Do This And Change Your Life

Make your bed every day. Maybe you’ve already heard how important the simple act of making your bed is each day. I can see how this would be a good way to start the day–getting things in order and beginning each day with a fresh start so to speak.

What I didn’t realize is that there are three types of bed makers and that each type has a lot to say about our personality and how our life might be going at the moment.

Nick Keomahavong, a Buddhist Monk, reveals how the way you make your bed or not impacts your habits. Keomahavong describes one group, that upon wakening, takes their time to get up. They may hit the snooze button a couple of times, look at their phone before getting up and will eventually slowly get moving. They may fix a cup of coffee, fix breakfast, scroll through their phone some more or watch the news before eventually begin the task of getting ready and then eventually make their bed before starting their day. If you fall into this category, check in with yourself and see if procrastinating describes your current life. Do you tend to put things off, thinking you’ll eventually get around to it? Are there things that you’ve been putting off for weeks, months or even years that you’ve told yourself you would do tomorrow? If you find yourself in this category, “I’ll start tomorrow” might describe you.

Another group pops out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. They immediately make their bed before doing anything else. They then proceed to get ready and start their day. When they get to work, school, etc. they start marking off their to do list. They are the compartmentalizers and complete one task before starting the next. They know how to complete projects. Their day is fluid and successful. They get things done and don’t feel overwhelmed with things piling up on them.

The final group doesn’t make their bed at all. They might think, “Why should I make my bed when I’ll just be getting back into it again? Who cares?” They think their actions don’t matter but wonder why life doesn’t seem to work successfully for them. They may feel depressed, lethargic and victimized. They develop the habit of carelessness.

When you think about it, we spend a third of our life in our bed. The habits we form upon waking spill over into our everyday life. Delaying making our bed leads to procrastination. Making your bed first thing upon awakening leads to success. Not making your bed leads to carelessness.

If you want to improve your quality of life, start making your bed first thing in the morning.

For a more detailed explanation, check out Nick Keomahavong’s video here.

Introducing Your Ancestors: Piecing Together The Past With Astrology

We can imagine quite a lot about a person’s life through census documents and other bits of information found through genealogy sites and from family history. But what was Aunt Ruth really like? How did she think? What motivated her? What was her personality?

When there’s no one left living who knew your ancestors, how can you really get to know anything about who they were and how they thought?

Astrology has given me quite a bit of insight as to my ancestors’ personalities even when I didn’t have a birth time. In fact, I purposely studied relatives I didn’t know having only a birth date and place of birth. While we can’t gather as much information as we could with a birth time, you can learn quite a bit about their personality through Astrology.

My Maternal Grandmother (far right on the back row), Siblings and Great Grandparents

My mother died when I was 12 and although I had been around her mother, my Grandmother a few times, I didn’t know her well and didn’t know her siblings or my Great Grandparents at all. I’m familiar with the rich insight Astrology provides in learning about tendencies and personality traits so I wondered what I could learn about my family even without a birth time.

I contacted one of my Mother’s cousins who knew all these people. She gave me birthdates and places of birth and agreed to meet with me to confirm or deny my findings.

I learned that many of these women were 1st Quarter Moons with a Choleric Temperament. They were feisty, independent and creative. My mother was a 1st Quarter Moon, also creative and independent with a Choleric Temperament. I could see which relatives she mirrored and where her and her mother differed. I could identify challenges in their personalities as well as similarities.

I had a good laugh when I realized my Grandmother was born under a New Moon and had moved over 50 times during her life! New Moons love new beginnings and this manifested as literal moves for her. New Moons often have an innate sense of direction–able to sense where to go and I do remember that about her. She seemed to always know how to navigate and would use terms as turn West–not left or right.

I could also see all the Virgo energy in her chart and felt she had a strong sense of doing things perfectly. I described her as analytical, paying attention to details, abilities for research and order.

The real tests of Astrology’s strengths came in studying the charts of the relatives I didn’t know at all. I trusted the Astrology and it didn’t let me down as confirmed by my mother’s cousin.

What I really love is getting a sense of their personalities and seeing how my mother’s and even my own personality mirrored some of our ancestor’s traits. I also found it interesting to look at our differences and how it might have been helpful if my relatives could have had this information as a means to understand each other and integrate their differences.

I’ll never forget my Mother, out of nowhere, looking me in the eye when I was in grade school and telling me how important it was to treat everyone the same no matter their background. At the time, I remember thinking, “Why are you telling me this? I already know this.” I smiled years later when I discovered that we both have the same Moons! Our Moons are in Libra–thus our inherent sense of equality and fairness for all and her need to tell me this.

That’s just some of the treasures you’ll find when you start looking at your relative’s personality through Astrology. You begin to notice patterns, start connecting the dots and discover little surprises and insights from the Universe.

One of Astrology’s greatest gifts is validation of who we are and gaining understanding of other people’s personalities. When I study the charts of my relatives I feel compassion for things they might have gone through and have a deeper understanding of the choices they made. Astrology confirms that we’re all doing the best we can with what we know.

If you’re curious to learn more about your ancestors, consider an Astrology Reading to gain insight into their personality.

Scorpio Full Moon April 26, 2021

Scorpio Full Moon April 26, 2021 ~ The Star Energy

If you’ve been feeling overly emotional or sensitive the past couple of days it might be due to the Waxing Moon that peaks on Monday April 26th. This Full Moon culminates at 7 degrees 6 minutes of Scorpio at 10:32 PM Central Time.

Mars in Cancer, the ruler of this Moon, is like a red hot poker submerged in a glass of ice cold water–cooled off and slowed down; forced to reflect instead of act. The Sabian Symbol for this Moon is, “ The Moon Shining Across A Lake.” Stillness is the message and when we know stillness, we find peace.   The symbolism reflects the energy of  Mars in a water sign.  The hot and dry energy of Mars that wants to take action is submerged and tempered by water that cools and reflects. This Moon reminds us to slow down and surrender to stillness–to observe and sit with your feelings.  Accept what is and don’t try to force things. 

The Sabian symbolism of the Sun is, ”A Sleigh Without Snow.” What now? What can we make of the situation we find ourselves in? Rising up and meeting whatever comes our way with a positive attitude and a change in perspective allows us to pivot and make the best of any circumstance we find ourselves in. Otherwise, we feel hopeless and defeated. 

Saturn is loosely squaring the Sun and Moon reminding us of limitations and things we have no control over.

Together, this Full Moon asks us to stop and reflect upon our situation. What can we change to make it better? What is it in this situation that we have no control over? Where do we need to let go and surrender? 

While those with planets within 4-10 degrees of the fixed signs, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, might especially feel this energy, an additional message for the collective is:

“Night” from the Roots and Wings Oracle Deck by Kat Ryalls

 Although a situation feels dire and we’ve lost our faith, the key is to look towards the light–towards the dawn where the sun rises each morning. Full Moons remind us that  we’re never really in the dark– the Moon is reflecting the light of the Sun. Although we can’t see the Sun,  we know from the reflected light that the Sun still shines. It’s always darkest before dawn. The key is to look towards the light.

“Circumspection” from the New Era Elements Tarot by Eleonore F Pieper, PhD

 Circumspection symbolizes that no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can establish harmony through insight and conscious effort. Full Moons bring insight and the culmination of things so let things run their natural course and work with opportunities that present themselves rather than fighting change.

“Rose Quartz” from “Daily Crystal by Heather Askinosie

Rose quartz ties in the energy of the Sun in Taurus and reminds us to meet ourselves where we are today. To practice self-care and love ourselves unconditionally.

The date of this Full Moon also brings in the energy of the Star Card. Faith is restored. All is not lost. We trust that we have what we need or will find a way to obtain the resources we need through the Aquarian archetype inherent in the Star card such as out of the box thinking, innovation and invention. Making the most of our situation and working with instead of against is the way.

Success! You're on the list.

Tarot Spread For The Spring Season

By Kat Ryalls. “Roots and Wings” Oracle Deck

I love this tarot spread for the Spring season as we start planting our gardens and fields. Spring is an ideal time to set intentions for the astrological new year beginning with the Sun’s ingress into Aries on the Spring Equinox.

Not only is this exercise helpful in digging down and rooting out what to focus on as we create our vision board during the Aries New Moon, it’s really ideal for any New Moon throughout the year.

Below are my cards focusing on what I want to create during this season and the message is spot on. The World card is the new seed I’m planting and when I think about this card in tarot, I’m reminded about the energy of Saturn. I’m in the beginning of my Second Saturn Return, so this is very timely as it denotes the completion of a chapter in my life and the start of a new phase for me. This oracle card with the rainbow depicted beyond Earth’s boundaries speaks to me about Saturn’s current position in Aquarius and what’s possible beyond the physical plane or what’s possible beyond our limiting beliefs. What life am I open to creating that didn’t seem possible before?

I’m building upon a strong spiritual foundation and this is also at the root of what I’m wanting to create–building in connection with my higher purpose.

I can harness this new growth through my own Inner Vision. How this manifests is dependent on my own thinking–what I desire and believe is possible to create. Focusing ahead is key in creating the life I want.

Stepping out of my comfort zone and embracing new experiences helps nurture this new journey. This new chapter of my life veers from a path less traveled and will be something completely new and exciting. There’s a sense of wonder and adventure in store for me. It feels rejuvenating and exciting.

The thing that gets in my own way is my own thinking and isn’t that true for most of us? Doubt, fear, worry and over thinking are some of the ways I impede my growth. That “stincking thinking” we fall into when we start questioning ourselves and convince ourselves that we’re not capable.

If you want to give this a try, the positions and correspondences are listed below:

  1. The Seed: This is the heart of what you’re wanting to grow–the potential.
  2. The Soil and Roots: This is the foundation and what you’re building upon and how you ground yourself.
  3. The Sun: This represents the raw energy to harness your growth.
  4. The Water: This shows you how to nourish your potential and provides relief along the way.
  5. The Weeds: Those weeds always pop up from time to time and this card gives you an area that might need to be worked on or something that gets in the way of growth.

I’m also offering these readings until the Aries New Moon if you’d like insight on what’s trying to spring forth for you. Book in now through April 10th.

Mondays are Moon Days~Save Some of That Fire For Tomorrow.

You know how Mondays can be-busy, emotional, chaotic with one thing after another coming at you. Mondays are ruled by the Moon, a planet that is ever changing—waxing and waning. Mondays can feel unsettling and unproductive so it’s best just to go with the flow rather than swim against the current. 

Here in America, we tend to swim against the current. Ideally, this Moon energy would be about slowing down, receiving, reflecting but we tend to make every day a Sun day by forging ahead and trying to initiate, control, extract and produce. 

Maybe that’s why Mondays can feel so frazzled. We’re pushing ahead answering emails and putting out fires when we should be easing into the week. Those things might be better left for Tuesday when Mars rules. 

What would your work week look like if your Mondays were more relaxed and you waited until Tuesday to dig in with projects and management meetings? Mondays could be a day to reflect and refine ideas and goals you want to accomplish the rest of the week.

This might not be so practical in some work environments but try starting your Mondays a little gentler and save some of that fire for tomorrow. Think of ways to make your Mondays more nurturing. Bring some of that into the work place. Ease into the week by bringing in something home baked on Mondays or taking time to ask people about their families and how they spent their weekend.