“Wolves and Women have much in common. Both share a wild spirit. Women and Wolves are instinctual creatures, able to sense the unseen. They are loyal, protective of their packs and of their pups. They are wild and beautiful. Both have been hunted and captured. Even in captivity, one can see in the eyes of a Woman, or a Wolf, the longing to run free, and the determination that should the opportunity arise, Whoosh, they will be gone…..” ~ CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, [WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES].

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ART BY KELOGSLOOPS

When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often. Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say, “and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.” ~Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

art by séverine pineaux

Art by Séverine Pineaux

“I believe we have more than enough creativity to solve the problems of our times, but we have to make a perilous trek into the wilderness within to reclaim it. There is a stand of undeveloped jungle, a place of “indigeneity” within each of us, that can never be domesticated. It is a borderless land, beyond personality and convention, even beyond thought, where pure creativity arises. Like the signature song of a tropical bird, the spiraling of an arbutus tree, the evening scent of a jasmine bush, there is an essence in each of us intended to be expressed. Few make the trek into this creative wild, because the path requires great vulnerability. To come into our true originality, we must surrender the layers of numbness we use to protect our hearts.” ~Toko-pa Turner

Artwork by Pierre Artista

Artwork by Pierre Artista

“I thought the earth remembered me, she took me back so tenderly, arranging her dark skirts, her pockets full of lichens and seeds. I slept as never before, a stone on the riverbed, nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees. All night I heard the small kingdoms breathing around me, the insects, and the birds who do their work in the darkness. All night I rose and fell, as if in water, grappling with a luminous doom. By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times into something better.” ~Mary Oliver

Art by Natasa Ilincic

Art by Natasa Ilincic

Source~ Shamantube

“I call upon the oldest of old ancient feminine, the original Mother. I call upon Hecate, Calleach, Nana Buruku, Baba Yaga, Kali, Pele, the wise ones, the Crones to come marching in to surround our sister that stands in the trenches of the patriarchal halls of the “White House!” May the truth split open the skies & Oya, goddess of storms, blow through the lies and illusions of the old order & it crumbles to the ground. May all women across eternity, those living and those dead stand behind around below & above Dr. Ford protecting and guiding her heart & voice. May all female ancestors that were burned, sacrificed, raped by the patriarchy who believed their God gave them permission to do as they pleased, scream like wild banshees to destroy the story that is killing us all. May tomorrow be a new dream that is an old dream from a long long time ago, a dream where all of creation stood in the circle of life and was celebrated for simply being an intricate part of this great mystery of living on the skins of Mother Earth! Bonewoman.” ~Reda Rackley

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Art by Autumn Skye

“The awareness of our separateness is what often brings on despondency and despair. We begin to think of our small human lives as inconsequential, even unnecessary, to the great diversity of things. If we let this awareness unconsciously drive us, our lives can become endless treadmills of desperation. Wishing to create a legacy, to make a mark, to create evidence of our specialness, we build from the lowly perspective of the drop. Forgetting our belonging to the greater ocean body, we become trapped in this cult of individualism, where nothing we achieve can ever be enough. But purpose, in its purest sense, is not that different from being an organ in a body. By themselves organs are useless—unless they work together, in their wholly individualized ways, to serve the greater body. We are not separate, but also we are. We are these completely unique individuals who are capable of infinite configurations of innovation and beauty, but we are embedded within and entirely dependent upon the larger ocean of allness.” ~Toko-pa Turner, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home (belongingbook.com)

Artwork by Gemma Capdevila

Artwork by Gemma Capdevila

The Mexican Government Asked Street Artists To Paint 200 Houses To Unite Community.

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“A youth organization that’s been known to use graffiti as a means of expression has teamed up with the government of Mexico to rehabilitate Palmitas, a town in the Pachuca district. Under the moniker “Germen Crew,” the group painted 209 houses, or twenty-thousand square meters of facade, into a single rainbow mural.

According to streetartnews, the impact has been extremely positive: 452 families, or 1808 people, were affected by this project, resulting in violence amongst youths being entirely eradicated. The group, whose name literally means “germ crew,” have made community involvement a priority, which could partially explain the good results.”

