New Moon in Taurus: Love Will Never Tear Us Apart

New Moon in Taurus: Love Will Never Tear Us Apart

To My Beautiful Friends Walking This Path, 

I don’t often speak publicly about the relationship I have with the angels, ascended masters and goddesses. But I know I’m being called to do just that for this Taurus New Moon.

I’d like to speak about one of these inter-dimensional Mentors now and how his message to me is his message to you.

Seven years ago, I had never heard of the Sufi mystic poet Jelaluddin Rumi.  I didn’t know that he walked on this Earth over 800 years ago or that he’s one of the best-selling poets of all time.

I started to intently read his poems one Saturday night many years ago while living in my friend’s laundry room, a time in my life where my inner foundation was undergoing a deep clean.

It was about an hour into my immersion when I felt his words land. Deep. Hard. Explosive.

Tears of joy and crazed laughter followed, so grateful was I that the lock to this Lover’s heart–as well as my own–had been picked.  

One year later, I started “working” with him as a Mentor and a Muse, the conversations we’ve had since then are as real as the words I’m typing here now. I call him Brother; I call him Friend; in love I am with his humour, his faith, his compassion and his wisdom.

Last week, he came for a visit during a meditation that focused on my deliberately Taurus-infused question, “What am I building here?”

His answer was so fitting for this New Moon in Taurus (arriving on May 15th at 5:47 am MST) that I had to include it in this latest “Lunar Love Note” that I wrote shortly after his visit.


Rumi came today
. We hadn’t spoken for a while.

When he arrived, I was reflecting on my role and my intention with Love Matters, the platform I was guided to create three years ago, one that has allowed me to start supporting people in writing the story of their highest potential and their most beautiful dreams. Such a blessing.

Many doors have been opened lately in expanding that platform, so many that I’ve spent the last several weeks contemplating clearer answers to the questions what am I here to do and how am I here to serve?

Questions I think about often.  

While I was meditating, I felt Rumi come into the room. I see the presences of these beings like Rumi as much as I feel and know they are there. 

Moments later, I am digging in his treasure chest of poems when my eyes quickly lock in on one I’ve read many times before: “The Pickaxe.”

I’m struck by how perfectly this poem captures the essence of this New Moon in Taurus with the earthy, sensual archetypes of the Lover, the Architect, and the Builder

I’ve included the poem, which is about the work we must do before we build a new foundation infused with love, before we build the dreams that nourish our hearts and the soul of Mother Earth.

“The Pickaxe”

Some commentary on I was a hidden treasure
and I longed to be known: tear down

this house. A hundred thousand new houses
can be built from the transparent carnelian

buried beneath it, and the only way to get to that
is to do the work of demolishing and then

digging under the foundations. With that value
in hand, all the new construction will be done

without effort. And anyway, sooner or later this house
will fall on its own. The jewel treasure will be

uncovered, but it won’t be yours then. The buried
wealth is your pay for the demolition,

the pick and the shovel work. If you wait and just
let it happen, you’d bite your hand and say,

“I didn’t do as I knew I should have.” This
is a rented house. You don’t own the deed.

You have a lease, and you’ve set up a little shop,
where you barely make a living sewing patches

on torn clothing. Yet only a few feet underneath
are two veins, pure red and bright gold carnelian.

Quick! Take the pickaxe and pry the foundation.
You’ve got to quit the seamstress work.

What does the patch-sewing mean, you ask. Eating
and drinking. The heavy cloak of the body

is always getting torn. You patch it up with food
and other restless ego satisfactions. Rip up

one board from the shop floor and look into
the basement. You’ll see two glints in the dirt.

This New Moon, ask in what parts of your life is it time to retire the job of the Seamstress and take on the mission of the Master Builder?

Once you know…Quick! Take your pickaxe and pry the foundation, my friends. We’ve got to quit this seamstress work.

“But I’ve tried and I’ve failed.”

Yes, my love, we all have.

Unchain yourself to this old, tired story when a new story can be chosen again and again in any moment.

Give up your lease on the dilapidated House you’re renting and build the many-roomed Mansion you’re called to create in its place.

“But I’m scared.”

Yes, my love, I feel the fear sometimes, too. Then I caress that scared part of me and remind Her we’re here to give and receive Love. We are in service to Love.

Remind yourself that the Universe is a kind, benevolent Force. Ask for the courage, the faith, the trust and the clarity so you can build your Garden here on the New Earth.

This New Moon in your lunar ceremony, call on Rumi as your beloved Guide and ask, What beautiful Divine Design have I been gifted to unfold?

Ask the Architect to draw up the plans, the Carpenter to build them and the Artist, the Lover and the Gardener to ensure that what you create honours the Taurus design which aligns to Beauty.

True Love and its Pickaxe will never tear you apart without providing the Plan to uncover the hidden treasure that is YOU and your soul dreams that are longing to be known, desirous of being seen, calling to be heard and begging you to live.

