Capricorn

Full Moon – Inner Struggle

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 Full Moon
“Inner-Struggle”
 A Full Moon occurs in the sign of Capricorn on Wednesday/Thursday, June 27/28.

This Full Moon’s effects last for up to two weeks until the Eclipse comes together on July 12, that’s two weeks to make some positive changes.

This affects all the Zodiac Signs, this isn’t about being a Capricorn.

Exact times when the Full Moon begins.
June 28 12:53 AM Eastern 
June 27 11:53 PM Central
June 27 10:53 PM Mountain 
June 27 9:53 PM Pacific

A Full Moon is when the Moon reaches its highest peak, and creates a fertile energy as it brings in endings, especially around certain people, situations, or things that aren’t working for us! But it also starts New Beginnings! This is a highly emotional time full of romance and relationships issues. We usually feel more intuitive during the Full Moon, with wild dreams and psychic visions. There can be sudden random Ah-Ha moments that you should really pay attention to and even investigate, as the truth comes out during this time.

The Full Moons light illuminates important paths for us so we can see which ones we should be heading down. This energy takes us from the unconscious to the conscious mind, and we are made aware of what has been hidden, kept secret, repressed, or otherwise unknown. These new feelings and revelations are emotional ones, and our emotions are ready to burst out! It’s a time to express ourselves and to let things out of our system. Of course, you may want to exercise caution while doing so, as what is coming out is new and has not been thought out yet, so it’s not going to sound rational unless you think about it first!

A Full Moon is actually one of the tensest aspects between the Sun and the Moon every month! This energy can make some of you feel quite nervous and anxiety-ridden, but for others, the Full Moon is an exciting and adventurous time. It’s like watching two people ride a roller coaster, there’s always one person screaming in fear wanting to get off the ride, and then the other person is laughing and having the time of their life! That’s exactly how most of us are affected by the Full Moon’s influence, you either love the energy and feel excited or you get nervous and tense.

Some folks will have to deal with challenging situations and negative people around the last week of June. During this Full Moon, issues can seem much more intense and worse than what they actually are. Which is extremely important to remember!

~This Full Moon has the Sun in Cancer opposing the Moon in Capricorn.
The Sign of Capricorn is about taking responsibility and your career, public image, and reputation. The Sign of Cancer is about home, family, and taking care of yourself and others both. The closer we get to the Full Moon the more Saturn the “Lord of Karma” will affect us. Saturn is trying to tell us it’s time to decide if what we are doing is worth it or not!

The Universe is sending out signs and messages this week whether you should continue on a certain path you are already on or leave it behind! We must find a balance between these two energies, as this Full Moon wants us to balance our commitment to our families and our career. There’s been something building up inside of you already, and now is the time to express that energy as the Cosmos is bringing on the pressure so you will let it out!

Over the next few weeks, we will understand just how this Full Moon affected our lives, but for now we can’t just sit back and be quiet, we have to allow ourselves to fully be seen and heard in one way or another. The Full Moon is about being vulnerable, it forces us out of our comfort zone in one way or another, we are being made to learn how to be ok with trusting the Universe to protect us while letting our emotions come out, but the trick is to learn how to do it safely and without anger or harmful side effects.

Writing down how you’re feeling during a Full Moon is a great way to do just that, it is mostly safe and allows you the safe space you need to express how you are truly feeling. That’s why I always mention Setting Intentions with the Full Moon and its energies. Doing this healing work every month can truly set you free in ways you haven’t experienced. Starting Wednesday, June 27th around lunchtime, once the Moon shifts into the sign of Capricorn you can sit down and write out how you are feeling and have a heart to heart with the Universe, and see how it changes your life. I expect you to be pleasantly surprised if you commit to this kind of work every month.

This Full Moon can be a very strong dramatic turning point for us, being in Capricorn the sign of completion and consequences, which is ruled by rule-maker Saturn. This Moon is closely joining Saturn the “Lord of Karma” during this time, and this can mean this lunation will have a strong sobering tone to it. And we may not feel quite like celebrating like usual under the Full Moon energy. But I say CELEBRATE anyway, there are many other Cosmic Connections happening which we can feel grateful for. This energy can help us gain clarity about our priorities and helps us realign with the energies of what is most meaningful to us in life. Which in turn, can help us focus on our jobs, relationships, and other pressing issues that need our attention.

