Re-membering Mother Earth

img_7795-2Thought for today…

When I read this quote today, I knew I had to share it!. Chameli Ardagh reminds us that our connection to Mama Earth is strong and is never broken.

“You don’t have to connect with Mother Earth, you have never been disconnected from Her.”
– Chameli Ardagh

There may be times when you may feel as though you are disconnected… but it’s time to re-member, rather than re-connect… to breathe the Earth…

Listen to the voice of Mama Earth…. re-member your Self, re-member me. When we re-member, we cause something to come back into our mind.

This Breathing The Earth meditation helps me re-member my connection to Mother Earth.

🌿Breathing the Earth Meditation🌿

This breathing meditation can be done outdoors or in your home… anywhere you feel comfortable.

  • Start by getting into a comfortable position.
  • Relax, and shake off any tensions of the day.
  • Drop into your heart space, and start to breathe slowly and deeply … imagine you are breathing from deep within, from your core, from the belly itself.
  • Now, bring your awareness to the Earth below you … it may be inches away if outdoors, or far below if indoors…. but it is beneath you… holding you…. grounding you… nurturing you…
  • Now, drop into that space, into Mother Earth herself… breathing deeply into that calming and grounding peaceful energy.
  • As you inhale, feel that grounding essence of Mama Earth filling your body… spreading out from your lungs and filling your core…. spreading out to your fingertips…. down to your toes… touching each chakra.
  • As you exhale, bring your awareness even deeper into Mama Earth… to HER inner core, HER deepest strength… re-membering HER energy, HER force… knowing this is also YOUR energy, YOUR force, YOUR core.
  • Continue breathing deeply and slowly, until you sense the shift, that the re-memberance is complete.
  • Bring your awareness back to your physical body and your physical space as you return to regular breathing.
  • Take a moment to reflect on how it feels to be one with Mother Earth…. to re-member your connection.

Try this every day for a week or so…. and reflect in your journal or BOS (Book of Shadows) how it feels… what you re-member.


sidebar graphics 7If you love working with Mother Earth (known by so many names, such as Gaia, Pachamama, and Danú), following the energies of Grandmother Moon (Seanmháthair Gealach), of the Goddess(es), of Father Sky (Daghda), following the Celtic Wheel of The Year, creating or learning ancestral crafts and herbalism, or follow an earth-based spirituality…. or are interested in learning more about this path, you will find great resources – and the opportunity to ask questions, share rituals, and more – in our NEW private Facebook Group, the Wise Woman Bean Gealach Circle.

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Soul Questions for the Balsamic Moon

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In our monthly journey with the Moon, we are now in the return journey… coming back home, toward the New Moon and the beginning of a new journey.

The next New Moon arrives Thursday, September 1st @ 2:03 AM Pacific Time (9:03 UTC). September brings us two New Moons, depending on your time zone. Here in Vancouver, in the Pacific Time zone, the second New Moon arrives on Friday, September 30th @ 5:11 PM, which is Saturday, October 1st @ 00:11 UTC. Some call the second New Moon in a month a “Black Moon”, as opposed to a “Blue Moon” which is the second Full Moon in a month.

The Moon is now in the Waning Crescent, also known as the Balsamic Moon. As the darkness of the Moon increases, so does its Yin qualities. You may find that you rest or meditate more. You may find that your intuition is stronger, that you are more contemplative, that you are connecting more to your Inner World of authentic Self, spirituality and dreams.

Through this contemplation, you can complete any release you began at the Full Moon. And because much of this work is subconscious, you may not know exactly what is processing… but you will feel the effect.

Some Soul Questions for your meditations under the Balsamic Moon (or create your own based on your intentions for this month’s journey):

  • As the Moon becomes less visible, what in my life has also lost visibility?
  • What might I need to shine a light on?
  • What is the lesson that is “coming home” this month?
  • With what I now know, what intentions might I set for my next lunar journey?
  • How will I manifest them, starting from this place of new insight and wisdom?

This is also a great time to write in your journal, noting what you are grateful for this month.

