New Moon Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius

This Saturday, December 4, is the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius. Typically new moons are all about manifesting and planting seeds of intention for the future, but the energy of this one feels a bit different, thanks to the eclipse. There is a lot of change happening in the astrological skies, and the shift is definitely being felt.

When we have a solar eclipse and the moon casts its shadow on the sun, it can cause us to doubt what is familiar to us – the light is hidden, we can’t see it. And so it is crucial for us to follow our intuition through the dark and have faith in what we know is true. It can be difficult to trust what we can’t see, but in a matter of a few days we should have our clarity back. I think overall, this new moon will end up bringing clarity to a lot of us on upcoming changes in our lives. Whether this is related to work, relationships, living situations, etc, I think there is a lot of potential for us to realize what we need to do differently to move forward. This is pretty perfect going into the new year! Once Capricorn season comes, the pace will pick up for us to take action on these changes.

I am feeling drained and just overall exhausted. I know that this weekend I will need to spend as much time resting, recuperating, and just being as possible. Sometimes self care and self love look like alone time, peace, and quiet. My intuition is telling me this will help me get back to my centered and grounded self that I am feeling detached from. I am also feeling that this is a very important time for everyone to be taking care of their health in all forms.

I am open to the change that this new moon brings my way, knowing it is for my highest good. I am looking forward to keeping things simple and allowing myself to take time for me and not stress about having to be anywhere. I hope you are also able to carve out a moment of peace for yourself and to stress as little as possible, especially with the holidays coming up. Remember to take care of yourself.

Life Update

Happy October, everyone! It has been a while since I’ve written on here so I’ve decided to give a bit of a life update. I know the majority of people have gone through and felt shifts in their lives this year. Personally, I’ve gone through multiple shifts.

The amount of inner work I’ve put in this year alone has been pretty intense. It really has been one thing after another. I feel like I am more on top of being able to recognize what is a lesson in my life, though, which is good! Currently I am working on my insecure and fearful, negative thoughts, specifically surrounding abandonment. Dating is weird in general, and not only being a spiritual person but someone with many layers and depths, it can also be scary. Being vulnerable isn’t always easy. However, I am in a much better place and I am so grateful that I am now able to recognize unnecessary, fearful thought patterns when they arise. Figuring out how to cure them and let them go without having residual anxiety is my current project. Shadow work never ends!

I also come bearing the good news that I recently went to Salem, MA where I had a photo of my aura taken (I’ve wanted one since I was a teenager!), and for the first time in my life I was told that my throat chakra is NOT blocked! You have no idea how exciting that was for me to hear. Communication has not always been one of my strengths, and I am still working on it and getting better, but I have come a long way in setting boundaries and speaking up for myself. I am also realizing that I am getting better at acknowledging my accomplishments, no matter how small. By the way – my aura is mostly yellow with some orange on the sides.

I have been feeling the thin veil of fall for a while now, I believe I started to feel it before mid-September this year. This is such an exciting time of year and I hope you all are taking advantage of it as well. Fall altars, simmer pots, and crisp walks in the woods are a few of my favorite things about autumn. Have a great New Moon today and manifest all that is meant for your highest good!

Salem, MA – September 2021 – Photo by Melissa Neale

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Gemini

Eclipse and retrograde season is underway! The new moon on June 10th is lined up with a solar eclipse, magnifying our energy, so our thoughts and intentions are especially powerful in the days leading up to and following the new moon. Now is a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished so far during this first half of the year, what needs revisiting and revising, and any new changes that need to be initiated to bring ourselves a successful second half of the year.

Gemini, ruled by Mercury, narrows the focus down to communication, technology, transportation and travel, and learning. This includes not only how we communicate with others whether in person or virtually, but also ourselves – our thoughts, self-talk, and how we care for ourselves. Learning can be seen in an educational light, as well as learning about our own individuality and those we have relationships with, whether familial, platonic, or romantic. It can also point towards learning about the deep inner workings of who we are, why we act and react the way we do, and why certain people, experiences, or things trigger us. Eclipse season has brought special attention to getting back in touch with our highest selves and our desires.

