Category Archives: Mysticism

A year in the desert: burning, burning, burning for the woods.


path heart

“Does this path have a heart? All paths are the same, they lead nowhere.  They are paths going through the bush, or into the bush.  In my own life I  could say I have traversed long, long paths, but I am not anywhere.  My benefactor’s question has meaning now.  Does this path have a heart?  If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t, it is of no use.  Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t.  One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it.  The other will make you curse your life.  One makes you strong; the other weakens you.”

– don Juan, Yaqui Way


Meeting the wild fox

The shaman told me she believed that humans were half-monkey, half-angel, a foul and beautiful marriage of opposites. I did not share her view but found comfort in it, thinking maybe it was a better option than Hell, the creation of Hell, the notion of Hell, the myth and reality of this Hell. Her view explained nothing, but she never intended it to.

wild fox

“Baizhang personally met the wild fox;

questioned by it, his heart was greatly perturbed.

Now, I ask you, practitioners of the way,

have you completely spat out the wid fox’s saliva, or not?”

–Facheng [Jingyin] Kumu

Libra New Moon : Balance

Enjoy some New Moon insight from Divine Harmony. Libra is the sign representative of balance, and the theme continues with tonight’s full moon.  To usher in a new chapter, consider doing a New Moon meditation and a salt bath symbolic of cleansing yourself for the new cycle.

“Our task is not to seek for love (as Rumi says) but merely to seek and find all the barriers within ourselves that we have built against it.
“With Uranus the rebel and revolutionary and Chiron the Wounded Healer teaming up with this New Moon- we may be initiating ourselves into a month long process of truly feeling all our wounds and pain, anger and rage that keep us from experiencing the deeper Love we seek- both within and without.
You cannot heal what you cannot feel– so the coming month brings with it deep opportunities to get deeply in touch with that which runs you Unconsciously so that you can integrate it, heal it and take conscious creative control of your life back!
“Right on the heels of the Eclipse portal and a 2 year period of time where we had four Total Eclipses back to back (termed a tetrad)- the way we do relationship with ourselves and others has been in breakdown and breakthrough territory.
“Wherever imbalances have been playing out in our inner and outer lives- we have been forced to face them and take full responsibility for them if we want to be able to have any chance at transforming or healing them…”
“Ultimately we are all seeking to become whole- whether that takes years or lifetimes. And the Libra scales of balance remind us that when we don’t own something in ourselves we will project it out onto others. 
“And in order to do the inner work required of us we have to be willing to take back that projection and become conscious of that energy within ourselves- which will necessarily change the dynamic in relationships.
“The change could seem to be for the better or it could seem to be for the worse- but change is definitely the constant on the evolutionary path. There is no escaping it!
“This New Moon in Libra also activates the Venus/Saturn square…Venus square Saturn tests the foundations in relationships and financial situations. 
“Saturn’s harsh Light shows us very clearly what is working and what is not. With this insight we can work to making something more stable OR we could realize that we have come to the expiration date and it’s time to let go. 
“It’s definitely a heavy energy but when used consciously it can help us cut away the superfluous and get to the Truth.
“This particular square is in Virgo and Sagittarius…so there is an element of discernment (Virgo) and honest to God Truth (Sadge) that is being demanded of us.
“The New Moon semisquares both Venus and Saturn- meaning that the New Moon is at the exact midpoint of these two bodies. Because Venus actually rules this lunation (Venus rules Libra)- we again get this message (and it will keep coming until we listen to it) about what is done and needs to be released, what is not working and needs to be fixed, and what is still growth producing and can stick around.
“Venus rules relationships and romance but she also rules self-value, self-worth and self-Love. This New Moon can bring us opportunities to see where we are not being self-Loving in the choices we make and things we do and what shifts or changes we need to make in our lives so we can align with and truly embody the Love we seek outside of ourselves.
“…evolution is circular not linear- and there are times we loop back over lessons we learned previously so we can take our mastery of them deeper. 
“Yet until we have really committed to this inner process and inner work- all our outer reflections and relationships are going to be attracted into our lives to help us see what is not working inside.
“This can manifest as intense, karmic and at times traumatic relationships that are in our lives to solely wake us up. 
“But when we are already on the path of waking ourselves up we don’t need to attract someone to play that role for us- and that changes the dynamic in all of our relationships (again this is about shifting out of role based relationships that keep us stuck in karmic patterns of the past).”
© Copyright 2015 ~DIVINE HARMONYAll Rights Reserved

