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New Moon Eclipse in Leo: Living through the heart.

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Artwork from the Morgan-Greer Tarot deck.

Late last evening evening, or early this morning, (Pacific Time) we welcome the new moon in the sign of mighty Leo. And yet again, we have another solar eclipse in the sign of the regal the lion. 

This is the last Leo solar eclipse we will see until the year 2027. So what does this particular solar eclipse mean for us now? We can look for clues if we look back at what was occurring on the last Leo solar eclipse, which occurred August 21st of last year. This was the 'Great American Eclipse', as it was visible in much of the United States. 

Think back to what events were taking place in your life at that time. Were there any surprises? Big shifts? At this time, events may mirror what we were experiencing last August. We may be concluding a 'story' that began at that time. Or perhaps we have some unfinished business to attend to. 

As with any new moon, we look to fresh new beginnings and what we are hoping to manifest in our lives. With this particular new moon, the energy is a bit unusual in that we have six planets retrograde. When Mercury and other planets are in a retrograde motion, it is often not a good time for starting something new. So what can we do?

I think this is an excellent time to both reflect on the past and simultaneously dream about our futures. All the while, pay attention to subtle queues from the universe. Eclipses are often bringing events, people and circumstances into our lives outside of our control. Thus, we must remain somewhat flexible in our planning. We can certainly dream, but know that the universe will want to have a say in your plans. Pay attention to the messages and be open to a path that is truer and better than you can imagine on your own. 

The New Moon is opposing a retrograde Mars and squaring a retrograde Uranus. Thus, our plans may not go as smoothly as we would like at this time. We are offered a few obstacles to either test us or to put us on a better path. A word that comes to mind is patience as we move forward with any new plans. 

One planet that seems to be offering divine help at this time is Venus, whom recently entered her home sign of Libra. Venus LOVES Libra, so this is a lovely energy all around. She is sextiling this New Moon, offering loving assistance. We may find that our closest partners, lovers and friends are able to help us to cultivate our visions at this time. Relationships seem to be especially important all around in helping us to overcome obstacles and to give us strength. 

Venus in Libra may also be allowing us to find balance within our being. Leo represents the Sun, our sense of self, and our ego. On the bright side of Leo we celebrate our unique self expression, our leadership skills, and our sense of play. The shadow side of Leo gets lost in the ego, and can be burdened by the need of constant adoration or recognition. I believe one of the lessons we are all learning right now is how to balance the ego and the spirit. 

Leo also represents the heart. Our passion for life would not exist if it were not for our meaningful relationships, and Leo knows this. The union of our hearts with our families, our loved ones, and our communities is where we can find true joy during the Leo season. 

In case you are wondering, Mercury will turn direct on the 19th, along with Mars later in the month. Our plans will be put into action much more easily at that time, and communication should be much better all around! 

 


Happy New Moon!

CANCER NEW MOON

Suzy Olsen

A PARTIAL ECLIPSE NURTURES NEW BEGINNINGS

 Photo by NASA.

Photo by NASA.

 

On July 12th, at 7:45pm, we welcome the Cancer New Moon. This is a particularly active New Moon, as it is a partial solar eclipse and opposes transformational Pluto in serious Capricorn. Eclipses act as gateways to new chapters in our lives. I often think of them as 'leveling up' somehow on our life path. Changes and opportunities can come suddenly, but the entirety of the event will be felt over the next six months or so. Because this is a partial eclipse, I'm thinking of it as a light appetizer to the entire meal that is to come. 

With the sun and moon joined in watery Cancer, we are deeply connected to our emotions at this time. Retrograde Pluto and Mars may be triggering some fear or frustration, and it's important that we find healthy ways to process these emotions. The sign of Cancer is the mother of the Zodiac, and she wishes to nurture and to heal. Her sensitivity may be seen as a weakness to some, but she is mighty and strong in her reserve. The sign of Cancer is cardinal, and is good at solving problems creatively. 

There is an opportunity at this time to clear the air and start anew. If conflicts arise, approach resolutions differently than you have in the past. This does not mean being a push over by any means, but be wary of feeding into any drama that surrounds you at this time. Be clear in your priorities, set clear intentions, keep a clear head, and create any necessary boundaries. The priorities for Cancer are always their family, home and loved ones. 

This New Moon also has a lot of positive manifestation power working for it, as it trines joyful Jupiter and dreamy Neptune. Jupiter is now finally going direct, and is ushering in some good fortune wherever it lies in your chart. Despite some other challenging aspects, this is a very promising start to this lunar cycle!

