Monday, 20 June 2016

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE & FULL MOON!***

Happy Summer Solstice!! Also known as Midsummer or Litha.

Longest day, shortest night, apex of the solar cycle, the sun reaches its peak! And special as it will be happening with a Full Moon - a powerful marriage of the Yin, Divine Feminine of the Moon with the Yang, Divine Masculine of the sun, both in their peak, an alchemical empowerment to us who tune into it!
This actually has not happen in 70 years, and will not happen until 2094!! 

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.
 
And what about this moon?

Yes definitely in all her power: a Special Blue Moon, as it is the second Full Moon in Sagittarius (last was in May), a rare occasion... Today, Moon day, yes Monday ;) A fire Full Moon on the 20th - Nr. 2 is Lunar: the moon is the second brightest light in the sky after the sun, and in her phases the moon has two horns. The ancients believe that 2 was a very feminine, receptive number.

The Sagittarius "The Truth Seeker" Moon is related with: acquisition of wisdom and understanding, expanding the conceptual horizons, travel that truly broadens the mind; adventures, just not in a physical level, but also mental; take your spirituality to another level.
In terms of healing it is associated with tendons - and a great thing to activate your tendons is QiGong and Tai Chi!

So I'll be connecting with fire but also with water, with yang peak of Grandmother Moon, asking Her to support me  in all the above and anything related with this energy.
For some Moon Magic you can simply light a purple candle in the night  and burn some incense or oil of sandalwood or clove (if you don't have any of these, no worries your intention always overcome anything).
Repeat an affirmation (great if you can make a rhyme) three times, based on the Sagittarius virtues; let this candle burn until the end. Do it facing the moon (if possible) even when indoors.


If you have a Jade Egg - what an amazing evening to charge it with this marriage of Sun and Moon in their peak, for it should be outside (even on a window sill.)

Can you integrate and do it all together? Of course you can! Or just give an idea of something you can choose from and adapt to you on this special and powerful day today!

© Anamarta

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

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 use to say "I know all my demons", and one day I decided to transfer them all and create 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