Rainbow Goddess Moon and Entertaining What’s Possible

Rainbow Goddess Taurus Full Moon

Rainbow Goddess Taurus Full Moon (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly

I’m still thinking about last week’s full moon in the sign of Venus-ruled Taurus. When I uploaded my full moon pictures, I saw that this one had a rainbow around the top of the moon. After years of taking pictures of the moon, I have never before seen this! It was as if Venus, just a handful of degrees from the Sun in Scorpio, at the time, was projecting her creative flair to help the moon reflect even more brilliance in her fullness.

We have been through such an intense time of change, in the past few months, especially. So many people I know are undergoing major life-changes. Some of these people have chosen their changes, others definitely did not. Regardless of what prompted the change, having skillful means for navigating life’s transitions can make all the difference. I love the quote I’ve been hearing a lot lately, that says, “Life isn’t happening to you. It’s happening for you.” That simple change in perspective opens us to new possibilities. And while we may not have a choice about exactly what has happened, we have a choice about how we will act in response.

I have been through a lot of life-changing times; we all have. One of the things that helps me the most is the gift of hindsight. Being able to look back at situations that felt like ‘the end of the world’ at the time, turned out to be simply, ‘the end of the world as I knew it’. And each of those transitional times opened my heart and life in ways that allowed me to take actions that I would never have considered, back when I was comfortable and my life was predictable.

My Sun (ego/heart of the self) and Mercury (communication/intellect) are in the Mutable Air sign of Gemini. However, my Ascendant, Venus, Moon, Pluto, and Saturn are all in Fixed signs. So while my heart and mind are all for changing things, keeping them fresh, and entertaining all kinds of creative possibilities, (especially mentally!) my body, sensibilities, emotions and sense of responsibility are wired for predictability and stability, at all costs. So, while I can easily counsel others on the value of making wise choices about the crossroads before them, I know what it is to come up against a lot of internal resistance to taking action until the parts of myself that have concerns are addressed.

We all have obstacles and legitimate concerns about how to move forward when staying put is no longer an option. As we look back at other turning points, we see that we did make it through. Things did work out. Oftentimes, in ways we could never have foreseen and better than we could have imagined. One of the best tools I have discovered for navigating life’s ups and downs is to take a few moments when relaxed, to close my eyes and imagine the situation about which I am concerned and really feel the internal resistance I am experiencing around this topic. When the feelings are strong, I imagine myself melting all of that resistance and let my body release it, as well. Then I flip the situation and see it in a way that feels ideal, to me. Dwelling for a little while in that heightened state of awareness and allowing it to seep into my being, helps to open the creative floodgates for new possibilities to actually occur.

If the moon can have a rainbow, so can you. Keep looking up. You just never know what you might see.

Love,

Jodi


Taurus Full Moon

Fancy under the Taurus Full Moon

Fancy under the Taurus Full Moon

The moon reached its fullness yesterday, in Taurus, sign of self-esteem, sensuality and earthy beauty. This is far from the best picture I’ve taken of a full moon, but it was the best of the moon and Fancy, perched on the fence.

The moon is exalted in Taurus, the sign ruled by the Goddess planet, Venus, which is all about the body and our direct, felt experiences in life and the creatures with whom we share this lovely planet.

Taurus is about what matters to us and plays a large part in what materializes in our lives. To what are you paying your time and attention? These are huge clues about what we value. If our values and the things we support are not aligned, we end up with a disconnect between what we love and what shows up for us. The more aligned vision and values are, the more we experience the beauty and grace life has to offer.

As we move into the moon’s waning period, taking stock of what no longer serves us, in preparation for the next cycle of our lives, helps keep us in flow, in these times of accelerated change.

Love,

Jodi


Scorpio – Living the Mystery

Capricorn Full Moon over Santa Barbara - July 2014 Photo by Jodi Lilly

Capricorn Full Moon over Santa Barbara – July 2014 Photo by Jodi Lilly

Moonlight beams down

Softening hard edges

And clean lines

Mystery rules the night

 

The sky

Alive

With its own brand of light

Offers solace

In which to release

The harsher realities of the day

 

Gazing out over the ocean

The full moon

A jewel among the stars

Invites reflection

Offers comfort

At a time when I feel so alone

 

Why am I here?

I ask

Why is this so hard?

What happened

To all those dreams

That once drew me forth?

