The Aries Full Hunter Moon may have brought rise to feelings below the surface, which could both be clarifying or trying right now. The challenge is always about whether we will react and fight blindly out of survival mode alone, or initiate transformative change and find reflective response and embodiment to guide our actions.
Either way, it does feel to me to be a time of action, however that manifests relative to each person, and dealing with things. The time of pushing things aside, waiting out of insecurity, fear-based reactions, or passive aggressiveness seem to be some of the patterns worth looking at and shifting.
There’s a consistent momentum toward a shift of relationship to all things, which starts with ourselves of course.
So much time and choices are about relinquishing power over to what has happened in the past dictating the now, and so much energy is wasted on fears and uncertainties of the future so that we either stand still with anxiety, just repeat conditioned knowns, or trap ourselves in a waiting game.
It’s not an either or game, but one of balance.
In my earlier years I struggled with an inner fire that either tormented me from repressing it or could rage if triggered. I was a force to reckon with and my emotions could manifest things when they finally erupted like a volcano. That didn’t happen often, but after years of repression it could and would pop.
I’ve since taught myself to channel my fire in healthy and productive ways, to live in greater balance and to be the director of my energy rather than have it run amok on its own. Serenity returned and life became a series of choices I understood.
It’s not impossible to experience peace and balance and to not be controlled by external or unconscious factors.
It does take consistent commitment and desire to place effort into shifting things – perspective, reflection, and action.
Anyway, I just had these few little thoughts rolling around and with yesterday’s Aries Full Moon they felt like something to share.
It was interesting for me, personally, to note that yesterday was the four-year anniversary of moving into our Magick Bus RV full time, which that year landed exactly on the New Moon in Libra. A full circle energetic balancing and indeed I’d say that that decision and year and a half of life on the road of adventure, was truly the turning point for me with balancing this energy axis Libra and Aries represent.
These opposite signs provide a mirror reflection for each other and support what is lacking on either side.
The magick is in the merge.
Can you see how you might bring together these aspects within you so that the productive energies of each can manifest more effectively and holistically?
The last four days I’ve been immersed in excursions and catching up with an old friend that was here visiting. The last time being when we first returned to Lake Tahoe after deciding to, for now, conclude our Magick Bus journey. We happen to both be Pisces with birthdays just two days apart. Even after not seeing each other for a while, we always ended up with complimentary, unplanned wardrobe happening each day. Her owl shirt was also synchronous to owl and extraterrestrial discussions I’d been having with another friend just prior to her arrival.
The weather was perfect in the low 60’s or upper 50’s with full sunshine in the day, then down to the 20’s and thirties at night. The Fall colors are starting to pop and so it made for very ambient accents to our hikes. We were especially in awe of the abundant berry bushes we found at Cascade Falls that were gorgeous reds and crimsons with berries galore.
The Aries Full Hunter Moon was huge here over the mountains, glowing in orange reflections of the Autumn enchantment all around. However, even last evening’s sunset held the same mysterious energy, creating a red sunset orb through the forest portal. This was the view from our deck.
But it was all of the wildlife reflections that showed up during the last few days that really punctuated the energy abound.
Our second night a family of four raccoons crossed our path. Raccoon energy has been on high recently between myself and Laura, but I found out just recently for Janet too. She had just told me earlier that day about 4 raccoons she saw literally exactly a month ago at the Full Moon. Then these show up at the Full Moon time again for the four of us walking back to the car after dinner.
Also weird is that my phone mysteriously shut and restarted itself. This made it not possible to take photos so Janet did instead and sent these to me. When my phone came on, the day and time read August 13th at 1:10 pm, but turned to 1:11 immediately. So bizarre, as it was October 12th after 9 pm. Even restarting my phone kept it on that day. I had to manually change it. I’d seen a few unfortunately dead ones on the road recently and so had Laura seen 9 and this same day she saw a couple more on the side of the road while we saw this lively family.
I feel there’s more of a collective message with the huge amount of sightings happening for a few of us, especially given dreams and other downloads. One of which we’ve felt is about the time of masks and hiding coming to closure, veils coming down and purity piercing through however it needs to. On individual levels it could be similar, but raccoons have so many other messages like playfulness, curiosity, resourcefulness, community, connection with the forest and trees, determination against all odds to get what they need and want.
So perhaps these speak to ways to achieve these new energies and that some of these attributes could be useful to implement more in life – again that balance. There was also a lovely synergy between the four of us who saw the four raccoons so it felt much like sibling energy. But also I feel for me they reflect a new level of skill and focus that is developing and needs to become my fuel when things feel like they’re getting off course or slowing down. The 2020 year will be a 4-focused, collective energy and this would accompany that.
Anyway, the next day we saw black bear, salmon galore that are spawning right now and that the bears are feeding on to fatten up for the Winter, lots of evidence of a beaver family with newly cut mini forest of Aspens and a beaver lodge, lots of Blue Herons flying together (up to 3 and 4 at a time), and very deliberate Hawk sightings – including one that swooped right across my car windshield and a rare Doe experience on our hike right before Janet had arrived.
