Winter Solstice 2018: The Heart of the Underworld

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            Welcome to the 7th Gate. On this day we enter into death releasing all that holds us to who we think we are and who we want to be. We are only spirit here. Even those who you care for or are responsible for are no longer under your care. The Anuna, the 7judges, have case their verdict. The judgement: death. Death of the beliefs, relationships, and self that binds us to the needs, desires, and rules of the world. Here, order is derived from Universal Law. “The ways of the underworld are perfect”. “Be satisfied, a divine power of the underworld has been fulfilled. You must not open your mouth against the rites of the underworld.”

            What do you feel when you release all your ties to this life? Are you free? Fearful? Open and ready to see what is next? Everyone has a different moment each time they enter death. It is exactly what one needs at that time. Perhaps you are in rest mode or perhaps you are feeling called to action. To move, to work, to heal, to breath, to be. In death, what actions are you called to? Love             Universal Love: Relationships will feel full of love. A divine love. The love that is shared directly from Source. This shifts the duality of love throughout shadow and light. Source holds all emotional states. For some, that love is is clear but in others it is refracted. When we release ourselves in the underworld we experience the unhindered love of completion. Embrace that this winter and DO NOT SETTLE FOR LESS from anyone or anything thing.

            Now that you are released from your binds, what do you need to get done? Where do you need to put your energy or build your power? Review, review, review! Do you need to correct some relationships? If someone has been treating you crazy or taking advantage of you this year let them know that time is over. Develop your boundaries, state them, and enforce them. This may mean that you lose some things along the way. Stepping into your power can come at a price. What are you willing to release to be free?In Winter, it is your life. To return to the land of the living, someone must take your place. What will that sacrifice be? What are you willing to let die? Views,behaviors, habits, relationships, items, places that drain you? Let it go.

Welcome to the Underworld. 

Kamilah Rose

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Grounding and Prosperity: Winter Products

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Greetings beloveds,

It is with great joy that I share with you all a recent venture of mine. Over the past year I have cultivated products to assist in connecting with the energy of the seasons, the elements, and our souls. Today I bring to you my Winter and Earth Collections which you can find here at my etsy shop The Bliss Institute

Each collection has four products which can work together or separately with the four forms of being air, water, earth, and fire. Our herbal incense blends bring the element of air into your space with ease and grace. Our signature candles will light your path to connect with the energy of fire. I am most excited about our oil blends which can be used in multiple circumstances such as adding a couple of drops to your bath, oil diffuser, candles, and body products. Lastly, we have our portable altar jars. These have already received raving reviews for their ability to activate their users.

Each of my products can be found at my Etsy shop The Bliss Institute. 

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Portable Altar Jar: 

Looking for the perfect way to honor winter or the Earth element? This small 90 milliliter glass jar makes refreshing your home or altar for winter super easy while adding an elegant touch of mental clarity and advanced cognitive functioning. Each jar comes with rice, sand, and coins to bring the magic of the success and prosperity right to your home. This fun jar also serves as the perfect way to represent the north or earth element in your practice. This portable altar harnesses the energy of prosperity, making it easily accessible for you anywhere and at any time!

Oil Blend

The prosperity oil blend is versatile and timeless. This oil blend will assist you in bringing in the energy of abundance and success. Our Prosperity incense is blended to connect directly to your set point of manifestation to shift it from lack to abundance. Place a few drops in your candle, oil diffuser, bath, liquid soap, or lotion to enchant your life.

Prosperity incense comes in a 1 oz amber bottle to maintain the integrity of your oil blend. The contents of this blend includes a mix of essential oils such as cinnamon, chamomile, and ginger in a base of avocado oil. For full list of ingrediants please contact seller.

Candles:

The Prosperity candles are crafted to specifically to assist you in bringing in the energy of abundance and success. Our Prosperity candles are blended to connect directly to your set point of manifestation to shift it from lack to abundance.

Prosperity tea light candles come in a set of 6. Each candle will provide a light fragrance with the added benefits of our prosperity herbal mix.

Incense: 

This full herb incense blend is crafted to specifically to assist you in bringing in the energy of abundance and success. Our Prosperity incense is blended to connect directly to your set point of manifestation to shift it from lack to abundance.

