Mercury retrograde has began! No need to fear, a blog post about how to survive Mercury Retrogrades is here.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
(To explain Mercury Retrograde, I will explain the planet Mercury, and what retrogrades are.)
Mercury is known as the “Messenger of Gods”. It is the planet that represents the mind and nervous system and how they collect and give information. Thoughts, communication (writing and speech), travel, analyzing, technology are all that is associated with Mercury. Mercury represents how we express our thoughts/ideas (speaking to others) , how we accept others thoughts/ideas (how we process things).
Retrograde is a time when the planet seems to be going “backwards”. When a planet is in retrograde, it’s energy is either dimmed or turned inward. This causes the planets representation to not be as consciously seen as it normally would, which is why it is best to slow down and reflect/review whatever the planet represents during this time.
During Mercury Retrograde miscommunications, and misunderstandings are more likely to happen. Technological issues are also likely to happen during this time to.
How do I survive Mercury Retrogrades?
Think Before You Speak. Due to miscommunication and misunderstanding being more likely to happen during this time, slow down with the thoughts you’re sharing with others so you’re more likely to be understood.
Pay Attention. Retrogrades are like children acting up for parents extra attention. It is best during this time to bring our attention to areas where Mercury may be imbalanced in our lives. (Ex: What decisions have you been making? Is your current mindset helping or hindering you?)
SAVE and BACK UP. If you are creating on a technology device, whether it is a word document or an art piece, save as you go along. Glitches are way more likely to happen at this time and pressing the save button as you work won’t hurt. It is also good to back up your data on all your devices in case something goes downhill.
Don’t Take Things Personal. You’re not the only one dealing with this transit. If someone’s communication is rubbing you the wrong way, rather than judging or reacting, understand that Mercury is getting the most of them.
Travel Preparation. During this time it is more likely to experience: transportation delays, traffic jams, and road closures. Be sure to leave at an earlier time than you normally would.
Pay Attention to Details. It is often said to not sign contracts during this time, though if you read thoroughly and slowly (and including the fine print), it is fine. Complete understanding of what you are signing is key.
Communicate with Self. Mercury’s energy will be focused inward, which is great for talking with yourself. This period of time deepens access to our heart, intuition, and inner awareness. Whether it’s journaling, creating voice memos, or pulling cards, exploring the inner depths of your mind is enhanced during this time. *Communicating with self before starting the day decreases the chance of dealing with retrograde chaos*
Double Check. Have any plans coming up? Are you sure? Double check all arrangements and plans you’ve made for the next three weeks to be sure that you know the exact time of each.
Slow Down. When making a decision, be sure to not rush into them. It’s okay to take your time more than usual.
Be Open to Changes. If anything breaks during this time, it’s probably for the best. Just keep going and start new.
Mercury Retrograde isn’t as bad as the media makes it seem. All that we need to do is slow down and decrease our autopilot mode. Have an amazing retrograde, Earth Neighbors <3
I was recently scrolling through my voice memos and one was created July 16, 2018 of me sharing a realization I had during a lucy trip. I have been feeling a bit emotional these past days (I am on my moon cycle after all!) and this voice memo was a reminder of how to keep my emotions in check. Enjoy! 🙂
“I was on LSD last night, and throughout the trip.. Well before the trip, I was a bit nervous because I was wondering if it would feel bad, because earlier in the daytime I wasn’t really focused on what I really needed to do for the day and I was afraid that it would impact the trip. But I released that mental projection and I just went into it and just enjoyed myself. And also I was pretty tired too so I was like ‘Is this going to affect my tiredness?’ Like will I just be going through tiredness and having a bad trip? But I released that also.
And with me releasing those two outcomes, I had an amazing trip to where.. I wasn’t feeling any negative emotions and if I did it was instantly transformed and.. it made me realize just how much we amplify our emotions and the fact that… emotions don’t have to be this thing that’s attached to us, but it can be something that we see is a part of us for a moment, but we can choose what we do with it and we can choose like if we want to transform the emotion or not.
And so in that moment it was like I saw a different side of emotions to where it’s not only ‘Oh I am feeling this emotion I want to transform it!’ but, ‘Oh this happened. It doesn’t have to keep happening.’
And with that I can see it as just a past occurrence and continue to remain in that space to where I can pick and choose the reality that I want because, every thing doesn’t have to happen now. Some things could be left in the past and just be seen as just that. But it’s not seen as something that you’re running away from, it’s just something that you’re continuously releasing and transforming. So, it was pretty cool to go through that and to see a new side of emotions because, I was a person to where I would get so emotional that it would even affect my thoughts and my thoughts would feel very emotionally charged, and so I would be in this box of whatever emotion I was in and.. it could distract me at times and at moments and I’m glad to be outside of that and become more of an observer more and more every day not only of the world around me but of the world within myself and the many ways that it functions and many ways that the inner universe allows itself to be seen and heard and felt and all of these things so yeah just wanted to share that.”
We finally made it to the last of the planets (the planets in our solar system that is!) My last blog post was the remaining three inner planets. Now, I will be sharing the three outer planets: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, whose role is to expand, deepen, and enlighten our experience of life.
The role of Uranus is to open us up to new information and expand our self-awareness. (Known as the “Great Awakener”).
In astrology, Uranus represents:
The sign that Uranus rules is Aquarius, the sign known for it’s unique expression.
Major Uranus transits usually cause major changes in society. (Example: Uranus going into Taurus (sign that represents money and abundance) while in retrograde = stock crashes)
The house and sign that Uranus is located represents where you like to go against the norm/order, put a new spin on situations, erratic life patterns, where we refuse to blend in.
*Uranus sign is shared by a generation due to slow transits*
The body parts Uranus rules are ankles and calves.
Neptune is my favorite planet. It’s the reason why we’re able to daydream and have fantasies.
in my last blog post, I shared the qualities of the planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Venus (in astrology the sun and moon are considered planetary energies) In this blog post I will be sharing the qualities of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. These planets are the last of planets that have direct influence.
Mars is known as the God of War, which makes total sense for the energies that it carries!
In astrology, Mars represents:
Battle for Self Mastery
The sign that Mars rules is Aries, and it gives us the motivation and drive to go after what we want.
Whenever we feel anger, or lust, that is the energy of Mars fueling us!
The house and sign that Mars is located in is the way we go after what we want and make our decisions to move forward.
The body parts that Mars rules is muscles, testicles, and the phallus.
Jupiter is an extremely large planet, and it’s energy is expansive too.
In astrology, Jupiter represents:
Spiritual Growth (when it comes to the mind)
The sign that Jupiter rules is Sagittarius. Whenever I think of Jupiter, it reminds me of that person that sees everything in a well thought out manner, and has their life figured out.
The house and sign Jupiter is located tells us what brings us luck and success, gives our life purpose, and makes us confident.
Jupiter is great for wealth spells, because it expands whatever energy is directed towards it.
The body parts that Jupiter rules are thighs, liver, and feet.
Saturn is the grand daddy when it comes to the planets. Saturn is what puts us into shape by giving our lives hard lessons, only because he wants whats best for us.
In astrology Saturn represents:
Saturn is the opposite of the Sun. While the Sun is what makes us have willpower for what we want, Saturn creates obstacles leading to what we want. Saturn is what makes us stronger, by giving us challenges. Time and cycles exist because of Saturn, creating them for a structured way of being.
The sign that Saturn rules is Capricorn.
The house and sign your Saturn is located is where most of your challenges are. It’s the area in life that may be easier for others but harder for you to overcome. It’s the areas of life that repeatedly shows up as obstacles.
The body parts Saturn rules is teeth, bones, joints, knees, spleen, skin, and hair
Thats it for the inner planets! My next post will be about Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, the outer planets that affect an entire generation.
Horoscopes in magazines typically only use the sun sign when telling us about our future, however every one of us has an entire universe within us. When we were born, the planets aligned in the cosmos in a special way, shaping the way we express ourselves. In these next few blog posts I will be describing each of the ten planets.
Why are planets important?
Planets in astrology are like the “power houses”. They represent the experiences in our life and shape our personality and answers the question “What ___?” when it comes to our natal chart. (in example: Venus answers, “What do I love and value?”)
Seeing how each planet in your (or others) natal chart relates to each other brings clarity on what your strengths and weaknesses are in life. When planets are in a position in the sky, it has either a positive or negative influence to your internal universe (natal chart). I like to look at my TimePassages app to see where the current transitions are and how they relate to whatever is occurring in my life.
What are the planets?
In traditional astrology, the planets are: Sun (it’s a star yes… though it still holds influencing energy), Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn
*Modern astrology adds the outer planets of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Since they move so slow, they are generational planets and are important in natal charts when looking at how they aspect other planets*
The Sun is our source of energy. It is the reason that life is on Earth.
In astrology, the sun represents:
The sign that the Sun rules is Leo, which makes is all about feeling the inner spark and shining.
The body parts that the sun rules is the heart, eyes, circulatory system, and the upper back.
The sign and house where the Sun is located in your chart represents where your focus and goals are.
Oh, how I love the moon! Bright and reflecting the suns rays at night.
In astrology, the moon represents:
Habits, behaviors, and instinctual patterns
Every 2.5 days, the moon changes signs and it takes 28 days to go through all signs. It is common in magic to use the moon to enhance the intention of the spell.
Women have menstrual cycles around the same time every month due to their bodies being synced to a particular moon cycle.
The sign that the moon rules is Cancer, which is the sign that’s all about feelings and being a nurturing mother.
Our moon sign is how we react to things, it shows others how we feel about situations/people/ourselves.
The body parts for the moon are stomach, breasts, and the womb.
The sign and house where your moon is located represents where you need to balance your emotional approach.
Mercury is the messenger of Gods. It is the closest planet to the sun.
In astrology, Mercury represents:
healing (related to Archangel Raphael)
The signs that Mercury rules is Gemini and Virgo.
The sign and house your Mercury is in represents how you will communicate with others and how your mind works.
Mercury is a fast and airy planet, you can use Mercury to get a faster result for something you don’t want to wait on for long.
The body parts that Mercury rules is the brain, nervous system, lungs, arms, hands, and bowels.
Venus is the goddess of love, which makes sense why people often think of love whenever the planet is mentioned.
