Vibe Report May 10, 2017 by Leilah Nancy

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Lighting My Path
oil on board, 2017

Vibe Report May 10, 2017

by Leilah Nancy

Tuning in to the Vastness of Being for guidance

My question: I am viewing the planet Earth from space. What is happening on this planet? How is it that so few can control so many?

 

To move beyond the control requires the conscious awakening of humanity. Many are still asleep and many argue for their own suppression because they are terrified of what the truth of their reality may reveal. Many still want to be taken care of by overlords and that is what is happening.

 

It is very frustrating for starseeds at this time. But even the starseeds require a further opening, taking responsibility for clearing their beliefs and managing their emotions and opinions (beliefs again).

Many have come to rest in places that seem comfortable, where they can describe the world and reality from a perspective they have built up around them, but that is simply another structure, another system of belief. Further delving into surrender and presence is required. Many have stopped at a certain point and do not realize they are building new structures and walls around themselves.

 

Star Beings, travel further, keep moving, do not allow anything to cling to you.

Genetic manipulation of food, animals and humans, mind control, weather manipulation and chem trails raining down micro bots of energies for the further enslavement are weapons the dark teacher is using to keep the sleepwalkers asleep in fearful dreams, and to disconnect crystalline children from their souls.

 

Starseeds, realize that, although these things are of a physical nature, you are all able to transcend this physicality by your vibrational frequency. You do this moment to moment through holding the intention to be sovereign and free and by breathing into the presence of your soul. Breathing into the present moment of your experience.

 

It is an individual thing but also there is strength in numbers. The collective consciousness is growing and expanding. Love is what gets you to the highest vibration.

People are starting fires of discord everywhere you look. These fires come from deep wounding and fear. It draws you in and then you are in the pool of anger and despair and this generates food for parasitic negative entities. The awakening is happening and you can assist in the acceleration by disengaging from the stories of discord and re-en`gaging in your breath, in love and wonderment.

 

The Earth vibrates with the innocent frequency of love. Tune in to the resonance of earth and allow it to flow within you and without. This is a step towards rising above the chaos. Be vigilant. Learn to manage your energy. Practice loving kindness and compassion.

Thank you, Vastness of Being. Your words bring me back to my center. I am reminded of something I was told that the Dalai Lama says: “Breathe in, smile out.”


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A Spring Equinox Message: The Gifts of Druidry in the World March 20, 2016

A Spring Equinox Message: The Gifts of Druidry in the World
March 20, 2016

Today marks the Spring Equinox, Alban Eiler, a time of new beginnings, of the balance between light and darkness, between summer and winter, between hope and despair.  Given the energy of today, and the challenges before us, I’d like to take some time to frame what I see as some of  druidry’s gifts to the world–the things that a druid path can do for the land and its peoples. I’m particularly  motivated to write this post today because today marks the end of my 10th year as a druid and I am moving into my second decade along this path–and so I’d like to share some of the insights I’ve had along the way.  I want to start with a disclaimer–as the adage goes, if you ask 5 different druids what druidry means to them, you’ll get 10 different answers. I am not speaking on behalf of all druids or for all of druidry, but here today, I am speaking my own truth and path, as I am apt to do on this blog 🙂.

 

Early Sunrise

Look around at the land and waters that–in whatever shape that landscape is in.  At one time, that land was deeply loved and respected. Humans who lived there cultivated a sacred connection and awareness with it. All indigenous cultures have cultivated such relationships, and all of our bloodlines trace back to some indigenous culture or another if we go far enough back. Before industrialization, or even agriculture, our relationship with the land was much, much different. Our ancestors, rooted in the places they were, knew every inch of the edge of the river and how to build rafts to navigate the rocks and fish. They knew the medicine of root and stem and seed. They knew where the harvests came at what time of the year, and how not to take too much. They knew the names of the trees, the spirits of the animals, and were intimately connected with their surroundings. They knew that their own survival depended on the delicate balance that they had the privileged and responsibility of maintaining. The plants evolved with humans, so much so, that many of the most food and medicine-rich plants depend on us for survival, for nurturing, for scattering their seeds. How did that happen? Over countless millennia, we evolved together, creating mutual dependencies. This is why Pennsylvania forests used to be 30% chestnut–that wasn’t by accident, that was by human design (for more on this, see M. Kat Anderson’s Tending the Wild). Imagine being the land, the spirits of the land, and holding those memories of the time before.

