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The adults of today grew up before the boom of technology.

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While children nowadays have iPads and laptops, the children of yesteryears had pop-up books and colouring materials.

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With all the present day distractions that consume every child’s focus and attention, it’s more important than ever that children today channel their energies into an age-old healthy habit: reading.

Start by revisiting your favourite children’s books, or check online and the bookstore for new titles that were written specifically for the current generation.

“A book in hand, new or old, it doesn’t matter truth be told. To love to read and read with love is treasure worth far more than gold.”

Okay, so I made that up. I’ve got my Dr. Seuss groove on. Think about what your children are missing every time they dive into their tablets and smartphones. So much imagination and mental stimulation is just going down the drain.

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Let’s put an end to that with this jewel of a list of 50 inspiring and motivating children’s books that you and your kids will surely love.

1. An Awesome Book!

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This book by Dallas Clayton inspires us to think outside the box and dream big dreams. The colorful drawings and simple words shoot for the heart as we are reminded that dreams fuel the world.

2. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Dr. Seuss is a staple name in households with children. In this book, an old man would always tell Duckie about people who are unluckier than him. This book is a total pick-me-upper, planting a sense of thankfulness and contentment to take around with you for times when you’re feeling down.

3. I Believe in Me: A Book of Affirmations

This popular book by Connie Bowen reminds us that we are all amazing. The title doesn’t leave anything to surprise, but it will astound as well as invigorate with all the inspiring words that decorate each page.

4. One Love

This heartwarming story by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s eldest, is full of positive messages about the beautiful things that can happen when we are united by one love.

5. The Giving Tree

This masterpiece by Shel Silverstein tells a story about giving and loving. The relationship between the tree and the boy is something that pierces the heart and teaches lessons that will last a lifetime.

6. The Little Engine That Could

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This story by Watty Piper is about a small engine that saves the day. Though small, the little engine is a big reminder that we can do something great when we put our minds to it.

7. You Can Be Anything!

Gary Craig’s book continues to inspire readers to believe in themselves. While it’s big on motivation, it also reminds us that we are special in our own unique way. It also shares the lesson of not seeing our worth through other people’s eyes.

8. Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Carol McCloud encourages readers to be kind. The book talks about an invisible bucket each of us have, and how these buckets are filled when people do nice things for us. It emphasizes how far daily acts of kindness can go to affecting other people’s lives. Definitely the master converter of “bucket fillers.”

9. Where the Wild Things Are

This Maurice Sendak classic tells the story of a misbehaving child who learns a lesson on unconditional love. Although it touches the anger in children, it ends with a reminder that love endures all things.

[Follow up on reading the book by watching the film version: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)]

10. Love You Forever

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Its pages tell of the powerful love that parents feel for their children. Robert Munsch has touched a lot of hearts and will continue to do so through this book. Much like the undying love of parents, this literary piece will endure for generations to come.

11. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Another masterpiece by the great Dr. Seuss, this book is perfect for all graduates — whether from nursery or law school. It talks about new beginnings and experiences and sets readers on the course of braving their new journeys.

12. Dreams to Grow On 

Christine Hurley Deriso tells the story of a young girl who imagines her future. Though for children, the lessons will likewise whisper a reminder to adults that it is never too late to dream.

13. Hug Time

Patrick McDonnell reminds us of the power of a hug. This story tells us that, though a hug is simple, its effects are powerful and life-altering.

14. The Three Questions

Jon J. Muthwrote this book based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. It makes readers think of their own answers to the three questions it asks. Offering wonderful opportunities for reflection, this book is a great conversation starter between parents and children.

15. One

Kathryn Otoshi teaches readers about numbers and colours while delivering a powerful message about acceptance and how one voice can change everything.

16. You Be You

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Linda Kranz and her famous fish explain the value and importance of acceptance. It teaches us to cherish and value the uniqueness of everyone, and that it is our individuality that makes us special.

17. Only One You

Again, Linda Kranz uses colorful graphics to convey a powerful message. This time, it’s about lessons that parents share with their children. Definitely something for all ages, its life lessons make the book an unforgettable favorite.

18. Thank You, World

Alice McGinty paints a story of eight kids who are each in different continents which serves to remind us to value and enjoy the simple things in life.

19. Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through 

Dr. Wayne Dyer uses simple words to educate readers about how the tools and secrets to happiness and success are already within us. It also details actionable ways on how to unleash our individual greatness.

