Moon Lore #1: Full Moon Names for the Southern Hemisphere

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Tips on Working with La Luna:

I improvised a list of names for the Southern African Full Moons, which are suited to our cultivation times, crops, seasonal occurrences and weather events. Historically the lunar cycle (lunation) was used to determine the time of year in the lunisolar calendar. Modern religious and spiritual movements have allocated names to the full moons within each solar calendar month. Here I provide a list of Pagan (likely derived from the Celtic and Medieval traditions) names and  Native American (most used) names for the full moon. This is not an exhaustive list and there are many variations. Globally, many cultures have a list of names for the lunar months, those listed here are the most popular.

Tip: You can place your crystals and other spiritual tools in the light of the full moon (just because you can and some extra moonlight ju-ju gives us good vibes)! Remember the moon is technically full (as in, above the 90% mark) for 3 days; i.e. the day before, the day on and the day after = extra awesome ju-ju vibes!

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Meditation Infographic #3: Musical Aids

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Tips on How to Meditate:

Music can assist with reaching a meditative state and turns your focus inwards towards your breath. Here is a selection of three musical pieces composed by Adrian von Ziegler. They are most effective to use during the day with a set intention, but not during your morning (after waking) or evening (before bed) meditations. When you use them for creative thinking or observations of your thoughts, keep a pen and paper at hand to jot down any impressions. Review these afterwards and you’d be amazed at how inspiring some of the ideas can be. Pluto is my favourite and I use it first to get me in the mood, then I move on to either the Autumn Forest or Summer Isle.

 

Tip: Select musical pieces that are in harmony with your usual meditation time, for instance if you are a beginner, 5 minute pieces are preferred, whereas more advanced students could combine smaller pieces or select longer ones!

 

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Here are the links:

Autumn Forest ( approximately 20 min)

Summer Isle (approximately 20 min)

Pluto (approximately 10 min)

 

 

-Good Vibes-

All Natural Spirit

Through the Bushveld and Down the Rabbit Hole… Disconnect Society and Reconnect with Your Soul

21 December 2016, 05H44:

Summer Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere.

Today is the summer solstice – it is the longest day of the year for the Southern Hemisphere and the shortest for the Northern Hemisphere. Recognition of the solstices have been done since neolithic times as such astronomical events would mark the important times for saving of food for winter or the sowing of summer crops. The most famous archeological structures to celebrate the solstices is Stonehenge (England) and Newrange (Ireland), since the primary axis of each structure is aligned to either the sunrise or sunset on the day of the solstice.

As such, the summer solstice is aligned with the element of Fire. In nature fire is responsible for both the creation and destruction of life. A symbolic representation includes the concept of willpower, that which drives us forward in life and allows us to reach our goals. It is a catalyst for change from both an oppressive (shadow) and assertive (light) perspective [Firemane: Adrian von Ziegler]. Thus, it leads the main theme of today’s article.


Our society has a spiritual disconnect. Traditions, culture, global over consumption and even religion has set up boundaries to our individual development and our way of soul expression. [Three Days Grace: The Human Race]. There are a handful of people who are able to re-establish this connection to the soul, but often time it comes at a great cost, especially to those with very conservative cultural – and traditional family backgrounds. Spiritual development is repressed by our current ways of living and thinking, since it not only defies and rejects the mainstream definition of what it means to live life fully, but also cultivates individuals who think for themselves, question everything and are not susceptible to manipulation. These individuals aspire to nurture great compassion for all other living things, not just the human race and who seek to establish harmony with the environment and people around them.

Getting to the place where you are at peace with who you are and being happy with your current situation is a constant journey. Another challenge it to speak out against judgement and prejudice while firmly keeping your own identity and chasing after your dreams. Seeking this harmony very often becomes a process of eccentricity and quickly leads down the rabbit hole and into the wonderland of metaphysics. Where we are not only defined by the physical world, the material, but by the origin of our thoughts (consciousness) and our quest for spirit (the soul). Here is where you learn what is the true source of happiness and how to maintain fulfillment. Yet, society sees it mostly as a place of pseudoscience and quackery.

