Sun Sign – Sun Shine Astrology Adventure in the tropical paradise of Yelapa!


SunSign_Event_LandscapeJoin me and my astrology mentor and fellow adventurer Rebecca Gordon for a full week immersion into one of the most gorgeous and nourishing spots on our beautiful planet. Yelapa is where Rebecca and I have hosted retreats for the past 7 years and after skipping 3 years, we are back by demand and love.

Join us for a spectacular immersion into nature while gaining wisdom from daily experiential astrology workshops and wisdom from nature herself. There will be Water fall hikes and swimming, paddle boarding, exploring the village, para-gliding, sailing excursions, fresh & clean Mexican food and homemade tropical smoothies every day, relaxing on the beach, star gazing, shamanic journeying, Yoga and meditation.

The place is eco-luxe at it’s core and part of a perma-culture community, elegant, artistic, and pure love put into every detail in your casitas (where you will reside).

The 7 day retreat cost is $1280, which includes housing, all breakfasts & lunches, watertaxi tickets to Yelapa and all the astro-learning and nature adventures.  There are additional adventure options, such as paragliding (an amazing experience of flying like a bird with the air currents!), which can be booked locally for an additional $100.

Katrin Haiba is NYC and Mexico based astrologer, shamanic healer, surfer and sailor.  She’s the creator & writer at  – your guide to surfing the Universe.  She spends winters on her sailboat Lila on the West Coast of Mexico, near Yelapa, taking people on spiritual nature adventures.

Rebecca Gordon is a New York City native, professional astrologer of 15 years, founder of the My Path Astrology School and devoted adventure traveler. She is also the horoscope columnist for Harper’s Bazaar, appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, and author of ‘Your Body and the Stars’.

We are thrilled to meet you and please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us if you have questions.

Rebecca 917-365-0862   Katrin 646-894-9997

To sign up, click here to go to the sign-up page on Rebecca’s site, and make sure to fill in your birth details so we can prepare your personal astro chart, which is the basis of our cosmic adventures & learning.

Looking forward to a magical adventure together!

New Moon in Capricorn – Earth is calling!

The year’s first New Moon – Jan 16th 9:18 pm in NYC, Jan 17th 4:18 in Estonia –ushers in a new era of essential EARTH element work.  2017 and much of 2016 were dominated by FIRE and AIR energies (Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Libra), and geez, did we all blow some hot and heavy air!:)  Most of us are feeling a bit burned out from firefighting, flame-throwing and watching the world go up in flames.  We yearn for something solid and timelessly true, something we can touch or make with our hands.  Mother Earth is calling us home, and our bones and bodies are ready to listen, even if our heads are still caught up in hot smoky clouds:)

This year the major planetary movers & shakers are all in Earth and Water – Saturn in Capricorn, Jupiter in Scorpio, and Uranus, the fiery rebel, getting ready to wake up our grounded creativity in Taurus mid-May.   This New Moon is the gateway to this brand new potent playground!  Capricorn is associated with all manner of structures – the bones in our bodies, the trunks and branches of trees, the soaring peaks of mountains and the pillars and beams of our houses, businesses and cathedrals.  Beyond physical structures, this intrepid sign casts its mark on the blueprints of our social and economic organization, the very underpinnings of our human world.  SACRED ARCHITECTURE is Capricorn’s highest calling and we’re invited to draw up some soaring plans of our own this Lunar cycle.  2018 is the year when “stuff gets real”, mind meets the MAGICK of MATTER and creativity crystallizes into new structures that we will live with for years to come.  What kind of a world do you want to build, shape and create?  It’s time to jump down from the hot-air balloons of yesteryear, grab some tools and get cracking!

Full Moon in ARIES – Electric!

