Chinese New Year of the Dog Meaning

Meaning of the Chinese Year of the dog
Meaning of the Chinese Year of the dog

 

Chinese New Year of the Dog 2018:
This Chinese zodiac animal takes trust and companionship to a whole new level. Consequently, the year of the Dog is one of understanding, faith and devotion. Dog signs see the best in people, and they take great effort in coaxing those good highlights out of people. They are always up for a good time, and enjoy making people laugh. This makes them super-fun to be with. They make excellent friends, and they are the go-to pal when you need a supportive hug or just someone to listen to your woes.

You may note that Dogs and Horses have similar attributes (friendliness, faithfulness, etc). The Dog distinguishes himself by his willingness to serve. Where the Horse is a teacher, the Dog is a servant. Now, in our modern, independent way of thinking – the idea of “servitude” may not sound all that glamorous – but let me tell you – it is. Without the tender-hearted, thoughtful nature of Dog signs, we would not have hospice, charities, soup kitchens, fund-raisers, homeless shelters…you get the idea. The world needs more compassionate Dog signs. Thankfully, the year of the Dog interjects a quality of empathy at a level that is seldom seen in other years.





I want to touch on that word “willingness”. Dogs are ever-willing to fight for a cause. Dog signs act on their impulse – not because they think they should – not because it’s the “right thing to do” – but because they know it’s the right thing to do. They are willing to put themselves on the line for what they feel is decent, humane and honorable. Dogs often sacrifice a lot in order to stand up for their beliefs. They’ll do this even when the odds seem insurmountable. Hence the term “underdog”. Of all the signs in the Chinese zodiac, the Dog is the last one to compromise his morals or values. This sign will fight ‘doggedly’ for what he believes in.

Dog signs are also natural-born guardians. They don’t take on this role in an aggressive way though. They just keep a weather eye out for their loved ones. They tend to watch from a distance…just making sure all is well…just keeping watch – like a sentinel. Of course, they can be on the attack if their loved ones are threatened, but they usually try to resolve conflict in well-mannered, intelligent ways. Dogs are slow to anger – but when they do get mad (especially on a loved one’s behalf) – katy bar the door, because that dogfight’s gonna get intense.

Here again – it’s that “underdog” mentality. Dog signs will fight for the defenseless, the underprivileged, the misunderstood. So, it’s a good thing Dogs are so even-tempered, and a very good thing they handle mistreatment with diplomacy rather than aggression.

The year of the Dog will have that same kind of advocate feel to it. Those who have no voice to speak are somehow able to get their point across in the year of the Dog. Those who cannot stand on their own, will somehow have the support they need. This year is all about acknowledging those we have forgotten, and paying mindful respect to the unspoken heroes who deserve it.

Things to watch out for: Because the Dog is super-sensitive, and ultra-concerned for the well being of others, the Dog contends with a constant element of worry. In fact, Dogs can worry so much, they’ll imagine the most impossible scenarios of threat to their loved ones of areas of value. This behavior may crop up in the year of the Dog too. Be aware of nervousness or excessive worry throughout this year. If you experience that noodling concern – cull examples from your past that prove how things can work out just fine. Remind yourself that your daughter has driven that Volvo a million times, and she’s come home just fine. Remind yourself that thousands of people undergo surgery every day, and they come out just fine. Remind yourself of all the times people have pulled themselves out from adversity – only to become better and stronger for the experience. You get the idea.

More Dog symbolism and meaning here.

Also, Chinese Moon Sign Meanings here.

As always, thank you for reading, and I hope this year of the dog will grant you all the greatest joys.

Brightly,

Avia

Holy Super, Blue, Bloody Moon Batman! Meaning of the Moon Tonight

Super Moon Meaning

Hold onto your hats folks, we’re in for a wild ride. This full moon (January 30-31, 2018) is gonna be a humdinger!

I’m not here to talk about the astronomical techy details about this super, blood, blue, eclipsing moon.  I’m more interested in the symbolic implications of tonight’s moon.

The moon is a symbol of subtle power. It represents mystery, magic and extraordinary potential.  Compare the moon to a special secret. I mean, a BIG special secret.  The information is there, but it’s hidden.

When we have a full moon that secret is like letting the cat out of the bag.  The power of the moon is exposed, and BAM! The truth is exposed, and the magic of the full-moon moment is revealed.

A blue moon signifies a double-whammy of mystery. It’s symbolic of information that is super rare to come by. So, a super full blue moon will reveal big wisdom rolling towards us like a cannon ball of insight.