In astrology, Venus represents:
Venus is a feminine planet and represents what you value and love in life.
Looking at what sign and house your Venus is in can give you an idea of what exactly you value and love which can give a hint on what your purpose in life is.
Venus is great for love spells, along with spells that are about wealth (only if you’re doing what you love!)
Venus rules the body parts: neck, kidneys, thymus gland, lips, chin, and cheeks.
In my next post, I will be sharing Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn!
On September 10, 2018, I decided it was time to take a break from eating solid foods. I noticed that my mood was constantly fluctuating, my energy wasn’t always vibrant, I wasn’t eating mindfully, and my thought patterns weren’t always positive and productive. Here is what happened when I fasted for 30 days!
1. Intense Detoxing
For the first three days, I was only drinking master cleanse or water. On the second day, I noticed that it felt like I had caught a cold. My head was pounding, my body felt a little weaker, and I had a fever (signs of toxins wanting to be released during detoxing). I mostly just rested and turned on the heater while wearing two jackets and laid under my covers to sweat out the toxins that wanted to be released in my body.
*Listening to my intuition and starting off with a master cleanse erased my appetite and cravings which made this fast easy for me!*
2. Different Energy Levels
Did you know that 80% of our energy goes towards digestion? It’s no wonder that sometimes eating leaves us exhausted! Due to my body getting a break from digesting solid foods, it now had extra energy that could be put towards other bodily functions. Sometimes, when I was out on a hot day face painting I did face moments of easily feeling light headed and exhausted. When fasting it was important to remember to stay hydrated and remembering to drink water.
3. Woke up in Positive Mood
Prior to fasting, whenever I woke up the first thought on my mind was usually “How am I going to make myself happy today?” I usually didn’t feel like I woke up on the right side of the bed and it would be more challenging for me to face my day. Since fasting, my mood was like changing a light bulb in a room. I immediately feel happy and ready to take the day when I wake up now. Waking up in a positive mood has a large difference in how the rest of my day will turn out. I noticed that it was easier for me to be optimistic and manifest what I wanted, due to my mind being focused on positive outcomes and prosperity.
Every time I fast, a pimple forms at some point. Whether it’s on my chin or nose, my body loves to release toxins through my skin! Pimples are either a sign of your body saying “Hey, you probably are stressing out”, “Hey, 28 days ago you’ve been eating a bunch of junk” or “Hey you’re [insert organ here] is clearing out toxins from eating a bunch of junk”!
5. Mucus mucus mucus
All parts of fasting isn’t glamorous. Due to my break from mucus forming foods, the excess mucous in my body began to be released. From random coughs, to nose runs, to just talking and mucus appearing in my mouth, it just kept being released.
6. More Time Available
Because I knew that I was only going to have liquids, the time that I spent eating or figuring out what to eat was now available for other activities. This gave me more time to spend meditating, working on art, or promoting my skills to others.
*If you are making juices yourself it is still a bit time consuming, though it doesn’t take long to drink liquid*
Our stomach is a muscle that changes in size depending on how much we put into it. Since I was putting in liquids, it began to shrink more and more. Now drinking a smoothie feels like eating a burger and fries! I began to notice as the days went by, that one smoothie lasted me until night time, where I’d either want another lighter smoothie or just a cold pressed juice.
Advice that I’d give for if you want to begin a fast that’s more than three days:
If cravings start, think about something else, take a moment to meditate, or drink water.
Plan out what you’re going to have for the day, so your temptations won’t be enlarged.
Prep out your consumptions. The days I was only drinking master cleanse and water, I made sure to have my master cleanse already prepared.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! If it becomes too much for you (you’ll know) have a fruit.
To end this all, it was quite an experience. My main challenge that I faced was I began to love Arden’s Garden Scary Carrie smoothie a loooooot. Other than that, remaining disciplined and committed to my fast was simple (I am a Capricorn after-all!)
One of the 7 Hermetic Principles (Universal Laws) is the Law of Vibration. Everything around us is vibrating at every moment in different speeds (frequencies) from our thoughts, to chairs, to dolphins. The higher the frequencies, the more energy within that object. In this blog post, I will be explaining the vibration of food and how it affects our frequencies.
Frequency of Our Bodies
Frequencies are measured by Hertz. Similar to how each color has a particular frequency, the healthy human body along with its organs each has an average frequency. The frequency of a color will attract a frequency within the body. Low frequencies causes physical change, while high frequencies cause spiritual change (92-360 HZ) within the body.
Frequency of the human body is: 62-78 HZ
Frequency of a heart is: 67-70 HZ and
Frequency of lungs are: 58-65 HZ just to name a few
Diseases also have an average measure of frequencies
Colds and the flu starts when the body is at 57-60 HZ
Disease starts when the body is at 58 HZ
The body becomes more prone to cancer at 42 HZ
And death begins when the body reaches 25 HZ
Frequency of Food
Now that we are aware of the different frequencies of our bodily states, the importance of the level of frequency within the foods we eat will make more sense. As I always state: THE REASON WE EAT IS TO GAIN ENERGY WHICH COMES FROM THE SUN (which is 126.22 HZ by the way).