Beautiful idea. Love this so much.

Source: boredpanda.com

“They want us to be afraid. They want us to be afraid of leaving our homes. They want us to barricade our doors and hide our children. Their aim is to make us fear life itself! They want us to hate. They want us to hate ‘the other’. They want us to practice aggression and perfect antagonism. Their aim is to divide us all! They want us to be inhuman. They want us to throw out our kindness. They want us to bury our love and burn our hope. Their aim is to take all our light! They think their bricked walls will separate us. They think their damned bombs will defeat us. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that my soul and your soul are old friends. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that when they cut you I bleed. They are so ignorant they don’t understand that we will never be afraid, we will never hate and we will never be silent for life is ours!” ~ Kamand Kojouri

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Art by Tomasz Alen Kopera

Love Your Solitude

Art by Nei Ruffino

“Therefore, dear Sir, love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you. For those who are near you are far away… and this shows that the space around you is beginning to grow vast…. be happy about your growth, in which of course you can’t take anyone with you, and be gentle with those who stay behind; be confident and calm in front of them and don’t torment them with your doubts and don’t frighten them with your faith or joy, which they wouldn’t be able to comprehend. Seek out some simple and true feeling of what you have in common with them, which doesn’t necessarily have to alter when you yourself change again and again; when you see them, love life in a form that is not your own and be indulgent toward those who are growing old, who are afraid of the aloneness that you trust…. and don’t expect any understanding; but believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Art by Nei Ruffino

 
Source: Shamantube

 

“Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” ~Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Art by Thien Bui

Art by Thien Bui

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.” ~Terence McKenna

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Happy Spring Equinox!

Art ~ Christian Schloe

“On this day in the Northern Hemisphere, we are in perfect balance between light and dark. Let us pray loving attention to the fragile sprouts of inner beauty which have survived the long dark of hibernation, despite all odds, to push up through the soil into the light. Let us honor the faith it has taken to believe in the invisible, upper world, where soon we will blossom into sprawling gardens overflowing with fruit. Let us hold our painful hearts with gentle hands today. Let us express our gratitude to the light that can only be found in the dark. Let us ask our vulnerability to shine radiantly with knowing that we are unfolding right on time.”
~Dreamwork with Toko-pa
 
Art by Christian Schloe

“The world without spirit is a wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who’s on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.” ~Joseph Campbell

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Berlin Street Art

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” ~Mary Oliver

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Art by Dan May

“It is written in your blood, that you will fly. So let your heart bleed when it is struck by the tendernesses of life or the whirling thunderstorms – and let it burst open when it is drunk on too much pain. Everything unresolved, let it come. Do not hide. Do not bandage your heart half in shame. Let the tears rain from your eyes when all is stirred. Let the messy goddess emerge with dead grass still in her hair. The sky calls your wings. Let your blood respond. Soaring will come naturally, I promise. But for some reason we must fall before we can fly. We must hear again the song of our blood. It is blood we all share and the soil knows it as much as the sky. They wrote it all together.” ~SC Lourie

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Art by Heather McLean

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” ~John Lennon

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Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people to ever inhabit this planet. His presence is forever felt.

Happy New Moon in Libra!

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“A Black Moon occurs when two new moon’s fall in the same month. On September 30th, the New Moon will peak in Libra.

To have two New Moon’s in one month signifies a very powerful blossoming process and one that has probably been in the works for some time.

September’s Black Moon is filled with positive aspects and plenty of opportunities. In fact, the entire week leading up to the Black Moon and the days that follow it, are going to be extremely positive and peaceful.

The energy of this Black Moon is so supported by the other planets and it is very likely we will all be experiencing great epiphanies, opportunities and even, miracles.

In fact, this Black Moon is going to deliver an extremely positive force, helping us to manifest all of our greatest dreams, wishes and desires.

If you have been looking to change or shift something in your life, if you have been building new ideas or projects, this Black Moon is really going to give you an amazing push in the right direction.

