During Mercury retrograde it looks as if the planet is moving backwards from our view on earth. This is an illusion caused by the position of Earth in relation to that of the planet. It is believed that during this perceived backwards motion, technology and communication could get disrupted. We are all affected by the effect of Mercury in Retrograde
Mercury is known as the planet to rule expression and communication; Listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. The planet Mercury also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.
Many believe it can lead to…
Fallings out with people
Travel, logic and communication getting disrupted
Emails getting lost
Flights being delayed
Slow down and take time for yourself
Reflect on important conversations you need to have
Double and triple check any important documents you need to sign
Go on a leisurely vacation
Reflect on the past, intuition is high during Mercury Retrograde
There are 2 solar eclipses and 2 lunar eclipses in the year 2021.
Two celestial events occur tomorrow- a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon. The Moon will appear red and will be the first ‘blood moon’ since 2019. The Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow across the moon’s surface and making it appear a deep red colour. The entire eclipse will be visible to you if you’re in Eastern Australia and partially visible in many parts of Asia and America. Unfortunately it will not be visible if you’re in Ireland as the Moon is below the horizon during the eclipse.
During the total lunar eclipse, the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays from directly reaching the Moon. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth’s shadow covers the moon. All eclipses happen during a full moon. When the moon is full, it means the sun, Earth, and moon are in alignment. However, there is not an eclipse during every full moon as the moon’s orbit is not perfectly matched up with the Earth.
In contrast, the solar eclipse takes place when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun to cast a shadow on the Earth blocking the rays of the Sun. A solar eclipse always happen at a new Moon and only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly lined up. A total solar eclipse is the most dramatic. The light from the sun gets blocked by the moon and for a few minutes, the day turns quickly into night.
This May’s full moon is 2021’s biggest and brightest of the year and this lunar eclipse is expected to last approximately 15 minutes.
26th & 27th April : Pink Super Full Moon. This is the first supermoon of 2021. It is named after pink flowers called Phlox Subulata which bloom in some regions of the northern hemisphere.Despite its name, there will not be any noticeable difference in colour.
The full moon will be near its closest point to the Earth as it orbits. When the moon is closest to the Earth on the same night as a full moon, it is known as a supermoon. The next supermoon will be visible in May 2021.
As the moon is nearer the Earth, its gravitational pull is stronger and this makes the tides higher. Meteorologists believe higher tides combined with high winds may lead to coastal flooding or produce more intense storms.
This Super Full Moon is in Scorpio. The moon has an influence on our emotions so you may experience heightened emotions during this time. You may even experience headaches or vivid dreams. Scorpio is a sign noted for its intensity. We must recognize where we need to let go of control and let go of negative energies. Full Moons are a time for release. The moon and the sun are exactly opposite of one another and the moon’s glow is very visible during this time. Full Moons bring clarity and revelations, they show us what we need to know and what we need to address at a certain time. The moon affects all zodiac signs, but Scorpio and Taurus will feel it the most. Click here to make Moon Water .
There is a Supermoon tonight. This post explains how to make Moon Water. Moon Water is simply water that has had time to sit under the light of the full moon and absorb some of its power. What do you do with Moon Water? There are many options…
Use it to clean your altar, sacred space, crystals
Add it to a ritual bath
Dip your brushes in it when you paint
Use it to water your plants
Create a fragrant room spray by adding essential oils and alcohol
Use in an essential oil diffuser
Drink it (if you have not added essential oils)
To anoint your body as a way of energetically cleansing yourself
you will need:
Water-safe Crystals (optional)
Essential oils (optional)
Use incense to clean your crystals, the jar and the space around it.
Add water-safe crystals to the jar.
Add water to the jar.
Add a few drops of essential oils (if using and don’t plan on drinking the water). You can use a lid if you wish but this is optional. Using a lid will keep the water clean.
Say an affirmation or prayer to set an intention for your full moon ritual.
Put your Moon Water under the Full Moon to charge overnight.
In astronomy, a new moon marks the first lunar phase. A new moon symbolises new beginnings. Many people use the energy of a new moon when starting a new project or to achieve their goals. There is a full moon approximately every 30 days. This is the length of time it takes for the Moon to go through one whole lunar phase cycle.