Blood Moon Meaning
Blood Moon Meaning

A blood moon holds a unique symbolic spin. The blood moon typically shows up around harvest time (autumn).  This is a time of committing to hard work in order to reap big rewards. Yet this crimson moon is bloodletting in the dead of winter. What’s up with that? It means we need to do some sacrificing in order to get what we want. This means that it’s time to reap the harvest,  even if the timing doesn’t seem logically correct at this time.

Eclipse? It means that everything I just said about the super moon, blue moon, blood moon is all up for grabs. It means the meaning of this moon is teasing us. It means this whole lunar event is a transforming, unpredictable cliffhanger in terms of symbolic meaning.

All this sounds so eerie and bizarre.  But don’t freak out! I’ve got a few suggestions on how to handle this wild lunar trip.

♦  Forget the Peach Schnapps:  If you ever watched Seinfield, you’ll know about Elaine and her ‘vault.’  Sure, she could keep a secret in her solid fortress, but all those secrets are unlocked once you get a little peach schnapps in her. Same with this full moon.  With this lunar moon, expect secrets to be revealed. Anticipate hidden stuff to magically appear. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Not all secrets are nefarious. Sometimes hidden things come to us as lovely epiphanies that help us grow and move forward.

♦  You Better Believe it Baby:  You can do magic, you can have anything that you desire. If that sounds familiar, then you know I’m quoting the pop song by the band America. This blue moon is all about dreams and wishes coming true.  This is the time to claim what you want. Set your intentions for your most intense dreams. A blue moon has a powerful magical force backing it, and it’s the perfect type of moon to make some major movements in changing your luck according to your intentions.

Super Moon Meaning
Super Moon Meaning

♦  Skin in the Game:  If you’ve got investments, be prepared to experience some shifts.  A blood moon is about sacrifice and harvest. If you’ve got skin in the game, be prepared to win the game, or lose your shirt. This moon and all its wonky weirdness means the coin can either be heads or tails when it comes to reaping what you’ve sown.

♦  Beware the Way of Henny Penny!:  You know the story. Henny Penny claimed the sky was falling and got everybody to believe her. Spoiler alert: Henny and all her followers get eaten alive by a sly fox.  What’s my point?  This eclipsing moon is going to present some funky feelings that might make you think the sky is falling. Don’t panic. The combination of the blood, blue, super and eclipse is all about fluctuation and shifting.  Stuff is going to feel topsy turvy. That’s okay. Stay the course. Hang onto your bearings and beliefs. Hold true to that which anchors you.

Yes, this moon is rare and rocking on the lunatic fringe.  Bottom line is this: Change is going to happen.

These changes are going to be potentially odd and unexpected. But the thing to remember is whatever the changes, there will be other transitions to follow that lock the puzzle pieces together. Just hang in there, you’ll be surprised at how much positive can come from this unique lunar phenomenon.

In a nutshell, there’s nothing to panic over. No need to activate the bat signal.

This is a time to embrace your power, set your intentions, expect the unexpected and appreciate this very special moment.

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Mabon Meanings – Autumn Equinox Insights

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Morphing Into Mabon Meaning and  Autumn Equinox Illumination


This time of year, around September 21-22 offers an incredible opportunity for insight, transformation and personal development. Why? Because this time marks the ignition of the autumn equinox.

In my education of Nature, my mentor taught me about Mabon meaning. Mabon, or the fall – autumn equinox are one in the same. Mabon is just a different term for this seasonal transition.  Mabon is just an old European term for this equinox. But this point in time is known by many names in many cultures. Whether you call it the start of Fall, or Mabon, or Havest time, Fogamur, or that switched-on time of year when the leaves change…by any name…it’s a glorious time to celebrate a unique transition.

So what are some take-away points to Mabon meaning and this autumn equinox? Plenty! This is a great time to focus on big transitions in our lives.  Now is also the perfect time to fixate upon harvesting that which we have planted in the past.

Grab onto this present moment and consider what you have accomplished over the summer. What kinds of seeds have you planted in your life or the lives of others?  What have you contributed to your world? What you have sewn will be reaped during this time of year. The autumn equinox has a boomerang energy. Now is the time when karma kicks booty.  What has been done will come back to us this time of year.

This is true on an agricultural level, of course. It’s harvest time. We start to pull goodies from our gardens and relish the bounty we’ve received. The ancients had a special connection with this equinox because it is a time of extraordinary celebration for what the earth provides.

