April Newsletter

June 12, 2010

Hello everyone, life has been rather full lately, writing articles, putting together our monthly newsletters, workshops in Malta, as well a creating artwork and designing interiors.  Very full on and in the process I have neglected my site here !!  I have set my intention to post more regularly so watch this space!

I have posted the front cover of our newsletter for April Full Moon, if you would like to receive a copy of this or would like to put on the mailing list for future newsletters then please email me your address and I will send of a copy by return.

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Ancestral Path

March 28, 2010

Our western culture doesn’t make much room for the honoring of  ancestors, for the gifts they gave us that have enriched our lives, layers and layers of story– our story embedded in the story of our family, which in turn is nestled in the story of our parents’ families, and so on back through generations.  This genetic story is wrapped in cultural stories, the places and events that shaped the people who came before us — language, music, landscape.  Within us is a sacred thread that is woven with everyone in our ancestral past.  We carry within us the hopes and dreams, the wounds and longings, of everyone who came before us.

Our ancestors, those who are the twice born, those who have conquered death, who have done battles with the archetypes and the battles of nature to be become persons of great knowledge.  These are the trustees of our earth and it is their wisdom and the parts they played that propelled us to this point in our lives, right here, right now……..

Some people say to me how can we honour ancestors when there has been conflict and problems in our families.  My family is no different, my father was an alcoholic and bought with him disharmony and mayhem, but his weaknesses around drink was my strength, his love of music and the melodies he wrote for his bagpipes bring a richness to my life beyond words.  All our ancestors bear great gifts,  sometimes it just takes time mine the rich seams of gold that lie within.

I personally have come to know of the celtic life  blood that forces through my veins, this has given me that earthy connection to my sexuality,  my wildness, my love of music, literature, poetry,  arts, and my spiritual wisdom, and the power and beauty held in all my female ancestry has given me the strength to survive when everything around me was failing.   I honour you all for your wonderful gifts.

In the North, we encounter the energies of Hummingbird ,  this archetypal energy teaches us to honour ancestors and put them in the order of love, to place them behind us, supporting us, so we can journey forth in the knowledge of who “we are”.

The images show some of the pieces I have made to honour the path I have journeyed so far, my grandmother and great grandmother take their rightful place,  their strength and beauty live on.

The Garden of Plenty

March 8, 2010

The divine feminine, mother earth, the dark magical mysteries that lie under the earth.  Feminine receptive energies where time is circular, continuous without end.

A lot of my work is inspired by this very powerful imagery that flows through my veins.  So I though it’s time to balance the energies, masculine thrusting energy that propels itself forward in the world and keeps everything in balance, the yin and yang, the light and the dark, the sun and the moon.   The sword that slay the dragon.

oil Pastels, pencils, acrylic, scanned and layered digitally.

The Start of a New Decade

February 2, 2010

A PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE HERALDS THE START OF A NEW , DECADE

And what an auspicious beginning, the 13th full moon of the year arose for the last time in 2009 to a partial lunar eclipse.   How amazing is all this, a real time of change where major shifts take place both personally and globally.

This Moon, second one in the month of December is actually called a Blue moon, it happens approx once every three years, hence the saying some say “once in a blue moon”. On her journey through the cosmos she passes through the constellation of Cancer and the Sun will be moving opposite the Moon through the constellation of Capricorn.  As you know, we tend to be more emotionally expressive during a Full Moon. This emotional and sometimes rather shaky environment occurs because there is change in the electromagnetic energy that affects us mentally and neurologically.

As the moon begins to grow rich and full, tension begins to build until it reaches a crescendo and literally eclipses the sun.    Immediately there is a release, a real sense of freedom, blockages begin to crumble as we let go of everything that no longer serves us in our lives.

I see this time as a real era of change, like a huge heavy door opening up before us, allowing us to take flight into the unknown.  A starting point of our epic journey to who we are becoming. We all have the opportunity now to dream a new world into being, allowing ourselves to open up to the bigger picture and start co-create something really new for this beautiful world of ours.

Last weekend saw the first new moon of the decade, it was huge with a warm golden glow, its proximity to Mars and its reflection gave it this beautiful colour.  The full moon was in Leo with Venus and Mars astride.  A Full Moon is light (the Sun) fully illuminating what is hidden or unconscious (the Moon) – so that should be viewed as something that the Universe decrees as having arrived at a time when it needs to be exposed and so brought closer to being resolved.   It prompts us to take a good look at how courageous we are.

Do we have what it takes to see things through? Are we brave enough to confront what is necessary to make the long-lasting changes? The Sun in Aquarius reminds us to be progressive and creative and learn to take a step back and view things from a more balanced perspective.

This coming year feels so good, there is definitely a huge shift in the way I view my world now,  knowing that mother earth is there supporting my every step keeps me grounded, connected and able to move forward with certainty

shadows...... let them be your gifts

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing,

and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi ~

 

At the start of my shamanic journey this ancient poem was sent to me by one of my teachers.  At the time of reading it I was struggling big time and didn’t grasp its meaning or relevance fully.  However, today I heard the poem again being read out on a shamanic audio podcast, only this time I  heard the poem with very different ears.  Its  message crystal clear.    Learning to embrace the dark side, our shadows, ”the visitors to the guest house” is what sets us free.  These “guests” come bearing gifts,  if we can unwrap them and learn from them, we can begin to connect to our true self.  Allow our light to shine clear and bright and transform the quality of our energetic vibrations to a much higher level

 

I want to talk about the shadow, the dark side, the part of us we keep well hidden, the part we don’t want anyone to know about, the part we internalized long ago when as a child we were humiliated, chastised or shamed.  We became detached, we split off, and lost our connection with our true self. 

 

 For some people the shadow pieces can remain all their lives, its too painful to “go there” and they are in total denial that there is any problem at all. For others there becomes a time when they start to see the pieces and embrace them, these are two different ends of the spectrum, but reaching the latter releases us from everything that holds us back and stops us from reaching our souls purpose in this life.

 

The shadow in denial never stays dormant forever, some way, somehow the shadows will surface in ways that can be totally self destructive.  It can be the beautifully mannered person always polite and sweet who ends up violently attacking their partner, the pillar of the community ends up stealing the community fund, the priest who took his vows of celibacy is caught having sex with a parishioner.  The pleasant well mannered bank clerk defrauds the bank of a lot of money and is sent to prison etc, etc.   In addition the shadow causes blocks in our energy bodies, resulting in physical manifestations, joint pains and headaches to auto immune diseases, back problems and more serious terminal illnesses and so on.  (Read Louise Hay’s HEAL YOUR BODY http://www.amazon.co.uk/Heal-Your-Body-Louise-Hay/dp/0937611352)

 

First we have to recognize the shadows, some we can readily identify, some are well hidden.  A sure way of finding out some pieces to work with is to think of someone in your life who seems to “push all your buttons”, then write a list of all things that really annoy you about them.  This will probably be very easy………..  once listed read them out to yourself and know that each item  you wrote is in fact one of YOUR shadows

 

As hard as it might be to accept these are all the pieces that you have been trying to hold down unseen all your life. It helps to see them as gifts to unwrap, see how a particular quality may have helped you in your life.  Another way of finding shadow pieces is to list the qualities that you would most like to remembered for, then write down the opposite quality, find a word that really resonates, this latter one is your shadow.  For a better understanding of shadow work I thouroughly recommend THE DARD SIDE OF THE LIGHT CHASERS by Debiie Ford http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Side-Light-Chasers-Reclaiming/dp/0340819057/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1249540887&sr=1-1

Wake up

May 29, 2009

wake up

That divine spark is within each individual but it needs to be drawn out and fanned into a flame in so many souls. It has to be recognised before anything can be done about it. Wake up from your slumbers and recognise the divinity within you and nurture it and allow it to grow and flourish. A seed has to be planted in the soil before it can grow. It has within it all its potentials, but those potentials remain dormant until they are given the right conditions in which to grow and develop. There are many souls in this life who will not wake up to their divine potential and they are like seeds stored away in packets. You must want to break your bonds to be free. As soon as the desire is there you will receive help in every way possible, but the desire in you must be there.

 

Words from Eileen Caddy