Sending you Love from my endlessly expanding Garden,

Full Moon in Scorpio: The Pain and the Pleasure and the Call of the Divine Feminine

Full Moon in Scorpio: The Pain and the Pleasure and the Call of the Divine Feminine

The Pain and the Pleasure and the Call of the Divine Feminine

feel it. the thing that you don’t want to
feel. feel it. and be free.
~Nayyirah Waheed

THE SET UP: The fast-moving energy that’s opened up new doors of possibility and a good dose of Divine Chaos since the New Moon in Aries has us stopping at an important inner check-point this weekend.

The Full Moon in explosive, alchemical Scorpio on April 29th at 6:57 pm MST has a powerful invitation for each and every one of us.

Feel. It. All.

Where does the pain lie in you? Is it a belief you have? A habit you can’t break? A story you tell? The abuse you received? A secret under lock and key?

You may have read about this Full Moon already.

It’s a Divine Storm that’s swirling up many intense emotions that cannot be numbed out or tucked away this time.  This Storm is designed to cleanse and transform those inner spaces so the deep power, love and wisdom of the Divine Feminine settle in once the Storm passes through.

For those who like to move in the Light, the dark side of this Scorpio Moon is a hard one to face.

But we must.

Pain repressed always comes to the surface in one way or another. Frozen feelings erode relationships, health, finances and dreams to a greater degree than any of temporary pain we’d feel by tearing off the lid on the box that keeps those feelings inside.

You may project the unexamined feelings onto a colleague, a stranger, a friend or a lover. You may see the pain morph into a skin condition, depression or digestive issues. If we chronically refuse to feel and release our pain, the stress wreaks even greater damage to our well-being.

“Hell is not fire and brimstone,
not a place where you are punished
for lying or cheating or stealing.
Hell is wanting to be somewhere different
from where you are.”
~Stephen Levine

So we are left with the sting of our Scorpion wounds until we bring the sacred medicine to heal them. This shadow work is not the most sought-after path in the game of Ascension, but we can’t avoid it if we are to truly break free.

Turning up the heat of this Full Moon is our planet of expansion, Jupiter who is transiting Scorpio for most of this year and is retrograde right now, calling us home to meet our Inner Healer.

These are times to go within, call on a counsellor, your guides, your angels, your best friends along with the archetypal energies of the Detective, the Therapist and the Healer to do some digging on your soul’s behalf. (Please seek out professional, compassionate support if something feels too big for you to move through yourself.)

The Scorpion archetype of the Snake will help us shed our skin after we’ve done the deep contemplation and processing of our emotions. We can ask for compassion and grace in the process. When we do this emotional work, we allow the Phoenix to turn our old stories into ash before we are rewritten as the Eagle who knows and lives the Higher Vision of our Life Plan.

We no longer feel hostage to our emotions, but develop curiosity about our triggers, desiring not to stay in negative states for too long without questioning why we are feeling a certain way in the first place.

This new way of relationshipping with our emotional selves allows us to release the disempowerment we felt as the Victim, so we can be guided by our emotional reactions when they do surface, knowing they have lessons to teach us about the edges of healing we’re walking.

I have learned through tapping into the Scorpio archetype of the Edgewalker that I will not be annihilated by the dark feelings when I consciously and compassionately feel them. I’ve also learned that feeling the good ones does not make me immune to the pain I experience when someone I love leaves, criticizes, lies, becomes sick or even dies. I now know I won’t die.  This too shall pass.

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding….
And if you could keep your heart in wonder
at the daily miracles of your life,
your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.”
~Kahlil Gibran

When we feel the pain we leave room for more moments to experience the bliss. Scorpio’s devotion to sexuality, sensuality and pleasure of the archetypal path of the Lover and the Tantrika is also up for us to explore. Our sexual energy is a powerful wave of how we express Love and one of the most transformational energies we humans can tap into.

Before we experience the intimacy and bliss of soulful sex or delight in the sensual pleasure of being human, we may find deeper healing and reconnection have to be done in the relationship to our bodies where emotional and physical hurts and traumas have been stored in the cells of our bodies.

With great compassion and care, this Full Moon might be your time to reflect on the relationship you have with your body or review your sexual relationships to see if you have experiences you need support with to heal.  For those courageous souls who have experienced assault, molestation or rape, please as an act of great self-compassion, seek professional support to receive the healing you so deserve.

The recent move Saturn (our Inner Teacher) and Pluto (our Radical Transformer) made into Capricorn, both of which are now retrograde for many months to come, call us inward and remind us we all have a spiritual responsibility to ourselves, one another and Mother Earth to take care, to receive and extend help, to do the work, to move through shock and trauma to love.

A TIMELY REMINDER: In 2006, my intuitive mentor was giving me my first intuitive reading. She had tapped into my reluctant feelings about reincarnating in this lifetime because I saw how painful the first half of my life would be, but I would take on the pain along with the power, wisdom and love I’d gain in this Lifetime because of what I would learn and who I might help through my own healing.

While many of you might have been more eager than I apparently was to come to Earth School, we all agreed to walk the hero’s path, the heroine’s journey.

We have brothers and sisters living in areas of this world who do not have the resources we do to heal from these types of wounds–yet. When we do our healing work in our part of the world, our love and light shine brighter in theirs—we create energetic, luminous pathways that provide the resonance of healing, hope and possibility and a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.

OUR OPPORTUNITY FOR LOVE: Four years ago under a Scorpio Sun, I was shown in a meditation shocking scenes of two small boys who had been recruited as child soldiers, hovering together under the canopy of lush jungle trees. Then in another part of the world, I saw two little girls no older than ten years of age being sold for sex in the streets of Southeast Asia. Whether these children were real or not, I was traumatized by what I saw and what I felt, feelings of powerlessness, grief and rage swept over me, knowing that children are living out these horrors.

I sought out guidance. People wiser than me told me that I was not helpless and I could do something in my inner emotional work and in my meditations. I dedicated many months of my spiritual practices and energy work to those four children and the millions of others with the intention of sending them love and creating a safe haven in whatever way I was shown to do on those inner planes.

Later I would read a profound insight into the Scorpio intent by astrologer Per Henrick Gullfoss who writes that Scorpio “is the great ocean of feelings, images and longings that connects each individual to the inner space of humanity.” I understood on a deeper level why I had seen those four children in my meditation.

Our soul is looking for those places and spaces that hurt, have been violated, feel shame and guilt, so we can blast them with love and compassion, understanding that on a deeper level when one of us heals, we all heal.

“Love is the cure,
for your pain will keep giving birth to more pain
until your eyes constantly exhale love
as effortlessly as your body yields its scent.”
~Rumi

THE CALL OF LUNAR LOVE: Do the work of knowing and loving yourself this weekend and every day after.

Tell someone you feel safe with what you’ve been through or what you’re going through right now. I’m here and I’m willing to listen and witness the light in you, too.

Do something beautiful from the heart dedicated to your soul this weekend, something that will honour you and this heart-breaking and heart-opening journey you are on.

The Divine Feminine in all of us knows and delights in your power, your beauty and your resilience, and She is ready to show you how to experience transformation through acts of Love, great and small.

Feeling it all with you,

**The beautiful picture above is by the brilliant fantasy artist Josephine Wall, used with her permission.

New Moon in Aries: “I will just say this: We bloomed in Spring”

New Moon in Aries: “I will just say this: We bloomed in Spring”

No matter what your personal astrological story holds, the Aries energy is universally present in all of us and in the relationships, homes, projects, groups, teams, communities, belief systems, and nations we create, defend and extend.

The first New Moon of Spring (Sunday, April 15 at 7:58 pm MST) is always a powerful one, infused with the Aries energy of self-discovery, vision, innovation, movement, trial-and-error, protection, and transformation.

The tribe of Aries archetypes includes the Angel, the Divine Fool, the Innocent, the Innovator, the General, the Defender, the Strategist, the Lawyer, the Activist, the Soldier, the Warrior Goddess, the Huntress, the Samurai, the Hero, the Heroine, the Athlete, and the Player of the Game. 

When Aries energy rises above petty ego needs and begins to serve many, we’ve seen these iconic Warrior-types in our lives and throughout history compelled to act on behalf of the collective based on a philosophy, a religion, a code, a set of values, a collection of beliefs that have become outdated or have been violated (often violating) for much too long.

Personally, we might see the Warrior energy rise up within us or others as a result of an illness, an accident, a death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a personal attack, a betrayal, a divorce, or a natural disaster.

Sometimes we have to stare death in the face in one of its many literal or symbolic forms before we make a critical choice to leave behind the life we have lived and move towards building the life that is yet to be born.

It is through these times of loss, abuse, repression, injustice, limitation, or violation that the inner evolutionary impulse is often activated at the very core of our beings.

“I will just say this: We bloomed in Spring.” ~St. Teresa of Avila

We may shout out a battle-cry such as “no more” or “time’s up” depending on the space and place we find ourselves in as well as how far we’ve been pushed and pulled, but under intense pressure, the decision is the same—we must change.

And as we move forward in a passionate and purposeful manner, it is vital to ask what beliefs, codes, standards, expectations, values or principles are guiding us explicitly and perhaps even more importantly—implicitly. For it is in the subconscious, that 80% (typically higher) of those beliefs, values, prejudices, thoughts and emotions lie.

Aries, the element of fire, has the potential to destroy as much as it has to create. A passionate, driven often impulsive energy, it can activate the Disturber, the Daredevil and the Rebel (without a cause) who crave the adrenaline rush of the next spontaneous adventure rather than the deep fulfillment of carrying out a passionate and purposeful plan.

And if we don’t know why we believe in what or in whom we do or if we are unsure what Truth is or what our core beliefs are, the Shadow Warrior can become activated within or projected in our relationships, groups, organizations, corporations, and governments as those lovers, leaders, politicians, spiritual teachers, instructors, managers, mentors or gurus who are manipulative, dishonest, seductive, shaming, power-hungry, reckless, greedy, angry, arrogant, selfish, prideful, or abusive.

So how do we know which version of these Aries archetypes is coming up with our grand new vision, our next big move? How do we fall in line with the energies of a compassionate Warrior?

Capax universi, capable of the universe are your arms
when they move with love.

 

 

And I know it is true that your feet are never more alive
when they are in defense of a good cause.

 

 

I want to fund your efforts: Stay near beauty,
for she will always strengthen you.”
~St Thomas Aquinas

Having been through countless battles, a mature Aries knows the honour it is to lead and serve, so He or She learns to read the field of all possibilities and chooses pathways on fire with beauty, joy, wisdom and love.

He practices discernment. She spends time in contemplation. He identifies core values. She surveys her strengths and ways to improve upon them.

He takes personal inventory, so when he feels the instinct to move, he has already gathered up the inner and outer resources aligned with his personal truth, higher love and compassionate wisdom.

A mature Aries knows who she is and feels free to express herself and her vision, realizing that she does not need to alienate herself in the process or go it alone.

An Aries on fire is aligned to the will of her most sacred Self so that her decisions are made from a higher vantage point seeing the field of all possibilities.

Although our birth charts will show us areas of evolutionary specialization (e.g. your Sun in Capricorn, her Moon in Aries, his Mars in Libra, etc.), every time we ask for help, say no to an abusive pattern, overcome resistance or doubt, end a relationship, quit a job, start a new course, or move to a new city, we have activated a version of the Warrior who gives us the courage and the strength to move as we need to.

To ensure we are not unnecessarily burning bridges or prematurely escaping a relationship or situation that is here to help us grow, we must ask these questions of our own Inner Warrior to see at which level He or She is operating.

TAKE A MOMENT TO CONSIDER your values, your morals, your beliefs–why do you believe what or whom you believe?

What are you creating, protecting, advancing in the name of Love? The Aries archetypes of the Pioneer and the Innovator in you will constantly call you to new evolutionary frontiers, so where are you hearing or feeling the call right now?

How are you moving and shaking up your inner and outer world for Love?

An exalted Aries evolutionary path knows that the new choices we make must be significant and must happen now. Aries does not wait for our friends to tag along, our boss to recognize us or our friends and our lovers to give us their blessing.

Sometimes tough decisions need to be made and we may feel like we’re going forward alone, but the Aries knows a deeper call is at play, There is work to do, an adventure to be on—and the time is now.

Doubt, resistance, fear and procrastination rarely make it along for the ride as a lit-up Aries knows these freeloaders are slayers of dreams.

To arrive at your new port of call, is your Inner Compass in good working order? Do you need new training or new types of support? Do you have the skills or inner and outer resources to be on this new adventure with ease and grace?

If you are someone like me who sets intentions on the New Moon, consider framing your intentions for the support and resources you need to take your next great leap.

Ask for the inner qualities that will help you turn the mission of the Warrior to the Sacred Warrior who is unapologetically all in for Love.

Know where you typically self-sabotage, who your inner adversaries are or what your selling-out points tend to be (we all have the Shadow Prostitute archetype to contend with). Ask for the endurance, the genius, the focus, and the discipline to pay loving attention to your cause, your plan, your vision.

Ask to see through the illusions, the beliefs and limitations, both collective and personal, standing in the way of your own Sacred Uprising whether it be in your finances, your health, your relationships, your career, or your service work here on this planet.

Ask for fresh eyes to see new possibilities.

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

~Zen Master Suzuki Roshi

In your New Moon ceremony (which by the way you can do at any time since our souls do not adhere to human inventions of linear time and space), ask to have passion for your new vision rooted in you so deeply that you’ll never go back to the old ways that have kept you smaller and more closed-off than you know you’re here to be.

Call on these dynamic, living energies of the archetypes through your intentions, your prayers, your affirmations, your meditations, your mantras—out loud, so you can be heard.

The Warrior or any other archetype from the Aries tribe must be called upon for Him or Her to show up in your life in a way that you can see, feel, hear, know—the courage, the inspiration, the innovative idea, the battle-cry. What do you need from the Warrior energy that’ll create the space for some type of extraordinary shift in a part of your life that’s been stagnant for too long?

At our essence, we are all Brave-hearts and Love Warriors rising strong and rising now. We are being asked, even implored, to open our hearts and our minds so we can move to different states and stations, grounded in joy and wisdom and the grace and ease we deserve on this fantastic adventure we call our Life.

Full Moon in Libra:  Loving in the Light of the Full Moon

Full Moon in Libra: Loving in the Light of the Full Moon

To You Who Love in the Light of the Moon:

From the watery realms of the Pisces New Moon, we move into the light and the wisdom of this Libra Full Moon on March 31st and into the realm of our intimate relationships, an area where some of our most painful stories lie.

Many of us have been on a profound inner journey, healing the wounds of past relationships—the ones we have received and the ones we have given. Some have been learning the lessons of working through the archetypal programs of the Unrequited Lover and the Troubadour, whose pain stemming from failed love relationships initiates the search to find the love that dwells within.

Yes, Libra calls us to do the inner work that will allow us to have conscious, collaborative love relationships, but the depth and quality of those relationships with others start with the depth and quality of the relationship we have with ourselves.  

To find the beloved, you must become the beloved.” ~Rumi 

And so a Libran Moon in all her luminosity urges us to look at our own Inner Marriage first, informed by the evolution of our inner feminine and masculine.

The symbol of the Scales, Libra calls forth balance in a time where the masculine and feminine energies must harmonize in a new co-creative space in relationship with the feminine taking the lead as much as she is taking a stand.

The powerful feminine within us knows when this energy is balanced and nurtured. The feminine’s wise, intuitive voice realizes our journey in relationship to ourselves and others is not linear, logical and rational as is the masculine energy. No, it is circular, vulnerable and receptive and will move with the new information.

The powerful feminine within us does not become overly involved in relationships, losing ourselves in the process by compromising personal values, standards, boundaries and beliefs.

Wise feminine ways promote nurturing, supportive relationships that allow others to grow, knowing that each person has his or her essence, vision, and journey as well.

As we are learning to balance the feminine and masculine within ourselves, the Inner Marriage may look like this in our daily lives, according to writer Anita Johnston:

The feminine says, “I am lonely.” The masculine side sits down and writes a letter to a friend.
The feminine produces a dream. The masculine translates and organizes it.
The feminine feels upset when a friend does something that hurts her feelings. The masculine puts those feelings into words and explains why that behaviour was hurtful.
The feminine says, “I am hungry.” The masculine responds by getting and preparing the food or by asking, “Is this physical or emotional hunger?”

Although periods of solitude are necessary in the journey of knowing ourselves and remembering ourselves as whole, if we stay alone for too long, we may suppress our self-expression or become stagnant in our own thinking. In an intimate relationship, we play, we talk, we cry, we challenge each other, discovering our Essence reflected back in our Lover. 

In a relationship, opportunities for one anothers soul growth occur. We have come here to evolve in every area of our life, so when changes happen on the inner, our relationships ideally respond, growing when we grow too, but not always and sometimes we must part on this physical plane.

This Full Moon is an ideal time to create some sacred space to ask one or more of the questions offered below, reflecting and writing on your answers. We need this time alone as much as we need each other.

*What are your current relationships teaching you now?

*Has a relationship extended past being a teacher?

*What qualities are you being called to embody or nurture in your relationships?

*Instead of shaming or blaming yourself or others for relationships that hurt or didn’t work out, what gifts of insight and learning did you gain from these relationships?

*Can you forgive yourself for not knowing what you know now?

We are in evolutionary times in our relationships. Vulnerability in how well we know and love ourselves and one another will shape how we move forward.

You may have shelves filled with the fairy tales you used to believe about “happily ever after” and love stories of your own creation from lifetimes you lived.

Are you willing to unpack those shelves and fill them with new love stories your soul is eager to tell?

THE DREAM-WEAVING PATH of LUNAR LOVE

(Continued from the New Moon in Pisces article)

The next four phases from the Full Moon to the New Moon call us to place consistent, loving attention on our intention while using the Moon’s cycle to navigate the ebb and flow of being and doing as we create our lives in this mystical, magical and supportive space.

5.     BLUE MOON IN LIBRA (YANG ENERGY): March 31, 2018 at 6:37 am MST

The intentions we’ve been holding shine bright under the fullness of this moon, intensified by this second Full Moon in March. The Full Moon serves as a reflection and a reminder to dive into our inner worlds to find the places in which we are blocked.

The Full Moon in a powerful time to let go of what is no longer serving you, what is standing between you and realizing that intention—whether it is a limiting belief, a destructive habit, or an old story.

If you’ve been tracking your intention from the New Moon to the Full Moon you might’ve arrived here with some definite beliefs, habits, stories and behaviours that you are ready to release.  It’s time to release the excuses, the self-blame, the guilt, the shame.

If you’re unsure, breathe into the energy of your intention and ask the Moon Goddess, “What do I need to let go of right now?”  Listen for Her answers.

6.     THE WANING GIBBOUS MOON (YIN ENERGY): April 1st to 7th

While the energies of the Full Moon slip into a waning gibbous moon for the next several days. We have released what’s no longer serving us, creating a space for the next phase in bringing your intention to life. 

ASK FOR A SIGN and ALLOW YOURSELF TO RECEIVE IT.

For those not used to reading the signs delivered to us every day all day, we’re looking for confirmation of a cosmic bridge from our inner to the external world. Tapping into lunar intuition allows us to develop faith and certainty that we’re part of a much more expansive relationship with the Universe that provides us unfailing guidance and support if we learn to ask and if we learn to listen.

Simply ask for a sign for understanding. Choose a song, a plant, an animal, an image, or a series of numbers and place an order with the Universe that this sign will give you a piece of information or insight about the intention you’ve been working to manifest. 

The sign might be delivered straight to your door, on a cover of a book or on the side of a bus. Just be open to how you receive the sign.  Our relationship with a higher consciousness can be easily and kindly reciprocated when we are open and trusting.

7.     THE THIRD QUARTER MOON (YANG ENERGY): April 8th at 1:17 am MST

This is the last yang phase of the lunar cycle. At this time, we may have received insights into the new direction we’re being called to take, but likely there is still groundwork to do. So what is it for you?  What are the steady, wise, compassionate steps you can take that’ll bridge you between where you are now and the new “place” you are envisioning? 

Reaching out, finding support, purging the old, taking purposeful action–all are highly beneficial actions during this time.

8.     THE WANING CRESCENT MOON (YIN ENERGY): April 9th to April 14th

This is the part of the Moon’s cycle many of us have the most challenging time to navigate, especially if you are someone who gives (yang/masculine energy) more than you receive (yin/feminine energy). 

Time spent resting and contemplating in an action-oriented world often makes us uncomfortable. An hour of free time is a luxury for many that we just can’t seem to give ourselves. This is a good time to check how much compassion and kindness you give yourself and carve out some regular time to rest and replenish.

During this part of the Moon phase, when we sink into this feminine energy of the dark before the New Moon cycle begins again in the Sacred Warrior sign of Aries on April 15 at 7:57 pm MST, find something that enriches and nourishes you on a soul level. It could be a walk in your garden, writing down your dreams, an oil-infused bath, time to rest or sleep.

The process of change happens over time, and following the Moon’s eternal cycles and rhythms allows us to learn patience and develop an inner wisdom of when to rest and when to move. Once you start noticing how loving a Universe we live in with the Moon as a powerful Ally, there is no going back and the evolutionary soul whose here for Unconditional Love wouldn’t want to anyway.

 

New Moon in Pisces: The Moon, the Mystic, the Dreamer and You

New Moon in Pisces: The Moon, the Mystic, the Dreamer and You

PART ONE – THE INVITATION

Take a deep breath, maybe a few, before answering these questions about how 2018 is unfolding so far. For some of us, the changes we’ve seen inside and out have come so quickly that we’re needing more rest and self-care to catch our breath. How about YOU?

What positive changes are you feeling all lit-up about right now? What would you like to be different?

We are in mystical, powerful times, my friends, and the Visionary, the Seer and the Mystic who dream the dream of Love are called to stand up and stand out.

This New Moon in Pisces on March 17th at 7:11 am MST has thrown many into their intuitive, feeling bodies, calling up some old stories and painful memories to be felt and released. With the freedom of this release, new longings are stirring, ones that the Dreamer, the Artist and the Lover of the Pisces intent know so well.

Yes, these ancient, archetypal Allies are here to help us remember the dreams we’ve placed in our hearts and show us the gifts we need to bring forth in ways bold and bright. 

The energy we’ll receive from this Pisces New Moon will trigger for many of us an undeniable call to envision a life that aligns to the highest good for ourselves and for all.

Some of you who can feel the pain and suffering of this world might ask, “How dare I call up a personal dream when the Earth is being poisoned, people are starving, children are being shot in their schools, wars are tearing nations and souls apart and people are being abused and violated?”

Soul-dreams built from the wisdom of the heart-mind lift us up to new spaces and places inside and out.

These human tragedies are why we need to dialogue with the Dreamer and Mystical Lover in all of us who see how to green the landscapes that have turned barren and black because others have forgotten the power and beauty of their dreams too.

We dream our world awake when we live our desires, the ones that allow us to be present to the wounds of limitation and separation as well as the medicine of love, hope, and compassion.

We dream because when we live our dreams, we become present and available to those we can impact within our reach.

THE DREAM I DENIED. It took me many years to accept that one of my guiding dreams in this incarnation is to live, learn and love in a romantic partnership. Because past relationships did not work out in the way my younger self hoped, for some time I believed I had to focus solely on fixing that person who had not found the relationship she had longed for her whole life.  A part of me used to feel guilty and ashamed for even thinking about relationship so much, throwing myself into my work much of the time, but I started to feel as if I were punishing myself. I remember the paradigm-shifting moment I woke up to this inner knowing that my dream of relationship was placed in my heart so that I could remember it and awaken to unconditional love through it because that’s what my soul in its unique human expression desired.

When we lift limitation and judgment from our dreams, we become dazzled by their Beauty and a new dance with life begins.

The people and things you love and the desires you have, each one was deeply seeded in your heart so that you would never forget. You are meant to watch them materialize right before your very eyes.

So, my dream-weaving friends, I must ask you:

What is the one dream you desire above any other,
the one that seems to have slipped through your dream-weaving hands
but the one that you feel you came on this Earth to touch?

I adore the Moon and her great illumination and wisdom ways. I have followed her cycles and worked with my dreams through Her for many years, setting intentions on the New Moon and releasing on the Full Moon what is no longer in alignment with those dreams.

The Moon can show us so much more, however, through a 29.5-day, full lunar cycle in which the ebb and flow of resting and moving forward, releasing and taking action can more consciously and easily awaken us to the New Dream in a way filled with love, wonder, magic, and joy.

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PART TWO – THE DREAM-WEAVING PATH of LUNAR LOVE

My invitation to you, my mystical friends, is to choose a dream—one dream—that you have and you would like to see manifested.

Let’s track those dreams together through a FULL LUNAR CYCLE while we let the dance between the dark and the light, the yin (feminine) and the yang (masculine), show us how.

I’ve summarized the first four phases of how we can play with the natural rhythms of the Moon and deepen our relationship with her Wisdom and our ability to manifest skillfully and consciously.

  1. THE NEW MOON (YANG ENERGY): March 17th

    A dream cannot come true unless you have the courage to dream it into existence. You can start with these questions:

What is my DREAM?
What am I CALLING in?
How ALIGNED am I with my VISION?
What type of inner and outer SUPPORT do I have to MAGNETIZE my dream to me?
What’s standing between me and this DREAM?

On this New Moon, set your intention and declare your dream to the Universe.
This singular action lights up the path that will show the way.

We all know what happens to the seed that is planted but is not given the light, the water and the attention it needs to grow. Your dreams are no different. YES, have a dream, but planting the seed on a New Moon (or anytime) is only one part of the elegant equation to how a dream unfolds.

Onward we go.

  1. THE WAXING CRESCENT MOON PHASE (YIN ENERGY): March 18th to 23rd

    Approximately 48 hours after the New Moon, its energy has dissipated within a Waxing Crescent Moon. During this Yin time, we do not entirely stop ourselves from moving or acting, but we do spend more time meditating, visualizing, contemplating, and journaling with our dreams.

Loving Universe, show me what I need to know.

Open up the way for the Divine Design

of this dream of mine to move swiftly

and shine brilliantly.

We live in a world where achieving, doing and hustling are rewarded, luring us into thinking we must be living a fulfilling, lit-up life. Not so, and in working with the Divine Intelligence of Lunar Logic, these precious days after the New Moon allow us to have some space. The Universe is working on behalf of our dream, letting us merge with our vision, allowing the right resources and inspired action to come forth organically. 

Pay attention to the language of the Universe, the synchronicities and the serendipities—these universal love notes are whispering, “Hey Sweet Heart, here’s your next step.” January’s Full Moon in Leo blog has additional tips and insights into the elegance of this type of manifesting process.

During this phase of the Moon’s cycle, spend some time going inward and be open to holding the Divine Hand in its many forms of support for your intention. Take out your journal and track these messages from the Universe—they are there.

  1. FIRST QUARTER MOON (YANG ENERGY): March 24th 

    This is the time when the dark and the light of the Moon are in equal measure. We engage with this Yang energy after having rested and tapped into Moon Wisdom.

Now is the time to see what other actions are indicated in moving ahead towards your goal. Take one, two wise, compassionate steps (big or small) in alignment with your dream. Note how the universe is responding to the actions you are taking. Maybe you need to make a phone call, travel to a new place, sign up for a course, look for a new job, schedule a meeting. The action may be scary, but it will feel right for you deep inside.

  1. THE WAXING GIBBOUS MOON PHASE (YIN ENERGY): March 25th to March 30th 

    The world does not need to change for you to realize your dream, but your internal world does

Yin time is in time.

As we move towards the illumination of the Full Moon, it is at this point we may think that the Universe has a waning interest in our dreams, but we must have faith and trust. We are evolving, preparing to receive our dream and how we catch our dreams is just as important as dreaming them. 

It is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

We need practice in diving deep into the well of emotion and imagination, dreaming ourselves awake to the joy, the power, the beauty, the wisdom and the love of a new world.

Continue to devote yourself to a consistent daily practice to lovingly spend time, connecting and tapping into your intuition and doing things that bring you joy–maybe for you it’s reading, drawing oracle cards, hiking, painting, singing, chanting, affirming, journaling and dancing.

If the dream you are trying to catch will bring you joy, then your “work” to do in the present moment is to feel joy as much as possible so that you and your dream are a vibrational match.

During the phase of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, we can also take some time to reflect on what the edges are in our inner work. We might be dealing with doubt, rejection, sabotage, procrastination or self-worth. We might be feeling overwhelmed, making us susceptible to limiting beliefs, unsupportive habits, and negative self-talk. Know you have put your smaller self on notice and she or he will have something to say about you visionary dream. The Higher Self understands and knows self-compassion is needed while you are transcending what no longer serves. 

As a result of your self-reflection and commitment to your dream, you become clearer in understanding how to prioritize your life in alignment to the intention you set on the New Moon. Because we know ourselves and our values, authentic expression of our gifts, talents, abilities, personality and true nature becomes easier and truthfully, a must.

Spend these days leading up to the Full Moon in thoughtful action alongside inner contemplation. The Full Moon will call you to the next powerful stage of Her manifestation process.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Starting Now

I sincerely invite you to enter into a deeper practice of placing attention on your intention through the lens and the love of the Moon and Her cycles.

If you would like a witness to the start of this lunar dream-weaving process, please send me a note HERE and tell me what specific dream you will track during this part of the lunar cycle.

For those of you who want more direct one-on-one support with learning how to read and work with the energy, there are many ways we can make that happen, so please send me any questions you have.

In the meantime, happy dream-weaving! Check back here on the Super Full Moon in the relationship sign of Libra (March 31st at 6:37 am MST) and I’ll share Moon Wisdom and Guidance in the next steps of the Lunar Love cycle.

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW: Let me know you are here and what dream or vision for your life you are moving towards and what it is that most excites you and scares you about having that dream.

Each time you share your feedback and insights, we inspire each other. I also gain more insight into how I can fine-tune what I do to support you in realizing your dreams right now and not some far-away timelines that you see only when you close your eyes.

Full Moon in Virgo: How Do You Serve Love?

Full Moon in Virgo: How Do You Serve Love?

How do you serve love?

At the energetic core of this Full Moon in Virgo (March 1st at 5:51 pm MST), we have the opportunity to see that the Great Work we came here to do is realized when we seek an answer to that very question.

Some of us are unconsciously living the answer in our inner and outer life, but what if we all made this question a living, luminous part of our existence, the lighthouse in the ocean of our day?

Virgo, the archetypes of the Goddess, the Priestess, the Shaman and Mother Earth, invites us to explore what we hold sacred in this world and even beyond in our authentically serving what we Love.

In fact, the more we attune ourselves to Mother Earth and the receptive, intuitive energies of the Feminine, the clearer we seem to become about what our great work actually is.

And even though Virgo is the archetype of the Worker and the Servant, these questions, “How do I serve love?” and “What is my great work to do?” rarely mean “work” in terms of what we have been conditioned to believe “our work” must mean.

Your great work might be to paint pictures, create a food forest, write books, heal an illness, nurture a family, foster a dog, forgive yourself, forgive others, love your partner, love yourself.

Some of us might be feeling the inner stirrings of this need to know as we feel the fiery passion of the Aries archetypal path showing up in many planets early in March.

Infused with the energies of the Pioneer, the Initiator, and the Warrior for Love, this Aries spark will ensure you keep moving on the path of love and desire (your great work), releasing you from any limiting beliefs or old stories that stop you from believing your life can serve Love in ways you find breathtaking and beautiful.

This Aries call complements the Virgo heart path on which each of us walks as the fully individuated You. Paradoxically we are prompted to leave the personal ego behind to offer our gifts and service for the people, the animals, the land, the oceans and the communities to which we feel lovingly bound.

The transformation path of the Virgo intent is indeed through Service, and in the more exalted forms of the Servant, how we do this great work is just as important as what our great work is.

The Virgoan Taskmaster and Worker push and push to meet the deadline, get the job done, see the results now, but we are here for the long game and patience is indeed a Virgo virtue.

Reinforced by archaic systems and antiquated ways that have created a syndrome of “not enough,” many feel overworked and underappreciated, working overtime yet under-compensated.

Virgo also show up in how we love and respect our physical bodies, inviting some of us to examine our relationship to our physical form, peeling back the layers of conditioning we’ve been subjected to from birth, including toxic messages that our body must look a certain way for us to be considered desirable or valued. 

In seeking approval in whatever form our wounded Inner Child might need, this Full Moon may shine the light on the parts of us that feel we do not measure up as we’ve kept company with the Perfectionist and the Inner Critic far too long. 

Perhaps at one time, the Perfectionist and the Inner Critic kept us safe and we can thank them for that—maybe we needed them to help us recognize we must upgrade our skills, take better care of ourselves, ask for some support, raise our expectations, create stronger boundaries.

But eventually, if we leave them unsupervised, these judgmental energies have the power to stop the high romance with what or whom we love, by obsessively seeking flaws in ourselves or others, separating rather than joining us to what we find beautiful. 

The Full Moon is a potent time to ceremoniously release the judgment.

THE CEREMONY: The archetypes of the Priestess and the Shaman in all of us understand the power of ceremony. If you feel called on this Full Moon to release what stops you from living “the beauty of what you love” create a simple ceremony that does honour what you find beautiful. You might

drink a glass of wine with your beloved,
share a beautiful meal with your friends,
honour your body with some exercise or a walk in nature,
read out loud a mystical poem,
dance to some sensual music,
write a love letter to yourself or someone else,
creatively express YOU in a way you feel drawn.

If you are noticing what’s wrong more than what’s beautiful this Full Moon, feel the frustration and anger. Express it by writing your rage on the page, infusing those words with the energy of “no more” and “enough.” Burn the letter as an offering to the potential and the manifestation of living your great work, your beauty way.

Our life is not a race we have agreed to frantically run, but a dance with the divine within that stands as our unwavering partner seeking to move us to what we find true and beautiful.

Creating an inner practice and dedicating your life to unfolding your great work is one way you can powerfully serve Love in a time in which the World needs to weave a greater vision for us all, a vision the New Moon in Pisces on March 17th will call each one of us to dream.