A New Chapter Begins!

The Aries (The Emperor) New Moon (The Fool) Gets Support from Jupiter (Wheel of Fortune): Let Go of the Old and Begin Again with Enthusiasm!

"Behold, a sacred voice is calling you. 
All over the sky a sacred voice is calling you."
~Black Elk
“Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and a New Moon represents the start of a new lunar cycle. This energy combined sends powerful waves of freshness into our lives, beckoning us to make changes, plant seeds, and to embrace a new chapter.” 
~Tanaaz, ForeverConscious.com
“Jupiter transit in Aquarius changes the way you think and helps you make sound judgments and choices based on intelligence and wisdom.” 

New moons are portals for new beginnings, and this particular moon, in the 1st sign of the zodiac, Aries, is a new beginning in the midst of a new beginning. Now, add to this the positive influence of Jupiter (in trine with this Aries new moon on April 11) and we have a trifecta dedicated to success. 

This is an ideal time to embrace the leap of faith embodied by The Fool with an emphasis on the grounded foundation and mastery implicit with The Emperor aspect of Aries. Jupiter is represented by The Wheel of Fortune (not the wheel of torture, or the wheel of despair) and also reminds me of Ganesh, the elephant headed Hindu god of good luck, fortune and the remover of obstacles. Jupiter makes everything bigger, expands and broadens our view and brings positive attention to what is at hand.

With the winding down of Covid restrictions and beginning of the opening into the “New Normal” along with the days getting longer and weather warming up (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), it feels even more apropos! What is your new normal?

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

~Mary Oliver

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Many of us, recently, have had ample time to take a look at our lives, our relationships, our family dynamics, our culture, our society and our planet, and to decide what we want to do (or not do), to be (or not be) and quite possibly, what we want to master. If we are lucky we have realized what we have sovereignty over and are exercising it, or beginning to.

At the very least we have had the opportunity to realign our lives and our minds with our heart and our gut instincts and are hopefully ready to move ahead accordingly; even if we are just in the planning/dreaming/thinking about it phase. I read recently that the frontal cortex of the brain, the most recently evolved part of the human brain, is specifically geared towards alignment with the heart and gut and so we appear to be right on track!

In Chinese medicine, the heart is considered the emperor, the grand ruler of the human body, and the mind is considered the advisor; so the mind’s highest and best use is in the service of the heart, not in squashing the hearts dreams due to the lack of logic! Similarly, the Fool must take their Leap of Faith by following the heart; for the mind would never let them leap. So as we align with our hearts, with our life’s wisdom and mastery, we are compelled to move forward and the mind is then given the job it is so good at: finding the ways to make it all make sense!

Having had all this time to contemplate, I’ve been fortunate to be able to maintain a sense of wonder about the entire situation. I’ve been training my mind to feel comfortable with the wondering, rather than immediately finding fault…is it my fault, is it their fault, is it your fault? What if there is no fault and it all just is? It takes quite a bit of work to maintain this as the mind just feels so at ease when there is a reason for whatever is happening in the moment; and that feeling of tension when I don’t know can be very uncomfortable. But when I let go of reasons and fault, what I find is wonder, faith in the process, and gratitude, as I watch everything unfold in my highest and best interest.

“Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans”

~ John Lennon from Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

From this place it is easy to take a leap of faith. Just before the shut down in the beginning of 2020, I signed up for a 10-month coaching and business-building venture. And during most of the shut down I was looking at a myriad of different aspects about myself, and what I want to do with this life of mine. Much of the time was spent connecting in/aligning with my body and my heart and my spirit; getting in touch with why I am here on this big beautiful planet of ours. I tapped into the high holy of my spirit and the holy earth of my physical body focusing on the “I AM” that stands here bridging heaven and earth and near the end of the venture I was offered an incredible job; the best yet.

And so I put aside the idea of a big grand business venture for the time being and settled into a comfortable busy-ness and as I’m doing this, other things I had imagined are falling into place, so much better than if I tried to plan or think my way through them. And the job itself just keeps getting better and better as well; it’s as if I trained my whole life for this, without even realizing I was in training. I am in the flow, showing up and bringing all that I am, and all that I’ve collected along the way, to each moment that presents itself. It feels almost like every moment is a Leap Of Faith, and the more I do it, the more comfortable it is, so the more I continue to do it.

I invite you, dear readers, to sit back into that place of wisdom and mastery, and connect with the emperor in seat of the soul: your beautiful heart, and from that place feel into what is next.  And when it feels right, when all you have ever been, starts to roll forward on the wheel of fortune of the present moment, let it spin as you take your leap of faith into what you truly desire. This isn’t just what your mind desires, or your heart or your belly, it is the integration of the three along with your soul purpose, the wishes of your ancestors, and what the earth herself desires for you. Make the leap forth with the wise fool of your entire being. From there everything works out eventually, and in every present moment, you know, with the entirety of who you are, that it is right. 

The story writes itself as we live it.

“…Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

… Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it…
…Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten…”

~Natasha Bedingfield, lyrics from “Unwritten

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