New Moon in Cancer

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This continues a series of posts on working with Moon energy. Each New Moon and Full Moon, I will post suggestions for working with that archetype and harness the energy of the Moon’s cycle.

For more on the New Moon Energy, go here.

 

New Moon in Cancer

Contradiction meet Cancer…Cancer meet contradiction. Just when you think you have a Cancer figured out, they do something that surprises you. It’s not that they’re indecisive; it’s just that they want the best of both worlds. On the plus side, Cancers are loyal, dependable, adaptive and highly intuitive; but they can also appear moody (aka, drama queens) and sensitive (because they are so intuitive).

So what does this mean for working with the New Moon energy? You can add the energy of Cancer to your New Moon reflections by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Where have I been ignoring my intuition? What is happening that I have not wanted to ‘see’?
  • Where have I been indecisive? What’s really going on here?
  • What is my intuition telling me to create/focus on right now? How would this improve my life?
  • Where have I been too rigid/stuck? What might happen if I am more willing to go with the flow?

Enjoy working with the New Moon energy in Cancer! It should be a very intuitive time for all of us.

 

The Importance of Morning Routines

The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve understood the power of morning routines – things you can do to really start your day off on the right foot. My morning routines have varied over the years, but the point is that I have one. I no longer roll out of bed and get on my iPhone. I take my time starting my day, getting grounded and centered.

These days, my morning routine involves:

  • Opening up the house to let some fresh air in
  • Feeding the squirrels
  • Taking Kolby for a stroll in the foothills (emphasis on the word stroll there… you cant move very quickly when you have to stop to wait for your dog to pee every 5 seconds!)
  • Feed Kolby
  • Make and drink my morning lemon water (juice of half to a whole lemon – or 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil, 1-2 tbs apple cider vinegar, fill the rest with water)
  • Morning meditation – 10-20 minutes of grounding, balancing my chakras, thanking the elements, praying, saying my affirmations, and sitting in silence for a few minutes)
  • Journaling
  • Checking in with myself and my body, asking what I and my body need today
  • Shower and start my day

My morning routine makes all the difference in my day. If I skip it, my whole day feels ‘off’ and I am much more in gerbil-on-a-wheel mode – anxious, not able to focus. But when I take the time to breathe and feel into my morning, ah….

I know, I know. You’re too busy for a morning routine. My full routine can take up to an hour, depending on the day. But I didn’t start that way. I started with 5 minutes. That’s it. 5 minutes before I even got out of bed. That 5 minutes made such a difference in my day that it became 10, then 15, then 30…

Take time for yourself every morning, even if it’s just 5 minutes. You are so worth it.

Full Moon in Capricorn

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This is the third in a series of posts on working with Moon energy. Each New Moon and Full Moon, I will post suggestions for working with that archetype and harness the energy of the Moon’s cycle.

Go here to learn more about working with Full Moon Energy.

Full Moon in Capricorn

Capricorn is an earth sign and those born under this sign tend to be builders and leaders. They are goal-oriented and like having structure and rules, but also recognize when it’s time for change. They are the ones born with an ‘old soul’ who seem wise beyond their years.

So what does this mean for working with the Full Moon energy? You can add the energy of Capricorn to your Full Moon reflections by asking yourself the following:

  • What structures in my life are working well for me right now? What structures need to be built to improve my life? What structures no longer serve that I need to let go of?
  • How might I tune into the wise part of myself and ask for guidance?
  • Where in my life can I step up and be a leader/mentor? Where should I let go and allow others to lead?
  • What does Earth tell me about what needs to happen in my life right now?

Enjoy working with the Full Moon energy in Capricorn! It should be a profoundly insightful time for all of us.

 

New Moon in Gemini

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This continues a series of posts on working with Moon energy. Each New Moon and Full Moon, I will post suggestions for working with that archetype and harness the energy of the Moon’s cycle.

New Moon Energy

The new moon is a time of new beginnings, a time when you plant the seeds you wish to harvest over the next month. Yet, do not neglect to let go of what no longer serves before you plant those seeds. It does no good to plant seeds in a barren desert.

  • What do you need to release before moving forward with this new moon cycle?
  • What patterns have you been holding on to that no longer serve?

You may wish to hold a releasing ceremony before setting your intentions for the New Moon. Once you have let go of the old, it’s time to set your intentions for this moon cycle.

  • What do I wish to create over the next month (from New Moon to New Moon)?
  • What do I need to allow my creations to come into light?

 

The Waxing Time

The time between the New and Full Moons is considered the waxing time. This is a perfect time to kick start a project you’ve been putting off, getting your ducks in a row, and get ready for growth. Your focus is sharp, your creativity is in overdrive, and your energy is boundless. Use it!

