Mercury Retrograde🔭

Mercury Retrograde 2021
January 30st to February 20th
May 29th to June 22nd
September 27th to October 17th

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
  • Experiencing misunderstandings
  • Travel, logic and communication getting disrupted
  • Emails getting lost
  • Flights being delayed
  • Other misfortune

Do’s

  • 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
  • Be patient

Dont’s

  • Put your life on hold
  • Make a technology purchase
  • Say no to opportunities
  • Get anxious
  • Do a moon ritual/charge crystals


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Super Full Moon🌝🌸

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 .

Full Moon dates and times 2021 (Dublin, Ireland)
28th Jan, 19:16
27 Feb, 08:17
28 Mar, 19:48
27 Apr, 04:31
26 May, 12:13
24 Jun, 19:39
24 Jul, 03:36
22 Aug, 13:01
21 Sep, 00:54
20 Oct, 15:56
19 Nov, 08:57
19 Dec, 04:35

Happy Super Full Moon in Scorpio♏🤍

Photo of the moon taken tonight at 21hrs.

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How 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:

  • Jar
  • Water
  • Incense/sage/paolo santa
  • 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.

Wake up in the morning and collect it.

✨✨✨

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New Moon🌚

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
  • Make a vision board
  • Choose an affirmation
  • Take a new-moon refresher bath; use essential oils, light candles, play your favourite music
  • Light a candle
  • Create a sacred space or meditation station – an intentional space to invite new moon energy into your life
  • Try something new

New Moon dates and times 2021 (Dublin, Ireland)
13th Jan, 5:00 a.m.
11th Feb, 7:06 p.m.
13th Mar, 10:21 a.m.
12th Apr, 2:31 a.m.
11th May, 7:00 p.m.
10th Jun, 10:53 a.m.
10th Jul, 1:16 a.m.
8th Aug, 1:50 p.m
7th Sep, 12:52 a.m.
6th Oct, 11:05 a.m.
4th Nov, 9:15 p.m.
4th Dec, 7:43 a.m.

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Protect Your Energy🧘🔋✨

Being tapped into our energy and the energy of those around us can be beneficial. If you are someone who is sensitive to the emotions of those around you or someone who is easily influenced by the energies and opinions of others, this blogpost may be helpful. If you are an empath or highly sensitive person, soaking up negative energy of those around you can leave you feeling drained and exhausted. If someone or something is mentally draining you, you are going to feel terrible. Protecting your energy is important for your mental and physical health and determines your overall happiness. 🧘

Below are some ways you can protect your emotional energy and inner peace

  • Tune into how you are feeling
  • Trust in yourself
  • Be less reactive, or non-reactive
  • Learn to say No to people who drain you. Do you often say “yes” to things you don’t feel like doing, just to be polite, or because you feel like you have to?
  • Please yourself before pleasing others, your needs are important as anybody else’s. Being a people-pleaser can take a toll on your wellbeing
  • Set healthy boundaries and establish healthy relationships
  • Be aware of who or what changes your energy.
  • Let go of things you cannot control
  • Repeat positive affirmations
  • Avoid gossiping
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others
  • Speak kindly to yourself and to others
  • Practice Meditation
  • Spend time in nature
  • Spend some time alone every now and then
  • Use crystals
  • Use essential oils
  • Visualise a bubble of protection around you

It is no secret that toxic people are skilled at draining the life out of you. Cutting energy vampires out of your life or consciously avoiding these leeches will cause a drastic improvement in your psychological wellbeing, happiness and quality of life. Nobody is obliged to stay in a toxic environment or be around these types of people.

🤫🤭😏🤡🤥💀🥀🌾

Personality traits:

  • Manipulators
  • Egotistical
  • Compulsive liars
  • Gossipers
  • Attention-Seeking
  • One-Uppers
  • Lack empathy
  • (Pathological) Jealousy
  • Complainers/Whiners

Maybe you have some of these traits or can identify these traits in others? Identifying these types of people and practicing self-care is key. 🙂🗝️💆👌

🔌🌟🔋☀️🌻

🤓

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Chakras🧘🕯️💫

You may have heard of Chakras at a yoga class, meditation class or energy healing session such as Reiki. The word Chakra translates to ‘wheel‘ or ‘disk’ in Sanskrit. There are 7 main Chakras, each corresponding to a specific organ as well as spiritual, psychological, physical and emotional states. Chakras are energy vortexes that are placed in 7 different points on the spinal column. Within each Chakra is a ‘Prana’, or the ultimate healing energy🌙⭐ If a Chakra is open and aligned, it means energy can run freely and harmony exists between the physical body mind and spirit. If a Chakra is closed, it means the Chakra is blocked or misaligned. It is believed that Chakra stones rebalance your Chakras. Reiki can also help you to balance your Chakras.

