The times they are a changin....Collectively we have been propelled into uncharted territory, a realm that is unfamiliar, challenging, scary and uncertain. The Covid-19 virus is presenting us with more than a suggestion: change is upon us and we can no longer ignore it. From an expanded perspective, the unknown brings the possibility of creative opportunities in how we relate and can show us our resilience, compassion and capacity for generosity and community spirit. Change can cause chaos if we react without mindfulness. When we respond rather than react we can experience change as less disruptive and with more equanimity. Our sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze response) doesn't go into overdrive. This keeps our stress levels down and is supportive to our immunity. The ways we respond to circumstances beyond our control is a choice and a practice.
As an empath and an intuitive who works intimately with the Earth, elements and plant spirit allies, I try to practice awareness and pay attention to the language of the soul, to symbolic insight and messages and to the interconnectedness of all things. I have experienced how our words, thoughts and actions carry weight energetically as well as physically. Our perspectives hold energy as well. When I am tuned in, when I am able to pause, go within, go into nature for support, and step away from my very human emanation that gets caught in illusion, ego, fear and distrust, I remember that I/we are embodied souls, spiritual beings with access to spiritual tools, unlimited perspectives, and Divine guidance. These moments of grace, surrender and comfort may be fleeting at first, but with practice, participation and faith create a vibration that I personally prefer to many alternatives. When we feed fear, fear expands and fear is not good for the immune system. We can still practice being safe, prepared, hygienic and conscious of the situation without fueling it with panic, anxiety and fostering scarcity consciousness and unkind behavior.
My inner wise one, my spirit guides and the voice of the trees have whispered that living in reciprocity with the Earth and all beings and developing a connection to the elements, and a respect for trees, stones, mountains and our animal friends is a shift that is essential at this time. My personal and professional practice is informed by the stars, ancestors and messages delivered in dreamtime and through shamanic journeys. The imbalances directly related to climate change have led to devastation on a global scale. Those whispers have turning to screams, whose message has been: the way we are doing life is unsustainable...something's gonna break. We are at the tipping point.
No one could have predicted this pandemic, certainly not me. However, I believe that the energies that have been lining up to create a potential for this world catastrophe/catalyst have been hanging out in the ethers for a while now, informing us on energetic, elecromagnetic, and subconscious levels, resulting in perhaps feeling unsettled, polarized, burnt out or manifesting in a rumbling that shift is inevitable. Energy travels through different frequencies in the collective unconscious until it picks up gravity and becomes a thing, a disease, an earthquake, a pandemic, a healing movement.
Recently I received information during a meditative state that it is not a coincidence that so many trees have burned recently with the fires in the Amazon, Australia, California and beyond. Trees are the lungs of the Earth. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lungs hold grief. The Covid-19 virus is attacking our lungs. The Earth is grieving. Our collective souls are grieving. We have abdicated our soul missions for money. We don't spend enough time in nature, playing, creating, singing or dancing. We live in a culture of more, faster, busier. Where productivity, fast fashion, and disposable everything for the illusion of convenience has replaced soul pursuits, stillness and the joy of just being. We are out of balance. The response measures to the virus have hit a giant pause button on the way we go about our days and the pace we keep. Perhaps we are being encouraged to do just that. Pause and reconnect with what truly matters. Perhaps we are being invited to welcome home the forgotten parts of ourselves. The ones that have a slower rhythm, are more present, the receiving and allowing parts. The parts that keep tempo with the heart beat of the Earth. The part within each of us that knows "I am enough" and "I have enough". (And I do not need to hoard to prove it!
Here are some tips for navigating these times from an embodied soul perspective.
As always, take what resonates and leave the rest.
Keep your body moving...there are yoga and exercise apps, free videos on youtube for just about everything.
Connect with nature...even if it's your yard or a tree on the street
Allow your emotions to flow...but don't let fear drive the car
Hold good intentions for all beings...
Do your taxes...
Start spring cleaning early...
Call your elders...
Call your friends and make each other laugh...
Snuggle your pets...
Limit news and social media...know your limits and step away before you get overloaded. Constantly being plugged in is not being informed, it's being overwhelmed and saturated and it is not productive...
Connect to Source energy and keep up your spiritual practices...
Envision a world with cleaner air, less carbon emissions and healthier ecosystems...
