Monthly Archives: October 2020
Rare Halloween/Samhain Full Blue Moon Magick
A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in one month and October 2020 illuminates just that for us, with bookending Moons at start and end. This Full Moon is in Taurus and being a Blue Moon will add an extra magickal boost and thinning of veils all falling on Halloween/Samhain.
And to add to that extra magickal boost, Astrid sat herself below center of my painting titled Once in a Blue Moon (as seen below), wearing her Moon and Star dusted Cosmic witchy/wizard hat, to anchor her own message and infuse some rabbit alchemy to the mix.
Since Full Moons showcase a rabbit in the Moon, her point is well taken – I always listen when she “speaks”.
So much is culminating as year end draws near and the energetics continue to rise in ways that point to the continued importance of self care, preparation, inner work, anchoring, and maintaining your own equilibrium.
If you can be open and ready for the unexpected, stay focused on what really matters and is of most value to you, tune into, listen, and support your body’s messages, feel and channel through the sensual aspects of life that make you human and are the gifts of spirit in body, and embrace the changes that have ability to put closure to things, you will find yourself in a much more strengthened and empowered place to navigate the waters of the journey ahead.
Since Earthy Taurus is the focal point of illumination, body and Earth speak loudly now and that might mean extra time in the great outdoors Mother Nature gifts us with, or anything nature-connected so that ultimately you’ll be immersing in some mystical communions with the nature of you.
It’s a great time for mischievous magick, intention-seeding, or your own version of mystical, love-filled spell-casting in Nature’s womb of creation, illuminated by the Full Blue Moon.
This last week we’ve been doing just that, as we created space for another Earthy immersion – this time in the Arizona sunshine and waters of Lake Havasu City to celebrate with our dear soul family we haven’t seen in a long time. I’m grateful that opportunity came to take some safe, distanced outdoor-focused excursions recently. Last time it was the ocean and faery forests of the Pacific Coast, and this time it was the red rocks, desert sands, and warm waters of the Colorado River and Lake Havasu – different, but equally nurturing, enriching, and cleansing.
And with the building of the Full Moon energies in the night sky, coupled with Arizona sunsets, the Earth and Cosmos merging has been felt strongly in the body and soul.
This was amplified by the ability to connect with my sweet nephew and godson, Nova, (whom you’ve read about in a previous blog) who helped me tune in with my dearly departed rabbit son, Cosmo.
Nova is just as sweet and perfect as I knew he was – such a tiny faery bunny who loves snuggles (he’s about 2 pounds lighter and several inches smaller than Astrid). Tuning in with him this last week was timely because Cosmo has been on my mind being that Halloween was the day he transitioned, four years ago. The Universe knows what we need and Cosmo always finds a way to communicate and send me love. This week, through the adorable Nova.
And to add to that energy, it was such a gift to see this sweet Burrowing Owl on one of our evening walks.
I haven’t seen one in years. The timing felt particularly potent. Although not the clearest photo, I’m surprised she even showed up given the evening lighting casting dark shadows in her burrow. But I love the way she did because it adds to her mystical energy and deep mystery.
Owl is one of my key spirit animal figures for my path, which I had reiterated by a favorite reader in Sedona, Arizona upon twice visiting him, but especially particular species of owl. Their feathers show up prolifically these days. They carry the power of sight, intuition, and hidden wisdom that reveals the true reality which is hard to be seen by others.
I love this interesting information about Burrowing Owl from http://www.pauldfrost.co.uk/burrowowl.html that mirrors the time of year right now before Halloween/Samhain (time of thinnest veils) and the upcoming Full Blue Moon.
Mythology & Folklore :
The American Indian Hopi tribe called the Burrowing Owl Ko’ko, meaning ‘Watcher of the Dark’. They believed it to be associated with Masauu, their god of the dead, the guardian of fires & protector of all things underground, including germinating seeds, making it a very sacred bird. As the owl lives underground, it was believed to be able to communicate with the dead.
The American Indian Gosiute tribe (from Utah and Nevada) believed the Burrowing Owl to be a protective spirit for brave warriors. Owl feathers were worn by the warriors & rattles were covered in owl skins, to frighten off their enemies.
And the owl energy continued, as the very next day after an evening with Burrowing Owl, it was all about Great Horned Owl. With two, rare physical encounters with owls back-to-back I’d say something’s afoot.
“Every real story is a never ending story.” ~The Neverending Story
Our nine and a half mile expedition of the senses was a literal Neverending Story journey with all the major characters showing up in rock formations, including the magickal gates that guard The Southern Oracle – The Great Riddle Gate with two Sphinxes (in this case we had two sentinel rock portal gates that included one naturally carved into the Luck Dragon, Falcor, himself), a perfect Morla rock – the giant turtle known as The Ancient One, Rockbiters and Big-Headed Rock Creatures. It was incredible. There were also snippets of Lord of the Rings and the journey to take the golden One Ring to Mordor and a bit of The Secret of Nimh when Mrs. Brisby meets The Great Owl in his bone-laced lair. Wow!
