What's in YOUR Saddlebag?

More SHIfT is happening! (photographer unknown to me)
Yes, it's corny, but I can't resist... ;-)

It's been a most interesting and intense journey since the Equinox; the parts that are Stuck within us - what some refer to as our Egos and others as our Shadows - were revealed more and more through the weeks until we hit the Blood Moon event on the 15th of this month. That full moon eclipse completed the process and opened a window into our collective psyche. For those willing to look, we were able to see, completely and clearly, not only exactly where we were stuck, but how all the Sticky Bits have come together to form the collective "organism" some shamans refer to as the Parasite. This is the one thing that obstructs the evolution of humanity. These parts of us have been hidden and suppressed for so long, it's no wonder some sensitive individuals have beheld this Parasite and seen it as something "alien."

With the astrological Grand Cross energies unfolding over the next few days, we will have an excellent opportunity to unhook our Stuckness from the Parasite and reclaim our Shadows as our own. We can Bless the Darkness and recognize it as a part of ourselves...nothing more, nothing less. Without a massive amount of Stuckness to draw upon, the Parasite will wither and die, leaving the way clear to realize the bright Visions of the future that many have seen and shared with the world.

So in this Year of the Horse, we have a moment here where we can take a look in our saddlebags and see what we've been carrying with us - since we were children, since our arrival on this planet, and perhaps for a lifetime or three. Do you want to keep what's in that saddlebag or are you ready to release it once and for all? Divine Free Choice hold sway in all things...and of course, your results may vary.

After the Grand Cross energies are dispersed, the Releasingway will continue, like it or not, until the new moon eclipse at the end of the month. Then we'll have a bit of a breather before the next season arrives: Summer and Beltaine in the North, Winter and Samhain in the South. The extraordinary Transformation will continue, though whether it will be bold and in-your-face or subtle and behind-the-scenes will depend on where in the world you are.

In the meantime, we're almost finished with squeezing the Cosmic Tube of Toothpaste. Breathe Deeply and Stay Crazy, my friends!


Redefining "Moon Time"

Bella Luna shall work Her Magick! (Las Vegas, NV 11/11)
Let me get right to the point: we have some serious mojo coming our way starting with the Equinox and lasting for the next six weeks!

Equinoxes and Solstices in general are great for energy boosts, either giving you enough energy to get past the obstacle in your path or recharging you to go out and get even more done. This Equinox is going to fit right in with the pattern; since its unfolding during a Horse year, expect an extra boost over the norm! So if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, there will be no time like the present to plant those seeds of New Endeavors! If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, open up to Receive, Receive, Receive the Bounty of the Harvest, as blessings are going to come to you fast and furious!

After the Equinox comes an especially juicy convergence of solar and lunar energies...we are going to have what I'm calling a Triple Dark Moon. First will be the New Moon at the end of the month, which is the second Black Moon of the year. (A black moon is the second new moon in a month; thanks to my sister shamanka Mara Clearspring for the clarification!)
Second will be a Full Moon Eclipse in mid-April. I am  advised by my Unseen Posse that full moon lunar eclipses bring what is normally hidden in the Shadows into view to be seen clearly. They are also advising me that this particular Full Moon Eclipse will provide some real "see-what's-really-behind-the-curtain" moments, as the work of the Tricksters comes to a conclusion and shatters some really long-held illusions. Perhaps we'll finally discover the fate of the missing Malaysian airplane...?
Finally, we will have a New Moon Eclipse towards the end of April. The new moon eclipse opens a doorway to the Void Before Creation, and allows us to have prayers answered with great rapidity, as we are able to access the World of Thought much more easily and bring our clear Intentions rapidly into the World of Form. This will enable us to focus on what we want to grow and expand in our lives just before we plunge into the dynamic transformative energies of Summer (in the North), or choose one "final" thing we wish to manifest as we ease into the quieter energies of Winter (in the South).

For this Triple Dark Moon time, I am going to be offering a Peace Prayer for the entire month of April on Facebook. Watch for the event and your invite to it for all the details...and share it far and wide with all of your friends, whether on Facebook or elsewhere. Come the Equinox I'm also going to make some very special announcements, so keep those rabbit ears up! ;-) In the meantime, may your trails be smooth and easily ridden upon your Horse of Choice!


Your Horse Medicine Primer

Horse emerges from Winter. (Photo by Lynda Yraceburu)
Horse comes trotting towards us from the mists of the dawn of recorded time...
Horse is one of the animals that has shared the journey with humans as we've evolved and created and occasionally bumbled our way through this grand experiment with "civilization." Dog is another key Totem animal in this regard, who will share its energy later on. Unlike the Dragon and the Snake, which are primal symbols that resonate significantly in the female consciousness, Horse resonates all but universally in the collective consciousness, with her deep ties to humanity that stretch back thousands of years.

