Venus Has Gone Retrograde and the Moon is on the Wane

Gemini Full Moon

Gemini Full Moon

2013 has been a year of tremendous change, the world over. Sometimes it is hard to grasp how quickly things can flip or completely transform. Much has come to light that was held in secrecy for decades. At the same time, amazing new information, technologies and developments have been revealed that offer tremendous promise, reminding us that we are moving through a time like no other. The more we can reconnect to our hearts and follow the guidance they offer, the more easily we will navigate these times.

The last full moon of 2013 lit up the night sky in the sign of Gemini on December 17th. At the Solstice, on December 21/2, Venus entered its retrograde phase, to travel backward in the sign of Capricorn for the entire month of January. Astrology allows us to see the natural cycles of life and their timing: conception, becoming, flowering, peaking, distributing, diminishing, dissolving and renewal. This waning of the moon and retrograde Venus both indicate that between now and the end of the year is prime time for considering what has value (Venus) in your life today, and consciously releasing anything that no longer fits or works for you. Whether there is an old habit you’ve been meaning to change, a relationship you’ve outgrown or a closet full of clothes that you just don’t wear anymore, the stars are aligned to support you in letting go so you can once more be wholeheartedly in the flow of your life.

Freedom, the freedom to be who we really are, comes only when we have let go of all the stuff that we are not. Many of us once gladly laid claim to labels and titles and identities and stuff and nonsense, believing they made us somehow more than we were without them. Today, we want to use our creativity and intelligence and do something that not only makes our hearts sing, but makes a real difference in the world.

Waking up to the fact that nothing outside ourselves can give us any value that we don’t already possess within us can be a challenge. Continuing to do things that we know are no longer right for us, however, can feel like death. So, if you’ve been feeling the urge to let some things go, there’s never been a better time than now. In lightening up now, you create a vacuum that allows you to attract something new that feels just right.

Wishing you all a peaceful late December and beautiful visions for a shiny New Year.

Love, Jodi

 


Sagittarius New Moon ~Shooting at the Moon

Yesterday was the day of the Sagittarius New Moon. New moons initiate new cycles of growth and development. The Sun and Moon together in Sagittarius–sign of Truth, Faith, Intuition and Aspirations–invite us to aim high, like the archer that symbolizes this sign, while keeping our feet on the ground, connected to the instinctive nature of the body that is constantly offering us feedback about whether we are being real with ourselves.

The positions of the other planets at the time of this new moon sets the stage for intense, transfomative conversations that can lead to tangible improvements in our businesses and lives. The stage is set for purging the old ideas and visions that time has shown us will no longer hold water, so we are free to embrace something that will work for us now.

Our definition and understanding of Love is changing, too. Whereas Love has been a largely accepted as the personal province of romance or what we feel for family and friends, we are now beginning to understand that Love is so much more than that. Love is the essence of our human nature. Without Love we will truly cease to exist. Of this I am certain. It is time for expanding our experience of Love and its expression in our lives.

You may think I’m shooting at the moon. My North Node is in Sagittarius and I have spent my life in service to learning to aim high and shoot straight–letting go of my Gemini South Node tendencies to fritter away my time on inconsequential things and hold back on speaking what I know I need to say rather than being forthright and direct.

I have faith that we are capable of embodying and expressing the loving aspects of our essential nature in more significant ways than most of us have done up until now. At this time of year, especially, we are presented with one opportunity after another to choose to express love instead of pretending we don’t notice, choose optimism instead of dread, choose faith instead of falling backward into fear. There is so much speculation about 2012 and what it means. To me, it means a gigantic opportunity to make a change. To Love first and ask questions later. To Love more and worry less. Perhaps most important of all is that we learn to Love ourselves every bit as well as we love our friends, family and children. Choosing to love when you don’t feel like it may be the most life-changing thing you ever do. Love now. Love big. Shoot for the moon.

