When I look at our collective Love Map for 2018, the astrological compass is clear: we are being asked to move in the direction of taking greater risks and exploring bigger horizons in our journeys as souls.
But before we set sail on this 365-day adventure, I have a question to ask you:
How vulnerable are you willing to be for true love, for beauty, for service,
for impactful, empowered leadership?
2017 was a year indelibly marked with the Sagittarius stamp of the Truth-seeker and Truth-teller who showed us in our personal and shared experience where we could no longer tolerate a lie, opening our eyes to a more honest path that our souls have been longing to walk.
Many of us now possess a clearer understanding of ourselves—what we love, who we want to become and why we would be willing to crack ourselves open in the ways we are being called.
2018 is the year to choose to align to these bolder, more beautiful visions that will receive massive support from many higher sources including the celestial support of Capricorn, lighting up each conscious step along the way.
With the Sun (our Fuel), Venus (our Love Language), Saturn (our Inner Teacher and Guardian Angel) and Pluto (our Transformer and Uplifter) all in Capricorn now, these dreams will become earth-bound realities once we build the solid foundations and the support systems to let our visions unfold.
We will not be building our field of dreams alone.
Capricorn, embodying the archetypes of the CEO, the Strategist, the President, the Father, the Elder and the Circle of Grandmothers, will provide us with many opportunities to transform how we serve, lending us an energetic hand to evolve outworn and harmful systems, groups, structures and foundations that have affected us personally but even more importantly collectively.
It’s a year of liberation on every level.
But you may be wondering what does this have to do with the Full Moon in Cancer sailing in on January 1st at 9:24 EST?
As always the shifts in the outer begin on the inner and with the Sacred Feminine energy of the Moon and the Cancerian archetype of Mother Love and the Nurturer, we are asked to go within like we have never done before.
This deep bow to the Feminine will allow us all to drop in and dream, to lead and to love from a place of compassionate, wise stewardship and most definitely from the heart.
This feminine energy is not weak by any means. Truth, clarity and fierceness live in Sacred Love.
Part of this transformation and growth calls us to have more resolve than ever to learn how to meet our own needs, understand what nourishes our soul, and be willing to self-love, self-soothe and self-approve with greater depth and consistency.
While those of you reading here are already great lovers, we are still a hungry tribe.
In our own world and in our own ways, you and I may resonate with and strive to embody the Cancerian archetypes of the Kind Teacher, the Awakened Human, the Compassionate Giver, and the Empowered Empath, but many of us did not receive the nurturing and nourishment we needed in key areas in our early childhood (as well as other incarnations) to fully show up in healthy, empowered expressions of these archetypes.
Emotionally and spiritually, we have some deep places in us in which the archetype of the Anorexic has shown up, creating a hunger inside for which our soul intuitively understands how to nourish.
Are you familiar with this hunger? Take a minute, if you will, to feel into this archetype to see if the Anorexic has been active in your life.
Do you hunger for Requited Love, the unconditional support of a Friend, or irrefutable proof that Divine Energy is working on your behalf?
Are you hungry for rest, for rejuvenation, for renewal?
Do you eat, drink or smoke as a way to fill an emptiness inside?
Are you intently searching for a sacred quality such as Beauty, Grace or Peace to infuse every cell in your being?
Are you hungry for change in the way you relationship to money, desiring prosperity over poverty consciousness?
Maybe your life by all accounts seems great. However, you have been eagerly searching for that next level of opportunity and service that will call you to new learning, new experiences and new challenges?
The Anorexic likes to keep her thoughts, his feelings private. The over-extended Giver in you might say everything is just fine the way it is, but the Impassioned Leader in you knows differently.
What are the costs of not feeding the soul? Open up and speak your truth—out loud and to someone you trust.
THE IMPORTANCE OF INVITING “THE NURTURER” ALONG FOR THE RIDE
We have come to learn how to be master manifestors who dream beautiful dreams and are capable of actualizing them on the earthly plane. This Full Moon is our invitation to lay down the old ways, release any small loves and smaller visions we have. In their place, ask for innovation and inspiration in how you can love, serve and share your gifts in ways that allow you and others to experience beauty and joy.
But sometimes we become lost and choose less nourishing ways to take care of ourselves.
The food, the drink, the entertainment—they all have their place, but at times, we get hooked in and we bypass education for entertainment, mindfulness for a manic schedule, clarity for chaos, and soul talks for sensationalized gossip. It takes time for the heart to grow strong.
