The crazy energy out there raised a lot of emails and calls! Everyone seems to be feeling this energy - the good, the bad and the ugly. So I thought I should write something about coping with the changes taking place the next 18 months.
When I speak of energy at odds, it literally means we are in a storm. Its not a metaphor, it's for real. There is storm of opposing energy. Since we are part of the fabric of this planet, we are part of this opposition. The Earth herself is changing - reaching a cataclysmic state as she approaches a rebirth. Global warming is changing her, just like our DNA is literally changing as we speak. We are on the precipice of a rebirth. The parts of ourselves which does not work will be torn from us if we don't work hard to go with the flow. CHANGE is everywhere, and so are tempers. People are feeling caged, frustrated, confused and rather helpless at times. We are snakes in the process of shedding our skins so we can be something else.
A the core of these changes is CLEANSING. There's a reason you want to clear the clutter, rearrange the furniture, change your look, your hairdo, your job, your career, your friends and family are even undergoing a certain scrutiny because we are EVOLVING into new levels of consciousness. We have to be MINDFUL of what we take with us, who we associate with, how authentically we live our lives.
I recently turned into the mad cleaning woman, obsessed with going through every closet, drawer and cabinet and getting rid of all the unwanted stuff. It's elemental Feng Shui - you have to have empty space to allow NEW things to come in. Most of us are pack rats. Get busy and clean the house and the garage and the yard. Tell yourself an important person is coming to visit and you want the place to be as spiffy as it can be. You need to literally make space in your house. Less furniture, less clothes, less kitchenware, less pictures on the wall. Make room for new stuff to come into your environment. How about giving it an an hour every evening on something? Clean a drawer out while you watch TV. Turn on your favorite music as loud as can be and tackle that closet or garage. Clean. Clean. Clean. This is an act of faith, of belief that you want a new future and you are telling the universe and your higher self you are ready.
Then there is a harder part, clearing out the people from you life who don't value you. Do your "friends" and family make you feel good, encourage you, treat you with respect, or do they always ask for help and never return the help when you need it? Do they always seem to say things that hurt your feelings? Do they make you feel insecure and undervalued? Then its time to clean those people out too. (yes its harder with family, but you can limit your contact if need be.)
I had a friend for over 20 years I recently asked to leave my life. It took me 6 months of mulling it over, but no matter which way I looked at it, this person belittled me, took advantage, coerced me, and made me feel used and insecure. There were a couple of final straws for me, but one that stands out was the night she left the house, I leaned against my front door and said out loud to myself "Thank God she is gone." This drove home to me how uncomfortable she made me feel and I had to ask myself why I was allowing this habit to continue when she was so toxic to me. I talked to my other friends about it. Turns out a lot of them only tolerated her for me. Others said to follow my heart, and that's what I did. So I told her that her attitude toward me was anything but friendship, that her belief systems were full of fear and anger and did not make me feel good, and I was, sadly, ending our relationship. She was shocked. I don't think she ever expected me to speak up for myself and change the pattern of abuse. And from that moment onward I felt like an anvil lifted off my shoulders. I was free. I never looked back. And even though it took me six months to do it, I felt that I had to honor myself and feel good about me. It's not only my right, but my duty to keep good energy around me.
She lost several other friends that same year, and she never did the work to figure out why. I did the right thing and made room for new people to come into my life, and a new friend came along almost immediately like magic. it was one of the hardest things I ever did, but it was worth it for my sanity, my self respect and my happiness. If you have people like this in your life, toxic people, know that they prevent you from moving forward, from having self respect and from raising your own vibrations to a higher level so you can move into the new energy of the world. I never said it would be easy, but boy it feels good to be surrounded by people who love and cherish me. I deserve it. And you do too.
Do the same with career, start looking for a new job, or starting your own business. Make your life a happy place and your vibrations automatically elevate, taking you to the higher level.
