SARA K. WASSER: “5 Ways To Cultivate Peace & Love Through Your Words”

Have you ever pondered the relentless strength of the tongue? It is a small part of the body yet it carries great power!

We use our tongue to praise Destiny and, in another breath, curse Destiny’s design. We pour praise and contempt from the same mouth

How can this be?

What change might we affect with a transformation of our speech?

Let’s transform our corner of the world with the love seed of our words.

If you’d like to see a shift happen in your business, with your coworkers, in your personal relationships, or even more broadly within your culture then follow these 5 steps. You have the power and influence to transform unhealthy, destructive, stifling, and caustic environments.

The first step to bringing peace into any negative situation is to refuse to participate in any negative conversation about someone else unless you can be part of the solution to the problem.

How often has it happened to you that a coworker, friend, or family member approaches you with something akin to: ”Have you heard the latest about Sally? Did you know that she left him; her son is on meth; her daughter is pregnant; he lost his job; she cheated on him; she was fired; they lost their home; he lost custody of his children”, etc., etc., etc.? Once those negative thoughts get planted in your mind, they will color absolutely everything else you hear about that individual and their situation.

Instead, learn deflection questions. Deflect the negativity with an innocuous and distracting question, “What did you eat for breakfast today?” “Did you ever get around to watching that movie?” “How’s the renovation progressing?” Throw the bearer-of-bad-news off with a distracting question.

Secondly, if you hear something negative about someone you love then check in with them. Allow yourself the opportunity to discern the truth of the situation firsthand rather than working from someone else’s input and point of view.

Ask questions of love and concern, free of accusation and suspicion. “Is there anything I need to know?” “Is there anything you need right now?”

Thirdly, if you hear something that haunts you don’t assume that it’s the full truth. This can be something in your immediate family or circle of friends. It can also be something cultural, something in the media.

Exercise the higher energy of listening and sharing love. We don’t need to know the details of what’s happening. It feels better to love than to know the private details of someone else’s life or pitfall.

Fourthly, refuse to judge information about someone at face value. This pertains to those within close proximity to you. Whatever you hear, remember there’s two sides to every story.

There’s no such thing as a one-sided story, not in real life.

If you hear something negative about someone, the human tendency is to shut off (to some extent) to that person. Remember, negative news is not to be taken at full value.

If something negative is spoken to you before you can deflect, quickly speak 4-5 positive thoughts aloud concerning that individual in order to discourage your mind from harboring unsubstantiated negativity towards that individual. This will allow you to remain in a state of peace and love towards that person.

Finally, step number five, if you need to confront someone, don’t tell anyone else. If you process your heart with people about negative information about someone else, especially if you’re going through a divorce or a business separation, they will take what you say at full value. This might feel good in the heat of the moment, but when the emotion, hurt, or betrayal dissipates you will be left with a network of friends who can only support you in making a decision that’s based on your emotional state rather than a state of clarity, stability, and groundedness.

For this reason, it’s good to have 2-3 close friends or processors that serve to talk things through with you. If you have this small, consistent group of processors they will come to know you well enough to be able to discern your moodiness, emotionalism, hurt, and anger so that they can provide trustworthy input rather than a mirroring of your own emotions. Your processors will come to know your tendencies and hear you and love you appropriately for where you are in that moment.

If we prove trustworthy with people’s reputations in our mouth and we start to love them and care about who they are, we will gain influence in places that we could have never otherwise gained entrance. This principle extends to every circle of our respective cultures.

Before you even have need of them, pick 2-3 people that you’re going to do life with over the next five years. Even if they’re not going to be around for the next five years, pick them as if they are. These people will be your processors.

Over the course of the next 7 days, watch your mouth. Every night, rehearse the conversations you had that day. This isn’t a time to beat yourself up or wallow in regret. It’s meant to be a simple exercise for improvement, not debasement. Simply ask yourself, “What could I have done differently? What could I have said better? How could I have honored them more? What could have built that relationship more? When I was talking about her, did I do it well? When I shared that story, was I honoring?”

If you’re looking to make a lasting change, rehearse each day’s speech at the close of the day for the next 30 days. Let’s discipline ourselves to make every decision out of peace and love.

We can start to do this by asking a couple simple questions: Where was peace in that moment? Where was love in that moment?

By our very nature, we are change agents, equipped to affect history and humanity. Let’s leave a legacy of peace and love.

How will you consciously invite peace and love into your speech today?

 

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

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CONSCIOUS REMINDER: “Twin Flame Consciousness — It’s All About Rising In Love, Not Falling In Love”

The dimension in which true love exists is different from that of space and time. This is why it cannot be started or ended; it just can be felt by giving up all selfishness.

