Passionate Transformation with the New Moon in Taurus

Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon)
New Moon in Taurus arrived at 5:16 AM Pacific Time
Day 1 of the lunar journey
Our Theme for this month: Passionate Transformation. Love Your Self
New Moon Wisdom: first, pause & reflect

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We are in that wonderful time of new beginnings… a New Moon today and Beltaine (the first fire festival of Summer) next week. And if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, the Wheel of the Year is turning towards Samhain, which is actually the start of the new Celtic year (just as the Celtic day starts at sunset). So very powerful!

But not every new journey starts easily. Sometimes we are still letting go of baggage from our previous journey(s), and at other times our Inner Garden may not be quite ready for the new growth. We may have to do a little weeding or fertilizing. We even may be looking at other gardens and thinking “yes, it’s greener / more beautiful over there!”

So, first, take some time to pause and reflect during this deep dark powerful New Moon before you start your new journey when LaLuna starts to glimmer in that sliver of a Waxing Crescent in a day or two.

And as you do, remember this: each and every flower must crack out of its seed, then grow through the dirt before it can bloom and face the Sun. The darkness will soon pass as you move into the light.

Each flower is worthy of the sunshine.

Each flower has its own unique beauty and purpose.

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
– Zen Shin

Open up and bloom your own way.

There’s plenty of sunshine for us all.

SOUL WORK FOR THE NEW MOON
This week between the New Moon and Beltaine is so powerful and ultimately passionately transformative. Reach deep into your Wise Inner Self — the Inner Garden of your soul — and create big bold audacious goals for this month and for the coming months. . . not short-term goals but rather something that is transformative for YOU.

Beltaine (aka Beltane aka Bealtaine) comes from the Irish Gaelic words for “Mouth of Fire”, and marks the beginning of “the merry month of May”. This fire festival is associated with love, fertility, sensuality, and relationships.

But let’s not forget the most important relationship we all have, and that is the relationship with our Self. Many of us neglect the Self as we care for others, as we put others first, as we look after our families.

As you create your goals for the new Moon and for Beltaine (or Samhain), be sure to embrace that fire energy and create goals for nurturing and passionately transforming your Self… your health, your vitality, your mind, your personal development, your abundance.

In your New Moon reflections, tarot/oracle readings or shamanic journeys, be mindful of this. Keep this theme in your awareness as the wisdom you need to transform and move forward reveals itself and opens up the possibilities for your transformative goals.

SOUL QUESTIONS
Some Soul Questions to consider (but definitely create your own as well) in your New Moon reflections and work:

🌸 How healthy is my Inner Garden? Does it need a little fertilizer? Are there weeds to be pruned or pulled, then composted?

🌼 What blossoms (goals) can transform my Garden to a place of beauty, tranquility, and abundance?

🌺 How will I maintain my Garden?

🌹 How will having this Inner Garden transform my life and positively affect those I love?

🌷 How can I honour myself and manifest love for myself even more?

New Moon Blessings !


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Imbolc Blessings

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This week, we celebrate Imbolc (IM – OLK) and the Celtic goddess Brighid, goddess of fertility, creativity, the forge (blacksmiths and smithing), light, and livestock.

But exactly WHEN do we celebrate, you may ask!!

Some celebrate on the fixed date of February 1st whilst others will celebrate on the astronomical Cross-Quarter date of a February 3rd @ 15:27 Pacific Time (the precise midpoint between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox). I celebrate both!

Imbolc is the first of the Celtic spring festivals (Imbolc, Spring Equinox, Beltaine) and one of the four fire festivals in the Celtic Wheel of the Year.  In the Christian calendar, this day is observed as Candlemas. And on February 2nd, many celebrate Groundhog Day…. clearly an anticipation of Spring!

Imbolc  — the day we celebrate the goddess Brighid —  marks the first physical signs of Spring: the birth of the lambs, the flowing of the ewe’s milk (the literal translation for Imbolc!), the rising of the sap in the trees, and the budding of trees and 🌾plants.

It was also a time of empowerment for our ancestors, as they cleansed their homes of Winter dust and soot, and started to prepare for Spring by clearing the land and preparing to plough and sow.

