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Sagittarius New Moon (11/29/16): Expanding Spiritual Horizons
Sagittarius New Moon (11/29/16): Expanding Spiritual Horizons
The new moon in Sagittarius urges us into a state of joy and enthusiasm! After the tensions and troubles of the past few months, it is time to shift into a more playful and engaged attitude. Sagittarius supports long-range travel and exploration of foreign cultures. But, if you are home-bound, you may satisfy this urge through studying philosophy, religion or mythology.

Taurus Full Super Moon (11/14/16) — Heal, Ground, and Grow Your Light
Taurus Full Super Moon (11/14/16) — Heal, Ground, and Grow Your Light
This Taurus full moon is the most grand and illuminating super moon of the century, so far! A super moon causes the earth’s tides to be stronger, and it does the same thing to us. We are energetically pulled by the moon. With this super moon in Taurus, we are pulled in the directions of establishing our financial security, increasing our self-confidence, elevating our sensuality and connecting to the earth. The Taurus full moon shines brightly on to our fundamental basics–the ground we stand on, how we support ourselves, and how we feel the world around us. This presents us a good opportunity to indulge in self care, heighten our sensitivity to nature, and connect with mother earth. Go outside in the moonlight and feel the steady ground underneath your feet.

New Moon in Scorpio (10/30/16) — Walking Through the Shadow to Reveal the Light
New Moon in Scorpio (10/30/16) — Walking Through the Shadow to Reveal the Light
This Scorpio new moon calls us to initiate ourselves into the watery depths of our unconscious. Whether it be through occult practices, transformational rituals, psychotherapy, shadow work or anything that ushers us “beyond the veil,” now is the time to walk into the underworld. Most of us strive to stay in the light, ignoring the dark and repressing that which needs to be addressed for us to be truly free. We can no longer resist the change that is upon us, and ignore the power of the shadow within.

Full Moon in Aries (10/16/16) - It’s Time to Shine, You Crazy Diamond
 Full Moon in Aries (10/16/16) - It’s Time to Shine, You Crazy Diamond
The Full moon in Aries invites us to take charge of our lives and think outside the box. You know you have it in you: the will to do what inspires you most. Take advantage of this sacred energy and put this power to use. Aries carries the energy and passion of our drives and urges into the world. When used wisely, this energy is unstoppable and a force for positive change and growth. If you’ve been playing small up until now…stop. It doesn’t serve you or your gifts. Those who would benefit from what you have to share are waiting for you to make your move.

Libra New Moon - Get Creating and Start Relating
Libra New Moon - Get Creating and Start Relating
A Libra new moon invites us to get creating and start relating. Libra loves the arts, music and anything beautiful, so this is a good time to immerse yourself in the divine beauty all around you. Any excuse to work with your creative faculties should be taken advantage of, as this new moon sparks the beginning of new artistic works for you. Libra is also the great relator — no matter what kind of relationship needs tending in your life, the Libra energy from this new moon fuels the fire of intimacy.

Solar Eclipse + New Moon in Virgo (9/1/16): Embrace a New Layer of Healing
Solar Eclipse + New Moon in Virgo (9/1/16): Embrace a New Layer of Healing
September features two eclipses in a row, starting with a solar eclipse during the new moon in Virgo on September 1st. The next event is a lunar eclipse during the full moon in Pisces on September 16th. This makes all of September an incredibly potent month to start, end, renew, reevaluate and deepen all areas of life. The energy of an eclipse lasts six month or more, so use the preliminary energy of Virgo in the month to be cautious and careful of all you cultivate during this cosmic time. The lunar eclipse in Pisces is a good time to immerse yourself in transcendence and oneness, and let go of all that doesn’t serve your spiritual needs.

Aquarius Full Moon (8/18/16): Be the Force for Change In The World
Aquarius Full Moon (8/18/16): Be the Force for Change In The World
Are you ready to highlight your humanitarian efforts during this full moon in Aquarius? Good, because the world needs it. This is a time to shed whatever is holding you back from speaking your truth, particularly about how things need to shift. Each of us has our own way in which we can be the change we wish to see in our world. There is no singular effort, no one goal that needs to be accomplished right now; all efforts and all goals are equally important. While each of us has our soap box, so to speak, it is now that we need to stand upon it and clear the way for positive change. 

