Using The Energies of The Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse – July 2018

 “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.” ~ Carl Jung

 

Tonight (or the early hours of Saturday morning, depending on where you live) we will be witness to the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century! Australia is particularly well positioned to see this event, and you can use this link to look up the time it will be visible from your location here.

This kind of event is sometimes known as a Blood Moon because of the refracted energy from the earth giving the moon a red glow.

The energies of this eclipse are strong and will work in your favour although they may make you feel a little uncomfortable over the next few weeks.

The main power of the eclipse is in its capacity to help you release old fears, pain, limiting behaviours and beliefs in order to live more fully from your heart. That’s a good thing! But you may find yourself feeling quite emotional and a little off-balance for a few days while this cleansing and rebirthing energy moves through your life.

If you are interested in doing some big shift and personal growth try the following activities to help you make the most of the moon’s dynamics:

Life Direction:

Charge up a crystal to use as a focus stone for meditation and journalling. Place the stone outside under the open sky overnight on the night of the eclipse. Hold the stone in your hands first, cleanse it by visualising white light running through it, and then hold the intention that this stone be used for personal clarity and life direction. Best crystals for this are clear quartz, smoky quartz, citrine, amethyst or rutilated quartz. Any configuration will be okay, including points, towers, tumbles, clusters and jewellery pieces. Then place the stone out overnight and remove when the sun is high in the sky the following day. Now the stone is charged hold it or place it nearby when you meditate and when you journal or use cards to gain clarity for your personal questions.

 

Physical healing:

Charge up a crystal to use as a focus stone for physical healing. Place the stone outside under the open sky overnight on the night of the eclipse. Hold the stone in your hands first, cleanse it by visualising white light running through it, and then hold the intention that this stone be used for physical healing, immune strengthening, pain management or any other specific issue you care to name. Feel free to charge one up for a loved one too if you want! Best crystals for this are bloodstone, carnelian, hematite, fire agate, red jasper and green jade. Any configuration will be okay, including points, towers, tumbles and jewellery pieces. Then place the stone out overnight and remove when the sun is high in the sky the following day. Now the stone is charged hold it in meditation, wear it or place in pocket, or put under your pillow when you sleep.

 

Emotional and Spiritual healing:

Charge up a crystal to use as a focus stone for meditation and journalling. Place the stone outside under the open sky overnight on the night of the eclipse. Hold the stone in your hands first, cleanse it by visualising white light running through it, and then hold the intention that this stone be used for releasing old pains, patterns and limitations and for healing emotional and spiritual wounds so that you can grow and change in positive ways. Best crystals for this are rose quartz, green aventurine, turquoise, amazonite, smoky quartz, moonstone, pearls or opal. Any configuration will be okay, including points, towers, tumbles, clusters and jewellery pieces. Then place the stone out overnight and remove when the sun is high in the sky the following day. Now the stone is charged hold it, wear it or place it nearby when you meditate and when you journal or use cards to gain clarity for your personal questions.

Moon Goddess by Josephine Wall

Questions to explore in your journal, with meditation, or using Oracle/tarot cards:

1. Start by holding your crystal if you have chosen one, and close your eyes. Allow your breathing to become calm, and let yourself relax. Then breathe in white light or draw it in through the crown chakra at the top of your head. Offer up a prayer that everything you do be for the Highest Good. Ask your Highest Self, Guides, Angels, Ancestors or God to guide you. Say or think the intention ‘Show me why I am stuck, and help me see what to do next.’

2. Open your eyes. Hold your crystal or place it beside you while you work (feel free to pick it up and hold it again if you need some energy or encouragement). Take your journal and a pen and write whatever comes, using any of the following prompts. Write your prompt into your journal and then keep writing in response to that prompt. Don’t edit yourself. Just let the words flow.

  • I’m stuck because…
  • I hate my life right now because…
  • What I really don’t like is…
  • What I really want is…
  • What do I need to tell myself right now…
  • What do I really need to know right now…
  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • Where am I going?
  • What’s better for me?
  • I’d rather be doing…

3. If you’re super stuck, and nothing is coming, keep asking yourself Why? Give yourself every Why question you can think of. If you ask Why am I stuck? and then write This is stupid! ask yourself Why is this stupid? Eventually, one of the Why questions will pry free all of the feelings and thoughts and answers that are stuck within you. Why are you stuck? Why can’t you do this? Why isn’t this working? Why don’t you know? Why is this a dumb exercise? Why? Why? Why?

4. You’ll end up with words on the page. Hooray! That’s the beginning of unstuckness. Go back over what you’ve written with a highlighter or a pen in another colour where you can underline key words and phrases. Highlight anything that stands out to you.

