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Fall Equinox Soulstrology Soundbath with Earth and Venus

Ambi Sitham

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I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the last few days of Virgo season….

This weekend sees the Fall Equinox and the Sun move into Libra season.

The Fall Equinox marks a day of equal parts light and darkness and is a time to bring more balance to our lives and find harmony with the elements of the natural world.

To access the Member only blog for Fall Equinox and the Soundbath with Earth and Venus 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.

Goldfaden MD

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy Sunday!

As many of you will know we are now partnering with some amazing brands on the podcast which is helping facilitate more episodes of the podcast to you lovely listeners.

What an honor it is to be partnering with brands whose values we share and whose products we love!

Step in Goldfaden MD, the first dermatologist developed, naturally inspired skincare brand.

This skincare line was launched by Dr Gary Goldfaden, who has been a dermatologist for over 40 years and has a passion for skincare, wellness and a healthy lifestyle.

His products are plant based, vegetarian and cruelty free and he uses a ton of fabulous ingredients which are truly effective but not harsh on your skin.

As we slowly transition into Fall I tend to find I need to switch up my skincare routine to suit the changing seasons and different climate.

I am particularly loving the detox clarifying facewash (it gives my face and pores a proper deep clean and the lactic and glycolic acids leaving me looking fresh faced), the Doctor’s Scrub (hello ruby crystal exfoliation) and the Skin balancing mask for a pick me up.

I am also obsessed with the fleuressence native botanical cell oil which I use as an overnight treatment mixed with my moisturizer, I have switched this up with the Wake up Call which is another overnight regenerative treatment and its resulted in me waking up with a nice glow (my husband actually commented on it the other morning!)

The bright eyes solution has done wonders for the dark circles which formed around my eyes after the last few weeks of a hectic move and an insane work load which meant less sleep and added stress.

Speaking of stress… don’t even get me started on needle-less which just as the name suggests is a needle free solution for smoothing away frown lines (which I may have formed when moving, because as happy as I am that we moved, moving is sooo stressful) and helped create a smooth, calm visage.

There is something about your face looking less frowny (is that a word?!) and more serene that makes you feel calmer. Sometimes the outside really does help the inside!

I can’t rave about Goldfaden MD products enough and for someone with sensitive, problem and ageing skin I can say that I have seen a marked improvement in the texture and appearance of my skin (and less breakouts) since I have been using their products.

If you want to try out any of their products then you can use the code Ambi20 to get 20% off your order and let me know which of their products you love most!

Enjoy!

Love,

Ambi x

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From London to LA with Love: Oscars weekend in La La land

Ambi Sitham

Hello lovely souls who read my posts….so here is the next installment of my 2012 blog which details the beginning of my love affair with LA in 2011.

I have purposefully not edited this blog, so certain details or names may make you raise your eyebrows but for authenticity I am keeping them in.

And one day, I am looking forward to sharing so much more of my experiences of a crazy industry….but for now, I hope you enjoy the next installment.

February 2011

January and most of February slipped by in a haze of work, rain, grey skies and the usual grind and before I knew it I was a week or so away from the LA trip and was frantically searching for a suitably glamorous dress for Elton John's Oscar viewing dinner and party that wouldn't break the bank.

Somewhat of an oxymoron given my expensive taste but lack of budget to back it up. Luckily I found the perfect dress on Net a Porter but when it turned up I couldn't even get it over my head.

Confused by the Danish sizing I had inadvertently bought a teeny tiny size 0 equivalent.

This wouldn't have been such a disaster if it wasn't for the fact that it was Tuesday and I was flying to LA on Thursday.

The new, larger size dress arrived on the morning of my flight and I had no time to try it on.

I literally just stuffed it into a dress cover and scarpered to the airport.

Before I knew it we were taking off and I felt small butterflies in the pit of my stomach as though I was going to meet a long distance lover after months of separation (for the record, I wasn't).

Several hours of gassing with friends (no my dear yank buddies we were not passing wind, but talking), three movies, one glass of wine, two meals and several snacks later, we arrived.

And then the madness began. The next couple of days went by in a haze.

