Abundance Comes In Three’s

Everything comes in three’s is the belief many of us have, and even the experience to back it up. We have beautiful moments that come in three’s, and even hardship that arrives threefold that sometimes feel denser than the lovely experiences we may have just had. Our good friend Awareness reminds us to pay attention to the cycles of life and how we respond to those cycles.

Lammas has arrived, the First Harvest, the time of grain and celebrating the abundance we are taking into our hearts and homes. We begin the first signs of Fall, giving way to Summer’s end and preparing for what the darker half of the year will bestow upon us. It’s certainly a great time for introspection, to curl up with the bounty of our harvest and share that bounty with our tribe.

Everything is abundant and thriving, if only we take time to see, acknowledge, and hold gratitude for it. I’m a true believer in abundance everywhere — how we view that abundance and how we label it determines our current path. We either have an abundance of beauty or we have an abundance of struggle. We can certainly teeter between both pleasure and suffering, though with honest reflection I think tend to find that many of our scales are not as balanced as we might think.

I don’t know about you, but the second half of the year for me is always filled with various events or social gatherings or family celebrations. It’s a wonderful time that recharges my heart chakra, and it’s a reminder to sink into the abundance of what I have and not drink from the fountain of lack.

Don’t we all have some kind of lack story or scarcity mentality that lives all cozied up like a hobbit in our minds? Perhaps even burrowing into the belly and poking us with fear and stories of “not enough”? I know I have them. My lack hobbits are more like slimy gremlins that have tendencies to throw wild parties that quickly get out of control (I blame my 80s obsession here). It happens. They stir up a mess, though the beauty is that they uncover a hidden component that asks for healing and nourishment. In this case, I sometimes don’t mind the gremlins… sometimes… I mean… they are rather slimy, but their maniacal laugh does amuse me now and again.

My belief is that if we can honor the Harvest season with what we do have instead of worrying or clinging to what we don’t have, then we are better equipped to nourish ourselves instead of withhold from our psyches. This is why for the next three Women’s Circles I am focusing on the ABUNDANCE of the Harvest with three rituals for the Three Harvests. While there is benefit in cycling through all three, women must trust what feels appropriate for them.

In these rituals we will be focusing on:

  • Synergy Of Prosperity: Knowing ourselves and understanding the world (our world) relative to mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual prosperity. We’ll be working with the beautiful Quartz Crystal or other stone found in nature during this ritual.
  • Mala Manifestation: Working with the art of manifestation as the natural wisdom from the Divine Feminine Principles — that which is inherent in our Blood Mysteries. We will be working with a 40 day practice immediately following the ritual with our sacred malas. You may even feel called to create one specific for this working!
  • Moon Magick: Our final abundance ritual culminating with the divinatory art of tuning into the rhythms of the Lunar energies and aligning with our Sacred Muse — She Who Inspires.

I’m looking forward to this journey of claiming, gathering, supporting, nourishing, (all the magificent “ing’s”!) and deepening the bonds of gratitude for that which is bestowed upon me and my sisters.

What are you gathering this Harvest? May it be bountiful, and may it sustain you deep into your roots, centering you in limitless grace.

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When The Planets Become Chatty…

As I type this the Sun is barely poking through the clouds. There may or may not be evidence that the cloudy and rainy days are on hold. Not that I terribly mind, but in New England this has been a week of cold temperatures (colder than April, dare I say!) and the gentle fog sweeping the atmosphere has been calling to curl up with a good book, cozy blanket, then abandon all for one more nap… or is that just me? Apparently we have another few days of this. I’m taking it as days to fine tune projects that are kicking off this month. I start two apprenticeships next week, my Outer Temple class where we’ll focus on a year of Earth magick and practice, and my Wise Wombyn Rising where we’ll awaken and heal. For those interested in WWR and are unable to attend this year, I will be offering it again in 2018. Keep an eye out when I open registration in the Summer of 2017!

As many know, we’re in a retrograde disco dance! As of April 28th we’ve begun this planetary shift with Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, AND Pluto. Five planets! Apparently this hasn’t happened in 10 years, so you can imagine the planetary party that is happening in the Universe right now. (Am I the only one picturing celestial streamers?!)

I’m not an astrologer, though I do my best to pay attention to these patterns for my own personal growth. There’s plenty to read online on these influences and how they may effect you based on what’s in your natal charts. I find this highly insightful, not only to my own understanding of myself and my patterns, but in navigating connection with others. If we’re mindful of these retrogrades (mindful, not frightened), then we can hold that awareness with a gentler approach to our communication with ourselves and each other. This has always been my intention whenever Mercury turns retrograde, after all, Mercury is the planet of communication. Now we’re needing to pull even more patience from the well, even more compassion, even more gentleness with these five planets. I know I am already feeling the effects of doing the planetary hokey pokey for far too long in one place (let’s agree to nod to my cheesy planetary dance metaphors!)… are you noticing these effects for yourself as well?

I will say, however, that I’ve always believed in the beauty of healing through these retrogrades. I’ve encouraged in the past to focus on those first two letters: RE, and claim, or REclaim these energies at this time for self-development. When we do this, we are, in essence, REclaiming our power and not falling into patterns of blame — either towards ourselves or to an outer influence, such as planetary retrogrades — and we encourage our own sense of healing and inner balance.

