Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mercury Retrograde June 26-July 20, 2013

Mercury Retrograde
The Mercury Retrograde happens three to four times each year. It's when the planet Mercury appears to be traveling backwards in the sky for about three weeks. Since planets move at a fast pace and don't go backwards, what's really happening is the illusion, since the Earth is orbiting the Sun at a different speed than the other planets.

The retrograde of Mercury happens from June 26-July 20, 2013. Mercury's shadow period begins June 9-August 3, 2013. The shadow refers to when Mercury is moving at a much slower rate. Since Mercury rules over: speaking, negotiating, buying and selling, formal contracts, documents, listening, travel, mail & shipping, etc. During this time decisions can be a challenge. It's not advised to sign contracts or start a new business, expect delays if you do. Be mindful of spending as its easy to be careless with it. However the positives of this retrograde is that its best for re-organizing and reflecting things in your life.

Activities to do during the retrograde
Use this time to find a new way to express yourself and inner reflection. Reorganizing and reflecting is helpful when we are able to look at the world slightly differently to a new prospective. During this time we can experience heightened inner awareness when meditating, can rework old plans and review past work, while journaling. Note that the more receptive you are to resolving or adjusting to whatever comes your way during this time, the more productive and rewarding you will be during this experience. Remember what you wanted to manifest during the Super Full Moon, now is the time to figure out and plan how you are going to make this come to be- while not acting on it since Mercury rules communication and it will be easy to get messages crossed, its the time to plan and tread lightly.

- Re-establish priorities
- Reconsider or redefine your goals
- Reconnect with people from your past
- Review finances
- Reorganize your home or office
- Reconnect with people from your past
-Review, revise and edit written work
-Discover past errors or oversights
-Conduct research and investigations
-Revive projects that were put on hold

What can we expect?
During this time we get the opportunity to get a new prospective and what our sensitivities are so that we can get a new understanding to what our interdependence is with our environment around us. There's opportunity to learn how to relate feelings to our mind and body, and even to relate how our feelings are or are not bringing us what we like. Remember what you set out to want to attract during the Super Full Moon. This is when we get to assess how we can manifest that into our lives. The next three weeks is a sort of bridge into the new year, where we can reflect by looking back or within us. So what you observe with your insights trust the final ones over any initial ones that come into you mind. If you notice something that needs more attention nurture that. This is a time to reflect what has been happening in the past and currently to give us more insight on what is coming. Expect major choices and changes to be thrown at us to move forward into viewing a greater vision. Be warned that we may get frustrated that our means of old communication is not doing the same as it once was. It's time to reflect and find a new means of communication.

Mercury will rule from mid-July through mid-October 2013, this Mercury retrograde will give us many signs and signals which we can apply during the Mercury rule. It's going to be a time of critical choice and change. It's the opportunity to look what we have already experienced in the past before we move forward at the end of the retrograde period.

This marks an important phase shift in our lives, the beginning of a new way of living, feeling and knowing. It will be an intense time that won't make much sense while we are in it, but just go with the flow, it will be understood later.  So for now just focus on planning and not acting quick on anything. Have patience all things will happen in their own time. It's about the process regardless how we feel or think right now about things maybe not moving forward as fast as we like, it will come soon enough we just need patience.

It's key to trust yourself and trust your gut and senses. Intuition proves to be very powerful and will help you be more productive, so go with what feels right. Since the Mercury retrograde is in Cancer, it brings a powerful wave of nostalgia. A sudden draw to the past or a sense of longing to return to a past experience, situation, or relationship may lead to a feeling of comfort. Past relationships also are prominent in giving a sense of safety with the reemergence of old friends, connections or family may also be feeling this and begin to reach out to you. Be prepared and receptive to what comes up and if you still have loose ends that need to be tied up use this opportunity to process feelings or emotions that were not addressed before. It's a great time to look at what you want to keep and what you want to let go of.

The past two months had a lot of change both within ourselves and in our external world. Now is the time to just process all this change and become familiar with what is. To prepare for moving forward. The shadow time is to reflect and plan. When Mercury goes direct its the time to act and move forward with stability.

