Friday, 13 July 2018

Special Lucky FRIDAY 13th!***

High Feminine Energy is in the air today, the lucky Friday 13th that usually happens once a year. Enjoy it, tune into it and make the most of it!
Why lucky? Why Feminine?
13 is a special and magical number for us women, associated with the 13 Full Moons we usually have in a year, linked with 13 times we usually bleed (have our moontime, menstruation), as our cycle links with the moon cycle.
13 is the number of blood, fertility, and lunar potency. It
associates with the sacred feminine, psyche power, magic, emotion in various traditions, from ancient times to modern.
In Wicca, the Pagan Goddess tradition of Old Europe, communicants convene in covens of 13 participants. 13 was also auspicious for the Egyptians, who believed that life has 13 stages, the last of which is death, the transition to eternal life. 
When Chinese women make offerings of moon cakes, there are sure to be 13 on the platter.
A turtle, which represents the Earth Mother, the Goddess in Native American, for the Chinese symbol of wisdom; in the Taoist Shamanic Tradition the shell of the turtle was the original 'pakua', has actually 13 segments on her shell!...
13 is the lucky number of the Great Goddess!

Then Friday itself  is ruled by Venus, the planet of transcendental beauty, of love, special self-love, sexuality, eroticism, desire, enjoyment, fun, attraction; and the planet which reminds us of our Divine Feminine within. And is associated with Goddess Freya, who brings us love, friendship, beauty, reconciliation.
  
I think for the reasons above this number has been seen other than as 'bad luck', a myth that started essentially from dark ages of patriarchal in church and politics when they use to burn women for their medicinal and psychic powers. And believe it or not, the the Witchcraft Act was repealed in England just in 1953!...

Digger a bit deeper, this superstition about Friday the 13th may have roots in the biblical tradition based on the belief that the 13th guest on the "last super" was Judas, who's betrayal caused the death of Jesus. But were said that Judas were part of 12 disciples already! I remember growing up hearing if it was 13 people in a table the youngest one will be the first to die!...
Now I wonder if the 13th guest of this "last super" was Mary Magdalene, she had a special relationship with Jesus... Of course never mentioned by the Christian tradition, who also never mentioned the spiritual leadership that Mary Magdalene held because she was a woman. This was been keep in secret and just encoded in stories, only revealed nowadays from the discovery of hidden and gospels.

Friday was also: the day Jesus died on the cross; that Eve served forbidden fruit pie at her legendary garden soiree, was the day that Adam was expelled from Paradise.

Do you know the superstition of the number 13th in the Western World is named triskaidekaphobia? 

 
I found all so interesting as from fear of the Feminine Power so much was developed, but with that lots of women lost touch with their powerful and feminine self, even the understanding of their cycles, bodies and true nature.
But I believe that is also changing and we should embrace this change to inspire others around us to the same.
The Tao ( = the way) of Feminine Empowerment, being powerful as a Feminine Woman filled with compassion, trust, flexibility and receptiveness 
(and not as a woman behaving like a man, as many women in power seem to, due to the competitive environment they are in).

Tao of Feminine Empowerment, the
Jade Circle
® Workshops which provide the tools to support us in this path, through Ancient Secrets which can be easily applied and greatly benefit our modern lives.

© Anamarta

Happy Cancer New Moon! Insights, Healing & Ritual

You probably already know how strong is the influence of the moon in our planet and in ourselves!...
But for us women, Grandmother Moon symbolises our inner wisdom, intuition, feminine mystery.  For me She has been a source of inspiration and empowerment.
"In Astrology the Moon represents our emotions and our sense of security as we move through the world." adapted from Tannaz.

The New Moon in Cancer is approaching today, representing the Mother - who sits in the heart.  Cancer is associated with family, children, loved ones, fertility, nurturing, working with the home, ancestors and tradition.

Emotions can be in the air, as Cancer is ruled by the Moon!... 
An opportunity to go within, pay attention to your feelings and thoughts, an important yin practice, being connecting with the receptive feminine side with no fear, just allowing things to flow like water, as the feelings bring truth and awareness.
I truly believe that to feel is to heal.

Ideally a time for nurturing: to retreat into yourself to get renewed and inspired. And to retreat is definitely an act of strength (not weakness)!...

