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Update on Scorpio New Moon Goals

So we’re down to less than thirty days left in 2018—there is one moon cycle left before we enter 2019. The moon will be entering its “final” new moon of 2018 in a few days.

Now it is time to try to reflect back on the goals that I had set for the period that the moon was moving through the Scorpio constellation.

So what were my goals for the Scorpio new moon?

They included:

  • Get back into a meditation routine at night. This goes with the Scorpio mood of making inner peace & breathing.
  • Work on my transition plan—try to figure out both my “why” (or purpose) and my professional lifestyle that I want to live.
  • Continue with the second round of LIIFT4; and then finally
  • Work on ideas for more blog posts (and pages) for the website.

 

So how did I do with them?

 

In terms of meditation—it is still something that I’m struggling to get back into a routine with. I had been good for awhile, and then something happens to disrupt the routine and it takes me probably three times as long to get back into the routine (but I’m still working on it).

In terms of my transition plan—I’m still trying to answer the questions of both what is my why and what is my purpose. I think in terms of a professional lifestyle—I want a job that may not be a total 9-5 job, but it also isn’t a 14hr day 7-day a week job either. I think that currently I want to get back into the lab and do research (it is something that I enjoy—I just think that I’ve been in the wrong environment), and I also thinking of possible science communication—right now namely trying to get some more science posts/pages up here on the blog. I don’t want a job that requires a huge amount of travel (I’m fine with going to an occasional conference or meeting [even twice a year], but I don’t want to be on the road four out of five days a week), and I also don’t really want a customer service job either (my current position has shown that I really don’t have the attitude to deal with that type of position).

I’m still struggling to get back into a fitness routine—I’ve realized that there are times that I want to be “surprised” by the workout—what I mean is that I don’t want to have everyone’s lines memorized—I want to be challenged. So I think that I’m going to have to do a hybrid workout for a while until a new program comes out. I’ve also realized that there are times when it’s nice that everything is on DVD—that way if I decided not to turn on the laptop, I can still do the workout.

I am slowly starting to generate a list of topics for blog posts and ideas for more science posts (and pages) as well. The biggest challenge at times is actually sitting down and starting to write (or type). I know for a fact I have at least ten book reviews that I need to write (and those are just the non-fiction books that I’ve finished so far this year & I haven’t written a review over yet).

So while I didn’t make 100% progress with my goals during this new moon phase, I did make a little progress. That little progress made is better than no progress made—I’m trying to adapt the motto: progress over perfection (especially in terms of fitness and my career transition). Also we need to remember that the only person that we should be in competition with is ourselves–so if I’m trying to be better that means I’m trying to be a little better than I was yesterday.

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Libra New Moon Goals–Review

So it is now November, and the moon has entered into Scorpio yesterday (and is also a new moon). So as we start barreling towards the end of the year (as there are only four new/full moons left), it is time to look back at the goals I made for the Libra new moon and see how I did with them (as October wasn’t the greatest month for me in terms of meeting goals).

 

 

My goals were as followed:

 

(1) Getting back into meditation (I’ve been trying to do it nightly, and some nights I just can’t get into the groove)—but I’m going to aim for doing at least five minutes of meditation each night.

 

(2) Continue working on my transition plan, and also make it out to the GeneTown Connect networking event later this month.

 

(3) Continue to work through the various e-courses that I’ve bought (again trying to remember to take notes so that I can also make a blog post out of what I took away from the course).

 

(4) Start working on the science blog posts.

 

(5) I will also continue with my hybrid workout calendar (LIIFT4 and probably InsanityMax30) and trying to keep my nutrition under control.

 

So how did I do with each of the goals for the Libra new moon?

