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7 Ways to Harness the New Moon & End of the Year Energy.

magic dustIt’s the new moon and the end of the year.   This moon feels like a good one to get organized, ready and focused for the New Year.  Each New Year feels like an energetic fresh and slate and this New Moon is helping us prep for this.  In preparation of the fresh energy ahead, I usually cleanse out the energy of my home and release the energy of the past year.  I let go of things I no longer need, have out grown and make space for new life and new energy to enter because my friends there will be new things coming, change of some sort and we must create space for that.  I know change can be tough but it’s tougher if we fight what is because usually the energy forces its way into our lives drastically if we don’t allow it naturally to unfold, gently and lovingly.  There is a Divine Plan…trust that and the universe, She always has your back 🙂

Here are some ways to prepare the energy in your home and close the energy of this year and celebrate the New Moon as we are in the Capricorn energy.  Let’s get organized…organized…dah… dah… dah… dah…organized…organized…(just what Capricorns love)

  • Clean out your closets.  Go through your clothes and remove all the ones you don’t wear.  Donate what you no longer need.  This goes for your pantry and linen closets as well.  Get rid of old food or spices you no longer use.

 

 

  • Go through your email and clean it up. Delete, delete, delete… what you no longer need!  I recently did this and unsubscribed to a truck load of sites as it was simply clogging up my email accounts.  It was so freeing.  I had 3000 emails, now I have fewer than 50.  I also created folders and categorized and filed emails that I need to hang on to.

 

  • I know, I know it’s kind of the last thing you want to do but cleanse out the old dirt of the year.  Vacuum, wash the floors and if you can allow a fresh breeze of air to flow through your home.  It’s winter here, snow, ice, freezing, but I still open the windows to allow the winter breeze to fly through and cleanse out what is there, even for a few brief moments.

 

  • Clean your entrance and doorway. Wipe the door, wash the floor, re-arrange furniture, put away the pile that gets stored at the entrance.   Sweep out the floor and old energy and allow new energy and prosperity to enter.  You’ll feel the effects instantly!!

 

  • Go through paper work that needs to be filed or thrown out. Get organized. Burn what you no longer need and feel the old releasing in the flames.

 

  • Clean out your purse and wallet. Make sure receipts are not filed in the place you store your money.  That is a no-no.  Do not place bills where money is suppose to flow.

 

  • Remove all your garbage and recycling from your home.  If you’re like us and live in the sticks make a trip to the dump and recycling depot.  If you live in town or city just try and place it outside or garage until it can be picked up but before the New Year.  I even dropped off an old and broken printer at an e- recycling station.  I’ve been meaning to do this for a year!

 

Clearing out the old is so refreshing may you enjoy the new space and energy that comes with releasing and cleansing out the old.  🙂

  • As an additional note, I feel inspired to make a collage of what I want to invite and fell and experience in my life in 2017.  Use some of the holiday cards, words, poems, images, that speak to you and tap into your creativity and allow it to fill you up as we end the energy of the year and start the New Moon cycle.

Now, we are ready to welcome in the energy of 2017.

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Blessings,  joy and clear energy friends🙂

Crystal

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The December Energies Forecast.

sagittariusThis moon/month has shifted into Sagittarian energy.  YES!!!!   There is an energy of personal power at play here.  Many of us having been feeling drained, emotional,  even irritable from the Scorpio Moon cycle. The inner emotional energies have been rattled so you could awaken last moon.  Stagnation, irritation, lack of joy, these are all messengers that arrived at our door step to inform us to flip the page, make a change, take another road.  Get off the poor powerless me stand-point or the frozen in our foot- steps mark and get things a rollin’ again.  You may have spewed out emotion in the form of shrieks or dinosaur size tears…good!  Get that shit out and listen to why it has arrived.

 

I got all fired up at and it turns out.. it was ultimately at myself.  It came out at my hubby but the reality is I haven’t been taking responsibility for my time and my needs and blamed him.  I must be the card holder to my own destiny, my own wants and needs and lay them on the table in my game of life.

