The Power of Gratitude: Foods for Giving Thanks

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Greetings beloveds,

We are nearing the time of giving thanks and gathering with our loved ones. Gratitude can change your life. It shifts the way that we see what happens for us. Often we get into just go mode. We make a plan and we move towards it. Checking off boxes, deciding that what matters most is how much one get’s done, how much one makes, how much one does or does not spend. Setting the intention to focus on what we are grateful for will not make the things that are not turning out the way we desired go away. Nor does it mean that we ignore all of the crappy injustices that are happening in our lives. Taking time for gratitude is about acknowledging what is going right despite what is going wrong.

Yesterday on November 16th, I started a 28 Days of gratitude. For 28 Days I will be posting on my social media platforms one thing I grateful for. This exercise will shift my energy, make me appreciate what I have, and create opportunities to think outside the box of how I approach life.

 

Join me in this challenge using #28DaysofGratitude or #28DoG for short.

I look forward to seeing you there!

-Rose

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New Moon in Scorpio: As Above So Below-The Journey through the Underworld

New Moon Readings (1)Greetings beloveds,

How are you enjoying your time in the underworld loves? Is it everything you thought it would be? We have been diving deeper into our shadow as we have gotten further into fall. What did you find from your investigation of your relationship to home, security, stability, and sensuality? Where do you feel that your inquiries have brought you? Did you just discover more questions to explore? Perhaps it was a pleasant surprise to meet your unconscious? Or maybe sexy, funny, natural, frightening? Did it feel like home? The full moon in Taurus helped us to connect to ourselves as home. Now we move into a new moon in Scorpio.

Scorpio is the second water sign in the zodiac. Like it’s partner Taurus, Scorpio is a fixed sign continuing the journey started by the first water sign Cancer. Where Cancer explores the surface of our emotions, Scorpio ventures underneath our obvious emotional state to see what lies at the core of who we are. Water and Earth signs might find it easier to cope with the time it takes to explore and connect with our shadow sides. With the Sun moving into Sagittarius there is a pull to move forward. To find out the why and how to finish this shadow work so we can return to the surface. Yet, it is not quite Sagittarius’s time. We have a year of Jupiter in Scorpio. Go ahead and get comfortable here in this space of deep thought, feelings, and being because the best trips cannot be rushed.

Scorpio and Taurus have come together this month to fulfill the axiom of as above so below, as within so without. The great journey into the underworld is upon us. Hekate lights the way so embrace your fear of the unknown. It is here that creation begins and your true self can be free. We have lived our lives as if we are not always connected to the spiritual world. As if the world around us is not directly tied to the divine. The false separation of the mundane from the profane which has been perpetuated by our need to feel as if we cannot be free to live out our desires for fear of judgement, ridicule, and punishment. Pass through the seventh gate. Face the judgement of your true self. See them fully in all that they are as protector, lover, creator, friend, enemy, deceiver, yourself. Accept your shadow and continue on the journey of integration and actualization.

This journey will not be easy or without pit falls. Keep your head up things will get easier in December. You are always supported, especially by your shadow. Get on its side and see your life transform before your eyes.

-Rose

The Goddesses of Life and Death: Kali Ma

Greetings beloveds,

Today will be providing resources on the Goddess of Life and Death: Kali Ma

Enjoy!

-Rose

Infinite Goddess- Kali

Britannica.com- Kali: Hindu Goddess

Ancient History Encyclopedia- Kali

The Mystica- Kali Ma

The Thought Co- Kali: The Dark Mother Goddess in Hinduism

Speaking Tree-Stories of Goddess Kali

Dolls of India- Kali the Goddess: Gentle Mother, Fierce Warrior

Daily O- Why We Must Worship Goddess Kali

Journey to Goddess- Goddess Kali

Tirumalesa- The Baffling Story of the Only Kali Temple Where Mother Goddess is Alive in Her Real Form 

Write Spirit- The Relationship between Mother Kali and Lord Shiva

Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple- Kali Story

Durga- Durga and Kali

Indian Mythology- How Raktabija was Destroyed by Maa Kali

 

12 Universal Laws: The Law of Rhythm

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Greetings beloveds,

Today we will be discussing the law of rhythms. Immediately I think of the change in seasons when thinking of the energy of rhythms. Every year the seasons change as the Earth revolves around the sun. During the spring we are born, creating new ideas, programs, lives, and energy. Then in the summer we are grown diving deeply into the waters of movement and being. Fall then arrives signaling our descent into the underworld after we have harvest the fruits of our labors. Finally, it is winter and we are the wise elder. We have lived a full life. Completed a full cycle. That is the law of rhythm. Our universe is built around cycles which create a rhythm or ebb and flow. It is the rhythm of creation, growth, harvest, death, and rebirth. What are some of the best ways to harness the Law of Rhythm?

