About Dana Gerhardt

A popular columnist with The Mountain Astrologer since 1991, Dana Gerhardt is an internationally respected astrologer. She has lectured extensively and written for astrology publications on several continents. Her ongoing passions are the moon and living the intuitive life. Dana worked for many years in the corporate sector, where she observed the undeniable influence of natural cycles. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles and did graduate work in literature at Columbia University and CSULA. Dana can be contacted by email.

A Little Eclipse Foot Magic

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We need grounding during eclipses. So place your bare feet on the altar of this Pisces New Moon. Traditionally, this sign rules the feet. Some ancient wise one must have seen how the soles are a doorway to the soul as it circulates through your body. Your feet are vital centers for energy flow. When you energetically plug your toes into the earth, notice what happens: you will receive a bright updraft of earth’s prana or chi. Your steadiness and delight will grow. When you massage your feet, you vitalize all organs and energetic pathways in your body. When you do this before sleep, your dreams are clearer and more peaceful. When you take care of your feet, you nurture the whole of you.

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It’s the Equinox too!

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Shortly after the Pisces New Moon, we reach the Equinox—that pivotal moment in the year when daylight equals the dark.  Stand anywhere on Earth on this day and you’ll see the Sun rise exactly East and set exactly West. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the Equinox is a sign that our (strange) winter is finally over (in my town, it just hasn’t been winter enough, this year).  Even so, it’s Spring—time to break out and break through. Across my garden I see the signs. Hyacinths and daffodils are poking their heads above ground. Branches that have looked dead for months now sprout with new life. The birds are getting busier. While the Pisces New Moon “closes the circle” by inviting us to reflect on the past year, the Sun entering Aries encourages us to look forward into the future.

Aries energy is Ram energy: assertive, enthusiastic, initiatory, and optimistic.  This is just the energy we need to spring forward! First in the Zodiac, Aries guides the other signs on yet another round of adventures into unexplored territory. Aries, in fact, is the hero of the individuation journey as it unfolds through all 12 signs. Shaking off the strictures of the past, we follow jaunty Aries’ example, inspired to take up challenges and bring cherished dreams to fruition.  Wherever Aries falls in your natal chart is that place where you can turn for renewal and rebirth.

If Aries is in your 1st house, you may experience renewal through re-connecting with your unique sense of self. In the 2nd, you may want to initiate a new financial plan, or touch base with your core values. In the 3rd, Aries may feel re-energized through putting thoughts into writing or speech. In the 4th, Aries is reborn through spring cleaning, redecorating, or even moving. Aries receives inspiration in the 5th house through creative expression, or through rediscovery of one’s inner child. In the sixth house, Aries gets a fresh start by taking up a new health regimen, or reorganizing the office. In the 7th, relationships are the medium of rebirth, as Aries faces “the other,” while in the 8th house Aries mines new energy from the depths of the unconscious. In the 9th house, Aries is reinvigorated by a book of spiritual teachings, or a philosophical truth that puts life into perspective. In the 10th house, Aries leaps headfirst into tackling new career objectives. In the 11th house, it is through commitment to a social cause that promises renewal. And,  finally, in the 12th house, Aries is reborn through dissolution into universal consciousness, diving deep into the ocean of bliss, then emerging reborn.

The old myths teach us an important lesson about moving forward: don’t look back. In the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the underworld, for instance, Orpheus finally wins permission from Hades, lord of the dead, to rescue his new bride Eurydice from the arms of death. Yet if he should look back, he is told, Eurydice must return to the underworld for eternity. Tragically, Orpheus is unable to follow this advice, and, on the verge of emerging from the depths, he looks back and loses her forever. The lesson in this, I think, is that just when we have committed to moving forward in a new direction, we are tempted by doubt, looking backwards into the past with nostalgia and regret  – yet in the process undermining our faith in our newfound purpose.

To everything there is a season, as it says in the Bible.  Thus while there is a time to reflect upon and learn from the past, there comes another time when, prompted by the hand of fate at our backs, we must move forward with the evolving forces of life.  Now is the appointed time in the astrological year for embracing the future.

