Happy Celtic New Year!

Samhain Celebrations

As I’ve dived deeper into the ancient history and culture of Great Britain these last 12 months or so, purely out of personal interest, I’ve been delighted to discover just how many of our “modern-day” celebrations and traditions are far more ancient than I initially thought.

Modern or Ancient Traditions?

I’ve known since I was a pretty young child that Christmas, for example, was in fact a Pagan holiday allegedly hijacked by the early Christian church as a way to cement the new religion of Christianity on the people but allowing them to celebrate in a way and at a time they were used to, albeit under a different name. Originally known here as Yule by the Celts and later as Saturnalia following the Roman invasion, many of the traditions of Christmas such as decorating homes with holly, mistletoe and even decorating a tree clearly pre-date Christ’s birth. Why at this time of the year? It coincided with the Winter Equinox, a time that marks when the shortest day/longest night of the year, and was really a celebration of light and dark, like so many ancient celebrations.

I remember learning at school that Halloween was really All Hallows’ Eve, as 1 November was All Saints’ Day, being a day to remember Christian saints and martyrs. In fact, from what I’ve read since, Pope Boniface IV only created this celebration in the year 609 and purposely chose the date to coincide with the date Samhain was celebrated, again to replace the Pagan holiday.

More recently, as I started researching Samhain and how it used to be celebrated by the Celts, I was interested to note that bonfires would be lit. This raised the obvious question to me – is our modern day celebration of Bonfire Night here in the UK somehow linked to Samhain rather than Guy Fawkes? I can’t blame the Christian church for this (who I have nothing against by the way!) – whilst at the time there was a war waging between Protestants and Catholics and had been since the time of the Restoration, I think this was more a case of old habits of the people die hard, and celebrating Bonfire Night kept the old tradition alive, just for different reasons. It was a good way for those who still followed the old faith to practice the traditions of the ancient religion without arousing suspicion from those who would otherwise have called them witches and heretics. Confessing to being either Catholic or Pagan back then would likely lead to the same outcome – execution – frequently by burning!

Traditional Samhain Celebrations

Samhain was a 3-day festival honoured by the ancient Celtic pagans here in the UK during the time of the Iron Age, which means “summer’s end”, thus ushering in the Celtic new year. Some of the key themes believed to have been part of Samhain include:

  • Cycle of death and rebirth celebrated as the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter;
  • Final preparations for winter e.g. crops, animal sacrifices;
  • Bonfires/fire festivals to mark the autumn equinox and the start of the dark half of the year;
  • Visibility of the gods by humans, the occult and spirits from the Otherworld;
  • Offerings left for visiting spirits;
  • Playing of pranks and tricks;
  • Fortune-telling for the year to come;
  • Dressing up/costume wearing.

Do any of these look familiar?

When I was little, we were not allowed to go trick or treating as my mother classed it as “begging” and believed also that it was unsafe. We did go to family Halloween parties, bobbing for apples, dressing up usually in a black bin bag with witch face paint on and, with my mum’s birthday being on Bonfire Night, we usually celebrated that too by having a bonfire in the back garden and watching everyone else’s fireworks (being not very well off ourselves!).

Some people say that Halloween has become too “Americanised” but I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing. For our honeymoon, my husband and our kids went to Florida in October/November and if there’s one thing Americans do fantastically well in my view, it’s got to be Halloween!! Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights are fantastic and Disney’s Not So Scary Halloween equally fun for little ones. In the UK, Alton Towers and a lot of farms put on some great events too with Halloween being more popular than ever these days. What a wonderful way to keep the old beliefs and traditions of our ancestors alive and kicking for future generations!

I personally feel like I’ve really connected with the Samhain celebration this year. I love that traditionally it was a way to remember those who have gone on to the spirit world and I’ve now discovered that Bonfire Night may be linked to the festival too. My mum died at only 53 a few years ago and with Bonfire Night being her birthday, it has given a special day even more meaning for me.

The kids, me and the dog all went trick or treating and I was blown away by some of the effort people went to this year – fantastic and all in the name of good fun.

