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moon moves moods // november 22/23 full moon in gemini

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Full Moon in Gemini November 22/23 + Sun in Sagittarius

With the Sun’s move into Sagittarius being immediately opposed by the Full Moon in Gemini, we are being given a ticket to ride a cosmic roller coaster. 

Landing at zero degrees Gemini, the more we allow an inquisitive, child- like curiosity, the more we are able to overcome the daunting fears and pressures that uncertainty presents. 

Full Moons bring truths to light and herald a time of culmination, rest and reflection. As the Moon is connected to our unconscious, eagerness to take control can manifest if we feel unsettled with what comes up. Gemini can instigate restless, nervous and impulsive energy. Misunderstandings are likely present with Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius and it would be wise to temper reactions. Mars newly in Pisces asks us to consider a more forgiving perspective before making decisions and taking action.

While the Sun is in Sagittarius from November 22- December 21, we can gain a lot through our willingness to be daring. This is a time to ignite a sense of adventure. When we loosen our grip, we are able to collaborate with more fluidity and flexibility. Trust in your resiliency. 


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  
melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
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@changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

moon moves moods // november 7th new moon in scorpio

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Building a Mystery with the New Moon in Scorpio November 7th

In the dark of the Moon, we plant seeds of courage. Scorpio seeks to combine resources that regenerate independent energy and creativity. This is accomplished by pledging loyalties to ideals and potentials for growth that increase self-esteem and confidence. 

No doubt this can be gained through a willingness to dive into the depths of our being. Answering the call of our souls’ yearnings invites new ways of interacting. Through practice and experimentation, there is a chance to increase deeper connection to self, others and the environment. We can introduce new possibilities into our lives.

As we take the plunge with this New Moon in Scorpio, ask questions that will help you face the truth and brave the unknown. 

Some example questions:

Where and with whom do I have a hard time saying no? Where do I give my power away? What do I expect when I make sacrifices for others? How can I do more things for myself and by myself? How can I connect more deeply with others?  How can I learn to trust myself more? 

Our fears are just illusions repeating themselves from old traumas. Don’t let them hold you down. You are deserving. You are capable. Let go of old stories and start anew. 

May your journey be rich with blessings. 


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  
melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// 
@changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

moon moves moods // october 24th full moon in taurus

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Full Moon in Taurus October 24th

Full Moons bring resolution, completion and results. It is an ideal time to exercise emotional releasing & letting go. 

This Hunter Full Moon in Taurus could illuminate where and how we hold firmly to our sense of self, worth, values and beliefs. As this Moon conjuncts Uranus in Taurus, there could be sudden surprises that bring new insight to things we didn’t realize we were so unwaveringly attached to. 

As the Moon opposes the Sun, freshly in Scorpio and Venus Retrograde in Scorpio, ideas around possessing vs. sharing could also be in focus. We could either get sucked into fears of the unknown and over-take to satisfy a false sense of security or we could encourage ourselves to venture out of comfort zones. 

Self-love is so important because the way we treat ourselves extends to the way we treat others. Knowing our limits helps others to be aware of and *hopefully* respect the boundaries. And when we can forgive ourselves for not knowing better, we can forgive others too. 

This lunation, may we let go of the expectations we build around ourselves and others. May we allow ourselves to slow down, live moment to moment in full range of emotions, *knowing* we have the resiliency to get through it all. 


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  
melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// 
@changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

moon moves moods // october 8th new moon in libra

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Out of the Monkey Mind and Into Inspiration with the New Moon in Libra October 8th

Libra is a sign that strives for harmony and balance, but can struggle with indecisiveness and overwhelm because of the conflicting pros and cons to a situation. This New Moon in Libra wants to inspire us to drop our analytical intellect and to tune in and make decisions from our intuition.

With a quincunx - a 150 degree point of planet separation that suggests a need for extreme astrological multi-tasking to dreamy Neptune, there will be help to inspire our imagination. To benefit from this energy, we have to be willing to engage in the mystery of a process and have faith in our fantasy.