"The sign of feminine power that nurtures life…Cancer symbolizes the Great Mother of Life.
At this New Moon in Cancer, we can plant the seeds of our deepest needs and desires, watered by our sense of self-love and compassion." Cathy Pagano 

With this new lunar cycle promoting new beginnings, an opportunity to reinforce your goals or create new ones.  Focus your ideas, thoughts and meditations on positive change.
Ponder the following and give yourself a moment to listen for the answer coming from within (you also can write it down if you like). How can I:
  • Establish foundations upon which to build a fulfilled life.
  • Share my happiness and joy with my loved ones every day.
  • Nourish my soul and those I love.
In terms of Healing, Cancer is related to stomach, breasts and lymphatic system.
Some of the practices I share with my Jade Egg Holistic Practice can support you with this healing: a combination of Healing Sounds, Inner Smile and Kuan Yin QiGong:
  • For the stomach, your "second brain", related with emotions of worry, stress and anxiety: Imagine you can breathe them all in and then breathe them all out with a guttural sound (comes from your throat) 'HOOOOOOOOO' and then place your hands in your stomach SMILE at it and imagine you are breathing in a gold light of serenity, openness, centering - feeling centered in your power***
***Another way to be centered in your power is consciously to connect with the Earth Mother, feel the soles of your feet, your body and your center; as if you had deep roots into the Earth, becoming like a tree: strong and steady.

For the breasts, which symbolise your love chi:
  • Hold your breasts and give them a little squeeze - gently pressing against your chest (this is a great thing to do, you are helping dissolve any stagnant chi/energy...) - and then give a big Smile to your breasts feeling the love, joy and happiness of your heart!... Smiling to everyone you love, everything that gives you joy and makes you happy!
(For the ones who have learned already the Breast Massage - keep it on doing!) 
  • Go bra free, give them a good shake, as movement is essential to your breast health! I strongly suggest to do this everyday before you wear your bra, if you have to wear it, and in your private space definitely go bra free!... 
To the lymphatic system, which has the function of flushing the toxins out of our body:
  • The Chi Self-Massage. So specifically for this, to help the toxins to come out of your body quickly: just rub the tip of your fingers around the edges of your face and through your jaw and chin bone and under your chin. Then slide your fingers down your throat and when you feel the collar bone just go through the space between your ribs from your chest all way down your ribcage.
For Ritual, and you can do a ritual without having to prepare anything; a ritual can be simply be a conscious way to focus on your intentions - this focus comes from your whole being (mind, heart, womb and soul).
  • From writing down your intentions, or/and creating symbolic acts to manifest your desires and goals...
  • Connect with water through a purifying bath with sea salt, and you can even add anything to make it more special as some herbs, or rose petals or essential oils... Also by going to the sea, or any springs, lakes, waterfalls...
  • In feng shui the left corner furthest from the front door (whatever is your home or a room from your living space) is related with relationships - you can put something that symbolises or you would like to symbolise your relationships from an object, crystal, photo or image, whatever has meaning for you and then light a candle.
Overall a perfect time to focus your intentions with things to do with your relationships, with self-love, with your home and environment. 
Wonderful time to go out in nature and connect directly with the Heart of the Earth, to feel the grounding, to feel the support, to feel the inner peace and deeply nurture yourself.
© Anamarta

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Tao (Way) of the Heart - Self-Love, First Love

The Summer is here, the season of the heart, the fire!
If not not seeing much sun in the sky, just remember that the sun is always shining inside your heart! Or even behind the cloud, always there smiling at you, illuminating you with light and life!

In previous article I talked about embracing unconditional self-acceptance with "My Evil Twin", as important as embracing unconditional self-love!!... They are both linked in their coexistence, like the moon and the sun, the dark and the light!
For me these are the foundations for a healthy life, harmonious relationship with yourself and everything around you.
If you don't truly love yourself how can you expect others to do it? How can your receive and give true love?


Deep self-love brings deep self-respect towards our whole being: body, thoughts and feelings.

