Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn July 4/5, 2020

9:44pm PST // 10:44pm MT // 11:44 pm CT// 12:44am EST // 04:44 GMT

Moon at 13°37′ in Capricorn, Eclipse at 13°30′ in Capricorn, Sun at 13°37′ in Cancer

|Mantra and Prompts to Follow|

With the body of a goat and the tail of a fish, the Capricorn Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is here to end the trend of Eclipses that began in July of 2018. This is the fourth of six eclipses this year- each year averages about four. Luckily, we have the warm sun in the archetypal nurturing sign of Cancer which is ruled by the moon. Though the moon is present in Capricorn, we can still benefit from the all around challenge and comfort of our rewards.

Capricorn has been a large theme for some of our most influential planets which have been in and out of Retrograde this season: Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. See my June Lunar Eclipse post for insight on Retrograde planets and their representations in each sign this Spring. Less we forget that Mercury is in Retrograde until July 12th. Whatever the theme is for you at this time, it may have shown up for you before, it is highlighted now.

Not only is this the end of the trend but this marks the end of the eclipse sandwich for the Summer. We will be able to bask in the Sagittarius Solar Eclipse in December of 2020 for the last hurrah of this tumultuous start to the “modern roaring twenties”.

|Background on Full Moons, Eclipses, and Capricorns|

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Full Moons symbolize light cast upon the aspects of ourselves that we are thinking about releasing. For instance, if there is a pattern of behavior you’re seeking to change or a person in your life that you want to cut ties with, a Full Moon will stir up the emotions in you that may lead you to believe the release is necessary. We have about four days before and after the full moon to begin making this change within ourselves. (However, I personally feel the best work is done within two days before or after.)

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Eclipses on the other hand- think about the polar alignment when this sequence occurs; the gravitational pull is heightened. As we know in general, our subconscious thought patterns and behaviors surface as we need to learn about them. During a lunar phase you might be noticing something coming through that needs more attention deep down. During an Eclipse it’s near impossible to brush drama under the rug. Whatever arises, your subconscious is begging you to address it. Mainly, you will be able to make the connections of a pattern within yourself that is present in a relationship of some sort.

Capricorn’s are representative of our relationships to business, money, and things coming to a head in which we are being called to be strong willed in to heal with compassion. They tap into their fortitude to overcome whatever stands between them and their long-term goals. The head of the horned goat proves the resilience in conflict and the tail of the fish grants the ability to swiftly move and navigate the route.

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| All Tied Together |

As an earth sign, Caps are practical and geared toward efficiency in their determination. They remind me of people who work hard and get well rewarded for their quick witted effort. This Eclipse is supported by emotionally sensitive and nurturing Cancer.

So what comes up for you may be difficult to face but ultimately the best version of ourselves is aware that great reward will result from effort in awareness.

Whatever conflict might be rearing its head know that the tension has been building over the last few weeks in everyone due to the Lunar Eclipse on June 5th, the Solar Eclipse in Cancer on June 20th, and this Eclipse in Capricorn. You may be feeling called to oust a pattern in yourself to cater to what’s really wanting to come to the surface. This will be reflected in how that is triggered by relationships in friendships, romance, business, family, and your overall closest circle of being.

The themes over the recent Eclipse segment are:

  • June 5th Full Moon Sagittarius- freedom, release, understanding of how to move forward.
  • June 20th New Moon Cancer- exhaustion that invites comfort to retract and go deeper within ourselves.
  • July 4th Full Moon Capricorn- revitalizing, seeking a middle ground of solution between out spoken freedom and inner strength solidarity.

In retrospect, what are you really walking away with?

Our motives for our personal gain will be questioned at this time. You may be asked to confront what your part is in the situation you face. However, in a more evolved manner, this Eclipse calls us to drop the personal gain. The message is to focus on how you will benefit, not because you need to be rewarded, but because you too, are a part of the whole and the whole is actually what is healing right now. Each person of the relationships in focus will have their own personal gain, but the sum of the gains for the collective involved will be the light in which you seek to find comfort.

As Cancer season unfolds, you will be able to absorb the comfort in these transitions. It will be a much easier season than the past month we’ve experienced. Relaxation is in order as we wind down from one of the most stimulating evolving times of our century. Be wary though; we may be coming to the shore to nourish, sun bathe, and rebalance. However, we’re headed out for another deep swim requiring us to use the proper energy reserves and breathing techniques to hit the depths of the surf again. May you learn your souls heart during Corona Virus.

|Meditative and Journal Prompts|

What seems to be the highlighted pattern in your life that is on repeat?

What’s this pattern at the forefront of your attention? Is this pattern in the back of your mind while other things are at your forefront attention?

Is everything circulating around this pattern or is this pattern circulating around everything you observe?

Check in with you: how’s your relationship with yourself? Are you denying aspects that are screaming to come through?

Is there something changing that you’re uneasy about?

What about this change would feel better and less uneasy? Is there an approach you can take that IS in YOUR CONTROL?

How can you be compassionate with your self for releasing?

MANTRA

When I drop into my body, my ________ speaks most to me. I honor and comfort this area with mindfulness, protection, and utter change. –Erin Bird

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius June 5, 2020

12:26 pm PST // 1:26 pm MT // 3:26 pm CT // 4:26 pm EST // 7:26 GMT

Moon at 15° in Sagittarius Sun at 15° in Gemini

The following insight is objective and does not reflect personal views of The Mindful Bird

|Mantra and Prompts to Follow|

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Eclipse season of 2020 has arrived and it’s here to stay until December 2020. However, we will see reverb of this series of eclipses until December 2021. This series involves the Sun in Gemini with Moon in Sagittarius along with the Sun in Cancer with Moon in Capricorn.

  • Gemini- Represented by Twins, known for mental and emotional dualities. Feeling defined in one way but also strongly in the opposite. Shadow and light characteristics.
  • Sagittarius- Represented by Centaur, half horse//half man, known for philosophical view points, freedom, optimism, and universal truth seeking.
  • Cancer- Represented by the Crab, in mythology Hera sent a giant crab to attack Hercules for killing her family, Cancers are known for strong emotions, familial protection, and developing sacred homes.
  • Capricorn- Represented by the Horned Goat with the tail of a fish, strong willed and emotionally intelligent able to navigate logistics and emotions well.

Full Moons bring illumination to an event, emotions, life occurrences, in order to recognize them to prepare ourselves in addressing them. This process is important to helping us develop changes within ourselves as we navigate the water rising in the seas and in our bodies; displaying the sensitivities humans and other mammals have to Full Moons.

Eclipses are important windows of alignment between the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Full Moons have Lunar Eclipses- the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon occurring at night time. Solar Eclipse- the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun occurring during the day time. In relation to the effects these phenomenons have on humans, Eclipses highlight the relationships in our life.

As the 2020 Strawberry Moon arrives as a Lunar Eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius- it seems as if the world is seeking the truth to the philosophies behind the occurrences in our current times.

We are seeking the truth in the relationships between government and it’s people, police to their community-specifically the black population, and the community’s relationship to itself.

