Total Solar Eclipse - New Moon in Leo

A Gateway For the Strong Hearted

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New Moon in Leo / Total Solar Eclipse : 8/21/17 - 10:20AM PST

I wish you all a moment of reverence for the mysteries that permeate our lives, and the way we are called into meaningful reflection. On this day, millions of Americans will step outside to take in the phenomenal experience of a total solar eclipse. It’s impossible to say how many of those that observe the eclipse will do so in a creatively ceremonial way - a way that infuses this cosmic event with personal and collective meaning for our planet and our time, but my sense is, it will be many. For whatever else this eclipse inspires or catalyzes for each of us, I find myself deeply moved by our awe and our wonder…for our species timeless dance with all that is fleeting, and full of mystery.

In the sign of Leo, this new moon solar eclipse touches us to the very core of who we believe ourselves to be, and what we believe we are here to offer, on this planet, at this time. 

This cosmic alignment evokes the lion-hearted, courageous one of you whose deep longing is to live artfully, to live love into the world from the core of you. It calls forth the one of you who aligns outer action with inner vision - with soul, in order to live the fullest possible life in the time you have.

Soul in this context, refers to your one true place - the “truth at the center of the image you were born with’ as David Whyte says…the unique, never-seen-before and never-to-be-seen again gift that you carry for the world. This place is greater and more inclusive than your social and vocational roles and identities. To offer yourself to the river of soul is to love the world and yourself in it in a radical way; a way that courageously sacrifices your too-small stories for something deeper, more mysterious, less possible to control, and more authentically you than the myriad of personas and identities you have assembled.

To go there is to confront the terrible beauty of your own truth. It is to listen to the still, small voice that persistently whispers; “there is something deeper…something more meaningful, worthy of living and dying for…”

Eclipses have long been identified as powerful gateways or thresholds between an event or an era that is coming to a close, and a new beginning. What is completing in your life? What way of being or story you’ve been living is too-small? What vital impulse is pounding down the walls of your heart, and rushing through your veins? What path awaits you ahead? How might you call upon your lion heart to step through the threshold, knowing full-well it may ask everything of you?

I dream of a world in which everyone lives so fully, so artfully, so audaciously from love that there is nothing left when it is time to leave. I pray for all people - that they be filled with a sense of purpose - the deepest kind of purpose, and that they have the courage to live that into the world. I imagine all of us on this eclipse day, looking up at the sky as the moon obscures the sun, and re-membering that all of life is worthy of our awe, our time, and attention. Every day can be a day to love wildly, to create art, to make ceremony, to lay ourselves down as offerings to something greater than the lives we plan.

Maybe we’ll feel it as we gaze up. Love. The fiercest kind of love, the love that shakes us to our core…A love that will tear down the barriers that keep too many of us from really living, feeling, being, love. Maybe…a new beginning is indeed upon us. Can you feel it?

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New Moon in Leo

Vitality, Creativity, and Generative Action

New Moon in Leo : July 23rd : 2:47am PST

This new moon is one firey, hot, and energetic love-kick in the pants to the Creatrix of you who desperately longs to step into the fray. 

Desire and dreaming both precede visible, manifest action, but hanging out in the intangible realms for too long generates a build-up of vitality that wants - no needs - to be released into the world. It is this moment of blessed unrest that fuels us in our wholeness to take initiative.

The moon represents the way we need to nurture and be nourished in order to thrive. It is also, by nature, reflective, subjective, and changeable. The sun represents our conscious desires and sense of ego-self. Both our wants and our needs are stirred up by the planet mars who is connected to personal willpower. In the sign of Leo these three major players light up our longings to participate in our lives as co-creative beings, to step forward, and to offer up our deepest gifts. 

This moon also offers us a potent moment to reflect and recognize the way we may be holding ourselves back through excessive self-flattery, or self-denial. 

When Leo is out of balance it can move through us as these protective ones who are in the business of keeping us small. For some, our default is self-flattery. By nature self-congratulatory dialogue exempts us from ever taking a look at how we might be called to change and grow. 

For others, the inner voices may show up as a harsh lion tamer, saying things like “who are YOU to create anything!” Both of these unhealthy Leo expressions are nonstarters. Both rob our deep self of contributing something beautiful and necessary to our world. 

Both hold us back from generative action.

Healthy Leo is a wide, open and radiant heart. A hearth fire for the creative force that warms and enlightens all who come near. When we give ourselves permission to take just the very next step as artisans of our lives, and in our cultures, we generate a field of presence. We give others permission to act and to create in their unique way too. We love the process. We can’t help but love. Through love we bring our creativity into the world, while loving the creative acts of others too. 

This Leo new moon conjunct Mars is the perfect catalyst to help you source the abundance of energy that is needed (and the self/other-love, creative vision, and willpower) to take the first steps in becoming visible, however perfectly imperfect. After all, the path is made by walking.

 

 

Full Moon in Capricorn

Empowerment, Will and Changing the World

Full Moon : Saturday, July 8th : 9:08pm

I am broken open by the fragility and the creativity of the human journey towards wholeness, deep purpose and fulfillment. We all long to live full lives of meaning, and our global climate, the legacy and health of our respective cultures, and the future ones yet to come are depending on it. These are urgent times.

