Sun Shining in Aries

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Welcome springtime! The Sun enters Aries this morning. Ecstasy, one of my favorite Maxfield Parrish paintings, has hung in my home for twenty years. When I bought it, I was in the midst of a steep and exhausting climb up a mountain of self discovery and spiritual awakening. Ecstasy evoked hope during those dark days and pointed to the only outcome I was willing to entertain. And then one day spring returned…

A few years ago I wrote this piece that seems just right for today.

My tracks are faint now, fading with the sands of time. As I step into this new phase the path shifts direction. The long trek up the mountain well worth every challenging step.

From here, I can see forever. From here, I can easily fly. From here, I can be seen and heard. I’m strong enough now and ready. My journey has taught me to release the heavy baggage. I don’t need it anymore. I learned to look gravity in the eye and defy it rather than allowing it to define me.

I’m free now to delight in life and make some fresh tracks. Or take to the sky and fly.

©2009 Jodi Lilly

Wishing you every delight of the season as winter gives way to spring and sparks wonderful new beginnings on your path.

With Big Love,
Jodi


The First New Moon of Spring

Yesterday was the Aries New Moon–the first new moon of spring. This is a particularly potent time for planting new seeds of all kinds. Aries is famous for acting first and thinking about it later. Don’t be surprised if you are feeling a little extra impulsive these days. It’s just life nudging you to lighten up a bit and branch out in new directions.


Every Day Is A Good Day For Something

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For some mysterious reason some days are easy and others, well, don’t you wish you’d just stayed in bed? I think many people read their horoscope in the newspaper hoping it will tell them this is a good day for them. The good news is, every day can be a good day for you.

Today, for example, Mercury has caught up with the Sun and the Moon is in Aries. This is an especially good day for self-care, self-reflection and speaking from the heart about our feelings. These are a few elements of the energetic atmosphere of today. Whether you use this information or disregard it is up to you.

The astrological weather, like life, is multi-faceted and constantly changing. One cycle overlays the next, compounding and complicating the effects of both. And there are never just two occurring. The planetary cycles are archetypal reflections of our lives–filled with periods of growth and change, building and tearing down, and finally relinquishing something we realize belongs to our history not our future. Despite the complexities, humans are graced with the capacity for focusing on on one thing at a time. We can tune in or tune out at will.

In this ‘information age’ when the internet and media crank out ‘news’ every day, all the time, it is easy to become overwhelmed and lose track of what really matters. I say, keep it simple. Some things are naturally more important to us than others. Individuality means the important things are different for everyone.

Astrology offers a simple way of understanding where you can benefit most from focusing your overall energy and attention and where to focus today to work in harmony with the greater universal cycles of evolution and potential that are in play in your life now. The more you understand your strengths and gifts and even your challenges the easier it is to move away from the stuff that isn’t about you and just wastes your precious time.

Everything really is relative. If you have planned a family reunion picnic in the park and have been up til all hours cooking and preparing, waking in the morning to a thunder storm might feel like a nightmare. On the other hand, if you are someone who has a garden that is badly in need of water, that same storm is an answer to your prayers. Maybe you are planning the reunion AND have a dry garden. Sometimes it isn’t so much the ”storms’ that occur but the timing.

Every day is good for something. Remaining as fluid and flexible as possible helps us to roll with the times when things feel difficult. On those days, I find it helps to remind myself that tomorrow is another day. Doing what you can to simplify your life, releasing the things that are no longer working, is the easiest way I know to create more good days. When we are focused on the things that are most important to us, it is easier to make the best of our time and enjoy the relationships that matter most. The present is a gift. This holy moment will never be again. It is up to you what you do with it and with whom you will share it.

May you find your way that ‘just right’ place of balance within, that allows you to beautifully shine your personal brand of goodness and grace into the world.


Venus Changes Directions ~It's All About L.O.V.E.