We also have a grand earth trine occurring between loving Venus, serious Saturn and radical Uranus. I love this blend of energies in the earth signs, as it helps to materialize our dreams into the physical. Uranus brings exciting opportunities and Saturn makes it real. There is real opportunity to realize a dream with some work and practical planning.

In summary, this is an exciting time for many. We may be feeling more motivated to move in a new direction, and the universe will be presenting an opportunity or two for us to evolve immensely. There will likely be some bumps in the road along the way, and they will test our reserves. We may question our path at times because it feels too challenging. The advice I'm hearing is to stay focused on your long term goals. Know that it will take time and work, but that it will all be worth the ride. 


 

GEMINI NEW MOON: The Twin Flames Tell a Story

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 Artwork by Trungles.

Artwork by Trungles.

Tomorrow, at 12:43pm, we welcome the Gemini New Moon. This relatively quiet moon, in the sign of the twins, has a story to tell us. Gemini is ever curious and yearning to learn more, do more and be entertained along the way. When this mercurial energy is overly stifled or contained, we feel anxious and bored with life. The flame within us begins to lose it's vibrancy, or it engulfs us in its yearning. 

The sign of Gemini is known for having its two extreme sides. There is duality here, like two sides of a coin or Yin Yang. Highly mercurial in nature, Gemini energy quickly goes from over-thinking and heavy moodiness to bright, cheerful and life of the party!  This New Moon may have each of us examiningwhere we feel these mood swings in our life, and perhaps where we are looking to shed our 'shadow' selves in order brighten our inner flame. 

Gemini's ruler is Mercury, which recently entered the sign of Cancer. The'storyteller' is perhaps my favorite archetype for the sign of Gemini. Through the lens of Cancer, the story we are now telling is one of nurturing, kindness and healing. We can each communicate with a little more clarity and ask for support where it is needed. 

Whatever is making us feel anxious now can be used to fuel this new lunar cycle in an inspiring and uplifting way. It much depends on the story we are telling ourselves and others along the way. As we embrace our 'brighter' and 'lighter' selves, we open ourselves up to being curious and our creativity flows. Let this Gemini moon be a catalyst to inspire you to learn something new or tell your personal story in a new way. 

Here are some short intuitive/horoscope readings for the New Moon in Gemini. For most accurate readings, start by reading your ascendant sign, then you can follow with your Sun and Moon for further information. If you are unsure of your ascendant sign, you can contact me for assistance.


ARIES:
You may be feeling extra sensitive at this time, and confused on what path to take. It is important that you allow these feeling to be processed. Writing and journaling  would be an excellent activity over the next few days. Don't hesitate to reach out to your loved ones to talk about any heavy emotions that may be coming up for you. 


TAURUS:
Your work may be feeling less fulfilling these days, or perhaps you don't feel recognized for efforts. It may be time for a change! What could give you more of a sense of purpose? You may be setting your sights on learning some new skills.


GEMINI:
Big things are on the horizon for you dear Gemini. What you are starting now will have a big effect on the upcoming year. The first changes start from within. You may need to adjust your outlook on the future somehow. What is burning within you?


CANCER:
Your powers of intuition are strong with this new moon. Pay attention to all the psychic downloads you are receiving.  This information should be offering you much clarity on a particular situation. Give yourself plenty of alone time, as you seem to be yearning for that especially right now. Follow your bliss.


LEO:
You are standing strong like the lion you are. Whatever challenges are coming up for you now, you have what it takes to endure with grace. You may be reassessing some longer term goals at this time. Reconnect with your long term goals and focus on the bigger picture. Have patience and know that good things come with time. 


VIRGO:
You may be starting a new job or making a career shift. You will feel acknowledged for your talents somehow. Look at ways you can bring a little more fun into your career and focus on your creative strengths.


LIBRA:
This is a very interesting New Moon for you, as your belief systems are changing. Through your own personal spiritual evolution, you are able to see the world differently than previously. You may be questioning the status quo, old ways of living, or those in authority. 


SCORPIO:
There may be disturbances within your family or joint resources that require your attention. You are being asked to reconnect with family and to lead the way to a more prosperous future. You can use your excellent intuition about finances in order to invest wisely. This is a time for renewal and regeneration for you and your loved ones. 


SAGITTARIUS:
You may be releasing a toxic relationship or partnership from your life at this time. You will feel the weight lift and feel a renewed sense of harmony in your life. Embrace those relationships in your life that lift you up. 