This full moon in Capricorn is closely conjunct Pluto - the planet of transpersonal will, of chthonic depth, and transformation. Pluto in Capricorn is a placement that challenges and disturbs unethical and outdated paradigms of authority, inspiring each one of us to take personal responsibility to question and challenge what we assume is business-as-usual in service of a more life-enhancing world.

But to challenge or change any system we must be willing to change ourselves - to expose and bring to light our own assumptions, habitual patterns, and unconscious drives that keep us safe and may, in fact, reinforce the very system we are wanting to change.

The full moon in Capricorn is a call to review our own relationship to authority and control, shifting our perspective from external dependencies to personal responsibility. It’s a perfect time to set yourself up with concrete daily structures that help you stand in your wholeness - especially because true change is often hard or painful - and it is almost always humbling for the ego. 

For some of us this is a daily reflective practice of some sort - like meditation or yoga; for others it might be spending more time in nature, or going to bed earlier, or choosing to do a little less in order to pursue life’s intrinsic pleasures. 

Pluto conjunct the full moon will help you by creatively disturbing your unconscious habits and entrenched emotional strategies.

Opposite the Sun and Mars in Cancer, Pluto’s healthy regeneration shows us that personal will (Mars) will only get us so far. We do the deep inner work so we can be more available and open to healthy relationships of reciprocity - where we are able to meet each other, with our diverse needs, gifts, backgrounds, and desires, from our wholeness. Only then can our personal will meet the will of others in mutually enhancing, collaborative and awake ways.

Only then will we be truly able to green the wasteland.

The Moon/Pluto in Capricorn opposite the Sun/Mars in Cancer remind us that we are not solo agents with a personal mission. We are relational beings in an interconnected world and live beautiful lives we must realize that mature relationships do not depend on manipulative emotional strategies to get our needs met.

Pluto is in the business of true empowerment. If you want to change a relationship, a way of being in the world, a life, or a system, you must go down and in to the source of your longing. You must be willing to be changed.

New Moon in Cancer - Midsummer

The Peak of Light, the Heart of Darkness

Cancer New Moon : 6/23/17 : 7:32pm PST

A deep, love-filled, golden blessing to each of you as the solar light wanes just after Midsummer.

This time of year inspires us into contemplating what in our lives is maturing. We are no longer the individually-oriented, reckless youth, out for our own learning, but rather we turn to the collective, to tending to others in service, or in tending to our projects. 

Midsummer invites us into taking personal responsibility for the world we want to see, within and without. The bright summer light illuminates places that were hidden and in shadow, and here, when resources are plentiful, we have the opportunity to really take a look. 

The solar force in our lives is directive, projective, and goal oriented. At this seasonal threshold, we have access to an abundance of energy and a heightened dedication to drive forward. We do so inspired to serve ourselves and others in ways that are generative, full of love, and care. 

With the mirror of the sacred union, where the love of the God and Goddess fertilize the land with beauty and bounty, we too can feel into our own capacity to begin healthy relationship with the one of us who is active and creative and the one of us who feels deeply and nurtures. To be in our wholeness here is important as so many of us fall into co-dependency when we believe on some level that we are incomplete - we have to watch that our purpose is not defined by giving ourselves away to another. 

Cancer love is a kind of fierce love. A love that protects, nurtures, and remains true to her wholeness. In this way, our inner landscape can thrive and bloom too. We gain lasting resources in our inner world that flood our service projects, and goals. May it be so on this new moon…

Full Moon in Sagittarius

The Human-Animal

Full Moon in Sagittarius : June 9th : 6:10am PST

Our animal bodies are a doorway into a wildly unsocialized state of consciousness. One that belongs more readily to the pre-socialized, more-than-human world into which we are born. One that can only be accessed through radical intimacy with the vitality of the moment, that is inherently relational, alchemical, instinctual and immediate. Coming to know the intelligence of the primal body, opens us to the autonomous sentience of our earth. 

Sagittarius is the sign of the human-animal. Part wo(man), part horse, Sagittarius energy invites us into the roots, into our bones, to the tip of our tail and down the hallway of our the hoofed and horned evolutionary past.

The centaur is a mythical being that is caught between two worlds - the human and the animal…and so holds the gift of the in-between that seeks for a larger truth that what is readily sought. This part of us quests courageously into unchartered territory, seeking the grail of our embodied experience - the very essence of what it means to be alive, and human, and here on this earth.

Let this full moon invite you deeper into the inborn animal wisdom of your body. Take a pause at the zenith of light to exhale into the night habitual and acculturated ways of analyzing our way into meaning, and instead, let the “soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

Spend time this lunar cycle with your feet on the earth, asking yourself the most important question you could ask in the most meaningful way you can; “what matters most?” 

And the track that, tail swishing, hoofs pounding, heart racing with vitality, with vigor and with strength into the unknown future.

