Move Like Water: Be Water My Friend

Greetings beloveds,

We have reached the middle of summer when the temperatures are reaching their peak highs while we begin to move toward cooler evenings. During this time may we take a moment to understand what it is to move like water, the element of the season. I felt this could be no better explained then by the great Bruce Lee himself.

 

 

The Body as Water: Hydration through Food

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Water is vital for our physical health. Our bodies need water to survive. I could go over all the ways that water is necessary for our bodies to function at their best but I’m going to let you find that information on your own. It’s important for us to recognize that we must take an active role in our lives. That act for you today can be to research what, how, and why our bodies utilize water the way that it does. Drinking water is not the only way to keep ourselves hydrated. There are several water dense foods we can eat to ensure that we are giving our bodies exactly what it needs to so we can optimize our health.

Here are some of my favorites.

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Raspberries
  • Starfruit
  • Baby Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Radish
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Green Peppers
  • Spinach

-Rose

Reflections: Initiation through Fire

Greetings beloveds,

I hope you all are being well care for, loved, and appreciated. We are getting closer to the eclipse and as we do we are seeing the world shift around us. It is time to choose which path you would like to take. Of love towards all or fear? When I speak of love I do not mean some ambiguous term but the active behavior, idea, emotion, energy which drives our world.

Today I went for a walk through the park. It had been raining off and on leaving the ground damp, the air humid, and the sky grey. I came upon a spider web visible only because of the droplets of water that glistened in the light. We are all connected by strings of energy that weave a web creating this world. This web is not something we can see everyday but now and then there’s a little rain which makes it visible. I walked on past the web leaving the spider in peace. It was not long before I came upon the first piece of trash on the ground. Then more and more. I went along picking up the larger pieces as I came upon them and putting them in the trash cans. My thoughts went back to the spider web and how we are all connected. Then I saw the trash on the ground steps away from a trash can. The cigarette butts that littered the parking lot mixed with fallen leaves and I knew. I knew that just as others had treated the land as their trashcan, we treat ourselves like trash, we treat each other like trash. It’s all tied together. The carelessness in which we treat the world around us is indicative of how we treat each other all based on a lie. The lie of scarcity.

A scarcity mindset sells us the lie that there is not enough love, time, space, food, cars, money, homes, land, water, or life for everyone to be able to thrive. We then are pitted against each other to try to survive because we THINK there is not enough and if one person has something then it is possible that we will not be able to have that thing because there’s only so much to go around. So we begin to view everything as something that can be divided up and owned. Then people are able to be divided up and owned. Then our own time and talents are able to be divided up, sold, and owned by another. This lie of scarcity fuels all the isms. It drives wedges between us pitting us against each other. Can you see the web? Do you see how these all connect?

Today, make the decision to change the design. Create a new web based on abundance, compassion, mindfulness, and empathy. Treat yourself well. Treat each other well. Treat the planet and all of the millions of living beings that inhabit this world well. Then watch the energy shift.

This will not be an easy time. We are going through an initiation globally. It will be a time of death and rebirth through conflict. Here is an Eclipse reading I did to shed some light on the energy that is active during this time.

The Feminine and Nature: A Brief Review

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Greetings beloveds,

Today I want to share with you an excerpt from a piece of work I did on the subject of the feminine and nature about 5 years ago. I will include the introduction and a very limited discussion of the history on this topic. I will post my reflections on this later this season.


There has been a spirited continuous debate on the subject of women in relation to nature, the environment, or the earth within the ecofeminist and environmental theoretical fields. Questions such as whether this relationship has been created by social, cultural, and/or a patriarchal, colonial, society lie at the center of much of the work that has been done on this topic. Here, I will explore the topic of the naturalization of gender through the environment specifically for women, through several scholarly and popular authors. The writers that will be included in this piece are Carol J. Adams, Jane Bennett, Susan Griffin, Wangari Maathai and Carol Merchant. These writers each contribute to the development of ecofeminist/environmental theoretical development through their interaction with the question of gender and the environment in some form. Yet, each is distinct with particular points of how they determine that this relationship began to occur, whether to embrace or discourage this relationship, and how this relationship effects those who inhabit this planet. This essay will begin by tracing the origins of the woman and nature connection. Then an overview of how this relationship is utilized within a modern context will be covered. Lastly, the relationship between identity and eating habits will be analyzed in order to provide an example of current and possible future theories and analysis on the subject of identity per woman and nature.

