Second New Moon of Autumn

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Happy New Moon dreamers, empaths, healers, artists, dancers, druids, witches and moon people! We begin our Second New Moon of Autumn (26°35′ Libra) on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 12:12 pm (pdt). It is the traditional Scorpio New Moon and we enter the “fullness moon” of Autumn which is a celebration of the Harvest, our Abundance and of course Halloween, aka honoring our Ancestors.

This moon cycle we have the enlightenment and penetrating chaos influences of Uranus, who sits in opposition to our new moon; we also have Mercury which entered Scorpio on Oct. 17 (until Nov 5th) and Jupiter who also entered Scorpio this week (until Nov 9, 2018). I could feel them all hovering over my 12th house cusp just waiting to stir up some windy storms because of Uranus’s influences.

Mercury this month keeps the flow of observation through our thoughts, ideas and concepts, so make sure that you try to restrain just a bit from entering too deeply into shadow territory… either yours or others. A little trouble is fine for one moon cycle, but if we trip and fall on mercurial communications this month, expect hot lava to begin flow down the mountain side making us juggle much more than just our words.

All Scorpio moons ask us to take care of our checks & balances when it comes to words or even our pocketbook. People who fear their shadow will have very closed minds and they usually are the first to throw daggers your way when speaking about uncomfortable or direct truths. Keep a keen eye on what you share, where you share it, because emotional or spiritual issues that are not all fuzzy and full of love and light can spike the projector into projecting harsh things without any consciousness of it. Rather, try to categorize, compartmentalize and speak according to your most important concerns and leave the rest for next month in Sag.

Our ability to trust or mistrust our own communication or other’s is a balancing act this moon cycle. If we are not aware, then we we add the flavoring of mistrust to a relationship of any kind, which sometimes we slip for a good reason and sometimes we do not… so watch your tongue. The last five moons have been dominated by Mars, and our actions, but last month and this month involves our personal communication.

If the riverbed of Scorpio dries up in our life as empaths, then we usually have to pay a price. Its a catch 22 because we have to feel the unseen, the unspoken etc., but when we up go there, it brings up the fear in others. When the depth of our humanness becomes dry, we become very thirsty for anything to gratify us instead of practicing our spiritual disciplines of humbleness, gratitude, reverence, equanimity, respect, healthy boundaries etc. Listening to our intention this month will help. So be cautious this moon cycle but also present and honest and choose your battles wisely.

Autumn TreeThe Oracle this Moon

In the first quarter of the first month, the Year Star is at the great bridge. The east wind breaks up ice and we chose our fields. At the end of the year, the Harvest is full. This joy is hard to match. Human actions need to accord with the greater movements of our natural world (nature).

If there is harmony above, there will be abundance and blessings below. Still, we must not expect an immediate response from life. In fact, it will seem that rewards are slow in coming so wait for the natural outcome, which is a difficult practice. The “year star” is Jupiter.

Jupiter moved into Scorpio and on its positive side, it rules benevolence for difficult issues and that is a blessing. Today, I wanted to write about the main challenges that we all face when trying to walk our spiritual path. When we want to practice self-healing and integrity, we live in a perpetual awareness of our behaviors, some we can see and most we cannot – so we also watch our mirrors and our dreams for that which is hidden from our conscious self. Here is an old time list of some of the challenges we face personally or face in our relationships, traditionally they are called the seven sins, or Gandhi’s list of societal struggles. Scorpio is one such moon that allows us to address these issues. They are our unconscious issues or the more shadowy struggles around our archetypes, which tend to accumulate and express themselves in the Second Autumn Moon.

Traditionally these have been known as:
Spirituality without sacrifice
Wealth without hard work
Pleasure without a conscience
Knowledge without character
Commerce without morality
Science without humanity and humility
Politics without principle

Read over these below, and see which one you are struggling with this week. Our behaviors are a matter of awareness in order to see where we struggle. Don’t let words fool you, all these listed below are from the very simple and innocent to the most severe and some may reject them as old fashion today – but in truth, the collective truth is never out of fashion! So here we go…

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The Seven Sins – Russian Postcard

“Avarice” better known today as Selfishness, Greed and Materialism or Victimization of the lack of Physical Security. This is described as a struggle with emotional greed when we feel that only our pain or our listening and our suffering matters and should be heard regardless of what the other is going through or we do not make time to listen to their pain. Selfishness is when we cannot see the other persons point of view or their needs; and lastly, we suffer materialism when we have an issue around security or feeling safe or not feeling safe at our core. Living with the basics is all we really need to live a very healthy life, but possessions, spending or earning power have created a false sense of security, self worth, satisfaction. Avarice or greed is about our value system at its core, and it is also the root of crime. Too much and too easy makes people miserable just as too little and too hard make people suffer and disconnected. Ways to approach the healing are a sense of routine and self nurturing. 

“Envy” better known as Entitlement and Jealousy. We all go through times when we don’t feel good enough or even deserving, which is different than humbleness. But on the other side of this issue, is the demanding of self righteousness that we know it all even when we do not (but don’t know it or not aware of this within our self). The other aspect of envy-entitlement is thinking we know more than we do, without the main factor: experience. Not understanding our place in the world or in our life during certain stages of growth – always will require painful lessons for growth and being humbled. Entitlement tells us sometimes, that we are better than having to struggle and suffer for growth or for having things of value. Envy eventually is always painful (unlike pride), and it causes us to do things that harm the self or those who try to love and understand us. Jealousy of what others do or have or their lifestyle takes two paths, one we are jealous and the other we pretend we have earned it until we believe that is real.

Autumn Creatures, A Halloween Past time“Gluttony”
better known today as Addiction. Addiction’s spread all the spectrum’s today like a pandemic, from the food we eat, to the pleasure we have or the sex appetite, cigarettes, pot, alcohol and medications, money, gambling, credit cards or exercise. Everything is an “addiction” when it causes us or others pain by its accumulation. Addiction in mental terms is “distraction” from the boring, the mundane or ordinary, having to fill every moment with music or noise, or busyness or behaviors that will harm the self or others which end up with loss. Its rarer that the gluttonous person wakes up to their addiction because many years have gone by in a state of repetitive denial or justification of the addiction. Healing requires suffering, it also requires the ordinary work, play, friendship and preoccupations that adds balance to our life. Today, the usual cure for an addiction is another addiction (substitute) until the person is ready to come to terms with admission and practicing letting go.


“Lust”
which is better known today as Sexual Appetite, Sex Abuse, Excessive Self Pleasure, Rape, Sexual Deviance, Porn Addiction and Pedophilia and the Sex Slave Trade. On the simple end, lust is an excessive desire for one’s own sexual pleasure or continual masturbation daily or weekly. Sex-Love, Food and Shelter are the basics in life, and when we struggle with one of the three basics, it can take enormous amounts of work to both understand our addiction and our suffering with sexual issues. Its all fun and pleasure until it starts to show imbalance. The world likes to paint a picture that sex does not involve the issues of the soul (karma), but it does at the basic level, and for lifetimes the issues of sex can lay dormant and then appear in our adult life.  On the more severe levels of lust when its combined today with addiction-gluttony, a person can become totally unconscious of their sex-addiction. Like any addiction, self-commitments to abstinence allows a person to be with their own physical body to sense the intensity that is within them without gratification-release. This makes one very aware of the energy and how intense it is. We approach to heal it, by looking back at abuse from childhood. Practicing abstinence is a non-sexual active state allows positive detachment as a first step.

“Pride” which is known today as Conceit, Self Righteousness, Fear of Change, Denial or Unconscious Truth. When we demand attention or wish to be recognized, we struggle with pride rather than enjoyment in what we do. Pride can also be avoiding needed help or guidance but fear that it makes us look unable, unstable or unfit to handle our life, these too fall under pride. The remedies for pride is to finally seek help and recognize that this is a healthy and holistic path rather than suffering. Also practicing not taking the self so damn seriously all the time, which can add more fun in order to learn to be able to laugh at yourself. These help with our prideful actions that also arise in conflict. Others will not understand when we try to give more practice to lighten up our seriousness – and thats ok.

