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Trust Your Intuition by Cheryl Grace

Trust Your Intuition
by Cheryl Grace

Everyone knows something about intuition, such as recalling a moment when you “just knew” that a particular event would happen a certain way. Having a premonition or an intuitive hit before it happened has been referred to as “women’s intuition,” and as “gut instincts” when skillfully making a business decision that contributed to a company’s success.

If we choose to trust the information we receive through Intuition, we are also learning to abandon the importance of our ego and its constant chatter. Most of our obsessive thinking has some form of attachment to our past or anticipation of the future. By quieting the mind, you begin the process of awakening your Intuition. It improves your concentration, allows you to feel more calm and relaxed, and opens doors to tapping into what you already know. It’s like having a bottomless vault of wisdom.

The need to control your life experiences often stems from fear or anxiety of the unknown, which hinders the intuitive process. Consider the number of decisions you have to make in a day. Some choices you make consciously and some you do unconsciously. We have all gotten into our car and arrived at our destination without any clue of how we got there! The same is true for Intuition. When you are aware that by tuning in you can easily access intuition and by acting on it you can manifest what is best for you. With practice, it becomes a reliable source of guidance for major decisions and at the same time unlocks your creative approaches in all aspects of your life.

Being receptive is another way to create new opportunities and positive life experiences by adopting an attitude of accepting things just as they are without judgment or trying to change it. When you are fully present in the moment, it activates intuition so that you may receive intuitive messages. Your thoughts are crystal clear.

The practice of meditation clears away the mind chatter and creates space in the mind for intuition to thrive. You may experience new ways to do things by the way of dreams, imagery, thoughts, or feelings. You open up to the possibility that by removing lack and limitation from your mindset, you will break through to a new level of awareness. Intuition offers new ideas and ways of doing things that may have not been readily apparent. Rather than paralysis for over-analysis, you are able to access multiple options for any life challenge.

We all have intuitive ability when we avoid making assumptions and judgments about everything. Your willingness to give up your attachment to being right will accelerate the intuitive process by opening up the possibility for things that you either have not thought of or that hadn’t been previously revealed. If you want to keep your life just as it is, then don’t do anything different than you are right now. If you want to make room for new something new to enter, then let your intuition guide you. Take a chance by trusting your instincts and see where it takes you.

It is on the intuitive plane that you can tap into the universal consciousness where all information is available to you. This is considered the highest form of truth. Perhaps you’ve had a decision you were struggling with and decided to “sleep on it.” This is a great way to awaken intuition by being open to any and all solutions and allowing it to emerge at its own pace.

In the same way it takes time for a plant to grow, so does the natural pace allowing events, circumstances and people to line up to create your ideal life.

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Cheryl Grace is a Psychic Medium, Intuitive Healer and specialist in Sacred Contracts. Cheryl is a Reader at Crystal Visions. Check the store calendar for her schedule. For more information on Cheryl, visit www.CherylGrace.com

Planetary Trends for February 2024 by Belinda Dunn

WHAT’S UP – February 2024

Belinda C. Dunn

Aquarius New Moon

February 9 @ 5:59 pm

Virgo/Pisces Full Moon

February 24 @ 7:30 am

Current trends and themes of January really take off during February, all part of the sure-footed, rapid fire start of 2024. All bets are off, all planets direct, there is no time like the present for sustained momentum and manifestation. An exquisite, fine tuned moment, perfectly posed between past and future, all collide in the NOW.

Pluto is now in Aquarius, a long term transit of 20 years, and it’s a whole new era. It is helpful to remember, the planetary ruler of Aquarius is Uranus, the most unpredictable planet. It’s action tends to be sudden and inexplicable, but freeing and progressive. No wonder an atmosphere of uncertainty seems to permeate just about everything. Over recent weeks, in the media and conversation, I have witnessed many people crossing their fingers in a gesture of hopeful outcomes and good luck.

To review, Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, the planet of tradition, heritage and the past. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the most forward thinking and futuristic planet. February begins with Sun and Pluto in Aquarius, but Mercury, Venus and Mars transit through Capricorn. Similar to crossing a high bridge over a steep and treacherous ravine, the passage from the familiar and known across to the other side is unnerving, to say the least.