This Full Moon is making quite a positive aspect with Saturn and Uranus both, which means we can have some reality checks for sure, but we can make this new information work for us. This can bring unexpected opportunities and breakthroughs. There might be a tough choice to make, or we may feel pressured to make some kind of change. These influences help us out of the heaviness we are feeling, especially if we make the effort, then you can change some of the things in your life that are no longer working for you.

You might just meet people randomly or out of the blue, and some of these encounters might be romantic! Because Saturn is Retrograde now, it’s likely these folks are Karmic or Past Life Connections. This does not mean you’re meant to be together! It is a time of Retrograde planets all over the place, so take your sweet time. With the Moon making aspects to Uranus we can leave toxic relationships or jobs now, it’s a time to Break Free from what isn’t serving your higher purpose. You must want this, however, but you can Break Free from most anything under this Full Moon!

If you’re feeling depressed, sad, or restricted just know these feelings will pass, before going off and making any major life changes. My best advice is to take advantage of this Full Moon energy and Release something or someone from your life, as it’s time for something to go! Under these strong, potent energies you can let go of toxic people in general or bad behaviors that are harming you.

Chiron the wounded healer is in the sign of the Warrior Aries and is making tense squares to the Sun, Moon, and Saturn during this Full Moon. This energy can stir up some old emotional wounds folks! It may have to do with your confidence, courage, power, and assertion. Frustrations and anger can come out, and since Aires is ruled by assertive Mars which is also in Retrograde, and we can end up tapping into a very deep place within ourselves where we’ve held repressed hurt feelings or emotional baggage. Mars meets up with the South Node which is our Karmic Past! But Chiron is making a more harmonious aspect to Mercury in Cancer and the North Node of Destiny in Leo, which leads us to a path for healing purposes.

With all of this happening it is advised to not over assert yourself just to protect those buried wounds. Instead, Speak Your Truth, but with Love and Compassion, it’s ok to be vulnerable, it doesn’t mean you’re a victim, it means you trust yourself. Hold a space in your heart to explore this energy, and don’t allow anger to take a hold of you! Anger is only fear in the end in one way or another.

Have a Safe and Blessed Full Moon.
~Ruby

 

Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn

 

Pluto starts its reverse movement into Retrograde on April 22nd and runs through September 30th! Pluto Retrograde isn’t as glitchy as Mercury or Saturn in Retrograde, so you may hardly notice it unless you work with a lot of people and know their deeper emotional issues. But you will recognize it more so on a deep psychological level within yourself if you’re aware of your feelings and get in touch with your soul purpose. The planet of deep analysis normally takes us more inward, but in Retrograde it becomes a journey into hidden realms we may not have dealt with, so the feelings we’ve been holding on to or repressing can come out in the open.

Pluto Retrograde in the sign of Capricorn can be beneficial, if we are observant and pay close attention to any unconscious patterns or behaviors that motivate our actions, then we can change or break them. Pluto is all about power so authority figures or anyone who represents authority, and those anyone who has power over us may catch our attention, or we suddenly are on their radar, so we may have to be careful and follow the rules for now, especially with Saturn the “Authority Figure” or “Father” of the Zodiac also in Retrograde!

During the end of April be extra cautious for tempers and hot-heads, as Mars and Pluto make a challenging but powerful connection on April 26th. This energy will be even stronger because of Pluto coming to a standstill just days prior.

Pluto Retrograde is like Saturn, so it has a regular cycle every year that lasts for five months, as it makes an opposition to the Sun. Outer planets just affect us in a very different way then the inner planets. The effects are more subtle at first until we move past this cycle and can look back in hindsight, and then we realize just how this time might have been life-changing in some way! Perspective is always an issue when planets are Retrograde, remember, so even though Pluto in Retrograde isn’t probably causing you strange technical glitches or annoyances it still makes its presence known in a sneaky sort of stealth kind of way. When Pluto goes Retrograde it’s a good time to reflect on how we are doing with changes and our soul transformation.

Pluto Retrograde is a time of reflection on power and control in your life. If there are people who are trying to control or manipulate you then now is the perfect time to let them go! If you’ve been too controlling of others or situations then it’s time to stop it and change your behavior! This is not a time to abuse any kind of power you have over others, so avoid power trips, and make this a time for eliminating.

