This month’s Full Moon on September 12, 2011 at 5:27am EDT (2:57am PDT) is also a Harvest Moon. Honor the harvest moon by acknowledging the lessons you’ve mastered, intentions brought to fruition, and personal work you’ve accomplished without judgment.
Each month the moon moves through the zodiac signs and influences us emotionally. The Full Moon in Pisces is a time to take a step back and look deep into the emotions that are coming up at this time. Focus on your inner desires and through introspection, gain insight into who you really are and understand areas of yourself that need attention.
The Full Moon is a time of emotional turbulence where you shed the old and let go of everything that no longer supports you. Take some time and reflect upon your accomplishments over the past six months. Notice what works, what needs to be tweaked, and where you can surrender to the process. Focus on the positive aspects with gratitude.
Take some time during the Harvest Full Moon to acknowledge, release, and praise yourself!
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The swimming pool was a welcome relief from the sweltering summer heat. After a long day at work, my dad and I cooled ourselves in the neighborhood pool. We swam here several times a week, but tonight was different, my dad encouraged me to jump off the high dive. I looked at him in terror.
Over the summer I had mastered jumping and finally diving off the lower board, but this new request was scary! The high dive was SO high. From the pool, the platform looked like it was a million miles away. I could see other kids climbing the ladder to the platform and wanted to join them. But there was that little voice in my head telling me, “It’s too high, it’s too scary, this isn’t safe, you’ve never done something like this before!”
Finally with a lot of coaxing from my dad I reluctantly climbed the ladder. I made it to the platform and froze. The ground was so far away. The platform was moving from the wind and rebounding from other people jumping. My heart raced. Paralyzed with fear, I stood there as my white knuckles gripped the handrail. The kids behind me were encouraging me to go, but I couldn’t move. Trying to find the courage to jump, I let a couple of kids go in front of me. There wasn’t any reason I should do this. It’s scary and I don’t like feeling this way. Finally as tears welled up in my eyes I felt defeated. Fear won. I climbed back down the ladder.
Ah, good, back on solid ground. I’ll just swim for a while and forget I ever tried that. My dad was relentless. Like many parents he used guilt and shame to get me to do something. “Look at those kids up there, they’re doing it, you can too!” I kept resisting. Next came the bribe, I’d get a candy bar if I successfully jumped. Hummm… the pot got sweeter! Mustering up the courage, I climbed the ladder again. Legs shaking, heart racing, knuckles still white, I gripped the handrail and inched toward the end of the board. I stopped in fear. The handrail didn’t extend to the edge of the board. At some point I had to let go of it and walk out onto a bouncy board. My heart wanted to do this, but my hands wouldn’t let go. I edged back to the ladder and safety.
It was getting late and dinner was waiting. Oh good, it’s over, I’m safe!
A couple of days later we were back at the pool and back to my source of fear. But this time my dad encouraged both my younger brother and me to jump. Richard didn’t even hesitate. He climbed the ladder and walked off the end of the board. Rats! He did it! Even though he didn’t say anything, he taunted me with his actions. Wait, didn’t he think about how scary the jump would be? Didn’t he think he might hit the bottom of the pool? Didn’t he think he might die because he was underwater a long time? Pressure mounted for me to be next.
I took a deep breath, saying to myself, “You can do this, Richard just did it! Are you going to let him show you up?” There’s nothing like a little competition to motivate me. I reached the platform. I walked to the end of the handrail. I’ve been here before, but it was going beyond this point that scared me. With my heart racing, I still had to make the trek to the end of the board without the support of the handrail. My shaking legs began bouncing the board. With each step I wanted to retreat to the safety of the ladder, but I kept telling myself, “I’ve got to do this!”
When I reached the end of the board I heard the faint echo’s of my dad and brother’s voice, “Jump.” I’m not sure what happened next. Did I jump? Did I fall? Splash, I hit the water. A moment of terror engulfed me as I swam to the surface. Stunned and shocked I swam towards to side of the pool. Richard and my dad were screaming with excitement. I did it! I jumped off the high dive and survived!
I probably jumped off the high dive another twenty times that day. A few days later I began diving off it, and finally diving off and swimming underwater to the other end of the Junior Olympic sized pool. Even though I didn’t realize it at the time I faced some very big fears that day; fear of the unknown, fear of death, and fear of my little brother beating me!