 

Like art

On an enchanted canvas

Stars twinkle in reply

I see my questions

Are small matters

In the big scheme of things

 

The answers lie

In this moment

In witnessing the magnificence

In holding this holy moment

Communion with the sky

In not only eyes and mind

But Heart and Soul

 

Life is a mystery

Living the mystery

With open Heart and Mind

Offers magic

Unseen

When we think

We already know

 

October 31, 2006

(C) Jodi Lilly – All rights reserved


Scorpio ~Setting Suns and Rebirth From the Ashes

 

Puerto Vallarta Sunset (c) Jodi Lilly

Puerto Vallarta Sunset (c) Jodi Lilly

I took this picture last week, while on vacation in Mexico. Watching the sun set over the Pacific reminded me of the early years of Light In Motion, when I was living at the beach, in Hawaii. So much was seeded for me during that time, when I had hours to walk on that all but deserted stretch of soft, white sand that went miles further than I ever got. There was time to dream and meditate and envision what might be possible. Enough time to begin putting my own ‘light’ into motion and begin offering services that not only spoke to my soul but allowed my soul an opening through which to speak to others.

The Sun is in Scorpio now, the sign of sex, death and rebirth. Transformation is the keyword for those with Scorpio strong in their natal chart. These natives will experience the deeper mysteries in profound and life-changing ways. And like the Phoenix, will rise, again and again, from the ashes to recreate themselves, based on the depth of understanding they have gathered, to start anew.

Beginnings are fragile things. It would be many, many years before I would understand some of the visions and guidance that I received during that unparalleled time that changed everything. There have been many fits and starts and changing of direction, since then. Now I realized that it has all been a necessary part of the journey, in order to be of greater benefit to those seeking guidance on the important transitions in their lives.

While the Sun is in Scorpio, we are all more attuned to the deeper mysteries. The lines between the seen and unseen world soften and offer access to more than we could otherwise see or know. The subconscious mind is more active, revealing long-held secrets. As the days grow shorter there is more time for dreaming and entertaining ideas of what might be possible if we changed it and made it the way we’d always hoped it could be. During this time, we have the opportunity to release much that has bound our minds to the past and free ourselves to live more fully in the present.

In so many ways, the work I do is about assisting others in making the changes that help keep them in a state of balanced flow in these swiftly changing times. May all of your transitions be smooth.

Love,

Jodi


One Size Never Fit All

 

Reclining Goddess - Kalani Retreat Center - Hawaii (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly

Reclining Goddess – Kalani Retreat Center – Hawaii (c) 2014 Jodi Lilly

This is not a ‘one size fits all’ world. Human beings are wired to be unique. The better we know ourselves, the more we realize that what works for others does not and will not ever work for us. You are here to express something specific by way of your Presence and Creative Self Expression. All the wisdom tools in the world are no replacement for self awareness and conscious interaction with your environment.

As the famous quote from Goethe says, As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live. Trust is an inside job. It develops over time and comes from life experience and awareness. The better we know ourselves, the more easily we can find our way.

I was rewriting the About page of this site, today, again… Why is it so difficult to say what I do in my work with clients? Maybe because each session truly is unique. I show up never really knowing what we will be covering or where it will take us. I have learned to do this over many years. I used to have a pretty heavy and specific agenda for how a reading was supposed to look and sound. People are more complicated than that, though. Some need a lot of information. Some just need to be seen and heard. Others are undergoing a challenging life transition and are looking for tools to help them get through it.

When I show up with my heart open and willing to assist in the way that is of greatest service to the client, amazing things can happen. We have space in which to explore the most valuable direction to go in our time together. Breakthroughs occur; sometimes breakdowns happen, that open the emotional floodgates to reveal answers they could not see before.

I have had some excellent readings in my time, from gifted psychics and healers. The ones that served me best went at the speed and intensity I was ready for and offered information I could use. It took me a long time to get to the point where I had the experience and information I needed, to trust myself. And it was well worth everything it took to get here.

Developing a relationship with the inner self opens the doors to a much richer and rewarding life. Trust begins to occur, organically, once we establish that connection.

Love, always,

Jodi


When a Breakthrough Feels Like a Breakdown ~BIG Shifts Happen

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The BIG Shifts interview I did this week with my longtime friend and colleague Adela Rubio is now available for replay on BIG Shifts. I love talking transformation and the many gifts wound around those times of intense change that we all go through. Adela and I have both been through many game changing experiences, and have been inspired to craft much of the work we do in the world around this topic. So, this was one juicy, high-energy conversation.

