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.

 

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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Second New Moon of Winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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