Saturday, May 23, 2020

Staging for my Success

Beginning begins
To begin again, that is what we have. No matter how fracking wrong a lunar cycle can go (and we have all had some really bad ones) have deep wisdom in the fact that there is the opportunity to do it all over again. At 1:38pm EST yesterday the moon made its way into the new moon in Gemini. Now both of those will be explored, but first let's see what all the hype is over a new moon.

Newness renewed
So, a new moon is also called the dark moon cause when we look in the sky we see no moon at all, but it just means where we are is far from the moon and it is not visible. She is still there, trust me. When this time is upon us there is a natural contraction of energy and a journey inward for unabridged introspection is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Do work at this time that is about cleansing, clearing, removal and grounding. All of these are things we can benefit from at this time, but I suggest you try just one of them. Sometimes our overzealousness gets the best of us and we are not as productive as we think. And the last thing that the new moon represents is a time for intention setting for the entire lunar cycle (the next 28.5 days).

Mercury manifests
Gemini, that sign of duality, diversity and change, its power is derived from its ruling planet Mercury (which will be retrograding during this cycle, but we'll dish about that in another post). Mercury, that great communicator and also trickster, is the planet to ask for help on your journey. It has the power of efficiency and superior articulatory skills (whether audible or not). Use this time to accept weakness in order to move beyond (and weakness can be large or small), push yourself as I intend to push me.

Check myself
Now my intentions this lunar cycle is to work to better communicate what I have been given with others. Often times I hesitate to share, for one reason or another, but this new moon will be about accepting what I have and have not done in order to be open to where I will be going. Although all of this is not tangible, I am so encouraged to do this work because I am finally at a stage where I know I am mastering my spiritual path, rather than apprenticing it. For me there will be stillness, reflection, lots of writing and practicing (with myself and others). I will continue to say YES to new roads.

Rituals created
For those out here who have never done new moon work it is not formulaic or set. Allow yourself to be guided in how and when to ritualize and mark this new moon. One thing to keep in my, try to get your initial work in within the next couple of days. Then you have the rest of the lunar cycle to tweak, change and notice. A couple of ways to use the info below is to use post it notes to surround yourself with messages. Or you can keep a new moon journal where you can write and reflect about this cycle and the cycles to come. I offer the guidance tools below to you, me, and all of this this new moon.


Work in the New Moon


Fasting and Cleansing

Removal and Clearing

Preparing for the New

Acceptance of Introspection



Lunar Cycle Animal Totem - Deer

Animal Totem Meaning - Gentleness

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Return to my Wilderness

Cherish Family & Ancestry

Hear the Inaudible

Embrace the power of Gentleness



Lunar Cycle Bird Totem - Cardinal

Bird Totem Meaning - Upholding the Self 

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Renew Vitality

Listen to message from the Wind

Uplift Creativity and Intuition

Watch My Diet



New Moon "Grounding" Oil Blend

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Utilize the new moon to harness the power of aromatherapy. Creating an oil blend that is used during the cycle will give you a way to reconnect and remember. A small and quick gesture can last a long time. Find a small glass bottle to store in a cool and dry place in your home. Use a base oil (grapeseed, sunflower, safflower). Use as often as needed and feel free to refill if you must. 


5 parts Patchouli (Grounding - Earth Element)

3 parts Orange (Happiness - Fire Element)

3 parts Lavender (Centering - Air Element)




New Moon's Magic

These are short and quick ideas to keep in mind when doing the work to set for this lunar cycle and beyond. On those days this cycle when everything is falling apart, take time to come back to this post and see these few words. Magic is in the power we allow to inhabit us for it is and always was inside of us.


Be Committed, Patient, and Open

I am creating a Roadmap for my Life's Success

I Transform by Accepting




--Shamanic Drea







Sunday, April 12, 2020

The sparkle is Spring

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Change has come
For most of us overnight the world has seemingly changed. Especially in the midst of all of this I want us to take a moment, lean into the realities the ancestors have for us, and go within to find our power and be guided into the next iteration of who we are in these times.  And trust, it is not lost on me that all of this is occurring in the season of Spring.

