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 in 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 symbolism of these cards is Native North American and I use a spread called the Inner Spiral to seek insight into the particular challenges that face us at this time.
From Corn Planting...
Whenever you feel overwhelmed, don't panic. Just stop. Take a deep breath. Think it through. Then, plan the next step - just ONE - that you must take. One step at a time, this moon will see you through laying the foundations of your dreams.
... Into Strong Sun
Look at the plant kingdom... The time of the Strong Sun is a time of exuberance, a time of "bursting forth." This is when the stubbornest of the slumbering seeds that snoozed under their covers throughout the Spring finally awaken and grow. In order for a plant 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 is 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.
From Long Snows...
Use this time to get quiet... have a conversation with your innermost self. Re-examine who you believe your Self to be. We are not a static creation; we evolve from year to year, and sometimes we change quite a bit. This moon is a time of shedding old skin, like a snake (in the Native American calendar, people born under this moon call the snake their birth totem). It is a time of consciously shifting the role you play, even as you change your wardrobe for the cooler season.
The folks around you may feel a little threatened by your willingness to stretch and become. Just remember their fear and uncertainty is not yours. Tend to your own evolution and let the authenticity of your deepest being radiate forth.
...Into 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 you 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.
The CREATOR Offers Divine Guidance
The Field of Plenty is the mystical place from which the abundance that spills from the "Horn" of plenty (the cornucopia) comes. Remember this next time you put out your Thanksgiving decorations. It is not a look-how-much-I've-got celebration... It is a celebration of sharing what we have (whatever it may be) in gratitude to the Creator for always providing enough.
This month the Creator has seen fit to remind us that our pocket REALLY IS ever-full. Perhaps we forgot...
Relax. Breathe. Lean into that reassurance. KNOW that the Creator will provide for your needs. Now, sustain the magic: share what you have with others in need, and alway be grateful that you are able to do so.
MOTHER Suggests Where You Should Turn Within
Since he has appeared in the Mother's hand, it is time to just stop for a minute. Go within. Examine yourself carefully. Where are you taking yourself too seriously? Have a good hard look, because Heyokah is about to skewer you on the point of your own seriousness... You need to unbend a bit, and get willing to laugh at yourself. It's really the only way to take the sting out of the lesson and learn it gracefully.
All of that being said, laughter is a splendid medicine. When you've seen your folly, have a good laugh. Let it roll out of you in big guffaws! Laugh 'til you can't breathe... then wipe your eyes, pick yourself up off the floor, and take this new humor into the new day.
FATHER Directs You To Act Decisively
The Father directs you to use this power to shape your reality! Now! Not later, not someday when you make up your mind... do it now! But remember, ambiguous and/or mixed signals won't take you much of anywhere. Be concise; be certain. Know where you want to go, what you want to do, and ask for it!
GRANDMOTHER Speaks With the Voice of Your Past
The buck stops here. Whatever your situation, you created it, asked for it, needed it.This goes for JOY, too! What has gone before is done, gone now... it is time to separate your energy from it, take with you the lessones learned from it, and carefully craft your choices of today. May we all choose wisely.
Turtle Card (EARTH) - Represents Your Current Position, Focus
Frog Card (WATER) - Represents The Obstacles You Face
Thunderbird Card (FIRE) - Represents The Energies In Motion
Butterfly Card (AIR) - Represents The Future Coming To You
Observe your patterns - physical, emotional and mental. See where you may be blocking this clarity from reaching you. Do the work to ensure that the way is clear so it may reach you swiftly.
© Vara LorEl, 2009
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