If you are new to astrology or would like to work with the natural cycles of the sun, moon and planets, here are 5 simple ways to start. Any one or a combination of them can attune you to the rhythm of nature, which can then help you feel bring peace and harmony into your life.
1Follow the sun. The sun is in a sign for roughly a month. The simplest way to incorporate astrology into your life is to follow the sun and work on one zodiac archetype a month. Energize your life each month by incorporating the essence of that sign. Even if you don’t have any planets in that sign, these archetypal energies are accessible to all of us and can be energized within ourselves. 2 ways to work with this are: a) Watch for the shadows of that sign coming up, and utilize that energy to release them. b) Then, do activities that help you to embody the essence of the sign.
This month the sun is in Taurus. The essence of Taurus is having a deep appreciation for the physical in our life like our body, home and space around us, finances. The shadow aspects can show up as a huge resistance to changing the physical stuff around you. So to work with the Taurus energy, ask yourself:
- Am I holding on to old things and clutter that would be best let go off?
- Am I stubbornly holding to things in my life because I don’t have the faith that I can handle the change?
- How can I improve my surroundings to support me in the best way possible?
- How can I include more beauty in my life?
- Do I need to slow down to really appreciate what I am bringing into my life?
- Go beyond the surface level meaning of the sign and go deeper into its essence, by asking if I am really embodying my self-worth. How does my physical surrounding reflect my inner values?
- What can I do to increase my sense of sufficiency. What skills can I work on?
2Follow the moon: The moon is in a sign for 2.5 days. Working with the energies of the moon, paying attention to the emotions surfacing as it goes over each sign can be a great practice for bringing awareness to what triggers us, and how we can handle that with grace.
3Work with the new and full moon every month: Pick one intention and add energy to it with every new and full moon. Journal around these 2 times. Especially watch what that particular moon and sun archetype are bringing up for you — what desires are surfacing and what needs to be let go off? This simple practice can be very effective for keeping your focus, brings to awareness what needs to be released and what needs to be energized, and helps you make tangible progress towards your goals.
4Work with the Venus synodic cycle. Venus takes 19 months to go around the Sun. This is a longer cycle to work with but very powerful. Venus represents the feminine aspect within all of us. You may be familiar with the story of Inanna’s descent to the underworld and her rise. Inanna in the ancient story, represents Venus, the planet. Venus meets up with the waning moon during her time as morning star and waxing moon during her phase as evening star. Each of those meeting points are referred to as gates, and represent a chakra or energy center within our body. Working with this cycle would include a focus on how to clear and energize the energies represented by that chakra. Currently in the sky, Venus reached the 6th gate (Sacral Chakra) and started this cycle in Libra, meaning there is a focus on relationships. This can bring up questions like: are your deepest desires being honored in your relationships? What would you need to let go off, in order to have them honored? Having worked with this cycle now for the 3rd time, I have found it to be powerfully changing and helping to bring out our true essence and strong connection to the Divine Feminine.
5Follow just one planet that is activating your chart in a big way. Some of the big transits in the sky concern Saturn, Pluto in Capricorn, Chiron in Aries and Uranus in Taurus. See how these are activating your chart and working with any one can be hugely transformative.
May these ideas inspire you to be in tune with the cosmos!
If you need additional help in understanding your own chart or getting clarity on the transits you are going through, check out how you can work with me HERE. I offer natal chart readings and readings for transits in the next one year, as well as a very unique 8 week course called Activate Your Power that helps you dive deep into your chart so that you can be who you were meant to be!