 

New Moon in Gemini

Aaahh…. the twins. Gemini is an air sign, and while those born under this sign may appear to be indecisive, in reality, they are just able to see all of the possibilities and thus sometimes are unable to narrow their focus to just one option. They are also fiercely independent and desire freedom to explore all of the potential outcomes they can see.

So what does this mean for working with the New Moon energy? You can add the energy of Gemini to your New Moon reflections by asking yourself the following reflective questions:

  • Where have I felt stuck in my life that might benefit from viewing with a new lens?
  • Where do I feel tied down, unable to fully express who I am? How might I alter this situation?
  • What opportunities do I want to explore over the next month? Year?
  • What aspects of myself have I been ignoring or suppressing that could use a little attention?

Enjoy working with the New Moon energy in Gemini! It should be a fun, explorative time for all of us.

 

Full Moon in Sagittarius

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I was recently asked by a reader to explore Moon signs and archetypes. This will be the first of a series of posts on working with Moon energy. Each New Moon and Full Moon, I will post suggestions for working with that archetype and harness the energy of the Moon’s cycle.

Full Moon Energy

The full moon is the time of a birth, a time when the seeds you planted at the New Moon prior (approximately 2 weeks ago) come to fruition. So if you set goals and intentions at the New Moon, now is a great time to bring them out and evaluate your progress.

  • What do you need to do between now and the next New Moon to birth your intentions?
  • What needs to happen in your life for that to occur?
  • What do you need to finish up?
  • What do you need to let go of?

 

The Waning Time

The time between the New and Full Moons is considered the waning time. This is not the time to launch new programs, unless you began crafting them at the last New Moon. The waning time is a time where we go within and reflect – time to prepare for the next New Moon and what we want to put into place at that time. This is a perfect time for release ceremonies, getting introspective about your life, and letting go of what no longer works.

 

Full Moon in Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a fire sign and those born under this sign tend to be a little quick-tempered and direct (they tell it like it is with no sugar coating), but on the other hand they are also very lively, fun, adventurous, and flexible go-with-the-flow kind of people (Sagittarians are not planners by nature). They tend to be more rule breakers than rule makers and they love their freedom.

So what does this mean for working with the Full Moon energy? You can add the energy of Sagittarius to your Full Moon reflections by asking yourself the following:

  • How might I need to adapt and change in my life right now? What’s not working for me that could use a little boost of fire energy?
  • What am I really searching for in life (think big picture)? What do I really and truly want to attract or give birth to in my life right now?
  •  What have I been missing in my life? What have I been depriving myself of?
  • What do I have too much off? What might be calling for a little moderation right now?

Enjoy working with the Full Moon energy in Sagittarius! It should be a profoundly insightful time for all of us.

 

Spring is Here!

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I love Spring! It’s my favorite season. Not only are the flowers blooming and the weather warming, but I just feel more vibrant – as though I am coming out of a deep slumber.

Spring equinox is a time for fertility and planting the seeds, physical and metaphorical, you wish to harvest in Summer. But before we do that, we must first get closure over what we learned in Winter.

Winter is the time to go within, to hibernate, to be still. If you’re anything like me, the holidays are often wrought with ‘issues’ that make you rethink your life. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not have these ‘issues’ from Winter mucking up my time for growth in Spring. So let’s do a little release ceremony, shall we?

Getting Closure on Winter

Take out your journal and answer the following questions:

  • What issues came up for me in the Winter months that I may have not fully dealt with (e.g., holiday conflict, death of a loved one, fight with your significant other)?
  • How has this issue affected my life and the way I see myself?
  • What lessons did I learn about myself having been through these experiences?
  • What am I ready to release (e.g., what do I not want to carry forward into Spring with me)?
  • Is there anything else I feel I need to say or do to get closure on Winter?

Embracing Spring

Here’s the fun part! Take out a new piece of paper and answer these questions:

  • What do I want to create in Spring 2015?
  • What do I want to have accomplished by Summer 2015?
  • What do I want to have accomplished by December 2015?
  • What will allow me to accomplish these things?
  • How do I want to feel this Spring?

Intention Setting Ritual:

You have two options here (probably more than two, but this is what came to me for now):

1) Burn the closure list, saying, “I bless you and release you into the light” 3 times.

Then burn the embracing list, saying, “Goddess/God/Great Spirit, I ask for your help in meeting my intentions. Please send to me whatever opportunities will help me meet my goals and please take away that which would distract. I embrace my new way of being (say the last sentence 3 times).”

2) Get two helium balloons – one black and one whatever color you prefer that makes you think of Spring. Tie the closure list to the black balloon and release the balloon (and your list) to the sky, saying, “I bless you and release you into the light” 3 times.