In the interview, you will hear about one of the major big shifts I went through that peaked during the period from mid-2001 to the end of 2002. It started when I moved to Hawaii, a dream come true, and ended when my guy lost his job and we ended up back in California. Those eighteen months were some of the highest and lowest periods of my life. There were some amazing gifts that came out of that time, most of them not about what I gained but what I no longer needed to carry. Although, at the time it often felt a lot like a breakdown, it was actually a huge breakthrough. Even twelve years later, I am discovering more about what that powerful time was all about, not just for myself, but for all of us.

I share a couple of tips for navigating your own big shifts with ease and grace. Check out the interview and let me know if you found it helpful.

If you’d like to join the BIG Shifts Program, this 30 Day Program started on October 8th, so is already under way, but community access means you will still be able to see everything that has happened. Membership is free of charge and you will receive lots of great tips on navigating your own BIG Shifts and hearing from others on the Transformation Team who have so much good stuff to share.

Shift easy and (as I tell those in my hoop classes) don’t forget to breathe,
Jodi

P.S. Adela mentioned that I teach hoop dance, several times in the interview but we never got around to talking about it. My other site is called Goddess Hoop Dance. My journey to the hoop was another of my BIG Shifts. I’ll write more about that another day.


Getting Shifty With It

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This is a quote from my chat with Adela Rubio for the 30 Day BIG Shifts program. You can find the page with notes from our talk here. The chat will be available for you to hear at 1:00 PM PDT/4:00 PM EDT.

Currently, Mercury is retrograde and we just had an energetic whopper of an eclipse with this week’s Aries Full Moon on October 8th. In this on-going climate of global change, this is an excellent time for releasing anything that no longer serves the greater vision of your life. Whether we are aware of it or not. Whether we embrace change or run from it, nothing is as it was, even a year ago. To gracefully move through these kinds of changes is to become masters of letting go and shifting our perspective. As we stop and take a deeper look at the big shifts that happen in our lives, we see the hidden benefit, unrealized blessing and benevolent boost that allows us to break free of the patterns of the past so we can go where our hearts would take us, given half a chance.

One of the things I discussed with Adela was my struggle with being what Elaine Aron called a Highly Sensitive Person, in her book by that name. It took a long time to realize that my empathy and clairsentience was my ticket to deeper realms of experiencing life below the surface and understanding, first of all, that we are all energetically connected and secondly, what made other people tick, so I could assist them in navigating their own inner worlds of mystery, wisdom and wonder. Once I began to really use my empathy as a guide, it helped me know where to go, exactly the right person to speak with, when to leave, who to say yes to and when to say no. The more I embrace my empathy and allow it to inform me, the easier it is to know and let go. Our spiritual gifts and talents are here to serve not only those around us but to show us beyond a shadow of a doubt, what works for us and will move us most swiftly to the people and places that are perfect for where we are in our lives now.

I hope that if you are in the midst of big life changes you look into this wonderful program Adela is facilitating. She’s put together a powerful Transformation Team, each of whom has lots of experience to share and insightful offerings and tools for surfing times of change with ease and Grace.

The more shifty you get with adapting to change, the more easily you’ll flow and know.

Big Love to you in your BIG Shifts,
Jodi


BIG Shifts – 30 Days to Smoother Sailing

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My friend, Adela Rubio, just started a new 30 Day BIG Shifts program that promises to be a game changer for anyone who joins. I’m on the Transformation Team and so excited to share my interview, in which we talk about one of my personal BIG shifts that included what at first looked like a dream come true, moving to the beach in Hawaii and quickly became one of the most transformational times of my life. The interview will be broadcast tomorrow, and I’m excited to share it with all of you.

To learn more and sign up for the program go to the BIG Shifts.

May all of your BIG Shifts be graceful.


Mercury Rx – The Trickster Sheds New Light on Old Illusions

Labyrinth - Eau Claire, Wisconsin - 2004 Jodi Lilly

Mercury went retrograde, for the third time this year, on Saturday, October 4th. This means that between now and October 26th, we will do well to approach our lives in terms of re’s. You can open the dictionary to the page where you first find a word beginning with the letters r-e, and find good instruction for how to best navigate this time. Reap, reconsider, reconstruct, recreate, redeem, redefine, redistribute, refinance, refine, regenerate, and so on.

