Friday. Snow. Spring Equinox. Total Solar Eclipse. New Super Moon. Zoroastrian New Year. It's all happening today.

The universe is so perfect, isn't it? The sun is 400 times bigger than the moon which means today (during the eclipse) the moon was 400 times closer to the earth and it appeared to us as big as the sun, bringing total darkness for a few minutes. 

It's a good lesson if we think about those things in our lives that seem so big, difficult or overwhelming, and compare them to things that seem smaller but can overshadow the big ones -like the moon covering the sun. It can be anything, a happy song, a strangers' smile, someone's hug - anything that turns a blue day into a happy one and brings us back to balance. The opposite is also true, we're surrounded by so much love, abundance and beauty but we let the small things get on the way all the time - why is that?

The vernal equinox also calls for balance, it is the day when we have an 'equal night', meaning we have the same amount of daylight as we do of darkness (at least in theory.) It's the start of spring, the most fertile time. A time of rebirth and sunshine (yay!). 

Embracing the darkness of the new moon and today's obscured sun can be a powerful way of reflecting. Knowing that in every moment we are exactly who we choose to be. Every new breath is a new opportunity full of infinite possibilities. 






New black moon-supermoon, wood sheep & lent

Have you been feeling an energy rise today? Or perhaps you're feeling a little down and overwhelmed? Or a bit hesitant about your path? Or you're happy and full of energy? Or a mix of all? I have. 

A whole lot is happening today. There's a new moon which also happens to be a black moon and a supermoon. It's also the start of the Chinese New Year or the year of the Wood Sheep. And Ash Wednesday or the start of lent for Christians around the world. 

Let's start by talking about the moon. It's the closest new moon of the year which is why we call it a supermoon. It is also a black moon, or the third of four new moons in the current season (December's solstice to March's equinox), meaning it is almost the last new moon of the winter (yay!). It's an opportunity for a clean start, a very fertile time that allows us to birth new projects, or babies, or dreams and adventures. A chance to let go of what doesn't serve us anymore and tune into our creative spirit. Diving into the darkness of this black moon allows us to come out on the other side revitalized and ready for the spring and its infinite possibilities. 

Today is also the beginning of the year of the Wood Sheep which happens to bring a feminine Yin energy. It relates to the Western sign Cancer, associated to the mother and nurturing force. It invites us to develop more intimacy with our family and friends (like a sheep in a flock), and to cultivate gentleness and sensitivity. It opens our hearts to love and kindness and  encourages creativity and team work. 

Lent is the season for renunciation and sacrifice for many Christians. It begins with Ash Wednesday, a ritual of putting ash on our foreheads to symbolize a commitment to prayer in preparation for Easter. The traditional purpose includes penance, repentance of sins and almsgiving. Even for non-christians it can be a time of letting go, a time to feel more grounded and connected to nature. Perhaps a time to focus on meditation, or on a creative project like writing or learning a song, or dancing more often. 

Today is a good day. A lot is happening and it's up to us to tune into it and make something out of it, to welcome new beginnings.

Start with a ritual, maybe meditate or say a prayer, light a candle, take a bath. Do something that makes you feel good, scream, cry, hug someone you love. Dance your face off. Take a walk. Take a deep breath. Take another deep breath.

“If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life” Pablo Neruda