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Galactic companions on this journey through space

Writing with opened eyes and heart, so full of wonder from last weekend. I want to write a post about it because I am overjoyed at the feelings I have been left with!

The first and most obvious takeaway I received was how powerful it is to be surrounded by people who live in the same reality as you. Those who feel with their energetic senses. Those who have lived on the fringes of society. Those who know what it’s like to live from the perspective of the Earth itself. Those who are also sensitive to the complex layers of this life. I am so grateful to this festival for gathering us in one place!

There was a profound field of energy surrounding the entire weekend. To know that in approaching any single person, you are guaranteed to engage with someone who is likewise on a mission to build a new reality on this planet, and that there’s no limit to what you can bring up – POWERFUL. This alone was a paradigm shift for me.

But then there were the speakers – Lee Harris, master channeler and beacon for the conscious community; Patrick Kronfli, organizer of global meditations through the compelling platform Unify; global leader in innovative ecological thought Daniel Pinchbeck; Ascension guide and shepherd of the Earth, Sandra Walter, who also created the Sunday Global Unity Meditations (more info here); and so many amazing others. What a total honor to connect with all of them personally!

And because this festival is only in its second year, there is a beautiful intimacy about it that feels like it brings your heart into this web of evolved people who feel like good friends.

(Super) regrettably, I didn’t realize the booths were only available on Saturday, and I decided to wait until Sunday to shop. BIG regret on this one!! There were so many amazing opportunities to connect. I will just have to wait until next year….

On Sunday was a gathering of all of us in a room underneath a glorious chandelier to meditate with the support of two powerful sound healers, a woman and a man, and what a profound space it was to be with everyone! It’s not often that you get to join forces with that many conscious people, and I was experiencing a beautiful connection with Source, an alignment of my energetic field on SO many levels, and a few reeeeally potent downloads that brought me into exciting new levels of clarity about my purpose.

After the meditation we were led by Sandra Walter in an exercise where we all divided into groups, brainstormed about what we saw for the new earth, and brought it all back to share with the whole – once all ideas were shared, we supercharged the visions with groupwide OMs. WOWOW, it was amazing to see the diversity of ideas everyone had! We discussed things as a cleanup crew for the old ways; reeducation for all peoples based on emotional intelligence; new protocols for support with life experiences such as death and birth; even an airport for spaceships! It’s such a transformational exercise to sit and imagine what the earth can be like once the paradigm of disempowerment and misinformation and parasitism has fully passed. Back to that whole quote by Socrates, “If you want to create change, focus all of your energy upon building the new, not fighting the old.” This festival absolutely nailed it!

And while there were many people there who I didn’t get to meet, I am really really grateful to have been a part of this festival and feel privileged to have gotten to experience it. I can already feel it will expand immensely as the demand for this kind of gathering increases with our spiritual awakening. Many thanks to the organizers and supporters of this event for bringing it here!


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I was called to attend this year’s Conscious Media Festival to frolic around and meet people, learn about their projects, connect creators, and play among the brilliant minds who are developing plans for NEW EARTH. This is utterly exciting beyond what I can say!!

This time next week, I will be expanding, expanding!

But wait just a minute now. What is “New Earth”?!

New Earth is a concept put forth by Eckhart Tolle, in his book with the same title. His first book, “The Power of Now,” was utterly life changing for me, and the way I look at it, “The Power of Now” is about the awakening process of the individual, whereas “A New Earth” builds on that concept for bringing about the awakening of the collective – covering ideas on innovative approaches to topics such as mental health, community structures, money, humanitarianism, etc. Well in the larger context of conscious communities, “New Earth” has become the key phrase to describe the new paradigms that are on their way. Ideas such as community farming, communal living, earthships, intergalactic & interdimensional awareness, and other future-based concepts all fall under the banner, and Conscious Media Festival is all about connecting people who are committed to making media that promotes it all!

