We have some very strong energy coming up this week, the highlights being the Full Moon in Gemini on Friday and Neptune turning “direct” on Saturday (after being retrograde since June). We also have two energy-cycle peaks on Tuesday and on Sunday… whew! A lot of powerful energy with great potential! If you find that the strong energy is causing you to feel a bit “all over the place”, it’s an indication that you need to do some work on your grounding. You can check out the following article I wrote about techniques for grounding (things that everyone can do!) for help in this area: http://www.healingfire.com/tips-for-grounding/
I would also like mention that I forgot to include some important information in last week’s Forecast: Mercury turned retrograde on Saturday the 17th and will turn “direct” again on December 7th. I think I’ll blame that omission on the effects of Mercury retrograde! Anyway, here is information on Mercury in retrograde and how to navigate through it in the best possible way:
During the time of Mercury retrograde, it’s advisable to double-check and reconfirm all travel plans, back up all electronic data, be clear with all forms of communication and avoid (if possible) signing new contracts. If you must sign new contracts, be very careful to check all of the details and fine print. However, this can actually be a great time to sort out shortcomings and “blind spots” as these issues are revealed. Remember that it’s also a great time to make repairs and complete projects that have already been started.
You can also use this time to grow: if you do experience difficulties, pay attention to what you need to learn. Do you need to improve your communication skills? Are you prone to rushing into things without checking details? Are you expressing yourself clearly and with compassion? Do you need to listen more carefully to others? Perhaps there are also lessons in being more patient with others and not jumping to conclusions.
Working on the inner self is strongly supported during a time of Mercury retrograde. Use this time wisely by being aware of when your buttons are being pushed and then clearing the root issue that causes this reaction in the first place.
So now let’s take a detailed look at the week ahead, what to expect and how to make the most of the energy:
Monday November 19th the week begins with a day of active, positive energy that is especially empowering in the areas of creativity, spiritual practises and physical activities (sports, exercise etc.). Make sure you stay active, otherwise you may feel agitated or restless. Instead, channel this active energy into pursuits that you enjoy.
Tuesday November 20th is a high-energy day when we experience the peak of the energy cycle that started on November 9th, focused on committed partnerships, personal transformation and creative expression. Within committed partnerships, think about your highest goals, the vision you have for a strong, balanced and harmonious partnership at its best. Then, actively work on manifesting this through harmonious communication, willingness to make changes or adjustments and releasing old patterns and hurts. This can also be applied to your own personal process of transformation: reflect upon your highest goals for yourself, your vision of yourself, and then actively work on manifesting this through opening yourself to healing and releasing the old hurts and patterns that are holding you back. Try something new, and be willing to make changes.
The intuition will be especially strong during this time, so pay attention to it and allow it to guide you in the area mentioned above, as well as in any type of creative expression.
Wednesday November 21st the focus is on maintaining your state of balance and grounding, or creating a state of energetic balance and grounding (depending on what your state of being is at the moment). If you’re a Reiki practitioner, try starting the day with your chakra-balancing technique, then finishing up by applying Reiki to the soles of the feet for grounding. Even better, try to take time for a full self-treatment. Whether or not one is a Reiki practitioner, be aware of your state of balance and then use your preferred method of re-balancing. You can also improve your grounding by spending time in nature (even just a 15-minute walk in a park!). The intuition will be stronger than usual today, so allow it to guide you in methods of creating and maintaining a state of balance.
Thursday November 22nd the energy will be supportive of spiritual practises, exploring philosophical ideas, education and working with knowledge. However, make sure that in your enthusiasm you don’t spread yourself too thinly!
Friday November 23rd is a high-energy day when we experience the Full Moon in Gemini. Any Full Moon is a good time to release or make adjustments, but the influence of Gemini places extra emphasis on how you learn and share information. Other areas influence by this energy include the amount of change and variety in your life, as well as your relationships with friends, relatives and neighbours. Healing is also energised by this particular Full Moon, so it’s a great idea to take time for a full Reiki (or other healing energy) self-treatment or to receive a treatment from a practitioner.
To make the most of today’s Full Moon energy, try doing a special meditation. You can do your own meditation, or choose to meditate on all you have to be grateful for in your life, or you can do a Full Moon meditation in the following way:
Sit quietly and comfortably, with the hands resting on the knees (palms facing up), breathing deeply and evenly, whilst contemplating the Moon. Imagine that with every in-breath, your up-turned hands draw in a bright, silvery light from the Moon. See the light enter your hands, travel up to your shoulders, and then to the centre of the chest (where it collects in the heart chakra). This light at the centre of the chest then spreads throughout your body. Continue breathing in the light, spreading it through your body, for as long as it feels right for you. (When you exhale, just allow the breath to leave the body). When you feel/visualise that your entire body is filled with this silvery light, you can then try expanding this light throughout your aura, and beyond.
If you are a Reiki 2 (or above) practitioner, you can sit quietly with the Moon in view (ideally outdoors) and send Reiki to it. Sit quietly and comfortably, prepare your hands for sending Reiki, and draw your 3 Reiki symbols over the Moon. You would then use the Reiki 2 technique of ‘Beaming’, with the hands ‘aimed’ at the Moon. In this way, you can tap directly into these lunar energies. Of course, you can use any method of sending Reiki by distance, so go with whatever you prefer.
Saturday November 24th is a high-energy day when we experience Neptune turning “direct” after being retrograde since June 18th. Neptune is related to living in harmony with your higher purpose, divine inspiration and the spiritual area of life. During a retrograde period of Neptune, we can become much more aware of that which does and doesn’t serve our higher purpose and then make the necessary changes and adjustments that allow us to let go, change and transform our lives in positive, powerful ways.If you have been actively working on these areas during the time of Neptune retrograde (which is not an easy process!), things should get much easier with Neptune turning direct.
Furthermore, the intuition is highlighted so allow it to guide you, especially in the areas of spirituality, your true life purpose and psychic/3rd eye awakening. Creativity is also strongly supported now, with the imagination empowered and inspiration to be found all around you. However, be aware that there is a darker side to Neptune direct: choosing fantasy over reality. This can manifest as deluding oneself that a negative, stagnant or unhelpful situation is fine to tolerate or live with. For example, staying in an unhealthy relationship, a “dead-end” or unfulfilling job, justifying unhealthy habits etc. In order to avoid falling into this trap of illusion, use your heart and intuition!
Take a step back and reflect upon the different areas of your life (relationships, work, health, spirituality, life-path etc.). As you reflect upon each one, how do you feel? If you’re not feeling fulfilled or empowered, it’s time for some big changes. So many people accept their situations because of fear: fear of being alone, fear of not being able to support oneself, fear of change, fear of failure etc. In order to avoid facing reality, they embrace illusions. Don’t fall into this trap! Stay focused, gather your energy and make a strategy for change that you can act upon as soon as possible.
Sunday November 25th we finish the week with a high-energy day as we experience the peak of the energy cycle that started on November 17th, focused on relationships (especially committed partnerships). There could be challenges coming up today, but these serve to either help you take the relationship to the next level by working through and resolving issues, or to help you to let go of what may be a “toxic” situation. Whatever you choose, make sure that you communicate clearly and from the heart, and don’t take any rash action. Rather, use your sense of maturity and wisdom, and aim for creating a “win-win” situation. Remember that you need to be very clear in how you express yourself (as well as being a good listener!), as Mercury retrograde can be a time of misunderstandings.
Wishing all of you an empowered week ahead!