Venus has now moved back to the last degree of Pisces slowing her pace to a crawl. On April 17th she will resume forward movement from this 29th degree of Pisces, the last degree of not only Pisces, but of the entire zodiac. This is said to be the most spiritual point of the zodiac. Venus is taking a moment to offer us access to the subtler wisdom regarding some of her favorite subjects: love, money and the situations that surround and encompass them. As she moves back into Aries next week, we may discover we are ready for something new.

Venus rules our values, our self-esteem, that which we love, relationships and partnerships, and, of course, money. So many of us have undergone a grand review of at least a few of these areas over the past few weeks and months. Unprecedented events are shocking us out of our comfort zones and people are considering possibilities they would never have dreamed of, previously. The ongoing volatility of the stock market; the debacles with so many of lending institutions and banks; the troubling situations of so many of the major corporations; all of this and more have rolled down hill to affect virtually everyone. And yet, life goes on. Art is still being made, most of us have plenty to eat, the people we love are still with us, most of the best things in life have always been free–fresh air to breathe, the beauty of nature, and time to use as we will.

So, at this time of virtual pause, with our Goddess archetype of virtues and values poised on the wisdom point, consider taking a moment to connect to the place in your self that knows what matters and trust that when it is time for action, you will know what to do.

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As Venus was about to go retrograde, in early March, I was introduced to a new personal development technology, ironically called, L.O.V.E. Technology (known to many who have been introduced to the technology through MTV, as Sacred G). Its creator, Cory Herter, utilizes sacred geometry  and has thrown open the doors to a whole new realm of possibility in terms of how people can experience a process that allows for the healing of their bodies and lives, from the inside out, and begin creating the Heaven on Earth that so many of us know in our hearts is possible. W.I.S.H. F.O.R. L.O.V.E. stands for Wealthy Individual Serving Humanity For One Reason LOVE (or Laws of Vibrational Energy). In just a few week’s time I have noticed a positive change in my sleep, in the quality of my dreams, my relationships are shifting for the better and so are my priorities.

It was not until I started writing this post that I made the connection between Venus going retrograde and my introduction to Sacred G. It has been a fascinating journey into my own values, sense of worth and desire to truly be of service to humanity. I am feeling richly blessed and inspired to spread the LOVE.

As Venus prepares to change direction I highly recommend checking out the W.I.S.H. F.O.R. L.O.V.E site. There are lots of free tools, free Sacred G L.O.V.E. Testers that you can download and print so you can experiment with charging your water with LOVE and sleeping with the L.O.V.E. Tester under your pillow to see if you notice a change in the way you sleep or dream. There is a long list of videos to watch if you’d like to learn more about the powerful and uplifting Laws of Vibrational Energy.

I’ve been saying it for years and it has never been more true… it really is all about Love.


Aries New Moon ~March 26, 2009

easter-sunday-2008-023The Aries New Moon is today. This is the new moon of the year for planting the seeds of that which you would like to see grow in your life this year by way of goal and intention setting. In other words, make a plan.

I used to have an aversion to making plans, for fear of limiting myself. What if it turned out that what I planned wasn’t really what I wanted, after all? Eventually, I realized that my strategy just left me feeling adrift. Once I started making some plans a kind of creative magic happened and all kinds of new information on the subject became available to me to which I previously had no access. Though a plan is no guarantee of success, it does open you to a world of new possibilities and potentials.

Despite all outward appearances, 2009 holds tremendous promise for all manner of new enterprise and creative endeavor. This New Moon has Venus, Goddess of Love and money, sensuality, self-esteem and values, relationships and the law close at hand. Though she has traveled back through Aries for this meeting, her influence is an important reminder not to move too quickly or forget to take care of ourselves in these rapidly-changing times. She encourages putting more of our energy into positively focused activities that feel uplifting rather than allowing our fears to dominate, controlling our decision-making and thus the tone and quality of our lives. Remember what matters to you. Keep in mind why you are doing what you do. And this year it is important that there be beauty–the definition of which is unique to each of us–woven into our endeavors and that we all choose to do more of the things we love. Turning away from the old systems and moving toward that which speaks to the heart of you is what is called for now.

