Happy Winter Solstice!

Winter Art by Anne Stokes

“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

Happy Full Moon!

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“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.

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter is encroaching and daylight is dying away. The solstice is just around the corner, when the power of darkness reaches its annual climax. This bright full moon will shine through one of the longest nights of the year, illuminating the darkest corners of the psyche with piercing clarity and insight. Use this time to ask your heart what it truly wants, and don’t be surprised if the answer is different than what you’d thought.
On Christmas in the U.S (Dec. 25), a total solar eclipse will form as the liberating tail of the karmic snake, Ketu, shadows the sun, moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury. This will create a powerful pile-up of energy with tremendous momentum. Avoid political discussions and other contentious issues at holiday parties or family gatherings, as this formation could stir up some unnecessary conflict.

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.”

~Kari Field, excerpt from AnandaShree Astrology

“Many women do not even have the basic teachings about predators that a wolf mother gives her pups, such as: If it is threatening and bigger than you, flee; If it’s weaker, see what you want to do: If it’s sick, leave it alone; If it has quills, poison, fangs or razor claws, back up and go in the other direction; If it smells nice but is wrapped around metal jaws, walk on by. Early training to “be nice” causes women to override their intuitions. They are actually purposefully taught to submit to the predator. Imagine a wolf mother teaching her young to “be nice” in the face of an angry ferret or a wily diamondback rattler. As long as a woman believes she is powerless and/or is trained to not consciously register what she knows to be true, the feminine impulses and gifts of her psyche continue to be killed off.” ~by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Artwork by Kazuaki Horitomo

Artwork by Kazuaki Horitomo

Source: Toko-pa Turner

Happy New Moon!

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“Falling on the 26th in the sign of Sagittarius, this is an abundant New Moon that brings opportunities to start over, to reach further, and to rework areas of our lives that have grown stale or become unwelcome.

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 sign of Sagittarius is ruled by the Centaur aiming its arrow into the sky.

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 

Happy Full Moon in Taurus!

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“With Venus as ruler of Taurus, our sensual natures are wanting to be expressed now…
The Full Moon is exactly conjunct Vesta in Taurus. Vesta is associated with the Vestal Virgins of Rome.  She is associated with transformation of sexual energy – that is dedicating your kundalini energy in service to something greater than yourself to a goal or purpose – perhaps your art, a spiritual practice or service to others where you are highly committed and focused…
The Full Moon with Vesta will heighten our desire to serve others and to focus and direct our core energy to our true purpose
It’s a time of releasing blocked sexual and emotional energies – how the past interfered with our development of our own sexual integration and expression.
Are you telling the truth about your emotional needs?  Is there something behind your words that wants to be heard? 
We are all learning to tame the mind and trust the heart.  Rich and revealing conversation is possible under this Full Moon…
Taurus Full Moon is always a particular favorite of mine owing to its feminine nature, warm texture, and ripe enjoyment of all that is provided.  Fill your coffers with satisfaction and gratitude.
It’s a Moon to remind us of why we chose to incarnate at this tumultuous time and all the support available to us as we undertake huge transformation.”
~Pat Lilies, excerpt from Mystic Mamma
 
Art by Natacha Einat