The latter literally manifested a Great Horned Owl that greeted us upon entering the slot canyons. We saw her emerge from her big nest perched between the narrow slots and take to flight down the corridor, coming to rest up on a ledge of the rock walls ahead, as seen here ever-so faintly.
The rest of the time we walked down the slot canyon to the desert beyond, on our way to a secluded beach on the lake, we kept finding a variety of small to medium sized feathers amidst all the bristle brush at the bottom edges of the rock walls.
We also discovered a lot of small bones and skeletal parts of the little animals she fed on – both on the ground and contained within owl regurgitation.
We wondered if she’d be there again on the way back, and indeed she was.
She greeted us once again with a fly-over (enabling a photo capture this time), and more feathers, including a large one I found during a funny episode of me shimmying up the rocks we had to climb down into the slot canyon.
While literally suspended at the top, flat on my stomach with arms and legs flailing out as if I was swimming, since I was having trouble getting up, this put me in the perfect position to see a large feather at eye-level to where I was laying. I stopped everything between two people pulling and pushing at each end to say, “Hey! Look at that perfect large feather behind Dave!” We all laughed. Nothing stops my hawk eye from seeing magickal discoveries, nor gets between me and them. I always seem to provide comic relief for everyone and this one was caught on video.
The slot canyon felt like the Great Horned Owl’s lair Mrs. Brisby bravely enters on her journey to the Rats of Nimh, and the whole energy and finds of the day without a soul but the four of us, plus all of the things we kept discovering (ancient petroglyphs in the gorge walls of the Colorado River, Osprey twice flying above us as trains passed over while we went under the bridge on jet skis, a monarch butterfly gliding by us on the river – butterflies are said to be ancestors returning, and more) and having revealed during the rest of every adventure-filled day this week, made for the perfect lead-up to Halloween and the Full Moon.
And so, during this liminal time of year when boundaries are at their thinnest to the Otherworlds, it feels like the Universe conspired with my/our intentions in supporting the energies and experiences of greatest benefit, and revealed the way showers for the journey ahead.
Alongside several nature treasures, I even found this sweet, little, brown faery bunny at a store to bring back for Astrid (with detachable wings) – the perfect find for my magick rabbit
If we want to create some meaningful experiences for this doorway, we have the support of many beyond the veils – the Fae, ancients, ancestors, deceased, and even right under our feet – Mother Earth, around us – animal and Elemental messengers, or in the stars – the Cosmos and our multi-dimensional selves and star families.
And speaking of all of these mystical and potent energies, Astrid and I thought we’d share some of the magick we’re conjuring up at the Forest Portal mixed with Faery rabbit enchantment and wonderfully witchy wishes from our hearts to yours.
With a blend of Earthy and Cosmic ingredients, we’re always brewing up some fun and love to bridge the gap between the shadowy depths of the heart.
The photos you see laced throughout this post capture the alchemy we create together and love spreading out into the world as cocreators.
You got a glimpse of Astrid’s new cosmic witchy/wizardy hat back on October 1st’s Harvest Full Moon, but we saved the extra enchantment for October 31st’s Full Blue Moon.
And I just had to reshare this fun from 2019’s Halloween post, which came from my BinkyBunny.com newsletter I subscribe to.
It felt particularly fitting with this year’s photos of Astrid and me. I think you can see why. 🙂
- “Traditionally, rabbits are the most prominent animal that is associated with witchcraft, but cats have since taken their place.
- Rabbits are associated with lunar energy, luck, hidden knowledge, divination, love, creativity, success, sensitivity, agility, swiftness, spontaneity, abundance, rebirth, renewal, transformation, and fertility.
- In some folklore, it is said that witches would transform into rabbits as a disguise due to their elusive and swift characteristics.
- Rabbits are still considered to be a common familiar for witches.
- Rabbits are symbols that represent various goddesses, such as Artemis, Hecate & Cerridwen,…
- One of the classic 48 constellations as named by Ptolemy is Lepus, the hare.
- Rabbits are associated with spring, the vernal equinox, and the sabbat Ostara due to the fact that cold weather is fading and flowers are beginning to bloom.
- While rabbits are associated with luck, it’s not inherently good or bad luck – it can be either depending on the circumstances….
- [Some] superstitions state that rabbits can dispel negativity, cleanse, and break spells….”
Credits: art – regardingcomic.com/Penny Collins;
article – witchtips.tumblr.com & lunaesteria
Today’s Halloween, Samhain, and Celtic New Year is a portal to access and create realities to mirror your true multi-dimensional self.
May the key become conscious for accessing more of this each day.
And may all possibilities be open to you.
In love and creative magick,
Tania and Astrid
Magnificence is you alive in this moment.
Are there challenging things going on right now?
Yet, even amidst the twists and turns, the simple truth of your soul expressed in body is a miracle.
And that includes the myriad of experiences that are made possible because of being human at this moment.
Not only the experiences that are deemed good or pleasurable.
But every one of them, simply because they are even possible to be experienced, felt, and navigated with every part of your being.
