Happy Fall Equinox and Full moon. It’s a dandy isn’t it??
The energies are shifting after a busy, active, action based summer and our feminine souls are craving soul food, we are ravenous for soul nourishment. I personally am at a place of starvation in the soul department… hungry for a shift into softness, gentleness and ease.
Our feminine natures are howling at us to return to the darkness and caves of our inner selves. Our Wild feminine souls are waiting for us at the inner fire of sacred stillness, silence and retreat. Magic dust is in the fire waiting for us to simply sit and inhale the wonder and depths of the inner soils of oneself.
I have been so busy and active that I have lost my balance. I feel stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. And yet The Equinox calls for balance between light and dark… day and night, the physical and the spiritual.
I need more soul time, more stillness, more space for deep inner reflection and soulful contemplation.
The reality is I need to create space and sacred moments in my day for this to occur. Even if it’s ten minutes or two, the point is nourishment.
It is a time of making an offering to our souls by doing what nurtures the Inner Self. This is a Sacred Act, a Sacred offering to the Divine within ourselves.
So on this lovely Equinox begin the soul offering with some sacred time and space. Light some candles and listen to a mediation, journal, contemplate, converse with your soul and at the sacred fire within. Begin to nurture the inner self with some sort of ritual that is nurturing to thy self. Perhaps it’s a bath or a cool brisk walk in the fall foliage.
Take some deep breaths and find yourself at a fire in a dark cave with your feminine wild soul right beside you. Notice what she looks like and how hungry she appears. Offer her some food and sustenance. Giver her some water, wrap her in a blanket and tend to that inner self. Simply offer your presence and see if you can gently shape shift into her, become that inner self. Feel the aliveness and energy. Ask yourself what you need for nourishment and aliveness? Perhaps you will notice that you are doing an action or an image appears in the fire or perhaps there is simply an inner knowing. When you feel ready shift back in that outer consciousness beside your soul. Lay down a red blanket and some rocks at the fire where you sat as a sacred offering. Let your soul know you shall return with an embrace. Before you go you give her a gift, an offering, what do you notice it is. Feel how full it makes her feel. Say your goodbyes and leave the cave back into the present time.
Journal your findings if you wish. Feel the feeling of fullness spread and expand in your body, all the way into you fingertips and heart.
Have a cup of tea, light some candles and enjoy the rest of this sacred night .
Aho! And so it is 🙂
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Tonight marks the Dark Moon, well the last of it anyways as we start a New Moon cycle in a couple of days. This past month has been an emotional one, at times heavy and dark, and other times inspired and refreshing. It felt like we were navigating through dark tunnels trusting that at the end there would be light. However at times we’d grow tired of the dark or worry we wouldn’t find the end where the light was shining. And yet here we are arriving at the light, the end of the tunnel within steps.
This month I did a lot of cleaning, pondering, changing of the guard in my internal process. I had to teeter totter on lots of unknowns and usually I’d panic and assume or expect the worst. But this time, this month I changed my ways and told myself to expect the best, to envision everything working out. I felt calmer and more steady in the process and that has been a huge gift in and of itself. I followed my body’s lead and boundaries knowing it could mean everything I was building could collapse. It meant risking the outside creations that were coming my way and usually I’d just form into what was expected. But I can’t do that anymore and so I simply went inward and got to know my limits and set the boundaries to honour them and to trust this was the Divine way and path. I am risking a job doing this but it is my wellness on the line and it is me voicing what I can and can’t do for the first time ever. Id usually exist past my limits in my old life and keep going until collapse or illness. My struggle with my health and blood is really about me voicing and honouring my body and my limits and living in accordance with them, that is what I have learned. The superwoman cape is laid to rest. The real authentic version is on display.
This month too I cleaned out cabinets, files, and just crap that I had to let go. I rearranged furniture and smudged the bejesus out of my house, calling in new energy and clearing out the old mucky waters of fear or doubt.
So as we prepare for a new moon cycle let us lay to rest the old ways, the old patterns, the old negativity, the doubt, the fear, the doom… even the stuckness! Say goodbye.
