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Solar Eclipse Leo August 2018 Soulstrology Scopes

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy Friday!

Well here we are - the day before the last eclipse of 2018 and the last solar eclipse of the Leo/Aquarius set.

As you will see when you read the Soulstrology Leo solar eclipse blog, this really is the 'Last Roar'....

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Solar eclipse in Leo August 2018: The Last Roar

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy Thursday!

This Saturday 11th August 2018 at just before 3am PT, there will be a partial solar eclipse New Moon in Leo (adjust for your timezone).

It will fall at exactly 18 degrees of Leo and will be the last solar eclipse of the Leo/Aquarius set of eclipses.

It will open a cosmic window of opportunity which will wrap up with the Leo lunar eclipse in January 2019.

To access this Member only blog plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for solar eclipse please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

 

HIGH FIVES! August 2018 five faves

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely people! 

Wowie what a month it has been…..I literally feel as though it has been six months since my last (and first ever!) HIGH FIVES blog post.

That mid-July eclipse…woah! 

It’s been a month of twists and turns and ultimately GINORMOUS (I think that is a word, right, like a mix between giant and enormous?!) shifts. 

It has been a rollercoaster (and it continues, let's just say this next lunar cycle is going to be FULL!), but I couldn’t be happier and I am looking forward to sharing more in time to come…

In the meantime I am honoring the whispering of my soul to take some time out, to be truly present and engaged in this process of alchemy.

So I am taking a little time offline (I am actually aiming for no more than two hours per week on the internet/computer full stop during the next two weeks!) and a full Instagram break between the lunar cycles.

I will be back on the 'gram' on Friday August 24th :)

Onward, here are five of my highlights from the last lunar cycle.

1. Oh hi, Ojai…

On the day of the July solar eclipse we decamped to Ojai where we spent a few days eating the best food, drinking my favorite local red wine, cycling around the quaint little town, playing tennis (him) and bathing in the natural hot springs (me). It was EXACTLY what the doctor ordered and on point for the Cancer solar eclipse. I will be writing all about the trip some other time with all of my Ojai recommendations. Until then I leave you with this photo of me in utter bliss in the best hot tub nestled in the garden of Mother Nature.

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2. Get your (V) steam on!

I used to have regular v steams for a while and found them deeply relaxing (with a kinda regal element to them!) and they helped regulate my hormones and my cycle. As per so many other things that are good for me, I somehow got out of the habit of going regularly but in the last month I have been twice and my body seems happier as a result. 

Yep, I know Gwynny gets a bashing for this and so may I, but who cares, this is my truth and it works for me and who knows, maybe it will work for you?! I go to Tikkun Spa in Santa Monica and make the most of their wonderful salt, clay, sauna and steam rooms to get my sweat on, detox and chill - pre and post V steam.

3. Honey, sweet honey

With all the crazy twists and turns I have been expending a lot of energy and have been fighting off fatigue. I am not a big caffeine drinker (literally only have two cups of black tea a day) so I couldn't rely on caffeine as a pick me up. So in true retro style I REverted to my old tried and trusted pick me up which is this delicious honey. This isn’t your average honey. It is created for the development of the Queen Bee (Bee not Bey, but I guess Bey’s equal in the bee world!) and is power packed full of B vitamins, antibacterial properties, enzymes  and is said to treat everything from asthma to hormonal issues, PMS, insomnia, fatigue and a whole heap of other ailments. I take a quarter to half a teaspoon one hour after waking before sipping on my first caffeinated tea of the day. I don’t put it in my tea because the heat is said to reduce the potency of the royal jelly plus I like how it tastes and have gotten into the habit of that little taster of honey before my tea. It’s helped me so much during this busy month and I swear my skin is looking better too….(apparently it helps produce collagen naturally - win win!)

4. Creating space

We are having a serious declutter. Putting things into storage. Donating. Recycling.

You get the picture.

This is not easy when you are married to a Cancerian hoarder but I am cracking my Virgo rising whip because I want our home (and our energy fields!) to be clutter free.

Clear, calm space = clear, calm mind - in my world.

As part of this decluttering process I am rereading this feng shui tidying up book. I read it a couple of years ago but I really needed to re-read it (in true REtrograde style!)

I know the author gets a bashing for some of her musings and approaches, but I say, take what resonates and works for you and leave the rest!

As we navigate the last eclipse, mass retrogrades and approach the last month of Summer I highly recommend a clean out/purge and this book really helps! 