With oodles of Love,
Jodi


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Mercury's Direct In Virgo

After spending the last three weeks retrograde – some people swear it feels more like three months – Mercury has changed directions to move forward, once again, in Virgo. We can look forward to fresh insights, now, about some of the subjects that have surfaced since the first part of September. Mercury is all about communication, networks, systems, analysis, organization and the tools and vehicles that make these things possible. In Virgo, we may now come to new realizations about diet, health, hygiene and better ways to take care of the little details that make a big difference that so easily fall through the cracks.

Mercury in Virgo offers opportunities to see through the big picture, which can obscure the heart of the matter or source of the issue, to the essence of what we need to know to make informed decisions. The current talk about vaccines and government mandates to require people to be vaccinated makes me wonder what it is they aren’t telling us. The stage is set for much more information to come to light on this and many similar subjects.

The potentials are ripe for breaking through to fresh approaches to health and human services, both personally and globally. We, the people, ultimately, choose the direction we go from here.

Virgo is the sign of grounded, practical action that promotes order and well-being. Virgo rules the assimilation system in the body–that which we have taken in or taken on, whether it be a meal or a piece of information, requires time to be digested before we can receive its nourishment or understand what it means for us. Only when assimilation and integration occur do we experience the integrity that allows us to understand what is appropriate rather than taking action based on fear or the well-meaning opinions of others.

As Mercury moves back through Virgo and into the early degrees of Libra I encourage you to give yourself the gift of some unscheduled time–it’s so good for you! This is also an excellent time for considering what you can do to become a healthier you. Enjoy!


Seven-Year Itch ~Cycles of Evolutionary Change

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If you are one of the millions of people who are currently experiencing major life-changing events, keep in mind that it is not just marriages that succumb to the seven-year-itch. Actually, seven-year cycles are in effect in all areas of life. Science tells us that on average, most cells in the human body change within a seven year period. So, it isn’t surprising that the things we are doing and interested in will change, as well. Taking some time to reflect on what was happening in your life seven years ago can shed new light, allowing you to claim the wisdom gained and release the toxic residue so you are free to start fresh.

The planet, Uranus, (genius, innovation, invention and sudden change) ruler of Aquarius, spends seven years in each sign of the zodiac. This offers clues about why and how things evolve.

The ‘seven-year-itch’ kicks in around the beginning of year six. Often, an Aquarian-type person or event (unexpected, catalytic, bolt-from-the-blue kind of thing) creates such a shift in your perception of life that you just know things will never go back to the way they were. Unrest and dissatisfaction brew beneath the surface. The things you have been doing no longer work and after a while it seems nothing really works, anymore. It is time to either do things differently or do something different.

Astrology helps us to understand life’s natural cycles. There is a time to be still and a time to move, a time to be patient and a time to push through obstacles, a time to hang on and a time to let go, a time for giving your all and a time for giving it all up, there is a time for silent reflection and a time for celebration.

I opened the Light In Motion office and began offering classes, gatherings and a newsletter, in addition to readings, in 2002. Over the past couple of years Light In Motion has been completing its first seven-year cycle. The way I did business wasn’t working very well, anymore. And despite the fact that I talk to people about personal development and evolution every day, I was at a loss as to how to deal with the effects of the changes in my life. Once you change, your circumstances must also change to accommodate the growth that has occurred. The only thing I knew to do at that point was let go and let go and let go, again.

And then one day, it dawned on me that that I could revolutionize my business–take it to a new level and offer new types of service that feel energizing and joyful. The heart of the business remains my love of working with and inspiring others who, like me, know that there is more to life than most people realize and want to enjoy cultivating a life they love. Stay tuned for much more as Light In Motion begins its new evolutionary cycle.

The whole world is different than it was in 2002. What are you itching to release or perhaps revolutionize? There are fresh potentials everywhere, awaiting your notice. What will you include in your new seven-year cycle?


