New Moon Notes: New Moon in Virgo

Lunar Letter

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ear Miracles ~

The New Moon is in Virgo, which, among other things, guides how we create structures. One of the questions I am most frequently asked is how do I do everything that I do and still stay sane. Alas there is no one silver bullet solution that will work for everyone but here is how things work backstage at brianasaussy.com.

Slack – my team uses slack for all of our communication, which cuts down massively on emails. I love it because we can upload documents and images to share, create unique channels that are specific to our task list, and integrate it with tools like Zapier which is used to track sales and all kinds of other data points. Slack is amazing. After using all kinds of other project management platforms this is the one we love the best.

Calendly – when I switched my booking process over to Calendly I had so many of my clients email me and tell me that they were beyond the moon appreciative. Calendly is an elegant, simple, scheduling system that is beyond her friendly.

Aweber – all emails, all the time. Aweber is the service I use to keep my email lists organized, protected, and growing.

Evernote – I use Evernote to work with students, to keep track of all of my posts in canto, to write quickly to do lists and to store form letters, and that is really just the tip of the Evernote iceberg. Easy to share, include people in folders so that they have access to specific documents, upload images, voice recordings, and with their suite of features like Pocket, I also have a continually growing archive of articles and images that are related to my work.

WordPress – Best website platform hands down.

Dropbox – We use Dropbox to store, send, and communally access and edit all kinds of files.

Audio Acrobat – Complete web-based storage and audio recording services.

Hootesuite – Best interface we have found for seeing and scheduling various social media shout outs.

Pinterest – I LOVE Pinterest and use it to track the people, places, and things that inspire me. I also store public domain images in Pinterest that I might use for canto posts or lunar letters and we have several community boards for students in my various programs.

Spotify – Music is essential in doing my best work. Sometimes I like absolute silence but when I don’t I go to one of my Spotify playlists.

People

David Saussy is my beloved, my best friend, and my collaborator on everything from child-rearing and home repairs to creating courses, customer service, and bringing the magic to life. David and I also work together for our tiny, not for profit, Symposium Great Books Institute.

Cassandra Oswald is the tech and design wizard and my right-hand woman. She graces my website with her black, white and color illustrations and keeps all of my design and code up to date and looking spiffy. She and I also collaborated on the daily blessing series.

Nathan Briggs is the web host with the most. He keeps my site up and running smoothly, always adds the latest and most useful bells and whistles to our platform (without me ever having to ask) and if things go awry for some reason I just contact him and he gets back to me asap every single time.

Fabeku Fatunmise dear friend and phenomenal business advisor. I’m a groupie and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

Theresa Reed aka The Tarot Lady is my masterminding companion, an amazing friend, a partner in Talking Shop, and so much more. She is also the one I go to when I need a Tarot reading and I LOVE her Entrepreneurcasts.

Heidi Rose Robbins writes beautiful poetry and knows how to read the stars. I go to her several times a year to have my astrological check-in and she delivers each and every time with practical and actionable information that is nevertheless soulful and full of heart.

Aidan Wachter is a very, very, gifted talisman maker. Talismans are an essential part of my business and I am so grateful to Aidan for helping me keep my mojo up in style!

Jason Miller is an incredibly gifted, down to earth yet super smart, and most importantly, results-oriented magic-maker. Whenever I find myself in need of ceremonial support I head straight over to his site. His work works and the man knows how to show up.

Jessica Reagan Salzman runs Heart-Based bookkeeping. We started working with Jessica this year and…MIND BLOWN! She has brought so much clarity to our numbers, calmness to our tax season, and has given us the tools to make more conscious decisions that support our business and our lives. If you run a small business and the ideas of balance sheets and PnL’s make your head spin, you need to visit with Jessica, asap.

There are two other groups that make my work hum, sing, and dance. They have dedicated souls who work with me for at least a year and often for much longer. They ARE the Sacred Arts community and they teach me more about what really matters than I will ever teach them. They are my: Miracle Tree students and Spinning Gold students.

Happy New Moon Magic Making!

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.

