New Moon in Capricorn: You Better WORK

Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident astrologer. Starting on January 1st, 2014, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”

— Marianne Williamson

If you’re the type that makes superficial New Year’s resolutions, or doesn’t bother with them at all, this year’s countdown to midnight might just change your mind. The changeover between 2013 and 2014 brings some of the most powerful, transformative astrology we’ve experienced in years: Don’t waste it.

This year, New Year’s Day is also the annual New Moon in Capricorn, the hardest working lunation in the star-charting business. This rather rare confluence between the astrological and modern calendar presents us with an amazing gift – telling us to get right down to the business of real, deep, lasting resolutions.

But before we start whipping out pens and making lists, let’s talk about why the last week of December has been so damn difficult. First, some necessary history about how we got here. Since 2012, the world has been rocked, rolled, and generally upended by an intense aspect called the Uranus-Pluto square. This world-changing, ongoing astrological event lasts through 2015, and we’re dead in the middle of it now.

Pluto is the planet of karmic transformation, the kind that can take years – you’ll never be the same again once it starts slowly rolling over you like a tank. Pluto has been in Capricorn, the sign of infrastructure and the will to power, since 2008 (the beginning of the global financial meltdown).

Uranus (the planet of shock and surprise) moved into Aries (the sign of fiery initiation) in 2011. If you want to understand the nature of this incendiary energy, recall the day of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. It was March 11th, the exact day that Uranus went into Aries, making it clear that we were in for a series of out-of-the-blue events that would force us to wake up and pay attention.

The Uranus-Pluto square pits the influence of these two mighty planets against each other, bringing us the revolution and upheaval of the last few years. Whether you’ve been paying attention to the news (the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Superstorm Sandy, etc.) or just noticing the escalating intensity in your personal life, you’re well acquainted with the evolutionary energy we’re working through.

This past week, it’s all come to a head as a series of planets have set off the square, bringing turmoil, chaos, and violence to the world stage – and much angst to the personal theaters of our lives. It’s as if everything you’ve ever done (in this and all your past lives) is coming up for an end-of-year review. It can be an exhausting endeavor, but the holidays often force us to contemplate the darkness of our history and examine our karma. It’s not just an exercise in existential despair – it’s an opportunity for healing and repair. This year the work of reviewing and rebuilding cannot be avoided.

Where do my resolutions come in, you’re wondering? Well, it is precisely because you’ve been in a major cosmic crucible that you’ll now be able to make the most of the powerful New Moon in Capricorn on New Year’s Day. The changes you need to make are clear to you now – you want to shift the negativity, learn to grow, to stop those old, damaging patterns dead in their tracks.

This New Moon offers all the good stuff that Capricorn always bestows: The power to build foundations, healthy discipline, strength, authority, the clarity of your convictions – but it comes with even more this year. Because this lunation is close to Pluto and Mercury, touches off Mars, and opposes Jupiter, it’s bursting with transformational power.

If you’ve been following this series, you may have done the ritual we offered at the last Full Moon in Gemini. Begin the New Moon in Capricorn releasing ritual by opening and reading your letter within 24-hours of January 1st. If you’re joining us at our New Year’s Day workshop (4 pm @ SanaVita) please bring your letter, because you’ll have a chance to share it with the group.

If you’re just following along online or live in New York City, but can’t join us in person, try to find some focused time for REAL resolution-making on or close to January 1st. Even if you’re hung-over, make an effort to get grounded in the powerful New Moon in Capricorn energy, because you won’t get another chance until 2015.

Shared in service,
Stefanie

Photo credit: Astrolibrary.org

Full Moon in Gemini: Dancing with Duality

Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident astrologer. Starting on January 1st, 2014, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-Day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Two weeks ago we talked about the gypsy spirit of the New Moon in Sagittarius. Now we find ourselves enmeshed in the energy of the Archer’s opposite: the Full Moon in Gemini, exact at 1:28 AM EST on December 17th, 2013. (This is how the lunar cycle works ― when the Sun is in any sign, the Full Moon is in its opposite constellation. Aries opposes Libra, Taurus opposes Scorpio, Gemini opposes Sagittarius, Cancer opposes Capricorn, Leo opposes Aquarius, and Virgo opposes Pisces.)

