Self Care and This Month’s Eclipse

The significance of eclipses goes back thousands of years. They predicted the rise and fall of kings and conquerors. An eclipse is when one of the luminaries, the Sun or Moon, has its light blocked by the other luminary. Since the Sun and Moon have the most effect on Earth’s atmosphere (Sun creates our seasons and Moon moves the tides) losing their light for the smallest amount of time disrupts the Earth’s energetic field and atmosphere. 

From an astrological point of view, eclipses create dramatic events, globally and sometimes personally. A royal may be born, a war might start or a world leader could die or be overthrown. What is the theme for this month’s eclipse? We are looking at the eclipse through the lens of fitness and wellness. Eclipses can trigger an event in the next 6 months on a personal scale. On a global scale you’ll notice groups of people and national or global systems as a focal point. The effects are strongest for 2 weeks surrounding the time of the eclipse.

The eclipse on June 21, 2020 is in Cancer 0 degrees. This is a sign of sensitivity, nourishment, and family. Cancer rules these areas of the body: stomach, upper digestion, breasts, uterus, gall bladder, salivary glands to name most of them. Now more so than other times is important to pay attention to what food you are putting your mouth. Use the sensitivity of the crab to sense how your digestion is working, how are you feeding yourself for good health? Now is not the time to stuff your feelings down with food. This time period will also have an emphasis on family and family can drive you crazy! Instead of letting the crazy family get to you try to use that energy for a family workout. Get everyone sweating and burning up energy. Everyone will feel better afterward.

Alternatively, you could get a weekly workout on the schedule with your sister or brother or exchange recipes with mom for healthy meals. Be sensitive to how a family member might be having trouble fitting exercise, physical activity or healthy eating into their schedule. 

Your personal birth chart can lead you to your individualized themes for the next 6 months. Find Cancer sign in your chart (which house does it occupy?) and that is the area of your life you’ll need to focus on. If Cancer lands on your 5th house you’ll want to address eating around social activities. If it’s in your 4th the eating issues are when you are at home. You’ll need to look up what each of house (there are 12) means.

You’ll feel compelled to look at this area because of the eclipse and how it affects your daily life from the events happening around you. Now take a note if you have any planets, Ascendant or Midheaven in your chart at the 0 or 1 degrees Capricorn, Libra, or Aries. If you do, then this eclipse will create more events in your life, more than for someone who has no planets or points at those specific degrees.

With planets and points at 0 and 1 degrees it’s more important for you to revisit meal plans, digestive issues and family support systems. The planet Mercury is also in Cancer now and is currently going backward. This adds to the theme of reevaluating, reviewing & redoing. 

Knowing this information and planning ahead of time makes it possible for you to work with the eclipse energy instead of letting it happen to you.

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Your Workout by Sign Element

What’s your sign? The most commonly asked astrological question. Also, the most superficial question. But has anyone asked you what’s your sign’s element?

Do you even know what element your sign belongs to? My Mars  is in the sign of Sagittarius, a Fire sign. There are two other Fire signs, can you name them?

This post will be focused on all the signs that show up in your chart. I will not be talking about just your Sun or Mars sign here.

There are four elements in astrology: Fire, Air, Water & Earth. Three signs per element. 

Fire = Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Air = Gemin, Libra, Aquarius

Water = Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Earth = Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Now you know each sign’s element. The elements describe the type of energy the sign uses to accomplish tasks or make decisions.

Do you notice some people are quick & action oriented, jumping ahead without any thought? While other people are slow, methodical and analytical, making logical decisions before acting on anything? These are extreme opposites of course, but each element has its certain way of doing things.

So, we want to go a little deeper than what element your Mars sign is. We want to look at all the planets and important points in your chart and which sign they each are in. You have about 7 visible celestial bodies (Sun to Saturn), 3 non-visible celestial bodies (Uranus, Neptune & Pluto) and 2 sensitive points (Rising sign & Midheaven) to look at. 

Here’s an example: Your sun sign might be in Taurus (Earth) and your Mars in Scorpio (Water), but you have all remaining planets & points in Air signs. This would mean you are predominately the element Air. Chances are you will relate to Air qualities much more than Earth & Water.

