Oops … Forgot The Baby ~ Amy Brucker

baby-picture-whaemI’ve noticed a women-centric trend in dreamland: babies.

Forgetting you have a baby.

Forgetting to feed the baby.

Unintentionally harming the baby.

Being handed a baby.

Losing the baby.

Leaving the baby behind.

It’s a trend that speaks volumes to the number one problem I’ve noticed most women share: self-care.

The lack of self-care with women is so bad we’d call it a pandemic if it were a physical illness instead of a mental one.

But how exactly is “self-care” part of a “baby dream”, and how might these dreams help you navigate this tricky terrain if you’re one of the many women having this experience?

Good questions!

What is Your Dream Baby?

If you shared a baby dream with me, I’d immediately consider how the baby might be an aspect of your purpose, or something you want to do or be or experience in life.

You might say the dream out loud, substituting “baby” with “purpose” or “project” or “vision”, and see if the concept fits. For instance, imagine this is the original dream:

I dreamed I’m walking down my hallway when I hear a baby crying. I run into the room and realize I totally forgot I have a baby and it’s starving, near death. I feel horrible, but am grateful the baby didn’t die and I can now take care of it. It’s not too late.

It’s a simple dream packed with meaning, and you can re-read it like this to explore the message:

I dreamed I’m walking down my hallway when I hear my purpose crying. I run into the room and realize I totally forgot I have a purpose and it’s starving, near death. I feel horrible, but am grateful the purpose didn’t die and I can now take care of it. It’s not too late.

The baby might also represent any of the following aspects of life that feel new and vulnerable, or were left in their beginning stage:

  • project
  • calling
  • desire/vision
  • self-care
  • health
  • money
  • anything new in life
  • anything left in a new/beginning stage (e.g. an unwritten book)
  • anything that you feel responsible for
  • a new thought/idea/way of being
  • a desire for a real-life baby
  • a vulnerable part of you

In other words, the dream baby could be many things, and determining the meaning may require exploration to see what fits best. (The baby can also represent many things at once.)

Whatever the dream baby represents, it’s worth investigating your relationship to it and what you need to do to create health and wellness in that area.

Finding Next Steps in the Dream

Your dreams give you clues about the current emotional, physical, and mental state that may be unconscious to your waking mind, but may be impacting your wellbeing. In other words, you may not realize you have a problem, yet it’s a problem you need to solve in order to move toward health and wholeness.

Women are super adaptable beings who are biologically programmed to succeed, which means we can fool ourselves into thinking we’re okay, even when we know something’s amiss. This means we can go through life thinking we’re fine when instead we’re silently suffering and oblivious.

But our dreams don’t lie to us. They reveal the truth about our thoughts, feelings, fears, and gifts. Knowing how to read dreams can help you bring what’s not working into alignment in a way that feels joyful.

So what can you look for in a dream to help you find those best, next steps? Look for the “before” and “after.” Most dreams have two parts, the “before” that illuminates the problem, and the “after” that offers a solution.

Using our dream example from above, the “before” is as follows:

I’m walking down my hallway when I hear a baby (e.g. purpose) crying.

The “before” explains the waking life situation that is problematic. A young, vulnerable part of my life is trying to get my attention and it’s essential that I pay attention.

The dream then reveals the simple next steps:

I run into the room and realize I forgot I have a baby (e.g. purpose) and it’s starving, near death. I feel horrible, but am relieved the baby (e.g. purpose) didn’t die and I can now take care of it. It’s not too late.

The before is simply saying, “Hey, you have a purpose that’s being ignored. The more you ignore it the louder (more problematic) it’s going to get.

The after is saying, “Go back to your initial idea or the thing that’s in an infancy stage and feed it. Notice you feel horrible. This is a sign the baby (e.g. purpose) is important to you and that you don’t really want to neglect it. Be grateful the baby (e.g. purpose) is still alive and that you are now able to feed it and bring it to life.”

Taking it a step further, “feed it” might be “write in your book” or “tend to your relationship.”

It’s equally important that you transition out of “feeling horrible” into “grateful” so you don’t stay mired in disempowerment and regret, which is something many women do once they realize they’ve wasted a lot of time by putting the purpose, project or thing on hold.

The dream is saying, “It’s not too late” There is hope.

Create Your Own Dream Medicine Remedy

If you’re having dreams about forgetting to feed or care for a baby, it might be useful to take flower essences geared toward nurturing your creativity and purpose. Here’s what I recommend:

Pomegranate helps balance the creative female energies, both inner and outer.

Quince helps establish balance with the soul’s need to express both power and love; to integrate nurturing feelings within a role which also requires authority and responsibility.

I also recommend working with someone who can help you integrate your purpose, or whatever the baby represents, into your life.

