Full Moon April 2017

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The Full Mother Moon is upon us all once again. This Full Moon in April is an emotionally strong one. Is it because Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus are currently all in retrograde? I don’t know. My astrology knowledge is limited., that’s why I look to the experts. Astrologer Patricia Lilies says this, “This Libra Full Moon is aligned with Jupiter so the yin, emotional and feminine (Moon) is expanded and magnified by Jupiter’s unrestrained presence in air sign Libra. Air signs are mental; so expect both some emotional objectivity along with excessive emotional analysis even obsession by the mind. An air sign Moon teaches us flexibility, to bend like a tree in the wind and to fly above the earth and gain perspective, neutrality and clarity.”

The Moon is such a primary force in all of our lives, which brings me to my point for this post. Women, the divine beings that we are, get to experience the Moon’s flow in a very physical way throughout our cycles. When we ovulate, creative potential is ripe. When we bleed, we are letting go of and cleansing the previous cycle. In this way, we wax and wane with the Moon, inviting in and letting go with each of Her shifting cycles.

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I am so into my period. I know how that sounds, but it’s true. I mean, I am into the wisdom and discovery that women are fortunate to possess and understand about our bodies, and consequently, the universe during the peak of the menstrual cycle. Herbalist and healer Susan Weed says, “The blood mysteries teach that menstrual blood and birthing blood are holy blood, power blood, healing blood.” Being into with our cycle is our birthright as natural born women.

Are you aware of which Moon you have your period? Many women who understand the relationship between the moon and their menstrual cycle seek to align their cycle with the moon. If you don’t already, now is a good time to learn more about your flow, and yourself.

Full Moon is when the moon has reached its zenith, it forms a perfect silvery sphere in the sky. This is a time for spells that transform, increase psychic ability, for fertility spells and invocation to lunar goddesses. This is a time of strength, love and power. At this time the moon represents the Goddess in her Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess. Consider Mother goddesses Yemoja, like Isis, Demeter, Frigg to name a few. 

One of my remote mentors Dr. Christiane Northrup writes in Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom that “Getting my period at the time of the full moon results in a more intense period, I am more emotionally charged than usual, and my bleeding is often heavier than normal.” I can relate with that. Like most women which Moon I bleed with changes throughout the calendar year. Life phases and other cycles affect the flow also. The Full Moon is a very intuitive and productive time. The energy of full moon menstruation is outward, world-nourishing.  The transformational quality of the Full Moon fire energy aligned in such a way that we can  learn to transform negative energies into positive ones.

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Isn’t that dope!? This means that we can learn to move away from the actions and ways that create internal and external chaos during our cycle, and transform that energy into something that we can grow from. I hope that you are not one of those period hating women. If so, and you are still reading, maybe it’s time to change the way you experience this blessed event, and begin to see the potential for growth and expansion.

Full Moon menstrual flow awareness tips:

  • A time of heightened feelings and psychic abilities.

  • Major workings should occur now.

  • Full moons represent the culmination of energy, fruition, completion and celebration, as well as releasing and shedding of the old to pave way for a whole new cycle.

  • This is the perfect time to do a mother goddess meditation

  • Express your feelings and emotions with journaling

  • Take an herbal bath

  • Lay naked in your private backyard under the Moonlight and just be.

Question to ask yourself during this flow time:

Where am I willing to let go and release?

Where can I surrender and allow myself to flow more?

Where have I been pushing too hard?

Where can I allow more ease?

What needs are not being met?

What parts of my life do I need more support with?

Can I ask for what I need?

What am I not expressing?

What am I depressed/frustrated/angry/sad about from this last cycle?

What feels disappointing?

What would I like to see shift in the next cycle?

The answers to these questions should help to get us in touch with our menstrual intuition so that we can learn more about our thoughts and emotional state during our period.

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This quote by Inga Muscio echoes my sentiment perfectly.  She says, “…by honoring the demands of our bleeding, our blood gives us something in return. The crazed bitch from irritation hell recedes. In her place arises a side of ourselves with whom we may not at first be comfortable. She is vulnerable, highly perceptive genius who can ponder a given issue and take her world by storm. When we’re quiet and bleeding, we stumble upon solutions to dilemmas that’ve been bugging us all month. Inspiration hits and moments of epiphany rumba ‘cross the tundra of our senses. In this mode of existence one does not feel antipathy towards a bodily ritual that so profoundly and reinforces our cuntpower.” – Inga Muscio, Cunt: A Declaration of Independence

Be honored and pleased to be a woman with a period. Even when the fullness of age has come, and we no longer bleed, the cycles morph into something new. Each month is another opportunity to understand yourself more, in order to heal ourselves, and heal the world. I hope that this was helpful in that way. Happy Full Moon. Until next time.

