Thursday, October 22, 2020

Once in a Blue Moon


 


This month we have a Full Blue Moon on Halloween, October 31. This is quite rare and special, the first time we have had a full moon on Halloween in 20 years and a blue moon on top of that! Blue Moon energy conveys a spiritual energy that increases the vibration of our spiritual connections. This full moon is in the sign of Taurus, an earth sign, which means that our spiritual connections can enhance our tactile, earthly concerns as well as more etheric elements. What aspect of this speaks to you?

The divine feminine energy that some of you may refer to as Goddess energy is stronger on Blue Moons while we encounter a rare opening for us to have additional communication with spirit. For those of you who address spirit in other terms such as God, ancestors or spirit guides, the energy is unusually strong at this time.

Traditionally, Halloween is regarded as a time when the veil between the worlds is thinnest, which is why our ancient ancestors chose this day as a time to remember those who we know who have already preceded us into the next realm, a perfect time for communication with spirit. The Samhain (Celtic) tradition of the Dumb Supper sets a place at the table for those who have passed to wish them well on their journey, sharing one last meal and memory with them. The Day of the Dead (Mexican) celebrations set a table for those who have passed for the same reason. These traditions are the root practices that evolved in to Trick or Treating. The traditions of masking and costumes also arises from here, as these facilitate passage between the realms. No doubt your have noticed how different you feel and how differently others perceive you when you are in costume. While you are wearing it, you are displaying a different identity which causes others to relate to you in a non-ordinary way. And during that time, you experience a sense of an alternate reality.

Blue Moons are a tremendous window of opportunity for performing shamanic rituals. It is also like getting a do-over for those things that you did not get around to on the first full moon of this month. Try a guided meditation of visualization exercise at this time and feel the energy awaken your intuition and insights.

Tune into your feelings. You know the feeling that you get when things are going well for you? Set a new goal or vision for yourself at this time that raises you to a level beyond what you normally experience. Express your gratitude and open to guidance from spirit at this time for additional blessings. A great time to express these feelings on a new vision board, journal entry or ritual where you can find ways to symbolically express your heart's desire.

Once in a Blue Moon is an expression from folklore dating back ages that signifies that this is a rare event, so we should make good use of it. As with all full moons, there is a three day window for celebrating it: the day before, the day of and the day after. So Friday, Saturday and Sunday around Halloween. (I am booked for the Friday and Saturday near Halloween. Sunday, November 1 is still open and in that Blue Moon window.)

2020 in particular has many of us deeply desiring change of all kinds in our lives. So we have one more opportunity to affect change at a higher level this year. 2020 has been a crazy year that has challenged us to reset our business and personal lives and spirit is reminding us that we can make a powerful spiritual shift forward even though many of us have felt really off kilter this year, and remember that in answering our communications, spirit may respond with something immediately and open the way for us to find more beneficial routes forward. Spirit will always bless us when we are acting in helpful and creative ways.

Healing on all levels is aligned with this point in time at all levels: physical, mental, spiritual and emotional. Let us elevate our goals and visions to a higher level in this special window of time and energy. Do not give up hope. This is our opportunity to renew and rejuvenate as we absorb powerful life lessons and move forward into our new vision.

Blue Moons remind us that even the most unusual things happen naturally from time to time and if we are conscious of these events, we can tune in and align our energies for the illumination of our path and light our way with this special light.

I always love hearing from you, so feel free to reach out if you are feeling moved to do so. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 5, 2020

The spirit of the 2 moons this month

 

The spirit of the 2 moons this month

This month we have two full moons, October 1 and 31. Traditionally, the full moon in September is the Harvest Moon and the October Full Moon is called the Blood Moon. Any time that there are two full moons in a month, the second one is called the Blue Moon. So that is what we have this year. The Blood Moon is on the 1st and the Blue Moon is on the 31st, which is Halloween.

The names of the moons originated earlier in time and they reflect what is going on in nature at that time. So if you think about it, the blood that is referred to is that traditionally, hunters go out at this time of year to shoot game and preserve meat for the winter. Even to this day, this time of year is hunting season. A metaphorical question for those of us who are not actually out hunting animals, we can ask ourselves what we are hunting for now? What are we hunting for that will give us something we need or want? The spirit of this season shines a light on our relationships and lessons we have learned about them. You will see how just a little farther into this article.

Farmers would also be culling herds and butchering meat at this time of year for the same reason. That is where the name comes from, not from horror movies.

Why do we have blue moons? In early human history, a month was always a moon cycle, from new to full back to dark again. So every month back then had the same number of days. This was important for people to work with. If you enjoy Farmer's Almanacs like I do, you see that there are always tables in there not only for planting and harvesting, there are also days for starting and ending business, indications for fishermen and sailors as to good times for their activities, weather patterns, and many other things. The moon affects people because just as it regulates tides, our bodies are mostly water, so the moon affects us too. That is why people have emotional responses to full moons.

The calendar that is in common use today is called the Gregorian Calendar which was created by Pope Gregory of the Catholic Church back in October of 1582. And this is why today we have different numbers of days in different months and Leap Years. This makes absolutely no sense in terms of the natural world. In essence, he changed the definition of month from a period of 4 weeks to random groupings of days. So with all the unevenness in months, as time circles round from year to year, some years have no blue moons and some have more than one.

You can see how much more sense a calendar makes when there were 28 days in every month and every month new moons and full moons would come about the same time. There were no blue moons with the earliest calendars. The word month is derived from the word moon. And since the Gregorian Calendar became dominant, months can contain 28, 29, 30 or 31 days. So personally, I feel that the old calendars made a lot more sense.

So this year, the full moon on Halloween itself will be a Blue Moon which should be very interesting. It still contains the energy of the season of harvesting and hunting and preparing for winter. But Blue Moon energy is always special because it is infrequent and can add some spiritual juice to whatever you are doing.

We have much to be grateful for, even in this crazy year. We have had interruptions to our schedules and ways of working and playing. And we have made some discoveries about our selves and our connections. Notice what things became more important and what things became less important. Notice what people who kept in touch or got closer during this period.

And remember that the original significance of the Day of the Dead (Aztec) and Samhain (Irish) traditions was to honor those who we knew who died this year. Some people also remember pets who died too. Taking that day and ceremony is very healing as we recall those we knew who are gone but taught us valuable lessons and shared important experiences with us life and love.

These holidays are both celebrated at this time of year and are the root of what we have come to know and celebrate as Halloween. Not horror show stuff, but gratitude. Notice how gratitude keeps coming up? Notice how spirit keeps coming up?

If the events of this year have us feeling more emotional this month it is a natural progression. Use this time to notice how the presence of those who are gone now have helped us lift up to a higher dimension of spirituality and consciousness. Remember the joy they brought to our lives, the challenges, the sweetness and the sorrow. In so doing, by observing some sort of personal ritual that expresses this intent, we will process our grieving and gain some value that will give us the courage to move forward. And some of those we knew and loved in this lifetime may be continuing on with us as spirit guides.

So this is a traditional time of great magic. Make good use of it.

I always love hearing from you, so feel free to reach out if you are feeling moved to do so. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 21, 2020

Working with our spirit guides

 

Working with our spirit guides

Have you noticed any additional assistance coming from your spirit guides ruing this crazy time? Have you noticed new spirit guides bringing energy, clarity and ideas to you? Times of crisis brings even more communication between us, so if you have not been finding greater connection, there is still time to build them up. Do you know who your spirit guides are? I do not feel like I need to know all their names. It is natural that as we change directions in our life, that we acquire new guides to help us navigate our path forward form here.

Our team of spirit guides will always have some characters that we can more readily identify than others. Remember there are some we know as family or friends who have stayed with us, the ancient ancestors who are there for us and then there are the new ones we draw in because of what we do. Remember that where our thoughts go, ou energy goes, and that is one of the ways we draw them in. If there are others whose names you want to know, ask them. If you are getting messages from a spirit guide or have an image in your mind of one of them, they will tell you their name if you ask them. You may need to ask three times. If they are one of your spirit guides they will answer. If they are not, they will disappear.

When we are feeling challenged, and 2020 has had unexpected twists and turns for all of us, this is the time when we should be paying even closer attention to our spirit guides. In fact, one thing I can say is that they have helped me get through this year, helping me stay healthy and helping me connect with people who need my help. It is a blessing to hear from people both old and new, and that reaffirms to me that I am doing what I need to be doing when people tell me that they feel better after our sessions. You know that gut feeling we get when we are making a choice? We are always getting either a confirmation or a warning. We just need to follow those prompts. That is one way that we know that serves us well. Then consider some of the other interactions.

