New Moon in Pisces: Deep Sea Diving

New Moon in Pisces: Deep Sea Diving

The new moon is in Pisces February 23 (9:32 am, CT), falling into a deep slumber in the depths of the sea. Information rolls in like the tide, the ebb and flow of the subconscious coming in waves. The new moon falls closely with Mercury in Pisces, which is retrograde. The mystique of this combination incites creative visions at best, but can also blur the edges into a fuzziness of confusion and slipperiness.

The moon-sun combo in Pisces is at the midpoint of Mars, the feisty aggressor, and Uranus, the rebellious change-agent. It vibrates on a geometric pattern where reflection, rest, and imagination allow for future visions to come in before guiding what action is taken in the enfoldment of revolutionary ideas. The image of a mermaid comes to mind as she deep-sea dives. Consider coming up for air at times, as none of the planets are currently in that element and there’s a risk of drowning in one’s emotions.

A calmness and stability set the tone, as harmony ensues with practical and methodical (at times cold and exacting) planets in earth-bound Capricorn. It seems serene, except for one planet, Venus in Aries. She butts her head up against Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Her fiery need for action to “go big” gets constrained and cooled, with strong boundaries and dedication in relationships and money. Mars conjuncts the south node in Capricorn, asking to be mindful of overblown anger and aggression that isn’t productive.

To help bring some watery energy into your life to help level things out, light one of Coventry Creations’ Emotional Balance candles. This mix of sandalwood and rose, in a candle colored a deep turoquoise, is designed to help keep your emotional energy stable and calm. To help keep your eyes on the prize and avoid giving into impulse and aggression, use some of Eye of Horus’ Focus Aid aromatherapy oil. This essential oil blend helps to sharpen your focus and concentration. Finally, to help make your space ideal for concentration and contemplation, burn some of Shoyeido’s Frankincense incense. Exquisitely crafted, this Japanese incense helps to bring calm and relaxation to any space it’s burned in.

For more insight into how this new moon might affect you or if want to explore these topics more, come in for a reading with Madeline Youngstrom.

Full Moon in Leo:  Dare to Shine the Spotlight

Full Moon in Leo: Dare to Shine the Spotlight

The moon is full in Leo on February 9 (1:33 am, CST) opposite the sun in Aquarius. A majority of the planets have been residing in the element of earth this winter, calling attention to the physical realm. The body (that houses the soul), homes & dwellings (that house the body) and work & money (that pay for them) are thematic of these times.

Slowly navigating the trenches of winter, a tiny spark of fire flashes ahead! The moon in Leo prompts dramatic expression, bringing levity out of the trenches of winter. The question is, by what means? How can a vocalization, a temper tantrum, a hug, or a heart-based action help to melt the ice and warm the people?

This moon, as it climbs to fullness, briefly forms a yod, or “finger of fate”, with Jupiter and Neptune. What idea, art project, fashion show, or long-term project is ready to be showcased in the spotlight? The yod, or “finger of fate”, points to the moon in Leo. Flexibility and adjustability help to change the destination route if needed.

A week after, Mercury begins retrograde in the sign of Pisces on February 16. Hits of psychic information roll in, perhaps during a dream or trance state.

To tap into the element of earth and all it brings, light a Stability candle from Coventry Creations. A mix of cypress and patchouli, this candle evokes the foundational energy needed to keep you and your physical spaces and places grounded. A perfect way to help add some energy to your manifestation work is Eye of Horus’ Full Moon Oil. This essential oil blend is designed to help you bring things to completion and make them manifest in the world. To help make sense of your dreams and the psychic information in them, try lighting some of Rosarium’s Eye of Horus loose incense blend. This expertly-crafted mix helps to add clarity to divination and dream work.

For more insight into how this full moon might affect you or if want to explore these topics more, come in for a reading with Madeline Youngstrom.

Eye of Horus Expansion

Eye of Horus Expansion

If you’ve taken a class in the past month or so, you might have noticed the giant curtain of plastic against the east wall. Well, it’s finally time for us to reveal what’s going on. On the other side of this…

Pay no attention to the person behind the curtain
This archway opening is based on the high priestess card, featuring the two pillars representing severity and mercy, and the crown.

Double the space

We are taking over the former art gallery space on 908 West Lake St. We are keeping the current space at 910, which will have a more expansive classroom, an additional reader room, and a dedicated room for Reiki (currently only the classroom is large enough to put up a Reiki table).

The 908 side will be our retail store side, and is double the size of our current store space. It’s still a work in progress, but we love the high ceilings. We plan to open our new storefront in February.

View from the front to the back of the new store space

New Checkout & Bookstore Fixtures

We’ve heard the comments… when we moved to our current location in 2014, we would get good comments about how cozy it was, but we would also hear people lament about our smaller book section. Our Tarot & Oracle Demo Station has also been steadily growing, and we’ve been wishing for more space for our hundreds of demo decks.

We will now have two checkout/service stations, so there will be less waiting in line, and it will be easier to check in for readings and classes.

The new store front will be open by the first week of February, with our Grand Expansion Celebration scheduled for February 8th.

New fixtures to last decades by family owned and operated Franklin Fixtures

We’ve been dreaming of having more flexible fixtures. Don’t get us wrong, Ikea shelves have been great, but bookstore fixtures are just better for books, with a slight angle so we can easily face out new releases and bestsellers without floppy stands. We also like working with another family owned business. Here’s a little about why we chose them, in their own words:

“Since 1974, we’ve been the gold standard in retail fixtures. Independent retailers who bought our products 30 years ago are still using them. The FranklinFlex Design System utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques that respect the environment, enhance productivity, and reduce costs. Our panel materials use far fewer trees than solid wood fixtures, and our computerized manufacturing equipment optimizes material usage with minimum waste. We are one of the first companies in the country to install a UV Flat Line finishing system that uses water based material and releases no toxic V.O.C.s or fumes.”

We are also reclaiming some pieces and refinishing them. Our existing fixtures will be used for storage and backroom functions, or possibly finding new homes.