New Moon in Gemini

A Call to Cross-Pollinate

May 25th : New Moon in Gemini : 12:44pm PST

It is more important than ever to allow diverse perspectives into our being - to be shaped by the complexity and the uniquenesses of the world we share with one another. Gemini is the sign of the world-bridged, the communicator, the leaping one of us who can move freely from one world, to another. He is the one of us who pollinates each domain of our life with the gifts from another and when healthy and free to explore, the Gemini of us sings out from the chorus of life we each are a part of. 

With the moon in Gemini it becomes deeply nourishing for us to refresh ourselves with the winds of change. Change begins when we create space to allow the new in…a new way of seeing, dancing, and being in the world. You may find yourself to be more open, and curious…more hungry for your eyes to see anew. You may find yourself ready to not only hear the experience or perspective of another, but to allow it into your inner sanctum, to shift your view, to crack your armor, to plant a question that may shape you in the days to come.

Gemini, the twins has access to a kind of double vision. There is always more than one side to every story. Cultivating this double vision allows you to thrive in complexity and move beyond dualistic thinking; right or wrong.

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the Gods. What gifts fly in on the wings of change in unexpected ways? Where in your life feels dull, stuck, stagnant, heavy or overburdened? 

This new moon in Gemini, let the boundaries between you, between one way of thinking and seeing, and another, blur. Let the Trickster of you shake it up and revel in the creativity that blooms from the new.

Full Moon in Scorpio | Lunar Beltane

Shadow Dance

Full Moon in Scorpio | Lunar Beltane : Wednesday May 10th 2:42pm PST

Wishing you unbridled love on this bright Scorpio moon - a moon that marks lunar Beltane. Opposite the sun in Taurus, this full moon bridges the divide between the live-giving and renewing qualities of spring, and the life-degenerating, dissolving qualities of the fall. 

The Taurus-Scorpio opposition continues to invite us into a deepened understanding of both life and death - both what is seen and celebrated on the outside, and the underlying intentions, motivations, and pursuits that hide within. Taurus is an earth sign, ruled by Venus; the one of us that invites us into presence and pleasure in the moment. The one who renews and enhances life as in the spring. Scorpio is the sign that invites us each into the depths of ourselves and of the world. Scorpio's gifts as a guide are in the reflective, inward qualities of the water element that seek intimacy with what-is - both the joyful, and the difficult. Ruled by Pluto - the lord of the underworld, Scorpio always offers us an opportunity to be changed in some lasting, alchemical way.

The more present we are to the fullness of life's invitations, the more deeply we are shaped by them.

Full moons are times when the shadowy parts of our psyche are illuminated to the fullness of our conscious selves (the sun). This full moon in Scorpio wants each of us to explore what remains hidden from the world of the waking. What quiet motivations shape the way you stand here? What dis-ease do you find yourself glossing over with the glamour of spring? How does the pursuit of pleasure and connection beckon you toward some kind of initiation? What is dying in your life even as the new is birthing? It's time to go deep, to get close and cozy with the transformer of you. Doing so, Scorpio says, will usher you into your own radical and audacious springtime blooming.

New Moon in Taurus

New Moon in Taurus - Wednesday, April 26th : 5:16 AM PST

 

Evidence of the seasons’ coming grandeur lights the tree tips with round, soft puffs of green and pink YES buds; near to brimming but yet gathered close and tight; milking the moments pleasure. The cacti, letting down their defenses, bloom defiantly!

Swooning hummingbirds buzz about drunk and giddy. The last to deny a good flowering. 

Around the corner in a wash luxuriates a red sand snake, tasting her way with her tender tongue, belly to the earth. She defies her his-torians in the great magnum opus that is her very body. Slithering the persecuted sahaja dance of arousal. “Come close. Feel your way. Touch the earth as you would your lover,” she says…

This new moon is an invitation to sink into pleasure, presence and passion. To pause for a moment, and feel, to move belly to the earth, with a soft touch. To evoke the Aphrodite of you who want to teach all of us about whole beauty - about our birthright to turn ourselves on, to live audaciously, to take up space, to offer our gifts as a feast for the earth. 

Taurus, zodiacal bull, is an ancient sign of the feminine; its curved horns like the crescent moon, its mass weighty and full, un-movable like the earth. The meadow it stands in is teeming with life. Nothing, nothing, can stand in the way of one who is anchored into the ecosystem of what matters most. Taurus teaches us about our values - which are expressed in direct proportion to where and how we spend our time and attention. These are the most precious commodities we have.

This new moon, the invitation is to value warm-blooded life enough to be present to it. In this moment the sun is touching your skin, and the air you breathe sings a song of flowering. 

Can you feel it?

Full Moon in Libra

True Beauty

Full Moon in Libra : April 10th 11:08PM PST

Like all full moons, this resplendent Libra moon illuminates the areas in our lives - and particularly our relationships - that have reached a zenith in their fullness. Simultaneously we are invited to notice not just the brilliance, but the shadow the light casts. 

Where in your intimate connections lies an invitation for consciousness? For beauty?

Libra is the sign represented by the scales, which go beyond equality and justice, to represent the beautiful, complex and precise harmony that can be reached when all parts of the whole sing together. 

