Gemini New Moon - June 2018

By: AJ (Ariel) Amber

The peak of the new moon in Colorado, is about 1pm on Wednesday, the 13th, June 2018. The sun and moon will be at about 22 degrees in Gemini, in a conjunction with the midheaven and Mercury which is 10 degrees away hanging out at 2 degrees in Cancer.

There is the overall theme of the past few months--which have been intense for most of us--finally soaking in, and utilizing your intentions thus so for this new moon. Having the knowledge what you have hoped for previously, and being able to polish it with your current self's newfound understandings as you've been journeying through life. 

After watching Rick Levine's June forecast, his main take away was that June is a breath after many 'go-go-go' intense months this year. That this time is like finally arriving at the weekend after your most crazy hectic week, and then getting sick because you were finally able to catch up with yourself.

Well, maybe you have gotten literally sick or were able to absorb and get clarity around circumstances in your life. Hopefully, things have been feeling like they have found some completion, understanding, have been revealed, etc. In any case,  this month and this new moon is letting 'it all soak in'.  The time leading to the new moon is the culmination of past intentions before the new beginning. This would be a good time to review your past intentions. Utilize this absorbed information to re-empower intentions you have made before or modifying them for optimized growth.

The air of the Sun and Moon. There is a twist of 'deep and make it happen' with this information-loving, hard-to-catch Gemini. Gemini is a mutable air sign associated with the planet Mercury. It is the end of spring, pushing out the cool air and switching gears for summer's beginning. Air is a mental sign, Gemini is associated with Mercury, archetype of thoughts, communication, exchange and transportation. Mercury is also apart of this Gemini new moon (10 degrees away) giving it an extra kick of power.

The 'deep and make it happen' comes from Saturn, which is in Capricorn opposing Mercury, and Pluto, which is also in Capricorn quincunx the Sun and Moon (quincunx is an aspect of about 150 degrees, it is generally an annoying aspect in terms of the planetary interaction). Pluto in Capricorn says let's look at the structure and foundation of our life (or a certain aspect of out life) and rebuild it from the ground up. Capricorn is structure, Pluto brings transformation. The Mercury in Cancer/Saturn in Capricorn aspect is demanding to put thoughts and feelings into reality, 'don't just say it, think it, or feel it; do it.' Put your manifestation where your mind is.

The midheaven has to do with career, ambitions, aspiration, and life goal. Having the moon and sun there brings this feeling of wanting to communicate and bursting out at the seams to share your work. A drive to get ahead and attain your ambitions. And ego expression, as in, being firm in your personality and the 'doer' side of you.There is positive energy and drive that you can put into work if you focus it, and choose to do so. The motivation is available to tap into. Once again, reviewing past intentions can power a ripple effect for the future as you move forward with even stronger reenforced intentions. Like being able to review your crop and only selecting the most juicy, yummy strawberries to move forward with.

Like any planetary transitions, this new moon will be the most significant for those who have major aspects to 22 degrees Gemini in their natal birth chart. However, what has been shared is still a piece of the overall energy of the planet's atmosphere. We can tap into it, or it will play out and be expressed in our personal life unknowingly. 

I am happy to answer questions. I love reading birth charts and can give a reading from anywhere in the world to you or someone you know! Contact me via the LBL Contact Page with questions or to setup your reading!

Happy Living,

AJ Caprikorn


Other Helpful Resources:

Rick Levine's June 2018 youtube video:

A wonderful and favorite book for reference: "Planets in Transit" by Robert Hand

Full Moon May 29, 2018

By AJ Caprikorn

 Image from:  1463932897829

Image from: 1463932897829

Beginning with the past, because, whoa it has been a doozey. Sustaining our life, and trying new things.

Using some of the ideas the Leo King shared from his May 15-21 2018 YouTube video, for what has been going on we see more with Uranus in Taurus. Taurus is stubborn and it sticks to its values, Uranus likes the new and spontaneous. Confront your ego and inflexibility with what you value in your life, as sometimes what you're attached to is making your life harder and things can be better and easier for you with exploring a different way. There is a slow growth to learning the value of new circumstances and things in our life. Try new things and give it a chance knowing you can always revert if you so choose.

The circumstance of self scrutiny, and personal values has been in the air. 

And the energy has been pushing for trying new ways of doing things, even if we think we know the best way for ourselves.  What do you have to lose? Maybe you learn you prefer your way, maybe you find something better for you, and maybe you discover things you didn't expect or know before. Enjoying the process of shift in keeping your personal understanding of your individual niche of personal support.

Ascending to bettering our circumstance, thus rippling new patterns of opening to a higher quality of life.

Moving forward to where we are now. The full moon peak is a little after 7 am, in Colorado on Tuesday May 29th, 2018. The moon will therefore look its fullest the night of Monday the 28th.

The Sun is in Gemini and the Moon is in Sagittarius. Its a time to shed, the fulfillment of the last moon cycle and shed for the next internal planting time of the new moon.

Gemini and Sagittarius are mutable signs. Moving the energy out, finishing and changing, switching and mutating.  Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign, it has to do with finding the larger meaning, greater truth and it shoots over the horizon to greater perspective. Gemini is a mutable air sign, it is more interested in the details of informational truth, collecting data and interested in any and all information. Gemini is the iconic gossip sign.

This Full moon stimulates our information seeking centers. Hopefully we've been growing with mutable energy now that there's softness to the fixed 'permeant' energy there was. Looking at the chart of this moon there is soooo much energy bouncing around in the air. And the planets in the more stable earthly signs are making 'annoying aspects' or hard aspects (squares, oppositions, semi-squares and quincunx) to the other plants. I would interpret this time to feel like great change and turnover is rattling the cage, best one can do is flow with it, resisting is going to be very effortful, things will soften and be able to be more concrete feeling later.

For now, life is flipping over and our interactions with others are shifting, as well as our internal work with ourselves. Go with it, intention setting with this full moon will be charged towards with information gathering, and seeking the philosophical perspectives that you enjoy, ones that challenge you and some new ones. With the moon and Mercury opposing one another it is very likely to have mind/heart conflicts, so use the chaos to open yourself up and discover more of your personal potential. There may also be circumstances that demand us to be certain and forward while we don't feel certain. Go for it. Making a list of boundaries (what you are open to experience and what you are not), is powerful at this time. Know that reality will likely challenge what you are not open to, demanding you reenforce what you need and weaving a creative journey.

-AJ Caprikorn


More Resources:

Leo king video:

New Moon in Taurus May 2018

Potent beginnings in reality.

In the sky, when the sun and the moon conjunct there is a new moon. This occurs at about 5am mountain time on May 15th, 2018, the sun and moon will be at 24 degrees in Taurus. Like most new moons, it is a time when the luminary mother and father of the sky are joined together for creation, but there are some planetary aspects in particular that give this 'seed sowing' a whole lot of bang and emphasis. Specifically, I will mention Uranus, Mars, Mercury and Venus. Uranus is about to end its cycle in Aires and begin its (approximately) 7year cycle in Taurus. It makes this switch right next to the new moon's peak. Any intention setting with the taurus energy is not only holding power through the next lunar cycle, but also for the next 7 years of Uranus's journey through Taurus.