Highlights included dinner at Cut (sat at the table next to a very dapper Colin Firth and his equally gorgeous wife) where I met Wolfgang Puck (and several of his sous chefs) who came out personally to serve us our food and say hello (my bigwig friends always get insane seats and service, I just tag along) the Soho House Oscar party, discovering the Soho House photo booth (n.b. advance warning this blog is bound to end up littered with photos from there), lunch at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills (where I was so hungover that I spent most of it unashamedly gawping at the plastic fantastic ageing Wasps - seriously if someone lit a match most of the people in that room would have started to melt), nearly choking to death and then laughing so much I almost wet myself at my friend Nick introducing our friend Chrissy to his friend Patrick Cox saying 'Patrick please meet Chrissy Iley, she is a witch' (he then tried to explain Chrissy was a white witch and Chrissy then miaowed hissed - poor Patrick's face was priceless), Kevin Spacey's Oscar bash at the most gorgeous boutique hotel le petit ermitage, the yummiest Italian food at Robert de Niro's restaurant Argo, shopping on Robertson Boulevard (one of my favourite shopping streets in the world) a very special trip to my spiritual home further north on Robertson and of course my old boss Harvey Weinstein's pre Oscar party.

Fun, fun, fun.

But you know how they say you can have too much of a good thing?

But by the time the Oscars day itself arrived, I awoke grumpy.

I was all partied and glammed out and frankly utterly exhausted.

What I really wanted was a day in my PJs generally vegetating.

And then I realised that in the whirl of the last few days I still hadn't tried on my new dress!

So I literally tore off my PJs and put the dress on and was so relieved that it actually fitted perfectly - see below. 

 

 Taken by my crackberry. I am not a crap self portrait taker but rather a fan of headless shots. My friends get annoyed.

Taken by my crackberry. I am not a crap self portrait taker but rather a fan of headless shots. My friends get annoyed.

  

This cheered me up somewhat and I was further cheered up by the fact that we were having an early pizza lunch at Cecconis. Everyone who knows me well knows how over excited I get about pizza and the Cecconis pizza is particularly good.

After stuffing my face with pizza I got ready excitedly and before I knew it I was sipping champagne in the sunshine. And posing as per below.

 Grainy crackberry photo….at EJ’s viewing party

Grainy crackberry photo….at EJ’s viewing party

It was a great evening and I had a fantastic time (I am not going to spill all the beans on the evening, I am saving that for my memoirs!) but come midnight when I was being cajoled into party hopping, I decided to call it a night.

For someone who spent most of her time in Ugg boots and leggings/tracksuit bottoms I was done with being uber glam and my feet were over being in 5 inch heels for 9 hours.

Back at the hotel I replied to a message from my good friend and spiritual mentor back in London. She knew I had been down in the dumps for a while and was excited for me to have a fun weekend away and hoped I would return happier.

I sent her the following,

'Hey Chana, thank you, I have had such a great time but you know I am over LA/Hollywood/that whole scene - I think I have had enough of this town to last a lifetime! Feel like I have been here for weeks! And I am really looking forward to being back in London seeing friends and family including you! Lots of love xx'

 

I went to sleep at around 1am feeling really excited to return to London.

Then I had a dream.

THE dream.

I can't share all of the details right now because I am superstitious and don't want to tempt fate...but all I can tell you is that I woke up and sat bolt upright in bed at around 5am and said, "Shit. I have to move to LA".

It is the hardest thing to explain but it was such a strong gut feeling that I knew with every inch of my being that this was what I had to do.

Thinking back to my message to Chana I felt like a bit of a schizophrenic but this feeling was so strong and I had only ever had it a few times in my life before and it had always served me well.

Whether it was meeting a new friend who I knew was going to become one of my besties for life (and years later still are), buying and selling properties, or when I applied for my job at Schillings (then Schilling and Lom) and knew I would work there (despite the fact that it was one of the best media law firms in the country and competition was fierce, plus I wasn't exactly fighting off offers - I had been rejected from literally hundreds of law firms)or meeting a new guy and just knowing he would become my boyfriend.

All different but important life events, they shared a common thread.

I had that same, incredibly strong, gut feeling that often defied logic, yet was always accompanied by a feeling of absolute certainty.

So on Monday 28th February 2011 I decided I was going to take a three month sabbatical to LA.

