Monday, February 20, 2017

The Upcoming Pisces Eclipse: Learning to Flow



Dearest readers,
I am publishing this article early. The sensitives and empaths may appreciate the extra support as we draw nearer to the solar eclipse next weekend.
Spread the word.
Love, Erin
Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1833)
On Sunday, February 26, we have a New Moon plus a Solar Eclipse in the mutable water sign of Pisces, the Fish. All New Moons usher in fresh starts, yet with a solar eclipse, it's more like a fresh startling of the heart being stretched beyond its previous capacity. This eclipse is, quite simply, the doorway that you are swept through to transcend your former definition of self.

At this New Moon, we have the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Neptune, Chiron and the asteroid Pallas Athena all in the non-dual sign of Pisces. That's a whole heckuva lotta water, immersing us in the realm of Oneness, Divine Bliss. In Pisces, we enter the realm where the soul finishes up its turn on the great cosmic wheel of life, and dissolves back into the ocean of consciousness.

Emptiness is form, and form is emptiness.

Let-Go to Flow

Are you ready to dissolve your preconceptions of who you are, what you should be doing? The old way isn't working anyway. Indeed, it hasn’t for quite awhile. Any attachment or identification with a concept, a belief of ‘the way things should be’ is clearly dying off, dissolving. Holding onto fixed ideas of right and wrong will cause suffering. Perhaps this conceptual identification is related to the way you should behave, or should be living your life, should be feeling. Or what is good and proper and expected of you.

Well, it’s not working, is it? And it only keeps you in bondage. You’ve known it for a very long time. And now, it’s time to let go and flow, to see the uselessness of trying harder to fit into any box. At the end of the day, it all goes back into the cosmic soup of Oneness. That's Pisces.
Caspar David Friedrich, The Monk by the Sea (1810)
No matter where this shows up in your experience at this time of the Solar Eclipse in Pisces, the letting go to make a new beginning is exactly what is needed to bring you to next level of awakening. It could show up in a new career move coming into your life, one in which you must trust the Big Picture more than ever before. Or perhaps a new housemate, new baby, or membership in a business organization enters your world. Maybe you’re invited to teach abroad, live in a spiritual community, run a company. Maybe you decide to chuck it all and live in the woods and pull a Walden à la Thoreau, opting out for the foreseeable future.

Whatever is going to stretch your spiritual heart further, whatever is an expression of ultimate compassion toward self and other, whatever is non-identified with name and form, with right and wrong, with the way things ought to be – that is your ticket now. Trust the process. There is no other way, for it is what is already happening, and you are the experiencer and the experience itself.

To the Empaths in the House

Over the past two weeks, several empathic friends have described a phenomenon of feeling highly unsettled and sometimes overtaken by a stretching or pulling of the heart center. Others are overcome by spells of crying, weeping in a strange mix of awe and gratitude. There is a sense of being swept away, of being powerless over the tides, of what is sweeping in, what is being asked, what is happening.

At times like these, the intensity of universal love is so much that it is sometimes akin to pain. At times like these, it is important to be very, very gentle with ourselves. It is useless to try to control the waves. Don’t push the river. If you don’t know what to do with the energies, if the answer isn’t coming, or you don’t understand what is happening to you, through you, simply STOP. Wait. Sit there, lie there. Hang out. Meditate, on the spot. Forcing solutions is futile. The only thing left to do is FLOW.
Edgar Degas, Woman in the Bath (1886)
Detox and Recalibration Bath

At times like these, it can be useful to stabilize the nervous system, which largely impacts the emotional body, through a detoxification bath. My favorite method uses Bragg’s apple cider vinegar (ACV), baking soda, and sea salt. For an extra full bathtub, double the recipe.

1 cup organic apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda 
1/2 cup sea salt

Dissolve all ingredients in a hot bath. Soak as long as you like – a minimum of 20 minutes ideally. If you can, get your entire head wet.

This bath will do wonders for recalibrating the electrical frequencies, removing the EMFs we absorb in our environment through being in cars, cities, around toxic people or situations, excess computer work or cell phone use. It also helps to purify the body of candida and other yeasts, mold or fungus. It can help digestion, aching joints or arthritis, and skin disorders. Also, it restores the natural pH of the body which facilitates further detoxification. All of this is supporting the body to handle the new energy flow, and facilitates an easeful letting-go.

