‍Annular Solar Eclipse in Libra 21°07' | Saturday 10/14/23, at 10:54 am PT

I slow down and pay attention to the things that make me marvel
I choose to focus on life's mysteries with wonder and awe
Overcome with beauty, 'I' become smaller, and more aware of the world around me
I sense the deep universal forces of connection between me and all beings
I engage with the world from a place of love and reverence, always.

New Moon and Annular Solar Eclipse in Libra 21°07' | Saturday 10/14/23, at 10:54 am PT

"This New Moon in Libra (with annular solar eclipse**) at 21 deg., October 14, provides us with opportunities for deep insight into relationship. At this time we consider first, our relationship with self/Self as the beginning point of relating to others. When my own needs are recognized and met I do not have unrealistic expectations in relationship.

Libra ruled by Venus is about relationship. That is Venus territory. With the moon at its furthest from the earth during an annular eclipse the two main bodies in the astrology chart experience a more intimate look at each other. It is a good time to reflect upon the relationship between the natal sun and moon in your own chart. How does the conscious self relate to the instinctive, subconscious, emotional self?

If we are dedicated to self evolution then the subject of how I relate to others is a great way to see where I may be ‘holding back’ or acting and reacting in ways that are limiting. The solar eclipse provides plenty of energy to stay engaged with the task at hand. That task may be different for every individual yet will undoubtedly include attention to relationship of every kind; that entity which has the power through reflection, to blow the doors off of our limited way of experiencing life."

~Anna Chapman, Click here to read her full article

"October 14th is also a solar eclipse, which means the Moon will slide between the Sun and the Earth, temporarily blotting out Sol’s light. It can be an eerie experience to have our central star hidden from view, and this unsettling phenomenon is often mirrored by disruptions to the center of our personal universes. Solar eclipses tend to correspond to events where established authorities get their crowns knocked off — including shake-ups for real-world leaders and moments when our own self-important egos are brought down a peg or two. There’s a spiritual lesson nested within these upsets, however: humility. When we’re forced to decenter the people, patterns, or perspectives that we’re habitually oriented toward, alternative solutions and unconventional wisdom emerge. Loosening our grips on what we think we know, particularly how we should relate with others, allows our systems to upgrade more peacefully."

~Chani Nicholas

"As with all Solar Eclipses, this event carries with it the energy of profound change, of major endings and beginnings. It is a time of karmic completion; as we release and forgive the past, we evolve into a new version of ourselves and begin to realize our untapped potentials. 

Eclipses often repeat by zodiac degree every nineteen years. Next Saturday's eclipse, which occurs when the Sun and Moon align at 21°07´ Libra, is at the same degree as the partial Solar Eclipse that occurred on October 14, 2004. This means that the 2023 eclipse is located in the same house of our natal charts as was the 2004 eclipse. Knowing the house location of an eclipse shows us what area of life it is activating, where we are likely to experience a shift of direction or an evolutionary push. 

In essence, we are completing a cycle that began in late 2004, and preparing to begin a new cycle in the same area of our lives. Please know, however, that we will not exactly repeat events in 2023 that we experienced in 2004. For one thing, there were no doubt other personal transits we were dealing with nineteen years ago, that may have had a strong impact. And, most importantly, we are no longer the same people we were in 2004; we hopefully are more conscious, more enlightened, and more able to make positive use of the energies we are working with now."

~Pam Younghans

Crystals to Ground, Soothe & Renew

"Peace is this moment without judgment. That is all.
This moment in the Heart-space where everything is welcome."
~Dorothy Hunt, Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness
"Whatever arises, love that."
~Matt Kahn, Whatever Arises, Love That: A Love Revolution That Begins with You

Hematite | This dark stone is grounding and protective. Works with the Root Chakra, helping to transform negative energies and release self-imposed limitations. Working with Hematite may help strengthen connection with the earth, bringing a deep sense of safety and security.

Rose Quartz | Rose Quartz helps soothe the agitation of unmet needs past, present and future, healing the heart and making space for compassion, empathy, real relationship and active listening from the heart. When you just need a hug, you can call on the gentle nurturing energy of Rose Quartz.

