Tonight is the Moon of the Darkest Night.
December is a month for curious introspection and heart-healing. It is a time for calling all angels and listening to the messages of your soul's wisdom
...for paying special attention to your dream visions.
We celebrated my bio-dad's birthday this month. It was his first birthday since he transitioned to eternity this year. I miss him.
On the night of his birthday, he visited me, in my dreams.
The crux of the vivid imagery went like this:
Dad was exactly where I had last seen him–cozy under covers at my sister's home in Maryland. He was saying goodbye to his life.
I sat beside him on the edge of his bed, as he apologized for the timing of it all. We met less than 5 years ago. We didn't get the luxury of decades.
I was trying to be comforting and wise when I replied: "Well, you know, one can never plan these things."
He looked right at me. The dream felt absolutely real. Simply, but resolutely (like he needed me to hear it) he said: "There are 2 times, in life, when you must plan." Then we hugged and cried, gently rocking together.
I woke up with the bittersweet residue of profound emotion.
I also woke up curious to follow this riddle:
What are these 2 times when planning is so crucial?
Throughout the following days, the question caught up to me again and again. I thought about important life events: choosing a career path, becoming a parent, falling in love.
All of these decisions take planning, and yet there is still so much that remains out of our hands. My life lessons have been chock-full of surrender.
And then, as I was falling into a gentle ritual of reflection–looking back upon the days of this swiftly passing year–it occurred to me:
What if the 2 most crucial times in life are not actually isolated events, but rather the myriad moments throughout each day when you are confronted with two choices:
1. What will you do with this one, amazing, precious life? and...
2. What will you choose NOT to do?
2021 has provided me with another year for clarifying my voice, crystalizing my heart's vision, and organizing plans for follow-through.
An imperative part of the planning process means uttering the sacred sounds, "No," and "Not right now." It also means celebrating every clear and soul-defining "Yes!"
"Yes" came like rainbow glisten on a winter walk the other day, when I heard my mama (my angel) whisper like a prayer:
"The Moons! Don't forget about the moons."
Immediately, I began to revivify one of the most beautiful offerings to come through my doctoral work:
Eleven Moons of Goddess.
This year-long immersion into mystic wisdom, mythic symbols, and Archetypal Psychology has been life-changing for so many people, including myself.
My entire being says "Yes" to another round of moons–this time curated with the current considerations of our cultural climate in mind. It is designed to provide you with concrete action steps to take you from curiosity to completion–to manifest your creative vision.
The time for this work is NOW, like never before.
This complete course is accessible to everyone who joins the Soul Artist Membership. For only $36/month, you will get the entire Eleven Moons of Goddess...and so much more.
On the morning of the Winter Solstice you will receive an interactive e-book (your Soulstice Journal) for inspiration, contemplation, and to set the tone for your upcoming journey. The Eleven Moons odyssey officially begins on New Year's Day. It concludes with the new moon in November when you will receive your final online journal, Book of Treasures, to honor and crystallize your eleven moons of creative completion.
Like you, I will be following the weekly action steps, using the resources of Eleven Moons to guide me as I finish my first published book in 2022. I hope you will be there to inspire and encourage me throughout the process of showing up to my most soulful expression of "Yes!"
What about you?
1. What will you DO with this one, amazing, precious life?
2. What will you choose NOT to do.
It will take some planning to follow through.
Let's make plans, together.
About The Author
R.R. Shakti, PhD
Founding teacher of Inner Power Yoga®, Shakti is a Contemplative Mythologist, ritual facilitator, and writer who presents a Tantrik approach to personal empowerment and social action. Through contemplative story-telling and mind/body practices, she offers a vision of deep peace and radical freedom.
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