Whatever has been troubling you, whatever has been shrouded in doubt and confusion may also become clearer to you around the time of this Black Moon.

If you are in doubt about anything in your life, you may find it beneficial to wait to see what energies and what opportunities the Black Moon brings you.

2016 is really a year of endings, and the recent Eclipses in September have definitely highlighted what needs to be released and what needs to be ended.

Now, this Black Moon is going to be helping us all to awaken to these endings, accept them and perhaps also feel liberated by them.

Overall, the Black Moon is going to bring an extremely positive force and is going to help all of us to change directions in our lives in some way.

This is definitely a welcomed change and one that is going to help us finally bring a close to all that we no longer need. This is going to help us spring forward in the right direction with clarity and positivity and will help us all to feel a burst of fresh energy and inspiration.

Pay attention to what transpires for you around the Black Moon, for it is sure to be guiding you towards your highest path.”

~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious

Happy Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse!

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 “The Lunar Eclipse in Pisces is an emotional high tide. It makes me think of being on a surfboard, scudding across a beast of a wave as the crest begins to fold and you’re wondering whether you’re going to stay upright or be flung head over heels by the force of the water.
The Moon is in a tight conjunction to Chiron which means we are very sensitive to being hurt. In Pisces we are wide open with no defenses, especially as the Moon squares warrior Mars.
In fact, it may be the case that we are pushed to let down our defenses and really allow ourselves to feel. 
Chiron is both the one who wounds and the one who heals the wound. The wound itself is the way to healing – like cutting open an infected sore until it bleeds clear…knowing that sometimes the path to healing must begin with a painful cut…
And our part is to surrender, to accept that healing is needed and necessary, to put trust in the universe that what comes is for our benefit.
There is something sacred about this painful process. The Gods haven’t abandoned us, they are carrying us. They are the giant wave beneath our feet…”
~ Leah Whitehorse
Art by Josephine Wall

“She was a galaxy, not one planet, she was a forest, not one tree. She was an ocean, not just one river. But the world had taught her to close and be as small as could be. But she woke up one day, longing for that little girl. Who knew she was living in a small corner and not her entire inner world. And so she slowly unlocked each door, deciding she wanted to play, live, go wild, no longer hide… And that girl was finally free, the one who carried a dancing universe of galaxies, forests and oceans inside.” ~S.C Lourie

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Art by Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

“Sometimes Life gives us no other choice but to do the impossible. To boldly reach across the veils and bring back a vision that has never before been seen on this earth. To breathe life into new forms of expression that catapult us beyond the reach of all that is familiar, and beyond the understanding of the family or friends we once relied upon. To disconnect from the safety and security promised by all inauthentic paths, and forge a new connection to the world of Spirit from which all is sourced. To keep leaning up against that vital and swirling edge of chaos that most certainly will dissolve us, yet at the same time holds the key to our rebirth.” ~Azra Bertrand

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Artist ~ unknown

“We have a natural tendency to assume that a remarkable chemistry between two souls is confirmation that they are meant to be together for life. In the heat of profound feelings, it seems counter-intuitive to imagine ourselves separate from a beloved. But chemistry and longevity are not necessarily bedfellows. Just because we feel earth-shatteringly alive with someone doesn’t mean they are supposed to be our life partner. They may have come for a very different reason—to awaken us, to expand us, to shatter us so wide open that we can never close again. Perhaps they were sent from afar to polish the rough diamond of your soul before vanishing into eternity. Perhaps they just came to give us new eyes. Better we surrender our expectations when the beloved comes. (S)he may just be dropping in for a visit. Is the kettle on?” ~Jeff Brown