 

  • This is one that I’ve been struggling with—mainly with making the time to just sit (or even lie on the floor) with my eyes closed and just concentrate on my breathing and allowing the thoughts to wander through but not name them—but just them float by. I think I managed maybe two or three nights meditating.
  • I did make it out to the GeneTown Connect event in Boston (and even went to two other networking events). I’m still working on my transition plan, namely trying to determine both the type of professional lifestyle I want to have and my “why” or “purpose”. Once I figure that out, I think I can then figure out the type of positions that will go with them.
  • This didn’t really happen this month (I’ve got to try to carve out the time during the day [probably at work, even if it’s just thirty minutes] or at lunch to do this).
  • I have started an outline for one post, but that was as far as I got with it and that was at the airport when I was traveling out to Boston.
  • This only partially happened—I managed one week of LIIFT4 in October before the month just went to hell, and then I was traveling for a week, and then once I was back it was basically the end of the month. I have started another round of LIIFT4 this week—so hopefully it will see me through until the New Year.

It wasn’t a total fail in terms of goals this past new moon period. There was a period of grief and mourning (and I’m still mourning) but at the same time I’m trying to move forward and start doing things in terms of figuring out the transition plan and getting a industry position and moving to another city.

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Libra New Moon Goals

So as we enter the second week of October, the moon is entering the Libra constellation and it’s latest new moon phase. Since this is the last quarter of the year, there are only three new moon phases and three full moon phases left in the year (it’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over—where has the time gone?).

So what are some of the things that one can do during the time of the Libra new moon?

How well are you relating to others?

How are your partnerships/relationships (personal and/or professional) doing?

Is there anything you need to negotiate?

Are you feeling good about yourself?

Regain your identity if necessary.

So in addition to looking at various aspects of one’s relationships over the next two weeks, the new moon in Libra is also passing through my 12th house—or my secret zone. This is the time when one usually wants to retreat from the world for a bit—and truthfully it probably couldn’t have come at a better time with the way the world is going. This would also be beneficial as I’m still trying to narrow down the positions for my transition plan (and by narrow down, I’m talking about trying to figure out the biotech hub areas that I wouldn’t mind moving to and then seeing what companies are in those areas and starting to look into them more). This is the time to start trying to listen to your dreams, and getting in touch with your spiritual side.

So some of the things that you can do during this time include (according to “Moonology: working with the magic of the lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland):

Try some yoga and meditation.

Take a “time out” from social media.

Dictate your dreams in the morning (use your phone, or old fashion pen and paper).

Try to face one big fear.

Trust your intuition.

Write some poetry from the heart.

Share one of your secrets.

So what I’m going to try to focus on for the Libra new moon include:

Getting back into meditation (I’ve been trying to do it nightly, and some nights I just can’t get into the groove)—but I’m going to aim for doing at least five minutes of meditation each night.

Continue working on my transition plan, and also make it out to the GeneTown Connect networking event later this month.

Continue to work through the various e-courses that I’ve bought (again trying to remember to take notes so that I can also make a blog post out of what I took away from the course).

Start working on the science blog posts.

I will also continue with my hybrid workout calendar (LIIFT4 and probably InsanityMax30) and trying to keep my nutrition under control.

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Update on Virgo New Moon Goals

So we have entered the last quarter of the year, and soon the moon will be entering its latest “new” phase in the Libra constellation tomorrow. So when the moon passed through the Virgo constellation during the last “new moon” phase back in early September, it was going though my 11th house—which is the “Friends Zone, plus your hopes and dreams”. This is in addition to other things that one can do during this time in regards to just general life (I’d covered these questions/topics in my post on my goals for the Virgo new moon).

My goals were as followed:

  • Continuing to focus on my transition plan, and starting to add value to connections on linkedin.
  • Work through various e-courses that I’ve bought over the past few months (and remember to try to take good notes to where I can write and post a summary on the blog).
  • Getting organized (keeping track of where I’m at in terms of #1 & #2, and possibly #4, & #5).
  • Determining my personal & professional “brand”
  • Making it through the last week of LIIFT4 & then a round of Shift Shop

So how did I do in terms of my goals for the Virgo new moon?

  • I think that I’ve managed to order some of the industry positions, so that I can try to focus on say the top four positions as I move forward. I’m still slowly networking and trying to add value to my connections on linkedin.
  • This one didn’t happen last month—I was usually too stressed and irritated with the world to do any type of work in the evenings.
  • It’s hard to get organized, when you’ve realized that you probably didn’t get as much accomplished during the time as you had hoped.
  • Still working on this one.
  • I made it through LIIFT4, but then struggled for two weeks with trying to decide what program (or programs) to do. Started LIIFT4 again this past week, and will probably make a hybrid with another one to be able to stay slightly focused when I’m possibly traveling this winter and into the spring.