It is a divine creation of God that helps one get closer and closer to self realization and Godliness. When someone is in true love, he tends to fulfill the ultimate motive of their life.

In a romantic relationship, our instincts and hormones make it natural to provide our partner with love but as the time passes it becomes a function of how much we are loved in return.

Whereas, in the case of true love, we never cease to feel the charm of their presence and we are constantly overwhelmed by the nature of this blissful creation love. Hence loving and caring for them comes to you naturally and effortlessly.

Being in true love is like the perfect combination of companionship, romance and worshiping in the right proportion. It brings out the spiritual purpose of making a dimensional shift in the hearts of humanity, in humans but empowering them to embrace the physical imperfections.

The purity and blissfulness of the love towards your twin flame is ever increasing regardless of how the love is reciprocated, helping us believe in the beauty of reality, what we do have and not what we could.

Nonetheless, to carry and retain this divine emotion in one’s heart takes immense persistence and patience.

It depends on the efforts of the twin souls to make their true love a celebration and it happens when they completely give in to each other while exploring the million ways to offer comfort and care towards the twin flame. If either of the twin flames choose to give up, the connection to the God breaks and you rescind the spirituality in you.

In order to prevent both the souls from tearing apart and failing to thrive in life, they must continue the practice and empower each other to live the best possible time and it can only be possible with the right support and irrevocable intention of loving in the hearts.

 

 

~via ConsciousReminder.com

THICH NHAT HANH: “We Need a Revolution — It Starts with Falling in Love with the Earth”

The Earth is our mother, nourishing and protecting us in every moment — giving us air to breathe, fresh water to drink, food to eat and healing herbs to cure us when we are sick.  Every breath we inhale contains our planet’s nitrogen, oxygen, water vapor and trace elements.  When we breathe with mindfulness, we can experience our interbeing with the Earth’s delicate atmosphere, with all the plants, and even with the sun, whose light makes possible the miracle of photosynthesis.  With every breath, we can experience communion.  With every breath, we can savor the wonders of life.

We need to change our way of thinking and seeing things.  We need to realise that the Earth is not just our environment.  The Earth is not something outside of us.  Breathing with mindfulness and contemplating your body, you realise that you are the Earth.  You realise that your consciousness is also the consciousness of the Earth.  Look around you — what you see is not your environment, it is you.

Great Mother Earth

Whatever nationality or culture we belong to, whatever religion we follow, whether we’re Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, Jews, or atheists, we can all see that the Earth is not inert matter.  She is a great being, who has herself given birth to many other great beings — including Buddhas and bodhisattvas, prophets and saints, sons and daughters of God and humankind.  The Earth is a loving mother, nurturing and protecting all peoples and all species without discrimination.

When you realise the Earth is so much more than simply your environment, you’ll be moved to protect her in the same way as you would yourself.  This is the kind of awareness, the kind of awakening that we need, and the future of the planet depends on whether we’re able to cultivate this insight or not.  The Earth and all species on Earth are in real danger.  Yet if we can develop a deep relationship with the Earth, we’ll have enough love, strength and awakening in order to change our way of life.

Falling in Love

We can all experience a feeling of deep admiration and love when we see the great harmony, elegance and beauty of the Earth.  A simple branch of a cherry blossom, the shell of a snail or the wing of a bat — all bear witness to the Earth’s masterful creativity.  Every advance in our scientific understanding deepens our admiration and love for this wondrous planet.  When we can truly see and understand the Earth, love is born in our hearts. We feel connected.  That is the meaning of love: To be at one.

Only when we’ve truly fallen back in love with the Earth will our actions spring from reverence, and the insight of our interconnectedness.  Yet many of us have become alienated from the Earth.  We are lost, isolated and lonely.  We work too hard, our lives are too busy, and we are restless and distracted, losing ourselves in consumption.  But the Earth is always there for us, offering us everything we need for our nourishment and healing: The miraculous grain of corn, the refreshing stream, the fragrant forest, the majestic snow-capped mountain peak, and the joyful birdsong at dawn.

True Happiness is Made of Love

Many of us think we need more money, more power or more status before we can be happy.  We’re so busy spending our lives chasing after money, power and status that we ignore all the conditions for happiness already available.  At the same time, we lose ourselves in buying and consuming things we don’t need, putting a heavy strain on both our bodies and the planet.  Yet much of what we drink, eat, watch, read or listen to, is toxic and is polluting our bodies and minds with violence, anger, fear and despair.

