New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo | Connecting the Dots to Inner Power


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 August 21st, 2017 

True communication is communion - the realization of oneness, which is love.
Eckhart Tolle

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo:
True communication begins with true listening.

Are we really listening to our inner voice? Are we really following our inner guidance system? How can we access more of our soul's infinite wisdom? Sometimes we wonder whether we should listen to our heart or our mind. In truth, we should always follow our heart, but also take into account what our mind has to say. This is not whether or not one is better than the other. This is more about the importance of truly listening to that inner voice. 

So where is this inner voice? Is it in the mind? Or in the heart? In essence, our inner voice comes from the soul. It's the voice that speaks when we find time to silence the outside world and listen to ourselves. Peace and quiet is where this voice resides. When our daily lives are overwhelmed with noise and distraction, it's harder to connect with our soul and listen to what it has to say. Finding a quiet moment alone and feeling more present in ourselves (even for five minutes a day) can help us regain our center and listen to our soul's inner wisdom. 

In truth, we should always follow our heart, but also
take into account what our mind has to say.

The same goes with our daily interactions. The way we communicate with others reflects the way we communicate with ourselves. Do we listen to reply? Or do we listen to understand? When we are listening to reply, we are less present in ourselves and hence only focusing on what we want to hear. But when we are listening to understand, we are more present in ourselves and the conversation and hence able to see the bigger picture and stop jumping to conclusions. 

When we are willing to truly listen (whether to what another person or our inner voice has to say), we will be able to speak more truthfully from the heart, and therefore able to connect on a deeper level - not only with others, but also with ourselves.

The way we communicate with others reflects
the way we communicate with ourselves.

Happy New Moon Solar Eclipse! The Moon is conjoining Mars and the Sun in Leo, marking a revelatory and transformational New Moon in the sign of the Lion. This is the second New Moon happening consecutively in the same sign (the last one on July 23rd), although this time coinciding with a Solar Eclipse - a time when the Moon completely blocks out the Sun. What do we wish to reveal? What do we wish to keep concealed? What are we ready to change and let go of? And what are we ready to accept and embrace? 

As we connect more closely to our truth, we become more in alignment with who we truly are and let go of anything that no longer serves us. A New Moon Solar Eclipse is also a great time to release resentments and forgive. Who do we need to forgive? Why has it been hard for us to let the heavy burdens go? Forgiveness is not about condoning what the other person did to us, but more about setting our hearts free from anger and hatred and embracing our future with new hope and faith.

Who do we need to forgive? Why has it been
hard for us to let the heavy burdens go?

With the Moon forming a sextile to Jupiter, what internal messages have we been receiving lately? Perhaps an inspired thought to make positive changes, to learn more about ourselves, to change our diet and exercise habits, or anything that will bring us closer to embodying our most authentic selves. Being true to ourselves is not only about changing the way we look or the way we act, but also about living in accordance with our deepest values and our heart's deepest promises. It may not be easy at first, but this is about taking that first step of our journey to deeper authenticity.

The Moon is also forming a trine to Saturn Rx and Uranus Rx, and we are reminded that sometimes, out of the blue, life has a way of orchestrating a Divine intervention. It's a matter of being ready to receive. Humility is called for now, because grace opens the door to unseen possibilities. To be who we aspire to be, we can no longer do what we did. In a way, we have hit rock bottom, and there is no other way now but up.

To be who we aspire to be, we can no longer do what we did.

A Leo New Moon Solar Eclipse is that opportune time to pick ourselves up, and rebuild our foundation in the way we wish we'd been all along. We have no choice but to face ourselves painfully and honestly. When we hit rock bottom, we are reminded of how far off course we were, and that our life choices were no longer sustainable. When we hit our lowest point, we begin questioning everything that we've ever thought to be true and build a new foundation based on our renewed sense of truth. We begin to look up, pushing ourselves up to the surface, away from the darkness and back into the light, knowing that a new and more solid ground awaits.

