Sobriety Spirituality is for Old Souls and Dreamers

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Healing takes a long time, one issue we have can weave through a lifetime for twenty or thirty years. That issue has an equivalent symbols in your dreams (at certain periods of your life) until the issue is completely healed. Never feel rushed in your healing journey, its better to be slow and steady, and just know its about you and you alone and using your dreams as guides is an extra bonus.

I am very dedicated to the few who go above an beyond (my students and apprentices) and sobriety  is part of a truly dedicated spiritual and spiritual self healing path. Everything else is just the power of the fears and of change. Miley Cyrus is a young Sagittarian-American and 24 years old, she is an extremely creative maiden. She stated in the video below, that she has decided to go sober and give up pot, not an easy thing to do for a daily smoker, but she found the reason to and sometimes, that is all that matters.

Its not unusual that a maiden around the age of 24 generally begins making choices that are different, because she starts to “feel” the energy of adulthood coming and winter. So she starts to walk with a little more seriousness, because at this stage, they enter the season called the “winter of their maiden” (24-28 years old). Not Shield-maiden, not Virgin-maiden, but the Death-maiden and by death, I mean this in its root meaning… “change”. 

With my female students and apprentices and some of the beginning challenging parts of their work with me is to get completely sober from meds, pot, wine, alcohol, shamanic drug (plants), etc. I have no such relations to this though, with my clients or artists. From my observation of almost twenty five years of working with apprentices, it actually takes about a full 8 years to completely clear pot from their emotional body system, lymph system, menses cycle system, energy body system and the soul cloud (soul, dream body) system. Its a long journey and one that takes great dedication.

Modern Addictions by TOMAAS

In his recent “Modern Addictions” fine-art fashion photographer TOMAAS explores the over-consumption and dependency on prescription drugs. “Over the course of our lifetime, many people are likely to be prescribed over 14,000 pills. It seems we are on the verge of becoming a very deeply medicated society,” he explains, describing his inspiration for the photo series. In his photos, he combines cinematic and surrealist styles, depicting copious amounts of pills. 

A wickedly bad dream remembered, will also help people make good choices, as it did for Miley, but unfortunately a trillion dollar market of pushing meds into every home, to alleviate fear, when basic psychotherapy, talk therapy or holistic therapy (when dedicated) will begin to unravel the original wound and the original trauma.

Some medications, drugs and marijuana generally will sever, deteriorate or eradicate one’s dreaming body all together (in some people), and for others they will heighten a constant repetitive projected dream stuck on one or two symbols which isn’t healthy either that eventually gets more shadowy with time.

With the world pushing more and more ways to ease pain rather than permanent heal, this is where meds, pot, alcohol, shamanic drugs (plants), come to shut up the feminine feelings and horrors of pain and their many steps. Many accept pain meds especially when young and then 15 or 20 years go by and the original wound is still active if they try to stop or get off meds. This just allow us to turn our head away from the original wounds, and then enter the great fall under the addiction issues – its then we have 2 things to heal. Some do get off of these and begin to take back control, some by sheer will with blessings from fate.

For Miley, I say very good for her, it takes a lot of strength in the entertainment industry she is in, to go sober and as for her strength, as a role model for millions of younger kids, her choices do influence others and do make a difference.

Spirituality to sobriety as a practice, even if one has an addiction, is heal-able eventually – as long as one is given information that spirituality and drugs/pot together is saturating of illusions. In other words its mixing fire with illusion and that is the most dangerous kinds of spirituality there is. If you have an addiction, just know that working with it piece by piece, step by step takes personal strength, continued support with healers (not knowledge teachers) and dedication. The practice is: If you heal with letting go enough over and over over a decade or so, the release of the addiction eventually becomes reality.

2nd Full Moon of Spring

Art - Seung-Hwan Chung

The “Second Full Moon of Spring” arrives Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 20 degrees Scorpio. We are half way through our moon cycle, so chose your release intention wisely and base it on what surfaced from your new moon intention two weeks ago. All full moons are a three-fold process which then flows into the 3rd quarter moon (a tension) just like the 1st quarter tension. Full moon energy is the night before, the night of and the night after, where all of our emotions are flushed to the surface, through the moon’s magnetic pull, we then either hold it, or allow it (our emotions) to flow in order to then be released.

Last year’s second full moon of spring was at 2 degrees Scorpio on April 20, do you remember what your sacred intention of release was? If not, check your journal to see how your release issue has progressed since then, or you can start a dreaming-lunar journal with us to remember. The moon is all about our feelings, our memories, remembrance, mother (nourishment) and mirrors that are entrapped in our physical body, our mental body and come from the source: our emotional/soul body. Our inner mother that we all must eventually learn to develop a relationship with, is equaled to our inner child who we learn to protect. This is a deeper part of our emotional life.

A Scorpio Full Moon Elegy

The role of elegy is to put a death mask on tragedy
a drape over the mirror. To bow to the cultural debate
over the anesthetization of sorrow, of loss, of the
unbearable after image of the once material.

To look for an imagined consolidation of grief
so we can all be finished once and for all
and genuinely shut up the cabinet of
genuine particulars.

What is elegy but the attempt to re-breathe
life into what the gone one once was
before he grew to enormity.

“The Role of Elegy” by MJ Bang

The harvest moon rising behind Hawksbill Crag Upper Buffalo River Wilderness - Ozark National ForestThat Elegy poem is a perfect symbol for the memories of our emotional past and how we just wish to shut it up or as some say today, get rid of it. There is no getting rid of a cloud, it resurfaces the old energy when we suffer. What we do is begin to welcome it back home, returning the memories to give us insights on what we are struggling with now. The way healing works is the wounded damage has been done, all we do is reopen the court case from the vault of self sabotage or self rejection. On the full moons each month, we practice the sacred art of “letting go” and “release” so the big huge emotional, mental and physical crash or burn can be tempered. Like controlling a fire in order to balance the warmth verses the pain of fire. We do a little work each moon cycle because we are dealing with our emotional energy and its turbulence and power. In order to find or regain balance of our emotional life, we work with releases a little bit, because we are all a nuclear power within and the full moon helps us temper that.

We all receive our seasons of joy and our seasons of struggle and even our life initiations of great loss and this is exactly why we practice our spiritual disciplines because it helps nurture us and holds us through them all. We also live and thrive in a world today that relates to the kindness approach – which is fine when all things are going great, but this doesn’t really work when collapse and chaos cycles are occurring or return an old issue into our life.

If we do not enter the full to dark moon phase of our inner life, then we keep searching harder and deeper for the life we built on growth and praise or the praises of acquisitions, new beginnings, new marriages, adventures or accomplishments of the tactile physical life. These are all good, but for those of us who must learn to live cyclical with both sun and moon, its because we have complicated or empathic soul nature and others who do not, or hide away from, do not understand our processes. We must deal with our emotional life daily or weekly, otherwise it all goes to hell (chaos).

The world doesn’t seem to care too much about this invisible hell reality of ours, which we only develop stronger in our senses, seeing and intuitive nature, the world only cares what gifts this brings them and sometimes even then, its unwanted. So we must learn how to protect and care for our soul and its expression of emotion instead – regardless of what the world does. Our moon self, must trust and find our beliefs as valuable, even finding the gems in our soul’s dreaming, because these are all truly an ‘invisible’ reality expressed – one made of energy & motion (change) equaling e-motion. We must all eventually come to terms with this part of our self and learn to first be responsible with it, secondly to trust it and third turn the word crazy or chaos into visionary and experienced.

This moon cycle Mercury & Uranus grants us a wish, these are both conjunct this full moon, and contain subtle power, if you pay attention. The listening and communication of Mercury is our everyday mundane life who meets with the deeper Uranian listening and communication that is more worldly into the non-physical everyday life (metaphysical). This is when magical or chaosical things happen.

Example: I was washing my clothes today and on the last spin cycle while I was writing this article, I heard someone drumming outside and thought they were pretty good, enough for me to get up and check. I stopped for a second and wondered if this drumming rhythm was coming from the washing machine making such precise drumming beats during its rapid spinning wobble?

Artist Michael Vincent Manalo Photography Edition 1 of 10

I opened the door and no one was drumming outside and as I turned around, standing in front of the washing machine, sure enough, the rhythms of a master drummer was all coming forth in the chaos of the wobble. I don’t use my Mercury (mind) to question mundane reality merging with the mystical (energetic), I have too much experience for that. Instead, I go straight into the silence of the Uranian energy and listen even deeper. Mercury is about “choice” of whether I want a latte or iced tea, Uranian mystical energy is about accepting that life has some magic in store for me!

For those struggling this month, let chaos or loss be your teacher, teaching you to just feel, or to let go or even to stop swimming ‘up stream’ once you realize. Chaos if handled well, contains suffering yes, but its not fully your destroyer, because if you truly listen to your signs and mirrors, you will evolve with a practice of healing, into the unity of self-empowerment, authentic humbleness, a truth-saying grounded bitch and a silent warrior of spiritual strength (eventually) with enough decades of practice.

Sabian Oracle of Scorpio at 20°
A woman draws away two dark curtains
closing the entrance to a sacred pathway.
 

The “Woman Within” — faith that is rooted in the deepest intuitions of the soul is seen here as the hierophant unveiling the realities which we alone cannot perceive. The path to the mystic’s “unitive life” is opened up once the shadows of fear, egocentricity and dualistic morality is abandoned and then slowly removed. –This is the last symbol of the forty-sixth five-fold sequence. It reveals what a positive reliance upon faith and intuition can bring about. Courage is needed to go through the veiling darkness and the courage to venture beyond the familiar into the unknown is called facing one’s fear from light or the extreme.”

ieva-un-austras-koks_3293047076This full moon expect some shadow roamers to be seen around (like they always are) if you are the type to see and feel shadow. Since our Soul (is the ocean) it is a part of our smaller emotional body (the river), and by the processes of emotional healing, sobriety and a continual healing of your progressions of personal fears and struggles to learn letting go (after you have enough pain or enough information), we enter the “healing” approach to step into some smaller aspects of our fears that arise, rather than run from them. This also includes those who must see, sense or feel shadows (demon astral bodies that roam of various living human beings) be it around our home or in our personal space. Just make sure you know who is entering your home and what illusion addictions they have as part of their monthly life (pot, wine, alcohol, drugs, peyote, strong medications and even some dental medications, shamanic plants etc.) before you keep inviting them (and their shadow) in.

Set your one full moon emotional release on what does not serve your highest good this moon cycle without any rewards except for release (leading to groundedness), inner peace and self healing where we suffer this month. This is how karma is paid small or huge, just one moon cycle at a time, and especially on a Scorpio Full Moon.

Blessings Phoenix!
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Sources: Photograph of the moon rising behind Hawksbill Crag, Upper Buffalo River Wilderness – Ozark National Forest. Art of Seung-Hwan Chung; Artist Michael Vincent Manalo Photography, Premonition, Edition 1 of 10.

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Crabby little Sea Scorpion

Polish artist Marcin Nagraba in his interpretation of ‘The Moon_ Tarot card. Costume designed by Agnieszka Osipa.

By Phoenix the Elder – My apprentice Burnt Stone and I were talking again about the Cancer symbol of the Lobster looking Scorpion. In antiquity, the symbol was not the Crab for the sign of Cancer, it was the “Sea Scorpion” and this is why some of the old Zodiac and Esoteric work features the Lobster looking Scorpion, associated with the Moon (Cancer rules the Moon).

This symbol reveals the connection of Cancer to all water signs, the next water sign of Scorpio (Scorpion symbol), and since the moon rules the tides of the ocean, it connects to the third water sign of Pisces (fish), which rules the oceans.

Burnt Stone shared: Akrabh or acrab (a-crab), is the Hebrew word for Scorpion. That scorpions were “engendered” from crabs (a belief in classical times): Ovid (Metamorphoses, 1st century CE, 15, 369-371) wrote:

Christian DIor 2009“If you remove the hollow claws of land-crabs, and put the rest under the soil, a scorpion, with its curved and threatening tail, will emerge from the parts interred”

The first Scorpions are believed to have evolved from the Eurypteridae or Water Scorpions 425 to 450 million years ago in the Silurian Period. Sea Scorpions might have been the first animals to move onto land making scorpions one of the pioneers of terrestrial life.

They would have needed to be able to withstand the strong ultraviolet rays before the ozone layer buildup, scorpions fluoresce under ultraviolet light.

~Phoenix

Art: Polish artist Marcin Nagraba and his Tarot card: The Moon, costume designed by Agnieszka Osipa; https://www.facebook.com/ElderMountainRetreats

First New Moon of Spring

Welcome Spring, Louis Janmot (detail) 1845

Monthly Lunar Workstudy with Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Happy new year to Mother Earth and we celebrate the 1st New Moon of Spring! I hope that your three winter moon practices left you a little more grounded, at least enough to commit to another year of lunar intention work. Fresh air returns and opens the windows of our soul – so let the rebirth begin. The First New Moon of Springs 3 Moons, starts Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7 degrees Aries.

As a practice, lunar work requires that we start looking for our personal signs and synchronicities about two or three days before the actual new moon. We pay attention and keep a mental note, or write what appears in our dream journal to loosen our psyche and our mental body’s strong hold who does not see nor understands what the soul sees and feels. This is the gestation womb period, a time where our soul is already paying attention to the sounds and feelings of the shifts of the moon, our body and mother earths changes.

The origin of our soul before our birth into this reincarnated life in our world, we are still in our mothers womb, senses things outside the womb, for those of us who remote view, once the child has developed pass the seventh or eight moon they can see, truly and they can feel everything the mother struggles with. These are the dreaming moments of the our pre-manifested life, in relationship to the energy of moon cycles, our mothers soul and dream cycles, and the in-between the waking worlds and the dreaming worlds.

Those who are dying, so back fully to this place during time of passage. That is why its important to pay attention during the days just before the new moon because its deep within you to do this as a soul, rather than let our mind dominate all of our life.

Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) over winter landscape of northern Canada. Yuichi Takasaka

Try to keep your intention in the first three New & Full Moons of Spring a bit more simple, because when Summer arrives, the building of emotional energy though out intention, gets stronger as Summer begins to peak. In esoteric terms, tarot, astrology, totems, elemental magic or even moon medicine, the beginning of spring, the fool card, or the first house in astrology all mean the same things symbolically as the first moon of Spring.

These all represent our new beginning, our definition of who we are and the embodiment of our soul, whether our soul feels entrapped or free or a bit of both. Its the moon to be alive in the physical world and our physical body, even if we experience these as painful. So chose your new moon intention of your inner life with some consciousness. New moon intentions always bring the “opposition” to us in life, because the moon like our soul is reflective, not direct.

I have an extra note for Libra people or those with a lot of Libra planets, you will be drawn into other peoples issues this cycle, because there are a lot of Aries planets bunched up dominating the energy. Try not too involve yourself in too much chaos. This moon cycle is to “love and respect” our body and soul, asking our self if we can do that work just this moon, in real terms by settling our worry, eating healthier, reaching for positive ways to work with our emotional stress. For moon or soul work, that means sharing your feelings with a trusted friend, a healer or a trusted family member.

Waterfall Pool, Devon, EnglandThe first spring moon brings forth  ‘actions’ and this moons can be somewhat complicated because Aries rule the independent side of relationship, and Libra at the next full moon, rules the connective sides of relationship (its opposition). Aries rules supporting others, while Libra exposes inequality of support (or whats termed: open enemy, recognizing that someone regardless of what they say, do not support you with their actions).

Our intention this month can focus around these types of personal growths, but not all moons are about growth, some are about balance and in the later seasons of the year, they are about death (letting go of old issues even in the intention of a new moon, which is the new beginning).

The moon this month is ruled by the element of Fire and fire in regards to relationships, can either be dramatic (intense) or bring warmth (nurturing and compromising) or purification. If its a really tough month, it will bring all three for balanced. All 3 fire moons of the year, when we apply them to our emotional and soul work, is the art of learning to compromise with our self, within balance and still be our unique fiery self. Otherwise too much fire and not enough water, can lead to some very destructive accumulations. Emotions will then rise quickly, without being controlled a bit by us, for some of you this comes more natural (that control), for others it can knock things down, and put others into shock. Either way, we have to really work at it with fire moons.

There is no shame in an underdeveloped relationship to our soul, everyone has this remembrance disease (I call it). Eventually finding ourselves through this unseen and untouched reality, we learning work with the most difficult cycles of our year. Every decade we must change, and depending upon our personal fears, how much we invest holistically to heal the self emotionally from loss or fears when it pops up again. If we do the work, we keep it flowing and can face any fear.

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Attempting to get everything to work out smoothly in our real lives is a fantasy and fairy tale, and a youthful maidens journey, not the adults, and because we all base or have based our ‘expectations’ as real, when its not fulfilled or crumbles we become sad, or depressed, apathetic, or over zealous to start again to soon. Our emotional body and soul body doesn’t work that way, so we practice letting go of expectations in order to live in the present moment which go hand in hand. This helps us ground our disappointments. Practicing acceptance is true magic if we wish our life to progress.

Spring’s Enchanted Dream

Lay awake inside your nightly dream 
and learn to fly above the moonlit stream.
Seek the ancient guardian of the sea

who is only the reflection of you and me.

Cast your wishes and lots upon the stone, as you
seek your
fortunes with a bird’s sharpened knife.
If you should stumble upon the land of trolls
those are the ones who have shaken and
stolen your souls.
 
But no need to fear, for your treasures are your fate,
find in them, heaven’s fiery gate – because dreams
are much more than what they appear and seem.
 
This Month’s New Moon Intention examples
(choose only one or make up one of your own):

For the newbies: Goals are our relationship to the outer world and Intentions are our relationship to our inner world. Moon work is intentional and inner emotional realities, so we chose one that supports the self. The world then becomes the mirror reflecting our intention. 

fall valentino 2015I love myself
I am beautiful
I am healthy
I feel healthy
I am positive
I am strong

I nurture myself
I respect myself
I assert my will to change
I accept me just as I am
I express personal anger with respect

I practice healthy boundaries
I have safe sexual boundaries
I am honest with myself
I express my competitive nature in positive ways

I am healthy in my body
I express my frustrations
I am grounded
I am focused
I am well rested

It takes mother earth no effort to make herself beautiful in spring, she brings it all forth in what seems effortless and gentle, but we humans have a lot to learn to bring our beauty forth! Believe in you!

Happy New Moon Dreamers!

 

Sources: Welcome Spring, Louis Janmot (detail) 1845; Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) over winter landscape of northern Canada. Yuichi Takasaka; Paper art by Romanian artist and illustrator Andrea Dezsö; Waterfall Pool in Devon, England; Moon and Stars dress by Valentino, 2015.

New Moon Chart March 27 2017

The 13th Moon

Monthly Lunar Work-Study with Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Welcome to the 13th Moon (the Void), we begin our 13th moon of the year, in the sign of Pisces, starting Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 6:58 am PST at 80 – along with the second pair, the Solar Eclipse who heralds in our seasonal shift.  Blessings to all the Spiritual Dreamers, the Moon People, Ancient Healers, Sacred Artists, Mystics, Witches, Shaman wanna be’s and Magical Folk! Over the decades I have learned and practiced so much within the healing and spiritual realms of the emotional body, the soul bodies, the dreaming bodies, and the projections, fears and irritations of our emotional reality. Seeing, feeling and responding to this very natural seasonal process of lunation cycles within all of that, these lead me to learn, then respect, then heal and lastly respond with great dedication of each new moon and its magical properties of rhythm, balance and our mystical nature and nature’s mysticism.

I generally ask all of you to begin to notice and pay attention to your signs and synchronicity 2 or 3 days before the new moon and your nights dreaming. These gives you an indication of the personal flavor and setting of the stage of your whole moon cycle you will walk …

“The years about to end and it is like a Snake
   creeping in a field. You have no sooner seen it,
than it has already half disappeared.
   It is gone and it’s troubles have gone with it.
   It could be worse if you catch it by its tail,
   so why bother to try, when it will do you no good.”

(Poem by Su Tung P’o – 1036 ce,
translated by Kenneth Rexroth)

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I teach from experience, so here are my signs and synchronicity up to this New Moon today, so you can see them as an example. I work with dream symbolism the same way I work with lunar synchronicity & signs…

#1st sign: I was sitting and waiting for my ride at the LA airport and the speaker kept saying “Have an exceptional experience in California”; #2 A big poster with the image of David Bowie with his finger over his mouth “shhhhhh”; #3 A twenty something, young woman emailed me and shared something, but did not care for my response as a teacher: “Trying to control someone’s death processes only shows a huge ego and a lack of respect to the Spirit of Death itself.”  Her response back was “You are a fake and I knew it all along.” #4 – I rode my bike to the beach and on the way I found “Two Prada Dresses” with the tags still on them laying on the sidewalk. They must have been tossed out of a car after they were stolen.

I found it interesting that Prada is a Romanian word meaning to “plunder, pillage, rob, loot and ravage” the actions of a thief. So the breakdown of these signs/synchronicity messages for this moon cycle of my personal journey is…

“Exceptional experiences exist within the silence;
do not try to control the spirit of change, otherwise
it’s just the path of a well dressed thief.”

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For me, this moon is my graduation night – finally after two and a half decades and eons of hard work and healing, the integration of the final aspects of the ancient lunar living practice has commenced. Its been difficult over the years to see where and how the “13th moon” would actually fit into the natural year of a 12 month solar calendar – that we have all been living by for a few thousand years. It didn’t…

So I had to wait almost a decade, which seemed like a long time for the process to occur naturally, as I built the understandings and practices of each moon cycle, decade after decade adding the disciplines, awareness, 3 levels of mirror work and its balance and motion of how it effects us personally, our souls and our emotional body. The 13th moon is nature’s last cycle and a new beginning at the same time (of woman’s prehistory reality which we used to live within along with our dreams). I feel blessed that I stuck with it all these years to see the end of my works completion this year.

Wisdom always comes hindsight for all of us, when we experience rather than just learn knowledge, no doubt that the wisdom will from here forth be more magical now that the decades of dedicated work is completed. Now, finally the 13th moon fits in the year perfectly this year all on its own, the last puzzle piece.

The New Moon

This particular 13th moon for all of us has a lot of Pisces energy in store for you, as Mercury moved into the sign of Pisces and is conjuncting the Sun, Moon, Neptune, Chiron and the Eclipse in a very tight conjunction. So, if you feel a little tired this moon cycle, sleepy or dreaming more, its all that pure energy ruled by Neptune and this is a lot of spiritual energy to contend with. The Neptunian experience has several archetypes… first is the feeling of ‘dissolve’ or ‘self undoing’, the realms of mysticism, addiction, inner peace, transcendence and solitude along with creative solitude.

To navigate and swim the ocean of this abundant amount of spiritual and mysterious energy, Mercury in this lineup will help us communicate more openly about where we find ourselves confused for the month or confused in our life at this point. Neptune adds dissolution, confusion, lethargic energy (along with dreamy energy) and Neptune’s pressure on the mental body is like no other influence. But it will also help our creative and artistic projects or just a lot of extra sleep. Many people get colds and flu during this time of the year, I call that the natural yearly detox.

Another aspect  of Neptune is escapism, and where we fall into it and how we must swim to the surface to breathe again. If we find our selves lost in a personal issue right now, there are ways to comfort our struggles by adding a little bit of Virgo structure, which is the opposite of Pisces immeasurable dissolve.

On the positive side, if you do any spiritual practices such as yoga or meditate, or healing work, this is a great month to use this energy because it will give you a much deeper experience, and some very good releases. So take advantage of that to help you navigate through any challenges your facing right now in your mind, body or soul.

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Neptunian energy is the ruler of our illusions, small or large. An example of an illusion that my sister shared when I first started my work was: “She was my best friend, I put so much energy into our relationship over the years. Then I realized it was me who was the best friend and she didn’t give a crap about me, and when I stopped calling, I never heard from her again.” This is an illusion of a friendship level, its even more painful if its family or our investments in our purpose in life. When we wake up and realize that we thought something was one way, when it was really the opposite, the dread of illusion brings sorrow and our fairytale has been shattered. Its truly one of the most painful awakenings.

A magician is one who fools the eye, playing tricks that are sometimes impossible to figure out, and when it comes to personal Illusions, these are the feelings which we tend to beat ourselves up with or feel we have done something wrong when things go awry. Or worse, we are in shock when we become aware of an illusion we held so precious wasn’t that real, after it fell apart. Because its hard to define the ethereal parts of us with absolutes, this emotional energy, this love is blind energy of ours, we must practice being flexible with our soul reality.

The best medicine is to add more quiet time and meditation which helps us regain some inner peace if its done consistently. To get some support to accept finally that we are not perfect and we have issues to heal. For others its being in nature or sharing time with family, whatever brings you peace is the medicine but make sure its touching ’emotional’ aspects and releasing the toxicity of that.

Try something new with your invisibles, those things you cannot see in your life but you know its there. Try laying any guilt aside, and bring a little positive self nurturing to any confusion you are feeling once or twice a week. Illusions tend to fall into that place where we wish to escape from the pain or responsibilities in our life that have become too much of a burden for us to handle. There are healthy escapes also, which can be immersing the self into music, going to a water spa, reading a good book in your bed, doing some art or quality time spent in nature. In other words, this moon cycle requires that you find some  “retreat and quiet time” in order to regurgitate some old pains and welcome some rejuvenation.

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The most popular negative escapism that people generally do is turn to around the world is the false happiness in a bottle, such as alcohol, drugs or pot or even false vision in a bottle (shamanic plant/drug). Neptune rules addiction, drugs, pot but on the other side of that coin it rules sobriety, spiritual practices, its one of the most powerful Neptune archetypes of them all.  Neptune rules escapism or relief and as emotional beings we must “feel” and sit and surrender to just “feeling” them all, which is the medicine.

You could have an emotional issue occur and use escapism for ten long years, but when your tired of that or your body says no more, we return right back to the same exact day and the same feeling of the original emotional issue and then must begin right there where we left off. Emotion sits dormant there waiting for us to respond and address them and the soul is silent, we cannot hear her real screams, but we can feel it. This is how it really works, emotional issues never goes away until we commit to healing them. If we don’t, for some, they even come back in the next lifetime to begin where they left off in the previous lifetime.

Our emotions are like waves, especially this moon cycle, they start slow, they climax, they crash (which is the most painful part), and then they release (smooth out like the wave on the shore). This coincides with the moon cycles, the menses cycles and the dreaming cycles, they can only be separated by karma and the mental body. Getting back into rhythm with our self and our three bodies takes a lot of time and a lot of work, that is why one moon at a time makes us feel like we are making some progress and helping the self with our issues. And that “feels” good… Sometimes we have to remind our selves that its ok to feel good, especially if we have been through a lot and have felt bad for a long time, this is how we heal emotional drama.

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I had made mention of Bach Flowers on our Facebook page, as a remedy this month because the flower essence are so subtle and bring a sense of peace and they really do work. So try it out and read up if your not familiar with them and chose one that fits your issue this month if you need more grounding emotionally.

Fear of course in any moon cycle is our greatest challenge and fear expresses the unknown. Change is the death symbolism and when you combine the two, we have imbalance and a halt in our rhythm. Most holistic healing work is to regain that rhythm and flow of our emotional body again, otherwise a wide host of neurotic behaviors come springing forth from suppressing or fearing your own emotional complication, rather than recognizing you must go through this because their is power or your soul’s power to heal you past the thresholds of entering it.

But we feel weak instead of strong when facing our personal emotional fears because we fear anything as humans that we cannot control. Overcome the cycle of stress or unwind the complicated feelings within requires letting go. All of this is ok and very normal to be or feel lost and confused in our fears and feelings, its part of life at certain times because through it and for the more severe, its how karma releases or our karmic debt that came due. We either learn to surrender and let go of the struggle (fear) or we find the strength to have healthier boundaries and self love.

This moon cycle chose your one intention, try to also find some time to relax and retreat a little bit more than usual so you can regenerate and accept the dreamy or lack of control this month with so many Pisces planets influencing us. This particular moon cycle always challenges our boundaries and our inner peace.

There is a big T-Square this moon cycle (see chart below) and the three legs of the table always seeks stability in the forth leg. That forth leg is Cancer this moon cycle, so try to self nurture a little extra this month to find balance…

Example Intentions for the 13th Moon (choose only one):

I am beautiful
I am creative
I feel grounded
I feel healthy (especially if you don’t – fake it till you make it)
I express my feelings more openly in a positive way
I am expressing my feelings
I have healthy boundaries

I am practicing healthy behaviors
I am healing my addiction
I am listening deeply
I have self compassion
I use my creativity to heal
I meditate for inner peace
I am emotionally honest with myself

I trust myself
I trust my intuition
I still my mind and open my heart
I accept where I am
I forgive myself
I allow myself to grieve
I focus on healthy imagination

I face my addiction one day at a time
I practice stillness
I free myself from my own imprisonment
I silence my busy thoughts
I value my perspective

I am unique (if you don’t feel that way)
I am honorable
I speak my truth with impeccability
I accept my anger
I am listening to my heart

I practice positive thoughts
I am confident
I heal myself with my creativity
I am patient
I am getting healthier one day at a time
I communicate my needs clearly
I am healing my stress

I am relaxed

Happy New Moon & Eclipse and see you at the Full Moon’s Release!
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3rd New Moon of Winter

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Lunar Monthly Musings by Phoenix the Elder – We officially enter the 3rd New Moon of Winter (Aquarius) on January 27th, 2017 around 4:00 pm PST with a Lunar Eclipse on the Leo full moon in two weeks. Greetings artists, people of dreams and visions, healers, seers and empaths… we have completed our second moon cycle of Winter (Capricorn), which lasted till the very last moment! It hung onto its cycle with a fever – but on Jan 25th the energy shifted mid-afternoon and the water spilled releasing the Cancer full moon’s hold. It seems all Cancer and Capricorn people had a rough go of it and as they find their composure again, we start anew.

The electricity charge of this moon cycle will be much different than the last four weeks of accumulation. But we still have some strong ties to the Capricorn energy, making our goals and intention to focus more on freeing our self from chaos or things that weigh us down within  responsibility. Aquarian and Sagittarian energy are the two most rebellious of earth, even Trump, who is a Gemini with Uranus conjunct his Sun, will show the world how Uranian energy works in living color and world wide. For those not marked at birth with chaos fate, they certainly are overwhelmed by it. For those  born with the mark of chaos, its just another day.

I posted the first photo above to show you two main symbols of Uranus (Aquarian energy). The photo on the left is an expression of the 0-15 degrees of Aquarius and the influences of Capricorn: The individual, the rebel, the true energy of  chaos within the family, corporations, government or business. The photo on the right, 15-30 degrees of Aquarius, influenced by Pisces: The magical, the mystical and visionary or the self-sabotage sides of Aquarius/Uranus.

The New Moon sits at 8 degrees and those who work with the energy of 8 know that its about keeping the flow between light and dark in a constant movement. This moon is going to express our personal world, the more challenging Capricorn issues of Saturn and Uranus’ who dislike anything that says no, with a bit o’chaos.

In the family dynamic, this will be the responsible person verses the chaos person, in community it will be the rebel verses structure, the closed minded verses the visionary and in the collective it will be power (leadership) verses the common sense with positive detachment. In other words, this cycle is the tension that urges great change. So wherever you sit in the world this moon, try to understand the oppositions are the greatest tension of the year – this is because the new year (spring) hasn’t begun the new energy for the year yet, regardless what current Sun cults and their calendars proclaimed around the Winter Solstice that it was the new year. People get in trouble with both energetic reality and cycle flow when they believe the new year started mid-winter. That would be like harvesting your garden at mid-summer instead of late summer and early autumn.

1069420_488598261214698_683738790_nAll of you should have experienced some chaos already with the start of this moon cycle, if not, that train will arrive on time at the Leo Full Moon on Friday, Feb 10th with a Lunar Eclipse. The work I teach is to structure soul and emotional chaos into natural flow and nature’s moon cycles which teaches us how E.I. (emotional intelligence energy works and flow), be that within us or  nature.

It is not to be avoided, that only makes it worse, nor to fear it (this natural flow) or to deny it. Its about jumping into the “World River that flows down from the Sacred Mountain” and letting it lead, showing you something new about your personal fears, unconscious denials and avoidance of your own deep driving path. People like the World Tree symbolism, a solid spirituality with just a few winds in winter that tousle and untangle as quickly as it happens. Those who are dreamers must live with the World River and the Sacred Mountain Stream and that is why I love my Slavic ancestors and their dreamer’s mysticism. That is what, and where the mysterious magic is located for artists, dreamers, empaths etc.

So be very wise in your intention, your prayers, or if you do magical work, the process itself in chaos magic. Chaos should not be applied until spring comes when mother earth awaken for she does not like to be disturbed in her winter sleep. I wrote an article a few months back, here on this blog, of the Golden Baba, which are the sacred grandmothers of our past. It spoke about the white indigenous Slavic tribes of the north. The 13th century article called them the “sleeping people” and if disturbed, they would wake up angry and also die. They were an old dream (bear) culture, who fell asleep around the Autumn Equinox and did not awaken until Spring. Of course, they died out because the new world order after the 12th century which said there was no more room on earth for the old ones, just like everywhere else on earth.

vladislav-erkoFor those of you who are dreamers, its very important for you to give your self permission to dream in the three moons of winter and sleep more, especially if you have a water sun or moon (Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio). Its necessary for you to maintain your natural emotional health, so try not to be swayed by the fire or earth clan people who don’t need the extra sleep and dreaming, and are on the go all the time.  Never compare yourself or your children to non-dreamer types, for they have an older relationship to the earth.

This new moon is also the Chinese New Year which brings fire and purification, of the bossy energy types! I will repeat again: Make sure the south direction of your home, house or property has some metal chimes hanging there until next February, 2018. Some bossy people are natural leaders, but some just need to cry and have a release and accept they are not warrior types, they are just angry and under that anger, is a lot of sadness or depression which requires a lot of tears. Most non-warrior archetypes generally get physically hurt trying to flex that archetype when its not theirs. Know the self.

western-ukraineI ask people in the third moon of winter: “Where is your Rebel? Where is he or she hiding from you that either sabotages you or stands up for you? Remember all fixed “energy” signs (not people),  must work together in the symbolic means of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. In a fixed moon, these energies must learn to be friends in order to help us navigate a fixed moon cycle.

Taurus owns practicality, Leo owns Love, Scorpio owns seeing in the Dark and Aquarius see’s all of them plus its own Rebel vs Chaos vs Visionary archetype. Many feel people guilty for their rebel or their chaos and others make damn sure others do feel guilty for it. So in an Aquarian cycle, the natural rebel, be emotionally detached and put on your armor and when Pisces Moon comes next moon, take the fixed armor off, be emotional and throw that armor in the ocean for cleansing.

Shame or Shaming others which is used in an Aquarian cycle always backfires on the shamer or self shamer, so make sure you put that on the back burner, it is not a good attitude for this moon cycle, and its wise to remember that you are truly your own worst enemy and nobody else is. This last moon of winter says: Make a decision and stick to it (fixed sign), come hell or high water. Fixed energy is to push through difficulty, slay the self (ego, vindictiveness or jealousy) and to give yourself so much trouble that you reach a higher level of your personal struggle. So with that, set your new moon “one” intention for the entire cycle and pay attention how life, synchronicity and mirrors respond…

New Moon intentions for an Aquarian 3rd Moon of Winter Cycle:

I am independent
I accept my inner spiritual warrior (if your fearful)
I recognize my truth
I am aware
I practice silencing my thoughts
I nurture myself
I practice projection in a positive and creative way
I am in the present moment (for the worriers / anxiety ones)
I protect my intimacy (those who fear speaking their needs)
I am capable & grounded in confrontation
I recognize my toxic behavior
I express anger with self-control
I express my feelings (if your shy)
I recognize my false expectation
I bring my idealism into action
I am beautiful
I am making appropriate judgement
I am intelligent

I breath to relax
I am observing more (for big talkers)
My needs are real
I trust my process

babd5e0d7a97745ed9dabe5d492061d6Last Note: Valentines Day is Feb 14 and the Full Moon in Leo is Feb 10th! So if something arises for you it might be around a release issue of Chaos within Love or Marriage Relationships.

Also in the Chart below the Sun/Moon (new moon), are not really influenced by much here, but everywhere around them is a big fat T-Square (red triangle) which is tension. Since Leo is about relations on the full moon, note the mars, venus, chiron conjunction. If a love spat or love triangle arises, just know that your personal woundedness will arise, so use it to your advantage to learn about where you are wounded in love in order to focus your healing there for the remainder of the month. Be Nice to yourself. Also practice being still, meditate, and focus on your groundedness and let the Chaos fly all around you. Try really hard NOT TO GET INVOLVE IN OTHER PEOPLES CHAOS this moon cycle.

Work on your own chaos, just practice a bit more silence and observe more of what is happening. Whatever you do, keep your mouth shut. That is my BEST wisdom for the month. If you do have to go chaos on a situation, make sure its worth the battle.
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Blessings on the New Moon, Chinese New Year and Valentines Day, be safe and focus on your spiritual path to heal and to increase awareness (consciousness) through clarity and observation.

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Second New Moon of Winter

Lunar Musings by Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings Dreamers, I hope the winter finds you warm and cozy! We begin our 2nd moon of winter starting December 28/29, 2016 with the New Moon sitting at 7º Capricorn. Mercury, Moon & Sun are all conjunct and they sit opposite the asteroid Wisdom. This means all you need to do is look across the table, look across the field or across your dream fields to find your messengers, who will be right there in front of you. They can be positive, negative or a mix of both. Its what you do with the message that counts.

This moon represents how we rely on family or our soul family and that life is simple and we remind ourselves that we are the ones who are complicated. Our drama, our grief, our fears all can be nurtured and sometimes this is natural and sometimes it is of our own doing or our past life karma bleeding through into this life. We all become involved with mirrors of complication because it helps us grow and its pain and inconvenience, although difficult to feel, its for a reason… change.

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“A man draws an image on the surface of a lake to see his inner reflections, to see her, the soul brought with him this lifetime. He touches the water lightly, dragging his hand upon its surface – which forms the lines of a woman’s face. Each line disappearing the moment it is made and simultaneously creating ripples which collide and absorb each other as they move outward across the lake’s surface. Realizing it is too difficult to obtain the exact visual he desires, he kneels down, and bringing his lips close to the surface of the water and begins to blow softly upon the water. And here his breath flutters over the small waves, as a vague and gentle woman’s face begins to appear, creating from the depths of the dark waters.”

As we enter or continue our healing-spiritual journey with commitment and dedication, it helps to place focus and practices on the complicated parts of our lives. Many associations of the path of love & light can sometimes begin to enter a sense chaos, and it can mean that we are entering a purification process spiritually. The difficulties of a spiritual path always lead to a maturing or that your gate has opened to spiritual truth and hopefully you were preparing before that happened. It is then we must be willing to become fully accountable for our shadow to be honorable with our words, actions and our past without scapegoating into the realms of escape (illusions), confusion or blame (projection).

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This is indeed a very honorable but a very difficult path and most people will not see it that way when they are not challenged in the tests of real spirituality. Most people fearing to touch depth will see only partial truth before them. For those who do not believe in emotional reality at all, its only seen as irresponsible, or that our experiences are not truth, or that it is carelessness, drama and  calamity. We enter clarity to offset such negative judgments and continue to  navigate such chaos paths of the emotional mystery anyway. The simple aspects of mysticism and mystery is a double edged sword, one side keeps us on our path but the other side is filled with illusion.

This month again, we can recommit to our emotional complexity of spiritual work to find groundedness. For those in cycles of great changes, you must do this work everyday in the month to feel grounded. For those who are not in crisis or great struggle right now, you get to relax a bit more and practice your practices of meditation or healing work or art, anything that keeps you connected. I am just the reminder to say our spiritual walk with intention, healing, self awareness and bowing to mother earth in however we walk that, extracts the natural self to slowly come forth and surface.

If you are willing to work with your shadow, you accept the path of balance and since our light is perfect anyway, who needs to focus on that as a practice? The work of emotional growth has keys hidden in the forests, the desert, in the ocean and the mountains and when we find a key, it opens one of our gates of self imprisonment which are just the challenges of change. I remember when I had little changes to make, greater changes to make and then crisis changes, the same healing work, worked for all of them. Those are what disciplines like yoga, meditation, massage, vision quests, spiritual martial arts, going to visit the forest, energy work, truthful circles, sobriety from pot and alcohol, these all help us uncover what is hidden in the season of the night.

These are all monthly tools to develop skills of believing in yourself emotionally, a skill of the warrior who learns healthy boundaries, and the speaker of truth. Standing Rock is an excellent example of this for the entire world. The Sun or Solar Traditions of the whole world just celebrated the return of the light at the Winter Solstice and for the Religious, its their yearly reinvestment in their belief systems. I fortunately, live by the Moon and the Midnight Sun, the Inner Fire which comes not only on each Full Moon and reflects down upon me, but also the Return of the Night (three moons of the winter season).

1601360_811045282303326_3166220228059671199_nTraditions such as paganism, spirituality, religious, science-spiritualism and even new age does not seem to know exactly ‘when the dark season is or when it ends’  but mysteriously knows for sure that the winter solstice ‘is the return of the light. When was it dark for the return of the light to reappear? Was that dark season the fullness and ripeness of Harvest? (moons of September, October and November); was that dark season the fullness of Summer? (moons of June, July and August); was it the fertility of Spring (moons of March, April and May)?  How can we as souls, regenerate our soul, when the light never leaves and we deny winter’s return of the dark season in order to go into the deep waters within us, and prepare along with mother earth?

Science-Spirituality is brand new, it was forged in the Middle Ages, creating yet another philosophical-physical layer of the Sun teachings through the Alchemists and Magicians. Our soul has been through a lot for three millenniums and when we have had enough, we begin to uncover, unwind and undo the many layers of self and shed many layers of these glorified mind teachings. In truth, all we really have to do is walk outside tonight at 5:00 pm and experience the dark of this season, and look around, its night. The key here is experience and building upon that. We have too much knowledge today, an over saturation and knowledge is fine as a platform, but to experience life you must live it.

Deep self nurturing is needed with transcendence work, and transcendence work is called acts of transformation of small changes (deaths and rebirths), just like the cycles of the moon each month. If you hold onto the full moon, then a week later when the dark moon comes and your not present with it, things can begin to back up. Imagine holding a full moon reality for ten years or twenty? Many feel that winter is the end of the yearly season or may find themselves depressed in it’s three moon process, but winter is both the beginning and the end at the same time. It is the stillness, the great void, the emptiness, the pre-manifestation, the night or dark of the primal dreamer manifested into nature. If we are not in rhythm with the seasons of our own life, I would imagine it would be very depressing for our body and soul.

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Moon work and synchronicity work cannot be separated because to know real medicine for our life, is to know mysticism and this requires that you know everything about your life, all of your attachments and all of your emotional fears, your path and you. There would be no balance without the Season of the Night, and when we seek balance (healing) on our path, nature becomes more important, not less important.

Change shows us every year that we have emotional responsibilities to our self and others and that we suffer because of this. That is proof enough for the cultures of the moon who accept the work of the soul and of karma. We contemplate and dream for three moons in the season of the night and we nurture our inner fire because the seeds we planted on the Summer Solstice and that ceremony brings the warmth into this season.

New Moon Intention (examples) for a Capricorn Moon (chose one wisely):

I structure my responsibilities
I focus in the present
I nurture myself
I am healing my past
I am abundant
I am confident
I reclaim my inner authority
I respect my choices
I am taking care of my body
I am serious when I need to be
I practice stability with consistency
I listen deeply
I have purpose
I accept change with groundedness
I respect myself
I grieve loss with support
I heal my sexual woundedness
I am honest with myself
I silence my busy thoughts
I allow myself to feel my feelings
I value my perspective
I practice being honorable
I speak my truth with impeccability
I accept my anger
I am listening to my heart
I am beautiful
I accept positive thoughts
I am confident
I am patient
I listen deeply
I communicate my needs clearly
I work with my fear (which one)

Paintings: Artist Kinuko Craft Woman at the Watery Moon; Wet felted boots via primitivetech.deviantart.com

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