Here we are in they middle of August. Can you feel the energy increasing? Something's got to shift, and we each have our own version of "what" that is.
In the broadcast for today I briefly unpack Uranus retrograde, the new moon in Leo, as well as well as Mars in Aries squaring Pluto (planet of birth/death/transformation) and conjoining with Eris (goddess of discord and feminine awakening).
I suspect we can all feel the shifts and "hot-points" that are happening. Eris is a goddess whose purposes to make sure that happens when it needs to. It might feel like a dose of tough love, but it's actually way more than that! It is an invitation to step into the unknown, to venture into places, but for the roadblock, we never would have thought of. This is the gift of mid-August.
We are stepping into one of my most favorite times of the year! The Lionsgate happens every year, with energies peaking on August 8th. As with most things relating to celestial bodies, the energies and effects can be felt a weaker so before and after the actual energetic peak.
In the broadcast I discuss the significance of the number 8 as a number of abundance, prosperity and infinite energetic possibilities. Two number eights together create a portal, known as the Lionsgate. This year also have the profound grounding and balancing effect of "2020", which as you can likely sense the year, is a right of passage in and of itself.
2 is a number of partnership and balance, but sometimes it may also be the symbol of opposition or conflict. Ultimately 2 shows us that we are not separate and that everything is connected. Added together 2020 give us 4, which is a number with foundational energies. So in general, 2020 is helping us all to understand that we are all connected and supporting us in releasing the aspects of heaviness and toxicity in our world so that we can truly have a foundation with integrity.
I mention that the double 8 is often written and used in energy healing and energetic work as the "Len So My". Len So My brings in pure love and the highest vibrational energies possible. I have an image of the symbol to the left.
I also mention the role of Sirius in the grand cycle of time, sometimes called "The Great Year", also in sync with the Hindu Yuga Cycle. The grand cycle of time takes 24,000 years, with 12,000 years descending and 12,000 years ascending energies. The closer our sun gets to Sirius, the more and more light and high vibrational energies are able to be received by our planet. The image above shows the 24,000 year cycle and binary orbit of Sirius and our Sun. The image below shows the Hindu Yuga Cycle and The Great Year.
We have three energies converging into now powerful theme at the beginning of August 2020.
August 1st is Lughnasa, or La Lunasa, a Celtic and Wiccan celebration of abundance. Lughnasa is often presided of by Goddess Habundia or Habonde. We meet her in our mediation in today's podcast, and celebrate her in the online gathering August 2nd. (See link below for information to join us or to see the recording).
August 2nd we have Sun square Uranus. which invites us to move beyond our ego and perceived/self created identity into a new and potentially infinitely powerful conception of ourselves as "high technology." High technology is the stead of Uranus, and with Habondia's energies we get to remember that not only are we always connected, but that we have everything we need, and we can attract and create anything we desire. It is merely a matter of remembering our own innate abilities and capacities and energetic beings.
August 3rd we have a full moon in Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of the future, of moving beyond the commonly held beliefs and ways of "the norm" and potentially stepping onto "weird" or alternative ways of being and understanding so that we can live a brighter and better future. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, so these two together with Habondia are tremendously supportive of our own personal "awakening" to our true nature and innate capacities.
You can find information to join the Lughnasa online gathering here and by clicking the image to the left. If you find this after August 2nd, you can access the recording via these links. Enjoy!
I am thrilled to share with you my recent "rediscovery" of Venus and Aphrodite, as embodiments of the earlier Egyptian Goddess Hathor.
This podcast covers some history about Hathor. Hathor is the Egyptian goddess of joy, pleasure, fertility, and all things feminine. She was one of the most important goddesses in ancient Egypt and popular among royalty and common people alike. Hathor personified the principles of love, beauty, music, dance, motherhood and joy. She was one of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. She was worshiped over several thousand years, from the early years of the ancient Egyptian religion (c. 4000 BC) until its end (c. 500 AD).
"Hathor was the golden goddess who helped women to give birth, the dead to be reborn, and the cosmos to be renewed. This complex deity could function as the mother, consort, and daughter of the creator god. Many lesser goddesses came to be regarded as "names" of Hathor in her contrasting benevolent and destructive aspects. She was most commonly shown as a beautiful woman wearing a red solar disk between a pair of cow's horns."
(Pinch, G. Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt. Oxford University Press, 2004. Page 137)
To the left is the head of a statue of Hatshepsut, the first woman to rule with the powers of a male Pharaoh. Here Hatshepsut is wearing the horns of Hathor and the sun disc atop her mortar crown. This is all we have left of a bronze statue of the extraordinary queen-king of Dynasty 18. It is the exquisite femininity of this sculpture that makes it so exceptional. Sometimes, but extremely rarely, Queen Hatshepsut was portrayed not only with the fine facial features of a woman, but as a woman as we see here. It is wonderful to remember that this female Pharaoh was known to worship the Goddess Hathor and sought to embody Hathors energies.
Below is Hatshepsut's temple at Dier el-Bahri:
Below are images of Hathor on the columns at Dier el-Bahri:
Finally a video recording from the first Goddess Gathering. There is still time to join us on the journey! More information about the course can be found here.
Welcome to Chiron retrograde. This podcast explores the deeper aspects of the myth of Chiron, his amnesia of abandonment, his wound and life time seeking of a cure. I also love (spoiler alert) that ultimately he heals himself by transcending his ego and separation and taking selfless action.
Transcending ego and taking action are definitely in the air. These energies will likely continue for a while, as Chiron is retrograde through December 15, 2020.
As the "wounded healer" Chiron supports us in reexamining our wounds, ultimately healing them as we move away from the illusion of separation and into the reality of oneness and wholeness, both within ourselves and with our world.
We have with us, literally coming down from the heavens the "apus".. these are the primordial and powerful earth mountain spirits from Peru. They are typically (at least in our Western culture) felt in Machu Picchu.
In Inca mythology, apu was the name given to powerful mountain spirits. The Incas also used apu to refer to the sacred mountains themselves; each mountain had its own spirit, with the spirit going by the name of its mountain domain.
Inca mythology worked within three realms: Hanan Pacha (the upper realm), Kay Pacha (the human realm), and Uku Pacha (the inner world, or underworld). Mountains—rising up from the human world toward Hanan Pacha—offered the Incas a connection with their most powerful gods in the heavens.
The apu mountain spirits also served as protectors, watching over their surrounding territories and protecting nearby Inca inhabitants as well as their livestock and crops. In times of trouble, the apus were appeased or called upon through offerings. It's believed they predated people in the Andes regions and that they are constant guardians of those who inhabit this area.
Also, the Goddess Course is launching. There is a window to join us through July 2020. Out first gathering is July 19. Regardless of whether you do, I felt called to share with everyone some of the content from the course, as I feel it is quite relevant to the deconstruction and reconstruction that we are all collectively experiencing.
You can find two readings/excerpts below that offer an alternative view of the feminine principle; specifically as the central organizing principle. Enjoy and share these readings! I believe they are powerful medicine for our transformational times.
Welcome to the close of a quite intense eclipse cycle that began May 25 this year. That's just 4-5 weeks ago, and we will have experiences three (which is rare) eclipses in such a short time, just over 1 month = intense.
This final eclipse in Capricorn completes a larger Cancer-Capricorn eclipse cycle that began in July 2018. Cancer and Capricorn have an interesting dance, energetically that both opens us emotionally and calls us to take measured steps for the overall structuring of our world. In the past months we've each likely been emotionally impacted in some way, also we can feel the foundations shaking a bit. This combination of energies has been associated with impact and country/ world changing events. I discuss this in the podcast above.
For now,, it is potentially worthwhile not only to look back to events around May 25th this year 2020 but also to event in July 2018 for signs and signals of 'themes' .. for change.. to consider what was feeling like it needed to be shifted. We are meeting these enrages once again.
Hopefully with new eyes. Which brings me to the overarching theme of the podcast: Seeing WIth New Eyes. Yes. Our eyes see our world, but we are also energetic beings, able to intuit and feel the energies of our surroundings. We are being invited, we are being called to step up and into seeing clearly. Clear Vision. A vision that is not clouded by fear or hate or media. A vision that knows and feels 'truth', and responds only to the truth.
As I mention in the podcast, this ability to sense the energy of what we perceive is actually simply another sense. This is what many have termed the 'Sixth Sense'. Much like touch, taste or smell, we are wired for it. We are now being invited to strengthen that 'muscle'. As just like any muscle in our bodies, if sensing and reading energy is atrophied, it needs tone strengthened. This is how we will navigate the next years of our future towards betterment and rebalancing.
First, I invite you to enjoy the podcast above where we gather together as a community of light. Also, please share this with those whom you might feel would benefit!
Second, we will gather live to hold space for the closing of these cycles on July 5th. Not only the closing of the Eclipse season of 2020 which began on May 25th, but also to take a larger view of the Cancer-Capricorn cycle that began July 2018.
Simply sign up to be included in weekly emails and you will get the information to join us at 10am PST July 5th. Join the email list on this page.
In the interim between this post and the eclipse, we recently had an amazing day long gathering to celebrate summer solstice. You can find the recordings and information for the day-long retreat here.
All of these events are intended as an offering. Donations as you feel will go to the newly formed 501c3 nonprofit organization Seeding Reciprocity.
Eclipse season 2020 is here! Can you feel the subtle but profound shifts? As I mention in the podcast for this event, were are in a "Ring of Fire" energy, supporting us to melt and shed old energies that don't really serve.
This can feel intense (especially at first!) but thankfully with the convergence of Solstice energy we have a 'cooling' transformational effect.
Summer Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere) is the lightest and brightest day of the year. For the Druids and Calts, this day was ruled by Aine, Goddess of the Sun, Goddess of Fertility and Love, Goddess of the Fairy Kingdom. Aine was revere for her ability to lovingly and fiercely protect herself and the fairy kingdom. I include her myth and legend in the podcast above.
She as also understood to be the giver of grain and seed, the one who protects and communes with fairies. I love the image to the left, when I lookout it I can viscerally feel this fairy goddess calling in all of her tribe.
A tribe of elemental spirits that commune with and support the natural world. A tribe that we would be well suited to remember and seek companionship! In the podcast you will find them in full light bright energy. For this posting, I feel called to share the a bit more about Goddess Aine.
Aine is often viewed today as a Celtic goddess of love. But she was also a deity of wealth, sovereignty, and the summer. Her sensitive and joyful personality brought her many followers in the Celtic world. The heart of her cult was located in Limerick, Ireland, though her fame spread like the sun’s rays over many other regions.
Associations between Aine with Venus, Aphrodite, and any other love deity are vague. She was a very complex goddess. One may assume that the goddess of love would have had bright and happy myths surround her, however the legends about Aine have some dark but powerful aspects that I share in the podcast. I understand these to be stories of the Goddess' reaction and integration with patriarchy. Which thankfully is something that we aren now able to mend and heal.
In sync with Summer Solstice, I will be offering a full day online virtual retreat on June 21 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The event is free, you can donate is you feel called. It is offered to support Seeding Reciprocity, the nonprofit that will change how we view earth, land, water, fire, air, money and prana. You can pre-register for the online retreat here, as well as by clicking the image to the left.
Sun square Neptune happens June 11, 2020. Its effects will be felt the weeks before and after to say the least! Neptune is ephemeral, and points us to illusion and delusion so as to help us ultimately to see more clearly. The Sun is our external self, our ego, which is being invited to open up for healing and rearrangement right now.
While this square happens twice a year, this year is potent because of the eclipse energies and is guiding us deeper and deeper within, inviting and reminding us to return to the full embodiment of Divine Feminine and Masculine.
I share about the myth of the God Neptune and Goddess Salacia, God of fresh water and Goddess of salt water, respectively. These two invite us to remember the deeper aspects of our own inherent and divinely balanced masculine and feminine nature.
I also mentioned my upcoming Earth Goddess Retreat on June 21 2020. You can find more information here or by clicking the image below. The event is 100% free, all donations will go to the new 501c3 Seeding Reciprocity. More information is available by clicking the logo below.
We have two converging energies at the beginning of June 2020. The discovery of Comet Swan, as well as the ending/beginning of Venus' 18 year cycle, known as the Rose of Venus.
Comet Swan and the rebirth of lady Venus are combining to encourage us to trust ourselves, believe in our ability to create the lives we want to live and the world we want to see, and to do so with grace, balance and beauty. All of this is here as an energetic upgrade to the shifts we may be witnessing or experiencing in our world!
You can find the podcast above as well as a meditation.
Below is a quick video of the flower of Venus (also called pentagram of Venus) as well as a link to nonprofit I am launching today, Seeding Reciprocity. Hope to see you there :)
Welcome to eclipse season 2020! As I mention in the broadcast, we have a very special series of three eclipses in one month's time. This first eclipse, which happens on June 5th is unique as its overall cycle is shortened, making it an intense time for upgrades and healing. During this time we can choose to move beyond our collective pattern on living in linear time, into the harmonious natural rhythms of circular time. We can also expand our own ability to heal by offering even greater depths of compassion.
First, linear vs circular time. Our ancestors lived by cycles of the moon and sun. They saw time as a cycle, continually renewing itself with new life, the fullness of life, and then the receding or dying off of life. They built ceremonial and time keeping sites, such as Stonehenge, to keep track of the cycles of the moon. Ancients kept track of moon cycles specifically to predict eclipses, as they understood how powerfully the moon affects all life and water on our planet.
Fast forward to modern society, where we live by linear time. Counting hours in a forward moving direction, and constantly whizzing from place to place to place.. as if there is never enough time. Hopefully, with this time for staying at home many of us can feel the need to hop off that "conveyor belt".. and step into circular time!
Second, compassion. With the stopping of linear time curing COVID, many have been challenged to reorganize, recoup and recalibrate. While this process of death and rebirth is universal, it has been sweet and easy for many of us, and extra challenging for many others. Which reminds us all that now more than ever, we can remember to take a moment and step into another person's shoes :)
Lisa Marie Haley