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About Karen Johannsen

Karen Johannsen holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology. She spent many years as an elementary school teacher before entering the field of psychology where she was in private practice for over 25 years. She retired in 2014 to write her book and create the card deck called Full Moon Magic. Karen has been a student of the ageless wisdom teachings since 1985 and has studied astrology under Michael Robbins and Heidi Robbins. She has been holding full moon ceremonies in her home and at the Theosophical Society in Seattle since 2002. Visit her websites, The One Heart and My Gentle Musings.

Full Moon Meditation – Pisces

By | 2018-02-18T22:25:39+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Full Moon, Karen Johannsen, Meditation|

This month we celebrate the sun in the sign of Pisces and the moon in its opposite sign of Virgo. There are 5 planets in Pisces at the time of this full moon so we are flooded with this dreamy, mystical energy. Pisces is a water sign so we know that our emotional bodies will be highly sensitive this month. One of the most significant aspects of this full moon has to do with the planets Neptune and Saturn. Virgo is in opposition to Neptune and is trine to Saturn. What this asks of us is to access our unlimited imagination (Jupiter) and create the structure, (Saturn) to bring it into manifestation. Some good descriptive words for Pisces are: the dreamer, the mystic, the idealist, the martyr, the victim, the lost soul. At its highest expression Pisces can be a visionary, seeing the oneness in all things, and dreaming of how she can serve. But the lower octave of this energy can give her all in an attempt to save the world and thus martyr herself or begin to feel victimized by her sacrifices.

Full Moon Meditation – Paving the Way to a New Future

By | 2018-02-08T23:55:10+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Full Moon, Karen Johannsen, Meditation|

The mantram for Aquarius is “Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty humanity.” Last month we climbed the mountain of Capricorn. We metaphorically let the energy of our spiritual aspiration carry us to the mountaintop where we were bathed in the light of transformation. Now, in Aquarius we are asked to descend from the mountain and pour forth the waters of light and life into the world, to share our gifts, to distribute and radiate our light.

Full Moon in Capricorn

By | 2018-01-14T14:12:56+00:00 December 29th, 2017|Full Moon, Karen Johannsen|

The Sun is in Capricorn and the Moon is in Cancer. These two signs have a lot to offer one another. When they are blended and expressed at their highest levels they demonstrate the marriage of the Divine Masculine and Feminine energies, sometimes called the “marriage in the heavens.” Capricorn represents the Father principle and Cancer the Mother principle. This marriage must eventually take place within all of us. This particular full moon has some positive aspects that might help us maintain a more balanced emotional life, but change is in the air, dear ones. Uranus is active again with its energy of reformation.

Full Moon Meditation ~ Sagittarius: Expansion

By | 2017-12-07T03:53:19+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Full Moon, Karen Johannsen, Meditation|

Sagittarius is an expansive sign. It wants to raise our consciousness to its highest levels. It wants to help us envision the highest that is within us, to see our world at its most elevated. This meditation with the fiery energy of Sagittarius can be used to dedicate ourselves to compassionate action.

Scorpio New Moon – The Warrior, Expansion, Death and Rebirth

By | 2017-11-27T01:41:16+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Astrology, New Moon|

This is the path of the evolved Warrior. The mantram for Scorpio is, “Warrior am I and from the battle I emerge triumphant.” We are asked to do battle with our lower selves, our ego, the unredeemed parts of ourselves that usually hang out in the underworld. Once these unfinished parts of ourselves are recognized, accepted and held in the cauldron of a loving heart, transformation occurs. And this is the Scorpio journey. We are tested, we have trials, but we emerge triumphant.

New Moon in Libra – 2017

By | 2017-11-27T01:41:20+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Astrology, Karen Johannsen, New Moon|

One of the major players in this Libra new moon is the planet Uranus. Uranus is exactly opposite the Sun/Moon conjunction. This configuration can inspire an evolutionary leap of consciousness in the area of our personal relationships. How this expansion may play out in your life only you can discern, but it helps to be aware of the possibility. Uranus represents the invitation to expand our minds beyond our conditioning and any preconceived ideas of what is possible.

Libra Full Moon – Relief in the Opposite

By | 2017-11-27T01:41:21+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Karen Johannsen, Meditation|

This month the Sun is in Libra and the moon is in its opposite sign, Aries. We label it as the opposite sign because at the moment of the full moon the sun and moon sit exactly opposite one another in the sky. Libra is the sign of relationship, beauty, harmony, peace and equilibrium. Aries is all about independence, the self, action and fire. This full moon, in particular can feed the fires of anger if we cannot monitor our emotions in a healthy way. The energies are volatile and possibly explosive and destructive.

Virgo New Moon – Presence and Mindfulness

By | 2018-01-14T14:16:51+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Astrology, Karen Johannsen|

New moons constitute an in-breath. It’s a time to pause and reflect on where we are and where we wish to be.  We set intentions, we ponder on what we wish to create, develop, make manifest.  We consider any guidance we may have received at the full moon and make plans to act on what needs to come forth. At the time of a new moon the moon and sun sit right next to each other in the sky and they are always in the same sign. 

Virgo Full Moon – The Influence of Pisces

By | 2017-11-27T01:41:21+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Karen Johannsen, Meditation|

Virgo is the sign of the Mother, matter, form and life. It is the energy of protection, nurturing and sustaining life. She is an earth sign and so tends to be concerned with physical reality, the real functions of life. She is practical and pragmatic in her perspective. Mercury is her exoteric ruler and brings in the quality of a critical thinking mind so she is mentally very studious. She can tend to be

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