What’s Being Eclipsed in Your Emotional Life? Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Aug. 7, 2017

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August is Eclipse Season!
Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on Aug 7, 2017
Total New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo on Aug 21, 2017

Eclipse Season is here, with today being the first of two eclipses this month. At 2:11 PM Eastern on August 7, 2017, the Moon is full at 15 Aquarius, which means the Moon is in Aquarius and the Sun is directly opposite at 15 Leo – and we are, Earth is, in-between the Sun and Moon, with the Earth casting a shadow on the Moon. Isn’t that interesting to think about? The Earth casting a shadow over the Moon…

I love the image above that gives a pretty amazing visual of how that happens. This eclipse is a partial eclipse, so the shadow over the Moon will only cover a small portion of her face, a lot like the very cool image below.

Read on with the understanding that the Full Moon is about harvesting whatever you planted before (which certainly smacks of Karma), and that eclipses are disruptive harbingers of change – and that change lasts over a nice little chunk of time, not just on the day of the eclipse.

The Full-Moon is always about culmination – what has been building up to now that’s reaching its fullness – where we are ripe.There may be a sense of closure (or the resistance to a closure), or the need for a transition. When the flower blooms or the fruit is ripe – well, it’s gorgeous, but it is near the end of its beauty and its life. The Eclipse serves to intensify the experience of the possibilities of endings. What’s culminating now is something that possibly began as long ago as 1998/1999, or 2008/2009, or as recently as this past Feb. 2017 if we’re thinking in terms of short term intentions.

Let’s think about what this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse means in your life. The Moon represents your emotions, your instincts, your family and your home – she is all things nurture and mother oriented, and she represents women in general. When she is eclipsed, it’s possible that these are the arenas of life that are coming to fullness, but we have to reach back into the past, or into the dark for answers. The shadow side of who you are in terms of these areas can be intensified and this intensification is the prequel to a letting go or a transition, because whatever the lesson, it is culminating.

With the Moon in the sign of Aquarius, the sign of logic and reason, there’s emphasis on being liberated from something – or on being independent and unique – or of breaking your status-quo, whatever that may be. We are emotionally attuned to that Aquarius type of “individualistic” energy – and since it’s opposite Leo, the sign of the heart, perhaps part of the process here is to balance when and how to step back, with when and how to engage. This eclipse can serve to highlight the difference between logic and heart, and how you may be fostering one of those over the other. With any opposition, and the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is the mac-daddy of oppositions, the key is balance.

It’s probably close to impossible NOT to know that there is a Total Solar Eclipse coming our way on Aug. 21. You have 2 weeks left to prepare what your new beginnings will be as you’re in the throes of pondering what you’re leaving behind… and those new beginnings revolve around being loving, listening to your heart, and engaging with others (and your inner child) in real way. That’s because the Solar Eclipse is in Leo… So leading with your heart (Leo), yet still engaging the genius in your head (Aquarius.)

If you now your birthchart look to see which houses involve Leo and Aquarius – these are the areas of your psyche and your life that are being powerfully impacted by both eclipses this month – the effects of which will be much longer.

I wish you clarity, balance, and love!

Eclipse Facts:

Eclipses always occur 2 weeks apart, one at the New Moon (Solar Eclipse) and one at the Full Moon (Lunar Eclipse). These 2 eclipses create an “eclipse season.” Sometimes the Solar Eclipse is first in the season, and sometimes the Lunar Eclipse is first.

There is an “eclipse season” every 6 months.

A Lunar Eclipse will not be visible in the part of the world where it is day.

A Solar Eclipse will not be visible in the part of the world where it is night.

 

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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Chart – from Atlanta GA at 2:11 PM on August 7, 2017

The Summer Solstice and the Wisdom of Spiritual Action

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From our earthbound perspective, as we watch the Sun on his apparent path around us, he reaches the fullness of his heat during the Summer. Today, actually this morning at 12:25 AM Eastern, the Sun moved into the cardinal sign of Cancer, heralding the Summer Solstice, the height of his annual golden reign over the sky. In the Northern hemisphere there’s no question that we’ve left behind the experience of freshness, newness, and possibility that Spring brings, as we achieve the high point of our journey living life through the fullness of long, hot days.

