Take advantage of the full moon, connect with earth and let go of the beliefs that are holding you back this month.
What is Chakrastrology™?
Chakrastrology is based on the principle that each of our chakras (energy centers) is ruled by a planet, and that by working with both, we experience greater health and well-being. This wisdom is rooted in ancient texts and brought to life in a modern context. By looking at our chakras in terms of the planets, we get a major advantage in working with them and in seeing what’s influencing them now.
The ancient wisdom of the chakras reveals that there are “energetic hot spots” within the body where we store our experiences, emotions and beliefs. When we don’t examine these deeper elements of the self, then eventually imbalances in these areas manifest as physical sensations like tension or chronic pain. This is the inherent link between mind and body, and the chakras provide us a road map for unlocking it!
To take this understanding further and to see how our chakras are being influenced by the outside world, we look at their connection to the planets, which are yet another ancient body of wisdom. In alignment with the alchemical idea “As above, so below,” we watch the planets above us for insight into what’s happening within us. For millennia, astrologers have witnessed the influence of the planets on our day-to-day lives.
By recognizing the intrinsic links between the planets and areas of our body (the chakras), we also get invaluable information about how to optimize our health and well-being. This comprehensive system, known as chakrastrology, bridges the gap between outer and inner, and helps us make sense (and greater health).
June 2017: Summer Solstice
“As we connect to whatever has kept us small or scared, we also unwittingly find that which reveals our power, truth and success. By shining a little light into our own dark places, we discover treasures that would otherwise become lost.” —Alanna Kaivalya
Summer is here, and it’s time to place our feet on the earth, connect with our roots, ground ourselves and stabilize our intentions and manifestations for the rest of the year ahead. The early months of 2017 have slowly washed us in more light, and signaled to a deeper part of us that it is time to bring into awareness what we can no longer hide in the dark. As we connect to whatever has kept us small or scared, we also find that which reveals our power, truth and success. By shining a little light into our own dark places, we discover treasures that would otherwise become lost.
June is the month to celebrate this coming into the light. It’s time to leave behind old belief systems or limiting truths and step into our full potential. The good news is that the stars are with us in this pursuit: We have three astrological events highlighting our “return to the light,” and we work with them mentally, physically and spiritually through the Chakrastrology practices outlined below.
Today, June 9th, we have a full moon in Sagittarius that evokes our interests in travel, spirituality and higher learning. This full moon pulls on our root chakra and calls us to first plant our feet on the ground before we rush off on a long-distance trip—whether that trip is to far off destinations, or the exploration of foreign philosophies or spiritualities that pique our interest. Grounding ourselves in what nourishes us now sets us up for success in whatever travel or inquiries we pursue over the next month.
The big Chakrastrology focus in the month of June is the summer solstice on the 21st. This is the longest day of the year, and it bathes us in the sun’s light. Astrologically, the sun’s light represents our conscious awareness and our highest potential, and is located at the energetic center of the third eye. More of this light leaves little room for the shadow—the doubt, small thinking or limited beliefs that might otherwise convince us to play small for the world. This immersion into the light is a good opportunity to think big, shed your old paradigms, set new goals and shoot for the stars. What you set in motion with your intentions today will be in play for the next six months, so think big, be bold and know that Saturn’s power of manifestation is aiding you in your finest creation.
With Saturn in the mix, there is a big focus on the root chakra for the summer solstice. Mercury and Mars also empower this enlightening day by calling us to speak the truth about what is most important to us, and let go of all fears about what might be required in order for you to manifest your greatest potential. The time is now, and you are ready. Stand firmly in your power and set your next big goal in motion!
Saturn finally relieves us of the pressure to act by the time the new moon in Cancer comes around on June 23rd. This new moon releases the intensity of the earlier part of the month, and gives you an opportunity for rest and restoration after gearing up and goal-setting with the summer solstice. While the solstice brings power and intensity to our consciousness, the new moon in Cancer shifts our focus to our unconscious, our emotions and our secret drives and urges. What have you secretly desired? What are you not saying that you really need to say? Mercury and Mars are still here at this time, guiding you to speak your truth with the throat chakra and willing what you want, with the power chakra.
Overall, this month is a time to root and ground ourselves for the stability we need to manifest our greatest desires and urges. The focus on the root chakra is the prevailing energy this month, so set yourself up for personal success by following these suggestions to balance and harmonize this energy center.
June’s Chakrastrology focus
Root Chakra + Saturn
Energetic Focus: Finding Solid Ground
Physical Location: Base of spine, seat, legs, feet
Core Mantra: I am stable.
Sanskrit Name for the Chakra: Muladhara (root place)
Saturn is the task master of the planets, asking us to get stuff done! Its rulership over the root chakra tries to firm up our stability as Saturn urges us to stay grounded and tend to our basic needs.
Recommended activities: Try the U-Jam fitness class at your local 24 Hour Fitness to rev up your root chakra this month! You might also try jogging outside, with the sunshine on your face; a barefoot yoga session in the park; or adding extra squats (to fire up the legs, which are connected to the root chakra) in your fitness routine. Even having a picnic outside in the sun will connect you with the most prevalent and grounding energies this month.
June Summer Solstice Chakrastrology meditation
We have Saturn and the root chakra in the mix this month, creating a direct relationship with our distant past. It’s time to explore any limiting beliefs from childhood or your family that hold you back from pursuing your dreams and highest vision for yourself. Try a seated meditation outside, on the earth. Connect to earth’s energy in order to feel which old, tired belief systems it is time to break through and revamp.
Take a comfortable seat outside. Close your eyes. Feel your breath move through your nostrils and past the third eye point. Visualize your third eye slowly opening. Place your hands on the earth and draw energy from the earth into your hands and up to the third eye. Silently ask yourself, “What limiting beliefs currently hold me back?” Wait for an answer. The answer may come in the form of an image, a sensation, a thought or a sound. Accept whatever answer you get with an open heart and mind. Once you have received the answer, silently ask yourself, “How can I release this limiting belief?” Again, receive an answer in the form that works best for you. Based on the answer you receive, write down three actionable steps you can take to start living your best life!
Mantra of the Month: I Am Stable, Grounded, and Ready to Manifest My Highest Potential!
Nourishing Solstice Smoothie Recipe: Cherry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cocoa nibs and coconut water. (Add acai for a third eye chakra boost!)
Photo credit: Krzysztof Wiktor, Adobe Stock