 

Many of us will find ourselves in a situation with some sort of irritant, some sort of issue or person bothering us and this moon will shine down and illuminate your power, your voice, your ability for smart planning.  You’ve been irritated to the core, holding on to these intense emotions, unsure what to do with them, where to put them, how to deal with the source of the irritation.  Perhaps like me you’ve remained frozen, unsure what to do or where to step so you’ve made no steps at all.  This moon, this month, will change that.  The centaur (Sagittarius symbol) with his bow and arrow in hand symbolizes for us the need to focus, set your aim and shoot for what you want!  Use your voice, take the step, make an action.

I pulled a Medicine Card from Jamie Sams deck and got the Opossum card.  Here’s what the Opossum wishes to share…

“Opossum medicine uses a great deal of strategy…It has the ability to fight with its claws and teeth, but it rarely uses this form of protection…If opossum has turned up in your cards, you are being asked to use strategy in some present situation.  Rely upon instincts for the best way out of a tight corner…Oftentimes if you refuse to struggle or show that hurtful words bother you, your taunter will see no further fun in the game….Opossum is beckoning you to use your brain, your sense of drama, and surprise – to leap over some barrier to your progress.”

So this month, make concrete, brain powered, logical plans to balance the inward energies stewing.  The masculine and feminine energies must be balanced, united in a sacred marriage.  Make schedules and strategies and see them through.  Commit to them as though your commitment to these schedules or strategies were symbolic to your commitment to your own self-love.  I’ve had my share of struggles with schedules, I feel locked down my them, chained, caged and my freedom loving Sagittarius soil rebels.  However, these schedules are a must for self-love and manifestation, they are not about imprisonment, they are about love for oneself and our own energy.  You are doing this for you, you are organizing your energy, making plans and taking action to move your soul forward and your heart healing onward.  The worlds needs your expressions so harness it and make it happen!

 

Here are some ideas to help move and organize your energy…there’s a clearing occurring.  Clearing space and time…organizing it so there is no wasting those luscious energy strands. It’s moving it out of your body so the anxiety, the restlessness, the overwhelm can dissipate.

Make a weekly schedule for your life.

Make a weekly menu.

Make a regular date with your soul every week, put it on your schedule.

Make daily to- do lists.

Make concrete plans of action of a sacred task at hand waiting for release and completion.

Schedule in time for your interests…yoga, writing, a new class, dance, soup making…anything!

Clean out drawers, donate clothes.

 

And so it is my friends.  Remember you can absolutely feel free to share.  Also I’d be so honored if you FOLLOWED THE BLOG OR THE WOMEN’S TRIBE FACEBOOK PAGE.  🙂

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Aries Full Moon Ritual.

fullmoonoctWell isn’t this an intense filled, possible life changing, soul directing Full Moon?!  It’s been an intense week for me, I’ve dropped to my knees a few times feeling overwhelmed, tired, lost, even confused.  My howling soul is desperately trying to guide me through these feelings and my job is to sit with them. It’s friggen’ tough to sit in overwhelm or the sense of uncertainty.  It feels like the floor is gone and a tornado is destroying my insides.  But I breathe through it and try and tell the feelings I see them, I hear them, I honor them and plop myself beside them.

This is an Aries Full Moon,  Aries is the first sign of the zodiac.  Aries is leader of the pack attitude, a go-getter, action oriented people.  They are independent and like to take orders from themselves, not other people.

This Full Moon energy is fueling our souls need to lead us.  It is howling and ferociously scratching upon us from the inside.  If you’ve been teary, overwhelmed, lost, unsure but yet feel something deep stirring on the inside, this moon has shot its’ moon beams your way.  Try and embrace this, see these struggles as sign posts to dig inwards and find what is lurking at your depths.  What wants to emerge?  What part of you is calling for release into your life?  See your wild soul there and have a conversation with Your Divine Essence.  What is your wild asking of you?  How is She trying to direct you forward to your soul path and soul sustenance?