The Grand Water Trine
The Grand Water Trine begins when Mercury goes stationary retrograde. This brings stable and flow with great ideas, connections and interactions coming due to the addition of the Moon trine Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Jupiter creating a equilateral triangle (120 degrees from one another). Water signs rule our emotions, passions and spiritual connections. Neptune in the sign of Pisces will stimulate creativity and our connection to the Divine. Saturn in Scorpio brings increased patience, investment and insight. While Jupiter in Cancer brings family love and real estate opportunities. This begins July 8 through July 27, 2013. July 20 Mars joins Jupiter and it brings additional energy, its completed July 26 when the Sun enters it all. And if none of that made any sense these three planets reach their climax it brings vibrations that are beneficial to use bringing with it inspiration that we can accomplish anything.

Most important
This Mercury retrograde is a time of RE: - rebuilding, revisiting, and rewriting. So if you find yourself rethinking or reevaluating someone or something in your life pay particular attention to it. It is not a time to start new projects or new relationships because at the end of this retrograde you may find you don't want to be with this new person. Note: if you're sign is a: Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces; the effects of this year can intensify and really get to you.

The key point during this time is to listen to your gut, what is going on on a deeper level within you. If there becomes a deep need to break free from something or someone, before you act; pause and reflect what is making you feel the need to act this way. Explore what things from your past may be contributing to these current thoughts, and your present situation how that is influencing your thoughts. As well as reflect on the direction you see yourself in the future. It's the time to be gentle with yourself and see what's really causing a reaction within you. Is it someone from your past coming into contact with you? A repeat of a situation you get to revisit? Whatever you are faced with take time to meditate with it. By mid-October you will be able to start your journey with more stable footing because you were able to be gentle with yourself and reflect on what it is you truly want and made all the planning preparation so that you are now more ready to move forward, understanding who this new you is.

Friday, June 21, 2013

How to Harness the New Moon Energy for Manifestation

New Moon Manifestations- Law of Attraction
With the begin of the Summer to the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of Winter in the Southern Hemisphere, brings the Yin and Yang aspects of the seasons. Summer brings about the feminine qualities of Yin and winter the masculine qualities of Yang. Depending where you live these two extremes allow you to use these polar opposite energies to harness their power for manifesting.

You should be developing the list of things you want to manifest that we covered in the last article. 

I personally use Reiki along with my manifestation, which services are offered at PadmaBella.com, however below are some ways you can put into motion the things you want to begin to manifest. Each of us has our own vibration that we send out into the universe. So when you consciously manifest the process its focusing on your distinct vibration the universe responds to it and your desire manifests into your physical reality. However like vibrations attract like things. Here is where having your chakra's balanced and being aligned properly comes into play so you are prepared to receive. Often you can send out what you want, but it may not come right when you want the universe waits until your vibration matches up with what it is you want.

How to Harness the Power of the New Moon to Manifest
Moon energy is the best time to incorporate it in your manifestation process (when possible). The Waxing time is used to attract new things (experiences, people, objects, etc.) into your life. The Waning period is used to physically, emotionally or energetically clear and discard unwanted things from your life. 

During these waxing and waning time is when you reflect on the things you most want to manifest using the energy leading up or regressing from the New Moon. So then once it comes time for the day/night of the actual New Moon all you have to focus on is actual ritual you chose to seal the things you want to manifest in physical form. 

There's nothing specific you have to do to harness the Full Moon's powers, it is just all around you. If you are more attuned to natural energies you will be able to feel it, for others it may be subtle and for others you may not feel anything at all. It still is all around you just like the air. We get to use this energy for greater good, so no negative activities please. Just waking up and showing up the day you get to experience the Full Moon Energy.

Things to do on the Night of the New Moon
Take out the list you've been creating of all the things, events, or people you want to manifest into you life that you've been working on during the lead up to this New Moon. Use this to help with the below suggested activities to do on the night of the New. I personally like to sit outside under the full moon and do these, be alone in a reflective state and play some calm music. This is your time to be creative to be very specific in the things you want in your life. It's your time to communicate with the Universe and use the Law of Attraction to manifest the things you want. In everything that you do you need to feel that you already have it when participating in any activities towards manifestation.