20. Enemy Pie

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It’s always hard to make friends, more so when people are worlds different. This endearing story by Derek Munson shares the ups and downs of making new friends and the joy that comes with the triumph of overcoming differences.

21. The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

Eric Carle brings out the artist in you as you leaf through every page of his book. The story is a celebration of art, colour, imagination, and life itself.

22. The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds’ bestseller helps bring out the creative in each one of us — even in those who believe they are not. It shows us that amazing artwork can begin with a simple dot.

23. Amazing Grace

This positive and optimistic book by Mary Hoffman embraces everyone’s unique differences. It also tells us that we can achieve whatever we want as long as we never give up confidently reaching for our goals.

24. David Gets in Trouble

David Shannon tells us the story of a young boy who always has a good excuse for everything and later on feels bad about this. The story goes on to share the value of saying sorry and owning up to one’s mistakes.

25. Good People Everywhere

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This picture book by Lynea Gillen shares a wonderful story about compassion and kindness. It talks about the goodness of people of all ages, and makes you appreciate the people around you.

26. A Bad Case of Stripes

David Shannon once again delivers a memorable message, this time about peer pressure and its ill effects. It ends on a note that will help you embrace everything that makes you a unique individual.

27. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce reminds us that books are a source of comfort. In this day of technology, a book about reading and absolutely loving it is what everyone needs to see.

28. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein’s bestseller brings us to a different world. This collection of unique poems and drawings will make you laugh, cry, and embrace imagination.

29. Beautiful Oops!

This storybook by Barney Saltzberg is a certified comforter. It brings comfort upon those who make mistakes while saying that our misfortunes are gateways to new beginnings.

30. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Patty Lovell introduces Molly Lou Melon, who’s not your typical protagonist. She may be different, but she is confident in who she is. Molly is an inspiration to both children and adults because of her infectious and motivating attitude.

31. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

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Maria Dismondy’s story empowers children to be proud of who they are even if people try to bring them down. The book emphasizes the importance of being kind to others and always treating them right.

32. On My Way to a Happy Life

Deepak Chopra’s book holds ideas that can help children embrace life with love and joy. It holds insights on how to best appreciate even the smallest things.

33. My Many Colored Days

Another treasure by Dr. Seuss, this vibrant book helps readers express their feelings through the use of colour. The colours bounce off the pages and captivate the reader because of the emotions that they stir and bring to life.

34. I Think, I Am!

Reading this book will help change your negative thoughts into positive ones. Louise L. Hay tells us that we can control our thoughts and, in turn, control our lives. The confidence that this book imparts makes it well worth the read.

35. All I See is Part of Me

Chara M. Curtis brings you on an adventure that lets you discover how you are connected to everything. It helps make you appreciate yourself and all the wonderful creations around you.

36. Not a Box

When is a box not a box? When it’s a car, of course. Or a spaceship. Or anything else you want it to be. Antoinette Portis encourages her readers to let imagination take over the wheel. With generous helpings of imagination, an ordinary box can bring you to places where anything can happen.

37. If the World Were a Village

David J. Smith seeks to inspire readers to be responsible citizens. The book teaches children to be aware of what is happening in the world and to be involved and active in making the world a better place. Its lessons don’t only make it informative and motivating but inspiring and patriotic as well.

38. Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On 

Sandra Boynton gives us a book that talks about change and new beginnings. While its bold messages are powerful, it’s a very light and invigorating read.

39. I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech that was made into a book is still inspiring generation after generation. Aside from providing valuable insights on history, his words about equality and slavery continue to ring true up to this day.

40. Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes

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This award-winning book by Susan V. Bosak tells a story through wonderful illustrations, taking us on a journey highlighted by hopes and dreams, and challenging us to chase after them no matter what.

41. The Wump World

Bill Peet’s book started making waves in 1981, but its message is still relevant  today, especially with the issues of environmental sustainability. This book will make you want take part in generating sustainable action in solving earth’s problems.

42. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Maya Angelou’s resounding words make us believe that we are indeed strong and courageous. This book takes you to a place without fear and celebrates the victories of courage.

43. Say Something

This revolutionary and timely book by Peggy Moss is about bullying and having the courage to talk about it. It also dwells on the witnesses and how, by doing nothing, they greatly affect the situation.