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The Cheshire Cat: from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by John Tenniel. 1865

The modern society that we have created for ourselves is one that would have you believe that the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment lies in the accumulation of status, of stuff, of worldly pleasures, of seemingly ‘selfless’ deeds and most of all: guilt. You must feel guilty all the time, because you have a guilty filthy soul. [Awolnation: Guilty Filthy Soul]. You must spend your life repenting for your guilty filthy soul and maybe you will be rewarded with happiness or fulfillment in the sense of all the worldly possessions or pleasures you ever wanted will be granted with enough money, status or selfless deeds. If you have given away enough of your soul to this lie you may even be rewarded with an unverifiable place in the ‘good’ version of the afterlife.

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It is only the journey towards the spiritual, the soul, that leads to the truth. You create your own happiness. By freeing the shackles of you mind and emotions. By embracing who you really are (even if it is the crazy fruitcake cat lady that likes crystals and meditation!) and expressing that which cultivates your soul. Because happiness cannot be found, faked, bought, packaged or repented for.

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So, take a chance and make the choice: climb outside of the box. It’s beautiful here. There is a whole new world to explore out here and you will wonder why you didn’t decide to climb out sooner. [Suzanne Vega: Unbound] Embracing and expressing that which truly defines you will bring you happiness, gives you new perspectives and set your soul free. It is not easy, there is no clear-cut path to take and there is no one-size fits all step-by-step instruction guide. There will be obstacles and you will have to actively work at keeping your peace, but the reward is lasting happiness and true fulfillment in everything you do.

Creating Happiness

– All Natural Spirit –

Recommended Reading:

Setting Science Free from Materialism, Rupert Sheldrake, PhD. 2013. Explore. 9:211-218.

Quantum Meta-Physics by Paul Levy

The Handbook of the Soul. Editors: Richard Carlson, Benjamin Shield. 1995. Library Journal.

 

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Meditation Infographic #2: Meditation Space & Focus Tools

 

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Tips on How to Meditate:

4x Symbolic ideas based on the elements for your meditation space or to aid as focus tools!

 

Here I have a quick overview of meditation focus tools! These are physical focus elements, whereas the visualisations are mental elements. Again we start with Fire: you can use a candle, either real or electronic. I find the electronic candles are safer and you can put them anywhere (even on blankets) with no risk of actual fire! Yikes we don’t want to go all out… 😉 … You should gaze at the candle flame or light during meditation with unfocused eyes. Open-eye meditations assist with grounding you in the present moment. The Air symbolism is for a Tibetan singing bowl; I have one myself brought all the way from Tibet by my father. It can be used as a opening ceremony to the meditation and when you sing the bowl you condition yourself that now it is meditation time. The Earth and Water symbols are for closed-eye meditations, here you focus on their textures as you hold them in your hands. Many crystals, even those that have been polished, have a rough texture with fissures and cracks. Raw crystals even more so, whereas shells are smooth and many have little bumps. You can run your fingers and hands along the surface of the crystals or shells during your meditations, especially when your thoughts start to wonder.

All of these tools are used as reminders for your mind to turn inwards to your breath.

 

Tip: You can use both physical & mental elements to stay focused during meditation!

 

YouTube: Singing Bowl Demonstration

Public Domain photo credits (top left – bottom right): Anna Langova, Simon A. Eugster, Dario Crespi & Petr Kratochvil.

 

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Meditation Infographic #1: Visualisation Ideas

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Tips on How to Meditate:

4x Symbolic visualisations based on the elements to help you stay focused on your breath!

 

During your meditations, when you breathe in and out you can use the following visualisation to keep you focused on your breath and limit mental distractions. For instance, the Fire symbolism represents the sun and clouds. As you breath in the sun becomes blocked, as you breath out the clouds part. The Air symbolism is that of a swinging door or window. Visualise the doors swings on their hinges open-and-closed or back-and-forth as you meditate. For Earth we focus on the mountains, here your sweep up the slope as you breathe in, reaching over the peak and rushing out with the breath as we sweep downwards. The Water symbolism is my personal favourite, here you breathe in and the tide pulls back, then breath out as the tide rushes towards you.

Tip: Remember that doing a longer exhale is completely natural to the flow of breath! 

 

Public Domain photo credits (top left – bottom right): David Wagner, Susan Dennis, Petr Kratochvil & tpsdave.

 

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