I knew there were tons of practicalities that I needed to work out and I didn't have a clue how I would deal with those but I knew with absolute certainty that they would work themselves out and fairly smoothly. I was going to live in LA for a few months and it was going to happen soon.

And I had major butterflies for the first time in 2 years.

Anyone would have thought I had met my soulmate.

And in case you are wondering, no I didn't.

Not that weekend anyway.

Venus in Scorpio September 10 2018 - a prelude to the retrograde

Ambi Sitham

 Yep in 2018 as well as the usual retrogrades we have both Mars (now finished thank goodness!) AND Venus turn retrograde!

Yep in 2018 as well as the usual retrogrades we have both Mars (now finished thank goodness!) AND Venus turn retrograde!

Hello lovely ones and happy Monday!

Hope the New Moon treated you all well and you will use this next lunar cycle to bring successes your way :)

Onwards to today which sees Venus, planet of love, abundance, harmony, creativity, socializing and peace move out of Libra and into Scorpio.

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New Moon in Virgo September 9 2018: Sacrifice and success

Ambi Sitham

 Virgo knows all too well that success requires sacrifice

Virgo knows all too well that success requires sacrifice

Hello lovely ones and happy almost New Moon in Virgo!

This New Moon takes place on Sunday September 9 at 11.01 am PT (adjust for your timezone) and falls at 17 degrees of Virgo.

As always, please check where Virgo rules in your natal chart.

To access the Member only blog for the new moon in virgo 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! September 2018's five faves

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy New Moon!

What a lunar cycle this has been.....I am truly ready for the seasons to change and for a new season of life to begin....

Here are my high fives from the last lunar cycle...

1. New home, new adventure, new memories....

You guessed it, we moved! That was our solar eclipse gift/change that I alluded to last month. And I have to say I couldn't be happier. Our new home is only two miles away from our old place, yet couldn't be more different. It's the upstairs of a quaint 1920's style duplex. It's huge, with tons of character, amazing light and we have our own private patio which is officially our love corner. Insert heart emoji and visualize a cute little french cafe bistro style set up. Lots of sunsets, moon gazing and balmy al fresco dining. We are so happy! Now I say the patio is 'officially' our love corner because I discovered this via the amazing Meghan Wallace James, a modern feng shui expert and all round special soul who shui'd our place before we moved in and boy am I glad I did that! I am sure I will be writing about my feng shui experience with Meghan in detail in time to come, but in the meantime check her out, whether you've moved home or are just in need of an energetic shift in your current home (or office).

2. Cosy caffeine free cuppas

With the seasons changing soon and overcast cloudy mornings and the temperatures slowly dropping (although, let's see if we have that crazy late 'Indian summer' Fall heatwave like last year, I am praying not, but who knows with the insane global weather patterns!) I have been craving cosy drinks. I am obsessed with this delicious cacao reishi which makes for the most yummy hot caffeine free cuppa. Sometimes I like it espresso style, other times with a dash of vanilla hemp milk. It's low in sugar (only 2 grams per serving) and the reishi cacao mix really helps me relax (noticeably more so than just cacao and hot water or hot milk). It's  an alternative, healthy, yet delicious hot choccie. I can't wait for proper Autumn, or Fall as my Americans say. Cosy hot reishi cacao hot choccies, wrapping up in big sweaters and cardis, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Bring it on!

3. Silver linings and sweet memories

Every cloud has its silver lining and as much as packing was my low of the month (I find the packing part and physical move part of a new home sooo stressful) whilst packing and decluttering I came across many sweet memories. One of these was rediscovering an old journal the contents of which inspired a now defunct blog called 'From London to LA with Love' and re-reading and re-living some of the crazy journey I went on which resulted in the life I am now leading here in LA. I am republishing the blog in installments and the first installment 'London - stuck in a rut with you' is now up. So if you want to know how I found myself moving to LA then you can read all about it in weekly installments!

4. Natural white teeth!

When I first moved to LA I was dazzled by everyone's pearly smiles and so I had my teeth professionally whitened and I think they took it a little too far. With my dark complexion I looked like Ross from Friends when he his teeth whitening went somewhat wrong... but even worse. So I have steered clear of teeth whitening since. In the years that have passed my teeth have slowly become stained (my love of strong English breakfast black tea and red wine!) and I have been wanting to whiten them but I have also become a lot more conscious about what products I use/consume. I love this all natural charcoal whitening toothpaste which has really helped shift that tannin tea stain but is also all natural/good for you.

5. Virgo season feels. Turn wonder into worry.

Ah Virgo season. How I love it. If you follow any of my Soulstrology blogs or Instagram posts you will know how much I love to talk about my #virgorising ha! So I am reveling in Virgo season. But the shadow of Virgo is worry and with multiple things happening professionally and personally I will be honest I have been worrying more than usual, wondering how I am going to juggle everything, how things are going to work out and indeed IF they are going to work out. Step in my wise, beautiful friend Amber Rae who I met on a life changing weekend workshop over a year ago (I will be talking about this more in time to come). She wrote this wonderful book about turning wonder into worry and reading it and following her story has really helped me.

So that's my high fives from this last lunar month.

I hope you've enjoyed them and perhaps they can help you in some way.

As always I love to hear your highlights, whether it's trips you've been taking, life changes, or products you've been using- it's all alchemy!

Wishing you all a beautiful month ahead.

Love,

Ambi x

From London to LA with love: London, stuck in a rut with you....

Ambi Sitham

Hello dear souls who find your way to my website and find yourself reading this blog.

Times they are a changing and I am finding myself called to share more about my journey of alchemy and deep transformation which started over a decade ago in January 2008.

In truth I think I am writing and sharing more for myself as a form of self-expression which I have stifled for a long time but I am now unable to ignore.

I hope too that sharing my journey may also help others on their paths of transformation.

As I recently celebrated six years of living in the city of angels I stumbled upon an old blog which I started mid 2012 and documents my move to Los Angeles.

The blog was entitled 'From London to LA with Love' and was inspired by the emails I sent to a select bunch of good friends during my initial three month sabbatical in Los Angeles in the summer of 2011.

And this is the 'bio' of sorts that I wrote to accompany the (now defunct) blog.

A true story in real time. A seemingly sane (yet clearly cuckoo, that's moi!) professional young woman from London who after a random dream, decided to move to LA, uprooting her entire life in the process.

This blog documents the ensuing journey I went on (am still on) emotionally, spiritually, romantically and professionally and the transition from living in London to my new life in La La land.

I felt inspired to share it all with you and wow is reading it again bringing back so many feels...

So here it is...

Part One: London, stuck in a rut with you....

 

January 2011

Life in London was good.

But the truth is that something was missing and it had been for a while.

On the surface I could tick so many of the boxes that people regularly have as their checklist for happiness. I was healthy and financially stable. I had a wonderful flat near to close friends and family whom I saw often. I had a packed and fun social life.

I hadn't yet found that special person but I was having a lot of fun interviewing... and I had total faith that Mr X and that happy ever after ending would come at the right point in my life.

Things were good. Apart from this underlying feeling that something was missing and a restlessness that I couldn't shake off with a fun date or new crush, weekend break or a new course.

And the truth is that I had been feeling slightly off since September 2009 - a mere six months after I had bought my flat.

At a time when I was living the life I had always thought I had wanted I couldn't stop the little voice inside that told me that I wasn't living the life I should be.

I tried to quieten it by looking harder around me for people or things to get passionate about.

But I couldn't find the solution anywhere. So I carried on maintaining the status quo whilst always looking out for whatever it may be that I was missing.

However I couldn't help but feel like a hamster on a wheel and the truth is that deep down inside I was pretty miserable.

And then everything came  to a head in January 2011.

Unlike many people who find January a depressing month I always found the new year an exciting time; the whole year ahead of you, so many adventures and dreams to be discovered - a time to be planting seeds for everything you wanted your year to be.

But this year was different. I felt apathetic and jaded - almost unheard of for me.

As I stood on the tube sweltering in my winter coat I looked at the man in front of me who had taken his coat off and wore a t-shirt on with writing on the back that said, 'Been there, seen it, done it'.

At this exact moment the Stereophonics song 'Stuck in a Rut' came on my ipod. 

 

 Excuse the grainy picture....taken by my then blackberry, or crackberry as I used to like to call it! Remember those?!

Excuse the grainy picture....taken by my then blackberry, or crackberry as I used to like to call it! Remember those?!