*Make a Vision Board
This is a very simple and creative way to visually get down on paper images of things you want to manifest. There are no rules, you just need magazines, pictures, markers, pen, scissors, glue and poster board or just a sheet of paper. Look through magazines for instance to just anything that calls to you or look for specific things you had on your list. If you don't find anything to represent what you have envisioned just draw it yourself or write it out. This process is decide and declare those desires to the universe through visual means. Arrange it any way that makes you happy. You can hang it up on your wall after so that you are reminded of the things you wish to manifest.

*Make a Manifesting List
Take out your list from earlier this week. On a piece of paper write down "I Manifest..." at the top of the paper. Next write down all that you desire (this is key write it in the present tense) keep writing until you can't think of anything else. Don't worry if its just words, sentences, there's no rules to what it needs to sound like. As a thought comes in write it down in whatever form it comes. Some like to put this completed list under their pillow at night or put it at an alter. I personally keep a journal for each moon and do reiki along with it. 

*Candle Ritual
You will need a candle- typical color is white (although you can use different colors). You will write words or symbols of the things that you desire onto the candle. Next hold the candle in both hands and visualize yourself having all these things and enjoying having them. Visualize this desire going into the candle. For me I feel the energy transfer from me to the candle. Continue to do this until you feel the energy has stopped flowing from you to the candle. Once you feel ready, light the candle and allow it to burn down completely. During this process, as the candle burns its transmitting your desire into the universe. (Do not leave a candle unattended, if it blows out if your outside just relight it, if you have to extinguish it Do Not blow it out use a snuffer instead). 

Since this Super New Moon holds so much energy its a great time to mediate to become calm, mindful and still. You can mediate by yourself under the Full Moon, in a sacred space at home or connect with like-minded people for a group mediation. 

*Send Blessings/Love and Light to People who need it
Using this New Moon power to send healing energy, forgiveness, pink light, white light and love to friends, family, co-workers, strangers, enemies; reiki is also powerful healing tool used during this time as well. You can also send peaceful energy to world experiences or back to Mother Earth for all her support. It gives you lots of good karma for being selfless and thinking of others during this time as well. It's a great time to do acts of kindness and get rid of any negative energy you or others might be holding on to.

If you already use crystals you can use them during any of these activities listed above.

Seal all or any of these with a prayer of gratitude to the New Moon and Universe. You can create your own words an example is: New Moon I am grateful for your presence and I am joyful to be with you again. Be with me now and sign your light and love upon my desires. May your energy assist with the manifestation that occurs will be for the highest good of all concerned. And so it is! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Namaste.  

You can now go about the rest of your night. Feeling happy and positive that you send out to the universe all that you want to attract and just be patient.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Super Full Moon June 23, 2013

Super Full Moon
June 23, 2013 this Full Moon is the closest, largest Full Moon of the year its also the closest encounter to the Earth for all of 2013. It's the closest SuperMoon of 2013 (the second of three in a row). So what does this mean? Astronomers call this type of close Full Moon a perigee full moon. Perigee describes the Moon's closest point to the Earth for that given month. The last SuperMoon was May 24-25, 2013. However, this June Full Moon falls even closer to the time of perigee. The crest of the Moon's full phase in June and the perigee actually fall within an hour of each other, which is why this SupeMoon is even more amazing.

The next closest Moon encounter with Earth will be August 10, 2014. The Full Moon will be even closer November 14, 2016. And that November Full Moon will be the closest Full Moon until the next one in November 25, 2034. The closest Full Moon does happen each month so a normal ocuranace however there are planetary alignments as well from the Summer Solstice. If you miss this one there will be another SuperMoon in July, but this one is the most super of this year.

