Sunday, September 9, 2018

New Moon in Virgo: Perfectionism, Slightly Imbalanced



"Balance is the point I cross
on my way to the other extreme."
~ A Mentor of Mine

Baltic Sea (Ost See), Northeast Germany
It’s been several months since I’ve written a post. And do you know why? It’s a 6-letter word called SUMMER. Yes, in and among meeting with you, my beloved clients worldwide, I’ve been traveling in foreign cities, camping in wildernesses, exploring forests, swimming in streams. In the past, I’ve pushed myself to write articles while traveling. But this summer, I decided to tune in, drop out, listen to the flow of rivers, oceans of consciousness in which I’ve had the luxury of swimming. I’ve been online less, resting more.

Even with the unplugging intention this summer, it’s still difficult to live without distraction. So often, I desire to run away, to flee back to my semi-monastic years in India. But the dharma of my life has me here, in the world, doing that imperfect dance of the ever-elusive state known as balance.

Ah, yes, balance. This is where imperfection does its thing, perfectly. Think of a tightrope walker high above the circus. She is never completely in balance. The muscles in her feet, the tiniest bones, are constantly moving, shifting, keeping her aligned. It is never perfect.

I love the analogy of being permanently off-course, and still finding our way to a goal. Think of an airplane at 30,000 feet, en route to Hawaii. The airplane is always just slightly off-course. The auto-pilot technology continuously adjusts, adjusts, adjusts. It appears to be a straight shot all the way to Maui. But the truth is, the plane has been off-course the entire time.

I’ve been practicing yoga asana for 25 years, taking my first course in the UC Davis Experimental College before studios appeared on every corner. My body has changed over the years. Some poses that were mentally scary or seemingly impossible in my early 20’s are now easy – like headstand. I have noticed less flexibility in backbends. And I have far more strength in my 40’s, especially as I’ve taken up trail running in the East Bay Hills. And, with increasing strength has come better balance.

Virgin Mary Chapel, Andechs Monastery, Munich

The Imperfect Art of Health

Today is the New Moon in Virgo, sign of the Virgin - meaning, a woman whole unto Herself. Virgo is often critiqued as the “picky, perfectionist” sign. But I see it more as refinement. Whatever is needed, less or more…that is refinement.

New Shoes in Lisse, Holland
The sixth house of the astrology chart, traditionally ruled by Virgo, is the house of hygiene. And hygiene does not just pertain to physical health. It is also spiritual, mental, and emotional. The word “hygiene” comes from the from Greek hugieinē, meaning the ‘(art) of health.’ Like all forms of art, healthy living is individual, unique, original, and above all, authentic.

What is healthy living for me, may be entirely different for you. What I eat may not nourish you. What you smoke may not support me. Who you sleep with may perplex me. Who I love may confuse you. But the ultimate decider of what is HEALTHY is… YOU. Your own inner authority. You, and your own Higher Self. You decide. Hence, the falsity, the illusion, the LIE of perfectionism when it comes to health, to anything really.

Where are you lying to yourself? Where are you consciously or unconsciously living by the lies imposed upon you by others, by society, by culture? Are the beliefs that you have around what constitutes a healthy lifestyle surreptitiously sneaking in to harm you? Maybe you have a non-binary, non-right/wrong approach to gender, to food, to intoxicants. Maybe your struggle to attain the perfect amount of money, power, prestige, beauty, youth, creative expression, relationship, even mental health or spiritual serenity is driving you insane… even, paradoxically, the desire to attain inner peace – the subtle striving to be a super human. Can you see that sneaking in?
Typisch Deutsches Essen, Brandenburg
What happens if we let go of all that sh*t, no pun intended, and simply practice the art of health, of hygiene, that works for us, today? What happens if we listen to what we authentically need in the moment? What happens if we have faith that we will make the best choice for ourselves? When we say f* off to those rules and belief systems that purportedly protect and help us, but actually strangle our spirits and true selves? What if we trust that we will, like that airplane en route to Hawaii, get exactly where we need to go, all the while being ever-so-slightly off balance, imperfect all the time?

Yes, what if?

Trust that your body-mind-spirit know exactly what they need. Uniquely you. So, take an end of summer holiday, and drop the stress-monger super ego perfect voice, just for today.

Erin Reese is an author, spiritual guide, astrologer, and modern psychic reader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with clients all over the world. For readings and spiritual counseling by Skype, phone or email, contact her directly. She can be reached at erin@erinreese.com.




