A Snowflake in Time

My Loves

when you are creating 

fervently

with all your heart

and the sheer expanse of it all seems impossible,

be still for a moment.

What is missing, you ask yourself?

Chances are, it is the Sensual You,

how easily lost in a whirl of mental activity she is

but she is just as easily found,

if you are willing...

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As we go inward during the dark season

planning for Spring

incubating

(which can often take the form of intense work)

stop comparing yourself to others,

for you, my Snowflake, are a one-and-only

uniquely able to sparkle.

And yet,

with the awareness that we are here fleetingly

to do as we are meant.

So don't waste it.

With Saturn transiting Capricorn now,

for the next three years,

we are asked to step up

and do the work we are meant for in this lifetime.

This is BIG.

There are no shortcuts

and no indulgences

for these gifts do not come easily

but they are meant to last.

This is a hard-working pair

seeking perfection,

full of solitary energy

so take heed, Dear Ones,

to not forget to care for yourself,

and your loved ones

as you focus on the Big Work.

Feed yourself.

Light, clean plant foods.
Exercise.
Fresh air - even when it's cold outside!
Rest. Clear your mind. Sleep well.
Laugh. Play.

You know the drill.

Because these things work.

And,

as you focus on the task at hand,

embrace the feminine:

invite sounds, scents,

and beautiful vignettes

to join in this dance

which, by design,  

must be done alone.


Yes, there are times when tips are useful to get you moving. 

(I’ve laid out a few here, for scratching the surface.)

Planners, calendars, lists.

But then even these become a point of distraction.

And the time comes

when you must face the Beast.


All by myself, you ask?

Not really.


Some of my most cherished friends

have joined me 

as I go deep within

to give life to something most dear to me.

Allow me to share them with you:

a cornucopia of sorbet star lilies, 

gazing back at me with playful smiles 

bright little faerie faces to inspire


black velvet ears between my lips

and earth-scented fur to melt into

when thoughts become too heavy

 

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endless cups of bark decoctions to sip

(yes, I am officially ingesting trees)

for a vision of a Green Man, transformed into a Nordic priestess

then a Celtic one

gave firm word

that I must become one with them

as all the knowledge I seek lies within the Wood

 

a Spring moss candle burns throughout

yes, I know it is Winter

but the soft promise of creation 

offers me the shelter of the forest 

and the strength to carry on

 

Silken threads caress my skin

glowing and supple

from a petal scented bath

 

Weaving ragas soaring through crisp air

calm the sometimes uncontrollable fire

that courses through body and mind

 

And I direct my attentions

once again

to the work at hand.

___________

 

May you always be surrounded by delightful company

as you walk alone.

 

Happy Winter Solstice.

All my love,

xxx Alise

 

New Moon, New Year

Good morning, divine sleepyheads. 

I trust you had a good prowl last night, and are basking in nakedness and breakfast right now. That's right, breakfast.

Today we are gifted with a New Moon on a New Year’s day, which would normally feel like an energizing dawn, a first light filled with possibilities, and certainly a giant exhale after a month that has been interesting on a cosmic level, to say the least.

But this one, loves, is a bit challenging. We have some slightly difficult aspects here. Two planetary motions acting as would-be thieves on either side of Her, threatening to rob the new light She has begun to create.

The first is Mars in Libra, affecting our relationships. Mars asserts, while Libra abhors confrontation, so the result is a disquieting wishy-washyness at best, and at worst an angry passive aggression. 

The second is Uranus in Aries, quite literally playing with elemental fire. This aspect can feel like you are in the middle of a tornado, with debris flying at you from every possible direction.

The new Moon sets the course for the weeks ahead, so this energy of tension will, unfortunately, be with us for a little while.

Not to worry. We can TOTALLY navigate this.

The key now is balance.

We need to stay focused, clear, and centered. Give our loved ones compassion, because they require it as much as we do right now. Everybody’s feeling it.

For now, until midday tomorrow, the moon is in Capricorn, which is an excellent time for structure and organization, and one in which we can really set concrete goals for the future.

So let’s get into our grounding and goal-setting rituals tonight.

Light a candle, breathe deeply, give thanks for everything you have, and set your intentions on what you wish to accomplish in these winter months...the seeds that will be sewn in Spring. Focus on staying grounded. Visualize yourself as an oak tree. I'm serious. You are firmly rooted in the ground, yet able to bend and sway with the winds, no matter how fierce.

 

Be kind to yourself and those around you.

There are only two truths in this world: Love and Fear.

Choose Love.

xxx Alise