Archive for November, 2011
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About the Author…
Barbara-Lynn Freed has over twenty years experience in Shamanism and teaches a 3 year Shamanic apprenticeship called Resurrecting the Old Ways: Walking the Land & Honoring the Spirits in Right Relationship. To find out more about this program and how to sign-up visit her website.
I love living out in the country because I get to see and hear a large number of wild animals in my backyard. Fox, ‘possums, deer, hawk, turtles and turkeys are just a few of my neighbors.
In the late summer and fall months, Tom Turkey toots his call trying to attract a mate. And sometimes I am fortunate enough to see a group of turkey hens gathering in the back of my property, before gobbling and flying off into the low lying tree branches.
Shamanically, Turkey reflects our spirituality and honoring of Mother Earth’s bounty and is sometimes referred as an earth eagle. It represents all the many blessings that the earth brings to us and how to use them in a practical way. When turkey walks into your life, you can usually expect a year of harvest.
Turkeys eat a diet of nuts and acorns that symbolize hidden wisdom and the seeding of new beginnings. They also represent the energy of sharing by roosting together in the trees at night, and by sharing their nests with other females.
So this Thanksgiving, when you are sitting around the family table, give thanks to the humble turkey. Not only for giving you life through it’s death, but by allowing you to share in it’s theme of abundance and prosperity.
Mercury goes retrograde from Nov. 20 – Dec. 14 and may put a damper on Holiday sales. Remember to use this time wisely to finish up old projects, meditate and relax. On Nov. 3, both Venus and Mercury move into Sagittarius helping you to have fun and adventure in love, socialization and decision-making. Take care of your Biorhythms when they take a jolt, as we turn our clocks back an hour to standard time on Sunday, Nov. 6th.
Neptune goes Direct on Nov. 9th after five months of being retrograde. This is a good time to recognize any deceptions, dependencies or cover-ups that have plagued you since last June. Now you will now have more clarity of what’s really going on.
A Full Moon, at 18 degrees Taurus on Nov. 10th reminds us to take care of our bodies, our needs and to find balance in our changing world. The Taurus full moon helps us move ahead by facing reality and what needs to be done. Here we use stamina, determination and persistence to plough through any obstacles that arise, as we bring things to a happy conclusion.
With the Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Taurus both practicality and passion are brought to our endeavors, so it’s time to finish and bring creative projects to a close. Because both of these signs are fixed, whatever we accomplish will have a lasting effect.
The New Moon on the 25th of Nov., 2 degrees Sagittarius, is the last of four solar eclipses this year, and the one this month is only a partial one, seen from the regions of Antarctica to New Zealand. With three other planets also in Sagittarius (Venus, Mercury & Sun), we can look forward to a rather super-charged day. Be careful though, Sagittarius tends to be a little too optimistic and looks towards the highest possibilities instead of what is real and grounded in the now.
With Mercury Retrograde there is also a good chance that there will be some communication and travel mix-ups during the Thanksgiving Holiday. On the bright side, this is a new cycle of adventure beckoning you to move towards growth. So take some risks, but keep the big picture in mind.
Look to your charts to see if you have any planets close to 2 degrees in any of the signs. If so, this Solar Eclipse will affect you the most.
As I am writing this issue, I am also preparing for the Journey Conference at Laurel Ridge Retreat Center in the NC mountains near Boone. My seminar will be on the partial content of two of my Tutorials on Spirit of Place.
Spirit of Place: The Landscape & Spiritual Development and Spirit of Place: Earth Magnetics and Blood Mysteries will be featured.
I will talk about the meaning of Spirit of Place, how connecting with Spirit of Place can help you grow spiritually and recount several of my own experiences when I journeyed on pilgrimage to many of Great Britain’s sacred sites in 1996.
Also covered will be information on how Earth and Stellar magnetic currents affect our civilizations and our everyday lives. We will also work within sacred space to contact our local mountain spirit. A handout will be given with two additional exercises to help participants work with Spirit of Place on their own.