Monthly Archives: June 2015

Full Moon in Capricorn

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This is the third in a series of posts on working with Moon energy. Each New Moon and Full Moon, I will post suggestions for working with that archetype and harness the energy of the Moon's cycle.

Full Moon Energy

The full moon is the time of a birth, a time when the seeds you planted at the New Moon prior (approximately 2 weeks ago) come to fruition. So if you set goals and intentions at the New Moon, now is a great time to bring them out and evaluate your progress.

  • What do you need to do between now and the next New Moon to birth your intentions?
  • What needs to happen in your life for that to occur?
  • What do you need to finish up?
  • What do you need to let go of?

The Waning Time

The time between the New and Full Moons is considered the waning time. This is not the time to launch new programs, unless you began crafting them at the last New Moon. The waning time is a time where we go within and reflect – time to prepare for the next New Moon and what we want to put into place at that time. This is a perfect time for release ceremonies, getting introspective about your life, and letting go of what no longer works.

Full Moon in Capricorn

Capricorn is an earth sign and those born under this sign tend to be builders and leaders. They are goal-oriented and like having structure and rules, but also recognize when it's time for change. They are the ones born with an ‘old soul' who seem wise beyond their years.

So what does this mean for working with the Full Moon energy? You can add the energy of Capricorn to your Full Moon reflections by asking yourself the following:

  • What structures in my life are working well for me right now? What structures need to be built to improve my life? What structures no longer serve that I need to let go of?
  • How might I tune into the wise part of myself and ask for guidance?
  • Where in my life can I step up and be a leader/mentor? Where should I let go and allow others to lead?
  • What does Earth tell me about what needs to happen in my life right now?

Enjoy working with the Full Moon energy in Capricorn! It should be a profoundly insightful time for all of us.

 

New Moon in Gemini

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This continues a series of posts on working with Moon energy. Each New Moon and Full Moon, I will post suggestions for working with that archetype and harness the energy of the Moon's cycle.

New Moon Energy

The new moon is a time of new beginnings, a time when you plant the seeds you wish to harvest over the next month. Yet, do not neglect to let go of what no longer serves before you plant those seeds. It does no good to plant seeds in a barren desert.

  • What do you need to release before moving forward with this new moon cycle?
  • What patterns have you been holding on to that no longer serve?

You may wish to hold a releasing ceremony before setting your intentions for the New Moon. Once you have let go of the old, it's time to set your intentions for this moon cycle.

  • What do I wish to create over the next month (from New Moon to New Moon)?
  • What do I need to allow my creations to come into light?

 

The Waxing Time

The time between the New and Full Moons is considered the waxing time. This is a perfect time to kick start a project you've been putting off, getting your ducks in a row, and get ready for growth. Your focus is sharp, your creativity is in overdrive, and your energy is boundless. Use it!

 

New Moon in Gemini

Aaahh…. the twins. Gemini is an air sign, and while those born under this sign may appear to be indecisive, in reality, they are just able to see all of the possibilities and thus sometimes are unable to narrow their focus to just one option. They are also fiercely independent and desire freedom to explore all of the potential outcomes they can see.

So what does this mean for working with the New Moon energy? You can add the energy of Gemini to your New Moon reflections by asking yourself the following reflective questions:

  • Where have I felt stuck in my life that might benefit from viewing with a new lens?
  • Where do I feel tied down, unable to fully express who I am? How might I alter this situation?
  • What opportunities do I want to explore over the next month? Year?
  • What aspects of myself have I been ignoring or suppressing that could use a little attention?

Enjoy working with the New Moon energy in Gemini! It should be a fun, explorative time for all of us.

 

Can a health problem be a guide to your purpose?

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Are you feeling dragged down by a health problem, whether it’s large and threatening or small and persistent?  I invite you to consider whether your health problem could be a guide to your life purpose, and thus a gateway to healing.