I pulled a Tarot card for this Full Moon in Aries and got the New Beginnings Major Arcana card.  It traditional decks it is the Fool card.  So fitting.  This is exactly what this moon is igniting in our own soul.

“This card represents that a great new adventure is awaiting you.  It usually shows up when there’s a significant inner change happening within you…Life is constantly trying to nudge and move you forward…During this time don’t be alarmed if you feel lost or even confused.  Most people are afraid of change and play it safe by staying where they are.  Know that through inner guidance, wisdom and a belief in yourself-and by tapping into those tools-you’ll be propelled forward on a positive, life changing path.”  (Adapted from the Psychic Tarot)

This is exactly how I feel unsure of where I’m headed but feel a great need for change, something is brewing, something is stirring.  I’ve been researching farm houses, coffee shops, Etsy stores.  I’m being guided somewhere new but I’m not fully sure where or what that is.  I’m seeing glimpses and allowing the Universal energies to simply lead me, I’m asking to be shown…and sometimes sitting in stagnation helps rattle the energies because we can’t tolerate the stale so we look for what is trying to be shaken loose within us.

Full Moon Ritual

Light some candles, spark up the incense and close your eyes, take some deep, calming breaths.  Return to your calm, soul nourishing place inside.  Maybe it’s a sunset beach or a snow covered mountain. Just let yourself sit there and be there for awhile.  Inhale in the wise and inspiring energies.  Wherever you are allow in image of the new adventure that is calling your energy and wants to take shape come forward.  Allow it to come alive in the soil, or water, or trees, or mountains, or fire…where-ever you are use what is around you for the image to emerge.  See it, maybe there are many facets of it, or just pieces of it, allow what comes, don’t make sense of it, just receive the image or images. Draw or color the image, even a small doodle helps in your journal.  Now let’s ask it some questions.

What is the first step I need to take and focus on right now?

What do you need to tell me?  What can I do to help you manifest in my life?

Where can I find you?

How do I keep stepping towards you?

And so it is my friends.  Happy New Beginnings with this Full Moon!  Yahoooooooooooooooooo.  How exciting if you let it.

 

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A Slew of Harvest Full Moon Rituals.

harvest-moonOmg! Have you seen the glorious, radiant full moon light?  Wowzers!  Beauty She is.  This is a full moon and lunar eclipse in Pisces so were are in for a surge of emotions here, intense stuff for many.  Those pestering, lingering, unresolved emotions of ahhh…life – are here at the surface so let’s honor those teachers…yes?!

This full moon is also known as the Harvest Moon when crops are harvested and all the seeds we planted have come into fruition.  So this moon ritual will be two fold.

To start, I must say on this full moon day, I feel a bit pent-up, restless, anxious, like things are brewing on the inside.  I feel like the cork just may pop off and yet I’m not quite sure what feelings are there trying for my attention, I simply know that the restless, anxious energy is a call inward to what lies under the leaves of anxiety.

This full moon in watery, emotional Pisces invites us to swim into our emotions, to greet them so we may learn and heal from these sacred messengers.  We need to get them out of our bodies, our bones, our ligaments and organs and we do so by expressing them in some manner so their energies don’t restrict and tighten up in our bodies and lead to illness (we are approaching cold season).  They call for fluidity and release.  Surrender to them rather than fight against them, they are here to guide you, to teach you, to show you the way.

Here are 3 Ways to Express Your Emotions – Part 1 of the Ritual.