They each hold their own animal spirit medicine reflections that all feel tied together and I’m going to see how these energies merge into things for the coming months.
With the last four days being packed full, I’m just now getting back to things and want to thank everyone for the orders that came through from our Magick Rabbit Holiday Shop Update
I’ll be getting orders packaged up today and tomorrow with extra surprise gift goodies, of course.
Speaking of bears, this is the last remaining mini holiday tree available in our shop – the Teddy Bear Mini Manzanita Holiday Tree. The trees seem to have touched people’s hearts and I’m happy because they truly are infused with whimsical holiday warmth. I love their versatility – I happen to have two myself. They can be used at the holidays, add ornaments, create themes for different times of the year, remove all ornaments for every day decor, use as night lights, or mini jewelry trees. They each come with decorations as seen and mini battery-operated lights.
Link is below where you can check it out and the rest of the holiday gift ideas new to The Magick Rabbit Etsy shop that include the new Serenity Silhouettes line of Magick Rabbit Talismans and the mini framed original rabbit art that are whimsically and seasonally themed.
All new items are under $40, but you’ll find a 40% off sale on select other items – the biggest sale we’ve had to date – all in effort to make gift-giving to self and others easy this holiday season.
Here’s the link to the love we’ve created from our hearts to yours:
Also, for anyone feeling drawn to working on things in your life that have been nudging you, lingering, creating ongoing challenge, etc., remember that through end of this month – October 31st – there’s a 10% discount on all individual and package phone sessions.
Please contact me directly if interested, as the prices aren’t reflected on this page:
I’m never sure how long I’ll offer things, which pertains to these sessions in general. Everything is fluctuating, depending on what feels aligned.
I hope that this Full Moon energy hasn’t been to challenging for you. I truly feel there’s so much potential and emergence that is possible right now. May all possibilities be open to you.
This is a photo of me revealing my new gifted scarf to Astrid (my rabbit stylist extraordinaire) that’s adorned with ever-chic rabbits. I’m hoppy to share that it received the bunny approval stamp.
And now we (Astrid and I) are excited to reveal three sets of new creations to our Magick Rabbit Etsy Shop.
That’s right! It’s time to announce a little holiday Magick Rabbit shop update. It’s been a while since we’ve had a full shop restock, but you can likely look forward to one more before Christmas too, which will feature completely different items. This shop update will activate, tomorrow, on October 10th – 10/10/19. There will only be one of each item, so if something speaks to you grab it up, as they won’t be recreated.
I worked really hard to keep everything very affordable (all under $40) so that holiday shopping can be easy and fun. This involved not only finding ways to procure materials at wholesale or very low cost, but to also be creative in how to bring it together that wouldn’t bump up prices and yet still be potent and full of inspiration, purity, joy, and love.
The shop update will include eight mini wood-framed original paintings that are sweet as can be. They are seasonally and whimsically themed.
There will also be five mini themed holiday manzanita trees, which can also be used as every day forest-vibed decor or as a mini jewelry tree without the ornaments. I’ve also found them to be great little night lights. A sixth mini pine cone tree is offered in this set of items as well. I was so lucky to have one of our snowfalls take place right after I created the first five, so the manzanita trees got a snow-enchanted photo shoot – be sure to check those all out! These whimsical delights tickle the inner child and bring the forest portal energy into your daily life.
And last, there will be a new line of Magick Rabbit Talismans that I’m calling “Serenity Silhouettes.” They are still created on the sweet real birch wood rounds, but hang on 20″ sterling silver plated snake chains (except for one that comes as a stand-alone pendant) and all share a genuine opal (or two) as their stone of purity (you can read about its properties on the listings to see why I chose this stone). There are eleven color frequency choices to see which speaks to you, along with four different style magick rabbit silhouettes, and four cuts to the opal stones.
Included in the new Serenity Silhouettes Magick Rabbit Talismans are these four choices:
Cosmic Egg Rabbit
Heart of All Life Rabbit
Many Moons Rabbit
Serenity Rabbit – there is only 1 of these Namaste posed rabbits in the twenty-five piece line. The other styles come in a variety of color choices and some different stone cut options.
You’ll be able to read about each of their symbolism in the listings.
And in totality, all of the juicy details of each of these item sets will be embedded in the listings, so please do take a look at the information that accompanies each so you can find out about these pieces, energies, etc.
You will still find some favorite shop items from before that also would make lovely holiday gifts. There remains only eight mini rabbit faery gardens from the 50+ I first created. They just so happen to be Autumn and Winter themed, along with a few of the truly most magickal themed worlds I’m surprised haven’t been taken yet. There are a few notebooks left (ideal for all those inward times the upcoming seasons support), a few original paintings, and some prints and greeting cards still available as well – also great for sending out hand-written notes for the holidays. There may even be a chance that with tomorrow’s new shop update launch that you could find a surprise sale on some of these favorites.