With the Sun in Gemini we are experiencing the polarities among these relationships. On one hand we had an incredible reset of staying at home, honing in on focusing on our selves and our environments. Now, things are on the polarity as the United States begins to open back up. However, right now our communities are beginning to emit the truth to climb the ladder of justice; the polarity of the hush-hush that has been and is now in an uproar to bring ever more illumination to.

Four Major Planets are in Retrograde right now:

  • Saturn planet of hard lessons from May 10-September 28 in Aquarius the sign of community, society, and humanitarians.
  • Venus planet of cosmetics and romance May 13- June 25 in Gemini the sign of polarity and duality.
  • Jupiter planet of gifts and luck from May 14- September 12 in Capricorn the sign of diplomacy, money, community.
  • Pluto planet of finance, shadow, life and death, creation and destruction from April 25- October 4 in Capricorn.
  • With Mercury planet of communication, contracts, and electronics Retrograde coming June 18- July 12 in Pisces and Aquarius.

Saturn in retrograde, earth surpassing Saturn in the orbit around the sun, is teaching us the difficulty of how to handle humanity and society in order to reform it. Venus is showing us the polarity Gemini has to offer in the destruction of cosmetics of this country. Though society is at odds about it, Sagittarius Full Moon will teach us that destruction is not always necessary but the philosophy behind it is. Seeking truth to make the change- Jupiter is changing, in a difficult way with positive ending results (once direct), the way we distribute money, care for our communities (healthcare), and the way we approach our friends and family after the pandemic and upheaval of Civil Rights. Pluto emphasizes the rebirth that comes from the death as we all rise from these ashes.

Heed your words and emotional decisions as Mercury goes retrograde this month on June 18th. Senses are heightened as things quiet down.

Pluto and Saturn turn direct, in September and October, which is where we were when the Corona Virus hit. We will see a second wave as we enter cold and flu season. Yet, we will expect to see a vaccine at the end of this year as eclipse season closes on the 21st of December.

This Lunar Eclipse will illuminate the Retrograde cluster in this time. It is a culmination and pinnacle of our current events. Look forward to how you continue to bring truth to light in any situation in your life. Release the history of lies, deceit, and unworthiness of your limiting beliefs. Come into your own light and truth to bring that forward as a catalyst for change. Reflect on how you will carry forth yourself in developing relationships to people in your community and the energy of the world.

With all of the shifts going on in the world, this eclipse as the first of the series, take your time to really understand how you do feel. Use the archetype of Sagittarius to discover your truth, the honesty of the situation, and the balance you wish to bring forth honor to the changes that lie ahead. Just know this is a process, a marathon not a sprint, and an ultimate up level in consciousness for all of us.

Meditative Journal Prompts

  • How do you truly feel about the Pandemic looking back on it?
  • How do you truly feel about the continuation of the Civil Rights Movement? If you didn’t have to share these thoughts with anyone, what you would you believe?
  • Are you feeling pressure to believe one thing over the other? How can you dismiss the pressure and come into your own truth?
  • What is one thing you can do to actively change your behavior and approach to the Civil Rights of Black People or People of Color?
  • What is one thing you look forward to when all this passes?
  • Can you implement that feeling into sharing it with others during this time?

Mantra

My individuality is powerful to changing the collective. I am firm in who I am but I am adaptable to change. -Erin Bird

Gut Health and Reiki Energy

A look at the science behind a healthy gut and overall well-being. Insight on how Reiki and relaxation can improve your gut function and spark your healing journey.

There’s so much healing going on in our gut. Every moment, every bite, and every chemical release all impact the other systems of the beautiful vessel we live in on our walks through life.

The gut is so vital to our overall mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It is the structure identified as our stomach, large intestine, and small intestine. Though, most of main organs are in the same space all working together.

The statement: ‘you are what you eat,’ is literally true. A 2013 study mentions that In humans, the composition of the flora is influenced not only by age but also by diet and socioeconomic conditions.” The type of environment we choose to create for our gut will improve our bowel movements, immune systems, and overall mood; eventually effecting the longevity of our health. Our outer environments also deeply impact our gut from the sanitary aspect of our food, the chemical particles in the air, and the tidiness of our homes.

[Forgive me for being graphic but read on for a golden nugget of knowledge]

It’s obvious that some of the main functions of the gut include nutrient absorption and waste excretion. A good way to tell how well this process is going on in the gut is through, well…your poop!

An ideal vowel movement is smooth, long, and sinks to the bottom of the toilet. This notion tells us that the body and it’s gut are easily able to break down food, properly absorb nutrients and healthy show the waste out the back door. In a healthy way, you’re eating foods that are very beneficial and desired by the body.

On the contrary, when your poop floats it is an indication of high fat content or malabsorption. Sinking indicates that your gut is at its best and getting the most out of your food choices. Sinking occurs when the stool is heavier than the water because of the amount of bacteria that was ready to be carried out. Ultimately, permitting new growth of balancing bacteria in the gut.

Are you not sure if your waste is healthy? One way to know is to compare it to the Bristol Myer’s Stool Chart. This is a favorite, used by all Western medicine and some functional medicine approaches to tell if the patient is handling medications, supplements, and food appropriately.

Okay…moving along now.

So how is the gut beneficial to nutrient absorption? The intestinal wall is the main barrier that interacts with the rest of the body and blood. Our blood vessels in our gut pick up and carry nutrients, which are broken down through cellular metabolic processes, throughout the body to other systems that need their doses of beneficial properties. In example: carrots are good for the eyes, protein helps build muscle, walnuts are good for the brain, etc.

If our food nutrients contribute to the balance of our gut biome and those contents are absorbed and processed into the blood stream, they travel on and ultimately impact our central nervous system, our peripheral nervous system, and our glandular system. These functions are what determine the future affects on the following:

  • The immune system which is supported by the lymphoid system also known as lymph nodes
  • Chemical releases by neurological transmitters and the adrenal glands for mood regulation.

Proper gut function does way more than just digest and exit. Did you know that serotonin, the happy chemical, is also mainly excreted in the gut? This known neurotransmitter is considered a peripheral transmitter when it’s in the gut. One study from California Institute of Technology mentions, “Peripheral serotonin is produced in the digestive tract by enterochromaffin (EC) cells and also by particular types of immune cells and neurons.” About 90 percent of your serotonin is released in the gut in order to help your immune system! Furthermore, “Altered levels of this chemical can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.” (CalTech study). Balance is key is everything.

Good nutrition supported by a healthy standing gut biome literally affects every other system in our body and vice versa. The body is a symbiotic system that carries us for decades if balance appropriately.

As the body works together on subtle and not-so-subtle levels we find that our neurological thought patterns cause us to have physical impacts such as “butterflies” or “knots in our stomach”. In turn, we get those chemical releases [ahem, cortisol fight or flight anyone?!] contributing to our ability or inability to eat, digest, sleep, stay awake, and regulate mood.