A Pisces Super Moon

So it’s gonna be a big one tonight, folks.  At least that’s what I hear.  I’ve had some pretty significant things happen over the past few days and after reading up on the Super Moon things kinda sorta make a bit more sense (only kinda sorta – haha).  All the same, I hope you enjoy this snippet from Mystic Mamma (MM).  For the full MM piece click here.  If you prefer something even more in-depth, take a peak at Universal Transformation’s Pele share.



FULL MOON *SuperMoon* is here in dreamy Pisces bringing forth the fluid energies that connect us to the unseen worlds. This is a beautiful spiritual Full Moon that calls us to connect with the deepest part of our Soul and to remember that there’s more to life than meets the eye. We are being called to feel beneath the surface to access the magic experience of direct communication and communion with the world around us. Open up your whole Self and experience the grandeur of oneness. 
Here are the MYSTIC MAMMA Astral Insights from our beloved featured astrologers. First from the wonderful CATHY PAGANO from her Wisdom of Astrology:
“This Pisces Full Moon is the first of three consecutive Super Moons—when the Moon is not only at its closest to Earth but also is coming into alignment with both the Sun and Earth. 
“We’re entering into our eclipse season again. So these energies will exert a stronger force on all of us. If you work with the energies, expect big shifts in consciousness.
“This Full Moon can certainly open the doors of our perception, bringing an influx of spiritual energies…If we’re not ready for these energies, it can bring disruptive to our collective lives. 
“If we’re open, paying attention to our dreams, visions and insights for a few days around this Full Moon will help us make another shift on consciousness. 
“Full Moons bring us awareness of what has been hiddenfrom our ego consciousness. We can expand our ego’s flexibility by staying open to more subtle realms of being and awareness…”
“…the Pisces Moon is aligned with Neptune, amplifying our connection to the spiritual, quantum energies of life. 
“This is a powerful channeling of psychic abilities and mystical visions, as well as illusions and fantasies. 
“Virgo’s motto is ‘Know Thyself’ and that’s what will make all the difference between this energy filling us with Wisdom or inflating the ego with delusions. 
“The Sun and Jupiter in earthy Virgo can help us ground these Piscean energies in a positive way. Allow your imagination to express the information you need to make positive decisions about your life.”
© Copyright 2015 ~CATHY PAGANO All Rights Reserved

Note, the above is merely a sampling of what you will find on the Pisces Super Moon.  For a the full read, click here.



AhHa Moment: 888 The Lion’s Gate Rarity

This isn’t really my bailiwick, but I felt compelled to share this piece with you, especially since I had some pretty significant Lion’s Gate experiences myself yesterday.  For detailed information on this topic, please visit the beautiful blog Universal Transformation by my new e-friend Gia.  The piece below is from Elephant Journal, an e-zine dedicated to mindful living.

I won’t go into detail about my personal experiences yesterday, but I will say that until this morning I had completely forgotten about August 8th being “significant”.  Last night as I was falling asleep an image of a lion kept popping into my mind.  I’m not referring to hazy ephemera here, but a crisp, clear, and nearly 3D image of a lion, so much so that I had difficulty falling asleep.  I went onto the deck and looked at the stars instead, still not aware of the significance of the date.  This morning while searching lion symbolism I stumbled upon this article and things kinda sorta made more sense.

I hope this piece helps put things into perspective for you as well.  As always, use what works for you and leave the rest behind.

Rare 888 Lion’s Gate Portal—August 8, 2015. (courtesy of Elephant Journal)

Via on Aug 7, 2015


On August 8th the Lion’s Gate portal will peak, letting us reflect on our past and what we want to manifest in our future.