44. Tear Soup (A Recipe for Healing after Loss) 

Pat Schwiebert’s book is about coping with loss. Though it talks about a grown-up topic such as loss, it does so quite simply and relatably that we likewise learn how to handle grief.

45. Each Kindness

Jacqueline Woodson’s story about bullying is powerful. It talks about rejection, friendship, and how small acts of kindness can have major effects.

46. Hey Little Ant

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This big story by Phillip M. Hoose has a small ant as the main character. It’s a fun story about seeing the world through the perspective of someone else — even someone as small as an ant.

47. The Smile That Went Around the World 

A smile may be one of the simplest things to do, but it sure does have lots of great effects on people. This priceless story by Patrice Karst is about how the power of one smile can affect and change the world.

48. Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life 

Dr. Wayne Dyer writes another book that exudes positivity. Lessons include the importance of taking risks, and dealing with anxiety. It also tells us how to live in the moment and to appreciate every second of our lives.

49. You Are Special

This heart-warming story by Max Lucado makes us understand how special we all are. No matter how different we may be and no matter what people think about us, God loves us just the way we are.

50. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day

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This book authored by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz tells the story of a boy who wakes up to a very bad day. This book is funny and charming, and it teaches us how everybody has bad days every once in a while — even those who live in Australia.

[Follow up on reading the book by watching the film version: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Theatrical)]


All these titles sound pretty exciting. The best part is that this selection speaks to adults as well as it does to children. We’re never too old to learn a thing or two, even if it is from a picture book.

So what are you waiting for? Get one or all of these books now! Project Bookworm coming right up!

Bonus Suggestion

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In addition to reading, music is also key in the upbringing of your child. Rather than consistently exposing them to what the mainstream has to offer, we at CE suggest the following children’s album put together by a good friend of ours. The album is called The Greatest Me, and it features 18 inspiring songs with affirmations to empower children. It also happens to be tuned to the frequency of 432.

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How To Have Your Own Personal Zen Master Around Anytime You Descend Into Stress

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Take a moment and breathe. Place your hand over your chest area, near your heart. Breathe slowly into the area for about a minute, focusing on a sense of ease entering your mind and body. Click here to learn why we suggest this.

When you look at a true spiritual master, guru or yogi, one of the most remarkable things you might notice is that they don’t seem to experience stress. You might conclude that they arrive at this state through meditation, fasting, prayer, or other such disciplines. This is only partly true. Those spiritual practices can certainly contribute to stress reduction, but their ultimate effect is to support the maintenance of ONE KEY THOUGHT that spiritual masters hold in their minds (and bodies) with unfailing certainty.

Granted, this key thought is not easy to grasp, hold as truth, and then deeply embody within yourself. Throughout history spiritual masters have done their darndest to articulate it for those hoping for inner peace and harmony. The limitations of language, of all human languages, is woefully revealed in these attempts. But if you are ready, open, and genuinely seeking–an ‘aspirant’ as they say in yoga–then it becomes possible for a certain expression or turn of phrase to begin to activate your deeper inner knowledge of the state some call samadhi, enlightenment, Christ consciousness, or what I like to simply term presence. Are you ready?

Stress-Free Perception

In a true state of presence it is impossible to feel stress. Impossible. That is because stress is predicated on our seeing the world as dualistic. In a state of presence we embody a perception of singularity. The apperception of the world as whole, as unified, is truth unmasked.

From a perception of unity there is no past or future, there is only now. Note that human experience is only ever experienced through the now, past experiences were only ever experienced in the now, and the same will hold for our future experiences. Having the experience of presence helps us get a glimpse that time itself is a fabrication, a ‘program’ that helps our intentionally limited minds have a particularly lush and interesting kind of experience in the physical world.

How We Create Stress

But let’s get back to our everyday time-bound consciousness. For those of you who earnestly seek to dissolve your stress, and are open and willing to let go of anything your mind is clinging to in order to achieve it, I will try to explain the one key thought.

The experience of stress is the experience of the tension or dissonance between two things: how your world IS in any moment, and how you think it SHOULD BE. You create stress by carrying in your mind an image of how something in the NOW—yourself and others, the presence or absence of things, the weather—is NOT OK as it is. That puts you into a self-created adversarial relationship with the only point of contact you have with life.