Full Moon in Aries lights up the sky on October 5th (exact at 2:40 pm in NYC, 21:40 in Estonia).  Here in NYC, the Moon was nearly full last night, adding its mesmerizing glow to the million electric lights of the “city that never sleeps”, luring out the local loonies, restless romantics and crazy creatives.  My friend Cortney Armitage, an amazing music photographer (yes, pls check out her wonderful work!:), invited me along to see Liza Colby, a gorgeous singer known for sizzling stage shows.  Since I’d never seen Liza before, I was unprepared for the full force of being suddenly plugged into her circuit – she transformed into an intense cosmic GODDESS of ELECTRIC excitement, sublime strength, sexiness and sheer JOY!  Whoo-hoo, fierce fiery Aries Moon energy embodied to perfection in a tiny (super)human form – the best comparison I could come up with is an equal-parts mix of Daenerys Targaryen (the fearless Dragon-Queen from the Game of Thrones) and Tina Turner:)  In her own words: “When I sing, I want it to be badass, feminine, empowering, and ooze sexuality … I want to kick mother#$&ers in the face with rock n’ roll.”  Yeah, you go girl!!

Full Moons are by definition oppositions – the Sun and Moon in opposite sides of our Earth, inhabiting the furthest distance of duality, inviting us to embrace two seemingly contradictory energies in one intense instant.  In this case, the fearless fiery independence of Aries and the loving grace of supportive relationship in Libra.  While this may seem like a difficult stretch, there is a secret ingredient that can make it not only possibly but even enjoyable and easy – the oft-overlooked but omnipresent SPACE that exists between us, within us and all around us.  Holding that space with loving awareness is the key.  This was demonstrated so beautifully at last nights performance by Liza’s husband, who danced to her beats with a mellow knowing smile, allowing his “personal goddess” to shine in her full stunning sexy glory, embodying the electric erotic energy to everyone present.  I saw no hint of jealousy, only solid support and a co-conspiratorial twinkle in his eyes:)

This Full Moon features a beautiful chance of relationship renewal for all of us – the Moon’s ruler Mars, the archetype of masculinity is meeting up with cosmic goddess Venus in the sky.   Their embrace takes place in Earthy Virgo, the sign of harvest and healing.  What would it take for all of us to learn to love in a way that allows our lover to SHINE in his or her full fabulous glory?  And how much joy and freedom would such a wave unleash?  I for one am exited to jump in and explore!

FULL MOON Magick:  In lew of a Spell, I felt inspired to offer some words by the wise Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh to muse & meditate on as you look at the Moon tonight:

” If you love someone, one of the most precious things you can offer him is space.  Visualize the Moon sailing in the sky.  The Moon has a lot of space around it, that is part of its beauty.  Many of the disciples of the Buddha described him as a Full Moon sailing in the empty sky.

Breathing in, I see myself as space …. Breathing out, I feel free”

Enjoy this exciting Moon, with all the energy, creativity and spark it ignites in your heart!

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Solar Eclipse in Leo – the Courage to Face Our Shadow

Eclipse season continues – the rapid (r)evolutionary roller-coaster is gathering speed!  Eclipses are amazing evolutionary accelerants and radical recalibrations of perspective.  This one is a total eclipse of the Sun – technically, a very precisely aligned New Moon, exact at 2:30 pm in NYC and 9:30 pm in Estonia, on Aug 21st.  New Moons always signal new beginnings, and eclipses are especially potent in this regard, opening up possibilities that simply didn’t exist before.  But, before we get all excited about this fresh influx of cosmic goodies, we need to face a terrifying moment of darkness.  During the eclipse, the Moon literally shades out the light of the Sun, turning the world into an eerie twilight zone.

The Sun in astrology symbolizes our core identity, our very sense of self – what fuels our fire, what sustains our lifeIn order to access this Solar Eclipse New Moon’s amazing new potentials, we need to face our Shadow Self.  And that, my dear, is scary… we need all the courage we can muster, and more.  This Eclipse is in Leo, the sign that invokes the valor and bravery of lion-hearted knights in shining armor…as well as the shadow side of the same coin, the tyrannical ruler, the “Mad King”.

