First New Moon of 2016: Saturday, January 9th

The FIRST New Moon of 2016 is exact today at 5:31 PM PST in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. A New Moon is the celestial event when both the Sun and Moon meet in the heavens, when the Moon passes over the Sun. The Moon changes signs every 2.5 days, so this is the beginning of a new 28 day Moon cycle. In astrological terms, this alignment is known as a conjunction, or as I like to call it, a cosmic kiss in the sky.  

The Sun is your center of self; your vitality, your essence, your spirit. The Moon rules your feelings; our emotions, the Mother and what comforts us. When these two luminaries meet, it is our heart and our feelings coming together, synchronistically aligned to make decisions and manifest. A New Moon is the best time to set intentions and plant the seeds for what you’d like to grow in the next month ahead. In the earthy, powerful sign of Capricorn, now is the perfect time to align your goals with changes needed to be made in your immediate reality in order to manifest your dreams to life.

Today is the perfect time to nurture your ambitious nature. Capricorn energy is focused and deliberate, and with this New Moon, our consciousness (Sun) and instinctual nature (Moon) more easily align to drive us closer to accomplishing tasks that will bring fulfillment and propel us toward our goals.  Today our awareness and emotions have help from the planet Pluto, which is conjunct the Sun/Moon combination within a three degree orb. Pluto is ruled by Scorpio and is the planet of transformation and personal power. It helps us break through and break free of old paradigms and whatever is holding us back. This is the reason why Pluto rules the death and rebirth cycle.  It brings the death of what is no longer serving us to make room for the creation and birth of something new. Pluto will help us define our goals today, because with Mercury in Retrograde, you may be questioning the details and in which way to go or where you’re headed. Call on the energy of Pluto today to be the authority of your own personal power. Anything created now has the ability to sustain.  Pluto conjunct both the Sun and Moon will help clear out the darkest remnants of the past to help overcome challenges and the most perplexing obstacles. 

This New Moon energy is also triggering the prevailing Uranus/Pluto square we have been experiencing since 2012. Uranus is ruled by Aquarius and brings electrically charged energy toward revelations and revolutionary change. A breakdown needs to occur so we can finally reach a breakthrough in our collective consciousness. We must release today, as light from the heavens is shining down on us to push us forward toward personal healing and renewal. There is a powerful force of energy toward either growth or destruction, and it is up to us to decide. Channel this energy for your greatest good, as it can either be a day of personal empowerment or power struggles within yourself and with those around you.

During each New Moon phase, I love to perform what I call my “Moon Ceremonies” and time them as closely as I can to the moment the conjunction is exact in the sky. I find comfort in clearing my personal space with sage, collecting all my crystals and casting them in a circle. I light candles, visualize my intentions, and say prayers and meditate in the sacred space I create in my home. I find it both empowering and rejuvenating, and for me, it’s the perfect way to clear my energy field, define my goals and put forth positive energy into the Universe for the month ahead.

Sending so much love and positive energy out to you all and wishing you many New Moon blessings on this beautifully powerful day. May your intentions be clear, your mind be focused and your heart be pure. Believe in your vision, it can and will manifest ❤️

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