Creative Passion on the Rise and into the Spotlight – Jupiter Enters Leo

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Today marks a major turning point of 2014 – giant Jupiter just shifted from Cancer to Leo (3:30am Pacific), calling you into the spotlight. Jupiter is traditionally the “Greater Benefic,” planet of expansion, opportunity, trust and wisdom.

Jupiter in Cancer, starting June 25, 2013, supported strengthening your foundation, expanding your capacity for emotional depth and intimacy, and increasing trust in your feelings and intuition. Jupiter’s participation in the Cardinal Grand Cross – its opposition to Pluto in Capricorn and square to Uranus in Aries – intensified these themes, and asked you to release the stories and beliefs that subvert your growth and power.

The transition from watery, inward-turning Cancer to fiery, expressive Leo involves feeling safe and secure enough to let your light shine and be seen in your individuality, and having a strong root system that supports you in taking a creative risk. Ideally, having moved through a lot of old emotional crapola (especially of the early childhood and ancestral variety) you can now see life from a fresh perspective, with innocent eyes. Innocence is a Leonine resource that helps you find creative solutions, instead of viewing situations through a filter of cynicism.

leoLeo the Lion is the divine child, the king/queen, the diva, the rock star. Without an open heart – the part of the body ruled by Leo – Jupiter amplifies the shadow version of these archetypes, which can be pretty obnoxious (Jupiter isn’t necessarily “good,” just BIG). This could look like: willfulness, tyranny, melodrama, self-aggrandizement and ego-inflation. High-vibration Leo channels light through the heart, sending out a ray of inspiration that fires up other people’s enthusiasm, joy and creativity.

Jupiter’s last journey through Leo was August 1, 2002 to August 27, 2003, and similar themes and opportunities will arise over the next year. For more insight into what Jupiter in Leo means for YOU, find the house or houses in your birth chart that contain the sign Leo (even if you don’t have any planets in Leo, you have Leo somewhere in your birth chart). The areas of life signified by your Leo house(s) are where opportunities and blessings are available when you:

  • trust and act on what feels like fun
  • follow your heart’s passion and wisdom
  • come from a place of love, generosity, nobility and innocence
  • use a playful, lighthearted approach
  • express your individuality and uniqueness
  • take a courageous creative risk and let your light shine.

- Emily Trinkaus

Hello, Priestess! Want support for navigating the turning-point, opening up to creative expansion, and taking center stage? Divalicious energy healer Katie Todd and I are offering a special Jupiter in Leo Galactivation teleclass – tonight (Wed.) at 5:00 Pacific! All women are welcome, and you can participate by phone, online, or via recording from anywhere in the world. More info here.

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Commit to Your Goals, Calm the Freak-out – Saturday’s High-Pressure Capricorn Full Moon

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Holy emotional intensity! Feeling the pressure? Feeling the cranky? Not only is 2014 now officially full speed ahead, Saturday’s Full Moon also activates a grand finale Cardinal Grand Cross and a Moon Wobble.

Let’s start with the basics. The Full Moon (July 12, 4:25 am Pacific) is in Capricorn – the sign of commitment, responsibility, career and long-term goals. After several months of soul-searching to uncover your true desires, after weighing out all the options, now it’s time to commit, take charge, and get strategic. What’s your bottom-line priority? What’s your plan for getting from where you are to where you want to be? How can you step into more of your authority to create the results you desire?

The Capricorn Moon opposes both the Sun and Jupiter in Cancer, highlighting the Cancer-Capricorn polarity – the balance and integration of your inner and outer lives. Do you feel secure enough to go after what you want? Do you feel nurtured and fulfilled by your work? Does the weight of the past – the belief systems of your family or ancestors, old emotional trauma, etc. – hold you back from pursuing your goals? The Full Moon lights up these issues, bringing to awareness what wants to be healed, shifted, or let go of.

cardinal crossAt the Full Moon, the Cancer Sun and Capricorn Moon square the Aries/Libra Nodal Axis (the Nodes of the Moon), forming a high-pressure Cardinal Grand Cross. Mars, Ceres and Vesta all congregate on the Libra North Node, while recently-discovered Eris – the goddess of discord – sits on the Aries South Node, with Uranus nearby. The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) are the leaders, pioneers, innovators and catalysts of the zodiac, and all this Cardinal energy can feel like a major kick in the booty.

