Lifestyle 01 February 2018
This month comes in with a bang due to the Super Blue Moon Eclipse happening on January 31st in Leo. Think of this eclipse as your emotional pot boiling over. Things pertaining to relationships, whether personally or at work, finally come to a breaking point for lots of people.
It's an opportunity to lean into the positive emotional aspects of Leo which are courage, independence, self-esteem and fearlessness. In other words, it's a time to lead with your heart. This is easier for some than others.
Are you already living in a functional partnership or work environment built on passion and commitment? Then double down. If not, time to put your well-being first and make some changes.
(January 20- February 18)
“A Very Merry Unbirthday to You!" (Yes you, Aquarius!)
I love this month for the water bearers! With Mercury and Venus both in Aquarius, communication and love should be easier for you. The tribe around you finally understands your point of view, especially loved ones. It's also a good time to pitch that idea or start that company or project. Resources are flowing more than usual. Renovate something and make it more beautiful….it doesn't matter if it's your house, your wardrobe or your vision board. Watch overdoing alcohol, sweets or anything that distracts you from your emotions. This could be your best valentines day ever. Don't miss it because you were trying to communicate with aliens in your garage. February 23-24: take a trip.
(February 19- March 20)
“Come sail away..."
Congratulations Pisces! You survived the flame thrower of a Blue Moon on January 31st. Now you are feeling good in your own skin. Your emotions are strong but not running your show. They are fueling your desire to execute your plans with discipline and focus. You've got wind in your sails and a smile on your face. Don't look back. Keep your eye on the horizon. After February 11 you'll have the gift of gab. Feb 25-26: stay home and feather the nest.
(March 21- April 19)
“A little less conversation"
An Aries always wants a little more action and a little less talk. Not this month. This February is all about listening, discussing and dreaming. Encourage the qualities of democracy in your family, your company or on your team. Everyone's opinion matters. It's time to think about how to improve or reinvent yourself or something that you love. Because Venus will be in Pisces after February 11, extra patience with an emotional partner will be a necessity. Blow off steam by getting out and competing this month...whether in sports, business or HQ. You can win right now. Feb 28-29: good days for love.
(October 23- November 21)
“Snorkeling through your Waterloo"
Try to stay as calm as you can the first part of February. Emotions and frustrations will
be at times hard to manage. Just when you feel like you just can't take anymore, around
February 11 things shift into a much welcomed pink emotional cloud.
Don't be hard on yourself for the fact that not much work has been accomplished during this sentient rollercoaster. Let it go. You aren't that far behind. In fact, you are just resting up for a major move forward.
(April 20- May 20)
“'Twas brillig and the slithy toves..."
This month you may be feeling like you are not understanding what people are saying. Or if you do understand, you may feel like it's a bunch of jabberwocky. If you have a partner, you may not understand who they are right now. They are just being weird or different. Don't try to figure any of this out; just keep your head down and do your work, whatever that is. Set goals, create strategies, plan your power moves. Then go execute. You've got this. Feb 2-3: clean out your closets and reorganize.
(May 21- June 20)
“Go greased lightning"
This is such a turbo month for you. Everything goes faster than normal without losing any quality. You can do or think five things at once. Make a list of goals for February. Revisit them every day to stay focused. Clarity and energy like this shouldn't be scattered about with no direction. With Jupiter still in Libra at the first of the month, you still have luck on your side so get out there and go after it. You also have Cupid working on your behalf to help create one of your best Valentines Days ever. It is almost not fair how good this month could be for you. Enjoy!
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(June 21- July 22)
“Swimming in your own lane"
Let's get the tough stuff out the way first. Communication for you may be difficult this month. People close to you may seem too stubborn about their crazy visions and not grounded in the practical where you like to live. Please summon patience and just listen. You won't win these battles. On a positive note, productivity could be amazing for you as well as a keen sense of increased self-understanding. Stick to your list and your own self-improvement and you will see rewards. Feb 16-18: seek out music or theatre.
(July 23- August 22)
“If you can't say something nice"
Please please please watch what you say this February. The big full moon eclipse at the beginning of the month along with some other aspects all add up to mounting frustrations that do not need to be verbalized in haste. It's a great month to start or increase your workout regimen.