 

And then, many things changed and time moved on. Knowledge and sacred connections lost, so much so that today, most people can’t identify more than a handful of plants or trees and do not even have basic knowledge of the world around them.  Instead, humans today in industrialized countries are sold a myth, the myth of progress ,strong as any other of religious belief, and embraced with the same kind of furor (see John Michael Greer’s works, particularly Not the Future we Ordered for more on this perspective). Wrapped up the myth of progress are myths of the importance of consumer goods, of smartphones and electronics that must be replaced every two years, of chemical-ridden pesticides that lace our foods and invade our bodies.

 

Supporting that myth allows the whole-sale pillaging of the land and its inhabitants. Supporting that myth allows national forests to be fracked, the same patches of forest to be repeatedly logged for two centuries, our waterways to be filled with poisons, our mountaintops removed. These are things that I witness every day here, in my beloved Appalachian mountains in Western PA. If relationships to the land were a pendulum, we humans of toady have swung so far in the other direction from our indigenous ancestors, or even those living closer to the land a few centuries before.

 

Our lands, waters, and plant spirits still hold the memories of those who came before, of the relationships that once were cultivated.  There is, among them, a great mourning and loss collectively. They hold memories of humans who used to care for them so carefully. Here in the Americas, at least here in Pennsylvania, that sacred relationship between land and human was abruptly severed several centuries ago with the driving out of the native peoples and the re-settlement of Pennsylvania by those of European decent. With the new humans, the last centuries saw tremendous amounts of pillaging and destruction, fueled by the myth of progress.

 

Since that time, and to today, the myth of progress changes our behaviors and relationship radically with nature. Humans, here in the US, now spend 87% of their time indoors and another 6% of their time in automobiles or other forms of enclosed transit.  That means just seven percent of the average American’s life today is spent outside. And of that seven percent, how much is spent mowing the grass? Spraying dandelions? Walking on pavement among tall buildings?  How much of that seven percent is spent with our heads in our phones rather than looking around us?  And beyond these statistics, I think there’s a general disregard for life, for nature that is dominant in our collective cultural understanding.

 

Druidry, I believe, is one good sign that the pendulum is starting to swing back in the right direction. Humans are once again are seeking that ancestral connection to the land that is still in our blood, and in the memories of the forests, the stones, the rivers. Learning how to see, and interact, with nature is critical to helping that pendulum swing back in the other example.  As a very simple example, last week, I was walking back from campus after teaching, and I came across a cluster of cut-back bramble bushes. I looked at those canes, getting just ready to bud, with tiny tufts of green coming from out of the buds, and I could see the promise of spring there. I was looking forward to the Equinox, and also feeling the sadness at seeing things budding a month earlier than usual due to climate change. The tips of the canes, too, held a tremendous surprise–when sliced longways (which someone had done recently to trim them), the cane of the blackberry bush forms a 5 pointed star, a pentagram, not so dissimilar from the pentagram I found in the chickweed plant some years ago. This cultivation of the sacred is, in part, observing sacred patterns of nature, unfolding around me, on my daily walk home from campus. And noticing the nature–the birds, the trees, appriciating them and knowing their names. And its more than patterns–the bramble holds medicine, food, protection–and as a druid, I’ve worked to learn about all of its gifts.  As I look in awe at the bramble, I wonder how many people have cultivated such a sacred relationship with the land in this area? That even would look at the bramble and be willing to look closer?