The Cardinal Cross has been happening all year (especially strong in January and April), as Mars in Libra and Jupiter in Cancer have further activated and amplified the already intense Uranus-Pluto square. This Full Moon is like a last hurrah of the Cardinal energies – issues that were up for you in January and April may finally be ready for resolution. Mars is getting ready to move out of Libra at the end of the month (woot!) and Jupiter shifts out of Cancer next week, so the Cardinal intensity will soon be on the wane.

full moonAnd then there’s the Moon Wobble, which happens when the Sun squares the Nodal Axis (as it’s doing now) or conjoins one of the Nodes. I first learned of the MW phenomenon from Jan Spiller, astro-queen of all things lunar, who suggests that all the exaggerated emotional energy in the air can cloud your judgment when it comes to making decisions. Jan considers the Wobble in effect from July 9 to 22. And of course, at the Full Moon – the emotional peak of the month – these potentially destabilizing, hyper-sensitive, over-reactive energies are especially potent.

I think the Capricorn Full Moon does want us to make decisions – but! (big BUT!) the Aries South Node warns not to let the lizard-brain-adrenaline-junkie part of ourselves be in the driver’s seat. Just because it’s time to get a move on doesn’t mean we have to be reactive, impatient, or overly impulsive. Mars on the Libra North Node says the most appropriate action emerges from a state of inner equanimity.

If a direction you’re considering has a big emotional charge around it – like, your nervous system kicks into high gear and whatever you’re thinking about feels like an emergency (even though it clearly isn’t) – hit the pause button, deal with the feelings, and wait until you feel calm and peaceful before making a decision. As I was working on this post this morning, I received this helpful blog post from Nick Ortner about dealing with such stressful feelings. I immediately used his EFT “tapping solution” and it got me out of nervous-system-freak-out (thank goddess).

If you have a copy of your birth chart and some astro-technical know-how, you can get more specific about what this Full Moon means for YOU. Find the house in your birth chart that contains 20 degrees Capricorn. (Yes, everyone has Capricorn in their chart, and I wrote a post about how to find lunar events in your chart here.) The areas of life represented by that house are where you’re called to: make or break a commitment; get strategic about reaching your goals; face your fears, especially around success and failure; come into greater integrity; and reclaim your authority.

- Emily Trinkaus

cap full moonHello, Priestess! Want support for navigating these intense lunar energies and taking a big step forward? Join energy-healing genius Katie Todd and me on Friday for our Capricorn Full Moon  teleclass. All women are welcome, and you can participate by phone, online, or via recording from anywhere in the world. Register by midnight tonight (Tuesday) to be eligible for the drawing to receive a personalized session on the call! More info here.

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Turning Point – Mercury Stations Direct and 2014 Starts Shifting Into High Gear

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Mercury’s direct (forward) turn early this morning (5:50 am Pacific) is the first of three cosmic signals that the energies of 2014 are shifting from slow-mo to fast-forward. Can you feel it??

Mercury Retrograde, since June 7, called you inward to restore and replenish feelings of safety, security and nourishment, and to rethink and revise habitual emotional responses. Now, as Mercury stations, what new insight or perspective is coming to light? How has your inner process over the past three weeks helped you reach a new understanding about how you want to move forward?

We’ll emerge from the Mercury Retro shadow – i.e., we’ll be fully out of the influence – on July 16, and that same day, expansive Jupiter moves from watery Cancer to fiery Leo. What’s been incubating in the womb of creation for the past year is getting ready to bust out into the spotlight. Jupiter in Leo amplifies and rewards creativity, individuality, confidence and open-heartedness. The last time Jupiter was in Leo was from August 2002 to August 2003, and reflecting on that time in your life can give you a preview of what’s to come.