Baby dreams encourage the dreamer to take action, to remember what you’re here for, and to trust the process.

That’s good advice to follow.

Sweet dreams,

Amy

Amy Brucker ~ Dream Your Desires Into Being

 

Venus Я in Pisces squaring Saturn Я Apr.-Aug. 2017

Written by Iya Olusoga – Bisi Ade

For The Astrorisa Moon Forecaster

XAPANA

Obaluaiye’s planet, Saturn will officially go retrograde April 6, 2017 at 27° in the sign of Sagittarius in house 1. Saturn will later station direct on August 25, 2017 at 21° Sagittarius.

Saturn is the “Lord of Karma” and Obaluaiye, offers the experience of ‘’ we reap what we sow.” The Ancestors/ Egungun identified the overall theme of 2017 as “The Year of the Reckoning.” This is telling, because it means that the dirty, dastardly, deeds which we’ve gotten away with for many years, catches up with us during the ‘Year of the Reckoning.’

The last decade Saturn went retrograde in Sagittarius was Thursday, March 7 1985, 08:04 AM ET; 1 month (+) 1 day (-), and 32 years ago.

Saturn retrograde governs our experiences surrounding maturity, health, self-discipline, responsibility, our fears, loneliness, and anxieties. Saturn retrograde creates a type ‘forced’ isolation. We are ‘forced’ to re-address aspects and elements about our core being which has been a hindrance to our development and growth. This is when we’re thrown into the ‘lion’s den’ so it may feel or seem. We are exposed to the elements of chaos, we face redemption, or ridicule. We come face to face with our own fears and realizations of internal truths, and then we work hard to climb out of the pit. Through the act of ‘climbing out’ of our pits, we develop the psychological and emotional muscle to endure, then to sprint, moving forward in a new direction

Currently Venus Я in Pisces squares Saturn Я. What we’ve previously enjoyed, felt comfortable doing, or admired either becomes exposed, becomes lost, or experiences a sour note. Whatever Venus ruled in our lives; if we were undisciplined in its specific area Saturn, will assist us to gain sight of it, and then judge it.

During this Venus Я in Pisces squaring Saturn Я transit

Be mindful if you feel depressed, or unworthy. These are suppressed emotions which require your attention, and or release.

Think back to 1985 through 1988 when Saturn was in Sagittarius.

What did you lose then gain?

What did you experience which offered a clear lesson?

Did you master the knowledge of that lesson or is it up for a repeat?

Astrorisa ~ Peek into the Aries New Moon Forecast

Written by Iya Olusoga ~ Bisi Ade
For Astrorisa Moon Forecaster
March 27, 2017
Aries New Moon 7° in House 5
Aries Sun 7° in House 5
10:57 PM EST

Welcome to the Aries new moon, the official 1st moon of Spring! We’re still operating under the influences of the March 12th Virgo full moon whose lunar vibrations diminish April 10th, the day before the full moon. The Aries full moon’s vibrations and forecast messages lasts from March 27th – April 24th
Themes: New cycles, cycles ending, disruption, death of illusions, a need to salvage, count your blessings, stability, calmness after a storm, finances, position of power, and the grading of your performance.
Sun and Moon in Aries 7° brings out an outlandish and explosive character which wants to do and say what it wants. Don’t give it a platform and mic because you have no idea what will come out of its “mouth.” This outlandish, uncensored degree can create alienation or arguments…The Aries 7° will tell you uncomfortable truths in an uncomfortable way, this is the character of the archetype of Ogun for this moon time.
Have a self loving, danger free, clear sighted, and happy New Moon Time.

Ouroboros

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The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a serpent or dragon eating it’s own tail. It is usually in a circle or lemniscate. I love this symbol. It is my favorite symbol. The Ouroboros can be found in just about every ancient civilization. The word ouroboros is greek and it means ‘tail eater’ or ‘tail devourer’. This symbol shows just how much knowledge has been lost about the ancients. This symbol is basically showing you the secret to your world.

There are several guesses as to the meaning of the Ouroboros, but there is only one meaning to this symbol. I’ve seen that it symbolizes death and rebirth, creation from destruction, life out of death, infinity, circle of life, the milky way, the sun and the alchemical symbol of mercury. I can understand why all these have been given for the meaning of the Ouroboros, but just like so many other things these are only a small piece of the truth.

