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Baby, You’re a Star!

Welcome to the innovative, inventive, genius, yet very rebellious laboratory of the Nutty Professor known as Aquarius! The World would be so boring if we didn’t have these friendly, eccentric, and sociable beings.

Many believe that we are now in the Age of Aquarius. Makes a lot of sense when one considers how fast technology is moving. These people are the ones that gift us with all the technological advances you see around us as they are the ones that “think outside the box.” The ones that can grasp concepts that you and I can only fathom in a science fiction novel!

Aquarius is the sudden lightening bolt that sparks an ingenious idea in your mind. Yes, we all have a little bit of this craziness, just like we contain all the other energies of the zodiac within our birth charts. And thank goodness that we do! The World would not progress without the original intelligence of this energy, and we would not find that innovative star within us that helps to contribute to an ever-changing World!

The Zodiac, just like the seasons of the year, serves its purpose in guiding us through our evolvement. We saw, for instance, how Aries was the planting of the seed, the action of bringing forth an idea (Spring). We saw how in the fall we had the death of that which no longer served us in Scorpio and so forth (see past articles). Capricorn brought us reconstruction, and Aquarius brings that reconstruction through innovative thinking, freedom, acceptance of humanity (the energies of the Zodiac as a whole), and awareness! Where would we be without the genius and revolutionary ideas 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.

TheStarBecause of their high electrical charge and unique intelligence, the Aquarius energy is highly intuitive. Meditation is associated with this energy and with the planet of Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius. The Star card in Tarot is associated with this sign and is representative of the knowledge that Aquarius holds. In the Star card, the woman has one foot on the Earth and one in the meditative Waters of Consciousness. This symbolizes that when you seek spiritual reference points on which to base your life, you find balance. As meditation and prayer stir the pool of the Universal Mind and provide proof of the existence of Divinity, so the physical world offers the same experience when perceived with the senses that have been energized by meditation. The vases represent the power of meditation and the flow of consciousness derived from meditation. Aquarius is the “star” within us all, the integration of our awakened awareness, the lightening bolt of a unique, innovative idea of how to use yourself to better serve your friends, humanity, and yourself. We are all Stars waiting to shine.

Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, is a mover and a shaker! It’s an energy that wants to effectuate change whenever possible, and it does so very suddenly and drastically. This can create a very unstable, impulsive, and at times irrational environment. And here is where we get to the shadow side of Aquarius. They can be very rebellious, irresponsible, and emotionally detached. A lot of that comes from the idea that because they are the energy of “I know,“ they sometimes think that they “know all too much!“ This creates a stubborn streak in them (they are also a fixed sign) that can lead to such proportions that it can be revolutionary! Historically, many of the most influential revolutions took place during Uranus’ discovery. However, they effectuated a much-needed change, and this change was for humanitarian reasons. This is the modus operandi of Aquarius.

But really….isn’t that what it’s all about? How do we give back that which we receive? How do we awaken the “Star” within us all? That is the fundamental teachings of the mystical 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.

And what is one of the best perks to go with that? They are friendly and most funny and eccentric beyond belief!! Everyone loves an Aquarian because Aquarians love people! Friends mean everything to them. Almost to a fault, actually, as they can seem impersonal and detached to their nearest loved ones. I have had the good fortune of knowing many Aquarians in my life. I even took a picture once that I titled “All My Aquarians!” It is one of the funniest, most energetic pictures I own! All you see is just a pile of laughing faces. But they are not just any laughing faces. They are the goofiest, craziest laughing faces one could ever expect to see! 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. 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!

From an idealistic point of view, we can understand. But when dealing with it on a one-on-one daily basis, it can be a source of frustration! It’s very difficult at times to follow the eccentric thinking of an Aquarian, and it can sometimes be the cause of a somewhat energetically volatile relationship. They can be scatterbrained always losing things, and their minds race faster than their speech making it difficult to follow their logic.

Some of you may say well, yeah, this is interesting to read, but what does it have to do with me? I’m a Gemini! 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 each sign. For instance, in your natal chart you may have Aquarius in your 7th house. Well, then the characteristics of Aquarius would come through in your relationships. You would probably attract a funny and intelligent partner who is a good friend in which you both share mutual respect for one another’s freedom. Freedom is very important to an Aquarian. Aquarius/Uranus in our natal charts is where we need to show more uniqueness, innovation, where we need to open ourselves up to a more humanitarian mindset, and where we open ourselves up to more friends.
Finding Aquarius is where you find your own “Nutty Professor!”

Uranus (Aquarius) is our super-consciousness. It is the one consciousness in all things. It is the integration of all energies. It is that electrical charge which connects to our higher intelligence. I guess that’s where all those wonderfully innovative ideas come from, and where we find our own shining star!

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. For those of you who do not engage in these practices, just take some moments 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 in the body.

In Yoga, do take care of your ankles and shins when engaging in more active, fire-generating sequencing. Be sure to use conscious awareness in distributing the weight evenly on the feet.

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

With that…..”have a wild and crazy February, and remember “Baby, You’re a Star!”
Love, Debbie

p.s If anyone is interested in finding their own personal Aquarius in their natal charts, or you would just like to have your natal chart done, you can contact me at Debbie@zionyogastudio.com.

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Success!

capricorn goat 2Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome to the energy of Capricorn!

Just as the Goat, the symbol of Capricorn, takes its time chewing its food, mulling over whether it really wants to climb the mountain or not, and even once decided, takes his time, so have I delayed in writing about our ambitious and persistent Goat. Too much mulling over Panettone left over from the Holidays!

We all greet the New Year with intentions of a new us, a new job, a new relationship……a new whatever, especially after all the reflecting and discarding of that which we no longer need in search of what we felt was a much needed transformation. I’m sure many of you have done that this year, as well. We truly are genuine in our determination to make the changes in our lives that we know are beneficial, but somehow we fall victim to impatience, pessimism, cynicism, fear…..whatever it is.

This year we had a little bit of help from the New Moon on New Year’s Day, and it was a New Moon in our ambitious Capricorn! The New Moon is always a time for new beginnings. It’s the best time for planting new seeds in life, whether a new project, job, or intention. So hold on to that Sagittarian optimism and faith because success is likely for whatever resolution it is that you made!

And this 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’s about maturity in following the rules, the law. It is stern. This energy teaches us how to successfully construct using our wisdom with discipline and structure.

But it’s not always easy! The energy of Capricorn (and Saturn, its ruler) is not without its fair share of pain and 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, our fears, anxieties, our pessimisms accumulated through our various life experiences. This is the energy we most succumb to if we don’t use strong determination.

You will hear others and yourself saying “I can’t do this.” “It’s too hard.” “What a bunch of hogwash.” “I’m too depressed to give up my sweets.” We are asked to stare these thoughts straight in the eye and with concentrated determination, just like the Goat, slowly climb that mountain of success. We learn through our wonderful optimistic Centaur that there is life after death, that with faith and optimism we CAN reconstruct, reinvent ourselves. Saturn/Capricorn allows you to do that, to succeed by focusing, honing in on what we wish to accomplish and proceed with responsibility. Saturn and the energy of Capricorn are the disciplinarians!

Sometimes reconstruction of that which you are trying to kill brings suffering and hardships, but isn’t that what success is all about? Success comes by not getting discouraged but by using patience and the challenging words of discipline and perseverance to stare your demons in the face and release yourself from their chains. The Tarot card for Capricorn is The Devil, which represents our bondage to our worst fears and anxieties and our need to free ourselves in order to succeed. The most valuable of traits to succeed in any area of life are those of perseverance, discipline, and responsibility given to us by our ever reliable and funny Goat! It is the formula for success.

And patience!!! Saturn, Capricorn’s ruler, is the ruler of Time (the Ancient Greeks referred to Saturn as Chronos, the lord of time). Time is going to pass no matter what. Why limit yourself by time? Why tell yourself “oh, it will take too long….I don’t have time to do that….etc.“ 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?

Saturn reminds us that staying in the present time is where we create the environment for success. It is “mindfulness.“ Practice mindfulness meditation during this time. When eating, be mindful of what you are eating, become the experience of eating. And the same with walking or any other activity. Be present in the moment, mindful of your actions, words, thoughts. The past is gone…..the future is not here….it’s only NOW that exists.

So in yoga…..pay attention and allow “time” for alignment in your poses. “Structure” your poses. Saturn/Capricorn rules the skeletal body, so 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. Click on the video and try it!

I wish you success in whatever you undertake in the new year!
With love, Debbie

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