“Sloth” better known today as Apathy, Loss of Interest, Resistance or the old word,  Laziness. Many times these issues stem from someone who suffers from bi-polar, depression, or has had too many tragedies and are suffering emotional, mental or physical fragmentation. A loss of interest in life or even the simplest things in life become too difficult, then retreating from life occurs. Sloth is a very difficult and complex situation and to me it always involves the emotional body or lack of emotion and our personal fire, either smoldering or has gone out completely. If these continue too long, the person must force themselves to break free. A wellness plan and goals to seek help can help immensely, even if its just to manage a small current cycle of change. 

“Wrath”
also known today as Abuse, Racism, Bullying, Anger or the internal aspects of excessive Worry, Anxiety, Stress, Avoidance. Wrath (like envy), has a lot to do with what’s wrong in our world today and how we plug into such abuses as casual. When communities or groups lack awareness and consciousness when they are wronged, such as racism, many do not take this serious and there are wrathful consequences. Our own personal abuse can always be kept in check by our own ability to handle our personal anger or increasing our ability to share feelings and truth, even though we know it will hurt others. Boundary issues also have to do with the deconstruction of wrath and either we create safe boundaries for our self so not to be victims of wrath or we accept when others call the police on us that our wrathful behavior has gotten out of hand. On a greater soul level, the Call of the Wrathful Deities (dark goddesses and bone mothers) enter with chaos into our life, and come to collect a soul debt.

New Moon Scorpio

Practice patience this month, and try to be a bit more reserved in conflict and leave drama with those who choose to be inflexible with their belief systems or convictions. Try to think about the sort of person you would like to develop into ten years from now, and start this month, on that journey instead…

Examples of Scorpio New Moon Intentions! Chose only one…

I am honest with my feelings
I focus on my balance
I practice a daily grounded routine
I give myself permission to grieve
I am patient
I love myself

I nurture myself in healthy ways
I am healing my addiction
I express gratitude
I am patient
I communicate honestly
I trust myself

I practice right relationship
I trust my intuition (the first time)
I give myself permission to be angry
I ground myself when I am too emotional
I am sincere

I meditate for inner peace
I am creativity
I accept my struggles right now
I accept exactly where I am right now in my life
I hold myself accountable
I support myself

I am honest with myself
I have healthy boundaries
I forgive myself
I have healthy emotional boundaries
I honor my needs

I am healthy
I am beautiful
I am kind
I embrace change

New Moon Libra 2nd New Moon of AutumnHave a healthy moon cycle and believe in your path! Also if you use this work in your personal moon circle- please ask permission from Elder Mountain Dreaming first. Phoenix is a master teacher of dreams, dreaming and dreamtime; folk healer and shaman. Assisting in emotional body, empath issues and soul body issues and those experiencing painful transitions. Any individual or family situations that require a pure shaman (non-drug non-plant). Exorcist, remover of spells, hexes and dark magic and shadow (demon) binder.

 

Monthly New Moon Intention – New, Full and Dark Moon Lunar, Dreaming and Emotional Work-study for Soul Guidance

new moonBy Phoenix of Elder Mountain – We have been getting a lot of new participators on our monthly lunar practice each month and once in awhile for the newer people, I send out a basic outline of the “Lunar Practice and Disciplines” and how and why its done. The benefits and struggles of our self awareness path can be difficult and very difficult at times, and this continual new moon intention and full moon release practice, helps us emotionally become ‘aware’ of our issues with a steady guide by the moon herself.

Basic Monthly Practice: The New Moon Intention (chose only “one”) is ONLY ABOUT YOU, not anyone else, because self-awareness comes from within through you into your conscious self. After you set the one intention, you will see what arises your original intention and it will be the “opposite”. Example: I am peaceful. For the following two weeks, you will begin to become aware of what upsets you, what triggers your emotions, or what bothers you. Each time you set a new moon intention, this is the what happens. When years go by, you can work on the same issues, and each will be revealed in different ways, depending on the energy of that particular moon cycle.

When the Full Moon comes in two weeks (after the new moon), then you set ONE RELEASE INTENTION on the day of the full moon, to let go and release something within, which was based on what surfaced with the new moon intention. It takes a while to get the practice.

Goals are our relationship to the outer world, Intentions are our relationship to our inner world, and that is the main difference. When this practice is walked along side your other healing work or spiritual practices, it reveals the hidden self to us. Buddhism calms and breaks the mental body down, out of its out of its harsh grip or control of a well worn and grooved path, by making us aware of the minds busy sides of static, noise and constant thoughts.

This practice is only about your emotional well being, and how this effects our soul that is untouchable. Its not about anyone else, except the mirrors of those who come onto our path each month as a reflection of our own shadow or our past life karma. This practice helps you to become ‘aware of your projections onto others’, your emotional resistance (fears or self sabotage), intuitive blocks and the responding mirrors (other people) and how that effect our emotional balance and imbalances each moon cycle.

Our emotional energy and soul energy are just… energy bodies, one feels and one does not. The soul is an untouchable and unrecognizable (astral body) even for those who astral travel (because lucid dreaming and astral travel are confined to the mental astral body). How we awaken to the multi levels self is how aware we are willing to become and that is not always pretty or nice when we recognize our own shadow or behaviors. Otherwise, every alcoholic or pot addict would stop drinking or smoking at will.

Not happening without great struggle, because the addiction has overcome the awareness body of the inner soul self and she is left weak and abandoned. Love addiction relationships are the same, anything where we are bound by habit and unawareness. We are unconscious more than we can possible imagine until we begin a dedicated journey of any kind, but this kind of practice is “emotional intelligence” and the loosening of the “subtle body” called the soul.

This practice is a very simple practice in application, that is slow, mundane, and steady each moon cycle, to reveal our emotional struggles and issues to us (creating self awareness of the intuitive body), yet reveals our very complex nature the longer we do it.

I am in my 23rd year of practicing every single moon cycle with one intention and with one full moon release. The awareness of self to self enlightenment was beyond what I ever could have comprehended in my first ten years of doing this practice. I have walked and teach it as a “living” teaching, a living experience, not a knowledge study reality.

I created this as a life path and did years of testing on myself and spent about eight to ten years doing it in my new moon circles that I taught, which were based on emotional awareness and soul awareness practices. Then I added and blended it into my “moon-goddess” circles to understand the ‘higher self’ of the feminine teachings of the emotional and soul body when it came to “inter-personal” relationships; and lastly, I added “goddess, moon with dreaming” all together in the last ten years of circles for the new, full and dark moon completion. I also tested the self awakening of the emotional soul bodies practices on apprentices since 1995. This practice is very, very subtle for the subtle bodies.

moon 3Lunar Cycles
Each Moon cycle is approximately 28 Nights
(28 x 13 moons = 364 nights in a year).  In nature’s Seasonal year, there are “3 moons” for each of the four seasons (three moons of spring, three moons of summer, etc.) – with one extra moon cycle between the end of winter and the beginning of the spring equinox. As emotional beings we must contend with our karma in smaller or larger ways, that are precisely timed in their calm and intense cycles. These cycles return the burdens of our past life deeds and play out in many simple to complex ways like physical disease, mental illness, and emotional instability including illusions all the way to bipolar and schizophrenia.

The emo-soul flow gets blocked in our memories of our emotional systems until we approach and heal them from a journey into our past (this lifetime) and the woundedness which we have all suffered. That is the wounded psyche or what we shamans call, the fragmented aspects of the soul (of this lifetime). There are soul fragments also from past lives but that is much more complicated. We do what we can, and we are even under the natural age cycles and fated cycle in doing such work. Remember, the Mind-Body reality, its perimeters and jurisdictions are not the same as the Emotional-Soul reality, its perimeters and jurisdictions and perceptions.

Spiral Medicines are the core practice of Lunar or Moon Intentional Work. Its a walking backwards in time, to revisit old wounds in order to free the emotional energy of those woundings, but we need awareness in order to “get it”.  When we do not “get it” the ah ha healing moments, we become suspended and stagnant. This is the basis of permanent emotional healing which eventually leads us to our soul. We cannot heal anything we are not “aware of” in our life and along with the mental body’s meditations, the emotional lunar work is the missing half and the remaining teaching for wholeness.