Now I’m off to put the pumpkins to good use and make a warming pumpkin soup for supper – yum!

Tarot Cards Anne Stokes www.myholisticliving.co.uk

Energy Tarot Reading: November 2019

November 2019

With Halloween, also known as Samhain, just around the corner, what better time to put to use my new Anne Stokes’ Gothic Tarot Cards, gifted to me last month by my husband for our wedding anniversary.

As this is a general energy reading for November 2019, obviously take what resonates for you from your reading below. If it’s not something that seems relevant to you and your life then these messages won’t be for you this time. If you’re looking for more personalised messages then feel free to contact me for a personal reading, details and packages of which can be found over at our Facebook page:

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Your Reading

Tarot Cards Anne Stokes www.myholisticliving.co.uk
Picking your Cards…

Four of Swords Tarot Cards Anne Stokes www.myholisticliving.co.uk

Four of Swords (reversed):

The Swords denote intellect, thoughts, mental stimulation with the four being a time for deep reflection and meditation, musings and pondering. A time to be alone with one’s thoughts to gain a better understanding of a situation.

If you’ve never tried meditation before, this could be a perfect time to give it a try and, with being reversed, suggests to me that is something that you are sorely in need of.

The Empress Tarot Cards Anne Stokes www.myholisticliving.co.uk

The Empress:

A maternal, earthy energy, nurturing and creative. It can of course denote an actual pregnancy or be metaphorical such as birthing a new project or idea.

She is the power behind the Emperor’s throne; a source of inner strength and a wise and loving ruler.

Maybe a time to show your nurturing side – whether to yourself or others.

The Chariot

The Chariot:

A change of energies here, suggestive of a time of picking up the pace, maybe feeling pulled in all directions, forward movement, travel, victory and progress.

It feels as though the end of November could start to get extremely busy for you with you maybe feeling like you’ve taken on too much. Stick with it as the card in the upright position suggests you are moving in the right direction.

Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords:

Another card of the Swords suit. The Ace is the beginning and, being Swords, suggests the beginning of an idea or thought.

Your mind becomes consumed as the seeds of a new idea begin to take hold. Think it over carefully before deciding how to act. Your thinking is likely to be razor-sharp at this time.

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Your Cards

The Takeaway

This felt a very clear message for those it is meant for; if you’re feeling burnt-out, stressed, over-stretched, indecisive, unsure or just out of sorts in any way, what have you got to lose by spending 5 minutes a day in silent reflection with yourself. You may be thinking that you can’t spare 5 minutes a day, but as someone who often feels the same, I know my day always feels much calmer and do-able when I take the time to meditate, especially in the morning.

This would coincide with the message of The Empress – nurturing yourself is a way of not only loving yourself but in doing so you are better able to nurture and love others. Meditation is an easy and effective way to do that. Carve out just 5 minutes a day for yourself to sit with yourself and your thoughts and listen to the sound of your breathing. Meditation is not about not thinking. Rather it is to simply observe your thoughts, which will come, and become aware of them. Then bring it back to the present by simply focusing on your breathing.

And you’re going to need those 5 minutes a day to yourself to better handle the faster-paced energies of The Chariot in the latter half of November when you become even busier. Take the time now to establish the habit of meditation and it will pay dividends for you at this hectic time.

The end of November feels calmer again, if you’ve listened to the guidance and messages from your Higher Self and carved out just 5 minutes a day to nurture yourself through meditation, even through the busy times. In doing so, you’ll sharpen your mental strength and might just hit on a fantastic new idea – be sure to think it through from all angles whilst your wits are about you. This is not the time to act but to enjoy the birthing of a new idea.

Until next time…

Red Jasper

Harness the Power of Red Jasper

Red Jasper

Red Jasper is a stone popular throughout history across a number of cultures: Greek, Arabic, Persian, Assyrian and Native Americans, regularly used and referenced their use of the stone. Hebrew and Latin texts make reference to it too, including the many benefits it can bring – when its power is harnessed correctly!