This big beginning of Uranus's transition makes it an important and valuable time for a ceremonial intention setting. To quote Rick Levine from his May 2018 forecast, quoting Carolyn Casey, "the gods don't speak english" but they recognize ceremony. With that said, while it is very beneficial to mentally note or speak out loud what your intentions are, it is even more powerful to perform a ritual to harnesses this planetary energy in your intentions and trajectory in your life. Ritual could include writing down your intentions, placing them somewhere scared or burying them to be 'grown'. It could also be attending a moon ceremony or sweat lodge. If you are in or near the Boulder area you can attend Lisa Schiavone's archetypical moon journey (you can find her on Facebook or message me for details). You can experience it in a group, or make it more solo and personal and do meditative walk. There are many variations to express and honor your intentions ritualistically. I recommend including journaling of some sort as this outward expression or intent can create more integrity and follow through form yourself.

Back tracking a little to address Taurus and the essence it carries. Taurus rules our physical resource: i.e. our home, food and income. Taurus makes things last, it preserves. It is the most stable of the 3 earth signs. Taurus is fixed earth and associated with the planet Venus. It values beauty and comforts, with an emphasis on the sensuality of what feels, smells, sounds and tastes good. It is the stability side of relationships. It works and grows projects, and builds trust and integrity. Taurus is how we value our self and have self esteem. Intention setting should center on these aspects in your life. 

Now here's more on how the planets moving around the new moon support/ are affecting all of this. Uranus is like lightening striking unexpectedly and releasing tension, moving into Taurus it will release energy in unexpected ways sometimes towards direction we desire in the short term and sometimes not.  Being open to theses sudden burst of awakening and knowledge can be beneficial in our long term journey. Mercury, the planet of thought, communication and exchange is passing through Taurus, provoking some deeper and slower thought, and this is strengthened by Venus in Gemini (venus the planet associated with Taurus is hanging out in one of the castles of Mercury (Mercury is associated with Gemini), and Mercury is hanging out in one of the castles of Venus (Mercury is in Taurus). There is this Mercury/ Venus switch of rulership occurring. I would interpret this as our feelings (Venus) and our thoughts (Mercury) working together during this new moon giving us personal 'oomph' for our intention setting.

Lastly Mars, the 'do it' planet is at the last degree in Capricorn and about to jump into Aquarius. Mars has been happy in Capricorn, as the Capricorn nature gives Mars the drive to finish what it begins. Mars moving into Aquarius is very significant at this time, because that is the kingdom of Uranus, so the planet of Mars 'go forth and do it now or die' is powering this Uranus transit. I think it very likely that our actions can help drive the start of Uranus's long journey thorough Taurus, and our own intentions channeling the potentials in our life affecting our home, financial situation and self esteem.

You may think of this as an opportunity, and as an analogy, say uranus is like a bomb going to explode at an unknown time, you could just let it be and explode in your house where it is, or you could stick that bomb next to a wall you've been ready to remove and utilize the release in a helpful way! The vibe is in your favor, might as well ask for what you want. Be open for what you can do to get it there, and know resistance is futile for the energy will be released although a bit more restricted and requiring more maturation before coming forth (because of Taurus grounded earthly and diligent nature), none-the-less, it will find a way.

So what do you want resources to look like in your life? Are you happy with things? What are you growing and bringing into maturation? What more do you need to bring this forth? Are you open to the unexpected, (maybe sudden unexpected) changes that may bring you closer to your goals or what your goals should be? Do you value yourself? What can you bring into your life, and hold space for to feel great self esteem? What can you do to support your self and your self esteem?


Much love,

AJ Caprikorn


Resources that have helped me create this:

Thank you to Rick Levine for the monthly forecasts he posts on YouTube:

Thank you Lisa Schiavone, such and wonderful source of information and talented astrologer!:

And thank you Astrodeist for existing as a free resource for creating charts and more:

Full Moon in Scorpio - April 29th, 2018

The peak of the full moon is just before 6pm mountain time today, Sunday April 29th. The sun is in Taurus and the moon is in the sign opposite it in the astrological wheel, Scorpio.

The moon is considered to be at its detriment in Scorpio. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, like ice, frozen solid. Yet, while large bodies of water may be frozen on the surface, there is fluid, moving water underneath. Such is the nature of Scorpio, all knowing and intuitive, yet functioning with a caveat of repressing its own sense of what it knows. Mysterious and restricted in their emotions yet aware of everything. Scorpio is associated with the planet (in astrology terms we consider it a planet) Pluto, Lord of the underworld and deep transformation.

Taurus is light and pleasant, unyielding, determined and stubborn. It is a fixed earth sign, the deepening of spring. Things that have sprouted and made it to the stage of Taurus are determined to stay, growing buds and bark, thickening and becoming firm and strong. Taurus is associated with the planet venus, loving sensual beauty. Such as the textures that give us pleasure, food and flavors of luxury and comfort. Venus associated with Taurus is not just the aesthetic and balanced beauty venus has with Libra. In Taurus, the beauty is in the physical and experiential tangible senses.

With the sun in Taurus and moon in Scorpio there is bull headed deep determined questions of change. What deeply feels right? Again with pluto ruling scorpio there is an element of sacrifice or death. What in our lives is not suiting our pleasurable sense of the soul and needs to be let go of? Thereby creating space for our own personal growth and transformation. With the other aspects occurring in this transit (such as sun opposed jupiter and trine with saturn, and pluto conjunct mars square with uranus) there is the need for change, formulating ideas about it, knowing it on a deep level, but not quite being ready for it.

So, with the energetic nature of a full moon of previous things coming to maturation and time to let go. I recommend bringing to focus what you should let go of, what in your life (such as physical things, stuff, living situation, job, relationships), is needing to change? You may not be ready, and that's ok. There is likely a deeper knowledge of already knowing what that might be for you. A plan can begin to support you long term of these changes, it doesn't have to happen instantaneously, there can be a process of letting go. Emphasize and reiterate the importance of standing up for yourself and honoring what you need to experience in your life and let go of what no longer 'fits'.


Happy living,

AJ Caprikorn

New Moon Forecast - April 15th

Written by: Ariel (AJ) Amber

The new moon is at its peak about 7 pm in Colorado on Sunday the 15th

Hmmm, tension and newness. Drastic sudden new things with the go-getter energy for it, yet there is some uncertainty of "jumping off the cliff of change". 

The Sun and Moon are conjunct in Aries with the unique aspect of Uranus along side them. The Sun/Moon conjunction means there is a new moon in the sky. As per usual, the archetypal masculine and feminine luminaries are overlapping in our view, setting the time to sew seeds of the new. The Aries nature is a strong headed push. The sprout of new ideas bursting through the the seed shell of contemplation and reaching out of the hidden and unknown of the ground to be seen in the daylight of reality. Aries is spring and new ideas.