Sagittarius revealed the big picture and asked us to think about our worldview ― our reigning philosophy. Its mantra is “I Perceive” while Gemini, the sign of duality, versatility, and curiosity, carries the tagline “I think”. When Gemini energy grows up, it gets to act like Sagittarius ― strong in its convictions, and not given to distractions. No matter what, Geminis (or people with concentrations of planets in Gemini) tend to be smart as a whip, and the smoothest talkers you’ve ever met. They ooze charm, and keep you busy with their synaptic gymnastics. They can get you mentally whipped in an instant.

Gemini rules the lungs, reminding us how important it is to breathe full and deep, not shallow and weak. And paying close attention to our breath tells us even more ― that Gemini energy requires us to ground in meaningfulness, to truly listen. Not just to others, but to our own inner voice. Gemini, at its worst, is superficial and banal. At this Full Moon, it’s important to avoid the tendency to gossip and chitchat. Give up the distractions and the minor data for deeper truths and revelations.

Think back to about six months ago, during the days and weeks around the last New Moon in Gemini, which took place on June 9th this year. What were you thinking, talking, worrying and writing about? Take a look back at your journal if you keep one, or even review your emails and texts during that time. Now, six months later, all of that is coming up for review. You’re in the cosmic dark room now, finally developing the film of the pictures you shot a half a year ago.

Now that we’re on the cusp of the Winter Solstice, the shortest and darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re in a different frame of mind ― one that’s equal parts somber and serious (because we’re approaching Capricorn) and full of holiday cheer. As a collective, we embody the duality of the Gemini energy, in part, because some of us are lonelier at the holidays, even if we’re surrounded by parties and mistletoe. But it’s also a wonderful opportunity for healing and clearing, using communication, Gemini’s area of expertise.

Your Full Moon in Gemini Releasing Ritual

Taking into account your review of last June (as mentioned above), find a quiet moment (absolutely distraction-free ― shut off your phone) and prepare to write in longhand. Whether you usually write in a journal or want to use stationery or a fresh notebook, this ritual requires you to feel a paper and pen in your hands, to get the energy moving from your brain, through your arm, to your fingers, and finally to the page.

You’re about to write yourself a letter, one that only you can open. Have an envelope nearby, because you’re going to want to sign and seal this ― but delivery will come in exactly two weeks. Begin to free-write, making sure not to stop your hand from moving ― even if you feel like you’re not writing anything important, keep going. Eventually you’ll deposit a few nuggets of precious gold on that page. Tell yourself what you want to manifest in 2014, or even what you’d like to accomplish during the next few weeks between the Full Moon in Gemini and the New Moon in Capricorn, arriving exactly on New Year’s Day, in a bit of perfect astrological symmetry.

Open your letter on January 1st. You can read it to yourself, a friend or lover, or perhaps share it with the group, if you join us at our workshop, taking place at 4 pm on January 1st, at SanaVita. (Don’t forget to save the letter, because in another six months, the cycle begins all over again.)

More information on the workshop and SanaVita’s 28-Day Cleanse can be found here.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book a consultation.

Shared in Service,
Stefanie

Lunar Renewal for the New Moon in Sagittarius: We All Need a Miracle Everyday

Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident astrologer. Starting on January 1st, 2014, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-Day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

— Albert Einstein

The New Moon in Sagittarius arrives on Monday, December 2nd, restoring our hope and optimism at long last. After the past few months of massive turmoil in the stars, this lunation is one we’ll all welcome with open arms.

Sagittarius is the sign of freedom, wanderlust, and unbridled enthusiasm. It’s where you find both your inner gypsy spirit and your tendency to overindulge. It’s about going big, bigger, and bigger still – you want to take things all the way or nowhere at all. Sagittarius is about seeing the world, honing your worldview, and opening your mind as wide as you dare. It’s also about enormous peals of laughter – the kind that rises up from your belly and can’t be restrained. But most of all and for our current moment, Sagittarius is about believing in miracles.

This year, miracles loom even larger in our collective imagination. You probably heard ad nauseum about “Thanksgivingukkah” this week – that rare confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, an event that won’t take place for another 78,000 years. All hokiness aside, this fake holiday is actually instructive for the moment we’re sharing right now. Hanukkah is all about miracles and finding your inner light – letting hope guide the way, even when there seems to be darkness all around. When you bring gratitude, via Thanksgiving, into the mix, you have the perfect Sagittarius blend – the higher octave of this miraculous constellation.