Okay, so maybe you don’t have a garden. Maybe your idea of harvest is opening up your freezer and shoving a Lean Cuisine in your microwave. That’s okay. You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to be in love with Mabon meaning and the profound impact of this autumn equinox.

Essentially, this is a time to embrace the challenges and changes life presents to you right now. This equinox marks the essential balance between light and dark. The sun begins to withdraw, and we perceive the light of the day becoming shorter. The earth and her relationship with the sun is shifting.  With our planet’s shift, we should be aware of ourselves shifting too.

Make a point of shifting into a place of celebrating the light available to you right now. Maybe that sounds contradictory. It’s not. This is a time of fading light, and increasing darkness. Relish the light you have now, but also contemplate the effect of shadows in life.  That may sound a little scary, but it’s really not when we approach the concept head-on.

Life on all levels is about balance.  This is a prime time to perch yourself on the precipice of light and dark and party hearty for the diverse opportunities nestled in this moment.

So how do we take full advantage of this special time of year?  Here are some tips…

How to Embrace Mabon Meaning and Autumn Equinox Essence

 

1). Get Your Shine On:
This is the a prime time to give yourself a high-five for all your accomplishments. Take inventory of your achievements and successes. Imagine the energy of Nature applauding you for how much you have grown, and the bounty you have received. But what if you’ve had a hard time? What if you’re struggling to jump and jive to the tune of your accomplished glory? That’s okay. I’m not suggesting you need an Emmy or a Pulitzer prize in your pocket. Sometimes we must reflect upon the simplest challenges we have faced. Maybe you potty trained your kid over the summer. Or perhaps you perfected a poached egg.  Your achievements don’t have to be legendary, they just have to be acknowledged.  By doing this, you set a tone of confidence as you move through the darker months of the year. And by doing this, you give yourself reassurance that you have the light to progress, advance, move forward and evolve no matter what.

2). Clean Your Clock and Take Stock:
You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but who says spring has to corner the market on clearing out the cobwebs? The autumn equinox is perfect when it comes to clearing out unwanted crud in our lives. Whether it’s getting rid of that pasta that expired two years ago, or getting rid of old emotional grudges…take stock of what you’ve been holding onto, and give it a big heave-ho!  The Universe has a funny way of rewarding us when we cleanse our lives – especially during special times of the year like now.  Clean out your house. Clean your heart. Clear your mind. This is the time to do it, and the results will be extremely rewarding.

3).  Stop, Drop and Roll:
You know that term when you’re on fire? Stop, drop and roll.  That’s kinda what the autumn equinox asks of us. Mabon meaning is all about being present in this revolutionary moment and giving ourselves the freedom to roll with whatever comes in our future. Maybe that means a time of withdrawal. This time might ask you to be a little selfish and indulge in your own personal space. That’s okay, because every self-investment you make moves into a beautiful momentum for your future. It may seem paradoxical to say be present while rolling with an unknown future. The point here is to don’t sweat tomorrow. Simply know tomorrow will take care of itself as long as you take care of this present moment. Sometimes you’ve got to experience the fire, sit on it, roll with it and extinguish it. By doing so, you come out renewed and rebirth. Kinda like a phoenix! Autumn is a time of light burning out, only to be reborn again.

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Symbols of Autumn Equinox

There are essential symbols associated with Mabon meaning and the autumn equinox.  In an effort to round out our understanding of this time of year, here are a few for contemplation…

♥   Ivy:  Consider this emerald gem. As trees begin to fade in the fall, the ivy clings tightly and remains evergreen. Autumn is a time of death and rebirth. Seeing the ivy thriving as an oak tree kisses summertime goodbye is a symbol of endurance and strength. Same holds true for you right now. Cling to whatever keeps you fresh and evergreen. Hold onto that which supports you and keeps you thriving.

♥   Scales: Or, more precisely, the sign of Libra.  This sign governs this time of year. Why? Because this is a phase of time that is all about transition – but superior balance. In life and in Nature, we are all walking a tight-rope. It is key we keep our balance in order to utilize this moment to our maximum potential.

♥   Swan: What? Yeah. The swan is a symbol of the autumn equinox (so is the goose) because it is an icon for ultimate transformation. From Celtic to Native American, the legend of the swan evokes lessons of growth, evolution and self-love. You know the story of the ugly duckling. If you can relate to that story, then let this time be a reminder you are not ugly…you are simply in transition. This time can shine a special light upon you that accentuates the beauty that resides within you. Spread your wings and relish the lovely being you are.

