New Moon in Taurus - May 15th 2018

On Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 we will have the next New Moon, this time in Taurus.

The Aries New Moon last month invited us to go within, to discover what really serves us, and to choose radical self-care

How did this manifest in your life the past month? Did you make changes that were more aligned with your Truth?

I have chosen to take a step back from my work to focus on my family. My daughters were at home for two weeks of spring break. We spend time together visiting museums, playing in nature, and celebrating King's Day. My husband and I went to the Costa Brava to catch some sun and have some time together. You can find some pictures of our trip on Instagram.

During my break from work, I discovered that it's difficult for me to envision that I can 'have it all'. I either work hard, or I am available for my family, or for myself and my health. Since I've discovered this belief that I have to choose in some way between the things I consider important, I'm working on it. It's nonsense that in order for me to be happy in my relationship, I have to abandon my kids or my purpose. Or in order to be successful in my work, I need to betray my body and deny myself rest and healthy living. Or that I need to be the all-encompassing, ever-present, all-loving, perfect mom (that I didn't have myself, and to be honest, whose mom is all of that?? It's an oppressive lie to force women to hide their shadows...), and in trying to be all glitters and unicorns to my children, I can't have boundaries and need to overstep my energy levels.

It's not Truth. I can have it all.

Once you discover your patterns, it's clear you can't go on like that. I think it's our responsibility to dive deep and discover the beliefs that hold us captive. I am the director of my life, in co-creation with the Universe. However, I can only create when I'm open to the possibilities and the support and love that is coming from Source and my Higher Self/Soul.

The Sun has been in Taurus since April 21st and will stay there for another week. Taurus is the practical, Earthy sign of growth and materializing spirit into matter. You might have seen your intentions come to life in a very grounded, practical way. For me, that meant that my long-standing wish to own a vegetable garden became reality! I received an email 2 weeks ago. We are offered a 60m2 patch close to our home and we will receive the key to the complex on June 15th. A dream comes true for us! My girls are over the moon excited and we already started to grow some veggies in the window sills to plant them outside in a few weeks time.

When we look at nature, we can see how fast everything grows. The energy of the Sun takes form. With this growth, we see everything sprout, both vegetables and other crops we want to grow, as well as unwanted seeds, as they will also 'grow like weeds'.

That's why clear and concise intentions are so important. Before you know it, a belief, unconscious thought or careless whisper in your mind takes root. 

The Earth lies beneath me,
a wide open canvas.
Into it I sow,
the seeds of my mindfulness.
— Zachiah Murray (Mindfulness in the Garden)

It is now time to tend to your garden. Pull out the weeds and unwanted effects of creation. Water and feed the plants you want to grow strong. 

The New Moon in Taurus coincides with an astrological transit that is probably going to impact a lot of areas in our life. Uranus will shift into Taurus on May 15th and will stay there for a number of years. Uranus is the force that uproots things. The Creator of Chaos, the Disruptor. Remember, growth and innovation come from chaos, and every structure will once crumble. The cycle of Uranus reminds us of that. 

Uranus will tend to your garden if you haven't done it. It will pull out everything that hasn't grown sufficient roots. 

Things that seem established, will come down in the coming years. Because of the Taurus transit of Uranus, the areas where change will be happening are Earth/planet, beauty, self-worth and values, femininity, money and material possessions, stability.

On May 15th, the Sun (ego), Moon (emotions) and Uranus (the change maker) are all shifting to Taurus and this could be a tumultuous start of a brand new cycle. Not only a new Moon cycle but a new phase for humanity in the coming years. 

Make sure you have your intention setting clear and concise, and make sure your roots are strong to withstand the changes ahead.

Full Moon in Scorpio - April 29th/30th 2018

Full Moon in Scorpio - April 29th/30th 2018

A deeply transformative Full Moon, also called the Pink Moon, or Hare Moon. Sun in Taurus and Moon in Scorpio will help you ground and digest let go of thing that don’t serve your authentic Soul expression.

New Moon in Aries - April 15th/16th 2018

On Sunday, April 16th, 2018 (4 am CEST, which is April 15th, 10 pm EDT, 7 pm PST!!) the New Moon will be in Aries.

