Full Moon in Taurus

Full Moon in Taurus

Welcome to the full moon in Taurus! With the moon in earthy, stable Taurus through Thursday, the focus this week is largely on sustainability and practicality. It’s a great time to take regular, routine steps toward your goals and to release those remaining things that are hindering you from accomplishing them. What is still left that’s interfering with your focus, slowing you down, and failing to inspire you? Recognize those things and let them go in favor of more time, energy, and productivity.

Even while you’re focused on practical goals and clearing out the excess, don’t take huge action steps regarding your finances – Venus is still in retrograde through November 16, and that doesn’t favor new investments or big financial shifts. With the Venus influence, don’t be alarmed if thoughts of romance threaten to interfere with the practical planning that you’re attempting to focus on – old memories, past lovers, and outdated stories of regret may rear their heads and beg your attention. The key with these is to accept the lessons, integrate them, and let the rest go so that you can freely move forward.

Work with pyrite, moss agate, heulandite, or green fluorite for restructured thoughts, improved focus, and detached release.

 

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.

 

Crystals for Strength & Independence

Crystals for Strength & Independence

Happy Independence Day! ️In honor of Independence Day here in the States, here are some crystals for strength and independence! These crystals will help you realize your own internal strength, overcome difficult obstacles, set and keep boundaries, and stand up for your ideals. Simply hold the intent that the crystal help with these things, and place the crystal in your pocket, handbag, or pillowcase.

  • Aegerine
  • Amber
  • Amethyst
  • Ammonite
  • Aqua Aura Quartz
  • Astrophyllite
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Brown & Champagne Tourmaline
  • Dragon’s Blood Jasper
  • Flint
  • Garnet
  • Golden Healer Quartz
  • Hematite
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Mookaite Jasper
  • Nuummite
  • Obsidian
  • Orthoceras Fossil
  • Pyrite
  • Red Jasper
  • Ruby
  • Rutilated Quartz
  • Sapphire
  • Sardonyx
  • Scolecite
  • Serpentine
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Turquoise
  • Vesuvianite
  • Yellow Jasper

Grounding Essentials

Grounding is a foundational yet often overlooked area of spiritual and psychic development.

Those who are ungrounded can appear spacy or disconnected from their environments. They may experience dizziness, confusion, and memory trouble. By not taking the appropriate measures to stay connected to the Earth and to reality, ungrounded individuals lose touch with their physical senses and allow their spiritual senses to take over. This becomes a huge issue once leaving meditation or a healing session to return to the physical world. It’s important to remain grounded during meditation and other spiritual work, too, so that one can properly absorb and integrate spiritual information.

Easy ways to ground oneself include drinking water, eating root vegetables, or hugging a tree. Exploring nature, walking barefoot outside, and gardening are other great options.

Archangels Michael and Metatron are able to help ground and/or keep one grounded (just remember that one must request their help to receive it!). Visualization and certain crystals also work extremely well for grounding. Whatever grounding method is chosen, it’s best to employ it as a daily practice.

For a grounding visualization, imagine that your feet are connected to the Earth with roots.

The roots can be made of any natural material that resonates – they can be cords of light, actual tree roots, or lines of metal or stone. You may wish to do a short meditation to determine the best intuitive “grounding roots” for yourself. Set the intention that all is done in your highest and best interest and in the highest and best interest of all.

Most brown, black, and red stones will ground and will provide a feeling of physical stability and safety. Specific crystals and stones for grounding include the following:

  • Agate (all types)
  • Black tourmaline
  • Brown tourmaline (dravite)
  • Copper
  • Hematite
  • Jasper (all types)
  • Jet
  • Orthoceras fossil
  • Petrified wood
  • Pyrite
  • Red tiger’s eye
  • Sardonyx
  • Shungite
  • Smoky quartz

To work with any of these, place the crystal or stone in your pocket during the day, or hold it in your receptive hand during meditation. Your receptive hand is generally your non-dominant hand, but check, as it varies by individual. You may also choose to wear the stones in jewelry or sleep with one underneath your pillow.

Whatever grounding method you choose, make sure to employ it regularly so that you don’t experience the issues discussed above. A daily practice is best and can easily be established using the above techniques.