References: Collette Baron-Reid, Dr. Michael Lennox, Debbie Franks and my wisdom and spiritual guides for which I am grateful.
References: Collette Baron-Reid, Astrologer Colin Bedell, Astrologer Debra Silverman, Astrologer Dr. Michael Lennox, Astro.com, Allure.com & my spiritual guides and wisdom. Www.giftedtruths.com – Contact me for an Oracle Reading.
There is a very dark aspect of life that has been leading life for a long time. Seems like that is not the bread crumbs that society wants to follow any more. I heard an influencer say this week, “If a leader is trying to push an elephant up a hill and the elephant doesn’t want to go, they can’t get that elephant up the hill.” There is power in masses, power in consumerism, power in decisions to say no. Power in following your truth and finding it. If your truth doesn’t yet exist, dream. There is magic around each of us to create our truth. Feeling blind to the path forward of the new unknown can be uncomfortable, but not as uncomfortable as continuing up a path of self-destruction. Look and feel the excitement of change, for when it’s gift manifests, it is magic and it is your dream come true.
When you look around your life and realize there is a lot of toxicity, you innately feel like you want to go another direction in life. You feel your truth. You know there has to be a better way, something more meaningful, something more self-caring.
The darker aspects of life seem so prominent at every turn as I awaken to knowledge I once did not know. Seems coming out of this pandemic has taught me to realize a lot of things I once didn’t realize. The old fairy tale is over and time for a new one without so much hardship.
The wonderful thing I am so grateful for are the courageous truth tellers. The people paving the way to change. Sparking us to return to the roots of our souls, our knowing. To create new ways of life that are healthful, supportive of community. Giving us new ways forward. Empowering the urge to help one another, to share your gifts to the world. Being who you are empowers others when it comes from love and brings love to your life. Dare to share your passions with your neighbor, co-worker or family. Being your true self and living your passions often spark a positive change in others and helps them to be creative which feeds the goodness for all.
It is time for change. It is the time for community, fairness, truth, invention, innovation, technology that serves mankind and empowers us as individuals. A blossoming of our inner truth. A truth that brings mankind together to inspire one another. To lend a helping hand. I believe within our hearts is an urge to help one another, to be kind to one another and to honor and respect our differences. If we dig deep enough, we can live amongst core differences because we realize that difference is what expands our awareness toward our own truth. Be open to the change that results as you inspire others by sharing who you are, leading them to create. Being right is less important than progress and healing.
When change is happening. Often a person will step out and tell a new story. The story has a deep meaning of goodness, but isn’t quite refined. It offends some people and others get the true intended message. It sparks controversy of ones core beliefs. What if that story was a breadcrumb meant to bring us closer together. What if that person saw a truth that no one had thought about and was brave enough to share it. To try to spark expansion in us all. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could stop and say “huh, how can we build upon this story to make it better.” Rather than argue about what he got wrong, point the finger and tear this person down, destroy their reputation. Or if you find no truth in the story, maybe it is time to move your attention elsewhere and hope for wisdom.
I was thinking of the early settlers as they pioneered across the United States and settled in new territories. When faced with a hardship they had to find a way to overcome. And in overcoming, they created, invented, shared it with their community to empower, survive and continue on their journey. Heart can take us much further than hate. Truth can lead us to the light. But you have to be willing to go inside yourself and process a peaceful response when someone or something ruffles your feathers. Interaction requires discussion and debate to find a solution. Recognize your cycle of response to something new and move forward with compassion leading your action. Silence can be a good teacher and allow time for inner-transition to understanding, processing and change. Sometimes silence is the cure to bridge the gap of differences. Feed the self-expansion needed to meet half way. Awaken you to a new part of yourself, help you recognize and let go of underserving inner dialogue. And a much less stressful way to attain a needed change. Maybe practice a day of silence and see what you learn. Be mindful of your intent while focusing in the moment. Balance the output and input of your daily life.
Let’s see what the cards have to say about awakening to newness with compassion. I drew a card from the “Wisdom of the Oracle” by Collette Baron-Reid. The card I drew is: “Between Worlds” in protection, (upside down.) The essential meaning from the book is: Transitions, not being quite out of one situation and fully engaged in another; temporary blindness, no-man’s land. The protective message reads: Be mindful of your expectations. This is not a time for guarantees. Things will not go exactly as your plan or dictate. Let go and see what Spirit has in store. What takes hold in your life will be better than you can imagine.
