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Reclaiming the Soul

This is my first official “normal” blog I guess you could say. I have never actually done a blog in the traditional sense, talking about daily life and I am both excited and nervous at the same time as many people have always read my content for the information aspect and there is always that little bit of self doubt that comes from not knowing if people truly do want to know about your thoughts or life. A word of caution – I am a writer and when I begin to write about something I am passionate about, I can write a lot so get comfortable, I have no idea where this blog will end 🙂 All photos in this blog are my own that I share with you to help inspire and rouse your own soul.

This is going to be a little insight into the past week and show you the simple things that I have been enjoying – the very things that I had been neglecting in my life. The spiritual path can often be riddled with a need to do more, learn more, be better, grow deeper into your spirituality and yet it is this very aspect that can pull you further away from finding your peace and authenticity and this is the self discovery that I have made over these past few months while going through my own transitions.

A blackbirds nest in the berry archway

In my last blog I mentioned that I will be sharing more of my world to inspire others and to show the other aspects of myself and that begins today. This week has been a strong focus on getting back into my garden. Gardening has been a part of my life since I was a child. I have always loved to be outside wondering the land looking for faerie doors and interacting with the wildlife. I have always planted things in every place I lived, leaving behind a piece of myself in the earth each time I moved on. I liked to feel like an earth goddess spreading joy and love via plants!

I am someone who loves a mixture of edible, medicinal and fragrant gardens that have a wild and untamed aspect to them and this is what I have achieved within my own. We began our life in this home in September 2014 and when we purchased this home the garden was non existent – a weedy long tangle of grass in winter and a dry dust bowl in the summer – the only living things were the large gumtree in the back corner that i affectionately call grandmother gumtree, a couple of native bottle brush plants along the other back fence and a random bush that the dog eventually killed when he was a puppy.

Over the years it has been trial and error, blood sweat and tears and I know have the vision of the wild, secret garden that I always wanted. It is still and ever evolving landscape especially with having chickens like mine who eat and destroy everything! At last count we had topped over 40 fruit trees, not including the grape vines or passionfruit. The garden has an abundance of wildlife and is its own ecosystem now.

This past year I had neglected the garden a bit, only doing the necessary things to maintain it and a half ditched attempt at growing vegetables, my focus had been on other things like spiritual pursuits and trying to work through my own emotional changes and feelings – I blame my Saturn Return for this lol. I had made the decision when the first round of covid-19 hit in March that I needed to spend more time in my garden, though during that time with 3 months of not working my “day job” I ended up launching my online business Awaken Spirit which took a lot of time and energy as this too went through many trials and errors as I found my footing.

a honey bee on the feverfew

With my focus solely on my tarot readings, astrology, study of different topics to help with spiritual life coaching, other aspects of myself were again pushed to the side. I spent one entire week re-writing my first manuscript after I had received feedback from a publisher and then my writing was put on the back burner once that was complete, I had planted out a couple of winter garden beds in the veggie patch that ended up becoming healthy but neglected and my entire world revolved around tarot readings, more tarot readings, content creation for my newly launched youTube channel and you guessed it more tarot readings!

Now don’t get me wrong I love doing readings but I started to realise that neglecting the other aspects of myself was beginning to eat away at my very soul and leaving me feeling empty so I tried to just add them into my ever growing schedule – by now I was back at work so my time was limited but I felt schedules, to do lists and time management would be the key to success like every other entrepreneur out there, but what I was forgetting was the parts of myself that need to be free to create and simply be. I started to crave freedom more and more, unsure of what that freedom even meant other than wanting to work for myself within my own business full time and this meant I just had to work harder and harder, push more and more and this of course burnt me out even more, exasperating the issues.

