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,
Greetings Star Seeds!
This is a potent time for visioning and imbuing our daily lives with some practical magic. The sun’s entrance into Virgo on August 23rd is accompanied by the light of the Pisces full moon which will shine her blessings upon us on Sunday Aug 26th. Full moons are portal times which bless us with opportunities to release and let go. They are times of completion before a new lunar cycle begins again. Virgo, symbolized by the Virgin, is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. It offers us the gifts of practicality, precision, analysis, integration and organization. Think systems and practices that can support us in our daily lives.
Neptune ruled Pisces, a mutable water sign, is Virgo's axis and bestows upon us connection to the invisible realms. It is the place of dreams, visions, ancestors, intuition, psychic energy and mystery. The symbol of the two intertwined fishes reminds us we are in flow with the oneness of the universe, lest we get homesick for the beyond. Together this union of the sun and moon in mutable signs holds the energies of adaptability and change. As we move into shifting tides and summer winds down, making way for autumn, and back to school days, both Mars and Mercury have turned direct, allowing for some forward momentum in our lives.
I offer some ways to honor the energy of this time. As always, please take what resonates.
I am honored to welcome the words and practical magic of Mistress Samantita to my blog. Stay tuned for future collaborations and co-creative offerings in Earth based practices for healing.
Mistress Samantita Moon Bath Ritual
You can get as elaborate as you need to in creating a ritual moon bath. Or you can skip all of it except for the intention. Here are a few ideas to inspire you. Take only the ones you need...
For an herbal moon bath you can collect herbs from your own wisdom and/or ancestry. (My favorite from Mesoamerica are basil, rosemary, sage, and ruda.*) Always thank any plant you invite to work with you. Bring a pot of water to boil. Bundle your herbs with string or lovingly remove the leaves from the stem. Take water off the stove and place the herbs in the water. Sing to the pot of herbs, say your intention, or simply thank Pachamama for her gifts. Cover the herbs for a few minutes or a couple hours. I sometimes let them steep in the moonlight the night before. If you do not wish to bathe with the herbs themselves you can strain them out with a cheese cloth or a sieve.
You can take the painstaking step of collecting rainwater, river water, ocean water. Or simply take a moment to give thanks to the water filling up your tub.
Light candles. Gather your sacred crystals to add into your bath tub. Add vibrational essences, essential oils or your steeped herbal water. You can burn incense.
Some of my favorites are copal, piñon, or sage. Or you can simply bring your favorite robe and a glass of cold water to drink.
It isn’t a ritual moon bath with out your heartfelt intentions. So now that you are ready to bathe, take a moment to welcome your self to the moment, welcome your guides, create sacred space. Let yourself speak your truth: your intention. As you bathe allow the medicine of your own making do its magic.
Bless this scared moment of respite. Allow Sister Moon to whisper to you what you most need in the moment.
When you feel fully restored, exit your bath. Some traditions say to not dry yourself and allow the water to soak in. Other traditions say to wrap yourself in a cloth and sit for a moment. This is integration. Sit in stillness or choose movement. You can journal or listen quietly to the moon. Give yourself what your soul craves most.
Finally, there are many ways to dispose of your water. You can simply release down the drain. You can save a jar of your bath water and offer some to a tree or a house plant. You can take it to the crossroads and throw over your shoulders but don’t look back. Whatever you do, do it with reverence as you have completed a ritual moon bath and returned the energies back to Pachamama.
*These herbs should not be used if pregnant or nursing.
With infinite love, gratitude and full moon blessings,
Claudia and Mistress Samantita (Instagram @misstresssamantita)
The harvest is here.
The Autumnal Equinox arrives on September 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere. The wheel turns to welcome in Libra season inviting both a sense of balance and a letting go. Trees drop their leaves, the weather turns cooler, the festivities and output of summer energy starts to wane. There are also some new energies that we welcome in during this time: Kids go back to school, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, started on Wednesday 9/20 and ends today on Equinox. We start feeling the energies of the holiday season around the corner and return to our lives after summer holidays. Endings and beginnings. As the light retreats our bodies begin to adjust to a different pace as day and night become equal in length.
I love this season. I feel nourished by it completely. My body craves soups, squash and root veggies. I choose colors in hues of oranges, golds, deep reds and browns. I turn inward and appreciate being at home and engaging in projects that feel soulful. When autumn is in the air I feel like my breathe expands.
The harvest is here.
With any seasonal shift comes an opportunity for contemplation and inner change.
Venus ruled Libra wants balance, peace, and justice. During this season we may notice what is out of balance. Libra also rules the 7th house of partnership in our astrological charts. Whether we are a Libra sun or not, we all have Libra parts. These are the parts of us that love harmony and aspire to fairness. They are also the parts that tend toward people pleasing, and can see all sides of an issue, which can make taking a stand or making a decision challenging at times.
How can you choose to honor your own truth despite external influences? What do you need to do to come back into equilibrium ? What do you need to release in order to come into balance and align with the season? What actions can support your inner world and make honoring yourself a bit more purposefully?
Self-care is non-negotiable.
The current chaos of the world is showing us what is out of balance. Nature is taking a stand. Floods, hurricanes, fires and earthquakes. All the elements responding loud and clear to what is not working. In Earth Medicine work, we honor Autumn in the direction of the West, the place of the water element. In visionary healing work, the West is the place of the inner teacher, the one within each of us who holds wisdom, understanding and compassion. The guidance I received in the medicine wheel this week was simple. Clean out your physical space (as it will effect all other spaces within you) and use sound to shift the energies and bring healing. Tone, drum, chant, use singing bowls, Om, sing, play instruments. Do it with others to increase the energetic resonance. Our voices need to be heard.
Indeed the sacred is in the simple.
Libra is said to rule the lower back, which is all about support. When we are stable and balanced we are able to carry our own weight and also be of service to others from a place of sturdiness and inner fortitude. Are you overextending yourself in any areas of your life? What self care practices can you engage in to be an ocean of calm in a world of turmoil? Connect to Source energy and replenish your wellspring so that you can return to inner harmony. Holding this vibration when you are in the company of others uplifts everyone.
Many of us are still feeling the influences of eclipse season. Eclipses bring about change and the effects are felt 3-6 months before and after. The Leo-Aquarius axis of this eclipse invited us to shine our light in a way that benefits the collective. Opportunities abound to do this at this time. How is it showing up for you in your life?
I have had several conversations with friends and clients these past few weeks related to clearing the clutter out of their lives. People seem to be turbo charged on getting rid of stuff that is impeding their growth NOW. (Myself included). I have a dear client who is moving house. Her life will take her on adventures around the globe and then she and her husband will decide where to settle. She is a Libra sun and this offering is in honor of her process.
Turn the mundane process of clearing out, letting go, and composting into a sacred ritual by using these suggestions....
1. Be present. Remember to breathe and visualize each item symbolically representing the shedding of an old skin, an old way of being that no longer serves you. Bless each item and let it go. A new life awaits it!
Make a list of all the things that currently drag you down and intend that with each item you let go of, that a feeling of lightness fill your field. This move can help you let go of burdens, resentments, unwanted habits and patterns...anything weighing you down psychically, emotionally, mentally and physically and stopping you from being even more engaged with your empowered mojo than ever. Let it go, blow it into the ethers, donate it to charity, give it a no and a heave ho. And don’t forget to thank it for the purpose it served as you bless it and release it.
2. Nature abhors a vacuum, so once you release, make sure you invoke qualities you wish to embody. Invite joy at the cellular level to flood the spaces you have cleared both within yourself and in your environment. This will help you radiate your Shine and your space will also sparkle with good vibes.
3. If you get stuck...Ask for guidance. Your team is there for you. Ask your guides for help and support. Choose a divination card each morning before beginning your day, or read an inspirational poem. Sit quietly and intend to receive. A few minutes of intentional preparation can set the tone for the whole day.
4. Remember that the universe has your back. You don’t have to do it all or control it all. Decide to be in flow and then surrender to flow...we don’t need to micromanage the how, when, where or why.
5. You are not a slave. Make time for self-care during the process. A car needs gas to keep going so take breaks, nourish yourself with good food, take a walk, do yoga, drink water, don’t forget to pee (take 10 deep breaths while peeing!). Above all, have fun and be gentle with yourself.
6. By clearing and letting go you are paving the way to connect with your higher purpose. Trust that you will be able to see, taste, feel, hear, smell its call. Gift yourself the time and space to be in transition. This isn’t a race. Know that the new will form in perfect timing.
7. If emotions come up as they do when change is afoot, give them space and voice. Be aware of the feeling, name it, locate it in your field and body, acknowledge it and let it go. Emotions are meant to move, not stay bottled up. Expression helps us not fall into regression!
8. As you go about the clearing clutter and doing mundane tasks, surround yourself in energetic brilliance. Visualize how you will feel, savor the sensory experience of having a clean space where you won't be distracted by visual noise. Bathe in it, relish in the sensations.
As a tool to assist in the process I am offering, a Liberation essence, which helps us grow and connect with a version of our best self. Liberation essence assists with freeing us from old templates that do not support our energy signature. Its message is "I am Free."
I invite you to use this energetic ally during the process of letting go. Click here to purchase this flower essence.
All September proceeds from this offering will be donated to SPCA hurricane disaster relief fund to help animals that have been displaced.
With infinite love, gratitude and Equinox blessings,
Claudia is a nature lover, alchemist and dreamer. She lives with her life partner, Ilan and her beloved dog, Osa.