  •  Write a letter to someone who you have been struggling with.  What’s there.  Release it all, say what you need to say and put pen to paper.  You will not mail or send this, this is for you to release and acknowledge true feelings that are lurking around so you can get some clarity and freedom from the emotional baggage.
  • Grab some crayons and just start spewing words on a sheet of paper that come to mind.  Annoyed, frustrated, hurt, disgusted, finished, done, complete….you get the picture.  Spew out those feeling like an emotional purge and just see them there on the paper outside of you.  Include thoughts or images that come to mind, even scribbles or doodles, just get it out!!
  • Dance it out! Put on a faster pace tempo song and Taylor Swift it by “Shaking it Off”.  Literally imagine shaking out your feelings through your hands, by swaying your body, by kicking and stomping your feet.  Dance your anger, dance your sorrow, dance your hurt or frustration.  This is so amazing when you dance with that intention, let it be a movement meditation or better yet, a raw full blown release of what is there in whatever form your body naturally and spontaneously moves.

Part 2 Ritual – Gratitude & Awareness

And lastly, it is that special time of Harvest, the time when we are hopefully most bountiful.  The thoughts of gratitude come to mind and also an awareness of which “crops” did not grow.  First take some moments to list at least 5 wonderful things in your life right now and why they are wonderful.

I’m grateful for………..because…….

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List all the magic that you seen and feel in your life... (the changing colors of leaves, the cold and warm air, the smell of pumpkin spice, candles, my son’s smile, the humour my oldest son carries,etc).

I invite you to do a collage of all the wonderful things you’ve harvested this year on one sheet and on anothe to collage crops would you like to keep growing, or grow next year?  What “crops” didn’t grow that you’d like in your life and really explore how to better grow them this coming year or season.  What can you do differently in your harvesting process?

 

Enjoy this magical Harvest Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse.  Emotionally release then gather up all that gratitude for the wonder alongside the dark stuff.  That is life, ain’t it 😉

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xo

Crystal

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May Full Moon- Express Your Wild.

mayfullmoonHappy Full Moon!!! 🙂

Wow, this is an interesting full moon.  The energies are buzzing, new patterns forming.  After the last moon cycle (and collapsing, ending/ crisis of last moon) we are in a time of rebuild, renewal, re-structuring.  We have started new patterns, new cycles, new ways of approaching life.  And we are being rewarded.

This moon feels joyous, a time of celebration.  A time of fun.  In Canada, it’s May long weekend and it’s actually hot and sunny.  It almost always rains May long weekend but this year is different, this moon is different.  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the people are buzzing with excitement.

I pulled a card from the Native Spirit Oracle cards and it is Song of the Wild card.  How fitting.

New horizons await you!  You’re ready to savor the wonders of the world.  Take some risks.  Answer the call of the wild.  Step out of your comfort zone.  Live passionately.  Take steps in the direction of freedom.  Expand beyond your limitations and boundaries.  Maybe its time to take a journey or do something new and exciting.

Your Native Spirit Wants You to Know:  You are entering a period of expansion and going beyond self-imposed limitations.  Even if you feel hesitant, this is a time to try something new and do things in a different way.  You might even visit far-off lands or wild natural places.  Adventure often entails risk, but without it, life can become lackluster and stagnant.  There’s a vast new, and wondrous vista just around the corner, but you’ll never see it if you don’t venture out.

It feels like a victory moon, a bright light shining on us for choosing another path, for rebuilding rather than staying stuck in the rubble of the past.  It’s time for change and growth and you have earned the right to celebrate your courage, your commitment, your steps forward into the new. It takes guts to let the old go, to face the inner stuff so you can and to walk a new tight rope into a brand new way of life.

So do something fun and wild.  Something that feeds your freedom and wild soul.  Dress up today/tonight. Wear a bright lipstick, a bold dress, a funky hat.  Do your make-up differently, wear bold jewelry.  Be out in the wild, in nature, around fire and friends.  Celebrate your wild soul by expressing it.