Write letters and make art...
Pray, journey, cultivate stillness in some way...
Find and share creative ways to spend time with your children and share them with other parents...
Have virtual dinners with friends...
Attend to areas of your business that have been neglected due to lack of time...website updating, sharing words through blogs or other channels etc.
Be present and patient...
Start a gratitude practice...
Cultivate self-compassion and compassion for others, these are shocking times and care and kindness is a welcome attribute...
This is a great time to start a meditation practice....going within gives us the capacity to be centered in our own truth and maintain internal equanimity when faced with uncertainty.
Check in with elderly neighbors and offer to go grocery shopping for them..
Help those that are less resourced and are having a more difficult time and give generously in whatever way you can...
Dream a new world into being ...
I am offering Astro-Soma virtual sessions for those of you who would like support in navigating these times from a soul perspective with the support of essences, astrology, energy exercises, affirmations and oracular readings.
With love and blessings, Claudia
Greetings Star Seeds!
We are under the influence of some significant astrological energies and how we meet them is going to make a difference. Similarly to how we choose to interact and respond to experiences in life and folks that are in our orbit, we can make a conscious choice to dance with the cosmic energies and take them as opportunities to learn a new choreography or we can sit on the sidelines waiting to be asked to step out onto the dance floor. That being said, sometimes there are no side lines and sometimes our foot gets trampled regardless of how much poise we intend. This is one of those times.
When the sun is in Capricorn, we have an opportunity for maturation and growth. The Sea Goat is hosting a party for some big players this weekend. On the guest list are Saturn, Lord of Karma, who is in his home sign and represents our places of boundary, contraction, responsibility, maturation, and how we relate to time. Pluto, The Great Transformer, joins Saturn on Jan. 12th at 22 °. He represents our relationship to power, and our ability to alchemize and shift. Shadow work and unearthing of taboos will be part of the gathering. The places that can get sticky are where we have abdicated, given away agency and our ability to respond with the wisdom that maturity brings. But, don't be a hater, they are just nudging us toward empowerment and urging us to release and compost what we no longer need to carry forward. This may bring experiences that catalyze and propel us forward in ways we feel not ready for. There may be grief and loss. We may experience cycles that are ending, structures and paradigms that can endure no longer and must be terminated. We can look thru a personal, political, and planetary lens for where these exist. Deep transformation can feel like a total disintegration and the stable ground may look different in the integration process and beyond.
There will be a "Plus 1" on the guest list as Jupiter, associated with Zeus, joins the revelry toting a spirit of fun and adventure but also with the potential to make things bigger and expand. He is also likely to be drunk. Added guests include Mercury, Ceres and Pallas Athena. So how we communicate matters. The ways we nourish ourselves and what we ingest will be highlighted. Do we eat junk food and watch junk news? Or do we listen to our body's wisdom and offer balanced foods that support longevity and endurance? What does our self-talk and narrative look like? Does it need an upgrade? A total overhaul? Where are we spending our energy? Are we strategic in our craft? How does inspiration weave through our lives?
The setting of this soiree will be individual for each of us and will depend on where 22 ° Capricorn falls in your chart. The other planets that grace this house and the aspects they make will add to the party favors and flavors of this time. If you're interested in finding out get in touch with this Cappy gal! Meanwhile, not to be overshadowed (pun intended) we are in eclipse season! The lunar eclipse on January 10th in the sign of Cancer invites us to pay attention to our internal parent. We may need to re-parent ourselves so that our lives flow better. Eclipses bring revelations and insights so don't doubt the importance of sustaining a spiritual practice even if the results are not immediately visible.
The seeds that we plant now have the potential to reverberate beyond this amplified and challenging period. This party is likely to be messy. So come as you are and spend it with Kristin Jamieson and myself integrating all our parts, releasing holding patterns, and stepping into soulful embodiment on our journey toward wholeness and healing and self-empowerment. Sunday Jan. 12 1-4 pm.
Sign up here
With great gratitude, Claudia
Divine beloved, help me trust when I cannot see, nor hear, nor make sense of, nor connect to, nor find the words for.
When the relentless swirling of anxiety and unhelpful thoughts overcome me like a tidal wave, may I trust that there are other workings afoot that I am unaware of.