As millions of people in the USA are marveling at the magnificent spectacle of a total solar eclipse visible in their backyard, the country as a whole is facing its deepest, darkest, most painful shadows of racism, exploitation and hate.  The seismic schisms simmering under the surface have cracked into conscious awareness… the one thing we cannot do anymore is to pretend everything’s alright.  Each one of us has a choice, a choice that requires true, humble and heartfelt courage – we can either fuel the fire further by roaring louder than “the other side” (a very Leo thing to do, and rather tempting!), or we can look at our own life, down to the most minute daily actions and see how we’ve participated, whether overtly or covertly, in creating exactly the kind of world we have.

To access the highest potential of Leo – enlightened leadership – we need an unflinchingly honest face-to-face with our own inner tyrant, our own sense of entitlement and greed.  This may come up in the simplest, most mundane encounters: someone cuts us off in traffic, someone else gets the credit for a project we pioneered at work… if we watch our reaction each time our own sense of self (or, self-importance:) gets “eclipsed”, we can gain true wisdom.  The more we know our own Shadow, the harder it is to manipulate us with the dark forces of fear and hate.  Yes, this eclipse will crush any remaining rose-colored glasses, but the clarity and courage gained is well worth the loss.  The first rays of light emerging from the other side of the eclipse are pure magic, pure joy of Life’s eternal renewal.  From the shadow emerges a light that’s brighter and bolder, clearer and more compassionate than anything we’ve seen before.  We all have a part to play in these dramatic times…I wish you courage, dear friends and cosmic comrades!


Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – You didn’t come here to be NORMAL!:)

Eclipse season is here – the rapid (r)evolutionary roller-coaster is gathering speed!  Eclipses act as accelerants, kicking our butts out of familiar ruts.  This Aquarius Eclipse (essentially a very precise FULL Moon, exact on Aug 7th at  2:11pm in NYC, 9:11 pm in Estonia) shines a searing spotlight on the shady side of social cohesion: in the desperate dash to “make it” in this world, have we snuffed out our own peculiar brilliance, cut off our quirks in order to appear acceptable and employable?  And, to soothe the pain of such “necessary surgery”, are we now desperately looking for a Band Aid-personality in the form of masks we slap on in social media (another very Aquarian realm)?  The upcoming New Moon total Solar Eclipse in Leo on Aug 21st opens the floodgates to a roaring river of Art and all manner of authentic expression. To ride this exhilarating Eclipse express, we need to break the stupefying spells of social conditioning, to close our eyes to the bright billboards of created culture and look to the Light that glows within.

 “You did not come here to be normal, you came here to be YOU!” said Robert Holden.  To me, this is the very heart of this Aquarius/Leo Eclipse cycle

You didn't come here to be NORMAL

You didn’t come here to be NORMAL!

Be very curious and open this amazing August – you may find the uniqueness of YOU reflected back in the eyes of your Aquarian tribe- your “motley crew” of mates old and new.  And, don’t forget to be a true mirror for every friend and stranger who crosses your path.  We all could use an uncensored look at who we are…especially our quirky qualities, the stuff we try to cover up and hide:)  Aquarian energy can be super-spacious in its highest expression, accepting (if not always loving:) a vast variety of expression.   Enjoy getting intimately acquainted with your own “looney” side under this Moon’s light… your so-called strangeness might be your greatest GIFT to the wonderfully wide and wacky web of the world!

Some Stellar Spells to play with, to accelerate your “evolutionary express”:

“Lumos!” – the spell to create an illuminating light at the tip of your wand.  Use it to see clearly, both inside and out, so you can untangle yourself from society’s sticky webs of approval and acceptance;)

“Revelio!” – a charm used to reveal concealed objects and the true appearance of someone who’s changed their appearance with a spell.  Try it on yourself, to reveal your authentic self…if not to others, at least to yourself:)

Enjoy this Moon’s magic, and share what’s stirring for you!  This August is quite a ride!  Xoxo

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New Moon in Leo – the Sun in my Heart

New Moon in fiery Leo (exact at 05:45 am July 23rd in NYC, 12:45 pm in Estonia) invites us to re-ignite our heart’s passion and ACT from that irrepressible inner spark.  Leo is ruled by the Sun.  This heavenly body is our life-giver here on Earth – without the Sun, we would simply not exist in our kaleidoscopic creativity of forms – our planet would be a cold clump of rock circulating in the vast void.  A happy and healthy Leo radiates the Sun’s vivacious generosity, lighting up the room just by being one’s sunny self.  Like a summer sunrise in our heart, this New Moon can wake up our own innate glow, helping us recover the simple JOY of being ALIVE, buzzing with playful creativity.

