Next New Moon: September 17, 2020, 4AM PST
New Moon periods can be seen as somewhat of a foil to Full Moons-- during a Full Moon the Moon is at its boldest and brightest, bringing emotions to the surface and a more hectic energy. While a New Moon is the one night the Moon is not visible, and though there is still strong lunar energy, it is usually more internally focused. During the New Moon and for the days surrounding it, it is not unusual to feel less social and keep to yourself more. Full moons are associated with a peak or climax in the month, while New Moons are all about new beginnings as well as letting go of the past.
This September, the New Moon is in Virgo, influencing the time period with the classic Virgo traits of intelligence, kindness and loyalty. The Milky Way will be visible, which symbolizes illuminating new perspectives-- it is likely that you'll gain some new insights and newfound clarity during this time. For this New Moon, try spending some time thinking about your goals and laying the groundwork to make these goals a reality. Take time alone to consider the relationships in your life-- it will become more apparent which ones are worth your loyalty.
Do you know the difference between your sun sign and your moon sign? Sun sign is your zodiac sign, the position of the sun the time you were born...When people ask, "What's your sign?" they are referring to Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, etc. The moon sign is actually calculated by the day, month, year, time and place of birth.
Our moon signs give us unique insights into our personalities that are different from our sun signs! The moon is dim and casts deeper parts of yourself, the you that makes up your heart, your emotions, your feelings. Learning about your moon sign can also help you gain insights into your relationships with friends, family or a romantic partner, since it impacts your feelings on events happening around you.
Now that you know what your moon sign means, you can enter your date of birth in our Moon Phase Finder Calculator.
This Month's Full Moon: August 3rd, 8:59 AM PST
This month, the full moon is named after another berry: the Blueberry Moon, as August is the month when blueberries are harvested. It is also known as the Sturgeon Moon, as the month Native Americans were most easily able to catch wild sturgeons.
As this Blueberry Moon will be in Aquarius, you'll feel the influence of the sign's contrasting traits: humanitarian yet aloof, independent yet temperamental and progressive yet uncompromising. This month, look at the world as full of possibilities and fight for a cause you believe in, whatever that means to you-- it could be a part of yourself, a personal relationship, or a greater social cause. However, be prepared to be affected by the heightened emotions that come with a full moon, combined with the capricious trait of Aquarius: allow yourself some impulsivity, but be sure to maintain clear communication.
The Blueberry Moon is a great time to look into the future and think about plans and possibilities. The Aquarius sign is known for long-term planning and full moons help bring clarity too, so you may gain insight into moves that will benefit you long-term. Give yourself some time and space for introspection! Dive deep and think about your needs and wants, clear your mind and plan out how to achieve your goals.
The summer, to me, usually means traveling to new places with my family and experiencing different cultures and locales... obviously this year that kind of traveling is not happening. However, it doesn't mean that you can't create a new experience-- instead, tap into your inner self and go on a trip exploring your own spirituality and emotions! This summer, we're exploring our true consciousness with the help of transcendental meditation, yoga and microdosing.
Transcendental meditation is a form of meditation using a silent mantra, practiced twice a day. Practicing meditation into my daily routine has completely changed my life in a positive way: it's been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety, along with many other health benefits. Meditating has helped me slow down and become more logical instead of reactive during 2020, TM has helped keep me grounded and feel less panic. Mantras in transcendental meditation help to guide your mind towards silence. I never thought I could sit still for 20 minutes twice a day and repeat a mantra, but the simplicity of the practice is what puts you into a meditative state and you transcend. Check out TM.org for more information or email me and I would be happy to answer any questions!
Microdosing is the practice of taking tiny amounts of psychedelic drugs, usually LSD or psilocybin mushrooms, in small enough amounts so that there are slight, barely perceivable effects, not enough to cause hallucinations or a "trip". A microdose is typically between 5-10% of a normal, full dose of psychedelics and taken once every three days to prevent increases in tolerance. Microdosers report that it helps them feel more focused, creative, productive, confident and happier in general! If you decide to start microdosing, regularly track the way that you feel, as it's much easier to notice the effects and benefits in retrospect.
Yoga has been a huge part of my life since I was young. It is not a daily practice for me, but with all of the amazing apps out there and ability to do 15,20,30, etc. minute practices, there really is no excuse anymore for me! Yoga goes beyond just a way to stay fit and stretch out-- it's about examining the way you engage with the world around you, to be an active participant and intentful in your actions. As you practice yoga, be sure to be mindful of the way your body feels, your train of thought and your emotional state. Explore different styles of yoga and find what works best for you and your body: Kundalini yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Hatha yoga and Bikram yoga are just some of the styles! I love Ashtanga and hot (aka Bikram) for me. Additionally, my whole family has started to do Yoga Nidra to help us fall asleep at night and it is amazing!
July 20th was named National Moon Day to commemorate the anniversary of the day humans first walked on the moon: July 20th 1969. In celebration of National Moon Day, here are 7 things you probably didn't know about the moon!
Q. What is a lunar eclipse?
A. Lunar eclipses are when the moon, the Earth, and the sun line up in space and the moon is in the Earth's shadow-- they happen 2-5 times a year!
Q. What is a blood moon?
A. A 'blood moon' is a total lunar eclipse, causing the moon to appear red because of the way the Earth reflects light. The other types of lunar eclipses are partial and penumbral eclipses.
Q. When is the next lunar eclipse?
A. The next lunar eclipse will happen on November 20th, 2020 and it will be a penumbral eclipse. If you look closely, you'll see a slight shadow on the moon!
Q. What did ancient cultures believe caused lunar eclipses?
A. Ancient cultures all over the world believed that lunar eclipses were caused by the moon being eaten-- by a jaguar in Mayan tradition, by a sow in Egyptian lore and by demons according to the Mesopotamians.
Q. What is a super moon?
A. A 'super moon' happens because the moon actually has an elliptical rather than circular orbit around the Earth-- when the moon's orbit reaches the point where it's closest to the Earth during a full moon, the moon appears bigger and brighter!
Q. What does your moon sign tell you?
A. In astrology, your moon sign characterizes your inner emotions and needs: a representation of your private self. Learning about your moon sign can also give you insight into your relationships with others!
Q. How did moonstones get their name?
A. Moonstones are named because the blue-grey flashes appearing across the stone reminded Romans of moonlight-- they thought the stones were crystalized moonbeams.
This July’s Full Moon: Saturday, July 4th 9:44pm PST
July’s Full Moon is known as the Thunder Moon for the numerous thunderstorms that usually occur in the month, or the Buck Moon since a buck’s new antlers usually grow during this time.
Summer thunderstorms are often cathartic, cooling and clearing the air. This month, you may experience newfound clarity and illuminations. This might come in the form of closure from past events that still haunt you, new information that comes to light that illuminates a previously confusing experience, or a new way of thinking that allows you to suddenly see things clearly.
Symbolized by how a buck’s antlers emerge in July, this month is also a time for change and growth. If there’s a project you’ve been working on for a while, this month should bring the fruits of your labors. Or perhaps there’s something you’ve been wanting to change in your life-- breaking old habits, setting better personal boundaries, or things at work or in your relationships. You may feel some tension develop, but allow your frustrations to drive and motivate changes and personal growth.
Saturday, June 20, 2:43 PM
The Summer Solstice happens when our Sun travels its longest path through the sky, resulting in the day with the most daylight in the year, and signaling the start of summer. Celebrated by ancient civilizations all the way up to modern times, summer solstice celebrations are one of the most widespread and ancient celebrations! Spiritually, summer solstices represent celebrating nature, reflecting on your spiritual journey, new beginnings, and patience.
While summer plans might be looking a little different this year, tap into your spiritual side this summer solstice. Go for a meditative walk in nature, or create a place where you can feel at peace in your home. Light a bonfire or some candles to celebrate our fiery Sun. Reflect on the past year, considering your relationships, career choices, travels, and passions. Throughout the summer, check in on yourself: are you feeling fulfilled by your relationships and are you taking steps to reach your goals? Make space for and be patient with new opportunities that arise, and embrace sunshine. This is a time filled with changes as our Earth turns, so be ready to accept and even embrace change!
This June's Full Moon: Friday, June 5th, 2020
The Strawberry Moon is named for the short period in which wild strawberries can be collected throughout the north-eastern United States. It is also known by its old European names; Honey Moon or Mead Moon, as June is the month in which honey is ready to be harvested, and was traditionally fermented into mead.
This full moon will be the smallest of the year, as the moon reaches its apogee, the furthest it gets from the sun. The moon will also undergo a penumbral eclipse, and while this won't be visible in North America, the eclipse can represent emotional closure-- a time to finally put hurt feelings to rest. Full moons can be emotional: express your emotions, but be cautious not to say something you'll regret.
The Strawberry Moon will occupy the sign of Sagittarius, and the sign's affinity for optimism and friendliness will help with motivation during this time. Don't be afraid to take risks and make the best of opportunities that present themselves: think about what will happen if it does work out!
This May's Full Moon: Thursday, April 7th
The days are longer, the temperatures are getting warmer and Mother Nature is in full bloom, hence the name FLOWER MOON, it's a sign of the time. The Flower Moon embodies the spirit of what we all could use a little more of right now which is laughter, love and healing. The FULL MOON is said to wash away negative energy and make room for positive energy - this is always a great reminder!
Like the blooms after which it is named, the May Full Moon is also thought to symbolize gradual growth. This is the time to audit and let go of anything that is no longer serving us. We are all spending more time at home, therefore take the time to meditate, journal, garden or simply do a hobby that allows you to let go. These are great tools for reflection!
This is the final SUPERMOON of 2020! The Supermoon occurs when the moon is in Perigee, which is the point in the orbit that it's nearest to the earth. The moon appears to be bigger and brighter, this is where the 'super' comes from. You do not want to miss this one!
This April's Full Moon: Tuesday, April 7th 07:35 PST.
The moon teaches us that life is always changing. This full moon is an intense reminder of that.
I think it is very significant that we are having our biggest and brightest full moon (Supermoon) of the year tonight and tomorrow. I have never lived through such intense times and there are signs everywhere about our universe changing.
Now is the time to make the changes you have needed to make… reflect on lessons from your past & find peace in knowing it has prepared you for the best version of yourself today.
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If things have seemed extra chaotic and frustrating lately, it’s definitely because of the Mercury retrograde: but don’t worry, we’ve made it through! This Tuesday, March 10th, marks the end of 2020’s first Mercury retrograde, with the post-retrograde shadow lasting until March 29th.
Mercury, the swiftest of all the planets in the night sky and closest to the Sun, is named for the Roman messenger of the gods, Mercury. Similar to the role of the deity in Roman mythology, the planet Mercury rules over communication, rationality and reasoning, regular travel, and relationships. During a retrograde, when the planet appears to be moving backwards, our lives can get thrown into a tailspin as communication is muddled, relationships are tested, or daily travel frustrates.
For the end of this retrograde, spend time reflecting on past experiences and lessons-- Mercury’s retrogrades are known to cause chaos, but remember this is only temporary, and soon clarity will come in the post-shadow phase. The post-shadow phase is a time for reconfiguring: the pieces of the puzzle will finally click together, allowing you to see the bigger picture. Consciously think about patterns in your life-- perhaps it is time to make a conscious effort to change some of them.
This February’s Full Moon: Saturday February 8th 11:34pm PST.
The Snow Moon is the second full moon of Winter and represents what is often the snowiest month in the States. This weekend’s Snow Moon is also the first of three Supermoon’s (moons that appear just a little larger than a regular full moon) in 2020.
February is a transitional month. Just as the snow will soon melt away and make way for a fresh start and the beauty of Spring, the same goes for you. Free yourself of clutter, negative energy, and anything else that isn’t serving you at this time. Resolve tensions and allow yourself the fresh start you deserve. This moon marks a time to accept, forgive and overcome.
Now is the time to prepare for Spring – Plant your seeds or intentions now so that they will manifest as this shift in energy takes place. Embrace this opportunity to declutter your mind and spaces around you-- and you will be better equipped to handle the changes ahead!