I interpret this card to say, to find your new way forward requires faith, hope and trust while dreaming of a new future. Live each day in the now, but take the time to dream of what you want. Learn from the past, but don’t let it take up your time. Acknowledge it and follow your solution, let go of it’s wound. It was only your inspiration for change, not the burden of your future. To find the way forward, you need to do what is right for the moment at hand. One foot in front of the other, guided by your heart. To try to ward off the fear of the unknown, stay in the now. To follow your breadcrumbs is to search for what feels good, what feels right, what brings you closer to your core gift of self. What you are able to do now to move toward your dream. Don’t be stopped by what you don’t have. Just start where you are and let spirit bring you some magic, open some doors, bring you the inspiration to create what you need to get where you want to go. Happiness in creativity can be fun if you believe what you want is possible. It can make your daily routine a vacation of sorts when you follow your truth and let compassion lead your actions. Love yourself, love your fellow man for they too are trying to find their way through this maze we call life. We can do it better, together, empowering and cheerleading one another to each reach our goals.
Monday July 17 is the New Moon in Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere at 11:32am Pacific. Cancer is the 1st Water sign in the zodiac and water represents emotions. This New Moon is a time to go within and explore how you nurture yourself and others.
Cancer is known to be emotional, nurturing, protective, the mother of all, loyal, persuasive, prizes the family, home & it’s history. Their shadow can make them moody, pessimistic, suspicious, insecure and passive until they are fed up, then over reactive.
This New Moon is a time to evaluate the balance of your nurturing, the give and take in relationships. Who gives you energy after you spend time together and who drains you? Is the balance leaning more toward draining relationships or empowered relationships? The reality is, there is always opportunity for both. For the relationships you choose to give more than you receive, make it someone you choose to help, because it feels like the truth in your heart. With family it can be dutiful, therefore it is equally important to be sure to meet your own self-nurturing needs and avoid taking on more than is healthy. Recognize when you can call in help or self-empower the person you are nurturing. Be aware of control, jealousy, guilt, fear of rejection, etc. Recognize what motivates your actions and why? These are areas to acknowledge to empower yourself moving forward.
Equally important you need to identify what your needs are in relationships and who empowers you. How can you empower yourself & how much are you doing so? Focus your intentions on building harmony in relationships, build self-care into your life and embrace your nurturing qualities in a balanced and nourishing way. Let go of the ball & chains and the broken records – people who loop in their “victim me” conversations and never find a solution.
The planetary influences make this a time of great healing. A time where your rose colored lenses may become clear and you suddenly realize a delusion you have been hiding behind in relationships, being struck with truth because of a shift inside or the actions of others. Alone time is encouraged to discover your magic, what makes you special and what you need to feel fulfilled. Observe and listen more while recognizing your inner dialogue. See how you feel when others find their own solutions without your input. Remember your life reflects back who you are inside yourself. Look yourself in the mirror and ask with self-accountability to see your part in relationships with self and others. Practice & dream of feeling mutually fulfilled.
Lets ask the card how you can nurture yourself in a more balanced way in realtionships with self and others? I drew a card from the “Oracle of the Energies” by Collette Baron-Reid. The card is: “Quieting the Mind.” The essential meaning of this card is: meditation as a commitment, the need for silence, peace within despite chaotic outer conditions, letting go of the monkey mind, mindfulness. The book goes on to explain, In spite of the surrounding din of the world, today you need to slow down and find a bit of peace. Go ahead and take a deep breath right now. Make a committment to be still, if only for 5 minutes. Count your breaths and be mindful of everyone of them. Know that you have all the time in the world to do the things that need doing. Everything is perfect as it is. You will be amazed by how easily everything falls into place once you do.
Lastly I will add, that on my work week mornings, sometimes I wake up with the weight of my workload on my shoulders and by pass my yoga and meditation in the mornings. I begin the day without balance, self-empowerment and self-care. Those days seem to be harder than the days I take just a short bit of time to do a little stretching and meditation. The days I take time for self-care seem more productive and joyful. And I seem to find that 5 minutes didn’t keep me from accomplishing anything!
Peace and Love, Susan
References: Collette Baron-Reid, Astrologers Debra Silverman & Dr. Michael Lennox. Astro.com, Zodiacsign.com, Astrograph.com
I recently attended an online seminar with Astrologer, Dr. Michael Lennox and I wanted to share what I learned about the upcoming Venus retrograde in Leo.
