NEw Moon, GAlactic Center Alignment, Solstice
Imagine with me the orbit of the earth and the planets around the sun. Imagine you are sitting in a ship high above the solar system, and you could see this dance and flow of planets around the sun. Then zoom your view back and up from there, and see that our sun and solar system is but one fleck of light in a sea of stars that form our Milky Way Galaxy. From our vantage point here on earth, the sun, moon and stars appear to move on a black dome above us on the sky. Scientist call this visual dome the celestial sphere. Just imagine you were in a planetarium with a domed roof. The celestial sphere is divided into sections, like the longitude and latitude lines we use on earth. Because of how the earth is tipped on its axis, the movements of the bodies in our solar system (sun, moon, planets) appear to move on a certain path. This path is called the celestial equator. We divide the 360 degree circle into 12 sections or pie shaped wedges, and each section is home to one of the zodiac signs. The sun moves along this travel path, as seen by us earthlings. We are familiar with this from astrology - as in, what’s your sign, are you a Virgo or a Capricorn? That question asks and answers, where was the sun on this celestial equator pathway the moment you were born? Drawing information and inspiration from Astrology is fascinating to many of us. Have you wondered how and why this information rings true for us so often? When you read the description of a Leo as a sun sign for friends born in August, why does this resonate? In simple terms, this is because of the gravity and magnetic forces of the celestial spheres and bodies (sun, planets, moon) on the earth on your birth day. There is also another important piece, the light codes, the light shining on earth from these bodies, and the geometrical patterns they create from their placements in relation to each other and the earth.
Astronomical alignments are significant on many levels. We here in December are in an active period of significant alignments. These alignments offer unique opportunities to receive certain light codes and bundles of photons and information. We tune our sensitivity to be able to receive these codes and hear the messages coming our way from the stars. We have been at this task of fine tuning awareness and training for years and many of us for lifetimes.
I have been called again and again to pay close attention to this current alignment to the center of the galaxy. Going back to the celestial sphere, we can map the movements of all of the visible universe on this imaginary dome. Our Milky Way Galaxy, the swirling streams of stars emanating from the core show up on this sphere. You may have seen this stellar stream yourself in the rural night sky. We also map the location of the center/core of the galaxy here too. The Center of the Milky Way sits at 26 – 27 degrees of the constellation Sagittarius, one of the zodiac constellations that live along the celestial equator.
This week, we have multiple astronomical alignments here in Sagittarius. The New Moon on December 18 is in Sag and is exact at 1:30 am EST. The Sun moves into a direct alignment with the Center of the Galaxy at 2:57 pm EST on December 18. And then we have the Solstice on December 21 at 11:27 am EST. We also have influences of Mercury and Saturn here in Sagittarius during this time.
So, what does any of this mean for you, as an aware sensitive being residing here on planet earth? Why is any of this important? How can you harness or work with this knowledge? It shows itself to me as vital and important to connect with the source of all life and light – the birthplace of our sun – the core of the galaxy. This core galactic center is an emanation of the core/center/creation point of the universe. It is an energy well we can each connect to both as a “refueling station” for the life-force energy in the body and as a source of light and information, inspiration. And then use these codes, this info to spark our own inner creator self.
Take some time to sit quietly with yourself and listen. Make a connection to your personal embodied core (your soul center, your solar plexus). Make a connection to the crystalline core of the earth. Make a connection to the sun. Create a column of light connecting these cores and sit or stand within it. Then connect to the core of the Milky Way. The light that streams from this core, flows out of the spiral arms of the galaxy, and is rebroadcast through every star that lives in that arm of the galaxy, including our sun. Our sun gets its light and energy from the core of the galaxy.
We enter right now an alignment where to us here on earth it appears that the new moon, the sun, and the center of the galaxy are all at the same point on the dome above us, the celestial sphere. In this alignment we get an amplification and multiplication of the message, the signal strength increases and we get to hear more clearly the light encoded messages of connection, light and life – the song of the universe. So in this alignment we get a “double dose” of light and energy – from both the sun and the galactic core.
I plan to gift myself with some time in quiet, in receptive mode. Under the night time sky. Watching the stars. Under the daytime sky, watching the clouds. At sunset and sunrise, watching the colors and listening to the messages. Let’s do it, and then compare notes later. Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear?
Love and Light,
This very sacred and moving song was written by Gloria Shayne Baker and Noël Regney in 1962. It is a very sacred song, and it has been inspiring me and my spiritual path this season, so I want to share this version with you. Much gratitude to these amazing artists and musicians for birthing this song into the world. TO read more about it, click this link.
Happy 4th Birthday Inner Space!
I have taken several glorious leaps of faith in my life. Four years ago, I took a bold brave courageous move, to leave the yoga community that I co-founded and created and operated for 12 years, and venture into a new frontier. It had been clear to me for a while that it was time to make a giant shift in the alignment and structure and set up of how and where I held space for community. It was time for me to move out of other people’s idea of what and how I did my work and consciously create my own way.
In 2012, there was much transition in the world. The time that had long been predicted to bring change to the earth and its inhabitants was here. And change things did! Globally, personally, and drastically. Those of us in the Anusara Yoga community got to watch our long time teacher “ignite the center” and throw himself into the flame pit. And the unraveling that occurred in the community. It created a potent opportunity, that closely aligned with what I have been shown and experienced.
Core Living – a way of tuning in to the ancient wisdom and the building blocks of life – and a method I had immersed myself in and closely aligned with - showed me how to keep attention focused in my own personal power and move into the confident state of being ONE. This outlook on life showed me clearly that the core is the place of personal power, the eye of the storm – the place of calm, serenity and certainty. I knew for myself that I had to make a shift in my own yoga practice and how I taught yoga. Jen and I co-created Soul Centering – a combo of attention and energy and longevity practices we learned via Core Living.
Anusara was all heart based, and while the heart is a beautiful space to operate from, it has stickiness and threads that can be clearly seen when you go to core first and then connect to your heart space. Seeing the threads is the way to clear them. If you have been to my classes or workshops since 2011 or so, you know the shift I am speaking of.
My husband and I were planting seeds to grow a new family member, and I had a repeating dream that I was pregnant, in labor, and was getting called down to the yoga studio to unjam the printer and/or unclog the toilet. I screamed out (in my dream) – "I am supposed to be having this baby now, I can’t have the baby if you keep calling me down here for these mundane things!! " We were also facing a new round of commercial lease negotiations, in which our landlord wanted to raise our rent (again). Running the studio was a labor of love for us, and a deep financial commitment for my family, with tons of hours of office and computer work, with no tangible reward (beyond the honor of folding space for the community). My soul sister co-creator and business partner and I sat down and got real with each other. We wanted and needed a shift. We needed to do it differently.
In the summer of 2013, I transferred ownership of the yoga studio I co-founded in 2004 to my then office manager, in exchange for the ability to retain the mailing list and student contact base, and the first choice of teaching slots for classes and workshops, and my ability to rent a section of the space for my Inner Space Journey work. After a few months of the new ownership structure, the new owner became incommunicative. Would not schedule me for classes or workshops. Would not return calls or emails. When I offered to just rent space from her and run my own events, she made it clear she was not interested in me being there anymore, in violation of our written contract and a betrayal of the generous spirit of the agreement we had made.
I was faced with a choice, to move on gracefully, or to dig in and reclaim a place there. The implosion of Anusara and the heart centered mayhem that enveloped the community certainly showed me what NOT to do. ;-) My best bud was still teaching there. All my friends and colleagues and beloved students called it home. The most enlightened thing to do was to shape-shift with grace, and use it as the opportunity it was and still is, to do it differently. I could have easily “blown the place up” with a single e-mail to my people, but that was clearly the low road. I wrote an email to a small core group of inner circle yoga friends letting them know where to find me, and made my move. As I wrote in that inner circle email, I loved it enough to let it go with grace, I respected myself too much to settle for less than awesome.
I made a clean clear separation. My strongest yoga practice EVER (with exception of becoming a mother and birth of my kids) has been to move forward in light and grace and exquisite beauty. I have – not even once- looked on that studio webpage or facebook page. Forward motion! This is the first time I have publicly said or written anything about it. It was and is important to me to wait until I had transmuted that anger, sadness, betrayal and devastation I felt at the process. I had to wait to speak until I was truly neutral and even grateful for the process. 4 years later, I’d say I have done a great job, and I am full of gratitude every day. I am happier than ever. I am offering innovative, cutting edge, in depth studies on the place where science, spirituality, cosmology, and ecology meet.
The creation of Inner Space has been entirely amazing and in the flow. I found a new place to rent to offer Inner Space Journeys. It was lovely, and right down the road from my son’s school, making it easy on my family. I had outlined a series of workshops for Fall of 2013, working with the Elements of Life, and the last class, which I taught on December 8, 2013 was entitled “Inner Space” – working with the element of space/akasha. What a fitting sendoff. When I planned the workshop series I had no idea I would be opening a new biz with that name. Or did I? ;-)
And speaking of “in the flow” – those seeds were lovingly planted for a few more months, and lo and behold – I was graced with a baby – whose due date was – December 8, 2014. She turns three next week, and our family is so happy she made it to us to complete our polygon of love!
If you have the inkling that things need to change in your life, if you are seeking courage or fire to initiate the change, let me tell you here from the other side – JUST DO IT. If you are in alignment with your highest good, all will work out perfectly. The universe will support you, and you will be oh so glad you did!
By the light of the Silvery Moon
Greetings Friends of Light!
We have traveled far and wide and deep in 2017, and now we enter the final month –December 2017. We are under the influence of many astronomical and astrological influences this month. It is a time of culmination, of transitions, of newness and we are “coming out of the other side” of a 10 year cycle of transformation (2007 – 2017, five years before and after 2012).
Over this month, our Inner Space Voyage will continue exploring the nature of light and energy.
Everyone reading this has familiarity with energy/life-force/prana. The flow of prana though your nadis (channels, streams) governs the health and vitality of your body and mind. It drives the functions of your energy body. Prana is the force and flow of life. It is universal, the source of all life and creation. It is the sustaining and animating energy of the universe. Have you ever wondered where prana comes from? What is the source? What are the distribution mechanisms? How do we connect to a source stream, how do we refill? To what spring do we go to replenish?
Ponder with me the source of light and heat and life for us who live on planet earth. Our sun is the core of our solar system, all life and light and warmth are provided via its rays. Life on earth depends on it. It is the source of the life-force, the prana. Where does our sun get it’s light and heat and energy? From the core of the galaxy, from the birthplace of stars, from it’s nebula.
Have you ever contemplated the galactic center? Take a moment with me now….
Imagine our galaxy, the Milky Way. See that bright ball of light at the center? Let’s call that the Galactic Center or Core. The galactic center is a source of light. It is the birthplace of stars. You might even say every star in our galaxy is a transmission of this central light (including Solaris, our sun). That light is delivered from the center of the universe, to the center of each galaxy, and from there to each star in that galaxy. The same way your human energy body distributes prana through the nadis, via the spiral vortexes of the chakras to each cell.
Just as our planet orbits around the sun, our solar system orbits around the center of the galaxy. On earth, we pay attention to solstice and equinox times to mark the progression of our orbit. We see directly that where we are in relation to the sun governs our seasons and weather and these cycles are the driving force for our daily lives here on earth. The solar system, in it’s orbital pathway around the center of the galaxy, also undergoes similar “seasons” or cycles. The way our solar system is tilted in relation to the galactic equator sets us up for an annual alignment and “boost” of light and source codes from the galactic center. We are in that gateway of alignment now. It happens through our branch/spiral arm of the milky way. A galactic stream of light and energy.
December brings an amazing opportunity to align with and anchor in tremendous light. Our planet, our solar system, our galaxy, are all in alignment astronomically. From our view here on earth, the core of the galaxy sits in the sky at 26-27 degrees of Sagittarius. There are certain times of the year that the earth, sun and this galactic core come into alignment.
Here are the days that leap out as important energy alignment and “boost” days this month.
December 3 Full Moon
December 8 Power Day
December 12 12:12 Code Day
December 13/14 Geminids Meteors
December 18 New Moon
December 19 Sun Aligns with Galactic Center
December 21 December Solstice
December 21,22 Ursids Meteors
December 18 - 23 Galactic Gateway
January 1 Full Moon
I will be offering several Community gathering opportunities in December 2017 to offer tools, tips, techniques to anchor in the light of life. Some here in person, some online. Something for everyone. Click here to see the dates and details.
And I will be sending out more blogs and email newsletters on this fascinating topic, and welcome questions, dialog, input feedback from each of you!
In the light of the silvery moon,