Taking this analogy further, some people on the bridge want to turn around, cling to the familiar, and go no further. Others recognize the futility of holding on to what is no longer feasible, see the necessity of crossing the bridge, and know, in reality, there is no turning back from the future.

On the surface, it may appear the planetary action of Saturn and Uranus are contradictory. Saturn upholds law and order, precedence and established norms. However, when the letter of the law overrides the spirit of the law, chaos ensues. The original purpose becomes lost in burdensome and complex interpretations. The action of Uranus helps to identify purposeless restrictions, and actually overturn, and even rebel against the established order. Uranus is the planet of revolution.

Another way to look at these planetary energies is to consider the wise and experienced parent, and the rebellious teenager. As the authority in charge, Saturn can be stern, insensitive, controlling and moralistic. The parent tries to protect and warn the teen of potential pitfalls based on their own experience. It’s so easy for a teenager to see how the parent is stuck in control, albeit necessary to some extent. Every generation goes through this struggle, and any parent knows the challenge of this stage from adolescence to adulthood.

Ideally, there is respect and honesty through this difficult passage. It takes listening, patience, admission, sincerity and love to navigate this transition. If these elements are not present in some form, rebellion can easily take over, and rule the day. To some extent, this is where the country finds itself at this juncture.

How does this fit into our personal lives? The push and pull of Saturn and Uranus can be internalized as the critical parent and innocent child, the strict disciplinarian and rebellious youth. All the do’s and don’ts meet the instinct to be free and unbridled. Of course, balance in somewhere in the middle, but it is a test of perspective to live within the boundaries of form, neither blindly accepting nor rejecting structure, but growing and evolving within healthy parameters.

By the New Moon on February 9, Sun and Moon conjoin in Aquarius, and over the course of February, one by one, Mercury, Mars and Venus enter Aquarius. Truly, the pull of the past collides with a push for progress. In fact, the New Moon exactly squares Uranus, and more than likely, there will be unusual and unprecedented circumstances that require ingenuity, and thinking outside of the box. At the same time, parameters are fixed to a certain extent, but ultimately, nothing is set in stone.

Annually, the Chinese Lunar Year coincides with the Aquarius New Moon, and the year of the Dragon begins on February 10. An iconic image of Asian culture, the supernatural and mythical dragon breaths fire, embodying the essence of power and success. A dragon year is considered auspicious, fortunate, and filled with opportunity for positive improvements.

Let’s consider Aquarius is the zodiac sign of friendship and community. As an air sign, it is sociable and communicative, eccentric and individualistic. “Dancing to the beat of your own drum,” sums up Aquarius. In combination with Pluto’s decades long transit in Aquarius, February is the month to get in touch with what you know to be true for yourself. Follow your interests and passions, joining with others on a similar wavelength.

February is the month to watch for bellwether trends. There are three key dates to watch. On February 5 Mercury enters Aquarius and conjuncts Pluto. February 12 – 14, Mars enters Aquarius and conjuncts Pluto. And last, but not least, Venus enters Aquarius on the 16th and conjuncts Pluto on the 17th. And to top it off, Venus exactly joins Mars on February 22. In consideration of the timing, please put several days on either side of these exact dates.

The flow of these dates is fascinating, and likely to unveil major revelations over the course of February, personally and collectively. First, Mercury’s activation of Pluto strongly suggests intense communication, and obsessive analysis as the result of breaking news. Similar to taking the lid off Pandora’s box, the contents spill out, threatening to overtake logic and commonsense. People, and the public at large, may be especially vulnerable to suggestion, persuasion, control and misinformation.

Next Mars, the action planet, activates Pluto. Information, news and revelation from previous weeks tends to spill over into aggressive acts along with the desire to exert control, and take charge. Astrologer Robert Hand sums it up, “This transit is a strong stimulus to any kind of ambition, but the danger is its energy can be rather violent and disruptive. It represents a ruthless burst of ego energy that does not take kindly to limitation.”

In a positive light, Mars conjunct Pluto bestows strength and commitment to take action on behalf of the common good, despite all odds. Acts of selfless heroism set examples for others to follow. Since the conjunction is in Aquarius, the urge to connect, join and participate in groups is especially featured. Anthropologist Margaret Mead sums it up, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.”

