Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Full Moon in Capricorn, Saturn and Mars Retrograde - Hang On To Your Hats Partner

This month's Full Moon in Capricorn is an interesting time for us as both Saturn and Mars
are retrograde. Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma. What does this mean? It means we can expect to be working on some serious karmic stuff that has been accumulated not just from this lifetime, but other lifetimes as well because this month's Full Moon is in the sign of Capricorn which is ruled by Saturn = double karmic homework. All of this karma talk may sound a bit overwhelming, but it doesn't have to take you out and down for the count. Let's face it, what needs to be addressed and healed is going to come up for us anyway, so we might as well address the karmic experiences that come our way as opportunities for personal growth, healing and become more in tune with our authentic selves. BTW, not all karma is bad. Karma is the sum of our experiences that makes its way back to us. We can and are able to create good karma right here, right now. Woot! Woot!

The Full Moon always intensifies our emotions as well as the astrological influences that are affecting us at that given time. This Full Moon is in the sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is a hard worker, is strong, determined and has  willpower of steal to see projects and goals to fruition. The goat is associated with Capricorn and takes its time as it climbs that mountain. It makes sure it has solid footing before moving forward. Channel this energy as you work through these in-your-face karmic situations that have been pushing your buttons. Perseverance is a must at this time and try to do everything within your power to not give up. These tests are to help you push through self limitations. You will find the courage within you to cut ties from unfulfilling jobs, relationships, unhealthy habits and self-sabotaging belief systems that you know have been holding you back for years.

On the emotional front, we may notice heavier emotions coming to the surface such as; depression, loneliness, sadness, grief, low self-esteem and feelings of rejection and abandonment. Adding to these feelings we may notice an increase in energy vampires suckling on our life force energy. These energy vampires can leave us depleted and exhausted and it's so important that we learn once and for all how to keep healthy boundaries with these types of personalities. Energy vampires are often oblivious that they are draining to be around and don't know how to set boundaries, therefore, it's up to us to set the boundaries for them. This can be a difficult karmic challenge but we are talking about survival my friends and this karmic lesson is most certainly not going to go away on its own.

Let's now talk about Mars being retrograde. This one may be a hard one for introverts because they will be pushed to step outside of their comfort zones, to speak up and stand up for themselves in the areas they are passionate about and have the spotlight on them. Introverts won't have to look too far to know what areas they may have to speak up about because we are working with the same karmic theme which is the do-over. Our opportunities to make it or break it are few and far in between so we must, must, must strike while the iron is hot. 

Try some of these affirmations - they do work!
  • I am a success magnet
  • It is easy for me to break through challenges
  • I am strong, wise, courageous and happiness is my birthright.

Dates to remember:
Full Moon - June 28 12:53 am
Mars retrograde - June 26th - August 27th 
Saturn retrograde - April 17 at 9° Capricorn -September 6

There is good news! If we can man/woman up and confront our long standing fears and emotional shortcomings, we can break free from these self-imposed limitations and ground our deepest and wildest dreams into our physical reality. We are doing this not only for our current self but for our previous lifetime selves as well.

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Super New Moon In Gemini ~ Find Out How To Embrace The New Moon

On Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 3:40pm eastern, the new moon will be in the sign of Gemini AND it will be a super moon to boot! A super moon occurs when the moon is its closest to the Earth during its orbit around the Earth. The new moon is the phase of the moon when the moon goes "dark". The moon appears to go invisible because the sun and moon have the same ecliptic longitude. It can still be seen with a microscope but may appear to disappear with the naked eye.

Now that we have the general definitions out of the way, we can get to the spiritual nitty gritty transmissions of what we may be experiencing and how to navigate through the astrological energies that we all have been and will be experiencing. I am a firm believer that the celestial bodies do have a tremendous impact on all aspects of our lives: spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.  We, as living and breathing beings on planet Earth have been connected to the moon and her cycles since the beginning of time. The new moon in Gemini affects our mind, thoughts, communication skills and beliefs as we move through this astrological sign. 