Join Enroll in my monthly Moon workshop, to get an even deeper connection to the Sun’s annual cycle!  Let the gifts of each sign energize your year.

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3 Minute New Moon Ritual

Ritual: Pisces New Moon

Ground your body, clear your mind…

Become aware of your body. Notice how gravity holds and connects you to earth. It’s as though your body is an ancient stone temple—solid, strong, secure. Sanctify this temple. Imagine a priestess is pouring sacred water and scattering rose petals, all the way down, from your head to your toes. Any anxiety or negativity washes away. Notice the thoughts and feelings leaving the temple—your judgments, your distracted mind, your worried heart. Be sure to honor them. Give each a smile and a piece of cake as it departs.

Draw a circle of protection, call in blessings…

Visualize a ring of fragrant flowers surrounding you, protecting you. Know that you are safe and relaxed. Breathe deeply. Feel the power of the Sun and Moon pouring into your circle. The energy of Pisces is gathering in your circle. Feel this natural expression of your unity with everything. Through Pisces, you connect to your higher mind via dreams. You connect with your culture through the imagery of the collective unconscious. You respond to life with imagination, poetry, music, and spiritual compassion. Through Pisces, you touch subtle energies and vast mysteries. This is a potent and sometimes overwhelming stuff. To meet it properly, you are encouraged to quiet your mind, calm your ego, and allow yourself to safely dissolve into higher realities. When you don’t prepare yourself adequately, you may experience the negative qualities of Pisces: addiction, deception, illusion, manipulation, victimization, and disillusion. But even these experiences can be a doorway to enlightenment. With addictions, for example, if you see yourself reaching for a drink, a cigarette, a credit card, you can name this for what it truly is: your desire to experience cosmic bliss. When you realize that this resides within, not in outer substances, that’s when you’ll touch the Pisces gift of enlightenment.

  • I use my fantasies to inspire
    constructive changes.
  • I feel the bliss of subtle energies
    in and around me.
  • My heart breaks open with divine compassion.
  • I can be sensitive and
    keep my boundaries strong.
  • When life gets confusing, I trust all
    is working towards the highest good.
  • My mind is clear. Daily meditation
    is my special treat.
  • Whenever I need angelic assistance, I ask.
  • I am a channel for spiritual healing as
    I travel through my daily life.

Allow seed intentions to form…

Your intentions for this cycle are gathering. You may already know what you wish to accomplish. Or you may not. Trust that all will unfold perfectly in time. Know that this brief ritual has aligned you with spirit. Now ask your heart if it has a closing message for you. This may come in words or as a picture, perhaps as a body sensation or sound. Give yourself time to receive this message. Digest it. Write it down. Then, in gratitude to yourself and spirit, return to normal awareness. Place a symbol of your Pisces New Moon message on your altar.


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Moonskills 101: The Great Mama Field

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Moon mystics and particle physicists are similarly obsessed with the invisible world. The physicists voyage into the unknown using the predictive power of their equations. In the 1960s mathematical conjuring took a few of them—the most renowned was Peter Higgs—to a startling conclusion. They’d been trying to solve the mystery of what happened in the instant just after the Big Bang—when a bright unity of identical particles suddenly transformed into “stuff”—and the universe was born.

Their calculations led them to believe that the source of this miracle was a remarkable energy field that filled all of space (now called the “Higgs Field”). This invisible field danced with the unified particles in such a way that a diversity of new particles sprang into existence. The field showed benevolence and intelligence, selectively offering its gifts of mass to energy-bundles in a way that meant the dance would keep going. Electrons would settle into atoms that had chemistry with other atoms, birthing fire, dust, water, air, and all the spinning galaxies. Without this field our multiverse would not have been stable or safe enough for life.

Mystics have long told a similar story, although they touch the unknown with imagination instead of math and preserve their truths in myth and metaphor. Creation stories from around the world typically describe the Higgs Field as a receptive feminine entity—the fertile consort to some formless, limitless, abiding god. This Original Female birthed the world—like the Mediterranean Bird-Headed Snake Goddess, who danced on the waves and made a serpent with whom she kept dancing until she became a dove and then laid the egg on universal waters from which all things hatched—mountains, rivers, trees, snakes, people, birds and sky.

