I am spending a lot of time watching the world these days. I find myself thinking, ‘what interesting times we are living in’. It seems like things are turning inside out for so many people and sometimes they may be asking themselves if all this turmoil of change is worth it, is a different life something worth fighting for, and am I ready for change? Some do this work quietly and peacefully, welcoming changes with a hug. These people are turning their lives into a more authentic place in which they can shine. They are embracing these changes they see because they know they are based in health and wellbeing. What side of the road are you on?
I’m also aware of significant mother-wound work being done on a personal and universal level. Can this wound that has been open for millennia be healed to create a world where women are equal? Can we heal this wound and extend the work to the less fortunate and disadvantaged? Can we extend this work to include everyone wherever possible? Even if it means including ourselves?
I’ve returned to the West Coast after a visit back East and after the trip, I realize that I miss the East Coast in a way I would not have thought possible. It feels good to have awoken that memory of dreams I had while living there. There’s something about the East Coast that feels to be very much a part of my core being. It’s my maternal coast and after many years of running, I feel ready to embrace it. The heat, the humidity, the lush greens and the softness.
My heart has been opening and softening as I use the summer to work on my intentions around love. As I continue to lean into my new health requirements and new future, I’m softening to the idea of family and connection. I find myself yearning for dinners with family and friends. For conversation and a sense of community. I’m also getting a better sense of what I would like in my connections in life. What does life look like when I am really present to someone else? For so long I thought I had to chase a career goal but now I wonder, what would life look like if I were to cherish relationships the way I cherished career goals? I find myself opening up to people about this change. I am putting my phone down and really spending time with people. I’m deep diving into studying relationships and ways to be emotionally healthy, and feeling the shifts happening in my Universe because of my intentions around bringing more love into my life. Love and Venus are everywhere for me right now, in the flower beds I pass on my daily walk, in my nephew’s eyes as we play in the backyard, and in my old dog’s snuggles after a long evening stroll. It’s a daily occurrence at the moment and very much acknowledged as the reward it is.
Where are you headed as we move into our final Eclipse with so many planets in Retrograde. Where are you seeing changes? Where are you in answering the Universe’s question of “Is this what you really want?” Do you really want to be in a relationship that causes more pain than good? Do you really want to be on autopilot for the rest of your life? Do you really want to hold onto that pain and anger for another 20 years or are you ready to let go?
I am so proud of those people that are doing the work right now. The ones that are faced with changes for the first time, the ones that are barely holding on but not giving up and the ones that have watched their lives turned upside down. I am so proud of you doing this work on a daily basis to survive. The eclipse this week will help settle things down but there are also temptations possible with this eclipse. It’s easy to ignore the signs when the Universe is at the door asking you to change in a way that your ego does not want you too. Sometimes we ignore the signs because the temptation is louder. Is there any place in your life that you are avoiding?
For me, these eclipses have been slow. I’ve been able to support others because the life-alternating energy that came with these eclipses is something I have been dealing with for a while. So I’ve been listening to the Universe as it encourages requests me life to love more, open my heart more, and emotionally connect with people more. I’m asked to be present and grateful. I’ve been giving time and energy to people who have supported me in the past and now need some attention. I find myself inspired by people in a new way. I’ve been learning a lot over this eclipse season about all kinds of relationships. I’ve been learning about emotional intimacy from the man that makes me feel like I sparkle and it’s changing how I interact with this world. It’s a soft and love-filled time for me right now.
A Ritual for Integration
What has this eclipse season taught you?
We want to use this Ritual to understand better what the eclipse summer has taught us. Over the last six to eight weeks, what has changed in your world? What messages have you received? What life changes have happened?
Pick a time when you can have thirty minutes to an hour to just think, write, make a cup of tea and relax by yourself. I suggest you not start the clock until all materials are gathered and you are ready mentally, physically and emotionally. Make yourself a cup of tea. Re-arrange your altar or build one on your desk to look at while you write in your journal about what you learned this summer. Once you are settled and you have done the busy work of preparing to start the Ritual, light a candle next to your journal and start writing.
The Summer of 2018 has taught me . . . . . . . .
The answers will come in positive and negatives. You have learned what you wanted just as much as you have learned what you wish you hadn’t. Take the time with this Ritual to write it all down. We want to document what’s been happening so we can finish up the work as we move towards the end of the year. The eclipse season may have brought around big life changes, so, how do you want to move forward with these changes? Or maybe your eclipse season has been like mine, slow and steady. A better sense of self and the life I want to live. Closer connections to family and friends, a place in my heart for love and a readiness to practice what I have been learning.
Write down all these lessons. Spend whatever time you need. Remember to breathe through this work, as some burdensome feelings are likely to come up.
Now set the intention for how you want to integrate all these lessons.
It’s a wonderful New Moon for integration and intention settling.
Are you ready to finally see love when it is standing in front of you? Are you ready to realize you have the power and strength to start your own company? Are you ready to become the parent you always needed, not the one you had? Are you ready to forgive - knowing that love is healthier than anger? Set the intentions for what you are ready for. Set the intentions for the person you are becoming as a result of this work and this eclipse season. Set the intention for love.