Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New Moon in Sagittarius: Harness Your Fire

Shiva Mafakheri, Iranian archer
Today, we have a New Moon in the mutable sign of the fiery archer, Sagittarius. The New Beginning tone of today is significant in that the Moon makes a t-square to the North Node in Virgo and the South Node conjunct Neptune in Pisces. The passion and wisdom of Sagittarius is asking us to reconnect to Higher Law, the truth of our personal vision. But this must be balanced with reason and discrimination (Virgo North Node), as well as discipline and focus, in order to put that truth into practice.

Flaming Arrow, David Lee Thompson
The South Node conjunct Neptune in Pisces says yes, at times you must give in to the soul, cruise the river of memories into the past and daydream, sleep in and be accepting of all that is, a perfect blissful oneness. You may feel like bailing on the project, like letting go and floating downstream into the South Node and Neptune Pisces axis, saying “Who Cares?” But the Sagittarius creative tension you feel inside says: you must balance Virgo reason with Piscean vision and dreaminess.

New Moons are always seed-planting times. The scope of today’s lunation is so strong, so karmic, with the tight axis to the Nodes, that I predict whatever we set in place over the next two to four weeks, will come to fruition in June 2017, when the Moon is Full in Sagittarius. You know that goal, about six months out? The time is now to break ground, or take it to a new level.

Sagittarius is a sign of generosity. The ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter aka Zeus, wants to give you a gift now. You are nudged toward the adventurous, the optimistic, the exuberant. Be open-minded, without being careless or uncommitted. I believe that those who get on the horse, take the lead and cultivate discipline will be rewarded quickly with a rush of fun and freedom into their lives. Think of that carrot at the end of the stick. You cannot avoid the big task at hand anyway – it’s your soul calling. Keep in mind that when you finish, you will feel a mile high. Think about that feeling to come, basking in that glow, that rush of accomplishment.

Remember, Sagittarius knows how to harvest the big picture passion and long-term goals into a blazing arrow that will definitely meet the mark. Yes, Archer energy wants to get down and party all night long with the best of ‘em (I know, I have five planets in Sag, and I definitely love me a good-time hootenanny). If it's not all-night dancing, Sag will have a marathon intellectual salon, or political-philosophical showdown. Still, the Archer at its wisest knows that if it doesn’t practice temperance, that chutzpah will only turn to hot air and, well, gas.
Did I say that blunt ‘n frisky Sag likes to tell jokes, sometimes off color? Jokes aside, the fire needs to go somewhere, so it must be harnessed, and directed.
Keep the creative tension of the nodal square in mind. Sure, lean into Pisces and Neptune sometimes, chill out and watch a movie, float in a hot tub, be a little lazy. You will need rest breaks. That’s part of pacing, and trained discipline. After a chunk of downtime, you’ll be chomping at the bit again. So reel it in, get focused, and you’re off! You will come out of the starting gate on race day, stronger than ever, crossing the finish line like a champ, leaving your competition in the dust.

That’s our beloved Sagittarius at its wisest and strongest. That’s harnessed fire.
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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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A healing message about the U.S. election

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Before I went to sleep last night, I tuned into the planet, my clients and the community. I knew I had to get real clear, real fast about the election results. I needed to fully align with spirit, truth, and love immediately, to ensure that I could be as supportive and helpful as possible when the fallout of this election began to rain down...

Here are the things that came to me in meditation, and I share them with you. They apply today, and they need to be practiced for the coming weeks, months or years.

1.       Stay in PRESENT TIME. Stay in the NOW.

We need to manage our anxiety, and not let fear overtake us. Anxiety feeds off of future-tripping, ruminating and dwelling on the past. If we are totally, 100% in the Now, there is immediate seeing that the Self, in the Ground of Being, is OK. Even if there is crisis afoot, the Self in present time will be able to make healthy, wise choices. No matter what, there is a sanctuary within that you can rest in. Do whatever practice or method or teaching you must in order to stay in the Now. We must wake up and drop the addiction to anxiety-producing story out there, over there. Be here. Stay in the Now.

2.       Stay GROUNDED.

What are your grounding practices? Exercise, run, walk, hike, swim. Walk on the earth. Garden. Eat healthy foods. It is VITAL to get enough sleep, not optional. Practice DEEP BREATHING. Get the air down into your belly, your abdomen, your diaphragm. Practice yoga, stretching, tai chi. Make love. Hug each other more tightly, hold hands longer. Spend time with a pet or with animals. Take a hot bath or shower. Reduce anxiety within you and around you. Simplify. Monitor screen time. Get off the computer. Go outside. Massage your feet. Meditate on the spot, at the drop of a hat. Center yourself. Drop in to yourself.

3.       MONITOR INPUT. Reduce time spent listening to, watching or reading the News.

Yes, it’s good to be informed. To get the facts. But we must keep it in serious check right now. The anxiety that comes flooding in by over-stimulating newscasts, commentaries, and dramatic storylines is destructive in large amounts. Step away, take breaks. Turn it off. You are part of an ecosystem. Remember: garbage in = garbage out. Process what you’ve taken in before you imbibe further.


Truly be with friends, neighbors, families, housemates. This is the time to join together. To appreciate the color of our nation, the marginalized groups, the rainbow and kaleidoscope of beauty around us. Celebrate diversity. It is a time of bonding. Cook together, laugh together, make music together. We need each other more than ever now. Practice kindnesses toward each other, toward strangers. Give the guy or gal next to you a leg-up.  Smile and compliment and encourage each other. Have a potluck for your block. Come together.

5.       Express JOY and GRATITUDE

Dysfunction and ignorance want others to be brought down, to wallow in the same quagmire. Don’t fall prey to negative thinking and destructive, hateful tendencies. Keep the vibration UP, UP, UP. Keep living, loving, laughing. In our household, we started a new practice immediately this morning on an erasable white board in the kitchen. We have written “TODAY I AM GRATEFUL FOR…” and each of us are writing three things a day that bring us joy and appreciation. Take a look around at how incredibly abundant you are. Maybe you have all of your arms and legs, you are healthy, you have a friend, you have a meal in your belly, you had a good cup of coffee, you are a kind person. Find that gratitude and grow it.

6.       Heal the greater family ECOSYSTEM.

This is the really important one to get. We are in a situation that resembles a dysfunctional family. If we wake up and see the problem, coming out of denial, we can heal and get better. Maybe some people will have to hit bottom, which is sad, but it doesn’t have to take you down with it. By staying healthy, you will be less susceptible to being taken in by the illness, and getting sick yourself. Realize that you have to change your own actions and take personal responsibility. Keep the focus on yourself and what you do have control over. Pointing fingers and blaming will do no good.

Strengthen your own emotional, physical, mental immune system. Resist cancerous, toxic elements. Understand that there are lots of families and ecosystems all over the world that have had to deal with a poisonous or destructive presence and still overcame. This is no different. The United States is also a system. The rest of the elements must get stronger in order to continue thriving and stay in balance. Today’s election marks a disruption to our homeostasis. It is as if the great volcano Vesuvius blew, or the great flood arose. In response we now build together, protecting our cherished treasures of love, nature, diversity, compassion. Individually, we must do our part. Together, we thrive.

Stay focused on the solution, NOT the problem.  Commit to staying grounded, in the Now. Don’t buy into the fear. Manage anxiety. Cultivate joy, community, gratitude. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, “No mud, no lotus.” Awakening, beauty, and truth can all emerge from this election when we change our perception. Make the choice now, and commit to healing.

As I write this, I hear school children playing in the neighborhood school grounds. They are laughing. The sun is shining, the autumn leaves are rustling in the breeze…

These kiddos are alive, vibrant, thriving. Like these children, who need us, we must remain strong and healthy and keep building.

Flourish and heal, dear friends. Flourish and heal.

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.

NO MUD, NO LOTUS: "Both suffering and happiness are of an organic nature, which means they are both transitory; they are always changing. The flower, when it wilts, becomes the compost. The compost can help grow a flower again. Happiness is also organic and impermanent by nature." ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Are we part of the solution or part of the pollution?” ~ Michael Franti