“Don’t surrender you loneliness so quickly. Let it cut more deep. Let it ferment and season you as few human or even divine ingredients can.”
As the year comes to a close, one final full Moon occurs on December 29th at 20:27 MT while Moon is transiting Gemini and Ardra nakshatra. This is a powerful close to an incredible year.
Out like a lion, in like a lamb?! Out with ferocity, in with space for something new. This full Moon asks you to clear, purge and release stagnant emotions and lingering grief from the previous cycles. Expect big waves and inner storms. Big gains may be likely, but make sure you are grounded or you will get destabilized.
Ardra is Rudra’s domain. There is nothing small, silent or still when it involves Rudra. He comes with big energy and powerful, often forceful, change. The domain of Ardra is particularly connected to big emotional body waves. The symbol of this constellation is a tear drop. Wherever there has been a build up of undigested emotion, Ardra will force the release. This is a potent time to do your grief work, attend to your inner waters, and support the release of stagnant emotions. Spend some time with your emotional body and be diligent with your inner waves. What are you still processing from this year? What needs to be closed and released so you can move forward?
What is the wisdom of your emotional body sharing with you? What needs to be digested and integrated from this year? What feels too big or overwhelming still? What are you moving away from? What are you moving towards? What is your relationship with the emotional body helping you discover and awaken?
Identifying Your Inner Landscape
I consider the four level check in to be the most basic self care resource.
It is an identification process, a tool that can help you honor what is happening in the now. You can then create the nourishment you need through proper resources.
The four levels of awareness are:
the mental body, emotional body, physical body, and spiritual body.
I encourage you to self track daily, hourly, or even moment to moment. Your identification process can then be taken into drawing, movement explorations, journaling or music, in order for you to deepen, directly work with, and transform what is arriving in your inner landscape.
The four level check in is a simple, yet vital resource for self tracking. Document your four level check-ins. Use a Self Care Journal as a way to track your ongoing, ever changing inner landscape. This journal can be a helpful resource for identifying themes emerging in your healing and transforming process.
Steps for A Four Level Check In
1) Whatever you are doing right now, hit the pause button and bring your attention inward. It may help to close your eyes, but this isn't necessary. You may be sitting, standing or walking, but bring your attention to the now regardless of what is happening around you. Notice your breath and use this as a resource for coming back to the present.
2) Notice the physical body. What sensations are arriving in your body? What is the physical body sharing with you? Be present to images, colors, words, expressions and shapes that arise.
3) Notice the emotional body. What is arriving on the level of feelings and emotions within you? What is the emotional body sharing with you? Be present to images, colors, words, expressions and shapes that arise.
4) Notice the mental body. What thoughts, words, stories, ideas, or perceptions are arriving? What is the mental body sharing with you? Be present to images, colors, words, expressions and shapes that arise.
5) Notice the spiritual body. This is a very subtle, nuanced place within and around you. Notice how it feels and how it arrives. Be present to images, colors, words, expressions and shapes arriving from the spiritual body.
6) Come to your drawing pad and draw four circles. Each one of these circles represents one of your four bodies. Start with the physical body and fill in your sensation circle with colors, images, or shapes that mirror or express your physical body check in. Do this for each body.
7) Label each circle with the body that it represents. Title each circle and let it speak. If your physical body circle could speak, what would it say?
Let it respond to these statements:
Complete this harvesting process for each level of your body.
This is an important time for self reflection, digestion, and integration of the previous cycles. Spend some time in the coming days and weeks harvesting from your past year and creating a sense of closure. Look back over your 2020 Creative Rituals. What have you created this year? What strikes you?
As you create closure for this year, allow ritual to support your release process. What steps can you take to honor this closure and release? What rituals can help you close this chapter and let go?
I encourage you to find ways that art, music, dance, sound, nature and the elements can support the close of your year.
It’s been wonderful to walk with you this year and to support your cosmic and creative process!
Keep Growing in 2021!
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“Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.”
— Pema Chödron
The last new Moon of the year occurs while Moon is debilitated in Scorpio and Jyestha nakshatra with a Solar Eclipse. On December 14th at 09:17 am MT, five planets are transiting Scorpio, including the Moon. Venus, Sun, Mercury, Ketu and Moon navigate the sign of shadow and death at this time. This new Moon is ripe with solace and transformational depth. The northern hemisphere is in the shadowy darkness right now, moving towards the darkest day of the year on the 21st. Be mindful that this new Moon could bring the emptiness and death of winter to the surface.
Jyestha is the king of the devas, or sattvic god qualities within you. His weapon is a thunderbolt and he rules over all weather that involves water and rain. Essentially, Indra is prana, life force energy. To control your prana, is to control your life. This also supports sensory control and becoming your own master of body, emotions, and mind. Indra can give you the power to control your body, your life, your life force. He wants you to have control over your self and your life and he can go about that in harsh ways.
Indra and this portion of the sky supports thorough investigation through knowledge and wisdom. He does things fully and with passion. There is no half way with him. Dive in completely or don’t bother at all. He does everything with devotion and selfless service. Offer your efforts to the highest good, to dharma.
Is your path serving you? Are you fulfilled? What needs to change, shift, transform in order for you to feel the nourishment? Where are you skimming the surface when you should be exploring the depths? Are you being excessive, rather than precise? What steps can you take towards mastery and authenticity?
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This new Moon brings the close of an intense two week eclipse portal. Solar eclipses tend to intensify our relationship with power, the masculine, authorities, and purpose. Confront undigested emotions, fear, resistance and inner conflict directly. Likely your personal mythology will be intensifying at this time so you can clean up any shadows that are keeping you in the dark. Pay attention to what is emerging from your depths.
This solar eclipse closes a two week cycle of intense shadow work. Eclipses intensify everything and tend to make mountains out of mole hills- so we can see what we have been avoiding or negating within the unconscious realms. Stay positive and look for solutions rather than focusing on the darkness, but do not bypass the necessary inner work that you are being asked to show up for right now. This is a powerful time to address inner shadows head on and release inner blockages that you've been overlooking.
Your willingness to honor your big emotions will support their release. Stay present and willing to be with your challenging parts. There is something trying to push through and come to the surface. Are you listening? What needs to change? Your emotional body waves are asking for more nourishment. Be willing to support the release so that you have space for more of what you truly want and need.
This eclipse portal closes with a total solar eclipse on December 14th. The solar eclipse begins at 06:33 am MT and ends at 11:53 am MT, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 09:13 am MT
A reminder that this closes a two week cycle that has not been good for starting new projects, new endeavors, or relationships. Emotions tend to intensify during eclipses and shadows are much stronger. You may have been less clear and focused the past few weeks. Let the shadows clear over the coming days before making big decisions. Challenges often intensify so we can see them more clearly and make the necessary changes that will support new growth. This can be a time of immense inner transformation if used properly.
Although this eclipse is not visible from the Northern Hemisphere, from a Vedic perspective, it is not advised to be outside during an eclipse- or to look directly at the eclipse taking place. Wear a head covering if you have to be outside so you don't absorb the shadow. Ideally, this is a time for spiritual practices such as meditation, chanting and fasting. Set intentions and honor the sensitivity of this time. It is also widely recognized that during and between eclipses, starting new endeavors will not bring positive results. No new projects, relationships or activities should start in the eclipse portal. Notice what needs are arriving, then take action after the eclipse portal closes. Best to lay low, attend to spiritual pursuits, get extra rest and work with your inner shadow very consciously during this cycle.
This is a powerful time to honor your emotional body wisdom and confront your inner shadows. Make necessary changes in your actions and choices. Release negative thought patterns, behaviors and inner dialogue that is keeping you stuck in patterns and cycles of lack. Clear, release and let go so that you have even more space for your deepest nourishment.
Solstice arrives on the 21st at 03:02 am MT bringing the shortest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, and longest day of the year for the Southern Hemisphere. On this day, the Sun appears to stand still. This is the still point. Silence, pause, reflection is felt around the globe. Use this time for contemplation, meditation and quiet introspection. What are you turning towards? What are you turning away from?
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New Moon Mandala
The new Moon and the closing of a year is upon you. As you empty your cup and let go of the last cycles, you are given the opportunity for creating something new and cultivating renewal.
Mandalas are my preferred activity for both new Moon and full Moon as they symbolize wholeness, a sacred container, and unlimited creative potential.
1) Come to your drawing pad and draw a circle. Use craypas, paints, pens, collage or any medium that speaks to you. On the outside of the circle write down the pieces of life you are discarding, that aren't working, that need to be let go of. These are the pieces of your self and your life that aren't bringing you harmony and joy and you no longer want to carry with you.
2) Fill the inside of your Circle. The inside of your circle is where you are free to create what you are moving towards. What fulfills you? What do you need right now? What are you making space for in your life? What are you creating and manifesting in your life and on your path?
3) Harvesting. Title your mandala and let it speak to you. What message does it have for you? Let your mandala answer the questions below.
I am, I want, I need
What am I filling my Self with?
What am I emptying my Self of?
What am I letting flow towards me?
What am I moving away from?
What am I making space for in my life?
What am I no longer willing to take with me on my journey?
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