Chakra symbols
Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
Awareness, Intelligence
Location: The crown of the head
Colour: Violet
Crystals: Clear Quartz
Element: Cosmic Energy
Yoga Pose: Headstand
When the Crown Chakra is blocked, we may feel a sense of disconnection, you may feel narrow-minded. Unlike other Chakras, the Crown Chakra is only fully open during yoga or meditative exercises. When the Crown Chakra is open, it is thought to keep all other Chakras are open and to bring the person bliss and elightenment.
Ajna (Third-Eye Chakra)
Intuition, Sixth-Sense, Imagination
Location: Between the eyes, on the forehead
Colour: Indigo
Crystals: Amethyst
Element: Light
Yoga Pose: Child’s Pose
When the Third-Eye Chakra is blocked, you may be closed-minded, cynical, untrusting or have trouble listening to your inner thoughts. When the Third-Eye Chakra is open and in alignment, it’s thought that you will follow your intuition ,are able to see the big picture, may have psychic abilities, a higher consciousness and strong inner wisdom.
Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)
Communication, Self-expression, Truth
Location: Throat
Colour: Blue
Crystals: Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Kyanite
Element: Ether
Yoga Pose: Fish pose, Plow pose, Shoulder stand
When your throat chakra is blocked, you may feel like you can’t voice your voice or truth. If this Chakra is overactive, you may be overly talkative, not listen to others, dominate conversations, gossip, speak without thinking. When this Chakra is open, you may communicate your emotions in healthy ways. You may also become better at listening to others and honouring their truths without judgement.
Anahata (Heart Chara)
Love, Joy, Inner Peace
Location: Center of chest, above the heart
Colour: Green
Crystals: Rose Quartz, Jade, Malachite
Element: Air
Yoga Pose: Camel Pose, Reverse Plank, Upward-facing dog, Back Bends
When the Heart Chakra is blocked, you will have difficulty opening up to the people in their life. You may feel angry, hatred or jealousy towards others. When this Chakra is overactive you be be self-sacrificing, codependent, giving too much and putting others first at your detriment. When this Chakra is aligned and balanced, love and compassion flow freely.
Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra)
Self-worth, self-esteem, self-confidence
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area
Colour: Yellow
Crystals: Amber, Citrine, Pyrite
Element: Fire
Yoga Pose: Boat Pose, Twists, Warrior III
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked, you may feel shame, inferior, submissive, self-doubt or may struggle to be your most authentic self. An unbalance Solar Plexus Chakra can cause you to be domineering, perfectionist, judgemental or critical. Those with an open and aligned Solar Plexus Chakras feel free to express their true-selves and awaken their true inner personal power. You will have willpower, assertiveness and a healthy self-esteem.
Svadhisthana (Sacral or Pelvic Chakra)
Creativity, Sexuality, Pleasure, Abundance
Location: Below the bellybutton
Colour: Orange
Crystals: Carnelian, Tiger’s eye, Sunstone
Element: Water
Yoga Pose: Pigeon Pose, Goddess pose, Warrior II
When the Sacral Chakra is blocked, you may feel out of control, uninspired creatively or have a low libido. When the Sacral Chakra is open you may experience pleasure, sensuality, deep emotions, passion, optimism.
Muladhara (Root Chakra)
Security, Belonging, Survival
Location: Base of spine, in the tailbone area
Colour: Red
Crystals: Red jasper, onyx, hematite
Element: Earth
Yoga Pose: Malasana squats, Mountain pose, Warrior I
When the root chakra is blocked or out of balance, you can become needy, threatened, have low self-esteem, or self-destructive behaviours. When the Root Chakra is open, you feel strong, confident and grounded; you can stand up on your own two feet and take care of yourself.

