Tag: Spiritual Growth

Blessings in the Unknown | Week of May 30 – June 5 | Astrological Forecast

Blessings in the Unknown | Week of May 30 – June 5 | Astrological Forecast

Key Transits This Week

  • Gemini New Moon | May 30
  • Mercury stations direct in Taurus | June 3
  • Saturn stations retrograde in Aquarius | June 5

Soul Questions by the Transits

Gemini New Moon | May 30

The New Moon in Gemini is bringing a significant upgrade in how we relate to the world. When our beliefs evolve, the way we show up in the world evolves, too.

“What if everything you know about yourself is imaginary?” -Matt Kahn

Mercury stations direct in Taurus | June 3

Mercury retrograde is coming to a close in the super chill sign of Taurus, allowing our mental energy to reorient itself in the soft stillness of the Bull’s domain. Let this gentle energy seep into your mental space by contemplating –

What in your life calms your mind?

Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius | June 5 – Oct 23

When structural Saturn goes retrograde, it turns the focus inward, asking us to look within at our own structures, boundaries, responsibilities, etc. Use these journal prompts to help you flow more smoothly with Saturn’s retrograde energy:

I’m proud of myself when…

My skills/talents include…
My role models are really good at…

Chiron in Aries: The Wounded Masculine

Chiron in Aries: The Wounded Masculine

Key Points

  • Doubting of the self at a deep level.
  • Feeling like, “unless I’ve already slayed the dragon, I don’t know if I can,” and learning how to believe you can do things you’ve never done before.
  • Having the courage to be authentic. It takes guts to stop trying to be what everyone wants you to be and to just be yourself.
  • Bottling up anger and frustration.

Chiron in Aries is a wound of the self, often creating the experience of feeling invisible. This placement spans through 2026.


With Chiron in Aries, we can seek to understand what has unconsciously shaped our sense of self and what has weakened our self-perceived value.


The internalized anger that Chiron in Aries is prone to is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die. Aries energy insists on releasing that anger and fiery emotion, knowing it must be expressed to be let go.


  • Exercise – building physical strength and feeling one’s own physical power.
  • Practice tuning into your gut instincts – your body’s deep inner knowing.
  • Developing the courage to go it alone and to take 100% responsibility for your life, including your anger.

“Real magic isn’t about gaining power over others: it is about gaining power over yourself.” -Rosemary Ellen Guiley

The Rest is Still Unwritten | Week of May 16 – 22 | Astrological Forecast

The Rest is Still Unwritten | Week of May 16 – 22 | Astrological Forecast

Key Events This Week

  • Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio | May 15/16
  • Mars conjunct Neptune in Pisces  | May 18
  • Sun enters Gemini | May 20
  • Sun conjunct Mercury Rx at 0° Gemini | May 21

This week’s emphasis is on the power of the story we tell. 

With the energy in Gemini in particular, we’re reminded of one of Gemini’s top superpowers – a detached perspective, which suggests that the best way is usually more objectively defined.

When the Sun is in Gemini, that naturally means that the Earth is in the opposite/sister sign, which in this case is Sagittarius. This combination tells us to look at the big picture.

Working with This Week’s Energy:

  1. Detach from your story of what the world is. Open to the possibility that there is a better version of your story.
  2. Zoom out as far as you can. Go general.
  3. See that this is still an authentic/real description of what’s going on.
Trusting the Process: Working with Mercury Retrograde in Gemini & Taurus | May/June 2022

Trusting the Process: Working with Mercury Retrograde in Gemini & Taurus | May/June 2022

Key Points

Our primary focus this week is on one particular, yet multi-faceted, cosmic event – Mercury Retrograde.

The key message from this energy is that your perception creates your reality. When you change, adapt, and update your perception, you do the same for your reality.

The reflective nature of Mercury’s retrograde period, especially in the signs of Gemini and Taurus, encourage us to be our own observers and witness our reactions and responses to triggers. Creating an awareness around this helps us to choose differently by first being able to recognize perception as part of the equation, and then to apply a little scrutiny and curiosity to it. To challenge your perceptions goes a long way.

