An Ending (Ascent) - Reframing Grief

We are living in Deep times. For anyone feeling the weight of this point between Eclipses I hope that this beautiful piece of music helps you to Be. An Ending (Ascent) by Brian Eno has been a beloved piece of music for many years and I've played it many circles and meditations. I remember reading an interview with Brian Eno about the creation of his album, Apollo Atmospheres and Soundtracks, and he said he remembered watching the moon landing as a child and felt interrupted by all of the commentary and chatter. And so he created the soundtrack he would have liked to have heard to accompany this memory.
I think that's a beautiful way to re-light the past. And perhaps that is something we can also do now. With an open heart, we can step out of the painful judging of the past and see it in a new way with a deeper understanding, we can give it a beautiful soundtrack, a different atmosphere - even if it was a difficult time. Not all of our past can be dropped or chopped away, sometimes it is easier to integrate it in a different way or reframe it. We have a tendency to see the past as only good or bad experiences.
There are changes happening now that are vital and needed but that doesn't mean it is easy. Tony and I have been on our own journey with Death and we are only now feeling the light returning as everything gets birthed again. In the passing of our familiar, Rory, 2 weeks ago we have experienced such a wave of grief but on the other side of the grieving has been an illumination of what is truly sacred and important to us.  And it has brought us closer - we are falling deeper in love with each other. This growing love is helping to give Rory's passing a different 'atmosphere'. What if his passing was his last great gift to us? What if this time is the midwifing of the best that is in us all?
Oceans of love to you all as we quest in the deep together. I hope this heart-opening music brings you some sweet relief x
Moon Games - Astrophotographer Laurent Laveder

Pre-Eclipse - Burning Off and Naming Ourselves

On Mondays in the forest many families 'burn off' the dead leaves and autumn debris gathering around their homes. We had enormous branches falling close to our house between 2 trees I call the guardians. It felt like the ending or release of something heavy and not needed for the tree, and nature's symbols are oracles for our own lives. Yesterday smoke moved through the forest and around our home and it felt like a huge smudging, a smoke-cleanse. Purifying. We are in the pre-eclipse period right now and it is Dark Moon. The Swan Blessings this week have been profound - 2 people emerging from the Blessing with a gift of their own Medicine Names. I love that we are now blessing and naming ourselves - no need for an outside authority.
I walked into the forest yesterday and found the most beautiful red glowing glass-like sap pouring from a tree. She bleeds too. Today I read on Mystic Medusa's website that the Sun is also on the 'mysterious Moon's Node' - auspicious times indeed for connection to ancestors, the Dreamer and past life wisdom. Blessings for your own journeys into the Deep this week. And if you are shedding, let it fall, burning off for the New Moon Solar Eclipse on Friday (10.30am exact in Australia). We are all Medicine Carriers, if your Medicine is calling to you, you are not alone, many of us are reclaiming and rediscovering our Wise Gifts in a new, simple and deeper expression. Listen closely at New Moon...your spirit may be whispering a new name for your own wise medicine. 

Frank C Pape - Dreaming in Black and White

Honouring the art of illustrator Frank C. Pape (1878 - 1972) and the Golden Age of Illustration today as we feel the build up to the Full Moon Eclipse. This month of eclipses has brought me back to the intricate worlds of fine illustration, reading and writing by hand. I am remembering my original and true way of communicating. What natural traits and gifts are the eclipses illuminating for you this weekend?