And this isn’t all . . . on February 17, Venus joins the party, conjoining Pluto in 0 degrees Aquarius. Venus adds an extra benefit of attraction, magnetism and charisma to the mix of human interaction. Venus gives permission to love freely, but intensely. At the same time, this activation can produce compulsion and blind infatuation.

Once a year Venus conjoins Mars, and this is exact on February 22. This transit is optimal for romance and friendship, naturally increasing the desire to share beauty, loving feelings, and socialize. Lifting spirits and increasing confidence, it can help get even the most introverted person off the couch and into the world. Additionally, a variety of creative pursuits can flourish when Venus is part of the mix.

So far, February is a month of passion, courage, creativity and inspiration, but a Full Moon on February 24 presents another story. By now, both Sun and Mercury have entered Pisces, and the Moon opposes in Virgo. Still in the depths of winter, health issues can surface, reinforcing the importance of proper rest, nutrition and warm surroundings. Emotional and mental health is featured strongly as lethargy and depression may be on the rise.

Transiting within a few degrees, Mercury and Sun are preparing to exactly conjunct Saturn on the 28th. These final days of February indicate a reality check of epic proportions. Not only is an undeniable reality setting in, but Saturn’s influence can throw up road blocks, detours and delays. Some situations will require a pause for adjustments and regrouping. Forward momentum can come to a halt, and some doors may close permanently. Similar to a balloon popping, people may feel startled, deflated, lost and hopeless.

However, there is good news with this alignment as Jupiter’s benevolent grace boosts and supports universal law and good will. Acting as a fulcrum of stabilizing balance, in harmonious aspect with Saturn, together these planets ensure that, “All good things come to those that wait.” The patience, endurance and commitment of Saturn blend with Jupiter’s good fortune.

Going back to the analogy of a bridge. Over the past several years, the United States experienced a Pluto return, a rare astrological cycle of 246 years. Still within orb of influence, Pluto exposes corruption, overturns precedence, breaks down structures and eradicates dysfunction. In the initial stages, Pluto’s action is chaotic and destabilizing, definitely not an easy, straight forward process.

However, this timing relates to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Actually, the country’s founding took place over the next decade, and the Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. Pluto in the Constitution astrology chart is 14 degrees Aquarius. As Pluto begins its transit through Aquarius, does this ring a bell? How often do we hear pundits label the current impasse as, “Constitutional crisis.” A sign of the times, basic founding principles are repeatedly questioned for endurance and relevancy.

We don’t have to look to astrology to recognize the need for clarifications, upgrades and possible amendments to the Constitution, but astrology gives timing. The Pluto return for the USA Constitution chart is 2032-33. Since Aquarius is futuristic and progressive, I can imagine leaders and future generations coming to a consensus, and collectively choosing to update antiquated laws. All things considered, this may be a far stretch for most people, but astrologically it makes sense.

Going back to the analogy of a bridge. The passage over this bridge is not for a day, month, or even year. It is the unrelenting march of generations crossing this bridge, slowly, deliberately, steadily advancing and making progress.

In 1970, this sentiment was popularized in the song, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” The lyrics are a beautifully haunting song of friendship, “Sail on by, your time has come to shine, all your dreams are on their way, see how they shine? Oh, if you need a friend, I’m sailing right behind, like a bridge over troubled waters.”

When I started this article weeks ago, the image of a bridge surfaced very clearly, and carried through to the last paragraph. But yesterday, I noticed Dolly Parton, in celebration of her 78th birthday, released her moving rendition of this iconic song, and it is definitely worth taking a listen to.

This is a glowing example of Aquarius in action. This timeless song is resurfacing as a synchronous reflection of the collective zeitgeist. “Synchronicity, coined by renowned psychologist Carl Jung, refers to the occurrence of meaningful coincidences that cannot be explained by cause and effect alone. These events seem to be purposely connected, guided by a universal intelligence that goes beyond rational comprehension.” Truly, everything and everyone is connected in this grand and beautiful web of life. And so it is.

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.

belinda@astrodelight.com; 828-215-2101www.astrodelight.com

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