Prosperity incense comes in a resealable pouch which can be easily stored. The contents of this blend includes a mix of herbs such as cinnamon, chamomile, and ginger. For full list of herbs please contact seller.

Each packet holds enough product for 1-2 charcoal discs (not included).

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Jar: 

Looking for a fun and simple way to increase your connection to the material world? This small 90 milliliter glass jar allows you to add an elegant touch of magic with you wherever you go. Each jar comes with stones, sand, and pine needles to bring the energy of stability and grounding right to your home, work space, car, or tote. This fun jar also serves as the perfect way to represent the north or earth element in your practice. This portable altar harnesses the energy of of the Earth, making it easily accessible for you anywhere and at any time!

Candle: 

The Grounding candles are crafted to specifically to assist you in bringing in the energy of abundance and success. Our Grounding candles are blended to connect directly to your set point of manifestation to shift it from lack to abundance.

Grounding tea light candles come in a set of 6. Each candle will provide a light fragrance with the added benefits of our Grounding herbal mix.

Incense: Bay (guardian of house), basil (protection/wealth), clove (banishes negative forces), Mistletoe- protection Orange-Power, luck,

Oil Mix: 

This Grounding oil blend is versatile and timeless. This oil blend will assist you in grounding yourself in the Earth’s energies. Our Grounding oil is blended to connect directly to your root chakra to bring you back to center and a firm foundation. Place a few drops in your candle, oil diffuser, bath, liquid soap, or lotion to enchant your life.

Grounding oil comes in a 1 oz amber bottle to maintain the integrity of your oil blend. The contents of this blend includes a mix of essential oils such as bay leaves, cloves, and orange in a base of avocado oil. For full list of ingredients please contact seller.

Incense:

This full herb incense blend is crafted to specifically to assist you in grounding yourself in the earths energies. Our Grounding incense is blended to connect directly to your root chakra to bring you back to center and a firm foundation.

Grounding incense comes in a resealable pouch which can be easily stored. The contents of this blend includes a mix of herbs such as bay leaves, cloves, and orange. For full list of herbs please contact seller.

Each packet holds enough product for 1-2 charcoal discs (not included).

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Full Moon in Virgo: Let’s Get Down to Business

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Greetings beloveds,

The days are getting noticeably longer. The sun is stretching its legs preparing for it’s return to the center stage. Winter’s last moments are cuddling us close. Wrapping us up in its earthly embrace before we are released to plant the seeds of our winter dreams.

This full moon in Virgo is a time of new beginnings and renewal. When the new, blood, blue moon lunar eclipse happened in late January it was time to close the book on our old stories. If you had not done this during the full moon solar eclipse this process may have been energetically taxing and painful. If you had taken the steps of release during summer 2017, you are starting to see the purpose behind why you experienced what you did. During the Leo full moon in February we gained clarity. The person we thought we were, could be, or should be was released or integrated. Whatever process needed to happen to prepare us for our rebirth occurred.

The garden is full of fresh new earth. The bushes and trees have been cut back. The older plants pulled up and composted so that they can feed the new dreams that are waiting to be birthed. What did you dream up this winter? Let’s take stock of what we will be birthing this year. Below you’ll find five categories to get you started. Reflect upon where you want to see growth in these area’s and feel free to add your own or dive deeply into as many or few as you desire.

Personal

Identify self-care practices and apply them to your routine. the

Describe and define what a healthy diet looks like for you.

Find several physical activities that you enjoy and integrate them into your daily practice.

Spiritual

What is your spiritual practice? Does it include prayer, meditation, song, dance, time in nature? How ever you express your spirituality, where would you like to expand and grow?

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Who makes up your social circle? Are they living the life that you would like to live? If not, evaluate the kind of person you would like to be and find others who have similar

Examine your relationships with your family, lovers, and partner(s). What do you want these relationships to look like, feel like, more towards?

Self and Professional Development 

What are your professional goals?

Is your career on track for where you would like to be 1, 5, and 10 years from now?

Are there any classes or courses you would like to attend in the next year?