 


 

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Be the Wild Air

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the element Air…

the breath of life…

inspiration…

the wind of the East…

breathe it in, deeply and fully…

listen to the wisdom of Air…

Air brings the outside world into our inner world and connects us to Spirit…

Air releases our inner world to the outside world, so it too can feel our beauty and energy…

step out into Nature and breathe in its primordial wild power and awaken that within you…

be the wild air

thank you, Air…
✨
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Photographed at Howe Sound, BC.


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Use your Inner “Soulstice” to chase the storms

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We often hear advice to “stay present”, to find our inner stillness, to be “in the now” as a way of finding peace and tranquility, or for reducing anxiety.

But being present or still can also help us find our inner strength.

Lately, I have been drawn to the concept of inner strength — what it means and how we can manifest our inner warrior.

These words from writer Haruki Murakami reveal another dimension of being “in the now”. Being in the flow, being present, enhances our ability to focus, to draw on all our resources, to be agile, to see what choices — and possibilities — are available to us.

It enables us to discover just how strong we are.

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

When in chaos or crisis, being present allows us to access our Higher Self (aka our GPS — our Greater Personal Self) and its wisdom. And having that gives us the ability to face our fears squarely in the face, to connect with them and understand them, thereby diminishing their power, and to choose a new and empowered way forward.

The Maelstrom of Fear
Fear is something we sometimes manifest and experience in response to certain situations and experiences, from the seemingly small or trivial (dogs, spiders, speaking in public) to very serious or life-threatening (assault, rape, illness, war). It is also a deep-rooted biological response to threat of any kind and can cause us to choose from the programmed responses of fight, flight or freeze and a maelstrom of emotions and thoughts.

Fear creates a storm within us, as real and frightening as the most powerful storm created by Nature.

When we are in a fearful place, living through an internal storm, it can be challenging to access our inner resources and that is where being present comes into play.

Use your Inner Soulstice to break through the storm clouds
Consider reframing the experience, illuminating the fear by connecting to your Inner Soulstice — the fire of your own inner Sun.

winter_solstice_pivatoIn Nature, 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!).

Solstice also refers to a turning point, because at each solstice the sun starts either waxing or waning: the days get shorter (waning) from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice or get longer (waxing) from the Winter Solstice to the Summer Solstice.

What is our “soulstice”?
It’s that time when we pause for a moment, when we stand still… and when through that stillness we find our turning point, and our inner fire and strength.

Connect to your Soulstice
When you feel overwhelmed — or recognize your signs of fear or anxiety or worry — pause. Be still. Stop what you are doing and take a moment to breathe deeply and slowly, inhaling and exhaling in a slow rhythm.

Drop into your Heart, your inner fire. Feel that connection with your Inner Self and keep breathing deeply and slowly until you feel your inner connection to your GPS, your Greater Personal Self, strongly established…and feel the fear lessening its hold as your inner Soulstice shines brightly through the clouds of fear. You are in effect holding the light for your Self.

Now ask that Wise Inner Self what to do…. because it does have the answers, it does have the wisdom.

YOU will make it through this storm. Because you are present. Because you have your inner fire, your inner Soulstice, as a guide.

And maybe you are even stronger than you realize .

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I CHOSE to become.”
-Carl Jung


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Soul Questions for the Full Milk Moon

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How do you connect with the Divine Feminine? More and more, women I know are joining – or leading – Women’s Circles at the New Moon or the Full Moon as a way to reconnect with their Divine Feminine, to explore Goddess energy and more.

I will be starting an on-line circle Moon Goddess Circle this Fall (if not sooner!) but wanted to share with you a Soul Questions activity you can consider for the Full Milk Moon which arrives Saturday, May 21st at 2:15 PM Pacific Time (21:15 UTC). This can be incorporated into the Full Moon Heart Chakra ritual I posted earlier in Celebrating the Full Milk Moon.

This Full Milk Moon has many names including Hawthorn Moon, Full Flower Moon, Corn Planting Moon. Milk Moon refers to the breastfeeding of the animals at this time.