  1. Flow with the seasons
  2. Develop a practice that flows with the rhythm of the moon. Starting January 1st, I will be offering for the first time my online course, The Sovereign Moon. This course will provide a simple but thorough framework through which you can connect with the placement of the moon in your natal chart. You will also get to explore how the current moon’s placement interacts with your natal moon. The Sovereign Moon course is designed to follow a full moon cycle starting on the full moon. You will receive daily guidance personally from me, assignments, and gain admittance to the exclusive private Sovereign Moon Facebook group. Guided courses will only be offered in January for the new year and July to prepare you for eclipse season. If you are interested in signing up for this course send me a message at theblissinstitute@gmail.com. Cost $50.00-you will be sent the entire course which can be used throughout the year for any moon phase.
  3. Develop a daily practice that allows you to connect with the Saturnian nature of time.
  4. Journal daily to record your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. This form of self-reflection which will allow you to find the rhythm of your own energy.
  5. Practice shadow work to align with your unconscious so that you can play an active role in creating your personal life course. Fall and Winter are the perfect season to conduct shadow work. If you are interested in receiving one on one shadow work coaching contact me at theblissinstitute@gmail.com. Cost: Initial Consultation $75.00 for 1 hour. Follow up consultations are $50.00 an hour.

What’s the rhythm of your life?

-Rose

Goddesses of Life and Death: The Morrigan

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Greetings beloveds,

We continue on our journey of creating a deeper connection to the Goddesses of Life and Death with the Celtic Goddess The Morrigan or Morrighan.

Enjoy!

-Rose

Wikipedia- The Morrigan

Coru Cathubodua Priesthood- The Morrigan

The Order of Bard, Ovates and Druids- Morrigan

The Guardhouse- The Morrigan

Mythology.Net- The Morrigan

Encyclopedia Mythica- Morrigan

Sisters of the Burning Branch Goddess Gallery- The Morrigan

Goddess Guide.com- Goddess Morrigan

Shrine of the Forgotten Goddesses- Morrigan

Goddess Pages- Finding the Morrigan

Faerie World- The Morrigan, The Celtic Goddess of Death 

Got Ireland- Irish Faerie Folk of Yore and Yesterday: The Morrigan

Patheos- Irish-American Witchcraft: The Morrigan and Samhain

Autostraddle- Queer Folklore: The Morrigan is a Goddess for Protest

God Checker – Morrigan: The Celtic Goddess of War

Feminism and Religion- Morrigan, Celtic Goddess of Sovereignty, War, and Fertility by Judith Shaw

Jones’s Celtic Encyclopedia- Morrigan

The Goddess Tree- The Morrigan

 

 

Full Moon in Taurus: The Stability of Chaos

Full Moon Readings (1)Greetings Beloveds,

Today we experience the comfort and stability of the full moon in Taurus. When the moon is in Taurus we find ourselves looking at our overall quality of life. Are we grounded in behaviors that bring beauty to our lives or are we stuck as slaves to our desires constantly looking for joy outside of ourselves? The Taurus need for safety can override their understanding of unhealthy situations. They love being able to nurture and care for others, their home, their job, anything that is significant to them. Yet, these are the very things that can cause for Taurus to become stagnant because all things must grow and move on. For Taurus, their bond is so strong with the world around them that releasing that which they care for is incredibly painful. Yet, the cycle of growth includes release through death. When Taurus opens themselves to experience the full cycle of life, they can tap into their ability to create anything that they desire with ease and grace.

This full moon in Taurus occurs with not only the Sun in Scorpio but Jupiter and Mercury as well. The Taurus full moon is asking us to look at our life beneath the surface. Scorpio is the sign of the underworld, the unconscious, our deep dark secrets. As Jupiter is in Scorpio over the next year or so, we must all examine our shadow. What is your relationship to your home, loved ones, and career like at this time? Do you want to be a better provider or to be provided for? Are there goals surrounding your home or material world that just do not seem to be able to come to fruition? If you feel that you are where you would like to be then take this time to go outside and connect with the Earth. Feel the ground beneath your bare feet. The wind against your skin. The light of the sun or moon upon your face. The cool moisture of the water in the air or around you. Your relationship to stability, hearth, and sensuality (that which is affected by the senses) comes into focus with this full moon.

