GAIA TALKS TO US all the time. After all, we are subject to life on her skin, and she is subject to our doing that living on her skin. Try to imagine it from her point of view for a moment. All of us - billions of us - scrabble around daily on her skin with our toys and machines and chemicals... that would get a bit itchy, don't you think?
Now, even though I love it here and feel a great affinity for this planet, some of us do not. Some of us feel alien here, as though we're from somewhere else entirely, as though we don't belong or aren't wanted. Whether that feeling comes from significant physical trouble - allergies to pollens, foods, dust, etc. - or the misunderstanding of other people, or difficulty assimilating the energy of this place... I believe Gaia does her part every day to communicate with us. I believe she is doing her best help us make sense of our daily experience.
I believe that Gaia shows us, every day, in her inimitable way, how energy moves in Her Natural world outside our buildings and cars and suits. Think of it... she is a PLANET! She experiences energy and life force on a whole different level. She perceives the energy that moves in our small, synthetic world very differently than we do and she wants to make our stay as comfortable as possible - for BOTH of us.
Whether or not you feel any affinity for this planet, it is the elements of her body that provide your physical vehicle. It is the cycle of her warmth/chill, wet/dry, light/dark that forms the structure of your daily routine. She is the mother, the lady of the house, and it is her rules that we must live by.
Let's have a listen, shall we?
THERE ARE TWO PARTS to this article. The first is the energy of the "Moons" through which we are moving. The Moon is the fastest moving heavenly body in our sky. Its movement influences the tides of our planet, and, since our physical bodies are made up of mostly water, it influences us, too. Most directly, we feel the Moon our emotional state. It can be revealing - and quite helpful - to consider the way our experience "flows" with the Moon.
Technically, there are 13 moons in each year, but for our purposes, we'll be using twelve, which correspond to the astrological cycle and our western calendar. This means there are three for each season, and, if we pay attention, we will see the arc of influence and how it correlates with our experience. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, I've reversed the cycle... just scroll down.
The second part of the article is the Reading. In our Reading, we're using the Sacred Path Cards, by Jamie Sams. This is one of the most remarkable decks I've ever, personally, had the pleasure of using. If you're interested, you can find a copy on Amazon.com.
The symbology of these cards is Native North American and I use a spread, called the Inner Spiral spread, to seek insight into the particular challenges that face us at this time.
From Earth Renewal...
Over the past weeks and months, you've been through some challenging experiences. Perhaps you lost a loved one, suffered ill health, or fell into financial difficulty. Whatever the case, you learned a LOT. We are now entering into a time when the wisdom of that experience will be needed by people around you.
You've probably been feeling some personal pressure, lately, as people have been asking for advice. Perhaps you've felt vulnerable or even inadequate to the task. Rest assured that you DO have much wisdom to offer, tucked away warmly within your authentic being. Put down your burdens - let the challenges of recent days rest. Remember to breathe... and invite this energy of renewal to flow with ease.
A light touch will serve you well. Offer yourself, but be sure to allow those asking your advice to do as they will with it. You don't need to become caught up in their karma. Remember to allow yourself to be renewed, now, too. Ask for advice where you need it, and resist judging the advice that you receive. Keep an open heart. Give and receive in a spirit of great compassion.
... Into Rest and Cleansing
This will be a time of working to remain balanced. Be sure to get plenty of rest, don't be afraid to set personal boundaries, and cherish those relationships that will nurture your spirit, not drain it. Seek out friends and activities that will let you be yourself and bring a smile to your face.
From Strong Sun...
The time of the Strong Sun is a time of exuberance, a time of "bursting forth." This is when all those stubborn, slumbering seeds that stayed under their covers through all of Spring are finally forced to awaken and grow - or shrivel and die. In order for a plant to ensure that something of itself will survive for another cycle, it must set fruit (which contain seeds) during the growing season. In order to grow, it must accept the heat of the sun and burst the shell of old patterns. Acceptance is powerful stuff, as it causes energy to flow - it opens a gateway to new possibility. This is a time for allowing joy and creativity to bubble up and effervesce in the sunlight. Enjoy!
The sun acts as a natural spotlight, so expect to be invited to parties and events. Expect, too, to become the center of attention. You could be surprised by someone or something from your past, a forgotten passion or talent or gift. Don't fight it; don't scowl and scorch... let the laughter flow, allow yourself to be showered with attention, and relax in the warmth.
...Into Ripe Berries
If you didn't do the work... well, you get one more shot at it. Those old fears that you keep dodging will be back, this moon, and you can try again. There's still time to reap the rewards, but you'll have to be willing to burst forth, first.
This moon is about victory. You've been through some life lessons... are you ready to claim them? If not, start by claiming your courage. Remember, courage isn't the absence of fear - it's movement in spite of fear. Claim your courage. Look your challenges in the eye and KNOW that you have the knowledge already within you to move forward. Nurture yourself; keep up your strength and open yourself to possibility.
Creator Card - Offers Divine Guidance
Card - Suggests Where You Should Turn Within
Card - Shows You Where You Should Act Decisively
Card - Speaks With the Voice of Your Past
Turtle Card - Represents Your Current Position, Focus
Frog Card - Represents The Obstacles You Face
Thunderbird Card - Represents The Energies At Work
Butterfly Card - Represents The Future Coming To You
© Vara LorEl, 2009
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