The Truth about Mercury Retrograde

I feel it’s important to clarify this naturally occurring phenomenon, as my guides are telling me it’s much needed at this time.  Although I think it’s wonderful Mercury Retrograde is once again becoming a part of our modern collective consciousness, I believe its effects are widely misinterpreted and misunderstood as a period to be feared or dread.  

Mercury Retrograde was exact at 5:06am PST January 5th and will remain until January 25th, 2016.  At its worst, communication lines are blurred, computers go on the fritz, travel plans may be postponed and/or phone service will be disconnected more often than usual. Perhaps in its own way even modern technology has the need to purge what is no longer serving it; but aren’t we all in need of our own reboot or refresh every now and again?  

During this time lost items may reappear or people from your past may reenter your life unexpectedly.  If you take a step back to evaluate, I think it’s important to note whether or not they are coming back at this time for a very good, very specific reason. 

As an astrologer, you cannot convince me to sign a contract during this period if my life depended on it.  However, it is important for me to clarify this belief does NOT stem from fear, but rather the nature of Mercury Retrograde and its propensity for reversals and change.  If you’re looking at a contract for the beginning of a new venture or a completion of something, I’d say not today.  During the retrograde period, a contract is more likely to become undone or possess misleading hidden text.  On the other hand, if your intentions for the contract are to be something temporary or eventually absolved, then by all means, sign away. 

I would venture to say many of you out there reading this have a natural natal placement of Mercury Retrograde.  Speaking from personal experience (my natal Mercury is retrograde at 15 degrees Gemini) I actually feel kinda normal amidst this acute and interesting time.  In fact, Mercury Retrograde happens an average of 3 or 4 times a year, usually for about three or four weeks at a time.  With the shadow period, which is the two or three week period leading up to the Retrograde, the effects last even longer than you might think.

This particular retrograde is first happening in the sign of Aquarius, which as any astrologer will tell you, Aquarian energy is far from the norm.  Aquarians are the forward thinking rebels with a cause.  They possess an eccentric yet innovative brilliance that sparks our imagination and challenges us to think outside the box.  This is the energy that keeps us creating and pushing forward. Mercury is the planet that rules communication and our linear mind. With our present Mercury Retrograde beginning in Aquarius, then quickly moving backward to hit 15 degrees Capricorn before it stations direct on the 25th, these next three weeks are guaranteed to be a very interesting and exciting time. 

I believe the duality between a forward minded Aquarian vision and the Retrograde’s ability to reboot our thought patterns and temporarily turn back the clock, is something we should ponder in the next few weeks.  Without a clear perspective on our past, how can we move forward in a healthy way to create a better future?  How can we truly grow without striving for and obtaining resolution from our past?  Aren’t our own dreams a dormant part of our subconscious rising up to the surface for a better view?

Mercury Retrograde is actually giving us all a second chance for review; a refreshed opportunity to reprogram our consciousness. Right now the Universe is giving us a chance to find healing and to focus on issues that may have been left behind unresolved.  In this case, Mercury Retrograde is in fact a gift to us all and nothing to be feared. “Problems” commonly associated with a retrograde force us to take a step back and take an introspective look into who we are now and how our past decisions and actions have shaped and defined us.  It forces us to look at what we give our power to and what’s important to us. How can that not be a good a thing?  

The trick during this time is to remain flexible and resilient, with an understanding that perhaps the Universal energies and God have a greater plan for us all.  Unfortunately that plan may or may not include you talking to so-and-so right now or taking that trip exactly as planned.  Annoying at times, yes, but in the bigger picture, I truly believe a Mercury Retrograde is a blessing

Mercury Retrograde is an event in the cosmos, a Divine Intelligence, that gives us an opportunity to recondition ourselves toward individual growth and a collective awakening here on Earth.  Any energetic phenomena that creates awareness and allows us to relate synchronistic events in our present reality with the chance to heal, is in my opinion, a profoundly beautiful thing. 

Love and Blessings,

Erika Othen

Star Date: Tuesday, June 2 2015: Full Moon in Sagittarius

✨Star Date✨ Tues, June 2nd: Full Moon in Sagittarius

Just as the Moon’s gravitational force has the power to affect the world’s tides, our bodies are comprised of 70 percent water and are also affected by the Moon’s phases, transits and the eclipses. In many ancient cultures and Native American traditions, a woman’s cycle was referred to as her “Moon” and was revered as a profoundly powerful and spiritual time where she would separate from her village and fully embrace her divine feminine spirit by performing ceremonies and rituals with other women on their cycle. Perhaps most fascinating of all, is that many tribes believed women were more energetically and spiritually powerful during their menstrual cycle known as her Moon, and that they even had special intuitive powers. Women on their Moon would be called upon by Native American tribe members for their advice, insight and guidance, or to connect them to higher powers.

