Friday, October 30, 2020

Mercury Retrograde Ends on Election Day: Astrology for November 1st-7th, 2020

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead, Full Moon, & the end of Mercury retrograde. November is very significant astrologically, as Jupiter & Pluto move toward their 3rd meeting of 2020. This is an unusual as the year itself has been. Perhaps this transformative conjunction signals the major shift we need, as a country, a world and a planet. 

Sunday: The Full Moon vibes are still very present, and the Moon remains in Taurus today. Taurus rules the neck and throat. Wear a scarf if it's cold, a necklace with a special stone or metal if you need psychic protection or communication energy (I choose labradorite or turquoise for this), and sip an herbal tea for dry or sore throat. Mercury squares Saturn and the Moon and Saturn align. Saturn energy challenges us to do our best and take responsibility seriously. Planets in Capricorn all come into harmony with the Moon today. These 3 planets are very influential for the rest of the year and especially the next two weeks. Sticking with routines may be helpful as many things seem turbulent. Capricorn appeals to our sense of structure and the good feeling of doing meaningful work. Void Moon 9:29 pm EST, and this is the first full day of the time change. Make sure you turned any clocks back. I'm leading a restful Yoga Nidra for today's seasonal time transition and pre-election strain or anxiety. Tune in on zoom at 4 pm with the link Breathing Room Yoga Studio sends you once you sign up. No experience is needed. Bring a blanket and pillows and just rest and listen. This guided meditation may change the way you deal with stress, pain, and self care. Today's color is Turquoise.

Monday: At 5 am EST the Moon enters Gemini. The mind fills with studies, problem solving, or perseverating about problems or fears. The best part of today is the social, friendly alignment of the Moon and Venus, favoring friendships and getting acquainted. Pink is today's color.

Tuesday: Election Day has finally arrived. Mercury retrograde ends today at 12:50 pm EST. As Mercury stations, one way or the other, we often experience the peak of confusion, technical issues, and miscommunication. Do as little as possible. Stay in the neutral and patient zone. The Moon is in Gemini, influenced by Mars retrograde in Aries and Neptune in Pisces. Both could be problematic. Mars retrograde in Aries is the shadow side of anger, aggressions and actions. People may have big trouble handing their emotions, especially if overwhelmed. Watching the news constantly cannot change anything today. Please give yourself long breaks where you do healthy, wholesome things and get all of this out of your mind and aura for a bit. Neptune's dark side is duplicity as well as deceptiveness.  Our thinking may not be rational and clear. Separate from negativity and please get off the internet sites and do not follow negative threads. Misinformation could be a big issue. I will tell you right out that my intuition all along has said, truth and good sense will prevail in this election. I still feel that and I'm sticking by it. But today looks very difficult for truth and right action. There are things to overcome and emotions to be managed. Yoga teaches us of impermanence, and this situation will evolve, transform and pass by. Wear Yellow, to help with focus and re-centering.

Wednesday: The Gemini Moon is void of course from 8:49 am to 4:45 pm EST. The last aspect at 8:49 am is a trine to Mercury newly direct and not yet in motion. Again, information and communication may be unreliable, spread too easily, and be very distracting. Take today easy. If you took vacation this week, you may have made a sensible and mentally healthy choice.  Cancer Moon takes over and still it's a favorable time to be in your comfy clothes, comfort zone, home with some healthy treats and a solid meal. Try not to overdo anything. People may be defensive and immersed in their feelings or family priorities. Today's color is Light Blue.

Thursday: Cancer Moon with contrasting and contradictory influences today. Mars retrograde and Venus square the Moon and both strain relationships. Sometimes it comes in the form of healthy stress that we need in order to grow and progress. But we may be impatient or lash out and that's only making matters worse. Venus in Libra could help us confront matters kindly and objectively. Can you be like Venus today? Supportive and/or easy angles occur also. The first is between the Moon and Uranus and that can go either way. It could really stir the emotional waters and our sense of security. On the other hand, it may help surface ideas that were not previously considered. This can assist with problem solving and finding alternatives. The Moon and Sun are in harmony for love, compassion, and our deepest emotional wisdom. Tune into emotional intelligence. Wear White.

