Rejuvenating with the April Moon

Seven Tips for bringing more energy (and less clutter!) into your life

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“Our life is frittered away by detail . . . simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

We are halfway between the First Quarter Moon and the Full Moon, which arrives April 10th at 11:08 PM PDT (April 11th 06:08 UTC). This is the Waxing Gibbous phase. The face of the moon is so much brighter, with a smaller crescent of dark.

As the Moon’s energy increases, our energy is shifting too, from the inward intuitive Yin to the outward action-oriented Yang, from intention to manifesting, from hidden to revealed.

Our theme for this month’s lunar journey is Rejuvenation. Who doesn’t feel young again in the Spring? In the growing energy of LaLuna?

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Father Sun kissing the cherry blossoms of Mama Earth

This month, in the Northern Hemisphere, we have renewed energy after the winter rest. All around us the sap is rising, the trees are budding and flowers are emerging.

Yet the word rejuvenation has other layers, other meanings. It is not just about feeling young again, feeling energized. It also means “to make an organization or system more effective by introducing new methods, ideas, or people” (per the Cambridge Dictionary).

Using the manifesting energy of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, what can you rejuvenate in YOUR life… your home… your office…your work…  your spiritual practice?

Many of us associate this time of year with Spring Cleaning, i.e. rejuvenating our homes. That was something essential for our ancestors: sweeping away the soot from winter hearths, along with the bugs and debris that accumulated in the straw they used in their thatched roofs, bed pallets or on the floor.

And in the Southern Hemisphere, this time marked the start of preparations for winter: preparing the home for the shutting in of the winter months, and likely tipping the balance towards accumulation — storing vegetables, making preserves for the winter, pickling fruits and vegetables, and also packing away tools and clothing associated with the summer, repairing and renewing tools and farm implements, etc.

Rejuvenation is definitely an ongoing theme for me. Out with the Old and in with the New is quickly becoming my mantra! Making space for new ideas, new things while keeping that which still works, that which I love, that which brings me joy (thank you, Marie Kondo, for this concept!), that which is still useful.

Simplicity. Ease. Space.

This allows us to focus on the essential.

Seven Tips for Rejuvenation

  1. Spend some time with Mama Earth . . . a walk in your neighbourhood, a local park, community garden. Breathe!
  2. If you have a garden or balcony, rejuvenate it by clearing out any winter debris and refreshing with new plants.
  3. Do a “Green Clean” in your home. Replace any toxic/chemical cleaners with ones you make yourself or purchase eco-friendly products instead.
  4. Detox your diet. Eliminate junk food and add in more fresh and home-prepared foods.
  5. Check your medicine cabinet (and fridge!) for anything stale-dated and dispose of responsibly. TIP: Your local pharmacy likely has a program for disposing of prescription drugs.
  6. Declutter your space and recycle using the four Ds (Deal, donate, dump, de-own).
    And remember, the question to ask your Self is not “Should I get rid of it?” but “Why should it stay?(More on the Four Ds in this blog post). 
  7. Bring new energy into your life by beginning something NEW — a creative project, a fitness class, a spiritual practice — anything that will raise your awareness to your own energy and renewal.

I’m working through this list one by one. My (ongoing) plan is to declutter and simplify as much as possible, in all areas of my life. Sometimes the balance seems to towards accumulation rather than reduction — especially when it comes to books, craft materials and decks of oracle cards! — but the balance soon restores.

BONUS TIP: Be aware of what one is accumulating. For each new thing you bring in, take something away by donating, gifting or recycling using the Four Ds.

What would you like to simplify and rejunvenate in YOUR life?


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The Spirituality of Friendship

As we honour the goddess Brighid and her transition from Crone back to Maiden at Imbolc* (see footer), consider taking some time to meditate or reflect on the women in your life . . .  your friendships with women — the Maidens, the Women, the Crones — and how your friendships have changed throughout the years.