Tie the embracing list to the other balloon and release it, saying, “Goddess/God/Great Spirit, I ask for your help in meeting my intentions. Please send to me whatever opportunities will help me meet my goals and please take away that which would distract. I embrace my new way of being (say the last sentence 3 times).”

If you get stuck at any point, call upon the Goddess Ostara for help.

 

Now go enjoy the first day of Spring!

 

Healing with the Goddess: Gaia – Mother Earth

World EyeIn the circle of life, Winter is a time when the Great Mother Goddess, Gaia, goes within to give herself time to heal. And if you know her story, she really needed some down time. According to Greek myth and legend, Gaia’s story goes something like this:

In the beginning were the four Elements: Earth (Gaia), Water (Pontus), Air (Chaos), and Sky (Ouranos) (some say Gaia emerged from Chaos and then gave birth to Ouranos and Pontus). As Gaia was the only female, she had the pick of the litter, so to speak. Ouranos caught her eye and they wed (Note: incest was not a problem for the Ancient Greeks). Soon after, Gaia gave birth to the Titans. But Ouranos became jealous of his children as they were taking up so much of his precious wife’s time. So he got her pregnant again and this time she gave birth to the Cylops (one-eyed giants), and the Hecatonchires (giants with 50 hands and 50 heads – Yikes!). Ouranos hid these giants from his wife, hoping he could train them to kill his first offspring, the Titans. Gaia found out and tricked hubby into coming to her bed for a wild night of passion. One of the Titans, Cronus, waited and killed good old Dad. From Ouranus’ spilled blood, Gaia birthed the Erinyes (also known as the Furies, Goddesses of vengeance), the Giants (I guess the Cylops and Hecatonchires weren’t enough) and the Meliae (ash-tree nymphs). From the testicles of Ouranus came forth Aphrodite (I should have warned you this tale was rather gruesome). All told, Gaia had somewhere between 30 and 50 children, depending on the tale. No wonder she was so tired!

The interesting thing about Gaia is that she was complete in herself. Having the ability to birth children without becoming pregnant in the traditional way, she is truly the Mother of all. She is known for her mothering, nurturing, creativity, and balance (after all, she did give birth to all of the Elements, Heaven, and Hell). So she is a perfect Goddess to call upon when you feel you need some nurturing or you seek balance in your life.

Inner Goddess Wisdom Tip:

Write down 5 things you love to do to take care of yourself. Now go do one of them and schedule the others on your calendar for some time within the next month.

The Earth Will Heal All Wounds

Snow Blanketing a TreeAs I sit and write this, it is snowing outside. And, like the past two years, my health has been a struggle for the past two months. No broken bones this time, thankfully, but four head colds, walking pneumonia, and a chest infection have kept me down for most of the past two months.

I’ve tried not to let it get to me, though. You see, I’ve learned much in the last year as I have walked with the Goddess. And one thing is clear: everything happens for a reason. My various illnesses are but another of life’s lessons. Maybe you too have been dealing with health issues, or maybe it’s a childhood trauma you never really dealt with, a job loss, a move, or a divorce. Just know that there is a reason behind everything we call to us in life, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time it happens.

Fortunately for us, Winter is the perfect time to go within and heal. For the next three months, we will do just that: explore past wounds and give ourselves time to really and truly heal.

To begin our journey of healing, I’d like to explore the element of Earth. It may seem like a funny time to work with an Element that is all but dormant, but just because you can’t see flowers blooming and grass growing, doesn’t mean nothing is occurring. The Earth cycles, just as we do throughout our lives. The difference between us and Earth is that She regularly takes time out of her busy schedule to focus on healing. A lesson we could all learn from!

The North

Each Element has a direction and Earth’s direction is North. North is associated with the qualities of wisdom, adulthood, will, manifestation, responsibility, giving, and nurturing. It is grounded and solid – think frozen tundra. Yet, underneath the ice, Earth is manifesting healing at a profound level. In Native American circles, the North is associated with vision questing, a time for examining (or undertaking) life’s challenges so that you can learn from them and emerge a better person on the other side.

Winter

As each Element has a directional association, it is also associated with a time of year. Earth and North are associated with Winter, a time of death, hibernation, and regeneration. We must let go of what no longer serves us, sit with it in quiet contemplation, decide how we would like our lives to be from now on and allow ourselves to be reborn.

 

Inner Goddess Wisdom Tip:

Write down everything you feel has been holding you back on a piece of paper. Burn it. This powerful act of letting go can help jump start your healing process.

 

What Will You Create This Holiday Season?

conceptIf you’re in the United States, then you are well aware that it’s Thanksgiving week. This means the holidays are upon us. This also means that we only have about 5.5 weeks left in 2014.

I like to spend this time of year in contemplation. Just as Earth is going dormant to prepare for Winter (I still have snow on the ground from the storm we got over a week ago), I too like to spend the end of my year going within and preparing for the new year.