When feeling stuck, bewildered, stressed out, come back to these RE words and rest in your intention to REcenter. During this time we are asked to:

  • REmember that any potential challenges will pass and, above all else, please, REmember to breathe.
  • REfocus our efforts to completing what has been laying dormant in our lives. This is an invitation to clear out what has been weighing us down, or to give ourselves permission to fully set it free once and for all.
  • REturn to what serves you, to what feeds and nourishes your Spirit. We all have tasks that can sometimes take us away from, well, us. REturn to something that brings you joy so in the midst of this wondrous work you’ll be doing and the delicate planetary dance you’ll be navigating, you’ll have something to anchor you into calm and center.
  • REaffirm your intention. There are days my intention is so clear, it’s like a brilliantly cut diamond. Other days I am needing to REaffirm and assign a mantra to it so I can stay clear. Hey, we all have those day!
  • REstore your energy. Know when to rest. Self-care is essential at all times, though I find it particularly helpful when navigating these planetary influences. Rest is a delicious word, I promise!
  • REclaim your truth. This is a great time to REmind yourself of what you really want, to be radically honest with what serves you and what doesn’t, and lean into gentle permission. Don’t wait for someone else to REflect these truths to you (though REflections offered to us can be beautiful medicine as well); REclaim them for yourself.
  • REbirth into you. Let these planetary retrogrades, whether it’s one or five, offer you a mirror into what needs clearing and healing. These are potent opportunities to emerge anew.

These are some of the ways I have navigated the planetary tango ***cheesy metaphor alert continues***. The key to all of this is to be gentle with ourselves, because from there we’ll have this memory stored in our cellular being and will take that gentleness to all sentient beings. Add to this list of RE words for yourself during this time and become one with everything you are endeavoring to embody. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes that popped into my Twitter feed last night:

“What you seek is seeking you.” — Rumi

Wise Wombyn Rising

Over the course of the past year I have been both beginning and ending things in my life. I believe in the notion that when you are complete with something it is time to lovingly set it free, opening oneself up to more possibility, more opportunity. Sometimes we must be willing to let something go to make room for that new thing, that new potentiality that is awaiting us. I spent the second half of 2015 remaining open while I continued to empty and purge. I was ready for change, and for me that change meant completely diving into M.E. = My Experience.

I always come back to the wisdom of my favorite poet, Mary Oliver:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
-excerpt from The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver

I reflect on this often, this wildly precious existence that is both never-ending and impermanent. I think it’s natural for us to drift in the dreamscape of what was, wondering what we have done up until this point. Oftentimes this can be met with judgment, whether the existence or the choices we have made up until this point has been “good” (or helpful as I like to view it) or “bad” (or not in alignment)… and, if you’re anything like me, sometimes one area of judgment (or perception) can be stickier than the other, leaving me momentarily frozen in time as the ever mindful observer.

When that eventually bypasses (and it always does), I come back to the wonder, to this natural moment of awareness and ask myself what I am planning to do with my one wild and precious life… and the answer is always present, yet I may not always be in the same time zone.

What appears so clearly in my minds eye, spiraling around me as obvious wisps of wisdom?

Rising.

I’m meant to take my one wild and precious life and RISE.

It’s about reaching total potentiality. Not pausing in the wake of doubt or fear; relinquishing control that guilt or shame may have and inviting it to tea, befriending ourselves, meeting our spirits exactly where we are at, and taking that momentum forward to our complete alignment in harmony with All that is: the Universe, the Multi-verse, the Yoni-verse… simply ALL.

I’ve been asked over the years when I would offer “my” work. My work — the road that I so passionately walk myself, sometimes joined by others, sometimes traveling solitary as I engage my surroundings. I’ve put it off for a number of reasons, some seemingly more convincing than others, and the “timing” never felt correct.

Time is a funny thing. Last year I experienced both the joys and the sorrows of time. I delighted in celebrating my inner child’s curiosity of living in 2015 — the same time-frame as Marty McFly (I am a huge “Back to the Future” dork with lots of love of everything 80s)… I remember being a child and listening to Prince’s “1999″ and thinking that it was this far-off place that only existed in his creative mind. Marty McFly journeying to the future when I was a mere child in the 80s? Inspiring! And completing out of any scope of understanding that I could rationally wrap my head around. And yet… here we were, just a few months ago. I’ll admit to signing everything that day with “Happy Back to the Future Day!” which prompted a lot of conversation met with child-like wonder and enthusiasm.

I experienced sorrow in the way of family health crisis, and an inevitable loss to one of those health diagnosis, inviting a new ancestor into our family. Every loss, every change, every death brings an opportunity of reflection, while also processing through a myriad of emotions that sail through a mixed wave of response. What always arrive on that sail is time. Not just in the form of what was, but in the awakening of what will be.

What have I done with my time? And what will I choose to do with it now?

Rise.

I know I’m not alone in this. We’re all here stepping into, embodying, and enacting our Great Work — this larger than linear-time expression of our Purpose: why are we here, and what exactly is the legacy we hope to leave behind? That may be a bit much for some to look at in-depth at this moment, yet it’s presently holding space in our atmosphere. What will we choose?

So much of my Great Work has been working with women. Creating the safe and sacred container for us to explore, rise, and ultimately heal with the support of other sacred sisters who are looking to do the same. We teach one another, and we learn from one another. This is the traditional way of women. I want to return to that space; the space where we’re supporting one another rather than attempting to one-up each other; I want to return to the space where we can honor, acknowledge, and express our emotions while remaining strong and empowered, instead of being seen as weak or emotional; I want to return to the space of spiritually awakening and partnering with the Universe instead of stepping too far into the cave of fear and doubt, preventing balance and harmony. I want to return to this space with other women and build the tribe of transformative work.

This is where Wise Wombyn Rising was built: from a call to action for women to rise up and step fully in their power. If this is YOU, if you feel called to journey on this road to self-healing, self-discovery, and self-empowerment, then join me in this 9-month rebirthing process. Open, expand, and awaken unto yourself, in solidarity and sacredness.

This journey begins on May 15th. For more information about this apprenticeship please visit the Wise Wombyn Rising page. To apply for this intensive please click here.

Take those first steps back home to yourself…

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