Wednesday, March 20th is a powerhouse day as we kick off the astrological new year with the Sun entering the sign of Aries. Sun at 0° Aries marks the start of a new journey for the Sun and the Northern Equinox (Vernal Equinox).
No matter where you live, the Sun will be starting its new yearly cycle around the zodiac. The planetary arrangement in the cosmos at this time will set the tone for the next 12 months. So let’s review what we've got going on:
Full Moon at 0° Libra will be one of the most potent Full Moon’s of the year as 0° is the degree of “anything is possible”. Having both the Sun and Moon at 0°, signals some type of action must be taken. If you start something at this time, you will be motivated to get it off the ground. The key will be how you create a balanced (Libra) and sustainable approach to its manifestation.
Libra, ruler of the 7th house, is all about relationships, specifically the relationship between yourself and others. It represents the line between independence and dependence that must be drawn in order to find balance.
What is illuminated for you at this time will be where there is imbalance in your life. Where you are sacrificing yourself for someone or something. Where you are giving too much or not asking for enough.
*In order to find out exactly where this Full Moon will occur in your life, look to your birth chart to find which house 0° Libra is located.
In addition to the Full Moon, we have a major planetary aspect occuring that will set the tone for the year ahead. The Sun in Aries joins forces with Chiron in Aries in a very tight conjunction (alignment). Chiron is our path to wholistic healing. It is how we become whole after being broken open.
Chiron is not actually a planet but an asteroid that orbits between Saturn and Uranus. It is the bridge between our physical realm and the spiritual realm. It is one of my favorite points to look at in a personal astrology reading as it represents your transformation from the wounded healer to the masterful teacher. It is the key to discovering YOUR GREATEST GIFT.
As Chiron aligns with the Northern Equinox, each of us have the chance to heal our wounds. As individuals and as a collective, we will ALL experience this healing journey. Now, I am not saying it is going to be all rainbows and unicorns, it is going to take work. It is going to take dedication to YOUR journey to find balance and become whole again.
Take that first step on Wednesday...maybe you find your own masterful teacher to help guide you. Maybe you try your first ever energy healing session or start your yoga teacher training. Whatever it may be, don’t be afraid to embrace what opens up for you.
with love, spirit, and passion
We kick-off the first week of March with Mercury going retrograde in the sign of Pisces on March 5th. Now before you go running for the hills, let's chat about what this might look like for you.
Mercury (the planet of the conscious mind and communication) will be slowing down a bit and slipping into dreamy Pisces for three weeks of rest and reflection. Many of you have been going non-stop trying to achieve your new year goals for the past two months. Now, you are being asked to take a step back from the hustle and reassess the connection, delivery and approach to your 2019 goals.
Mercury in Pisces is all about surrendering to something greater than yourself. To your purpose, to your path, and to your soul. Take time to calm the mind and communicate with your soul during this transit. Find out the direction YOU want you to take! Not what you "should" be doing or what everyone else is doing. BUT what your soul is calling you to do.
Want to find out more about how to successfully survive this Mercury retrograde, check out my article on the MINDBODY blog.
On the following day, March 6th, we have Uranus moving into the sign of Taurus AND a New Moon in Pisces.
Uranus is the gateway planet to the spiritual realm. It is the first of the transpersonal (outer) planets that correlate with that which is outside of your everyday reality. It is the planet of sudden change and awakening.
Uranus will be entering Taurus for a seven-year transit that is sure to spark change in your life. Taurus is an Earth sign that embodies your physical realm, specifically how you nourish yourself. So, as a collective, we will experience a shift in how we connect with and fuel our body. How we embrace it. How we use it for a soul-centered purpose.