Themes that seem to repeat and events that are almost fated will help you reinforce which of your controlling habits, addictions, compulsions, or prejudices now must be eliminated, or Pluto will make these issues more relevant, so it feels like a giant spotlight gets shined on the problem to be analyzed and reviewed very intensely, but again you may not even be aware of it until it’s over with. What isn’t working, like poor health, an attitude that is hateful or that causes suffering may be burned away now, released and offered up to the Universe. What’s left and what is working will be more clear and enhanced into pure energy.

Relationships are going to go through a strong period of adjustment during Pluto’s Retrograde cycle. There will be more love, and sharing, and more folks standing together for their lives’ causes. It’s a good time to keep a low profile as privacy can be your strongest tool during this time. It’s a time to dissolve, so do it with dignity and respect.

In your relationships, you might have been controlling, possibly holding on too tight and smothering your partner. It’s time to stop because you need to start letting go. If you have been compulsive or obsessive about food, drugs, or sex and it’s taken over your life, then certain events may actually force you to turn it around and gain control over it. Basically, the more destructive your behavior the more extreme your cycle of detoxing and withdrawal might be during this cycle. For example, if you just stopped doing something cold turkey, Pluto Retrograde makes it a very intense process.

~Pluto’s energy can be profound and will do what it needs to, to transform dark to light!

Pluto often is represented by the Phoenix, and as the Phoenix rises from it the ashes, is how it transforms us, which you may not realize at first, but you’ll know because you’ll feel it! Pluto is in the sign of Capricorn for now, and Pluto represents destruction, making order out of chaos, it helps to clear obstacles, detox, resurrect! Capricorn is the builder of the Zodiac, it likes to renovate. Together they restore and enhance with the very best materials and devices that modern times has to offer! Sustainability is what they represent. Capricorn is the Father, so he is dedicated, powerful, responsible, and stable! Also, Saturn is Capricorn’s ruling planet, so these energies will truly help us be productive, at least for those of you who put forth the effort. Intuition will be very strong, work will be focused right at the critical points where things need to get fixed or done.

~Ruby

New Moon in Capricorn – Jan 2017

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NEW MOON in Capricorn
by Rubys Readings

The first NEW MOON of 2018 is on January 17th!
We have been under some heavily saturated energy in Capricorn with six planets now in the sign at the same time. This is very focused energy that has challenged us to take charge of our lives and make a commitment to taking some sort of action.

Capricorn is an Earth Sign and is ruled by Saturn and is represented by the “Seat Goat.” This is a powerful time to manifest and build something with much potential. Our intentions can actually be realized and seen, so we should remain aware of what energy we’re drawing into ourselves and our world. You might be feeling some pressure now to make decisions and be at a crossroads of some kind. The secret to reaching goals is to have trust and faith in something, but especially in yourself. Don’t let fear lead the way, it takes away your motivation and then you won’t make commitments to reach your goals.

The sign of Capricorn teaches us about Authority, so it knows all about fear and control. This New Moon can teach us how to connect to the authority within ourselves, so we can be in our power and take charge of our lives. This is a time to pull back into our souls and reconnect with our spirit, as our energy can become scattered due to being involved in activities have nothing to do with what we want or need, and our soul path.

Making a strong connection to whatever it is you believe in is important now, this helps you make decisions with integrity that are natural and authentic. When manifesting anything you must first learn how to FEEL what it is you want to create! This is the best time to work on “Setting Intentions” or your “Wish Lists” around calling in your deepest desires. New Moons are always about New Beginnings and this particular New Moon in the sign of Capricorn and the Sun also being in Capricorn is strongly about manifesting! Don’t focus on just what you want, also feel how it would be like if your dreams or wishes come true! And how it feels just to think of them. Ask yourself how you want to feel once you’ve achieved your goals? FEELING is the secret to manifesting or creating magic in your life, not THINKING! Thinking is the what draws the energies to you, yes, but if you really want to make something happen you have to feel it.

There are some rather interesting and powerful planetary connections to this New Moon! First off aggressive Mars in its own sign of soulful Scorpio, forms a supportive aspect to this New Moon, which helps us reach our deepest feelings and desires. Jupiter also in Scorpio is making a precise connection to Pluto in Capricorn. The connection between Scorpio and Capricorn during a New Moon teaches us that if we want to reach any goals here in this physical reality we must first be fueled by our passions! This is about being real and authentic, and focusing on what truly makes you happy, rather than what you think you have to do or following someone else’s wishes or dreams.

