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It’s the SuperMoon!

Today’s Libra full moon at 12:19pm PDT is a Super Moon! Doesn’t that just sound fantastic?! I liked the sound of it before I even knew what it meant.

Here is an explanation of the Super Moon (via Lightworkers.org):

“The Libra Full Moon on April 6 is the first of five SuperMoons in 2012. A SuperMoon occurs when the Moon is at both perigeeโ€”orbiting point closest to Earth and syzygyโ€” in line with the Sun and the Earth. This greatly intensifies the gravitational pull on the tides, tectonic plates and human life. For instance, humans are made of sixty percent water. This gives the Moon tremendous influence over our body, emotions and consciousness.”

Be aware of the Super Moon today! Make it work! ♥

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Yoga this week!!

It’s Easter week! Lots to do this week… going to see the bunny, hunting for some eggs, plant some flowers, make some more pysanky. I think I’ll buy a lily! Lots to do, lots to do.

Getting things flowing with yoga is a must on Monday. I’m teaching at 10am!

Hope to see you there!

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Spring springs tonight!

The Vernal Equinox is tonight at 10:14pm PST!

Around the world, people will be celebrating this event according to their unique cultural and spiritual traditions. At my house, we’re having a Peeps and Pysanky party! I prepared the dyes this morning and put the eggs out so they will be the right temperature when it’s time to get our pysanky party on. My great-grandma was a real master at making Ukrainian Easter eggs, and it was a yearly tradition in my home growing up. I’m like an excited little kid to share it with my family.

As I mentioned recently, eggs are a symbol associated with the Teutonic goddess Ostara and decorating eggs in her honor on the Vernal Equinox (Ostara Sabbat) is an old tradition.

I’m lucky to be living in a time zone where staying up to burn my “clean slate” list won’t push me too far past my bedtime.

I love this season! Bring it on!!

Happy, blessed Spring to everyone! May the seeds you plant grow and flourish… ♥

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Weekly wisdom from Doreen Virtue

This week, Doreen is working with the Magical Unicorns deck. She points out that she created this deck specifically to be child-friendly… for children of all ages. Fun! I may have to get some. Anything with unicorns is a win with me. Plus, I could use a child-friendly deck so that ‘that little boy’ has a place to focus his curious paws ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway… Doreen says that this will be a week of great growth and change. The timing is perfect with the equinox happening overnight tonight. Sounds like it may be a week of spring cleaning on many levels. Remember- opening, allowing, and working with the flow works better than resisting and struggling. Let go and ride the wave!

And for the children, inner children, those with children, those inspired by the unicorns, etc., tonight’s the night to test the Vernal Equinox egg balancing myth. Does it work for you?

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Yoga this week!!

Hurray! It’s the first week of spring!

I have 2 classes on the schedule this week- my regular class on Monday at 10am and a special ‘Yoga Basics’ class on Saturday at 10am. Both of these classes will be held outdoors, and the monsoons are forecasted to arrive this week… so please check back often for any schedule changes.

Happy spring, everyone!

UPDATE: Class on Monday, March 19 is cancelled with a possible reschedule on Wednesday, March 21. Stay tuned…

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Ostara approaches

Sooo… you may (or may not) have noticed by now that I observe holidays, holy days, holly days, festivals, and celebrations from diverse cultures and religions. I don’t discriminate. I’m an equal opportunity observer… where I find meaning and power, I embrace it.

Currently, one of my very favorite observances is fast approaching. On Monday, March 19th at 10:14pm PST, it will be the Vernal Equinox. This is the time when the dark and the light of the day are in perfect balance before the light takes the lead. It is a time when masculine and feminine energies are in balance. It is a wonderful time to begin new projects, sowing the seeds that will flourish throughout the rest of the year. We can benefit greatly by working with the energies of this time in our efforts to revitalize and grow.

Many (myself included) observe the Vernal Equinox as a celebration of the goddess Ostara- Ostara Sabbat.

Ostara/Eostre is the Teutonic goddess of fertility. She is associated with the rabbit (a symbol of fertility) and the egg (a symbol of creation and fertility). Perhaps this is sounding a little familiar now… Easter? Easter bunny? Easter eggs? The colors associated with Ostara are pastel yellow, pink, and green- soft tones that reflect the softness and newness of the spring.

So, this Ostara business isn’t so unfamiliar after all. The intentions of its rituals and observances shouldn’t be so foreign either. ‘Spring cleaning’ is a cliche, right? Time for moving out the excess and heaviness of winter so that new energy may enter.

One practice that I have observed every spring since I was living in Sedona is known as “wiping your slate clean.” Basically, it entails making a list of the offenses you have committed in the previous year. Make this list a week prior to the Equinox- write down all of your negative acts to family and friends, and then make an effort to right these wrongs before the Equinox. On the day of the Equinox, gather your list of wrongs and how you have attempted to right them… and then burn it. Clean slate!

How about you? What will you be doing to celebrate the arrival of spring?

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Yoga this week!!

Hey there, yoga lovers! Join the party tomorrow morning at 10! Mercury will be going retrograde again on Tuesday, so let’s make the most of the last day of Mercury being direct.

