Capricorn Full Moon in the Goat Month

Born with the Moon in Cancer, I’m a lunar child who feels it’s fullness quite strongly. Cancer is ruled by the Moon so when the moon is full in it’s opposite sign, we can expect an energy of balance. We are brought to a slow point coming to the full moon on Wednesday the 20th of July.

The Full Moon highlights all things Capricorn this month, being: what we have learn through experience. This is a time of reflection and insight. This full moon brings the gift of focus on the important aspects of life that we aspire to achieve as we evolve. The Goat (Capricorn) is a sign of goal oriented application.

Being the Chinese Month of the Wood Goat, the energies align in terms of the East & West influences, as the full moon is expansive, just as the Wood element in the Chinese system of Medicine, philosophy and astrology is.

Celebrated in this full moon is our roots, wisdom, tradition, culture and ambition. Our emotional drive now aligns strongly with our physical actions in creating something solid in the world that is practical, sustainable and survival savvy.

In Chinese Astrology, we are now moving through the month of the Yin Wood Goat…so though we are moving through many task essential to our future security, the Earth element of the Goat (in both systems of Astrology right now) encourages us to slow down, so as not to miss what’s important…and also to smell the roses.

As someone who is already strong in the earth element (overall), the Goat being an earth animal tends to bring me a little more in the way of challenges, as the earth element is strong, un-moving and solid…an element that a Yin Wood like myself finds a struggle at times to break through.

I’m a little late (about a week) in writing this post as the Chinese zodiac animal month usually starts about a week into the calendar month.

This month, the earth element is strong, so have patience as energy slows down…to teach us this very lesson. Its all very well as this years Monkey being so active, probably won’t allow for much down time.

This month is “practical” month, a time for doing those many things you always “intend” on getting done…the time consuming tasks that must be completed to achieve your goals.

Goats can climb high because of this elemental trait, so keep this in your mind this month (until the first week of August). Next month we have 2 Monkeys, which are metal element…(both year & month animal), so prepare for a time of “cutting” away any overgrowth then.

This month’s hard yards will position us nicely for such refinement then, as we begin to see more clearly, whats left that needs tending to.

Remember, the earth element also relates to the physical body and wellness. It’s no surprise that I personally am finally “doing” some very practical things that I’ve long been “thinking” about, during this Goat month.

Being a Wood Goat, it’s also about community and networks (branching out), so coming together with people and bringing expertise in to achieve certain tasks, seems to be the theme here right now.

Personally…I joined a Vegan Mumma bake group that I’m really happy about. I’ve also been working on some new product ideas in the way of Self Care education. So while it’s been busy, this month is showing me the need for community and getting practical, as well as focusing on my health.

Recovering from a chronic skin condition brought on by grief as I faced the loss of my beloved grandfather last year, all the while watching my little girl suffer with eczema developed at the exact same time, I realised how important it can be to be cautious about what we allow into our systems.

Not only is the skin a reflection of the lungs, which is where grief resides in the body, but it is also the elimination organ that reveals the foods we eat!

So after 10 months of my daughter and I suffering together, I worked my way back towards a vegan lifestyle, gradually eliminating animal products all the while improving to the point of full recovery!

So moving through this Wood Goat, I am learning just how powerful certain foods can be, especially how much we really need to focus on incorporating as much earth “plant” foods into our diets.

So I’ll leave you with this as I plan on being on time with the Monkey coming up in August for you.

 

The Year of the Yin Wood Goat

This year we descend into the Yin elements of the Chinese Zodiac wheel. This system of Astrology look at the wider universal influences beyond the mere solar system in which the Western Astrological gaze is set. Elementally the Goat animal is earth, so combined with wood, we see a dynamic present that brings us to look more closely at environmental issues. Wood element concerns our “trees”, while the earth element concerns just that, “our earth”. So to state the obvious, this year we have no choice but to look at our impact on the planet.
In reverse, the planetary impact on us as “earthlings” as such cannot be ignored. Just as the moon governs our tides as it has a gravitational pull over the earth’s waters, so too do the other planets influence our own. It can be seen as a form of relationship, just as our “community has an impact on us as human beings.
To keep things simple for this year, the earth under wood combination asks that we recognise where our emotions come from. The wood stemming from the earth elementally is “emotions – governed by wood element / the liver)…signifies emotions born of the physical realm. This gives the image of emotion arising from the way we treat ourselves physically. So much recognition is given to how emotion gives birth to ailments, illness and disease,,,but now we come to the time in which we need to realise how we treat our bodies will ultimately influence how we “feel”, energetically and spiritually.
So this year demonstrates a time in which we can learn and discover how much our “environment” and the earth around us actually impacts “back” on us. The physical environment, in Feng Shui is very much a big part of who we are…as we are reflected in it and by it. Looking at where and how one lives can say so much about us. So now it is time to become masters of our destiny simply by harnessing the physical environment that surrounds us, aligning it so that we may utilise it to it’s full potential.
This year we need to realise how important the food we eat really is in affecting our internal organs and therefore the connected and associated emotions. As in traditional chinese medicine, our spiritual and emotional self is seen very clearly in our physical make up and condition. They are not separate from one another. In fact, your elemental make up and balance (Astrologically  – in Chinese Astrology) can depict and reveal so much about the tenancies of the body-mind & spirit in terms of it’s dynamic.
So now is a wonderful time to get present to the truth that the physical balance of the world around us and within us, is a direct mirror of our emotional self – and the spiritual fulfillment that we seek.

The Month of the Wood Pig

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Yesterday we entered the Yin Wood Pig brings us to a more harmonious month as we have the flow of elements from the Pig being a Water animal to the Wood in both the month and year heavenly stem then to the fire, fed by the strong water fed wood element. This brings a nice elemental balance however with the Pig being a travel star, it’s a month that can shake things up and get us moving. Water wants to flow and that’s what it will be doing this month, with all that wood and fire (Horse) around.