Once, when I was out in the wilds of Wyoming wandering on the land I came across a moose skull. Out of the eye socket grew a stunning purple Pacific Aster. The juxtaposition of opposites - new life on a bed of death, reminded me of the true nature of beauty and balance. This kind of beauty is a recognition of all things in their true place. In the context of human relationship I am reminded by this Libra full moon, of all parts of me, in their wholeness, relating to all parts of you. And so beauty in relationship is to sing true - one voice in the duet. One duet in the choir.

Efficiency in complexity is beautiful because nothing is wasted.  No voice, no part of ourselves, hidden, covered, or quieted. If we hide our true voices, then they leak out sideways and our closest relationships suffer the loss first.

Can you acknowledge and give voice to the ones of you who know there is a more harmonious way to relate? Powerful, compassionate, true?

With Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury all in retrograde, we have an incredible opportunity to enjoy a sacred pause. To look within, rather than without. To find the harmony there in all the many voices of ourselves, and to notice how Mystery is inviting us to walk the beauty way - to sing our tune, and to give our partners the dignity of their own.

New Moon in Aries

How to Love This World?

New Moon in Aries : Monday, March 27th : 7:57pm PST

Photo of Lara Catone of The Artemis School

Photo of Lara Catone of The Artemis School

With the Spring Equinox the wheel of the zodiac begins a new revolution of creative expression and cyclic unfolding. We too have an opportunity here to draw back the bow of our own personal in-tension and like Artemis, ride on the wave of desire to meet our destinies. It is the tension on the bow that generates the power to sail forth with grace and focus. Aries (ruled by the fiery and passionate planet Mars) reminds us that the path of becoming does require our participation.

This new moon you are invited to stew in the creative tension of your own longing to know yourself.

On the unfolding path of becoming this new moon might ask; who are you now? On what distant horizon is your arrow aimed?

The Aries moon encourages us to remember that the development of personal will is in the context of the web of relationships in which we are part. We are not isolated beings in a cold and sterile world - despite, at times how it may feel. We are inter-dependent, co-creative members of the Earth Community. And in that context, Mary Oliver says it best; “there is only one question, how to love this world?” 

Each one of us are tasked with answering that question - or rather, living into the question. 

May all our greatest explorations in personal will be in service to love - the wild love that shapes the world.

Full Moon in Virgo

Feel Your Way Into Sacred Service

Full Moon in Virgo : Sunday, March 12th | 7:54 AM PST

The moon in Virgo in the 6th house opens a doorway for the parts of us who desire to be of service in tangible and beautiful ways. A keen eye for detail, and sensitive physical intelligence are among the ways this Virgo moon invites us to notice the ebb and flow of our own life force. 

Do we move and make choices to be of service that are life-enhancing? 

Or is the sensitivity of your skin telling you there is a leak in the vessel somewhere that needs tending to?

Because the Virgo moon opens up our tender inner world it may be that you find yourself attempting to repress, control or overly manage your emotions - or your outer circumstances. This kind of rote management is one way this delicate sign copes with the intensity of their desire to steward what is holy. Busyness, control, and criticism of self or other are all fantastic hiding places for the vulnerable parts of us too beautiful to face. Those parts know that truly offering in service will change both ourselves and the world. As David Whyte says; “I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world with its harsh need to change you.” 

It might be a wonderful moon to gather up into your loving awareness any fragmented control mechanisms that you find you default to when things matter most.

Then thank your protective parts while choosing to lean in to another way. One such mechanism that I find very common among both men and women in contemporary western culture is our distortion of perfection. It might be helpful to remember that Virgo is a sign of the maiden, who is autonomous and free, answering only to nature as her guide. This part of us is in service of true beauty, which is not always lovely or perfect in the way our culture defines it.

Blessings to you and your desire to be of service. May it shape you so!

 

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It doesn’t interest me if there is one God or many gods.

I want to know if you belong or feel abandoned.

If you know despair or can see it in others.

I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world with its harsh need to change you. If you can look back with firm eyes saying this is where I stand.

I want to know if you know how to melt into that fierce heat of living falling toward the center of your longing.

I want to know if you are willing to live, day by day, with the consequence of love and the bitter unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

I have been told, in that fierce embrace, even the gods speak of God.
— David Whyte

 

 

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces

Re-Enchanting the World

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces | February 26th : 6:58 AM PST

In earth-based cultures, including those of all of our ancestors, the world was alive and en-souled. All things were honored as a diverse expression of God/Goddess/Great Mystery. All things had a role to play, and a gift to offer. This state consciousness permeated and enlivened the world; a world where all beings were available for relationship, and human kind were equal, participatory members in the Earth Community.

Our loss of connection with the greater web of life is directly related to the demotion of the deep imagination over time. Our imagination is a way of knowing that enables us to make contact with the dreaming of the earth - the deep intelligence of life, the depth of the world. 

The nature of the deep imagination is mysterious, and the result of being in contact with that mysterious force is our own becoming. 