The Conception of Being: Women and Nature

That the gendered category of woman has been associated with environment is not a point that is argued against (Griffin ix, Merchant xix). “Women and nature have an age-old association” according to Merchant, which suggests that this idea of a relationship between woman and nature has been prevalent but not a naturally occurring phenomenon (xix). In agreement, Griffin argued that women may have been made more so aware of their relationship to nature than men (x). Thus, because this consciousness brings about an inclination to recognize nature in relation to their being as women, it may appear that women are closer to nature than man, when in fact both man and women hold a connection with nature (Griffin x). Woman’s inherent connection with nature to Griffin, is a socially constructed phenomenon which perpetuated this idea throughout a culture that continuously trains those labeled as woman to recognize and acknowledge this relationship (x).

A review of philosophical and religious history found that the nurturing mother and destructive uncontrollable image of the environment has also been linked with creating a connection between women and the environment according to Merchant (2-3). The nurturing role of nature, in a similar fashion to women, established behavior and thought constraints about how one could treat the environment (Merchant 3). One would not want to treat their mother in an ill manner, so the same was to be applied to nature (Merchant 3). Since organic cosmology saw all things including the self, society, the earth, and its’ inhabitants as interrelated, treating the planet well would mean that the planet in turn would return that favor and continue to yield bountiful resources to those who inhabited the earth (Merchant 8).

In order to tame both the environment and the nature of woman, mechanism eventually became the prominent thought system (Merchant 2). Philosophically, woman evolved from a passive provider of matter to matter being separated from woman and having the ability to be active on its own (Merchant 13, 122, 157). As the idea of woman and her role in fertility developed so did that of nature’s role in providing resources. Nature changed from being seen as an active being to that of particles that could be separated, examined, identified, and then controlled allowing for order and power to be wielded towards nature by man (Merchant 216). As the understanding of woman to nature changed so did that of women in relation to man.

The establishment of the male as rational and women as emotional is another idea that Griffin attempts to work through (xiii). Griffin links this to one of the many ways in which women being understood to be closer to nature then men has been propagated throughout time (xiii). Patriarchal thought has placed men as the objective, unaffected by emotion, rational self (Griffin xiii). Patriarchy is an integral part of the western mindset which also includes individuality that seeks absolute truth and authority (Griffin xiv). To illustrate the standoffishness of the western patriarchal voice, Griffin’s work begins with observations stated as the outwardly objective perhaps even empirical scientific voice (if many of these categories are not one and the same) on the topic of nature (2). Yet at the same time lets another voice be heard that holds sentiment in its observations and in no way attempts to be objective that can be seen as the female voice’s take on the same situations which are remarked on by the male (2).

Works Cited

Adams, Carol J. The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011. Print.

Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham: Duke University Press,     2010. Print.

Griffin, Susan. Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books,  1987. Print.

Maathai, Wangari. Relenshishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the         World. New York: DOUBLEDAY, 2010. Print.

Merchant, Caroline. The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology and the Scientific Revolution. New    York: Harpers San Francisco A Division of Harper Collins Publishers, 1980. Print.

Moon Phases: Waning Gibbous in Pisces

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Greetings beloveds,

Today the moon is 94% illuminated in the sign of Pisces. While the moon is in Pisces we find ourselves in a dreamy state. Aquarius asked us to think outside the box and begin to mentally construct our life’s design. Now we pull the soul into the conversation which holds our spiritual knowledge that exists outside of time. Pisces feels it’s way to a solution. This energy today will not allow anything that does not align with what is in your heart to remain in your presence. If you find yourself emotionally reacting to others, crying over puppy or cat videos, expressing anger, frustration, happiness, or unbridled joy-that is the moon in Pisces showing you the areas in your life that are either in need of healing or are healed. Pay attention to everything that elicits an intense reaction from you. Those are the parts of your life that need to be examined through therapy, mindfulness, or other modalities.

