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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Are You In-Touch with Your Personal Underworld? New Moon in Sagittarius

Tomorrow, November 29th at 4:18 AM PST is the New Moon in Sagittarius.

There has been so much present for many of us over the last month in the United States, between our presidential election and what is happening with the Sioux Nation and the oil pipeline in North Dakota.  And that is only in the US.  There is war, devastation and violence happening all across the world.

There is an intensity, a rising up of energies.  We are feeling the collective shadows of fear, greed, racism, control, and lack of integrity.  We are faced with images and stories every day that run counter to what is alive in our hearts as empowered women.

What is being played out around us is very similar to the underworld of Greek mythology.  The underworld that is written about in many stories and myths.  The place where misery resides, where hope has been forgotten, where Souls become stuck and haunted, where joy has been squashed, where fear REIGNS. It is the place where light and love are not welcome.

And because we are empathic women, we FEEL all of this.  If you are on a path of personal growth, you are also being invited to journey into your own personal underworld.  The place where you hold your shadows.  The place that can be murky, messy, downright painful and oftentimes achy.

This New Moon in Sagittarius will help you as you navigate your own inner terrain and clarify for you where you are being out of alignment and how to move you towards the resonance of your heart.

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Shadow Ritual in Honor of the Full Moon in Aries

The Full MOON on Saturday is in Aries. Aries is a Fire Sign of the Initiator and for sure, there is a lot being Activated within each of us and as a collective.

There’s so much that I have been wanting to share through my writing with you and our community of women RISING (tools, practices, insights) and yet, with a full-on-active, engaged-with-life 7 1/2 month old and showing up to be the kind of Mother I have always envisioned, I have very little quiet time to go as deep as I desire in my writing.

I want to speak OUT.

  • To say that I am OUTRAGED with what is happening at Standing Rock and the pursuit of money over people and the preservation of Mother Earth.
  • To say that I am disgusted with the blatant misuse of power happening all over the world and that most often affects minorities, those undereducated, and those with less resources.
  • To say that I have checked myself out of much of the political game happening right now as the two people we are choosing between are truly not my choice.
  • To say that my WARRIOR and LOVER are feeling the ache of my heart knowing that our culture still condones violence against women… and that women are still being violating as an epidemic.
  • To say that I can not believe the state of Mother Earth is not at the forefront of lawmakers’ lists.
  • To say that I am DONE blaming the patriarchy as all this does is creates more separation and misunderstanding.

All these words are swirling in my being. Waiting for the time and space to come forward in a way that feels congruent with my heart and Soul.

For now, I nestle into my rage. My ache. My disillusion.

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How to Communicate with Nature

We all have the capacity to communicate with Nature.  It is just that we haven’t been taught to understand the language of Nature AND Trust the process of this type of communication.  For most of us, when we engage in more mystical arts, we second guess ourselves and question if what we are hearing, sensing or feeling is actually true and/or valid.

At this time on the planet, with so much fear and devastation happening to people and the Earth, it is incredibly important to reconnect with Nature…. to return to her seasons, her elements, her plant medicines.  Mother Earth has so much to teach us about simplicity, presence, compassion, interconnectedness, nourishment, healing and love.

Communicating with a plant or a tree can bring deep insight and gifts that can alter the present state of your life.  When you relate with and to Nature, you are offered tremendous gifts – gifts that might heal your “wounded” story, remind you of your beauty and wisdom, nudge you towards your desires, or heal physical health issues.

You just need to put your mind on pause and have faith that what you are experiencing is real.

In this episode of Woman Rising TV, I share simple steps to Attune yourself to the energy of a plant or tree and trust that you are relating with the unseen.

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