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Solar eclipse Leo: August 21st 2017: Courageous heart

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy almost Solar Eclipse New Moon in Leo!

This Monday August 21st at 10.21am PST (adjust for your timezone) we will experience a total solar eclipse at 29 degrees, the oh so critical final degree, of the fire sign Leo.

I am sure you are all aware of the buzz surrounding this solar eclipse which has a path of totality (meaning there will be a total solar eclipse) across the USA, leading it to be described as the Great American Eclipse.

I am also sure that regardless of where you are in the world reading this blog, you are aware of the current political and social unrest in America...

Many of you who know a little about the cosmos will know that much of the astrology that took place between 2012 and 2015, the infamous Pluto/Square Uranus aspects, caused a lot of the social and political upheaval which took place around the world, from the Arab springs, to middle eastern wars, to the political upheaval in Western democracies which has seen a frightening lurch to the right and days we all hoped were long gone.

Many of you who read my emails when I didn't have a website (and used to send them out old school style manually to a select bunch) will remember me talking about how these cosmic conditions reflected the astrology of the 1960's and how the social and civil rights unrest was necessary for old patriarchal structures to be destroyed so that humanity could be liberated and there could be equality and freedom for all beings.

Although technically the final of the seven squares between destructive Pluto and change agent Uranus was in March 2015, other astrological aspects have reignited this aspect over the last year or so.

Since having a public website I have largely (albeit not entirely) steered away from detailed political commentary. 

Not because I don't care (because believe me I do!) but because I feel my unique service is being a catalyst for positive individual change.

My heartfelt hope is that by each of us transforming our shadow into light, and connecting to our higher self and soul purpose, we can not only enjoy the benefits in our own lives, but can also share our good fortune in some way and be a source of light and goodness for all those around us. 

It's a win/win!

And this consciousness is the foundation of everything I do which birthed Soulstrology and Alchemy with Ambi...

With that in mind, turning now to this Leo Solar Eclipse.

Leo is the sign that is associated with regality and indeed with Kings (actual Kings or 'leaders' of states as such).

Solar eclipses in the ancient times were seen as times when Kings (or leaders) would be usurped in some way.

They would indeed be 'eclipsed', either by being deposed of in some way, or because of the birth of a new King.

Unlike normal New Moons which are traditionally seen as times of beginnings, solar eclipses are all about endings for a new beginning.

Something or someone gets eclipsed at this time, forcing an ending for a new beginning.

But just as the light of the Sun is obscured from the earth plane, so too at an eclipse, we do not see everything as it is.

Some important facts may be concealed from us, either deliberately or unintentionally.

Mercury in retrograde motion adds to the fog or veil that is clouding our perception.

Not everything is as it appears and we may not see the true picture for another month and the unfolding of this lunar cycle, the next New Moon in Virgo and the change of seasons with the Autumn Equinox.

A lot will happen over this eclipse.

Both in the world and in our own lives.

But we may not come to know or be in a position to truly understand matters and be able to see the bigger picture until Fall comes.

It's important to stay grounded and to try not to react to events (easier said than done I know!) but rather to try to sit it out and let the cosmos reveal the truth of a situation over the next lunation.

Turning now to the specific aspects of this Solar Eclipse New Moon.

With the eclipse taking place at the very end degree of Leo (29 degrees on the cusp of Virgo) Soulstrology says that at this cosmic event (and indeed over the next six months) we are not only asked to look at Leo themes, but also Virgo themes, especially with this current Mercury retrograde taking place in Virgo.

Leo and Virgo could not be more different!

Leo the gregarious, fun loving, lime light lover and Virgo the introverted, slightly subservient, nit picking worry wart!

As an aside, I am a Virgo rising who also has Saturn in Leo (meaning I struggle with owning the light of Leo) and I am laughing/cringing as I type this!

The Solar Eclipse is making what is known as a trine aspect to Uranus, planet of freedom, sudden change, innovation and genius.