Mars, the planet of action lends extra “oomph” and energy to this Lunar cycle – the key to igniting our inner fire is to actually DO whatever awakens our passion.  Curiously, for us “so called adults”, that’s sometimes the hardest thing – it seems silly, or somehow sadly out of reach.  But, frustrated passion can fuel a fight, warns the warrior planet!  If we don’t use this juice for growth, it will bubble up in all manner of drama …perhaps you’ve noticed the inner dictator raising its ugly head in a tempestuous tantrum in the past few days? (I certainly have, uggh;)  So, let’s turn our inner damaged divas into fun and fabulous shining stars by acting on our heart’s passion!  Let’s sow a seed of joy every day, no matter how seemingly silly or small.  It takes courage to choose LIFE…but, why not give it a go?

My plan for the New Moon day is to grab my surfboard and some friends and head to Fort Tilden, a hippy-trippy beach near NYC that used to be a restricted military fortification… crumbling cement barracks are covered with gorgeous graffiti and spontaneous sculptures sprout on the sand every day, swept away by the next high tide.  Fort TildenIt’s the one place where even the most self-conscious and serious New Yorkers shred their hard shells, becoming kids again for an hour or two…  if these high-strung ambition-addicts can do it, so can you:)

There is a lovely healing aspect to this Moon (a Chiron trine, to those astrologically inclined:) – opening up to more passion & play can help cure whatever ails us, body or soul.  Christiane Northrup, my favorite medical maverick told a story of one of her patients who was going through cancer treatment.  After listening to Dr. Northrup’s advice to include more pleasure in her life, the woman took the summer off, spending her days riding her bike and lounging on the grass, enjoying the clouds and sun.  Coming back to a follow-up appointment three months later, she looked radiant, healthy and fifteen years younger.  “What did you do?” asked Dr. Northrup, astonished at her stunning turnaround.  “I took summer into every cell of my body.  I hadn’t had a summer like this since I was a kid – it seemed to go on forever”.   Mmmm… this, I feel, is the essence, the highest promise of this lovely Leo New Moon – taking the Sun into our hearts, summer into our cells.  Enjoy!

New Moon MAGIC spells to play with:

“Revelio!” – a charm used to reveal concealed objects and the true appearance of someone who’s changed their appearance with a spell.  Try it on yourself, to reveal your heart’s authentic passion…useful if you feel you’ve lost the childlike sunny spark in the daily grind!

“Riddiculus!” – a fun and effective spell from the Hogwarts “Defence Against the Dark Arts” class – it destroys boggarts, most annoying creatures that take the shape of our worst fears.  The antidote – turn the frightening thing into something stupidly funny, and watch it pop!  Use to “poof” away any inhibitions, fears or judgments that won’t allow you to let loose and PLAY:)

Enjoy sowing seeds of JOY under this playful & passionate New Moon!  For a personal “play prescription”, you can contact me for an astro reading at  XOXO

Full Moon in Capricorn – Illuminating Thunder

Full Moon in Capricorn dominates the sky at midnight of July 9th (exact at 00:07 am in NYC, 7:07 in Estonia).  Some Native American tribes of North America call this midsummer moon the Thunder Moon, because the buildup of heat and humidity finds frequent release in spectacular thunderstorms this time of the year.  Gazing at the sky-chart of this lunation, the name is more than fitting – Pluto, the planet of deep transformation lends extra potency to this Moon, while Mars, the warrior opposes the Pluto-Moon pair from emotional Cancer – wheew, an intense and volatile cosmic cocktail indeed!  A flash of blinding light, a sudden release of a standoff, a realization that hits you like the proverbial “ton of bricks” from certainty’s crumbling castle… this dance of elemental energy can shake even the firmest of faith.  Capricorn governs the structures of life, our internal and external foundations.  In this Moon’s searing light, we cannot deny the cracks, the fissures in our firmament.  All that’s not truly solid can shatter in an illuminating instant… but, what’s still standing after the storm is refreshed and renewed, thoroughly tested and true.