Pluto, Pisces, Aquarius and More Aquarius

04160821Currently, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, the North Node, Chiron and Neptune are all in Aquarius. The Sun is approaching Uranus in Pisces. And Pluto is just getting started in Capricorn. If there were ever a time when extraordinary things were likely, this is it. Over half of the planets of the zodiac are in the signs ruled by the impersonal, anti-grounded signs ruled by the outer planets. True, Capricorn will bring us back to Earth, but Pluto is moving through early Capricorn like a cosmic roto-rooter unearthing all manner of unhealthy government and business practice and procedure. The good news is that Pluto is about transformation. Skeletons and secrets that were buried or kept in vaults or behind boardroom doors are being uncovered and will now be changed in ways that allow for evolution, rather than continuing to poison the ground water from which we all drink.

This ongoing, major line-up of energies in Aquarius, the sign of humanity, invention, technology, revolution, genius and the one who walks to the beat of his/her own drum is opening and offering all manner of fresh opportunity. It may take a while before they become apparent, but rest assured, in this energetic climate, opportunities abound. I like to think of that famously Aquarian drum as the heart. What better beat could there be for keeping pace and passing the time of our lives?

This time is ripe with fresh potentials that were never before possible. If you have been paddling upstream trying to get somewhere you were before, you might want to consider turning your canoe around. We are in the middle of the rapids and there is no going back to where we were even one short year ago.

The evolutionary wheel has turned and the revolution has begun. Things will continue to change. If we choose to make changes based on our vision of what is possible rather than by of our fear of the unknown we will see that we are far from powerless. We are, in fact, powerful beyond measure. What if you let the beauty of what you love be your point of focus?


2009 ~The Year of Miracles

This article was written for my Light In Motion II newsletter, published January 14, 2009 and is cross-posted on my Random Acts of Truth and Beauty blog.

apophysis-090225-1-21A few days ago I was reading something that mentioned 2008 having been the Year of something or other. I wondered what 2009 would be the year of, and immediately heard, “2009 is The Year of Miracles”. Wow! And not a moment too soon, from the sounds of things, lately.

I had to smile at the thought of a year of miracles. I feel the Divine is already right there for us, awaiting our activation of the potentials before us. I see evidence of the miraculous in our election of Barack Obama, in the sudden plummeting of gas prices, and in the shift of energy in the past few weeks that has me feeling a new optimism about what is now possible. These are all potentials that are miraculous in the fact that they were once unexpected and have shifted reality remarkably. Though we may have hoped for them, none of us by force of will or determination could have created them without a little help from the unseen realms.

I don’t know about you, but I take very little for granted these days. When I see something that speaks to me I make a point of stopping to be with it and appreciate it for what it has to offer. Life itself is a series of miracles when I am present to them.

Miracles are really just realized potentials that we are unaware are possible until they occur. They are always love-based, inspiring and uplifting when we witness them. The miraculous is happening all the time. Our true nature is Divine. Humans are born with a natural ability to do many things that we have been taught to believe are miracles. It is just a matter of being present enough to notice, to see the beauty that is literally everywhere we look. More and more people are ready to Be the Change. And there are quite a few of us who are now embracing our lives whole-heartedly with a real Passion for what we are doing. Enough so that we are willing to step up to living and loving as exactly who we are.

If you would like to reconnect with, or discover your Passion, an Intuitive Astrology reading can help. This year promises to be filled with change for everyone. Self-awareness is empowering and allows you to consciously entertain the potentials before you and proactively make choices based on your preferences. The astrology chart offers a helpful guide to your own best timing and is an excellent tool for discovering the most effective strategies for accomplishing your desires. Insights that arise in a reading often reveal potentials and options that were not apparent before we sat down together.

For more information, or to schedule an Intuitive Astrology reading or Intuitive Consultation, see my website or send me an email.

May miracles abound in your New Year.


Thoughts on Libra

Libra is commonly known as the sign of intimate relationships, beauty and the law. In the Libra realm we engage with others one-on-one, and in so doing experience more of who we are through the eyes and heart of another. Our close relationships with others can be an enlightening reflection of the true nature of our oftentimes complex relationship to Self. Libran relationships are either intimate or legal partnerships. Either way, we have chosen to align with these people for some purpose, be it counseling, marriage, help with negotiating a contract or a business partnership.

