March 2018 – I’m almost through reading Cheryl Richardson‘s latest book: Waking Up in Winter (WUIW; Dec. 2017). Cheryl has always been in my ‘Top 5’ best life coaches in the world; my five faves all have different skills and perspectives thusly meeting different needs and bringing different values, however, if I was going to recommend one coach that resonates most universally, it would be Cheryl. Recently, she has made a shift in her own life and her public offerings – which is a wee bit sad for us as one of the things she’s released is her weekly Coach On Call radio show – but if this book is a reflection of what she is still prepared to gift the world then I’m back to happyville!
The book focuses on both the comfort of maturity and the equally daunting questions of choice in designing the ‘winter’ of our lives. Very subtle in it’s ‘private journal’ style (á la May Sarton): the nuggets of wisdom hit you like a hammer… if you can hear it.
Following are some quotes from Cheryl’s WUIW book, and some other tidbits I like. -Susan
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This is probably one of the most important lessons I learned after editing Waking Up in Winter. Often, we spend so much time focused on adding things to our lives and we end up crowding out the things that really matter.
~Quiet time alone.
~Being in nature.
~Intimate conversations minus electronics.
~Cuddling with loved ones and furry family members.
~The comfort of a daily routine.
~Creative endeavors that bring presence and joy.
I wonder what you’d put on your list?
Take some time to really think about it. What matters to you? Where or when do you feel most alive?
Questions like these, considered thoughtfully and regularly, make for a life that matters.
Blue Moon: January 31, 2018
Pay attention to it or not, the ‘Blue Moon’ has given astronomers, astrologers, writers, scientists, poets, artists, numerologists, songwriters, stargazers, dreamers and even Meredith Grey inspiration and/or pause for thought.
A sampling below… including a fun and informative blog post from numerologist.com which has some pretty sound life-tips regardless of your ultimate endorsement of the practice!!
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*2018 IS OFF TO AN EXPLOSIVE START…
AND IT’S ABOUT TO GET EVEN BETTER
On January 31st, we will witness an incredibly rare Super Blue Blood Moon, the first one in over 150 years! What makes this Full Moon so notable is the concurrence of three major celestial events….
A Supermoon occurs when the Full Moon is at perigee, the point on its orbit when it’s closest to Earth. Full Moons mark a time of ripening, release, healing, celebration, community and culmination. This is why many ancients tribes had harvest and fertility rituals during the Full Moon phase. Just as it tugs on the tides, the Moon rules your still inner waters. As it wanes, it calls upon you to release any negative emotions, fears or energies not serving your highest self to make room for new growth and opportunities. This includes the negative attitudes, views and opinions of others, as well as the emotional heaviness we’re feeling around the world. With this Supermoon happening as close as possible to Earth, it will pull even more powerfully on your inner self, making you more emotionally aware and activating your psychic senses.
What makes this Supermoon even more rare is its occurence in January, making it the SECOND Supermoon of the month, and therefore a Blue Moon. This double-dose of super lunar energy that only happens, well, once in a “Blue Moon”, further reinforces the powerful message of release. Expect plenty of your subconscious beliefs, emotions, and fears to come to the surface at once. Anything that has been bubbling beneath your conscious will reveal itself on its way up and out, and may rifle up some drama in the process. This powerful cosmic event can spark massive transformation as your inner truths lift out of the shadows and into the light.
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
Last but not least, the January 31 Blue Supermoon coincides with a simultaneous Total Lunar Eclipse, making it what NASA has dubbed as a Super Blue Blood Moon. Starting at approximately 2:45 AM PST / 5:45 AM EST, the Earth will pass directly between the Sun and the Supermoon, casting a shadow over the large-than-normal lunation. The eclipse will reach totality at 5:29 AM PST / 8:29 AM EST, giving the Moon an eerie red appearance. The last time a Blue Moon coincided with a Total Lunar Eclipse in North America was March 31,1866 (that’s over 150 years ago!) and the next one won’t happen until Dec 31, 2047! As agents of change and transformation, Lunar Eclipses always cause quite a stir in the energies around us. They are cosmic wake up calls to clear out the energetic cobwebs that are hidden within your “shadow self” and keeping you stuck. There it is again, the potent reminder to let go of anything not illuminating your best self as you sail into 2018.
5 WAYS TO HARNESS THIS RARE LUNAR ENERGY & TAKE YOUR LIFE OVER THE MOON
The ripples of this eclipse are already here stretching forward through time and space, so now is the time to prepare yourself for what it brings. There could be HUGE benefits coming your way, but to receive them you must learn to walk the line between surrendering to change, and finding and honouring your own truth throughout. To shine a little light on this shadowy lunation, here are 5 powerful practices to help you to align closely with the energy of this season and take your life over the Moon this year.
1. SPEAK YOUR TRUTH.
This incredibly rare lunation will ignite an inner reckoning, the intense desire to speak your truth and claim who you really are, without fear of judgement. You’re going to feel this energy moving through the attitudes and actions of the people around you – your family, friends and community – and through your own life too, as you navigate this pivotal cosmic event. Don’t hold back, be true to you.
2. TRUST YOUR UNIQUENESS.
On January 20th, the Sun entered airy Aquarius, beautifully balancing the upcoming lunation in fiery Leo. While the Super Blue Blood Moon pulls powerfully on your emotions, truthful and curious Aquarius reminds you to trust your originality, your mind, your thoughts, your quick wits and all of the potential within you. There is NOBODY in this world quite like you, and the Cosmos will spend all month reminding you that this is your strength.
3. DON’T EXPECT TO HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS.
It is OK to ask for more time. It is OK to sit inside a bubble of unknowing for a while. In fact, creating space and NOT pinning yourself down can be exactly what’s needed to allow the truth to surface, when it may otherwise be drowned out by life’s distractions and unnecessary noise. Sit with uncertainty and the right miracles will reveal themselves in due time.
4. STOP PEOPLE PLEASING.
Cooperation doesn’t mean short-changing yourself, so ensure any agreements you enter into over this Full Moon/Eclipse season will allow all parties to shine and thrive. If you need to, avoid making any decisions on the spot, and instead step away and feel into what you most need from a given situation. It may not be what you expect!
5. INTIMATELY KNOW YOURSELF.
This lunation demands that you know yourself. It begs you to become intimately familiar with the uniqueness of you and your gifts to the world, so you can effortlessly release the parts of you that are holding you back and illuminate your ideal path ahead. This knowingness doesn’t come to us automatically and most of those people who are already thriving and aligned with their purpose, are the ones who are willing to do the seeking.
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*blog by Katherine Anne Lee, numerologist.com
Katherine Anne Lee is a writer at Numerologist.com: a truth-teller and weaver of words and stories. She specializes in reading, describing and helping others to navigate the energetic patterns and rhythms that spiral through our worlds. Katherine has spent almost a decade training in the lunar mysteries, gathering extensive knowledge and experience in these esoteric arts. She offers practical tools and methods to help modern humans use and integrate this ancient wisdom, in a rapidly evolving world