Getting Ahead of Ourselves | New Moon in Aquarius | February 2019

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With this New Moon in Aquarius (Decan II) aligned with the Prince of Swords and the 6 of Swords, we can get ahead of ourselves in good ways and bad. It can be airy-fairy and totally impractical, scattered-brain & neurotic. Or on the flip-side, these vibes can make way for highly innovative solutions to common problems and the unleashing of our individual creative genius.



This NEW MOON’s Soundtrack: Ahead of Myself by X Ambassadors [Music Video]

The Challenge: Racing thoughts, prone to anxiety, conviction without substance, quick to react without considering needs of others or the whole picture, so future-minded that presence is lost, baseless ideology/refusing to see the facts of reality, resistance of material world and physical matters, forgetting to take care of what is essential and most basic, racing thoughts, lack of follow-through on ideas, difficulty organizing thoughts/ideas enough to take proper action, lack of productivity, prone to distraction or excessive daydreaming that result in time-suck

The Breakthrough/Potential Wisdom: release limiting beliefs, highly-creative thought seeds, stepping into your unique flavor of genius, owning what makes you stand out, synchronistic events/miracles, cultivate new disciplined approach/scientific experimentation that leads to breakthroughs, connection to higher heart/higher mind/akashic records, freedom from self-fulfilling prophecy-like behavior that has resulted in a rut, break-free from unhealthy repetitive patterns, ability to understand deeper self and structure of consciousness inn self and humanity at large, alignment with greater purpose ( Soul mission) in a way that can be understood by the intellect

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Here Come the Trolls

These New Moon vibes are ripe for internet trolls, especially those who are pushing an ideology with relentless passion. This zone of the zodiac is quite disconnected from reality, which can result in dehumanizing rhetoric and lotsa talk of ideas and pie-in-the-sky theories. Beware of circular logic traps and those who just want to play mind-games. It’s possible to encounter people who only seek to prove themselves right and are closed off to anything outside of their own heads. It’s a great time to disconnect in healthy ways — for the sake of our own sanity!

Unplugging is favored. Maybe even a digital detox is in order… to help you get grounded in the here and now.

Ignore the trolls. Disengage from any conversation that quickly goes nowhere or leaves you feeling ostracized in any way. Good rules of thumb any day of the week, but especially now… because you may catch yourself getting sucked into fruitless debates. If you do, that’s a wonderful opportunity to identify any of your own ideas or beliefs that you cling to without taking the time to consider anything outside of that realm, and loosen your grip. It can really open our minds and liberate us from our own cages of thinking, when we are willing.


Brainstorm

Your mind is likely to be full of ideas that can pop into your head like a bolt of lightning and just as quickly disappear into thin air. This is a doubly airy zone of the cosmos, so capture what you can before it vanishes.

Genius ideas may come to you that can truly serve to better your life, or even impact the world at large.. So jot that shizz down! Keep a notepad handy or a note-taking app on your phone readily accessible.

If you’re in desperate need for solutions to a problem in your life, make time for a brainstorm session. Write down everything that comes to you. There could definitely be some gold in there, when you sift through your ideas and really see what happens when your mind is let loose. You may surprise yourself!

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
— Albert Einstein

Weird Science

Aquarius is the sign of the inventor, the scientist, the genius and the revolutionary. From the perspective of The 6 of Swords [Science], these archetypes are emphasized. This is the time to strike a balance between your out-of-the-box ideas and practical application. Come up with a theory for whatever’s perplexing you and get ready to experiment.

We can experience (or essentially, induce) a breakthrough when we are willing to try a different way, just to see what happens. The trick is to remain detached and — even if the issue may be deeply personal — come at it as though you were a scientist.

Be willing to try and fail. Create a hypothesis. Test your own theories.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our way of doing things, we never stop to consider any radical ideas that come to mind, dismissing them without ever seeing what could happen.

>> May be another fun New Moon Intention setting strategy to try! <<

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A while ago I experimented with how I spend my money. I had this realization that I was spending money on my boys easily and all the time… but when it came to buying something for myself, I hesitated or put it off, even when it came to things I really needed. I had all this Mommy-guilt and anxiety around spending money on myself.

So, I did an experiment. I started making it a priority to buy for myself. And not only necessities, but also little indulgences here and there, like fresh flowers from my favorite Farmer’s Market when I was buying groceries for the family. It was different than my normal at the time, and it felt like a stretch. I was aiming at simply having less anxiety around spending money on things I, personally, needed.

What I discovered was my income increased when I did this. I somehow made more money when I was willing to spend money on myself. It was seriously strange — an outcome I hadn’t expected!

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We’re supported in experimenting, exploring and pioneering a new way forward right now, especially when it comes to things we feel limited by or have been too afraid to face before.

[Sun, Moon, Mercury in Aquarius. Jupiter in Sagittarius. Mars closing in on Uranus in Aries.]

Gerd Ziegler, author Tarot: Mirror of The Soul, has this to say about the 6 of Swords. [Crowley-Thoth Tarot]

Mercury’s ability to analyze brings clarity to perspectives on the Future. The perceptions are not only seen and recognized, but can also be effectively communicated now.

[Had some tech difficulties with this live-stream, so I apologize for the sketchy feed at spots during this episode!]


So if you’re going to get ahead of yourself, do it in the best possible way! Take radical responsibility for your Future. Tinker with new ways of doing things or put your inner-genius to work on your most pressing concerns right now.


