Art by Daniel Gerhartz – Dawn of Hope.
“On December 21st, we experience the shortest day and longest night of the year. The increased hours of darkness guide us to enter into the dark night of the soul, a time of retreat where we can go within and hear the subtler stirrings of our being.
Sometimes it is only in the darkness that we can truly feel comfortable to be ourselves. When the spotlight of the Sun shines down on us, we can feel exposed, we can feel that we have to act or be a certain way.
When the lights are turned off, when it is just us, alone with our thoughts at midnight, that is when we can truly dive deep into our core and come face to face with a new truth of who we are.
It is not that we have to shame who we are under the bright light of the Sun. For this is a part of us too. But if we stay there too long, we tend to get disconnected, which is why the Universe calls in the longest night of the year.
At this time, it is an opportunity for us all to enter into the darkness. To move away from the spotlight and instead to sit with ourselves and our own truth.
In the darkness, our thoughts don’t matter. It is our feelings that can truly shine. It is our emotional voice that gets a chance to speak, and we have to allow it to be heard.
We need to forget the labels and the judgments of the mind, and instead, allow ourselves to feel with the power of the heart.
When we sit in the darkness, and just allow ourselves to be, what feelings emerge? What discomfort grows? What happens when we just allow ourselves to be?
This is what the dark night of the soul calls us to surrender to. This is what we are encouraged to practice. We need to stop talking, and start listening.
We need to find the stillness, for when we do, we will be able to step into a new power and a new truth of who we really are.”
~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious
Art by Anne Stokes
“The last full moon of 2019 will fall on Dec. 12 (12:12 a.m. ET). This is a prime time to envision new realms of possibility in matters of love and money, and to let your heart speak louder than your head. Followed by the winter solstice on Dec. 21, and a solar eclipse on Dec. 25, the Dec. 12 full moon heralds change, and possibly a new, more fulfilling phase of your life’s journey.
In Vedic astrology, this full moon falls in the area of the sky known as Mrigashira (Mriga means deer, and shira means head). Symbolized by the energy of a wild stag, Mrigashira is called the searching star, as it continuously seeks out what nourishes the heart and gives it a sense of belonging. As a deer seeks out its flock, this full moon desires meaningful connection with others.
Eclipses are known to plant seeds that later bloom into breakthroughs, surprising outcomes, and even shocking events, especially in the weeks that surround them. Once you’ve tuned into your heart’s desires around the full moon, use the solar eclipse that follows it to surrender them to the universe. Intention-setting is key, but surrender is the final and critical step to manifesting your desires.
On this full moon, imagine where you’d like to be in 2020. Are you ready for a new relationship? Or a new professional challenge? How about more financial abundance? The wild stag energy of Mrigashira will stoke the fires of your heart, igniting its hidden desires. If you’re ready to lead with your heart, not your mind, you could find true fulfillment.”
Artwork by Kazuaki Horitomo
Source: Toko-pa Turner
Since the powerful and heavy October 27th New Moon last month, we have all been working hard to release and work through our fears. With Mercury in retrograde too, things from our past may have also paid us a visit or we may have had to confront something that challenged and pushed us.
Since this time, we have all been guided to reach deep and to rise into a new strength and a new power.
Whatever has come you have made it through, whatever has been is now in the past, and as we welcome the dark Sagittarius Moon, it is time for us to turn our attention to the next chapter.
The Centaur is half-horse, half-man and is a natural healer. It holds a wisdom that it has inherited across many lifetimes and across many realms of the galaxy. This wisdom allows it to aim its arrow in the direction that always supports its highest growth.
Under the Sagittarius New Moon, we can all tap into this energy with ease. We can all tap into the intuitive wisdom that lives within and know the right way to direct our arrow.
While we may not have any control over where exactly our arrow will land, we do get to choose the direction we wish to send it in, and that choice is a power that we will all get to exercise as we begin this New Moon cycle.
Whatever comes our way, know that there is also protective energy on offer as well. While things may shake, the Sagittarius Moon sends protection and the opportunity to see the world from a new vantage point.
Load your bow and arrow and point it nice and high, for as the clichéd saying goes- aim for the Moon, because even if you miss, you will land among the stars.”
~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious
Art by Edwin Howland Blashfield
Art by Shawna Erback