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April is all about Change!

April 8
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They say “April is the cruelest month” and I think now I know why. Technically TS Eliot said it was the cruelest month in his poem “The Waste Land” which starts out as follows:

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

It’s a rather long poem, so I’ll stop there. But I think we already get the picture, especially with the “Spring” we’re having this year. It’s cold, then it’s warm, then it’s very cold again. And we are distraught that Spring will never fully arrive, or not arrive soon enough!

In short there is too much of that dreaded word, Change! And yet we don’t know where the changes are going. Are things getting better or are they getting worse? One step forward, two steps back?

Well, in my theme lately of talking about Change, I thought I’d share with you all a great book that a friend shared with me when I went last month on a yoga retreat to Mexico. The book is “The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business” by Charles Duhigg. I was eager to read it, given that I made the mistake of only bringing my book club book, which although a good read, was way too depressing for a trip to Mexico, and also didn’t speak to the reflective mood that I was in, trying to assess my life in one of the few times I feel like I have a true “time out” from daily responsibilities.

The book did not disappoint! And in fact, I would say that it is one of those “life-changing” books if you take the time to digest it and read it thoroughly with an open mind. In essence, it has a tremendously positive message that anyone can change, but it also outlines how one can stay the same. It posits that we’re all on our own little treadmill, that literally is a neural circuit in our brain, and that the only way to change our habits are to re-write them!

I’ll let you read the book to get the full picture on exactly HOW to re-write your neural circuits, as the book is so straight forward and clear about how we end up in habits and how to change them so that we can better our lives.

Which is ironic considering the fact that when I started my retreat, I wasn’t entirely sure what it was that I wanted to change in my life. I really love my life right now, although I have a tad too much going on (what New Yorker doesn’t though?). However somehow I came out of the retreat with a clearer picture of areas that I actually do want to change. I DO want to eat better and healthier (the foodie lifestyle does not slim the waistline), and start a daily morning yoga practice at home as I know that it’s too much to ask me to actually go to a morning yoga class and I can’t seem to fit in a workout any other time. So far, I’ve been making great headway into each change of habit.

So while the temperatures go from 40’s to 70’s back to 40’s again, take some time this April to think about your habits. Are they contributing to your daily well being? Is there just one habit that you would like to change? Our leader from the yoga retreat started off by asking us in essence the same question of us. Who knows, maybe if you’re stuck, after reading the book, or even just meditating on this question, a life changing answer will appear!

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Spring Equinox!

March 23
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I’ve been a little “off the grid” lately during the past Mercury Retrograde. . . I took an almost two week vacation to Mexico, which included a one week yoga retreat, and then my boyfriend came down and we hung out on the beaches of Tulum together. It was amazing. And probably the first trip I’ve taken in a long time, where I came back rested and refreshed enough that I was glad to be back home. Ready for Spring!

Of course, it seems as though in many places of the US, Spring hasn’t exactly sprung yet, with freezing lows and highs barely into the 40s, but there is a sense of renewal in the air even if it’s crisp and cold. Given that astrologically, Pluto and Uranus are still squaring off relatively close to the Equinox and Solstices, these times are still times of “Big Change”! I’ll be blogging a bit more about some thoughts that percolated up through my mind on the retreat, about Change in general, and it’s important to know that if you’re feeling the Push for Change right now, you’re not alone!

What makes this Spring Equinox (which occurred March 20th, at 7:04 AM EDT) is that Mars, the planet of Assertiveness, gets into the Square, joining with the Sun and Uranus, squaring Pluto and the Moon, which is in it’s natural sign of Cancer. There’s a lot of explosive energy going on, so if it’s possible to meditate on how you’d like to use this energy instead of making rash decisions, it would be wise to do so!

Thankfully, Mercury, which just went out of Retrograde on March 17th, makes a lovely Trine to both Saturn the planet of Preparedness, and the Moon, planet of Feelings. You may be able to think and feel your way to plan what’s best for you now, and how to use the Fire Sign Trio of Sun, Mars, Uranus to your best purpose!

Utilize those remaining few weeks of weather that makes you want to stay indoors with a journal, thinking of things you’d like to change in the next three months of Spring! I’ll be giving you ideas on how to achieve your goals in the weeks to come!

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“Brave New World” Lunar Eclipse Mix tape!

June 15
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How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in it!