The Moon’s phases and the months of the year are connected – the word ‘month’ takes its root from the word ‘moon’. During April and May this year there will be a ‘supermoon’.
During a New Moon, the Sun and the Moon are aligned. The Sun and the Earth are on opposite sides of the moon. The side of the moon facing the Earth receives no direct sunlight and is lit only by dim sunlight reflected from Earth. The Earth and Sun are at the same celestial longitude. The Moon is only ‘New’ for a moment, when the when the Sun and the Moon are directly aligned in the sky.
The energy of a new moon lasts approximately three days before and after the lunation. The moon phases can affect our mind, body and emotions.
What to do during the new moon:
Write down your intentions and what you’re looking to manifest
Feng Shui is a pseudoscientific traditional practice that originated in ancient China. Feng Shui translates to wind-water in English. Together, wind and water represent the flow of life that one should aspire to have in one’s home. Feng Shui is supposed to govern the spatial arrangement orientation of your furniture and décor in relation to the flow of energy (Chi). Feng Shui aims to maximize the flow of “qi” (energy or life force) in the environment so that your life feels both energized and balanced.
The entryway sets the atmosphere for your home so make sure it is organised and clutter-free.
For lighting, try to have light sources at a variety of heights for example a ceiling light as well as a lamp so the area is well-lit.
You don’t want a mirror in front of your entryway as when chi enters the home, it bounces off the mirror and goes back outside. Mirrors reflect energy, so place them in the home where you want to increase energy flow.
A Feng Shui bedroom is peaceful and promotes better sleep. The bedroom is the most important room to Feng Shui as it is where we rest, recharge and spend many hours.
In Feng Shui, the commanding position is one of the most important principles. This is the position of important pieces of furniture (bed,desk,stove-The bed represents ‘you’ The desk represents ‘career‘ The stove represents ‘wealth‘) (of course it is not possible to move your stove). If your bed is in the commanding position, it means that your bed is facing the door however it should not be directly in line with the door. According to Feng Shui, having a view of the door from bed without being too close to it gives a sense of safety and is favourable for relaxation and sleep.
Place your headboard against a solid wall. Your headboard should not be underneath the window and if possible should not be underneath a sloped ceiling. This position is to reduce the movement of Qi or energy above your head, so you will have a restful night’s sleep.
The three sides of the bed not against a wall. Your bed should be accessible from each side.
Declutter what is under your bed so Qi (life force energy) can flow freely all around and heal you while you’re sleeping.
Ensure your bed has a bedside table on either side. Not every bedroom has space for two nightstands however for good Feng Shui, symmetry is important.
Do not keep many books in your bedroom. Try to only have books you are currently reading in your bedroom. Separate your workspace and rest areas. If you associate your bedroom with work, it will not be an area of tranquility.
Maximise air flow with adjustable blinds
A Feng Shui bedroom should not have a mirror. As mirrors reflect light, it makes the energies of the bedroom very active, or yang. This may cause a delay in going to sleep as the bedroom’s energies must become more still, or yin. Active energy may result in restlessness and amplify worries.
Green house plants connect us to nature. In Feng Shui, plants represent life energy. Plants add freshness and vitality to your home.
Choose soothing, neutral tones. Warm colours reminiscent of skin tones, such as cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan, or cocoa, are ideal on bedroom walls. Too many colours interfere with relaxation.
Reduce clutter and letting go of what is not necessary to you. In Feng Shui, clutter is believed to take up valuable space that new incoming energy needs. Cleaning your workspace each day will make you feel less stressed and create a sense of order. Free the most frequent routes in your home from tripping hazards.
Three doors in close proximity is not considered good Feng Shui, especially if they touch each other when opened. Several doors cramped together is chaotic.
Windows are the Feng Shui ‘eyes’ of the home. Wide, spacious windows support vitality, objectivity and creativity. Windows invite fresh air into your space and the view from any window is important.
It is unfavourable to have too many windows in the bedroom. windows. Low windows or floor-to-ceiling windows are also discouraged.
Positioning a small bed next to a window is bad Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui, it is good to have more windows in the kitchen or bathroom.
It is best to not have too many windows at the back of the house as it weakens the home’s energy.
