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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.

we are finally moving to ubud, bali!

Rice field, rice field everywhere.

Rice field, rice field everywhere.

I don’t want to be a cry baby but last week I took a big step by moving to Bali. To pack up and living my dream - something that my soul has been yearning for - has finally come true.

To move out every 2 years, from city to city, from houses to houses, is exciting yet exhilarating. This time, I barely know what I’m doing and thinking about it makes me feel inadequate sometimes. When I moved to Singapore, I haven’t found any apartments, but I was confident enough to start anew as I had already made some friends along the way. On top of that, I also had the option to come home to my boyfriend at that time if I ever needed help with anything. So I bid adieu to my parents, packed my bags, and stayed at a backpacker’s hostel for a month before finally moved out to a decent place. Everything worked perfectly fine. Meanwhile, I had only been once to Ubud, I do not have any friends here (other than my boyfriend), I have never driven any bikes here nor finding my way around the town. The only thing that kept me going was my brain who is fluent in "self-rationalising”. It reassured me that by not knowing anyone, my productivity level will increase rapidly. "Less partying, more blogging." so she said. I’m not sure if it’s true or not since the longer I’m here, the more homesick I become.

Nevertheless, the time spent here has been nothing but peaceful and blissful. Have I told you that we finally found a house? Yes, we found a house! After driving around Ubud for 3 consecutive days we finally found a house that suits our needs. I wanted a house in a tranquil area with a calming vibe (without "external disturbance” or in this case, spirits) so I can practice meditation and yoga. My boyfriend wanted a similar thing. He required some space to do his leather works (it requires hammering), an ample kitchen to cook our favourite aglio olio, and hopefully a garden. Thankfully this house has everything we need! It’s a one bedroom villa on top of a hill, with a spacious bedroom, an outdoor shower, a kitchen with a perfectly working fridge, a living room with a hammock, and a garden equipped with a bonfire pit. Everywhere I look is green as we are surrounded with rice paddies. The most important thing is, this house made me feel grateful for waking up early every day (and I’m not even a morning person), although I still can’t be bothered to sleep early.

One thing I learned here, living in Ubud is an adventure that will never end. We rise early, cook breakfast, then we leave at around 9am to find amenities nearby. We note down some interesting places whenever we find one; like a treasure hunter. Sometimes, we go to nearby cities, hoping to find another traditional market or furniture craftsmen. We cat-called wild dogs and honk at them because they sit in the middle of the road - blocking the traffic with their wagging tail. We act like Dora and Boots, only with less questions to ask. 

We also learned how to live with simple contentment. I love to cook, but living here with a tight budget requires me to adjust my recipe from my usual greek salad to stir-fried kangkung. There is no mall around here, so waking up early and going to traditional market on a daily basis is requisite. We’re also pretty stingy with our cafe budget as we are just starting our own business. "Always go for the cheapest option!”, that’s our motto. Unlike the big cities where I had always lived, every day in Ubud is a 'summer dress day' or 'no makeup day'. In some rare occasion, it can also be translated as the 'no shower day'. Strangely, living in Ubud minimises my need to impress anyone or to care so much about my appearance. We have less here, but we never feel less one bit. ☺️

To close this blog post, I just want to say thank you for the outpouring love from our dear friends and family. Whether to our decision of moving to Ubud, or to start this Foxglove project, we are humbly grateful for your support. Recently I got some questions about living in Ubud or traveling to Bali. To answer your queries, I’ll be happy to write or post any recommendations on which places to go, how to get around, etc. I’m going to add this to my current spiritual based blog posts. 😇

May you have a great Tuesday!

XOXO,

Foxglove


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.

the art of letting go

girl on a cliff contemplating
Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.
— Eckhart Tolle

It was in December 2015 when I found my way to ‘consciousness’. I just recently graduated abroad, freshly released and ready to brace the corporate world. When it happened, I had been ‘awakened’ for a few years so the experience was shouldn’t have been surprising for me. Nonetheless, it still caught me off guard like a surprise call from a long distance relative.

