It's time to celebrate the harvest of late summer and early fall. With the equinox coming on Friday, 9/22/17, we will usher in the official beginning of autumn. Take this time of the New Moon to set your intentions for the new season and the end of 2017.
The New Moon signifies the beginning of a new cycle, and this New Moon will bring a nouvelle vague of energy that will influence the entire month.
Vigo is the sign of: health, work, seva, discipline, living healthy, the little things, organization, tidiness and animal companions. You may already notice you have started paying more attention to details since autumn has been picking up. You may have a period of increased productivity and vision.
This New Moon could signify either obstacles with our personal healing or show up as empowerment.
Those of you who have been feeling stretched in many directions could still be riding the wave of Piscean feels. It could bring up feelings of less-than or not-good-enough. However all of this could be letting us know we need to be more focused, forthright, and objective.
So with all of this New Moon information, ask yourself, "What can I do to make my life run more smoothly? What can I let go of that's getting in the way of me making these positive changes in my life?"
Remember, Virgo's New Moon is celebrating the Harvest. The power lies within your capability to decide and take your new energy to make powerful and transformative changes in your life for the good.
If you are still feeling a little frazzled, find your grounding in nature. Weather that is on the lakeshore, or in the forest or even a park, get your feet on the ground and feel Mother Nature.
Remembering to honor the moon and her cycles reminds us that we too, are a part of nature. We may have lost connection because our weeks don't reflect the changing of the moon, they are set on a Monday through Sunday cycle and we don't often take time to notice, but the more connected to nature we become, the healthier we will be and our society as a whole.
Founder Yoga Camp, E-RYT 500, Reiki Master
I recently led the Second Annual Yoga Camp Photo Journey Retreat. It was an exceptional experience. I love this facet of Yoga Camp because I love serving women and helping guide them in their healing in the context of a carefully curated retreat. Honestly the whole retreat was outstanding.
We had an amazing time! All the activities were great, and the weather was cooperating, which was an enormous blessing. Thank you God! I can tell you about all of retreat experiences more in detail in another blog post later, and you can check my social media channels for more info and photos, but I want to focus today on something that was completely unexpected.
I booked the dates of this year's retreat over the full moon which occurred on October 15th, so we planned a full moon fire ceremony. That was amazing too! It was even warm enough to create the ceremony outside. That is another experience I would love to share more in detail about at a later time.
After our ceremony and finalé celebration, we went to bed. I woke up the next morning to take Maxime, my giant dog, outside. For some reason I followed my intuition and let her out the back door. I usually take her out quickly through the front door in the morning, but something told me to go in a different direction. I thought the sky looked pretty, and so I followed the sky down closer to the banks of the lake and peaked through the trees, only to find something I never even knew existed. The full moon on the horizon.
I wanted to let the campers that were interested in on this blessing, so I ran inside and announced eloquently, "Full Moon! Outside! Still Up!" Then I ran back outside and down to the dock.
What I saw was, the full moon, still up from the night before and it was setting over the horizon mixed with the gentle colors of sunrise floating in from East. I didn't even know something like this was a thing.
I had nothing to compare it to, and I've never seen anything like it before. I've seen the moon high in the sky on occasion while the sun is up, but this was entirely different.
The mixture of the colors and the epic landscape was one of the most beautiful things I have ever witnessed.
I often observe that when I let go of expectations, or have no preconceived notions of what will be, I am the happiest. When I have expectations, I am usually disappointed.
The full moon in the morning surprised me, and filled me with joy! This full moon reminded me that life is full of gifts: some that I have not yet experienced, and some that I didn't even know were possible.
This beautiful moon reminded me to let go of my expectations, let myself be surprised, and to love and experience life fully.
When I walked back up to the cabin, I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite quotes about balance.
"Some nights stay up till dawn, as the moon sometimes does for the sun. Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way of a well, then lifted out into light."
Now I have experienced this in a deeper sense than I even knew was possible.
In sharing my experience with you, I urge you to follow your intuition. I urge you to take a deep breath, think about something you have expectations about and then let some of them go. If you are able, let all of your expectations go. Namaste my friend.
Landscapes by Elizabeth Camp
Portrait by Marjorie Renn Solis