 

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Virgo New Moon Goals

So the moon is entering its latest “new” phase in the Virgo constellation today. So while I’ve been doing all of my goal predictions from the view of my rising star, the Virgo constellation holds a special place, as it is my birth sign.

So what are some of the things that one can do during the time of the Virgo new moon?

Take an inventory of what is working & what isn’t working in your life.

Are you being of service to others?

Look to your health habits—does anything need adjustment?

Avoid nitpicking.

Get organized.

So in terms of the above ideas of things one can do, how am I doing in terms of each one?

In terms of being of service to other people—that could also be considered the motto for my current position (doing the DNA sequencing). Though it isn’t a position that I want to keep, as you’re the one that basically is blamed if something goes wrong (even if you haven’t done anything wrong). I help out around the house, and try to do a little extra at work as well (but not much, as it isn’t appreciated by other people).

Staying in academia isn’t working at all—so I’m working on figuring out the next move (which will either be into industry or possibly getting a alternative teaching certificate and teaching high school science). Staying in OK also isn’t really working (I think that there are too many bad memories from public education here, that they’re overshadowing all the progress I’m trying to make—therefore it’s time to get the hell out of the state again). What is working is joining different online communities which is giving me both accountability & support in terms of the different things I’m trying to work on (career transition, health progression, and so forth).

I’m starting to get back into both healthy eating habits (it’s been over a month since I got either a specialty coffee drink or some type of sweet dessert on campus), and sticking to a workout program (next week I’ll be finishing the first round of LIIFT4). I have slipped the past couple of days in terms of making sure that I take my multivitamins, but I’m usually good 85-90% of the time. I’m also getting better at meditating at night as well (now I just need to figure out a nice quite spot to sit at times during the work day to be able to mediate for a few minutes when I realize I’m close to losing my temper).

In terms of the nitpicking—I usually can avoid doing this at work (if nothing else, it is other people nitpicking on how I’m doing my job). I’m also getting better at not judging myself to harshly if I fall short of meeting certain weekly goals. I know that everything works better with slow and steady progress, that if you try to do too much at once—you might not get anything done (your inner critic could start sabotaging you).

Getting organized is something that I really need to do this month, especially in terms of my transition into industry. I’m going to need to keep track of the different positions, the companies that I could potentially want to work for, my network connections, the dates & times for informational interviews, and then the hopeful interviewing process.

So besides these different areas that one can focus on, the new moon in Virgo, is within my 11th house (based on my rising sign). This house is also known as your “Friend Zone plus your hopes and dreams”. So this is the time to wish for what you want or to spend more time surrounded by friends.

During this time there are two areas to focus on: your hopes and dreams and friends. In terms of hopes and dreams—I’m going to be spending the time focused on continuing to work on my transition plan, and making the decision on whether or not to continue within my current position come the end of the year. The other focus for the time is your network of friends and your position within that network.

So some of the things that you can do during this time include (according to “Moonology: working with the magic of the lunar cycles” by Yasmin Boland):

Signing up for an evening class in something you’ve always wanted to do.

Network (i.e. ask your friends to introduce you to friends of theirs that you haven’t met).

Wish on a star every night for the month.

Introduce a childhood pal to a friend from your life now.

Say “Hi” to someone you see nearly every day but never speak to.

Thank your best friend(s) for being there for you.

So the goals that I’m going to focus on during the Virgo season include:

  • Continuing to focus on my transition plan, and starting to add value to connections on linkedin.
  • Work through various e-courses that I’ve bought over the past few months (and remember to try to take good notes to where I can write and post a summary on the blog).
  • Getting organized (keeping track of where I’m at in terms of #1 & #2, and possibly #4, & #5).
  • Determining my personal & professional “brand”
  • Making it through the last week of LIIFT4 & then a round of Shift Shop
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Leo New Moon Goals—Update

Tomorrow the moon has moved into another constellation—Virgo, and will be in its “new” phase. That means that it is time to reflect back on the goals that I had set for last month, when the moon had entered its “new” phase in Leo.