CAPRICORN:
There is a greater focus on your daily routines at this time, including your health and your work. Your goals appear very results oriented and strict in nature. Be careful of becoming overly self critical or rigid in your pursuits. Allow yourself to make mistakes and see the humor in life. No one is perfect. Make some room for spontaneous indulgence or fun, and this will keep your spirits high. 


AQUARIUS:
Hold tight dear Aquarius. There may be some delays on creative projects or fun pursuits at this time. Know that what you are envisioning now, will come to be with time. Take advantage of whatever down time is available now. Hold onto your inner vision but allow yourself to relax. Next month is going to be full speed ahead!


PISCES:
You are experiencing a new found stability at home and with family. Summer looks to be a time of joy for you and your family. If you have been thinking of upgrading your home with a major remodel or a new house, this is an excellent time to start. Take the lead and pursuit the vision for your ideal home. 
 

Aries New Moon: Unleashing our inner Rebel

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This evening at 6:57 PT, we welcome the New Moon in Aries. We have reason to feel celebratory about welcoming this new chapter. Over the past 4-6 weeks we have experienced several ups and downs with several challenges in our path. We have worked extremely hard to keep up with the pace. And if you kept up with the fast pace, all the while keeping your health and well being in check, you deserve a little celebration!

Mercury has been retrograde for several weeks and turns direct today, the very day of the New Moon. During these retrograde periods we often re-visit old lessons and experience old challenges in new ways. Mercury retrograde gets a bad reputation, but there is a purpose behind this planet of communication. During retrograde periods we get another chance to get things right and improve ourselves in deeply healing ways. Mercury is actually retrograde in my natal chart, so I tend to think that I have a kind of respect for these necessary periods of retraction. 

Directly after my return from a vacation in Thailand this early March, Mercury began its retrograde cycle. It was a tad difficult coming back to 'real life'with multiple demanding deadlines, and all the while combating jet lag and missing the glorious sunshine. What I've learned over the past few weeks is I don't have to come back to my 'old self'. I need to continue to develop ways of working and living my life that are healthier and more productive. I've tapped into some practices that are allowing me to be more in flow with myself and with my work. This is Mercury providing its medicine. 

The New Moon in Aries marks our true beginning to the Astrological new year, and it sits conjunct Uranus. What does that tell us? What we are beginning now feels fresh, creative and very alive! Uranus is a peculiar planet and does not like to adhere by the rules, which further stokes the fires of rebellious Aries. We may feel a burning fire within us, calling on us to move outside of our usual boundaries. Perhaps outside of the boundaries that society and good manners dictates. One of my favorite archetypes for Aries is in fact 'The Rebel'. 

Saturn, Mars and Pluto are all residing in steady Capricorn, and thus squaring this New Moon energy. This conflict in energies shows that in order to break free and express ourselves authentically, we will perhaps need to upset the status quo.  Most likely there will be an ongoing process in dismantling old ways and behaviors. There is a new and more authentic you working its way through to be made free. 

On this New Moon day, take a moment to reflect on the lessons over the past Mercury Retrograde cycle. See what new tools can serve you in moving forward in this new lunar cycle. And if it serves you, don't be afraid to embrace your inner rebel as you look towards achieving your newest goals. Let the Aries fire inspire you! 

 

 

New Moon in Pisces: A time for healing.

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Early this morning the New Moon occurred in the late degrees of watery Pisces. This New Moon is especially potent with healing energy as it conjuncts 'the healer' Chiron and embodies the sensitive and supportive qualities of Pisces. This weekend we are given a chance to fully embrace the Pisces season before we move into Spring and Aries season. I've found myself feeling especially reflective on my own spirituality at this time. Pisces allows us to re-connect with our inner selves, our unconscious selves, and to feel a deeper connection to the energies that are beyond our 'material' realm. 

Expansive Jupiter is trining the New Moon, which may be giving you some special opportunities and abundance at this time. Depending on where the moon and Jupiter are in your chart, may indicate where these opportunities show up for you. As with any New Moon, this is the time to dream about what you'd like to manifest into existence. With a Pisces New Moon trining Jupiter, we are encouraged to really dream big. Start with the big dream, then think about the next steps you can take to reach that goal... no matter how distant that goal may be. 

About a week ago, I returned from a two week trip to Thailand. The photo above is of a Buddhist temple I visited in Chiang Mai during the full moon. I thought this image was appropriate in reflecting the nature of this Pisces time. Enjoy these last days of Pisces energy, before we fully move into fiery Aries. The last couple weeks of March look jam packed with activity!

If you are curious about learning about your own Astrological chart, you are very welcome to reach out to me for a consultation. 