Fortunately, your emotions alert you to this crazy confabulation, by making you aware of internal discomfort you label as STRESS. This STRESS is nothing more than an urgent signal from your higher intelligence to return to presence. But in a state of stress how can you possibly return to presence?

The One Key Thought Into Presence

You need to get into the habit of using your awareness of your own stress as a trigger to align yourself with this one key thought: everything is perfect as it is. It’s like having your own personal Zen master around any time you descend into stress asking you the well-worn koan, ‘What, in this moment, is lacking?’

It works. Trust me.

But it only works to the extent that you are willing to let go of the past (and future), along with all your judgments, grievances, ‘shoulds’, hopes, and fears that arise out of a dualistic perception. If you are truly willing and able to deeply hold this one key thought as ULTIMATE truth, above ALL other beliefs and opinions, you will start to feel it working.

Spiritual Context

If you have doubts about this one key thought representing ultimate truth, allow me to provide the spiritual context I work with in which the statement makes perfect sense.

A common thread at the heart of all great spiritual traditions is that we are all immortal souls who are currently having a ‘human’ experience. The circumstances of this life experience were chosen by us to facilitate our soul’s evolution. So any time you feel stress, you can see it as the universe prodding you to take an evolutionary step. That evolutionary step is to see the perfection in everything, if only for a moment at first. If you’re game, these brief moments of clarity add up quickly to a more permanent step up.

An Example

Let’s say for example you’re stuck in traffic, and realize you are going to be late for a meeting. Maybe it’s even your ‘fault’, because you left late or didn’t check your GPS. If you’re feeling stressed about it, realize it’s because things are not how your mind thinks they should be. Your mind thinks you ‘should’ be at the meeting on time–to get some important information, perhaps, or because your reputation as a reliable person is at stake, and you will be judged by others at the meeting in a way that may impact your future success.

Now, you can continue to be stressed in that moment (and subsequently for the entire drive to the office), or you can take ALL that very reasonable blather of ‘oughts’ and ‘shoulds’, roll it up in a ball, and drop it into your faux-ashtray. You will be able to do this if you reach for presence, if you remind yourself that there is only the present moment, and in the present moment you can choose to experience stress, or choose to experience peace. If you choose to be fully present you accept the present moment exactly as it is, realize there is nothing you can DO in that moment to remedy the so-called problem, and take the evolutionary step of seeing everything as perfect in this so-called ‘stressful’ moment. There is no problem now–and you will deal with the ‘problem’ when the ‘problem’ arises. You are simply in a car driving. You will then start to feel relief, and gain confidence that if you maintain presence through your arrival to the office, your late entry into the meeting, and your conversations afterwards, the ‘problem’ will never arise and you will literally breeze through the whole experience. You will be ‘ok’ with whatever happens.

Common Fears About Presence

FEAR: If I go into presence I will lose my mind.

Maybe-but only in a good way. Lol. Seriously, presence is not losing one’s mind, it is aligning one’s mind properly, with the timeless ‘true mind’ playing the role of master and the time-bound ‘false mind’ (ego) playing the role of servant, allowing the true mind to interface as it pleases with the time-governed physical world.

FEAR: If I go into presence I will stop trying to make my life better.

Perhaps. After all, what is better than presence, where everything is perfect? But there is more to it. You may be surprised to hear that a state of presence does not thwart action, it only thwarts reaction, fear-based, ego-sponsored drives to alleviate doubt, fear, insecurity, stress. In a state of presence the true mind decides on action, the best action for the situation, which is then carried out in perfect flow with the environment.

FEAR: It’s too hard to do and I’ll ultimately fail.

Failure is impossible. Patience, though, is required. The evolution of consciousness might seem like waves rising and falling on the shore, but the high water marks accumulate and eventually produce a stable higher state of awareness. Remembering and forgetting presence is natural, but with persistence it is remembered more often, maintained for a longer period of time, and eventually becomes part of your normal, base perception. With this as your base perception, then, it is truly possible for you to experience a life free of stress.

 

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New Moon In Virgo: Breakthroughs & Innovation

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We are having a New Moon in Virgo on September 6th in the Americas and on September 7th elsewhere. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This Lunar Cycle peaks with a Full Moon in Pisces on September 20th/21st.

We have been in Virgo season since August 22nd/23rd,  however, this New Moon will activate its energies even more so. Virgo is associated with productivity, duties, health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, adaptable, conscientious, skillful, orderly, punctual, diligent, efficient, discerning, precise, and practical. It is also associated with pets.