As I stared at the words on the man's t-shirt and with the words of the song in my ears I felt my face flush as my eyes pricked with tears and before I knew it I was 'that girl'.

You know that girl you see with tears streaming down her face on the tube with her earphones in and you presume is crying over some guy.

Well that was me.

Apart from the fact that I was crying, and dare I say mourning, for myself.

Here are the lyrics of the Stereophonics song: -

 

You make do with your lot,
You got a choice to make,
You gotta follow your gut,
Your heads in a state,
You're stuck in a rut,
You're wasting days,
Time don't wait so..

Make your choice either go or stay
What you got in your heart is dying every day
You're scared to let go though your mind is made
Just pack your soul and don't stay

You're feeling down and low
You're dreaming of how it should feel,
Staying will set your soul on fire,
You're stuck in a rut and your life is forgotten.

It's only a house don't make it a home
Are you a man or a mouse?
You gotta walk it alone
It's time to let go, get on with the show
The clock is ticking

What you've got is long gone
Draw a line in the sand
Your poker face is shot
I can see through your hand
Stop lying to yourself
Gotta make new plans
Time don't wait for no man

You're feeling down and low
You're dreaming of how it should feel
Staying will set your soul on fire

 

As I got off the tube, trying to hide my face in shame from the sympathetic glances of onlookers, I resolved that somehow I would shake my life up.

My mind raced from all range of possibilities from moving out to the suburbs and getting a bigger place, to going to Thailand for a month's working holiday with a charity, to a yoga retreat in Ibiza.

I was soon home (the joys of living a stone's throw from the tube station) and I sat down with a cup of tea and stared out at the Anthony Gormley statue which stood firmly on top of the building opposite my apartment complex and was my constant companion.

 Gormley’s dark figure is entitled  You  and some commentators have said that he gives the impression to onlookers of being squeezed into a tight urban surrounding, perhaps a comment on London life....

Gormley’s dark figure is entitled You and some commentators have said that he gives the impression to onlookers of being squeezed into a tight urban surrounding, perhaps a comment on London life....

And then my phone buzzed. With a message from a good friend.

Would I like to join him and a bunch of our lovely friends for a fun long weekend in LA for Oscars weekend?

My flights were taken care of and all I needed to bring was my wardrobe of choice and my party mojo...

For the first time in ages I felt quite excited. This trip clearly wasn't the solution to my lost soul but maybe a fun, glamorous weekend away with this gang would give my mojo a much needed boost.

Little did I know what that trip would spark.

But you know what they say about things happening when you least expect it...

Part two is coming next week.....so stay tuned if you'd like :)

Saturn direct September 6 2018: Learning from the past

Ambi Sitham

 Lessons from the cosmic life coach....

Lessons from the cosmic life coach....

Hello lovely ones and happy Thursday!

I hope September is treating you well so far....

Things are going to pick up significantly this month and today, cosmic life coach Saturn turns direct at 2 degrees of Capricorn.

Saturn turned retrograde earlier this year on April 17 and you may recall that the Soulstrology theme for 2018's Saturn retrograde was karmic contracts and responsibilities.

To access the Member only blog for Saturn 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.

September 2018: Seasons change and so do we

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy September!

Here we are in the ninth month of the year preparing to say goodbye to Summer and readying ourselves to embrace the new season of Fall.

September 2018 brings an end to eclipse season.

Whilst the last eclipse of 2018 was on August 11th (a partial solar eclipse in Leo) the lunation (lunar cycle following an eclipse) takes us through to the next New Moon.

Eclipses often take a few weeks to be activated and therefore felt in our lives and sometimes it can take a good month for them to be fully actualized.

September will fully wrap up eclipse season and in doing so should offer a more grounded, stable energy as we prepare to embrace Fall and a new season of life.

The Soulstrology theme for this month is to embrace a new season of ourselves.

Just as the seasons are changing in the physical world, so too there is a season that is shifting within us.

Some of you may be well aware of this.

You may be able to feel it quite viscerally and know that you are embarking not only upon a new season of life, but also a new season of you.

Perhaps for others it is less obvious.

Yes the seasons are changing around you, but perhaps you are unsure of what this means for you.

We must all know that just as the seasons change, so do we.

Our personalities change, our preferences - likes, dislikes, our quirks, our dreams.

Almost everything changes over time and as things change, so do we.

And as we change, we adjust the sails and so our lives change.

Change is the only constant and although it makes people very uncomfortable (including yours truly) if we can embrace impermanence and learn to dance with the winds of change, we will experience fulfillment.

It may not look like what we expected, it may take us way off our 'life plan', but ultimately it will serve the evolution of our soul and what we are supposed to experience in this lifetime.

So this month as the seasons change, let us give ourselves the gift of allowing ourselves to change.

And as we change internally, so too, like a mirror, our lives will begin to shift on the external plane.

Mantra of the month:

I know that change begins with me, and that if I want to change my life, I need to change myself first

I allow myself to change, even if it feels uncomfortable, scary, or raises eyebrows

I accept the emerging next version of myself

I embrace this new season of me, for all that it is and all it will bring me

May we each have the courage to allow ourselves to continually evolve, to accept impermanence and to embrace changing ourselves, to change our lives.

Wishing you all a month of sweet, soulful shifts.

Love,

Ambi x

 

SEPTEMBER 2018 COSMIC DIARY

 

September 3rd: Mercury in Leo sextile Venus in Libra (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 6th: Saturn turns direct (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this)

September 7th: Mercury moves into Virgo

September 7th: Mercury in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 7th: Mercury in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 7th: Sun in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces (tense aspect)

September 8th: Venus in Libra square Mars in Capricorn (tense aspect)

September 9th: New Moon in Virgo (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this and Soulstrology Scopes - our version of horoscopes!)

September 10th: Venus moves into Scorpio (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this)

September 11th: Sun in Virgo sextile Jupiter in Scorpio (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 11th: Sun in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 12th: Jupiter in Scorpio sextile Pluto in Capricorn (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 12th: Venus in Scorpio opposite Uranus in Taurus (tense aspect but can be very productive)

September 12th: Venus in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 13th: Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces (tense aspect)

September 15th: Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 16th: Mercury in Virgo sextile Jupiter in Scorpio (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 18th: Mars in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus (tense aspect)

September 20th: Sun in Virgo conjunct Mercury in Virgo (focused aspect)

September 22nd: Fall Equinox (*new* Soulstrology Soundbath for Soulstrology Members!)

September 23rd: Libra season begins

September 23rd: Mercury moves into Libra

September 23rd: Mercury in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn (tense aspect)

September 23rd: Mercury in Libra trine Mars in Aquarius (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 24th: Full Moon in Aries (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this and Soulstrology Scopes - our version of horoscopes)

September 25th: Sun in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn (tense aspect)

September 27th: Sun in Libra trine Mars in Aquarius (harmonious flowing aspect)

September 30th: Pluto turns direct (will write Soulstrology Members blog on this) 

Mars direct August 27: Action Stations

Ambi Sitham

 Let's go!

Let's go!

Hello lovely ones and happy Monday!

It truly is a happy Monday today, as cosmic manifestor and mover and shaker Mars turns direct after what seems like the longest retrograde ever (it's actually just been two months, but wow, has it felt like a long retrogradey summer!)

Now as you may recall most of Mars retrograde has taken place in the fixed sign of Aquarius but in the last couple of weeks of his retrograde he moved into Capricorn transiting over those critical last degrees of Aquarius from 28-30 degrees.

To access the Member only blog for Mars 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 Scopes: Pisces Full Moon August 2018

Ambi Sitham

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Hello lovely ones and happy almost Full Moon!

Here are your general Pisces Full Moon mantras as well as personalized mantras for each sign.

Remember to read for both your Sun and Rising sign.

To access the Member only Soulstrology Scopes for the full moon in Pisces 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.

Full Moon in Pisces August 26 2018: Dreams do come true...

Ambi Sitham

 Really and truly, dreams do come true...

Really and truly, dreams do come true...

Hello lovely ones and happy almost weekend, and almost Full Moon!

This weekend, at approx 5am PT on Sunday 26th August 2018 (adjust for your timezone) there will be a Full Moon in Pisces.

This is a magical Full Moon which falls at exactly 3 degrees of the water sign of Pisces.

To access the Member only blog for the full moon in Pisces 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 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.

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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.

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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)