♥   Sun: Another irony, because the sun is fading this time of year. But it’s important to keep the home-fires burning within our heart. In fact, when light  fades, that’s the time we’ve got to turn up the voltage within us and crank up our internal amperage. No matter what you are faced with – you must remember you are made from light.  Therefore, if you invoke the light, you will be guided in life. Simple as that. You are a star – in fact, you are made from stars. You cannot deny your own light.  The only thing that thwarts your stellar presence is falling into the darkness. Do not go gently into the good night. Demand and command the light within and around you. You have infinite potential. Keep your light burning upon that potential within you!

I hope you enjoyed these observations about Mabon meaning and the loveliness of the autumn equinox. Check out the links below if you’re interested in more! As always, thank you for reading! I wish you all the very best equinox ever!

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Flying Dream Meanings

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Exploring Flying in Dream Meanings


Have you ever had a dream in which you are flying? If you have, I’m willing to bet you remember it vividly.  These dreams are so exhilarating! There is a sense of ultimate freedom that is hair-raising. Upon waking we almost weep at having to set our feet back on the ground.

That’s a key point, because flying dream meanings deals with freedom.  Specifically, freedom to be creative and self-expressive.

I was talking to a friend of mine last night who told me she’s had flying dreams since her youth. However, recently instead of flying solo, she finds herself in an airplane or helicopter.  I was inspired by her curiosity about these flying dream meanings. I figured if she was interested in these dreams, then many of you might be too. So, I thought I’d share some thoughts about these phenomenal dreams.

Symbolic Suggestions about Flying Dream Meanings

 

Bring on the Birdseye View:  
When we dream of flying, it is often our subconscious desire to get above and beyond our circumstances. Moreover, many people who have a lot of flying dreams have a need to see the bigger, broader view of situations. Whether you have a knack for seeing the big picture, or have a need to get more objectivity – a flying dream is your cue to expand your view of your surroundings.

Elton John Nailed It: 
You know that song “Rocket Man”? It describes a guy talking about launching off into space. For him, it’s just a job 5 days a week. He misses his home, he misses his wife. He feels burned out and all alone. I think this is why many of us conjure up flying dreams. Very often we get hung up in our jobs, or we feel stuck in our situations. Flying dream meanings indicate our deep desire to launch out of these ruts in life.  Sometimes these dreams indicate a need to take flight and rocket into a different way of living our lives.

Are You Mental?!:
No, of course you’re not mental if you have a flying dream! But it’s important to note the realm of air is a mental element. Air is symbolic of the mind. Air deals with thoughts, intellect and dreams.  That’s noteworthy because a flying dream might be a prompt to pay attention to our thoughts. Are we avoiding certain thoughts? If so, our flying dream might mean we are trying to escape stressful/negative thinking. The realm of air is also about communicating thoughts. So, a flying dream might ask us to investigate how we are expressing ourselves, our thoughts and our ideas to others.

Tools Rule!:
This pointer deals with our dreams when we are flying in vessels like planes or helicopters, etc.  My friend recently started having flying dreams exclusively in some kind of flying device. I suspect this is happening because she’s got a lot of regulations she’s dealing with in real-life. Flying in vessels in dreams indicates a need for safety, protection or rules.  It may also imply a loss of self-confidence, or being timid when it comes to feeling big freedom.  It may also indicate a need for extra navigation in life situations. I’m not suggesting we pull the parachute cord in these dreams. No, I think these vessel-controlled flying dreams are important to interpret. They represent a level of control required in our lives. That’s great, however, great freedom often means taking great risk.

In closing, I hope you enjoyed this post on flying dream meanings.  And many thanks to my friend for inspiring me to write it for you!

As always, I’ve got to give you kudos for interpreting your own dreams according to your own life situations. I’m glad you know these are just my observations after interpreting dreams for many years – but that doesn’t mean these pointers are the end-all-be all.  You be you!

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Horse of a Different Color – Horse Color Meanings

Symbolism of Horse Color Meanings





On their own merit, horses (and all animals) represent extraordinary symbolic meaning. When we add color meanings to animal meanings, it opens a whole new world of insight. I thought it would be neat to discuss horse color meanings and their influence on our psyche.

Horse color meanings give us a deeper connection to this animal. That’s saying a lot, because by itself, the horse is jam-packed with symbolic meaning.

For example, horses represent incredible attributes like: Nobility, Grace, Friendship and Freedom.

When we combine these regal horse qualities with color meanings, our understanding explodes with a rich sense of awareness and appreciation for this creature.  So let’s start exploring this bright world of horse color meanings!