So, the Leo new moon was in my 10th house, or my career zone. This was the time when the universe was giving me several nudges to start working harder on trying to figure out my transition plan for getting a position in industry. During this phase, there were several different nudges but basically they all reminded me that I’m done with research in academia, and to so extent I’m done with academia in general.

So what were my goals for the Leo new moon?

  • Narrowing down my top choices of industry positions;
  • Adding more value to connections (but being strategic at the same time) to hopefully gain informational interviews soon
  • Determine what my “brand” is both personal & professional
  • Start reading more in both the business world & the scientific world; and finally
  • Continue working through the data programming e-courses that I’ve bought

So how did I do with each goal?

In terms of narrowing down my top choices for industry positions—the positions that I’m now considering include:

Health Economist and Outcome Research

Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) Specialist

Clinical Data Manager

R&D Research Scientist (working up to R&D project manager; I’ve realized that if I want to become a project manager—I would need to spend some time still at the bench, as most companies probably won’t hire someone who doesn’t have the experience to be an manager right away).

Marketing Communications Specialist

Market Research Analyst

Quantitative Analyst

Operation Research Analyst

Medical Copywriting

In terms of adding value to connections—this is still slow going, in that I know that I need to set aside specific time periods and just work on this (so again, this is a work in progress).

I’m still trying to determine my “brand” (to the point I’m actually taking an e-course on personal branding).

The reading is slow going—again, I need to just set aside specific time periods to where I’m reading business pages, and then start reading scientific papers that actually interest me (with this—I might start writing small reviews of things for the blog).

I’m also slowly working through the different programming e-courses that I’ve bought (mainly because I haven’t had the time to totally download programs to my computer for some of the courses).

Overall, I made progress this past month in determining the different paths that I want to start exploring in terms of different career options. Research as moved down the list, mainly because I have slowly started to lose my enthusiasm for it—though that could just be the fact that I’m totally done with academic research. I am also getting close to the decision on whether or not I want to sign the extension contract come Thanksgiving—while the paycheck is always nice, being stuck in a job that you don’t enjoy and actually dread going to work daily—it isn’t worth it (even if it means that I may not be eligible for unemployment; I would then have more time to focus on my industry transition.

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Leo New Moon Goals

So the moon is entering yet another constellation—Leo, the might lion. It’s hard to believe that we’re over half way through the year—but as much as I’d like time to slow down, I know that it won’t.

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So what are some fun facts about the Leo constellation?

 

If you look back into Greek mythology, the lion is based off of one of Hercules’ 12 labors—killing the Nemean lion. He managed the feat by strangling the lion and then placed the body in the heavens.

              The Leo Constellation. (c)space.com

Leo is the fifth sign of the Zodiac, and is considered to be a masculine, extroverted sign.

The best time to see the constellation for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere is during the spring season (namely in April just after dark).

 

So there are a few things that one should try to do right around the peak of the new moon: 1) Show off—basically this is a time to celebrate life, so basically it’s a time to enjoy what’s going on around us. 2) Flirt—not something I’m probably going to be doing (as again I’m not in a relationship, and right now not looking to be in a relationship either). 3) Be creative—I have been trying to stay in touch with my creative side more (weekend walks at Boomer working on my photography skills and then learning coding for designing websites). 4) Self love—again this something that I’m constantly working on (limiting the negative self talk and practicing mindfulness). And finally 5) spoil yourself—meaning indulge a little and remember “you’re a hot little number with a lot to offer the world”.

So besides moving through Leo, the moon is also going through my 10th house—which is also known as the “Career Zone”. So I was right yesterday when I though that the universe was giving me a little nudge to continue fine tuning my transition plan.

There are numerous things that one can do during this time in regards to their career, but the ones I’m going to focus on include plotting my next best career move, thereby applying for new jobs with confidence (if I see any that match my goals, interests, and skills), and generally give myself a big push forward in moving on to the next step.