New Moon in Leo (8/2/16): Learning to Let Your Little Light Shine
New Moon in Leo (8/2/16): Learning to Let Your Little Light Shine
The new moon in Leo invites us to move into the spotlight with laughter and exuberance. If there was ever a time to shine, it is now. Leo’s regal qualities are highlighted right now, encouraging us to laugh freely, commune with friends and take advantage of all opportunities to revel in the attention of others. Imagine sitting at the high table with those you love on either side, and an audience of adorers willing to listen…what would you say? How would you communicate your love? This is happening now, and so you must bring your message of loyalty and love to the world.

Capricorn Full Moon (7/19/16) - Manifesting Real Meaning In Our Life
Capricorn Full Moon (7/19/16) - Manifesting Real Meaning In Our Life
Capricorn, the wise elder, gets the full light of the moon this month, bringing awareness to our level of maturity, commitment to discipline, being overworked and developing strategies for our career or lifestyle. The energy of Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and so there is constant pressure to get work done and work the plans we’ve crafted. On the low side, however, this pressure leads to workaholism and forgetting the human element in our endeavors. Capricorn can be cold and ruthless when it comes to achieving its goal. The light of this full moon gives us a clearer vision to understand who, why and what we are working for at this time. If our goals have become trivial, materialistic or narrow minded, this is a good time to broaden our view and reintroduce meaning back into our life’s work.

Cancer New Moon (7/4/2016)- Diving Into the Shadow: Finding Meaning In Our Greatest Gifts
Cancer New Moon (7/4/2016)- Diving Into the Shadow: Finding Meaning In Our Greatest Gifts
Cancer finds itself in its element during this new moon. Ruled by the moon, Cancer’s watery nature is in high gear during this new moon cycle, and you likely find that your emotions are ebbing and flowing at this time. As the bearer of the unconscious, the moon and Cancer work within us to house our shadow, drives, intuition…our greatest gifts. Like the crab, we usually protect these things at all costs, when really, protection is not what they need.

Sagittarius Full Moon (6/20/16) - Aim True and Shoot for the Stars
Sagittarius Full Moon (6/20/16) - Aim True and Shoot for the Stars
The Sagittarius full moon fuels our philosophical fantasies and launches us into a stratospheric search for wisdom and meaning. Nothing tickles the great archer’s fancy like higher pursuits in education, travel and religion or philosophy. As a centaur, Sagittarius loves to take aim at something that others find impossible, in order to shoot for the stars. Often overextending himself, the centaur can find himself spread thin. Our goal in this new moon is to aim high, but stay focused while keeping our energy levels up and engaging in self care.

Gemini New Moon (6/4/16): Learning to Speak Your Truth to Power
Gemini New Moon (6/4/16): Learning to Speak Your Truth to Power
Gemini has a penchant for chatter, hidden messages, and a little playful trickery which is all enhanced by this New Moon. If you are interested in clearing up your communication, spreading a powerful message clearly, and extending yourself either via travel or broadcasts, then this is your time. The fact that this new moon is so closely conjunct Venus heightens any communication around love, beauty, sensuality, art or even finances.

Sagittarius Full Moon: Aiming High and Staying True (May 21, 2016)
Sagittarius Full Moon: Aiming High and Staying True (May 21, 2016)
Sagittarius, the great archer, is ready to take his aim and hit his target during this full moon in May. Charged up by Mars, this Full Moon gives us great energy to move toward any goals in higher education, publishing, exploring foreign culture or high-level (meta) teaching. While all these Sagittarian qualities are driven and expanded at this time by Mars, we may also pay special attention to the opportunity to explore our connection to religion, personal philosophy or our soul’s purpose. Nothing drives Sagittarius energy more than an interest in refining our belief system. If we have walked away from (or pushed away) a religious practice, then this is a good time to reconsider what might actually be potent and important to you in your life. Our early religious experiences (for better or for worse) shape and mold our unconscious mind and those impressions run deep. Though the external practices or dogma may have lost their luster for you, take time to find some personal, internal practice that ignites a spiritual spark inside your soul. Take back your religion on your own terms, and utilize this Full Moon energy to shine some light on what allows you to deeply connect to yourself.