The word Solstice is derived from the Latin “solstitium”, and means “the sun stands still.” So I like to think of each Solstice, both Summer and Winter, as a moment when we pause, take stock, reflecting on our connection and experience to our own “hero’s journey” which is symbolized by the Sun. In mythology the characters at the center of all hero stories are “solar characters.” In astrology, the symbol for the sun is a circle with a dot at the center, and from a personal perspective the circle represents the perfection of life around you, and the dot is you. Each of us has the Sun somewhere in our birthcharts, meaning that it is our birthright to live as a solar hero, or a golden child – at the center of the perfection of life surrounding us. The path to that experience is called the “hero’s journey” in which we live our life experiences with consciousness, moving ever closer to ourselves as the rightful center of our own lives. For some, this journey might be challenging and fraught with fear, obstacles, and challenges. For others it may be easier… but whichever is your experience, it’s a perfect day to pause and reflect on where you are in your own “hero’s journey.”

What can be helpful in that reflection is to understand the energies available to us in this particular Solstice, which I like to think of as being the “background energy” informing the entire season. This morning’s Summer Solstice astrological chart shows that taking action on our beliefs may be somewhat challenging, but also supported by the Divine – and if we take the challenge we may be rewarded with the wisdom that the task accomplished brings. (Mars in Cancer applying to the square to Jupiter in Libra. Mars in Cancer applying to the trine to Neptune in Pisces.) This energy creates the impetus we need to allow our inner Divine nature to inform and support our quest for wisdom through right, if perhaps challenging, action.

There is also emphasis on analyzing our ideas, and allowing our curiosity to push us into new ways of thinking, and communicating whatever we come up with. Through these new ways of thinking is a potential kernel for healing a wound, or wounds – perhaps wounds around playing the victim, loss, needing redemption, or feeling outside the realm of God/Spirit/Universe/Wholeness. (Mercury conjunct the Sun, both in a square to Chiron.)

With the Mars/Jupiter emphasis, there are other ways that we might see this energy manifesting: pushing beliefs on others, courage of our convictions, the conquering spirit, ambitious aims, the need to travel or “go far,” a pioneering spirit, daredevil actions, righteous vindictiveness, the “means justifies the end” mentality, gambling or taking risks toward an ideal. There are many ways to combine the energy of Mars and Jupiter, but consciously choosing to elevate your actions with optimism and grace is one of the finest, and a good choice to strive toward.

Happy Summer Solstice everyone!

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Summer Solstice 2017 – Sun moved into Cancer at 12:25 AM Eastern / Drawn from Atlanta, GA

 

Meditating with the Super New Moon in Gemini, May 25, 2017

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Neural networks, like the human brain, are capable of ‘deep learning’, recognition and prediction. Credit: Firstsignal/istock

MEDITATING WITH THE NEW MOON – Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 3:44 PM Eastern

NEW MOON IN GEMINI
As with every New Moon, this one marks the beginning of a fresh new cycle. Because the Moon is so close to Earth giving us a Super New Moon – even though we can’t see her when she’s new – your responses may be stronger, the pull greater. During a Super Moon, due to the closeness of Luna to the Earth, the ocean’s tides run higher, and I expect, your responses are more strongly felt as well.

Being in the sign of Gemini, this is a fertile time to engage your mind and to communicate what you think, what you learn, and what you know. Give your curiosity free reign, and allow that restless, questioning spirit to guide you to the next exciting moment, and then the next, much like a bee gathering nectar – only you’re gathering information, enjoying the experience, and banking it all mentally to use later.

If you’ve been reticent about sharing new ideas, use this New Moon to break free of whatever has held you back, and trust that this is the time to offer your ideas to others. Emotionally the energy of Gemini isn’t prone to deeply felt or “sticky” exchanges, but rather feels that the mind is the path to the heart. With that understanding, during this New Moon appeal to the minds of others, to their intellect, and watch as the seeds of knowledge and information you plant begin to take root and grow. 

