"You have the opportunity to embrace the change that is imminent."
How true that sings to us during this Full Moon weekend. Opportunities are before us, doors are opening within us and around us. The change which is described is imminent comes in response to the change which has, and
continues to unfold, from within us. Observe and note the cycle that each of is within for some change can be quite clear and some will be subtle thought it is not elusive. Change is clear especially when we release expectations and remember that the change we are observing we are also a vibrant part of creating. That is a reminder and encouragement to use your personal power responsibly by walking, creating and living within your integrity. The more that we align ourselves with Our Beloved Earth, from a Heart full of sincerity and love, then we are embracing wholeness, change and transformation. Within ourselves and with Our Earth.
Take time to dip your cup into the well of sacred solitude. This is not cutting yourself off from others nor closing yourself off from life. It is embracing life by relearning the value of replenishing and rejuvenating your Spirit. Spend time with Nature and even within the 'concrete jungle' Nature is not absent. A park, a floral garden, perhaps even taking time for a weekend or more quietly refreshing yourself surrounded plants and flowers you could have there within your apartment. Perhaps go to the roof and feel the comfort, presence and voice of the wind as it moves ever so slightly or strongly. However this speaks to you make time for yourself for in that you are creating a sacred place or space where you can commune, listen, observe, receive and renew your mind, your heart, your body and spirit.
In that quiet place you will hear the Heartbeat of the Earth and your own becoming more and more in synch. Rediscover your inner song and as you return walk responsibly with integrity, sing your song, dance with passion, shine your light and love freely. ♥
|10 - the Wheel
Cycles and seasons
You have the opportunity to embrace the change that is imminent. One
part of a cycle is becoming another. What is passing away in your life
right now, and what is coming into being? Where do you stand right now
on the Wheel? Can you see that what is happening does not happen in
isolation, but is part of a pattern? Sometimes the change that is
coming is obvious and striking. More often, it creeps up on us when our
attention has been elsewhere — the trees are suddenly bare and we
didn't even notice when the first leaves began to fall. So this card
also challenges us to be mindful. Keep track of the cycles of the sun
and moon, which mirror our own inner cycles. If things seem chaotic and
disorderly in your life, focus on the still point of the turning wheel.
Remember that with prayer and the magic of sustained focus, all things
|1 - the Magician
Spirit made manifest
You are being challenged to access your personal power and use it to
manifest your desires in a responsible way. You have learned how to
focus your will and your passion towards a goal. You may be uncertain
about using that power, or you may be tempted to use it unethically.
Remember that when you align yourself with the heartbeat of the earth,
you have the power to bring forth healing for the planet and all her
|9 - the Hermit|
Resolution comes as you spend time in sacred solitude. You need to
withdraw from the world to focus on your inner life and spirituality.
Perhaps you have been wounded in the "wars of the world," or perhaps you
are fatigued and empty from putting out so much energy, especially if
you are a caregiver. Your well is empty and it needs to be filled. Take
some time out for a retreat. Go away to the mountains or the sea, by
yourself, without partner or friends. Spend time outside in nature,
observing the changes in your environment day by day. Your inner wisdom
and sense of well-being will grow effortlessly the more time you spend
outside. When you once again enter community life, others will be drawn
to the light they see inside you and may come to you for guidance. For
part of your purpose is to share what you've learned with others.
Cycles and seasons
The Wheel of the Year turns and spins, as one season transforms into
the next. In this card, the fiery core of the Earth is at the still
point of the turning world. Trees of each season are rooted in Her body.
Around the trees we see the eight phases of the moon, which correspond
to the eight holy days of the solar year. The zodiac is aligned with the
seasons and the lunar phases. For example, the Dark/New Moon
corresponds to Winter Solstice, the shortest night of the year when the
sun begins to wax again. Winter Solstice occurs when the sun moves into
the sign of Capricorn. So these three — Dark/New Moon, Winter Tree and
sign of Capricorn — all line up on the card, and so on around the Wheel.
The cycles of nature teach us that all of life moves in a wheel.
Wherever we stand on this wheel, we are certain to move to the next
point and the one after that, until we are brought full circle to the
place where we started, and as T.S. Eliot wrote, we “know the place for the first time.”
Outside the wheel of the solar year, the lunar month and the wheel of
the zodiac, we see a circle of prayer beads. This rosary, or mala, is
divided into six sets of nine (the magical number of three times three).
As we say or sing repetitive prayers, counting beads as we go, we enter
an altered state where anything is possible, magic happens, and
butterflies — symbol of the soul — break free of the turning of the
Spirit made manifest
The Magician is a ritual drummer, the drum his magic wand. He plays
the djembe, caught up in the bliss and ecstasy of the trance created by
the sound of the drum. He knows that the rhythm of his drumbeat matches
the heartbeat of the Earth. Firelight flickers on cave walls, painted
with a thousand hands, like the prehistoric handprints in the Cave of
Hands (Cueva de las Manos) in Argentina.
An altar with items representing the four
elements anchors him in sacred space. He creates the matrix that allows
magic to happen. He opens a door between this world and the world of
Spirit. The hand creates magic — whether with a drum, a paintbrush or
ritual tool. Hands bring the Unseen into the realm of the Seen.
The Hermit retreats from the company of others to replenish his soul
in solitude as he communes with the natural world. He listens to the
calls of birds as he writes and sketches in his journal at twilight
time. He ponders his own mortality, and the gifts and challenges of
aging. His guardian is the Barred Owl, who sees keenly in the darkness
and embodies silent wisdom. From the sacred smoke of burning sage,
visions rise of spirit animals. The Loon, with its primal eerie call,
leads the Hermit into the waters of his dreams and ancestral memories.
Wolf, the moon’s ally, reminds the Hermit that he is part of a pack or
tribe, even when he spends time apart from it. The Merlin is a magical,
shapeshifting raptor who shares its name with the Wise Old Man of
Arthurian legend. All three are teachers of the Hermit’s soul.
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'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.'