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Dear Beautiful Human,
None of us receives a pass in whether we evolve or not.
We may be in different places in the journey, but we’re all being stretched and shaped right now—some way out of our comfort zones (like way up in the stratosphere we’re that uncomfortable–or is that just me????).
However, you know our souls wouldn’t want it any other way.
We might try to sweep some of our old stories and low vibration habits under some raggedy-old carpet, thinking we can forget how dust-heavy they really are in the lightness of day.
However, if we’re not in soul-aligned inner and outer action, these retrogrades and eclipses that everyone’s talking about are powerful enough to rip the carpet from underneath us while unhinging us in all sorts of way to make sure we’re living up to our greatest human potential living on this mother-loving Earth.
Yes. This Full Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on July 16 at 2:38 pm PST call us to the seriousness and responsibility of the business of being beings on this planet doing the Love-Work.
We forget (because by design we were meant to) that we’ve signed up for this life. We signed up for the remembering and the forgetting, the highs and the lows, the challenges and the opportunities.
We’re learning that the faster we learn to allow Divine Surrender to have Her way with us, the more moments of grace and peace we will encounter.
And so take a moment, my friend, to breathe in this truth:
You are a Being here to remember your Perfection, your Divine Essence—your beauty, your power, your love, your creativity and your freedom.
This Capricorn Full Moon magnified by the energetics of a Partial Lunar Eclipse will bring to the surface what’s ready to be transformed, so you can remember who you are as you dare to live in your divinity.
You’ll be reminded in one way or another that the experiences you had as a child, the ones that created certain cognitive beliefs and emotional patterns, which allowed you to survive, are generally not going to cut it if you want to thrive as an adult.
Enter our Friends—these planets and these zodiac signs, these archetypes and these symbolic codes, these retrogrades and these eclipses who’ve got our backs while helping us grow, but what will they ask of you in return?
Your radical presence and willingness to hear your personal truth.
We’re in an astrological pressure-cooker right now, one that’s pushing and pulling us to move through some of this old patterning and programming if we’re ready.
And on a soul level, we’re always ready.
To help you along the way and to give some context to the Full Moon/Partial Lunar Eclipse energy we’ve moved into, here’s a little peek into what evolutionary forces you might be working with now and for the rest of this summer and what the effects might be:
Mercury Retrograde in Cancer and Leo.
(until July 31)
Oh, Mercury, the planet that shows us how we’re taking information in, processing it and communicating the findings. During this retrograde, we could crack some codes into how we think and the way we communicate in the areas that Cancer (family, nurturing, inner world, psychic information, feelings) and Leo (sexuality, passion, creative expression, play, joy) oversee.
When Mercury is in Cancer (July 19 to mid-August), you’ll be called to look at a family pattern that’s been keeping you from shining your light a little brighter than you are right now.
This means that you’ll be diving into the realm of the inner psyche and your unconscious. Feelings will be stirred, most likely wildly triggered.
This is a time to examine your deepest attachments to security, home, community, your legacy, your loved ones—and how early childhood trauma and experiences such as pain, neglect, abuse and separation are still affecting you.
Maybe your family and your community intentionally or unconsciously dimmed your light, so you developed necessary ways of coping and surviving so that you’d fit in and still be loved.
However, you cannot expect to be thriving in the Master Class called Life with the survival handbook you created when you were a child.
Some questions to consider when walking through Mercury territory: How safe did you feel when you were a child to be you, to express your ideas, feel your feelings, shine your light?
While Mercury is in the archetypal energy of the Leo Queen and Star (now until July 19th), She will remind you to shine your Lioness light.
This Mercury Retrograde will call you to a new level of emotional and psychic awareness, so you can grow into the next levels in the areas of your life that are asking for the upgrade.
Jupiter Retrograde in Sagittarius.
(until Aug 11).
Jupiter, our planet of expansion, generosity and spirituality, might be teaching you about radical faith in some area that has great meaning for you. How does Jupiter accomplish such a feat?
Often by throwing something or someone in the way that creates a giant dose of self-doubt, a boulder slowing you down when you’re primed to speed up, a shortage of resources when you planned to expand.
The first step in allying with Jupiter is to trust that everything is happening for you–for a reason. There’s a divine explanation for why you’re in that in-between place where you haven’t found the next reference point to guide you on your golden path.
Contemplate the big questions such as Why am I here? What do I love? How can I serve the world while I use my gifts?
Meditate and let go of forcing a result or coming up with an answer. Move once you are in your heart and the path is all lit up again with answers that come from that wise, peaceful place.
Neptune Retrograde in Pisces.
(until Nov 27)
Neptune is the planet of our mystical breakthroughs, representing the higher octave of how we are here to love. Neptune asks the question, How is your life currently serving your soul’s evolution?
A retrograde is always a time to go inward and see what your soul is longing for. With Neptune, you’ll be called to scan your Dream-Land for new clues and new visions pointing you towards unfolding the Beautiful Dreams that hold Truth for you.