I want to share some wise words from a very special soul, Soshy Adelstein, coach and owner of Embody Nutrition, about how to best nourish your body:
“Start by tuning out all of the messages you’ve received about what you should and should not be eating so you can tune in to what feels right for your body. Generally, it’s best to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up because your digestion is highest in the morning and slows down as the day moves on. Continue to eat every 2-3 hours with adequate meals and snacks. This ensures that you don’t wait too long to eat because if you do this, you’re much more likely to overeat. Set aside time during your day to sit down and eat without distractions. It’s important to create a space where your body can relax without stress and digest food properly. Sitting while you’re eating also helps prevent mindless eating. Last, get rid of the guilt associated with eating certain foods. Guilt takes us out of our bodies and keeps us trapped in our minds which does not help to change unwanted habits with food. The best thing you can do is forgive yourself and do it differently next time.”
To dive deeper into how Uranus in Taurus will be experienced in your life, look up your birth chart and see in which house contains Taurus.
If you're an:
Aries Ascendant, Uranus moves into your 2nd house.
Taurus ascendant, Uranus moves in your 1st house.
Gemini ascendant, Uranus moves into your 12th house.
Cancer ascendant, Uranus moves into your 11th house.
Leo ascendant, Uranus moves into your 10th house.
Virgo ascendant, Uranus moves into your 9th house.
Libra ascendant, Uranus moves into your 8th house.
Scorpio ascendant, Uranus moves into your 7th house.
Sagittarius ascendant, Uranus moves into your 6th house.
Capricorn ascendant, Uranus moves into your 5th house.
Aquarius ascendant, Uranus moves into your 4th house.
Pisces ascendant, Uranus moves into your 3rd house.
*Note- if your ascendant is in the later degree (27-29 degree) of a sign, your placement may shift one house forward.
Here is a link to my Astro Quick Guide on the Houses to give you a general meaning of what each house represents.
The New Moon in Pisces will be adding an extra soulful twist on March 6th. This lunar initiation phase emphasizes a new beginning as it aligns with Uranus entering Taurus. A change is on the horizon.
This change is deeply connected to spirit as the New Moon is conjunct Neptune (the planet of intuition). Neptune is a dreamy planet and the natural ruler of this Pisces New Moon, so that is a double dose of soul!
To help ground your visions for the future, is a harmonious aspect (sextile) between the New Moon and Saturn (the planet of structure and responsibility). In addition, Mars (the planet of action) is harmonizing with this New Moon to provide the much-needed push out of illusionary tendencies that can sometimes afflict Pisces/Neptune.
Overall, I am loving this week. I don’t know about you, but I could use some time to rest and reflect so that I can move forward more aligned with my soul’s purpose. That is what this week (and the whole month) is about.
Don’t freak out that Mercury is retrograde, or Uranus is moving into the sign of security, focus on allowing change to come into your life so that spirit can show you where you are meant to go. Take the time to listen to yourself, your body, and your intuition.
Below you will find the 2019 Moon Phase Calendar with Moon signs and Void-of-Course times. Please note all times are in EST/EDT time.
Resource: Cafe Astrology
The Moon makes a complete circle through the twelve signs every 28.5 days and spends approximately 2.5 days in each sign.
There is a time, however, when this connection is not complete and it "float" between signs. This is the time we call the void-of-course Moon. It starts after the Moon has made its last major aspect (conjunction, trine, square, opposition, or sextile) to the Sun or another planet and it has yet to change signs. So the Moon is considered void-of-course until it enters the next sign.
The Moon goes void-of-course every two days or so, and this can last anywhere from a few minutes to a day or two. Most commonly seen is the void-of-course Moon lasting several hours.
What does that mean for you?
There is a certain quality to the energy during a void-of-course Moon. It is as if everything slows down and the ability to make a clear decision is at a halt. Think of it as if you are floating in space just like the Moon. You are not yet ready to commit to a sign and need more time to feel it out. Apply that thought to the moments when the Moon is void-of-course.