Soulstrology says that this Solar Eclipse is creating a six month window of opportunity (to come to fruition by the next set of eclipses January/February 2018) for each of us to create dramatic change and in some cases a complete overhaul (Uranus) in both in the Leo ruled areas of life per the natural zodiac and in the Leo ruled areas of life per our unique natal AND solar chart (the former is based on your exact time of birth and the latter is based on your sun sign).

But what do we need to do in order to manifest this change and be liberated to be our true selves?

We need to be brave.

Really brave.

We need to have the courage to listen to our hearts and follow them.

We need to have the courage to change our lives (our careers, personal lives, where we live, how we live, whatever is relevant to you which will be unique for each of us).

We need to have the courage to feel the fear of this change and do it anyway.

And we need to do this not only for ourselves, but also for our beloved world.

There is undoubtedly a battle between dark and light, good and evil, that is taking place all around us, in every corner of the globe.

But that battle is not always straightforward or black and white.

There are several shades of grey and a blurring of the lines.

No, this is not me saying there are fine people on each side of good and evil..

Clearly there are some scenarios in which it is very simple to identify what is wrong and right.

But there are also complicated scenarios of 'good' people doing evil things and 'evil' people doing good things.

That is the complexity of this human existence which is ying and yang, shadow and light.

But for each of us there is an internal battle between our shadow and light which takes place in our hearts, minds and souls.

A battle between what we know we need to do, what our soul is urging us to do ('good') and the force of our ego ('evil') which keeps us stuck and small.

Yes, we help our world by speaking up against what is wrong, by defending what is right.

By helping those who are needy and vulnerable.

By donating, volunteering, or marching.

But we also help our world immeasurably by stepping up to become who we really are.

By being courageous enough to follow our true path.

Amongst us are the next generation of political leaders, innovators, business icons, parents who change the face of parenting creating a conscious generation from birth, charity start ups who conduct themselves with the utmost integrity, scientists with cures saving millions of lives, writers who inspire, heal and entertain with their words.

And so on, and so forth.

Not each of us will be famous or on the world stage for our unique light.

It's not about the ego gratification of 'fame', it is about the unique role and unique soul spotlight destined for each of us to shine in.

Not each of our roles will necessarily be as dramatic as some of the examples referred to above.

But they are all equally important.

In that sense, each of us is a leader, a healer, an innovator, a change agent for good!

Whether local, national or global, we each have the ability to channel the regality of Leo and to shine a light in our corner of the world.

But not all of us are stepping up to be who we really are, fulfilling our destiny (which in turn showers us in rewards) and playing our crucial role in the healing of our world.

Soulstrology says that this critical degree of the Leo Solar Eclipse asks us to look carefully at both our light and leadership, our unique voice and self-expression (Leo) and service (Virgo).

This Mercury retrograde in Virgo offers us the opportunity to think carefully about the natural zodiac themes ruled by Virgo of service, our daily routine/lifestyle and health - mind/body/soul and of the themes ruled by Virgo in our unique natal and solar charts.

How does our daily lifestyle and our mind/body/soul connection truly serve us and others?

We are asked to think about this and make adjustments accordingly.

We are also asked to marry the contrasting energies of Leo and Virgo in order to be of service to ourselves and others by following our hearts, having courage in the face of the fear of change, and owning the unique gift we were born to share with the world.

There is ego in blowing your own trumpet and being an attention seeker (Leo shadow) but there is also ego in false humility and being subservient (Virgo).

One of my teachers (who passed away some years ago now) would appear in my dreams with a recurring message over the years saying 'don't be afraid of your own greatness'.

For me, that was about finding my voice, helping others, and being a guide and teacher of sorts, despite not being perfect and 'having it all'.

It was initially very difficult to do so and can still sometimes be challenging (Saturn in Leo again! But hey, I chose to be born at that time!)

For you the meaning of 'don't be afraid of your own greatness' may mean something else.

But I wanted to share my teacher's message with each of you today along with the below.

Don't be afraid of the seeming state of this world.