DARK MOON SIMPLE RITUAL
So tonight we honor the old, we lay it to rest. We take some moments alone, in silence, in retreat, in reflection and we hold the past, the loss, the end of era in our hands. Maybe it’s an ending of a relationship or job, doubt, dead, uncertainty or whatever, we simply lay it to rest. If you can grab a stone and write on it that which you wish to bury, to honor it’s death and ending. Bury the stone into the Earth Mother under the dark moon sky and say your last and final good-byes.
Maybe you want to write a good-bye letter or simply say some words in your mind or out loud.
This clearing, this ending is prepping us for the new life, new energy that lies ahead.
For me it’s my old life. It’s never coming back and I can come to accept that so the new one I’ve been trying on can fully blossom. I don’t have to reach backwards anymore, clinging onto something that I can’t find.
Let’s clear the waters for the New Moon tomorrow.
And so it is 🙂
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This month has been an interesting time. I’ve been trying to get back to work after a lengthy illness, one that I still live with.
It’s been a time of interesting learning and re-setting and sometimes re-stumbling into old patterns. My old way is full – speed ahead until I collapse. And truthfully I’ve kinda been doing that with this return to work.
I want to jump back in just like I used operate and live and I rushed in full force…and just like that my wise body halted me in my tracks with eruptions of cold sores and emergency visits. I’ve been forced to re-evaluate the pace and really accept the old way will never return and a new way, a new road, a new pace must be created.
The original illness tells me it emerged so I’d be forced to live with limits and boundaries. I didn’t have the power or respect for my body to listen, I didn’t have the strength or voice to express my needs and the illness was thus birthed into my life to teach me about my voicing. If I push too hard it flares. If the pace is too fast it slows me. As I’ve learned to live with it, it asks me for respect of what my body needs so it doesn’t need to rear its ugly head, screaming and reminding me of original agreement of a steadier slower more realistic pace of living…a life lived with using my voice and expressing my needs in whatever form they are.
This is hard to do in “the real world” I’ve discovered. It’s been hard to say… “I can’t do that much” and risk my job or my position. It’s hard to follow my bodies lead. My inner perfectionist wants to do 100% all the time and prove what I can do. But it’s kinda a bullshit gig because it’s not long standing.
My mind gets fearful I’ll end up in trouble or moved into a different role or office. And yet a part of me deep in my depths knows that when you follow your wise body, you are following Spirit. And when you’re following Spirit, you are always brought and lead to where you need to be. I know deep down somehow I’ll end up exactly where I need to be, doing exactly what I need, even though I know not what that is in this moment.
What I know is this.. I MUST follow the pace of my body and not the expectations of others or the fast paced world that has come to be. I struggle sometimes in knowing how or perhaps being brave enough to say that I can’t be super mom and woman and work full time and have my own interests, a marriage, a home to tend to, a life of beauty and joy I want to experience and not feel overwhelmed by. I can’t maintain the pace I used to.
I want to create a new pace in my reality and I am choosing to be brave enough to express my limits. I am not going to push beyond what I can and into collapse like I used to. I am changing the tempo and pace, I am listening to the needs of my body and following Her lead as though it was the most Sacred of acts I could ever do. I know deep down in my bones it is necessary for my health and survival. I know my body would and could up the anti if I do not listen.
I often feel my learning in this lifetime is one of un-learning. It’s risking walking to the beat of my own heart and soul and being different in a fast paced, production centered world . My heart and soul want balance and beauty and beingness mixed in with the doing. I want to live honouring both the masculine AND the Feminine in my everyday life and this is where my courage is being called. Can I do less and be ok with it? Can I change the unrealistic status quo and do what is healthy for me and maintain my sense of value and worth in the process .
My sense of success isn’t in achieving necessarily, it’s in exploring how one can maintain health and balance in oneself and in relationships while creating and achieving. It’s really living a life with the masculine and feminine in a passionate dance, a love duo on the dance floor of life.
So here’s to the tango of our lives 😘
Just felt like doing a little processing on the page… you all experiencing similar explorations at this unique celestial time ?
This full moon the energy feels alive, electric, vibrational and active. It feels like a very masculine energy, a time when we are extremely busy… the pulse, the beat, the tempo is very fast paced and quick. There’s a lot of energy output going on as we work on manifestation, creating, doing and growing during this time and season.