If we have done the work of the previous sign, Virgo, the nature of which is to assimilate, integrate and practice discernment, success and harmony in relationships is likely. One of the functions of healthy Virgo is to integrate the otherwise projected, normally unconscious and disowned wild-card aspects of our personality that make each of us unique, so that when we interact with others we are coming from our wholeness and holiness that honors the nature of others.

Currently, Mercury is retrograde in Libra, so it is altogether possible that you are rethinking some of your relationships, contracts and maybe even your marriage. I don’t know about you, but I have been in a bit of a life review for the past few days. I am seeing all kinds of things that were never clear to me before. Insights are dawning like fireworks on the Fourth of July on all kinds of Libra fronts; I am looking at revamping the counseling/consulting practice that has been my Light In Motion business for the past seven years, relationships from the distant past have resurfaced for review and reconsideration, my new business partner and I are realizing we need to slow down and make sure we have all of the pieces of our business in place before we move forward, and I am seeing my relationship with my guy in a whole new light.

Life seems to be moving at warp-speed these days and time is precious. It is of great value to stop and check in with how our relationships to others are reflecting our relationship to who we are at this point in time. Balance and beauty are ideals that remind us of our divine nature, the Who We Really Are, the I AM which is, indeed, balanced and beautiful.


Mercury's Gone Retrograde and the Moon is on the Wane

I took this picture as we were taking off from Salt Lake City, last weekend. In order to get the shot of the mountains and the amazing clouds, I was forced to include the wing of the plane in the picture. And now that I look at it, I kind of like it.

I was in Salt Lake City for the 4th Annual MonaVie International Convention. The convention was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. Dallin Larsen, cofounder and CEO is a true and inspiring leader with a vision that has captured the hearts and minds of people from many different walks of life. The plane was full of happy, if exhausted, MonaVie Distributors, many of whom are my good friends. We’d all shared an amazing few days and were on our way back home to the Bay Area.

A few days later, on September 24th, Mercury went retrograde in the sign of Libra. I found myself making a series of silly mistakes, like losing my cell phone in the house (I’d absentmindedly put it in a drawer when I was putting some papers away), realizing at the last moment that I’d forgotten a lunch date with a friend, and arriving at another friend’s house to work on a project having completely forgotten to bring the supplies…

While Mercury is retrograde, often things are not as we would like them to be. Most of us prefer a little more predictability, and that things go smoothly so we can get them done and move on to the next thing. When The Trickster is moving backward (from Earth’s perspective) life can seem to be a bit like driving the car looking only in the rear view mirror. It is easy to crash into things that are right in front of us; miss our exit, so we arrive late; try so hard to keep up our normal pace that we end up working against ourselves until we get that it is time to slow down or maybe even stop for a little time out.

With Mercury in retrograde motion for the next three weeks we can make the most of this time by cleaning up loose ends and either completing or deleting projects that have languished, unfinished, for far too long. This is the time to reconsider our priorities, reconnect with old friends, take a moment to review what is and isn’t working and update our priorities.

With the moon waning until it is new in Libra on September 29th, we are doubly primed for letting go of anything that isn’t working for us or isn’t enhancing our experience in some way. This is a great weekend for clearing clutter, organizing your desk or office, finally framing those pictures that you know would look great on your wall and replacing your summer clothes with the heavier things you’ll be wearing this fall.

So, Mercury’s gone retrograde and the moon is on the wane… sounds like the title of a country music song, doesn’t it? I still don’t know whether those clouds were moving in or out. Nothing changes faster than the weather. It serves as a wonderful reminder that if we allow ourselves to be in the moment we, too, can move through or beyond any storm. I love that I was able to capture that rich moment in time in a way that allows me to revisit it and be blessed, again, by all that it represents.

*Mercury goes direct, again, on October 15th.


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.