Examples of things to avoid (if possible) during the Void-of-Course Moon:
Examples of ways to use the Void-of-Course Moon to your advantage:
Here is an example of the lunar cycle for February 2019 from Mountain Astrologer magazine. You would read it as follows:
On January 31st the Moon enters Capricorn at 4:47pm (Pacific time). It will then square Uranus before going void-of-course on February 3rd at 2:53am (Pacific time). It will remain void-of-course until it enters (ingresses) into Aquarius on February 3rd at 5:03am (Pacific time). So in this instance, the Moon would be void-of-course for a total of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
On January 11, 2019, we have a planetary alignment of the Sun conjunct Pluto in the sign of Capricorn.
The Sun is our individuality, our radiance, our identity. It is the force that we present to the world on a daily basis.
Pluto is our true Self, our soul purpose, our unconscious urge to transform. It is our ability to transcend ego and evolve on a deep soul level.
Capricorn, ruled by Saturn and the 10th House, represents our reputation, our place in society as a leader, and our ability to carry out what society expects of us.
When these two powerful planets align in the sign of Capricorn, we are shown in what way we hide our truth in the face of society. What fears have been created by our ego that hold us back from truly shining?
Saturn, the ruler of Capricorn, correlates to our karmic blocks. These blocks are important for our growth but only when we take the steps necessary to break them down. Capricorn is here to help you take calculated action in order to break down those blocks and move into a place where your identity aligns with your soul purpose.
Are you ready to show who you really are? Are you ready to transcend the fear and embrace the challenge?
Comment YES if you are ready!!!
with love and light,
Eclipse Cycle of 2019
Partial SOLAR Eclipse on January 5th at 15° Capricorn
Total LUNAR Eclipse on January 21st at 0° Leo
Total SOLAR Eclipse on July 2nd at 10° Cancer
Partial LUNAR Eclipse on July 16th at 24° Capricorn
*Annular SOLAR Eclipse on December 26th at 4° Capricorn
*An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun's center, leaving the Sun's visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire” or annulus around the Moon.
2019 Moon Phase and Void-of-Course Calendar
Retrogrades of 2019
March 5th-28th in the sign of Pisces
July 7th-31st in the sign of Leo and Cancer
October 31st-November 20th in the sign of Scorpio
April 10th-August 11th in the sign of Sagittarius
April 29th-September 18th in the sign of Capricorn
August 11th-January 10th 2020 in the sign of Taurus
June 21st-November 27th in the sign of Pisces
April 24th-October 2nd in the sign of Capricorn
Key Planetary Aspects of 2019
Jupiter in Sagittarius square Neptune in Pisces
Saturn in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces
Uranus moves into Taurus (until April of 2026) starting on March 6th
Jupiter enters Capricorn on December 12th
Jupiter in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus on December 15th
I will be detailing these events in my upcoming newsletters!
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This past year has been one of self-reflection and healing. That is because 2018 was the year of retrogrades. When planets go retrograde, there is a shift from our external environment to our internal environment. The energy is more introspective and the purpose is for us to look within and process our inner world. This energy is much needed in our society as we are often stimulated and focused on our daily life (work/family/etc.) that we overlook or disregard our internal needs (self-care/emotional processing/healing/etc.).
In 2018, every single planet took a turn inward with a retrograde. There was only one month, February, that saw clear and forward direction of the planets. In contrast, there were two months, July and August in which we experienced SIX planets in retrograde at one time! We had both personal and interpersonal planets taking a turn (Read more on the planets here) which created a call to review our own personality/individuality (inner planets) and how we show up in the world as we follow our path (outer planets).
I find it helpful to think back and reflect on what you experienced during times of retrogrades as they are great teachers. What energies did you feel or experiences did you have that brought about struggle, release, enlightenment, healing, etc.
This is a perfect exercise to do right before we have our last new moon of 2018!