And who is finishing their time in Aries? Uranus, the planet of shock, awe, awakening and surprise. Uranus is ending its approximate 7 year cycle in Aries, hanging out with the sun and moon, giving this new moon a flavor of unexpected change. Expect the unexpected, this can be small and simple or big changes in your life. All of which is very exciting, and can be so scary at the same time. The unknown shocking happenings can carry that uncertainty with it, but also creates the lightening bolt that rattles our mental cage into awakening. Some of us humans like predictability and will sometimes sacrifice our happiness to maintain it. Here we have a chance to set our intentions and open up our receptive 'antennas' to the unexpected possibility. As Uranus shifts over to Taurus these new ideas have a chance to become more solid like bark growing on soft green twigs that are to become trees.

The planet associated with Aries is the hot-headed, 'do it or die' warrior archetype of Mars. In the chart of the sky, Mars is wedged between Saturn (the planet of boundaries, karma and time) and Pluto (the lord of the underworld, the hidden, secrets and deep transformation, the symbolic death). This cluster of classic malefic planets (which are also important and helpful) are making the hard aspect of a square to the sun, moon and Uranus cluster. 

What does this mean? Well, first off Mars passing Saturn has likely come out in one's life as having had to ram one's head against what feels like a wall of limitations. It doesn't feel nice and appears as limiting, where as this limitation feeling of Saturn can allow us to strengthen and test if what we want to happen actually should and can withstand reality. Mars has already passed that big frustrating wall, so now the effect is felt still, but less intense.

As Mars is approaching Pluto, however, the under-lord wants us to reflect far more deeply on the matters at hand. Experiencing if what we are wanting to do has enough depth, what changes and transformations will be necessary, what must 'die' and be lost, and what debt needs to be paid or might be owed? While reflecting and answering these questions may frustrate the mars nature of 'it needs to happen now', in the long run it is undeniably necessary and will come out into our lives whether we face it or ignore it.

In sum, there are vibrating new possibilities ready for change with unexpected opportunities and turns to spice the adventure, all the while there are challenges to be faced that can appear as big lurking mountains. However, it is this challenge from pluto and saturn that brings so much interest, learning  and fruitfulness into our life.  In this case, it keeps that headstrong drive from Mars in check. Would we fully be able to enjoy the fruit of victory if we did not first burn, try, and challenge ourselves to earn and feel the achievement? Would water taste as good if we were not first parched and in need and ready to receive?

Other tidbits of importance: Mercury is stationary going direct on the 15th--yay! Mercury the ruler of thoughts, communications and transportation is back on the move! Enabling the potential of fluidity and greater ease to the new moon new beginnings!! Mercury is still in Aries bringing an edge of fiery sharpness to our words and thoughts.

Secondly, Chiron, the wounded healer, representing that which is our personal wound and the overall wound of society, is at the critical and last degree of Pisces and about to make the leap over to Aries. This has been buzzing and reinforcing the feelings of death, and bummer, stagnation and need for change or escaping while bothered by larger purpose needs. Yet, if we have been keen enough and able to go inside of ourselves for healing and support on the deepest level, then there has been ease, growth and support initiated from these feelings from Chiron. If not, it can feel like falling in a pit of no-hope. If that has been the case for you, know the 'way out' will be reflection and going inside yourself, and many times giving back and connecting to others, finding your tribe or being with them (they have wounds that hurt too). As Chiron shifts over from Pisces to Aries, we will feel a charge for the changes to come, and a drive forward to heal the wounds of the self. 

Thanks for reading, happy reflections star beings!

~AJ Caprikorn

Full Moon in Libra March 31st - 7:30 am peak


Wow, what intense energy flying around lately. Mercury is retrograde, (it goes direct on April 15th). During retrograde, this ruler of ideas, thoughts, transportation and communication has intensified. Meaning detours, things not turing out or happening in the timing you thought, sudden unexpected delays and overwhelm of information. These are all typical factors during a mercury retrograde.

In general, the astrological vibe has been tiring. Feel worn-out for no apparent reason, yet the desire to get things done. Mars in Capricorn gives us the go and will to follow through to the end, though at the same time, Mars is making a lot of hard aspects to other planets bringing tension with the will to go. 

With venus ending its time in Aires there has been a pull to indulging in quick fixes. Avoid the quick fix, think in the long term goals and what will be of the most benefit for what you are working towards. And, if you're still figuring that out, it's ok! Wanting change and shift in your life is also in the stars right now. Furthermore, Venus will be shifting into Taurus emphasizing one's pleasure in the senses and things, physical things. To support this energy you may be attracted to having textures, scents and foods that you enjoy during this transit.

Back to the moon, which is fullest around 7:30am this Saturday morning (March 31st)!

With the Full moon and the planetary aspects to it, there is a push to cutting out what no longer serves your path, and an emphasis of get rid of it, or be dragged down. This is particularly focused on your personal self and relationships outside of yourself. It is often a hard choice to let go of the known. This intention setting of letting go with the full moon energy is best served if you can make a list of all the dreams you have and a list of the things you feel you can focus on now. This can further allow brainstorming of what may be needed to contribute or change to support where your life may be going.

In more detail, the moon is in Libra, which is a cardinal Air sign, like the fresh wind of fall blowing the leaves off the trees.  Associated with Venus, it specializes in ascetic beauty and relationships (romantic and professional). It sees both sides and seeks to balance. It is the center and transition point of the zodiac.

The sun is in Aires, which is a cardinal fire sign, the initial spark of fire, it begins Spring. Head strong, it prioritizes the self, it is new ideas, the 'go forth' warrior energy, 'do it or die' and the baby of the zodiac.

In sum, avoid the quick fix, surround yourself with things you enjoy, observe your relationship with yourself and others. Make a list of your dreams, what you can focus on now and let go. With all this intensity--and there are some challenging aspects occurring with the maleficent planets--allow yourself to have breaks and recharge while you are climbing the mountain! 


Much Astrological love,

AJ Caprikorn


This entry was a challenge for me, feeling the planetary setting myself, I've thought about it awhile but writing this entry seemed delay in my own work, watching the Leo King and RasaLilaHealing on youtube this week was helpful to kick start my wording and what to share.

The Dreamy New Moon in Pisces - March 2018

Written by: Ariel Amber (AJ)

The overall energetic scope of the sky has been to look over the changes we've made in our lives and reassess how we've been expanding into the year, deciding what we actually have space for in our lives (emphasized by Jupiter retrograde beginning on March 8th).

There is also a general tension in the air as things are in their final push in letting go and ending winter as we enter into the vernal equinox with the sun's transition into Aries on the 20th. This is the astrological beginning of the 12 sign cycle, which is considered the 'true new year' of the cycle of the sun. 

Up to the 20th, it is best to try to go with the flow, especially as things may be challenged to be completed systematically with the Pisces moon and sun and its 'other worldly' nature. 

The sun and moon are in the same sign, Pisces, and reach the same degree in the morning of Saturday the 17th,  thus there is a new moon as the moon and sun overlap from our point of view.

