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Reflection Prompt

What is your intention this month? What’s your challenge around that intention? How is your story evolving around integrating challenges and achieving the intention? Reflect upon this. This is self study (svadhyaya) in action.

Sagittarius

December is an ending and a beginning: the secular calendar year runs out and the sun starts to run in. The Winter Solstice is the main celestial event; this provides a journey to access the month’s energies, a window that invites us to be led out of ignorance (darkness, long nights) and brought toward awareness (the light, long days). We are moving toward the sun.

The astrological vibe comes  through Sagittarius, the archetype of the explorer, which sees things beyond the immediate. The Sag in you feels the space and time worth exploring. It is the archetype through which we can tap into quantum nature of existence. Through the Sagittarian lens, we see that reality is ours for the shaping.

But what is reality anyway? Just a bunch of information.

Data bits

The moon cycle is this: New Moon in Sagittarius on December 7/8. This is the time to reflect; plant thought seeds; see how the mind garden grows; tend to the ecosystem. Dec 22 is the Full Moon in Cancer, a time to reflect on what is appearing around you, and the Winter Solstice. A portal to transcend a previous version of yourself and activate with the light of the sun.

Remember the power of information. Consider where you where, how you were feeling, what you were thinking about around the time of the New Moon. Do the same for the Full Moon. Ask yourself if there are any themes that connect.

Let’s not forget the effect that Cancer has on our mind filters: this archetype is ruled by the moon, more comfortable in the Full Moon, exalted in emotion and nurturing exchanges. The vibe to home is strong.

Cancer

Are your exploring with your emotions as your compass? Do they lead you to your idea of home? What information is there?

Consider that home is a piece of information. It’s relative to the eye of the (be)holder. Many people have different homes, and those can house ceremonies that center around the home as a landing place. It’s the place we return to once we’ve done our exploring.

Consider, too, our home as a species: Earth, third rock from the sun. The Sun has the power to activate our life. Plants respond to the sun and grow. They make the world a habitable place for our biology, comprised of strings of DNA that are activated by light–the moment of conception. We are because the sun does. It shines. Bodies respond. They go toward their destinies, navigating with gut feelings and a moral compass. And after we see the world, we go home, full of new information from traveling beyond our known universe.

There are worlds out there. Go.

REFLECTION PROMPT: What do you want from your journey of exploration into new worlds?

 

Reflection Prompt

Can you embody the light out there? Can you light the path for those around you? Reflect upon this. This is self study (svadhyaya) in action.

We meet a Gemini full moon on November 23. It’s officially Sagittarius season, but wait–

The vibe of Gemini, the archetype of the trickster, makes things a little janksy rn.

We’re coming out on the other side of Scorpio season, aka the time of year when the deep deep, the subconscious, seemed to be bursting out from our insides. What we’ve kept inside and largely unconscious was vying for our attention. How did you do?

And now, the holidaze is upon us, too. All the face stuffing, gift giving, end-of-year partying can be overwhelming (possibly triggering, too, when we bring in family obligations).

It’s adding to the energetic crunchiness–and are you even dealing with Mercury being retro rn?

I’m saying! It’s all the feels.

Emotional information overload. But the Sag in you wants you to explore it out. Go beyond your know boundaries of what you can handle (or not).

Sagittarius

Mercury retrogrades do us the solid of allowing us insight and direct-access to our intuition, which is basically information in a pure form. All of the containers (labels, judgments, even well meaning classification and taxonomy) divide us from the information and its sources.

The time around emotional overloads are very good points of departure. They are times when we want to ride the Witness, engage the ability to achieve distance, make space between the stimulus and sensation, and see what’s there. That’s when we get some really great direction about where to goStrong emotional reactions are cues that some archetypal dissonance is happening. On a deep level, something isn’t vibing. Where is that in you? And when you locate feeling, then try and locate the source (the trigger, the exchange), so you can start to establish self care to counteract.

Gemini

You can de-fuse your emotional bombs.

Remember, self reflection is just a practice. The Witness practice. The more you do it, the more you obtain information through the distance and space you make between yourself and a situation. The more you can map the cause-effect relationships, and the more you can make conscious choices. The closer you come to understanding what’s ticking before you explode and melt down.

There’s so much potential to transform with all the information. Go out there and get it.

REFLECTION PROMPT: Recall a situation that felt really emotional. Then, write 5 “If, then” statements, like a play-by-play retelling of the scene. “If he did x, I felt y.” What do you find? Is this exploring new ground in yourself opening up things you didn’t see before?

Reflection Prompt

While the moon and the sun exchange light, while one holds the other for reflection, let’s do the same. If something in these words catches your attention, sit with it. The prompt is meant to engage the iterative processes through which we create our mindscapes. This is self study (svadhyaya) in action.

We meet a Taurus full moon on October 24.

The vibe of Taurus, the archetype of the farmer, makes beautiful connection with Earth. The material world is a sensual playground. You are here to grow what feeds you. Bear witness to what makes your body feel nourished and your being in it safe.

Do you feel safe?

We’re in Libra season in a Venus retrograde. All I feel are flames: the burning systems, the patriarchy, the capitalist mentality, the encroaching mind-manipulation by the media. All of this part of the war on power and the fight that is moving toward power equality.

In the midst of it all, I don’t feel safe.

And yet, I am here. So how can I get through this experience?

Taurus

The Taurus moon has got me feeling the need to root. The need to play-pretend that I call crawl back into the womb. Leave this world behind. Honor and follow the need to feel the cool insides of Mother Earth.

As the season of fall deepens, the mornings are cool. I like to go outside early in the morning before sunrise and walk through the world. Remember that there are still things like mornings before sunrises where the wind is cold and the ground is still beneath my feet.

I feel safe for the moment.

It helps if I make these small observations of the natural world around me, connect throughout the day, come back to myself while the fire in the cultural world rages.

I am reminded, too, that all of this is a practice in being. That when I feel safe, I give up the feeling of being unsafe just for a fleeting moment. I remember that all explorations of the perception of being safe/unsafe are journies to the edge of comfort zones. All of the edges and the crossing of them are like going back and forth from the womb to the world that waits outside.

The Earth supports us, even when the culture doesn’t.

Libra

Libra

REFLECTION PROMPT: What time of day makes you feel safe?  Can you write a story around that experience?

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