Thursday, 27 April 2017

New Moon Cycle: Beauty, Grounding and Sensuality

Yesterday Taurus New Moon brought a new cycle with beauty, grounding and sensuality.
Beauty being in the eye of the beholder, it's everywhere when we open our heart to it.So I ask you:
  • What is beauty for you?
  • What makes you feel beautiful?
If there is a tendency for a person to embrace the sheer pleasure of being human, it can be found through the Beauty Way. If our thoughts, actions, words, and manner of being harmonious, we are Walking in Beauty. To find the blessings of the Beauty Way, all we need to do is to make every act of life sacred. That may be a stretch for some people, but is attainable. By making everything in our lives as sacred as possible, we learn to notice that the intricate steps of life’s process are all blessings. Some steps may be challenging or may contain distressing feelings at the time, but there is always a hidden opportunity for growth.” Jamie Sams in Earth Medicine – Ancestors’ Ways Of Harmony For Many Moons.
 
Grounding, so important to own our existence in this mundane dimension, to open to the pleasures of life here and now. To cultivate being center in our power, which gives the clarity to act for our highest good.
  • To get grounded is to be in touch with Mother Earth, from feeling Her in the soles of your feet, simply by standing in nature, also through movement as Qigong and Tai Chi, Dance, Gardening (super grounding and related with this Taurus New Moon), etc.
I special love the Womb Healing and Rooting practice, so simple and effective. For those who learned in the Jade Egg Initiation Workshop, a remind to do it.  Here the audio download which everyone can follow, just click and scroll down. For the free sample click here in which you can hear more information about this practice for healing and empowerment, energy and grounding.
 
Sensuality is how our senses relate with the world.We women are gifted with a sensual body with our curves, with our power to create life, and the whole shape of a woman's body is for me a piece of art; whatever size or shape.Sensuality is very different from glamour, or being slim and skinny. Of course I agree in a healthy body, in which you feel comfortable in your skin, to contribute to your confidence and enjoyment.
  • What is sensuality for you?
  • How sensuality is present in your life?
  • What means for you the sacred sensuality of your whole body?
A few things for you to reflect and get inspired. All these aspects of beauty, grounding and sensuality are cultivated, explored and embraced with the Jade Egg Holistic Practice; which of course the Jade Egg is part of it and it's why this affirmation about it came to me many years ago: 
"I am healthy and whole in my body, mind and soul. I love to live, a life of plenty where abundance continually flows; and my inner wisdom shows where to go."
 
For me, this is the path of sacred beauty and sensuality, which indeed includes the sacredness of our sexual/creative selves. To support me in this process the grounding and sense of being rooted into the Earth, strong and steady, yet gentle and flexible, is essential.

 © Anamarta

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

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 Weekend, Join US at the:
 
INNER ALCHEMY FOR INNER HARMONY Workshop

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

In delight & sisterhood
© Anamarta

Saturday, 28 January 2017

***Happy Rooster Year: Focus your Power***

With New Moon, the new beginning in the Lunar Calendar the Chinese (Taoist) New Year begins: The Fire Monkey swings away and the Fire Rooster crows in!

Yes, another fire year!... Fire creates, fire destroys, fire connects with the heart the place of love and compassion, impatience and hatred, as light and dark coexist.

"The Fire Rooster, specifically, is an already-intense sign with an extra side of focus and drive. Rooster years are rarely ever boring, so it'll be a year with a lot of action." 

But different from the monkey's unpredictability, the rooster is more predictable, so this brings some stability, indeed wrapped in action, which can be taken to be productive and fulfill accomplishment.   After all rooster is characterised by confidence, optimism, courage, hardworking, being observant, resourceful and talented. The Rooster is also sensitive, so drama can accompany the year; although I believe is not about what is happening but the way we respond to it. So if you make a priority in keeping yourself in a good space, which for me means keeping the inner peace in our heart and mind, feeling the harmony within, which will spread to our outer world, can really support you in managing your life and all the "arrows of outrageous fortune" much smoothly.

"The Rooster favours those who put in the hard work and stick to a plan. Also respects those with strong opinions and a good work ethic. Be thoughtful about what’s in your heart and go with it." Adopted from Chinese Astrologist Laura Lau

This Rooster year according to some Chinese Horoscope is Female Fire Chicken aka Red Chicken year. I'm bringing this up as I would like to mention the feminine, yin importance; as it's great to keep focus and organise to accomplish goals and all that, but that's pure yang, masculine, the rational and doing; so keep a good eye on equally relaxing, to be open without expectation, to cultivate the state of simply being. Otherwise you might find yourself out of balance or totally drained by exhaustion!...

How do you relate with these animals: the rooster and the chicken? Any experiences you have with them? What comes to your mind?
Part of tuning in into the energy of the New Year, is understanding the animal, and knowledge follows understanding, which gives you the support to make the most of it! How do you think Chinese Astrology started?...voilà! And specially when the energy in the air is strong, the better you understand it, the best possibilities you have to deal with it and even end up to ride it for you own advantage. But with misunderstanding and fighting against it, a hard time is guaranteed!...

Before I share some of my relationship with Rooster and Chicken, here some facts and interesting curiosities about them:

"Rooster is almost the epitome of fidelity and punctuality. For ancestors who had no alarm clocks, the crowing was significant, as it could awaken people to get up and start to work. In Chinese culture, another symbolic meaning is exorcising evil spirits."
Well, just not in in Chinese culture they are used to 'magical purpose': in Greek mythology Rooster was thought to have the ability of divining the future. In Africa and Brazilian-Afro cultures they are feared for their use in 'black magic'.

Recently in Bali I learned the feathers of the roosters are used in their sacred rituals, and each part of the island (east, west, north, south and center), uses different colours according the the feather coat of their local roosters. While there, one day my curiosity pulled me to a crowed of men shouting holding money in the air.  As I got closer I just saw a rooster jumping on another.  Shocked, I asked "Did he kill him?" The shock was from the men, as women are not allowed in rooster fights (which I didn't even know about it)! As you can imagine, being an animal lover, I was horrified; but this to say that this animal is indeed courageous, when it does stand for himself it does fiercely! Something to bear in mind (and not to be taken literally) for this coming year. I also had the opportunity to observe some wild roosters, I can definitely confirm that:

"Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion". 

I had a special episode with this rooster you can see below, he was big and strong, and as I came close to him and asked to photograph him, he didn't run away as most of his fellows, but actually posed to the photos.  I chose the best two, but was literally a photo session; he loved it!
In ancient times rooster was regarded as a mascot because they ate harmful insects. 
The "Barcelos Rooster is the unofficial symbol of Portugal" originating from a Medieval legend from the lovely Minho, a region of the north of the country, where this Barcelos city is located. So:
Once upon a time a men was accused wrongly of committing a crime, stealing some silver from a
landowner. He was a pilgrim in his way to Santiago de Compostela (still today a route for the "caminho"). He was taken to this landowner who was holding a banquet with some friends, but even after pleading his innocence, he was condemned to death, so he shouted: "It is as certain that I am innocent as it is certain that this rooster will crow when they hang me." Well, with laughter they let him go, but afraid or not nobody ate the rooster. As the pilgrim was being hanged, the roasted rooster stood up on the table and crowed. The lord in panic for his misjudging ran to the gallows, and to his surprise and relief the innocent man had been saved from hanging thanks to a poorly made knot in the rope. The man was immediately freed and sent off in peace.
Besides being Portuguese I confess that I just learned about this symbol of "faith, justice and good luck" last Summer, as this location is just nearby where we hold our annual Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher Training in a manor house belonging to the same feudal family for hundreds of years.


And do you know the shape of China on a map is often likened to a rooster? 
My relationship with rooster and chicken started when I was a baby: we used to spend holidays in my grandfather's small village, a valley in a mountain surrounded by countryside, and he had many animals, including chickens and rare white roosters (they are not afraid to charge into humans if upset), so apparently when I started to crawl I used to disappear and be found in the chicken coop!... The problem was then to take me out of  there, as the roosters won't let it happen easily!...
A few years later I was given an Indian chicken (a small size chicken), which I remember very well to be my companion. I was to carry her everywhere under my arm, feed her and play with her.
Many years later, so just a few years ago, I encountered this same breed of chicken while camping in Hawaii, they lived everyday with us, we shared food with them, but they were really keen on my beloved partner Kris actually, as they always followed him wherever he went.  This was hilarious, and believe me we tested a few times, and they were many, as you can see in the photo below.


Rooster (or Chicken) ranks tenth among the Chinese zodiac animals.  This just reinforces the "1" in this year numerology: 2+0+1+7 =10 is 1+0= 1. The number one is the fresh start, new beginnings, rebirth, is associated with the sun: life force, creation, fire element!
"The most important themes during a “1” year are flexibility and resilience so that we are mentally, emotionally, and physically able to effortlessly accept and adapt to the continuous change that is constantly floating our way." Alex Myles
I wish you an amazing Rooster New Year: Focus your Power, cultivating the energy necessary to do so! Grab the opportunities and make the most of what this Fire Rooster/Chicken and 2017 brings you!***
 © Anamarta
 

Friday, 13 January 2017

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

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Pleasure List To Do

My suggestion just not for the new year, but for life, anytime you come across this article is:
A Pleasure List of Things to Do!!
Yes, I really mean it and highly suggest it, you know as well as me how good we are making these lists "To Do"...
And do you put yourself in the top of your list to do?
That comes up quite often at our Jade Circles.
This emerged when I was being pampered in a spa in India...
I was having such a pleasurable time and thinking "I really enjoy this...". The other thought that follow was: "What really gives me pleasure this life?... All levels pleasure: body, mind and spirit..."
So I suggest this for you:
  • In your mind go through everything that gives you pleasure. I can extend this to everything that makes you happy, really makes your heart smile and your whole being feeling great!  And this should really include everything! I know some things involve some cost* (my example of going to the spa), but others not (my example of being in nature...).
  • Then write down your Pleasure List To Do.
  • Next step is to everyday make sure that you do one of the things from your Pleasure List To Do (more, better; but keeping simple goals, make them achievable... everything else is a wonderful extra!)
*Just adding relates to the things that give you pleasure (make you happy) that involve a cost:
You can make them happen!
How?!
Put your intentions (this means believe you can do it!) to have the resources to do it so...
Also is about choices and the priorities in your life; which we associated normally with responsibilities.
But is indeed a responsibility to feel good and happy, to prioritise ourselves!
I found by choosing pleasure, feeling recharged and inspired, I get the energy and power to manifest what I need to take care of my responsibilities... The other thing that comes with it is trusting that the Universe provides everything we need at the time...

Another thing I found useful and relate to it, if not daily, every so often is to ask to myself these three questions:
*** Am I where I want to be?
*** Am I doing what I want to do?
*** Am I with who I want to be?

I'm quoting my beloved partner Kris Deva North, from his great e-book From Stress to VITALITY NOW! Secrets of Love and Life Mastery for Men and Women - definitely recommend it!

All to say my dears: to enjoy life, celebrate your beautiful and Divine Feminine self and be happy! And happiness is not to be wished but to be taken!... Carpe Diem! (the Latin to enjoy life as if it's your last day; or as in the dictionary "to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future")
© Anamarta