What You Really Learn in Yoga Teacher Training
What You Really Learn in Yoga Teacher Training
Making the decision to sign up for a teacher training for most people is a big deal. Many register for programs in order to become a yoga instructor, but people also register in order to simply learn more about yoga. What most people don’t count on is how much you learn about yourself through the teacher training process. While learning alignment for Down Dog and how to cue people into a Warrior One is great, gaining tools to thrive and uncovering a new way of looking at life are even better.

Taurus New Moon: Earthly Connections and Spiritual Explorations (May 6, 2016)
Taurus New Moon: Earthly Connections and Spiritual Explorations (May 6, 2016)
Taurus’ stellar ability to manifest earthly beauty and abundance are brilliantly enhanced during the New Moon. A thrilling combination in the sky create an opportunity to expand on your transformative powers and throw out any rigid beliefs that are getting in your way. This New Moon brings richness and offers supremely powerful energy to enhance your finances. If there is a money-making endeavor that has presented itself, go for it! And, if you have been waiting on your payday, it is just around the corner, provided you clear whatever energy may be blocking your inherent success.

Scorpio Full Moon: The Sorcerer, the Source and the Strength of the Shadow (April 22, 2016)
Scorpio Full Moon: The Sorcerer, the Source and the Strength of the Shadow (April 22, 2016)
A full moon in Scorpio shines light on all our darkest depths: the secrets we carry beneath the outer facade, hidden in the shadow, waiting for the light. At its worst, Scorpio energy forces these secrets to the surface at the worst possible moments, often wounding others (and ourself!) in the process. However, when we consciously bring acceptance and awareness to our shadow, the hidden depths reveal not darkness, but long buried treasure that is the source of our greatest healing, wisdom and truth. In this way, the deep processing required by this illuminated Scorpio energy brings things to light that ultimately reveal our power.

Fearless and Radical New Beginnings: Aries New Moon (April 7, 2016)
Fearless and Radical New Beginnings: Aries New Moon (April 7, 2016)
This Aries New Moon is a prime time to charge forth into action and move ahead in life with courage and fearlessness. As the first sign of the zodiacal year, Aries kicks things off and starts things up. The cardinal force of this sign is powerful and there is no time like a new moon in Aries to start something new. The tenacity and focus of Aries is perfect for new endeavors, but you must beware of a “ready, fire, aim” mentality and make sure to plot your course with care. As you do this, be sure to support yourself well with a self-care routine to manage any feelings of being overwhelmed and keep stressed adrenals in check. Aries energy is very fierce at times, so you must work to counterbalance it with some gentle consideration for yourself.

Weighing the Options: Full Lunar Eclipse Moon in Libra: Alchemical Ritual Inside - 3/23/16
Weighing the Options: Full Lunar Eclipse Moon in Libra: Alchemical Ritual Inside - 3/23/16
With this Libran full moon, we are blessed with a lunar eclipse which powerfully enhances all the effects of this lunation. Coming off our recent Pisces new moon that featured a solar eclipse, here we are, just two weeks later with another reason to be rocked by the stars and planets. Libra, the balancing scales of the sky offer us an opportunity to explore our artistic sides, engage with our lover, counsel friends, or find harmony or balance in our own lives. We must watch the tendency to fall into indecision at this time. Libra is great at weighing the options, but at some point we must act! Luckily, a nice angle with the planet Mars gives us an energetic boost towards action once we’ve assessed the situation.

Pisces New Moon (3/8/16): Swimming in Spiritual Waters
Pisces New Moon (3/8/16): Swimming in Spiritual Waters
This Pisces new moon begs us to take stock of our spiritual lives and our transcendent experiences. The human psyche has deeper needs than the mundane world can satisfy and the calling to explore alternative spiritual experiences is real, and makes our internal reality more vivid and relevant. When what is inside of us (our nature, or soul) is honored though spiritual practice, we discover ways of integrating the inner and outer worlds for a more authentic life experience and fuller expression of self. This new moon provides us with the opportunity to delve deeply into our soul experience and find ways of satisfying the deeper spiritual needs that are uniquely ours.