At each moon’s cycle, the subtle energies of nature and our own soul (which is different than the emotional body), begins to flow or has been blocked from lifetimes of karma even at our birth. I learned how each moon cycle was very different in its effects, its energy, its thick or thinness of energy and its effected on each individual person. Around the tenth year into this monthly simple lunar path and its disciplines I saw an awakening process that was coinciding with this work, with my other spiritual path. I also shared it at my monthly goddess circle, then moon circles and lastly, my dream circles.

moonBuilding a Monthly Lunar Foundation
In the invisible aspects of our life, which are our feelings, our soul, our intuition, our dreams, our psyche, including our personal illusions and illusions in our dreams, we also build a foundation and that is working with the moon, the cycles of the (energetic) reality of that invisible.

In ancient alchemy, the Mental body and the Emotional body (and the lesser soul that we incarnate with), are called the Sacred Marriage when they are no longer at odds or in battle, and these two bodies are housed in our Physical body and bring health. The lunar life through the night’s dreaming life, and the purification of the shadow self (karma) as a process is what fragments this flow. That is simply called self sabotage, unconscious behavior, projections, neurotic behaviors or addictive behaviors and a host of other dis eases that are mental or emotional resulting in the sicknesses of the physical body.

moon 2The actual Simple Practice
Each New Moon, the first step is to set only “One New Moon Intention” … on the day of the New Moon.

The second step in two weeks after the new moon is setting: “One Full Moon Intention Release” from what appeared on your path for two weeks.

The third and last phase is the “Contemplation of the Dark Moon” period that prepares the new intention for the next New Moon.

On each New Moon, set one inner intention (about our emotional life, our creative life, our perception life or the healing of a struggle or sickness). A “Goal” is you in relationship to your greater (exterior) world, and an “Intention” is your relationship with your (inner) world. We work with intention.

When you set your New Moon, then wait for the signs and synchronicity to begin to appear (and they will). For many, this practice is first building awareness to be able see the signs and synchronicity and then eventually to weed out what isn’t important of all the signs.

When the Full Moon arrives two weeks later, we set “One Release Intention” based upon the signs and your responses to it, of what surfaced from our new moon intention. On the full moon, speak out with I RELEASE…. or I LET GO OF…. (something that no longer serves your highest good, that is about only you.)

Then during the duration of the two weeks “after” the Full Moon, this is the time of contemplation and the processes of “awareness” occurs. It is the releases in our life that brings more clarity. We bring one small awareness to us, each month.

Foundation of the following New Moon, one month after another…
The most powerful days of signs and synchronicities are the three days before the new moon, and with practice, we begin to recognize the signs that will play out the entire month. If you do any spiritual work like fasting, or meditation retreats, try to do it the week when the dark moon shifts into the new moon. The amount of information will be doubled. This all takes a lot of practice for the more advanced Lunar Practitioner, but year after year we get one more drop of awareness. A mountain moves an inch every ten years, and so too, with real awareness (consciousness) mental or emotional body. 

For most beginners, its more a dedication to begin to see results. Within one year, you have set 13 actual intentions and 13 release intentions that are symbiotic. The next seasonal year, you begin a second layer of the same issues that arise, with the next 13 new moons and so forth.  This is a stabling process and practice and we cannot heal anything we are not ‘aware of’ – not mentally, but emotionally. The mind follows the emotional body but in the patriarch that has all been reversed along with philosophy to fragment core emotional truth.

Only my apprentices have practiced the ‘more complex 2nd through 8th stages of this practice’. But at my circles I have taught and still teach, just mastering the first stage is complex enough.

rock carving discovered in the vicinity of Almaty, a large city in southeastern Kazakhstan.Moon Cultures & Sobriety of the Emo & Astral Bodies
Last and certainly one of the most important aspects of the dreamer, intuitive, and emotional body and soul body is sobriety. This is our eternal body, unlike the intuition of the psychic or medium who works off the intuition of the mental astral body.

The Moon cultures were a living culture and not based on mind-body at all, but body and soul. These were the cultures of prehistory art, dreaming, shamanism, creativity, food, music, dance, sobriety (pre-Dionysus cults), which were rituals around the lunar cycles that included maidens, mothers and grandmothers. Since then, we have all lived without a real ancient awareness practice of our emotional and soul body before the 3rd century and have accrued much karma in our past lives. The purification of karmic lives require us to experience the visions of pain returned into our body, of those we had hurt in past life relationships, be that a antiquity soldier or family issues. What remained after that was the motion, but not the enlightenment aspects of the inner spiral walk that the moon cycles can lead us to, which is first and foremost, emotional rhythm as a healing practice to eventually enter emotional intelligence through nature’s consciousness.

If we drink or smoke pot, we disrupt our emotional body’s natural rhythms and flow and each decade that this has occurred its required about half that time to purify. Example, if you started smoking pot or drinking at 15 and are now 40, the rhythm of your energetic magnetic (soul cycles and emotional body cycles) have been “dried out” and no longer work with natures’s rhythm and emotional intensities. Think of the energetic astral body of our soul and emotional body as a cloud, its moist, movements, and continual flow like a large set of clouds in the sky.

These substances dry out of soul cloud body into small, millions of dried or hardened granular sand that are no longer moist nor unified. Your mind may work with your life and nature and “think” that these are intact, but when you need the power of your soul the most, we fail in not only making large changes in our life but overcoming addicts, behavioral issues etc. The Soul offers us superpower when life hits us the hardest and the “subtle” is revealed between illusions, soul blindness and emotional waves of detoxing.

This is because our magnetic energy bodies are complicated and painful when touched and they get “lost” because pot reduces and dries out the moist “cloud body” of the emotional and soul bodies. Alcohol spikes its rhythms until they are completely off balance. If one does both, it takes about 8 years of sobriety to release what was not seen in awareness of issues or loss of the past. The memory body of the emotional body is emotional energy and the remembrances is the soul body.

These magnetic energies are a great resource that many shadows have tried to steal within our astral light (of our astral, chi or unified chakra body), not only from us in waking life, but also in our dreams at night but luring us away with useless mental, university and mind cult distractions of love and light. Keeping boundaries healthy of our receptive body (soul/emo) requires that the mental body and physical body be clear and aware that the emotional body is subdued even when it shouldn’t be. And aware that the greater self (the soul) has been put into bondage even before we reincarnated.

If mother earth ignored her moon, her tides would not be consistent nor would the germination of her seeds of plants get started. So the moon is important both physically and energetically. Moon is the ancient keeper of the seasons’ natural flow, coinciding with woman’s natural emotional cycles and her bleeding cycles  – which were the original time keepers of this planet. This was replaced with the Sun calendars around the time religion came into power.

Please ask Phoenix of Elder Mountain for permission to use her Lunar work in your circle and its partnering of the sharing of our Monthly Lunar Work-study each new moon here on this blog.

 

Stars, Moons, Charming and Tattoos

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I work with Slavic-Balkan Moon Charming through Water, when moisture needs to rise. That can be emotional issues within folk healing, which is done when the mental body and mental activity has terribly repressed and imbalanced the body’s relationship to the emotional body. I also do Fire charming rituals, which are strictly for purification, an emptying out. Emptying cover a wide range of issues, from addictions, self abuse, or even the root foundations of physical healing, its also called chord cutting.

In folk healing, charming can also be done with song or dances applied to healing, as long as the intent is set for “transformation and change” of the persons life. Charming has also been called magic, but shamanism and witchcraft are very different when it comes to magic. One is human based and the energy going outwards, the other is strictly nature and applied only to the self. Both are done within the phases of the moon of course, as paganism sprung and was birthed out of goddess cultures, which were born from shamanism.

The important natural magnetic energy of all living things are receptive and this is what is the magic aspects of nature, within shaman’s rituals. A shaman’s healing work or healing ceremonies are all based upon the experience of the shaman herself who required decades to heal their deadly diseases and that has given them the medicines through many experience (non plant, non drug shamanism).

Prehistory was not base on the sun and time, or the outward flow of energy, electro-energy. It was and still is based on the cycles and phases of the moon and no-time, on deeper emotional energy and living energy of feeling by all plants, humans, birds, animals etc. The flow of receptivity. Charming then, is the relationship to the environment and it’s energy of magnetic reception, through a personal application of it is utilized with natures flow. That is a very important factor because its energy uses are receptive and if the intention and basis is not balance and the shaman balanced, then it will backfire causing more harm to the shaman.

