The week ahead: August 25th through August 31st:

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The new moon in Virgo today (check out my Facebook page if you want to read a powerful article on the new moon! Facebook Me!) promises to be one of self-healing and learning to reprogram our old way of thinking so that it works more efficiently, serves our higher good, and severs destructive ties to a time we cannot change. It’s hard to push forward with life or to be fully present when you have nagging thoughts or feelings related to past events. It may be even harder to move forward when we use the same old way to react to things going on around and within us. There’s a prison in that perpetual cycle; always doing what you’ve been taught or learned to do, even if it doesn’t help you because change seems too scary or you don’t know how else to be. This can feel safe in a way because it’s all you’ve ever known, but all it’s really doing is just holding you back; no personal growth can survive in this stagnant environment. Only by facing what keeps coming up and dealing with it, only by deciding that this time you’ll do things differently–better, will you be able to work through these issues. Staying present and mindful of your emotions and then looking at yourself with compassion, will you be able to push through this pain to the other side. What awaits you is a kind of rebirth or transformation that will help you to see yourself in a holistic way. Self care is key right now. No matter what surfaces, face it with love. Shouldn’t we try and do that with all things? This week, do your very best to face the world and yourself with love. This may be the catalyst you needed to change the way you handle your life.

Go ahead and pick a card from above. The cards are listed from left to right; 1, 2, 3. The crystal you see in the picture is snow quartz. Snow Quartz is also known as Milky Quartz. It is a gentle calming stone, which is said to enhance meditation by allowing you to link to deep inner wisdom. It is also said to provide support while you are learning lessons and to help you to let go of overwhelming responsibilities and limitations. Snow Quartz has the same healing properties as Clear Quartz but with a gentler effect. Like Clear Quartz, Snow Quartz is believed to help promote mental clarity.

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If you chose card #1: Your message this week is about a vision quest. Your card goes on to say that a “vision quest” is a process whereby you spend a few days in the wilderness alone. Typically, you carry only water and some sacred items with you, and you spend most of the time praying and meditating. Many who have completed a vision quest assert that it is a powerful and even life-changing experience, and report vivid and profound revelations. It is said that “the desert does not lie,” so partaking in this can help you discover the truth about your purpose, or at least give you some clues. It is time for you to go on a vision quest. Designate a place in Nature for you to dwell, whether for a couple of hours or a few days. Spend the majority of your time while there praying and meditating. It is best to be in a location where you can truly find solitude, even if it is in a quiet corner of a park for an afternoon. Wherever you go, take your question, concern, or challenge with you into prayer or meditation. Allow it to flow around in your consciousness, and watch what shows up. This is one of the more powerful cards. By drawing it, whatever other messages you may have received are amplified threefold.

If you chose card #2: Your message this week is about the power of being effortless. Your card goes on to say that you may have come to the edge of your comfort zone and find yourself fighting to resist moving past that perceived precipice of who you are, how you can be, or what you can do. Spirit is asking you to step beyond the edge and allow yourself to do so with ease rather than struggle. Yes, at times physical exertion is necessary, but when performed with fluidity and grace, even when the task seems daunting, you’ll find that the movement moves you effortlessly. Approach the present situation or relationship with awareness and grace. Do not try to make it effortless–that just creates more strain. The key word here is to allow. This is not a time to fight, but to surrender to the will of Spirit, even if you’re being asked to let go completely and tumble into the brink of creation itself. You will feel the waters there to be ultimately still and calm. Keep your focus on your solar plexus and your breath, breathing through any tension. Relaxing and yielding to the movement that is occurring at any given moment makes your life effortless.  

If you chose card #3: Your message this week is about rebirth. Your card goes on to say that you thought this passage you have been through would never end. Just as certain that the light of the world fades every few months, it makes a return, and the Earth rejoices. The fresh breath of spring sweeps away the cobwebs acquired from the absence of the light. The light is obviously increasing as Nature begins to emerge in all her forms, shapes, and colors that remind us of the continuous cycles of Earth Mother. This cycle of rebirth you are experiencing follows a considerably challenging time. Any tears you may have shed have cleared the way for what has been gestating, which is now ripe and ready to emerge. That which no longer serves you needs to be put to rest so that a freshness and newness of spirit can make itself known to you. Sometimes birth can be painful, particularly in the passage just before delivery, yet what emerges can be fresh and beautiful. Be with the emergence of this next cycle with faith and grace.  

My hope for you this week is that you’re ready for a change. It could be a change in heart, a change in your environment, a change in perspective, or a change in action. Know that you have the power to make this happen. Yes, there may be some bumps and obstacles along the way, but it’s nothing you can’t handle and you’ll be able to say that you changed your life for the better. Take a leap of faith this week and do something that will give you a new lease on life. Cut the ties to your past that haunt you. Allow yourself to grow.  

This is your week! Make it an amazing one 🙂

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