What is your Tao (Way) of the Heart:
  • What you do for you everyday that makes your heart smile, I mean that gives you true joy?
  • Are you lovable - How do you express your love towards yourself? And do you express love towards others?
  • Is your heart open to receive and give love in perfect harmony or do you think you give or receive more?
After you reflect on the above, my last question:
  • Is this Unconditional Self-Love a wish or a living reality?...
The best thing is to be honest with yourself, and if self-love is not embodied yet, then practice it like a daily exercise, until becoming an innate part of your being. It worked for me!

Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life. Jamie Sams

And do you know that:

 The heart is the Emperor or Empress of your 'Internal Universe', the organ we can't live without!
 It has been suggested that our heart generates its own energy field, which interacts with the energy fields of other people!...
 The heart centre is the strongest generator of light energy in the body, even stronger than the brain!
Here is something you can apply immediately to cultivate your heart and beauty; Yes, Love Creates Beauty!!
  • Sit quietly, take a few deep breaths and focus on your heart, imagine breathing in the sunlight and smile at your heart, call to someone you love. Let your heart fill with warmth and appreciation for him or her. The nourishment such feelings give to body, mind and spirit enhance your own beauty.
© Anamarta 
Image: Art by Regina Lord

Thursday, 21 June 2018

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!!

Also known as Midsummer or Litha.
Longest day, shortest night, apex of the solar cycle, the sun reaches its peak!

The Summer Solstice is a combination of joyous celebration and the realisation that the wheel has reached a pinnacle and is now turning towards the dark again. It is a time to gather loved ones and to celebrate community!

  • Call the fire energy, invite towards you, feel or imagine its warmth in your heart, and tune your warm heart with the Mother Earth heart beat below and tune into the Divine Love above, all heart is one now! Enjoy it, expand it and share with others!
  • And yet, a few quiet moments in a darkened room with a lit candle, give a sense of peace. It's a time for inner connection as well, because the inner and outer communities are interwoven.
We're in the Fire Element season: the season of the heart. The heart is such an important organ, it connects with all the organs, if it stops, everything stops!
We need fire to do the Inner Alchemy Taoist practices, as our body is mostly composed of water.  The first practice starts with the inner-smile; inner-smile originates from self-love and self-acceptance towards our body.

  • Sitting quietly, connect with your heart beat, relax all your body and your mind, and with your mind's eye look in front of you and see the sun, breathe in the sunlight through your midi-eyebrow, let this warm and energising feeling spread through all your being...and now smile at your heart, where the sun always shines, breathe in the light of love, and remember first love is self-love, the unconditional love towards yourself essential to receive and give true love; breathe in the red light of joy, think upon everyday life and its joyful gifts; breathe in red light of laughter and happiness, think of the laughter which always works as a spirit lift! And about happiness: The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
"When the heart is open, we feel sunshine from inside. We have a sense of joy and love that is sometimes a floating sensation. In all of our meditations it is important to fill our hearts with loving, smiling energy, because when we feel love, we are truly related to all things." Mantak Chia in Healing Love through the Tao-Cultivating Female Sexual Energy.

© Anamarta

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

My Evil Twin!...

Let me present you my Evil Twin, known already by a very few of you and talked about for many of you in Jade Circles:

Hello I am Anamarta'a shadow side, yes the one who has the dark and naughty thoughts, negative emotions, and I am specially around when she is tired (and hungry), close to her moontime (period) is always the possibility for me to take over!... And when she gets stressed or sad I bring her terrible ideas... But above all she recognises me as part of her everyday life, so we are good friends, even when she says something not so nice, she would say "it's not me, it's my evil twin"; mostly we laugh at each other!...

Do you know your Evil Twin?
Are you on good terms with her?

I used to say "I know all my demons", and one day I decided to transfer them all and created my Evil Twin who helps to take my imperfections much more lightly, accepting them.
Although being mostly in light by choice, I know the dark is there always to teach something about myself, and also to give the opportunity to let go what no longer serves me, creating space for new experiences and energy to flow.

By looking at myself in the mirror and seeing all the light and dark, this inner confrontation leads me to inner knowing, which leads me to inner harmony.
How does this happen?
Well, it's not just by pressing a button I'm afraid, it's about choices and the attitude towards my own self and life.

I found accepting myself unconditionally contributes greatly to my health, loving relationship with myself and everyone else, and to get and live the life I want.

The 'tools' that the Jade Egg Holistic Practice provides are very supportive and useful for not only cultivating self-acceptance, but Embracing Unconditional Self-Acceptance!

