Honoring Women {International Women’s Day}

Did you know?

• Globally only 50% of women of working age are in the labor force, compared to 77% of men.

• Only one in five members of lower or single houses of parliament worldwide is female.

• More women are victims of violence though less than 40% of them seek any help.

• By age 18, girls receive 4.4 years LESS education than boys and represent two thirds of the more than one billion illiterate adults without access to basic education.

I don’t write this to create more divisiveness and anger.  I share this because knowledge is power and informs our choices and actions.

It is time to unify the great divide, for all people, all beings, all races and religions.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 8th) is International Women’s Day.
And the theme this year is BE BOLD FOR CHANGE.

In this energy, here is the latest episode of Woman Rising TV (I know, it has been awhile!).
This is an invitation to HONOR WOMEN and TAKE ACTION.
And offer prayers to ALL Women.

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The Birth of My Son

It’s the eve before your first birthday, my sweet Sun, Ocean Poet.

Wild to think that it has taken me a year to sit down and write the story of your birth.

Something has been holding me back. Time. Wounding. Disbelief. Love. I’m really not sure.

But I feel ready now.  To feel into the experience and share it.

Sitting here about to embark on the privilege of writing down your experience from within to without, I still cannot comprehend mentally that my body grew you, birthed you, and has now breastfed you for 12 months. It is all just such a beautiful miracle.  From nothing comes a human being.

So… here we go.

You were born 12 days past your due date. And those were twelve LONG days.  Everyone I knew who was pregnant had already had their baby.  It felt like you were going to stay put forever.

Technically, you weren’t late by my calculations because you weren’t conceived while I was ovulating. You were conceived by Astrological times that I would be fertile because of the Sun and Moon under which I was born… so about 8 days after ovulation.  Fortunately, I was able to get our incredible Ob/GYN to change your due date from February 10th to the 14th which definitely helped.

About 10 days “post-dates”, we went to see our fabulous midwife, Mary Jackson for a non-stress test. All looked good with you from the fetal monitoring. She checked me internally and said it would probably be at least another 48 hours. My cervix was still high and posterior and no effacement or dilation happening. Nothing. She also said that my face didn’t have the “look” yet.  She asked me to check in with her on that Friday (2 days later) because she wanted me to start some herbs and see if they would help bring labor.

Honestly, I was ready to have you here. I wasn’t sleeping well. My pelvis ached. My face felt so bloated and puffy.  My fingers throbbed with fluid retention.

I just felt that I was waiting even though everyone told me to enjoy my free time and this space before.  But, I was too impatient.

Later that same day, I had a Flower Essence Session with a dear sister colleague.  And she felt that after she worked on me, this baby would be coming soon.

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Woman Rising School for Feminine Mysteries and Earth Wisdom 2017 Offerings and Calendar 

 

The Full Moon in Cancer was exalted at 3:34 AM PST this Morning.
This is the first Full Moon of the year and is also called the Wolf Moon, originating from the Native Americans.

This time of Cancer is really about feeling into our watery emotions in their fullness.  In this way, we have access to our deepest desires and truthfully, the medicine of our Soul.

And at 4:08 pm PST today, the Moon is moving into Leo which is the sign of the Fiery Lion.
So we can feel our emotions while stepping into bravery and activation with the Moon shining upon us.

So as you are journeyed through the Moon and are feeling into who you are constantly becoming and what you wish to experience this year, I am SOOO excited to share with you the Woman Rising School of Moon Mysteries and Earth Wisdom’s 2017 Calendar.

This community is growing and growing and the offerings this year are being birthed from what has been asked and is needed for those walking the path of the Mystic Medicine Woman.

There is a sweet connection between the programs.  You can take them individually or they can be woven together and journeyed through.

Space is limited for each program so if you are a YES, please make sure to get on our early notification list and you will have priority registration

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My Word for 2017

I wish to send you Love and Blessings for this New Year of 2017.
May you move into this newness with Ease, Joy, Grace, and deeper Wisdom.

And I also want to say thank you.

Thank you for being a part of the Woman Rising Community.
Thank you for sending emails, responding on Facebook or Instagram to posts, participating in any of my programs or retreats, sitting quietly in this space taking in any new ideas or inspirations.
Thank you for being present in whatever ways most resonated with your heart.

My life is SO much FULLER and more VIBRANT with you in it!

And especially this past year, thank you for holding space for me as I stepped into Motherhood. I truly felt this Collective as I journeyed through stages of beauty and bliss and challenge and exhaustion.

Whether we have met in person or on-line, I feel the power of our sisterhood so strongly as we are each navigating through life to step into more of our Truth.

And for each of us, at this time of a New Year, there is a sense of hope. We reflect, give gratitude for what we experienced, and create space to call in more of who we wish to be and what we wish to experience.

Many of us feel this at our birthdays as another Solar year completes and begins. But there is something quite magical about a COLLECTIVE New Year. A time when every person on the planet feels a sense to shift, transform, to BECOME MORE.

How can WE make this year beautiful, peaceful, loving? The focus shifts from the Me to the WE as we are having a collective experience.  We are all calling IN. We are all praying IN. We are all planting the seeds of our longings.

So, what is it that you are bringing forward this year?  

What is a word, feeling, intention that you have?
How do you wish to LIVE this year?

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What Wishes are You Activating in 2017? New Moon in Capricorn Ritual

Tomorrow, December 28th at 10:53 PM PST is the New Moon in Capricorn, the final New Moon of 2016.

As an Earth sign, Capricorn invites us to dive into our desires from a grounded place. Capricorn asks us to follow our hearts through confidence and practicality. And with Mercury in Retrograde as well, this New Moon is asking us once again to really look at this past year and let go of karmic patterns that have been making it feel that we have been walking upstream.  So with the structure and rootedness of Capricorn, we can systematically release obstacles while calling in our visions.
Over the past few years, I have been blessed to celebrate New Years Eve with a group of close friends.  We either create vision boards or share our visions out loud so that we are witnessed and heard.  Some years we have each shared a word we are choosing to LIVE into for the next year. Whatever practice or ritual we create, the invitation is for each of us to take a moment, sit in stillness, and offer who we are to the group as a whole. Last year my word was Mother.  I had NO IDEA what that would really entail but wow, I am so grateful to have the privilege of living into this part of myself.

The year before was RESONANCE.
The year before that is was SHINE.

Rather than waiting until New Years Eve, this New Moon is the perfect time to partake in a ritual, either solo or with others, to allow Spirit to reveal more to you while you also declare yourself to REMEMBER more of your gifts, beauty, and wisdom.
So, what are you calling forth?
What magic is waiting to be expressed and shared?
What word is waiting for you to embody it?

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Illuminate and Live FULLY with the Full Moon in Gemini

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13th is the Full Moon in Gemini at 4:05 pm PST. I am a Gemini so for me this feels like coming home. For you, it may feel a bit full and busy or maybe even a bit chaotic but there are powerful lessons here for you.

As always, this Lunar Energy will be inviting us into a deeper space of our own reflection and illumination.

Here are two main themes for this Moon:

1.  Gemini is all about the mind and communication as it is an Air sign so this Moon is going to ILLUMINATE where you are living from limiting beliefs, false perceptions of truth, illusion. And all of this is for your highest growth so that you can live in freedom and in the full glory of who you are. This then becomes a practice for our own self-communication.  Where can you remind yourself that you Love? What conversations need to be had with others? What needs to be repaired?

2.  This Full Moon is bringing in the season of the Winter Solstice, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. So we are now in the time where you are mentally accessing this past year and choosing what it is that you wish to release and what it is that you wish to embrace for 2017.

So what tools can you use to support yourself?

And even more than that, move forward over the remaining next few weeks with Ease and Joy?

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