What you don’t hear as much about is the fact that this is a beautiful time for reconnecting with people, places and things that once seemed lost to us. Memories resurface; old friends reappear; long-forgotten journal entries are read through new eyes that reveal deeper insight into the real meaning beneath the thoughts that made their way to the page, so long ago. Time also takes on a different quality. Nothing is as straight-forward as it once seemed. We begin to realize that time is not linear, at all. Rather it circles and cycles around and through us. We never do something once, we act it out with different people, in different situations, at different ages, until we know the subject matter of our lives inside and out.

If we play our proverbial cards right, Mercury’s retrograde phase can be a magical and enchanting time of seeing behind the curtain, to what the wizard that is our subconscious has really been up to. If we are willing to look we can see far beyond what things appeared to be, at first glance, on our rush through these busy, hustle bustle days that make up our lives. In order to see clearly, we must step back, shift our perspective and open not only our eyes, but our mind. This is how insights come. This is how we become wiser. This is how we evolve, moving from merely going through the motions of surviving to stepping into a place of mastery; in which we can thrive.

The spiritual path is not about gaining and obtaining. It is about releasing and relinquishing those things we once used to define us. Becoming spiritually enlightened requires letting go of who we thought we were so we can be more of who we really are.

 


Mercury’s Retro Phase ~Recognize, Release and Reclaim

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This picture is a color-enhanced shot of Mercury. Isn’t it gorgeous! Mercury is poised to go into its second of three retrograde phases for the year. This time, from June 7 to July 1. Every cycle is good for something, and my Gemini, writer self, likes to think about Mercury Retrograde as the ideal time for editing  one’s life.

Anyone who’s done any creative undertaking, knows there is a time for getting all of the ideas on the page (or canvas). Once we’ve done that, it’s time  to step back and see what works and what doesn’t. Which elements are perfect for that project or piece and what doesn’t fit. Often, the parts that seemed like our most brilliant thinking while in creative flow don’t add anything to the finished product. Instead, as more of the picture has unfolded, they may take us off course.

Life is like that, too. We go full steam ahead picking up something here and something else over there. As perfect as these people, places and things may be, at the time, few of them will make the cut for the long haul. Most will break down or break apart or break our heart, sooner or later. Sometimes this happens so subtly we hardly notice until we stop and take stock.

That’s why Mercury’s retrograde cycle really can be a godsend. If we learn to use those three weeks appropriately, it can serves us in getting current and eliminating a lot of undue stress. Here are some practical ways to engage this energy:

Recognize  It is human nature to become oblivious to what is in our environment. After a while, anything that’s there starts to look normal and we stop noticing it. If you take a conscious look around your home (imagining seeing my home through the eyes of a guest who is visiting for the first time, usually puts me on full alert and noticing all kinds of things I would otherwise overlook) and make note of the unfinished projects; broken objects; ill-fitting, unflattering, stained, or otherwise damaged clothing that you haven’t been wearing, with fresh eyes, you’ll start to see a theme called ‘things that I didn’t feel like dealing with’.  Also known as energy drains. We’ve all got them.

Or maybe you are pretty good about staying organized and up to date with the physical stuff but your cyber stuff is choking off your creative flow. It could be an overflowing inbox; email from subscriptions to sources that are no longer of interest; documents that need to be organized in files; and then there are all those digital pictures that languish on the computer, unchecked, rather than being printed, forwarded, posted and organized into albums.

Or your ‘clutter’ may be of the emotional variety. People that drain your energy with their incessant drama, too much exposure to media negativity or situations that you can’t resolve, no matter what you do.

Release  Let it go! The world and the way we live in it, is changing at an unprecedented rate. As it turns out, the object of life is not about being the one who collects the most stuff. It is about letting go of everything we thought we were supposed to be and coming back to the purity of who we are; spiritual beings, living physical lives.

Reclaim  Now decide which of these things are worth the time it will take to finish, fix or free up closet space or room on your hard drive. If you start with the things you know just ‘aren’t you’ anymore and clear those out of your space, you’ll be amazed at what a relief that alone can be, to the psyche. Any unfinished business is held, not only in our homes or computers, but in our minds, as well. Reclaim your space and sanity by releasing the things of the past that hold no value in your life today.

If you need more insight into what’s good about Mercury Retrograde, here are a few words to inspire your journey.

Relinquish, restore, reconsider, review, realign, recapitulate, re-establish, renew, revise, recreation, rewrite, render, rest, reunite, restitution, relish, recreate,  relax, and revisit.

Remember, rest reaps real recreation. :-)

I’d love to hear from you as we progress through this cycle and apply some of these tools. Also, if you receive any insights on how this Mercury Retrograde is working for you. It works, if you work it.

Love, Jodi