I do hope to get one more shop update in before Christmas, but it all depends on the time I have available to create the two sets of new items they include.
But everything in this update will not be repeated.
I hope you’ll enjoy the new launch of shop updates hopping off tomorrow morning.
Beginning tomorrow through Sunday I will be busy entertaining a sweet friend I haven’t seen in three years, nearly to the day, so with a guest here in the house and lots of catching up, yummies, and excursions packed into the few days we have, I’ll not be posting a blog until Monday or next week some time and will ship off any purchases on Monday as well.
Hope you enjoy the new creations from my and Astrid’s heart to yours.
Monday Musings ~ The Writer’s Corner: Exploring the Possible Link Between Tattoos & Enhanced Immune Response
For any of you fellow tattoo aficionados, souls who’ve enjoyed the sacred peeks into the world of tattoos, or are simply curious about this subject and learning more, you may find this to be an interesting article. My amazing friend, Mari, brought it to my attention and I thought it was a complimentary accompaniment to both this past blog article I shared, Sacred Tattoos ~ Personal Portals to Genetic Rewiring, and to my book Spiritual Skin.
Here’s the article link, below, written by Christopher D. Lynn that explores possible connection to a boost in one’s immune system from extensive time under the needle.
“Regular exercise provides immune function benefits through repetition, not necessarily single visits to the gym. We think this is similar to how each tattoo seems to prepare the body for vigilance.”
I’m no doctor, nor am I advocating you run out to get a tattoo for your health. Articles and information like this are merely for exploration and the sake of curiosity.
I do happen to have nearly half of my body covered in tattoos and don’t ever get sick. Whether or not that is tied to this is in any way is not conclusive, as I have always had a strong immune system. However, tattoos have definitely been personally transformative on many levels for me, including allowing me to integrate shadow energy in a very profound way.
Astrid may be virtually voiceless in the way we think of voice to express itself, but she is highly attuned to sound vibrations and the smallest of energetic nuances that are composed in every second around us. She does, however, know how to grunt and thump quite well, which to me is musical and lyrical in its own respect. As silent as she may seem compared to other animal companions like dogs, cats, and birds, she actually teaches me the most about sound and voice – that vibration and frequency are at the heart of the matter – and that song is still present even in stillness.
There is resonance that radiates from our innermost nature, or essence, and while she may not make sound in the way we define this, she in fact not only is, but prompts me more deeply to listen and compose from my cosmic core.
Some have referred to this as immanence: an inherent divine presence/transcendent – without limits of possible experience or knowledge.
I feel this translates both audibly and inaudibly, but simultaneously felt.
She does have a song, but it’s heard with the ear of your heart.
I love the photo above, which I captured of her in one of her extremely long, still, statue-like times when she doesn’t even seem real. Although she doesn’t move, her frequency is heard and felt musically in the heart.
I’m seeing sound and voice coming up a lot in sessions and again feeling a resurgence of my sound channeling, as a form of both moving energy and supporting integration/wholeness for self and others. A few clients found huge openings because of moving sound through them. It’s been incredible to observe.
And yesterday sound and song was reiterated, as I decided to sit on the bench in my enchanted garden to work on painting some items for the upcoming shop update.
The experience made me feel like Snow White, as song was all around me both in the audible and inaudible forms through birds and little furry woodland animals.
It was quite surreal and for two hours I was surrounded by so many little animals that came to be around my creative bubble.
There were a bunch of little chipmunks running around my feet, chasing each other and stopping right by me long enough to say hi and get my attention. Squirrels popping in and peeking through the plants. But it was the little birds – chickadee and nuthatch – that were really excited.
They kept singing and flying onto the bird bath just to say hi over and over. Pretending they wanted a drink (only occasionally actually taking one to follow through with their plan), but as I talked to them they just kept coming back.
One literally tried to land on my shoulder, but I had just moved to pick up my paintbrush I dropped and so he brushed it instead.
It was the sweetest and created the reality I always feel of being in my own little special world. And when I saw the few photos I did capture when I stopped once for, it was very cool to see how the raw quartz in the bird bath created a shadow light effect that looks like a planet or space ship on the fence. It all did feel otherworldly ✨cosmic.
There were so many vibrations humming because of the song that I was composing by being in the vibration of my essence and creative expression.
And each animal reflected back to me in their own way, the frequency of sound I was emanating.
Much like Astrid emanates to me, despite no sound seeming to come through her.
It’s a dance of song at the most primordial of origins.
And so today’s post is simply a reminder of the power of sound, your voice, and ultimately your song.
To sing it and be it and to recognize, listen for, and be present with all the forms of song around you.
They speak an unspoken language that reflects alignment and at that heightened level of presence, natural flow, resonance, and synchronicity can reveal itself.
A few quick updates.
