Hello dear ones!

How are you all doing today? Perhaps feeling a little overwhelmed, or feeling out of whack, overly sensitive, angry, sad, stressed, triggered? Or perhaps you're having an absolutely fantastic day? Either way (or if you're somewhere else on the spectrum)- You are not alone! Astrologically/energetically, there is a WHOLE lot going on right now, so a lot of people are feeling pretty blasted and all over the place (myself included). There are a few different aspects of what's currently going on, so let's dive in!

            Some key words/phrases that really struck me about this New Moon were: revolutionary, transformation,                  courage, activation, spiritual warrior, call to action, divine spark within, pivotal time of change, embrace your                     individual life path, birthing a new way of viewing light, change old patterns, find your center,                                                             personal/collective/global shift. Hooboy! That is some pretty profound stuff! Then again, Aries (a fire sign             ruled by Mars) doesn't really do anything halfway..
  •     The beginning of April brought some more insight from The Power Path, an incredible website based in shamanic wisdom that in my experience is almost always completely spot on. You can read about the monthly forecast of April here. April's theme is INTENSITY!!! (Hasn't that been the theme for the last few weeks.. months.. years..?) This article has some incredible detail, including general info, sections on relationships, health, environment, and specific dates to be aware of.
        I would love to just copy and paste ten jillion different quotes here because it's all so resonant, but instead         I'll just share some snippets that really felt powerful to me: intensity, transformation, power, dynamism,                     expansion, use intention wisely (energy will go along with attention, good or bad), trust Spirit, global evolution,             miracles, equilibrium, evolution, take responsibility, creativity, "This time is calling us to step up to the plate and             really put into action everything we have studied, downloaded and learned in the past few years. If not now,                     when?" Do you notice some repeated words? The picture below is pretty much how I'm feeling right now.
  • As both of these articles mention, there are going to be 2 eclipses this month- Full Moon with a total Lunar Eclipse at 1:42 AM MST Tuesday, April 15 and a New Moon with an annular solar eclipse on 12:14 AM MST Tuesday, April 29. Eclipses bring extremely heightened energy- usually it represents some sort of end/beginning/rebirth/transformation, an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate who you are, what you want, and where you're going. Guess what is smack dab in the middle of these 2 events? A Grand Cross of Uranus, Jupiter, Mars, and Pluto! Don't know exactly what this means? That's okay- neither did I! Thankfully, Mystic Mamma is here to enlighten us.
            A Grand Cross consists of 4 planets being "squared" (or in 90 degree angles) to each other, which                         usually means that these planets are all in opposition of each other. As Katie Sweetman says (included in             the MM link below), "Just think of a big square in the sky and you’re in the middle and everyone is arguing             around you; everyone has their own agenda and not cooperating. It would be hard to be in that vortex of             energy,  right?" Although most astrology websites are focusing on the negative or difficult aspects of                 this event, don't get too freaked out- the stars are going to do their thing regardless but we have the                         power to choose how we react!

        Here are some key words/phrases from MM's collection of astrological readings that you can read here:                 intense, powerful, change, transformation, rebirth, introspection, challenges, warrior within, have faith,                                 potential for a shift of both personal and collective orientation, there is no destination on this path other than the             path itself, release, focus, intention, dynamic tension. I'm sensing a theme here....

So, the bottom line is- this intense energy is here, right now, and it's only going to get more intense. How we navigate this time is up to us and will have serious ripple effects. We are creating our future (personal/global) with our thoughts, actions, and words- what kind of future do we want? Keep this in mind as we experience and respond to this heightened energy. Remember to ground, focus, shield, stay in your power, use your intention very wisely as things are manifesting/shifting very quickly. But also allow yourself to just be present in how you're feeling- as Sarah Varcas so wisely said (quoted in the Grand Cross MM article), "Whatever we are experiencing at this time is our own personal fuel for the journey ahead and not to be judged, dismissed or denied, only acknowledged, embraced and respected for the message it holds for us." Be brave, know you're not alone, and be the best self you can be! We can do this together!

One last thing- MM also shared a lovely little channeling about making room for happiness in our lives. I thought with all of this intensity, it's good to remember that we're going through these shifts to move into our higher selves and make room for new growth! Check out the article here.

Good luck my friends. I am very curious- what parts of these articles really resonated or stood out to you? Do you have any other recommended astrological websites? What intuitive information are you getting that could mirror for someone else reading? Please feel free to comment below, I am very very interested to see your input!

Many blessings,
Welcome to a new segment called Tuesday Tarot! Julia and I have always loved oracle and tarot cards, and it seemed like a perfect start to the Reiki Rose Blog- to ask for some wisdom to share with you all. We shuffled them with the intention to receive whatever messages we (personally and communally) needed. This deck is called Angel Tarot Cards © Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine.
“12” Awakening
Archangel Gabriel

Card Meaning:
Look at things from a different perspective. A temporary standstill. It's important to be yourself.

"It's time to review your plans, according to this card, and look at things from a new perspective. Ask yourself: is it possible that a different approach would work better? Although it may feel like events have come to a standstill, this is temporary. So, make use of the extra time you've been given to rethink your strategies.
You may need to step outside of the norm and the mainstream right now and embrace your unique and eclectic beliefs or attitudes. It's also a good moment to be generous with your time, attention, and gifts. This "tithing" is returned by the Universe manyfold to you!
Additional meanings of this card: Epiphanies. Selflessness. Unexpected life changes. The need for patience. The power that lies in being oneself. Unusual solutions."

Personal Insight:
I am currently feeling torn on which path to take in life. After drawing the Archangel Gabriel card I did some inner searching for answers. The card mentions a temporary standstill. Taking on a full time class schedule while working and being a full time mom left me feeling depleted. I was forced to withdraw from my courses due to babysitting conflicts. This gave me the opportunity to take a step back and reorganize my priorities. As I meditated over the awakening card, I felt a clear message telling me to listen for clues about my highest calling. This sparked the other element of this tarot card which is: Looking at things from a different perspective. I have felt a lot of pressure to pursue a Marketing degree and have a life that is acceptable to society but I know the universe has it's own plan.

Card Artwork Interpretation:
At first sight, the image appears to be upside down. Upon further examination it may just be encouraging the reader to look at the world from a different point of view. The wings embrace Archangel Gabriel and allow him to spread his spiritual guidance. The hues of gold and yellow symbolize renewal, light and the healing spirit.

Invocation by Doreen Virtue
~"Archangel Gabriel. I ask for your presence as I (describe situation). Please open my creative channels so that I may be truly inspired. Help me open my mind so that I may give birth to unique ideas. And please help me sustain the energy and motivation to follow through on this inspiration. Thank you Gabriel."~(www.healyourlife.com)

“10” The Wheel
Archangel Michael

Card Meaning:
A time of positive change. A situation suddenly moves forward. Fortune is on your side!

"The angels sent you this card because of positive changes occurring in your life. Expect and enjoy beneficial new opportunities as they present themselves. This is an optimal time to make big and small changes. Take the leap with the knowledge that everything will work well for you.
Old blocks are lifting, and everything now moves forward quickly. If recent events shook your faith, you'll now see how they were actually positive for you. Rapid advancement is likely now.
Additional meanings of this card: Good luck. A happy accident. Balanced karma. A miracle. A twist of fate. Destiny."

Personal Insight:

Life is all about circles and cycles- our spherical planet, the cycles of menstruation and the waxing/waning moon. The Wheel is always turning. This card speaks of big shifts, growth and moving forward. This is the second time that The Wheel has come up for me in the past few tarot spreads. There have been many different transitions in my world this month (/last few months/year/last few years...) and this powerful Major Arcana brings hope. Tarot speaks of not only the light but also the shadow, and acknowledges that life is a cycle of the two. It feels like I've been on a lower point of the cycle lately, and I am ready for the tides to turn in my favor. I've always resonated with Archangel Michael, and I often call upon him for strength, guidance, protection, and blessing. Now that all of the Mercury Retrograde fog is lifting, my path seems much brighter and more clear. I'm inspired to follow my passion, shine my light, and surrender all of my anxieties/fears/doubts to Divine. I trust that miracles are coming my way.

Card Artwork Interpretation:
The powerful figure of Archangel Michael stands proudly in the middle of the beautiful card. All 12 astrological symbols are inscripted on each section of the wheel, showing the wholeness of which we are a part. Air, Fire, Water, and Earth can be found in each corner, bringing the elements into balance. The colors of growth (green) and joy (yellow) bring the essence of positive change to the spinning of The Wheel.
What do these cards mean to you? Please share below! And thanks for reading :)
Hello there internet!
I am very excited to announce a new chapter in The Reiki Rose story- a blog adventure! There are many different magical and spiritual topics that I will explore with the help of my life associate Julia and other guest bloggers.  We also plan on having contests, community interaction, and other surprises up our sleeves. Thank you for stopping by!
And away we go :)