Horse's universality is important to note because it speaks to the greater energetic shifts that are occurring now. We are moving out of the "old reality" of Duality and Separation and into the "new reality" of Unity and Communion. Horse is very supportive of being a part of a WE - whether that's entering into a relationship, becoming a parent, or assuming a greater and more visible role in one's community, in realspace or cyberspace.
If you ever watch a herd of horses moving together, there's a beautiful connection between each member of the herd. When they are at rest, you can sense that they're all looking out for one another; when they are on the move, they move almost as one animal. The groundwork has been laid over the past few years of Special High Intensity Transformation for this Deep Connection to begin arising and blossoming within us. You are invited to play and experiment with it...are there instances where you and another person seem to be on the same wavelength - and is it become easier to match wavelengths?

The overall energy of Horse Medicine this year can be summed up in one word: YES!
I'm feeling an overwhelmingly positive period of expansion and accomplishment and success beginning to unfold...if nothing else, it's a refreshing change of pace from the feeling of "once more unto the breach!" that we've been going through since 2011 or so! Shift is going to happen in joy*full ways this year; momentum that was started in 2013 is definitely going to continue in 2014. The difference: instead of feeling like, "oh gods, what else can happen?" it's going to feel more like, "Wow, did you see that? How Cool!"

First things first, though...starting next week, we have a visit from your friend and mine, Mercury Retrograde.
Now before you run screaming for the hills, this particular Retrograde feels Way Different than Retrogrades of the recent past. (Yay!) This one feels more like a catch-your-breath Retrograde. If you have been riding a crazy wave of Momentum and you are just about ready to pass out from Overwhelm, this will be a welcome moment to stop, re-center yourself, and relax. Enjoy the changing of the seasons and put your feet up; you deserve a wee holiday!
If you've been feeling stuck and held back and have no idea where you're going, this Retrograde is giving you the chance to Choose Your Horse. Which Horse do you want to ride into this time of YES? Do you need to switch Horses and ride in a different direction? If the Horse Year is your particular year, is it time to reign in and change directions, or chomp down on the bit and really fly forward? Take advantage of these next few weeks of Mercury Retrograde to gain crystal clarity in your intentions, because we have another double New Moon month coming up in March. Depending on where you are in the world, you'll be entering a period of dynamic growth (in the Northern Hemisphere) or really opening up and receiving a Huge and
Bounty*full harvest (in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Finally, let me take a moment to discuss nightmares, you know, those nasty and horrifying dreams that can wake you up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. You may find it interesting to note that Demeter, the Greek Earth Goddess, was also known as Aganippe, the "Night Mare" or the "Horse Who Destroys Mercifully." If you find yourself having a lot of nightmares, look into them; write them down as you would any other dream. What direction is this Horse going in? What is the Night Mare trying to tell you? Do you need to change direction? What you need to let go of Once & For All in your life.?
You can then take steps to change direction if that becomes necessary, both in the Waking world through different intentions and actions, and in the Dreamtime through the technique of Lucid Dreaming. If you have no idea what Lucid Dreaming is - you can train yourself to be awake in the middle of a dream and change the direction of the dream without actually waking up. If you're interested, I invite you to put Lucid Dreaming in your favorite search engine and see what you come up with.

May the Horse be a boon companion for you as you ride along the path of success. Gung Hei Fat Choi!


Considering 2014

The Rainbow Trail becomes more visible (@ Home, 4/11)
Happy (muggle) New Year to all and sundry! We made it to 2014 - woohoo!

Before we take a look at what's in store for the near future, let's contemplate the immediate past for a moment, for that will provide a bit of context for what's going on now, and what is to come.

2012's Dragon Year and 2013's Snake Year was a mighty one-two punch from the Divine Feminine, waking a lot of folks up from the Nightmare generated by the Collective Parasite (basically, all of humanity's Shadows still stuck in Fear) and providing some Tough Love from the Great Mother Goddess. For those who woke up, this last two year cycle allowed us to reclaim our Authentic Power and shed many of the Skins that we've been carrying around for years, if not lifetimes! For those who are still asleep, things appear to be going from "bad" to "worse," and there's still the foul stink of the Faux-Pocalypse (shall we call it "Shammageddon," perhaps?) in the air.

How is we are seeing such radical differences in opinion?
We are indeed existing simultaneously in two realities - the old one of Fear and the new one of Love. One event can occur and two very different conclusions can be reached. What's up with that?
The answer is very simple: it's all a Matter of Perception. Your point of view shows you which reality you're inhabiting in any given moment. (I know, right? It was a major A-HA! for me too!) If you look around and see nothing but doom and despair, you're moving in the Old Reality of Fear. If, in the main, you see optimism and hope when you check in, you're moving in the New Reality of Love. Even more wild: You can move back and forth between the Realities, for the time being, from moment to moment if you so choose. Many aren't actively choosing; they either believe themselves "stuck" in the Old Reality or prefer to stay in the New Reality...and can ya blame them?