I love its connection to the Goddess energy. And what is that connection you may ask? Many women see the Milk Moon as a symbol of the Divine Feminine, the sacred breasts that nurture and feed us all… and an opportunity to look at our own relationship to our Breasts… our Moons of Love.

Soul Questions for the Full Milk Moon

Instagram Post-16With the love that has filled your heart chakra during the Full Moon Heart Ritual, take some time to consider your relationship with your Self, your Body and your Moons of Love which lovingly protect your Heart Chakra.

Whether you are celebrating the Full Moon in Sacred Circle with other women or in solo practice, meditate or journey and share with your Circle in a loving and respectful way.

Consider these Soul Questions, or write your own:

What do my breasts mean to me? Do I love them? When do I think about them? Do I wish they were different in some way? Have they caused me pain? Do they bring me joy? What did my Mother and my family “teach” me about my breasts? What do I call them? As I look on my past as an outsider, not reliving that past, what experiences left me with a negative feeling? As I look on my past as an outsider, observing not reliving, what experiences left me feeling good about myself and my breasts?

If I spoke to my Breasts, what would I want to tell them? And what would they want me to know?

Take a few minutes in your Sacred Space or Circle, to collect your thoughts and feelings, and answers to these questions.

TIP: If your group is comfortable in group meditations or journeys, ritualize this exploration by journeying to one’s breasts, using drums, rattles, singing bowls or recorded music.

As with any journey, start with a cleanse, invite your guides on the journey for support, and finish with gratitude.

When everyone has had time to jot their notes into their journal or diary (five minutes or so), invite everyone to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Depending on the size of your group and the time remaining in your Circle, set a timer for each participant (three minutes or so), so that everyone has a chance to speak, should they wish.

Know that for some, this may be an uncomfortable conversation, for some a cathartic experience, and for others a loving celebration of the positive relationship they have with their body. Hold space for each other, respectfully and unconditionally, as each chooses to share their herstory. For some, their’s will be a private journey not to be shared. And that is okay.

You may be amused by the variety of names for those Moons of Love. I’ve heard so many — the girls, the Pointer Sisters, tatas, boobs, tittens and even individual names like Flopsy and Topsy!

After the group sharing, take a moment to jot down into your journal what you want to release or heal, and what you want to invite into your life. Jot each onto a piece of paper, and close your Soul Question work with a Fire Ceremony, such as the one described in an earlier post from today, to manifest the release and the invitation.

Here is a chant to the Goddess that can be played during your Fire Ceremony:


A special thank you to Karen and SlĂ­ An ChroĂ­ for sharing this beautiful Moons of Love conversation.


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Connecting with Grandmother Moon

 

img_6654Have I ever said how much I love working with my Moon Bowl? Probably!

Yes, I have charts and apps that tell me precisely where in her cycle Grandmother Moon (Seanmháthair Gealach) is at any time, but I love this fundamental and physical connection between my altar and the Moon… and me🌙

On the New Moon, my Moon Bowl is empty to represent the darkness of that phase… no light at all, not even a glimpse of the waxing crescent. I select 15 items to represent the days of the waxing and waning cycle, and place them on the plate under the bowl. Sometimes I use the same 15 items and other times I select others…. beach pebbles, crystals, acorns, pony beads, bits of paper. You can use anything you are drawn to.

Each day I select one item from the plate, and hold it to my heart chakra, feeling its energy, asking for its wisdom or even asking a direct question (and sometimes I pull a card for even more illumination and wisdom). Once that ritual is complete, I add it to the Moon Bowl. I do that every day until the Moon is full, and the bowl is full. I can literally feel the energy building as the Moon waxes to fullness.

On the first day of the waning moon, I turn the Moon Bowl the other way and start removing items, using the same wisdom process, each day until the bowl is empty again at the Dark Moon /New Moon.