5. Writing is therapy

I love writing. I find it so therapeutic and have done since I was a little girl. Although my grammar and punctuation is often way off, I feel I can truly express my heart through my words, even if it isn’t always as polished as I would like it to be. I have so many journals it is insane! I love buying them as gifts for people and I am always gifting myself new journals. I bought this journal for my fellow Sagittarian father in law and he loves it. I love the entire range of journals from this designer which are high quality, yet reasonably priced. Who knows, maybe one of these days I will actually dive back into the journal I dedicated to working through this classic by Julia Cameron. One day I will finish... I am a work in progress, as always....

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my high fives and I would love to hear any of your highlights from the last lunar month - from the deep and meaningful to the simple and seemingly superficial - it's all alchemy!

Wishing you all a terrific Thursday and a peaceful couple of pre-eclipse days! 

Love,

Ambi x

Leo solar eclipse Soulstrology mini podcast

Ambi Sitham

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Happy Thursday everyone!

In true retro style this is coming to you a little later than I expected but I hope it is helpful in the lead up to the Leo solar eclipse....

Also, just as a reminder, I am including the guide as to the life areas ruled by Leo in your chart.

To access this Member only podcast plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for the Leo eclipse please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

 

Uranus retrograde in Taurus and Aries August 7th 2018 - January 6th 2019

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy Tuesday!

As usual everything seems to be happening in the cosmos all at once....so there will be a lot of posts this week but remember to just take what most resonates with you and work with that.

Onwards to today's cosmic action....

Uranus - zodiac change agent and planetary mover and shaker turns retrograde for almost five months.

To access this Member only blog plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for Uranus retrograde please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

Venus in Libra August 7th - September 9 2018: Love is being at peace, with yourself and others

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy Monday!

I hope this finds you well and coping with the mass retro and eclipse season....argh!

We have another due to go retrograde this week - rebellious, innovative, game changer Uranus.

More on that soon... but first off on tomorrow's cosmic activity which sees Venus move into Libra where she will be until September 9th.

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August 2018: A time to reflect....

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy August!

Phew these eclipses....I hope you are all surviving it ok...

For those of you in LA or visiting, please come join me (and my gongs) this Friday for a Soulstrology Soundbath at Wanderlust in Hollywood.

In a nod to current celestial craziness I will be bringing Mercury, Pluto and Earth gongs as well as a ton of quartz crystal bowls and my beautiful chimes!

It's gonna be a healing and relaxing evening so if you are feeling the feels come join me for a cosmic reiki infused chill fest.

Onwards to this month of August...and the Soulstrology theme of reflection.

The celestial currents are still strong in August with Mercury already in retrograde motion and Uranus set to join the gang of retrograde planets, making a sum total of six planets in retrograde!

We are also still very much in the midst of eclipse season with the the rumblings from July's Cancer solar eclipse and total lunar eclipse in Aquarius still reverberating in our lives.

However due to all the retrogrades (and another eclipse mid month) we may not be able to see things clearly for a while to come, probably until September.

September has always felt to me a time of fresh starts and new beginnings.

I don't know whether it is because I am a Virgo rising (think you guys know I very much resonate with Virgo traits!) and it is Virgo season for a large part of September, or because it is a time when I used to go back to school or university (oh so many moons ago!)

Either way September is always a notable month for me.

It's always the turning point for me in any calendar year as though it sets me up for the final season of that year and what it was supposed to bring me.

It always feels a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

As a result August has always been a more reflective, restful month for me.

A time of retreat and reflection before I embark on a new chapter.

This month my reflective approach to Augusts seem to be in tune with the cosmos.

Despite what the eclipses may have thrown up for us (perhaps we may feel as though we are in the throes of sudden change sparked by the eclipses) this is a very important month of reflection, rest and renewal before we embark on a new chapter in September.

With all those planets in retrograde we need to learn the power of stillness and reflection before we can truly move forward.

But perhaps you are fearful as you think that your world has been turned upside down by the eclipses. Or maybe you just feel discombobulated, or a sense of uncertainty and unease with so much up in the air.

Either way, try ride out any discomfort trusting that things will settle, as will life, come the Fall.

I encourage you all to take time to yourselves this month, to do everything RE a la mercury retrograde - REflect, REset, REconsider, REview, REconcile, REstart...you get the picture!