Yaviz Basalamah

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo: Conjunct Mars and the Sun ● Sextile Jupiter
in Libra ● Trine Saturn Rx  in Sagittarius and Uranus Rx in Aries



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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius | The Power of Self-Approval


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 August 7th, 2017 

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how
anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. 
Stephen R. Covey

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius:
Don't trade in your authenticity for approval.

Celebrate the storm, knowing that you were growing into your whole, authentic self.

Commemorate the heartbreak, realizing that you were learning your heart's resilience. 

Honor the pain, understanding that you were discovering your soul's true courage. 

Approving of ourselves begins when we respect ourselves enough to stop giving others the power to control us with their opinions. This is not the same as being stubborn or selfish, because stubbornness and selfishness often come from fear of truth. Whereas approving of ourselves comes from trusting ourselves and respecting our beliefs, values and truths. 

Being self-approving also doesn't mean that we are always able to make the right decisions or that everything is in perfect balance. It means that we are willing to rise above negative self-judgments, learn from our mistakes and move forward stronger, wiser and more aware. With the power of self-approval, comes the capacity to take our lives off autopilot as we set off on a journey where we can flourish, thrive and own our authentic unique selves.

Approving of ourselves begins when we respect ourselves
enough to stop giving others the power to
control us with their opinions.

Happy Full Moon Lunar Eclipse! The Moon in Aquarius is forming an opposition to Mars and the Sun in Leo, marking a super electric and revolutionary Full Moon in the sign of the Water-Bearer. With a Lunar Eclipse happening at the same time (a time when the Earth is exactly between the Sun and the Moon), we get to look beyond the superficial and see the truth more clearly. 

Are we judging ourselves too harshly? Perhaps we don't trust our own abilities, choices and achievements, and because of that, it's hard to practice unconditional love for ourselves. Know that self-approval shouldn't be about proving ourselves to anyone, or that we have to be perfect and never experience another moment of doubt. It is more about recognizing our right to self-determination, self-expression, self-respect and ultimately, self-love. And how do we go about doing that? By simply remembering our humanity, our infinite nature, our truth.

Are we judging ourselves too harshly?

With the Moon forming a trine to Jupiter, we realize that change can be an adventure. When we think about change, what thoughts and feelings come to us? What areas of our lives need to change so that we can go forward in much stronger direction - one which is more in alignment with our personal vision and mission? Instead of seeing change as something stressful and worrisome - because of our fear of the unknown, see change as a spiritual path where we can always learn, grow and heal. 

The change may not be easy or make sense at this time, but it will make sense several years from now when we look back on how everything is woven together. The clock is ringing inside of us, calling us to get up and make some personal changes. It is an internal pressure, pushing us to take positive action and renew our faith, confidence and motivation in living a more authentic life.

The clock is ringing inside of us, calling us to get up
and make some personal changes.

The Moon is also forming a sextile to Saturn Rx and Uranus Rx, and we ask ourselves, 'Am I ready to commit to my truth?' What does it mean to commit to one's truth? Does it mean being truthful all the time? Or is it about doing whatever we want whenever we want? To live our deepest truths is to become one with our core values, strengths, power and love. By living our truth, we also open our eyes to different people from different cultures with different truths and the interconnections between them all.

With both Saturn and Uranus being the old and new planetary rulers of Aquarius, we are being guided to explore old truths and new ideas. A Full Moon in the sign of Aquarius brings to us the opportunity to take a fearless look at ourselves and understand our true motivations and reactions. Begin by exploring our relationship with truth and questioning our fears regarding truth. Remember that by living a truth-centered life, we can move from a sense of powerlessness, anxiety and fear, to a life filled with more empowerment, never-ending curiosity and fearless adventures.

Yaviz Basalamah

Full Moon in Aquarius: Oppose Mars and the Sun in Leo ● Trine Jupiter
in Libra ● Sextile Saturn Rx in Sagittarius and Uranus Rx in Aries


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New Moon in Leo | Rewriting the Rules


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 July 23rd, 2017 

New Moon in Leo:
Challenge old beliefs, break new ground, shatter your
inner glass ceiling and claim your light.

Are we repeating the same mistakes? Are we inclined to focus on negative experiences rather than positive ones? The past rather than the future? What can we learn from our past mistakes and what can we do differently in the future? Oftentimes, it can be hard to always be fully aware of what we are paying attention to and why. And this is the reason why it can be hard to kick bad habits or stick to our personal core values. 

When we put our focus on past mistakes or negative experiences, we can lose our hope in the future. And when we lose hope, we tend to repeat the same mistakes. Know that focusing on our past mistakes shouldn't be about condemning what we did or didn't do, but more about giving ourselves the opportunity to slow down and reflect. Focusing on our future shouldn't also be about fearing the unknown, but more about figuring out what we can achieve if we avoid the same old pitfalls.

When we lose hope, we tend to repeat the same mistakes.

By paying more attention to our personal values, we can confront our unconscious belief systems and find new ways to address them. Why do we keep repeating the same mistakes? Is it because we are afraid of progress? Or is it because by extinguishing our own hopes, we can protect ourselves from the rejection that has already happened in the past? 

The pain we know may be familiar, but this is not about familiarizing ourselves with our wounds. This is more about mastering and changing our present. Are we ready to challenge those old self-defeating beliefs and break new ground? Are we ready to let go of the need to know what's next? Begin by shattering our inner glass ceiling and rise above disempowering beliefs. Rewrite the rules, because only by changing our stories can we live our truth and let our true light shine.

The pain we know may be familiar, but this is not about
familiarizing ourselves with our wounds.

Happy New Moon! The Moon is joining the Sun, Mars and Mercury in Leo, marking a super expressive and ambitious New Moon in the sign of the Lion. As we believe more in ourselves, we lift ourselves up and purify our intentions so that they are aligned with our soul purpose. If we have been feeling anxious or irritable lately, now is the time to use those negative emotions to fuel our creativity. 

Channeling strong emotions such as anger, fear, grief, frustration, disappointment and using them as a creative fuel can help us return to balance and equilibrium. Turning negativity into a creative action can be especially cathartic at this time. In this way, rather than letting strong negative emotions to consume or overwhelm us, we honor their power to inspire and move us in a positive direction.

As we believe more in ourselves, we lift ourselves up and purify
our intentions so that they are aligned with our soul purpose.

The Moon is forming a sextile to Jupiter and Venus, and love heals fear. We have come to a point in our lives where what matters most in our interactions is how we choose to react to others. Instead of angrily obsessing or allowing another person's behavior to pull us down, we choose a higher path of reaction such as taking care of ourselves and finding empowering solutions. 

Heart-to-heart conversations can also deepen relationships at this time, helping us to understand one another better and bringing us closer to each other. We are here to break the cycle of passive-aggressive behaviors by learning new ways of communicating our thoughts. By bringing issues and feelings out in the open, we create a more truthful environment where we can approach conflict in healthy ways rather than avoiding conflict altogether.

We are here to break the cycle of passive-aggressive behaviors
by learning new ways of communicating our thoughts.

With the Moon's trine to Saturn Rx and Uranus, we remember that a dream can be manifested one step at a time. It can feel overwhelming when we don't know what step to take. Divine inspiration comes from listening with our hearts and minds to the Aha! ideas we receive. It's also important to incorporate playfulness into our daily lives to reduce stress and discover our inner joy. For example, we can express our playfulness while working at the office or exercising at the gym, because when we are playful, we lift up the energy of everyone around us. 

Remember that working hard is not about promising ourselves that we will have fun someday once we have reached every goal we set for ourselves. The New Moon in Leo brings to us the reminder that we can still have our own version of fun while fulfilling our responsibilities. That we can pour joy into everything we do in the present and bring back our faith and optimism for the future. That we can get out of our own way and claim our light — not only because we deserve it, but also because being authentic is a form of self-respect and self-love.

❤️
Yaviz Basalamah

New Moon in Leo: Conjunct the Sun, Mars and Mercury ● Sextile
Jupiter in Libra and Venus in Gemini ● Trine Saturn Rx
in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries


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