Have you had it happen recently that you really needed something and then somehow a solution was presented? Your spirit guides were looking out for you.

When you were exposed to a dangerous or difficult situation, and you came through it alright. That was them looking out for you.

When you felt inspired to finally take up that music, or art or gardening, that was them moving you in the right direction as well.

Here is a technique that you can try at home. Thank your spirit guides for all the good things they have done for you today or done for you lately. Now thank them for any new ideas they want to share with you. Ask them if there is anything they want you to know. Now watch. Do they send you a new idea or a solution to something you have been working on?

Take a quiet time each morning and jot down whatever thoughts come to mind. All those thoughts that find your way into your mind are messages from your spirit guides. And always remember that the clearer you state your vision of what you want to achieve, the easier it will be for them to help you get it.

Spirit guides have been powerful and true in steering me this far through life. When you are needing help, this is a source you can always call on too. It may be a source you have been overlooking.

Remember, this season is a prime time for guides to make themselves known as we are mindful of celebrating the holiday season coming up when memories and people enliven our days. That plus going within to make our best decisions from this point onward as we study and reconsider is a perfect time to focus our energy on spirit guide communications.

I always love hearing from you, so feel free to reach out if you are feeling moved to do so. Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

What are we harvesting this season?




What are we harvesting this season? The full moon in September has traditionally been known as the Harvest Moon, which always marks a powerful turning of the year inward. Why inward? For one, this is a great time for us to express gratitude for all that we have harvested this year. By any measure, this has been a challenging year, so our harvest includes new lessons learned and new changes that we need to make in all aspects of our lives. Helping and healing is vibrantly alive in our harvest in ways both big and small. In celebrating our harvests, we express gratitude and make note of what we will do to increase future harvests.

In our household, we are helping the farmers who have been affected by all the shutdowns by purchasing produce and flowers directly from them since many of their regular customers such as restaurants and schools have not been buying as usual, and the rules for going to the farmers markets are cumbersome. Wherever you live, you can find some farmers that you can support in this way too. This is just one more simple way we can help each other.

Second, a powerful thing to do is to express gratitude every day for all that we have received. I express gratitude for my health, for the clients that spirit sends my way, and all the other positive developments in my life, and especially for all the love in all of our connections.

Third, as the sunsets are showing up in beautiful orange colors because of all the forest fires that raging throughout the west, hopefully we will have some rains coming our way to help all the firefighters and perhaps a deep snow season to follow.

The full moon comes on September 2, and the Fall Equinox on September 22 this year. When I refer to turning inward, this is the quarter of the year when everything begins to get darker and the weather turns colder, as there is a decreasing amount of daylight from the Fall Equinox to the Winter Solstice. During this season we naturally spend more time indoors, reading, studying, practicing those things we want to improve our skills in, writing and making notes about all this.

Of course, because of the current restrictions we have been doing a lot of this all year now, and it remains to be seen how that will affect this holiday season.

This quarter of the year is packed full of our most sentimental and emotional holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Winter Solstice, New Year's. People love to get together at this time of the year and bring the light inside our home or business to celebrate love, friendship and connection with food, drink, dance song, stories, humor, joy and seasonal decorations.

Usually that means lots of parties, and every year, my schedule is full doing readings at these special events and parties.

For the past several years, I have been booked for these big holidays by summer, but not this year so far. Traditionally, I have read at company parties with hundreds of guests, even some with thousands of guests, but with all the social distancing rules, it is unlikely all that will happen this year. Like all of you, I have to wait and see what happens.

So my calendar is still open. In the spirit of these holidays in this year, small home parties can be a really refreshing and welcome antidote to everything else that has been shut down. At least you can get together with smaller gatherings of your best friends, clients or family and celebrate your connections.

It is in keeping with the guidelines to do small parties in private homes, and so I have had a few inquiries along those lines. I am available for these kinds of events and look forward to working with those of you who are planning some sort of holiday party or event.

So if you have any thoughts along those lines, please contact me as soon as you are thinking about it because I always commit to whoever makes arrangements with me first.

My heart and the doors to my home office are open to all who need individual appointments, and I thank spirit for the presence of each and every one of you in my life. I have deeply appreciated all the love and connection I have felt from each of you during this year of upheaval and restructuring.