We use food, air, and water to consume energy and bring good health. If we are eating foods with little to no frequency, it is acting like a sponge soaking up negative energy rather than adding positive energy to the body. Like attracts like. (Law of Attraction *wink wink*)
*When organic and eaten freshly picked, fresh foods and herbs are even higher*
Fresh Foods: 20-27 HZ
Fresh Herbs: 20-27 HZ
Dried Foods: 15-22 HZ
Dried Herbs: 15-22 HZ
Processed/Canned/Genetically Modified Food: 0 HZ
Good Food = Great Vibes
From preparing our food to the moment we eat, our food is being affected by our vibration. When we consume the food, the food then affects our vibration. For example: If you’re angry while cooking your meal, the vibration of your anger (moods have different frequencies) changes the vibration of your meal. Your meal then fuels your anger, rather than either transmuting or changing it to a higher mood. Even when eating meals that other people prepared, we are still sensitive to how it may affect our bodies.
Here are methods to raising the vibration of what you eat:
Praying: It’s no coincidence that religions use prayer before eating a meal. Using prayer/showing gratitude for the food that is in front of you raises the vibration. One method of prayer I like to do, is giving thanks while visualizing everyone that was a part of the journey of what I am eating. (In Example: If I am eating a mango, I’ll thank whoever planted the seed, took care of the tree, picked the mango, transported the mango, and stocked the mango in the store) Another method of prayer is thanking the food for giving you the energy and nutrition to live another day. Sometimes we get caught in the fast pace of life, that we don’t take the time to slow down and appreciate the little things.
Being Positive While Cooking: Like mentioned earlier, our state affects our food which affects our state after it’s eaten. If we are in high vibration while preparing our meal, our meal will be in higher vibration. Arguing, and thinking negative thoughts are a few examples of what lowers the vibration of food while it’s being prepared. Thinking positive thoughts, singing/dancing, and doing anything that brings you in a great mood while cooking raises the vibration.
Cleansing Body Before Cooking: Throughout our day (especially when we go out into the world) we pick up different vibrations which causes our bodies to either be charged positively or negatively. Taking a moment to go in the shower or if that’s not an option just washing your face and hands to cleanse your body from the day.
“Vibes” are real, and are in everything. From pencils, to our moods, to turtles everything around us has a particular vibration. The different speeds of vibration is called frequency. The frequency of an object is either beneficial, destructive, or neutral for your energy. The same applies for food, which is how we consume energy from the sun. The foods we eat either build our energy and health for the better or worse.
Next time you’re about to eat something ask yourself, “Is this gonna build or kill my vibes?”
Feelings and e-motions. What would we be without them? They inspired the best songs, masterpieces by artists, and add color to our daily lives. They can also be the reason why we chase destructive behavior such as addiction to drugs, alcohol, and junk food and doing physical self harm to our bodies. What is the reason for this? What is the difference between feelings and emotions? What happens when our emotions are imbalanced? Is there even a way to have control over them? If so, what is that like? These are the answers I’ll be answering in this post.
What are emotions?
Merriam Webster defines emotions as:
The affective aspect of consciousness
A state of feeling
A conscious mental reaction subjectively experienced as a strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and emotional changes in the body
It comes from the Latin word emoter, meaning energy in motion.
So what does this mean?
Emotions are mental signals we register as feelings. Feelings (anger, sadness, joy) are states of consciousness. The state of your consciousness determines how you will register the emotion to transform into a “feeling”. This is why some people are less likely to experience insecurity and jealously while others experience those feelings almost everyday.
Emotions start off as thoughts. They both carry vibrations which effect our cellular and physiological state. We are made of atoms and water which are in constant motion. The kind of movement (frequency) in which atoms inside of a cell vibrate creates wave energy that influences the wave and function. The more positive your mood, the higher the frequency, which results in your being in your best state.
When we become more in control of our thoughts, we can become more aware of whether our emotions are in the higher scale or spiraling low. Negative emotions are signals to us that we are focusing our thoughts on things that do not serve us. To redirect our emotions, putting your focus on the thought behind the emotion (the root of the emotion) will help gain more clarity of the emotion and shift the victim mind-state.
What happens when your emotions are imbalanced?
In our society, what is promoted the most to handle emotions is suppressing them. Each of us has faced trauma since our childhood, if the we keep our wounds away from our attention and care, they turn into us misunderstanding our emotional truth. Rather than facing our traumas and emotional experiences we faced in the past, we use outside stimulation to keep our focus away such as:
Media (shows, movies, etc.)
The suppressed emotions manifest as lower frequencies (feelings) such as anger, fear, anxiety, sadness, depression, resentment, and stress. These feelings can transform into disease and bodily imbalance. (In example: tension leading to headaches, fear making your stomach feel upset) Repression of emotions also lead to disruptions in the normal balance of the stress hormone called cortisol compared to freely expressing emotion.
So what does this mean?
Because our emotions are mental signals which have an affect on our bodies (negative affect when imbalanced and suppressed), the way we think and feel, and our deep belief patterns that usually start from our childhood may result in disease of the body. Our body is always healing itself (striving for homeostasis). When lower emotions aren’t explored and dealt with they create anxiety, depression, or anger, which disrupts the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
A common way we experience this interaction of mental signals and physical sensations is when going through pain. Pain is a combo of physical sensations, emotions felt, and the meaning the pain has for us.
