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The Tribal Beat, December 2013

Greetings Sacred Tribe:

When I sat down to write this last newsletter of the year, I had to face that I had only written two others this entire year. I had written the others psychically but those didn't make it this far to reach the actual paper. I had a year of losing and finding myself; threading in and out of my practical left brain while being pulled into the cosmic void of mystery. Some of this was a means of coping, some a result of my progressed astrology chart and a good deal of it was the result of the bigger impact of being launched out of the cosmic cannon of 2012.

Moving into the Golden Era or Fifth Sun was not all rainbows and gardens but more of a perpetual state similar to the anti-climactic feel after achieving a long awaited and very important event, like graduating school or getting married. No matter how unsettling the energies of 2012 were, those of us spirit seekers were in it together. Even the skeptics and doomsday folks, everyone was curious and in conversation about what might happen as we approached and arrived at the end of the Mayan Calendar on 12/21/2012. There were gatherings, meditations, celebrations and conferences throughout the year and on that auspicious day. Most of us would agree that last year offered much intense change, including shifts and initiations in subtle and monumental ways.

Yet what was less talked about was the next phase, which I believe was the far more difficult one: 2013. The year of the water snake took us for a ride into the hidden facets of our human side. Like a teacher that believed in us so fiercely that they were going to push us to the limit, 2013 revealed what blind spots we hold as a world and as individuals that block lasting change. By forcing us to face our individual shadows, wounds, fears and truths, we were required to re-dedicate ourselves to our greater spiritual understandings and clean up the internal conflict that was mirrored by or reflected back from the fractured world state of affairs. The motivational phrase, "be the change you wish to see in the world," pushed us to change what is wounded in the world in ourselves — our relationships, our work, our health — all aspects of our lives were under the microscope for intuitive diagnosis and psychic surgery.

The planetary alchemists all converged to support this deep cleansing of our internal and inherited toxins by putting us on a big Pluto, Saturn, Scorpio detox and it did the trick. Then Uranus sent Aries-influenced lightening bolts and we all began to feel the combination of change waves from the inner and outer layers. By mid 2013, almost everyone I knew had serious or sudden shifts, losses, disruptions or changes happening. The year of Saturn in Scorpio was putting on the black light 3-D glasses and moving through all our favorite hiding places. This was necessary to support of our constant prayers that we be filled with love in our hearts, peace in our minds and have bodies emanating light.

While thinking about a theme for this end-of-year summary, the phrase that really came to me was Sera Beak's saying: "#truth bomb". The most liberating, compassionate action I could engage in during this year and what I really worked on with my clients was having the courage to speak and own our truthful experiences in a non-judgmental way. I feel this why Brené Brown has such a universal appeal. She has the courage to be authentic and dare bravely. She sets all of us free to make mistakes, heal, release and connect so we can find and be the truth of who we really are. As the year progressed, I saw so many heavy-hearted folks who felt lost and alone or terrified that the intuitive feelings surfacing from their core would mean the life they had could be at risk. This was the year of the rise of the feminine divine, the staff of power shifting from masculine to feminine, yet we all felt somewhat powerless.

The turning point of this year came for me when I cleared my schedule and went to a conference on sacred feminine leadership in October that as hosted by mega-goddess Chantal Pierrat and her kick butt team at Emerging Women Live. I was shaken to my core and jolted back to life by the likes of Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Nancy Levin, Tami Simon, Christine Kane, Sera Beak and the our contemporary Kali Ma: Eve Ensler. They all shared their deep truths about marriage, bodies and careers that had crumbled and had to be taken down by the cosmic shaman Pluto so that the authentic emergence of the real soul of the goddess and calling could happen. I knew at that moment that everything I had gone through was necessary, even the profoundly painful stripping down of my heart walls, in order for me to realize a lineage blind spot that had caused my soul GPS to malfunction, causing me to drive in circles.

The biggest reason I couldn't find a writing voice this year was my own truth bomb: I was living through an 18-month period of having my 18-year marriage end in a way that was unimaginable to me. I was oscillating between states of frozen fear and frantic movement but was simultaneously offered the most beautiful moments of complete grace, profound demonstrations of kindness, love, tenderness and miracles by family, friends, my village of healers and new angels in my life. I often found myself breathless from the beauty. I now feel more vulnerable and accessible and am approaching a new understanding of fearlessness.

When I think about this year, I recall this Rumi quote:

"It is your road and yours alone.
Others may walk it with you,
But no one can walk it for you."

My world cracked open about 19 months ago when Venus went retrograde in Gemini. I faced hosting our lakefront Venus transit celebration while in shock as my own personal Venus transit was just under way. Now, I write this as a Full Moon in Gemini shines her light on me and I prepare to close this era of my life with Venus once again retrograding on the Solstice in my sun sign Capricorn. It's with a sense of excitement that I begin a new era, holding my hand on the karmic wheel of fortune once again.

I realize that my description of this year may sound grim and dark but every journey, rightly seen, has it's beauty and purpose. I've had many book ideas float in and out of my consciousness for two decades but it just came to me that it is this journey of my Venus return that I need to share. So I think that 2014, the year of the green wood horse, will be delivering more correspondence from me.