This last month the energy of the Sun already was in Aries, and now the Moon will line up in Aries as well. A month ago, when the New Moon was still in Pisces, you probably have felt the Aries energy of the Sun and a few other planetary placements in Aries. The push of action, movement, the energy of spring and new beginnings was already there. 

The New Moon in Pisces was about the collective unconscious and reclaiming old wounds, and chances are that you have set intentions around something you now feel was nog aligned with you. It may have been aligned with collective values, or with the things, you think the world needs, but now it's time to reassess whether your plans are also aligned with what YOU want.

This became very clear to me over the last month. I was feeling the fiery energy of Aries very strongly (I'm a fire sign myself) and this resulted in lots of ideas, plans for my business, and the intention to follow the energy. What I didn't see was that I was pulled in the direction of revisiting the past once more to healing some old wounds. In my case, working hard and pushing where I should stop, rest, and realign. 

Feeling fatigued, stressed, and blocked, I fell into the trap of working harder, to create the sense of movement and progress. I got caught up in the conditioning of linear living, achieving, goal-getting and high performance. The dead-end street pushing. I thought I was persevering towards my goals, but instead, I was doing the same thing over again. I thought I was preventing stagnation from happening, but I was only repeating old patterns. My coping mechanisms were triggered massively, to teach me this lesson once and for all, and I hope I get it now. When I feel blocked or stressed out, or under pressure, I need to create space. Which is, in my case, the opposite of working and pushing through.

That is what I really want, to feel spacious, and without pressure, effortless. The irony is that working hard is not effortless, of course. 

What I was taught by the shifting energy from Pisces (collective) into Aries (individual) was that we can only serve when we tend to our needs first. When we create what we want for ourselves first. This is radical self-care. We are told that taking care of our own needs first, is a selfish way of living. The opposite is true. When we always take care of others first, we burn out, we drain ourselves of vital energy, resulting in health problems, depression, burnout, resentment, anger... 

I decided to walk the talk. I am determined to help others with radical self-care, by tuning in to the natural cycles. When this is my purpose, I have to attune to my own natural cycle as well. 

So here I am, just before the New Moon. The energy is low. I will not push myself.

I pledged to myself to make space in my calendar for extra recovery time around the New Moon, especially when I'm menstruating (my cycle lined up with the Moon cycle when I started to pay attention to both 2 years ago). Sleep is important, and I go to bed earlier the coming days.

What can you do for yourself to insert some radical self-care into your weekend? Maybe skip an appointment today? Cancel your club-night or book-club this Saturday and reschedule in 2 weeks when the energy picks up? Go for a walk in nature instead of racing to the gym? Homecook on Sunday instead of easy takeaway? There are many ways of taking care of yourself, you are the only person to decide what you need. 

Don't feel guilty, don't judge yourself. Remember that this is conditioning. Nobody can tell you what you need, only you know, when you listen. Listening to yourself is not selfish.

The Aries New Moon invites you to choose what is right for YOU, in every MOMENT. Radical Self-care.

With this in mind, this is the perfect time to set your intentions this New Moon. It's both the start of a Moon cycle, and the start of a Year cycle, astrologically. What you sow today, you will harvest in a year. 

Will it be for you, in order to grow and serve, or for others only, to deprive yourself of what you need? You decide.

The Moon Cycle - Lunar Phases 101

The Moon Cycle - Lunar Phases 101

Cyclical living can help you live your life more balanced. How can living according to the Moon cycle help you to create abundance, joy, health, and success? This article will explain the Moon cycle and Lunar phases to help you make a start with cyclical living.

Full Moon in Libra - March 31st 2018

Oh yes, another Blue Moon!! The second one in 2018. In March there will be 2 Full Moons, just like we had in January (the second Full Moon in a calendar month is called a Blue Moon).

This Blue Moon will be in Libra on March 31st, 2018 at 2:37 pm CEST (8:37 am EDT, 5:37 am PST).

The last New Moon in Pisces on March 17th really took its toll. I have heard the same experiences from a lot of people. Fatigue, illness, palpitations, confusion, emotional disturbances, heavy dreams, nightmares, old things coming to the surface... It was a time of completion and integration, just before the start of the new astrological year. 

For me personally, the energy was so intense that I was experiencing serious health issues (including an Emergency Room visit) and a complete standstill was acutely necessary. Something that is not so easy to surrender to, in our productivity-obsessed & goal getting society. But I know that when I listen to this and give in, the easier it is. I cleared out my calendar and implemented 2 weeks of rest, space, and processing time and I'm on the mend now.

