Welcome to the Aries new moon and to continuing waves of healing and transformation! We have the Sun in Libra and Luna in Aries, I discuss most of the major astrological aspects in the broadcast for this full moon, the exception being that I only merely mentioned the asteroids conjunct luna and sol. I want to outline the conjunction of Eris with the Moon and Haumea with the Sun, briefly. These two heavenly bodies are considered "asteroids" in modern astrology.
Eris, is commonly known as he Goddess of Discord. She is akin to the chaos dragon energy discussed in the previous podcast. Eris is breaking structure down in order to break through. Her processes support transformation, but she is the energy that appears to take things apart. She is conjunct to Luna in Aries, so out internal worlds are likely feeling the charge and the call for making things right, taking action, moving and going and doing things that seem very true for ourselves.
Haumea is also an asteroid, also a Goddess in Hawaiian mythology. Haumea is the guardian goddess of the island of Hawaiʻi. She is identified with Papa, the goddess of the earth and wife of Wākea (space). In this regard, Haumea was understood to be the first human who merged with spirit to give birth to Gods and humanity. She is also the goddess of fertility and childbirth, and the mother of Pele. We spend a good deal of time in this broadcast connecting with her and receiving her healing energies to support us to transmute our fearful energies and resistance into harmony, peace and light.
A little bit of trivia about Haumea: this asteroid's shape is actually somewhat unusual in that she is an ellipse with a size of 1920 x 1540 x 990 km. This shape is consistent with a *super* rapidly rotating object, where the rotation elongates the body. She is orbited by at least two small icy moons. These moons are called after two daughters of Haumea: “Hiʻiaka” (the patron goddess of the Big Island of Hawaii) and “Namaka” (the goddess of the sea).
Our next new moon in Libra promises a dose of "cosmic diplomacy." This means that we will be supported in lifting ourselves up out of the current structures that we see and know, and intuitively guided towards our own inner compass for what is good, harmonious and just.
Our inner and outer worlds will likely feel as if things are in a transition phase with this lunar cycle. Not only can we feel the changing of the seasons, we can sense the changing of energetics within ourselves, and we implicitly understand the need for change in the structures of the 3d world we inhabit. That's a lot of transition and transformation! Luckily, the universe is always in balance, and we have just the support we need to journey through these times. This support comes from the heavens in terms of celestial and planetary alignments. This support also comes from the ever present primordial goddess Tiamat.
I want to touch on the myth of Goddess Tiamat. We commonly find her in the Babylonian myth of creation Enuma Elish as the sea water goddess who is the primordial water that gives birth to everything. The myth commonly held/modernly known is not that simple, however, the story (as I discuss in the podcast) ends with Tiamat becoming a raging, scary, dangerous "chaos dragon" who is ultimately slayed by her son, Marduk. Marduk then creates heaven and earth with Tiamat's body. This is a somewhat confusing ending, as it is hard to comprehend how the origin goddess need to be killed by her son, who then creates everything. In the podcast I offer a different interpretation, one that keeps Tiamat's power and exposes man's egoistic folly of killing in order to posses a kingdom/land.
In this blog post I want to bring up a book Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming, written by Catherine Keller. Keller speaks of Tiamat's myth asking "How does a religion manage to vilify the goddess it still recognizes as cosmic parent of all that is?"
The book suggests not only that the myth and legend of Tiamat may have been misconstrued in Enuma Elish, but also that this patriarchal/male centered version of her story has been adopted into the book of Genesis and the creation myth held within Judeo-Christian traditions.
Genesis 1 states: "In beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.”
Keller suggests that Tiamat's name is synonymous with the Hebrew word "tehom" which means deep or abyss. When we read the quote from Genesis 1 again we now read: "In beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the Tiamat, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” This is the idea I invite us to meditate upon intros podcast, that power hungry man may have created a Father God to usurp and take over the power of Mother Goddess. As with everything, take only what feels right and good for you!