This may be one good reason why it has become so difficult for most westerners to trust the flow of their deep imagery. It is too close to make-believe in a Cartesian world that objectifies and reduces all Mystery to the closest we can get to proof.

Our deep imagery is, by definition, not safe for the part of us that remains cut off from the network of relationships (seen and unseen) that have shaped us as a species. Its exile from our institutions and schools upholds the epidemic of conformity that confronts us now. Layers of resistance, concretized over years of socialization, stand in the way of trusting this source for the power it holds to enact change in our lives and in our world. 

As Diane Di Prima says; “the only war that matters in the war against the imagination.”

This new moon solar eclipse in Pisces is a beautiful threshold moment for each one one of us to call home the power of the imagination, and enter into the dreaming of all things. To see each being as ensouled and alive - to re-enchant our worlds, and re-sacralize our purpose, our professions, our relationships. 

Make no mistake, the exile of the imagination is a social justice issue. As Einstein has so famously said;

We can’t solve problems

by using the same kind of thinking we used

when we created them.

Pisces, the sign of the dreamer, the mystic, the ebbing and flowing oneness of life meets the sun in a solar eclipse, activating and enhancing our ability to dream at one with earth and sky. We have an opportunity to express our longing and love for immanent creativity, diversity, and wonder as it expresses itself in our world. And, through our imaginations, we can participate in the shaping of things, including our own development. 

Our task? To “pre-tend”. To stretch the boundaries of what we believe and perceive. To listen before we act, and pay attention to the magic that permeates our lives…to dream a new dream, one where the world, once again has a soul of its own.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo

Illuminate the World.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Leo : Friday, February 10th : 4:33 PM PST

On February 10th the sun, moon and earth align in such a way that the moon passes through the outer edge of the earth’s shadow veiling its light. Eclipses are always cyclic invitations for our own shadow to rise to the light of our awareness. In the sign of Leo this moon in particular is inviting us to look again at our own capacity for radical self-love, expression, creativity and sovereignty. 

Loving yourself is not an egoic act. It is a requirement on the journey to soul to grow roots into the bedrock of our being, to be able to stand and weather the storms of becoming.

Without healthy Leo, without our ability to truly love the mysterious presence of Self, we remain hungry for the approval of others, masking our deep longing to “be earth now” in the pursuit of external validation. (Rilke)

Unfortunately contemporary western society offers us little opportunity to cultivate this kind of self-love and respect for the creativity of life. Rather, we have been fed images of an unrealistic ideal in order to keep us dependent on the consumer machine…ready to seek outside ourselves at every turn for the quick-fix, the magic pill, the perfect pair of heels, and the training program that *may*, finally, complete us. Of course, it never does…

The shadow of Leo in our culture is perfectly modeled by President Trump. Reactive, narcissistic, and pathologically insecure. If it was the shadow of the United States that brought this current political situation to bear, the Leo full moon is asking each one of us; “can you be a leading player? What would it look like to be a creator in the times we live in? What may or may not change about the way you stand here now, if you had nothing to prove? Where, or in pursuit of what, have you been hiding?"

Shadow, by definition, is not the parts of ourselves we see and try to hide, but rather the aspects of Self that remain hidden to us. When energy emerges from the shadow and we see parts that may scare us, or change us, the tendency is to turn away. Leo, the Lion-Hearted, turns toward the gifts that have been hidden there - for good reason, and seeks to integrate all parts of the self with compassionate attention. Freed energy fuels creativity. Brave hearts, what are holding you back?

My suggestion this full moon? Get bundled up, head out into a wild place. Sit and listen and watch. See how all of creation is exactly who they were born to be. Let Gaia show you how diversity and uniqueness contribute never-before-seen gifts to the whole.

This is the deepest teaching of Leo. Our shining from wholeness illuminates the world.

New Moon in Aquarius

Be the Change

New Moon in Aquarius : Friday, January 27th : 4:08pm PST

Just seven days after the presidential inauguration here in the United States, the moon and the sun come together in the sign of Aquarius - the social visionary, the holy rebel, and the revolutionary.  An air sign ruled by unruly Uranus, this new moon opens the gates of the higher mind, and reveals the gifts of new perspective. Quick, changeable, and wildly innovative, we are all called to shift consciousness, to tap into the current of the front-runner, and to lead our people, in our own way, into the future.

This time of year in the Northern Hemisphere marks the dead of Winter, the fields and the land barren, with energy pulled inwards. And yet the promise and anticipation of Spring is just around the corner - the days grow longer, and the call to act on our intentions becomes more and more urgent. The growing restlessness that will usher us into action characterizes Solar Imbolc - a pan-European cross-quarter day meaning “in the belly” in Gaelic. We become filled with creative tension, our skin taught, our hearts yearning, our dreams singing us over a risky new threshold.

The blooming fire of spring is calling…

I once heard that true wisdom is knowing when to act. Indeed the terrain of the social artist calls us always into right timing, in the deepest alignment with the rhythms of Gaia, and with our own urge to create and change and grow. To be a leader on the Earth right now asks us to tend to the vision, to let it fill us, until we burst, to wait for the right moment, the right words, and the right opening for all of us to fulfill our destinies. This tension is what ripens us as emerging leaders. 

