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Full Moon in Gemini & The Artful Life 2015 Moon Journal!

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Happy Full Moon in Gemini! I have an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT! I’ve been planning this offering for awhile and I’m happy to be able to tell you about it today.

THE ARTFUL LIFE WILL BE PUBLISHING A BEAUTIFUL DOWNLOADABLE CUSTOMIZED MOON CYCLE JOURNAL FOR EVERY MOON IN 2015, starting on the next New Moon, Decemeber 21st!

Each set of Moon Journal Pages will contain:

~ beautiful artwork and collages by Bronwyn

~ an in-depth write up on the energies of each Full and New Moon and how best to use them in your life

~ a printable moon phase mandala for you to fill in and use daily to track your moods, feelings, cycles, and life events through the phases of the moon

~ suggestions, instructions and recipes for New and Full Moon Rituals each month according to each month’s moon signs and aspects

~ gorgeously decorated journal pages for you to record your New and Full Moon Intentions, plus other moon-cycle related journal prompts

How does it work?

Each month, the night before the New Moon, you’ll receive an email with a link to the downloadable PDF of that month’s Moon Pages. You can print out the pages, view them on your device, or both.

How do I join?

You have two options:
Your best deal is to purchase the ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP for $99, and receive each of the 13 Moon Journals when it is published. SAVE $70 with this option!!! YES PLEASE, charge me $99 now for my entire 13 month 2015 subscription. Click below!




Or, you can spread out your payments and SUBSCRIBE MONTHLY. The cost of a subscription is $13 a month. The subscription runs for the 13 lunar months of 2015 and can be cancelled at any time.YES PLEASE, charge me $13 for the first Moon Journal and subscribe me for the year! Click below!



Either way, your first set of beautiful Moon Pages will be winging their way to you through the ethers on the night of December 20th, 2014!

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better.  The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

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Soul Talk – The Artful Life Inspiring Women Podcast – Episode Three – Camara Meri Rajabari

Welcome to Episode Three of my new podcast, Soul Talk. Every two weeks or so I share my deep, soulful conversations with exceptional, creative women. We talk about living well, nurturing our spirits, caring for ourselves abundantly, and growing deeper in our wisdom.

In this episode, I talk to artist, healer, and teacher Camara Meri Rajabari. We talk about sisterhood and connection, motherhood and life balance, the importance of celebrating the Blood Mysteries of our feminine life cycle, the Red Tent Movement, and much more.

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About Me, Camara Meri Rajabari, MA

I am an intuitive artist and healer. I create sacred spaces for wombyn and girls to create with their wild visions, dance their dreams and grow through empowered sisterhood.

Before I understood the full power of being a woman I always thought life was “happening to me”. I never was taught that I could co-create a life of my own desire. It was not until one day of a five day vision quest, I was sitting in a river with waters rushing around me –crying because I felt motherless. I instinctually called out the word “Ma!!! Ma!!! MaMa!!!” and in that moment I received the re-remembering ancestral bloodline. I invoked my connection with the Divine SHE within me and all of my Grandmothers that came before me.

Embracing the Divine Feminine lead me to transform parts of my life that no longer served me. I realized that it was ok to be myself and live in my uniqueness.

Many women and girls have no concept of an “empowered life”. Many of us do not know we have the DIVINE RIGHT to soar and fly in our own right, in our own context and by our own definition. Yet, we are now RISING to a “cosmic nudge” to explore and take a journey toward SELF.

My work integrates intuition with knowledge of ancient spiritual systems, indigenous feminine practices and creativity. This sacred art pathway is not about creating professional art or developing skills for perfect execution. I believe everyone of us has the right to create with our own voice and own vision. The creative temple space is a non-judgmental environment without the pressure of a perfect “end product”. You do NOT have to be an artist. You don’t even have to know what you are doing or where you are going. This journey is about the present moment. You will be surprised what comes forth when we are open to the process.

My work includes sacred art creation; intuitive healing sessions in for the form of energy healing with divination; and sacred art temple gatherings. This work is weaves together spirituality, creativity and sisterhood into a joyful, powerful dance of the Divine!

Please enjoy my conversation with Camara:

For more information on Camara and to learn how you can work with her, visit her website/blog, Art Heals Us.

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better.  The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

 

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New Moon in Sagittarius: Focus on Farfetched Dreams

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{Each month, nature in her wisdom and beauty offers us an opportunity, a clean slate, a shining outward and visible sign of the grace we are always given to move beyond our own shadow and start again. In the night sky, the dark Moon begins to clear the Earth’s shadow and reveals a tiny sliver of the freshest silver. The New Moon.}

Are you feeling a bit better, clearer, brighter, and warmer today than you’ve felt for awhile? Early this morning both the Sun and the Moon moved out of the regenerative swamps of Scorpio and into the clear dancing firelight of Sagittarius. Whew, right? We’ve been doing some deep soul work lately, and now it’s time to turn to lightheartedness, adventure, and dreams – big, farfetched dreams.

Farfetched means unlikely, a little crazy. But it literally means brought from afar. The ability to manifest absurdly optimistic, farfetched plans is a trait of Sagittarius at its best. I’m married to a Sagittarius, and I’ve seen this happen again and again. As a cautious, methodical Taurus, farfetched plans give me anxiety and cause me to start generating endless to-do lists. And I have marveled, again and again, at the apparently magical Sagittarian ability to say “Let’s do…. THAT!” then raise the bow, and ZINGGG… bring down that farfetched dream in a flash. How do they do that?

My Sagittarian sweetie is also literally an archer. In archery, there are two distinct approaches to nailing your target. One is by sight, of course. The other, more traditional method is instinctive aiming, which relies on unconscious conditioning and allows the archer to hit her target without aiming visually. The bow is raised and the arrow shot in one swift fluid motion, without time for sighting. This is Sagittarian magic for sure. To master instinctive aiming, you need self-trust, great body-mind unity, and consistent preparation. Skill aligns with desire, the worried ego steps out of the way, and ZINGGG…

This New Moon, we are all being granted the temporary power of instinctive aiming. Use it wisely.

New Moon Blessings,

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better.  The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

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Sacred Menopause… & some exciting news…

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{the beauty of rosehips is that they contain all the stored potency of the entire cycle of the flower – from bud to bloom to seed. Such is the power of a woman at menopause.}

If you’ve been reading closely, you know that the last year or so has been a time of deep transformation for me. I slowed down, and said goodbye to pursuits, people, and ways of being that were no longer feeding my soul. I stripped my life down to the bare bones, spent the whole of a winter on the couch healing body and soul, then emerged, little by little adding flesh to the bones again, fleshing out a more deeply fulfilling and authentic life.

This slowing down and stripping down was not a conscious choice. My body, in its deep wisdom, made the choice for me. I was exhausted and depleted, and not entirely aware that, beneath the surface, I was birthing a new self. My body was rebeling; I felt it was betraying me. Now I understand the primal wisdom of my body was guiding me on a journey of renewal and transformation.

On the full moon last May, my 50th birthday and the day we celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment, I was high in the mountains breathing thin cold air, looking out at impossibly expansive vistas, bathing in sacred hot springs. I was also bleeding, heavily. As we do. What I didn’t know as I celebrated the day was that I was celebrating the day of my last bloods; the first day of my journey into the realm of the wise-woman.

This is one way of telling my menopause story. There are other ways I could tell the story. I could tell the medical story – the un-fun gorey details of hitting a wall with my neglected hormonal health, and the difficulty of finding real support within our medical system. I could tell the emotional story – there’s a share of fear, isolation, loss, and sadness alongside the rediscovery, transformation and celebration. I could tell the social/political story – how angry I am about the role society seems determined to foist upon me as a “middle-aged woman,” and how disappointed I have become with our very narrow and sad view of aging. Those stories are all true, and they are also very, very important. Like our birth stories, they need to be shared fully in circles of women, so we can learn from, witness, comfort, teach, and encourage one another.

But the story I really want to tell is bigger. It is a story that encompasses all the other stories, the story that weaves the whole experience together and makes everything make sense, from the celebration on sacred mountaintops to the lonely and excruciating wait for ultrasound results. It’s the story of a sacred initiation.

And this is what I know menopause to be. A sacred initiation into the second half of life – the half of life where we begin to live for ourselves, sometimes for the very first time. The unspoken truth about menopause is not a truth of loss and diminishment, but a truth of freedom, authenticity, emancipation, creativity, juice, and joy. A funny thing happens in that menopausal year – we find ourselves saying, simultaneously “I’ve had enough!” and “I want more!”

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Long-neglected dreams resurface and demand fulfillment. The floodgates of creativity – and, yes, sensuality – can break open. Toxic, boring, draining, and otherwise soul-sucking situations and people suddenly become intolerable, and out of the blue we find the gumption to let them go. We embrace “no.” And we embrace “YES.” To our own surprise, we start feeling more beautiful, better about our body, then we have for a long time – maybe ever.

This is what positive, empowered, sacred menopause can look like. This is what menopause can look like when we feel heard, supported, empowered, and celebrated in our journey. It is what menopause can look like if we have access to the right information, health and wellness support, role models, and the wisdom and experience of women who have been there.

Menopause hasn’t looked like this in our society before. It hasn’t looked sacred, or empowering. It hasn’t looked like something worth celebrating. But we can change that. We are on the brink of changing that. Something like 50% of the women in North America will be 50 and over in the next ten years. That is a force to be reckoned with. That is a revolution waiting to happen.

Which brings me to my own exciting news.

Have you heard of Sacred Pregnancy and the Sacred Living Movement? If you’ve been paying attention at all to the artsy/spiritual women’s community over the last few years then you probably have. Founded by author, holistic family living advocate, and power-house Anni Daulter, the Sacred Living Movement, through their online presence, books, trainings, and online and live retreats, works to educate and empower women worldwide to reclaim the sacred in their experience of pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health, mothering, relationships, and beyond. The Sacred Living Movement has an amazing leadership team of talented and shiny women – they’ve created a gorgeous book, blog, and magazine, and just in the last two years have led 50 retreats and hundreds of trainings all over the world, helping women to live their daily lives in beauty, sacredness, and authenticity. That’s my idea of right livelihood. I’m sure you can imagine how excited, honoured, and joyful I am to tell you that I’ll be partnering with them to create two new programs, Sacred Menopause (embracing the menopausal journey) and Sacred Wise Woman (aging with sacred beauty, dignity, joy, and wisdom.)

These programs will include live retreats (in amazing places) on-line courses and on-line retreats, and as time goes on, trainings to certify other women to lead Sacred Menopause and Sacred Wise Woman retreats so the work can reach beyond what I am able to facilitate on my own. This is big, lovelies! We’ve got big, sacred work to do. I hope you will join me. The Sacred Menopause website will be up soon, with a full schedule of upcoming online and live retreats {hint: April 2015 in Santa Barbara will be the inaugural retreat…} In the meantime, you can learn more on the Sacred Living website, and follow along on the Sacred Menopause facebook page where I’ll be posting daily inspiration starting tomorrow!

About Bronwyn: Bronwyn Simons’ vision is of a world where we are all able to live daily lives of deep connection, purpose, and joy. She’s an artist, writer, teacher, and retreat leader whose work has touched and transformed hundreds of women’s lives for the better.  The Artful Life Blog provides a daily touchstone for women seeking to live more soul-satisfying lives.

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greg brown - vary beutifull

Marilyn Wan - This is really exciting Bronwyn! I look forward to participating in one of the retreats. Can I say again what a wonderful writer you are? Your posts are so beautifully written-poignant, wise and often peppered with a good sense of humour. Thanks for articulating so eloquently the challenges and joys of this sacred journey. Marilyn

Corinna - It is still a while until I will reach menopause but I have seen my mom going through it and it wasn’t graceful. There wasn’t much support and understanding and it was more or less the thing you didn’t talk about.
I am looking forward to your new endeavour. Would I be allowed to join as non-menopausal woman?
Sending you greetings from Switzerland, Corinna

Bronwyn - Yes Corinna you would be most welcome. We are all on the same journey as women. o am sorry to say that your mom’s experience is typical. We are out to change that. <3

Bronwyn - Marilyn, thank you so much!! AND of course I would love to have you come to a retreat!!!

Bronwyn - Thank you Greg!

Soul Talk – The Artful Life Inspiring Women Podcast – Episode 2, Anne Ortelee

Welcome to Episode Two of my new podcast, Soul Talk. Every two weeks I’ll be sharing my deep, soulful conversations with exceptional, creative women. We’ll talk about living well, nurturing our spirits, caring for ourselves abundantly, and growing deeper in our wisdom.

In Episode Two, I talk to wise, witty, and wonderful astrologer Anne Ortelee. We talk about the practical and the esoteric in astrology, working deeply with the moon cycles, creating personal ritual, how to keep a moon journal, the characters of each of the planets, and what Anne means when she says “If it’s in your heart, it’s in your chart!”

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About Anne

Anne is a long-time resident of New York City, where she began her study of astrology in the fall of 1994.

Since then, she has taught thousands of clients and students how to harness their own cosmic potential, understand and master the patterns of their lives, and handle problem areas as productively as possible. In addition to offering personal consultations, Anne teaches numerous classes and workshops, hosts (or co-hosts) four weekly podcasts, including the Weekly Weather, and is the author of the popular Weekly Weather blog.

She has been certified as a professional astrologer by the three major astrology organizations operating in the United States – the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR), the American Federation of Astrologers (AFA), and the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR).  Last year, she was chosen to lecture at the United Astrology Conference in New Orleans, a gathering of thousands of top astrologers from all around the world.  She is also on the Board of Directors of the C.G. Jung Foundation in New York.

Prior to discovering astrology, her career included stints as a methods, procedures, and statistical analyst; a computer programmer; a technical software saleswoman; and the owner of a computer consulting firm.  She worked for four years at the nation’s second largest beverage company, traveling coast to coast to install computer systems that keep track of every vending machine, visi cooler, and soda fountain in America!

She holds a B.S. in psychology with minors in biology and philosophy from Saint Bonaventure University.

Our unique natal charts are like maps. If we read them, they can guide us toward happier, more meaningful, and more productive lives.  If it’s in your heart, it’s in your chart! Learn more about Anne at www.anneortelee.com. 

{A couple of things to note before you listen: this interview was recorded in late August, and this is reflected in some of Anne’s references to upcoming astrological events. Also, August was before I invested in some nice sound equipment, so the sound quality of the actual interview is pretty good but has a few glitchy moments:)}

I know you will enjoy my conversation with Anne:

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Tsandi Crew - Can I get the interview with Anne Ortelee on a CD?
There is so much information I have to listen over and over.

Bronwyn - Hi Tsandi, I know, isn’t it a rich interview? We don’t have it on CD, but you can access it here anytime and listen as many times as you’d like. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.