Sacred Energy within this Super New Moon

For those of you who watch midpoints, Neptune, the planet of Source, of connection to the Divine, is squaring the midpoint between the Sun/Moon conjunction and Mars, all in Gemini. This creates a challenge to bring spirituality and sacred flow into this new beginning, as well as mystic, visual and creative stimuli. 

And for those who appreciate the inclusion of the Goddesses, later this evening the Super New Moon will connect in a lovely angle to Vesta – the Lady of Focus, the restoration of the heart, sacred sexuality, and the commitment to the Self to become whole unto the Self. During the dark of the moon this night find an opportunity to be alone to restore and rejuvenate your symbolic “virginity” or wholeness. 

WORDS FOR MEDITATION
I open my mind and my words to the people around me, understanding that it is the time to engage curiosity and the intellect. I am open to expressing myself in a new and exciting way, trusting in my own intelligence. I imbue this sacred moment with the fire of my inner Divinity. 

NEW MOON – 0% ILLUMINATED – 0 DAYS OLD

MOONRISE: 6:35 am Eastern
MOONSET: 8:35 pm Eastern

MOON’S ASPECTS: quincunx Saturn 1:59 am; conjunct Sun 3:44 pm; sextile Vesta 8:34 pm Eastern

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH THE MOON

Using the simple Moon thoughts above are a wonderful way to begin a daily meditation practice that keeps you focused on, and grounded in, the emotional energy of the Cosmos each and every day.
 
You can do a very simple 8/4 count meditation, which means you settle into a comfortable position, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and breathe in to a slow count of 8, hold it for 4 counts, and then breathe out for a slow count of 8. Hold your breath again for 4 counts before breathing in again. On the in-breath recite a word or phrase from the Moon Meditation in your mind, focusing on that energy and holding it, and then consciously release that same energy out into the world on the out-breath. Then begin the process again on the in-breath, either using the same word/phrase you’re working with (until it feels comfortable and “right”) or move on to the next word or phrase from the Moon Meditation.
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Chart for the Super New Moon in Gemini on May 25, 2017 at 3:44 PM Eastern from Atlanta, GA

For wonderful astronomical information about the Super New Moon and what makes it Super read here! 

Valentine’s Day – Meditating with Moon – Feb. 14, 2017

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Valentine’s Day
MEDITATING WITH THE MOON – Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MOON IN LIBRA
I love that the Moon is in Libra, the sign of love and relationship, on Valentine’s Day. Not only that, but the Moon, the symbol of our emotions, our instinctive responses to life, our need to nurture and be nurtured, is connecting with both Venus, the Goddess of Love, and Mars, the God of Sex. How perfect! Throw in a connection to Mercury, and we get a day filled with the energy of expressing love and desire out loud – hopefully in a loving, balanced way. There’s also a challenge from the Moon to Juno – the Goddess of Commitment – so be sure of who, what, and why you’re committed, or not.

Let’s break it down.

Look for a balancing point between your desire nature and your need for safety and security – for love. If there’s high energy around your desires, the need to go get what you want, be sure to factor in the desires of your partner(s) (intimate, business, and otherwise). Or if you’re concerns center around what’s fair and right for everyone involved, don’t forget to factor in your own needs, your own desires. You see where I’m going. Relationship is a two-way street that demands equality and fairness for all parties, while also honoring what’s right for you and your desires – your will. Balance and compromise between Self and Other are the order of the day. One of the best ways to achieve this is to communicate. Really take a logical, clear view when listening and speaking to the Other. And fully understand your own level of commitment. With a fair and loving attitude this can be a very lovely Valentine’s Day!

WORDS FOR MEDITATION
I open my heart to the people I love with intentions of fairness and beauty. I listen to my own needs in relationship, honoring my own desires and commitments to my values. And then I compromise when necessary. I choose my battles wisely.