Make sure REst is in there too ;)

Mantra of the month:

I trust that stillness and reflection are tools of alchemy and manifesting.

I embrace the opportunity to slow down.

To take a breath, to rest and reflect.

I welcome the unknown and embrace uncertainty knowing that when nothing is certain, anything is possible

May we all have the courage to stand still and reflect and allow our reflections to guide us to the next season.

Wishing you all a restful, reflective and regenerative month.

Love,

Ambi x

COSMIC DATES FOR DIARY AUGUST 2018

August 1st: Mars in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus (tense aspect, watch out for arguments, frustrations boiling over, accidents)

August 6th:  Sun in Leo square Jupiter in Scorpio (powerful aspect - can be very positive but watch out for overdoing things!)

August 7th: Venus moves into Libra (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this)

August 7th: Uranus goes retrograde (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this)

August 7th: Venus in Libra trine Mars in Aquarius (positive, harmonious aspect)

August 9th: Venus in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn (tense aspect but can be productive for forcing movement in the matters of the heart or finances)

August 11th: Solar Eclipse in Leo (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this and Soulstrology scopes)

August 18th: Mercury in Leo sextile Venus in Libra (positive creative aspect)

August 19th: Mercury stations direct (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this)

August 19th: Jupiter trine Neptune (positive, creative, flowing aspect)

August 23rd: Sun moves into Virgo - Virgo season starts

August 25th:  Sun in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus (positive, harmonious aspect)

August 25th:  Sun in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn (positive, harmonious aspect)

August 26th: Full Moon in Pisces (will write Soulstrology Members blog and Soulstrology scopes)

August 27th: Mars turns direct (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this)

August 28th: Mercury in Leo square Jupiter in Scorpio (powerful aspect particularly for communication, contracts, travel)

Lunar Eclipse Aquarius July 2018 Soulstrology Scopes

Ambi Sitham

 Scopes for your soul....

Scopes for your soul....

Hello lovely ones and happy Thursday!

Well here we are - the day before the Aquarius lunar eclipse, Mercury is in official retrograde mode and it's all happening in the cosmos...

To access this Member only blog plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for the lunar eclipse please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius July 2018: Fate, destiny, free will and faith

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy nearly lunar eclipse/Full Moon in Aquarius!

This Full Moon total lunar eclipse is the longest lasting eclipse of the century and starts at 1.20pm this Friday 27th July 2018 and lasts for 103 minutes...yikes!

Soulstrology tells us that for several reasons this is probably one of the most powerful cosmic events of the year....because...

To access this Member only blog plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for the lunar eclipse please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

Mercury Retrograde in Leo: July 26 - August 19 2018

Ambi Sitham

 Here we go again....Mercury retro and eclipse season!

Here we go again....Mercury retro and eclipse season!

Hello lovely ones and happy Tuesday!

As if we haven't got enough going on in the cosmos this week, this Thursday July 26th mischievous Mercury turns retrograde in Leo, just one day before a total lunar eclipse which is the longest lasting eclipse of the century.

Yes, really.

Soooo, it's going to be an intense week and all I can recommend to you guys is what I do for myself.

To access this Member only blog plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for the Mercury Retrograde please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

Solar eclipse in Cancer July 12/13 2018: Every end is a new beginning - the magic in the message of the mess

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy nearly solar eclipse in Cancer!

This solar eclipse in Cancer takes place on Thursday 12th July 2018 at 7.48pm PST (adjust for your timezone) and falls at 20 degrees of Cancer.

To access this Member only blog plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for the solar eclipse please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

HIGH FIVES! July 2018's five faves

Ambi Sitham

 Hint - everything rose is giving me life!

Hint - everything rose is giving me life!

Hello lovely ones and happy Wednesday!

Now, I am embracing a different season of life and way of sharing alchemy so I have a new monthly blog which will will come out just before the New Moon each month, in which I will be sharing five of my highlights from the previous lunar month.

I hope that by sharing new things I am doing, or new products I have discovered, I am living out some of my alchemy journey with you in real time and it may inspire you on your journey.

So here are my HIGH FIVES of the last month!

1) Healing, receiving, and letting that shit go - literally

As many of you will know I am a Reiki master and energy healer but I formally stopped these sessions Fall. I have been embracing a new chapter of life since getting married a year ago and have felt as though my energy needed to be directed more inwards to myself, or to my immediate loved ones,  than externally.