Also, many good inspirational visions or inventions could come to you. Write them down! You are an idea factory. Feb 19-20: have a good fight and then make up.
(August 23- September 22)
“I hear the mermaids singing"
How can you create an artist's retreat within that busy, buttoned-up schedule of yours? The answer is just do it. The muses are all within earshot; find a quiet place with a note pad and listen. They are singing inspiration to you. What's even more wonderful is that you have the ability to execute these visions more than ever before. Feb 6-7: good love. Feb 21-22: productivity.
(September 23- October 22)
“Putting off a scent"
It is time to do what you do best, dear Libra: attract. No one is better than you at making it look so effortless to be irresistible. This month all you have to do is show up. Conversation will be interesting, love interests will put you on a pedestal, and you will have boundless energy as well. Everyone will be eating out of your hand, so have mercy on us all. Feb 14-15: time to reveal your manifesto.
(November 22- December 21)
You have so many stars aligned right now. Even that big Leo moon that rained havoc down on everyone else smiled on you instead. Place your bets, buy a lottery ticket, take the risk, make the move...all before February 11. The clouds will start to gather then and a benevolent rain will come to dampen your parade. Feb 19-20: play to win and you will.
(December 22- January 19)
“A bird in the hand"
I always like to give the bad news first if I can. You don't really have luck on your side right now. The good news is that no one is more equipped to create their own luck through hard work than you dear Capricorn. Minimize risk, keep to the plan, stick to the health regimen and keep taking your own inventory. Notice those little moments where love creeps in to remind you that you are awesome; a child's hug, your dog's nuzzle, a thank you from a co-worker.
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One of the few things I remember from grade school biology is the concept of tropism. In plain language, tropism is the reaction of a living thing, like a plant, towards a stimulus like sunlight or heat. You've likely seen this before but just didn't recognize it for what it was. If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action. The plant is bending towards the sunlight.
If you've ever seen the leaves of a potted plant bending towards a windowpane, that's tropism in action.
In our everyday lives, we are all inundated with stimuli throughout the day. The driver in front of us that stalls at the yellow light and zooms through the red light, leaving us behind to wait. Or the customer service rep that leaves us on hold for an ungodly amount of time, only for the call to prematurely drop. There are so many examples both common and unique to our individual lives. The trouble begins when we form the habit of responding to everything — particularly negative stimuli. By doing this, our mental peace is disrupted and diverted making us slaves to whatever happens to happen. Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us. Now take that concept and multiply it by the number of things that can happen in a day, week, or month. What happens to you mentally with so many emotional pivots?
For me, the result is: Restlessness. Anxiety. Sleepness. Mindless Eating. Everything besides peace of mind.
Much like the plant bending towards sunlight, we oftentimes react and lean into whatever is happening around us.
Earlier this year, something pretty trivial happened to me. I'm sure this has happened to you at some point in your life also. I was walking through a door and, as I always do, glanced back and held the door longer and wider than normal for the person coming behind me. My gracious gesture was met with silence — no thank you, no smile, not even a nod. I remember being so annoyed at this travesty of justice. How dare they not acknowledge me and thank me for holding the door? After all, I didn't have to do it. I know I spent the next few hours thinking about it and probably even texted a few friends so that they could join in on my rant and tell me how right I was to be upset. In hindsight, I should not have allowed this pretty petty thing to occupy my mind and heart, but I did. I let it shake my peace.
I've since taken some classes on mindfulness and what I've learned (and I'm still learning) is the art of being aware — being aware of the present and my feelings. Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy. We're all human and having emotions is part of the deal but as mindful adults, it's critically important to choose what you're going to care about and let everything else pass along. There are several tools on the market to help with this but the Headspace app has really helped me in my mindfulness journey. The lessons are guided and coupled with some pretty cute animations.
Recognizing when I'm triggered towards annoyance or anger gives me the opportunity to take a step back to understand why and assess whether it deserves my attention and energy.
Over the course of the next week, I'd like to challenge you to pay more attention to your reactions. How aware are you of how you allow your environment to affect you? Are you highly reactive? Do you ruminate for hours or even days on events that are insignificant in your life? If so, practicing a bit of mindfulness may be the way to go.