So my goals for the Leo New Moon include:

  • Narrowing down my top choices of industry positions;
  • Adding more value to connections (but being strategic at the same time) to hopefully gain informational interviews soon
  • Determine what my “brand” is both personal & professional
  • Start reading more in both the business world & the scientific world; and finally
  • Continue working through the data programming e-courses that I’ve bought

Resources:

“Moonology: Plan and Predict Your way to Joy, Health and Abundance with the Magic of Lunar Cycles” by Yasmin Boland.

“Leo Constellation: Facts about the lion” https://www.space.com/16845-leo-constellation.html

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Update on Cancer New Moon Goals

So we’re going to be entering another new moon tomorrow—Leo. That means yet another series of lunar cycles (new, quarter, full, quarter, to new) has come and gone. So it is yet time again to reflect back on what I had set as goals for the last new moon period (Cancer) as the moon moved through my 9th house (or the “Big Picture Zone”).

So the 9th house was where we were to reflect on things that were related to adventure, travel, personal development, getting in touch with family, and review one’s goals. So some of the topics were easier to deal with than others. Depending on whether you’re talking about just immediate family (or extended)—I keep in touch with most family via social media, with the exception of my parents (as I live at home) and my younger brother (who frequently comes home for visits). While it has been years since I’ve seen my extended family—the highway goes both ways and they could always come visit us as well.

I think I managed to finish one more personal development book during this new moon (and it was “Thinking in Bets: Making Smart Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts” by Annie Duke). I’m also working on learning web design (I have bought several books and e-courses on the subject) so that I can try to update the facilities page, and also have the skill to where if I want to build a site devoted to my photography I can.

I think that today the universe was giving me the subtle hint that I need to start really focusing on my transition into industry. So while I think I’ve narrowed down the different positions that sound interesting, I know that I now have more work to do before getting an informational interview:

  • With the idea of staying with research—I’m thinking of potentially going either more agricultural or maybe cosmetic. This means that I need to look for companies to follow in linkedin, twitter, and so forth; plus try to find the mission statements of the companies to make sure that they align with my own values.
  • I need to work through the different data programming e-courses that I’ve bought as I’m thinking possibly also of going the route of data analysis.
  • I also need to start reading more within the business world (and also the scientific world as well).
  • Start adding value to connections that might lead to informational interviews within either one of different research fields or the different business fields as well.

I have been doing better at meditating at night, sometimes it is only for a two or three minutes, other times it is closer to the five minutes. I’ve found that the best thing that works for me is a couple minutes of laying down on my acupuncture mat to help clear my mind, before sitting up to meditate. The acupuncture mat (and pillow) work wonders on the muscle cramps from a long day and relieving the pressure from sinus (and tension) headaches.

So I did a bit better this time around with meeting my goals, and at the same time realizing that I’m just going to have to take the leap and realize that the net will appear to catch me—I just have to let go of the fear of not knowing when it will catch me.

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Cancer New Moon Goals

So we’re going to be entering another new moon this week—Cancer, and will actually be a partial lunar eclipse (that very few people will actually get to see); but that means that there will also be solar eclipse at the end of the month (that sadly I won’t be able to view as it won’t be visible from the US).

But going back to the Cancer New Moon—this movement through the cosmos has moved the moon into my 9th house, or the “Big Picture Zone”. So this zone is one that is focused on adventure, travel, and personal development. This is the time where you need to be honest with yourself in terms of any type of insecurity, or fears that you might be having. In addition it’s a time to review your goals, get in touch with family, and just take a little bit of time to nurture yourself.

Getting in touch with family isn’t that difficult, since I live at home and see my parents on a daily basis. I see my younger brother frequently, and keep in touch with my older brother via social media or texting. While it would be nice to see my niece—they’re on the west coast, and while I want to visit, the visits are more geared towards the national parks than LA.

I can say that I’m trying to keep up on the personal development aspect—I’ve got plenty of different books to read (though I will admit that I’ve been on a romance genera feast for awhile now); and I’ve bought several different little e-courses on different things to help with both personal and professional development. I just need to start 1) reading the books and 2) find the time to go through all the different courses that I’ve bought.

The books cover a variety of topics from spirituality to entrepreneurship to almost basic self-help for introverts. At the beginning of the year I’d posted within my 101+ goal list that I’d read fifty personal/professional development books over the course of 1001 days—well that list has now grown to 142 books (and probably will continue to grow)—though I’ve finished 12 of the books so far (and reviewed six of those); so I’m down to trying to finish 130 books in basically 809 days. As far as the personal development courses go—I’ve got a nice long list of ones that I’ve purchased or “saved” that I need to start working through—some are short only a single video, while others are a little more in-depth and will take more time to work through.

If I’m totally honest with myself—the one major area of insecurity or fear is trying to transition into an industry position. The fear or insecurity is coming from the unknown—will I like the new position/company? Will I be challenged in the position and allowed to grow? Or will it be a repeat of my first postdoc experience?

I’m moving slow on trying to transition into an industry position—mainly because I don’t want to make a mistake and windup broke, in debt, and having to move back in with my parents. The one leap after grad school for the post-doc position taught me well that at times its better to be unemployed for a while than take the first job offer you get. But I’m still working on my transition plan—I’m thinking of either slightly switching research sectors (move away from things that are heavily cell culture based), going for a more managerial position, or transitioning out of research entirely.

I am trying to get better at meditating every night—some nights I’m able to meditate for five or more minutes, other nights I can maybe get in two or three minutes before my eyes pop open and that’s the end of it. I know that meditating isn’t for everyone, but I’ve actually found that it has been helping me at time sleep better (though some nights when I have an awful night sleep I’d managed to meditate for a good amount of time before bed), and also to try to clear my thoughts so that my mind isn’t racing in circles when trying to work on my transition plan.

So my goals for the next two weeks are to:

  • Mediate nightly (even if it is only for two or three minutes).
  • Try to read at least one more personal/professional development book (two would be great).
  • Get through at least one more mini personal development course and at least another third of the way through the web development course.
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Update on Gemini New Moon Goals

Well we’ve moved out of Gemini, through Capricorn and this week the moon will be entering into the constellation of Cancer. So before going into the next house, I’m going to try to reflect back on the time that the moon spent in Gemini.

So during that two-week period (from new moon to full moon), the moon was moving through my 8th house or zone: which was the Sex and Shared Finances Zone. As I mentioned last month, for me it should be called the Sexless and Shared Finances Zone. I’m not in any relationship, and truthfully not looking to meet/date anyone right now either. I may try to correct this once I’ve moved on to the next job, but currently I don’t mind being single—and if I want something steamy—I have plenty of romance novels I can read.

So as far as the finance goals that I set for the last half of June, they included: 1) making a budget for the last half of June and starting one for July; 2) limiting purchases on campus to no more than 3 days a week; and 3) look into ways of increasing my retirement account (without decreasing my savings or paycheck).

So how did I do with those goals?

  • The budget—didn’t happen—though I did make note of what all the credit card balances were at the end of the month (past the two-week deadline—but a start). I’m trying to be more mindful of what I’m spending money on (so I’m also trying to keep another money log going).
  • Limiting purchases on campus to no more than 3 days a week. Well, the best week was the week of July 4th and that’s only because I was working 2 days. I need to try to bring my travel coffee mug and get regular coffee (with maybe some cream) instead of a blended coffee drink. It may not save a lot of money, but it will save some. Also I need to just pick up some extra fruit on campus and not the sweets that I’ve been buying.
  • So far I haven’t managed this one—though it did go up a little this past three months, so I’d be good if I died about 2 weeks after retirement.

So getting financially secure and not randomly spending money is still something that I need to work on (hence the money log and aiming for no-spend days challenges that I do monthly). Truthfully I shouldn’t be buying anymore books for awhile, though I know that there will be several that I do buy over the month—but a new goal may be for every book that I want to buy I have to write at least a 700 word review for three other books and post them (both on the blog and then on the site where I purchased the books).

One thing about looking to the moon–I’m also looking at different aspects of my life and seeing how things are and what improvements are needed in each area. Also–the moon goes through each house twice a year (once as a new moon and once as a full moon), so I have two tries at hopefully getting one goal from each house accomplished. I’m thinking that there might even be a mid year post on the different houses for both the new moon and the full moon and how I’ve done so far this year, and what I hope to accomplish through out the rest of the year.

 

 

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