Four Astrological Tips For Managing Change This WeekWhat an in between time this week is! We all should be roaring to go now that Labor Day is behind us and yet … the ambition, drive, and even vision is still blurry…Here’s why:Several planets are moving out of retro. I offer you here some direction on the highest mastery in this transitional time through these four tips:1) The moon is waning, time for completion of projects. Wait until after next Sunday to initiate new ones.2) Although Mars and Mercury are now direct, they are still moving very slowly. Mars ordinarily moves a degree in a day and a half. It will take a week for it to move one degree.Mercury usually moves about 14 degrees in a week and it moved ten this week so it is slowly gaining momentum.3) Saturn, the taskmaster (sometimes inner slave driver in us) which has been retrograde for five months, stations direct on Thursday. Saturn will move a half of one degree by Sep 30. Saturn rules the father, authority figures, responsibility, being an adult, and the career domain. It also rules what we have brought in as karmic restriction from previous lives that has us compelled to work hard at something or where we are inhibited or insecure. For example, people who have Saturn in their money house usually have money because they work very hard at attaining it, but never feel that they have enough. I have seen Saturn in the house of writing and communication in the charts of famous authors who never thought that what they had written was good enough or that they had done enough drafts.Although Saturn will take a little while to gain its oomph, “the planet that rules where we need to be disciplined” will at least no longer be retrograde. What that means is you will feel a little more drive I predict after September 10 when it can get some help from Mars ( the assertive part of us) that will finally leave Capricorn next week and moves into the air sign of Aquarius. Saturn is in its own sign of Capricorn for another two years and three months. This is the time to career redirect or refine your life purpose if you are going to thrive in the next economic correction. When Saturn moves into the next sign of Aquarius, the universe and Saturn will not let you lie to yourself about your purpose here without paying a big price so I advise getting started now so you don’t incur a LifeQuake later. Two years goes by fast.4) Use the new moon on Sunday after 11:00 AM PDT to set your intention for the month. With the new moon in Virgo, I would suggest looking at a place in your life that needs more critical analysis. Where can you reassign that noisy nag the egoic mind, (also called your inner critic), a job that doesn’t hurt your self esteem? Clean out a few closets and get ready for a change of seasons or edit something you’ve written to completion and then send it out or begin incorporating more warming foods with the seasonal change.Another way to use the part of you that is both Virgo and Capricorn is to note where you are fearful or inhibited. Everyone has Virgo ruling somewhere in their horoscope. Further, this is the house placement for the new moon this month in your personal chart. It could be in the area of how you parent, how you take care of your home, how you show up as a partner or friend, and how to spiritually parent yourself so that the inner critic doesn’t have to do the job so severely.Verbalizing intentions give them much more power and verbalizing them in a group consciousness even more power. When you go deep into either a guided or individual meditation, access where the energy in your body is blocked, bring light into that area for healing, go to the Higher Self for direction and THEN take action, this is Saturn at its best, the very nature of Spiritual Adulthood. I will sharing tools for this in the program launching Sunday eve.We have a few slots left in our Activating Miracles on the Monthly New Moon Series still open for anyone ready to melt those old Saturn patterns into monthly breakthroughs that will build on one another into the new year of 2019 and our next Solar Eclipse on Jan 6. Contact me to register: 310-890-6832.We will be clearing Saturn blockages in this program through the healings that Daniela and I will be activating in each person during these programs. In esoteric astrology, it has been said that the rings around Saturn reflect the inner barriers we come into this life with, based on past life actions.Traditionally, one had to work hard to clear the karmic debt brought in by Saturn. Case in point, I have a client who is a very big star in the acting world and has the planet of luck, Jupiter in his career house, but he has Saturn in the house of family and he has had to support his family since he was a teenage actor, including both his parents. I have been working with him on his beliefs mentally, emotionally, and physically through reprogramming his ancestral DNA. If you clear the beliefs, you clear the karma. I am very excited to share this spiritual technology with the group that is gathering for the New Moon.I invite you to join us if you feel at all pulled. There will be recordings to replay after for those who can’t make it in real time. Call now – 310-890-6832 to register.So, in summary, formulate new goals after Sunday’s new moon but allow your Higher Self to guide the visioning process in the dream time now. For those registered or drawn to register for this new program on Sunday evening, pay attention to your dreams as we build the energy toward Sunday’s new moon.Beginning five days before each new moon, is a period called the dark of the moon. If you can, refrain from having any surgical procedures during this time or as I mentioned above, launching any new projects.Completion is the operative word, mindful completion. You will feel more energy next week but with 6 planets in earth signs, the call is to move forward with grounded mindfulness and patience with all the people around you who aren’t moving very fast, either.It is all about intention, baby. Set your intention before sleep for the acceleration you want to see happen and then find like minded people to share them with, out loud. Pay attention to how it feels in your body when you declare out loud what you want to achieve this month.I am also offering a career/life purpose coaching package for new clients who prefer personal attention that is 20% off and amounts to 3 sessions at no cost, only until September 30.Happy Virgo New Moon!With great love and affection,Dr. Toni
After six years with Vision Magazine, this is my last column of Ask the LifeQuake Doctor here. I will continue to publish in Counselor Magazine and you will be able to find my latest columns at my website: http:://www.lifequake.net.
