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6 Ways to Make the Most out of the Last Week of Winter.

winter spring2Ahhh….the approach of spring or the end of winter.  It’s such a transitional time.  I feel caught between the old and the new, the end and the beginning.  Much like the weather, I’m sunny one day and rainy and blue the next.  To be completely honest, this in between time is my least favorite time of year.  In Manitoba, it’s messy, muddy, wet, dirty, and dreary.  And it’s also sunny and refreshing and the hint of a new beginning around the corner creates both excitement and some anxiety.

As a shaman, I’ve been taught about the four directions of the Medicine Wheel.  I like the Feminine based wheel (there are different teachings about the Wheel) where the south direction is the physical, the starting point, the place of the child, innocence and sweet trust.  This is also my toughest direction, my least comfortable element…the Earth.  I’m a dreamer, in the west, an emotional, watery, dream-world traveler, I spend a lot of time in the Spirit World and find the physical form at times…well…difficult. It’s dense and heavy and maneuvering my energy into a physical expression can be tough, even gut wrenching.

It’s a process.  My safe place is the other world and yet I’m here to learn to be in this world, this Earthly world that is really the other side of the coin of the dream world.  A place to heal and explore and work my shit out as a soul in physical form.

So here we are in the last week of winter and the last week of the astrological calendar.  The Spring Equinox brings us back into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and the beginning cycle of life once again.  The Earth (on our side of the world) begins to wake up again from Her deep, wintery slumber.  The grass emerges, the tulips and trees start to bud and remind us of the possibility of life and new beginnings all over again.  It’s invigorating, inspiring even energizing as the Earth shows us how to re-awaken.

Beginnings are tough for me, I’m real great in the middle or end of projects, ideas, etc..but to get organized and get started and plan out my steps of something new is not my forte.  I usually procrastinate and procrastinate and get stagnant until I jump right into it messy foot and figure things out once I’ve created a lot of chaos.

What if I changed this pattern?  What if I didn’t treat the physical, the beginning, the starting point as my least favorite but instead my least developed.  I need to put extra effort, attention, focus on the planning, organization, and some linear steps to start with.  This is literally using the other side of my brain.  My least dominant side.  I need to make a new friend with this element, this side of myself.

So I invite you to join me in enjoying the last week of winter, the end of a season while prepping for spring.  Getting things in order…ORGANIZATION…is the theme.  Order!  I need order!  This will help prep us for the spring action ahead.  Get everything arranged and in order before we really start the new.  That means clearing out space, getting rid of the old.

I pulled a tarot card for this last week and low and behold it is the the Spirit of the Earth Card.  I’m committing to falling in love with this spirit, to really indulge and enjoy Her awakening at this time and changing my attitude to it, even in the mucky, cloudy weather.  (note..the sun is out as I say this hehe).

So here’s 6 ideas to prep for spring while we move through this last week of the season.

  1. Organize, organize, organize.  Bought myself some new file folders, storage bins, the works.
  2. Make “to do” lists (previously hated) and see them as loving organization tools to help.  Each night, make a to do list for tomorrow.  Each Sunday, make a weekly “to do” list.
  3. Start each day with a morning ritual to get into gear. Coffee, breakfast, reading of to do list, plan and time my day, get inspired (reading or video), then get shit done!
  4. Open windows and let the air move through your home, imagine it cleansing and prepping your space.
  5. Connect with the Earth Mother’s spirit daily.   Feel the sun rays on your face, the rain drops on your nose, the crisp breeze on your cheeks, just let the end of winter touch you and call of spring sing to you.  Here’s a little journey to take from the Native Spirit Oracle Cards from the Spirit of the Earth Card. (pg.94-95).
    1. “All solid forms around you, including your body, are part of the physical realm.  Notice how you relate to and identify with the physical universe around you.  By doing this you are activating the Spirit of Earth within you.  Let the reality of your relationship with the earth fill your consciousness.  Let yourself merge with its energy.  Imagine how it would feel to be a rolling hill, a great mountain, or a deep canyon.  Imagine yourself lying in a field of wild flowers high on a mountain.  Visualize the roots of the trees extending deep into the soil, reaching down toward the center of the Earth.

