Full moon August 2013

Full Moon August 2013

Transition! Stepping away from the familiar to pastures new.
The sky is so interesting just now – the Aquarius moon is a Blue Moon (second full moon in the same month) and a Super Moon (the closest the moon ever gets to the earth) and gives the ability to be objective in assessing our relationships with others; the focus and passion to pursue our goals; the offer of freedom with the understanding that we must work together for the benefit of humanity. The Leo sun highlights our sense of self, creativity and the power to take responsibility for our actions. Now is the time to take decisions, for communication and adjustment with others about creative projects, children, renovations or moving house – but more than this, is the opportunity to heal something connected to these things; family, property and where or how we feel security in our lives. A wound is opened somewhere and may be precipitated by something shocking or unexpected – or perhaps a situation will provoke an unexpected reaction? This is happening on a karmic level, as the moon moves into Pisces today, revealing artistic, spiritual or romantic needs – A wake up call! Past karma equals powerful magnetism, so that even when dark, may seem more comfortable than the unknown – which is actually freedom.
Stuck emotional energy needs to be released and this cannot happen until we take ownership of all that we are and healing happens. Parts of ourselves that we avoid or deny are often projected onto those we love and thus we experience these parts through conflict with others. When we let go of everything we keep that is holding us back, we can define who we truly are. When we let go of possessions, relationships, emotions that we no longer need, we free ourselves to become who we truly are.
Transformation! ‘Energy flows where attention goes’ – the key to manifesting this full moon energy, to make things happen, to change our lives for the better, to realign with our Soul Purpose is awareness.
Venus in Libra is shining from the heavens, maintaining and supporting an atmosphere of harmony and balance as we emerge from our karmic cocoons! More than this, we can work through our full moon transformation with something even more amazing and blessed – GRACE.

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Exercise improves mental health

Most of us know that exercise is beneficial in terms of physical health, but it can also improve happiness and reduce mental illness. Regular exercise reduces stress and can alleviate depression and anxiety – apart from the physiological effect of releasing feel-good endorphins, doing something positive is a healthy way to manage these conditions; particularly if the alternative is brooding on how bad you feel, or escaping into alcohol, drugs or the black hole of mind-numbing video games, on-line gambling, or internet porn.

Know someone who tends to use one of these negative coping strategies? Don’t just leave them to it – pester them until they agree to go swimming, to the gym, to play tennis or even just to go for a walk. You’ll be helping them far more than you or they realise.

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A common cause of chest pain, costochondritis is a painful inflammation of the cartilage which connects the rib to the sternum. The sharp, stabbing pain associated with this condition can be severe, worse with movement and extremely tender on palpation. Breathing hurts! Causes can be minor repeated trauma to the chest wall, excess of activities such as decorating, or moving furniture etc or sports related. Often, there is no clearly defined cause, though people with psoriatic arthritis or fibromyalgia may be prone to attacks of costochondritis. Though not serious, it can be difficult to eradicate – I used kinesiotape on this patient to provide ongoing pain relief after treatment. Acupuncture points were needled to support cartilage health and supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin can be useful to prevent further attacks – please check with your health care provider.

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Ocean Dreams

The subconscious mind sends us messages through our dreams. Unhampered by logic, time, or the conscious mind, these messages are delivered in symbols, imagery, colours etc and can be difficult to decipher. Often, the feeling you have about the dream on waking is just as important as the dream itself – for example, to dream of the ocean often precedes an upturn in fortunes. It can also represent the state of our emotions. However, a dream of the ocean in which the ocean itself is mainly what you remember, with a feeling of being overwhelmed by what you saw is quite possibly a dream about God. This may be confirmed by subsequent dreams featuring other vast, seemingly endless arenas, such as deserts or space

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