I also want to talk about "perfection". People tell me they will get busy on their work WHEN they get everything in order. Excuse me! Everything is NEVER in order. The Universe and life is chaos and change. While you're waiting to be perfect, life is passing you by. Maybe you're the big pink flower and you'll get busy when you're smaller like the white flower. Or maybe you're the white flower and you'll get busy as soon as you're able to change yourself to pink like the other flower. Our need for perfection prevents us from living our lives. Our disatisfaction is a block to success. Stop Sabotaging yourself. Is your life passing before your eyes because "someday" is never today? Well stop it. Change is a process, one step at a time. LIVE. LIFE IS A BANQUET AND MOST POOR SUCKERS ARE STARVING TO DEATH was a line in the movie Auntie Mame which changed my life at age 13. I lived in a small town, where people seldom dreamed or stepped outside the box, and they made me feel like life was dull and a bust. This movie helped me see the possibilities in life. So much to learn, so many people to meet, so many places to see, so many experiences to have. Life is only dull if you are dull. Get out there and explore, make as many changes as you can, but don't stop moving forward because you're waiting until everything is perfect. There is no such thing as perfect, its only an excuse not to LIVE!
And finally, some other ways to keep the spirits up, and focus on the best in you, and the ability to cope with the true madness which is coming. I wish I could tell you rainbows are around the corner, but the next 18 months are about destruction so the phoenix can rise from the ashes. There will be turmoil. Learn to be of this world but not in it. Don't let this dark energy suck you under. Remember, its always darkest before the dawn. Great things are coming....just not quite yet.
PS: Pluto turns direct Thursday the 20th. Road blocks are lifted and progress can finally be made. Take advantage of this forward moving energy.
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July and August 2013 an article about me is running in the Noe Valley voice.
I also did a chart on Noe Valley based on when the neighborhood was incorporated. It was a first and fun to do.
Read the interview here.
I've been working really hard the last couple of months, including writing a monthly forecast column. I will focus on key factors for the month for everyone. Please sign up for the emails and you will be notified with each new monthly addition.
I have also put ads in the National Dell Horoscope Magazine and their Dell website that will start running in May, as well as ads in Common Ground and Open Exchange.
I finally set up my Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in accounts. Looking forward to the world of social media. I am still somewhat confused about it but learning.
I am doing more Tarot readings than ever before and have set up half hour and one hour readings. If you don't use all the time, it will be carried forward to your next reading. Any suggestions on other options are welcome.
And finally I created a new look for the website and a new logo and header. I like the clean look and hope you do too.
Well 2012 has flown by and it's almost the New Year. I look back on 2012 with relief its over. Lots of emotional struggles for me this year and many changes. Same for my friends and family. And the World. Its because we are in what I call the "pool"...like a big pot of soup, we all sit in the same energy together and it affects our lives, our emotions, our sense of self, our connection to God. We are in this together whether we like it or not.
From now until March 2015, the stars are very busy changing us and the world. 2013 may yield a lot of "natural disasters" like earthquakes, fires, floods, etc. Mother Earth has been tormented by us and she will be scratching the fleas and shifting things around, just like we need to make changes and shift. Bend and learn, hold fast and break. It's hard to change, especially as we age. Harder still for fixed signs who just like things the way they are. I am a cat lover and I can tell you they like things just the way they are and when you move stuff around they get curious and cranky at the same time if the changes don't meet with their approval. Its time for us all to open our minds to the new. See things we've missed until now. Look at things from a different angle. Sit on a hill or a high rise and look down on your town or city and reflect. Think about the world and how you can make it a better place by being a better person. Every time you make a loving gesture, the "pool" radiates more good energy to vanquish the negative. Be a magician and pour your good will fairy dust everywhere you can. You really can make things better by being more loving and kind.
I had lunch with a dear friend yesterday and we ended up spending 9 hours together talking about everything under the sun, including the state of the world. Politics right now can be so depressing. Its hard to picture a sane person in DC or Wall Street. They are just so out of touch with the world, and live in their isolated bubble of privilege and power and appear to have decided that looking down on We The People is an OK thing to do. I am sure Thomas Jefferson is up in heaven shaking his fists. I know for me it is often so hard to imagine a better world when such selfish people are running things. So what can we do? I don't have billions to fight them, and I bet you don't either. But we DO have power, and its hard to remember that in this world in such turmoil right now. Up is down and down is up for sure.
But the real power is with the Universe. This place is his/her making and their love can do ANYTHING if we BELIEVE. So Monday night when you raise your glass at midnight, thank the universe for life itself. Ask to bless the world and everyone in it. And each and everyday in this new year, ask "God" to help us manifest a world of love and caring for one another, and to help warm the hearts of the cold and callous and make this place the heaven on earth it is supposed to be. God bless us everyone and best wishes to you all for a fascinating New Year.