To find out more about working with crystals generally, take a look here: https://myholisticliving.co.uk/astrology-divination/crystals/

Associations

Being the colour red, it is hardly surprising perhaps that, Red Jasper is associated with passion, vibrancy and endurance, which is in perfect counter-balance to its other slow, steady, practical and reliable energies.

Often known as the “stone of endurance”, Red Jasper is also said to encourage:

  • Stamina;
  • Drive;
  • Courage;
  • Energy;
  • New ideas;
  • Creativity; and
  • Protection

And the good news is that its energies extend across all areas of your life – especially those things in life we don’t feel like doing. Having some Red Jasper on hand can give us the push we need to just get things done.

Health-wise, this stone is said to alleviate stress, prevent anxiety and worrying and improve a person’s sense of well-being generally by fostering a sense of responsibility in achieving this state. Physically, it is said to help detox the liver and large intestine as well as aid circulation.

Spiritually, Red Jasper has an earthy, grounding energy to it which makes it perfect for meditations, divination, astral projections, chakra and kundalini work. Speaking of chakras, you may feel drawn to Red Jasper if you have a blocked root chakra or when you need to feel more connected to the planet.

Red Jasper is not traditionally linked to a specific sign of the zodiac and there are different types of beliefs around its use as a birthstone. With traditional birthstone beliefs, this stone is said to be linked to those born in March and April, whilst natural birthstone belief associates it more with mid-October to mid-November births. I personally find its earthy, red, autumnal tones more fitting to the latter.

How to Use Red Jasper

Much like other stones, Red Jasper can be worn as jewellery or simply carried in a pocket or bag to harness its power. Whenever you obtain any stone/crystal, however, you should take steps to “cleanse” it of any negative energies or vibes that it may have picked up along the way. You could choose to leave your stone in the light of the full moon, smudge the stone, visualise it cleansed or rinse it under running water to reset the stone to its “default settings”.

It is an all-round fantastic balancing stone with slow but steady energy that can give you that push to get a job done. It can make you see the world with fresh eyes again, bringing new ideas about whilst also giving you the drive to put them into action.

For divination, magickal and/or spiritual work, it’s grounding energy will help you stay protected and connected to the Earth plane whilst also allowing you to connect with other energies surrounding you. This is one reason I chose my runes to be made from Red Jasper and I felt its effects immediately. Much like the stone itself, the energies feel denser than with other stones – Amethyst, for example, or Clear Quartz are much lighter, airier energies by way of comparison.

Rune Reading
Rune Reading

If you’ve tried Red Jasper yourself let me know how you’ve found it. What do you find it most helpful for?

Rune Reading

September 2019 Energy Update: Runes

September 2019 Energy Update: Runes

For this month’s energy forecast, I’ve invoked the ancient wisdom of the Runes instead of the Tarot – those mysterious symbols carved into wood, metal or stone, most commonly affiliated with our Germanic and Nordic ancestors.

Compared with card reading, rune reading is far more simplistic in terms of its imagery but that can make reading the runes a far more difficult task to master. Whilst each rune of course has its own meaning, pay attention to any thoughts or images, people or situations that pop into your mind whilst considering your reading below. Those messages are the ones specific for you.

Your Reading

Runescope September 2019

The reading is broken down into 4-weekly sections or thereabouts:

Week 1

Rune Is

Rune: Is

If you’re at all familiar with the Disney film “Frozen”, you’ll know just what I mean when I describe this rune, Is, as my “Elsa” stone! Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” song from the Seventies also sprang to mind.

This suggests that there may be a certain coldness or isolation by yourself or those around you at the start of September 2019. A feeling of still being “stuck” in similar energy to that experienced in August 2019. A need for patience at a time when it may be wearing thin. Things will start to move again but slowly.

Week 2

Rune Rad

Rune: Rad

Similar energy to The Chariot card of the tarot, Rad is indicative of journeys. These can be spiritual or physical in nature. However, with the rune coming out reversed, this may mean slow progress and delays.