How perfect that this is the time to honour Brighid with blessings and rituals to purify us for the sacred growth and seed through a three-fold Fire ritual, exemplified in this blessing:

Fire in the Forge that shapes and tempers

Fire in the Hearth that nourishes and heals

Fire in the Head that incites and inspires

Legends of Brighid’s Mantle

The first legend described the goddess Brighid as hanging her mantle on a beam of sunlight. Magickal!

A second legend said that Brighid walked the land on Imbolc Eve, healing both people and animals Legend had it that the dew absorbed her healing powers. The next morning, women would cut up the Bhrat Bridhe (Gaelic for Brighid’s mantle) into strips for sharing within the family.

In a third legend, St Brigid asked the King for a plot of land for her Abbey in Kildare, but the King refused. Brigid then asked for a plot of land no bigger than her mantle. Of course, the King agreed. Such a bargain! So she walked to the Holy Oak on the land she wanted, accompanied by four Maidens. Each took a corner of Brigid’s cloak and walked in all four directions. Miraculously, the cloak grew and grew until it stretched out to the exact plot size that Brigid desired. The King recognised the miracle and converted to Christianity. Brigid built her church. A cathedral was later built on the site but, apparently, the original foundations of Brigid’s church can still be seen.
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Bhrat Bridhe Ritual

Ideally done on Imbolc Eve which – for me – is tonight. Place a piece of cloth on a tree, bush or windowsill. You can use any cloth (natural fibres if at all possible), or even a piece of ribbon, which is easy to tuck into a purse, yoga bag, or even a bra strap!

I use a red cloth – a piece of ribbon actually – as that tradition resonates with me, but some use white or blue. Even a simple handkerchief will do the trick.

Use your Bhrat Bridhe for healing for your Self or loved ones. You can also use your Bhrat for extra energy when you need to stand strong. Brighid will be there for you.

🌿 🌿 IMBOLC BLESSINGS 🌿🌿

How will you celebrate this special day?


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Celebrate your HerStory on Women’s Little Christmas

ig_wwbccJoin me in celebrating YOUR HerStory with me this weekend on Nollaig na mBan (Women’s Little Christmas).
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As a child I loved reading stories about strong and amazing women — heroines, adventurers, explorers, leaders, scientists, goddesses and more — even young adult literature featuring independent clever girls (Nancy Drew anyone?).

Some of these tales were the stuff of myth and legend, while others were about real women. And for me, some of the most amazing stories were ones I heard at home… how the women who came before me lived their lives, and faced challenges that we can’t even imagine.

Who are YOUR heroines?

Who are YOUR SHEroes?

The HerStory movement in Ireland is telling the lost stories of hundreds of Irish women from history and today… in performances, storytelling, illuminations and more. One major celebration will be this weekend on Women’s Little Christmas, Nollaig na mBan.

For those of you not familiar with Women’s Little Christmas, it is a holiday from the old days, still celebrated in Ireland, the Isle of Man and in some parts of England and Scotland.  I’ve heard it is also celebrated in other countries. On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (basically at Epiphany), women of all ages would get together and celebrate… and the men would stay at home. It became a perfect time to share stories, bond, dream, celebrate….

So this is my invitation to you. Create YOUR Women’s Little Christmas this weekend. Honour the Divine Feminine in YOUR life. Spend some time with women… family, friends, acquaintances… give them a call, visit, have a laugh, cook  a meal together, craft together, share a story, light a candle, celebrate being women.

Our Wise Women Bean Gealach Circle will be celebrating and sharing stories in our Facebook group this weekend (05-08 January). Join us, or share with your social media too. Blog about it. Spread the word.

I invite you to share HerStories that influenced YOU… changed YOU … inspired YOU. These may be stories from your own life, from your ancestors, from family lore, from books you’ve read. It can be as simple as just a few names of women who inspired you, a picture of someone who inspired you…. or as detailed as you wish.

If you don’t know much of your family history, this would be a great time to connect with other family members and ask them to share their memories of the past.

And if you are not connected to your birth family, take some time to meditate and journey with your Ancestors (this is always a good thing to do!!!!)… you are connected to them through the DNA that provided the blueprint for YOU, the wonderful being that came into this world. You may find some wonderful inspiration on the journey.