Art by Tomasz Alen Kopera

Art by Tomasz Alen Kopera

“IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” ~Charles Dickens

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Source: Brooke Hampton

There is a place within that cannot be destroyed by flood or fire, by bloodthirsty armies or devastating illness— it this untouchable essence of us that quakes with irrepressible light and bears the intolerable weight of all that must be felt to awaken. When I first remembered myself after surgery, my own name strange, both of my breasts removed— I did not feel loss nor grief, but a love so ferocious it rolled through me like thunder, bringing healing rain. After that, came a knowing of my own wholeness beyond any story, beyond any dismemberment— this revelation of our luminous body that remains intact in spite of all of our sacred shatterings. And yes, now the landscape is unrecognizable— yes, now, there is no old path to go back to— yes, now there is the quivering arrow of this moment piercing the heart— the illusion of invulnerability stripped away, laid bare to this truth. And so it is. And so we are. Before I came to this life, I was shown this world from the distant shores of it— and in that moment, I saw the full arc of my days here, the exquisite range of this embodied dreaming. Oh how beautiful, I cried. Oh how terrible. Oh—This terrible beauty. And the angel who guided me simply pointed and nodded, and said—Yes.

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Poem by Laura Weaver

Source: Toko-pa
Street Artist ~ unknown

“They Will come to a Fork in the Road. One Road will Lead to Materialism and Destruction for Almost All Living Creatures. The Other Road Will Lead to a Spiritual Way upon which the Native People will be Standing. This Path will Lead to the Lighting of the 8th Fire, a Period of Eternal Peace, Harmony and a “New Earth” where the Destruction of the Past Will Be Healed.” ~Anishinabek Prophecy

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Art by Mark Henson

“A healthy woman is much like a wolf, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, intuitive and loyal. Yet separation from her wildish nature causes a woman to become meager, anxious, and fearful. The wild nature carries the medicine for all things. She carries stories, dreams, words and songs. She carries everything a woman needs to be and know. She is the essence of the female Soul. With the wild nature as ally and teacher, we see not through two eyes only, but through the many eyes of intuition. With intuition we are like the starry night, we gaze at the world through a thousand eyes.” ~Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Artwork by Dimitra Milan

Art by Dimitra Milan

“If you think it’s more “spiritual” to become a vegetarian, buy Organic Foods, practice yoga and meditate, but then you find yourself judging those who don’t do all these things, you fell into an ego trap. If you think it’s more “spiritual” riding a bike or public transport at work, but then you’re judging those in the car, you fell into an ego trap. If you think it’s more “spiritual” to stop watching tv because it cancels your brain, but then you’re judging those who still do, you fell into an ego trap. If you think it’s more “spiritual” to avoid reading newspapers and gossip magazines, but then you judge those who read them, you fell into an ego trap. If you think it’s more “spiritual” listening to classical music or sounds of nature, but then you’re judging who listens to commercial music, you fell into an ego trap. You always have to be careful about the feeling of “superiority”. it is the most important clue we have to realize that we are dealing into an ego trap. The ego is cleverly hidden in noble thoughts like to start a vegetarian diet or use the bicycle and then turn into a sense of superiority towards those who do not follow the same spiritual path.” ~ Mooji

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Happy Full Moon!

Full Moon art by Justin Peters

“Where do you belong? The full moon of May 18 (2:11 pm PT) is a Blue Moon with the power to heal the heart and re-connect to your true path.

This full moon is called a “seasonal Blue Moon,” which is the third of four full moons this spring. Full of promise, the blue moon falls in the area of the sky called Anuradha, the Vedic “star of success.”

Symbolized by a staff (weapon), Anuradha is also the star of the lotus flower. The flower of Anuradha grows in the muddy depths of Scorpio’s mysterious waters. Once it blooms, it offers the spiritual qualities of love and devotion.

Under this full moon, strengthening relationships and defining healthy boundaries is highly supported. Anuradha is the celestial home of the sun-god of friendship and love, Mitra. This benevolent deity radiates the sense of belonging and connectivity within families and communities. Anuradha’s special power lies in its ability to find commonalities among differences, and connect us to a greater sense of unity and self-acceptance.
Realistic Saturn and illusion-shattering Ketu have a lot of transformative influence on the world right now.  Since May 8, these two shadowy forces have joined in the energetic star of Purva Ashadha, where they will remain for the rest of the year.   It may not be possible to ignore or make excuses for ongoing problems or dysfunctional relationships, but a creative power is gaining momentum for new and sustainable solutions.

