Sunday, August 06, 2017

Of Wacky celestial happenings...



Meteors, Eclipses, and Lion’s Gate – Oh My!
There is a plethora of information accumulating online [especially via social media and blogs] concerning the imminent opening of Lion’s Gate Portal, the partial lunar eclipse tomorrow during full moon, the amazing Perseid meteor showers, 5 planets going retrograde during this period - all culminating with the full solar eclipse on August 21 – which coincides with new moon. With so much information out there I would normally not weigh in on the subject publicly; however, it behooves me to speak on some matters that add to this discourse because I follow lunar astrology in addition to solar astrology.
There is a dearth of information on aboriginal lunar aspects, as far as I can find…
Let me backtrack and make this a bit personal.  19 years ago today I went into labour a month and a half prematurely. In 1998 we had a similar collection of celestial events over a 4 or 5 day period which I knew about many months in advance [thanks to my Llewellyn annual lunar guidebook]. I’d gone so far as to warn my obstetrician at McMaster - as early as March - that I had concerns about going into labour during this celestial convergence in August ’98.  I told him about our aboriginal traditions around lunar astrology and the influence of the moon on rupturing membranes.  He pooh-poohed me and said it was much too early in the pregnancy for that to happen and not to worry.  Needless to say when we finally drove to McMaster on August 11 to have my daughter he gave me a very quizzical look. So much for birthing at the end of September 1998!
That celestial event in August 19 years at ago was not anywhere near as powerful as this pending Lion’s Gate phenomena.  I often talk to my students about preparing oneself for the psychospiritual impact of events like this and likening it to being a surfer off the coast of Hawaii. One wants to be the surfer on the top of the wave hanging 10 and experiencing the best damned surf of their life. One does not want to be the unfortunate surfer who is pummelled by the waves, dragged beneath by the undertow and having their derrière chomped on by great white sharks. To paraphrase, one either rides these waves or is drowned by them.
I’m not a professional astrologer but I do know my way around an astrological solar chart.  I’m more at home with lunar charts and aboriginal aspects and these are the bits of information missing from the mainstream glut on social media. 
In a perfect year we would have a New Moon coinciding with winter solstice on December 21. However this year the 1st moon of the New Year was not until December 29/16. In a perfect year we would be in the 9th moon cycle called “Harvest Time Moon”. The grandmother of the 9th moon cycle is called “Setting Sun Woman”. So we are actually still in the 8th moon cycle known as “Hot Weather Moon” and governed by the grandmother “She Who Heals”.
How divinely synchronistic is this! She Who Heals is the grandmother in governance during this time of celestial and lunar convergences of a kind and type we have not experienced in decades, if not centuries!  Who better to appeal to for support and help as we ride the spiritual surf? Who better to keep us on top of that proverbial surfboard?
Let me provide her curriculum vitae for you.  She Who Heals is:
Ø the intuitive healer, midwife, herbalist, keeper of the healing arts, the singer of the death song and keeper of the life-and-death mysteries,
Ø The guardian of the medicine routes and healing herbs as the servant of humankind,
Ø the mother of intuition, all rites of passage, cycles of birth, death and rebirth.
She teaches us:
Ø how to serve others with a happy heart using our healing abilities,
Ø how to understand and honour the life cycles of birth, death, and rebirth,
Ø how to believe in the miracles of life through our connections to our spiritual essences,
Ø how to understand the plant kingdom and the healing uses of all parts of plants
Ø how to serve the truth.
So how does one manage in these times of “Winds and Changes”? There are number of ways to walk the medicine wheel over the next few weeks.  If you think of the wheel in terms of a guide, then you need to look at physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual methods of dealing with these intense energies that are pelting the earth. Let’s break it down a little bit…
Physical options include things like overhauling one’s diet immediately.  Not necessarily huge changes but eliminating those foods just for a few weeks that cause us to slow down and feel sluggish.  Opt out of those red meat burgers, pop and fries. Pick a veggie burger and salad.  We’re coming into corn moon, so eating with the season is ideal.  Grab those fresh veggies out of the garden because our next moon time is called Harvest Moon.  Eating with the season puts you in rhythm with the earth so physically that’s very healing… Go for some hikes in the woods…  Take your shoes off and feel the damp pine needles beneath your feet…  Breathe deeply and try to just be in nature like this for 20 minutes.  Standing in water up to your ankles at your favourite beach helps stimulate the meridians which travel up through the body. Let your body feel the peace. Get lots of sleep. 
As we walk around the medicine wheel and look at some emotional supports for these celestial occurrences, take stock of the things/people which trigger you.  If it’s time for some emotional housekeeping these are the energies to do it in.  Take stock of the drama creators and energy vampires.  Just as we purge our homes of unwanted belongings and worn out things, so must we also eliminate the people in our lives whose energies no longer serve us.  Love and compassion are key - what you send out you get back 10,000 fold - but you can love from a distance. Ask She Who Heals to help you heal broken relationships and circumstances which cause you emotional distress. 
A very practical intellectual thing to do is set up an altar space in your home.  It doesn’t have to be huge! Grab a favourite candle, some matches, a couple of favourite crystals, incense and a holder.  Ask for a feather, an angelic apport, and place a photo of a loved one on the altar.  Put your Oracle cards there. Find a small box or bowl into which you place pieces of paper with focused thoughts. (Colette Baron-Reid calls these boxes “God boxes”]. What we think we manifest.  Here is a chance for the mental clarity these energies can provide to stimulate clear goals. Write those goals on the slips of paper and put them in the box.  During these few weeks of wild energies come back to this altar several times a day if you need to and use the slips of paper to help you stay focused.  Light the candle! Hold the crystal and breathe into it!  If in the clarity of your visions you find your objectives changing consider this a bonus! She Who Heals can assist with these objectives by providing clarity and bringing light where the ego would keep us in shadow.
Spiritually it’s important to use these celestial energies to stay mindfully in the moment.  If you meditate once a day increase it twice a day. If you use Oracle cards pull them out, dust them off and invest some time with your higher self.  Talk to She Who Heals while you work with your Oracle cards. Take those junkets in the forest as an opportunity to do a walking meditation and pray. Read a spiritual text you’ve always wanted - attend an outdoor ceremony.  Listen to music which inspires you…
Having said all that I’ll let you in on what I plan to do.  On Tuesday I’m taking a wild woman shamanic boat trip out of Midland up to Parry Sound.  I want to be on the water and in the land of the ancestors where earth and sky meet rock and water.  I haven’t done a cruise for years and the wheelchair makes it difficult but I will do this.  Brian is making me a special God box as he fine-tunes his smudge kits for the upcoming studio tour.  He’s taking me to the beach close by where I can take the chair right down to the water’s edge and stand up in the surf.  I’m writing and using the energies to create a book - whether I have the book finished by August 21st is another matter.  At the emotional level I am severing ties with all kinds of people/places/things from the past using compassion and forgiveness in the heart of sacred ceremonies bringing those actions into this dimension.  We will celebrate our daughter’s 19th birthday on August 11.  It’s not lost on me that numerologically that date equals “1” and 19 equals “1” – new beginnings. It’s her 1st day of adulthood and in a matter of days she moves to Peterborough to continue her schooling.  New beginnings all around.  I’m encouraging her to use these energies to stay on top of the giant wave and surf her way to success.
All these solar and lunar celestial energies are acting like a catapult.  May you be blessed in these Ascension times.
Love and light, Kathryn





Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Drums, Spooks and Oracle Cards - Oh My!

Hello there!

Just a quick reminder that we have 3 more important classes in July before taking a break. In the spirit of John Candy's movie "Trains Planes and Automobiles" I call this "Drums, Spooks And Oracle Cards". In fact our Drum-making class is on Saturday, July 8 from 9:30 AM to noon, and the 2nd part is the following Saturday, July 15 – again from 9:30 AM to noon. It's been almost 2 years since we've made drums with our community, and these are the large 16" x 2.5" ceremonial drums. We have limited spaces and can accommodate up to 9 people. The class is just over half full and will run. Due to the costs involved we only run this course every couple of years. The 1st week we actually construct the drum and you add the drum head with rawhide babiche lacing. You also make a drumstick called "grandmother's arm". The week between classes provides an opportunity for the drum to dry and cure. In our 2nd class we decorate, finish the leather work on the drumstick and do the ceremonies associated with birthing the drums. The cost is $175 inclusive.

Oracle cards are a fabulous means to connect with your own higher self and with Spirit. We've had courses this year in tarot, tea leaf reading and basic oracles. On July 10 from 7 PM to 10 PM were going to bring it all together. Here's a chance to bring your decks or other divination tools, crystals and we'll work through classic and contemporary spreads. We will also discuss the best way is to ask questions. Please register early as the class is nearly full. The fee for this class is $25.

The 3rd date to remind people about is Monday, July 17 from 7 PM to 10 PM wherein we have a special one evening class for any students who have ever taken "Psychospiritual Development". We are calling this night "Channeling Checkup". Here is an opportunity to refresh your skills with all the forms of channeling that we learned in psychospiritual development. We'll do some connecting with our spirit guides angels and teachers and share with each other. It's a great opportunity to get some messages from Spirit! If you’d like to bring your class notes we can discuss anything that's pertinent to parapsychology. The fee is $20 and treats are welcome.

If you're a resident of Tiny Township we're having a booth at the Township barbecue on Saturday, July 22. The barbecue is free to residents of Tiny Township and there are multiple vendors and musical acts celebrating the day. Who knows what mischief I'll get up to?

That's all I have to share - please register for any classes you wish to take as soon as possible - your paid registration confirms your seat. Feel free to contact either Brian or myself if you have questions.


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Spring/Summer Events



2017 Spring Courses

New - starting this month - Private Group Channeling Sessions.  It is $150 for a group of 4 - $40 per person for additional participants [up to a maximum of 8].  Most of these sessions will be held on a weeknight evening at 7 PM, but there are occasional weekend dates.  Please contact us for details.
Mother’s Day specials - we are taking $50 off regularly priced shawls and 10% off dolls up to and including Mother’s Day.  Gift certificates are always available for our services.

Upcoming classes:
Tasseomancy/Tea Leaf Reading - Saturday, May 13, 1 PM (sharp) to 4:30 PM.  You will learn all the basics from the kind and types of cups to use, preparation of tea, symbols, interpretation protocols and much more!  You will leave with a set of notes, charts of symbols and at least 2 readings.  The last time we did this we had a blast.  $40.

Medicine Wheel Garden - Saturday, May 27 9 AM to noon.  Bring your wellies and your own gardening tools.  Brian will guide you through the planting protocols and special techniques for our traditional aboriginal garden.  There is no fee for this session.

Dowsing - Sunday, June 4, 9:30 AM to 4 PM. This popular session provides training in the two forms of divining.  We demonstrate the use of a single, suspended pendulum and 2 L-shaped dowsing rods.  We should have good enough weather to assure lots of practice outside doing geomantic dowsing, and learn radiesthetic dowsing for healing work.  This class looks at ley lines, vortices and ghost paths.  Please bring a lunch, binder, pen, crystals, pendulums and L-rods if you have them.  We have pendulums and L-rods at a nominal fee for those students who require them.  $80.

Traditional Spiritualist Séance - Monday, June 5, 7 PM to 10 PM. Join us for our special circle. This is limited to ten participants. Bring a crystal, camera, and an open mind.  $20.

Angels - Sunday, June 11, 9:30 AM to 4 PM. This is not a course of anecdotes nor religious doctrine - we study this complex subject of Angels with a systematic approach.  Topics include the differences between angels and guides, meeting your angel, communication, grounding, the chakras and angelic healing practices.  Fee includes notes.  Please bring a binder, lunch and a crystal if you have one.  Dress comfortably and please do NOT wear perfume.  $80.

Crystals - Mondays, June 12 and 19, 7 PM to 10 PM. Topics covered include healing, crystal cleansing and preparation, various prayers and meditations using crystals, totem animals, making crystal essences, combining crystals and the chakras, dowsing, traditional scrying methods, the pendulum, healing rods and care of your stones.  No workshop on crystals would be complete without demonstrations, so dress comfortably.  Please bring a notebook, pen, and whatever crystals you possess. $80.

New! Parapsychology Primer - Monday, June 26, 7 PM to 10 PM. Are you interested in ghosts? Do you wonder about the psychic senses?  Here is an opportunity to learn about contemporary subjects in parapsychology like Instrumental Transcommunication.  We will talk about ghost hunting protocols and equipment as time permits. $25.


Drum Making - Saturdays, July 8 and 15, 9:30 AM to noon. Instruction and all materials required to make a single-sided ceremonial drum provided.  You also make a drumstick called “grandmother’s arm”. On the first morning we assemble the drum and drumstick.  After allowing a week between classes for the drums to cure we get together to decorate and perform ceremonies for the drums.  $175.

New! Oracle Card Class - Monday, July 10, 7 PM to 10 PM. This should be prove to be a fun evening of learning the differences between tarot decks and oracle formats. It’s important to learn the right way to ask questions, and focus within, to our higher self. We will work with various new oracle cards and divination types and everyone comes away with a reading.  Seating is limited so register early.  Feel free to bring your own decks, and a snack to share. $25.

New! Channeling Checkup - Monday, July 17, 7 PM to 10 PM. PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS FOR PAST STUDENTS OF PSYCHOSPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT – we will review channeling skills, and practice together some of the many exercises (mirrors, automatic writing, ITC/EVP’s, water divination, crystal work, etc.).  Bring your dowsing gear and a snack to share.  $20.


Gift Certificates are available and may be used towards course fees, services or anything in the studio.
Receipts are issued first night of class.  Classes fill quickly!  Payment can be made through the website (PayPal), Interac e-transfer (send to brian@moonstarlodge.com), cash or cheque (payable to "Rev. Kathryn Gorman-Lovelady").  We take Visa or Mastercard if you drop by the studio (call ahead).  Your seat is confirmed upon payment.
Courses are being held at 302 Lafontaine Rd. West, Tiny (formerly Lafontaine), Ontario, L9M 0H1.
Register online here: www.moonstarlodge.com/courses.html

Moonstar Lodge
302 Lafontaine Road West, Tiny, Ontario, L9M 0H1
Voice: (705) 533-2520
E-Mail: brian@moonstarlodge.com
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