The Full Moon Effects
The energy level is higher during a Full Moon. We can reflect upon our lives and ourselves, in order to see more deeply into our inner souls and those of others. The power of the Moon is tangible and also unmistakeable. We can feel our power and the power of the world so we will be drawn to the illusive and mysterious. Since the Moon is ruler of emotions, our emotions will be heightened during this time, so try to be positive so that radiates our life. So we shouldn't be happy, we're elated; we aren't mad, we are furious; we're not interested, we're excited; we're not sad, we're depressed ... get the picture? So lets be elated emotions will be very powerful an can manifest so be mindful.

Since emotions are heightened, you need to enter this Full Moon being aware of your emotions so you will be prepared when an emotional high comes. Often the Waxing Moon phases we use to learn how to control, grow and understand how to structure our emotions. But if you haven't then today is a great time to start, so long as you don't let it catch you off guard. If you find confrontation with someone else, realize that emotions even negative will be provoked more so than normal. Since we have the Yin and Yang at play with the Sun and Moon at opposite ends, we can use this energy and confrontation to our advantage to see what manifests with this Opposite and what it manifests to us. So look in the mirror when you see opposition and see how this reflects on you. Is this person giving you information that you've missed about yourself or your situation? Even in opposition you can still learn from it which could make your approach more balanced and structured.

We are half way through the Lunar Cycle, so there's a natural feeling of culmination. Between the time of the New Moon earlier this month and the waxing phases leading up to this Super Full Moon, there's been a building and evolving which has manifested. A goal has been reached, even if you aren't fully aware of it yet. During this time you will see things you've been working on coming together, so look out for them or maybe reflect on your life lately. Has any subtle things been working out in your favor? Did you have any dreams or vague visions during the New Moon? We can see them clearly now, so the sense of manifestation and completion is upon us. It can be as simple as your idea towards your goal has become a plan now or the actual project is just about complete. Whatever it is however big or small,  things are happening. If things have been seemingly going wrong for you, you will now see the results of that be manifested as well. Perhaps now you get preparation and the right mindset in order to be successful to change where you are at.

Now is the time for change and breaking habits and routines. It's a time to bring things to an end, where needed. So why not clean out that closet!! It's also a very creative time with endless possibilities so try writing poems, songs, paint- using the Full Moon as the subject. So use this creative energy for work or play or just creative thinking. However be cautious at making firm decisions right now as logic is not the strongest at this stage (especially on the Super Full Moon). So assess where you want to 'weed out' what no longer serves your life. Look at excess in your life, and objectively see where you can eliminate some of it.

Maybe there are some unanswered questions or things you haven't been able to see quite full or clearly. This Full Moon will be shedding light on our dark corners in our lives. These things have been hidden or just gone unnoticed, they may be negative or just routine things in your life. Either way the light from the Full Moon will help us see these things illuminated in the dark. So use this time to evaluate everything in your life to see hidden potential, look for mistakes,  or maybe find hidden opportunities that you may just now realize is in your grasp. During this time you also will have a greater sense of self as your emotions are strong, you will learn more about yourself too.

Signs and Kite
This Full Moon falls in Capricorn being the second of three SuperMoons. The syzygy (the alignment with the Sun), is intensifying the effects on the earth and on people. The Full Moon's energy gets amplified because its happening so close to the Summer Solstice. Since the planets form a unique pattern in the sky during this Capricorn/Cancer Full Moon its hope there is the most positive energies around.

The kite indicates success and positive energies and when there's a unique planet pattern in the sky its called a kite. This kite is made up of the water grand trine, with Sun in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces and the Moon in Capricorn. The Water Grand Trine seeks tranquility and peaceful exchange. We are asked to open up to subtle energies of the unconscious and to our feelings. Psychic powers become stronger since what we are attuned to the emotional flow around us, so be aware of heightened senses.

The Sun in Cancer will seek a stable emotional body that is capable of giving and receiving love. Here the planets will allow us to clean up from the Sun being in Saturn. Saturn allows us to clean up since Scorpio t4ends to hold on to negative feelings, this moon we are able to see how it no longer serves us. We have a choice if we trust our true feelings. Neptune in Pisces allows us to open spiritual potential and visions to heal views about ourselves and others.