May the sobs of grief part long enough so that I may listen for the whispers of trust even as impatience screams at me, perfectionism pulls me into descent, and loneliness engulfs my heart.
May trust be my cloak during the dark times of forgetfulness and in the light of remembering.
When my doubt overcomes me and my breath is shallow, may I trust in the signs that glimmer in the moonlight.
"You are still here."
Hummingbird tells me.
When I can't feel the ground beneath my feet, may I trust that my roots are anchored in heaven.
When I feel as though my very being is disintegrating, may I trust that this is when I am about to be reborn.
In love +gratitude, Claudia
Greetings Star Seeds!
Are you ready to step boldly into a new decade? The onset of 2020 offers us an invitation to own our inner authority, claim personal sovereignty and take informed action that is deeply resonant with our inner truth. The time of giving away our agency is over. As we step into leadership and right action that is in accordance with our deepest wisdom, let us remember that we are not separate from nature, the animal kingdom and one another. We are reflections. We are both teachers and students. The more awareness and attention we can cultivate, the more present we can be with ourselves, one another, and our environments, the more we can live from a model of an embodied soul.
The astrological weather serves up an opportunity to engage with personal and planetary responsibility, boundaries, maturity, and intuition from a place of empowerment that comes from doing the hard inner personal work. Responsibility is about the ability to respond and participate in the creation of our reality. This is a practice and a way of life that requires letting go of all the things that cause loss of power and surrendering the dynamics that result in energy leaks. It may require a shift in mind set. When we can see a situation from a different perspective, change becomes possible. True empowerment is about welcoming all the parts of us to the table, especially the gritty bits that have been exiled and deemed indigestible. They are part of us, they belong and need to be acknowledged and accepted in order for us to be whole and healed.
If you are ready to take a deep dive into a transformative experience of living life from a model of empowerment, join me and Kristin Jamieson for an intimate, experiential beta workshop in San Francisco. Space is limited to 12. Sign up here.
Resolve to make this a new year that brings deep healing and wholeness to your life and jump start your journey to real change and embodiment. We would love to be your guides on this adventure!
With Seasonal Blessings and Deep Gratitude to you all, Claudia
Greetings Star Seeds,
December’s Medicine of the Moment is intended to help bring ease, grace and embodied presence to the holidays, which are often complicated and full of potential healing opportunities. This holiday season is a little more packed due to the presence of a solar eclipse on Dec. 26th’s new moon in Capricorn. Its sister Lunar eclipse falls on the full moon in Cancer on Jan.10, 2020. To read my blog on eclipses go here. A free eclipse audio class with my friend and astrologer Stella the Good Witch, can be found here. The specifics of these eclipses of course will differ. If you are interested in finding out what is being highlighted in your chart around these particular eclipses and working with essences to help navigate the astrological seas, please connect with me and book an astro-soma session.
In my opinion essences are a must have around the holiday season to keep us grounded and centered. Misting myself and my environment with All is well and Stone Shields, have served me tremendously well during travel and kept me safe within my sacred hoop. These two sprays bring a sense of inner calm when interacting with the world. The support navigating crowded airports and large holiday gatherings from a place of inner serenity and steady presence rather than from a place of stress and anxiety. Think master purifier meets magical disc of safety and sacred container. Both are beautiful allies for healers and empaths, reminding us that it is possible to enjoy an experience without absorbing and taking on the energies of the world.
Serenity formerly Holiday Calm, is a combination remedy intended to combat burnout and connect us with our inner wellspring of peace. It helps us turn to our internal wise self and neutralizes mass consciousness energetics, anxiety and worry.
In addition to the holiday celebrations, Winter beckons retreat and internal processes. Use Stone Shields in conjunction with its sister essence Cosmic Antlers to create sacred space during ritual work and circle gatherings and step into a portal to cosmic awareness and Akashic Records. Cosmic Antlers encourages awakening of inner sight and helps open the third eye. This one is excellent for astral travel, dream quests, oracular or divination practices, or when soul progression is desired. Both are great for Winter Solstice rituals and as an addition to your sacred self-care toolbox.