5. Now choose one of those highlighted areas to investigate further. (This eclipse really supports diving deep.) Write the words you’ve highlighted into your journal again as a new entry, Eg: My relationship with Steve. Close your eyes again, breathe deeply and bring yourself to a place of calm. Feel your energetic team and your Higher Self ready to guide you. Fill yourself with white light and really feel into that support and connection. When you’re ready open your eyes again and pick up your oracle or tarot cards. Shuffle them, thinking about your relationship with Steve. Then choose three cards. The first card shows you where you are now. The second card shows you what the issue or limitation is. The final card shows you your opportunity or outcome. Look at the first card, and really pay attention to whatever thoughts, emotions or ideas come to you, and what the imagery of the card says to you in relation to where you are now with this situation. Then write what comes to you from looking at the card. Repeat this process for the second card, looking to understand what the issues or limitations are. Now use the final card to explore what the opportunities or outcomes can be.

Be open to situations where you may now need to find a coach, mentor or qualified therapist. Sometimes we can own and understand the problem but need help framing up a solution.

Our heart knows what it wants. Our soul can guide us. All we ever need to do is make time for that questing and connection.

As you begin to get unstuck again expect more answers, more flow and a return to inspiration. You’ve got this!

Much love, Nicole  xx

Image from jennybydesign.com

 

Full Moon Meditation and Journalling Exercise for Releasing Fear – January 2017

“There is no illusion greater than fear.”
~ Lao Tzu

 

Are you done with fear holding you back and keeping you small?

Me too.

Fear is the big thing that stops so many of us from living a more fully expressed life. Fear limits us. It stops us from being ourselves. It stops us from taking risks, from starting, from trying, from becoming. Tonight’s full moon brings favourable energies to help us move past fear and into connection with our authentic selves. From that place of truth we can then dream a new life, a new self, a new future into being. This is perfect timing as we sit in the first month of the first cycle of a whole new energetic era!

For the next four days we’ll be influenced by the Full Moon in Cancer. This moon supports us as we travel into and through our deepest fears and insecurities. It’s a time for exploring and owning what has been repressed, forgotten or shoved to one side in our lives. It’ a time for naming and letting go of these old beliefs and behaviours. It’s a great time to facilitate a gathering awareness of our truth and a strengthening sense of wholeness for ourselves.

Wholeness centers us. It returns flow, hope, strength and inspiration to our lives. We need more of that in the world right now. As you move from fear back into flow you hold a strong and stable vibration that will exert a positive energetic influence on the world around you. So, thank you for doing this! Your participation means so much to me. <3

The following meditation and journalling exercises can be done at any time over the next four days, while the influence of the moon is at her strongest.

Image from www.iqquotes.com

Image from www.iqquotes.com

Let’s Begin!

Choosing a Crystal

You may wish to choose a crystal to work with this while you journal. It is entirely optional, and you’d be fine without one too – but for my fellow rock lovers, read on…

(If you’re working with my Year of ME Planner, please choose a different stone to your 2017 Gratitude Crystal! – You could use your citrine or chrysocolla stone though. )

You can hold this crystal as you write or meditate, place it under your pillow or beside your bed while you sleep, or carry it in your pocket to help you stay focused.

You could choose your stone based on what most appeals to you. That’s a very valid approach. But if you need a little direction, good crystals to work with this week include:

  • Clear Quartz or Quartz with Inclusions or Phantoms
  • Citrine
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Hematite
  • Fluorite
  • Amethyst
  • Tiger Iron
  • Chrysocolla
  • Petrified Wood

Here’s what I’ll be using – it’s a natural Smoky Quartz and Citrine Phantom with Barite inclusions. Feel free to let us know what kind of crystal you choose by leaving a comment below or over at our facebook page or on Instagram.

smkyqucit

 

Preparatory Meditation:

We can’t think, or be in flow, if we are stressed and uptight. Before you begin to reflect on and journal your exploratory questions, take a minute or two to perform this simple meditation.

Belly Breathing Technique

Before you begin writing, sit or lie quietly. Place your crystal in one hand and then put that hand over your heart. Place your other hand low on your abdomen. Close your eyes if it feels comfortable to do so.

Feel for the moon. It doesn’t matter if it is day or night when you do this. The full moon’s energy is strong. Draw this energy down and imagine the moon’s energy wrapping around you like a silvery cloak. Let this energy calm, nurture and hold you.

Now take 6 deep breaths.

For each breath, when you inhale focus on your belly rising out further than your chest.

Take 6 long, slow and unforced breaths, gently allowing your hands to rise and fall with your chest and belly.

You’ll feel your body relax and unwind. You can breathe normally after six breaths or do another cycle of six.

Visualise a colour in your crystal, or if you are just using your hands, visualise a colour in the palm of your hand above your heart. Breathe in to activate your hands and let that colour expand, so that it links both of your hands. You’ll now have a glow of coloured energy sitting from your throat to your groin. That light is healing and energising. Don’t think about it too much. Just let it be there in the background.