Here is an outline of the 2018 retrograde schedule for you to reflect upon and review what happened for you during these times:
Mercury (inner planet of the mind and communication): 3/22-4/15, 7/26-8/19, and 11/16-12/6
Venus (inner planet of values and connection to people and things): 10/5-10/16
Mars (inner planet of action, will and desire): 6/26-8/27
Jupiter (inner planet of expansion, prosperity, and exploration): 3/8 - 7/10
Saturn (inner planet of structure and karmic boundaries): 4/17- 9/6
Uranus (outer planet of intuitive awakening beyond societal structure): 8/07-1/6/2019
Neptune (outer planet of dissolution of ego and soul growth): 6/18 - 11/24
Pluto (outer planet of death, rebirth, and transformation...your soul purpose): 4/22 - 9/30
Chiron (asteroid called the wounded healer which represents the ways through which we heal ourselves and others): 7/4- 12/9
As you can see, there is not one aspect of self that was left untouched by the retrograde schedule this year. Many of you are most likely feeling completely raw and exposed right now. Like everything that you wish to keep hidden has come to the surface to be worked through. Many of you are just tired! Tired of struggle, tired of healing, tired of the anxiety and pressure to “get better”.
For those of you who do not feel this way, you most likely were born with many of these planets in retrograde and thus are more comfortable with your inner world. You may be feeling like you finally got the chance to truly shine a light on your path and learned how to express your more introspective nature out into the world.
So as we close 2018, take a deep breath and an even bigger exhale...because 2019 is approaching and the energy is one of external expansion! I will be posting soon on the 2019 year ahead with a general overview of the planetary movements and aspects.
If you are curious about what lies ahead for you specifically in 2019, please email me regarding a personal astrology session or coaching package!
With love and light,
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The New Moon in Sagittarius on 12/7 at 12:20am MST brings our goals and aspirations to the surface and aims us towards spiritual expansion. This New Moon is heavily influenced by Jupiter as it aligns with the Sun and Moon in Sagittarius. This is what is urging us to expand our perspective on what could be. The energy might feel as if you have a deep desire to explore new goals and intentions for the upcoming year. This is the last New Moon of 2018 and with it comes the need to honor how far you have come and open up to what lies ahead.
This New Moon is guided by Mars and Neptune both aligned in the sign of Pisces. The energy of Mars and Neptune become one and fiery energy (Mars) is given to the deep waters of our soul (Neptune). Your intuition is heightened as well as your desire to explore the spiritual world. The word spiritual means something different to everybody, but it is an energy that goes beyond our physical/material world. It is our connection to something greater than ourselves. It is releasing our need to control our life and trusting that we are all cared for and supported, no matter what we experience.
It is easy to lose sight of this during the stress of the holidays or during our everyday life in general, especially in times of struggle. But that is the most important time to remember that you are loved and supported. The veil is thinning during this New Moon and your intuition is asking you to WAKE UP TO YOUR POTENTIAL!
This very esoteric energy is given a grounding force from Saturn as it forms a harmonious aspect to Mars and Neptune. Saturn is helping guide you on the right path and allowing for you to remain grounded and organized in your pursuits. Saturn has a bad reputation in astrology but that is mainly because he is the teacher and authority figure making sure you don’t take a wrong step, which may go against what your ego wants. When that happens, we meet struggle. BUT if you open up to Saturn’s guidance, it can truly be a wonderful experience.
Overall, this New Moon is going to be a juicy one! One that is calling for you to get in touch with your soul and trust your intuitive guidance. To create intentions for your growth and expansion, both on the physical and spiritual level.
Here is a New Moon Ritual that I like to use!
With love and light,
To be created and practiced on the new moon.
Candle/matches, 6 items from nature (flowers, stones, crystals, etc), a piece of paper/pen, Sage stick/Palo Santo/dried herbs of your choice. Any personal altar items that align with your intention. Access to fireplace or outdoor fire- optional.
FIND A QUIET PLACE
Find a quiet place inside or in nature where you can be comfortable. Begin to calm your body with deep breaths and bring awareness to your intention for your ritual. (Eg. Peace, love, balance, letting go.)
