Retrograde Like WHAT?

Nothing goes as planned. And that’s ok.
Blame it on Mercury retrograde or just a basic unpreparedness, the energy right now feels very dense. It’s not a coincidence. Saturn and Mars are squaring to each other, giving a difficult energy to work with. The harsh lessons of Saturn clash with the go-go motivated energy of Mars in a retrograde, which tells us to slow down to a crawl. When planets go retrograde it gives an illusion of it moving backwards. Technology goes haywire, communication misfires all over the board, at least during a Mercury retrograde.

Boy, am I feeling the throws of it all.

My downstairs ½ bathroom is in upheaval, being turned into a full bathroom. I’m trying to slow down, but at the same time it’s also consignment season, and we are about to go away for 2 weeks to TX and will be staying with my folks. Even though I want to slow down, there’s not much space to do so. I feel cramped and manipulated into a jacket that’s way too small for me. I feel like I can’t breathe in my home, that my kids are always touching me, and that I can’t give enough time and energy to my spouse. I’m doing the best I can!

But it’s all ok because this is going to be over. Soon enough the bathroom will be finished and we will be back to normal. Summer will get here and we will soon be on the beach relaxing.

OILS TO RELAX. All of them. Haha. Just kidding. I have a few favorites that I turn to when I’m feeling like I need more than just a cup of tea.
1. Lavender/Cedarwood/Rosemary (this combination feels relaxing, sleepy, and protective. I use it after a bath before I go to bed.)
2. Peace & Calming (This is a YL oil that is a gorgeous blend that is both peppery and tangerine-y. A must have)
3. Sacred Mountain (Another YL oil that gets your roots seriously connected to the earth to come back to center)
4. Stress Away (A YL blend that feels like a vacation in a bottle. I keep this on me at all times)

CRYSTALS TO RELAX. All of them. Just kidding again! I have my favorites.
1. Smokey Quartz- a super grounding stone and one to remove worries. I keep this nearby and sleep with it under my pillow. My dreams are a little insane right now but I don’t mind. This stone has been a lifesaver!
2. Sunstone- A happy stone that will allow you to see the silver lining in your situation. Perfect for a rainy day or when you have been glum for a few days.
3. Howlite- dissipates anger and anxiety. I love holding this stone when I’m incredibly overwhelmed, which is my trigger for anxiety, anger, and depression. It’s a mood elevator and releases negative emotions.
4. Amethyst- The ultimate calming stone, perfect for meditation and also for placing you in a state of balance. It is also a stone that removes bad or negative repetitive behaviors that are not serving your greatest good.

This past blue moon on 3/31 I decided to make a plethora of moon waters. All you do is to take a stainless steel bowl (bc I live up north and it’s still cold at night) I place about two pinches of salt in the water and dissolve. Then I add my clear quartz in one bowl, and place it outside in the moonlight for the crystals and the water to charge up overnight. With the water I make moon sprays. I put in my favorite essential oils and spray myself with the charged water. It raises my frequency and also gives the room a lift of energetic happiness and bliss.

Leo New Moon Total Solar Eclipse

Are you curious what to do with the New Moon Leo Solar Eclipse in Leo energy right now? Maybe you’re already on top of things or maybe you’re trying to figure it all out. Here’s my perspective and insight on how to use this energy for your benefit and to help you leverage your personal development, new projects, or upcoming goals and creations that you want to attract in your life.

The Leo personality is one of excitement, fun, passion, joyful, child-like wonder, brave, leader and loyal. Sun rules Leo, which also represents the areas in your life that you need to let shine. The time to hide and reflect is over and now comes the moment that you come out of your shell and really show the world who you are as a person and to take confidence and pride of who you are and what makes you stand out from the masses. Leo is your power and purpose to live/lead your life from what’s important to your heart and soul.

The new moon is the ideal time to reset new intentions and manifest or attract what you want to create in your life. The clearer you can become with these intentions, the more likely to see the payback of this new moon solar eclipse energy. New moons are a time of fresh starts. These new goals you set for yourself now will greatly influence your next 6 months and you will see the transformation of your goals within the next 2 years because of the energy of the solar eclipse.

The Solar eclipse energy is so interesting to me to be working with right now because we are also in a Mercury retrograde (going internal and slowing down, thinking about how we perceive and receive information and how we express ourselves and our awareness). Solar eclipses blot out the sun, leaving us in shadow. So, whatever we have hiding in shadow will likely surface at this time. Not every person is going to feel this intensely as the next. It really depends on what is going on in your birth chart and where Leo is located on your birth chart. So, whatever thoughts, emotion, or feelings that you have been avoiding, hiding from, distracting yourself with will come up at this time. We all have shadow sides (things we hide, even from ourselves) that we might or might not know about. That’s ok too. We all work with our shadow self when we are ready. As we go through our journey of life the shadow will creep in and we have a choice to deal with it in a healthy way so that we can progress as healthy individuals. If we choose to ignore those shadow aspects they typically come back to resurface as negative emotions that aren’t that pleasant to deal with. I mean, that’s why we avoid them in the first place.
So, use kindness and compassion for yourself when handling the tough stuff. Solar eclipse energy brings about a massive shift because we become deeply self-aware and there is an enormous amount of power when we look at aspects that aren’t working in our lives and discover ways to transform our personalities. Huge shifts will happen.

Some exercises to do for setting intentions to leverage your personal goals include:
-writing down on paper what you want to attract in your life no matter how crazy big or small they are. Write everything down.
-image yourself already having what you have. This is a form of visualization that can be helpful in receiving messages in how to attain what you want.
-In your mind’s eye (3rd eye) call upon your future self and as them for guidance.
-create affirmations to counter balance the shadow side negative talk that might surface.
-think about how you want to feel when you have this goal and work on aligning yourself from feeling, rather than thinking.
-spread joy, kindness, and gratitude wherever you go to raise your vibration and act from your greatest good.

I really hope this helps you get in connection with the solar eclipse Leo energy coming up this August 21, 2017. Happy New Moon!