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North Node In Cancer 2018-2020: How It Will Affect You

Karma is calling! That’s because the Lunar Nodes switched signs, more exactly the North Node moved into Cancer, and the South Node moved into Capricorn. The lunar nodes will stay in Cancer and Capricorn for 18 months, until May 5, 2020.

What The Nodes Are All About, And Why They Are Important

The Nodes always move backward – in fact, they are the only ‘planets’ that move backward. A good way to think about them is to think about a retrograde planet, with the distinction that a planet goes retrograde only a fraction of the time, while the Nodes are always retrograde.

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That’s why the Lunar Nodes are associated with past lives and karma (the backward movement symbolizes going back in time).

But that’s not the only reason. The Nodes are where the Moon’s orbit crosses the ecliptic. The ecliptic is the apparent path the Sun makes around the earth. The Nodes thus where the divine design (the Sun) and material reality (Moon) meet.

The Lunar Nodes create the eclipses. We have two eclipse seasons every year and that’s when the world goes crazy. This is when events tend to happen on a large scale: kings and queens are born (or die), scientific breakthroughs or discoveries are made (or great natural disasters occur), wars end (or start).

Eclipses are ‘regulating’ our collective karma. Eclipses also ‘regulate’ our individual karma, especially when they align with sensitive points in our charts. This is when people like you and me have a strong pull to take action, to make a decision, to sort themselves out.

Year after year, with mathematical precision, at the eclipse season I get 5 times more messages than in any other time of the year. Why? Because people feel in their soul the call of destiny. And astrology speaks the language of the destiny, that’s why people feel drawn to it more than ever.

North Node vs. South Node

We have two lunar nodes, the North Node, and the South Node. Although both nodes are connected to karma, it is only the South Node that is connected to past lives and past karma.

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The North Node instead is connected to our future karma and with the possibility for us to alter our karma. The North Node is our possibility to change the script of our destiny.

Why is the South Node connected to past karma? The South Node is also called the Descending Node because it is literally descending, going down. The South Node represents our unresolved karma, what we need to ‘sort out’ in this lifetime.

The South Node represents chances you haven’t taken, the opportunities you’ve missed, things you haven’t quite manifested in your past lives.

Let’s say you were a talented dancer in a past life. If you haven’t engaged with this talent, this talent will get passed on to your next lifetime, so that this time you will make good use of it. That’s why you were born with it in this lifetime. To finally make it work, to manifest it. 

The question is, how to make it work? The answer is, through the North Node.

The North Node is the opposite of the South Node. If the South Node is familiar, the North Node is completely unfamiliar. The North Node is a skill you don’t master, that thing you stumble upon. Yet, your North Node is exactly what you need to master.

When you focus on the North Node, everything flows in perfect alignment with the universe. If I have to choose only one advice to give to my clients and students, that would be to focus on their North Node.

When people focus on their North Node, all their problems get solved. It’s as simple as that, yet it may not be that easy to follow this North Node, because at least at the beginning, you don’t know where you should start from.

But that’s what astrology is for, to show you something that you wouldn’t know otherwise.

Does that mean we should dismiss the South Node and completely focus on the North Node? No, not at all. Your South Node is, in fact, a gift. But it is a stagnant gift, a gift that needs to be taken in a different direction.

That direction is the North Node. The South Node gift becomes a problem when we get stuck in it and refuse to change. When we do the same things over and over again. The solution to the South Node problem is always the North Node.

The paradox is that once you solved the South Node problem with the North Node, the outcome is not the North Node, but the South Node. The South Node is the ripening karma, for good and for bad.

The Lunar Nodes equation:

Problem (South Node) → Solution (North Node) → Outcome (South Node)

Cancer and Capricorn – The Mother and the Father

Now that the North Node moves into Cancer and the South Node moves into Capricorn, you may wonder what it means. In traditional astrology, Cancer (and the ruling planet, the Moon) is the mother, and Capricorn (or the ruling planet, Saturn) is the father.

But it’s much more to these symbols.