In-joy.

With deep love and respect,
Erin


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.

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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.
 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Full Moon in Cancer: How to Survive Overwhelm






Intense, sensitive, and challenging. Three words describing Thursday’s Full Moon in the water sign of Cancer. This lunation sets off a cardinal grand cross in the cosmos – Jupiter in Libra opposing Uranus in Aries, and Sun with Pluto in Capricorn opposing the Moon in Cancer. Think crossroads, culminations. Hard choices and potential sacrifices. Especially for those with planets or points in one of the cardinal signs – Aries, Libra, Capricorn, or Cancer – it can feel like we’re a canvas being stretched out a frame. Let’s just call it… tight.
 

Hardly a barrel of lighthearted laughs. Except for enlightened folks who can see the cosmic joke permeating the whole enchilada, I suppose those who will enjoy this week’s lunation are the adrenaline junkies and drama queens. Those who don’t feel truly alive unless their nervous systems are jacked up to the hilt. Control freaks, perfectionists should have plenty to chew on. As well as those who thrive in a crisis because they were conditioned to do so back in the good old family of origin days.


But for some folks, especially highly sensitive people, this week’s lunation ushers in a flood of potential emotional overwhelm. With a cardinal grand cross, and such heavy-hitting planets calling the shots, one may hardly know where to turn, what to do next. It might feel like drinking with a fire hose.


Cancer the Crab is noted for its hard shell, protecting the soft underbelly, the sensitive parts of our hearts and minds and bodies. Right now, we may need a tougher outer casing to get us through. Hunker down, hide out, and make tiny, microscopic moves - even sidestep like a crab - to get relief.

Cancer rules boats, buildings and homes, plumbing, ponds, lakes and rivers. When so much is gushing in, we cannot take on the whole ocean at once. How do we survive the deluge, the troublesome undercurrents, the riptides? Check the storm drains, gear up the sump pump, batten down the hatches. There is bound to be plenty of emotional runoff.


“Water, water everywhere,

And all the boards did shrink;

Water, water everywhere,

Nor any drop to drink.”

~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner


Somehow, over the next weeks, we need to transform overwhelm into emotional stability. The cardinal cross is here not to make us miserable, to hang us out to dry. We are meant to use the tension of this time. This Full Moon whirlpool highlights that which needs changing in our lives, and may reveal truths concerning one or more of the following:


  • Your home 
  • Your digestion 
  • Your financial security 
  • Your family
  • Your mother 
  • Your intuition (are you listening?)


It’s a challenging time, and made more difficult by the fact that the cardinal cross doesn’t give us an easy way out. Still, we are forced to act, even while overwhelmed. How do we deal? Here are a few helpful hints:
  • Remember, it’s only temporary. This will also change.
  • Rest when you can! Can’t get a day off? Try a few hours, fifteen minutes, even five minutes can be helpful. Lie down, rest your neck, close your eyes. Learn to hide out, like a Cancer Crab, on the spot. Master the art of incubating. Power nap. It really helps.
  • Break off the “must dos” into tinier chunks. Do the needful, the next right thing. Remember the phrase, “First things first.” This is the time for adjustments at the micro-levels. You can’t push it, so don’t waste precious life force energy trying.
  • Stay in the Now. This is not the time for future-tripping. If you’re overwhelmed, lay off on the ruminating about the state of the nation, the home, the family, the relationship, the body. Make the best choice you can, just for today.
  • It’s OK and helpful to cry. Go soft, sob or sniffle in the presence of a trusted friend, counselor, your own self. Offload the stress through weeping. It heals! Let the body relax. Pull the blanket up, hide for a while.
  • Keep it simple. Try not to add more on the plate. Do the bare minimum. You’ll get there. Remember wise old Lao Tzu: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Remember, all Full Moons shed light on that which needs to be seen. Hard truths are being revealed. Adjust and change what you can, and make yourself as comfortable as possible to live with the tough stuff. One breath at a time. You’ll get through.

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.