Overall, food can literally shape the way we approach medicine and healing. Western medicine is incredible in saving lives in acute situations. However, eastern medicine is also super beneficial to our slower approach to chances. Reiki is literally the catalyst for change and the icing on the cake.

Reiki is used best in conjunction with other modalities of healing.

One of the reasons I choose to merge Reiki with other forms of healing and medicine is because many of us struggle with our diets, feeding and supporting our gut, and our thoughts around these concepts.

It comes down to how we choose to treat ourselves with the food we ingest and how we value of our own self-worth.

With Reiki and my intuitive ability, I am able to decipher the energy in the body of a client. This process, explained in the post session discussion, helps my clients understand if their gut and organ issues stem from thought processes or unhealthy habits that impact their body’s systems. This energy can be discovered and released in the session but it is up to the client to make the difference in their daily choices.

The trifecta of Reiki, my intuitive gift, and my western medical background allows me to dig upon my well of wisdom and guide the client. If necessary, I advise clients to seek out specific options or professionals to help aid them in the restoration of their body’s systems. This support will eventually improve their mood and overall well being.

As a specialty in my own work with clients, we work on the limiting beliefs they have about themselves, others, and past situations. When we address energy behind the pain and discomfort in the physical, mental, or emotional aspects, my clients are better able to understand the next steps they need to take in order to revolutionize their own healing.

Erin is not a medical doctor, scientist, or licensed therapist. Please heed advice as a general informative conversation. Erin is certified in Reiki healing touch. Any opinion or suggestion made through her services is to be taken as a personal informative conversation, results and outcomes are subject to action of the client and receiver of such information. Please consult a licensed professional such as a medical doctor, a board certified traditional holistic doctor, or therapist psychologist if you are seeking further assistance in any issues requiring further attention.

Skin to Skin: The Power of Touch

A look at the science behind the healing components of touch. The advancing studies behind this science brings Reiki to light.

|Epilogue for author’s personal experience with touch during the 2020 Pandemic|

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You’ve heard the saying, “Humans are social creatures,” and if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably pondered why humans fall in love or why we crave sex, drugs, and rock and roll. You may have also played around with the idea of why we’re so dependent on others especially if we crave so much alone time. As much as you crave your alone time, you probably crave physical affection which is pretty much the best vehicle for mental and emotional lovin’.

Every bit of the theory for our need of physical touch is true and it’s actually pretty vital to our livelihood. Whether our touch comes from friendly socializing, connecting platonically, or most importantly healthy passionate love making, it’s all incredibly important to keeping us mentally, emotionally, and physically stable.

The power of human touch is vital to the orbitofrontal cortex- located in the prefrontal cortex. This is the region of the brain related to learning, decision making, and emotional and social behaviors. All thanks to our skin receptors sending signals to the brain as a reaction to pressure and temperature.

Did you know the brain can decipher between physical touch from the self and from another person? When we touch ourselves, the brain is actually expecting the touch. Therefore, the brain doesn’t release our most sought out chemicals. In a sense, our own touch doesn’t compare to the touch of others- this is why touch exchange is so important to our health. (Linköping University, 2019).

Touch from another person increases the release of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex, the amygdala, and the hypothalamus which all involve: emotions, decision making, and the ability to experience pleasure (and not just sexual pleasure). Serotonin releases in the in this area, too and can be regulating to our overall mood.

Okay, so really. Why another person?

Touch to a specific region of the body repeatedly, literally reduces pain in that area. When someone is experiencing pain or some form of distress and they are touched by another person there can be greater physiological impacts than the neurological chemicals released. This is due to the psychological theory called brain coupling (Cohut Ph.D, 2018 Medical News Today).

How cute, right? Well, actually, this is a major reason why there is so much power to the practice of Reiki//Healing Touch.

In brain coupling, studies show that two humans can synchronize their physiological responses through touch such as: breathing respirations and heart rates (two major notes in your body’s vital signs). These two functions are a part of the automatic nervous system and can ultimately effect the message our body sends to our immune system. However, when we sync up our breathing and heart rates, we become “in tune” with each other; relating to one another at the same level physiologically and allows us to begin connecting mentally and emotionally. Maybe our vulnerability makes an appearance, too.

“A new touch does not erase the memory of a previous touch from working memory,” explains that study’s lead researcher.

Cohut Ph.D., 2018 Medical News Today 

Finally, the answer you’ve been seeking: the L-O-V-E drug. That’s right, Oxytocin is also released when we encounter touch, social recognition, and forms of bonding. This euphoric chemical is released in the pituitary gland- the master gland of the endocrine system. Maybe love does conquer all.

Essentially, there are oxytocin receptors in the brainstem and spinal cord sending information to the rest of the central nervous system. These receptors are also found in the amygdala– a center for emotional memory. Our emotions can trigger or relax our nervous system presenting an effect on our breathing and heart rate.

Now that the science is out of the way, let’s get on the flow of universal life force energy. Reiki typically involves touch by placing hands on the meridian points of the body. These points are studied in Traditional Chinese Medicine and known as channels throughout the body where “Qi” blood flows. Just like Western medicine studies veins, blood vessels, and the lymphatic system; Meridians of Eastern medicine include flow amongst those systems.

[Rei- pronounced “ray” meaning Universal Life. Ki- pronounced “key” meaning energy]

When we are in a more relaxed state, all of these chemical releases and receptors in the brain drastically reduce our stress releases (cortisol/epinephrin). Being in this more receptive state we are able to open ourselves to our feelings and thought processes. As we are confronted by our feelings and thought processes, such as in meditation, we are better able to understand ourselves and the people by whom we are impacted. This relaxation state is a tool to understanding how we can better approach our relationship with ourselves as well as with others in our community and environments.

In Reiki, touch is used in conjunction with the practitioners interpretation of the energy they feel or understand while brain coupling begins to morph. As the client is breathing on the table, working through their own thoughts and emotions in their mind, the practitioner is working their hands through the energy centers or meridians. The client begins to shift their breathing as they are comforted by the touch which then releases all those satisfying chemicals in the brain. Reiki ultimately aids in the shift of the client’s emotions and thought processes. On the other hand, the intuitive gift of the practitioner enhances these shifts as they have experience working with other people’s energy shifts. Each practitioner is truly one of a kind and varies from person to person.

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As science continues to study these emerging fascinations of healing though touch such as in Reiki, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Emotional Release Tapping Therapy, etc., we begin to grasp better control on our lives and our personal healing. Healing happens on so many levels from emotional, mental, spiritual, and ultimately physical. Our bodies are literally designed to heal its own organs. Our intentional focus of enhancing that has power that bring us closer to this universal life force, God, the Universe…whatever you want to call it. This is why Reiki is so beneficial in conjunction with medical healing. It allows us to bring our awareness to acceptance and relaxation which ultimately aid in pain reduction, anxiety relief, and improved ability to perceive.

So basically, the more empathetic we are with each other, more importantly including touch, the less likely we are to feel pain, stress, and despair. We also can find ourselves “on the same level” as another and we begin to release these chemicals that drive us to connect deeper and have a better perspective on potential outcomes. 