Cancer is what makes us feel nurtured, safe, and protected (just like our mother’s womb fed and protected us). Cancer comes from Latin “crab” and the crab is protected by its shell. In the same way, Cancer represents our need to feel safe, to have a home.

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Capricorn is the highest point in our chart, where the Sun shines at its brightest, and represents what we aim for. The highest point in a chart is also the point of greatest visibility, so Capricorn is also where we feel exposed. In the past, the women stayed in the cave to protect the weak (Cancer) while men went outside, got exposed, and fought against nature for survival. Capricorn rules hierarchies.

Both Cancer and Capricorn are about survival, but while Cancer meets this need in the inside, by creating a safe ‘home’ and inner resilience, Capricorn meets this need on the outside, by gaining status, respect, and by playing an important role in the hierarchy. The most primal needs of people are the needs of security (Cancer) and status (Capricorn).

What Does It Mean To Have North Node in Cancer And South Node in Capricorn?

As we said, the ‘problem’ is the South Node. A South Node in Capricorn is all about fighting to fit in, to gain status, to climb hierarchies, to meet goals, to have a career. But this comes at a price. When you put all your energy in the outside yourself, you neglect the inner world.

It is important to realize you cannot only work, work, work, work, work. The mountain goat might reach the top of the mountain, but it’s pretty lonely up there. When you’re always focusing on the next goal, on the next achievement, you forget who you are.

The solution? North Node in Cancer, i.e. building a strong inner foundation, nurturing yourself, doing what’s safe and comfortable.

The outcome? South Node in Capricorn, i.e. true progress, true achievements that come from a space of comfort and self-confidence. When you really know who you are, when you’re strong on the inside (North Node in Cancer) there is nothing that you can’t achieve (South Node in Capricorn).  

Example: if you don’t get the promotion you are hoping for, the solution is not working harder. The solution is taking a holiday. Spending time with your family. Taking care of yourself. And the paradox is that when you do that, the promotion (or another achievement that is more aligned with who you are) always comes.

North Node In Cancer And South Node In Capricorn Key Dates

  • South Node conjunct Pluto (April 2019)
  • South Node conjunct Saturn (May-October 2019)
  • South Node conjunct Jupiter (January 2020)
  • North Node and South Node square Chiron (March 2020)

The North Node in Cancer and the South Node in Capricorn will bring us the following eclipses:

  • Solar Eclipse in Capricorn (South Node Eclipse) on January 5th, 2019 at 15° Capricorn
  • Solar Eclipse in Cancer (North Node Eclipse) on July 2nd, 2019 at 10° Cancer
  • Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn (South Node Eclipse) on July 16th, 2019 at 24° Capricorn
  • Solar Eclipse in Capricorn (South Node Eclipse) on December 25th, 2019 at 4° Capricorn
  • Lunar Eclipse in Cancer (North Node Eclipse) on January 10th, 2020 at 19° Cancer
  • Solar Eclipse in Cancer (North Node Eclipse) on June 20th, 2020 at 0° Cancer
  • Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn (South Node Eclipse) on July 4th, 2020 at 13° Capricorn

If your birthday is around one of these dates or if you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars) or angles (Ascendant, Descendant, MC, IC) around the degrees of the eclipse, you will be especially affected by North Node in Cancer and South Node in Capricorn in 2018-2020.

The Nodes come back in the same place every 18 years. The last times we had the Nodes in Cancer-Capricorn was:

  • April 10, 2000 – October 31, 2001
  • September 25, 1981 – March 16, 1983
  • December 24, 1962 – August 25, 1964.

What happened in your life back then?

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Solar Eclipse In Cancer – Close Your Eyes

The Eclipse Of Darkness

On 12 July 2018 we have a powerful New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Cancer. The New Moon takes place at 20° Cancer and is a partial Solar Eclipse, visible from Southern Australia, including Melbourne and Adelaide.