fresh youngberries picked from one of the berry archways

I am sharing this because I want to show the insight that just because we pursue a spiritual path, does not mean that we cannot fall into the same kind of traps that you do in the “mundane” or as many in our community would say, the “3D” world. This is not a dark night of the soul or part of the awakening process, no. This comes after and is something far less intense and yet even deeper and more powerful. In many ways it is a kind of rebirth of the self, a time when we truly begin to find our truth, our authenticity and reclaim who we are at the core. It is when we heal the wounds that are self inflicted and deep into our ancestral roots, it is when we discover those lost soul fragments of ourselves that have been lost over life times and even voluntarily sacrificed for things we believed were more valuable. It is the time we forge our own path and decide to step into our true identity with a sense of self compassion. I am going to coin this time the “Reclaiming”, I have no idea if this is a term in existence but that is what I see it as.

For those who understand the astrological aspects of our life this can be seen as the first Saturn return that occurs for people sometime between 26 – 32 depending on your personal birth chart and perhaps one day I will do an entire blog explaining this time. It is now, in the depths of myself and in my own cocoon that I finally decided that to truly embrace my spirituality I must first embrace all the aspects of myself.

my home made birthday cake with flowers and berries from the garden

This past week has been chaotic to say the least. Here in South Australia we went into an extreme lockdown due to a covid outbreak that commenced on the day of my 30th birthday, this lockdown was meant to last 6 days but was called off early after more information came to light. In Australia we are very lucky that we are relatively covid free compared to the rest of the world and out health authorities do a great job of getting on top of any outbreaks that may occur, especially here in South Australia.

So during this time with having my birthday to myself as my husband was an essential worker so I truly did have the day to myself, I allowed myself to simply be for the first time in a long time. There was guilt in the beginning of course but that faded as I embraced the things I love – creating. I spent the day in my garden, meditating and doing yoga, working with the cards for myself only, baking, taking photos and thinking of aspects within my story and what I want to write. I will share the vlog I created for those who are interested in following along.

This was the first time I felt truly at peace within my own mind. It felt right. Complete. It is this simplicity that my soul craves and the tranquility of being alone but not lonely. That is the hardest things we can learn – the art of being solitary and it is within these moments that I truly feel my most spiritual. I love that in this modern age I can connect with people all over the world and share the things that bring me joy, while still maintaining that solitary aspect that my soul so greatly desires.

the link to my birthday vlog

Humans are social creatures society tells us, we need connection and interaction and while this is true to some degree, we often forget that no matter what we are interconnected to the entire world around us and being alone does not mean we must be lonely, especially within society today. We can maintain connection with likeminded people while still discovering ourselves and for those who are not quite introverts or extroverts but something a little in between, I want to say this – I see you, I feel you and I understand you. It is ok to be alone, it is ok not to want the things society tells us we should want and it is ok to dream. Dreams are the longings and desires of our soul and if we stamp out the dreams, we are in fact fragmenting our soul by choice so, today if there is anything you take from reading this glimpse into my world, begin to reclaim those dreams and find your own rhythm in this world because that is the life you are meant to live.

Thank you to those who decided to read to the very end.

Much love,

Elizabeth xo

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Seasonal Shifts and Change ~ UPDATES for Awaken Spirit!

Hello all my beautiful readers! It has been a little while since I have made a post and today I wish to announce an update on my blog and website – if you haven’t checked out the website yet, please do head on over to see it as I have completely changed everything in line with this next chapter of my journey.

Since I first launched this blog and my website I have made a few minor changes here and there as I found my feet within the spiritual community and I focused mostly on delivering informative content in conjunction with my YouTube channel to deliver regular readings to people. However I found that through needing to express my creativity I began to separate myself into different places, creating different platforms for my writing and my photography to separate them from my spiritual content however, these are all integral parts of my own spiritual self and journey.

My first reason for creating my own online business and content was to help share the spiritual journey and to inspire others on their own journey and I realize now that I was not being true to myself by keeping these aspects of myself in different boxes. So, from here on out I will be bringing a more personal touch to this community, sharing general blogs within my own journey as well as the informational content that I have been sharing. I guess you could say I will be removing the masks and showing you who I truly am.