We could call her the Great Mama Field. She wove our world into being—like Spider Grandmother of the Hopi and Pueblo, who at the beginning of time stretched a dew-soaked web across the sky and transformed the void into a field of stars. She guides us—as when she spoke in the Book of Wisdom as “Sophia,” God’s first work of art and his prime collaborator. Sophia describes herself as the sea that came before the ocean, the one who arranged the elements and launched the epochs and the seasons, as well as the behavior of wild beasts, the virtues of plants and roots, and the thoughts of men. And she’s still here. She’s the loom on which even now our lives are being weaved.

Throughout the ages, and known by a thousand names, the Great Goddess has been the preferred muse of many great artists, mystics, and thinkers. She’s also the answer to the question I asked last class about intuition: What’s the mechanism for it? How does my intuition know things—like how my son is doing when he’s two hundred miles away and his phone battery is dead? I’ve gotten messages from my dead grandmother. I’ve gotten accurate glimpses of my future. And regularly as a practicing astrologer, my intuition sends a beautiful string of words out of my mouth that is just what my client needs to hear; often it startles us both.

Logic tells me there has to be some intelligent field that connects us all, past, present, and future, some invisible network on which information can travel. Experience tells me that this field is real and it’s not passive. It has properties. It’s protective—pervasive—sensitive—accommodating—binding—and—diffuse. Freely it holds everything together. We could call it anything we want—the Great Mother, Kwan Yin, Tara, Shakti, the Cow Goddess, Mary, Shekinah, or just “universal moonlight.” But we’ll know when we’re tuned into it because for that moment—we will feel seen, held, and safe. We’ll feel contained in a benevolent world.

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Mystics want a personal relationship with the divine. Scientists want proof that it exists. Either way, they agree that finding the Great Mama/Higgs Field isn’t easy. She fills the multiverse; yet is independent, mysterious, and elusive. Sometimes a Moon priestess feels held within her embrace. And often enough she doesn’t.

It was Peter Higgs who devised a clever way to glimpse the goddess by searching for an only slightly less elusive particle (called the “Higgs Boson”) that winks into existence whenever the invisible Higgs Field ripples (as it does after events like the Big Bang). To that end, an international team of scientists built the largest machine on earth—the Large Hadon Collider—which will surely take its place alongside Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza as a monument to man’s longstanding yearning for the divine. By sending opposing streams of particles through underground loops miles across, so that some particles smash into each other with tremendous force, the LHC mimics the creation of the universe. It lets us see what happened in the twelve seconds following the Big Bang. On July 4, 2012, after fifty years of hunting and the efforts of over a thousand researchers, two teams of CERN physicists announced they had found the Higgs Boson: proof that the invisible field exists.

Scientists seek proof and mystics seek experiences. If we just want to connect with the Great Mama Field, we won’t need billions of dollars to build awesome equipment. Our research center is already here. It’s the body—designed by the contributory streams of our ancestors; their wisdom is our DNA. What we need now is something more like operating instructions—as in, we don’t need to know how electricity works in order to use it. We just need to learn how to run it through our devices. To turn on an awareness of the Great Mama Field, there is an easy button: just turn on your imagination, which is a fine way to enter the invisible world.

This is not the same as fantasy. We aren’t tricking ourselves into seeing things that aren’t there. We’re using imagination to awaken our body’s subtler senses. When I imagine that I’m immersed in an intelligent field that fills all of space, my experience in that moment changes. The air seems to thicken. I become aware of something slightly more palpable that’s floating around me. I can play with my awareness of this field. I can add qualities to it or subtract them.

A useful experiment is to imagine this field in two different states: as contained and uncontained. We studied these energetic differences earlier—how items held in a drawer seem more valued than those spilled on a table. There’s something tenuous, random and less purposeful about what’s not contained. Such was the universe I met in grammar school science class: a cold infinity extending to unimaginable edges. It was lonely—its soundtrack was Bowie singing Ground Control to Major Tom. It was all Shiva and no Shakti—the Big Bang, Black Holes, Supernovas. In an uncontained world of collisions and explosions, I compete with the forces that are running at me and away from me. I need control. I can only hope some powerful god is sitting on a throne above and that he’s on my side.

But when I imagine I am contained in an intelligent field that fills all of space, I enter a different world. I feel held. I am welcome and so is everything else. We belong. I sense stability, safety, and possibilities for connection. There is movement, but also harmony and flow. It seems like things are being taken care of. I can relax and be more patient with any suffering or mystery. I can trust. There are resources here. Being held with everything means all that exists is available. The surrounding field is full of potential, also sensitive and pliable. I might pluck knowing from out of the past or send new ripples into my future. When I call out, I’m less surprised when something answers. Imagining this field is like dialing in my Universal Mother.

This field is actually an energetic canvas on which we can learn to do amazing things—for ourselves and for the world. At the least, we can use it to dance more artfully with the energetics of our own emotions. (Notice, for example, how anger can break the field–or it can be woven through it as protection.) But first we should learn the basics—we should know how to stretch the canvas. We can mimic the action of the goddess—and in our own particle colliders—the self that meets the oncoming streams of life—we can practice rippling this benevolent field into being. With our own awareness we can stretch the Great Mama web across the void.

Sacred Vedic texts say that if the Goddess Devi closes her eyes for just one second, the entire universe will disappear. It’s not a preposterous claim. It’s what happens every time we lose our connection to the Great Mama Field. We collapse into an uncontained universe; perhaps it’s just dull. Maybe it’s dangerously random. But we’re the ones who are choosing—like the original god and goddess—we are always creating our world. I think this is what Einstein meant when he said the most important question we can ask ourselves is whether or not we think the universe is friendly. It’s about which field we choose to live in.

Just as Devi can demolish a world by shutting her eyes—so can she birth one by opening them. So that’s our practice: opening our goddess eyes. We don’t have to always feel held in the field—but we can get ever more used to it. With repetition we can become quite good at weaving the universe into a benevolent basket. This is a fundamental Moon skill. There are lots of ways to perform it and there will be more on this in future lessons. But for now, for extra credit, find the Moon and notice how she adds to the game.

 

 © 2015 Dana Gerhardt

At Mooncircles, we honor both the inner and outer Moons.
Each is a perfect way to explore the other.
To find out more about your inner and outer Moons, check out my Moon Workshop and/or my Moonprints report

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3 Minute Full Moon Ritual

Ritual: Virgo Pisces Full Moon

Drawing down the moon…

Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.

Sending your blessings…

Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Feel that you have become the goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the energies of Virgo and Pisces, signs devoted to magic, service and healing, although they approach their spiritual work from opposite directions. Virgo is that aspect of the goddess who knows the right herb or the proper incantation to fix any problem; she is observant, discerning and analytical. Pisces is your blissful goddess nature. Compassionate, intuitive, and holistic, she sees into the heart of the world. Out of balance, Virgo is constipated, judgmental and perfectionistic. Pisces is helpless and disorganized; she escapes into an unhealthy world of addictions. When these shadow expressions run amok, we feel like our world is imperfect and falling apart. We feel like victims without any protectors. We feel like the diseases of the world will win. Imagine this negativity circles the globe like a dark smoke. Know that if you breathe in this smoke you have the power to transform it in your heart—breathing it out as the pure white light of the goddess. Read the affirmations and visualize the world’s darkness dissolving with your breath. Find a comfortable rhythm and repeat the statements until your light has transformed the world.

  • Breathing in…
    fear of wild forces beyond our control.
  • Breathing out…
    the power to endure with strength and grace.
  • Breathing in…
    the world’s sickness, its worries and blame.
  • Breathing out…
    a world that is radiant, healthy and harmonious.
  • Breathing in…
    whole cities torn asunder by disaster and war.
  • Breathing out…
    the power of the angels to set everything right.

Grounding the energy…

See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the center of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life. Blessed be.


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The Sleeping Goddess

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It’s the last Full Moon before Spring arrives.  The weather is changing and changeable. Our bodies are adjusting to the coming season.  But maybe it’s still too cold  to sit under the Moon. Or the temperature is fine, but it’s cloudy. Here’s a lovely indoor Full Moon practice that begins as you drift off to sleep. The Moon of course is not just that round orb in the sky, she is the Great Mother. She lives within us always, but is especially close during Full Moons.  The picture above is a replica of the Sleeping Goddess of Malta, about whom history knows little, but your subconscious may already know her.  On the night of the Full Moon, surrender into the great body of this Goddess as you drift off to sleep. It’s not unusual to have a little Full Moon insomnia. Many of us are kept awake by the energy, but collecting it into this sleeping form is a wonderful way to tame the excited Shakti.  Imagine yourself as a sleeping goddess, rising and falling with the world breath.

If you lie on your right side as the Goddess of Malta does, you’ll energize your Moon channel, empowering it to do the Moon’s nightly chores while you sleep.

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Saturn-in-Sag Success Strategy #2: Be Philosophical

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It’s certainly like Saturn to erect scaffolding in the public square for a good old-fashioned public shaming. When the Stone Lord was in Scorpio, famous people were shamed for their dark vices, like drugging women and having sex with them, but now in Sagittarius, the sign of the ethical philosopher, our outrage has shifted.

We’re much more riled up about things like hypocrisy and lies. Poor Brian Williams. A tall story takes a big man down. He said his helicopter caught fire in the Iraq War and it didn’t. We don’t have a birth time for Williams; even so, we can see telling transits in the chart for his birthdate. The Uranus/Pluto square has Williams’ Mars in its crosshairs. Meanwhile Saturn takes aim at his natal Pluto/Jupiter square. (Read more from Anthony Louis and Elsa Elsa.)

But I’m most interested in the fact that we’re so interested. For weeks after American Sniper came out, articles and commentary kept appearing in my news feed, debating whether it was authentic or a pack of lies. Some said the movie lied and the book was true. Others said the book was a lie because their war experience was different. With Saturn in Sagittarius, we are examining the story tellers! People are more suspicious and opinionated. They’re willing to stick pins in helium balloons. Journalists, teachers, scholars, lawyers, politicians, marketers, publishers—shaky practices in these areas might assure a public shaming.

“Uh, remember the Brian Williams thing,” has become a kind of mantra running through celebrity and political interviews. The next sentence uttered is usually a cautious one. “Be accountable” is always Saturn’s message, along with “take responsibility” and “do your duty.” But be accountable and do your duty to what? For the next three years, the answer to that is “the Truth.”

And that’s why my second Saturn-in-Sag Success Strategy is “Be philosophical.” The truth isn’t easy. It’s usually not the first thing that comes into your head and out of your mouth. You have to think about it for awhile. Philosophers ask questions. And that’s what it means to be philosophical. Go to a high place and wonder a little about your life. What does it all mean? What really matters? Listen for some affirmation from your heart (who always has the final say in ethical matters). The truth has a capacity to light up your being. It moves you toward your higher purpose. Use the Saturn-in-Sag years to bring your actions in line with what you’ve always said are your ideals.

Or maybe the mob, with their torches and pitch forks, will start heading for you.

Throughout 2015 I’ll be offering Saturn-in-Sag tips on my blog.  See also:

Sag-in-Saturn Success Strategy #1!

Saturn in Sagittarius: Your Growth Coach for 2015

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Moonskills 101: Reading Feelings

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Among the many odd scenes in Lawrence Wright’s Scientology expose was Tom Cruise sitting in a Home Depot parking lot doing “tone drills” designed to develop his capacity for intuiting the emotional states of random people leaving the store. I don’t know how this exercise fits into Scientology doctrine, but given his Cancer Sun sign, Cruise does serve the Moon. And he was practicing a Moon skill (intuition) in a Moon place (Home Depot parking lot) focused on a lunar theme (feelings) being experienced by a Moon-ruled group (the public). I hadn’t thought of doing an exercise like this and I briefly wondered if it was worth adding to the Moon Academy syllabus.

The trouble is—most people who arrive at the Moon Academy are in the opposite situation. They want to learn how to stop registering what every person in the room is feeling. As an archetypal Mars action hero, Cruise “drills.” Masculine solar consciousness is focused. It hunts. Feminine Moon awareness tends to be absorbent and diffuse. It gathers and contains.

We don’t recommend prying into strangers’ psyches as a rule. Yet reading people’s emotions is not an especially exotic or invasive skill. Think about children playing in a schoolyard—how easy it is, even from a distance, to tell what various ones are feeling. The boy kicking gravel is bored. The girl sitting in a swing, dragging her feet and looking at the ground is sad about something. The two girls skipping over to a third friend are happy. The boy slamming the ball against the fence is mad. We’re social beings. Our bodies broadcast the ups and downs of our emotional states.

If you’re a sensitive—perhaps with a prominent Moon in your chart—you likely discovered this frequency early in life. Nobody had to introduce you to it. On your own, you recognized the benefits of reading others’ moods and figured out how to excel at it (which is why the Moon-ruled are usually quite gifted at working with people). You probably got good at interpreting visual cues—slumped shoulders, a tight face. You saw patterns—how whenever Sam got tired, anger would follow. But there was something else. Without really noticing how you were doing it, you began to know just by entering a room whether something was up. You got a sense for something happening in the air—tension, expectation, celebration. Maybe this helped you navigate through a childhood where your safety hinged on somebody else’s moods. Maybe it helped you avoid the bullies in the lunchroom.

Had you been born in a different time and place, your sensitivity might have attracted the attention of the temple priestesses who over the years would have initiated you into the many subtle layers of the Feminine mysteries. But it didn’t happen that way. That’s because it’s no longer necessary. In our time, intuition reveals itself from within—as a natural ability that gets better the more we pay attention it. Reading emotions is often a sensitive’s gateway into other more refined intuitive skills. Mood-reading carries us into the invisible world—which is sometimes thick with information. Emotions, in particular, have a highly energetic quality.

Imagine a game where you were deposited in a chair outside a large room and then blindfolded. A line of schoolchildren, the other game-players, were instructed to walk quietly past you before entering the room. Likely you couldn’t intuit what every child was feeling (nor would you want to!). But surely there would be some, as they walked slowly past, for whom you’d get a charge, an inkling, a picture, a sensation that wasn’t yours.

Frequency doesn’t matter. Maybe two hundred children file past before you notice anything. Just focus on the mechanics of that moment. When you get your inkling, what are you doing? How do you know what you suddenly know? If you’re using intuition, there’s only one answer. You aren’t doing anything. You’re just letting the information come to you. Intelligence is traveling on air.

Information often comes this way. You suddenly get the thought you’re going to run into Becca today, and later that afternoon, there she is at the post office. Or out of nowhere, you think to call your sister, who unbeknownst to you has just heard bad news and really needs some comforting. At the planning meeting, you find yourself distrusting what your boss is saying. Later you learn that he was forced to cover up management’s true plans.

As children we didn’t need to wonder how we knew what we knew. Often enough our knowing was invalidated. Concerned about our mother with her head in her hands, we might ask, “Is something wrong?” “I’m fine!” was a typical adult reply. Adults who’ve lost touch with with their own inner awareness can hardly train children to respect theirs. But now it’s appropriate—particularly if you’re in the Moon Academy–to wonder about how your intuition works. And that’s what I invite you to explore with your experience over the next two weeks. How is it that you sometimes “know’ things? And how come, at other times, you don’t? Pay particular attention to your awareness of other people’s moods. What is the mechanism that lets you pick up what one person is feeling but not the next one? Or with the same person—sometimes you can read them and sometimes you can’t—why?

I won’t pretend there’s one right answer. But I do have my own ideas and I’ll share them with you next time. (Hint: I’m thinking about containment.)

© 2015 Dana Gerhardt

At Mooncircles, we honor both the inner and outer Moons.
Each is a perfect way to explore the other.
To find out more about your inner and outer Moons, check out my Moon Workshop and/or my Moonprints report

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We’re entering Pisces too!

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The Sun–the source of our vitality–enters Pisces on February 18–just three minutes after our second Aquarius New Moon.  Pisces is the sign of the Dreamer, the Artist, and the Mystic.  The solar Pisces month encourages us to renew our vitality by nourishing these parts of ourselves. Grant some “me time” to the inner dreamer, artist, or mystic. These characters are most alive, perhaps, in the affairs of the house where Pisces falls in your chart.  But you don’t need to be that precise. Just vow this month to face the sky with your Mystic self.  Clear from your mind how astronomers have named the stars or astrologers have interpreted the planets.  Simply enter the night and see if there is a twinkling light—a star or planet–that catches your notice.  Settle your mind and ask:  “Do you have a message for me?”

The answer may come in words.  Or it may not.  It may come as a feeling, a sensation, a new conviction.  It may come immediately or hours later.  Your work is simply to be receptive and reverent.  Thank the sky by agreeing to bring this message into your world—through a new decision or action, a changed perspective, an inspiration you share with another.  You may even want to name your star and commune with it throughout the month.

Working this way requires a special dreamy kind of clarity.  Your conscious mind may be suspicious. It might diminish your reverence by accusing you of just pretending. The very phrase “just pretending” reveals how our culture typically views Pisces perception. As children, before we heard this phrase, we were wiser. We knew that we had this special ability. We could flow through our days like mermaids through water. We knew how to listen to  stars and how to get help from the fairies whenever we needed it most.  This is the month to remember all that.

If you’d like to harmonize with the Sun throughout the year, you may enjoy my enrolling in my Moon workshop (by snail-mail or email). It’s designed to deepen your relationship with the guardians of natural time, the Sun, the Moon, and the zodiac.

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3 Minute Full Moon Ritual

Ritual: Leo Aquarius Full Moon

Drawing down the moon…

Imagine above you the round glowing disc of the moon, bathing you in a protective circle of light. Vibrant with energy, your space is transformed, filled with the purity of spirit. Stand and raise your arms above your head. Let your palms face each other and curve slightly toward the moon. Feel as though you’re a sacred chalice, drawing the power of the Great Mother into every cell of your being—from your toes, to your womb, to your breasts, to your jaw, and your eyes. Feel the pleasure of this energy. It is vibrant with the power to give, to receive, to nurture life, and manifest what is possible.

Sending your blessings…

Draw your hands to your heart. Massage this area. Feel that you have become the goddess, capable of balancing the earth and harmonizing its opposing forces. In particular you are tuned to the energies of Leo and Aquarius, signs devoted to individual creativity and collective responsibility. They represent the forces of “me” and “we.” When the radiance of me joins hands with the reality of we, our world recognizes its interdependence, how what happens to one of us touches all of us. Imagine what a future we’d create if everyone brought me and we into balance. Out of balance, Leo promotes the toxic worship of celebrity, Aquarius the dangerous rule of technology.

When these shadow expressions run amok, we feel like our world is being run by children or mad scientists. Imagine this negativity circles the globe like a dark smoke. Know that if you breathe in this smoke you have the power to transform it in your heart-breathing it out as the pure white light of the goddess. Read the affirmations and visualize the world’s darkness dissolving with your breath. Find a comfortable rhythm and repeat the statements until your light has transformed the world.

  • Breathing in…
    self-centered egos, cold hearts.
  • Breathing out…
    warm smiles, loving hands joined round the globe.
  • Breathing in…
    global warming, the extinction of species.
  • Breathing out…
    ingenious solutions, saving the world.
  • Breathing in…
    The warrior raising his club,
    the goddess calling him names.
  • Breathing out…
    the knowing that all are divine.

Grounding the energy…

See the world bathed in the purifying light of your offering: the sleeping babies, the politicians arguing, the starving children, liars and thieves. See the world transforming with this light, growing peaceful and calm. When you are ready, bring your hands to your sides, palms facing the earth. Send your divine light deep into the earth. See this energy take shape as a round moon, gathering below you in the center of the earth. Feel yourself slowly coming back into your body. Rest in this peace until you are ready to return to your life. Blessed be.


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