Everything is unfolding in divine order for ultimate progression of humanity and there is method to the madness of the chaos.

You can and will make a positive difference.

Don't be afraid of following your heart.

It is what we don't do in life that we regret.

Never try, never know.

Don't be afraid of change.

Change is the only constant.

Be courageous enough to not only listen to your heart but also to follow it.

Be courageous enough to try something new, knowing that failure is not the opposite of success but actually part of success.

Be courageous in the face of personal and/or global fear because courage is love and the war that is being waged may take different forms but it is ultimately between love and fear.

Choose love.

Choose courage in spite of fear.

And know that so many others (including yours truly typing this in her pajamas on a Saturday morning) are doing the same in their unique way.

Let your light shine bright like a regal Leo with the humility of Virgo protecting your blessings (humility is a great protector!) allowing you to serve yourself and the world.

I am wishing for each of you what I wish for myself - the courage to be who we really are and the courage to be the love we wish to see in our world.

May this next lunation and the next six months shower each of us with the rewards of soulful success for being courageous.

May our world be infused with love and soulful courage and may these energies prevail.

Happy courageous New Moon Solar Eclipse.

Love,

Ambi x

 

 

 

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius August 7 2017: Transformation, freedom and manifestation

Ambi Sitham

Hello lovely ones and happy nearly Full Moon in Aquarius!

Tomorrow, August 7 2017 at 7.10pm PST (adjust for your timezone) there will be a partial lunar eclipse Full Moon in Aquarius.

This Full Moon falls at 15 degrees of Aquarius so feel free to use the new chart calculator (woohoo!) on my site to see where this Full Moon is falling in your natal chart and to work out the life themes coming under the lunar spotlight.

Also check any planets that you may have in Aquarius as the themes of those planets will also be coming up for review at the lunar eclipse.

As many of you will know by now Aquarius is an air sign and in the natural zodiac is the ruler of the eleventh house, governing friendships, groups/organizations we belong to and causes we support - essentially our soul tribe - as well as our most cherished hopes, wishes and dreams for the future.

As well as the life areas ruled by Aquarius in your unique chart the natural zodiac life areas governed by this sign apply to each of us at this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse.

Just days ago, cosmic benefic and giver of gifts Jupiter made a powerful connection to change agent Pluto.

This rare aspect is all about powerful transformation which can manifest miracles in our lives.

This aspect is still very much in action at tomorrow's Full Moon Lunar Eclipse.

As many of you will know, Aquarius is ruled by Uranus - the change agent planet who loves to turn our world upside down with sudden change, ultimately liberating us in the process.

Change is the Soulstrology theme of August.

And change is very much the theme of this Full Moon.

No doubt each of us desires change in an area of our lives.

And we all probably have a cherished goal for the future which we have yet to manifest.

But in order to create the change we desire in our lives and/or to manifest a certain goal, we must create the energetic space for that change/goal to manifest.

Soulstrology says that manifesting starts within, with our consciousness.

When we plant the right seeds in our consciousness and are energetically clear and aligned with our consciousness, we can literally manifest our heart's desires.

But changing ourselves and shifting our consciousness isn't always obvious or easy.

In fact changing ourselves is often the last course of action and is something we resort to when we are desperate, or are forced to by the universe.

The truth is that changing ourselves should be the first step we take to creating change in our lives.

Soulstrology says that our egos resist change as fearful and too much like hard work.

But when the voice of the ego is too loud and overpowering the whisper of our soul we end up in stuck a rut.

Stuck in a seemingly never ending cycle, perhaps with the same patterns repeating themselves and feeling like we are living groundhog day over and over, unable to jump off the hamster wheel.

We have the ability to rewrite our life story at this powerful time in the cosmos.

But to do so we need to pull up our sleeves and do the work!

At this Full Moon we each need to ask the following questions (answer them generally but also with a focus on the Aquarius ruled life areas in your chart and the natural zodiac).