To celebrate this month – a fav of mine – packed full of special dates, I’m offering a 10% discount on individual and package phone sessions only through 10/31. I did fill this month with all I can manage, but you can take advantage of this special now for sessions beginning November or possibly mid to late October, dependent on what unfolds. October is full between what I already have on the table, guests coming, and a possible trip. If the trip doesn’t happen, I’ll have availability. Scheduling email sessions, however, are fine for this month. Anyway, if you want to take advantage of the discount, please contact me directly, as it’s not posted on the session page.
There will be a holiday Magick Rabbit Etsy Shop update likely next week some time between the 8th and 10th with sweet new items that will all be under $50.
Also, if you happen to be on Instagram, I’m doing an October Giveaway for this Whispers in the Woods mini rabbit garden starting today through Sunday, with recipient announced on Monday. Details are on the post there.
Welcome October! This months feels a bit energetically different to me and I also happen to love October, as there are a lot of personal, special dates in this month. Who else loves October?
I think you’ll find this month’s energy update from Lee to go well with yesterday’s blog post. It’s always uncanny how we all collectively tap into themes.
Lee shares about this month’s “clearing phase for bringing in what you want, saying no to overload to align with higher and more magickal frequencies, explosive energy and surprises, and compassion beyond division.”
September flew by just as fast as perhaps our Autumn here will. Jack Frost has already been appearing on the scene with now bringing us three snow falls way ahead of schedule. The most recent have been over the last two evenings/nights beginning on the Libra New Moon, creating a merging of seasons and putting all the forest creatures on high alert that their usual Winter preparations need to speed up.
Tomorrow will be the first day of October already and it’s created a flurry of creative energy for me to match what I’m seeing in my garden and outdoors.
There’s still a dance of blooms lingering from a later-than-usual-Summer, colors bursting from the onset of Autumn, and Winter’s kiss wanting to play with it all.
This intermingling seems to whisper the power of the in-between, integrating, percolating, and the gray area, rather than everything seen as only black and white.
I’ve seen myself literally go from tank top hiking and biking or bathing suit beach time one day, to winter boots, jackets and gloves the next.
Meanwhile I’ve continued busily immersed in harvesting, drying herbs, bringing pots in for the season, organizing, clearing and completing, focusing energies toward important things culminating in my life, as well as diving into seasonal baking, creating new dishes, making things from nature finds, revving up a little creativity for a shop update this or next week, and more fully shifting gears into client sessions and writing.
The latter two really reflecting potent change, as the amazing clients I’ve been working with are committing to and experiencing some huge life shifts into greater wholeness and my book is going through a major holistic transformation. Even energy sessions have gone into higher-gear of experience at both ends.
The Libra New Moon feels to have really activated that sense of balance to a deeper level and all of these rapid changes seem to speak to creating even greater alignment, less separation, and more harmony and compassion between opposites. All in effort to prepare us to experience and create greater comfort with continued change and the unknown.
Things can seem contradictory, but they in fact just are and we place a judgment upon them.
During September, a continued increase of synchronicity and manifesting has been unfolding, which I’ve heard from others too, including even more magickal finds nature has gifted and much deeper connections with the forest animals (actually one just took place while writing this with a giant gray squirrel walking up to my office door that was definitely not “just” a squirrel and whom I’ve not seen here before).
Telepathy is on all-time high and I find an increase in experiences where I simply have to merge my thought with feeling and someone will answer me directly without ever contacting them.
These have increasingly been the norm for people living with more daily awareness, but I’m definitely sensing a new octave is being fine-tuned, as things accelerate.
And speaking of synchronicity and alignment, I’d like to share this merging of both bitter and sweet.
Here’s a story that unfolded on Saturday’s New Moon – the day snow blew in here, a surge of creative energy blew through me, and right after my wild rabbit friend, Hope showed up the evening before.
As you may recall, I’ve recently been offering some of my animal spirit paintings to best offers and donating proceeds to rescue rabbits.
The most recent painting that found its home was Visions of Atlantis, the two dolphins swimming around an ocean vortex with a small orb bubble between them subtly revealing a temple in it.
The painting was supposed to arrive last Monday, the 23rd on Autumn Equinox. It didn’t arrive until this Saturday on the New Moon to Michigan. This past Saturday also happened to be International Rabbit Day.
Its new very aligned keeper (fellow dolphin lover who has been to The ARC – Atlantis Rejuvenation Center that my friend Jenny used to own, but recently sold, where I’ve hosted some retreats and saw the print of my dolphin painting framed in a room there that I’d given to Jenny) went on to relay what happened within less than an hour of the painting arriving.
This woman went outside to take care of things on the land of her organic farm and laying oddly in the grass among fallen apples was a wild rabbit. She went closer and saw that his back legs had been injured in some way, as they weren’t functioning properly and he really couldn’t use them. So she gently picked him up and took him inside, creating a warm, safe nest for him and fed him fresh rabbit delights and water.
She saw no visible injuries, blood, contusions, or swelling and his vitals looked good. One thought she had is that perhaps a large bird of prey had picked him up, but dropped him. But who knows what other things were at play.