Now, here is how each element’s energy is described.

Fire – This energy is ignited quickly, its heat intense, burning off things not needed or wanted anymore, it transforms whatever it touches. The Fire workout will feel inspired & creative, like a sprint.

Air – This energy will feel adaptable with many variables. This energy needs change and variety to connect with other energies. The Air workout feels like a triathlon, especially in a relay situation to achieve the sense of different events connecting to one goal.

Water – This energy feels like nourishment, a sensitive and deliberate approach that wants activities to include the soul’s purpose. The water workout is like yoga class or spiritual yoga retreat.

Earth – This energy is grounding, it builds practicality and predictability. It is slow to build into a stable routine. The Earth workout is like a marathon and its regimented/structured training leading up to it. 

So you probably feel connected to one of these workouts more than the others because it represents the element dominance in your chart. Does this mean you should only do this type of workout? NO, definitely not. You can do any of type of element workouts described above.

You may really enjoy that Fire workout, but your chart does have other elements in it. Indulge the Air, Water, & Earth elements a little bit and you’ll feel closer to being a whole person.

In fact, what you can also do is use one element as a type of remedy for your dominant one. If Air is your dominant element and you have only been doing circuit type workouts, you can remedy that by adding a weekly yoga class. The remedy of yoga will make you feel more centered. 

A common mistake people (including some of my clients) make is picking one type of exercise or activity and then only doing that several times a week. While regular weekly exercise is good, it should not be at the expense variety of movement, no one type of exercise can give your body everything it needs.

Stop being a slave to your habits in exercise, they will eventually stop challenging you anyway. You will most likely acquire sport/activity specific injuries. Our bodies and souls were not created to be so narrow minded. We must at least try to incorporate other types of exercise and activities into our routines. The cross training recommendation so common now is the exactly for these reasons.

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Your Feet and Exercise

Mars is changing signs this week, from Aquarius to Pisces. It’s time to think about the feet for the next 6 weeks. Specifically your feet relative to your exercise routine. The planet Mars will be in Pisces May 14 to June 27th. Mars is our go to planet when considering our fitness level and fave activities. From couch potato to pro athlete Mars will describe your How & What intensity level you operate from and When energy & intensity rises and falls. 

The planet Mars transits through the signs showing us where inflammation can pop up or the body area accidents could affect. It does this by the sign it is in for about 6 weeks. Every physical body area needs and gets some attention at some point.

Pisces rules the feet and toes. It also has domain over your immune system (ahem, fight that virus off) and the lymphatic system. In other words, how are the fluids in your body moving?

The energy for the next 6 weeks is a slow, meandering, go with the flow energy, very different than last 6 weeks of Aquarian energy.

The tendencies of Pisces are to slack off and visit dream world, to sacrifice or surrender too easily and to escape. All of these tendencies can be turned into constructive opportunities. Especially with our enforced restrictions of safer at home you can fall too easily into ignoring your own personal boundaries.

This is what you can do. Pick one day a week to let go, to slack off, binge watch your favorite tv show or have an extra cookie. Learn how to do self lymphatic massage or regular massage from an online tutorial. Stick to your supplement regimen to keep your immune system fortified, regularly use you dream world to envision your ultimate exercise workout or how you can add to it creatively. Eat foods that are good for building your blood. Set a daily limit to any indulgences.

Here are some specific dates that will help guide your energy levels as Mars moves through Pisces. 

May 17-This day does not have a Mars aspect, but Sun trines Jupiter.Energy levels will be up and positive attitudes will be contagious.         

May 24- Around this day it would be great to try a new, exciting exercise at home.

June 2nd – 6th- These are challenging days, you may find it especially hard to stick to personal limits.

June 13- This is themes challenging day, Mars conjunct Neptune. Use this as a meandering day, take care of yourself by not finishing anything, no deadlines here regarding your health or fitness.

June 15th – 27th- The remainder of this time has more movement, more energy to exercise, to be good to yourself in a healthy way.

Now for some Pilates exercises for your feet! The feet get a lot of focus in Pilates. We have an entire series called footwork on the reformer, you probably already know this. If you have a reformer at home this series is a must during this 6 week period. Here are exercises to do on your own if you don’t have a reformer. You’ll need a stretch band and/or wall you can put your feet up on.