On July 20, action planet Mars emerges from his Retro shadow and it’s time to take a courageous step in the direction of your dreams. Mars Retrograde, in effect for the first half of the year, has slowed down momentum so you can get clear about what you really want, what you feel passionate about, and what feeds your vitality. Mars has been in Venus-ruled Libra – the sign of partnership, art, love, beauty, peace and collaboration – since last December, and ideally, by the end of July, the confusion clears and you can see how to move forward in these areas.

The Capricorn Full Moon on July 12 marks a culminating moment in July’s turning-point energies, asking you to commit to a long-term plan and take charge of your destiny. The Sun and Moon will square Mars in Libra and the Nodes (a “Moon wobble”), so it’s super-charged with high-intensity emotion and feelings of instability.  More on that in next week’s post – just giving you a heads-up, in case you sensitive types are already feeling it. In the meantime, let yourself receive the insights and downloads now available, and trust that all the pieces will be in place by the end of the month.

- Emily Trinkaus

Hey Priestesses! Want support for navigating the turning-point and taking a big step forward? Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I have two galactivating opportunities for you – join us on July 11 for the Capricorn Full Moon and/or July 16 for a special Jupiter in Leo teleclass. All women are welcome, and you can participate by phone, online, or via recording from anywhere in the world. More info here.

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Nurturing A New Vision – Friday’s New Moon in Cancer

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Friday’s New Moon (1:09 am Pacific) is in watery, sensitive Cancer, the sign of home, family, security, nourishment and foundation. At the New Moon, the solar principle — consciousness, transcendence, spirit — unites with the lunar principle — the subconscious, immanence, the body — inviting you to re-anchor your higher path, your soul’s calling, into here-and-now reality.

The New Moon, at 5 Cancer, occurs just a few degrees from where Mercury turned Retrograde on June 7 (at 3 Cancer). All the Mercury Retro reviewing, revising and renewing of the past few weeks crystallize into a fertile vision seed at the New Moon. The final pieces of the puzzle are falling into place as Mercury prepares to turn direct (forward) on July 1, and as we emerge (at last!) from the Mars Retro shadow on July 20.

There’s a layer that wants to be shed, an old skin you’ve outgrown, a deeper level of true self ready to be revealed. This New Moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn, Underworld God/dess, suggesting that the new vision seed you’re planting can’t fit within the constraints of old attachments. What are you holding onto that you think is keeping you safe and secure, but is actually limiting your power, growth and evolution? Pluto wants to help you move through, transmute and transform feelings of insecurity, so you can deepen your sense of INNER security, regardless of external circumstances.

neptuneThe New Moon’s close trine (120-degree angle of harmony and support) to Neptune in Pisces helps you connect with source consciousness, the ultimate level of reality where you, as an infinite being, are always safe and secure. This Neptunian New Moon suggests taking some quiet time to receive nurturing from the Dreamtime. Art, music, poetry, dance, mediation, prayer, yoga, and dream work are all Neptunian strategies for replenishing your soul and fertilizing your vision seed.

To get more insight into what this New Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 5 degrees Cancer. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to:  strengthen your foundation of support; release old emotional patterns or attachments; increase your sense of inner security; re-set your emotional compass; and plant a new vision for your future. The best time for making wishes and setting intentions is between 1:08 am Friday and 6:02 pm Saturday (Pacific time).

- Emily Trinkaus

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Releasing Reactivity, Restoring Peace – Chiron Stations Retrograde at the Solstice

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Not feeling so summer-fun festive? Summer Solstice on Saturday (3:52 am Pacific) is the peak of light, a time to celebrate your creations and the Earth’s abundance. But Chiron in Pisces turns Retrograde today (3:39 am Pacific), churning up deep feelings and revealing wounds. Chiron’s Retrograde is the last of three in the Water element this month, turning attention inward for emotional healing.

Chiron Retro in Pisces stirs up the pain of feeling separate from Source, which can show up in the form of helplessness, hopelessness, addiction, escapism and/or denial. Where do you feel like a victim? Where do you want to check out and go unconscious? Where have you lost your trust? Where do you need to grieve?

Chiron’s trine with Saturn in Scorpio, strong at the Solstice and in effect all month, suggests the potential for dissolving wounds and softening defenses through the Piscean strategies of compassion, surrender, and unconditional love and acceptance. How can you bring more love to the denied, shadowy, painful parts of yourself?

Retrograde Mercury, now in late Gemini, closely conjoins the Solstice Sun (at 0 Cancer), emphasizing the Retro theme of resolving and releasing the past, and doing the inner work to prepare for outer expansion. The first half of 2014 has been characterized by LOTS of Retro energy, so at Summer Solstice – typically a time of creative fruition – what’s coming to light may be more on the inner, a culmination of behind-the-scenes preparation. (Southern Hemisphere friends are in the vision-seed-planting deep dark time of Winter Solstice.) Mid-July is when this year really gets rocking, when the cosmic forces are finally ready to support your great leap forward.

summer solsticeThe Moon – the ruler of Cancer and a powerful force at Solstice – is in Aries, stressfully sandwiched between Uranus and the South Node, and squaring Jupiter in Cancer. While the Moon wants safety and security, revolutionary Uranus wants to break you out of your comfort zone and free you from old patterns. The Aries South Node points to patterns of operating in “survival mode,” as if in a constant state of emergency, reacting from the adrenal-amped state of fight, flight or freeze.

Needless to say, this way of being – basically the default mode in the modern West – is very hard on the body, specifically the nervous system (ruled by Uranus). When your body is on emergency alert, there’s no energy for healing, recovery and regeneration. And not only does high-stress reactivity subvert your body’s ability to heal itself, it also makes it hard to respond effectively to whatever is actually happening in the present.

The square between the Moon and South Node in Aries and Jupiter in Cancer says that, when we’re stuck in emotional reactivity, we’re not able to tune into our intuition, which requires slowing down and dropping into a deeper level of truth. Staying in high-stress-busy-busy mode might even be an unconscious strategy for avoiding a deeper level of knowing or guidance. The best approach is to get out of the “story” in your head – all the “reasons” why you’re so stressed – and instead just attend to the feeling itself. Let yourself really FEEL the fear, anxiety, worry, notice where it lives in your body, breathe through the discomfort.

The Libra North Node – the path of evolution – calls for becoming an agent of peace. Not the false peace of people-pleasing and sacrificing your own desires to be “nice” (which ultimately generates MORE anxiety and stress for everyone), but practicing inner peace from moment to moment – again, going for the feeling itself. What helps you FEEL peaceful? What brings you more into your heart? What supports you to respond from a place of feeling centered, balanced and peaceful versus reacting from your inner adrenaline junkie?

mars in libraMars the Sacred Masculine, planet of action and desire, is also in peace-loving Libra, and passing through the Uranus-Pluto square, which may not feel so peaceful. The emotion associated with Mars is anger, which can show up as frustration, crankiness and irritability. Anger can help us identify what we really want (and are not allowing ourselves to have), and where we need to take action and/or set a boundary. This is Mars in Libra’s third and final interaction with the Uranus-Pluto square, a process (starting last December) of releasing desires that no longer serve us, and awakening a deeper level of courage and authenticity.

On a collective level, the shadow masculine – Mars without Venus – is living large, in the seemingly endless escalation of war, violence, rape. It’s clear that peace will not come from above (it never does), not from the governments and corporations that rule the world. This is what the Uranus-Pluto square is all about – awakening to our true power in the face of increasing control and repression. Waiting for someone else to make peace is a recipe for shadow Pisces helplessness and depression. But as each of us embodies and enacts peace in our everyday lives, WE create the peaceful world we desire.

I’ll leave you with some Michael Franti Libran Mars love. Power to the peaceful is my Solstice prayer.

- Emily Trinkaus

Galactivation on the radio – today (Friday) at 2:00 pm Pacific! Join Katie and me for a special Solstice astro-download and energetic tune-up on Human Spirit Radio. Participate by phone (646) 478-4429 or online. Everybody’s welcome!


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Instinctual Wisdom and Emotional Freedom – Approaching the Sagittarius Full Moon

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Still floating in the dreamy, hazy waters of Monday’s Neptune station, the energies are building toward Thursday’s Full Moon in Sagittarius (9:11 pm Pacific). The Full Moon is the emotional peak of the month, when the inner tides of feeling rise to the surface. With so much watery action in the cosmos – three planets turning Retrograde in Water – this Full Moon feels especially emotional (or is it just me??).

Feisty, fiery Sagittarius is all about expansion – the freedom and excitement of crossing borders and boundaries, growing beyond the limits of the known, and the trust required to take that leap of faith into foreign territory.

The Sag Full Moon asks: Where do you feel inspired to grow and expand? How connected do you feel to your inner guidance? Do you trust your instincts to direct you toward your highest good? What do you tell yourself about your own potential and possibilities? Do your stories inspire you to create a more positive reality, or reinforce your fears and limitations?

Jupiter, the ruler of Sag and presiding deity of this Full Moon, is in watery, sensitive Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon. Not only are these two planets in “mutual reception” – occupying one another’s signs – they also form a precise quincunx, 150-degree aspect of crisis and adjustment. The quincunx highlights inner tension between security, safety, comfy-cozyness and the past (Cancer) and adventure, freedom, risk-taking and the future (Sag).

full moonWhen this tension isn’t addressed and resolved inwardly, the more shadowy potential could show up as: projecting your feelings (especially security fears) out onto other people; exaggerated, dramatic emotional reactions, putting up major emotional defenses and using food to “stuff your feelings” (shadow Cancer); getting all righteous (shadow Sag) about how you’re feeling – i.e., your feelings are “right” and another’s feelings are “wrong;” believing that your feelings are The Truth, rather than just your own truth, in this moment.

Working more consciously with these Cancer and Sag energies could look like: nourishing your sense of faith and trust in positive outcomes by feeding your inspiration and cultivating intimacy with god/goddess/the multiverse; bringing awareness to and freeing yourself from early childhood programming that limits your vision of what’s possible; preparing for outer expansion by healing your inner world – imagine yourself taking that great leap of faith, notice the feelings that come up, and work with them. (I’ve been using and benefiting from EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique – which seems especially applicable to this Full Moon.)

Chiron the Wounded Healer/Shaman squares the Full Moon, bringing to the surface wounds of separation from our own bodily instincts, our inner truth, and from Source. The healing potential lies in our willingness to enter fully into and through the pain, to feel the grief that dissolves the past, to release our victim stories and enlarge our context for past suffering. Chiron’s lesson is that the gift is in the wound, but we can’t access the gift if we’re covering up the pain, trying to escape it through addiction and distraction, or wallowing in self-pity.

ophiuchusThe healing potential of this Full Moon is further indicated by its close conjunction with Ras Alhague, the brightest star in the constellation Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer. Fixed star expert Bernadette Brady associates this constellation with “healing, teaching or wounding” (Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars) – themes that are also associated with Chiron. The Serpent Bearer has long been linked with Asclepius, the Greek “father of medicine” who was fostered and mentored by Chiron, and who was taught by a snake to bring the dead back to life.

But snake medicine has an ancient history that pre-dates the Greeks (and all that bad press in Genesis) and brings us back to the mysteries of sacred sexual healing, designed to raise the Kundalini force of spiritual energy through the body. Marina Macario of Dark Star Astrology writes:

The snake is said to represent wisdom. But this is occult (meaning hidden) wisdom for a reason. Just like they say that sudden igniting of the Kundalini can send you mad, then also too much of this wisdom flooding the brain can do the same. Together this is enlightenment. Sex and spirituality is a powerful force, it hits us like a thunderbolt.  The tarot card associated with Ophiuchus is the one that most people fear. ‘The Lightning Struck Tower,’ but a thunderbolt can either kill us or in the case of Frankenstein, bring us back to life.” (Ophiuchus)

For more insight into what this Full Moon means for YOU, find the house in your birth chart that contains 22 degrees Sagittarius. The areas of life signified by that house are where you’re invited to: work with serpent wisdom and snake medicine for healing and spiritual growth; let go of old stories and opening to a more positive future; heal wounds around trusting and acting on your instinctual guidance; reconnect with inspiration and enthusiasm; realign with your inner truth; prepare emotionally for taking a risk toward your highest vision.

- Emily Trinkaus

sagittarius full moonCalling all priestesses (yes, YOU)! Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with these Full Moon themes of TRUST, galactic nourishment, creative inspiration, and serpent wisdom in Wednesday’s Galactivation teleclass. All women are welcome, and you can participate from anywhere by phone or online, or via recording at your leisure. Details here.

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Retreat, Replenish, Restore – Mercury Stations Retrograde in Cancer

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Greetings from bed. Cooperating with the current cosmic energies, I’ve returned to bed to write this post, cozy under the covers with a cup of tea and cat by my side.

Mercury doesn’t officially turn Retro until Saturday, but I’m already noticing those tell-tale signs – you too? The urge for more BEING and less DOING; fuzzy-headedness leading to mistakes, miscommunications and memory lapses (my editor over at New Connexion just emailed me about an erroneous astro-date I put in my column – me! with four Virgo planets!!); the need to reschedule and rearrange existing plans; unexpected delays and technical glitches.

As Mercury the Messenger – typically speedy planet of connection, communication and intellect – slows down and prepares to reverse directions, we’re called to do the same. All the “re” words apply: retreat, regenerate, reflect, reconsider, review… Mercury stations Retrograde on June 7 (until July 1) in comfort-seeking Cancer, drawing us into the innermost realm of deep feelings, and asking us to rethink what truly nurtures, supports and sustains us. Home, family, root system and foundation are all up for review, renewal and reconnection during this Retrograde.

mercury retrograde in cancerCancer wants emotional security, and Retrograde planets are all about the inside job, so this Mercury Retro wants us to turn inward and reconnect with our true source of safety and security within ourselves. Mercury reverses back into Gemini on June 17, and this Cancer-to-Gemini, Water-to-Air shift can help us get new perspectives on our habitual emotional responses, family past, and early-life conditioning.

Let’s REview the basic Mercury Retro guidelines:  take your time with important communications; don’t be afraid to repeat yourself or ask for clarification; leave extra time getting to appointments; double-check the details; and avoid signing contracts and buying electronics (cars, computers, etc.). If you need to break the Mercury-Retro rules, best to wait until after June 19, the midpoint of the Retrograde cycle. And if you haven’t backed up your computer data lately, now’s the time!

Mercury is just the first of three planets to turn Retrograde in the Water signs this month. Neptune turns Retro in Pisces on June 9, followed by Chiron in Pisces on June 20 (coinciding with Solstice). This trio of watery Retrogrades stimulates much emotional churning – deep feelings rising to the surface, heightened sensitivity and vulnerability, getting easily triggered, crying for no apparent reason. Retrograde planets stir up the past, and in the Water signs, this is about old emotional wounds coming into awareness, ripe for healing.

jupiterAdding to all this watery goodness, the Grand Water Trine of Jupiter in Cancer, Saturn in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces is still strong for another week or so, meaning that there’s great cosmic support for: committing to and getting support for your healing process; taking responsibility for working through emotional shiznit; releasing what doesn’t feel good and what’s not aligned with your emotional truth; establishing practices, systems and structures that feel nourishing and supportive; softening defenses to allow for more ease and flow. The thing about trines (even GRAND ones) is that they can be passive and lazy, and require a bit of intention and effort. Take one small step to activate the magic.

With some astro-technical know-how, you can get more insight into what this upcoming Mercury Retro means for YOU. Find the house or houses in your birth chart that contain 24 degrees Gemini to 3 degrees Cancer. The areas of life indicated by the house/s are where you’re invited to: review and reconnect with sources of nourishment and support; back up to revisit, re-do or complete something from the past; heal from old emotional wounds; use your intuition to get a new perspective.

- Emily Trinkaus

sagittarius full moonCalling all priestesses (yes, YOU)! Energy-healing genius Katie Todd and I will be working with this Retrogradey watery deluge in next Wednesday’s Galactivation teleclass for the Sag Full Moon. Themes of TRUST, galactic nourishment and creative inspiration. All women are welcome, and you can participate from anywhere by phone or online. Register by midnight Sunday to be entered into the drawing for a personalized session! Details here.


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