During times of increased energetic output, anchoring in our center is essential. Remember Who You Are helps us do just that. This essence was co-created in Tuscany in the arms of a beautiful olive tree in the countryside with a rose quartz and a pink rose. As we sat in meditation, Mary Magdalene came through, and offered the
words "Remember Who You Are". Often we have to let go of and unravel who we think we are supposed to be, who we have been told we should be, or parts of our identity that no longer fit in order to step into the truth of who we are. Mary Magdalene is known as She of a Thousand Angels and can be a great teacher, guide and support as we speak our truth and connect with opening our throat chakra.
To address dry skin issues during this time, check out our Natural Healing Cream for the relief of inflammatory conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
This gentle, moisturizing cream is based on a recipe by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar with the addition of essential oils and flower essences that have properties that calm and soothe fiery conditions. Crafted with love, intention, invocation and all natural, humanely sourced ingredients that you can pronounce. While the foundational ingredients remain the same and are carefully measured the magic of the cream is unique. Each small batch is made lovingly and with guidance from the essences and guides that wish to be part of the brew.
Finally, please enjoy 20% off all star+root offerings through Dec. 21st, available on my Etsy site.
May blessings of Love and Gratitude surround you during the magical Winter Solstice season,
Greetings Star Seeds,
Clients often ask me about the different components of an Astro-Soma healing session. Today I would like to talk about two of the modalities that I am passionate about and believe are aligned synergistically: Flower essences and Visionary Craniosacral Work. Both provide a window into clear seeing, illuminate perception and expand perspective. Both are tools to hone intuitive guidance and connection to inner healing resources. Flower essences are a vibrational therapy that work on the subtle body and create a matrix of healing on all levels and Visionary Craniosacral Work is a modality that spans the physical and energetic realms. I love combining these two systems for soul support during times of transition. They help shift perception and invite insight as we move into increased awareness. They are gateways to deeper levels of self-reflection.
Flowers and nature have been a love of mine since I was a child. I was magnetized to flower essence therapy as though I was remembering an ancient knowing. The language of flowers was in my soul and in my cells; I recognized the healing power of this system and it made sense to me on a pre-cognitive level. My journey led me to studying the Alaskan essence system and the cacti of the Sonoran desert with Desert Alchemy essences, but I have an affinity for all flowers. Each has a specific vibration and message that is unique to its soul design, just like we do.
While I use traditional infusion methods to create essences, for me, the birth process of an essence is alchemical, includes ritual and meditation, prayer and invocation and a deep desire to commune with nature and the healing gifts that are being offered. This connection is nothing short of sacred. I consider star+root essences to be portals for transformation, and allies during the process. They have supported my soul’s evolutionary journey as well as that of my clients, especially during this pivotal time in history where where there is a clarion call for consciousness.
Star+root essences are created with the soul signature of flowers as well as gemstones, and draw from environmental and cosmic energies as well. These essences are made with attention to astrological weather, moon cycles and portal times, such as equinoxes, solstices, and eclipses. I always invoke the help of my spiritual team and ascended masters, angels and allies that wish to come forth in the creation of this vibrational medicine. Essences are a great adjunct to any healing program with an emphasis on balance, harmony and wholeness.
I find them essences to be incredible agents of awareness and perception. When our consciousness changes, we are able to change. When something is already bubbling inside, they are a gentle ally to help bring it forth. I believe they contribute to the creation of a new energetic life blueprint by gently yet powerfully providing us with an invitation to remember our true essence.
Visionary Craniosacral Work as taught by Hugh Milne spans the physical and energetic realms. A
subtle touch with profound effects. The intention is to create a clear mind, a free body and an open heart. It is relaxing and appropriate for enhancing overall health and wellness and, like essences, can be applied to people of all ages and abilities. It can help clear emotional and spiritual blocks as well as ease physical restrictions as the client’s system unwinds and releases areas of holding due to injury, past trauma, or unprocessed information. This work can feel dreamy, and trance-like as the brain drops into Alpha wave states where we are able to access deep levels of healing. Clients with neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ dysfunction and tinnitus can greatly benefit from this work. I liken the work to re-booting the system; a welcome reprieve for an overtaxed nervous system that allows you to go deep and unwind so you can move with greater ease on all levels.
For me VCS work is an opportunity to touch someone's soul. To meet hearts and join tissue. I feel into the place where the client’s rivers start and stop and where the flow could be restored. It's a journey, a dance and incredibly intimate. It is sacred work. One of my favorite components of this modality is working with the Windows to the Sky acupuncture points, found around the neck, head and arms. Working with these points that are the connection between heaven and earth, provide a window (insight) into behaviors and patterns, help regain loss of spirit and reconnect us to divinity.
