Magic in the air

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - Try It Out - with Yas­min Boland

Ev­ery­day events take on an ex­tra­or­di­nary glow thanks to this week’s New Moon. The New Moon this week takes place on a very mag­i­cal point in the skies as­so­ci­ated with alchemy, which is about mak­ing some­thing pre­cious out of some­thing or­di­nary. It’s a won­der­ful chal­lenge to us all, to try to ap­ply this for­mula to our lives.

Let’s take a sim­ple ex­am­ple of say­ing good­bye to friends af­ter a din­ner to­gether. Feel the love as you wave them off. An­other ex­am­ple is feed­ing your child his or her evening meal. Con­tem­plate the mir­a­cle of life for a mo­ment, and how far your child has evolved since birth. Or be mind­ful dur­ing a warm ex­change with some­one at work, be they a client or a col­league. Think about the idea that we all have a soul, and right now, on what­ever level, yours and theirs are con­nect­ing thanks to your job.

A friend once asked me what it means to “live con­sciously” and I think that do­ing some of the above, even if we don’t man­age to do it all the time, goes a long way to mak­ing life more mean­ing­ful. And cer­tainly this week’s New Moon is en­cour­ag­ing it.

As well as the New Moon, this week sees some lovely astrology, in­clud­ing a pow­er­ful link be­tween lucky Jupiter and lov­ing Venus on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. This makes Wed­nes­day night the most ro­man­tic night of the week and Thurs­day morn­ing and lunchtime very aus­pi­cious for busi­ness deal­ings. Be aware, though, of Jupiter’s ex­ces­sive qual­i­ties. If you think you might be smoth­er­ing some­one with your love, or in busi­ness, be­ing asked to pay too much, you might be right. The only re­ally tricky astro-link of the week falls on Satur­day night, when Mer­cury and Uranus clash. This clash sounds like the ba­sis for a con­ver­sa­tion that veers out of con­trol a lit­tle ( or a lot!). Try to stay on an even keel, and avoid the temp­ta­tion to try too hard to per­suade some­one of some­thing around that time.

The New Moon takes place at 1.18pm on Thurs­day. For info how to make a New Moon wish, see www.yas­min­

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