Take 2 personality tests this year so you can better understand yourself and others.

Have your astrology, numerology, tarot, oracle, and akashic records read for you.

Financial

How do your finances look?

Review your:

Income

Savings

Investment

Assets

Spending

Debts

With love,

-Rose

The Energy of Winter

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Greetings beloveds,

Here’s a revised version of the energy of Winter. Enjoy!

Winter – A time of rest where we set our intentions, hopes, and goals for the upcoming time of movement during the spring. A time for personal development, to heal, do shadow work, and get in touch with your emotions through physical movement and the body. Winter gives us a chance to create plans, gather information, and design an action plan.

According to the Chinese five elements system, winter is associated with the element of water. Water is a conduit of energy associated with adaptability and fluidity due to its ability to shift it’s form depending on the environment in which it finds itself. Water is an abundant element within our world. In fact, our physical bodies and the Earth are composed mostly of water. How well do you understand yourself in relationship to the water of this world as well as your body? Winter provides the perfect opportunity for you meditate on these questions and study the element of water.

Spending time in nature also provides many lessons about the process of creating life. During the winter, the Earth in that hemisphere is in hibernation.  It appears to be inactive and still. The stillness draws us in, encouraging us to want to better understand ourselves as well as the world around us. Although it seems that the world is still during this time, it is actively growing within its womb the manifestations of life to come forth in the spring. Do you remember how a seed grows? The warm earth combined with the moisture of the soil interacts with the needs of the seed to slowly pull the life from within it’s shell. The Earth nurtures that life until the world above it has shifted to provide an environment through which the plant can thrive. Over the years we have shifted our attention and respect away from the Earth and its feminine energy to the Sun as the masculine. We shy away from the Earth’s time, just as we shy away from the power of the Divine Feminine’s shadow side. Learning to love the Earth, particularly during the colder months, is one way to access the feminine and to understand how she functions, loves, manifests, and creates change.

New Years-Winter Solstice

Those who follow a Wiccan or Celtic path may honor the new year during Samhain as that is when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. As a Priestess of the Dark Goddess though, winter solstice is the perfect time to commune with the Divine while you are within the underworld. This is also a great time to design your intentions, goals, and plans for the next year. As the longest night of the year, the extended period of darkness corresponds with the depths of our subconscious. Our subconscious holds our deepest desires and unconscious drives. Through exploration of these aspects of ourselves we can determine the path through which we can heal and grow to achieve our dreams.

Here’s an example of how I prepare for the upcoming year using ritual and tarot/oracle cards. During my Winter Solstice ritual I enjoy using a tarot deck in a Celtic cross spread to understand the main focus of the upcoming year. Then I use an oracle deck for a seasonal spread to get an idea of what my main focus for each season will be. I pull 5 cards, the first card representing the general energy of the next year, then a card for each season. For example, in 2017 my general energy was Hekate and Illumination through a journey in the Underworld. Then as every season changes during the upcoming year I pull new cards. One new general energy reading and three more for each month in that season. This system allows for me to remain engaged in my spiritual practice throughout the year without getting overwhelmed with a large ritual every time the season changes.

How do you flow with the season during the winter? What are you rituals for Winter Solstice?

-Rose

Sacred Movement: Exercising Indoors

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Greetings beloveds,

Oh the weather outside might be frightful or more like mild depending on where you live, but this is the perfect to develop an indoor exercise program. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that adults should have:

  • 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking) OR
  • 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity aerobic activity (jogging/running) OR
  • A combination of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic activities AND
  • Muscle training activities 2 or more days a week

In general if you do not have an electronic piece of gym equipment it might be difficult to reach vigorous intensity aerobic levels. Vigorous intensity aerobic activity brings your heart rate up quite a bit and you are breathing hard and fast. When at the vigorous intensity level you may find it hard to say more than a few words at a time. Consistent movement can get your heart rate up and cause you to break a sweat meeting the qualifications of the moderate intensity activity level using the following techniques and practices.

  1. Yoga
  2. Jogging in place
  3. Weight training
  4. Dance off
  5. Workouts featured on Youtube or On Demand
  6. Interactive video games such as wii fit
  7. Sex

How do you stay active indoors?