Happy new moon and many blessings to you for the upcoming Vernal Equinox.

New Moon in Aquarius + Eclipse

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 Some new moon ritual inspiration...

Some new moon ritual inspiration...

 

During the late afternoon or evening yesterday, many of us 'experienced' the New Moon in Aquarius at 27 degrees. This New Moon was a partial solar eclipse, thus giving a little different flavor than a regular New Moon. During an eclipse, actual positive ions are released in the air. This is the opposite of those calming negative ions. So you get the idea!

Aquarius is currently where we find the south node, and this eclipse magnifies the need to release or let go of something. I've noticed several cases around me already of people finally exiting situations that no longer serve them or 'losing' a job that they detested. 

The New Moon trines Uranus, who is still hanging around in fiery Aries. We may find a ourselves with a plethora of new ideas, new projects and feelings of sudden inspiration. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and is thus getting a super charge of ideas. Follow these ideas and see where they take you. There may be something dear to your heart that you've always wanted to do, and for some reason or another you keep holding it back. Now be the time to set yourself free somehow in order to realize this dream. 

Mercury will be returning retrograde later next month on March 22nd. If there is indeed a new thing you would like to start, this is an excellent time.Before Mercury goes retrograde. During Mercury retrograde our lives tend to slow down and go more inward. 

And now my plug for Tarot School! If you've been wanting to hone your tarot skills, now is the time. We have just launched our second session of Tarot School. Please see the 'workshop' page for details...

Happy New Moon!


Spirit + Home,
Suzy

 

 

Capricorn New Moon: Getting serious about our passions.

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By now, I'm sure you are feeling the power of the Capricorn season. This evening, at 6:17pm Pacific Coast time, the new moon occurs in the sign of tenacious Capricorn. Since the start of the new year, myself and many others have been creating resolutions or intentions for 2018. With the Sun in Capricorn, this is a perfect time to make concrete goals -- and even more so with the energy of the New Moon this evening. 

The sign of the goat, more than any other sign, has ambitious goals and the will to achieve them. Steady the goat goes, climbing the mountain side, one little step at a time. The beauty of Capricorn energy is, it is able to 'see' the achievements that are possible years or decades down the road. And ruled by Saturn, they are happy to work hard and put up with some discomfort in order to achieve their longer term dreams. 

With a total of five other planets in Capricorn, this New Moon is majorly fertile for setting wise intentions for our goals. Whatever intentions you've been thinking about for the New Year, this is the time to start taking serious steps towards putting them in motion. We have all the support of the cosmos to reach higher than we thought possible -- under the sign of the 'Champion'. 

One thing I've noticed over the years about my Capricorn clients or peers is that they take their hobbies and their passions seriously. If you have a passion project or a loved hobby, this may be the time to take it to the next level.Perhaps this side project could become your full time career one day. Don't be afraid to look at these long term potentials. 

Here are some questions you can ask yourself that may help you to further tap into this Capricorn New Moon:
 

  1. What makes me feel most confident and successful in my life?
  2. Where do I see my 'best and happiest self' in 10 years?
  3. What else can I do to plan for a financially prosperous retirement?
  4. What interesting classes or workshops could I take to further my expertise in a certain area?


As we move forward with our noble intentions, we must be aware that the universe may have other plans for us as well. Sometimes the greatest opportunities are the ones we aren't expecting. This is our destiny.


Happy New Moon!


Spirit + Home,
Suzy
 

Cancer Full Super Moon: The Power of the Feminine

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 Artwork by The Starchild Tarot.

Artwork by The Starchild Tarot.

 

Happy new year's Eve! As we welcome the new year and say goodbye to 2017, a powerful full Moon emerges in the sign of Cancer. If visible, this full Moon will appear very large -- as it is a Super Moon and closest to the Earth. If you are a Cancer sun, ascendant or moon person, you will likely be feeling these watery full Moon vibes in the extreme. 

The full Moon occurs at 11 degrees Cancer. It just so happens that the ascendant of my own chart is 11 degrees Cancer, so this new year perhaps feels especially significant to me on a personal level. I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed by how much is happening in my life right now, but I'm also feeling extremely blessed. I have so much gratitude to live the life I am living now, and I look forward to what 2018 may bring.

This magical Cancer moon energy is setting an intention for the entire year. Cancer is a feminine sign and rules the lovely Moon itself. With Cancer, we celebrate taking a softer approach to our lives, and realize the importance of love, relationships, family, home, and expressing our emotional selves. This year marks the power of the feminine. We are far more likely to realize our dreams and achieve happiness by harnessing our feminine qualities, rather than the masculine. 