Some slow progress might be noticeable in your life come Week 2 of September 2019 but you’ll still probably feel frustrated and impatient at the pace. Use this time to do your research, listen to warnings and ensure you’re well prepared for any journeys you’re about to take.

Week 3

Rune Feoh

Rune: Feoh

Abundance is indicated by the presence of Feoh in matters of health, wealth and relationships. Being reversed however could be indicative of a feeling of lack or of something missing.

Right around Week 3 you may be feeling as though something is missing in your life. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Noticing that need is the first step in addressing any areas of imbalance whether in terms of a new healthy eating regime, exercise and self-care or taking back control of any financial issues. Relationships of all kinds can benefit from this energy too, as people are clearer about asking for what they truly need from each other.

Week 4 & Beyond

Rune Ger

Rune: Ger

The rune of seasonal changes and harvest comes out just after we celebrate the Harvest Festival on 22 September 2019 here in the UK. This rune cannot be read “reversed”. Similar energy to the Wheel of Fortune card in the Tarot.

Whether Week 4 is a time of celebration of your own particular “harvest” in your own life will really depend on your efforts and perseverance through the slower energies of the past few weeks. Have you been patient and diligent, consistent and balanced in this time or have you tried to take shortcuts and been sloppy? This rune is also associated with the wheel so could be somehow related to the journey of Week 2 or to the Wheel of Life and its cycles. There is a karmic element to this rune too; a time of “reaping what you have sown”, all of which links back itself to this idea of it being harvest time.

The Takeaway

Quite the mixed bag for September then! It pretty much feels a tale of two halves, with the heavy, slow progress energy of August 2019 seeping over into the first week or so of September.

But stick with it – by the end of Week 2 movement of some sort seems evident. A time for making plans and research, the benefits of which will be felt towards the latter part of the month once you’ve had your moment of clarity on anything you feel may be lacking in your life. This is when you’ll begin to reap your own “harvest” from all efforts in all areas of your own life over these frustratingly slow last few weeks.

Don’t shortchange yourself then; no shortcuts, eyes on the prize and hopefully the results of your harvest should payoff.

Rune Reading
Rune Reading

I hope you enjoyed your Energy Update as provided by the wisdom of the Runes! Feel free to share this article with anyone you think might enjoy it.

Finally, I’d like to hear from you on how whether you would prefer the next reading to be a Tarot, Rune or I Ching Reading. Your vote counts – let me know in the comments 🙂

Virgo girl and glyph

Happy Birthday Virgo!

Sun Sign Birthday Special: Virgo

It’s Happy Birthday time to those known as the hardest-working folks in the Zodiac, Virgos! The ideal time then to delve a little deeper and get inside the heads and hearts of those associated with the sign of the Virgin and take a look at what it is that makes them tick…

Who They Are

In a lot of ways, Virgoans are like the Monica Geller of the 12-signs: practical, organised, sharp, grafting and fussy, with an eccentric enthusiasm for cleanliness and a strong desire for security and stability.

Often introverted and modest by nature, they are also known too for their tremendous loyalty and kindness, especially to animals. Being the second of the three Earth signs (Taurus being the first and Capricorn the final), those born under the sign of Virgo tend to have a deep love and connection to the planet if they choose to embrace a love of nature.

Home & Family

As with all the Earth signs, home and family are especially important to the Virgoan who likes to run a very tight ship – with their highly renowned analytical attention to detail and impressive intellect immensely helpful in this regard.

Career

In career, these talents make for valuable assets too, along with good communication and an ability to argue their point successfully and factually as well as being creative; someone who “thinks outside the box”.

Health & Well Being

Virgoans have a tendency to enjoy a good worry! Their analytical mind can tick over the most minutiae of detail that most of us wouldn’t even think of. Understandably, that can make them prone to stress, mental health issues such as anxiety and/or depression, as well as upset nervous and digestive systems generally. It’s important that the Virgoan is allowed to take time to recharge and refresh whether by simply soaking in a relaxing candlelit bubble bath or a full blown massage/spa day to help them switch off from time to time. Yoga and meditation would make excellent forms of both exercise and rejuvenation for the Virgo.