The challenging square to Pluto that this Moon will also be making suggests there is a risk in over-rationalizing and not being able to accept plot twists. We could be tested to stay in our centre. Silence the over-powering voices that talk you out of your feelings. Are they really valid or do they make you suppress your innate nature? 

We know the truth of ourself better than anybody else. While there are others who can help guide and influence, we are responsible for creating the internal balance we need to be able to relate. 

May this Moon bring you insight into the being you want to become so you may strive for it with honest expression.


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  
melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// 
@changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

moon moves moods // september 24th full moon in aries

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Full Moon in Aries September 24th

Aries wants to forge ahead, no matter the cost - but as this Lunar position opposes the Sun in Libra, balancing our self-interests within our most personal relationships and other partnerships will be the key to emotional fulfilment. 


Whereas Libra strives for harmony and shies away from conflict, Aries brings intensity and confrontation. Try to think of emotionally charged exchanges as an opportunity to see parts of yourself that you are not usually conscious of. The true work however, is being able to apply what is learnt for the better.

As we set the intention to release with the Full Moon, bring attention to where you fear everything will fall apart if you are not in control. Yes, we are the masters of our lives, but we are influenced by external circumstances. Being aware of the context empowers us to be able to find our place and work toward our goals with peace and cooperation in mind. 

Persevering through emotionally turbulent times is what builds trust and intimacy - a vulnerable connection we yearn for. We could all use a little more tenderness. 

With this lunar event, may we find the heat to keep our passions burning.


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  
melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// 
@changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

moon moves moods // september 9th new moon in virgo

Original artwork by Charlie

Original artwork by Charlie

New Moon in Virgo September 9th

Earthbound with the New Moon in Virgo & Venus in Scorpio September 9th

As the Sun and Moon oppose Neptune in Pisces, this New Moon in Virgo is about synthesizing our dreams with our reality. 

Virgo brings the analytical side to what we want to create and takes into consideration the practical, day to day responsibilities that are required to manifest.

Venus moving into Scorpio the same day speaks of what we want and how we want to feel vs. what we can have. Jupiter in Scorpio will sextile (make a harmonious aspect to) this Moon, suggesting that we can stretch beyond, manage & accept what needs to be done in the material world when we see the bigger picture/broader vision. 

As we go internally with the dark of the Moon, set the intention to soften judgement. Practice encouraging affirmations to tame the internal + external critic. Allow space and time to pivot away from pessimistic attitudes that hold back the ability to participate, show up, and work toward goals and desires.


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// @changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

moon moves moods // august 26th full moon in pisces

Original artwork by Charlie

Original artwork by Charlie

Full Moon in Pisces August 26th

Gentleness is the strength behind power with the Full Moon in Pisces August 26th

When we take a leap of faith, the universe acts in mystical and mysterious ways to reward us. 

The influence from Pisces wants to direct the seeds of worth that we planted under the New Moon in Leo toward cosmic and universal consciousness. To a connection that is bigger than just ourself.

The inner saboteur is the voice that talks us out of what we dream of. The Full Moon in Pisces is an opportune time to hear this voice and venture through the fears anyway. Think of what/who needs to be confronted, forgiven and released. Where can you surrender to give more of yourself to what is trying to come into your world? 

When it’s a struggle to feel good about yourself, believe in magic. The all-loving power of compassion carries and supports us completely. Even after failing and falling, with faith, we can get back up again.  And again. And again. 


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// @changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

Ritualize Attention by Lisa Gayhart

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I was supposed to write this blog post a couple weeks ago. I had it on my to do list, I was thinking about the content, and I really wanted to get started. And yet, even with a week of vacation, I didn’t complete it by my self imposed deadline. Why?

We’re not prioritizing the work that matters to us. We’re lost in shallow work. Shallow work: emails, scrolling, messaging, tidying, making appointments, laundry. All the administrative stuff of life and work that must get done but will never be totally complete. Shallow work not only eats away at your productive hours, but also dilutes our attention and focus leaving us spent but probably not fulfilled.