Venus moves from lovey dovey Libra to intense Scorpio - joining Saturn no less. The next few weeks are hot, intense and cathartic.
Banish emotional fears and stop running from the real thing. Sure its scary, but its REAL which means it can last, it can endure, it can enlighten, it can heal, it can melt your fears (or enhance them if you hold onto your fear) and it can be a whole lot of fun and wild passion too.
Speaking for fear, the dark side of this is that you will wallow in your base instincts. Things like self doubt and jealousy can come pouring out of you. Its a time to reconcile yourself with who you are and own it and love it. Or change it. If you find yourself accusing your love interest of flirting or cheating, you know you're in a bad place. If you think you're not good enough, make a list of your good and bad points and realize you stack up to most people. And change what really makes you crazy about yourself. Therapy would be excellent now, as you are motivated to explore your depths and Saturn will help you release old patterns that do not serve you anymore.
The positive track is to say what's been in your heart and risk rejection or bypass your fears. Spit it out, yell it from the rooftops, take a leap of faith. Venus and Saturn together can create unions with strong sticking power. But you have to be bold. Say the things you hide in your heart and let them out of hiding. Embrace the passion you feel. Be a risk taker. The odds are in your favor if you dig deep and release. This is a time to create lasting connections with meaning and depth. Saturn will take you there if you let him. "I love you but you scare the hell out of me" is a good opening line. Or "I love you so much I almost wish I didn't --- its just so much emotion sometimes I feel like I'm drowning". "You haunt me and I can't take it anymore. Lets give this thing a shot even though I'm afraid you'll rip my heart out". Let the feelings out, Let the passion out. Let the fear out. Let the joy begin. Your heart throb may just be waiting for you to be so bold and will jump in your arms when you say yes to deep, committed love with heaps of passion. Take a chance.
These past few months have been crazy busy for me and finally winding down, so I rejected all invitations for the holidays to spend the day alone with my thoughts. Being too busy steals our alone time, which is what keeps us connected to the spirit. Today I am giving much thanks for all my gifts and bounty and thinking about my life in general. I am truly blessed to have really wonderful people around me. All my clients are good people who I enjoy working with, my friends love and protect me, my kitty still gives me the "I'm wiser than you" eye but she adores me too. I have a friend with perpetual conflict in her life and I give thanks for the relative sanity in my own. It took me decades but I have learned to say "no" to craziness and I don't try to fix people anymore (boy was that exhausting!) Now I am working on me. I am doing meditation asking for deep spiritual growth, I am writing in my journal to manifest those gifts in the material world, and I am thanking God, The Universe, The Creator, etc. for my life and my constant learning. I want to contribute something powerful to the changes looming before us, and I am readying myself. Another friend is worried the world will end and are we prepared? I figure I live in earthquake country so I should be ready for emergencies anyhow so we're working on a "what if the worst happens" plan. I have stored a little food, am shopping for a water storage container, and looking for a greenhouse to put on my deck to grow some food. As a kid I lived on a farm for a while and I seem to have a green thumb as my plants are doing well even though I sometimes neglect them. I do talk to them however, and ask them how they are doing.
I was thinking about people in general, and how much division there is in the world. I have recently gotten to know an amazing Pakistani woman, raised in the Midwest as a Muslim and now working as a Theta Healer and helping me get over old childhood wounds and rewiring my brain. There is so much fear of Muslims in this country and I just don't understand it. (Did we hate all Christians after Timothy McVey?) And while we are learning to hate a particular group, the government contractors are making a fortune with our tax dollars fighting "evil doers" who just happen to be sitting on large deposits of crude oil. Like a magicians sleight of hand, we are looking at one hand and not noticing what the other one is up to. And we don't have the power or the money to fight this giant propaganda machine, so how to we "fight back"? We do it with love.
I look at my new Muslim friend who radiates love, joy, charisma and a heart as big as the ocean, and I wonder about the people out there who would think ill of her because of her family religion. In getting to know her she has told stories about her family gatherings, and they make me laugh inside because they are just like my family stories and yours. Some are wonderful, some are pig headed, some are afraid of anything new, some embrace the new, some can't think outside the box and some are just irritating as hell. People are people. All kinds of personalities, but somehow the same kind of behaviors despite religion or politics or geographic locale. Yet we cannot know everyone on the planet, so how do we derail the prejudice which keeps us apart, in fear and stuck? We do it with Love.