I have enjoyed answering all your questions and serving Vision Magazine with this column. May all your deepest hopes and dreams manifest in the most perfect way.
Greetings Dr. Toni,
I am taking you up on the offer (hopefully it is not too late) to write in and ask for assistance/direction/ideas for my challenge. I will try to keep it short.
Birth date: 10/17/ 73, time: 10:30 AM, place:—–
I think this may be one you’re getting a lot lately. I’m 39 and have spent about 15 years in a structured and/or corporate work environment. Despite always knowing this was not how I wanted to spend my days, the stability and growing income kept me there. Along the way, I came into the study of Kundalini Yoga and eventually became a teacher of the practice.
I love teaching the yoga. Separately, much of my corporate work has been in technical writing. I started out loving this but have gotten bored of it and am no longer challenged. I took another position in Aug. 2011 within the company where I started as a tech writer (the new position being that of reliability engineer) and it did not turn out to be a good fit. I have been looking for another job since the summer. I’m looking at tech writing jobs because this is what I know and am good at, but the idea of starting another job doing the same thing brings no enjoyment or anticipation with it.
Being fed up (I have been with the company itself since May 2008), I resigned from my company–with no other job lined up–at the beginning of March (however in an attempt to keep me on and for which I am very flattered and appreciative, they offered to find another position for me). I accepted in an effort to “buy time” while I continue looking for another position. I just no longer know what to do. I have been on three interviews for tech writing that have not worked out. I need a solid income and do not feel that the yoga teaching can do it, and am at a loss for how next to proceed.
Do I just stay where I am (it sure seems this latest company is trying hard, both energetically and career-wise to keep me), or look to make a change? And, if I do aim for change, what do I look for? I am a very introspective and philosophical person, and I have spent a lot of time trying to see the bigger picture in all of this, but I have truly hit a wall in terms of how I next proceed in this lifetime and within the reality that I am living.
Thank you for your time and any insight and suggestions you might have.
You are a born teacher. In fact, teaching yoga is a great fit for you. Your lesson is to make it on your own financially so it may be time to stop getting a paycheck. Since they really want to keep you, is there any way you could present them with a wellness program where you do yoga and a stress management program on nutrition and meditation and worked as a technical writer for them part time?
Your astrological chart shows that you really are being called to find the vocation that makes your heart sing. Another possibility that I see is to keep your job for the moment and start looking for a financial partner to back you in getting your own yoga studio going. You have luck in the house of partners. You also have luck in the career arena so whatever you truly are passionate about could work out very well. Since you are a writer, perhaps doing part time editing jobs might supplement your income. There are websites like Elance.com and others where a writer can be a gun for hire.
You could definitely make this happen if you are open to many possibilities, some of which I outlined here.
In the words of Joseph Campbell,
“To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is — not the quick little excitement, but the real deep, life-filling bliss. When you follow your bliss… doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else.”
Dr. Toni Galardi is a professional speaker, psychotherapist, career coach, and the author of The LifeQuake Phenomenon: How to Thrive in Times of Personal and Global Upheaval. She can be reached at 310-890-6832 or through her website: http://www.lifequake.net
Dr. Toni was recently interviewed on ABC’s View from the Bay in San Francisco. The following is a link to the show and an outline of the five tips are written below.
Conquering mom’s phobia of re-entering the workplace.
Stay at home moms are now being called to get extra income given the economy and often fear what going back to work will do. They are turning to addictive behavior to alleviate the stress and avoid taking action.
5 tips to re-entering the career world:
By Dr. Toni Galardi
- List Your Fears About Returning To WorkMake a list of your beliefs about your fears regarding going back to work with a line through the page. On the other side, list possible solutions.
For Example: In one case, a client was very unhappy in her marriage, and she was afraid that going back to work would break up her marriage. A solution: the reverse occurred. Out of going back to work, she no longer looked to her husband to get all her intimacy needs met and was actually happier having some money of her own.