Just a short message I wanted to share with all of you miraculous beings.
We’re heading out again Saturday, for a week, and so I wanted to send you this little note, as inspiration came through.
I likely won’t be blogging until we return, which means the next post will be a fun Full Blue Moon Halloween/Samhain share. Hehe!
Today happens to be the 12 year anniversary of Dave and I first kayaking out on Lake Tahoe all those many Moons ago. And our week away has many celebrations woven into it, to include that, his birthday, and more.
I’ve, of course, been a busy faery bee in order to be able to get away. Yet, as my last Soulful Time Out shared, “Sometimes we think we couldn’t possibly create the space and time for what we need, but that’s exactly when we need it the most.”
I’m in a balancing zone right now between heavy load and soulful softness and am grateful to be navigating things with greater ease than the old me.
Quick updates on the new classes and free event, before I head out:
The Intuition & Reiki ~ Empowered Intuitive Development February 2021 class is now full. If you were wanting to join, or feel a draw to this, you can contact me. Depending on amount of extra interest, I might open a second class later in Spring.
Both the Crystal Healing & Reiki ~ Deepening through Integrative Healing Sessions class and the Free Event – Intuitive Sound Healing Immersion ~ Awaken the New & Ignite Your Ancient Voice have three openings left.
Link to all the info can be found here: 2021 Classes & Upcoming Events
Holding you all in heart and wrapping lots of love around each of your souls.
I am grateful for every one of you.
I am grateful for this life, despite and because of all the mysterious ways energy expresses itself beyond my full ego comprehension.
And I am grateful that every day is a new opportunity to feel and stretch to even greater depths, express myself in new ways, find and see even more beauty than the day before, share greater kindness in soul-reaching ways, and experience the full gamut of what being human is all about.
2021 Classes, Free Event & More
Edging closer to the end of what has been quite the year, you might find yourself beginning to look toward 2021 with anticipation of renewed hope and desire for inspired action in various areas of your life. Perhaps this Autumn and Winter may be rich with foundational building and deepening in order to manifest leaps forward.
For me, things have changed dramatically and as you’ve seen some of that change has included returning, for the time being, to things like teaching and sessions, although I felt that part of my life had cycled through.
A big reason for this stems from a series of large to smaller rebirth experiences over the last few years that continue to release residual effects that have completely recalibrated, upgraded, and redesigned the expression of my soul in body and placed me on a different timeline. And if that doesn’t make sense in those terms, let’s just say I’ve gone through a rather large transformation that’s imbued new life into things – so much so that they feel completely different, as do I.
What I discovered, like with most things in life, is that through renewal, we can reinvent our lives and the layers that are part of it in ways that make the old seem completely new again. And it’s because of that – complete recreation – coupled with divine guidance tapped into collective energies -that I’ve been able to step into some of these realms for the time being.
One of the things that this year saw, was a return to teaching Reiki and it’s been made more than clear why, after now completing to teach Reiki Levels 1 & 2.
And during the last couple of months I’ve been receiving a few new guided insights for additions to offer when timing felt like a big, “yes”.
This post is the result of that “yes” to meet the collective energies that have come knocking.
So, as promised, these are the new classes for the beginning of 2021, including a free, fun event to end the year, an update on our last Reiki class for 2020, and what’s upcoming still.
BEGINNING OF 2021
Sunday, February 7th, 2021: Intuition & Reiki ~ Intuitive Development for Empowerment
Sunday, March 14th, 2021: Crystal Healing & Reiki ~ Deepening through Integrative Healing Sessions
You can find more information, registration, and pricing for these on this page: 2021 Classes & Upcoming Events
END OF 2020
Intuitive Sound Healing Immersion ~ Awaken the New & Ignite Your Ancient Voice: November 29th 10 – 11 am
You can find this Free Event on the same page as the new 2021 classes: 2021 Classes & Upcoming Events
Reiki 3 Master Teacher ~ December 6th, 12th & 13th
This is the last Reiki class for 2020. The class is likely going to be split between two days again like Reiki Level 1, as there’s a lot of material to go over. December 6th is the proposed full group class and then the 12th and 13th will split the group in two to complete the training.
This class is pretty much at capacity with the same number of people each of our previous levels have been. We have 13 registered and 2 review students. I can open this to 1 more registered student to make it an even 7 and 7 in each class.
So, if this speaks to you as a way to raise your vibration for 2021 please contact me to discuss: Contact Tania
Registration for this class can be found here: Online Reiki Classes
The Magick Rabbit Etsy Shop: We have a very limited number of items left in the shop, which includes two new custom items that may make great holiday gifts (Magick Keepsake Chests and Mini Wood Plaque Portals). Link to shop: The Magick Rabbit
I’ll be gone most of the Winter and other than teaching the new February class during that time period, I’ll be focused on developing my writing, the mentoring program, and podcast ideas while away, alongside a refreshing Winter immersion celebration. It will be interesting to see how things evolve and transform while experiencing a new environment and nurturing my inner child, cosmic soul, and physical well being even more.