 

The natural rhythm of the full moon is about releasing emotion and the new moon is the points of transformation. The earth’s natural calendar for millions of years was the combination of the cycles of the moon and woman’s cycles of bleeding in unison, along with the seasonal changes of nature, and the equinoxes and solstices.

18555939_10154573588818321_8501052371301068701_nNew moon ritual that included sacred tattoos can also help as a visual reminder for women to become in alignment with nature. Sacred tattoos also done in ceremony can energetically connect ones dreaming and intuition with the tattoo itself. I have done all of my vision quest tattoos this way.

When the moon work is added to both tattoo with sacred or purity rites, the tattoos transference of dreams becomes stronger. In the beginnings of lunar cycles, within a ceremony and full moons which carry the most power of endings, releases and letting go, we learn and begin as a practice, flex-self awareness. This means that to become more free in expressing our truth through emotions, the more we are willing to work with our fears. These contributions actually are the energetic power that feeds the symbol of the tattoo and makes them applicable as sacred items on the body.

Within the cycles of sickness that begin to release from awareness practices, one must commit to begin a journey of sobriety for groundedness, and flexibility during struggles of changes. Changing moon is a path for those who are serious about their health and spiritual journey and willing to be flexible or flex-self. Without being flexible to personal fears, then stagnation and rigidity remains. All of this is done with strict and healthy boundaries in relationship. To advance spiritually, it must all be worked with together.

Larger rituals for community are set around the moons of the yearly solstices and equinoxes. The most powerful healings for individuals or community occurs after the Autumn equinox, especially right before dusk. This the the most powerful time that our personal releases from our emotional body can be released.

When doing Moon Charming, moonlight illuminates water, adding more of nature’s power to magnetic energy within receptive water, not just in a physical way, but an energetic way. Setting bowls of water outside, in a quiet natural place, asking the water to receive the light of the moon and to bring blessings and healing from its light is basically all that needs to be done. On the great shift eclipse August 17, 2017, I did an eclipse moon charming. I did it specifically for dreaming and drank the water a little each night and set my dream intention. The more our heart is into this kind of magic, the more powerful it is. Working with our perception body (emotional body and soul body), with magical pure water, is a great purification elixir (drinking it). Moon charming is added to rituals to bring a receptive quality to our path, as the most powerful rituals are the most simplified.

When I do chanting in my shamanic work I am generally alone and I never do moon charming with my drum. Drums open doorways and stir up shadow and sickness (shaman’s drums), or lightning and thunder energy. They shouldn’t be used when moisture is needed because its more of a nurturing energy. Fire and Water rituals are different, they are both for healing and purification.

The photo below of the Chukchi woman has her three charmed tattoos on her cheek and mouth. All are and still are today, for protection of shadows. They say the dead, but as most real shamans know, they are for the shadows of living people, that roam outside their body or have been freed from the underworld. The charming rites of shamans goes much deeper than medicine people . For some reason when we fell asleep, those who have ancient traditions or modern ones, think that even forces are not known and the dead, but they are not.

When I received my tattoos for all of my vision quests, they were charmed and they serve my purposes as well in the same manner. I did ceremony with each tattoo artist which I made them also participate, they received a blessing as well. Those were my water rite or moon charmed tattoos. Now I begin a series of tattoos for my fire rites and they will complete my 40 years of shaman’s initiations of death, transformations and rebirths.

 
CHARMED TATTOOS. Chukchi woman with three fertility tattoos on cheek and a cruciform tattoo foil marking the corner of her mouth that was intended as a charm against evil spiritsTattoos themselves do not protect us by themselves and never have, but rather, the experiences of healing and tests to overcome one’s personal fear are the power. These tests and sobriety and another disciplines mastered, purify the astral soul body (chakra body or chi), which then is the power against shadow forces. The tattoo is only the “honoring of that” or the power of the soul honored in the form of symbolism in sacred tattooing.
 
When I lead group journeys (my shaman’s journeys), everyone offers a piece of their hair by cutting it to represent letting go of what has held them back, their own emotional, mental or physical disease while alive. I burn all their hair in a fire charming ritual with them present before we journey. I gather it all in a sacred bowl and I do this because its not only is it an intent of cleansing of their own personal issues but it is a way in which I can protect them during a journey.
 

This Chukchi tradition is that after the death of a relative, the Chukchi fastened a single bead to a lock of hair to repel the “spirits of disease”.

THE EARTH & THE ESTONIAN STAR BRIDE

Long ago before grandfather took over all things spiritual or leading community, grandmother’s teachings were that “star” means “night”, not the night sky. Night meant the inner reality that is feminine, hidden, unconscious and perceptive. The emotional body in its highest expression along with the soul. That is what star meant. When the astronomers took out astrology, especially in first through third centuries, star took on grandfathers teachings, which was the physical and science spiritual concepts of other beings off planet. When we return to wholeness, the other half that has been missing a few thousand years, we leave those night tales and paranormal tales go and return with two feel on the ground and remember that star means night and night means our inner life.

According to a Chukchi legend, the Earth (Nutenut) lives in a large house. The story tells that the Sun, Moon, Sky, Sea, Dawn, Fog and Mist were visiting. They all wanted to marry the Earth’s beautiful daughter. The story resembles to some extent the Estonian myth of the Star Bride yet their endings are different.

In The Star Bride the maiden picks the Star to be her fiancé. In the Chukchi myth the maiden does not get to choose a fiancé, but suitors compete and the winner marries the bride. However, none of the aforementioned suitors wins the contest, but a Chukchi shaman Jettögöt, who raises his staff and touches every rival with it.

As a consequence the touched side of each suitor catches fire and they all flee in panic. And Jettögöt marries the maiden. By the way, polygamy is not forbidden among Chukchis and is unofficially practiced to our day. As can be seen from the above text, the Sun already has a wife called Kavra-ŋŋa.

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The North Star (in the Chukchi language Iluk-eŋer ‘the Immobile Star’, ‘the Nail Star’ or Unp-eŋer ‘the Driven-in Stake Star, and the ‘Pole Star’ is cast in the central role among stars. V. Bogoraz Tan claims that the latter version of the star’s name is common all
over Europe. The North Star in the firmament is like a pole or stake driven into the ground around which stars circle, resembling horses or reindeer tied to a pole. Its house is near the Zenith and through its smoke opening it is possible to travel between worlds.

Due to that opening the North Star can be seen in all worlds, and the underworld as well as in upper realms, while other stars and constellations are not the same in different realms. At the same time it is believed that the North Star’s house is higher up than other houses. Its house is made of ice-like substance and to its top is fixed a lighthouse, like source of light.

In his book Andres Kuperjanov lists the names different peoples call the North Star by the Golden Pillar (Mongols, Buriats, Kalmyks and Altaian Tatars), the Iron Pillar (Kyrgyzes, Bashkirs and Siberian Tatars), the Lonely Stake (Teleuts), the Golden Stake (Tunguses). All these ethnic groups picture the North Star as an immobile stake or pillar or a stake driven into the sky. The same applies to Chukchis. The Chukchi name of the Nail Star has a close resemblance to the Estonian name of Põhjanael ‘Northern
Nail’.

ARCTURUS & VEGA

In the Chukchi worldview stars ranking next to the North Star as to their importance are the so-called heads (in Chukchi Leutti). Heads are formed of two stars. The First Head is Arcturus in the constellation Bear Watcher (Chukchi Janotlaut, Estonian Karuvalvur
‘Guardian of Bear’) and the Second Head is Vega in the constellation Lyra (Chukchi Jaatlaut, Estonian Vabamees ‘Freeman’, The Sun, the Moon and Firmament in Chukchi folklore.

According to Chukchis these stars are cousins. Travelling in the nighttime tundra Chukchis use the mutual position of the heads and the North Star as a reference point to find the right direction. Arcturus is sometimes also called the leader or the guide of stars. Chukchis turn to both of the stars to seek help when healing. In case of diseases a sacrifice has to be brought to Arcturus or the First Head. In case of stomach ache the sacrifice and spell have to be addressed to Vega or the Second Head.

