Editor's Note: Stephanie Gailing is a holistic astrologer based in Seattle, and the author of Planetary Apothecary.From Stephanie Gailing:
When the Sun in Aquarius, we’re ushered into a time frame where we feel called to be of service, to help others reach a collective goal. While assisting others is inherently important facet of life, as we concern ourselves with the well-being of the world, it’s essential that we don’t overlook fortifying our own personal well-being.
Make sure in the coming weeks to build in time for relaxation and recharge and not to become so overly committed that you sacrifice your beneficial health habits. After all, we need to fortify and replenish our spring of vitality if we are to help others to do the same. This is especially important as we move towards the end of January, with energies heightened of the Aquarius/Leo Full Moon (January 30) and the alignment of Pluto and Saturn (January 31) occurring within one day of each other.
The Full Moon aligns with retrograde Mars in Leo. Make sure to express, rather than stifle, needs and desires that may be burning within so as to avoid inflamed stress-inducing frustration. Both Mars and the sign of Aquarius are related to circulation, so focusing on this area of health can be important. Gentle exercise, Epsom salt baths, and massages are some good wellness activities to include during this time.
In addition to Mars, the Full Moon also connects in with Venus, inspiring us to reflect upon our relationships and whether adjustments can be made in communication that can better support our well-being. Scheduling a wellness date—a walk, trip to the day spa, healthy cooking class, etc.—with your partner/mate can be a good way to channel the Full Moon’s energies.
The Aquarius New Moon on February 13 pulls in the magic of mystical Neptune, inspiring us to ally to others and ourselves on a deeper level. Our intuition may be in full force, enabling us to discover ways that we can create even more harmony and balance in our lives. Wellness remedies such as flower essences and essential oils that call on the healing matrix of nature can be especially powerful.
If you’re feeling especially sensitive and open to other’s thoughts and feelings, consider Pink Yarrow flower essence. For an aromatic way to forge a deeper connection between your mind and body, use sandalwood essential oil to fragrance a room, or mix a few drops with unscented massage oil for an etherically enveloping scent-ual experience.