Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Tracking the Moon to Understand your Whole Natal Chart and Make Positive Life Changes with Astrology

How to Make Positive Life Changes with Astrology

Astrology is great practice for learning about our inner selves. There are so many ways to use astrology out there, but I've always been a fan of practical knowledge that I can use in tangible ways.

One of my favorite tools for using astrology to make positive changes to your life is tracking the moon. The moon moves through the twelve signs in about 28 days, so in less than a month you can have an idea of how astrology affects you specifically. This is because each planet and its aspects are highlighted as the moon passes over its place in your chart, giving you a really good sense of how your natal chart functions on a larger scale. 

An astrology planner, like the  magic_of_i planner I show here, is a great tool for analyzing these patterns, because it already has a lot of the transits, including the movements of the moon, plugged into each day. All you have to do is write your mood and any major events that happen each day. 

But you don't have to use an astrology planner.  A yearly planner or even a plain notebook would work just fine. A moon map is another great option. It doesn't matter what you use to gather the information, as long as you track it long enough to see your patterns. At the end of each moon cycle, you go back over the month to see how the moon affected you as it touched the different planets in your chart.

You may notice things like:

"I tend to be more hot-headed when it goes over my Mars."

"I get depressed on the days that the moon passes over my moon."

"I get bloated after the moon passes over Jupiter."

These are just examples of what you might learn by tracking your patterns with the movements of the moon. It will be unique for each person, but once you see your trouble spots, you can develop ways to address them, pacify them and use them to your advantage instead.

That might look something like this:

"I tend to be more hot-headed when it goes over my Mars."

-Make sure to exercise on those days instead of blowing up on people.

"I get depressed on the days that the moon passes over my moon."

-Set a friend date and practice self-care during  those days to keep mood up.

"I get bloated after the moon passes over Jupiter."

-Abstain from sweets and alcohol on these 2-3 days of the month. 

-Study some higher knowledge or do a spiritual ritual to feel buoyed instead craving sweets or drinks that leave me bloated.

Likewise, you can look at where you have your best days, and utilize them to get ahead in those areas of your life. Maybe you notice that you are super energetic in the middle of the moon's cycle, so you do a big house cleaning session on the second Sunday of the month. Or maybe you notice that you feel like having fun near the end of the moon's cycle, so you plan outings with your kids or dates with your partner around that time. 

By tracking the movements of the moon, we can make decisions with intention, and use all of our energies wisely, even a Mercury retrograde or a scary Saturn. 

Here is a video where I explain other ways that you can use the movements of the moon to make positive changes in your life.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Pluto Says Hi

Libra on the Ascendant, Pluto in Scorpio in the 1st, not conjunct

Behind my Libra facade (ascendant) of light and charm lurks a shadow (pluto) that constantly threatens to crack through my brightly reflective shield. I sometimes feel like I vibrate with the internal struggle that is containing my weird dark self behind the goody goody beauty front- which I call the Smile and Serve- that protects my (Leo) ego from the criticism of our blunt cruel world.

What is so dark about me? I love astrology and plants. Illicit knowledge is what hides behind the hostess smile.

I've long had a deep love for what I dubbed "Section 133." There, tucked into the nonfiction section of the library, behind the books about Christianity and other world religions, was this shelf. This illicit shelf full of books about things like sun signs, palm reading, psychic experiences, and dream interpretations. Everyone around me thought these types of subjects were either fake or evil or both. 

I was generally a good kid, but this was one thing where I actually went out of my way sneaking around. I never cared about boys or parties or sexy clothes but forbidden books? For that, I made elaborate plans to take trips to the library alone. I'd hide the books in my backpack, under my bed, in other books. Now as an adult, the secret keeping continues but on a subtler level. Instead of hiding books, I just read Section 133 EBooks. And my one recurring debt that I hide from my husband is library fines.😂 

But you can't get to where you're going by traveling like you always have. I can't keep hiding the most passionate parts of myself if I ever expect to get where I want to go. Integration is necessary. So instead of hiding, I'm saying Hi. 👋

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