I know from hard experience that ill health can be deeply discouraging.  But I’ve also learned that it can point us toward the life path we’re really supposed to be on.  For me and so many others, our health problems call us to notice where our lives are out of balance, where our hearts feel malnourished, and whether we feel a passionate calling to serve a purpose that might seem surprising yet lead us to delight.  As I struggled for years with immune and autoimmune challenges, I discovered gradually that the more I honored my desire to connect with nature and teach others about linkages between our own wellness and the Earth’s wellness, the more my mind, body, and spirit came into alignment, and the more my heath improved.  My work and lifestyle have shifted in many ways and my health is better than it’s ever been.  I know it’s possible to say ‘yes’ to discerning how you can learn from an illness, use it for the good, and let it boost you forward into your highest and best contribution to the world.

Whatever your purpose is, it matters to your health.  If your purpose is unfulfilled your body will tell you about it.  To heal, you need to look beyond medicating the bodily messenger or being frustrated with the messenger and instead listen deeply to its wisdom.  An unfulfilled altruistic purpose may be stifled underneath the surface of your mind-body-spirit system in such a way that your body tries to capture your attention via symptoms of illness.  An unfulfilled purpose may disrupt mind-body-spirit energetic integration, thus making you much more vulnerable to the other factors that can influence the development of illness (genetics, environment, diet, stress, etc.)  In indigenous cultures around the world, this phenomenon is called shaman sickness.  Those with shaman sickness have a powerful life purpose, typically involving healing or leading of some kind, that tends to cause health problems if it’s ignored.

By paying attention to both indigenous wisdom and modern insights, we’re learning that the threat of illness can be an invitation to heal at a deep level: to heal yourself, re-balance your life, and contribute to healing life on our planet.  We live in a time when people and the Earth have many needs.  Thought leaders worldwide agree that many of us alive today have the purpose of contributing to the Great Work (a.k.a. Great Turning or Great Transition) of re-balancing the human relationship to the Earth, restoring human health, and continuing to heal relationships within the human species.  In this era of crisis on the Earth, many of us are experiencing health problems related to stress, a fast life pace, our impoverished diets, and environmental toxicity.  Our health problems are reminders that life on our planet needs repair.

Your purpose may be simply to lovingly nurture your own body, stand up in moderate ways for the good you believe in, or care for your family or a garden.  It may be to create art to inspire others, to teach children, to become a health coach, to rescue animals, or to advocate for the restoration of your local waterway or forest.  The options are many.  Perhaps you have a larger calling as a leader.  What is important is to listen to the internal voice that may be begging you to honor or discover your purpose, and may be whispering to you that your health will be so much better when you do.

For more support with exploring how your wellness and purpose are linked, you can receive a free copy of “8 Ways To Know Whether Your Illness Is Pointing to Your Purpose, & What To Do Next,” by visiting http://mutualflourishing.org/?page_id=442

Remember, if you have a persistent health problem and you feel called to make some type of helpful contribution to the world, those are not separate threads in your life, but threads that are asking to be interwoven.  Your purpose is your unique way of being part of the life system here on Earth.  Aligning with it also may be a key to your health.

 

charaChara Armon, Ph.D. teaches about the connections between wellness and life purpose to help you discover your pathways toward health and service.  As a teacher, mentor, and scholar, she ignites attention to our opportunity to heal human and Earth health as the same endeavor, for mutual flourishing.  Find her at http://mutualflourishing.org, www.healingearthself.com/deephealingautoimmunity, and on Owning Pink.

Self love. BodyLove. Goddess.

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I was on a beach in California watching the waves crash over the rocks when it hit me: I was tired of waiting for my happy ending. Tired of living my life in reaction mode instead of creating the life I want to be living. Tired of pretending I was Cinderella and if I just waited long enough, my Prince would come save me from myself.

 
As I walked along the beach, I asked myself, “why do I not come here more often?” It's only a couple of hours plane ride away. I always make excuses. I don't have time to travel. It costs too much money to travel. I can't afford it, and California is too expensive anyway.
 
Yet, that's all they are. Excuses. Limiting beliefs. Lies I tell myself. And I don't want to do that anymore.
 
So I made a few decisions while I was in California.
 