STAFF STARS, ORION AND CELESTIAL BODIES

The Estonian Staff stars are the three stars in a row in the constellations Aquila (Old Staff Stars) and Orion (New Staff Stars). The stars a (Altair) and g (Tarazed) in the constellation Aquila have a special meaning to Chukchis. They are called by the name Pettigún. The Aquila constellation brings the new year to Chukchis for it appears for the first time on the horizon on the winter solstice. Reindeer herders as well as Chukchis living in the coastal areas brought sacrifices on the occasion, at least formerly. Especially suitable were fat male reindeer. At other festivals, blood is sometimes sacrificed and reindeer are exchanged for symbolic statues made of plants or snow.

Sources: Joan Miro stone painting, Hair repel from larskrutak.com, the Star stories from www.folklore.ee, Artist Remedios Varo

Third New Moon of Summer and Full Solar Eclipse

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By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings everyone, this is our last moon cycle of summer, we end the season with this third (moon). As an astrologer, the last forty years, I am not influenced by spiritual fads, nor fancy words when it comes to my path and journey.  I say this because… This is the first time I will speak these words… this is the first “Supermoon” we have seen in a long, long time, and what is rising before us. The total Solar Eclipse looks like this :

Begins at 9:03 am (pacific time)
Reaches maximum at 10:17 am, 0.94 magnitude
Then the New Moon (28 Leo), is precisely at 11:30 am
and then the Eclipse ends at 11:37 am

I hope you are doing something special to mark the event on that day. I have marked many events in this life and honored this one with my ceremony at Pluto’s Cave last week which was a cleansing and purification ceremony for the region but also three people who were in a “collective” shadow glitch-mess. I myself am doing a final third and final round of asking for forgiveness, from those who I need to ask. This is the third layer, and third decade I have done this, because the final layers are finishing up for me. I like my space, heart and energy clear as I use my spiritual time very wisely.

This moon, we also have Mars involved again, the 5th time in a row and we are adding Mercury (in its retrograde influences) to this addition. The north node is always involved in a Solar Eclipse, which adds the fate point to the conjunctions. This make up the small bucket of planet which are all “very” personal planets, so expect this New Moon cycle the next 28 days and nights to be very personal. If you have been aware and working your path up to now, then this should go smoothly this month or at least the part you are working on. I say this because these plants are all in a trine with Uranus and Saturn, and that is “very” beneficial for flow. 

Actions are really required this moon cycle besides words. I would suggest not passing this opportunity by, and take action upon what needs to change and change in your life right now. What needs to be forgiven and forgiveness with other people or the self. What addictions or shamanic plants and drug addictions, pot and alcohol that needs to be addressed or family members to address.

What emotional sabotage or victim issues need to be focused on in order to heal. What dream or expectation that collapsed leading to more self nurturing, needs to take place. Whatever it is you need to do, do it this next moon cycle (again) with the big collective opportunity within our small personal moon cycle.

Many people in their 50s-70s who have been on a long spiritual journey are reaching the last peaks of their spiritual lessons and purifications and finishing thirty to forty years of spiritual work and self healing. Hopefully you were not just on the ever popular spiritual-social, or spiritual-knowledge path.

Others in their 40s are deepening their awareness and healing journey and ‘right relations’ (Pluto in Libra group). Those in their 30s are finding out what its really like to be in an adult and in adult situations for the first time and how powerful they are compared to their youth or maiden under 30. Those under 30 are eternally the same when it comes to everything in life, they are ‘youth’ and that never changes.

My wisdom to you is that Eclipses are not personal, they are collective, they play on humanity, not us as individuals unless you were actually born on the day of an eclipse (lunar or solar). This supermoon is the first of a series of collective accumulations that is going to give rise to change, good or bad, ugly or beautiful. If you have not practiced letting go disciplines, I suggest you start now. The more flexible you can be in the next ten years and learn to let go, the better you will manage your journey.

So, like always, set your “one” intention for this moon cycle like you do (and me too), for your own personal growth, personal awareness and personal cycle this month. Many of you have been here long enough doing this work with us to see the results now, and this moon will be no different. Keep focused on that and the symbols that start to come your way, starting August 18th, until the actual new moon on the 21st (Monday).

Since its a special Supermoon, I will just leave you with a video and the intention examples and keep this article short. We have to repeat our Leo intentions again, with the flavor of this third moon. Its usually a Virgo quality, but the new moon is hovering at the 28/29 degrees in Leo, which is an auspicious point in the sky, so we too must accept its quality of our heart and soul.

Slavic Protection Symbol - 8 pointed Star, the feminine Midnight Sun. Four circles representing two way doors (earth, air, fire and water) with Earth at the center.Examples of Lunar/Leo Intentions (again):

I am healing my drama
I listen to my soul (small inner voice)
I trust in the process of purification
I am aware of my inner peace
I am healthy

I am creative 
I am passionate
I am healing my heart
I am forgiving 
I am grounded in my emotions

I recognize my inner child needs
I protect my heart
I am emotionally honest
I am positive in my detachments
I replace drama with self-love

I practice my spiritual disciplines
I express my courage with compassion
I allow stability in my life
I am nurturing my inner child
I allow love to come from deep within me

I use my anger in a positive, healthy way
I accept more joy
I am mindful of my projections
I respect my talents
I judge only my own actions
I commit to healthy passion
I overcome my fear of _______

 

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Here is a great explanation of total solar eclipses and lunar eclipses:

Second Full Moon of Summer 2017

Artist Charles Vess

By Phoenix the Elder – Greetings, we now enter our Second Full Moon of Summer, and work with our one release intention, something that does not serve our highest good. We are hitting the peak of summer with this full moon, what is actually the true Midsummer and she sits at 14 degrees Aquarius beginning on Monday, August 7, 2017, which also includes a Partial Eclipse. I want to thank those of you who do this work-study with us and have written me thanking me for the work presented. I appreciate it and I appreciate you sticking with the grandmother teachings of the ancient earth, because its a very slow practice for the emotional and soul body each moon cycle. Results are guaranteed but they are slow because it requires the development of emotional consciousness. 

The moon this month sits opposite a Sun, Mars conjunction, pushing us all towards a direction with our will power. Many people focus on love most of the time, but that is such a big word, it covers too many things and too many heartbreaks. Its like saying cheese for every happy moment in your life. Sometimes our life is not happy because we have to change. Fears rise like the tide or the sun, when change is present or going to happen. The medicine for change is grounding and open communication.

This is also the moon cycle that expresses our emotional inner child, both the lost one and the magical one. A lot of inner child issues arise when we don’t get our way, when we are abandoned, when we have control issues and consequences happen because of it. In my healing work this month, many are working hard at healing their past wounds while others are just beginning that journey as it unfolds. Either way, the inner child is one of the three major healings of the emotional and soul body, and it always involved at some level, a past wound.

The part of us that gets emotionally hurt, controlling or angry in a Leo moon cycle or if you have a Leo moon, is the place we learn to sit, sooth, nourish the self, hold our feelings to feel them like a master practice, and recognize its “not” the other person, its our inner child or our shadow who is upset. Most inner child aspects of the soul body are fragmented and not inside our body because of trauma. Healing inner child issues the successful therapies such as regression hypnotherapy, watsu, rebirthing, deep tissue massage, energy work, and a few others. This Leo moon governs over children and the inner child.

If you are sick in mind, body or emotional body, always make sure your healers are seasoned, reputable, sober and gentle. With that combination, the work ends up being much faster and the detoxing much smoother. A little at a time consistently goes a long way. Those in their 20s and 30s can prepare and do some work, but major healing work occurs in one’s 40s and 50s because we have had many life experiences, the power to handle such depth.

This Aquarian Full Moon means Truth or Chaos – and because we have another Mars/Moon connection this month and a partial eclipse before the big 100 year eclipse coming in the next moon cycle, the forces of nature are very strong. Life is asking us to really make emotional, mental or physical changes and is giving us the power to do so (and it doesn’t do that often). I rarely say this, but this moon and next moon are true Super Moon and the first supermoon I have seen in the last ten years. The decisions we make now in the next two moons set a tone and a path in its new direction, so if you are in the middle of making a decision, now is the time to do so. Make it wisely and exactly what you want (and willing to work for).