That’s it for now, but I’ll keep you posted on any new developments along the way. Thank you for your patience while I put this together, as I know I mentioned posting these yesterday.
Time isn’t something we can control, but we CAN embrace right now.
Current Energy Insights & Support
How have you all been holding up recently?
I’ve heard and felt how for many it’s been a bit of an uphill battle, unsettling, or like hitting rock bottom yet again, as you rebuild from the inside out.
For some this return within is depleting and for others it’s been invigorating.
I know there’s a mix of despair, challenge in being hopeful, desire to withdraw, confusion about what to do next, and also excitement, new clarity, feelings of renewal, and deepening into more authentic embodiment than ever before.
Where ever you find yourself on the spectrum of experience, know that it’s all perfectly okay. If we’re honest about how we feel and we’re willing to feel it, then that’s the perfect journey to be on. Acknowledging and allowing the emotions to move through us creates space for something new.
I’m not going to go into all of the astrological aspects in high gear right now, as I’ll leave that to the astrologers, plus sometimes it’s all just too much info that is hard to understand by everyone. But Mercury Retrograde did just kick in on the 13th and today, the 16th of October, we have a Libra New Moon.
There are some harsher aspects to the New Moon that will amplify feelings and could create some triggers, but if you can stay grounded, centered, and present in your heart, then you may be able to harness Libra’s peace and justic-loving desires.
The challenges and harsh realities aren’t coming up to hurt us, but merely to get our attention focused on the things we’ve long overlooked or thought might just go away if we didn’t think about them. Because once we do integrate these forgotten energies, then we can be at the top of our game and more masterful in how we respond to life.
As many of us have mentioned before…we can’t just think our way through things or state affirmations over and over to create lasting change. Change comes from uncovering and working with the emotions underneath the thoughts (yes all of the icky-feeling ones too) and then aligning our body, heart, mind, and soul with the new.
New Moons are an ending to one cycle and beginning to another, so it’s a great time for fresh starts in life and in any area of life. This one has some challenged opposing aspects, yes, but with Libra at work you can bet it’s centered on balancing. So even with relationships, conflict, power struggles, and intensity being in the spotlight, there’s opportunity for realizations and adjustments. Patience and reflection will be your friend, rather than quickly reacting. All of this could lead to leaving toxic situations that no longer serve you and finding ways to do this that are in everyone’s highest good.
It’s a time to learn and grow from the challenges in our lives. So, if something bothers you or things feel confusing and unclear right now, just remember that you can take a pause and focus on the things that actually do feel more clear in your life. If you direct energy there instead of forcing what feels murky currently, then you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll give things time to settle and not be misconstrued by the combined other energies, including the Retrograde.
This could be a powerful time for a new perspective, awakening, receiving spiritual insights on things you’ve been wondering about or a new direction, or for experiencing a deepening of your intuition.
The more we can be gentle with ourselves and try to shift into a heart space when viewing all experiences, the more kindness will pour from and to us.
What is calling to you right now or moves you the most?
This is a great time to let yourself explore within and see what lights you up.
Retrogrades are not the villains they’re often made out to be…they help us to recognize the times for going within and reworking things, re-strategizing, doing stuff behind the scenes, reevaluating, reviewing, rethinking, reconnecting, releasing, and rebuilding. And when we do, we can catapult ourselves by working with the energies and strategizing inwardly.
For me, the “r” word has been reinventing and I feel the changes I’m weaving in are creating the future-self me in the now – if that makes sense. Retrieval from the future, rather than the past like has been the case up until now, is what I feel happening. And of course there is no distinction of time as multi-dimensional beings, but that’s the human way to describe it so that it’s somewhat understandable.
Retrogrades may seem like a hidden enemy, but I’ve found them particularly supportive. It’s all about learning the language of energy and putting to use your skills you’ve been cultivating. Retrogrades don’t mean a time to throw out all that you’ve acquired in life training to be at the mercy of a certain time of the year. Rather, it’s the perfect time to exercise a little self-mastery.
If you’ve been challenged with Retrogrades before, here is just a little reminder about how to navigate its waters and understand what might be going on with your current experiences.
This is a good time to complete and release things that no longer support your highest good, put to rest old “stuff”, have more patience and light-heartedness about things, take time for yourself away from it all, slow down and be still to receive, cleansing is a great way to utilize the energy, as is focusing on intentions you want to put out to the Universe, be more present in your life and with others, especially in terms of communication, realizing that things can get heated and meanings mixed up, so stay in your heart, listen and go within, and realize it’s not all that serious.
Things can be amplified during this time, but that in no way means it has to rule your life. This is a great time to exercise self-mastery skills and work a little alchemy in your life. Put to use all that you’ve learned and you can actually ride Retrogrades with ease and utilize its energy in very positive and productive ways.
Realize that if something is confused or delayed, or your electronics go awry, it’s not the end of the world and it may be serving a purpose you just can’t see in the heat of the moment. Let go, detach, and embrace that everything is working for the highest good. You will come to understand later, why things happened as they did.