Blending these modalities in Astro-Soma sessions to support a client's personal empowerment process, encourage deeper levels of self-inquiry and enjoy a more creative and conscious life is my life's passion. If you would like to work with me at this level, please get in touch. I look forward to embarking on this journey with you!
With love and gratitude,
A portal essence consultation is a therapeutic session in which we discuss the changes you wish to make, set an intention, maybe pull some oracle cards, and a custom remedy is crafted to support you in the healing process. We can also utilize an astrological lens for further clarity if that resonates.
Greetings Star Seeds,
11/11 is a portal time. An opportunity to say yes to the universe and walk through a cosmic gateway to a new energetic matrix. A time when there is an invitation to dance with the energies of Divine wisdom. It is also a day where the sun and Mercury join together in the sky. This won’t occur again until 2032, which feels significant. The sun/mercury conjunction will be transmitting to us an opportunity to speak our truth, step out of the shadows, love our shadow-out loud, review how we talk to ourselves and how our words create our reality. It can give us permission to shine and express our brilliance. Ascended masters and guides are very approachable during 11/11. Call on them for assistance and guidance.
The last month or so has been complicated, chaotic and intense on many levels, personally, politically, collectively and globally. Many of my clients have been working with being reconfigured, dismembering parts of an old life and jumping or being pushed into the cauldron of transformation; their very being-ness undergoing radical change. Many have said they feel as though they are going through the (re)birth canal. Myself included.
Deep change is alchemical. It delivers us from one dimension to another, from one state of consciousness to another. Just like the birth process. It’s messy, intense, deep, beautiful and requires courage and support. What energetic doorway are you being invited to step through? 11/11 also marks the midway point of Mercury’s retrograde cycle in Scorpio. And it happens right before the full moon in Taurus on 11/12. This feels potent to me.
So at this time we have the the messenger of the gods, Mercury, the alchemist, retrograding and hooking up with the Sun. We are currently in Scorpio season, a time of alchemy through death and rebirth, and it’s a portal day of transcendent potential. To me this timing speaks to reframing the stories we tell ourselves about who we are as embodied souls so that we are more self-aware and able to heal ourselves and our Earth. Spend a little time today with this in whatever way suits you to ask and receive direct divine guidance. Make an offering to this particular mercury retrograde: endeavor to speak truth and ask for what needs to be revealed and/or released for the restoration of balance. Sip some fresh rosemary tea, call in your spirit team, and take some notes on what comes.
I recommend the following essences: Essences Mercury Retrograde Cycles and Higher Learning and Cosmic Antlers for connecting with the magic of this opening.
If you want to know where specifically this retrograde is happening for you, check your natal birth chart and find the house where 19 degrees Scorpio falls. If you don’t know, get in touch with me for a session or astro.com can get you there.
With infinite love and gratitude,
Greetings Star Seeds,
Midway between Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice, Scorpio season has always been a transformative time for me. It is a season of letting go, of death and composting, of turning inward and connecting with spiritual allies. It is a time for ancestor work and ritual, a time of portals, thinning veils between worlds and a time when thresholds and crossroads invite discernment and deepening.
Even the symbol for Scorpio changes as it goes through initiations of self-awareness and spiritual growth. From the scorpion compulsively and often unconsciously using its stinger as a means to protect, defend and attack to the snake unwinding and learning discernment through willingly dancing with the shadow to the eagle who responds to life from a higher perspective, empowered and fierce. The Phoenix is the final stage of development that the Scorpio journey offers, where the ego is alchemized through the sacred fire of transformation, and the spirit emerges reborn and regenerated. At this stage we move through life knowing that all is one. There is great power and compassion here born from truth-telling and having done our interior work and released the grips of shame and unworthiness.
Scorpio is a fixed water sign ruled by Pluto, the planet of power and transformation. Sex, death and taxes are Scorpio’s domain. This time may lead to breakthroughs that come from breakdowns. Remember that these are cycles and cycles change. We may feel like we are going through the birth/re-birth canal or like a snake shedding its skin. What needs to be composted so that the energy can be released to fuel a new paradigm that is aligned with personal empowerment? Who and what are you merging with? Where are your allegiances? Dive deep beneath the surface into the emotional depths. Allow for intimacy and the breaking of taboos. Seek truth.