Virgo Full Moon (Monday - 2/22/16) : Harvesting the Wisdom of the Night Goddess
Virgo Full Moon (Monday - 2/22/16) : Harvesting the Wisdom of the Night Goddess
Virgo, the great goddess of the night sky, embodies the properties of nurturing, self-care and cleanliness. Often misunderstood as simply, “the virgin,” Virgo gives us much richer feminine qualities than the sanitized virginal element she is often believed to represent. This Virgo Full Moon invites us to explore the most potent qualities of the feminine (regardless of our gender identity) and let go of those overdone, negative qualities that are passé, such as, martyrdom, self-criticism and control…these things always get in the way of our fullest expression and leave us fearful of simply being who we are, which Virgo energy calls us to be.

Aquarius New Moon (Monday - 2/8/16) : Manifesting the Magic of our Truth
Aquarius New Moon (Monday - 2/8/16) : Manifesting the Magic of our Truth
The new moon is in the sign of Aquarius, the water bearer. Often likened to the figure of Jesus, the water bearer holds similar qualities that shine through the darkness of the new moon. Known for humanitarian efforts, revolutionary thinking, individualism and speaking the truth, the Aquarian energy also finds trouble with being exiled for radical thought, and going into seclusion to avoid skepticism (or, as a result of it!). It is all these qualities that the new moon calls forth from within you. At this time, you must speak the truth about what is most important to you, and walk your own path. For, when you do, you inspire others to do the same. Nothing is more important than starting your own revolution, whether it be quiet or loud, and living the life you are destined for.

Leo Full Moon 1/23: Lead the Way in the Limelight!
Leo Full Moon 1/23: Lead the Way in the Limelight!
The Leo Full Moon is an opportune time to revel in your creativity and play, while ensuring that you make enough time for rest and self-care. As the full moon shines into the qualities of Leo, we are called to reflect on the ways in which we seek the spotlight or take active leadership roles.

Become the Hero of Your Own Story
Become the Hero of Your Own Story
The hero in any story never starts out that way. He or she begins as an ordinary human stuck in the doldrums of their circumstance. In The Matrix, Neo is a simple office clerk whose cubicle is barely adorned. In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie Bucket is a poor English schoolboy who works a paper route for a few meager coins to feed his family. In Braveheart, William Wallace is a Scottish countryman with a little farm and a lot of love for a beautiful girl.

Sacred Sound
Sacred Sound
Mantras are an important and essential part of most every eastern spiritual practice. They are sacred sounds and phrases that have their origination in the historical texts of the eastern traditions and it turns out, there is actually a correlative mythology behind them. The function of mantras is to provide a codex that unlocks deeper access into the psyche, just as their mythology provides the context to better understand how our psychology effects our everyday life.

The Ritual of Yoga Asana: Making Our Bodies a Temple
The Ritual of Yoga Asana: Making Our Bodies a Temple
Fifteen million Americans practice yoga today. They set foot inside yoga studios, roll out their mats and move to their breath in a ritualized action that lasts usually between 60 - 90 minutes. Whether they practice Ashtanga yoga, Bikram yoga, Kundalini yoga or another variant of hatha yoga, these students are all participating in a modernized physical form of a millenia-old philosophical technology, which originated in India. Within the last 100 years, yoga’s face has changed dramatically as it has migrated and settled into the west with its modern day practitioners. Its evolution has led to a focus on the physical practice, known as asana, and for many who practice today’s version of yoga, the asana practice has become a powerful ritual in their lives. They honor their practice by carrying around yoga mats, drinking out of water bottles with their favorite studio name on it and wearing yoga pants from the studio out to their social events. The hallmark of the modern day yoga practitioner is that we commonly see the trappings of their practice extending into their lives, but there is a deeper and more elevated result of their practice that also extends its way into their lives, which is that yoga practitioners will commonly achieve an elevated state of mind that allows their ritual to manifest itself as a view of themselves and their life-experience as sacred.