Here at the Full Moon, with the energy of Ivy, we pause and reflect on what is being illuminated in our lives to be released and transmuted in service of bringing out our fullest and most authentic life. Ivy shows us how to reach towards our goals determined to grow anywhere; she has an effortless ability to root and be nourished. She shows us the difference between holding on and clinging.
What is happening for you as we move steadily deeper in Fall? In what ways are you mirroring Nature’s activities; are you retreating inward, bringing projects to completion, perhaps spreading seeds to insure another year of growth?
By aligning with nature’s seasonal cycles, we place ourselves within a framework that supports our own growth and unfolding. At this time, you walk in the liminal places, where the veils are thin and there are transitions afoot. You also turn inward to take stock and begin to identify what you need and what is no longer serving you. It is time to seek clarity, balance and wisdom for your next evolutionary steps.
Are you weaving your dreams and longings into reality? Are you clinging to an old story, beliefs or thoughts that are keeping you stuck?
I dreamt of scarcity Friday night, of not having what I need to make it through. I woke up wondering about this myth of scarcity that pulls at me, that pulls at us all. When I cast out my senses the message I received was to connect with Nature’s coherent energy. This is the field of abundance that we, as a part of Nature, are inherently a part of. A path for that exploration are prayers of gratitude and appreciation.
Through some waking explorations this weekend I came across a video clip of an interview with Fred Rogers shared by soul rocker, Michael Franti, that highlighted within me the connection between the field of abundance and the cultivation of silence and wonder as a healing balm and balance to the information laden and noisy world today. Then, I saw an Instagram post by Elizabeth Gilbert in which she shared about a practice she just did in cultivating gratitude in her life.
I put both of these in my cauldron, stirred it up with my Shaman Witch Priestess magic, weaving and mixing in the energies of Ivy and the spider and what emerged was this spiraling journey inward- a fun project that also taps into the creative energies of the waxing moon.
I felt wonder and curiosity as I drew and explored my way through this project, spiraling back to copy lines in marker as I worked, having fun with color, just choosing and not pondering too long.
I loved expressing my appreciation and gratitude with the different categories and the way the space between the categories highlighted the innate interconnection. I wove in my gratitude, prayers and intentions, writing them in present tense; some already happening, some still in dream form. I created a field of possibilities where abundance, resiliency and prosperity are all possible. From the field of abundance and gratitude that I have created I also wove in my intentions. I will identify specific outcomes that create pathways for the field to manifest in my life.
From these statements and expressions, I see next steps and nourishing routines and habits to create my life in alignment with this field of possibility that I have woven.
Whether it is weaving a web of gratitude or something else, explore how the act of doing something physical begins to bring your prayers and longings to the conscious world of creation.
The invitation is to pray, visualize, meditate (however this makes sense to you), and surround yourself with and embody the feeling of your wish and desire coming to fruition. Whether it is world peace, ecological regeneration, social justice, a deep and meaningful relationship, a new job, or something else, spend some time feeling of how it will feel in the reality of that desire being true.
Here’s what you need-
a piece of paper-
a pencil or pen(I used pencil)
colored pencils, markers, crayons
Here's what you do- Find a place outside in Nature if possible, a spot where you can hear the sounds of nature, see some nature. Even if it’s one plant or hearing one bird mixed in with other sounds of the city, etc.
Do some heart breathing, settling yourself within your own energy field. Ask for and listen for permission from this natural place to do this sacred work.
On your paper, draw a small circle -your central point- this is you- perhaps you are drawn to draw yourself as a figure- human, bird, dragon, goddess, the possibilities are endless.
Create lines radiating from the central point- straight, squiggly, wavy
Label the outward lines these aspects of your life-SPIRIT, BODY, HOME, FAMILY, WORK, COMMUNITY
Draw a spiral beginning with yourself- your central point. As you expand the spiral outwards, you are making your own web.
Fill the spaces created by the web with past present and future appreciations and expressions of gratitude. I wrote in the center.. ‘I appreciate…’ and ‘I am thankful for…’
Remember the veils are thin between all places and all times, this activity is both a work of art, an exercise in appreciation and an expression of prayer. Pay attention to the feelings, the descriptions.
If you do this project, I’d love for you to share a picture of it with me.
Writing for integration and the gathering of wisdom-
Write about your experience, in doing this project. Write a descriptive story of you doing this project.
Work through these debriefing questions to help you bring forth and articulate your experience.
*What are your thoughts, insights and realizations from this experience?
*What do you notice about yourself through this work?
*When you say yes to this field, this web, that you have created, what naturally falls away?
*What other thoughts and feelings arise within you from this experience during Fall?
*What are some specific outcomes, next steps that arise from this work?
*In what ways do each of your next steps impact other categories as well?
*What do you need to make it through to the manifestation of all of this?
In traditional cultures the days at this time of year are filled with harvesting, cleaning up and preparing for Winter. The Harvest Festival, Mabon, is celebrated at the Fall Equinox. It is a celebration and a time of rest after the work of harvest is done; giving thanks for the abundance of life and calling in protection for the cold nights of winter to come. It is a time to receive inner and outer gifts and insights.
The heartaches of this Summer call for us to steep ourselves in appreciation for what the ways the land sustains us with her bounty and beauty, to recognize that the small acts we do each day to honor our needs and desires, tend to the health of the Earth and her creatures and be conscious of the ways we can contribute to the creation of the new dream, next story and new world that is coming forth are ways that we are sourceful and powerful agents of change.
In the Celtic tradition, the Apple is a symbol of the Otherworld. Apple is the Tree that grew abundantly on the magical island set outside of space and time with the healing powers of Nine Women who are aspects of the Goddess- Avalon. It was a land ruled by the Fairy Queen, Morgana and her nine sisters. Avalon is the land where King Arthur was taken to be healed when he was mortally wounded. It is a land of abundance, fertility, providing all that is needed from within its borders.
Kuchen, pronounced “koo-Ken” is German for cake. Kuchen is a sweet treat that was traditionally served during afternoon gatherings of friends and family; a time to share a little something sweet with coffee or tea. This recipe that I am sharing with you is my family’s recipe that has been in part of our story for at least four generations. We look forward to it all summer long. I