail with a reliable map and a solid anchor.

The Moon in Pisces will be making a sextile with Uranus and Saturn, making it the point of catharsis. Thus, the Moon in Pisces will help you to dissolve and release resentments from the past so that much healthier patterns can take shape.

Both Virgo and Pisces are oriented towards purification, so when there is a Full Moon upon this axis you can expect a much needed physical or emotional purge making way for a great renewal of your spirit.

This Full Moon in Pisces will greatly support Virgo’s desire to cleanse mind, body, and spirit. It is the Sun in Virgo’s critical eye that will find all signs of corruption and disease. And it is the Moon in Pisces that will bring a great flood to wash everything away. 

 

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From David Lawrence Palmer:

“…It has been an extreme ride since June, and there were really no breaks in between. Feeling empty, while full of excitement, is not something to feel weird about. It is completely normal. This has been a major spiritual time that has brought all of out to our deepest core. We have had to pull everything we have out, while the Universe has shoved everything it can inside of us…There is a major shift at work to move us up the ladder of our soul journey, by quantum leaps. Our feelings about ourselves, our lives, relationships, and power has changed. The next story is about to begin with these new upgrades and deletions (karmic wise). Be ready for anything, but be ready for the path you know you must take. It has a ton of magic., but you must know how tou use it, apply it, and step into your integrity of true self. It is a time you will never forget, it has left us with a a mark, scar, and imprint that will be remembered, to remind you of the power of change in the world, and in our lives.” 

 

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Big Sky Astrology is saying big things:

“…Pisces is that feeling of magical invincibility that comes with falling deeply in love, the part of us that’s eternal and has learned to forgive. Pisces is present when you share your heart with people, and when you show their own hearts back to them in a more loving light. When you fall in love with them a little bit, even, and give them the chance to return the favor.

Pisces is also the nature of this particular Full Moon’s lesson. At the Full Moon, the characteristics of its sign are extravagant, magnified, and evident to all. On the night of a Full Moon, it’s almost too bright to sleep. And sometimes, things are revealed that we’d prefer to keep hidden away.

In the heart of the Sun’s Virgo season, as we strive to get organized and clean out our garages and file cabinets and figure out how to save a little money on the grocery bill, the Pisces Full Moon radiates a message of kindness and empathy. This might inspire a caring person to, say, donate the money saved on groceries and the unused stuff in the garage to a homeless shelter. You might even be inspired to invite others to join you, which is to your credit but must be done with care.

The Full Moon in any sign calls attention to that sign’s most important characteristics. In Pisces, it ideally illuminates the virtues of kindness and acceptance, like a wise friend who insists on see you as better than you know yourself to be. But with the smallest misstep, the emphasis tilts toward wanting to make others think better not of themselves, but of you.

 

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And from Chani Nicholas:

The first lunation to happen outside of Eclipse Season, the full moon articulates the vulnerability that Pisces embodies. With no shell, no stinger, no claws to fight back with, this fish is open to experiencing all that life floats its way.

We are asked to do the same on some level.

Pisces’ great skill and set back is its vulnerability. Sometimes overwhelmed by the onslaught of suffering and stimulation the world offers up, Pisces needs a way to release the psychic material it absorbs. It needs places to process. Cleanse. Release. Reset. Any therapeutic containers it finds for itself are incredibly important to invest in. Visit often. Return to. This full moon is affirming the healing we have attempted. That’s the thing with healing: with no end, no perfect way of doing it, the most important principal to practice is giving it a repeated try.

With a solidifying sextile to Saturn in Capricorn and an invigorating one to Uranus in Taurus, this full moon affirms the emotional intelligence that we have cultivated. The work we put into developing ourselves serves us in every aspect of our lives. Taking responsibility (Saturn) for how we may reenact painful patterns helps us to break free (Uranus) from repeating them. Knowing our stories, our pain, sorrow, and suffering is key to our freedom, pleasure, and joy.

They exist on the same spectrum and we need to know both in order to honor either.

The full moon in Pisces reminds us that being connected to the inspiration that lives inside of all life requires that we also be vulnerable enough to bear witness to what we have struggled through. Suffered with. Carried at great cost to ourselves.

May we remember that the examination of our stories need not be feared, for it is the very thing that contextualizes our tale, setting free the sentiments that can hold our life with the care it deserves.  