 

Spirit of Chickweed Painting

As a Druid, you might be the first adult person in several generations to see that land with something other than indifference, profit, or going into the land for the sole purpose of taking. As a druid, you might be the first to enter those lands again, in a long time, to see those lands not only in appreciation, but as sacred spaces. You might be the first who is willing to tend those lands again, to help heal, to help regenerate, to give rather than pillage and take. When I, as a druid, walk into the forest, I am often aware that I am reconnecting with lands that have not been thought of, or engaged with, as sacred for a very long time. What a gift it is to the land, to really see it. To interact with it. To hold it sacred. To be willing to learn and grow with it–in it–through it. To walk and see the buds on the trees, to see the medicine growing up out of the cracks of the sidewalks. I’m not just talking about the wild places here, but all places. You can sense the sacredness of the soil, even below the buildings that sit on it. You realize that there is no unsacred space, that all spaces and places, regardless of their damage, are still part of this great living earth–as you, too, are a natural part of it.

 

For many druids, interacting with the land in a sacred way is one of your gifts to the world–and it is an incredibly powerful gift that takes a lifetime of exploration to truly understand and realize.

 

The act of opening yourself up to these experiences are, for many, the first steps down the druid path. As one of the Archdruids in AODA, I spend a lot of time talking with new druids on the path and mentoring druids who are just starting their journey and studies. I read letters that they write that tell us about why they want to become druids, what they hope to gain from druidry. So many times, it seems that rebuilding that connection to nature is one of the key reasons that they join. To many people, when they first find druidry, are excited.  They often say, “This is the path that describes me, as I already am!”  This gives them a word that finally fits their self-image, the person that they are becoming with each passing breath and each cycle of the sun and moon. And every one of those letters, without fail, talks about reconnecting to the natural world!

 

Another tragic part of the myth of progress, asks us to give our power, especially our creative gifts, up and to let others provide us entertainment.  It saps our creative energy, and we are disempowered as creative thinkers and doers in the world.  Therefore, a second major gift of druidry, I believe, is regaining that creative force, the flow of awen, and using it for good in our own lives and in the lives of others in the world. Even the act of meditation alone allows us to “clear” our minds; the AODA’s sphere of protection or OBOD’s light body exercises allow for the Awen to flow within us again. And we desperately need these creative responses here and now–through music, poetry, artwork, dance, painting, crafts, the written word–to help us make sense of, process, and respond to what is going on. The creative arts help us make sense of the world and what is happening and can reach people meaningfully and deeply in ways that we otherwise could not.  At least in my own experience, my path in the bardic arts helps give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves and to cultivate reconnection through my writings on this blog, my artwork, my teaching, and more.

 

Get out into the world!

The world is changing quickly around us, and for many, darkness appears to be settling in. Things are growing more frenzied, more desperate, more terrifying. The true tolls of incessant pillaging of the planet are now so visible and known, and will continue unfold in the years and generations to come. Just a few weeks ago, we passed the 2 degree threshold that so many have said, over the years, that we shouldn’t pass.  Those in denial are, well, still in denial, and the temperature keeps rising. But the rest of us must understand and work with our own grief, our own responses. Many come to druidry because they are looking for some path forward through this mess, and Druidry helps them take such a path, a path deeper into the landscape, into their own creative gifts, and through the difficulty that we are all facing.  Druidry, perhaps, gives us hope and reconnection–exactly the kind of thing, I believe, we need as we move forward into this unknown and terrifying territory. Many druids find themselves integrating spiritual responses with other kinds of responses–permaculture, for example, is a fantastic “get your hands dirty” compliment to this path (and certainly, its a big part of my own druid practice).

 

To wrap up, some of the greatest gifts I see of druidry are (in true triad form):

  • A gift to the land through the cultivation of a sacred relationship, awareness, and active healing work, but also through recognizing, confronting, and doing something about the predicament we face as a planet.
  • A gift to its people through the cultivation of the creative human arts, to give the land voice in the world through music, story, song, artwork, dance and more.
  • A gift to ourselves and to the nurturing of our souls, to give us tools, and outlets of response and the freedom to engage in bardic arts that reconnect humans and their landscape.

 

Finding the druid path is a gift, a blessing, and the ramifications of it go well beyond just ourselves. Often, for the first few years down this path, you are absorbing, like a sponge, all that you can–and things are very inward focused. You have a lot of healing work to do on your own inner landscape, and that’s critical work to do, work that will take a lifetime. But at some point, that sponge becomes full, and you are now ready to reverse the process, and give those gifts back to thee world. Druidry is a gift to the world, if we make it so. And on this sacred day, when so many things hang in the balance, it helps us re-balance our own lives, hearts, and souls.

Kelly M. Beard: Weekly Forecast: February 21 – 27, 2016

Weekly Forecast: February 21 – 27, 2016

Weekly Forecast: February 21 – 27, 2016

2/25 ~ Mercury (communication) ~sextile~ Saturn (responsibility):

This energy is really good for being able to objectively see what needs to be changed, fixed or stabilized in your life or environment. One expression of this energy is a tendency toward depression or apathy, but a better expression would be facing what needs to be done and following through on what you have begun. You may feel the need to organize things at home or work, or perhaps take a class or workshop of some sort that will help you attain your current goals. Either way, be focused but not too serious – balance in all things. It’s when you focus on the lack and limitation that you feel overwhelmed and sometimes helpless. That’s not the point of this energy. It’s just time to do some serious thinking, tend to the details, take stock and make changes accordingly.

2/26 ~ Mercury (acumen) ~sextile~ Uranus (the Awakener):

This energy says, it’s time to go with the flow – “new and different” being the flow. It wants to shake it up a bit – in a good way. However, if you feel like new and different is more like chaos and disruption, then you need to reflect and see if you aren’t being too rigid. Unwillingness to go with the (new) flow will make this energy harder to handle. This is also a good time to try to resolve any old issues or challenges – they are not going away without resolution and conscious release. Perhaps you’ve been trying the same thing over and over and it’s time to try something NEW – now is the time new ideas can/will come to you. Pay attention! Try to be open and receptive to unusual things, events or ideas and allow room for spontaneity. You may think you are doing one thing and look up and being doing something completely different – be open to exploring the new path!

*Note: The fact that Mercury tags Saturn & Uranus a day apart is significant. This indicates that we are not doing one or the other but both, expanding & consolidating our ideas. Saturn helps you be responsible and tend to the things that matter. Uranus helps inspire you with new ideas, thoughts & concepts. I’m going to encourage you to go wild with your ideas, really think of the most liberating possibility, and then bring it into form so that it can be useful to others. So once again, we are supported for creative content & new containers.

The Karmic Tools Weekly Forecast covers the current planetary transits which affect people in different ways and to various degrees of intensity.  Take notice when it is a Personal planet (Sun / Moon / Mercury / Venus / Mars) interacting with a Social (Jupiter/Saturn) or Collective planet (Uranus / Neptune/Pluto).  And pay extremely close attention when it is a Social planet interacting with a Collective planet because that means something *big* is brewing that will move large groups of people along their evolutionary paths. Tuning in to the energy and rhythm of the planets can serve as a useful *guide* as you move along your Individual Path.  It also helps to understand your place within the context of the larger Social & Collective Story. Below, you will find out how these energies tend to manifest, as well as guidance and direction.

*NOTEThere are some days when there are NO CONTACTS (besides the Moon), please note that there are no missing entries, we just list the actual Activations of each week + the day they happen.  

 

Lynda Hill: Embracing Our Differences, Embracing Love: February’s Full Moon In Virgo

Embracing Our Differences, Embracing Love: February’s Full Moon In Virgo | Lynda Hill’s Sabian Symbols

  Black And White Children Playing Happily Together. . . what I am is a humanist before anything—before I’m a Jew, before I’m black, before I’m a woman. And my beliefs are for the human race—they don’t exclude anyone. Whoopi Goldberg
Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face. Nelson DeMille

I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend. Abraham Lincoln

It’s never too late to give up your prejudices. Henry David Thoreau

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. William Hazlitt

Why must it be just a case of black or white? There must be more to life than this. Freddie Mercury

The imposition of stigma is the commonest form of violence used in democratic societies. R. A. Pinker

You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it. Faith Baldwin

If you judge people you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

The only moral lesson which is suited for a child, the most important lesson for every time of life, is this: “Never hurt anybody.” Denis Breeze

February’s full Moon falls on Tuesday February 23 in Australia and February 22 in the United February's full MoonStates. This is an interesting full Moon as it is rather Neptunian (but not too much), and can bring love, realizations, healings, new possibilities, new territories, etc. For a start, Mars is now traversing territory that it will be covering after it goes retrograde in Sagittarius on April 17 – it will backtrack right back to Scorpio 23+, so, we will most likely find ourselves retracing the steps we are making now. Decisions made now may have to be rethought or reappraised in the light of new information coming through in June. Mars in Scorpio can bring up issues to do with relationships, sex, money, debt, power plays, etc. Mars doesn’t go retrograde until mid-April, but, as it is passing over it’s shadow degrees now, we are already beginning that process. This promises to be a very interesting retrograde.