Yet, as with all lunations, it’s important to heed some caution at the Sagittarius New Moon. It’s no cosmic accident that the holiday season coincides with Sagittarius season – the time of year when we crave more of everything – from rich food (hello pumpkin pie) to material junk to attention from family members that are stingy with their love. It’s why you might get drunk and say things you don’t mean (or things you really mean, but would never say while sober) at holiday parties. Even if you’re usually budget-conscious, it’s easy to fall prey to addictive spending patterns now.

The “too much is never enough” theme prevails. Sagittarius expands whatever it touches, so if you’re in a toxic, addictive pattern with alcohol, food, or a co-dependent relationship, it can be magnified now. The healthiest way to approach this Sagittarian moment is to remember that moderation is key with everything. Working too much, drinking too much, eating too much, even exercising too much – each one of these excesses can have major consequences. Listen to and respect your inner hunger, and don’t deny yourself the things you crave.

Instead, come to them from a place of knowing you already have enough. Curiosity should drive you now – not fear of scarcity. The New Moon in Sagittarius teaches us that we will always have what we need, even at our darkest moments. Abundance is already yours, if you just look within.

Your New Moon in Sagittarius Releasing Ritual

Any time from three days before to three days after the New Moon on December 2nd, make two lists: one that says: I Want More, and one that says I Have Enough.

Notice which items appear on both lists at once. For the next two weeks (between now and the Full Moon in Gemini on December 17th), take action to move items from the I Want More list to the I Have Enough list. And give yourself the freedom to have fun – it’s the holidays!

Shared in service,
Stefanie

Lunar Renewal: Release Rituals for Manifestation and Letting Go

Stefanie Weiss is SanaVita’s new resident Astrologer. Starting in January, Stefanie, along with Arul Goldman and Gabriel Hoffman, Directors of SanaVita, will guide people through SanaVita’s new 28-Day Cleanse, coinciding with the cycles of the moon.

Every month we’re treated to the guiding light of both the New and Full Moon — beacons for our growth and progress. Because these powerful “lunations” are bi-weekly, they’re perfect for charting the course of your life and setting intentions.

For a sense of how to make this happen, here is a (slightly amended) excerpt from a recent article I wrote for astrology.com.

Tuning into the Moon to fuel intuition and connect to your body is always healthy and can be extremely fruitful, but you probably didn’t know that you can use lunar energy as an adjunct to your calendar — think of it as your iCal in the sky. It’s especially potent and useful for projects that require you to tap into your emotions and subconscious thoughts.

Moon cycles work in two ways, for monthly planning, in two-week chunks, and also for planning ahead — looking toward six months from now for longer-term goals. Find out when the next New Moon takes place, and mark it on your calendar. This is your moment of initiation – new beginnings, planting seeds. The New Moon continues to be potent three days after it is exact, but the energy is more available beforehand, and in the hours leading up to the exact New Moon — that’s why it’s a good idea to note the exact moment in your time zone.

Next is the potent Full Moon, which is often a very intensely emotional time — a moment of release. Like the New Moon, it’s even more powerful during the three days leading up to it, and it’s worthwhile to note the exact time of the lunation. You may even want to do a kind of releasing ritual on the day of the Full Moon, to let go of any negative energy or fear you’ve held onto since you first initiated your project. By now, you know what your work looks and feels like — it’s come fully to life.

Today, Sunday, November 17th, the initiation/release energy is brought to us by the Full Moon in Taurus, symbolizing the sensual world.

Taurus is an Earth sign, and at its highest potential it can help us to feel grounded, strong, and safe. But the flip side of Taurus energy is excess – usually in the form of food and drink, but sometimes shopping and sex. The Full Moon in Taurus offers a moment to ritualize a release from the toxins we’ve taken in during the last six months. Let go of fear of loss, of the craving for material goods you don’t truly need, and of any tendency to eat emotionally. This energy is ideal for setting an intention and starting a cleanse — one that addresses the needs of your body, creative spirit, and soul.

Leading up to January 1st, I’ll be sharing the energy of each New and Full Moon with you in this space, so you can get your own ritual going.

I’m really excited to begin this journey with you.