Come Back To The Middle
We start the week with the waxing crescent moon in Aries, which may feel like a welcome fiery antidote to the emotional watery depths we have been swimming in with the Dark New Moon in Pisces over the weekend. We are now in the run up to the Spring Equinox, or Ostara which marks the beginning of Aries season on Saturday 20th March. This is the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Summer Solstice when day and night is equal, and the beginning of a new astrological year. After all of the emotional cleansing of a very potent Pisces season this year, we may feel more than ready to get our internal fires started this weekend. Aries is a warrior energy so in AstroYoga this week we will practice an energising, strengthening asana practice with some activating pranayama and as always closing with a restorative Yoga Nidra.
For some time now I have chosen not to watch or read the news because I became aware that it was lowering my frequency, aka bringing me down. Instead, I hear the headlines via my partner, friends and family and if it seems important I will investigate further. So this weekend I got emotionally drawn into the tragic story of Sarah Everard and the inappropriate police response to a peaceful vigil in her memory at Clapham Common. The story was obviously triggering for women of all ages because we have collectively suffered the imbalance of the subjugated divine feminine for too long. It felt like this horrific crime committed by a police officer struck a nerve to wake a lot of women and men up, shifting the collective consciousness towards an urgent need to co-create a safer world for all.
But, some men felt it was unfair to lump them together with a psychologically disturbed individual. They couldn't comprehend why this brutal crime meant that they had to suddenly look at their own behaviour. Men are sometimes victims of sexual harassment and abuse too. Parents were being asked to educate their sons as if they are all bringing up rapists. Imagine being a teenage girl or boy right now, with many of them spending their whole lives relating to one another through screens. Of course it is important to cultivate a sense of equality and mutual support and protection in our children, but that works both ways. Or all ways. We haven't even considered how this dualistic way of seeing gender and sexuality affects those who don't fit neatly into boxes. The extreme response on social media had the effect of polarising men and women, which is actually detrimental to finding genuine harmony on this New Earth.
So, today I find myself being reminded to come back to the middle, and remember that the rise in the divine feminine will not fly without the divine masculine finding their voice as well. The energetic shifts are happening, whether people like it or not, so our task during these transitional times is to remain centred and grounded, find ways to transcend our differences and remember that we are all one. There is certainly a lot of healing still to do and many obstacles in our path, but from stable foundations together we rise.
Please enjoy a selection of songs to flow through your practice this week.
Year Ahead Spread
On Tuesday 16th March Mercury enters Pisces enabling us to find new ways to communicate the emotional learnings from the past astrological year and process a final integration of the lessons. Ostara this year falls on a First Quarter moon in Gemini which is conjunct the North Node, our collective Soul Purpose. This next lunar cycle is building towards a Full Supermoon in Libra on 28th March, which is pulling us towards restoring balance in our relationships. Notice any extremes in your current life situation and find ways to come back to the middle. While a New Moon is a good time to set intentions, this waxing phase of the moon is when we can be inspired to take action on whatever it is we are manifesting for the coming astrological year. So, I pulled a Zodiac Spread which identifies Journal Prompts to help each sign get focussed. This spread can be read in various ways. If you have your birth chart then you can read for your Sun, Moon and Rising for the full picture. Or you could focus on Aries as the beginning of the year and look at which house it falls in your chart. (If you need help finding or reading your birth chart then get in touch.)_
Or you could use the entire reading as a forecast for what is coming up over the coming year. I chose Sarah Shipman's Our Tarot because it features powerful women who have helped shape history, in gratitude for their service to herstory.
Read below for details on each card.
Aries ~ identity
IV WanDs ~ Corazon Aquino
Celebration ~ Harmony ~ Peaceful Community ~ Union ~ Divine Blessing
What personal accomplishments have you neglected to celebrate?
What's the best way for you to reap the benefits so far?
Can you create a home to relax in and be proud of what is being achieved?
Taurus ~ Value
Wheel of Fortune ~ elizabeth i
Destiny~ Luck ~ Change ~ Public Persona
How can you better navigate the twists and turns of your life?
What forces are working with you or against you?
Realistically, what aspects of your life do you have a hand in creating and what must you accept as a matter of destiny?