 

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From Black Femme Witches Brew (via FB):

Release of old wounds

Opening portal of romantic energy

Being in the right place at the right time

A new sense of confidence

A deep knowing of esoteric knowledge

An ending and a beginning

A purging of what no longer serves us

More joy filled days

Intolerance for drama

Resolution of debts

Increase of abundance

 

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Beloveds, it looks like this full moon has a lot to give us, if we will stay open and stick to our deepest point of integrity. May this moon bring you ease and grace amidst all the change.

In any case, go out and give her a big, ‘ol kiss and love this full moon up.

Big love,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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New Moon in Leo

Hello, friends and fellow travelers! I hope this post finds you well. Tonight is the new moon in Leo (with a solar eclipse), and you know how I love a dark moon. So, here’s what our guides have to tell us.

 

From BigSkyAstrology:

But at this New Moon in Leo—a Solar Eclipse, with the Sun and Moon square Jupiter in Scorpio—the impulse to break with the past and hurdle toward a new adventure is at least as strong as Leo’s desire to bloom where we’re planted. Breaking with the past can be very liberating, and sometimes the only way to initiate change is to act boldly and irrevocably. At this New Moon, we have a better than average chance to make changes that really mean something.

We live in reckless, destructive times. But seen another way, the world is in the process of recreating itself, and we are weaving change and upheaval into the fabric of our new future as we go along. Sanity tells us to be afraid, but faith whispers that there are no false moves now; however random, even capricious these changes appear to be, they are embedding themselves into our new foundation like stray river rocks and sea glass.

Perhaps this Leo New Moon season calls for a new glyph for the Sun – not a closed circle with a dot in the middle, but rather a labyrinth. A labyrinth has a single, unambiguous route we can follow to the center and back. We set forth in life on a walk through this labyrinth, and no matter which course we take, or how lost we sometimes feel, we’ll inevitably end up precisely where we’re meant to be.

The New Moon is a dark time. It is midnight now in our gardens, and it is tempting to suspect that chaos lurks in every shadow and to obey the limitations of fear without question. But while the New Moon in Leo is invisible to us just now, just below the horizon in the night sky, it’s still there, and we feel it even if we can’t see it. It reminds us that we are works in progress, and we are creating, every day, the selves we want to be and the world we want to live in. Even if there is much in the world, and in us, that could be better, Leo reassures us that it will be—because we are free to be whatever we want to be, and because there is so much good in us.

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From MysticMamma.com:

Oh the power of presence. Our presence = our power. In each moment we live we have the opportunity to stand in it. Truly stand.

Our Lion heart is so big. Our need to connect and feel loved is so strong, but sometimes looking for that external validation is what trips us.

Our inner Queen and King remind us to abide in the heart of Love. Roar who we are relative to Creation. Feel in our body that we are worthy and wonderful.

With compassionate love for Self, respect for Self and trust in Self, we can safely stand as Queen and King of our own jungle.

Our inner well is continually filled through our connection to the land and this animate universe that we are part of.

Once we are filled from that inner well we can step forth with maturity, poise, and a compassionate open heart ready to hold our pride.

When we anchor that acceptance from within, we create a sense of safety that allows for all to come out and play so together we can revel in the deep passion of Life. 

 

All the energy and intention don’t mean a thing unless you take a step.

Photo by Christopher Burns on Unsplash

 

The GoddessCircle tells us:

This eclipse cycle is bringing about big change in our lives. This can include very sudden or unexpected changes to our plans, relationships, lifestyle, living environment, or beliefs. We are reminded to have courage in the face of the unknown and to dare to dream. Take a chance and follow your desires. We are reminded not to get hung up on “how things have been done in the past.” This is a time of striking out in bold, new ways. Thins such as relationships, beliefs, and plans and our idea of our future are put to the test. This eclipse cycle is urging us to release what isn’t aligned with our truth and our desires. We are being reminded in all things as we move forward to follow our heart and to keep only what we want to build our world with. 

Unexpected changes.
Paths shifting.
Have courage in the face of the unknown.
Dare to dream.
Take a risk.
Don’t get stuck on how things were done in the past.
Forge a new path.
Relationships, beliefs, and plans are put to the test. 

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From Bairavee Balasubramaniam (The Sky Priestess):

As we fearlessly engage with with the wisdom and healing of the Heart, we also change patterns in ancestral, past-life, and collective karmic dynamics. There is so much transmutation possible at this time. So much of the old patterns that are rising to the surface to be cleared. 