Which Reality you're inhabiting, or choosing to inhabit, is going to be crucial this year because we're going to enter the Year of the Horse at the end of January. I will be sharing more about Horse Medicine closer to month's end - but the big message I'm getting right now is that this Horse Year is going to be all about Movement. It's going to be a lot of Movement, too, especially when you realize horses move a lot faster than snakes! ;-)
The kind of Movement you will experience is going to depend a lot upon what your Perception of the world is at this moment. If you're in the New Reality, it's going to feel a lot like rapid, forward Movement at last! Huzzah! The clearer your Intentions, the quicker your progress will be over and around things that might previously have felt like "insurmountable" obstacles only a few weeks before. If you're in the Old Reality, however, the process of disintegration and destruction is going to accelerate, radically. Will your horse bolt headlong down an unknown path with no apparent way of reigning it in...or will you navigate your way quickly and surely through the dim and murky and ride triumphantly out into the clear? That is all going to depend on your Perception.

Now, one thing I perceive very clearly is the delicious opportunity for New Beginnings and Fresh Starts that has been provided to us for the first quarter of 2014. We have not one, but TWO months (January and March) featuring Blue New Moons! While the Blue Full Moon gets most of the attention for magickal manifestation, the Blue New Moon provides a real jumpstart for starting new things, for the most felicitous time to begin a venture, no matter how large or small it is, is during the New Moon. Between these two months is February's magick, found in the Pagan Holy-Day of Imbolc (February 2nd). This Sacred Day in the Northern Hemisphere is also traditionally used to start new things, planting the seeds that will grow through the Spring, thrive in the Summer, and be ready to be harvested in the Autumn. Speaking of Harvests, get ready for a true Bumper Crop of Blessings if you're in the Southern Hemisphere; this felicitious time also provides y'all a chance for a "do-over" if your plans haven't been unfolding quite up to snuff.

Whether Beginning Anew or Beginning Again, keep in mind that the Agents of Change are still very active as we complete the shifting of gears into 2014. They, too, are going to get a shot of Movement in this Horse Year; expect radical and rapid change as the Tricksters and Transmuters continue to aid humanity in this wild Ascension/Evolution process through spreading their Crazy Wisdom and Visions of YES to counter the stubborn NO's that are quieting down, but still continuing to sound.

So go ahead and choose the Horse you will be riding though this year. I'll be back at a while to share more Information about Horse Medicine. Blessings all around! :-)


Oh yeah, the times ARE changing!

Completing a Circle (Poway, 10/12)
Now is the time for the greatest Shedding of the Skins in this Snake year, if you haven't noticed already. We are in the middle of a massive influx of energy that started at the New Moon and will last for about another week until we hit the Full Moon. For those of you who are following the astrological charts, let this be a reminder for you: Ignore Pluto at Your Own Peril! It may be now be regarded as a "mere planetoid," but its influence is still mighty!
The fun, however, won't stop on/about the 18th of this month. There will be a pair of eclipses, one on the 18th and another at the New Moon early in November. These eclipses will serve to heighten the Mercury Retrograde energies that are going to be officially kicking off right around the time the moon moves into Scorpio...which is why we're already feeling the Retrograde energies, especially if we are involved in the field of Communication! (Perhaps this will help explain why we have Politicians Behaving Badly in DC... ;-) )
Lest we forget, Samhain will be unfolding right before the New Moon (in the Northern Hemisphere) on 10/31. The Veil between the Worlds will be at its thinnest in the Dark Moon period - be ready for some interesting Information coming through at that time. Be also on guard for Trickster shenanigans, for many of them are very Otherworldly in Nature. For my peeps South of the Equator, get ready for a major energetic boost come Beltaine this year. Be very, very mindful of what you wish for as Spring moves into Summer, because wishes are going to wo*manifest fast and furious for y'all! Fertility energies will be spiking!

Then after all of THAT has concluded...we have a very special three-day portal opening up.
11/11-11/13 is the first of the "check-in" portals that will be activated following the Transition of 12/21/12. 11/11/13 has always been a very high-energy date, and there's nothing to indicate that anything will change here. 11/12/13 is an Ascending-Step Day, so expect an uplifting of global energy on that date. 11/13/13 is special for two reasons: first, because the Divine Masculine sacred number of 11 is paired with the Divine Feminine sacred number of 13, in a Power Year for the Divine Feminine. Second, if you take this year (2013) and add the 2 to the 13 (2+0+13), you get 15 for the year slot - and a preview of the Prime Number date/gate of 11/13/15. This will be a good day to look at your destiny trails and really focus on the things in the future that you want to wo*manifest in your life. Set Intention, then Take Action.

Finally, we'll be able to have a bit of a breather after that portal until we reach the Solstice on 12/21. One circle will have completed and another will begin. More info on the exciting developments ahead closer to that time. Until then, Take Nothing Seriously...and pass the kettlecorn, please. ;-)