The masculine has been plunged into the depths of the underworld with his heart in his hand to cause us all to look at how we take care of ourselves, our home, and each other. We are called to turn inwards and investigate what drives us. Our current home life often reflects what we experienced as children within the home. We unconsciously recreate what we have experienced and may have become an internal desire. This desire plays out in many ways. Marrying one of our parents, becoming one our parents, creating the same dynamics sometimes to fix what we experienced but not always. The wounds and healing we have experienced via our mother, father, or primary care taker shape us into who we can be and more often into who we are.

Yet, within us there is also an inner child who held on to our hopes, dreams, and that spark of joy about being alive. They are one with the shadow. The many parts of ourselves which make up our whole. When looking to integrate and explore our shadow it’s great to strategize. Make a plan of action, even if it is only to spend 10 minutes in meditation. Allow yourself to explore where you are in relation to what constitutes as stability for you. Stability sometimes may look like anger, chaos, divorce, depression, poverty, debt, lack of confidence, love, unrequited love, pets, books, movies, food, cars, clothes, money…the list goes on and on. Let the full moon completely uncover the truth of why your life is in its current state. Beauty is more than just aesthetics, it is a feeling. Find the beauty in the stability or chaos of your existence.

-Rose

 

Life After Death: November’s Call to Reset

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Greetings beloveds,

I hope you all are well. The weather is shifting quickly in alignment with the rapid shifting of our spiritual states. We are pulling in. Moving to focus our energy on the internal. Our souls, our emotions, our thoughts and minds in a tangible way. This also draws our attention to our interactions and how this effects our internal states. This November, here at the Bliss Institute we will be focused on the element of air through breath. More specifically, how breath can ground and connect us when we are feeling called to retreat from the other. The power of breath, of air, is sometimes lost in the thoughts of the mind or the pull of the physical. This month we move beneath the surface to remember what we have always known.

November also finds us firmly within the underworld. Samhain has passed but energy is fluid so the veils remain thin as our connection to the spirit world increases with the decrease of light from the sun. More Goddesses of life and death will be introduced such as Ala, Pele, and Kali. It is also fitting that we find balance through the divine masculine and death in part 3 of our book review of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. This is a fitting transition to Gods of Life and Death that will be introduced in 2018. Lastly, celebration through feast, community, and faith will be explored through the planet Ceres and the benefits of giving thanks.

We welcome November and give thanks for lessons we will learn as the underworld becomes our home.

-Rose

The State of Earth in Astrology

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Greetings beloveds,

Today we will discuss Earth’s role in astrology, or more so it’s lack of. Astrology is a complex topic with many interpretations, nooks, and perspectives to explore. Yet, although the inhabit the Earth, our home planet is often only noted in passing in astrology. Astrology is another sun centered approach to understanding the human experience. There are not many who are completely unfamiliar with their “sun” sign. Solar based horoscopes can be found in magazines, online, in newspapers, and other forms of media. Diving deeper into the depths of astrology we learn about the association between the other planets, elements, stars, and constellations. Yet in all of this, where is the planet Earth?

How is the very place where we are physically born, live, love, and die left out of the equation? Yes, it is an element always present in providing attributes of grounding, security, wealth, home, harvest, and nourishment to the signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Our knowledge of what the element of Earth provides us is informed by our close relationship with the very planet it is named for. Our home deserves a space within astrology among the astrological signs. As there are two Earth signs which share ruling planets it seems only logical that Taurus or Virgo be ruled by Earth. Looking closer at the qualities of each sign of home, beauty, harvest, and analysis, Earth could be ruler of either sign or both. In actuality, we find that the Earth is present in every sign because we are present in every sign. Taurus though as the sign of earthly pleasures, persistent, foundation, domesticity, and strength is the perfect partner to Earth. By partnering Taurus and Earth together, Venus is then left to Libra to provide us with the beauty of justice and harmony. What of Virgo then? Well some astrologers assign Chiron, the wounded healer, to our harvest sign. Here at the Bliss Institute, Virgo is partnered with the dwarf planet Ceres. We will speak more about this though at another time.

To find where the Earth falls in your chart simply look to the opposite point of your sun sign. I, for instance was born with the Sun at 23 degrees in Libra. My Earth then is at 23 degrees of Aries. The house and sign that Earth is present in in our charts shows us how we are relate to our current life on this plane. My Earth being in Aries in the first house, which is coincidentally (or not) where my moon’s north node is located, indicates that during this life time I am learn how to embrace my individuality and ability to thrive based on my own capabilities. Not to depend on others and to walk my own path. My soul is ready to strike out and have a new experience. If you know where you Sun sign is located in your natal chart just hop directly across the circle and you’ll find your Earth sign.

So what are your thoughts on the planet Earth and astrology? What sign and house is the Earth located in in your natal chart? Share your findings in the comments below. I would love to hear whether you feel that this is relevant to your lived experience.

Have a delightful day,

-Rose