You are being asked to look at the subconscious emotions and beliefs that allow or deny your access to an innate sense of sovereignty. Look at where you may be holding intense emotions- be it regrets, grief, anger, resentments, envy, false pride, and so on. 

This is exactly why you may want to set the intention to release as we get closer to the solar eclipse in Leo. It may happen at the click of one’s fingers, or it may take longer to manifest. Either way, your desire to release that which weighs you down, or acknowledge or transmute it, or whatever else may be appropriate – is what counts. 

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I have nothing else to tell you, dear ones, except that it has been rainy here in New England and I have felt slightly more at home this week. It took me ten years here to understand why New Englanders think that a rainy city, like Seattle, would seem so awful- the rain here is warm, the humidity is near constant in parts of the summer, and the wet never quite goes away until the dry heat of the last of August. In Seattle, the rain is always cold, and there is no humidity, and the wet stops when the rain stops. It is nothing like here, and yet, I always feel a bit calmer when the rain comes to New England in the Summer. We had a delightful gully-washer last night and it was grand to be awakened by the rain at two in the morning.

That’s all. Nothing but a note about my favorite weather. It’s been a long day and a strange week. Happy dark moon.

All my love to you,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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Full Moon in Aquarius (And a Bunch of Other Shit)

Hey lovelies! I’m sorry I’m late with this post, but yesterday was stacked and stressful and I went to see Boy George and Culture Club, to boot. Which turns out was exactly right because we are going to talk about one of the songs from their set, which was fabulous. I hope you got your cute, spiritual asses outside to actually look at the full moon last night. Did you give her a kiss? I did!

This full moon (which is still doing her thing tonight, my friends) was accompanied by five planets being in retrograde, including our favorite, Mercury. Which means that if you’ve noticed, in the last couple of weeks, what you want more of in your life, and also what needs to move on from your life, the planets are doing their job. Retrogrades are generally about noticing what isn’t working- (which sometimes also correlates with understanding what we do want). So, if you’ve had clarity, or just some general Nudges from Life, in the past week or so- pay attention. That’s what this crazy period is about.

Our beloved Moon was also having her longest eclipse this century (think about that, my beloveds, think. about. it.) and it was a blood moon. So much energy going down. Or maybe going a little crazy.

Here’s what the peeps in the know have to say…

On the Mercury in retrograde, we have The Goddess Circle:

This Mercury Retrograde is occurring in Leo which is telling us to pay attention to where things have slowed down or stalled out when it comes to following our passions, desires, and interests. Leo is the ruler of the heart, and during this Mercury Retrograde we are being asked to look at how we haven’t been honoring the desires and needs of our heart. This can mean looking at relationships that are ongoing, especially in communication or lack thereof. This can be intensified during this time as well as arguments or plans being broken or not panning out. Pay attention right now to who or what keeps on not taking shape. There may be something out of alignment here or some old way of doing things that needs to be released in order to try something new. Take a step back during this time and look to fill your own cup. Mercury also brings some communication issues during this time, so make sure that you double and triple check all dates and times for meetings, flights, or events. Make sure you back up technology as there can be issues here as well. This is a good time for working on the details of plans, seeing things in a new light and going within. 

 

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From Mooncircles.com :

The July 27, 2018 Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse falls in Aquarius, a sign that represents casual friendships and group affiliations based on shared interests. We shake Aquarius’ convivial hand when we head off for Friday night drinks with co-workers, serve on the board of our local astrological organization, or bake cookies for a fundraiser. Some of us are “group” people—Aquarian by nature—and some of us are less so. But few of us can escape the web of sociability altogether.

The Full Moon in Aquarius falls in the height of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s typically the time of year when we celebrate simple, sociable connections with others—a neighborhood cookout, an afternoon at the beach, or yes, happy hour with work friends. But this Full Moon is a lunar eclipse, when relationships are often due for some reevaluation. And Mars, the planet of competition, war, and aggression, has been retrograde in recent weeks, and frustration has been building. So in order to do what’s needed to maintain vibrant and satisfying social connections, we’ll have to pay alms to Mars as well.

When fighting Mars collides with fraternal Aquarius, groups speak with a warlike voice. Perhaps you’ve found yourself embroiled in some nasty social media disputes, testy interchanges with co-workers or customers, or… found some old anger hidden deep in a dark corner of your psychic sock drawer. The embers of ancient disputes are often rekindled during Mars’ retrograde times, and the resulting conflagrations tend to emit noxious fumes.

Aquarius celebrates collectivism, and at this Full Moon we celebrate ties with our like-minded compatriots. But it’s won’t be an easy, uncomplicated happy hour, or a sunny and congenial Saturday afternoon barbecue. To regain goodwill, productivity, and fraternity, Mars demands that we first clean out the dark corners of these relationships, to address any conflicts that keep us from working together as a strong, cohesive group. When a group is stronger on the inside, it can achieve broader goals on the outside—so be brave, clear the air, and fight fair. 

 

Photo by Breno Machado on Unsplash

 

From Saltwater Stars (FB only):

“to be psychically plugged in right now is intense.

the aquarius eclipse is opening personal & collective portals.

keywords: awakening. awareness. chaos. erratic. evolution. 

so here’s some of my personal protocol for between now and the August 11 solar eclipse in leo:

keep phone off from 8pm – 11 am
consistent energetic cleansing
don’t respond to everything
stop when you need to stop
protect & nurture your self
write to process”

 

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From Natalie Sophia at RebelleSociety:

…this full moon has the potential to dramatically change and shift the relationships you have with others. You might find yourself more fully charged with emotions, and might seem to have an easier time expressing what you are feeling to other people. I get the sense of words flowing forth freely without the need to filter yourself.

This could be a really good thing, but please bear in mind that in some cases, where you feel the need to express your anger or frustration with someone’s behavior, the full moon energy could have you saying things you might wish you hadn’t. Aquarians are known to give it to you straight, so stay mindful of what you want to say and know that your point can still be made without the sting of hurtful words.

In terms of relationships, this card makes a lot of sense for this full moon. What needs to be said to clean things up? Where do you need to take more responsibility for how things are between you and yourself? And between you and another? What are you holding on to?

It is time to clean up unhealthy behaviors, thoughts, feelings you have towards yourself and others. Let the energy of the full moon give you the zest and zeal to make the changes necessary in order to elicit more growth. Say the words that need to be said, express the feelings that need to be expressed, and start living from your heart and what feels good to you. 

 

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Lastly, my favorite, Chani Nicholas:

Eclipses reveal our personal and collective shadow. They expose unconscious habits and patterns. There are times when we are well served to make our burdens, self-doubts, and self-sabotage conscious so that we can be more fully integrated as humans. 

Eclipses signal times of important shifts, changes, and movements in our lives. What happens during eclipse season sets the tone for a long time to come. 

Today’s eclipse calls on our ability to witness the difficulties we’ve come up against. It calls out the aggressive, disruptive, and derailing aspects of life. It is a passionate plea to work through the conflicts of our human experience. It takes a tremendous amount of discipline to consciously hold the pain and fear that our anger is usually trying to mask, but there is little else that is so important to do.

We are all called to do our own work. Our own healing. Our own awakening. We are all called upon to be a living example of our values, beliefs, and morals. We can’t change anyone, but in doing the deep investigative work on ourselves we can change.

Performing activism or anything else rings hollow and doesn’t do much but make noise. But life lived from a deep and consistent investigation of our part in a problem can unlock our humanity and reveal solutions that weren’t available to us before. We all need to be engaged in the healing of this world, but each of us, depending on our position and privilege, holds a unique part to play. Knowing ours is key to being an impactful accomplice to justice manifesting in the world, and hopefully in our own lives. We can’t change anyone, but we can double down on our own commitment to the truth, living in all its light and being nourished by its dark and rich depths.

 

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So, what did Boy George have to do with yesterday’s full moon and all this eclipse and retrograde business? Well, besides the fact that he opened with David Bowie’s, “Let’s Dance” (‘under the moonlight, some serious moonlight’) he also sang the song, “The truth is a runaway train…” And ain’t that the truth? And that would seem to be the truth of this full moon. The truth is here, and while it may be unpleasant or unexpected, it’s best to accept it.

He also sang about what it takes to change ourselves in a song called “Different Man” (you can see the video here). It’s simple to be a different man (or woman or person), you just do it. And really, that’s all we can change in this world.

Take good care of yourselves, fellow travelers. And do the hard things you know are right- the planets are here to help.

Big love,
Joanna :: xoxo

 

 

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