Many Branches–Creating a Radiant Life with Heidi

Learning and Community

D

ear Miracles,

Heidi Rose Robbins is one of the few folks that make the stars come alive for me. I have always been interested in astrology but got easily bored with the point of view that only considers astrology useful in so far as it can predict various life events –Heidi Rose changed that. She reminded me how much more astrology could be — how the stars have formed a unique map to the highest and grandest expressions of who we are and what we might accomplish in this sweet world. Her use of poetry and story in talking about her work and art consistently uplift and inspire and her knowledge is deep-drink it up!

In her own words:

Heidi Rose Robbins has been a professional astrologer for over 15 years. In fact, she grew up learning the zodiac with her alphabet. She has a practical, sensitive (and inspiring) approach to astrology and has a thriving world-wide practice. She also offers powerful, transformative Radiant Life Retreats for women twice a year in Ojai, California. She is also the founder and driving force behind the Hello Love Experiment, a worldwide effort to encourage people to meet the world and one another, first and foremost, with love. It is her passion and commitment to speak of the depth of who we are and to grow into the next outrageous blossoming of our true selves. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.

Connect with Heidi
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Your home on the web is Heidi Rose Robbins-Astrology for a Radiant Life-tell us about your business-the vision and the mission!

Astrology for a Radiant Life is dedicated to a fuller expression of our deepest Soul purpose and our heart’s unfolding. In my one-on-one practice, I love to help people identify their greatest gifts and encourage the fullest offering of those gifts. We address obstacles along the way, shed a few tears, laugh at our stubbornness and generally move towards our next concrete step in living more radiant lives.

You have so many wonderful offerings for your clients-one of the things you do that I really love are the Radiant Life retreats. So what does going on retreat with astrology look and feel like and where did the idea to work with clients in this way come from?

I’ve always loved the idea of EMBODIMENT– not just talking or thinking about something– but really living it. My education is in the expressive arts and my father is an astrologer. So, in a way, it was a no-brainer for these two worlds to intersect. But what happens when they do? I needed a way for people to come together and really investigate ON THEIR FEET what it means, for example, to be a Leo with Scorpio rising. How does that feel? What is possible with that combination?

Also, I’ve always loved poetry and sharing it aloud. I think of it as a heightened language that can pierce our hearts when the language of the day to day cannot reach. I love feeling how a poem lands in a group and opens up space for deeper truth-telling.

The retreats came out of a desire to teach in an experiential way and to feel the goodness and healing that can emerge when we gather with an intention of living our most radiant life as a gift for others.

One of the quotes on your site is…”I love the territory where the most VAST meets the most concrete.” I LOVE this and am nodding my head, yes! yes! Can you talk a little about how this territory informs your work and how astrology can help us explore that territory?

Well, this is the juicy stuff. How does the vastness of our heart meet the morning rush getting the kids ready for school? How does our soul purpose meeting the daily grind? How do the most heightened experiences of our lives breathe into our day to day tasks and imbue them with light and love? I love to LIVE in these questions.

I love to practice feeling my own closure, my own self-imposed confinement and then remembering the BILLIONS of others on the planet who are each wrestling their way into the light. Every time I feel sad or heavy or creaky or cranky, I try to take one breath into something much larger than myself. I try to remember the love of the sky or the breath of a valley.

One of the reasons I love poetry so much is I think it is a VAST language and yet can touch us at the most immediate level.

The feeling I get from much of your work is that you fuse your astrology skills with self-improvement, development, and empowerment. Can you talk about how astrology helps us with these goals?

Astrology is a tool to help us see who we truly are. It gives us a glimpse of a QUALITY that we can embody that could be a gift for all. I like to think of myself as an 80-year-old woman and I like to imagine a young person coming to sit with me in silence for a time. And I like to imagine the GIFT that I might embody to such an extent that that young person couldn’t help but leave imbued with that quality.

Astrology is deeply inspiring because it reminds us of who we can become. It is the LANGUAGE of becoming.

If you could give one piece of wisdom to my readers today, what would it be?

Just for one moment today…

Let your heart be drawn to something or someone beautiful. Breathe in that beauty. Just for one minute. Breathe in that beauty.

And then too…just for one moment today,

Bless someone. Let your whole heart usher forth goodness and inspiration for another. Send a stream of silent blessing.

Life begins to vibrate with a kind of sweetness and peace when we manage to do those two things daily.

Big love to you all!

magic, miracles: receive my lunar letters

ARRIVING on full moons each month.