It's been said the veil is thinner between earth and spirit at Halloween. I like that, it has made me curious about the roots of this American holiday that is now so sugary and playful.
I learnt that Halloween originated back in ancient Celtic times when it was known as Samhain (pronounced sow-in) It was celebrated at the exact point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice (around the 31st of October) marking the end of the growing season.
Samhain was recognised as the time of death within the life cycle. This is when we are drawn to go within, to rest and to be still during Winter. Darkness and all that was associated with it were celebrated. The Celts had rituals to honour those who were in the afterlife and to seek insights into other realms of existence. They did believe the veil between dimensions was thinner at this time making it easier to connect with spirit.
They also believed that when we integrate and accept the darkness the knowledge and power of the light is also renewed. This means within ourselves as well as literal and symbolic darkness.
I like the sounds of this celebration. If you're not into sugar and scary faces how about sitting still and going within to remember there are other dimensions, our loved ones in Spirit are not that far away.
Maybe you can even get still enough to hear higher guidance. Put a prayer out to be in touch with someone you love in spirit or a wise teacher. Quiet your mind and breathe. Listen. What do you feel, hear or sense?
It's not Winter time for us here in the southern hemisphere but Halloween is a good reminder to -
1. Remember that accepting the darkness as well as the light is necessary for balanced integration.
2. There are other planes of existence.
3. Remember our loved ones in spirit.
4. Tune in to be in touch with other realms.
light (and happy darkness integration) to you
IMage by Sasu Tusar
This week we have a full moon in Taurus on Thursday morning here in New Zealand. That means if you're a Taurus or Scorpio (it's opposite sign) or you have those planets in a prominent position (That requires your birth time and an astrologer) it's a particularly important time for you, especially around feelings being heightened, both positively and negatively.
In case you didn't know I was brought up with astrology, my mum has been a professional astrologer since I was young so some of this has seeped in and some I get reminded of often, thanks Mum! It is helpful to know a little basic astrological moon info so you know what to expect with full and new moons.
Full Moon Must Knows from Mum
Don't make final decisions near the full moon as they can bring emotional complications.
They can be good for getting things done as they do generate a lot of energy.
Full moons are not good for clear thinking. They are more instinctual.
They are good for emotional or spiritual matters and healing (Spirit is closer to the earth on full moons) if everyone is in harmony.
They exaggerate feelings, both positive or negative.
They are often extremely emotional and full of drama.
Full moons are good for celebrations and situations where there is a need to express emotions.
They are good for bringing out aches and pains and other health issues to look at, as the fluid content of the body builds up at full moons – around the brain also, so personality disorders are more likely to come out.
For the individuals, full moons in your own sign and in the sign of your ascendant, moon and midheaven are always more powerful for you but some are naturally more powerful than others such as the Cancerian full moon at the end of December or in January.
You will notice that they are usually more extreme before the full moon is exact, up to a week beforehand. Often by the day itself it’s all over and things even out (although sometimes they can turn around and bite you the day after.)
It’s important to be our own observers if there are issues that arise near full moons, so seek time alone if necessary.
If there are good energies around it’s an excellent time to enjoy the best of everything with loved ones or friends.
Full moons can also move the Earth's tectonic plates, causing earthquakes, as well as cause the ocean tides ebbing and flowing, so imagine what they can do to us humans who are made up of around 70% water.
The New Moon
Start projects, sign papers and put plans into action. New moons bring the ability to think logically without emotion getting in the way.
Ancient tribes including Maori would use the new moon to rest physically. They would make plans and decisions as the physical energy levels are low. (the light blocks off at the new moon.) As the energy builds up towards the full moon the plans are carried out as emotions get stronger and energy levels rise in the body.
You can follow Mum's daily astrology posts on Facebook.
I find it very helpful to have a moon calendar for planning. The following full moon will be on November 23rd in Gemini, so a biggy for Geminis and Sagis.
The next new moon will be November 8th.
wishing you healing moon times
Like me on Facebook
Follow me on Instagram
I was listening to a podcast yesterday, the host was discussing the reason she was making it her last show. The regular gig of continually recording batches of episodes was feeling like an effort that was deenergising her. Despite loving her work she wasn't feeling in alignment with this particular aspect of it anymore.
It got me thinking about what it takes to stay in alignment with one's self, especially when we are running our own businesses. It's certainly easy to do 'shoulds', based on the norm or what others are doing.
Staying true to our self can be a challenge, especially when we have instant access to those that we think are more successful than us. Comparisonitis only makes us feel bad for not being or doing more. It has nothing to do with alignment.
I am good at being productive and getting the task done, I can easily push myself through difficult jobs and keep going. In fact, in the past I've been surprised to find myself burnt out a few times. Months of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual recovery is an interesting learning experience. Now that I know all about that I'd much rather do alignment than burn out. It would save money, time, adrenal fatigue, numerous emotions and mental processing. Maybe you resonate?
Here's some handy symptoms to help you know where you're at.
You're Out of Alignment if :
Feeling tired or drained.
Blaming or judging (It's an unhealthy way of getting power)
You're stuck in habits that don't serve you.
You're over analysing.
You're pushing yourself to do more.
You're feeling frustrated.
You're in Alignment when:
You feel on purpose.
You're able to hear your intuition.
You feel happy and sometimes even joyful.
You have a sense of being grounded in your body.
You enjoy what you're doing.
There is ease and flow.
You are not attached to outcomes.
You feel appreciation.
When we're in the process of coming into alignment the first thing we need to do is connect to our body. It's from this grounded place that we know what our needs are. Rest, food or care of some sort is hard to know when we're disconnected due to too much doing or thinking.
It's from a body centred place that we're able to hear our inner knowing. When we're over thinking there's no room for the quiet voice of intuition. This wise inner counsel will guide us to our next steps.
We may feel sad when we realise we've been out of alignment for too long. Recovery catch up is needed, some chill time where our mind is free to relax. Play, rest, nature, movement and care will help us realign to self.
There really is no rush. Flow and ease comes from our natural aligned state. Look out for signs of being out of alignment and kindly come back to yourself.
It's a beautiful way to live.
wishing you alignment
Image by Becca Tapert
I’m currently in transition from the natural world to the modern world. This is due to returning home from 4 days in a magical healing place, The Bach.
In the 1950s my uncles built this bach near Taupo Point, Wainui in Golden Bay. When the land was claimed by The Abel Tasman National Park they were given a lifetime ownership, meaning when they died the bach would need to be dismantled. We are blessed that Uncle Jack, now the sole owner at 92 is still a vibrant, active man.
I have been staying at this special place since I was a kid. It’s a 30 min walk in at low tide with a full backpack. All our food comes too as getting back out isn’t easy. (At high tide leaving would involve going over a goat track on a steep hill and doing some swimming.) There’s some careful rock climbing to do which isn’t too hard if the tide is out and it’s not windy. (Although I have fallen twice which does hurt on those sharp rocks.)
It’s a triumphant feeling to arrive and get that backpack off. We’ve made it! We make our beds up, unpack our food then wheel the trolley down to the waterfall to fill our container. I hang up my hammock, boil the kettle and chase the weka out of the bach.
Day 1 is usually a somewhat challenging transition. The bach has holes, a long drop toilet and sometimes rats as well as no power. (There are gas bottles) The comforts of home we take for granted are suddenly missed. On this trip we left our boys allergy eye drops in the car so off we went back to the carpark only just making it back around the rocks before the tide was too high.
I had an angry, crying meltdown when I learnt my reading glasses were left in the car on trip 2. “How can I do Anything??!” My dear partner went over the hill for a 2nd walk out and a 3rd walk in.
These challenges are actually secret trials to bring emotion to the surface, for greater self-discovery and healing. I learnt I was way more wound up than I thought I was. I’d been multi-tasking to the max in full future focused work mode the days leading up to the trip. My outburst was a release of pent up stress. My partner was able to process some issues of his own on his hour solo walk. The magic was beginning. My dear boy then realised he’d left his book at home (a bach nightmare) He was able to do his processing around this new found ‘lack of’. Luckily my sister was dropping in the next day and could do a delivery.
When we sat down for a Thai red curry chicken on the beach later that day we all breathed out, unwinding was starting to happen. The unfolding days were spent doing yoga on the beach, collecting shells, playing Yahtzee on the lawn, looking for stingray, finding crabs and starfish, playing Frisbee and reading in the hammock. We kayaked, drew pictures and cooked up yummy food. At night we played Yahtzee by candle light and cosied in bed with our books. Our modern life was now 2nd best, our simple bach life was nurturing, healing and just perfect. We didn’t want to go home.
And now we are home. There were lights, cats that had missed us, hot water (which we loved) internet and too many rooms. I found it all quite intense. I couldn’t hear the waves crashing at night. I cried for the simple life. Day 1 at home was 130 emails, 4 loads of washing, food gathering and multiple adjustments at the chiropractor (how symbolic!) I couldn’t focus with so many things demanding my attention. I felt frustrated and tired. I realised this is my ‘normal’ life. I was craving to lie on the beach again with my book, so I gave up trying to do so much, sat in the sun and looked at my photos which helped. That night we lit a candle and played Yahtzee which helped too.
Today I have prayed for support to not over fill my life, to not get caught up in the pressures of modern life and to remember there is a beautiful natural world outside my door. I pray to not rush, to breathe more and to enjoy the simple things. I know this natural way is easier at the bach and I know, with practise and mindfulness, I can bring that vibe home, at least more often than I had been.
Wishing you many natural simple joys,
When I awaken my dreams are elusively fading. I quickly catch them in my journal before I'm fully conscious. Rising oceans, out of control cars and too many kittens all tell me what I'm processing on a deeper level.
In dreams the people, animals and objects are all aspects of self. The water that is rising symbolises emotion surfacing within us, cars represent how we move through our life and kittens can be vulnerable aspects of one's self that need care.
In life and in sleep we see ourselves reflected in all things. Being aware from this perspective can fast track our self development. The things we dislike or admire in another are aspects of our self, whether we are conscious of that or not. When I judge someone else I'm really judging myself. This is one way of accessing our disowned light and shadow aspects.
Victims used to really annoy me, they were the people that frustrated me the most. When I took responsibility for this projection and made peace with my own inner victim (which was a challenging journey around facing shame) I was less bothered by others victim vibe. It happens with positive qualities too, we admire people who have traits we wish to bring forward in ourselves.
One of the reasons I am fascinated with Tarot is that it's a perfect mirror for us to see less conscious aspects of self in the various symbols, archetypes and images. It's been a powerful tool for me to understand myself in new ways. Try it for yourself!
Whether it's via dreams, projections in the outside world or Tarot when the unconscious becomes conscious we know ourselves better. This discovery helps us integrate the light and the shadow parts that we have buried.
Greater integration means a more balanced, happier, successful and authentic life.
wishing you awareness of your projections
Note - It's helpful having a good symbol/dream dictionary to learn more about they relate to your life. I use Tony Crisp's, see more about that here.