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New Moon in Aquarius--Wild, Feminine Energy at the Forefront

New Moon in Aquarius--Wild, Feminine Energy at the Forefront

Of particular interest to me is Black Moon Lilith being opposite the new moon and Jupiter in Aries being in a trine to Lilith. This indicates that Jupiter (the law) may favor the demands (Lilith does not ask nicely) of the uncontrollable feminity that Black Lilith represents. Jupiter is also sextile (another favorable aspect) the recently direct Mars in Gemini. The new moon is widely trine Mars, giving strong a sense of forward movement, especially to intellectual (air sign) pursuits.

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Plant Medicine for Trauma & Resilience

Plant Medicine for Trauma & Resilience

I recently did an interview with powerhouse, Anabel Velasquez, check out the podcast and her work improving legal outcomes from abuse victims at therundown.org Her main mission is to remove the stigma associated with being a victim of domestic and/or sexual abuse. We discussed healing with plant medicine while enduring and recovering from family and sexual abuse.

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Tobacco Flower essence for Quitting Tobacco?

Tobacco Flower essence for Quitting Tobacco?

I find flower and gem essences to be very helpful for emotional and mental concerns. One major thing I have learned working with herbs for 20+ years is the importance of using the entire plant. If you develop side effects or allergies to an herb you can't or won't avoid, try using another part of the plant. Tobacco flower essence is known for helping with tobacco & marijuana dependency. 

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New Year's Resolutions and the New Moon in Capricorn

New Year's Resolutions and the New Moon in Capricorn

The sign Capricorn is related to the physical body and the discipline necessary to get business taken care of. It is no surprise that it is during Capricorn season that people focus on personal goals and make New Year's resolutions. Scroll down for the full New Moon in Capricorn report.

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New Moon in Capricorn on A blue sky, for the astrology newsletter Brown Bear Herbs

New Moon in Capricorn

The new moon in Capricorn will be exact at 2:15 am PST, 5:15 am ET, on Friday, December 23, 2022.

This new moon is super and happening so close to the winter solstice, adding extra potency. It is the darkest time of the year, which means that everything is getting brighter. What (metaphorical) seed will you plant, nourish and watch grow… How do you envision it in 6 months, when its flourishing under the brightest light? It is actually best to wait til just after the new moon to do your intentions...when there is a touch of light to see.

Since Capricorn rules the body and the discipline needed to make practical long-term changes, it is not surprising that New Year's resolutions happen during Capricorn season. What is important to you right now with your body, work, or spiritual life that requires some physical discipline? Don't wait for the first to start resolutions in these areas, do it now for better results.

This new moon is squared by Jupiter in Aries. This has the potential to give you the energy needed (there is a lot there with this placement) to move through stress and make big changes. Don't let opposition stall you. Keep things moving.

Also of note: 

Mars, retrograde in Gemini, is sextile Chiron in Aries. Old wounds may surface. It's a favorable time to talk through problems that may have resulted from hasty statements or flighty behavior. It can be a time to heal. Maybe nothing major, but any healing is good.

Uranus in Taurus is trine Venus in Capricorn...check out your work or day-to-day environment, there is potential for unexpected romance. Maybe you'll see a different side of someone as the wacky energy of Uranus harmonizes with the typically underappreciated Venus, (she's not too happy in Capricorn). Open your eyes tand let that weird thought out. Who knows? If not romance, at least some pleasing moments of enjoying life on planet Earth. If your day is disrupted, observe and appreciate gold linings.

 

Up ahead:

If your 2023 goals are more about following through on unique ideas or inspiration (air and fire goals), you will do better to wait for the Aquarian New Moon on January 21st, 2023, at which point Saturn and Venus will be conjunct in Aquarius as well, making it a great time to start long term plans or alliances related to art, money, aesthetics, or partnerships. Unconventionality is encouraged.

 

Bid adieu to 2022...big changes are coming in 2023. I am ready. 

Arati

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Election Astrology: Full Lunar Eclipse in Taurus

Election Astrology: Full Lunar Eclipse in Taurus

The moon is at its fullest, and eclipsed, on November 8th at 3:03 am PST,  6:03 am ET, at 16 degrees of Taurs. Scroll down for the astrological chart from astro.com.

This is a particularly intense full moon. It is even intense looking for an eclipse. As with all full moons, the sun and moon are directly opposite. In this case we are dealing with the axis of possessions...looking at issues around money, objects, (Taurus) as well as owning people and having power over things (Scorpio). The moon is conjunct the North Node, representing our collective drive to make progress, and the planet Uranus (expect the unexpected!). The sun is conjunct Mercury (fast, emotionally charged words are likely to fly), and Venus (the ruler of Taurus). This all is squared by Saturn in Aquarius, creating a T-square. 