Sunstone | Lighter and brighter, open and benevolent and warm...Sunstone is all about enthusiasm and energy directed towards harmonious positive developments. Revitalize and retune to a state of balanced abundance and manifest a radiating light of love and peace.

Raise your vibrations and power your rituals with sacred stones from around the world.
Bring the earth’s beauty and energetic strength into your practice with an inspired collection of crystals and gemstones.

Transmuting Worry into Wonder, Anxiety to Awe

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” 
~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The upcoming solar eclipse promises a wild ride of powerful energy, and as always, it is a good idea to have a repertoire of stabilizing exercises and practices to call upon: Poems and Stories to settle the mind and heart, or a Meditation or a Breathwork pattern to help remain peacefully present in the moment. There are so many reminders, strategies, 'mind hacks' and tools in our emotional toolboxes...

We can imagine our 'tools for conscious living' like a paintbox full of colors. Different tools and techniques are appropriate for certain occasions, and not for others. It is all about having a rich palette of colors to choose from when adapting to the present moment, one day at a time. And if from gradual experimentation, adjustment, alignment and re-alignment, we naturally form habits that support our overall wellbeing, that can really bring ease, joy, or meaning to our lives, then so much the better!

The beauty of painting with our entire box of colors is that we are not rejecting any feelings as 'negative' or 'bad.' We are working with no more or less than exactly what we have and are in the present moment, and what arises in the present. The Oxford English Dictionary defines Awe as 'a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.' We can marvel, wonder, and experience reverence towards the complexity and tenderness of our own vulnerability, of the complicated nature of life and living, of our interconnectedness...And choose to walk on the reverent side of life. To recognize the sacred and the holy in every moment...Look for the beauty, look for the poetry, look for the helpers, and hold on to the little things that make a difference.

Like a writer's notecards, grandmothers' recipe cards or grimoires of herbal remedies, everyone should have a place to record the poems and sayings and practices that are helpful to them specifically. If something touches you, makes you laugh, cry, want to dance, or in any way inspires a strong feeling -- hold on to it! Make a note! Put it on a list where you can find it later. Be sure to set aside a notebook, a file, a journal, even a bowl with scraps of paper. Whatever works! Flexible, resourceful and creative...

Be mindful, and hold on to the things that help! Here are just a few ideas:

Grounding Visualization | Sit for a few minutes focusing on your breath, then take the focus to your sit bones (bottom) and into your hips and pelvis and feel the pull towards the earth, then take your awareness to your tailbone and imagine tree roots growing out of your tailbone down into the earth, imagine big thick roots going down as deep as possible and really anchoring and rooting you down.

Box breathing, also known as four-square breathing, involves exhaling to a count of four, holding your lungs empty for a four-count, inhaling at the same pace, and holding air in your lungs for a count of four before exhaling and beginning the pattern anew.

Mantras, sutras, prayers, chants and songs...Well-worn words passed down because they connect the soul to the source of life and restore energy, groundedness, and hope...It is the spirit of our ancestors who knew that love and life could be nurtured by the spoken (or sung!) word, and the mind soothed, inspired, and comforted.

Poetry, more poetry! “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Life is deep and high and distant; and though only your vast vision can reach even her feet, yet she is near; and though only the breath of your breath reaches her heart, the shadow of your shadow crosses her face, and the echo of your faintest cry becomes a spring and an autumn in her breast.

And life is veiled and hidden, even as your greater self is hidden and veiled. Yet when Life speaks, all the winds become words; and when she speaks again, the smiles upon your lips and the tears in your eyes turn also into words. When she sings, the deaf hear and are held; and when she comes walking, the sightless behold her and are amazed and follow her in wonder and astonishment.” 

~Kahlil Gibran, The Garden of The Prophet


There is a Finnish saying that translates to 'No one is born a smith.' (Ei kukaan ole seppä syntyessään). This saying means that we can only improve through learning and experience. Life is a process that contains a multitude of mistakes, adjustments, learnings, transformations, and on and on...No one is born knowing how to live well, but we are all born with the innate capacity to learn and grow. By keeping a secret stash of poems and helpful tokens and ways, we can support ourselves in this life's work of learning and growing, and remain open to the complete range of feeling and experience that arises.

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!”
~Humbert Wolfe
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