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The Tribal Beat, April 2012

Own Your Power

Imagine the journey of a new spring flower growing up out of the dark Earth container, a chick pecking out it's shell, a butterfly scratching out of the cocoon — when the alarm clock of growth rings within any living being, a primal force pushes potential into form. Each spring we have countless examples of this spontaneous change from dormancy into rapid manifestation all around us. Our experience of this feels very magical no matter how many seasonal changes we have gone through on our walk along the medicine wheel of life. Yet, spring is the most magical of all as so much manifests literally before our eyes.

I often hear fellow Chicagoans wishing that we had a longer spring season. Well, this year Mother Earth heard us! After the warmest March on record, we are now surrounded by an early burst of spring calling us to savor her majestic beauty. This "super" spring comes just in time for a strong April filled with energy to support the primal forces that are pushing us to surrender to the yearning for evolution and express who we are at a core level.

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Astrological Aspects


The April sun shines in the cardinal fire sign of Aries, overseeing retrograde cycles of Mars and Mercury and by mid-month rolling into the fixed earth sign Taurus with a retrograde cycle starting in Pluto. This position takes over for Mars with higher aspirations for more transformational upgrades in support of authentic soulful living. I truly believe that these initiations and challenges of the first half of 2012 are the most intense we may experience in preparation for the completion of this mystical evolutionary time. Think of yourself as the bow, the arrow and the archer - flexible, stabilizing, focused, intentional, and trusting of the intuitive intelligence and divine timing in the adventure of life.

April 4
Mercury goes direct after retrograding back into Pisces.

April 5
Venus moves into informative, conversational Gemini for four months, preparing for her solo act in May.

April 6
Full Moon in the romantic, justice-seeking, fair-play sign of Libra, highlighting the status of our relationships. Good Friday (and Easter Sunday) and the first night of Passover invite us to align with re-telling of ancient stories of courage, profound faith, radical love and following a path of liberation — all of which still offer wisdom in our contemporary lives.

April 10
Pluto goes retrograde in Capricorn until June to go over and tweak the changes we have already instituted to improve our lives.

April 13
Mars goes direct in Virgo on what some believe is a fated day. 13 is a very sacred number to the mystical feminine energies as it resonates with the completion of the yearly lunar cycle of 13 moons.

April 19
Sun moves into the earth-loving and sustainability-oriented Taurus.

April 21
New Moon in Taurus — perfect day to plant something that holds your dreams for manifestation.

April 22
Earth Day! Be kind to the Earth — take each step as a prayer for healing and a way to send love to our Mother.

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


April 14 12:30 - 4:00 pm

Join us as we welcome our personal power by rebalancing our masculine and feminine centers.

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

For more information: 773.509.4947

April brings us to a critical place in our year-long process. The middle of our body is the organizational hub of personal power, the place where the self separates from the connection to Mother/Father, interpersonal relationships, and where universal oneness stands alone. It embodies the first real moment where we choose to be autonomous, look at the world and explore. The focus of this session requires looking within for courage, strength and faith to direct our energy in a purposeful way, and it requires self-esteem and confidence.

Come join our sacred hoop as we let the wild and energetic spirit of the goddess Artemis lead us into the forest of undomesticated feminine energy within and find the courage to let her run free.

A Thirteen Moons participant shares her thoughts on the series:

"The process with Susan has allowed me to feel completely whole. That there is nothing missing, that I haven't lost anything, only that my energy in certain areas may have gotten blocked or stuck in stories. For the first time in a long time I truly believe I have everything I need to succeed in whatever I want to do, and am thrilled for the process. I am so happy in my life and I am finally so happy to be me. Thanks!" - Jen



Wednesday, April 11, Noon - 1:00

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

Join us as we renew our monthly meditations at our beloved Allyu Spa, just in time to welcome spring! No previous meditation experience is required. And, as always, men are welcome to attend meditation classes.

Tuesday, April 17 and May 1, 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.