When she told me this and showed me a photo, I immediately thought of my special needs rabbit, Cosmo. I said it sounds like he has spinal injury and/or potentially broken back. The way he laid in the grass with legs out, reminded me of Cosmo and his graceful little legs that couldn’t work due to his spinal injury.
So far, he’s doing well, aside from not being able to move properly. She’s nursing him and he’s relaxed, resting, and eating – happy to be cared for. I’m not sure if he’ll end up needing to stay with her or have to go to a wild life rescue, as if he does have an incurable injury he won’t be able to return to the wild. I told her a rabbit vet can help to figure out what’s wrong. He’s under her care for now and their lives have merged for a reason.
The synchronicity to this story is multi-layered. He showed up right after my painting arrived that helped fund rescue rabbits. It happened on International Rabbit Day. All week she’s been staring at rabbit artwork for a project (one of which was a rabbit angel with wings and another looking very similar to this wild rabbit). And Cosmo has been coming through a lot for me this week too, while Hope showed up just at the onset to the New Moon.
I’m so glad the rabbit found this woman, who is a sweet animal whisperer herself – two angels merging.
There have been some cool stories around the other paintings that have found new homes too and even many of the creations and gifts I’ve sent off. I’m in awe always of the beauty that unfolds and the alignments that take place when someone listens to those inner nudges.
I’m doing my best to listen as well and letting nature lead seems to be the dance to follow.
I feel like September’s surge of creativity and completion is a clearing out of energy making space, or rather, allowing me to be even more present to what is anchoring as my new.
We can have residual energy on many levels whether emotional, mental, physical, creative, psychic, etc. For me, I’ve felt a need to let go and let out ways I’ve funneled creative energy so I can get to the heart of creatively being. And this is linked to helping with my writing for sure.
The merging dance where worlds can meet and mingle, reminds me of that “being” and how energy can become whatever it wants simply by allowing and not trying to box it in.
I love the Autumn/Winter show going on right now and feel October will bring graceful surrender into what all of this is revealing.
For you, it may be a different kind of dance and merging taking place that is relative to your life, but in some way it likely is leading to a more natural and integrated flow.
Are you experiencing the merging of worlds right now in your life?
What does it speak to you?
A short message that Astrid and I would like to share together. It’s about strength in vulnerability. The strength in softness and the power of a gentle heart.
You have been taught to keep fighting, to stay strong, be tough, put on your game face, and power through things. This can lead to a survival mechanism that keeps you enduring the hardships. However, it can also create a wall to deeper connection, intimacy, enjoyment, and pleasure, and keep you always at the surface.
At some point a big storm can hit that hardness and rather than bend with the winds, your tree may crack and fall.
“It’s the hard things that break; soft things don’t break. It was an epiphany I had today and I just wonder why it took me so very, very long to see it! You can waste so many years of your life trying to become something hard in order not to break; but it’s the soft things that can’t break! The hard things are the ones that shatter into a million pieces!” ~C. Joybell C.
Hardness, alone, protects and shields. It avoids the pain.
But it also avoids the pleasure and seals the cracks of light to your heart.
Hardness is the armor erected because fear of pain is so great, but isn’t true strength. And this becomes a heavy weight to bear, until you can’t bear it anymore.
The fight is an ongoing circle.
Surrender brings growth.
When you instead allow pain to be a guiding source to greater compassion, you soften into a more humble and inspired way of life. If pain hurts, then use that pain as a gateway to opening your heart to others who hurt too. Open your heart to the child within who gets sealed behind a wall if hardness, alone, sets in.
Softness invites a gentler approach and invites others to step forward in life, as well as invites opportunity for enrichment. Softness safely beckons your inner child forward to play alongside you.
When softness turns to push over, this can place you as a victim.
True softness is empowered compassion. It knows the balance of strength and gentleness and that the two do not have to live separately, but instead thrive in a marriage together.
You can learn the balance of soft strength or powerful softness. You can move in and out of each rather than being one or the other. This creates healthy and fulfilling boundaries.
You learn to be loving and compassionate, committed and fiercely empowered.
This post came to mind and felt particularly important to share again right now as we move into a more inner time of year. So many people are going through some pretty big transformations and even though you may not currently see what that will end up looking like, be sure that so much is percolating and rearranging on the inside. We often place importance on a tangible end result and devalue the process and all the internal shifts that make this possible. I hope you enjoy the magick of the chrysalis and find beauty and wonder in the in between.
Yesterday, while spending the day with a sweet friend of mine at Knotts Berry Farm connecting with our inner child through laughter and screams, we also shared some great conversations. One of them led us to discuss the magick of the butterfly, and the miracle transformation the caterpillar goes through to emerge as such. It felt significant.
That conversation inspired this post, as the pure alchemy of that transmutation it undergoes is truly worthy of note, and perhaps you may not fully realize what a profound process the caterpillar goes through in order to renew itself into the enchanted winged one it becomes.
This goes in line with my post, November Thoughts ~ Becoming a Butterfly and may be of interest to all of you “cocooners” out there.