You can utilize determination during this time to help carry out visions and goals, but you will also need to stay on top of your willpower, as illusions and immediate pleasures may easily sway you. Yes, that could mean more shadow work to help you to integrate and balance and be able to see things clearly. People and things that trigger us are important to look at, not pushed away, in order to understand the trigger and what it is telling you about yourself and hidden feelings you may be afraid to see or acknowledge within.
Do you secretly envy someone or wish to be more like that which annoys you?
Is the thing that is bothering you about them, a quality you, yourself possess, and therefore if you integrate it yourself with love, you can transform your experience of self and others?
Is the quality that you fear or cast out in another, a part of you that if nurtured, could really catapult your passionate life?
What are you willing to do and give up short-term for the things you desire?
Your strength, will, determination and focus are key now, along with the flexibility to know when to flow so you maintain balance of mind, body, and spirit.
This isn’t so much the time for outward doing, as it is for being and preparation, so all of this is done on the inner planes and if done with commitment to the process of you, you will reap the benefits of the Retrograde, rather than feel controlled and beat down by it.
Keep the faith and lovingly nurture yourself and others during this time. The more you practice these things, the more you can discover how Retrogrades can be powerful catapulting times.
And since there are some challenging energies around the also supportive New Moon energies, this Retrograde provides the perfect space for you to put to rest some of that old stuff so that you can start anew.
I interlaced this post with Autumn photos from this week (the last from our backyard and the others from a hike and bike ride the last two days) in hopes that they kindle a warmth that melts any walls around your heart. After our week away, we returned to everything illuminated in beautiful Autumn colors. I’m particularly fond of the wondrous golden trees right now (especially set against the clear blue skies) who’s whisper enchant and remind me that harmony is always at hand.
I was going to post the new classes, events, and offerings today, but was guided to wait until Monday, as this post felt more important right now given the energies we have at hand.
So stay tuned for Monday’s update, which I’m very excited about!
Until then, wishing you love and balance in all that you do.
Taking a Soulful Time Out
We’ve had on and off good, moderate, to not so great smoky air days up in the Tahoe basin since the fires in the west started, which has created a back and forth pendulum experience of heavy outdoor exercise, to light exercise, to indoor-only exercise. It’s been reflective of busier days and the need to focus on getting things done when unable to venture outdoors, so it’s always perfect. However, we’ve been craving a little getaway, since we haven’t been anywhere since the beginning of the year and especially because of the fuller days and wanting to breathe in and enjoy as much of the now and life while we can, as well as nature’s gifts as possible. Plus, I’ve learned that I can give even more when I listen to my needs and nurture them as well.
And even though I had bookending online Reiki classes I was/am teaching between the 4th and 11th, it felt exactly why a time-out would be supportive. Including the sense I have that everyone in the group classes has a lot of energetic changes they’re shouldering and responding to, so I am adjusting to meet and integrate them the best I can.
Sometimes we think we couldn’t possibly create the space and time for what we need, but that’s exactly when we need it the most.
I’ve shared this before, but it feels worth sharing again:
Many believe that in order to have fulfillment or achieve certain goals that that entails working harder and keeping your nose to the grind.
But rather than push forward, sometimes the best thing is to just take a spontaneous break, rest, do something self-nurturing, commune with Nature…stop forcing and start being.
When you think you “should” be doing more, the more you really need is likely self love and balance. This will invigorate, harmonize, inspire, and draw to you more of what is really for your highest good.
It is the moments where you break out of the mold, and tune in to the nature of you, that the greater ease and magick happens.
“If your heart needs a vacation, take it somewhere serene. If your spirit needs nourishment, feed it well. If your soul needs a boost, surround it with joy. If your body needs rest…then rest. If you need a new direction, pull out your own life map and simply enjoy the ride. And along the way, keep your eyes and soul open, for you never know what you may find.” ~Jacque Bliss
The Pisces me loves water, and Dave being a water sign as well is why we live by so many lakes, creeks, ponds, and rivers, including majestic Lake Tahoe, which is like the ocean itself in both vastness and energy.
But every now and then, a little oceanside immersion does the body and spirit good. I’m grateful that a Pacific Ocean getaway is within only a few hours drive, so we can dip in and out as guided.
We weren’t sure where we’d be headed to this week, since the air quality on the west isn’t great again in nearly every one-day drivable direction. But we found an opening the morning we left with full-week clear air forecasts and have enjoyed the fresh salty air and forest variety since.
Upon landing we were led to an inexpensive hotel just three minutes walk to the beach, wharf, waterfront cliff walks and within walking distance to conveniences including natural food stores and vegan eats for take out or outdoor eating to suit our intermittent fasting lifestyle and safety protocols.
Hearing the ocean and sealions every morning and evening has been like a lullaby coddling the soul. Days full of immersive and extensive miles (10-15) hiking, walking and biking while taking in the oceanside and moist faery forest realm scents have made for luxuriating sleep-filled nights and carefree days.
