Personal Dark Moon, December 8 2012


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As I have shared many times and in many places before, in 1993, through a kinesthetic body experience, I “recovered” (in contrast to discovered!) a pattern of energy that is based on the phase of the Moon in which one is born.  Since that time I have lived with this cycle, planned life around its optimization, teach the technique and use it with intuitive counseling clients.  It has always been a hard sell, as modern life has been far removed from living with the rhythms of the Moon. When I first started blogging, I wrote posts about my experiences with this cycle.  It has been awhile since I have shared in that way.  A recent upsurge in client requests for this work and my own experience in this particular dark moon personal cycle prompt me to write this post.

Everyone has their own phase of the Moon in which they are born, one half of the two half cycle (New Moon to Full, Full to Dark Moon), one phase out of the 28 phase cycle, one phase out of the four quarter phase cycle, one phase out of the Moon’s eight phase cycle. Your sun/moon phase angle is unique to you. My sun/moon phase angle is when the sun and the moon are at 290 degrees apart each lunation, toward the end of the lunar cycle. Those of us born in the last half of the cycle tend to need a fuller stop in our dark Moon phases than those born in the first half of the cycle.

My new moon in the personal cycle occurs at 2:46 AM December 8, 2012, less than 12 hours of my writing this post. The New Moon, in both the personal and collective cycle is like the reset button and the three days before the New Moon, especially the 24 hours before, is known as the Dark of the Moon.

Ordinarily during this dark moon time , I take to the bed, reading mysteries or simply resting.  I have done some of that this dark moon. I also find myself upright, writing and it feels good. Leading in to this dark moon phase of the cycle I have had two days of down time. I have had appointments, however, easy and with no external pressure.  So, I come into this phase more relaxed than I usually am in my personal dark moon time.  The one word that comes to describe this particular cycle is sweet.  There is a lot of ease surrounding me right now, perhaps that ease has always been there and I am simply noticing it more.

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Manifestation is another energy that is showing up in this dark moon phase.  Some posts earlier, I wrote about wanting a colouring book that had images of toruses in it. I did found a colouring book and gifted myself with it as a holiday gift. It arrived and I am working with it, however, it takes a lot of time to colour a page in this book and that is not how I want to spend time right now.  Seeing the image of torus in this book sparked the memory of slinkys.  Yesterday, I went out in search of a slinky and found one.  Quick manifestation has been happening a lot lately and I love it.  Maybe direct manifestation experiences are taking some of the edge of life off, allowing for more trust and ease.  I am also making more connections with people through direct contact and social media.  Meaningful connections, seeing and being seen, always helps as a life support.

I have the slinky on my desk, it is a small one, quite transportable, and as I play with it and bring it into its own full circle, there is tangible, visual reminder of what my teacher, Michele Mayama suggests: that the shape of our chakras are shifting into the torodial shape. The movie Thrive sources energy in the universe as related to the torus shape.

With the dark Moon in the personal lunar cycle, there seems to be a homecoming of sorts; of information and experiences settling in as one cycle completes and the next cycle is about to begin. As the torus shape shows us, there is continual unfolding, circle upon circle.  In a torus, the edges are softer, rounder, folding over into one’s self for a distinct experience of completion  continued. That is what the moon’s cycles do, too.

The Pull to Rest, Continued….

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During the most recent Dark Moon (three full 24 hour periods before each New Moon) I started to write a post about resting in the Dark of the Moon and the post went missing! The post was there and then it was not there.  I accepted this happening as a cosmic intervention, a loud and clear reminder that it was time to rest, not write.

When I was living in Ashland, Oregan at the turn of the century, I heard Barry Brailsford speak to a group of people. He is an indigenous wisdom man, carrying the traditions of many ancient cultures.  That particular evening, Barry talked about not starting a writing project, or any project (Facebook take note!), near the end of the Lunar Cycle.  Barry said that it just made sense, and we only need to look at the sky, or feel within, to know this. As he said this, a friend in the audience looked at me and we both nodded, as she recognized that this was information I consistently shared in my work with Natural Time.

I know the tradition of syncing human activities with the Moon’s phases is something indigenous peoples do and have done forever and while I carry this tradition myself, deep within me, it was good to hear Barry say this in contemporary time. I have often felt like Cassandra sharing this information.

For me, the information came first through a study of astrology and then through direct experience of my body’s rhythms, the momentum to move forward, or to be still, in relation to the ebbs and flows of our Moon.

What I don’t get is how rare this seems to be to people, to coordinate how they feel and want to move or not want to move in relation to the Moon’s phase in the sky above.  To me, it is like a giant cosmic permission slip to follow one’s own rhythms in accordance with nature. It takes a lot to do that, I know, and you can read through earlier posts, and future posts, to learn about my struggles with this allowing.

In this most recent Dark Moon, I started to write about resting and the cosmos invited me to walk my talk. I accepted that invite and did rest as much as I could. For instance, not writing a voluntary blog post. There was something, though, that I had to do during this Dark Moon time and that was to show up for a part-time employment gig. Prior to the last few months, I had  the divine, supreme luxury of calling my own schedule. Now, I have a part-time gig where there is not as much leeway in my schedule as there was before. For the first time in about ten years, I had to show up for a job during the Dark Moon phase on Monday and Tuesday of this past week.

Monday went well, I didn’t have to do much, and  I rested Monday evening.  I did not sleep well during the night, as is often the circumstance right before a New Moon. Energy is stirring to begin anew.  The New Moon occurred on Tuesday morning at 11:02 AM EDT and I found it very difficult to work that day.  I was tired, out of sorts, and about 2 in the afternoon wondered to myself if I would make it through the rest of the day.

I did make it through the day and came right home, no stopping.  I crashed into rest that evening and being a self-indulgent sort, I rested the entire next day.  I knew from the feeling within my body that I had to come back to center, to reset to zero for the start of the new lunar cycle.  It was also the start of a new solar cycle, so the rest was deep and replenishing. I had the day to myself, a luxury, I know, and I read a mystery, stayed reclining most of the day, moved slowly, peacefully.

I woke this morning with a resurgence, a renewed energy field, fresh for the start of this new lunar cycle and this new season, Summer!, and with vitalized energy for my own work. New ideas, new enthusiasm, fresh perspective.

Not everyone can stop what they are doing and rest as the Moon floats from the end of one cycle to the beginning of the next. I know this and I will now, occasionally, fall into this category, too. However, if you struggle with depression, or irritability or frustration with your circumstances, I encourage you to consider realigning choices regarding energy exertion and the Moon’s movement. There are two cycles to consider, the Collective Lunar Cycle and your Personal Lunar Cycle. For simplicity’s sake, consider starting the alignment with the Collective Lunar Cycle. After you feel a resonance with that cycle, consider moving on to alignment with the Personal Lunar Cycle.

Things to consider for alignment with the Collective Cycle are to prepare for the naturally occurring low energy time during the Dark Moons, again, those are three days before each New Moon. You can find the date and time of the New Moons are on most calendars. During the Dark Moon times, consider having groceries on hand so you don’t have to stop at the supermarket on the way home from work. Pull out something from the freezer in the morning, so it is ready to go for dinner, instead of having to exert energy cooking. You might be too tired to enjoy what you cook during that Dark Moon time!  Have arrangements with family members for quiet time those evenings and limit external commitments as you can.  Most of all though, notice the longing in your body for rest, and allow time and space for it.  Planning ahead helps, whether it is with meals or housecleaning or activities for children or yourself. Queue up that book on your tablet, have something ready to go that relaxes.

Indigenous peoples have followed the lunar rhythms since the beginning of time. These cultures are not prominent any longer, however their wisdom still works. The cultures that have been prominent recently have attempted to use dominion over Nature to stay in power.  Their grip is loosening. The Shift  (paradigm/age/new dimension/new field) that we are in presents an opening to again connect live with Nature and reach for synchronicity, alignment and comfort from one ever-changing constant in life, our Moon.

Personal Dark Moon, June 2012 Experience

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It is June 13, 2012 and I had my New Moon in the Personal Lunar cycle during the bewitching 3 am hour this morning. The Dark Moon days, three days before each New Moon, were very different this cycle than they have been in previous cycles. I think the big difference between this past cycle and previous cycles is that in the May 2012 cycle I had the awareness that I needed more Chi in my life.  This insight brought forth the plan to cook at least one warm fresh vegetable a day.  I did this with relative success for the past 28 days and do feel like I picked up my Chi considerably.  The fact that I am eating less in general also feels related to eating hearty vegetables every day.  With more Chi running through my body, the Dark Moon phase of this past Personal Lunar Cycle felt less like a deep pull into darkness and more like  a conscious witnessing of a cycle turning. I have tracked this cycle faithfully for 19 years and I know that there are variations in each cycle, however, it does feel that with more Chi running in my body, I did not have to go down so deeply to rest this past dark moon. This feels like a gift.

In the recent dark moon phase, just preceding my Personal New Moon, I still took to the bed. I schedule the 24 hours before my  Personal New Moon as a sacred time, a time for rest and relaxation and I treasure this time.  Despite 19 years of faithfully following this cycle, my mind still comes in during a dark moon day shouting, “Shouldn’t you….blah, blah, blah,”  I  let myself rest. This recent Dark Moon phase was mostly a conscious listening time and I allowed myself the space and stillness to do that.

What I heard during the stillness was to Be Happy.  It is hard, sometimes, in modern life, to look beyond the fear and scare, and choose the other.  One of the opportunities that I am working on is clearing my third eye chakra to see possibilities beyond what I know or even imagine, because imagination can be limited.  I want unlimited life experience.  I want to open to what is possible even though it has not been in my realm of possibility.  I expand openness and interaction with the unlimited possibility and potential.

What I heard in this recent Dark Moon time of my Personal Lunar Cycle is that that my heart wants to be happy. Despite all conditioning prior to this moment, I will give my heart what it wants and explore with unbridled curiosity the discovery of happiness.  I will notice the positive, the up versus down.   If I hadn’t stopped and laid on my bed with my eyes wide open, looking out on the summer green and letting that visceral into my heart and my body, I do not know if I would have heard this whisper into my right ear, from my inner self to my conscious self. I did hear it though, and voice witness to that hearing.

May’s Personal Dark Moon lead me to eat better.  Which I am doing! June’s Personal Lunar Cycle leads me to embrace happiness more consciously.  I will let you know next month how this cycle goes.

Alignment with natural cycles allows us to connect consciously with the stop and start points of the cyclical nature of life.  It allows us to regroup.  I have written about the Personal Lunar Cycle before, and I have lived with it since 1993 and have been teaching it in my group and individual intuitive practice since 1995.  I find the Personal Lunar Cycle to be a valuable predictor of energy levels as it is based on the phase of the Moon in which you are born.  This is a cycle that repeats each month of one’s life and if you would like to connect and work with your own Personal Lunar Cycle, let me know!

 

 

 

 

The Facebook Stock Discussion

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It astounds me that with access to all that money, media and popularity, the Facebook stock team did not seem to have access to primal sense.  Is it only the indigenous peoples who know?  Is it only nonindigenous people, like me and hundreds of others like me, who try to pay attention and follow nature, that know?

The “knowing” that I am talking about is that if one wants a project to succeed, don’t start it in the deep dark of the Moon, especially when the next New Moon involves an eclipse, as this New Moon did.  The Facebook people launched their public offering of stock on Friday morning, May 18 somewhere around 9:30 AM Eastern Daylight time and we, I am talking about all of us, had a New Moon with in two days of this launch.  The New Moon eclipse occurred on Sunday, May 20 at 7:48 PM Eastern Daylight time.

When the Facebook people officially launched their stock in public offering, the Moon was around 333 degrees of its 360 degree cycle, it was in its 26th of its 28 day cycle and it was in its 8th of 8 phase cycle.  That timing speaks of ending, not beginning.  The energy is just not there to sustain new life.  I am sorry if this is hard news for anyone to take in; the ancient peoples on our land, on all parts of our land, worked with natural cycles, the flow of the seasons and the phases of the Moon.

It is disheartening that this simple, primal, information, something we see reflected in the sky each and every month as a reminder for us, is so ignored in our modern society.  We will not ever know how the Facebook stock might have fared if the launch was delayed until Tuesday or Wednesday, once the New Moon had a chance to find its legs and the energy starts anew.

I have no stock in Facebook and am not planning on purchasing any, so I really don’t have a horse in this race.  Except that me, and hundreds, if not thousands of people like me, share information about these natural cycles and people do not seem to sense the connection between their energy, the life and viability of their projects or relationships and that big, beautiful, oceanic Moon up there.  There is a connection and I invite you to track it.  It is easy to do, most calenders list the New and Full Moons on their pages.  Note how you feel and how what you start in dark Moon days, three days before the New Moon, turns out.  Let me know how it goes!

 

 

 

Personal Dark Moon, May 2012 Experience

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I have been living with the Personal Lunar Cycle since I “recovered” it through a kinesthetic body experience in 1993. After tracking it for myself for two years, I wrote about it and then taught it. Prior to my work with the Personal Lunar Cycle, I had been aligning with the rhythmic flow of the Collective Lunar Cycle since the late 1960s. I have come to know these natural rhythms as inner energy cycles. Syncing with natural cycles is one  prime way to deepen work with intuition, as one is timed and aligned with the living world.  Coherency and synchronicity are natural outcomes of this work.

The Dark Moon phase, the last of the eight lunar phases, occurs three days before each New Moon. Energetically, the Dark Moon phase represents a call to stop and dissolve before the renewal that occurs with each New Moon. The Dark Moon phase is like the interphase in the cell cycle, that phase of stop right before the next cell division.  The Dark Moon Phase is also like the night cycle in the day/night rhythm or the dark stillness of winter within the seasonal cycle.

I can share with you that there is almost always a struggle to rest with the Dark Moon Phase.  Either  there is internal resistance to rest, or an external struggle to rest that  comes from obstacles or judgements of others around us. In our society and culture  rest is not an authentic activity.  As hard as it is to listen and acquiesce when our bodies and nature call us to rest, the consequences of not doing so affect mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being. We can not push upstream in a downstream time and not pay for it with body, mind and soul.

So readers can understand what living with the Personal Lunar Cycle involves, I share my experience of the past Dark Moon phase in my own Personal Lunar Cycle.  The gravitational pull to stop and rest during this Dark Moon time started on Friday and it was profound.  Rest was all that I could do.  I said yes and viscerally understood that this is what I needed. After 19 years of living with this innate cycle I schedule around them. I had one task to do that day, and that was to pay a bill. It took all that I had to meet that task with completion.  Other than that, I rested and read mysteries.

 It was a nice day outside, sunny and in the 70s.  When my sister called for our daily check-in, I could hear in her voice that she thought that I should get up and do something.  Most of the time, my sister  honors my choices in life and has acknowledged her own pull to gravity during her personal dark moons. However, on this day, she seemed to want something different for me than lying under the covers.

I  have my own inner resistance to laying low, yet on this day, here it was, my beloved sister, tonally urging me to get moving. I am telling you readers, it is hard to listen to one’s own inner wisdom and give your heart, soul and physicality what it needs. After hearing my sister’s tone of voice, there was a moment, more than a moment actually, when I questioned my own choice. The pull to gravity was so strong and profound, though, that all I could do was surrender deep into quiet stillness. There is an exquisiteness to that surrender, a profound yes within all of my cells, to let go into doing nothing. 


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Saturday morning, still in the Dark Moon phase, I ran an errand and had the energy to do it.  Saturday afternoon and evening I participated in an online/phone workshop and took to the bed for that participation.  I fell asleep during some of the processes, which I often do regardless of Moon timing.  In combination of my receptivity to slow stillness in my Personal Dark Moon phase and the information coming to me through the wisdom of the workshop, I was aware of a profound opening in my second chakra.  This sensation was visceral, like this portal of energy opening access for me. There was a magnetic pull of my second chakra opening a viable link to Earth Mother. It was a profound experience of nourishment, recognition and enrichment. The energy of the second chakra that opened for me relates to the second chakra’s function of individual choice, what is it that I want.  This whole area of my body/consciousness was being fed with animate life.  My second chakra was alive, integrated and functioning. Along with this opening came a deeper relaxation into life.

Sunday, was a divinely rainy day here and as the morning flowed, I continued with slow rhythming and did things I was moved to do, like reading for pleasure, watching some TV. The New Moon for me in the Personal Cycle occurred around 12:40 PM. A New Moon has to find its legs, so around 5:30 PM I was activated, cleaning, doing laundry, making dinner with a tender aliveness. Deeper breathing, fuller consciousness, greater gratitude  and conscious awareness of a second chakra that had the experience of belonging.  

And today, Monday, I write to share about this recent experience of of descent and renewal with the Moon. I am off into my new lunar cycle, a new beginning, restored refreshed and ready.

If you sense a repeating pattern of needing to stop within your months, you might be tuning into your own personal lunar cycle rhythm. It is an exquisite patterning, one full of creative potential for fulfillment and well-being and wholeness. If you would like a companion guide to help you maximize this cycle, let me know!

Welcome

Living the Intuitive Life

 

 

What I reach for most  is to live intuitively — to make decisions from the  feeling inside that knows instantly the best choice for me, in contrast to the heavy mental shifting through of choices. The mental decision loop seems endless, where the intuitive knowing is immediate. Of course, one needs to build skill in order to identify, and then trust, intuition.

 

I have experience in this.  Close friends describe me as highly intuitive — and this blog, perhaps, is a means where I share how intuition is my modus operandi.

 

To live intuitively implies freedom to know and choose, with confidence.  Intuition is the on button of self in alignment with Universe.  To feel truth within, in small choices as well as big ones, and keep moving, not stuck in past review or fretting future.

 

The expressed intention of this blog is to share my process of living the intuitive life.  The main tool that I have for this is alignment with natural cycles.  My most practiced affinity is with the lunar cycles, both the collective, from New to Full Moon and the end of the lunar cycle and the Personal Lunar Cycle, which is a pattern of energy based on the phase of the Moon in which you are born.

 

In both of these cycles there is a dark of the moon phase that occurs three days before the New Moon.  Energy is naturally low during dark moon times and the work is on the inside.  These highly receptive times are perfect for rest and reflection. For forty years,  I have tracked my alignment with the lunar cycle.  Indigenous peoples and some religions have tracked the energetic patterning of the lunar cycle for a lot longer.  In my tracking, I find that alignment with the lunar cycle, resting when its time to be still  and moving when it is time to move, lessens frustration, irritability and maybe even depression.  There is a price to pay for pushing upstream in a downstream time. Every cell in our being goes through a rest phase and so do the cosmic cycles.  Why not our full consciousness, the whole of our being? Maybe that is what intuition is, full(er) consciousness of the moment?

 

More to come in the posts ahead.

 

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