The Spirit of Movement – July

July is an interesting month. June was all about celebrations, holding positive energies and attitudes, and peppered with some revelations of Self. July, on the other hand, is about movement; the movement forward, backward or sidestepping.

Many of us in the northern hemisphere spend our winter months longing for the return of those warmer, sunnier days of summer. We entertain thoughts and dreams of what we would do when freed from the confines of short, dreary, cold winter days. We plan trips to beaches, parks, festivals and out of town locations. We plan for family gatherings, seeing friends, and spending time planting gardens, mowing lawns, doing home improvements and conquering other major and minor chores.

July’s energetic imprint is one of ‘full steam ahead’. With the Sun’s masculine energy coupled with Mother Earth’s feminine energy, the spirit of movement (or growth) is in abundance. For example, if you planted a garden, lawn, shrubs or trees within the last couple of months, you are witnessing the spirit of movement in action. The same spirit that causes plants, trees and grasses to grow directly effects you; through your thoughts, attitudes, intentions, moods, aspirations, and well-being.

Use the spirit of movement to grow your own positive thoughts and attitude.

  • When you find yourself talking, reacting or otherwise reflecting a negative attitude, ask yourself if this is the type of person you want to be, now and into the future.
  • If you find yourself gossiping about others or saying hurtful things, stop and ask yourself why this behavior is so important to you.
  • If you find yourself judging another person for their actions, words or appearance, take a moment to look into a mirror and see if that judgment has improved or hindered your own status in some way.

Use the spirit of movement to set or establish your own intentions, mood and aspirations.

  • Using the masculine heat from Grandfather Sun and the feminine energy and nurturing from Mother Earth, take a few minutes each day to allow this spirit of movement to grow in your heart a sense of worth, purpose and determination.
  • When feeling less than optimistic or positive, spend some time in nature, touch a tree, walk barefoot, or sit in the grass or on a bench. Allow yourself the freedom to breathe in some fresh air, touch the face of Mother Earth, and be embraced by Grandfather Sun’s warming rays.
  • Whatever your aspirations, think about them when out of doors; energizing your thoughts, dreams and goals with the spirit of movement from all of Nature.

Use the spirit of movement to support and bolster your sense of well-being.

  • If you find yourself being plagued by doubts, fears or anxiety, take some time and go to the beach or a park. Find a place near water where you can swim or just watch the waves roll in and back out. The ebb and flow motion will help to relieve the unwanted (and warranted) emotional stress and help reset your internal rhythm.
  • Our body has a way of signaling when changes begin to take place within it. Sometimes it is simply signals due to physical stress or mental overload. If you can find a cedar tree, pull a small amount of the fern, rub it together between your fingers and breathe in the healthful fragrance. Its aroma will signal the brain to relax.

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”
–  Ada Louise Huxtable

June’s Revelations

June is a month for revelations. Dictionary.com defines revelations this way … something revealed or disclosed, especially a striking disclosure, as of something not before realized. The Universe has a way of presenting to each of us exactly what we need to know or experience so we can continue on our journey of self-awareness, self-discovery and conscious living. These revelations come when we are open to truth and honesty within ourselves. When we are willing to listen and hear a different voice, perhaps a ‘voice of reason’, speak words with a different message, or provide a different ‘slant’ or view that reaches something within you. It is a moment of discovery; of a revelation.

Too often we stay stuck in our position, opinion or idea of how things or people ought to be. Throughout our lives we have responded and reacted to people and events based on those deeply coded positions, opinions and ideas. We often have beliefs that have been with us throughout our lives, and maybe have served us well. But what about those times when they leave you feeling less than honest? Less comfortable? Miserable? Embarrassed? Maybe even a little ashamed?

How many times in the last year have you questioned yourself about how you were feeling after you reacted to a stressful, disappointing or personally intimidating event? How many times, in the past year, have you found yourself in a joyful, lighthearted, upbeat frame of mind, only to be brought down by some event or some other person’s actions, deeds or words? And, how did you respond? Did you carry the attitude with you for awhile?