Socrates said, “if you want to create change, focus all of your energy upon building the new, not fighting the old.” I live my life by this quote, and to me, bringing people together under the cause of dreaming about the NEW, instead of marching in the streets lamenting the old, is absoluuuutely the way to go.

So you can imagine that I was sooo excited when I found out about this festival. YES I will go, and I will bring my A-game, because this is a cause big enough for me to rally all of myself behind!!!

The festival is in its second year, and as such there is a lot innovation and creativity yet to come. I haven’t yet gotten the privilege of meeting too many of the minds behind it, but I feel overwhelmingly grateful and giddy about this opportunity to deepen my connection to the creators of this new world.

I don’t know about you, but I am a person who’s completely devoted to the efforts of evolving our world, on every front – I believe that we are living in a world that’s increasingly crumbling around us, such as evidenced by: governmental ineptitude, the blandness & inauthenticity of the mainstream media, the harmfulness of our food industry and health care system, the general feeling of insecurity we all have around the ability of our “leaders” to take care of our needs…

By now, everyone is feeling that our systems are at least somewhat outdated. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with “resisting” or “fighting” for your cause, I mean do what your heart tells you and all that, but if you ask me, it’s incredibly inefficient in terms of energy and resource management to fight “against.” As most spiritually aware people know, anything you fight against grows bigger against you, because you give your power to it. You can be “anti” something, but it is WAY more effective to focus on the cause of “pro” the opposite. For instance, if you are “anti-hunger,” you could switch to being “pro-food drives,” and it’s the same cause, but in a different (and wayyy more empowering) framework.

So NO I will not give my life force to the “resistance,” I will spend my energy dreaming about the new world, envisioning what I actually WANT to have in my ideal communities, and gravitating toward people who also understand that the game of “resistance” is engineered to tie up your energy so you don’t build the new.

Well anyway, I don’t know about you, but depending on where you’re at in your journey of self-transformation, you may feel like you’re on a MISSION. And if you feel this way – if you feel a calling to learn more about what is coming in (particularly energetically), and to explore alternative, cutting-edge approaches to world healing and innovation, this festival is a huge opportunity for you (especially if you live in Austin!). It’s an investment, but where else are you going to get access to all of it, all in one place, where you can actually meet and talk to such global leaders?

For a list of presenters, see here. (Sandra Walter! Daniel Pinchbeck! Collective Evolution! And more….)
For a schedule of the event, see here.
For ticket information, go here.

If you’re in Austin and unable to attend the entire festival, I recommend looking into Saturday night’s party and just attending that! Golden Dawn Arkestra DJ set!!! Playtime with intergalactically aware creator minds! Costumes! Visual art! Light show! Facebook event HERE!

We are in a revolution people! A revolution of social norms, a revolution of philosophy, a revolution of media, a revolution of theory about our place in the cosmos – a revolution on ALL fronts. It’s time we stop lamenting the problems and step into our power as creators of a new reality. This festival is a nexus point for like minds. Come PLAY!

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the shadow

The Shadow by Steven Kenny

The Shadow. Otherwise known as the quintessential idea of “darkness” (or “evil,” or “the devil,” or “demons” — though more accurately understood as “unconsciousness”), the Shadow is the topic of the day right now, even if many don’t realize it directly. All of these exposés, confessions, and rapid change of public opinion regarding formerly strong-held institutions are verrrrry shadowy in nature.

But what exactly is the Shadow? How do you actually define it?

Well, like anything in Carl Jung’s realm of absolutely pregnant ideas, the definition is fluid and largely relative to the context you’re discussing it in. But you could basically say that the Shadow is an aspect of our subconscious – in other words, everything that lives in the underbelly of our human (or animalistic) nature. It is the swampy, soupy, icky energy of our “dark side” that we don’t want to admit to having – the seedier and more raw sides to our personality – our “personal demons,” as it were.

Though significantly, it doesn’t really have to be “dark” as in “evil.” “Dark” in the more precise understanding moreso means “unconscious” or “unknown,” i.e. literally not illuminated by your conscious mind, and thus unable to be seen (it’s the same idea with the word “occult,” which most people think means “evil” or “satanic,” but it really just means “hidden,” in reference to secret, often magical, knowledge).

The reason why you want to learn about this is because there is a huge chance that you’re driven by your unconscious mind unknowingly. You know how public figures get taken down once their dark side comes to light? Well like them, in anything you do (especially publicly), your shadow traits are liable to being “found out” and used against you. So the only defense is for you to find out and heal those parts of you FIRST.

Plus, to truly manifest what you want in this world, and to be absolutely certain that your cause is noble and not in truth detrimental, you must make sure that there are no drives in your unconscious mind operating against your conscious desires. You could be sabotaging yourself (and others) without even knowing it!

I have put together some rudimentary elements that I think are important when considering the Shadow, which all things considered, is quite a vast topic. So while lengthy, this is by no means an exhaustive exploration, and rather a foundational basis from which you can then start to dig for your own understanding. This is depth psychology, and it’s not for everyone, because everyone simply does not have the capacity to understand it. I have tried to bring it down, but it’s a very abstract concept generally speaking, and there’s a LOT to it, so if you’re feeling up to it – grab your backpack, put on your safari hat and let’s get to exploring!

Oh yeah, and please keep your hands inside the car AT ALL TIMES! I can assure you that you are perfectly safe, but the Shadow does not fuck around. So get ready for a long ride through the Underworld, and remember to stay alert, ya heard?  ۞

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There’s a powerful storm of newness a’brewing. Not only is it the start of the Chinese New Year (welcome to the year of the Earth Dog, friends!), but there’s a new lunar cycle, plus eclipse season is upon us. And lemme tell ya, lately there’s been no room for games, with these eclipses causing all kinds of abrupt challenges and realizations (I mean. Did you even FEEL that full moon on the 31st? Holy cannnnnoli!).

Which, along with rapidly deteriorating social constructs as more and more truths are brought to light (Quentin Tarantino anyone?), all of this has the result of being quite disorienting in a general sense. Like you thought you had a good grasp on things, right? Has that changed in the last two weeks? Has anything come up that you thought you had put to “rest”?

HA! Rest. What an ethereal, faraway, dream-like quality that word seems to have taken on as of late.

In any event, these eclipses are bringing us an opportunity to assess some things that we’ve taken for granted, that we might “resettle” it in a more optimal way. If it isn’t yet obvious, for clues as to where the work is occurring in your life you can think back to the Total Solar Eclipse last August, and what you were working through at that time. Whatever was emphasized then will be wrapping up now, as per the nature of the 6-month cycle. It’s all by design this way, since “eclipse seasons” (as they’re known in astronomy) occur about every six months, necessarily bringing one lunar and one solar eclipse, and sometimes even a third.

You can imagine the indigenous peoples of this planet, in a land long before “Time,” watching the skies for their cues and feeling the cycles as they come and go, designing their lives around the ebb and flow of these great rhythms provided by the shoreline in the sky. There was a profound reverence for the changes of Nature, a receptivity and a listening for her messages, much unlike how most of the world lives today, in total ignorance of our celestial neighbors and the heartbeat of their cycles as they change. These eclipse seasons would have been of utmost importance, as the relative intensity of a full or new moon with an eclipse much outweighs that of a regular new or full moon. That, and they indicate naturally when half a year has passed. (Imagine telling time by movements in the sky, instead of an arbitrary number!)

As I explained in my last post (here), eclipses are potent events that “reset” your psyche around a specific theme. In solar eclipses, this portends an assessment of the “way things are done” in a general sense – effectively they are like an energetic “checkpoint” for evaluating your overall mission, both the good AND the bad. This temporary questioning of all that you hold on the “highest shelf” can be likened to the shadow that overtakes the Earth at solar eclipses: at a time without the resources of the light, there is an opportunity to look around in the shadows, to be sure there isn’t anything we haven’t accounted for that’s taken root.

So now’s a good time to overturn every stone – especially the ones about which you are most certain. Do you have to keep going this way or is there a hidden pathway you could take? Are you sure that this is the absolute highest truth, or is there something you’re not seeing? What have you pledged you allegiance to, and is it without a doubt in the highest good of all?

As with any new moon, the energies at solar eclipses are POTENT because the Moon and Sun are conjunct in the sky, bringing a combination or “union” of their powers: an integration of the right and left brain, male and female, spiritual and physical, etc. (For a more visual understanding, see the short video here). Thus the combined gravitational pull brings an “opening” of the earth to the influence of the luminary union, and particularly to the personality of the constellation in which the Sun and Moon conjoin.

So at this time, be ready for an influx of the electricity of Aquarius – the social reformer, the wavemaker of change!


Aquarius is a welcome energy in a society wrought with scandal. Well maybe not welcomed, but certainly expected! It’s significant also because we are moving into an Aquarian age (big deal because each zodiacal age lasts ~2160 years). If the last year hasn’t gotten you to think about the future and what you want from it, well then the Age of Aquarius influence will get you daydreaming. What do you see when you dream of “the future”? Teleportation? Giant libraries? Community gardening? Moon festivals that last for days? Everyone has a dream they can add to the mix. We all are holding a piece of the paradise that is budding. See if you can start to make yours a little more clear!

Aquarius, as an air sign (corresponding with swords in the tarot), represents the mental realm, and the most evolved of our zodiac as such. It might be confusing because he is known as the “water-bearer,” but some people believe this is because the ancients did not yet know of electricity, and the thinking goes that he really represents the power of currents in the ether which they could only liken to water. This really resonates for me as quantum physics has begun to produce scientific evidence for the ether and how it works.

Regardless, think of the properties of gases and vapors – air signs tend to be quick, ever-moving, and conceptual in the most ethereal, non-physical way. Typically having to do with ideologies and belief systems, Aquarius represents the “oldest” or as I said “most evolved” energy between the three air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) and it holds the patterns of grandiose humanitarian ideals – the ideological utopia and the highest order we can imagine reaching. And on the other side of the coin,  it makes us question ideals we hold close, in case they are paradoxically harmful to the collective without our knowing.

Ruled by Uranus, Aquarius is associated with ideologies, innovation, political activism, social networks, electricity, rebellion, high ideals, and progressiveness. We have a New Moon and Solar Eclipse powerfully aligning us with this energy, helping us to move toward identifying with this higher new world. However, there is some tension here also, because this eclipse aligns with the south node, meaning it will be a prompting us to let something go, to “end” a habit, ideal, or pattern that has been keeping us back from the grand innovation (see my last post for more info on nodes). So, though we have the typical new moon cycle beckoning us to plant a seed for the new, this seed should be concerned with rectifying something that has long persisted which must go, even to the point of questioning the very essence of our cause.

As an additional indication of where to focus, there is no full moon in February, making this New Moon what’s called a “Black Moon.” This means that because it is the single lunar event in February, and because there is no Full Moon, there’s a huge introspective emphasis on this month, with the lunar energies peaking on a single new moon (which is when you focus internally, as opposed to a full moon which is more focused externally).

Thus if you haven’t been already, you can expect an intimate evaluation of your highest dreams and a simultaneous assessment of what you absolutely must let go of in order to reach that ideal. You may find that you thought you were working for a cause, only to be paradoxically aiding the opposite one. For instance an evangelical Christian might see that he has contributed to misinformation and ignorance instead of the grueling self-awareness required by “the Truth.” Things are not always what they seem, even within yourself! So utilize this event to dive deep into your ideals, because this is a powerful time to declare what you want to disconnect from, in order to get closer to the paradigm of the new.

Some questions you can ask yourself are:
What are your highest ideals for human civilization? If nothing was in the way, what would life on Earth look like to you? What are you working toward in the grand scheme, or what cause could you give your life to? With things as they are, what parts of life are you not willing to accept, and how can you spend more of your time working to change them? Who is an example of a leader for change that you admire, and why? What have you pledged your allegiance to? How do you know it’s the highest truth?

Some notes on seeing the eclipse:
The eclipse will only be visible in Antarctica and the southernmost tip of South America. However because we are all one family here on Earth, the influx of energies affect us all, and should still be observed and honored, especially with the New Moon. In central Texas it will occur from 1-5pm, peaking around 3. For more scientific or mechanistic information on the eclipse see the link here.

This is the last major event in Aquarius before we have hella Pisces energy up in here (Venus already has moved into Pisces, great for us because that’s the sign she’s most compatible with; Mercury and the Sun both join in Pisces later this week) which will bring a huge influx of dreaminess and mystery and fluidity to the stage. So before the plunge, tune in to the Aquarian wisdom available at this time for some tidying up of your mental game, and see your mission in the grand scheme align as a result!

Happy New Moon and Solar Eclipse, and happy Lunar New Year too! ❤

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leo lunar eclipse

We have a major movement occurring on the last day of this month. It’s actually quite rare, as these circumstances haven’t been seen for 150 years. That’s because it’s a Full Supermoon, meaning it’s closer to the earth and thus appears larger; it’s a Blue Moon, meaning it’s the second full moon in one month, and it’s also a “Blood Moon,” aka a Lunar Eclipse.

Spiritually speaking, eclipses are very powerful portals for realignment and deep reflections, and they create a massive opening for authenticity in the collective consciousness. They can be powerfully transformative, sometimes causing abrupt changes and major twists, but ultimately just to get things back on track!

So you really want to watch what you’re doing around eclipses, because since what are known as “eclipse seasons occur about every half a year, they “set” a 6-month cycle in your psyche, meaning whatever you are going through at this time can be expected to play out over the next six months and culminate during the next round. By the same token, if you think back to the last Lunar Eclipse on August 7, 2017, and the utterly charged Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, you may find that whatever was going on then is wrapping up around now with the completion of the 6-month cycle. That time was super charged if you remember, so be aware of this recurring intensity as it’s reawakened to be better settled into place.

Overall, eclipses are like resets, similar to the idea of “unplugging” a router or going to sleep for a fresh restart in the morning. In Lunar Eclipses, this reset occurs in the emotional or subconscious reality, as the moon moves through and comes to embody the shadow of the earth, symbolically seen as a “drumming up” or “rifling through” all of the things we haven’t been wanting to look at. Which, the moon does go through the “dark side” on a regular basis, but at the Lunar Eclipse it just so happens to line up so the Earth’s shadow directly covers it. You can see the symbolism in the moon “taking on” the shadow of the earth, that we might be able to see it.

Lunar eclipse

Lunar Eclipses necessarily occur on a full moon, when the moon and the sun are opposite to each other. You can see them from anywhere in the world as long as it is nighttime there. A great resource for visualizing the movements is the short video here. These eclipses can occur with the North Node or the South Node, which are mathematical points calculated by the orbit of the moon. At some point I will write a post expanding on the nodes (and see the linked video for a basic visual understanding), but for now the idea is that the North Node traditionally represents one’s destiny, or the direction of one’s highest potential and ultimate goal for their growth. The South Node represents what one has already mastered and the “launching pad” that one is evolving away from. We each have our own individual nodes that drive us in a general sense – fixed depending on where the moon was when we were born – as well as a collective set of nodes, which change once every 18 months (next changing to Capricorn>Cancer on November 6th). Right now, our collective nodes are set at Aquarius>Leo, with the North Node in Leo being a general influence driving us to “come out” as our biggest, brightest selves.

What you need to know is that this full moon is aligned with our North Node, known as a North Node Lunar Eclipse (as opposed to a South Node Lunar Eclipse). North Node Lunar Eclipses pertain to the future – our hopes, dreams, aspirations, and ideas for a better life. In contrast, South Node Lunar Eclipses pertain to the past, and lessons, journeys traveled, ideas that have passed from our lives. Thus, this Full Supermoon & Lunar Eclipse in Leo is encouraging us to powerfully step into our future dreams and assess any limitations that are preventing us from stepping into the light of our own fire. It is all about your future, and addressing whatever needs to leave your life so that your true self may unfold.

Some questions you can ask yourself are:
What outdated beliefs do I have about myself that are impeding my future self from coming in? What activity is my soul yearning for more of? Is there anything really important I want to experience before I die? What are my modes of self-expression, and am I getting enough of them? How am I being called to share myself with this world, whether in big or small ways?

Some notes on seeing the eclipse:
I live in Texas, and the time is Central Standard Time (CST). The actual shadow on the moon (including it becoming red) starts between 6 – 7 am on January 31st. However the moon will be quite close to the horizon, so if you want to be able to see it, make sure you go to a high place with a clear view!

For all others, see the link here to figure out when/if you can see it.

Whether you get to see it or not, this is a GREAT night to get out and bask in the moonlight in general as the energies are very potent for reflection. Try putting out any sacred objects or crystals you want to absorb the majesty of this moon (if you can, making sure they’re actually put in the light). This is also a great time to revisit the intention you set at the Capricorn New Moon on 1/16, and appreciate any ways that it has come to pass. And then, if you are inclined to create a deeper space, you could always make an altar to the moon and give her offerings! — Ideas could be perfumed water, flowers, pearls or moonstone, milk of any kind, anything the color of periwinkle. Sing her a song, write her a poem, paint her a picture….. The point is to thank her for everything she does for us. She will thank you powerfully in return!

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new moon in cap 1-16-18

The might of the goat is upon us. How we find ourselves furiously planning for the new! Lately I am seeing in my community a great urgency to define and to make sense of what we are each here to do. Concrete planning, people expanding to hold their higher versions, a newfound synergy between roles, and a great recognition of the interdependence necessary to thrive together. The new systems are coming in, and FAST!

It is so beautiful how everyone is feeling the need to get serious and develop their ideas in a concrete way… I am so excited to watch us all bloom!

Of course, the drive to define right now could be due to the major influence from Capricorn, as we have a record number of planets here at this time: 6 planetary bodies forming a stellium in the sign. A “stellium” is 3+ planetary bodies in one zodiac sign. We have 6! Definitely an atypical amount of energy & weight in one area. If you are new to astrology, basically how you can think of this is by seeing the sky as a pie chart, with each zodiac sign being a slice (imagine the zodiac wheel in pie chart slices overlayed on the sky). The planets move through the sky at different paces according to their different elliptical orbit lengths. In a general sense, what this means is that each planet takes a certain amount of years to “return” where it started (to make one full cycle) and thus the outer planets move more slowly than others, as each increasingly outer planet has a longer and longer orbit (see video for reference here). As of today on January 16th, 2018, we have SIX planetary bodies close together in the pie slice that is Capricorn: the Sun and now the Moon, Pluto, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn. All of these various energies are joined together under the Capricorn banner, which makes all of their energies interact and compound their forces into one big giant “YOW!”

This influx of wise and long-sighted focus with this Capricornian new moon conjunction quite interestingly coincides with the recent shift of Saturn moving into Capricorn also. In case you missed it, Saturn moving into Cap on December 20th of last year was a major movement in the sky, as it takes an entire Saturn orbit cycle of 29 YEARS for Saturn to return to its beloved Capricornian home. Aside from the fact that Capricorn is ruled by Saturn, and that they are both earth-based energies, Saturn just looooves to be in Capricorn because they both represent these very grounded “wisdom keeper” or “teacher” type of roles, i.e. somewhat stern and all-knowing mentor (or master) archetypes. The two energies are highly complimentary, and since Saturn represents your ability to build and master your own life, well, then….. you bet this task will be wayyy easier at this time. For the next 3 years actually, score!