If you find yourself not having noticeable emotional responses to experiences today that’s perfectly normal. Perhaps the Pisces moon is drawing you inward to focus on your dreams. Take a swim with the Pisces fishes without any limitations. Sometimes when our lives feel too painful we attempt to not feel by numbing our emotions with things like food, drama, sex, tv, books, sports, cars, or whatever takes our mind off of what we do not want to feel. Being creative allows for us to explore our desires. So take a nap, a walk, talk with a friend that you are on good terms with, journal, or just sit for a moment. This is the perfect time to reconnect with your deepest desires that you might have disconnected from. Today you can experience internally what following your heart could bring you.  When you come upon a choice or an interest see if it makes your heart smile or feel a bit down. If your heart feels warm and light follow that path. Tomorrow the moon will move into Aries and you can begin to birth your dream into reality.

-Rose

12 Universal Laws: The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy

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The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy

Do you recall that energy cannot be either destroyed or made it is simply transformed? This is the basis of the Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy, our 8th Universal Law. Our world is constantly changing even when it appears to be the same. Our bodies shed and make new cells, tissues, and organs. The air shifts becoming new each moment. It is how our world works. What we do with information determines how we function in this world. Some of us will read this and go about our daily lives not really making any changes. Others will become slightly more aware of what all is occurring around them. Then there are those who will harness this knowledge and turn it into a Law that works in their favor. How? By changing the way that they interact and perceive the world around them. There are awful circumstances that exist in this world. Things can be difficult, painful, and for some even deadly. Change is not always kind, healthy, or for our good but things ARE changing. Every chance that you get try to focus on things improving. Spend time figuring out where you would like for your life to take you and look for the changes that can shift energy towards that goal. It won’t happen overnight and it might seem like it never happens. But things will change, it is inevitable. Let us work together to make this a change for the better. Even if just a little.

Here’s to making every change count (did you catch that reference to Titanic?).

-Rose

Moon Phases: Full Moon in Aquarius

autumn moments (1)Greetings beloveds,

Today the Moon is Full in Aquarius. We started this journey roughly 29 days ago. Through taking this time to connect with the moon I’ve learned so much about myself, the Moon, and the astrological signs. It has truly been an eye-opening experience. The Full Moon is the time when we are fully engaged in world around us. We have completely left the void of the New Moon experienced birth, youth, and young adulthood. We are now grown, independent, and ready to make our mark on the world. The Full Moon calls for us to look at what did we come here for and are we moving towards it? If not why? What did we attach ourselves too during the Waxing Phase that is not serving us? What do we want to carry forth with us into the dark to become a part of our core being? The Full Moon says, look around you and see your life clearly for what it is. Nothing is hidden if you dare to turn your gaze upon it. Let the light shine upon your face giving you strength. Open your eyes. What do you see?

I will be spending this Full Moon with my Co-Priestesses partaking in a water ritual. We will review, revise, and clarify our 6 month goals as needed. With the Full Moon in Aquarius this is a perfect time to focus on the future. May you have a blessed and happy Full Moon loves.

-Rose

Full Moon in Aquarius: The Power to Turn Thoughts into Reality

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Greetings beloveds,

Welcome to August! The Full Moon is in Aquarius and we are feeling the call to be innovative, unique and forward thinking. Later today you’ll find the breakdown for a Full Moon in Aquarius which completes our moon cycles workshop. Soon we will have this workshop up and available to you so you can personalize your relationship with the Moon.

The Full Moon in Aquarius highlights our drive towards creating a new world for ourselves and each other. It calls our attention towards where we personally find the power and drive to bring these new ways of being into the real world. You may find yourself deep within your thoughts building systems, projects, and theories which you know will transform our reality. If you find yourself feeling limited because of practical barriers such as financial or social support, use this time to ground your dreams with the material world though your solar plexus third chakra. Here’s a fantastic third chakra meditation to listen to while wearing your favorite yellow outfit and fueling yourself with foods that are kind to your tummy.