Season's blessings

Spring, a season associated with color, the return of the Sun and many beginnings must always be acknowledged as a time for growth. This growth has to be from the inside out or else we miss the things that are truly for us.  During this time of worldwide coping purposely align yourself with like minded persons and tap into that action of renewal. The regenerative force that is Spring does NOT happen by osmosis, we must be willing to accept the gifts this season has for us. Are you ready? 

Silence seeker
For me this time has been full of embracing stillness. Although many of us are urged and even sometimes pressured to feel like we need to engage in projects, new skills and outreach to new audiences I simply have not been moved. To actually complete this blog and contemplate future ones has been a task because on most days I just want some stillness. My balance this spring will be about how to seek silence then emerge and create. Then take time to complete that cycle all over again. As much as I am hampered to be in I know that my guides are giving me this time as a gift and I hope I am open enough to accept and utilize it.

Surfing this Change
Since many of us have been ordered to stay at home take the time to think about what you already have as a resource that can help you navigate for today and tomorrow. Marking the beginning of a shift in energy is to your benefit. By saying to the spirit world I recognize the changes that are around me you open so much to you and others. Below are spiritual and guiding tools to use this Spring. They are sketches of a blueprint, please feel free to use them, not use them or spring board from them. Most importantly, be intentional about what you want this Spring. That intent will take you farther than you know.




Spring Animal Totem - Turtle
Meaning - Ancient Wisdom & Grounding


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Longevity & Rootedness is a choice in my Life

Seek my inner counsel in turbulent times

Slow & See Opportunities

Go Within to mature my Ideas

Nature has the perfect Tempo






Spring Concept - Create Harmony through Balance


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I Own, Accept and Love all of Me

There is never positive or negative, just what is

I can Balance my life in the midst of Storms




Spring Foods


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Spices (Ginger, Lemon, Tumeric)

Dry Grains (Corn, Barley, Millet)

Astringent Fruits (Apples, Pears, Berries, Prunes)

Lean Proteins, Egg Whites & White Meat

Bitter Vegetables (Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Asparagus)

Raw Honey






Spring Mantra


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During renewal, ancestors lead me to the depths of me,

Allow me to access the power of silence & spirit there,

Ground me in knowing I have and am all I need.



--Shamanic Drea






Sunday, October 27, 2019

Release in Three

New Moon
With the change in weather also comes a change in the moon. Today, at approximately 11:38pm EST the moon moves itself into a new lunar cycle and into the sign of Scorpio. The new moon is the time when the moon in the sky gives the appearance of full darkness, but really is just far away.  This is the time to figure out what you will work towards over the next 28.5 days (a lunar cycle). See these few days as planning or incubation on what you will work towards manifesting. Now having said all of that, let's get into more of the nitty gritty of this lunar cycle.

New Focus
Scorpio is a sign frequently reduced to heightened sexuality and strong passions but it offers many more gifts. Namely embracing the subtleties of life, journeying homeward to find a better understanding of self, and completing severance that is necessary to move forwardMore than a mere mantra, severance or plainly put "letting go" has all the sounds of a self help guru's platform, but rarely is it as easy as it sounds. Lean into Scorpio and it's ruling planet Pluto for the power to do things differently. Let us travel inwards to simply listen and hear what needs releasing.

New Knowing
My own journey this cycle is pivotal as I am being asked to put my talk into my walk. My life has a way of hearing me speak and then she shows up and says "Ok, show us". So my letting go will reveal things to me I probably have hidden deep within. This lunar cycle will be steeped in introspection, noticing, awareness and action. Only when I am quiet will things be revealed.

New Intention
Take all things contained in here as ideas, not a roadmap. My goal is to connect all of us closer to the power of the moon, her beautiful machinations and all the bounty that comes from knowing when and what kind of work to do each lunar cycle. For this new moon you will know what is best for you at this very moment. Below are a few steps that I am working with as I let go of things unwanted. Feel free to use this, alter it or use some other means that may allow you to release.



New Moon in Scorpio Work 


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Below are three small steps that could actually take much longer than a short lunar cycle, but I say to you (and myself), let this be the beginning of dumping unwanted things that take up space in our lives. Whether secrets from long ago or longings that were never received, we must release in order to receive. I would love to be kept abreast of how you are doing with your release. I will check in this cycle to share more of what I have learned.