Summer Holiday Scrapbook

Practicing headstand - imperfectly - on Mother Earth - German countryside
Running in Former East Berlin

Rolling Stones, Olympiastadion, Berlin

South Lake Tahoe Bear Friend

Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe Basin

Reichstag Dome, Berlin
Backpacking, Lake Aloha, Desolation Wilderness

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

💥 CELEBRATE Freedom 💥 through July 10! 💥 Client Reading SPECIAL!

"We are free 'here and now.'
It is only the mind that imagines bondage.
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj


Erin Reese is an author, spiritual guide, astrologer, and modern psychic reader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with clients all over the world. For readings and spiritual counseling by Skype, phone or email, contact her directly. She can be reached at erin@erinreese.com.💥

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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Erin Reese is an author, spiritual guide, astrologer, and modern psychic reader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with clients all over the world. For readings and spiritual counseling by Skype, phone or email, contact her directly. She can be reached at erin@erinreese.com.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Uranus enters Taurus: Money and the Security Revolution





Today, May 15, 2018, we have a New Moon in Taurus alongside a major astrological event: Uranus, the Great Awakener, enters Taurus, fixed sign of the Bull. Uranus as evolutionary force is often associated with Kundalini and earthquakes, spiritual enlightenment and technological discoveries, psychic flashes and lightning-fast intuition aka ‘direct knowing.’ When it comes to Uranus, think revolutionary, rebellious, radical. Most importantly, think overnight, unpredictable CHANGE.


Uranus will be in earthy, stubborn, sensual, determined, comfort- and security-loving Taurus for eight years, until April 2026. There is one retrograde exception: November 2018 until March 2019, when he storms back to fiery Aries just to make sure we’ve thoroughly learned our lessons about reclaiming our independence, our self-determination, our personal rights. Most of us have learned plenty about speaking up and individuating for the time being, and are ready for a new theme. Well, here it is:

With Uranus in Taurus, our relationship to the material world enters the change crucible. This includes our relationships to Mama Earth, to our bodies, to our sensuality, and to money. The latter will be the focus of this article - our personal relationship to money.

The word money comes from the Latin monēta, (money, a place for coining money, coin, mint), from the name of the temple of the goddess Juno Moneta in Rome, where a mint was located.

Money is a manifestation of the divine feminine, the Goddess, in our lives. It is a blessing if we allow it, if we work with it, if we listen to it and coax it and understand it. We give and receive. We partner with money. We do not squander, beat it up, demand it, or neglect it.

“Money… It’s a Gas”
~ Roger Waters
  •     Here are some of the fiscal life lessons and questions that Uranus in Taurus’ security revolution might bring up:

    -          Where do you “leak” money via spending, over-gifting, vagueness, unclear priorities?

    -          Do you stand up for yourself regarding billing by professionals (doctors, lawyers, business partners, etc.)?

    -          Are you giving money or things away unnecessarily to people, places, situations that you don’t really value in your heart, or where you are not being fully appreciated?

    -         How long has money been an “issue” for you? (If you’re over it, there is help available! Coming out of denial is the first step.)


    -          Are you lost in ‘magical thinking,’ that someday your ship will come in, you’ll hit the big time, the future will bail you out?

    -          How much money do you actually need to live a right-sized, prioritized lifestyle? Have you done a realistic spending plan? It could be much less, or more!, than you currently think.

    -          Are you open to spontaneous transformations of your resource bank (money, goods, services, gifts) – either giving or spending spontaneously in alignment with your spirit, or receiving and manifesting out of the blue.

    -          Watch for business opportunities and collapses occurring in a heartbeat. Follow your instinct and trust your gut in money, investments, gifting – but without being naïve or in denial (see above).

    -          Have you come to understand that you don't have to be in debt with credit cards? There is always another way, whether waiting, asking for help, negotiating, bringing in more funds, and right-sizing your lifestyle.

       Read up on Gift Economy. I might suggest Lewis Hyde’s classic The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property (1983) as a classic primer. Burning Man (RIP founder Larry Harvey who passed April 28, 2018) has done wonders for bringing this once-radical concept to the mainstream, transforming into Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and other crowd-sourcing campaigns.

     
As Uranus now revolutionizes our relationship to the material world through its Taurus travels, we wake up to the honest value of things, to true worth. And that includes our partnering with the goddess Juno Moneta - also known as Money.

Remember:

There is enough TIME.
There is enough LOVE.

There is enough MONEY.

There is ENOUGH.

Erin Reese is an author, spiritual guide, astrologer, and modern psychic reader based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works with clients all over the world. For readings and spiritual counseling by Skype, phone or email, contact her directly. She can be reached at erin@erinreese.com.