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Full moon in Scorpio meditation and ritual

As the full moon reaches its peak tomorrow 10:45, I am writing this so you have enough time to prepare for your own full moon ritual. It will be very simple, with objects you have in your home. Rituals work best when you make them your own, so I will give you some ideas and guidelines and then all it takes is your creativity and commitment to follow through so your intention materialises.

Intention.
This is the most important thing in rituals. Make sure your intention is clear. Scorpio is the deepest, most emotional sign (feminine, fixed, water) and this full moon wants to illuminate those conditionings, fears, patterns which are buried deep into the psyche so they can be transformed. So I encourage you to sit in meditation before your ritual, to connect with the full moon. My own personal recommendation time-wise is to sit in meditation for a half hour.

Gather together:

– A candle, any candle or tea light, white is best – this represents fire. Preferably a match to light it

– Bring on your crystals, if you have any. Otherwise anything which represents earth for you can be used instead: a stone, sand, soil, branches

– Incense, sage, palo santo… to cleanse – these represent air

– And finally water in any form: a simple bowl of water will do

– On top of these bring an image / figure / your own drawing of a deity (any deity) you want present in your ritual. I chose Ganesh, destroyer of obstacles and he is holding up Fortuna, the Roman goddess representing luck and the ups and downs of life. The possibilities are endless here, so choose someone or something you truly connect with

– Any trinkets you want to bring in which will bring meaning and power to the ritual. I have Ganesh holding a red and blue feather, for example, this feather represents the freedom and lightness of flight; its colours water and fire; and she is being grounded by Ganesh and her round belly. So the four elements are also represented here

– Last you will need a piece of paper and a pencil or pen and a fire resistant bowl or plate

Find a space where you can be relaxed and won’t be interrupted. Outdoors is best, or anywhere where you can get a glimpse of the full moon. If you need to sit on a cushion or chair to be comfortable in meditation, make sure you bring it into the space.
Light the candle with the match stick and place it in the middle of this space.

Cast a circle of protection around the space you will be working in. There is many ways to do this. A very effective way is to light your incense / palo santo / smudge stick in the candle and walk around the space holding it, cleansing the space and casting a veil of protection around it. Use your own words here as you walk around the circle. You can just say: ‘I am safe inside this circle, I am protected’.

Now sit in front of the candle and gaze at it. Take the piece of paper and start burning its edges on the candle. Be careful as you do this and keep your mind focused. Make sure the whole edge of the paper is burned, this will seal its contents.

Next start preparing you altar for the ritual. Place the rest of the elements around the candle and the paper and pencil / pen close to you. Have a drink of water from the bowl so you start connecting with this element and sit comfortably. If you have a timer you can set to bring you out of the meditation, set it now – I recommend ‘Insight timer’ which is a free app with a very simple yet effective timer. Otherwise you may choose to bring yourself back whenever it feels like the right time. Ground your sit bones as you start your meditation and connect with the moon, visualise her beautiful pale white halo bathing you and ask her for insights: ‘what needs to be transformed?’ ‘what has reached its sell-by-date and needs to go?’ Be open and receptive, allow these insights to come to you.

Once your meditation is finished, download those insights into the fire sealed paper. Try not to think about it and just pour them onto the paper. This paper is sealed with the element of fire, standing for transformation, destruction and creation, purification. Once you finish, hold the paper in front of you, and visualise whatever your wrote in your paper, literally leaving your body and being absorbed by your paper. Now it is all sealed in the paper. Fold or loosely scrunch the paper and burn a corner with the candle flame. Be safe as you do so and quickly place it into the fire resistant bowl. Watch it burn and be conscious of how you feel as you do so. Do you feel lighter? More energised? More positive? If you write a journal, write these feelings down. What is your next step? How will this transformation manifest?
Write down what comes to you from the heart, to earth it. Make a commitment. Every day do something small which brings you closer to that change. The full moon will be back and then you can peel yet another layer, but, for now, well done and keep up the good work of being present and attuned to the moon cycles!

Much 💙

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New Moon Ritual and Meditation

We are approaching a new moon in Gemini. Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, the messenger of the Gods. Mercury deals with our day to day communication and how we express ourselves. It also touches on travel, the internet and all things techy as they are closely linked to networking.

Join us in an hour of breath work, meditation and ritual to prepare our intentions for this new moon. 
We will clear the last of the cobwebs to clearly see our truth and welcome the new! 
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Please RSVP via Contact page as spaces are limited.
Suggested donation £6.
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The moon is swelling all the way up to the weekend and we will have a full moon in Scorpio on Saturday.
This will also be a blue moon which only happens every few years. A blue moon is an extra full moon in a season – it’s rare and special!
Join us in an hour of breath work, meditation and ritual to connect with the power of the moon at her fullest. Full moons illuminate the dark side of our psyche and are great for letting go and forgiveness.
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Please RSVP via PM here or email emma@staygoldyoga.com as spaces are limited.
Suggested donation £6.