I decided to look up the Mayan 13-moon calendar to see what “gliff” was for our full moon this cycle. I hadn’t look up this information in the last two, 13 year cycles at all, so I was curious what it says on the day of the full moon…

“The Yellow Spectral Warrior is about the Conscious Self, who we are and who we are becoming or who we have become. Yellow Warrior is the mystical gatekeeper, embodying the mystic’s gift of both trust in direct with accurate guidance. This means that the signs you get now are very fated and most people do not live by fate. So open our heart to listen.

Through trust, we all journey to the place of our heart (that silent mind) and the (active) mind which both requires practice. This is the “web” of the Mayan grandmother’s mystic spider – who weaves the interconnection with consciousness to receive the ripples of knowing. For those who are elders, hold your staff tight.”

This energy of the Mystic Warrior and the Mars energy together for this full moon, is making a “clear” and accurate issue surface, for proper decision making, healing approaches and leading your path away from idealism. The real work is the hard work of emotional development in the ways of practicing sincerity, kindness, service and bowing to others as part of your spiritual work. For those with shadow, this is even more difficult and requires much more effort. We need mirrors (people) who reflect our negative shadow issues in order for us to truly grow and it happens anyway, so why not bow to the occasions rather than keep resisting in your suffering… but keep yourself safe when doing so, which means structure. No matter how small or how huge our changes may be within our growth path, you are given a gift now of deciding the next four years. 

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I made a video on the last New Moon about the Ocean https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmrWdWyQqBY ) and an unexpected gift from an Elder Mountain patron Brandi, invited me to go with her to the ocean this week. I was given an enchantment gift from a Stingray, who came out of the ocean to visit, this gift has been truly auspicious and touched my heart deeply. It also gave me a healing of some issues I have had to deal with for the last three years from a hot springs that I went to

I held my hands over its beautiful body of the Stingray for a few minutes and closed my eyes, leaving myself open and also sending love for the kind visit. It was in a very calm and in a peaceful state. I then touched its body and then put my hands in the water and said ok mother earth, bring the ray back home. A wave came right in and Stingray was gone in an instant.

That was a collective soul gift for me and I felt extremely blessed, this particular Stingray lives between Africa, to India and to Australia and had traveled so far to come to that shore.  We were the only ones on the beach except for a Chinese fisherman who was catching lots of fish.

Eastern Yellow-bellied RacerBrandi (in the photo above) who had visited Elder Mountain a few times this summer, to do trade work with me and Juniper, is a lovely person, and a part time student (I call her)! She is an herbalist and I treated her with grace and kindness and it was a blessing to have her in my space. She had made her connections with Stingray as well, and since she is young in her spiritual practices, dedications and her spiritual life, nature had brought her a special gift as well… a live “Eastern Yellowbelly Racer” snake, which also lives in her own home state. We had talked about her serpent totem and serpent experiences quite a few times, and today she had received another one, delivered and unhurt by Racer (tiger), the kitty.

I would really like all of you to also reflect where you have been and review your last four years since 2013 and see where you are now, what are your blessings that have happened, has your health improved compared to where you were four years ago. Are you in a better place internally, have things settled down a bit and have you grounded yourself. Are you sober or healthier than you were four years ago? Can you communicate your feelings better and more in control or more freeing?

After 2012 many spiritual people felt a little lost and humanity felt a little more confused, and rightly so. It was the end of time and the patriarch and its showing up in soul peoples lives very strongly. Four years ago many did not know what would happen and now we sit here today with choices of these last four years. Where you sit today, is “what happen.”

I want to share a bit of Ariel Guttman’s Venus Start Point article for this month, which speaks about the shifting roles we are going through, all of us! Some of you are very Venus ruled, as most women are and the female sides of men. I had karma with Venus my whole life, so I will be joining you now in your Venus path because my debt and karma is repaid to her. Venus is the issues of love, right relationship of all my relations, comfort and the artistic aesthetics of life, and your money. Ariel writes only about the Venus Star Point in her work…

Piero Di Cosimo, Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (detail), c. 1480

“Wonder Woman accompanying weapons became as important to the film as some of the supporting cast. First, there is the luminescent lasso of Hestia (Vesta in Roman), a truth-revealer, sparkling with Hestia’s sacred fire. We all possess one of these, representing our own sacred truth. Then, there are Diana’s metallic armbands which she acquired at the moment Wonder Woman was birthed. (When my movie companion whispered, “I want those”, I responded by saying “I Wonder if you can order them from Amazon?”) And here is how the returning 8-year Venus cycle occurs. Wonder Woman was created in 1941 as a comic-book heroine. The film premiered on June 2, 2017 just as Venus was passing through the final degrees of Aries. Gal Gadot, the actress who portrays Wonder Woman is an Aries. 

Born a Taurus Sun (April 30, 1985, Petah Tikva, Israel) Gadot possesses a substantial cache of Aries planets, including the Venus Star Point, natal Venus, Pallas Athena, Eris, and Mercury. Loaded with Aries, a sign that is governed by both Mars and Athena, she leads with the Solar force of Taurus, governed by Venus. Gadot, aka Wonder Woman, is a picture of Venusian beauty. Several scenes portray her love for all people, animals and nature. Accompanying those Venusian qualities are the Aries innocence, fiery will, action-oriented, fighting spirit that a super heroine needs to get the job done.

What is the job that this Aries Star energy is calling for? To save Earth and earthlings, who are under the evil spell of Ares (that’s Ares/Mars warrior god, not Aries the zodiac sign, although the two are connected) dealing with the constant threat of war. “Most Amazons tend to be Athenes, but most Athenes are not Amazons.” This was vibrantly evident in the land of the Amazons. Not all were to be trained to be warriors, only those who had the right stuff. The others used their penetratingly sharp Athena-like minds to tend to other areas of life. But Diana fought hard to claim her place as the warrior, even going against her mother, Queen Hippolyta. This demonstrates her Athena-like quality where the goddess dismisses her mother.

She and her Amazonian tribe fight for justice. Where does Justice come in? In an interesting reference to the island of Themiscryra, the home of the Amazons, we find the root “Themis”. Themis was the Titan goddess of divine law and order, of justice. She was variously associated with Zeus in a number of ways, but most notably in birthing the Morai, or three fates, whose laws even Zeus could not alter. When Themis was ignored, Nemesis (the goddess from whom we derive the attribute) was invoked.

Gadot as Wonder Woman has both Athena and Venus in Aries, amplifying her Aries VSP and possessing many of the traits of the modern woman: one who fights for justice and one who fights for love.

Now to Mars (Ares) who is the adversary in Wonder Woman’s world and for that matter, the adversary of Earth. Diana believes humans have been put under the spell of this Ares, submitted to him and lost their ability to stop the constant wars. From the Greek stories it is eminently clear that Ares was born to fight. But this Ares is different. This Ares has gained awareness. He is enlightened to the reality that Earth is so beautiful that frankly, humans don’t deserve it because they continue to destroy it. So he is fighting for a cause—the cause to extinguish humanity by fueling and funding their repetitive series of endless wars against one another. 

Mars (Ares) could be tamed or disarmed by no other god or goddess with the exception of Venus. She took the fight right out of him, even if only temporarily. The myth in no way indicated that Mars and Venus were going to stay love-locked forever. There was work to be done. Another battle to fight. Another act of love to engage in.

It is clear that Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, has sworn loyalty to the principles of her Amazonian people, but who, through working with the masculine earthling pilot, Captain Steve Trevor, also finds another reason to defend human-kind. In one scene, Captain Trevor says to Wonder Woman: “You saved them”. She replies, in very Venusian Feminine Fashion – “We saved them.”

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My new 13 year cycle begins because I am ruled by the Jupiter cycle (12 years), not in astrology fact of the highest planet of my chart, but because I live by the moon and its rhythms, energy and culture. And because Juniper conjuncts my moon’s “north node” (fated destiny). I am writing below here, a very short “Reflection Full Moon” for a review of the last four years. I don’t usually do this, but I feel its necessary with whats occurring celestially and with mars so involved.

