Maiden Moon: Manifesting with Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn

Did you plant your seeds of intention at the last new moon? Our manifestations have been growing and are about to bloom. Tonight we will share the first of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions. The planet of expansion and the planet of revelation will meet in the sign of Capricorn, a conjunction we haven’t seen in 200 years. May this mark the turning point that leads us into a beautiful collective ascension.

Maiden Moon,
Manifest dreams
As I tread the tender seams
Walking gently ‘tween dark and light
Carry the torch into the night
Cast away the old from the new
Sew together what follows through
May the seeds of dreams unfurl
As I proudly walk this world
So mote it be
Maiden Moon

The Enchanted Forest

When we think of creating sacred space, we often imagine a place that provides us shelter, peace and security. But the further we journey along the path of self-discovery, the more we realize that sacred space is created from within. Your body is your temple, for it houses your mind and spirit. Your body is the intersection of the invisible world of thought, emotion, and inspiration with the physical world, and is what connects the divine to the world around us.

When we dance, we give our spirit permission to share our deepest inner world out in the present moment of time and space. Our dancing bodies can express everything from dreams, to passion, or fear, and can even transmute darkness into light.

“The Enchanted Forest” is a musical meditation for creating divine sanctuary around you. The element of Earth, the root chakra, abundance, healing, and sanctuary, all inspire this music. Close your eyes and imagine your sacred space. Walk through it with your body, paint the scenery with your limbs, touch the magical world you create with your fingertips, and allow dance to take you on a journey into your true sanctuary.

The Sacred Temple: Creating Sanctuary Within and Without

Gaia's Dragon - Michele-Lee Phelan

I stood in the middle of the storm wondering where I might find shelter. My mind raced through a million options, none of which provided any real comfort. My heart was longing for something I could not reach. I knew exactly what it was and where to find it, but the road was laden with impossibility. All paths seemed to lead me in a circle right back to my starting point. Spinning and spinning, a frantic stillness emerged. And that is when they first spoke to me.

I closed my eyes and saw the forest grow before me. I allowed myself to dream it into being until it was real. I pulled the trees up from the earth to create the perfect canopy. On all sides the trunks and limbs wound up toward the sky revealing only the stars above. I stood under their protective embrace and saw the Earth Dragon smile upon me. Next, I drew crystals of all shapes and sizes up from the ground and she smiled at me once more. This power of creation, healing, and abundance, is the gift that the Great Mother offers if we choose to see it. This is what she wanted to show me, so, I bid the herbs and the flowers to grow luxuriously.

Beyond the farthest reaches of this valley, the Golden Dragon flew. The mountain peaks grew toward the sky, covered in the whitest of snow. Now I knew that the winds of purity and truth would guard this realm from above. She perched her magnificent frame upon the tallest stone. From here she would surveil the land. Not one dark thought would be allowed to enter.

As I lowered my gaze and turned to one side, the Water Dragon covered me with one wing. She flooded my heart and soul with the sea until my tears flowed to the floor. The healing waters of emotion washed through every crevice of my soul, turning into streams throughout my forest. Sparkling brooks curved their way through stone as she surrounded this land with her love. She would always be the gateway to the heart, as would I.

To the South the fire raged in the belly of the beast. She was beautiful and fierce. The life source of creation. The burning flame of destruction and transmutation. I looked down and saw her in my belly. I drew her up and sent her beyond the walls of this realm that I had created, to fly the skies in defense of Justice. After breathing her fire truth to mankind, only one chance to choose would remain.

Will you accept your quest for self-purification or will the Great Mother do it for you? Has the state of the world not become painfully clear? Will you be cast into the heart of the earth to be compressed into nothing but your true form? Transmuted into white light that will shine nobly from her crown? You can walk yourself through this dark night of the soul, or it can be forced upon you. Either way, you must face nothingness to be born again. Passing through perfect emptiness before shining again. Body returns to stone until the Phoenix is reborn. The grave and the womb under this moon.

From the darkness emerges the light. If you reach deep, deep down and dare to hold hope humbly and tenderly within your hands, you will find liberation. But it requires complete release and surrender. It demands that you hurl yourself blindly into wonder. It is becoming the essence of awe.

Standing in the midst of your chaos, pause. Close your eyes so that your heart may feel. Quiet the mind so that your intuition can heal. You already know the way.

As I stood surrounded by my four elemental dragons, I realized that aether had been created within me. I had beckoned them here to guide me. I had not seen the path available to me because I did not realize that I had wings. My eyes had been steadfastly affixed to the ground at my feet. I looked to the stars, shook the dust from my scales, and took to the skies, knowing that my temple would always be there – within me. I no longer needed to look for shelter.

May we all use this remaining day of the waning moon to purge that which binds us to our prisons, opting instead to manifest something glorious. The new moon in Aries will soon rise before us. We can lay ourselves upon the altar willingly or we can perish in the arms of our control. When we use our free will in the service of others, we become of Gaia. What seeds will you plant? What will you grow? We are making a new world. What will yours look like?

Virgo Full Moon: A Day Without Women in Mexico

What would it be like if all of the women just vanished? #UnDiaSinMujeres is taking over Mexico today, in case you haven’t heard. Women are taking to the streets, leaving workplaces empty, in order to protest the terrible violence against women that plagues this country and the world. I wouldn’t say its any better in the US – it is just a more insidious beast. The dehumanization is the same.

In a way, women already vanished a long time ago. When the divine flame was extinguished in Vesta’s temple, consumption overtook the world. Existence grew into a plague. An insatiable hunger that was no longer balanced by a reverence for creation. An entitlement to the fruits of the earth – raped and pillaged – while the Great Mother, cast aside, was devoured before our eyes. Her entire existence reduced to serving us. This dynamic seems to keep playing itself out from the smallest corners of our homes to the macrocosm of our current state of affairs.

Saturn, the planet of restriction and oppression, will be leaving Pisces soon and making his way into Aquarius, the sign of great new visions for the world. New radical paradigms are emerging. The rules are changing.

This full moon in Virgo is the time of purification of the long lost Goddess. Virgo will be driven to clean up this mess we made. May the Goddess shed the vile slanders that have been cast upon her for generations. She has borne them long enough. The seeds we planted at our last new moon will now begin to bloom. May woman stand beautifully proud in her own skin without shame. The shame does not belong to her, but to them. The sacred sensual force that is the Divine Feminine has been reignited and there will be no apologies.

We spent the last weeks wandering through the Piscean wonderland of angels and demons, wondering what is real. Spinning dazed through dreams and visions, trying to decipher what is meant to be. Wondering when we were awake and when we were really dreaming. Well, the truth is, we are manifesting our visions all the time. Which dream will you bring about?

Will you fall into the snowballing world of darkness? Or will you generate a world of brave new beginnings? Wherever your mind continues to wander is what you are feeding. Choose wisely. The chains of the devil are nurtured by fear, collective blindness, and hysteria.

Venus now sits in Taurus, her home, where she feels safe and at peace. She is conjunct Neptune, the planet of ancient wisdom and the future, where she will be showing us what we really care about. What really matters to you on a soul level? Are you listening to your heart? Or are you accepting your chains, your prison? Are you succumbing to the labels placed upon you? Hopelessness, powerlessness, predetermination? So small under the weight of the world. They want you to accept the role of the victim. That is the way they control you.

Well, for me, I am not letting them write my story. This is an opportunity to bring our self-worth to a higher frequency. Dare to love yourself enough to stand up for what is rightfully yours. No matter how angry it makes them. No matter how much they beat you back down. Stand up anyway. Reestablishing balance will never be pleasant for those at the top. They will try to protect their spoils. I am glad Mexican women are fighting for this today. I will be joining them. Mercury is about to go direct – let’s make our voices heard.

The womb of creation exists within each one of us. The divine feminine – that is the spark. Casting women aside amounts to self-destruction. We see what our world is becoming. When will they all open their eyes to the truth that is before them? Will they deny it still as the waters consume them? As the fires ravage everything around us?

I know what it’s like when the bottom falls out and everyone just looks the other way. Silent onlookers masking their cowardice with a self-righteous facade of neutrality. They will all face their karma in due time. But the bottom line is this – nobody will fight this fight for us. If we don’t honor ourselves, who will?

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

– Elie Wiesel

The hearth is ablaze and Vesta has swung open the doors to her temple. It is time to reclaim who we really are – fully. Do not look away.

Retrograde Revelations

A period of unavoidable stillness. Mercury churns in reverse through the dreamscape of Pisces. There is no unseeing what is being revealed. The chasm between the old and the new expands. We must choose whether to fall or fly.

When the Hanged Man looks at his life, he sees it from a new perspective. He has been content to hang by one foot. We nurture our own hell when we resign ourselves to ignoring our hearts. Life is only a prison if we let them make the rules. Passengers in someone else’s story.

The world is ablaze. Now is when we need our dreams the most – the soul’s life raft. One is a bridge to liberation and the other an anchor to despair. Be grateful for the messages as they sear your tender heart. Awakening is painful.

When the Great Mother gives birth to something new, the violent contractions of her womb push forth new life. The closing in forces an eruption, tearing away with it whatever remained attached to the old.

The child cannot remain in the womb or it will die. Resistance is futile. The innocent soul is violently hurled into dark compression. But this is where diamonds are formed. The light only sparkles upon them once they reach the other side.

Maybe loss is liberation. Stripping away our reasons to remain suspended where we are. Maybe fear is really adventure. The battleground between our purpose and our resistance.

I don’t know, but I’m writing my own story – and I choose to make it beautiful. Surrender doesn’t mean giving up. It means accepting what the heart already knows. The Universe whispers at first. Then it roars.

The Empress Emerges from Stillness

Restoring Our Divine Feminine With This New Moon in Aquarius

Pluto will be around for a while and we will continue to work through our shadow sides over the next few months. But the Sun has just moved brightly into Aquarius and is challenging us to open up to receive the divine cosmic messages that the universe is sending us. In this new age, our essence leads the way, and the systems and structures of the past decay.

The Empress will bloom our new world into existence like the lotus of the sacral chakra. Our soul’s mission has already been born, but we must nurture it. This is the gift of the Divine Feminine. This is the domain of The Empress. The High Priestess knows the answers, and the Empress knows the way.

The Empress is Authentic Creation

In the Tarot, The Empress represents love, creativity, beauty, grace. Along with the Divine Wisdom that the High Priestess has encouraged us to embrace, we are being given permission to release our inner Empress. She represents the connection to Mother Earth and life itself.

Nurturing, creative self-expression, sensuality, these are all aspects of the Empress. She encourages you to create beauty in your life. Balance the divine masculine energies with the divine feminine. It is in this union, in this harmony, that we find our own soul’s true purpose.

What steps will you be taking to unleash your inner Empress? May the manifesting powers of the new moon in Aquarius empower your best intentions!

A thanks to the wonderful work of Molly McCord, who is teaching me practically everything I know about astrology.

The First Whispers of the High Priestess

How to Restore Our Divine Feminine with this Aquarius New Moon

We are at a turning point once again. We spent months realizing, identifying, accepting and releasing everything that needed to left behind. A dramatic ending heralded a new beginning, and now we are being asked to step into our authentic selves. After shedding many layers of society’s rules and regulations, other’s expectations, and the self-limiting beliefs that we had grown accustomed to, the time is finally here to reveal, release, and nurture our soul’s true purpose.

But how? The answers are not always clear, and the astrological alignments continue to keep some revelations hidden, making our path not fully illuminated. The High Priestess reminds us to surrender and trust that we know how we need to move forward. Or perhaps a better way to phrase it is that we feel what we really want.

Learning to Trust Our Intuition

Learning to separate the voice of the mind from the feelings of the heart is the first step toward embracing our intuition. For without a balance between our masculine and feminine selves, our true soul’s purpose cannot be achieved. Our inner and outer selves must be in harmony. We must respect the whispers of our intuition by letting her flowing waters guide us. The astrological placements of Venus in Pisces at this time are helping us in this regard.

When were challenged by the eclipses to end toxic relationships, habits, and patterns, The High Priestess set the stage for us with a call for stillness and deep inner reflection. Those of us who were able to quiet our minds were able to realize what we has always known, but forgotten. We agreed to put the swords away. We asked The Emperor and The Hierophant within each of us to take a back seat for a while, exchanging control for surrender and trust. This was the first step toward manifesting a new world.

A thanks to the wonderful work of Molly McCord, who is teaching me practically everything I know about astrology.