Tonight we will experience a Full Moon in Pisces. The Dakota Sioux people call this the “moon when all things ripen”.
As the last sign on the zodiac wheel, Pisces is about endings and transitions. It’s time to surrender, symbolically wave the white flag, and accept the things we cannot change. As Pisces is also a dual sign, it means we will experience some of life’s paradoxs, like being a Spirit being in this very human and physical world.
When the full moon arrives, it’s time to create space to take stock of what has and has yet come to fruition. A full moon ritual is a time to get quiet, reflect, and celebrate. Unlike the new moon, the full moon represents fruitfulness and completeness and brings with it a lot of energy.
I’ll be celebrating tonight and you might want to as well. Here’s a Full Moon Ritual you can use to ground your heightened states, revel in your successes and strongly release that which is no longer serving you.
PISCES FULL MOON RITUAL
What you’ll need:
- Altar Space
- Pen & Paper
- Smudge: palo santo, sage, ceremonial tobacco
- Crystal or semi-precious stone (one you feel comfortable releasing)
- Water in a bowl, if inspired, throw in a few flowers
Cleanse yourself, your altar/space, and chosen crystal with sage, palo santo, or ceremonial tobacco along with lighting candles and incense. Have your paper and pen ready to write. If there is a prayer or chant that you would like to use, have it available to recite.
On a piece of paper, acknowledge all of the blessings that have manifested in your reality since the New Moon or even in the past month. Muse about the amazing opportunities, love, experiences, and people you are grateful for.
Next, take your crystal and while holding it, allow everything you are ready to release from your life currently (such as old negative beliefs, people, or experiences) to be absorbed into the crystal.
Once finished, take this crystal outside and giving the energy and thanks to Mama Gaia, bury the crystal in the ground and ask Gaia to take this energy you no longer need from your life. Ruled by Neptune, god of the seas, Pisces is the zodiac’s mermaid as it is ruled by Neptune, god of the seas. Wash your hands and feet in the bowl of water. Or even pour the water over your head and allow yourself to be completely cleansed.
Release any expectations and place your trust in your moon magic ritual that your invocations have been heard.
love & pranams,
Last week my father had to be Medi-Vac’d to the hospital with a heart issue. I was in San Francisco at the time and fortunately was planning to travel later that day so was able to get to Vancouver easily to be with him and my mother. The first several hours after getting the news involved a flurry of texts and calls with family and the hospital relaying information, followed by traffic, long airport lines and a delayed flight.
What I observed that day and in the several days afterwards was that despite the stress and worry I was remarkably calm, present and centred. When my breath would get shallow, I noticed and could adjust. When my body was tightening and armouring, I intuitively knew how to move to find more flow without even thinking. My yoga practice was seamlessly showing up when I really needed it.
In class I often speak about how the practice on the mat is really about giving us the tools to handle what shows up in life. When we are in a pose that is especially challenging – we can be mindful with our breath, we can slow it down and be present with whatever sensations and emotions arise. We can remind ourselves that everything is welcome as part of the human experience. We can trust the intelligence of our bodies without having to do anything.
And while I have experienced this translation of practice from mat to life many times, last week it seemed to register in a more profound way. Presence is just a breath away. You can ground simply by feeling your feet connecting to the earth. You can experience more flow and ease in a difficult moment with some finger wiggling and wrist circles that no one will notice. You can trust that ultimately everything will be ok.
The wonderful news is that my father is recovering well and will be able to return home in the next couple of days.
Perhaps take a moment right now to sit back and feel into a time when your practice has served you in life. Allow yourself to have the full body experience of that remembrance. Have gratitude for your practice and your body’s capacity to receive it. Breathe into the knowing that this is a practice not just on the mat, but a practice of life. And that it really works.
love & pranams,
She’s coming into her power…
She spent years not realizing who she was.
She doubted her beauty, her intelligence and her power.
She was one who always felt that she didn’t quite belong
because when she came into this life, her ties to the world of spirit remained far too strong..
She was confused and lost throughout her youth, unable to see herself much less accept and appreciate herself.
As a result she was like a ship bobbing in the ocean without a rudder and without the sails of confidence to direct her towards her own promised land.