Now there are also some challenges when this New Moon squares off with rebellious Uranus, which can bring on chaotic and disrupting energies, which leaves us with no choice but to surrender our control and have some faith or belief in something.

All of us no matter what Zodiac Sign have Capricorn in our own personal “Astrology Birth Chart!” This side of us is being challenged to learn how to master our inner-self, instead of wasting so much energy on trying to control the world around us. If you want to see things as you would like, you must first learn how to work with your Spirit. It always starts with you first, no matter what the problem or case may be!

Often the sign of Capricorn gets picked on as being overly weighty, and to serious or focused on fame and material things. The Horned Goat is used to represent Capricorn because it symbolizes the connection between the physical realms and the deeper waters of consciousness. So as we are in very strong Capricorn terrority right now with so many planets in this sign, we are also strongly connected to our own inner-psychic or awareness, if we learn how to combine that and operate from our heart around anything we do and be compassionate, we can manifest our reality into something amazing!
~Ruby

“Time to Get Serious, Seriously!”

 

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Mercury enters Capricorn
January 11- January 31st

“Time to Get Serious, Seriously!”
By Rubys Readings
Mercury the planet that rules over our way of thinking, thought process, and communication shifts Signs today. It’s a time to be practical, to better understand what’s working and what’s not. As we continue to slow down and get more serious with Mercury in the Sign Capricorn from January 11th – 31st.

This Mercury placement is about being precise when communicating and thinking about long-term goals, so choose your words wisely and carefully. Take some time to write our your goals, especially around your career. Since our thoughts are more down to earth, maybe start practicing a grounding meditation to help keep yourself grounded.

This energy can cause a more negative or pessimistic attitude, so use this influence to think through any issues and gain some clarity by the time this energy shifts at the end of January. Focus on your problems and go into a space of acceptance, then you can shift and change them.

It’s a great period to seek out folks who have already accomplished what you hope to one day achieve. These mentors or teachers can give you some valuable advice and help connect you with others who can help you in the long run to achieve your goals. Your hard work will pay off later so get on board with this energy, as there are nearly 5 other planets also in Capricorn now.

This is definitely not the most exciting time, but Mercury in Capricorn has many benefits as well. The timing of this placement couldn’t be better with it just being the New Year, this helps us stay grounded and reach our goals, this energy aids us in making and keeping our resolutions. This is a great time to build up your ideas and take notes, as it’s easier to organize our many different thoughts. We can turn these ideas into action and make them a reality!

Right up until the 31st of January, Mercury will be in Capricorn which means our way of thinking is much more methodical and our focus more practical and sober. Under this influence, it’s much easier to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Our conversations can be quite the reality check, as we focus more on business and practical matters. Our thought process and patterns of communication become way more logical, orderly, and organized now. It’s just easier to sort out what is relevant and essential, as we get REAL, our speech is no-nonsense and being precise becomes more important to us.

Many of you are going to feel more ambitious, practical, patient, and shrewd, so it’s easier to get organized, as our reasoning is much more sound. We are quite straightforward as we have a no-nonsense view on life.

Under this energy, we are aware of who is in charge, and our conversations can become more controlling then constructive. We all think “our ideas” are the best during the time Mercury is in Capricorn, but if we spend too much time worrying about who’s in charge, we can get distracted and not get as much done.

Be careful of being too narrow-minded as our sense of humor is lacking during this time. Our attitude can appear colder, cut off, and harsh to others. Don’t forget there’s a fine line between being real and pessimistic. Use this time to study, learn, and further your education.

~Ruby

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Happy New Year – Full “Super” Moon 2018

 

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Rubys Astro Readings
Happy New Year – Full “Super” Moon
Monday, January 1, 2018

The Moon is Full in Cancer on January 1, 2018, at 9:25 PM EST, 8:25 PM CST

A Full Moon occurs when the Moon in Cancer opposes the Sun in Capricorn on Monday night. The Full Moon is considered to be a very tense, exciting, and magical time Astrologically speaking,

The Cancer-Capricorn polarity is about how we all (no matter what your Zodiac Sign), deal with balancing our private life with our public life. The Cancer Moon teaches us about being domestic and how to have a solid more secure home base while learning how to nurture ourselves. The Capricorn Sun teaches us about our career, our reputation, and how to do what’s responsible and take accountability for our actions

The sign of Cancer also teaches us how to love ourselves and others, and handle our attachments. While the sign of Capricorn teaches us to value what we achieve, and the rewards or punishments we receive, and the “Karma” we give out and get back. So in some ways, this Full Moon is about the balance we have between unconditional and conditional love.