Of equal importance to being your own observer is to give yourself and others Grace. Be understanding. Mercury Retrograde energy challenges us all and can push our buttons like no other, and everyone is doing their best to work with that. If you’re doing this kind of work on the regular, of observing your reactions and emotions or doing inner/shadow work, you may be more accustomed to riding this type of energetic wave.

Mercury Retrograde | May 10 – June 2

Spanning May 10 to June 2, Mercury will backtrack through keenly curious Gemini and then dip back into the late degrees of sensual, laid-back Taurus, breaking ground in the Bull’s earthy domain on May 22.

Mercury Retrograde breaks things that need fixing so that we’re able to see what isn’t (and is) working. As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Whatever needs fixing will be illuminated during this time, so while these periods may be notorious for how frustrating they can feel, they aren’t for nothing!

This retrograde period will serve to show us which patterns really aren’t working. Gemini will illuminate our patterns while Taurus will show us how they really feel.

If you bumped your elbow on the wall during Mercury Retrograde, it might be easy to blame the wall. But who built those walls? (Hint – you did.)  We’re confronting our limiting patterns and we can be touchy about it. It can be jarring. We’re off balance and distracted by our own shit, and miscommunications are bound to happen. The little bumps in the road likely feel 10x bigger, your buttons pushed more precisely than ever.

This retrograde is also coinciding with Pluto’s six-month retrograde, which kicked off on April 29. Our power dynamics are being scrambled with Pluto while Mercury will simultaneously scramble our mental dynamics.

In Gemini | May 10 – 21

With Mercury’s retrograde through Gemini, we’re taking all that divine curiosity and turning it inward, getting really curious about our own mental patterns and dynamics. It’s a necessary period of release, reassessment, review – basically all the “re-” words. This retrograde lets us look into our own patterns and see how we got to where we are right now. To have your own shadow reflected to you can be difficult, but is a necessary part of growth as we move through our soul’s journey here on Earth.

Mercury entered Gemini on April 29 and will remain here until May 22, when the retrograde takes it back into Taurus. Following this retrograde period, Mercury will make its way back to Gemini on June 14, this time staying through July 5. Overall, that’s 47 days that Mercury will spend in Gemini, which is no small amount for fast-moving Mercury. Revisit the main themes of Mercury in Gemini here.

In Taurus | May 22 – June 2

Mercury’s Retrograde through Taurus is like a delayed pain response. For example, if you touch a hot stove, it hurts – and that pain communicates to you that the surface is too hot for you to be touching, It is beyond your body’s limit.

Mercury Retrograde in Taurus is similar to this in the sense that you will feel the discomfort or pain of any pattern in your life that isn’t working. If you’ve been avoiding any unpleasant feelings, this is the time to face them head on. Taurus is all about being in the body and that includes feeling our feelings, no matter how viscerally uncomfortable or painful they may be.

Mercury mosied through Taurus from April 11 – 30, so as it retraces some of those steps in this retrograde, we’ll be revisiting some of those themes. Revisit the main themes of Mercury in Taurus here.

In Conclusion

The number one rule for Mercury Retrograde is this: Give Grace. Be understanding of others and of your own moments. Number two is, like author Michael Singer says in The Untethered Soul – be the observer. Watch your own reactions during this time. It’s a time of turning inward, exploring, and connecting the dots.

This time can give us the opportunity to learn more about ourselves if we let it. Instead of railing against what’s not working, just go with it. Times of Mercury Retrograde can be extremely illuminating, giving us a status update on our shadow work.

So instead of getting sucked into the frustration and mishaps, see if you can just go with the flow, trusting that whatever doesn’t work out wasn’t meant to.

Article written by Maddie Billings; Content curated and presented by Carly Whorton

When Opportunity Knocks: Venus & Jupiter in Aries + Mercury in Gemini | April/May 2022

When Opportunity Knocks: Venus & Jupiter in Aries + Mercury in Gemini | April/May 2022

Key Points

New energy is coming this week that is ready to match your intention and your level of belief in yourself. All the learning and clarifying we’ve done over these last five months of deep introspection, healing, processing, and releasing, has made way for the new that’s now coming in.