This month I also realized that it was time for me to receive some healing too. So I went for it! In this space of three days I had a reiki session with the powerful reiki master and special soul Ali Werner, a mayan abdominal massage and v-steam with the incredible Marcia Lopez of Women's True Healing, and a 'closed' colon hydrotheraphy session with the amazing Nina (who did 15 minutes of reiki and crystal healing on me before the actual colonic) of Iyasu Colonics.

I literally feel like a different person. It's kind of insane! I have realized how much I also need to heal, receive and be energetically, physically and spiritually cleansed regularly. I cannot recommend the above ladies more highly. I am promoting them out of pure love, respect and gratitude - they are amazing and if you need to let some shit go (literally), some reproductive wellness and healing, or just to be energetically cleansed, aligned and filled back up - these are your ladies in LA! And if you don't live in LA maybe reach out to these ladies to ask for their recommendations where you live and/or let this inspire you to seek out your own healing and aligning journey.

2) Summertime reading

I guess a kind of polar opposite to the healing and cleansing is that I have recently felt quite turned off by self-help books. This is VERY unusual for me. Since my spiritual journey started 10 years ago, I have barely read anything but self-help, spiritual, religious, mystical, metaphysical books. But in the last month or so I have just not been feeling it. So in line with Cancer season I have been following my feels and the truth is that I have been craving some light fluffy entertainment which is also well written. Enter Kevin Kwan. I devoured this book of his - the first of a trilogy - which is a light but oh so fun and captivating read. The second part of the trilogy is on its way to me and I already can't wait to read it and then the final installment. My goal is to read them all before the movie of the first book comes out in August!

3) The heart wants what it wants

And my heart has been craving all things rose....so I have been honoring that and these are the products which have been helping me.

  • I am obsessed with this healing rose balm which works amazingly well anywhere on your body - lips, cuticles, dry patches - and is small enough to fit in your purse.
  • These rose incense sticks give me life. I used to use them in healing sessions all the time. I would light them before a client arrived to infuse the aroma of rose into my space and to set the tone for a heart centered healing session.  Now I am using them for myself, when I wake up and write my morning pages.
  • I found these rose sandalwood incense cubes which also contain frankincense, Siam balsam, sandalwood, myrrh, iris roots, as well as rose oil. They smell heavenly and are a lovely alternative to traditional incense sticks.
  • These edible organic, non GMO rose petals and buds are going in everything from my smoothies, to my baths, I am making rose water and buckets of rose tea. I am basically soon to be a rose!
  • Finally, in this insane LA heatwave this cooling rosewater and aloe face spray is helping me stay fresh and calm. As soon as I smell the rose aroma I feel instantly calmer about my lack of air conditioning (yes really, we have no air con!) and it's a great toner. I am keeping it in the fridge so it is nice and refreshing when I spray it.

4) Bloom Yellow

I don't know if many of you know about the Yellow Conference but I discovered it in 2014  - after my annus horribilis of 2013 - and attended their inaugural conference in August of that year which was exactly what the doctor ordered. Think three days of inspiration from creative, conscious entrepreneurs - meeting the kindest souls, the best goodie bag and walking away feeling enthused and inspired about the solopreneur life and creative projects (many of which were ideas of mine back in 2014 but have taken until now to come to fruition!). I attended again in 2015 but skipped 2016 and 2017 - because - life. But the two times I attended I have felt like I have bloomed afterwards. I like the Yellow Co's tagline/hashtag which is #bloomyellow as it is on point.

This year I felt called to go but then talked myself out of it and then was still umming and ahhing but somewhat torn. I have no idea why, I think it's a bit like the receiving healing where I feel a bit indulgent and almost a bit guilty. My husband basically told me I was crazy and I should go. Not that I needed his approval, but his encouragement helped me stop faffing and get my ticket. So I will be going (it's in August) and I am so excited! Three days of empowerment, education and inspiration - for and by creative, entrepreneurial women to become agents of good. Yes please! It's so nice to have something to look forward to and I am so excited as to what inspiration I will receive not only for further creative projects but also for how I can give back even more (a huge theme of the Yellow Co).