And while we have tons of forest by us, the change of scenery exploring the Redwood and Oak tree rich enchantment, alongside plentiful varieties including Eucalyptus, and moss, fern, and ivy-enriched Elemental-filled worlds were a sweet change that welcomed us warmly. Then add all the Autumn feels and you get a wonderland of comfort and joy.
Plus, with it being off-season, we had mysterious, Devic Kingdom rich trails all to ourselves with many mystical eyes that we could feel upon us. And even though a rustle in the leaves sometimes was a forest creature peeking at us, like this pair of deer, it was not always an animal stirring, that’s for sure.
Our first full day combined both forest and ocean abundant miles of enrichment – the perfect way to balance and acquaint to the energies.
The forest floor covered in fallen colored leaves and the scent of musky freshness washed over me with welcome, as the ancient Redwood giants of the world and the Oak wisdom keepers whispered pieces of the Great Mystery.
It was experienced like a deep activation in my root chakra, which in fact induced slight tailbone aches that I get when something ancient or dna-connected is transforming.
Alongside timely feather gifts, magickal train whistles (I love trains!), a flock of wild turkeys
(pictured is the largest of them that was guarding – I shared a cool video of the flock on Instagram) foraging in the forest, tree portals galore, evidence of forest creatures having passed
through recently, mystical and even spooky fun deep realms, fuzzy black
and warm red caterpillars, tree gifts, and on later days a dead raven, abundant cliffside farmland including a Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin pumpkin patch, and a secret area of the last batch of late, wild blackberries…it’s all had the perfect hints and epitome of October essence you dream of.
And it all made for the perfect welcome into this different realm.
There are days when the magick is so tangible that the Otherworld becomes the only world – and the days this week have definitely been just that. I felt my essence alive and receiving a rekindled boost.
And equally activating were the majestic cliffs and natural coastal formations, while ocean life swam and flew all around us.
That ancient Lemurian essence gently knocking the soul pieces awake, while The Fae tickled my roots in other ways, infused with a little Gaelic twist.
Connection to everything is a given whether we are aware of it or not. When I’m in different environments, it’s ones of the things I notice right away – how the tapestry is woven between me and all things regardless of placing me in a different world for the moment.
I take notice of the reflections and how they show up. And I feel my heart beat as one with life around me.
Days were filled with energy in motion, as we immersed in several outdoor activities a day to enjoy the outdoors and create well being through body integration of moving energy.
“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
One of our days included miles of gorgeous and fun single track bike trails riding along the cliffs’ edge – my favorite biking trail ever that I mentioned to Dave was like a Disneyland ride. It moves along like a snake and has enough easier to moderate elements to add a weeeee and suspense effect.
Below, water crashing on secluded beaches and natural rock formations, with colonies of sealions (you can see in the photos) and sea birds calling out.
The path wove along beautiful vistas of trees, brush, over train tracks, through abundant Autumn
farm fields of gorgeous veggies (like the artichokes and brussels sprouts pictured), and included that pumpkin patch and surprise late patch of wild berries I mentioned, as seen above. It was quite the adventure.
Pelicans, seagulls, egrets, and cormorants would glide next to us as we moved along the path with even a hawk soaring low with purposeful unison. Hawk seemed to follow us from our mountain home to the ocean, as she is a strong spirit guide for me and us – specifically red tailed hawk on this trip. This is where I found the transitioned raven – which felt meaningful with us approaching the time of thinnest veils between worlds.
We loved the bike trail so much we returned a second time and while I came across the dead raven again, a very alive raven was waiting for me.
He was huge and sat there very deliberately, wanting me to stop and come closer. He was making an interesting kind of clucking combined with an almost regurgitating sound and continued until I decided to continue on. Then he took off in unison with me, soaring over the ocean.
Two more deer caught my attention on this second bike trip too. They were grazing at the edge of the beach not far from several different flocks of large birds. One of which created a procession, marching in a single file line toward a back bay area.
You can see the beginning of that line of birds in the sand to the right of the deer below.
It’s a very surreal bike ride and as you glide along you feel the animals, wind, and waves all around, moving together as one.
Time stood still, yet in connective motion and shared feeling of heart and soul liberation despite human body frameworks we inhabit.
Every day had me discovering little treasures of divine alignment. Every time I would say this area feels like such and such bird lives here and that I’d love to find a feather awaiting, it would be. Each day held several feather gifts from a variety of birds (some of which I’m not sure of their origin, but some include hawk, owl, and raven), usually in pairs of two at a time directly after I stated an intent. These are a few of the feather finds pictured above. Dave says I am the feather master and have a hawk eye when it comes to finding them. 🙂
Rather than go into any more details of what this little side-detour has initiated, I’ll just share the energy of my favorite photos and some of the incredible vistas, sense-filled experiences, messengers, treasures, and sign posts of the journey at hand. You may get a sense of things from them alone, as well as your own activation or inspired guidance.
All of that, alongside the ocean herself and all that she reflects – unexplored depths, unknowns, deep hidden treasures for the courageous explorers of shadowy caverns and murky emotional/subconscious waters, etc. point to an unearthing of expanse yet to discover and integrate.
It also speaks to this layer of deep emotional patterns that is key for us to be aware of and integrate – much of why we are seeing and experiencing triggers out in the world right now is to help with this.
There were also a couple of eerie door-knockers and wake-up close calls right in the beginning of this adventure to help “crack” open and elevate adrenalin response into an even higher level of awareness, drive home the need for staying clear of “other’s” energies and projections, strengthen boundaries, continue to balance and ground, stay open to change, listen to and trust guidance, and remain in my heart despite what’s going on around me.
Definitely feels like a mini rebirthing continues similar to, but not as dramatic as, four years ago during Magick Bus times and am grateful always for the divine protection, guidance, and cosmic flow of love that streams through.
It’s like a new version of me/us is in preparation and process, just like the caterpillars I was seeing in warm red/rust and black – correlating to that root chakra activation. The woolly bear caterpillars we have at home are black and gold, so the color shift feels significant in focusing at the bottom root of things and makes sense given the collective energies.
There was a lot of focus around the lower chakra colors on this trip in reds, rusts, oranges, and yellows – mirroring the beautiful fall leaves lining every trail and the messengers that drew my attention, including Red Tailed Hawk and the gorgeous wild turkeys.
I also saw a beautiful Autumn-dressed moth in gorgeous brown, orange, and black wings on the golden fields between the faery forests we hiked. Her orange eyes stood out to me, outlined and dotted in black.
And later I found a perfect butterfly mussel shell on the beach with gorgeous, iridescent blue and pearly coloring and a darker spot on each wing like the eyes I saw on the stunning moth. The butterfly and moth symbolism of transformation and rebirth speaking loudly. It also doubles as the heart of the ocean with the reflection of how much more we can exercise our heart muscles to open wider and deeper.
What also kept showing up, seemingly in reflection to my bright sunflower yellow bathing suit I brought with me (with peace signs, hearts, stars and bunnies on it of course), despite it being Autumn, was yellow flowers around every corner. I saw so many, but these were a few of my favs.
They were joyously speaking to me of joy, new life, and hope.
I know it can be hard to keep up the hope in the face of what seems like constant adversity, but I can tell you from experience, which I likely will elaborate more on down the road, that I’ve gone through several chronic life experiences, conditions, debilitating setbacks, and nearly devastating-to-me hardships that lasted years on end, but they did all have a silver lining that eventually enveloped me in the light at the end of the dark tunnel.
It’s not always easy to see the way out and it’s not always easy to even give ourselves a way out, but the possibility is always there. Being softer on ourselves and finding more ways to love what IS and who we ARE regardless of any specific result, is a door opener.
Sometimes it’s not so much about healing or perfecting an outcome, but about surrendering to what’s showing up as the experience it is, outside of any judgments we place upon it.
And sometimes we also just need to take a soulful time out, even if that simply is a break from the norm to explore the adventure of where letting go might lead.
That could simply be an adventure of our imagination, as there truly is no separation between what is perceived and felt. The more vivid our world we create in our hearts and minds, the more real and fulfilling it will be.
When I can’t physically get away or do something I would like to, I do it anyway.
I do imagination well and so can you.
And if you have a challenge with envisioning magickal realms or inspiring beauty and nature adventures, I hope that the photos and expressions I share can help you to get there.
Happy October & Harvest Aries Full Moon ~ An Energy Forecast for the Month
Astrid and I would like to send our heartfelt wishes to you all. We can feel the continued rise of tensions out there and in any way that we, or this blog and posts where we express inspirations, thoughts and our experiences, can act as a bridge…it is for these reasons we share.
Astrid received a special little surprise gift from mom, which we were going to wait until Halloween to share. However, she wanted me to go ahead now, since she’ll be wearing this hat all month and beyond. A way to let you see not only her royal essence (as her sunflower crown has revealed), but her cosmic wizardry and faery rabbit witchy essence.
I found her the perfect little sparkly purple wizard/witch hat with moon and star on it and she loves it. She is a hat lover in general, always sitting still for me to place them on her and doesn’t shake them off.
I love these photos of her with her hat next to a bouquet of five sunflowers with sparkly gold centers – felt so perfect for this Harvest Full Moon. And after she stuck her nose in them (first photo above), she even got a little gold sparkle kiss on her nose, as you can see in the second photo below.
Her sparkly purple hat matches my new cosmic sparkly readers I got after my eye appointment last week – I’ll share them another time perhaps. Her hat also compliments my own Halloween fun, but we’ll share that also for our official, upcoming Halloween/Samhain post with more fun captures.
Astrid doesn’t want to hide who she is anymore and encourages each of us to do the same, as the authenticity that is you at a soul level, is SO needed in the world.
This moon is an invitation of awareness and acceptance around our wounds and vulnerabilities, support for speaking our truth and express our uniqueness and sharing of these without blame. Aggressive, defensive, or argumentative behaviors can easily be triggered right now, but if we work with balance in mind, which includes honoring our individuality and expression as well as that of others, we can more harmoniously work together toward creating something new.
