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The Tribal Beat, March 2012

2012 Spring Equinox:
Growing Golden Seeds for a New Humanity

There is a saying, "we are what we perpetually do". This spring offers us a chance to commit to what we say we want for ourselves by giving us rich and fertile ground to plant our intentions for this special transformational year. On March 8, 2012, there is a full moon in Virgo that will illuminate what we need to bring into balance in the domain of daily habits; especially as it pertains to work and health. Virgo is one of those signs that cares about the details and making the dream into reality. No matter what we think or wish for our lives, if we don't make it real through mindful action; it has limited value. One of my first teachers in Andean spiritual traditions, Alberto Villoldo, used to refer to this teaching from the earth-honoring tradition. He would say that you had to be able to manifest what you believed in; or "grow corn" from your ideal concepts, otherwise, you were not truly practicing what you preached.

This call to align philosophy with regular embodied practice is one of the reasons why activities such as meditation, yoga, gardening, cooking, cleaning and caring for others all ritualize life into a series of actions. Some habits support our growth and well-being and some support our suffering and dysfunction. Once again, it is what we think or the attitudes we hold about life that inform HOW we show up to these tasks. If we believe we can't change, then we usually don't change, unless something pushes us out of our mental box of limitations so we can take a risk.

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Astrological Aspects


We are moving into a super cell spring season that can be tapped into to break old habits that do not serve and to energize innovative growth and expansion of projects that have seemed stalled. Until the upcoming retrograde cycles are complete in mid-April (except Saturn's cycle which goes direct on June 25th), it's best not to launch big new projects.

March 8, 2012: Full Moon in Virgo
International Women's Day - Thank a woman you admire for sharing her gifts with the world; support organizational efforts that protect and enhance the rights of women for fair and equal opportunities and demanding safe environments for girls and women to live and work. Please visit our web site to view some of the organizations we love that serve girls and women throughout the world.

March 12, 2012
Mercury goes retrograde in Aries until April 4, 2012, hitting its mid-cycle at the new moon on March 22, 2012.

March 13/14, 2012
Venus in Taurus joins up with Pluto in Capricorn and Mars in Virgo to create a strong and vibrant grand earth trine that astrologer Simone Butler describes as "a magical alignment is a rare opportunity to realize and stabilize our dreams- especially financial" and recommends we invoke Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of abundance to bless our prayers and visions.

March 19/20, 2012
The Sun moves into Aries to launch the 2012 Spring Equinox - The new year day of the zodiac, first day of spring when light and dark equalize, making it a beautiful day to ritualize intentions to bring our lives into balance.

March 22, 2012
New moon in Aries offers the most potent time to set intentions for the next six months. Because Mercury is retrograde in Aries, this auspicious new moon opens up a slightly bigger window of several days to work on visioning our dreams into form as well as rededicating ourselves to the practical (Virgo in Mars) steps necessary to take us to these inspired dreams.

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March 10 12:30 - 4:00 pm

Join us as we learn how to clear blocks and awaken to our creative gifts and spontaneous joy.

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

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For more information: 773.509.4947 or click here to email.

As adult women, our struggles with the creative process, ever-changing emotions, and difficulties connecting with joy, pleasure and magic can be traced to the loss of a connection with our natural self. Infertility challenges, female related medical conditions, fatigue and addictions are all by-products of this loss of self, and can be erased as confidence and personal acceptance are restored.

The entry point for healing and rebalancing - our second chakra - is the area that organizes and holds these energetic imprints. The remedy to correcting these life-long inhibitions is to utilize this container to keep us intact and surrender to the river of life. Gentle encouragement combined with an affirmation that one has the right to feel emotions and take pleasure in life, will support the healing and reunion with the natural essence of self. Step into our sacred hoop of wisdom and encouragement and feel the love and support wash over you.

A Thirteen Moons participant shares words and a beautiful illustration inspired by her powerful journey in February:

"The Beauties all have long soft honey-colored hair and wear flowing pink ribbons that connect one to the other, and the ribbons dance among the twinkling lights above our heads. My head falls back and I completely let go, allowing myself to be held in this container of the Feminine that is truly so Divine. I am relaxed and it is as if I experience feelings of sheer happiness, joy, and pleasure for the very first time. I take it in, in the loving way it is offered, as it envelops my entire being. I feel accepted and loved for who I am. With eyes closed, I revel in this circle of aesthetic Beauty-ness, as they dance me and wrap me in their circle of light. I do not speak. They already know me and know all about me. They honor me and my pure essence. It is then I realize I AM pure. I AM whole. I AM complete just as IAM."



Wednesday, March 14, 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, February 6 and 20and 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. During the month of March, we will be focusing on major astrological themes for the spring. 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.

Click here to register or call the Raby Institute at 312.2761212.

For any questions, call the number above or email info@rabyinstitute.com.



"Strengthening the Essential Self"

Goddess Gathering 2012September 27 to 30, 2012

At Dahlonega Spa Resort, Georgia




Are you ready? For those of us walking a spiritual path, 2012 has signified a completion of a cycle and the beginning of a new era of conscious, heart-centered living. In the past several years, almost every facet of our lives has been shattered and stripped away. Now it is time to take stock of what we have been through, where we are and who we have become in the process.

Join us at our 13th annual Goddess Gathering where through intentional rites of passage, deep connections with our community, a celebration of the medicine wheel of our roots, and a passionate sense of shared purpose, we walk through the portal to this new era.

The event will tap into ancient wisdom, earth-honoring ceremonies, dancing, drumming, yoga and journeys to purify, heal and align ourselves with our life purpose.

All this will take place under the blessings of a Full Huntress Moon on pristine land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Prices start at $950, and include beautifully appointed accommodations, nurturing meals and all programming. Stay tuned for more information on how to reserve your spot at this glorious gathering that not only promises to reach beyond our wildest dreams but strengthen and prepare us for what's next.


May we see our wisdom seeds take hold with the first tender shoots of spring growth and may we regard them with the same joy, wonder and awe ~


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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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