And one of the things we can do with love is be thankful. I have had a lovely day to myself. Thank you God. l had a wonderful turkey dinner and watched "Love Actually" one of my favorite movies about love. Thank you Universe. I slept late (yeah), wrote in my blog. I feel good and I thank God for my good life. That action of thankfulness pours love into our energy pool and lifts all boats up just a bit. Do your part for the world by giving real thanks for all the good things in your life - today and everyday. And tell everyone you love that you love them. It's always wonderful to hear and it opens our hearts to more love. Love really is the answer "they" just don't you to know it!!!
Mars in Capricorn manifests things quite easily. Work really hard during this transit and you will accomplish a lot. I know its the holidays but this is the season for hard work and solid results! Take the time to push yourself and you'll see what I mean!
Neptune the lovely blue planet governs spiritual matters. Last spring it entered its home of Pisces where it had been absent for 162 years. Its a momentous time. A time of awakening. Spirit will overturn the negativity of the world if we work on our own spiritual growth. Our energy goes into the pool of energy that covers the earth. The more connected we are to spirit, the more minds will change and care about friendship, family, love, the Universe vs "stuff".
It went retrograde this summer but now its back. Our minds will be more focused on the spirit if we let it. Spiritual growth will come easier, as will insights, heart opening and caring. Its all good, and its in good aspect to Saturn (trine) which means we'll find the discipline to make those spiritual changes permanent. Who cares if someone cuts you off on the highway. Slow down, pull over and let them go. Go with the flow. Go with peace and a sense of well being. Don't sweat the petty stuff. It just bogs you down. Focus on fairness for us all. Focus on real family values, not political campaign versions of family values. Help one another. Wish the best for each other and stop being so competitive. Take time to sit on the porch, smell the roses, and volunteer for a group you want to help. Its about "we the people" not about power and greed. We will stop the selfish by being unselfish. We will find our way and the world will turn into something lovely. You just need faith and practicing what you preach. Open your heart to love and being loving.
Mercury retrograde always makes me wince. The mind gets fuzzy, past mistakes are shoved in your face, people don't hear you, mail gets lost, things back up and progress is hard to come by. Its time to finish those things you've been meaning to do and they will go smoothly. Thanksgiving week will be esp crazy so expect delayed flights, dark moods, forgetfulness etc. Its time to be quiet and not engage in anything resembling an argument. Bite your tongue and wait till Nov 27th when it goes direct...no wait another week for your brain to come back because you will be living in lowered IQ time during a retrograde mercury which rules the mind. But its not all bad. People from the past come back, old matters get resolved or renewed, clean those closets, make that to do list and clear the decks for December. Be quietly productive.
Saturn enters Scorpio, the ruler or the underworld, for 2.5 years. Neptune is in Pisces, its home base, for 14 years. Scorpio and Pisces trine or interact harmoniously. This is a time of great spiritual awakening. I have noticed recently people driving like reckless, angry manics like I've never seen before. These are people reacting poorly to the amazing amount of energy bombarding us right now. If you are not looking at your spiritual life and growth, you are going to be tossed like a ship at sea. Meditate and center yourself, ask for guidance, burn candles for the world, bless your friends, be thankful what you do have no matter how small. It is time to speak to the universe on a regular basis to build the bridge between we here on earth and the "other world" of spirit, where God, the angels and higher selves exist. Piscean's and Scorpios are especially affected as these planets sit next to them. Cancers will also be greatly affected, and Taurus, Virgo and Capricorns will also bump into their spiritual selves and will be allowed to partake in this new adventure. Air and Fire signs may be having a hard time if they are not connected to their spiritual growth, but the other signs mentioned will also be having a deluge of energy pushing them into the spirit life, and if you resist, it will be overwhelming. Focus on the universal energy of love and kindness and compassion and your heart will be filled with a new joy. Become a spiritual warrior and help yourself and others rise above to a new level of being. These two planets will be bumping into each other for the next few years, so take this invitation seriously. A new world is dawning. Join in and celebrate. This is what you came here for....to see the unfolding ...and to be a part of it.
Yvonne Walker, founder of theAstroHealer.com (formerly Astrological Healing) is an astrologer with 30+ years experience.