Also, stay tuned for a very special schedule announcement this week. I know you’ll be waiting on the edge of your seat… haha.

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Yoga this week!!

Same bat time, same bat channel…

I will be teaching my weekly class this Monday at 10am.

Be there or be square!!

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Prepping the soil

The buzzwords of this week (according to me)? Ritual, observance, fasting, prayer, new beginnings.

Monday marked Mahashivaratri, the Great Night of Shiva- a Hindu festival of fasting, prayer, and rituals. Worshippers of Shiva believe that their observances during Shivaratri will grant them expiation of all sins they have committed in the prior year. A fresh start.

Tuesday brought the new moon, which I observe as a monthly day of renewal and manifestation of my intentions- allowing them to come into being as the moon waxes.

And today (Wednesday)? Not only is it Losar (Tibetan New Year), it is also Ash Wednesday.

I was raised in a Catholic family. Or more accurately- I had devout Catholic grandparents, and I went to church on Christmas, Easter, and Sunday mornings after I had had a sleepover with my beloved Gram and Pap.

Lent was my first experience with fasting- a practice that I later embraced as an adult. My early memories of Lent include my grandfather giving up everything he enjoyed for the entire duration. I remember sitting at his right hand at the breakfast table on Easter morning, watching with delight as he had his first tastes of the things he had given up for Lent. I remember egging him on, making suggestions as to what should be his next reclaimed indulgence. Of course, my Johnny is a wonderful, wonderful man with a heart packed full of love for his family. I’m sure he played up the joy of breaking the fast to encourage my smiles and giggles.

Now, I sit here as a grown-up (??) who has found my way to the spiritual path. I love and adore Jesus, though my questing has hardly been limited to Christianity. It has led me all over- far, near, unfamiliar places, and the deepest places within my Self. It has even led me back to a curiosity about the religion I had ‘grown up’ with, beginning with Paramahansa Yogananda’s powerful and profound readings of Christian scripture.

With all of the observances of new beginnings happening this week, I felt a call to learn more about the Christian observances known as Lent. My initial experiences with Lent registered as something like an endurance test of self-deprivation. Giving up everything that brings you pleasure because… someone told you to do it. As a child, I understood that (follow the rules). As a teen, I rebelled and turned my back on the whole idea. As an adult who embraces a very personal version of spirit and spirituality, I have a renewed interest in Lent and what it all means.

The original Latin word for ‘Lent’ was Quadragesima, meaning ‘fortieth’. Although 40 has various significances in Christian scripture, the 40 days (+ or -) of Lent are generally described as a reflection of the 40 days Jesus spent “fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.”

The observances of Lent are many, mostly focusing on giving up anything that tempts indulgence. Some devotees in the Eastern world even adhere to a vegan diet for the entire 40 days!

Through my adventures in yoga, I’ve become familiar with the yama Aparigraha (non-attachment), which urges the individual to renounce earthly attachments and give their undivided attention to God. ‘Clinging’ is another translation. Clinging to objects or attachments that keep the individual separate from The Whole.

So, the ‘renunciation’ bit, I get. Fasting, I get. But all of these other words came up as well. Penance, denial, deprivation, grief, repentance. Well… they remind me of the ‘Lent’ I remember. The ‘God’ I’ve come to know is not a harsh or punitive authority. He did not put us here to suffer??

As I read on, I discovered that ‘Quadragesima’ transformed to ‘Lent’ as the Church transitioned from Latin to the vernacular. ‘Lent’ derives from the German word ‘Lenz’ or the Dutch word ‘Lente’, meaning ‘Spring’, which totally makes sense to me.

Spring is coming! Recall way, way back when I mentioned those seedling intentions that we can nurture in the new moon? Cycles and symbols reappear in different incarnations over and over. Springtime is the calendar year’s new moon. It’s the time when we plant the seeds that will grow to maturity this year. Spring cleaning ring a bell?

March 21 marks the Spring Equinox (a holy day in many traditions). Even the word ‘Easter’ derives from the name of the Germanic goddess Eostre, the goddess of virginity and rebirth. This time, leading up to Easter or the beginning of Spring, is a time to prep the soil. Overcome temptations and indulgences so that the field is renewed for the next generation of seedlings to be (re)born. Align with the Divine so that our attachments no longer hold us back- allowing our Christ Consciousness to (re)emerge.

When the table is set on Easter morning, where will I sit? Will I dive back into my indulgences with aplomb? Or will they be mourned and released? And my Self? Resurrected into a new way of being…?

Best wishes to all in manifesting the highest and best version of their Self in this auspicious time of year… Check out these wonderful suggestions for observing Lent even if you are not Catholic (via BeliefNet) ♥

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New moon (sans vampires)

Today is the new moon in Pisces.

The new moon is a time for nurturing those little seedlings in your heart- manifesting the life of your wildest dreams. Just as the moon grows from new moon into the full moon, you can align with the powerful energy of that process to manifest your goals.

Please enjoy the manifestation meditation with Dr. Wayne Dyer above. Riding the new moon wave!

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