As we just had a New Moon in Sagittarius the same day (Nov 21st) that the Sun entered Sagittarius, there is no better time to create the rest of your 2014 while both the moon and sun are in a fire sign.

I asked my Inner Goddess what She wanted to focus on for the rest of 2014 and this is what she said.

I choose to create and love:

  • The Balance I have created in my life, both of my academic job and my Goddess business and a balance of work, play, and relaxation so I can heal my adrenal fatigue and enter 2015 ready to hit the ground running!
  • Me and fully embrace self-care this holiday season
  • This dormant period in my business because great things are happening behind the scenes that I’m not even aware of yet
  • Gratitude by letting others know when I appreciate them
  • The Priestess/Goddess/Woman I am becoming by honoring, respecting, and loving her for who she is right now
  • A deeper connection to the Goddess/Divine by immersing myself in the Priestess Process and honoring and working with the phases of the moon
  • My own healing process because I can’t be of service to others if I haven’t first healed myself
  • The abundance and prosperity I have in my life and love

 

How do you want to spend the rest of your year? What do you want to create? Holiday chaos and to-do lists or a sense of inner calm and serenity? If you want the latter, but find yourself mired in the former, I invite you to take advantage of my Recharge Your Life 3 session program – just in time for the holiday season.

Spirit Advice For Walking The Path Of The Everyday Goddess

power animalIn this article I will share with you how connecting with spirit guides can support and guide you as you step into the role of the everyday goddess. I do that by sharing a recent shamanic journey, in which my power animal shares insights about and advice for being an everyday goddess.

I begin by setting the intention to learn more about being an everyday goddess. I make my preparations for the journey, and what happened next follows here:

I become present here where I am, present in my body, not resisting or avoiding but filling it out with my awareness. I notice my breath, noticing how the air I breathe in and breathe out, connects me to everything else. Our problems come when we see ourselves as separate and see connectedness as a threat. That is where environment comes in – choosing a supportive, sacred, nurturing environment. Which people do you choose to be with? And what places do you choose to spend your time? Are you taking time to be in and connect with nature? Even in big cities you’ll find a patch of green – if not a park, then a tree or a plant – or perhaps a bird singing. It’s hard to find anything more beautiful than a blackbird singing very early in the morning while it is still half dark. If you could hear angels singing, that is one way I could imagine them singing.

I return to the intention for this journey – asking for help to write about the everyday goddess.

I focus on my feet and notice that they are bare – wearing beautiful golden and silver sandals. I’m wearing a light dress, also of a light golden and silver material. I am walking on a beach; more like a tropical island type of beach than my usual one. The sea is to my right. It is peaceful here. I am walking on the sand. There are trees to my left, palm trees I think. I look out over the water and notice its strikingly beautiful turquoise color. Then I notice my power animal, and he is wearing red bathing trunks. I can’t help laughing. “How come you’re wearing bathing trunks?”, I ask. “You don’t need any.”

“No, that’s true, but it’s fun and it makes you laugh”, he says. “Being an everyday goddess, as you call it, is not just about creating a business and a meaningful living, as opposed to stepping into the ‘usual’ female role of doing the work that you were expected to whether you liked it or not. The realization that you can actually create your own life is key to taking your place as an everyday goddess. I did the bathing trunk thing to remind you to pause, to have fun, laugh, to enjoy life. Don’t just take over the old traditional ‘masculine’ way of creating success by only having focus on work, results, success. The female or goddess model includes the whole being – you realize you are a whole being and work on improving all areas of your life – you don’t just move forward in the ‘work’ area, but you make sure your body, emotions, spirit follow along as well. And for people like you who tend to get too serious, I’ll be here as a reminder to lighten up, to have fun.

That is where communicating with spirit helpers or power animals can be so helpful – because if you regularly connect with them, they will be there to keep you on track, so to speak. They will compassionately remind you what you need to do to become the whole being you’re striving to become.

And here’s an action step: Take some time to become calm, relaxed, centered – some time for you (That is also a key practice). And once you’ve reached a state of calm and clarity, ask yourself – or your spirit guides – what area of your life you have been neglecting and you need to bring some attention to in order to become a whole person.

Because if one area is weak, it affects the others. Just identify, don’t judge. Then choose one action step you can take today to nurture, heal, balance or strengthen that area.

There is much more to this, but start here for now.”

I thank my helpers and end the journey. What are your thoughts on having a spiritual practice or connecting with spirit or spirit guides as a part of becoming an everyday goddess? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Marianne Soucy is the founder of Healing Pet Loss and the author of “Healing Pet Loss – Practical Steps for Coping & Comforting Messages from Animals and Spirit Guides“. Visit her Everyday Goddess interview page to learn more about her and her free gift.