It is extra important at this time to be thinking positively, expressing gratitude, and focusing on being appreciative. I am thinking of this as literally counting our blessings – because with the law of attraction, the more we acknowledge and give thanks for the blessings we receive, the more we will attract. When the Universe and our spiritual teams notice that we see and thank them for what they deliver to us, the more they will send our way.

I have been getting many messages lately about surrendering my need for control over certain situations or outcomes, and handing over any and all of my concerns, worries, or fears. I am not one to ask for help (at all), but my spiritual team has been very blatantly trying to make a point to me that it is not only okay but I am encouraged to do so. This doesn’t only pertain to the days surrounding the new moon, but this eclipse is thinning the veil between the physical and spiritual realms, and the message has been coming across very clearly. I think this message goes for everyone: we don’t need to be and do everything on our own all the time, nor should we, because that only leads to burnout.

As the weather warms up, restrictions start lifting, and businesses start opening again, life is becoming very busy for all of us. It is important to set aside some time to tend to yourself. If you need some inspiration on what aspects to focus on for this new moon, take into consideration the topics that are brought to light through Gemini and Mercury Retrograde mentioned above. Another option is to check the placements in your birth chart. What house does your Gemini fall in, and are there any planets in that house or sign? This may bring to light some ways you may be affected by this transit or what needs your attention.

Full Moon in Libra

This Sunday, March 28th, we will be graced with the presence of the full moon in Libra. This is the first full moon of the astrological new year, and as Aries season heralds rebirth, newness, and the spring season, this is a time to truly implement a fresh start to whichever area of your life needs it.

Libra is the sign of harmony and relationships, and I have already been feeling relationships coming into focus lately. This precious full moon will help us see where relationships may or may not be working, and can prompt us to connect and tend to relationships that have been out of focus and could use some love.

I have felt another spotlight shining on how we spend our time, both professionally and personally. Are our hobbies and habits feeding our highest good? Are we giving our energy to the right people and areas in our lives? If you feel that a refresh is in order, now is your time to go ahead and activate just that. Be sure to restore balance to your work-home life if need be, as this will help bring harmony to your spiritual and mental balance as well.

For me, this full moon represents coming to peace with allowing parts of my life to undergo change in order to grow and step more into my power. Never underestimate the power that you have and can incorporate in your own life! Create peace within your own life, on your own terms. Balance comes from knowing where to add and where to take away, where to give and where to receive.

Depending on where you live, hopefully the temperature has turned up a bit and you can utilize some different tools that may have been less available during the winter months. I love a good candle ritual, but this weekend I am looking forward to getting out into nature to ground myself and clear my mind, as well as working with the outdoors to relieve myself of that which no longer serves me and to recognize where I may have become stagnant in my life.

I hope this full moon brings you the reset that you need and leaves you feeling positive and energized! Cheers to a magickal weekend.

Full Snow Moon in Virgo

As an earth sign, Virgo correlates to physical things, and one of its traits is a need for variety. What does variety consist of? Change. Evolving. Moving forward. Transformation. This is what helps us refine ourselves and our lives.

The Full Snow Moon occurs every February, as winter comes to a close, awakening a new season and the manifestation seeds planted at the beginning of winter and the start of the year. This year the Full Snow Moon occurs on Saturday, February 27. In just a few weeks it will be spring, and as the season transforms, so does your life. It’s time to check off old to-do items that have been sitting on your list, as well as get rid of clutter to make room for the new divinely guided opportunities and gifts to enter your life.

Changes are not always pretty. They are not always delivered in ways that make you feel excited and #blessed. I have a feeling the changes coming in for many of us, myself included, are going to start off on a more personal and internal level, followed by external shifts. In order to achieve and recognize the external shifts, you have to dedicate time to the goals and personal needs that are being brought to your attention. Welcome change with a positive outlook, knowing it is here to help you move forward on your personal path.

Surrender can be tough, especially for those of us who like to have control in our lives. However, the moon in Virgo emphasizes accepting the things in life that seem imperfect or “not right,” and trusting the Universe and your guides to have your back. Surrender to them. Ask for their help in instigating the change(s) that you are being called to experience. Let them do the work they are here to do for you – your job is to rest and create the space you need to be ready to see and act on the gifts and opportunities they are arranging for you. Even when we can’t physically see or feel change happening, it takes a lot of energy.