I will also begin to feature my photography and my writing within this blog more as well, as my spiritual self is so deeply tied into the creative side. So, thank you for reading this brief update, I look forward to being more real and personal with you all and discovering your own spiritual journey. I will share a few of my recent video vlogs from YouTube below to give you a bit of a glimpse of what to expect with the more personal approach I wish to take.

Much Love,

Elizabeth xoxo

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Symptoms of a Spiritual Awakening

In the last blog we explored what a spiritual awakening was and how to define it.  In this blog we will explore what kind of symptoms you may be experiencing during a spiritual awakening. FINE PRINT – I am not a licensed physician so as always, use your own judgement and always see a doctor if you are concerned.

First let’s explore some of the physical symptoms that may occur. You may begin to experience things such as:

  • Food intolerances
  • Changes in sleep patterns (insomnia or needing to sleep more)
  • Vivid dreams
  • Dizziness – this is a result of not being grounded
  • Weight change ( excessive loss or gaining of weight)
  • Eating habits and preferences – you may no longer enjoy things you always have liked
  • Fluctuations in energy ( being super energised and then low in energy)
  • Sex drive (decreasing or increasing)
  • Decreased immune function – this will eventually lead to an increased “super” immune system
  • Low grade infections or ailments that won’t go away
  • Physical aches and pains “growing pains”
  • Digestive issues
  • Flu – like symptoms
  • Faster hair and nail growth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Brain fogginess
  • Hot flushes
  • Skin eruptions ( such as acne, eczema or dermatitis)
  • Looking younger or more youthful  
  • Activity on the top of the head near the crown chakra and third eye (buzzing, pressure etc)
  • Rapid eye movement
  • Twitches or muscle jerks and spasms
  • Heat in the back of the neck
  • Chronic illness
  • Sensation between the shoulder blades – as though wings are unfolding

Now let’s explore some other symptoms that are more lifestyle and spiritual in energy. You may begin to feel things or experience things such as:

  • Feeling more drawn to nature
  • Aversion to negative people or behaviours
  • A strong desire for a unified community
  • Feeling all life is sacred (including bugs eg. you may save them instead of spraying them)
  • Living more in the moment
  • Sudden waves of intense emotions
  • Becoming more introverted
  • A strong sense of something “impending” but nothing happening
  • Memories resurfacing – including past lives
  • Higher rates of electrical and mechanical malfunctions
  • Old wounds resurfacing (emotional) this is linked to shadow work
  • A strong desire for closure of the past and to face your shadow

These symptoms are by no means the only ones that may occur though they are some of the most common. Remembering that spiritual awakenings happen more than once as we go through life stages and spiritual journeys, understanding where these symptoms are linked to this journey can better help you to acknowledge and work through them while managing them correctly.

I hope this list has helped to give you some clarity into things that you may be experiencing yourself, before I finish this I just want to make one quick announcement, I have officially launched my sister site – The Wild Witch in the Forest, this site is where I will be sharing my writing, photography and the occasional witchy subjects. You can follow this link to check it out! https://thewildwitchintheforest.wordpress.com/

Much love,

Elizabeth

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What is a Spiritual Awakening?

The term “spiritual awakening” seems to be a new buzz word within the spiritual community, much like when kale made its appearance in the mainstream health and wellness section a few years ago. But do you truly know what the term means and how does it apply to you? Is it a mystical experience reserved for the psychic elite or is it just a fancy term for walking the spiritual path?

In this next blog series I will be exploring what spiritual awakening means, how you can identify a spiritual awakening and then we will delve deeper into the spiritual psyche through understanding the ego and what shadow work is and how they all link together.

We kick off this series with a run down on spiritual awakening and understanding the term and how it can mean many different things to different people depending on your personal experiences, the community you are within and what resonates for you. It is in fact this very journey that inspired the name of my business – because I wanted to help as many people as I could on their own journey to awakening to the divine spirit that is within us all.

