Follow Your Intuition

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Spring arrived a week ago. Migrating birds are returning from their winter homes. Snow and ice have receded under the Sun’s earth-warming rays and exposed a drab gray-green landscape. We can observe and find comfort in nature’s eternal reliability. There’s an energy of anticipation around us, but it’s not quite full on excitement yet. The thought of being a couch potato may have more appeal at the moment than going for a walk through the park.

What’s going on? The Moon in Sagittarius is void of course, retrograde Mercury is standing still in Pisces, and the Sun in Aries is not making strong aspects to any planets today.

Follow your intuition and don’t force yourself into activities you don’t want to do. There’s nothing wrong and a lot that’s right about taking the path of least resistance.

Trying too Hard

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Think back to a time when you felt the urge to move forward and get things done and when you tried to push through some thing or some person who was in your way, the effort was HARD, FRUSTRATING, and unproductive. You may bump into the same type of energy and feelings today.

If you feel the emotional need or desire to move toward something, your effort may be thwarted today while the Moon in Jupiter’s sign is not able to connect and communicate directly with Mars in Taurus.  Even though the Moon is responsible to Mars to help Mars accomplish actions and movement, the only line of communication the Moon has to Mars is through Mercury in Pisces. And Mercury, in its final days of retrograde motion, is not an effective communicator/connection at this time.

So don’t push if the effort seems too difficult or unfruitful today. Indulge your imagination, be a strategist, align with your true desires, and create your vision for what you want to expand. Wait until Thursday to take planned action.

Think Better, Feel Better

It was 5:00 AM when I looked at the clock on the dresser and decided it was way too early to get out of bed. I snuggled deeper into the blankets. The next thought I had was Love yourself unconditionally. I’d been asleep, and an hour had passed.

I know that thought was received, and the reason I know that for sure is because I’m far more inclined to have critical reflections about the day before upon awaking. Thoughts like I could have done __________ better yesterday and I’ll do better today.

And I know it was received because I’ve always pretty much rejected the concept of unconditional love. I’ve heard that I should love unconditionally since I was in Sunday School, but it never made any sense to me. I’d think about people who’d done mean, hateful things and then I’d think No way am I going to love those people unconditionally.

The closest I’ve come to feeling unconditional love is the love I feel for my children. I love them every day no matter what happens. Parents do tend to love their children. But soon after childhood ends, and certainly by the time we become adults, many of us believe we have to earn love from partners, neighbors, employers, and even from their own children.

Consequently, I’ve never extended the same level of acceptance to myself that I give to my children. It never occurred to me that I should love myself that much. Sound familiar?

Why did I receive that thought now?

The conditions were right. I’d been asleep and my mind was not active. And I was asking the right question: How can I feel better? Not, How can I feel better about someone else, but How can I feel better.

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The conditions

I live in St. Paul, Minnesota, and this February is officially the snowiest on record with 31.5 inches of new snow on the ground. Snowbanks are shoulder high and the month isn’t over. It’s been colder than normal, as well. I work from home, but I’ve had to drive through and walk on the snow and ice often enough. Poor travel conditions and too many days being housebound have been really challenging! I’ve spent more than a few hours perusing places like Sanibel Island in Florida or southern California on the computer. I’ve felt confined by the conditions.

I’d grown tired, though, of my irritable self and my ongoing thoughts of escaping to someplace warm and green. I know that regardless of where I go, I have to come back to me and what is here. And so I’ve been thinking more about I can feel good in spite of the circumstances and conditions around me.

“I Surrender”

I’d cried “uncle” and surrendered my resistance to the circumstances AND THEN I heard the answer Love yourself unconditionally. It wasn’t Love others unconditionally, but Love yourself unconditionally.

In that moment, I knew that my desire to feel good in spite of the conditions around me was the answer I needed and wanted. The explanation I’d heard so many times, and that had never made sense or seemed possible to achieve, was missing a key component: Love yourself unconditionally. 

Why now and not before?

Habits of thought, even those thoughts that are self-defeating, often go unchallenged. But when I cared enough about myself to want to feel better, I received a thought about how to feel better.

We get messages in the form of thoughts all the time. Where do thoughts come from? In astrology, the planet Mercury represents thinking and communication. In the myths associated with Mercury, he’s the messenger who carries messages to humans from the gods. Our thoughts cause us to want/desire things in life—relationships, a home, security, creative fulfillment, and so on. Venus represents how we give to and receive from ourselves and others. The Moon represents emotional energy. These are the energies that we use to attract experiences in to our lives.

Thoughts do become things, including habits, in your life. Often, too often, criticism and judgments from others are accepted and then internalized. The conditions (some of which have nothing to do with you and everything to do with the other person) others use to measure your value and worth become the conditions by which you then judge and criticize yourself.

The good news is that habits (patterns of thought) can be stopped AND a belief is only something you continue to believe. Beliefs can be, and often need to be, changed if your goal is to feel good most of the time.

An astrology reading can provide insights that you can use to take charge of your life. Schedule a reading today.

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” — W.M. Lewis

And let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment.

∼ Sharon

Don’t Feel Guilty if You Didn’t Sign Up for a Reading Challenge

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Reading challenges have been popping up on Facebook and other social media sites throughout January. Goodreads, owned by Amazon, is a “social cataloging” website that allows readers to search for books, read reviews by other readers, and create lists of books to read. It also sponsors an annual challenge to motivate people to read more. I’m a member, so I poked around a little and discovered that some people read a lot of books. One woman read over 400 books in 2018. All I can say to that is: Wow! But the average reader pledges to read around 50 books, and not everyone who pledges actually reads any books.

Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies. I love a good mystery especially if it’s part of a series. I also enjoy books about gardening and decorating, and even some of the self-help books are good. Over the years I’ve read thousands of books and bought many of them, because I just enjoy looking at them on the bookshelf.

I know people who haven’t read a book cover to cover in decades. And despite what people say about people who don’t read, that’s really OK, because not everyone likes to read!

I thought about this today as I worked on the chart of a man who I know reads at least 100 books a year. It was easy to see in the chart why he enjoys reading. His chart has Mercury in Gemini conjunct Jupiter. Mercury conjunct Jupiter in Gemini increases emphasis on an already strong need to communicate, write, read, etc. He’s a professional journalist and earns his income from writing. Mercury also rules the 2nd house in his birth chart. The 2nd house is where we see information about earning potential as well as resources that have personal value. But not every chart has Mercury in Gemini conjunct Jupiter, the planet that expands everything it comes into contact with.

So, if you’re not a reader, or you are a reader but you think you should be reading more, don’t beat yourself up. The Mercury in your birth chart may not be not be in a position that encourages reading. And if you’re the parent of a child who doesn’t enjoy reading, it’s better to accept that than to scold your child because he or she doesn’t read more. We’re not created from the same mold. There are other ways to learn and be aware of what’s happening in our world.

If you’re curious about what the chart for your birth reveals about you, look at my Schedule a Reading page. Feel free to leave comments.