Hearts, flowers, chocolate . . . those are the words most associated with the month of February. If you are a "northerner," snow is another descriptor for the second month of a new calendar year. Love it or not, all of those words best describe February. Of course, we have President's Day, Lincoln's birthday, the astrological family of Aquarius and Pisces, and this year Ash Wednesday will be celebrated Wednesday, February 22. For me, personally, a number is added to my years on Earth Mother . . . whew, there sure are piling up!
Sunday, February 5 at 1:59 p.m. the next Full Moon, often referred to as Snow Moon, will offer us the opportunity to Reflect and Release what has occurred in your life since the New Moon on January 21. The Full Moon invites us to surrender to a heightened sense of emotionality. Relationships may close, old habits and cycles may change and shift. Of course, whatever happens is completely up to You! Everything is about our intentions! Remember, after reflection and releasing comes your opportunity to Receive whatever your heart desires. Be mindful and pay attention to your thoughts, they do create your reality! Then on Sunday, February 19 at 2:06 a.m. when the New Moon appears, you can have a clear sense of what you want to plan and plant to replace what has been released.
The Clan Mother for February is Wisdom Keeper, and she offers ways for us to consider what our experiences have taught us in order to grow in wisdom. All too often we stare at our past and carry those memories; that can become a real burden to carry. The important teaching is to Honor the Truth of your lifetime and use the teachings you receive as your walk along the Sacred Path of Life.
Deepening into Wisdom Circle: As a reminder, each month this year we will be focusing on how to "Claim our Gifts." Last month we learned how to "Learn the Truth" with the Clan Mother, Talks with Relations. We shared some stories of how nature can be some of our greatest teachers. By utilizing these teachers, we can become clear in order to learn and identify our gifts are. On Thursday, February 16 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Using the teachings of Wisdom Keeper, we will learn how to Honor the Truth, and claim our gifts, in order to grow in Wisdom. We hope you will join us on this journey! All you need is an open heart, blanket for your lap, a journal, and willingness to grow in Wisdom!
Community Event: As promised last Spring, we are offering an afternoon retreat to learn more of the ways to use the Mandala to better understand the "workings" of life. On Saturday, March 4, from 1-4:00 p.m. we will gather at the Dancing Flame Medicine Lodge to glean a clear understanding of what and how each of the seven sacred directions can be used to provide a rhythm by which all inhabitants of Earth Mother can live in harmony. Whether you have read either book or not, this retreat will provide the framework for beginning a new round on the Medicine Wheel of Life. Read more about this on our Community Events link: Using the Mandala to Walk a sacred Path with intention and purpose, will equip you with some tools to make 2023 a year full of richness and meaning!
Now, go get that chocolate, flowers and cards for someone you love, and make certain you are on that list!
From my heart to yours, Vicky
Within each of our hearts dreams reside, our task is to bring them forth. Sounds fairly simple; however, most of us know it is not. We wait for the perfect time to give those dreams our full attention, and whammy, our 30th and 40th birthday happen. For most of us, the 40th is the beginning of really "waking up" to the fact nearly half our life is behind us. As we round near 50 is when the itch we've felt finally needs scratched.
Fortunately, this is the time when most of the parenting, career climbing, and overall urge to "make something of ourselves," begins to lessen. The dreams we carried up to that point were earthly, human ones that helped us define our purpose and accomplish the goals we set when we were young adults. They helped us find our place in the world.
During this time of hibernation and dreaming, now is a perfect time to really go into your heart and ask some important questions such as: What did I love doing as a child, What brought joy to my heart, and What happen to those heartfelt curiosities and wonderings? Most of you immediately know the answer to those questions, now is the time to "think some more" about them. Only this time, use your heart as your resource rather then your thinking head. That said, we need both! We need our thinking mind that has helped us maneuver our way through the human understanding of life to get us this far. However, consider the ever patient, creative, and passionate heart that holds the dreams of our soul that has waited to be fully seen and accessed. No doubt some deep wounds throughout our life led us to put that beautiful heart on a top shelf. Perhaps if we can truly take 10, 20 minutes per day to rest in a comfortable spot in our homes and give our heart our full attention we will begin to actually feel the tender, loving soul that resides within the center of our body. No doubt those that take this time will feel the familiar warmth they felt as a young child, and allow that innocent, child within to resuscitate our heart and give it a voice. Then our thinking mind will have to quiet the incessant chatter and turn on it's loving ears, to allow the relationship between our Head and Heart to reconnect and deepen. It is at this point the dreams of our heart will show themselves, and the new direction of our life will be made clear. It is then we can proclaim the infamous words spoken by Martin Luther King, "I have a Dream!"