And yet the words “feminine root” ( from the book Wild Feminine) is circling my busy aura, as though the energy is calling for my attention like a screaming bird in the sky.
I know I need to balance the busy masculine energy with tender, juicy, slower paced , alive, wild feminine connection. It’s tenderness and savouring of the radiant colours and experiences of summer life. My schedule feels so busy yet the need to pause and find stillness even for ten minutes feels necessary as though I need it to keep breathing.
This moon and Mars retrograde asks us to evaluate our schedules and energies. Are we balancing the feminine and masculine or at least honouring both aspects of our souls even though we may be lingering in the masculine elements at this energetic time. Are we still paying homage to the feminine ?
We need to root into our feminine natures when they are calling us home. It’s in this root that we are refuelled and filled with life force energy. It’s where our aliveness is tasted and swallowed so our connection to our own feminine wild soul is felt and experienced. It’s a place of conversing with Spirit, our guides, our ancestors and even the moon and stars so the magic and purpose of life is restored and refocused. It’s a slight, calm magical pulse of aliveness. A beautiful calm and alive contradiction.
So on this full moon the Grandmothers ask us to harness our energies that are grand and wide like a roaring fire and find the calm centre epicentre of the burning. Be the wood logs, be the air in the fire, or the blue in the flames and find the calm in the busy, dancing roar.
Read a book, journal, sit by a fire, do a feminine yoga like Yin or Restorative yoga and balance the energies. Take a Sacred pause. Stillness and contemplation are being called of us right now in brief moments amid the flaming busy energy of our lives.
Here are some journal questions for self reflection and connection during this lovely full moon. Sit by fire or light a candle. Brew some tea or summer juice and light an incense or two. Breath in the radiant full moon aliveness. Inhale the moon beams and let its magic and sparkle radiate in your cells.
1). What are you most happy and grateful for in your life right now.
2) put in a timer for five minutes and don’t lift your pen until the timer goes off. Just write what comes…. “I would love…”.
3) Imagine Grandmother Moon to become some sort of being… a person, animal, plant or element and invite her sit with you by the moon lit waters edge in your minds eye. Notice the gentle warm breeze and the burning fire. Lay a blanket for her and ask her a question, challenge or struggle you’d like guidance on. Give her an offering such as food or a gift like a necklace or bracelet. Perhaps it’s a stone. What does grandmother moon look like in form ? Just sit with this lovely energy and let her presence calm you. Let her answer you and give you guidance to your question. When you receive her words tell her thank you and ask if you can meet again. Imagine her returning to the moon on a moon beam when you are done and gently return to the present. Journal about your experiences.
Happy full moon friends xo Crystal
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Chaos to calm, getting centered, finding clarity through confusion, learning, process, messages from the struggle, finding one’s way to calm and peace through the storm.
These are words that come to mind right now. It feels like a volcanic time with lots of emotional eruptions and loss of self or loss of centering. It’s a time of chaos and overwhelm to make us root back down into our selves. It’s a time of cleansing and purification, a deep learning about oneself through challenges and struggles.
I feel held and weighed down by overwhelm and I’ve let it consume me. The amount of energy coming at me has enveloped me and I’ve lost my way, I’ve lost my centre, my calm, my rooted stance. So I step back and take up more space than the chaos. I create even more space between me and the chaos and stand calmly at the centre of the storm as it swirls around me like wretched grey storm clouds spiralling in the winds. I don’t get pulled in, I just witness and stay calm, trusting that I will not get pulled in as I stand firmly in my strength and power. (Or at least remind myself over and over to go to the centre and find the calm).
I have been a ball of anxiety lately and as I sat with my anxiety I let it it become a being or a symbol. I let it speak to me as though it were it’s own energetic being. It showed up as a punk angry teenager with slicked, greasy hair, ripped jeans and a leather jacket… and it/he let me have it. It told me how angry he was and how I need to call my power and strength back rather than let it leak all over the place and move into chaos and overwhelm. It asked for structure and organization, a map for my energy. As I let its’ needs spew onto the page the heaviness lessened. I imagined walking into the overwhelm as my strongest self and allowed myself to envision an image of my inner warrior Queen. I’m wearing red, flowing clothes (for grounding I imagine ) and have diamond jewelled bindis between and above my eye browns. I’m tall and fierce and wear a head wrap around my hair. My stance is linear and majestic. I imagine being this Self with my eyes closed and allow that energy to spread and expand into my body, feeling the energy of my inner warrior Queen ooze into my blood vessels and pump throughout my body. I savour the breaths of this energy.
I stand and breathe in this place and invite you to do the same. Invite your struggles to speak to you. Close your eyes and imagine your challenge were a being. What does it look like? Old or young? Male, female, animal or nature? What colours or unique qualities do you notice. Let it tell you what it is trying to say through your body… perhaps you just want to write for five minutes (timed) and free flow without letting your pen leave the page. Hear your struggle and assure it you will do your part to ease the symptoms .
Call in a feeling of harmony, love, peace, calm, strength or whatever you need and imagine it to be a golden ball of light spreading and expanding through your body. Savour the breaths and breathe it in.
“This current challenge or struggle is here to strengthen you. It is a process of strengthening and learning of heart, body and soul. You are preparing for your “real work ” . This is simply the preparation, so embrace the learning.” ( a message from my guides).
Happy New Moon 😘
Ahhh spring… it’s so close! This time and energy calls for us to organize and clear out some energy so the new can move in. This week I’ve organized files, drawers, cabinets and the like and I tell you it feels good. Garbage bags full of stuff and yuck gone, old clothes moved and given away. New order in file systems and email accounts. This just helps our energy move more freely and easily as we are ready for the new, fresh energy to emerge with spring.
Try some new things, take a new way to work or try a new restaurant. Go about some aspects of your life a little differently than the usual way. Bring in some flowers, open your windows, wear flowery patterns in your clothes 😉 .
Apply for a new job and sign up for a new class. Something new is being called for and lingering in the air waiting to move in. We just need to clear the space and invite it in.
Success and is on its way 🙂 . The new road is getting cleared … this doesn’t mean their won’t be bumps and a hurdle or two… it means there is new coming to form and life . And this is exciting !
So on this new moon make some space and welcome in the new. Clear out those drawers, cupboards, cabinets and files and free yourself of the heavy and stuck old stuff. Bring in new life … flowers to your table, bright colours in your home or on your clothes and dance with the energy of spring and the budding of new life.
And so it is my friends
Happy full, blood, blue moon and eclipse !!!What a fun celestial event. The energies have felt stuck lately, in a rut, inertia like. But this full moon helps get the momentum going, a monumental energetic shift occurs at this time. I’m ready for it… so ready ! How about you ?
I’ve felt like I’ve been sitting in a sailboat waiting for the wind to move and guide me in a new direction. This full moon releases a gust of wind for us and moves us forward on our journeys.
The last four year cycle has come to a close and I want to shed it…to complete the cycle . It has felt like this itchy wool sweater I’ve been struggling to take off . It was snagged on something and my head and arms have been caught. I’ve been stuck and struggling to get it over and off my head. But this full moon feels like the sweater is off and the cycle complete but a new beginning emerges with this glorious full moon energy.
This energy helps move us forward towards new goals, new forms, new relationships and experiences. And it’s exciting !
If your like me you’ve been feeling a little disconnected…from Self…from Spirit, even from others. I feel like when I am not connected to my deepest Self it’s almost impossible to be connected to others. I just haven’t made the space to get quiet and feel my soul body, reflect, and visualize. This full moon asks us to recommit to ourselves and or high vision, highest purpose.
I know I need to reconnect to a spiritual community…a sisterhood… a group of like minded people to help keep that spiritual line connected to the cosmos. I need to build my spiritual power and strength and a community can help .
On this full moon take an act of power, take a step towards your goals, try a new challenge, turn the new chapter.
I invite you to try this Moon salutation as part of your Self Connection ritual on this Full Moon. Have an intention… to connect more, to be more active, to be more open…anything.
Happy full blood and blue moon 🙂 here’s a moon salutation practice for you .