Namaste✨


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New Star Sign⛎

According to NASA, there is a new 13th star sign, Ophiuchus, meaning we may have been reading the wrong horoscopes all along (ugh so frustrating😤🤦‍♀️). The ancient Babylonians ignored the fact the sun moves through 13 constellations, not 12, to make a tidy match with the 12-month calendar. Ophiuchus comes from the Greek word meaning ‘serpent bearing’ and is represented by a man wrestling a snake🐍

My birthday is in early February, meaning my star sign is Aquarius, or at least used to be ♒

Now, my star sign is Capricorn ♑🐐

Below is a list of the new star signs

  • Capricorn: Jan 20 – Feb 15♑
  • Aquarius: Feb 16 – March 11♒
  • Pisces: March 12 – April 18♓
  • Aries: April 19 – May 13♈
  • Taurus: May 14 – June 21♉
  • Gemini: June 22 – July 20♊
  • Cancer: July 21 – Aug 10♋
  • Leo: Aug 11 – Sept 16♌
  • Virgo: Sept 17 – Oct 30♍
  • Libra: Oct 31 – Nov 23♎
  • Scorpio: Nov 24 – Nov 29♏
  • Ophiuchus: Nov 30 – Dec 17⛎
  • Sagittarius: Dec 18 – Jan 20♐

Horoscopes refer to the position of the Sun at the time of birth🌞 Whether you believe in horoscope readings or not is up to you. I am quite spiritual and would like to believe them 🌌 Astrology fascinates me 🌠

Comment below what your new star sign is and if you read (or believe) horoscopes 💭✨


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Simple touches to make any room look bigger and brighter✨

Make any room in your house instantly look bigger and brighter using these simple steps.

  1. Lighting: Brightly coloured walls can make a room look brighter and feel bigger and airier. Dark colours in the other hand, make a room look smaller. Big windows allow more light into the room than small windows. A light that does not hang low from the ceiling will maximise space.
  2. Plants: Having plants in the room can add and improve your overall happiness and wellbeing. Research proves that adding potted plants or a vase of flowers to a room can purify the air, increase your happiness and wellbeing and improve your night’s sleep.
  3. Furniture arrangement: Arrange your furniture in a way that the room is more spacious and does not obstruct light shining in a window. Don’t move furniture too often as it can sometimes scratch surfaces or mark the wall.
  4. Mirrors placed in the right part of the room can make a difference. Placing them across from a window maximises the size of a room. Clean mirrors and windows regularly using a cloth and glass cleaner.
  5. Reduce clutter: Keep the number of pictures or posters on the walls to a minimum, they can make the room crowded and darker. Have a small bin that is out of clear view for your rubbish. Rugs can make the room less spacious.
  6. Colour coordination: A colour scheme in a room can make a difference to the overall feel and look of the room. Paint, cushions, upholstery, pictures, ornaments. Check out homeware and interior websites for inspiration.

Check out my related blogpost Tidy your room🛏️ and follow my instagram @instaphotojo

Comment below if you found these tips helpful and if you have any other suggestions💭


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Yoga and meditation🧘

I have recently started doing yoga and meditating more often. I was secretary of the yoga society at University this year, where I met lots of lovely likeminded people and helped organise events such as a morning swimrise, Tea for Thought, Cacao Ceremony and Mandala workshop. We often had food delivered from local vegetarian restaurants too.

Anybody can do yoga. Yoga is very beneficial, particularly if you’re an emotional sponge like me. There are lots of yoga channels with trained instructors on youtube. In todays world, we are swayed by other peoples opinions, beliefs and values. Yoga aligns you with your soul, inner being, true purpose and core values. Yoga connects you with you. Your ‘true self’. It is awakening, replenishing and reviving.

It helps to have a good yoga mat, one of which is on my shopping list. Things that may help you to relax are essential oils, candles and yoga music (lots on spotify) (be careful not to burn the house down). You can do yoga or meditation for as long as you want. It can be ten minutes, half an hour, or longer. You can do yoga or meditate alone, or you can do it with others, although this may be distracting and you may not feel the full benefits. Some people do yoga or meditate every day. If you only have time to do yoga once a week it is still beneficial.

Namaslay 🧘

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Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions

Comment below if you have ever done yoga or meditation and if you have any tips💭

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