In closing I want to offer one more quote from Catherine Keller's book:
"In Tiamat’s “heart-pondering,” may we not receive a clue for a hermeneutics that would let her live: her, the primal creativity, where children run wild, where the new is granted a costly permission by its antecedents; the body of all that is silenced or slaughtered so that the new order need not negotiate its claim? Such a tehomic hermeneutic, haunted by the dead goddess but not worshiping her, would not find the chaos waters always pacific. It would tune its texts to a universe that puts up with a lot of painful noise. It would teach its insecure traditions that turbulence, though it may have ill effects, cannot be excluded without murder…If we read the layered deep of Genesis 1.2 as a cunning parody of the Babylonian creation from chaos, we might regain the peacemaking Tiamat and expose the warrior. He has occupied the Abrahamic traditions in her absence (Keller, 122)."
September 20, 2021 brings a full moon in Pisces. This moon invites us into personal realizations that have the potential to be deeply or highly sensitive on the emotional and psychological scale... as we are being ushered into a deeper ream of release and surrender.
The past weeks have likely felt intense, challenging and also quite transformational on a higher level. This trend is likely to continue for the remainder of this lunar cycle, with the energy of full moon on September 20th revealing or bringing to light some aspect of how we are running our energy the is ready for upgrade.
I mention in the podcast that the antidote for all of our challenges during this time might be compassion. Compassion both for ourselves as well as for others. As you take in this side notice how it already feels potentially soothing.. like a glass of water or a cool breeze on a sweltering day.
The Goddess of Compassion is Quan Yin or Guan Yin. She has been revered within eastern traditions for centuries. Within Buddhism, Quan Yin carries the Goddess and Divine Mother energy. In Chinese mythology, Guanyin is the goddess of mercy and considered to be the physical embodiment of compassion. She is an all-seeing, all-hearing being who is called upon by worshipers in times of uncertainty, despair, and fear. Guanyin is originally based on the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara.
I hope that you enjoy the meditation offering in the podcast!
Finally, a note to those who may be interested in the Crystal Dragon Alchemy course. Each participant receives a crystal dragon or skull of your choosing as a part of the course. We begin on or around September 21, 2021. Meeting weekly with live gatherings as well as taking your own time (as long and you like :) to go through 4 weeks of online content learning about the Dragon kingdom and Crystal skull magic. The course is nearly full, but as of today there are a few more spaces. Massage me here, send me an email or sign up via this link.
The new moon in virgo on September 6 2021 is potentially the most potent dose of virgo energy we've felt in quite some time! Virgo is typically associated with mutable, introverted, feminine energy. This is the mysterious and often misunderstood aspect of feminine power. It is best and possibly only completely understood within the realms of one's own internal world. This means we cannot and must not look to the external world for answers when we are within Virgo new moon energy.
Virgo is also ruled my Mercury, the planet of communication. While there are many offerings for what is true in the communication corridors of our world right now, at this juncture, the virgin goddess Virgo advises and reminds us that we are always our own best council.
I mention in the podcast that the term "virgin" has little to do with sexuality, instead it is an ancient term which means "a woman unto herself". This is the stead of many a crone goddess, including Hecate and Medea. I discuss the connections between these goddesses in the broadcast for today's new moon.
This brings us to Goddess Medea. I mention briefly her popularized lore from greek playwright Euripides. He authored a tragedy in her name based upon what he claims is the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BC. The plot centers on the actions of Medea, a former princess of the kingdom of Colchis, and the wife of Jason; she finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth. Medea takes vengeance on Jason by murdering his new wife as well as her own two sons, after which she escapes to Athens to start a new life.