WANING GIBBOUS MOON – 82% ILLUIMINATED – 19 DAYS OLD

MOONRISE: 10:08 pm Eastern
MOONSET: 10:07 am Eastern on Feb. 15

MOON’S ASPECTS: opposition Venus 5:51 am; quincunx Neptune12:52 pm; trine Mercury 1:09 pm; opposition Mars 4:42 pm

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Knowing and Sharing Your Heart This Valentine’s Day – Session Specials through March 1, 2017

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I just want to say that being in relationship is just as much about knowing and understanding yourself as it is about knowing and understanding who you’re in relationship with… right? 

If you could look at a map that could help you understand how you’re designed when it comes to relating with others, wouldn’t you want to read and understand that map? And if you’re in relationship, what about your partner’s map? To that end I’m delighted to offer…

Valentine’s Day Consultations Specials

Are you single? Great! We’ll look at your birthchart specifically from the context of relationship: your expectations; your way of communicating; your desire nature; how you give nurture and how you expect to be nurtured, where you’re willing to commit… What are the ideals of relationship that anchor you? What did your parents bring to your relationship beliefs? This is a way to help you look deeply into your own heart…

Regularly $150, now $125 until March 1, 2017  ($25 savings)   click Client Info Form

 

Are you partnered? Wonderful. We’ll look at the symbolism between your birthchart and your partner’s. We’ll find the places you connect – and potentially disconnect. We’ll look at how communication, passion, nurture, and expectations overlap or push against each other. We can check in on finances and what “home” means to each of you. We may even be able to come up with a narrative from your past together that will inform your present relationship. Pretty awesome. 

Regularly $185, now $155 until March 1, 2017  ($30 savings)   click Client Info Form

 

Are you interested in exploring your relationship with your son or daughter? This is always an amazingly helpful and eye-opening session. Exploring yourself and your child together is a fantastic tool toward more inspired parenting, and happier kids. 

Regularly $185, now $155 until March 1, 2017  ($30 savings)   click Client Info Form

 

When you’re ready to book your Valentine’s Special, please fill in the Client Info Form here, and in answer to the question “Is there anything else you’d like me to know before our session?” just answer that you want the Valentines Special and specify “Single” or “Relationship.” If “Relationship” please fill in your partner’s birth information there as well. (birth date, birth time, birth place) 

I’m looking forward to focusing on you and your relationships, and to bringing a more heart-centered, more accepting way to be with yourself and the ones you love. 

To give you an idea of how I work with relationships, please read my article
“The Astrology of Love” here. 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

 

 

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse – Feb. 10, 2017

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MEDITATING WITH THE MOON – Friday, February 10, 2017

 
FULL MOON LUNAR ECLIPSE IN LEO
Eclipses intensify the energy of the moment and open a portal to some type of emotional transformation. Today’s eclipse illuminates your need to balance standing back objectively, with fully participating and engaging; logic with instinct; the demands of the ego with the desires of the heart. This Moon enlightens you toward understanding that the way to freedom is by springing from the structures that ground and support you, while breaking free of the structures that limit and deny you. This full moon shines awareness on building a foundation of wisdom to stand upon firmly as you reach toward being uniquely who you are… it asks you to combine the conventional with the unconventional – to integrate integrity with the energy of the catalyst. How do you live both? The solution is found via your heart – through generosity of spirit and being willing to take a risk. Create from that place of the unrestrained joy of a child, and live from the certainty that comes with tapping the wisdom of the time-tested. Step back when necessary to gain an objective perspective, but remember to come back into fully engaged participation.
 
WORDS FOR MEDITATION
I know which of my structures are sound and true and wise, and which are based on fear and denial. I create and participate joyously and from love because I am grounded in strength and wisdom. I am liberated from old constrictions and free to live my unique purpose. I am in right timing with both my objectivity and my participation.
 
FULL MOON 7:33 pm Eastern – 100% ILLUMINATED – 15 DAYS OLD
 
MOONRISE: 6:11 pm Eastern
MOONSET: 7:45 am Eastern on Feb. 11
 
MOON’S ASPECTS: quincunx Pluto 12:14 pm; trine Uranus 5:36 pm; opposition Sun 7:33 pm; sextile Jupiter 8:40 pm Eastern (trine Saturn 12:52 am on Feb. 11)
 

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH THE MOON

 
Using these simple Moon thoughts are a wonderful way to begin a daily meditation practice that keeps you focused on, and grounded in, the emotional energy of the Cosmos each and every day.
 
You can do a very simple 8/4 count meditation, which means you settle into a comfortable position, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and breathe in to a slow count of 8, hold it for 4 counts, and then breathe out for a slow count of 8. Hold your breath again for 4 counts before breathing in again. On the in-breath recite a word or phrase from the Moon Meditation in your mind, focusing on that energy and holding it, and then consciously release that same energy out into the world on the out-breath. Then begin the process again on the in-breath, either using the same word/phrase you’re working with (until it feels comfortable and “right”) or move on to the next word or phrase from the Moon Meditation.

Meditating with the Moon – Feb 9, 2017

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MEDITATING WITH THE MOON – Thursday, February 9, 2017

 
MOON IN CANCER THEN LEO
Rejoice when your emotional body flows naturally with your desires and your values, bringing fresh new ideas and energy into your consciousness and relationships. Open to unexpected conversations (internally and with others) around creativity and relating, and let your instincts inform your thinking. Enjoy a potentially emotionally sunny and playful day in preparation for tomorrow’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo.
 
WORDS FOR MEDITATION
I am confident in my ability to choose optimism and positivity. When I choose to be positive and energized the negatives of my life recede.
 
WAXING GIBBOUS MOON – 99% ILLUIMINATED – 14 DAYS OLD
 
MOONRISE: 5:08 pm Eastern
MOONSET: 7:02 am Eastern on Feb. 10
 
MOON VOID until 4:41 am
 
MOON’S ASPECTS: opposition Mercury 10:25 am; trine Venus 12:20 am; trine Mars 9:05 pm; quincunx Neptune 11:30 pm Eastern
 

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH THE MOON

 
Using these simple Moon thoughts are a wonderful way to begin a daily meditation practice that keeps you focused on, and grounded in, the emotional energy of the Cosmos each and every day.
 
You can do a very simple 8/4 count meditation, which means you settle into a comfortable position, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and breathe in to a slow count of 8, hold it for 4 counts, and then breathe out for a slow count of 8. Hold your breath again for 4 counts before breathing in again. On the in-breath recite a word or phrase from the Moon Meditation in your mind, focusing on that energy and holding it, and then consciously release that same energy out into the world on the out-breath. Then begin the process again on the in-breath, either using the same word/phrase you’re working with (until it feels comfortable and “right”) or move on to the next word or phrase from the Moon Meditation.
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Meditating with the Moon – Feb. 8, 2017

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MEDITATING WITH THE MOON – Wednesday, February 8, 2017

 
MOON IN CANCER
Despite any unforeseen challenges or power plays, despite any blasts from the past or the need to make internal adjustments to cleanse your metaphorical palate, there is healing to be done. There are examples of compassion to be performed. And there is the passion of your heart to focus on. Focus with wonderful intensity on fanning the flame of your heart’s desire. If you haven’t been in that space for awhile… remember.
 
WORDS FOR MEDITATION
I focus on what makes my heart sing. I burn for the passion of my heart without wavering.
 
WAXING GIBBOUS MOON – 96% ILLUMINATED – 13 DAYS OLD
 
MOONRISE: 4:06 pm Eastern
MOONSET: 6:15 am Eastern on Feb. 9
 
MOON VOID beginning 5:00 pm Eastern
 
MOON’S ASPECTS: opposition Pluto 8:41 am; quincunx Sun 11:54 am; square Uranus 1:52 am; square Jupiter 5:00 pm; quincunx Saturn 8:42 pm Eastern
 

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH THE MOON

 
Using these simple Moon thoughts are a wonderful way to begin a daily meditation practice that keeps you focused on, and grounded in, the emotional energy of the Cosmos each and every day.
 