As well as the carbon dioxide pollution of our physical environment, we can speak of the spiritual pollution of our human environment: The toxic and destructive atmosphere we’re creating with our way of consuming.  We need to consume in such a way that truly sustains our peace and happiness.  Only when we’re sustainable as humans will our civilization become sustainable.  It is possible to be happy in the here and the now.

We don’t need to consume a lot to be happy; in fact, we can live very simply.  With mindfulness, any moment can become a happy moment.  Savoring one simple breath, taking a moment to stop and contemplate the bright blue sky, or to fully enjoy the presence of a loved one, can be more than enough to make us happy.  Each one of us needs to come back to reconnect with ourselves, with our loved ones and with the Earth.  It’s not money, power or consuming that can make us happy, but having love and understanding in our heart.

The Bread in Your Hand is the Body of the Cosmos

We need to consume in such a way that keeps our compassion alive.  And yet many of us consume in a way that is very violent. Forests are cut down to raise cattle for beef, or to grow grain for liquor, while millions in the world are dying of starvation.  Reducing the amount of meat we eat and alcohol we consume by 50% is a true act of love for ourselves, for the Earth and for one another.  Eating with compassion can already help transform the situation our planet is facing, and restore balance to ourselves and the Earth.

Nothing is More Important than Brotherhood and Sisterhood

There’s a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with Earth.  We’ve been homo sapiens for a long time. Now it’s time to become homo conscious.  Our love and admiration for the Earth has the power to unite us and remove all boundaries, separation and discrimination.  Centuries of individualism and competition have brought about tremendous destruction and alienation.  We need to re-establish true communication — true communion — with ourselves, with the Earth, and with one another, as children of the same mother.  We need more than new technology to protect the planet.  We need real community and co-operation.

All civilisations are impermanent and must come to an end one day.  But if we continue on our current course, there’s no doubt that our civilisation will be destroyed sooner than we think.  The Earth may need millions of years to heal, to retrieve her balance and restore her beauty.  She will be able to recover, but we humans and many other species will disappear, until the Earth can generate conditions to bring us forth again in new forms.  Once we can accept the impermanence of our civilization with peace, we will be liberated from our fear.  Only then will we have the strength, awakening and love we need to bring us together.  Cherishing our precious Earth — falling in love with the Earth — is not an obligation.  It is a matter of personal and collective happiness and survival.

 

 

~via WakingTimes.com

JAMYE PRICE (Weekly LightBlast): “The Name of Love”

Blessed Being, do you recognize the profound Love that you are? Do you recognize how special and unique you are to Life? Do you recognize how much Life Loves you?

It is unconditional, infinite, and eternal. Just as you are.

Being human is a unique experience within Life. Your path is to adapt Life to you, whereas many other aspects of Life are more resonant to adapt. This is overly simplified, and therefore only part of the whole story. Yet this shaping of Life is your path.

You offer harmony to chaos, and chaos offers opportunity to you.

The power to adapt life troubles some because they observe how life on Earth has been shaped by greed, egoic power, and disregard for the sanctity of life.

It is frightening because it means that you must risk coming out of the safety of your shell, and letting your seed of compassion root deeper into the depths for the strength to reach higher toward the Light.

Everyone around you is interacting from a place of Love, whether you recognize it in the moment or not.

Perhaps in one moment, it is an easy and wonderful reflection of your highest hopes for life. Maybe it’s a different way of Love that makes you uncomfortable. It may be in opposition to you, causing you to fear it, resist it, or push against it. Perhaps another is reflecting an immature aspect of self-preservation that causes harm in a moment.

Yet each being, and indeed all aspects of Life, are deeply connected to Love and interacting from a resonance within the full spectrum of Love, even what seems like its opposite.

Where you are in that spectrum determines your experience.

Your current time calls for your empowerment to hold your boundaries of Love so that your resonance stays strong, maintaining a powerful vibration that interacts with humanity—affecting the vibration of life on Earth.

The Name of Love?

You see it all around you.

One is called human, one tree, one flower, one challenge, one moment.

Recognize the Love, the sacredness of each, and you recognize Love amidst all Life.

Your awareness gives Love strength, nourishing it to grow.

As we sit to Blast The Name of Love, we are recognizing that every aspect of separation is another name for Love. We are seeing the sacred in all expressions, even those that call us to greater strength through opposition in a moment.

We are clarifying our desires and holding our bond of Love strongly within, as the human experience touches our unique vibration. We are becoming strong enough to sway with the winds of change while rooted deep in supportive Love. We are compassion in human form, echoing that I am into future form as humanity transforms. Blast on!