So, even if I can’t see the moon due to our rainy Vancouver weather, I can look at my Moon Bowl and – by counting the stones on the plate and the position of my bowl –  I know how close we are to the next Full or New Moon. Sometimes I have to adapt it a little, as the moon cycle is 29.5 days… and you can’t have “half a stone”! The next Full Moon is very soon (I took this pic yesterday), arriving in Vancouver on May 21 at 2:14 pm Pacific Time (21:15 UTC).t

The plate itself becomes an altar on its own (and I also place it on my outdoor altar most of the time), with an element for each direction and some additional stones to represent the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine in all their manifestations… Goddess, Green Man, Triple Goddess, Gaia, Pachamama, etc. I often use natural elements from Mother Earth for the seasons, such as a shell for West, a feather for East, etc. Make it uniquely yours with your personal favourites.

The altar cloth also represents Earth, as it was handmade and eco-dyed with leaves and cochineals (thank you @ffrench for teaching me this!!)

How do you connect with the energy of Seanmháthair Gealach, Grandmother Moon?


Pronunciation Tip:

Seanmháthair Gealach, Irish Gaelic for Grandmother Moon, 
is pronounced “Shan-waw-her Gee-al-ack”

And a special thanks to Maia Toll, who introduced me to the Moon Bowl concept.


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Honouring the Full Egg Moon

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In Vancouver, we move into the Full Moon energy tonight at 10:25 PM (April 22nd 5:25 AM UTC) .

This Full Moon is in Scorpio, a Water Sign…. very emotional and deep. Think of the ocean.moon-1217725_1920 We see the surface, yet that is only a tiny fraction of the ocean’s body. So much life — and mystery — lies beneath the surface. So much is hidden in that watery deep dimension of Mother Earth.

Some First Nations people called this moon The Full Pink Moon because of the widespread pink spring flowers. Walking today through local wild fields, I can certainly confirm that! First Nations of the east coast also called it the Full Fish Moon, as this is the time that shad swim upstream to spawn. For me, this is the Green Leaf Moon because all the trees and shrubs are covered in spectacular foliage of every shade of green.

Many of our ancestors called it the Egg Moon, in recognition of the birth of little chicks. So much new life is birthed at this time of year: chickens, lambs, rabbits in the animal world. And in the plant world, the sap has started to rise, and we see the emergence of buds, leaves, flowers.

We recognize that cycle of birth, renewal and death in religious ceremonies (Easter) and through domestic rituals such as Spring Cleaning, to clear out the dusty remains of Winter.

Meditation for the Full Egg Moon

This is a wonderful time for reflection of our life, especially with the powerful emotional Water energy of Scorpio present at this Full Moon. Take some time to reflect on your life and its cycles of Birth, Death, and Rebirth:

What is beginning?

What is maturing?

What is ready to be released and reborn?

Is it time to honour any Loved Ones who have transitioned?

Note how you feel about those changes and cycles. Do you welcome them? Do you fear them? Reflect on how you handle the mini-births and mini-deaths each day… the chance to start afresh vs. the lost or ignored possibilities. Is there anything to be learned or changed?

In alignment with the Scorpio energy, consider using a water ritual to honour and release that which has passed or transitioned, by writing the words or a sigil on a piece of paper and immerse in water… watch the ink fade and dissolve, as your worries and fears disappear. Ethically dispose of the paper afterwards.

Or, consider this lovely Egg Cleansing ritual.

Honour the Full Egg Moon with an Egg Cleansing

eggs-19641_1920As with any ritual, create your Sacred Space or altar first, adding elements that reflect the ritual, phase of the moon and your intentions. Start by breathing deeply and slowly. Centre and ground your Self. Call in your ancestors, guides and – if your tradition – the four directions.

This ritual can be done alone or in Sacred Circle. Support each other by working in pairs in the circle, and cleansing each other’s aura.

Begin the egg cleanse:

  • Cleanse the entire aura and body of any heavy or toxic energies by gently gliding a fresh organic egg over the entire energy field.
  • Feel the energy release and cleanse your aura, releasing any heavy or toxic energies.
  • When you feel the cleansing is complete, give gratitude to Mother Earth, the egg and all your guides, allies, and ancestors for their assistance.
  • Dispose of the egg by releasing it to the earth:
    • dig a small hole and cover it with soil, then step on the egg for a final cleansing and release with Mother Earth.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for how to prepare
a Burlá Ghui (bur-la gwee) prayer bundle for the Full Moon.


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