-Rose

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm.

Connecting to the Divine Feminine: Winter

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Greetings beloveds,

Today we will discuss seven easy ways to connect to the Divine Feminine during the Winter.

  1. Winter solstice is the perfect time to commune with the spirits while you are within their realm-the underworld. As the longest night of the year, this is the time when you are in the depths of the underworld are easiest to access.
  2. According to the Chinese five elements system winter is associated with the element of water. During the winter months it’s recommended that you study the element of water.
  3. Connect to the Earth- We’ll cover this more later in the season.
  4. Create nurturing rituals which draw on the element of earth, water, and warmth. This could include warming drinks, hot meals, snuggling under throws, lighting a fire, or taking a hot shower or bath.
  5. Dress in coats, wraps, and accessories in deep earth tones, cool blues, white, green, red or any color that reminds you of winter.
  6. Meditate on the energy of winter and personal development. What areas of your life are calling for your attention? Where do you need to nurture yourself?
  7. Set aside time each day to rest. During the winter, although externally the world may be resting, internally we are healing and growing. In the Winter, we are encouraged to go within and rest just as the feminine does through various myths of the underworld.

Let me know how you connect with the Divine Feminine during the Winter!

-Rose

Winter Solstice 2017: Polarity Reading

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Greetings beloveds,

We have explored the general and love energy of this season, we now turn to the masculine and feminine to bring complete balance. The world right now is stark and barren. The sky is grey and we long or warmth and comfort. Yet, there is a beauty to the stillness and promise of what is to come. We know that beyond the appearance of death there is life waiting to come forth. As if reflected by the season, our world right now seems ugly, cruel, and bare. Yet, we find joy and beauty still. That is the lesson for this winter. Even in the darkest of times there is joy and light. There exist together just as the masculine and feminine exist; united. The masculine is here to share the beauty of the world while the feminine calls us to recognize that it is our inherent worth that makes this world divine.

January: There is a book series that I love by Garth Nix called The Abhorsen Series. Through these stories we learn of the creation and destruction of the world repeatedly. Each time shifting and growing. Each character must grapple with their shadow towards inadequacy, worth, and purpose. One of the characters Lirael, experiences severe displacement as an orphan among the Clayr of the North who see across time. Lirael does not have the sight and finds herself spending her time among their ancient library. Learning became her gift. Within that gift Lirael is led to her purpose. Lirael had a gift that was unique unto herself. One that would save them all but cost her more than she would have imagined. I implore you to read this series to acquaint yourself with a beautiful tale of shadow and light, life and death. How they are so closely tied together.

You may feel displaced. That you are constantly seeking to be more, do more, live more. We strive to “get it right and achieve our purpose in life.” We realize this January, that there is no right way. Perfection is subjective. It is a choice. One that can feel very difficult to make. Holding abuse, toxicity, and other harmful situations such as institutional prejudice, find the perfection around you. In the beauty of the sunrise. In your morning or evening ritual. In the arguments, misunderstandings, and perceived failures. The path is before you and the choice is yours which way you would like to go. Embrace your experience and use that to fuel your drive. Unite your will and honor both the pain and love. Within there lies the perfection of your entire being.

February: It may be very difficult to accept our divinity and flawed perfection. Often that is where our spirituality comes in as we connect to forces perceived as greater than ourselves who can provide us a lens through which we can see ourselves through the eyes of the divine. Beautiful, perfect, loved. Seek guidance from those who have traveled this road before. They can lend insight and support to you during your journey to self. There is a balance that exists between having a guide, honoring your own wisdom, and being your own guide. Strike that balance this month. Outside insight is a support system but they cannot do the work for you. Nor can they see the world as you do. You are unique and deserve to have that space to shine. Shine brightly love.

