Happy Autumnal Equinox!
A powerful Pluto Retrograde cycle ends as we embrace the potent potential of the Autumn Equinox and the upcoming Libra New Moon!
The Autumnal Equinox occurs Sept 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm ET. It signals the beginning of Fall and a shift in the light. The ancients celebrated the Harvest and paid homage to the Sun for its life giving power. During this time, they also set aside the seeds for the new crops in the spring. The Equinox is a time to reflect upon the process by which we create our own realities. It is also a check-point on our journey so that we may review our personal harvests, make necessary adjustments, and discern which seeds we want to carry forth.
We have been working through some rather intense Pluto Retrograde energies since April. Pluto, the Lord of the Underworld (our sub-conscious) challenges us to look inside ourselves. This is deeply uncomfortable for most of us because Pluto calls us out of the safety zone of our personal stories. It, many times requires a complete breakdown of the old ways or for a radical change in perception before we can move forward. As Pluto shifts direct, we continue to be asked to pay attention to the areas of our life where we are at war with ourselves or perceive that we are at war with others. Look to these instances as teacher/helpers. Their purpose is to reset our internal compass so that we can shift our perceptions. The best way to navigate these resets is to: Slow down. Return to your Heart Center. Observe and work through the emotions aroused. Breathe thru resistance. Look for the lessons. Hold to the knowing that each of us is being guided to a higher expression of ourselves and a truer balance point.
At the Equinox, it is appropriate that we honor the experiences that we’ve gathered along our personal journey. They provided us the impetus to grow in Self-Awareness as we cultivate the skills to lead more balanced, loving, and empowered lives.
The Libra New Moon follows on the heels of the Fall Equinox on Sept 24th. Libra rules harmony, balance, and right relationship. She bears both the Sword of Illumination and the Scales of Truth/Balance. The Libra Moon favors actions that support healthy self-expression, that move us from a struggle mindset to cooperation and those that invite in more harmony to our lives. Libra upholds our efforts to clarify our seeds (thoughts/beliefs/actions) so that we may move into new levels of awareness and living. The energies of Potential and New Beginnings are greatly magnified by this Libra New Moon. We are encouraged to work with the energies of this window of power to cultivate authentic relationships and birth our True Selves.
Libra’s brilliance shepherds us into the next 3 months. In December, our Harvest is revealed as the results of how we have chosen to apply the gifts of this very creative and potent cycle.Blessings on the Journey, my friends.
Wishing you the Gifts of Emergence and Expansion!
Real Change occurs when we allow ourselves to see ourselves as we really are – and we Love ourselves anyway. The month of September can be a powerfully healing time.
May You embrace the Magick of this Moment!
Heroes take journeys, confront dragons,
and discover the Treasure of their True Selves. ~ Carol Pearson
I was told by a friend many years ago that change is good. At the time, I did not want to hear those words. In my mind, I was facing an insurmountable dragon – deep change. Fear had taken hold. I had temporarily forgotten how many mountains I’d already climbed and dragons I’d faced. And, how I had even befriended many of those dragons. In between bouts of fear – I pondered my friends words. To shake off my angst, I decided to write a chronicle of all the dragons/challenges that I’d faced in my life thus far. The exercise helped me realize that I was still standing and how much wisdom I had earned along the way. To often in times of change or challenge, we lend too much credibility to our fears and not enough to ourselves. When we are in worry or fear – we forget to give voice to the gifts from the roads that we have traveled before. The purpose of the journey is to grow. Our first challenge is to find our Faith in the seeming dark. From that point, we move forward to gain clarity; gather strength; develop tenacity; compassion; and other tools for living.
As we embark upon the heroes journey – let us remember that Change challenges us to “Be better than we think we are capable of”. That is what heroes do – they reach beyond their expectations of themselves – to find the Treasure within.
These last months have been intense but they have also held great potential and promise. Truths have been unearthed and we, at times, have felt shaken to the core. These events provide us the opportunity to look within and begin again. Some keys to moving forward: Release judgment. Embrace your Light and your Shadow. Slow down your reactions. Move from your Center. Make quiet time for yourself to balance and recharge. Allow yourselves to open up to Light and Love in a more conscious way. Consider this: breakdowns many times bring breakthroughs. Our journey is supported in more ways than we know.