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Spiritual awakening can often be called “spiritual enlightenment”, “enlightenment”, “nirvana”, or simply “awakening”, though these terms are not the only ones out there. Depending on the community you are within they may all mean the same thing or they may all mean something different.

It can be hard to pin point just exactly what spiritual awakening is because these terms are widely used by many people. In many ways as the experience is such a personal and individualised one, only the individual can truly understand what it is to them.

When we think of enlightened or spiritually awakened people we may think of the “perfect” ones such as the Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi or even Jesus and that in order to be classified as awakened we must be as perfect as these individuals when in fact the opposite is true. We can be awakened or enlightened and still have flaws.

We then come to understanding the difference between all of these terms and for the sake of this blog and my own personal views on this, I will explain it as follows: spiritual awakening is the first step and we can go through many different stages of awakening, enlightenment is in some ways the end result or the final destination, a particular level of realisation. So from here on in I will use the term awakened.

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To put it simply, to “awaken” spiritually can be seen as the sudden (or in some cases not so sudden) expansion or shift in consciousness, that you are no longer living in a dream world so to speak and you are aware of something greater, bigger than yourself, the ego self (or the singular “I” identification) drifts away and your higher self begins to arise.

You see through the illusions of the world and see the emptiness in chasing the external calls for happiness that stem from the ego self, things such as money, fame or material satisfaction – this does not mean on the spiritual path you can no longer want these things, but you do so from a different perspective and understanding that they will not provide you the happiness or fulfilment you are seeking because what you are seeking only lies within.

You begin to question your old beliefs, habits and social conditionings and you begin to ask the deepest and most significant questions that the ego self was too scared to ask – questions like why am I here? Why do good people suffer? What is my purpose? And other questions that examine the fundamental nature of life itself. It is in a way, the shedding of old knowledge and conditioned beliefs and coming to the realisation that there is more to life than we have been taught.

So in this way we can see that the process of awakening is not about possessing knowledge or something ‘more’ than the “unawake” people – which sadly is so often seen within spiritual communities and it is worn like an elitist badge which in many ways means that the individual is still coming from a place of ego self and has much more awakening to do within themselves. To be awake is simply removing the shackles that keep you blind to what you already have within you.

This too means that the spiritual awakening cannot be defined by any one person for another – what is true for me may not be true for you and so on, due to the individual outlooks we have on life and it can happen at any time that is right for the individual. It is for this reason that I say when you believe you are experiencing an awakening yourself, seek as much knowledge from as many different people and take everything with a grain of salt because every person experiences it differently and if you find yourself being told that you are wrong or that it must be a particular way – run as far away as possible from that person because they are only going to make you feel more confused.

Often the awakening can happen either spontaneously such as through traumatic experiences though this does not mean you must have trauma in order to have an awakening, it can occur slowly and as a process through your own self-discovery.

Some things that are common no matter how the process starts for people is the feeling of being extremely lonely, alienated and lost, especially if you are around others who do not understand what you are going through. This is where finding communities can help in order to share experiences and have support from others because once you come out the other side it is an extremely rewarding path to walk and you will never stop learning. This is why I say you can have many different stages, because you never stop learning and as you become more equipped on your path, the more knowledge becomes available to you. The deeper you go into exploring yourself, the more stages of awakening you experience.

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I want to finish with giving you a few examples of some well-known people who can be classified as awakened in order to show you that they are still human and still have flaws. You can look at people such as Oprah, Jim Carey, Russell Brand or Eckhart Tolle to name a few and you can perhaps read up on their journeys into becoming awakened to see what it was that pushed them into the world of the awakened.

In the next blog I will explore the common signs and symptoms you may experience during an awakening in order to help you navigate your way through this path and begin to make sense of it all.

