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 Vernal Equinox, 2017

Tomorrow marks the beginning of spring here in the northern hemisphere. It is a time when the northern hemisphere starts to tilt towards the sun, creating longer days and shorter nights. Hence, Vernal means new or fresh, and Equinox literally means equal night. Spring will officially arrive at 6:29am in the Eastern Time Zone! And to that I say, HURRAY! 

People have celebrated the Vernal Equinox throughout the centuries. The Egyptians built a huge sphinx that would face the rising sun each year on this equinox. And, Christians use this day to figure out when Easter will occur. Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Vernal Equinox.

This is a time when people start feeling the need to clean out drawers and closets, sweep out the dust and cobwebs, and throw open the windows and doors to blow out the stale, old season of winter, and usher in the fresh, new season of spring. Fields get plowed, gardens get planted, and people begin embracing the smells and sounds of Mother Nature. It is an exhilarating time.

Make a point to celebrate the changing of seasons. Head outside before you start your busy day or settle in for the evening. Give thanks for the dawning of this new season. This doesn’t have to take too long; you can do this in 5 minutes…showing a little gratitude for the blessings of your life and the newness of the spring season.

  • Make a little fire. Fire is symbolic of change; the transmuting of one thing to another. This fire doesn’t have to be large. I make mine in an abalone shell using a little sage, cedar and sweet grass.
  • Make a little offering. You may want to write a few words about what you are grateful for or what you want to release to the darkness of winter. I use tobacco; placing a bit of tobacco in my left hand, I speak my words of gratitude and humility. I use my left hand because it is closest to my heart, so all my thoughts and intentions are infused into the tobacco.
  • Give your offering to the fire. When ready, place your offering in the fire and watch your thoughts, words and emotions rise up to the Creator where they will be heard, understood and acted upon. At this point, I place my tobacco into the fire, or smoldering embers, and watch the smoke rise to the heavens.
  • Let the fire burn out completely. Try not to create a fire so large that you have to douse it with water to put it out. Instead, let the fire burn out completely before you end your ceremony.
  • End your ceremony. Return the ashes from your fire to Mother Earth. Give thanks to Mother Earth for making your ceremony possible. I give thanks for the sage, cedar, sweet grass, tobacco, fire and shell, and for all she has given me. I thank her for awakening to this new season of freshness and growth, and for the time of slumber.

Make this a time of sweet renewal. If winter was difficult, let it go; it is behind you. Turn to the east and welcome spring.

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 

 

 

March Madness

When was the last time you actually stopped and reevaluated your stance or opinion on something? When was the last time you accepted the idea that what you thought or believed to be ‘right’ or ‘true’ may not be ‘right’ or ‘true’? That the premise these thoughts or beliefs were based upon no longer exist? When was the last time you literally suspended a thought, belief, response or attitude, and taken the time to reevaluate your position, stance or opinion? If the old saying, ‘the one constant in life is change’ is true, how amenable, responsive or open are you to the ever changing, global transformation? How much of what you hold to be ‘true’ or ‘right’ is an honest, current opinion versus old, prejudiced judgment?

March is a month of shifting sands. It isn’t enough to just keeping your balance this month, you need to be able to witness the shifts and changes as they playout before you. You need to clear away the old, prejudiced judgment and allow yourself to ‘see’ with fresh, clear eyes, ridding yourself of any clouded, skewed vision that can hold you back from seeing and grasping all of the goodness that lay before you. To hold onto old ‘rights’ and ‘truths’ during this time without self examination or reflection is to hold yourself captive in a lesser place than you deserve or desire.

Remember the theme of 2017? Responsibility and involvement? It is an important theme for the year, and an important aspect of this month. March can be a month of instability…personally and professionally, emotionally and spiritually. March will test you in all of those areas. You will need to spend some time analyzing, reevaluating, and contemplating ideas, ideals, beliefs and understandings you have never examined or pondered over before. Your job is to find your new balance, your new perspective, your new awareness, and your new acceptance of your new ideas, ideals, thoughts, and beliefs.

‘Digging your heels in’ and choosing not to relinquish your old prejudiced judgments, will only bury you a little deeper in your own self-induced prison of bewilderment, negativity and disappointment. Take responsibility for finding and establishing your own balance this month. Get involved in your own self-realization and actualization. Start by asking yourself some questions, and taking enough time to deeply consider your answers. Then decide whether your answers are based on your own experience or considered opinion, or if they are based on some traditional, cultural or family oriented belief or understanding (e.g., I was raised Catholic, therefore, that is my religion).

  • Are you religious or spiritual?
  • What do you truly and wholeheartedly believe in, with respect to God, the hereafter, heaven and hell?
  • Do you have a political affinity? Is one political party ‘better’ than another?
  • Are you open minded when you hear about various ethnic groups?
  • Are you a good listener? Can you set aside preconceived ideas when listening to an opposing opinion or idea?
  • How willing are you to trust another person? Do you believe most people are trustworthy?
  • What fears do you have about yourself? About others?
  • When you don’t get your way, are you willing to try another way without resentment, negativity and judgment?
  • Do you think you are generally right about how things work or ought to be?
  • What areas of your life, your Being, are you most afraid of looking at? What are you afraid of finding? Is it realistic?
  • What areas of your life, your Being, are you most afraid of changing? What are you afraid will happen? Is that realistic?

If you haven’t already, take some time to begin your journey towards balance and enlightenment. The trick is to continually renew your commitment to yourself, and to finding what has changed within you. The better you understand and appreciate yourself, the better you will come to understand and appreciate the world you live in, and the more balance you will have when the sands under your feet begin shifting.

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Horton Hears A Who

I had the privilege today of hiking several trails at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada with my husband and 2 sisters. It was such a great day. The weather was perfect, the scenery spectacular, and the experience profound. While walking the Fire Wave Trail, there were a number of comments made about how small and insignificant we were when standing near the mammoth rock formations. I had to admit, I immediately conjured up the image of Horton as he strained to hear the tiny voice of a Who. In this case, we were the Who. Small. Insignificant compared to Mother Earth’s ancient skyscrapers. Even smaller when you include the vastness and totality of the Universe, the All, the Cosmos.

Standing amongst the sage brush, cactus, rocks (Grandmothers and Grandfathers) and grasses, far off into the distance stood snow capped mountains jutting into the vastness of brilliant blue skies. Millions and millions of years have passed since the inception of the space I occupied today; of the space we all occupy each and every day. Cast beyond our world of Mother Earth, high into the heavens sits Grandmother Moon.

Saturday, February 25th, Grandmother Moon moves into the quiet solitude of the New Moon, it is the first day of the 3-day cycle of the New Moon. It is a time of rest, reflection, and new beginnings. As we move into the cycle of this New Moon, on this first day, take some time to sit quietly in the darkness.

  • Find the darkest, quietest place possible.
  • Feel the depth and sensations of this space.
  • Notice your ability to sit quietly; how long before you begin to fidget, daydream or become uncomfortable? Can you overcome these distractions?
  • When done, draw yourself a nice hot bath and relax; or, make yourself a cup of tea, allowing yourself to savor its aroma and warmth.

On Sunday, February 26th…

  • If possible, sit outside under the blanket of darkness, otherwise, return to the place of dark quiet.
  • Recognize the vastness of the space that exists all around and above you.
  • If you are considered gigantic compared to the smallest dust mite, begin to place yourself in the position of the dust mite, being minute compared to all that is massively larger, stronger and longer lasting than you.
  • Surrender your ego to the Universe, the All, the Cosmos or the Source.
  • Let go, sleep and dream

On Monday, February 27th…

  • Find a space of dark quietude.
  • Acknowledge and bless all that you have, all that you are, and all that you will ever be.
  • Welcome any and all opportunities the Universe, the All, the Cosmos or Source may bring into your awareness.
  • Relax ideas of structure or what would be acceptable or unacceptable opportunities.
  • Feel your heart and mind open to new possibilities, even those that today would be unimaginable.
  • Hold warmth, gratitude, love, understanding and grace in your Being, while releasing prejudice, judgment, jealousy, greed, and negativity to the surrounding darkness.
  • Take a quick shower to wash away that which you want to release.
  • And, draw yourself a hot bath to warm and nurture your very Being, and to seal in that which you want to hold close within you.

Full Snow Moon of February

With tornadoes, record low temperatures and heavy snow falls happening across our country, I feel abundantly fortunate to be sitting in the warmth and sun of Nevada. I have always felt fortunate to live in a place where we have 4 seasons, because I truly enjoy each of them for a variety of reasons. However, once Christmas and the New Year has rolled in, I am ready for the warm winds and sunny days of Nevada!

Our Native American ancestors had a variety of names for February’s Full Moon. The Shoshone of Wyoming and Nevada, Winnebago and Potawatomi of the Great Lakes, and the Shawnee of the Midwest refer to hunger and the birds and animals from the areas, e.g., The Full Coyote Moon, The Full Crow Moon, The Full Fish Running Moon and the Full Rabbit Moon. There are also names referencing the weather conditions. From the Creek of the Southeast, the Comanche from the Southern Plains, Arapaho from the Great Plains, Lakota from the Northern Plains and the Abenaki from Northeast Maine, we hear names like Makes Branches Fall In Pieces Moon, Full Frost Sparkling In Sun Moon, Full Sleet Moon, and the Full Wind Moon. The more familiar names for February is the Full Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, Bony Moon and Little Famine Moon.

It goes without saying, February, in the northern hemisphere, is a cold and often challenging month. In Michigan, where I am from, it is often gray and cloudy, offering little sunlight, and temperatures that can bring biting coldness. It can be a time of hibernation, going inward more deeply and profoundly than the previous months.

The Hopi, from Arizona and the Southwest, called this the Moon of Purification and Renewal. Thus, a good time to do some reflective soul searching and cleansing of thoughts, intentions and attitudes that may be negative, self-limiting, or by nature, unhealthy for you, the environment, others, and the world in general.

Take these next 3-days of the Full Moon and make this the Moon of Purification and Renewal, for your body, mind and spirit.

  • On Thursday, February 9th, spend a little time watching the glow of Grandmother Moon’s face.
  • Ask yourself what habits, thoughts, intentions or attitudes seem to hamper your success in feeling happy, secure, comfortable, or otherwise content in your life?
  • Write them down so you can refer to them Friday night, February 10th.
  • When done, say a little thank you to Grandmother Moon for her presence, whether you can see her or not.
  • On Friday, as you sit in front of Grandmother Moon, referring to your list, take a moment to remember specific instances where a habit, thought, intention or attitude got in the way of a positive, uplifting, inspirational or productive moment.
  • Returning to your list, with its contents firmly in your mind, ask Grandmother Moon, the Universe, Source or God to help you release these habits, thoughts, intentions, or attitudes; to make it possible for you to be consciously aware and capable of discharging these from your field of energy.
  • On Saturday, February 11th, giving thanks to Grandmother Moon, the Universe, Source or God for their attention and willingness to help, burn your list.
  • Then, taking a moment to gaze upon the face of Grandmother Moon, allow her grace and energy to fill your heart and soul with gratitude, and the knowing of how good and strong your own sense of purpose and truth is that lies within you.