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3 Questions I Get The Most As An Acupuncturist

When I’m not talking, tweeting or reading about astrology I spend my days sticking needles into people for a living.

Did I scare you?

It’s okay if I did. The responses I get from people when I tell them I’m an acupuncturist range anywhere from “I’d never do that, I hate needles!!” to “Oooh, what made you get into acupuncture? my (family member, friend, co-worker) swears by it.”

You can read about my acupuncture story here on my website, but for this blog post I want answer the top 3 questions I get about acupuncture & Chinese medicine

Do The Needles Hurt?

Yes, they’re absolutely excruciating! Just kidding! Generally speaking receiving acupuncture needles is a painless experience.

Yes, there are the rare occasions that a needle does feel uncomfortable but normally that’s because the needle hasn’t passed through the superficial layers of the skin where pain is mostly felt. The rarer occasion is when a needle is accidently inserted into a hair follicle. (ouch!)
But aside from that once you get past the skin, sensation is low.
People look surprised when I tell them that the needle has been inserted, they don’t even feel it going in.acupunctureneedle

Sometimes Qi being strongly moved can be mistakened for pain only because it’s an unfamiliar sensation. When we grasp Qi otherwise known as De Qi it can feel dull achey, slightly tingly, or like heavy pressure deep within the body at the site of the needle or at other locations.
One thing I always tell my patients is that needle sensation should never feel sharp or stabbing. A pinch or prick that fades away within a few minutes is fine, but if the feeling is unbearable just tell your acupuncturist to remove the needle.
Acupuncture needles are nothing like needles used in western medicine, they’re nowhere near as thick and they’re not hollow. This image from my alma mater gives you an idea of how acupuncture needles compare to other commonly used needles.

Acupuncture Is Good For Pain, Right?

Yes, acupuncture is great for pain, especially when we know what’s creating the pain in the body. However pain is not the only thing acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treats, not by a long shot. Remember that this is a comprehensive medicine that pre-dates Western Medicine by a good 2,000 years.
Just about anything that you would see your primary care physician for you can treat with Chinese Medicine.
Headaches, skin conditions, sleep disorders like insomnia, mental disorders, depression, fatigue, menstrual issues (including PMS, irregular cycles, fibroids & infertility), gastrointestinal disorders, bowel disorders, musculo-skeletal pain, sensory issues, vertigo and much more. Not to mention we have an entire materia medica for herbal formulas to work in conjunction with acupuncture treatments to support the healing process. Acupuncture is pretty dope. Trust.

How Acupuncture Does It Work? What Do The needles Do Exactly?
Explaining how acupuncture works is complex and yet simple at the same time. Without going into all the vocabulary let’s just say that your body is a unique ecosystem just like nature herself. The entire body works as a whole to maintain harmonic balance or good health.

The body is crisscrossed by system of energetic highways we call meridians. On these meridians are acupuncture points, you can think of them of energy pools that all have different functions. When we insert needles into these points, we direct the body’s energy or Qi to do whatever is needed to heal through creating balance. So if the body is too hot from fever we hit points to reduce the heat. If there’s chronic fatigue we needle points to increase energy while supporting organs that may need assistance. If there’s pain we find out what the source is and create a point plan to lessen or eliminate the pain.

Think of the needles as direct Qi conduits, they go directly to the energy to move it around. You can achieve the same effect with pressure also known as acupressure, but it would take much longer to achieve the same results a needle insertion.

Here’s one of my favorite videos that explains how acupuncture works. Take a look and tell me what you think.

Have you had acupuncture before? How did you like it? Leave a comment so we can discuss!

 

If you’re in the New York City Area you can catch me for an acupuncture session over at Olo Acupuncture in Manhattan!

New Moon In Scorpio: Aligning With Your Passion

Happy New Moon in Scorpio!

This particular New Moon has overtones of releasing emotional & physical clutter as Scorpio is so skilled at doing, but also of honoring our unique strengths & focusing them down into a powerful laser beam of potent energy.

