New Moon + Eclipse in Virgo

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I have a few go-to’s to get my astrology nerd information. Susan Miller & Astro Twins are two favorites, but for more intense insights I always turn to Mystic Mama! About the very powerful astrological configuration happening RIGHT NOW ( 9/13 ) she posted:

“The Universe has conspired to bring us a pure Eclipse/New Moon energy …opportunities for sudden and complete revelation of our deepest wounds and pain with the capacity to move through them fully, see them for what they are, heal them, and move further down the path of our evolutionary journey is possible now!  (there is a whole lot more to read here!)

For me, this was a well-timed Mystic Mama read. I am moving in less then a week across the country, away from my family and friends. I have lived in New York my entire life, and there was a time when I suffered from such bad anxiety and panic attacks that I truly believed I would never be able to travel, let alone move outside of my small comfort zone. With every major transition in my life, that panic has come up again. Old painful fears and worries about myself and my ability to handle life, have confronted me. And now, with this move coming up so fast, they are popping in to say “Whats up?” once again. But honestly, I am not the same scared 19 year-old that I was; and I have to remind myself of that. And if I can harness the power of this beautiful astrological moment to do so, all the better.

So my intention for this month, in addition to eating more consciously ( more on that another day), is to let go of my self-doubt and the patterns of fear and panic attacks that go with it. I am ready to fully embrace who I am now, releasing my past with gratitude and love. I am not that little girl anymore, I am a Women, a Wife, a Mother, an Artist that knows a thing or maybe even two things about this mysterious world. I am strong and I am ready! 

May it be so!

I would love love love for everyone to take some time to think about what patterns you are ready to let go of tonight! Maybe even light a candle to celebrate the choice. 

Lots of LOVE

Christina

Happy New Year of the Sheep!

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We just came out of the year of the Horse. Thinking back on this past year, it has been a whirlwind of amazing forward momentum. Something, according to legend, Horse years always bring with them! Reflecting on this past year myself, I feel I have accomplished a lot. We launched Girl Gift Gather, bringing with it the joy /responsibility of daily posts, weekly newsletters, Girl Gift Gatherings,  the book club, and filming and editing the first 8 episodes of our series.

I had a baby! And have continued to work at my other company Brooklyn Baby Bumps where I make custom artistic pregnancy casts for women all over the city. Not to mention, trying to be a good mother, daughter, friend, partner and wife during this incredible transition in my life. As I sit in a small coffee shop around the block from our small apartment in Bedstuy, while my dear friend and her boyfriend watch over my son so I can write this very post, I take a deep breath, drink some chamomile tea and realize that in all the hustle and bustle and obligations and doing of things, I have lost touch with the joy and inspiration that I wish to ground and inform all of my actions. 

The New Year has come at the perfect moment for me. The year of the Sheep is Yin. It is not about doing, it is about being. It’s not about achieving, it’s about enjoying a meaningful life. A life filled with depth, friendship and love. I’s art for art’s sake. It’s poetry. It’s nature. It’s moments of solitude where you greet yourself as an old friend, and say… ‘oh hello, I have missed you’. 

I read a book few years ago called Circle of Stones. In the book, there is a passage  that made me think of the Chinese year of the Sheep and the energy it represents:

“For me the balance between doing and just being is the most important and dangerous question.  IF I am guilted or lured into achieving too much and lose the stillness in my centre, then it takes me a long time to regain it and I do violence to myself or those I love because of fatigue and pressure.

I have had to give up “winning big” because I love my life when I am connected to it.  I hate it when it and I get caught up in competition and deadlines. Then I have an overriding sense of impatience, my foot taps…….. I gulp down my food whole……… I spill coffee when I am pouring and burn myself on the stove…… I rip, and wrench and tear.  There is a violence that takes over every act and shrieks orders at me.

I am finding it takes a lot of time to be a woman, to have an inner feeling of space and breath, a chance to sink into myself……  as long as I take time to light a candle to my life, it remains my life.  But if I hurry into work without that small moment of quiet then I have already lost myself for the rest of the day.  The task for me is to care, daily, for myself and  my life….. to love and to nurture, within myself, moment by moment, the quality of quiet presence, quietly being present in my life, which sanctifies it,  to live as if the candle is alight”

Here’s to a beautiful, creative, loving, inspired, grounding Sheep Year!

xx

Christina

I am safe

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As some of you may know, every month, for the past two years now, I have hosted New Moon Ceremonies at the studio. We drink wine, eat chocolate, meditate on the symbolism of the month’s sign and then, we set intentions. This past New Moon, Dora Marin’s intention brought the whole circle to tears. It was so beautiful that I asked her if I could share it here, luckily for all of us, she said yes! 


