Leo New Moon ~ Creative Wisdom

There’s a new moon tomorrow at 21 degrees Leo. It is supported by Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus. It is challenged by Saturn as well. There is an abundance of fixed energy which can translate to big rewards in exchange for follow through and tenacity. Creative wisdom is the theme to keep in mind as you hold your intentions for this new cycle.

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I enjoy playing with the metaphors when it comes to interpretation time. Inspiration finds me and the words begin to flow…

Please patiently read along and stick with the story. The astrological reveal will follow! I am a huge fan of computer games. I love to get entangled in the fantasy scenarios and compete to attain the next level. It rarely gets old and I tell myself that this obsession keeps the mind sharp. Ever notice that with many of these games, new images appear as you start to level up? For example, a new house appears on the once empty plot in Farmville. As you move further along, the unseen becomes seen. I relish the element of surprise and awe.

I think living is also similar. The more we move, the wider our scope.

I was chosen by Deer, Owl, and Tiger to watch over me for 2015 ( maybe longer, we’ll see). I have read that is good practice to obtain an item with the animal’s image to acknowledge its role in your life. I have considered finding items for my totems, but I got distracted by other things.

Well today life became a bit less fuzzy and I responded in kind by getting out of the house. The moon in Leo felt warm and cozy. I visited Cracker Barrel and recalled some enjoyable times here. While waiting for my table, I perused the store and let myself mindlessly be led. I saw some lovely Owl items and remembered Owl is one of my peeps! I wondered if the owl knick-knacks were always in stock or if they were new acquisitions. I knew I wanted to bring an owl home and so I did!

Creative wisdom is finding what you seek when the time is right. I was not looking for any gifts, just a good lunch. I highly recommend the turkey special with whole cranberry sauce and stuffing that tastes homemade. Yum!

I envision this new moon to be of a similar vibe. Let Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus guide you in the moment. While Jupiter is now in Virgo, it is still keeping the Leo planets company and encouraging play, spontaneity and boldness of heart. Saturn can either cool off the enthusiasm or bring wisdom and manifestation to the party. You decide which direction to take. Owl is a great symbol for Saturn in Scorpio, wisdom combined with mystery.

Look for 21 degrees of Leo in your natal chart to see which area(s) of life are emphasized. For me, it’s all about the 7th house and my chart ruler. I do not know what will materialize, but I am grateful my moods fluctuate and offer me different perspectives to contemplate.

May we all visualize stunning new vistas where an abyss once stood.

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Animal Guides ~ Terms of En-deer-ment

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We are interrupting our regularly scheduled post ( which is a goodie I promise) to bring you a very important post that must be published now. That’s because the deer are back!

On my blogiversary I mentioned a trio of possible animal guides to accompany me throughout 2015 or longer. They are tiger, owl, and deer. I will conclude that all three have been showing up while awake rather consistently. I am not aware of any recent dreamtime sightings at this point.

Some readers might recall that I had an extraordinary deer sighting in January that was rather unprecedented. I spotted 6 deer in my backyard during the light of day. That was wild and very exciting. This memory stayed with me strongly and powerfully.

Well, what about today, you ask? Well it has been weeks since I took a nature walk in my neighborhood due to the extreme cold and icy/snowy conditions. Today it was sunny and in the fifties so I decided it was time to head out and clear my head. I forgot to take my phone and I did not expect to need it anyway. I am taking my time, enjoying the trees and the fresh air. I held on to a few branches for a while just to take in their energy. It was wonderful. So as I head back I notice a large dog crossing the road and moving towards me.

Well it was not a dog after all. It was a small deer. It began to slowly walk towards me. It was moving towards me unafraid , approximately 40 feet away.  I was delighted but very surprised. Eventually it moved behind some houses. As I moved up the hill I noticed it was gathered with a few more deer next to one of the houses. They were all standing still and looking right at me. I silently sent out love to them and smiled. While walking further up the incline I noticed another small group of deer on the other side of the house. So I was in contact with approximately 6-8 deer in bright daylight. We were just a few yards away from one another. It was a revelation! This lasted maybe a minute or two and then a car drove up the hill. Then the deer fled back to the woods as quickly as they could. I began to briefly wonder if I even saw them at all. That thought receded back into the ethers. I rather quickly regrouped and realized that I am being guided in a very dramatic fashion. After such an isolating period , it seems as if nature is carrying me and protecting me.

I learned from research online that deer signify the Easterly direction in Native American culture. So I searched some more to discover more about the Eastern direction. I found this description  here.

East (Yellow) – The direction from which the sun comes. Light dawns in the morning and spreads over the earth. This is the beginning of a new day. It is also the beginning of understanding because light helps us see things the way they really are. On a deeper level, East stands for the wisdom helping people live good lives. Traditional people rise in the morning to pray facing the dawn, asking God for wisdom and understanding.

Then I perused the sacred internet highway for more deer symbology. I “stumbled ” upon some information that really rang true. Here are some excerpts that resonated for me. I highlighted some of the most charged passages in italics:

By observing the ways in which deer behave, it is possible to see what amazing qualities – or powers – they possess. From the deer we can learn that the gift of gentleness and caring can help us overcome and put aside many testing situations. Only love, both for ourselves and for others, helps us understand the true meaning of wholeness.

If a deer crosses your path, this may show you that you are a very compassionate, gentle and loving person. If you don’t have these qualities, then consider if you have a problem that needs addressing. Are you facing a challenge in your life, whether with a fellow human being or a delicate situation? If you are feeling negative emotions such as anger, try letting go. Think about whether a gentler and more loving approach can sort the issue out. It may be necessary to speak the truth, this is best done with kindness and from the heart, this will generally give a better result.

Deer teaches us how powerful it is to be of gentle demeanour, to exert keen observation and sensitivity. Deer’s are in tune with nature and all it comprises. They are sacred carriers of peace and show those with this power animal how to open their hearts and love unconditionally.

Deer has entered your life to help you walk the path of love with full consciousness and awareness, to know that love sometimes requires caring and protection, not only in how we love others, but also in how we love ourselves.

A deer’s senses are very acute and they see extremely well in low light, giving them the ability to understand the deeper symbolic meanings of things. They can hear a twig snap a very long way off. People with this power animal are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often seeming to possess well developed, even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening, to be somewhere else. Anyone with power animal has latent clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. They can see between the shadows, detect subtle movements and hear that which is not being uttered. Ask the deer to help you develop these true gifts.

Deer teaches us to be gentle, to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our lives. Don’t push people to change, rather gently nudge them in right direction, with the love that comes from deer. Love and accept people as they are. The balance of true power lays in love and compassion.

When a Deer totem enters your world, a new innocence and freshness in about to be awakened. New adventures are just around the corner and there will be an opportunity to express the gentle love that will open new doors for you.

To read the full article, please visit http://www.shamanicjourney.com/deer-power-animal-symbol-of-gentleness-unconditional-love-and-kindness

This deer encounter literally stopped me in my tracks. I am so in awe that I was able to commune with these un-deerlike deer. They were not afraid or squeamish. If that car did not show up, we may still be hanging out together now!

I am excited for new beginnings and a heightening of my gentility and loving nature.  Less and less judgement to be replaces with increasing compassion and forgiveness. I have been around the block long enough to know as above so below and without is within. The bigger questions is, can I implement this practice as we navigate these currently choppy waters?

NAMASTE

 

Update 3-13-15: While visiting the Wikiart site, the featured painting happens to be The Wounded Deer by one of my fave artists Frida Kahlo. Apparently the deer is an ancient Aztec symbol. To view the painting and learn more: http://www.wikiart.org/en/frida-kahlo/the-wounded-deer-1946

 

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bottom image litebeing chronicles © 2015

Poetry ~ I AM here now….

Not sure if I am returning since I did not declare I ever left…

I am in the middle of healing and today’s shamanic journeying has accelerated my entry back into the living mystery. Much gratitude to a kindred spirit and fellow blogette Danielle for today’s offering. It is exhilarating and totally unexpected that I was inspired to write for you tonight!

