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love_book-1152x864Books are food for the mind and they nourish our spirit.  Reading is an immersive activity that expands our creativity, kindles our imagination, and fills us with a sense of wonder and delight.  My own awakening and personal transformation has been greatly accelerated by the fantastic books that I have had the pleasure of reading throughout these last few years.  I have learned so much about life, myself, the world around me, the nature of existence, hidden histories, what’s really going on behind the scenes, and much, much more!   The good news is that there is more empowering, informative, consciousness-expanding reading material available than ever, with many titles now in digital format that can be read instantly.  Let’s make the most of this opportunity and continue to expand our minds with books that greatly enhance our learning and awareness!

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“Knowledge is sacred and the choice to be informed or merely entertained in today’s world is a very revealing test of the times.  Expanding your mind to penetrate the deeper meanings of life is not only liberating, it is crucial to your well-being, for knowledge is power, and how you use your power inevitably determines the course of your personal and collective life.” — Barbara Marciniak

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Are you looking for a book that will transform you and the way you see the world?  Are you looking for knowledge that will expand your perspective and remove the veils of ignorance that have plagued mankind for so long?  Or perhaps just another great read to pass the time?  Look no further than this list!

The goal here is the create a comprehensive, user-generated list of profound, life-changing books to share as a valuable resource for all to enjoy.

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What books have had the most powerful effect on you in your life?  What books led you to greater understandings about yourself and about life?

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Please submit the Title/Author of your favorite books that have contributed to your awakening process in the comments below.  We will then add the books to the list here.

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The right books always come to us at the right time.  Trust your instincts when it comes to selecting the next book for yourself.  All of them are game-changers….just pick the one that feels right for you!

We genuinely thank all the authors, editors, publishers, and all of the wonderful beings who helped make these books a reality!  You are all such a blessing.

With Love and Gratitude,
Eliot

P.S. For a powerful list of movie recommendations, please see the CE List: Movies with Truth or Consciousness

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<< My Top 3 Recommendations >>

A-New-Earth-CoverA New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle — this book taught me about the ego and helped me see how it was operating in my own life, highlighting how I was sabotaging myself by fueling self-destructive behaviors and limiting patterns of thinking.  This is the first book that taught me the power of presence and self-awareness , understanding that the most powerful moment we have is always here and now.  Tolle possesses amazing clarity and simplicity in his words that are both highly enjoyable and filled with practical wisdom.

 

 

pathcoverPath of Empowerment: Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos by Barbara Marciniak — an incredible treasure trove of empowering and revealing insights and information about life, multidimensional existence, energy/frequency, beliefs, sexuality, healing, and our role during these pivotal times of collective transformation.  Channeled by genuine Pleiadian Beings, this is one of the best books I have ever read.  You will not be disappointed.  Filled with so many powerful, direct quotes that can be re-read over and over again.

 

 

conversations-with-godConversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (Book One) by Neale Donald Walsch — Imagine having a direct conversation with God about the most puzzling questions about existence — about love and faith, life and death, good and evil.  The answers in this book are simple, easily understood, and nothing less than profound.  I highly recommend this series of books for anyone with an open mind and a sincere desire to seek truth.

 

 

(virtually all of these books are available in Used condition for very low prices)

**** Personal Development / Body-Mind-Spirit / Nature of Existence ****

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery by Don Miguel & Don Jose Ruiz

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

(Books by Neale Donald Walsch)

Conversations with God Book One: An Uncommon Dialogue

Conversations with God Book Two: Living in the World with Honesty, Courage, and Love

Conversations with God Book Three: Embracing the Love of the Universe

The New Revelations: A Conversation with God

 

**** Law of Attraction / Manifestation ****

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

 

**** New Message / Greater Community / Allies of Humanity ****

(Books by Marshall Vian Summers)

Steps to Knowledge: The New Message Book of Spiritual Practice (eBook or Kindle)

Greater Community Spirituality: The New Message Book of Theology

Life in the Universe: A New Message Book of Revelation (Kindle version)

Wisdom from the Greater Community: Volumes 1 and 2

The Great Waves of Change: The New Message Book of Prophecy

Allies of Humanity Book 1: An Urgent Message About the Extraterrestrial Presence in the World

