Full Blood Moon and Libra Lunar Eclipse

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Full Moons like April 4, 2015 are a time of letting go. According to expert Jordan Danae Macbeth of Be Yoga World, “This Full Moon is known as the third of four “Blood Moons.” Also known as “The Four Horsemen” and a “Tetrad,” this is an extraordinary event that takes place every 500 years or so. According to history, every time this has occurred has been a time of HUGE change and tragedy followed by a HUGE triumph.

In addition, today is also a Lunar Eclipse. This eclipse is a powerful time to wipe our slates clean. Think of this as the ultimate cleanse!

You may want to fight and cling to what is leaving you. But the only way out is through letting go. If we want to be healthier, then we have to let go of unhealthy habits.

Being on the mat in meditation or yoga reveals what is necessary for us to evolve. We get to see where we are resistant to change, or where we doubt ourselves and hesitate, which are forms of resistance. Even when we know what we want, if we replay old patterns, we will hold ourselves back. This eclipse knows how to push our buttons, forcing us to face our insecurities and fears. While this is challenging, there is no better time than now to eliminate people and situations that are working against you.

Today, begin by saying I AM READY FOR CHANGE. Use the transformational energies of the full moon and lunar eclipse as a motivational turning point to move through your fear. Think of this as a mental and emotional cleanse to bring positive changes in your life.

Meet Your Resistance

Joseph Campbell found that there was one crucial moment in every Hero’s Journey and that is the “Call to Adventure.” This is the moment when the hero is living his or her normal life and something changes. At this moment, there is an opportunity to go on a journey.

The question is, does the hero say yes or no?

Every hero says no at first.

Why? It is simple: fear. The hero knows that if she says yes, her life will never be the same. The hero is afraid of change, afraid of risk, afraid of greatness. But being a hero means having courage and moving forward even though you are afraid.

So, consider today a call to one of the greatest adventures of your life! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! ~ Silvia

Journaling Exercises

Use the following writing prompts for your journal to get yourself thinking deeply about what it means to let go and cleanse.

  • Out of all my intentions for this year I am realizing that I need to let go of ____.
  • My fear looks like/ feel like/ acts like/reminds me of____.
  • I am afraid of____.
  • If I wasn’t afraid of what others thought, I would____.


Welcome to the 2019 Earth Pig Year

On February 5, we leave the Earth Dog and enter the 2019 year of the Earth Pig, closing a major 60-year cycle in the Chinese calendar — it takes 60 years to roll through every animal sign and element in both yin and yang aspects. 2019 brings us Ji Hai, the Yin Earth Pig. The last Ji (yin earth) Hai (pig) was 1959, so those born in that year are celebrating their 60th birthdays.

Characteristics of the altruistic Pig are optimism, gentleness, kindness, and honesty. The Chinese believe that the barnyard pig’s temperament is much like humans, as pigs enjoy listening to music, and are highly intelligent. Zodiac Pigs also enjoy luxury, comfort, and good food.

 

Ten Heavenly Stems, Twelve Earthly Branches

Ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches, in combination with the 12 animals of  the Chinese zodiac, determine the qualities of a given year. The heavenly stems are derived from the elements of the Chinese quinary, or five-element system. Each element has a “yin” and “yang”  aspect — passive and active — that make up the ten heavenly stems. For example, yin water (gui water) is represented by gentle rain, clouds, mist, dew, fog, and small streams and rivulets. Yang water (ren water) is lakes, oceans, and rivers. Yang water is in continual motion. The 12 animals are the earthly branches.

In 2019, the yin earth element (think of nurturing garden soil — gentle, maternal, supportive) combines with the pig or boar, associated with water; yin earth over water. While earth over water would normally be conflicted, the yin aspect of earth softens the relationship, bringing more harmony. That said, this is still an unstable combination (earth over water), so harmony is tenuous and delicate. The Pig’s water below can break through the flimsy yin earth above.

Some experts believe that the combination of fragile, yin earth over water could bring earthquakes, landslides, flooding — even sinkholes. The last time this heavenly stem (yin earth) and earthly branch (pig) met was 1959, when an historic earthquake (7.2)  in Yellowstone Park permanently altered the regional landscape. A 7.9 earthquake in Kamchatka, Russia devastated that region, and the Malpasset Dam in Southern France collapsed. Taiwan and New Zealand had major 7.2 and 7.3 quakes. Chinese astrologers would suggest keeping your seatbelts fastened if you live in earthquake-prone zones.

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