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Mayday! Mayday!

As if being in quarantine wasn't enough, the cosmos has gifted us 4 planets in retrograde this month. Yes you read it right. A whopping 4! What an incredible time to be alive - more change is on the way. So what's happening in May I hear you say....?! Take a seat. Get comfortable. It's story time.

We will experience Venus, Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn in retrograde. Buckle up, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Venus, the planet of divine feminine, love, art and music, is the giver of pleasure, attention and the flow of money. Venus highlights our attraction to love and heightens our sensuality both within ourselves and what we see in others.

When Venus retrogrades (12th May - 25th June) issues related to love and money will surface. Relationships will face challenges. Old lovers or those we held a flame for can appear from nowhere, gifting us a time to heal old wounds, offer us healthy closure, or potential reconnection with new love. Get ready for the love of a lifetime. But first let go of the old so the new can enter. It's the love detox.

Pluto retrograde (25th April - 4th October) is a test of faith. Generosity, kindness and spiritual growth is on the menu, helping us to come through this time of global change. Having awareness of growing into our own skin and standing up for what we believe in is the energy we will be feeling.

Holding onto dysfunctional relationships professionally or personally will magnify obsessive behaviours or cravings. It's time for the life detox.

Jupiter is known as the guru and expansion of consciousness. Representing the higher mind and our higher selves. It will draw us on a journey into the unknown, prompting us to take a leap of faith in the right direction for us (Pluto energy).

Jupiter's retrograde (14th May - 12th September) gifts us profound inner growth. It is a chance to reconnect and realign with our inner truth, greater consciousness and the connection to our god source within. It's deep.

Opening ourselves up enough to see our life situation as it is, means shadow/ego work will happen. Jupiter always offers us protection when we are exploring our selves and doing deep soul searching. This is our spiritual detox.

Saturn is the planet of karma. Retrograde (11th May - 29th September) will be a time when our karma is highlighted and delivered. Think divine timing. If our karma hasn't been clean there might be lessons learned. If it has, expect rewards and recognitions. This is the karma detox.

Our love, faith, consciousness and karma will be under the spotlight. Upgraded. Cleansed. Expect a bigger better version of ourselves to emerge from this. May will gift us the time and space to evolve.

It's written in the stars. Divinely guided. Meant to be. Don't fight it, evolve with it.

We've got this! Beltane blessings.

Covid-19

Here we all are smack bang in the middle of quarantine. I don't know what day it is or even how long I've been here. It feels a bit like being in a surreal other dimensional tardis, not that I know what that is like. No people. No contact. No hugs. No concept of life as we have known it. At this stage I feel sweary words wanting to roll of my tongue, but I will reframe from expressing them. You can thank me later. I'll happily accept hugs - my cunning plan for physical contact. Yes, it's got that bad. Joking of course, I think?

Thank god for platforms. No, not the 1970's shoes. I'm talking Zoom. Facetime. Skype. The telephone (invented by a Scot I may add). You get the idea? What a life saver! I do not however recommend hosting online parties with friends, you know, the ones that encourage you to drink more wine while putting the world to rights and having a wee dance at the same time. Yes it is amazing at the time, but oh lordy me, not when the hangover costs you a full day. Hold on, we all have full days now, shall I retract that statement? Ok anything goes, just be happy! Please note, 2 glasses of wine is the new 2 bottles - drink responsibly.

I chuckled at someones social media post saying they were figuring out what meeting to go to first; AA or weight watchers, closely followed by the beautician and hairdresser. It's all looking a little grim.

If like me you're bewildered by the whole aspect of covid-19 and have exhausted conspiracy theories, become a medical expert over night and think you could run the world better than anyone else, then I salute you, love you and together we will laugh this situation away. Seriously, laughter is where it's at. I highly recommend it.

Yet on a serious note, lets talk nature, mother Gaia herself. Possibly the whole reason why our current situation has manifested. This can be seen as her saving grace. A chance to hold sacred space, stop and breathe, embrace recovery time to regenerate what us humans have destroyed and stolen from her. Nature is beginning to thrive because we are nowhere in sight. There is a massive lesson in this. The quote 'live simply so others can simply live' comes to mind. We are all part of this global awakening. It is an unprecedented situation we are in, one our souls signed up for and potentially one we will never see again. It's completely mind blowing. Big sigh...remember nothing is impossible. 

To all the families who have lost loved ones due to covid-19, my love and deepest condolences are with you. Finding closure must be extremely challenging given that funerals are limited in numbers and flights grounded especially if travelling needs to be involved. I can't imagine what you are all going through? May the angels wrap their wings around you, guide you step by step and grant you so much peace.

So what's next? I have no idea. What I do know is that we all have the capacity to love and heal. Love ourselves. Each other. Love the world and everything in it back to health and happiness. We must. It's our duty to do so. Even though we're doing the 2 meter social distancing we can share our energy, offer a smile to someone who looks anxious. Help each other on a day to day basis. It's time to step up, be the difference.

This whole global situation is fucked up and it is our responsibility to turn it around. We can do this. 

NHS workers and carers - I love you! Thank you. Those of you reading this - please be safe. 

Be kind

Tell me about your pain
Is it surrounded by blame and shame?
How deep does it go,
do you let it show?

Are you choosing to hide,
all that resonates inside.
The smile covers all, you think?
But the tears roll with every blink.

Can you lay yourself bare,
absorb the piercing stares.
Yes they did you wrong,
you were right my dear, all along.

So what happens next?
Has karma gone full circle yet?
Can you break away from what you've known?
Or let winds of change to blow?

Pull it back.
Stop the victim pact.
Break away, be strong,
leave the bullshit where it belongs.

Follow the path light,
look, it can get better and bright.
Break the chains that held you numb,
fuck them, go where you belong!

Call the angels near,
let their blessings surface and appear.
Remember who you are,
stop running away so far.

Sit in your mind,
demand yourself to be kind.
Let love show you the way,
no regrets, to yourself you must stay.

Dissolve the crippling dark,
finally embrace your art.
There is another way,
let hope guide you, tomorrow is another day.
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Natalie Alexander

"I can and I will"