5) Capturing moments forever

When we went to our friends wedding last Fall they had a mini polaroid camera and lots of film, the idea being guests could take pictures as momentos and stick some in a guest book with a little note for the happy couple. It was such a fun and sweet idea and we got loads of lovely pics of us from the day which we have put in the teeniest little frames and are dotted around our apartment. We borrowed their camera for our wedding and and it was SO fun for us and our guests. So we decided to get our own because as much as snapping photos on our phones are great there is something so fun about having a physical print as an immediate (and permanent) record of a beautiful memory. I realized how much I get out of looking at these little pictures of us and our family and friends and how much happiness it brings to me, it's just different than staring at images on a phone. There is something timeless and exquisite about a film picture, plus polaroids are just uber flattering without being filtered or edited. And who doesn't want that?! This is the camera we bought along with the cutest vintage style case. I am looking forward to capturing many sweet moments this summer and beyond. I will no doubt share many of them and have a feeling both my Instagram and future blogs will be peppered with polaroids going forwards :)

I hope you enjoyed reading about my high fives from this last lunar cycle and that perhaps it inspires you in some way to create some high fives in your life.

Maybe it's healing, maybe it's booking a course or workshop or trip, maybe it's reading something new or consuming a different product which your body needs, maybe it's working out how to document your life journey more permanently...

Maybe it's something completely different!

The most important thing is that you embrace the new lunar cycle and the opportunity to create some alchemy in your life over the next lunation.

From the deep and meaningful to the simple - it's all alchemy!

I look forward to hearing your high fives :)

Wishing you all an early happy New Moon - may your solar eclipse experience be sizzling in the best possible way!

Love,

Ambi x

 

 

Jupiter direct July 10 2018: Let's get lucky!

Ambi Sitham

 The future is bright, the future is golden

The future is bright, the future is golden

Hello lovely ones and happy Tuesday!

Here is my first vlog for you all on Jupiter turning direct.

Please forgive my sweaty, unkempt self and the fact that I don't know where to look so I am not looking at you, but rather to the side - eek!

I hope you enjoy and get some insights on what Jupiter direct can mean for your sign :)

Now, let's get lucky!

To access this Member only vlog plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for Jupiter direct please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

SOULSTROLOGY MEMBERS PODCAST ECLIPSE SEASON JULY 2018

Ambi Sitham

 Eclipse season is here.....tune into the Soulstrology Members podcast to hear how best to navigate it

Eclipse season is here.....tune into the Soulstrology Members podcast to hear how best to navigate it

Hello my lovely Soulstrology Members and happy Sunday!

I hope you are all faring well with July so far.

I don't think I need to tell you that eclipse season is upon us!

The solar eclipse in Cancer is just days away (on the 12/13th July depending on where you live in the world) and two weeks later will be followed up by a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius.

I recorded a little mini members podcast for you all to guide you through eclipse season with the idea being that it helps prepare you for the cosmic currents and helps you to navigate them more consciously and calmly.

Will be back soon with lots more updates as this week we have Venus moving into Virgo, Jupiter turning direct (I am trying to record a video for you all, let's see how that works - ha!) and of course the Cancer solar eclipse.

And PS I set out below the podcast the Soulstrology zodiac guides for both the Cancer solar eclipse and the Aquarius lunar eclipse just so you can familiarize yourselves with the life areas which will be coming under the cosmic spotlight in July's set of eclipses.

Wishing you a happy Sunday.

Love,

Ambi x

To access this Member only podcast plus the Soulstrology zodiac guides for eclipse season please either log in if you are already a Soulstrology Member or become a Soulstrology Member - you can read about Membership and its benefits here.

July 2018: Turning point

Ambi Sitham

 Welcome to eclipse season....

Welcome to eclipse season....

Hello lovely ones and happy July!

We are officially halfway through the year and about to hit eclipse season.

*And on that note - Los Angelenos and those visiting, please come hang with me at Wanderlust in Hollywood on Friday July 6th for an eclipse season Soulstrology Soundbath to help navigate the month ahead!*

Onwards... it is safe to say that despite the mass planetary retrograde, July 2018 will serve us a turning point for each of us...

Eclipses bring change, regardless of planetary retrogrades.

Even if we don't see the changes immediately, they will be activated this month by the mid month solar eclipse and the end of month lunar eclipse (which is said to be the longest lasting eclipse of the century!)

As a reminder eclipses act as cosmic activators in relation to the life areas ruled by the parts of our charts that they fall in.

This month we will see the beginning of the eclipses in the Cancer/Capricorn family which will see a series of eclipses in the Cancer and Capricorn ruled parts of the zodiac (and our charts) through to 2020.