  1. Where do I feel I 'stuck' in life?
  2. Why do I feel I am stuck?
  3. What cherished goal am I yet to manifest or feel thwarted in achieving and unable to manifest?
  4. Why do others feel I am stuck? (ask trusted people who know you well who will be brutally honest)
  5. What change do I wish to manifest/experience in my life?
  6. What do I think I need to change about myself?
  7. What do others (again ask trusted people as above) think I need to change about myself?
  8. What scenario am I experiencing over and over again in a certain area of life?
  9. What do I tell myself about this scenario?
  10. How can I rewrite this script for this scenario starting with my own character and consciousness?

These aren't easy questions to answer truthfully, or to hear answers to.

Sometimes the truth can sting.

But as the saying goes it is better to be slapped with the truth than kissed by a lie.

And honesty and awareness are the first steps and a necessary foundation to creating change.

Gandhi famously said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world".

Soulstrology takes this one step further and says that we need to each be the change we want to see/experience in our unique world, in the movie of our life.

To change our lives, we need to change ourselves.

At this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse we each have the ability to truly change our lives, for the better.

To experience soulfully powerful transformation which showers us with miracles.

But we need to embrace changing ourselves and understand that freedom and the future we desire starts with internal transformation.

I encourage you all to answer the questions above and then to embrace transformation with the knowledge that your efforts will be rewarded in divine timing.

Know that no matter what you have experienced to date in your life, you have the ability to completely transform your life and to manifest the future of your dreams.

You just have to have the courage and tenacity to change.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Mantra: I embrace internal transformation knowing it will liberate me and manifest the miracles and magic I so desire.

I am wishing for each of you what I wish for myself at this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse; self awareness, courage, tenacity and faith that our efforts will be rewarded.

And so it is.

Happy Full Moon Lunar Eclipse!

Love,

Ambi x

 

 

 

 

August 2017: Dancing with the winds of change

Ambi Sitham

Hello lovely ones and welcome to August 2017 and eclipse season!

With the sun in fiery Leo for the month, a powerful Jupiter/Pluto aspect,  a lunar and solar eclipse and Mercury Retrograde, all I can say is - expect the unexpected this month!

As we all know eclipse season brings the winds of change.

Soulstrology says that Jupiter square Pluto at the start of August indicates powerful transformation, good fortune and a rebirth of sorts is on the cards for many this month ahead.

Mercury retrograde as always can bring back the past, for healing and/or closure or for opportunity and a sweet new beginning.

Either way, change is the theme of August.

For some this change may be welcome, planned or long anticipated.

For others it may manifest as an abrupt, unseen or unwelcome ending.

Soulstrology says that whatever manifests for us this month is in divine cosmic order and that we must not only keep the faith that all is unfolding exactly as it ought to but also trust that the events of this month are for our highest good in the bigger picture of our destiny.

When we experience sudden change it often results in us freezing or being floored.

Or sometimes we fight against the direction of the winds, forcing ourselves to move against the natural rhythm of cosmic change, staggering and gasping for air as we do so.

Change isn't always welcome or easy and is often far from pleasant.

But it is the only constant.

This month whether you are experiencing welcome changes or have the rug pulled from underneath you, trust that your only job is to dance with the winds of change.

Dancing with the winds of change is to dance with your eyes closed as though no-one is watching.

Lose any self-consciousness, shut out external distractions, tune into your heart and dance to the rhythm of change with grace and joy, trusting you are being led to your destiny.

As always I will write detailed blogs for the Full Moon/Lunar eclipse and New Moon/Solar eclipse.

Members can expect the scoop on all the other cosmic activity including a Soulstrology guide to Mercury retrograde and the eclipses.

Below are the key cosmic dates for your diary.