You can do a very simple 8/4 count meditation, which means you settle into a comfortable position, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and breathe in to a slow count of 8, hold it for 4 counts, and then breathe out for a slow count of 8. Hold your breath again for 4 counts before breathing in again. On the in-breath recite a word or phrase from the Moon Meditation in your mind, focusing on that energy and holding it, and then consciously release that same energy out into the world on the out-breath. Then begin the process again on the in-breath, either using the same word/phrase you’re working with (until it feels comfortable and “right”) or move on to the next word or phrase from the Moon Meditation.
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Meditating with the Moon – Feb. 7, 2017

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MEDITATING WITH THE MOON – Tuesday, February 7, 2017

 
MOON IN GEMINI then CANCER
Take the challenge to bring you heart, your actions, and your values into alignment. Feel your way through love by being both sensitive and a champion – protective and a trailblazer into uncharted emotional territory, even if it seems a little scary. Take direct action for your values, especially with family and loved ones. Feel. Talk. Act. 
 
WORDS FOR MEDITATION
I feel AND express my love, without the expectation that anyone else can automatically know what I need. I fight for the safety and security of myself and my loved ones.
 
WAXING GIBBOUS MOON – 90% ILLUMINATED – 12 DAYS OLD
 
MOONRISE: 3:05 pm Eastern
MOONSET: 5:22 am Eastern (on Feb. 8)
 
MOON’S ASPECTS: square Venus 6:55 am; square Mars 3:18 pm; trine Neptune 8:19 pm Eastern
 
Mercury enters Aquarius 4:35 am Eastern
 
HOW TO MEDITATE WITH THE MOON
 
Using these simple Moon thoughts are a wonderful way to begin a daily meditation practice that keeps you focused on, and grounded in, the emotional energy of the Cosmos each and every day.
 
You can do a very simple 8/4 count meditation, which means you settle into a comfortable position, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and breathe in to a slow count of 8, hold it for 4 counts, and then breathe out for a slow count of 8. Hold your breath again for 4 counts before breathing in again. On the in-breath recite a word or phrase from the Moon Meditation in your mind, focusing on that energy and holding it, and then consciously release that same energy out into the world on the out-breath. Then begin the process again on the in-breath, either using the same word/phrase you’re working with (until it feels comfortable and “right”) or move on to the next word or phrase from the Moon Meditation.
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Meditating with the Moon – Feb. 2, 2017

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MEDITATING WITH THE MOON – Thursday, February 2, 2017

 

MOON IN ARIES THEN TAURUS

Within unpredictability and intensity there’s an assuring method we can use to ground ourselves and those around us – communication. Practice honest, heartfelt communication at every opportunity. Try to bring your thoughts to balance before speaking to avoid reactionary words. Trust your intuition as a guide.

 

WORDS FOR MEDITAITON

I think first and speak second, even when the environment is uncertain. I communicate responsively and responsibly.

 
WAXING CRESCENT MOON – 39% ILLUINATED – 6 DAYS OLD
 
MOONRISE: 11:06 am Eastern
MOONSET: 12:08 am Eastern on Feb. 3, 2017
 
MOON VOID 11:50 am UNTIL 8:50 pm Eastern
 
MOON’S ASPECTS: square Pluto 12:13 am; conjunct Uranus 5:30 am; square Mercury 8:52 am; opposition Jupiter 9:01 am; trine Saturn 11:50 am Eastern.
 
 

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH THE MOON

 
Using these simple Moon thoughts are a wonderful way to begin a daily meditation practice that keeps you focused on, and grounded in, the emotional energy of the Cosmos each and every day.
 
You can do a very simple 8/4 count meditation, which means you settle into a comfortable position, close your eyes, focus on your breath, and breathe in to a slow count of 8, hold it for 4 counts, and then breathe out for a slow count of 8. Hold your breath again for 4 counts before breathing in again. On the in-breath recite a word or phrase from the Moon Meditation in your mind, focusing on that energy and holding it, and then consciously release that same energy out into the world on the out-breath. Then begin the process again on the in-breath, either using the same word/phrase you’re working with (until it feels comfortable and “right”) or move on to the next word or phrase from the Moon Meditation.
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