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Soulstrology zodiac guide to Cancer season and the Summer Solstice

Ambi Sitham

Unfiltered view from the magical Lummi Island May 2016

Unfiltered view from the magical Lummi Island May 2016

Hello lovely ones and happy Monday!

In cosmic news it's almost the end of airy Gemini season and the start of Cancer season.

This Wednesday June 21st is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, with the most light, which officially marks the start of Summer.

The Solstice, or SOULSTICE as I like to call it, is a wonderful time for us to connect to the energetic light available and infuse that into our lives.

I suggest a simple ritual to connect to the energies of the Soulstice.

  • Connect to the sun and physical light. A sunrise or sunset meditation outdoors is a great idea
  • Connect to water. The Sun moves into the Cancer ruled part of the zodiac at the Soulstice so it's a great time to connect to the intuitive watery energies of Cancer. Either visit a natural body of water (and if appropriate swim in it!) or enjoy a salt bath
  • Celebrate the energy of heat and fire and channel it to help you on your process. Write a release list of the energies you would like to go up in flames and dissipate
  • Create an alter of light. Light a candle (or several) and write down your wishes for the next three months, to come to fruition by the Autumn Equinox marking the end of Summer.

This Friday June 23rd at 7.30pm PST we have a gorgeous New Moon in Cancer.

As always I will write a blog on the New Moon which will be available on the main homepage of the site but for you lovely members I wanted to include a guide to the areas of life which will be highlighted during Cancer season and which you should focus on to set your New Moon intentions this Friday.

Remember to read for your sun sign and your rising sign.

  • Aries - your family, home, domestic life, the private/inner you, your emotions
  • Taurus - your mind, communication, your 'voice' in all formats (and related projects) siblings, neighbors and your local community,
  • Gemini - your personal income and finances, your values (who and what you value) your self-esteem
  • Cancer - your identity, your appearance, how others view you, your autonomy
  • Leo - your subconscious mind, healing, closure and endings, secrets and work you do behind the scenes
  • Virgo - your tribe, friendships, groups you belong to and causes you support, your most cherished hopes, wishes and dreams for the future
  • Libra - your career, ambition, success and status, your legacy
  • Scorpio -higher learning/education, spirituality, publishing, foreign people and places, travel and legal matters
  • Sagittarius - joint projects and joint finances, merging and transformation
  • Capricorn - close partnerships of all types, platonic, professional and romantic
  • Aquarius - your daily routine, work and service to others, health - mind/body/soul
  • Pisces - love/romance/dating, creativity, self-expression, having fun, hobbies, children (yours and others) including your inner child

Wishing you all a wonderful week and a light infused Soulstice and start to Cancer season!

Love,

Ambi x

Ask Ambi: Mars Return

Ambi Sitham

Welcome to Ask Ambi - my new cosmic coaching agony aunt column.

Feel free to write to me at ask@alchemywithambi.com or reach out on Instagram or Facebook with a question about astrology, your unique natal chart, or a challenge you are going through.

I will write back via a blog which will be shared on the Membership section because the answer to your question, or the SOULUTION to your challenge, may well help others!

Please note that in certain blog responses (largely those dealing with very personal issues) I will often edit questions or omit details so as to protect the privacy of those who are seeking help.

Onwards to the first Ask Ambi Q+A which was a response to an Instagram post about the current Mars in Cancer transit.

 

I have my Mars in Cancer! What does this mean?

 

You are experiencing your Mars return!

In astrology the return of a planet is when a transiting planet reaches the same position in the zodiac (in terms of both sign and degree) as it holds in our natal chart.

The significance of each these planetary returns differs and I will probably explain more about these in future blog posts.

We all hear about our Saturn return because Saturn is a slower moving planet and its return, particularly the first return, is very much a rite of passage into adulthood.

No-one (whether they believe in astrology or not!) is immune to the impact of Saturn return!

However Saturn is not the only significant planetary return.

The return of Mars is powerful and will impact you for the next two years (as this is roughly how long Mars takes to transit the entire zodiac, dependent on his retrograde periods which occur approximately every two years).

Mars is the planet of energy, ambition and drive (and also rules sexual desire) so when you experience your Mars return it is likely your energy levels will be higher than normal.

