2018 Moon Message 4-29
Full Moon in Scorpio―Quick gather your rattles & candles
Invite a Ceremony for Beltane

Flamingos Fishing for Shrimp

See how the very middle of spring, like the middle of autumn, is loaded with mystery and suspense. Scorpio teaches opposite Taurus.

May 1, like November 1, is the middle of the season. This Moon shines brightly for a ceremony. Awaken your inner teacher and reach out your hands across the distance to a generation―or two―younger. As autumn reflects spring, see in every beautiful Elder the reflected heart of his or her teen-self. Remember utopia, remember idealism, reach for the energy and be a helper, a leader, a listener.

As the calendar clicks over to May 1, we can choose how to be. I am choosing to be active, to be kind, and to help get out the vote. The community I call home needs some loving, we need to gather in small porch circles, in gardens, and talk. This will evolve us to become the change we wish to see. How do you choose be in these short, fast 6 months? Will your change be visible? Maybe this is all the time we have to make a difference.

Farmers’ Markets are springing up everywhere, returning as sweetly as bird-song. Food offers 18 different Solutions for global warming. It’s a big factor and a good focus for summer. Which Solution do you choose to learn about, to talk about, and to engage? If you know precisely where your food comes from, all the year around, you must be a farmer. The rest of us are beholden. Think about that for a minute.

I get in the rut of choosing 3 or 4 different lettuces, an assortment of vegetables, and sauces to make them tasty. This is my grocery run. I do not know anything about this food, other than the twist-tie says organic. This is dreadful, how old is it? Just put it in the fridge for a couple of days, the truth shows up slimy and brown. Old. Poor thing, travelled way too far, huh?

Now it’s waste. What do I do with it? This is the rut I must change. The patterns set last year will be the ingredients to this whole space between May and November. How do you plan to participate with the growing season? Will you learn about soil, about waste through your kitchen system? Can we learn together about how food is the biggest sector to draw carbon back down from the atmosphere where it’s stuck? Can food itself pull us out of our ruts?

By eating, consciously, our usual three times a day, we can discover innovative ways to support the movement to reverse global warming. And, we must! Learn what you can, reach across the generations and be the change. Three times a day!

Home now, from a long journey, I am headed for Solstice Farms because this CSA provides our source of nutrition without a single shred of doubt. You could say, the farm is calling me on this Full Moon.

I have a new bag of seashells for the gardens of my friends who draw wisdom from the intersections where soil meets the depth of the ocean. Get ready. We have lived so many days, grown so many gardens, a seashell will help us remember our wisdom. Let’s talk about how to support the young people who are walking in protest; how to support the women running for elected office; how to use food to our advantage and begin the conscious work of drawing down the carbon. Food may rescue earth in her time of need. After our ancestors farmed for 10,000 years, the Solutions to global warming were “found” to be already working. Who knew?

Take your small steps to be the change. If you have a low-growl, this is good. Six months go by, as we know, but we can choose to be more conscious. Reach across the generation gap, offer help to young women. Vote. I love this conversation: Food, Soil, Waste.

Earth Day is every day, loving our sensual natures: seeing, touching, tasting.

Dearhearts!
New Moon in Aries, Sunday evening, higher-power emotions.
We are the roots of the grass and now is the time to grow ourselves.
Gather and celebrate Earth Day on April 20,
do something to fall in love with dear Earth, again.

          Link arms with local friends of 360.org or Citizens Climate Lobby. You might try a Drawdown course from Pachamama Alliance or search climate+university for a bio-regional education; I still owe Nancy Gilliam and mfpp.org for my Climate education 10 years ago.

To empower my love affair with Mother Earth, I have chosen to bring you the Drawdown Solutions as I learn about them. Joyfully, this New Moon and the gardening season both coincide ~almost~ with Earth Day so we can get soil beneath our fingernails, feel the Cosmos spinning overhead, and then gather to talk about saving our planet. Yes, the conversation has turned urgently toward species survival. We must find our way back to intimate connection with dear Earth by expanding our agape and how we interact with our Great Mother. Billions x billions, each day, how do we all give and receive support to her and to one another. The magic word is Connect!

We all need to talk and we all need to listen. Everyone’s experience differs, but somehow that soil beneath our nails creates the bond of love that connects us to one another. Let’s rekindle our love affair with all things beautiful and earthy. We are islands of sanity for one another and the Earth is our heart-rock.

The socio-political world is running amuck. Hindsight meets foresight: We got into this mess one day at a time. If we all roll up our sleeves for the Earth, we can get out of this mess, one day at a time.

Drawdown.org is one of 800 organizations working on climate understanding and the only one to bring us a plan to reverse global warming. I feel gratitude to meet so many people who have rekindled their love for the Earth and for one another.

Let’s reverse global warming together. Yes! It’s possible! The researchers did the math already J. The book for this great work is Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken. If you have good wi-fi, watch Paul Hawken’s YouTube recordings. His message will soothe your winter-weary Soul. Connect with the Drawdown conversation coming to your community.

Happy New Moon and Joyous Earth Day, every day!
Spread the word and grow your grass-roots,
This message comes to you from Albuquerque, NM
Much love, the Story Activist, Gail

Further reading:
Pachamama.org
Drawdown.org
350.org
Sandpoint350.org
Mfpp.org
citizensclimatelobby.org

I will be writing about the Solutions and sharing them here and everywhere. My short version of Drawdown Solution #4, follows.  Women and Girls coming soon!

#4, A Plant Rich Diet
To Reduce 66.11 Gigatons of CO2 by 2050

Reading Drawdown, the book, reminded me of a hypocrisy deeply rooted in my history, in fact, throughout most of my life. I grew up on a cattle ranch steeped in western icons. Alfalfa fattened the cows and calves and they fattened us. My family and I relished this earthy intimacy in small town Idaho. In one form or another, we ate beef many times each week because it was an easy way to feed a large family.

Way back in the 1950s and 60s no one knew about cows belching methane. Fast forward. From the romantic settling of the western states, which popularized steaks and burgers, eating beef has exponentially increased world-wide, each decade, for 70 years. Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. Raising livestock produces at least 15% of all total gases emitted each year (as much as 50% when all activity is counted).

My first adverse health consequences came in in 2003 when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was a newlywed in the middle of my life. My husband and I began our spiritual practices that brought us closer to the Earth and we got through that ordeal with a Plant Rich Diet. I learned that protein is plentiful in a plant rich diet and most importantly, I need only 50 grams of protein each day.

Now I rejoice. By careful reading of the #4 Solution to reverse global warming, Plant Rich Diet, I have dropped beef completely and forever. If I can do this for the Earth, wala! I am going to! Read for yourself. Decide for yourself. The wellness savings are staggering. This is a wonderful way to help the Earth, today, at your next meal.

Read for yourself, each of the solutions are elaborated on the website and more in the book, Drawdown. I salute good health. Let’s grow better together and draw down the C02 by eating lower on the food chain.

http://www.drawdown.org/solutions/food/plant-rich-diet

 

 

This New Year Journey seeks the wedded bliss of Earth-works and Passages.

Moon Message :: Becoming a Global Citizen

Monarchs Link Countries

Remember ceremony on this first New Moon of the year, Dearhearts. You might want to light lots of candles to enter the quiet of yourself. A New Moon is an especially good time to notice where you are in your own consciousness. With each deep breathe, feel your two aspects: How you see yourself and how others see you. Feel the thrill of autonomy and authenticity as you inch them closer together. The planet needs each of us to be our best-selves.

Women are coming into a renewed consciousness and I feel privileged to be part of this Movement. When I say privileged, my memories circle back to the 1970s and 80s and another oscillating wave of women speaking up for ourselves. Everywhere women are saying, we have come a long way, this is true. It is also true that we have a long way to go. Our struggle for this holy sisterhood of equality is no less intense than the Suffragettes’. The 100 year anniversary of that first victory is near.  Between now and 2020, we will gain inclusion of color and class, we will discover the teacher in one another, and we will begin to take care of self, each other, and the Earth in all new ways.

We are growing ourselves up to be global citizens. We are growing up our girls. Our boys are coming into a new world of conscious women because the patriarchy, with ample resistance, is giving up the power. This is indeed a good time to be alive. Equality feels imminent, but only if we intentionally open like the Moon to include women of all ethnicities and all levels of privilege.

Just to be clear, women have more power than we realize; our power is relational, earthy; heart connection is what we ask of all others. Women are natural leaders through community and cooperation, we show the children how to be good planetary citizens. The most dramatic shaping takes place at 2 and 3 years old. All through childhood, little kiddos pay attention to every detail. Life needs examining and reconciling. How are we demonstrating our planetary citizenship? This is the heart of R’evolution, the deep Soul evolution of women.

People around this planet watch women of privilege. All the precious younger Souls and the underprivileged, those who suffer from toil look for leadership and modeling. This could be a good questioning time for us, are we being good role models? Are we using conscious leadership? In the first New Moon of this New Year our thoughts and intentions are being guided by Capricorn energies. This sign of the zodiac is Cardinal Earth, initiating deeper winter. From the deep quiet of a winter dawn, our friendly ally, La Luna, reminds us to contribute to the social fabric of the planet and lead our lives as global citizens. Subtle but dramatic, this notion of living as a global citizen is the difference between previous decades of Women’s Movements.

Capricorn energy will guide the 2nd Women’s March. Women coming together may bring unity often divided by politics and ideology. Great Mother Earth is our unifying force. By marching we ask people to pay attention. The planet needs all of us to step up to activism.

When we change ourselves, we change the world. I am on a journey to examine where I need to make amends, how I may evolve my global consciousness. Before and after the Women’s March, will you join me in using this winter for deep inner work?

Viva la R’evolution!

Writing from the Monarch Preserves in Mexico, In Joy, o joy and love always , Gail

Moon Message :: Power to Choose Every Moment

I wish you the happiest of New Years!

IMG_5589Think of this moment as no coincidence. Our beloved Moon is exalted―close, full, and at home―on January 1. In her home sign of Cancer, tonight is a Super Moon because she is closest to Earth. How wonderful to be greeted at this beginning of 2018 in this majestic, nurturing sign of home and belonging. This could be a clarion wake-up call.

Moon illuminates how our Earth home is rapidly changing before our eyes. How do we know where we belong if we no longer recognize home? We all watched visible changes ― 4 hurricanes in rapid succession and horrendous wildfires. We have the power to choose to help and soothe Earth’s rattled nerves with positive actions. I decided to be teachable and cooperative, this past year, because I wanted to be needed. Perhaps this is the moment your life purpose is revealed, the very one you’ve been waiting for. Each person has one thing to do, some have several purposes. For the healing the Earth, the Solutions to global warming are all spelled out in Drawdown, the book, the website, and the movement.

Choose to be in the groundswell of positive action for the Earth. Choose now while the Moon shines so brightly in every corner of our planet. This is our only home; today is a great time to find your Earth purpose. My new purpose is to tell everyone about Pachamama Alliance and our work with Drawdown.org. I will be writing stories about the Solutions.

Many of us are preparing by learning. It’s gentle, quiet work at first. Begin by reading about the forward-thinking Solutions to global warming. There are so many ways to contribute, but we must all find our unique contribution. Yours probably will differ from mine but we will all work to draw down and sequester Carbon Dioxide until it becomes beneficial. This is the terrific news.

The book, the website, the cascading benefits are so wonderful all of this will tug on your heart-strings. We can each do something to help our home planet, Earth. It’s not too late. No one will be overwhelmed if we all contribute. Browse through the Solutions list, www.drawdown.org, cozy up and read about the Research Fellows. They spent 5 years pulling this together for us, the worker bees in our local hives.

Search through the Solutions and find yours, one or two will call to you. Likely as not, you are already doing something amazing and we need you to simply share your expertise. Ask for help to scale up your efforts. What I love the most, the cascading benefits: Each Solution in Drawdown makes the kind of sense that we want to be doing them anyway.
Learn something new every day, especially how these marvelous opportunities are calling to you. Make this year the year we all get busy nurturing the home that has always nurtured us.

Begin sharing, what are you passionate about? Let’s just start with the list, then let’s share stories of why, and then, as the months roll out, let’s begin to share our expertise and our successes. I began this journey through Pachamama Alliance in May. Now I begin this bright New Year by inviting you to check it out. There are two marvelous free classes of very high quality, Awakening the Dreamer and the Game Changer Intensive. The first is 2 delightful hours, the latter, is 8 weeks and comes with a built-in global community. The next Game Changer Intensive begins January 14.

Easy peasy! If you can hear me, I always say, start with your passion, what is calling you? What has called to you? Where might you show up for the Earth? Lie down, close your eyes and do a little Moon-bathing to find your Earth-work for this year. I would love to hear if your Earth-work is what you are already doing.

I am about to encounter much of Mexico, Someone, something there is calling to me.
I offer these bright insights with love,
Gail, Story Activist for Pachamama & Nine Passages
1.1.2018

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