Mindful Mercury is completely combust the sun on May 21, giving this full moon a unique power to deconstruct preconceived notions and ideas. Be aware of the possibility of miscommunication now, and stay open for totally new and surprising information in the weeks to come.

This full moon is celebrated as Buddha Purnima, the birthday of the Buddha who taught illumination through the steady focus of mind. Like the powerful focus of a warrior, this rare Anuradha blue moon emanates courage to step forward into new realms of relationship and belonging.”
~Kari Field, excerpt from AnandaShree Astrology
Art by Justin Peters

Happy New Moon!

New Moon by Kingabrit

“What’s your passion and how do you follow it? The new moon of May 4 (3:46 pm PT) has a creative spark that can set the heart aflame. If you are ready to step into higher potential, this new moon contains a wealth of inner strength, power, and personal commitment.

In Vedic Astrology, the new moon falls in the area of the sky known as Bharani nakshatra, the star of the womb, also known as the star of restraint. Bharani symbolizes the divine feminine life force and the power of sexual energy to heal and regenerate.

Bharani is also the star of Yama, the Hindu god of death, who is responsible for collecting and directing those souls who have died toward a new womb and their ultimate rebirth.

Take heed, this is a time that may require flexibility and rearranging of priorities. The karmic task master, Saturn, stationed retrograde on April 29, and is positioned on the tail of the transformational eclipse snake, Ketu. This alignment is excellent for letting go of the past, reclaiming your heart, and clearing away old junk from closets and hidden spaces.  Old emotional patterns and habits can be broken up now, allowing for a clean slate to be put in its place.

Since April 10, Retrograde Jupiter has been positioned on Scorpio’s poisonous stinger. This volatile position of Jupiter challenges beliefs, religions, teachers, and political ideologies.  Pressure to break free from traditions and laws that no longer serve the greater good continues in the months to come.

May 6 is the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, when investments and commitments are said to multiply in value and strength.  This is an ideal time to set intentions, start projects, sign contracts, and make important purchases.  Akshaya Tritiya is a tithi (lunar day) that officially starts May 6 (2:47 pm PT) and ends on May 7 (1:47 pm PT).

Though it may be rough at times, Bharani new moon offers a powerful opportunity to reconnect with your inner strength, and to commit to your long-term visions and goals.  Illusions of the world can change quickly now, but the inner heart beats steadily on.”

~Kari Field, excerpt from AnandaShree Astrology
Art by Kingabrit

Happy Full Moon!

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“On April 19, 2019, we have the second Libra Full Moon of the year. The first Libra Full Moon was back in March, and opened a portal of possibilities and change.

Since March 20, this portal of energy has been lifting and shifting us in different ways. It has been guiding us to find balance in our lives and to think about ways to elevate and lift ourselves higher.

This portal of energy has been beckoning us to make some changes so we can feel more aligned and more at one with ourselves. It has been guiding us to merge with the flow and rhythm of the Universe so we can unlock the field of possibilities that rest within.

While the first Libra Full Moon was about finding balance within, this second Libra Full Moon is about finding balance with others and with our relationships.

In order to achieve this, we first have to understand and realize our self-worth.

You are worthy of being loved just as you are. You are worthy of respect. You are worthy of forgiveness. You are worthy to be heard and listened to. Your feelings matter. You are important. And you deserve all of the relationships in your life to be aligned with this truth.

The more you love yourself, the more you value yourself, the less likely you are to tolerate relationships that throw you off course and out of balance.

The time has come to shift and pivot, and relationships are the focus. The Universe wants us to clear the way and to let go of relationships that are no longer necessary in order for us to keep continuing forward.

Allow the Moon to be your guide, as it will show you the cracks, the gaps, and what needs to be cleared so the new can arrive.

This Moon will shine a light on what needs to be repaired and fixed or it will let us know that the time has come to say goodbye.

There is some tense energy circling this Full Moon, but it is only there to help us take action and cut the cords with certain relationships once and for all.

The future is bright, and this Full Moon will be helping us to cut the cords, clear the way, and surround ourselves with those who lift us higher.”

~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious