Nature is always assisting in our healing. The lovely Datura flower, finding me when I needed her.
Life is challenging. Sometimes things don't always go how we plan. That's just the nature of the world down here, and without Virgo's lessons things would be a lot more chaotic.
Living life on the road can be challenging. Trying to find and stick to a routine in order to get things done is, well, still being worked out... This New Moon I had a lot going on internally, which in turn took my attention elsewhere, away from the computer and the words to write blog posts.
During the evening of the Pisces Moon, I unintentionally began a releasing ritual to hold during this phase of each Moon Cycle. I was sitting out by a river about to harvest some cedar for a small smoke bundle and decided to leave a crystal behind to give thanks. As I was in the midst of this act it became clear to me that it was more than just a gift of reciprocity, considering everything else that is going on in my world currently, it symbolized the letting go of old karma that I don't need to hold onto anymore. (Especially since the grouping of crystals I decided to give away was specifically tuned into a past life part of myself).
The crystal I left behind next to some Horsetail, another plant ally helping me through this releasing time.
With today's new moon in Leo, we bring an end to the tumultuous summer eclipse season. I don't know about all you folks out there, but for me this one was more intense than I was expecting. In general, no matter how prepared you think you are for eclipse season (knowing full well that this is the time when shadow permeates, when our subconscious dims our ego and brings up the darkness), the reality of what’s happening during the thick of it can still be immensely jarring.
I know, it's been quite a while since I've written an article for this series. And clearly we aren't in Aquarius season anymore. Like most of the projects in my life, I'm really good at starting them, but the follow through and completion…..not so much. But, more important than the articles is the creation of each Mandala in it's appropriate season, right?
The completion of this Capricorn Mandala marks the halfway point of my artistic progress through the Zodiac Cycle. Looking back on this whole thing, I can see how the project has really taken on a life of its own. I hadn’t the slightest idea how it would evolve or what I was going to gain from it when I started. It has been an incredible learning journey, allowing me to gain the experiential wisdom needed to understand more about my own heart and mind, and the heart of each sign I am working with.
Oh, Sagittarius…. I’ll be upfront by saying I’m a bit biased with this one, since it holds a very special place in my heart, being my Sun Sign. This Mandala was extremely easy to start, with hardly any forethought or planning involved. There was very little altering or adjusting that needed to be done, no hesitation about whether it was finished or not, and I fell in love with it instantly upon completion.
As with each Mandala I do, it is always surprising to see how the process of creating the Mandala mimics the energies of the season itself. I really had no idea in my mind for what I wanted this one to look like. But, one day, I figured I needed to get started on it so I sat down and got to work. After only a couple of hours, I basically had the whole outline of it complete, and I thought it looked like a pretty good representation of Scorpio. It was a pleasant surprise, as I was not expecting to get it done that quickly.