Love & Relationships

The Virgoan in love is loyal and kind, strong, stable – and can be a bit slow to warm up! Virgoans have a reputation of being “picky” so they’re unlikely to be the jump right in type. They usually want to make sure that it will work out, that the person’s right for them and their life. It may not seem romantic but at least you know if you’re picked out by a Virgo, it’s been a well-thought out choice!

General

This slow and steady, down-to-earth approach to life combined with a love for the simple things in life defines the typical Virgo-born but, as with all signs, there can be some difficult typical traits too:

  • A sometimes overwhelming shyness;
  • Overly cautious;
  • Lack of self-confidence and belief;
  • Overly critical;
  • Fastidious;
  • Can appear cold/harsh;
  • Perfectionist

Birthday Ideas

Whilst the Virgoan in your life will no doubt like actual presents too, maybe the best gift you can give for their birthday is letting them know how much you appreciate them and all the little things they do for you.

For the Virgo, taking a day off from it all, even to celebrate their birthday, might feel something of a challenge with their hardworking tendencies. Surprise parties might also be off-limits for the typically shy Virgoan, who can often feel uncomfortable taking centre-stage. Instead, finding a way to help the Virgo unwind, relax and recharge their batteries might be a better received way to celebrate.

Overview

In essence, the Virgoan is a head-over-heart realist with a big heart for the right person. Whilst they can too often chastise others over the smallest matter, (such as not stacking the dish-washer just so) for those who aren’t particularly practical or interested in the day-to-day, mundane matters of life, they can be life-savers, happy to be of service in organising and dealing with these often thankless tasks.

If you’ve got a special Virgo in your life, make sure you let them know how much you appreciate them this birthday and all the little things they do for you year-round. Encourage them to take some well-earned time-off to celebrate together in whatever way they choose and this alone could go a long way towards doing that.

Bear in mind that the above article describes a person’s typical Sun Sign Virgo traits only and that an individual’s full birth chart details would be required to be more accurate to that individual.

If you’re interested in learning more about how astrology works, check out our page:

https://myholisticliving.co.uk/astrology-divination/astrology/ where you can also find a handy link to getting your own Free Birth Chart from Cafe Astrology https://cafeastrology.com/, a favourite astrology site of mine.

Take a look at yours – were there any surprises?

Third Eye

What’s Your Secret Psychic Power?

What “Clair” Are You?

Said to mean “clear”, your “Clair” is what type of vibes or energies come through most clearly to you. Clairvoyance, for example, means clear-seeing so this could be someone who has had full on visions or premonitions or maybe even just snippets of information are seen by them that they aren’t able to fully understand the meaning of immediately.

Further Examples:

Clairaudient: Someone who receives their guidance, messages, intuition, and the like from an inner voice is said to be clairaudient.

Clairsentient: Someone who gets “gut feelings”, an empath who “picks up” on energy around them, other people’s moods or senses a connection to a person or building.

Claircognizant: Where someone receives their messages through an inner knowing often referred to as “downloads” or maybe someone who knows something that they cannot explain where that knowledge comes from.

There are said to be many other types of clair such as clairalience (clear-smelling) and, one I only learned of today, clairgustance (clear-eating!).

To be psychic is to have a way of receiving and understanding the information you are bombarded with on a daily basis which, in my view, is something we all have and use every day without ever really thinking about it. If you are able to believe that the universe is made up of matter and energy, then is it not conceivable that life on earth is capable of tapping into or being affected by those energies and matter in more ways than just the usual 5 senses of taste, touch, hearing, sight and smell?

It’s worth having a think about times in the past when you have just “known” something, something that perhaps you and/or others put down to coincidence or funny timing. What was it that you just “knew”? How did you “know” it? Was it a feeling, a thought, a song you were listening to?

And, if you can’t think of a time why not have a go at this Quiz I found (link below) on PlayBuzz. You might be surprised at the results!

https://pin.it/tbowlcrohrcnu2

I got clairsentient which really wasn’t surprising to me at all. What did you get – do you agree?

