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Innovation – Aquarius

Reconstruction through innovative thinking, freedom, acceptance of humanity (the energies of the Zodiac as a whole), and awareness is the theme of Aquarius! Where would we be without the genius of this eccentric energy and its love for humankind? Furthermore, where would technology and the unifying of the World via advanced communications be without Aquarius? They are the sign of technology, science, and unity.

When you reflect on the 12 different energies of the Zodiac, it really is amazing how the flow of life, the plan reveals itself! Each planet (and its corresponding archetype in the signs) has a place in how life unfolds. Again, going back just the past few months…we had death in Scorpio (Pluto), the optimism of Sagittarius (Jupiter) to know that there is life after death, the reconstruction of Capricorn (Saturn) with its discipline and patience, and now we come to the ingenious, innovative, out-of-the-box ideas of Aquarius (Uranus). Do you see the pattern? You died, you transmigrated (rebirthed), you developed perseverance to move forward, and now you come to the awareness within yourself to have the lightening bolt of a genius idea in just how to use your new self to better serve yourself, your friends, and humanity.

And really, that is what it’s about. How do we give back that which we receive? That is the fundamental teachings of Kabbalah….receive to then give forth. The energy of Aquarius does so through its love for humanity. They are the sign of brotherhood. They are friendly and most funny!! Eccentric beyond belief. Some famous comedians that come to mind are John Belushi, Chris Rock, George Burns. You could almost say they’re like beings from another planet. All of us know an Aquarian, and tell me they are not the most unique people you know!

Everyone loves an Aquarian because Aquarians love people! Friends mean everything to them. Almost to a fault, actually, as they can seem impersonal to their nearest loved ones. Does anyone remember the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond?” I would place Raymond as an Aquarian. Eccentric, getting himself into situations due to his out-of-the-box mentality, yet fundamentally, you could sense his true caring for the well-being of others coming out in “odd” ways. And, of course, always forgiven!

The shadow of this energy is that it is rebellious, stubborn, and unpredictable! But then again, let’s go back to the lessons of Libra. Where would the world be if there were not those that chose to rebel against tyranny? And they did so with their love for humanity. Everyone is equal in the eyes of Aquarius. Abraham Lincoln was Aquarius. Edison? Yes, he too! And Charles Darwin, as well.

Some of you may say well, yeah, this is interesting to read, but what does it have to do with me? I’m an Aries! We all contain within ourselves the different archetypes of the signs, and each energy contributes tremendously to the world. There are different aspects of our lives that contain specific energies of a sign. For instance, in your natal chart you may have Aquarius in your 7th house. Well, then the characteristic of Aquarius would come through in your relationships. You would probably want a funny partner who is a good friend and allows you freedom!

Uranus (Aquarius) is our superconscious. It is the One consciousness in all things. It is the unifying energy. It is that which connects to higher intelligence. I guess that’s where all those wonderfully innovative ideas come from!

So during this time, engage in mindfulness meditation, awareness meditations. Do Pranayama exercises such as alternate nostril breathing to align your left and right energies focusing intently on your Brow Chakra. Open your psychic channels, and keep the Chakras clear. For those of you who do not engage in these practices, just take some time to just sit and connect to your mind, eliminating all thoughts and distractions. Just sit in silence keeping your awareness on your breath and your body, slowly breathing in and out and being aware of the flow of the breath through the body.

LAUGHING YOGA!!! This would be a great time to go take a laughing yoga class! Laughing unites, creates friendships, brings out the crazy child in you. Aquarius loves to laugh.  In your regular practice, make sure you do your poses equally. In your balance poses, take care that the ankles are properly placed, and in your arm balances that you pay attention to your wrists.

I would like to take a moment to dedicate this to my mother who was quite the eccentric Aquarian! We miss and love her!

With that…..”have a wild and crazy February!”

Love, Debbie

p.s If anyone is interested in having their chart done or would like more information, you can contact me at Debbie@zionyogastudio.com.

 

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2013….And?

Happy New Year, everyone! And now……….