Pisces is symbolized as two fish swimming in opposite directions. Associated with the planet Neptune, (and in ancient astrology it was associated with Jupiter). The Neptunian qualities makes this sign dreamy and without boundaries. It can be a time where things feel confusing or it is easy to break a rule by not acknowledging a law (or rule) such as running a stop sign.  The dreamy 'beyond this world-ness' Pisces energy might not fully acknowledge the stop sign. Alcohol is a Neptunian drug, when consumed boundaries are dissolved. With a pull for disassociation or escape, a beneficial option maybe to utilize the heightened sense of creativity. Making this a good time to meditate and connect to that which is beyond us. Participate in yoga, paint, color in a coloring book, maybe begin a dream diary or add to one you have as dreams may be more intense or revealing at this time.

Pisces rules the feet and the eyes (windows to the soul) so focusing this time on loving your feet and your soul shall reap the most benefits, and check in with your mindfulness as to how you can support your feet and soul on a day to day basis.  As part of your new moon intentions you may want to reflect on what you might be able to add to your daily or weekly routine to love and feed these parts of yourself.

In addition, by the mid afternoon the moon will be shifting into Aries, bringing a fiery assertive and maybe aggressive nature to our feelings and need to express them.

Enjoy this dreamy creative push into the vernal equinox, letting go of systematic execution until this time has passed, enjoying the creative incubation period. Don't forget where your feet are as you explore the larger celestial channels available at this time!


Happy new moon,

AJ Caprikorn



If you can't get enough I recommend taking classes with Lisa Schiavone:

or youtubing....

Kaypacha pele report

Rick Levine

Timothy H. -RasaLilaHealing

David Palmer, The Leo King

Spring cleaning and loving your human-ness - March 1st Full Moon Astrology

Written by:  Ariel Amber (AJ Caprikorn)

Virgo full moon Thursday, March 1st, 2018. What a way to start the month! Change is continuing on the horizon after the new moon partial solar eclipse we experienced back in February.  This change may bring the feeling of ''starting from scratch".

The sun is in the 12th and last zodiac sign of Pisces, the mutable water sign. It is ending winter before the first day of spring when the sun enters Aires on Tuesday, March 20th. With that brings the natural feeling of the spring cleaning vibe; both on our internal plane and in our external surroundings. Stuff, thoughts, friendships, connections, how we are spending our time. It is the transition of out with the 'old and no more' whilst creating space. The Virgo full moon emphasis this weeding out to continually strive towards perfection.

Pisces, associated with the planet neptune, can dissolve boundaries. It can open connection, intuition and compassion. It can get confused between self and other and it is dreamy. Pieces can connect and fully experience any of the zodiac archetypes. We may be able to connect, or desire to connect with our bigger dream and desire. Meanwhile, I recommend touching your feet to the ground and also realizing which parts of the dream can be experienced and created in reality, and which parts must stay in the romantic dream world. 

The rays of the sun in Pisces is shining on the moon in the zodiac opposed to it, Virgo. Virgo is the mutable earth sign, associated with the planet mercury (the planet of transportation, communication and thought). It is a detailed oriented zodiac that eliminates the unnecessary for what is the most pure and useful. This includes purity in being, good health and hygiene.

Avoid getting overly critical with yourself or downing yourself because it wasn't up to a certain personal standard. Realize change is not all that comfortable and celebrate yourself for what you do get to include. For example, maybe you have a goal of increasing your yoga practice to 4 times a week for an hour class. Well maybe you only get one class in or 15mins a day instead of an hour. Instead of getting down on yourself, celebrate what you are able to do to encourage your journey on reaching these goals! Ok maybe you go ahead and have some brownies when you were trying to restrict yourself, what can you do next to feel good about yourself in a different way? this will bring your highest success at this time. Celebrating your own imperfection, existing as a human and allowing your potential to learn and grow! We exist because things are seeking balance, there are opposites occurring. In a simple day to day example, we are awake so we sleep, we eat and excrete, we have time of expansion and times of contraction. Realizing it is natural and embracing the ebb and flow of existence.

Virgo full moon likes routines around health (approach this with some flexibility and intuition), it also will add scrutiny as we shed in our life. And with the sun in pieces, know escaping isn't the balanced answer and that parts of your dream can be expressed in your life!


All the best,

Ariel Amber aka AJ Caprikorn


Rasa lila healing was a great inspiration in my own interpretation for this full moon, you can watch his full moon video on youtube.


New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse Feb 15th 2018

Written By: AJ Caprikorn

Revolutionizing beginnings:

The sun and moon are going to be conjunct near the south lunar node, thereby a partial solar eclipse will occur. All happening at the edge of Aquarius with the moon being void of course, meaning it does not make other major aspects to planets before moving into Pisces.

Aquarius, an air sign often mistaken as a water sign. It may be known as a water bearer, however it is associated with fixed air. Air is connected to thoughts and the mental body, so archetypically Aquarius is the idealist. Aquarius can be unpredictable, rebellious, and have difficulty staying in the present. It is considered innovative, eccentric, futuristic and freethinking. The sun in astrology represents the soul's life purpose, the moon the embodiment and feelings of that journey and the lunar nodes are the driven pathway of the soul's purpose (where it came from and where it's going, or what falls back as easy and what can help bring balance in our lives).

With these celestial bodies and nodes all sharing space in Aquarius, it creates the collective experience drive towards questioning and reflecting if what we are doing with our lives is working to bring us to our ideal vision. At this time, between the past full moon lunar eclipse and this new moon partial solar eclipse, we may be meeting new connections, loosing ones that no longer feed or align with our life's ideal goals thereby creating space for ones that will. We may be feeling compressed or needing these changes to occur now. Although now this energy is best spent setting up how you would like those changes and shifts to be made into long term goals so that your ideal can occur and sustain you. All the while knowing that there may be some compensations between what is imagined in your mind to what will maturate in your reality.

The sun is conjunct mercury, and venus, while it is sextile to uranus and squared to jupiter. The sun sextile to uranus; uranus is the planet associated with Aquarius, this brings greater flow to all that aquarian pull and thought process mentioned above, new ideas, the need and happening of sudden change, and aligning with our ideal future and truth. Sun conjunct mercury; mercury rules communication and transportation. Mercury is also in Aquarius and is placing greater emphasis on ideas and mental energy communicating with ourselves about these greater life purpose needs and even sharing them outwardly and making plans. Venus has just moved over to Pisces but is still within 10 degrees of the Sun, this is bringing a soft, dreamy and compassionate layer to our desires and bonding with others. It can also create a pull to be over indulgent especially with Jupiter, the planet of expansion, squaring the sun. Jupiter squaring the sun is an aspect of friction, we may be ready to leap and go for our new found ideas or ways to reach our goals, ready to expand and grow. However, we still need to face the process to turn these ideals into reality, it make take more time even though we feel ready now, but with venus sextile to saturn, we also feel good about putting the work in with a bit of mental clarity on ways that could happen. 