The science behind touch backs the notion of why humans are such animalistic creatures and seek partners, connection with family, and extensive self care measures. Be open to receiving touch from others in a positive, loving way. Be sure to hold your boundaries if your bonding trust feels violated and please seek additional safe, healing therapies to overcome any fear of touch you may have. Healing starts with your willingness to release and replenish.

Fun Fact: Did you know, babies who are touched or massaged more often are less likely to have developmental issues? 

In the times of quarantine and Social Distancing of the 2019-2020 Pandemic I have ultimately experienced a lack of touch like many of you.

I’ve had consecutive romantic partners for over 6 years because I essentially love touch, words of affirmation, and quality time (love languages anyone?). Throughout the year of 2020 I have not had such a partner and I’m cool with it because well, I work hard on loving myself and I want someone to love me to the same degree if not more! To say the least, I’m raising my standards. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t crave the physical affection from a parter or platonic loved ones.

I wrote this article in hopes to replenish my belief that we can’t stay away from each other for long even though it truly helps reduce the spread of the virus. The social distancing rules of the pandemic had me second guessing if shaking someones hand, hugging another person, or being so close to someone is acceptable. I truly believe in the power of “Universal Life Force” energy and exchange. Therefore, I know that the basic foundation of sharing touch is unstoppable. There are just some simplistic things in this would that will not be overcome, like the power of touch, love, affection, and empathy.

I am incredibly hopeful that this pandemic is a massive paradigm shift for this planet and species. We are being taught to slow down because, let’s face it, you can’t stop our internal, innate drive to continue to strive for more. Consciousness is far beyond the reality we live in everyday- it’s in our dreams, subconscious, and in places we can neither see nor hardly fathom.

I truly hope that if you’re reading this, you cherish every single moment you share and learn with someone you love. These moments are symbiotic and are truly what makes the world go ’round. Less we forget that alone time is crucial to our foundation of who we accept in our lives and personal bubbles. I love you.

Erin is not a medical doctor, scientist, or licensed therapist. Please heed advice as a general informative conversation. Erin is certified in Reiki healing touch. Any opinion or suggestion made through her services is to be taken as a personal informative conversation, results and outcomes are subject to action of the client and receiver of such information. Please consult a licensed professional such as a medical doctor, a board certified traditional holistic doctor, or therapist psychologist if you are seeking further assistance in any issues requiring further attention.

Full Moon in Scorpio May 7, 2020

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3:45 am PST//4:45 am MT//5:45 am CT//6:45 am EST// 10:45 GMT

Moon at 17° in Scorpio, Sun at 17° in Taurus

| Mantras and Prompts to follow |

Full illumination in shadow-loving Scorpio brings us to a place of releasing the arrest we hold on ourselves for being less than we think we truly are. How lovely it is to comfort our own needs in which we desire the most.

Scorpio is the archetype of the zodiac that shows us it’s okay to be living on the dark side some days, highlighting the Shadow. The Shadow or Id is the part of you that unconsciously acts in which the ego doesn’t consciously identify with (Carl Jung). We are less aware of our shadows.

Your shadow is here for you to understand you, to be there for your compulsive needs, to offer your spirit the glory of whatever it is you desire for comfort. However, when we merge our higher//understanding//conscious self with our shadow, we can recognize the darkness that the shadow began to comfort for you in the first place.

The Full Moon sheds light on how our shadows can benefit our growth in this way. Our growth in our lighter conscious selves can authentically meet the needs to bring us into our highest worthiness. It breaks the cycle for the feeling of lack we have stored in that darker unknown place.

Have you ever felt as if someone denied you when you were down, have you felt alone with no one there to embrace you? Unfortunately, that is such the case sometimes. When we are trying to cope with this feeling we tend to develop traits that provide us comfort or what we think is comfort.

Many times this shadow comfort is a replacement for what we truly know as comfort and sometimes it can be damaging or self-sabatogaing. We might begin to deny the higher path that spirit or the universe nudges for us. Ultimately, observing our shadow teaches us where in ourselves we are looking to form better connection so we can better connect with others. The tricky part is getting to know your own shadow.

[Hint: if it feels wrong but you want to keep doing it, that’s shadow. If you feel you deserve more but you settle for less, that’s shadow].

We develop shadow when we act out, many times due to feeling as if we are misunderstood. We engage in something that feels as if we are portraying that we understand ourselves and the comfort we think we need. This is what we think we’ve come to know as comfort. But what if what you’ve come to know is less than what you’re worth?

Scorpios are passionate, deep, and love their dark sides. They allow their light and shadow to live in harmony because they give themselves the compassion to be in the shadow while very well knowing they have the passion and the strength to play in the light, too. This is important for us to embody so we can understand where it is we lack light and therefore abolish the low self worth belief correlated to that. We can begin to shed light in that space so we that can come into our true worth.

The Full Moon, the Flowering Moon, is shedding light on our release of embellishment in our shadows. This allows us to bring forth the higher part of our self, with innate desire to succeed, to take part in the journey of true growth in light; it is the flowering of spirit within us.

For when we shed light on our dark passionate sides we come to fully embrace them with love. When we love ourselves for who we are and the mistakes we’ve made, we can discover that we are worth more than we thought. Furthermore, we begin to attract things in our life that are in greater alignment with our growth. We come to an understanding of the love we actually deserve and not what we limit our deservingness to. We are worth all the love in the world and it begins with unconditionally loving ourself. Knowing what helps us grow and what keeps us trapped in cycles supports our compassion for ourselves so we can continue to choose where we feel called to be on our path.

This moon is also correlated to the relationships we develop with others through our light and our shadow. Who is it that you want to surround your self with, and what areas do you wish to succeed, what is it really going to take for you to get there?

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Five planets will enter or are already retrograde this month setting the stage for continued reflection and growth. The Full Moon of Scorpio allowing us to go deep in love and release the shadow we no longer wish to carry in present, prepares us to do more inner work in this slow down period.

  • Saturn (planet of hard lessons) from May 10-September 28 in Aquarius and Capricorn
  • Venus (planet of beauty and romance) May 13- June 25 in Gemini
  • Jupiter(planet of gifts and luck) from May 14- September 12 in Capricorn
  • Pluto (planet of finance and shadow) from April 25- October 4 in Capricorn
  • With Mercury (planet of communication, contracts, and electronics) Retrograde coming June 18- July 12 in Pisces and Aquarius

The stage is set to sit and reflect on how much you’ve learned about YOURSELF over the course of 2020. The world has seen so many obstacles that have really challenged our relationships in our homes and work. Please use this Full Moon to release the things you’ve learned about yourself that you no longer wish to carry forward with you. Yes, 2021 is looking to be a better year. Now we have the time to keep reflecting and preparing to hit the ground running with a better idea of our flaws, strengths, and future desires that are in alignment with our highest deservingness. To support that: make the decisions that are hard but worth your sanity. Make the routine that gets you prepared for your mission. The world is changing and we can no longer stand by and watch, we must be a part of the movement for the better. So, what does that ask of you?

Meditative or Journal Prompts:

  • What does your higher self look like? If you could imagine the most beautiful complete ideal version of who you want to be, what does that look like for you? Describe your facial features, hair, what you’re wearing, where you’re standing, who you’re interacting with.
  • What does your shadow self look like? Describe the traits.
  • What does engaging in your shadow look like for you? Is it a habit you can’t kick? A relationship you like to keep around?
  • What are you denying yourself of that you wish you were really successful at?
  • What phrase could you come up with that brings you into the power that makes you feel like you are no longer denying yourself of that concept?
  • What action steps would you need to take to come into that power?
  • Is there a part of yourself that you want to further embrace?
  • Where do you need more love in your life right now?

Full Moon Mantra

I am worthy of the beautiful things I desire and all that comes with them. I will provide that to myself and instill it in others. –Erin Bird

New Moon in Taurus April 23, 2020

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7:25 pm PST // 8:25 pm MT // 9:25 pm CST // 10:25 pm EST // 2:25 am GMT

Moon in Taurus at 3°25’, Sun in Taurus at 3°24’

| Mantras and Meditative Prompts to follow |

This wonderful New Moon arrives beautifully in alignment with Earth Day. A gracious time of year while the Sun and Moon bask in the earthly, feminine and nurturing traits of Taurus. This astrological sign is a very mothering archetype giving us the chance to ground and softly reset with grace and strength.

New Moons are a platform for manifestation and planting intentions. This is a chance to implement what has surfaced in the past month which is very important in nurturing our own spirits as we move forward into another unknown period of 2020.

Shifts are taking place globally for every individual’s consciousness and it’s a very rare occasion. It’s advised to soak it all in, with respect to our own ignorance, and explore every aspect of curiosity and inner opinion that should be expressed. For we are the movement when we band together. A movement can not be started unless each person nominates themselves to participate. So what is it that you want to participate in as we advance on our journey through 2020? What does that intuitive participation look like for you? What have you been intuitively driven to do during your quarantine?

The sign of Taurus is receptive, passive, female, yin energy. Though the animal resemblance of Taurus is a male bull, we must remember that there is masculine and feminine within all of us. Cows are some of the most sentient beings in the animal kingdom. Female cows are incredibly attached to and protective of their offspring. The female energy of the Sun and Moon in Taurus reminds us to be flexible and gently guided by our intuitions in caring for ourselves, our society, and our Earth. However, like your mother when she’s protective of her kin, the Taurus Bull will use its strong headed horns to fight.

There has been and will be grief, loss, sudden change, confusion, and confinement. But the female fighting aspect of Taurus keeps us flowing through the experience with compassion for ourselves and our loved ones.

“And yet, the New Moon is also in square aspect to Saturn, reminding us of that need to focus on inner stability as the waves of change continue to roll through our experience…

© Copyright 2020 PAM YOUNGHANS NorthPoint Journal

Saturn is in Aquarius; the planet of difficult lessons in the air sign of the water bearer teaching us to remain fluid through the changes we are experiencing. Activity in society as we know it will decrease yet we have been learning how to increase our inner drives in new, more nurturing, and protective ways. Aquarius is a community and volunteer oriented archetype. These lessons will teach us how we can better serve ourselves which ultimately better serves our community.

With this New Moon in earthly Taurus, square Saturn in Aquarius- Manifest the things you would like to see continue throughout your life after the storm of the pandemic passes. Truly absorb what it felt like to relax and not be obligated to go anywhere. Dig into something new that you’ve learned about yourself. Discover how you’ve readjusted to serving your needs. Going inward on the New Moon, we can understand the changes neccessary to bring forward as a reprogramming on our journey to maintain a better mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

On a global societal scale, how can your reprograming or new feelings be a contribution to impacting others in your community? Maybe our reprogramming ripple effect will vibrate out into the world through communities, the internet, and into countries across the world.

As we begin to rework life as we know it, the Earth has begun to rework her strengths in clearing out toxic gasses and pollution. Her animals are experiecing quieter and less impacted environments which will result in ecosystem relationship alterations we may not be aware of yet.

Essentially, many of us are fighting to protect each other and our globe. However, that fight doesn’t stem from anger or resentment. It is stemming from a place of love, care, and ambition to be humanely and consciously operable. These nurturing traits [of Taurus] start from within: our selves, our homes, our relationships. These recently explored traits will have an immense impact on the way we care for ourselves and others moving forward.

Meditative Action and Journal Prompts:

Get silent and review all the positive aspects of your current situation.

Feel what it has felt like to get more connected to your family or yourself at home.

Feel what it feels like to support small business if you’re able to contribute.

Appreciate the new ways you’ve learned to adapt.

Appreciate the hard work from yourself and others to protect our communities despite the nay-sayers.

Prompts:

  • What are three positive changes you’ve discovered or implemented during this time?
  • What are two things/habits/traits/practices you started with the extra down time that you would like to continue to practice/carry forward as society makes more adjustments?
  • What outcome or change do you wish would surface as a result for for the globe//your country?
  • How can you be apart of implementing that outcome? Does that involve the list of two or three things mentioned above?
  • Does it require you to look inward at your strongest beliefs?
  • Does it require you to enhance or reduce the strength you have in those beliefs in order to nurture the consciousness with others?
  • What is it that you feel but can’t explain?
  • Is that feeling something that should be further explored to nurture your own understanding of your friends//family//audience?
  • How will your manifestations now impact you and your community 6 months from now?

New Moon Mantra:

I allow myself to flow with ease, I am stable because I nurture my being.

~Erin Bird

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Full Moon in Libra April 7th 2020

7:34 pm PST//8:34 pm MT//9:34 pm CT//10:34 pm EST// 02:34 GMT

Moon at 18 degrees in Libra. Sun at 18 degrees Aries.

| Mantras and Prompts to follow |

Epilogue: Astrology & Corona Waves

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An interesting ride on the rise of the Full Pink Super Moon in Libra. Balance steps right in to offer it’s well rounded self, shedding light, soft enough for our eyes and souls, to bask in yet another thing that’s bigger than ourselves in the search for hope and relief.

Libra is the sign of balance; an earth sign with great ability to lighten the mood and emit calm and grounding energy. The Pink Super Moon is displaying its raw, ripe budding beauty to shed light on areas in our lives that we need to make gentle new adjustments in order to grow. The moon is here to help you release and welcome in those new adjustments with balance and grace.

Rhetorically, how can you help yourself incorporate change if you’re in a state of chaos such that we are all experiencing in our world today? This loving Pink Libra Moon is here to comfort the chaos, support the plush release, permitting availability to really bring in peace.

The moon passes on the message of keeping balance and composure in relationships and all things contrasting yet, necessary to live in harmony.

In Folklore, this months full moon is considered the “Pink Moon” in relation to the perennial ( grows back annually) flowering moss known as Creeping Phlox that begins to bud and bloom at this time. Phlox is native to woodlands in the vicinity of the Appalachian Mountains from Pennsylvania to northern Georgia.