The Solar Eclipse in Cancer should be called the Eclipse of Darkness, but not necessarily because it will get physically dark. Although the Solar Eclipse is partial, it is nevertheless very powerful for the following reasons:

  • It is the first eclipse on the Cancer Capricorn axis.
  • The Eclipse is exactly opposite Pluto, the planet of transformation and the underworld. Pluto is notoriously associated with darkness, and the absence of light. Pluto is the Darth Vader of the zodiac!
  • The eclipse is not only conjunct Pluto, but also conjunct Pluto’s nodes (yes, all planets have nodes, and Pluto’s nodes are at 20° Cancer / Capricorn right now). Talking about transformation!
  • Cancer is the darkest place in the zodiac wheel – it is literally at the bottom of the wheel. That’s why Cancer is ruled by the Moon, which governs over night.

All these alignments make the Solar Eclipse cathartic and fated.

A Solar Eclipse means that the Sun is eclipsed and overshadowed by the Moon. The Sun is taken over. The light disappears. Life is disrupted.

We all know the Sun is the life giver to all creatures on Earth. Without its warmth, there would be no life as we know it. The absence of light can feel scary indeed.

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But it’s only from darkness, that we are able to SEE. Paradoxically, it’s only in the space of nothingness that we can see things in a new ‘light’ – our inner light. It’s only from nothing that new beginnings can emerge.

Seeling In The Dark 

Pluto will take you on a trip to the underworld to show you what’s hidden on the other side of light as you know it. We, humans, are hard-wired to be terrified by dark, but ironically, that’s the only possible path to enlightenment. It’s only when we break down our egos and break through the veil of illusion that we can finally SEE. And this is what traveling to the underworld is all about.

The opposite of light is not darkness, but the potential of light’ – dark because unknown, perhaps, but with the possibility of changing us into that thing we never were before” – Kimberly Grey

Even physiologically, it’s not completely true that we are not able to see in the dark. We just see things differently.

As you may know, there are two types of cells responsible for sight in the human retina – cones and rods.

The cones are active at daylight and help us distinguish shapes and colors. The rods, or the night cells, allow us to see shapes, but not colors. At night, things are less differentiated and less distinct. The color matters less, and is less distracting. It’s more about meaning.

What about when you close your eyes completely? When there is nothing to compare yourself with? When there is no reference point to the past or to the future? What do you see when you close your eyes?

“Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens” – Carl Jung

Water And Cancer – Where Everything Emerges

In astrology, light is associated with the Fire element: the spark of light that emerges from pure consciousness (Aries); the burning fire of self-expression (Leo), and the eternal flame of the Spirit (Sagittarius).

Cancer is a water sign. Water is in a way, the opposite of Fire. Water is cool, fire is hot. Fire is dry, water is wet. Fire transforms, water regenerates. While fire is visually striking, water is invisible. Water doesn’t have a color but reflects the color of the sky, of the soil, or of the living creatures inside it. Fire is the divine masculine, water is the divine feminine.

Cancer is the ultimate archetype of the feminine. Cancer is the nurturing, protective, instinctual energy that gives birth to new life and nurtures it until this new life is able to develop an identity on its own. The 4th house, together with Cancer are the most private places in one’s chart. The most vulnerable. And paradoxically, the strongest.

Think of a pregnant woman (a Cancer / 4th house archetype). She is more vulnerable than ever. She is willing to do whatever it takes to protect the life that is about to emerge. But at the same time, she is stronger than ever. Her vulnerability makes her strong. 

Cancer – or the dark night – is where creation emerges. 

This is the first Eclipse in Cancer since 2009-2010. In fact, on 11 July 2010, we had a Solar Eclipse in Cancer at the same degree as this eclipse. This eclipse will therefore bring to your awareness similar themes. What happened in your life back in July 2010?

Eclipses – Fate Or Free Will? 

Eclipses always happen on a nodal axis, bringing polarities into alignment. So when the North Node of the Moon in one sign, and the South Node of the Moon is in the opposite sign. We have no choice but to reconcile these opposite but complementary energies.

Eclipses are nothing else but times of karmic and cosmic re-adjustment. If the North Node energy points towards the future, the South Node energy is linked to the past. The Nodes of the Moon co-create our destiny.

