the Goddess is alive and magic is afoot...Blessed Be!
The cosmic energies are indeed awakening us to an even deeper level of awareness of the energy of the Divine Feminine-the Goddess energy in every person, both men and women and on our planet. For many years, on the grass roots level, women and some men, have been honoring the Sacred Feminine in nature and in each other. The nomination of the first woman for
President is bringing the Feminine right into mainstream focus. This is not about personalities, politics or whether you like her or not-we are looking at the larger picture-in the USA the glass ceiling has been broken. Many other countries have already done so and there are women leaders throughout the world. The Iron Lady is a powerful movie staring Meryl Streep about England's first woman Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It portrays the difficult struggle of a woman to become a leader in a predominantly white male world.
"When astrology first began, over three thousand years ago, our ancestors believed that God was feminine, that humans were made in Her image, that She created and nurtured all and welcomes us back into Her mysteries at death and prepares us for rebirth. We saw Her everywhere-as Sky, as Moon, as Water, as Earth, in countless forms and concepts-and our zodiac symbols and signs commemorated the many gifts we received from the Great Mother, She of Ten Thousand Names...Taurus was the lead sign of the zodiac and celebrated the awesome, creative powers of the Goddess as Earth....From Her were born an infinite variety of forms-from tiny, delicate flowers to great, sheltering trees." (from The Goddess in Your Stars by Geraldine Thorsten,p.17) We can all agree that the male/female energy on our planet is way out of balance. As we transition into the Age of Aquarius, more and more people are awakening to the realization that every person has value and should be treated with respect. And part of that awakening is acknowledging and respecting feminine energy.
If we look around the world, increasingly there is more and more focus on women and girls, especially where they have been neglected, abused or dis-empowered. As the energy of the Divine Feminine continues to expand and increase in mass consciousness, the plight and the voices of women can no longer be silenced or ignored. How do you honor and nurture the Sacred Feminine within yourself? in other women in your life? What shifts in your beliefs, ideas or perceptions are helping you value the Goddess energy in yourself and in every woman? Each time we think upon, acknowledge or take an action that supports women and equality, we increase that energy on our planet. Even a small act such as releasing an old, limiting belief regarding our place or role in our family or partnership, can have an effect. No shift in awareness is minor.
The intensity of the FULL MOON/LUNAR ECLIPSE on AUGUST 18 really stirred the pot, initiating an eclipse season-a time of changes that may continue through the next six months. With the SUN in VIRGO (Aug.22-Sept.21) there is a noticeable shift from the active, creative, dramatic energy of Sun in Fire sign Leo to the grounded, more focused and practical energy of Earth sign Virgo. Tune in and notice the difference. "Harvest and organize. It's time to harvest our burgeoning gardens and harness our minds, time to bring our focus to work, learning and healing under Mutable Earth Virgo Sun. The mood is mercurial, intelligent, nervous, multi-tasking; we need to add confidence, heart and focus." (We'Moon 2016, p.13)
MERCURY is in RETROGRADE August 30-Sept.21. The Earthy energy of Virgo may help us feel more grounded as we take time to contemplate, examine, realign and strengthen our body, mind and spirit . While we are given opportunities to garner insight, make choices and move forward, we are also given times on a very regular basis to rest, re-group,
re-evaluate and contemplate so that we may assimilate and download the quickly changing energies we are experiencing every day. The motion of the planets gives us regular periods of "downtime" that can be consciously utilized to our advantage. Planets periodically go into Retrograde motion, creating the illusion of moving backwards from our perspective here on Earth. When in Retrograde, the planet goes back over what has recently occurred, giving us a chance to re-examine, re-work and perhaps see situations from a different perspective. When the planet then goes into Direct motion, we again go over the same "stuff" perhaps finally working through, completing or cleaning up projects or situations. During a Retrograde, we are asked to examine more closely and carefully whatever that particular planet
governs. We are most familiar with Mercury Retro which usually elicits moans about how it will muck up the works. Mercury governs communication and mechanical devices and goes into Retrograde three times a year. It a break from outward communication and an opportunity to bring our focus to what is occurring within our mind, emotions and heart. Yes, we still have to work and take care of business, but detach a bit, do your best and trust that all will work out when the time is right. Breathe...and go with the flow.
With the SOLAR ECLIPSE on the NEW MOON in VIRGO on Sept. 1, plant seeds to create a healthier and more balanced body, mind and spirit. An eclipse magnifies the intensity and opportunity offered by the Universe, often
initiating important shifts that can play out over the course of the following six months. Utilize this opportunity to make some concrete changes, plans and visualizations for a stronger, healthier you! The Mercury R energy will help us go deeper within to align with our true self-what we need and want to grow and flourish as a being of Light fulfilling our unique purpose/role in this lifetime.
The Harvest Moon on September 16 is a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Virgo/Pisces. Allow your beautiful Light to shine! Absorb insights and ask for guidance to assist you in your process of transforming to a place or more radiant health and deeper alignment with your inner Goddess. Remember that an eclipse supercharges the energy of a full moon. One day at a time, focus on the present moment and breathe....
On September 22, we have the Autumn Equinox and the Sun moving into LIBRA (Sept.22-Oct.22) bringing the energy of balance. "Balance, wholeness, weave connection. Cardinal Air Libra asks us to balance our relationships so they bring us joy. We're called to empower our beloveds and work towards social justice, beauty and dynamic peace. The mood is romantic, sociable, fair-minded; we need to add direction." (We,Moon 2016, p.14) Wherever there an is imbalance, we may feel disharmony and a need for change.
As a Cardinal sign, Libra initiates the new season. During the 10 days
before and after a seasonal change, our body may go through a cleansing which could manifest as a cold, runny nose, intestinal flu or digestive upset. To help this natural process, drink lots of water, juice and tea, eat locally grown organic produce, take a green supplement, do a green juice fast, intestinal cleanse or colonic. Autumn is in the WEST on the Medicine Wheel of the Year-the place of harvest, introspection, endings and letting go; a time to re-connect with the Water element-the oceans, rivers, springs, rain, creatures of the water and the waters of our body-our deepest emotions. Track your emotions with the seasons. Flowing with the natural cycles of life creates harmony and true health. In the Fall, we harvest the fruits of our work and actions and take time to examine our progress in healing ourselves and the world. Also on Sept. 22, Mercury goes Direct, paving the way for implementing needed changes. Emotional healing and integration of uplifted perceptions will be able to take root on a deeper cellular level.
The New Moon in Libra comes in at 8:11pm in the evening on September 30. Take a deep breath...write your New Moon Abundance Check...a new cycle is beginning. Plant seeds for establishing or reinforcing healthy patterns and practices that support creating balance in your life and relationships. Go within-attune to your inner spirit, your inner Goddess, walking consciously on your path each day, aware and present in the moment. Do not allow the chaos swirling around our world to shake you off center. Notice what surfaces for you around the Full Moon in Libra/Aries on October 16. With the focus on relationships, contemplate what you are learning about yourself through your challenges and interactions. How are you nurturing your own inner peace and self-love? Attune to Grandmother Moon and the cycles of nature to bring a deeper sense of balance to all aspects of self.
Our physical body, emotions and mental processes are effected by cosmic occurrences such as solar flares, eclipses, planetary alignments and retrogrades, comet and meteor activity. Our body is electrical in nature and acts sort of like a computer picking up information and energies from the cosmic internet. We may feel unusual sensations in our body and odd symptoms like heart palpitations, digestive disturbances, anxiety, shortness of breath, confusion, memory lapses...Tune into and observe yourself often each day, even just for a moment or two. Observe objectively... take care of what is in need of attention, without jumping to conclusions or going into drama. We all have a story and can get caught up in to, but what is much more important than that story is how we deal with and work through the challenges, setbacks and unexpected shifts in life. Whatever energy we generate within ourself--thoughts, attitudes, expectations, perceptions-fill, surround and emanate from us--radiating out to touch and effect all those we come in contact with and beyond.
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