Blessed be. Ashe.

Syncing your woman cycle with the moon cycle is not complicated. Here is a step by step  Click here

 

 

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Oracle Card Of The Day 4/5/17

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Screenshot_20170405-183532You have the power to see things from a higher perspective

Upright

If you were a bird flying high in the air, what would you see? When you soar above life’s challenges and opportunities, a new perspective becomes available.

Today you have invisible wings that allow you to swiftly bring your circumstances into alignment with your highest purpose. This is a sign that your waiting is over, that all your hard work has paid off and the things you hoped for are no longer beyond your scope. You have the ability to reach for the stars and find one with your name on it. Spread your wings and soar. The angels are waiting for you.

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Reversed

When you see the flying card reversed, it is a gentle reminder that there are times to take flight and times to remain grounded, and for now, you must avoid overreaching. There is still work to be done before you earn your wings.

Be patient. What you seek will not be out of reach forever. Remember the story of Icarus in Greek mythology, whose wax made wings and overconfidence brought him too close to the Sun? He perished because he didn’t realize his limitations. Humility is a great power, and now you must exercise it. Doing too much, too fast, too soon only serves to prevent a beautiful flight later on.

Series: Traditional Indigenous African Spirituality Part 2

Welcome to part 2! If you flew here to this blog by way of this post and have not yet read part 1 of this series, I encourage you to do so now.kemet-way-of-life-paprus-image-triple-moon-alchemy

We begin the journey through African Spirituality in ancient Egypt (Kemet). The term African Spirituality is generic. Once you delve into the subject, you learn how many directions it takes, full of twists and turns.  Yet, no matter the direction, there is still a very similar underlying cord.

Harmony, order, justice, and proper conduct, Ma’at, were the broad and enduring beliefs of ancient Kemet (Egypt). Ancient Egyptians believed that the physical body was khat and that the life force was ka. Ba, is the personality or the psyche. This was the primordial science that clarified what makes up a Being.

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I suppose that from as early as 6 years old I loved nature. Playing outside would turn into a forage mission. Interesting looking leaves, flowers, old birds nests etc., became my outside “toys”. Unfortunately, much like many other things in life, we unlearn our innate instincts and childish enthusiasm. Thankfully though, my cells, spirit, and mind never let me totally forget who I am. I believe that it is the same way when it comes to finding our spiritual paths. Spirit is always available to answer the questions that we may have.

Following a family tree gets muddled before too long. It is virtually impossible to follow one cord back to its original singular state. Yet, once you have a basic understanding of your bloodline, and understand the cultures of the world, you can asked the Great Goddess to assist you in the journey inward to find the truth and put the pieces together. Throughout my life there has been an unraveling or awakening to my African blooded self. My African blood called to itself within me, and my journey began. This is what brings me to this series.

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According to quantum physics, our DNA carries an ancestral imprint. This is part of the reason we that seek spiritual enlightenment, journey deep into our spiritual, and cultural legacies. I believe that time is an illusion, and that what IS  is what was, and what will be. All energy is malleable yes, therefore the way things take shape changes constantly. In the truest sense, you ARE your ancestors. Even if we choose a different spiritual path than our ancestors, knowledge of indigenous practices would still offer clarity of self.

I developed a keen sense of Spirit early in life. It is who I am. When I began the journey inward and outward to learn my ancestral roots, I was pleasantly awestruck to learn that lots of the ideas, concepts, rituals and practices that I am drawn to and had been practicing, were not too far from African Traditional Spirituality. The Earth, the Air, the Fire, and the Water. There is no magic without the elements. Ancient Kemet was the beginning of understanding nature and our relationship with it.

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Egypt! The Jewel of The Nile! The principle of duality governed the spiritual beliefs of ancient Kemites. Natural wonders gave great inspiration of the Universal view for the ancients. The rise and wane of the Nile River, the recurring actions of the Sun and the Moon, also day and night were all naturally reflective of existence. The duality of man and woman also inspired foundational spiritual beliefs. It is these natural ebbs and flows of developing nature that shaped the spiritual practices of ancient Egyptians and allowed them to understand the universe as renewable instead of linear.

Circa 5500 BCE- 3050 CE is the period of recorded history when ancient Kemet was a self contained and flourishing empire, a time when gods ruled the Earth. It is well known that Greek philosophers like Pythagoras and Plato borrowed or stole, depending on how you look at it, the creation and reincarnation beliefs from Egypt. Let’s not also forget, that the ancient Romans took many religious practices from ancient Egypt and made them their own. It is accurate to say that both Greek and Roman religious philosophies and ways are built upon many of the ways of ancient Kemetic culture.

Before the unification of Egypt all the towns and villages venerated, or honored their own unique totem. It was customary and acknowledged that each town revered different deities and were welcoming to the concept of numerous deities existing at the same time (polytheistic), while preserving their loyalty and devotion to their own deity. Approx. 2,000 gods were available to be worshipped in ancient times. After Upper and Lower Egypt joined, certain cults began to rise and so did their gods and goddesses. The more well known Egyptian gods and goddesses are the result of this unification. The lack of doctrine made Egyptian religious beliefs more of a system built on harmony, balance and constancy of the cycles of life.

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Religious practices day to day by various family cults were upheld through generations. Deceased family members were still considered a vital part of the family. That is why it was imperative to pay respect to immediate family members who had passed on. Bestowing them with offerings was the best way to honor dead relatives. Similarly to how we, in modern times, visit the grave of a lost loved one. We take them flowers and such. This is an ancient way of honoring and giving offerings.

Every culture around the world has a creation story. It goes something like this: There was nothing, the great void, then there was something, creation. That’s pretty much it! Simplified sure. The thing is though, humanity BEGAN in ancient Egypt (Kemet) so THIS creation mythology is what allllllllllllllllll other creation mythology was made from. There are many many books and resources that tell the Egyptian creation story. That is not my purpose here.

The ancient Kemetic viewpoint was that our (humanity) existence is a tiny part in the journey through eternity. All the deities and supernatural beings coordinate and rule over the course of our voyage. Sound familiar? Sounds like this perspective is the overarching belief of MANY of the world’s religious and philosophical cultures. In each culture of the world this statement takes shape differently, but most all have borrowed from this Kemetic outlook of existence.

Ancient egyptians believed in the Afterlife. It was conceptualized that how one lived their lives on Earth, would directly impact their life after death. In essence, if one desired a peaceful/great life after death, then they ought to live their life in such a way.

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Ritual was a huge aspect of Kemetic culture. Ritual was performed for religious, spiritual, and seemingly practical reasons. Ritual for seeking guidance, to protect the dead, to maintain peace and order, and various other reasons were the norm. There were animal and human sacrifices. Daily, Egyptians would bring offerings to the temple for the Gods such as food, clothing, carvings and the like. Temple Priests would oversee the daily offerings. As far as animal and human sacrifices go, particular animals were chosen for a particular reason, some more powerful a sacrifice than others. I won’t go into the whys and wherefores of human sacrifice in this post but I will say that mainly, over the course of time in Egypt human sacrifice became a thing, mostly prisoners, rebels, or criminals were used in human sacrifice. The subject of sacrifice is too in-depth for this post and will be revisited in another.

That’s it really. I could go into Egyptian Goddesses and Gods and how they are related to one another and how they are related to us, and how these goddesses and gods became even further synchronized with other cultures and religions, and how many of the goddesses and gods in popular culture were once Egyptian but morphed to fit the motif of the story of a different region…but I won’t. I simply needed a jumping off point for African Spirituality, and since Egypt is the cradle of civilization, we had to begin here.

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The next post will be all about Heka, ancient Egyptian magick and how certain religious and spiritual practices of the Kemites spread throughout other parts of ancient Africa, and which areas and tribes believed/believe what. Until then, be well. Thanks for continuing this journey with me.

I am so happy that many of you have subscribed. If you haven’t, you can right HERE, and on the homepage. It appears that this subject is something many of us have wanted to delve into. Feel free to share this series with anyone that you know would be interested. I have no problem with you sharing this or any other post with your social media groups as well. Ok, the end…

Blessed be. Ashe

credits: kemetway; angela sleeping; egyptiantoursplus
references: egyptian mythology, stephan weaver; Egypt, roy jackson