Gemini is an air sign. The element of air is connected to the suit of swords in the traditional tarot deck. The element of air is associated with our mind, beliefs, analytical abilities, and communication abilities with self and others. Gemini is the sign of the twins and shows us the duality in our lives. It brings up the illusions that we may have been creating and/or have been pulled into that may no longer be serving us. You may find yourself questioning your beliefs and/or the beliefs or illusions of others through internal inquiry. You also may come to realize that these beliefs no longer ring true to you and are ready to embrace new ways of processing your thoughts.

The new moon is a time to plant seeds, to start over with a blank slate. You are the creator with a blank canvas in front of you and are given the freedom to consciously choose your path for the future. Some really good questions to ask yourself during this time are: 

  • Am I being honest with myself and others?
  • Am I communicating clearly and with integrity
  • What beliefs are old and outdated?
  • Am I open to changing my out-dated thinking?
  • Am I following the crowd and the masses instead of listening and paying attention to my own internal dialogue?
  • Am I allowing my fears to take control of my life?
  • Am I ready to put a stop to my self-sabotaging patterns that are fueled by my thoughts and limiting beliefs?

If you are ready to take advantage of the energies of the super new moon in Gemini, to break free from your old way of thinking, to raise your consciousness, to tap into the higher self and mind, then be sure to give a few of the following suggestions a try:

  • Meditate at least 3xs a week for at least 20 minutes 
  • Write down your goals for yourself for the next month and read them out loud to give them voice and consciousness
  • Whenever a negative thought/word comes to mind bless that thought/word and replace the thought/word with what you DO want
  • Light an incense blend that holds the vibration of the conscousness you desire to be in alignment with such as: Nag Champa, Patchouli, Sandalwood or Sage
  • Sage/smudge yourself at least 2x's a week or when you feel the negative self talk coming up to the surface
  • Don't believe everything your mind tells you, especially the judgmental and harmful criticisms towards yourself 
  • Observe what people are saying. Are they walking their talk? There may be a few false prophets/gurus/heroes that you may be blindly following. Don't be afraid to question authority.
  • Stimulate your mind by increasing your reading material - your mind is thirsty for knowledge
  • Pay attention to the birds that come bearing messages to you - birds are connected to the element of air - they have deep and profound messages for you
  • Be mindful of your thoughts, thoughts are actual things and have the ability to manifest what we give energy and consciousness to

Don't forget that we have a super moon during this new moon, this means that we will be feeling the effects of Gemini a lot more strongly than a regular new moon! The influence of this super moon has the potential to conjure up our deepest fears and worries and at the same time, we have the opportunity to plant new seeds and dissolve many of our deep-seated fears once and for all. 

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco 

Monday, May 28, 2018

Full Moon in Sagittarius ~ No Time To Play Small!

This month's Full Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius and takes place at 10:19am on May 29th, 2018. The Full Moon tends to be a time when our emotions and intuitive senses are heightened and with these heightened senses, the Full Moon nudges us to take action in our lives.

What can we expect with the Full Moon in Sagittarius?'s going to be an interesting and bold moon for sure! You probably have already been feeling as if you have been "outgrowing" your current conditions. Whether it's your job, your relationships, your belief systems and maybe even your purpose seems to be morphing into a different direction as well. You may not be able to deny those inner stirrings and yearnings for change any longer, especially during this Full Moon.

Sagittarius connects us with our higher mind. The higher mind is the aspect of us that holds the deeper meaning of life, encourages us to keep on growing and to be courageous as we step outside of our comfort zones from what was familiar to the unfamiliar. This month, you may find that you have a strong drive, hunger and quest for reaching your goals, to push yourself beyond your old limitations and step into your own power and potential. 

There are two activities that will help you to harness this dynamic and powerful energy during this time of the Full Moon, which by the way, you can expect to feel the effects for a couple of weeks after this lunar event on May 29th. 

1. The first activity you can do during any Full Moon is to create a forgiveness list. Write down the people and situations that you feel and know could use some forgiving. Don't forget to include yourself for those would've, could've, should'ves. After writing down all that you feel requires forgiving, read your list out loud and then when you've gone through the entire list, release that energy into the Universe. In order to bring in new beginnings and new energy, we need to make some room. Letting go of what doesn't serve, is one of the best ways we can prepare ourselves for awesomeness and be in alignment with our destinies.

