By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings Dreamers, Moon People, Artists and Healers, we begin our last and Third New Moon of Spring on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Spring is ruled by the Maiden and the first Season of the year so according to the natural or natures year, we all get our new beginning. Our last month’s intention and experiences, if you were paying attention, will set the foundation for this month’s new moon. The last moon cycle of each of the four Seasons brings a solution and resolve to what you have been working on in your healing journey for three months. If you are new, please read the directions for the moon work.
Some of us are in ending phases, which can take about eight years to complete, and during this time we may set our sights on our new beginning and find road blocks along our way. For others, you may be in a fullness cycle and it becomes too much of a burden in life to carry so much. Maybe you want to just give up from exhaustion, but hang on, life is teaching us the lessons about balance and how to pace ourselves.
Taking the time to see exactly where we are in our cycle of life always requires some contemplation and self work. Life is not trying to block us, its trying to make sure that we stay present to where we truly are until the doors of life open. The same thing happens if we are suppose to “let go” and move on with an issue and life keeps throwing painful experiences our way until we let go. The difficult part of these two is knowing where we are at, that is the work we do in healing to navigate it with some precision and self love.
An open door says “Come in.”
A shut door says “Who are you?”
Shadows and ghosts go through shut doors.
If a door is shut and you want it shut, why open it?
If a door is open and you want it open, why shut it?
Doors forget – but only doors know what it is doors forget.
~ Carl Sandburg ©
This moon cycle we start off with recognizing our personal doorways, especially the two-way doors which require our attention of our interactions with others and theirs with us. Most people on their spiritual journeys want the keys to the mystical doorways or the mystery of the dream gates without ever having earned them by mastered the self and our personal doors and gates.
When we seek here first and make our spiritual journey a very personal one, rather than a knowledge or philosophical one, then we can heal our real issues. To work on real gates and doorways, these only challenge our deepest fears and we must be prepared, disciplined and committed. What I mean by this is, we learn to lesson our burdens and pains by embracing oppositions. If we fear something, we learn what is its opposition and slowly step towards that. We cannot truly make sound decisions based the old self, nor the patterns we have grown accustom without changing. This is especially true if we are involved in emotional patterns of fear, worry, anxiety, depression, abuse, or self abuse or being unconscious most of the time.
When we are young, there is a learning curve to life, but by the time we are 40, the stakes (or pain) is much greater, because loss and time are slipping through our hands and we have to begin to look past our present into our past to reclaim what we lost through those old doors. Reaching for meaningless and impersonal spiritual paths will always end the same way they began and our personal issues will not be resolved, forgiven and disciplined towards health if we do not get off the new age, crystal, star seed path, those are not personal nor do they heal real relationship issues, heal cancer or fears.
So, we make our spiritual journey meaningful in our real relationships as the most important, and very personal. Sometimes closing a door one more inch is needed and requires personal strength, other times we must slam a door shut all the way with latent suffering in the aftermath. Anytime we enter this moon cycle or any third moon cycle of any season, we deal with a completion of something small that we started at the beginning of the season. This is because with moon work, its slow and steady, as the phases of each moon cycle takes time. When we practice or heal bigger emotional, physical or mental issues over a longer period of time, we personally build a solid foundation, even if we really don’t believe or see it yet when we do the work.
We all get to the point in our life where we are either ready to test our strength on our spiritual path, with a new experience, or we trip and fall a few more times to see if we are prepared enough to make a partial change in our life. Of course the bigger the trip and fall, the more hurts and bruises. Smaller changes are more ideal in practical spirituality, for our dedication of our path, which is only about us, is reaffirmed each moon cycle that allows us deeper insight to our personal health, hurts, and even creative pursuits spiritually. Then when we meet “the other” in our conflict or healing scenarios, we have much more solid ground to work with it.
In this practice we want the issue deep within us to surface and heal one month at a time and all those involved in our life, will benefit whether they want to or not. When we do the work to heal and address our own issues and emotional needs. My issue was about my father who died in my early thirties so my forgiveness is done in a sacred way, without him being alive.
What door do you need to open or re-open to visit, or close or re-close now that you have more experience about your issue in your life this moon cycle?
Try to assess where you are at, who is involved and base your intention around what you come up with. I know for some right now, life is very complicated and its wise to tell our self that life is not complex, it is we who are very complex and its our job to find time to relax, meditate everyday or a few times a week to practice groundedness. The more you practice, the better you get. The winds always blow in life from birth to death, but we can get more solid and stable with practice in all the things that are difficult in our nature.
We all carry something deep within, I call that one part of our greater soul. This part of our true nature expresses itself through right choices and our worst mistakes. We experience tension for growth, things we need to learn this lifetime, the more tensions the more growth. Those who need less lessons in life tend to flow more easily except for the standard right of passages like the midlife transformation or Saturn returns. We can be so hard on our self when we find the struggles we are in today, were grown from the seeds we planted ten or twenty years ago, and rather than accepting that, we tend to resist surrendering to it.
Every decade is completely different and life asks different things of us to learn and growth. There is a way to find balance between being alive and making amends for daily self sabotage… even if that is as simple as paying attention to self speak. Real change requires letting go, forgiveness, stop asking why and practices that help us relax and learn to focus on what is most important. And everything about our life is natural and complete – where we are right now.
Example Intentions for the 3rd New Moon of Spring (set only 1 for the month):
I am mentally peaceful
I observe with clarity
My mind is clear and quiet
l am positive
I am impeccable with my words
I am accountable for my words
I forgive myself
I listen deeply
I live in the present
I have healthy boundaries
I am grounded
I am patience
I practice self respect
I am brilliant (if you don’t feel smart)
I practice humor (if you need to lighten up)
I heal my impulsiveness
I am a good communicator
I have endurance
I am fair
I am inspired
I am creative
I am loved
I voice my fears
I overcome boredom
I listen deeply
I embrace who I am right now
I accept change
I practice selflessness
I share uncomfortable feelings
I allow personal critique
I make time to rest
I pace myself
I am balanced
As a last note to this moon cycle, the God of Thunder Uranus is entering the sign of Taurus for the next 7 years and it has always brought great changes to humanity. You can read it here.
Happy New Moon and enjoy the rest of Spring. The Full Moon in two weeks is May 29th and set your one release intention on what rose these two weeks. Most of you know I don’t usually send out a full moon article every month unless I am called to. ~ Blessings Phoenix
3rd New Moon of Spring, 15 May 2018
Uranus enters Taurus for the next 7 Years 15 May 2018
THIRD FULL MOON OF SPRING – By Phoenix of Elder Mountain
Hello Dreamers, Healers, Seers, Artists, Empaths, Pagans, Druids, Witches and everyone under the Moontime… We now enter the last Full Moon of Spring on May 29th, 2018. Begin to watch your signs and synchronicities, always the three days before a new or full moon. My first of three came when my student mentioned this week about the Parcae and it had a shine to it. Parcae are the female personifications of destiny and fate, often called the Fates in Roman mythology and their Greek counterpart, the Moirai. They control the threads of life and death of both mortal and immortal.
I didn’t see a Parcae asteroid to put in the astrology chart, so I replaced them with Altropos (#273, 1 Libra); Nortia (#2025, 1 Cancer) and Moira (#638, 7 Gemini). Seems someone had bought the asteroid Moira, and named it after an Anime character who has the same qualities as the Moirai, so I used that. Lets take a look how fate plays into this full moon cycle for all of us, (astro chart at the bottom).
Third moons of spring are generally about the trickster, the illusionist, the magician and the hidden forms of a more mean spirited play. A coyote personality with the fiery energy of Sagittarius. This is the ultimate Sag Full Moon and when its energy is aligned and balanced, we are focused on our goals, productive in our wounds and playful but also respectful. When this energy is not, we enter chaos and suffer the consequences to regain balance.
Ellias Lonsdale who uses the Chandra Symbols says:
THE 8 DEGREE MOON IN SAGITTARIUS
“The harsh landscape of the moon with a black sky. The Earth is not visible. When chaos joins forces with hard and heavy dense frequencies, we are in for a difficult journey. The feeling level is depressive all the way to anguish-susceptible. The energies are chaotic and almost random. The result is an undercurrent, or undertow that can be vicious. In the thick of dilemma, a momentum toward the future is being seeded in one of two directions. Either you are condemning yourself to a grim and forbidding territory as a form of self-punishment or you are preparing the way for a change of heart toward compassion and forgiveness, even for your own greatest weaknesses.
It all depends upon whether you can allow in a spiritual light of redemption for the worst. Or whether instead your mind is made up, and another round of no nourishment for change is in order for the one who is lost and now has no way back. That is, until you let the light in to this darkness and radically relent from your judgmental stance.”
This is the eldest and wisest Goddess of the Three Fates known for her “inflexible” or “inevitable”. Altropos is fate herself, choosing the mechanism of death and ends the life of mortals and immortals by cutting their thread to life (silver chord thread) with her “abhorred shears.” In living terms, she puts boundaries on those who need to change – but cannot bring about the changes through the self. In ordinary terms its for those who do not show respect, nor follows rules around human values. She works along side her two sisters, Clotho, who spins the threads for her, and Lachesis, who measured the length that the suffering will be.
Opposite Altropos this full moon is Chiron – and when life brings these powerful energies into alignment together, there is a deeper wound that will be felt. Chiron is both the wounded healer and our very personal karma. Since Altropos is the elder female authority, that might somehow touch a personal wound for some when it appears, and since Altropos will be on the elder’s side, its wise to bow and take a few steps backwards while readjusting your choices and decisions to guide you. One has no last word with death.
I suggest taking the peaceful route and soothing your inner child, because Altropos is the ultimate deliverer of fate without a rebirth, which is painful in our personal lives. If we ignore this, it always seems to reappear in our life as a mirror in a repetitive manner. The best advice is try to avoid her.
What boundaries are you going to become aware of and practice in the next two weeks? What stage are you at in your victim consciousness or perpetrator behaviors? Some fight for the underdog and then ends up the monster. Some fight for the self and end up closing doors because one has lived with the drama messes for decades and worked them all through until there is no fight anymore within them.
When focusing on one’s own wounds, ultimately the true work at hand, we begin to see we can only resolve our own issues of anger, fear, jealousy, shame or shaming, attacking, projecting anger.Our release intention should reflect what you have been working on this moon cycle, what struggles you are having right now.
Try to set one release on the day of the full moon, I know for some that is difficult, but the closer you are to the full moon itself, the more in alignment you are with nature, and to the energies of the moon itself which help support your releases of victim.If you are dealing with Altropos this full moon, then let your letting go intention work for you by letting go of what makes you feel pain. Making some moon water on the full moon as a pure elixir for your emotional body, soul and astral body also helps. See directions here.
Etruscan Goddess of Fate Nortia, sits opposite Saturn this full moon (and conjuncts the ascendant but only if you are on the northwest or west coast of the usa). Saturn rules karma and when fate and karma join forces together, you are going to get a lesson. We better watch our mouth because that is some strong medicine to deal with, and we may lose something precious, or something we have loved, or lose a friend or a special place to be or a favorite relationship of some kind.
In Nortia’s story, she is associated with a “nail”, specifically that she “nails down” the fate of the people for one year. Cicero refers to her as a form of season-keeping or time keeping in which the nail of the year is to be moved in a timely manner with the seasons.Athrpa, the counterpart of the Greek Altropos holds a hammer in her right hand and a nail in her left, which has to do with both justice being served or being judged and sentenced (hammer) and the fated time of how long that will occur, by our actions (nail).Nails were also used as objects or charms or talisman, the “wedges of necessity” that Horace said about Fortuna (fortune) who carried them.This month, if you align with Nortia and her message of fate, hitting the hammer on the nail, what do you need to really focus on for your letting go intention that frees you from your own sorrow or anger and hit that hammer on the nail. Sometimes we cannot see the core of our issue, this is when we ask help from a friend or a family member to help, not to punish someone else or have someone else do our dirty work, but to ask them to share with us what they see our short comings are. Are you brave enough to ask? Are you even braver enough to listen?
With these Goddesses of Fate and Destiny, we are dealing a trinity of the power of its unity: Clotho (the spinner), Lachesis (the measurer) and Atropos the ‘unturnable’, ‘inflexible’ and ‘inevitable’ (i.e. death). As a symbolist and a dreamer, I work with all forms of death as change within the tree stages of mirrors (reflections about myself in my life) 1. The personal mirror; 2. The inter-personal mirror and 3. The collective mirror. The Moirai are master teachers around our own shadow to be exposed or our own karma to be revealed, and what arises, is the issue to be healed. We spin a complex two weeks of the full moon phase because the Moirai are conjunct the Sun and opposite the Moon. This is a direct influence and touching our very personal needs, issues and actual fate for some of you.
There is one thing that humans hate most, and that is having no control, or the last word, but sometimes fate works in our favor when we just let go and the struggle is not as deep if we can loosen up our control issues. This is how we bend our personal ego and pride into submission over and over and that doesn’t have anything to do with anyone else but you. It hurts, yes it does, and that’s how we burn our karma one drop at a time. Speaking our truth, not projecting our wounds.I have had three experiences already in the last two days where I observed struggles of the Moirai issues. One was positive and one was negative and the third was neutral.
Remember, to change sometimes requires that we do a bad, bad thing for a good, good reason. Our life force is counting on us to make a change, even if it hurts and sometimes it hurts others. The rule is we all get hurt and we all hurt others. What changes on a very, very person level, our inner (moon) or our outer (life), we do need to address our fear either way. These are our shortcomings and blind spots when something arises and loss is ok if you are on a strict spiritual diet, if you are not, then it can be overwhelming.
Regardless of what we can or cannot control, when destiny and fate calls to serve them, we must bow and be humble. Remember that those who had issues start right away on the New Moon, will find resolve on the Full Moon. Those who didn’t have anything arise on the New Moon, will then begin their two weeks worth of issues and work starting on the Full Moon. For those paying a lot of karma and not clear on these two practices of new and full, you might have struggles on both until you become clear about moon work.
As long as you are willing to swallow the lessons, its when we shame and badger and name call that we actually get in trouble with fate. So use the power of the small the remaining time this moon cycle. This is the difference between having the Moirai descend on you for low vibration actions, verses the humble truth being ingested and spoken in a manner that is respectful or if its not, asking for forgiveness. Its your choice this full moon cycle.
The Dragon Won
Time and risk caught up
to you, gagged you into silence.
Chasing down the Dragon was
a favorite form of violence.
I saw its markings on your skin
the gauntness of your eyes
your searching fingers scratching
down to truth, as you breathed lies.
China white won this round, love
You thought you’d always dance.
The dragon chose another one
and turned its gaze askance.
~ Sarah Spang
Intention releases always start with I let go of, or I release and only have to do with the self and one’s own complications even though others are involved. Just pick one and ask yourself what would be the positive sides of letting go or releasing what binds your soul or emotional instability?
We are very deep human beings, all of us and complex. Life is simple, we are complex and intention work is to simplify our life, one month at a time when it becomes to stressful, too argumentative, too much pointing fingers, too much drama. We allow letting go to heal us. Master letting go each moon cycle, then start on forgiving yourself, then others.
Phoenix’s lunar and moon work is copyrighted and thirty years of work to teach today, so please do not use any part of her seasonal moon information for you own books or teachings without her permission since she does not wish to write books in her oral tradition as a shaman and dreamer.
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Sources and Art source: Theodor Kittelsen; Atropos made into her origin (old Atropos) by robertcorneliusphotography.com