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The Tribal Beat, February 2012

Greetings Sacred Tribe: Occupy Your Heart

February has the theme of heart medicine written all over it. It is National Heart Awareness Month, with special attention being given to educating women on warning signs unique to our gender. As the Celtic goddess Brighid lit the fire of inspiration and regeneration on Imbolc to honor the stirring of an approaching Spring, the golden gates of the Chinese New Year got blasted open with a 15 day celebration to honor the Year of the Water Dragon. We will have a glorious Full Moon in Leo on February 7, 2012; the same day that Saturn goes retrograde in Libra. And of course we have Valentine's Day on February 14th, which can either offer a playful moment for sharing our love or a means to sink into self judgment or drift into longing about relationships. It might even take us back to our schooldays when we had a shoebox filled with valentines containing mixed messages and confusing feelings about the word "love".

Saturn, the planet that takes a magnifying glass to the structure and patterning of our lives, rotates through each zodiac sign for 2 and 1/2 years. Having taken up residence in Libra for the last two years, it has been helping us understand and improve the Libra qualities of our lives: balance, justice, fairness, beauty and yes, one-on-one relationships. As Saturn is ending its relentless tour of duty on October 5; the retrograde process offers the final inspection for these areas so we can take responsibility for meaningful change in how we show up and interact in the world of relationships...

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Astrological Aspects


As I've mentioned in the previous newsletters, the big cosmic news has to do with all the outer planets changing signs over 2011 and 2012. As these outer planets move slowly, they tend to impact collective shifts and trends as well as our individual astrological game boards.

Pluto, the transformational cosmic shaman began the dance moving into Capricorn, the placeholder of social responsibility and personal authority, in December 2009. Pluto is leading a sixteen year shift allowing us to breakdown, breakthrough and upgrade everything in need of healing and growth for greater sustainability.

On 3-11-2011, Uranus, the electrical anarchist of the zodiac that pushes us to think outside the box and be inventive, moved into Aries, which is a the fiery catalyst and pioneering warrior for a seven year cycle. This is the day the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the seeds of the Occupy movement were planted and the Egyptian uprising moved forward as well.

Now the third movement, signaling that we are in the center of a huge cosmic shift, is Neptune moving into Pisces on 2-3-2012. Neptune governs the mystical, creative, poetic, intuitive spiritual aspect of life. It is taking all that we learned during a 13-year individualistic Aquarius cycle to help plunge us into the watery twin energies of Pisces for a long swim into oneness, compassion and learning the art of what is real vs illusion. This new union will be deeply felt at the time of the next new moon on 2-21-12 in Pisces. This will be a beautiful day to commune with divine energies, deepen intuitive connections and broaden creative expression. A perfect day to start a meditation practice or a dream journal.


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February 11, 12:30 - 4:00 pm

Join us as we learn how to nurture and receive unconditional self-love.

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

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From the gentle, curving umbilical twist of a budding sprout to the warming embrace of a sister spirit, Mother love is any nurturing gesture or act of loving support. Though this wellspring of love is ever-present, we tend to encourage others more than trusting and accepting this love for ourselves.

Join us for the second session of our Thirteen Moons series and become aware of this divine presence in yourself and others. Become a part of the sacred hoop and reclaim your birthright as daughter of two mothers, the first biological and the second a holy divine mother which acts as Mother to the whole. Maternal energy is all around us in the four elements. Allow yourself to be swept up in its embrace and see how you flourish under its gentle touch. See yourself reflected in the beautiful mirror of like-hearted sisters learning to carry the mother within and share that understanding with friends, family and the world.

Participants of last year's February session share their experiences:

"My mother lost her mother at the age of 12. Thirteen Moons has allowed me to see that I took on the role of being my mother's mother when I turned 12 years old. I have since then, felt obligated to take on her pain and suffering from her childhood. Thirteen Moons showed me that through meditation and guided homework exercises, I can release this energy instead of carrying it around when it isn't mine to hold on to in the first place and in doing so it will help, not only me to heal but also to heal my mother. Thirteen Moons was an extraordinary experience in a warm, safe environment where you feel that you are not alone."
~ Candice

"I wanted to share something amazing. When I returned home from our last session, there was a package from my parents. In it was a photo album chronicling my life. A few of the pictures in the album I had envisioned during the journey at Thirteen Moons. My dad even included a picture of my mom when she was pregnant with me. I had never really thought much about her pregnancy with me nor had I seen pictures. In Thirteen Moons, I had the clear message that my mom was happy to be carrying me and then I saw it in the picture in the album! The synchronicity was so cool! I ended the day last Saturday feeling loved and supported as a daughter of mama earth and my biological parents."
~ Thirteen Moons sister



Our Wednesday meditation class in February is cancelled due to fire/water damage at Allyu Spa. Join us as we resume the monthly meditations in March!

Tuesday, February 7 and 21and March 6, 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.


Manifesting with Chakras WorkshopMANIFESTING WITH CHAKRAS
Learn the art of co-creative living

Save the date for a workshop led by Susan A. Lipshutz, LCSW at the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine on March 24, 2012.

We all have hopes and dreams for our selves but experience difficulty growing these divine seeds to fruition. While we can't control the obstacles that come on our path, we have the tools to overcome many external challenges if we clear the resistance that exists within the self.

Join us for an exciting morning where we will summon the courage to court our dreams, visions and calling - taking them from the state of "I wonder to I create" utilizing the most comprehensive system of the integrated self- the Chakras.

During this deeply experiential three-hour workshop we will:

  • Review the chakra system not only as a means to liberate the spirit but also as a root the divine into our every day lives.
  • Work on individual idea, project or vision from it's most expanded to the specific details needed to manifest it into material form.
  • Utilize ancient wisdom teachings and contemporary visualization techniques to activate and empower each participant in their desire to become co creators of their lives.

Participants must have either taken the Chakra Intensive Class or have a solid understanding of the Chakra system to benefit from this process. Please bring a dream or vision you are committed to manifesting for our work together and a journal to record the mapping process.

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.



We are the ones we have been waiting for...

Goddess Gathering 2012Ready or not, it's time to believe in ourselves, our dreams and our future by being completely present in the NOW.

Save the date for our 13th annual Goddess Gathering on September 27-30, 2012. Under the blessings of a Full Huntress Moon, we will journey to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the glorious Dahlonega Spa Resort, outside of Atlanta, Georgia. As we prepare to step through the doors of 2012 together, we are excited to share an experience that is beyond our wildest dreams in support of our individual and collective evolution.

Join us as we return to our roots with ceremonies to purify, heal and inspire. We will be supported by nurturing accommodations, delicious food and spectacular land. More details coming soon!

Strong, Focused, Dreaming
Dancing, Liberated, Ready


May the song birds in our hearts be awakened by the call of the collective melody and have the courage to sing out with ease and grace.


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Susan Lipshutz

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In This Issue

Astrology Aspects

Thirteen Moons

Lunchtime Meditation

Manifesting with Chakras Workshop

Fall 2012 Goddess Gathering



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