2. Next, we are going to connect with the higher mind whether it's through meditation, journaling or paying attention to the higher mind as it communicates to you what is next for you on your evolutionary path. Chances are you have already been thinking about your future and how that's going to look with your new perspectives courtesy of the higher mind sending you intuitive messages and signs. During this step you really want to give yourself some time to really contemplate what and where your passions are and don't be afraid to dream big. Sagittarius isn't intimated by the size of the goal and neither should you. 

This month's Full Moon message for all of us is;  "Go big or go home!". If you're feeling stagnant and a little nervous about taking some chances, then this is the month to muster up some confidence, get clear with your goals and then set them in motion. Be sure to journal your experiences along the way. This is sure to be a groundbreaking time for you.

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Chakra Care ~ Is It Truly Necessary?

Is it really necessary to routinely check in to see if our chakras are cleared, energized and balanced? Absolutely!
Chakra hygiene is a necessary practice to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. If any one of these energy centers is out of balance, we will feel the effects and may experience the symptoms that are listed below.  

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means spinning wheel. We have 7 main chakras in our body and many minor chakras in between. For now, we'll focus mainly on the main 7. Each chakra has an area within the body that it corresponds with as well as the emotions, thoughts and spiritual connections associated with that chakra. After identifying the chakra or chakras that are out of balance, we can then see which physical and non-physical areas of our lives that are requiring some TLC. Often I find that when one chakra is out of whack, the others that are next to it also become overloaded and begin to wobble and fall out of their rhythm. 

Here's a brief rundown on where each chakra is and what its correspondences are:
Root ~ hips down to the feet, associated with family, foundation and social relationships
Sacral ~ hips, reproductive area, sexuality, creativity, fertility, passion
Solar plexus ~ stomach area, emotions, gut feelings, willpower, empathy
Heart ~ heart, lungs, chest, unconditional love for self and others
Throat ~ throat area, neck, communication, creative expression, truth
Third eye ~ center of the forehead, intuition, clairvoyance
Crown ~ above the head, divine knowing, higher realms of communication

It might be time to balance your chakras if:

  • You're frequently under the weather
  • Feeling restlessness day and night
  • Experiencing emotional outbursts
  • Lack of focus and concentration
  • Short-tempered
  • Headaches
  • Feeling lethargic
  • Your relationships are a bit rocky
  • Feeling stagnant

Chakra Healing ~ Clearing ~ Balancing ~ Give these suggestions a try ~

  • Schedule a Reiki Session
  • Toning the Sanskrit words/names for each chakra 
  • LAM ~ 1 (Root)
  • VAM ~ 2 (Sacral)
  • RAM ~ 3 (Solar plexus)
  • YAM ~  4 (Heart)
  • HAM ~  5 (Throat)
  • OM ~ 6 (Third eye)
  • OM ~ 7 (Crown)
  • Aromatherapy ~ use a chakra spray or put a few drops of oil in a diffuser
  • Sage/smudge ~ get rid of the ick ~ a spiritual cleansing
  • Spend time out in nature
  • Balance your chakras with a pendulum by holding your pendulum in front of each chakra until it spins in a smooth rotation
  • Meditation ~ any meditation
  • Increase water intake 
  • Crystal layout ~ place a crystal on the corresponding chakra 
  • Epson/sea salt bath
  • Take some deep, cleansing breaths and really expand the lungs as you do so
  • Crystal Bowl meditation/sound therapy ~ drumming, rattling, tuning forks
As you can see, there are many things to do to balance out your energy centers and now you are well aware how to recognize the signs and symptoms that are a result of your chakras being out of alignment. Some people prefer to have a regular routine to ensure they don't fall out of alignment and other prefer to wait until their bodies begin to speak to them that's it's time to balance and clear. The choice is yours, but once you start and keep to a regular routine, you'll know right away when to tend to your chakras. 

Here's to happy and healthy chakras!

