saturn direct

Karma – Reaping Rewards for Hard Work – Obligations – Patience
Saturn turns direct September 29, a heavy burden or responsibility will be lifted. Pluto follows Oct 4.

Saturn has been travelling through his home base and breaking down foundations, crushing hopes and dreams and testing our will — in order to crystallize something entirely new.

Today Saturn turns direct and makes you focus on working hard, self control, dealing with authority and fulfilling obligations. This is a time when we reap what you have sown in regards to sacrifices made and good or bad deeds done. Saturn turning direct in his home sign of Capricorn, is paving a new 30 year cycle. Be ready to lay firm foundations and use your innate power and authority. This is a highly motivated time to take focus and firm direction in your life.

The struggles and setbacks you have experienced in the last 6 months-3 years were lessons you needed to learn. They have been difficult to bear at times and yes, have left scars that will be with you forever. But the wounds are healing and you survived. Saturn is the big Daddy of life’s most important lessons. When a heavy planet, like Saturn, turns its direction it’s important and makes Be on the look out for progress, not perfection. It’ll be important to pay attention to what’s taking place in your life. More importantly …. what’s finally trying to move ahead.

As Saturn makes his move direct, he’ll be battling Mars, and Mars can bring anger into the equation and is currently retrograde in Aries. Roadblocks are going to still be in play (progress not perfection). We should keep expectations low about how far we’re going to actually get as Saturn wakes from his 4 month retrograde slumber.

During this planetary shift, you could feel like you just want to explode, lose patience and just want to get things done and out of the way but this is also a time with many tests and challenges. Your lesson is the art of patient persistence and continuing to move forward despite the obstacles. Saturn direct in Capricorn will now show you the rewards for all of your persistence and feelings of isolation. Slowly but surely, plans you have made will begin to move forward. Karma wants to see you stand strong through tough times. That is why lessons have been so harsh and seemingly never-ending. Instant gratification never brings long term success. It’s time to receive what you have sewn with gifts and rewards for all of your struggles with the reminder that nothing is worth anything without understanding struggle, blood, sweat and yes, often times, tears. Saturn pushes us into uncomfortable situations in order to get us closer to what we need to accomplish. No matter how hard we protest—he’s the planet that pushes us so we can accomplish our goals. Saturn digs deep into what we subconsciously want and need. And we not always ready to hear it, much like children really are.

When Saturn moves direct, it’s time to work on deconstructing boundaries, remembering responsibilities, checking and maybe changing rules and regulations that feel oppressive, outdated and no longer serve us. We’ve spent almost this entire year feeling the burden of limitation and restriction in our lives while getting in touch with our deepest passions and desires. Now we’ve reached a point of release, finalization and forward (albeit slow) momentum where we must commit to a path over the next month or two, tie up loose ends, clear away the rubble left behind from the big purge, and begin slowly and deliberately working toward building foundations that support what we perceive as the ideal future.

September 28th – Saturn turns Direct (Expect further delays and restrictions.)
October 4th – Pluto turns Direct (Pluto rules collective Death and Rebirth, so again, this will be a huge energy push and turning point )

Meanwhile…. Astrologers all over the country are predicting October will be a tough month and November even more so. There will be shifts we probably never have experienced like it in our lifetimes like we will in November. Expect the unexpected.

Saturn Direct – “is nudging us to get busy making the life we want to live. Over the past 4 ½ months, did you re-evaluate your boundaries and responsibilities? If so, now’s the time to get down to business and put those thoughts and plans into action. ~ Sage Goddess

sep 29th saturn goes direct

Saturn , after its retrograde period of almost 140 days is going direct on Sep 29th. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and second largest planet in our solar system. This date frees you from a 10 year cycle. All those lessons you’ve learned, all those karmic contracts- cleared. Its the release... feels SO GOOD. Learning life’s lessons is the key to this planet. It’s the planet ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius and takes around 30 years to complete its orbit. It represents all things that have history and tradition. Ruling self discipline, restriction, and authority. When direct it can help us on life’s journey.
Saturn, is recognized as the Father of the zodiac, governing the sign of Capricorn, a water sign will reach the goal despite any obstacle in its way. Saturns energy tends to have us put everything on the back burner and makes the area of life it is traveling through the focal point of our most current lessons and tests of self mastery. Saturn is the planet of restrictions, lessons, foundations. Be prepared for some challenging times over the next couple of months but not to worry, it will pass and the lessons to take from this period will be long-lasting. It is important to remember to breath during this time and to take ‘time out’ for yourself when you feel that you are getting stressed.

Saturn strips you down, breaks you and rebuilds you piece by piece. This transit may urge you to switch careers, move forward from toxic relationships, heal suppressed childhood issues…. whatever and however you grow during this time can be harsh but is worth it. You won’t recognize the person on the other side. It is a “be your own hero” vibe, and if you get through your many lessons the rewards will be great. 


“Saturn” (Peaceful Soothing Sleep Music – Deep Calm Meditation Therapy – 8 Hours)

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope was used to observe the planet on 6 June 2018, when Saturn was approximately 1.4 billion kilometres from Earth. Visible in this Hubble image are the classic rings as recorded by the very first astronomers to observe the planet with telescopes. From the outside in are the A ring with the Encke Gap, the Cassini Division, the B ring, and the C ring with the Maxwell Gap. Data from NASA’s Cassini mission suggest that the rings formed about 200 million years ago, roughly around the time of the dinosaurs during the Jurassic period. The gravitational disintegration of one of Saturn’s small moons created myriad icy debris particles and collisions lasting until today; it is likely that they continually replenish the rings. The planet’s banded structure, clearly visible in the new image, is caused by the winds and the clouds at different altitudes.
*𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧
  1. Relax yourself completely and take deep breaths.
  2. Release all your worries, tensions and fears.
  3. Imagine the slow moving Saturn planet emitting its Grey rays and connect with it.
  4. Visualize receiving the Grey rays from the planet. Saturns Ray’s are directly related to the Nervous system of our body. Let the Saturn Ray’s harmonize through your mind body and soul.
  5. Ask the black dragons of Saturn to enable the needed wisdom. It helps you with Spiritual discipline giving focus, concentration, determination, awareness and the ability to plan and stick to a routine.
  6. Connect with the Violet flame in Saturn to transmute any and all lower energies and karmic debris. Surround yourself with a violet ball of protection.
  7. Once you feel it is complete, you may choose to have a message from the planet. Listen closely, it might be given subconsciously.
  8. Thank the planet, come back to your space and you may open your eyes.
*Source

new moon in virgo

New Moon In Virgo

This is the first of 3 Super-moons which will be taking place (This year). This magic new moon in Virgo is all about stepping into our power and raising our vibration and awareness. Remembering just how worthy, valuable and amazing we are is what this new moon is all about. New Moons represent the start of a new lunar cycle, and are the perfect time to plant seeds and set intentions for the month ahead. While this is true of all New Moons, the strong, and refreshingly clear, vivid energy of this Virgo Super New Moon make it one of the most powerful new beginnings of this year.

The sign of Virgo combined with the fresh beginning of a new moon is asking you to focus, fine-tune, get clear on your goals and visions.This is a perfect time to find new solutions to old problems. this current alignment of the planets support sound and bold answers to the question of what we need to accomplish right now in our personal and collective life to move forward into a brighter outlook for the future. There is no ‘rule’ to be manifesting with the moon as such. This moon shouldn’t have the intensity we have been experiencing lately, but it is powerful, so use it with care, enthusiasm and know that now is the time for you and your new phase.

This energy lasts for 3 days before and 3 days after the New Moon and will help move us forward with greater clarity and ease. Over these next few days focus on how you can step more boldy into your power. Ask yourself: What do I have to offer the world, my community? How do I want to shine my light, and shine it brighter? ⠀

☆ Remember, gratitude is the key to allowing things to work for you so always be grateful for what you already have before asking for more.

☆ With Mars in retrograde, tensions are high and energy is fiery. Be mindful of your own actions and try not to take anything personally at the moment. We’re all feeling a little more agitated than normal.

New Moon Intention Rituals

Simple Intention Setting Outline

  • Sage
  • Light a candle
  • Use Aromatherapy
  • Use crystals
  • Meditate
  • Express gratitude
  • Write down your wishes

Prosperity

  • A money attracting plant such as basil or rosemary in a pot
  • a bowl of rain water or water which has been in the sun
  • a green crystal

  1. Set the plant, crystal and bowl of water in a triangle on the ground with the bowl of water at the apex
  2. Cup your hands around the plant pot and say 9 times: Bring growth, I ask, to nature and my life
  3. Cradle the plant pot visualizing the plant growing and money coming into your life
  4. Dip the crystal into the bowl of water 3 times and say:
  5. Be for me prosperity, abundance and fertility
  6. Push the crystal into the earth around the plant and repeat 3 times:
  7. Bring growth, I ask, to nature and my life
  8. Water the plant daily and repeat as you water it:
  9. Be for me prosperity, abundance and fertility
  10. Amen, Aho, and So It Is

Focus for the Virgo New Moon

  • How can you adjust your thoughts to achieve your goals? Look at your world with a more logical, practical approach.
  • Begin making lists of things that need done, now! Write your list of what you want to start seeing coming into your life.
  • Stay motivated.
  • Keep your vibe high.
  • Eat nutritious and more natural foods, this is not a time for indulgences – the denser the food, the denser the energy flow and Virgo energy is light and high vibration.
  • Self reflection.

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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happy national peanut day

10 fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter that you may not know:

  1. 🥜 It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  2. 🥜 By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts.
  3. 🥜 Four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the USA contain peanuts or peanut butter.
  4. 🥜 The average peanut farm is 100 acres.
  5. 🥜 Peanuts are the #1 snack nut consumed in the U.S., accounting for two-thirds of the snack nut market.
  6. 🥜 Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  7. 🥜 There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania, Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut West Virginia.
  8. 🥜 According to Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs.
  9. 🥜 The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  10. 🥜 Peanut butter is consumed in 94 percent of USA households.

Source: The National Peanut Board

The Peanut Butter I Use Is Always Palm Oil Free!

Shakeology

The Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 5 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan Salt)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Lightly coat two large baking sheets with spray. Set aside.
  3. Combine quinoa, peanut butter, maple syrup, salt, extract, and egg in a large bowl; mix well.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips; gently mix until blended.
  5. Drop by rounded Tbsp. onto prepared baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until set.
  7. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets; remove from sheets and cool completely on a wire rack (or on parchment paper).

Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 22 mins Total Time 47 mins Servings 24 cookies, 1 cookie per serving Calories 95 kcal

P90X/P90X2 Portions
1 Single Serving Snack

P90X3 Portions
1 Carb
½ Fat

Container Equivalents
1 Yellow
1 tsp.

2B Mindset Plate It!
Enjoy as an occasional treat. Be sure to track it.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), reserve liquid
  • 2 Tbsp . all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp . hot pepper sauce (like Sriracha)
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1½ tsp. raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
  • Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. iced water
  • ¼ cup chopped raw peanuts
  • 2 medium green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Fresh lime juice


Instructions

  1. Place chickpeas, peanut butter, hot sauce, ginger, garlic, and honey in food processor (or blender); pulse until chickpeas are mashed.
  2. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Pulse until well blended.
  3. With food processor running, slowly add oil and water until smooth. If hummus is too thick, add reserved liquid 1 Tbsp. at a time.
  4. Fold in peanuts, green onions, and cilantro; mix well.
  5. Drizzle with lime juice.

Peanut Butter, apples, raisins, and sunflower seeds… YUM!

Apple Sandwich:

  • Small Apple = 1 purple container
  • Peanut Butter = 2 tsp.
  • Sunflower seeds = 1 orange container
  • Raisins = ½ purple container

Who has the peanut? This adorable game is perfect for your little one’s next party. The game teaches group cooperation while improving observational skills and…it only requires one peanut to play!  The group will learn quirky rhymes while following the rules and learning how to patiently wait to take turns. Read more at: Education.Com

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9/11 tribute – table of silence project

Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center present the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Table of Silence Project performance ritual for peace, reimagined for our current moment. Streaming live from the Josie Robertson Plaza, Lincoln Center in New York City on Friday, September 11, 2020, beginning at 7:55am. Together let us send a universal healing vibration of unity and peace around the world. Learn more at tableofsilence.org | LincolnCenter.org/TableofSilenceProject. Livestream produced and filmed by Nel Shelby Productions.

“To breathe together creates the awakening of the Human Spirit.” – Jacqulyn Buglisi The three-part presentation includes the world premiere of the Table of Silence PROLOGUE, choreographed by Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi, and created in collaboration with Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain on electric violin, Spoken Word Poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and BDT Principal Dancer Terese Capucilli with dancers representing the diversity of the NYC arts community. The program continues with the film Table of Silence ETUDES, created by dancers from around the globe, and concludes with the 9/11 Table of Silence Project. At 8:46AM, the dancers lift their arms to the sky for a moment of silence.

Buglisidance.org | tableofsilence.org | LincolnCenter.org/TableOfSilenceProject

east south north west

East is air incense, feathers
(represents our air signs)


South is fire, candles
(because it represents our fire signs).


North would be Herbs and Crystals
(represents our earth signs).


West is water, perfumes and essential oils
(represents our water signs).