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
Greetings Star Seeds,
Kali-Ma, the Hindu goddess of death and rebirth, heralds the end of a cycle and brings about transformation. Change is challenging for humans. Fear of change prevents us from growing, soaring, and shining. Kali-Ma has been my companion in facing some fears around transitions and (en)couraging me to heed the call of Spirit. Like the dark mother and the dark moon time, she offers an invitation into hidden places in our psyche and provides the fierce energy to confront our shadows and turn them into allies with potent healing potential. For me she has midwifed a path toward wholeness, allowing me to embrace truth and welcome a new cycle in my life.
It is with great gratitude that I announce a new personal beginning as I transition my work place to Urban Holistic in Potrero Hill, where I will be offering craniosacral treatments, flower essence therapy and Astro-Soma sessions starting in January 2019. I am excited to be part of the Urban Holistic team of skilled practitioners in creating a community and environment that facilitates the journey toward wellness. I share their philosophy of optimum health being the conscious integration of mind, body and spirit and their vision of empowering individuals to elevate their well-being and connect with their innate capacity for healing. The services they offer include physical therapy, massage and acupuncture along with wonderful classes in pilates, tai chi and more. If you choose to become a member, there is a discount on all services! They also have an online booking system through MindBody online app. or you can continue to book directly with me.
May Mercury’s forward motion provide the motivation and opportunity to make manifest goals and visions that have been in the re-view, re-search, and re-configuration phase during its retrograde period. And may this year of Jupiter in Sagittarius (Nov. 8, 2018-Dec. 2, 2019) bestow good luck and blessings on your endeavors. These energies invite us to go global, seek cross-cultural connections, engage in higher learning and expand spiritual pursuits.
Jupiter takes a little over 12 years to make its way around the astrological wheel, spending about 13 months in each sign. The last time Jupiter was in its home sign of the Archer was Nov. 25, 2006- Dec. 18, 2007. Themes that were highlighted during that time could serve as pointers for what may be up for you during this cycle. Remember your interaction and ability to respond to said themes will be different as you engage from a place of wisdom gained from experience and maturity.
My greatest wish for you during this time is that you embrace the courage to face any fears that may be keeping you from living to your fullest potential. Find contentment in progress; release perfection. May this coming year be one of optimism and joy. We grow when we are open to learning new things. May we welcome the opportunity to expand our minds and our hearts. May we vibe with our authentic soul song and invoke the frequency of abundance. Give generously. Speak truth. Have more fun. Grieve the losses and be grateful for the entire spectrum of experiences. Be willing to see a higher perspective and be open to the gifts that are offered, even in the really hard stuff. Remember that our personal cycles have beginnings and endings and just like nature’s seasonal changes we were meant to flow with those changes in order to experience cycles of birth, growth, harvest and composting, death and rebirth. It is my belief we need to dance with all these aspects to embrace wholeness.
May you be aligned with your soul’s urgings and step into congruency of heart and mind. If your spirit has been whispering (or perhaps screaming) for a shift to help you align, now may be the time to take a risk and make the leap. I appreciate each and every one of you and extend many thanks to my colleagues at the Purple Iris Healing Center where I had my practice for an entire Jupitarian 12 year cycle.
With winter solstice blessings and infinite gratitude,
Kali Ma, by Lily Moses
Greetings Star Seeds,
I recently returned from the Sonoran desert after a 5-day flower essence residential retreat led by my teacher Cynthia Kemp of Desert Alchemy This retreat, entitled The Essential is Invisible to the Eye, marked the culmination of a two-month sabbatical where I (un)wound my way from ocean to desert and back again. Twice. I paused my career to allow spaciousness and grace to inform my experience. Consciously and intentionally. There were times of navigating labyrinthian paths of the psyche and moments of unraveling and descending. There were uplifting moments of insight and there were not so subtle invitations to stop and pay attention to the energies of the crossroads. This time offered me a chance to live in nature where the wind and the trees spoke to me and I was still and quiet enough to hear their messages. I was dismembered so that I could re-member who I was. This time gave me the gift of gratitude and embodiment as a life choice. And it left me with generous material for further pondering and integration as I returned to the deep knowing that my heart is the primary organ of perceiving the invisible.
“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time. “Georgia O'Keeffe
Flower essences were a constant support on my journey. They accompanied me during the transitions and assisted me in feeling all the emotions with discernment, clarity and presence. My most consistent, compassionate, and wisest teachers, flower essences have been mentors of expanding perception and perspective. For me, they are alchemists of the heart, roadmaps of consciousness and midwives of the soul.
