“Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realize how precious your time here is. You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings that do not nourish your true self; your patience grows thin with tired talk and dead language. You see through the rosters of expectation which promise you safety and the confirmation of your outer identity. Now you are impatient for growth, willing to put yourself in the way of change. You want your work to become an expression of your gift. You want your relationship to voyage beyond the pallid frontiers to where the danger of transformation dwells. You want your God to be wild and to call you to where your destiny awaits.” ~John O’Donohue

Art by Ingrid Tusell Domingo

Art by Ingrid Tusell Domingo

Happy Full Moon in Virgo!

Moon Art by Kondratenko Gavriil Pavlovich

“One of the most important emotional aspects of this moon is that there is some big cumulating energy here that ties back to whatever was going on in September for each of us.  It’s been six months of in-depth changes and a lot going on underneath a seemingly calm surface. Sometimes it’s been frustrating because it seems as if things haven’t been moving as fast as our egos would have liked.  But the thing that we have to remember is that even though things may look one way—the reality can be very different.  This time we are being asked to open our eyes to what we’ve previously chosen to stay blind to.  We are being asked if we just want to float along, or ride the hell out of whatever wave comes our way.  Being the first full moon in the Chinese Year of the Fire Monkey, it’s no surprise that we are up for some serious game changing energy.  Some full moons show us the light of truth and others help to shake us free of some outdated routines and worn out patterns, but this moon is not just about changing the rules of the game, but the players too.  Simply speaking, the rule for this full moon is that there aren’t any.  Now, not only are we being shown where our heart lies, but we are being challenged to gamble everything for what we desire.  It is the time when the heat gets turned up just a bit more and we have to decide exactly how this will all end.  Yes, we are at the climax of our story.  Yes, there is a lot at stake.  But the final choice lies within each of us as to whether this will be the ending of a chapter, or just the point where all the pieces suddenly fell into place and we find the courage to take the steps into the life that we want to create.  If we can balance our emotions and listen to the truth in our heart, then we may fare on the side of winning whatever battle has been taking place.  But in order to do that, we need to go into this moon not just tipping our hat at the truth, but wallowing in it.  Absorbing it into our very being and then being prepared to do something about it.  It’s up to us to have made these past six months count for something—it’s up to us to decide that we aren’t going to stand in our own goddamn way of happiness any longer.  Not only are we ready for the next chapter of our lives, but we are welcoming it.  The truth is there has been a war over our hearts.  However, now is the time that we are being empowered to fight for what it is that we truly want.  And not give up until victory is ours.”  ~Kate Rose, via Elephant Journal

Art by Kondratenko Gavriil Pavlovich

“Hold on to your hats, folks, the circus is about to begin. Say farewell to the introspective Yin Wood Sheep year of 2015, and open up to the expansive Yang year of the amazing Fire Monkey! It promises to be a bonfire of a year, and through it all, the wily Fire Monkey will be skillfully swinging along, constantly looking ahead for the best opportunities to make his inspired dreams come true. As we collectively embody this Yang Fire Monkey energy in 2016, we can reach for the stars. The phrase ‘Carpe Diem’ says it all–seize the day! Large or small, profound or mundane, line up your desires this year and ACT on them. Let the Yang Fire Monkey energy carry you across the bridge between the seen and unseen worlds to reach those goals, for yourself and for us all.” ~ Karen Abler Carrasco, From Mystic Mamma

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Happy New Moon!

Art by Tang Yau Hoong

“As one world dies, another is born. As one Age of the world passes away, a new Age is being born in secret places of the heart
We are the midwives and healers, grandmothers and grandfathers of this new world, for each of us is bringing in this new collective life force.
The more whole we are, the more we know and love ourselves, the more embodied we are, the more aligned and true this new energy will be, laying a strong foundation for the Age of Aquarius…
So with this New Moon in Aquarius, we have to stay true to our uniqueness but drop the exclusivity that makes us think we’re better than others. Aquarius is concerned with the group Mind. That means how we all contribute to this Mind.
Many of us want to live in a grown-up world, where people actually are courteous, creative, cooperative and capable. Where each of us is responsible for the world we live in.
To live otherwise is to act childish in the worst possible ways. That is what our patriarchal society would have us do. Stay children and we’ll take care of all your needs IF you do what you’re told. This old story has had its day.
We each know in our hearts that the most important things in life are love and our connection to each other, our animal cousins and the Earth. So let’s expand our sense of community to all these realms and find that future story that benefits all of us.”
~Cathy Pagano
Art by Tang Yau Hoong

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. And that’s how we measure out our real respect for people—by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate—and enjoy. As Buddha says: live like a mighty river. And as the old Greeks said: live as though all your ancestors were living again through you.” ~Ted Hughes

Art - Fabio Napoleoni

Art by Fabio Napoleoni

“Years of research among the records of olden peoples available in libraries, museums, and shrines of ancient cultures, has convinced me that there exists in the world today, and has existed for thousands of years, a body of enlightened humans united in what might be termed, an Order of the Quest. It is composed of those whose intellectual and spiritual perceptions have revealed to them that civilization has a Secret Destiny–secret, I say, because this high purpose is not realized by the many; the great masses of peoples still live along without any knowledge whatsoever that they are part of a Universal Motion in time and space.” ~ Manly Palmer Hall