Don’t forget to nurture yourself! Give yourself the time, space, and love you need to embrace your transformation. Forgive yourself and correct your negative thought patterns when you catch them. We are all doing our best.

*Side note for those of you who live in an area with snow: USE THE SNOW FOR YOUR MOON WATER! It comes from the earth and has been outside soaking up the energy and vibrations of the moon and the Universe. It is the purest form of moon water you can get right now, and with your added intention can be very powerful in any way you choose to use it.

Micro-Manifesting

When you think of manifesting, what comes to mind? You envision a goal you would like to achieve; you think of the steps you need to take to make that goal happen; you make a pact with the universe to help you achieve it. When manifesting, we typically set an end result that will make us happy or bring positivity to our lives. We affirm it and we believe in it.

I want to dive deeper. To use a common topic, let’s say you are manifesting your life partner (soul mate, twin flame, spouse, however this resonates with you). You envision how you will feel when you have this person in your life, and you think about what your life will look like at that time: you are financially stable, confident, and in love. However, in your present-day life, are you actually all of those things? Or are those things how you will be once you’ve manifested your partner?

If you’re not confident now, you will not magically become your most confident and courageous self once you’ve met your partner. If you’re not truly confident now, you will most likely block your ability to manifest your partner to begin with. When I talk about “confidence” here, I mean feeling deserving. There are many times we tell ourselves we can’t do something or be with someone, because “I would fail” or “They are out of my league.” By having this kind of self-talk, you are saying you are undeserving; and when you meet this person you are manifesting, if you do not feel deserving, you could sabotage the relationship, whether subconsciously or not. You need to make sure that you are ready to receive whatever it is you are manifesting on every level. The Universe is not going to deliver unless that is the case.

So in order to completely manifest the bigger picture, it is important to explore the levels that are a part of getting there. Manifesting is not taking the elevator straight to the top floor. You can’t expect to bypass every floor that holds key information for your journey. What is it going to take for you to gain the confidence and self-love that is required for you to feel completely deserving of the best love in the world? What do you need to work on to develop the financial freedom you will have when you meet this person? These micro aspects of your manifestations are just as, if not even more important to work on, than the overall outcome you are setting out to achieve.

Manifesting is a lot of work, and I feel like it is made to appear as a simple way to change your life. But there is both inner and outer work that you need to go through in order to achieve the inner and outer change you desire. This example I used is just that – take a deeper look at what you are trying to manifest and if you feel like it’s not getting anywhere, there are probably some smaller, less obvious steps that need to be taken first. By putting in the work on each level, not only are you going to feel so much more deserving of what you are manifesting, but you will be improving and evolving your Self on a Higher Path level – manifesting and up-leveling at the same time.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse

I’m sure everyone has been feeling the heightened energy and emotions around us lately. We can thank the upcoming full moon lunar eclipse for that! During an eclipse it is normal to be more easily affected by the energy of others, both in person and on social media or even over the phone. We may feel more sensitive or easily irritated as well. As an empath I am easily affected by others’ emotions and energy as it is, so the past week has been pretty intense for me. But due to this heightened energy, the Universe is giving us a helping hand in letting go and transforming during this upcoming lunar event. The moon turns full at 4:30am EST on Monday November 30, so both Sunday and Monday will be perfect to utilize for your ritual.

I tend to cleanse my crystals in moonlight during a full moon, however we need to be more careful with a lunar eclipse. Because the moonlight is blocked by the eclipse, it would be beneficial to skip the moon bath and use smoke, salt or water (as long as your crystals can handle it), or energetic cleansing with your hands.

As an eclipse darkens the moon, we are also being asked to take a deeper look into our own darkness. This will be an ideal time for some shadow work and uncovering the next step to take in releasing whatever it is that will help us level up. But don’t feel like you have to do the most and go all in – it is important to show yourself compassion and take it easy, because just as eclipses shadow the light of the moon, the same can happen to our physical energy levels. If you need to rest, rest.