Basically. negative thoughts lead to negative emotions, which impacts our health.
As above so below!
How do I become a master of my emotions?
Well, this is a shift that doesn’t happen over night. Since we have been raised to not deal with our emotions in harmonious ways, when we aren’t being present with ourselves our unconscious can lead us to reactions that are negative emotions.
To become more present and centering the mind that helps to shift from being reactive with our emotions into being responsive, practices that help include:
Pranayama + other breathing practices
*These practices help with being more present, but aren’t guaranteed for facing suppressed emotions*
The most important step to becoming a master of your emotions, is recognizing the emotions that are suppressed within you.
A pyramid is only able to stand tall beyond any weather is because of it’s strong foundation. Keeping your emotions suppressed just leads to a rocky journey to finding balance.
Facing your emotions can be done in multiple ways such as:
Talking to a trusted friend//family member
Writing about it
Going to events that are about discussing experiences (ex: Events that are about women discussing sexual trauma)
Meditation that is focused on healing your inner child, reflecting on trauma
Be honest with yourself! Only you can truly change how you felt about a situation. Also, facing emotions isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. If you start to feel high amounts of feelings that are negative while you are releasing them, that is okay. Face them, forgive them, and know that you are healing from where it stemmed from.
We all have emotions, and feelings, it’s just about how we are dealing with them. If someone says they have “no feelings” 9/10 they have A LOT of suppression. Suppression of emotions leads to chasing outside stimulation, and manifestation of lower feelings which impacts our body. Facing our emotions that are suppressed leads us to climb up the emotional spiral, leading us to an abundant and healthy lifestyle.
I began my transition into eating healthier when I was 15 years old. I ran into a few challenges, though the transition was extremely smooth overall. It is now four years later, and I now have a full plant-based diet. I am fully confident and aware enough to spread advice and tips to others who want to start the transition themselves! Whether you’re a person that eats meat, a vegetarian, or a vegan that eats mostly wheat and soy filled products, this post is for you!
Tip 1: Take it Easy
This tip is the most important out of them all. To begin a transitioning journey, is changing practices that you have done since you were a kid. Throughout your transition, remember to be patient with yourself. Also, begin with a pace that’s best suitable for you. Whether it’s shifting your diet for only a week, 30 days, cutting out only red meat, or just going cold turkey, the best way to transition is the way that you are comfortable and confident in pursuing.
Tip 2: Learn Your Body Type
Everyone’s body is unique in their own way. We all have a special combination of DNA that allows us to be who we are, and shape the way our body functions. Learning your body type allows you to live a life style that’s aligned with your body’s specific needs.
One form of knowing your body type, is knowing your blood type. There is a diet created for each four blood types that have been proven to lead to healthier results! It was created by a naturopath Peter J. D’Adamo. He believes that the foods we eat react chemically with our blood type, and if we follow a diet designed for our blood type, our bodies will digest food more efficiently (weight loss, boost of energy, preventing disease).
Tip 3: Know Your Dosha
In a previous post, I described the Ayurvedic diet. Ayurveda is based on the mind, body, and spirit and everyone has all three doshas *Vata : air, space / Pitta : fire, water / Kapha : water, earth* What makes each person unique, is which dosha is the most dominant. That indicates which foods to focus on, and which to limit within your diet. Following Ayurveda may bring some ease if you’re unsure of how to start.
Tip 4: Try Fasting.
Fasting is a life altering practice. It allows you to learn self-discipline, connects you to messages your body sends that you didn’t notice before, reduces cravings, and heightens your energy! There are numerous ways to fast, one of the most popular being intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting, is commonly done by fasting for 16 hours of the day, and eating for 8 hours. (Ex: If the last time you ate was 7pm, you would eat again at 11am). Fasting more often easily helps you notice what foods aren’y beneficial for your body.
If you would like to know other ways fasting helps, check out a previous post!
Tip 5: Create a Goal
The easiest way to create change in your life, is to have a reason for change. Creating a goal for why your transitioning is like building a foundation. Your goal will allow you to aspire for change, and see the importance of committing to your transitioning journey.
Here are a few examples of goals that may align with you:
___ days of no meat or dairy
___ days of no red meat
___ days of no salt, no sugar, no fried foods
Tip 6: Track Your Journey
Tracking your journey allows you to physically see how long you’ve been committed. Ways you can track your transitioning time could be:
Mood and energy levels of the day
What I Ate Today
Cravings I Had Today
Tip 7: Read Food Labels
During my beginning stage of being a vegan, I was so surprised by how much dairy and animal ingredients they sneak into products! From chips to granola bars to liquor, there’s plenty of sneaky ingredients that aren’t vegan.
The app is it vegan? was my best friend during my beginning stage, all I had to do was just scan the products bar code and it would tell me whether all the ingredients were vegan or not.
Theres a website that let’s you know whether the bottle of liquor you’re drinking is vegan or not!
Tip 8: Cook at Home
Trying out altered versions of your favorite foods are the best, especially when cooking with friends. Plus why eat out and question every ingredient, when you can cook and know what’s being consumed?