She was one who bereft of her own acceptance, hungered for it and searched for it through relationships with others.
She was a people pleaser as a result,
she would not risk confrontation in order to support herself,
she succumbed to being influenced by the opinions of others even though she had already received her instruction from within.
She allowed her truth to be sublimated,
she allowed herself to be controlled…
Her need to be accepted and loved was such that she wasn’t prepared to step on or over any toes.
It took her years of being taken for granted,
ruled and overlooked before she put two and two together,
had enough and got the message.
Her suffering forced her to step out of the status quo that had always been too tight for her in the first place…
she became an avid seeker, searching for answers…
She needed to know who she was, she needed to know why she was here.
She needed to find a way to free herself from fear
She travelled far and wide,
She sat at the feet of a master,
She became a Yogini of an ancient lineage
and applied the teachings to her life,
She grew strong,
She awakened her heart
She awakened her shakti,
Her third eye opened as a result…
Her potentials started to be unearthed rapidly because the veils had parted and she recognized who she was,
She also recognized who everyone else was behind their socialized facade
and because she had seen through the myth of idealized perfection,
she could appreciate the actual perfection of the imperfections in herself and in others that she had once resisted and rejected.
Today she walks with conscious awareness..
she no longer labels people as good or bad,
She interprets everything as fluctuating energy without a fixed assignment.
She holds space for the confusion of others because she’s been there and she still visits that place herself
she understands their hunger for love misappropriated as selfishness, jealousy and competition…
She feels their vulnerability as she feels her own…
She knows the fear reflected in their eyes through her own past terror…
But underneath all of it she can see the obscured light,
the presence of God/dess despite all the protective armor…
She’s aware of this same divine presence vibrating in her body and in her heart…
She’s not so quick to cast judgment anymore because she knows that she is not above those that she is tempted to judge…
she knows that she is not separate
And because she gives herself permission to be herself as she is,
she can accept others as they are with appreciation and compassion …
She’s not invested in changing anyone either,
she respects everyone’s chosen path because
she understands that every soul is doing exactly what they need to do in order to evolve
So it is not her place to save anyone from their own lessons…
She reveals, heals, inspires and encourages instead,
she reminds others of their forgotten divinity…
She holds up a mirror so that they can see God/dess reflected back…
She has become a midwife for the re-emergence of the Divine Feminine soul.
The shy, timid maiden has transformed into the courageous, outspoken mother of all…
She says it as she sees it confidently without shrinking back,
She’s fiercely protective of the helpless,
She’s A torch for those lost in darkness,
and she’s not afraid to take a stand for peace and love to flourish in this world…
if someone tries to persuade her against her own knowing she simply and graciously responds, “Thank you for sharing.”
and she walks away…
Because she trusts her “self”,
She knows that she is Divine Mother embodied..
She is Artemis of the wild merged with…
compassionate tara and warrior Durga…
She has traversed the journey of Inanna into the dark underworld and emerged in possession of her kingdom
She knows why she is here and she’s fulfilling her purpose..
She’s not alone, she’s among many
who have chosen to return bearing love as their message,
their path and their gift of healing. ॐ
by Caroline de Lisser
May you all know and be fully embodied in your power.
love & pranams,
“Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” ~Walter Anderson
In the last two days I’ve had two conversations with people where our nerves have come up. Both times, my friends have said to me that they are always imagining the worst case scenario in their heads which builds their anxiety and often limits the risk that they are willing to take.
Truth is, this is the guiding voice of wisdom for most of us. The question we have to ask ourselves is then: is this fear improving my life?
Breathe in. Deep breath, right into the bottom most corner of your belly, and remember the river that swells.
Exhale. Releasing all the world in your breath to give life into this beautiful earth.
Breathe in. So consuming that even birds have been taken in and have found resting spots inside of your belly.
Breathe out. Hear the lions roar that has been resting a while.
Inhale. Every single cloud that surrounds those that you love, those that you care for, those that you see.
Exhale. Shower those who need your love with love so fierce it matches a waterfall.
Inhale. See my smile?! I send love to you today. 🙂