The caterpillar doesn’t merely go hide and sleep in the cocoon and then sprout wings, but nearly fully dissolves into a liquid…
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I thought I’d share an official Equinox blog alongside today’s interview to celebrate this change of season. I’ll let this one be mostly photos, as sometimes just immersing in the energy of things can be inspiring, supportive, offer reflection, and even at times be like a transmission of energy that activates or helps integrate something at the moment of your seeing it.
Here’s a little walk with me over the last three days, as a way to initiate the seasonal change at hand with reflections I found along the paths I wandered.
This weekend and today we’ve focused on being outdoors a lot to really anchor in this shift and it’s been fun to see Autumn’s arrival, which also came along with more gifts from nature – since my last post of treasures – that both delight and reflect wisdom.
This included an owl feather with downy barbules (these are contour feathers closest to the skin) and lots of little nature beauties like mini acorns, pine cones, and berries that are going to become part of a project I’m creating for the holidays.
Saturday we revisited three hikes – one of which we hadn’t done for a year and felt full circle because last time was with Laura when she came for the Equinox week then. You can see photos of her and I both at this tree portal in that post. But this is me from Saturday when a rainbow appeared above the Faery doorway. I note the difference in me energetically even from last year by looking at these photos.
Yesterday we went on a brand new hike I found that was 9 1/4 miles of gorgeous vistas and tons of beautiful discoveries, which included the very first signs of Autumn with beautiful changing foliage and tons of berries in a few select places. Really gets you excited for when this kind of color dance will be everywhere soon. This is when I found the owl feather above, in the forest at top right before reaching our destination of Gilmore Lake.
Here are some of the vistas and Autumn beauty.
This hike even had an official Equinox offering to celebrate the last day of Summer and transition to Autumn. Finding this tree stump with all this gorgeous abundance of nature that hikers had placed there was such a delightful bounty to behold.
This hike also included likely my favorite tree ever (so far) that I of course had to climb and explore. It was actually two trees growing as one. I may have given it a kiss too.
It had an inside hidden chamber between the two trees – too hard to photograph, but oh so magickal to experience. Check out all of the guardian faces and wise tree spirits that inhabit this tree.
I giggle at these next photos because I look so Faery and definitely at home. Why I chose to wear braids on this day I don’t know (something I rarely do), but somehow it seems fitting.
Today’s hike down to the lake from the house had two snakes – garter snakes – crossing our path twice within a minute of each other.
Talk about potent and transformational energy perfect for this shift in season. Snakes carry so much wisdom with their rebirthing energy and do help us navigate the shadow worlds with ultra awareness, as well as initiate new experiences, sudden changes, and deep healing transformation.
Just like Autumn calls us within and sheds off the old leaves, snake heralds a time for “shedding” the very deep-rooted old in order to release and begin anew.
I also saw hawk flying above in the meadow, and said maybe he’ll leave me a feather. Well, two minutes after, I find a small hawk feather, similar in size to the owl one from the day before. And later at the edge of where the beach meets forest I found the feather you see next to it, which I don’t know its origin. It’s so tiny that it just oozes magick.
It’s been a deepening weekend that has felt very nurturing and nourishing.
I hope that you will find this season to be similar and rather than lose yourself in the outside bustle of holidays nearing, perhaps you can create new traditions and self rituals even within your time with others that you share.
Wishing everyone gentle and restorative balancing.
You may recall my interview at the end of 2018 with the inspirational author and shining light in this world, Jean Brannon, who brought us the wonderful novel, Atlantis Writhing. Well, I’m joined by Jean once again, and what a perfect time to share her latest book on this first day of Autumn that heralds a period of less “light out there” so that you can find the source of true “light in here” – within you. Jean’s latest work takes you on a journey of the lesser known chakras in order to “bring to light’ ways to make friends with your own inner world, much like this time of year nudges you to lovingly embrace and integrate your own shadows for optimal well being and empowerment.
I truly admire Jean and am grateful to have the chance to read her important work that is part of anchoring a new collective paradigm. So much is pointing to the importance of revealing what lies beneath, as I recently shared in a blog post recap, and I’m so grateful to courageous leaders like Jean who are bringing to the surface the key elements and tools that can support greater wholeness and vitality.
Although, as Jean pointed out to me in a recent conversation, we haven’t yet sat down over a cup of tea, I feel as if we already have over the course of reconnecting and these interviews always make me feel right at home with her.
I hope you enjoy our interview with your own cup of tea, while Jean helps to make the inner journey more tangible and accessible through a mythical adventure.
1. First off, congratulations on another wonderful book. I love the title – Pants Down – which is so perfect in my opinion! You sure are in a flow with your writing and I think that is very inspirational for many writers and creatives out there. While this book focuses on a lesser known chakra system, I love that the self-empowerment techniques are tied in with what your Atlantis Writhing characters use to heal and how people can bring these tools into real life. Were they the inspiration for bringing this information forth, or were you inspired by something else?
