New Moon in Libra: Balance and Introspection

New Moon in Libra: Balance and Introspection

It’s the new moon in Libra, and this week’s primary focus is balance. This energy is amplified by Venus retrograde in Scorpio, which, when combined with Libra’s well developed thought processes, is inspiring many of us to reassess, refigure, and readjust in multiple areas. At the same time, the tumultuous events of recent weeks are mostly dying down, and we’re entering a period of relative quiet, which is perfect for silent consideration.

What have you noticed that you’d like to shift or rebalance? Is there a pattern or habit that you’d like to transform? Often the most subtle hints come from our partnerships, and with the new moon energy, this is a great place to start looking. Recognition and acceptance of ourselves and our ways of being go a long way toward personal evolution, and any areas that you consciously focus on now can be improved over this moon cycle. The beauty of the new moon in Libra is that the energy is less about digging deep and unearthing the weeds – you’ve done that part. Now it’s more about pure development and refinement of the soil that you’ve tilled.

Not sure where to start? Think of the things in which you still find the most resistance. Are you incredibly neat, and does it bother you when others aren’t? Do you tend to get road rage while driving? Do you love your family but fight to hold your tongue regarding your sister’s choice in friends? Each of these points and others like them, inconsequential as they seem, can influence your life dramatically. It’s about the energetic signature that they carry and the underlying attachments that you have; these are all energies that can be redesigned to influence you more positively.

As you’re working with the new moon in Libra to reach new personal heights, don’t forget to balance yourself in the process. While it’s incredibly easy to get caught up in one area, especially when focused on improvement, it’s generally not the healthiest approach. Make sure that you work to adequately balance family, friends, career, and more in a way that feels right to you.

Work with agate, amazonite, bloodstone, or blue aventurine for balance, introspection, and self-improvement.

 

Full Moon in Aries

Full Moon in Aries

It’s the full moon in Aries, and the energy this week is all about taking charge through strong action. Find your flow so that you can focus and get things done – without some clear direction and a pre-planned roadmap, you may get lost in the details and forget about the overall plan.

What did you start working on at the new moon, and how can you funnel that momentum now? A major go-getter of the zodiac, Aries has the determination and tenacity to find the advantage in any situation. Channel that same energy to find your own advantage – differentiate yourself in your market, develop your skills, drill down on that one essential point that you understand so well – you know what you need to do.

Once you’ve taken clear action in the direction of your dreams, your next task is to sustain your progress. What processes can you put into place to support you as you move forward? How can you focus your efforts so that you continue down your path without veering off-course? What small steps now can save you mountains of time down the road?

For help in planning, developing, and acting on your goals, work with pyrite, hematite, sunstone, or carnelian.

 

New Moon in Virgo: Action + Perseverance

New Moon in Virgo: Action + Perseverance

Today’s the new moon in Virgo, and it’s an invitation to get our houses in order and start on the tasks at hand. Saturn has gone direct, and we can now turn extreme self-reflection into purpose-driven action. What did you discover about yourself the last few months? In what areas have you developed and grown? Here’s the tough question: does your external situation reflect your internal growth?

If there’s some dissonance between your external and internal landscapes, now’s your chance to sow some new seeds. Virgo is tremendously organized, efficient, balanced, and conscious, and you’re well supported in practical planning and achievement. Once Virgos decide on a course of action, they persevere, making this moon ideal for lasting progress toward your highest goals. One caution: don’t worry too much about perfection or get stuck in the details – movement should be the mantra.

Make a list, create a vision board, record a voice note – whatever method you choose, pick your focus, plan your next steps, and get going. You can do whatever it is that you set your mind to, and the processes that you put in place now will serve you long-term. Set objectives for the next thirty days as well as the next six months so that you can track your manifestation and achievement.

Work with yellow aventurine, dragon’s blood jasper, hawk’s eye, or green prehnite for motivation, inspiration, perseverance, and growth.

 

Last Quarter Moon in Gemini

Last Quarter Moon in Gemini

Last night was the last quarter moon in Gemini, offering an opportunity this week for deep thought as well as appreciation of duality. The theme lately has been shadow work, as our deepest issues have risen to the surface to address. If you’ve pushed anything down recently, you’ll notice that it’s barreling back up on the regular – that’s because the energies lately have given us a continuous chance to clear, remove, and transmute any harmful patterns, thought processes, and memories, and those things that we haven’t healed will continue to arise until we do.

Gemini is amazing at cutting through the superfluous details and getting down to business, and coupled with a Virgo sun and a waning moon, now’s the perfect time to assess and clear out anything that doesn’t serve, be it on a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual level. Time is valuable, and you don’t have extra time to waste on those things that aren’t helping you to accomplish your end goals, whether they be personal, spiritual, professional, or financial. Gemini also understands intrinsically that although these things seem separate, they are all interlinked – to have a balanced life, you must support and fuel not only the obvious points of focus for you, but the underlying systems as well.

What keeps coming up for you that you’d rather not deal with any longer, and why are you still holding on? There’s beauty and joy in the surrender, and those things that aren’t serving you won’t benefit you by continuing to remain in your life. It could be as simple as t-shirts that you need to discard or as complex as a relationship that you’ve outgrown. Whatever it is, cut the cord and keep moving forward, unshackled this time. Then spend your time integrating what’s left instead of focusing on what’s gone.

Work with bloodstone, clear quartz, black kyanite, and smoky citrine to ensure understanding and appreciation of duality; to establish strong self-respect and energetic boundaries; and to gain help in centering, grounding, and rooting yourself in your best reality.

 

Full Moon in Pisces: Integrate the Magical with the Mundane

Full Moon in Pisces: Integrate the Magical with the Mundane

Welcome to the full moon in Pisces! This week’s energy is all about integration of the magical with the mundane, which means that it’s time to infuse some light into your standard routine. Have you been holding back in some way or hiding yourself from the spotlight? In what ways do you shine that you’ve neglected to share with others?

It’s likely that your special brand of amazing is needed right now in some way – be it at work, among friends or family, or in your community. What unique traits can you offer to help others? The Pisces moon is the perfect time to discover those traits and bring them to the surface for enjoyment.

If you haven’t yet been called toward your deeper purpose but are starting to feel the yearning to know what exactly it is, this moon offers some serious potential for manifestation of your highest self. What are your dreams and values? How do you wish to impact the world? What is the legacy that you wish to leave? Pisces, the emotive idealist, can inspire you to reach new heights, especially when paired with the practical and hardworking Virgo sun.

Work with amazonite, dendritic opal, Botswana agate, or polychrome jasper to ground the etheric Pisces energy while motivating you to achieve new heights.

 

First Quarter Moon in Scorpio: Uncover & Integrate Your Shadow Side

First Quarter Moon in Scorpio: Uncover & Integrate Your Shadow Side

The first quarter moon in Scorpio has arrived, inspiring us to turn inward and focus on our thoughts, beliefs, and areas of our being that we’d like to transform, awaken, and hone. Never one to shy away from the depths, Scorpio encourages us to take a probing look at our shadow side. Instead of hiding the parts of yourself that you find less than ideal, try this week to appreciate those facets of yourself and recognize the gifts that they’ve given you. Self-care and self-love are about caring for and loving all aspects of ourselves, not just those that appear pretty and shiny on the outside.

What traits do you have that you don’t enjoy? What interests, reactions, or segments of yourself do you shy away from? Do you ultimately push them down or work on them? Do you share these things with others, or do you cover them entirely so that they aren’t visible? We’re often more sensitive than others around us to our perceived “faults,” so you may be surprised if you do discuss these aspects with your loved ones – you may discover that they’ve already noticed and that they love those parts just as much as the rest of you. Growth, transition, and transmutation may be necessary in some areas, but think how much more whole and satisfied you’ll feel once you’ve done the work and are no longer ashamed, self-conscious, or frustrated with any part of yourself.

Tomorrow brings the end of Mercury retrograde, which means that some of the stress and strain involving communication, transportation, and agreements will lessen. Be aware that the shadow period is still active until September 2, so the effects won’t fade entirely for a couple of weeks. With five other planets in retrograde, too, an intense period of personal discovery is bound to continue for awhile. This entire year is all about release, transformation, growth, and manifestation of your highest good, so continue to work with the planetary energies to achieve your overall goals in these areas.

Work with malachite, Smithsonite, labradorite, rhodochrosite, or rainbow sheen obsidian to access, uncover, analyze, shift, and integrate those shadow parts of your being that you’ve hidden from yourself or from others.