Each year on August 8th we enter into what is called the Lion’s Gate. This term refers to the significance of the number eight and the astrological sign Leo, which is represented by the lion.

This year we have a extra special Lion’s Gate—the 888 portal. The first number eight stands for the month of August, being the 8th month. The second eight is the day and the third is the year. In numerology we add up the single digits of complex numbers until we get to a single digit number—in this case 2 + 0 + 1 + 5 = 8.

The triple eight portal represents great significance for all of society in this unique astrological year.

The number eight is the symbol for infinity—as above, so below. It is the number of the universe and the infinite gifts that are possible if we offer ourselves and our agendas to the greater good. Eight is also the number associated with harmony, balance, abundance and power.

The 8th of August is the high point in what is known as the Lion’s Gate.

This portal opens between the 26th of July and 12th of August, while the sun is in the astrological sign of Leo—the lion.

During this time light waves from the star, Sirius, bathes Earth with keys and codes to assist us with our spiritual evolution.

The star, Sirius, rises every midsummer and is associated with new thought, new light and new beginnings.

There have been many unique astrological occurrences this year and this is no exception—as there is no such thing as coincidence.

July was a profound month for all of us. With two full moons in the same month we have been challenged to discover our own, authentic truth. Because of Venus going retrograde directly at the start of the Lion’s Gate our lives have been flooded with thoughts related to love and relationships.

Each year there is a theme to the Lion’s Gate—one area where we are all being asked to reevaluate and consider more deeply.

This year Lion’s Gate focuses on relationships—specifically three types—in honor of the 888 significance.

The first we are being asked to evaluate is our relationship to ourself. 

As society gradually awakens to a higher level of spiritual awareness we naturally begin to question who we are as individuals. This means looking at who we authentically are and at the exact truth of our soul. This year is the time when we are being asked to take the time to discover who we are as a person but also who we are apart from the expectations we may feel pressure to live up to.

This is about us leaving behind what we are supposed to be and instead deciding who we want to be.

The second relationship is the one that we have with the universe. 

While we may be aware of our authentic truth we may also have been struggling to figure out what place we hold or want to hold in the world. Questions we may have been asking are:

“How do we fit into the Universe?”

“How can we be ourselves and still serve others?”

“How can we integrate all of our various selves so that we are living in harmony?”

There are no simple answers to these questions and while a daily meditation practice can help us achieve a feeling of balance, the universe is also coming together to help us see exactly how it all can fit together.

This is about discovering that when we naturally align to our authentic truth, we also join in harmony with the universe.

The third relationship we are being challenged by is the one with our soul mate or twin flame. 

While there are some differences between a soul mate and twin flame, the ultimate meaning behind the terms is that once in a lifetime type of romantic relationship. The reason this is the third relationship to consider is that we can’t fully immerse ourselves in the romance until we have discovered our relationship with ourselves and the part that we play in the universe.

These types of romantic relationships are also difficult, by definition. Sometimes these relationships seem to be playing out past karmic bonds, before we are able to connect in this lifetime.

This discovery is about us realizing that we can still be ourselves and be in love—it doesn’t have to be an either or type of situation.

Now is the time of infinite potential and possibility.

Now is the time to create and materialize what we want into our lives. We are being asked to finally come to the understanding that we are the co-creators of our realities. We are being asked to acknowledge that we are surrounded by the energy of abundance from the universe.

There is no such thing as a lack in the universe. Any boundaries or obstacles we perceive happen when we haven’t yet accepted the infinite love and acceptance that is ultimately available to us.

This is the supreme energy of the light from Sirius shinning down on us during this special portal in time.

We are being asked to combine our masculine and feminine energies and to celebrate all that we are, all that we have been and all that we will be. It’s a time to look deeply at our past and to say good bye to any old wounds or baggage that we may still be carrying.

Only once we have done that can we look at our currently journey—then we can decide what we want our future to hold.