The twelve zodiac signs are grouped together into four elements, air, water, fire and earth. They all have a long history, these four elements have been the pillar of everything we are surrounded by. Below is how each sign is categorized;
Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
With our Taurus bar officially made I thought it would be a great time take a look at each element and how they represent each sign.
AIR SIGNS: AQUARIUS, GEMINI, LIBRA.
Air signs are often leaders in our society because their energy is very intellectually oriented, they are all about action, ideas, and motion! They also like to communicate, which makes them social people. Air signs bring everyone a breath of fresh air when things start to get stale. They tend to be rational and analytical but can also handle abstract thinking. You could say they have the most developed thinking because of this balance between the creative and logic sides of the brain.
WATER SIGNS: PISCES, CANCER, SCORPIO.
Water signs are the most intuitive of the zodiac signs, they can be as mysterious as the ocean itself. They usually have very clear dreams and will make you feel heard and seen. Like water, they can be refreshing, or they can drown you in their depths. They are very nurturing and known to be bleeding hearts. If you need someone to talk to about deep things, they are usually happy to lend an ear. They are very comforting people. Security is important to them—after all, water needs a container, or it dries up and disappears.
FIRE SIGNS: ARIES, LEO, SAGITTARIUS.
Fire signs are known for being highly creative, passionate, dynamic, and temperamental people. They tend to be rebels because of their charisma and enthusiasm, and they can easily motivate others. A single spark can set off a forest fire. As a result, fire signs need to be nurtured and managed carefully. They often wear their emotions on their sleeve and are dynamic with multiple interests or skills. If you want something done fast, call a fire sign. They are impeccably good at getting things done.
EARTH SIGNS: TAURUS, VIRGO, CAPRICORN.
Earth sign traits can be very comforting, they are the grounded people on the earth and help remind us to start with a solid foundation. They are known as the “builders” of the zodiac signs, with loyal, organized and practical traits and stick by those close to them in hard times. Often the earth sign will have a calming energy and you will actually feel down to earth with them around.
These last few months we have been embracing each of these signs for our Zodiac Collection, on New Years I made it my resolution to design a bar for each zodiac sign. With our Valley of Light bar released we now have a bar for each element. Now that we have reviewed the 4 elements, continue to follow along with our Zodiac bars to see how the other 8 elements come to life.
It’s time for our newest Zodiac Bar to be launched into the world, and with this bar we have come full cycle with this earth element! Introducing “Valley of Light”!! Representing our Taurus bar, the arrival of this bar couldn’t be more perfect. Mercury Retrograde ends right as this sign begins, and I think we all need the beaming light of the Taurus energy in our life!
Taurus is one of the three zodiac signs grouped under the earth element. When researching the earth sign, all the articles say the same thing; “Stubborn”, but I strongly believe that a word with a hint of negativity is never the right way to describe someone. My mission with this soap was to uncover the truth behind this misunderstood sign and I uncovered exactly what I was hoping to find.
Taurus is the builder of the zodiac – This can be seen in the building of their own self worth, and developing their own talents and abilities. They define their value based on what they can physically manifest into this world. This can be seen in their combination of creative potential and grounding ability to bring physical form to art. Producing something of lasting beauty and value is a goal which Taurus constantly strives to achieve.
“You have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved. “
Perhaps no other sign is more loyal and dependable than Taurus. This energy of grounding and loyalty is what makes Emerald such a perfect match, and is already the birthstone for May. Due to it’s connection to the heart chakra, Emerald is known as the “Stone of Successful Love”. Emerald opens and nurtures the heart and the Heart Chakra. Its soothing energy provides healing to all levels of the being, as well as bringing freshness and vitality to the spirit. A stone of inspiration and infinite patience, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love.
This stone enhances the nurturing and loyal energy of the Taurus, this earth sign embodies Mother Earth and her loving and supportive nature. Enhance your heart and mind this month and indulge into the spirit of Taurus with our “Valley of Light” bar available for the Taurus season.
I think that most people have a pretty clear understanding of Spring.