Harnessing the energies of the Scorpio new moon to initiate new cycles and the Taurus full moon to release anything that doesn’t feel good can be boosted by ritual and intention. Scorpio and Taurus deal with sexuality and sensuality, so pay attention to what you need in these arenas to feel nourished. The new moon opposite Uranus may bring sudden movement and lightning fast shifts. Mercury retrograde starts its three week cycle on Halloween/Samhain and will give us a cause to pause and revisit, revise and reset before moving into the forward moving, fiery Sagittarius energy of the holidays. My suggestion is to take this time and surrender to the watery depths with an eye toward resourcing your internal wellspring.
I’ve recently added a new category of star+root portal essence offerings called Medicine of the Moment which will rotate seasonally+astrologically. It is my hope that these essences can be supportive during this time of the season which can be intense. They help shift consciousness in navigating the ever changing tides while staying aligned with our truth.
All My Relations is for remembering that we are all connected. It invites us to live in reciprocity with one another, the Earth, animals, nature spirits, the stones. Recommended for both the Taurus full moon to connect with all beings and for ancestor work. Disentanglement helps us detach and disentangle cords and connections that are no longer serving our growth. Provides support and brings awareness of root causes of co-dependent tendencies. Use for balance with themes of navigating self-identity + relationship to others. With Venus in Scorpio, this can be a great ally if feeling mergy, clingy, obsessive or jealous in the areas of love and romance. Pairing Disentanglement with its sister essence, Wild Rose for joyful embodiment helps bring comfort and understanding to these deep realizations by inviting joyful heart-centered embodiment through the process. Also wonderful for the Taurus full moon energies as it brings forth the grace and gratitude of being here on Earth. Hear Your Om: Inner Sanctum is a life-saver when you need to turn down the dial on the external noise from the city buzz. Soothes a tired+wired nervous system. Working with this essence can introduce you to an inner sanctum of serenity and help you re-align with your own frequency and can be a support in dialing down the external rollercoaster and being in alignment with the season’s slowing down, especially during mercury retrograde. And in honor of Mercury retrograde in Scorpio, we now offer Mercury Retrograde Remedy as an internal essence as well as a spray formula. A fabulous addition your spiritual toolbox for times to help us align with the pace that Mercury takes during a retrograde cycle so that we are able to remain calm, grounded, and patient in the face of challenging circumstances associated with communication and time. Re-sets our pace and allows us to slow down and flow with Mercury’s rhythms. Re-minds us to re-align, re-view and re-consider. Edgewalker, made over Samhain + All Souls Day + Dia de los Muertos is for all who walk the periphery of liminal spaces. She connects us with the gate keeper archetype and allows for safe passage when engaging in deep portal work. A perfect remedy for this magical time of year when the veils between worlds part.
Oct. 23 Sun enters Scorpio
Oct. 27 New Moon in Scorpio opposite Uranus in Taurus
Oct. 31-Nov. 20 Mercury Retrograde
Oct. 3-Dec. 9 Mercury in Scorpio
Oct. 8-Nov. 1 Venus in Scorpio
Nov. 1-Nov. 25 Venus in Sagittarius
Nov. 12 Full Moon in Taurus
With infinite gratitude and blessings,
Travel brings expanded perspective and allows for experiences out of the ordinary realm of the routine and usual. My recent trip to Japan blew me away. I was impressed by how the sacred is woven into daily life. Even in a city of tremendous magnitude like Tokyo, there are respites from the hustle and bustle. City parks and green spaces transport visitors into other worlds. The prevalence of shrines and temples abound due to the influence of Shintoism and Buddhism and provide spiritual nourishment without having to travel far from the secular world to find it.
Torii, literally meaning bird abode, is a traditional Japanese gate found at the entrance
Today there are about 160,000 shrines and temples throughout Japan. Shrines are associated with Shinto, a polytheistic religion indigenous to Japan: temples with Buddhism. Shintoism holds that gods or spirits (kami) surround us and reside in natural objects and places. Trees at shrines are found in pairs and considered “married” in sacred union. For me, this is an honoring of the principles of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine holding court together, equally bestowing their blessings on pilgrims and being revered in return. Visitors to shrines write prayers, gratitudes, and wishes on wooden plaques called ‘ema’ that hang from a wall surrounding the ancient trees. The belief is that Japanese Gods use the trees to travel between worlds.