Jamye Price

 

 

~via Jamye Price.com

DIANE CANFIELD: “Sociopathic Behavior And The Cure”

The Butterfly Effect

Since there is only LOVE — there is a separation with some that have not been loved and do not know what LOVE is.  This behavior when to the extreme can play out as what is termed sociopathic behavior.  What is really — lack of LOVE and separation from Source.

One of the attributes of a sociopath is to accuse others of what they themselves are doing.  This accomplishes two things for them, it takes the attention off of them and puts the victim in a defensive mode.

The victim then has to try to explain themselves when it is actually the sociopath that should be doing the explaining.  This is a common mechanism that is used by someone with no conscious and no connection to SOURCE.

They also feel they are above everyone else and untouchable.  They may also be charming and likable by many.  Yet few know the hidden secrets they carry and the way they manipulate others.

They do not operate on the same code of ethics that most of us do.  They operate on service to self, while making it look like they are service to others.

Empaths are especially vulnerable to this because we have a tendency to “care too much”.  We are the ULTIMATE nurturers and support for others.  This is the opposite of a sociopath that looks to use others for their own gain.

Energetically they feel chaotic and not peaceful.  They may seem to always be on edge waiting for someone to find them out.

We can see this in all walks of life, in business, family and all places where there are high profile people.

The answer to this is to LOVE ourselves enough to be able to spot this immediately when we see it.  We can not “care enough” to fix this person.  They have to at some point learn to love themselves enough to work on themselves and learn how to genuinely care for others without expecting anything in return.

The answer in the higher states is to have healing centers where they are shown what LOVE is and how to love others — just for the sake of LOVE

– Diane Canfield

 

 

~via DianeCanfield.com

ZODIAC FIRE: “The Perfect Soulmate For Each Zodiac Sign…”

This type of astrological ‘soulmate’ article usually makes my eyes roll… but what the heck… 😉

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Have you ever wondered what astrology can teach you about your ideal soulmate?

By closely analyzing your zodiac sign you can get a much better idea of who you’ll be most compatible with in the love department.

So without further ado, here are the traits and characteristics that each of the signs should be looking for when seeking out their soulmate!

Aries soulmate: a confident go-getter who can keep up with them.

The Aries is an aggressively enterprising personality who likes to live life in the fast lane.  They don’t have time to be dragged down and need a partner that can keep up.  Their ideal soulmate is somebody who is confident, assertive and not afraid to take bold risks.

Potential soulmates: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Gemini and Aquarius.

Taurus soulmate: a loyal and romantic type who only has eyes for them.

For the right person the Taurus will stay loyal ’til the very end.  But they need someone who can return the favor and reciprocate their strong sense of commitment.  Their ideal soulmate is somebody who is trustworthy, straight-forward and who doesn’t play mind games because frankly, Taurus ain’t got time for that.  They also love romantic types who can make them feel like they are the only person in the world!

Potential soulmates: Cancer, Capricorn, Virgo and Pisces.

Gemini soulmate: somebody with a brain, a sense of humor and enough differences to keep things interesting.

The Gemini can be kind of picky about who they date so you should feel special if they choose you.  Their ideal soulmate is somebody who is funny, clever and interesting.  It helps if you also have just enough differences from the Gemini to ensure that things never get stale or boring!

Potential soulmates: Leo, Libra, Aries and Aquarius.

Cancer soulmate: an intelligent, affectionate and sensual soul with an empathetic heart.

The Cancer has a huge heart and a lot of love to give… but if you want to truly win them over then you need to be able to return the favor.  They need somebody who is intelligent enough to captivate their mind but also affectionate enough to make them feel special and loved.  They don’t have much time for selfishness so their ideal mate must also be caring and emphatic.

Potential soulmates: Scorpio, Taurus, Pisces and Virgo.

Leo soulmate: somebody who is confident, mysterious and able to keep them on their toes.

The Leo is hopelessly drawn to confident yet mysterious personalities.  They want somebody who is up for adventure and that’s not afraid to put themselves out there.  But also, someone intriguing enough to keep them guessing and looking forward to what comes next!

Potential soulmates: Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius and Aries.

Virgo soulmate: somebody sophisticated, complex, ambitious, and totally devoted.

The Virgos soulmate is somebody complex and sophisticated like a luxurious french wine.  But they should also be driven and ambitious and not someone who just lays around all day accomplishing absolutely nothing.  Most of all though, the Virgo needs somebody who will be as committed to the relationship as they are!

Potential soulmates: Scorpio, Capricorn, Cancer and Taurus.

Libra soulmate: someone with looks, brains and confidence to match!

The Libra has high standards when it comes to love and they wont just settle for any random person.  Their soulmate is likely to be a triple threat: someone with looks, brains and confidence.  They like physical beauty because they have a thing for aesthetics.  They’re into intelligence because they are clever and get bored by slow minds.  And they dig confidence because, well, they just like someone that knows what they want!

