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.

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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.

 

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.

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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; 

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.

Liz Taylor

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:

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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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Second Full Moon of Summer

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We cannot prevent the Birds of Sorrow
from flying over our head, but we can
prevent them from building a Nest
in our Hair.  ~ Chinese Proverb

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain… Hello Dreamers, Artists, Magicians, Witches, Gypsies and Creatives, we now enter our Second Full Moon of Summer and continue on our “six moon” journey from Spring to Autumn Equinox. Yesterday my apprentice and I went to the ocean beaches near Crescent City, California and three symbols for the full moon surfaced. I write my monthly musings as a teaching of how I work with natures signs & symbols and how to work with the lunar cycles as a healing guide with practice.  First I found a water worn stick from a pine tree with one pine cone still attached, it was like a magic wand just laying there and I was pleasantly surprised. Secondly, I found and brought home 13 large empty crab shells to paint on and make an ocean dream catcher wind chime (Cancer Moon cycles are ruled by the Crab). A few days earlier, I stumbled upon two 15th century antiquity images of an astrological chart which showed Cancer’s symbol as a  “Lobster” not a Crab. This sheds new light on an old symbol of the fertility of the ocean and its relations to the moon. The third sign was a hunter who had a huge stag in the back of his truck, and all the men gathered around and just stood there for a long time.

Capricorn full moons are very earthy, as the second full moons of summer are sometimes to the point of stagnation or a slight depression, and since we seem to always exist in the two-fold reality of both protection & nourishment, sacrifice of boundaries & truth, and light & dark, the two halves of a whole in a world which solidifies the symbolism of personal security and love can be complicated for all of us. Since duality is a real thing, the solutions to our emotional issues are always found in this same duality, but duality always gives our security or love a good challenge – if we chose to use it as medicine. I call that magical medicine in a healing form, sort of like the poison that rubs up against you, its remedy grows right next to it and heals you. Then the alchemy happens making you change and eventually turn you into gold (wisdom), the highest color of spirituality, even higher than the white light.

Some philosophical, spiritual metaphysical teachings try to convince people that duality isn’t real… oh its real, very real, for the sun does set and the moon does rise because nature is real, even in her mystical forms. Our emotional nature is also real, even though its not validated very easily in the world, because it must also swim in stormy waters of illusion, delusion, denial, shock and many other forms of its entire expression. The complicated nature of our soul and emotional systems makes it hard for us to open our Pandora’s box for the sake of change in our personal life.

moon phasesThe term duality when seeking unity is where our mind and its beliefs must actually learn to bend, be silenced or sacrifice something of the self in order to feed our soul and nourish our emotion so we believe our feelings are real and worth supporting. Just like the hunter who had to actually experience  a feeling of death with the stag in order to feed his family in the way he chooses. In other words, its not easy to be authentic in what we believe in or what we express in our personal intimacy, it leaves us vulnerable. Giving our emotional life more acknowledgement is the hunt, trusting we are the great Huntress of the Moon – for within us, is the eternal emotional and soul’s reality and the millions of years of our emological development of our souls. Certainly within this, we can help bring validation to the seemingly impossible ocean of our soul’s depth, and the frightening part each time we find courage to support our sensitivities, we never know how far down we must swim to resolve a personal issue and this is how we learn to build self trust.

Not many like to touch the soul in spiritual work, much less making it a valid spiritual teaching because it gets sticky, its painful, messy and requires real core honesty. Yes you won’t find it in any druid circle, temple or juicy circles. Why? Because only we can validate our feelings, only we can validate our mysticism and our ‘seeing’ as real and when we are ready to accept them as valid and stand up for them, then we are ready to travel the winding paths of our soul for our souls sake. Rejecting the realism of duality is nothing more than the mind saying that the soul is not valid in its untouchable yet felt existence and these statements shall come from those who closed the door to feelings and mysticism and magic long ago, and many even lifetimes ago.

The definition of Illusion: Something that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses; a deceptive or misunderstood appearance or impression; a false idea or belief. Illusions are both real & not real at the same time, they fall into the in-between reality of mystery and the magical parts of us, and in our mundane life for example, it can also play out very powerfully when our innocence becomes shattered. This is why the fairy clan has some very dark sides to it, this is why putting all your eggs (fertility, love and moon magic) in another’s basket can and sometimes does result in the deepest feelings of loss. This is human feeling and we also have the keys to heal it rather than turn to our shadow for power.