When we face our fears that come from the left brain logical mind, we can use our right brain intuitive mind to come up with possibilities we hadn’t considered. By forcing the brain to think more expansively, it will cooperate.
- Pay Attention to How You Feed the FearNotice what you are using to distract yourself from being solution oriented, i.e. social media or extensive chatting on your cell to other moms. Whether, you are a stay at home mom or someone facing a big life transition, change can translate in your mind as loss so to avoid the risk of loss. We turn to addictions or distractions to numb out.
For Example: I was working with a stay at home mom who kept herself very fit through jogging and yet around 4:00 as she would start to prepare for dinner, she would start drinking wine.
By the time her husband came home, she wasn’t feeling her frustrations about boredom or money fears and could listen to his report of his stressful day. Another mom who was a working mom but unhappy in her job had become addicted to YouTube videos. It was her 14 year old son who busted her in a session he did with me.
By delaying action through addictive habits, you risk falling into a depression because it is only a band aid. By feeling your feelings, you are more likely to do something about them.
- Quiet Your MindSpend 10 minutes a day while your kids are napping, for example, in quiet, focusing on your breath and getting centered. Then ask, what is my next step? Answers are more likely to come when our mind is still.
For Example: One client I worked with went to the gym a lot while her kids were in school to avoid her anxiety about getting a job. By getting her still through listening to visualization (on my CD), she realized that a job wasn’t her answer.
Designing purses which she did as a hobby could be a business. She shared her idea with another mom and together they started a business.
- What’s Your Subconscious Telling You?Keep a dream journal by your bed and instruct your subconscious mind before sleep. Throughout history, great inventions have come to people through their dreams. Two great scientists, Einstein and Kekule, discovered their formulas while taking a nap.
Lying down and napping can bring you creative ideas. “Give me guidance in my dreams as to whether I should take a job or do something out of my home. Show me.” Write down what you remember and you may be surprised.
- Pay Attention to the Overall MessageNow that you have primed the pump of intuition, connect the dots. See the theme in whatever triggers interest or enthusiasm throughout the day. Write down your impressions of what all these things you are interested in have in common.
For Example: I gave this exercise to an out of work executive and she realized that the couple hours a week she spent volunteering with inner city kids was the most fulfilling part of her life.
But, she had a mindset that she couldn’t make money doing that, so she dismissed it as a possible career option. When we discussed this, I suggested looking into grants (a huge untapped source) or cold calling companies to sponsor her in creating a charity. The economy is forcing people to be more enterprising, and sometimes self employment offers more creative fulfillment and flexibility around your children.
Share your list with a friend or career coach. It could be a clue to your new life purpose and they may be able to see a clearer picture than you can.
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This is my third blog on the shadow side of social communities.
I read an interesting article on the marketplace blog, see link below about how social communities may be infringing on the writer’s life, in terms of productivity. The author of this article took a break from her internet addiction and found she was meeting her deadlines more effectively. I would have to agree with her. For me though, it is not about the distraction so much as a style change. Taking the time to go on facebook or twitter seems to dilute my creative focus because of the change in one’s voice and orientation. You begin to sound very clipped and superficial in your attempt to be pithy enough for the characters allowed. Between texting and tweeting, how lazy does it make us as writers?
So here’s a tip for assessing if you have an internet addiction.
1) What feelings come up if you don’t go to facebook, my space or twitter for a week? Now, withdrawal from cyberspace communities is not like trying to kick smack. Your body doesn’t start to shake as you detox. You may however notice yourself getting more irritable or bored with the conversations of every day people in your life, you know, the people with whom you haven’t invented a dazzling new persona.
2) Are you getting more done in your life? ie. housework, career deadlines, etc
3) Are you getting out and socializing more?
4) Has your excuse for not having time to exercise disappeared?
5) If your social community time was mostly spent at work, are you looking at what is missing in your work now, that you were using them for to distract you? For example, is it time to look at exploring your life purpose? Do you want the work you do to have more meaning for you?
For those who think they may have a social community addiction, do you really have the courage to do this one week of withdrawal and discover a more fulfilling life? I want to go on record with this. I do not believe that everyone who is on social communities for fun are addicts. That is the purpose for the self inventory I provided above. People drink wine without being alcoholics. It has to do with whether it is a device for avoiding certain feelings that is the issue. Enjoy your surfing as long as it doesn’t interfere with “what is at hand on the ocean floor” of your subconscious mind. If you distract yourself for too long, you may not always see the tsunami coming in time…
Dr. Toni Galardi is a psychotherapist, public speaker, author, recovering internet addict, and career coach. She can be reached at 310-712-2600 for consultation.