Cancer in the natural zodiac rules our family, home, domestic life and everything that comes with that - patriotism, childhood memories, loved ones, our domestic/private selves, our homes, extended family and our 'people'.

Regardless of where Cancer rules in our charts, we are all asked to think about these areas of life over the next couple of weeks and leading up to the mid month solar eclipse.

The Aquarius Full Moon at the end of July is a total lunar eclipse and is somewhat ominously referred to as the blood moon (it looks as though the moon turns red) and is said to be the longest lasting eclipse of the century...it will be intense...

In addition to this we have Mars (ruling war, action, leadership, energy, manifesting, sex, desire and more) in retrograde motion dancing right by the South node (past life karma/baggage) of the Moon for most of the month.

Just as the recent Capricorn Full Moon illuminated may have illuminated some old karma to deal with, so too this month brings more of the same...

I don't blame you if you are scrunching your face whilst reading this.

Many of the aspects of the month ahead are fierce, there is no doubt about that.

As a result it is likely to be a disruptive, and even turbulent month for many.

However Soulstrology teaches us that we are not to fear these aspects.

Yes these aspects are intense and can create tension in our lives but they also serve as the catalyst for much needed change.

Ultimately it is up to us as to how we work with the energies of the month ahead to channel them for our highest good.

But either way, whether we are passive, reactive or proactive - whatever we do, or don't do - this month will serve as a significant turning point for 2018.

I like this quote by Pierre Trudeau which is a lovely lens through which to view change and turning points in our lives.

'My life is one long curve, full of turning points'

It is a good quote to keep in mind this month as life may bend bringing turning points which squeeze our senses but ultimately serve us..

Mantra of the month:

I embrace the concept that life is always at some turning point

I trust that whatever changes life brings this month are ultimately the turning points I need to help me to move forward to the next season of life

I choose to be grounded, level headed and peaceful and to nurture myself mind, body and soul so that I can maintain this state of being even in times of flux

I am wishing you all a magical month ahead.

May the turning point this month be just what you need to help you enter the next season of life.

Love,

Ambi x

 

COSMIC DATES FOR DIARY JULY 2018

 

July 5: Sun (in Cancer) trine Jupiter (in Scorpio) positive aspect, good for tapping into emotions and being emotionally connected

July 5: Mercury (in Leo) opposes Mars (in Aquarius) tense aspect - can be productive but watch out for passive aggressiveness in communication which may then boil over

July 8: Sun (in Cancer) trines Neptune (in Pisces) dreamy, creative, romantic - feeling all the feels aspect

July 9: Mercury (in Leo) square Jupiter (in Scorpio) tense aspect - can be productive but watch for overegging things - whether in communication or thoughts

July 10: Jupiter stations retrograde (will write Members blog on this)

July 11: Venus moves into Virgo  (will write Members blog on this)

July 11: Venus (in Virgo) trines Uranus (in Taurus) positive aspect, particularly around love and finances

July 12: Solar eclipse in Cancer (will write Members blog on this and Members will have a podcast on eclipse season days before the solar eclipse)

July 14: Venus (in Virgo) trines Saturn (in Capricorn) positive aspect particularly around finances, love and creative endeavors

July 22: Venus (in Virgo) sextile Jupiter (in Scorpio) generally a positive, lucky aspect - particularly around love and finances

July 23: Leo season begins

July 24: Venus (in Virgo) opposes Neptune in Pisces tense aspect - clash between reality and dreams - a reality check for many around love, creative endeavors and finances

July 25: Sun (in Leo) square Uranus (in Taurus) tense aspect be mindful around stubborn tendencies and clashes as a result

July 26: Mercury Retrograde (will write Members blog on this)

July 27: Lunar eclipse in Aquarius (will write Members blog on this)

Full Moon in Capricorn June 2018: Karmic lessons...

Ambi Sitham

 Karma is not a punishment but a tool...

Karma is not a punishment but a tool...

Hello lovely ones and happy almost Full Moon!

The Capricorn Full Moon takes place on Wednesday June 27th 2018 at 10.53pm PT (adjust for your timezone) which for many of you may mean that the Full Moon actually takes place on Thursday 28th June 2018.

This Full Moon falls at 6 degrees of Capricorn, opposing the Sun who sits at 6 degrees of Cancer.

Saturn the ruler of Capricorn sits right by the Moon at 5 degrees of Capricorn meaning that the Full Moon's energies are blended with the cosmic life coach leading to the Soulstrology theme for this Full Moon...