When we walked the pilgrim’s route on Mt. Kumara-dera, the place where Dr. Mikao Usui received the Reiki symbols and star beings were reported to have landed, it was a misty day shrouded in fog. The mystical energy was palpable. There was a sense that one has crossed a threshold, gone through a portal into the non-ordinary world. I could feel it in my bones. The trees here are majestic Japanese cypress that reach to the heavens. I felt they were a vehicle for the initiations and universal messages to travel down to humanity and be anchored through their roots. I was guided to walk the Path of Tree Roots to ground my own root chakra and consider themes of belonging, tribe, and human family.
Trees are sentinels and guardians of space. My personal work with trees has been expanding over the last year and I have been learning their language in a deeper way of understanding nature more intimately. I am so grateful and in awe of the wisdom the tree devas are willing to share with us, if we get quiet enough to listen and open up to their frequency.
On my trip I experienced an aspect of Japanese culture that lives in reciprocity with the natural world. Lions, dogs, and cats guard and protect the shrines, stones grant wishes. In the countryside,
there are foot baths at train stations, and entire towns whose focal point is the onsen (hot springs ).
Trees are honored and adorned, bowing is a way of life, reverence prevails. We are not separate from the natural world and living in harmony and reciprocity with nature and the elements is conducive to internal harmony and balance. It is essential that we attend to this relationship that many of us have ignored for so long and re-connect with natural cycles and seasons and repair the damage to the environment. The collective health of our species and the health of the Earth are inextricably connected. As above, so below.
On this Gemini new moon, I invite you to stretch yourself and honor all the modes of communication and connection that may not seem obvious or comfortable. Talk to the tree you pass every day and listen for its response. Go back the next day. And again. Be flexible, breathe, be willing to shift and reconsider preconceived ideas. Relationships take time to develop. Spend time with wild flowers, attune to them and be open to hearing their wisdom. Listen to the bird song and your animal companion. It takes time, silence, patience, and receptivity to learn the language of nature, but interspecies communication is beyond rewarding. Perceive with your heart and it will not lead you astray. I am forever grateful for flower essences as they are my gateway into communicating with the natural world.
I invite you to do one thing to welcome natural elements into your life today. Can you place a fountain of flowing water in your living or work space? How would it feel to join a community garden and grow beautiful flowers, edible herbs and medicinal plants. Consider connecting to the beyond by creating an alter to your ancestors and opening up a dialogue. Feed the connections with the invisible world in whatever way speaks to you. We are interconnected and we continue to live as though we are separate from ourselves, each other, our ancestors, our descendants, our environments and the natural world. This is unsustainable. To all our relations, may we all heal as One.
The featured essence to honor my time in Japan while visiting the Kurobe Glacier, is Glacier Water. Timelessness is the keyword for this limited edition environmental formula. It contains a combination of waters collected during travels to glaciers on four continents. Glacial ice crystals carry ancient memories. As the ice melts, ions are released into the air, and their messages and ancestral wisdom become available to us. There is a sense of timelessness to glaciers that invite us to attune to the wisdom of the Old Ones and connect to All that Is.
Spray yourself and any environment to clear stagnation or inertia and experience a fresh flow of energy. Use to cleanse, refresh, replenish, revitalize and tap into Source energy and connection that spans space and time limitations. Mist and call forth the refreshing sparkle of crystal clear water to bring a sense of well being and calm reassurance.
Contains Glacier Water collected from glacial melt on four continents.
Asia: Kurobe Glacier, Japan
Australia: Fox Glacier, New Zealand
North America: Kokanee Glacier, Canada
South America: Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
This essence is available as a spray formula for external use.
Contains: Glacier Water, and is enhanced with a fabulous blend of essential oils of: Juniper, Lavender, Rosewood, Rosemary, Pine, Cypress, Blue Tansy, and Atlas Cedarwood.
