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KRISTINA WINGEIER : Reflecting Your Inner Wisdom (part 3 of 3) Cultivating Intuition

Moon 9 // New Moon in Aries

Every one of us is intuitive. Intuition is a normal and natural part of being a human - we are hardwired to receive information from Spirit and the unseen realms. While it is true that some folks are born with a stronger intuitive aptitude than others, everyone has the ability to strengthen their intuitive capacities if they choose.

If the idea that you are intuitive is new territory for you it is important to remember that it takes time to build any skill; cultivating your intuition is no different. The key to building a relationship with this part of yourself is twofold. First, you must be OPEN to the idea that you are intuitive. Once you are open, you need to begin to TRUST any information you receive from your intuitive self. 

If you have not been in a relationship of trust with your inner knowing, your intuition might be speaking in a small, quiet voice. Once you are open to the idea that you are indeed intuitive and you are ready to begin trusting the information you are receiving, the next step is to make a commitment to creating a stronger relationship with your intuition. 

There are many schools and programs for intuitive studies. What I’m offering here are a few tips - simple things that you can do to begin opening and deepening your connection to Spirit in the form of your intuition. 

1. Begin by relaxing and releasing expectations as much as possible. Stress and anxiety will not lead to clarity. Do yourself a favor and enter into this exploration of your intuitive abilities with a playful attitude and a light heart.

2. Quiet your mind chatter on a regular basis. This is crucial, you MUST take the time and space to get quiet and begin to listen to that voice within. For some folks sitting in meditation works. For others, movement is what helps. Know what works for you and engage in this activity on a daily basis.

3. Ask for guidance from Spirit. You can imagine this guidance in whatever way works for you: from a divine being, angels, teachers, ancestors… or simply, the universe. When you have questions that you would like to receive guidance about - ask for a sign from your “support team” and trust that you will know the sign when you see it. Note - sometimes intuitive guidance doesn’t make rational and logical sense in the moment. You must be willing to go by what feels right rather than what looks right on paper.

4. Write down all the instances where you've recognized your intuition's guidance, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Note the outcomes of the situations as well - intuitive information is often made clear in hindsight. Tracking your asks and your answers will help you to validate the existence of your intuition. It will also help you to see how you perceive intuitive information, which channels flow easily for you. For instance, do you feel your intuition in your body? Do you see visions in your mind’s eye? Do you hear guidance in your inner ear? Do you just “know” things? Take notes about this as well.

5. Finally, give thanks - to your guides, to yourself, to the universe - for any and all intuitive guidance you receive. Appreciation only amplifies your connection to Spirit and to your intuition. 

Next month:
Moon 10 | New Moon in Taurus
Connecting with Spirit in Nature {part 1 of 3}
Plant Spirits


Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic & Soul Counselor offering services for women who are ready to {re}connect with their Inner Wisdom.

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GaLIA ALENA :: LUNA CARD STORIES

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I died as a mineral and became a plant;

I died as a plant and rose to animal;

I died as animal and I was a man.

Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?

Rumi

 

I’m in a holding pattern. I’m holding too much, way too much, I hold it so tight that I’m almost crushing it, crushing myself. And it feels so heavy.

Holding on too tight to things that are impossible to hold- life, this moment, today, the past. 

I’m looking for the strength to let it all go, to lay it down to rest, to release it for it is not mine to hold, it never was.

I’m looking for the love and trust to say goodbye, to let it all go.

 

I’m dreaming of a lightness. I’m dreaming of things moving through and out, of twirling and dancing with the moment instead of trying to hold it. I’m dreaming of rest, of feeling fully supported in each moment- I don’t need to do the supporting.

 

I shut my eyes, I feel the earth beneath my feet, she’s soft and warm and willing. She whispers to me to lay it all down. I hesitate, but I know its time. I kiss all the things I’ve been holding, holding way too tight, and I give them over to her, I give them over to the earth where they belong. I place them on the ground and she receives them with such grace, I feel her smiling. She takes it all.

 

I feel the space created, I feel expanded. I sit awhile listening to her sigh- the breath of mama earth. I watch all the things she supports, I see flowers bloom and fade, I see leaves sprout and fall, I see all the life she holds in her depths. I see seasons come and go- she inhales, and she exhales.

 

And she too is supported. The stars, the moon, the sun, they support her- moving rhythmically with her inhale and exhale and I barely in a breath.

 

I inhale, hold, release, let go, empty, expanded, expectant, I inhale and so it goes.

 

“This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to take a step without feet.” – Rumi

 

Transient gifts of such wonder. We die with each moment so we may live into the next.

 

A million deaths in this life, a million moments to treasure, to breath in and live into, to exhale and release. Bittersweet cycles of life that teach us the beauty in each delicate moment. The dying in order to be reborn, renewed. The releasing in order to be expanded.  The composting and fertilising, the transformation and metamorphosis, the spiralling, cyclic spinning of life. And in it all the humbling of ourselves into what is so ready to support us for we too are just an exhalation.

 

“Maybe death isn’t darkness, after all, but so much light wrapping itself around us.” ~ Mary Oliver


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DARCEY BLUE :: BEE BALM BLESSINGS in WINTER

THE MEDICINE JOURNEYS: NOURISHMENT AND RITUALS FROM THE PLANTS

Last July, in the warmth and abundance of summer’s glow, I was excitedly gathering and preserving all the Bee Balm I could get my little hands on.  It was overflowing in every drainage of my Northern Arizona forest home.  Its magenta firework flower heads waving gently in the wind, mingling with the white beauty of yarrow, and deep purple spikes of vervain.  They were taller and fatter than any I had ever seen in my 13 years of herbal wandering and medicine making.   For years, oh how I would pray and scour the land hoping to find a stand that was big enough to harvest a few handfuls of the blossoms.  But it was just at the edge of its range, not getting quite enough water to be abundant, it was, in pockets, but as drought wore on, I did see them growing smaller and fewer in Southern Arizona mountain lands.  

 

But it is a hardly mint family perennial, which does happen to transplant fairly well, and I was able to start a little patch in my garden.  But here, on the Colorado plateau, conditions are ideal for my friend bee balm.  And I was swimming in an abundance of it, with so much gratitude.  Because along with winter soups and hot steamy rooty herbal brews, bee balm is one of my go to winter allies, and oh- it is winter now! The freezing temperatures have taken all my herbs in the garden to sleep, and the land is covered over in snow, all I can pick these days is pinon and juniper (which do make nice brews themselves and are quite medicinal and wonderful in winter too!)  But the blessing of summer, is the abundance of winter stores....especially from my sweet and spicy friend Bee Balm.  Also known as Monarda, and sometimes goes by bergamot, oregano de la sierra, or sweet leaf, it is monarda fistulosa var. menthaefolia to which I am offering this ode.  There are many varieties of monarda, red flowered m. didyma grows in many gardens across the country, and there are countless other wild and spicy spp varying by region.

 

Just like its favored name in this region, oregano de la sierra, (mountain oregano), it has a delightful and strong oregano taste, aroma and spice.  And it is so lovely included in winter soups, stews, meat rubs, and sauces.  It is even delicious as a piquant and intense pesto when made in summer fresh, and frozen for later months.  But in addition to its yumminess as a wild spice and food, its medicinal value is unparalleled.   I could pare down my apothecary to just 10-15 herbs, and this is one I would NOT forgo.

 

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Bee Balm flower infused honey is a winter dream stirred into hot tea or water, soothing a sore throat, easing a cough or combating winter infections  I always make sure to have a jar of bee balm honey made from the bright pink flowers, and besides, who can resist something so beautiful?  You can make bee balm vinegar which is medicinal and tasty to sprinkle on beans and rice as well, leaving the beautiful flowers in the jar, or to use in salad dressings.


I also tincture up loads of the fresh leaves and flowers for an infection kicker outer.  Seriously, I haven’t ever seen this stuff not make a huge difference in varying forms of bacterial infections- be it a sinus infection, stomach flu, UTI, strep throat, and even vaginal yeast infections.  Much like the oregano oil sold in stores, it has many similar compounds and aromatic oils, but in a form that is far more tolerable to the body, and just as effective without burning your mucous membranes.  Typically if I’m working on treating infections at home, I take my herbal allies of choice hourly, or at the least every two.  Frequency is key here.  And i have noted over and over that infections treated effectively at home with herbs dramatically improve within 24-36 hrs, and fully resolve in about 4-5 days.  If that is not the case, then I tend to err on the side of caution and get medical assistance.  Especially if you are working with a client, friend or child.  Sometimes switching up the herbs or adding others to the protocol helps too.  For bee balm, 1 dropper hourly usually does the trick, and I often blend it with other helpers, like Alder, Usnea, Yarrow or Oregon Grape Root, or even with Elderberries if I’m dealing with a viral cold or flu.


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Bee Balm leaf and flower tea is just as effective at kicking the infectious bugaboos out, but the taste is quite strong and for many people unpalatable to intolerable, it is both spicy, hot, and medicinal tasting in tea blends.  Mixing it with lots of peppermint can take the edge off, but go slow with this form if you want to get your friends and family to love and use bee balm.  I generally include it in a warming, stimulating, sweat inducing diaphoretic tea blend at the first sign of a cold, sniffle, cough or flu.  Also when dealing with UTI or gut infections more fluids are effective.

1 pt  bee balm

1 pt yarrow

1 pt elderflower

3 pt peppermint

Steep 10 min and sip as hot as possible. Add honey if desired.


Raising the body temperature and supporting a healthy fever response is an effective way to treat winter illnesses.  Most bacterial and viral infections cannot continue to live and reproduce at temperatures higher than 99℉ in the body.  A fever is a sign the body is doing its job to combat the infection, not a sign that things are getting worse.  Granted, a fever that gets too hot can be uncomfortable (though the dangers may be overstated, check this out from Seattle Childrens Hospital), and using gentle diaphoretic herbs can help to open the pores and break the fever, bringing the temperature down just enough.  Gargling with the luke warm tea or even the tincture mixed in warm saline is a wonderful sore throat remedy, the whole plant is high in tissue numbing essential oils, similar to cloves.  I do also use the tea or tincture as a skin wash or compress for infections, boils, or fungus like athletes foot, ringworm, etc.  Also, used as a sinus steam, dried leaves crumbled into hot water, and inhaled, is an effective way to treat sinus woes, while taking tincture internally as well.


That all said, it’s one of those herbs you can just keep around, and put it in your food, and give yourself a sinus steam with, or add a muslin bag full in your bath, or just drizzle infused honey in your tea every day.  It’s safe, it’s rather yummy, and one of those plant friends you just want to play with every day or so during the cold season. It is a very heating herb, so folks who tend to get overheated or run hot may want to use it in moderation on a day to day basis.