To really understand the Ouroboros you have to know the true meaning of the serpent or dragon. Most people believe the serpent or snake is a symbol of evil. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but the serpent means wisdom or a wise person. If the serpent was wise, who was Eve talking to in the garden? For the answer to that see Lemurian Magic. In many cultures the snake was feminine. This was not the actual female. This was the feminine side of the mind or the subconscious. The subconscious is where the true wisdom comes from. The dragon symbolizes someone who has mastered all four elements of consciousness(see Dragon). So the first keys to solving this puzzle is that the Ouroboros has to do with wisdom and consciousness. […]

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The 13th Moon – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Monthly Lunar Work-Study with Phoenix of Elder Mountain –

Welcome to the 13th Moon which ends our seasonal year Spiritual Dreamers, Moon People, Healers, Artists, Mystics and Magical Folk. Over the decades I have learned and practiced so much within the healing and spiritual realms of the emotional body, the soul bodies, the dreaming bodies, and the projection and irritations of emotional reality. Seeing, feeling and responding to this very natural seasonal process of lunation cycles within that, lead me to learn, then respect and lastly respond with great dedication of each new moon.

We begin our 13th moon of the year, in the sign of Pisces, starting Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 6:58 am PST at 80 – along with the Solar Eclipse who heralds in the seasonal shift. I generally ask all of you to begin to notice and pay attention to your signs and synchronicity 2-3 days before the new moon and your nights dreaming. These gives you an indication of the personal flavor and setting of the stage of your whole moon cycle you will walk …

“The year about to end and it is like a Snake
   creeping in a field. You have no sooner
seen it,
than it has already half disappeared.
   It is gone and it’s troubles have gone with it.
   It could be worse if you catch it by its tail,
   why bother to try – when it will do you no good.”

(Poem by Su Tung P’o – 1036 ce,
translated by Kenneth Rexroth)

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Entire post at the Source: The 13th Moon – Elder Mountain Dreaming

Slowing Down the Druid Way: Part III: Time-Honoring Strategies | The Druid’s Garden

This past week, a friend and I were discussing options for starting seeds for a new joint major gardening project (more on that in an upcoming post).  We talked about several options, and deciding we wanted to stay away from plastic ready-made planting pots, opted for a paper pot maker (a little wooden device that makes it stunningly easy to create paper pots from recycled newspaper). This choice, of course, is an excellent one from a permaculture perspective: it takes an extremely abundant waste product and turns it into a resource. Of course, in order to make these pots, you need the time to collect the paper and the time to create them. This simple choice–paper or plastic–along with the investment of time illustrates an underlying principle that seems to me to be near-universally true in my experience: the further away from fossil fuels we get, the more time things take. And here, of course, is the crux of this entire blog post series: if we want to do anything beyond our work (practicing permaculture, developing deep relationships with the land, developing bardic arts, or whatever it is we want to accomplish), we have to find the time to do so.

Starting seeds in recycled materials

In my previous two blog posts, I explored the nature of work both historically and in the present age, which helped illuminate some of the current unbalances we have with our work–and opened up the door for us to consider revisiting our relationship to it. And it is this spirit that today, I talk about re-negotiating and re-envisioning our relationship to work and hence, to our time. As I explored over the last two weeks, historical data suggests that we worked a lot less in ages past, which allowed for more leisure time, feasting, merriment, and the learning of crafts and skills. It also gave our ancestors the necessary time to live without fossil fuels–to do work slower, with more intention, and live at a different pace. In the present age, our time is owned by our employers and continued increases in productivity have occurred with increases in work hours, meaning that we are working more than ever before.  It seems that, in some cases, fossil fuels and the myth of progress is speeding us up so much–and most of sustainable living practices focus in the opposite direction. The tension between them is many things, but one of them is certainly time and different ways of working.

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Entirety of article at the Source: Slowing Down the Druid Way: Part III: Time-Honoring Strategies | The Druid’s Garden

Astrorisa Mini Moon Blast – February Pisces New Moon 2017

Written by Iya Olusoga ~ Bisi Ade For Astrorisa Moon Forecaster
February 26, 2017
Solar Eclipse
Pisces New Moon 8° at 9:59 AM EST 
in House 11
Pisces Sun 8°, in House 11
 

Planetary Energies
 Moon (Osupa / Yemoja), Sun (Orun), Mercury (Esu-Elegbara), Mars (Ogun), Saturn (Obaluaiye), Uranus (Sango), Pluto (Oya), and Neptune (Olokun).
Pisces 8° the archetype of Olokun:
This degree encourages and supports one reaching their goals, dream, and desires. This is a quiet, reflective vibration, it is very spiritually keen, yet challenges us to complete the work of  those things we don’t necessarily care for. What one should be mindful of with this degree, is to avoid getting emotionally lost in our desires and our success. One must balance their heart and head.
The influence of this solar eclipse energy can last approximately 3 months or more.
 