In the Taoist Tradition there is no hell (just Earth and Heaven), it's we who create our own demons, so the idea is to embrace them and pacify them, because if you fear them, you empower them: and this may bring the consequences of living in fear, living a lie and indeed accumulating toxins which can damage our health...

As the polarities of the external Universe we can not live without each other, the same exist within us.  But we have indeed an option to do something about it, it is in our hands to transform the negative and cultivate the positive.
Have our face turning to the sun and the shadow will fall behind.  Although being behind doesn't mean we don't acknowledge her.

By finding self-acceptance, acknowledge all aspects of yourself, just not your personality, but your whole body, thoughts and emotions; accepting yourself as you are with all your perfection and imperfections, is why I say unconditionally, you can fulfil your potential and inspire others to do it as well!

As we fulfil our deepest desires, we fulfil our heart and soul.

In the Taoist Calendar we are moving from the Wood Element (Spring), linked with the liver associated with self-acceptance (also with kindness, forgiveness and desire), to Fire Element (Summer), linked with the heart associated with love (also joy, happiness and passion). 

© Anamarta

Monday, 30 April 2018

Activating Sexual & Communication Center: Scorpio Full Moon

Happy Scorpion Full Moon and Beltane!
Beltane, on the of Pagan Festivals, with the celebration of love, life, and fertility!...
The powerful Scorpion Full moon in this moon day, Monday: it relates with emotions (especially intense ones), seeing deep within, spirituality, sexuality and power, dealing with sexual matters, secrets, occult studies, solving mysteries and getting to the root of things; but also investigation, concentration, and finances.
Are you aware by reflecting inwardly you can recover and/or enhance your abilities and talents?

In terms of Healing relates with the sexual organs.
So a reminder to connect with one of the sacred parts of your beautiful feminine body, your Jade Gate (Taoist way to name the sexual organs): this powerful compass we have within, the womb wisdom we carry from our ancestors and true yin (feminine) essence innate to us - How?... I have this question often how can we harness this power within? The first step is to acknowledge that it's there, delve into it to heal our own selves and female lineage and then the blossoming begin!... Is like a flower needs nurturing and attention before sharing beauty, fragrance and delight to the world.
By connecting with your Jade Gate you can Heal and Empower yourself, harness your Creativity and honour your Divine Feminine Self.
The Jade Egg Holistic Practice has varies tools to support you on this: the Jade Egg itself, the meditations, hormonal balance yin practices, the Womb Breathing & Rooting, the Kuan Yin Qigong, which besides grounding and centering, offers gentle, but profound exercises for the whole body, including the pelvis. So for the ones who learned these keep on with your practices, for those who would love to learn and join our Global Jade Goddesses Sisterhood (literally hundreds of women from all over the world) we have the Jade Egg Initiation Workshop - Tao of Feminine Empowerment coming soon in London.
One of the benefits you get from these practices is harmonisation of the left and right side of the brain, so supports you to trust intuition to be your guide, and have your conscious working in balance with the unconscious, and vice-versa... 
And do you know that your throat (communication center) and your genitals /womb (sexual, creative center) are connected?
Yes, a yin and yang connection, the yin in your sexual center, where is creativity, the yang in your throat, the way you express your creativity, your truth.
The more you activate one of these centers, the more you activate the other, and in many cases, heal the other...
Something you can do now:

  • You can easily activate your throat by laughing, moaning, singing.
  • You can activate your Jade Gate: with the Jade Egg (this amazing tool!); by connect and smile at it, by squeezing/contracting and then relaxing it.
In this Scorpio Full Moon you can use this profound time to learn to trust your higher consciousness, to find inner peace and to transform your sexual/creative life in a positive and uplifting way.

Some Moon Magic (magic for me is no  more than a change of consciousness), here a Scorpio Full Moon Ritual:
  • Light a deep red candle and burn incense or oil of myrrh or ginger, create an affirmation based on the Scorpio virtues and repeat it three times; be specific! Let the candle burn until the end. Here an idea for an affirmation, but can do it with your own words/propose: Scorpion Moon, strong and deep, all my power I embrace and keep.
© Anamarta

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Happy Spring Equinox!!