-Shakespeare “The Tempest”

Lately I’ve felt like I’ve been catapulted into a “Brave New World” that I did not know could exist. Sometimes, when you encounter certain individuals who, let’s say, are behaving neither professionally nor with any empathy whatsoever, you just have to say “Wow! Glad that’s not me!” For you never want to lose your empathy and sense of humanity, even if others around seem to have no moral compass. Many have fallen for “Fools Gold” in many senses, and many will continue to do so.

With this Lunar Eclipse being only the second out of three Eclipses, and with the Moon being in Sagittarius, we may feel like we’re on a long journey during this time. Some are in fact undertaking a huge journey to a new life, having to leave behind everything they’ve known in a Aldous Huxlean “Brave New World” to embrace a more Shakespearean “Brave New World.”

The official Full Moon Solar Eclipse will occur at 4:12 pm EDT. Feel free to celebrate moving on to new ground by listening to this “Brave New Word Lunar Eclipse Mix tape!”

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Strange Days Are These–the June Astrological Eclipse Forecast!

May 29
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I can feel it in the air, almost. I get the feeling some kind of roller coaster is coming up ahead, and well, I’ve never been such a fan of roller coasters. I went on the Cyclone in Coney Island once and thought! I! was! going! to! die!!! I was so relieved and glad when I got off the coaster and my head had not snapped off like I felt it was going to. That’s somehow how I picture the next three eclipses to be! Not as pretty as I’d like them to be.

We’re set for a New Moon eclipse on June 1st at 5:00 pm EDT, a Full Moon eclipse on June 15th at 4:12 pm EDT, and then the Grand Finale Act III New Moon eclipse on July 1st at 4:53 am EDT.

New Moon eclipses are supposed to allow for a fresh start in a whole new area, while Full Moon eclipses are supposed to shut down an area so that something new can take it’s place, although in general with eclipses there’s a lot of shutting down of something old so that something new can take it’s place.

I think that there’s going to be a building process to these eclipses, especially given that the final July 1st eclipse contains within it a very strong Grand Cross involving the eclipsed Sun and Moon at 9 degrees Cancer opposing Pluto (planet of Big Tough Change) square Uranus (planet of Unexpected Change) also square Saturn (Mr. Taskmaster & Karma). The good news is that for the last two eclipses on June 15th and July 1st Neptune will be trine the Sun and Jupiter will be trine Pluto, meaning we might get a little bit of help from our personal Spiritual Guru or Big Guy in our life to help us through whatever kind of ginormous change the eclipses, and especially the July 1st eclipse, brings.

Already friends are making big changes, leaving jobs and moving to another coast entirely in some cases. The important thing to remember if these eclipses bring big change is that if something is going to leave now, it was somehow holding you back, whether or not you realize it now. We all get into ruts but change forces us out of our rut and allows us to grow more fully into who we are.

More on the eclipses as they take place but in the meantime, if you’d like to peruse the charts individually they are below.

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The Changing of the Duvets!

April 13
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Spring is a wonderful time to try something new, and while Spring Cleaning is all well and good, sometimes you just need a change inside your apartment to mimic the changes and new growth going on outdoors.

This Fall, possibly due to several friends having bed-bud infestations, I became, well, a bit overly precautious. I developed what I called my “bed bug prevention” program! I decided that I needed to laundry bed linens (including the duvet) way more regularly than I do, and that meant having extra sets on hand as I knew I wouldn’t be doing laundry at the exact time that I was going to need to change the sheets.

Actually I think this was just an excuse for me to justify buying several duvet and sheet sets. So I set about finding the most affordable and charming duvets and linens out there! Everyone knows about the heavy-hitters in duvet-land, Dwell Studio, Anthropologie, and the likes. But I personally don’t feel that one should have to pay hundreds of dollars for a new look in the bedroom. So I went through Overstock.com and found dozens of options most under $100 and several even under $50!

Take for instance the above image of the Club Strip Duvet set, which for a Queen, is less than $35! Stripes are all the rage these days and this set will be perfect for the seaside Summer look!

Another place for designer looks that I would highly recommend would be West Elm. They have a wonderful selection of duvets and shams, with Queen sizes for under $100! I especially like the Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet that comes in 8 shades, sure to coordinate with any room!

With prices this cheap why not have a duvet set for each season? It’s amazing how simply changing a duvet set can completely re-design a room!

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