We hear a lot about online trolls and online negativity from celebrities. I saw a post from Roz Purcell recently on this topic and inspired me to do a blogpost. As more people are using the internet because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know how to stay safe online. Using the internet comes with many negative aspects and risks; cyberbullying, phishing, scams, stalking, predators, identity theft, chat rooms, spam, viruses..the list goes on.
Why do trolls troll?
Projecting their own issues and insecurities
To feel powerful (they are actually powerless behind a screen)
Lack empathy and remorse; do not realise or care for the impact it has on the other person
May not have any hobbies or close friends
May not have a lot going on in their life
May have a troubled home environment
To intentionally provoke, hurt someone
Believe they are immune to the consequences of their actions
Misery loves company
What you can do
Don’t give them the attention/validation/reaction they crave
Vibration: ‘a state of being, the atmosphere, or the energetic quality of a person, place, thought, or thing’
‘Your energy introduces you before you even speak’
Have you ever caught yourself saying ‘I liked the vibe of that café’ ‘That dude has weird vibes‘ ‘ I really like her vibe’ ‘We were vibing’
You can manifest change according to how you direct your thoughts and emotions
The higher your vibration is, the more in touch you are with your higher self
The lower your vibration is, the more out of sync you are with your higher self, and the more conflict you experience in life
‘Everything in life is vibration’- Albert Einstein
Low Vibrational Energy
Signs you may have a low vibration, or give off ‘negative vibes’
Constant feelings of anger, jealousy, bitterness, pessimism, guilt, blame
Always tired and never feel rested
You don’t have any major goals or clear direction
You are uncaring towards yourself or others
You feel unfulfilled
You thrive on gossip and bashing others
You are emotionally distant or reactive
You are argumentative
You complain a lot
You have substance abuse issues
You are needy or demanding of others
You continue to make poor life choices
You eat a lot of junk food
You suffer several chronic illnesses
Raise Your Vibration
Treat yourself with Love
Become conscious of your thoughts
Recognise what emotions aren’t yours
Spend time in nature
Surround yourself with people who lift you up, rather than drag you down. Spend time with people who make you feel better about yourself and who you can ‘vibe’ with. Healthy relationships raise your vibrations (good vibes), while conflict has the opposite effect.
Practice a morning ritual
Yoga, Meditation, Reiki
Listen to high-vibe music & move ya body💃
Unfollow people on social media who don’t empower you or you don’t ‘vibe’ with
Clarity- a deeper understanding of yourself and clear decision making
Sense of purpose
If you have a high vibration
You are self-aware
You are empathetic towards yourself and others
You are emotionally balanced
You have a good sense of humour
You are highly intuitive
You do not “need” anything to feel happy
You are in tune with your body and its needs
You have a sense of purpose
You don’t feel the need to argue or compete with others
You are open to other ideas, people, experiences
You are confident in yourself and your abilitiies
You laugh and smile often
Your body feels healthy
You feel gratitude for what you have
You experience greater personal power, clarity, peace, love
Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent in the Catholic tradition. This year, Shrove Tuesday falls on February 16th. Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days and Christians traditionally fast or give up certain foods. The forty days represent the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert. Pancake Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter. The word shrove derives from the word shrive, meaning to present oneself for confession, penance and absolution.
Why do people eat Pancakes on this day?
In times gone by, people used to prepare for the fast by using up all of the ingredients they had in their kitchen (eggs, milk, flour,butter..!)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
The oldest record of a Valentine was written by Charles Duke of Orleans, to his wife when he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415
Richard Cadbury introduced the first box of Valentine’s Day chocolates in 1868. Richard Cadbury was the son of John Cadbury, founder of Cadbury’s cocoa and chocolate company.
Cupid, the son of Venus, is the goddess of love and beauty. Before he was named Cupid, he was known to the ancient Greeks as Eros, the god of love. Eros, the son of Greek goddess Aphrodite, used two sets of arrows—one for love and another for hate—to play with the emotions of his targets.
Every year approximately 144 million greeting cards are exchanged for Valentine’s Day in the U.S. alone, according to Hallmark.
In the 14th century, French and Italian artists were the first to start using the heart symbol in their work
It was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s card in Victorian times. Many people do not sign a card with their name to this day. The X symbol became synonymous with a kiss in medieval times because most people couldn’t write their names. Instead, they signed with an X and kissed it.