22/8/16 Daily Grind

Monday August 22

“Time to get organised, Time to focuses on the detail and focus on self Care “

Happy Birthday Virgo..

Monday 22nd August Today  is a very positive day. The Sun moves out of Leo and into Virgo. The Moon is in Taurus and Mercury in Virgo conjunct Jupiter in Virgo. Communication is easy today, is practical, grounded and easy to understand. Today you can find giving advise to others will be receptive and implemented.

Disseminating Moon in Taurus, Well a Disseminating Moon is the phase after the Full Moon, the Moon is on the wane ( decrees)  but the there is till Fullness in the Moon.  it’s a very active Moon phase, we can find its energy  enthusiastic easy to act on and we have bright visions.  There can be real progress in this phase. The Moon and Taurus go really well together. If you are aiming to increase your cash flow, the abundant Taurus Moon makes it an excellent time to work on your plans, the energy also make it easy to visualize the bigger picture and new ideas.

With the Sun entering Virgo we can accept a shift from our from conscious yang to our ego yin , fire to earth.Our focus shifts to the pieces of the puzzle, organization, getting healthy and evaluating the little details of our lives.Opportunities emerge to express our feelings and share our happiness and joy today. But remember the shadow side of Virgo.. being overly critical of yourself and others, allowing fears and failures take you over, perfectionism and being somewhat judgmental.

 

Mercury the planet of the mind, thoughts and communication aligns with Jupiter the planet of luck, expansion and growth. This alignment means it’s a a great day for personal and intellectual growth, communication, learning and travel . Today we will find it easy to broaden our visualizations  and see the “Big Picture”, leaving us feeling optimistic and positive.We all know how the law of attraction works “Like attracts more likes” thinking about what is truly important to us in the long run.

Have a Happy Monday

Andy Jackman xx

15/8/16 Monday Madness

Monday august 15th 2016

Happy Monday… Today will be a great day , any actions we take today will go down very well. Problems will be solved easily today as the Moon is in Capricorn all day. Capricorn is a no-nonsense sign, grounded, its practical, realistic and goal orientated.

The Moon trines Virgo in Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn today. Pluto in Capricorn allows for change through practicality, change through letting go of old ways of thinking and being sensible and grounded in your new thought process, change through putting the effort in today.  The Moon also tines Mercury in Virgo and Jupiter in Virgo,  so both of those the planet of communication and the planet of luck  are very receptive to people doing practical concrete  work and when you align yourself with that energy and just get down to nitty gritty and get down to business things will go very well for you.

Finally the Moon squares Uranus in Aries. Uranus is the planet that rules surprise and all things unexpected. Its influence is that of heightened frequencies, unpredictable actions and innovate imagination. Uranus’ influences us to break rules and demolish old patterns creating opportunity for sudden radical change.So today there is going to be a fiery spark in the air today, a spark of the unexpected. This gift will only happen  if you put the work in. The universe will surprise you by stepping in and giving you an opportunity as a result of the work you have put in today , something that you would normally never plan for.

Today is a day about getting the work done and reaping the rewards.

This is a Full Moon and a Luna Eclipse week, so some of you may be feeling the build up of the of Luna energies.  Since the full moon pours down a tremendous amount of energy some may feel emotional, impulsive, quick to snap, unable to sleep and well some may see others acting out.

Have a great day
Andy Jackman xx

 

 

 

 

 

12/8/16 Daily Grind

Friday August 12th, 2016

The Moon is in Sagittarius.

Jupiter in Virgo is in  opposition Chiron.

Pluto the king of the Underworld, of death and rebirth, New beginnings and endings, the wounded healer will be creating an oppositional energy with Jupiter the planet of good fortune, positivity and growth. This can be a time when we find ourselves hungry for understanding and meaning, but because these energies are opposing we may find it difficult to align our personal beliefs systems with philosophical truth that reflects our core self. Something might happen today that challenges our core beliefs, and the universe will make us  aware of it

Chiron opposing Jupiter can be a great time for healing wounds that we may have burred deep down and refused to acknowledge, unearth these past pains is the key , instead of running from it come to terms with the outcome and try living with them in a harmonious way  is the key right now.

Today some of us may  feel alone in our quests,in our personal visions, opinions, or plans for the future, as others may not see eye to eye and may not  seem to understand your vision. But just go with the flow and try and use the Moon in Sagittarius Fun, free, adventourous energy  to see past any  discrepancies.

Today rather than blindly following something that doesn’t truly serve our purpose, it is important for us to look within and come to a greater understanding of what we truly need or believe.