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All of these are paths of karma and through its pain, hurt and disappointments, is what emotionally frees us if we chose to do the second half of the duality work, which is the nourishment (healing) aspects of our hurt. The magical part is that all of this pain, eventually frees our real soul (astral body) if we spend half the time healing it with real healing work like therapy, or energy healing or yoga etc. Our soul holds so much personal power, but she is always the last to be freed. Having been a healer a long time, when I did a lot of readings weekly as a Seer I would hear: “I thought he loved and respected me, but I was just a fool to think it was real love.” I would counsel duality and share that it was real love, or real love while it was alive and growing, and at the same time, endings comes through fate even though we are not ready, we are never ready. These experiences can crush our innocence, for it changes what is out of balance.

In our domestic nature with its dualistic shadow and light, this silent, blurry and non-verbal brain has more power to work with difficulty.  The best time to accept what is happening as ‘real’ is when we come to terms with how many times we have tried to convince our self things are not real or others telling us things are not real. To reconcile our problems with “real” we must seek the opposite of what has been done from habit. We have our feelings and we have our mundane life and these two clash all the time and are too restrained in the modern world.

Nature teaches us that duality does exist and that we can see it right before our eyes, if we are willing to look. Anything that we says doesn’t exist, means we have not looked at it closely enough or long enough to experience it. That comes in handy if your hiking and there is a bear nearby, but not in personal relationships or in mystical realities. The rule in metaphysics is, anything you focus on long enough with patience, will expand and become real and seen: wanted or unwanted. The one I feared the most, after my second of three awakening stages was: Anything you believe is truth, you will eventually have to walk through. I had reflected on the things I said I believed in up to that point and dreaded what I might have to experience… and I did.

The greatest lessons in life are the choices we make and while some of us work at uniting our personal separations, trying to separate parts of ourselves, only creates fragmented duality. Embracing “change” in real ways is like a fairytale or mythology, this fear is called the monster. In folktale and shamanic (non-plant) healing work, we realize we have at some point been the monster or the situation we are in is the monster, but with humility and groundedness, we can face the monster’s very real and deep seated fear within us.

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I had a dream about three years ago and in the dream I told myself that I had made only one mistake. Back then I had thought, what could that one mistake have been?  Because in reality I had made so many mistakes in my spiritual journey, there were so many difficult choices to make. I could not imagine which one it was from all the tests I have been given. I review that dream again because the memory of that dream returned to me today, but its not about “which monster” it was anymore, its how many monsters I overcame, accomplished, healed and made peace with to dissolve one the monster at a time. That is what is most important for all of us when we asses our struggles.

 Because this moon cycle is about our “root” it is wise to let the little monsters flush up and be seen and dealt with it one at a time. For some of you, issues came right away on the new moon, for the other half, it begins on the full moon. For those of you who are having a pleasant moon this month, do the work anyway, because it helps us feel strong and capable when those three struggling moons of challenge comes forth. Its better to work with all the moon cycles because we make it a practice of flowing emotionally and when difficult moons can seem so crippling. Adding energy work to this helps greatly, especially if you are in a longer phase of crisis, divorce, recuperation from an accident or a loss of a family member. This is a Capricorn Full Moon at its essence. Let go~

For those of you who are new here, each month on the new moon we set “one intention” for our “internal nature” (the external world is a goal). When this internal “intention” comes to its fullness on the full moon, we then set one release intention and slowly we begin to structure a relationship to our inner world. The rewards are feeling better and working without our emotions and their stresses.

Full Moon release intention examples:

I let go of my personal victim
I release my inner bully
I release my need to be right vs happy
I let go of my toxic behavior (which one?)
I release unhealthy scattered thoughts
I let go of emotional suffering
I release projecting my pain
I let go of sadness
I release blocks to my self-nurturing
I let go of harmful intimate behaviors
I release avoiding confrontation
I let go of toxic thoughts
I release my depression
I let go of harmful attitudes
I let go of my false expectation (of what?_____)
I let go of rigidity
I release feelings of insecurity
I let go of guilt
I release my fear (which one?_____)
I let go of grief
in a grounded way
I let go of my busy mind
I release stagnation
I let go of being angry

Blessings and see you at the third new moon of Summer!
Phoenix of Elder Mountain

Image sources: Photo of Magpie bird, photographer unknown; Russian artist Rubrum Lepus – Creature.

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