Summer is normally a time we consider to be “lighthearted and free,” enjoying time in the sun with our friends and family, without a care in the world! And while that should still be the case, if you’re reading this blog right now, you’ve already noticed something within you may be awry. You might have been feeling tired or lethargic, sleeping later than normal (or at least wanting to), frustrated, sensitive around others, flying off the handles a little more than usual or that you’d like to care to admit, or basically all-around emotional.
We can thank the cosmos for this! Beginning this summer, we can expect, and already have, a bevy of activity from the summer equinox, cancer AND eclipse season, and 6 – you read that right- planets in retrograde!! But not to worry, because I’m going to break down exactly what’s going on and how to best navigate the energies and take care of yourself so that when all is said and done, you feel nourished, healed, and ready for your ultimate rebirth! So let’s get into it!
Let’s start with cancer season. The crab makes her journey from June 21-July 22nd. She’s a feminine energy and finds her home with the element of water. We often find ourselves the most sensitive and emotional at the drop of a hat during this time and Pisces season. This is a time for us to better learn and understand our emotional depth and feelings instead of burying and pushing them aside or judging them. We’re all here because we’ve chosen to be human during this incarnation and experience the full range of human emotion. Not to mention, we are comprised of equal parts divine feminine and divine masculine. This is a time to better understand and balance the feminine, our nurturing and receptive nature. We get to soften up here and get to know ourselves on a deeper, more intimate level. And this goes for both men and women!! You’ll find with the cancers in your life, they may present themselves with a tough shell and outer exterior, but once they let you in, or you push your way in, they are some of the most sensitive, loving souls whose vulnerability needs to be honored and kept safe.
One of the best ways to connect with this energy is through the element of water. That could be immersing yourself into any body of water such as the ocean, or a lake. But most of you already know my FAVORITE self-care ritual during this time, and pretty much all the time, which is a sea-salt bath! And we’re really talking soaking, not a full on bath like when we were kids. I often recommend loading up your bath with some epsom, himalayan, or sea-salt, your favorite essential oils, and an extra addition which would be extremely healing and powerful at this time, fresh flowers! Light some candles, grab your favorite crystals (2 of the best for this period are selenite and rose quartz), and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. I suggest using my suuuper yummy, high-vibe zodiac bath salts which are energy charged for your personally! You can pick some up HERE! They also contain a keepsake crystal for you to use specifically with your bath ritual or any time the need calls! Use this time to connect with your intuition, visualize your bath water as the purest, most beautiful white/golden/pink light, healing your body and fields from the inside out. I often like to call upon ascended master Kuan Yin to help me be more gentle and compassionate with myself and others. Be open to receiving any healing or messages you need most and just honor yourself exactly as you are and where you are. When you’re done, you can do a cold water rinse in the shower, and follow up with any other yummy self-care like a DYI facial or a self-massage with warm oil or lotion. Your body is your sacred vessel! Treat it as such.
I also recommend having a good cry when needed! Our bodies are primarily made up of water, and one of the best ways to release old, limiting, stale energies is through our tears. Think of how much lighter you feel after a good cry! And let’s be real here, stop feeling so vulnerable and ugly-cry when necessary! Go somewhere you can be alone to go crazy and let it out!! And before we wrap this section up, now is a great time to get some good workouts in and sweat out what doesn’t serve you. You can also do this by visiting a sauna. Just make sure you’re sweating and the energy is moving through you! And last but not least, make sure to hydrate with some good, ol’ fashioned WATER!!
Now let’s get into the retrogrades. Let me just start this off by saying the key to navigating energy of any kind is through meditation. It’s the best way to remain calm, return back to your center with ease and grace, and understand more of whatever is going on for your soul’s journey and how best to heal. If you’re new to meditation or want to learn where to start, you can check out my Back to Basics Guidebook HERE. I’m just going to touch upon each of the retrogrades and the best self-care and tools to get through them with flying colors! This will also ring especially true for the eclipse portals in order to fully release what doesn’t serve you and allow those doors to close with ease and grace, while simultaneously allowing for new beginnings and divine downloads on how to progress, heal, and move forward.
First we have Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, who has been retrograde since March 8th and will be finishing up its backwards cycle on July 10th. Jupiter has been purifying our lives, through our physical bodies, as well as having us look at our thought processes and the values we hold most dear. Have they ultimately served us or have you been noticing where fear has been limiting you and making you think small? This has been a big time of physical cleansing and purging, making it an excellent time for a cleanse or detox program. Please just make sure you are honoring your body and following a protocol that most resonates with what you need most – NOT what’s “trendy.” Many people have found themselves coming down with the flu, colds, and tummy troubles which can often symbolize release. It’s important to remember not to berate yourself if that happens and trust the wisdom of your body. Again, make sure you’re also getting some physical movement in and getting some sweat going.