Friday: Mercury squares Saturn. This tests our willingness and ability to agree, negotiate and decide based on the information we have.  Mercury is newly direct, so my advice is do not rush into terms or react too quickly to information. This square is followed by 3 oppositions between Cancer Moon and planets in Capricorn. These planets are incredibly influential this season. The main idea is to 'get it together' and right now that means preparations and plans (even if they need to be altered.) Capricorn is a sign of reality, tangible results and action that builds and constructs. Cancer is emotion based. Today there may be strong discrepancies between what the emotions desire and need and what steps need to be taken because they are sensible. Putting both together is the ideal, if possible. Do not go against intuition, yet do take stock and see what has to be done. Can you honor both? Cancer Moon ends the evening with a square to Saturn, the planet mercury squared this morning before dawn. The action is in cardinal signs that value progress. At 8:27 pm EST, the Moon enters void of course time, the in between hours, until 2:18 am. Wear Black.

Saturday: Leo Moon. Could the be a break in the action and a chance for fun or celebration of some kind? Maybe just a little bit. This weekend, something may brighten your outlook or experience. There is a tough square with Uranus at 5:49 pm EST. That may require creative thinking or a genius response. Work on creative problem solving, and persist if it's important. The Moon approaches harmony with Venus and Mars overnight. This could be a date night, a time for romance or friendship. Keep your social interactions safe though. COVID 19 is real and we're in a crucial time. Purple is today's color.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Halloween Full Moon Week October 25th-31st, 2020

Today, Friday the 23rd I'll be at Thomas Knight Park South Portland 12:30-1:30 for Astrology Yoga. Walk under the bridge and you'll find us. Please sign up through Breathing Room. Halloween Yoga & Spirit Guide Meditation is open for sign up now too! We are finding that connection with spirit guides happens naturally through nature. Feel it for yourself! Outdoor yoga is great in cooler weather. Wear a warm layer over a long sleeve t. Bring a blanket if you want it for the close of class.

Happy Halloween! My Halloween playlists are on my spotify channel and you are more than welcome to treat your ears to either a heavier or a more gothic or danceable mix! Two hour mix right here!

Our Full Moon is a Blue Moon, the 2nd Full Moon in one month. Mercury retrograde moves back into Libra. The Sun is now in Scorpio.

Sunday: The Sun and Mercury meet in Scorpio. The solar fire energy fuels the strong waters of Scorpio and the power of Mercury to stir up, uncover and unearth what's been hiding. Whether an essential piece of information, a long held secret, or one's true feelings, things come up from the depths. The Moon has been void of course since 5:54 pm EDT, Saturday, and now moves into Pisces at 5:18 pm and meets Mercury a few hours later. Another Mercury aspect affirms that certain things will be communicated, there will be emotional responses or reactions, and time to process will follow. The Moon and Sun also align before midnight in water signs Pisces and Scorpio. Listen carefully and research well. Intuition peaks. Today's color is Blue.

Monday: Pisces Moon aligns with Uranus at 10:44 am EDT. If Sunday did not bring the predicted revelation or surprise, today is the day. Yesterday's aspects flow through Monday with Uranus in Taurus adding what would be least expected. One way this happens is internal, such as feeling something you did not anticipate feeling. The action is in emotional waters of Scorpio and Pisces as the Moon moves toward Full. Full Moon is on Saturday, Halloween, in Taurus. Today's activity foreshadows what's growing toward Full. Wear Green today.

Tuesday: Pisces Moon meets the deceptive, yet romantic, planet Neptune before daybreak. Wait a few hours for more clarity. Buy yourself some time with any important action or conversation you need to have this morning. The trio in Capricorn are ready to provide more structure and sanity as they all aspect the Pisces Moon favorably. The emotional tone of this week is balanced by Capricorn's ability to detach and be real. Pay attention to things you may be in denial about or hoping for a different outcome with. Be sensible about dreams and ideals. You don't have to give up on your dream, but it may need financing, scaling down, or a more balanced give and take. Blend left and right brain strengths, and stop driving yourself crazy if you're trying to save something or someone who isn't responding to your feelings or efforts. Void Moon 8:46 pm EDT. Mercury and Venus both change signs, moving to Libra just after 9:30 pm. Mercury moves back to Libra and Venus moves forward, so they are far apart in this sign. Today's color is Black.

Wednesday: Full Moon is on Saturday. Mercury and Venus both shifted last night, to Libra. Mercury is retrograde, retracing steps from earlier this fall. Unresolved matters are coming up again. The Moon shifts to Aries at 4:45 am EDT, opposing Venus in Libra which sets the tone for today. Partnership, relationship, love, unrequited love, passion, and strong differences between us are highlighted. Mars retrograde is not too far from the Moon. This may feel urgent or frustrating. Our patience levels with one another are likely to be tested for the next couple of days. Today's color is Red.