I appreciate your kind words so much, Tania! And many thanks for this opportunity to share once again with you and your readers. To answer your question, the idea for “Pants Down” first came about as a way of showing how the “Atlantis Writhing” characters are being. Since the lower body chakras represent metaphorically a descent through the Hell Realms, I felt a nonfiction book detailing that journey could become essentially an AW “How To Deal With Lesser Light” companion guide. And so “Pants Down” was written to provide, in essence, an “instruction manual” for the healing tips and tools initially revealed in “Atlantis Writhing” as key elements of the unfolding plot.
2. I love that you focus on the lower leg chakras, as so much right now really feels centered on a need to know how to ground things in life and manifest more of what we do want. You share about some of the changes you experienced in your feet and lower back challenges by experimenting with barefoot shoes. What other big life changes have you noticed by incorporating an holistic approach with the lower leg chakras for yourself and other clients that really stick out in your mind?
Coupling acupressure with a glass jar of salt water at the ankles as described in “Pants Down” has become one of my favorite ways to end a day of working with patients, as this ritual allows for opening all of the trousers-to-toes chakras so that cleansing and clearing may readily occur. I’ve been finding a lot of the empaths as well as the practitioners who come to me for acupuncture are benefitting from this routine as well, since it’s particularly effective at discharging any dense or toxic energies one may pick up from others. I really love how this technique leaves me feeling recharged and refreshed – and it only takes a little more than five minutes, so it’s quick and easy, too!
3. Why do you think that these lower chakras aren’t focused on much? Do you think this is a fear-based reason because of what they represent?
Yes, I do believe that fear-based thinking is at the heart of why these lower body chakras haven’t traditionally been focused on much. Translations of the original Hindu myths from Sanskrit to English are rare, and all of these myths I studied while researching “Pants Down” describe what could be called a fearful way of looking at these chakras. Mostly what’s detailed are the negative emotions and behaviors one may experience upon descending into these denser, darker energies within that are associated with the Hindu Hell Realms. Although the parallel I kept seeing was between these wild and beautifully detailed legends and the untamed, instinctual energies inherent in the Divine Feminine. Energies our mostly patriarchal world has taught us to fear and even shun because they’re commonly perceived as overly emotional and out of control. And so in “Pants Down”, I wanted to help people see these lower body chakras not as aspects of ourselves to be feared – but as opportunities to reclaim and reintegrate the Divine Feminine into daily life for a greater sense of balanced wholeness.
4. You tie in so many wonderful examples, ancient myths, and tangible tools throughout this book. Do you have a favorite ritual or process that you personally use in your own life that you have found especially supportive with wholeness and empowerment during challenging times.
Whenever I feel particularly challenged with remembering how all is one and everything is truly unfolding according to the Divine Plan, I look to Nature for rebalancing. Specifically, I will take an “earthing break” and spend at least half an hour with my bare feet on the ground – or with my back against a tree. I’ll set a conscious intention to let go gracefully of anything that needs to be released, and welcome with open arms anything that needs to come. I find that by combining this sacred Mother Earth communion time with deep belly breathing, I am able to refocus on all the positivity life has to offer. And that uplifted shift in perception allows me to move forward with a renewed sense of calm and ease, even in the midst of any unfolding external turmoil.
5. So little is touched on in the world around the subjects of healthy sexuality, sensuality, creative personal power, and working with the shadowy and material realms. I love that you integrate these as key to wellness. Can you share why you feel these are so important not to neglect?
What my 20-plus years of holistic clinical experience has shown me – over and over again – is that the single greatest stumbling block most people have with their health and happiness is a disconnect from personal power. And nearly always, that break occurs in childhood and within these lower body chakras. What often happens is well-meaning parents and other adults are looking to create well-mannered children who follow rules and societal norms. This form of conditioning is usually applauded by society as creating a solid foundation for a successful life. Yet once we stop thinking for ourselves – once we become afraid to color outside the lines, the way we so naturally do as toddlers before we are repeatedly told “no” – we have effectively shut ourselves off from our inner knowing, from our own personal power. From our passions and our playfulness. And we have essentially stopped the natural flow of energy and intuition that is our birthright – the very vibrations that reside within these lower body chakras. These wilder, instinctive energies that ironically still govern subconsciously our relationship to sensuality, sexuality, and our “shadow side”, despite our parents’ best efforts to spare us these experiences. And the result often is we haven’t been protected from pain or grown up to have a more successful life by not talking about or acknowledging these energies; we have instead been shackled with the task of moving forward without the full benefit of knowing what it’s like to feel powerfully and vibrantly alive. Of course, it’s important to remember everyone is doing the best he or she can at all times – and our parents were no exception to this truth when they were raising us. Yet babies don’t come with instruction manuals, and so most of our parents were winging it to some degree to figure out how to make us “behave”. And that means most of us on a spiritual path as adults will spend a lot of time relearning how to “misbehave” – which, in this sense, means remembering how to reconnect with these untamed Divine Feminine energies. That’s why I feel it’s so important to nurture these deep frequencies within, and to welcome them back as a fully functional part of our essence. Because to ignore or deny these instincts is to turn away from all we truly are. And unless we embrace these aspects of ourselves, we can never really experience the full alchemical beauty and wonder of being alive.
6. It’s interesting you mentioned that many Reiki practitioners you’ve encountered have not been as focused on the feet and lower chakra areas, as for some reason I’ve always felt an innate draw to the feet when I’ve worked with my Reiki clients in the past. Yet, I’ve also noticed that a lot of spiritual healers are still much more focused on the upper chakras or esoteric knowledge, and still have an aversion to getting really deep into the unconscious and raw emotions and primitive instincts locked in the DNA. Do you think that we are going to start seeing more of this energy come to light, as things shift in the world?
Yes, I believe we will see and hear more about these raw, untamed frequencies as current events continue to unfold. For example, all the secrecy and abuse coming to light around sexual misconduct and child trafficking have the collective consciousness beginning to ask at large how these atrocities can happen. And because traditional psychology seems mostly unable to satisfy those questions, people are opening to deeper meanings – and reasons rooted in metaphysical shadow work. Explanations that make sense when we consider all the dense, dark energies in the lower body chakras that can compel us toward unspeakable acts if we’re deeply wounded ourselves. It’s truly my hope that we can foster global healing through awareness that reintegration of all these energies is not only possible, but necessary, if we are to embrace wholeness and peaceful coexistence with all sentient life.
7. I love your share about horses as masters of energy and so deeply attuned to that feminine perspective that the lower chakras represent. I’m a rabbit person, having had several rabbit companions, and have found them to mirror horses – in fact I call them tiny horses. And all of what you shared rings true to me in relating with them and what I’ve found so powerful in their wisdom. Do you feel that there’s a gateway nature and the animals can provide for us that is missing from the very technology-based and modernized world most are focused on?
Oh, I absolutely love the idea of rabbits as “tiny horses” – bunnies are certainly another wonderful example of how wise and loving and powerful our animal friends are! And I do feel all of nature provides us with a gateway to a higher level of assistance that’s beyond anything our mostly technology-based modern existence can offer. You know, one of my most profound realizations during Chinese medicine school was recognizing I had been a practicing Taoist my whole life – I’d just never had language or conscious thought around this way of being. But for centuries, Taoism has looked to Mother Nature – and all of her plant, animal, and mineral kingdoms – for wisdom and the way to move forward along one’s path that is in harmony with all that is. And I believe with all the unrest most are experiencing in today’s world, more than ever before we need an overall return to the wise ways of old that have governed inner peace and positivity amidst mayhem for millennia. For if we can remember to listen to that still, small voice within – the one that communicates effortlessly with all of nature if we allow for that – we will have continual guidance toward what’s best for our highest good. And what’s truly best for each of us individually only serves to benefit us all.
8. Do you have any upcoming book interviews and events where people can learn more? I know you have a YouTube channel too, which provides great little tips. Can you share that link with us?
I appreciate you asking about upcoming book promotions. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting about “Pants Down” in recent podcast interviews with Laureen Card on her “Women Leading Change” show and with Ageless Blissings Radio’s Brenda Pearce. I’ve also immensely enjoyed speaking with Irena Kyd on “Married Love Success” and W4CY Radio’s Daria Anne during her “Your Book, Your Brand, Your Business” show. Interviews and my YouTube channel link can all be found on my website at http://jeanbrannon.com/ . I welcome comments and questions, too – so if any of your followers wish to drop me a line, please do so at email@example.com or follow me on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jeanbrannon.author/?ref=bookmarks.
9. What’s next for you? Do you have another book you’re working on?
What’s coming up for me is completing the next chakra book in the “Ancient Ways to Wellness” series – which is the sequel to “Pants Down”. In this upcoming book, the focus will be on the hands to heart chakras, where once again I will be delving into a series of little-known chakras to help people learn how to work with them so greater clarity, empowerment, and love can unfold in their lives. I’m very much looking forward to sharing this information soon! Yet right now, I am so very, very grateful for this opportunity to chat with you and to share with your followers how “Pants Down” can help them be uplifted, inspired, and empowered…naturally! Thank you as always for your example of moving through the world in a gentle, empowered, and loving way – you inspire me daily, Tania! Much love and many blessings to you.
And thank you dear Jean for always being so gracious and generous with your time and knowledge. I really appreciate what you bring to the world and am grateful you are here at this time spreading your light and wisdom.
I know Jean shared all the important links with great info, but I thought I would highlight a few again here.
If you’re interested in ordering your own download of author Jean Brannon (Atlantis Writhing) has a brand new min-e-book out for only $3.99 at various online sources here:
And here is a direct link to one of the podcast interviews Jean mentioned where she shares ways that balancing the lower body chakras can help everything from working too hard and not seeing results to the opioid crisis: