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The Tribal Beat, January 2012

Greetings Sacred Tribe:
The Great Mother is walking us to our new classroom~

Like most of us, I have been anticipating how the "reality" of 2012 would feel once the page on the calendar turned from 12-31-11 to 1-1-12. Reality itself has become more subjective with the amount of upheaval, change and synchronicity that can cause us to ask, "did that really happen or did I imagine it?" on a regular basis. As a student of all things mystical that can translate into our practical lives, I have found astrology to be a tremendously useful tool to bridge these realms. This ancient practice can serve to guide us through our modern age of transformational waves and shifts on all levels.

As I was wondering about how we could better navigate the uncharted waters we were sailing into, I became aware of the significance of this full moon as a positive force that, like most key remedies, can be hidden in plain sight. Most spiritual teachers and elders are speaking of the importance of the re-awakening and anchoring of leadership to feminine principles of creativity and care for all life. Several years ago, the Dalai Lama stated at a lecture that the western woman would heal the world. This requires that all of us, men and women alike, need to go within to cultivate a true understanding and meaningful relationship with the sacred feminine. We must nurture these seeds of deep and rich understanding that connect us to the most mystical core of the universal soul.

While this can sound confusing and overwhelming, the most natural way to surrender to this kind of instinctive spiritual knowing is to remember that we all began our journey held in the womb of the mother. This concept can sometimes trigger a strong reaction, activating our resistance born from challenging maternal relationships and cultural programming. Though individuation is essential to our selfhood, we may have separated from our mothers without remembering that we can still be connected to the greater spirit of Mother love. The mother/child bond is so powerful that it can engulf us in fear of dependency or losing this connection with source. We are surrounded by belief systems that tell us it is weak to need support but at the same time, we are aware that we were once so dependent, tiny and in need of total care. This contradiction can sit in the base of our shadow motives and create an overly developed need for self-sufficiency, endless craving for comfort or general tension with being "mothered" by the feminine.

If we could really remember what it was like to be babies; we would get in touch with the primal energetic understanding that the warm protective nurturance we seek is already part of us. Being a therapist, I am acutely aware of how many people did not, even in utero or early infancy, get a safe maternal haven to set the template for this vibration. However, that is exactly why most of us can remember a safe place in nature where we took refuge, whether the backyard tree, a family pet, nearby pond or the rhythms of a spring rainstorm. We were calmed by an aspect of our living natural universe that brought us into a state of internal peace. In this centering, we felt the comfort that can be traced to the heartbeat of self and the source of life; the Mother.

Most mystical and all Earth-honoring indigenous teachings are centered in the understanding that we are all connected to a physical source which holds the energetic resonance of the  Divine Mother. As the glue of the cosmic family, she fiercely protects and loves all of her children. This mother is a creatrix who holds not only the planet but the universe in her endless lap of love. She is grieving the reckless ways we have forgotten how to love something enough to protect it, just like Demeter grieved the loss of her daughter Persephone. By reclaiming our birth experience as conscious adults, we can have access to a powerful remedy for fear. If we can calm our fears, we can use our inner knowledge to step beyond worry into co-creative conscious living. It is a proven fact that when kids know they are safe and nourished, they are more confident learners and can tap into their innate potential. We are all those grown up kids with an ever-present maternal resource. Do we have the courage to let go of the self-protective coating of resistance so that we can surrender into the arms of the Cosmic Mother? Are we willing to let her hold us as we strengthen our collective core and take higher ownership of humanity?

When I realized that this particular full moon, coming just 9 days into 2012, was in the sign of Cancer (the sign ruled by the Moon), I felt we were being protected from adversity. Cancer organizes where and how we give and receive nurturing. It is the bindi point of the Cosmic Mother Tree with roots into our ancestry and branches reaching into Great Mystery. How perfect that as we are embarking on the completion of a cycle where we are learning what happens when we forget about balance, respect and reverence, we are cast in the moon's loving rays. This milky energy is being absorbed into our bones and is awakening our DNA codes to help us relearn how to trust, surrender and get focused on what is truly important. In other words — to wake up in mindfulness.  

Consider this full moon to be the "Grand Dame" of lunar events for the year as this Great Mother energy will continue to be reactivated in each cycle of 2012. Normally each moon is influenced by a sign for two and a half days until it goes void and then moves into the next sign. For example, on January 10th, the moon moves into Leo for two and a half days and keeps cycling through the signs for each of the thirteen full moons. What's different this year is that the last full moon of 2012 returns to the sign of Cancer! This unusual mother moon tent will offer us protection while we go through our collective rebirth.

Though we do not know where the cosmic forces will take us over these much-anticipated 365 days; we are being held in a luminous net of support that invites us to have a good time, take care of each other, live our gifts and return home intact. As Andrew Harvey states, "the future of the world depends on the full restoration of the Sacred Feminine in all its tenderness, passion, divine ferocity and surrendered persistence". Let's welcome this port in the dark night as we await the dawning of a new era of hard work, hope and possibility.


Astrological Aspects


Enhancing this full moon in Cancer is Mars in Virgo, which will be going retrograde on 1-23-12, a very special day. When Mars, the warrior, goes retrograde; it asks us to use our energy in a less aggressive way so that we may go inward to learn. Virgo is the sign that urges us to organize our daily habits in a more productive way, especially in regards in the areas of work and health. It also encourages us to gain more order and follow-through with tasks.

The first new moon in Aquarius, the rebel with a cause that asks us to step out of the box, find our bliss and offer it to humanity. With this new moon influenced by the Mars retrograde cycle, our warrior spirit is being mentored by the peaceful or Shambhala-like warrior in service to the welfare of self and others.

This is also the beginning of the Chinese New Year — the year of the Dragon. Everyday Medicine Woman will be launching a blog on this auspicious day, where we will post more details about the Dragon, which holds strong mythic and archetypical significance for sacred feminine deities like Kuan Yin. The blog will also offer some simple meditations and rituals to deepen a connection with these beautiful aspects.

Neptune enters Pisces to begin a fourteen-year cycle that asks us to deconstruct the myth of separation and surrender our attachments to individual beliefs into the great collective caldron of Oneness, so that the true remedy for our planetary healing can be distilled.

Full moon in Leo takes us into the heart of self and higher heart of the universe, where we can strengthen this infusion of root wisdom into a personal elixir to reinforce self-love and belief in our own dreams.

Please visit our Facebook page for more information as the seaon unfolds.


January 28th, 12:30 - 3:00 pm

Join us for a free session introducing the Thirteen Moons series honoring the spiritual life cycle of a woman.

Location: Yoga Now, 742 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL

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For more information: 773.509.4947 or click here to email.

Thirteen Moons is beginning its eighth year with a renewed sense of purpose fueled by a growing sisterhood of women seeking and sharing the wisdom that comes from being willing to be vulnerable and real. 2012 comes with much anticipation, accelerated energies and a great deal of possibilities for growth that will be shaped by our core beliefs. The process of finding a connection to our true selves as women, means we have to make peace with being a woman and cultivating a positive relationship with our roots, the Great Mother, the Earth. Rediscovery of the self means looking into our own mirror, so we can see who we really are, know where we came from and rewrite our stories with an intention to live authentically with love, purpose, passion and joy.

Whether you came once years ago, found the brochure in an old purse or are reading this for the first time, you are important and we need you in our sacred hoop. There is something you have to say that one of us needs to hear to find our own liberation and peace. Women of all ages and from all walks of life are welcome to join us! - Susan

Going into our eighth year, we encourage past participants to join us for the series again and see how it speaks to you now—the curriculum is the same, but the teachings and discussions are always different.

"A sense of belonging, a sense of peace, a sense of curiosity, a sense of joy, a sense of profound healing — these are among the many gifts that attending the Thirteen Moons workshops have brought to my life. Sharing ceremony with Susan and the wonderful women who open their hearts at each sacred gathering is a magical and life altering experience. I honestly cannot imagine continuing my earth walk without this support system as a part of my spiritual tool box. Each session helps me to reconnect to the Goddess wisdom that is always within us and to be authentically present at each moment in my life. Because Thirteen Moons offers a place to find friendship, inspiration and enlightenment, it will continue to be a vital part of my journey."
     - Laurie



Wednesday, January 11 and February 8, Noon - 1:00 pm

Location: Allyu Spa, 600 W. Chicago Ave, Riverwalk, Chicago, IL (entrance on Larrabee at Riverwalk Entrance)

No previous meditation experience is required. And, as always, men are welcome to attend meditation classes.

Tuesday, January 17, February 7 and February 21, Noon - 1:00 pm

Location: The Raby Institute, 500 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 450, Chicago, IL

Walk-ins welcome, but reservations recommended.
For reservations and information on costs: 312-276-1212 or email info@rabyinstitute.com.

These free classes, held on the first and third Tuesday of every month are designed to support all levels of a personal meditation process. Everyone is welcome.



Please join us for a workshop led by Susan A. Lipshutz, LCSW at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine on February 4th, 2012.

This highly experiential workshop will offer extensive information and tools on how to identify and develop a deeper awareness of these subtle layers and centers that can improve the quality of our lives and well being. Any area of personal concern can be supported by the illumination of how our spiritual and natural life force is wired throughout our physical, mental and emotional life experience. Beginners welcome!

Please join us as we:

  • Identify the specific characteristics within the seven major chakra centers in the body and how they coordinate with each other.
  • Learn a simple, yet profound variety of meditation, imagery and self care strategies to awaken, re-balance and invigorate our life force.

The total cost of the workshop is $108.00. Register now to save your spot!

To register for the workshop, please call the Raby Institute at 312-276-1212.

For any questions, call the number above or email info@rabyinstitute.com.


"Real faith is the faith in one's own self" - Amma

Sending love, gratitude and wonder,


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Susan Lipshutz

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In This Issue

Astrology Aspects

Thirteen Moons

Lunchtime Meditation

Chakra Intensive Workshop



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