Tarot Reading

August 2019 Energy Update: Tarot Reading

Tarot Reading: August 2019

Having not uploaded a tarot reading in a while, today seemed as good a day as any to consult the tarot for a sneak peak at the August 2019 energies.

The Deck

The Manga Tarot Deck being today’s pack of choice

The Spread

I had sat down to read planning to do either 1-card for each week of August or for 1 card to represent 10 days each of the month. However, when the cards came out it didn’t feel like that sort of a reading. Instead the cards fed into each other so well that I actually read all 3 cards as one energy for the entire month as there really didn’t seem too much change.

The Reading

Overall Energies

The energy for August 2019 is of constant. Wherever you are right now it doesn’t seem like there is going to be much of a change in your situation in August. Knowing that, you might think that there’s not much you can do about it but there’s where you’d be wrong – August is a perfect time to relish in abundance which was the keyword that kept coming up. The time for changes and fresh starts feels more prosperous in September so if it’s possible to hold off any plans for doing so try to wait until then.

When The World comes out reversed it suggests roadblocks, delays, giving up and failures.  However with this card “looking” towards the 7 of Cups, a card where there can seem to be lots of options as to how you can proceed, the trick is knowing which of your options are realistic and achievable and which are just illusions and castles in the sky. It’s also a good time to ask yourself:

“Do I want this option at any cost? Am I willing to pay any price for it?”

This downbeat energy can lead to you being pulled off course by temptation or deciding not to try at all because there’s “no point” as you can’t see the progress with the 7 of Pentacles reversed. Alternatively, you might find yourself trying harder than ever because you feel like a failure in some way.

But the energy will shift again and that is the time to make progress. August is a time of considering your options carefully and getting in touch with what you have now that can make you feel abundant and enough.

Another key word that sprang to mind was satisfaction and how to feel it on the journey to where you’re headed, not once you reach your destination.

Tap into your surroundings this month and enjoy what you can right now. If you must do something to progress at this time, instead of focusing on airy-fairy impossible dreams, focus on what you have gained or are on track for gaining. It may not be what you were expecting but this is where you’ll discover the rewards of this energy.

The gains are less likely to be material or financial in nature but more likely to be good times and memories made with our friends and family, hobbies and interests being developed and just enjoying this slower pace over the Summer Holidays before the pace picks back up at the beginning of September.

I hope that you enjoyed this tarot reading; feel free to share with others!

What’s Your Recurring Dream?

And Why Do We Have Them?

Dreams alone are a fascinating topic aren’t they? But throw recurring dreams into the mix and the subject becomes even stranger. If dreams are a collection of images and ideas that your subconscious weaves together into a tale or story whilst you sleep, why are some of those dreams dreamt more than once, sometimes several times throughout our lives, like a film stuck on repeat?

There are of course numerous competing theories as to what dreams themselves are, from the mundane (just your brain trying to make sense of activities and events that occur during waking life) to the more meaningful, such as messages from your spirit guides, angels and higher-self. In reality though, no one theory is accepted for certain across the board.

“Sometimes we get through adversity only by imagining what the world might be like if our dreams should ever come true.”

Arthur Golden – Memoirs of a Geisha

When it comes to the realm of recurring dreams, i.e. those dreams that you have more than once, the mystery is murkier still. Some believe that it’s just a glitch in the system, the mind getting stuck on certain topics so that they reoccur again and again, with others believing that such dreams can be evidence of our past lives.

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Past-Life Dreams

For those believing in the concept of reincarnation (like me!), the following are said to be a few of the ways to tell “normal” dreams from past life dreams:

  1. There’s a historical element to it – either the clothing, setting or people in the dream for example;
  2. There’s a link to something about yourself that cannot be explained in this life – do you have a recurring dream where you were burned at the stake and have an over-the-top fear of fire in this life, or dream of drowning at sea as well as having a life-long fear of water? For me, I have a love of languages and find German particularly easy to learn and enjoy teaching myself with no apparent explanation for this.
  3. Your dream is recurring, little details may change of course, but generally the theme is eerily similar. I have lost count of the amount of dreams I’ve had involving the Tower of London which I’ve only ever visited once when I was 10 years old. In the dream, I’m always racing across London (a place I’ve only ever visited twice), to get to the Tower but I’m always too late for whatever it is I’m trying to get there for;
  4. Not looking or acting like yourself now in the dream but knowing that a person is meant to be yourself nonetheless;
  5. An inner knowing that the dream was just “different” somehow.
  6. Being a non-famous/ordinary person in the dream. The likelihood of you being a king of queen is relatively small in comparison to being a “normal” person from the past so I find dreams where that’s my station far more believable than where I’m Anne Boleyn for example!

Of course, these are just a few examples and you don’t have to have experienced all of them to be said to have had a past-life dream. The key ones for me personally are 1, 3 and 5, but yours could be a different combination or totally different reasons entirely.

These dreams are different from past-life regressions where you are actively trying to tap into previous lifetimes in that they are involuntary, on a conscious-level at least – those can be enlightening too in a completely different way – but that’s a post for a different day!

So what to do if you think that you have had a recurring past-life dream? Enjoy it, write it down in a dream journal and meditate on any lessons to be learnt. Importantly however, recognise that this is your life now and don’t become obsessed with the meaning behind the dream because, of course, there might not be one at all.

Have you ever had a recurring dream that you believed was related to a past-life of some sort? What made you think that? Let me know 🙂

How the New Moon Energy Could Affect You: 2 – 9 July 2019

From around 8:16 p.m. (UK time) on 2 July 2019 the New Moon will be in the sign of Cancer so, time for an energy shift!

What is New Moon Energy?

New Moons are all about:

  • fresh starts;
  • setting your intentions as to how you will move forward from your current position;
  • “planting seeds” to grow as the New Moon does.

It’s my absolute favourite Moon, full of promise and a chance to start again on a blank page.

What to Do in the New Moon Energy?

Questions to ask yourself at a New Moon:

  • Where in my life could I “start again”?
  • What can I do now to start over in this area of my life?
  • When will be the best time to act on these intentions?
  • How can I prepare to give myself the best opportunity of progressing in this area of my life at the right time?

If you did the groundwork at the Last Quarter Moon of reflecting and assessing progress to date, you will have a strong foundation to begin answering these queries.

Otherwise, that’s what you’ll need to reflect back on now before being best placed to answer these questions.

What About the Sign the New Moon is in?

With the New Moon in the sign of Cancer to begin with, the focus will be very much on home and family life and how you balance your responsibilities here with appropriate self-care and self-nurturing. The sign of Cancer has strong associations to maternal instincts, caring, protective tendencies but is at its best when it does so having first set down boundaries.

Cancer is a Water sign so think feelings, emotions, intuition and immense depth too in all these areas. A time to be with those who make you happiest to really enjoy the more positive aspects of Cancerian energies.

And There’s a Solar Eclipse

A total Solar Eclipse on 2 July 2019 really supercharges this New Moon energy by helping you do a life detox, getting rid of things that no longer serve you to create room for the things that do.

It’s a time of shaking things up, or forward progress and upgrading your life. A time when opportunity comes looking for you – in short, they are portals of change. You may discover your “life purpose” in these energies. A date with destiny. It may be a wake-up call to shake up a family or friendship dynamic.

The Takeaway: If you’ve been reflecting in the last week or so you can now deal with planning areas to adjust/improve in, especially around those closest to you, your friends and family.

Do make sure you have reflected on any lessons learnt to avoid repeating them in this new cycle in order to progress onwards.

With the Solar Eclipse, your plan may turn out to be quite radical and unexpected, so it may not be entirely well-received at first. It feels an exciting energy, where anything can happen; just be sure to prioritise home and family when it matters most.

Using this week as a time for planning progress in the next cycle will give people time to adjust to your unusual ideas, before actually implementing those plans in the better energy of the First Quarter Moon for taking action from 9 July 2019, if possible.

Stay connected to your home and family this week to really capitalise on breathing new life into these areas.