I am here to be of service to those of you who need me. I remove any obstacles to our being able to work together because this is who I am and this is what I do. I love being able to help you.

I always love hearing from you, so feel free to reach out if you are feeling moved to do so. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Peter Kater's music & me


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Over the past 30 years or so, I have been blessed to have been introduced to the music of Peter Kater as well as getting to know him. Peter is a pianist, composer, producer, author and retreat leader. Beginning back in the 90s, I had the opportunity to meet and interview Peter when I was a professional magazine editor and freelance writer. Over the years I have heard him play several times in concert and written about his music.

One time he and I were both performing (I was doing tarot readings, and he was playing music), in support of a charity fund raiser.

Many of the recordings he has made (60 so far) are composed for use in meditation and healing, good soft music that makes a great background for massage, reiki, meditation and journaling. I use his music frequently when I am working. Recordings he has made with other world class musicians also make for relaxing listening while entertaining at home.

Peter has also scored movies and turns up in surprising places. For example, while watching the informational video at a national park, I was pleasantly surprised that he scored that film in addition to things you may have seen elsewhere.

Peter won the Grammy for best New Age Album in both 2018 and 2020 after being nominated almost every year since 2004.

And I am happy to share that I have also read for Peter. Here is his testimonial about my reading for him.

"My reading with Dan was a great experience! He is very genuine and his reading was clear, insightful, informative and very helpful. I've spent a lot more money on readings a lot less intuitive. I highly recommend getting a reading from Dan." ~ Peter Kater

Peter leads retreats as well as doing concerts, both in concert halls and in people's homes and he offers unique piano readings. His many brilliant world class collaborators include: R. Carlos Nakai, Nawang Khechog, Paul MCandless, David Darling, Dominic Miller, Tina Guo, Snatam Kaur, Tony Levin, Joseph Firecrow, Trisha Bowden, Richard Hardy to name just some. You can find out more about Peter and his music at http://www.peterkater.com

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Life without problems? What kind of story is that?


Of course, there is no such thing, and one of the greatest ways to appreciate this fact is that as we look back at what we have done and what we are happiest about, we remember our greatest achievements came after we had the courage to go forward even in the face of fear or doubt.

Look at where we are right now. We are being forced to do our business differently. Some people are now working from home full time and even though it is more convenient than commuting to an office, people still need human interaction.

Who would have guessed just a few months ago that our social time might feature walking the dog and chatting with others who are out walking? That is one of the healthy things we can do every day, and so I am pleasantly surprised to connect with old friends I have not seen in a while plus meet new people. At least we are enjoying good weather right now which really adds pleasure to the walks.

So the setting is just right for new realizations to become visible. Have you ever noticed that when you are more relaxed that your mind is more open, which makes it a perfect time for spirit to pop in messages? A perfect time for new creative ideas to just pop in and say hello?

What a perfect time to review our life story! The life story that we tell ourselves is what governs our visions, influences our tastes, desires and goals. One of the unique opportunities we have right now in the midst of these crises, is the opportunity to rethink our lives, and make changes that we deeply desire.

A major interruption speaks to deep desires because our usual routines are so out of whack. Funny aside: this common expression assumes that otherwise we are in whack. Who ever thinks of themselves that way? In whack?

Since we are being forced to do things differently right now, it is a perfect time to think about what changes we want to make. Everyone loves a good story and we always have an opportunity to rewrite the ending. So as we construct and create our new normal, we can see ourselves in a whole new light. Changing our story, in other words, is setting a new vision for ourselves and then pursuing it. And this next chapter can be very different, and very satisfying. Notice that closings cause us to work better from home and also to enjoy the simple comforts of home. So how different is a home centered life?

We do need to resume public events both for business and pleasure, but the schedule is obviously in the hands of the governor, so we need to proceed in ways that will work now and later.

Now is a time for dreams to become stories. What have you been imagining with a passion? Are you ready to become that? Or has your vision shifted significantly? What needs to be done next? Clarify the vision? Or jump into action? Right now, we can say that the next chapter of our life will shift our big visions as well as smaller, every day actions.

Is it story time where you live? What is essential now? What is desired now? How would you like to tell the story going forward?

I am always happy to hear from you. I love you and send blessings for a wonderful day to everyone.