August 1st: Venus moves into Cancer

August 3rd: Uranus turns retrograde

August 4th: Jupiter (in Libra) square Pluto - positive, powerful transformation

August 7th: Lunar Eclipse 15 degrees Aquarius (will write detailed blog on this) 

August 10th: Sun (in Leo) sextiles Jupiter (in Libra) positive aspect

August 12th: Venus (in Cancer) trines Neptune (in Pisces) spiritual, creative, romantic aspect

August 12th: Mercury Retrograde starts

August 13th: Sun (in Leo) trines Saturn (in Sagittarius) positive, powerful aspect

August 15th: Venus (in Cancer) opposite Pluto (in Capricorn) powerful aspect which can be very productive and positive but tense. Be mindful around communication.

August 17th: Venus (in Cancer) squares Jupiter (in Libra) powerful positive aspect for relationships but can be tense.

August 21st: Solar eclipse 29 degrees Leo (will write detailed post on this)

August 22nd: Sun moves into Virgo aka start of Virgo season

August 22nd: Mars (in Leo) trines Saturn (in Sagittarius)  positive, energetic aspect

August 25th: Saturn (in Sagittarius) turns direct

August 26th: Sun (in Virgo) conjuncts Mercury (in Virgo) powerful aspect for the mind,  communication and work but remember Mercury is in retrograde!

August 27th: Jupiter (in Libra) sextiles Saturn (in Sagittarius) harmonious, positive aspect

I am wishing you all a wonderful month in which you dance to the winds of change trusting that the cosmos has your back and that ultimately, all is unfolding for your highest good.

Love,

Ambi x

 

My marriage, my father's funeral and a new dawn

Ambi Sitham

Mr and Mrs Kavanagh, Hawaii June 2017

Mr and Mrs Kavanagh, Hawaii June 2017

Hello lovely ones and I hope you had a good New Moon and are enjoying the start of Leo season.

As you may have gathered by now this isn't one of my usual Soulstrology posts.

I guess this is the start of me writing and sharing in a different way, plus there are some important updates on my services (which won't affect all of you but will definitely impact upon some of you) as a result of all the life changes I am going through.

As some of you who follow me on Instagram may know, a month ago today I married the most incredible, kind, smart, handsome man who I know without a doubt is my partner in life and love.

It's kind of bonkers (as we say in England!) when you consider that a year ago we had yet to go on our first date!

Our relationship and my own personal journey of alchemy with love cannot possibly be covered in a blog, or even several blogs, but I am sure I will write more on it soon....for now I will just say that I am SO happy...

However as we all know life is full of ups and downs, ebbs and flows, blessings and challenges.

Around the time of our wedding my beloved Dad, who has been seriously ill for over a decade, took a turn for the worse.

He'd had many bad turns over the last decade and my family had gone through many scares of losing him.

At first I thought this incident was more of the same as he seemed to get a little better.

However, around the Capricorn Full Moon (my Dad was a Capricorn) his condition deteriorated rapidly and he passed away last weekend.

So it was with sadness but so much love that my new husband and I flew to London and I said goodbye to my beloved Dad last week.

My Dad and I had a particularly close bond.

I was lucky to be doted on by him and to dote on him in equal measure.

He was one of my biggest spiritual influences as my first meditation teacher (aged ten) and my first (and forever) spiritual guide.

I hope that I am part of his legacy and do him justice with the work I now do which is undoubtedly my soul's purpose.

I'm so grateful that he and my wonderful husband got to meet, and despite my human sadness I am so relieved that my Dad is no longer suffering as a prisoner to a body that was betraying him and that he has peace and his soul has gone some place way better.

People often ask whether I can see death in a chart and it is a question that I am very wary at answering.

The answer is yes you can see the energies of death (but remember transformation is death of sorts and equally physical death is the ultimate transformation) but as you all know by now with Soulstrology, nothing can be 'predicted' per se.

However I could see the strong possibility of his passing due to transits in both our charts.

This was accompanied by a very strong intuitive feeling for the last few years that in spite of his ill health my Dad was holding on until I was happily married and he knew I was on the right path in all areas.

So whilst it was of course deeply upsetting (you are never prepared for these things no matter how many years you have been in preparation) to me it was no coincidence that my Dad took such a turn for the worse at the Capricorn Full Moon or that he passed on a few weeks after my marriage.