Do you hear the call? 

You, the transformational healer, the social artist, the cultural leader? 

You who is willing to take risks, to be visionary, to lead through modeling your own depth, authenticity and integrity? 

You who is turning once again to the eternal wisdom of the Earth, to the expansion of possibility - toward all that we’ve become estranged from as a people?

The visionary push of this new moon demands that your be in cahoots with mystery - our strategic minds alone cannot solve the complex challenges we face. Nothing short of a total transformation of consciousness - a weaving of the oldest form of magic- will enable us to meet the world in a truly visionary way. 

Stand up sisters. 

Stand up brothers. 

Our time is now.

Full Moon in Cancer

Be Touched by the World

Full Moon in Cancer : Thursday, January 12th : 3:35am PST

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The moon finds herself in the sign of Cancer as she peaks full on Thursday. This placement makes available the deeper-than-surface needs we all have to belong to something greater than ourselves. The sign of Cancer embodies the one of us who seeks out and tends to our metaphorical home, driven by a deep vulnerability that is its central gift, and its primary challenge. Vulnerability is an asset when it keeps us open and receptive to the world, for being able to feel fully is what inspires us to take compassionate action. And yet when vulnerability overwhelms our system, it can give rise to feelings of victimhood, helplessness, codependency and blame.

With the sun opposite the moon in Capricorn, the one of us who creates healthy boundaries, builds structures, and anchors us into personal responsibility moves into sacred partnership with the one of us who remains open and touched by the world. These two opposites need each other, to both hold, and to open each other. The longing for Cancer to know its place of belonging, drives the Capricorn into constructive and generative action.

Both these zodiac signs - Cancer and Capricorn are yin signs, rooted in the deep mysteries of the archetypal feminine. They represent a spectrum of continuity that begins deep within ourselves and rises to meet the world in tangible ways. We all of our ways of knowing.

It’s only through uncovering the mysteries that lie within yourself on every level – emotionally, spiritually, physically - that you can become aware of your true place, and how to lean into the way you are called to participate while you’re here. 

This is why I’m so excited to invite you to join my friend and colleague Anahita Joon’s upcoming online series, The New Women’s Movement. She has gathered the leading experts in feminine empowerment to give you the tools you need to reach a new understanding of who you are and how you can change your life, the life of those you love and yes, even the world! 

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Healing the Feminine Wound of Separation and coming into TRUE UNITY
  • Awakening the feminine power within you
  • Giving voice to your passions, and pursuing them
  • Aligning your values with your actions to become ALIGNED in your leadership
  • Balancing your masculine and feminine sides (This is a HUGE tool for massive success!)
  • Knowing your value and setting boundaries (This POWERFUL practice aligns you with the highest energy of the universe and super charges your ability to manifest your desires and goals.)

This lunar cycle encourages all us to get intimate with the parts of us that feel helpless, that would rather hunker down and wait for the tumult of our time to pass. As the sign of the archetypal feminine, the moon in Cancer wants to remind us that to feel deeply is a gift and a capability, rather than a liability. It’s time to learn to trust again the inner realms to build the world we long to see through our direct opening, and participation. Our time is now.

New Moon in Capricorn

From the Heart of Darkness Into the Light

Wednesday, December 28 : 10:53PM PST

Yuletide warmth and cheer to you all. This new moon takes place in the sign of Capricorn where the Builder of us meets to the one who anchors us into the earth - the core of of our own integrity, authenticity and purpose. The sea-goat is the Capricorn glyph - part mountain goat who methodically and meticulously climbs the mountain of achievement - and part whale whose tail swirls into the watery depths of soul as if to remind us that quality of what we create is determined by our ability to listen to the still, small voice within.

In historic pan-european cultures Halloween, or Samhain in Gaelic was the final harvest festival. The day after was historically celebrated as the New Year. The Winter Solstice which occurred when the sun entered the sign of Capricorn, took place this year of December 21st in the northern hemisphere. This too could be engaged with as a kind of New Year, whose ancient symbolism including the birth of the light in the heart of darkness, bringing hope and life for the year to come.

Similar archetypal energies exist for this New Moon in Capricorn. New moons are times to seed the intentions for the cycle to come. In the sign of Capricorn there is extra emphasis placed on both the depth of our integrity, and the structures - visible or invisible - that we create. I often remember that everything we see once lived out unseen…whether that be in our imaginations or our strategic minds or in the dreaming of Gaia. This is a time of great magic, and great magic asks us to be in right timing.

This new moon, tend to your intentions for the lunar and solar cycle to come.

May the rhythms of Gaia carry the gifts that are yours to offer forward in a generative way. May the waxing light of the sun and the moon remind you that quite possibly our one great task is to open ourselves - to let the world in, and to participate as creators and artists in its elegant unfolding.

Full Moon in Gemini

The Art of Participation

Tuesday, December 13th : 4:05pm PST

We are who we are by nature of our relationships. The people, the land, and the animal familiars we surround ourselves with shape the way we move through the world - always inspiring us to shift, grow, accommodate, and otherwise change based on our exchange. 