Until next time….

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Mercury Retrogrades

Miscommunication Likely!

A planet is said to be in “retrograde” when it appears (although in fact is not), to be going backwards due to its position in the sky. As you might guess, this means that during a retrograde period, we can feel as though we too are getting nowhere fast.

The Mercury Effect

Retrogrades can be at their most trying a few times a year when it involves the planet of Mercury. The next Mercury retrograde begins in Leo on July 7th and lasts until 2 August 2019. In both the pre- and post-retrograde period, things can start to feel a little off as we acclimatise to this slower energy.

Mythology

Mercury, is named of course after the Roman God of the same name and linked with Hermes, a God and messenger of the Gods in Greek mythology, both of whom were known for their associations to commerce and trade, travel and communication as well as both being tricksters.

The Leo Effect

Mercury will be retrograde in the sign of Leo, associated with the Sun, creativity, inspiration, self-expression and communication as well as a tendency towards dramatics. However, the Sun itself is currently in Cancer season. Cancer is linked to the Moon that, conversely, can be self-protective, an illusive, secretive nature, emotive and sensitive.

So, What Does it Mean For You?

Well, not to sound dramatic myself, but usually a Mercury Retrograde is approached by most with some trepidation! Generally, approached with caution to avoid chaos and confusion, some of the less cheerful aspects of this energy include frustration or delays, often in matters of business, travel and communication.

Having said that, on the plus, it’s a good time to reflect on the past as intuition is usually pretty strong. This can lead to more synchronicity being noticed by you now and therefore is a better energy for making plans rather than big changes.

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

To best prepare for this energy shift now, it pays to be open-minded whilst reflecting to gain valuable insights from the past that can be benefited from during the planning retrograde energy.

How to Ride Out the Retrograde

Once Mercury goes retrograde on 7 July, do what you can to avoid miscommunication and, where possible, avoid entering into contracts or starting anything new. Of course, not everything can wait until after 2 August, so if it’s something you still need to proceed with now, you need to check and double-check the small print to avoid delays and frustrations as much as possible.

Be creative and communicate, expressing yourself; just don’t overdo it. One can be too honest with this kind of Leonine energy or, alternatively, if the Moon is more prominent in your birth chart, you may clam up and hide your feelings when what you need to do is the opposite. Also, as the Moon governs emotions, and Leo is expressive, this might lend itself towards melodramatic responses and behaviours if you react without thinking, so perhaps count to 10!

With all this drama queen, sensitive energy around, it can feel like there’s a “glitch” in the system, something not quite on form or running at full speed, so it can be trying but at least we’ve got that upbeat Leo energy bursting through, full of confidence and self-expression. Even just remembering that this time is trying for everyone can help us be more compassionate with ourselves and others during times of Mercury Retrograde.

But a time as well to reflect and plan as well as wonder at your intuition and the noticeable coincidences so certainly not all bad. Shortly after 2nd August, the energy lifts as Mercury goes “direct” i.e. forward and the glitch is gone.

So instead of dreading the Mercury retrograde, this time I’m going to try and embrace it, especially given some of the other big planetary energy shifts coming up next week (more on this on Monday 1 July). Being halfway through the year, it seems a good time to look back on the last 6 months and take stock of progress and setbacks, to see if we’re on course for where we expected ourselves to be right now at the start of 2019. Crucially, we can then adjust our course to ensure we make up any lost ground or readjust our expectations if needed.

It’s a similar sort of energy to what we’ve had this week already with the Last Quarter Moon in many ways – more on that here:

https://myholisticliving.co.uk/2019/06/24/how-the-last-quarter-moon-energy-could-affect-you-25-june-2-july-2019/

Because it’s a follow on of the same sort of “slow”, reflecting energy of the Last Quarter Moon in Aries, it may feel doubly frustrating. Again, distracting yourself from time to time might be a good way of enjoying the playful Leo energy with close friends and family or those you feel comfortable expressing yourself with. That’s what I plan to do anyway!

On that note, I wish you all a Happy Mercury Retrograde 🙂