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Muladhara and Poppy Dreams

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Muladhara and Poppy Dreams

Muladhara and Poppy Dreams

Last night found me wedged in the womb of a sepal belonging to a poppy on the precipice of bloom.  With no option but to wait until her petals opened in a radiantly red unfolding – I made myself at home.

Slowflaky pollen clung to my eyelashes and sticky sweetness hung in my nostrils.  My skin was as paper, mimicking the delicately veined and whisper-thin poppy petals.    Cocooned in this petal-pod, there lived safety and security mixed with a sense of anticipation for the expansive moment of unveiling bloom.

And Muladhara was written all over the dream.  Muladhara is the root chakra, the home-base campfire resting at the bottom rung of the 7-chakra ladder. 

Its color is red. Not just any red, but a staggering, shockingly vibrant red.  Chakra colors speak volumes about the function and potential of each energy center.   While suspended in that poppy pod dream, the color red was positively electric.  Crimson is a fitting shade for the Muladhara because the symbolism is aflame with vitality. 

Some common symbolic attributes of the root chakra include:

  • Life
  • Energy
  • Passion
  • Instinct
  • Security
  • Survival
  • Thriving
  • Provision
  • Attraction
  • Physicality
  • Conception
  • Foundation
  • Reproduction

All the chakras resemble lotus blossoms, which ties in beautifully with the poppy of my dream.  This sprouts themes of blossoming, birthing, unfolding and opening out in energetic expressions.

Poppies are also sacred to Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams (I discuss this further here).

So how do all these dreamy bits add up to cohesive meaning?

I have a few ideas, and by sharing them, perhaps these messages might apply to your life experience too:

  • What instincts are tucked deep within you?
  • If beliefs were a reproductive system, what kind of seeds are you planting?
  • If your potential were a seed pod, what could you do to encourage blossoming?
  • If progress in life depended upon the condition of your soil (environment), how can you nourish & fertilize?
  • If life responded to pheromones (your attitudes/behaviors), what kind of fragrances are you currently emitting?

Just air-borne thoughts that may take seed in your contemplative growth.

Other petals for plucking….

Symbolic Meaning of the Poppy

Chakra Charts

Chakra Color Meanings

Flowers and their Meanings

Flower Color Meanings

Common Dream Meanings

Special thanks to Pear Biter on Flickr for the use of his Poppy photo above.

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January Wolf Moon Symbolism

Thursday, January 28th, 2010


Wolf Moon Symbolism

Native American wisdom marries every full moon in a month with a specific feature in Nature.   These moon associations will vary depending upon the tribe we are honoring.  This month, January is deemed the Wolf Moon or Cold Moon by various tribes indigenous to the Great Lakes region of North America.

It’s been a tough month for some of us.  I thought it fitting to toss out some symbolic observations about the January Wolf Moon with a goal to offer inspiration to folks facing some challenges right now.

Lunar Symbolism:
Before blasting off into Wolf Moon symbolism, let’s take a look at lunar implications. Subtle, cunning and soft in silky shadows, the moons meanings can be slippery.  But, to those who grasp moon symbolism, great insights follow.  Typically feminine in archetypal understanding, the moon carries themes of cycles and fertility. 

Moreover, the moon conveys a kind of creativity that is born from veiled magic.  Consider the moon’s growth cycles (waxing, full, waning, new).  These phases are wrought from the moon’s movement.  And, the manifestation of her development is made known to us through light and shadow. 

What’s the symbolic lesson here?  Progress is sometimes subtle.  Manifestations of evolution often occur behind the scenes, in shadow – before we “see the light” or the end-product of our vision.

When contemplating this month’s full moon and its partnership with the Wolf, we must not cram our intellect into the void.  Rather, the Wolf Moon asks us to use intuitive instinct in soft ways

 The gifts of this full moon come to our senses like steam rising over sacred waters marbled with frosty stillness. 

Wolf Symbolism & Wolf Moon Solutions:
Strategic, resourceful and incredibly communicative, the Wolf is a noble mentor for humankind.  Wolves have specific protocol and rank within their packs.  This observation is a cue to look to community for creative solutions during this full moon.  Communicate with those in your pack to help you with your challenges.  But don’t break taboo.  If you follow specific traditions in social communication, hold to them.  In fact, use this full moon to honor traditions of your heritage.  Take time to honor your elders too.  Tribal rituals should be heeded this time of year.

Wolves are vastly expressive.  Sure, their vocalizations (baling, howling and barking) are legendary, but Wolves also have an complex system of body language and even eye contact to convey intent and current state of being.   Discipline in the pack is rarely corporeal.  Rather, behavior is admonished or reinforced by intricate expressions.  One look from the Alpha can convey as much power as a physical blow. 

There’s big medicine in this.  Use this full moon to get in touch with your own modes of expression.  Explore your own eye contact and body language.  Examine yourself in the  mirror (yes, I’m serious) as you’re talking on the phone.  View yourself objectively.  What are your expressions conveying?  How can you modify or enhance your body language to portray more authority or power?  Or, perhaps more softness and sensuality is needed.  Too often we are unconscious about our eye and body  movements in the scheme of social interaction.  This is a great time to ponder these nuances of communication.

Wolves are also phenomenally resourceful.  In fact, their resourcefulness is partly why this moon carries the Wolf moniker.  January is a brutal month in the northern regions.  The frigidity of winter crunches life to a stand-still in the wild.  To be sure, it’s a time of “sink or swim” to all wildlife exposed to the elements this time of year. 