If life was fate, we would only have the South Node. But life is a miraculous mix of fate and free will. The North Node is in a way our free will. The North Node is our potential, what could exist, the darkness from which life and creation could emerge.

We feel drawn to it, but we have little experience with it. And because we also fear it, we have a natural tendency to revert back to the South Node of the past.

It’s only when you resist your North Node, your true star, that life gets tough. This is when eclipses can bring difficult experiences. But when you embrace it, you dive into a world of pure potential, a world where everything is possible. You can overcome your karma, and co-create your destiny with the universe.

The Solar Eclipse in Cancer is a North Node Eclipse, which means it is more concerned with your free will, with the unknown, with creating new possibilities for the future.

The Cancer Solar Eclipse opposite Pluto is an invitation to plunge into the darkness of the unknown. Don’t be afraid! This is where it all begins.

You will be affected especially if you have planets or angles between 19°-21° in Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Look to the house where the eclipse falls in your chart for clues to what to expect.

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New Moon In Cancer – Emotional Decisions

The New Moon in Cancer takes place on Friday, June 23rd , 7:31 p.m. PDT at 2° Cancer.

The New Moon is infused with Cancer energy  – we don’t only have the Sun and the Moon in Cancer, but also Mercury and Mars. That’s a lot of Cancer, especially given that all these planets are personal planets, so we will feel their effect at a very personal level.

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Cancer energy makes us crave emotional nurturing. We usually get the emotional nurturing from being surrounded with familiar people and things.

We are less likely now to go and explore the unknown, read the latest news, or go on a blind date. Instead, we will want to enjoy ourselves by spending time with old friends, by having a meal “just like mother used to make” or by reading a bioprahical book.

That being said, it is worth mentioning that New Moons in Cancer are a bit special. Although Moon rules the sign of Cancer, and you would expect Cancer New Moons to manifest the lunar energy fully, let’s not forget that a New Moon has rather a “Solar” vibe. New Moons in general are times for new biginings, manifestations, are times to “take the lead” and start something new.

Moon feels very comfortable in Cancer, especially when at her “full” phase. Only then she can shine on her own right and manifest herself freely. But right now, the Sun takes the helm.

At this phase in the lunar cycle, the Moon is literally invisible in the night sky, because of the proximity to the Sun. That’s why in general a lot of times nothing really happens at the exact time of  a New Moon. The secret is to wait for 2 days, until the Moon becomes visible in the sky. Only then we can become aware of what the message of the New Moon is about.

So on one hand, we have a strong Cancerian energy which asks to be akgnowledged and felt in a feminine, intuitive, watery way.  On the other hand, we have the Sun taking the lead with the masculine qualities of setting the vision, being abstract, and taking initiative. This conflict can create quite a bit of friction, and like with every friction, events are likely to happen.

Another particularity of this New Moon is the close conjunction with Mercury, which now is only 3 degrees ahead of the lunation. Mercury with the Sun and the Moon in the sign of the Crab will give us direct access to the subconscious realm of our memories. We are now asked to recall long-forgotten emotions from early childhood that have not yet had the chance to be processed.

Mars applies a square to Jupiter immediately after the New Moon, asking us to “act out” on these emotions. Both Mars and Jupiter are very action oriented planets and if that was not enough they are also in Cardinal signs. We will need to take action, no matter what. Cardinal sings don’t have a plan, they only have the drive to act. It is the task of the Fixed signs to carry out on whatever the Cardinal sign have started.

With so many planets in Cardinal signs, especially in water, we will feel compelled to act upon our emotions. And given that the New Moon takes places just after the Solstice, the stakes are very high. Chances are, we will be very brave about what we are feeling, no matter how awkward, and some emotional decisions will be made,  to the surpise of many, including ourselves.

You are especially effected if you have Gemini, Virgo or Cancer rising or if you have planes or angles between 1-5° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).

To find out which area of your life is in focus look in which house in your natal chart you have 2° Cancer.

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Summer/Winter Solstice And Sun/Mercury Superior Conjunction – A Time For Adjustments

On June 21st 2017 we have the Summer or Winter Solstice. Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere will enjoy the longest day of the year, aka the Summer solstice. People in the Southern Hemisphere will have shortest noontime shadow instead.

No matter where you live, astrologically 21st of June is one of the most important days of the year. The Sun is either at the highest point in the sky, or at the lowest. This marks some sort of culmination – a point of “no return”. The Sun cannot go any further than that.

Just as everything around us in the nature gets born, grows, dies, only to be born again, the Vernal solstice is a symbol of change, it is a reminder that we are all part of nature, a part of a higher evolutionary process.

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In Astrological cyclicity the Solstice acts like a square, it is similar to the first quarter Moon. The Spring Equinox is the New Moon, the two Solstices are the squares, and the Fall Equinox is the Full Moon.

At this time of the year, we are being asked to make the necessary adjustments to the plans we started at the time of the Spring Equinox. This square can bring some frictions, but will also give us great resources of energy to make change happen.

This is the time of empowerment, we are even more empowered than we were at the time of the Spring Equinox (which corresponds to the New Moon phase). The Equinox (the beginning of the astrological year) marked the beginning of a new cycle.

Even if back then we could “pick and choose” what we want to do in the upcoming cycle, and we could literally swim in an endless ocean of possibilities, still back then we were not necessarily very clear about what exactly we want to do.

By now, we know what we need to do. In the last 3 months we also learned what we need to stop doing, or what we need to start doing more. It is more and more clear what our purpose for this year’s cycle is.

Immediately after the Solstice, Mercury makes a superior conjunction to the Sun marking the peak of the current Mercury cycle, a time of manifestation for our “Mercurian” pursuits. Whatever you started at the beginning of the current Mercury cycle around April 20th will come to fruition now. Look which houses in your chart are ruled by Mercury for more clues on how this is going to affect you.

The Mercury Sun conjunction takes place at the very potent degree 0° Cancer – this is one of the four cardinal degrees, the most powerful degrees in the zodiac. Transits to 0° of Cardinal signs are the best times to take action and assert ourselves.

This is not a time to play small or hide in the house. Get out there, do what you know you need to do. Mercury will make you very articulate so make sure you speak up and tell the world your truth. Get out our your comfort one. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

If you have Gemini, Leo or Virgo ascendant you will feel especially empowered by this transit. Similar if you have planets or angles around 0° in Cancer. We will all get some exciting news of some sort, Mercury is the messenger of the Zodiac after all.

The New Moon on June 23rd will carry on the theme of this Vernal Solstice, so there is more to come this week, stay tuned!

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Full Moon in Cancer – A Cosmic Hug

The Full Moon occurs on January 12th at 22° Cancer, triggering a Cardinal Cross involving Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. No need to be intimidated by this dynamic cosmic configuration. The motherly sign of Cancer will transform the Cardinal Cross into a loving embrace.

We will all experience this Full Moon very profoundly, and those of us with personal planets around 22° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) will be in the spotlight big time.

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Frida Kahlo – The Love Embrace of The Universe

The theme  and the deeper meaning

Full Moons in Cancer are by default very powerful. Moon is Cancer’s ruler and the Moon is at her highest expression when is Full (180° away from the domineering Sun) and can shine in her full splendor. Therefore this Full Moon is really all about the Moon, and what the Moon stands for: mothership, intuition, feelings, the soul, children and social consciousness.  

What about the Cardinal Cross? Cardinal Grand Crosses involve the most sensitive points in a chart – the AC/DC and the IC/MC axis: “Me” vs. “We” (Aries – Libra) and “Inward” vs “Outward” (Cancer – Capricorn). Who are we? How did we come to be? What is our place in the Universe? These profound questions bring up a host of other inquiries about one’s search for meaning – and a Cardinal Grand Cross will always bring these themes to the awareness. Know thyself and know thy place – and then everything will unfold as it is meant to.

The sabian symbol of this Full Moon is ”The meeting of a literary society”. A literary society sounds rather posh and intellectual – but those of you who attended book clubs know what usually happens when a literary society meets: intense and heated discussions accompanied by a lot of drinking. This sounds exactly like a Full Moon in Cancer triggered by a Jupiter-Uranus opposition. Passionate, emotional, intense, conflicting, progressive.

