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The Tribal Beat, October 2011

Greetings Sacred Tribe

On October 11, 2011 a powerful Aries full moon brings a wave of energy from the Autumn Equinox that is part of a bigger cycle of cosmic movement similar to a teeter-totter playground game. As astrology often refers to our natal birth chart (like a personal game board that is interactive with all the aspects of our lives), this analogy of pushing off on our own energy only to be brought back to the ground by the reaction of the other player, helps describe not only how much our behavior impacts others but also how rare and dynamic it is to experience a moment of true balance. In this case, the balancing act has to do with living as an self-affirmed individual who is also in touch with the impact one's actions have on all living beings. This process offers us a lot of chances to see how our underlying intentions effect our actions in the world. The degree to which our personal value system includes the well-being of the collective determines how we each manage our own power.

Aries is the ultimate sign of personal impact. It is the first sign of the zodiac that bursts on the scene every spring shouting, "here I am!" This sign is the fiery catalyst for new beings and impulsive energetic change. Yet this yearly full moon, filled with the desire to pioneer new pathways, comes in the heart of the fall season, when we are preparing to go within and feed from the harvest of our year. This cosmic paradox makes more sense when you look at the bigger perspective of the benefits this yin/yang kind of tension can stimulate. When Uranus, the planet that triggers and drives unexpected lightening bolt life-altering events in the name of opening portals for change, moved into the sign Aries on March 11th for a seven year cycle; we had a tsunami/earthquake in Japan and then two weeks later people in Egypt took to the streets. Now the same energy that was present in the spring is re-igniting in our city streets.

All of the outer planets, Pluto, Uranus, and Neptune, move so slowly that their message is more about living with a longer atmosphere of a particular trend so that we can learn over time. All of these planets have changed signs within the past eighteen months. Since some of them create patterns that manifest slowly over as much as forty years, we can remember that forty years ago we experienced a great deal of social unrest due to an unacceptable imbalance of power over people who did not have an equal voice in our society. When one person's voice is magnified by many voices in a single note, the sound is unmistakable and breaks through any barriers. A shared sense of powerlessness, combined with a belief in something greater can unite individuals into a force of change.

My activism was launched nearly forty years ago in California when I found the first edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves" while looking desperately for resources to understand my body. This ground-breaking book gave women all over the world access to information about their own bodies in a way that activated power over our own domain. This was one project manifested by a collective of women who believed that knowledge was power. Forty years before that book was published, Eleanor Roosevelt, in her gentle-hearted Libra style, helped to bring a platform for social change and human justice that was informed by women forty years before in the suffragette movement. All those years of work built the foundation that held the three courageous women who won the 2011 Noble Peace Prize. One of the women, Tawakkul Karman, known among Yemenis as the "iron woman" and "the mother of the revolution" is only 32 years old. She shared that women in her country took to the streets because they would rather die than live in the way they were forced to under the prior governmental regime.

When the Occupy Wall Street protestors began on September 17th, I immediately saw this as connected to the spring Uranus in Aries and the bigger cosmic cycles under way. The vibrational chant of "all for one and one for all" rather than "one for one only" was here and it meant business! I was excited and hopeful about the possibilities but doubted a leaderless group with an absence of clear goals could really make a difference. Yet I remembered that the audacity of burning bras and draft cards as well as putting flowers in the open mouths of guns all served as powerful ceremonial messages in prelude to meaningful social change. Then I read a wonderful article written by Dylan Ratigan: "One Wave One Message - Restore Fairness, End Bought Government."

In this piece, Ratigan asks what many of us are wondering; how can this wave for positive change be effective? When I read this quote by Deepak Chopra, who addressed the Occupy Wall Street general assembly on October 3rd, it started to melt the lock down of my rational mind and took me to the my higher heart and deeper knowing: "Your ego wants to go to an outcome but the only thing you can control in a wave of this size is your own intention." It helped me remember that I move the piece that is me within the game board. I recall that it is within my power to balance will and mind with the deeper wisdom of the conscious heart and soul-based compass. Only then can I summon the courage to surrender to the mighty wave of change. That depth will be explored and excavated as we move into powerhouse Scorpio on October 23rd, so plant your full moon seeds with strong clear intentions. They will come to fruition on March 8th, 2012 with a Virgo full moon that is certain to reflect a commitment to community that supports you and your dreams. Then get ready to start the dance again!  

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EMPOWERING OUR LITTLE SISTERS

We're excited to share a note from Jen, who is starting a circle for girls with Robin Varnado that was inspired by Thirteen Moons:

"At Thirteen Moons we share stories, stories of our past, our childhood, stories borrowed from our mother's mother, stories we agreed upon in exchange for love, beautiful stories. These powerful fairytales paint our world, they get us to where we are. They can bind us to people and things but they can also keep us from ourselves. In circle, we see that there are many stories we do not need anymore and were never ours to keep. How did we get them? How long have we carried them? How can we let them go? We learn to hold our own power and share our love. We talk about the girl warrior, the girl we all strive to reclaim. I was talking to my mom one day reflecting, and I said how amazing it would be if we never lost her, if we never lost that power, that wild peace that wakes up knowing how truly great she is. That is what ignited the flame in me to have a program for girls so they never have to re-light their flame but instead decide where it goes. And learn what honor, beauty and being a woman really means.

I am finishing up my last semester at Loyola and of course Thirteen Moons' magic put me at the feet of an internship with Robin Varnado. One day, Robin and I were talking and she shared with me that her dream is to have a girl's circle and so it began. We started brainstorming and talking and now it is actually happening! We are in the final stages of preparing the journals and connecting with the girls. Our first session will be in November, and I can only smile thinking about being around their light and how much they will teach me by sharing with them, how much they already know that I forgot. Susan says we are reflections of each other and I agree — her magnet truly attracts the most powerful women without whom I could never have created this circle for girls. So although Robin and I are the ones physically running the circle, I truly believe it is all of ours. So thank you!"

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Thirteen MoonsOCTOBER THIRTEEN MOONS
October 15, 12:30 - 4:00 pm

EVERY WOMAN AS A MOTHER
Join us as we explore the wonders of birthing: babies, dreams, projects, ideas and nurturing that which we love.

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

Reservations and Information: 773.509.4947 or click here to email.

Mother is a word that evokes a powerful reaction in all of us, stirring memories of our own mother and often creating feelings of conflict and division among women in our society. To truly love ourselves, we must make peace with the biological fact that all women are wired at birth to procreate/be a life-supporting vessel.

In this session we will address the presence and depth of the "mother love" in each of us, and explore ways to examine, understand and respect it, within ourselves and in our own maternal connections.

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Free Meditation ClassFREE LUNCHTIME MEDITATION

FREE LUNCHTIME MEDITATION with Susan A. Lipshutz
Wednesday, October 12, Noon - 1:00 pm

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.

FREE LUNCHTIME MEDITATION with Susan A. Lipshutz
Tuesday, October 18 & November 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 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.

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As we celebrate the abundance and sweetness of our lives, I am so thankful to each of you for your support, love and companionship. While each person's soul is unique, the journey is universal. Seeing the reflection of hope, love and beauty in each other's eyes allows us to hold a greater vision reflecting our strengthened understanding that 'We are One'. The Mayan phrase for this understanding of a shared heart and vision is In Lak'ech: I am another of yourself ~

With heartfelt blessings for a peaceful Thanksgiving,

Susan

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