For me, this came home when I read — and loved! —this definition of spirituality:

“the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.”

It would seem to me that friendship is spiritual, rooted in our concern and love for the soul and spirit of those in our own circles.

Soul Questions

Consider the dynamics of your friendships. Create your own questions or ponder on some of these:

  • Do I have friends — or relatives — of all ages?
  • What do my friends learn — or expect — from me? And vice versa?
  • What activities do we share?
  • What do I learn from my friends about life, about love, about self-care. . . about joy, creativity, strength?
  • What do they learn from me?
  • How do I support my friends. . .  and vice versa?
  • What do I expect in or from friendship(s) for them to be successful?
  •  When is it time to end a friendship?
    • That too can be a spiritual process. The friendship may no longer serve us (or vice versa). Perhaps it’s part of our “old story” and no longer in alignment with who we are in our “new story”. We can gently and lovingly let it go, and thank the person and the friendship for the gift and the lesson (or shadow lesson!) it has given us.
  • How do I hold space for friendship in my life?
  • How do I honour, nurture and celebrate my friendships?

The Triple Goddess Within

1330075291_triedinaya-boginyaAnd just as Brighid transforms from Crone to Maiden, so do we. We pass through each of the stages of the Triple Goddess throughout our journey in life; those seeds are within us when we are born.

Not only do we carry the ancestral DNA (and some say the memories) of all the women — and men — who came before us, we carry the full potential and expression of the Maiden-Woman-Crone. Just as the potential and blueprint for the mighty fully grown and majestic oak is within the tiny acorn, so are The Maiden, The Woman and The Crone already nurturing within you at birth. . . . and you can call on their wisdom and energy at any time.

And in your friendships — and in our life — each of those phases come into play. At times we are The Maidens together, full of energy and joy and adventure and play. We are The Woman when we step into creativity and nurturing, and holding sacred space for each other. We are The Crone when we share our wisdom with others, or gently open up others to their own wisdom, to self-healing.

Celebrate the Triple Goddess within you

and within your friends.

Le grá,
(with love, in Irish Gaelic)

Della


Note re Imbolc timing *
I celebrate this special day of the Celtic Wheel of the Year on the “astronomical” date of February 3rd, the precise midpoint between Yule (Winter Solstice) and the Spring Equinox. Many also celebrate on the traditional fixed date of February 1st or 2nd.


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Divine Imperfection: the Joy of Making Mistakes

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This time last year, I posted Neil Gaiman’s well-known quote about mistakes, and it’s something that still resonates so deeply with me.

If you haven’t heard his quote, here’s the background: On December 31, 2011, Gaiman (one of my favourite writers) posted this thought-provoking New Year’s Wish in his online journal:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

🌟WOW! 🌟

Gaiman’s post shocked some people, angered and confused others. Many folks — me, for one — ❤️loved ❤️ it!

Why?

Because many of life’s most wondrous inventions and changes come from happy accidents and “mistakes”.

Because much of one’s greatest personal growth comes from so-called mistakes.

And because some mistakes are just blessings in disguise (and I know there is a Zen koan about this!!).

Yet some folks are afraid of of failing, of being judged, of being different, of not being perfect, and as a result they may take no risks… they may stay in a safe little bubble. But often the fear of all that is more profound that the actual “mistake”, the actual “failure”.

And that’s okay. I will not judge.  I will hold space for each of us to step into their glorious possibilities.

For me, no. That’s not the life I choose. I say, bring it on! I’ll give this crazy life 100% and if I stumble and fall, I’ll get up and try it again and again until I get it right. Or not! But I’ll try! I accept and embrace my divine imperfection. That’s what makes me human. That’s what gives my life meaning.

Click here to read Gaiman’s post.


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Only Connect!

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Many years ago, I heard a quote from E. M. Forster that so moved me.

“Only Connect!”