By Аркадий Зарубин (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Here is a gift for you, my precious family of readers, bloggers, participants of all creation:

drumming home

you break me down into minute cellular crystals
silence, crash, silence, crash
shatter my innards, sacred blazing flame, glorious screaming light
silence, crash, silence, crash
annihilate my thoughtless insights and ridiculous reasons
silence, crash, silence, crash
beating my soul , one pulse at a time

how I crave you, holy primal rhythms
silence, crash, silence, crash
like an infant feeds on mother’s milk
silence, crash, silence, crash
drum of my heart, drum of my soul
diluting my defenses , stirring my blood dance
reviving my life force, one pulse at a time

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Please enjoy this exquisite meditation music featuring power animals…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_WYLNVSE3U

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Wishing you love , life, and love of living on the eve of the Virgo Full Moon.

image courtesy of By Аркадий Зарубин (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Poetry – adventures in stillness and vast mysteries

If you have been reading my blog lately, you have noticed my new habit. First, walk around in spaciousness waiting for creatures to emerge. Next, try to interact with whoever shows up. Find appropriate photo and symbology. Conclude with the pairing of spirit animal and ” random poetry.” Random poetry is my process of going within and then placing my thumb in the page of a poetry book. I am really loving this new habit because the frequency and variety of creatures is really encouraging. It is so exciting to see what happens. I also enjoy the relationship of the nature walk with the poem. I liken it to dinner theater for the soul.

So Saturday I took the same route, moving slower because of the high heat and humidity. I take the attitude that every walk is a blessing, with or without a new creature. This last walk was such a treat! Butterflies are quite abundant in my neck of the woods. I love butterflies and am sad to confess that I captured a few as a child and was genuinely surprised whan they did not survive their captivity. I usually will spot a butterfly and hope it will come towards me or at least stay on a flower long enough to photograph. I have yet to take a photo. Perhaps this inability to get a butterfly shot is associated with my regrettable past as a butterfly thief.  Anyway, Saturday was a whole new experience. I saw a gorgeous  yellow and black butterfly with light blue markings on the bottom of the wings. It was larger than its peers and was in no hurry to move.  It stayed in close proximity for a good 7 or 8 minutes and went from flower to flower as I watched. It looked like a Monarch with a lighter yellow color. I was without a camera so I stood there observing its markings for future reference.  The bees were abundant but I wasn’t afraid. I was so pleased that the bees were ignoring me and I felt safe. In fact I felt better than safe. I felt at one with my surroundings. I was astounded that the butterfly was communing with me.  Time froze as I aligned with the butterfly. Everything was in harmony.

I discovered that my friend is an  Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly.  She is female as evidenced by the blue markings. When I identified the species as tiger swallowtail, I remembered my recent tiger and lion visions during meditation. I also thought about all the times I would notice  a flight of swallows each morning on my way to work. Birds in flight bring me such peace.

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When I researched the butterfly’s symbolic relevance, I came across this lovely WordPress post. According to Taniamarieartist,

Swallowtails are different in a number of anatomical traits from all other butterflies, most notably, their caterpillars possess a unique organ behind their heads, called the osmeterium. Not only are they diverse, visionary, and adventurers, but they are highly unique beings with an extra bit of brain power!

The post later describes this beautiful tattoo of a shape-shifting shaman:

Depicted is a Native American Indian shaman/medicine woman shape-shifting collectively as all of what she embodies and portrays, but remaining individually unique simultaneously. I created her to look somewhat lion-like in facial featuring, as well as brought in some of the deer power animal essence through her facial energy, which had been another aspect of this client’s guides. She wears feathers, perhaps of the eagle or owl in her hair (again more of her guides), entwined twigs and leaves of Mother Earth, and her caped shawl with lion main emerging reminds me almost of the furry bear garments of the Native American Indians (bear and lion both also guides). But the stand-out was the lion and he emerges from her heart and throat chakras –his main and her hair and shawl all merging and integrating, his face doubling as the curvature of her neck and breast, and as the support system of the shoulder area and upper body standing in strength.

At the solar plexus a lotus essence almost like ethereal fire, emerges atop the butterfly with energy integrating into the lion’s mane, her hair and shawl. The swallowtail at the lower 2 chakra areas being released and freeing its creative abundance and joyful breadth of life-giving. Her hands are embracing of letting go within the power of knowing all is within to work alchemy as the magician, shaman and medicine woman that she is.  I see the depictions of all the elements here of earth, fire, air, water and spirit in symbolism.

Please check out this fascinating post for more detail. I was amazed to see some connection between her design and my recent meditative visions.

http://taniamarieartist.wordpress.com/tag/swallowtail-butterfly-symbolism/

And now for some random poetry by Mirabai :

A GREAT YOGI

In my travels I spent time with a great yogi.

Once he said to me,

” Become so still you hear the blood flowing

through your veins.”

