February 8th is the first day of the Chinese New Year, and this is the year of the Fire Monkey!  Today there is also a new moon in Aquarius – everyone is all abuzz about planting seeds for new beginnings, making changes, and working towards new dreams!

I am really enjoying finding ways to incorporate some of these “alternative” sources of knowledge into my daily life and soul development.

From Kari Samuels:

“Aquarius is the sign of the rebel.  It stirs a revolution within.  Aquarius’ gift is clear objectivity to see where you have been restricted by other people’s rules so that you can break free.  By seeing beyond what you previously thought was possible, you liberate yourself and inspire others.

You are unique. 

Not one person on this planet has the gifts you were born with. 

The Aquarius vision can free you from other people’s perceptions.  You can let go of things that you have accepted as truth in the past, but no longer ring true for you.”

fire monkey

So, what is this about some “Fire Monkey”?!?    Well, fire is the element of passion and courage.  The monkey is a quick-witted problem-solver who can find solutions to any challenge.  The Fire Monkey is empowering you to have and be whatever you want.  You just have to have the courage to go for it!  Blessings will come to those who believe in themselves and take action towards their goals.

Is there a dream in your heart?

If you’ve been given a desire, you have all the tools within you to fulfill it.  When you are expressing your unique soul’s purpose, all the forces in the world will align to help you.

So…  Let’s declare our intentions:  Get quiet and get clear about what you really want.  Then state your intentions clearly and directly to whatever Higher Power you believe in:

“It’s my time.  I am uniquely talented.  I am uniquely beautiful. 

No one and no thing can stop me from expressing my gifts. 

Everything is supporting me in fulfilling my soul’s purpose.”


I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the past year getting clear on what I really want my life to be.  When it comes down to it, I just want to take care of my family  and express my creativity by making things.  That’s really it!  And considering I stay home during the week, and only work 1, maybe 2 days on the weekends, I’m already arranging my schedule in a way that supports this.  We don’t have a ton of extra money since we’re basically on one income, but from a positive perspective it just creates boundaries.  Instead of rambling around spending money, or working more to make more money, I can focus on keeping my butt at home and making stuff!  If my dream was something more lofty, maybe I’d have more things to work toward, but I see now that I have no excuses not to do what I love.

So let’s live people!  Write a story, bake a cake, snuggle with your little ones, go help somebody, call a friend, rearrange your furniture, build a car engine — whatever you love, just go do it!  Nothing is too big or small.  Find your soul’s work, and get to it!