With eccentric Aquarius rising at the time of the New Moon, our outward vision is focused through the lens of visionary Aquarius.

Are you being authentic or are you conforming to the crowd? Are you playing it safe? Aquarius holds the freedom to be exactly who they are at the top of their priority list. When Aquarius finds themselves going along to get along, life loses its meaning. They become robotic in their everyday responses, losing their sense of inspired idealism. This is what we’re eliminating under this New Moon.

The time has arrived to let go of the soul numbing conformity and align deeply with your passion as shown by Scorpio while allowing Virgo to push us to work quietly and diligently to attain our vision.

 

Uranus, Aquarius’s ruler is in innovative & courageous Aries where he’s been since 2011 creating youth driven revolutions around the world, breaking up old paradigms and infusing the world with fresh inspired vision for the future.. Presently Uranus is retrograde (appearing backwards in the sky) meaning his revolutionary energy is turned  inward where its compressing while building momentum, clarity & strength. Remember energy doesn’t always need to be seen in order to be felt.

Look to your natal chart to see where Uranus is currently sitting & demanding changes to be made. He’s the focus point for this New Moon as he not only commands the chart, but also creates the apex behind the Finger of Fate (Yod) in the sky with the Sun and Moon in passionate Scorpio sextile to Jupiter in discriminating Virgo.

 

What is a Yod or Finger of Fate/God?

The Finger of Fate is a astrological configuration usually between 3 or more planets that looks like an isosceles triangle.  At the base of the triangle are two sets of planets creating what we call a sextile or a flowing or easy aspect consisting of 60° between the two sets of planets.

Sextiles create ease of communication between planets. They have a certain aptitude in working together, between them lies skill and opportunity.

Joining the sextile is an aspect called a quincunx which connects to the sextile by 150°.  A quincunx is not quite as conflicted in energy as say a direct opposition or a square, instead it creates irritation and friction. It nags at us just enough to spurn us into action.

Together this configuration allows for the easy flow of skilled energy in the sky to be motivated and focused down into a point, to take fated action. Here we take advantage of our skills and put it to work to move us along our fated path.

 

Making The New Moon Work For You

So what are you moved to take action on now that you’ve cleaned out your emotional closets? What fear has Scorpio presented to you that you are now ready to release and move forward toward your destiny?

Scorpio asks us to align with our passion, here we connect with our deeper more potent emotions to find our way in the dark. What fills us with fear is also what can fill us with joy. Typically it is our fear that shows us where our work is to be done, there lies our joy underneath the rubble. Virgo shows us our ability to be dedicated to our work. We’re willing to dig in and stick with something until we refine it to its purest state of being.

This New Moon is asking us to align with and work with our passion, cultivate our skills and shoot it down to Uranus who will use the energy to break new ground in our lives. Be willing to stand in your unique and seemingly unusual way of living and being… its what makes you, you. The work that you’re passionate about is the work that you came down here to do.

Look to your Scorpio, Virgo, Aries and Aquarius houses to see where your fate is taking you. Planets and angles at and around 19° will be activated by this energy, they too will shed light on your way forward.

Transformative Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in diligent Virgo are sending earthy support to the Sun-Moon connection in Scorpio. Pluto will help add a healthy dose of authority & power to your backbone. Be a boss about your vision and the work you seek to do. Who else is going to do it if not you? Mars in Virgo will fuel you to keep working, creating to do lists, planning, refining, and editing. Take advantage of Mars while he’s focused in Virgo, he moves into diplomatic & indecisive Libra on November 12th at 4:40pm EST

 

Talk to me about your New Moon in Scorpio experiences! Use the comment section to share your unique story or find me on Twitter @JChiron18

 

I wish you an inspired and ground breaking New Moon in Scorpio. Release. Align. Dare To Be Unique.

 

– Janelle
Need help figuring out how this New Moon is affecting you? Schedule a reading with me where we can discuss your chart’s individual journey.