Being an Earth sign that is ruled by Mercury, Virgo is analytical and detail oriented when it comes to handling aspects of the physical world. It is about problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions. There is an emphasis around service and helping others. Negatively, this energy can be cynical, fussy, high strung, and perfectionistic. It can also be too mentally oriented and overly critical.

New Moon In A Tight Trine With Uranus

This New Moon is in a nearly exact trine with Uranus in Taurus.This is very strong in the sixteen hours leading up to the lunation and in the nine to ten hours afterwards, however, it will still have an influence over the following two weeks.

This can be good for changing things up and taking new approaches to things. We may experience positive surprises/shifts, make discoveries, receive beneficial insights, or be creatively inspired. This energy can be exciting, stimulating, liberating, innovative, inventive, revolutionary, and is supportive of originality.

Developments or approaches that involve technology, science, metaphysics, or astrology can also play out. Considering that this is a New Moon in Virgo, this is good for doing any sort of work or efforts that can have a freeing effect such as getting things done that have been weighing us down or obstructing us in some way. This can also be good for re-arranging, organizing, renovating, or getting rid of things to clear space and energy.

Mars Trine Pluto & Quincunx Jupiter, Venus Aligned With Spica & Trine Jupiter

At the time of this New Moon and in the day leading up to it, Mars in Virgo is in a trine with Pluto in Capricorn which are also in wide orb aspects with this lunation. This is great for asserting ourselves in a powerful, determined, and focused way. Our actions now can be empowering, purging, penetrating, or help to facilitate positive changes. This can also be a time of heightened sexual desire.

Also during this same period, Venus is aligned with the star Spica while in a trine with Jupiter in Aquarius. This can be a fortunate, expansive, optimistic, and/or meaningful time when it comes to friends, our social life, art, aesthetics, or matters of love. In some cases this can also play out as financial or material benefits.

Indulging, having fun, affection, and overall happiness is easier to be had under this influence. This can also play out as learning or sharing perspectives in a friendly and sociable way. This energy can also be good for efforts involving graphic design or marketing/media of nice things.

Venus was also in a square with Pluto in the days leading up to the New Moon which may have also brought some intense feelings/interactions, jealousy, or power struggles. However, this can be mitigated by the Jupiter influence, and is finished by the time this New Moon begins.

During this same period, Mars is also in a quincunx with Jupiter in Aquarius and in aversion with the Venus trine Jupiter aspect. Our assertiveness, drive, and actions may be alienated from, or harder to integrate with, the fun, social, indulging, and affectionate expressions of the Venus-Jupiter configuration.

Mercury Entering Pre-Retrograde Shadow, Aligned With Vindemiatrix & Opposite Chiron

In the hours leading up to this New Moon, Mercury (the ruler of Virgo) will enter its pre-retrograde shadow period for the retrograde that begins on September 26th/27th in Libra. Over the following three weeks, and somewhat since Mercury entered Libra on August 30th, certain things that occur or begin will go through (or contribute to) a process of adjustment, assessment, insights, or shifts from September 27th until late October.

The themes of this upcoming retrograde will involve relationships, social dynamics, diplomacy, partnerships, aesthetics, art, cooperation, creativity, or pertaining to seeking balance, fairness, peace, and harmony. However, other manifestations of this process also depend on how it is configured to your natal chart.

During these weeks leading up to September 27th, Mercury will be gradually slowing down and the complications that Mercury retrograde is known for can become more apparent before it actually begins. I will be putting out more content on this, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Mercury is aligned with the fixed star Vindemiatrix which is where it will return to when the retrograde ends and transitions forward. Vindemiatrix is a malefic star traditionally known as the ‘Widow Maker’ and is also associated with nervous irritability when combined with Mercury.

According to astrologer Dr. Eric Morse, this star ‘figures strongly and regularly in deaths which are in some way dramatic, newsworthy or are resented much more than the usual degree’. In my own observation I have also found that this star is associated with malicious injections and is prominent in the natal astrology chart of William Gates III.

I would imagine that during this upcoming retrograde and potentially in the pre-retrograde shadow period, these themes can play out more so on a collective level and we may see stories pertaining to these things throughout different media outlets, whether it be mainstream or alternative.