There are thousands and thousands of vegan blogs on the internet filled with recipes (I have one!) for you to easily try at home. YouTube videos also helped me a ton. (just search: Vegan Grocery Haul, What I Ate In A Day, Easy Vegan Meals)
Tip 9: Connect With Others
Everyday, the number of people switching their diets is increasing. You are not alone! If at any moment you have questions or need support, there are numerous people online or even local that are willing to help and share all that they know. (I’m one of them!!)
Ways to find other vegans: searching for vegan facebook groups, your cities vegan social clubs, socializing at vegan restaurants, and there’s even an app thats social media for vegans!
Tip 10: Have Fun!
Altering your diet doesn’t have to be a serious hard task, make it fun! Begin your journey with a friend and discuss challenges and what’s been exciting. Go out to local vegan restaurants and try out new foods. Go to your favorite restaurants and customize something on the menu. One of my favorite things to do was going to places I usually ordered nonvegan meals and altering it (Ex: Chik-Fil-A veggie wrap, no cheese, add beans).
After at least 21 days (that’s when the brain picks up on a new habit), your transition will shift from a challenge to a practice!
Transitioning into Veganism isn’t as complicated as you may think. All it takes is research, getting to know your body, being patient with yourself, and having optimism. Taking this step now helps you in the future. Making a choice to live healthier saves you from having diseases in the future.
I hope this post inspires you to alter your diet :)!
I like to think of the 12 signs in astrology as little floating people. Each have their specific way of expressing themselves to the world and connecting to theirselves inside. Before we get into the depths of astrology, I would like to introduce each of these signs. The signs in astrology show how someone is expressing the planet (that is a future post of course) that the sign is within. Before we get into the depths of astrology, here are the 12 signs 🙂 Enjoy.
The personality growth astrological signs are Aries to Virgo. The soul growth astrological signs are Virgo to Pisces.
Aries “I AM”
Aries season is March 21- April 19 (varies for leap year), and it’s symbol is a ram.
The opposite sign of Aries is Libra
Aries rules the head, face, brain, and eyes.
Aries is a fire, cardinal sign. Fire signs relates to the experience with personal identity, Cardinal signs are the leaders. They are able to start new ideas. This combination means that Aries focus is ways to establish it’s separate identity.
The planet that rules Aries is Mars, the planet of action.
Aries are motivated by inspirations and aspirations
The color for Aries is red
Each astrological sign goes through three stages within it’s lifetime (not everyone passes all stages). The two versions of these stages I’ve seen is (Sleeping, Awakening, Awakened and Personality Centered, Awakening to Soul, Soul Centered) the stages I will be describing is Personality to Soul Centered.
Personality Centered Aries are unconscious of the self. They project their instinctive desires onto the world, which brings a “me” first behavior. Their motivations are based on desire for dominance. They also have a need for personal recognition.
An Aries Awakening to the Soul begins to do things not only for themselves but for the wellbeing of others. They no longer have anger or outrage that is instinctual. They also discover the meaning of love.
A Soul Centered Aries is in touch with their intuition. They realize that the self is not the ego, and are aware of the right use of their will and power. Their actions also become selfless.
Taurus “I HAVE”
Taurus season is April 19 to May 21 (varies for leap year) and it’s symbol is a bull.
The opposite sign of Taurus is Scorpio
Taurus rules the throat, neck, the vocal tract, and the thyroid gland
Taurus is an Earth, fixed sign. Earth signs relates to the material world and physical senses. Fixed signs are used to stability and persistence. Fixed signs are the least to accept change. Taurus’ main focus is establishing a sense of meaning and value in life.
The planet that rules Taurus is Venus, the planet of love and value.
Taurus are motivated by the desire for practical and useful results.
The color for Taurus is orange-red.
Personality Centered Taurus is focused on material possessions and physical pleasures. They have an instinctive urge to get possessions in a stubborn way. They always want more out of life.
A Taurus Awakening to the Soul starts to release their attachment to their desires. They may struggle with their goals to give themselves freely.
A Soul Centered Taurus is freed from attachments, desire, and the bondage of possessiveness and their insecurities. They enjoy the present. They see that everything has value and beauty. They also realize that nothing is truly theirs.
Gemini “I THINK”
Gemini season is May 21- June 21 and it’s symbol are twins
The opposite sign of Gemini is Sagittarius
Gemini rules the arms, lungs, shoulders, hands, nervous system, and brain
Gemini is a air, mutable sign. Air signs relate to the intellect and can be objective. Mutable signs need constant movement and change. They also know how to go with the flow. Gemini’s main focus is to learn through a variety of experiences.
The planet that rules Gemini is Mercury, the planet of intellect and communication.
Geminis are motivated by their mental curiosity.
The color for Gemini is orange.
Personality Centered Gemini’s move with no purpose or plan. They are unaware of their thoughts. Their motivations are based on their desire to experience. Relationships are mainly about how it relates to themselves, and life is seen as “me vs them”.
A Gemini Awakening to the Soul understands relationships that do not relate to themselves. Their mind transitions from moving instinctual to being more creative. They begin to think less subjective and more objective. They are learning to harmonize themselves with the environment.
A Soul Centered Gemini has control of their mind. They put knowledge into their movement and purpose. Instead of having deep ponders, they begin to lightly perceive the way everything interconnects. Their non-attachment is loving.
Cancer “I FEEL”
Cancer season is June 22 – July 22 and it’s symbol is the crab
The opposite sign of Cancer is Capricorn
Cancer rules the chest, breast, and the stomach
Cancer is a water, cardinal sign. Water signs are focused on emotions and are connected to what others do not usually see (usually psychic and intuitive). Cardinal signs are leaders and are able to start new ideas. Cancer’s main focus is to find their own inner home/anchor.
Cancer is ruled by the moon, which is in charge of the subconscious, feelings, habits, and the ocean.
Cancers are motivated by self preservation.
The color for Cancer is light orange.
Personality Centered Cancers are unaware of their individuality. They mainly are identified by their parents, and their background. They have difficulties between differentiating their own impressions and others influences.
A Cancer Awakening to the Soul is able to differentiate their psychic messages and influences of others. They begin to feel at home where-ever and start to awaken to their surroundings.
A Soul Centered Cancer has limitless compassion. They are liberated from past conditioning. They see every one as one eternal family. They have replaced the need for self-gratifying nurturing and are instead unselfishly caring of others.
Leo “I WILL”
Leo Season is July 23- August 21 and it’s symbol is the lion
The opposite sign of Leo is Aquarius
Leo rules the heart, chest, spine, and upper back
Leo is a fixed, fire sign. Fire signs relates to the individual experience. Fixed signs are used to stability and persistence, Fixed signs are the least to accept change. Leo’s main focus is the search for wholeness within themselves and how they are apart of the whole.
Leo is ruled by the sun, which is in charge of our personality, and how we identify ourselves.
Leo’s are motivated by their need for love and domination
The color for Leo is yellow orange.
Personality Center Leos have a need for attention and to dominate their environment. They may seek attention by showing their possessions and abilities. They view the collective whole as those who surrounds them.
A Leo Awakening to the Soul has an increasing awareness of how to be creatively expressive of themselves. They see themselves as a co-creator. They may still have a belief that the ego is the creator. They are able to blend into a group without feeling like their identity is threatened.
A Soul Centered Leo has a desire to achieve control over their personality. They have self knowledge and self awareness. They no longer see themselves as the center of all. They see their amazing qualities as not something that is only theirs, but is from the divine.
Virgo “I ANALYZE”/”I SERVE”
Virgo season is August 22- September 21 and it’s symbol is the virgin
The opposite sign of Virgo is Pisces
Virgo rules the digestive system, intestines, spleen, and the nervous system
Virgo is a mutable, earth sign. Earth signs relate to the material world, and physical senses. Mutable signs are the most accepting of change, they may also be great at going with the flow. Virgo’s main focus is how they can meaningfully serve themselves.
Virgo is also ruled by Mercury, the planet of intellect and communication.
Virgos are motivated by their desire to protect.
The color for Virgo is yellow.
Personality Centered Virgo has a lack of physical and mental discrimination. They fear the void and introspection, which causes them to protect themselves from their inner depths. This fear also may cause their relationship to lack emotional depth.
A Virgo Awakening to the Soul is the most commonly known Virgo, the perfectionist. They are learning to discern and analyze. They strive to release themselves of all that serves no purpose.
A Soul Centered Virgo sees their own faults and because of that, are more compassionate towards others faults. The imperfect and parts of themselves that cannot change is now accepted. They understand that perfection is an illusion.
Libra “I BALANCE”
Libra season is September 22- October 21 and it’s symbol is a balance scale
The opposite sign of Libra is Aries
Libra rules the kidneys, skin, and butt
Libra is a cardinal, air sign. Air signs are the intellect, how the mind works, and can be more objective than the other elements. Cardinal signs are leaders and are able to start new ideas. Leo’s main focus is learning to perceive the right values, and to balance life’s polarities.
Libra is also ruled by Venus, the planet of love and value.
Libras are motivated by their desire for a relationship
The color for Libra is green
Personality Centered Libras have relationships just for the sake of it. They see people as vehicles of their personal self expression and have a need to experience their personality being projected.
A Libra Awakening to the Soul has an urge for harmony and are searching for the ideal partner. They are often aware of when the environment is out of harmony. They strive to treat everything equally.
A Soul Centered Libra has balanced their lower self with their higher self. They have inner peace and are aware of their relationship with all beings. They know that all has God within them.
Scorpio “I DESIRE”/”I CREATE”
Scorpio season is October 22-November 21 and it’s symbols are: the scorpion, the eagle, and the phoenix.
The opposite sign of Scorpio is Taurus
Scorpio rules the reproductive system, sexual organs, bowels, and the excretory system
Scorpio is a water, fixed sign. Water signs are focused on the emotions and are aware of what others may not easily notice (usually psychic and intuitive people) Fixed signs are used to stability and persistence. They are the least accepting of change. Scorpio main focus is the search for transformation. They are often struggling with being between their lower self desires and passions and their soul centered self.
Scorpio is ruled by Pluto and Mars, Pluto is the planet of death (literal and figurative) and transformation. Mars is the planet of action.