Now take 6 more long, slow and unforced breaths, gently allowing your hands to rise and fall with your chest and belly. Feel all of the tension drain away. Feel yourself open to your intuition and to the moon’s guidance.

When you’re ready open you eyes, still feeling your connection to your crystal and the moon.

Now you’re ready to write!

Image from www.drramsey.com

Image from www.drramsey.com

 

Journal Questions:

Write the answers to your questions on loose sheets of paper, or paper that can be easily removed from a book or notepad. At the end of this activity you will burn these sheets to complete the meditation and release ritual.

If you are working on a computer or tablet, you will need to delete the file. (Or print, delete file and then burn pages!)

You can choose any or all of the questions below. Write as much or as little as you need. It could be three words or three pages. Spread it out over a few days, or spend a solid hour or two over one day – it’s up to you! If you’re in flow, keep going and see where it takes you. Be brave, and write from your heart. Let all your fear, worry and insecurity fall onto the page as you write.The idea is to get to out of your head, and out of your body and onto the page.

If you’re using a crystal, hold it in your non-writing hand, or place it in your lap or pocket.

 

If you don’t know how to answer something, ask yourself What am I resisting here? What can this teach me about myself? And then be brave and go deeper. Breathe into it. Keep writing.

When you have finished, and there is no more to say about that question, write I now release these fears and limiting thoughts. With the Moon as my witness I move back into flow. I open myself to new and better possibilities. Then sign your name. Do this for each question that you answer.

Questions:

  1. When I think about money, and being able to support myself, my fear is that…
  2. When I think about my health, and living with vitality, my fear is that…
  3. When I think about my sexuality, and about taking pleasure in my body, my fear is that…
  4. When I think about my family, my fear is that…
  5. When I think about love relationships my fear is that…
  6. When I think about my partner, my fear is that…
  7. When I think about my art, my fear is that…
  8. When I think about my home and my living space, my fear is that…
  9. When I think about travel, my fear is that…
  10. When I think about my career, my fear is that…
  11. When I think about my business, my fear is that…
  12. When I think about friendship, my fear is that…
  13. When I think about what others think of me, and how they may perceive me, my fear is that…
  14. When I think about my personal appearance, my fear is that…
  15. When I think about who I could become, my fear is that…
  16. When I think about this idea I have, my fear is that…
  17. When I think about my country, my fear is that…
  18. When I think about the environment, my fear is that…
  19. When I think about world events, my fear is that…
  20. When I think about the future, my fear is that…

When you are done, sit for a moment and close your eyes. Place one hand back on your heart and one low on your belly. Breathe in and out six times, being aware of the rise and fall of your chest and belly, being aware of the radiating colour that links your hands. Feel yourself connected to the moon and to a place of deep calm.

Open your eyes.

In your own time, and in a way that is safe for yourself and for those around you, burn your pages. You could do this outside, or over a barbeque, fireplace or in a large heatproof pot or bowl. Let the flames render your fears into ash. Let the ash be scattered on the winds, or washed down the drain and returned to the earth. You are done with it. It’s time to move on.

Keep being aware of your breath. Be aware of the energy in your hands. Be aware of the moon above you. Be aware of this new energy of calm and possibility you carry with you. You can use the crystal you have carried through this process as a reminder and talisman – linking you into this place of calm and flow.

Thank you for participating.

Thank you for being part of the positive change in our world.

Much love and hugs, Nicole <3 xx

Meditating with the Super Moon

Super Moon 2013 - Image from www.lalal,com

Super Moon 2013 – Image from www.wallpaperzip.com

“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.” ~ Irish Blessing

Tonight, Sunday 23rd June, 2013, we will experience a supermoon.  A super moon is a perigree full moon – a full moon that occurs at the moon’s closest approach to earth.  The moon will appear brighter and larger in the night sky than usual.

What does that mean for you? Well, if the skies are clear you’ll be afforded a pretty spectacular sight.

And if you’re interested in connecting more deeply to your natural spiritual, intuitive and creative gifts you’ll find that the energies of a super moon greatly facilitate this connection.

I’ve recorded a simple guided meditation you can use tonight to take full advantage of the super moon.  It’s not necessary for you to be able to see the moon, but if you can then why not sit or lie where you can be bathed in moonlight!

If you’d like to hold a crystal during the meditation I recommend clear quartz, moonstone, labradorite, celestite or rutilated quartz.

Set aside ten minutes to complete the meditation, and you may like to have some consolidation time after that.  I also suggest some journalling time, to record any messages, insights or breakthroughs you may receive.

(PS – Please forgive my breathiness in this meditation. My fat old heart is still playing up a little… )

Nicole Cody’s 2013 Super Moon Guided Meditation

If you would like to work with a Full Moon Ritual tonight for creating positive and intentional change you may also find this post useful:

Full Moon Becoming Ceremony

Moon Goddess by Josephine Wall

Moon Goddess by Josephine Wall