And I have lived by that, as I believe that one of the greatest wonders in our world is our ability to connect with others. The full quote from his novel Howard’s End is:

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted, and human love will be seen at its height. Live in fragments no longer. Only connect, and the beast and the monk, robbed of the isolation that is life to either, will die.

And then today I read a quote from rabbi-philosopher Martin Buber. I had heard it before and thought “well said”, or something innocuous like that… but today it struck me just how deep and powerful the quote is.

He said,

“When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them.”

Buber refers to God, in this instance, as that was his belief system. I might use the term Spirit… or Universe… or Flow… or Goddess. Some may choose a different word… love, acceptance, beauty. For me, this is not necessarily about religion… but about our innate spirituality.

Students of philosophy will know Buber from his thesis of dialogical existence, the concept of Ich-Du (“I-Thou” or “I-You”) where what is important is the mutual and holistic existence of two beings, and how they can related without any qualification or objectification of one another (thank you Wikipedia for this simple description!).

Buber believed that there were many layers to an Ich-Du relationship…. and one of them was that “an Ich-Du relationship with anything or anyone connects some way with the eternal relationship to God”. (again, my thanks to Wikipedia).

WOW! So in Buber’s view of the world…. connection, friendship, love… all these are spiritual.

And this, I too believe.

This has been a troubling year for many…. terrorism on the rise…. controversial and confusing political outcomes in countries such as the UK and USA…. But, at the root of it all, we are people. We are individuals. We have so many common goals and wishs – a peaceful life, the right to love, to be heard, to be valued, to be in community …

We can choose to live ethically and morally from a place of love, rather than a place of fear… We can choose to connect with others in an open way, unconditionally. We can listen to others, connect with their experiences, rather than judge or condemn.  We can hold sacred space for others.

We can choose to exalt the human experience through love and connection.

So, in the words of E. M. Forster…. Only Connect!

And in the words of Martin Buber, do so authentically and humanly…. there is power in that.

There is spirituality and Spirit in connection, and within you.

Wisdom of the Acorn

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When Nature plants an acorn, it strives to yield its potential — and destiny — as a magnificent oak, its growth tempered only by the amount of sun, rain, and nutrients.

But what of we humans? What other factors may be in play?

Our beliefs — and that of others — can shape who we are, and how we experience the world. Our growth too is tempered by the amount of sun, rain and nutrients we receive… the sun of love and affection, the rain of our confidence and self-worth, the nutrients of healthy relationships.

But when some of those elements are missing, and life become challenging, we still can choose to believe in our Self.

If this happens in your life, choose to believe in your potential, that you are magnificent… empowered…. capable… deserving of love, joy, happiness, success, abundance.

Mahatma Gandhi said it well:

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

So, what do we do with that fear?

This time of the Waning Moon is a very powerful time for releasing what no longer serves us… allowing our authentic empowered self to step up and emerge.

What fears might be at play for you?

What could you gratefully release?

That fear may have once served you, and kept you safe… but maybe now it’s just holding you back and has become a burden.

Question it.

Release it, through a release ritual or with a PSYCH-K balancing session.

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“Fear is your greatest obstacle – so question your fear. If it does not serve your greatest life then do not make it your master.”
– Joy Page

So, be like the Acorn…
fulfill your potential and destiny.


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The beauty of transformation

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I took a walk this morning, curious to see what the Trees had released in last night’s wind and rain storm here in Vancouver. Whenever possible, I collect from windfall rather than collecting directly from the trees… even though I do ask 🌳their permission❤️

It was breezy and so invigorating, walking through the fallen leaves with the smells of autumn all around, and I found a few fallen treasures to add to my Autumn incense.

Each tree is changing, going through its life cycle of growth and change… into its time of rest and renewal… preparing for regrowth and new energy in the Spring. Some trees have turned completely and have lost their leaves, whilst the tops of others are ablaze with colour but with the lower leaves — those closest to the trunk and roots — still retaining their vibrant green.