The aspects – a Cardinal Cross, Pluto, Mercury and a lovely-dovey Venus Neptune

Mercury will enter Capricorn literally minutes after the Full Moon (it is at 29°57’ in Sagittarius at the time of the Full Moon). Mercury at 0° in a sign at the time of the Full Moon will amplify and of course, communicate, whatever the Full Moon has to reveal. Expect surprising news and announcements.

This Full Moon is also only a few degrees away from Pluto, triggering some family dynamics. Pluto is cathartic and powerful, and with the Cancer Moon we now have the opportunity to transcend some unhealthy family bonds.

I already mentioned the Jupiter-Uranus opposition which  has been in effect for a month now. If you did not figure out yet what this important aspect of 2017 stands for, this Full Moon will expose the dynamic of this opposition, illuminating it brilliantly. Some themes have started to emerge already, but during the Full Moon in Cancer the Jupiter-Uranus opposition themes will be clearly revealed to us.

There is a risk that Uranus’ push for rapid change will outweigh Jupiter’s rather balanced and relationship-oriented outlook (Jupiter is like that only when in Libra, otherwise he likes rapid change, and especially rapid growth!). We can never really be ready or prepared for what Uranus has to bring – but this energy will help us build the muscle we need in order to adapt to a world full of uncertainties and surprises.

Fortunately, in the middle of this chaos, Saturn in  Sagittarius beautifully supports this Full Moon with a trine to Uranus and a sextile to Jupiter.  Saturn helps calm down Uranus in Aries’s unpredictability and thirst for chance, and gives Jupiter the means to make things happen in a productive and sustainable way.

Pluto is widely conjunct the Capricorn Sun and that means he also opposes the Cancer Moon. A good thing is that Pluto is sextile to Mars in Pisces. Mars is Pisces is rather non-confrontational so it will turn Pluto’s strength and conviction into compassion.

Another aspect that supports the claim that this Full Moon is rather a loving embrace than a cross we need to bear is Venus conjunct Neptune.  This is one of the most beautiful and romantic aspects we can get. Falling in love under these circumstances has never been easier or more natural. Venus and Neptune meet in the emotional and empathetic sign of Pisces and literally, all we need is love. If you have planets around 9° Pisces (including a birthday around 12th of January) you will experience intense and overwhelmingly  beautiful feelings.

All in all, during this Full Moon important situations will likely come to a peak point and decisions will need to be made. But no need to worry. This Full Moon is a very honest, candid lunation and it WILL give us the clarity we need to make the next step in full awareness.  Trust the universe is there to support you, no matter what.

The 1st Full Moon of the year was also known as the Wolf Moon by the indigenous people. The Wolf stands for our connection with the world of instincts. The Wolf has very strong intuition and represents the raw nature in action. The symbolism of the Wolf goes very well with the symbolism of the Full Moon in Cancer. If you want to learn more about how the Native American called each Full Moon of the year and the symbolism behind, I recently wrote an article about this, you can read it here

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Grand Water Trine

We have a Grand Water trine with Mercury in Cancer, Mars in Scorpio and Chiron in Pisces.

During this transit we feel more at ease to express our emotions, even those we kept buried inside for years and years. The energy is very healing and flows – literally – like water.

To get the best of this transit, tune into the healing powers of water. Go by the water if you have the possibility, and if not, try a meditation that is centered on water, or simply listen to the sound of a river steam of to the sound of the waves.

A meditation you can use to tune in:

Find a quiet space inside your home or outside in nature. Start by breathing deeply to calm down your mind. Then imagine you are next to a stream, or by the sea. Listen to the sound of the water, and let it fill the space in the head until there is nothing but that sound. And then, as you go into the water, feel it against your skin. How does it feel? Then picture yourself as water. This could be a drop of rain, an ocean, a river, a waterfall, even a teardrop. Imagine yourself merging with the water, and let it guide you. Reflect on the feeling of being one with the water until you feel relaxed and at peace.

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