Let us speak on social support and feeling connected. It is an easy thing to say, “we are all connected and you are never alone,”. It is not so easy to make someone feel that way. When we are in times ruled by the air signs we find ourselves deep in our thoughts looking at patterns and systems. This does not always lend itself to feeling connected to others or Spirit if we do not connect our thoughts with our feelings. While being detached to say a particular outcome or material thing can provide a feeling of freedom, feeling detached from your higher-self, God, Spirit, and living physical beings can create a sense of isolation. Practicing the above meditation will help but so will meeting for quick chats, phone calls, or attending events with those who you can connect with. Finding your support system is not always easy but it will happen. There are others who will support you it just might not look like what you have envisioned in your mind.

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That is the lesson of the Full Moon in Aquarius. What we create in our mind is just that a thought, a hope, a dream. A lot happens between turning that thought into a reality. Hold on to the essence of your dream. Detach from the specifics that limit you, which only you will know. Create the foundation and let the world fill in the rest for you. Have hope, remember Aquarius is represented by The Star (17-which also represents the number for this year) card in tarot. When you connect to your solar plexus, find your powerhouse of hope. Hold on to it. Nurture your hope until it becomes real. Then dream again.

-Rose

Moon Phases: Moving from Capricorn to Aquarius

autumn moments (1)Greeting beloveds,

Today the Moon is moving from Capricorn to Aquarius in its’ final stages waxing gibbous phase before it becomes a Full Moon. Do you feel it? The energy is becoming lighter as we move from Capricorn to Aquarius. We are becoming less concerned with showing our strength through our hardships instead expressing our strength through our capacity to create a vision of the future. You’ve done the hard work.  Do you look around now and wallow in thoughts of what could have been or do you look up letting the wind gently brush your face carrying your thoughts forward into what can be? Today’s a great day to take stock of what energy you want to have as we move into the Full Moon. Do you want to be the clingy insecure Capricorn or the surefooted creator Capricorn? Make your choice and then see where the Aquarian energy tomorrow takes you.

-Rose

Moon Phases: The Moon in Capricorn-Crystals

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Greetings beloved,

The Moon has moved into Capricorn during the waxing gibbous phase. This is the energy of the builder. Capricorns take abstract universal knowledge and transform it into practical systems and societies. They create the Earth as we know it so that we can survive. This is not an easy energy to carry which can make this time feel heavy if you are finding yourself with too many projects or tasks to accomplish. It is wise to remember that while there are some responsibilities that must be attended to there are some tasks that we choose to take on that can be shifted to another person or time. Your worth is not determined by what you accomplish. You are worthy because you exist. Capricorn calls for us to look completing projects while also leaving room for celebration even if for a moment. Remember it is during Capricorn season that many of the Holy Days for various religions occur. That is why Capricorns work as hard as they do. Yes, partly for themselves but also for those that they care about. So that they are able to see what they have contributed to the world and have it be appreciated for the effort that it took to manifest these outcomes. Today ask yourself what motivates you? Why do you do what you do? Be easy on yourself, excellence takes time.

You might also be feeling a bit more frisky during this time as Capricorns are a sensual sign. Although they are very serious when needed they take their connection to all PHYSICAL aspects of life. Feel free to explore these urges if you wish using safe practices. If anything Capricorns can teach us to be mindful of what we do and how it can affect us long term. Perform any form self-care that you can for yourself today no matter how small of an act. Taking care of yourself will not only improve your attitude but lower stress levels allowing for you to accomplish even more of the tasks that you have set for yourself. Realistic self-care practices include things such as having a cup of your favorite drink, taking a quick nap, completing a 5 minute breath exercise or even taking a moment to connect with your favorite crystal. If you are looking for some assistance connecting to the physical energy of the Moon in order to manifest here on Earth, here are some crystals that might be able to help.

Key Crystals and Metal Associated with the Moon:

Moonstone, Selenite (Peach), Oligocrase, Opal, Silver, Crystals that are Blue, White, Opaque, and Grey.

With love,

-Rose