Thunder invokes our most primal fears, and yet, there’s an intense attraction as well – our eyes are drawn to the eerie beauty of lightning’s ballistic ballet.  Huge reward can be gained by “hanging in there”, right in that scary place, with open eyes – getting a clear look at life is pretty priceless.  With all excess taken away, we can set our coordinates for only the most authentic goals and ambitions.  Capricorn has no patience for “bitching and moaning” about our curriculum in life’s school of hard knocks… under this Moon’s unflinching gaze, you cannot run or hide:)  As the potent peak of the storm passes, the path lies clear ahead.  It’s time to get to work.  No need to mourn the fallen false facades – practical Capricorn will help you recycle and reuse every ounce of energy, every brick and board in building a new Earthly abode from blueprints drawn by the most skilled sacred architect – your Soul.

Stellar Spells to max this Moon’s magic:

“Revelio!” – a revealing charm from the wonderful world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter, used to reveal concealed objects. It can also be used to unmask the true appearance of someone who changed their appearance with a spell…hmm, very useful in this age of fake news and false facades;)  Cast this spell while gazing at this magnificent Moon, or during a spectacular summer thunder storm – it will invoke the elements of nature to work on your behalf, illuminating both inner and outer landscapes and enhancing your ability to chart a clear course ahead.

“Diffindo!” – the spell of “controlled destruction” that Harry and Hermione used to escape from the dark and dreary trap set for them in the dead Bathilda Bagshot’s house.  Use this Spell to blast away any constricting structures or crumbling foundations, and to clear the rubble of past disasters from blocking your path.

Happy Full Moon!  Enjoy its intense illuminating thunder… it will show exactly what you’ll need to know! 

New Moon in Cancer – Courage of the Tender Heart

This New Moon in nurturing Cancer (exact at 10:30 pm June 23rd in NYC, 5:30 am June 24th in Estonia) opens a door to a tender terrain, inviting us HOME to ourselves.  This year’s jagged journey has not been easy for some of us… the path ahead may still seem too steep, inflicting a soul-sapping weariness upon our shoulders.  This New Moon invites us into a safe space to refresh our soul and restore our strength… at its best, this caring Cancer Moon is like a warm hug melting our armor into dewdrops and tears.  If we allow these waters to flow, we’ll be gently carried along to a deeper source of sustenance – the fierce courage of our heart.  It’s the courage of a mother protecting her child, and each one of us, male or female, carries seeds of this primal power.  Surrendering to tenderness, we water these precious seeds.

Mercury, the divine messenger teams up with this Moon, offering a rare chance to express and share our feelings.  Language of the heart is sorely neglected in our education – I remember practicing all manner of mental gymnastics at school, but missing even the most basic introduction and initiation into emotional intelligence.  This gap has caused many a bruising stumble on my path…uggh:)  Like a caring mother, this Moon can hold our hands as we take a tender step or two, fumbling our way through a declaration of love… a plea for support…or a sharing of our deepest hopes or sorrows.  It still may feel awkward and strange… hang in there, breathe!:)  The surge of relief from getting something “off our chest” can grow into jubilant joy of genuine connection.