March: You have your guides, you know your purpose, you honor your inner source of wisdom, now we heal. We heal the larger forms of ourselves in community with one another. Often these larger structures of institutions, groups, and ideas shape our world. They create expectations and stereotypes which we are compared to externally and internally. We look to our leaders to guide us and then are disappointed, hurt, and enraged when they do not live up to our expectations. The lesson of February carries over to our social spheres as we heal our relationship to community and leadership. Go within and determine if the larger sphere reflects your internal desires. A wise organization, society, and leader engages in self-reflection just as we reflect on our lives. If that does not occur growth is obstructed. Balance is the key. Taking in information from trusted vetted guides and your own personal guidance system creates a well-rounded approach to decision making and creation.

If you find that you are angry at what is occurring during this time that emotion is a sign of the burning away of what was. Let the fires rage within you and funnel that energy towards constructive action. Call out your actions that have participated in the harm and the actions of the those who you placed your trust in to guide the whole. From fire comes life. From death rebirth. From the ashes the Phoenix.

-Rose

Winter Solstice 2017 Love Reading: Rest, Abundance, and Birth

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Merry Winter Solstice beloveds,

Today we look at the energy of love for the winter season. Over the past year many have experienced shifts in their relationships with themselves and each other. If you are finding that your heart is in need of care practice heart opening exercises and rituals. Love is always seeking us out. Doing whatever is necessary to let us know that we are loved and cared for. This winter, embrace your soul mate. This could be you and your soul uniting, your light and your shadow, a romantic, platonic, family, or other type of relationship. Do not limit your thoughts of love to just romantic or sexual partnership. There are so many ways that we express love. Perhaps you have animal friends, places in nature, books, cars, or even tv shows that make your soul and heart fill with light. That is love. Be there and hold that space within you.

January: The theme for Winter overall focuses on taking time off to come back into alignment with yourself. Make space for yourself. Rather that’s quiet time in the morning, during the day, or at night make yourself a priority. You have done quite a bit of work this year and it’s time to let all of that be set in your mind, body, and soul. There is magic in between the breath. Span that moment into eternity. Rest.

February: You’ve taken the time to relish the pause. Your breath is deep and filling. You close your eyes and memories of your life spring forth. Images of you in your perfect for you life surround you making you gleam with light. When you open your eyes, does the external world reflect what you saw? Were they memories of what could be or what is? I know that following your dreams can be intimidating and scary but so is the thought of never taking that chance. During your time of rest and rejuvenation focus your energy on that life, on your purpose, on your spirit. Focus there until it becomes second nature. Soon it will be time to move these dreams from the astral realm to this one.

March: Winter is coming to an end. The sun is shining and the days are becoming longer. What did you dream of over the last two months? It is time to move from visualization to actualization. The time of gestation has allowed for the details of what you desire to become clear. You have worked out different paths and ways that this could come forth. You’ve experienced synchronicities which have helped to show you the way. Do you feel the tension rising? The energy quickening. Your breath becomes deep and fast. You feel the desire to push this new life, idea, perception out into the world. Prepare, take a deep breath, and release.

-Rose

Winter Solstice Reading 2017: The Art of Receiving

Winter Solstice GeneralGreetings beloveds,

We have reached the point in the year where time stands still. We are within the underworld beyond the 8th gate. Tapped into the energy of pure creation. Over the last season what did you find has come to manifestation? You may be thinking nothing was manifested for me. Yet every moment that we exist the world is reflecting back to us what we (along with every other being) have been desiring. Perhaps your shadow has brought you situations that make you very uncomfortable. This is a time of growth. Winter 2017 will release distractions so that we can see what we have sown clearly.

For myself, this Fall I found that I manifested a circumstance through which to face the reality of who I am and what I want. Over the summer I released a relationship that no longer served me as I usually do once I feel that that is the action to take. What I did not realize was there was another relationship that needed to be released that I could NOT let go of in the way I usually do. I could not just stop talking to this person and move on with my life. Well I could but it would have taken a large bit of action on my part to let go of the overall relationship that I no longer desired. I was not ready to do so yet. Therefore, because I would not let go, had not established proper boundaries, and did not want to confront the issue that I created a toxic environment for this other person as well. Now I am reconciling. The difference in this cycle is the wisdom that I have. I realized how I had felt the way this person felt before feeling as if someone was against me when they were either unbothered or frustrated with the state of their own life. As I had desired for this person to become their true self, this was me needing to be my true self. I needed to own who I was, what I wanted, where I was. The focus on the other was a distraction.

