Welcoming the Ultimate Power Ally for 2012: The Water Dragon

Jan 23rd, 2012 Posted in Astrology Aspects | 2 Comments »

As we are searching for clues to understand what 2012 holds for us, these astrology cycles in January and February offer the mystical cornerstones to frame a big cosmic picture of change, evolution and possibility. As discussed in my recent January newsletter, the first full moon is offering us the wise gaze of the Grandmother Moon who is watching over us and making good on the prophetic teachings of several lineages that 2012 is the Return of the Great Mother.

Further signs of this restoration can be seen as we approach the first new moon on 1-23-2012 in sign of Aquarius which is also the beginning of the Chinese New Year and a Mars retrograde cycle in Virgo. Just as full moons are times of creative fullness, revelations and wholeness, new moons offer a respite into the quiet darkness of the void to reflect, release and renew. As all of life begins with a seed imbued with the code of its potential that must make a journey into form, the new moon offers a window of protection for that which needs the comfort of the dark to be free to commune with Great Mystery. It is felt that this is the most powerful time to do deep healing work of exploring what exists in the hidden parts of the self for understanding, cleansing and rebirth.  It is only after preparing the soul’s garden that we can entrust seeds of our hopes and dreams with a healthy environment resonant with growth.

The first new moon phase we enter into is in the sign of Aquarius. I like to think of this sign as the rebel with a cause as it has a bit of detachment and lack of sentimentality that is required if we are to let go of the attachments to the past that may limit the spiritual quest for self knowledge and actualizing one’s potential. Aquarius pushes us to think outside the box, exploring new possibilities for the self and for humanity. As Aries is moving through Uranus; ruler of Aquarius; there is a bit more of an impatient, fiery tone that can cause us to feel more of an impetus to change our lives right way.

The first new moon of the year often corresponds with the 15-day celebratory cycle of the Chinese New Year. The guardian of each year is part of a 12-year rotation featuring an array of animals as well as the five elements. 2012 hit the jackpot landing on the dragon, thought to be the most powerful energetic force casting good fortune, endurance and happiness. This dragon rides in on the elemental wave of water, which serves to soften, sooth and bring a yin-like balance to the intensity of the Dragon. The last time this combination reigned as the animal gatekeeper of the cosmic calendar was in 1952!

2012 Year of the Dragon

All animals hold special wisdom teachings that can be understood when we respectfully witness the life patterns unique to the species, yet the dragon is the only one of the 12 in the Chinese zodiac that is mythical in nature. How perfect that a creature associated with magic, imagination and overcoming our fears is leading us into a new era of transformative change. When I realized that this was the year of the water dragon my thoughts immediately went to Kuan Yin, the beloved goddess of mercy and compassion. Kuan Yin, like the water dragon, holds the power and grace of the divine feminine principle emanating unconditional love, forgiveness and liberation from suffering. Ancient and contemporary stories in language and imagery demonstrate her endless abilities to shape shift into as many as 33 manifestations to reach those in need of a dose of loving kindness and protection. To me, this Great Mother ascended master is ushering in 2012 on the back of the mystical dragon in support of a cosmic synchronicity to support the re-balancing and healing of humanity.

As I was meditating on the dragon I remembered a day years ago when I went to the Art Institute with my daughter’s class. First we toured the Asian art section, where many versions of Kuan Yin could be seen as part of the cultural history. As we moved into the section of European art, there were images of the hero/knight in active quest to free the princess held captive by the dangerous dragon in the dark cave. What struck me was not as much the cultural stereotypes of female and male per se but more the separation of the feminine into two aspects: the acceptable depiction as seen in the passive princess and her wild passionate power contained in the dragon that lived in the darkness of the cave. Really this separation of the mysterious undomesticated aspect of self was exiled from both genders. During this meditation, I was taken to a cave to meet a wisdom keeper and ally in support of healing disowned parts of the self, the shadow and ultimately reclaiming this primal power. Only a misunderstood mythic creature like a dragon could teach me to nurture rather than reject unacceptable aspects held in the bonds of outgrown judgment.

By accepting and appreciating the dragon, we can set the distortions free and liberate our energy and self determined path. As the revered Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield states, “There are statues of fierce demons standing guard at the gates of most Buddhist temples. To enter the sacred space of the temple you must pass directly between them. The need for transformation of our demons is universal. We all suffer at times from our personal demons, whether those of confusion, anger, self-hatred, trauma, longing or loss. Collectively the force of these same demons create enormous suffering on the earth. We will have to face the demons with a great heart of compassion. We can learn to transform their energy and find freedom in their midst.” Another brilliant contemporary teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsultrim Allione devotes an entire book to this quest for resolving inner conflict in “Feeding Your Demons“.

This auspicious 15-day window from 1-23-12 to the full moon of 2-7-12 is further supported by the beginning of a Mars retrograde cycle in Virgo, which shifts the aggressive warrior energy of Mars so that we can temper the Dragon using its fearless transformation energy to venture into our selves; dissolving self-sabotaging obstacles to make peace with ourselves. It is only with peace in our hearts that we can serve as activists for a more just and caring world.

As Virgo rules daily rituals and routines that support work and health, this new moon phase is a perfect time to initiate simple rituals that support and strengthen our desire to practice self love. This intention can be infused with any task that requires attention to personal care, the most simple being breathing in love and out fear or any two words that have associations with enhancing the quality of our lives and detaching from the portable prisons of our thoughts.

So open the doors in your house and heart to release old grudges, attitudes, patterns and habits letting the winds of change liberate mindsets, behaviors and emotions that do not support your higher aspirations. Practice acceptance and surrender to all that comes with the blessings of the water dragon as we ride these waves in service to the co-creative dream for our possibility. And keep some of this enchanted water to nourish your magical 2012 seeds of hopes and dreams!

The Great Mother is walking us to our new classroom

Jan 10th, 2012 Posted in Cosmic Mother | No Comments »

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.