Aries is the warrior, the pioneer, the individual that is not afraid to take a stand and stand out in the crowd or even lead the way to something different. The potential of this new moon unlocks the doors and throws them open to adventure, invention, beauty and grace.

Wishing you a beautiful, bountiful, blessed adventure that expands in ways that inspire and delight you on your journey into spring.


Sun in Aries ~Vernal Equinox 2009

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Spring has arrived, at long last. Winter is behind us and Growing Season 2009 has begun.

The Sun has now joined the still retrograde Venus in Aries, so though there is still a lot of energy in Pisces and Aquarius, you may be feeling a bit more enthusiasm for life. The fog will clear even more as Mercury enters Aries on March 25th.

Aries is about shifting gears, starting over, getting going on something brand new. The Aries New Moon is on March 26th and is said to be the best day of the year for setting intentions for that which you would like to create in the weeks and months to come.

For many years, I held Treasure Mapping workshops on the day of the Aries New Moon. I encourage getting a few friends together for an afternoon of Treasure Mapping on March 26. All you will need are poster boards, scissors, a selection of magazines and some glue sticks. We always did a short meditation and visualization before beginning, to set the energy and really get into the creative space that guides one to produce a truly inspiring Treasure Map for the year.

This year, especially, with the North Node, Mars, Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune still in Aquarius, it is very helpful to pay attention to the inspired visions that feel intriguing. There is a wide-open realm of possibility and potential available to be tapped that simply was not there before. Dreams, visions and inspiration are the vehicles through which we move beyond the old ways and into the new. The world is ready for the inventors, those who are willing to ditch the old boxes and step into the fresh, clean unknown and create from there. How does the picture change when you color outside the lines? This Aries energy is inviting you to try it and see. Experiment. Aries asks us to entertain the possibilities, “What if we did this, instead?” Let your imagination run wild.

If you could birth something truly extraordinary in your life, what would it be? There may never be a better time for boldness. The world is looking for a better way to do so many things right now. What unique gifts do you bring to the party that might create a positive change? We are each born with at least a few extraordinary abilities or Sacred Gifts that benefit the world. There has never been a better time than now to start using them.

My friend, Monique MacDonald, teaches a course on Sacred Gifts. You can learn much more on her website Discover Your Sacred Gifts.

I wish you all a most delightful growing season. May the seeds you are planting today expand your life in a multitude of beautiful ways.


Venus Retrograde in Aries

echoingheart-2Speaking of the Goddess, Venus entered the forty-day retrograde phase of her cycle last weekend. Venus has been in Aries since early February, stirring  passion, possibility and the spirit of pioneering in the hearts and souls of men and women everywhere. Venus in Aries is a busy Goddess; bold, instinctive and impulsive in nature. She is inspires leadership, prompts acting directly from the heart, sparks spurts of self-promotion and fans the flames of a desire for something new and different.

Since Venus is the ruler of love, money and values, once she goes into retreat, it is natural to reconsider  these very things and see them in a new, and sometimes alarming, light. Planets are said to “go retrograde” when they get to be a certain distance from the Sun, the difference being unique to each planet. As Venus now travels back through Aries to meet up with the Sun, the principle of conscious awareness, we may find ourselves experiencing a change of heart about what we have been doing and taking a fresh look at our relationship with self , since Aries is the sign of the individual. The challenges in our relationships with others always reflect some unresolved matter within one’s own heart. Venus retrograde offers an opening to see our heart in a new and compassionate light. During Venus retrograde periods we have an opportunity to realize that some of the things we have done on impulse in the past look much different from where we stand today.

Some questions to ask might be:

  • What really matters to me now?   ~For many people the answer is different than it was just a short time ago.
  • What can I happily live without?   ~Honestly, this one is very liberating.
  • What changes can I make that will enrich  my life?   ~Even one little positive change opens you to new possibilities.
  • What happened to my passion? or Why am I not doing those things I know ignite my passion?   ~The answers to these questions might surprise you.