Step 1 - Recognize
Often the hardest step, take time this new moon to focus on seeing the unseen. It's not what we know but what we don't know, remain open and see things in a new way,


Step 2 - Acknowledge
Upon seeing then we must wholly accept whatever it is before us, completely unabridged. Radical acceptance is a feat but is doable, settle in to new knowing,


Step 3 - Release
Finally we have to figure a way to relinquish all that we hold. Whether it be through ritual, mantras, a letter or sharing, put these things back into the universe that no longer serve you.



--Shamanic Drea



Monday, September 23, 2019

The way to find a way

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Balancing Act
At approximately 3:40am EST we entered into autumn. Today is the Autumn Equinox meaning day and night are equal lengths and provide for us balance that only comes twice a year. Use this equinox and the days and weeks near it to bring about balance to all aspects of our lives. Forget a clear and concise plan or goal, just put one foot in front of the other and step purposefully on your own path this autumn.

Fear no fog
Be it love, abundance, spiritual understanding or social consciousness this autumn can be the clearing we need, without realizing it. Often times in my own life when I have feared or worried the most what's gotten me through my fog has just been one step, then another, then another until eventually I have reached the place I didn't even know I was meant to go. This picture above symbolizes what our lives look like we when are sort of on a path and sort of not. A path without definition and many parts ahead that are nowhere near clear, but we still must move on, knowing that all will be revealed in divine time.  Take steps, be afraid and do it anyway, and most of all know that nothing we do is truly in isolation for our ancestors and guides move through this life with us, especially when we feel the loneliest.

Anchor in a fog
My own fog lies in making decisions around what is next on my spiritual journey and how and where am I meant to show up. And guess what? It's really foggy for me now, but I am anchored in knowing this fog will clear as long as I am willing to step onto that path and know a journey awaits with an unknown destination. Am I up to the challenge, yes just like we all are, but I also will keep tabs on myself by journaling, being in nature as much as I can and being open to hear the messages from some of the most unlikely sources, cause frankly that's how my folks like to show up :)

A set up
On a cross quarter day like the Autumn Equinox I say to us all take advantage of the great power and thinning veil between spirit and physical worlds. Today is the start of something amazingly beautiful and we all have the chance to begin again. Set forth intentions (big or small) and see how they manifest over the season. And none of these have to be large or internet posts. I find my deepest self understandings come in the quietest of whispers that are fleeting and I often can not repeat their true meaning. Be good to yourself this season and also to others. Wishing us all a most fruitful Fall season.


Autumn Concept - Misalignment for Alignment




This autumn I ask us all to be comfortable with discomfort as a way to gauge just where we need to be and use that as a landmark on how to get to that place of alignment, comfort and joy. With all that is going on in the world right now happiness, laughter, and beauty are things we must not take for granted. So join me in getting it oh so wrong so we can work to get it just right. And clearly I do not want any of us to stay in misalignment but I ask you trust me (and my guides for that matter) to let your personal tracks in life come a bit off the rails in order to put them back. Perfection, precision and self doubt do not belong in any configuration of what I am asking you to do. On the craziest of days laugh it off, take a nap or hit reset (sometimes that's the only way). As Voltron needed alignment to totally activate all parts into a higher functioning unit, so do we (shameless 80's cartoon reference for sure).


Autumn Foods

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Root Vegetables

Cold Weather Greens

Raw Seeds/Nuts

Spices 

Sweet and Heavy Fruits


Autumn Ritual

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To create your own autumn ritual follow these few steps below but feel free to add, take away or edit, this is a springboard for creating ritual, not a blueprint. As the picture above shows ritual is all around us and helps us through the unimaginable. Here's to a successful ritual.


                     Make time in the first few days of Autumn 
                                             

                     Find quiet and undisturbed time


                     

                     Listen for Autumn intentions 



                     Write down your Autumn intentions 


                     Meditate, pray, or focus on these intentions                      

                     

                     Revisit these intentions as needed this Autumn







---Shamanic Drea








Monday, June 11, 2018

My Language of Dreams



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Crossing quarter
As the daylight grows each day we find ourselves closer and closer to the Summer Solstice. If there seems to be fanfare around the solstice, there is. This cross quarter day has meaning to so many cultures for so many different reasons. On this Summer Solstice I'd like us to focus our energy on the word illumination. To see the unseen, to view the hidden, and most of all to light the way.