Venus sesquiquadrate Uranus today and tomorrow. This can influence some of us to be uncertain about the desire to be close to someone. We will evaluate the importance of freedom versus closeness.

Have a great Friday and a even better weekend guys.

Andy Jackman xx

14 degrees in Mercury.. 10/8/16

Wednesday August 10th 2016

Mercury in Virgo trines retrograde Pluto in Capricorn

QUARTER MOON IN SCORPIO

Arh with both these planets in earth signs  today we will find ourselves going beyond the norm to find the hidden esoteric or psychological truth.  Today’s planetary influences give us the courage  for deep  communication, we will want to  get to the root or source of matters.

~But lets talk about Mercury and the next two months to come~

Today is an interesting day… First we see Mercury  at 14 degrees in the sign of Virgo, making a positive aspect to Pluto.  Now this it is worth noting that Mercury retrograde back to 14 degrees in the sign of Virgo before it goes back in direct motion in third week in September. Mercury will also be stationed at the same 14 degree when it goes back, there is something significant in this if you ask me..

So what does this mean for us? Well as we know Mercury is the planet that rules our mental thoughts, ideas, messages and communication. Pluto is the planet of power, death and rebirth, regeneration, transformation. So there is something amazing about this aspect, something empowering… this energy empowers your mind, the way you think, empowering new ideas. Paying attention to the small details that will help you move forward on your path…

We need to remember this is a mental energy, so whatever ideas and thoughts we come up with today ,when mercury is connected with Pluto we will be reworking them. Focus on the details. This influence will make us feel empowered to complete our new bright ideas and thoughts.  We will move forward and once Mercury goes back in direct motion in that same degree you will see a drive to successfully complete those new ideas, situations and new opportunities you have been creating for yourself.

Now remember gang we are talking about Mercury’s influence so look out for any new communications you may start this week with someone  of influence, someone positive, someone powerful that you may regard as a wholesome teacher. These conversations and communication interactions you have may  come back around and make a full circle once mercury comes out of retrograde in September.

Today and over the next week pay attention to what is said and what is heard,  as it can give you insight into what is going to surface and  be part of your personal journey during Mercury retrograde .

 

Have a great day

Andy Jackman xx

 

8/8/16 daily grind

 Monday August 8th

Today we see the Crescent Moon in Libra  before it changing signs and enters Scorpio (an opposition to Uranus) on Tuesday, August 9th, at 12:52 AM EDT.

With the Moon in charming Libra all day, we will find the most satisfaction with our interactions. We are easygoing today, and also inclined to go along with people in order to keep the peace, after all Libras are all about balance!

Mercury is in the sign of Virgo today.  Mercury is the planet of communication and our thought process and Virgos are all about the small details so today pay attention to information, ideas, insights and communication that come in right now.

Today some of us will have aha moments that shed Light on your life, souls life purpose, experiences and personal path of growth and evolution.

Venus in Virgo trines Ceres (the asteroid goddess and Great Mother) in Taurus at 1:33pm, This is a great aspect for getting clear on what we want and what we value in regards to love, beauty, money and what our souls purpose is. Virgo is a sign focused on being of service, hard work, analytical, practicality and healing.Virgos are always paying attention to smallest details. Ceres in Taurus trine energy will give us the support we need to focus on the safety,security  and physical nourishment aspect of our lives.

Today i also want to talk about how today is a lucky day, 8/8/16 .Number 8 is Universal Spiritual Law of Cause and Effect its infinite. Number 8 resonates with the influences and vibrations of  personal power, self-confidence, wisdom, enlightenment, inner-strength, success, money, finances, and manifesting wealth and abundance.

Today  we should all try to incorporate  things that support these energies.

Embrace change is the key today.

I hope you have a great Monday!

Andy Jackman xx

Thursday August 4, 2016

 

Thursday August 4

It’s still New Moon wishing time

 The Moon is still in the New Moon phase. So what did you  wish for?

If you need help on what the New Moon phase is about or how to create a New Moon wishs click here ~  How to create a New Moon ritual

Moon continued its transit of Leo until 3:34 AM EDT when it enters Virgo.The Moon squares with mars in today’s early morning hours and then conjoin’s with mercury/ squares Saturn whilst opposes Neptune in the mid afternoon to late evening. This can mean we are still figuring out what is reality and what is illusion! Be willing to look inside yourself and question things, are they really what they seem? Be a warrior for truth and see reality for what it is right now even if it means evaluating yourself,others and the world around you.

 

The Virgo Moon is  very practical and helpful. This earth sign mood is geared towards productivity, clearing, refining, purging, detoxing and organising. Virgo influences us to launch into self-improvement on a physical and soul level. Use this moon phase to be productive and focus on the details ,adjusting minor tweaks here and there. Virgo’s are very good at  being analytical, critical, and technical.

Have a great day 

Andy Jackman xx

 

 

3/8/16 New Moon in Leo

Wednesday august 3rd

New Moon in Leo

How did you go with your New Moon wish list? When planting seeds for the month of August we should be using aspects of Leo. This focus should be on Romance, power, fun , pride, passion, courage, self – confidence, self-love and  relationships.This month is great time to plant intentions surrounding these traits. Where in your life could you incorporate these wonderful aspects? Do you want more romance in your life? Do you want to improve your romantic relationships ? Do you want to do something that involves courage.. book that dream holiday? Enroll in that course? Where in your life do you want to feel more powerful?

Venus is in Leo from July 12-August 5.This is a warmhearted, expressive, teasing and extravagant placement for Venus. So for the next few days we will take pride in our love life, we will be generous and grand.  Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired.  We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period.

Today the Sun in Leo  retrograde Neptune in Pisces, which means for us this could create  friction between the conscious self and our ego.

The next 3 days the sun triggers the Neptune/south node conjunction, This influence will bring us face to face to things we may be in denial about, delve in any  delusions in our lives and any reveal any deception about our self and others that we may not want to see or deal with . it’s time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see reality in all it’s brilliance- shadow and Light!

Have a great day

Andy Jackman xx

The New Moon in Cancer 2016

Today marks the beginning of the 29.5 day Moon cycle, as we are having a New Moon in Cancer today  July 4th, 2016 .New Moons are a new wave of energy  that happens when the   Sun and Moon meet at the exact same point of the zodiac ( being Cancer this month)

As a Cancerian myself this is a very exciting month for me, a month of love, birthdays, happiness and today a chance to dream up big and manifest.

This Cancer New Moon offers us a chance to rebirth our emotional body. What do you desire to feel about yourself and your life? What Cancerians traits would you like to manifest and invite into your world?

Cancer is the sign of the Mother,Carer, Nurturer. Cancer symbolizes the womb of Life. Cancerians are the protectors,highly  creative and we feel things on a  very deep level, deep like the running tides of rivers and the oceans. As Cancer is the first cardinal water sign it is a sign of strong feminine power providing the symbolic water of life upon everyone we come across.The Moon is the ruler of Cancer, drawing upon the waters of creation in a tidal ebb and flow. The Moon speaks to us through our  imagination, our visions, our dreams, our symbols, our stories… Cancerians are highly intuitive, our gut instincts are 100% so don’t try to trick us we see through the veil of lies, we are very observing and we will love you until the end of time, no matter how bad you hurt us.  We are ruled by our stomachs, we heal by cooking, comfort eating, and smoother the people we love.

This Month  listens to your emotions, acknowledge them as valid feelings, which in turn will tell you what we need to do to prosper in your world.

~Today’s Daily Oracle card~

Well this card could not pop up at a more perfect moment, as it’s a new moon and a time to manifest

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This card says, “”Now is the perfect moment to dive in and embrace your heart’s desire

Even though you may feel that you are not ready to start working on your heart’s desire, this card is saying that now is the best time to do so. In other words, even though you may not feel ready, you are ready right now.

This is about taking steps towards your true heart’s desires, both big and small. In some way you need to establish what you don’t need in your life, or what will interfere with you working towards your true heart’s desire. It could be the way you think, as you may have self-doubts, fears, worries, insecurities and other self-sabotaging thoughts. In some sense, what is needed here, first to recognize that you have such negative thoughts, second perhaps establish a pattern, when you are likely to think of these negative thoughts, third be vigilant so you can recognise these negative thoughts and forth to deal and challenge these thoughts, so you can turn them around so that these negative thoughts do not have such a hold on you.

It could be a simple case that you have too many responsibilities and obligations places on you. If people are constantly putting demands on your time, energy and attention, know that it is OK to say “No” occasionally. If you have too many responsibilities, if there is someone around you who can do them for you , than delegate, so that the workload is fairly distributed. By doing this you are rescheduling your time so you can spend time doing something that is truly important to you.

By working on your true heart’s desires you will have more energy, have greater self-esteem, you will be happier and you will attract more abundance.”

So work with the New Moon write down your manifestation list work with your angels and guides, you are ready to manifest what you truly desire in your life right now

If you want to know more about New Moon rituals – click here  How to create a new moon ritual

Written by Andy Jackman xx

Mindfulness Tips & Facts

Anyone can practice mindfulness but it might take a bit of practice. At first you might find it hard to stop your mind from wandering. Here are sum fun facts to help you distract your mind, and help you refocus your mind.

So what is this thing called mindfulness? Below are some definitions:

  • The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment (Kabat-Zinn, 2003).
  • The non-judgmental observation of the ongoing stream of internal and external stimuli as they arise (Baer, 2003).
  • Keeping one’s complete attention to the experience on a moment to moment basis (Martlett & Kristeller, 1999).

Medically speaking..

After 8 weeks of practicing mindfulness exercises for an an average of 27 minutes per day, MRI scans of participants showed that mindfulness:

  • stimulated a significant increase in the density of gray matter in the hippocampus, important for learning and memory;
  • increased the density of gray matter in other neural structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection;
  • decreased the density of gray matter in the amygdala – the part of the brain associated with anxiety and stress.

According to Harvard University, Studies have shown that mindfulness can:

  • relieves stress
  • relieves depression
  • relieves anxiety
  • lowers blood pressure
  • improve chronic pain
  • improve sleep
  • improves capacity to deal with stress
  • improves ability to form deeper connections with others.
  • Mindfulness has also been found to boost immune function.

8 Quotes To Help Foster A Mindful Attitude

Beginner’s Mind

Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.

Patience

Patience, and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.

~Chinese proverb

Non-Judging

With our thoughts, we create the world.

~Buddha

Acceptance

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better; it’s about befriending who we are already.

~Pema Chrodon

Trust

…and then the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

~Anais Nin

Non-Striving

Be yourself. Life is precious as it is.There is no need to run, strive, search or struggle. Just be.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Letting Go

Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.    

~Howard Thurman

Generosity

What people really need is a good listening to.

How to meditate without falling to sleep! 

Are you falling asleep During meditation?

Some questions to ask yourself if you find that you are drifting off whilst meditating..

Is your body or your mind exhausted?  due to intense exercise, physical work or mental exhaustion ? i know some days i am drained and nod off during meditation, Being a Nurse i am physically , emotionally and mentally exhausted some days ( well most at the moment). Is your stomach full when you meditate? or do you practice mindful breathing &  meditation right after a meal? Are you sleep deprived or are you trying to meditate for longer than what you naturally feel like doing? Where and what position are you meditating in?

One of the reasons its suggested to meditate in the morning is cos you awake fresh and alert ( well you should be, there is one exception.. if its rainy and stormy outside). If you haven’t had enough sleep, or are physically exhausted, then it is probably not the best time to meditate. Have some rest first, then try meditating.

If you are still falling to sleep , and you are well rested, keep at it, Keep refocusing on the object of meditation. The mind knows how to be busy thinking, or how to sleep  but is not used to being aware but “empty”, so when we try and switch off and meditate, the mind will try and get distracted, going off on tangents or it will try and go to sleep. Sop keep at it!!!  It will help strengthen your will power, and hopefully with practice you will eventually not have this problem anymore.

There is an exception, if after a busy, exhausting day in which you need to unwind and distract your brain from over thinking, using this breathing mediation is perfect to unwind, relax and fall to sleep carefree, if you are having trouble focusing because of all the traffic in your head, write down all the things on your mind, and a ” to do” or ” things to remember” list for the next day. By writing them down, you are releasing the stress associated with thinking you will forget important things what needs to be done.

Falling asleep can also happen if your sessions are too long. If that is the case, then diminish the length to what is natural to you. Don’t be too ambitious, grow step by step. You can use guided meditation apps in which you are following directions, and at the end they  bring you back to a conscious state. You should not force your mindful breathing sessions or any meditation longer than you are motivated to do.

Sleepiness may be contributed to attempting to mediate right after a meal, especially if you have eaten a lot like i tend to do, its a curse being an emotional eater, i eat when i am happy, sad, stressed, anxious… sigh so i tend to try to meditate pre meals, or a mini session at the coffee shop, or  before bed. If you meditate with a full stomach, much of your energy will be diverted to digestion and less will be available for meditation. If you have just eaten, you will likely have better results if you wait two to three hours after a meal.

Another reason could be if you take alcohol or other drug’s within a 24 to 48 hour period before meditating, as this can t distort your meditation experience, increase your chances of entering either a sleep or a passive state and often it can deaden or dull your inner sensitivity.

What position are you meditating in? if you meditate lying down or in a reclining chair,or in big comfy beanbags or couch  you are more prone to falling a sleep, or  may make it more likely for you to nod off during meditation. You may get better results if you sit upright in a cross legged pose, or a yoga mat, or  in a straight-backed chair.

Practicing meditation after some light exercise, or a shower, can make you be more awake during the session.

Hope this helps and inspires you to continue meditating.

Written By Andy Jackman x