Further, we have Chiron (The Wounded Healer and The Stories We Tell Ourselves) and the Moon’s south node (a ‘karmic point’ if ever there was one – although I think everything in a chart is somewhat ‘karmic’) meeting up now and over the coming weeks. This gives us a huge opportunity to heal even major issues from our past. The trick is to remember our sense of balance, our self-belief, to find our composure and feel good about ourselves from the very base of our being. The Moon’s south node is on Pisces 22: A PROPHET BRINGING DOWN THE NEW LAW FROM THE MOUNTAIN for about two and a half months and it is conjunct (together with on the same degree) Chiron for some of that time. Regardless of our abilities, backgrounds, financial status, the things we’ve ‘inherited’, our beliefs, etc, we can heal many issues by analysing those things that may be ‘set in stone’. We may need to lay down some new laws, new guidelines, new possibilities, new ways of being. We may need to set boundaries, have others know what we will and won’t put up with. Of course, we may need to abide by (or rail or protest against) some rules that society sets up… whether it’s law or religion or society’s mores, we can find a sense of balance by deciding what is important to us and what is not. We may need an avatar or a guide, but, in the end, it is we who chose which laws we adopt about our lives.
We may need to get rid of some restrictive beliefs, dogmatic rules or issues, especially those that may have us feeling like we’ve sinned in some way.
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. Henry David Thoreau
The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences. St. Augustine.
Jupiter is conjunct the Moon’s north node, and, opposite Chiron. This adds even more emphasis to the need to connect with what’s desirable, possible, fun, expansive, adventurous, and, more in line with our beliefs and ideals. The Moon’s north node is on Virgo 22 for about two and a half months. Virgo 22: A ROYAL COAT OF ARMS ENRICHED WITH PRECIOUS STONES. With this, we will do well to remember our sense of self, those things we have inherited, to hold our heads high and realise just how special we are.
There may be struggles over what is ‘right’ against what is law, what is laid down in stone. It seems that some ideas are old and outworn and need to be tossed in the dust-bin of history. You might find a few ‘laws’ that are holding yourself back from the freedom you seek.
This full Moon is opposite Neptune (with the Sun conjuncting it). So, this is quite a Neptunian time in amongst the other energies going on. It is, as always, by connecting with our dreams that we can begin to see through the haze, muddle and stress of recent times. I like this full Moon. Please do remember that the energies of the full Moon last well into the coming month, and, if events occur for you during this time, you will find that the effects can extend well into the future.
The full Moon each month marks a time of heightened energies and events. It often marks the culmination of the energies released at the new Moon. Emotions can be supercharged as the Sun and Moon are on opposite sides of the zodiac and illumination is increased – it’s like we can see in the dark – and we can be hyper-aware as well as being hyper-awake. The effects of a full Moon can be major or minor, depending on how they interact with your own chart. Sometimes, realisations or events that are unleashed, or unlocked, can stretch their meaning months into the future. A lot can be learned at the time of the full Moon and whether it’s lunacy or illumination, or a combination of both, there’s magic unleashed with every full Moon. Full Moon:   Feb 22, 2016   6:19 pm GMT

Black And White Children Playing

 The Moon is on Virgo 4: BLACK AND WHITE CHILDREN PLAYING HAPPILY TOGETHER

Although this Symbol implies that…

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THE ORACLE REPORT: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

TAKEN BY WISE OWL LAWRENCE AT THE SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS

TAKEN BY WISE OWL LAWRENCE AT THE SAN FRANCISCO

CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS