In many of the annual readings I give to clients, there is always a “sleepy period” in their forecast, i.e., a low energy-cycle that can manifest as depression, sadness, lethargy, or simple exhaustion. While this is a natural part of the rhythm of life, most people do not like these periods. They beg the need to go off the radar and focus on inward pursuits, and as human beings, living in a world where poor internet speed can be a deal breaker when choosing a Wi-Fi network, our tendency is to fill the space with something. There is always something to do; why waste time resting?
For weeks, I have been telling everyone to sit in whatever is uncertain, have faith in what is to come, and live the questions for now. February was such a dreary and foggy month, with so much up in the air. Now that we have entered the month of March, a shift is in store. An energetic turning point will be felt this week; the clouds will part, and the Sun’s rays will blaze new trails.
Compassion does not equate to giving someone a pass.
Many religious texts and spiritual philosophies teach the importance of turning the other cheek. Christians believe that we should forgive others for their wrongdoing. Buddhists teach non-attachment. Toltec wisdom tells us not to take things personally. These insights are simple truths that lead to inner peace, and at the core of such wisdom is the lesson of compassion; compassion toward ourselves, and compassion toward each other.
"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you." Marianne Williamson
How often do you reflect on what you wish to cultivate in your life, clear on the decisions that need to be made, and the changes that need to occur? Do you ever pause to consider all the possibilities? Or do you reject your dreams, writing them off until they are hidden from view? I would argue that the majority of people, myself included, block abundance in life. Most times, it is never our conscious doing. In fact, the act of self-sabotage usually happens when we are close to success. The more clients I coach, the more I see the pattern, and the root cause stems from low self-worth.
"What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have." ~Oprah Winfrey
I just returned from a trip to Cuba where I fell in love with the people, the live salsa music on every corner, and the revolution. There has been a shift in me – the kind that is felt when a sea of truth has consumed your entire being. I cannot unsee what I now see; I cannot unknow what I now know. I may not be too receptive for long, gaining wisdom and insights that can only be revealed once you have dared to step outside of your comfort zone. But an impact has been made. A coup of consciousness is currently underway.
Last week, I gave an astrology reading to a client who was getting the shit kicked out of him in various areas of life. When we finished, I checked-in to see how he felt about his reading, and he responded that, “to be honest,” he was very disappointed. I asked why, and he replied that he was disheartened to learn the next six months would be much of the same difficulties he had been experiencing over the past year. I followed up; “well, now that you are aware of what is happening over these next few months, how might you react differently?” He said that he would continue to react the way he’s been reacting – by doing the best that he can.
To my ancestors who fought and died for me to live this life, may I make you proud, and be a beacon of light.
Halloween, also referred to as All Hallows Eve, is upon us. It is when the veil between the living and the dead is most thin, leading up to the celebration of All Soul’s Day at the start of November. This time of year is meant for the commemoration of our dearly departed. The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos in Mexican culture) is when we commune with spirits that wander the Earth to conjure great power from our deceased, and prepare for the long dark night. It is a time for reckoning – we come face to face with what lurks in the shadows for redemption. Whether that be a hidden fear, a painful history, or a country's shameful past, our guardians can be invoked for absolution.
ToAClient: A friend is someone who would never lie to you, and would never allow you to lie to yourself.
Last week brought many challenges. As I reflect on everything that occurred, I can still feel the weight of it all. I spent much of my time holding tension – tension within, and feeling tension in others. It was so dense that I literally had to leave town – LEAVE TOWN – to disconnect and get grounded. As I took the long drive north, the density grew lighter and lighter. I began to feel less heavy, which was great, but now a lingering question persists in my heart: when is it OK to expect more from others – to expect more from life?
Alice: But a dream isn’t reality…
Hatter: Who’s to say which is which?
The eclipses of August may have reached totality, but the chapter changes they bring have yet to materialize. The Universe is conspiring as I write this blog – conspiring on your behalf, as well as mine. Some of us may be anticipating what is in store, while others haven't the slightest idea what to expect. Regardless of where you are, very soon, we will all be set on new paths and new journeys. Mercury retrograde may delay our understanding of what is to come for a couple more weeks. But indeed, change is afoot.
“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” ~Francis Bacon
I agree that this “Great American Eclipse” is, in fact, an omen of things to come. That the entire Northern Hemisphere will be able to watch this cosmic event unfold is indicative of what to expect. Soon, everything will be revealed; where we have been blind, and where we need to awaken, will be made clear as day. If you have been hiding, afraid to face your greatest truth, strength, gift or fear – that is what you will be forced to see. This is where you will shine. This New Moon/Solar Eclipse is happening in the sign of Leo, so summoning your most authentic self will be required.
But first, darkness.