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This Week in Astrology — Super Blood Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

Awakening you to the Archetypal Movement during the week ahead.  The purpose of this blog is to make you aware of the energy available astrologically, for the purpose of spiritual and personal development.

On January 31st, 2018 there will be a Lunar Eclipse at 11 degrees Leo.  The Moon in Leo will be opposite the Sun conjunct Venus in the constellation of Aquarius.  It will be a Super Moon because it is closest to earth, meaning the energy will be strong.  It will be a Blood Moon because of the reddish glow that occurs when the Earth is blocking the path of the Sun to the Moon.  A Blue Moon because it is the second Full Moon of the Month, this is rare as well which makes this astrological event even the more significant.  This will be the ending cycle to Eclipse cycle that started in February of 2017 and continued later that year in August.

Basically, this Solar Eclipse is a fresh slate in the realms of opportunities, plans, and manifestations.  All possibilities are on the table so write it down, and create a course of action.

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Eclipses represent turning points in our lives, these are the times of real change and true mastery of ourselves.  A Full  Moon fully illuminates the shadow aspects of our personality that need attention.  This Full Moon, in particular, is about controlling your circle and picking your team.  (No different from the NBA “ALL STAR” teams where there will no longer be assigned rosters, there will be captains on each side that will pick their own squads.)  Really finding like-minded and goal oriented people headed in the same direction as you.

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This Lunar Eclipse is here to bring focus, in order to bring focus there must be some ending of distractions, a removing of you being in places where you don’t have a future.  

The Moon will be opposite Venus in Aquarius which will bring a sense of clarity to what you truly want, even if what you want is very messy.  This is a time of understanding who you are as a giver and who you are as a taker.  We have two feminine archetypes opposing each other.  Mom wants to have fun and mom also wants to be the nurturer and protector.  It will sort of feel like the movie Don’t be a Menace in South Central while Drinking your Juice in the Hood.  The Part when ICE Tray was with a young lady and her mother came home from church and instead of disciplining ICE Tray and the daughter, she said: ” Hold em Down Baby Let Mama Have Him!”  Funny because you didn’t expect it but also you could relate to her obviously suppressed shadow side that she no longer could repress.  Now it doesn’t have to be that extreme in your life but just an example of the energy.

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The Moon also has an inconjunction to Neptune in Pisces during this Lunar Eclipse.  This brings about the subtle nature of our intuition silently guiding us on our path.  Inconjunctions have to do with reconciling or understanding.  So fully understanding our motivations and impulses will be key at this time.  If we are doing something for the wrong reasons it is up to us to correct it.  It is up to us to align with our pure motivations and not our contrived and egoic motivations.

If you are resistant to growth than this Full Moon will be very disruptive.  On the contrary, if you are remembering the seeds you planted during the Solar Eclipse, then you will be experiencing the blossoming of those seeds during this time.  Ignoring it is not the same as avoiding it, the period of ignorance and avoidance is temporary.  There will come a time when the negative energy must be purged from your life.  If you find yourself in a relationship that is not really for you, during this Lunar Eclipse phase you will be shown this.

The Moon will be conjunct the North Node.  Conjunctions focus and intensify the energy.  The Moon rules our Emotions, feelings, and sensitivities, The North Node rules the future and where one needs to be.   The North Node represents the Lesson in our lives, it represents our aims.  To have all of this energy conjunct the North Node represents a surge of energy towards the future.  Are you aligned with your future or are you emotionally connected to your past?  We must come to terms with the emotional aspects of our lives.  What are we striving for?

The Lunar Eclipse is like a Full Moon, but just stronger, it focuses you on your emotions whether repressed or surfaced.  You are forced to come to terms with points in your life where you turned that where not aligned with your emotions.  You can be objective to this new information or reject it causing a deeper wound that you will someday have to face.  Being in touch with your personal needs will help you sort out any imbalance you may have caused in yourself or in others.  This is a time to rid yourself of emotional baggage that you may or may not even know is there.  So be observant and vigilant instead of reactive and impulsive.

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Orula and Oshun

 

Orisha story of the Week is of Orula and Oshun.  Orula rules the constellation of Leo and Oshun is the planet, Venus.  

After Oshun got her heartbroken by Shango she was devastated.  She wandered the woods and heard the voice of Orula.  Orula realized that he could not give Oshun the life she truly desired but he could give her pure love and a home.  Oshun agreed to be his wife.  Oshun could not love Orula like she loved Shango.  She realized the benefits of living with Orula outside of her personal desires, she found peace, and this peace is what she needed to get over the pain of her heartbreak with Shango.  Orula was very kind to her, treated her like a queen, and taught her things.  Peace and harmony went throughout the land during the time these two were together.

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Couples Therapy — Healthy Communication, Roles, Responsibilities, & Manipulation

 

When we are communicating with our partner we are exchanging ideas, emotions, and feelings.  If you are not healthy emotionally and mentally the communication may not be healthy and consequently is creating problems in your relationship.  Here are some tips we can begin to utilize to improve our relationships:

Find the Right Time

We have to be aware of our partner’s moods and feelings throughout the day.  If there are times of the day that they are more irritable than others (morning, just getting off work, focused on work), we may want to find the time when they are relaxed and open for a conversation.  We are not saying to suppress your feelings but definitely wait for the right time to communicate the things that are bothering us.

Talk Face to Face

In this day and age, we tend to do a lot of our communicating via electronic devices.  While telephone calls and text messages bring us together, they also put a healthy barrier between us.  Understanding that face to face communication is the healthiest form of communicating will strengthen your relationship.  It’s important to have that face to face talk time, even if you guys text and talk all day, feeding off the emotions and body language of your partner is how you adapt to one another fully.
Not Attacking

Verbal attacks are so easy and so damaging that we can see how they ruin potential longterm relationships.  Creating healthy relationships comes from healthy communication if we can not communicate without attacking there is no way we can continue the relationship in a healthy matter.
Honesty

Honest and Open communication is the key to healthy relationships.  When you don’t have healthy relationships, you have toxic relationships, these relationships you will have high hopes for but you will never progress.  You can only progress through healthy and open communication.  We must be honest with our partners even if we think it may hurt.  The key to this is to use “I” statements and speak your truth.   Do not make your problems your partners, even if it seems they are, we are ultimately responsible for our actions.

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Roles and Responsibility

Roles and Responsibility in relationships are linked to purpose.  If you guys are not in sync as far as goals and purpose are concerned, it will be hard to say if the relationship will be successful and fulfilling.  When there is too much compromise this creates resentment when it comes to roles and responsibilities in this scenario, it is only a matter of time before one person gets fed up and sabotages the partner.   To avoid this we must choose partners who have like-minded goals and purpose.  From this perspective, we can create plans and goals to begin to start working together to manifest these things we both agree will be good for us.  Constantly communicating when there needs to be an adjustment or if one of you need assistance creates a level of trust and cooperation that can be sustained for a long period of time.  If we are not on the same page, there will be long periods of time that we will be off of our purpose and path.  No one is worth you putting your goals on hold for a long period of time.  Find someone that supports or can fit within your life goals.  

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Manipulation

Manipulation is a way to secretly influence someone with indirect, deceptive, or abusive tactics.  Manipulation may seem harmless or sweet as if the person truly cares for you, but the reality is that person has an ulterior motive.  You may not realize you are being bullied.  If your family life was you being manipulated, then you may feel that manipulation is normal or even healthy.  There may be something deep within you that may feel this isn’t right but the person manipulating you may use sweet words or play on your guilt, and you override your instincts.  This is manipulation.  People who have trouble being direct may use manipulation to get their way.  So be direct and honest with people and let them show you their intentions with how they respond.

 

This Week in Astrology — New Moon in Capricorn (2018)

On January 16th, 2018 we will be experiencing a New Moon in Capricorn.  The New Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon come into conjunction.  The New Moon represents the ending of one cycle and the beginning of another.  The New Moon phase represents the beginning of the moon cycle, a time to set intentions.

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The Learning Triangle

Be careful what you wish for.  This  New Moon squares Uranus in Aries and sextiles Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio, forming a Learning Triangle.  A learning triangle is an event or a change that aligns with your deeper desires thus teaching you something deeper about yourself.  The question that comes up in this new moon when setting our intentions is where can we make our lives simpler.  Where are we making our lives complicated?  We have gotten used to certain deficiencies whether it be money or lack of love, we have incorporated these deficiencies into our personality and surroundings.  The deficiency is causing a conflict, so with this new moon how can we avoid some of this conflict that comes about due to lack of love or finances.

Capricorn represents a point where we can evaluate our growth and also a point where we can set new goals.   Capricorn is an earth sign, the earth represents your physical body, so one must physically align with his mental, emotional, and vital bodies.  Having some sort of direction or purpose is paramount.  There are countless individuals that can learn from your story, find your voice so they can hear you.  Don’t be afraid to set goals and reevaluate how far you have come spiritually in 2017.  Create new goals for 2018.

Capricorn during this New Moon has six planets within its constellation.  This means that a lot of Capricornian energy will be highlighted during this transit.  Qualities like effort, energy, goal setting, accomplishment, and endurance.  The Sun will be conjunct Venus and the Moon, highlighting your emotional connection to love and money.   Pluto, Mercury, and Saturn are bringing messages on what areas do you want to focus and concentrate on during this time.  This focus and concentration are ushering in wealth and success.

This New Moon Squares Uranus, bringing with it changes and adjustments we must cope with.  When you do not prepare for or initiate change then one must struggle with change.  When we learn to accept change as a part of life, we begin to understand our transformation and the transformation of others.  The other reality of this change is that your goals and intentions are not aligned with your present situation.  Uranus is going to make that change.