Last week at his funeral I read this poem as part of my speech and I truly feel that my Dad will forever be with me and all who he loved and who might need him (and I hope that in some small way these words can be of comfort to others who are experiencing bereavement)

Poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye

Poem by Mary Elizabeth Frye

I am looking forward to connecting with him in another way - through my dreams, my meditations, and signs and synchronicities from the universe.

I will no doubt feel the human loss of my Dad for the rest of my time on this earth plane but in truth I have been grieving him since he nearly passed a decade ago.

This was the final goodbye. 

Although I cried many tears in the days of his passing and at his funeral I now find myself at peace and my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude.

To have my wonderful new husband (who shares the same pure, gently spirit as my Dad) by my side during this time and to be be embarking upon one of the biggest chapters of my life with our marriage, reminded me of the beautiful cycle of this human existence of endings and beginnings, deaths and rebirths and that love never dies.

It is indeed a new dawn.

Yep. Yep. Yep.

Yep. Yep. Yep.

Last year (before I met my husband or he was even on the radar) I realized that I wanted to make some big changes both personally and professionally.

I knew it wouldn't happen overnight but I started to plant the seeds both in my consciousness and on the physical plane.

For a couple of years I had been quietly working away, with a packed client schedule, more often than not working six days a week with up to five sessions a day -  reiki, sound healing, astrology, coaching and mentoring.

I also had a small email list of people whom I would email old school style with a BCC email with my Soulstrology updates.

I loved helping people but it left very little time for a personal life or for me to play and explore my own creativity and self-expression.

I knew I had to make changes.

I knew I had to give myself space to continue this ongoing process of alchemy that is life and to become the next version of myself.

I also knew I wanted to share with a wider audience and help more people.

I started a proper website, committed to regular blogs, social media posts and put myself out there a whole lot more than was comfortable.

This year I knew that my life was changing beyond all recognition, that I was embarking upon a whole new chapter, that my priorities were shifting and that a season of life was coming to an end.

I knew that I couldn't continue to do everything and that something had to give.

 I also knew I either had to be proactive or the universe would do it for me.

Jump, or get pushed.

That was the message I received from the universe, loud and clear.

In fact, I am now leaping with joy into this new chapter with my Dad's serene smile ever present in my mind's eye and my husband and biggest cheerleader supporting me.

So, as of 1st September I am saying goodbye to my glorious little miracle making abode of the last few years which has been the source of healing and light for so many people (including myself!) and birthed my first New and Full Moon circles and Soulstrology Soundbaths.

As a result I will no longer be providing regular in person Reiki, Astrology, Coaching or Mentoring sessions.

If you want to squeeze in to see me in person before September 1 then please email ask@alchemywithambi.com to arrange a session via my assistant.

I have a few current in person mentees whom I fully intend to continue with for as long as they need me.

My mentees who I look after by Skype and telephone will also be accommodated by me in person if/when they come to Los Angeles.

But as of 1st September anyone wanting a reading or coaching can still enjoy a session with me but only via Skype or telephone.

My Reiki energy will flow at all the events I do (Soundbaths, workshops, Moon circles and more) and into everything I am creating.

I may also do the occasional day of Reiki and/or Soundbaths (when I give Reiki or sound healing I actually receive it hence why I love giving those sessions!) at another venue but such days will be very few and far between.

I am going to be serving for just a few days a week (as opposed to nearly the entire week!) and the rest of the time I am going to be living, loving, playing and creating a whole lot more.

I truly feel all of this is going to serve me and others as I am able to share in a whole different way.

As you may be able to tell despite the emotional rollercoaster of the last month I am beyond excited, happy and grateful about the future.

And as I type this I can feel my Dad's loving energy around me....

Signing off for now with so much love and gratitude but expect to hear more from me in the Fall (and Soulstrology updates will continue as normal!)

Love,

Ambi x