A Full Moon in Sagittarius is generally a time for optimism and change, but with this Full Moon opposing our Sun in Gemini at 9:19 PST, and other cosmic influences in the mix such as the wide conjunctions with Retrograde Mercury and Mars in Gemini squaring Neptune in Pisces, now seems to be a better time for quiet introspection and self examination. Today, try to avoid the temptation to overindulge and express emotions and ideas that are more rooted in grandiose fantasy rather than reality.

The days before, during and after a Full Moon are the perfect time for a cleanse, especially because Sagittarian energy rules great wisdom and the evolution of our beliefs and ideals. Cleansing your body by avoiding fatty and processed foods today, releasing old paradigms that no longer serve you by clearing energy in your mind and/or spirit and performing an energy clearing ceremony in your home with prayers and Saging can be extremely effective at this time.

Wishing many beautiful Full Moon blessings to you all on this lovely day and as always, sending lots of love and positive energy your way ❤️

Full Moon in Scorpio: Wednesday, May 14th 2014

 

The Full Moon is exact at 23 degrees Scorpio and occurs Wednesday, May 14th at 12:16 PDT/3:16 EDT and 7:16 GMT.

A Full Moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated by the Sun as seen from our view on earth.  In Astrology, a Full Moon phase suggests something within the subconscious (the Moon) becomes illuminated into the conscious awareness (the Sun).

Wednesday’s Full Moon in Scorpio highlights the deep, intense and transformational energy which has been quite the focus as of late, especially after the recent Lunar and Solar Eclipses and the Cardinal Grand Cross of April.  Scorpio energy is of the water element and is fixed in nature, and expresses its need for depth and transformation through intimacy and emotional truths.  As with all Full Moon phases, it is an extremely intense and emotional time for us all.  Whenever Scorpio energy is involved, it encourages us to dig even deeper and further under the surface, into the shadows of our subconscious and our emotions, to inspire and ignite a necessary change.

The Sun in Taurus is now in direct opposition with the Moon in Scorpio.  This suggests we are in a struggle with how we value ourselves and our perception of how others value us.  It is a power struggle between our higher spiritual selves and the material values and perceptions of the outside world.  Don’t fall victim to the boundaries and expectations of others or the illusions these perceptions create in our minds.  It is time to figure out what actions and thought patterns aren’t working in our lives and to face them head on.  It’s time to fully examine all the  “teddy bears” we are still holding on to that are in reality holding us back.  Let it all go.  Refuse to allow anything to take up energy or space in your consciousness unless it is divinely aligned with what you value at your core and hold true in your heart.  Now is the time to dive deep beneath the surface to determine what truly matters to you, to prioritize how you really feel and take that wisdom to transcend to new heights.

Recognizing self sabotaging behaviors and breaking free from old paradigms of thought takes perseverance and is the most significant catalyst toward moving forward with a brave heart.  It takes wisdom to know what needs to be changed, and raw, deliberate courage to integrate it into your conscious awareness and make change happen.  Courage is everything now, as you move deeper into faith, and further commit to surrendering to inner truth.   Now is the time for new values and new ways of life.  Challenge yourself to fully examine what is bringing you down and renounce it completely at the core of your being.  Extract the truth and allow it to rise up through your emotions, just like the Phoenix rising from the ashes.  Remain in gratitude for the lessons learned and take ownership of your part of it, then allow yourself to detach and consciously take action to shift things into a higher frequency.  There is so much great potential for renewal, rebirth and the reemergence of a new, higher vibrational self after such a deep purge.  Although it may not always seem apparent, the truth is forever lying underneath it all.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Taurus April 28th/29th 2014: Your Truth Will Set You Free

The New Moon in Taurus/Solar Eclipse occurs Monday and Tuesday, April 28th and 29th at 11:14 PDT.  A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth align, as the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, dimming its light.  This transit intercepts energy from the Sun and how it illuminates and affects the web of life here on Earth, rebooting us with a new consciousness.  A Solar Eclipse is a rare and powerful New Moon, and is the perfect time to put forth positive energy and intentions into the Universe.  Align your goals with your truth, while clearly and deliberately focusing these intentions, and channel this Solar Eclipse to help manifest a new reality and a positive change for yourself and the collective consciousness.

 

At 9 degrees Taurus, this Solar Eclipse focuses on change and uncovering our authentic inner truth.  Now is the time to get real, ground yourself, and focus on what you want to birth and/or rebirth in your life.  Taurus energy is ruled by the planet Venus, and encourages us to align with our deepest values and an unconditional love for both ourselves and for others.  This, in its essence, lays the foundation for embracing our truth, encourages gratitude and an appreciation for all, and is subsequently the catalyst toward making healthy decisions in our lives and aligning with Source; the true path to our divine soul purpose.

 

Now is a time for feeling.  It’s the time to quiet the mind, and let the heart do the speaking.  So much of what has so long been suppressed is now coming to light.  It may feel as if our foundation, the very ground beneath us, has been shaking and is in the midst of crumbling away.  If this feels so, then allow it to dissolve and crumble away!  This release of energy is much needed to rebuild on what is real and what is true.  With a heart filled with  gratitude and compassion for the lessons learned, now is the time to consciously detach from the energies of the world that no longer serve you and a higher vibrational good.  This can mean the release of people, of places, material things, ideas, emotions and beliefs, anything tangible or intangible that is stunting your progress toward your true potential.

 

So much of our old value systems are based on illusions.  Illusions about ourselves, illusions about others and illusions of the world are constructs of the mind and the ego and are in fact holding us back.  These illusions create a foundation like straw, they can be burnt down or blown away with the wind on a whim.  The truth runs deep, it is solid and it is abiding.  It will provide a dependable foundation with strong and powerful roots that will help nurture your growth and transcends all obstacles and time.  I feel we are being given a choice. Do you want to begin this new journey with a foundation made from straw, or do you deserve a new, solid foundation made of brick like truth?

 

Empower yourself, and refuse to fall victim to a fear of change.  Embrace this need for growth and development and allow it to clear space for new beginnings.  Break free from antiquated paradigms that are conditioned by low frequency fears, negativity and doubts.   We are either prisoners of or empowered by our thoughts and our values.  Our very thoughts create our reality and have the power to manifest anything we desire and strive toward if we believe it possible and will it so.  Now is the time for seeing and embracing what is real and allowing new energy to come in and help us transform and evolve toward a positive, more divinely aligned future.

 

Welcoming these changes and surrendering to a deep, unwavering inner truth takes courage, perseverance  and strength.  Channel this earthy and powerful Taurus energy as a catalyst toward the positive changes you desire, and push forward with a determined commitment toward your goals and a peaceful force.  Now is a time for being fully present in the moment and for trusting and believing in your truth.  It is our truth that sets us free, gives us wings to fly and grants us the strength to reach the highest heights we’ve always dreamed of.     .

After the Darkest Night Will Come A Brighter Day: Hope and Healing After Hurricane Sandy

Today has been a surreal, contemplative and humbling day. My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by Hurricane Sandy and I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and sending healing energy, love and light your way. I can’t help but to feel mixed emotions of sadness and feeling blessed all at the same time as I scroll through the posts of devastation on my timelines and reach out to my family and friends to ensure they’re okay.

A native New Yorker now living in Los Angeles, I feel a close bond to the hurricane survivors and I’m extremely empathetic to what they are experiencing because it hits so close to home. I will always be a New Yorker at heart and I am with you all in spirit! I am proud of how brave you all are and where I am from; we are resilient, strong and have the heart to persevere and rebuild. As you pick up the pieces and find the strength to move forward and find resolve, I’m hoping you will find comfort in knowing you are truly an inspiration to us all. Your strength and determination to endure all hardships and prevail is the exact definition of igniting the courageous warrior spirit within, especially during difficult times of trials and tribulations. You are survivors and for that, you should be eternally proud.

Even through all the devastation, there are so many beautiful examples of people selflessly helping one another and these efforts truly warm my heart and soul. Among the incredible examples of perseverance, is the story of the nurses and first responders of the NYU Langone Medical Center which truly exemplifies the Inner Goddess spirit and the power of embracing your true potential through courageously helping others in their time of need.

After heavy flooding caused the NYU Langone Medical Center in midtown Manhattan to lose power, the nurses and first responders worked tirelessly to evacuate 260 patients manually on med-sleds after the back up generators failed. At a rate of one patient every fifteen minutes, the staff worked relentlessly throughout the night. Among the patients, were 20 babies from the neonatal intensive care unit that required special attention from the nurses because their respirators did not have backup batteries. At least four babies had to be carried down nine flights of stairs while the nurses “breathed” for the infants by manually squeezing a bag in order to drive oxygen back through their tiny lungs. Thankfully, all patients that were rescued have survived.

This beautiful story truly touched my soul and is a testament to the Inner Goddess spirit in us all. These men and women are truly heroes in every sense of the word. They are warrior goddesses with an unrelenting dedication to the well being and survival of their fellow human being no matter what the circumstance or hardship. Their courageous and selfless actions teach us how empowering yourself through helping others in need is one of the greatest gifts we can give to humanity and infinitely makes the world a more beautiful, peaceful and loving place.

I am so, so proud of the brave men and women of the east coast. They are our family, our friends, our neighbors and our fellow Americans. We are all in this together and we will continue to grow, rebuild, stand tall and persevere on. After the darkest night, will come a brighter day and this new day will bring hope to survive, strength to rebuild, healing of our soul and spirit and serves as an undeniable inspiration to us all.

To help our fellow brothers and Goddesses on the east coast, please visit:

The Red Cross
http://www.nyredcross.org/?nd=news_room_detail&news_id=608&jid=63321

The Salvation Army
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn_2.nsf

Americares
https://secure.americares.org/site/Donation2?df_id=11784&11784.donation=form1&JServSessionIdr004=btyzd113b3.app213a

NY Foodbank
http://www.foodbanknyc.org

Introduction: Awaken Your Inner Goddess!

Have you ever had a moment in your life when either seemingly out of nowhere or perhaps through difficult trials and tribulations, a feeling of energy, strength, resilience, an infinite and supreme awareness filled with emotion, beauty and knowing rushes through you and suddenly you feel like you can achieve anything you put your effort and your mind to?  It’s a kind of beautiful and powerful confidence that cannot be found from outside influences, it cannot be found through other people or through material things.  It can’t be found through acknowledgements, achievements, through someone else telling you how to feel or by an outside source trying to control your emotions or your values. It’s a moment in your journey through this beautiful life, when you are completely present, when you are living in and appreciating each moment, accepting life on its terms, and you are finally aware of the true strength and potential you individually possess. It is awakened not because someone told you so, but because you just know it is there. You can feel it and you own it. It awakens a strength in you that may have secretly been hiding deep inside, but suddenly, it transcends all the hurt, the pain, the worry and negativity you’re feeling or have experienced in your past, even if for just a brief moment in time. You know deep in your heart and in your soul you are special.  You are important. You are fully aware that in this moment, you are a powerful being filled with strength, perseverance and light, owning a heart filled with love and a mind strong enough to overcome any obstacle! Your Divine Femininity is power and in this moment, there isn’t anything or anyone that can change it or take it away from you.

This is your Divine Inner Goddess moment. It is a moment when you delve deep into your soul and into your true self and through this moment, your true strength shines outward for all the world to see. Your inner beauty comes from deep within and its glorious light emanates outward. The innate presence in owning your true value and your true strength inspires others, empowers everyone and everything your presence touches, but most of all, it empowers YOU. You are sending the specific message out into the universe you are strong, you are present, you are confident, you are knowing and most of all, you are worth all the great things this wonderful life has to offer. In return, you have so many incredible gifts to share with the world. Your Divine Inner Goddess is waiting for you to discover your true power, your true inner beauty and through this, you awaken your true greatest potential. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could live in that new space every single day for the rest of your life? Well you can, you deserve it and you will! It takes courage to awaken your Inner Goddess, but I promise, she is there. It is within you and it is within us all.

Hi! I’m Erika Othen and I have created Divine Inner Goddess to encourage all women to discover and awaken their Inner Goddess and to inspire women everywhere to live in that space every single day and in all aspects of their life. Through empowering yourself, you empower everyone and everything around you. The universe becomes a more peaceful, pleasant, beautiful and abundant place. Through awakening your Divine Inner Goddess, you can truly connect with the infinitely special, deserving, unique, complex and powerful being you are. You can genuinely appreciate all the beauty this world has to offer and you awaken the ability to achieve everything and anything you have ever dreamed of! You really do deserve all the beautiful gifts this life has to offer and you have so many beautiful gifts to share with the world in return! You are worth it! You will feel inspired to love everyone and everything around you, but most of all, you will be inspired and empowered to love and to treasure yourself. Empowering your Inner Goddess awakens a more beautiful you and in turn, makes the world a more beautiful place. God has given us all special gifts, but how we use those gifts are our gift to God.

Smile. You’re a Goddess.