New Moon in Libra | Wednesday 10/6 at 4:05am PDT

I gracefully acknowledge the duality of my being, in all its expressions.
I embrace my knowing and experience peace.
I attract loving and fulfilling relationships.

Autumn is the season of sacred balance

New Moon in Libra

"The Libra New Moon is an opportunity to define your relational space. It’s a time to decide who and what you want relationships with, then make a plan to nurture those relationship. It’s also a time to look at your relationship with your intentions and visions. As you bring attention to your relationships on all levels, you can decide where to take action and where to be receptive to other people’s insights. You can also grow awareness around which relationships liberate you and which ones limit you.

On this Libra New Moon, take an honest look at your closest relationships and partnerships, then acknowledge any imbalances that may be present. Do you feel you are giving too much? Do you feel supported? Or do you feel like you are always compromising your dreams for someone else’s? This New Moon is also a good time to look at where too much drama, emotional turbulence, or codependency may be showing up in a relationship. These are all clues that an energetic imbalance is present. If you feel manipulated or like you need to have your guard up all the time around another person, it may be time to reassess the relationship. Also recognize if you’ve lost your sense of self in the relationship. Have you merged too much with another and forgotten who you are? What will bring you back home?"


"This week we have not one, but two planets standing still, ready to complete their retrograde phase and begin moving direct again. Both planets are "heavy hitters," in that they have strong effect on our human experience. First to reach its station is Pluto, which stalls at 24°18´ Capricorn on Wednesday. Mythical Pluto was the god of the Underworld; as the powerful agent of Transformation and Regeneration, the planet takes us through a process of symbolic death and rebirth.

Often with Pluto, we experience circumstances that we feel are beyond our control. Situations arise that test the very fiber of our beings, that can feel disempowering. But the higher purposes of Pluto include helping us find true empowerment – not based on whether we feel we can control outer events, but on how well we remain in charge of our inner emotional and mental landscape.

Saturn also stations direct this week, coming to a standstill next Sunday, October 10, at 06°52´ Aquarius. The Saturn effect is that of a reality check. It asks us to consider what goals we are willing to work harder for, and which ones have outlived their usefulness in our lives."

~Pam Younghans

Our wonderful reader Anna Chapman has written more about this upcoming New Moon, as well as other astrological details--Read her article here!

Crystals for Balanced Relationships

Emerald | "Emerald is a stone of inspiration and infinite patience. It is a life-affirming stone with great integrity. Known as "the stone of successful love," it brings domestic bliss and loyalty. It enhances unity, unconditional love, and partnership and promotes friendship. Emerald keeps a partnership in balance. Emerald opens the heart chakra and has a calming effect on the emotions." (Hall, 126).

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Lapis Lazuli | "Lapis bonds relationships in love and friendship and aids expressing feelings and emotions. It dissolves martyrdom, cruelty, and suffering. Lapis encourages taking charge of life. It reveals inner truth, encourages self-awareness, and communication. This stone brings the enduring qualities of honesty, compassion, and uprightness to the personality." (Hall, 173).

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Rhodonite | "Rhodonite is an emotional balancer that nurtures love and encourages the brotherhood of humanity. This stone stimulates, clears, and activates the heart chakra. It is extremely beneficial for clearing away emotional wounds from the past, transmuting painful emotions. Rhodonite balances and integrates physical and mental energies. It builds up confidence and alleviates confusion, while also promoting self-love and forgiveness." (Hall, 246-247)

Ho'oponopono: The Hawaiian practice of Forgiveness and Healing

"When you become right with yourself, you become right with others. This is key to creating lasting life changes.
Every day, we’re given a positive seed to plant with the responsibility to help it grow and flourish."
~ Maria Connolly

The Ho'oponopono prayer is a method of forgiveness that clears the blockages in your thoughts and cell structures. It cleanses and releases us from thoughts, beliefs and emotions that separate us from the one universal energy. Ho'oponopono comes from an ancient Hawaiian teaching called the "Huna". The "Hu" translates to "knowledge" and "na" to "wisdom". The overall teaching is that we create everything in our world, which means we have the power to heal it.