Potential soulmates: Gemini, Aquarius, Sagittarius and Leo.

Scorpio soulmate: someone who can challenge them and feed off of their passion and intensity.

When you’re with a Scorpio their love is deep, intense and totally unconditional.  But, they need someone who can challenge them and feed off of their fire.  Their ideal soulmate is somebody with depth and imagination, who thinks and feels deeply, but who doesn’t necessarily reveal all of their cards at once.  They love a bit of mystery and intrigue and are also hopelessly drawn to a sharp wit!

Potential soulmates: Pisces, Virgo, Capricorn and Cancer.

Sagittarius soulmate: an open-minded, free-spirited soul who doesn’t insist on trying to “change” them.

Sagittarians value their freedom and independence and don’t need anyone getting too possessive or clingy on them.  Their ideal soulmate is somebody with a fun-loving and open-minded approach to life.  They’re not big on having endless rules and routines nor do they need anyone trying to change or “fix” them as though they were some kind of pet project.  Their soulmate will be someone who can build them up and who they can take on the world with… not somebody who wants to clip their wings!

Potential soulmates: Leo, Aquarius, Aries and Libra.

Capricorn soulmate: a classy, stylish, intriguing soul that can engage their mind and remain loyal ’til the end.

The Capricorn is not afraid of being picky when it comes to lovers, especially when it comes to seeking out someone who is “soul mate” material.  Their ideal partner has a bit of class and style to them, and some pride in who they are.  They should also possess some intelligence and be able to engage with them in a deep and meaningful way.  But above all else, they should be trustworthy and loyal… the Capricorn needs someone that they can count on!

Potential soulmates: Pisces, Taurus, Virgo and Scorpio.

Aquarius soulmate: someone committed but fun-loving, with a wicked sense of humor and a talent for cooking!

The ideal soulmate for the Aquarius is likely to have a fun and outgoing personality and they’ve gotta be up for an occasional crazy adventure.  They’re also wildly attracted to those that have a wicked sense of humor and a sharp wit.  If you can make ’em laugh you can make ’em do just about anything.  Being able to cook is also a big plus because damn does the Aquarius love to eat!

Potential soulmates: Libra, Aries, Gemini and Sagittarius.

Pisces soulmate: somebody with confidence, a creative mind and an ability to get on their wavelength.

Pisces live in a world of their own and they never take life too seriously or literally.  Their ideal soulmate is somebody with a healthy dose of self-confidence, a wild and creative mind and an ability to think in a non-linear way.  Most of all they just need somebody they can connect and communicate with in a deep and meaningful way.

Potential soulmates: Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn and Taurus.

 

 

~via ZodiacFire.com

JADE CHILDERS: “Letting Go Of Love”

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Once, a friend and I were meditating together on a hilltop.  During that meditation, we extended our love and compassion out to the whole world.  At the end of the session, my friend turned to me and asked, “Why do we reach our love out to everyone, instead of choosing who it should go to, like a family member who might need it most?”

Surely, the intention to bring love into a specific someone’s life will result in such.  But as we are spiritual seekers who are constantly questioning and digging deeper, it is beneficial for us to analyze our limitations caused by the biases patterned into our minds throughout our lives and to use this analysis as an opportunity to grow.

We are not omniscient beings.  We were physically born from a mother into a situation unique to us.  Some of us grew up with big families, and some of us grew up without any family.  Through the years, we’ve lived around certain people and picked up on certain things.  We passed certain people in the streets, made friends with certain people, fell in love with this person or that person.  Our experience with the world is uniquely our own, showing us only bits and pieces of infinite possibility.  The people we have met have been a very small fraction of all the people in the world.

Imagine what it would be like to live thousands of years.  Imagine that you have lived to see many generations come and go, have had many friends, held many lovers, and you now have a countless number of children and a countless number of acquaintances.  Imagine walking through a world in which you know that you, at some point in time, had met and gotten to know every single person that passed you by in the streets.  Such a world would seem so small, so personal!  Having lived so long, you would watch as many of your loved ones came and passed on from their life.  The love you had for each individual would no longer serve that individual, as that individual would no longer exist.  You would realize that certain loved ones will come and go, but people in general would stay constantly surrounding you.  If you again chose to direct your love towards another set of specific individuals, you would see the same results: these people would pass on, and the individualized love would pass on as well.

This need not be seen as a grave situation!  It is simply the inevitable, transient nature of life.  You cannot control who will stay or who will go in your life, but you can control how you expand from being closed to open, allowing love to flow through with fewer selfish restrictions.