These free classes, held on the first and third Tuesday of every month are designed to support all levels of a personal meditation process. During the month of March, we will be focusing on major astrological themes for the spring. Everyone is welcome.



Mother's Day EventWhen: Sunday, May 13, 2012, at 9:00 am

Where: Montrose Harbor along the lakefront in Chicago.
Shine location: lakefront at Montrose Harbor facing downtown. Look for sun icon on map below. Rain location: Montrose Harbor Beach House. Look for heart icon on map below.

Let's create a community of daughters and sons where we celebrate the gift of life by offering a wave of love and gratitude to the Mother Presence, which is:

  • Divine and Universal
  • Planetary and Earthly
  • Within our hearts and in our Families

Our ceremony will begin at 9:00 am with a procession of powerful healing drums from Southern Chile. The voice of these Kultruns is used to summon the universal heartbeat of the Great Mother and invite this rhythm to our ceremony for strength and restoration. We will pray for the visions we hold in support of all living beings and send that intention into Lake Michigan and out into the Four Directions. We will complete the celebration with simple chants for universal harmony and songs offered as one unified voice in support of global unity, tolerance and peace.

Chicago Lakefront Map

Please bring a flower, and a rattle if you have one; your desire to share the Mother Love with our planetary family should be present in your heart as well.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for event updates! If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to email.


Lighting of the Lights


On June 5 and 6, 2012, people around the world will be gathering to renew the pact we have with the Mother Waters and Earth to ignite powerful healing for the world.

The WaterSongline project has called us to connect through one of the most ancient ceremonies for the universal Mother Waters and Earth — the Lighting of the Lights Ceremony. This ceremony is held in various formats from Africa all the way to India. This will be the first time the ceremony will be done by cultures from all over the world unifying their energies together. It will take place during the famous Venus Transit, which happens only once every 121 years and marks the coming in of the cosmic feminine energy of love, compassion, cooperation, and earth renewal. Click here to watch a video about the event.

Mark your calendars for the Chicago celebration of this historic event on June 5, 2012. Location and time TBA — stay tuned to our Facebook page for event updates!

If you are interested in volunteering, please click here to email.


Strengthening the Essential Self

The 13th Annual Everyday Medicine Woman Goddess Gathering With Susan A. Lipshutz, LCSW

September 27 to 30, 2012

Those walking a spiritual path understand that 2012 marks both an end and a beginning. Over the past several years, every facet of our lives has been shattered and stripped down to its core. We are now being asked to step through a portal into a new era, and to live consciously, compassionately and from the heart. This year's goddess gathering both honors our surrender to this wisdom and offers an opportunity to strengthen our essential self so we can walk in this new world with clarity and purpose.

Under a full huntress moon, we will pitch our tribal tent on rich American soil to connect with the medicine wheel of our roots. Held in the safety of like-hearted sisters who have done spiritual work together for more than a decade, we will tap
into divine sacred feminine teachings, earth-honoring traditions, ancient ceremonies, creative self-expression and our own hard-won wisdom. Together, we will celebrate this rite of passage, align our hearts with passionate purpose and return to our lives ready to serve.

What can you expect?

Over the course of four days, we will be drumming, dancing, sharing, creating, doing yoga, and participating in ceremonies, rituals and journeys. Expect sisterhood, community and a joyful celebration of the divine feminine. Expect a deep exploration of self. But mostly, let go of expectations. You might just amaze

Who should come?
Whether you have been to every goddess gathering or are new to the work, we invite women of any age who want to stand strongly in the center of their lives to join us. For the "seasoned" women, this gathering allows us to tap into the wisdom of our shared sisterhood and evolution, and for newcomers it is an exciting opportunity to step into a sacred hoop of mindful, joyful and open-hearted women. You need only a willing spirit, an open mind and a thirst for deep connection.


May a natural self confidence and genuine love of life be felt with each breath and shared with one another ~


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In This Issue

Astrology Aspects

Thirteen Moons

Lunchtime Meditation

Mother's Day Event

Lighting of the Lights

Goddess Gathering



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