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The Tribal Beat, July 2012

The Gifts of Vulnerability

No one has been exempt from the massive changes going on throughout our individual and collective lives. 2012 has been quite a classroom for change. Yet over the past several weeks, as the great Swami Beyondananda aka Steve Bhaerman so wisely puts it; "the shift has hit the fan".

For most who have been personally impacted, these shifts have felt like part of a floor was collapsing from under foot. These were not the parts that were strong and stable but the areas that were in need of repair or holding too much of the weight for the entire space.

For the last several months, I've been getting call after call about abrupt losses in all life quadrants and while the energy of the change felt like a natural disaster, the place that got hit was the most in need of a radical and complete overhaul. All of these lessons were inviting (you can never force anyone to "get it") those in the place of vulnerability to widen their spiritual heart space and allow new experiences and expressions of compassion and empathy. People who were sitting at a friend's hospital bedside found themselves in the same bed one week later, some who are very capable athletes had temporary but significant injuries requiring them learn how to face feelings rather than turn them into physical fuel, people lost jobs they hated but couldn't quit due to fear or ego issues.

The examples continue with a consistent theme of switching the polarity of power and control from one side to the other in our selves, our work, our relationships and our world so we can be wrestled free from clinging to the old ways or outgrown patterns that no longer serve.

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Astrological Aspects


July 12, 2012
Uranus goes retrograde in Aries until December 12

July 14, 2012
Mercury goes retrograde in Leo until August 8

July 19, 2012
New Moon In Cancer

July 22, 2012
Sun goes into Leo

August 1, 2012
Full Moon in Aquarius

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July 9, 12:30 - 4:00 pm

Join us as we journey into this sacred
chamber to invite purification and restoration.

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

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For more information: 773.509.4947 or click here to email.

Any authentic path to support personal healing and spiritual development involves a deep exploration of the heart; the epicenter of human life.

Our task this month is to journey into the heart with the intention of deeper self-understanding. This process can lead to greater self love, enhanced knowledge of the dynamics that lead to congestion and disconnection within the heart, as well as sacred actions that can support the cleansing, healing and receptivity to support living with an open heart.

Step into our sacred hoop to align with the unity of a sisterhood and the heartbeat of Mother Earth for a renewed sense of peace, compassion, and unconditional love.



Wednesday, July 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, July 17 and August 7, 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. During the month of March, we will be focusing on major astrological themes for the spring. Everyone is welcome.



Venus Transit 2012

There are no words for the amazingly beautiful cross section of souls who truly "showed up" for a once-in-a-lifetime Venus Transit ceremony at our beloved lakefront. We joined over fifty beautiful Lighting of the Light ceremonies held from all across the globe on June 5th and 6th including in Germany, England, the Netherlands, Africa and the Caribbean.

Special thanks to all of the women who brought their talents to our Venus collective that wove this ceremony together with such grace, love and sharing of resources: the devoted Kultrun carriers, our medicine flute magician, our newly acquired pow wow drum, our nimble Nancy and Sarah for creating our vessels, Allyu angels for making the candle offerings and the glorious Liz and Deven from Chicago Fire Tribe channeling the dance of Shakti and Shiva and of course having the adorable children and elders made for a true night of dedication to manifesting our potential as individuals and a collective.

Venus Transit Ceremony Chicago
Photo by Cynthia Smith

With Grandmother Flordemayo's special blessing, this Everyday Medicine Woman event will take place simultaneously in the spirit of unity with: The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers * Humanity 4 Water Project * Center for Sacred Studies.

Venus Transit 2012 Collaborations



Strengthening the Essential Self

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

September 27 to 30, 2012
Register before JULY 15, 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.

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Registration closes on July 15, 2012 - register now to secure your spot!  



"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer and understand, for all that is life"
- J. Krishnamurti


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Venus Transit 2012 Everyday Medicine Woman

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In This Issue

Astrology Aspects

Thirteen Moons

Lunchtime Meditation

Venus Transit: Lighting of
the Lights Ceremony

Goddess Gathering



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