This play leaves us very much short-changed in an understanding of her power. Notably that it was Jason who sought the magical powers of Medea, specifically her knowledge of herbalism and dragons to conquer an otherwise insurmountable situation for Jason as a potential hero. If you've had any experience with my Goddess Consciousness Course curriculum, you will know that this is a typical pattern of the era of the Greco-Roman empire. Put simply, they sought to replace the feminine empowered goddess culture with male power, henceforth re-writing stories where the women in power were either abandoned, became crazy and/or were bestowed the powers they former held by men. (Note if this is foreign to youcheck out the Goddess Consciousness Course in this link.)
Also, you must know that I love all men and women! This is hardly a statement about our current commonly held notions of gender. Rather it is an offering, a lens of sorts, to look at the myth we are told as "true" and potentially dig deeper.
When we dig deeper we are met with a crone goddess. A when who never was included to marry and who likely never did marry. I mention in the broadcast that in the triple goddess form of "maiden-mother-crone" the crone goddess is the most disempowered aspect of feminine energy today. We've relegated her to old hag when she is actually an ancient magician and wisdom keeper. Some of her best friends are dragons :)
I offer a mediation in this broadcast where ultimately you can be your own decision maker as to there truth and lore of Medea as a virgin goddess under this virgo full moon.
Finally I will be offering a 4 week/single lunar cycle course on working with dragons and crystal skulls beginning 9.21.21. There are 13 skulls and dragons that will receive their new homes with each of you! As such, space is limited to 13 people. Bring your love for dragons and or your curiosity for occult shamanic practices. This is a private enrollment which opens next week. Make sure you're on my email list if you are interested as private enrollment happens next week!
We have our second full moon in Aquarius on August 22nd. The first full moon occurred on July 22nd at 1 degree of Aquarius. 1 degree is known as a "critical point" in astrology. When a la luna is at the very beginning of a sign, she has moved into new territory (a new element and mode) and is in dialogue with that sign’s planetary ruler. In this case she was communicating with Uranus back in late July. I mention in the broadcast for this full moon that Uranus is now in retrograde for this second full moon. As such whatever new information we received about things to release during the last full moon is now under "review".
Furthermore, the full moon happening today, August 22nd falls at 29 degrees of Aquarius, the other "critical point" in astrology. Known as the anaretic degree or “degree of fate,” the final degree (29°) is often given a negative spin. Some astrologers feel that the querent can do nothing to affect the outcome; it’s simply too late to have control over a situation. I offer that is is simply a time to surrender and allow the energies present to support us in releasing all the things we truly need to let go of but somehow have not yet realized how to release. The key to this full moon is surrender, and a willingness to release control... for the highest good of all.
In the broadcast for this new moon, we have the energies of Hindu Goddess Durga. Known as the Great Mother, she is the goddess of justice, and strength who brings order, peace, calm and compassion to times and places where here is destruction and upheaval.
Durga’s myth, the Devi Mahatmya, dates to the 5th century CE and is an epic tale of the triumph of wisdom over ignorance. According to this myth Durga appeared when the gods were unable to subdue a demon who was threatening the entire world. Individually, the gods were unable to defeat the demon. They summoned Durga and gave her all their weapons. The battle went on and on, prolonged by the fact that Mahisha continually changed shapes. Finally, Durga was able to cut off his head as the demon emerged from a buffalo. In this scene, the struggle and violence of the combat between Goddess and demon is only subtly suggested. In the image at right, Durga stands victorious over the head of the buffalo, alluding to the famous story but focusing most of the viewers’ attention on the powerful goddess herself. (source KhanAcademy.com)
Finally to share with you one of my all time favorite chants to invoke and connect with Goddess Durga: "Maa Durga". Maa, in Hindu is literally calling out to mother and invoking her energies. In this case we are calling our to the Great Mother Durga, as our own mother. I hope that you enjoy :)
We have a beautiful synchronous alignment with both the Leo new moon and the Lion's Gate converging on August 8th 2021.
New moons are always new energetic beginnings, this particular new moon is a beautiful and profound new beginning that is supported and energized by the Lion's Gate and White Lions from Sirius.
I speak in the podcast about the Lion's Gate, as an event that happens every year on August 8th. This event was known by the ancient Egyptians as the signal of the rising star Sirius bringing its abundance each year with the flooding of the Nile River. The Nile was associated with life force energy and all things nourishing.
No only did the Egyptians associate the Lions Gate with Sirius, the Shangaan tribe of South Africa has associate the actual physical white loins that inhabit their region as "sent from the stars". I offer it the podcast that they are quite possibly sent from Sirius. We have evidence from another ancient tribe in West Africa of ancient contact and understandings received from beings Sirius. Also this particular tribe saw the white lions as Children of the Sun God. I'v mentioned in previous podcasts my own understanding of Sirius as being linked to the Central Sun and the Galactic Center.
Awareness of the white lions of South Africa, was fairly recently brought to the west by a woman named Linda Tucker. I mention her book, "Mystery of the White Lions" where Linda has a potential near death experience with white lions and is saved by a Sangoma. Her quest for understanding and protecting these creatures since that time has given her the name "Keeper of the White Lions" from the Sangoma who saved her.
I discuss in the broadcast that these lions were hunted to extinction in the wild in the early 1990's. They continued to exist in hunting camps where they were bred to be killed. Tucker dedicated her life to the purpose of brining them back to living safe and free in their original homeland of Timbaviti. Timbaviti means "Blaze where star lions came down." Tucker started the Global White Lion Protection Trust which has successfully returned to their homeland several trapped lions to be killed. Linda and the Trust have also protected and nourished several new white lion families in the wild. You can find link to her foundation below.
This full moon in Aquarius is marked by two conjunctions: Pluto conjunct the moon as well as Chariklo conjunct the moon. Pluto is the planet of death, rebirth and transformation and its role in conjoining the moon is to combine with Luna's energy of bringing us back to our true inner self. Pluto works in powerful ways on our unconscious and subconscious for the purpose of transformation. This is kindred energy to the moon in Aquarius, as luna reminds us of our true soul purpose and Aquarius is the new age of freedom, justice, peace and harmony that we are only beginning to step into.
Combine all of that energy with another conjunction of the moon and asteroid Chariklo, the female counterpart to the wounded healer Chiron, and we have the potential for vast and powerful transformation!
While all of that sounds exciting and enticing, the key to harnessing this energy is getting comfortable with the ongoing process of death and rebirth. This is where Egyptian Goddess Wenet comes in. She is the hare goddess, hares were sacred to the Egyptians as they symbolized not only fertility, but rebirth, renewal and the ability to make quick agile adjustments during this process. Wenet was known to provide safe and loving space for should going through the process of death and rebirth. In this broadcast we meet her and invite her to wrap her loving arms around us as we endeavor to get more comfortable with our own processes of release so as to be renewed.
"Long before the festival of Ostara was “repurposed” as Easter by the early Christian church, even long before the Goddess Eostre was celebrated by our Anglo-Saxon ancestors, a different Hare Goddess was honored by some very spiritual people every coming Spring. These people were the ancient Egyptians. As for the Hare Goddess, her name was Wenet; the Swift One."
Wenet played an important role in the Egyptian pantheon as she sat next to Ibis Headed God Thoth in the Ogdoad (a group of eight gods and goddesses in perfect balance) at Khemenu. Instead of naming one of the 22 districts in Egypt after the God Thoth, the district of Khemenu was named after Wenet. Wenet was originally depicted as a hare, as a woman with a hare's head, or as a woman with a hare on top of her head. She was also associated with serpent energy and thus is depicted as a serpent with a hare's head. The combination might seem strange but it is actually quite powerful: snakes are totems of transformation, as well as death and rebirth; hares represent quick movement, fertility, rebirth & renewal.
Each year we have a time where Sirius, the brightest start in our sky, aligns with and conjoins our Sun. This is a potentially powerful, transformational and fortunate time as Sirius, connected to the Glactic Center, is able to send light codes and new information/upgrades to us by way of its alignment with our sun. In 2021 the Sirian Portal (or gateway) happens from July 3 to July 7.
