Sunday, May 17, 2015

Lather, Rinse, Repeat | Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of May 17th

We start the week with a New Moon in Taurus and Mercury going retrograde in Gemini.

(see more about that HERE)

The New Moon is the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new 28 day cycle - all possibilities are on the table now.

(This Moon is in Taurus Decan 3 and falls on the fixed star Algol - which is Arabic for "demon's head" and is said to depict the terrifying snake- for-hair head of the Medusa monster chick who could turn people to stone with just one glance. Not the nicest space for our Moon but if we are looking to cut something, or someone, off at the head or making something rock solid this is the time. We just don't want to go overboard with anything right now or we could lose our own head!)

The first two weeks after the New Moon are the best time to launch something new although with Mercury going retrograde at the same time in order to move forward, we’ll also have to slow down, re-view, re-do, re-pair, re-connect, you get the idea. If your launch is scheduled for late June all the better, but if it can't or you just don't want to wait - never override your heart with this stuff - just know there will be revisions ahead for you and some headaches maybe - that's OK - it will just make whatever you are brewing up even better!

With Gemini - there will be choices, choices, choices. There’s a feeling of (and need for) extreme focus. We need to make a careful selection of available options and then develop one thing fully. It will be easy to be splintered all over the place and get nowhere fast. Opportunities to practice discernment will come now.

Sometimes we focus on too many things, because we are really afraid to try (and maybe fail) at the one big important thing.

With Mercury in Gemini (the twins) during this retrograde we will need to do some things twice. Just roll with it. So measure twice, cut once will be our theme song. Double check everything. And if we try something once and it doesn't work, maybe try it again.

People and things from our past will pop back up.

There is a Yod (finger of God) aspect between Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto that means choices are fated. Mercury is fast moving and wants to change whatever we agree to now. Stuff is in flux.

With the Sun opposing Saturn and Venus opposing Pluto this week there are some stressful aspects. We might not get what we want now. But we might realize later we didn't really want it or something better is coming along later. There are some great aspects for attention and recognition here.

Remember the whole first half of this year is about figuring out our vision for the next 29 years. Saturn in Sagittarius must have a vision! Between now and June 15th when Saturn moves direct in Sagittarius and out of Scorpio we have some time to DECIDE. We need to honor the energy of change now! More about this next post!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New Moon in Taurus + Mercury Goes Renegade ... oops retrograde

my taurus locket
My jury duty - 8 weeks - is finally over!

(I will post about that next week)

Is anyone else having a pollen-pocalypse? Where is all this pollen coming from? Not enough bees to eat it all?!

(speaking of bees, I had a smart and kind beekeeper on my jury and have some delicious honey for my tea that I am enjoying right now!)

After years of nodding my head and sniffling in pretend sympathy with all you seasonal allergy sufferers -

while secretly thinking my own immune system far superior, no doubt due to my mother's consumption of a "healthy" guinness beer - her doctor (wink, wink) "made" her drink every day of her pregnancy with me - also the reason I can swim like a fish, have brilliant ideas late at night that I totally forget the next morning, carry home random things I find in the street and dance offbeat with no respect for other people's personal space

I am now a freakin' mess - sinuses, chest, throat. I think if you squeezed me, and please don't, I'd squirt pollen from my nose like a package of Johnson's Baby Powder.

My neti pot is the only thing keeping me sane. I had a teacher recommend wearing red and listening to Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries - to empower yourself when depleted - I wonder if it will work during a pollen-pocalypse .....

OK, enough whining - we have a New Moon on Sunday!

This is the Taurus New Moon. Yes, Taurus. Ruled by Venus and ruler of the 2nd house. People don't always understand Taurus. It is like she is so simple, and these times we live in so complicated, we have made her complicated, too. She isn't.

Taurus is the first of the Earth signs and is fixed earth - she is everything grounded.

Taurus is all about sensuality - the touch that feels like love. She is spring. Our natal planets in Taurus offer a promise of fruitfulness and growth; the promise of something better. Where is 26 degrees Taurus in your natal chart? If you have planets 24 through 28 degrees in the fixed signs - Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, you will feel this New Moon more strongly.

Ruled by Venus, Taurus coaxes us out of our heads and back into our bodies at the end of a long day with a nice hot bath, she draws our hands to those tomato plants at the garden center and urges us to get them into the ground, she is the voice that whispers I love you when we stroke the baby's ear with our lips.

Taurus rules our 2nd house of values - everything money can buy and everything money can't buy

We have the sun and the moon in Taurus during this New Moon and this is the time to ask ourselves "what do we really value?".

This new moon in Taurus is an excellent time to begin a grounding practice, make affirmations and set intentions about: money, contentment, patience, self-worth, releasing stubbornness, health issues regarding your neck, throat and voice in the world.

 (astrologer Jan Spiller calls them wishes and says to work with 10 at every new moon)

AFFIRMATION TIPS: get into a happy frame of mind - always make affirmations from a  positive place - write your affirmations down by hand in script, speak them out loud - I write my affirmations on strips of paper and burn them, releasing the ashes into moving water - then release your attention from these things knowing that your intention is known. Know these things are already yours.

Here is another link to a New Moon Ritual you might like to try. I've never used a dinner roll! Actually it's making me hungry and craving those Red Lobster cheddar biscuits!

Also remember affirmations are action -  they set the energy in motion and we are literally creating the affirmation within the energy that is needed to manifest it. 

Words are not just words. If done properly, in the right frame of mind, they line us up energetically with the thing we are seeking.

If you have a creative business this is the time to work with ideas and makings you want to grow. Be sure you are coming from a space of connectedness with this. If we are pushing and forcing and taking action from a place of separation that new growth may not survive.

The stuff we love will be the stuff we can grow now.

Taurus is subtle so growth may not be dramatic, but with the right care, deep roots can be created and new beginnings can turn into something lasting.

There is some need for caution Friday and Saturday. We've got a Mars/Saturn opposition involving Neptune - some movement or energy being expended (Mars) could be heartless or hard (Saturn) and/or deceptive or escapist (Neptune). Think things through. Maintain your personal boundaries.

Venus is trine Neptune which is good for romance. The heady kind maybe, but we've got Taurus to ground that.

Jupiter (opportunity) is trining (good aspect) Uranus (the unexpected). Luck can change overnight and opportunities can happen out of the blue.

Now Mercury turns retrograde (back up your computer, phone, etc) at almost the same time, so we need to slow down and pay attention. We need to move ahead with one eye in the rear-view mirror now. We've got Venus in Cancer so whatever direction we are heading should make us feel safe, secure and nurtured, if not, this is not the time for it. 

This time period is all about slowing down, focusing and going back over what we think we already know, even as we plant new seeds. This will be what encourages what will grow from the Taurus New Moon. xo all

Monday, May 4, 2015

Upcycled SAFETY PIN Necklace for Mother's Day | Tutorial

Here's a DIY safety pin necklace tutorial you will love. A totally adorable and easy peasy handmade gift for the mom who takes her safety pins (although maybe not her own personal safety) seriously.

Now some DIY tutorial makers might tell you to glue those safety pins closed and add a nice safe lobster clasp to the back ... but Olive and I, well, we think moms are a little tougher than that ..... xo all