  PHOTO:    LI HUI

PHOTO:  LI HUI

“New Moon in Aquarius Intention:

When I feel I’m lacking where do I go? 
Who do I turn to and what do I ask for?
Asking myself for those small things.
Always remembering myself and those things that bring me blissful joy.

Where is it that I’m being generous and not?
Where is it that I can be more generous.
What is it that I can give to myself instead of asking of others?
Where does expectation of others stop and fulfillment of myself begin?

Taking the time to enjoy my journey every step of the way and remembering that growth comes from being in the moments that are most challenging; 
from painful detachment to the things I depend on for security, which are the things that limit me the most. 

I trust myself.


Dora Marin is an artist and the co-founder of The Pow-Wow — physical space where creatives of all backgrounds can come together, collaborate, work, perform, support each other, generate solutions, and elevate together. Opening in the summer of 2015. @thepowwow

Aquarius New Moon and Reflections on Worth

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Today is the first New Moon of the year and it falls in the magical sign of Aquarius. According to Mystic Mama:

“The Aquarian New Moon message: today is the first day of your life. The past is history. The future is a mystery. The present is the gift. All power is in the choices you make todayUse the New Moon to create a new life. “

Well, I am feeling this hard. As some of you know, the New Moon is an incredible time to make intentions for things you want to create and grow in your life. In reflecting on what I want my intention to be this month, I have been thinking a lot about my relationship to gratitude. The truth is, I use my “grateful” moments to beat myself up. What I am really saying to myself 90% of the time when I look around and appreciate is “…you don’t deserve any of this. You aren’t good enough for these blessings. You will ruin it. Basically, you suck.” Then, guilt, sadness and anxiety follow suit. So fun! 

So, my intention for this potent first New Moon of the year (and really, the theme for this entire year) is to feel worthy. To feel worthy and deserving of all the good in my life. Phew. It’s a big one!

Happy Mooning,

Christina

 

Sunday Girl + Happy Winter Solstice!

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 Art by Giovanni Martoglio via  Mystic Mama

Art by Giovanni Martoglio via Mystic Mama

Happy happy Winter Solstice!

I could really spend hours talking about how the holiday traditions that we take for granted are all rooted in deep astrological mysticism. But I will save that for another day. For now, all that is important is that you recognize the incredible opportunity you have to make intentions and resolutions for the next year. As many of you know, the new Moon every month allows us to plant intentions during the dark of the moon, watch them come to fruition during the illumination of the full moon, to then be incorporated into our lives during the waning period.

During the Winter Solstice that same cycle is at play. One year instead of one month, and with the Sun instead of the Moon. 

I want to encourage all of you, over the next week leading up to New Years to really think about this previous year. The lessons learned, the triumphs and failures. Get clear about what 2014 meant to you and how you would like to expand in 2015. Take some time, light a candle and write it all down.

I want to be rich, or lose weight or find my soulmate are surface desires. Go deeper into your “wants”. Wanting to be rich might mean you are craving more freedom in your life, to be appreciated for the work that you do or to expand your ability to help others. Wanting to lose weight points to the part of you that wants to be healthy, to relish in the joys of being physical or the need to love yourself and have your choices reflect that. Wanting to fall in love might mean you are ready to expand your level of intimacy with everyone in your life, being willing to be vulnerable or choosing love over judgement more regularly. 

Go past the easy, unconscious resolutions that we are used to hearing, and connect with the real soul calling it is pointing to. We all have the ability to make this the most beautiful year of our lives so far. I look forward to doing that with you! 

Next month, on the Aquarius New Moon we will share our resolutions and support each other as we move into 2015! In the meantime I am wishing you all a lovely beautiful holiday!

Lots of LOVE

Christina

Taurus Full Moon

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It’s the Full Moon in Taurus and the best thing you can do to honor this very powerful energy is to truly enjoy your physical environment. The people, places, smells, sights and tastes that make up your day to day. The pleasure of eating a delicious dinner. The warmth of hugging your partner. The cozy feel of your favorite cashmere sweater on your skin.

In fact, I am quite late posting this today (the goal was 11:00 am) because I took my own advice.  I simply enjoyed my son today. The way he smiles and stretches, the way he feels in my arms, the way he rests his little hand on my chest while I am feeding him. His smell. His delicious baby smell. 

Tonight, even though you may not be able to see the big beautiful full moon behind the clouds, cherish every conversation, every breath, every bite that you experience under it. There is nothing more important then being and loving where your heart is.