We are here in our bodies now, but we are brief and passing.  If we can train our love to not be so confined — to instead be impartial, free, open, infinite — then we begin to notice a deep change in both ourselves and how the world reacts to us.  We start to see life in its more intrinsic form, a form that comes in many faces.  We start to see how we are all interconnected and how freely flowing love will draw in those who need to drink from it most.  Such is why we need not limit our kindness and love to the people we have grown closest to; it is not about who we change but about how we internally change ourselves — how we personally grow, how we learn to let go, and how we instead learn to let what is within shine unobstructedly through to the external, which will respond accordingly.

 

 

About the author: Jade Childers is a Reiki practitioner, meditator, intuitive healer, and voyager of the infinite internal. E-mail connections are welcome at mrsreviven@gmail.com.  ~via In5D.com

JAMIE PARTRIDGE: “Venus Retrograde 2017 ~ Fated Love”

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Venus retrograde 2017 starts on March 4 at 13° Aries and ends on April 15 at 27° Pisces.

Venus retrograde March 2017 is a six-week period of exciting opportunities with love and money.  Instant attraction and whirlwind romances are possible.  The key to enjoying Venus retrograde 2017 is to choose your options carefully.  Hasty decisions based more on lust than love will only end in sorrow once Venus turns direct.

You can find true love during this Venus retrograde but some hardship or delay is to be expected.  These shared burdens are a sign of fated love and the price you must pay to be together.  Self love, patience and good timing will increase your chance of a loving and lasting relationship.

Before I go into more detail about Venus retrograde 2017, I will talk about what it means to have Venus retrograde in your natal chart then the general meaning of Venus retrograde in transit.

Natal Venus retrograde means you have some difficulty in giving and receiving love and affection.  You may experience sadness in love or have to endure hardship or delay.  Lack of self-love, social anxiety, shyness and even financial hardship can be associated with Venus retrograde in your birth chart.

Often these challenges are a result of past life relationships issues.  Due to the laws of karma, if you caused suffering or hardship to a lover in a previous life, then you shall experience something similar yourself during this life.  Venus retrograde acts like Mars so perhaps you hurt someone you loved.  Maybe you had an affair, walked out when they needed you most, or physically injured them.

Whatever the circumstance of the previous romance, you come into this life with those bad memories etched in your soul.  You probably don’t recognize them as memories but as déjà vu or unexplained guilt.  Especially when young, there can be a repeating theme of challenging events related to your past.

Sadness and disappointment may come from unrequited love, forced marriage, sexual abuse, mental illness or physical disability.  Learning to love yourself is critical in working through your Venus retrograde issues.  Other signs of natal Venus retrograde can be poor personal hygiene and not caring about how you look.

Self love can start with beautifying your physical appearance.  The use of fashion, cosmetics and beauty treatments can greatly improve your self-love and therefore make you more lovable.  However, natal Venus retrograde can also show as excessive use of makeup and jewelry or even disfigurement from cosmetic surgery.

The aim of Venus retrograde in your natal chart is to perfect those areas of your love life which once let you down.  As your relationship skills improve with experience, your karmic debt will be repaid and you start to enjoy more loving relationships.

Transiting Venus retrograde occurs once every 19 months for a period of six weeks (42 days).  This means Venus is retrograde only 7% of the time which is the least amount of any planet.  The next closest is Mars retrograde at 9% then Mercury retrograde at 19%.  Venus retrograde should therefore be the most strongly felt of all retrograde planets.

During Venus retrograde your love life enters a fated period.  Giving and receiving love and affection becomes more difficult.  Old friends or lovers may reappear or you may relive past life experiences in order to sort out karmic issues.  As Venus also rules money, it’s traditionally thought that Venus retrograde is not an ideal time for investing or buying luxury items.

Venus retrograde in transit is a time of introspection and reassessment.  You may be interested in someone or something of value that would bring you pleasure.  Destiny encounters are possible and you may actually come into contact with your soul mate.  If so, you should experience a feeling of inevitability or familiarity.  However, it is better to wait until Venus turns direct to make your move.

Use Venus retrogrades to improve how you feel about yourself, to love yourself more. Think about what really brings you pleasure.  Find the reasons for problems in previous or current relationships.  This is where old lovers reappearing can help you clear away the past to make room for new relationships.  Even reminiscing about previous partners can be enough to empty out your karmic baggage and lighten the load.

Venus Retrograde 2017

January 30, 2017, Venus enters shadow zone at 26°54′ Pisces.