This is an excellent time to plan for the future. What do you want?  What do you truly desire, lust after even? (can be a person, place, job, lifestyle, etc)

See where Mars is in your natal chart and therefore what life areas are governed by this house as this will show you which life areas are being highlighted by Mars energies over the next two years and where you are planting seeds for success.

Also, look at your solar chart (based on your sun sign).

Which house does Aries (and therefore Mars) rule in your solar chart?

As those life areas are also in the cosmic spotlight you ought to be thinking about what you wish to achieve in them over the next two years.

Notice events occurring around the time of your Mars return and the energies you are experiencing.

This will give you insights into the new endeavors that you will start in the next two years and what you will manifest.

Read my previous blog about the Mars in Cancer do’s and don’ts carefully and make sure you are harnessing the light of Mars in Cancer and steering clear of the shadows.

If you really wanted to go deeper in studying your Mars return you can also cast a Mars return chart which is very similar to a birth chart but shows you the exact astrological energies at the time of your unique Mars return.

Analysis of the various aspects made in the Mars return chart can help you identify key themes and dates for the next two year period in terms of the areas of life governed by Mars.

But this is isn’t a necessity and especially if you are a newbie to the cosmos, keeping things simple is best!

So in summary, look at your chart, see where Mars is placed, think about the life areas being highlighted (both in your natal and solar chart) and think about what you want (really really want a la Spice Girls!) and infuse your desires with the energy and light of Mars to manifest them.

I am wishing you a soulfully powerful, energized Mars return which brings you the fruition of your desires for your highest good and the greater good of all.

Love,

Ambi x

 

 

 

 

Venus in Taurus: June 7th - July 6th 2017: Lasting love

Ambi Sitham

The words of Taurus Audrey Hepburn who actually married twice in the end

The words of Taurus Audrey Hepburn who actually married twice in the end

Hello lovely ones and happy Wednesday!

Today, Wednesday 7th June 2017, Venus planet of love, peace, harmony, beauty, abundance and socializing moves into fixed earth sign Taurus where she will stay until July 6th.

After Venus's retrograde earlier this this year and a long time in Pisces and Aries we are all probably very ready for the planet of love to move into another part of the zodiac.

As many of you will probably know by now, Venus rules Taurus and Libra.

Soulstrology says it follows that Venus is very much 'at home' in Taurus meaning we should all feel the positive impact of this transit in the Taurus ruled part of our lives.

Look at where you have Taurus on the cusp of your natal chart as well as any planets you have in Taurus as this will give you an idea of the areas of life which will be infused with Venusian energies.

As always, Soulstrology reminds us that there is shadow and light and duality to each planet and sign.

Here are the Soulstrology do's and don'ts for this Venus in Taurus transit.

 

DO

  • Indulge the five senses. Venus in Taurus is all about pleasure, from the simple to the more exquisite sensual pleasures.
  • Be grounded and peaceful and infuse these energies into your life. Venus in Taurus lends to natural contentment. Make the most of the next month and being more easily content
  • Consider commitment. This transit encourages us to be more committed in our love affairs. If you're single, commit to having a better relationship with yourself!
  • Get your finances in order. Venus in Taurus values stability. Start a savings plan, pay off debt, etc
  • Shop for substance with consciousness. Venus in Taurus doesn't collect tat. Look for quality, practical items which will last (they can also be aesthetically pleasing! the two themes aren't mutually exclusive!)
  • Socialize through food. The way to (many a) heart is through the belly. Cook for your loved ones, entertain at home or try a new restaurant

 

DON'T

  • Overindulge. The danger of satiating the five senses is to overdo it. Gluttony is a shadow of Venus in Taurus so be mindful of this
  • Be lazy. The shadow of natural contentment and harmony is to just kick back and well, be a bit lazy. Watch for the balance between being peaceful and grounded and downright lazy!
  • Overspend. This transit helps us see the beauty in tangible goods. This can result in wanting to purchase everything that catches our eye. Try and be grounded in your purchases. None of us need everything we want!
  • Be a superficial social butterfly. Sometimes when we are overly sociable we forget about substance in our connections and our conversations. Be soulfully sociable.
  • Be possessive. This transit encourages commitment but there is a difference between commitment and clinging. Don't treat your partner like a possession.
  • Hold onto things past their sell by date. Somethings have an expiration date and serve a purpose or season of our life. Learn to let go of the people, possessions and places that fall into this category.