Me, personally? I vividly remember watching the kids at school transform into hyper little trolls during this time and listening to the teachers talk about “spring fever”. I see the pretty pastel pinks, yellows, and greens of Easter decorations. I remember the children’s movies and elementary school worksheets that taught me about the baby animals being born, the flowers sprouting up from the ground…but there’s so much more to Spring than just that.
With the Spring Equinox coming up on Tuesday, March 20th, we’re entering a time of new beginnings.
Rebirth. Rebalance. Rebuild.
EQUINOX [ee-kwuh-noks]: The time when the sun crosses the plane of Earth’s equator, making night and day approximately equal length all over the Earth and occurring twice a year, around March 20th (Spring Equinox or Vernal Equinox) and September 22nd (Autumnal Equinox).
The balance that presents itself during the Equinox is something that we often strive to attain in our daily lives – balancing those light and dark parts within ourselves. But this year…I think we should take a step back. Let’s jump up and down on the imaginary scale. Let’s tip it way over to one side! Now let’s leap to the other side and watch it tilt again!
Do you know where I’m going with this?
With the Spring Equinox, we get a new beginning. So let’s try new things. Let’s shake away the old. Those dusty parts of ourselves that we’ve only held onto for nostalgia’s sake. The habits that we know aren’t doing us any good. The people who we loved and lost.
Spring cleaning for our mind, body, and spirit.
What a beautiful thing to have the opportunity to learn and relearn yourself. Build and rebuild your life. Rebirth. Rebalance. Rebuild.
What’s something that you’ve always wanted to try?
Where do you need to shed negativity?
How are you going to start?
When do you feel happiest? Most content?
Who are you? Truly. Really. Fully.
Take these couple of weeks leading up to the Spring Equinox to think about what you’d like to bring into your life. Focus on the positive, the good that you can create, before thinking about what you want to break away from. Positive thoughts bring positive progress.
What will be your first step to a new beginning?
Even the softest touch will tip that scale – and who needs balance anyway?
When life gets crazy, I pull out a deck of cards.
I ask for guidance, I start shuffling, and when I draw that first card in a spread, I know I’m taking positive steps toward building a better life for myself.
Tarot is an amazing tool for self-care. Whether you’ve just discovered it or have been reading for years and years, the Tarot can help bring to light some of the most important lessons that you’ll learn in this life. Often times, the cards will reflect what you already know, reassuring you that you’re on the right path and sometimes reminding you of your past mistakes. I have one deck in particular that likes to say “I told you so.”
With the Spring Equinox only a week away, Tuesday, March 20th, we’ve created a six card Tarot spread that will help you recognize what path is best for you at this time. What road will lead you to the beautiful rebirth that the Equinox represents?
Take a moment to center yourself. A few deep breaths can be all that’s needed, but the goal is to clear your head as best as possible. Relax your shoulders, stop twitching your fingers – let yourself tune into the goal of this Tarot spread.
For me, I used the main themes of the spread as a mantra to focus my thoughts as I shuffle.
“Rebuild, Rebalance, Rebirth” – from the bottom row of the spread to the top.
As Kat and I were working out the best way to position the spread and how to better explain each row, we decided that Rebuild (Cards 1, 2, 3) can work as your foundation. Think of it in a similar way to the “Past” card in some readings.
ACKNOWLEDGE – ACCEPT – ADAPT
As you pull these cards, keep in mind the decisions and experiences that have led you to this point. Whether you view your current situation as positive, as a work in progress, or as something entirely unpleasant – there is always room to grow. Figuring out how best to grow can be the tricky part…leading us to our middle row.
ADVANCE – RETREAT
These two cards work as our “Advice” cards or “Action” cards. You’ve examined where you are, the good and the bad, and now it’s decision making time. This row gives a gentle nudge toward the right path – where to place your focus and how to tilt the scale in one direction or another, Rebalance!
Representing your Rebirth and your future self.
I certainly don’t believe that the future is set in stone so if this card is something that makes you think, “Hey, that isn’t what I want.” Guess what? You can change the outcome! You are the author. You write your own story.
Looking again at the middle row, the way you approach your advice cards can play a big part in where you end up.
I highly recommend keeping a journal nearby to take note of your cards and write down your interpretations. Light some candles, some incense, put on some calming music, set the mood! Make it something special!
The New Moon on Saturday, March 17th is another great time to play with this spread! New Moon, New Beginnings!
I gain my rituals from watching others and reading and perfecting my own ritual. This is a monthly ritual for me, each month I set intentions, write them down and next full moon come back to them and decide what still needs to stay and what can be released.
I have really enjoyed creating my own practice and I want to share with all of you how you can create your own full moon ritual too.
What you need
Pen, paper, lighter, candle, a chest, jar or box (to save your intentions), small bowls (for burning your notes), water, sage and other personal objects such as crystals.
- Create a sacred space. Find a quiet, clutter free place to sit, place crystals and your other spiritual tools. This is your space, think with intention and bring items that enhance your intentions.
- Clear your energy. Burn sage and clear your energy space, if you do not have sage imagine standing under a bright white waterfall of pure light and allow all negative and lower energies to be cleared away.
- Light the candle, Take a few deep breaths, center yourself and take a moment to bring yourself back of your last full moons intentions. Open your jar of past intentions and review, place the ones you wish to release in your burn bowl. Keep the ones you want to bring with into this next month back.
- Set Intentions, use your pen and paper write your new intentions for this moon cycle. Combine with past papers, now gather all intentions, read over until you feel fully connected to your desires.
- Time to Burn. This is my favorite part of the moon ritual, carefully burn all of your past goals. This can be very intense and emotional, as each piece burns its a small reminded of either the goals you accomplished or release things that no longer serve you. Take as much time as you need to release, this is a time for healing. After the burn you are done. You can stay and mediate under the moonlight or pack up your space. Listen to your body and mind and do as you need.
The moon this time of year always has this greater than life energy for me, I have always been a fan of the moon during harvest season. Many cultures in both hemispheres kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. March 1st we will see the Worm Moon, which is the last full moon before the spring equinox around March 20. The equinox marks the end of winter, and the start of spring and the Full Moon is named after the earthworms that emerge at this time of year.
Just how farmers use the cycle to plant crops I believe we can use the same idea to plant our intentions as we enter spring. This is a perfect time to shred yourself from the harshness of winter and prepare our bodies and mind for the new season. This moon is very aligned with the seasons, the earth is warming and the melting snow is nourishing the soil of the earth. This is our chance to nourish ourselves with self-care and blossom into spring.
This moon is allllll about Fresh Starts.
Prepare ourselves for a deep spring clean, not just around the house but for our souls too. Take a look at the past 6 months, what have you been carrying with you during winter? Use this Full Moon to release the past so you are only bring positive vibes with you into the new season. Simply put, cut off the dead weight!
By shredding all that is holding you back it gives you free time to reflect on your goals and what you need to help you move forward. This time brings clarity and focus, set those intentions during your full moon ceremony. This is the perfect moon to welcome spring and let your spirit be free.
The end of this month marks the Snow Moon (also a blue moon as we experienced two full moons this month); the snow moon is one of my most favorite moons as it reminds me of one of life’s greatest lessons.
A little history about how this moon got its name: Up North, the earth is experiencing a long cold winter season where hunting is difficult and food is scarce. The snow moon reminds us not to let down our guard. The moon offers us added protection and encourages us to cherish what we find sacred and important to our survival. Although this time of year is harsh, we are reminded that spring is just around the corner, and with that, we can start to plan new intentions.
This new moon is an opportunity to create new opportunities and set new intentions.
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the spring to come, to reflect on what it is you desire, and how to manifest those desires. Setting these intentions is what helped motivate those in the past who experienced these harsh conditions during the last few weeks of winter.
A new moon ritual is a chance to welcome the moon back and use it’s light and energy to bring about your desires and new beginnings. If you have been feeling uninspired, bored, or lacking motivation to improve your life, the new moon is the perfect time to get clear about what it is you truly want and set an intention to get it!