This Water Grand Trine helps us align our feelings and find our mission to be open to start a new journey to confront any issues facing us. The Capricorn Moon gives support and nurtures our needs creating visions for the next new project. If you have an early water sign or Capricorn will be especially attuned to this Super Full Moon.

This Capricorn Full Moon requires a stronger sense of self during chaos and confusion. But it can help to promote plans and projects so you can have motivation to complete goals. Since we have a rare Water Grand Trine with Saturn, the Sun and, the Moon; we can make our dreams real to be aligned with your vision with the current reality. You can raise your vibration to live leading with your heart. The Sun helps us confront serious issues, situations and even difficult people. This is where thinking positive comes into play since perception is everything. Look at what you have and all you are so then you may realize the satisfaction you have.

A few hours after this Full Moon, it reaches powerful Pluto and unpredictable Uranus. We learn about power from Pluto. How we get it, keep it and how to give it away. Remember that you are in charge of your own power so be open to what needs to be changed and a change in thinking will be needed. The message of this Super Full Moon is that with hard work and discipline your dreams can come true. Patience is key.

In the days leading up to this Super Moon, its the Waxing time which means time to sow seeds and plant crops of those things we want to attract into our life. So even if you are just starting today, begin to think of all the things (experiences, people, objects, etc) you want to mainfest into your life. Plans you have thought of but may not have done anything with them. Now is the time to plant those seeds. Leading up to the June 23 Full Moon, make a list of all the things you want to attract, plans you want to move forward with, don't think about the how you're going to do it. Only focus on your wants and desires. The manifesting stage starts here, its all a process.

In this waxing stage of the Moon is when we get to start attracting those things we want in our life, so when the day of the Full Moon comes we already have planted the seeds in the ground and they may receive the energy from the Full Moon. It's just a matter of creating a physical visual of what we want in our life and also letting go of those things that no longer serve us anymore. Stay tuned I will be posting how to harness the power of this Super Full Moon and the activities you can do to continue to bring forth manifesting what you most want.

Summer Solstice - First Day of Summer June 2013

The Moon in Scorpio as the Summer Solstice enters the Northern Hemisphere. Thursday, June 20 (for those West Coast US) and Friday, June 21, 2013 (for the East Coast US).  The longest day of the year. It's also a time to be aware of everything around you including nature, so make sure you just take a walk or do something outside on this day. Find when the Summer Solstice is for you: http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-summer-summer-solstice

Yang reaches its peak energy at Summer. In Chinese culture when we are far in one, such as now Yang then it  begins the culmination of Yin Winter needing to be pulled in for that balance. Each quality of the other when in its deepest sense then brings on the need for the other to begin to surface.

As with grasshoppers which are also in abundance right now, grasshopper behavior is often denial. We do not want to look around the corner instead we simply do not want to know what's hidden in the shadow. However with this Summer Solstice denial is not recommended.

Sun is in Cancer and it triggers the Grand Trine in Water. Neptune is in Pisces, Saturn in Scorpio and Lilith in Cancer. This means these oceans are of dreams, visions, illusions, the subconscious, fears, and even our deepest desires. Naturally the Cancer Sun gets called to the ocean and will want to pull back with the water being too cold. However since Mercury, Venus and Vesta is in conjunction with Caner and Ceres, the ocean waves are going to be undeniable. 

The moon's in Scorpio with these four planets in late Cancer the dreaming will be very strong June 20-21, 2013. We are meant to connect, think and act. Right now we may feel overwhelmed with challenge and turmoil. However with Mars in Gemini it allows us to stay light on our feet. The ones who seem to have no power still can find your voice and a way to act at the end of the day, the unlikely hero. So Summer Solstice this year we have a natural paradox. We want to celebrate, sing, dance and enjoy life to the fullest yet we also remember the loss and suffering of others yet we have to create a balance. That we can appreciate the great joys of life only with knowing how tragic life can always be. The Yin and Yang. So why not just dance - to bring vibrance, depth and courage to stand tall and just jump in fully participating in life.

And we have another big celestial event this week too. June 23 we will have the 2013 Super moon which we will have the biggest and brightest moon of the year. With the moon the closest to the earth. Stay tuned for more information on the Super Moon.