Gemini ~ Communications
Knight of cups ~ Sojourner truth
Spiritual Journey ~ Passion ~ Forgiveness
What do you believe is your purpose?
How does that mission improve the quality of life for your community?
What actions do you feel called to take?
Cancer ~ Home
The Fool ~ Joan Of Arc
New Beginnings ~ Starting Over ~ Personal Destiny ~ Spiritual Guidance
What is your unique purpose?
What are the first steps you can take towards the fulfilment of that goal?
What or whom do you look to for direction?
Leo ~ Creativity
THe Hanged Woman ~ Hypatia
Contemplation ~ Acceptance of Responsibility ~ Inaction
What have you discovered in your observations of the many unions, divisions and dramas playing out among the people in your life?
Has your perspective changed?
Are you waiting for the right time and place to share your thoughts and opinions with them to get the most favourable response?
Virgo ~ Healing & Routine
VIII Wands ~ Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Quickness ~ Rapid Change ~ New Communications ~ The Unexpected
Do you trust yourself to make fast decisions when the moment calls for it?
What in your current life situation could potentially require a quick decision - and are you prepared for it?
Libra ~ Relationships
Shadow VII Pentacles ~ Zora Neale Hurston
Exploitation ~ Obscurity ~ Lack of Achievement
What have you done - even if it's just the tiniest act - that makes you proud?
Take out a sheet of paper and write a list.
What do you want to add to it?
Scorpio ~ TRANSFORMATION
IX CUPS ~ ELOISA DIAZ
Satisfaction ~ Accomplishment ~ Good Health
How can you better allow yourself to be pleased with your blessings and accomplishments?
What about your life fulfils you?
What personal wishes are you hoping to fulfil?
Sagittarius ~ Philosophy
Shadow Knight of Wands
Frustration ~ Public Squabbles ~ Impediment
Are there any people in your life whose judgement is adversely affecting you?
How can you put a safe distance between yourself and those who seek to hold you back?
What values do you consider important as you go about living your life?
Capricorn ~ Ambition
Page of Cups ~ Dorothea Dix
Emotional Wellness ~ Nourishment ~ Offering Love
What problems or obstacles do you face currently?
What can you do right now to progress out of that situation?
How can you use your experience as an opportunity to help others?
Aquarius ~ Community
The Emperor ~ Victoria
Power ~ Authority ~ Leadership ~ Determination ~ Confidence ~ Wisdom
How much importance do you place on being widely respected, recognised and admired?
What qualities do you possess that make you a good leader?
What are you weaknesses in this regard?
How can you adapt your role to benefit others and yourself?
Pisces ~ Inner Life
Ace of Wands ~ Pearl Primus
New Ideas ~ Creative Sparks ~ Potential
What inspires you?
How can you become more open to new creative ideas?
Which media will help you to best interpret and express those ideas?
Theme For The Year Ahead
The Magician ~ MARIE CURIE
Dreams ~ Hope ~ Faith ~ Inspiration ~ Innocence ~ Peace
How can you keep your own inner light bright during these times of turmoil?
What are you hopes and dreams?
How can you bring them to life on Earth?
Ostara Essential oils
Blue Tansy ~ Inspired Action
Coriander ~ Integrity
Roman Chamomile ~ Spiritual Purpose
Frankincense ~ Father Sky ~ Truth
Myrrh ~ Mother Earth
Balance ~ Apply 1-3 drops to base of spine and bottoms of feet
Align ~ Apply to heart, solar plexus and middle of back
Forgive ~ Apply 1-3 drops with carrier oil or roll-on over heart, nape of neck (vagus nerve), wrists and behind ears
Adaptiv - Apply 1-3 drops to wrists and nape of neck (vagus nerve)
I am calm. I am at peace. I am content. I go with the ever-changing flow of life willingly and joyfully. I breathe deeply and oxygen replenishes my body.
I feel protected.
If all of this lights you up then I have plenty of room for you to come and zoom with us LIVE each week for AstroYoga on Transformation Tuesdays 10:00am-11:30am GMT ~ or if you can’t make that time then you can still benefit from doing the practice by watching the recording. Each week's practice is choreographed to bring you into harmony with the cosmic energies of the whole week.
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