We can't force what isn't possible. To go with the flow is the only choice we have. I realized that what I had to do was to surrender to the forces of nature, the cyclical way of living. I strongly believe that this is the only way we are able to preserve and restore our energy when we need it and that we are able to move mountains when we move with the high tides.

Recently, I wrote an article on cyclical living and how it can prevent stress and burnout and help you restore your energy. Being aware of the cyclical energy of nature can be very healing, on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.But I needed to walk the talk and the last New Moon made me see that very clearly.

And in the meantime... Spring is here! 

 On March 21st, the day and night were equally long (hence 'Equinox' meaning 'equal dark'). This was the official start of the astrological year, the Sun is in the sign of Aries, the ram.

The Aries energy is very masculine, strong, radiant, forward. This energy is nature's creative force. Aries represents the beginning of our lives as well. The start of the journey. Action as evidence of being. 

Until April 21st, the Sun is in Aries, the headstrong sign of fire, energy and new beginnings. This burst of energy is necessary to let everything in nature sprout and bud. It's the force that cracks open the seeds in the soil. However, when this energy is not met with a balancing energy, it dies down easily too. When the tiny freshly sprouted roots don't meet fertile soil, no plant will ever grow. 

Imagine the force behind this sprouting, and the counterforce that it would take to stop it in its tracks... nothing could stop nature from blossoming, it's such a strong impulse. But blossom only lasts for a few days...

That is the masculine forward action oriented power of Aries. When we storm ahead like this, focused on the goal, we can easily burn out, miss important information, or run past what we really want. The outward masculine push is very strong. Moreover, it is heavily idealized by our culture of forward, linear, goal-oriented ambition. Rest, evaluation, reflection, and intuition are not valued in our society. This is as far from cyclical living as possible and will inevitably lead to high levels of stress and burnout. That is one of the reasons why 1 in 10 employees experience burnout, and this needs to change.

Knowing the above, it's easier to understand how too much or ungrounded Aries energy can also cause aggression, anger or anxiety. When you are experiencing this, it's crucial to ground (not counter!) the energy and to replenish.

The Sun in Aries energy (masculine) needs to meet something else, a grounding energy, to materialize the creative force. That is what the Full Moon (the feminine energy) in Libra (the scales) brings in to the mix. Balance, beauty, and harmony.

We can ground through connecting with nature. Walking, jumping, putting your hands to the ground (gardening).

Try to cook with organic roots, beets, carrots, spring onions and other greens that grow below the surface. To replenish your energy, vitamins, and minerals, use what is available in nature this time of year. Sprouts, fresh nettles (tea or soup, you have to heat them to remove the sting), herbs, edible flowers contain high volumes of vital nutritional elements.  

Try to go outside and catch the Sun to ramp up vitamin D production in the skin. However, be careful to take your coat off immediately...

We are coming out of winter, with less energy and fighting off the last bugs of the flu season. The Sun is already getting warmer, tempting us to sit outside with only a t-shirt... Remember, when you did that as a child and your mom said not to take your coat off, or else you would catch something? Take that in mind, because she was right! 

Our immune systems have had a rough time during the cold winter months, with little ventilation and very little sunlight to create vitamin D in our skin. Vitamine D enhances immune system functioning, and that is why we are prone to catch a spring cold now our levels of vitamin D are low. Our white blood cells react to exposure to cold circumstances and are less able to function properly when we become even slightly hypothermic (again, remember your mom saying: "Don't catch a cold!"). My advice is, please do go outside, sit with your face in the sun but keep your coat on for a little bit longer. At least until after the Easter celebrations. We traded our winter coats for summer coats after Easter, my mom wasn't easy on us on this one...

It's all about balance. Enjoy spring, take some time of to celebrate Easter or the Full Moon this weekend with your family and friends, have a great time together, but don't dive in to frantically, outrun yourself, get all caught up in the competitive Easter vibes of perfectionism and competition (egg hunts!), and bump your head.

Look at your Easter eggs and remember that the spark of life can only come from darkness. And that eggs can only hatch when they are well cared for, patiently, and carefully. 

Happy Easter! Blessed Full Moon!