It happened to me last night, as I was conducting my “Dark of the Moon” ritual – a fire to burn and release a myriad of memories in the form of postcards and papers.  In my native Estonia, we have a tradition of “Disappearing Thursday” (Kaduneljapäev): on the Thursday before the New Moon, all manner of magic and healing can happen if you’re willing to let go, to clear out, to purge and cleanse, inside & out. There are spells for getting rid of all kinds of pests & pestilences.  I love to use FIRE as my ally for releasing.  As I was burning up an old sketch from an exercise on MASKs (what mask I wear, what am I hiding behind it…), my dear friend and “witchy sister” Cortney snapped a picture of the drawing dissolving into ashes.  FullSizeRender.jpgI had not planned to share this ceremony…it was my private inner world, why would it be of interest to anyone, I assumed…but, this picture was just  too spooky-cool, so couldn’t help posting it on Facebook, along with a bit of writing to explain its meaning.  And, to my great surprise, this dash of unplanned openness resonated deeply with some of my dearest friends, eliciting several soulful conversations and even a request for a shamanic healing ceremony (yes, I create personal ceremonies for peeps too, in addition to astro-readings…just saying:).  So, I encourage you to be a bit more daring in sharing what’s on your heart… this tender Moon will help you find the words that help and heal.  And, if words fail, a warm hug might be the best medicine of all!

A New Moon Spell to create a safe space for soulful sharing:

  • Protego Totalum! – a protective charm from the wonderful world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter, used a create an invisible shield of protection around an area or dwelling for an extended period of time.  Use it to create your own version of a safe a haven, a sanctuary for soulful connection and yummy “solo time” – this Cancer Moon favors intimacy of all kinds, so take some tender time for yourself too, no guilt, no excuses!  This spell will ensure your bubble bath or a nap won’t get interrupted…you’ll be in a cozy cocoon, invisible to others’ distractions & demands…mmm… how sweet!

Full Moon in Scorpio – All That’s Hidden Comes to Light

Full Moon in Scorpio lights up the sky on May 10th (exact at 5:42 pm in NYC, 12:42 am May 11th in Estonia), sending a searing beam into the hidden halls and deep dungeons of our inner castle.  Whatever we’ve lost, neglected or deliberately concealed stands out in stark relief.  Some of what we find might not be pretty, but if we hang in there in honest curiosity, trash can turn to true treasure under our courageous and compassionate gaze.  Doorways of dreams are wide open under this Moon’s mesmerizing glow – ancient knowledge and potent personal guidance is available in our meanders into the “in-between”.  Deep and tender knowing can awaken as we brush aside the veils of convention, daring to explore the “taboo” territories of death, power, passion and soulful sex.  A potent brew this Moon is cooking up!  Do we dare to drink a cup?;)

Full Moons are culminations, peaks of a wave that started a while ago, perhaps without our conscious awareness.   Seeds were planted Halloween time, with October 30th Scorpio New Moon…after a long hibernation, a seeming death in the darkness of winter and a slow spreading of roots in early spring, the plants (and plans:) have finally popped.  What became of your seed?  Is it a flower or a weed?:)  This Moon grants us a glimpse into the mysteries of creation – the eternal cycle of birth-death-rebirth.  Phoenix is one of Scorpio’s ancient alchemical symbols…everything lost is found again – renewed, reborn, recycled.   One of the subtle gifts of this magical Moon is awareness of our influence, our co-creative power…and the responsibility required to wield this potent force with more consciousness and care.   An honest look at where we are is the perfect place to start.

Stellar Spells to enhance this Moon’s magic:

“Revelio!” – a revealing charm from the wonderful world of Hogwarts and Harry Potter, used to reveal concealed objects. It may also be used to reveal the true appearance of someone who changed their appearance with a spell.  How perfect for some serious Scorpio sleuthing!  However, do we dare to turn the spell towards ourselves?  To cut through our own convenient web of little white lies?…hmm…:)

“Spirit grant me Second Sight, let all that’s hidden come to Light!” –  enhancement spell to increase our intuition and clear seeing, inside and out.

Happy Full Moon!  Enjoy this magnificent magnifying glass… it will show exactly what you’ll need to know!  