From now until Venus retrograde is called the first shadow period.  During this phase you will get an idea of the love and money issues that will be of concern during the retrograde phase. [See Chart]

March 4, 2017, Venus stations retrograde at 13°08′ Aries.

Venus retrograde 2017 makes no major planetary aspects.  The the main influence on Venus retrograde March 2017 is the fixed star Alpheratz at 14°32′ Aries.  The head of the Princess is very lucky.  Acting like Jupiter and Venus it brings harmony and popularity.  It gives independence, freedom, love, riches, honor and a keen intellect.

The minor aspects to Venus will have subtle but romantic effect.  The accepted rules for Venus retrograde are to not start a new relationship or to marry, and to not spend big money.  However, the fortunate fixed star makes Venus retrograde 2017 a promising time for dating and for relationships which began before March 4.

Venus Retrograde 2017

Jupiter opposite Uranus brings many exciting opportunities.  Mars conjunct Uranus suggests instant attraction and thrilling sexual encounters.  However, impulsiveness would lead to wrong choices and embarrassment later on.  Fast money can be made but lost just as quickly.

Mars trine Saturn does give a desire to save money but to also stick to your long-term goals.  Dating should be enjoyable and you may actually meet your soul mate during this six weeks.  Old relationships can be restarted but a serious lasting relationship is unlikely to begin.

April 15, 2017, Venus stations direct at 26°54′ Pisces.

This second shadow period of five weeks ends on May 18.  Your love and money issues that were in focus during the Venus retrograde phase can now finalized.  While there are no fixed stars with Venus direct, there are two significant planetary aspects.  These major aspects to Venus direct give further clues on how to move forward.

Venus sextile Mars is ideal for romance and socializing.  A perfect blend of sexuality and affection make you look and feel sexy.  You can be confident and assertive in chasing your desires without being at all threatening.  This balance also means you are ready to give and receive love and adoration.

Venus Direct January 2017

Venus square Saturn has the opposite influence of Venus sextile Mars.  It adds stress to relationships from negative feelings, distance or other relationships problems.  Hard work is required to maintain your present relationship.  Don’t ignore the affections of loved ones.

Increased financial pressure means you should avoid wasting money and other resources.  While Venus retrograde March 2017 was a good time to budget and make financial plans, now is the right time to act.

During Venus direct you should pay off debts.  If there is anything leftover then try saving for the future.  If you did make a major purchase during the Venus retrograde phase then you may experience financial hardship now as a result.

Venus square Saturn also indicates a fated romance.  Any hardships you must endure are karmic in nature and the price to pay for being together.  It can also means shared responsibilities of a serious or heavy nature such as caring for parents or a shared financial debt.

The combined effect of a sexy Mars and gloomy Saturn means that existing relationships can improve and new romances can start.  However, be prepared to face some hardships.  You may have to prove your love or fight hard to win or keep your partner.  There may be criticism from parents or teachers and frustrating delays due to distance or lack of money.

If old lovers came back into your life during the Venus retrograde phase, they may depart now or start causing real problems in an existing relationship.  If this is true love, patience and loyalty will lead to a committed and lasting partnership.

May 18, 2017, Venus leaves the shadow zone at 13°08′ Aries.  The final phase of Venus retrograde 2017 is now complete. [See Chart]

If Venus retrograde 2017 affects you directly it will be mentioned in your monthly horoscope.  For more details on how Venus retrograde 2017 aspects your birth chart, see Venus Transits.

Venus Retrograde Dates

2015, July 25 to September 6 — 14° Leo to 1° Virgo
2017, March 4 to April 15 —27° Pisces to 13° Aries
2018, October 5 to November 16 — 25° Libra to 11° Scorpio

 

 

~via AstrologyKing.com

GUSTAVO CASTANER: “Soul Mate, Twin Flame… Who Cares?”

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Imagine if you had never heard of labels like ‘soul mate’, ‘twin flame” or ‘spiritual’, what would you look for in a relationship?  What values, qualities, principles and characteristics would your ideal partner have?”

~Gustavo Castaner

Quite often I get emails from people asking me how to manifest or attract their soul mate or twin flame.  Students will have sessions with me so that I can assist them fulfill this intent.  And even though I believe in soul mates and twin flames, the reality is these are still labels.  Labels that will often work against people when it comes to manifesting the best relationship they could ever have.  So the first thing I tell people who desire to manifest their soul mate is to drop this label, because when it comes to the equation of manifesting the relationship that is for their highest good, the label soul mate or twin flame is not really that important.  Think about it, if you could be with a man or woman that loves you, adores you, respects you, supports you, makes you feel safe, inspires passion within you, you are attracted/magnetized to his/her presence, you share many interests and you are happy with… would it really matter if he/she was your soul mate or twin flame?

I resonate with the idea that we all have various soul mates but not all are the romantic relationship type.  But even those soul mates that belong to the romantic relationship category are not always the best relationship for you.  I have witnessed people stay in unhealthy, dramatic and co-dependent relationships only because they believe the other person is their soul mate. Imagine if you had never heard of labels like “soul mate”, “twin flame” or “spiritual”, what would you look for in a relationship?  What values, qualities, principles and characteristics would your ideal partner have?  Would it be easier to determine what person is best for you if you did not have to answer the question “is he/she my soul mate”?

I have seen people fall in love with soul mates who live on the other side of the world and they end up having a distant relationship that most of the time turns out not working at all.  Would you prefer to meet your soul mate who lives on the other side of the world or have a loving partner who is by your side?  Then there are a few people who believe that their soul mate or twin flame currently is stationed in another dimension (often the 5th) and they state this is the reason why they are single.  This could be very well true, yet why would you limit yourself to not have a relationship here and now in the 3D?  Relationships are one of the greatest blessings and gifts we have to love, grow, learn, share and evolve.  I am sure that if your soul mate or twin flame is indeed waiting for you in another dimension he or she wouldn’t mind if you enjoyed having a relationship here and now.

It is my belief that I have met and been in a relationship with two different soul mates whom I later realized were not the best relationships for me in terms of life partnership yet still necessary ones for my own learning, healing and evolutionary process.  Today I’m engaged to my beloved Jenniffer, is she my soul mate or twin flame?  Who cares… she is the woman I love with all my heart and she is my life partner, our commitment to each other is very strong, we are happy together and have absolute certainty that we will stay together.  That is all that really matters.

The term soul mate, twin flame or spiritual are not determining factors when we have an argument or face a life challenge, rather it is the love we have towards each other beyond any labels and the tools and resources we have and can apply to learn, grow, heal and evolve that really make a difference in our relationship.  So if you haven’t met your soul mate or you are not sure if the person you are in a relationship with right now is your soul mate, who cares?!  Focus on attracting and manifesting the relationship that will offer you the greatest opportunities to love, be happy, share life’s blessings, learn, grow, contribute, connect, feel safe, feel unique and evolve.

 

 

~via AscendedRelationships.com

CHRISTIAN COTRONEO: “Cat No One Would Touch Is So Grateful Someone Finally Hugged Him”

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Everything about Valentino suggested people not give him the one thing he needed more than anything: human contact.

The cat’s hardened fur was riddled with grime.  He suffered from sarcoptic mange, a condition that’s highly contagious to both cats and humans.  His eyes were so caked and swollen, they were sealed shut.

And Elaine Seamans didn’t care.

While passing by his cage at the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter last week, she heard his faint cry for help.

“He reached out with his little paw and made the tiniest meow,”  Seamans tells The Dodo. “It was like he was screaming without verbalizing it:  ‘Please help me.’”

“There are times when it’s not an option to keep walking,” she adds. “You just have to stop.  This was one of those times.”

And she opted not to wear gloves, but to press Valentino directly to her heart.

“When I picked him up, he put his little head on my shoulder,” Seamans says. “That was it. I had to get him out.”

Then Seamans, founder of the At-Choo Foundation and a regular visitor at the shelter, let Valentino make the call for help himself.

While still holding the cat, she dialed her friend, Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind.

“When I was talking to Elaine on the phone and she let me hear his little meow, I said, ‘That’s it.’” she tells The Dodo. “I could hear him. That sealed the deal.”

Wisneski picked up Valentino over the weekend, taking him directly to a veterinary clinic where — although he couldn’t see the staff — Valentino could feel his world changing for the better.

“He couldn’t move and he couldn’t see. But God love him, he’s a fighter.” Wisneski says. “Everybody just adores him and they’re very protective of him. His prognosis is excellent and once he gets through this, he’s going to have a long life ahead of him.”

“His heart is good.” she adds.

But then again, that’s one thing that a veterinarian didn’t need to confirm.

Seamans knew that as soon as she took every risk in the world to hold a mange-ridden cat close to her own heart — and let him know he wasn’t alone.

“He’s so loving,” Wisneski says. “You can tell he is very grateful. He will purr for them and try to rub up against the veterinary staff. He knows he is safe.”

When Valentino finally opens his eyes, it will be to a brand-new life. One with a family.

Maybe that could be you.

 

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Get in touch with Leave No Paws behind here.

And if you would like to help support Valentino’s recovery, consider making a donation

You can also get updates on Valentino’s progress through the group’s Facebook page.

~via thedodo.com