Progress – Forward and Backwards

site-285645_640This morning, my sweetie and I walked around the lake.  It’s a three-mile hike, but there are many things to see including the gradual progression of a new residential building.  It has been interesting to watch it grow, floor-by-floor, as men and tower cranes add wood and steel.  The view will be fabulous, along with the prices of the units.  It will have everything, including delivery from the proposed eateries on the ground floor, so I suspect it will be quite worth it.

Many layers of moving upward.

We generally think of progress as moving forward or upwards, and is often associated with an improvement of sorts.  We make a plan, set goals, track the timeline and then reach a desired outcome.  Hopefully, it comes with the sense of satisfaction.

But what about the times when progress is going backwards?

This, too, can be a necessary goal and lead us to better things.  Taking a step back gives you time to review.  This month, five planets will be going retrograde.  Retrograde is the appearance of a planet moving backwards.  Think Michael Jackson’s Moon Walk in the sky.  (They don’t really move backwards, it just looks like it.)  Retrograde forces us to slow down and do all things “re-“.  Review, rewrite, replace, renew, recycle, redo, restrict, retrace, repurpose, release, to name a few.  Don’t sign on the dotted line until you read the fine print.  Don’t take those marriage vows if you have a sickly feeling in your gut.  Wait to buy that car.  Pay for that inspection on the house you are considering.

Believe me, if you do things during a retrograde, you will live to regret it.  One of the more powerful retrogrades is Mercury.  Mercury loves to wreak havoc on your electronic devices.  Do you know how to say “back-up”? Yep, been down that road.  In addition to all this planetary love, we have two eclipses in July.  Talk about change-making!  If you allow it, the Universe will have your back and direct you towards your best life.

Even if it means going backwards.

Let’s Get Rocked!

gems-1405998_640I love me some Def Leppard. And I love me some Mother Earth for providing me with my other favorite rock: crystals. Aside from being nature’s jewels, crystals are lovely to wear and are Divinely created healing tools. If you are attuned to such things you can feel their vibrations when you hold them in your hands.

Crystals and stones come in many shapes, sizes, colors and geological forms. They have different vibrations and different metaphysical properties. They can be programmed to send or receive energy. You can wear them, carry them, or place them in strategic places. So much power can be contained in one small bit of earth.

I like holding them during meditation or if I need a bit of a psychic boost. I have an array nestled in various places all through my house.

rock-crystal-1603480_640Clear quartz crystal is one of the most basic, yet powerful stones. You can program, or set the intention of its purpose, by holding it in your hand. It can send or receive. It is often used as a healing stone. I have a sphere, and OMFG! is it powerful! I can literally cleanse the energy in a room in minutes just by holding it in my hand. It has a strong connection to the Council of Light and whenever I need some extra guidance I use my crystal to connect to Them.

rose-quartz-422715_640Rose quartz is a crystal of necessity. It is associated with unconditional love and will help you to open your heart. Place it under your pillow for sweet dreams and boosting your self-love.

stone-3190526_640Amethyst is beautiful in jewelry. It is also very helpful in awakening your intuition and it is a protective stone.

obsidian-505332_640If you often feel spacey, try hematite, obsidian or black onyx to help you get grounded.

Malachite will help you to find emotional blocks held within you and release them.malachite-2775996_640

These are some basic stones to work with. Unsure of what to get? Find a metaphysical store or a rock shop. Walk around and look at the stones. What attracts your attention? That is most likely the stone that you need. Pick it up and hold it in your hand. Does it vibrate? Is there a temperature change? The stone is connecting with your energy. Remember to cleanse your stones after purchase and then on a regular basis to release any held energy. Most stones and crystals can be cleansed by holding them under running water and visualizing the negativity going down the drain and then placing them in sunlight. I keep many of mine on the windowsills so they are constantly vibrating at full power.

Remember to thank Mother Earth as she gives us Love in the form of crystals.

The 27 Club

ship-2804074_1280I’m sure you are familiar with this; the musicians who died at the age of 27. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain. And countless others. I was just reminded of this when the radio station I listen to was planning a weekend lineup of their music.

What is so significant about the age of 27?

There is an astrological phenomenon called the “Saturn Return”, or the “get your sh*t together” time. Every 27-29 years, Saturn rolls through the skies and returns to the astrological sign it was in when you were born. The first return is the wakeup call to being a grown-up. It is the time when you face your toughest lessons, possibly a time to clean-up the sh*t storm you had been creating. It is the time to commit to your calling. Some people get the message and get on the path of good things. Oprah, Steve Jobs and JK Rowling had difficult twenty-something years and. . . well you know their successes.

Saturn is known as the taskmaster. It rules Capricorn, which is noted for goal-setting. Serious get your sh*t together stuff.

The second Saturn Return rolls around in your late fifties, but is less crazy-making than the first simply because you’ve “been there, done that” and have the wisdom to deal with it. However, it can still be stressful. How many people do you know that have divorced or remarried during this time? It is the time for your life review, to take care of unfinished business, to return to your passion and maybe just to ditch what no longer serves you. Resistance is futile or so say the Borg [Star Trek]. People who do [resist] usually check out from society, live alone and collect cats.

The third Saturn Return comes in at about age 90. If you’ve lived that long, then I’m totally bettin’ that you’ve got your sh*t together – so congratulations. Please share your wisdom with the rest of us.

Me, I’m in my second return. Saturn was in Capricorn when I was born and made me a hard-workin’ soul. Kinda over it. I’ve made quite a few changes in the last year or so that have improved my life, taught me how to relax, and that please my soul. I’ve planned for my retirement in a couple of years, oddly enough right before Saturn moves into Aquarius. Coincidence? Maybe.

I just like to think that Saturn has my back.

Uranus – It’s Always About Some A$$hole

uranus-11626_640Yep, I’m going a little astrology on you. It is not as hokey as it sounds. Think of what happens during a Full Moon, people tend to go all nutty on you.

Uranus is the planet of unexpected change and some of it might not be what you would like in your life. This planet moves through the astrological signs every 7-9 years. Prior to 2011, it was in the sign of Pisces – murky, water energy – and you will recall tsunamis. In 2011, it rolled into Aries – the sign of the Warrior – and will stay there until May 2018. Fires, anyone? Think about all the hotheaded, name-calling, angry, finger-poking that we see in the media. It is certainly a time of unexpected change.

The good thing, to call it that, is that Uranus will teach you – and push you – to be flexible, creative and maybe a bit revolutionary in your life. Uranus also rules technology so notice how the media is directing the world.

How does this affect you? You can do some research to determine how Uranus affects your sign. It would also be healthy for you to see what anger issues might be triggered in you by all the events. Look beneath the surface for the areas in your life that need healing. If a bigger stage is your calling, perhaps taking to social media – gently please, we don’t need any more name-calling battles, there is too much already – might be a way for you to reach out. (This blog was birthed October 2017.) Enough calm but determined voices can begin to heal the planet, along with yourself.

So what a$$hole do you need to vanquish?

Incidentally, Uranus will be moving into Taurus in May bringing with it some grounding, stabilizing energy.  Whew!