by Heather Roan Robbins
Notice a shift in the air, a change in the vibes this week as the Sun leaves domestic Cancer and enters expressive Leo on Saturdaywhile thoughtful Mercury leaves Leo and enters more serious corrective Virgo on Tuesday. For the last month, the stars brought our focus to our personal life, our family and nest, but now they encourage us to out there into the middle of the fray. It’s time to shine, receive, interact, think globally, attend art festivals, and soak up summer’s bounty.
This year we’re lucky enough to have two expressive new moons in Leo, one this weekend, just as the Sun enters Leo, and one creating a solar eclipse on August 21. This Sunday’s new Moon in Leo begins to stir the pot for this coming eclipse season; eclipses act like astrological acupuncture to unblock energy, so let’s notice what part of our life needs attention and fresh honesty, what needs to be released or rebuilt, and work with it throughout the coming month. And if we aren’t honest with our selves, the eclipses will be.
Even as we revel in high summer this week, autumn’s work begins to beckon after Mercury enters industrious, proactive, one might even say obsessive, Virgo on Tuesday. Let’s pay attention to those whispers and begin to get our act together for the fall. Mercury retrogrades Aug 14-Sept 6 so it will help to face this retrograde review cycle with plans made, contacts reached, and our fundamentals already organized.
But this weekend, let’s revel in summer’s sybaritic bounty. On Friday, while the Sun and Moon are both in domestic Cancer, nest and respect each other’s needs. Then get out and about as the Sun and Moon enter extroverted Leo on Saturday, and feel the energy build towards Sunday’s new moon. Monday brings a nervy mental brilliance as Mercury trines Uranus but some emotional distance as Venus opposes Saturn. People may be self-focused and have trouble empathizing, even if they’re unusually sharp. Anxiety and intelligence ratchet up midweek as both the Moon and Mercury enter analytical Virgo. The Moon softens at the end of the week as the Moon enters sociable Libra.
Friday, July 21: The Moon way in the domestic sign of Cancer, it furthers to connect with family, come home and re-center before diving into a new social world. Nest, redecorate, refinance, clean the house. Communities and people need to consider what actually makes them feel more secure. Unfinished family business or raw edges from recent irregular schedules now need healing. It helps to show friends and family we care with simple consideration and nurturing, comfort and kindness, help them feel important to us, rather than try to talk it out.
Sun trine Chiron 12:24 AM, Moon enters cancer 2:09 AM, Moon semi-square Mercury 6:30 PM.
Saturday, July 22: Defensive actions and mood swings complicate early morning, so it may further to sleep late, or keep expectations low. The Sun enters Leo mid-morning and encourages us to wander, take care of ourselves, and refill in the sunshine on a contemplative, inefficient day. Evening heats up; engage spontaneously and adjust to last-minute changes in plans
Moon trine Neptune 12:33 AM, Moon square Jupiter 3:33 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 6:49 AM, Sun enters Leo 9:15 AM.
Sunday, July 23: The Moon conjunct the Sun in Leo early this morning and then opposes Mars. On this new Moon, we need to return to our self and here what we need, what lights our fire what seeds our creative process and romantic heart. Though we may be tempted to throw a self-centered snit, we need to actively encourage that re-centering process in others. Take turns in the limelight, take turns making one another the center of the universe. Acts of boundless generosity flow naturally, once we identify a need.
Moon square Uranus 12:04 AM, Moon enters Leo 2:33 AM, Moon conjunct Sun 3:45 AM, Moon opposed Mars 5:41 AM
Monday, July 24: Love and affection can feel tested, our inner adolescent may pout. It may frustrate us or cramp our style to be responsible today, but the results will be worth it as Venus opposes Saturn. Be good to one another because it’s the right thing to do, even if no one feels like it. Later, fresh, brilliant ideas can help us find a way around an impasse as Mercury trines Uranus.
Moon sextile Jupiter for 50 8 AM, Venus opposed Saturn 8:53 AM, Mercury trine Uranus 10:32 AM, Mercury quincunx Chiron1:20 PM, Moon trine Saturn 2:53 PM, Moon sextile Venus 3:25 PM.
Tuesday, July 25: Feel the energy shift towards more thoughtful, self-conscious, nervy, intelligent, and potentially anxious as both the Moon and Mercury enter Virgo. Tension may build in the big picture, but we don’t have to mirror it. If we’re kind to ourselves it’s easier to be kind to others; reassessment is needed, but do it with a compassionate heart. Details begin to fall into place; they’re not be perfect, but a good start.
Moon trine Uranus 1:57 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 3:21 AM, Moon enters Virgo 4:32 AM, Mercury enters Virgo 5:41 PM.
Wednesday, July 26: the energy is edgy and potentially brittle, our minds easily go to where we disagree as the Sun conjuncts Mars at 4° of Leo. Some long-simmering battles may now come to a head. We can easily pour our critical approach into improving situations, into improved health, into social critique and political justice instead of just getting cranky, but it has to be a decision. If we just look to our beloveds for our happiness, we will find them lacking, so let’s give this analytical energy a good place to go.
Moon opposed Neptune, Moon trine Pluto 11:27 AM Moon square Saturn 6:50 PM, Sun conjunct Mars 6:56 PM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 11:25 PM.
Thursday, July 27: Take a moment to smooth any ruffled feathers from yesterday’s intensity and use today’s sociable, social-justice oriented Libra Moon to reach out and reconnect. Help find diplomatic solutions to yesterday’s conundrums.
Moon square Venus 12:30 AM, Moon opposed Chiron 6:59 AM, Moon enters Libra 9:36 AM, Moon sex tiles Mars 6:31 PM, Moon sextile Sun 7:08 PM.
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by Leah Guy
What is said and how it is said is testimony to inner harmony. With minor nuance in tone, pace, or inflection, the voice reveals character and personality as well as mental and emotional health. An emotional imbalance will manifest in the throat or physical movement as weakness, restriction or unevenness. Hoarseness or a “frog” in the throat are signs of an internal emotional struggle.
Before language or advanced intellect humans conveyed information with sound and movement. Grunts and utterances delivered feelings and information from the mind and body. Over the centuries man has developed more sophisticated techniques to communicate, helping us evolve into high functioning and manipulative beings. The ability to stay connected to self and others comes from tools of communication, be it speech or movement. It is by this same means that we distance and disconnect ourselves from others.
The power of expression can influence one person, a group or the entire world. Articulate leaders have inspired millions to follow their lead with a passionate conviction for good or evil. Activists and social justice groups influence massive change and evolution through the passion of their voice and conviction of their heart. Words unsaid are often equally powerful. Finding the genuine and appropriate voice for yourself is a balancing act.
The voice should be used as a tool for expressing thought and emotion, not as a means of control. Poor communication skills can be damaging to self and others. Constriction or restriction of the voice may appear due to yelling, lying, diminishing others, or negative talk to self or others.
The fear to speak up or express your needs can also have a detrimental effect.
The 5th or Throat Chakra is the Communications Center. It’s also called The Seat of Emotion. Healthy energy in this area coincides with speaking one’s truth and giving expression to desires, wants, needs, opinions and thoughts. As the first of the higher vibration spiritual chakras, this energy center demands the highest integrity and authentic truth that is often challenged by self-doubt and negative thinking. The Throat Chakra is more than simple vocal expression. It also includes body language, written expression and how we understand the expression of others. When the Throat Chakra is out of balance, there is often another emotional energy system that needs attention. The primary blockages to a healthy Throat Chakra are the untruths we tell ourselves and others. Deceit, lies and manipulation are the blocks that keep us trapped.
Physical symptoms that may arise from an unhealthy Throat Chakra may include gum or teeth issues, neck pain, clearing of throat, chronic fatigue, headaches, thyroid and endocrine issues, hoarseness, dental issues, polyps on glands and TMJ to name a few.
Ignoring our fears or shortcomings traps energy in our bodies and can also develop into a variety of other emotional symptoms and patterns such as gossiping, fear of ridicule or judgment, shyness, stubbornness, verbal abuse, manipulation, inability to express thoughts, social anxiety and fear of public speaking.
Concealing one’s feelings and denying who you are is only damaging to one person. You. It is your responsibility to have healthy and honest expressions. Learn to say what you mean and mean what you say.
One of the main reasons we lie is to hide our pain and suffering. When asked how we are, we respond with “fine” or “ok.” It’s become common practice to guard one’s expression as a means of being courteous to others or not airing dirty laundry. But it’s not fine. Continual use of these lies keeps us farther away from our happiness and healing.
It’s not just deceit and lies that contribute to the imbalance of our unhealthy expression. Addiction is another indicator that emotional healing is needed. You can’t be harmonious with yourself and be in addiction. To deny that truth is to lie to yourself. When I smoked, I lied to myself about my emotional and physical health. After years of being hooked, I lied so much it became humorous. When I smoked, I convinced myself I was meditating or having some sort of spiritual experience alone in the great outdoors. I wanted to believe smoking connected me to my ancestry to the American Indian culture. The truth was the buzz from the smoke was covering the volcano of emotions that were deep in my body. It was my smoke screen.
The “vice” du jour offers a moment of pleasure or relief from the pain that we try to avoid. But the negative behavior is just a vice grip on your troubled inner world. It holds your suffering and it won’t let go. The lies we tell ourselves mask the truth of our integrity. Carrying such shame and fearing to admit the truth of our suffering is difficult even to ourselves. Perhaps we chase false dreams, but to ignore dreams confirms the feelings of worthlessness. Perhaps you are in denial about an eating disorder or addiction. You may be lying about your true feelings about your spouse or a friendship. These personal lies become internalized as self-criticism, self-loathing or denial of self-love. We are afraid to judge ourselves so we create excuses, blame others and manipulate situations to avoid the hurt. We lie to avoid infliction of self-pain to our spirit.
To heal our emotional wounds, we must practice speaking our truth in word and deed. Saying what we need, what we desire. Using your voice is not just for words alone, or to communicate with others. We often do not realize the lies we tell ourselves. Self-love, compassion and truth-telling are powerful routes to healing old wounds and scar tissue that has developed from shame, guilt, grief and fear. Do not speak what will continue to cover up these negative patterns, speak what you are today, who you are, what you feel. Energy shifts from internal awareness and expression.
About the author:
Leah Guy is author of the new book The Fearless Path: A Radical Awakening to Emotional Healing and Inner Peace. She is also a transpersonal healer, survivor and media personality. For more info visit www.ModernSage.com/book
Excerpted from The Fearless Path copyright 2017.
World Renowned Spiritual Medium, Master Teacher and #1 New York Times Best-Selling author of over 12 books including his most recent book release The Power of Love; James Van Praagh is considered the pioneer of the mediumship movement throughout the world, and has been recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today. His messages have brought solace, peace, spiritual insights and he has changed the views of millions on both life and death.
James is returning to the Southeast for a four-city, six-event 2017 Spring Tour:
APRIL 28th, 2017 at: 7:30pm
Unity Atlanta Church
APRIL 29th, 2017 at: 10:00am-5:30pm
James Van Praagh 1 Day Workshop in Atlanta
Unity Atlanta Church
APRIL 30th, 2017 at: 7:00pm
The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg, FL
MAY 1st, 2017 at: 7:00pm
First Unity Spiritual Campus
St. Petersburg, FL
MAY 3rd, 2017 at: 7:00pm
Unity Church of Jacksonville
MAY 4th, 2017 at: 7:00pm
Unity Church of Jacksonville
MAY 6th, 2017 at: 7:00pm
Unity on the Bay Miami
About James Van Praagh:
James has appeared on National radio and Television show including OPRAH, LARRY KING LIVE, DR. PHIL, 48 HOURS, THE VIEW, JOY BEHAR SHOW, CHELSEA LATELY, A&E BIOGRAPHY, THE DOCTORS and many more. James was the host of this own nationally syndicated show BEYOND, seen in markets around the world. He recently was the creator and executive producer of CBS’s long running series THE GHOST WHISPERER, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. He can currently be heard on his weekly radio shows on Hay House Radio & UBN/iHeart.
During James’ live events, he will communicate with the Spirit World transmitting the information he receives to random audience members with specific messages from loved ones with memories, evidential details, and Love! His shows are extraordinarily popular, so interested people are advised to get tickets while they are still available.
James Van Praagh’s Website:
On Saturday March 4, 2017, Seva Foundation will honor co-founder Ram Dass with a benefit concert featuring: Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz, Joan Baez and Krishna Das, with host Wavy Gravy.
The concert will take place at Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Castle Theater.
Proceeds from the event will support Seva Foundation’s sight restoration programs around the world.
Ram Dass has had a profound impact on millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, both as a spiritual leader and as a founding member of the Seva Foundation. He was first known to the counterculture as a psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. In 1967 he traveled to India, where he was given his name, which means “servant of God.” Since then, his life has embodied a spirit of service: bringing Eastern philosophy to Western audiences thorugh his books and his teaching; and through his work with the Seva Foundation and other service organizations. Ram Dass, now 86, lives on Maui and continues to share his teachings and his philosophy to “Be Here Now.” The artists at this concert are singing out for sight to honor Ram Dass and his profoundly-influential work.
The Seva Foundation was founded in 1978 by a group of medical professionals, counterculture activists, musicians and compassionate individuals, all dedicated helping others through the prevention of blindness. Most notably among them are public health expert Dr. Larry Brilliant, spiritual leader Ram Dass, and humanitarian activist Wavy Gravy. In the past 38 years, Seva has restored eyesight for 4 million people with programs reaching many of the poorest places in the world including: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, Tibet, India, Africa and Native American communities in the U.S. Today, Seva’s sight restoration programs serve one million people annually. The Seva Foundation is based in Berkeley, CA.
Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. His deeply reflective lyrics and natural sense of melody have made him one of the most iconic singer/songwriters of the past five decades. Jackson’s social activism has been at the forefront of his music, he works tirelessly on behalf of the environment, human rights, social justice and the arts.
Accompanying Jackson is Gregory Leisz, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and producer. He plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, lap steel and pedal steel guitar
Joan Baez, a musical force of nature – who unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963, marched on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement with Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired Vaclav Havel to fight for a Czech Republic, and sang on the first Amnesty International tour. She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight at Berkeley, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez and helped organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia. Joan’s legacy of social activism spans six decades and her contribution to American culture is unprecedented.
Layering traditional Kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time.
Wavy Gravy, originally known as Hugh Romney, became famous in the counter culture movement when he stood on the stage at Woodstock and announced….” What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000!” Over the past four decades, Wavy has done many things to help make the world a better place. His primary focus has been Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp for children that he co-directs with his wife Jahanara, and raising FUN’ds for Seva Foundation for which he is a founding board member. Wavy is also know as a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. Through his good work on behalf of the planet and its least fortunate residents, Wavy Gravy has achieved his own brand of sainthood “Saint Misbehavin”, which is the title of the feature length documentary about his life, produced in 2009.
All proceeds from the event will support Seva Foudations’s sight programs around the world.
For tickets and more information please visit www.seva.org