Resurrecting Our Humanity: September’s Karmic Cleanse. {Cosmic Connection}


In just two days, the Full Moon — the Harvest Moon — which is also aligning with a barely visible penumbral lunar eclipse, will shine some much needed light on all that Mercury Retrograde, a New Moon and a Solar Eclipse delivered over the last two weeks.

Are we all still upright? Still standing? Good. Because the mantra going forward is Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, which couldn’t be more true if you’ve come out of the last few weeks with a new…vision on life? A new clarity? A new understanding of your past — maybe even a broader view of yourself? That’s the gift of these mighty celestial trifecta we’ve just traversed.

And we’re still traveling through the aftereffects, the ripples, maybe straining to see where they’re flowing to.

But maybe we don’t have to strain so hard if we simply pull back (Mercury Retrograde) and take a moment to look. To observe ourselves. Take inventory of what used to take center stage in our lives but no longer does; what’s been eclipsed out of our experience, allowing a new light to shine on the strengths and power and capabilities we always wished we possessed, but never allowed ourselves the time and space to discover, or embrace…

… or believe in. The power and clarity of the last few weeks have already been lifting the ethereal veil. As we approach the Autumnal Equinox (September 22), we move closer into the dark corners of nature. It’s a slow and steady progression — the leaves changing, then falling. The formerly lush carpet covering the dirt transforms, at mercy of the leaves’ ashes, providing a new path to tread upon.

We’ve just been through a transitional — and transformative — reckoning. We’ve felt the parts of ourselves we’ve been burying push through our untended soil, telling us No, I refuse to live this way, anymore. Ever again. We’ve felt the pounding of the skeletons holed up in our ancient armoires, beating their way out. And we’re letting them out, because we’ve no energy to contain them anymore.

And we don’t want to. We’re finally ready to come face to the face with the parts of ourselves we can’t stand and make a truce. To accept them. To give them the understanding we needed. To break the cycle of oppression and repression and reclaim all of ourselves. To marry the disparate parts of ourselves so that we may walk into this next, new phase of our lives as whole as we’ve ever been.

Don’t worry, whole doesn’t mean perfect. It may even seem like the opposite, because we’re shedding the masks that we wore to make us seem more perfect. More sane. More normal. Further and further away from our truest selves.

But the past two weeks have afforded us the opportunity to realize that our truest selves are natural perfection, in all our flaws and hang-ups and insecurities and tired cycles… and to embrace them. All of them. Because to embrace ourselves — to walk the path of self-acceptance and self-love — is to expand our capacity to love more. Unconditionally. Ourselves, and others.

Embracing all of us also returns us to our humanity. Our humility. Our hearts. And if the world needs a resurrection of heart-driven humanity, it’s now.

So as we gather our crops by the oh-so-necessary, ever-illuminating light of Friday’s Harvest Moon, let us also give thanks. To ourselves, past, present and future. To those who have stood by us. For the mirrors in our lives, unafraid to show us that which holds us back the most. And for the work we’ve done — the trials and fires and ashes. For our personal resurrection.

And may we ask that this new strength walks with us through this season of shadow, where we will have the opportunity to even further delve into ourselves… and maybe, by Gaia’s grace, maybe this time, this divine descent will cast a different light into our shadows. Maybe we’ll rise with a few relics — a few of the puzzle pieces — that have been eluding us externally, because, of course, they’ve been buried internally.

And with that, I’d like to offer a simple, powerful ritual to help release the last of what you’re no longer willing to carry into this new season of self…

If the weather and your personal environment allow, go to your favorite outside spot, one that allows a clear sight of the moon. Stand in the moonlight, soak up those beams. Feel the peace and power in this particular kind of light. Ground yourself to the earth, and breathe in not just the moon’s luminescence, but your own.

Take from your pocket a little slip of paper on which you bared your vulnerabilities. Your weaknesses. Your desires to be reborn from the ways you’re ready to leave behind.

Take from your other pocket a little box of matches you brought to set these parts of you, your life — your past — free.

Now, with a glance, an intention, and a nod to the moon, strike your match. Unfold your paper. Look at these words. Remember why you wrote them. Think of the new you who wants to fill the freshly empty spaces you’re about to create. Now, touch the flame to that paper, and watch how it burns. Watch each word shrivel. Watch each fiber as it transforms from paper into ash.

As the flames grow and engulf the ghosts of your past — the ghosts of you — release it, watching as it sways and contorts and floats to the ground (or in a bowl, whatever method is the most fire-safe in this space). Feel these energies you’re releasing do the same. See them turn to ash. See them disappear in the breeze. Know — deep, deep down — they’re embarking on a journey.

Know that you are embarking on your own journey, and with gratitude (however difficult that may be), watch as these parts of yourself move into the ether, and most importantly, move away from you.

Again, turn to the moon. Thank the moon for its restorative, transformative powers, and thank her for lending them to you tonight. Speak your gratitude, write it down, whichever practice is more powerful for you. Let this energy of thanks, release and fresh beginnings, permeate through you, and know — really know — how important this simple ritual, this simple act of self-care, is, for you.

And so it is.


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Jillian Kristina
Jillian Kristina is writing the best chapter of her life, right now. Having just taken the leap of her life from grid-based city living to off-grid nature immersion, the words of this new chapter are spelling out a radical journey of extreme release, self-discovery and, for the first time in her life, a sense of pace and connection that can only be likened to ‘home’. Her renewed connection with nature has also inspired her to finally begin her Holistic Coaching business. Connect with her via her website, Instagram or Facebook.
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