Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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

Using the Moon in Astrology for Planning and Goal-setting

Astrology is a great practice for learning about our inner selves, making plans, reaching goals and bettering our lives. I've always been a fan of practical knowledge that I can use in tangible ways. This approach to Astrology is fun and useful, especially if you love goal-setting and making plans for achievement.

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 four weeks you can have an idea of how to start using this for maximum effect. As the moon moves around the zodiac, it highlights your chart, passing over each planet and its aspects, good and bad. Over time, you can see patterns in your moods, your energy levels, when things go right for you and when they don't.

An astrology planner, like the  magic_of_i planner I show here, is a great tool for tracking and 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. Then you can go back after each week or each month to see how your moods, energy levels, and luck fluctuated as the moon passes through different signs. Let's say you have a Capricorn Moon in your natal chart. Maybe you notice that you feel happy and in the flow when the moon is in Taurus and when its in Virgo, because it is making a nice trine to your moon.

Another great astrology planner is this one. It has the moon movements and Void-of-course listed in the calender portion, then it has the aspects and planetary degrees in an ephemeris in the back. Both have their benefits and their drawbacks, but both are great options. 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, and use that time to study some higher knowledge or do a spiritual ritual instead.

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 at that time. 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. We can make positive changes, reach goals, and live a happier experience. 

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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