One night as I sat in quiet,

I seemed on the verge of entering a world inside so vast,

I know it is the source of

all of

us.

see related posts:

 https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/poetry-how-about-a-snake-with-your-rumi/

https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/poetry-solstice-signs/

for information about Mirabai: http://www.poemhunter.com/mirabai/

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butterfly courtesy of Wikimedia commons

Poetry – The Otter,The Solstice, and Me

In honor of the solstice, this litebeing decided to take a walk and remain open to any imagery that comes across my path. When I studied The Progoff Intensive Journal ® Program a couple of summers back, I learned the importance of symbolism present in all states of consciousness. While I always treasured symbology everywhere ( what astrologer doesn’t? ) I was aware of an emphasis being typically placed on dream and meditative states. I was taught at the workshop to practice mindfulness of imagery that emerges during the alpha and beta  states of consciousness. I found the exercises very illuminating and recommend that you give it a try, especially if it is something unfamiliar to you.

So on this brilliant Friday afternoon I strolled around my neighborhood on a circular route, remaining open to any and all signs that grace my view.  On the way back, an otter crossed my path. I have seen them in my back yard, but never this close up!

Here’s a picture of an Otter and some background on its nomenclature and symbolism:

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Otter

The word otter derives from the Old English word otor or oter. This, and cognate words in other Indo-European languages, ultimately stem from the Proto-Indo-European language root *wódr̥, which also gave rise to the English word “water”.[1][2]

An otter’s den is called a holt or couch. A male otter is a meowter, a female is a queen, and a baby is a pup.[3][4] The collective nouns for otters are bevy, family, lodge, or romp, (being descriptive of their often playful nature) or, when in water, raft.

Otter Power Animal

Otter’s medicine includes woman’s healing wisdom, sensibility without suspicion, guidance in revealing ones talents, psychic awareness, faithfulness, recovery issues, understanding the value of playtime, primal feminine energy, joy, playfulness, prognostication

There are 2 kinds of Otter, the river and sea otter. They are linked to the primal feminine energies of life – the elements of both Earth and Water are present in Otter medicine.

Otters are regarded as the masters of play by the Native American and Celtic cultures. Observing an individual otter or a family of otters shows us that it’s possible to view life as a game to be enjoyed, rather than a burden to be endured. Living is not painful, it’s a gift. Life is too short to worry so much. When you were younger, like most children, did you feel like you didn’t want to become old and didn’t want life to get serious, or maybe you wished you could grow up and then once you became an adult wished you could relive your childhood as life was too serious now? Are you now too serious? If yes then otter is just right for you for you will be shown how to play again, it will help you find your inner child.

Native American Zodiac Meanings

Otter: Jan 20 – Feb 18
A little quirky, and unorthodox, the Otter is a hard one to figure sometimes. Perceived as unconventional, the Otter methods aren’t the first ones chosen to get the job done. This is a big mistake on the part of others – because although unconventional, the Otter’s methods are usually quite effective. Yes, the Otter has unusual way of looking at things, but he/she is equipped with a brilliant imagination and intelligence, allowing him/her an edge over every one else. Often very perceptive and intuitive, the Otter makes a very good friend, and can be very attentive. In a nurturing environment the Otter is sensitive, sympathetic, courageous, and honest. Left to his/her own devices, the Otter can be unscrupulous, lewd, rebellious, and isolated.

Musings and Poem

I really am grateful for the otter symbol I received today. As an Aquarius rising, I really appreciate the zodiac reference. I can identify with many of the attributes associated with an otter as a power animal stated above. I can also benefit from the message to play more and unleash the inner child.

My plan was to find some Rumi and include it with this post. Yet, I flipped through my poetry book and landed on this piece by St. Catherine of Siena. I find it to be exceptionally fitting, enjoy!

WHEREVER YOU MAY LOOK

Wisdom is

so kind and wise

that wherever you may look

you can learn something

about God.

Why

would not

the omnipresent

teach that

way?

 

Blessings to  you on this powerful Solstice…..

references

http://en.wikipedia.org

http://www.shamanicjourney.com/article/6178/otter-power-animal-symbol-of-primal-female-energy-faithfulness

 http://www.whats-your-sign.com/native-american-animal-symbols.html

header image – tree in front yard by © litebeing chronicles

otter image by Bernard Landgraf at http://en.wikipedia.org    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en