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Designing a Digital Detox That Works For You

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In early 2017, I had had it with the media, the headlines, the social media ranting & raving.  I could feel my head spinning out of control... I noticed I was beginning to spend much more time on social media and my emotionally-charged screen-sucking was starting to take a toll on me. 

I was beginning to get tension headaches again, feeling restless at night and exhausted in the mornings which led to a hard time concentrating on the things I needed & wanted to get done.  The things that actually mattered to me; you know, the stuff I had actual control over.

SO, I decided to do a digital detox for 28 days, the whole month of February.  It was an experiment to consume less and become more aware of not only how I spend my time, but how I choose to spend my time online. 

At the end of February, I felt lighter.  I felt more at peace and a whole lot more like myself.

Here are some tips for designing your own digital detox in a way that works for you -- because let's face it. Most of us require some screentime to do what we do.  But there are ways to play with it and tweak our routines to create a healthier flow and reclaim our power.

 

Hiatuses are scary because you’re stepping back from what’s been substantially feeding you. (Give me a stadium of people to talk to and I’ll run to the mic. But unplug? Um. It makes my palms sweat.) Awkward exhilaration. Bring it on! Nothing like a detox to call forth your faculties.
— Danielle LaPorte, www.DanielleLaPorte.com

 

To Unplug... Or Not To Unplug

Take a moment to decide if it would be best for you to totally unplug (like ev-er-y-thing) or not.  We all have our ways and I'm not claiming to know what is best for you.  Only you know that and can decide that. I have a friend who freely ditched her iPhone for months.  I couldn't do it.

I would recommend you ask yourself a few questions before you go rogue and disown the internet & all gadgets completely.  Because I want you to set yourself up for success! So...

What really needs to go?  And what can you limit?  

Do you need to lay off the post or publish button for a while? Or just consume less news or time trying research whether it's fake or not?

 

You may not be able to really wrap up your laptop or tablet and store it in the closet for a month if you use it for work, or ditch your phone when that's the only way your kids can reach you.

But.. you may be able to cancel your Netflix account for a month if you tend to binge watch at night instead of getting the full night's sleep that you need to heal your body.  Maybe you can even delete some apps on your phone that you tend to spend more time on than you'd care to admit, to get more work done. 

>> If you opt to suspend or cancel something you may even get the added benefit of a few extra dollars in the bank every month to spend on something else that actually matters to you. <<

A great way to get clear on what needs to go and what needs more limits is to do what you normally do for a few days, but track it.  Write down how long you played that game or scrolled thru Facebook or engaged in a Twitter rant or debate with a (perceived) political opponent.

 

A Begining and An End

Our brains tend to work with us when they know what's going on. So decide. 

Set a date to start and a date to stop, so your brain knows what the hell is going on.  Don't be wishy-washy with yourself about it.  Don't see how it goes or how you feel after x amount of time.  Commit to a timeline that feels reasonable, beneficial and doable.

When you're done, you may want to continue. Or you may discover you've set more secure boundaries for your online life that feels more empowering and less draining. (That was the result for me.)

I found it easy to begin at the start of a month, but you may not want to do a digital detox for a whole month.  Maybe a few days is all you need to recalibrate or maybe you'll want to do it for longer! <-- And if so, Kudos to You!

The point is, there's no right or wrong way to do it.  You get to decide what's right for you. (And actually, this is always true.)

Whatever you decide, make that commitment to yourself.  If it feels good to let someone in on it to help keep you accountable, even better I'd say.

 

Be Selective

When I did my digital detox, it was largely to release the negativity I was swimming in on Facebook.  But I didn't want shut down my account completely & risk not seeing the cutest thing my friend across the country's baby just did.  So I prepared myself for my month-long detox by selectively designing my Facebook feed to include ONLY what would fill me up and not drag me down. I was determined to make it a space for me to feel connected and high-vibe.

And that's not on Facebook, that's on me.

I chose a couple of pages that I wanted to "See First". Actually, Uplifting Content was one of those pages.

>> You can read how to select the see first option HERE. And I hope that Eclipse Tarot makes the cut! <<

I went through my contacts, friends and fan pages and got super selective.  If what they were sharing didn't align with my values and dedication to feeling good about how I spent my time, it was out.

Same goes for emails... unsubscribe, lighten the load, be selective.

Before long, I had curated feeds that made me smile.

 

Moments Matter

The ultimate reward for designing a digital detox that works for you is that essentially, you're reclaiming your time. A valuable asset and the very thing we lose when we unconsciously scroll and bicker and consume stuff online. Your time is important, moments matter.

So get clear about how much time you will spend online, if any, during your detox. 

How long will you spend checking email, messenger, DMs? (personal or biz-related)

How much time will spend on social media? 

And when?

Awareness, waking up to what’s in front of you, is the master key... before you can stop reacting and start acting, you need to cultivate the ability to hit pause. To slow down just a bit, reconnect with who and what matters, to see what is really happening in the moment, to consider whose agenda you’re responding to, then deliberately choose your actions based on that awareness and intention. So we need to begin by cultivating your ability to turn off your autopilot.
— Jonathan Fields, 'How To Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom'

That quote says it all, doesn't it?  You get to decide how you will spend each moment of the day.  Turn off the autopilot by choosing how much time you plan to spend glued to a screen, so you can actively live your life on your terms.  That's what a digital detox is all about.  Reconnecting you with yourself, and what really matters to you.  Taking your moments back.

Get to the magic of designing a digital detox that fills you up and doesn't drag you down!

 

And let me know how it goes in comments or over on #Instagam!

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