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
The Full Moon of Jan 15, 2014 falls in the sign of Cancer. The moon is associated with the Feminine, the element of water, intuition, dreams, and emotions. Cancer represents the Mother making this feminine full moon especially powerful. She speaks to us of emotional nourishment and our desire to be at Home with ourselves and in the world. This is an auspicious message at the start of the New Year. In what ways do we nurture ourselves? Our abilities? Are we at home in our lives? The Cancer full moon also speaks to us about our relationship with all of Life on Earth as well. In what ways do we contribute to our communities and care for our planetary Home?
This full moon asks that we cultivate a healthy relationship with ourselves by taking the time to sit with our Soul. I offer a few thoughts for contemplation: What are our Souls hungry for? What are our feelings telling us about ourselves? What truth are we avoiding surrendering too? Whatever rises to the surface of our consciousness in response to these questions is a gift. Do not judge it or yourself. This moon encourages us to seek out those areas in our lives that are out of balance, to examine them, and to act upon the changes that are required. Note: It may be helpful to this process to know that all healing begins with a change in perception. Soften your focus as you observe what comes up. Allow yourself to look at the situation, your beliefs, or feelings from the open attitude of an explorer – as you embark upon the journey of self-understanding.
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky… but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy ~ the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our Light. ~ Dr. Brene Brown
Generally, emotions tend to run high around the full moon. This can manifest as hyper-sensitivity, aggressiveness, or insensitivity to the feelings of others. It is easy to get consumed in “our stories and feelings”. We sometimes forget that other people have feelings, worries, and lives too. Slow down. Spend quality time with yourself. Exercise discernment and compassion in your relationships. And, all will be well.
There is a bit of tension in this moon cycle. The Cancer Moon is sensitive. Her energies oppose the practical and business-like Capricorn Sun. There is an underlying message of Balance and Cooperation within this cycle. Each of us is asked to honor the gifts of the Feminine (Heart Wisdom etc…) and the Masculine (Head Wisdom etc…) aspects of ourselves. They are Divine equals in the dance of Creation and Re-creation. Both are complementary qualities that are necessary to manifest positive changes within ourselves and in our communities.
We are still integrating what we learned in 2013 about ourselves and our world. The next two weeks is a time of thoughtful inner work, learning new strategies for dealing with old issues, and rededicating ourselves to our values. Those willing to do the inner work will discover untapped potential and inner strength. Be open to learning, new experiences, teachers, and new allies. Trust that we are being guided to the next stage of our evolution.
Blessings on the Journey, my friends!
I’ve found that the beauty of the mid-winter season must be sought much like our own Truth. Winter’s beauty can be found in the silent snow. Our Truth is discovered in the stillness of contemplation. Winter beckons us to journey within to reconnect to our true nature – our Divinity. If we are to fulfill our Soul promise and go the distance, we must answer that call. Contemplation/meditation allows us to slow down our doing mind so that we can see who we are and where we are going.
Meditative silence creates a space for us to receive Light and provides positive impetus to our life purpose and dreams. The miracle of Life reveals itself when we stop to deepen the relationship that we have with Ourselves. Contemplative practice is an act of inner seeing, communion, and true intimacy. Within it, we rediscover our connection to the Infinite Presence of God. Without this connection, we create struggle (wasted doing) and feel apart from ourselves and others. The seed of true intimacy and right creation is within us all.
I offer this simple meditative process to help you to reconnect to your Truth:
At first, you may only be able to maintain 5-6 mins. The quality of your practice will improve with time. Be patient. You will find that you are more relaxed, grounded, and think more clearly. Some use this practice to start the day. Others find it a wonderful release of the day. Try your practice at both times to find your best rhythm.
Allow yourself 7 -12 days to get comfortable with this process. Be patient with yourself. After about 2 weeks, start to write down any thoughts that come to you after you exit the meditation. Don’t force it. Allow. Contemplation is a practice of reconnection. Much healing goes unnoticed. Trust that you are building a platform of relationship with your Higher Self.
I hope that this article inspires you to give yourself the gift of time and quiet contemplation. May this beautiful practice become a new habit and a vehicle for your well-being and self- transformation.
Happy Gemini Full Moon everyone! This full moon illuminates aspects of ourselves or our lives that we are not generally conscious of. This can be both liberating and disconcerting so breathe. Resist the urge to resist, to judge self & others, or hide from your emotions. To best work with the energies of this rather active and revealing full moon – take the time to honestly look at yourself, your life, and beliefs. Try this: Ask the “New You” that wants to grow what they require in order to do so? This will be something that he or she requires from you. Ask the “Old You” what she or he requires from you in order to move on and grow? It may be forgiveness, or a release of a behavior/belief that is not serving you, or to feel safe enough/loved enough by you to change. Sit with these. Honor what comes up. Follow through on them. Gemini Moons illuminate the duality within our own Nature (light & shadow) Our dreams may be processing or healing dreams…they may reveal to us the area that is out of balance or other important messages from our Unconscious. This moon teaches us to honor both our shadow and our Light - to step up and make the changes that serve our Good. The messages shared in my Dec newsletter (link below) further clarify the gifts of this important and changeable period before the New Year. I encourage you to read and share. Thanks my friends! Be Well!
Today, I offer another perspective on compassion, awareness, and living. Perhaps it will inspire each of us to look a little deeper, to travel a little lighter, and to pause a moment before reacting to those in pain with a pain of our own. Maybe we will feel brave enough to even look at our own shadow compassionately - to sit with her/him and to allow that part of ourselves to speak so that we may move from the shadow to the Light.
Love Letter to the World
In the face of complaints, look that person in the eye and imagine what it might have been like to be raised to see only what is wrong.
In the face of selfishness, wonder what it might be like to walk the world with a feeling of lack, of depletion.
In the face of insults, consider where this person first learned that it’s okay to abuse others.
In the face of disconnection, think about what causes it, and ask if your response will widen the river between the two of you.
In the face of laziness, recognize the fear of living big dreams.
In the face of extremism or fundamentalism, see the clinging, as well as the terror-filled silence that would arise for that person if they risked letting go.
In the face of controlling behavior, understand the chaos that must have bred it.
In the face of “always needing to be right,” see how often this person was once made wrong.
In the face of arrogance or bravado, hold gently that still, small piece that says “I’m not enough.”
In the face of drama or attention-seeking, see the person who wishes so much to be seen.
In the face of accusation, imagine what it might be like to live life with suspicion.
In the face of judgment or comparisons, step into the opportunity the world has just provided you for practicing love and acceptance.
In the face of passive-aggressiveness, recognize the child that wasn’t taught a safe way to express their truth.
In the face of anger, see the pain of isolation from others.
Most importantly: In the face of ferocious hatred, believe in the possibility that there exists the potential for equally as big, intense, lovely and fiery ferocious love.
~ Kate Swoboda
Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on Love, Belonging and Joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the Infinite Power of our Light. ~ Brene Brown
This New Moon Eclipse, with a little help from Saturn, empowers us to end what no longer nurtures or supports our soul journey. Release and forgive your story and its author (s). We are not stuck. We are being provided the opportunity to live more authentically. To fully utilize the energies of the eclipse timeframe - Put your ego aside. It fears being perceived as wrong so seeks to make others feel wrong instead. Be self-aware. Speak the truth to yourself. Embrace your Light and shadow. We are all relearning who we really are. Do not judge yourself or your external progress. Have patience. Real and lasting change is an inside out job.
Put your past into perspective to clarify your gifts and challenges. Let down your defenses. Be real, soft, and allow a different perspective. Share of yourself. Listen to others. Accept and give love. It fortifies us so that we can weather any fear or frustration. The rest of this year offers us opportunities to rebirth ourselves and to grow into an even greater Soul Potential. Trust and allow yourself to be guided by the Light of Transformation.
Blessings on the Journey,
Welcome to the Eclipse Zone! Needless to say, we have been and will be in a period of heightened activity for the next weeks. The purpose of an eclipse is to change our lives for the better. Eclipses affect everyone. They let us know what we have been/ are resisting. We are reminded that without change there would be no growth. This lunar eclipse leads each of us to an understanding of what is not working in our lives so that our choices can be more informed.
The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aries on Oct 18th was rather intense. It set the tone for the final Mercury Retrograde of 2013 by activating our emotional centers. Lunar eclipses can bring our insecurities front and center. Be aware of this in your interactions as we are still working with its influence for the next weeks. During this time, we may bump up against each other’s tender places. Be mindful of projecting the worse onto others or over-reacting because they came into contact with a bruise that already existed.
Both the lunar eclipse and the current Mercury Retrograde (Oct 21 – Nov 10) reflect back to us our values, motives, and ethics. I think that the recent government shutdown brilliantly, if unintentionally, highlights what I am talking about. We are asked individually and collectively to look at what we value. It will give us a clue to what motivates our behaviors. The current retrograde cycle provides each of us the opportunity to slow down a bit so that we can review and clarify. We have the opportunity to grow beyond the way we have been taught to think – to individually and collectively transform how we relate to others and the world. This is the lesson that the Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio brings. He/She asks: Do we react to others/the world from the lens of fear or do we respond to the world from an understanding of the self? What do we win when we take an ego stance? What is the cost to us and to our relationships?
In a few days, we celebrate Halloween - Samhain. Traditionally, humanity celebrates the harvest and honors those that have passed over. The season asks us to look at what behaviors and beliefs have passed on and require release. What have we allowed to eclipse our Good? What have we lost sight of? We stand on the threshold of a new way of living and Being. It is a perfect time to name and honor the Good in your life. It will fuel the journey, nourish your Soul, and usher the Light.
We greet the New Moon Solar Eclipse on Nov 3rd. Part II of Traversing the Eclipse Zone will post on Nov 1st.
Until then…. travel Lightly, my friends
“All I have is Now…..and Now is Here….” This video is a powerful & timely gift for our Souls. Sit for a few minutes and feel the message. You have the time & you deserve it. Share it with others. Spread the Love!
In Love & Light, my friends!
Here is the beautiful reality: When we do release work – we are making a conscious vow to become more Awake to the unhealed parts of our Selves. Releasing a thought form/belief/behavior activates a subtle shift in our Consciousness. The Universe responds to that shift and immediately sends us aide in the form of events that help us to respond differently to the circumstances that bring up our old patterns. This is not to set us back but to help us to leap forward. We forget in our quest to grow that transformation and healing is a process. It took time for those habits/beliefs to form and become a part of our psyche. If those patterns were ripped away suddenly – we would experience a healing crisis of epic proportions. Ouch! Our Universe is both compassionate and intelligent. Trust that All is in Divine Order. Know that your highest growth is being supported in ways that cannot yet be seen. Love yourself through your fear and resistance. Every seed is planted in the dark of Mother Earth. Nurture your seeds/intentions with faith and right action. And, they will rise to the Light..
May the Rain of Blessings Fall Gently Upon the Garden of Your Dreams