To do this, Neptune in a watery sign like Pisces may show you where you’re holding on to an illusion, where you’re escaping through an addiction, or where you’re running the program around Unrequited Love, in which you do not receive in equal measure the love you’ve been giving.
Letting Divine Grace in and letting go of dreams that do not serve Love will diminish what has become too small for your growing Light in this world.
This is a powerful time to make much spiritual progress in your enlightenment journey. Others close to you might not understand what’s motivating you these days (cosmic truth and high-vibration energies), and that’s okay.
The more you trust your intuitive abilities the easier it will be to know what your Soul Truth is and how to live it.
Saturn and Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn.
(until Sept 18 & Oct 3, respectively)
These two have been retrograding since April, placing some of us in spaces of chaotic transformation (hello Pluto) so that we can step up in some area of our lives (look at what house your Saturn and Pluto are transiting–ask me if you don’t know) as the Masters and Creators that we are (thank you, Saturn).
These planets might be passing through the part of your chart in which you’re being asked to deconstruct what you’ve created in your career, relationships, finances and health because it is imprisoning you. You might see where you’ve stopped growing, where you’re resistant to change, where you feel you’re powerless to change.
These transformational edges could be asking you to step into the archetypal Capricorn energies of the Director, the Boss and the Leader of your own life. Let them sweep on through and build new pathways of creation.
Chiron Retrograde in Aries.
(until Dec 13)
The planet Chiron is the perfect Diagnostician in finding where our deepest pain lies and an even greater Healer for those places that persistently hurt.
As a human, we’ve experienced abandonment and rejection, heartbreak and tragedy, sickness and death.
As a soul, we know as the Masters, Elders and Wisdom Keepers we inherently are is that we’re here to find the medicine for the parts that ache and the wounds that don’t seem to heal.
Individually, where Chiron is placed in your birth chart you will see in what area of your development your core wounding took place (identity, self-worth, self-esteem, communication, creative expression, work, health, etc.).
Collectively, Chiron is in Aries and could be creating tension in your inner and outer world, so you can see how that wound has affected Aries issues around your identity, how you express yourself, how you’re seen in the world and how you see yourself in the world.
Aries is the archetypal energy of the Pioneer and the Lone-Wolf, which might make it feel as if you’re doing the healing work alone, and truthfully, you are, for it is you who must be willing to go in and see what needs to be healed–and then let that healing take place.
And this is the time to do it.
Aries is Trailblazer energy, so make no mistake that the medicine you shall create will revolutionize your life and the others who walk this path with you.
I said: what about my eyes?
He said: Keep them on the road.
I said: what about my passion?
He said: Keep it burning.
I said, what about my heart?
He said: Tell me what you hold inside it.
I said: Pain and sorrow.
He said: Stay with it.
The wound is the place
Where the Light enters you.
A Solar and Lunar Eclipse in Cancer-Capricorn.
(July 2 and July 16, respectively)
Two eclipses in the legacy-making duo of Cancer and Capricorn will amplify these retrogrades, calling us to look at our tribal, ancestral, psychic and emotional patterns and development to see which ones are asking to be acknowledged, forgiven and released.
Also, this is a good time to check in to see what has transpired since the last two eclipses in January and plant new seeds of intention and action as we mingle with powerful manifesting energies that will culminate six months from now in our next eclipse season.
What’s a human to do this Full Moon?
We cannot muscle our way through an inner transformation.
Instead, we can tap into Strength that comes from the Power of the heart and the Softness of the belly.
This is why we’ve found the tools that we have–and why we learn to use them. Why we have spiritual directors, mentors and coaches. Why we meditate, go on pilgrimage, read books, create rituals, take walks, put our hands in the Earth, pray our prayers, let our prayers pray us.
This is why we connect here on the New and Full Moon. To remind us we have tools and to use them as we reflect on the changes that are unfolding in our worlds.
We understand on some deeper level that this chaotic transformation or these gentle nudgings are supposed to happen.
Because there are greater evolutionary forces inside of us reflected in the evolutionary forces outside moving us along through the ascension game.
The Lunar ceremonies we create and participate in allow us to check-in with the inner journey contemplating what the planets and signs mean symbolically for each one of us in light of what’s going on in our lives right now.
You may question if you are up to this summer’s evolutionary assignment and let me assure you…
…you’re Lunar wise and Capricorn strong.
Sending you some Soul Love,
from a very human place,
P.S. Let us know what planet has encouraged you to walk a tightrope of transformation and share one of the practices you’re using to get to the other side. #friendshelpingfriends
P.P.S. If you’re feeling like you’d like some clarity where these transiting planets are moving through in your birth chart, what that means in light of your Soul Plan and how to best navigate these evolutionary times, please use this code ADVENTURER4LOVE for 20% off your next Love Map session. xo