You are very much Loved!
Happy Wesak – today we celebrate the Buddha and his Enlightenment. Wesak is celebrated as the most powerful Full Moon of the year. It is said that Buddha and the Christ Consciousness return on this date to bring new Light to the world and to help us align with the Christ within. We are reminded that we are One with the Divine and with all of Life.
The timing of this moon is particularly important right now, as each of us are challenged to look deeper at ourselves and the world. The wave of planetary changes has brought much to the surface to be assessed and balanced. Collectively and individually, we struggle with conflicting desires – the desire to be safe and the desire to grow beyond what we are. We are also faced with two realities: Humanity’s power to destroy as well as our power to heal, transform, and transmute. Which power shall we choose? Our choices have long term effects on all of Life. We share the same physical and spiritual eco-system with Earth.
The message of the Buddha Full Moon is to embrace the Light and the fullness of our Spiritual Being. We are urged to see the Truth in the fullness of this moon. Perhaps, we may come to realize that we have allowed ourselves to become human doings (trapped in stuff, defined by stuff, and manipulated by the fear of not having enough stuff). With that, the question now becomes not who stole my stuff but rather what have I allowed to steal my very Being (my Soul). This robbing of our essential selves has left us feeling empty – even depressed. Many of us are now beginning to recognize that nothing material can fill that void because it is our Spirit/Soul that requires nourishment. We require spiritual, emotional, and physical sustenance in order to be whole. To recognize this is the beginning of Healing. This moon asks us to return to our Human Beingness – to exercise compassion with self and others. We are urged to practice loving kindness, forgive, look beyond our individual ego needs, walk gently upon Mother Earth, & to give gratitude. We are often blind to the gifts/beauty/love right before our eyes. It is only thru these practices that we find meaning & joy in our lives.
“We cultivate Love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the Spiritual Connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.” ~ Brené Brown
In the Light of this most gracious moon, we are encouraged to re-examine the relationship that we have with ourselves and with the Divine. We are guided to forgive ourselves for believing in the lies of separation and lack and to see ourselves as Heaven does – Eternally Loved, Loveable, and Worthy. How would your/our world change if you/we lived by that Truth?
May the Beauty & Light of this Buddha Full Moon illuminate your Path and the richness of your Soul!
Many of my clients have asked me to share a few words about the energy of April. Our sensitivities have been increasing since the Vernal Equinox and the Aries New Moon. The intensification of energies has thrown us off balance. I’ve been spending every morning outdoors to ground and recharge. I’ve also had periods of requiring deep sleep and some nights – I require only a few hours. Each of us will respond differently to the energy impulses. Ground yourself. There is a collective restlessness in the air and we must find a healthy outlet for the energy. Some people are acting out in imbalanced ways – as evidenced by the recent violence’s reported by the news. Do not contribute to the current fear dynamic. What is going on is deeper and more profound than some would like us to know.
The current energy cycle is bringing our conflicting desires to the forefront – “the desire of the mind to simply do what we’ve been doing” and “the desire of the Soul that asks us to go deep so that we may grow”. The Soul’s message for us is that it is time that we realize that we can no longer exist on the surface of things or skim over the buried emotions (subconscious drivers) that dominate how we interact in relationship and make the choices we make. These buried emotions/drivers cause us to react to Life rather than be fully Present and responsive. This weekend, the energy intensity lightens a bit. The dynamic is still present but is more subtle. The purpose of this weekend is for us to breathe, self-adjust, and to look at the choices we are making. The period of April 14 – April 29 will be felt in a much larger way. It would be important to “Ask your Soul what it requires”. Still your mind and listen/feel what your Soul has to share with you. What have you been denying? Afraid of letting go of? Or, of moving toward? Sit with these. Open up your heart and allow your Soul to speak. It whispers for us to grow. Any positive and long lasting change comes from the Soul/Heart. For many, the past is coming up in memories, dreams, or we may be reliving it in some aspect of our life. These are interesting times of great potential. I feel that we can choose to use the energy to breakthrough our individual self-created barriers and to collectively implement positive changes that benefit the citizens of Mother Earth.
Blessings on the Journey, my friends!
Within ourselves we all have the gifts and talents we need to fulfill the Purpose we’ve been
Blessed with. ~ Steve Maraboli
The New Moon in Aries kicks off the astrological new year and is one of the years most powerful new moons. We are in a time of awakenings and new beginnings. This moon ushers in a period of revolutionary transformation. Aries is fire energy and it is never dull especially this Spring! All that we “thought we were” is being called to the forefront so we may experience a deeper awareness of Truth and what our Potential is. This requires some self-awareness and letting go. For that, Aries lends us his Warrior Courage and his Faith. We have been led to believe that we are merely a body and an ego (needs). And, this untruth has been our primary mode of interacting with Life for thousands of years. As of the last 3 years, humanity has been on a rather intense path of deprogramming. The way has not been smooth as the program has been passed down from generation to generation. In our collective fear/resistance, we sometimes try to recreate what “was” because it is all that we have been led to believe is – reality. This moon and the month of April bring winds of change that encourage us to explore a new way of Thinking, Being, and Living in the world. It is Good!
Deep in our bones – each of us feel a call to change. The momentum has been building up for a while. Many of us feel it as an energy surges/slumps, a deep questioning of purpose, or restlessness that needs to express itself. I am encouraged to ask you not to misunderstand this call by rushing to change the outer form of your life without thought. That is not a lasting change….merely a cosmetic one. Real and lasting change occurs Within us first – Always! It starts with self- reflection, a release of some sort, and moves to a change of heart/perspective that clears the way for positive and sustainable new beginnings.
This moon is potent. It asks that we dig deeper and get to the root of it! Many of us think of new beginnings in a limited way. We focus on what we want to manifest in the physical. The Aries New Moon asks us to allow ourselves to Grow and Go deeper. The gift and challenge of Aries is – What do you put behind the words I am? Does it reflect your best and do your actions support this vision of yourself? Powerful! Think on these. Then, allow yourself to move forward a bit to future creation. Reflect upon your new beginnings in this manner: “Who do I aspire to Become?” or “ What kind of person do I aspire to Be?”. Within those questions are the “Seed Qualities” or the foundation of anything that you Desire to Create. Who you are is not separate from what you create. Your creations are a reflection of you. Those questions may lead us to this last one: “What do I need to change in order for me to Be the person that I aspire to be?” Take note of what comes us and commit to that change. It charges and reaffirms to the Universe – your aspirations. Then, plant your seeds/intentions with Love. You and your Dreams are worthy of your time and attention.
We have been feeling the fiery energies of the Aries New Moon even before its arrival. Its’ influence will last several days. The Aries Moon can prove to be potentially volatile if we are not self-aware. Emotions may run high. We may be on edge, over-react to situations, and words may be misunderstood. Do not engage in senseless battles (imbalanced Aries). No one wins. Go outside, ground, meditate, or simply breathe instead. Use the impetus of this moon as fuel for your journey. Aries fire is Holy Fire if we work with it properly. It encourages us to align with the Light Warrior that resides within us. The Aries New Moon facilitates greater self-expression. It’s fire clears the way and its’ creative force nourishes the seeds of our highest aspirations.
May you Grow, Thrive, & Live in Joy!
To See yourself and the world clearly – look thru the eyes of the Heart! ~ Diana
This moon shines Light on how we relate to the world and how each of us handles differences. Other key aspects of this moon are self-expression, creativity, authenticity, freedom, and self-worth. Divine Mother asks us to contemplate this: How do we channel our passions? How do we Balance the needs of self and others – our ego with our Hearts? How do we share Love? Do we feel that we are deserving? We are reminded that our roots are Love and that we are children of the Divine.. To Live that Knowing is to change everything!
Happy Valentine’s month everyone! I share this beautiful parable of Self Love and Love with you:
A man planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and he thought, ‘How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?’ Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and just before it was ready to bloom – it died. So it is with many people.
Within every Soul there is a rose. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects and neglect to water the rose within us, and eventually it dies without realizing its Potential. Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to reach past the thorns of another, and find the rose within them. Help others to realize they can overcome their challenges. If we show them the rose within themselves, they will conquer their thorns. Only then will they blossom many times over. ~ Author Unknown