As this energy is trying to push us to value our home base and our roots, and the other side of this influence wants us to consider our sense of duty and responsibility especially in public settings. While Cancer energy keeps us content to be dependent, Capricorn is just the opposite and pushes us to be grown-ups and responsible. If we choose to ignore either end of this connection at this time, then things can go wrong. Ideally, we need to create a balance between the two energies of the Sun and Moon during a FULL MOON.

This particular Full Moon is about balancing our commitment to our families and careers both. These energies have been building up slowly and now are at a time when the Cosmos will push you to let it all out! Over the next few weeks, we will learn more just how this energy affects us and what we have done right or wrong. But for now, we shouldn’t hold back our feelings and find healthy mature ways to express them. And sometimes just screaming out loud doesn’t hurt anything, and helps us release pent-up tensions.

This lunation also is aligning with loving Venus and harmonizing with Mars and Neptune, almost exactly! Therefore, some of us are going to express what it is we need now, although we may change our minds due to feeling independent in one moment and more depended in the next, due to how these energies influence us.

The truth comes out if we seek it out or not during the FULL MOON phase, and we are now exposed, vulnerable, and illuminated. Which prompts us to get in touch with what is affecting our personal lives, that we have been neglecting, ignoring, or putting off. There’s going to be a strong push to consider our emotional needs now as there is a more attention being put on our relationships, careers, and personal plans these days!

The Full Moon is when the Moon reaches its strongest point of energy! It’s a time when whatever we wished for aware or not during the New Moon a few weeks ago starts to form into being, it’s a highly emotional time, but also a time of romance, and relationships. Enjoy it, this Full Moon coming together on New Years Day is very special! Make sure to make out some Wish List/New Years Resolutions, just like you would during a New Moon phase when you Set Intentions with the Universe! This is a magical time, so take advantage of it!

Also, I am offering “January Astrology Reports” once again, and “2018 Astro Reports,” so if you’re interested in purchasing one just let me know, you can message me or email me at healingruby@yahoo.com.

Happy New Year/Full Moon!
~Ruby

VENUS ENTERS CAPRICORN

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Venus Enters Capricorn 
Love takes a more back seat!

Venus the “Goddess of Love” has shifted into more steady, practical Capricorn until Jan 17th, and this means we’re about to be more serious around our love life, finances, and business relations! Business partners and Co-workers relationships should go quite well under this influence.

Our loving or intimate relationships are way more calm and serious during this time, and our focus is on what relationships are stable and secure, so taking risks in relationships or on one isn’t the norm under this influence.

We are more creative but in a structured artistic sort of way, as our ability to connect with folks who support our ambitions is strong. There’s a higher respect and admiration for the connections we make and for the folks who are reliable and faithful to us, and for those who have stuck by our side or who have remained loyal and consistent.

Expressing our feelings is serious business now, as we take more time to warm up to others. So we are generally calmer and cooled down more so in our relationships under this influence. But in our loving relationships, we are “playing for keeps”, as Capricorn energy is all about the long-term like no other sign in the Zodiac!! Do remember this energy affects each and every one of us.

 

~Ruby 

“Pluto Goes Direct! – Where is your Power?”

Rubys Astro Readings
Thursday, Sept 27

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“Pluto Goes Direct! – Where is your Power?”

Have you been depressed and feeling powerless, well you should read more to learn why! Get ready folks because here we go, literally!

Since April 20th, we have been in a deep place of processing about where we have power and what we have control over. As transformational Pluto in Capricorn steadies itself out and goes direct from Retrograde today, this gives us the chance to make some solid, long-lasting changes.

Since Pluto holds immense power and Capricorn is all about structure, these two combined energies can cause things to get a bit volatile, so be careful folks, this can be over the most ridiculous things, as we adjust to Pluto moving forward again.

However, for now, our focus shifts to the powerless areas of our lives and teaches us just how to gain control of them with this commanding Pluto-Capricorn combo. The good things in our life are going to be released to us now. It’s time to learn how to let go and disengage from what isn’t working any longer and experience the freedom that comes from gaining closure from the past!

You can feel this energy, as it opens doors that help us choose the life we really want to live. Now, slowly but surely over the coming weeks, we will be able to make deep changes in our lives without having to overthink or so deeply process things first. This actually helps us get things done because we’re able to take things naturally into our own hands and make any necessary changes.

~Ruby
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FULL MOON Approaching!

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Rubys Astro Readings

FULL MOON 

For July 8th, 2017The Full Moon in Capricorn is building to come together Saturday night/Sunday morning, depending on what part of the world you live in, but lots of folks are already feeling this pumped up intensely heated energy!

Here’s what’s coming over the next few days. Recently we have been feeling the intensity of the Mars in Cancer opposition to Pluto in Capricorn, and we are still feeling this intense energy even though it’s already peaked. But now powerful Pluto will make another tense square to the upcoming Full Moon and Jupiter both. So the SUN and the MOON will be in exact opposition to one another! There’s a sense or a feeling that something needs to be changed but we may hesitate. We can feel vulnerable and hold ourselves back from healing ourselves, this is a mistake if you do, and if we end up resorting to anger under this energy we can really be set off! Allow yourself to release these old feelings and problems and take a time out, meditate, or simply walk away from any discord.

After all of that, the Moon will also get into a tense opposition with fiery Mars, ya now the planet of aggression, so the bottom line folks are things are getting heated up out there and can be extremely emotional, and this might be one of the most hectic and intense weeks we have of the year! If you consider yourself to be an Empath or a highly sensitive person than you probably are already picking up on this intense energy.

So expect for emotions to run high and to be intense folks! It’s all about how you react or don’t, and if you choose to react and let this energy make you upset, you could suffer some serious consequences for your actions! It’s important to stay focused on one thing or project at a time if you can. This helps keep us busy so we don’t become unhinged or go off! Do not let your emotions run you or get the better of you, and try not to start arguments with other people or get dragged into their drama, especially with expressive Mercury now in confident Leo! Because if you do overreact to something over the weekend, you could pay the price because it could have long-lasting effects and you may not be able to take back what you say or do or fix what you break for a very long time.

Just a heads up folks and I am not trying to scare people here, but there can be lifelong regrets around the actions we decide to take under this influence, so it’s wise to be cautious starting today through Monday morning. Because we are under a violent energy coming off the Pluto/Mars connection as well as the Full Moon! So don’t go where there is fire and you won’t get burned so to speak, or don’t put yourself in harm’s way. Stay away from dangerous places and people, avoid anywhere you feel is a direct threat to your safety. More than likely you’ll be safe but lots of folks need to be cautious especially Saturday night and Sunday evening. A Pluto/Moon and Mars mixture can create violence and discord among even the most harmonious people.

Now moving forward, let’s look at the positive energies these influences will bring into the mix! Yes, there is some amazing transformational stuff happening as well, because Pluto is such a force to be reckoned with that it’s also known for causing major transformations. This influence reminds me of the “Rising of the Phoenix” story, where someone has literally hit rock bottom in a situation and then resurrects themselves to come back stronger and rise above their problems, so if we use this energy for the higher good it can help us achieve so much when working on changing our life in some way. That means making your intentions with the Universe known and crystal clear!

Everything mostly about this Full Moon is surrounded by what’s called Cardinal Signs energy, which is all about starting something brand new, fresh, and new beginnings. So take some time this weekend to make out a wish list and set intentions with the Full Moon energy to whatever your higher power maybe and see what you can manifest. For most of you practicing this ritual will be well worth your time because there is also some beautiful energy coming together right along this most intense Full Moon!

~Ruby
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Mercury Comes Out of Retrograde! 

Mercury comes out of Retrograde! 


Mercury, is the planet that rules over our way of thinking and how we express ourselves… 

retreats from grounded Capricorn back into overly optimistic Sagittarius today, where it stays for just a short time – through January 12th. And this energy is already quite strong! 
We’ve already been starting to deal first hand with misunderstandings and circumstances that seem beyond our control, and we might be feeling somewhat blocked from performing certain tasks, (for example the app I use to write these blogs suddenly crashed without any backup last night, while I was editing this blog, and I lost everything I had written for two days.) So this can be an extremely frustrating and difficult time for some folks, who like myself have a personal “Astrology Chart” full of Mercury ruled planets! But for others this cycle is just simply annoying when plans get rearranged, either way I’m sure the majority of you have experienced a electronic sandy over the last three weeks of some kind or an old flame crossed your path, or there was a moment where you became extremely confused about something. I hope your experience wasn’t as harsh as mine always seems to be with this particular cycle. 
Mercury will remain in its Retrograde cycle through Jan 8th, so its almost done, because many folks are just simply exhausted at the point and need a reprieve of some kind. Mercury will once again go back into more focused, no-nonsense Capricorn on the 12th, and our thinking will slow way back down.”
The good news is with Mercury in Sagittarius our way of thinking becomes much more optimistic and hopeful. We’re more concerned with the truth, justice, and fairness. But we do find being precise or exact about things is more of a struggle. Your thoughts might be more so on your beliefs, opinions, and whatever you might be studying or learning, and on your travel plans. Anything that is published and legal documents may also come up now. So legalities can show up now. 
Technically, we only have to deal with this energy for five more days or so, but then it does take a few weeks for Mercury to get back to its normal pace after it’s Retrograde cycle, this is called the “Shadow Phase“. So certain situations can really be confusing over this next week, but then things will slowly start to make sense in the coming weeks ahead. With so many planets in Pisces during this phase, we could end up feeling quite lost, so problems may not be solved for right now. Be patient for answers, it might take awhile. However, we are turning a corner now! 

~Ruby

How to be “Productive” during Mercury in Retrograde

December of 2016 Update – Mercury Once Again goes into Retrograde:

How to be “Productive” during Mercury in Retrograde
by Ruby

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Have you noticed your electronics breaking down or glitching out, are you struggling with misunderstandings or having communication issues with people? Has your Wifi, computer, smartphone, and any associated technologies been acting just weird lately? Then there’s a very good chance you have been experiencing the effects of “Mercury in Retrograde.” Mercury is the planet that governs over communication, travel, and often electronics, and when it’s in a Retrograde cycle or appears to be moving backward, things can go a little haywire here on planet Earth!

Remember throughout this article I will be referring to Mercury in Retrograde as Mercury Rx. Rx is the actual symbol used in Astrology for “Retrograde,” and it helps me shorten this down a bit.

I have been writing about what not to do during a “Mercury in Retrograde” cycle for many years now. And even though I believe strongly in the advice I give, especially about how we shouldn’t be signing contracts at this time or making any long distance travel plans. It just seems to get to the point where I’m constantly telling this negative story, which is a drag. And isn’t exactly helping anyone, now is it? Each “Mercury in Rx” cycle lasts for 3 weeks and that’s not including the “Shadow Phases”, which are before and after a Mercury in Rx cycle. Each shadow phase last three weeks as well. So that makes Mercury in Rx a nearly two-month event! We have to get something positive out of this!

Being born during a Mercury in Rx cycle myself, I really understand its effects on a deeper level. I’ve had my fair share of Mercury Rx moments over the years, and I could go on and on! In some ways, I live in this electronic glitchy world full of misunderstandings and little mishaps all the time. Therefore I am used to it, but still thoroughly annoyed by it. But with all of that being said, I have also learned that “Energy Follows Thought” bottom line, no matter what the Cosmos is doing. I have proven to myself time and time again that if you focus on what it is you really want, you can ride the waves of any negative astrological influence and come out of it with something more positive. Not to say that if you make a list of what to do that you won’t have issues, because whatever part of your Astro “Birth Chart” Mercury Rx is transiting is the part of your life it will affect, and with this particular aspect there’s not a lot you can do to detour it. But you can learn how to work with it, and benefit from it!

Since I became aware of Mercury and it’s Retrograde cycles at a very young age, I have also learned a great deal about how to align my energy better with the Cosmos, to seek and find balance. I thought I would shed some light on how one can be productive during a Mercury in Rx cycle. So instead of explaining what not to do during this time, let’s focus on the progress we can make!

Astrologers are constantly explaining how during this cycle, communication is broken down… well that made me think about when something or someone is broken down, it’s an opportunity to rebuild the energy back up again, to align better with one’s soul path in life. Which means perhaps all the things glitching out or not working, or the misunderstandings that seem to come along with Mercury in Rx, are being brought to us for a reason, for a higher purpose. Maybe to help us understand something we otherwise may not notice, and to bring us clarity! But you may be asking, how when certain devices break down like our DVD players or our Wifi stops working, (happens every time to my household) do these annoyances have any meaning or substance spiritually? The answer is simple, Mercury is telling you to Unplug, it’s time to get Quiet and stop the constant chatter, and to get away from the movement that is our lives nowadays. Listen to your higher-self, or your spirit! And no it’s not conducive to be unplugged and miss work and run away from the world everytime Mercury Goes into Retrograde, I get it! But it does mean you can take a Vacation for even a day or two and simply unplug from the outside noise. If that’s just impossible to do during this time, then take just 30 mins a day and unplug, go meditate and recharge your own personal batteries.

Sometimes we have to start over to achieve our goals, and in Mercury Rx, that should be the rule… it’s time to not get bent all out of shape and frustrated and realize this is a time to re-work, re-do, re-learn, and do research. Don’t feel bad, trust me I can sympathize as I have already mentioned, I was born during a Mercury in Rx cycle and I have learned throughout the years once I do something, to do it again! Every time I redo whatever it might be, it always comes out better. Just ask my second husband! Yes, I had to even redo marriage! But that’s the extreme example. The bottom line is it can be very frustrating for those who aren’t used to it, to have to redo everything all the time but take my advice during Mercury in RX, it is the best thing you can do.

Even the planet Mercury itself is going backward through a house in your own personal Astrology “Birth Chart” right now and a certain sign of the zodiac, and therefore is backtracking to help you learn and understand something you’ve probably already done or been through before. You have to take steps back during Mercury in Rx to move forward.

Here is my list to help remind me and all of you, what we can do that actually works for us during “Mercury in Retrograde.”

How to be Productive during Mercury in Retrograde:

REWORK SCHEDULES: Take a look at your schedule and ask: What’s working or not? Be flexible during this phase, and just know you may have to change your game plan. Think about letting go of any responsibilities that aren’t yours or that aren’t working for you.

DECLUTTER: It’s right after the Holidays, so many of us are clearing out old junk anyway, but during a “Mercury in Retrograde” cycle is the best time to get into your closet, basement, shed or attic and rid of what you don’t use anymore. I mean go through everything, even old junk drawers and make sure and recycle. Remember when you get rid of old stuff, you are getting rid of the old energy as well, and making room for new fresh energy to come in…which can bring in new beginnings.

REVISIT: If there’s any friends or family that you haven’t contacted in a long time for whatever reason, now is the time to make amends and open your heart up to healing. Working on these relationships can help heal old wounds. Which is beneficial to your spiritual evolvement. Catch up with old friends, go have coffee or meet up for dinner. Just make sure the people you choose to revisit are not dysfunctional or abusive.

SELF-CARE: It’s important to take care of yourself during this cycle, so working on self-care can be very helpful. Take it easy and make sure to eat right, exercise and move more. Spend less time being plugged into the net or social media if at all possible. Start some sort of new routine that benefits you and your well-being.

CHANGE THE ENERGY: Time to change the energies up in your life, add some nice candles to your home… to help burn off old energies and invite new energy in. Put some color in your home and redecorate with pictures that make you feel good. Add fresh flowers, burn new candles and burn some incense. Bless and release the old energy that’s been in your home or office, and bring in a hugger vibrational energy. There are many different ways to go about this. Just try it, you’ll see and feel the difference.

BE FLEXIBLE: This is very important so I am going to repeat it again, allow the energies to flow around you and stop trying to control everything, write a letter and let the Universe know what you’re trying to create in your life, and then sit back and relax. Just follow what feels natural and don’t fight, argue, or push.

REINVENT: Take some time to think about your past successes and bring new light to them, enjoy what you have created in your life, instead of trying to constantly manifest something new and different. Make sure to reuse what’s in your home and repurpose whatever you can, perhaps some DYI projects should be on the agenda during this period.

REWORK AND REDO: If you left any projects that you had started and never finished, behind, work on them again. Work on anything you feel passionate about, but this time finish them and enjoy what you have done. If there’s something you just couldn’t get done or get through, now is the time to redo it and fix it! “Mercury in Retrograde cycles tend to really help us finish up old business.

ORGANIZE: Do you have 3000 pics on your phone or computer just hanging around, this is a great time to organize your life. I like to organize my emails, pictures and just everything on my computer and smartphone or tablet during “Mercury in Retrograde.” Take the time to organize your world in any way possible. Use this energy to make something creative perhaps as well.

REMEMBER: Connect to your past in some way, watch old videos of your family, wedding or any life event that was a happy memory. Check out old high school pictures of friends and just simply reflect and reminisce about the old days, fill your heart up with memories and simply feel gratitude for the time you had with them. Connecting to positive energies will help you feel good, and can help you move forward in your life.

~Ruby

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