I have often mused that true intimacy will always ask everything of us. 

Is relationship then nothing short of a developmental - even evolutionary dynamic? If so, can this concept of relationship widen to include the relationship we have to the other-than-human world in addition to the social and familial groups that contribute so much to our sense of identity?

I believe so. I believe part of maturing involves cultivating intimacy with the widest network of relationships possible. This understanding of ourselves as one contributing member in a much larger network of relationships is one of the most ancient cosmological perspectives the human species has had. Anne Baring says in ancient pre-patriarchal cultures the feminine principle was understood as;

… “the great matrix of relationships through which all aspects and forms of life were connected to each other. …Life at that time was lived IN the dimension of the Mother, in participation and accord with the cosmic rhythms of her being, and this kept people in touch with their instincts and was the foundation of their fragile trust in life. “

And yet in contemporary western culture we have lost the awareness and even the felt sense that we live in one vast web of connection and intelligence - an intelligence we can, and do participate in.

The full moon in Gemini is the moon that invites us into a wider network of relationships. Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet named after the messenger of the Gods - the one who is able to traverse betwixt and between dimensions of consciousness. It is our imagination that allows us to exchange consciousness even with what is unseen. In fact it is my experience that we are often asked to get intimate with all aspects of our lives - including our questions, our crises, our longings and our fears. 

It is through the imagination that we can connect in a participatory way with the other-than-human world in which we have evolved…a world we too often refer to as somehow separate from us…as “nature” or even “the wilds.” These kinds of distinctions are not un-useful insofar as they ask us to step outside of our human-centric conditioning, but also point directly to what I feel is one of the central tasks of the modern person;

To re-member ourselves as a participatory member of the Earth Community, in relationship and interconnected to all things in irrevocable ways.

Gemini is the sign that speaks to the way we perceive, process and share information with others. Perhaps this full moon is asking us to open our perception to include the great matrix of relationships we find ourselves within? Perhaps the crux of our longing to know our true selves, our particular and unique gifts, and the way we are called to participate in this world while we’re here comes down to the quality of our exchange with others.

This full moon I invite you to venture off the shore of normal into a world in which your intimate participation matters. Perhaps this is a time to surrender to a deeper network of support, or to ceremonially part from a relationship that keeps us small, or a perspective of the world that creates more separation and dis-ease.  I leave you with some of my favorite words from Rilke that inspires me to remember myself as a part of a much larger dreaming…

Earth, isn't this what you want? To arise in us, invisible?

Is it not your dream, to enter us so wholly

there's nothing left outside us to see?

What, if not transformation,

is your deepest purpose?

New Moon in Sagittarius

On the Trail of What Matters Most

New Moon in Sagittarius : Tuesday, November 29th : 4:18AM PST

Part of what makes the human animal distinctly human is our search for meaning - so far as we know. Our inborn, instinctual and wild urge to go down to the bones of what matters most. 

Sagittarius is the seasonal sign that resonates with the withdrawal and continued release of nature in the northern hemisphere. Paradoxically, the more we allow ourselves to let go into the silence and dark spaces of the unknown, the more we naturally come to find, and anchor into what matters to us in a deep, deep way - what we stand for and how we love the world. In this way, the darker the moon, and the season, the more luminous the inner journey - the more expansive our lives become.

James Hollis puts in beautifully; “beyond the terror, the silence of these infinite spaces, lies the richness of one’s individual journey.”

This mysterious movement toward meaning in our lives is a natural, primal need - to understand ourselves in relationship with the biggest network of life possible is to turn toward the infinity of the cosmos and wonder how we can each make the most of our time while we’re here. 

And yet to do so would be to open ourselves up to questioning many things in our lives that may be working just fine. It may mean extracting ourselves from our dysfunctional social arrangements, perhaps temporarily, or perhaps permanently, to see the whole in a different light.  It may mean unveiling a shadow that has kept us operating from a place of smallness, and fear. It may be facing an addiction that helps us to numb out the pain of the world…

This urge toward expansion and freedom is a developmental need. It is a foundational pattern in the cosmos that we too embody. Our universe is expanding as we speak - questing into unknown territory at an astounding speed. 

“What urgency calls you to your one love?” asks David Whyte.

What longing-pain evokes from you a fuller participation?

Today the new moon in Sagittarius invites us into our own quest for meaning. On the heels of the election here in the United States, with the tumultuous and heartbreaking, noble stand of the people at Standing Rock - in a world where Syrian refugees continue to be shut out and ignored, and on land whose intelligence and right-to-life is forgotten, we need to turn toward the longings that pull us toward fullness, wholeness, and ensouled leadership. 

Let this new moon be a dark and silent space where, perhaps for the first time, you hear the soft, quiet, but urgent call of the soul that evokes from you, your part to play in the whole. 

This holiday season I ask; what matters most? What is worth living for?

Taurus-Scorpio Full SuperMoon

Death and Beauty

Full SuperMoon in Taurus-Scorpio : 5:52 AM

On November 14th at 5:52 AM the moon in the sign of Taurus will be the closest it has been to Earth in 86 years. Rising at sunset tonight, the moon will appear 30% brighter and 14% bigger in the sky than usual. This full, radiant, and powerful moon comes just after a very tumultuous and controversial election here in the United States as if to remind us that our lives, fears, desires and needs are held in a network of relationships that include the wild Others - our moon, our ocean, our planet. 

Now, more than ever, are we as planetary citizens called to remember our place in the ecological whole. Now, more than ever, are we called to envision a world, a system of governance, and a new working myth that includes the totality of life here on Earth. 

The force of this full supermoon is pulling strong on the tides, the tectonic plates, our physiological systems and on our energetic field. The question - whether we are speaking of the aftermath of the election (as one example of many such thresholds taking place all over the world), or in light of this extra powerful moon may be; 

How will we choose to meet the moment? 

What kind of experience is mystery asking us to lean in to? 

How will we be shaped in saying YES to showing up? 

Full Moons are always time to see things in a different - perhaps brighter light. The sign of Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, beauty, values and sensuality. Taurus is an earth sign, and as I sit here I am reminded of a commonly overlooked capability that I invite you all to be with as the moon draws nearer the earth - the particular way beauty - the creation and appreciation of beauty - can meet the complexities, fears, and unknowns of our lives. Beauty, as I understand it, is a capability that inspires efficiency, reflection, presence, and an artistic response. 

As Michael Meade said on the tail of the election; “It is the job of the poets and the artists to address all the issues of the world,” and I am inclined to agree.

Unfortunately it has also been the role of the media to overlay images and associations on beauty that keep it too narrow for us to see its shaping power. Opposite the moon lies the sun in Scorpio - the sign most interested in the hidden power of things, their taboo, and their secret ways that inspire depth and irrevocable transformation. Taurus-Scorpio reminds us too that every death brings in new life, and crisis is a fertile moment of possibility.

What if our only task right now was to pull the rug back on true beauty? To make art? To dance our grief and our prayers? To arrange the flowers on our desks just so? …to bravely take in the stunning majesty of our planet, and the humanity of all the people on it, regardless of side? 

I wonder if this full moon is asking us to let our hearts break, to enter the cracks, and to see the beauty there - to let what is dying to be born come through. And then, when we become as full as the moon herself, we just may have a better idea of where our No’s and our Yes’s are - we may know what we value, and what we desire, and how we might lean in right now… and we may, if we are lucky, hear the voice of the Muse that rises up from under to say; 

Take heart, dear ones…let beauty be the guide that illumines your next step, and the next. Let beauty show you the way.

Scorpio New Moon

Lunar Samhain

Scorpio New Moon & Lunar Samhain : Sunday October 30th : 10:38AM

This Sunday the moon enters the sign of Scorpio. Scorpio is the sign of the shaman, the psychopomp, the witch, the magician, and the sorceress who stands at the crossroads of life and death, the seen and the unseen. Scorpios depth perception enables all of us to slip between the veils of the mundane into the sweet darkness of possibility. What is hidden exerts power unscrupulously, sometimes dangerously. Without our conscious awareness of that which guides us, we are entrapped in the prison of ignorance. Scorpio is just the sign that can widen the aperture of our perception enough to catch a glimpse of what has been long under lock and key, needed here now. It is this underworld wanderer that can guide each of us into the hidden domain of shadow, taboo, exile, and secrets. What we may find in shadow may appear at first to be ghoulish, or putrid…long having rotted away in the recesses of consciousness, but do not be afraid. There is a gift that inevitably is revealed when we turn to face the dark that has long held sway over the shape of our lives. 

What lives in the shadow is not what we know about ourselves, and do not like, but rather, what we DON’T know about ourselves and the world. Hidden there we’ll find breadcrumbs to soul. Powers and longings that were perhaps not safe to wield early on in our lives, and so were hidden from view. Also in the depths we may discover other, more surprising gifts - like those gifts that come from befriending death, change, and decay. 

Death is considered to be the root of all our fears. Every fear, a fear of death. And yet, for those fortunate unlucky ones who had a close brush with death, we soon realize there is nothing like it to inspire living. This new moon is also Lunar Samhain, a Celtic cross quarter day that marked the final harvest, and the Celtic New Year. What the ancient Celtic people understood was that life begins in death, not in birth. It is the distillation of meaning and integration of experience that seeds life's trajectory.

It is the loss of this essential relationship between life and death that robs our modern world of the fertile darkness and the gifts that live there.

The final harvest is the time to honor deaths gift - the gift of endings, the seasonal exhale, the quiet, inward-turning, meaning making time. Leaves, as they expel their last life-energy in their splendor and display of color, celebrate death in beauty. They, among others, have much to teach us about our fear, and about how to die gracefully.

In this dark new moon time, be with all the benefits of destabilization; all the mysterious, yet alluring whispers from under, that may have something to say about What Matters Most. I wish upon you the merciful surrender of endings, and a moment to sow the seeds of true change. I wish you enchantment and romance with the leaves, the plants, the hibernating animals, and the first rogue snowflakes, that remind you, in all of your magnificence, who you really are.