I would also like to put it out there that now is a good time to do a card spread looking into your soul path. Because we have this cosmic boost from the Universe, realizations regarding changes that need to happen on both a spiritual and physical level may come easier, so let them. Give yourself grace and trust that your path is always divinely guided. These challenges definitely have the tendency to suck, to put it bluntly, but that’s how we grow.

Some questions you can ask your cards are:
~ Where do I need the biggest shift in my life?
~ What aspect of my shadow self have I been avoiding?
~ What will I need to accept in order to move forward?
~ What steps can I take to utilize the energy of this eclipse?

Don’t forget to light those candles and burn an entire bundle of sage (just kidding, but you do you) – we’ll probably need it. Journal and get out all of your thoughts. Write what you want to release on a piece of paper and burn it safely. The next new moon, coming up on December 14th, will wrap up eclipse season for the year!

Magickal Morning Routine

Morning should be embraced. It is a fresh start and a new day to be you and kill it. My morning routine used to consist of waking up, checking my phone, laying in bed for 30 more minutes, and rushing to get ready. Lately I have been making a conscious effort to incorporate spirituality into my morning routine, and it is something I really look forward to every day! It brings more meaning to the tone I set for my day and just feels like a special practice to incorporate.

This is my latest favorite morning routine, in no particular order, that allows me to integrate magick first thing in order to set the tone I need to stay true to my Higher Self:

  1. Light a candle and set my intention. As I light a white candle I consciously think of what intention I would like to set for the day. This can be peace, extra money, laughter – whatever it is that will make you happy for the day. I just leave the candle burning while I journal or get ready for work.
  2. Enchanting my morning drink. This will be different for everyone – coffee, tea, lemon water, etc. With a spoon, stir to welcome a manifestation or banish what you are letting go. Stir three times while speaking or intently thinking a manifestation. I like to associate this part with the phase of the moon – clockwise for a new moon to heighten your manifestation, counter-clockwise for a full moon to banish what you are letting go.
  3. Daily tarot pull. Each morning I pull one card, asking what I am being called to focus on for the day. I jot this down in my journal – this really only takes a few minutes and is one of the biggest things that will set your mind to what you know you need to focus on throughout the day.
  4. Three “gratefuls.” After journaling my daily card, I think of and write down three things I am grateful for. We truly underestimate the power of gratitude, and the effect it has on our lives. When we are viewing life from a place of lack, we attract more lack. When we view life from a place of value, we attract more value. Start your day with gratitude so you can attract more to be grateful for!
  5. What would make me happy today? Finally, I think of what would make me happy today. Getting out in nature. A hug. Positivity. Having a successful day at work. Make it something achievable so that when it happens, you recognize it and once again show gratitude.

Your magickal morning routine should reflect what is important to you. How do you set the tone for your day? For me, these little things stick in my mind throughout the day and therefore have become something I look forward to doing each morning.

Samhain

I always love connecting with my ancestors and talk with them almost daily. I am very grateful to have the growing connection with them that I do and I often find myself wondering how I can pay tribute more regularly and honor them, giving them thanks for watching over me and helping me get through day to day life. We are coming up on the time of year that allows us to do just that. Gratitude is one of the leading principles in my spirituality practice, and just as I would thank my living family for anything they do for me, it is just as important to thank the dead.

Samhain runs from October 31st through the end of the day on November 1st. The word Samhain is Gaelic for “summer’s end.” It is the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the coldest and darkest time of year. The time leading up to Samhain is when the veil between the physical and spiritual realms is the thinnest, making communication with the spirit world and our ancestors easier and more common. Definitely take advantage of this time to grow in your practice and receive the guidance you seek from your spirit guides and ancestors, from manifesting to advice, signs, and connecting through tarot!

There are many ways we can honor and give thanks to our ancestors during this time: One of my favorites is to create an altar space dedicated to them – this can be one or more ancestors, it is your choice. The special space that you dedicated should be cleansed. You can decorate this space with photos, flowers and plants, trinkets, and homemade offerings. Offerings can consist of crafts you make that you think this person would like, items that represent their personality or favorite things, or even a glass of their favorite drink left overnight. You can write a letter, leaving it out on the altar for as long as you see fit through Samhain, and when you are finished you can burn it or stash it away as memorabilia. Your ritual can consist of one or many of these things – making it unique for your ancestors is what makes it special.