A gentle reminder, like a sweet 60 degree day, like these quaint yet vastly abundant flowers. This complimenting moon asks us to get raw like new buds and to find our centered roots from which we grow, displaying release in whatever form that comforts us most. The Libra Moon shines light on discovering that process in a new and intricate way.

It seems we are shedding old ways on how we used to thaw ourselves after a long winter. When spring weather is consistently joyful we feel the need to rush out into town for a social happy hour on the patio, into nature for hiking with a friend, and to make the best of what’s out there because the days are renewing from depths of winter as are we.

What this time is really teaching us to implement is that the gifts we seek to take advantage of on a beautiful day are actually inside of us reflected in our homes and relationships. The relationship with ourselves and our immediate environments makes up the foundation of consciousness from which we function. The Pink Moon graces us with comfort to find that part of ourselves that allows things to happen organically from within. When we do find that, we release in gratitude because we have found peace. We can then welcome in new ways because we released what’s no longer serving us even when we originally though it was.

It’s a fresh treat to spend time in ways we previously might be more apt to ignore; a gift to get more into ourselves. By this time, 85% of the world has come to understand what it’s like to slow down and alter our lives. This is contrary to the usual spring thaw. However, it seems we are thawing in a different way this year, all apart of the process to balance. It’s almost as if we are par-taking in a mass mindfulness movement and it feels like a breath of fresh air relieving societal pressures from people and Earth. This is the journey to the 5th dimension. In this time, as we spend more time inward and less time outward, we have a beautiful chance to serve ourselves from our roots and our bare bones foundations creating the joy we which so crave. Yes, there are worries (finances, education, and livelihoods) but we have to trust what will come for our survival, will come. We are being guided to adjust but at least the Libra Pink Super Moon will help us find comfort.

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Libra is here to remind us that there’s always balance on Earth and in energy. Place weight on one side of the balance scale and watch the other side react. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Just as we say, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It simply exists. When there is an impact on something, there is going to a reverb. That reverb is the next set up for another impact.

I relate this in two ways:

First, our Earth is scoring right now as she takes a break from the typical hustle and bustle. Humans are decreasing their grasps at constantly covering physical ground and taking Earth for granted. In this adjustment, we can learn to still enjoy the Earth but only as we retract the weight of our environmental impact.

Second, our economy, healthcare systems, and roles in society in regards to citizens of an established government, will come into balance. One side of the scale is getting hit hard and other side is changing because of it.

Ripple effects are a prime example of the impact that one action has on the rest of the life cycle. The Full Super Pink Moon is a concept that is bigger than us just as this virus is bigger than us. To grow, we must learn what these two occurrences have to offer. As we take on the virus on one side of our personal scales, we welcome the Full Moon in Libra to balance our other side. We are being called to continue to seek how to further release weight on our scales to bring chaos into a balance. As the moon wanes, recall the feeling of what that balance felt like in its full form. We can begin to implement more of that feeling through the actions and patterns in our lives as we move forward.

We see that our actions have a longer lasting impact than we really choose to comprehend. Our recent experiences give us a different perspective on our actions moving forward as we are currently taking time to slow down. The wonderful thing about lunar cycles is that the moon offers wisdom to create a larger impact on our continuing growth. That’s why the timing of the lunar force in the astrological sign of Libra gives us the sense that we can choose calmness and balance; we can choose less exposure to the chaotic world outside of the foundation in our lives. We may choose more exposure to ourselves, if we’re solo, or to our loved ones in which we cohabitate with. Furthermore, we will eventually have to go inward with a New Moon to better that foundation in our lives and free it to continue to expand. What you not only think, but act upon will have some outcome of balance necessary for your growth.

Meditative or Journal Prompts:

  • How do you feel like you’re adjusting to the Stay At Home orders put in place to balance the outbreak of the virus?
  • Is your environment comforting to your anxieties (even if these orders weren’t put in place)?
  • What do you have the power to change in your immediate environment to induce comfort?
  • How can you comfort the release of tension you feel inside of you?
  • What does comfort to that release look like?
  • Do you need to cry? Do you need to exercise? Do you need to walk everyday in the sun? Do you need to keep a gratitude journal? Do you need to read a relatable book? Do you need to meditate or a breath workshop to help you release so you can focus?
  • Are you capable of holding space for others to express their needs for a comfortable environment? How can you adjust to make that work?
  • What is one reminder you need to help you induce more comfort in this time?

Full Moon Mantra

I accept the release of tension and create in ease in my environment that comforts my day-to-day. -Erin Bird

EPILOG:

Effects of the Full or New Moon occur within 4 days before or after the Moon. Within 24 hours of this moon in Libra, I discovered that Colorado has not seen a spike in more positive corona virus cases in a few days with potential to flatten the curve. New York City is still fighting but the intensive care need for patients is down below what they were expecting at this time. I am hopeful yet adjusting to the changes necessary for my own growth. However, I believe that with Pluto and Saturn, we will see another spike in the curve later on this year. This is why this Super Moon is so well timed so that we can incorporate the balance we form now into new ways of approaching life and society in the future.

Astrologically, the Sun in fiery Aries and the Full Moon in balanced Libra square Jupiter-planet of gifts and luck- and Pluto-planet of focus and lessons which are both in Capricorn right now. A square is an aspect where each planet involved receives direct beams from multiple others. We’ve been working with Pluto in Capricorn since December of 2019- learning hard lessons to pull back the reins of Saturn in freedom loving Sagittarius. We might seeing surprisingly beneficial outcomes for ourselves as Jupiter floats back and forth from Capricorn to airy and humanitarian based Aquarius. Regardless, we will continue to see reverb lessons from Pluto in Capricorn until 2023. To balance, Jupiter will eventually be bringing gifts in conjunction with the hard lessons of Saturn as they eventually will both hang around independent and philosophical Sagittarius through the end of 2020.

The Pandemic Silent Treatment

The What & Why to Silence:

On March 28th 2020, I intentionally chose to go silent for a specific time block outside of my normal meditation//coffee & reading time. I came up with this idea in the middle of a conversation with my roommate, two weeks into quarantine, after realizing three quarters of our daily talks consisted of the pandemic: what’s to come, what the numbers look like, how it transmits, how sad it is, and the list goes on…so. far. on.

As a healthcare worker at a major hospital I have to face this pandemic head on and there’s no silencing that. So I deliberately did what I actually have control over by getting silent and shutting off the input regarding one of the most globally stressful situations of this lifetime.

I went silent from 10am-6pm and this was my first trial of really pulling the reins on external pandemic exacerbating inputs like social media, television, news sources, population count, and most importantly: social conversation. I intentionally chose not to engage in these interactions for three reasons: to stop inflicting anxiety on myself, to listen to my mental chatter and what it was insinuating, and my emotions about a global pandemic that feels like war-time.