A Course in Miracles teaches is that there is only one truth, and that is love. This is what Ho'oponopono is all about and the reason why it's so powerful–because it reunites you with this one true, universal energy. When we get disconnected from our divinity, we believe in all the things that are not love, like fear, guilt, blame, judgement and shame. When this happens, we disrupt our own energy flow and begin to manifest unwanted things in our lives. Ho'oponopono corrects this energy disruption and returns you back to wholeness, unity and harmony. Ho'o means "to make" and pono means "right", so ho'oponopono translates into "to make rightly right." (Jessica Dimas)

"The repetition of the word pono means “doubly right” or being right with both yourself and others. Lasting happiness springs from this deep sense of congruency. This process begins with finding your reason for being here on Earth. What is your big purpose – your why? This has to be something that comes from deep inside you, not based on pleasing someone else. When your reason for being resonates with your heart, mind and spirit, it becomes your path. That’s what it means to be Pono. (Maria Connolly)

"The Ho’oponopono prayer asks us to drop our ego defenses and to take responsibility for the part we play in our problems, not from the point of view of blame or reproach but for the purposes of healing and building stronger, healthier relationships. In the context of the Ho’oponopono, ‘relationship’ can refer to lots of things; it could be your relationship with yourself or with someone else in your life, it could be your relationship with a substance (drugs or alcohol), or with food or it could relate to your relationship with a concept such as self-confidence.

The Ho’oponopono operates from the perspective that, while the things we experience might be ‘out there’ in the world, we experience them within our own minds and bodies and from that point of view we are responsible for them. We can only heal, change and grow if we own up to this responsibility.

It is important to note that the Ho’oponopono prayer is directed at oneself i.e. you are apologizing to yourself and you are asking yourself for forgiveness, even if it is an external relationship you are trying to work on. This again comes back to the idea that the the place of healing, even with external relationships, is within the self. Before you begin the prayer you must focus on the relationship you wish to heal. Then each line is said with conviction and willingness to heal the relationship.  Repeat the prayer like a mantra with true and genuine intention in each line. (Ann Byrne)

"If we can accept that we are the sum total of all past thoughts, emotions, words, deeds and actions and that our present lives and choices are colored or shaded by this memory bank of the past, then we begin to see how a process of correcting or setting aright can change our lives, our families and our society."
~Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona, a Hawaiian Kahuna Lapa'au

To prepare for Ho'oponopono, it helps to come into alignment with the following:

Connect with a higher power (whatever you believe in)

Reflect on the issue at hand and how you think you came to this place

Take 100% responsibility for it

Be ready and willing to move forward with a different mindset

Be ready to both forgive and pardon

Give thanks for this inspired awareness being given to you

~Jessica Dimas

The practice of Ho'oponopono | Excerpt from The Book of Ho'oponopono

"I'm sorry, forgive me, thank you, I love you."
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The Ho'oponopono phrase--What do these words mean?

"I'm sorry" is acknowledgment that I created whatever pain I've caused or errors I've made.
Be specific--this is not simply about repeating words--With self: "I'm sorry that...."--With others: "I'm sorry that I judged you..."

"Forgive me,"
because I did not know I had that inside me.

"Thank you" for allowing me to release and cleanse this memory.

"I love you," my inner divinity, meaning "I love me."

When should this phrase be said?

When you are confronted by a conflict, a violent reaction, an accident, a traumatic event, anything that causes a strong, negative emotion to surge up within you.

How should it be said?

You can say it out loud or quietly to yourself.

To whom are you speaking when you say this phrase?

To yourself, your inner divinity, your protectors, the universe, God.

What happens after you say it?

A sense of calm is established. You have no expectations about what is happening because the essential benefit of Ho'oponopono is that you achieve inner peace."

~Luc Bodin, M.D., Nathalie Bodin Lamboy, and Jean Graciet The Book of Ho'oponopono

“It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself, let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility.”
~John O’Donohue
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