Blessings and Light,

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Get Ready To Release Those Fears With The March 31st Full Blue Moon

If you are sensitive to your environment, then you are probably already feeling the emotional and mental affects of the upcoming Full Blue Moon that will take place on March 31st, 2018. If you are an empath, then you really want to educate yourself on the lunar influences of this 2nd Full Moon in March. Sometimes it helps to break down the information into sections so that we can comprehend what is going on energetically especially when we have significant events happening simultaneously. 

The Full Moon will be in the sign of Libra. Libra governs thoughts, fears, hopes, wishes and relationships. Libra's agenda is to bring balance into our lives helping to keep us hopefully centered in all areas of our lives. What can we expect from the Full Moon in Libra? Well, our fears will probably try to take center stage and control a few different areas of our lives. There is a blessing here, trust me. The blessing is that you are able to identify, embrace and dissolve the fears that you have had for years that have held you back from stepping into and embracing your truth authentic self. Libra, being the element of Air, (mental clarity and thinking) will provide you some of the solutions as to how you can put these sabotaging thoughts (fears) to rest finally. Libras love partnership and are most comfortable when they are paired up with someone whether it's in a romantic, friendship or business setting. Since the theme of this moon is fear, you might be uncharacteristically worried about being alone or abandoned. Again, use the positive influence of Air to provide you deeper insight as to where the worry is coming from and ask your Higher Self to help you resolve this once and for all.

A Blue Moon is the 2nd Full Moon in a calendar month. Blue Moons will heighten intuition, emotions, sensitivity and the sign that the Full Moon is in and in this case it's Libra. I am sure that a few lightbulbs are going off for those who are empaths and who are sensitive to their environment. It makes sense as to why you may have had a few emotional meldowns and may have witnessed a few yourself. 

Wait, there's more... Let's not forget the fact that the planet Mercury went retrograde on March 23rd. We have now just added a little bit of micommunication, misunderstanding, electronic challenges, and running late to name just a few of the energetic affects when Mercury goes Retrograde to the mix. By the way, there is a positive side or two when Mercury goes Retrograde. You have the opportunity to redo things such as; repairing your car, finances, health issues, and having closure with relationships.

Tips On How To Embrace and Come Out Wiser and Stronger During The Full Blue Moon 

  • Meditate and journal as often as possible.
  • Pay attention to the repetitive events and why they keep coming up.
  • Let go of what spirit is trying to shift out of your life.
  • Don't take things personally.
  • Give yourself extra time for travel.
  • Get grounded with exercise, work on the root chakra, carry hematite, tiger's eye with you, drink tons of water.
  • Protect the solar plexus by covering this center when you feel emotionally overwhelmed.
  • Schedule a Reiki or energy healing sooner rather than later.
  • Work on your listening skills with others ~ listening to listen not to reply.
  • Be gentle with yourself as these fears rise up from the subconscious. It simply means they are ready to be dealt with and released.
  • Take a moon bath with epson salt, sea salt, and pink himalayan salt. If you have access to the crystal selenite, then by all means add a little to your bath water. It will dissolve, but it will bring in the light and will repair your auric field.
It's best to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to energetic influences. We can turn these possible challenges into opportunities for significant soul growth.

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What Celestial Influences Can We Expect From The Full Moon On March 1st, 2018?

The 1st Full Moon in March will take place on March 1st. In the month of March 2018, we will have 2 Full Moons. The 2nd Full Moon will be on March 31st. The first Full Moon in March is called the Worm Moon or Sap Moon by the Native Americans because the ground begins to thaw during this month. As the ground thaws, the worms start to break through the soil and the ground is getting itself prepared to provide healthy and nutrient rich soil for crops. It is also known as the Sap Moon because trees begin to produce sap as the weather warms up. The significance as these events is that we are able to prepare for the physical manifestation of our goals as we think about which seeds we would like to plant in our own lives and hopefully those seeds will bear fruit for us in the future. 