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This week’s yoga and astral insights 13.5.2019

FULL MOON IN SCORPIO
Deep waters of change

The moon just went through her first quarter phase into waxing gibbous and will keep swelling up as we advance through the week, culminating in a super powerful full moon in Scorpio on Saturday.

A little bit of lunar wisdom:

You might have heard this is also a blue moon. ‘Another blue moon? Didn’t it happen last month? How is this possible?’ I hear you say.
A blue moon is essentially an extra full moon in a year, when there are 13 instead of 12. Now, which one is the actual blue moon then? The original definition of the blue moon is the seasonal one and it traces back to the August 1937 issue of the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, where it explains that “the moon usually comes full 12 times in a year, three times for each season. Occasionally, however, there will come a year when there are 13 full moons during a year, not the usual 12. And that extra full moon also meant that one of the four seasons would contain four full moons instead of the usual three.” 

The almanac followed certain rules for what to call each moon. For example, the last full moon of winter had to fall during Lent; it was called the Lenten Moon. The first full moon of spring was called the Egg Moon — or Easter Moon, or Paschal Moon — and had to fall within the week before Easter. There was also the Moon Before Yule and the Moon After Yule. So when a particular season had four moons, the third was dubbed a Blue Moon, so that the other full moons could occur at the proper times relative to the solstices and equinoxes.

Somehow this definition got misinterpreted along the way circa 1946 and this adoption of the definition of a “blue moon” as the second full moon in a month followed its use on the popular radio program StarDate on January 31, 1980.

I will be holding a full moon meditation and ritual this
Friday 17th at the Whittington Cafe,
9-10pm

Recommended donation is £6 – please book with me in advance as places are limited

This week’s yoga:

Classes are running as usual this week:

Wednesday 7.00pm – 8.15pm – Candle lit yoga flow
Open Level yoga: For those wanting a mid-week tune up. This is a fairy light, candle lit class that will send you to dream land feeling completely relaxed and replenished to continue the week at your best! Suitable for all levels.

Saturday 11am – 12:15pm – Uplifting yoga flow
Open Level yoga: Start the weekend with this energising class, balancing the energies after the working week so you feel brand new to enjoy a well deserved break! Suitable for all levels.

Please get in touch to book your mat for any of the sessions.

Astral insights

This week starts with a Grand Trine on the Earth element as the Sun is in taurus, Pluto retrogrades in Capricorn and the Moon is in Virgo. This may bring that power, focus and determination needed to finally make that change in an old pattern system which no longer serves us. As human beings we want to belong, but now is the time to find out who we really are. There’ll be hurdles and tests along the way.
The question to ask in these moments is: ‘Do I want authenticity or belonging?
Your soul knows the answer! This Trine will support us with the energy to go forward and get through these changes so we come through to the other side the most honest and true we’ve ever been. Remember that ‘there is no change without discomfort’. This is only temporary, but necessary for us to evolve.
The full moon in Scorpio towards the end of the week will be emotionally deep… It’s an all or nothing moon, yes or no, there is no space for half ways… This is a great time to deal with stopping addictions and fully supports the Grand Trine at the beginning of the week.
Don’t think about it and dive in!

For those of you wanting to watch Kaypacha’s pele report you can do so here

Enjoy and see you on the mat very soon!

Much 💚

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Spring Equinox Yoga and Sound Bath 2019

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Last Wednesday March 20th we celebrated the Spring Equinox coupled with quite an awesome alignment: a supermoon in Libra during Mercury retrograde… woop!!!

The Spring Equinox starts the new astrological year. We finish all of our inward work:  we planted our seeds during Imbolc and made sure our roots grew nice and strong. This is our last chance to check in with all honesty and see if there are any obstacles which may still be hindering our intentions. When Ostara comes we break through to the outside world and our first little shoots start to show. Day and night are equal length and from now onwards light prevails.

The energy of this time of year can be quite conflicting as we are drawn to jump into the new,  with the sun shining a little more, while our bodies and minds go on a detox party – this is why illness is quite common at this time. Our bodies need rest while they detox as they’re pumping toxins out. The important task to be in our bodies and listen to them comes to play here and this is why we bring our Yoga and Sound Baths to the community!

The room was filled with creative energy last Wednesday – including an unintended all female group – lots of creative Ostara enegy! Bathed by the supermoon we all joined into powerful ritual after our practice, you could almost see the sparks of energy flying up to the moonlit sky through the sunroof!

Our ceremony was closed in a sharing circle with yummy grounding Ostara treats and cleansing nettle tea. Our intentions were set and sent through. Our bodies were cleansed and reset. We felt calm and energised. And we shared and laughed with friends – the most important healing of all!

Happy Ostara to you all and see you on May 1st when we celebrate beautiful Beltane.

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