Thursday: The Moon and Mars retrograde meet at 2:33 pm EDT. A thoughtful awareness around our feelings and how we act on them is essential. Avoid regrets. Channel urgency into creative outlets or exercise. Be careful with exercise since we could tend to push too hard today. Aggression is an unfortunate yet potential result when the Moon and Mars combine as they do today. On the other hand you may feel driven about something you're working on. Still, this conjunction may lead you to expend too much energy in an unproductive way. Orange is today's color. 

Friday: The Moon is nearly Full. On Saturday, I'll lead Halloween Yoga and Spirit Guide meditation live and outdoors. It may be chilly, but we will still meet. Sign up is through Breathing Room studio. We'll meet in South Portland or Cape Elizabeth and the location will be emailed to you. Back to the forecast, things may feel very amped up, heated or oppositional. Planets in Capricorn square the Moon while Mercury retrograde opposes. Issues include justice, objectivity, leadership, and communication including truth. Find yourself some peace and quiet if you can. Void Moon from 12:12 to 5:19 pm EDT. Full Moon in Taurus is at 10:49 am Saturday, so consider it full both tonight and tomorrow. Wear Gold.

Saturday: Full Moon in Taurus 10:49 am EDT, fueled by Uranus which meets the Moon and opposes the Sun. Uranus is electric, inventive, awakening, alerting, sudden, shocking, rebellious and uncontrollable. Destruction and recreation are themes. We enter eclipse season with this Full Moon that precedes a lunar eclipse in Gemini a month from now. Things may feel ungrounded, chaotic, or take on a life and flow of their own. It may be best to let things take their course without trying to control. Find order where you can. Stay in a healthy routine and out of harm's way in every way. The Sun is in Scorpio, the unseen while the Moon is in Taurus, the tangible manifestation we feel and experience. Things that have been hidden or are invisible may show themselves in ways that are undeniable. Our Full Moon color is White.

REST more. The Yoga and Science of Sleep and Rest may help you understand the importance of both. Join me for this online workshop through Scarborough Yoga on Sunday November 8th 4-6 pm. I'll offer some thoughts, strategies and practices that help you rest at a time when sleep is elusive for more people than ever. Sign up there or email me for information and sign up


Monday, October 19, 2020

Astrology & Halloween Yoga in October (plus a glimpse at the future)

Hi everyone! 

For the past few weeks I've been teaching astrology yoga outside in South Portland on Fridays at 12:30 pm. I'll continue through October or longer depending on weather and interest. I've fallen  in love with Fall yoga outside! (much more so than summer yoga outside! It's actually much more comfortable in the coolness and it's been about 60-70 degrees at that time of day.)

Astrology Yoga-your yoga & your forecast! Fridays 12:30 pm Thomas Knight Park in South Portland. We meet even in light rain and so we may be underneath the bridge. It's a super cool spot! Sign up in advance.

And on Saturday, October 31st, I'll offer you an outside class on Halloween, which is the date of the 2nd Full Moon of October, a Blue Moon. We'll do this in the afternoon as temps are often cooler and it's getting dark earlier then. Wear a costume or other Halloween inspired makeup, colors or clothing. I have a goth-y kind of playlist planned and a new speaker with big sound! Location will depend on the number of people as we'll safely distance our mats. We'll be in South Portland or Cape Elizabeth, possibly in the same place I hold class on Fridays. Bring a blanket and your yoga mat.

Halloween Yoga with Spirit Guide Meditation Saturday, October 31st 2 pm 

Astrology Yoga & Halloween Yoga are hosted by Breathing Room. Sign up on their website!

Here's the rest of my yoga schedule, all taught on zoom so you can be comfy at home:

Monday 9-10 am Yin/Yang Yoga through Scarborough Yoga

Wednesday 8-9 am Gentle & Restore Breathing Room

Thursday Flow & Restore 5:30-6:45 pm Breathing Room

All classes have a balance of active movement and meditative relaxation.

Breathing Room classes are recorded and sent out to everyone who signs up. If you can't be there live, you can practice with the recording later, for 48 hours.

Glimpse toward the future...
I am leading a yoga teacher training right now, and we've been learning online and outside. The outdoor component of our training has been awesome! So awesome that I want to continue teaching this way in 2021 and beyond. This spring I plan to offer a 200 hour yoga teacher certification training online and outdoors with lots of outdoor meetings in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough. Dates are likely to be March-June and you'll be teaching by summer. If you're interested and would like to know more, email me. I'm happy to answer any questions or speak with you by phone. Also, you can look at Scarborough Yoga website's teacher training link. Training outdoors is magical, and you will learn to teach online and outdoors as well as in studio and indoor locations. Train in nature as you connect deeply and strongly with your own true nature.

Here's a couple of photos from recent training days.

Peace & Respect!