 

Taurus and Taurus risings this next month is your time to enjoy what Soulstrology likes to call the Venus filter! It gives a great glow!

Whatever your sign, you will be enjoying this transit somewhere in your chart and therefore life.

Below is the Soulstrology guide for this transit for each sign indicating which areas of life will be experiencing this transit and the Venus filter.

Read for your sun and rising sign and don't forget to check which planets you have in Taurus.

Try and infuse these life areas with the light of Venus, think love, harmony, abundance!

 

SOULSTROLOGY VENUS IN TAURUS GUIDE

 

  • Aries - your income, your possessions, your personal finances, your values (who and what you value in life) and your self-esteem
  • Taurus - your identity, the very essence of who you are, how people see you
  • Gemini - healing, secrets, your subconscious mind, secret projects, what you keep hidden (including the hidden you) endings and completion
  • Cancer - your tribe, friendships, groups you belong to, causes you support, your most cherished hopes, wishes and dreams for the future
  • Leo - success, career, ambition, your status, your public legacy
  • Virgo - spirituality/religion/higher learning, legal matters, travel, foreign places and people
  • Libra - joint projects and finances, merging, transformation that comes through merging
  • Scorpio - close partnerships of all kinds, platonic, professional and romantic (marriage too)
  • Sagittarius - your daily lifestyle/routine, service and work, your health - mind/body/soul
  • Capricorn - love and romance, children - yours and/or others, fun, self-expression and creativity
  • Aquarius - home - who what and where you consider home, family, your childhood, domestic life
  • Pisces - your mind, communication, your 'voice' in all formats and related projects, short trips, your siblings, neighbors and local community

 

 

Mars in Cancer June 5th - July 21st 2017: The energy of emotion

Ambi Sitham

Mars the planet of energy, action and desire.

For the first time in two years, today June 5th the fiery red planet moves into Cancer where it will remain until July 21st.

Cancer/Cancer risings will feel the impact of this transit and the Martian energy the most.

Whatever your zodiac sign each of us has either houses and/or planets in Cancer so we will all feel the effect of this Mars transit in certain areas of our life.

In traditional astrology Mars is said to be 'in detriment' in Cancer.

This is because the energies are so contradictory.

Mars is autonomy and empowerment, having the confidence and courage to take action and go after our goals. 

It's a fiery, feisty energy that also has a shadow (arrogance, aggression, conflict).

Cancer on the other hand has a much more gentle, emotional energy.

The watery sign governs the past, our childhood, family, mother and our needs and emotions.

It is sensitive and nurturing and tends to be cautious in all pursuits, favoring security over 'success'.

The fire and energy of Mars is said to be dampened by Cancer's crab like, sideways crawling and (often overly) sensitive energies.

Whilst Mars traditionally charges ahead with confidence and courage, Cancer often crawls from side to side, taking far longer to get to where it needs to go, occasionally crawling back in it's shell when it's feelings have been hurt or it gets scared.

Soulstrology says that whilst this is not the easiest of transits each of us can harness these energies for our highest good. 

In order to do so we need to understand the energy of emotion and how to harness them properly.

DO's

  • Use your intuition as your guide. Connect to your higher self, listen to your gut and let it guide you
  • Take action. Particularly regarding your home and/or family (and the Cancer ruled parts of your unique chart)
  • Revisit the past. Sometimes we need to go backwards before we can move forwards. Past relationships and/or situations may need to be revisited (and the emotions around them felt and healed).
  • Connect with your inner nurturer. Regardless of our gender this is a time to connect to the divine mother energy that resides in each of us and to infuse that nurturing energy into our lives, relationships and goals.
  • Fight for what you believe in. Channel your most passionate emotions (Cancer) into constructive action (Mars).

