Let's say YES to Life on Full Moon in Sagittarius!

The Universe and Lust Card by Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot deck

The Universe and Lust Card by Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot deck

Oh look, it’s that time of the month again! 

If you’ve been waiting for a life-changing event, tonight’s the night. We’re going to welcome the sight of the optimistic Full Moon in Sagittarius, which will, ironically, shine beside the pessimistic Saturn. Although it's advisable to play by the rules when Saturn is around, remember, it's Sagittarius, the sign of growth and expansion that we're talking about here. So, I wouldn’t be worried so much if I were you.

Luckily, there’s a strong trine aspect between the Full Moon, Saturn, and Uranus in Aries. It helps to bring your inner Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) to the surface for this period. She's bold, she's brave and refuses to play by the man's rules. However, she continues to abide her own personal rules such as justice, love, and compassion, to complete her mission. As long as you know when to say "yes" and "no" at the right time, you'll do amazing, just like her.

Joining the party, Jupiter will turn direct tomorrow to propel you into doing a more active participation in your life. If you've been holding onto some plans while Jupiter was in retrograde, tomorrow is the perfect time to start carrying them out into action.

Here are the things that you need to consider during this period based on my brief talk with the Thoth Tarot:

The Universe card - Take the challenge, as long as it aligns with your "code"

We all have our personal code. Our strong belief, what we stand for, and the values that make us who we are. The Full Moon in Sagittarius will bring forth your curiosity on whether you have lived a life that's worth settling. If you need to go beyond your achievements, you'll get the hunch that will tell you so. You might also get some new ideas on how to debunk some of your personal beliefs.

It's like when Diana refuses to believe her mother when she forbids her to go and fight for humanity because 'men don't deserve her'. But she goes anyway, with her stubbornness, but of course, with her moral code kept close to her heart.

Although Saturn can be a party pooper sometimes, we're lucky to have it so close to the Full Moon, something that hasn't happened in decades, because it helps us to stay grounded. You have this other world beyond your reach, but it's not impossible if you decide to take the challenge. The wide-eyed Sagittarius will help to illuminate your path and make you believe in the good omens. But if you're traveling too far to the unknown, you might not know your way back in case the opportunity falls apart.

So the next time you decide to take up a new job, or make new friends, remember who you are and what you believe. It's a new challenge, indeed, to make your mark in a new territory. But if you always have your "codes" in mind, you'll always have a place at home, no matter how horrible the new land is.

Diana Prince and Steve Trevor - Gal Gadot and Chris Pine - Wonder Woman
Steve Trevor: We have a mission! We can’t save everyone in this war! It’s not what we are here to do!

Diana Prince: You’re right... But it’s what *I* am going to do.
— Wonder Woman (2017)

The Lust card - Make your postponed plans happen

With Jupiter turning direct tomorrow, and a double blessing from Full Moon in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries, it would be a waste not to take action on your postponed plans. If you have anything that you've been planning for the past few months, tomorrow's the time to dust your journal and start doing. There will be a tide of productive energy around you once Jupiter propels forward. Tap into it, and create workable deliverables for your projects.  

Start working on your thesis, NOW. Call your Mom, NOW. Go for the dentist appointment, TOMORROW (maybe you don't have time for it today). Anything that you can do today must be finished by today the latest. Hurry and catch this productive wave before it's too late! Jupiter is your one giant lucky planet that will boost the full moon magic we are all expecting tonight.

Hopefully, the New Moon in Sagittarius brings the longed-for positive changes in your life and helps you to be your own version of Wonder Woman.

If you're looking for more personalized tips to survive the ups and downs this month, book a reading session with me. Enjoy the full moon, witchlings!


Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

New Moon in Aries 2017: Letting go of your ego and accepting yourself.


Hello, friends!

Hope you're having a good week so far! Are you ready for a long blog post? (Sorry)

Today in Bali, Indonesia, we are celebrating the Nyepi Day, or as known as the Day of Silence.

In case you’ve never heard of the event, Nyepi is a day of self-reflection in Balinese Hindu tradition through several restrictions such as Amati Geni (no fire, light, or electricity), Amati Karya (no working), Amati Lelunganan (no traveling), and Amati Lelanguan (fasting and no self-entertainment). We are expected to think in retrospect in silence about who we are and evaluate our values, such as love, patience, and kindness. We connect with our Creator, with the Universe, and with ourselves through prayer, fasting, and meditation. But most importantly, we do it to be in touch with our core self – our spiritual self, without any distraction.

Like any other Nyepi Day, the celebration always falls on New Moon. I’ve only been celebrating it twice here in Bali, and last year it was New Moon in Pisces + Lunar Eclipse turn, while tonight is the chance for the New Moon in Aries to take center stage.