Main take away for this new moon is yes that compression, need, and change you're experiencing is for the greater good, and you have the ability to move to what is driving you towards your life goals. You have probably have had some awaking of truth and your needs, although allow time for these to grow as things are going to feel more dreamy and confused as many planets will be moving into Pisces. This is a great time to plan the steps you'd like to take to get there to your truth. Set intentions and plant the seeds. Give it some time and nurture.

Happy traversing! 

~AJ Caprikorn


Other great astrology minds and influences:

Lisa Schiavonne in Boulder, Co.

Rick Levine with Star IQ and monthly youtube videos.

Rasa Lila healing youtube channel.


Homemade Toothpaste and Going Bamboo

Wanting to cut down on waste and make your own toothpaste?  Here's ONE of many recipes, compliments of our nutritionist Pamela Ballard, that you can give a try to see just how simple and great it can be for your teeth and budget.  


• About 1/2 cup coconut oil

• 2-3 Tbsp of aluminum free baking soda

• 15-20 drops of peppermint, spearmint or cinnamon essential oil

• 10 drops myrrh extract (optional)



1. Melt or slightly soften coconut oil.

2. Mix in other ingredients and stir well. If using semi-hard coconut oil, use a fork, if

not, use a spoon. If you are using completely melted coconut oil, you will need to

stir several times while the mixture cools to keep the baking soda incorporated.

3. Put mixture into small glass jar 

4. Let cool completely.

5. To use: Dip toothbrush in jar and scrape small amount onto bristles or use

a small spoon to put it on toothbrush. Brush thoroughly.  


Bamboo Toothbrush - Giving Brush

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They even have a special to try their rainbow themed brush for FREE. 

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Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources we have access to.  It's time to think smart, quit putting plastic into our land masses and oceans, and utilize these biodegradable materials for our everyday needs. 


Every purchase, action, and example is an opportunity to make a BIG impact.  Change starts with YOU and if we want this planet to be better off, it starts with all sorts of little changes that will then impact bigger economic patterns and lead to amazing results.  It's not too late to start thinking and acting in the best interest of the big picture!

January 2018 Blue Blood Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Written by: Ariel Amber (AJ)

Hopefully you got to view the lovely eclipse this early Wednesday morning, The Moon is in Leo and the Sun is in Aquarius.

Leo is our inner child, our heart drive and way of being. It invites us to be playful and to have fun! Aquarius is innovative, a scientist, rebel and thinker, wanting to serve and progress to the greater good. It invites analysis over what we are offering and doing and whether it is serving our personal and larger evolution.

This sun-moon opposition is conjunct with the lunar nodes (this is what occurs when there is an eclipse). The nodes represent our soul's journey of where it came from or what is comfortable (south node) and where it is going or what we can do to have balance and have the universe support us (north node). 

This eclipse of the full moon places emphasis on what we wish to let go of as we give more energy towards what we really love and enjoy in life. With venus conjunct the sun in Aquarius it is not uncommon to feel ready to leave work that no longer aligns with your life principals. As well as, it is natural to feel compressed and therefore wanting to take breaks form close relationships with others and even from yourself. This allows us to reflect on what is it we are wanting to continue and what needs to leave. At the same, time venus conjunct the sun may have us feeling more sociable and like connecting with others and ourselves to experiment with new ways that can serve us.

Saturn in capricorn (which will be there another 2.5 years) places a larger component of getting rid of what no longer serves us and to keep the essentials of what we need in this life. It is like a parental energy wanting us to succeed and have the appropriate access to food, shelter and other basic life needs. Meanwhile reminding us to put in the work to receive the rewards  of success and cut out any 'crap' getting in our way. 

Mercury is moving into Aquarius, this will likely feel like a freeing of our thoughts and communication with ourselves and others.

People with Aspects in Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio, and Leo will likely feel this eclipse vortex the most with this opening to take charge of your life shifts.


Wonderful sources and people to listen to to further this information:

Lisa Schiavone

The Leo King (David Palmer)

Rick Levine


Rasa Lilia healing

New Moon December 2018

Written By:  Ariel Amber

Capricorn New Moon 2018

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Capricorn Moon and Capricorn Sun, the 'actual' new year. The gust of beginnings with a new moon in Capricorn gives the potential drive to really kick start the year. And really, is the energetic propulsion for the year. While the moon waned from its fullness in cancer, we likely have been processing old memories and nostalgias, hopefully allowing for a fuller view of what we really want to make space for; people in our lives, experiences and ourselves. 

Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, meaning it brings in the new and can grow and stabilize those changes. Capricorn plans, works hard, and drives up the mountain for achievements. The magic of capricorn is that hard work reaps benefits. (And the opposite is true, lack of work does not produce results.) This makes for the perfect cast off of manifesting our goals.

Now, as a balancing effect I recommend while creating your plan for achievement, include reflection and recuperation moments regularly into your schedule. Don't be fooled by thinking 'I don't have enough time for that' because truly the pauses will create stronger and longer lasting effects of gusto and drive as well as the chance to assess any changes for support that you might need along the way! (but literally carve regular time for it, not making an excuse for 'dooping' out of responsibility).

To emphasize more, there is a ton of capricorn energy with multiple planets traversing capricorn. Saturn is one of those, which is at home and historically the ruler of capricorn, as it will be there at least the next 2.5 years, enjoy it! Saturn in capricorn can really put reality in one's face and thereby experiencing the consequences of laziness or lack of feeding all of our needs and responsibilities. There may be moments when you would rather stay in bed and not be responsible, but really you have got to get up. There is drive to put creations into reality and being able to map out what our dreams will need to be actualized. Being responsible, facing the facts, rules and regulations can seem daunting, but go through all the hoops and requirements and be rewarded at the end! This is the lesson of Capricorn.  If all the 'to do's' get overwhelming, try making a list and order of priority.

This new moon is the energetic propulsion for the whole year. As David Palmer, the Leo king, analogized it is like a rocket ship taking off. So, hopefully you've chosen your trajectory as switching course may create turmoil.

Amazonite: Bring Luck to Your New Year

Written By:  Jean Parker-Renga

Amazonite New Year Stone

Birthstone: N/A

Zodiac: Virgo

Numerical Vibration: 5

Chakra: Heart and Throat


Being that we have just entered a new year, I thought it would be nice to feature a stone that can help during this time of the year. Most of us leave the old year behind us and look forward with great ideas, big plans, and grand resolutions. You may stick with that cleanse for awhile, or make it to the gym even into spring, but most of the time we fall back into our old patterns. What are some tools that you can utilize this year to make it the best year yet?

Amazonite is a great stone to help you hold onto those new year hopes and dreams. The water color with earthy tones are soothing, and can assist you in pressing that reset button of your life. Be compassionate with yourself, be true to yourself, and take one day at a time.

If you are wanting to detox this time of year after all the holiday excess, I totally understand, and amazonite can help by filtering away pollutants that are around you all the time. Great way to rid yourself from harmful waves from microwaves, computers and cell phones. I tend to set a nugget on my microwave, which is also usually next to where I work most of the day. I have even started to set my cell phone to airplane mode at night in efforts to lower my family’s contact with negative energy.

Possible uses in meditation can be as simple as holding a nugget of amazonite in your hand while you sit comfortably and quietly reflect on what obstacles you may have in your way this new year. Let the stone free you from that weight, like water cleaning off dirt from your body. Begin to see your path in a new light, with fresh eyes. If you practice japa mantra with a mala, I invite you to use the seed sound to the throat cakra, Ham. Find your ability to free yourself from any limits, break away from the past, embrace the new day.

Remember to have fun in your journey!


New Year Full Moon 2018

Authored By: Ariel Amber (AJ)

full moon 2018

This New year is beginning with a full moon. The sun is in capricorn and the moon is in cancer

The Astrological energies are strong in career and karma, and home, restoration and nostalgia.

The moon in Cancer may have you looking back, don't get lost in what was, but rather use that to implement what is important to you and reflect on what you want to call in this new year. It also has a pull to ask yourself what you can do to balance and restore yourself as the sun in Capricorn emphasizes the drive to your ambitions, putting things into reality, planning, focusing and reviewing what steps need to be done and reconciled with for achievement. Or facing the consequences of avoiding the work that needs to be done.

This Capricorn sun is emphasized by Saturn, the planet associated with Capricorn, which will be there for about the next 2.5 years. This year marks the beginning of extra emphasis on facing reality and the rules and steps that need to be honored for one's achievements and choices.

This interpretation was influenced by my own growing knowledge, that which has been taught by Lisa Schiavone, and shared by Rick Levine.

December 2017 New Moon

Authored by: Ariel Amber (AJ)

astrology new moon 2017
Its the new moon!! Set your intentions for these new beginnings with these details in mind.

The moon is in Sagittarius, connecting our feelings with philosophy, ideas, travel, reaching for the stars and feeling ready to jump and let reality catch us. Well, don't quite follow that pull. You might fall, as other energetic pulls are occurring.

Mercury is retrograde (goes direct on friday December the 22nd) and has been hanging out by Saturn, what this means is revisiting old ideas and a good time to put in the planing for these ideas to be birthed into reality. The retrograde is also speaking louder making communications, ideas and thoughts feeling like they need to be expressed now, however this is more of a time for growth vs. ready output. In addition Mercury retrograde has a way of creating detours in your life specifically in transportation and communication. Having things occur in different ways or times then expected or intended, best thing to do? Flow with it, enjoy the potential of the detour, know this time will pass and let ideas and plans simmer and be thought out before decided upon.

Saturn is about to enter Capricorn, it is finishing its 2.5 year time in Sagittarius, shifting our drive from looking at the mountain tops of the goals we wish to achieve, to putting things to the test and drawing the maps to get there.

Sources assisting my interpretation: Rick Levine and Rasa Lila Healing.

Full Moon Magic - December Super Moon

Full Moon

Full Moons

Full moons mark the culmination of awareness, growth, and creation. 

The full moon itself causes a rise in the tides, rivers, lakes, and even our blood leaving a stirring of activity, sensation, and a sense of fullness allowing for a perfect opportunity for reflection, contemplation, and shedding of old patterns and habits so we can continue to grow and become a deeper reflection of ourselves. 

This opportunity and change in energy is even more potent this month in the last full moon of 2017 and what's called a Super Moon falling right before the Winter Solstice.  This happens when the full moon is at or within 90% alignment with its perigee, or closest point in a given orbit with Earth.  Energetically these moons (super moons) offer a bigger opportunity to shift.  To the naked eye, the moon will seem much larger as it rises and orbits through the sky and will create a higher rise in the tides.  

Utilize this energy to reflect inward and ask yourself in the last month (and in the last year):

Lunar Cycle
  • What have I cultivated and seen grow into fruition?
  • How have I grown emotionally?
  • What lessons have come to light?
  • What have I learned about myself as a person?
  • What have I learned about my career/work?
  • Have I truly been happy?  
  • What can I let go of, that no longer serves me and my community?
  • Where has my energy not brought much growth?
  • How well have I honored my physical wellness?
  • What do I spend most of my time and energy thinking about? Does this help me grow?
  • Where has my energy best been spent?
  • What can I be grateful for?
  • How have I defined myself? Does this still feel right?
  • How can I create myself in this next cycle to come so that I feel more authentic and genuine each day?

Taking time to reflect on the growth, lessons, changes, and goals we have for ourselves allows awareness to take over so we stop reliving subconscious patterns and habits and start living a conscious life.  Until we truly can observe our behaviors, patterns, habits, thoughts, feelings, and reactions...we cannot start being anything more than we've been, which sometimes is OKAY if you're 100% happy to stay in the same place.  However, if you have goals, if you're wanting change, if you're ready to feel fully supported and live life a little more fully and limitlessly, take this time to turn inward, answer the above questions honestly, and get ready to redirect your energy and shed those layers and past identifiers to become the person you already are underneath it all.

Ritual Suggestion: 

  1. Find a space either under the full moon or with it in view. 
  2. Light a candle.
  3. Spend 2-5 minutes just focusing on your breath, heartbeat, the feeling of the moonlight and your overall feeling.
  4. Open up your journal and take time to go through the questions in this posting. Answer them for the month prior as well as the year of 2017. 
  5. Create an affirmation and focus list for the next lunar cycle.
    1. Acknowledge the top 3-5 things you want to grow and develop and what they look like in your life. These can be qualities, behaviors, goals, etc.
    2. Affirmations are written as action oriented, present tense statements solely referencing the energy you're wanting to cultivate. 
      1. DO NOT reference what you don't want to repeat.  To change the wiring of your brain and energetic field, we have to be willing to redirect our focus 100% away from the things that have previously thwarted us and towards our goals.  
      2. Make sure you can FEEL this statement as true to you.  If it sounds like poppycock, it's as simple as that.  Rewrite and phrase until you believe your statements and goals to be attainable and you can imagine them as reality. Until we connect with the quantum reality as reality, it will stay afar, but the moment we can connect with and feel this reality as our own, the moment we start drawing it into our lives and shifting ourselves to experience the things we really do want to experience.  
  6. Do a closing meditation gazing up to the moon (or into the candlelight if gazing up is at all uncomfortable to your neck).  Allow yourself to, once more, focus on your breath, your heartbeat, the feel of the moonlight, and the feeling of your intentions moving forward as your new reality.  Allow yourself to feel lighter and trust that you CAN and HAVE let go of the limiting patterns and beliefs keeping you from this new energy and way of being, no matter how subtle or large the shift may be. 
  7. Each day observe what feels different and how you're acting to support your affirmations and intentions. 

Embrace the support of the Full Moon and make your own magic this month.  Contact us with any questions or if you'd like support from our in-house Astrologer. 

Honor over suffering

Do you honor yourself in fitness and life or do you subscribe to suffering? Before you answer, reflect on your daily routine, self-talk, interactions with other, thoughts about food, methods of fitness, and your forms of motivation and discipline. 

A good friend of mine, Mellie RoseTest, wrote a beautiful piece about this very topic in relation to fitness and fitness programs. It was about how the mainstream media and tools have been built up to promote regimented suffering and harsh discipline over our ability to honor ourselves, our minds, our emotions, and our bodies. How did we turn into a society where suffering was the normal thing to do in fitness and health?

She states and questions the following: 
"Fitness programs are bunk. To assume that every day, you’re getting the same amount of sleep, eating the exact same meals, experiencing the exact same amounts of physical, emotional and mental stress? To assume that every person will respond in the same way to the same exercises? To assume that ANYTHING is one-size-fits-all, when each of us is completely, biochemically individual?
Why are we still clinging to the programs? To BeachBody, to P90X, to Insanity, to Crossfit. Why are we desperately and repeatedly buying into fads? Why are we afraid of our individuality? Of our own knowledge? 

Our bodies are continually giving feedback. Cravings let us know what action to take. Aches and pains let us know where there’s stagnation and where we need to increase the flow.

The truth is, we’re not floating aimlessly offshore the island of wellness here. We don’t need external guidance to find our way to safety; we’re safe exactly where we are."

I love this. I love it with all of my being because these very questions are the reason I started Live Beyond Limit. We are NOT all the same and we all come from different backgrounds, injuries (physical or non), and daily demands. Each human being is 100% unique in who they are and their spirit - even twins! We all have different perspectives that our bodies and lives mirror. Different activities light us up. Some of us are runners, some like to dance, some enjoy the pool, some just like interacting with others - so why would we cookie cutter the programs, push ourselves to vomiting or rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle damage where the muscle is broken down and released into the blood steam) for the sake of "results". We all have different drives, so again I ask you.... Do you honor yourself or subscribe to suffering?

If you already honor yourself in fitness by enjoying the things you do without harming yourself, that is so fantastic. Now, please look at the other aspects of your life.  Do you practice non-harm (in yoga we call this ahimsa) in your speech, thoughts, actions? Do you build yourself up with your interactions and actions or do you tear yourself down or box yourself up?

Regardless of the answer, here are a few things you can do to work towards honoring yourself more each day:

  1. Listen to your body.  If you're burnt out exhausted, I recommend choosing rest over pounding another workout out.  We make our progress in our recovery periods. If the body doesn't have time to heal itself, you will plateau and sometimes even go backwards in progress. If you're upset, take time to process and let it flow. If you're energized, use it to complete the projects you've been sweeping to the side. Listen to, learn from, and love your body.

  2. Sleep 6-8 hours each night. Make a routine around your sleep. It's vital for cell regeneration, fat burning, memory, cognitive functioning, and heightened energy levels.

  3. Eat real food 3-7 times a day, depending on your schedule and physiological demands.  Have snacks when you're feeling low on energy, eat more in the front half of the day than the back half, and listen to your body! Our bodies function because of the food we consume, nothing else, so give it fuel and food that is close to the earth. 

  4. Be compassionate to yourself and others.  Instead of saying "Jeeze that was so stupid of me!" try something more along the lines of "Well that didn't go so great, next time I can do XY or Z instead and get a better result." When someone cuts in front of you on the road (tough one!), try pondering what their shoes look like. Are they late for work? Did they just get a call that their loved one was in need? Are they just a jerk? Bless them for whatever made them have to act so unsafely.

  5. Have fun. Seriously, just go out there and have fun in all the aspects of your life.  If it doesn't feel good or make you feel good afterwards, then do something else! You're life is valuable, beautiful, and meant to be lived and loved. If you hate 50% of it, DO something so you're enjoying 51% today, 55% tomorrow and so forth. 

I dare you to Honor yourself today and to release suffering. Life is too beautiful if you allow it to be. 

"By Any Other Name" and Human Sensuality

gmark art

"By Any Other Name" is an amazing fine art photography project gaining attention and growing rapidly by G. Mark Lewis and his gmark art label, which highlights and combines the parallel beauty of female anatomy and flowers in nature.

I started a simple photo idea, and that’s it. I never saw this becoming a thing.  I thought maybe I’d have two or three volunteer models, but now I’ve had 27.
— G Mark Lewis


His simple idea? Unlike the denied claims of Georgia O'Keeffes floral masterpieces being artistic renditions of a woman's vulva and beyond, he wondered what would happen if he did purposely photograph flowers with the female anatomy? Would it turn out? Would it be possible?

The results? Social change, fine art, and empowerment for 27 women (and counting) who have all stepped up and volunteered to be a part of the project in order to help strip away the taboos against themselves and their own bodies. This controversial project is inciting both praise and criticism from individuals saying a man has no place to do a shoot of this nature, which I strongly beg to differ based off of my experiences with both male and female photographers and practitioners and the environment, lack of judgement, impressive support, and kind heart that gmark offers both in and outside of his studio walls. 

Several of the Live Beyond Limit members, including myself, have participated in this amazing photography project for personal and social reasons. When I first found out about the project, I was 100% supportive as teaching sacred sensuality, body acceptance, and healthy body image is something I strive for here at Live Beyond Limit and I felt the project was a tasteful and beautiful example of all of those things. 

Since it's gotten such scrutiny and some misled judgements, I feel compelled to share my experiences. For me personally, it was only natural to volunteer to become one of the "By Any Other Name" models for gmark knowing the integrity and honor he has for his artwork itself, the respect and appreciation he has for his models and their stories, and the ever evolving greater vision of all of his work to socially heighten the overall level of respect and honor towards human sensuality and sexuality.  I've personally witnessed and worked with hundreds of women through yoga and energetics that have been subjected to a variety of physical sexual assaults, religious shaming and fear, the western cultural taboos and condemnation of the female body, as well as mental and emotional manipulation around their bodies, sex and pleasure, and health and feel this project is a powerful statement against the taboo nature our society and much of the global culture places on women as an entire group of individuals. I was and am supportive of the combined intention to make beautiful artwork and to help women see their bodies as more than just objects or something to be ashamed or afraid of, but rather something natural, amazing, and exquisite...something that mirrors nature and is simplistically beautiful and varied in how it looks and is expressed.

Never having done a shoot of this nature I didn't know what to expect, but I knew it'd be hilarious, fun, and light hearted with Mark as that is just how he is personally and professionally.  After arriving, chatting a bit, checking out all the flower varieties and finally popping up on the table he had laid out with multiple lights focused directly on on my crotch, I just laughed as I hadn't really imagined having a professional camera inches from my vagina adorned with flowers prior to this project.  However, there I was and it was more respectful and comfortable than 100% of all of my doctor's visits and some of my personal relationships with the level of communication, comfort and silliness we both enjoyed with the project as flowers were being positioned in a variety of ways to capture unique and natural looking placement and expression.  