We all know the feeling of getting lost in work we really love: time flies by, hours lost to the task. We come out the other side energized, excited, and accomplished. This is deep work. (I can’t do the concept of deep work justice in one blog post. Go read Cal Newport’s book Deep Work for the full story.) Even without much discussion, I bet hearing the term triggers thoughts of the work that gives you life, that lights you up. This work doesn’t have to be a solely an individual pursuit or relegated to office/study hours. Community building, parenting, training for a race, planning a trip: these things all take the full care and attention of your focused, thinking mind.

How can we combat shallow work and carve out more time for the work that matters to us: ritualize.

Setting one intention and making space for it daily fosters focus as a habit, setting us up for sustainable success. Some ideas to ritualize attention:

  • Do the most important task first, while attention and creativity are high
  • Make tomorrow’s to do list at the end of each day in order to start the next day smoothly and offer opportunity for reflection
  • Complete creative work in an uninterrupted block of time, ideally the same time slot each day
  • Use the pomodoro technique of breaking work into 25 minute chunks
  • Set aside time at the beginning of the week for planning and time at the end of the week for review
  • Determine and enact your “do not disturb” mode: e.g. a specific place like a quiet office or a buzzing coffee shop; music or white noise; no wifi or notifications off; etc.
  • Schedule specific, time-limited, blocks for email, Insta scrolling, and internet browsing

For me, my deep work is research and writing. It’s hard work to dive into: I have to be in the right state of mind, in the right location, with the right tools or it just doesn’t flow. Or maybe that’s just a story I tell myself to obtain permission to slide into my Instagram feed on the train instead of tapping out 50 words in the Notes app? Most likely the latter.

During August I’m ritualizing my focus by scheduling creative time in the morning before I get distracted and exhausted by the day. Whether it’s 50 words or 500, I’m calling it a win. How about you?


Let’s share our thoughts and experiences on Instagram at #ritualattention, through this site, or in class. But not in real time - enjoy the moments. xoxo

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Lisa Gayhart works in higher ed technology as a UX researcher, academic librarian, and instructor. She’s currently researching digital wellness, in hopes of helping university students cultivate healthier relationships with technology and devices. Lisa is also a Ritual Movement Method Teacher Training student with Ritual Island. She’ll be moving you away from your devices and into your bodies SOON.

@lisagayhart

moon moves moods // august 11th new moon in leo

Original artwork by Charlie

Original artwork by Charlie

New Moon in Leo August 11th

The World is Yours with the New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse in Leo August 11

When you come from a place of pure inspired action, you are connecting with your heart space. It is intimidating to show up and fully be yourself because it can leave you vulnerable to circumstances outside of your control. But there is also great reward in dropping inhibitions and going for what you want. 

Thankfully, Leo’s energy brings us courage, strength, persistence and creativity to search our souls, honour our feelings, and take the necessary actions to implement more of it. 

In the dark of the moon, we can’t fully see what seeds of intention we are planting. If we take this time to listen to our internal dialogue, we will discover that whatever is in focus now will be a point of lift off in which we will be working with until next eclipse season in January, 2019. 

This means we will have time to experiment, create, explore, research, try, fail, and try again. We are all children of the universe, always growing, learning and evolving. 

Keep things light

 


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// @changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

mindful ways to boost your energy by michelle cordeiro, cnp

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I've been going through a slump of feeling quite lethargic lately. I always find that this kind of thing sneaks up on me gradually until I eventually realize that I've been purposely planning my day so I can sneak in an afternoon nap. DO YOU FEEL ME!?

And while I LOVE a good nap sesh, what I don't love is having to rely on it to get through my day without snapping like a sleepy child. But when this happens, it's often a good clue that I need to change things up and figure out how to boost my energy levels back up. And this often isn't hard, as just stepping back and looking into my lifestyle is enough to figure out why I've been so tired and what I can do differently.

Maybe you can relate? And if so, ask yourself these questions:

HOW DO I RECHARGE?

This is an important one, and something that took me way too long to realize about myself: I'm an introvert.

What I didn't realize (especially in my early 20's) is that being introverted doesn't mean that you don't like being around people, or that you're not a social human. The distinction comes from where you get your energy from:

Do you feel refreshed and energized from socializing or spending a day surrounded by people?

Or:

Does time spent by yourself leave you feeling renewed and back to normal.

For me, it's the latter.

Figure out where your energy comes from (I'm sure there's an online quiz for this if Buzzfeed’s your thing), and use that to your advantage. I no longer feel guilty about planning nights alone or  telling my friends that I need to recharge for the day. They get it, and yours will too. Because there's no point in further depleting your energy by showing up to something when you're only really half there and half wishing you were at home with your dog.

Own your introvert/extrovert label. Go out and eat up all the energy from those around you if that's what you need to do OR stay home and go for a solo run. Which brings me to the next question...

WHAT KIND OF MOVEMENT DO YOU CRAVE?

Sometimes I get copious amounts of energy from a nice long trail run, and other times it completely wipes me out. Finding what movement you gain energy from is a valuable tool to use towards boosting yourself up. And this movement will often change from day to day, even moment to moment, so exploring all the different ways to move and seeing where you end up is a great tool.

Sometimes a quick walk in the sunshine works wonders, sometimes you need to sweat everything out in a class, sometimes you want gooey yin yoga stretches to reset...explore, journal about it and be open to changing up your movement routine. Aside from keeping it fresh and interesting, this can also help you to gain insight into what really gets your energy levels up, or what absolutely drains you.

In Hamilton? My favourite energy boosting movements right now are:

  • Runs in the Bruce Trail: I recommend starting on the trail at Main and Wilson, running a good out and back using the trail markers and then finishing up at Fairweather Brewery, just East of the trail's start (trail runs and beer are a match made in heaven, I swear by it).

  • R&B Pilates at SousBas: I will never stop recommending this class, because it GIVES ME THE MOST ENERGY. EVER. Which is sometimes problematic when it ends at 9pm but I love it all the same.

  • Yoga in the Park: In Fine Feather Yoga Studio does a PWYC yoga class in Gage park on Sundays during the summer and it's the best community feels. 10am on a Sunday in the park is where to be!

Find what moves you (literally and figuratively) and go do it. Walk, run, jump, swim, bike, wiggle, whatever!

WHAT FOODS MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD?

Follow up question: what foods make you feel bleh? It's nice to think about the foods we eat not in terms of 'good' or 'bad' but rather little acts of self lovin'. Like: "I love myself so I'm going to make sure to find Muskoka Mocha ice cream at the Parry Sound grocery store this weekend", or "I love myself so I'm going to eat more than just Roma Pizza today". Ya know? Food choices that are based on how the food makes your body feel and your mind feel is a great way to gain energy.

And the goods news is that the foods your body needs are often the foods you crave. Thinking mindfully about your cravings rather than labelling them as a weakness or lack of self control can help to bring this into light. Maybe you finish a sweaty workout and are craving a big bag of chips? Your body is probably looking for electrolytes to replenish the salt that you've lost through your sweat, so go for something salty! Craving sugar after you run? You've probably burned through your glycogen stores and need sugars and carbs to replenish what you've lost in energy.

Properly fuelling your body with foods that give you what you need can be the difference between feeling wiped out or energized after meals.

P.S. If anyone knows where I can find Muskoka Mocha closer to Hamilton PLEASE advise.


Michelle is an RMMTT student and Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) with a focus on digestive health and learning to love the body you're in through intuitive eating and self love over dieting, always. 

Michelle currently sees clients at Inland Island Wellness Centre. Contact her for more info on her practice or to book an appointment.
// movewithguts@gmail.com
// @movewithguts

moon moves moods // july 27th full moon total eclipse

Original artwork by Charlie

Original artwork by Charlie

Full Moon Total Eclipse in Aquarius July 27th


Full Moon is illumination time. Total Lunar Eclipse says we can find the light in the darkness. 

Even if you realize you still have a ways to go. Be honest about where you are, right now. Forgive shortcomings as you move forward. 
Don’t accept your limitations as your fate. You can change. You can grow. You can evolve. You can shine. 

The Full Moon lands in the sign of revolutionary Aquarius, opposing the Sun in expressive Leo. The Aquarius polarity dreams of ways to be of service to the collective and the Leo polarity takes the necessary action. They are in balance when they approach with both knowledge and faith. 

In this moment of transition, experiment a little bit. What does it feel like to be uninhibited, unbothered, unashamed? Where, what and with whom do you feel most radiant?  What does your bold self bring to others? This Full Moon will permeate and have ripple effects for several weeks, months even. It is jam packed with adrenaline and energy, so find your outlets. 

The airy element of this Moon brings attention to the realm of our thoughts, hopes and wishes.  Watch your mental process- do not get stuck in worrying about what you lack. Everything is always working out in its own time, but prepare for the unexpected. 

Love. Big time. All around. All the time. 


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// @changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

shifting body perspective: strong is not a look by michelle cordeiro, cnp

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I don't know how I could write about anything other than tidbits from the past weekend of Ritual Movement Method Teacher Training. So many lessons. So many feels. This is becoming a common theme with this training month to month I tell ya. 

Something that has stuck with me since, was Jo Gale's message of STRONG IS NOT A LOOK because well, you know, it's not. 

Last week I wrote a post about the damage that restricting certain foods in your diet can do, and I was so moved by the response. Many of you reached out and expressed your support of the message by sharing your own struggles with food. It was really heartwarming to hear how much that post resonated with you, because that means we're slowly starting to shift our minds on what it really means to feel and be well. Let's get rid of the before and after picture #fitspo stuff, and instead make room for more compassion to others AND to ourselves. 

Because we all have our issues with body image or food anxiety to some degree, don't we? So let's speak up about it! 

In my early 20's I started to have some pretty concerning digestive issues that lead me to cut out certain foods from my diet that were doing harm to my body. But even just cutting out those foods, I still felt awful, and would often skip meals in order to ensure that I could get through a shift at work, or a hangout with friends without having to deal with any stomach pain until I was home. 

And I'm the kind of person who gets real hangry when I'm hungry, so it sucked for both me and those around me... 

And as a result of this restriction and elimination I started to lose weight in a very unhealthy way. I felt awful in my body: crampy, bloated and had such little energy to do anything I wanted to. Yet, on the outside, I was told I looked great, fit and thin. Because for some misguided reason, weight loss is almost always seen as a good thing, to be celebrated, to praise someone for. 

And you know what that's saying to that person? That they look great NOW. That before, prior to this weight loss, they didn't look as great. It tells that person that whatever they're doing to lose weight, no matter if it's restricting their food intake, working out excessively or obsessing over their body, they should stick to it, because it's working. 

I had a coworker ask me what my secret was, and when I half-joked that I had cut out most foods from my diet, he told me to stick to it... WHAT!? 

STRONG IS NOT A LOOK. 

How your body looks does NOT define how you show up. It does not define how many elevator squats you can do at R&B pilates, or how long you can hold plank. It does not define how or when or where you choose to move (or not move) your body or how you TREAT other people, what you mean to other people or how important you are to this beauty planet we're all a part of. 

We are so much more than something as trivial as our looks, which is sometimes clouded by things like the world of social media. So this is a call to stand up and be okay with kindly asking others to shift their observations from the mere shape of your flesh to more important things. It is so inconsequential to who you ARE, so let's shift that focus to what really matters when talking about others and when talking about ourselves. 

I'm gonna end with this quote from Rupi Kaur, because she is SPOT ON with her words: 

“I want to apologize to all the women I have called beautiful
before I’ve called them intelligent or brave
I am sorry I made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on I will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because I don’t think you’re beautiful
but because I need you to know
you are more than that” 

STRONG. IS. NOT. A. LOOK.


Michelle is an RMMTT student and Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) with a focus on digestive health and learning to love the body you're in through intuition and self love over dieting, always. 

Michelle currently sees clients at Inland Island Wellness Centre. Contact her for more info on her practice or to book an appointment.
// movewithguts@gmail.com
// @movewithguts
// www.movewithguts.com

moon moves moods // july 12th new moon

Original artwork by Charlie

Original artwork by Charlie

New Moon & Partial Solar Eclipse in Cancer July 12th

Every moon cycle gives us a chance to re-shape and refine. New Moons are generally a time of initiating new activity and energy, but this particular  Moon is asking that we tune inward. 

Combined with five planets in retrograde motion, slow down and listen in. What is your internal dialogue? Is it encouraging or are you stuck in a mental torture loop? 

As the Moon eclipses the Sun, look for the light in the shadow. Dark thoughts have their place, but it’s imperative to know when to move past them. 

This Moon is opposing Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto wants to help us step up our game and evolve past self-limiting beliefs. Oppositions denote a time where things can happen at you or to you. Not everything is under our control with this aspect. 

Under the influence of this watery Moon, going with the flow will be exercising self care. There is so much in flux right now that we want to let go of controlling, micromanaging and overthinking to be in a state of receptivity. Know the difference between inspired action and action for the sake of keeping busy. Show up for what you know is real. 


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// @changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon! 

Reclaiming Our Attention by Lisa Gayhart

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Last November, I started an experiment. I was feeling drained from long days in front of my devices. I felt like I couldn’t focus. I was irritable and distracted. I was tired of giving my best to screens.

I did a little reading and eventually came to the decision to do a technology fast of sorts. Like any lifestyle change, it was very difficult at first. But the more time I spent experimenting with different ways of using tech every day, the better I felt. The weekends felt longer and I felt less scattered. I didn’t bring my phone to meetings or events. With my head up, I saw very clearly how much of ourselves we are handing over to our devices.

This all sounds magical, wonderful, and full of meaningful revelations about life. But, like most things on the internet, it’s not the whole story. Today, I’m right back where I started.

Our relationships with technology are often left out of discussions on health and wellness. For many of us, technology is an ever present and growing force in our lives. Over the last decade or so, we have gradually outsourced our daily thinking and doing to technology. Getting up to flip the record or turn on the radio, walking across the bedroom to set your alarm clock, navigating to an appointment with written directions or a map - these common tasks are increasingly uncommon. Technology is everywhere and it’s not all bad. Today’s technology is amazing! We form relationships around the world, educate ourselves, discover new talents, find solace in like minded groups, start businesses, partake in democracy, and so much more.

Living with tech is not an all or nothing situation: like most things in life, our relationship with technology requires more nuance, more balance. We can design our tech use, intentionally and with purpose, to be something useful and enjoyable. We don’t need to feel drained and stressed by our devices.

In a series of posts this summer, we’ll look at our tech habits and how we got here; learn ways to increase our digital wellness; and discover new corners of the internet - and maybe even ourselves.

In the meantime, let’s start noticing our habits and how we feel:

  • What does your relationship with tech look like?

  • Do you feel drained, pressured to stay in the loop, overwhelmed with information?

  • How do you feel after some time scrolling: drained or energized?

This summer, we reclaim our attention. We make space for more outdoor adventure, more creation, more stargazing, more memories. Our devices will always be there for us.

Let’s share our thoughts and experiences on Instagram at #ritualattention, through this site, or in class. But not in real time - enjoy the moments. xoxo

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Lisa Gayhart works in higher ed technology as a UX researcher, academic librarian, and instructor. She’s currently researching digital wellness, in hopes of helping university students cultivate healthier relationships with technology and devices. Lisa is also a Ritual Movement Method Teacher Training student with Ritual Island. She’ll be moving you away from your devices and into your bodies SOON.

@lisagayhart

moon moves moods // june 28th full moon

Original artwork by Charlie

Original artwork by Charlie

 

Full Moon in Capricorn June 28th

Here it is. Two weeks of manifesting with the New Moon and now we are at the culminating phase of that unfolding- the Full Moon. What has shown up?  

This Full Moon lands in Capricorn early on June 28th, opposing the Sun in Cancer. Capricorn is pre-occupied with work and ambitions, while Cancer wants to nurture and tend to home life and personal matters. Strive to find the middle ground between these polarities and you will bring balance to your emotional life.       

We may feel disappointed as we start to identify what isn’t going to work, and what we need to let go of in order to move on. This is ultimately beneficial as it will help us to have more clarity of purpose when the next New Moon comes around (yay more chances!). In the meantime, a whole wave of emotions will surface and it is important to be gentle with yourself and others. Give yourself a couple of days to focus on forgiving and to remember what you’re grateful for. 

In Capricorn, the Moon will illuminate where there are control issues. Can you enjoy the process of building without instant gratification? This is the first Full Moon after the Solstice and it’s a good mid-year check in point. Find your center. Grounded and earthy Capricorn can help us identify our worth, but approaches with a stern demeanour that asks us to be focused on the preparation that “becoming” requires. 


Charlie is a visual artist, ritual movement method teacher training student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// @changeable_charlie

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moon moves moods // june 13th new moon

Original artwork by Charlie

Original artwork by Charlie

Friends! We are excited about a new collaboration with one of our sweet community members, Charlie. Charlie is a visual artist with a passion for cosmic / esoteric / metaphysical practices and a student in the RMMTT program. Every Monday leading up to a New and Full Moon, Charlie will share her insights on how the Moon is moving and how that may affect our moods and feelings.

Fun, right?!

If you're a sceptic on the Moon's pull on our inner waves, I get it. I've been there. The metaphysical is hard to grasp and easy to deny. But...Yo, she can move the ocean, what makes you think she can't move the ocean within you? Your body is sack of water, filled with more sacks of water. If you're still not convinced, just stay with us for the ride. Read Moon Moves Moods. Look up at the Moon. Look within. Notice any connections between her size and your feels. Soon you'll notice patterns. And even if not, it's a fun opportunity to self-reflect.

Without further ado...
  

New Moon in Gemini & Venus in Leo June 13th


The thing about the Moon, she is our quickest moving planet in the solar system, transiting a new sign every 2 1/2 days. We see and feel her energy most presently. She is divinely feminine, mysterious and changeable. As our emotional guide, she is associated with mother hood, nurturance & nourishment, intuition, the unconscious and survival habits. 

As she moves around the zodiac, she makes three of several significant cycles: a New Moon, a Half Moon (Waxing & Waning) and a Full Moon. 

New Moon = Emotional Initiation
Half Moon = Emotional Turning Point
Full Moon = Emotional Culmination

The New Moon with the influence of Gemini could initiate new stories around how we communicate what we feel to the world. It could inspire curiosity about feminine energy of our inner world. 

Coupled with this New Moon in Gemini, Venus, the planet of love & intimacy, leisure & pleasure, art and creativity, moves into Leo until July 9th. Roar and purrr. Leo’s are the warmest sign in the zodiac. They wear their hearts on their sleeves, and feel just about every emotion, very dramatically. However, feeling safe enough to be raw and emotional is a necessity. During this transit, we may gain great satisfaction when we cultivate our connection to spiritual matters and our ability to be a channel for divine information. Look deeper into relationship needs to avoid shallow achievements. 

Gemini and Leo are two of the most child-like and fun-humoured signs in the zodiac. Look for the jokes - they are everywhere. Indulging in play time opens up receptivity. Follow and express what you feel, but watch for over-analyzing. Understand that words are meaningless when they aren’t followed by action. 

We will benefit most from this energetic combination when we motivate ourselves to commit to our chosen paths with the courage to lead from the depths of our hearts. 

Wishing abundant new beginnings that illuminate and satisfy your truest heart’s desire!! 
 


Charlie is a visual artist, RMMTT student and energetic practitioner. She is reiki certified and uses the aid of oracle cards and crystals.

Learn more about Charlie's practices or book a session.
//  melissstarr@gmail.com

For more transit-astrology forecasts and collages, follow Charlie on Instagram.
// @changeable_charlie

Watch for an online shop coming soon!