Happy Full Moon friends, enjoy this fun one, it is well deserved 🙂

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May New Moon Ritual & Celebration

may moon2This New Moon feels like a welcome celebration, doesn’t it?   Last moon/month was INTENSE!  The month was filled with crisis, change, upheaval, chaos, things falling apart and reaching a point of climax.  We had no choice but to change out of old, wounded, uncertain patterns of our past, life brought forth change, growth, endings, destruction, etc. so we could begin anew or at least start upon a new path, a new pattern, a new, loving, authentic way of being.  Bridges collapsed into the old way of life and this month is about allowing new roads to take shape and reveal themselves.  We are planning out new actions, new life, a taking the first step or two in beginning this re-birth and restructuring.

This moon/month is about doing things a little different.  Trying new things, taking action, responsibility, and finally addressing what we have always postponed ourselves in addressing.  We shine the flashlight on our dark bits and look at them so we can heal them.  This will take courage, vulnerability and strength but you have those qualities within you….yes you do!

It feels like even though the crisis and chaos/ peak moments have occurred and shattered what was, we are now in the process of planning out how to take action to rebuild, restructure, re-do some old ways.    This is a great thing on the soul level, even though it may feel like total crap.  This is truly a healing time.

NEW MOON RITUAL.

On this New Moon in Taurus I invite you to throw a New Moon party.  It can be  a party of one or like for me, a party of 3, the hubby, my son and myself.  The intention, to indulge in some physical senses and luxuries.  So after all the tough stuff last moon, now is the time to nurture ourselves and feed ourselves love and enduring self-care energy as we trek upon new territory.  Why not make it a magical evening, a date night with the Moon if you will.

So, tonight have a luscious meal, buy a lovely bottle of vino, or make some dessert.  Take a walk or hike, move your body, do some yoga, go for a bike ride…really ignite your physical senses.  Celebrate this moon like it were a marker of your new road, new chapter, new way of life.  Somehow, some way, have some conscious, New Moon fun.  List some ideas you have, some actions you will take this month to move forward into new patterns and out from the old.  It might be setting boundaries, or finally signing up for a class or exploring ways to leave a relationship.  Whatever it is, list it, put it into consciousness, even it’s a simple exploration or evaluation of what you are still unsure about.

But tonight, you celebrate.  Celebrate the beginning of a new cycle. You made it through last month.  Indulge your senses.  Toast the moon, toast each other, toast yourself.  Taste the cake, feel the bubbles in the bath, let the wind sweep though you like it were a caress from the Goddess herself.

Tonight…all you need is enjoyment! Find your way there and share 🙂

Happy New Moon.

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Full Moon Power Hour Ritual.

Happy Full Moon my friends!!

About a week ago I posted a little pre-full moon blurb boundaries and the medicine teachings of Armadillo. (Found here Armadillo Teaching.)power

This theme continues for me/us at this full-moon.  I encouraged you to do a medicine shield exercise where you list all that you want to experience, feel, do and enjoy in your life as though it were an energetic boundary to the universe.  Tonight we bring this deeper.

It’s funny how when you claim and affirm your boundaries, the universe tests you.  My boundaries were tested, in fact, pushed down, and stepped on.  However, I must look at my part in it and I see where I wavered.  I have kept firm boundaries with this person and kept them at a fair distance to uphold the boundaries I felt necessary.  But overtime, this person was being “nicer” and slowly, little by little, I softened my boundary.  This pattern happens every time with this particular individual.  I give a little and I get burned all the time.  No more!!!  I am done, the firm, distant boundary must be maintained no matter how “nice” or “calm” things seem to get.  I have to remember this, hold my power, maintain my boundary.  I need the hard shell of that armadillo always with this person and I must accept this for my own sanity.

So this brings me to tonight’s powerful Moon Teaching.  Grandmother moon asks us to look at our own sense of power.  Personal power (not dominant power). This is greatly connected to boundaries and how and when we give away our power thus resulting in lack of or softened boundaries. This was a tough lesson to learn once again for me.

I get in the habit of being “too nice”.  I give people way to many chances and lee-way and I suffer for it.  I end up frustrated, bitter and resentful.  I doubt my own truth or think, “maybe they’ve changed, maybe this can be better, maybe I’m being to hard…maybe, maybe maybe…and I get lazy or soft in manifesting my own sense of power.  I open the door and let them stab me with their sword.  Dang it!

So Grandmother Moon is asking to me re-visit my sense and experience of power.

Lynn Andrews (one of my teachers), says this about power…

“What do I mean by “power?” When my teachers and I speak of power, we are not talking about power over someone else. We are speaking of the integrity of spirit, the integrity of life force which is built through practice, definition and training. Power means that you have the ability and the competence to live your true destiny. It implies that you are living your truth, not someone else’s, seeing the world through your own eyes and not through anyone else’s idea of who you should be.”

Full Moon Ritual – Full Moon Power Hour 🙂

You know the drill, light up those candles, ignite the incense, put on some tunes, gather your friends or just pour yourself a cup of tea and create some Sacred Time and Space.  Tonight we invite in Power to embody us, teach us, sit with us.  We look at it in the mirror and get to know how we harness and use it and when we sabotage our connection with our own power.

Journal Questions/Questions for Discussion with Your Pals. (Some Questions by Sacred Circles, pg 146)

1) Do you think of yourself as powerful?

2) How would you describe your sense of power?

3) When do you feel your most powerful?  What are you doing when you feel this way?

4)  How do you sabotage your own sense of power?

5)  With who do you feel most powerful?

6) How successful have you been at translating your visions into reality?

7) Do you think you are more powerful in the domain of “being” or “doing”?  How are they interconnected in your life?

Share your stories and responses in comments, online, with friends or simply with Grandmother Moon.  May she glow and awaken, ignite and shine the light on your power.

If you’d like make a collage with images of power, words, colors, anything that feels powerful, strong and firm to your inner sense of self.

And so it is!!!

xo

Crystal

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A Full Moon & Your Own Soul Devotion

releasing moonWow, it’s the full moon already.  And it’s a gorgeous, bright, super moon, meaning the moon is closest to the Earth and appears bigger.  We feel things more intensely.  It’s a bigger impact on us in the most fabulous of ways.

This full moon calls us to get focused, find clarity and take action.  This moon falls in the sign of Taurus, an earthy sign.  And it asks us to tend to the physical.  Get scheduled, make lists, eat well, rest, exercise.  Take extra care of our bodies.

As I sat and felt the energies of Grandmother Moon, I was asked “What experiences of felt senses do you want in your life?” Hmmm…what do I want to feel?  What am I looking to experience?  For me, I want connection, inspiration and joy.  Now my task is to define how I shall accomplish this.  How can I seek connection with others?  How can I find inspiration?  What offers me joy?

The key here this month alongside clarity, focus and action is devotion.  Are we devoted to the feelings and experiences we seek?  Are we devoted to find them?  Or are we more devoted to other things?  Or are we simply distracted and not devoted.  This is my intent this moon, to live with devotion to myself and my soul path and for me that is making some changes.  It is being more committed, more disciplined in devoting my awareness, my thoughts, my actions, my feelings to my soul and my deep spiritual longings.  It is jotting ideas down and beginning to take steps to do the ideas…now!

It is committing to discovering where and how I can find connection with others, others who seek deep, soulful nourishment just like me.  It is walking around in my life with my heart wide open, cracked into the awe of the universe.  It’s intense for me to feel so deeply, so often.  I’m still learning to balance that.  Sometimes in yoga, just by sitting in my vulnerability, in my cracked wide open realness, heart chakra just there and un-protected I feel anxiety.  I am devoting my energy this month to explore this, to sit with it more,to get curious about this old pattern.

I pulled a tarot card for the Full Moon and the card “Stand Your Ground” emerged from the Psychic Tarot deck by John Holland. “…Be brave and true to your core life values and belief system, which are your best allies and will help you move forward.  It’s important to remain clear and focused, for you may have to stand alone and defend your convictions at the end. Maintain your health and stay strong so that you have an ample supply of energy to endure anything, as this could be a long and arduous yet, ultimately, hard-won victory.

A perfect card for a Taurus Full Moon.  For me I’m doing a bit of a cleanse, no alcohol for at least 30 days.  I want to stay clear and focused, refreshed,  That means no glass of wine here and there to soothe the anxiety, agitation or emotional tugs coming forth from my own guidance system.  It’s intense, at times I simply want to shut it off but instead I must distract another way or sit with it, feel it, simply let it be there talking to me, guiding me.  This will allow me to move forward with clarity.  I have been a bit strapped and tethered to inertia, in stuckness, I must shake up the routine to get out.  I must practise devotion, devotion to myself and my health, like it were it’s own spiritual practice.  I am choosing a devotion practise of no alcohol, every day yoga, reading, meditating.  I am devoting to my art and creations, both furniture re-purposing and writing.

Don’t get me wrong, I want to flee…often. I want to have a glass of wine and unplug, shut off, disconnect…take a break.  But I am devoting and committing to my center, to my goal of health, to my art as though it were a Divine practise, an act of power.  It’s tough shit!! lol but very healing, deepening and interesting.

Full Moon Writing Ritual – Devotion.

Set up a special space, incense, candles, maybe some music.  Get out your journals and pens. And here we go…

So ask yourself…”What experiences or felt experiences do you want in your life?  Just write and see what comes. How do I get these? With who? Where? When? How?

The word Devotion has been on my mind lately.  What does devotion mean to you? Where are you devoted in your life and how?  What if you had devotion to your soul?  What would that look like?  Put your timers on for 6 minutes and just free flow write. Do not lift your pen off the page as you answer each question.  Particularly, what would it look like it you had devotion to your own soul?

And so it is friends 🙂   Happy, healthy Full Moooooonnnn!!

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Teachings from a Duck on this New Moon.

ducksThis New Moon has kinda kicked my butt.  There’s been a lot of uncertainty and chaos, things not going as planned.  That’s why this post is late,  my plane ride to return home was unexpectedly cancelled.  I had to stay another night in Calgary, with no luggage!   We had to get up at 4am to catch our newly scheduled 615 flight.  Good times with a five year old I tell ya’!

Then when we get home I find myself in conflict with someone in my life.  This person and I do not get along but they are in my life whether I like it or not and I must deal with this person and their actions on a regular basis.

So I do what I do and I pulled a tarot card to help me sort through the chaos.  What did I get…the Harmony card or in traditional decks the Lovers card.  Funny how I get Harmony when I feel in chaos. what a gift 🙂

“The Harmony card is calling to let you know that it’s time for you to make choices in certain relationships.  The bonds you form with others are really about you – even in the most difficult situations.  They are mirrors for you, always reflecting back what you need to see.

Ask yourself…

What am I learning from this relationship?

What new qualities am I learning about myself?

What is being mirrored or shone to me so I could see where I need adjustments?

As I sat and pondered this relationship I asked the universe for a sign, a signal to assist during this difficult conflict.  And suddenly about ten to twelve ducks appeared floating on the creek by my house.

To see Ducks flying in your dream signifies your spiritual freedom. They are your connections between the spiritual and the physical worlds. You have always got a choice about how you choose to see the world around you. By staying in the present moment you can find peace. To see a Duck swimming is your connection with the unconscious and emotional body. They are reminding you that by allowing yourself to be vulnerable emotionally – you are freed to move on with your life. You have the ability to blend and adapt to different situations.

Alternatively the dream may suggest that you are setting yourself up, or are being set up “for the kill”. Are you being targeted like the proverbial sitting Duck? A Duck in your dream can also signify that you are “ducking” some issue or situation instead of dealing with it.

You are being asked to take notice of your surroundings because a new opportunity is now being offered to you. She is reminding you that in order to succeed with this opportunity you will have to move forward swiftly so that your new ideas can take flight. Duck is making it very clear that in order to be successful with your goals you have to move now!   (From  http://www.spirit-animals.com/duck/)

Duck is also has to do with speaking your truth.  It is a confident bird, it comes into the universe knowing what to do and how to do it, it swims and glides easily on the water, it naturally just knows.  The mother ducks guide their babies from the trees where she brings them food and eventually directly into the water where they automatically know how to swim.  They teach us to trust our inner knowing as they do when they glide on the water.  They have a strong inner knowing of what to do, even when the current gets tough, they simply glide with the waters.

Duck reminds us to follow this knowing and glide forward with the current.  Trusting this knowing will allow us to speak our truths more clearly and confidently.  Duck reminds me to just keep gliding forward, following my inner knowing on what to do, even in chaos.  There’s a calming, graceful, serene energy duck offers us, just be in the moment and glide on forward.

So on this interesting New Moon, let’s get clear on what we need and want. Write it out. Express it, plan for it and take action.  And so it is friends 🙂

xo Crystal

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New Moon & Mercury Retrograde Ritual – Weaving the Old & New.

may moonWe start this New Moon with a Mercury Retrograde.  It’s a time usually marked by new beginnings but with Mercury going backwards, it encourages us to look behind us, in our pasts to assist with the new.  It encourages us to look at our own past, to explore the old ways of being, our inner caverns, our darkness, our parts yet to be healed and the road we’ve walked.  It also invites us to reflect on the old, maybe old jobs, old relationships, old friendships or aspects of our lives so they can give us wisdom for the future.  This offers us new eyes, or old eyes depending, how you see it.

I pulled a tarot card for this New Moon and it is so fitting.  It is called the Spiritual Strength card from the Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards.  It says, “This card is coming forth to give you encouragement and remind you that you have the inner strength to complete whatever you have been working on.  This final Spirit Card represents courage, discipline, stability, and persistence.  You may be tired or weary from the struggle, but now is not the time to give in.  Instead, tap into all of you inner reserves for that one final push to achieve the desired outcome…”

This is quite fitting with the retrograde occurring just after the New Moon as retrogrades are known to cause some communication issues.  It is said not to start new adventures during the retrograde as they will be met with many challenges, delays, obstacles, struggles…  I’m in the middle of a large project and have been feeling a little stuck and upon this New Moon/ Mercury Retrograde I feel the need to sit with my past, to embody it, like it were it person and here what it has to tell me.  How can I blend the past lessons into my future, into my journey here, as my future, and this large project (a book) as it is taking shape.  weaving

How can my past give me clues and an answer on how to move forward now and onward? I feel like I’ve been trying to weave an immaculate quilt of a book and at times I get stuck and remember that I don’t know how to weave.  But this retrograde and New Moon allows for a return and exploration of the old, like it will open my memory banks and allow me to keep weaving with new understanding, new clarity, new ways of exploring and approaching what is at hand, simply by sitting with and combing through some old moments in time.

New Moon & Retrograde Ritual

So on this New Moon and Retrograde, I invite you to sit with your past.  Light some candles, some inscents, get out your journal and pens and imagine your past sitting beside as a person, a guide, here to teach you and offer you new insight into the present.  Ask your past that sits beside you in the chair,

“How can you give me some ideas on how to move forward?

What perspective do you have to share about my current situation or endeavor?

What would you like me to remember and carry forward with me as I keep going?”

Just set your timers for 6 minutes for each question and let your pen run wild with intuitive guidance.  Do not lift that pen and just journey inward, into the gates of the old where golden nuggets of the past will guide you forward and onward.

This month feels like a solid integration and weaving of many things.  In some ways, it feels like we will finish the quilts, or at least get clear on how to, it will be done.  During this moon cycle if we simply keep weaving, keep going, keeping pushing forward we will achieve our soul’s call.  Allow the old to be weaved into the new, like it guided the fibers home, into where the needed and wanted to be.

And so it is…

Happy Weaving 🙂

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