new moon in libra

New Moon (Supermoon) in Libra ♎️ October 16, 2020 3:30 pm ET!

The word “Supermoon” is not an official astronomical term. It was first created by an astrologer named, Richard Nolle, in 1979. He defined it as ‘a New or a Full Moon that occurs when the Moon is at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in its orbit’. It is not clear why he chose the 90% cut off in his definition.

New moon represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of another new 28-day cycle. In astronomy, the new moon is when the sun and moon are aligned, with the sun and earth on opposite sides of the moon. It is the beginning of a new lunar cycle, and it’s a great time to begin a new personal cycle as well; a time to turn over a new leaf or start a new project.

During a new moon, the moon is not visible in the sky. This typically means the energy available is low. People often report feeling tired and drained during a new moon. This is a perfect opportunity to become self-reflective, to look inward. This is an ideal time to really think about want you want in life acknowledge your goals, set clear intentions towards those goals, and write to-do lists. A time for a fresh start, and to let go of those things in your life that no longer serve you.

This New Supermoon in Libra ♎️ reminds us to surround ourselves in peace, harmony and love. It’s time to hit your pause button, reflect and reclaim your sense of balance, harmony, and fulfillment of your needs without stomping on, but with attending to the needs of others as well. Therein lies the balance that is precious. Precious from not only our own perspective but for the world.

This New Moon is a grounding energy and reminds us to be grateful while going after goals of attainment (wealth in broad definition). The Libra Moon could make you a little impatient while waiting for the tides to turn in your favor but patience is important.
You first have to the work, inner and outer and to reflect so that your path does not set course on the more negative sides of power.

Clarify your needs, boundaries, and cultivate strength and self-reliance. Meditate on the heart chakra so that your will is right and just.

Deepak Chopras 7 Step Meditation To Open Your Heart

The October 16 new moon aligns with two fixed stars: Fixed star Spica and Fixed star Arcturus.

Fixed star Spica gives success, wealth (broad definition), love of art and science, lack of growth and injustice to innocence. It brings good fortune to scientists, artists, and musicians. Spica also gives spiritual and religious qualities, with above-average psychic awareness.

Fixed star Arcturus gives wealth (broad definition), high renown, self-determination, and prosperity. However, Arcturus has a reputation for achieving justice through power. Which can make people become belligerent and quarrelsome.

New moon, October 16, opposite Mars may cause anger, impulsiveness, and hostility. The new moon, Saturn can cause disappointment, delays, and frustration. The new moon square Pluto can cause extremism, intensity, and a callous quest for power. The combination of the planetary characteristics creates highly dynamic energy. With determination, hard work and persistence you will be able to achieve your specific goals and intentions. If your focus is solely on achieving power, then conflict will surely be your end result.

Element: Air 💨
Crystals: Aquamarine, Opalite, Opal, Rose Quartz

the light – meditation

Guided Meditation

The Light

Ram Dass guides you to a place of pure light in the middle of your chest and reminds you that you are this light – your body is just the container. But it is not enough to just see our own light, we need to see that everyone has this light within. “Anytime of the day, you always can come back to the breath. Bring the breath as if you are breathing out of the middle of the chest, and with each breath brighten the light that sits in the middle.”
– Ram Dass

for protesters and social justice warriors

A Spell to Recharge After Attending a Protest or Doing Social Justice Work

Materials:

  • A bowl of lukewarm water
  • Your favorite essential oil

To your bowl with lukewarm water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. (Lavender is great for tranquility, while rose is good for love.) Place one palm up, facing the sky, and place one palm over the water, facing down.

With the face-up palm, begin to envision the universe’s energy coming into you. Feel it charging through you as a pure, white light. Say: I ask for the energy to stay active, healthy, and efficient. I ask to be replenished. I am a tower of strength and power.

Imagine that energy moving through you toward your other palm. Pour that white light into the water. When you feel you’ve sufficiently charged the water, wash your hands in it, rubbing them carefully together, making it a point to care for your body. Enjoy this moment for yourself, and repeat whenever you need to recharge your energies lost to resistance work.

A Mood Board Ritual for Making Things Happen

Need to rejuvenate your life in some way? You don’t have to wait until New Year’s Eve to make a resolution. Maybe you need to revamp your closet or work on developing a new, more confident you after scoring a big-deal job. Maybe you just need to stop using social media for a while.

In this moon-shattering ritual, you’ll make a magical mood board that will help you pull your ideas and inspirations together. It will help you meditate on your ideas and integrate them into your day-to-day life.

Materials:

  • Magazines, books, tarot cards, or any visual images of your archetype; pen and paper work too
  • Paper and glue, or a photo album
  • Yellow candle

Look through magazines, books, and other media. Find images that represent your goal or your ideal self. If you can’t find the right images, you can also draw them. If you’re looking to amp up your confidence, you might cut out pictures of people who deliver serious fierceness. You might print out an image of a tarot card that represents an archetype that inspires you.

Once you’ve collected these images, put them together as a mood board. You can paste them onto a piece of paper or arrange them in a photo album that can be your own magical flip book.

Add to your mood board as often as you want, and dazzle it up with glitter, flower petals, poems, or anything else that speaks to you.

Supercharge your manifesting by lighting a yellow candle beside your mood board during the new moon. Concentrate on the flame. Think about what inspires you and visualize the small changes that can make your mood board self come to life. Hold these thoughts in your mind each time you add to your board.

Put your mood board in the moon’s light to charge. Turn to it whenever you need a little dose of your own magic.

Meditation: Compassion For Suffering Of Injustice

Aware of breathing in, aware of breathing out (essentially using the gathas of Thich Nhat Hanh)

Aware of body, releasing tensions

Aware of heart, opening heart, tenderness to heart

Aware of emotions, holding in compassion, smiling, easing/releasing with breath

Notice own suffering of injustice – be aware, notice how it manifests in body, emotions,

Hold this suffering in compassion, ease suffering with breath –

Be aware of this suffering as a pattern in the world– visualize how it affects many people, take in this pattern of suffering, hold in compassion, send ease, wish for relief (akin to Tonglen practice)

Notice suffering of marginalized people…what are you aware of? See specifics, feel in your body, emotions, hold in compassion, send ease and relief in your mind…

Return to awareness of breath, ease, release of tension

Notice suffering of privileged people…see specifics…guilt, disconnection, feel this energy, hold in compassion, release, ease, send relief

Share what came up with a partner – listen deeply with complete acceptance.

Return to discussion with group: what did you notice, realize?

Brief meditation/reflection:

Return to awareness of breath, body, heart

Coming from the awareness of this evening, what are your deepest intentions for addressing the suffering of injustice? What step might you take? How does this feel in your body, emotions?

Closing: what are you carrying forth from this evening?

By Susal Stebbins Collins, M.A.

Loving Kindness Meditation

This exercise draws on a guided meditation created by researcher Emma Seppala, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

Some Mental Health Ideas If You Are Stressed Out About Politics And World Events

While it often feels like there is no end to political madness, not all hope is lost: Your stress can be managed with a few mindful steps.

  1. Practice Self-Care
    Get 8 hours a night, eat nutritious food, and exercise. A regular sleep cycle can keep your mood regulated and decrease the risk of depression. Don’t underestimate the power of a good nap! Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals and getting at least 30 minutes of exercise or even a brisk walk every day can reduce stress hormones and increase endorphin production, boosting your overall mood and energy level.
  2. Leave The Table
    Political debates with family members, coworkers, and friends can often get heated and strain relationships. If it’s starting to get tense, leave the table/room for a bit and calm down, maybe even change the topic, or redirect the conversation when you come back. Conversations like that can hit a wall of no return if the conversation doesn’t stop before its boiling point. You can always come back to the conversation at a later date if you need or want to.
  3. Unplug, Disconnect then Reconnect
    I know, I know, it’s important to stay informed, it’s but it’s also important to know your limits. Scrolling through your news feed can leave you feeling exhausted, frustrated, anxious and overwhelmed, I know it can get to me. Take a break and unplug. Set aside a certain amount of time in the day specifically for news, politics and even those kinds of conversations with people, even casual ones. Give yourself a limit on how much time you spend protesting, campaigning, planning, etc….
  4. Take Action
    Don’t let yourself feel powerless, its unhealthy. It’s important during times of uncertainty to remember that you have a voice, use it. Join a local political organization, join a well organized non-violent protest, campaigning for a cause, get involved in the political process and/or volunteer. Direct action can empower you and cause you to feel hope for the future!
  5. Be Open To Hear All Sides
    Understanding the other side can help you see where and why they feel how they do. Shouting won’t do that. And we all need to understand why they feel how they do, it’s the only way to know how to navigate change. When talking to people who share opinions different from yours, try to listen objectively and show compassion for their points of view. Now not all points of view will necessarily lead you to feel compassion but this should always be the starting ground to change and resolution.

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confession…

I suck at mornings and I suck at consistency. So I am tackling both at the same time I Started drinking my shakes again today (pumpkin spice with cinnamon) and a new workout, Morning Meltdown with Jericho McMattews. It’s intermediate but it can be modified. I always before, procrastinated doing any workouts till night time. My reasoning? I don’t get motivated till night time to workout.


But I thought, maybe if I get up early and get my workout done first thing in the morning, maybe I’ll actually get motivated earlier. Maybe that workout will energize me way more than my two cups of coffee and a bagel in the morning, hmmm…Lately I’ve been working at flipping the narrative on a lot of things to work from a standpoint of positivity because: 🌞it’s a healthier mindset 🌞it leads to better productivity 🌞it switches your thoughts from being down the rabbit hole and into actual solution solving 🌞and, it feels better to be happier (way to state the obvious Susan 😂)


My sweet brilliant husband has always told me that negative thinking is a waster of time. And my spirituality says that negative thinking is just another form of serious negative attachment. As a healer and one who takes care of people and lifts them up, I’m terrible at doing it for myself and that has to change! And while positive thinking may not create the results I want allllll the time. It CAN and will change my perception of the outcome and the actions I take afterwards. Positive thinking will allow me to say, “ok that didn’t work, let’s try something else”, rather than, “I give up”. I am far from perfecting this way of flipping the narrative but I think it’s like a muscle it has to be worked on to change the muscle and to keep the muscle strong. Here is the meditation I’ve been using lately!

Mindful Meditation

A very simple, non intimidating way to start meditating for awareness and more positive thought is this: simply sit, close your eyes and breathe in and out consciously. As you breathe in, repeat in your mind “I know I’m breathing in”. As you breathe out, repeat in your mind “I know I’m breathing out”.
That’s all. It gives your mind something to do while you consciously breathe and slow down. Do this for 5-10 minutes. As soon as a negative thought arises (which it will), just bring the mind back to “I know I’m breathing in… I know I’m breathing out”.


It’s helped me during times when my mind is so wound up and spiraling down that rabbit hole to center myself and stop the negative thought cycle. It will help develop mindfulness to be carried through ther day, as well as develop the skill of connecting to your “conscious mind” or the “mind behind your mind” that perceives your thinking.


ps… I realized, wow I got my workout done and now if I feel like it I can toss in another or work on my run training again!!

Have a happy
🌞
Monday everyone!

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walking meditation

In the four foundations of mindfulness, the Buddha offers four postures for practicing meditation:

A monk knows, when he is walking,
“I am walking”;

he knows, when he is standing,
“I am standing”;

he knows, when he is sitting,
“I am sitting”;

he knows, when he is lying down,
“I am lying down”;

or just as his body is disposed
so he knows it.

Walking meditation is often described as a meditation in motion.

Adding verbal cues is a great way to establish synchronization and rhythm within the body. As the mind begins to wander, use a simple verbal cue like “lifting, moving, placing” as a reminder to bring the mind back to the body. Incorporating a gatha, a short verse to support practice, is a common technique used in Thich Nhat Hanh’s communities. Here’s one that might be used for walking meditation:

(Breathing in) “I have arrived”; (Breathing out) “I am home.”

(Breathing in) “In the here”;
(Breathing out) “In the now.”

(Breathing in) “I am solid”;
(Breathing out) “I am free.”

(Breathing in) “In the ultimate”; (Breathing out) “I dwell.”

shiva shakti

A Morning Practice to Start Your Day in Balance

This Guided Meditation Practice starts with a Breathing Technique known as Nadi Shodhana or Alternate Nostril Breathing. We are then guided through visualization to bring balance to our minds and bodies followed by a period of silent mantra meditation using the mantra “Shiva-Shakti”, embracing and balancing the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine Energies that reside within us all. ~ Wendy Koreyeva

ancestral healing

Ancestral healing can cause trauma, drama and emotional issues for generations. Look at family pattern is there history of; alcoholism, food addiction or repulsion, drug addictions/abuse, depression, physical and/or emotional abuse, racism, strong zealot type religious beliefs, etc… These are all aspects of ancestral and generational trauma we carry within our DNA and passed on through the generations. It continues to be played out relentlessly over and over again. There is no need to stay the victim, “YOU” actually chose the family lineage to incarnate into as part of the path you’ve chosen and the lessons you still need to learn. It is there in each lifetime, those generational patterns are the very things we are here to heal!

When we heal these karmic imprints within ourselves, we open pathways within our genetic lineage to also do the same through their own free will choice. During this transformational time on Earth, many of us who are highly evolved souls chose very difficult family lineages to incarnate into because it is these lineages that would provide us a tremendous amount of soul’s growth if we were able to break free from these patterns and it would also help our family lines break free from their bondage as well.


Guided Meditation #2


Get into a comfortable position and relax your body. Follow the sound of my voice as I count down from 13. There is no need to visualize numbers this time. 13. 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

On the screen of your mind, picture a giant tree, bigger than any tree you have ever seen. This is the World Tree, a gateway between the worlds. Imagine the screen of your mind is like a doorway, a portal you can easily pass through. Step through and stand before the great tree. Hear the wind in its branches; smell the earth where the roots dig in; reach out and feel the bark. As you keep your hands on the bark, hold the intention of finding an ancestor spirit to help you in your part to restore balance to the world.

Search in the roots of the tree for an opening. When you find it, step into the opening, which will lead to a tunnel. The tunnel slopes gently downward. Follow the tunnel downward. Continue to follow the tunnel as it continues to spiral down. At the end of the tunnel, you see a light, flickering like a fire. Walk toward the light.

The tunnel ends in a forest clearing. There is a great fire in the middle of the clearing, and around the fire are the spirits of the ancestors. The ancestors are dancing or simply watching the fire. Wait on the edge of the clearing until one of the ancestors breaks away and comes to join you. This may be a recent ancestor, someone you knew in life, or it may be someone from a more distant past. It may be an ancestor of blood or an ancestor of spirit. If you do not recognize the ancestor, introduce yourself.

Ask your ancestor guide for any wisdom and guidance about your role in restoring balance to the world. What is your task in these times? What wisdom from older times can help you in your work? What else do you need to do your work in the world? Ask any other questions you may have. (Reader, give the meditator(s) a good long time to do this work.)

The ancestor may give you a gift to help you in your work, or to help you remember your conversation. Search within yourself to see if you have a gift to offer in return. Thank your ancestor guide for their help and wisdom.

Find the tunnel again, and enter it. Follow the tunnel as it slopes back up. Follow the tunnel up and up. Follow the tunnel until you are once again at the base of the World Tree. Hold your hands to the bark of the tree and offer thanks for facilitating this journey. Then step back through the screen of your mind and bring yourself back to this circle. Come back, come back, come back. Come back to this time and this place. And open your eyes.

And please please please, seek out assistance if you are inflicting self harm, indulging in harmful and potentially destructive behaviors, or have suicidal thoughts.

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