 Every time I look at those beautiful honey blossoms or sprinkle the fragrant leaves in my soup, I remember the glow and abundance of summer, and it warms my spirit and my body.  And I’ve turned to it so often in my herbal practice and day to day living experiences with infections, and I’ve seen it do amazing work, reliably.  And if it is not a plant that grows near where you live, it is easy to grow in a garden space, and can take quite a bit of heat and drought and still be potent and will grow back each winter from the spreading roots.  Noting, that as a mint family plant, it does tend to spread, so give it a nice roomy patch to grow, and you’ll have medicine to last for years to come!


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ANGELIQUE ARROYO :: SACRED BOUNDARIES, PART 5

Boundaries are akin to a fence to protect the inside and out. How clear are you about who you are? What is it that you value? This is going to become more important the more times you’ve been around the sun. I haven’t forgotten the pain of not having boundaries, on a soul level. There are some things I am still healing through. In my life, this manifested through unhealthy parental figures, religion, and partners imposing their values. My philosophies come from deep experience and practice. I’ve journeyed with myself and many folks around naming personal values and learning how to articulate those in partnerships- from marriage to business. So if we can for a minute or more, I want you to grab a piece of paper, or download & print this Values Clarity Journal to name yourself and your values. This almost seems rudimentary, but trust me it is necessary.

Here is an example:                                                           Your Turn:

 

My name is Angelique Arroyo. 

My values are:

transparency

honesty

truth

trust

generosity

openness

space

integrity

authenticity

family


You get the gist! I have many more values. What do you value? Take the time to list it and explain what that means to you. How do we set sacred boundaries around self if we are not yet clear it what it is that we are safe keeping? These are values that still stand even if all my roles ceased to be so be sure about YOU!


Sacred Boundaries  is a year-long, weekly series for building resilience On Path. Follow along, & start anytime. You'll know what's needed, now. 


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THE SACRED BLUEPRINT {part 2 of 3} :: THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR

Welcome to Moon 5: New Moon in Sagittarius. 

Today we are continuing our exploration of The Sacred Blueprint, a trinity of cyclical time measurements that give structure to our days, months and years. The rhythms of the earth and the rhythms of our bodies are deeply aligned - this is the original imprint of how we experience the passing of time.

 

It is very easy to lose track of these natural cycles in the thick fog of techno soup we live in. When you begin tracking the Sacred Blueprint with conscious intention, you are returning to a template of wholeness that was always there to begin with. 

{For MOONRISE|13 sisters, aligning with the Sacred Blueprint will give you a living and breathing framework to help you bring your lunar intentions and solar projections deeper into your bones, weaving cyclical time into the very fabric of your being}

 

The Wheel of the Year and the Four Seasons

 

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another.” Juvenal

 

Unless you live near the equator, you will experience shifts and changes in climate and light throughout the course of a calendar year due to the trajectory of earth’s movement around the sun. We label these shifts the four Seasons: Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. This demarcation leads us to believe that they are distinct from one another, and while it is true that the Solstices & Equinoxes mark the “official” beginnings and endings to a season, you’ll begin to notice that the seasons tend to overlap. Meaning, Winter will often arrive before the actual Winter Solstice. And Spring will come early some years. There is a lot of fluidity because Mother Nature, while quite ordered, is also free to change things up at her whim.

 

I’m sharing from the lens of my geographical experience, which is in the Northern Hemisphere - the SF bay area in California to be exact. Wherever you live will determine how the seasons manifest for you. If you are in the Southern Hemisphere you will be on the opposite end of the spectrum from the Northern Hemisphere - our spring/summer is your autumn/winter, etc.

 

I’m not a gardener, but I am a plant person. As I observe the life cycles of different plants in my yard and neighborhood, I am witnessing the rhythms of transformation over and over: beginning, blooming, ending and beginning again. The plants remind me that the only constant is change, and that attachment to any one state will lead to stagnation. This is a simple yet profound spiritual truth. Like the plants, the seasons offer me a model that mirrors my own process of internal and external growth, release and change.

 

The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year is a earth-based spirituality tradition celebrating the cycles of the earth/sun dance throughout a calendar year. On the Wheel of the Year, eight major seasonal holidays are celebrated: Winter & Summer Solstice, Spring & Autumn Equinox and four “cross-quarter” holidays which fall between the Solstices and Equinoxes. The exact dates of Solstices and Equinoxes may vary a bit from year to year; they generally fall somewhere between the 20th and the 23rd of the calendar month.

 

I use these earth/sun based holy days like points on a compass. For me, the seasons aren’t really about the climate, but the quality and amount of light that is ever changing - retreating, returning and retreating again. I contemplate and celebrate the themes of the season with simple gestures: lighting candles; gathering flowers, seed pods, pinecones and other treasures from the natural world to bring inside and put on my altars; eating local and seasonal foods from the farmer’s market. My energy levels, sleep patterns and food cravings tend to shift with the seasons as well.

 

Connecting with the flow of the Sacred Blueprint is an ancient dance. It is old, but not outworn. It is a remembrance. Whether or not you celebrate the earth based holy days, you can easily notice and acknowledge the way the light changes throughout the solar year. You can observe your own energetic flows rising and falling throughout both the lunar month and the solar year.

 

Taking it a step further, you can begin to create self-care practices that are tailored to your constitution and the elemental energies of whatever season you are in. For instance, I find myself engaging in the practice of warm oil massage more often in the autumn and winter. I tend to be cold and dry during these times, and so replenishing in my body what is lacking from my environment becomes a priority.

 

The Wheel of the Year and Psycho-Spiritual Development

 

When viewing the Wheel of the Year through the lens of psycho-spiritual development, we honor the connection between the seasons in nature and the corresponding seasons of our life, both literally and metaphorically. We’ll explore this concept deeper next Moon with the Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions. Until then, I’m sending you Solstice blessings as we celebrate the return of the light.

 

The Flow

  • Winter Solstice/Yule: December 20-23
  • Imbolc/Candlemas: February 1/2
  • Spring Equinox/Eostar: March 20-23
  • Beltane/Mayday: April 30/May 1
  • Summer Solstice/Lithia:June 20-23
  • Lammas/Lughnasad: July 31/August 1
  • Fall Equinox/Mabon: September 20-23
  • Halloween/Samhain: October 31/November 1

 

The Wheel of the Year aligns beautifully with the Lunar Cycle 

 

  • New Moon = Winter Solstice/Yule
  • Crescent Moon = Imbolc/Candlemas
  • First Quarter Moon = Spring Equinox/Ostara
  • Gibbous Moon = Beltane/MayDay
  • Full Moon = Summer Solstice/Litha
  • Disseminating Moon = Lammas/Lughnasadh
  • Last Quarter Moon = Fall Equinox/Mabon
  • Balsamic Moon = Halloween/Samhain

 

Coming next month:

Moon 6 | New Moon in Capricorn

The Sacred Blueprint{part three of three}
The Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions


Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic, Soul Counselor, and Intuitive Healer. Her services include: Soul Counsel Depth CoachingIntuitive Tarot Readings, and The Conscious Empath Sessions: Re-Patterning Energetic BoundariesHer e-course, The Conscious Empath // Foundation Sessions begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, 2/8/16. Find out more information and/or sign up HERE.

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DARCEY BLUE - SEED MEDICINE

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When everything becomes fuzzy and returns to its essential nature...

 

I’ve been gathering and gathering the seeds falling from the pines, pinyon nuts, daily.  I’ve been shaking loose the fragrant fruits of juniper. I’ve been shaking the fuzzy branches of Rabbitbush as I pass them on my walks, to loose those winged seeds flying.  I have been pulling on the browned tops of vervain and sprinkling the tiny little seeds along my daily trails. I harvested my precious Robins Egg Navajo maize after the tall stalks turned brown and dry.

 

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Tis the season of seeds, forming, falling, flying.  Storing the most essential nature of the plants intelligence, its soul directive.  And within each seed, tiny or large, is the abundant substance to sustain the seed through winter, and then sprout it into the damp earth and stretch upward toward the sun.

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Plants have no doubts or questions about their purpose, their shape, their unique imprint to live out in and through the world.  Though there are many individuals within one species of plant, each one grows in its own unique way.  And its message and its potential is stored within that seed.

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about my soul purpose in this life, and how for much of our early years we are busy creating a life, doing the deeds to make a living, raise the kids, or fit in with our chosen community.  (Even if all these things are aligned for us)  At some point, life, spirit, our soul, runs into that season, when things begin to solidify, or go totally fuzzy, sometimes both at the same time.  We arrive at this season of autumn, of beginning to turn to the downward, inward, earthward, soul journey.    This season of our lives, or even just of the year, asks us to let go, strip down all that extra stuff in place to create what we call our life, and return to our essence, our soul essence.  The SEED of who we are and what we are here to do.

 

The last weeks, and if I’m honest, the last year has a been a long journey to return to my essence and true nature.  To learn to let go of the trappings I’ve created for my ego - to feel valued, appreciated, safe - all the roles, all the identifications, all the shoulds, even some of the dreams and hopes I’ve held on to for my life.  

 

What is my essence beyond my work as an herbalist?  What is my nature beyond the biophysical drive to partner and mother? What is my soul directive to express in the world in this lifetime?  

 

A few days ago I found a pinyon nut that had fallen to the soil, cracked open and sprouted.  A tiny little mini pine tree sprout, perfect, with each cell knowing exactly how to express itself, toward the earth and toward the sun.  The seed providing the impetus and the nourishment and then, cracking open to express itself.   It seemed out of season, but it spoke to me deeply.  

 

I keep picking up all these seeds, thinking about letting go of how and what I’ve been blooming my energy into, and becoming the pure potential of the next season, and deeper expression of my soul.

 

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>>> click to download your medicine journeys journal prompts <<<

 

Go, and find some seeds.  Acorns, or hazelnuts, or corn, or pinyon, or sunflower or tiny mustard seed.  Gather them.  Ask them to speak to you.  Each completely unique, a package of unique genetic expression.  Speak to different kinds of seeds.  What does the sunflower say?  And what does the acorn say?  The tiny poppy seed vs the corn kernel?  

 

What can the seeds tell you about your essential nature?  What does the season of fuzzy falling seeds tell you about letting go of what your ego has created?

 

When you sit in silence in nature, watching all this, what message does your soul speak to you?  What is the SEED within you, begging to break open and express in this world your gift?

