And just like that, it’s one year later. Let’s see, one year ago was the presidential election with a breathtakingly unexpected result for our country. One year ago my work situation was a completely different reality, also with a very unexpected result. And, one year ago I was sitting at the feet of the same exact swami in my very same living room. The more things change, the more things stay the same. Which is why I choose to study the moon.
Allow me to explain.
First of all, if you’re reading this, you’re invited to an evening of New Moon Adept Magic on November 18 at a former church-turned-arts-space. This website gets very few hits so I kinda already know anyone reading it has already been invited. All I ask is that you formally RSVP. My birthday next weekend coincides with the New Moon, which is my latest course of study. See, at heart I’m really just a mad scientist and I love data. Lots of it. Experiences allow me to collect data to examine for trends and patterns alongside my personal evolution and all that I am perceiving. I first began studying the moon because I desire to align with and understand a higher, mysterious cosmological order. The Full Moon Salon was an invitation-only salon for women that I hosted at my home for a full year from June 2016 to June 2017. We explored birth, death, sex, dreams, pilgrimages and so much more over the course of that year. Upon its completion I whacked off my hair (on the July Full Moon) and began a study of the New Moon. I started with vassa, or Buddhist lent, this past July New Moon while backpacking Burma with my son. The August New Moon was the eclipse (remember that?) and the September and October gatherings were private with my sisters Aujah and Audah. So for me to expand the moon-study circle out of my living room and into something more public on my birthday is thrilling to say the least!
And if I’m honest, I’m terrified.
There will be yoga on this looming New Moon Adept Magic gathering. That’s easy though – I’ve been doing that for seventeen years and I am currently one of Audah’s devotees in her Sunday 2pm class. She's leading the yoga on Saturday night. And… there will be dancing. That seems easy given all those Burning Mans I've attended and danced for days straight in the Nevada desert... It's when I put the word ‘ecstatic’ in front of ‘dance’ and know that a giant candle-lit church sanctuary awaits on my birthday and in Dallas? Dear Goddess I can’t breathe. And so, with that observation, I can’t think of anything more wonderful to do on my 42nd birthday than breathe through that terror and transmute it into expansive joy for the coming year. Yay for living up to my Scorpio label! See you there?
May it be so!
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