Remembering moments like this and drawing from them has helped me face other circumstances in my life where fears cropped up. Fears are a defense mechanism set up by the ego. It’s the voice inside saying, “This is different, what will happen if I try it? What if I fail? I don’t want to disappoint myself. I don’t want to disappoint others. I don’t want to feel ashamed for failing. I would be better off playing it safe!”
But living in safety of our past experiences doesn’t help us reach new goals.
Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results.”
The ego is the voice inside that wants to keep us safe. But the false perception of safety set up by the ego is based upon our past experiences – both successes and failures. The ego plays upon past failures, experiences, and perceived threats to preserve itself.
In a split second my fear of the unknown, death and falling was overshadowed by my younger brother doing something I was scared to do. I couldn’t let him do that! The voice in my head (the ego) was overpowered by my heart’s desire overcome my fears. Being a little kid at the time I didn’t know what fears were. But I know what they are now. I know how they paralyze my actions if I allow it.
Fear = Resistance
Resistance isn’t about the change it’s about fear of the “unknown.” The unknown is this black hole; we are blind to the possibilities because the ego’s first response is fear. What if I get hurt? What if I fail? What if I disappoint myself, again? What if I disappoint others?
Do you remember a time you when you feared trying something new? Were you able to overcome your fears? After you did it, did you ask yourself, “Why did I wait so long to try this?”
What fears are holding you back from getting what you want? Join us for the upcoming “Living an Empowered Life” 3-week teleseminar held Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 2011 and learn how to overcome your fears so they no longer stop you.
Emotions spark this week with the full moon on Friday July 15, 2011 at 2:39 am EDT (July 14 at 11:39 pm PDT). This full moon encourages us to focus on the structures, systems, and organizations of our external world. Where are you seeing cracks in the foundation? How do they affect your productivity?
What intentions you set during the new moon are either building or disintegrating during the full moon. The Capricorn moon embodies integrity, perfection, leadership, responsibility, and maturity. In opposition, the sun in Cancer calls to our inner world of emotions, nurturing, and dependency. What is coming up between your inner and outer worlds could be testing your strength. This dichotomy is an opportunity to pierce the veil of denial and take responsibility for your choices.
We have a full spectrum of responses available and can learn to artfully move between them, thus mastering ourselves by flowing between our emotions while taking responsibility and crafting life. It’s time to free ourselves from dependencies from other people (where possible), addictions, and stories that keep you tied to the past. Once free from these barriers you can more freely create what you want.
The full moon illuminates our planet. It enlightens emotions, relationships, and patterns that still need our attention and resolution. Strengthen the mind/body/spirit connection and face what is brought to the surface. With the full moon you may see life differently. The focus is on relationships – with your family, co-workers, community, and especially yourself. Now is the time to let go of anything that no longer serves you and heal any rifts that keep you disconnected. Resolving outstanding resentments, anger, shame, and guilt helps shift your perceptions so you see yourself and your world differently.
Allow only loving, supporting relationships into your life, letting go of all others. Surround yourself with situations and people that lift your spirit and encouraging you to reach new heights. Take the time during the Full Moon to assess what areas you still need to resolve!
Create a ritual writing down what’s coming up for you and burning it under the Full Moon – releasing it through the smoke to the heavens. Then recite affirmations to bring in new energy and replace what’s been released.
I attract loving, supportive relationships
I love and accept myself unconditionally
I move beyond old limitations and now allow myself to express freely and creatively
Use the power of the Full Moon in Capricorn to release and free yourself from old patterns. Do you need help in understanding/resolving you’re specific situation? Contact Jana for a personal session or join our upcoming 3-week teleclass beginning in August 2011 (details coming by next Monday).
During this full moon, the moon will be closer to the earth than any other full moon in the past 18 years. As a result, the full moon may drum up some big stuff for you.
This coupled with unpredictible Uranus’ influence at this time may stir up emotions and events that need your full attention now. Uranus brings with it sudden emotional shifts and unexpected events. So be prepared!
Mother Earth is in a state of shedding her old patterns, just as we need to also. Seeing the devastation created in Japan is a reminder of how vulnerable we all are to shifts in the Earth’s energy. In a split second our lives can be completely changed.
As we approach the full moon later this week, be aware that it may bring up intense opportunities for your life to shift also. Now is the time to acknowledge and address what emotions still need to be resolved. No longer can it be swept under the rug. It’s coming up for a reason and working with it will assist you in healing. As you heal and resolve the past you’ll open the door to new opportunities and spiritual evolution.
Maintaining a sense of gratitude and faith will help you overcome any adversity, drama, and trauma that comes to the surface this week.