I was 13 years old when my third eye chakra first opened. My first experience involved seeing/talking to entities around my area with my childhood friends. Fast forward 6 years later, I started practicing Wicca and divination during my free time. I continue to invest a lot of my time dabbling in spirituality and magick ever since.

But this time is different. It was unlike any of the awakenings I’ve experienced prior to this moment. Life has always been tough on me and I pride myself on being the strongest kind in the family who always put through with any obstacles along my way. So how come I felt so fragile this time? I felt as if the universe was pulling me to an entirely different direction of ‘consciousness’. It felt like I was being burned by a glaring wildfire that destroyed you with all its might and left you with nothing but the feeling of being naked and vulnerable. That’s when I started to hear these familiar little voices.

 

“Persevere, and you’ll rise from the ashes.” That’s what the little voice told me.

 

What followed afterward was a series of odd combinations of the feeling of contentment and discontentment. I was exceptionally unhappy with my career life regardless of what I have achieved and worked towards. Everything felt superficial and meaningless, thus I felt unhappy at most. At the same time, I started to be more aware of the simple things in life. Like that warm humid sunny day that I used to complain about? I enjoyed bathing in it now because it made me feel alive. Or the honest smile from the lady behind the counter? She made my day felt so much better with her smile. It’s baffling isn’t it, to realize how you are so much in contrast with yourself? The little voice agreed with me.

 

“You need to move to Ubud, Bali, in a few months time.” said the little voice.

 

The little voice didn’t explain what was exactly at the end of the rainbow. But it promised me that it will be a very enjoyable ride, just like how it promised me that I should date my current boyfriend because he’s the ultimate happiness bringer (which he is, to this very date). So I discussed with him about my escape plan. We agreed to follow the little voice this time around and we have decided to relocate in 2-3 months time. We still didn’t understand why until a few weeks later when my life took an extreme turn and I was left with no opportunity to continue my career. I had tried my best, but nothing seemed to work my way. I thought I could get a good shot in career and in life, but I was wrong. It’s as if life played an ironic joke against my will and pushed me straight from the edge of the cliff to follow the little voice’s path. I couldn’t think straight. All I can think about was, if I could ever achieve happiness from this moment onwards.

 

“Chasing things won’t make you happy. Being content, will.” said the little voice.

 

Then, it struck me. I realized what the little voice has been trying to say. What have I been looking for, exactly? Is it happiness? If so, I have been on the wrong path all these years. Happiness has nothing to do with external circumstances. If you think that you’ll be happy once you get a high paying job, a great husband, a big house, then you are following the path of discontentment. I have met successful people who still feel the void regardless of their abundance. On the other hand, some people who have nothing seems to be perfectly happy with their state. Yet they still have the time and money to share with others in need.

True happiness can only come hand in hand with the feeling of contentment. It can only be reached when we let go the need to control everything. When you are content, you start appreciating yourself and you'll be more aware of your surroundings. You’ll stop listening to the other little voice who told you to pursue the best things in life due to its fear of missing out. Yes, that nasty little voice whose existence is the epitome of greed. Once you harness these thoughts, you can finally have a chance at finding inner contentment.

So here I am, on my path towards happiness. I will be moving to Ubud, Bali, in one month time to pursue my passion in spirituality and divination. I’ll be working as a full-time tarot reader, open a crystal and metaphysical shop, and hone my skill in animal healing. There’s nothing but happiness and passion in channeling my creative energy to this project. Sure, there are obstacles to be dealt with, however, I can assure you that everything is worth it.

If you’re reading this, I’m not encouraging you to quit your job and take a leap. You can still do what you need to do to survive. Not everyone has the ability or the resources to leave everything behind, I know. Just remember to listen to the little voice once they decide to tell you to be happy and let things flow. You will be just fine. I’ve followed my little voice, and I can tell you that this is the only point in my life where I finally find true happiness within.

Love and Blessed Be,

Foxglove.


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.