This New Moon is also supported by a Sextile to Jupiter and Mars in Scorpio.  The Mutual interest is between your self and your unconscious natures.  The inner saboteur must be addressed when discussing intentions.  When we don’t address it and try to suppress it there is no way we can properly manifest.  The inner saboteur will always be there ready to cause disruption of our goals.  This sextile we can find out how to be satisfied in areas we rarely find satisfaction due to the inner saboteur.

Whether it is money, love, or a combination of both, it is not wise to imagine your disparity is a fact of life and everyone likes you suffers the same way.  That is not true, one must learn how to overcome the disparities in his life to have a full and healthy life.  There are plenty of people just like you abundant and prosperous.  The question is now, what changes are you ready to make or accept.  Allow the routine to be broken up and allow your desires to move closer to you.  That is why it is called a Learning Triangle.

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Orisha of the Week: Yemu (Yemowo, Yembo)

The New Moon ushers in the Energy of Yemu, the mother of all the Orishas. Yemu is a composite deity, combining the energy of Yemoja and Obatala.  The powers will be awakening and eliminating the victim consciousness within yourself.  Tapping into your immortal soul energy that is likened to you being the victor.  Yemu is not some passive feminine mother figure.  The woman has been reduced to that of just a passive nurturing figure.  In African thought, the woman is equal to the man in all things as far as warfare, aggression, and protection.  Your spiritual mother is the holder of your spiritual gifts but she will not simply give them to you because you ask or your rent is late.  There are things you must do.  Yemu is Yemoja’s primal aspect.  Just like Olukun is Yemoja’s deeper aspect, Yemu is her base.  A level of purity and clarity can be accessed now in regards to your purpose and true self.

 It was at this time Obatala renamed his Obini from Yembo to Yemaya ( furious mother), Yemaya’s fury became too great no one in the kingdom could calm her and it is only Obatala himself that keeps her in control.

Tips to create a long-lasting relationship — Couples Therapy

Most people go into relationships thinking they are Gods gift to that person without really learning the psychological tools needed to sustain long-term relationships. Here are some tips to help us develop skills for building long-term relationships.

Learning how to listen
In a relationship, one of the greatest tools you can develop is the art of listening. To really understand your partner, you must listen to them, instead of simply assuming you know this person. There are times when we are having a conversation and we are not listening, we are simply waiting for our turn to reply. When we do this, we automatically reduce what our partner is trying to say. So once our partner is done talking, wait for about three seconds to respond, don’t immediately respond, let what your partner said marinate in your brain for a second. From this perspective we allow ourselves to understand our partners on a deeper intimate level because we really understand where they are coming from.

Do not wait to address problems.
Problems are like seeds, the more we water them in darkness, the more they grow. Once they finally break through and flower it no longer resembles the small seed we started with. Anger does not come out of nowhere, it starts as a small problem that doesn’t get addressed. In our minds, we may feel like addressing problems make them go away. That is not the case, when they resurface, they are stronger and much more powerful. So when a problem, issue, or a concern don’t let it slide, address it. To create long-term relationships we cannot hold secrets and hope we simply suppress them, no these things tend to blow up in our face.

Taking Care of You
When we think of long-term relationships, we often think of taking care of someone else. This is not the case. When consciously take care of our needs individually, we are more apt to be more giving to our partner. When two people practice self-love this creates an interdependent relationship. A relationship that provides an individual with space to grow and space to connect simultaneously. Under this model of relationships, it is easy to see why the relationship is more prone to last rather than crash because one person is dependent on another.

Celebrating the differences
It is easy to criticize and point out the differences in your partner but this will only alienate and isolate them. When we appreciate the differences in each other the bond grows stronger and the trust is the foundation for growth. It will be the differences that you too share that can help you navigate the confusing seas of life. Working together is a major key to long-lasting relationships.

Value your relationship.
Value your union. If you want it to last then you will be willing to work on it. If we take our relationship for granted, when we lose it, we may not be able to get it back. A daily conscious reminder that you are with someone you love and want to love should be something that makes you inspired to be a better person. Through value, we gain appreciation, from this we gain a long-term bond that will last past any disappointments.

Forgiveness
Forgiveness is so key to long-lasting relationships. Forgiving yourself and others are key to continuing a relationship. If we can’t forgive there is no way we can have a happy existence with a person. When we forgive, we are giving ourselves a new outlook on a situation. If you are still feeling the same way, you have not truly forgiven. We must wipe the slate clean when dealing with people on a long-term basis, we must allow room for growth and change. When we are committed to a person, we are not just committed to the parts of them we like, we are committed to the whole experience of their life. We are not placed in peoples life to control them. At best we are placed in each other’s lives to assist and observe, from this perspective over a long period of time we are able to keep the relationship fresh and new. Through forgiveness, we are given new perspectives on love and life we once never could imagine.