The Goddess of Love has much to show us right now about who we are and our intrinsic value to the world. As Goethe said, “Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.” There is so much more to say on this topic but I will leave it at this for now.

Venus will resume forward motion on April 17th.


Aries New Moon~April 5, 2008

Spring has arrived in the northern hemisphere with the promise of new life as this year’s growing season gets under way. The energy of change is particularly palpable and pervasive these early spring days. Dr. John Lilly, who worked extensively with dolphins and interspecies communication, and broke new scientific ground in countless areas said, “Our only security is our ability to change.” The world is changing before our very eyes these days. Change for the sake of change, however is an invitation to more of the same.

As we choose to awaken to more of who we are and expand our self-awareness, we naturally contribute to the awareness available to the whole and change follows in forms that are expansive and life-affirming. “Know thyself,” could be the Aries motto. Aries knows through the experience of living–of acting on that which calls. Through experience we truly know in a way that isn’t possible through observation, study or analysis.

In times like these great opportunities abound, with potentials and possibilities never before imagined. Our task is to recognize and embrace those that spark our individual inspiration to act and that speak clearly to our own heart. If it moves you from within, you are on track and good to go.

The Aries New Moon occurs at 8:55 PM PDT tonight, April 5, 2008. This is the first new moon of the of the natural new year which begins with spring, at the Vernal Equinox. The Aries New Moon marks the official start of the growing season, when Sun (consciousness) and Moon (unconscious and emotions) unite for the first time in the natural annual cycle. This is said to be the most potent day of the year for planting the seeds of intention for what you would like to spark into being as this astrological year unfolds.

Aries is the sign of the initiator, of passion, of breaking ties with what is and striking out on one’s own or leading others to a place they’ve never been before. This is virgin territory; there are no rules; the map is created as each new discovery is made.

The Aries color is blood red, representing the birthing of Self and something new. Their number is, of course, one, being the first sign of the zodiac. Aries reminds us that ndividuality, instinct and inspiration are key to aligned action. In essence, change is what Aries is all about.

At the Aries New Moon we are invited to birth something new and exciting. Out with the old, in with something that gets our energy moving and expands the edges of our current experience. Aries delivers the impetus to strike out on our own and pioneer new ideas into action with courage and enthusiasm that we may not realize we have until we’ve taken those first steps. In following our instincts to do those things that call to us we come into alignment with the energy and circumstances necessary to step into something new or extraordinary. The reward for stepping up and out is a renewed sense of strength and the experience of having stretched to become more than we previously knew we could be. Whatever we do with our time and energy over the next couple of weeks will give shape and substance to our experience as the year progresses and we see the fruits of the seeds we plant today in the coming months.

We all have Aries energy in our astrology chart, and our life, calling us to take courageous action as a path to self-knowledge. A lack of self-awareness results in an ongoing sense of insecurity that undermines our ability to live a contented, effective, fulfilling and successful life. In order to grow wiser and mature we must first know and embrace our true nature. Only then can we know what we have to offer the world and how we can contribute whole-heartedly.

To have courage is to have heart. May the Aries spirit of childlike wonder lead you back to the place in your heart of knowing what you, from your instinctive nature, were born to do. Then, as Goethe said, “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” I wish you great and inspiring adventures on each step of your journey into springtime.


Happy Aries New Moon~To Be A Beginner

“If the Angel deigns to come it will be because you have convinced her, not with your tears, but by your humble resolve to be always beginning; to be a beginner.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Today is the Aries New Moon and the astrological conditions are ripe for creating something new and transformative in your life. If whatever you are seeding or beginning today feels a little daring or requires you to take a risk, so much the better.

Since Aries is the sign of fresh starts, initiations and pioneering, and the New phase of the Moon is the time each month for beginnings, the Aries New Moon is, universally, the most potent day of the year for seizing the energetic potentials and setting your sights on that which you’d like to create, acquire or accomplish in the weeks and months of the coming growing season.