If you didn’t know, from the earth’s perspective, Venus is the brightest body in our solar system after the Sun and Moon and is the 2nd closest planet to the Sun. She represents our emotional body and teaches us about love to self and others, offers us wisdom, teaches us about our feelings affecting our relationships of all kinds (to people, animals, environment, material objects, etc) and finances.
Leo is a Fixed, Fire sign and can help us to know “most,” how deserving we are of the things & people important to us. Leo is about self-focus, they are dignified, proud and relaxed. They don’t like being told what to do and like pleasure, to think big and lead. They struggle with boring and dull. They also know they are deserving of love and attention, thus the interesting part of Venus retrograde in Leo.
During this retrograde, we will have the opportunity to learn to give and receive with confidence, discover a level of deserving, feel admired, improve our prosperity, let go of lack, be our authentic selves/heart direct expression, at times be bold, changeable, combustible and a bit unmovable. Leo will empower us to shine our lights brightly and Venus retrograde will help us recognize how we limit ourselves in these ways! Use this retrograde to set intentions toward healing what inhibits you. When issues arise, meditate, pray, journal, use your wisdom tools to find you answers for healing or consult a confident or possibly a therapist. If you have trauma in your past, when it is triggered, you will default to the negative self-talk or beliefs from your trauma. These are all wounds that can be healed at this time with some effort on your part. It is also a time to show caution about overspending and easier to make judgement errors with spending. Be ware of impulsivity emotionally!
Dr. Lennox describes the retrograde of a planet in 3 segments where most astrologers only talk about the backward motion period of the retrograde. The first segment is what is happening now, the Rex shadow period according to Dr. Lennox. Venus began the shadow period June 18 in Leo and will trace her steps back and forth 3 times between 12-28 degrees in Leo over the next 5 months, ending October 6. This period from June 18 until July 23, is a time to pay attention to issues that come up regarding relationships, things we value & finances. This will give you an idea of what issues could arise during the actual retrograde period of July 23-Sept. 3, when we have the opportunity to grow and expand. On the 3rd segment, when Venus turns direct for the last time and retraces her steps September 3- October 6, she will fine tune the issues and changes that resulted during this retrograde cycle or push us to continue to get you to acknowledge what you didn’t understand. We also take what we have recognized and learned to move forward in life with the new changes within ourselves. Continue to build expressions of our authentic self, what we deserve, what matters, the flow of prosperity and to show more love and compassion within our lives.
The last Venus retrograde cycle was the end of 2021 to the end of January 2022. It was a powerful retrograde ending a year of chaos, deception & lot of unknown territory. In this Venus retrograde in Capricorn (structures/authority), Pluto, the planet of blowing things up that no longer work was also present. It was definitely the launching of much relationship (personal & outer world) work. I remember it vividly as I was in Kansas helping my elderly mother and got COVID near the end of my stay. I then spent an additional 10 days in my good friend’s basement where they waited on me hand and foot. Shortly after I returned home, I fell and broke my dominant arm’s elbow, then returned my status to having to be taken care of as I was not able to use my arm or hand for 6 weeks. Without a doubt, that retrograde for me was about receiving, giving & worthiness! Dr. Lennox says we all left that retrograde empowered & hopefully carried our new selves forward the past 2 yrs. so that we may build on what was born from the last retrograde into this one.
Let’s draw an Oracle Card to see what we need to empower ourselves in self-love, relationships & money in this retrograde of 2023. I drew a card from the online deck “Wisdom of the Oracle” by Collette Baron-Reid. The card I drew was: “Not For You” in protection mode. The essential meaning of this card is: A clear knowing that something is being denied you, “rejection is God’s protection.” The message goes on to say, don’t chase what flees you. Don’t obsess over what eludes you. Don’t bang your head against the wall. There is nothing romantic about what is unavailable, no prize given for torturing yourself, and nothing to be gained by refusing to see the red flags that have been waving since you began your pursuit. Now is the time to walk away. There are other goals, other games, other successes waiting for you. This is a sign you have something much better waiting for you, trust.
I interpret this to say, recognize when you are chasing someone else’s dreams, not your own. When you are seeking someone else’s truth, a need to please, a need to acknowledge self awareness. When you are involved in relationships for the wrong reason, imbalanced in the giving and receiving or knowing you are motivated by deception, fear or feeling desperate, it is a time to understand why you disconnect with the truth of your destiny to fulfill your hearts dreams. Connect with your truth, know what you deserve and settle for nothing less. Have confidence in the flow of abundance and believe you are deserving. Be proud, happy and fulfilled!
Peace & Love, Susan
Reference: Dr. Michale Lennox, Astrologer, Astro.com & my wisdom and dreams.
I have been thinking about evil and it’s existence lately. One thing is certain, it’s intent is to control and destroy humanity. That can be an overwhelming, fear provoking reality in many ways when the evil exist in the powers that be in society. But then I remember that it is in our nature to want to be happy and survive.
I also have read that evil usually self-destructs in time. That theory entices my optimism because I look at evil and see it sustains it’s power by the participation of their victim. So if evil destroys the thing that empowers them, how can evil win? I guess that depends on how tortured the victim is willing to be and how long their actions support empowering evil’s sustenance instead of creating change.
We all have blind spots in life and when bad things happens, we are awakened to a reality of needed change. We begin facing a crossroads in our life, evaluating if we continue down the same road or alter our course? Do we grip onto what is familiar or available, whether it helps or not? Or do we begin to explore new territory, more inclined to bring back happiness, our desired outcome. Do we have the explorer nature within ourselves to believe our path forward will guide us to something new with a positive and better outcome?
There is a card in on one of Collette Baron-Reid’s Oracle decks, “Oracle of the 7 Energies,” titled “The Land Between.” It explains you are in unfamiliar territory with an uncertain future when in transition moving toward change. The card’s picture reflects being between 2 cliffs, crossing hanging bridges to a new land mass that is floating in the air. It reflects a sense of instability, yet promising adventure to an unknown future. One of our faults as humans is we need a guarantee in taking a risk. Instead of connecting to our intuition to know if it is the right action forward to change and trusting the unknown. Understanding how our body communicates that higher knowing can bring great confidence and success. How many times after a negative incident do you say, “I knew it didn’t feel right, but I did it anyway?” If you know how your body tells you something isn’t right, do you know how it tells you when it good to move forward?
Have you ever noticed yourself when you are exploring something fun and exciting how you react during the experience. You seem to enjoy being led blindly because you know the outcome and are being rewarded positively. You feel safe and will have been entertained in the end. It is when we need to explore the unknown and not know the outcome that can throw off our confidence and sense of comfort blindly exploring our path forward. I can’t emphasize enough, how being in touch with knowing and feeling truth within your body can encourage the confidence through change.
I find several things help me to feel confident and comfort in that blind stage of discovery. One is being sure of what I want my outcome to be and to know that whatever materializes will be a vision of my truth, although not necessarily the exact replica of my vision. I say that because when you are creating something new, the unknown of the new is always part of the mix. So I have to prepare myself for the unexpected attributes of my dream and open myself to check to see if when things materialize, it aligns with my truth and my heart to know if it is the final outcome. If not, I keep learning and refining until it feels satisfactory to my dreams. But it is the knowing within myself that all will be okay because there are solutions possible that keep me from stressing or giving up. And knowing that when I wish and dream for a new solution to my dilemma, it is within my power to be part of creating a new future and my dreams will be answered. I often pray I will remain diligent to explore, until I see my truth in front of me and my dreams have materialized. The unknown can bring out detours/behaviors in us, but that is part of the process and change to get where we are headed. So it is important not to give up and continue to grow through those barriers for the good. When we dream for success, we find ourselves supported along the way when we trust what feels true.
Though evil can be scary and destructive to us by nature, it is the very thing that drives drastic change for the better. It is the rail we bump into to alert us we need to correct our course before we crash. If you feel within yourself unhappiness profound enough to provoke the idea of change, begin to dream about what you hope for instead. When the dream true to your heart begins to arrive, react with action. Trust and know that what is in your heart is meant to be. And the only thing standing in it’s way is you believing it is possible and remaining hopeful. Sometimes, that is all it takes to create the change necessary when you feel unsure how to proceed. But it is important to embrace the solution when it arrives.
In conclusion, I side with the belief that evil self-destructs. Because what evil offers is not within our nature to accept. And we need not unravel at it’s presence, but simply look another way forward. Refuse to allow fear or hatred to overcome in reaction when faced with the unknown, for it is just a time to pivot, dream, keep the faith and remain true to the truth of joy! Remain curious to what you don’t understand. Show compassion to your fellow man, because most likely, they are also trying to find their way forward the best they know how.
Peace and Love, Susan