1.27.2017

new moon // january








NEW MOON






Wolf Moon 
Friday, January 27th, Aquarius, 4:07 pm PST

Full steam ahead - some are saying. But, I have to say, I don't feel it yet. I think come March we will really be feeling the momentum and forward movement of this new year. Right now it's about getting ready. I think we can use this Aquarian energy with the Sun and the Moon to see the bigger picture. This is where the Aquarian gets to shine. They know how to pull back and see all that is at play, all the aspects and how they fit together, and also how they can all move together into the future in a collective way. The Aquarians really are brilliant visionaries, often great humanitarians, and caretakers of the collective. They can bring us together and help us to work together. 

This is really important if you think about what has been coming up since last Fall, as we surface our own dark and split, we can see where we are divided, both in our personal lives but also in politics. I have had lots of conversations with people who are asking the question of - Now what? I can see people who are getting stuck in the loop of shock and upset, but don't necessarily know how to get out of the specifics to see the greater view and look ahead at where we need to go with all this. This is what the energy of Aquarius can help you do. I can't tell you what that direction is, it is up to you to find the answer for yourself, based on your heart, your gifts, you specific abilities. We all have a responsibility right now, both within ourselves and out in the world, and we must move forward together, but the ways in which we do this don't need to be the same. This is where you get to tap into your unique talent, or quality that makes you special and needed in this moment.

Don't get stuck in the specifics. The triggers. The reactions. It's a time to pull back and respond in a bigger way to move forward into an energy that is greater than where we are right now. Aquarius is about freedom! How do we each create a feeling a freedom that isn't just about the individual, but that includes the collective?








photo by Claire Cottrell, Jan 21, 2017

1.18.2017

mineral meditation








Please join me for a Breathwork Meditation.

This is part of a series of Mineral Meditations. This month we will focus on LEPIDOLITE. 
You will get a mineral of your own to work with and take home with you. During the circle we will talk all about this very special mineral: how to clean and care for it, you'll learn about its specific energy and properties, and you will get the opportunity to experience its healing qualities during our meditation. 

Saturday, January 28th
10:00 am - 12:15 pm
Venice, CA
$45

The location will be emailed to you when you RSVP.
Space is limited / To reserve your space please email :
lauren@fieldsofstudy.com




1.11.2017

full moon // december









FULL MOON






Wolf Moon
Thursday, January 12th, Cancer, 3:34 am PST

Oh, how I love the sign of Cancer. As a water sign myself, I feel such a connection to the sign of Cancer, it helps keep me open, optimistic, and loving in a nurturing way as a Scorpio. Cancer is the archetype of the Mother, the one who nurtures and protects, guides and nourishes (the triggered Cancer can often have a hard shell or reactive claws). This sign is the only one in the zodiac ruled by the Moon, and just as the moon does in its cycles, this sign can wax and wane with emotion, like the tide as it swells and retreats. Being in this full moon of Cancer you can bet that you will feel watery and receptive. Just as the water flows in a river - around the rock, around the bend - this sign knows how to adapt to its circumstances, while reading the environment, it is awake and open to its surroundings. This is partly what helps the Cancer be able to read people and what makes them a bit psychic; they pick up on energy, often absorbing it like a sponge to process and understand themselves and others better. Their motto : I feel therefore I am. They know how to read what you need without asking, they know how to nurture and provide whatever is needed to make you feel safe and protected, understood and loved. They are also very connected to their homes, their roots and their ancestors. Don't be surprised if you are feeling a lot of emotion arise around this full moon, are feeling extra sensitive, or even feeling the need to connect more to your home and your community. You could also feel the flip side, feeling challenged and triggered in these areas (don't retreat inwards!). Most likely if that is the case it means your soul is trying to point you to an area that needs healing. It is trying to show you a place where you might be off balance or need clearing to come back into a healthy alignment. 

We are also in a very special time where no planets are retrograding! That is very rare. And it means that there is space for things to surface, things that need healing. And it's not that they are surfacing because they are being triggered (which is what a retrograde does, it pushes things up by creating more of a split), most likely it will feel as if they are just floating to the surface to be released. The difficulty will only come if you resist letting them go, either out of wanting to hold on or wanting to repress. So, be aware as things come up - ask yourself if it is something that you just have to surrender to - an energy that is clearing itself. 

I still feel we are in a time of facing in ourselves things that have been repressed, things we judge, hide, fear... you can see it on the planet happening all around. This same thing is happening within us. There was an opening on the 21st, a new energy that has been activated and it is helping us connect more to the feminine wisdom of the Mother earth, and with this Cancer moon in the mix it will be such a help. Now as darkness arises the energy of the moon will help you more easily connect to the wisdom of the female (in men and women, this energy exists in every human), an energy that will help you say No to the dark with the compassion and love for your true self and the true self of the other. This No comes without judgment or separation. 

Stay connected to your heart. Try to find some kind of grounding practice so you don't get swept away with the tide of emotion. Have compassion for yourself and others. Use your heightened sensitivity and intuition to feel into the deeper layer of your experience and the experience of others. This will help you know what the situation needs - to create comfort, healing, compassion and openness of the heart. 

I also keep getting the feeling that touch is so important now - that the body is so open, sensitive and receptive to touch. Tune into your skin and the energy it can receive or read from those who touch it. See what energy is in your hands to give in return. To feel is one of the gifts of being human.








Robert Barry, Untitled. 1976

1.01.2017

a new year






May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you—beyond the next turning of the canyon walls.



Benediction by Edward Abbey







Haris Epaminonda, Chapters, 2013