Bursting boost
The solstice will begin Thursday June 21st at 6:07am EST in the Northern Hemisphere and it is the official start of the summer, but it is more than a mere seasonal shift. The summer, known as a time for growth, blossoms, and expansion is also a time to benefit from a boost of energy that is available to all of us. The longer daylight and usually warmer days feeds both us and the planet simultaneously. We each have a choice in what to do with summer's extra offerings as well as the trajectory of our current life paths. Begin now to prepare and be intentional and purposeful about this summer, perhaps as you have not in the past.

Receiving rays
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My walk this summer will involve standing in the sun and being seen. For most of my life I've
appreciated the stage from the wings but this summer I will, when requested, step onto the stage. I think most of my center stage apprehension has been around attention, responsibility, and the unknown. Those days are over. Bare with me as I teeter out of my proverbial shell, there may be a few hiccups. Not too worry, there will be no oversharing here.

Making more
Below are motifs and ways to mark as well and measure your progress during the summer. Often times we are not successful because we do not think we will be, so, set yourself up for all wins this coming season. And as always, use these tools as a guidepost to finding your own combination of things that help you navigate what you want and what you are willing to do to get it.


Summer Concept - 
The Language I Dream In

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Learn Symbology of my Dreams

My Dreams are my Future

Allow my Dreams to Manifest in all forms

Dreams are a Tool for Change


Summer Foods

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Light Grains (Quinoa, White Basmati Rice)

Neutral Fruits (Grapes, Melons, Limes)

Cool Proteins (Mung Beans, Tofu, Lean White Meat, Fish)


Summer Herbs/Essences

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Juniper - Fire Element - Centering

Orange - Fire Element - Beauty

Rosemary - Fire Element - Release




Summer Stones
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Opal (Connection to Goddess)

Citrine (Visualization)

Garnet (Inspiration)



Summer Mantra

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Blessed spirits open me to the totality of my dreams,

There is great power and knowledge available if I believe,

And remain open to receive what dreamtime has for me.


--Andrea






Friday, November 17, 2017

Success' secret

Just a beginning
In just a few hours (6:42am EST) the moon will enter a new lunation and yet again we will have all the opportunities in the world. The next 28.5 days present themselves to us like a gift from on high. What we do with those precious moments are completely up to us.

Just a sign
The next lunar cycle will be in the sign of Scorpio. This sign so often trivialized to heightened sexuality and strong passions has other great things to offer. Namely embracing the subtleties of life (something I am truly working to master), completing severance that is necessary to move forward, and journeying homeward to find a better understanding of self. By far the greatest thing Scorpio offers us is the opportunity to go deeper into the powers of Pluto, it's ruling planet.

Just a planet
Pluto's greatest offering to us is the ability to overcome almost anything. Be it death, disappointment, feeling cheated, or a downward spiral Pluto always presents the next new beginning. Although there are other signs that represent newness, none quite in the way Pluto does. Simply stated anything that occurs in your life can be reset. All we must do is know and properly utilize the energy Pluto holds. If you've had a threshold that has been alluding you think about making a step over it during this lunar cycle. Obstacles are made to be overcome.

Just a lens
My focus this lunar cycle is to have more personal recognition and awareness of the successes that surround me. Mine and other folk. During this lunar cycle I am practicing my Half Full lens in as many situations as I can. Pluto tells me that although things must die, they are only setting the stage for other things to come through next. For me it's really basic, in order for more to be available I must at this moment have nothing but gratitude for where I am.

Just my wants
The ball is totally in our courts. I say to you, be intentional and make magic for you and others around you this Scorpio cycle. Yes, we will be near family and friends this holiday season, but that's okay because as long as we have focus about what's important to us then what others say or do should not sway us or lead us astray. Take time in the next two days to really think about what it is you want from the Scorpio lunar cycle. Write it down, say it out loud to yourself, and even feel free to discuss it wth others. Below is one lens to use, feel free to create other lens for yourself this cycle.



Scorpio Lunar Cycle Concept -
Success and Wisdom


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Fulfillment is a Journey


Accept rewards with Confidence


Take time to be Happy


Gratitude begets Blessings




Scorpio Lunar Cycle Herbs/Essences

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Elderflower - Water Element - Protection


Myrrh - Fire Element - Success


Sandalwood - Water Element - Spirituality






Scorpio Lunar Cycle Affirmation


I am committed to embracing all wisdom that has come through, to and for me,


Knowing that with gratitude and grace my successes will only be the beginning of my ascension this cycle,


I ask my guides to place on my soul the blueprint of acceptance for all that is.



