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!
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)
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.