The Sun has of course joined Saturn too as you may have noticed with the birthdays of your Capricorn friends occurring. With all of this going on in Cap, you may have been feeling an urge to focus on your long-term aspirations and goals, your ultimate desires for this life, ideas for leaving a legacy, the organization of your knowledge and beliefs, and a redefinition or reorientation to where you are at in the journey in relation to the grand scheme. These urges to set a better foundation will be amplified by the intense amount of presence in this sign at this time.

(It’s also worth noting that if you have been neglecting your life lessons and shirking your responsibility, this time can be quite brutal for you, but if you have been doing your work and showing up for yourself…. the Saturnine Goat will continue to ally himself with you, leading to a boost in your life!)

Capricorn is the oldest of the earth signs, the most evolved of the three (Taurus, Virgo, Cap). He represents the goat – he who climbs mountains, focusing only on the peak. In older references he is also known as the sea-goat, origin of which is a myth shrouded in mystery, but which we understand as a goat with a mermaidian tail – a creature who carries the mysteries of the sea and synthesizes it with the concrete wisdom of the earth. He is considered a heavy, intense energy in that he represents lessons around your bottom line and structural mastery (or lack thereof). His focus is on the long-term and integrity before power: preparation for the journey, the foundation, monitoring the moving parts as they relate to the whole, daily habits, organization, commitment, and hard truths which define limitations (and thus parameters, which ultimately foster creative growth!).

As for the lunar influence on this night, New Moons are a time when the moon has no light on it whatsoever, and thus it’s in a place of total rebirth. At this time, the moon is conjunct with (close to) the Sun in the sky and thus has no light to illuminate it on the side that we see (as opposed to a full moon which is directly opposite the sun in the sky…. leading to direct illumination at fullest capacity). Historically this is a time when healers and shamanic peoples will “cast seeds” in the form of intentions for what they want in the coming moon cycle, to manifest at the full moon two weeks later.

It’s interesting to note that this New Moon is exactly between the two Full Supermoons of Jaunary, which just so happen to perfectly bookend the month: the first having already occurred in Cancer on January 1st, and the second which will occur in Leo on January 31st. What’s more, the second full supermoon of this month will also be a lunar eclipse, which is when the moon turns red as a blood moon!

All of this to say…. it is truly a fantastic idea to sit down at this time (and over the next week or so) to think about what you’d like to manifest in the next 3 years while Saturn is in Capricorn. What invigorates you about your future when you think about it? What makes you feel passion, and how can you make more time for that in your life? Are there any people who are doing something that you’d like to do who you could model after? What habits aren’t serving you, and what habits can you replace them with? What resources and connections will you need to accomplish your goal(s)?

Generally speaking, now is a good time to be focusing on clearing away all debris from failures that came before and organizing your present reality. Do it BEFORE you try to manifest any big new plans. This is the lesson of Capricorn: doing a good job on the foundation is the only way to truly know that your power is secure.

So it’s a NEW MOON, with helluva lot of staying power behind it – spend some time with yourself and get clear on your visions for life! What do you want to focus all of this energy on? A good intention has three elements if you ask me: 1) It’s simple, and said in the present tense, as if it is already real; 2) It focuses on what you want to see instead of what you don’t; 3) It uplifts, energizes, or otherwise excites you when you read it.

“I am confident in pursuing my goal of writing a book.”
“I joyously approach problems in my life as opportunities to grow.”
“I cultivate compassion for everyone I encounter on my path.”


Set a good one for yourself this evening, and watch it GROW each day with the moon!

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I want to talk about being a highly sensitive person.

I want to talk about this a LOT actually. It has been difficult for me all of my life to feel and see so deeply – most of my social memories until a certain point are quite negative, with me being blatantly outcast, rejected, shamed, shunned, and/or misunderstood. It was only recently when I learned about high sensitivity as a scientifically-researched phenomenon that I came to see it for what it is – a superpower.

A friend turned me onto this book by Elaine Aron. You know those books that when you read them you reframe your entire existence in the context of their insights? This one has been one of those for me. It’s about the growing body of research on this topic where Highly Sensitive People (or “HSPs”, though I call them simply “sensitives”) are defined as a portion of the population with a gene predisposing them to heightened sensitivity, making up only about 15-20% of the population, equal for males and females. Interestingly this same gene is also present in over 100 different species.

The implications are enormous!!!

Sensitivity, the author explains, pertains to both a heightened reactiveness to stimuli as well as certain cognitive tendencies such as processing information more deeply and picking up on subtler information underneath the surface of events. Thus if you were an HSP you would be unable to avoid reading into situations more deeply than others – indeed more deeply than would 80% of the population – as perhaps seeing the depression hanging behind someone’s smile or sensing the discomfort someone has with your success or picking up on the subtlest of cues such as a raised eyebrow or a furtive glance or a nervous tapping of someone’s foot – all which give away certain things about the person’s emotional or psychological state.

I have felt this sensitivity all my life. And I have become so painfully aware of how few people understand it! Well the author makes this overarching point about the western world denigrating and devaluing sensitivity, citing a study wherein school kids were surveyed – “What makes the popular kids so well liked?” And in the west, the common descriptors were “outgoing”, “talkative”, “energetic” whereas in the east the descriptors were “reserved”, “composed,” “mature”….

Well this devaluation pervades our culture, including Western psychology. Sensitivity has been negatively attributed to people under various terms (“neurotic”, “introverted”, “shy”, etc) since our imperialist origins require the “superior” paradigm to be externally oriented – fighting and screaming and competing, essentially penetrating outwards. Well sensitive people tend to lean toward the inner worlds. As Carl Jung put it, sensitive people are “educators and promoters of culture”… they live “the other possibility of the interior life which is so incredibly wanting in our civilization.”

For even more sociological context, Aron also suggests that throughout history, HSPs were known as members of the “royal advisory class” which cultivated power in the esoteric realms for survival, as opposed to the “warrior-king class” which cultivated power by brute force. This “royal advisory class” pertains to such archetypes as the shamans, witches, healers, priests, etc which have influenced every society in various roles since the Neolithic revolution (the point at which humans began agricultural practices and thus developing settlements).

I could write for days about this and I’m sure I will in time, but for now I will bullet point the key points as I see them:

  • The author makes an overarching point about the negative bias the imperialist West places on sensitivity which programs HSPs to have low self-esteem from the get go
  • There is no spectrum of sensitivity – you either have the gene or you do not
  • The parts of the brain more active in HSPs are the insula, known as “the seat of consciousness” (moment to moment processing center) and the mirror neuron system which is how empathy works
  • HSPs have a greater capacity for both sadness and joy, a concept called “vantage sensitivity”
  • Trauma has a much more devastating effect on HSPs than others, especially childhood trauma
  • As a survival strategy we process so thoroughly the implications of what occurs and we are thus less likely to make the same mistake again
  • HSPs are extremely affected by their environment, called “differential susceptibility”
  • HSPs have a hard time displaying their competence when being evaluated or watched (they are keenly aware of the judgment & scrutiny)
  • Sensitivity is inherited, and if two HSPs reproduce their child is even more sensitive (studied in dogs)
  • She also gives concrete techniques for managing the trait and its downsides
  • The spiritual term for it is “empath”

To take the simple self-test to determine if you are sensitive, go here.
To get the book, go here.

Basically, if you feel misunderstood, constantly deeper than most you meet, often tired for no apparent reason, read this book!

Holy moly what a gem!!!

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