 
Spring Equinox represents the Yin Yang harmony, the moment when these energies are in balance, marks the balance point between light and dark.
New hopes, new beginnings, new relationships...the earth is reawakening. It's the seed sowing holiday! Its the fertile festival! Its the festival of Eostar, the ancient Anglo-Saxon Goddess of the Spring. Her colorful eggs are the symbols of renewed life. The fertile hare, that leaps up from the field just as the life force leaps up within us, was her sacred animal.

We're coming from the kidney season to the liver, from being (be yin) to doing (do-yin!), from the Water element to the Wood. The Wood element is the energy of birth, rebirth and renewal, the unstoppability of Life.

Smile at your liver, awaking and stimulating the kindness, generosity and forgiveness within you.
* Forgiveness is such a virtue! When we forgive we are free. We need to forgive ourselves and others to allow space for new experiences coming in into our lives.
* Generosity comes from feelings of abundance and gratitude; its about more than material exchange. True abundance is abundance of the heart- a sense of fullness that overflows in a desire to help.
* The first thing a kindness deserves is acceptance; the second, transmission.

Practice covert acts of kindness and generosity- like the girl heroine in the film Amelie, or "guerrilla gardeners"- environmentalists who go out in the middle of the night and plant flowers to beautify waste ground. Think of something you can do secretly for other people or for the world, with no thought of reward for yourself.

You can nourish your body eating more greens this season, such as broccoli, so good for your liver. And avocado - good for lust and love!!!
Spend time connecting with the Mother Earth. Walking in bare feet on the grass, nourish yourself with Earth energy. Earth-Connection gives the energy needed to use our natural gifts, abilities, and talents.

© Anamarta

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Goddess Thought

Dear Goddess,
Yes, I truly believe that every woman is a Goddess, as you represent the feminine in the mundane dimension; and you should be honoured as such; indeed you must be the first to acknowledge the Goddess you are. 

What you're about to read emerged many moons ago, but every time I read it, something is trigger in my yin essence, so is why I'm sharing with you:

The more time I spend with women, the more I find the Goddess present in each of you, makes me just not believe, but feel it, we women are a reflection of each other, representing the different manifestations of the Goddess.
I'm delightfully enjoying every moment of just being, be yin, nurturing my yin energy and receive the fruits of it with such inspiration! Delving into the mysterious feminine, allowing time for the thoughts to emerge and solidify, connecting with my inner self in such a profound way! Awakening my inner Goddess, letting my inner wisdom be my guide, and the gentleness to be in continuing action with myself and everyone and everything else.
Result of this inspiring time I'm having to prepare for the coming workshops, I'm feeling the Divine Feminine within bubbling so intensely! It's like fireworks from the depth of sacred water, like the fire shining on the ocean.


The days are dark and short...
Nature embraces the darkness 
And you, what you do?
Let's embrace it too!
Going to the void
And what do you find?
the answer, the solution,
the direction, the path;
the Goddess!...
...the Inner Goddess
and her outer manifestations!
Be Yin!
Be Yourself!
Allowing the dark to rise
Blending with the light
Alchemy surprise!
Achieving the perfect harmony within,
Bringing this clarity in everything!

What better than a whole day, (actually weekend!) to embrace our beautiful womanhood, but our ‘Goddesshood’! A new word I created to represent the connection with the Divine Feminine within and sisterhood that brings the awakening and embracing of our inner wisdom, that leads to the empowerment of each other, that always generates so much love and inspiration towards ourselves and others! What a lovely cycle!!
This Special Spring Equinox Workshop, Join US at the:
 
INNER ALCHEMY FOR INNER HARMONY on 17th & 18th March:

All Women Are Welcome
Click Here for Details and to Book Your Place Now! 

In delight & sisterhood
© Anamarta

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Happy Dog Chinese New Year: Mellow Pace and Yin Embrace!

The extreme Fire Rooster crowed out and the mellow Earth Dog barked in!
The Taoist (Chinese) New Year couldn't have started better, as usual in the New Moon with the energies of new beginnings in high, but also with a Solar Eclipse, which reinforce the energy of manifestation, great to set intentions and seed dreams. The Yin of the Moon and the Yang of the Sun, bring in the harmony, let it prevail in our lives!   

An Earth year... yes please! After the intense past two fire years we had, time to slow down yet moving towards your purpose, to nourish and be replenished - let the stability of Mother Earth support you. Embrace the turning point and Welcome the Dog New Year!

The dog qualities are integrity, loyalty, protection, fun, playfulness, honesty. They are mostly known to be friendly, totally dedicated to whom they love:
A reminder for this year to deepen your relationships. Also to surround yourself in a pack, as the dogs do, of like minded people, who support and empower each other for the highest good.

Integrity and honesty are the values that lead to success under Dog’s watchful and just influence. Susan Lewitt

Dogs are sensitive too, have an amazing sense of hearing and smell; and are totally in tune with other feelings. The dog vision though is different from the humans: actually believed their vision to be in black and white, but recent studies showed they see colours, although in limited colour range. For me this aligns with the fact the dogs are straight forward and don't lose time with superficiality.  Perhaps another insight for this year!...

Protect your space, which is sacred.  Defining our energetical boundaries is very important to keep the integrity of your values. Being sensitive, helpful and compassionate, doesn't mean people can take advantage of you. You have to stand your ground and draw the line, for when the time to say 'no', it's clear and sound.

 

Dog is a medicine that embodies the loving gentleness of best friend and the half-wild protector energy of territorial imperative.*
If a dog has been yelled at or paddled, it still returns love to the person who was the source of it's bad treatment. This come not from stupidity, but rather from a deep and compassionate understanding of human shortcomings. It is as if a tolerant spirit dwells in the heart of every canine that asks only to be of service.*
 
Reclaim the power of loyalty to self and self-truths. Become like Dog - your own best friend.*
 
“The Earth element brings a sense of calm to the already steady Dog." Susie Cox
 
The Earth is a feminine element with the virtues of serenity, openness, fairness, grounding and sensuality. But the emotions, as we don't have positive without negative, are worry, anxiety and stress; which also associated with the dog.
The organs are: the Spleen, the nourishing organ, has the energy of nurturing and caring, following the nature of the Earth Element. And the Stomach, where you can find thousands of neurons, why it's named "second brain".
The stomach meridian runs through the nipples and ovaries, important connection with your sensuality and sexuality.
The direction is the center. In our Taoist Practices we emphasise the importance of cultivating our centre, our "lower Tan Tien". We have a wide vision upon life when being centered. When we are in our centre we are taking charge of what's going on, no matter what, and not the other way around...
You can cultivate your center by connect with the Earth: simply by walking bare foot on it, and standing for a while, imagine your feet blending with the roots deep in the earth beneath... Also Qigong, Tai Chi, conscious dance and body movement, help you to calm your mind,  feel your body and be present in the moment.

I see this Earth Dog as a yin feminine year: to connect and love our bodies, digest life with ease, embrace our sacred sensuality and being centered in our power!
To support this you have the Jade Egg Holistic Practice, with of course the Jade Egg: a tool, a jewel and a talisman. Jade is a Earth Element crystal, in all aspects: remind us to enjoy the pleasures of being alive, smell the flowers, touch someone you love. Jade and the Earth Element are associated with abundance, actually not only physical abundance, but opens your heart to Divine Abundance and sharing with others in affirmation of plenty.

Some numerology to reinforce these energies:
Dog is the eleventh in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign.
The legend says the
Jade Emperor decreed that the earthly calendar would be represented by 12 animals, the first dozen rock up to his palace will be the selected ones.

2018 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11
11 is master number (we don't add 1+1). It relates with spirituality, intuition, psychic abilities, illumination, mysticism, align with your soul purpose, and master teacher. So embrace your self-mastery, as everything is inside you! For you to access this, you have to stop and listen from within, embracing like this your yin energy of being.
This can be indeed a year for you embrace your feminine gifts, and therefore trust your intuition, allowing your inner wisdom to be your guide.

Following the mystic 11, we also have a Mystic Dog:
Did you heard about the Anubius?
It is one of the most prominent and mystical Gods of ancient Egypt, being it's protector, with the body of a man and a black jackal head. Anubius was the God of death, the underworld and mummification.
Dog is also known as the guardian of ancient secrets, hidden treasures and babies in certain tribes (while mothers are cooking or in the fields).
 
And what about the wolf?
It could be definitely aligned with the Dog energy, they share the same loyalty (wolves take a mate for life!), although wolves are wild.
The senses of Wolf are very keen, and the Moon is its power ally.*
In the Great Star Nation, Wolf is represented by the Dog Star, Sirius (the brightest star in the night sky), which legend tells was the original home of our teachers in ancient times. Sirius was thought to be home of the gods by the ancient Egyptians, and is still considered so by the Dogan tribe in Africa. It stands to reason that Native American peoples would formulate this same connection and adopt Wolf people as the clan of teachers.*

 
So now I ask you:
How do you relate with Dog?
Take a few minutes to reflect on it. Like this find how you can align with it's energy to make the most of it.



I share the incredible story of my dog:
I had a best friend called Blacky, a street young dog that appeared when I was about 7 years old, and we took him in. He was very independent, intelligent, and a strong character. He used to be free during the day, free to be at home or walk around, as he wished, usually he would walk with me to the school and pick me up (alone). Blacky started to give a very hard time to the postman, and he was terrified and the complains began. One day I hid myself when the postman arrived, as I wanted to understand why Blacky will furiously bark at him and don't allow him in the building. So I just witnessed the postman threatening Blacky with the stick. I knew Blackly will not do such a thing without reason. This created some problems with some neighbours that suggested to send Blackly to a farm in the north of the country, many kilometres away; my family obviously didn't accept and assume to take the responsibility for everything (during the time the postman will come he will be hold). One day Blacky disappeared. We though he found another girlfriend, he was popular within the female dogs, so when they were in heat, he will run there and we will find him after a day or someone will tell us where he was (he was quite popular in the area, everyone knew him, a real character). But this was different, he didn't come back. With my rebellious 11 years old, this just broke my heart, I knew my best friend had been taken away. I looked for him, my friends did it too. And I used to pray, ask for him to come back; I did this for many years. Six years passed, 17 years old now, just a few months before I left my parents home, I received a phone call from them: 'It is a dog outside of our work (which was 10 minutes from our home), is in such bad condition and doesn't allow nobody to come close to him, we think is Blacky, just come here.' I couldn't believe! As I arrived, yes, was him, and just me could come close and hold him. We took him to his doctor, who loved him; and confirmed that dogs always come back to their owners. Blackly was back with his paws worn away because of so much walking, one ear shorter than the other, less two teeth, a shot gun wound in a back leg, his tail cut (he use to have a nice big one, he was a mix of German Shepard and Labrador).
Our sweet warrior, now older and filled with experiences, had happy few years ahead. Twelve years and one month ago, just few months after I moved to London, in old age, and a bit sick, he died. I went to Portugal just for 48h (as I was working), but when I arrived he had passed away; apparently his doctor drove three hours across the country in the middle of the night to assist him in his last breaths. I was devastated. He start to come to my dreams every so often; but I still missed him!... But one year passed and with my Taoist shamanic healing meditations, what a big surprise, Blacky was there waiting for me! And until today, through this meditation, in this place in another dimension, we are together.
Sometimes across the world, happened recently in Mongolia, a black dog out of the blue comes to me, and from his eyes (as with humans, we recognise someone spirit by their eyes), I know his Blacky spirit coming to say hello in the mundane dimension.
Another memorable thing from Blackly: was three people in my life that he clearly didn't like, they will try to stroke him and he will turn his back, and then looked at me. Guess what? Was people that a few years later revealed themselves not good to me and of course stopped to be part of my life.
Another thing to bear in mind, not just for this year of the Dog but for life, trust your first instinct, what you feel is always right!


Be Mellow and Embrace Yellow!
This is my motto for this year, with the light heart of the Dog, but yellow isn't just a joke to get the rhyme. The yellow (or gold) connects with the Earth. So I embrace the golden light, for abundance in all levels, take the time to taste the sweetness of life, be grateful, and ultimately just trust and be!...

And you, what is your motto?

  
 ***Wish you a wonderful Dog Year, may you walk the mellow pace and enjoy the yin embrace!***

 *Adapted by Jamie Sams in Medicine Cards

This article was inspired by the insights shared last Jade Circle®, with powerful inspiring women. Deep gratitude to you dearest Jade Goddesses sisters.

Dog Zen Painting by Kris Deva North  
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