The Deepening into Wisdom circle is this Thursday, January 19, 6:30 - 8 p.m. What a perfect time to begin a new calendar year with purpose and intention. Our theme for this year is "Claiming our Gifts." To begin that journey, we need to have a clear understanding of our personal Truths. Therefore, with the assistance of the teachers of Truth, the 13 Original Clan Mothers, each month we will carefully exam what is true for us, so we may clearly identify and strengthen our Gifts. Join us this Thursday as we begin the journey. Bring an open heart, cover for your lap, a friend, and a pine cone. Yep, that's correct, a pine cone, and let the journey begin!
As a reminder, this circle does not require a commitment, attend as your heart guides you. Also, there is no set charge for this circle, there, however, is a gifting bowl to accept your energy exchange for what you received. Finally, in case of inclement weather, a zoom link will be sent to those planning to attend. Therefore, please notify Vicky (firstname.lastname@example.org) by noon, Thursday, if you plan to attend.
The holidays are gearing down as we greet a brand new year. Only a few colored lights still adorn the streets in our neighborhood as we all begin to settle into the fullness of winter. Hopefully, your cave is prepared; the decorations are put away, the refrigerator is full and for us "northerners" plenty of candles, canned goods, water and some source of back-up heat is on stand-by. Now is the perfect time to crack open your favorite book, or maybe a new one you received during the Holidays, and settle into your favorite cushiony chair. Or perhaps you will choose to use the quiet stillness of winter to catch up on all your favorite TV series. Whatever calls to your heart, the winter is a grand time to explore the world within and around you. Everyone has some sort of dream, some passion that feeds their curiosity, and/or touches their heart. Winter is the perfect time to rest in the comforts of less activity and busyness to ponder, explore, and dream. The first full moon of 2023, often referred to as the Wolf Moon, is Friday, January 6. What a powerful way to begin a new calendar year; exploring places, ideas, considering options or new topics you haven't had the time to dig into and seriously examine. The fullness of the Moon offers it's brilliant light to shed light on a new adventure you might like to see birthed in the Spring. If you allow yourself this precious time to examine your life, you may just discover, the only thing that has been in your way of realizing a dream is YOU! Despite our ever doubting mind that offers reasons why that new or old hidden dream is not possible, the Truth is, "We are captains of our own destiny." Here's a challenge: try dreaming this winter and see what shows up with the new sprouts of plants and foliage in the Spring. It may take baby steps to see the dream come to fruition, but as the saying goes, "Rome wasn't build in a day!" Everything begins with a deep desire within, whether it comes into form, is entirely up to you.
Deepening into Wisdom Circle: Our first gathering will be Thursday, January 19, 6:30 - 8 p.m. If you read the newsletter, you already know this circle has a theme this year, "Claiming our Gifts." Each month we will explore various aspects of the gifts we already have, and learn ways to deepen into those gifts so we continue to live life with purpose, and to be of service to those around us. Through the sharing of stories from participants, a few tips for some unique ways that have helped enrich their lives, we will learn how others developed their gifts. We will also learn a bit more about meditation, prayer, body work, and other unique and powerful ways that can help us become all we are capable of being. Check out the Events link for monthly dates and more information about the Deepening into Wisdom Circle.
If you have a specialty you would like to share one month, go to the contact page and let Vicky know. You never know what your experience can do to help someone else on their Sacred Walk around the Medicine Wheel we call Life! How about it? Are you up to the Adventure?
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!