Mercury Retrograde: Why you should care (and not care)

Mercury Retrograde: Why you should care (and not care)

What is your response to the phrase: Mercury is in retrograde?

If you’re like most, you’re probably at least familiar with this phrase.

In my experience the vast majority of people react one of three ways:

  1. Roll your eyes, whatever.

  2. OMG I am not booking any plane tickets or attending any meetings for the next few weeks.

  3. What is that again???

None of these responses are bad, per se, however they lack a degree of nuance. In astrology, we need to develop a space somewhere in between taking things too seriously (#2 above), writing them off (#1 above), and total confusion (#3 above).

I’m writing this blog to bring a more nuanced perspective to Mercury in Retrograde so that you know how to be prepared this time around (Next Mercury Retrograde starts Nov 17).

What is happening exactly???

Astro Yoga: what is it, and where does it come from?

Astro Yoga: what is it, and where does it come from?

One of the most common questions I get as an AstroYogi, is: astro yoga… what’s that?

After I explain what it is, there’s often a follow-up question: so did you make it up?

I’m writing this blog for all of you out there who want to know a little bit more about astroyoga (or even a lot more!)

Put simply…

AstroYoga is the combination of Astrology and Yoga.

It’s a way to line up your yoga practice with the broader environment. It’s a way of practicing in harmony with nature and the universe. And guess what? When you’re in harmony with nature and the universe, your body will naturally feel more balanced emotionally and physically, and you’ll be more effective in the various areas of your life.

AstroYoga can be done generally (making yoga flows that jibe with the astrological and planetary seasons) or more personally (doing yoga that corresponds to planetary seasons as they relate to an individual’s chart).

The Aquarian Lunar Eclipse; Mercury and Mars in Retrograde; What does it all mean???

The Aquarian Lunar Eclipse; Mercury and Mars in Retrograde; What does it all mean???

A lot of you have been sending questions about the eclipse, and about Mercury and Mars in retrograde.

These are phenomena that we talk about A LOT in popular astrology these days. (Note, I actually don't think mercury/mars retrogrades are as big a deal as some claim--more on that in a future post).

But today, I have a special message for you on this eclipse:

Outer Planets: Why should you care about Uranus?

Outer Planets: Why should you care about Uranus?

Uranus is here to ask you a question: How do you feel about freedom?

Now, before we get carried away, this isn’t some patriotic guise. Freedom as I’m speaking about it refers to absolute, anything-can-happen, throw-it-to-the-wind, FREEDOM.

And chances are, you have mixed feelings about it. I know I do. Freedom sounds good at first to the ego… after all anything you want is possible. But then, upon reflection, most people will find that total freedom doesn’t sound so good because we also love boundaries. For example, we like our soul to be free...but for it to also adhere to the boundary of our bodies. And we’d like the flow of cash to be free… so long as some of it stays in our bank account.

In Defense of Slowness

In Defense of Slowness

Do you ever unintentionally pick up your phone and scroll through email or social media? Or, do you find yourself picking up your phone (or iPad or laptop) during even the briefest moment of stillness?

Yeah, me too.

By this time in our techie world, we know that our devices aren't great for our attention spans. Human beings are, on average, losing length in our attention spans as computers grow faster and faster. I even find myself, when planning a yoga class, tempted to speed up the tempo, to keep people (and myself) from growing bored.

Yet, we know from many of the great meditation teachers, neuroscientists, and yogis that paying attention is the best way to strengthen our bodies and minds. It’s also the best way to truly get in touch with our souls.

Concentration is key, dedication is key, focus is key. And truly, you are the key.

I wanted to write this post in defense of SLOWING down. If you read my posts, you probably enjoy yoga and astrology. Here’s some benefits of slowing down in each of these disciplines:

April and the Fool

April and the Fool

Happy April; happy Easter; happy April Fool’s.

There are few holidays that invite as much mischief and as much glee as April Fool’s Day.

In my mind, I have an ongoing list of my favorite pranks I’ve heard of, seen, or participated in. These pranks come from a long standing tradition. While scholars don't agree on the origin of this holiday (some say it comes from the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, wherein those still celebrating the new year on April 1 were thought to be fools; and some say it is the modern iteration of a Greco-Roman holiday called Hilaria), they all agree that the holiday has taken place for thousands of years.

This holiday has its beginnings in the West, and as such, draws up the western esoteric imagery of the Fool.

The Fool has links to astrology and yoga, and the Fool is a key concept to understand as we travel on our yogic paths.

CLAIM YOUR PERSONAL POWER with Yoga and Astrology

CLAIM YOUR PERSONAL POWER with Yoga and Astrology

 In the past 15 months, we’ve seen the climate in our country reach higher and higher levels of uncertainty. I’ve had conversation after conversation where I hear the same sentiment brought up—that feeling of being powerless in a world where power seems to be something that people take by violence and force. In a world driven by binaries, we see powerful vs powerless, domineering vs helpless. 

But there has to be a better way to see things than binaries that divide and disempower. I’m a yogi-astrologer, so I looked into yoga and its sister discipline, astrology, for answers.

A lot of the time when we use the word ‘power’ with yoga, we’re referring to a type of vinyasa-heavy flow that activates cardio and really BURNS SOME CALORIES.  But there is a type of power far more central within yoga and astrology that leads us down the path of empowerment.

What's your Ascendent? (AND--what IS an Ascendent???)

What's your Ascendent? (AND--what IS an Ascendent???)

It was Imbolic this past week, which is the traditional holiday that marks the midway point between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox.

Today, we celebrate this holiday by checking whether a groundhog sees a shadow, but in many traditional cultures, Imbolic marked a time to look at what was on the horizon for the year. Imbolic marks the very early stages of spring and the very late stages of winter, a time when the seeds we want to sprout this year must be planted.

As a holiday about looking toward the horizon, Imbolic is the perfect holiday to reflect on your ascendent--the sign in your chart that was on your horizon at birth.

Some of the most-often asked questions of me as an astrologer are: what is an ascendent? What does it mean when someone says “Scorpio rising”? WHY do you want to know what time and place I was born in order to do my chart?

All of these questions point to your ascendent or rising sign.

The Astro-Practice: 4 Things to Know

The Astro-Practice: 4 Things to Know

The new year marks the time when we examine our goals, set new ones, and let go of the ones that no longer fit our values.

I LOVE New Year's intention setting (perhaps due to my Capricorn sun). One of my goals this year as a yogi-astrologer is to share one of my favorite yoga-astrology skills in a way that is simple and effective.

What if I told you that one of the most effective yoga-astrology tools can be learned in moments and applied to your everyday yoga practice?

This tool can help you access your sun energy and shine out in the world with more confidence, authenticity, and delight. This tool can help you connect to your body to bring your energy back to yourself during those times when you're depleted. 

An Astro-Practice is AMAZING, but it can get COMPLICATED. That's why in this post, I'm going to share the only 4 things you need to know to start your very own Astro-Practice.

The Winter Solstice: Yoga, Tarot, Astrology

The Winter Solstice: Yoga, Tarot, Astrology

Thanksgiving has passed, and winter is in full swing in Eugene, Oregon. The rains have returned to the Pacific Northwest, and we’re experiencing less and less daylight with each passing day. You've probably noticed shorter and shorter evenings (and for those of you who work traditional hours--darker and darker commutes).

Of course, this means the winter solstice is upon us.

Many of us know what the winter solstice is technically (shortest day of the year for the northern hemisphere), but what is its connection to yoga, tarot, and astrology?