Golden Auspiciousness in 2018 by Dr. Christie Smirl

As 2018 dawns I send you all love, prayers for peace and wishes for health and prosperity. 2018 is predicted to be an auspicious year bringing truth, wisdom and spiritual transcendence.

Ādiśakti Maa, one of my beloved spiritual mothers from India emphasizes that 2018 is a year herald in the Satya Yuga, also known as the golden era of truth, spirituality and true happiness. This is a year to do our personal work and seva to create lasting happiness and freedom from suffering. As each of us approach moksha we in turn illuminate all others around us in golden healing light. It is recommend to perform austerities to create an extension of the Manipura chakra up to the Ajna chakra. At this time all seven chakras will become gold in color and the soul will be in the drivers seat of the body.  We are guided in 2018 to surround ourselves with the colors of gold, yellow and orange by our choices of clothes, decorations, foods such as carrots, ghee, turmeric, mango, pineapple and papaya. We are to strengthen our bodies and make our dharmic work a form living meditation. We are to recognize and release aggression, jealousy, hatred, criticism, fear, anger and lethargy.

Many of my colleagues in Vedic and yoga communities have shared with me that 2018 is auspicious in terms of numerology analysis. First, 1+8=9 and 9 has auspicious meaning with the power of 108, a sacred number in science and many spiritual faiths.  Also, 2018 (2+0+1+8=11) represents 11, the first master number in numerology signifying a powerful energy of illumination.January 1st will be first super full moon called the wolf moon of the year bringing tides of change and inspiration. Mercury will leave retrograde shadow January 12th allowing projects to go full speed till March 9th. January 31st will be a 2nd super full moon of the month, called a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse. Approach life from the philosophy of “Once in a blue moon.” There will be heightened spiritual energy for growth, dreams and ideals. With a total lunar eclipse also prepare in advance for radical shifts and surprises. February 15th will bring a solar eclipse in Aquarius bringing deeper personal connections. On February 16, 2018 we will embark on the year of the earth Dog according to Chinese astrology. The element of earth will become very important to all signs this year, bringing more grounded energy and stability. Focus this year on stabilizing your home, career and relationships. Work your way toward your dreams with deep determination between January into the first week of March while all the planets are direct providing rough roads.

Take time before the New Year to really focus on what you want out of life. A patient of mine recently wrote me a poem encouraging us all to seize every moment in life, to sleep under a tree, not to put off living today, to take time to meditate and be filled with the love of the divine mother in the heart of silence. My colleague and spiritual sister Kathy Bolte recently wrote a beautiful article in Elephant Journal about creating sacred personal vows and the importance of the integrated knowledge of samskaras, sankalpa and tapas. Get that extra motivation you need to really launch your best new year.

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Dr. Christie Smirl has over 25 years of medical experience. She completed a Doctorate of Ayurvedic Medicine from American University of Complimentary Medicine as well as Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science from Loma Linda University. Dr. Christie is also an E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Trainer YACEP, Reiki Master/Teacher, Tantric Energy Healer and Musician.

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