Horse Color Meanings

Black: Some may argue that black isn’t really a color. But in truth, black is required to give depth and hue to all colors. Every artist is aware of the necessity of black in order to conjure intensity in a color.

The same is true with black horses. This horse is a symbol of profound expression. Part of that expression deals with magic and mystery. Consider…darkness is the absence of light. This is symbolic of hidden, secret energy. The dark horse is an icon for deep complexity and intrigue.

When we encounter the black horse, it is a signal to tap into the unknown, tap into our hidden selves – and do this with the purpose of producing great works. The horse is a totem of accomplishment and industry. The black horse symbolizes our ability to dig deep into the mystery of our lives to create something stunning.

White: It’s fitting to place the white horse after the black. White is a perfect polarity to black. Unlike black, there is no hiding with the color meanings of white. Same goes with white horses. These horses are symbolic of honesty, truth and innocence.

The white horse is an icon for self expression, and sharing our creativity with the world. This colored totem assists us in exposing our talents to the public with the purpose of motivating and inspiring others.

When we encounter the white horse, it is a signal to step into the light and tell the truth about our potential.  This totem is a reminder that we can be free to be who we are, there is nothing to hide. Allow the energy of the white horse to inspire you into giving your gifts to the world.

Red/Brown:  In the realm of color meanings, this is the shade that points to that which roots us. These colors reminiscent of the earth, so it speaks to what grounds us.

Just as ginger-haired humans have a reputation for being fiery, same goes with ginger horses. The red/brown horse is a symbol of passion. Specifically, this magnificently colored creature asks us to focus our passion for productivity. What lights your fire? What is at the root of your passion? Calling upon the ginger horse can help discover answers to these questions.

This colored horse fuels our healthy desires, and channel our energy to accomplish our most sought-after goals. As a totem, this colorful horse motivates us to run free with our utmost ambitions. This horse will also help us tap into the core essence of what we want in our lives.

Dappled/Multi-Colored Horses: As we might expect, horse meanings are more diverse with the multi-colored among the breed. A combination of colors on a horse suggests variety and flexibility in personality.

When we encounter multi-colored horses in our consciousness, it’s a signal to break out of self-imposed harnesses. It’s time to crush stereotypes and smash habits that prohibit our greatest success.

Multi-colored horse meanings inspire diversification. This horse encourages hammering the heck out of routine and riding free into wild new vistas of creativity.

I hope you have enjoyed this post on horse color meanings. For more information on this and more, check out the following links.

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Blessings From the Bluebird

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When you see a bluebird, expect a blessing!

The Beauty of Bluebird Meaning

I saw a bluebird this morning. Some folks might say, "So what? Big deal!" Well actually, it is a big deal.  The bluebird is legendary in many cultures for being an extremely good omen.

My sighting of this bright beauty could not have come at a better time.  You see, I'm going through a real crummy phase in life. I suppose all of us are to an extent. Nobody's life is perfect. But these days have been pretty freaking dark for me. So seeing the bluebird really lifted my spirits.

Maybe that seems flimsy in the face of some serious crud I'm going through - but on the other hand - sometimes it's the smallest blessings that get us through a brutal moment. Wouldn't you agree?

I think many Native American tribes would agree.  Pueblo, Iroquois and Navajo all viewed the bluebird as a rare and beautiful sign of prosperity. This good fortune was particularly relevant in terms of fertility. When someone in the tribe spotted a bluebird, it was a clear sign of some kind of new birth or blessing on the horizon.

All this symbolism has a lot to do with the season the bluebird is associated with. In Native perspective, the bluebird represents springtime. This time of year represents lovely things like: Growth, birth, change and renewal. So it's no wonder the bluebird is a signal of some good changes cropping up in our lives.

The bluebird is also helpful in times of serious transition. There is an old Native Pima legend that expresses the bluebird's connection to positive change. The legend says that once upon a time there was a terribly ugly bird that hung around the camp.  One day, the unsightly bird found a magical lake situated close to the tribe.  After bathing several times in the lake's special waters, the ugly bird was transformed into a beautiful blue wonder-bird.

I think the moral of this story addresses exactly what I am going through, and what many of you might be enduring too.  This legend points to some ugly times in our lives. But as we move through life, we are bound to experience some gifts of promise and faith.  By submerging ourselves in healing waters of hope and anticipating positive results, we are blessed on our journey through transitioning into a better phase of life.

I hope this post on bluebird meaning offers you some hope and assurance.

As always, thanks for reading.

May all your moments be blessed with bluebird beauty,

Avia

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