In the broadcast for this event I share the lore of the Egyptian pantheon in correlation to this event. Specifically, Goddess Isis, her companion Osiris, Goddess Nephthys and her son Anubis. Not only is the legend and myth of Isis and Osiris full of codes and information about who these individuals were in the 3d world, it also points us to their origins and return to the stars we know as Sirius A, Sirius B and Sirius C.
The June 20 2021 Solstice invites us into times of transformation and realization. Regardless of whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere, these themes hold true!
The most universal aspect of Solstice is its ability to polarize energies so as to make things extra super clear in our 3d world. As I suggest in the broadcast, we can look for signs in our life for transformation and realization. We can also seek to reconnect with the Great Earth Mother, known as Pachamama to the indigenous people of the Andes. In the broadcast, I outline a very simple way to understand her energies and offer a meditation practice. I hope that you can join me!
This solstice I have also been called to host an all day online retreat up at the retreat center for Seeding Reciprocity. There will be three live sessions as well as 6 herbal teaching/offerings and three mediation/energetic sessions for you to practice personally with the sunrise, midday sun, and sunset. You can find the calendar here. All links to the sessions will go live at 1am June 20, 2021.
Timelines are shifting and speeding up
as we move through eclipse season.
The past lunar eclipse on June 26th supported us in recognizing things to release. The solar eclipse that happens on July 10th offers catalytic energies for making necessary shifts to support the new seeds we are planting to continue on our soul's path.
This is a north node solar eclipse and while the south node pertains to lessons and experiences from our past lives, the north node is 100% about where our soul is headed. We are encouraged to take an even higher view of ourselves and our life across multiple incarnations this eclipse.
One of the major aspects of this eclipse season with timelines shifting is that the typical process of eclipse "transformation" can feel more chaotic and unsettling. Typically an eclipse season has slightly unsettling effect with the end result being release and rebirth of some sort. However because our planet is in need of so much healing right now, and that healing process is accelerating, the reality and timelines that we felt with conviction as true just a couple of years (or months) ago are already outdated and inefficient ways for our soul to reach its destination. We are essentially being quantum leaped forward at this time. As such our brain's wiring and our usual ways of doing and being are insufficient tools for managing the types of change we are experiencing.
This means that while we can certainly pick up on the need for change and recognize what needs to be released (lunar eclipse) we can't quite see the solution (solar eclipse). This is simply because we aren't able to conceive of the solutions with our current ways of thinking and doing and being. What to do this solar eclipse then if we can't with conviction find the solution or the seeds to plant? Keep going, keep planting the seeds we've always been planting, with the understanding that the third dimensional world is the last and final part of the manifestation process. In other words, continue to exist on higher planes and continue to seed our future AND continue to exist in the 3d world that can feel heavy at times.
This brings us to the goddess that is present with this solar eclipse. She is often in Celtic and Irish culture called "The Morrigan"; she is Goddess Morrigan. Her moniker "The Morrigan" hints at her foreboding role in heavier and darker times. She is widely known as the goddess of warfare but she is also the goddess of truth and balance and she supports and protects those close to the land. She ultimately is the energetic anecdote for this eclipse because she fearlessly and mercilessly makes things right. She brings harmony where there was injustice or chaos. In these times of transformation she is here for us to call upon her to remember our own ability to see and know TRUTH. In the broadcast for this eclipse I offer a meditation to meet and invite Morrigan to infuse us with her innate vibrations of justice and harmony and truth.
Finally I invite you to join me in a live online gathering this coming eclipse! We will merge with he Herbal Alchemy Guild and explore alchemical energies of eclipses, as well as how to use plants to capture and harmonize these energies. You can find the link to join myself and the Herbal Alchemy Guild here as well as in the image at left.
Lisa Marie Haley