New Moon in Taurus – the Healing Power of Pleasure

This Taurus New Moon (exact at 8:16 am April 26th in NYC, 3:16 pm April 26th in Estonia) feels like a long-awaited “aaah!”, a thorough exhale of all the past month’s tensions and exacerbating efforts.  This April has not been easy for many of us – while the spunky Aries energy has urged us forward into action, the overlapping retrogrades of Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto have thrown many a curve into our tracks.  These delays and detours can direct us to a wiser, better thought out path…and, perhaps, most of all, teach us patience, the hardest of all virtues in these “instant download” times.  But, arrrgh, these lofty perspectives and glimpses of a greater plan don’t always save us from feeling like a volcano of frustration ready to pop.  At least, this has been my own experience with a construction project on my boat (which is also my floating home for several months in winter).  The contractor slides out with a smile and another “tomorrow…for sure…manana!” and leaves me steaming in Mexican mid-day heat.  To make matters worse, I’ve watched many a day of stellar surf pass by while “waiting for Godot” on the docks.

As the lunar cycle drew to a close, the waning Moon in Aries got a boost of raw fuel from Uranus, the cosmic rebel.  My patience reached the boiling point.  I stormed the welding shop with my husband, grabbing tools and materials and literally taking matters into my own hands.  This desperate act, and the dragonbreath of determination fuming from my Taurean nostrils seemed to make an impression – the project is finally moving forward, slowly but surely.  You too can expect to see the first forward steps in many of your Earthly endeavors, with steady Taurus energy at the helm for the next month.  Yes, it won’t be fast, and with Mercury still in retrograde till May 4th, some amount of rethinking and redesigning is bound to occur.  But, the satisfaction of at least SOME progress is sweet indeed!

Since the Springtime sign of Taurus rules the senses, there’s a way to add some “oomph” to this process of growth and germination – taking in and fully APPRECIATING any positive experience that occurs along the way.  Rick Hanson, a neuroscientist & meditation teacher has coined the phrase: “our brains are like velcro for negative and like teflon for positive” – meaning, our long process of evolution, focused on mere survival, has honed us to search keenly for the tiger in the bush while ignoring the hummingbirds, rainbows and flowers.  I certainly observed my mind spinning into many a sadistically satisfying negative loop with this stalled project, while there was plenty of beauty around to enjoy –warm breezes, sunsets, supportive smiles of friends…and the occasional surf sessions squeezed out from the chaotic construction schedule.  Luckily, part of me was awake and aware enough to laugh at my own folly and consciously redirect my “evolutionarily embattled” neural circuits towards more soothing and enjoyable stimuli.

Now, with this mellow Taurus New Moon gracing the sky, this process of “taking in the good” will be infinitely easier.  Rick Hanson suggests spending at least 15-30 seconds consciously enjoying a beautiful or pleasurable experience, to make sure it truly sinks in.  If we do this often enough, we can actually evolve our brains out of the twitchy-tense fight-or-flight mode and become more like the serenely smiling Buddha (who was a Taurus, by the way!:)  The fruits of this practice of conscious pleasure don’t need to wait till some far-off ideal of enlightenment – enjoying moments of delicious delight in the very here and now will make us instantly more happy, healthy and ALIVE.   And, an added bonus – this more mellow, mindful and appreciative approach will redirect our life to an easier flow, more in tune with the magic of nature’s cycles of growth.  Our projects will blossom and progress with way less struggle and strife.  As the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu remarked: “Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is accomplished”.   Hmm…perhaps the wayward welder was in fact my teacher here, a distressing “Buddha in disguise”!:)   ”manana, tranquilo, take it easy…breathe”:)

  • A New Moon Spell to practice and play with: “What I appreciate, appreciates!” Take a loving look around you – craft a ritual of GRATITUDE, add in daily doses of delight…and watch your life blossom in beauty.  Earth magic is seductively simple…and profoundly potent!
  • And, don’t forget the most magical words in every language (as my parents taught me in childhood, when I wanted something…”use your magic word!”;) “Thank you, Gracias, Aitäh, Grazie, Merci!“ These simple sounds are like cosmic fertilizer, coaxing ever more growth, abundance, satisfaction and smiles!