Let’s not forget that Venus and Jupiter are still in retrograde, keeping yourself focused on searching spirituality and wellness inward. And with Venus retrograde standing in conjunction with the New Moon right at the heart of Aries, this need of loving yourself first will become heightened as the week goes.

All aspects added, the question that I’m trying to answer today is: “Is there anything that we can expect this week based on tonight’s celestial event?” I have drawn three cards from my favorite astro diviner Thoth Tarot to assist me.
 


Two of Disks (Change): Find ways to end the cycle of ego within you.

Every ego wants to be special. If it can’t be special by being superior to others, it’s also quite happy with being especially miserable.
— Eckhart Tolle

Ego is a part of us that we can never erase. But don’t worry, that there are ways to work around it – to remind the ego that it is not here to stay and overpower us. Through the reading, the Two of Disks reminds us to stay grounded this week. New Moon in Aries is INTENSE (yes I have to use the capital to illustrate exactly how INTENSE this is). And being a sign of ego that is Aries, tonight’s New Moon will propel you into ego traps.

Always be aware of the feeling of superiority. Achieve that awareness, take a step back and understand why you feel the need to be superior or judgmental to others. Is there any part of you that requires healing and letting go? The New Moon in Aries will help us to recognize the “sickness” and highlights the core problem.

Suggestion: Do a transcending ego meditation. This one is my favorite.

Ace of Cups: Nourish the mind, body, and spirit.

Currently, there are five planets stationed in Aries (Venus, Sun, Moon, Uranus, and Mercury), giving a boost of Aries’ fiery individualistic energy. In my earlier post, I talked about the influence of this Arian energy during Venus retrograde: the importance of self-love. Will this theme go forward during New Moon in Aries? Hell yeah! Here’s how Leah Whitehorse further describes this connection in her LUA Astrology website:

Venus is all about ‘I love you’ but in Aries, it’s about ‘I love me!’. Instead of striking out and starting new projects or relationships, this New Moon suggests we need to go within and bravely learn to love ourselves first and foremost. Self-love is integral to the path ahead.
— Leah Whitehorse

So ask yourself if you’ve been naughty or nice to yourself this week. Do you allow yourself to take a break when needed? Have you eaten your meals on time? Have you spent enough self-care time for yourself? Have you been sleeping around even if you know you’re not supposed to do it because it’s going to make you feel shitty the next day? But most importantly, are you happy?

Suggestion: Do any of these self-care activities, but try not to break the bank because Venus RX literally won’t allow you to overspend.

Also, maybe try the Go-Massage? I’ve heard raving reviews about it, so I hope they can do the job of de-stressing you. 

Queen of Cups: Don’t deny your relationship with yourself.

Following the importance of self-love that I have highlighted earlier, you also have to have a strong bond with yourself. As you’re reading this, you're probably thinking about certain physical or emotional traits that you don’t like about yourself. Some people don’t like their shadow side or the way their intuition getting in the way of their logic. I have even met some people who don't like themselves because they’re too nice to everyone else. There are thousands of reasons of why you can’t make peace with yourself. And tonight’s New Moon will only bring those reasons to the surface.

Scratch that. We will enjoy the New Moon in Aries week with full love and honesty with ourselves.

Accept both the good and the bad of our existence, and understand that there is no way you can achieve perfection. It doesn’t mean that you can be a total bitch and say, “Yeah I can’t change my attitude, because I know I’m selfish and arrogant.” It means, you understand the length of your disliked traits, and you work towards accepting or making peace with it. In other words, you shouldn’t use those particular traits to feed your ego (back to point no 1).

Suggestion: Do a heart-to-heart talk with your partner/family/friend, and discuss the things that you don’t like about yourself – whether it’s your attitude, belief, or your physical self. Ask their opinion and discuss how you can make your progress in accepting those traits.

PS: I won’t suggest you change anything yet, especially anything on your physical self because Venus is still in retrograde.


Well, I hope you’re ready for the New Moon tonight! Let me know if you have any other suggestion to celebrate Nyepi / New Moon in Aries in the comments below. 🌚 🌝


Foxglove Tarot Bali

Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

5 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance on Full Moon in Virgo


Hey ho! Welcome to Full Moon in Virgo!

As the host of the 6th House in Astrology, the virgin Virgo rules health, hygiene, jobs, daily routines, and pets. Imagine Sarah from your workplace who is always glad to help but gets anal about the font size in your spreadsheet. Yes, that’s the epitome of a true Virgo.

Tonight, on March 12th, 2017, we are witnessing the bright, beautiful full moon located in Virgo. The shift will cause you the urge to stop coming home late, use your free time to clean up your room, and indulge yourself with a free Vinyasa flow practice on Youtube(Virgos are very economical in that sense) The energy in effect will not only apply to a Virgo but also to everyone, regardless of the sun sign.

