Here I sit (and spin), half-way between the Summer Solstice and the July 2nd New Moon (which in South America offers up a solar eclipse!) I’m loving this energy for the activation of something new. I am using this activation energy to launch my Spin to Activate 6 Day Online Retreat!
When I closed my studio/gallery over two years ago I was troubled by the state of our 2016 election, the challenges of maintaining a profitable business (utilizing many of the systemic masculine standards of success while yearning for a more femin-istic approach) and a desire to find more time and focus on the creation of my art. On top of all of that I still had a strong desire to offer something with deeper meaning and lead others to access their own creativity as a path toward solutions to the issues I was challenged by out in my community and the world at large. So, I began where every good heroine’s journey begins, in my heart. I got a spinning wheel and started spinning. It became the perfect process for a moving meditation, a daily quiet contemplative practice as I’ve previously posted as I did HERE. A ritual for both sitting in stillness, yet the beginnings of activating something that had been stirring within….
Working with the Dream Midwife, Rebecka Eggers I’ve been created an online journey which is designed to guide others on this path of utilizing the ancient art of yarn spinning as a contemplative moving meditative practice. This journey is called Spinning Straw Into Gold. And I invite you to read with me the introduction Piercing the Ragged Stillness .
Maybe you are feeling the same dilemmas I have been? Maybe this introduction to my story stirred something within you? Whether you are new to the idea of yarn spinning or a seasoned spinner I would love to have you join me for the rest of the story. And that leads me to this gift for you…
For the next few days I am offering a unique opportunity. Yes, I am looking for a few interested people who would like to join the free Pilot for my Spin to Activate 6 Day Online Retreat. I will be starting this retreat next Monday, July 1st, so don’t delay. Don’t worry if you aren’t available next week for the retreat. The content will all be delivered to your inbox, waiting there as a free gift for you to access at your convenience. And don’t worry if you don’t have a spinning wheel either! You can travel on this journey with a simple drop spindle and a small bundle of fiber (Go to my online shop for my Spin to Activate Drop Spindle Kit) Now all you have to do to get started is go HERE to find out more and to register. Oh, and did I mention IT’S FREE!
As I write this I am feeling complete peace and serenity. Wow, I know, (how?) in the face of the fear, unrest and chaos that is projected from every news source, every social media platform and every innocent conversation with friends. But, I am in my sacred space, my studio with the setting sun shining in my window, warming me on this cold winter day. My new puppy is sleeping at my feet and my 15-year-old cat just wandered through to check on us. These two remind me that I have everything I need.
I took Fiona in as a “foster pup” right after Thanksgiving. The local Animal Care League has dogs that aren’t ready for adoption (she needed to be spayed) and yet would do better someplace outside the shelter for a short period of time. I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to see if I wanted to do the whole “puppy thing” again. Was I really ready for a dog again, (We lost our LUCKY last August) or would adopting an older dog be a better option this time around? Well, it was love at first sight. And so, I adopted this sweet girl. Fiona wakes up each morning filled with excitement, knowing she will be fed well and cared for and wondering “where will we go walking today”. My cat sleeps on my feet each night, feeling my warmth and love, knowing she is protected. And so despite the uncertainties the “static” of our world tries to rope my attention with, I know I am loved and cared for by an entity beyond my earthly understanding. That Divine Entity lives within me and my pets reflect it back to me. I can feel it.
Tonight is the full moon with the first lunar eclipse of the year. This will usher in energies that we can tap into to clear away “what no longer serves” us, individually and collectively. I really resonate with what Sandra Walter outlines about this eclipse season and what it holds for us collectively:
“As you break your addictions to drama, concern, or worry about the external, and shift to heart-based action, empowerment and divinity, you resonate with the higher trajectories of the Christed timelines which deliver peace and opportunities for global divine alignment.”
I hope that you too can feel the “love wave” that is here this evening. I can only describe it as a wave of Divine Grace. Despite everything, We are Loved and Cared for and Safe.
It didn’t take long for the message to come tonight. I stepped my toes into the “Hot Tub Time Machine” with my heart filled with love and gratitude for all my family, friends, guides, supporters, students and well any-one who has helped me get to this point in my life. I feel like I have been running a marathon the last several weeks and I’ve made it to not so much of a finish line, but to a transition line. Deep exhale~
But, I digress, back to the message: Well, I said my prayers of thanks to the heavens as my body sunk into the warm waters. Tonight is the Harvest Full Moon and as suggested by this forecast, I decided I should follow the advise of #6 and channel my “inner mermaid”. I felt so filled with thanks that I had this thought that “I am the chosen One”. There can be no other explanation as to why everything has fallen into place so synchronistically the last few weeks. I’ve experienced things like the rain stopping or holding off until just the second I get the tent up for camping, or the car unloaded. Time even seemed to stop in order for my daughter and me to get the U-Haul unloaded and back by closing time for her move into a new apartment a couple of weeks ago. There has been so much to do. And yet, it has all gotten done. And with relative ease. I must be “special” if the clouds are parting and time is stopping for me. Right?