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Our first year of marriage....

Ambi Sitham

Happy one year anniversary to us!

One year ago, we eloped in Las Vegas...

In the oldest chapel in Vegas, we made our vows to love each other for the rest of our lives and formally became husband and wife.

And what a year it has been since...

Four weddings (two of them ours!), a funeral (my beloved Dad), a move (we only moved in together after getting married and I let go of my apartment), professional changes (me letting go of half my practice and starting a podcast and another new venture - him getting a new job), lots of trips, adventures, lessons and shifts...

It hasn't all been easy, by any means.

But the miracle and joy is that our love has deepened with each day and that with all the ups and downs we have not only gotten closer (which I didn't think was possible), but we've also managed to laugh and find comfort in each other on all of the ride...even the white knuckled, grit your teeth, stomach churning parts...

I will be writing more about the deeply transformative journey I have been on because even from the little snippets I share above, I am sure you can understand when I say that on a personal level this last year has been truly life changing...and hey, maybe me sharing my alchemy journey can help someone else reading...

Until then I wanted to share this little video reel from our two weddings and Hawaii honeymoon as well as the below quote (found on Pinterest)  which to me sums up the real love of a soulmate union.

 

They say love is blind. I disagree. Infatuation is blind. Love is all-seeing and accepting. Love is seeing the flaws and blemishes and accepting them. Love is accepting the bad habits and mannerisms, and working around them. Love is recognizing all the fears and insecurities, and knowing your role it to comfort. Love is working through all the challenges and painful times. Infatuation is fragile and will shatter when life is not perfect. Love is strong and it strengthens because it is real.

Cheers to this journey of real love...

Love,

Ambi x

 

 

 

 

Summer summertime....sun protection

Ambi Sitham

 Sun protection - because I can't spend the entire summer napping on a tree in the shade, as tempting as that sounds!

Sun protection - because I can't spend the entire summer napping on a tree in the shade, as tempting as that sounds!

Hello lovely ones and happy Summer Solstice to those of you who like me reside in the Northern Hemisphere!

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Onwards to summertime sun protection....

I live in LA where it is pretty warm all year around and I have learnt some tough lessons about sun protection in the almost six (gulp - time flies!) years I have been living here.

My first lesson was when I first came out here for a three month summer sabbatical in 2011.

Before I left London my facialist conducted this skin analysis test which was said to measure the degree of bacteria (yuck) fine lines, pigmentation issues (very familiar with that!) and sun damage. 

I had minimal sun damage at the time, literally barely anything, which was unsurprising when you think that I am a) dark skinned meaning I have more melanin in my skin and b) I lived in England which isn't known for it's glorious sunshine (although London in the sunshine is just the most wonderful place to be).

So off I trotted for my sabbatical and naturally as I was delighted to be in warmer climates I spent a lot of time outdoors - hiking, by the beach - just walking out and about (making me a weirdo in LA where barely anyone walks!).

I tried to use sunscreen most of the time but given my dark melanin heavy skin I didn't worry too much and barely used more than a factor 15.

Over the summer I noticed that I had developed these weird pigmentation patches all over my body in the parts which had been exposed to sunlight and it was pretty bad on my face (which has always had blotchy pigmented skin).

When I returned to London after my sizzling sabbatical I headed back to my facialist for a much needed session and she conducted the same skin analysis (with this strange machine you shove your head in!) and found that my sun damage had increased by 30% and my pigmentation had significantly worsened (she didn't do the analysis on my entire body so was focused solely on my face).

We were both pretty horrified.

Obviously I had been aware of visible changes but to get the formal confirmation freaked me out especially as I knew at this point that I wanted to move to LA permanently (that's a whole other blog (s) or should be a book!)

Anyway, roll on a year and many trips back and forth the pond resulting in me finally officially moving to the City of Angels in August 2012 and I have been living here since.

During this time I have had other experiences with my pigmentation (and a few dodgy moles) which have taught me the importance of proper sun protection.

Wherever you are in the world, whatever season it is, I wanted to share my favorite sun protection products, which not only work but are all also as non toxic as I have currently found and are found on Amazon and so you can order them from the comfort of your home and get them delivered right to your doorstep!

And as a heads up, yes, I am an Amazon affiliate - but these are all products I have purchased myself and continue to purchase for myself and my family - I just love them, will continue to buy them and wanted to share them with you all!