---Andrea


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Fulfilling fullness

Full not fool
This morning at approximately 1:22am we entered this Full Moon in Taurus. I'm not sure for you, but for me these last 24 hours have been intense and building minute by minute. Now that the moon has reached fullness I know I am exhaling much easier. Full moon time is a good check in time during the lunar cycle. A time of reflection, it is essential we disregard colloquial knowledge about the full moon and rather pull on this strong energy to see where we are, what we have accomplished and what we have yet to do. Three evenings in the sky the moon shows as full but the truth is what we don't see is so much more. Mark this full moon and you will be blueprinting the rest of your lunar cycle.

Venus not Taurus
This November's full moon is in Taurus (the opposite sign of the Libra lunar cycle we are within) and yes you probably think you know the earth based, strong willed, and forceful characteristics that may abound, but I say look beneath that understanding. Taurus, is only that which the planet Venus allows it to be. Venus (Taurus' ruling planet) is not only associated with beauty and love, but this sign is the domain of creativity, bounty, and manifesting ideas into reality. As usual what is best for us lies just beneath what is shiny.

Truth not fiction
I am charging myself to put just one foot in front of the other this full moon. I will be honest about fear, insecurity, and doubt, but only in order to release them. I will no longer entertain thoughts and internal dramas before I even take the next step. Meanwhile as I take each step I will be hopeful and grateful. A small and large task all at one time. I believe I am up to this. Here goes everything!

Do and do
Mark your full moon. Below is just a few ways to utilize this energy, but the most important way to gain from the full moon is decide what you want to do and then do it. There is no one prescription for power, just authenticity and being present. To us all I wish great things in the near and far future. Oh and for those of us where there is Day Light Savings Time, an extra hour of sleep this evening.




Full Moon in Taurus Totem - Beaver
Meaning - The Builder





Know I am the Builder


Take each step with power


Great things arise when I work with others





Candle Power


At the Full Moon there is an awesome amount of power available an a way to cement that power and your works is by burning candles.  Find green candles that are safe and burn them as long and as much as you like. Fire is a tool of creation and stands in the direction of the South.  Ignite your soul towards its power this Full Moon,


Green





Renewal

Healing

Abundance

Regeneration



--Andrea

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The dead that never dies

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Time of the Dead
Yesterday, October 31st, through tomorrow, November 2nd, is a period known as Dia De Muertos or Day of the Dead. These few days are a chance each year for veneration of ancestors. In other words a celebration of our dead. 

Observe the Dead
A holiday with origins in Mexico's Aztec Empire, Dia de Muertos is now celebrated internationally. This time of year brings the opportunity to reflect, uplift, remember, and behold the lives and legacies of our ancestors.  Whether young or old all of our ancestors have lessons and subsequent spiritual power for us. Take time to honor them and you will find blessings bestowed upon you in return.


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Listen to the Dead
My personal Day of the Dead has already begun. I have purchased a marigold plant in honor of my maternal grandmother and I am offering flowers and incense to all of my ancestors. Later this evening I will sit in mediation and hear the lessons they have for me this year. Although I do my best to walk and talk to my ancestors on a regular basis I am always most excited about this time of the year. For me it is the nudge I need to recognize that my dead never really do die. 

Remember the Dead
Below are suggestions of ways to remember your loved ones from now til November 2nd and beyond. We don't need this day to know that our ancestors walk with us and live in our daily lives, but making the effort yields so much goodness and light in our lives. Do not be convinced ancestor veneration is a part of darkness it is not. Saying to the world my people came to this world and they matter is about as light filled as it can be. Don't just reclaim our time in days like these but RECLAIM OURSELVESAnd for those out there with recent ancestors or even those that may be close to the veil of life and death, decide for yourself if celebrating is right for you. Only you will know if marking this day will bring you solace.





Ideas to Connect to Ancestors




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Make an Altar/Ofrenda 



Cook Ancestral/Traditional Foods



Visit Ancestral Graves



Look at Photographs



Talk with Others about Ancestors



Use Objects/Wear Clothing 



Write Letters to Ancestors


--Andrea


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