 

DON'TS

  • Passive aggressive behavior. This comes from a lack of confidence and courage to tackle what needs to be dealt with directly. It is self defeatist and unhelpful in (all) relationships.
  • Drown in your emotions. We have to feel to heal but this does not mean wallowing in emotions. No pity party allowed!
  • Moodiness/irritability. Such feelings arise from not taking full responsibility for our emotions, processing them and transforming that energy. If you feel off, you're off. Get aligned!
  • Procrastinate or move sideways. Avoid this Cancer shadow which will simply keep you stuck and frustrated.
  • Allow your heart to rule your head. There are times over this transit when it is best to be unemotional, logical and practical (adopting the traits of Cancer's zodiac opposite Capricorn)

 

SOULSTROLOGY GUIDE

Below is a Soulstrology guide for each sign (read for both your sun and rising sign) identifying the life areas that will be experiencing this Mars in Cancer transit.

Try and apply the do's and don'ts as set out above to these life areas over this cosmic window.

  • Aries: Your childhood, family, home (past present and future) and domestic life, emotions.
  • Taurus: Your mind, communication, your 'voice' in all formats (and related projects), siblings, neighbors, your local community and short trips
  • Gemini: Your income/personal finances and possessions, your values (who and what you value) and your self-esteem
  • Cancer: Your identity, autonomy and personal goals
  • Leo: Your subconscious mind, healing, work you do behind the scenes, secret projects, the hidden you
  • Virgo: Your tribe - friendships, groups you belong to, causes you support. Your hopes, wishes and dreams for the future
  • Libra: Your career/status and success. Ambition, goals and the public you.
  • Scorpio: Your personal spirituality/religion, higher learning/education, legal matters, travel, long distance trips, publishing
  • Sagittarius: Your joint projects and finances, merging with others in all ways and transformation
  • Capricorn: Your close partnerships of all sorts, platonic, professional and romantic
  • Aquarius: Your day to day routine/lifestyle, work and service to others, your health-mind/body and soul
  • Pisces: Love and romance, children (yours, others and your inner child), fun, hobbies, self-expression and creativity

Soulstrology guide to Gemini season 2017

Ambi Sitham

Welcome to Gemini season 2017!

Every lunar month we will delve into the traits of the current zodiac season which will differ slightly according to the other cosmic aspects at play (which naturally shifts monthly and annually).

Gemini season officially started on May 21st when the Sun moved into the Gemini zone of the zodiac and will last until Thursday June 22nd.

We had a gorgeous New Moon in Gemini last Thursday 25th May.

As with all New Moons, the most potent cosmic window is the day of.

However the following seven days are still a very powerful time in which to harness the energies to sow the seeds for your desires.

So if you haven't set your intentions yet, don't fret, there is still plenty of time!

So, what to expect from Gemini season?

First off, if you are either a Gemini sun sign or a Gemini rising, then this is YOUR season with the cosmic spotlight shining brightly on you.

But regardless of your sign, the cosmic spotlight is shining somewhere in your chart.

Go online and cast a free chart to see which areas of life Gemini rules in your chart and are highlighted by the cosmos this next month.

Turning now to Gemini, a mutable air sign ruled by Mercury.

This sign has a changeable, dual nature which may infuse the life areas ruled by Gemini in our charts.

Mercury's energies and themes are communication, the mind and travel which is reflected in Gemini's chatty and sociable nature, love of travel and a mind that often works overtime!

As Mercury is now back to fine form as he is finally out of retro-shade we can expect these themes to run smoothly over this particular Gemini season, or at least, we are unable to blame Mercury for any mishaps in these areas of life and instead have to take responsibility ourselves!

So let's get down to Soulstrology's DO's and DONT's for this next Gemini lunation which reflects the light and shadow of this sign.

 

DO

 

  • Plan short trips/travel. Go for that weekend get-away, day trip or grab that last minute holiday deal.
  • Feed your mind. Nourish it. Read, learn, take a course, try a treatment for the mind (I am delving into hypnosis!)
  • Socialize. Connect with siblings, your neighbors and local community
  • Write. Whether it is private journaling, or public blogging, or starting to sketch the ideas of a book you've always wanted to write. Get pen to paper or hands to keyboard and start writing
  • Communicate. Pick up the phone to an old friend/relative you've not been in touch with for a while, send an 'I'm thinking of you card', have a conversation that is overdue, express how you're feeling.
  • Explore and embrace your unique duality. Try something you've always wanted to do or indulge that part of yourself which you perhaps need to acknowledge. Embrace and integrate the different facets of your personality into your life.