 

It may not have anything to do with your work or your roles, or your current hopes and dreams.  

 

Take these seeds to your bed, place them all in a little pouch and wear them around your neck.  Ask the seeds to teach the seed within you.  Ask for these soul directives to reveal in dreams.  

If it feels scary, or makes you want to cry, or asks more than you think you have, you may be onto something.

 

I don’t think this is something that necessarily happens in an instant, or even one season.  I’ve been stripping down for a few years, letting go of things, piece by piece, and feel as if I’m only just beginning to see and sense the essential seed nature within me, waiting to be expressed.  But it is enough, as we move into the new moon,  that I’ve made a new commitment, an investment, and a promise to my soul, to each day move closer and toward this essential soul expression.

 

What step can you engage to move toward your soul and essential nature?

 

>>> click to download your medicine journeys journal prompts <<<


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GALIA ALENA :: 13 MOONS READING


>>> Dark {Shaman’s} Moon: 25th of November (Sagittarius) <<<

Full moon in Gemini

Moon Energy: Transformation, shadow work and releasing the past, gratitude, reflection and integration.

 


Our dear friend Galia pulls cards in deep ceremony, often from her garden in Australia, & always invoking the 5 elements of Air, Fire, Water, Earth & Spirit. Her readings are sometimes joined by animal guides, while she pulls from many years of intuitive practice with the Holy Trinity of Animal, Plant & Stone. For those looking to work with the lunar cycles in 2016, her readings will bring an important mirror to the path.

Get Galia's personalized reading for the year, 13 Moons, including a PDF of your reading, audio & a photograph of the cards drawn, here

xx, Maya 


visual poet. beauty unveiler, light huntress, moment caresser, visionary.
Ultimately, all of my work is about helping people peel back the layers to experience the intense beauty of each moment allowing access to both their intuitive wisdom and a deeper connection to spirit and self. 
    

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{THE LIVING HOME} VIGNETTE :: AN A-FRAME ON THE ROCKS. SPINNING CRYSTAL. SOUP.

Leaving our deck for the bears, it's all quartz & spirals. And soup, in bread bowls.

Crushing chopped garlic, leeks & scallions against hot butter. Topping with a pound of parsnip & potato. Simmering with a couple cubes of organic boullion + a shot of cream.

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GALIA ALENA :: LUNA CARD STORIES

"When you do not speak, the thousand stars that lay upon your tongue slide back down your throat only to be swallowed one by one, jagged, pointed and weighing more than planets. When we swallow the truth, we turn our bodies into graveyards."

Tama Kieves

Two images insisted in speaking to you together this month, Shadow Gardener and Butterfly Song, one that speaks of mining our shadows and the other whose message is around speaking our truths.

We are in the tides of Samhain and I’m sitting to write this, deep in contemplation over how insistent  Butterfly Song was to come forward at this time, time of veils thinning and shadows emerging and how connected it is to Shadow Gardener, diving into our own shadows.

It is deep soul work to be constantly clearing the throat chakra, to ensure that the words that fly out are truly the words you wish to see set flight and that none are left behind, their delicate wings furled around their truths, your truths. I’m thinking both of those who were burnt at the stake for speaking their truths. I’m thinking of those who are silenced because their words might shake foundations long overdue to crumble. I’m thinking of how knowing our truths often requires us to walk the path of Persephone and traverse both the spring gardens in the light and the depths of the underworld, to incorporate it all into out being, the contradictions, the shadows and the light, all of it, all of us. I’m also thinking of those insidious little lies that slip out to shield someones feeling, to keep the peace, slowly wearing away at our integrity like water over a stone. It may seem calm but its slowly washing away parts of the whole.

Speaking our truth first means knowing our truth and that is not always easy especially given that truth is plural and ever changing. It involves diving into the underworld, looking in the shadow and claiming the truths that we don’t even wish to speak to ourselves. Owning it all, our humanness.

Speaking our truths also means knowing the difference between expression and projection- its the difference between expressing to clear and be seen vs inflicting and perpetuating.  Expression holds much power, the power of manifestation, and I think that this is where some of the fear comes in. It is where the heart must lead and intentions direct- trust in your divinity.

Rumi says 'The wound is the place where the Light enters you.’ and as much as I love the wisdom and beauty of Rumi, I lay in shavasana one day and it hit me that he had it backwards, the wound is the place where the light shines out of you, those delicate and vulnerable places of truth.

Sometimes I think our expression is our most important work, especially if we are to allow spirit to dream through us which spirit surely wishes to do.  Expression in its purest form connects the throat chakra with the sacral chakra in a creative dance of transformation led by Anahata chakra. Dive deep into your shadow gardens, dig deep in the fertile grounds of your truths, express cleanly and truly all that wishes to be born through your full and radiant expression. Let your expression dance spirit into this world.


Shadow Gardener: 

Shadow gardener
picking seeds off the bones, out of the darkness
what precious fruits
she will conjure 

Shadow gardener
diving past mask’s reflection through turbid depths filled fertile with life’s shunned unpolished gems 

Gentle hands
healing through attention, disregarded treasures
rise with flamed wings
to guide even Persephone 

Shadow Gardener rises through the veils by the wings of her gifted prize
no gold coins needed 

She who gardens the shadows stands tallest in the light 


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{THE LIVING HOME} VIGNETTE :: FUZZY. FALLISH. TOFFEE.

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Make home in a day of contrasts. Seek a bit of the wet & mauve-isn underworld. Leave an offering of sweet nothings whispered to dropping leaves. Stack an indoor hammock with woolen throws. Deep dive into the New Moon in Scorpio feelings armed with pancakes + toffee

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THE SACRED BLUEPRINT (PART 1 of 3) - THE LUNAR CYCLE BY KRISTINA WINGEIER

Welcome to Moon 4: New Moon in Scorpio.

 

The Sacred Blueprint is the name I have given to a trinity of cyclical time measurements that give structure to my days, months and years. The more I live in alignment with these natural cycles, the closer I am to both earthly and cosmic rhythms, as well as my own truth.

Keeping time in this way reminds me that I too am made ofthe same matter as the universe: stardust, fire, water, earth and air. 

As above, so below.

For me, the calendar month is a boxed-in, linear, intellectual way of timekeeping, whereas I *know* The Sacred Blueprint in my body. This is the way the ancestors kept time: watching planetary bodies dance in the skies; noting the ever-changing light’s increase, decrease and return; tracking these patterns with stone, bone and blood. 

The Sacred Blueprint is ancient, timeless and absolutely relevant to 21st century living. Over the next 3 moons I will share a little about each cycle in this trinity: The Lunar Cycle, The Wheel of the Year and The Medicine Wheel & The Four Directions.

By exploring these external rhythms in the world around you, you will begin to see how these cycles of change are reflected within your own inner landscape. You'll also begin to see how the trinity overlaps and interweaves, reflecting aspects of themselves within each other. 

 

The Lunar Cycle

 

The Moon has captured our imagination since we first began noticing and tracking the movement of planetary bodies in the sky. The Moon is our planet’s only natural satellite, and she is the closest planetary body to Earth. 

While there are many theories about the Moon’s origin, none are certain, and so she remains a mystery. In many myths from cultures around the globe, the Moon is often connected to the Goddess or Divine Feminine. She is Maiden, Mother, Queen and Crone, depending on which phase she is going through on her monthly journey of transformation.

Each night, the Moon is either growing/expanding (waxing) or shrinking/contracting (waning). She is never static, always changing. Since her cycle around the Sun (as viewed from Earth) takes approximately 29.5 days and the “average” menstrual cycle takes approximately 28 days, the Moon has long been a symbol of women’s innate rhythms & feminine energy.

The Moon reminds us that the only constant is change, that endings become beginnings become endings, and that light and dark are forever entwined, both in the outside world and inside of our own psyches.

As above, so below.

 

The Dance of Earth, Moon and Sun

The Moon and Earth are in a magnetic field of opposite force, and the gravitational pull of the Moon influences the tides here on Earth, drawing water up and down the beach twice a day. Since our bodies are about 60% water, it would make sense that the Moon’s rhythms effect our own internal tides as well. However, tides aren’t just in the ocean, both the Earth’s atmosphere above our head and the Earth’s crust beneath our feet rise and fall to lunar rhythms.

The Moon and the Sun are in a relationship. One of the keys to understanding the lunar cycle is to notice where the Sun is, because the Moon’s phases depend upon the light from Sun.  There is an intricate dance between the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. Each day, the Moon rises in the east and sets in the west, like the Sun. She takes about one month to orbit Earth. The lunar month (a “moonth”) is measured from each new Moon to the next. There are 13 lunar months in a lunar year.

The Earth is spinning on her own axis as she rotates around the Sun. Simultaneously, the Moon is rotating around the Earth.  As the Moon rotates around Earth, the rays of the Sun bounce off of the Moon at different angles, which is why she is a different size every day/night.

This brings a key teaching of the Lunar Mysteries: the Moon acts as a mirror, reflecting the light of the Sun. While it is impossible to look directly at the Sun with the naked eye, we can easily observe the light of La Luna in all of her phases. In our action/light/yang obsessed culture, the Moon reminds us that darkness is an integral part of light: you can’t have light without shadow and shadow requires light. But I digress…

 

Contrary to what she looks like from our view on Earth, the Moon is not actually round. Research out of the University of California suggests the Moon actually looks more like a 'squashed sphere' that bulges at the side and is flat and the top and the bottom. One of the contributors says she resembles "a lemon with an equatorial bulge.” 

It is the gravitational pull of the Earth that draws the larger hemisphere of the Moon towards us, so that she looks round when we view her in the sky. Thus, we are actually only seeing one side of the Moon at any time. She also has a “dark side” which we cannot view from Earth, and this side of the Moon becomes beautifully lit on each Mew Moon and dark each Full Moon.

The Phases of the Lunar Cycle  

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The lunar cycle is usually broken down into 8 phases; each phase lasts approximately 3.5 days. Together, these phases total one lunar month.

The lunar cycle begins with the New Moon. You can't actually see the Moon in the sky during this time because the moon rises and travels across the sky with the sun, setting when the sun sets. The only time you can see the New Moon is during a solar eclipse.  Then the Moon passes in front of the Sun and becomes visible, surrounded by the Sun's fiery corona. Energetically, the New Moon is a place of rest and rejuvenation. This is the time to set intentions or goals - ideas that you wish to cultivate and create during the upcoming lunar cycle. The keyword is for the New Moon is SEED.

Round about the third day of the lunar cycle, a tiny sliver of the Moon appears, called the Crescent Moon. This is when we can first see the Moon in the sky. She has moved 45 degrees away from the Sun and can be found hanging sweetly on the horizon right after sundown. Whenever I see the Crescent Moon I find myself feeling so much joy! Energetically this is a time of quiet incubation, similar to the germination of a seed beneath the soil that brings the first tender shoots of a plant. The keyword for the Crescent Moon is SPROUT.

She continues to be identified as Waxing Crescent until she is halfway to full - then she is called the First Quarter Moon. She is now 90 degrees away from the Sun. Think of these words, half full, and you can feel into the energetics of this phase. This is a time of choice and commitment to your New Moon intentions. It’s a great time to reaffirm the direction you are going, using discernment to course-correct as needed while you take action to realize your vision. The keyword for the First Quarter Moon is GROWTH.

As the Moon continues to wax (grow) she is called Gibbous Moon. She is now 135 degrees apart from the Sun, and while her continued growth represents the growing consciousness and outward expression of your intention, you must remember that even though the Gibbous Moon looks full, she isn’t. The energy is one of waiting, which can be the hardest thing to do! Feel free to fine-tune and analyze but don’t look for results yet. The keyword for the Gibbous Moon is BUD.

The peak of her waxing/expansion is the Full Moon. La Luna is  in direct opposition of the Sun (180 degrees apart), rising on the eastern horizon as the Sun is setting in the west. This is the most intense time during the lunar cycle and emotional energy is at a peak; in fact, the word lunacy is derived from luna and was thought to be a by-product of seeing too clearly by the light of the Full Moon. Over the years I've watched some of my biggest outbursts and arguments occur around the Full Moon. In my life I try to slow down during the day before, day of and day after the Full Moon. Energetically, you can use the light of the Full Moon illuminate the full meaning of the seed you planted back at the New Moon. The keyword for the Full Moon is FLOWER.


The peak expansion of the Full Moon lasts only a moment and then she begins to wane, making her way back towards alignment with the Sun. She is 225 degrees ahead of (or 135 degrees behind, depending how you view things) the Sun, and as she begins to slowly shrink she is known as the Disseminating Moon. The built-up tension of the Full Moon has been released, and the fruition of the cycle is complete. It feels right to disperse and distribute information at this time - teaching/sharing, writing, and journaling are all wonderful ways to engage with this energy. Look over the Waxing Moon cycle and notice what worked & what didn’t - take note of the results from the first half of the lunar cycle. The keyword for the Disseminating Moon is FRUIT.

As the Moon continues waning, she reaches the Third Quarter Moon. She is 270° ahead of (or 90° behind) the Sun. The time between the Full Moon and the New Moon is a time of shedding and releasing as the energy continues to wind down from the Full Moon high. The energy supports continued examination of the earlier part of the cycle: it is time to take stock, noticing where you might have veered off course from your intentions. You might even realize that the intention/goals you set for yourself weren’t quite in alignment with your true desires. This is a good time to figure out what to keep and what to let go of and to actively release whatever is outdated. The keyword for the Third Quarter Moon is HARVEST.

The Moon continues to wane until she has almost completely disappeared from the sky with the Balsamic Moon, sometimes called the Waning Crescent. She is 315° ahead (or 45° behind)the Sun. This is a great time to rest if you can - if possible, plan some down time during this phase. Even an afternoon off can do wonders for your own waning energy. This is the perfect time to clean and discard what you don’t want. Let go of whatever didn’t work out this cycle, no need to keep that energy lodged into your body/mind. Notice the tone of self-talk and move into as much compassion as possible. The keyword for the Balsamic Moon is COMPOST.

Living with La Luna

These days, it is very easy to follow the lunar cycle, as there are numerous lunar calendars available, including plenty of choices of apps for your smart phone. If it feels to overwhelming to pay attention to all 8 lunar phases, you can simply begin by becoming aware of the New Moon and Full Moon each lunar cycle.

From New Moon to Full Moon La Luna is waxing, and we are in the light cycle, while from Full Moon back to New Moon she is waning and we are in the dark/shadow cycle. Inhale and exhale, ebb and flow, start to notice how your own energy matches (or doesn’t) the lunar flow. Write notes in your calendar, in your journal, in your phone or right here in your copy of On Path.

You can also create a New Moon altar and/or intention at the beginning of the lunar cycle, using the keywords for each lunar phase to work with your intention over the course of the lunar month.

If you enjoy the Full Moon energy, place a quart of water outside overnight the eve of the Full Moon. The next day you will have charged Full Moon water to drink or to use for ritual. Likewise, you can lay out any magical tools you’d like to infuse  with lunar magic - crystals in particular will draw in her energy quite well.

In whatever way feels right to you, I encourage you to begin to deepen your relationship to La Luna by noticing her movements across the sky and in your life. Her rhythms are a reliable source of guidance during uncertain times. Tracking the lunar cycle is especially wonderful for peri-menopause when the familiar compass of the menstrual cycle begins to deconstruct. Unlike our unpredictable lives here on Earth, the Moon will never let you down. She always arrives exactly on time.

Next month Moon 5 | New Moon in Sagittarius 

The Sacred Blueprint{part two of three} -  The Wheel of the Year


Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic, Soul Counselor, and Intuitive Healer. Her services include: Soul Counsel Depth CoachingIntuitive Tarot Readings, and The Conscious Empath Sessions: Re-Patterning Energetic BoundariesHer e-course, The Conscious Empath // Foundation Sessions begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, 2/8/16. Find out more information and/or sign up HERE.

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DARCEY BLUE :: THE WILD HEART OF ROSE

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THE MEDICINE JOURNEYS: NOURISHMENT AND RITUALS FROM THE PLANTS

 

Last weekend I spent in retreat with women, sisters, mothers, and healers, focusing on the Heart. Not the wounded heart, which is an inevitable part of living, we all acquire wounds and heartbreaks, but working with calling in the Empowered Heart.  We worked with empowering our hearts through ceremony and plant medicines of many kinds.

Roses, especially the wild ones, but all roses really, are my favorite plant ally and medicine for the heart.  The rose itself reminds me of a beautiful and fragrant wild heart, opening its petals fully and sweetly to the world, while protecting itself just enough with its thorns, not in scary threatening way, but enough to give you a prickly reminder if you overstep your bounds or mindlessly tromp through the briars without attention.    The rose is a reflection of the perfect state of a wild, yet empowered heart, open, expressing itself fully, through beauty, aroma, petals and fruit, and teaches us to be sweet and open with a healthy measure of boundary and protection from those who would take advantage of such sweetness.  

Here in the mountains of the southwest, wild roses bloom through the early summer, and now are nearly bare of leaves, but are flaunting abundant and gorgeous red hips, boasting a medicine full of nourishment for those who brave the thorns with awareness.  And truly, for me, the occasional prick from a rose thorn, though momentarily painful, is a reminder for me about how life’s little lessons, pricks, can help us to stay aware, and aligned with our hearts and souls, if we choose to allow the prick to bring us back into attention and connection with our heart, from wherever the little thorn came from, it is an opportunity to check in with ourselves.

 

Roses nourish, uplift, calm and support the emotional and spiritual heart.  I think of hawthorn as a more directly “protective” remedy for physical heart ailments, while rose supports the flowering, expression and vibration of an open, receptive yet protected heart.  I think I must use roses almost everyday in some form- mixed into my daily tea, a little rose oil anointing of my heart,  or a squirt of elixir now and again, just because.  Tending our hearts in the spirit of wellness and empowerment is one of the ways we can call in the energy of a strong, full, clear and open heart.  This is not to say we should ignore wounds or heartbreaks, because they happen, and have much to teach us as well, but when in a time of relative peace, aligning ourselves with empowered heart energy and positive vibrations, is a lot like speaking our affirmations daily.  Let Rose be the affirmation of self love, wholeness, beautiful expression and healthy boundaries we give ourselves everyday.

 

Roses are the medicine for opening our hearts, for inviting self-love, and for open hearted connection with a beloved or friend.  It is also a medicine for the acute care and pain of traumatic heartbreak, grief, and non traumatic emotional pain.  I often reach for the rose elixir to address emotionally based panic/anxiety attacks.  It works swiftly and sweetly. I can’t you how much rose I guzzled through my own despair and desolation and emotional hysterics after a particularly transformative and difficult break up, and everytime, just a few drops, or a squirt from the elixir bottle, I was immediately calmed, soothed, softened.  Or the time my transmission died in the middle of the desert in the summer, 100 miles from home.  I remember a friend had given me a tiny bottle of wild rose elixir to take home, and I sat on the curb waiting for a tow truck taking drop by drop of rose, helping me keep my cool,  (literally to not overheat in the sun) and not to have an emotional meltdown of epic proportions.

 

Rose is also a cooling remedy (which in the middle of a cold, damp winter might not be what you are after), and I drink rose petal tea or blended into teas all summer long to keep my fire element balanced.  If I ever feel like I’m getting hot and bothered, or have a client who tends to be red faced, stressed out, cranky and showing signs of internal heat, roses usually make their way into the bottle or tea blend. Or a spritz of rosewater in a glass of water, tea or bubble water always calms things down a notch.  David Crow once likened the energy of roses to moonlight, blooming in the cool, silvery magical light of the moon, their sweet fragrance gentle and healing.  Whenever I think of roses, I think of moon medicine, moon vibes, cycles, women, cooling, healing.

 

Then, I can’t forget the magic of anointing thyself with rose oil.  A tiny bottle of rose attar or rose otto can be extremely expensive, as it takes a whole 60,000 rose blossoms to make 1 oz of distilled rose essential oil, but anointing the heart chakra, the palms of the hands (there is a ayurvedic marma point/meridian of the heart that ends right in the palm of the hand - beautiful how our hands touching in love is connecting to the love in our hearts,) temples, third eye, or even the yoni invites the gentle and powerful loving touch of the rose into our psyche and energetic field while we chant a prayer or mantra of self care and loving compassion as we gently massage and anoint ourselves with rose medicine. I’ve been known to also slather my whole body in rose scented or infused oil, or take a bath in a strong rose tea when I need a hefty dose of comfort, compassion and self TLC.

   

Rose is such a versatile little simple medicine, yet full of complexity and layers untold.  Its simple to create your own little stash of rose elixir (recipe below), but also get some sweet smelling organic dried rose petals, and make some honey sweetened rose tea with a touch of cream, and find a little bottle of rose oil for those special moments when you want to really bathe your heart in the power of the rose.  

 

>>> Rose Petal Elixir <<<

I love to use fresh wild roses and leaves for this, but any fragrant and organic roses will work, even dried ones.

 

You’ll need:

1 pint jar

Fresh roses/petals to fill the jar, densely.

or

Fill the jar ⅔ full with dried organic roses (petals or buds)

~16 oz brandy or vodka

optional (¼-⅓ cup raw honey)

 

In your jar place honey (if you choose to sweeten your elixir, i like mine a little bit sweet, helps the medicine go in!), then fill the jar with roses of choice. Pour brandy or vodka over the roses until it comes to the top of the jar.  Cap tightly and label.  You may want to place the jar in the moonlight, near a rose quartz crystal, or sing to it, or say some prayers of loving kindness.  Whatever your intention is with making your rose elixir, infuse into the medicine.  After 4 weeks, you may strain the roses from the jar with a cheesecloth, squeeze every bit of goodness you can from them, (save them to add to a bath, or make homemade chocolate with them!) and place the sweet elixir into a dark glass bottle with a dropper.  Label clearly.

 

Take the elixir as needed for emotional hysterics, anxiety, grief, heartache, self  love, compassion, heart chakra nourishment, heart opening, and beauty. I find 5 drops is effective, and sometimes I need to take 1 or 2 or more droppersfull.  It is a totally safe remedy that is hard to overdo.  It may be a little drying and astringent, which the honey helps to balance.

 


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FULL MOON TIDES :: TAURUS

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Horoscopes are a compass for where intention may be accessed & illumination most happenin’. What you’re working with & need to know. For heightened insight, read for your rising/ascendent sign. If you don’t know yours yet, go ahead with your Sun sign! This is the Full Moon of the Taurus New Moon in May of this year, if you track. 

Full Moons in Taurus makes me think of full bellies, satisfied cravings, & hearty harvests. Venus. The toddler in everyone. Taurus is all about the senses. How life feels. Tastes. Sounds. Smells. Looks. If you’re familiar with what grounds you, it is essential this Full Moon. If you know what wets your appetite for life, feed it to yourself! Taurus knows how it wants to feel & how to make it happen. On a lunar level, if you haven’t been in touch with what is/isn't nourishing you emotionally, be ready for illumination. This will be your life raft during the depths of Scorpio season. In real time: listen to your body, your instincts, your senses. 

 

INDIVIDUAL HOROSCOPES

 

ARIES: You know who you are, sweet Warrior. You probably know what you want & are fiercely invested in it. So mother earth moon's question for you is this: is it feeding you? Is it a relationship that keeps you in touch with all your humanness? Sustainable. Sweet. What we do, what we want, what we need: all interconnected & demanding your full attention right now. Get in touch with yourself for full force satisfaction. ~Ariana

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TAURUS: Earth goddess. What you want to know is if you’ll ever BE enough. Here’s a secret: any of the drama you’re experiencing right now is not because you’re not enough, it’s because you always have been & always will be. Once you integrate that truth into your approach to life, you will receive more. From others, from yourself, from Universe. We give ourselves everything when we’re ready to receive. It doesn’t mean we cease to become. Just that whoever you are right now- you are whole. Enough. ~Ariana

 

GEMINI: There may be pieces of the past you don’t feel done with. No closure. No satisfaction. The kid in you is still crying about it. So this firm mother earth moon is here to hold you. There’s a New Moon in Scorpio in November that you can use to reset your regimes/health/work. Right now though, focus on healing. Deeply. It may be difficult to admit that you even hold on to anything- you’re a Mutable Magician. There’s always “more than meets the eye” & that’s where your soothing will show up. ~Ariana

 

CANCER: What’s your vision of a perfect world? Does it center around who’s or why’s? What I mean is this: if your visions/wishes are relying on how others will show up, we may be attached the unmet needs we have, whispering through our altruism. Don’t be detached, just know what/who you’re attached to. How does it feel to invest into people/places/things in a long term sense? Are you satisfied with where you fit into the grand scheme of the Universe, Moonchild? Here’s your time to find out. ~Ariana

 

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LEO: What’s your pride, Lioness? What have you invested in & seen manifest? What do you protect? Now’s a really good time to discern the values you’re using to make life happen. Not just what you want to make manifest, but also what has manifested. It’s all you. It’s all real, all important. Better yet, life has the potential to satisfy you in every sense, if you’re in touch. Also ask yourself: what do I need to be able to move on from ancient history into full-time presence? ~Ariana

 

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VIRGO: Honestly, you should be pretty freakin’ excited about existing right now. Jupiter, Venus, Mars, all in Virgo. IF anyone’s making magic happen, it’s you. If you can’t see that or haven’t realized you even could be that, this Full Moon is for you. Full & Beautiful & ready to help you replace rigid perspectives with feel-good, life affirming ones. Taurus wants to bring you soothing stories of contentment & how everything turns out aright. You just gotta quiet your mind & listen to yourself. ~Ariana

 

LIBRA: So, all those promises you made to yourself to protect from vulnerability? You don’t need them anymore. They’re unnecessary. Being the sugar & spice & everything nice you are, you may not even realize you ever made any of these promises. Until now. We all want to be safe & secure in the most intimate version of ourselves. This mother earth moon is telling (not asking) you that you ARE strong. You ARE beautiful. You ARE capable of giving yourself everything you need. And your full-presence is needed. ~Ariana

 

SCORPIO: Oh, Phoenix. You may have managed to make love & war on a consistent basis, & you’re pretty good at healing up. Of course. Yet constant evolution may cause some distortion of who really has our backs. It’s easy to be into what who we've let go or what we’ve become. Self-reliance is the most satisfying armor. So for right now or forever, focus on gratitude. Focus on satisfaction. It is possible to do both. Know who you’re loyal to & who’s loyal to you. You’re gonna need them when the armor gets heavy. ~Ariana

 

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SAGITTARIUS: Saturn is in your sign, making the next two-ish years more serious ones for you, whether you are the Queen of Nonchalant or not. I mention this long transit because you can consider this Full Moon a checkpoint, where you can get all your mundane matters straightened out to support the true magic that will be happening. Don’t make it boring, make it mean something. Get in touch with your senses & what they’re influenced by everyday. What you do, taste, feel, see, smell, listen to. Be nurtured. ~Ariana

 

CAPRICORN: You’re a real pro. At everything you commit to. Super cool. Super calm. Super collected. Full Moons are madness though, and this one especially so for you. Because what this mother earth moon wants you to do is find your inner child & let it play. HARD. Let yourself off the hook & just know that experiencing any taste of joy or bliss or fascination is a touch of what used to fuel our life. Innocence. Knowing what we wanted & asking for it. Just because. You have permission. ~Ariana

 

AQUARIUS: Your senses are a transit into stories you’re telling yourself, knowing or not. Maybe you needed the comfort of what was. Maybe you need it now. Maybe you don’t. All you can know is: what are you feeling? Are you allowing yourself to feel? Are you receptive to your relationship to body/the past/heart space? Or is it output only? Whatever you are figuring out on the inside, the internal attachment to pain doesn’t have to be eternal. And if you’re not in pain, are you happy? No objectivity allowed. Subjective viewpoints only. Find your sweet spot & see if you can stay there. For you. ~Ariana

 

PISCES: Spending so much time in space is your gift to earth, Sea Angel. Full Mother Earth Moon is encouraging you to check in with your mental space- what’s going on, in, & out of there. Do you have peace of mind? Or is your mind in pieces?? I hope not. Center on what’s important to you- love, music, eternal beauty found everywhere, everyday. Don’t get attached to needing every concept you entertain to materialize. They come, they go. Let them. ~Ariana 


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ANGELIQUE ARROYO :: SACRED BOUNDARIES. PART 4

 *Publisher's Note: We are thrilled to share this *free* thinking toolkit, a lunar year of Sacred Boundaries shared weekly,&nbsp;grounded in Angelique's many years as an activist,&nbsp;herbalist,&nbsp;community trainer,&nbsp;and SisterKeeper. She's a medical advocate for sexual assault victims, social justice &amp;&nbsp;anti-racism facilitator,&nbsp;holding monthly Red Tents &amp; the online School for Medicine Womyn. &nbsp;More than this, Angelique is a dear friend that has fiercely supported our global community sisterhood, for years, now. This is family medicine. *Weekly* -M

*Publisher's Note: We are thrilled to share this *free* thinking toolkit, a lunar year of Sacred Boundaries shared weekly, grounded in Angelique's many years as an activist, herbalist, community trainer, and SisterKeeper. She's a medical advocate for sexual assault victims, social justice & anti-racism facilitator, holding monthly Red Tents & the online School for Medicine Womyn.  More than this, Angelique is a dear friend that has fiercely supported our global community sisterhood, for years, now. This is family medicine. *Weekly*
-M

 

Sacred Boundaries For Self

 

We’ve been engaged in sacred boundaries in the sphere of the sacred, last time you created a collage that maps where you are at. In my work as an activisionary we talk about what it would look like to live outside of the striving/or the struggle. This very time driven existence that demands that we stick every experience into a formula for action, how do we unplug from that very formulaic why into the beingness of our own experience. I often share with folks when I provide a structure for movement that if it prevents you from actually doing it, drop it. Let it go. While parts of our human experience desire to name and label, it is not always in our best interest. Can you engage and set boundaries around the sacred for its own sake, without a prefabricated trending agenda? Can you dance in the tension of creating space for the unknown to be nourished? Why unknown? Because you can’t assign a name to that which has many and is none. In that space you will find solace and fullness because it holds capacity for all of you. 

 

I recommend you put together all these parts and read it again but all at once. When you are done…gather your sacred space making tools, be sure to ground and plug in. Grounding through your root chakra and plugging in through your crown, this stabilizes movement as energy and messages flow. When ready engage in the following questions…allow silence and stillness.

 

What have the boundaries around your practice in relationship to the sacred been?

 

What is in need of repair and reframing? Listen for what the essence in you needs at this season for nourishment..these messages come not from the thought but from plugging into the sacred current. 

 

What is coming up?…I imagine this piece of myself as a being and I often start with a teary I’m so sorry, I love you. This happens because I recognize that for me it can get so busy and move so fast. There are times I choose the busy over the slow..over the sacred, ”I can’t stop this must get done”. Or sometimes the plan gets in the way and that is when I know, I need to let go. My offering are my tears and a heart hungry to just sit and be. 

 

I Wait

I wait for you at the edges

I watch in tearful expectation, maybe today

Maybe today you’ll be with me…

I don’t want you to do..anything, just be with me

When you lay down exhausted and feel a warm sensation envelope you, that’s me loving on you

I don’t fit into the boxes or the list, or the next asana sequence  

I’m the hunger inside that makes you cry at mountains and weep at flowers

I watch you as you try to learn some new way to engage me..but all I want is for you to be with me

I have the answers you’re looking for

I’ve tried to tell you they are within

What am I? I am the galaxy in a cell 

I am the rush of rivers

I am the ecstasy in the release of an orgasm

I am the breath of a baby

I am night sky

I am the sunrise

I am the twinge in your chest that squeezes tight at the morning light

I am waiting for you….

I am the essence that holds the secrets of the universe and I dwell in you

I wait 

 

Now go into your Moonrise planner and plug in the space to meet with your sacred essence and guard those boundaries. This is very important…if you need to put up mantras or prayers to remind you of the why this matters, do so. And when not if, but when you loose your way and the rush of the day takes over…come repair your boundaries and mend the fence. Come home.

 

Next stop Sacred Boundaries for Self….xo


Angelique Arroyo Medicine Womyn: Guidess, Healer + ActiVisionary

Phone: 7172952547
Email: SchoolforMedicineWomyn@gmail.com
Website: www.AngeliqueArroyo.com

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CREATING AN ALTAR :: CULTIVATING A PERSONAL PRACTICE {part 2 of 13} with KRISTINA WINGEIER

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creating an altar

 

Welcome to Moon 2 | New Moon in Virgo. This lunar cycle I am sharing one of my favorite things in the world, the practice of altar creation.

 

Altars have been used by cultures all around the world for thousands of years. Simply stated, an altar is a place where you can offer your appreciation for all of the helping spirits in your life. It is a physical and energetic vortex to call in and acknowledge the presence of the sacred.

 

Since the sacred is with you wherever you are, it isn’t necessary to create an altar in order to connect with Spirit. However, I’ve found altar creation to a beautiful and supportive act of co-creation.

 

Altars are visual and kinesthetic reminders of what is sacred to me. I like to think of my altars as gathering places; they reflect the act of gathering my energy into the present moment. When I spend time with an altar, whether in creation or in contemplation, it is an invitation for my soul and Spirit to align.

 

An altar can be in a small space (on a shelf for example), encompass an entire room or it can even be outside. It can be as simple as a candle that you light each day. An altar can be temporary or it can be a place you return to again and again. You can create a new altar each month, for the change of season, every new or full moon, for cultural and/or religious holidays, at the beginning of each week, every new year… the possibilities are truly endless and dictated only by how Spirit is moving through you at any given moment.

 

An altar can have a theme or particular focus like abundance, love, etc., or it can just represent whatever growth you are experiencing at the moment. You can dedicate your altar to one particular representation of the divine (the goddess, an angel, an animal, a spiritual teacher) or it can be devoted to many aspects of the sacred. You can create an altar alone, with another person, or with a group of people. Whatever works for you is exactly right.

 

I have altars all over my home. I also have a mini altar in my car. Some of my altars last for months and some last only a few days. The altar in my office/yoga space is my main altar - the one I interact with when doing meditation or focused spiritual practice -  but I attend to each altar as I feel called. Little things, like bringing in new treasures from the outside world, rearranging crystals, replacing burned down candle, or simply taking a moment to ground and center myself as I pass them by throughout my day.

 

How to create an altar

 

Note: there are many ways to create an altar, some with very formal instructions. I create my altars much more free form, following my intuition and the callings of Spirit, and this isthe practice I am sharing with you here.

 

Creating an altar is a sacred practice that will feed your soul. I encourage you to pick one place to create a “main” altar that you will be working with over an extended period of time. When you gather at the same place time and time again, you begin to build up the sacred energy in that particular space. If you feel inspired to create more than one altar follow your desire.

 

It is important to find a space that offers you easy access so that you can spend time and interact regularly with your altar. Approach the activity of creating your altar free of distractions, when you have some time to focus your energy and intention on your creation.

 

Speaking of intention, it’s nice to begin by clarifying the intention you wish your altar to represent and amplify. You can write your intention on a piece of paper and put it on your altar if you like. Always use affirmative language with your intentions, so that you are filling your body/mind with positivity each time you read, speak or think about your intention. And make sure that your intention is about YOU and your life, not focused on somebody else.

 

That said, I personally create many altars without a clearly stated intention… letting Spirit move through me and trustingin the process… so again, do what feels right to you.


Next, gather some items that you would like to place on your altar. Some ideas: candles, photographs, stones/crystals, feathers, flowers/plant material, statues or figurines, jewelry, incense, smudge stick, oracle cards, etc. Remember, your altar is an external version of the Sacred Space that you already are, so choose items that are pleasing to your eye and soul.


Altar creation, step-by-step

(feel free to deviate as your soul desires…)


  • Ground yourself and clear your energy field in whatever way feels right to you.
  • Get clear on your intention as you begin to create your altar.
  • It’s nice to begin with a clean surface - wipe down or dust the area you are using for your altar. 
  • If you are working outside, you might want to sweep or rake the area where you will be working.
  • If you are using an altar cloth or scarf, begin by placing it where you would like your altar to be.
  • “Cleanse” each object before placing it on your altar. I like to use a sacred plant like white sage or palo santo to smudge the objects and myself.
  • If you have one, you can focus on your intention as you place each item on your altar. This infuses the energy of your intention into each item.
  • Call on your helping spirits as you place the objects - guides, angels, teachers, etc. They love it when you remember to ask for guidance and give thanks.
  • After you have placed all of your objects on your altar, take a moment to ask for clear guidance on cultivating your intention if you have one. Or just spend some time in connection with Spirit manifesting through your creation.
  • Relax and have fun - there is no wrong way to do this!


I encourage you to spend some time at your altar each day, even if you only have a few minutes. Contemplating your intention, quieting your mind, making offerings, lighting a candle - all of these activities will nourish your soul and amplify the energy of your sacred space.


Next month - Moon 3 | New Moon in Libra, Creating a Ceremony or Ritual for your Unique Self


Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic, Soul Counselor, and Intuitive Healer. Her services include: Soul Counsel Depth CoachingIntuitive Tarot Readings, and The Conscious Empath Sessions: Re-Patterning Energetic BoundariesHer e-course, The Conscious Empath // Foundation Sessions begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, 2/8/16. Find out more information and/or sign up HERE.

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FOR OUR GRANDMOTHERS. BY MARYBETH BONFIGLIO

As the summer sun begins to wane, I think of death.

Not just because the moon begins to reign and the leaves are already falling on the ground in layers of crunch, but because I am taken deeper into my own mythologies. I am asked to look within and sit face to face with the stories I have been telling myself in the season of this sun. 

As I go in, I get closer to all things.  What was laid to rest behind me.  And what is laying itself out in front of me.  And where I am right now.

I get closer to who I am, but also closer to those whose bones and blood have brought me here.  I get to listen to the grandmother’s song inside me. Awakening. 

* * * 

I have never met my grandmothers.  This is a loss I cannot explain and do not have words for. I hear stories that my many siblings tell.  The red nails. The red lips. The not a lick of English. The way heels clicked across the hardwood floors. Ruffled aprons and housecoats..  Homemade provisions. 6 layer high birthday cakes. Shrines to the mother everywhere. The tell me stories in soundbytes and memories.

But I never knew them. I never knew the smell of their clothes.  The loose skin around their elbows.  The inflections in their voices.  I never knew the love of a mother who gave birth to my mother. Or who held me in her own womb when I was a fully formed egg in my mothers growing body.

There is a hole in my heart. I won’t lie. It’s a gap in my story.

I always wanted a grandmother.

A grandma.  To love me. To spoil me.  To teach me the ways of the Old Country. 

I feel like knowing them would have helped me figure out along the way who I am. Why I am the way I am.  There is a story missing from my blood that holds the key to mystery.  Who were these women? Who were the ones that came before them? Before them? Who did they sing songs to? What did they stir over the fire? How did they heal? Why did they flee? Who did they leave behind? 

My oldest daughter is arriving closer to the time of her own blood. Her own moon. She steps into the spiral that leads her to womanhood and I want to give her ancestry.  I want to give her stories.  I will pull them from behind me so she can carry on the magic pass it on. And on. And on. These stories will continue to heal. 

As the daughter of first generations who were trained very well to let go of the Old Country and embrace La Merica with pride, the stories of my blood got very lost, hidden, silenced.  I always felt I carried the unbearable weight of not knowing. 

I wanted to know. Something. I didn’t even know what I wanted to know.

But I knew there was something looking for me. And I was looking for it.  We are looking for each other. 

One time I went to a psychic or medium or whatever you want to call them and it was when I was really ‘in it’ with the baby/breastfeeding years.  And she said: You have a very strong line of women behind you.  Some of them are your bloodline.  Some of them are your lifeline. But they are there. And they want you to know them.  They want you to hear the songs they are singing to you and your children.  These are your grandmothers.  And you are meant to work with them.

This is the work of our blood, the bones and land and water of where we come from. This matters. It does.  Even if we have to make it up.  Even if we to re-tell the stories.  These stories matter.

We all need the grandmothers.

The grandmothers want to be heard.

The grandmothers are the ones who are guiding us into our new state of being. Of living. Of honoring the moon, and the daughters, of ourselves, and of our wombs. The Earth.

This is something I believe in fully.

I believe now is the time.

* * *

When I decided that honoring the roots, creating future roots, was very important to me, I began to learn everything I could about the land my grandmother’s were born on.  One on a mystery Island and the other against the Baltic sea.  These places held unseen treasures and scrolls and temples of stories and myth and uprising and family.  But it was all left behind for a new and better world.

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Instead of relying on the real thing, because there really isn’t a real thing-  {the story of the grandmothers of our bones is infinite and constantly flexible} - I just dove into myth.  I dove into how I felt.  All the reasons I am who I am because of the women before me.  I told myself stories of their lives as young girls, as lovers, as birthing mothers.  I tried to transport myself to their original soil by devouring every ounce of Sicilian {which involves Syrian, Greek, African and Egyptian} as well as Lithuanian/Polish history that I could find.  Myths, tales, legends, trade routes, foods, riots, religions, every last bit of it.  We have all been colonized.  We have all lost our roots, the anchoring into the Original Medicine we were promised was taken from us.  We have all been stolen from and the ways of the grandmother have been appropriated, bought, sold, and re-told as lies or else hidden so far underground and the tools are unknown. But not really. We have them. We are the tools to unearth the healing.

We are here to tell the stories of the unheard.  To be a voice for the pilgrimage of the righteous feminine that came before us.  We are the ones the Grandmothers have been waiting for.  We are the ones that are on the journey of becoming grandmothers ourselves.  How will we hold that space?  We must heal and learn from the roots before us.  This blood holds great wisdom.

* * *

The joto {a term from the African continent, that I feel speaks so well to this} is a layer of spiritual intelligence handed down from ancestors to us.  The joto is like the guardian spirit of the person living, tapping into the bones and blood of what has come before.  I believe that ancestor reverence, especially for the feminine bloodline, holds an important place for the future of our new belief systems and for the birthing a new world into being, a world that heals the earth and heals our wombs, a world so good that we know it can be true.

I believe that working with our bloodlines, our motherlines {and fatherlines} is crucial for releasing the karma of what we hold that is not ours as well as for tapping into the most powerful, protective and healing magic that is ours.

Working with Grandmother energy is learning to work with what is existing at another level.  We ask both for their guidance and help them release anything they carry so they can move into infinite bliss, communicate with clarity, and enjoy the re-birthing process. We can actually play a part in calling something ancient into a new being. Allowing the release into the great cosmic ash.

And more than anything, we tap into the feminine at levels beyond the physical, but that once were physical.  Our grandmother line may indeed be the blood that still courses in our bodies, but it may be blood from other sources, it may not be genetically familial to us.   But does it matter? We are all related, we are all relations, we are all connected- through the moon + the womb. Don’t get stuck on whose blood is guiding you.  We are One Blood.

Work on reconnecting the roots and aligning yourself with The Grandmothers who are ready to help us help ourselves heal the world ::


|| Altar creating || {very simple}

The Light of The Grandmother


Using a small or large space, trace a circle and in the center place a photo of a grandmother, an elder, a wise women that you long to tap into, to listen to, to speak with, to find wisdom from.  You can form a true circle around the photos with rocks or other material, or you can keep it energetic.

On the four corners give offerings in alignment with their culture.  Find out their drinks, their food, their soil, their elements.  This may be the same as your own blood, but maybe you are pulled to another type of grandmother-line.  Spend time at this altar and kneel in front of it, close your eyes, and breathe.  Listen. Listen. Listen. 

It is that simple.  This is your space of ancestry work.  You can always get more elaborate.  {If you want to find our more you can sign up for my newsletter at marybethbonfiglio.com to continue to learning more involved altars and ritual around this work}


|| Writing + Living Roots ||


*Make a list of all the deceased women in your family that you can remember by name.  This list can also be included on your Light Of The Grandmother altar.

*Make a list of deceased women that you honor and respect, that you feel are teachers to you, regardless if related to you.  Add these to your altar as well.

*Write down any stories or memories that you have been told or heard about your motherlines {your motherlines also includes your father’s motherline}

*Find elders that you feel a connection with.  Interview them. They may be family members or maybe they are not.  Listen to these stories as wisdom of the bones.

*Tell your daughter a story about the wise women in you life, a story of a grandmother or an aunt, or a relation.  Or find a story from your culture {or beyond} and share it with your daughter or with a child, relation or not. 

*Spend time writing stories about the things in your space.  Where do some pieces you hold and display come from? What are their stories? Tell the stories about the women who may or may not be connected to each piece.  I am talking art, decor, clothes, nature outside.  This is a creative writing endeavor, there is no right or wrong.  Write poetry about what is around you and connect it all to the great mothers.

*Write a story about a women who is spiritually with you.  You may know her.  You may not.  But you feel her.  Who is she? Give her a name.  Give her a purpose.  Give her your time and your honor. 


May you and your relations always communicate in peace and honor.  May the bloodlines be healed.  May you find your motherline teachers. May the moon be revered.  May the waters be respected.  May the Earth be given more life.  May the Grandmothers be heard.  Blessed will it all be.


MaryBeth Bonfiglio

writer. mother. speaker. creator. 

 amulet co-publisher. earth-trained herbalist. ancestry schooled tarot reader. co-host of a podcast about love.

 

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FROM MOONRISE|13 :: THE DANCE - BUILDING RESILIENCE

 Our New Hampshire New Moon Temple, August

Our New Hampshire New Moon Temple, August

"Abandon any hope of fruition." 

- 1 of 59 lojong, or mind-training slogans from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition {passage meditations!}, from the gold deck above.

"The key instruction is to stay in the present. Don't get caught up in hopes of what you'll achieve and how good your situation will be some day in the future. What you do right now is what matters." - Pema Chodron

 

We-ellllll. Then what the fuck are we doing here?

 

WE ARE DANCING. IN THE GAP. BUILDING RESILIENCE.

I can't possibly count how many initiatives I've seen fall flat after a single broken agreement. How many movements die over missed expectations along the way. How much pain & suffering is carried - for decades - over desires for one way, when life went just 2 degrees astray. I can't possibly count how much has been lost over perceived failures, resignation, & self-abandonment. 

And how many times I've seen non-attachment, release, commitment, & compassion lead to true triumphs of the human spirit.

These moments, these qualities of the Eternal, purify your container.  They are available always, at any moment. They are prayers. They are nouns. They are verbs.

Speak them. Do them. Hold them.

 

SO IN MOONRISE|13 WE ARE DANCING.

{non-attachment. release. commitment. compassion.}

Between stories :: ancient, archetypal, & ongoing.

Between our fierce desires & real life disappointments. 

Between our vision & the daily urgencies that supersede our knowing.

Between drive, expectations & inspired, open, options.

Between the ancestors, dreaming thru us. Earth, dreaming thru us. The Eternal, dreaming thru us, & the raw, real smack of real life having it's way with us.

Between our privileges and the loss of connection to the Whole.

Between what you've already created, and what you're about to blow up. Make real. And take down.

 

THERE IS CLARITY, POWER & VELOCITY IN NON-ATTACHMENT.

If there is anything worth mastering, worth playing with, worth delighting in, it's being with the mystery of the dance.

Yes. More spiraling. In and out. From here, to there. Running from one end of the carousel, & back again.

We are creating clear, precise, measurable futures to give us a present container that's been attended-to, loved, and adorned. Then the Eternal does it's thing, & it's not exactly as we planned it. Do we stay On Purpose? Well, of course.

So we are talking about floating in an awareness that has humility. 

We are talking about purposeful doing with a measure of dignity.

We are talking about being in the middle, and being On Path. On Purpose. 

So we offer up our dance, the mystery, the attachment, the clarity, & a solid degree of separation from our deepest longings to the Eternal. That's who owns it, anyways. 

 

And never working in a vacuum, we fill up with community. Because it's our companions On Path that make livelihood bright. 

 

On August 22, we met the 1st Quarter Moon -

"I MATCH MY MIND, MY HANDS, MY VOICE TO MY HEART."

On August 26, we are at the Gibbous Moon - 

"I DANCE IN PURPOSE AND NON-ATTACHMENT.  I SURROUND MYSELF WITH BELOVEDS WHO GET IT."

We are moving, now into the light of the Full Moon, August 29 -

"I ACCEPT THE GIFTS. I SWIM IN SELF-COMPASSION. I SEE WHAT'S NEEDED AND I PLAY WITH WHAT I HAVE."

 

Make a list of your attachments. A nice, (maybe long) honest list. Even if you have already done the work. Even if you have released the ages. Even then. The new ones. The current attachments that just must be, have to be, need to be.

Consider what it would look like to have a degree of separation. How can you create a little more space? 

And. Who are your dancing companions?

xx, Maya

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KRISTINA WINGEIER :: CULTIVATING A PERSONAL PRACTICE 1/13

Hello beautiful Soul!

Showing up for Spirit: Cultivating a Personal Practice is my offering to you. Over the next 12 new moons, I will be sharing different tools that you can use to create your own spiritual practice - one that is both nourishing and adaptable to your ever-changing needs. 

To me, spiritual practice is really like a love note from myself to the universe and from the universe to me. It's a mutual admiration society.

I think it is important to remember that there are no rules or "shoulds" when it comes to spiritual practice. For one person a fulfilling practice might be meditating for an hour each day. For another it might be as simple as lighting a candle, or listening to birdsong. 

The common thread in all spiritual practice is the intention to connect with the sacred. Honestly, there really is nothing you need to do because you are sacred exactly as you are… however… it can be nice to learn about and play with different tools and techniques that support you in creating a conscious container that honors your connection with Spirit. 

May this offering be a light on the path and bring joy to your heart.

 

Grounding & Clearing

Over the next three moons we will be exploring different ways to Create a Sacred Container. With moon 1, we begin at the beginning - with the most basic and fundamental practices for connecting with Spirit: Grounding and Clearing.

 

Grounding 

Grounding connects you to the energy of the earth and brings you into the present moment. Being grounded is the opposite of being frazzled or spaced out. Grounding is presence.

We spend a lot of times in our minds; unless you are an athlete or involve in physical activities, it is quite easy to become disembodied. Even during physical activity, if it is physical movement that you have done repeatedly, you can get caught up in mind chatter and not even be aware of what your body is doing.

Taking some time to tune into your body and your physical environment at the beginning of your practice, or any time of the day for that matter, brings you home and makes you more receptive to the sacred. Receiving the healing, life-force energy from the earth offers you peace and stability in the moment.

Try this: Go outside and stand on the earth barefoot. If it isn't possible to take off your shoes, you can put your hands on the earth. You can also kneel on the ground and touch the earth with your forehead - especially if you are feeling a lot of mental energy in your brain, this can be a nice way of bringing yourself "down to earth”. 

While grounding outside will give you an easy and immediate connection to the earth, depending on your circumstances it isn’t always an easy option. No matter where you are it is easy to root yourself to the earth by listening to the Grounding Cord Visualization or Short Grounding Meditation

 

Other ways to ground include:

  • yoga or stretching, tai chi or qigong
  • sit in a garden or go a park
  • lay you body down on the earth - take a nap or spend the night!
  • bring crystals and other stones into your environment- on your desk, in your car, in your pockets, tucked in your bra…
  • toning or sounding
  • drumming or rattling
  • putting essential oils on the bottoms of your feet {vetiver is lovely}

 

Clearing

Clearing is a way to move stagnant energies from both your body/mind, your energyfield and the physical space. When you clear the energy it is like you are wiping the slate clean on an energetic level - purifying and removing any energy that isn't in your highest and best by opening up your channels and removing the psychic dust.

Clearing, like grounding, brings presence - the most important ingredient in any spiritual practice. Clearing allows you to come to your spiritual practice with a blank canvas. Grounding is actually a form of clearing your energy, because the earth energy is naturally detoxifying.

My favorite way of clearing is smudging. This is when you burn a dried plant in order to use the smoke from the plant to cleanse and purify the environment.  The smoke breaks open the stagnant energy and the aroma of the plant has cleansing properties in it. 

Plants I use to smudge include white sage, sagebrush, palo santo, copal, juniper, cedar, sweetgrass and mugwort. If smoke does not agree with you you can use a spray smudge where essential oils from plants are added to water.                                         

Clearing is just as important as grounding for me - especially after an argument or any kind of tense, stressful situations.  At home, burning white sage is my go-to tool for shifting the energy in the house. If I don’t have access to smudging plants or sprays, I usually clear my field by getting fresh air or visualize cleansing light moving through my body.

 

Other ways to clear include:

  • open windows and/or doors
  • light incense 
  • use singing bowl/gong/bells
  • light a beeswax candle
  • turn on a salt lamp
  • take a shower or bath (add epsom or sea salt to your bath for extra cleansing)
  • close your eyes and imagine light coming in through the top of your head and spreading through your body… use whatever color feels right in the moment)
  • clapping, rattling, drumming

 

I hope these tools, whether they are old friends or new ones, will assist you in bringing clarity into the present moment, the very best place to grow your spiritual practice. 

Kristina

 

Next up: Moon 2 | New Moon in Virgo :: Altars :: Creating a Gathering Place


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Kristina Wingeier is a Lunar Mystic, Soul Counselor, and Intuitive Healer. Her services include: Soul Counsel Depth CoachingIntuitive Tarot Readings, and The Conscious Empath Sessions: Re-Patterning Energetic BoundariesHer e-course, The Conscious Empath // Foundation Sessions begins with the New Moon in Aquarius, 2/8/16. Find out more information and/or sign up HERE.

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LEIGH STEELE :: ANOINTING OILS ::

Anointing with oils is a sacred, timeless tradition that beautifully pairs with everyday rituals as well as significant rites of passages.

While essential oils have gained popularity in the recent years, I am a true blue fan of infused oils.  Not only are infused oils environmentally easy on the earth, but they are simple and inexpensive to craft.  Young and old alike can create beautiful anointing oil combinations with wildcrafted and homegrown herbs and plants.    However, essential oils do offer diverse options for plants that may not necessarily be available locally.   

Infused oils simply consist of filling a glass jar with your choice of beautiful medicinal or fragrant flower petals and/or herbs.  Then, pour a quality carrier oil over the plant material until it fills to the top of the jar.   Seal tightly, store in a cool and dark spot, and wait anywhere from two to four weeks.   Once your plants have infused in the oil, you can use a cheesecloth to strain out the plant material and you will be left with healing infused oils.   Examples of carrier oils are jojoba oil (my favorite, as it doesn't go rancid), almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, rosehip oil, sunflower oil, etc.

Once you've decided on your set of infused or essential oils, experiment with the endless combinations of aromas.    You can create scents that are spicy, floral, sexy, bright, flirty, calming, woodsy, citrus, and fresh.

 

Here are a few simple recipes using both types of oils.  For these recipes, I use a .35 oz roller bottle and fill it almost to the top with carrier oil.  Roller bottles are a convenient way to utilize anointing oils as they travel easily and are less messy.   I also enjoy occasionally writing invisible words or phrases on my body with oils, which is a beautiful and powerful way to affirm love for your body and spirit.

 

Spirit Temple Anointing Oil
(A deep, smoky aroma with a hint of floral that invokes the Sacred)

  • Carrier Oil (which can also be an infused oil)

  • 2 drops of Jasmine EO

  • 2 drops of Sandalwood EO

  • 1 drop of Patchouli EO

RejuveMind Anointing Oil
(A bright and calming aroma that awakens the body and soul)

  • Carrier Oil (which can also be an infused oil)

  • 2 drops of Orange EO

  • 1 drop of Frankincense EO

  • 1 drop of Peppermint EO

Botanical Beauty Infused Anointing Oil
(A lovely, soft floral aroma with a bit of grounding from the Rosemary to shower gentle love and compassion for your body and heart).  Experiment with the amounts of each oil you add to suit your unique needs and preferences.

  • 1/2 a roller bottle full of Geranium or Rose infused oil

  • 1/4 a roller bottle full of Jasmine infused oil

  • 1/8 a roller bottle full of Chamomile infused oil

  • 1/8 a roller bottle full of Rosemary infused oil

LEIGH STEELE IS CO-AUTHOR OF POSTPARTUM ELATION (2016). A BIRTH DOULA, BIRTH CONSULTANT, AND FOLK BOTANICAL CRAFTER. HER MISSION IS TO HOLISTICALLY SUPPORT WOMEN ON THE PATH OF PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND POSTPARTUM. LEIGH ADVOCATES FOR THE DIVERSE CHOICES WOMEN HAVE SURROUNDING FERTILITY, MOTHERHOOD, AND PARTNERSHIP AND FINDS HER DEEPEST SPIRITUAL CONNECTION THROUGH THIS FORM OF SERVITUDE.  HER HEART HAS BEEN EXPANDED BY HER FOUR CHILDREN AND THIS BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE LIFE FULL OF DESERT SUNSHINE, (MOSTLY) WELCOME CHAOS, AND EVERYDAY ADVENTURES. 

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A RITUAL FOR RELEASING INTO THE WATERS

THE DISTILLED ASTROLOGY. RELEASING RESISTANCE. USING SPRING TIDES TO MAGNIFY THE LUNAR PHASE. 

 

It's my birthday. {yay!}
So I'm tripling up the release of this rare, blue moon with a kayak to The Witches, a sunken island with so many epic, underwater boulders that tell me *They Know.* I can feel it as I glide over them. Let me come back to that.

Everyday my difficult practice, my submerge, is hard. I've begun looking closer at it. It's not actually cold once I'm in the water. There is a second of freeze, but I can't tell if it's even real. It's much colder, for longer, when I get out. THERE IS ALWAYS BLISS ONCE I'M IN. And power.  I'm thinking it's  The Flinch. Please download this ebook, take a read, and let us know what you think in the comments. This is where most of us get stopped, regardless of our edge. When I move thru it, I release it to the past. Somedays I just don't.

THE WITCHES.
quartz-amethyst-zinc-socialite-granite-gold {their granddaughters, above}

They Know what's happened on this land. They know we dance revolutions in our hearts | fight revolution in our communities, as we spin revolutions on this Earth.

They Know me when I was 20 and flew here after shutting down the shop & selling his Rolex to have $5000 to last us for eternity.

They Know me when I'm 24 with our first baby and he says I can't handle the pressure of family & wanna bolt & I kick him out of the cabin until he gets his act together. 

They Know me at 38 when my plates spin rainbows before me. And I am dizzy.

They Know when we fall into the waters and are in over our heads. When we are saved. When something dies there.

They Know when we lift our chests to the sky and breathe oxygen into our hearts and feel like we've just opened shutters to our cells and know we can start anew.

They Know who was here before, the Abenaki, & what is lost. 

They Know the vibrations of languages gone (here, Sokoki), and the nuances of culture hidden in those languages.

I am going to glide over them, with my *list of broken things I don't need.* They will swallow them whole and I will work, stroke, & smile my way home. Free.

The last time we did this, D & I together, it rained, hard, on the way back. Bald Eagle & her mate circled the skies, flying at each other, tumbling, claws-locked, releasing, again, and again, and again for hours. They had built a life together, and after decades, were still hot, still bothered, still fighting it out -for each other- in their skies. Salty tears mixed with rain & lake water, flying off our paddles.

 

My prayer for us all, this Full, Blue Moon:

May we be this IN. May we find ease in commitment, and partner with the work coming thru. May our ancestors' dreams know their truth in our ways. May right livelihood find her way into our hands, every single day. May it fill us up to overflowing. May we know plenty as enough. May  partnership feel it's way into our hearts, and our work be liberating.  May we know joy as peacemaking. May our art, our voice, our dinner with friends be peacemaking. May we be this guided. May we be this wowed. 
 

A Passage Meditation:

Honoring you, my brothers and sisters. 
I make peace with this land, and all that has happened here.

 

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BLUE MOON IN AQUARIUS.

Aquarius is the Water Bearer. And the even-keeled bringer of practical magic. I don't know how it's been for you, but the last two days were hard on my heart as a mother. There is an astral circus in my sign. I've gotten so many texts from those feeling hurt & hardened on many levels. The blessings are many, and  the meanings too much.  And yet Aquarians are pragmatic. They say, handle your shit, with a kind of cool, clear love. They know we have *enough* for the Way.

So make your list. Of what's been broken. What's no longer needed. What's done. What's over. What's not working. What's already sinking as you float towards the surface.

PERSONALLY. SYSTEMICALLY. GLOBALLY.

And let water do the work.

 

~Write it out in watercolor pencil. Wash your face, cleanse your hands over the words. 

~Bring her to the river. Kiss it all goodbye.

~Make a puddle. Let your mystic children stomp & slide.

~Take a pencil to tissue & flush it down. And out.

 

And finally fill a glass jar with clean water. Add crystals. Tape a prayer to the sides. Lay it over an image of your favorite flower. Leave it out tonight. Sip over the spring tides, over this next 7 days.

 

Depending on your location, the spring tides take place a bit before and the week following Full Moon & New Moon. At this time Earth lies directly between Sun + Moon, creating a double-tide, with extreme highs and extreme lows. And so it is with us. Take good care, and let it work for you.

xx, Maya

 

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::: Meet our starskeeper, grounded in Spirit, culture, activism, and deep family :::

Mi nombre es Ariana. I was seduced by the science of synchronicity so I became a psychological astrologer. Ancient seafarers navigated the sea by the stars; I use them to access intuitive strategy for navigating in your sphere & anchoring in storms. For sea-nymphs & seafarers ready to reign.

 

THE DISTILLED ASTROLOGY

With Full Moons, feelings become the focal point. Our comfort zones, our relationships, our needs, what we mean when we say “home”, the climax of what was into what is. Aquarian energy is the brilliance of intentional detachment and objectivity. Heightened awareness is craved but not always convenient or conventional. This Full Moon is a contradictory combo that can open access to unequivocal freedom. The Freedom of no attachment to what isn’t on your high vibe.

Sometimes this translates as a series of rude awakenings. This may mean the release of a reality based on your perceptions and expectations. Release is a Full Moon word. And it sometimes looks like rebellion. Aquarius often gets the reputation of rebel, but they are never without a cause. They are all about cause. When the climax comes, center in this. Your Vision. Your version of the Future. 

~Ariana

 

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