But is there any other way to harness the full moon energy to its fullest potential? Of course, there are! Hold my kale juice, and let me help you with that.

1. Let your work quality speaks volumes – not the quantity.

Unlike the sign Capricorn, Virgo’s perfectionism quirk applies to the quality of work instead of the title of their career. Closer to the full moon, your workload may be piling up – more than what you can finish on time. To avoid staying late at work, use the Pomodoro timer approach to fit as much work as you can in 20 mins. It’s important to work efficiently within the working hours so you can clock out on time.

2. Work hard, rest hard.

Allow yourself to take a good rest whenever you have the free time. If you can spare 15 mins at work, sneak in a coffee nap to get a quick recharge. Once you arrive at home, ignore your emails and head straight to the bathroom for a hot bath. Light scented candles if you have some, and wear your pajama. Your work should stop during resting time, and you need to stop resting once the work-mode starts.

3. Set a healthy boundary with yourself.

Full Moon in Virgo is the perfect period to start paying attention to your health. Have your annual check-up this week, and see if there’s anything that you need to improve in regards to your well-being. Maybe you need to reduce your caffeine intake, get enough sleep, or maybe you should stop stressing over your plan of talking to the HR about your promotion. 

4. Don’t skip the vitamins!

Make your full moon resolution to start eating more veggies, fruits, and take more vitamins. To increase your performance at work, you need to store as much energy as you can, and you need a strong, healthy body to give your best shot.

5. Practice mindfulness.

Work can demand so much of your time, so keep your mind stress-free with mindfulness! Some tips from me: schedule a quick 10-min sun salutation every morning, try to note down positive experiences in a gratitude journal, and spread kindness whenever you can. Let’s start our day with positivity, shall we?

Photo Credit: Pexel


Foxglove Tarot Bali

Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

Why We Don’t Think We Deserve True Love

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Remember this quote from Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky? “We accept the love we think we deserve.” Yeah, that one.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I saw someone posted the quote. Strangely, it happened in the same week while I was occupied with a lot of stories about my tarot reading clients who experience abuse in a relationship. And just like that, I snapped.

I have my own sad stories about unfair treatment in a relationship, so I know how it feels like to be on the losing end. But on that day, I realized that we are not always the victim here.

Here’s the cycle. You meet this very sweet and sensitive guy who seem to understand you with all your flaws and imperfections, but once you move in together, he feels insecure about everything you do. You spend your days trying to convince him that you will always be there for him and be his supportive girlfriend.

You give so much love, but you get so little in return. In fact, you won’t have enough love to love yourself because he’ll assume that if you love yourself, you don’t love him enough. Sounds familiar?

I’ve seen not only clients but good friends who are strong powerful females who fell into this trap over and over again. Most of the women who experience abuse or lack of power balance in their relationship either come from a dysfunctional family or they tend to value themselves lower.

They think that staying in a relationship with so much discomfort seems more comfortable than finding someone else who can give them the love they deserve. It’s because they’re not sure if anyone can love them more than their abusive partner.

They also think that love can change the way their partner treats them. It might happen in an alternate reality, but based on my personal experience and my clients’ stories, I’m sorry to tell you but, it’s pretty unlikely.

Because it’s bullshit. I’m sorry if I have to kick your ass this way because I know that you deserve so much more.

Look at yourself again in the mirror and tell me what you see. Do you see a confident, beautiful woman that deserves someone who can love her for being who she is? I do.

You don’t deserve bullies who continuously lower your self-worth just to make themselves feel good.

How we allow our partner to treat ourselves is the reflection of how we think we deserve to be treated. If we don’t value ourselves enough, we are more likely to attract the needy partner who dislikes the idea of us being who we are. Remember, no one can give you better love than yourself.

The right love will make you feel comfortable being yourself. The right person will encourage you to pursue your hobby, the future you want, even if it means you have to sacrifice comfort in your relationship (hello, long distance relationship!). You’ll know if you’re in the right relationship for you if you feel comfortable in speaking out your opinion without worrying about being the bad guy here because a great relationship contains nothing but love and respect for each other.

So give yourself some loving before you plea for someone else’s love. Oh and, please know that you should find love from someone that is so amazing, rather than sticking to the second best, because you totally deserve it.

 

*I originally published this article in Thought Catalog.

Photo by Evan Kirby - Unsplash


Foxglove Tarot Bali

Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.

What will happen to your love life during Venus Retrograde March - April 2017

The Lovers - The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot by The Baba Studio

The Lovers - The Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot by The Baba Studio

Yesterday marks the beginning of Venus Retrograde until April, 15th 2017. It’s also the date when my ex is getting married. Uh oh.