Love and Light

Elizabeth

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The Element of Earth

The earth element is our first element we will explore. It is often seen as the lowest one on the elemental hierarchy as it is a solid, ever – present element. Earth is often seen as the universal archetype of the divine feminine, our planet is often referred to as “mother earth”, the “divine mother” or earth goddesses such as Gaia among many others.

The earth element on a physical aspect can be seen in caves, forests, fields, deserts, minerals such as crystals – you get the idea. The natural world around us.

This element is most often associated with growth, fertility, abundance, prosperity, grounding, stability, strength, stillness, potential, the physical and material world, the cycles of life – life, death and rebirth and the physical body. It helps to manifest things into reality and is the lowest vibration of the elements.

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Earths correspondences are:

The direction of North (some say in the southern hemisphere this should be reversed to south, the same goes for the other elemental directions, it is most often associated with the moon phase of the new moon – the time of growth and potential, the season of winter – when life stirs beneath the surface and the time of midnight.

The colour associated with this element is green – though within your own practices you can use the colour that most suits you. Earth from an alchemy point of view has the qualities of being cold and dry.

From a magical point of view we can see the earths tool as being the pentacle and some use the cauldron, if you are wanting to use representations of earth you can also use crystals, salt, a plant, soil or something else you associate as the element of earth – I use many of these objects and also have a pine cone as a representation as the forest is my deep connection to the earth element.

The zodiac signs of the element are Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo and the animals that represent this element are seen as animals with paws or hooves such as the bear, wolf, stag and horses. It is a feminine element and in modern science and the aspects of life this is seen as ‘solid state’.

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All elements are governed over by a particular elemental being that embody the nature of that element and work with it. For earth the elementals are called Gnomes and these beings are interested in the mineral world – how the ‘building blocks of life’ work. The practice of magic and alchemy is closely linked to these beings as these practices also incorporate the transmuting of one object to another – the process of life.  They are practical, ‘down to earth’, industrious, critical, single-minded and patient, though if they are called on without respect they can be quite grumpy! Gnomes operate at a lower frequency to humans in order to work within the realm of minerals – they exist outside of time so to speak, the space between the atoms where time is not like ours so they can observe the process of a mineral such as a lump of coal, transmute into something like a diamond.

Within Chinese traditions instead of elementals they see each element has having a governing dragon – the earth dragons are the hardest to spot and are most often seen through earthquakes or avalanches as opposed to the air dragons for example that you can see in the clouds at the approaching storm in the sky.

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The deities most often associated with the earth element are: Earth mother, Gaia, Divine Queen, Oshun, Bast, Isis, Min, Geb, Atlantia, Clonia, Flora, Hestia, Demeter, Fauna, Pan, Frigga, Holda, Nanna, She- Wolf, Aine, Anu and Blodeuwedd just to name a few.

Check out the video below (click the image) in order to see ways you can work with the element of earth in your life and incorporate its magic into your day to day practices.

I hope you enjoyed this information about my favourite of the elements, next blog we will explore the element of water.

Love and Light,

Elizabeth

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Introduction to the Elements

The four elements – earth, water, air and fire are something that we often take for granted. Within both the spiritual and scientific communities these are discussed and accepted as being the corner stone of life – though they may be seen and known as something slightly different, the foundations are still the same. Over the coming weeks I will be breaking down each element and discussing what it means, how to work with it and how it influences our life, though today I wanted to give you a brief introduction to what you can expect and a little ‘history’ lesson on the elements throughout our lives.

I will be making accompanying videos that will delve deeper into the magickal practices that you can do to connect to the element itself and how I incorporate them into my own everyday life but for now let’s get an overview of what they are.

You can see the mention of the elements within traditions from modern Western esotericism to Christianity, Buddhism, ancient pagan religions and everything in between. While these may all differ in how they are mentioned, the aspect of knowing there is other things that make up our life or are around us that create life and sustain it. For this article and the continued articles I will be looking at this from a Western approach though as I am talking through my own belief system which is an accumulation of the many different pieces of knowledge I have gained over the years and what resonates for me, this may not resonate for you and I always encourage you to do your own research.