We stand on the shoulders of all women who came before us.

Women of the future are already standing on our shoulders.

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Ivy is the Queen of Old 

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Of the three greens associated with Yule — Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe — the Ivy is most strongly associated female energy, the Divine Feminine, and is ruled by Grandmother Moon.

My female Celtic ancestors used the Ivy vines to weave necklaces, bracelets and crowns to adorn themselves during Yule. Men and boys would wear a holly crown (holly is ruled by Father Sun). Ivy was thought to bring clarity, and represented the vitality of Mother Earth and the Celtic goddesses (such as Arianrhod).

Last year I was introduced to crafting with ivy vines, working in circle with a group of women, creating baskets from ivy. It was an incredible experience — preparing the ivy, starting the weave, and sharing stories as we built our baskets. Pure magick!

Think about how you can use Ivy today… or, instead, sit in circle with your female friends — laugh, chat, share a story, drink some mulled cider and celebrate the Queen of Old.


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Mistletoe and the Feast of Potentials​

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Celebrating Mistletoe on the 3rd Day of Solstice
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The origins of Mistletoe as a Christmas decoration go far back into our Pagan origins. Druids considered the Mistletoe — a parasitic plant that grows on willow and apple, and other species — to be both sacred plant and healing … and a magick plant, good for the heart. Roman author Pliny wrote in the first century CE that the “Druids hold nothing more sacred than mistletoe and a tree on which it is growing.”

This third day of Solstice was also referred to as “Nameless Day”, not associated with any particular lunar month. Those born on this date were said to have strong intuitive senses and healing abilities.

According to a post in Magical Recipes Online “The Nameless day, December 23rd was called “the Feast of Potentials”. It was (and still is) a Holy day attributed only to Mistletoe, the Winter’s equivalent to Oak. Both were considered equally powerful like Yin and Yang, Light and Darkness. There was a powerful Druid ceremony called “the Ritual of Oak and Mistletoe”, in which Druids climbed a sacred oak and cut the mistletoe growing on it…. The Nameless Day was believed to have powers of change.”

When we think of Mistletoe today, many recognize it from the “kissing bough”, a tradition that came to us from the Middle Ages. A berry would be picked from the Mistletoe and exchanged for a kiss. When all the berries were gone…. well, you would need more Mistletoe if you wanted another kiss!

And even that fairly recent tradition was rooted in earlier traditions: in the Middle Ages in England, “holy boughs” were created with a figure of the Christ Child and kept in the home. Visitors would be given a “kiss of peace” at the Holy Bough for forgiveness for any transgressions or ill will during the year. Eventually the Christian church banned Mistletoe from church decorations due to its pagan associations… but it has clearly made its way back into our modern festivities.

I love the idea of Mistletoe as a “kiss of peace” and would definitely like to revive that tradition!


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21 Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

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Winter Solstice – also known as Yule – is one of my favourite times of the year…. okay, my absolute favourite time of year. But maybe I say that for all holidays!

And while I love the major celebrations of Samhain (the start of the Dark Half of the year in the Celtic Wheel of the Year) and Beltaine (the beginning of the Light Half of the year), there is something about Winter Solstice that touches so many. Virtually all cultures and faiths celebrate Father Sun and the return of the light at Solstice.

So what is Solstice? The word solstice comes to us from two Latin words, sol  (the Sun) and sistere (to stand),  referring to the standing sun that we experience twice a year. During the days around the solstice, the Sun appears to stop in its travels (particularly dramatic in polar regions!).

On Solstice, our ancestors celebrated the return of the Sun with feasts, music and art, rituals, greenery, camaraderie and – most importantly – symbols of the Sun such as bonfires and candles. And many carried on the tradition for a full 13 nights / 12 days (in the Celtic world, the day began and ended at sunset), a tradition some of us may recognize as the root of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

For me, Solstice is always about The North – the place of our Ancestors, of Mother Earth, that place of stillness and quiet and deep contemplation. So although I also celebrate Solstice with seasonal crafts and food, it is important for me to spend some time at Solstice honouring my past and my ancestors, celebrating my connection with friends and family and in contemplating what is coming in the year ahead. This year I did a very powerful Journey with Inanna, releasing illusions about my self, and will spend Solstice doing the return journey – choosing what beliefs still serve me and what I want to keep. . . and how I will manifest those in the next year.

For many, Solstice is pure celebration. . . a time to connect, rejoice, share gifts with each other and kick of the holiday season of Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah and more. And I definitely love this aspect too!

Solstice falls on the 21st of December, arriving here in Vancouver at 2:44 am, and my celebrations will begin at sunset this evening. So, here are 21 ways you can celebrate the Solstice with friends and family . . . and I’d love to hear how you celebrate!

21 Ways to Celebrate Winter Solstice

  1.  Watch the sunrise or sunset from a favourite spot

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    Tip 1: watch the sunrise (this is at Newgrange in Ireland)

  2. If you can’t be outdoors, light a candle for Solstice in your home
  3. Connect with Mama Earth by walking in Nature with friends and family. Take some wild bird seed to feed our feathered friends. Honour your Nature Family with words or ritual.
  4. Declare your intentions for the next year in the form of a poem or just a few heart-felt words (I stand in vigil for. . .  I am holding space for. . .  I honour . . . )
  5. Create an Solstice Altar.  Place objects on your altar that symbol and honour those for you.
  6. Make a crystal grid using your favourite crystals and some pine cones to represent the directions and celebration days of the Wheel of the Year
  7. Craft a loose incense or an essential oil blend for using in your diffuser or for adding to a carrier oil such as grape seed, olive or almond oil for anointing your sacred objects, candles and altar
  8. Create a Solstice centrepiece for your table or altar: place one large white candle in
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    Tips 8 & 21: gathering materials for centrepiece and rituals

    the middle to represent the solstice and surround with seasonal elements such as pine boughs, cones, holly berries, mistletoe, oak moss and more. Carve one or more of the alchemy symbols for Air, Fire, Water, Earth and Spirit onto small pillar candles or votives, an anointing with a Yule Oil. Go wild and add a little glitter to the carving afterwards! Or for a more natural expression, finely chop pine needles, rosemary or other herbs and rub into the carving.

  9. Thinly slice orange slices then dry in a dehydrator, or in the oven on a low temperature (no more than 250F). temperature. Hang on your  tree or in a window with ribbons or twine…. or use to decorate a candle!
  10. Handcraft a wreath for your door or home, using foraged materials (if possible) or natural elements from a garden centre or florist shop – every green boughs, cones, holly, ivy, mistletoe
  11. Hang up some mistletoe and be ready to give or receive a kiss! ❤️
  12. Ring a bell at Sunrise or Sunset to greet the Solstice
  13. Light a bonfire and toast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate and thank Mother Earth and Father Sun for everything they have brought you this year.
  14. Handcraft a pentacle with twigs and twine, and add a jingle bell. Hang in a window or on a door.
  15. Spend time with an elder and do something meaningful for them – a small gift, taking them on an excursion, bake some cookies
  16. Food… .always food! Create your own special Yule / Solstice / Christmas treats – cakes, biscuits, puddings, yule logs, spiced nuts, egg nog, hot chocolate, candy canes and more.
  17. Handcraft a Prayer Stick (a First Nations tradition and plant it in the soil. These are typically crafted from fallen cedar – or any tree you feel a connection to – and add natural elements such as a feather, moss, a little bundle of one or more smudging herbs (tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, cedar)
  18. Handcraft a smudging bundle or wand with cedar

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    Tip 18: handcraft a cedar smudging wand

  19. Make a Prosperity Globe (or jar!) using a clear glass Christmas ornamentand materials such as herbs, moss, cinnamon sticks, essential oils, ribbon, pine, shells, crystals and your personal intention scroll for the year. Personalize it even more by adding small items – or photos – that are significant to you.
  20. If you didn’t have time for the five-day Solstice Advent Candle Circle Meditation, do it all in one day
  21. Another lovely ritual tradition is the Candle Circle, a wonderful tradition for family and friends. I like to use white candles but some folks prefer red to represent the fire of Father Sun. Each person can customize their own candle, or leave it unadorned. At Solstice sunset, dim the lights and gather together (these days you could even do it by Skype if you can’t all be together physically). A volunteer – or the “head” of the family – can lead with a moment of meditation or  a blessing for Solstice and for all gathered. Take turns lighting your candles and sharing your favourite stories and memories from the year, or what you are grateful for. When all are complete, extinguish the candles in the order they were lit, with each participant making a wish or affirmation for the following year. The volunteer (or “head” of the family) can then say a final blessing for all and turn the lights back on.
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Tip 19: Prosperity globes