The Full Moon will be in the sign of Virgo at 11 degrees. The 11 has a significant meaning for us because numerically we are in an 11 year. 2018 - 2+8+1 =11. 11's project us forward as we move through the limitations of the human experience. 11's help us balance the dark and light within ourselves. 11's connect us with the light our soul and grounds that light into our Earthly existence helping us to remember how magnificent we truly are. Our intuitive abilities are heightened and will open up communication with the higher, higher self. Alignment with the higher, higher self brings forth enlightenment and deeper understanding of the hidden mysteries of spirit. The possibilities for us this year are huge! If the possibilities are ginormous, be prepared to grow at a rapid pace on a personal level. What does this mean? It means that there is no hiding behind self-imposed limitations. Be ready to have all of your self-sabotage brought front and center to be dealt with and healed. Trust me, it will be worth being uncomfortable in the end.

Virgo is an Earth sign which is reminding us to take care of our bodies at this time. Taking care of your body by eating healthier and visiting the Dr. when necessary is a must! Virgo's message about our health during this Full Moon is strong and clear. Is telling us to take care of our bodies and that we must make sure our health is a high priority in our lives.

The goals for this Full Moon will be; detoxifying ourselves of unhealthy habits, thoughts and behaviors and to listen to the guidance that is available via the higher, higher self.  The Full Moon will be opposite Neptune which may cause quite a bit of chaos in the way of misunderstanding others and vice versa. During this time of Pisces (March), we can expect psychic downloads, crazy - amazing dreams, our psychic abilities will be on point and we must not brush these intuitive nudges aside. We must also be aware that some of the negative aspects of Neptune may pop up in the form of; depression, illusion and our addictions may flare up on us. 

As you can see there is a lot happening during this Full Moon. Let's recap and break it down to the do's and don't during this time.

  • Ignore your intution
  • Jump to conclusions with others
  • Give into those unhealthy addictive tendencies
  • Take things personally
  • Allow yourself to be placed in a vulnerable position
  • Ignore the signs for help and assistance that your body is sending you
  • Participate in gossip

  • Meditate
  • Purge and let go of clutter - both in your inner and outer worlds
  • Allow flexibility in your schedule for creativity
  • Pay attention to your dreams
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Allow your imagination to explore 
  • Make sure you keep yourself grounded - spend time outside, carry hematite with you etc. 
  • Take responsibility for your actions and be proactive about making necessary changes
  • Be honest with yourself and others

When we are consciously aware of the celestial influences of the lunar cycles, we have the upper hand and are able to embrace these energies to the benefit of our soul's journey. Don't forget that we are in an 11 year, therefore, the potential to manifest the dreams we have been gestating for years is finally right at our fingertips. Onward and upwards spiritual warriors!

Blessings and Light,
Laurie Barraco 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

7 Crystals That Will Help Empower and Improve Your Love Life

With Valentine's Day approaching this week, many people are taking inventory on their love life, whether it's healthy, lacking or could use a bit of oomph. For some, they would like to bring in a new significant other, otherm may want help improving their relationships and many would rather spend their energy and time working on self love and acceptance. By wearing or carrying crystals you can shift the energetic dynamic of your love life.

Here is a list of crystals that can help:
  1. Rose Quartz - Unconditional love for self.
  2. Prehnite - Gentle healing of the physical and emotional heart. Brings in Archangel Raphael
  3. Garnet - Brings on the passion! 
  4. Fire Agate - Gives you energy and the stamina to get the ball rolling. It activates change.
  5. Mangano Calcite - Soothes past disappointments and wounding. Opens the heart chakra.
  6. Moonstone - Brings in a softer, romantic influence to any relationship. It also helps one embrace self-love.
  7. Rhodocrosite - Lifts depression and brings in a peaceful outlook on life. Rhodocrosite stimulates the heart chakra.

After selecting the crystals you would like to work with, be sure to cleanse them with sage or a crystal cleanse. Next, program them with your desired intention.

Some suggestions on how to work with them are:
  • Wear as jewelry by your heart
  • Place on the heart chakra
  • Hold in your left hand
  • Place by your bedside
  • Put the crystal (s) on top of your intention to bring unconditional love into your life -Recite the intention - I am opening my heart with ease and trust.

I always journal my experiences as I work any intention so that I am able to see what has shifted in my life as I align myself with my intention. I highly suggest everyone do so as well :-)

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! 

Blessings and Light,