As we chatted during the project, and as I've touched base with a few other models, it became clear that all participants have had similar experiences, with some having their entire lives and views changed around their own anatomy, sensuality, and sexuality.  Some who had been ashamed and afraid of their anatomy, found power and grace from the project, finally being able to embrace herself as beautiful and as more than just a sex object for attackers, but as something to be honored and cherished and appreciated just for being herself. Others that didn't have such abrasive and abusive pasts, joked that he was more appropriate and comfortable to spread eagle for than their gynecologist and boyfriends because of how he made sure to have warm hands and talk through, ask permission, and work with them to get the results both parties wanted.  

gmark art

My overall feelings on the project and it's potential impact for human sensuality? I feel this project can help women embrace their bodies more and help the male population see a slightly different perspective on women.  Women are to be cherished (as are men), to be honored for the unique beauty that they are, to be supported in their feminine identity, and provide space and communication methods that help them feel safe in their own skin.  It's my hope that the project opens up a deeper discussion for individuals in their own sensual nature and that within society as when sensuality is repressed, crime rates and mental illness increase.  

I encourage all individuals to embrace themselves a little more deeply, to ask for help healing old wounds (I, Mark, or some of the LBL practitioners are happy to help!), to have the courage to be authentic and stand up for what you believe in the face of criticism, and to honor each other for the natural and amazing beings we are.  

May we all embrace our sense of self, our natural given form, and the ability to desexualize art to be able to fully appreciate and honor sensuality as a whole. 

See some of the "By Any Other Name" images shared on his tumblr here (note the content and know there is other nude fine art photography on this page):

See the Huffington Post article about the project here:




The Wounded Healer

How is it that the wounded are sometimes the very best at healing others…even when we’re at our very lowest? How is it that even when we have tears streaming down our face and bellows of sorrow escaping from our hearts, we can bring light and love into this world?

I found myself asking this of the universe sometime years back and am quite grateful for this wonderful fact. It gives me hope and light and a huge abundance of gratitude for the universal creator that is both outside and inside of every single one of us.

Here’s how the musing started.

One Monday I layed in my bed for FOURTEEN hours straight. My vision of the world literally was twisting, shaking and turning on me. My body was rebelling with pain to the bones and reality and illusion were strictly one as my spine decided to start shifting itself into place. It had been a long while since such widespread pain had been running through my body. The level of fear and uncertainty regarding my stability and situation was immense.  I knew I needed to help myself. So I began my mantra and breath work to bring some clarity to the very unclear situation.

This too shall pass.

Om gam ganapatayai namah.

I welcome the changes that my body, mind and spirit face so that I may progress, grow and fulfill my potential and impact on the community and self.

Upon showering off the initial layer of heaviness that lay on my spirit, I perched on the side of my bed and began to cry. I began to shake with the sobs. I began to let go.

It was pure and it was free. The sobs slowly shifted my psyche from terror to a sense of oneness, peace and purity. The tears purged my soul of every self-doubt in my being.  I found myself laughing through my tears, realizing the choices I had – to stay in bed and wallow in the pain or to pick myself off of my bed and try to get moving with the movement I was already perceiving and experiencing.  I chose the latter. Deep breaths helped me through and I continued my affirmations and mantras.

Wounded Healer

 A friend swung by, gave me a huge hug and stayed to chat for a few. She left. She then sent me the message that sparked this musing.  It read as follows:

“Hey Lady. Just wanted you to know that I wasn’t feeling too great all day, but hanging with you gave me a new high. Thank you.”

My spirit brightened immediately. I remembered the truth we all have in our hearts, no matter how deeply buried.  We cannot control anything other than ourselves. We can only shift and flow with our surroundings, friends, family and lovers and we must strive to see situations as they are and make the most of our current circumstances.

The darkness gives meaning to the light.

It makes me thinks of catastrophic events across the world and the amount of light, love and gratitude (yes, gratitude) as well as healing that comes from them.  Think Chernobyl. Think the Hiroshima. Think the Holocaust. The amount of agony, torture, suffering, pain, fear and deep driving sorrow that these events caused for those directly and indirectly involved, directly or indirectly touched and those that later became aware are beyond words and really can only be felt...but what did these things DO for the world, for us?  They were lessons, hard learned. They brought about a sense of community to heal. They brought awareness. The fears around them brought preparedness for the future. They rerouted our previous thought and action patterns, in yoga we may think of these as samskaras, and they brought about world-wide efforts of cooperation and understanding effectively breaking down certain barriers.   

I urge us all to remember these things in the trials we are given.  How can you make the very most of your situation? How can we positively impact others, even when we’re in the darkest of places?

May the darkness bring meaning to the light. May we remember our darkness is truly the shadow to the great light and experiences that can and will come to us should we choose to move away from the paralytic sense of fear the darkness sometimes carries.

Excuses: What holds you back from living the life you want to be living?

Excuses. We all use them for one external thing or another, but do we realize the number of excuses we use on ourselves? Do YOU, yes YOU, know what purpose they serve?

"I will start working out tomorrow"
"I'll start eating well on Monday"
"I don't have time"
"I want to XY and Z, but I can't have them because....."
"I don't know how to cook, so I have to buy from the store"
"I can't work out, I have an injury"
"I can't take yoga, I'm not flexible"
"I am bad at xy and z so I can't possibly..."
"I will never be able to take a vacation..."
"I know they don't treat me well, but who else is going to want me?"
"I can't quit smoking/drinking/harming myself"

Any of those sound familiar?

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary an excuse is as follows:
"1 a : to make apology for b : to try to remove blame from 2 : to forgive entirely or disregard as of trivial importance : regard as excusable <graciously excused his tardiness> 3 a : to grant exemption or release to <was excused from jury duty> b : to allow to leave <excused the class>"


My personal definition:  An excuse is something to keep you from being exactly who you are in order to stay comfortable with who you've been. 

Are you going to apologize for being you? Are you going to blame the world (past, present or future) for your problems and expect them to fix those problems that are in your life? Are you going to minimize your wants and desires so you can make others happy at the sake of your own happiness and often times health? Are you going to grant yourself a pardon for living up to your true nature and potential? Are you going to sit by and witness your life pass without loving every moment?

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Are you going to radically be yourself? Are you going to see the situation as it is and take control of the only thing you can - your role and your life?  Are you going to put yourself first so that you can better serve others and grant all parties health, joy, love and peace? Are you going to own your nature and actually LIVE your life?

Personally and physiologically, the second list sounds a bit more appealing to me.  It's shown by multiple research studies that people with a greater sense of well-being tend to think more like the second set of questions than the first.  These individuals have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, and chronic anxiety as well as other health concerns and recover much more quickly from injuries and illnesses when they occur. They have lower medical costs, take less sick days and are proven to be more productive, which in turn leads to a larger amount of "disposable income" for fun, vacations, savings accounts, investments, etc.  

If you find yourself aligning more with the first set of questions and excuses, but want to get yourself to the second set and that bigger bank account ask yourself what is possible when you take accountability? When you focus your energy where you actually want it to go? What happens when you stop focusing on the problems and start focusing on the solutions and opportunities?