Venus and Jupiter entering Aries in particular will be bringing in what’s next for us. What has happened over the past five months that has made you into a new person? How have you transformed? What in your life has been cleared away? This energy is ready to meet you where you are, so depending on how much space you’ve opened up in your life and what it is you let go of, that’s how much “new” you’ll receive. If you cleared out 5%, you’ll get 5%. If you’ve released something bigger, like a job or a relationship, then you’ve cleared out 50% or even more – so that’s what’s coming to you!

This energy is a burst of our soul blossoming forward into the open space that we’ve created. From here, it’s a matter of how much you believe in yourself. How self-centered are you? All this Aries energy begs of us to get self-centered – literally centered within ourselves – to align with our purpose, our whole reason for incarnating here in the first place. It asks us to honor our soul’s mission. To quote comedian Hannah Gadsby – “what is the purpose of your human?” As you ponder that, don’t talk yourself out of any dreams or grand visions before they ever even stand a chance of manifesting in the physical world.

We’ve been creating space for this new version of ourselves that we can feel is coming, and that we received a preview of during the Aries New Moon on April 1st. In natural harmony with all of this newness comes the insatiable curiosity of Mercury in Gemini, whose energy will have us following the yellow brick road of our curiosity as it divinely leads us to exactly the right information and insights at the right times to get aligned with our highest path.

Transit #1: Venus & Jupiter in Aries | May 2 & May 11, 2022

As we have this natural burst of who we are come forward and show itself to us, can you avoid talking yourself out of it?

We’re revisiting this theme from the New Moon in Aries on April 1st (watch that week’s livestream), which served as an intentional preview of the next leading-edge version of who you came here to be. Being a preview, we weren’t supposed to become this version of ourselves immediately or all at once. With the heavy Pisces energy still present in the first half of April, we were still deep in the dreaming phase and only now are we beginning to enter the “make things happen” phase. We’ve been doing what needed to be done to make space for what’s next, and “what’s next” is now knocking at the door.

The fortuitous duo of the Greater Benefic, Jupiter, and the Lesser Benefic, Venus, is known for bringing good stuff into our lives. In Aries, it’s here to take the intentional preview from the Aries New Moon and actually make it happen, unfold it into reality. This is a fiery burst to help us pursue our dreams.  Venus will remain here through May 28, while Jupiter’s stay will extend through October 28, when its retrograde takes it back into Pisces. On December 20th, Jupiter will re-enter Aries for another five month stint – so consider this round one!

This is a fiery burst to help us pursue our dreams.

This energy is essentially nuclear power for your soul, so take advantage of it while it’s here. These next five months, as well as the first five months of next year, are bringing a burst of energy to your dreams that seeks to actually make them happen in the physical. The motivation of Aries is to claim what’s rightfully ours, so feel the fire of your soul and let it lead you to what you were born to do, who you were born to be. When you get out of your own way, what will come forward?

Venus in Aries | May 2 – 28

Venus in Aries brings a focus on facing fears related to intimacy. In this case, facing the fear with Arien courage looks like stating our needs and communicating what we want. Venus in Aries is very aware of its own side of the situation and is very good at directness, bold truths, and courageous authenticity. This energy is not one for bottling up feelings (and if it does, beware the pressure cooker of steaming resentment that will eventually explode!) It has a highly passionate nature and requires you to move your energy or exercise, especially through Venusian channels like music and dance. There’s nothing quite like turning the music up loud and dancing your heart out to shake out the cobwebs!

On the shadow side of this energy is self-righteousness, which stands in the way of true intimacy, as well as an over-fixation on “your side” rather than discussing, learning, and listening. We may dramatize matters or feel like seeking revenge, getting even. A shadow aspect of Aries is winning at all costs, so if you find yourself in this sort of shadow space, try to focus on seeking forgiveness and acceptance instead.

Jupiter in Aries | May 11 – October 28

What’s essential at this time is having clarity of intention. Set clear intentions and spend time thinking about what it is that you truly want. The chances of you getting what you want right now are greater than usual – so ask! Ask for what you want.

This is an energy that is very good at bouncing back from adversity. It has a very high resilience, is highly spirited, and organically possesses a determined sense of courage. It creates a greater level of self-knowledge by asking us, “who are you really, and what do you really want out of this life?” helping us to see more clearly what is for our highest good and the highest good of all.

On the shadow side, something to beware of is a potential inflation of the Self to epic proportions. Our Self is meant to be inflated as we pursue our dreams and passions, but we aren’t meant to live in a vacuum. Reground into your clear intentions and point yourself back in the right direction of your dreams, staying mindful that this energy doesn’t over-expand your ego.

Transit #2: Mercury in Gemini | April 29 – May 23, 2022

Mercury will begin its retrograde on May 10, traversing back through the early degrees of Gemini and re-entering Taurus territory on the 22nd. It’ll then station direct at 26° Taurus on June 2 and head back into Gemini on June 14, then remain there through July 5. Overall, that’s 47 days that Mercury will spend in Gemini – not an insignificant amount!

To make the most of these 47 days, my biggest piece of advice is to beware of boredom. Your need for stimulation will likely be heightened under this transit, and you must feed your curiosity! Mercury in Gemini wants us to be open to whatever we’re curious about and not hold back from exploring it, even if you don’t have a “logical” reason to be doing so. It wants us to trust in curiosity as its own divine path. There’s so much divine timing included in what we become curious about – exploring our curiosities can give us the right information or insight at exactly the right time. This can only happen if we allow ourselves to give in and get curious, and Mercury in Gemini offers an ideal energy for just that.

Trust in curiosity as its own divine path.

Key energetic aspects of Mercury in Gemini are free association, discovering, hunger for new ideas and information, a high desire for conversation with others, light and airy in our thoughts and ideas, channeling, downloads of insight, attention having a life of its own, open-mindedness requiring psychic hygiene, asking “what if?” endlessly, a potential for overthinking, connecting the dots in a new way, and going broad rather than deep. To that last point, Mercury in Gemini covers a lot of ground!

A willingness to learn naturally comes with a willingness to change. The mutable air energy of Gemini works better with this than the fixed Earth of Taurus (hence the stubbornness of the bull), so really use these periods of Mercury in Gemini as a time to embrace the changes and new opportunities brought about by Jupiter and Venus in Aries and the current eclipse season. You can utilize this flexible energy to adapt more easily and joyfully to any new things that might be coming your way. When we explore our natural curiosities and learn new things, we consequently must change our belief systems and way of thinking to accommodate our new knowledge. And as they say – change your mind, change your life.

In Conclusion

“Fire burns intuitively. It just does.”

-Rick Levine

During this time with Jupiter and Venus in fiery Aries, allow its cleansing flames to intuitively burn down whatever isn’t true to your authentic self, whatever is holding you back from pursuing or embodying your deepest purpose here on Earth. The time is now to carry out the steps necessary to make our highest vision of ourselves (supplied by the Aries New Moon)  a 3D reality.

At the same time, let Mercury’s breezy jaunt through airy Gemini fan the flames of your inner fire, blazing new trails of desire and expanding your mental landscape, one controlled burn at a time. Like pruning, a controlled burn whisks away the old, dead, and no-longer-necessary foliage in tufts of smoke and ash in order to create a clear and fertile environment for new growth. Like a forest, let yourself be born anew in the flames, free to flourish in new and wonderful ways.

This is your moment. The Universe is matching 100% your belief in yourself! How ready are you?!

Article written by Maddie Billings; Content curated and presented by Carly Whorton

LIBRA: An Energetic Overview & Guide to Embracing the Scales

LIBRA: An Energetic Overview & Guide to Embracing the Scales

Libra is ruled by Venus and is considered its masculine face. It rules the seventh house of partnership and is a cardinal air sign. Key aspects of Libra are serenity, relaxation, equilibrium, paradox, equity between opposites, art, aesthetic intelligence, beauty, releasing tension, seeing multiple sides to every situation, harmony, and cooperation. 

When Aries Meets Pisces: April Astro Forecast + Venus in Pisces | April 2022

When Aries Meets Pisces: April Astro Forecast + Venus in Pisces | April 2022

When you let yourself feel how you feel, all rationalizations aside, you strengthen your self-compassion like a muscle. The big Pisces energy in the air during this Aries season, with Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Neptune all convening in Pisces at one time or another this month, is almost like an extended winter, with winter’s self-reflective qualities spilling over into spring.