 

DON'T

 

  • Be superficial or flaky. Mean what you say, say what you mean and let this be reflected in your actions.
  • Gossip. Even if it seems relatively harmless. Words have energy and gossip is harmful to the person being talked about, the person doing the gossiping and the person listening.
  • Overthink or let your mind spin out. Be mindful, rather than having a mind that is full.
  • Be indecisive and drive yourself and others mad in the process (comes from overthinking)
  • Be Jekyll and Hyde or two-faced. Duality can be a great thing, but being a split personality, or two faced and insincere is not!
  • Be lazy. If you're going to do something do it properly with full attention. If something needs to be done, get to it, don't procrastinate and/or prevaricate!

 

Saturn, the stern teacher....

Soulstrology tells us that the Gemini ruled parts of our charts (and therefore lives) have had cosmic life coach Saturn 'in opposition' at some point since December 2014 when he entered into Gemini's opposite sign Sagittarius. (Note it may be that you have yet to experience this depending on the exact degrees and angles in your unique chart but either way it will happen by the end of 2017 when Saturn departs Sagittarius).

With stern Saturn sitting opposite the Gemini ruled parts of our charts we would have felt that pressure of the polarity between those two opposing life areas.

E.g. for some people this could be their rising sign and their seventh house of committed partnerships so it could be the tension between their autonomy and the compromise of partnership.

For others, it could be that the fourth house (home/family/domestic life) and their tenth house (career, status, success) themes have clashed and there has been a tough re-balancing act in these two areas of life.

Either way this energy (and again, once you work out the Gemini and Sagittarius ruled parts of your chart you will easily be able to establish where this cosmic duel has been taking place) will come to a head this month with the annual Sun/Saturn opposition.

This takes place on June 15th 2017.

Soulstrology tells us that what happens either on, or around this day, shows us the degree to which we have learned Saturn's lessons and done his homework!

If you feel restricted, limited, frustrated or sad around this day then know that it is Saturn and his karmic lessons. Never fear, you still have plenty of time to integrate his lessons and reap the rewards by the end of the year!

It may be that something comes to fruition at this time, that there is structure and stability and success. As always, whatever happens is dependent upon your unique chart (and other transits you are experiencing) the unique circumstances of your life and your soul's journey.

Remember, the stars impel but they do not compel!

Hoping you've all had a great start to Gemini season and wishing you a mindful, magical rest of this lunation where you step out of the shadows of this sign to embrace its light.

Love,

Ambi x

Welcome to Soulstrology!

Ambi Sitham

magic clap your hands

Hi everyone and welcome to the new Soulstrology general membership!

I have wanted to set this up for nearly two years now, however, the combination of a heavy workload/schedule and lack of technical prowess thwarted my desires…

But I am a believer in cosmic divine timing over my timing, so here we are, finally live and up and running, woohoo!

I wanted to write a little welcome note so that you know what to expect from the membership.

Most importantly and the foundation of all I do is my desire is to help others to help themselves.

Soulstrology is mind/body/soul cosmic coaching which can help you create alchemy in your own life.

And it’s a fun journey.

I am offering a complimentary trial period.  

Consider it a gift from the cosmos, and me!

If (which I hope!) you enjoy and benefit from it then after the trial period is over you can join as a monthly member for $11.11.  

Lastly, what should you expect in terms of content?

I will start off posting weekly blogs which will range from educational (simplifying Soulstrology so you can easily understand and apply it in your own life) to answering reader questions via Ask Ambi (as I have done on That’s So Retrograde before) and audio content - think mantras, meditations and more!

I may even introduce Soulstrology Scopes come Fall but for now, I am just starting slow and building (that’s my practical grounded Virgo rising, Taurus moon tempering my let’s do it all NOW Sagittarius sun)!

I will still be writing and sharing my usual new and full moon blogs on my site so even if you choose not to join Soulstrology in the future you can still access the monthly Cosmic Updates.

As I have been a busy bee in all areas you can expect the first Soulstrology Member post to go live early next week (post-Memorial Day) but for now, I hope you enjoy a little manifesting meditation I recorded last summer during the Arizona summer storms.

Happy New Moon and a big cosmic welcome!

Love,
Ambi x