new moon // solstice // december



Night Long Moon
Sunday, December 21st, Capricorn, 5:35 pm PST
Solstice - December 21st, 3:03 pm PST

With in just a few hours of each other we have a once in a lifetime alignment of the New Moon and the Winter Solstice falling on the same day. There is something about this that feels so powerful and divine that I feel words may not even be needed. Not only the challenge of processing it all through the linear mind, but more so that I feel the the magic of these colliding energies is so palatable in the air and in turn in us, that we need only to trust that it is all working through us. We need only to stay open to it, and not resist what natural energies are moving us. 

Having grown up somewhere where there is snow during the Winter has left a lasting effect on me and what this time of year is. Now living in Southern California I am grateful to bring with me the impression, lessons and energy of Winter. The stillness, slowing down and the deep wisdom in the quietness of this season. With the heavy darkness there is also the feeling of hope and rebirth, creating such a magical feeling. Winter for me also seems to take me into my deep subconscious, a sacred place, that is a mix of wisdom and innocence. Most likely you have been feeling the seasons affect in your life, a sense of slowing down, a need for quiet and more sleep. For me, December also affects my emotions. Withdrawn and solitary, I tend to feel a bit like a bear going into it's cave to hibernate. I try to remember that the bear needs this time, to go within and digest the years experiences. In it's cave the bear seeks answers while dreaming and quietly hibernating. In the silence is where the power of knowing is. If you can relate to any of this, you can take comfort in knowing that you are in rhythm with the seasons.

I love this alignment of the New Moon and Winter Solstice because both of them are about darkness, and the power and potential of darkness. If you read here often then you know that New Moons are empty of light and that's what makes them the perfect time to set intentions about things we wish to draw into our lives. Just as the Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year it is also the transitioning point when each day draws in more and more light. A time a rebirth for nature and new energy. Solstice means Sun stands still, it is a moment when the Sun stops moving southward, pauses, before it begins to move northward. It is a moment of pause in the darkness before the rebirth of light (both in nature and your inner light as well). It is as much a time about rebirth as it is a time of wonder. Winter Solstice is sort of a mega New Moon for the year. 

With the new year just days away this feels like the perfect time to take stock of this past year for yourself. What have you called into your life? What are you ready to let go of to move forward? Think about the gifts you have received from both. With the celestial alignments it is a great time to examine your life, your truths and commitments, relationships and beliefs. Ask yourself if they are STILL in alignment with who you are and where you are headed. Are they limiting you? It is a time of breaking free from constraints and leaping beyond the boundaries set by ourselves or by others. It is truly a time of letting go of the old and rooting ourselves down to welcome what is coming.

With your New Moon wishing this month you get the added potency of the Solstice, which is one of the most powerful days of the year for mediation, setting intentions and goals, wishing, and ritual. Capricorn is a great energy to help us take charge, with it's Earth energy it will help us ground our dreams and make them a reality.  

Venus also emerges from the darkness in the sky, you can see her near the Moon. She is a very powerful energy in our lives and on the planet right now, activating the empowerment of the Feminine. This energy opens us to a deeper connection with our intuition and with the ancient wisdom of nature. We are at the beginning of a profound returning to this energy in the world. 

Now, on to wishing. You are allowed ten wishes, they must be hand written on paper - and made within the first 24 hours of the New Moon. Night time is such a magical time, it holds so much potential and creativity. Spend some time during this long night finding inspiration during these dark hours. Create a ritual for yourself tonight, involve nature and the elements. Take time, be thoughtful and intentional with your words. Honor what you are ready to leave behind. Celebrate what you wish to call in. Send gratitude to nature, how it supports and nurtures you. To the elements and the animals as guides. To the Sun and Moon. Tonight is about rest. To be in the darkness, quiet and wondering. Allow the magic of the darkness, with it's hope and potential for light, to find you.

* breathwork meditation tonight *
focused on the New Moon and Winter Solstice with the Sound Bath next door!
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Vija Celmins . night sky I (reversed), 2002


self care

My dear friend Ashley Neese asked me to be a part of her Inspired Living series, which is a group of interviews on self-care. 
You can read my interview here.
As well as see more photos taken by the amazing Claire

thank you thank you Ashley and Claire
beyond grateful


2015 moon calendar

M  O  O  N      C  A  L  E  N  D  A  R

2  0  1  5

Now available in the SHOP
Before this Moon Calendar was printed, each Moon was hand drawn. 
Each one drawn with intention, each one having the potential to hold both your dark and your light.
May you go within during the darkness of the New Moon and shine with the light of the Full Moon.
letterpress // edition of 100


seven reeds

just went to see this beautiful show at Overduin & Co

Jacob Kassay 
Nevine Mahmoud

full moon // december


Night Long Moon
Saturday, December 6th, Gemini, 4:27 am PST

Raise your hand if you are someone who thinks too much? Ya, I thought so. This Full Moon in Gemini connects us to the qualities of Air and Fire. It's a time of potential, seeing the big picture, taking on new projects, learning new things, great expansion, increased activity and connection. With the Moon at it's peak we are at our most open time, all circuits firing, evoking a desire for communication, igniting our curious nature and thirst for learning. Gemini's don't like to be tied down, better to be in two places at once. Right now you might be feeling a bit scattered or notice your age old ways of distraction surfacing (having trouble committing?). Gemini's like to exercises the mind: learning, speaking, thinking, listening, writing, teaching... this might sounds exciting to some, exhausting to others. Gemini, The Twins, rules the upper body and it's paired parts: the hands, arms, shoulders, lungs, nervous system. With all the Air energy right now you can feel how this might lead to excess anxiety, worry, nervousness, or over thinking. This is the underside of the upbeat energy we are in. So, take extra care to stay relaxed and grounded. If you are someone who is stuck in your head spend some time moving your body, connect to your senses (especially powerful right now to do this in nature), find an activity that you loose yourself in, where you let go of everything you are thinking and allow yourself to feel. 

Just as New Moons are great for setting intentions and bringing things into your life, Full Moons are great times for letting things go. You can imagine you are doing this with the help of the light of the Moon. Right now it is full of light, and each moment it is letting go, emptying itself of more and more light until it is dark, New. Use this energy to help you let go of unhealthy thoughts, old beliefs, stories, and patterns that are stuck in your head. These are the thoughts that are on a loop, on repeat. Every time you catch yourself listening to one just let it go, make another choice. 

Also, since we are in the energy of Gemini, I am feeling called to say - pay attention to any mirroring happening around you right now. Are there any coincidences, repetitions of patterns, of words, folds in time, deja vu... even dreams? Think about the people in your life as mirrors: what are they reflecting back to you about yourself? Think about your experiences as mirrors: what can they tell you about where you are in your growth? Really pay attention to the subtleties of everything. You don't have to know what it all means right now, but having awareness of it is key.

A few other notes about other planetary alignments and energies. This is an especially important time to communicate your truth from your heart, and to be open to receive the truth of those you love. To be vulnerable to speak and receive with openness and love. To be sensitive as people you love are sharing themselves with you, receive their words and truth with compassion, without any need to fix things for them, or change their experience, or even take on their own experience as your own. Just hold the space for loving communication right now. This has the potential to be deeply healing. 

And December 21st is the Winter Solstice. This is a great time as the energy shifts to acknowledge things you want to let go of, bring to a close, complete. And to think about the energy and potential of the new season, and what you wish to create and call in. It is important to do some kind of ritual around this awareness.  

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bs x fvf x lsk

invite i did for the 
Book Stand launch of FvF's new book