As each tree experiences its transformation, it celebrates with riotous colour, changing from calm and restful greens to brilliant golds, reds and purples until the branches are once again bare… Just as we too can celebrate our own transformations in Autumn, and release in preparation for the rest of Winter.

Yet not everyone has the same perspective… I see cycles of change and transformation, whilst others see only endings. I remember a conversation last year with a neighbour. As I was basking in the beauty around me and snapping pictures, a neighbour walking her dog stopped beside me and said, “I hate this time of year. All those falling leaves are just death to me!”

What medicine did the plant spirits teach me today? That change can be beautiful, as we go through the threshold of transformation.

How do you feel about Autumn?

And how do you celebrate your transformation?


 

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Quarter Moon in Sagittarius: Meet your Mentors for the journey

The First Quarter arrived today, September 9th, at 11:49 UTC. It’s time to take those seeds and ideas you nurtured at the New Moon and take action, and to ask the Soul Questions “What is flourishing?” and “How do I move forward?”.

This Quarter Moon is in Sagittarius and wants us to think BIG… to look at the BIG picture.

Last month we looked at the obstacles that might come up in the journey when we reach the Quarter Moon, such as fear or self-doubt, and ways to conquer them.

But sometimes the obstacle is not fear… it may be a lack of inspiration, or a creative block, one where we literally cannot see a plan for manifesting our goal. We are thinking so big that we cannot see the details.

Our journey with the Moon is often compared to Joseph Campbell’s (s)Hero’s Journey. And at this stage of the journey, our (s)Hero finds their mentor or teacher, the guru who shows them their power and how to dig deep into their Wise Inner Self to understand that they are capable of the journey and to show them the way forward…. Think of Dorothy and her series of mentors such as Glinda and The Scarecrow, think of Luke Skywalker and Yoda, or Jason (of the Argonauts) and Hera.

Maybe you already have a Mentor or Guide. If lack of inspiration or a creative block is your  obstacle, sit with your Mentor and ask for their guidance.

But there is another way…. You can call on ANY mentor or guide who can help you, in a meditation (or journey) such as The Mentors Circle:

MEET YOUR MENTORS IN SACRED CIRCLE
Once you are relaxed and grounded, in your mind’s eye visualize (or journey to) the place you would like to meet your Mentors…. a place you feel comfortable and secure, perhaps with a flame of inspiration burning in the centre of the Sacred Mentor’s Circle.

Think of one question, the one question that when answered would free up your imagination to create your plan. It could be something simple like:

  • “What am I missing?” or
  • “What is the key to moving forward?” or
  • “What do I need to know here?”

Think of three (or more) individuals who could advise you. It can be anyone at all, perhaps someone you admire or look up to, or someone you have turned to before… they can be real or fictional, dead or alive, human or not. I had one client who called on James Bond. Another called on her childhood cat. Another called on Athena. Yet another called on Wolf.

Invite your mentors to the Sacred Circle you have created, and ask each of them in turn your question. Listen with awareness. Thank them for their insight and wisdom when complete.

Meditate on their answers, then ask your Self these questions for each Mentor:

  • If I were to take the advice of “Mentor One” (Buddha, Brigid, your Great Grandmother, your animal Guide, etc) as a starting point, what now opens up for me?
  • If I looked at my question through the eyes and wisdom of Mentor One, what else would I learn? 

Do this for each Mentor, and journal the insights that are now opening up for you.

Alternative
I love using Oracle or Tarot cards for my Mentor Circle, and the unexpected insights that a random (but we know that nothing is truly random!) three card draw can bring. I especially like Oracle cards for this. Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Cards, Colette Baron-Reid’s Enchanted Map of the World, Steven D. Farmer’s Earth Magic, The Wild Unknown’s Animal Spirit Deck are all favourites I go back to time and again.

Pull a card for each Mentor and follow the meditation/journey the same way.

And know that these Mentors are always available for you next month, or whenever you need their wisdom.


 

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