Ever since I saw his invitation, I could only think of one thing: What will happen if someone gets married on Venus Retrograde? I’m sure it’s not going to be the main thing that determines the course of their marriage, but I hope everything is going to work between them. I love my ex like a brother, so I wish he gets the happy ending that he deserves.

It is when I start to freak out.

What will it mean to his new marriage and my current relationship then?

So here’s the thing. Venus is the planet of beauty, love, partnership, and money, which rules our two favorite star signs: Taurus and Libra (yes I’m a proud Libra!). When it goes retrograde, all of the aspects above will turn inward first, before stationing forward.

You might have the chance to battle your inner demons, meet a few people from the past, or even taking some time to contemplate before making a life-changing decision.

Armand Diaz wrote in his Integral Astrology blog that the general theme of Venus retrograde is the recognition of our values. It can be reassessing how we value ourselves or being reacquainted with something or someone of value.

This week, Venus stations retrograde while she’s in the individualist Aries, joining the reign of Uranus and Mars opposing Jupiter retrograde in Libra. It is when spontaneity and impulsive acts can bring drama to your romance. One of you might be tempted to find a release by eyeing on a cute coworker. And with Mars fuelled the fire, it’ll be a hard time to concede after a dispute, which brings the trust issue back into the game. 

From April 4th - 15th, Venus will once again return to the dreamy Pisces before it moves direct. With a square with Saturn retrograde in Sagittarius and a sextile with Mars in Taurus, it’ll be easier to kiss and makeup during this period. The chaos has been done. The stability and straightforwardness offered by Mars in Taurus, along with the self-awareness process by Saturn retrograde, will help to examine what went wrong and what we can do about it.

For couples, the Venus retrograde is the period for you to assess your deep-rooted problems and seek the win-win solution to strengthen your bond.

The Venus retrograde period generally doesn’t affect existing couples, so you don’t have to worry about it so much. It's usually the annoyance or existing issues that will arise to the surface, which requires teamwork by you two to make it through. Watch out for the Venus retrograde’s signature nostalgic memory, though. One of you may long for the one that got away, or suddenly reminiscing the beginning of your relationship. It’ll be a period where you long for a hopeless romantic story of your own. Anyway, just make sure no one’s hiding anything suspicious to keep the relationship intact.

Single and/or going to have a new relationship soon? If you can, you better hold off until Venus moves forward.

I asked Annabel Gat, the astrology writer for Broadly, about this and she said: “LOTS of people say Venus RX relationships can’t last, but I’ve seen otherwise. But certainly not an ideal time astrologically!” It’s true, though. Even those who have retrogrades on their natal chart (my boyfriend’s parents each has two on their charts!) can achieve great things despite the hindrance. They have to work twice as hard as the people with no retrogrades, but it doesn’t mean it’s impossible. 

Couples who start on Venus retrograde, whether it’s a new relationship, engagement, or marriage, are more likely to be biased in their decision. Why?

It's because retrograde Venus seduces them with the fantasy of true love.

Everything will seem more magical when your new love is around. You won’t even see the red flag until you seal the deal. It’s an illusion that will happen to everyone, which spell can only break when Venus is moving direct again. But like I said, it doesn’t mean that the new relationship is going to fail. Once it moves forward, it will feel as if you’re waking up after a crazy Tinder date with makeup smearing all over your tired face, and a half-naked dude sleeping right beside you. You’ll wonder to yourself, “Where am I and what have I done?” But eventually, the choice is yours: whether you want to stay and have a brunch with him or go home for a morning walk of shame.

Venus retrograde is, in fact, the perfect time to shower yourself with self-love.

Instead of falling for exes who are not worth your time, you should use this period to take care of yourself and your heart too. Pamper yourself with a homemade bath bomb, try that new expensive lotion that you're always dying to have, or do a fun makeup tutorial when no one is around – as long as you don’t do something drastic, like planning for plastic surgery or changing your hairstyle.

All in all, don’t settle for someone so quick just because they’re cute to look at or because they float your boat with their charm. It should apply for ending a relationship too. Nothing good comes from a hasty decision. If you’re attached, remember that your relationship isn’t perfect, and the retrograde will bring the gunk out to the surface. But hey, consider this as a Family Feud quiz to see how far you two can win the game of life. As long as by the end of the retrograde you know how to value yourself, and you know who is worth your valuable time, you’re good. Stay safe, happy, and loved during Venus retrograde, everyone! 


Foxglove Tarot Bali

Hello, I'm Canti!

I am a tarot reader and an eclectic witch living in Bali, providing online tarot reading and blessing service for the mindful soul-searchers. Contact me at www.foxglovetarot.com to book a private counseling session with me.