Next we have Saturn who turned retrograde back in April and will be finishing his turn on September 6th. This guy is like the father figure from up above. He’s loving, but tough, disciplined, and wants us to get our hands dirty. He likes teaching us lessons. He’s also known as the Lord of Karma. A lot of our unbalanced karma is now coming up to the light to be amended and sorted through, whether that’s from a past life or present. Old flames and friends may be rearing their heads due to unfinished soul contracts, or you may find yourself repeating a pattern that doesn’t serve you somewhere in your life and relationships. You might just need to acknowledge a pattern and ask how to do things differently. It might be through forgiveness. Karma has had this stigma attached to it, but it is neither good nor bad. It’s a universal law of balance, of cause and effect. For every action, there is a reaction. During this period, we are being asked to look at the commitments we’ve made and see if they still serve us and which ones we’d still like to keep.
Pluto also began its retrograde cycle back in April and will finish up on September 30th. Here the focus is on our subconscious – old limiting beliefs and toxic people we’re still holding onto that don’t serve us. It will be peeling back layers, asking what is ultimately true for you? It’s a time to grow and expand your consciousness and connect even deeper to your spiritual growth and practice. Remember that most of the time, it’s the subcon that’s running the show, so if there have been things that you’ve been working on manifesting to no avail, look at the beliefs you’ve been carrying there. You have the choice and the power to change and rewrite your beliefs at any time.
Next comes a long retrograde we got going with Neptune, who started its cycle in June and will continue until November 24th. Neptune will unveil any negative emotional energy such as fear or lack of self-love and acceptance, and unlock them in a way that you’re able to release them peacefully. Not only is the focus here on emotional energy, but on creativity as well. It’s the perfect time to do some sacral chakra work as these energies go hand in hand. You’ll really be able to get in touch with that sacred, feminine fire within, assisting you in releasing any self-sabotaging patterns or tendencies. Connect to this energy center, which vibrates to the color orange, through meditation, yoga, creative pursuits such as dance or art, and through, I know you’re gonna love this one, some passionate sexual activity!
We have mars which stationed retro at the end of last month, and who goes direct August 27th. Mars, the warrior, who is normally about fire, determination, and action, has us looking at where we’ve been slacking. Has there been a pursuit or goal of yours where deep down you know you haven’t really been putting in the time or effort? That’s definitely be true for me! While the energy right now has been slower, this is not the time to just lay back and relax until things move forward again! Every step forward, no matter how small, count at every point in time! Regardless of what’s happening, each day ask yourself “what can I do today that will take me closer to my dreams?” This period will help you reawaken your motivation, so I recommend revisiting your “why.”
We then have a biggie with chiron, who’s actually not a planet but a comet. Known as the “Wounded Healer,” This retrograde period will last the longest, staying with us until the end of 2018 in order to make sure we have completely healed our bodies and souls in preparation for the new year. This healing will take us out of victimhood and into empowerment!
While you don’t have to be well-versed in astrology, I highly recommend jumping on a site like astrotwins.com to check out your own natal chart to see where chiron falls. That placement represents our deepest wounds and shows us how to heal them. Make sure to look at the specific house your placement of chiron is in and what that house represents. I’ll give you an example, my chiron falls in my 3rd house in gemini, showing me that my deepest wounds have always been reflected in my self-worth and acceptance. I’ve done immense healing already in that area, but now because I have this knowledge, I continue to be empowered by knowing where some of my trigger may still lie. Our souls come into these incarnations with various lessons to be learned for its ultimate growth. And what you have to remember is that by learning these lessons and healing, we are impacting those around us through THEIR lessons and ultimate healing!
And last but not least, we have mercury going retrograde on July 26th in Leo. We all know the basics – it’s a time to re-evaluate, reconnect, revisit, and recharge. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of all the doom and gloom being put out there. Just be smart and aware here. Avoid signing any contracts or purchasing large electronics or equipment, try to avoid updating your phone’s software or getting your car serviced UNLESS you need to fix (AMEND) something which has been long overdue, and communicate efficiently and thoroughly. This is not a time to be feared. I talk more about how to properly navigate the energy of this period in my Back to Basics and Goddess on the Go travel guide which delves more into traveling during MR, but again – be gentle and PATIENT with yourself and others during this time.
We have built up such a stereotype around retrogrades, but it’s just a matter of taking the time to understand what each one represents in order to fully harness the goodness and the healing that can come out of it! Nature is always a great metaphor for life. There are times of hibernation, slowing down, and preparation, and there are time of harvest, blossoming, and blooming. None more important than the other, but all working in conjunction with one another. We need those times of stillness in order to hear the whispers of guidance on how to properly and effectively thrive and move forward. Go into these times with enthusiasm and an open mind, and take the time to pause and reconnect back to yourself through any blips or seeming chaos that life may throw at you. It is all happening FOR you, not TO you, and it’s all for your ultimate benefit, knowledge, and healing.
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