In any T-square situation, I recommend finding some comfort in the sign that would complete a grand cross, in this case Leo. Creative activities, finding ways to shine, or giving from your heart (all beautiful Leo stuff) are likely to be more pleasant than other areas of life. Try to avoid dealing with any intense conversations on the 8th but, some Taurus/Scorpio issues may still come to a head. 

There are some positive aspects that can offer some support. Mars is in retrograde in Gemini trine to Saturn in Aquarius. Sometimes Mars in retrograde can make it hard to see what you are actually doing, things slow down and obstacles may appear. Tap into Saturn in Aquarius for an objective, responsible perspective. Rethink writing/communications/short trips with a broader focus on friends and responsibility to the greater good. It may feel a little slow for some, but, I bet many of us will enjoy a safer speed for a bit.  

Jupiter and Neptune sextile to Pluto in Capricorn. Neptune is trine Venus in Scorpio, the ruling planet of the eclipse, which is poorly positioned in Scorpio. This will be interesting for the election in the US. Go deeply within, use compassion and unconditional love to guide your attitudes with legal matters (Jupiter) and the government. In other words, vote from the heart.

Please, make time to vote. Make your vote one that factors in the needs of those that are least able to help themselves. Which candidate will be most likely to make sure the hungry are fed, we all have access to healthcare, and make sure other basic needs are available to the people during this economic downturn? Who will be most likely to ensure we have a future by seriously looking at climate change and other global concerns? We are strongest when we are all taken care of. 

All my best, 

Arati

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Grounding Herbs

Grounding Herbs

Take it Easy, Sexy Smokes and Astral in Body are all grounding smokes that work very differently!

Take it Easy is wonderful if you have tension around your shoulders, neck and/or head. The herbs tend to relax that area, including dropping you out of your brain. As an alternative to tobacco, it is a great smoke for easing work frustrations, or to clear your head before bed.

Sexy Smokes herbs are excellent at bringing your energy into the sensual realm. If you have trouble being too mental or goal focused with sexy time, this blend is great for helping you enjoy the moment. I wouldn't say it is hard to get mental like Take it Easy, you just have other things to focus on. Also it is helpful for improving confidence, which makes it fun to smoke during creative or social times. I think this has a connection with anxiety and mental agitation. It is hard to be too worried when you are feeling confident! 

Astral in Body might be an unexpected option for a "grounding" smoke. Socially this blend is a bit of a wild card. However as a solo smoke, when the moon is full or in a difficult sign for you, it is grounding and centering. It tends to bring your awareness to the energy around your body and bring your energy downwards. If you are looking for a slightly eccentric herb experience, while learning more about your body's energy...I would choose Astral. 

In general, I find that most herbal aphrodisiacs, herbs for reproductive and lower digestive tract health are grounding. Some examples available on our website include: Lady's Thumb, ASMR tincture, & Black Cohosh

Nervines like skullcap, in our Mother's Little Helper tea, are helpful at soothing frayed nerves. 

Energetic boundary healing through herbs like yarrow (also in Astral in Body), St. John's Wort, and Devil's Club is another approach, if you are feeling overly sensitive to the world around you. 

Many black gemstones, like black tourmaline, are also very grounding

I encourage you to learn about different tools for grounding and see what feels best for you. I think one of the most beautiful and powerful things that we can do is share our experiences. So, as you learn, please share too. 

Arati

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Herbs for Back Support

In this video, I discuss my Back Support tincture for lower back issues, like nerve pain and bulging discs. Valerian for muscle spasm.

Also, Take it Easy is often helpful for headaches with a neck components that is twisty--like asymmetrical whiplash or a waking with a kinked neck. Black Cohosh tincture is more suited for symmetrical whiplash. 

All herbs mentioned above are available on this site!

 

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New Moon in Gemini, Astrological Update

New Moon in Gemini, Astrological Update

The new moon will be exact at 9 degrees of Gemini on Monday, May 30th at 4:31 am PST and 7:31 am ET. 

Gemini is an air sign that is associated with quick-wittedness, social butterflying, communication (social media), gossip (:/), arms and lungs. This is a good time to set intentions around these areas of your life. If you are too shy to talk, consider doing some wild arm-waving dance moves (either way, The Social). No gossiping to reduce? Lighten the load on your lungs and quit tobacco with our help ;). Try to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the freedom that the outside brings us as we deal with the seemingly never-ending battle with COVID. 

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