Mercury is also opposing Chiron at the time of this New Moon and over the following few days. It will return to this opposition when the retrograde ends and therefore this configuration will be part of its themes. Communications, interactions, or thoughts may trigger wounds, pain, blockages, or be reflective of negative patterns. As a result, misunderstandings may also occur.

Self-doubt and perceived inadequacies may be on our mind and can obstruct our perception. However, what happens at this time can ultimately be a catalyst for healing, but this would be more likely to occur near the end of the retrograde.

New Moon & Sun Opposite Neptune, Trine Pluto

The second aspect that the Sun and Moon (New Moon) make after the trine to Uranus is an opposition to Neptune in Pisces which will be more prominent on September 13th/14th, but will build up from the 8th onward. For this period, we may feel/experience a lack of direction or confidence in how we apply our will, ego, or self-expression. We may have to contend with impracticality, confusion, carelessness, escapism, delusion, deception, or flaky behavior.

The third aspect of this New Moon is a trine to Pluto which will be strong from September 15th-17th by the Sun. This will be more welcoming after the Neptunian influence (mentioned in the above paragraph) as this can help us to be much more productive. We can be more focused, resourceful, strategic, realistic, or calculated to help us achieve what we set out to do.

This energy is good for digging into anything or getting to the bottom of things. It can also be beneficial for any sort of clearing or making positive changes. In some cases this can play out as financial benefits or related developments.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What areas of your life or spaces can be refreshed, organized, renovated, purged, or cleared? What new approaches can you take when it comes to your health, lifestyle, work, or for when it comes to managing your life and productivity? In what different ways can you be of service to others? Do you need to be more attentive to details? What resources can you capitalize on to help you achieve your goals? What can you do to feel more free and liberated? Is there anything that you’d like to experiment with?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 12:52am Universal Time on September 7th and the night of September 6th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Full Moon In Aquarius: Expansion & Originality

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We are having a second consecutive Full Moon in Aquarius on August 22nd. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 21st in the Americas and on the night of the 22nd in the time zones East of the UK. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Leo on August 8th. 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 themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

This is 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 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.

This Full Moon happens with the Sun opposing the Moon right at the tail end of Leo and Aquarius, at the 29th degree, less than half a day before we begin Virgo season. The energies of a sign tend to be more heightened at these points. Also, with it being a 2nd consecutive Full Moon in the same sign, it is an ‘Astrological Blue Moon,’ which is something that occurs once every 3 years. This also amplifies the energies of this polarity of signs over an extended period.

Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo

We have already been in Leo Season for about a month as the Sun will change signs shortly after this Full Moon. Leo is a passionate Fire sign. It is about our individual self-expression, what brings us joy, and inspiration.  It is associated with the heart, love, creativity, performing, fun, children, romance, hobbies, and leadership. Leo is about what makes us great as individuals and can be courageous and generous. Expressed negatively, Leo energy can also be egotistical, pompous, dramatic, and demanding of attention or respect.

Aquarius is an intellectual Air sign. It is associated with friends, groups, social networks, the team, and humanity. It views the unique and authentic qualities of an individual as an important and contributing factor to the collective. Aquarius is progressive, unconventional, innovative, technological, scientific, reforming, idealistic, and even revolutionary. Negatively, it can be aloof, overly objective, unrealistic, dispassionate, impersonal, and overly detached.

Full Moon Conjunct Jupiter & Going Into Pisces, Sun Conjunct Regulus & Going Into Virgo

This Full Moon is separating from a close conjunction with Jupiter. This brings an energy that is expansive, explorative, freedom seeking, and even idealistic when combined with the Aquarian energy. Themes around beliefs, perspectives, opinions, education, or media/marketing may come up. However, with it being a Full Moon (opposing the Sun), it can also be a time of conflicts around those things. Overextending and overestimating ourselves can also be prevalent.

The Sun is aligned with the royal star Regulus which is associated with power, authority, and influence. The opposition of this to the Aquarian Moon (with Jupiter) can play out as ideals of the ‘people/collective/groups vs. leaders/authority’ in some people’s experience of it.

The Moon will be entering Pisces forty minutes after the peak of the Full Moon while it is still full. At that time and in the days following, this can also bring an energy that is spiritual, empathic, compassionate, creative, mystical, imaginative, elusive, dreamy, or divinely inspired.