The conditions under which something is born or begun will be expressed in the child, fruit or project as it grows. These potentials and conditions are apparent in the planetary cycles at play in the astrology chart for the moment of beginning. As a practical rule of thumb, it is helpful to remember that if we are feeling joyful, vibrant and expansive and creating from a feeling of inspiration that which we begin will bear those positive qualities.

Conversely, at times when we feel fearful, desperate, are in resistance to ‘what is’ or are motivated to change something we don’t like without addressing the underlying reasons for those feelings, the creations we begin will carry those constrictive energies.

For years now I’ve created a Treasure Map on the day of the Aries New Moon. This is simply cutting inspiring images and words from magazines and affixing them to a poster-board to be placed somewhere you can easily see. This serves as a rich visual reminder or map of where you’d like to go from here.

Keep in mind joy is of the essence. Anything conceived in joy and that brings you joy will naturally express and connect you with that which is essentially You.

In joy!

Jodi

 

 

 


Aries~Red, Bold, Passionate

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A parade of personal planets moving through the zodiac tag-team style, meeting up in one sign after the next, to activate the slower movers, also known as the outer or impersonal planets, has gone on since November when Jupiter and Mars were in the last degrees of Scorpio and then moved into Sagittarius where Jupiter will be until late this year. So, since last fall we have had a series of planetary cycles dynamically activating the energy of each sign, from Scorpio through Pisces, and all that those social and universal signs represent in our lives.

When planets meet, their energies are activated. Just as when we meet someone we know and enjoy, our interactions will activate a sense of fun, relaxation, enjoyment, perhaps even love. Our energies blend to bring out the best in both of us. In other cases, as with an authority figure or a neighbor we don’t see eye to eye with but must tolerate or learn to work with, we may experience an activation upon meeting in which our energies feel constricted and uncomfortable. If we spend enough time around this person without addressing the need to make adjustments eventually our energies will collide, creating an implosion or explosion that breaks up old stuck ways of being and energetic patterns. When a collision occurs, the pressure is released, the air is cleared and we will discover new potentials are revealed.

These activations have occurred in Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces, as most of the outer planets are slowly moving through those signs for the past few years. This means that many of the people and things that carry these energies have been undergoing an intense period of change and transformation and acting as the catalysts for those around them.

The personal planets, Venus and Mercury, that always travel within a sign or two of the Sun, parted company in February, when Mercury last went retrograde and Venus rushed on ahead and is entering Gemini, now. Mercury has moved into Aries but has yet to catch up with the Sun.

The activations, initiations and wake-up calls that came fast and furiously for so many of us last fall and winter, were a bit like popcorn kernels that, after doing time in some hot oil suddenly burst, rapid-fire, into fresh, fluffy, fun food, for those who were open to the possibilities. For those who hoped the kernels would survive their time in the oil and with the burner on High, intact, the experience may well have felt like disaster had struck. All those tidy little kernels of potential blew up, loudly and took up so much room they lifted the top off popper and made a mess!

As the planets separate into their individual cycles, again, the energetic potentials begin to open and expand. While the Sun is in Aries, especially, the time is ripe for taking action on the kernels of potential that have been activated in your life over the past few months. We are embarking on a whole new way of living. The possibilities are before you. Your task is to step boldly into the present moment and answer whatever it is that calls to you without looking behind you or worrying about what will happen next. Our passions aren’t about what anyone else wants. This is the journey of the individual. Once on your way, delight and discovery await you. When we do what we love we align ourselves with others who are truly kindred in spirit.

What’s your passion? True passion energizes us; our eyes light up and we just know we can do it, whatever it takes. When it comes to our passions there is no doubt or second thought. There is just you, in the moment, with the thing that makes you feel vibrant and alive.

Aries energy thrives on immediacy, urgency, living full out in each moment. At its best and brightest it is a lively mix of impulse, inspiration and enthusiasm that carries us through with our eye on the target and the thrill of living our passion fueling our fire.