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Tip 14: Twig Pentacle

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Tip 7: loose incense

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Tip 11: Hang Mistletoe


🌿🎄🌞 Solstice Blessings to you all ! 🌝🎄🌿


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The Thinning of the Veil at Samhain

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Although Samhain has now officially passed (although it does remain as the Irish Gaelic name for the month of November), I still receive questions about Samhain, when it should be celebrated, what it means from an energetic/intuitive perspective, and how to celebrate it.

I received a great query through my website last week that I wanted to share here, along with my thoughts. And I would love to hear your perspectdive on this, in the Comments area!

The Question
The article of ‘The Cailleach’, you state, ‘and the time of year when the veils between the worlds are said to be the thinnest.’

I was wondering exactly when this will be. On October 31 or November 7? Thank you.

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My response
The expression “thinning of the veils” is often used at Samhain but few clarify what it means for them.

My thoughts? I believe there are many planes of existence in our Universe (physicists offer string theory to explain the various dimensions of the multiverse), separated by their unique vibration and frequency, yet co-existing in the same “place”.I believe that when those frequencies are similar, we connect with that world… if we wish to.

As mediums or intuitives, we sometimes describe our connection with other planes and worlds as tuning in, which is a very apt description. We tune in to frequencies, just as we would a radio. If we connect to a strong signal, we hear words and music. If we can’t find a frequency, we hear static and noise… and just the hint of organized sound.

Natural frequencies do shift and change, just as we can raise or lower our own frequencies. At certain times of the year — the move towards the stillness of Winter, for instance, as the Earth shifts on its magnetic axis — and in certain locations (magnetic vortices, ley lines, etc), those frequencies have shifted ever so slightly to allow us here in the physical plane to more easily access the other worlds. At these times and in these places, the vibrations of our world connect with the vastness of Flow and the Spirit world. The veil lifts… becomes more porous.

And there is another factor to connection:  intention.  Many cultures around the world celebrate the harvest and the coming of winter at this time of year, honouring their ancestors, giving gratitude, and lighting bonfires and candles to honour the importance of light (Father Sun) in our lives. There is a massive global focused intention and awareness. I believe the energy of that global intention also effects the vibrations, lifting the veil even more.

But to answer the question directly… !
I tend to celebrate Samhain on the “true” date, which this year was earlier this week, on  November 7th. And quite frequently I celebrte both, as I did this year.  On both days, I celebrated and honoured my ancestors, and communicated with them.

But I also don’t believe that the thinning of the veils is a digital, all-or-nothing event, restricted to just that specific Samhain date — whether we celebrate on the traditional date or the true date.

Nor do I believe we are bound to honour these special days on the calendar date(s). We have busy lives. We juggle work, family, school, commitments…. and our energy.

If the date/time doesn’t work for you, celebrate when you can.
Believe me, Spirit won’t mind at all! 

Just like we have, for instance, the Full Moon energy for roughly three days, we experience the thinning of the veils over a period of time.

As the energies of the Earth start to quieten and draw in after the Autumn Equinox, we start to approach and embrace the Dark (hidden, not bad!) energies of Winter, the energy and wisdom of An Cailleach, and the gradual thinning of the veil between the worlds, peaking around Samhain aka “Summers End”.

The yin, deep, receiving intuitive energies of An Cailleach are increasing in us too… just as they are with our world. So not only is the veil thinner, but our intuition is also stronger, increasing our ability to connect.

So, for me, the week(s) before and after Samhain are all very powerful times for connecting with Spirit.

What are your thoughts on this?  Comment below.

Le grá,
(“With love” in Irish Gaelic)

Della


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