Allies of Humanity Book 2: Human Unity, Freedom, and the Hidden Reality of Contact (Kindle version)

Allies of Humanity Book 3: A Message to Earth

(All books available at New Knowledge Library)

**** Extraterrestrial / Ascended Master / Channeling ****

<< The Sirian Revelations Trilogy by Patricia Cori >>

The Cosmos of Soul: A Wake-Up Call for Humanity

Atlantis Rising: The Struggle of Darkness and Light

No More Secrets, No More Lies: A Handbook to Starseed Awakening

Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings from the Pleiadians by Barbara Marciniak

Path of Empowerment: Pleiadian Wisdom for a World in Chaos by Barbara Marciniak

Robes: A Book of Coming Changes by Penny Kelly

We The Arcturians: A True Experience by Dr. Norma Milanovich

The Light Shall Set You Free by Dr. Norma Milanovich

A Dweller on Two Planets by Phylos

 

**** Past Lives / Reincarnation ****

Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton, Ph. D.

Destiny of Souls: New Case Studies of Life Between Lives by Michael Newton, Ph. D.

 

**** Iconic /  Symbolic / Prophetic Fiction ****

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

**** Sexuality ****

The Multi-Orgasmic Man: Sexual Secrets Every Man Should Know by Mantak Chia, Douglas Abrams

The Multi-Orgasmic Woman: Sexual Secrets Every Woman Should Know by Mantak Chia, Rachel Carlton Abrams

 

**** Healing: Emotional, Energy, Sound, etc ****

Healing Sounds: The Power of Harmonics by Jonathan Goldman

Chakra Frequencies: Tantra of Sound by Jonathan Goldman

Your Hands Can Heal You: Pranic Healing Energy Remedies to Boost Vitality and Speed Recovery from Common Health Problems by Master Stephen Co

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

 

**** Conspiracy / New World Order / Hidden History / UFO ****

The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy (and how to end it) by David Icke

Trance: Formation of America by Cathy O’Brien, Mark Phillips — The first documented autobiography of a victim of government mind control. Cathy O’Brien is the only vocal and recovered survivor of the Central Intelligence Agency’s MK-Ultra Project Monarch operation. Tracing her path from child pornography and recruitment into the program to serving as a top-level intelligence agent and White House sex slave, TRANCE Formation of America is a definitive eye-witness account of government corruption that implicates some of the most prominent figures in U.S. politics. (e-book available via WikiSpooks)

The Illuminati Formula Used to Create an Undetectable Total Mind Controlled Slave by Cisco Wheeler and Fritz Springmeier — PDF version here

The 12th Planet: Book 1 of the Earth Chronicles by Zecharia Sitchin

(Books by Jim Marrs)

Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids

The Rise of the Fourth Reich: The Secret Societies that Threaten to Take Over America

Alien Agenda: Investigating the Extraterrestrial Presence Among Us

PSI Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program

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We will update the list in rounds, every few weeks or so.  If it gets too long, we may not be able to add more submissions.

Still, keep those recommendations coming — this is becoming a great resource to share some of the most powerful inspirational material on Earth!

****READER SUBMISSIONS****

**** Personal Development / Self-Transformation / Body-Mind-Spirit / ****

The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire by David Deida

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman

The Light: A Book of Wisdom by Keidi Keitang featuring Neale Donald Walsch, Don Miguel Ruiz, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marci Shimoff, Janet Attwood, John Perkins, Will Arntz, Julie Chimes, and more!

Reader comment: This recently released book has 22 specially written chapters on the theme of how to awaken to the inner Light. Included are original insights, excercises and stories from the great luminaries of today.  It is one of those books you can read over and over and always find something new,uplifting and thought-provoking.. All net profit is being donated to a group of charities working mainly with children or principles to make this world a better place.

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power by Gary Zukav

The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended by Ainslie MacLeod

The Transformation: Healing Your Past Lives to Realize Your Soul’s Potential by Ainslie MacLeod

Your Soul’s Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born by Robert Schwartz

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain

**** Metaphysics / Consciousness / Spirituality / Philosophy / Psychology****

The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life: Volumes 1 and 2 by Drunvalo Melchizedek

My Big TOE: The Complete Trilogy by Thomas Campbell
Reader comment:For the left brained scientific types, the physics of consciousness explained in detail.

The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts

This Is It: and Other Essays on Zen and Spiritual Experience by Alan Watts

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Equation: Yes After Yesterday by James Tarantin

(Books by Robert Anton Wilson)

Prometheus Rising

The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan

Principia Discordia — The Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst

**** Investigations / Alternative Research / Conspiracy / New World Order / Hidden History / UFO ****

Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
Reader comment: Gatto talks about his experience as a teacher in New York and argues that, instead of educating the population, state school does no such thing and instead indoctrinates us into a society of obedience.

The Terra Papers: The Hidden History of Planet Earth (An excellent summary) by Robert Morning Sky

Underground Alien Bases: Flying Saucers Come From Inside The Earth! by Commander X

The Secret of Atlantis by Otto Muck

**** Meditation / Mastery / Great Ones/ Holy Scriptures ****

A Course in Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace

Autobiography of a Yogi (Re-print of 1946 First Edition) by Paramahansa Yogananda (free on Kindle as of 4/10/13)

Encounter the Enlightened: Conversations with the Master by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Midnights with the Mystic: A Little Guide to Freedom and Bliss by Sadhguru Vasudev and Cheryl Simone

Falling Into Grace and True Meditation: Discover the Freedom of Pure Awareness by Adyashanti

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing (Book One of the Enlightenment Trilogy) by Jed McKenna

World Beyond World by Woo Myung

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version by Lao Tzu

The I Ching or Book of Changes translated by Richard Wilhelm

Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony de Mello

Awakening: Conversations with the Masters by Anthony de Mello

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

**** Magick / Occult / Mysticism / Psychedelic ****
Initiation Into Hermetics by Franz Bardon
Reader comment: for all that want to master not only their own microcosmos…

Food of the Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna

DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences by Rick Strassman

The Doors of Perception: Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley

**** Extraterrestrial / Ascended Master / Channeling ****

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul by Jane Roberts

The Nature of Personal Reality: Specific, Practical Techniques for Solving Everyday Problems and Enriching the Life You Know by Jane Roberts / Seth

The Oversoul Seven Trilogy by Jane Roberts / Seth

Reader comment: No list of awakening seems complete without the 20+ book series of the channeled Seth material by Jane Roberts, written between 1963 and 1986. They discuss physics and other branches of science and the role of consciousness – all in the most down to earth, entertaining, and comprehensive manner. If you’re looking to read just one, Seth Speaks would be where to start. Every one is startlingly real and revelatory.

The Joseph Communications: Your Life After Death by Michael G. Reccia

(Books by Kryon / Lee Carroll)

The End Times: New Information for Personal Peace (Kryon Book 1)

Don’t Think Like A Human: Channeled Answers to Basic Questions (Kryon Book 2)

The Twelve Layers of DNA (Kryon Book 12)

**** Inspirational /  Iconic / Symbolic Fiction ****

The Enlightened Gardener by Sydney Banks

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

**** Past Lives /  Reincarnation ****

Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss

Only Love Is Real: A Story of Soulmates Reunited by Brian Weiss

**** Health /  Healing ****

Cellular Awakening: How Your Body Holds and Creates Light by Barbara Wren

You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

All Is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz

Red Moon Passage: The Power and Wisdom of Menopause by Bonnie J. Horrigan
Reader comment: Full of insights and new ways of thinking for women going through the menopause – so helpful in understanding the process and coming at it from new and positive angles.

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Let’s keep adding to this list!  Thank you for your suggestions and contributions!

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— Jo Godwin

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Are You Sure You Want To Cancel 2020?

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Many people have been wanting to cancel 2020 given all of the challenges that have arisen this year, but are these challenges not what we need to wake up?

  • Reflect On:

    Is humanity living in a way we are truly capable of? Are we really going to change and create a world where we can thrive if we all remain in 'normal' with our heads down just getting by? Perhaps we need a shake up!