Happy Mooning

Christina

NEW MOON IN SCORPIO + ECLIPSE

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Today is the Scorpio New Moon, and full disclosure, it is always my favorite New Moon of the year. Scorpio rules the real stuff…Life, death & rebirth. 

A great Scorpio mantra is from Tosha Silver, a hippy dippy astrologer who I am a bit in love with:

“Change me into One who can open gratefully to the New. Release me from the prison of old attachments, resentments and addictions that no longer serve. May I see myself as You see me, a radiant, beautiful soul. May I love and care for myself in every way. 

May I always know that I am enough and that there IS enough. Use me for the greatest good, You know the deepest needs of my heart . May I be a Force of Love and benefit on the planet. 

Let what wants to go, go. Let what wants to come, come. Let what wants to stay, stay. I am Yours, You are Mine, We are One, all is well.”

Happy Mooning!

Christina

Full Moon in Aries + Eclipse

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  Artwork  by   DEMING     KING HARRIMAN  on  Create Collect

Artwork by  DEMING KING HARRIMAN  on Create Collect

Today is the Full Moon + Eclipse in Aries. I’ll spare you all of the astrological details and break it down in simple terms. Full moons make people act a little weird, add the eclipse energy in fiery, hot headed Aries and you have a perfect recipe for some serious tensions. The good news, inside your frustrations there is hidden gold. Something I like to say when I find myself in the heat of the moment is; “out of this situation only good will come”. I learned that gem from Louise Hay and it has served me very well over the years…not to mention a few times today! Choose a loftier perspective. Try to put your annoyances in perspective. And trust that all is working out for the highest good.

Happy Mooning!

xx

Christina

Libra

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This New Moon in Libra is pretty dear to me. It marks the two year anniversary of my New Moon Gatherings. What started off as a few close friends gathered around some wine and chocolate in my then messy art studio, now a much more polished Girl Gift Gather/art studio hybrid, has unfolded into an ever expanding rotating group of inspiring beautiful women that come every month and share a bit if themselves with each other. I have seen miraculous transformations take place, high intentions set and received, deep healing, and just the magic that unfolds when women join together, with open hearts and minds. 

Now…A bit about Libra!

Libra is ruled by venus and is a lover of all things beautiful, poetic and harmonious. We are coming out of the sign of Virgo, meticulous, organized and can be a bit neurotic. Libra is a much needed breath of fresh, autumn air.

Libra reminds us that without beauty, love, balance and partnerships, having the “perfect” life is meaningless. This is a time to reset, re-balance, return to your personal truth. What is the motivating factor behind your actions? In your relationships are you focusing on how to be of service or on keeping little resentment files? Let beauty be your guiding light and let love inform all of your choices. Libra loves this!

Happy New Moon!

Christina

Leo New Moon

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Susan Miller, famous astrologer (whose insights are always so spot on, it’s wild) writes about today: 

The new moon in Leo, 4 degrees will be conjunct Jupiter (the planet ruling luck, wealth, and generosity) and bring happiness to you for a full year or more, very possibly forever. You can choose any initiative you’d like to make, on any front. Only rarely do you get this kind of carte blanche from a caring universe. Choose the opportunities with long-term potential, for you are starting a Jupiter cycle now, and the seeds you plant this year will pay dividends in terms of money and happiness for at least twelve years

Chelsey and I are both Leos and we would be amiss to not take this opportunity to look at the year (or 12 years) ahead and set some intentions on how we want Girl Gift Gather to grow. We spent some time meditating, brainstorming, and just plain old dreaming big, and this is what we came up with.

We want to ready ourselves for the greatness that is Girl Gift Gather. We will be talking about this a lot in this week’s Newsletter. It’s the understanding that when you surrender your small ego self, desires and goals for a cause that is bigger than you, anything is possible. More importantly, what is possible is always way bigger, more fulfilling and worthwhile than anything you can even imagine! It’s about allowing ourselves to grow grow grow in the way that is needed so we can be of the highest service to our growing community.  

We want to expand the size and scope of our audience! We so passionately believe in connecting women and sharing their greatness and want as many people to be influenced, inspired, and uplifted by our mission as possible.

We want to attract more $$$ so we can film more episodes, host events, connect women and grow, grow, grow! 

And last but certainly not least, we want to develop our commitment to the tough stuff: legal contracts, budgets, paperwork. (And maybe our talent for these things too!) 

Girl Gift Gather is truly a labor of love. And we are so, so thankful to be able to show up for it everyday! Thank you for allowing us to!

We strongly encourage you to take sometime on this magical New Moon to set some intentions in your life and always be open to life giving you more then what you ask for!

xx

C+C