Scorpios are motivated by their urge to individualize and refine themselves
The color for Scorpio is turquoise
Personality Centered Scorpios (scorpion) are selfish and like having self destructive experiences.
A Scorpio Awakening to the Soul (eagle) has developed objectivity and patience. They are constantly moving between heaven (higher self) and earth (lower self). They may pursue their desires relentlessly and are attached to their passion. They may have a passion for sex and social conquest.
A Soul Centered Scorpio (phoenix) has went through the elimination of the ego (negative tendencies). Their deeper and higher power is the source for themselves.
Sagittarius “I PERCEIVE”
Sagittarius season is November 22- December 21 and its symbols are centaur, knight, and arrow
The opposite sign of Sagittarius is Gemini
Sagittarius rules the hips, thighs, and liver
Sagittarius is a mutable, fire sign. Fire signs relate to the experience with personal identity. Mutable signs are the most accepting to change, they may also be great at going with the flow. Sagittarius main focus is the search for wisdom.
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planet of the higher mind and how one expands themselves for spiritual growth.
Sagittarius are motivated by the question, “What is my purpose in life?”
The color for Sagittarius is light blue
Personality Centered Sagittarius (centaur) have an emotional desire to fulfill their mental energy. Because of this, they may keep themselves busy which creates more desires to be satisfied. They have an urge for adventure which increases activity without much structure for inner truth.
A Sagittarius Awakening to the Soul (knight) learns how to direct their energy. In this stage they must learn to develop self discipline. They have an urge to create a vision of purpose, for this vision is their reason for being.
A Soul Centered Sagittarius (arrow) is the merge with the higher mind, They have begun the quest to experience higher truth within their life.
Capricorn “I USE”
Capricorn season is December 22- January 21 and its symbols are the sea-goat and unicorn
The opposite sign of Capricorn is Cancer
Capricorn rules the knees, joints, skeletal system
Capricorn is a cardinal, earth sign. Earth signs relate to the material world and physical senses. Cardinal signs are natural leaders and it is easy for them to begin new ideas. Capricorn’s main focus is the pathway to transfiguration
Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet that is the Tester and Teacher of perfecting the self
Capricorns are motivated by expediency
The color for Capricorn is blue
Personality Centered Capricorn has an attachment to the material world. They have little to no awareness of spirit. Their minds may be structured around the phrase “What you see is what you get” They have a fear of lack, and losing.
A Capricorn Awakening to the Soul (seagoat) is beginning to awaken to the spiritual value of life. They are able to act ambitious without attaching themselves to outcomes. They are beginning to have aspiration to take responsibility that benefits others.
A Soul Centered Capricorn (unicorn) sees that material goals are an illusion, and achievement is impermanent. They are engaged on building good character. They see the necessary organization and order to bring forms into the world .
Aquarius “I KNOW”
Aquarius season is January 22- February 21 and it’s symbol is the waterbearer
The opposite sign of Aquarius is Leo
Aquarius rules the ankles, and the circulatory system
Aquarius is a fixed, air sign. Air signs relate to the intellect and how the mind works. It is easier for air signs to be objective than the other elements. Fixed signs are used to stability and persistence. Fixed signs are used to stability and persistence. They are the least accepting of change. Aquarius main focus is having a life that is lead as a conscious service to humanity. Giving others the philosophy of life.
Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the planet of awakening. It is the planet that brings unexpected changes within life.
Aquarius are motivated by the urge to serve
The color for Aquarius is indigo
Personality Centered Aquarius have a weak personality and may be “airheads”. They may create unnecessary complications within their lives. Because they like to represent something, this may cause them to try to be all things for all people.
An Aquarius Awakening to the Soul uses their natural ability to network to bring a greater unifying principle to themselves, Their higher and lower self is in constant communication.
A Soul Centered Aquarius sees that the greater the connection with themselves, the greater the vision of the one that is self. They also see that the more individualized their consciousness is, simultaneously the more universal it becomes.
Pisces “I BELIEVE”
Pisces season is February 22- March 22 and it’s symbol are the two fishes
The opposite sign of Pisces is Virgo
Pisces rules the feet, mucus, and the lymphatic system
Pisces is a mutable, water sign. Water signs are connected to emotions and are aware of what others may not always see. (why most are usually psychic and intuitive people) Mutable signs are adaptable and it may be easy for them to go with the flow. Pisces are focused on combining their personality with their higher self. They may also have a struggle with duality.
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet of dreams and illusion.
Pisces are motivated by the desire to escape from physical living.
The color for Pisces is purple
Personality Centered Pisces are sensitive to everyone and everything and are unsure why, Their experience is emotional and instinctual. They may throw themselves away with causes escapist practices.
A Pisces Awakening to the Soul still has a sensitivity to others and are grounding themselves to develop discernment. They have a magnetic energy,
A Soul Centered Pisces sees no difference, and is at one with the universe. They have merged with their inner self.
Each sign may have a slight difference, but all are the same: they lead to connection with the soul. Each sign is an expression of the many ways God personifies itself to find out about itself. I hope this post gave you more clarity on each of the signs and their ways of expressing themselves. Thank you 🙂