This winter solstice (December 21, 2013), the day Venus goes retrograde, I invite you to take pen to paper and ask yourself to reflect on the year:

  • What was your truth bomb?
  • Have you discovered a blind spot that was leaking your power, happiness or ability to manifest what you deeply wish for yourself?
  • How did this revelation/truth bomb activate the real healing and life changes you couldn't get to on your own?
  • Do you have the courage to love yourself enough to take ownership of your own journey without knowing the outcome?

We have one more month of the water snake, so let's shed the last layer of any self sabotage and bring our entire energy to the passionate cause of living the truth of who we are and loving it!

"There are no guarantees.
From the viewpoint of fear none are enough.
From the viewpoint of love none are necessary."
~ Emmanuel with Pat Rodegast

May we walk through the doorway of 2014 with a renewed sense of optimism, ease and wonder about what liberation from personal suffering can bring.


Astrological Aspects


We are in a very beautiful arc of the winter holy days from the December 17th Full Moon to the January 1st New Moon in 2014. The Winter Solstice on December 21st, 2013 brings us to a profound annual moment, a time when we realize the need for sunlight in our lives amid the backdrop of enhanced darkness. All cultural holidays include some sort of candle lighting, stories of miracles and celebration of birth and collective family.

This Winter Solstice packs a much stronger auspicious punch as Venus goes retrograde on the same day until January 31, 2014. Venus is often associated with an Aphrodite kind of sensual, romantic vibe. She is really a powerful goddess that holds our commitment to elegance, kindness, equality, beauty, balance and values. Some astrologers speak of this retrograde cycle as a time when Venus takes her rose colored glasses off and gets to the heart of the matter.

Some may remember the rare and beautiful Venus retrograde cycle in early June 2012 when she transited the Sun in the sign Gemini – the oracle. This time, she is doing her 40-day boot camp training in Capricorn. So her attention will be on what is in and out of balance in our relationships, core values, and ability to manifest our visions and see if they are in harmony with our soul. The first half of this period 12/21 – 1/11 will be more of a revelation period and the last half will be a time to draw the new map for enhanced personal well being, as well as a time to find a more balanced inner and outer life.

I recommend taking this Venus retrograde very seriously and collaborating with this beautiful cosmic guide by starting a 40-day daily practice where you identify an aspect that seems out of balance or in need of a Venusian tune up and work with it through out this period. See what and who she brings into your life (people from the past often appear) and pay attention to dreams and visions. You can write, draw, work with divination tools, such as the tarot or runes. Allow for this process to be supported with consciousness and wonder.

December 21, 2013
Winter Solstice, Venus retrogrades in earth-sign Capricorn

January 1, 2014
New Moon in cardinal earth sign Capricorn

January 25, 2014
Full Moon in watery, maternal Cancer

January 30, 2014
New Moon in Aquarius, fixed air sign

January 31, 2014
Venus goes direct


Saturday, February 1
12:30 - 4:00 pm

OPEN HOUSE: Thirteen Moon Overview
Join us for a complimentary introduction to the series and an overview of the feminine life cycle.

NEW Location: tribe, 1819 W. Belmont Avene, Chicago, Illinois

Stay tuned: Registration and a full list of 2014 dates will be posted to the website in January.

For more information: click here to email.

Imagine being able to see beauty and love reflected through a community of women who support you. Experience a taste of this at a COMPLIMENTARY workshop to learn about the year-long series Thirteen Moons. See the woman's life cycle through the eyes of wisdom and beauty!

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Wednesday, January 8, Noon - 1:00

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 7 and 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.


New Moon Gathering

Clarify – Envision – Commit
for a year of bold soul-level manifestation
with Susan A. Lipshutz, LCSW

When: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm; doors open at 12:30 pm
(There will be a special prayer circle for the Global Waters for those who wish to remain from 3:35 pm - 3:55 pm.)

Location: tribe, 1819 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657 [map]

Cost: $40.00 advanced registration; $45.00 at the door as space allows. This is a non-refundable payment

Register: To reserve a space, please click here to register online. Space is limited.

Please join us on 1/1/14 at 1:00 pm, when we will meet ourselves at the doorway of this amazing year that begins with the most exalted energy of a new moon in support of a huge year of growth in the soil of a new era.

Together we will align with the energies of this powerful day as means to set intentions, clear resistance and enhance a strong, optimistic viewpoint that will support the manifestation of what we know is in our hearts on behalf of our truest authentic self and for the healing and restoration of our beloved planet and humanity.

What you will need:
Please bring a journal as well as 2 stones, rocks or crystals for the ceremony: one to anchor your intentions and one to give to the community. We suggest that you dress in layers for your own comfort and bring a mat or back jack if you wish to sit on the floor. Chairs are available. If you are staying for the water ceremony, please also bring a small cup or container with a top.

*Note: There will be a special prayer circle for the Global Waters for those who wish to remain from 3:35 pm - 3:55 pm.

Nelson Mandela

Wishing you the brightest, beautiful, light filled holiday season. Rest up and let's support each other as we dream big and challenge ourselves to dare bravely in the name of love and service.


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winter road

Susan Lipshutz

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In This Issue

Astro Aspects

Thirteen Moons

Lunchtime Meditation

New Moon Gathering


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