If you find yourself feeling distracted or facing your shadow head on in a way that you cannot get away from them, turn to them and say what do you want from me? What is it you want? Then turn inwards and ask yourself, what do I want? Who am I and who do I want to be? This Winter we will be able to reap the rewards of the work we do if you are willing to face the shadow before attempting to turn into the light.

January

This January, take time to relax and come back to yourself. When you are in the flow you are in the state of receiving. The universe may well be trying to send you everything you desire and yet in your efforts to “fix” things you are blocking your blessings. They will still arrive but perhaps not as quickly or quite in the fashion they could have had you been open and willing. You may feel the call to set new intentions and goals for the new year. Make one of those goals meditation. Find the stillness in the time when the world is lodged in the dark. Turning towards the light and waiting rebirth.

February

Pack your bags loves it’s time to take a trip! Perhaps a vacation, day trip, or even a couple of hours of your day to see something new that will rejuvenate you. You may also find yourself moving jobs, homes, or vehicles. Be open to the change. Be open to the calling. Follow the energy and move. As they said, when I move you move, just like that.

March

The time of fruition is upon us! March is here and the winds of abundance are bringing a financial windfall. All the work you’ve been doing will pay off and you will see the fruits of your labor. This can be an intoxicating experience. You feel powerful and joyful at your circumstances. Take heed though, do not stop growing because you have found a place of abundance. There is always more that lies beyond the gate but you must be willing to open the door and allow in. Practice the art of receiving. Journal, practice forms of divination, dance, do art, gather with friends and loved ones, do what you need to to open yourself up to moving beyond the fear that could keep you where you are because you have become comfortable.

 

Winter is a time of rest and reflection. Give yourself that gift because shortly you will feel the push. The tension, the desire to rise and be born again.

Merry Winter Solstice

-Rose

New Moon in Sagittarius: Let the Arrow Fly

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Greetings beloveds,

2017 has been quite a year. As we experience the last new moon of this Gregorian solar calendar year, we are brought back to the beginning. To our roots. To the root chakra. In two days it will be the winter solstice. We are at that point where the Dark Goddess is pregnant with the new sun. The sun who is ready to return to the Earth to bring warmth and life back its’ inhabitant. You too are pregnant. With ideas, dreams, hopes, projects, or perhaps a human infant. The energy of creation is stirring within your loins. It builds bringing the warmth of darkness to your being that has grown cool with the loss of the sun. Feel it fueling you. Let the warmth move up through your energy centers. Feel it expand in your heart moving outwards to surround your entire energetic field. Now let it flow up recharging your throat chakra which has been so active over the past 6 months. Feel the freedom of letting your truth be known. The energy feels like coming home on a cold day to a warm home with delicious food and company (yourself or others). Your third eye lights up with the wisdom from your dreams and insights. The energy spills forth then from your crown reigniting your connection to the universe, Spirit, and God. You are whole. You are complete. You are perfect just as you are.

This new moon brings the promise of blessings in the form of self-care and innovation. Let the creative juices ignited from your root chakra provide you with stability and strength. The strength to say you matter. The strength to stand up for your needs and desires. The ability to create the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Everyone experiences barriers. Some more powerful and resistant than others. Some seemingly unable to be overcome such as institutional racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, and environmental destruction. Yet, even when the Dark Goddess was alone in her pain and grief, there came support in the form of two beings who saw her. Witnessed her pain and said we feel with you. As you look at the world burning down around you. Feel the earth beneath your feet. The air against your cheek. The fires at your back and in your soul. The waters of your unconscious flowing to the surface of your being. Expect support in unexpected packages and forms.

Take time this new moon, winter solstice, and new years to give some love to yourself. Take some time off. Spend time with loved ones. Read a book or see that movie that you’ve always wanted to watch. Cook, sleep, write, camp, take that trip. Feed your soul. Be creative. The tools are already in your hands waiting for you to use them. The arrow has been notched, the bow pulled taunt. Let go.

Happy new moon loves.

-Rose