Negative energy, and negativity, isn’t as easy to shed as it used to be, back when you were a kid and life seemed a little easier. As you move through the month of June, you may find yourself feeling bombarded by negativity.  As though a continuous storm of chaos, hatred, selfishness and narcissism has somehow descended upon our beautiful planet Earth. No matter where you turn, it is there…feeding on the reactions of pent up fear, anxiety, frustration and hostility here and around the globe. This negative energy is so prevalent, it sometimes goes unnoticed…as though it has become the norm. So, maintaining a positive state of mind and attitude can be difficult at best.

Through this month of June, take the time to reveal to yourself and to others the opposite energy. The energy of positivity. June is a time of celebrations, e.g., graduations, weddings, Father’s Day, warm weather, picnics and parties. Can you carry that same uplifting, celebratory energy with you? Look around you.

  • What is it that moves you into that place of negativity?
  • When experiencing your own sense of negativity, where does it come from?
  • Is it coming from old beliefs or does it feel personal?
  • Who among your friends, family and co-workers tends to lift your mood?
  • Who among them tends to darken your mood?
  • What is the quickest way for you to pull yourself out of a negative mood or situation?
  • What can you do this month that will move you towards your own personal revelations?
  • What part of conscious living do you practice?
    • Can you listen without judgment?
    • Are you willing to hear an opposite viewpoint?
    • Can you accept without prejudice another’s opinion?
    • Can you drop the idea that you are, of course, right?
    • Can you honestly, openly and truthfully question your own ideas and beliefs, while looking at what others hold as their own ideas and beliefs?

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

April’s New Moon

The 3-days of April’s New Moon begins Tuesday, the 25th, reaching its apex on Wednesday, the 26th, at 8:18AM eastern time. A New Moon always signifies a time of new beginnings, rebirth, and regeneration. And, while the new moon cycle runs for a full 28 days, the best time to begin any new projects or plans is during the first 2-weeks of the cycle (until May 10th).

This New Moon comes in the middle of a Mercury Retrograde. As many of you know, most planets go retrograde from time to time, with very little effect felt by most of us mere mortals. However, Mercury in Retrograde is more like Murphy’s Law in action…’what can go wrong, will go wrong’, especially in the areas of communications, computers, and relationships. With Mercury in Retrograde, you can expect to feel its influence during this New Moon, especially in the areas of communications and relationships.

During this coming New Moon, influenced by Mercury Retrograde, take time to tend to your own wants and needs.

  • On Tuesday, the 25th, pick one thing you want to accomplish within the next 28-days that is simply, just for you. Too often when setting goals for ourselves, we try to chose goals that will benefit others as well as ourselves. Don’t do that this time. With Mercury in Retrograde, it could back fire on you.
  • Be realistic. If there is a chance you won’t accomplish the goal within the next 28-days, establish a milestone that is achievable.
  • On Wednesday morning, as the moon begins to set, make an offering to Grandmother Moon while stating your personal goal or intention. Visualize the results. Then, live the day as though you have already accomplished your goal.
  • Wednesday night, if possible, fill a tub of hot water and add your favorite scented oils, bubble bath, Epsom salts, etc., and commit again to your personal goal or intention. Bathe yourself in the image and sensation of achieving what you set out to attain.
  • On Thursday, establish a plan to achieve your goal or intention. Keep the plan simple. Make changes when necessary, but never lose sight of your goal or the milestones you want to reach.

Achieving your goals will take more than a simple commitment. It will take effort each and every day. It may take some ‘self-talk’ and reminders of why this is important to you. As the New Moon grows in its light, so too will the results of your effort.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

Spring’s Full Moon

Don’t you just love spring? Everything the sun touches seems to suddenly come to life. The days no longer end at 5:30 or 6:00pm. The warmth of the breeze is almost mesmerizing as it blows through the trees, the grasses and across your face. You can sense the return of life once again in all that surrounds you.