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Let’s go back and do a science lesson for those of you who like to understand in a modern way. Many people in our past – Pliny, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Manilius and Paracelsus to name a few of our more famous characters that are at the essence of modern science explored this concept of the elements that make up our life. For this I will be using Aristotle as our main example as he is the one I find is most mentioned in a lot of the scientific research I have come across.

The ancients believed that the elements made up all things and within Greece the common time I came across as this being widely accepted was around 450BC though I know that many cultures believed and taught this well before this time. Aristotle is widely known as introducing the concept of a fifth element known as aether and if you do a google search on this to this day you will see the conflict surrounding this element though modern science has “debunked” the theory – it is more likely to be accepted as the theory of dark matter and I will be dedicating an entire article to this fifth element. It was widely accepted through physics and alchemy within history as being the ‘space inside the particle or the material that filled the universe beyond the terrestrial sphere’.

Back to our science. In modern science they do not teach the elements as they do in spiritual communities and to some degree they “debunk” this theory of the four elements in replacement for the common acceptance of what they are now ( I will point out that though science is our most accepted “religion” and belief system today, it is constantly evolving and I believe it is just the second side to the coin with spirituality) Our modern four elements that are accepted as making up life are: Solid (earth), liquid (water) gas (air) and plasma (fire) so you can see though the words have changed, the concept is still very much the same and this is true to many belief systems.

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So let’s leave science behind and delve into the spiritual aspect of the elements. The elements can be seen as our oldest ‘ancestors’, they were here before us and within us is the essence of these elements. To look at this simply – we need fire from the sun to keep warm and grow food, water to drink and sustain life, air to breathe and earth to support it all. Depending on the traditions you explore there may be a hierarchy to these elements in order of importance or power – within my own belief system I blend traditional Wicca belief that they are all equal with a little of the alchemy aspect too – which talks of the masculine and feminine qualities and as they were back in time – the masculine being more higher than the feminine. While my own beliefs may sound a little contradictory, I find that I do feel the masculine elements – which I will go over briefly momentarily, are more elusive in their essence so I do feel they are a little more “rare” or complicated to deal with.

So our elements can represent day to day qualities within our lives and often we associate other objects within the elements as well and this can complicate things – for example though we see plants as being an element of earth, within the plant world you will find plants that represent the element of fire or water depending on their qualities. The same can be seen for days of the week, planets, time of day, emotions etc. Let’s have a quick look at a basic list that can explain what the elements can represent – keeping in mind that this may vary slightly depending on the traditions you are exploring.

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Earth: this is feminine, the “lowest” on the alchemical list as it is present in a solid form, it’s qualities are cold and dry, seen as the direction of the north, winter, midnight and time of the new moon. Its colour is green, the magickal tool is represented as the pentacle and the elemental being it is governed by is the gnomes. The zodiac signs are Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.

Water: this is also feminine, higher than earth as though it is physical it is fluid in form. It’s qualities are cold and moist, the direction of west, autumn and the waning moon and time of sunset. It’s colour is blue and the magickal tool is the cup or chalice and the elemental is Undines. Zodiac signs are Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio

Air: This is masculine and as it is not seen though still present at all times it is the 3rd highest on the scale. Its qualities are warm and moist, seen as the direction of the east, spring time, sunrise and the waxing moon phase. Its colour is yellow and the tool can be either the want or sword/athame depending on your traditions – for me it is the sword. Its elemental is Sylphs with the zodiac signs of Aquarius, Gemini and Libra.

Fire: This is masculine and seen as the rarest and highest element. Its qualities are warm and dry, the direction of the south, summer, midday and the full moon phase. Its colour is red and the magickal tool is either the sword/ athame or wand – for me it is the wand (I use tarot as my basis here, the suit of wands is usually seen as fire and swords as air) the elemental is Salamander and the zodiac signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

Spirit/aether: This does not have the same kind of correspondences as the others – though it is seen as the “as above, so below and within” concept and can be represented with the colours of violet, orange and white.

So you can see here that the further we delve into the elements, the more interesting they become as not being just simple elements that make up our life and they are also something that deserve our respect and can be worked with on a day to day basis. I hope you have enjoyed this brief introduction that has barely scraped the surface of what to expect and stay tuned for our more in depth look at each element throughout the coming weeks.

Love and Light

Elizabeth

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A crash course in basic Astrology

Astrology – science or fiction? Throughout history humans have looked to the sky for answers on the past, present and future. Astrology is one of the limbs of this and though many do not believe in astrology and put it down to mumbo jumbo, others base their whole lives around the stars. Indeed the ancient rulers of our world would make decisions based on what was written in the stars, destinies were written at the time of birth of new royal children and matters of state would be dictated by favorable moments in the sky.

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Whether you believe in astrology or not, you have more than likely picked up a horoscope article to read the predictions for your week or month ahead, maybe even felt that it resonated for you a little bit before going about your day. When we talk of astrology the first thing that comes to mind is horoscopes – more to the point your star sign or, where the sun was situated in the sky at your time of birth, but astrology is far more complicated and in depth than just a star sign and horoscope. Some people dedicate years of their life to understanding the ins and outs of astrology and what makes up this art of reading the sky. Astrology on a personal level is a snap shot of time at the moment you are born. This is called a birth chart and it does not just detail where the sun was at your time of birth, but layers where each planet was, where the moon was and many other details. It can show you the inner workings of your personality, your potential, your weaknesses and how you will live your life. On a day to day basis, where each planet is at that current time, where the sun and moon are situated in the sky all play a part in the subtle energy around us and influences on our home planet.

For the sake of keeping this blog post simple and to cover the basics of astrology I will only go into the common areas we come up against – this is the major constellations, planets, the sun and moon signs and retrogrades.  When we look at the major constellations these are what we also know as our star sign or sun sign. They are Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius. Now they each deserve their own detailed history that I won’t go into here as they have stories behind their names and their meanings. From a personal and astrological point of view, these are what people mean when they commonly ask you “what sign are you?” or “what is your star sign?” and this is dictated by the constellation that the sun was in from our perspective here on earth on the day you were born. All these signs have particular traits and personality types. The sun sign is your personality and how your ego relates to and deals with the world. Now some people may be born on what is called a cusp and this means that they are on the cross over dates from one sign to another and this can mean they can take on the traits of the neighbouring sign.

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Your moon sign is calculated using your time and location of birth as well as the date and then corresponding to that it is what constellation the moon is in at this time. The moon sign governs your emotions and your inner world, how you reflect internally and emotionally handle things. A great tip when reading horoscopes is to read both your star sign and your moon sign to get a better understanding of the horoscope energy surrounding you.

When we look at planets – the planets within astrology are Mars, Venus, Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn and Mercury. Now we also know that Ceres and Charon have been added into this too and due to astronomy downgrading Pluto, there is a lot of different opinions around what a planet is and what is not though I am going to keep things simple here and refer to the most widely accepted terms. Within each constellation they will have a “ruling planet” that governs the star sign and imparts its energy. In history our planets were seen as the gods or goddesses more often than not so they took on the personality traits of these beings. For example – Venus is the goddess of love and beauty and one of the constellations she rules over is Taurus – who are very likely to be fond of love, sensual energy and luxury or Mars – known as the god of war and he rules over Aries who can be known to have a hot temper.

Because we have the planets as additional celestial objects with influence in the sky and everything is constantly moving with the gravitational pull and going through cycles, astrology looks at the movement of these planets as well as the sun and moon in the sky from our vantage point on Earth.

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So as the moon and sun make their trips through different constellations, so too do the planets. The moon goes through monthly phases which also have an influence and I will go into the moon cycles on a separate post and the sun goes through a yearly rotation as we know this with the modern calendar. Planets are all moving around the sun as we know through science and astronomy and the sun is technically stationary and it is in fact earth that circles the sun, from our point it looks as though the planets and the sun are moving around us. The reason for this very brief and very loose science and astronomy lesson is to help you to understand what a retrograde is in the astrology world and what they mean.

A retrograde is when the planets seemingly move backward in the sky. This is actually due to the planet being in closer proximity to Earth and Earth passing or being passed by the other planets. It is similar to that sensation you may get in the car at traffic lights when someone takes off and for a split second you feel as though you are going backwards. There are actually more complicated paths that the planets take through the sky but we don’t need to go into that detail.

Because most of the time a planet is moving forward or as the term is in astrology – direct, a retrograde is looked at as important because of the more “rare” occurrence, though in reality around 80 percent of the time we have a planet in retrograde. The most widely accepted belief is the more common a planet goes retrograde – the more likely we are to feel its effects and this is why you have probably heard of mercury retrograde season as mercury goes retrograde often. Retrogrades are mostly seen as disruptive, they bring out the stagnant energy and the sometimes more negative aspects of the planets traits.

So you can see here that looking at just a star sign or just where the sun or moon is on any given day is truly only giving you an overview and that there is so much more to take into consideration. This is really just the tip of the astrological iceberg when you look at how much information is out there and how much there is to learn as the sky itself is really, limitless and this practice has been around for thousands of years and will continue to be around for just as long as humans seek to understand our relationship with the cosmos.

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Elizabeth                                                                                                     

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Awakening Chakras Kundalini

Kundalini Energy

What is Kundalini energy? Kundalini is a Sanskrit term for the divine energy within the body, meaning coiled snake. It is the divine energy known as Shakti that is referred to as the divine feminine or primordial energy or, cosmic energy. Often the kundalini energy is seen as a sexual energy as it is associated more often than not with the tantric arts but kundalini is so much more than that. The concept of Kundalini energy though related to eastern traditions, can be found in many cultures under different names and different types of experiences and is not exclusive, though for simplicity we will use the eastern concept as it is the most widely known. I want to nip it in the bud now that kundalini is not referring to a being or force possessing you, it is pure energy that you are born with, and one can associate it as a divine connection within the soul itself that returns to source when we die.

We explored the chakra system last week which is important to understand as the kundalini energy rises through these energy centres within the body. The kundalini is believed to lay dormant within the base of the spine – the root chakra like a coiled serpent, hence its name and this is something within us all. This energy force is responsible for enlightenment or spiritual liberation. Depending on who you ask you will get a slightly different meaning behind it, but what stays the same is this is a primal energy force within the human body that once awakened, gives you a greater connection to the divine.

Having a kundalini awakening can occur through spiritual practice or life events and can feel overwhelming or ecstatic, frightening or blissful depending on if you are ready or aware of what is happening. As this energy moves through the chakra system when it awakens, it clears out blockages and releases emotional, physical and mental traumas and karma which can in turn be an uncomfortable process if you are not ready for it. If there are major blockages within the chakra system, the kundalini energy may not be able to flow freely and become blocked itself. This is partly why keeping the health of the chakras is so important especially when working with kundalini energy.

The most common description of the feeling of kundalini energy within the body is the feeling on an electric current running along the spine. Working to raise this energy is most often done through meditation, forms of breath work, mantras, tantric practices and yoga – specifically kundalini yoga which often incorporates all of the above.

Now you might be wondering what its importance is or if you must have this experience in order to become enlightened or move forward on your spiritual path and the short answer to that is no you do not, though awakening this energy within yourself holds profound experiences that will give you so much knowledge, peace and wisdom. Working with this energy is in fact working with the divine within you, if you are not sure if you have had this experience most who have will tell you that you will just know once it occurs because there is no explaining it. Honouring your body, mind and spirit are all acts of honouring the kundalini energy within you and through this service you will in turn, walk the path of your kundalini awakening.