If you recall the rainbow light energy on Astrid from two posts back, The Days are Getting Shorter, as Life is Getting Fuller, I found her displaying a touch of dramatic (Egyptian at times) energy especially interesting in accordance with the energies abound. The rainbow energy mirroring this description from Tanaaz on Forever Conscious:
“Even though we have this dramatic energy being stirred on this Full Moon, there is a strong healing presence on offer to us too, and this is where we should put our focus.
This healing presence is given to us by the asteroid Chiron, which will be conjunct the Full Moon.
Chiron is known as the wounded healer but also the rainbow bridge. Its energy represents the process of awakening. As we awaken, we are able to take our wounds and turn them into powerful portals of strength, wisdom, and compassion.
When we channel Chiron’s energy, we are also able to walk the bridge into higher states of consciousness.
We are able to see that all that ever happens and unfolds in our lives is for our highest good. We are able to see that even though tragedy and awful things happen in this life, there is always a bigger picture.”
On Tuesday I found this hawk feather.
Magick was definitely afoot as our tree frog, who lives on our deck, was croaking, a coyote walked by the back of the house, and I found this hawk feather – all taking place at nearly the same time or within minutes of each other.
Hawk speaks to having wide awareness/big picture vision, seeing with clarity and discernment, trusting intuition, expanded psychic awareness, and attuned and successful alignment.
So much is weaving in experience right now. My dreams are bridging timelines and messaging me profoundly, things are piercing through the veils, intuition is on high, and energy feels like it’s whirling yet centered.
I keep seeing things take care of themselves, as long as I stay aligned. Clear paths open and others close by staying centered.
And while this has been a very busy time and continues to be, I feel like that is also helping to keep balanced, centered and grounded so that I don’t get caught up in what’s “out there” and I stay focused on anchoring in my own contribution of energetic embodiment. I’ll not post again until maybe next week some time, or potentially even the week after depending on how things go, as I have a lot to get done in the next few days and a Reiki 2 class to teach this Sunday before leaving on a road trip Monday for the week. Then another Reiki 2 class the Sunday after I return. So the week of the 12th will be a bit more open until I head off again on the 24th on another week-long road trip. But I do have some fun new stuff to share for November, December and 2021, so I’ll get those up as soon as timing aligns.
How are you all experiencing things lately? Are you also feeling like your days are extra full?
Once again, Lee has a great Energy Update for this month that I think you’ll find supportive.
There are so many good morsels of insights in it. A couple of things that stood out for me that Lee talks about include these paraphrased shares:
Energy activism is supportive right now – having awareness of your own stuff makes you more useful and effective to the collective and supports building bridges of compassion with others rather than destructive behaviors toward others. Staying unconscious and asleep out of comfort and safety, creates the division and fight energy. People desperately cling to what they want to believe or do believe is true about life.
Speak your truth, not to battle or stamp on someone else’s truth, but to add your voice, opinion, and feelings to the mix (not combatively). The more you speak truth you help dilute the planetary energy. If you’ve been silent, it’s time to speak again. Don’t share to be understood, heard, respected, or agreed with. Just speak your truth to offer a perspective, not to win or tell someone else they’re wrong, but to simply add your energy to help dilute division of right and wrong and to offer a middle note. Speaking your perspective adds to the shift of frequency of a conversation when you do so with unattachment and recognition of expressing a feeling moving through with only recognition of the importance in saying it.
Remember that everyone is going through the same energies together, but in different ways. So take care of you and be good to others.
Other key points he shares about:
- Weird becoming the new normal – Paranormal and Supernatural experiences and the seemingly absurd will be appearing in bigger ways through October for many.
- Earthquake Energy – rattling what’s on the ground in your life and causing fast rearrangement.
- For many who are awake, Manifestation has become a new normal ‘superpower’ when it comes to quickly rearranging your life. This affects EVERYONE as it will catch on more and more in the collective. Acknowledge and share your experiences around this with others where appropriate.
- Heart-quake Energy – Heart Expansions arising through struggle, challenge and shock. If this isn’t you, you may be experiencing greater heart compassion and taking heart based actions for those in such situations.
- Power + Defense of Power – This theme is ‘up’ in the world right now, so be mindful and aware of it, as it is creating a defensive energy. Defensive energy can trigger anger, fight and avoidance. It’s a sticky and seductive energy so ask yourself, “Is this truly my battle to wade into – or did I just get swept up in the chemical reaction?”
- The Psychic highways will see a lot of chaos in October – timelines are changing fast and the chaos on the ground will be affecting the psychic highways, so choose your information wisely and update it regularly. If basing your actions on psychic information, triple check before making a move and TRUST your gut.
- The Body is our strength right now – don’t buy into the fear energy around our bodies, and recognize the innate wisdom and power your body can hold for you, so ‘How are you serving it right now? What does it need?’
- Ground yourself regularly, to benefit your now and also to be ready for November and December – they will be big months on the planet – so developing grounded practices now, however simple, will be very beneficial for your balance in the months to come.