One of my friends recently introduced me to a new idea – a dead supper. You cook a meal and set out an extra place for your ancestor. Serve the plate with silverware and a drink just like you do for yourself. Invite your ancestor for dinner, and eat in silence. Silence is key as we are here to spend time with a spiritual being. When you are finished with your meal and you feel your dinner is complete, dispose of the other setting. Do not eat it.

Because Samhain is also a time to give thanks for the harvest that summer brought, don’t forget to connect with nature. You can go for a hike or stroll in the park, visit a body of water, or simply sit in your back yard and ground yourself. Visiting a cemetery is also a good way to combine both the nature aspect as well as spending time with the deceased. You can also have a fire if you have access to do so, and it is always a good idea to invite your ancestors along for any of these activities. Thank the earth and Mother Nature!

I will be offering a special Samhain Tarot Reading now through October 30th. If interested, please contact me via my Contact page, on Instagram at @themodernmetaphysical, or through my Facebook page, The Modern Metaphysical. And as always, I would love to hear how you celebrate Samhain, whether you are new to this celebration or if you have been practicing for years, and what you look forward to and love most about this special time.

Shadow Work

Let’s just get into it: shadow work is scary. It’s daunting. It’s a process

What is shadow work, you ask? It is diving into the deepest, darkest parts of our souls. Our shadow can be as simple as dark humor, and as complex as our inner traumas, deeply rooted in our core, that we have no idea even exist. The latter is what mine has turned out to be. I recently embarked on my shadow work journey and let me tell you – it’s a ride. I didn’t even think I had trauma. I didn’t experience any overly traumatic events as a child. I am very fortunate in that I had a great upbringing and most of my family is still alive today. I never felt like I wasn’t cared for. I know not everyone is as fortunate, and if this applies to you, my heart is  sincerely with you. But that does not mean that I don’t know pain and suffering. I have had many dark moments, always difficult to share, if I shared them at all. 

I have always struggled with expressing myself. Expressing who I truly am, because often times even in my late twenties I still struggle with my true identity as a person. I have struggled with speaking my mind and my truth out of fear of what others may think, how they might judge me, or if I might offend someone. My trauma showed up as little, insignificant events throughout my childhood all the way up to the past couple of years that shifted relationships of all kinds, changed the way I saw myself and others, and the way I lived my life. No thing or person should have such a hold over anyone.

Shadow work helps to shed any limiting beliefs you have about yourself. It takes work, which is why I say it is a process. The night I started on my shadow work, I didn’t feel like much would come from it. One of my friends guided me on how to start: she told me to take a notebook and start word dumping everything that was currently giving me stress, anxiety, fear, and worry. Just write what comes to mind. You don’t need to write your entire life story, but start with the present moment and what you are feeling. For me, this ended up triggering many memories as to where these feelings and beliefs stemmed from.

I had gotten into the first page and a half and wasn’t feeling anything. Then as I continued to write, something struck a chord within me and throughout writing the next seven pages I was sobbing, I was feeling multiple emotions, and I got ugly with it. I then re-read it and cried some more. I had no idea how badly I had suppressed my emotions. I started writing at about 9:00 PM thinking that would give me plenty of time to write and go to bed. Spirit must have known that was a joke because I was up until 1:00 AM! I didn’t even come close to realizing how much work this will really take for me. 

Everyone will experience their shadow work differently, as we all are on our own unique path. Nobody else will read what you write, so be real with yourself. After writing, you can re-read it to yourself whether in your head or aloud. The point is to feel your words and thoughts. After you are finished, find a safe place and way to burn the paper (or if you don’t have access to this, rip it up and flush it down the toilet). You need to release everything you have written. Watch the smoke rise and drift away, taking this pain and trauma with you. If needed, find an additional outlet to let these feelings go; whatever feels right for you. The point is to learn and grow!

Why would you even want to put yourself through something like this? To come out shining and stronger on the other side. To get to the next level and eventually awaken to your truest self.

I would love to hear how your shadow work has helped you, and what practices worked for you if you feel called to share in a comment!