Now, I don’t discredit the severity of the pandemic. We have EVERY right to be fearful and anxious about the future. This virus is no joke. But are we seriously willing to let this run our internal lives? Are we going to let this take us from our present moments where there’s potential for anything to come into our being? I’m not- and it’s my professional duty to fight this virus on the front line.

These inputs have physiological impacts because living in fear reduces our immune system, increases our cortisol stress hormone, raises our blood pressure, and doesn’t allow us to stay in touch with our present selves which I find is the greatest benefit of Stay at Home//Quarantine//Shelter in Place laws.

So that’s why I opted for intentional silence. I chose to tune out the chaos and tune in to understanding how it has been affecting me and my internal peace which ultimately gave me back the reins to my own approach to life.

How Intentional Silence is Beneficial:

The chaos was taking me away from hearing and feeling my own internal environment. It took time away from my day because it was all I could focus on in my free time. There are a lot of positives and educational aspects to external input. However, it can also be a distraction from the internal environment hindering us from understanding how to genuinely process what we really want to feel.

Intentional silence permits discernment between induced fear and truly navigating our emotions. It breaks the suppression of our joyous freedom which allows us to flourish. It gave me the opportunity to check in with the true state of my internal environment, find strength, and continue to carry-on with resilience all the while building better emotional-intelligence for the days to come.

The great thing about emotions is that they allow you to feel deep sorrows and bursts of joy; they’re a regular part of life. However, we cannot navigate emotions if we are constantly smothering them with incessant fear in conversation and media. So I chose to intentionally work on redirecting my sail to navigate hazy winds with silence and intentional observation.

A Tale of Two Wolves:

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

An Unknown Legend

Navigating My Experience:

Choosing silence permitted me to truly navigate the processing of my emotions on the Corona Virus as healthcare worker and find strength as a human being. This practice lifted the suppression of my joys, relaxation, and internal peace by addressing the fear and letting it go. I broke free of this suppression close to my second hour of silence. I was able to feel parts of my energy centers open to invite love and excitement for myself. It was truly relieving. This opening motivated me to continue manifesting and creating abundance in my life that will grow starting in that moment and well past the pandemic. After all, as this time becomes history in the coming years, our strength and new accomplishments will shine through and remain.

How’d I stay on track? I was sure to set boundaries which included halting the use of social media flooded with Corona topics. I chose not to listen to music and distract my thoughts. I chose not to engage in television inducing fear or even binging a show to distract me from fear. I rarely took on conversation (there were times where I spoke to a family member or two and with my roommate). But I vowed to my boundaries and saw myself out of the situation if something came up about the Corona Virus. Ultimately, I explicitly remained mindful and gave myself the choice to create a better outcome through the day as I intended to.

The challenge? Shutting out internal emotions and fear was not an option. I let that shit come up and I listened. I consoled myself and I asked, “Is this a real worry related to my job or my own health in this very moment? Is there anything I can do to change any of that right now?” The answer typically was “No.” But I could change the fearful emotion. I could redirect it.

To redirect, I used follow up questions in my internal conversation: “What can I focus on today, right now, as I prepare my coffee this morning?” Here’s a novel idea: start with just preparing the coffee. I became mindful of what I was doing in the moment; basking in the smell of the beans, taking note to the grounded texture needed for my favorite French press, and moving on to thinking about what breakfast my body craved. I savored my food and expressed gratitude for cooking at home so I could slow down and pay attention to what I chose to let come into my body, my energy. I was present in what I was doing right there, right then.

As I got deeper into my block of time my fear for the future dissipated and I became more present. In these mindful moments I was feeding and nurturing myself. I refused to let external input and internal fear take over because I chose to nurture. I took special note of the birds singing, the sun on my face, the pleasure of dance, and even just peace in my internal quiet. I was permitting joy and I was working through the fear before it worked through me. As a Reiki Master, it’s incredibly obvious to me now how negative emotions like fear and hatred begin to store themselves in our body the less we consciously address them as they arise. You really must navigate in the moment (unless it’s an emergency situation and you gotta put that shit aside for a minute…that’s the purpose fight or flight, duh).

In The End:

The metaphor to my experience is like nurturing a garden. In a garden, we plant food that fuels our body and we plant flowers that make us happy. Sometimes a garden acquires weeds and pests that take away from that fuel and happiness we intended to grow. Our fear that stems from the external input represents those pests and weeds. If you let that shit take over, the strength and importance of your garden that fuels your livelihood weakens and feels less attended to. We must weed out what doesn’t serve us and we must commit to what does in order to keep fueling to good stuff.

I am now able to discern when I am being obsessively fearful of the Corona Virus and when I am being practical about my own health and safety in my assistant nursing position. There are times when I get a little nervous seeing or hearing information about a deadly global pandemic and the crisis we face. But as a healthcare professional, with a passionate drive, I chose to sacrifice when I signed up. That means I choose to fight this bitch of a virus the way our military chooses sacrifice to fight for our country. We may not always be ready to go to war but that is what you choose if one day you knew you would be called.

To my fellow healthcare workers: I ask all of you who are on the front line to remember to take time to re-center yourself. No matter how unfairly you believe you are being treated remember that you can only control your inner actions and emotions so treat yourself. If you feel passionate enough about a safety issue in your workplace: speak up, talk to your managers, ask questions, and call your local government officials anonymously. If you’re getting by with regulations like I am: take silence, start your garden, read a good book, engage in your beautiful family and environment.

To my community: I ask you to find strength in taking silence. This is a chance to work on your triggers, ask what your true passions are and find ways to make them evolve. Take on the confidence that ‘this, too, shall pass’, deliberately find strength, and be a positive source of encouragement for your front line workers and family members. Do your part and stay home. Stop the spread.

It’s okay to break down. It’s okay to feel sad, worried, fearful, and hopeless for your friends, family, and yourself. But it’s also okay to draw upon your inner primal human nature to fight, be resilient, and emit hope because it’s what we really need in this time. We need to change the global vibration and that begins with you. If it takes a day of silence to impact your next week, then do it.

Mantra:

I am present in what I am doing right here, right now. Where am I? -Erin Bird

New Moon in Aries March 24, 2020

2:28 am PST // 3:28 am MT // 4:28 am CST // 5:28 am EST // 9:28 am GMT

Moon in Aries at 4 degrees

| Mantras and Prompts to follow |

Aries is quite welcoming as the first sign of the zodiac. But don’t mistake Aries for they are headstrong and motivated with direct aim to overcome the challenge. Aries is a fire sign: full of life as they ignite their sparks to create their successes.

New Moons are a time for manifestation, planting seeds of thought, and beginning new adventures. With Aries as the first sign of the zodiac, rightfully so, this is a magnified time to begin something new. This newness could be of changes that either run positive OR negative. No matter which it might be, it is greatly needed to welcome new abundance in order to understand our worth OR to learn new lessons to understand what doesn’t serve our worth.

It’s been 100 years since something this large has taken over the entire globe in such a way and what a catalyst it is. Susan Miller, a renowned astrologist researches the phenomena:

I looked back at the Spanish Influenza of 1918, which was severe, infecting more than one-fourth of the world’s population. I almost fell of my chair to see that in that year, 1918, Pluto and Jupiter were also orbiting tightly together, just as they are now, in 2020.