6. I leave with with to ponder what you are letting go, and letting melt away with this last week of winter.  What no longer serves you?  Imagine the snow were to speak to you…what would it say?  What part of you is reflected in the melting, vanishing snow?  Journal your thoughts.

And so it is.

Happy transitional season time.  Let’s enjoy the death, ending and new beginning.

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7 Ways to Close the Energy of 2015.

cleansingAt the end of every year, I feel like I get another chance to refocus my energy.  Each New Year feels like an energetic fresh new slate.  And in preparation of the new slate, 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.

Here are some ways to prepare the energy in your home and close the energy of this year.

  • 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.  

 

 

  • 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, List some of your challenges this year and the gifts they offered. Write about 2015 highlights and joys.  As you reflect on your writing, really soak it into your heart.

Now, we are ready to welcome in the energy of 2016.  It’s so exciting.  Look for a New Year Ritual & Reflection Exercise to come in the next day or so.

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Blessings and bad-ass, radical joy friends 🙂

Crystal

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Full Moon and Eclipse Arrows Ritual

full moon portalHappy Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse.

This feels like a powerful time, a life-changing, energy shattering moment that can alter our paths in the best of ways.  I actually feel this Full Moon/Eclipse to be a good, high energy, positive change.

This last month many of us have gone through a soul cleanse, clearing away the dark debris of our pasts and wounds so our light can shine it’s brightest, so love and abundance can move in most fully.

Now is the portal, the cycle of change, the vortex of new life and rebirth.

This morning I heard a funny sound out the window and looked out into my yard and seen hundreds and hundreds of little blackbirds singing in my trees.  There are literally hundreds of them.  As they move, they move together, like a big black wave, dancing from tree side to tree side. It’s beautiful, like a sea of change, lurking around my life.  They are symbolic to the energy swirling around at this full moon/eclipse, it’s intense and potent but we can muster this energy into beauty,into positivity and into our own energy wells.  These birds are circling the sky, opening the portal, they are swarming the grounds and trees for food and when they fly it’s pure magic, its synchronicity in sight, as though their flight was a song from the universe signalling this magical time, this opening about to occur.

So use this time, this energy, this magical portal and do what you love today.  Write, read, sing, dance, paint, draw, cook, play, whatever you love…do this!!  Now is the time for life, joy, and excitement.  Harness the energy and do what you love as an act of grace, as an act of commitment to the universe signalling your commitment to your own joy and purpose.

I used to be hyper-alert, hyper-vigilant for potential danger or people or scenarios that could cause me pain.  I’d approach life on the defense, ready to run or react from harm.  Yesterday I chose a different way I went about my way looking for joy, soaking it in, being in beauty…period.  And you know what, I had one hell of a magical day!

So indulge yourself in joy as we jump through this life-changing, course altering, life enhancing portal of eclipse and enjoy the rewards.  We are getting closer and closer to doing our soul thang’!

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On this Full Moon, we can make two arrows to honor this important shift in energy.  Gather two sticks of any size.  If you can paint one black and the other in a color that symbolizes life and abundance for you.  Or you can wrap some wool or colored string around each one as well.  Heck you can even color them with markers.  There is no wrong way, this is about intention.

  1. The Death Arrow – The Black Arrow

Write down what you want to release.  What have you worked so hard on this month in yourself.  What have you been releasing?  Write it down on a paper and tie it to the black arrow.

    2. The Life Arrow – Colored or White Arrow

Dream and envision yourself doing what you love, what you want.  Who are you with?  What are you doing? Where are you? See yourself at your fullest, your fulfillment meter at its’ highest.  What is occurring around you?  What are you doing so you are full of life and love?  Write it down and tie it to your Life Arrow, your colorful arrow.

If you can, burn the death arrow, release what no longer serves you.  Read out loud what you shall release.

Place your life arrow in the ground or in a plant so you can see it and remember, and honor your path to fulfillment.

Enjoy this magical, soul moving vortex.

And so it is…

xo

Crystal

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A Simple Dark Moon Ritual.

dark moonTonight marks the Dark Moon, well the last of it anyways as tomorrow we start a New Moon cycle.  This past month has been an emotional one, at times heavy and dark, sad and glad.  I’ve shed many tears this month and cleansed my soul palette.  It has been challenging and yet refreshing, I feel lighter and calmer…finally.  I had moments where I thought this was it, I’m headed to full blown breakdown only to come to a pond of tears and find out I was okay.  I could simply sit with the grief, hold it, cradle it, full blown feel and set it on its way like a leaf floating on the water.

I’ve been grieving my old standard of life and well-being, the old amounts of energy I had, a loss I experienced and didn’t let myself feel until now.  I was stripped down to the bones, my soul bones, and in many ways feel like I’m saying good bye to my old life.  A new set of wings await me, a new way of doing everything has emerged and I’m in transition, in process of finding this new way.  I’m trying to get comfortable with these new wings.  It changes everything, everything looks different, feels different.  My needs are different, my wants and desires, my ideas about what I wanted.  It’s all changing and it’s okay.

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, or house 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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Completion & Letting Go Ritual

letting go“Moon is now void as she moves from Pisces, the last sign in the astrological mandala to Aries, the first sign…so you may feel as if you’re somewhere between the old & the new, with memories or dreams of past events which have left a big emotional imprint resurfacing along with a resolve to do things differently.”  From Source: The Moon Woman on Facebook.

Here we are right in the pocket of the old and the new.  Can we simply enjoy the space of being in between an end and a new beginning?  Is anything resolving and completing itself naturally, rhythmically, spiritually? It’s quite magical if you indulge yourself in the dark cavernous birth canal between the worlds, finishing up and completing the old before we are born into the new life, new year, new way of being.

Did you have any magical or interesting dreams last night?

I did, and it fit quite precisely with the moon.  Someone who deeply hurt and betrayed me finally came clean to everything he did and owned up to the pain he caused.  He allowed me to ask him questions and get answers about the events.  He opened himself up to share the truth.  It validated my instincts and inner knowings of the events.  I knew what was occurring even though he continued to deny, deny, deny.  I feel a sense of peace and detachment about it this morning, like there’s a completion, an ending.  Even though the acknowledgment only happened in the dream time I know in some ways it still happened.  I know that he can not go that place in the physical world, but perhaps in the dream world, or spirit world, his soul has the ability to own and stand in truth.  It feels good, like the jagged end to his spear can finally be pulled out, I’m free to move on now, for myself…I got what I needed and there’s a completion…an ending…a moving on.

Earlier this week I found myself writing his name on a piece of paper anointed with drops of tea tree and peppermint oil after a difficult encounter we had.  I released the energy chords between us and detached from him as I burnt the paper on the snow outside. I stood there and watched the flames eat up the paper and transform it to ashes…death and rebirth. Completeness.  I am done.  The final nail is in the coffin.

And last night with my dream, I feel like it finally happened…completion. Now I can move fully through the birth canal, close to new life, detached and free from the tethers of the old.  Dreams are messengers for the soul, the unconscious and our deep, sometimes untouched emotions.  They are symbols and messages that guide us in the physical world.  I encourage you to keep a dream journal if you don’t already.  Dreaming is an ancient gift, a natural form of spiritual and emotional conversations between ourselves and the universe at large.

So as you are in the birth canal between the old and new, ask yourself what are you detaching from…completing…ending and letting go of as we close this year?  Do you need to release yourself from the someone’s energy, a certain place, an old habit, or some sort of thing?  Try writing their name or the name of the place or thing you want to fully, energetically, cut your chords from and release.  Drop thirteen drops of peppermint oil or sage oil or tea tree oil and burn the paper.  As it burns move your arms in swishing, cutting motion to cut and break any energetic chords  around your body that have kept you tied to the past, this person, this place or this thing.  Say, “I cut you from my life, I release you and free myself.  And so it is.”

Visualize yourself with golden, bright light soothing your aura, your body’s energetic parameters and feel the radiant, golden, beaming sensation of being free to simply be you in this very moment, free of the past and ready to be born into the new.

Aho and so it is 🙂

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