A massive evolution in the way we think and live is long overdue, and now the environment is perfectly set for it to happen. Many call this process ‘raising collective consciousness.’ It’s no secret, 2020 has been a intense year, and you may have noticed that many are creating memes calling for the cancellation of 2020. This comes from the idea of ‘cancel culture’ which is an ideology whereby anything we don’t like, even if it’s only some of us, has to be shamed into cancellation as opposed to dealing with what it truly says about us and why we’re triggered by it. But more on this in a moment.

Deep down I imagine you feel it. What we are doing on a day-to-day basis in our lives feels limiting and it feels like we are capable of much more. This feeling comes from an innate desire within the deepest aspect of who we are, our soul, to continually evolve and expand as a being. It’s almost as if we begin to feel uncomfortable when we become stagnant and stop evolving or growing.

Right now, our current way of living societally and our current mass unconsciousness is causing us to push away that deep desire. We do this because we have become so identified with thought, that if a desire to shift or change comes up, and we cannot rationalize nor see how we can change, and in turn, we push that desire away to hold onto what we have grown comfortable with.

Thus, intensity and chaos have ensued in our world in an attempt to wake us up. Perhaps it’s time to embrace this desire for change. Do we really want our world to simply go back to normal? Was normal truly allowing us to thrive?

Ridding 2020?

A lot of people have been sharing the idea that we want to get rid of or cancel 2020 because it has been such a ‘bad year.’ I understand what train of thought can lead here, and I understand what way of being can lead here, but regardless, I feel it’s an important time to embrace what’s going on and ask big questions about what we’re doing as a collective – living life so disconnected from anything that deeply resonates with us. What we call ‘chaos’ has always been a potent tool for evolution, only, we often get in the way of that evolution by remaining asleep to what’s really going on around us, and continually pushing away that knowing that we can create meaningful change.

Most of what is rising to the surface right now, in terms of truths regarding current events, are all realities that people have been telling others about for years – and yet most of us just went on our merry way, heads down, living life as if none of it was happening. For example, elite child sex trafficking is one collective trauma being faced right now by many, and every day I hear of more and more people facing this reality, unsure of what to do about it as they feel despair. I cannot blame anyone for wanting to hide from this information. Life can be tough and very demanding simply to get by, so questioning our reality and why it is the way it is may not be at the top of our priority list. It may feel easier to just go on with our lives as if it’s not real, continually voting, putting these ‘corrupt’ individuals in power and accepting life as it is.

But if life is providing experiences that give us a chance to evolve beyond this old paradigm, is it perhaps time we listen? Can we truly just keep our heads down as we watch our collective uncomfort rise and mental health decline as our world no longer resonates with our being?

Just because the truth makes us uncomfortable, doesn’t mean we don’t need to address it, it just means we are avoiding it, and if we continue to choose not to look, it will ‘blow up in our face’ – just as it is right now.

May years ago people would ask me ‘Joe, do you think people will one day know about all that is going on behind the scenes?’ I said yes, there are collective truths and traumas people will HAVE to face, there is no avoiding it. This is why so many people are doing their inner work and becoming helpful members of the global community who will be able to help others through their emotional upheavals when more of this truth continues to come out, just like it is right now.

The human race has been oppressed for centuries. At the core, is the suppression of human consciousness. The less we know who we truly are and what we are truly capable of, the more we can be coddled and controlled into living lives that serve a few. The reality of this is coming to the surface.

So should we cancel 2020? Or embrace what it’s trying to bring up on a deeper level, and choose to focus on inner work, personal transformation ad collective transformation? This, as opposed to mentally and emotionally running around trying to say why everything is wrong and bad, will this truly bring about meaningful change?

We’re All Playing Roles

With that said, instead of looking at who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, I challenge others to think of it in terms of roles. What role are people playing for one another that allows us to question what’s going on, learn a lesson, and change? Do you want the world as it is today to continue in this manner? Do you feel we are capable of harmony and thrivability? What do you want the world to look like?

Viewing it in this manner will bring us to solutions as opposed to arguing about what the problems are from our political point of view. Staying within the paradigm of our current world, where we create sides, argue, and remain in a political landscape, will always create more separation and will limit our potential, won’t it? It’s time for a new perspective, a new way of looking at things, and in order for that to happen we must come to terms with what not paying attention has created in our reality.

When we live in this manner, are we living life fully? Or are we just getting by? Are we caught up in the future or the past, trying to live in those states? Or are we fully living now? Are we ready to move from a state of being where we are identified with our thoughts and ego constantly, and move to a state where we are truly who we are, our awareness, living fully?

This is what this transition is about. This is what 2020 is helping to bring forth: the necessary events and revelations that push us deeply to question our lives and society. Start dreaming again, start thinking outside the box. Whatever world you choose to plug into is the one we will actively create. If you feel humanity is capable of something different, or better, beyond just the changing of a president, then now is the time to truly put your intention and action into that.

It’s a potent time for change. Perhaps we don’t want to wish normal back into existence?

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Full Moon In Aquarius: Erratic Progression

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We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius on August 3rd/4th, it will appear the fullest on night of the 2nd in Western North America. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Cancer on July 20th/21st, as some of the themes mentioned in that article are still in effect.

The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its effects slowly build up after the New Moon prior to it.

Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Aquarius side and others expressing the Leo side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo

We have been in Leo season since July 22nd and will continue until August 22nd/23rd. This is the sign of self-expression, creativity, love, affection, children, courage, vitality, passion, leadership, generosity, and playfulness. Ruled by the Sun, it is also about shining in our power and being in alignment with what really lights us up and gets us excited.

The negative expressions of Leo can be egotistical, self-absorbed, authoritarian, dramatic, stubborn, jealous, and hot-tempered.  As it is associated with seeking praise and attention, it can be demanding of respect and be boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.

The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Aquarius into this Leo backdrop. This is the sign of friends, networks, social dynamics, the group, the team, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. Associated with Uranus, it can be unconventional, idealistic, innovative, progressive, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary.

Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.

Both Leo and Aquarius have some similarities. They are ‘Fixed’ signs and therefore can both be determined yet stubborn. They are also both associated with originality and authenticity. In Aquarius, this comes from its unconventional and innovative Uranian attributes while in Leo it comes from being inspired by its Solar heart centred self-expression.

Full Moon Square Uranus, Sextile Chiron

The Sun and Moon are in a T-square aspect with Uranus bringing its energy strongly into the equation. This planet is associated with Aquarius and viewed as a modern ruler of this sign, therefore it emphasizes some of the Aquarian themes mentioned above.

This can also reflect an energy that is disruptive, unpredictable, erratic, nonconforming, and rebellious. It can be hard to focus and more prone to sudden changes, accidents, loss, or separations. However, it can also reflect liberation, breakthroughs, excitement, and is a good time to shake things up and try new approaches to things.

This Full Moon is in a supportive sextile with Chiron which shares unorthodox and innovative qualities with Uranus. Chiron is also about bringing healing and wholeness to a situation and is associated with personal growth. It brings a potential for integration, learning, problem solving, finding solutions, purpose, and the elevation of consciousness.

Full Moon Sextile Mars, Squaring Jupiter & Pluto During Pre-Retrograde Shadow

The Sun-Moon opposition is in a harmonious aspect with Mars which can bring an active, asserting, energetic, sexual, or even a competitive or fighting energy. Mars is also in its own sign of Aries as it slows down to go retrograde on September 9th/10th. We will be experiencing a period of adjustments over the coming months in how we apply Mars in certain areas of our lives depending on our personal birth charts. Some of the things that are happening this month, leading up to it, will contribute to that process.

At the time of this Full Moon, Mars is also in a tight square with Jupiter which has been building up in the days prior. It also moves towards a square with Pluto over the following two weeks. We may overextend ourselves during this time or do things in an excessive, overconfident, compulsive or obsessive way.

Conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, hidden matters, or abuse can also arise. As we get closer to mid-August the energy becomes more intense with an increased potential of power struggles. This aspect can trigger passion and is good for strategic actions. All of these factors mentioned in this section are cranking up Mars energy overall. I will be writing a separate article on the upcoming retrograde as we get closer to it, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Mercury & Venus In Hard Aspects With Saturn, Venus Conjunct North Node

Mercury is in a tight opposition with Saturn. This can reflect thoughts or conversations that are cautious, hesitant, pessimistic, or limiting. We may experience delays or obstacles around commuting or communications with others.  The need to be realistic around certain issues may also come up.

Like Mercury, Venus has social qualities and is also in a hard aspect with Saturn, this one being a frustrating quincunx. It can be hard to integrate or juggle Saturnian areas of responsibilities, commitments, boundaries, discipline, and structures with Venus areas of friendships, love, pleasures, sensuality, values, money, attraction, or other things that are aesthetic related. We may need to be extra adaptable or make adjustments.

Venus is also moving towards a conjunction with the Lunar North Node in Gemini in the days following this Full Moon. New relations, or developments around past relations, could have a fated quality that can bring growth and help us to move forward in a better or constructive way.  Our perception or approach to Venus ruled areas (mentioned in above paragraph) may evolve in a helpful manner.

Things To Consider

In what areas of your life should you try new approaches? What can you do to shake things up? What are some potential solutions for issues you are facing? How can you use your creativity in an innovative way? What are your relations with others pushing you towards? How can you be more of a team player? How can you better balance needs of self with the needs of the group?   What parts of your life are calling for originality and authenticity?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up during this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on August 3rd at 3:59pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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The Benefits of Keeping A Dream Journal

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Recently, scientists from Caltech university proved that an ancient species of jellyfish has a sleep cycle. All known mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish on planet earth sleep, but this finding means sleep does not require a brain, and is one of the most ancient evolutionary traits around. So, a very important one.

If sleep is so important, could dreams be too? Dreams aren’t given much importance in modern society. In fact, dream sharing is considered oversharing around most office water coolers. But there are big benefits to taking your dreams seriously, and to keeping a dream journal. Even the Ancient Egyptians were known to keep “dream books.”

Faster Problem Solving

Many studies show that a well-rested mind is a smarter one. Students preparing for a test, for example, scored better when they dreamed about the test beforehand. Every night when you dream, your brain processes and categorizes all the day’s events. Your brain needs to dream to make sense of your waking life. But sleeping is not all you can do. By taking the extra step to remember and interpret your dreams upon waking, you are telling your brain that dreams are important to you. As a result, your dreams will take on a much more educational and beneficial role in your life.

Overcoming Anxiety

Nightmares are no fun, but they serve a purpose. Even rats have nightmares! A bad dream can help reveal your innermost fears, and give you a way to cope with them safely. If you’re like most people, you forget your dreams whenever you wake up. A dream journal will help you develop dream recall, causing you to notice different dream patterns, including reoccurring nightmares. This will give you valuable insight into all the anxieties that are holding you back in life, and give you a head start on addressing them. If you are having a reoccurring nightmare about being fired from your job, for example, you should practice positive thinking at work and confront any workplace challenges you have sooner than later.

Opportunity to Lucid Dream

Lucid dreaming, or becoming aware during a dream, can be induced by dream journaling. Lucid dreaming is a relatively fun and healthy hobby that has its own set of powerful mental health benefits. Many lucid dreamers regularly converse with “spirit guides” that give them advice and predictions to be used in the real world.

Better Spiritual Awareness

Ancient Egyptians believed that dreams contained messages from the gods, and so kept a careful record of them. The Egyptians weren’t the first to come up with this concept, and certainly weren’t the last. Every culture, it seems, from the Greeks to the Native Americans, have had similar beliefs about dreams.

Modern day mystics, including the late psychic Edgar Cayce, often focus on dreams as a way to remember past lives. Unbelievably, scientists have proven that memories and dreams can be inherited, passed on from generation to generation just like eye colour.

Whatever your belief system, keeping a dream journal forces you into a daily habit of thoughtful reflection, making you more aware of your deeper, wiser self over time.

Deciding to keep a dream journal could be one of the easiest, yet more life-changing decisions you’ve ever made! Luckily, there are many resources online to help get you started with a dream diary. Here are some beginner’s tips for keeping a dream journal:
•    Write in your dream journal every morning after you wake up
•    Don’t worry about stylist things like grammar, punctuation, or spelling
•    Keep your dream journal next to your bedside
•    Focus on dreams that are reoccurring
•    Remember to bring your dream journal with you when you travel

Before radio, television, and the Internet, people relied heavily on the dream world for entertainment and guidance, and this may have helped them to be more in touch with their inner self and spiritual side. By keeping a dream journal, you too can learn to tune out the outside world and tune up our own inner, conscious self.

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