Read More on Susan Miller’s Corona Virus Essay

Susan Miller, Astrology Zone 2020

Head first into Spring we go, this New Moon falls just after the Vernal Equinox, right after we “Spring Forward” for Daylights Savings. Things are moving quick and it’s best if we buckle in and get grounded to prepare for the shifts to come. This is also the time of year to sow seeds in our grounds and prepare our crops for a bountiful harvest. This can be the most challenging time as we nurture the seeds to surface and grow well enough to produce results.

We are preparing the crops of our energy as we face the troublesome news of the globe today in these surrounding weeks of the New Moon. We must get grounded like seeds and face the adversity of working through difficult times as if we are the sprout, fighting for the light, bursting through the soil.

Current changes in today’s society have knocked on the doorstep of the New Moon period of manifestation and invite us to redefine the ways of rearing the horns that keep us tough and resilient like those of the Aries Ram. This is a call to work for the beauty of the enjoyments in life that should come as simple human rights. Easily equal yet systematic.

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The imperative task is moving forward with how we will define our lifestyles after this shift. Many of us have begun to do it on the individual level before the chaos ensued, but now is the time to change it on the global scale and I’m talking government included.

More importantly, we cannot worry about what is going to play out because worrying about our future takes away from our present. We must simply do what we can now as grounded individuals.

Through the work of our grounding practice we will set ourselves up for the challenging times to come and be righteously ready. We do this by slowing down, growing our sprouts that flaunt our work, while our firmly rooted beliefs hold us down.

So you might ask how does this change from our previous behavior as a society? How do we make new change now?

We must invite new ways of being that make us feel good, well loved, and trust that humans will work together to take care of each other without any attachment or reliance. To be truly present in our center but aware of the peripherals.

We are slowing down and dealing with what is right in front of us in our very own homes, within our own souls. We are not to worry about what’s to come during that meeting three hours from now, what’s to come next week when we get paid, what’s to come in June, November, or 2021. We no longer can rely on what’s to come because we are being called to live in the now.

Now is the only thing that will keep coming.

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During this New Moon in Aries today I encourage you to remain open to the possibilities to come. But be exactly where you are in each moment before you get to those possibilities.

I challenge you to navigate forthcoming conversations with intellectualism and progressive conversation that you learn in your “nows”. I challenge you to do this without haste or anger toward another opinion, background, or idea. I encourage you to get grounded but I challenge you to push yourself to respect others.

Use this time of manifestation in the New Moon with the fiery, adamant, and persistent Aries to keep pushing forward for the life you are looking to create from the inside of ourselves to the outward world.

Three Steps to be Encouraged and Face the Challenge:

  • Get grounded in a way that suits you: Imagine your sits bones and hands connecting to the Earth and administering great roots to the core. Send your worries and heart aches through these roots to burn at this core and allow yourself to rise from those ashes.
  • Practice Gratitude for how far you have come, how far humanity has come. Allow that peace to be your soldier, to be the Ram.
  • Accept your duties to carry forth your pride, your intelligence, and your rights; flaunt your horns. With Acceptance we can battle for peace, beauty, and harmony; the natural instinct of the male Ram’s fight for his beloved female.

Meditative or Journal Prompts:

  • What new energy would you like to call in? Is it peace, less judgement, less fear, more creativity, forgiveness, more boldness, an offer to others?
  • Where in your life can you apply a new space to welcome this in?
  • What’s one habit that supports your daily action to creating space and calling in?
  • Journaling? Meditating? Mindful observation? Mindful eating? Mindful games with children? Mindful repetitive movement? A sequence of yoga poses? A single podcast for a few days?
  • What is one habit you can break when it comes to judgement of others?
  • How will you keep yourself alert when you begin to judge? What does your judgement voice in your head sound like?
  • What’s one form of compassion you can have for another human in a conversation about the pandemic topic? How can you begin to understand their perspective?
  • What is one thing that unifies us all?
  • How do we remain unified with individual offerings? What is your offering?

New Moon Mantra

I fiercely accept my challenges by opening my heart to the possibilities. –Erin Bird

MaryRuth’s Organics Night Time Mineral Supplement

Sleeping is a struggle sometimes. Stress throughout the day builds tension in our body and we go to bed with that as it lingers into our wake the next morning.

I’ve decided give Mary Ruth’s Organics a try when I was offered to check them out. I have honestly really begun to like the product. Sometimes supplement companies are unregulated but I truly believe in the product MaryRuth’s puts on the market. Quality!

I have been playing with the Pineapple Dream flavor and though it’s quite a thick liquid, the taste is reasonable. The effects of the product on my body?! That’s what I like so much about it!

The NightTime Multi-Mineral contains the following minerals and ingredients:

  • Vitamin C: supporting your immune system while you’re in your most rested state (sleep). This builds the immune system as your body uses less of it while you’re less active.
  • Manganese: an anti-inflammatory, regulating blood sugar levels (similar functions to the adrenal gland function. Manganese also supports blood cell growth in combinations.
  • Magnesium: Stress reliever and thyroid regulator. Relieves tight muscles, and prevents insomnia- regulating your bodies melatonin release.
  • Selenium: powerful antioxidant, reduces asthma symptoms, risk of cancer and heart disease, and prevent mental decline.
  • Calcium: the small amount of calcium is to activate and benefit the above elements and minerals.

Please do remember that an over consumption of any mineral or vitamin could lead to further health risks. Please follow instructions and guidelines on any bottle of a supplement you work with.

Begin with .25 oz to .50 oz and gradually increase your dose to 1 oz of liquid.

In my experience with the supplement, I feel better rested when I wake up. I’m am currently observing how it affects the grinding of my teeth at night which my dental hygienist pointed out to me noted by a receding gum line around a tooth.

The muscles of our mouth are tense from either chewing throughout the day or other related neck stress. Some also experience grinding at night, and that’s when we are over using though we’re supposed to be a rest.

Essentially it’s in our best interest to maximize our relaxation in our sleeping state when healing is most optimal. When the the body is in a state of rest it is when the army of our immune and glandular system works incredibly hard to re-up and repair to take on another day.

Consider trying MaryRuth’s Organics Nighttime Multi-Mineral if you’re working on a night time routine, need help sleeping deeper, repairing more, and seeking a more relaxed state for your body. I truly believe in the benefits of this product and feel great about my sleep when I do take this product.

Additional sleeping tip: try finding an alarm clock that calculates when to go to sleep and wake up for optimal performance based on sleeping cycles. One sleep cycles is typically about 90 minutes to go through stage one, two, three, and REM. It is easiest for our body wake in REM or stage one.

With the sleep calculator you can set an alarm to wake at one of those preferred stages (stage one or later end of REM sleep).

Best of luck to those tapping into the bio hacking for optimal performance. It feels like once you go optimal it’s hard to go back! Adulting? lol.

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