Water element relates to our kidney, bone and reproductive health. This means we need to take more care of these areas during this month as well as next month in the Rat, also a water animal. The kidneys need plenty of rest as they are considered the storehouse of our vital life force (qi). With the wood and fire elements present this month, we need to maintain our energy as the Water element can become exhausted, meaning we can easily “burn out”.

Metal element people (those born on a metal day) need to take more care than most this month with the elemental dynamic. It will be easy for metal people to become energetically drained without the earth element present or the metal element to support them. Wood people especially will have a better month with stronger energy than usual. Wood especially as the plant need both water and sun (fire) to thrive.

This means it is a great time to support the liver with a detox, given that the Wood element governs the Liver. Emotions are governed by the Liver so can show up quite strong this month in particular. Being Spring in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s also the season of the Wood element (governing the Liver), meaning people are generally much mover emotional. This often naturally correlates with the wind that spring brings moving into Summer.

It’s important now to remain “earthed” with such dynamics at play…meaning we need to stay grounded among all this change. The Pig is an animal of great change and can be unsettling for many. This is also why rest is important this month as well as good nourishment from food. Hydrating and salty foods will help maintain physical balance this month. By salty, I mean naturally salty and not foods that contain iodised salt which also contains artery hardening aluminium. Avoid that (iodised salt) at all costs. You can obtain iodine naturally in other ways.

So this month, be sure to look after yourself. It is a creative month and you are going to need all that energy.

Spring Equinox & The New Moon in Libra

Libra New Moon

This is a time of New beginnings in the Southern Hemisphere and universally in the way of “relationships”. The Libra New Moon also suggests that we find balance and particularly relates to justice. So at this time we begin to look closer and focus more upon finding balance in new ways.

This Libra New Moon takes place on our Spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, aligned with the natural forces of new beginnings. This is a great omen for relationships to reach new levels of understanding and equality, which are the keys to balance and harmony.

This is an auspicious time to begin putting in place new ways of bringing more harmonious flow into our relationships with others, particularly partnerships of any kind. Consideration and insight will grow from being able to share one another’s varying perspectives and finding common ground upon which to relate.

The Spring Equinox is also a time of magnetic energy changing direction. This means that our new insights at this time will bring great changes and shifts as our life begins to move once again outwardly in growth with new beginnings as nature comes to blossom. It’s time now for our relationships to blossom, along with those areas of our lives that we are passionate about restoring the balance and order (justice) to.

Being the Year of the Wood Horse which is the greatest “Yang” animal of the Chinese Zodiac, it is also a beautiful sign of flowering to come over the next six months until we arrive to the Yin Wood Goat in February next year. Over the last six months in the Southern hemisphere we have been gathering our resources, knowledge, wisdom and strength so that now we may begin to grow, moving forward with power and speed like the Horse itself.

The Spring Equinox brings out our creativity and being aligned with the New Moon in Libra, it foretells a beautiful time ahead romantically, be it in relationships already committed, or the openness of relating to others in a platonic way. Either way, we have a great harmony now and ahead of us in our experiences and interactions with the other world, as it is a time of restoring balance.

And as the Universe works with the Heavens to restore balance and harmony, energy begins to flow better as our missing pieces come to light for our awareness to enhance our ability to restore a sense and reality of completeness. Like the Yin and Yang, this is a time where our knowledge of opposing forces brings wisdom and strength to our ability to gain insight and understanding from them that better our lives.

Month of the Earth Snake

Snake month

In the year of the Wood Horse, this month of the Earth Snake brings us a double fire energy with both the Horse and Snake being fire animals. This means our nerves can become frayed, as we can become burnt out energetically. Although we here in the Southern Hemisphere have the cold upon us as Autumn turns to Winter…we must remember that the heavenly bodies have impact just as much as the Earthly environmental influences and elements. And so, in writing this months forecast, I would like to first reflect upon the Spiritual enormity of the eclipse month just passed. I was grateful to share this Full Moon eclipse being the first I was ever fully able to witness. Last month brought many things to surface in the emotional realm, bringing recognition to areas that needed closure, to help us move forward with life.

This month, in the Chinese month of the Earth Snake, we have many matters of the heart arise for illumination. It is a highly spiritual month again, highlighting the emotional realm and bringing us the need for a delicate balancing act. It is a month where the art of living becomes an important aspect of our own self determination. We must now see that we are the makers and creators of our own lives and it’s unfolding. We may shape and mold our lives in many many difference ways and forms, so this months challenge is to choose our creative expression wisely, from the heart.

This month’s balancing element is Earth. Although personally this element may not be favourable for those that are already quite strong in their earth energy…overall, we will require gentle grounding and consideration to the benefits of slowing down this month. Being predominantly ruled by the Taurean sun, May brings us to focus upon our earthly needs, which is perfect in this time where we transit through not only the fire animal month of the Snake, but also the Year of the Wood Horse. So we have double Fire! This means we must “Earth” ourselves. We need to remain grounded, as we have come to learn from last months eclipse.

It’s time now to focus simply upon our health foundations. These are the key foundations of our lives and as we transit through a demanding time spiritually and energetically, it’s important to keep solid on our nutrition, our lifestyle, fitness and keep life as simple as possible, to avoid draining our reserves to the point of pain and weakness. No matter what, this month calls for us to be gentle, move slowly and take care to be kind to ourselves. So do take care. For if you do, this will be one of the most colourful, heart warming and beautiful spiritual months you come by.

 

The Year of the Water Snake 2013