What do you desire to feel and experience instead?
Before you write out or revise your 2018 dreams for your personal and professional lives, take some time to do the inner-visioning in which you contemplate where the Anorexic is active and then take her hand, his arm up the steps to the elevated station of the empowered, loving Nurturer.
The ability to pull the plug on our Martyr or Victim story that a deep wound might have created and then meet our own needs is like throwing a boulder into a stagnant pond. The ripple effects of self-reliance and self-care transform the belief that we need to look outside of ourselves to feel fulfilled or secure.
SOME WAYS TO CALL IN THE NOURISHMENT NEEDED FOR YOUR DREAMS
Mind. Spirit. Body. In each of these areas, where can you bring more balance and nourishment in your life? When was the last time you felt nourished, emotionally satisfied and fulfilled?
Be honest with yourself. Tune in to your needs. Call in the courage to look at your life in every area in the name of truth and love. We often engage with the little problems, but when we avoid the bigger issues, our relationships and our well-being suffer in the long-term.
To truly love your wounded parts, be braver and more vulnerable than ever in attending the parts of you that need to be fed in a way that only soul food can truly nourish.
When you know, share with your family and friends what it is you need from a place of true love rather than self-absorption or co-dependence. The more you tune into the energy of your emotions, the more you will understand if the Victim, the Co-Dependent, or the Addict is making the request.
Burn, baby, burn. What are you ready to release?
In my book A Year of Lunar Love, I outlined a fire-burning ritual in which writing and burning a list of thoughts, behaviours and experiences you are ready to release acts as a catalyst for inner change that calls forth new blessings, inspiration and serendipities aligned to the new dreams and your ascending self.
Know thy future self. We have all heard the saying, “Know thyself” and the importance of knowing what is true for us by exploring the many layers of who we are.
However, we can simultaneously create a compelling vision of our Future Self and then take consistent steps to lean into that future self right now. This simple love-practice nourishes you in the present by generating excitement and gratitude for who you are becoming as you move into your next levels of your greatest human potential.
Create a daily inner practice. Cancer as the Empath knows the way back to radical self-love is an intuitive, deeply feeling process. That soul food we are seeking is found on the inside, where the guidance system is most accurate when we learn to deeply listen.
Commit to a daily inner practice that allows you to connect with your soul through meditation, an energy process, drawing an oracle card, dancing for joy, for love or for freedom, reading inspiring literature, journaling, chanting, repeating a mantra—there is no one way.
Start with even five minutes twice a day—once in the morning and again in the evening. If you can’t commit to ten minutes a day to give your soul dreams the nourishment you need, you then might ask to see how and if the Anorexic or the Saboteur is playing itself out.
MY OFFER TO JUMPSTART YOUR YEAR OF BEING VULNERABLE TO LOVE
HIT REPLY if you received this article in your Inbox or answer in the COMMENT SECTION below and tell me what commitment you are willing to make in terms of a consistent inner practice and what that looks like for you.
I’ll enter you into a draw for a free session with me. This is a year for massive opportunities for all of us, especially when we lead by taking care of ourselves first.
Also tell me about your personal and professional goals for the year and where some of them might be addressing the physical, spiritual, emotional hunger on this planet in whatever field or area you have chosen and are drawn to—the areas where your passions and your purpose lie.
With your response, I’ll enter you in a draw for one of three 45-minute intuitive coaching sessions to help you jumpstart your year and offer you support and tools for realizing your soul goals.
I will announce your first name on January 6th in the comment section below the LOVE MATTERS website and send you a link to book your session. If you feel someone could benefit from this type of support, forward this page (or your original email) to them and invite them to participate as well.
Rumi has been in my Inner Kitchen these holidays—his poetry is my soul food. I was reminded in this excerpt from the poem “The Sunrise Ruby” (translated by Coleman Barks) the rewards of a consistent inner practice.
The ruby and the sunrise are one.
Be courageous and discipline yourself.
Completely become hearing and ear
and wear this sun-ruby as an earring.
Work. Keep digging your well.
Don’t think about getting off from work.
Water is there somewhere.
Submit to a daily practice.
Your loyalty to that
is a ring on that door.
Keep knocking, and the joy inside
will eventually open a window
and look out to see who’s there
Your friend and eternal trail-mate,
HAPPY, LOVE-FILLED NEW YEAR!!