Wolves, however, often thrive during this lean month.  They are designed to handle the brutality of cold quite well.  Furthermore, as Wolves are inclined to pick off weaker animals, January offers up a host of feasting options.    Perhaps we can use the resourcefulness of the Wolf to reconsider our options in life.  Maybe what seems bleak or lame in our life is actually an invitation for opportunity.  Food for thought.

I hope these symbolic ideas about the cold Wolf Moon inspire you to take advantage of January’s lunar fullness.  Take a pause on the evening of this month’s full moon to contemplate your own inner wisdom too.  I bet your findings will be illuminating.

Shine on.

Other topics designed to inspire:

Native American Full Moons

Your Native American Full Moon Zodiac Sign

Moon Symbolism

Moon Tattoo Symbolism

Moon Sign Personality Types

Wolf Symbolism & Wolf Totem Meanings

The image above was created by Avia Venefica using her moon photo, and a Wolf image from Dennis Matheson on Flickr (used with permission via Creative Commons).

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Name Dropping Magical Peeps Part I

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
Magical Peeps Who Inspire Me

Magical Peeps Who Inspire Me

I bet we can all agree the Internet is an uncommon organism whose existence has revolutionized countless facets of human interaction. 

The Internet has allowed me to connect with amazing folks all around the world.  Over the years, I’ve met phenomenally fabulous & magical peeps I might otherwise never known!

There is deep symbolism found in the these virtual realms, and maybe one day I’ll write about my observations. 

But, today, I’m name-dropping.  

Allow me to share a few bright gems I’ve met on the Internet….folks who shine so brightly with vibrant talent, radiant hearts and/or they’re just really wicked-awesome.  

Oh, and keep checking in, I’ll be pulling more bright lights outta my hat as time marches on like a mad hare.  And stay tuned for part deux in which I’ll share some incredibly artistic souls who have painted my world with luscious hues.

In the Realms of Psychism, Spirituality, Esoteric Arts, Human Potential (in no specific order):

Michele Knight rocks my world.  She’s an incredible psychic, sure, but that’s not why I love her.  I adore her because she is a unique soul, with a heart as big as the Internet itself.  We met on Twitter and jived instantly.  She flew me to the UK for 2 weeks to stay with her and we got on like a house on fire! She’s a soul sister and has been vital to my personal evolution.  If you don’t know her, you should!

Huna Caat has spent a staggering amount of time focused on helping both humankind and animalkind alike.  She’s got incredible gifts to offer, as you can see through her websites:

Robert Phoenix is a astrological mage, and I talk about the reasons I adore him in my post here.  Find out more about his astrological views on his website:

Kim Gould is a bright-souled dynamo.  She’s a Human Design expert, and she’ll rock your world. You can read my review of her services here (yes, she’s read for me, and I love her approach!).  Better yet – just go to her website & blog:

I’ve only just met Pamela McQuade, but I adore where she’s coming from – a place where spirituality is savvy, smart & sexy. Learn more about Pamela on her website:

Another new friendship made is with the Fabulous Mr. Robert Mendoza.  He totally seized me by my snarglies for his candor, vision and mesmerizing energy.  Let Robert enchant you too:

Dr. Liara Covert and I have been crossing paths in the blogosphere for a couple years (I think, tempus fugit – there’s no way 4 me to figure out time spans these days). Anyhoo, she is a dream expert with phenomenal insights to share.  Check it:

Jade Dressler is a stunningly sparkly gem in my vision.  I love her perspectives and her sources of creativity are spun from vortices of vavavavoom! High energy, aware, irrepressibly chic with conscience, meet my friend Jade:

Greg Kaminsky is a virtual treasure trove of esoteric wonder.  If you want non-fluff, substantial information of hermetic, theological, esoteric, occult sciences, he’s your gentleman guide:

I first fell utterly in love with Colette Baron-Reid through her music.  It was sheer delight to discover she had a grand heart to match her musical talent.  What’s more, she’s stunningly accurate Intuitive!  You’ve probably heard of her, she’s internationally renowned for her intuitive gifts.  Do yourself a favor, and tune into her radio show every Thursday – it will be the highlight of your week!

There are some people whose vision sparkles at such a high vibe, you can’t help but get caught up in their brilliance!  This is how I felt when I met Carrie Anne & Scott, the masterminds behind Token Rock.  I love the mission and vision behind Token Rock so much, I post a lot of thoughts there via a blog they provided me (and you can too – just check out their journaling features on the website!).  I know you are going to swoon over the amazing information Carrie Anne & Scott have provided.  See why they’ve been nominated for the prestigious Webby award!:

Sarah Nash is one of those ebullient souls who has style, class AND a fabulous view on spirituality.  She’s got a heart of gold too. Check out her site:

Mark Husson is a pioneer in Jungian astrology.  His humor is killer, to be sure, but he backs it up with a strong backbone of expertise.  Empathy, wit, instinct and knowledge make Mark a genuine authority, and a world-class individual.

Declan Lestatis a fresh acquaintance, but I’m certain he’s an old soul with whom I’ve shared conversation over a cuppa java in parallel dims.  Maybe you will get the same vibe from him too.  Sleek, intelligent with just the right mix of cheek…Declan offers no-nonsense self-help.

Slade Robersonand I have been dancing around in the blogosphere for awhile now, and I’m never disappointed with the quality, charisma and compassion expressed through his blog.  Seriously folks, Slade has mountains of wisdom to offer, start benefiting from his perspectives today:

Okay folks, these are a few peeps I have come to adore in the virtual psyche/spiritual realms. 

I know the list will grow (and I may have forgotten a few this first pass), so come back to see how the circle widens!

And, stay tuned for my next post, in which I share peeps I’ve met in the realms of art & media who have totally electrified & inspired me over the years!

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