Faery Cross: Calls forth enchantment and awakens insight into hidden matters. Invites cross-species communication and exchange. Made during summer solstice in a sacred garden, this essence is a joyful celebration of sunbeams, flowers, gems, winged creatures, and of course the Faeries.The essence then bathed in the moonlight of a partially eclipsed solstice full moon and under a blanket of cool coastal fog. This combination of the dark and the light, the radiant and the mysterious is a portal to an enchanted realm that is “hidden in plain sight”. This essence is both an invitation and an offering to allies both seen and unseen, an opening for cross-species communication and exchange.
Available in internal dropper formula or external spray formula. The spray is an uplifting and calming blend that includes essential oils of rose otto, rose geranium, palma rosa, bergamot, and clary sage, with subtle notes of fir, vetiver, and sandalwood.
With Infinite love and gratitude,
Slag Buddha 88 by Tsuyoshi Ozawa on Naoshima island.
The energy of Spring is in the air in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, the balance of light and dark is being experienced as Autumn. For me, more daylight, warmer days, the recent rains giving way to new sprouts and green hills always makes me feel more vital and awake. Nature waking up from its slumber tends to bring hope, optimism and the promise of new beginnings. In aligning ourselves with nature’s rhythms, we engage in rituals such as spring cleaning, planting seedlings in our gardens, and putting away our heavy winter clothing. We begin to emerge out of our winter hibernation and step out into community gatherings and festivals. I consider this a time of rich potential around discerning how and where we spend our energy.
As we move into Aries on the vernal equinox, the astrological new year begins. The turning of the wheel is conjunct the Full Moon in Libra, translating into a time of balancing personal self-care and individual pursuits with negotiation, compromise and partnership. There may be some tension around the energies of this polarity, so be as clear and gracious as you can while remaining committed to what fulfills you personally. It may be a bit of a balancing act, so remember to forgive yourself and approach all the competing parts with as much compassion as possible. Let the rest go.
Aries wants us to approach life with a spirit of curiosity and invite more spontaneity into our lives. Watch for tendencies toward impulsiveness and aggression. Tend to the seeds that wish
to be fueled by the Aries fire. What idea or creative endeavor wants to be birthed at this time? Libra loves togetherness and harmony, beauty and ritual. Ride the energy of the full moon to help you let go of anything that is not serving you.
Here are two lunar-equinox rituals I love to use to help me connect with these energies.
Letting Go on the Equinox Full Moon in Libra (March 20th)
On the full moon add your favorite flowers, essential oils, spray or take essences (a combo of Liberation,and Love is the Way are my go-tos), salts and a pink quartz to the tub. Light some candles. White for clarity, green for healing, pink for compassion and love. Pick a tarot or oracle card for guidance and contemplation. Enjoy your favorite beverage. Be creative and do it if it has meaning for you. While in the tub, invoke your higher self and intend to release any burdens or perspectives that are bumming you out. Exhale stress, and inhale a sense of harmony and balance. Soak into the good vibes and yummy smells and know that as the water drains from the tub, you are releasing and letting go of anything that is not is serving you. Take some time to contemplate or journal about what balance means for you.
Invoke on the New Moon (April 5th)
During the new moon pen that which you wish to birth this year. Use colored markers, adorn your words, imbue them with beauty and glitter as you write down your intention. Do you want to birth a book, a baby, a partnership, a fulfilling career? Jot down how you wish to feel during the process. Dig deep. Maybe journal on this first for clarity. Hold some wildflower seeds in your hand and invoke your guides, your spirit animal, the energies of the universe, or someone or something that elicits good feelings in you and ask that your seeds and request be blessed. Blow your intention into your words. Fold paper, place in the earth or in a flower pot along with pink quartz from full moon bath. Lay down some soil and seed. Tend to your seeds with words of love and water that has been infused with essences. As the seeds spout, your dream may as well...or you are likely to have more clarity on next steps. Observe which flowers come up. It's fun to look at the meaning of the flowers that offer themselves to the sun. Contemplate the message it may be gifting you.
In the event that you are having a Libra moment of indecision and have more than one project vying for your attention, repeat spell in several different pots. Write down your individual projects on the bottom of the pots. Nurture each one and see which one sprouts. You can use this as an oracle on where to allocate your attention and energy. Keep the pink quartz with you or on your alter as a reminder of the creation you are committed to nurturing.
With infinite love and gratitude, Claudia
Claudia is a nature lover, alchemist and dreamer. She lives with her life partner, Ilan and her beloved dog, Osa.