The gift of fasting is offered to embark on a journey of spiritual unification and delight. It's an extremely powerful tool used during times of need and transformation, to instruct and connect us to the divine and create last changes in our own lives and the lives of those we touch. To take such a journey should never be executed in a disrespectful manner...or with-out setting some clear intentions and focus. Before beginning a fast take time to reflect on why you are doing it. It easy to say I am doing this to receive blessings or visions or healing but none of these should be your primary desire or reason for doing so. Above all your desire to fast should be ruled by the desire in your heart to sit and be closer to spirit... to God, for through the journey of a fast you will be challenged to make spirit your source of food and not your physical, emotional, or mental bodies. Pay attention to how you feel and respond to the idea of fasting because if you think it's a high spiritual attainment or discipline to place a check mark on your list then you're feeding your ego and pride. Search your heart... are you being called to fast? Is spirit impressing upon you a time to focus connection and energy on higher things to witness the power of spirit and love transferring through your heart? If so then it is time and the fast is available to anyone who chooses this path of spiritual maturity and focus.
Fasting is never a command it is always a movement of spirit and through this movement you will be guided by your heart. To enter into a fast any other way would yield very little results with the exception of maybe pushing one further away from spirit. We fast because we are called by spirit and by following the call we receive... not because we are seeking to receive but because we follow the call of spirit through our hearts. It a symbiotic relationship.
In this relationship like any relationship it's purity is built on love. An unconditional-love that expects nothing in return but to give love and more love. And so we offer our sacrifice of unconditional love through the absence of physical food for spiritual food and through this I offer you a few protocols to consider on your journey...
Here is link to the Pran Mudra to assist during your fast. I also recommend the Breath of Fire to fuel the body and using frankincense oil on your face to maintain your composure by not attracting on lookers. I have faith that as you enter into a fast you will find your heart and your devotion to spirit and through this you may be blessed, Ria-Mae.
On the eve of the New Moon in Virgo (exact on Tuesday September the 19th at 11:29pm MDT) we are already beginning to feel the energy for this new moon and the celebrations of the changing season. Take the time to sit and feel the movement pulling us forward... for there are five planets in Virgo now with Chiron opposing the moon. This is about healing and clearing so you can come into the service of others. With this Virgo new moon so close to the fall equinox and the sun moving into Libra... we must take this opportunity to rebalance. Finally there is a slowing down and an opportunity to exhale from an intense summer season. Self care and love is at the forefront along with clearing and prioritizing our focus to carry us through till the end of the year.
For this New Moon we connect with tarot card IX THE HERMIT which is about grounding in new thought and inspiration in connection to assisting and helping others. Moving from service to self to service to others through the light and the power of the heart. The Hermit is the 9th card of the deck and this new moon takes place at 27 degrees (2+7=9), nines are completions including the period of gestation for new creations leading us right into the visual spectacle in the sky that highlights Jupiter being born from the virgin in the sky on the morning of the 23rd exact at 11:11am MDT! The correspondences for the last three months astrologically, numerically and metaphysically is beyond being able to explain. All I can say is we are at a major shift let me rephrase that, "We are at a major, major, major shift!".
Finding the guiding light with-in your soul opens the doors to a higher purpose.
In the final days of Virgo we are given the opportunity as individuals and as a community to move into deep, "introspection and soul-searching" before the Equinox falls upon us! The call has been made to fast for three days beginning at 6pm on Tuesday September 19th and ending on Friday September 22nd at 6pm. Three days to let go and sacrifice our own physical needs for the needs of spirit; for our friends, for our communities and for the planet. If you feel called to join us then please do.... if you feel you are called only to fast for one day to support those on the longer fast, then please do. If you are called you will know for not eating will be easy and water/life will be your nourishment. Till we meet again in the new season! Blessings, Ria-Mae.
Full Moon in Pisces direct at 1:02AM tonight, 9/6/2017 MDT. It is no secret, the energy flux of the eclipse season is continuing to effect our internal workings. Seemingly coming from no where with no rhyme or reason the energy continues to be causing much anxiety, pain in the spine/heart and for some of us fear and/or anger. Even-though you may have already moved through your own inner work there continues to be a feeling of unease and you may be wondering why? Rest assured this is a collective experience as many have been contacting me over the past five days experiencing headaches, anxiety, sadness, anger and fear. Let us remember what it is like to experience a burn and how at first it stings but the intensity of the pain is experienced in the aftermath, such is the power of this eclipse season. Tonight the full moon in Pisces with Mercury turning direct will be another activation, here we may finally feel like we can breath and beginning moving forward as the pressure will now simmer and start to cool down.
We as a collective can offer the last of our concerns, worries and fear to the moon in Pisces. Where the image of our deepest fears are portrayed in Tarot Card XIII THE MOON. This is known as, the blood and inner disturbing as, "It is always the darkest before the dawn". Will you dream of fortune or disaster? Will you give away to your nightmares or finish the final taming of your lower natures to emerge on the other side...born a new child of god on the equinox?
You understand the deep recesses of the polluted waters in the unconscious mind tainted by the past and our ancestors. You are THE MOON; mastering the primitive path of raw animal instincts. You clear the past and the bloodlines transcending repressed shortcomings, weakness and projected fears. All invisible things are brought to the surface. You rain the light of heaven in the dark corners and find all the missing pieces of yourself in the magic mirror of life.
This is the fullness of a massive change taking place and the next two weeks will be our final wrap-up...so get yourself organized and cleared. It's time to finalize and prepare for the Virgo New moon in two weeks! May you rise from the ashes and be born a new, we are the phoenix. Blessings, Ria-Mae.
For a deep look at the astrology and transits check out Cerena Childress article!