Tuesday, April 11th at 2:08am, Grandmother Moon will be at her fullest and Venus will be nearing the end of its retrograde and going direct in 4-days. The passion of this month, this cycle, will be nearing its peak this week. As its intensity begins to ebb, carrying you gently with it, where will you find yourself emotionally? spiritually? energetically?

  • Will you continue to put forth the focus and energy to take responsibility and get involved in your own personal goals and passion?
  • Will you let go and relax into the awareness of the shifts and changes that are making themselves present within you?
  • Will you embrace your passion or set it aside?

We are continuously given opportunities to engage and embrace those talents or passions that exist within us. They excite us, drive us, tease us, and lift us in our minds and spirit. Too often we kick them to the side thinking they are silly, irrelevant, impossible, or a waste of our valuable time. Or maybe, stymied by the fear of being thought a fool or of failing in its pursuit.

Whatever your talent or passion, it is one of the gifts that is uniquely yours. While we are all unique in our own way, it is that uniqueness that contributes to and strengthens the complex web of life…of ALL life. Not just your life or my life, but of the entire circle of life.

Do not deny your passion or try to change it. Engage in it and allow its energetic vibration to awaken a deeper spirit of life within you; strengthening your connection to that complex web of ALL life.

April’s Passion

What are you passionate about? Do you have a passion? Is it for a cause? A sport? Politics? A religious belief? Family? Friends? Work? What is it that gets your heart pumping and feeds you with adrenaline? Has it changed over the years or remained the same? Does it have the same intensity today as it did 3 years ago?

Experience tells me that passion can rise and fall, like the ebb and flow and tides of great waters. Each time the tide rolls in to meet the shore, it brings with it a different intensity. With strong winds behind it, it may come crashing loudly onto the shoreline. When accompanied by more gentle breezes, the surf appears more tranquil in nature, softly reaching the shore and slowly, methodically ebbing back into its waters. In many ways, April will reflect that same ebb and flow.

To awaken Mother Earth to her fullest, the waters (her blood) must be able to flow freely in and around her. The coldness held in the roots of the trees and other vegetation must be warmed and nurtured by the sun, and nourished by her waters. April is a month of passion; the passion of washing away the slumber of the old season and preparing the way for the awakening, growth and freshness of the new season. Each season comes to us fresh and new, but it is that time of transitioning where you can begin to witness and experience Mother Nature’s intense passion; e.g., in her storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, mudslides, and flooding.

During this month of April, you may find an awakening happening deep within you; an arising passion for your own Self and well-being. With Venus in retrograde, you may find your subconscious randomly dragging up memories of relationships and emotional events from your past. Be aware of them. Like the waters of Mother Earth, allow them to ebb and flow within you, waking up and washing away any old, negative, destructive emotions, and letting in (or replacing it with) healthy, new, nurturing emotions and sensations. Give yourself permission to move beyond the hurts and wounds of the past and instead, arouse the passion within you to stand in the place of health, healing and happiness.

Throughout the month of April, continue to explore your passion. Do you live each day with passion? Even if you are stuck in a boring, dead-end job, go to work committed to doing your best. If you are engaged and present in everything that you do, and if you do your work with a sense of pride, regardless of what it is, you will lift yourself up out of the doldrums and find pleasure in the present.

Take a moment to examine those things you are passionate about.

  • Make a list.
  • Has your priorities or interests changed over the years?
  • What passions are you engaged in now?
  • What were you engaged in, in the past?
  • Is your name on the list?
  • Are you passionate about your health?
    • Happiness?
    • Relationships?
    • Beliefs?
    • Practices?
    • Life?
  • What will you do to engage more deeply?

New Moon of March 27th

This New Moon carries with it the spirit of newness; the sense of glowing originality. We have had other New Moons and witnessed the vestiges of spring slowly creep across the landscape. So what makes this one so new, so fresh, so exciting? Because this New Moon arrives during a Venus retrograde.

Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, influences our relationships, emotions, and desires. She is also the goddess of victory, beauty, fertility and satisfying carnal appetites, favors and desires. During retrograde, it is best to err on the side of caution when entering into or trying to maintain intimate relationships. It is generally during a Venus retrograde that people find themselves reacting, responding, or otherwise behaving in a way they may come to regret later.

As we move into this time of the New Moon, begin to establish your springtime boundaries. Whether these boundaries are about the amount of time you spend at work, play or relaxing, or about building up or taking apart relationship(s), structures or habits, boundaries help guide you towards the goals and ideals you want in your life. It provides the basis for you to mold and model how you want to live, learn and grow; now, and into the future.

  • Identify one goal you want to accomplish between now and June 21st, the summer solstice.
  • How much time will you need to set aside to complete this goal?
  • How will this goal effect you? others?
  • Is there anything you need to do upfront to aid in the success of your goal?
  • What resources do you need, if any?
    • Do you have to acquire these resources or are they already available to you?
  • Layout a plan that identifies each task you will need to complete per week to accomplish your goal, along with a start and end date (if there is an end date).
  • How will you measure the success of your goal?

With this year’s theme being responsibility and involvement, now is the perfect time to step out, get involved and take responsibility for making this world a better place … for everyone.

 

The Full Moon of March 12th, 2017

Names for this month’s Full Moon: In the north and west…Full Cottonball Moon, Eagle Moon, Moon of Whispering Wind, Sore Eyes Moon, Little Sand Storm Moon, Full Warming Moon; in the southeast…Little Spring Moon, Moon of Winds, Strawberry Moon; and in the Midwest, Catching Fish Moon, Snow Crusted Moon, Spring Moon, Full Sap Moon.

Whatever you choose to call this month’s full moon, those of us in the northern hemisphere know it to signal the coming of warmer weather and longer days. You are probably finding yourself longing to be in the great outdoors (without winter coats, boots and gloves) soaking up the sun, planning outings, opening windows chasing out the stagnate air of the previous months, cleaning up the yard and planting gardens. You can almost feel yourself throwing off the darkness of winter, spreading your wings and breathing in the fresh, warm breezes of spring. And why not? The Vernal Equinox, or Spring, arrives on March 20th…when the sun shines directly over the equator giving us equal daylight and nighttime hours.

On March 4th, Venus went retrograde and will remain there until April 15th. Venus, aligned with the heart chakra, reveals itself in our lives as attraction and receptivity, defining the nature of what we allow into our lives. Therefore, the more we understand and are clear and open about what we want and accept into our lives, the more likely we are to draw that to us and into our hearts. The more mature, developed, and clear we are, the greater the capacity for a person to achieve unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance and love.

As always, the full moon symbolizes the fulfillment of a lunar cycle; starting at the absence of light with the New Moon, reaching its perfection at the Full Moon, then recycling itself with the slow departure of the Full Moon’s light, diminishing into the still, quiet darkness of the ever birthing New Moon. Let’s take the time during this Full Moon to nourish our senses and sensibilities.

  • With the vestiges of winter upon us, take a morning to go out of doors and breathe in the fresh, cool or cold air. Let it traverse throughout your body, touching and awakening you from your winter slumber.
  • As you ‘lean into’ the coming spring changes, remember to give thanks for the passing winter months and its restorative, longer nighttime hours.
  • Indulge yourself in these last days of winter and reflect on all you have come to know about yourself, your life, your goals and your priorities.
  • Identify the one or two things you have come to know about yourself in these last 6 months that make you smile and feel good about who you are.
  • Don’t rush your mind, thoughts or activities into spring; instead, for the next 8 – 10 days spend time witnessing and honing that which makes you smile and feel good about yourself.
  • Venus retrograde is a good time to reflect and reassess your goals and values, and your ability to exercise unconditional, nonjudgmental acceptance and love.

There is no greater power in Heaven or on Earth than pure, unconditional love. The nature of the God force, the unseen intelligence in all things, which causes the material world and is the center of both the spiritual and physical plane, is best described as pure, unconditional love. Wayne Dyer