Ha ha, my Guides laugh. Yes, and no. The truth is “you are all the chosen One”. Some just realize it sooner than others. Others use their “free will” to delay the awareness of it. Well, I don’t think I am at the arrowhead on this realization. But, I am not on the tail end either. I hope you hear this message too and join me in gratitude for being “chosen”. There are greater things in store for all of us. Tonight’s Pisces Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse Hold The Key To Letting Go & Moving On. Join me in letting go, filled with gratitude for what has brought us to this Now. Join me in Celebration. Join me in Moving ON~~~It is Time we all realize that WE are ALL the Chosen ONE!
Here it is the end of summer. Labor Day here in the United States. As I reflect back over the last 3 months I can say I spent a lot of time in both avoidance and a Void Dance. I believe it is ok to spend time in either, the important thing is to know which place you are in.
Avoidance:The act of avoiding something.
A Void Dance:Time spent in the quiet space between the “stuff” of life.
I have recently decided to relocate my business and my art studio after many years in the same location. It means sorting, clearing, organizing and packing the “stuff” of my life. I have spent much of the time between other work obligations this summer doing just that. Sorting. Cleaning. Organizing. Packing. At times I’ve been doing it to avoid doing other things I’d rather not be doing and sometimes I am doing other things just to avoid doing the difficult work of deciding what to “do” with the stuff. But either way, it’s been a therapeutic process.
As an artist you learn to appreciate the voids or negative space. It’s not always the matter that matters. (a good thing to remind myself of, as I purge and de-clutter)
The voids are where the fertile earth feeds the roots. The voids are where the flames lick and spit between the burning logs. The voids are where the oxygen is. The voids are what make the beauty of the antique lace. The voids are what lets the soft breeze come through the screen door. The voids are the blue sky between the clouds. The voids are where the damp sand squeezes up between your toes on the beach. The voids are where you run your fingers through soft hair. The voids are where the sun peaks through the branches of the tree canopy. And the voids are where and when we dance.
I hope as you enjoy your last days of this summer you find time to Dance in the Void. It is this space and time between the stuff of life that is important. It is different than avoidance. It is this fertile space that feeds our creativity and our souls. It feeds what matters.
We just experienced a solar eclipse. Did you feel it? I ask that because those of us in the USA were not be able to see it. But, the energy did affect all of us here on the Earth Vessel. This will be the only total eclipses of the sun in 2016. It gives scientists the rare opportunity to really study the Sun’s Corona. It is a rare opportunity for all of us to use the energy of the shadow brought to light, to really clear out what is in our shadows and bring into the light what we would like to focus on over the next 6 months.
On February 20th, I worked alongside a few of my Moon Medicine Circle friends to cleanse, clear and give gratitude to what I had been holding on my Mesa over the past year. My Mesa is a small metal tray that I hold crystals and meaningful objects to work with their energies for meditation and healing. Here is what my Mesa looked like going in to the ceremony:
For the clearing of the old I used my pendulum on each item to feel the energy and determine what pieces would stay and what pieces would be cleared. I also used Himalayan salts and smudging to clear old stuck energies. Here it is after the clearing:
The cleared Mesa left me with just a few special items and a lot of open space for new opportunities over this coming year. In the North I have raw amethyst and in the East I have topaz crystals that I picked up at a little gift shop last October while hiking through a forest preserve (and talking to the trees) in Southern Illinois. In the Northeast is the lovely pine scented candle that my daughter gave me as a gift for Christmas. The South holds a piece of ash from a fire ceremony last December and a special stone my friend Karen brought back from South America while there studying shamanism. In the Southwest is the wing of a grouse that gave his life by accidently flying through my brother’s kitchen window, breaking the glass. My nephew cleaned the bird, saving me the feathers! And my brother’s family had a special dinner that night. The West holds a sea shell from my friend and Transitions Circle Facilitator, Susan. And in the center is the Selenite Heart that I acquired in February along with a drying rose from the funeral of my friend Lisa’s mother a few weeks ago. These are all very special treasures.
Last night into early morning the New Moon and Eclipse occured creating a special portal for Activating the New Mesa. After blessing my Mesa I left her near the window to activate with the dark moon energies. This morning I lit the candle and felt guided to add a few new items. This is my Mesa today:
First I wanted to add the beautiful cotton handkerchief, a gift from my friend Jane. It has a lovely crochet butterfly and edging along with some amazing fine thread work in the center. I then added the new fossil stone that looks like it has a leaf print on it that my friend, Lisa gave me for my birthday last Friday. Then a small pinecone jumped on too! And finally, to bring in the energy of my paternal grandma who came to me in a dream last night, I added three metal leaves from a broken necklace that were from her jewelry box. Grandma, I hear you. I feel your love and guidance (there is that dance word again!) I look forward to heading into my “new year” with you by my side.
I urge you to do something to honor the special energy of this portal provided to us by the Universe. Offer just one small ceremonial clearing and one little thought of what you would like to see manifest between now and early September. If you allow the space and the ideas/thoughts the Ancestor and Star/Planet Guides are just waiting to be invited in to assist you in creating your dream come true. Ajo!