BUILD AN ALTAR
Begin to build your altar, place your candle in the center and place your nature items in the 4 cardinal directions, one below for Mother Earth and above for sun/stars/moon, place anything else of significance your altar.
Smudge yourself with sage or palo santo for purifying your whole self by fanning the smoke over the front and back body and over your altar.
CALL IN THE DIRECTIONS
Call in sacred space and honor the directions:
South- for letting go and being in the flow of your life
West- for facing fear with love
North- for living in joy and in connection to our ancestors
East- for leading and living from our hearts
Mother Earth- or grounding, creation and abundance
Father Sky, Grandmother Moon and the Stars- for our appreciation to the spirit world
Sit in meditation honoring your whole, connected and vibrant self. Repeat out loud 3 times “ I am whole, I am connected, I am love.” Bring awareness to what you are ready to invite into your life. Take time to imagine or see yourself living this invitation.
WRITE AN INVITATION
Write on the a piece paper what you are now inviting into your life. Using I am and I statements are powerful. I often like to use the statement "I Intend to...". Speak you invitations out loud and then blow 3 long slow breaths and place them on your altar.
Sit once again in silence and observe how you feel, any sensation or images that come to you know. Stay soft, open and receptive. With great attention take your rolled up paper and honor the work you have done today to welcome in the new. If you have access to a fire you can burn your paper, if not, feel free to release it in any way that feels right.
CLOSE THE SACRED SPACE
Close up your sacred space by honoring the 4 directions, Mother Earth and the stars, sun and moon. It may feel right to honor your ancestors, spirit guides, family and teachers; consider speaking your thanks aloud. Thank yourself for being the open luminous vessel of light and love that you are. Journal about your ritual if you are inspired or share your experience with a friend or loved one.
With light and love,
This ritual was adapted from Gaia
Full Moon in 0° Gemini at 10:40pm MST on November 22nd
This Full Moon occurs just as the Sun enters the sign of Sagittarius and opposes the Moon in Gemini. During every Full Moon, the Sun is on the exact opposite side of the Earth from the Moon. This is what allows for full unobstructed illumination of the Moon.
When the Moon is fully illuminated, the inner world comes out of the dark and steps into the spotlight. The emotional body gets a chance to speak up and release what has been held in. As some might say, “the crazy comes out during a Full Moon” this is referring to the fully illuminated subconscious that is finally getting a chance to shine.
For those who often distract or disconnect from their emotional body, this might feel very uncomfortable. Some might even say they feel like an emotional explosion is happening. The reason isn’t “crazy coming out” but just all those emotions you kept hidden coming to the surface to be felt and expressed.
For those who to tap into their emotional body more regularly, this may feel a little less intense and more releasing. This is the chance to check in and see what is not worth holding on to emotionally and letting it go. What is no longer serving you or holding you back?
Full Moon in Gemini opposing the Sun in Sagittarius is all about the polarity of mind and truth. Gemini is an air sign ruled by the planet Mercury (logic, communication, technology) which happens to be retrograde at the moment. Sagittarius is a fire sign ruled by the planet Jupiter (prosperity, expansion, truth).
This opposition will highlight how our mind/heart connection (Gemini Moon) interacts with our search for truth (Sagittarius Sun). Be honest with yourself and get curious about your emotions and what they are trying to teach you. Open the door to explore what your inner self is telling you so that you may release the pain, hurt, sadness, past, and expand into consciousness, prosperity, abundance, etc.
This Gemini Moon (along with the help of Mercury retrograde in Sag), is all about intuitive communication. Bring awareness to how you receive as well as how you communicate. Sagittarius is all about TRUTH, and sometimes that truth can hurt. Be gentle with yourself and others during this time. Going inward and exploring your emotional body can create a sensitive environment. Always receive and communicate from your heart with good intentions.
Love & Gratitude to you all,
To all of you in America, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Ashley Tracey, MS RYT
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