As mentioned earlier, the Sun will be entering Virgo less than a day after the Full Moon. Usually the shift from Leo to Virgo is one of the more obvious and noticeable transitions of signs as Leo is more fun and playful while Virgo is oriented around getting things done. In this case with it being so close to the Aquarian Full Moon, it will probably take three or more days to really notice the Virgo energy.

Mars Trine Uranus, Venus Trine Saturn

At the time of this Full Moon, Mars in Virgo is in a tight trine with Uranus in Taurus. This is a good energy for trying something new, experimental or asserting ourselves in a way that is unconventional, stimulating, innovative, technological, rebellious, progressive, original, exciting, or independent. This energy can also be inspiring to act on something and some people may feel a burst of energy.

Uranus had also went stationary retrograde in the days leading to this, so this energy in general will be very strong. Throughout the week following this Full Moon (and even in the 1-2 weeks prior) there is an increased possibility of surprises, disruptions, separations, sudden changes,  accidents, or things breaking. Experiences that are unusual, enlightening, or stimulating can also occur and/or we may have interactions with other people that have those qualities.

Venus in Libra is in a trine with Saturn during the Full Moon and over the following day and a half. This can have a stabilizing or committing effect on relationships. It can be constructive, solidifying, or maturing when it comes to our social life, love, financial matters, business relations, possessions, or things that are aesthetic related. In some cases this can play out as important connections and developments with others who are much older or younger than us.

Mercury Opposite Neptune, Venus Opposite Chiron, Mercury Trine Pluto

Mercury in Virgo is moving towards an opposition with Neptune in Pisces since August 20th/21st which will peak on August 24th/25th. In general, Mercury in this sign (from August 11th/12th until August 29th/30th) helps our thinking and communication to be more organized, detailed, practical, technical, efficient, and productive.

However, with it being opposite Neptune during this four day window, we may have to contend with some misunderstandings, confusion, lack of clarity, miscommunications, lack of focus, deception, carelessness, or disheartening developments during this period.  In some cases, issues or complications around vehicles, commuting, phones, or computers may come up and could involve water, oil, inconsistencies, or play out in other ways as well.

Venus will be moving towards an opposition to Chiron from August 23rd/24th until August 26th/27th when it peaks. Wounds, blockages, insecurities, weaknesses, and imbalances can come up strongly in our relations, finances, values, self worth, or physical appearance. If this applies to you, it’s best to look at the situation from a whole-istic perspective to help move beyond the issue. If this doesn’t come up, it can still be a good time for any kind of healing or growth in the areas mentioned above.

Mercury is in a trine with Pluto on August 25th/26th. This is great for mental focus or getting to the bottom of things. Thoughts and/or communications can be deep, powerful, empowering,  insightful, revealing, or psychologically oriented. In some cases this aspect can have beneficial financial implications.

Sun Square Lunar Nodes, Mars Opposite Neptune

The Sun is in a square with the Lunar Nodes on August 28th-30th. This can trigger some of the themes of the previous Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse as we may experience developments connected to them. We may also feel like we are at a crossroads as considerations at this time may involve where we are coming from and where we are heading, or perhaps being stuck between things that can be holding us back and things that can facilitate growth. It can also involve incorporating beneficial aspects of the past and applying them in an evolved or forward moving way.

In the days following this Full Moon, Mars in Virgo will be moving towards its own opposition to Neptune (similarly to Mercury) which peaks from September 1st-4th. At best, this energy can be good for applying ourselves towards activities that are spiritual, creative, compassionate, selfless, or involve water.

However, this can be challenging overall as it may seem that our efforts are met with impracticality, confusion, carelessness, or flaky behavior as a result of others. Some people can also feel lazy, discouraged, or helpless. It’s best to go with the flow and do things that work best with this energy as mentioned in the above paragraph.

Things To Consider

In what ways can you expand? Is there anything that you want to learn? What are your ideals and do they truly align with your heart’s desires? What is coming up regarding your friends/social network? In what ways can you grow in your relations? Or What are the potentials for growth amongst your relations? How can you balance or collaborate your individual needs with the needs of the group? What does freedom mean for you and how can you achieve it? Is there anything that you need to shift, shake up, rebel against, or liberate yourself from? Is there anything new you want to try or experiment with?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up or ways to approach 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, it is best to do so after it begins to wane following the peak or during the two weeks afterwards when it is waning before the next New Moon. The exact peak time for this Full Moon is at 12:02pm Universal Time on August 22nd. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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