Fire & Lightning

My arrival to Oregon began four years ago with a welcome from Fire & Lightning. I had finished my work as an adult with apprentices and left my home, family and children as I entered my elder stage (2nd Saturn Return). Arriving in Oregon was already fated by a Native Canadian Elder Grandfather, who I visited a few times at night in dream walking, in his dream lodge. He remembered my phone number and had his grandson (who spoke english), call me to speak my own prophecy that I told him in the dream, to move to the Northwest and begin my work, that was 16 years ago.

Having finally arrived then, the first week in Oregon was Oregon’s worst wildfire year and fire-smoke year in its history, which happened from the 6 – 12 of August, 2013. I held my first new moon circle (in this state) on August 6th, a New Moon in Leo (at 14 degrees). Those storms, although deadly, was a wonderful sign for me as a weather shaman, as it had shown me its great kindness and also its very dangerous powers. Even my apprentice who lived in Oregon since she was younger, the one who invited me to live on her land, by the 9th of August, 2013, when the firestorms peaked, she said we might have to evacuate off of her land from the reports of the fire district.

I said I am staying in the yurt, I am fated to be here in the Pacific Northwest and to leave after I just arrived is not going to happen for me. I told her, you and your family leave if its ordered and be safe, I am staying, the fire and lightning won’t touch me, its like a bigger vision quest that involves a million acre fire and lightning – and I am up for that. The look on her face was precious at that moment.

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August 6, 2013, the beginning of purification… 

Mother Jones report: This example of “extreme fire behavior” (to use the forestry department’s words) went down in the Douglas Complex wildfire, one of several conflagrations turning conifers to cinders in southern Oregon. The intensity of fires in this sector of the country, which is locked in a ten year stubborn drought, is strong enough that nearby towns and cities are getting covered with big, lung-painting plumes of ashy air. On Monday, NASA’s Aqua satellite flew over to observe the supreme smokiness of the fires, sparked by lightning activities. After noting that the fire-friendly weather is expected to worsen this month, the space agency laid out the dismal situation so far: Big Windy fires as of August 6, 2013. Collectively, the two fires had burned nearly 50,000 acres (20,200 hectares). The Red Cross distributed 20,000 respiration masks in southern Oregon. 

August 9, 2013, the Peak of purification… 

Portland Newspaper: The lightning storms hit dead center on top of Government Camp and Mt. Hood – snapping trees along Highway 26 with sudden gusts to at least 45 mph, piling up hail 2″ deep near the intersection of Highway 35 and Highway 26 and the pouring rain and lightning. This storm was in and around Mt. Hood for more like 90 minutes and created about 2,000 lightning strikes. Oregon Department of Forestry officials took to the legislative committee and said that the costs of the wildfire seasons, broke the books. This happens every year, but this time the numbers were historic. “This was the most costly season in history,” said Dan Postrel, ODF spokesman. Thunderstorms and Lightning created the worst fires in the states history, total Lightning Strikes for the total state of Oregon on August 9, 2013 was 12,000 lightning hits. The Portland metro area and the Willamette River were also hit by the lightning, hail and rain storms.

August 12, 2013, the winding down and end of the fire-lightning storms…

The Oregonian: The Northwest was thrashed again by more than 42,000 lightning strikes over the weekend, igniting dozens of new fires. Officials have reopened the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River, but with restrictions. Two fires burned on the coast between Arch Cape and Manzanita, seven fires are burning in the area of Santiam State Forest east of Salem, another fire is burning north of Shady Cove in southwest Oregon and three fires are burning around Coos Bay. A temporary flight restriction is in place in some areas. The Bone Mountain fire, which has seared 300 areas, is six miles south of Remote. The Camas Creek fire, covering about 40 acres, is seven miles northeast of Remote. The Shingle Mill fire, which has scorched 30 acres, is three miles east of U.S. 101, between Arch Cape and Manzanita. The nearby Falcon fire, which has spread over 50 acres, is almost out. The 1, 2, 3 complex of fires covering 200 acres, is burning 15 miles east of Silverton. The Green Mountain fire burned seven miles west of Gates. 125-acres Alder Creek Fire burned 16 miles north of Shady Cove.

Happy Full Moon and may the rest of your two weeks be courageous, brave, lightening of the heart and lightning purification, one more step, in your souls journey. ~Phoenix

astro_2gw_160_aa_full_moonSources: Artist Charles Vess; Piero Di Cosimo, Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci (detail), c. 1480; Astrologer Ariel Guttman (www.VenusStarRising.com); the Mayan 13 Moon Calendar at http://spacestationplaza.com; 

Second New Moon of Summer 2017

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By Phoenix the Elder – Happy new moon dreamers, moon people, empaths, dancers, artists, druids, witches, herbalists and shaman wannabees! Our sister Moon has returned to her new beginnings again and I hope you will too. The second of our three summer New Moons starts Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 2:45 am, at 0° Leo. Zero degree marks a reset of the layer of changes, so of all the Leo new moons you have practiced your intention each year, we are resetting and starting the new cycle higher or lower (its individual) cycle. This all depends upon what real healing work you have been doing in your spiritual path.

The element of Fire is strong now, bringing some extra heat and intensity, with a dash of anger or impatience and topped with a little bit of drama or drain. That drama can be either be external, making its impact upon you this month, or just inside your own head. On the positive, it brings love, creativity and learning about the nature of your heart, what makes him or her tick or what makes it skip a beat, positive or negative.

Everyone has very individual moon cycle experiences, and the more you chart them with us here with your one intention, the better you get to know them each year. This effects getting in rhythm with the natural seasons, and awareness around the cyclical nature of our emotional body, which has positive effects our hidden and distant soul. Our soul is that eternal astral body, that comes and goes and is not limited to stay in the body alone, she leaves every night when you dream and returns in the morning with its experiences.

She also ventures out in a different way than the mental body and see’s visual signs and synchronicity, even those goose bumps you get are created by her energy form. Whether or not you are paying attention to your dream work, deeper feelings and subtle intuition, medicine for you can be extracted with a little awareness and growth to assist your journey in life.

“The beauty of the world has two edges,
one is of laughter, the other of anguish,
cutting
the heart asunder.”  ~ Virginia Woolf

Samuel Palmer, 'Moonlight, a Landscape with Sheep' c.1831

This is the third new moon that Mars has been involved and we have one more next month. This tells us that its important to balance your will and actions or increase them. Mars is directly involved again in our affairs can be help or a hinder when it comes to our physical body. I have been taking advance of my healing my body with an intense and strict four month detox and even gate up coffee for good. The energy of Mars has brought that will power to me, and also the bugs as my helping totem.

Bugs are always about detox and purification because they get into that hidden and deeper layers of earth (symbolic for our earthy body). My natural commitment to detoxing has coincided with this involvement of mars for the last three months and it was of course perfect timing because anything conjunct the new moon gets extra power to help us.

We also have a triangle of expression this month: Combining the bravery and courage of Leo, asserting it’s actions through Mars and expressing any hurt that arises with the Moon’s emotion. These three will help keep us in balance this month, but only if we do the work by using all three gifts wisely. If you had less impact with mars qualities in the two previous new moons (warrior, anger, action, body and will), it can certainly appear this month because Mars is an element of fire, and it doubles in the fire this moon cycle.

How will you temper your fire? By stuffing it down or allowing the personal little bully to rise in order to protect your fragile and sensitive nature? I hope not, and I hope you give the natural remedy a try, for fire, which is water (emotions), applying self nurturing or expressing and sharing our hurt and pain. Apply that emotional suave and then assert the action for healthy boundaries.

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Take advantage of the extra positive sides mars, with quickening boundaries for protection, and an immediate response to any drama so it doesn’t escalate by the full moon. The nature of mars is that its persistent and the nature of the moon is to sooth. Become aware of our wounded needs to control everything in the mental (opinions), emotions (being bossy) or physical (abusing the self or others). Put positive things forth with that fire to replace those things, like working out, going out to a great restaurant with a friend or sweetheart, swimming in a river, or a hike in nature…

Nature’s heat of summer brings us our challenges and for those who are midwinter, it also brings the same challenges. I know all empaths shed at least one tear last month, regardless of what season we are in and Fire brings back our strength and courage. This can also get us into trouble or help us push through something difficult. Its your choice, chose wisely.

Focus an intention this month around either diving into your emotional, physical or mental creativity or fan your flames, which shows signs of drama, gossip or being a brat. Seems these days everyone is offended over the smallest little things because they are in their mind, not their body and soul equally.  Be the rare one who practices observation and acceptance “without self judgment.” Go on a forgiveness program to help sooth the drama because we need our precious energy and by holding our energy and to conserve our fire when needed it the  most.

Leo the Moon KingIt takes practice of course, this “holding” our fiery emotions and this is a great moon to practice that. If you not feeling well, then its a good moon to reserve your energy and not spend it on frivolous things, like judging other people, rather than focus on your own issues. Rules: Do I want to be happy or is it more important that I be right with consequences? Sometimes we need the consequences to learn deep seated lessons and we get to see what shape our ego is really in or our control issues. Fire moons bring these two things forth. Harvest your gardens with delight rather than burdening your soul.

I love this poem and I shared it last year at the Leo Moon cycle…

Stay close My Heart, to the one who knows your ways,
come into the shadows of the tree, that have fresh flowers –
don’t stroll idly through the bazaar of the perfume marketers,
stay in the shop of the sellers of Honey.

If you find and keep your true balance, no one can deceive you.
For anyone can trick you out of things made of straw and make
you take it like gold. Don’t squat with a bowl before every boiling pot;
in each pot on the fire, you find very different things. Not all abysses
have a peak; not everyone’s eyes possess vision, not every sea is
full of pearls. O’ Nightingale, with your voice of dark honey,
go on lamenting!

Only in life’s journey can life pierce our rock-hard heart,
surrendering our self and if you cannot be welcomed by this
friend, know that you are rebelling inwardly like a thread
that doesn’t want to go through the needle’s eye.

The awakening self is a lamp; protect it and after
you’ve left each storm, come to the fountain; you’ll find a
friend there who will always nourish  your soul. And with
your soul always nourished, you’ll grow into a tall tree,
flowering always with sweet fruit that falls upon the
shadow below to heal us, which grows only from our interior.

~ Rumi

My last suggestion as always is sobriety if you are on a spiritual path, so much frequency and energetic disruption in our bodies occur that keep us off balance are from pot, shamanic plants, drugs, alcohol, medications for various reasons. And seem maryjane is the cure all now when for 100 years it was the party drug of choice. Funny how human justify things, everything is medicine that is natural, just try to stay away from the perception altering ones (which includes pot). This moon cycle try to keep your physical body active.

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Sample Lunar and Leo Intentions, chose the one you “want” to incorporate this month. Example: If you don’t feel healthy right now, chose I am Healthy or one that directs the intention. Then pay attention the next two weeks to become aware of where you are not. You might be surprised that the pain and the source are two different places…

I am healing my drama
I listen to my soul (small inner voice)
I trust in the process of detox/purification
I am healing and taking care of my body

I am aware of my inner peace

I am healthy (if you don’t feel healthy)
I am creative (etc)
I am passionate
I am healing my heart
I forgive

I am grounded in my emotions

I recognize my inner child
I protect my heart
I am emotionally honest
I am positive in my detachments

I replace drama with self-love

I practice my spiritual disciplines
I express my courage with compassion
I allow stability in my life

I am nurturing my inner child

I allow love to come from deep within me
I use my anger in a positive and healthy way
I accept more joy

I am mindful of my projections

I respect my talents
I judge only my own actions
I commit to healthy passion
I overcome my fear of _______

Astrology Chart for this Moon
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Sources: Moon by joncarling.com; Samuel Palmer, ‘Moonlight’ c.1831

First Full Moon of Summer

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greeting Dreamers, Moon People, Artists, Healers and Witches, we enter the Full Moon on Saturday July 8, 2017 with a very powerful line up. Mars & Sun are conjunct, sitting opposite Moon & Pluto, giving all of us some energy and will power (mars) into the energy of transformation called death and rebirth (pluto).  These are all in a T-Square (tension) with Jupiter (expansion and opportunity). 

Capricorn moons tend to carry a somber or heaviness because of Saturn, so over the next two weeks we focus on positive detachment, keeping calm, breathing deeply and just doing your best with whatever situation began at the new moon or is arising on the full. The nodal point, point of destiny this Full Moon and the remaining two weeks is conjunct Vesta, the Fire Goddess, so fine that inner Fire along with mars and make yourself do even if you don’t want to.

You can handle whatever it is, because you have already handled many things in your life thus far. All life is asking of you is to take one more small step this moon cycle. For those who have an easy Cancer moon cycle (beginning of Summer), it should continue flowing that way. For those who have found (from keeping track in their work-study moon journal with us) Cancer moons to be challenging, review last years moon cycle and see what happened.

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We have all been the fool for something or someone in our life and for those of us   who learn these lessons well, we began to learn that we are completely responsible for everything we do. People may love us, hearts may get broken, choices maybe made to let go and move forward in life, but through it all, its still all our choices. Becoming conscious of that is the first step, the second is to make the best choice you are able. These take a decade to learn, even with the most eager and hard working student of life who focuses on it everyday. Its to learn how to transform our experiences into personal accountability which is change.

The oracle: “Expectation is only a crisis for the young or the foolish.”

Whether we are aware or conscious or not, we are still accountable for our words, our actions, our visions and our intuition and because of this commitment to our spiritual journey, we must always be flexible with others and with the self, as we grow and mature. Maturity is is not a dirty word in an emotional-unaccountable world. That is what makes soul people different, we strive for emotional awareness, magic in our lives, creativity and to have a relationship to our soul. The rest of the world avoids this at all cost, and the two always seem to run into each other.

The first full moon of summer is not always difficult, but in the Cancer and Capricorn scenarios of life (summer activities and winter holiday activities), its never quit as fun as we had hoped for. Its always better to wait for Leo and Aquarius moons to have more authentic fun a month later, much less complications with family, tradition and expectation.

eldermountaindreaming.comSet your release intentions around staying grounded or have a little fun if you go on vacation, which will balance out the heat. Watch and remember your signs, totems and dreams for guidance, because this cycle isn’t all fun and games with the involvement of mars. Mars does give us the courage though, because its involved on both this new moon and full moon), its a required blessing to make your more serious “small” choices into decisions. For those who live on a whim and pure intuitively, you may want to ground even that a little more this moon cycle with Mars and Pluto directly involved.

I had my blessed Sea Eagle show up yesterday when I took a walk along the lake and it dove right into the water to get a fish about five feet away. It was pretty intriguing to watch, and six hours later, it flew over here to the pond here at Elder Mountain, flapping its wings and hovering over the pond so I could see (it was spotting some fish). But this time it hovered and then flew away. As a messenger for my full moon and the next two weeks, it was pretty clear to continue supporting my challenges emotionally on my health issue and dive in for the nourishment when I need it. At other times just hover and observe the nourishment to see if I need it. Birds represent Soul and its counterpart is the Nourishment of the Body and Soul (Fish). 

When we pay closer attention, sometimes even the difficult challenges have some optimism when our signs our clear, this is why we work so hard at our spiritual and life journey. Try to learn to cherish hearing the truth, because most of the time its the last thing on earth we ever wanted to hear but we all get to the point when we have to begin that journey. Truth is so deeply connected to our personal healing path in ‘real’ scenarios of the great mystery, that we must allow flexibility within the good, the bad and the uncomfortable.

Below I shared two examples of Capricorn-Saturn types of messengers. There is a shadow side of authority, and there is a wisdom side of authority both connected to the masculine or father figure, which in its higher experience is connected to our responsibilities and our lower, the criminal.

First one is more collective, the second one is very personal. This is how we learn about signs, then symbols which reveal eventually the more collective archetype – so we can eventually one day understand our own archetype of our fate and destiny… 


An Intimate and more personal look at this full moon:

https://www.facebook.com/FreebieAl/videos/1891281064423789

This Astrology Chart below is set at Pacific Time for the Full Moon, Blessings and Happy Full Moon to you, your family and friends and hang in there!

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