Even after two decades of co-creating flower essences and using them personally and professionally, I am awed each time I consciously attune with a flower and open to its wisdom. Flower essences provide opportunities for personal growth, evolution and healing root causes of disharmony in mind, body, and spirit. They do so in divine perfect timing and never force anything to happen that isn’t in alignment with one’s soul evolution. I know of no other system that works so gently yet powerfully and effectively on so many levels with zero side effects, other than bringing in the light of awareness and the ability to deeply know oneself. When we welcome profound presence to an experience or an emotion or a trauma, transformation becomes possible. In my experience they are like a guide who holds open a door to infinite knowing and offers a vista into personal divinity. It is always our choice to walk through that door. In surrendering to the heart of nature, we are able to be still and know. Flower essences encourage living a more conscious life, with joy as a template. I think of flower essences as a portal into our own sacredness. They are truly the gift of Grace in a bottle!
Working in reciprocity with nature via flower essences is like immersing yourself into deeper levels of intimacy with a new friend or suddenly discovering a quality you hadn't noticed before in someone you have known for a lifetime. It doesn’t mean that quality didn’t exist before, but it may have been invisible to you until there was an opening to perceive it from a lens of expanded consciousness. There is a richness and profoundness to their healing that takes time, attention and participation. Similarly, to know ourselves more intimately requires attention, desire and devotion. Flower essences can shift us into alignment and harmonize the sticky places within us. They bring light to the shadows by moving us toward resonance with whatever vibration we wish to inhabit.
Using flower essence therapy for personal evolution requires a clear intention: What do you wish to shift in yourself ? It also calls for a focused and dedicated practice. It takes personal participation and work. But it’s the most important job we have! This can look like any of the following: noticing, observing, journaling, taking time, being present, witnessing the discomfort and feeling the emotions it brings up. Working with a trusted friend or practitioner that can be a clear mirror and help you track shifts is invaluable. Finally, invoking spiritual/universal assistance allows the Divine to help support us with our process and joins our personal will to universal energy. It is a three way relationship between myself, my higher self, and nature. And it is powerful alchemy!
Healing happens one step at a time. Celebrate the small victories. We can't heal every layer at once. Flower essences are a vibrational therapy system for healing that works in accordance with your soul design and supports the blooms that are wanting to emerge. Grace is the ability to surrender to the perfection of what is.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything.” – Albert Einstein
Greetings Star Seeds,
The astrological weather of the moment supports finding balance between the opposing energies of the Taurus full moon on October 24th and the sun entering Scorpio on October 23rd. How can we connect in a grounded, embodied way with the beauty that surrounds us on this Earthly plane, while also attending to the intensity that is beckoning us to transform our personal and collective experiences so that we can emerge from the depths with new insights for a better future? How can we engage our senses and step into flow while holding priorities based in peace and love and allow ourselves to feel all the complicated emotions swirling around in the muck, pulling us into uncomfortable spirals?
Alchemy is not for the faint of heart. It takes work and energy to rise like the phoenix from the ashes of that which needs to be composted. It takes faith and perseverance to dive into the dark mysteries, the unseen world of spirit. What or who do you desire to become more intimate with during this time? What shadow parts can you invite to the table and douse with love and acceptance? It can be both immensely challenging and healing to dance with these hidden places, go deeper into matters that create uneasiness, be passionate about what really matters. Doing so has the potential for radical change.
With the Sun, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter in Scorpio, we can expect that our intimate relationships, communications and our desire to learn and teach will move into levels of greater magnitude and expansiveness. Our emotional spectrum may expand with the potential for true metamorphosis. Consider connecting with the Earth in order to ground and integrate amidst transformative energies. What needs to be burned away in order to more fully engage with and accept your truth and wholeness? What if we invoked the Scorpionic energies of transformation for sexual healing around themes of trauma and abuse of the collective Divine Feminine and Gaia?
As All Hallows approaches, the veils become thinner and there is an opportunity to reach out and call upon our ancestors and the Spirit world for assistance and guidance during turbulent times. These loved ones can be tribal, familial, or ancestral. They can be soul families of affinity or spirits of the land you caretake. Who do you feel a connection with on the other side? Call on your angels, ascended masters, your beloved cat, the gone befores. Remember to thank and honor them for their help and support by creating an altar with personal offerings of gratitude or setting a place for them at your table.
Cooking my grandmother’s recipes is something that I am inspired to do during these nesting times which makes me feel connected to her and my matrilineal line. I can sense their presence strongly stirring the pot from the beyond and adding spices, stories, and love to the mix. In turn I offer essences, local herbs, and prayers. These meals always feel like magical rituals which weave a tapestry across time, space and dimensions. Is there a personal ritual you feel called to during this time? What are some ways you live in reciprocity with the Earth and connect with the Ancestors or your lineage? How can you balance Spirit and Matter in your life and find joy and beauty in doing so?
isolated, alone or disconnected. Its intention is to assist in grounding the 4th/heart chakra and our 1st/root chakra with the Earth and has been reported to provide support in feeling at home on this planet, healing spiritual homesickness and fostering actions that arise from the heart centered space of love.
I wish you a blessed season of connection across time and space.
With infinite love and gratitude,
Greetings Star Seeds!
For our world and our systems to move towards balance requires our participation. It also entails developing a practice. The voice of the victim, of the disempowered self, would like us to believe that our voice doesn’t matter, and that our actions aren’t enough. As individuals and as a collective, we must be courageous and usher ourselves to step into our empowerment and leadership as sovereign, Divine beings. When we relinquish responsibility for our choices and turn a blind eye to being co-creators of our situations, we sabotage our authority. Too often we buy into the illusion that our leaders, teachers, or parents will take care of us. This mindset not only leads to the abdication of our power, but results in a cycle of blame. This disempowers everyone. It is neither generative, evolved, nor productive and it keeps us caught in the matrix.
If we are unhappy with any aspect of our personal life, or the way things are playing out in the world, consider it an invitation to reclaim our empowerment. Transformation and healing depends on accepting responsibility, feeling the emotions, moving through them so that they can be released rather than becoming lodged in our cells and tissues and manifest into dis-ease, and honing the courage to take action. It’s time to put on our big girl/boy pants and activate our source wisdom and articulate our internal knowing, even when it is uncomfortable or feels awkward, so that we can be part of the shifting tide toward wellness and healing. It does take work and practice. Get quiet and listen to the Wise Self within. She teaches us through whispers, the wind, dreamtime, insights, and intuition.
As we move into Libra season and the Autumnal Equinox, where day and night are of equal length, the universe offers us an opportunity to shift towards balance and be supported by the Earth’s cycles and the season. We have valued the realm of the mind at the expense of our heart, which is a powerful portal, for far too long and the scales are beckoning us toward a more harmonious experience. The heart math institute states:
“The heart is the most powerful source of electromagnetic energy in the human body, producing the largest rhythmic electromagnetic field of any of the body’s organs. The heart’s electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain. This field, measured in the form of an electrocardiogram (ECG), can be detected anywhere on the surface of the body. Furthermore, the magnetic field produced by the heart is more than 100 times greater in strength than the field generated by the brain and can be detected up to 3 feet away from the body, in all directions.” www.heartmath.org.
Congruency between the mind and heart is required to bring us into wholeness. Modern life has divorced us from embodying our internal knowing, our wise self, our wisdom keeper, our connection to Source energy and what our hearts know to be true and we are unraveling at record speed. The health of our own bodies reflects the health of the environment, the animal kingdom, nature, and the planet. We are not separate from one another. Our collective health depends upon us stepping up and following through with care and compassion for ourselves and others. We are being called to a whole-hearted existence.
Let us harness the transformative potential of the full moon in confident and action-oriented Aries energy on Sept. 24th by taking a stand. Start with where you are. Make a commitment to changing a negative thought and refocusing it to something positive. What we give attention to expands. Make sustainable choices. Choose to believe that your voice matters. Listen to someone that is suffering. Put down your device and connect face to face, heart to heart. Give your full attention to the present moment. Pick up trash in your neighborhood or at the ocean. Refuse to settle for riding a wave into a downward spiral. Even the smallest action has great potential for change. Reflect and be thankful, even through the overwhelm, even when we are afraid. All our emotions are valid! Our thoughts, actions and intentions have a ripple effect. What is essential is often invisible to the eye. Make a practice of affirmation, prayer, meditation, visualization, sending loving kindness. What we do and think resonates outward and those that we come into contact with will have the opportunity to connect with an auric field, a heart-space and vibration that is a calmer, softer and emanates the frequency of love. When we commit to healing our own shadows, we open portals for healing ourselves and the world. The personal is definitely political.
Thank you for your light! May it continue to shine brightly especially in the face of adversity. We are powerful beings beyond what we realize and we can make a difference. Each and every one of us is a beacon of light and together we can create a new blueprint for a shared experience that can bring us into balance!
With infinite love and gratitude,
Claudia is a nature lover, alchemist and dreamer. She lives with her life partner, Ilan and her beloved dog, Osa.