  1. I left my Princess behind on that beach. I'm stepping into my Queenhood. I also left my people pleaser and doer there too. And my inner mean girl.
  2. I decided I wanted to travel, instead of just talking about how I want to travel… 
  3. I decided to stop holding myself back when it comes to my business growth. So I am exploring new wealth channels. 
  4. I decided that it's time I came out of hiding in a big way. That I stopped playing small. That I stopped second guessing myself on career decisions and trusted the Universe to provide the way for me. I am a much better manifestor than I give myself credit for. I only have to believe that I am.

 

Full Moon in Sagittarius

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I was recently asked by a reader to explore Moon signs and archetypes. This will be the first of a series of posts on working with Moon energy. Each New Moon and Full Moon, I will post suggestions for working with that archetype and harness the energy of the Moon's cycle.

Full Moon Energy

The full moon is the time of a birth, a time when the seeds you planted at the New Moon prior (approximately 2 weeks ago) come to fruition. So if you set goals and intentions at the New Moon, now is a great time to bring them out and evaluate your progress.

  • What do you need to do between now and the next New Moon to birth your intentions?
  • What needs to happen in your life for that to occur?
  • What do you need to finish up?
  • What do you need to let go of?

 

The Waning Time

The time between the New and Full Moons is considered the waning time. This is not the time to launch new programs, unless you began crafting them at the last New Moon. The waning time is a time where we go within and reflect – time to prepare for the next New Moon and what we want to put into place at that time. This is a perfect time for release ceremonies, getting introspective about your life, and letting go of what no longer works.

 

Full Moon in Sagittarius

Sagittarius is a fire sign and those born under this sign tend to be a little quick-tempered and direct (they tell it like it is with no sugar coating), but on the other hand they are also very lively, fun, adventurous, and flexible go-with-the-flow kind of people (Sagittarians are not planners by nature). They tend to be more rule breakers than rule makers and they love their freedom.

So what does this mean for working with the Full Moon energy? You can add the energy of Sagittarius to your Full Moon reflections by asking yourself the following:

  • How might I need to adapt and change in my life right now? What's not working for me that could use a little boost of fire energy?
  • What am I really searching for in life (think big picture)? What do I really and truly want to attract or give birth to in my life right now?
  •  What have I been missing in my life? What have I been depriving myself of?
  • What do I have too much of? What might be calling for a little moderation right now?

Enjoy working with the Full Moon energy in Sagittarius! It should be a profoundly insightful time for all of us.

 

How to Be Queen of Your Own Life, Step I

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I was chatting with a friend of mine today about the phases of women’s lives. She just returned from Salem, MA. While there she visited the Witch House and took a tour. Her tour guide was talking with her about the three traditional phases of a woman’s life: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. However, she added that in modern times there are now four phases: Maiden, Mother, Queen, and Crone.

I’ve been toying with adding two chapters to my as-of-yet-unpublished manuscript on Awakening the Goddess Within since December. I believe the time has come. School’s out for the next two months; it’s time to figure out just who this Queen archetype is and how she plays a role in my life.

Thus far, I like what I have found. While the Maiden archetype is young, wild, and free, the Mother is nurturing, caring, and puts others before herself, and the Crone is the Wise Woman, the Queen is a different entity entirely. The Queen is the Sovereign of her own domain. Her “mothering” years are behind her (or at least her children are past childhood and need less care from her) and she is entering a new phase in her life – one where she gets to focus her energy on her own pursuits; define how she will live her life; explore the possibilities with her mature sense of knowing what she wants and what she doesn’t.

In the past 6 months, Universe has sent me numerous signs that it’s time for me to take charge of my own life in a way I never have before; set new boundaries; become Queen of my own Domain. My mothering years are over; my reproductive years coming to an end. Now I can channel my “birthing” energy into my passions and projects that stir my Soul.

So what is the first step? How do you become Queen of Your Own Life? I believe Step 1 is this: Reconnect with Your Intuition and Learn to Trust that Inner Voice of Wisdom. If, like me, you have always been a people pleaser, lacked self-trust, and put your needs last on your to-do list, the time has come for your – and me – to rise to the occasion. Are you ready to become Queen of your own life?