 
New Moon Themes: 
 
Security, New Experiences, Perseverance, Careful planning, Financial Gains and Desires, Unexpected Gains. Harmony, Family, Emotional and Spiritual development, Relationships, Contracts, Moderation, and Balance. Arguments, Disputes, Health, Illness, and Recovery.
New Moon in Pisces, an annular Solar Eclipse, brings many forms of changes and transformations. It heightens the feelings of determination in the areas of self care, self love, financial independence, and it brings an attention to detail regarding one’s health. A high octave Piscean moon, brings family and loved ones together. There’s a desire to connect and to serve, but service operates from the 11th house. And that service concentrates on the greater good of all who are involved. So when we are operating from a Piscean 8 degree in 11th house influenced emotion, we’re helping one individual clearly knowing that when they get stronger, then they are able to help others… The feminine energy of Olokun (Pisces) rules this moon time. It’s the Ancient Mother influence speaking to and through our collective consciousness, causing us to step back and to rethink how  we’ve been handling our lives, goals, and desires. We can more effectively intuit and sense what is better for us now. Some of us will be able to move out of our heads, to be less cerebral, and connect to the basic foundations of things. Becoming more grounded during this moon occurs because Neptune, Olokun’s planet is now in its pre-retrograde shadow time. So what was murky and eluded us, begins to get covered, 2 negatives creating  a positive.
Have a Universally Loved, and Self Honoring New Moon Time!
Written by Iya Olusoga ~ Bisi Ade
For Astrorisa Moon Forecaster
February 23, 2017

That Magical Tree {January 2017}

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Birch  –   Beith Ogham letter B … Ruler of the 1st Lunar Month 24th December – 20th January Powers:  Purification, A Guardian of New Beginnings, Bringer of Hope, 

The Druid tree symbol for the Bards

– ‘The Goddess Tree’ – ‘The Lady of the Woods’,  the Birch tree, Betula Pendula is the bringer of promise, light, and new beginnings.

  An elegant native of British woods, of all Northern European countries and of North America, the birch is tall, up to sixty or so meters in height, with a slender pale trunk. It grows in clearings, preferring sunlight, but is not fussy about soil and is very hardy although not especially long-lived.
The birch is known as a ‘Pioneer Tree’ – meaning that it can restart the colonization of woodlands after long-term natural disasters.

Its soft green deciduous leaves have serrated edges and are held on thin branches which move and bow in the breeze. Its striking white, peeling bark gives it a faery-like beauty in all its seasons.

As the sap rises in early March, it’s possible to cut the bark, tap the trees and use the sweet liquid collected neat and cold as a water, or as the basis for a birch wine or beer. (Find out how to tap for birch sap in the bushcraft video below).

  In early spring the small male flowers develop into long catkins (pictured right) and the female flowers grow into tiny cones (pictured left).

The rest of the article at the Source: That Magical Tree {January 2017}

Year of the Fire Rooster–January 28, 2017

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All Chinese wisdom traditions, including medicine, divination, astrology, and feng shui, are systems of pattern identification that guide us in adapting gracefully to change. A world in flux is assumed; it is the one constant feature of life. Astrology is best viewed as a tool to discern where we are in the shifting cycles of time so we can adjust our expectations accordingly and therefore, from the Chinese point of view, cultivate longevity by not wasting our qi trying to swim against the current.

Last year’s current schooled us all in crisis management as the Fire Monkey’s erratic impulsiveness and dramatic flare produced an unprecedented bit of theater in American politics. (Yes, Monkeys love to play spin doctor in the political arena.) But as writer Isak Dinesen once said, “Anything in life can be born, as long as it can be seen as part of a story.” Fortunately, a new chapter of the story is about to begin with the arrival of the Fire Rooster on January 28, 2017. This chapter might be titled: “Application: how to walk your talk and follow through.”

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Year of the Fire Rooster–January 28, 2017 | JOURNEYS

The Importance of Keeping Balance

In life, especially during these modern times that are a constant go, it’s easy to lose your balance.  But what do we really mean when we seek balance in reference to spirituality?  Balance is often thought of as a midpoint between two opposing forces.  Black and white, hate and love, faith and skepticism.  But life is not broken into a straight line that simply.  Most people assume that finding balance means never venturing too far into one side or the other; remaining in a true neutral.  Others believe it means staying only “in the light” and eschewing everything considered “dark.”  But we believe that neither one of these views is truly balanced.

True neutrality does not exist.  It’s an impossibility, because it assumes that there is some kind of universal “center” that is true for every single person.  But life is much messier than that.  We all experience different things, and even when we experience the same things, we may draw different conclusions from them.  So everyone’s idea of “neutral” is not the same.  And trying to remain only in this imaginary center point deprives you of experience.  In life we all experience highs and lows.  That is part of what makes life amazing; the endless state of change.  That should be embraced.

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