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!

New Moon in Pisces - March 17th 2018

Spring is imminent. You can feel it, you can smell it in the air. 

I am so ready to say goodbye to the grey skies or winter... longing for spring I turn my face towards each ray of sunlight, trying to catch the warmth and support. I have never needed it more than I do now.

It's like I have been waiting for this moment to start anew. And now, on the verge of spring, just before this New Moon, at the end of Winter, climaxing towards a fresh start, I am overcome with fatigue and grief. It's like my old Self is dying inside me, it's very intense and many old themes are coming up one more time.

The Moon is entering Pisces. On March 17th, 2018, the new Moon cycle will start in this watery sign of the unconscious mind. Pisces brings us vivid dreams, emotional states and connects us to the symbolism and language of the ancient mind. The rational mind can feel threatened by this fluidity, it's not able to explain what is happening and it will try to take control. This fight with your unconscious mind can take a lot of energy, and combined with the low energetic ebb of the New Moon, you can feel very tired and empty. You may also experience detailed, or very strange dreams. Don't be afraid of them, don't try to 'explain' the meaning, just let them wash over you like a wave that sweeps you clean. Let the waters of Pisces take away any old remnants, any broken dysfunctional survival habits of the ego. It is an old ragged coat that doesn't fit you anymore. 

My dreams have been dark and scary over the last week. Last night I watched my father die and a few days back I witnessed a church shooting in my dream while I was trying to save my daughters. Both situations are not very likely to happen, my father is healthy and vital, and in my country, there are gun laws and shootings are extremely rare. But I lived it in my dream so realistically, as if I knew exactly how it was going to happen. I must admit I was keeping an eye on the news that day.

It can be heavy to wake up from those energies, but being aware of my emotions helped me to release their charge quickly. You could use deep breathing to connect with your body to calm it down while connecting with your feelings as well. They are telling you something you might want to hear.

We all have dreams about death sometimes, and it's important to remember that our unconscious mind is speaking in symbols, and not to be taken literally. 

Death indicates transformation. 

And how profound is the transformation from Winter to Spring? As I find myself at the end of a two year long 'Winter' season in my personal life in the form of burnout, there is a lot happening under the surface. My old patterns are challenged every day, as they are already dead, and new habits are surfacing. However, my ego tries to hold on to every thread. This explains the feelings of grief, as the old story is falling away, making way for something new

Old wounds are healing and we will rise.

One of my coaching clients experienced it like she was dying herself, which can be a scary experience! But as I explained to her, only the construct of ego is dying, and she will rise up, out of the ashes, and her Spirit will bloom again, this time showing her her true colors. 

Hold on, let the waves crash down on you. They will take you to the shore where they will place you carefully and lovingly in the bright Sun. (Aries, a fire sign, is up next!).

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
— Prof. Stephen Hawking

As I was writing this Moon Report, the news of Stephen Hawking's passing reached me. Contemplating about transformation and death, I realized that, during his life, he died at least thousand deaths. Every time he lost another function of his body, due to his neurological disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), he had to change and transform, to reinvent himself in order to be able to breathe, speak and share his visionary ideas. 

Although (or perhaps, because?) he slowly became caged within a limited body, his mind was able to expand to an extent that is not comprehensible to many of us. And in doing so, he completely transformed our collective understanding of the Universe. 

The lesson we can learn from Prof. Hawking is, that when we are able to release our old Self, a thousand times over, we can reach for the stars. 

We are truly limitless.

Full Moon in Virgo - March 1st 2018

We're at the end of February now, a month that went by without a Full Moon. In a few days, March will arrive and it starts off with a bang, a Full Moon on March 1st, 2018

I don't know about you but I could really feel the Black Moon (only a New Moon) of February. Especially over the last few days, I experienced a deep dive into my own shadows, questioning everything I had created over the last year. The Solar Eclipse on the 15th of February might have contributed as well. It's like my winter is never coming to an end, and after a personal winter of two years due to burnout, I am really longing for spring.

Needless to say that I very much enjoy the beautiful weather we are having here on my side of the globe, it's crispy cold, sunny and as I write this, I have the Moon in full view from my home office window in the middle of the day! I love to connect with the Moon at night, but seeing Her on a bright sunny day is always extra special.

The Full Moon on March 1st will be in Virgo.

Virgo is the earthy sign of finishing, analyzing, practicality and perfection. We tend to lose ourselves in the details when we pay too little attention to the big picture. If you find yourself in analysis-paralysis, please know that clarity will come from letting go of overthinking. This can be challenging, I know... 

Over the last few days, I came to a grinding halt... Overthinking my purpose and my calling. I have been searching for it for so long and in trying to capture it, I could feel it drifting out of sight even more. 

Like a feather that floats away when it is approached with too much force... 

I decided to let it go, and let the feather float until it lands somewhere. When I can stay connected to my curiosity about its destination, I can stay open to possibilities instead of trying to force everything.

That is what the Full Moon in Virgo is all about. Connecting to our authentic truth and letting go of our beliefs where they don't serve us any longer and keep us stuck. Finding your purpose through practical magic.

During my recovery process from burnout, I definitely gained more clarity on my mission and I shared it in my latest blog post. The details are still in the works, and I will be connecting to the Virgo energy of the coming Full Moon to see what it will bring me in terms of methodology, practical manifestation, and offerings. Thinking about it will not be helpful, it needs to emerge from within. 

If you feel that the Virgo Full Moon has you stuck in your head, the way to rebalance this is to reconnect with her earthy nature. As Virgo is the sign of the Goddess, of Mother Earth, you can find comfort in Her presence. When you feel disconnected from your body and your emotions, use the power of the Goddess to rediscover your feelings and to get out of your head. 

Doing things or creating with your hands can also be of help. This time of year is perfect for spring cleaning activities and Virgo helps you with this in a very practical way. All material things are connected to the Earth element, so your house, car, clothes, kitchen utensils, and money, are a representation of this. Whenever you feel stuck, create flow by cleaning up your drawers, closets and rooms. Pay your bills and end subscriptions you don't use. Make space in your day-to-day environment to make space in your head. 

Connect to nature, take a walk outside, breathe in the fresh air. Open the windows and let it clear out the stale energy and dust. Sweep it all out! You can use sage or palo santo to clean the energy. Burning herbs is a beautiful way of using the Earth and Fire elements to clean and transform the energy around you.

Happy Full Moon in Virgo!