December 21st came and went….the Holidays came and went….and here we find ourselves preparing to hibernate for the winter. I’m sure many of you have made resolutions for the year 2013. We always do, but why do they always seem to fall by the wayside? We truly are genuine in our determination to make the changes in our lives that we know are beneficial, but somehow we fall victims to impatience, pessimism, cynicism, fear…..whatever it is.

And that is why Capricorn comes to greet us in the new year! The Goat is the achiever in life. It is the perseverance, determination, patience, ambition that is needed to succeed. It is the structure and the discipline that we need in order to reach our fullest potential. But it’s not always easy! The energy of Capricorn (and Saturn, its ruler) is not without its fair share of suffering and even depression. Saturn is the Lord of Karma and our life lessons. He brings to the surface that which lies in our subconscious. Saturn contains all the collective fears. He is the disciplinarian.

So…starting in the fall of 2012, many began talking about how things just seemed so “off,” how there is this anticipation of change, this feeling that something was about to occur. And as I wrote in last month’s article, no, there was no death and destruction occurrence, but there is this energy of change, and not just personally, but collectively.

In Scorpio we had the death of that which no longer served us. We saw it every day in the news watching all the changes happening worldwide. Economies, governments. And I’m sure we were feeling it personally, as well. In Sagittarius we were given the optimism to know that even with death there is life. And now Capricorn tells us how to reconstruct. And what do we see? We see negotiations going on in the hopes of reaching solutions to what ails the world. Will they reach compromises? Will there be restructuring? Or will things just continue as they are.

What does this mean to you on a personal level? Well, it is natural for us to self-evaluate ourselves during the fall when the energy of Scorpio so wants us to transform, and then to make those resolutions to make that change. The energy of Capricorn allows you to do that, to succeed. Now, of course, there is always the negative side to any energy, and that of Capricorn is pessimism and fear, and that is the energy that most succumb to. “I can’t do this.” “It’s too hard.” “What a bunch of hogwash.” “I’m too depressed to give up my sweets.” Sometimes reconstruction of that which you are trying to kill brings suffering and hardships. Isn’t that what success is all about? Success comes by not getting discouraged but by using the challenging words of discipline and perseverance!

Oh…..if I have to be honest, I dislike those words! My career is that of a court reporter! When I went to court reporting school, it was three-and-a-half years of nothing but failure on a daily basis. Out of 35 people that started in my group, only five of us actually finished and went on to be court reporters. It is the most challenging of studies on a personal level. Truly….it is! It is speed test after speed test after speed test, and right when you get all excited because you passed a test in one speed, you know you have the next one facing you. I learned so much about myself during this training. I grew so much. I learned perseverance…..I learned discipline….I learned not to get discouraged because I “failed” every day! But now I can honestly say that it has given me the most valuable of training that I have applied to my everyday life.

Whatever personal journey you may be on that is causing feelings of discouragement, just keep on chugging. What was that children’s book? The Choo-Choo that Could (or something like that). The Choo-Choo kept saying I know I can….I know I can.

And know, too, that Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is the ruler of Time (the Ancient Greeks referred to Saturn as Chronos, the lord of time). So patience! Time is going to pass no matter what. Why limit yourself by time? Maybe let go of the expectations of failure/success and just keep choo-chooing along. You WILL get there because you made a determined intention to do so. Use discipline….use perseverance….use patience, apply some action, and voila! If you allow the dark side of the energy of Capricorn/Saturn to discourage you and you give up, what will that leave? Regret? Create more fears and setbacks?

So in yoga…..pay attention and give “time” for alignment in your poses. “Structure” your poses. Make sure that you are not putting strain or pressure on the knees or any other vulnerable skeletal areas of the body. (low back, neck, shoulders.) Listen to your instructors when they begin to give cues for alignment and adjust yourself accordingly.

One other thing about Capricorns….they are funny! Laughter is sometimes a very effective way to overcome your fears. Try it! And take your time! Take your time eating, walking. Just enjoy whatever moment in time.

I wish you success in whatever you undertake in the new year!

With love,

Debbie

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