Looking over the events of this past year, we are definitely now experiencing an energy shift. 2017 was a year filled with masculine vigor and pushing ahead with brute strength. Cancer, on the other hand, tends to be flexible and malleable in its approach. However, Cancer is able to accomplish quite a lot over a longer period of time and is perhaps more effective in the long run. 

In western astrology, the Moon ultimately holds the key to our individual happiness. This Moon centered year will likely bring many opportunities to bring more happiness and fulfillment in our lives. 




Happy New Year!


Spirit + Home,
Suzy

Your Survival Guide to Winter + Mercury Retrograde

Suzy Olsen
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Embracing the Winter Season..


We are now fully in Sagittarius season and we are drawing near to the Winter solstice occurring on December 21st. Winter can feel foreboding to many, especially to those of us living in the Pacific Northwest and other more Northern regions. The days are short and the weather is cold and wet. Vitamin D deficiency and Seasonal depression are very real!

The Winter solstice represents the 'New Moon' of the entire year. It is the epitome of New Moon energies so to speak. Just as the New Moon is all darkness, the Winter Solstice is the longest night. We are called to go within and ignite our own inner flame. In Chinese Medicine, practitioners  refer to the Winter season as the Yin time of year. This is a time of naturally slowing down and taking a much needed rest. During Summer solstice we are filled to the brim with all that we have created, but at Winter solstice we are emptied out. We are empty so that we can begin to fill up again with new and fresh possibilities. 

Humans have naturally evolved this way. We cannot sustain the heightened 'Full Moon' energies of Summer solstice all year long. We would simply burn out. And we often do. Our society puts many pressures on us to do 'everything' around the holiday season. There are parties, deadlines, decorating, baking, holiday travel etc... all piled on at once. We are told that we have to do it all, and then we often feel overwhelmed, sick or at least a tad resentful.

For the past couple years, I have been trying to be more mindful of the natural cycles of my body. Over an entire year, our bodies need different things each season. If we listen, we are likely to feel healthier, happier and be more productive. 

This past weekend Mercury stationed Retrograde. During retrograde cycles, we are often needing to slooooow down. It's as if Mercury is right on schedule in preparation for Winter. Thus far, I've noticed this particular Mercury retrograde cycle has been messing with technology. My iPhone can no longer be trusted! Because this is often a time of several deadlines, Mercury could pose some challenges there as well. It could be that there are more details to be worked out than previous thought, so deadlines have to get pushed out. Often Mercury asks us to review our work multiple times, making sure it is actually ready and finished. Then there is the holiday travel component. If you can wait to travel till later in the month, this will be ideal. Either way, have patience and travel as safely as you can during the holiday season. 


I wanted to take a moment to list some ways we can embrace this meaningful time, and avoid resisting this change in season. Here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of this Winter season. These tips will most definitely help you survive this Mercury Retrograde cycle as well!

  1.  Don't jam pack your schedule. Leave room for necessary down time.
  2. Go to bed a little earlier. Our bodies need more sleep this time of year. When it's so dark and cold outside, that bed sounds like the best possible place to be.. am I right?
  3. Take time for journaling, meditation or some other practice for reflection. Winter is the time to take stock in our lives and dream big for the future. Ask yourself, 'What's next?'
  4. It's oh so tempting... but don't fall into the  habit of Netflix binging or drinking alcohol every night. 
  5. Winter is a time of intimacy and connection. Find indoor activities to do with your loved ones, and savor this special quality time together. 
  6. Eat seasonal and high protein foods. Also eat foods and consume drinks that are warming to your body. 
  7. For exercise, try focusing on weight lifting and short sprints rather than extended cardio. 
  8. Stock up on candles and incense. During Winter, we spend so much time indoors. Light some candles and incense, play some music, make  a fire and create a space that is all around cozy and lovely. 
  9. I believe the Scandinavian tradition of 'Hygge'  perfectly sums up what Winter is all about. Scandinavians, after all, know how to survive winter best of all! Here is an article if you are unfamiliar with the term: Hygge 


I don't know about you, but I'm starting to look forward to Winter.
Happy holidays!

 

Live like an Empress.

Suzy Olsen
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Live like an Empress this Holiday season with our new incense and palo santo offerings. We are now carrying Skeem products, including this Jasmine incense fit for a queen, and palo santo sticks in their own beautiful jar. We also carry the classic Rider Waite Tarot decks shown here. All available in store -- stay tuned for online purchasing.