flower essences

Highlights from Winter 2014: Plants & Planets

This is a song written by a student to describe her experience in the class~

The moon is rising
I see it full
shining on me
I see a mountain
towering over
threatening to crumble on me.

And it's times like these
I feel so small and meek
Just a drop inside the ocean
vast and deep.

Then I look to the mountain
And I see my face carved out of its stone
Plunge in the water.

Let it begin to sink into my bones
Looking around I see the plants that dance for me
Asleep in the boughs of mother cedar tree
Bow to the elder roots grow into me.

The road is ramblin'
dark with just the light of your own heart to see
Hold out your lantern
Find it's just enough to illuminate your feet.

And it's times like these
I feel so small and meek
Just a drop inside the ocean
vast and deep.

Looking around I see
the sun the moon the sea
the love of the planets
flowers stars and trees
Awash in a dance
of cosmic unity.

written by Kaley Iacovetta ~

Several students commented that the Plants & Planets experience of shared witnessing enabled them to feel a deep sense of unity with the cosmos and each other. Each participant worked with an individualized healing formula in-depth for one month. During the class the students also received a copy of their natal chart and an astrology map of key terms. Basic natal themes in the chart and key transits were discussed. Participants learned about their personal moon (how you find nourishment), nodal themes (how you are growing) and aspects in their natal chart (current cosmological weather). They learned about how the natal chart can offer insight into lifestyle choices that honor temperament in a nonjudgemental way. There was a large emphasis on being present with emotions and opening to the inner space with the opportunity to create artwork and share insights.

Flower Essences for the Aries Moon

The Aries new moon is a powerful time to reflect and make intentions for new beginnings. Journaling and collage art can be a great way to explore what you want to call into your life over the next year.

Aries, the brave and pioneering warrior is learning to trust her insticts to initiate action. The feisty Ram enjoys situations that challenge her to develop courage, strength, and independence. The raw primitive energy of Aries in its highest expression is passion, vital life force, and enthusiasm.

Negative Aries energy can express itself as an impulsivity that alienates or harms others. When anger is feared or repressed it can give rise to unhealthy, violent, and aggressive shadow expressions. Withholding, passive aggression, explosiveness, and controlling behaviors can be a result of misdirected fire forces.

In its positive form Aries, the spiritual warrior, is able to initiate leadership for the highest good. She chooses her battles strategically and knows how to authentically communicate her needs. She gracefully declares clear boundaries freeing herself to focus her attention on assertive action rather than projections.

The Aries moon can be a good time to evaluate how you assert your will. Vigorous exercise, martial arts, singing/shouting, artistic catharsis, and writing are all activities that can release fire.

Flower Essences for the Virgo Moon

Virgo is the devoted healer, the physician, and the humble worker bee who is motivated by the urge to be of service to others. She finds fulfillment through the development of meaningful skills that offer autonomy and an internal sense of competence, pride, and integrity.

Virgo wants to develop practical skills. She may be interested in work that involves health and the body such as yoga, complementary medicine, bodywork, nutrition and healthcare. Virgo energy is about mastering discernment, efficiency, and attention to detail. She enjoys working on challenges that require precise thinking such as herbalism, crafting, technology and accounting.

While Virgo’s need to be helpful is endearing. She can sometimes get “stuck in the trees” without being able to “see the forest”. When this happens she can become petty, overly critical and fussy and may begin to pick on herself or others. Virgo is driven by the quest to make things whole and the need to develop order through examining what is not working and by creating strategies for improvement. However, she needs to remember to relax and let go of impossible standards of perfection that can lead to workaholic patterns and burnout.

During the Virgo Moon it can be a good time to analyze your habits and daily routines. You may want to organize your home or workspace and reflect on how you can develop more nurturing routines and satisfying methods for approaching work and service.

Flower Essences for the Pisces Moon

Pisces is the priestess, the social worker, the mystical dreamer, and poetic artist. The fish who swims in two directions is an empathic spirit filled with imagination and caring. Pisces is not of this world. She is emotional, diffuse, contemplative and transcendent. Pisces energy is about connecting to your sense of spiritual power and mystical connection.

This compassionate champion for the underdog is often drawn to professions and relationships where she can be of service. However, it is important for Pisces to be conscious not to neglect her own needs and develop the practice of knowing her own boundaries. While Pisces yearns to experience a sense of selflessness and fusion with others she is truly of service when she a can maintain a strong sense of ego strength and give from a place of wholeness. This way she avoids being a martyr/victim and can draw from her visionary ability to offer an intuitive sense of forgiveness and knowledge of universal love as a healing gift.

During the Pisces moon it can a be a great time to honor nonlinear time, fantasy and your intuition. Take some time to retreat into stillness, silence & meditation and become aware of your subtle connection to higher worlds and renew your sense of faith.

To learn more about Pisces energy listen to this podcast by Mark Jones on Neptune here and this podcast by Maurice Fernandez on Neptune and Pisces here.

Flower Essences for the Leo Moon

Leo the leader is a playful clown or a performer. The lioness commands attention as the golden child who creatively serves the collective from being centered in the heart. It is important for Leo to be free to create without getting too caught in the subjective opinions of the audience. This way she learns to express without fear from a place of generosity.

Some people may think of Leo as narcissistic, or a dramatic Queen Bee, but Leo in its highest expression has the ability, as astrologer, Adam Gainsburg says to "center in oneself" and share one's joy. The Leo-type is learning to radiate self-love and authentic creative expression.

This is the self-actualization that comes from the development of the ego. This playful child heart wants to be special and in the limelight but may also be shy because she can be afraid of risking rejection and humiliation. The sensitive Leo type may withdraw for safety and security and in order to individuate and develop a unique creative process. To learn more about the "Offstage Leo" listen to this podcast here.

To learn more about the Moon, Flower Essences & Astrology you can purchase my teleclass "Flower Essences for the Moon and the Sacred Feminine" here.

Here are some key flower essences that support these Leo themes.

Star Thistle: Ability to share with others due to an inner feeling of abundance, generous and inclusive

Buttercup: Radiant inner light, unattached to outer recognition or fame; self-assured