Here is my favorite sunscreen for the body - I use this when I know I am going to be out in the sun for a long time and exposing my entire body which tends to be on holiday and rarely when I am at home.

It is water resistant for up to 80 minutes which is impressive, especially when on holiday and you are dipping in and out of the pool and ocean where ironically a lot of people experience the most sunburn (you can't feel the sun as much when in water but the sun can still get to you!)

It is oil free but I do find it a teeny bit greasy when you first apply it and you almost want to leave it on for a few minutes to soak in before putting your clothes on. However the slight greasy effect fades and then you just feel super moisturized which I love (who wants crocodile skin?! not me!) and in terms of sun protection it works really well on both me and my fair skinned, red headed hubbie.

The same brand has the most awesome sunscreen for the face which I try and use everyday after moisturizing and under my make up. It is factor 50 (just like the version for the body) and seems to last for hours without needing to be reapplied (unless you've sweated a ton or have dived into the pool or something and even then you get that 80 minute reprieve of protection).

Now for general day to day moisturizing I LOVE this body lotion with SPF which I use year around in LA. It is paraben, phthalates free and is free from synthetic fragrances (which mess with me).

It also has alpha hydroxy acids which help with exfoliate my skin (I get those weird bumps on my skin officially known as keratosis pilaris so regular exfoliating is a must for me and using this everyday has certainly helped).

It smells sooo good and is super moisturizing but also has a built in SPF 15 protection.

Some people find it a little greasy (friends when I have lent it to them) but I adore it, the more moisture the better for me - I mean I don't want to be an oil slick but I love being properly moisturized!

If I am not exposing my entire body to the elements and am largely covered up and just running errands this body lotion works perfectly.

I also discovered this handcream with SPF which I find anti ageing (it's the sea buckthorn) and super moisturizing plus it has an SPF of 40 which is a pretty good rating.

I am such a big fan of this hand cream as it protects my hands from further UV damage whilst also helping reduce some of the damage (dark spots, fine lines) which I have as a result of not covering up.

This bottle lasts forever and I keep it at home and  use it but bought the mini travel version to carry in my bag (I wash my hands a gazillion times a day - oh the joys of being an OCD Virgo rising - and always want to moisturize afterwards!)

Finally, I noticed that normal lip balm wasn't sufficing to protect my lips and they were getting chapped and with some lip burn/dark patches - eek.

As I love the Supergoop brand I bought their acai lip balm which not only glides on beautifully, tastes good and has SPF 30 protection but also the acai is really moisturizing plus helps fight free radicals and repair oxidation damage. It's a winner and a little goes a long way!

All of the above products have worked so well for me and whilst I am not saying that they don't have any chemicals (or nasties) in them, they do seem to be both relatively toxin free and  importantly are effective - they actually do the job of protecting your skin!

Soaking up the summer sunshine is wonderful but I still think we should protect ourselves from unnecessary sun damage and even worse...(still waiting to hear about one dodgy mole...eek).

If you decide to try out some of the products, drop me a note in the comments below and let me know how you find them!

Also, please shout if you have other fave products that you recommend because I am a product junkie (shhh don't tell my husband - actually who am I kidding - he sees all the Amazon boxes!!) and I love trying something new :)

Happy Summer Solstice, enjoy the sunshine...with a little protection :)

Love,

Ambi x

 

 

Soulstrology Scopes Gemini New Moon June 2018

Ambi Sitham

 Soulstrology Scopes - horoscopes for the soul!

Soulstrology Scopes - horoscopes for the soul!

Hello lovely ones and happy New Moon!

Hopefully you have read the Soulstrology 2018 Gemini New Moon blog and have had a chance to answer some of the questions and do some quiet journaling in the dark night of the Moon.

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New Moon in Gemini June 2018: Abracadabra... as I speak, I create.

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy nearly New Moon in Gemini!

This New Moon takes place on Wednesday 13th June 2018 at 12.43pm PST (adjust for your timezone) and falls at 22 - almost 23 degrees of Gemini.

As always check, where 22-23 degrees of Gemini falls in your unique natal chart as well as any natal planets you may have in Gemini between 20-25 degrees as this will tell you a) which area/life themes of your natal chart is being activated by the New Moon and b) which planets and therefore themes are being activated.

Remember, depending on where you are on your Soulstrology journey you may wish to opt for a slightly simpler method of checking where this New Moon falls in your chart using the Soulstrology Zodiac guide below and reading for your sun and rising sign.

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