1-Stretch band work- Lie on back one foot in band wrapped around ball of foot – flex, point, repeat. Try to sequence the joints of the foot. Ankle flexed, point with ball of foot first then add the toes, reverse this now. Bring toes back first, then ball of foot.

2-On wall- Legs bent, lie on back, feet rest on wall curl toes & foot knuckles to crawl up the wall (like an inchworm)

3-Cat position on all fours, keep neutral spine bend/tuck toes & push heels back, lift knees off floor about 2 inches, hold position 5-10 seconds. Make it harder by walking forward & backward in this position (knees stay off floor). Lift opposite hand foot to travel forward or backward.

4- Plank, use this to improve toe and ankle flexibility. Use what you gained in #3 above to flex ankles more in your plank. Make it harder by walking forward & backward in your plank as in #3.

Chances are you never thought so much about your feet before, especially when you are working your abs so much too! Remember, Pilates exercises are full body exercises. Every body part needs to be a part of the movement. This 6 week period gives you a chance to pay extra attention to your feet. Go to my Instagram cosmik_fitness to the videos of the exercises. 

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Astrological help with Covid 19

Are you more susceptible to viruses? Are you one of those people that gets colds, flu, or  chest infections regularly or chronically? Using the practice of astrology we can see if the respiratory system is vulnerable in an individual looking at the birth chart. I’m keeping this part simplified. Some knowledge of astrology is needed to understand some terms below. Each sign has rulership over a body area. In this case the main sign to look for is Gemini. Gemini rules the lungs and actions of breathing. Out of the 12 houses in a chart the house to look at in your chart is the 3rd. Gemini is associated with the third house. If you have any planet in the sign of Gemini or any planet in the third house there is more risk of problems with the lungs.

If you want to see a list of what body areas are ruled by what signs go to my website page Pilates & Astrology. Since fitness is ruled by planet Mars the astrological focus is on Mars in each sign. 

Why do some people react more to viruses than other people? Why do some people recover easily and some don’t? Just like any thing else, each person has their unique vulnerabilities. 

The more planets in Gemini or 3rd house, the more likely of an issue. It’s not a guarantee of a problem just a likely possibility of a problem. One more thing I want to mention here is to look for any square or opposition aspects to Gemini planets or planets in the 3rd house. If there are these aspects then there is likely some difficulty in the lungs.

So what is coming up this year as the planets move through the skies? I’m only going to bring up how this year’s planetary positions will affect your Gemini planets. If you have planets in the 3rd house they could be in any sign and need to be considered on an individual case.

Here is some positive news, Saturn (chronic issues) has moved into Aquarius, an air sign. Until Aug 24 Saturn can only make an easy aspect to Gemini planets. If you have any, cold, flu or viral issues now they won’t be made worse. Saturn returns to Capricorn briefly and moves into Aquarius again for about 3 years. We also have Venus in Gemini at the beginning of the month. Venus usually helps or provides some relief. Venus will be staying extra long in gemini this year, because of retrograde movement 5/13- 6/25. Venus stays in Gemini until 8/7/20. 

The main issue coming up is a Mars square Saturn 8/24. It looks like a little setback for the U.S. in general. This square will trigger the retro Mercury in the US chart. This does not trigger any Gemini planets though. 

Two more minor difficult aspects happen around the same time, 8/30 & 9/11 Mercury then Sun will oppose Neptune, ruler of the immune system. If you have Gemini planets at 18-20 degrees you as an individual could be affected by this. 

How to cope with this coming year? Support yourself. Check with your doctor or health care professional to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep body systems operating optimally. 

If you have a Gemini planet or 3rd house planets spend more time on breathing exercises. Fitness like pilates or yoga and meditation will help with the focus of breathing. Investigate online to find other types of breathing exercises. There are more out there than you realize!

My last post has a link to many types of breathing exercises.

Know your chart, it’s a great way to stay prepared.

Even if you don’t have any Gemini planets or 3rd house planets breathing exercises will help your entire body fight against  possible microscopic invaders. Better breathing equals less stress=better immunity.

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