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,
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!
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,
Transformation can often feel like a crisis. When something ego motivated is on its way out, it usually makes the most noise. As we become more conscious and aware, our energy shifts and evolves. We are called to transcend the pull to fall into behaviors and reactions that no longer serve us and that are based in a past version of who we were. The antidote to ego-driven resistance is to invoke grace and surrender to the universal flow. To be receptive to what comes, without attachment to the form it comes in. During this upcoming eclipse season we have an opportunity to up-level our relationships, with families, friends, Gaia, animal companions, nature and ourselves. We can re-write the story and offer the old scripts that keep us stuck in templates of woundedness and fear to the Divine for healing and transformation.
The new moon in Cancer coincides with a partial solar eclipse on the night of July 12th. The fact that we won’t see it here in the Northern Hemisphere doesn’t mean it will have any less of an impact. New moons herald potential for new beginnings and eclipses are portals of timelessness and possibilities. Cancer is the sign of the mother, home, family, intuition. We can use this energy to reflect on our emotional well-being and connect with our internal landscape for insights around transmuting the no longer resonant ways of being that are not generative or self-loving. Ponder on what it means to feel at home, in your body, with your feelings, on the Earth. How can we nurture ourselves when fears surface? How can we integrate and ground into a place of calm, present presence for others?
With Pluto in Capricorn opposite the eclipse, we may be served up some shadow work. Contemplate the theme of power in your life. Are their areas where you use, abuse, or abdicate it? What does right use of power look like? Move into the heart space and consider that suffering may be a sign that we are being called as individuals and collectively to step into a place of unity and away from illusions of separation. Thank the pain and send it on its way.
On July 27th, a total lunar eclipse in Aquarius is followed by another solar eclipse on August 11th coinciding with the Leo new moon. Leo and Aquarius are consensus oriented. Leo sparks our leadership qualities and Aquarius highlights friendships and community. Consider collaborating with others around innovative ways to use your gifts for the good of the whole. With a healthy dose of detachment, Aquarius can keep a cool head and offer the Cancerian parts of us a broader perspective. Ride this eclipse season by honoring self-care practices, nourishing your vital connections and daring to shine your light brightly for the good of the collective. Experiment and see what wants to be birthed. As the saying goes: Be the change you want to see in the world. Bless the rest and let it go.
We have two essences to help navigate the changes during this summer's journey and beyond:
Remember Who You Are.
This essence encourages the letting go of the masks we wear, the parts of our identity that no longer fit so that we can step into the truth of who we are.
Be in Heart
This essence is an invitation to allow the light to shine on the corners of ourselves that we keep in the realm of shadow. It can be a wonderful support in the letting go process and keep us heart-centered. Both can be wonderful allies in bringing us back to the frequency of our heart and helping us move into flow and unity and away from struggle and opposition.
For more musings on eclipses check out the audio here.
In honor of this portal time, we have a workshop coming up. The Birth Portal: A Ritual For Mamas. Mothers-to-be and those who recently birthed are invited to celebrate the birth portal and its transformative power. Samantha Garcia and Claudia Comerci, your shamanic guides for the afternoon, will lead a loving ceremony in honor of mothers, birth and our greater connection to The Great Mother. The ritual will include an exploration of vibrational medicine (flower, gem, and channeled essences), a guided meditation with drumming and a ceremonial offering of flowers, roots and other symbolic elements arranged in the shape of a mandala. Each mother will also be gifted a vibrational essence spray to create sacred space or to bless herself. Vibrational essences will be attuned to the group to assist and support the spiritual awakening of each woman. No experience with shamanic practices are necessary. All we ask is that you bring an open heart and an open mind to our sacred circle of mothers.
Location: The Root Midwives: 1300 Sanchez St. in San Francisco
When July 22. 1-3pm
With Infinite Love and Gratitude,
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.