Turn the page of our inner journal and open yourself to a blank new freedom
In our last Moon series email we touched upon the Aries New Moon and how manifesting intention takes PURPOSE, PRACTICE, PREPARATION and PERSISTENCE! It begged the question of us "Who Am I?"
Today's BELTANE (Gaelic May Day) Scorpio Full Moon is about the intentions from the last new moon taking form. This brooding, deep and penetrating Scorpio moon awakens within us those things we must be willing to let go of in order to realize our goals. Scorpio represents our inner current, our inner reality and this full moon, along with its other astrological line-ups, can help us shape how we manifest our outer reality.
When Scorpio is your moon sign these words come to mind: Intense, devoted, purposeful and persevering. A Scorpio Moon sign person likes everything that is strong (we're talking super concentrated) and powerful, they hate being exposed or overpowered AND they adore hot water - I know this because my moon sign happens to be Scorpio. This intensity, from a personal perspective, used to scare me and often I stuffed that deep current within me even deeper. But I found that I often compromised myself and who I am because it was easier to avoid the tough questions within or to hide my intuitive drive that often made others uncomfortable.
About 6 years ago (2012), however, there was a shift within me and I began to shake hands with my inner pulse and drive. It's been 6 years of hard work and doing - and today's Scorpio Full Moon is awakening further opportunity to take form because it is the inner conflict within that can be the exact thing we need in order to motivate change within us. It's where ENOUGH becomes ENOUGH and we take a big long look in the mirror.
This may not seem like much of a cozy, full moon feeling because energy like this can skew our reality. It may make us feel vulnerable, exposed ... but we must be careful about contracting from these feelings. The truth is that when inner conflict like this can be balanced with a neutral heart (and mind) they can bring forth magical beauty, powerful wisdom and defining grace. This is the perfect time to practice Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Mantra! because Kundalini can help us balance these difficult energies within us and around us. Kundalini yoga is, to me, the yoga of extension and "extension" is the beautiful balance of duality - of light and dark, of negative and positive, of ying and yang.
Use the opportunity of this Full Moon to help reveal whatever is impeding you from moving forward. The truth is that these feelings can help compel us to change our self-sabotaging ways (we all have 'em) and by doing so we can set ourselves free from repeating crappy patterns that get in the way of all those good intentions, perseverance and persistence.
Our efforts in this may make us uncomfortable for some time to come. However, I see this as a time to turn the page of our inner journaland open ourselves to a blank new freedom. It is a time to be honest with ourselves, to let our emotion communicate the truth of what we must embrace to uplift our inner reality. 'tis a bit unnerving for sure but that is the best part - delving into your next chapter!
It's interesting that today's Scorpio Full Moon falls on the 29th. In tantric numerology that is an 11. Which represents great internal conflict because you want to be the complete master of yourself but you just you can't see how to do it. 11 also represents Scorpio. So, we can either take the negative path of that inner conflict and remain in self doubt and shame OR WE CAN RISE LIKE THE PHOENIX and be radiant. And the only way we can master this is to surrender to the forces that turn the planets and creates the Sun. It is to know that the Universe has our back, to relate to the infinite teacher within ourselves and to shake hands with your inner wisdom because, ultimately, it is the Universe within you that taps you on the shoulder. Embrace it and let it guide you.
So how do we go about finding balance during this weird and exciting time? Come to class! and listen to Sada Sat Kaur's Guru Guru Wahe Guru (her mantra Masala album). I play this often in class and during our Green Energy class. Meditate on this or chant this mantra and it will help strengthen the neutral mind. To balance your Radiant Body (11) - you can listen to Sada Sat Kaur's version of the Mul Mantra (which we will do in class as well). Working the lungs and bloodstream will also help to balance the Radiant Body and we are always working this in some way during class. Lastly - in ode to the special moon - I wrote this poem this morning. The moon was so beautiful last night. I hope each of you will take a moment to step out and see it, thank it and bless it.
I stand before your light My shadow cast I listen to the breath of a nearby animal
The pouring of my soul like the spanning roots of the redwood grove My Will webs wide
Your mist shifts my image Your vines tighten My pulse runs deep Pulled by your compass
As part of Unbeaten Path's local community Yoga work - I take a moment each month to put together some reflection on the NEW or FULL Moon (phases for setting or identifying intentions). I find these thoughts can apply on so many levels - on tour, at work, with friends, family and co-workers. I hope by sharing these thoughts it can give us all the opportunity to think on our path. Kundalini Yoga is all about duality, extension - it's about expanding in opposites, to be ever evolving. As David Bowie once said, "I love getting older - you get to become the person you have always wanted to be" .. Well said.
The facts: Today's New Moon (at 6:57PM, April 15th 2018) is in the Zodiac sign of Kick Butt Aries! Boldly go with horns high! Featured song: "Shining Ghosts" by French artists Burning Peacocks (it's about letting the past be just that ... PAST!) Featured saying: "Memories affect how we move forward ... OR NOT" from the documentary David Bowie, the last 5 Years
Today the new moon is in my birth sign ARIES. My husband is also an Aries. We have a piece of artwork that hangs on our wall. I bought it when we first married almost 20 years ago. It is a small sculpture of two seriously long-horned rams locked in defiance. That's us! No one said marriage is easy. But what I love about this sculpture that would take on so much meaning for us is that it represents how we LOVE A GOOD CHALLENGE (each and every day!). That's what ARIES LOVE - being explorers and blazing new territories and they are either incredibly stubborn in how they do just that or, as I am, are quickly bored, constantly wanting to learn and renew (to shear their coats, if I may say).
This new moon speaks so much to taking on the new, shearing our shaggy coats and committing to living the naked "NEW" fully and completely!
WITH THAT SAID... this new moon also has a wicked awesome astrological line up. Joining team NEW MOON is the SUN, MERCURY and URANUS. Holy hot dogs! That's pretty heavy duty! I am no astrologer - but I do love a good line up! I love viewing things from a different perspective and comparing them to what is happening in the here and now. The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose (our SAT NAM - our true identity) and the planet Mercury, well, that's all about communication ----> so what are you saying or thinking about yourself - how are you putting yourself out there in the world??
and URANUS... Uranus is that jerk at the party who blurts out the obvious. (That jerk, by the way, sometimes being me, constantly putting my foot so completely into my mouth only to be followed with "why on Earth did I just say that!!!?" except it sounds a bit more muffled than that). It's totally embarrassing but so on the mark it makes you stop and reflect. That's why I like jerks (and myself, ha ha!) because it's the jerks in life that help us shake our "Ego Technicolor Dream Coat" we so lovingly adorn (look at all its shiny colors!). Well, you can count on Uranus to dump some bleach on that program! It turns upside down the notion of what we THINK WE WANT or ARE SUPPOSED TO BE only to find ourselves struck by a deep and shaky breath in an effort to understand our inner most self, if even for just a moment. When I am on tour with Unbeaten Path I am constantly (and literally) walking a fine line along steep cliffs, talking with guests, engaging them, all while peering at harbor seals 80 to 100 feet below. As I talk with guests about history, architecture or some other subject, there is ALWAYS the thought in the back of my mind "watch it, Margaret .... your reality is right down there ... splattered on the rocks!" That's exactly what URANUS can do for you! - It's that cliff reminding you that there is more to you than just the obvious! THANKS, URANUS ... I better take advantage of your obnoxiousness NOW before you split tomorrow and head towards your next Zodiac sign for continued torment and awakening!
In addition to this line up, and what is really super awesome about this new moon, is that the planet MERCURY IS NO LONGER in retrograde! YAHOOO! Personally, I couldn't be happier - so much drama these past weeks. As hard as it is - I identify deeply with those people in our lives who love holding onto drama and trauma (speaking as a pro, that is). There is a song I play during yoga class at times - it is called SHINING GHOSTS by the BURNING PEACOCKS. Holy smokes... their words are a great reminder of the fact that WE ALL HAVE A BACK STORY. It is what has shaped us, made us ... and, sadly, it is also what has played us for so long! The thing about the song Shining Ghosts is that we tend to put our past trauma on a pedestal. PLEASE resist the temptation. It takes so much effort to placate these shining ghosts - to keep them on that pedestal - it is so truly exhausting. Talk about tapping the well. By the end of the day you have no more energy left to nurture yourself let alone those you love. In my opinion, I love the things that helped shape who I am today but it is nicer to know that it is I who is IN CHARGE of those things (or at least making the effort to be in charge). Just know that it takes more strength and courage to get back on the horse than it does to fall off! - trying matters! I know that those shining ghosts are no longer looking at me with their eyes of gold. As they say in the song "let your anger be your light" (your determination). We are not responsible for the things or circumstances that happened to us.... BUT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE for how we manage those things. Resist using your past as a necklace and remember: Our MEMORIES affect HOW WE MOVE FORWARD .... OR NOT. It is up to you.
With this said, the ARIES NEW MOON and this crazy line up fortifies us with COURAGE, CREATIVITY and the ability to commit to living fully! As a strong ARIES I love learning and initiating new projects. Gods know, I get bored easily! I love a challenge and I love peering over the cliff of potential failure - it's scary in a good way and that energizes me. BUT TO MANIFEST takes PURPOSE< PRACTICE <PREPARATION and <PERSISTENCE! It takes DOING!
This NEW MOON helps us see more clearly and to choose more wisely the things we want to devote ourselves to. It allows us the OPPORTUNITY to sort through our notebooks, to edit and amend - to clarify what we know in our hearts to be what shall be! It may not be easy - we may have that urge to cling on to our SHINING GHOSTS... but raise the hand high and slay those ghosts! as you lift your horns higher and CLIMB NEW GROUND.
As I (we) always recite at the end of every class....
I AM HEALTHY, HAPPY and FULFILLED .... I AM POTENTIAL MANIFESTED.